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Posted by: Gary Cowan (ID *****0077) Date: March 17, 2005 at 10:19:52
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I am a descendant of Daniel F. Clower and Sarah Jane (Nunn) Clower, who moved to the area of far west Cooke County or far eastern Montague County after 1870.

Sarah Jane Clower died in or after 1873 of typhoid fever, and Daniel Clower died about 1878 after returning from a cattle drive in bad weather and contracting pneumonia.

Family history from the Clower family says this happened in western Cooke County.

However, they are supposed to be buried in Antioch Cemetery near the old Gladys community south of Saint Jo. I have not been able to find a marker with their names, but there are many plain sandstone markers at Antioch.

I went to the courthouse in Montague yesterday looking for information. The only info on any Clower family was deed records and an affadavit having to do with sale of land.

This involved an Elizabeth Clower, the widow of the late Green L. Clower. According to an affadavit of Aug. 6, 1888, there were evidently also siblings of Green Clower involved, an M.F. Brumley nee Clower, Ellen L. Preast nee Clower, and James E. Clower. Elizabeth seems to have had a son, Littleton M. Clower who had also died leaving a son John M. Clower. The records spell the name variously as Clower or Clowers.

The land involved is listed as 60 acres in the north part of the John Pogue preemption survey.

On May 5, 1885, Elizabeth Clower had bought land in Hardy, Texas, just down the road from Gladys and near the Antioch cemetery.

I do not know why Daniel Clower and his family moved to the Cooke Co or St. Jo area. They had been living in Kaufman Co in the 1870 census. In the 1880 census, the parents are dead, and their children are living with an aunt and uncle in Smith Co.

I cannot find a Green Clower or his sisters in the siblings of Daniel F. Clower, but they might be children of one of his brothers. The name is uncommon enough, and the location in Hardy close enough that I can't help but think there might be a connection.

Do you know anyone who knows the history of the Gladys and Hardy area, or of Antioch Cemetery. Was there a church there? Any idea why it is located where it is?

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