Feisty Females: The Great Western

Sarah_A-BowmanToday’s “feisty female” has been described as “Amazonian” and a “buxom behemoth”.  Some believe she was born Sarah Knight, perhaps of Irish parentage, in 1812 or 1813 in either Tennessee or Missouri –  history is unclear as to exactly when and where.   She has been referred to variously as “Sarah Bourdett”, “Sarah Borginnis”, “Sarah Bourgette”, “Sarah A. Bowman”, and “Sarah Bowman-Phillips” – but she is best remembered by her nickname “The Great Western”.

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