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Re: LOWERY/Lowry families of Jefferson Co., GA
Posted by: Jan Lowry (ID *****1729) Date: June 22, 2004 at 12:39:04
In Reply to: Re: LOWERY/Lowry families of Jefferson Co., GA by Jeanne Hutto of 380


Thanks for the info on the parents of Margaret Magill Lawson. I found another researcher had listed a Charles McGILL Gamble as a son for Rachel Lowery Gamble. Can’t imagine that it would be in honor of Mr. Gamble’s first wife (Margaret Magill Lawson). What do you think? I suspect it’s a Lowery family name. Maybe Margaret and Rachael were cousins???

From what I can best determine, there were basically two lines of Lowerys that were in Jefferson County, GA in the early 1800’s. One was the line that descended from William Lowery- born IRE 12 Jun 1747; d. 12 Sep 1804 Fairfield Dist, SC (DAR Lookup) and his wife, Agnes Strong. This William was apparently the immigrant, born in Ireland, fought in the American Revolution as a Patriot, and died in Fairfield Dist, SC where he is buried. No evidence of him being in VA or NC. Their children were:
1.       Dr. David Alexander Lowery b. 1793 Fairfield Dist, SC m. 10 Jul 1830 Jefferson Co, GA        to Elizbeth Stokes (widow of Wm A. Stokes).
2.       Mary Lowery m. Galloway; lived in SC
3.       Susannah Lowery – m. Boyd; lived in SC
4.       William Lowery; deceased bef 1845; children living in MS
5.       Robert Lowery; deceased bef 1845; children in Jefferson County, GA?
6.       John Lowry; deceased bef 1845; children in Jefferson County, GA
7.       Rev. Joseph Lowry b. 1776 d. 23 Jul 1840; m Mary Presley ; He is buried in Fleming Burke cemetery in Jefferson Cty, GA; Mary is buried in Ebenezer Church Cemetery. Children of Rev. Joseph Lowry were:
7-1       James Alexander Lowery
7-2       Josephine Amanda Lowery
7-3       David P. Lowery
7-4       Lydia A. Lowry – m. 29 Jun 1848 Jefferson Cty, GA to Joseph L. Trimble
7-5       Georgiana Lowry
7-6       Elizer (Eliza) Lowry
7-7       Wm S. Lowry
7-8       Jane Lowry – m. 18 Feb 1841 Jefferson Cty, GA to Tarlton Darley
7-9       Agnes Lowry – m. 13 Jun 1839 Jefferson Cty, GA to Franklin G. Lewis
7-10       Sarah Lowry (b. 1822 d. 1898) – m. Robert Jackson Patterson

Our William Lowery, however, seems to have been in America prior to the other William. If there is any link in their ancestry, I presume it is on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Our William was born abt 1746 VA [no documentation] , listed as a tithable in household of Richard Pearis in 1767. I believe he is the same William Lowery mentioned in the papers of George Washington [Vol 9 pp 122 and 146 dated Jan 1772-Mar 1774], although I have not seen the actual pages to confirm my speculation.

Our William, however seems to have been a Loyalist. He served in Maj. Patrick Cunningham’s Little River, 96th Dist, Rank Pvt [Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War pp 254-259]. His migrations seem to parallel with the Neely and Pearis families from VA to Laurens Dist, SC. I have not found where he married Rhoda Pearis (I suspect in SC). Rhoda’s uncles (both Robert and Richard Pearis) were imprisoned for their adherence to the British crown. Of course, our William Lowery died in Jefferson Cty, GA on 09 Apr 1815.

I have considered a possible connection of our William to the family of James Lowery, also in Laurens Dist, SC. This line migrated from IRE to VA, NC, SC>GA. Children of James Lowery and unknown spouse are:

1.       William Lowery (one source has his b. abt 1755)
•       Could be earlier for no one has any information on him.
2.       Thomas Lowery b. abt 1750 Lincoln Co, NO
3.       John Lowery b. 12 Apr 1755 Rowan Co, NC
4.       James Lowery, Jr. b. aft 1760
5.       Sarah Lowery b. aft 1760
6.       Edmond Lowery (II) b. abt 1762 SC d. Feb 1835 Gwinnett Co, GA
7.       Meshack Lowery b. 09 Sep 1774

Another possibility is regarding the Will of John Lowery in Augusta Co, GA (1761)… He has a son named William Lowery. It seems the Magills (including Uncle James Magill) were also from this area. Furthermore, the John Lowery will mentions:

" ---to sons, John and Robert Lowry, £6 sent with William Parris (Pearis) to Ireland with the benefit of the return and £16 Lake(?) money, to be taught trades;"

Personally, I would like to learn more about this line. With some many names that are duplicated, it keeps me in a spin. Jan
PS - If you want to email me direct, we can compare Hutto lines.

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