Hidden Voices

STORIES UNEARTHED IN THE ARCHIVES

          Hidden Voices is an occasional series that will appear on this website highlighting documents uncovered in the archives, which you may find interesting. Certainly, the stories the records tell are unique. With over 250 years of records, there are a multitude of potential stories that help document the history of Washington County. The Hidden Voices series will emphasize the stories and people history has forgotten or never knew.

 

BENJAMIN BOWMAN AND THE WESTWARD MIGRATION

          Ever wonder what it was like to travel on a wagon train into the American West a hundred and fifty years ago? A letter found in the archives tells you. In 1859, Benjamin Bowman left his home in Washington County and took his family along with another party and journeyed to Texas. In the following letter written to his brother back home when Benjamin’s party had reached Giles County, Tennessee, you feel the excitement and the fear that went into the westward migration. 

Benjamin Bowman Letter

 

 

Archived Hidden Voices Articles

Margaret Lee Petition