From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Bowen, James Lyman

(born: 1842  -  died: 1940) 

James Lyman Bowen, born in Liberty, KY, was a chef for Buffalo Bill and had fought against Sitting Bull. His reputation for helping settle the West was well known: he was received by royalty during his tour of Europe.

He settled in Danville, IL, where he celebrated his 90th birthday in 1932. His name has also been written as James Lyman Brown. The name on his death certificate is Lyman Brown, born March 9, 1840 and died March 16, 1940 in Danville, IL [source: Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths Index]. He had been a cook at the U.S. National Home, his birth location  given as "Carlton" Kentucky.

For more see Africa's Gift to America, by J. A. Rogers; and Henry Brown, "He rode with Buffalo Bill," The Chicago Defender, 10/30/1948, p.A2.

Kentucky County & Region

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Read about Liberty, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Africa's gift to America: the Afro-American in the making and saving of the United States : with new supplement, Africa and its potentialities
NKAA Source: The Chicago defender (newspaper)

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