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James Bowser, Revolutionary Soldier

 
 
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By James Thomson
1. James Bowser, Revolutionary Soldier Marker
Inscription. James Bowser, a free African American born in Nansemond County about 1763, was one of many black Virginians who served in the army or navy of the United States during the Revolutionary War. He enlisted in the 1st Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line under Col. William Davies on 1 Jan. 1782 in Shenandoah County for the duration of the war. After the war ended in 1783, he returned to Nansemond County where he lived nearby, married, and raised a family of freeborn citizens. For his service to his country, Bowsers heirs were granted a bounty land warrant in 1834.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 310.)
 
Location. 36° 49.181′ N, 76° 30.16′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Nansemond Parkway (Virginia Route 337) and Outlaw Lane on Nansemond Parkway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Suffolk VA 23435, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sleepy Hole Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Yeates School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bennett's Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hargrove's Tavern
James Bowser, Revolutionary Soldier Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson
2. James Bowser, Revolutionary Soldier Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Glebe Church (approx. half a mile away); Florence Graded School (approx. 0.7 miles away); James Bowser Plantation (approx. 1.3 miles away); Revolutionary Camp (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Suffolk.
 
Categories. African AmericansPatriots & PatriotismSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. This page has been viewed 850 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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