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Nathan Fowler-Hillery Fowler of Georgia
Posted by: Judy Fowler Kilgore (ID *****3323) Date: September 30, 2010 at 09:39:32
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It's about time to toss out my Fowlers again --- this is my brick wall ...

Looking for any information on Nathan Fowler of Gwinnett County who married Elizabeth Pepper ... NOT NATHAN FOWLER OF CRAWFORD COUNTY WHO MARRIED ICY BLACKSTONE. They are two separate people.

Parents of Nathan of Gwinnett are still unknown.
Parents of Nathan of Crawford were Zephaniah Fowler and Martha Jones. Many newbies have these two men as one and the same with two wives ... NOT! :-) And, to my knowledge, my Nathan's middle name was not Talbot. I think that was the other one.

We still have no parents or siblings for our Nathan, mainly because of the lack of court records due to the 1871 Gwinnett Courthouse fire .. no deeds ... no probate ... just a few scraps for clues. I do believe he is connected to the above family but I can't prove it. Some say he possibly was the son of Hillery Fowler (brother of the above Zephaniah) and this is the closest I have come to having clues to lead in this direction.

Hillery was on a Muster Roll of the Wilkes County, GA Militia on 30 Sept. 1793. In 1794, he was on the tax list in Friends Dist., Warren County.

Hillery was married to two Marys ... first to Mary O'Neal in 1794 and second to Mary Newcom (may have been Newsome) in 1795, both in Warren County. In July of 1794, he witnessed a deed conveying land in Columbia County, GA, from William and Telitha Smith (his sister) to Charles Smith of Washington County, GA. Also a witness was Hillery's other sister, Elishba Fowler.

He was listed on a sheriff's tax list in Knox County, Kentucky in 1805 as having left the area for Tennessee, along with a William Fowler. (Our Nathan said he was born in Tennessee). Hillery fought in the War of 1812 with the Georgia Militia.

In 1814 on Nov 7, he witnessed a deed in Jackson Co., GA, land deeded from father, Nathan, to brother, Zephaniah.

Hillery received an inheritance from his father, Nathan Fowler, who died in Jackson County in 1817. Hillery was living there as "the plantation where he now lives" was mentioned in his father's will.

Hillery died in 1818 in Jackson County and his estate was administered by James Loughridge. If this was the part that became Gwinnett, and I suspect it was, any further records would have been transferred to the new county and would have been lost in the fire.

In 1818, Hillery's orphans drew land in the lottery and so did a Nathan Fowler of Walton County, who I believe was ours. In 1820, a Polly Fowler (nickname for Mary) appears in the Gwinnett census in the same neighborhood and on the same page as Benjamin Smith (next door), Isaac Cowan, and Willis Rowland, all relatives or associates of Hillery and his family. Isaac Cowan was the executor of Hillery's father's estate. I believe this is the widow Mary Newcom Fowler and that our Nathan was among her children. The biggest clue being that our Nathan had a son named Zephaniah --- a name which plays prominently in Hillery's family. All Hillery's siblings have been accounted for and traced. He is the only one for which there is no family, no children. Therefore, we have no siblings for our Nathan (if he is indeed Hillery's son).

Nathan's children were Hester (named after her grandmother, Hester Whaley Pepper), John O.W. (my ancestor), Reuben, Sarah, Kelly, Zephaniah, Elizabeth, Martha Ann, Marion and Matilda. All have been accounted for except Marion and Matilda. These were the only ones not mentioned in the estate settlement of their grandfather, John Pepper, in 1868. We assume that they must have died. Marion was old enough to have fought in the civil war, although he does not show up anywhere in the 1860 Gwinnett census (I am convinced whole neighborhoods are missing from this census).

If anyone can add anything to this story, clear up the mystery, or even debunk my theory, I would be most appreciative. I have been working on this for years.

Judy Fowler Kilgore
Newnan, GA

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