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The Thomas Gillman Fowler Home (still occupied by Fowler descendants)


The Thomas Gillman Fowler home just outside of Jonesville, SC was built circa 1840. From records found in the family bible, Elijah T. Fowler was born August 13, 1830 — a son of Thomas Gillman Fowler and Susannah Hames.  He may be one of the young boys in the photograph above.

Elijah was a student in 1850 living at home with his parents and siblings. The family lived beside Godfrey and Nannie Kelly Fowler, Elijah’s grandparents, and Milligan and Coleman Fowler, Elijah’s uncles.


Elijah Fowler 1850 Union County SC Census


By 1860, Elijah Fowler had married his cousin, Mary Jane Moseley, daughter of Daniel Moseley and Biddy LNU.  Daniel was the son of John Baxter Moseley and Henrietta Fowler, daughter of Henry Ellis Fowler.  Elijah and Jane lived next door to his parents Thomas and Susannah Hames FowlerWilliam Littlejohn lived in the household as well.

Elijah and Mary Moseley Fowler 1860 Union County SC Census


In June of 1870, Elijah and Mary Jane Moseley Fowler and their three daughters lived in Draytonville, Union County, SC next to his brother Gassaway Fowler and family. Ellis Fowler (son of Ellis Fowler b. 1770 and Mary) lived nearby with his wife Sarah “Sally” Clark and their family.


Elijah Fowler and Family; Draytonville, Union County, SC  June 23, 1870


Elijah Fowler and his family had moved to Jonesville, SC  by September 21, 1870 and were living next to Mary’s brother Damon Moseley and his family.

Elijah Fowler and Family; Jonesville, Union County SC Sept 21, 1870


Why was the ELIJAH T.FOWLER family counted twice in census records in 1870?

On June 23, 1870, the family was recorded in Draytonville, Union County, SC as follows:

  • Elijah Fowler age 40
  • Mary Fowler age 34
  • Gassaway Fowler age 9
  • Susan Fowler age 6
  • Fanny Fowler age 3

On September 21, 1870, they were recorded in Jonesville, Union County, SC as follows:

  • Elijah Fowler age 40
  • Mary Fowler age 34
  • Josephine Fowler age 9
  • Susan Fowler age 7
  • Francis Fowler age 3

Sometime between June 23 and September 21, the family moved from Draytonville to nearby Jonesville.  Gassaway Josephine and Francis “Fanny” Fowler stayed the same age, but Susan Bettie had a birthday on September 7, making her a year older.


The Elijah Fowler family had moved back to Draytonville, SC by 1880.  They were living near Ellis and Sarah Clark Fowler and other related Fowler families.

Elijah Fowler and Family 1880 Census; Draytonville, Union County SC


Elijah and Mary’s daughter Gassaway Josephine “Josie” Fowler married Dr. Thomas Lee circa 1886.  Their first child, Mary, was born in Alabama in 1888, followed by son Joshua in 1892 in Alabama, and son Thomas in Oklahoma in 1897.

Thomas and Josie Fowler Lee and their family lived in Indian Territory, Chickasaw Nation (Oklahoma) in 1900.  Josie’s father and mother, Elijah and Mary Jane Moseley Fowler were also in the household.

The census record states that Mary Jane Fowler had 10 children during her marriage, but only the three daughters, Josie, Susan Bettie, and Francis, were ever counted in census records.

Elijah and Mary Fowler living with daughter Josie Lee and Family                                                         1900 Census Indian Territory, Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma


Elijah Fowler died on February 16, 1908, and Mary Jane Moseley Fowler died January 13, 1918.  They are buried in the Childersburg Cemetery, Talladega County, Alabama.

Elijah T. Fowler 1830-1908
Mary Jane Moseley 1835-1918

As stated above, Elijah and Mary Jane’s daughter Gassaway Josephine Fowler  married Dr. Thomas Lee.  It must be mentioned that their oldest son, Joshua Bryan Lee (1892-1967), was both a senator and a representative in Congress.

Joshua Lee was born in Childersburg, Alabama, but the family moved to Paul’s Valley, Indian Territory when he was three years old.  They moved again in 1901 to Hobart, and then near Rocky, Oklahoma.

He graduated from the University of Oklahoma  in 1917, receiving a masters degree in political science in 1924 from Columbia University.  He went on to earn an LL.B. degree from Cumberland University of Tennessee in 1925.

Joshua Lee served overseas in France in the U.S. Army as a private in World War I in 1917-1918.

He was a successful author, public speaker, lawyer, and rancher.  He married Louise Gerlach and had two children.

A link to the Oklahoma Historical Society:


  • Henry Ellis Fowler (1746-1808) m. Catherine Puckett
    • Godfrey Fowler (1773-1850) m. Nannie Kelly 1775-1857
      • Thomas Gillman Fowler 1798-1880 m. Susannah Hames 1804-1863
        • ELIJAH T. FOWLER 1830-1908 m. Mary Jane Moseley 1835-1918
          • Gassaway Josephine Fowler m. Thomas J. Lee 1861-1917
            • Mary Virginia Lee 1888-1972 m. Jacob E. Kirk 1882–1962
            • Joshua Bryan Lee 1892-1967 m. Margaret Louisa Gerlach 1896–1977
              • Robert Joshua Lee 1924–2000 m. Peggy Joyce Oakes 1926–2005
              • daughter Lee b. 1931
            • Thomas Joseph Lee 1896-1935
            • Samuel Lee 1905-1906
          • Susan Bettie Fowler 1863-1923 m. Simeon S. Cosper 1858-1924
            • Harry Roland Cosper 1894-1980 m. Addie Belle White 1897–1978
              • Harry Wayne Cosper 1931–2007
              • Thomas Rex Cosper 1931–1974
            • Helen Grace Cosper 1896-1971
            • Joseph Dunn Cosper 1898-1963 m. Ellen Maybelle Hodges 1902–1983
              • Dudley Lee Cosper 1926–1996 m. Bobbie Jeanne Tomlin 1934–2008
            • Louis Lee Cosper 1902-1988 m. Pauline Ada Weir 1909-2001
          • Frances “Fanny Fowler 1868-after 1880
























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