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Re: Meeker Lowe, mystery solved, mostly
Posted by: Jennifer Dean (ID *****1087) Date: October 19, 2004 at 07:25:52
In Reply to: Re: Meeker Lowe, 1920 Cens.Town of Hector w/G-father F. Dean by Sharon Workman of 237

Hi Sharon,

You are right, it has been fascinating. I have found more information on the family since this posting and should have posted an update but it is hard to keep up with every post.
It turns out that Meeker Lowe was the son of George Lowe and Bertie C. Dean Lowe. Apparently Bertie left George and Meeker sometime before 1910 when Meeker would have been 8 years old. George is found living w/his parents in the 1910 Hector census as a 'single' man and Meeker is already living w/his Uncle Fremont Dean and family.
George is still living with his widowed father in 1920 and Meeker is living with widowed Fremont in 1920 census.
In 1930, George is in Ithaca, still single and a Gunsmith. I still haven't discovered why Bertie left or where she went. She disappears sometime between 1902 when Meeker is born and 1910 census records. She isn't seen again until 1964, when she apparently passed away in East Steamburg, Cattauragas Co., NY.

The census records tell me that either Fremont had little patience for the census taker or the census taker was hard of hearing {kidding} because 'Chrissy' was a boy [christopher S. Dean] and Bertie was a girl. Given that we find a similar problem in 1920, where Meeker is shown as his grandson instead of his nephew tells me Fremont left the census taker to figure out the relationship for himself. If he was anything like his grandson, who was my grandfather [Harold Dean], he would have given him as little information as he could get away with just to get him to go away, and be darned if it was right or not.

Thanks for your input. If you come across anything that offers answers about what happened to Bertie, please let me know. And if you ever find any info on the parents of Eva DeMelt, Fremont's wife, please let me know. There are an Elias J. and Della A. DeMelt in the area at that time who COULD be her family, but I have found no proof.

Jennifer Dean Shelley

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