Hi Kirk, it will be great working with someone else who is on the same Fowler track as I!
Initially I made a list of all of the Moore’s & Fowler’s on Durbin Creek, SC and then searched until I stumbled upon Granville Co., NC. When all of the names matched in both places I dug in and made a serious search of Granville.
The Granville documents show Richard Fowler’s sons: Richard Jr., Thomas & William (as you already know); Francis Fowler’s sons: Francis Jr. & William; Samuel Fowler’s sons: Samuel Jr. & John. I don’t believe that Samuel Mercer Fowler is the son of Francis, but a near relative come to live with him. On the 1764 tax list it specifically states: son Francis, but no “son” next to Samuel. Joseph Fowler shows up briefly with Samuel Fowler’s family (a chain carrier) leading me to believe that perhaps he is a third son of Samuel.
I am now of the opinion there were at least three John Fowler’s in Granville: 1) son of Samuel, 2) related to either Richard or Francis directly, or both indirectly, 3) living up by Smith’s Creek.
I’m thinking that the David Fowler associated with John & the “Israil” Fowler associated with John are of the Smith’s Creek area John Fowler.
The 1757 tax list for James Yancey’s district: Mordecai Moore (4), William Fowler (1), Thomas Fowler (1), Richard Fowler (1) & Francis Fowler (4). From 1752 to 1756 none of these families were listed.
Taking into consideration the locations of Mordecai’s and Richard’s neighbors as listed on their grants, as well as the locations of the men in charge of their tax districts, and the men of various other documents (Francis was close friends with William Williams) I figure that Richard’s plantation was somewhere between the headwaters of Island Creek and Flat Creek (a tributary of Nutbush Creek) to the north and Tabbs Creek and of the two Fishing Creeks, the one in the vicinity of Oxford, to the south. Mordecai was just a little to the west of Richard on Hampton’s Mill Creek, south of the headwaters of Grassy Creek. Samuel Fowler was about 35 miles southeast on Sandy Creek north of Bear Swamp. This became Bute County then Franklin County.
Mordecai Moore, Richard Fowler & Francis Fowler often appeared in the same tax district and during the years the district was split in two, Francis was listed with Mordecai on at least one, and Richard on at least another, leading me to believe that he lived somewhere in between them.
I see no evidence of a connection between Samuel Fowler and Richard & Francis.
As far as chain carriers are concerned, it was a position usually held by teenage sons of neighboring landholders. The premise being that they knew a lot about the local area in which they were growing up. My guess is that it was an honor for a teenager to be doing this. So on the two deeds that Richard & Thomas acted as chain carriers, it is likely that they were Richard Sr.’s sons. Likewise with the deed where Richard Fowler and John Porter were chain carriers, Richard is probably junior.
It is close to certain that I carry Fowler DNA, and if so, then there are a lot of Moore’s running around also with Fowler blood. Conversely, there are just as certainly a bunch of Fowler’s running around with Moore DNA, but this is a story for another day.
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