The Last Will and Testament of William Fowler record-image_939L-F65M-X

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Notes of interest:  

  • William requested to be buried in the graveyard with his parents.   This may indicate that he is buried in the Joe Kelly Cemetery.  It also confirms that the first wife of Henry Ellis Fowler, Catherine Puckett, is buried there.
  • William left his estate to the daughters of Sarah Burgess, Polly and Delinda.  It is not stated in his will that Sarah was his wife, or that Polly and Delinda were his daughters.  Who were they?
  • He mentions his brothers Mark and Womac in the will.  This is proof that this William was the son of Henry Ellis Fowler.
  • James Lane and Coleman Fowler were executors to the will.  What was Coleman Fowler’s relationship to the Henry Ellis Fowler family?
  • James Lane was a witness to the signing of the will, as well as William’s brother Godfrey Fowler, and Ann Fowler.  Who was Ann?


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Note of interest:

  • The will was signed by William on February 10, 1812, and recorded on March 17, 1812.  William was probably one of the younger sons of Henry Ellis Fowler, and very likely, a young man.  What made him aware of his imminent death?   Did he have a sudden illness or accident that motivated him to prepare his will?

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Notes of interest:  in the following document………..

  • John Fowler Hatter is distinguished from John Fowler Senior
  • Godfrey Fowler, Ephraim Fowler are mentioned
  • Mary Fowler is mentioned; was she the second wife and widow of Henry Ellis?
  • Lodge #53 is mentioned.  What kind of lodge could this have been?
  • There are two doctors mentioned.  Were these doctors used for a final illness?  It is hard for me to read the names.  Dr. __ O. Walker?  Dr. D Reaves?
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  • Schooling for the legatees (Polly and Delinda) was an expense.  Where were they schooled?
  • There is a charge for their support and clothing from a store that is named.  I cannot read the name of the store.  Where was it?  Kelly?  Jonesville?  Union, or elsewhere?
  • Mark Fowler is mentioned.
  • There is an expense for surveying land.  I need to look for land transactions for William.
  • There was an expense for travel to Newbury (Newberry) for the estate.  Why?Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 11.27.32 PM

Notes of Interest:  in the following document………..

  • One Mark Fowler is designated as “son of John” and another Mark Fowler as “son of Ellis” (these two Marks would have been Mark, the son of John “the elder” and wife Fanny, and Mark, the son of Henry Ellis Fowler and first wife Catherine Puckett.
  • William Johnson is mentioned.  He was a neighbor to the Henry Ellis Fowler clan, and possibly the father of Jasper Fowler’s wife, first name unknown.
  • Womac Fowler, Godfrey Fowler, John Fowler Senior, and Ephraim Fowler are mentioned in the document.

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Notes of interest: in the following document………

  • John Fowler “the hatter” is mentioned, as is John Fowler Senior.
  • Godfrey Fowler and Ephraim Fowler are also mentioned.

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Notes of interest: in the following document………

  • The settlement of the estate was certified by June 5, 1812, and recorded June 9, 1812.
  • Coleman Fowler was able to sign his name and not make his mark with an X.























3 thoughts on “WILLIAM FOWLER, (d. 1812), son of Henry Ellis Fowler

  1. Do you have any information Willis Fowler 2/15/1795 – 6/3/1863, born in Union, Union, South Carolina and died in Magadalena, Raleigh, Meriwether, Georgia, USA. His wife was Mary Susan James, BIRTH 10 FEBRUARY 1799 • Union County, South Carolina, United States of America,
    DEATH 25 JULY 1855 • Meriwether County, Georgia, United States of America
    I am trying to find who his father was and any other information there may be.
    Thank you,
    Charles Price

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    1. Hi Mr. Price, I have researched Willis Fowler and his wife Mary Susan James extensively. The James family married into the Fowler family several times. I have a photograph of one of the James women who married Harrison Fowler (a descendant of Womack Fowler) and will send to you if you would like a copy. I have also researched Willis Fowler with a documented descendant who is also an excellent researcher. We have speculated that his parents may have been John Fowler (d. 1833) and Fannie. But we do not know this for certain yet! There are many family trees on ancestry with very incorrect information about Willis Fowler. It will take yDNA testing to prove which line Willis Fowler descends from for sure. I have this on my list of men to test, but it is a long list and I have not yet contacted anyone about this. If you know of a direct descended Fowler male from the Willis Fowler line who may be willing to test, please send me an email : I would love to have answers for this line! Thanks for reading my articles and for your comments!!


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