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Re: Tows with the wrong name
Posted by: Jim Tow Date: November 09, 2000 at 15:41:52
In Reply to: Re: Tows with the wrong name by David Towe of 471

David, I apologize for calling you Michael and do not consider myself misled. I suffer from what I call “senior moments,” which are brief periods when my brain does strange things.

Thanks for the comments on Towse, Tow and Tow and the origin in the 13th century near Inverness. All these bits and pieces help.

You mentioned the “Highland Clearances” of the 18th and 19th centuries as a possible reason for Tow(e) emigration from Scotland. I’m sure it was, but our Tow(e) came earlier than that. As far as we know, the Tow(e) from whom we descended came to North Carolina in the mid or early 1700s, which, I believe, preceded the Highland Clearances.

We believe we descended from Christopher Tow, Sr., who died in the Revolutionary War on April 1, 1778. This is a theory, based on analysis of records of Tow(e) in Perquimans Co. and Buncombe Co., NC.

I was pleased to hear that there are actually Scots named Towe. Tow(e) has been connected by records to immigrants from England and Norway, but our Scottish heritage has been limited to family lore. You improved the odds for us.

Thanks for the response.

Jim Tow


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