He was a beautiful boy, Walter Ellis Burton, and later, a handsome young man. His life was far too short, but he never saw the ravages of time mar his features. There is no one left on earth who knew him; no one who remembers the beautiful boy.

Walter Ellis Burton was the firstborn son (1898) of Ira O. Burton (1875–1938) and Ruth Frances Langford (1880–1953). Ira O. Burton was the son of Tolliver Joseph Burton (1840–1905) and Jane Jennie Murphy (b. 1844). Ruth Frances Langford was the daughter of Joshua Marion Langford (1859–1927) and Mary B Rivers (1859–1889).

Four daughters followed in succession. There was not to be another son born into the family.

The girls:

  • Mary Etta Burton (1901–1983)
  • Edna Lois Burton (1904–1972)
  • Margaret Frances Burton (1914–1998)
  • Louise Burton (1917–1921)

The name “Walter” does not seem to have any personal significance, although it is possible, even likely, that I’ve missed a namesake somewhere. “Ellis” is no doubt after the Ellis family of Due West; in particular, Robert Ellis, who took in Tolliver Joseph Burton after the death of his parents, and provided for him even after the death of Robert Ellis by way of inheritance.

When he was seventeen years of age, Walter’s father, Ira O. Burton, shot and killed a man on Main Street in Newberry, SC. The tragic event, the arrest of his father, the trials … all would have had tremendous effect and significance to a young man in the prime of his life. This story will be told later in the chapter of the life and times of Ira O. Burton.

What does have big –yes, monumental — personal significance to me is that Walter Ellis Burton met and married the woman who would become my great grandmother, Laura Belle Ruff (1899-1996). A daughter was born to them on June 26, 1917, but the infant girl did not survive long enough to be counted in a census, nor can I find her name or date of death. This was the first of many heartbreaks to come.

Another daughter was born in 1918. She survived and was given the name Mary Ellen. She lived a very long life surrounded by a loving family before she was called to her heavenly home in 2008.

Named “Walter” after his father and “Darold” after my great grandmother’s teenaged crush, my grandfather, Walter Darold Burton, was born August 24, 1920. He was called Billy and he, too, was a beautiful boy. I was always grateful that God had chosen him to be my grandfather. We had to write a paper in school about someone who was a hero in our lives, and I chose him. We lost him in 1998 and I miss him every single day.

With a wife and two small children to raise, it was more than tragic when Walter Ellis Burton became ill, and died on November 26, 1924 in a hospital near Columbia, SC. He left behind his young wife who never married again. Laura Belle Ruff Burton worked hard her entire life to provide for her son and daughter. I am lucky beyond measure that these beautiful people with beautiful souls are my family.

Walter Ellis Burton, and his two sisters Mary Etta and Edna Lois. (Photo taken ca. 1909)

I love the watch fob. It’s a very nice touch.

I am also fascinated by the shoes……..

Walter Ellis Burton as a young man. (year unknown)


Leila Alma Vaughan was my father’s first cousin. Her mother, Florence Imogene Mabry and my father’s mother, Lois Ellen Mabry were sisters.

  • Benjamin Franklin Mabry (1847–1925) m. Delilah Josephine Foster (1860–1935)
  • Florence Imogene Mabry (1882–1974) m. Luther Lafayette Vaughan (1881–1936)
  • Leila Alma Vaughan (1905–2002) m. Leonard Lewis Smith (1892–1949)

I met Leila Alma Vaughn Smith when she was in her nineties. My dad called her Aunt Alma even though they were cousins. She was a wonderful lady. She was kind and patient with me and didn’t mind the many questions I asked her about our family history.

She gave me a photograph of her grandmother Delilah Josephine Foster, who was my great grandmother. I had too few visits with cousin Alma before her final illness and death. One of the things that she gave to me that I will always treasure was her story of her recollections of her childhood. My brother posted it on his website and I include it below:


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #14 Simeon Godfrey Jacob Roof (1827-1922)

Simeon Godfrey Jacob Roof. He’s the elderly man with the gray beard standing on the back row to the far left. He is my great great great grandfather. This photograph was taken circa 1904/1905. This image is more valuable to me than a pot of gold. It is a family treasure.

Simeon Godfrey Jacob Roof’s wife, Martha Matilda McCarty, is the second woman from the right sitting on the bottom row. The little girl standing beside her is my great grandmother, Laura Belle Roof, who was born 1900/1901. Laura Belle’s mother, Nora McCarty, married to Simeon Moultrie Roof, is sitting on the bottom row center holding her daughter Nettie and flanked by her young son John.

The Simeon Godfrey Jacob Roof Family

Simeon Godfrey Jacob Roof was the son of Reuben Roof (1799–1885) and Jemimah Catherine Earhart (1800–1875).

Reuben Roof was the son of Godfrey Roof (1770–1825) and Barbara Monts (1780–1812). This family line — Roof — was a German family line, sometimes spelled Ruff, Reuff, Reiff, and less frequently, Rough. The Roof family hailed from Hesse Germany and populated Lexington, Newberry, Saluda, and Edgefield Counties in South Carolina.

One only has to look at early census records to see that there was a large wave of German immigration to South Carolina in the 1700s; so much, in fact, that an entire region in Lexington, Newberry, and Richland Counties was named Dutch Fork. The Germans settled there en masse between 1730 to 1766.

Ask anyone on the street, and you may be told that the “fork” — the area between the Saluda and Broad Rivers — was named Dutch Fork after the people from Holland who immigrated and settled there. Good assumption but totally wrong: the name Dutch Fork came from the Anglicized version of the word “Deutsch” which translates to “German” in their language. Other than their Germanic last names and the abundance of Lutheran churches in the area, there is little left of their German heritage.

Jemimah Catherine “Minnie” Earhart was the daughter of Godfrey Earhart (1745–1821) and Katherine Hannah Luther (1755–1816). This line was perhaps from Switzerland, adjacent to Germany. I am not completely sure of the origins, although Earhart is the Americanized spelling of the German Ehrhardt.

Simeon Godfrey Jacob Roof married Jane Elizabeth Harper (1829–1856) after 1850. It was a short lived marriage due to her untimely death, and if there were children born to the couple, their presence eludes me.

He married Martha Matilda McCarty (1842–1905), daughter of Jacob McCarty (1806–1883) and Matilda Wheeler (1806–1889). The McCarty line is Irish and traces back to a Michael McCarty (1720-1790) who immigrated from Cork, Ireland and landed in Edgefield County, SC.

Simeon Jacob Godfrey Roof and Martha Matilda McCarty had eight children:

  • Lawrence Hosia Roof (1861–1949)
  • Jacob Godfrey Roof (1866–1919)
  • John Reubin Roof (1869–1898)
  • Mary Jane Roof (1872–1902)
  • Simeon Moultrie Roof (1873–1958)
  • Henry Ashton Roof (1877–1954)
  • Oscar Olen Roof (1881–1963)
  • David Jenkins Roof (1884–1933)

Simeon Moultrie Roof married Nora McCarty and they were my great great grandparents. They were also related to each other, both descended from Michael McCarty of Ireland.

Simeon Godfrey Jacob Roof died Feb 2, 1922. He and Martha Matilda are buried at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Saluda County, SC. The Roof name was interchangeable in life and in death. His headstone reads Simeon G. J. ROOF; hers, Martha Matilda RUFF.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #13: FRED KIRBY (1910-1996)

When my brother and I were growing up in a small, southern town, one thing that we looked forward to each week was a TV show with a singing cowboy called Fred Kirby’s Little Rascals. We watched it on our small, black and white set topped by a rabbit ear antenna. The singing cowboy was Fred Kirby, his sidekick, Uncle Jim, and his paint horse was named Calico — I was enthralled.

When my grandfather told us that our family was related to the singing cowboy on TV, I could not believe what I was hearing. Fred Kirby was famous!

When my dad told us that we were going to meet our cousin Fred Kirby — the singing cowboy with the paint horse on TV every week — I thought all of my dreams had come true.

Fred Kirby was making an appearance at the local fairgrounds in the late 1960s. We did meet him. I remember very little of the event even though it meant the world to me at the time. I do remember my dad telling the singing cowboy that my brother and I were relatives of his. I cannot remember his reply, but I am sure he was not particularly impressed.

Joshua Marion Langford (1859–1927) and Mary B Rivers (1859–1889) are my genetic connection to fame. Joshua Langford was the son of John J. Langford (1818–1892) and Sarah Anne Langford (1833–1881), both descendants of the same Langford family. Mary B. Rivers was the daughter of James Robert Rivers (1835–1912) and Sybil Elizabeth “Sibby” Fikes (1843–1916).

Joshua Marion Langford was married twice, first to Mary B. Rivers with whom he had three children: Ruth Langford (1880–1953), Jacob Astor Langford (1884–1952) and Sybil Lavinia Langford (1886–1934). His second wife and mother of many children was Mattie Louella “Mittie” Hill (1873–1928).

Ruth Langford was my ancestor. She married Ira O. Burton (1875–1938) and their son Walter Ellis Burton (1899–1924) was my great grandfather.

Ruth’s sister Sybil Lavinia Langford married David Traxler Kirby (1885–1941) and they were the parents of the singing cowboy, Frederick Austin Kirby, known to children of all ages as Fred Kirby.

Fred Kirby was born near Charlotte, North Carolina. His father was a Pentecostal Holiness minister for the last 30 years of his life, born in Darlington County SC in 1886 to John Monroe Pilkington KIrby and Anna Martha Allen. Fred had many siblings — six brothers and three sisters.

Fred’s mother instilled into him a love of music, teaching him how to play the guitar and sing hymns. HIs first real job was at the radio station WIS in Columbia, SC when he was only seventeen years old. WIS (Wonderful Iodine State) was the very last station in the country to be granted a three-letter call sign.

A year later, Fred began working at WBT in Charlotte, NC. He sang alone as well as with others and spent ten years working there learning the business. He left Charlotte in 1939 and made stops in Cincinnati, Chicago, and St Louis. During World War II, he sold war bonds over the radio and was recognized for his work. He made his way back to Charlotte in 1943, still singing and entertaining anyone who would listen.

He composed and recorded a song after the United States obliterated Hiroshima in 1945. The song was called Atomic Power and it was a hit. Fred Kirby enjoyed much success in the 1940s. His musical career was on fire.

Fred Kirby hosted several children’s television shows beginning in the 1950s. He would continue in this phase of his career until well into the 1980s. He entertained untold numbers of children during these years. He was a household fixture on the small screens in the living rooms of many generations of the young. When not appearing on television, Fred could be found at Tweetsie Railroad in Boone, North Carolina. He was the cowboy hero who prevented the outlaws from robbing the train.

Yes, the man in the white cowboy hat was one of the good guys. Fred Kirby was my family.

Finding my FOWLER Ancestors: Left Out of the Census, or Counted Twice?

My ancestor Ellis Fowler (b. 1770) and his wife Mary made an appearance in the Union County SC census in the years 1800 to 1850, with one exception: they were not counted in 1810. This missing decade could have answered many questions regarding the number of sons and daughters born to the couple.

Maybe the census taker overlooked the household. I imagine that it would have been easy to miss a tiny log cabin buried deep in the woods down a long rutted, dirt road. Perhaps a gentle shower turned into a hard rain and the census taker decided that it would be easier to head home rather than continue his trudge deeper and deeper in the red clay mud. Maybe all of the family members were in the fields toiling in the hot sun, and the knock of the census taker went unanswered. It may even be possible that some of the Ellis Fowler family were ill with fever and the census taker bypassed the home so that he would not become ill also. Whatever the reason, it is a research tragedy — to me — that the family was not enumerated in 1810.

It was not uncommon for men, women, and children to be absent from the census. It happened often back then and it still happens today. It makes the job of a researcher a little more difficult but it is something that one just deals with and moves on. It also happens, a little less often, that a family, or individual, will be counted twice. I do not mind when this occurs as it can give us a better look at the lives of the ancestors being researched.

What follows will be in two parts. Part One will give two examples of Union County, SC Fowler families who were counted twice in the 1870 census. Part Two will be my attempt in understanding the 1820 Union County SC census in which some Fowler families (as well as others) appeared to have been counted twice with no rhyme or reason.


Example #1 Elijah Fowler and Family

  • Elijah T. Fowler (1830-1908)
  • Mary Jane Moseley Fowler (1835–1918)
  • Gassaway Josephine “Josie” Fowler (1861–1953)
  • Susan Bettie Fowler (1863–1923)
  • Frances “Fannie” Fowler ( b. 1868)

Elijah T. Fowler was the son of Thomas Gillman Fowler (1798-1880) and Susannah Hames (1804-1863). Thomas Gillman Fowler was the son of Godfrey Fowler (1773-1850) and Nannie Kelly (1775-1857). Elijah Fowler married his cousin Mary Jane Moseley, daughter of Daniel Moseley (1814–1894) and Biddy (1816–1870).

On June 23, 1870, the Elijah Fowler family was enumerated for the Union County SC Census by Mr. Going. The family lived in Draytonville which was located in Union County at that time; it is now part of Cherokee County, SC.

The Elijah Fowler family moved from Draytonville to Jonesville between June 23 and September 21, 1870, the day they were counted for the census by Mr. William A. Bolt. The oldest daughter was called Gassaway in one record and Josephine in the other; the middle daughter Susan had a birthday on September 7, and was recorded accurately as age 6 in June and age 7 in September; the youngest daughter Francis was called by her given name in one record and Fanny in the other.

It is fairly easy to see that the family of Elijah T. Fowler was counted twice in 1870, once in June and again in September. Draytonville and Jonesville are not a great distance from each other and the Fowler families moved back and forth between the two townships often. It is obvious that this was a case of a family moving from one location to another and census takers visiting both places.

Example #2 William Edward Fowler and James Monroe Fowler

  • James Fowler (1832–1862)
  • Caroline Hodge (1830-1912)
  • Desdamona Fowler (1854–1887)
  • William Edward Fowler (1856–1894)
  • James Monroe Fowler (1858–1931)

William Edward Fowler and his brother James Monroe Fowler were the sons of James Fowler and Caroline Hodge. James Fowler was the son of William Fowler (b. 1795) and Rhoda Moseley. Caroline Hodge was the daughter of John Jackson Hodge (1802-1882) and Martha Patsy Fowler (1809-1872), daughter of Womack Fowler (1785-1849) and Susannah Moseley (1792-1878).

While scanning the 1870 Union County census for the Draytonville township, I noticed the two Fowler boys wedged in-between a household headed by William Franklin Hodge (1837-1909), and another of Calvin Wister Hodge (1850-1928). I wondered why a fifteen year old boy would be listed as Head of Household in a census record. Knowing that the two Hodge men nest door were brothers of Caroline Hodge married to James Fowler, I looked a little closer.

It made perfect sense to me that Caroline Hodge Fowler would have sent her two sons to work on the farms of her brothers in nearby Draytonville. James Fowler had died and the male influence of the Hodge uncles would only benefit the young boys as they prepared for manhood.

Mr. Going, the census taker for that part of Union County, made his rounds on June 23, 1870 and counted the two Fowler boys in their own household next door to their uncles.

William Edward and James Monroe Fowler had moved back into the Jonesville township household of their mother, Caroline Hodge Fowler, in time to be counted again on September 21, this time by census taker Mr. William A.Bolt.

1870 Union County SC Census

This example of the two Fowler boys was not indicative of an entire family moving to a new home but that of the sons in a family being sent away to work and spend time with extended family. This would happen more and more often after the civil war when many fathers did not return home and women were raising young boys on their own.


Several years ago, I noticed that I often got “double” results when I looked up someone in the 1820 Union County, SC Census. It happened when I ran a search for Jasper Fowler (1785-bef 1850), son of Ephraim Fowler. I discovered that there were two Jasper Fowlers with almost the same numbers (ages and number of occupants) in each household. In other words, the households of the two Jasper Fowlers were almost identical.

I had never seen another Jasper Fowler in Union County, and I was a little confused trying to understand why an “extra” Jasper appeared in 1820, then disappeared never to be seen again.

And then, the “double” headcount happened again, this time with Mark Fowler. It happened over and over with others I researched. I eventually began to “unsee” the double results.

I did notice that the 1820 Union County census had two townships: Union and Not Stated. This was the first time since the beginning of the census that the county had been broken up into more than one township category. It would happen once more in 1850, then beginning in 1870, the county would be more accurately divided:



52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #12: McDonal Carol “Mac” Lowery (1875-1901)

Mac Lowery was my great great grandfather. He was born McDonal Carol Lowery in Grassy Creek Township, Mitchell County, North Carolina in 1875, and he died on November 27, 1901 at Converse, Spartanburg County South Carolina. He was the son of John Stewart Lowery and Sarah Caroline McFalls.

The name McDonal may have been a maiden name of one of his female forebears. I have seen some research –albeit unsubstantiated– that attached this name to one of his ancestors. It makes perfect sense, the Scots name McDonal, as I believe this line of the family Lowery to have originated in the Scottish Highlands. I have not documented this “fact” and I’m treating it as speculation on some fellow researcher’s enthusiastic part for now.

The middle name of Carol may have been Carl, or Carlton. This was an often used name in the Lowery family. As I write this, I am paging through my electronic notes and I see no source for any middle name for my great great grandfather. I think that I must have some wayward slip of paper with reason for my thinking, or perhaps I am also an enthusiastic speculator.

Regardless of the name McDonal, Carol, or Carlton, he was known to friends and family and in legal documents as Mac Lowery.

Mac Lowery married Alice Elizabeth Atkins on November 25, 1894 at the home of his father John William Lowery in Union Mills, Rutherford County, NC. The Rev. George A. Hough performed the ceremony with T.P Goforth, Charles Young Logan, and E.M Hough as witnesses.

Alice Elizabeth Akins was the daughter of Lydall Charles Atkins (1858–1892) and Margaret Louise Bartles (1853–1947). The Atkins family is an interesting line — one of which I will go into another day; it traces back to the Allen, Bacon, Atwater, and Downs families of England. It was a long journey from the high courts of England to the high tops of the North Carolina mountains. It is a story worth telling.

Alice Elizabeth Atkins gave birth to one child — my great grandmother, Ida Letha Lowery, on September 6, 1895 in Rutherford County, NC. A year and one month later, October 1896, Alice Elizabeth Atkins was dead and Ida was left motherless. Mac Lowery’s mother Sarah Caroline McFalls Lowery had given birth to a son, Samuel, in 1895. Family tradition has it that Sarah Caroline nursed her own child Samuel as well as her grandchild Ida.

Ida Letha Lowery 1895-1992

Mac Lowery was still a young man when his wife and the mother of his only child died. He married again, this time to Lucy Helen Westall, born July 14, 1880 in Celo, Yancey County NC.

From information obtained from a 1910 census record, Mac Lowery and Lucy Helen Westall had three children, with only one living in 1910: Carlton Henry Lowery, born Jan 21, 1901 in Cliffside, Rutherford County. He died April 24, 1966 in Marion, McDowell County.

I cannot find the Mac Lowery family in the 1900 census. There is a Lucy Lowery who lived with the Sidney Barrett family in Gaston County. She is the right age to be Lucy Helen Westell, and Gaston County is only two counties east of Rutherford County. I’ve not researched this enough to be sure.

Mac Lowery was just missing. But, he made a final appearance on November 27, 1901, when he was shot and killed by William Lattimore near Spartanburg, SC. He left a daughter, my great grandmother Ida Letha Lowery an orphan who would live with her Lowery grandparents until her eventual marriage to Adam Teseniar.

After the death of Mac Lowery, Lucy Helen Westall Lowery married Sewell Clingman Beheler (1871-1954).

Ironically, Sewell Beheler was the son of Aletha Lowery (b.1852). Sewell Beheler was no doubt named after Atetha’s brother Suell /Sewall Lowery (b. 1853). Mac Lowery’s father John William Lowery was a sibling and they were all children of William Stewart Lowery.

I’ll do the math- Lucy Helen’s husbands Mac Lowery and Sewell Beheler were first cousins. Lucy Helen Westall Lowery Beheler died in 1828.

Rather than writing about the murder of Mac Lowery, I’ve cut and pasted the articles that I have found in newspapers of the era. I have heard the story many times over the years, and I believe that the following accounts of the tragic events are true to form.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #11: JOHN WILLIAM LOWERY (1845-1925)

John William Lowery and his wife Sarah Caroline McFalls were my great great great grandparents.

John William Lowery was born in Yancy County, North Carolina on April 6, 1845. I have seen records stating that he was born in 1842. He was one of the fifteen-or-so children of William Stewart “Scully” Lowery (1816–1898) and Mary “Polly” Biddix (1816–1880).

The William Stewart Lowery Family

Spelled Laurie, Lowry, Lowrey, Lowery, and a few other ways, this family was Scottish, although they had likely stopped off in Northern Ireland for a generation or two, coming to the new world as Scotch Irish. Alexander Lowry was our immigrant ancestor.

It is believed that the family arrived in Philadelphia in the mid 1700s, then traveled to the mountains of North Carolina, settling and living in Burke, Yancey, Mitchell, Madison, McDowell, and Rutherford Counties.

William Stewart Lowery and Mary Biddix raised their children in Yancey County, and eventually moved to Mitchell County in their old age. Old “Scully” Lowery and his family emerged from the Mitchell County mountains in a covered wagon pulled by oxen around 1890. I do not know the location of his grave but my research puts his death in Rutherford County in 1898.

His son, John William Lowery, is likely one of the older boys in the photograph above. John William Lowery married Sarah Caroline McFalls c. 1870, daughter of Arthur McFalls (1828–1863) and Hazel “Hazy” Althenie McHone (1827–1900).

The Arthur McFalls family were also from Yancey County and moved into Mitchell County after the death of Arthur in the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia on September 20, 1863. I have heard many family stories that Sarah Caroline McFalls was of Cherokee Indian descent, but I have found no Native American in the DNA results of her descendants. She does look like an old Indian woman in the photograph below:

The John William Lowery Family
Back row: William Lowery, John Columbus Lowery, Ellie Burwell (wife of John Columbus Lowery), Pauline Lowery (daughter of John Columbus Lowery), Rachel Lowery and Hazy Lowery
Front row: Samuel Lowery, Grady Lowery (son of John Columbus Lowery) John William Lowery, Sarah Caroline McFalls, and Ida Lowery (daughter of McDonal Carol Lowery)

John William Lowery and Sarah Caroline McFalls had ten children. Their son, McDonal Carol “Mac” Lowery, married Alice Elizabeth Atkins. My great grandmother Ida Lowery was born to them in 1895. A year later, Alice Elizabeth Atkins died. Mac Lowery was murdered in 1901, and young Ida was an orphan. Her grandparents, John William Lowery and Sarah Caroline McFalls took her in and raised her along with their own children.

John William Lowery died on February 16, 1925 from injuries he received in an automobile accident in High Shoals, Rutherford County, North Carolina. Sarah Caroline McFalls Lowery died May 9, 1928 of old age.

John William Lowery 1845-1925 m. Sarah Caroline McFalls 1849-1928

  • Harriett “Hattie” Lowery (1867-1941)
  • Henry Wesley Lowery (1870-1940)
  • James Fillmore Lowery (1873–1962)
  • McDonal Carol Lowery (1875–1901)
  • Mary Lowery (1877–1958)
  • John Columbus Lowery (1880–1931)
  • Hazel Roseana Lowery (1884-1972)
  • William Massey Lowery (1885–1960)
  • Rachel M Lowery (1886–1967)
  • Samuel Washington Lowery (1895–1962)

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #10: WASHINGTON FOWLER (1818-after 1860) Son of John, son of Ephraim

I am going to take a great leap of faith and say that Washington Fowler born in Union County, SC in 1818 was one and the same as Willian Tip Fowler born in Union County, SC in 1818.

Washington Fowler appeared in the 1840 Union County census as a 20 to 29 year old man, with a 15 to 19 year old female and a female under 5. For a long time, I thought his name had been a mistake on the census taker’s part. I had never seen the name Washington Fowler, and I did not see it again — until–I found documents in the courthouse in Union whereas Washington Fowler, the son of John Fowler, (son of Ephraim Fowler) had sold his share of his grandfather Ephraim Fowler’s estate:

Previous to October 1, 1849, Washington Fowler, son of John Fowler (deceased) sold his one fifth of one eighth share to David Gallman.

October 1, 1849: David Gallman sold to William Bevis the one fifth partial share that he had bought from Washington Fowler.

Once I saw these documents, I knew that there had been a son of John Fowler named Washington who had married and had a daughter before 1840. But evidence of him was never to be found again; what happened to Washington Fowler?

In the 1850 Union County Census, a William Fowler appeared with a wife Nancy and three children. This William did not seem to “fit” into any Fowler family. I’ve stared at his name for years. I’ve searched records for his family. I’ve turned and twisted this William Fowler every which way possible, and nothing made much sense; yet, there he was –right in the middle of my Fowlers.

The William Fowler born 1818 was married to Nancy (b. 1820). William Fowler and Nancy had a son name John Tipton Fowler, sometimes referred to as John “Tip” Fowler.

I recently found the estate settlement of John Knight Bowles Sims, (brother of Joseph Stark Sims) dated March 22, 1860. There it was — “William Tip Fowler” — the first and only time I’ve seen the name written this way. I have to wonder if this is William Tip Fowler married to Nancy, father of John Tipton Fowler? I have to wonder if this was Washington Fowler?

Today, I decided to approach this problem in a different manner. I’ve often wondered in the past if Washington Fowler could be William Fowler. I’ve researched others who changed their names mid-life for reasons known and unknown. I did a quick analysis of census records to see if Washington Fowler lived in the “house” of William Fowler. It looks like he did. I compared the location of Washington/William Fowler to David Gallman since the two men had legal dealings with each other in the past.

John Fowler and family which included Washington Fowler lived near David Gallman in 1830; Washington Fowler lived near David Gallman in 1840; and William Fowler lived near David Gallman in 1850. This is not conclusive evidence by any means but it does lend weight to the theory.

1830 Census: Washington Fowler was a twelve year old male in the household of his father John Fowler. David Gallman was a near-by neighbor.

1830 Union County Census

John Fowler had died before 1840, but his oldest son Washington Fowler was head of household with a young wife and a very young daughter. Washington Fowler lived near the David Gallman family in 1840.

1840 Union County SC Census

David Gallman was a neighbor to William Fowler in 1850. We know that Washington Fowler had sold his part of the Ephraim Fowler estate to David Gallman sometime before 1849.

1850 Union County SC Census

Washington Fowler AKA William Fowler died after 1860. It is possible that his son James Fowler (b.1840) died after 1860, for neither man was to be found again in any records. William Fowler was a little old to have been a soldier in the war, but one or both men may have headed out to a battlefield and perished there. I will obviously continue researching to find them.

In 1870, Nancy Fowler was head of a household that included daughters Rachel and Amanda.

John Tipton Fowler had married Nancy Reeves and they had a son, Jeter, and a daughter, Cynthia, by 1870.

In 1880, John Tipton Fowler and his family lived next door to his mother Nancy Fowler and sister Rachel. Next door were Zachariah and Cynthia Reeves, parents of John Tipton Fowler’s wife Nancy Reeves. Amanda Fowler had married Elias Horne and they lived not so very far away. Amanda’s son William Horne lived in the household with her mother Nancy and sister Rachel.

Washington Fowler? William Fowler 1818-after 1860 m. Nancy 1820-after 1880

  1. Rachel Fowler 1838–after 1880
  2. James Fowler 1840–after 1860
  3. John Tipton Fowler 1842–1922 m. Nancy Reeves 1849–1939
    • Barth Jeter Fowler 1866–1941 m. Addie Louella White 1864–1951
      • Arthur Arbott Fowler 1885–1958 m. Estelle Lybrand 1887–1964
        • Adda G Fouler 1910–
        • Frederick Lybrand Fowler 1912–2004 m. Dorothy Bozard
          • Frederick Lybrand Fowler Jr. 1943–1978 m. Kirby Kittredge
            • son Fowler
            • son Fowler
            • daughter Fowler
        • Francis Keith Fowler 1918–2009
        • Sarrah P Fowler 1925– m. Arthur Miller Proctor–2005
          • son Proctor
          • dqughter Proctor
      • William Beaty Fowler 1888–1918 m. Pearl Coleman 1893–
        • Robert Jeter Fowler 1912–1937 m. Kathleen Elizabeth Rochester 1910–1983
      • Bessie P Fowler 1889– m. Benjamin Maturson Littlefield 1886–1935
        • Mary Littlefield 1918–
        • Benjamin Julian Littlefield 1920–1974 m. Erma Hughes
          • daughter Littlefield
      • Henry Grady Fowler 1892–1948 m. Rosebell Ruth Lawson 1893–
        • Dorothy Fowler 1916–2005 m. Wallace Johnson Sanders 1915–1973
        • Mary Ruth Fowler 1919–1992 m. Walter F Mitros Jr 1925–2005
      • John F Fowler 1894–1916 m. Jessie Pridmore 1891–1970
        • Jeter Wade Fowler 1912–1980 m. LanetteSparks 1910–1994
          • son Fowler 1937–
      • Margaret Louise Fowler 1899–1915
    • Jeanette Fowler 1868–1958 m. Jessie C. Mathais
    • Mary Hattie Fowler 1871–1916 m. Robert Albert Horne 1868–1926
      • Hattie Ophelia Horne 1888–1946
      • Rosa Horne1893–
      • Robert Horn 1897–
      • Lenora Horn 1900–
    • Armettie “Mittie” Fowler 1874–1895 m. Benjamin Tucker West 1871–1953
      • Jesse B West 1895–1979
    • Mamie Fowler 1877– m. Mason G “Mace” Garner 1852–1915; m. Albert West
      • Albert Mitchell West 1895-1944
      • Tillie Louise Garner 1905–1944
    • John A. Fowler 1879–1944
    • Jonas S Fowler 1884–1972
    • James O. Fowler 1884–1958
    • Ezra “Dice” Fowler 1887–1967
    • Jessie Fowler 1890–1892
    • Syntha Kate Fowler 1893–1898
  4. Amanda Fowler 1857–1885 m. Elias Ball Horne 1840–1930
    • Davis G. Horn 1872–1940
    • Robert Horn 1874–1896
    • Frederick Monroe Horne 1877–1956
    • Henry Amos Frances Horne 1880–1952
    • Logan Horne 1883–1948

LYDIA FOWLER (1785-1852) Daughter of Ephraim Fowler

And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.”        The Holy Bible   King James Version  Genesis 9:7

Lydia Fowler must have been a good Christian woman, for she obeyed the Word of God.  She had many children, and her children had many children, and there are countless numbers of her descendants walking the earth today.

The first time that Lydia Fowler is mentioned in a legal document appears to be in the 1822 Last Will and Testament of her father, Ephraim Fowler:

If one is to believe that Ephraim Fowler listed his children in their birth order, then Lydia Fowler was the oldest daughter of Ephraim and Nancy Fowler.   It is my belief that she was born circa 1785 in Union County, South Carolina.

The Charles E. Hames mentioned in the Last Will and Testament descended from a long line of the well documented and well researched Hames family.   His grandfather Charles Hames (1732-1807) could be considered the patriarch of the Union County Hames family.  The elder Charles Hames and his wife Catherine Krugg (d. 1835) were the parents of William Hames (1759-1823).

William Hames and his wife Elizabeth Moseley (1763-1850) had several sons and daughters.  William Hames also had an out of wedlock son — Charles E. Hames — and it was this son that Lydia Fowler had married in the very early 1800s.

Last Will and Testament of William Hames:

My will and desire is also that Charles Hames my son who was born out of wedlock should share with my other children at the death or marriage of my said wife and I have made this special mention knowing that my said son Charles could not claim under this will as legally one of my heirs and I do by these present give and bequeath to the said Charles Hames or his heirs an equal share of my estate at the time of my wife’s death or marriage.

The Children of Lydia Fowler and Charles Hames

Elizabeth Hames 1804–1891
Nancy Hames 1807–1840
Sarah Hames 1809–1855
William P Hames 1810–1880
Theresa “Tracey” Hames 1812–1870
Coleman Hames 1814–1887
Cinthia Jeanette Hames 1817–1901
Pressley Harrison Hames 1820–1900
Joshua Hames 1827–
Franklin “Frank” Hames 1828–1903
Mary Hames 1835–1908

Charles Hames died in 1847. In 1850, Lydia Fowler Hames and her two youngest children Franklin and Mary Hames lived in the household with Lydia’s mother, the elderly Nancy Moseley Fowler. The estate of Ephraim Fowler, who died in 1822, was in the process of being settled between the years of 1846 to 1849. I do not know if they were living in the Ephraim Fowler home place or the Charles Hames home place.

1850 Union County SC Census

I have been researching the descendants of Lydia Fowler and Charles Hames for a very long time. What follows in my attempt in sharing some of the stories of their lives…

Charles Hames and Lydia Fowler’s son youngest son Franklin Hames married Cecelia Comer. This couple stayed and raised their family in Union County. A son, Thomas F. Hames was born to them in 1862. He married Elizabeth Faucett, and they had five sons and two daughters.

In 1890, the Thomas F. Hames family moved from Union County SC to a ranch near Frisco, Texas, now a suburb of Dallas. Their oldest son, William Henry Hames (b. 1886) was twelve years old when he, his parents, and his siblings became ill in 1898 with typhoid fever. His parents and one brother died. He and his younger brothers and sisters went to live with his maternal grandparents, John and Rose Faucett, in Denton, Texas.

William Henry Hames, known as Bill Hames, was a great grandson of Lydia Fowler Hames. When he was fifteen, he traveled by wagon all day to Gainesville, Texas, a thirty-one mile trip from Denton, to see his first carnival. HIs mind was made up. He graduated from high school and got his start in the entertainment business by buying a carousel and dragging it from town to town. Many years of hard work and sheer determination and Bill Hames became the owner of one of the largest carnival conglomerates in the country. Bill Hames Shows, Incorporated.

Bill Hames was also a rancher, living on a 4000 acre spread near Pilot Point, Texas. He married Mary Frances Cardwell (1892–1986) and they were the parents of three daughters and two sons. Bill Hames died in 1960. The business stayed in the family for many years after his death but was eventually sold to Carnival Americana! Carnival Americana.

LYDIA FOWLER m. Charles E. Hames 1782-1847

  1. Elizabeth Hames 1804–1891 m. Isaac Sherman Kimberly 1793–1848
    1. James Marion Kimberly 1824–1896 m. Nancy Ann Horn 1827–189
      1. Thomas Pressley Kimberly 1845–1919 m. Mary Adeline Farlow 1846–1943
        1. Carrie Ida Kimberly 1867–1950 m. Samuel Henry Wallace Jr 1860–1937
          1. Tallulah Alberta Wallace 1888–1966 m. Wilhelm Wenger 1888–1943
            1. William Wenger 1910–2007
            2. Myrtice Yvonne Wenger 1915–2011 m. Clinton Fred James Sr 1913–1967
              1. Clinton F James Jr 1949–1977
            3. Tallulah Elva Wenger 1917–2013 m. Joe Oliver Motley 1905–1966
            4. Regenia Catherine Wenger 1925–2019 m. William Clinton Ray 1917-
          2. Ida Athalia Wallace 1889–1989 m. Charlie Sims Haynie 1882–1936
            1. Clarence Sims Haynie 1910–1938 m. Ida Louise Scarborough 1914–1988
            2. Charlie Lester Haynie 1911–1912
            3. Wallace Milton Haynie 1912–1989 m. Lena Mae Hulsey 1915–1997
              • Infant Daughter Haynie 1937–1937
              • Mary Janice Haynie 1939–2013
            4. Myrtice “Estelle” Haynie 1915–1994 m. John William Smith 1912–1983
              • Beverly Marie Smith 1935–2007
              • Donna Ruth Smith 1938–1938
            5. Gladys Irene Haynie 1921– m. William Jackson Hudgins 1913–
            6. Charlie M. Haynie 1926–
            7. William Carl Haynie 1927–1927
          3. Myrtice Lillian Wallace 1890–1969 m. George Earl Allen 1890–1945
          4. Nellie G Wallace 1892–1936 m. William Murdock Smith1892–1936
            1. Marion StLeon Smith 1912–2001 m. Andrew Paul Fellows 1908–1984
              1. Betty Ann Fellows 1932–1990 m. Joseph Orehosky 1932–2012
          5. Eunice Preston Wallace 1893–1975 m. Marion Howard Sullivan 1895–1971
            1. Marion H Sullivan Jr 1918–1982 m. Helen Feilds Landrum 1921–2011
            2. Harold Dennis Sullivan 1925–2002
          6. Katie Estelle Wallace 1895–1974 m. James Earl Dennington 1893–1974
            1. James E. Dennington 1921–2002
            2. Preston E. Dennington 1923–1991
          7. Mary Caroline Wallace 1897–1994 m. Grover Kelley Diden 1895–1963
          8. Lena Wallace 1899–1906
          9. Addie Maude Wallace 1901–1976 m. Joseph M Harris1895–
          10. Candis Ruth Wallace 1904–1996 m. William “Bill” Clark Tribble 1905–1962
            1. Wiliam C Tribble Jr 1925–
            2. George Elmo Tribble 1926–2014
            3. Donald Thomas Tribble 1937–2014
          11. Samuel Henry Wallace III 1906–1974 m. Hazel Margaret Fox 1916–1998
          12. Thomas Carlyle Wallace (1908– 1976) m. Lillian Bianchi White (1910–1994)
            1. Thomas Carlisle Wallace Jr 1934–2017
            2. Samuel Henry Wallace 1939–
          13. Mildred Juanita Wallace 1910–1994 m. Neal Wilson Brewer 1910–1982
            1. Neal Wilson Brewer Jr 1928–1960
            2. Gloria Juanita Brewer 1934–1989
            3. Thomas Gerald Brewer 1944–1963
        2. Lucius Othnell “Luke” Kimberly 1869–1954 m. Minnie Nora Henderson 1872–1949
          1. Luke Othneil Kimberly, Jr. 1896–1991
          2. Thelma L Kimberly 1898–
          3. Kenneth Herman Kimberly 1899–1967
          4. Wilmer H Kimberly 1902–
          5. Thomas Lyndon Kimberly 1904–
          6. Carlton R Kimberly 1906–1959
          7. Raymond A Kimberly 1908–1971
        3. Ada Amanda Kimberly 1871–1924
        4. James Thomas Kimberly 1874–1944
        5. William Edgar Kimberly 1876–1940
        6. Marvin Presley Kimberly 1879–1953
        7. Estelle Kimberly 1881–1955
        8. George Hillger Kimberly 1883–1964
        9. Cora A Kimberly1886–1970
      2. Isaac Dixon Kimberly 1847–1924 m. Martha Malindy Dailey 1848–1925
        1. Ira Washington Kimberly 1871–1942
        2. Thomas Jefferson Kimberly 1876–1940
        3. Dandy J Kimberly 1880–
        4. George K. Kimberly 1883-
        5. William A. Kimberly 1886-
        6. Alonzo Parks Kimberly 1889–1947
        7. James Kimberley
        8. Mary Kimberley
      3. Serena J Kimberley1850–1935
      4. Frances E Kimberley 1852–1900
      5. Charles W Kimberley 1855–1923
      6. James Alonzo Kimberly 1857–1950
      7. Lemuel C Kimberley 1862–1938
      8. Marion B Kimberly 1866–1928
      9. Robert S. Kimberley 1867–1949
    2. William Joe Kimberly 1825–1891
    3. Mary Ann Kimberly 1827–
    4. Charles Edward Kimberly 1828–1893
    5. Sarah Jane Kimberly 1829–1910
    6. Suzan Caroline Kimberly 1830–1893
    7. Lemuel Comer Kimberly CSA 1833–1899
    8. Seth Solomon Kimberly 1834–
    9. Rachel Leah Kimberly 1835–1911
    10. Isaac Sherman Kimberly 1836–
    11. Elizabeth C Kimberley 1838–1893
    12. Rebecca Amanda Kimberley 1840–1903
    13. Lydia Emeline Kimberly 1841–1887
    14. Ophelia Haseltine Kimberly 1843–1868
    15. Lucinda Catherine Kimberly 1844–1844
    16. Noah Washington Kimberly 1847–1899
    17. Francis E. Kimberly 1848–
  2. Nancy Hames 1807–1838 m. Andrew Fowler 1804–1870
    1. James Fowler 1827–
    2. Elizabeth Fowler 1831–
    3. Thomas Fowler 1836–
    4. Nancy Fowler
    5. Malissa Fowler
    6. Lemuel Fowler
  3. Sarah Hames 1809–1855 m. William Sprouse 1798–1881
    1. Nancy Adiline Sprouse 1826–1911
  4. William P Hames 1810-1880 m. Sarah Wood 1808-1880
    1. John Richard Hames 1831-1862
  5. Theresa “Tracey” Hames 1812– John P Fowler 1805–1880
    1. Nancy Hames 1831–
    2. Celilia Hames 1838–
    3. Lucinda Hames 1840–1923 (daughter of John P. Fowler 1804-) m. James A. “Jim” Millwood 1835–1915 (son of James Millwood and Milly Fowler -daughter of Ephraim Fowler)
      1. James Millwood 1861–
      2. Hix Millwood 1867–1918
      3. Robert L. Millwood 1868–
      4. Edward T. Millwood 1871–
      5. Isaac Millwood 1872–
      6. Monroe Millwood 1875–1942
      7. Charles Millwood 1875–
      8. Mary J. Millwood 1877–
      9. Samuel S. Millwood 1878–1949
      10. Melvina Millwood 1879–
      11. Virgil Millwood 1883–
    4. Zealous Hames 1842–1864
    1. Malinda Hames 1843–1870
    2. Thomas Hames 1852–
    3. Edward Hames 1858–
  6. Coleman Hames 1814–1887m. Nancy Bevis 1812–1861; m. Mary Hames 1824
    1. Luella Hames 1865–
  7. Cinthia Jeanette Hames 1817–1901 m. James Singleton Durham 1805–1875
    1. Thomas Hansford Durham 1837–1925
    2. Mary Ann Durham 1838–1894
    3. Mary Jane Durham 1840–1871
    4. Lineaus Thompson Durham 1842–1866
    5. Demila Durham 1844–1916
    6. James Lewodus Durham 1846–1925
  8. Pressley Harrison Hames 1820–1900 m. Martha Jane Gault 1821–1854; m. Nancy Ann McCreary 1827-1876; m. Frances Hames 1844-1922
    1. Robert Asbury Hames 1841–1880
    2. Henry Milton Hames 1843–1922
    3. Benjamin Franklin Hames 1845–1893
    4. Morgan Newton Hames 1847–1915
    5. Amanda Hames 1851–1870
    6. Benjamin M. Hames 1867–
    7. Thomas Presley Hames 1869–
    8. Richard Hames 1878–1933
    9. Ella Hames 1879–1962
    10. Presley H Hames 1881–1945
  9. Joshua Hames 1827– m. Selina Clayton 1831–
    1. Charles Hames 1849–
    2. Addie Amanda Hames 1853–1943 m. Thomas Judson Langston 1849–1933
      1. William Alonzo Langston 1876–1916
      2. Clarence B Langston 1879–1918
      3. Eugene Dent Langston 1881–1954
      4. Alice Janett Langston Holstein 1883–1917 m. Alfred Junior Holstein 1880–1936
      5. Hattie Judson Langston 1885–1959
      6. Newton Hames 1853–
      7. Gadberry Hames 1857–
  10. Franklin “Frank” Hames 1828–1903 m. Cecila Cissily Susie Comer 1833–1880
    1. James B Hames 1846–
    2. Mary Hames 1857
    3. Hames 1860
    4. Edward Boyd “Eddy” Hames 1861–1908
    5. Thomas F. Hames Sr 1862–1898 m. Elizabeth Ann Faucett 1867–1898
      1. William Henry Hames 1886–1960 m. Mary Frances Cardwell 1892–
        1. Frank Raymond Hames 1911–1972
        2. Eugene Jerome Hames 1913–2002
        3. Mary Helen Hames 1917–1998 m. William Milton Brown 1903–1936; m. James Robert “Bob” Wills 1905-1975
          1. Buster Lee Brown 1935–1990
      2. Rose A. Hames 1888–
      3. John Hames 1889–
      4. Lillie B. Hames 1893–
      5. Rollie Clevland Hames 1895–1957
      6. Clarence R Hames 1896–1972
      7. Thomas F. Hames Jr 1898–1898
    6. Jane Hames 1868–
    1. John Lewis Hames 1872–1945
    2. Alice Hames 1876–
  11. Mary Hames 1835–1908 m. Abraham Dunaway 1830–1864
    1. Robert Liggon Dunaway 1860–1927 m. Louisa B Kelley 1870–1953
      1. Almer Dunaway 1890–
      2. Irving Christopher Dunaway 1895–1954
      3. Robert Lewis Dunaway 1896–1932
      4. Arthur Dunaway 1898–
      5. Arrie Dunaway 1900–
      6. Cora E Dunaway 1902–
    2. Jannie Dunnaway 1862–1911 m. William Franklin O’Shields 1857–1935
      1. Robert Newton O’Shields 1881–1950
      2. Matt M O’shields 1883–
      3. William Berry O’Shields 1883–1937
      4. Ernest Malcolm O’Shields 1886–1938
      5. P. Abraham O’Shields 1887–1918
      6. Luther Franklin O’Shields Sr 1891–1952
      7. Benjamin Earle O’Shields 1891–1961
      8. Willie O’Shields 1900–

THOMAS T. FOSTER (1820-1903) and THOMAS J. FOSTER (1818-1888)

THOMAS T. FOSTER (b. 1820) is my great great grandfather. He is often confused with another Thomas J. Foster who was born in 1818. I would like to set the record straight. They were two different men married to three different women.

My ancestor, Thomas T. Foster, was born in Union County, SC in 1820. His father was John M. Foster (1788-). Thomas T. Foster married a woman named Mahala. She is my great great grandmother. I have seen her last name once as McWhirter, but when I tried to contact the researcher, he had died and his notes were lost or destroyed.

Thomas T. Foster and Mahala had three daughters and one son: Eliza, Alice, Josephine Delilah, and Robert Foster. Thomas Foster can be found in 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900 census records. Mahala died after 1870, and Thomas Foster married Mary Catherine Gossett on December 29, 1872..

1850 Union County SC Census
  • Thomas T. Foster 32
  • Mahala Foster 29
  • Eliza Foster 8
  • Robert Foster 4
1860 Union County SC Census
  • Thomas Foster 40
  • Mahala Foster 38
  • Robin Foster 14
  • Alice Foster 3
1870 Union County SC Census
  • Thomas Foster 45
  • Mahale Foster 40
  • Alice Foster 12
  • Josephine Foster 9
1880 Union County SC Census
  • Thomas T. Foster 58
  • Mary C. Foster 45
  • Alice G. Foster 20
  • Josie D. Foster 18
1900 Union County SC Census
  • Thomas Foster 79
  • Mary Foster 61

Mary Catherine Gossett (1835-1918) was the daughter of Moses Gossett (1803-1856) and Nancy White (1811-1872). Moses Gossett was convicted of slave stealing and he was hung on July 11, 1856. Mary Catherine Gossett had first been married to Leonard Campbell and they had two daughters: Mary Jane (1856-1935 married to Samuel Harmon (1848-1900) and Emily (b. 1859). Leonard Campbell died in the Union Army prison in Elmira, Chemung County, New York on March 28, 1865 near the end of the civil war.

Thomas T. Foster died October 1, 1903. He was buried at Gilead Baptist Church under a tree where his first wife Mahala had already been laid to rest. His second wife Mary Catherine Gossett would later join them in eternal rest in 1918.

Mary Catherine Gossett Campbell Foster

Thomas T. Foster was known as both Thomas Foster and Thomas T. Foster. I found one instance of an unusual middle name for him in the obituary of his daughter Alice G. Foster Fowler Horne.

The children of Thomas T. Foster and Mahala:

  • Eliza Foster (b. 1842)
  • Robert M. “Robin” Foster (1846-after 1900) m. Mary C Johnson (1851–1901)
    • Sarah Johnston (b.1861) “adopted daughter”
  • Alice G. Foster (1856-1931) m. Rufus Fowler (b. 1861); m. Elias Ball Horne 1840-1930
    • Herbert Fowler (1881-1951)
    • Lula Fowler (1883-1902)
    • Mamie Fowler (1885–1946)
    • Foster Elias Horne (1897–1970)
    • Myrtle Jesse Horne (1902–1979)
    • Brady Horn (1905–1917)
  • Josephine Delilah Foster (1860-1935) m. Benjamin Franklin Mabry (1847–1925)
    • Florence Imogene Mabry (1882–1974)
    • Howard Mabry (1885–1946)
    • Viola Estelle Ola Mabry (1888–1959)
    • Robert Ney Mabry (1890–1952)
    • Guy Godfrey Mabry (1894–1953)
    • Vermelle Mabry (1896–)
    • Lois Ellen Mabry (1899–1984)
    • Gladys Mahala Mabry )1902–1982)
    • Wilma Mabry (1906–)

THOMAS J FOSTER (1818-1888) lived in the same county in the same decades but must be seen as a different man. He was known as “Peter Hawk” and he was likely the son of James “Bully Jim” Foster and Jenny Miller. He married Emma Kelly (1823-1892), daughter of Thomas Kelly and Molly Hames. He and Emma had three: children Mary Foster born about 1844, John Henry Foster born November 17, 1847, and Thaddeus K. Foster born about 1852.

1850 Union County SC Census
  • Thomas J. Foster 31
  • Amy (Emma) Foster 25
  • Mary Foster 6
  • John Foster 2
1870 Union County SC Census
  • Thomas Foster 52
  • Emma Foster 47
  • Thaddeus Foster 18

1880 Union County SC Census
  • Thomas J. Foster 61
  • Emma Foster 54
  • Thaddeus Foster 27

Thomas J. Foster died in Union County on February 22, 1888. He is buried at Flat Rock Cemetery.

Thomas T. Foster and Emma Kelly had the following children:

  • Mary Foster (1846-)
  • John Henry Foster (1848-1923) m. Mary Ann Gault (1846–1901)
    • Anna A. “Annie” Foster (1869–1938)
    • Henry K. Foster (1871–1900)
    • Emma S. Foster (1873–1969)
    • James Thomas “Jim” Foster(1879–1940)
    • Carrie E. Foster (1882–1929)
    • William Marvin Foster (1883–1973)
    • Hessie E Foster(1886–1935)
    • John Bascomb Foster (1889–1940)
  • B. Thaddeus Foster (1852-1915)

It is going to take more research to find out the connection, if any, between these two Thomas Fosters. DNA testing would be a good start in figuring out the lineages of both men. In the meantime, I hope this brief article has cleared up some of the confusion in Foster family trees.