After a drive to Armstrong County Courthouse I easily found a parking space. Then in the records department I sat down with the micro fiche reader and began my search. My two Jacob Bowser wills proved to be a negative search.
I could have searched the deeds and records for Jacob and Mary but there were about 80 Jacob Bowser, I need a middle name or initial. The Bowser name in Armstrong County is as common as Smith.
On to lunch, and a stop at an antique store whose owner had a shop cat named Chella. She got Chella from a lady who was moving to New Mexico and the cat came and stayed. She will come up for a few pats and then follow you around the store. Nice cat was she.
At noon the Genealogy Library opened and I perused several of the books that they had to no avail. The ladies suggested writing a inquiry for the next newsletter and gave a suggestion that perhaps Olive was not her given name, but rather one she used. I am hoping one of those "several brothers and sisters" are doing genealogy and have some information.
Now for the second part of the plan of research is to do a wild search for * Bowser, birthday 1874, parents Jacob and Mary, and female in Armstrong County in the 1880 census to see what I will come up with. I am pretty pessimistic right now about the outcome of this search.