I have a copy of photo of Eli Bowen, wife, 4 children & goat. Eli has no legs, just feet, back says he was born in Ohio. From FENTON family photo album, suppose to be related. Will share scanned copy with family. Here is a bit of information on Eli from Census records:
1870 Census Ohio, BUTLER TWP, RICHLAND, Roll: 1261 Page: 19 Sarah Bowen, 64, F, Keeping House, $2000, $200, Penn. Eli Bowen, 23, M, Travels with Circus [hard to read 3rd word], $1600, $1300, Ohio Two others in home one servant other farm laborer. No other Bowen listings in Richland County, Ohio
1880 Census Place: Reading, Hillsdale, Michigan, Roll 581, p. 271D Eli BOWEN, Self, 37, OH, Occ: Showman, Fa: NJ, Mo: PA Martha N. BOWEN, Wife, 31, OH, Occ: Keeping House Frank BOWEN, Son, 10, OH, Occ: At School Robert BOWEN, Son, 4, OH, Occ: At Home Adrian BOWEN, Dau, 1, MI, Occ:At Home
By ages of children of photo and no daughter I would guess photo was taken maybe around 1890ish. Oldest boy looks to be around 14-16 years old. Just guessing.
Can anyone connect to FENTON family in Ohio ? A FENTON married a STONE so maybe that is connection ???