Chicago ‘hood named after swindler

Not my ancestor!

Bowmanville, a small neighborhood in the Lincoln Square community area, was first developed in 1850s by a local inn keeper named Jesse Bowman.

Not one to follow the rules, Bowman “made the cart paths and forest near present-day Foster and Ravenswood Avenues his own,” laying claim to many of the plots of land in the area without actually owning them.

“He then sold the land — that wasn’t his — to unwitting buyers,” and disappeared before the new “owners” discovered that he did not actually own the land he had sold.

I swear!

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