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Re: Tow&Shipman
Posted by: Jim Tow Date: September 07, 2001 at 14:12:05
In Reply to: Re: Tow&Shipman by Jimmy mack of 471

Hi, again, Jimmy:

I will appreciate any corrections or additions you would like to make to my initial response to your query. I am interested in getting your line entered correctly.

Thanks for the additional information on your great-grandfather’s name (William Oscar Abbott) and the Hendrix (Hendrick) names. When you said, “Mary also married a Selby man,” were you referring to Shelby County, a town named Selby or a man named Selby? I found Shelby County just across the border from Louisiana, but my Rand McNally does not list a Selby township.

Please note that in my entry for your great-grandmother’s children (Lena Ella Tow’s), I listed two daughters, both of whom are supposed to have married Jacob Layten. Unless there were other children I do not know about, it would appear that one of these Abbot daughters was your maternal grandmother. So, based on your message, I have indicated in my record that one of the Abbot daughters who married Jacob Layten had a daughter who married a man who’s surname was Mack.

Also, in the information I put in my response, Jacob Layten died in 1987, which means you may have known him. Perhaps you can confirm or correct what I have said above about your line and supply the names of the two Abbott daughters who married Jacob Layten. However, if you prefer not to respond, I will certainly understand. I try not to put information about living persons on the Internet without their permission.

Like you, I am descended from Reuben and Lurana Tow, who I mentioned in my first response to you. Reuben was my great-great-grandfather. The youngest of Reuben’s and Lurana’s children were twin sons, Samuel and Alexander. Alexander was my great-grandfather. His son, Charles Gibson Tow, was my grandfather. My father was James Ora Tow.

Samuel and Alexander were born when Reuben and Lurana still lived in Buncombe Co., NC. Alexander eventually settled with his family to Missouri and Samuel settled in Arkansas. My grandfather, who was the youngest of twelve children, moved his family to Washington, then to Oregon. My father and his generation are all deceased, but there remains a lot of Charles Tow’s descendants in Washington and Oregon.

Jim Tow


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