“poor boy! I never knew you, Yet I think I could not                      refuse this moment to die for you,                                                                  if that would save you”

― Walt Whitman, Drum Taps

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Thomas W. “Bunker” Fowler


From the Union Daily Times, December 1960:

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Thomas W. (Bunker) Fowler was the son of Mrs. Katherine Fowler and was born near Jonesville on May 21, 1834.  During his childhood he attended the public schools taught on the outskirts of the present town limits of Jonesville and near Gilead Church, with William Meng his principle instructor.

He was the first soldier from the Union District to fall in the War Between the States, being killed at First Manassas.

Shortly after the secession of the state, he was employed in the store of D.B. Beardon as a clerk.

With the slow means of communication in those days, the climax came when it was learned on April 14, 1861 of the siege of Fort Sumter.  On that afternoon Capt. Clark, the conductor of the Southern train from Charleston to Spartanburg got off his train, waving a South Carolina flag and scattering circulars telling of Fort Sumter being fired upon and calling for volunteers.

“Bunk” Fowler was one of the first to determine to answer the call of his state and left the next day to join the Pea Ridge Company, 5th Regiment in Charleston.  This command remained on the coast for defense until the latter part of May when they returned home.  Upon arriving home, the group enlisted in the army of Virginia and were ordered to Virginia in June arriving at Manassas on the 20th of July.

On the morning of the 21st of July, 1861, he approached a cousin of his, John D. Long and told him that he had a presentment that he would be killed on that day and that he wished to give him his knife and the $30 in money he had brought with him in order that it might be returned to his mother.  So to satisfy the young man, Mr. Long took the possessions and on that day — July 21, 1861 — Thomas Fowler was killed in the First Battle of Manassas true to his presentment.  He died in the arms of Dr. Jim Long, who was a private in the same command.

“Bunk” came from a family long renown for bravery, being a great nephew of the famous Sergeant Jasper of Revolutionary fame.

He was buried temporarily on the battlefield by members of his company.  Later his remains were brought home and on November 30, 1861, the funeral was conducted at his mother’s home in Jonesville by Rev. A.A. James.  He was buried in Gilead Cemetery, in the presence of an old comrade who had assisted in his first burial — Elias Mitchell.  Although on crutches he again assisted in the burial.

After the war a stone was erected over his grave by members of his company with the following inscription

“Thomas Fowler, 27 years old                                                                                                            Killed July 21, 1861 at Manassas                                                                                                Member Pea Ridge Company, 5th Regiment                                                                                This is a tribute to his bravery and soldiery qualities                                                              from his comrades in battle”

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Not withstanding the bravery of Thomas W. Fowler during the midst of battle, we learn three very important bits of information from the above newspaper article above regarding the ancestry of this fallen soldier.

  1.  Thomas W. Fowler was son of Mrs. Katherine Fowler. 
  2.  Thomas W. Fowler was employed in the store of D.B. Bearden.
  3.  Thomas W. Fowler was a great nephew of Sergeant William Jasper.

There is no mention of his father in the newspaper article, but there is little doubt that Thomas was the grandson of Mark Fowler and Elizabeth Moseley.  The following facts will lend support to this statement.

Thomas W. Fowler’s mother was Katherine Fowler.  Was she a daughter or daughter-in-law of Mark Fowler and Elizabeth Moseley?

Why was Thomas Fowler’s father not mentioned in the article written about his death in the War between the States?  Was it because Katherine Fowler was unmarried? I have unconfirmed suspicions that his father may have been a Cook.

It is stated that Thomas Fowler was a great nephew of Sergeant Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero.  Sergeant Jasper was William Jasper, born circa 1750 and died in 1779 during the Siege of Savannah.  It is thought that he was a son of John Jasper of Virginia, a blacksmith who moved to Union County, SC in the early 1770s.

Elizabeth Moseley was the daughter of James Moseley and Nancy Anna Jasper, daughter of John Jasper and sister to Sergeant William Jasper.

It is known that Mark Fowler and Elizabeth Moseley’s granddaughter Alpha Ethel Fowler Garner Crawford (daughter of Walter Gaines Fowler) attended the unveiling of the William Jasper monument in Savannah, Georgia in 1888.  She was escorted by her cousin Gideon Long, a grandson of Womack Fowler (brother of Mark Fowler).

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Sgt. William Jasper Monument

Thomas W. Fowler would be a great nephew of Sergeant William Jasper if his mother were indeed Katherine Fowler, daughter of Mark Fowler and Elizabeth Moseley.

The 1850 Union County Census lends another layer of proof in surmising that Thomas W. Fowler was the grandson of Mark Fowler.  A breakdown of the record below:

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1850 Union County Census


  • Mark Fowler age 70
  • Elizabeth Moseley Fowler age 67
  • Walter Gaines Fowler age 22
  • Catherine Fowler age 45
  • Orry Fowler age 44
  • Mary Fowler age 42
  • Huldah Fowler Leonard age 35
  • Selina Fowler age 30
  • William Leonard age 9 (son of Huldah Fowler)
  • James Leonard age 6 (son of Huldah Fowler)
  • George Leonard age 5 (son of Huldah Fowler)
  • Michael Leonard age 2 (son of Huldah Fowler)
  • Thomas Fowler age 16 (son of Catherine Fowler)

Knowing that Katherine Fowler was the mother of Thomas W. Fowler, the presence of Catherine Fowler and Thomas Fowler within the household of Mark Fowler is circumstantial proof of the relationship.

It should be mentioned that Huldah Fowler (1815-1853)  married Alex Leonard (1810-1870) in Jonesville, SC in 1836.  They had four sons who are incorrectly recorded in the 1850 census with the surname of Fowler:

  • WIlliam R. Leonard b. 1840
  • James Hood Leonard b. 1842
  • George V. Leonard b. 1845
  • Robert Norris Leonard b. 1847

Was  Huldah’s husband Alex Leonard also known as Michael Leonard?  In 1840, there was a household headed by Michael Leonard adjacent to the Mark Fowler household.  It included the following:

  • 1 male 20-29   (Michael/Alex Leonard?)
  • 1 female 20-29   (Huldah Fowler Leonard?)
  • 1 male < 5    (William R. Leonard?)

Was two year old Michael in the Mark Fowler household of 1850 named after his father Michael/Alex Leonard?  If so, was his name later changed to Robert Norris Leonard?

In 1860, there were several Thomas Fowlers in the Union County census who could have been Thomas W. Fowler.  I eliminated several of them but could never be entirely sure which one may have been young Bunker.

Benjamin Dixon “Berry” Bearden was born circa 1827, a son of James Bearden and Cassandra Meaders.  He was a postmaster for the town of Jonesville, SC and opened a store there in 1857.  He died in 1864, leaving a widow, Sarah, and five young children.

…… “Shortly after the secession of the state, Thomas W. Fowler was employed in the store of D.B. Beardon as a clerk.” 

The bell in my head clanged loudly as I remembered twenty-six year old Thomas Fowler, clerk, in the 1860 household of B.D. Bearden.   Was this Thomas W. Bunker Fowler?  Yes.  No doubt.  Yes!

The household next door was that of Catherine Fowler (aged 36 but probably should read 56) and Robert aged 12 and Leonard aged 10.  Was this Catherine, daughter of Mark and mother of Thomas W. Fowler raising the two younger sons of her deceased sister Huldah Fowler Leonard?  Probably.  A careless census taker perhaps wrote down the incorrect age for Catherine and  was perhaps confused over the names of George and Robert Leonard.

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1860 Union County Census

Thomas W. Fowler’s name was added to the Union County census on July 25, 1860.  Less than one year later –July 21, 1861 — this brave soldier was shot through his body by a round ball on a battlefield in Virginia.  Thomas W. Fowler crossed the eternal river an hour later.

Thomas W. Bunker Fowler was a son of Union County, and it is there where he was laid to rest one hundred and fifty-seven years ago.  He will not be forgotten.

“Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”

Last words of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

ELLIS FOWLER 1805-before 1840, son of Ephraim

Named after his grandfather, Ellis Fowler was the last son born to Ephraim and Nancy Moseley Fowler.  He was born circa 1805 in Union County, SC and died before 1840.

Ellis and his sister Betty were still living in his father’s household in 1822 when Ephraim’s will was probated.  How do I know this?  From Ephraim’s will of 1822:

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“Ellis and Betty remain with their mother”


Sometime after 1822 and before 1825, Ellis married Sarah “Sallie” Mabry.  An analysis of census records indicates that Ellis, his wife Sarah, two young sons, and a young daughter lived in the home of his widowed mother Nancy Fowler in 1830.

How do I know that Nancy Fowler’s household of 1830 included Ellis and his young family, and not that of Betty and her family?  If I may turn aside from Ellis for a moment, I will explain my train of thought…………….


Ephraim left his daughter Betty a negro girl named Jane, a feather bed, a cow and calf.

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“I will and bequeath to my Daughter Betty…”

Betty married Richardson Bentley between 1822 and 1830.  The 1830 Union County census reflects the following household:

  • Randall R. Bentley age 20-29 (Richardson……Randall…….a census taker’s mistake when recording the name of the head of household?)
  • a female age 15-19  (right age for Betty)
  • a female slave age 10-23 (“one negro girl named Jane“)

Richardson Bentley and Betty Fowler began their family with the birth of son Lemuel Bentley in 1831.  They may have had more children born in Union County before moving to Blount County, Alabama where some of their children were born.

The Bentley family was counted in the 1840 census for Blount County.  Richardson Bentley died in 1843.  Betty Fowler Bentley was included in Blount County census records in 1850 and 1860.  She was summoned to Union County SC in 1866 for the settlement of her brother Stephen Fowler’s estate settlement.

If the 1830 household of Randall S. Bentley was indeed the Richardson and Betty Fowler Bentley household — the 1830 household of Nancy Fowler could only include her son Ellis, his wife Sarah, and their three young children:

  • Nancy Fowler: female 50-59
  • Ellis Fowler: male 20-29
  • Sarah Mabry Fowler: female 20-29
  • Henry Richard Fowler: male <5
  • Julia Fowler: female <5
  • B. Elbert Fowler: m<5

(daughter Mary Jane Fowler was born after 1830)

Ellis and Sarah had four children prior to his untimely death before 1840.  Was his  death caused by an accident or illness?  Was he laid to rest in the graveyard on the old Fowler place?  His early demise meant that he would never be head of household in any census records.  Instead, his widow, Sarah Mabry Fowler was counted in 1840.

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1840 Union County SC Census
  • Sarah Fowler: age 30-39
  • Julia Fowler: age 10-14
  • Mary Jane Fowler: age 5-9

Were twelve year old Henry Richard and seven year old Elbert sent to live with relatives?

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1850 Union County SC Census

In the 1850 census, Sarah Fowler was living with her eldest son, Henry Richard Fowler.

  • Sarah Fowler: age 42
  • Henry Fowler: age 24

Julia Fowler had married William Sprouse and was counted in his household in 1850.  Mary Jane Fowler was living with her favorite aunt, Mary Fowler White (sister of Ellis Fowler), and B. Elbert Fowler was not to be found although he was soon to marry Malinda Susannah Newbury and move to Cherokee County, Georgia.

Sarah Mabry Fowler is absent from records after the 1850 census.  Did she marry again, or perhaps follow her dearly departed husband Ellis Fowler into the afterlife?  I still continue to search for her, and hope to someday have more answers.

Children of Ellis Fowler and Sarah Mabry

  • Henry Richard Fowler b. 1825
  • Julia Fowler b. 1828
  • B. Elbert Fowler b. 1830
  • Mary Jane Fowler b. 1833



  • Ellis Fowler 1805-before 1840 m. Sarah (Sallie) Mabry 1808–after 1850
    • Henry Richard Fowler 1825–1885 m. Nancy Ann Elizabeth Farr 1840–1923
      • John Henry Fowler 1861–1914 m.  Eunice Lawson 1869–1919
        • Henry Richard Fowler 1889–1917
        • Robert K Fowler 1891–1917
        • Mamie Fowler 1893–1951 m. William Oscar Horne 1892–1966
          • Robert Horne 1918–
          • Gladys Horne 1921–
          • James Cecil Horne 1921–1953 m. Alta Jones
          • William Fowler “Billy” Horne 1923–2005
          • Peggy Horne 1927–2003
          • Sarah Ann Horne 1930–
        • Carrie Fowler 1895–1975 m. James F Faulkner 1891–
          • James Fowler Faulkner 1924–2000
          • Hugh Grier Faulkner 1927–1993
          • Rachel Faulkner 1929–
          • John Wilson Faulkner 1932–1989
        • Vera Fowler 1897–1977
        • William Fred Fowler 1900–1968
        • Mary Fowler 1903–1995
        • John Wilson Fowler 1906–1975
        • James Glenn Fowler 1909–1968
      • William Gist Fowler 1863–1923
      • David Nicholas Fowler 1866–1950
      • Sarah Catherine Fowler 1867–1950
      • James Thomas Fowler 1871–1954
      • Louise Fowler 1873–1953
      • Lucy Caroline Fowler 1876–1963
      • Richard Franklin Fowler 1878–1961 m. Mamie Aycock 1886–1972
        • Richard States Rights Fowler 1910–1962
        • Norris Rogers “Buddy” Fowler 1912–1997
        • Harold C Fowler 1914–1988 m.  Carolyn Eugenia Brown 1917–2006
          • Julian Harold Fowler 1944–2006
        • Rowland Franklin Fowler 1915–1917
        • Thesis Fowler 1916–1989
        • Julian Campbell Fowler 1918–1937
      • Nannie Mahala Fowler 1881–1973
      • Mary Ellen Darling Fowler 1885–1974
    • Julia Fowler 1828–1880 m. William Sprouse 1822–1870
      • Mary Jane Sprouse 1848–1910 m. Andrew Jackson Foster 1834–
        • Emma Foster 1866–
        • William D. Foster 1873–
        • Elizabeth Foster 1876–
        • Lizzie Foster 1885–
        • Texanna Foster 1886–
      • John H Sprouse 1850–1910
      • James Calvin Sprouse 1853–1929
      • Sallie Sprouse 1854–1880
      • McSwain “Doc” Sprouse 1856–1936
      • Caroline Sprouse 1859–1880
      • LouElla Sprouse 1865–1939
      • Len Newton “Jesse” Sprouse 1868–1952 m Syphrone  Fowler 1870–1953
        • Willie C Sprouse 1889–1975
        • Clara M Sprouse 1892–
        • Cea L Sprouse 1897–
        • Eula Sprouse 1901–
        • Clarance Sprouse 1905–
        • Effie Sprouse 1908–
        • Lin Newton Sprouse 1909–1930
    • B. Elbert Fowler 1830–1900 m.  Malinda Susannah Newberry 1833–1905
      • Mary Fowler 1852–
      • Texanna Jane Fowler 1856–1923 m. Joseph H. Jones 1839–; m. Charles Hoffman 1865–
        • Lillie Jones 1877–1949 m.  Joseph Benjamin Garner 1875–1950
          • Hubert Lee Garner 1894–1943
          • Oco Lydia Garner 1896–
          • Anna Beatrice Garner 1899–
          • Murdie Garner 1902–
          • Marion Garner 1909–
          • Willie Garner 1913–
          • Ida Garner 1919–
        • Charlie Hoffman 1893–
      • Susan Northa Fowler 1858–
      • Harriett Fowler 1861–
      • John Marion Fowler 1861–1909  m. Nora Louise Strozier 1871–1935
        • Bennie L Fowler 1888–1963
        • Wilson S Fowler 1893–1968
        • Herbert F Fowler 1895–1915
        • Annie L Fowler 1897–1909
        • Walter Godard Fowler 1899–1984 m. Leila Jane Hencely 1914
          • Walter Godard Fowler Jr. 1939–1999
        • John L Fowler 1901–1965
        • James E Fowler 1903–1978
        • Edward Jefferson Fowler 1904–1967 m. Rena Mae Davis 1906–1984
          • Jefferson Edward Fowler 1941–2007
      • Benjamin Fowler 1862–
      • Henry R Fowler 1869–1933 m. Georgia P Harris 1871–1949
      • Calvin Fowler 1873–
    • Mary Jane Fowler 1833– m. Newton Lipsey

The Final Estate Settlement of EPHRAIM FOWLER

After Ephraim Fowler’s death in 1822, there was no rush to settle the affairs of the estate he left to his ten children. All but three of his sons and daughters had married and left home by 1820, and it is likely that only the two youngest children, Ellis and Betty, were still in the home when his will was written in 1822.

Ephraim Fowler surely knew that he was in failing health when he penned his will on February 8, 1822. On the same day, he sold fifty acres of land to his eldest son Jasper.  He was getting his affairs in order.

The home and land upon which Ephraim and his family lived were left to sons Stephen and Ellis as per the will.

Two of his daughters. Lydia Hames and Sarah Hames, and their husbands were offered, in exchange for money, the land and homes they already occupied by provisions in Ephraim’s will.

Twenty five years would pass before final settlement of the estate was completed.

For reasons not known, daughter Sarah Fowler Hames and her husband John Hames began the process of the final estate settlement in 1846 when she sold her one eighth share of the estate to her son-in-law, William Bevis—married to their daughter, Zilla Hames.  John and Sarah Fowler Hames gave their consent to William Bevis to do everything in his power to settle the estate. It would be three years later, in 1849, when the remaining heirs followed suit.

What follows is evidence of the events that transpired beginning on the day Ephraim Fowler signed his will until the last of the estate was sold to William Bevis.

I will also attempt to follow the lives of the four important women who were intertwined within the estate settlement: widow Nancy Fowler, slaves Darkas/Dorcas b. 1796, Mahala b. 1829, and her daughter Dorcas Eleanor b.1848.

In addition to wife Nancy, there were ten living children mentioned in Ephraim Fowler’s Last Will and Testament of 1822:

  • Jasper
  • Lidia
  • John
  • Polly (Mary)
  • Sarah
  • Stephen
  • Milley
  • Caty
  • Ellis
  • Betty

The names of a few slaves are also found:

  • Bob
  • Jane
  • Darkas and her unnamed children

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I believe that the sons and daughters of Ephraim Fowler were mentioned in their birth order, with the exception of Betty who was not included in the group. Betty was mentioned early in the will and given special gifts.

The wording of “Ellis and Betty remain with their mother” leads me to believe that these were the two youngest children, unmarried and still in the household in 1822.

The Union County SC census of 1820 enumerated the following persons:

  • Male 45 + Ephraim
  • Female 45 + Nancy
  • Male 10-15 Ellis
  • Female 10-15 Caty
  • Female <10 Betty
  • 3 Male slaves < 10
  • 1 Female slave <10
  • 1 Female slave 16-25 (Darkas?)

I deduct from the information on the 1820 census and Ephraim’s will of 1822 that the family unit was comprised of Ephraim, Nancy, Caty, Ellis, Betty, and five slaves…..the elder female slave being Darkas and her four young children: Jane, Bob, and two unknown.

Caty’s absence in any documents beyond 1822 (the final settlement papers of Ephraim’s estate 1846 to 1849, Mary Fowler White’s estate settlement of 1861, and Stephen Fowler’s estate settlement of 1866) leads me to speculate that Caty was in the family home in 1820, had married and moved out by 1822, and had died without heirs before 1846.

The apparent lack of heirs could indicate that Caty died in childbirth shortly after her speculative marriage. Or she died as a young unmarried girl.  Whatever the reasons, I can find no evidence of Caty’s existence after 1822.

Daughter Betty was alive and well during the three years of the final estate settlement, 1846-1849, but she was not included in the affairs. She had married, moved to Alabama, and was raising a family during that time. Perhaps it was her absence from Union County that explains her lack of involvement, although she was summoned from Alabama to South Carolina when the estate of her brother Stephen Fowler was settled in 1866. It is possible that she had sold her share of the estate to a sibling previous to the final settlement. My opinion is that it was a case of “out of sight…..out of mind.”

Documentation will follow to backup the following observations and statements:

  • Previous to October 1, 1849, Lydia Fowler Hames, Stephen Fowler, and four of (deceased) John Fowler’s children, Thomas Fowler, Charity Fowler, Rebecca Fowler Burgess, and John Fowler had sold their shares of the estate to James Farr.
  • Previous to October 1, 1849, Washington Fowler, son of John Fowler (deceased) sold his one fifth of one eighth share to David Gallman.
  • April 4, 1846: Sarah Hames Fowler and husband John Hames sold her one eighth share of the estate to William Bevis.
  • July 5, 1849: Three children of (deceased) Ellis Fowler Mary Jane Fowler, B. Elbert Fowler, and Julia Fowler Sprouse — sold their shares to their brother Henry Richard Fowler.
  • October 1, 1849: James Farr sold to William Bevis the shares that he had previously bought from Lydia Hames Fowler, Stephen Fowler, and four of the children of John Fowler.
  • October 1, 1849: David Gallman sold to William Bevis the one fifth partial share that he had bought from Washington Fowler.
  • October 10, 1849: Mary Fowler White sold her one eighth share to William Bevis.
  • October 29, 1849: Henry Richard Fowler sold to William Bevis the one eight share that he solely owned after buying the shares of his siblings.
  • November 7, 1849: Milly Fowler Millwood and husband James Millwood sold to William Bevis her one eighth share.
  • November 7, 1849: Susan Fowler (daughter of Jasper) sold her one eighth share to William Bevis.
Sarah Fowler Hames to William Beavers (Bevis)




November 7, 1849 was the final date of the estate settlement. William Bevis now was sole owner. But why exactly did this mean?

Interestingly, no mention was made of land, no measure of acreage, given.

Instead, William Bevis bought human life. The document of 1846, whereas Sarah Fowler Hames and John Hames began the settlement process, indicated that the estate consisted of two negro slaves, fifty year old Dorcas, and seventeen year old Mahala.

Was fifty year old Dorcas the female slave Darkas mentioned in Ephraim’s will of 1822 and was Mahala her daughter?

The estate documents of 1849 specified that two negro slaves were being sold— Mahala and her child Dorcas Eleanor. No mention was made of the elderly Dorcas. Had Dorcas died in between the years 1846 and 1849? I think so. And was Dorcas Eleanor born after the 1846 document which may explain why she was not specifically mentioned until the 1849 documents? I think Dorcas was born in 1848.

The 1850 Union County Slave Schedule shows that William Bevis owned two mulatto slaves— a twenty one year old female (Mahala? Yes!) and a two year old female (Dorcas Eleanor? Yes!)  The information is a good “fit” and indicates that these two slave women may have been the first that William Bevis had owned.

Mulatto is a word that describes a person of mixed white and black ancestry.  Were Mahala and Dorcas Eleanor descendants of Ephraim Fowler or his sons?

The Union County Slave Schedule of 1860 for William Bevis lists the following slaves:

  • female age 31 Mahala
  • female age 12 Dorcas
  • female age 10 Charlotte
  • male age 9
  • male age 6
  • female age 4
  • female age 1


On July 7, 1937, Caldwell Sims of Union, SC went to the County Home and interviewed Caroline Bevis, daughter of William Bevis. The interview was later published in a book edited by Elmer Turnage. The book was a compilation of interviews of former slaves and slave owners.

In the voice of Caroline Bevis: “Two darkies waited on our table that night, Dorcas and Charlotte.”

Were these two women, Dorcas and Charlotte, the two older daughters of Mahala? Yes.

It is somewhat amazing that we are able to trace a slave woman named Darkas/Dorcas born circa 1796 and mentioned in Ephraim Fowler’s will of 1822 to a document selling her in 1846, and learning of her probable death before 1849 due to her absence in the documents of 1849.

It is equally amazing that we perhaps “know” that she had a daughter named Mahala born circa 1829 who was sold in the estate transactions of 1846 to 1849.

Even more so miraculous is that we can trace Mahala’s known daughter, Dorcas Eleanor b. 1848, through the 1849 estate documents and Mahala’s probable daughter Charlotte and the unnamed children from the 1860 Slave Schedule.

The reference of Dorcas and Charlotte in the interview that Caroline Bevis gave in 1937 allows us a rare glimpse into the lives of typically hard to trace enslaved people.

In the 1870 Union County census, William Beavis, wife Zillah Hames Beavis, daughters Caroline and Amanda Beavis were living only four households away from Charlotte Beavers, age 21 and black. Was this Charlotte, daughter of Mahala? Yes.

William “Bevis” was William “Beavers”and William “Beavis” in legal documents. The misspelling of names in the 1800s was common.

Former slaves often took the surnames of the men who owned them. It is not a far stretch of the imagination to assume that the Charlotte Beavers living near the William Beavis family was the former slave of the Bevis family.

Do I intend to look for Mahala, Dorcas, Charlotte, and the other children? Yes.

I leave Nancy Fowler, widow of Ephraim for last.

It has been written that Nancy became the common law wife of Benjamin Hodge after the death of Ephraim. This couple left Union County and traveled to Tennessee and Missouri.

Nancy Fowler was mentioned several times in the estate settlement documents of 1846 to 1849. It was stated that the Ephraim Fowler estate was “in the hands of Nancy Fowler.”

The “widow Fowler” was also mentioned in another unrelated document.

Nancy Fowler was recorded in the 1850 census living with her daughter Lydia Fowler Hames. I do not know if Nancy moved from her home into the household of Lydia, or if Lydia moved back into the Ephraim Fowler home with her mother.

I do not know with whom Benjamin Hodge left Union County, but it was most definitely not Nancy Fowler, widow of Ephraim.

Nancy Fowler was an old woman in 1850, and her absence in any documents beyond that year indicates that she died during the next decade.

The Sons of HENRY ELLIS FOWLER: A Brief Look

There is a book that contains wonderful information about the descendants of John Fowler the First. I like this book and refer to it often in my research. It was written many years ago when family research was much more difficult and DNA testing was not available to prove paper trails.

This book follows the family line from John Fowler the First down to our Henry Ellis Fowler. It is stated in the book that Wymac was the eldest son of Henry Ellis, and that Mark was probably the second son.

In a study of Union County, SC census records, we discover that Henry Ellis Fowler was recorded as head of household in 1790. He had one son recorded in this census: Ephraim Fowler.  I must believe that Ephraim may have been the oldest son, or at least, near the top of the list.

I have noticed that most family trees have Ephraim’s date of birth as 1784. That would put him at the grand old age of 6 when he was listed as head of household in 1790. I think his date of birth was more like 1765, give or take a year. If his father Henry Ellis was born circa 1746, it certainly is logical to think that his first child would have been born twenty years later, give or take a year.

Going back to census records, Ephraim and his wife Nancy began having their children around 1785. I think we can throw Ephraim’s date of birth of 1784 out the window. I am. I’m sticking with circa 1765. I am also putting Ephraim in my family tree as the eldest son of Henry Ellis Fowler and Catherine Puckett.

I believe that Ellis was the second son born into this family. Ellis was born circa 1770 in Virginia and married Mary, born in Virginia in 1880. Ellis was recorded on the 1800 census as 26 to 44 years old. Ellis and Mary had four children circa 1795 to 1800 with more to follow.

A note on Ellis: thanks to the (mis)information in the above mentioned but not named book, most people researching this Fowler line are under the mistaken notion that Ellis married SarahSallieMabry. He did not. I’ll get around to explaining the many Ellis Fowlers of Union County in a later discussion, and it is all documented! But for now, just go with me that Ellis son of Henry Ellis was born in or about 1770 in Virginia, married Mary, and moved to Union County, SC. On my family tree, Ellis is son number two.

I’ve got Godfrey as son number three. I believe that Godfrey was born circa 1773 in Virginia. Godfrey and his wife NancyNannieKelley had their first child around 1793. Godfrey first appeared in the 1800 census as age 26 to 44 with four children under the age of 10.

John H. “the Hatter” may have been the fourth son born to the Henry Ellis Fowler family, and I believe that he was born circa 1775, most likely in Virginia.

Many Fowler researchers think that the John Fowler in the 1790 census living near Henry Ellis was the son of Henry Ellis. I thought that too. But an intelligent researcher from Hawaii who is descended from the Union County Fowlers brought to my attention that the John Fowler of 1790 would have been far too old to have been Henry Ellis Fowler’s son. And she is right. I have not yet figured out how the John of 1790 connects to Henry Ellis. DNA testing has proven that Henry Ellis Fowler and John Fowler of the 1790 census are of the same Fowler line. They may have been brothers.

One more thing about John of 1790 and John the Hatter“…… I’ve noticed that some researchers have them as father and son. I do not think this is correct! John of the 1790 census did have a son named John but I believe that it was not John Fowler, Hatter.

Johnthe Hatter” made his first appearance in the 1800 census at age 16 to 25 with a wife and one daughter born before 1800. He left a will that was probated in 1833.

Mark may have been the next son born to Henry Ellis and Catherine. I have seen his date of birth as 1780 and 1785.

Mark married Elizabeth Mosley in 1802. Elizabeth was the daughter of James Mosley and she became somewhat famous in the town of Jonesville for living to be 100 years old. That’s quite an accomplishment even today, but back in 1882 when women were as likely to die as not during childbirth, we must admire a woman who had 11 children, and lived in a time with no running water, no electricity, and no corner market to pick something up quick for dinner. Elizabeth is one of my personal historical heroes!

If the Mark Fowler on the 1810 census is Mark son of Henry Ellis, and not Mark son of 1790 John, then he was 16 to 25 in 1810, and definitely one of the younger sons of Henry Ellis and Catherine. It is certain that he is the Mark married to Elizabeth in the 1850 census where he is recorded as 70 years old, (born 1780 in Virginia).

There is a story that son Wymac was named after a Captain Wymac who lived near Danville, Virginia. When the perils of the Revolutionary War were getting a little too close for comfort to his family in South Carolina, Charles Sims had his trusty friend, Henry Ellis Fowler, escort Mrs. Sims and their children from South Carolina to Virginia.

Captain Wymac gave the weary travelers shelter and made enough of an impression with his generous hospitality that Henry Ellis Fowler and Charles Sims agreed that the first son born to either of them would be named Wymac.

I think this might be where the confusion about Wymac being the oldest son of Henry Ellis began. It was probably said that the next son and not the first would be named Wymac.

The trip from South Carolina to Virginia conveying the Sim’s family happened during the Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783). We know Henry Ellis and Catherine had already started their family long before this time. So, I am putting Wymac as one of the youngest sons since it is obvious that he could not have been born prior to the war if the story is true.

Wymac married Susannah Mosley daughter of James Mosley in 1808, and he was counted in the 1810 census as age 16 to 25. He and Susannah had two children prior to 1810. He is a younger son, but a son with an interesting story attached to his name.

Of course, Wymac could have just been named after his mother’s paternal grandfather, Womack Puckett……

I have saved William for last, although he could have been a little older than Wymac and Mark, or he could have been born in between them, or he may have been the last son of Henry Ellis. I have seen his date of birth all over the board…… anywhere from 1776 to 1789. No matter when he was born, we know that he made his will in January 1812, and it was probated in March 1812. William was a schoolteacher and never married. Or did he?

William left his estate to the two daughters of Sarah Burgess. Some researchers have put it out there that he was married to Sarah. I have never seen proof of this. Other researchers have suggested that Sarah’s two daughters, Delinda and Polly, were his children. I do not know one way or the other. I do know that he left everything to them, and in the event of their deaths leaving no heirs, he requested that his estate be divided between his brothers Wymac and Mark. That last sentence leads me to believe that he was closer in age to these two brothers and I am confident in saying that Mark, Wymac, and William were the three youngest sons of Henry Ellis.

When Henry Ellis Fowler wrote his last will and testament in 1808, he left “the tract of land where I now live” to sons William and Wymac. They may have been the only two sons who had not married and moved out of the family home. Wymac was married in 1808, but probably not during the first two months of the year when the will was written and probated. I have never been able to find William in a census record. He should have been recorded as head of household in 1810. Perhaps he was living with another family, or maybe he just got missed that year. His brother Ellis is not to be found in 1810, but reappears in 1820. Regardless, William died in 1812 and would never have a chance to be in the census again.

One last thought: if the range of dates of birth for Mark (1780 to 1785) are correct and he was born in Virginia, it is possible that the Henry Ellis Fowler family did not move to South Carolina in the 1770s and may have come to the state a little later.

To sum up the sons of Henry Ellis Fowler :

  • Ephraim Fowler 1765-1822 married to Nancy Mosley
  • Ellis Fowler 1770-after 1850 married to Mary
  • Godfrey Fowler 1773-1850 married to NancyNannieKelley
  • John H. Fowler 1775-1833 married unknown
  • Mark Fowler 1780 1853 married Elizabeth Mosley
  • Wymac Fowler 1786-1849 married Mary Susannah Mosley
  • William Fowler died 1812

ASA FOWLER 1811-1885


ASA FOWLER 1811-1885

I research and write articles primarily about my Union County, SC ancestors.  I help many people with their family research but I do not usually devote the hours and hours it takes to write and post articles online for others.   As much as I would like to do that, I have material enough for at least a hundred or more of my own articles and not enough time to accomplish all that I wish to do.

Two weeks ago, it was brought to my attention that there was a Fowler family Bible for sale.  It would have been against all odds that this Bible was connected to my family, but my interest was piqued and I sought out the volume.

It was not a Bible ever owned my Fowlers.  It had belonged to Asa Fowler and I did not recognize any of the names nor the lineage from the family pages of births, marriages, and deaths.  Nothing about the family was familiar.

I decided to research just a little into this Asa Fowler fellow.  Much to my surprise, I was looking at a very prominent, well educated, and already well researched Fowler line!

I was fortunate enough to also obtain a first edition of The Fowler Family, written by a descendant of this family and published in 1883.

I will soon add more information about the Asa Fowler family, along with wonderful photos of the two books.

I have traced this line to present day in hopes of finding a direct male Fowler descendant willing to yDNA test.  The following is a brief descendancy chart from the earliest known ancestor to almost present day.  I have omitted the names of living descendants for privacy reasons, but would love to hear from anyone interested in pursuing genetic research into this line.


  • Philip Fowler 1590-1679 m. Mary
    • Joseph Fowler 1629-1676 m. Martha Kimball
      • Philip Fowler 1648-1715 m. Elizabeth Herrick
        • Philip Fowler 1691-1767 m. Susanna Jacob
          • Symonds Fowler 1734-1821 m. Hannah Weeks
            • Benjamin Fowler 1769-1832 m. Mehitable Ladd
              • ASA FOWLER 1811-1885 m.  Mary Dole Cilley Knox 1815–1882
                • Frank Asa Fowler 1842–1904 m. Flora Adella Johnson 1856-1881; m. Caroline A. 1876-1958
                  • Frank Asa Fowler 1881-1881
                  • Evelyn Sadie Fowler 1899–1993 m. Harold Douglas Reed 1886–
                    • James Marshall Reed 1930–2010
                    • Edward F Reed 1930– 2015
                • George Robert Fowler 1844–1897 m. Isabel Minot 1846-1909
                  • Ethel Walker Fowler 1874-1899
                  • Mary Pickering Fowler 1877-1936
                  • Josiah Minot Fowler 1880–1931 m. Martha Louise Parsons
                    • Minot Parsons Fowler 1913–1913
                    • Josiah Minot Fowler Jr. 1914–1997
                    • Jean Parsons Fowler 1916-1996 m. George Rodney Harris Jr 1918–2012
                    • Isabel Minot Fowler 1921-1984
                  • Robert Fowler 1884–1951 m. Rosalie Gretchen McIntyre 1887–1959
                    • Virginia Minot Fowler 1908–1996
                    • Robert Fowler Jr. 1915–2001 m. Grace Evelyn Kahrman 1917–1984
                      • Robert Earle Fowler 1941–2013
                    • Kenneth Walker Fowler 1918–1969
                    •  Donald Haines Fowler 1923-1983 m. Patricia Gail Smith 1923-2015
                      • Douglas H. Fowler 1949–2014
                • Clara Maria Fowler 1847–1931
                • William Plumer Fowler 1850–1918 m. Susan Farnham Smith 1886–1928
                  • William Plumer Fowler 1900–1993 m. Ellen Sprague 1902–
                    • Clara Fowler 1929–
                    • Richard Fowler 1931–2013
                  • Katherine Stevens Fowler 1902-1997 m. James Watson Lunn b.1894;  m. Marland Prott Billings 1902–1996
                    • Elizabeth Farnham Billings 1940–1990
                  •  Philip Fowler 1906–1978 m. Madeline Bittmann 1912–2005
                • Edward Cilley Fowler 1853–1913 m. Sarah A Watson 1855–1941
                  • Mary Josephine Fowler 1887–1960 m. Thomas Francis Haley 1885–1963
                    • Herbert Francis Haley 1901–1935
                    • Edward Fowler Haley 1908–1982
                  • Sadie Fowler 1888–1888



The Whitlock Massacre of 1870 & The Fowler Family of Union County, SC

The story of the Whitlock Family Massacre has a sad and tragic ending.  Much has already been written of this horrendous event, but little mention has been made of the Union County, SC Fowler family involved.  I will go back in time to the beginning, to the circumstances that led to the demise of an entire family.

Henry Ellis Fowler 1746-1808 was the father of Godfrey Fowler, who was the father of  a son, Milligan Fowler, born 1804.

Milligan Fowler was an investor in railroads and a prosperous planter who owned 1500 acres in Jonesville, SC.  He was also a life long bachelor.

Milligan had an out of wedlock son with Frances Haile b. 1795, daughter of John Haile 1734-1807 and wife Ruth Mitchell 1746-1840.  This son was Felix Cornelious Haile, born in 1829 in Union County, SC.

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Felix C. Haile

John Haile and Ruth had a son named John Haile 1781-1826 who married Rachel.  The younger John Haile and wife Rachel had son Isaac Sampson Haile 1818-1892.

Isaac Sampson Haile married Sarah Ann Garner 1826-1906 in Union County, SC in the mid 1840s.

Isaac Haile
Isaac Sampson Haile and Sarah Ann Garner

Back for a moment to Henry Ellis Fowler…… John Fowler “the Hatter” d. 1832 was more than likely the son of Henry Ellis Fowler.  This assumption has not yet been proven by DNA testing but paper trails seem to indicate truth in the statement.  Milligan Fowler was a witness to the Last Will and Testament of John Fowler, Hatter.

John Fowler, Hatter was the father of Delila Fowler 1793-before 1832 who married William Whitlock 1789-1867.  Delila and William had several children before her early death .  The oldest of these children was son Frances Marion Whitlock 1824-1870.

It is a tangle of genetics to be sure, but bottom line……

  • Francis Marion Whitlock and Felix Haile were 2nd cousins, descended from  Henry Ellis Fowler
  • Felix Haile and Isaac Sampson Haile were 1st cousins, descended from John Haile


In 1850, Isaac Sampson Haile lived in Union County, SC with his wife Sarah, and their two children.

In 1850, Francis Marion Whitlock and Felix Haile lived in nearby Chester County, SC in the household with 27 year old G.W.D. Chalk.  (George Washington David Chalk 1823-1855).  All three men were mechanics.

Far away, and seemingly unrelated, in Van Buren, Arkansas, nine year old Pruda Bolt lived with her widowed father William Bolt (1819-1882).

In 1853, Isaac Sampson Haile, his wife anc two children, packed up and headed west to the great state of Texas.  Alexander “Bud” Haile, the third child of Issac Sampson Haile and Sarah was born in 1856 in Texas.

A tribe of peaceful Tonkawa Indians occupied central Texas.  They were a band of hunter-gatherers and made no trouble for the first white German pioneers led by John O. Meusebach who settled in 1847 into what would later be known as Llano County, Texas.

Fierce tribes of Comanche Indians had moved into the region during the 18th century.  Once the area became inhabited with white settlers, the Comanches began raids upon the families, stealing horses and cattle; taking as many possessions as they could carry away on horseback.

Llano County, Texas was established in 1856.  The town of Llano was little more than a frontier trading center.  Unfortunate for the Isaac Sampson Haile family, they chose to settle in the very remote area of Texas near the Fort Mason Crossing on the Colorado River in soon to be named Llano County.  This was right in the middle of Comanche tribe territory.

Isaac Sampson Haile was a cabinet maker by trade.  The scarcely populated landscape offered him little opportunity to use his cabinet making skills and he turned to farming and raising stock to provide for his growing family.

Felix Haile had an out of wedlock daughter, Clementine Haile, with his cousin Lucinda Fowler in 1861 in Union County, SC..  I do not know if this responsibility was the reason he made the decision to move west, but both he and his cousin Francis Marion Whitlock had moved to Llano County, Texas in time to be counted in the 1860 census with the Isaac Sampson Haile family.

The Isaac Sampson Haile family was one of only 217 households in Llano County, Texas in 1860.  The entire county population was only 1001 souls.  There were 89 farms, one of which belonged to Isaac Haile.  In 1860, Isaac lived with his wife Sarah, their four children, Felix Haile and Francis Marion Whitlock, the latter two men listed as stock raisers on the census record.

In 1860, in Llano County, Texas, there was a young couple also newly arrived.  Pruda Bolt from Van Buren, Arkansas was now a married woman.  Her husband was W.W. Garner (possibly William Walter Garner) and he was a stock raiser in Llano County.

W.W. Garner and Pruda had a son, Thomas Samuel Garner born in Texas in 1864.  W.W. Garner died or deserted his family before 1867.  Pruda Bolt Garner had married Felix Haile by this year, and their first child was born in 1868 in Texas.

There is no census record for the Felix Haile family in 1870, but they must have remained in Texas until after January 1873 when their son Creed Haile was born.  The next son, John Gary Haile was born in South Carolina in 1877, and more children followed after their return to Carolina.

The August 1870 census for the Colorado River community in Llano County, Texas did include the Isaac Sampson Haile family.  There were several children in the household, and of special note, there was daughter Cede Haile, twelve years old.

Francis Marion Whitlock occupied the home next door to the Haile household. Forty five year old Francis Marion had a young, Kentucky bred wife, Susan, only twenty one years of age.  The couple had four children:

  • William age 4
  • Sarah age 2
  • Mary age 1
  • Franklin age 3 months

I have studied several accounts of the events that took place on December 7, 1870.  I have noticed that there are slight variations in each of the reports.

Although she neglected to mention that the Indian attack on the Whitlock family was probably instigated by her father when he shot and killed an Indian the day before, the story that I believe to be most accurate was told by Cede Poole Haile Farris, daughter of Isaac Sampson Haile and wife of William Jasper FarrisCede was 12 years old on that tragic day of the massacre.  Her story below:


Mrs. W. J. Faris, 78, of Llano, vividly recalls the massacre of the Whitlock family in Llano County in 1870, the major Indian crime of early days in that section. She was a neighbor of the Whitlock family when a girl.

“I spent the Saturday night before the family was killed at the Whitlock home,” Mrs. Faris says. “We often went there and spent two or three days. Mr. Whitlock was plowing near the house when the Indians came and we suppose they killed him first. They set fire to the house and Mrs. Whitlock’s body was found in the ruins, but it never was known whether the Indians killed her or she burned to death. One baby was found in the yard. It looked as though they had pitched her out of the door because her head struck a rock and killed her.

“The other baby was found at the barn where the Indians had killed her with a stone. A 6-year-old girl was carried half a mile away and killed with a lance, the weapon being left in her body. The fourth child, a boy, was in the field with his father and the Indians carried him away. He never was returned, but I heard he was in Arizona a few years ago.

“Men living nearby saw the fire but reached the Whitlock place too late to save the family. They found the babies that night, and next morning discovered Whitlock’s body in the field where hogs had mutilated it. The body of the older girl was brought in and placed in a crib with the two younger children. Her hair was plaited and the Indians had jerked one off and placed it across her chest.”

Mrs. Faris says her father was in Llano that day, “and when he didn’t come home we were afraid he was captured or killed by the Indians. Later, he said the Indians crossed the road near him while he was returning. He became frightened and spent the night with friends.”

About midnight, she says, the men who had been at the Whitlock’s reached her home, expecting to find another massacre. Hunting parties went out from Llano in pursuit of the Indians, but, although the Whitlock home was on the main road between Llano and Burnet, the redskins escaped unharmed. with the Whitlock boy.

The Indians were believed to be the same band that killed a colored girl in a cotton field in the Yett settlement near Marble Falls the previous day, then crossed the Colorado river and killed a colored man, she says. From there they went to the Whitlock home on the east side of Long Mountain.

Mrs. Faris is the daughter of the late Isaac Sampson Haile, who settled in the Long Mountain community in 1853. The Whitlocks came to the Llano county with Haile from South Carolina. Her father ranched in Mason county and Mrs. Faris recalls that in his frequent absences driving cattle, her brother sat on the split-rail fence and watched for Indians while she milked.

credit: J. Marvin Humter’s Frontier Times Magazine, January, 1937]


Another article found on Find A Grave:

Long Mountain was once a settled region to the northeast of Hoover’s Valley in far western Burnet County. It was never a well known settlement, only having a small schoolhouse. However, in early December 1870, the community’s name would become well known throughout all of Burnet and Llano Counties as well as all of Central Texas.

At the time, the region on the north side of the Colorado River (present day northern Kingsland) was often referred to as No Man’s Land. Though there had been a military presence in the area since the late 1840s, tribes of Comanche Indians would often make raids upon the settlements on the south side of the river. Though these raids rarely resulted in the loss of life, numerous herds of cattle would be stolen and then taken across the river. Having lost several cows because of these raids, a resident of Hoover’s Valley decided that he would make a one man ambush against the Comanches as soon as they were crossing the Colorado near the Fort Crogan to Fort Mason military trail. His ambush would have harsh consequences.

Late one night, the rancher waited with his loaded musket near the crossing. When the Comanches began to wade onto the shoreline, he quickly took a shot at them. His volley killed one of the leading members of the tribe, who some have claimed was likely the chief, and not wasting anytime; the rancher fled the crossing and made it safely back to his homestead where he was finally able to get a good night’s sleep, feeling somewhat accomplished in his mission.

Early the next morning, residents awoke to see a towering pillar of black smoke rising high into the air. Upon investigation, they made a gruesome discovery. The source of the smoke cloud were the charred remains of the Marion Whitlock home, recently just having been set afire. Around the home, the farmers of Long Mountain uncovered the scalped body of Marion Whitlock, the lanced through corpse of his seven year old daughter, the remains of the family’s infant whose skull had been bashed against a tree, the family’s second youngest boy with arrows inside his little body, and inside the cabin they found the smoldered bones of Mrs. Whitlock who had been burned alive inside the house. It later became known that only one member of the Whitlock family had survived, a young boy, but he had been kidnapped and taken across the river.

Feeling responsible for the sudden attack, the rancher who had ambushed the Comanches as they were crossing the river the night before, gathered the remains of the family and paid to have them buried at the cemetery at Hoover’s Valley in a common grave where they rest today. Patrols of soldiers and Rangers were sent out to track down the kidnapped child, as well as the captors, but nothing ever resulted from their searchs. The Long Mountain Massacre of 1870 is still a well known tale today of the Llano and Burnet areas of Central Texas. It shows just how rough, deadly, and savage life was in the days of the Old West and Indian Wars.

{Sources Used
Jackson, Muriel et. all, Families of Early Kingsland, Texas and Nearby Communities in Llano and
Burnet Counties. Kingsland Genealogical Society, Kingsland, TX. 1998.}

After The Massacre 

Isaac Sampson Haile laid to rest the Francis Marion Whitlock family in a mass grave in Hoover’s Valley near their homestead.  William Whitlock, four years of age when captured by the Comanches, was never ransomed and lived his entire life with the tribe.

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Headstone of the Francis Marion Whitlock Family


Isaac and his family remained in Texas although it appears that they relocated from the 400 acre farm in Llano County into Burnet County shortly after the massacre.

There are ample property tax records proving ownership of Haile land in both counties.  After the death of Isaac Sampson Haile in 1892, Mrs. Sarah Haile continued paying the tax debt and lived her remaining years in Burnet County, Texas.

Sarah Ann Garner Haile was severely burned in 1906 when her clothing caught fire.  She lived 20 days before succumbing to her injuries on January 23, 1906 in Hoover’s Valley, Burnet County, Texas.  She was 79 years old.

Felix Haile’s father, Milligan Fowler, died in Union County, SC in 1871.  Milligan was buried on his land, the first grave in what would later be called the Haile/Webber Cemetery.

Felix returned to South Carolina and inherited the bulk of his father’s estate.  It is a little confusing as to the exact date of his arrival into Union County.  His son Creed Haile was born in Texas in January of 1873.  His second out of wedlock child with his cousin Lucinda Fowler was born circa 1873 in Union County, SC; this time a son, William Jackson Haile.

Felix Haile died in 1884 and was laid to rest near his father in the family cemetery.  Pruda Bolt Garner Haile died in 1891 and was buried next to Felix.  The graveyard is the final resting place of many of the Milligan Fowler descendants through his son Felix Haile.

Often in my research, things seem to come full circle.  As an ending to this piece, I would like to add that Pruda Bolt’s son, Thomas Samuel Garner, married Alpha Ethel Fowler 1868-1929.  Alpha was the daughter of Walter Gaines Fowler 1828-1870, son of Mark Fowler 1780-1853, son of Henry Ellis Fowler 1746-1808.  Thomas Samuel Garner and Alpha Fowler had ten children, five whom lived to adulthood, and five who died as infants and were buried in the Milligan Fowler family graveyard, now known as the Haile/Webber Cemetery.




ELLIS FOWLER 1770-after 1850, son of Henry Ellis Fowler

ELLIS FOWLER is without a doubt, the most overlooked and misunderstood son of Henry Ellis Fowler.  The reasons for this are abundant and clear:

  • extensive use of the name Ellis within this Fowler family
  • undocumented research
  • inaccurate family research published in two or more volumes
  • widespread family trees containing misinformation
  • lack of deeds recorded in the courthouse
  • he left no Last Will and Testament

Born in Virginia circa 1770, Ellis Fowler was the second son of Henry Ellis and Catherine Puckett Fowler.   He married Mary, born in Virginia circa 1780.  It is speculation on my part that he moved into Union County, SC with his father in the 1780’s prior to his marriage to Mary.

Ellis Fowler was enumerated in the 1800 Union County census, along with his young wife, two sons and two daughters all under the age of ten.  It is perhaps safe to say that he and Mary married after 1790 and began their family soon afterward.

The census taker evidently missed the Ellis Fowler family in 1810, as my lengthy searches have uncovered no records so far.  It is a regrettable omission; the decade between 1800 and 1810 may have revealed a better understanding of the number of children born to Mary and Ellis.

The 1820 Union County census confirmed that there had been an abundance of births during the missing decade in the Ellis Fowler household.  There were no less than fifteen persons counted in the home that year.  Mary’s advanced age of 40 leads me to believe that not all of the eight children under the age of ten were born to her and Ellis.  There were two females, aged 16 – 25,  who perhaps had given birth to some of the younger children.  Some of these children under the age of ten, in my opinion, were the grandchildren of Ellis and Mary.  Of special note… of the males under age ten was Ellis Fowler born 1810, son of Ellis and Mary.  He was sometimes referred to as Ellis Fowler, Jr. in legal documents.

The Ellis Fowler household was considerably smaller in 1830.  There were only five persons counted in the census record that year. Sixty year old Ellis shared the home with four teens – two females and two males. Conspicuously missing from the home was Mary Fowler, wife of Ellis.

Ellis Fowler, Jr. had married and moved out of his father’s household.  In 1830,  Ellis Fowler, Jr. was head of his own household  which included a young wife, two children under the age of five, and a woman aged 40 to 49.  I have no doubt that the older woman was Mary Fowler who had temporarily moved in with her son and daughter in law to help out with her very young grandchildren.

Mary Fowler had returned to the household of her husband Ellis Fowler by 1840.  There were seven persons in the home including a male under the age of five.  It is difficult to determine the identities of the occupants whom I believe to be both children and grandchildren of Ellis and Mary.

The Union County census of 1850 firmly established that Ellis and Mary were an eldery couple, Ellis at eighty years of age, and Mary, seventy.  Their daughter Winnifred Worthy, widow of James Worthy, lived in the home of her parents with her children Mary, Julia, and James Worthy.  There was also  eleven year old William Worthy in the household, maybe a son of Winnifred, but possibly the son of Winnifred’s sister Fanny who had married William Worthy.

Ellis Fowler had been given a tract of land on which he lived when his father Henry Ellis Fowler’s will was probated in 1808.  I believe this land was part of the land granted to Henry Ellis Fowler in the Kelly-Pinckney area of Union County.  It is probable that Ellis Fowler had moved near the Pacolet River by 1850.  Most of his offspring that I have been able to trace settled near Pacolet, SC and between Jonesville and Gaffney in Cherokee County, SC.

Ellis Fowler and wife Mary were deemed paupers in the 1850 census.  Unlike his older brother Ephraim Fowler who owned numerous tracts of land and is well documented in court house records, there is very little to find regarding Ellis.  The records are almost nonexistent.

The 1850 census record was the last time Ellis Fowler was documented.  His advanced age of eighty in 1850 and his absence in the 1860 census lead me to say with certainty that Ellis died between the years 1850 to 1860.  Where he may be laid to rest, I do not know.

What follows is documentation of Ellis Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler:

While it is unfortunate that Ellis Fowler is often overlooked by amateur genealogists, he was clearly mentioned in his father’s will of 1808………….

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Ellis Fowler and wife Mary had several children.  Although the exact number is unknown to me, it is certain that they had the following:

  • Ellis Fowler, Jr. b. 1810 married Sarah Clark
  • Nancy Fowler b.1815
  • Winnifred Fowler b. 1822 married James Worthy
  • Fanny Fowler b. 1825 married William Worthy


1800 Union County, SC Census:  Ellis was listed in the age bracket of 26-44.  If the estimated date of his birth of 1770 is correct, this would put him at 30 years of age in 1800.  His wife Mary is listed as 16 to 25, also supporting her birth year of 1780.  Ellis and Mary had 2 sons and 2 daughters under the age of 10.

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  • ELLIS FOWLER 26-44 
  • MARY FOWLER 16-25
  • MALE < 10
  • MALE < 10
  • FEMALE < 10
  • FEMALE < 10

1820 Union County, SC Census:  Although missing from 1810 census records, Ellis and wife Mary appeared again in 1820 with a greatly enlarged household, which probably included more of their own children as well as grandchildren.

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  • MARY FOWLER 26-44
  • 1 MALE 16-25
  • 2 (OR 4) MALES < 10
  • 2 FEMALES 16-26
  • 2 FEMALES 10-15
  • 4 FEMALES < 10

1830 Union County, SC Census:  I believe that Ellis would have been in the 50-59 age bracket in 1830.  His wife Mary was missing from the household, and may have been living with her son Ellis, Jr. helping him with the two children under the age of 5 in his household.

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  • ELLIS FOWLER 60-69
  • 1 MALE 16-19
  • 1 MALE 10-15
  • 1 FEMALE 16-19
  • 1 FEMALE 10-15

1840 Union County, SC Census:  Ellis and wife Mary were now living with a greatly reduced household of only 3 males.  The two older males may have been sons, but the male under 5 would have probably been a grandson.  Note that Ellis was recorded as Ellis Fowler, Sr.

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  • ELLIS FOWLER 60-69
  • MARY FOWLER 60-69
  • 1 MALE 20-29
  • 1 MALE 16-19
  • 1 MALE < 5
  • 1 FEMALE 30-39
  • 1 FEMALE 10-15

1850 Union County, SC Census:  Ellis and wife Mary were living with their daughter Winnifred Fowler Worthy and her children. Winnifred was the widow of James Worthy.  The William Worthy in this record may not have been the son of Winnifred.

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As noted near the beginning of this article, Ellis and Mary did not leave wills, nor can I find any estate settlement for them.  They were listed as “paupers” on the 1850 census, and perhaps had little to leave their offspring.

Without a doubt, Ellis and Mary Fowler had more children than I have been able to document.  My research into this family line continues with hopes of discovering more information.  In the meantime, I give to you the known and documented descendants of Mary and Ellis Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler………

HENRY ELLIS FOWLER 1746-1808 m. Catherine Puckett

  • Ellis Fowler 1770- after 1850 m. Mary LNU 1780– after 1850
    • Ellis Fowler 1810–1880 m. Sarah “Sallie” Clark 1825–1880
      • Elizabeth Augilar Fowler 1841–1924 m. Robert Henry Petty Sr 1828–1892
        • Thomas M. Petty 1857–1917 m. Elizabeth  Thompson 1864–1914
          • Ella Florence Petty 1883–1966 m. Charles Herald b. 1879;  m. John R Petty 1885–
            • Lizzie Elizabeth Petty 1907–
            • James Petty 1914–1942
            • Landy Sizemore Petty 1922–1975
          • John Thomas Petty 1889–1958 m. Sallie Texana Jennings 1892–1915; m. Lockie Penley
            • Albert Mayfield Petty 1912–1967 m. Annie Izora Fisher 1916–2005
              • Joe Medwick Petty 1937–1993
              • William Albert Petty 1942–2009
          • Claude Monroe Petty 1893-1932
          • Landan Sizemore “Landy” Petty 1895–1970
          • Lawrence P. Petty 1902–1918
        • Jessie Davis Petty 1861–1913
        • Edna Parmella “Ella” Petty 1864–1935
        • Robert Henry Petty Jr 1866–1941
        • John Lawson Petty 1869–1948
        • Margaret Petty 1870–1955
        • Junius Colombus Petty 1873–
        • James Alexander Petty 1878–1957
        • Samuel Petty 1883–1904
      • Martha Fowler 1844–
      • Julia Fowler 1847–
      • Jesse Fowler 1849–
      • Nancy “Nannie” P. Fowler 1854–1939 m. John Worthy Eison 1849–1913
        • Sallie Hester Eison 1878–1949
        • Esther Eison 1887–1967 
        • John Edward Eison 1895–1921 m. Lola Ethel Lavender 1895–1986
          • Elsie Melvinia Lavender 1914–2002
          • Crawford Coyle Lavender 1918–1995
        • Nannie Eison 1896–
        • Harry Eison 1900–
      • Thomas Fowler 1859–
      • Sarah Purchase Fowler 1860–1933 m. John Andrew Johns 1848–1926
        • Steadman William Fowler 1882-1930 m. Nannie Phillips  1883–1944
          • Beulah Fowler 1903–
          • Buford Paul Fowler 1906–1975 m. Ruby Satterfield 1909–1996
            • Peggy Jean Fowler 1928–1999
            • Carl Hewitt Fowler Sr 1934–2012
            • Delores Fowler 1937–2010 m. Troy Roe
            • Cheryl Jane Fowler 1943–2009 m. Lawson
          • Cecil Fowler 1909–
          • Ruth Fowler 1913–1995
          • Gladys Fowler 1916–
          • Warren Fowler 1918–
        • Nellie Fowler 1890-
        • John Grover Fowler 1890-1952 m. Pearl Thomas 1887-1948; m. Margaret Clippard
        • Fred Mark Fowler 1895–1956 m. Bessie Norris 1901–1990
          • Louise Cornelia Fowler 1921–1981 m. Furman F Tomberlin 1922–2009
          • Sarah M Fowler 1923–2012
          • Marie Fowler 1925– m. James Muriel McCormick 1926–2000
          • Fred Mark Fowler Jr. 1929– m. Marie Georgette Legrand
          • Betty Jean Fowler 1930–2006 m. Robert Evans Goodwin 1931–
          • Phyllis Ann Fowler 1933– m. William Edward Crump Jr 1930
          • Sylvia Grovene Fowler 1939– m. Larry Joel Graham
      • Lotty Fowler 1862-
    • Nancy Fowler 1815–1880
    • Winnifred Fowler 1822– m. James Worthy 1809–1850
      • Mary Worthy 1838–
      • William Columbus Worthy 1841–1914
      • Julia Worthy 1842–
      • James F. Worthy 1842–1921
    • Fanny Fowler 1825–1852 m. William Worthy 1813–1880
      • William Columbus Worthy 1843–
      • Mahala Rebecca Worthy 1845–1925 m. Walter Gaines Fowler 1828–1870
        • Alpha Ethel Fowler 1868–1929 m. Thomas Samuel Garner b. 1864; m. John Joab Crawford 1868–1954
          • William Hoyt Garner 1884–1957
          • Arthur Duboy Garner 1886–1963
          • Eathan Guy Garner 1888–1969
          • Grace L Garner 1890–1891
          • Hugh Garner 1893–1894
          • Walter E. Garner 1895–1896
          • Gary McKinley Garner Sr 1897–1993
          • Roy Garner 1901–
          • Thomas Garner 1903–1903
        • Bettie Fowler 1870–1894 m. Jackson
          • Jesse C. Jackson 1893-
      • Mary “Polly” Worthy 1847–
      • Nancy Elizabeth Worthy 1850–1895 m. Robert Norris Leonard 1847–1904
        • Anna Victoria Leonard 1872–1946
        • Fannie Leonard 1875–1961
        • James Hood Leonard 1878–1949
        • Robert Norris Leonard Jr 1883–1959
        • Minnie Lee Leonard 1884–1987
        • Mae Leonard 1888–1969
        • Bernice Leonard 1893–1894
        • Emma Leonard


more to come……………………


LAVINA FOWLER 1803-1877, Daughter of John Fowler “The Elder”

I also give and bequeath unto my three daughters Salley, Suky, and Vina one bed and furniture each.” Last Will and Testament of John Fowler, dated 18 February 1817.

Three daughters. Salley. Suky. Vina. Who were they? What path did they follow? Did they survive childhood, get married, have children of their own? Were they happy?

“Salley” was often a nickname for Sarah; “Suky” was sometimes short for Susannah; and “Vina”  for Lavina or Lavinia.

Ten years. I searched for these three daughters of John Fowler and Fannie for ten years. I only knew of their existence from the one line in which they were mentioned in their father’s will.

No birth, marriage, or death records existed in South Carolina during the lifetimes of these three daughters. I had little to help me with my research.

Then fate intervened; a very fortunate message from a Fowler descendant led to a meeting and the discovery of a valuable hint.

There was a LAVINA Fowler who had been born in Union County, SC in the early 1800s who had married Augustus Wiggins.  The names and dates fit.  So did the location.

Augustus “Gus”Wiggins (1805-1857) was the son of Richard Wiggins of Cleveland County, North Carolina.  While there is no evidence that the elder Wiggins lived in Union County, SC, there were Wiggins families in the county in the 1800s.  Abraham Wiggins (b. 1808) lived in Union County in 1850 and 1860; Nancy Wiggins, Lazarus Wiggins, and Antoine Wiggins were counted in the 1860 Union County census.

Augustus Wiggins, probable brother of Abraham Wiggins, lived in Union County in the first decades of the 1800s, as he met and married Lavina Fowler before 1822; their first son, William Wiggins, was born to Augustus and Lavina in Union County in 1822.

The absence of the Augustus Wiggins family in census records for the years 1820 through 1840 prevents us from knowing the exact year that the family moved to Cleveland County, North Carolina.  Information from census records and death certificates indicates that most of their children were born in North Carolina.

The family was recorded in the 1850 Cleveland County, NC census in 1850.

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1850 Cleveland County NC Census

Augustus Wiggins died in 1857 in Cleveland County and was laid to rest in the family graveyard in Polkville, North Carolina.

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Augustus Wiggins Headstone

In the 1860 census for Cleveland County, we find Lavina Fowler Wiggins living with her adult children Richard, Sarah, Francis, and Asbury.  Daughter Melissa Wiggins Ramsey and family lived next door; son William Wiggins and family were also living adjacent to these households.

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1860 Cleveland County NC Census


Lavina Fowler Wiggins was counted in the 1870 Cleveland County NC census living with daughter Sarah Wiggins Bridges and her family.  Son Asbury Wiggins and his family were living next door.

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1870 Cleveland County NC Census

Lavina Fowler Wiggins died  June 20, 1877 and was buried in the family graveyard.

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Lavina Fowler Wiggins Headstone

From the Last Will and Testament of Augustus Wiggins in Cleveland County, NC Deedbook D (page 594), we learn the names of the children of Lavina Fowler and Augustus Wiggins:

  • William M. Wiggins 1822-1915 m. Sophie Horn
  • Frances Johnson Wiggins 1823- m. William R. Green
  • Melissa Wiggins 1825-1909 m. Thomas Ramsey
  • Francis M. Wiggins 1827-
  • Elijah G. Wiggins 1830- m. Matilda Horn
  • Delilah Wiggins 1831-1897 m. John Philbeck
  • Sarah Wiggins 1835-1899 m. Lorenzo Bridges (son of Drury S. Bridges)
  • Richard M. Wiggins 1837-1892 m. Jane Bridges (daughter of John S. Bridges)
  • Ashbury G. Bridges 1839-1927 m. Jane Bridges (daughter of William A. Bridges)

I am still working on the birth order of the children.  There is conflicting information regarding the dates of birth.  There is also confusion, at least in my mind, about Francis and Frances Wiggins.  More later about this………………


John Fowler d. 1818 and Fannie (Johnson?)

  • Lavina Fowler 1803-1877 m. Augustus Wiggins 1805–1857
    • William M Wiggins 1822–1915 m. Sophia Horn 1827–
      • Amanda Wiggins 1861–
      • Lemuel J. Wiggins 1861–1949 m. Elizabeth Jane 1861–1946
        • Willie Wiggins 1883–1959  m. John Brent Philbeck 1886–1933
          • Perry Thomas Philbeck 1910–1947
          • Mary Lou Philbeck 1912–1989
          • Era Mae Philbeck 1914–1991
          • Edith Philbeck 1918–1985
          • Gus Clark Philbeck 1921–1986
          • Ruby Philbeck 1925–
          • Fay Philbeck 1928–
        • Riley Frank Wiggins 1884–1925 m. Fannie Wiggins 1891–1980
          • Infant Wiggins 1909–1909
          • Maurice Lee Wiggins 1910–1983
          • Darline Wiggins 1914–
          • Roy Wiggins 1917–
          • Pearl Virginia Wiggins 1919–1921
        • Finettie Wiggins 1888–
        • Elzie Wiggins 1890–
        • Dlia Wiggins 1895–
        • Corra Wiggins 1897–
        • Jossie Wiggins 1899–
        • Grady Vol Wiggins 1904–1966
        • John William “Johnie” Wiggins 1905–1992
        • Lona Wiggins 1907–1907
        • Charlie Wiggins 1909–1909
    • Francis M Wiggins 1827
    • Melissa Mollie Wiggins 1828–1909 m. Thomas James Ramsey 1828–1863
      • John W. Ramsey 1852–1900
      • Augustus B. Ramsey 1855–1910 m. Hester Doty 1863–1929
        • Martin Cetan Ramsey 1879–1962
        • Solon Cleophus Ramsey 1885–1937
        • Lissie Ramsey 1887–1974
        • James Thomas Ramsey 1889–1941
        • Georgia Lola Ramsey 1894–1984
        • Samuel Buster Ramsey 1895–1978
        • Blanche Ramsey 1898–1953
        • Iler Ramsey 1899–
        • Della E Ramsey 1901–1965
        • William Hass Ramsey 1903–1977
      • Annie E. Ramsey 1856–1900
      • Joseph Marshall Ramsey 1859–1943
      • Sarah Caroline Ramsey 1861–1948
    • Elijah G Wiggins 1830–
    • Delila Wiggins 1832–1897
    • Frances Johnson “Fannie” Wiggins 1832–1914 m. William R. Green 1830-
    • Sarah Wiggins 1837–1899
    • Richard Martin Wiggins 1837–1892
    • Ashbury G. Wiggens 1839–1927 m. Jane Letty Bridges 1847–1905
      • Dovey L. Wiggins 1869–
      • Mary Linda Wiggins 1870–
      • Elijah D. Wiggins 1871–1907
      • Fannie Suzanne Wiggins 1873–1933 m. Javan B Walker 1873–1944
        • Murlon H Walker 1899–1958
        • Nola Estelle Walker 1903–1985
        • Thomas F Walker 1906–
        • Dulon Walker 1909–1940
        • Zula O Walker 1912–2001
        • Foy J Walker 1913–1987

SARAH PURCHASE FOWLER 1860-1933, daughter of Ellis Fowler & Sarah Clark

When I first saw the name “Purchase” in the household of Ellis Fowler and his wife Sarah Clark Fowler, I thought the task of documenting her life would be an easy one. It was not a totally uncommon female name used in the 1800s, but it was an unusual name in the Union County Fowler families.


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Sarah Purchase Fowler


Rest, mother, rest in

Quiet sleep

While friends in sorrow

o’er thee weep

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Sarah Purchase Fowler Johns 1860-1933


As I have stated before, Ellis Fowler b. 1770 has been the most difficult son of Henry Ellis Fowler to document. He left no will nor can I find any land transactions or deeds in the courthouse.

I had only been able to document four of the children born to Ellis Fowler b. 1770:

  • Ellis Fowler b. 1807 (married Sarah Clark)
  • Nancy Fowler b. 1805
  • Winnifred Fowler b. 1822 (married James Worthy)
  • Fanny Fowler b. 1825 (married William Worthy)

Son Ellis Fowler b. 1807 and his wife Sarah Clark had the following children:

  • Elizabeth Augilar Fowler 1841–1924
  • Martha Fowler 1844–
  • Julia Fowler 1847–
  • Jesse Fowler 1849–
  • Nancy (Nannie) P Fowler 1854–1939
  • Thomas Fowler 1859–
  • Purchase Fowler 1860–1933
  • Lotty Fowler 1862–

Some Fowler researchers confuse Nancy P. Fowler and Purchase Fowler, thinking that they were the same daughter of Ellis and Sarah Fowler. Since both daughters were recorded on census records together, I am not sure how this confusion began. They are clearly two different children.

It was fairly easy to discover that Elizabeth Augilar Fowler had married Robert Henry Petty, and her sister Nancy P. Fowler had married John Worthy Eison. I have been able to trace both daughters and their descendants to present day.

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Elizabeth Augilar Fowler


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Nannie P. Fowler


The remaining children of Ellis Fowler and Sarah Clark seemed to have disappeared into thin air. I was more than a little surprised that I was unable to find daughters Purchase and Lotty given that these names were a little unusual.

Purchase Fowler was first recorded on a census record in 1860 as an unnamed female infant, 3 months old. Included in the household along with her parents Ellis and Sarah Fowler were sisters Elizabeth, Martha, Julia, Nancy, and brother Thomas.

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1860 Union County SC Census

In 1870, Purchase was in the household with parents Ellis and Sarah Fowler, sisters Julia, Nancy, and Lotty .

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1870 Union County SC Census

The extended view of the 1870 census shows 12 year old Purchase Fowler  (highlighted in yellow) and her family.  Next door were the families of Elijah Fowler and Gassaway Fowler (both sons of Thomas G. Fowler and grandsons of Godfrey Fowler).

My great grandmother Lura Mabry (highlighted in tan) lived next to these Fowler families.  Lura was 6 years old.  She was the daughter of Sarah Watts Mabry and William Thomas LittlejohnLura would eventually marry Thomas Gillman Fowler who was a cousin of Purchase Fowler.

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In 1880, Purchase was 20 years old, and lived with her parents Ellis and Sarah Fowler, sisters Nancy and Lottie. three young Jefferies children who were the children of either Martha or Julia Fowler, and her aunt Nancy Fowler, sister of Ellis.

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1880 Union County SC Census

In 1880, twenty-year-old Purchase Fowler (yellow highlight below) lived next door to my great grandmother, 16 year old Lura Mabry (tan highlight).   I have no doubt that Purchase and Lura were friends.  Lura married my great grandfather Thomas Gillman Fowler a year later.  Perhaps Purchase or her sisters introduced them.  This is one of many reasons why I hold Purchase Fowler near to my heart.

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Purchase Fowler seemed to vanish after 1880.  I found a census record from 1900 in Pacolet SC listing a single woman, aged 40 with 4 children: daughter Nellie, sons Steady, Grover, and Freddie. It was difficult to read the name of the woman, but the record got my attention because of the name Steady.

The Union County Fowler families had a history of naming their sons Steadman.  This tradition began after the Civil War when Godfrey Butler Fowler (1837-1906), son of Joseph Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler) named his only son Nathan Steadman Fowler (1867-1924) after the captain of his army company in the Civil War, Captain James B. Steedman.

Since that time, other Fowler boys descended from Henry Ellis Fowler had been given the name Steadman:

  • Steadman Lee Fowler 1884-1971, son of Emma Fowler, daughter of Bryant Fowler, son of Stephen Fowler, son of Ephraim Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler.
  • James Steadman Fowler 1872-1952, son of Gassaway Fowler, son of Thomas Gillman Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler.

I wondered — who was this Steady Fowler born in 1882?  How did he relate to the Henry Ellis Fowlers, if at all?  And who was his mother with the hard to read name?  Could she possibly be my Purchase?

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1900 Pacolet, Spartanburg County SC Census

A little research and a lot of luck led me to a census record in Spartanburg SC in 1910. There was a woman named Sarah, aged 50 — right age for my Purchase — who was living with sons Grover and Fred. This family headed by Sarah Fowler lived next door to Steddy Fowler, his wife Nancy, and their three children Beulah, Buford, and Cecil. They lived on Howard Street in Spartanburg.

I knew that I was on the right trail. I began to think that Sarah was perhaps Purchase……..Sarah Purchase Fowler…….maybe.

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1910 Spartanburg County Census

I also noted that, in 1910, there was a John A. Johns, widower, living 6 households away, on Howard Street, with two of his daughters, and two granddaughters.

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1910 Spartanburg County Census

I could not find Purchase Fowler, or Sarah Fowler in 1920 census records, but I did find Sarah Johns in the household of Steady Fowler, his wife Nannie Fowler, and their children Beulah, Buford, Cecil, L.C, Ruth Gladys, and Warren.

Was it possible that Sarah Purchase Fowler had married her widower neighbor John Johns??  Although Sarah Johns was listed as the mother-in-law, I decided to take a closer look at the Johns family.

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1920 Spartanburg County SC Census

John Andrew Johns (1848-1926) was the son of Joseph Johns and Elizabeth Haney.  He was born in Union County, SC, as was Purchase.  It is possible that they knew each other long before they had both moved to Spartanburg, SC.

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John Andrew Johns

John Johns married Laura Cain (last name not yet documented) circa 1870, and they were the parents of many children, mostly daughters. Laura died in 1905 and was buried at Beulah Cemetery near Neal Shoals in Union County, SC.

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Laura Johns, wife of John Andrew Johns

From the Spartanburg SC City Directories:

  • 1903: Sarah P.Fowler, widow of William Fowler, 29 Milon Street
  • 1910: Sarah Fowler, widow of John Fowler, 256 Farley Avenue with son Fred
  • 1911: Sarah Johns and husband J. Andrew Johns,  222 Howard Street
  • 1913: Sarah Johns and husband J. Andrew Johns, 222 Howard Street

Sarah Purchase Fowler married John Andrew Johns circa 1910/1911.  By the year 1920, they were either divorced or separated.

Sarah Purchase Fowler lived with her son Steady Fowler on Arch Street in Spartanburg in 1920, and she was recorded as being a widow even though John Johns was still alive and well living with his daughter Leona on nearby Howard Street.

John A. Johns died in 1926, and was laid to rest beside his first wife Laura at Beulah Cemetery in Union County.

Sarah Purchase Fowler is missing from the census records of 1930.  Her son Fred Fowler and his family lived on Louise Street in Charlotte NC.  Sometime after the 1930 census was recorded, Sarah Purchase Fowler moved to Charlotte to be near her son.

Through city directory records, I have been able to locate and visit the street they lived on in Charlotte. The houses were very small, and mostly built in the 1920s. Many of these houses remain.  The addresses on record for Fred Fowler — 1013 Louise Street — no longer exists. The Fred Mark Fowler home has been torn down and replaced with a large industrial complex.

Sarah Purchase Fowler died in her home at 1209 Louise Street on August 28, 1933.  There is still a house at this address, although real estate records indicate it may not be the same house that she occupied.

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I found a death certificate for Sarah P. Fowler. She died August 28, 1933. F.M. Fowler was the informant (her son, Fred Mark Fowler).

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Sarah P. Fowler

Now that I had a date of death, I began looking for a grave site. The information of the death certificate indicated that she was buried in Pacolet, SC.

I searched for Sarah Purchase Fowler, Sarah Fowler, Purchase Fowler, Sarah P. Fowler, Sarah Purchase Johns, Sarah Fowler Johns, Purchase Fowler Johns… get the idea. No luck.

I looked in my records for the grave of her sister, Elizabeth A. Fowler Petty.  Pacolet Methodist Church. A quick internet search led me to Sarah P. Fowler JONES. Right dates of birth and death…..wrong last name. Could this be the grave of Sarah Purchase?

Two hours of driving, I arrived at the cemetery.  I located the grave of Sarah Purchase Fowler Johns.  Johns was spelled “Johns” and not “Jones”.  Correct dates of birth and death…… last name too.  Her grave was next to some of the children of her sister Elizabeth Fowler Petty.

I felt like my journey into the life of Sarah Purchase Fowler had come full circle.

Sarah Purchase was born in Union County, SC to Ellis and Sarah Clark Fowler; moved to nearby Pacolet and raised four children; married a widowed neighbor and hopefully had a few years filled with happiness; moved to Charlotte, NC with her son; died in Charlotte; and laid to rest in Pacolet, SC near some of her immediate family.

Sarah Purchase Fowler had also come full circle.  I placed flowers on her grave and hoped that she somehow knew that she was still remembered.


Now let us take a look at her four children and their descendants. We know from census records that Sarah Purchase Fowler had one daughter and three sons:

  1. Nellie Caroline Fowler  1880-1956
  2. Steadman William Fowler 1882-1930
  3. John Grover Fowler 1890-1952
  4. Fred Mark Fowler 1895-1956

Nellie Fowler:

I was not able to find much information regarding Nellie Fowler. I did locate her in a Spartanburg City Directory living with her brother Steady Fowler in 1905. She was unmarried at that time.

After contacting the grandchildren of Sarah Purchase Fowler, one granddaughter was kind enough to fill in the missing information about Nellie, as follows:

Nellie Caroline Fowler m. Robert Cleveland Sarratt 1884–1949

  • Ocey Enola Sarratt 1911–1993
  • Alma M Sarratt 1914–2004
  • Everett R Sarratt 1918–1971
  • Orville Cleveland Sarratt 1922–2012

Everett R. Sarratt and his wife Mary Kathleen Bolding Sarratt died in an airplane crash on September 26, 1971 in Georgia.

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Steadman William Fowler:

Last year, I visited Oakwood Cemetery in Spartanburg. I was looking, of course, for Fowler graves and planned to take photographs of all that I could find. One headstone caught my eye, that of Stedia W. Fowler (1882-1930) and his wife Nannie Fowler (1883-1944). The name Stedia was so close to Steadman, I figured that he had to have been one of my Fowlers. I took a photos of the headstone and filed this newly found information in my mind.

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Steadman William Fowler and Nannie Phillips Fowler
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Steadman William Fowler

Steadman Fowler was in an automobile collision with a train near Inman, SC on February 10, 1930.  Although he was reported as seriously injured in local newspapers, Steadman Fowler died the next day from his injuries.  He was the son of Sarah Purchase Fowler.

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More research shed light on Steady’s family. He was married to Nannie Phillips, daughter of George Marion Phillips 1843-1920 and Annie Fowler 1848-1936. Annie Fowler was the daughter of Daniel Fowler and Cansandra Cook.

Daniel Fowler was the son of Israel Fowler II and wife Polly.

Israel Fowler II was the son of Israel Fowler I and wife Fannie.

Israel Fowler I was the son of John Fowler b. 1720 and Phoebe.

The Israel Fowler line moved into Union County, SC around the same time as the Henry Ellis Fowler line…..late 1700s. DNA testing has proven that these two Fowler lines did not share a common male ancestor, hence two totally different Fowler families. However, the two Fowler lines did live near each other, witnessed documents for each other, and married into each other’s families.

Stedia W. Fowler is a direct descendant of Henry Ellis Fowler. Nannie Phillips is a direct descendant of Israel Fowler. The offspring of Stedia W. Fowler and Nannie Phillips were the perfect storm of the two Fowler lines combining!!

The family from whom Cansandra Cook descends is a family that I have spent much time researching.  I descend from this line through my paternal Fowler grandfather and my paternal Mabry grandmother. This Cook family intermarried in so many ways with the Fowler families.

Cansandra Cook’s first known ancestors were John Cook 1707-before 1772 and his wife Sarah Fulton 1715-1783. John and Sarah immigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania. After John’s death, Sarah and her children move to Union County, SC and settled on the Pacolet River near Grindal Shoals.

This intermarriage connects me to the offspring of Stedia Fowler and Nannie Phillips three ways: once from Ellis Fowler, and twice from the Cooks.

Steady Fowler and his wife Nannie had the following children:

  • Beulah Fowler 1903–
  • Burie S. Fowler 1906-1908
  • Buford Paul Fowler 1906–1975 m. Ruby Satterfield
  • Cecil E. Fowler 1909–1974 m. Iva Gertrude Smith
  • Thomas C.  “T.C.” Fowler 1911-1978 m. Ethel Gregory
  • Ruth Fowler 1913–1995 m. Blackwell; m. Alfred Price
  • Gladys Leona Fowler 1916–2002 m. Wofford T. Blanton
  • Warren William Fowler 1918–1980 m. Anita Devieu Brown
  • Ruby Fowler 1920-1995 m. Otis W. Nolan


John Grover Fowler:

John Grover Fowler married Pearl Thomas, daughter of A.J. Thomas and Nancey Jane Cox. They had no children. John Grover Fowler and wife Pearl lived in Spartanburg and Darlington, South Carolina, and eventually moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. He worked as a chain gang prison guard, and worked in textiles.

John Grover Fowler’s life took a little turn after the death of his wife Pearl in 1948. It was mentioned in The Gaffney Ledger from Gaffney, South Carolina on March 14, 1944 … Miss Margaret Clippard and Grover Fowler of Charlotte spent Sunday with the former’s sister, Mrs. L. E. Gantt, and Mr. Gantt, at their home in Gaffney...

Margaret Clippard 1909-1975 was the daughter of Scott and Josie Fronniem Clippard. The sister that she and John Grover Fowler visited was Lila Mae Clippard 1907-1980 married to Lester Eugene Gantt 1905-1975.

An interesting fact is that Lester Eugene and Lila Mae Clippard Gantt were buried at Corinth Baptist Church in Gaffney, SC where many of the Israel Fowler descendants were buried.

John Grover Fowler evidently married Margaret Clippard as she was listed as his wife on his death certificate. John Grover Fowler was buried beside his first wife Pearl Thomas at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte.

After John Grover’s death, Margaret married Charles Fisher.

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John Grover Fowler
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John Grover Fowler

Fred Mark Fowler:

Fred Mark Fowler was born on September 12, 1895 in Union County, SC.  He was to be the last child born to Sarah Purchase Fowler.  The name “Mark” was a name often used in this family.  Our Fowler family’s first known Mark Fowler was a son of John Fowler the First, our immigrant ancestor from England who died in Virginia in 1683.

Fred Mark Fowler was four years old when the census was taken in 1900.  He lived with his mother and three siblings in Pacolet, SC.  Fast forward to 1910….. fourteen-year-old Fred Mark and his family had moved to nearby Spartanburg.

On June 5, 1917, Fred Mark Fowler signed a World War I Draft Registration card.  From the information obtained on this record, he was a single, tall, slender young man, seventeen years of age, grey eyes and light-colored hair.  His address was 914 N. Davidson Street in Charlotte, NC.

Fred Mark Fowler did not remain single for very long, for he soon married Bessie Norris.  She was born in North Carolina in 1901, but her family had moved to Spartanburg SC before 1910, and it is likely the place Fred Mark and Bessie met.

The Fred Mark Fowler family was recorded in census records in Charlotte NC for the years 1930 and 1940.  They had seven daughters and one son:

  • Louise Cornelia Fowler 1921–1981 m. Furman F. Tomberlin 1922-2009
  • Sarah Mae Fowler 1923–2012
  • Marie Fowler b. 1925 m. James Muriel McCormick 1926-2000
  • Fred Mark Fowler Jr. 1929–2017 m. Marie Georgette Legrand
  • Betty Jean Fowler b. 1930 m. Robert Evans Goodwin b. 1930
  • Phyllis Ann Fowler b. 1933– m. William Edward Crump, Jr.
  • Sylvia Grovene Fowler b. 1939 m. Larry Joel Graham
  • Joy Rae Fowler b. 1941 m. William Lee Martin

Fred Mark Fowler died on March 22, 1956 in the Veteran’s Administration Hospital; in Durham NC. He was buried at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte. Bessie Fowler died in 1990 and was laid to rest beside her beloved husband.



  • Henry Ellis Fowler
    • Ellis Fowler 1770-  m. Mary 1780
      • Ellis Fowler
        • Sarah Purchase Fowler 1860-1933
          • Nellie Caroline Fowler m. Robert Cleveland Sarratt 1884–1949
            • Ocey Enola Sarratt 1911–1993 m.John Harold Fowler 1909–1983
              • son Fowler 1939
              • daughter Fowler 1939–
            • Alma M Sarratt 1914–2004 m Wade Arthur Carpenter1910–1976; Rhett Fowler Traynham 1903–1961
            • Everett R Sarratt 1918–1971 m. Mary Kathleen Bolding 1914–1971
              • daughter Sarratt
              • daughter Saratt
            • Orville Cleveland Sarratt 1922–2012 m. Mary Conner 1927–
              • David Thomas Sarratt 1946–2017
              • Louis James Sarratt 1948–
              • Arnold Elwood Sarratt 1949–
          • Steady Fowler m. Nannie Phillips
            • Beulah Fowler 1903–
            • Burie S. Fowler 1906-1908
            • Buford Paul Fowler 1906–1975 m. Ruby Satterfield 1909–1996
              • Peggy Jean Fowler 1928–1999
              • Carl Hewitt Fowler Sr 1934–2012
              • Delores Fowler Roe 1937–2010
              • Cheryl Jane Fowler Lawson 1943–2009
            • Cecil E. Fowler 1909–1974 m. Iva Gertrude Smith
            • Thomas C. “T.C.” Fowler 1911-1978 m. Ethel Gregory
            • Ruth Fowler 1913–1995 m. Blackwell; m. Alfred Price
            • Gladys Leona Fowler 1916–2002 m. Wofford T. Blanton 1911–1971
              • James Eugene Blanton 1939–2014
            • Warren William Fowler 1918–1980 m. Anita Devieu Brown
            • Ruby Fowler 1920-1995 m. Otis W. Nolan
          • John Grover Fowler m. Pearl Thomas
          • Fred Mark Fowler m. Bessie Norris
            • Louise Cornelia Fowler 1921–1981 m. Furman F. Tomberlin 1922-2009
            • Sarah Mae Fowler 1923–2012
            • Marie Fowler b. 1925 m. James Muriel McCormick 1926-2000
            • Fred Mark Fowler Jr. 1929–2017 m. Marie Georgette Legrand
            • Betty Jean Fowler b. 1930 m. Robert Evans Goodwin b. 1930
            • Phyllis Ann Fowler b. 1933– m. William Edward Crump, Jr.
            • Sylvia Grovene Fowler b. 1939 m. Larry Joel Graham
            • Joy Rae Fowler b. 1941 m. William Lee Martin

GODFREY FOWLER 1773-1850, son of Henry Ellis Fowler

If there is one name that defines my Fowler line — it is this: GODFREY.

Never mind that the first known ancestor in our Fowler family is John Fowler the First who immigrated from England to Virginia in the 17th century.  Never mind that there were enough John, Mark, Thomas, William, and Ellis Fowlers to populate any well rounded and well researched Fowler family tree.

The name Godfrey goes back to a son of John the First, and perhaps beyond.  It has persisted through the generations to present day.  It is the defining name of our Fowlers.

I remember as a child, sitting beside my Fowler grandmother while she talked about relatives long laid to rest in their eternal sleep.  I was too young to care much and too many years have passed to remember the treasured memories that she shared with me.  But I do remember the sort of shock I felt when she began to talk about Uncle Godfrey.  I had never heard that name — Godfrey — and it almost felt sacrilegious.  Sadly, my fascination with the name is the only thing I remember;  I do not remember what she said about Uncle Godfrey, and I do not know how he was connected to my family.  But I never forgot the name.

Fast forward many years later, and many Godfrey Fowlers inundate my research.  I no longer have irreverential feelings about the name.  Godfrey.  The name defines my line.



Henry Ellis Fowler 1746-1808 m. Catherine Puckett

  • GODFREY FOWLER 1773-1850 m. Nancy “Nannie” Kelly
    • James Fowler 1793–1858 m. Susan Gault 1800–1834
      •  Wade Fowler 1820–1881 m. Elizabeth A. Carothers 1828-
        • John Clark Fowler 1856-1911 m. Mary E. Henley 1866–1912
          • Edith Fowler 1882–1900 m. Joseph Wallace Gault 1879–1963
            • Thelma Guynelle Gault 1904–2009 m. William Asbury Spears; married John Elliott Hughes
              • Mary Elizabeth Spears
            • Marie Gault 1907–
            • Vera Ruth Gault 1909–1993
            • John Clark Gault 1912–1995
            • Roy Gault 1915–
            • James Edgar Gault 1918–1999
          • Blanche Fowler 1885–1958 m. James Lylt Patton 1875–
          • Mary Lyle Patton 1908–1991 m. Hood Crawford Worthy  1894–1978
          • Blanche Anne Worthy 1932–2013 m. Robert E. Brozina
          • James Fowler Patton 1910–1972
          • Keller Lake Fowler 1889–1969 m. Robert Henry Middleton 1875–1943
            • Kellar L Middelton 1912–
            • Robert H Middelton 1913–
            • Blanche F. Middleton 1914–1974
            • Hugh Calhoun Middleton 1916–1993
            • Vera Ruth Middleton 1926–
            • Mary Elizabeth “Bette” Middleton 1928–
          • Lewis Fowler 1890–1890
          • Marie Fowler 1891–1894
          • John Herbert Fowler 1894–1960 m.  Mollie Brown 1900–1974
            • Ferol Ruth Vinson 1921–2012
            • James H. Fowler Sr 1925–1995
            • Dorothy Grace Fowler –2016
          • Vera Fowler 1897–1900
      • Sarah Fowler
      • Francis G. Fowler 1825–1866
      • Irvin J. Fowler 1830–187
      • Frank Fowler 1831–1873
      • James W. Fowler 1832–1900
      • Baby Girl Fowler 1834–1834
      • Sarah Ann Fowler 1840–1925
      • Samuel Waddy Fowler 1843–1861
    • John Fowler 1794–1875 ???????
    • Thomas Gillman Fowler 1798–1880 m. Susannah Hames 1804-1863
      • Elizabeth Fowler 1821–1826
      • Gilman H Fowler 1822–1861
      • Gassaway Fowler 1827–1887 m. Elmira Ann Smith 1839–1911
        • Fannie Fowler 1856–1931
        • Tom Fowler 1858–
        • Leila Fowler 1861–
        • Franklin Fowler 1862–
        • Infant Twin Fowler 1863–1863
        • Pinkney (Pink) Fowler 1866–
        • Dora Fowler 1870–
        • James Steadman Fowler 1872–1952
        • George Gazzaway W Fowler 1875–1948
        • Annie Fowler 1875–1963
      • Charles Ellis Fowler 1828–1900 m. Margaret Mary White 1836–1915
        • Emma Fowler 1854–1922
        • Foster C Fowler 1856–1919 m. Nancy Jane Carter 1863–1942
          • Clayton Edwin Fowler 1884–1965
          • Elizabeth Fowler 1886–
          • Ola Carter Fowler 1888–1963
          • Viola Fowler 1889–
          • Vandine Charlie Fowler 1891–1963
          • Albert Fowler 1893–
          • Ernest Boyd Fowler 1894–1988
          • Thomas Fowler 1898–
          • Russell Franklin Fowler 1900–1987
          • Virgie Fowler 1905–
        • Anna Kansas Fowler 1858–1930 m. William Asbury Mc Whirter 1848–1917
          • Henry Oscar McWhirter 1876–1952
          • James M Mc Whirter 1877–
          • Marvin E. Mcwhirter 1878–
          • Addie B Mc Whirter 1880–
          • Benard A Mcwhirter 1889–
          • Albert Malcom McWhirter 1890–1976
          • Madge Mc Whirter 1892–1985
          • Lemond C Mc Whirter 1898–
          • Lucile Mc Whirter 1898–
        • Clara Elizabeth Fowler 1858–1900 m. John Thomas Landy Scott 1855–1908
          • Minnie Scott 1880–
          • Florence Foster 1893–1979
        • Lola M Fowler 1861–1892
        • Robert Junius Fowler 1866–1957
        • William Darby Fowler 1867–1951
        • Joseph Elliot Fowler 1869–1957
        • Coleman Carlisle Fowler 1871–1955
        • George Milligan Fowler 1873–1929
        • Susan S Fowler 1874–1940
        • Florence C Fowler 1876–1902
        • Charles C Fowler 1878–1890
      • Elijah T. Fowler 1830–1908 m.  Mary Jane Moseley 1835–1918
        • Gazzaway Josephine “Josie” Fowler 1861–1953
        • Susan Bettie Fowler 1863–1923
        • Frances Fannie Fowler 1868–
      • Martha Ann Frances Fowler 1834–1910
      • Thomas F. Fowler 1836–1892 m. Mary S. Coleman 1843–1887
        • Charles R. Fowler 1867–1926 m. Anne E Going 1874–1957
          • Conrad Durwood Fowler 1887–1892
          • Inez C Fowler 1894–1986 m. John Humpheys 1893–
            • Charles Humphries 1915–
            • Rembert C Humphries 1916–1958
            • Robert A Humphries 1919–
            • John W Humphries 1919–
            • Jeanette Humphries 1921–
            • Mary Humphries 1923–
            • James Humphries 1925–
            • Annie Lou Humphries 1927–
            • Ralph Humphries 1929–
            • Frank D Humphries 1934–
          • Olivia Madeline Fowler 1898– m. Samuel Victor Robinette  1895–1960; m. FMU Howell
            • Annieline Robinette 1918–2004 m. Sidney A Martin  1928–1972
          • Robert Cleon Fowler 1903– 1942 m. Susan Alberta Ladd 1898–1972
          • Garnell Fowler 1911–1917
        • John R Fowler 1868–1910 m. Elizabeth Wilson
        • Emma S. Fowler 1870–1909
        • Thomas W. Fowler 1873–1889
        • Sallie Fowler 1875–1889
        • Addie Fowler 1877–
        • Robert Joseph Fowler 1879–1953
        • Annie Fowler 1881–
      • Junius R Fowler 1841–1848
      • Susannah Adeline “Mamie” Fowler 1843–1901
      • Joseph K Fowler 1845–1887 m. Cornellia Puckett 1838–1913
    • Joseph Fowler 1800–1852 m. Clarissa Foster 1814–

      • Hampton O. Fowler 1823–1890
      • Joseph Fowler 1825–
      • Godfrey Butler Fowler 1837–1906 m. Louisa Jane Mitchell
      • Cansady Fowler 1838–1904 m. William G. Holmes 1829–1899

        • Margaret Ann Holmes 1867–1910 m. Roland Marcus Woody

          • Lillie Woody 1889–1913
          • William Furman Woody 1892–1966
          • Dewey Woody 1898–
          • Winnie Oline Woody Banks 1902–1987
          • Ralph Woody 1903–1909
          • R.M. Woody Jr. 1908–1909
        • Mary C.A. Holmes 1869–
        • Joseph Z. Holmes 1871–1934 m. Evelina Elizabeth Driskill

          • Estelle Holmes 1907–1967
          • Addie Holmes 1910–
          • Joseph Z Holmes Jr 1912–1969
          • Ruby M Holmes 1918–
          • William G. Holmes 1922–1981
        • Mary Adeline “Addie” Holmes Chapman 1871–1953
        • Luther Davenport Holmes 1875–1944
        • Adolphus Gaston Holmes 1876–1944
        • Benjamin F. Holmes 1877–1944
      • John Hudson Fowler 1846–1892
      • Adolphus Fowler 1852–1900 m. Mary Susan Gault 1856–
        • Anna Fowler 1879–1972 m. Richard Adams 1878–1967
          • Annie Adams 1900–
          • Elsie M Adams 1901–
          • Aiken Adams 1902–1951 m. Grace L  1904–1995
            • C Edward Adams 1921–
            • Laura E Adams 1922–2000
            • Richard Lee Adams 1928–1980
          • Jesse Adams 1904–1962 m. Lemma Jett 1901–1979
          • Mary Adams 1906–1998
          • Ada P Adams 1909–
          • Azalea Adams 1911–2002 m. Ralph E Lybrand 1906–1978
          • Evelyn Adams 1914–2002
          • Wells Adams 1918–
        • Jane Fowler 1880–
        • James Fowler 1882–1900
        • Lula Fowler 1883–1901
        • Nannie Belle Fowler 1887–1966 m. Forrest Ballanger Hopper  1887–1938
          • Lois Louise Hopper 1907–1972
          • Ruby Hopper 1912–2004
          • Georgia Hopper 1915–
          • Elbert Hopper 1917–
          • Laverne Hopper 1918–1995
        • Emma Fowler 1892–1973
        • Eddie Fowler 1894–
        • Josephine Fowler 1896–1962
        • Mary Fowler 1898–
    • Milligan Fowler 1802–1871
    • Nancy Fowler 1804–
    • Kiziah Elizabeth Fowler 1805–1836
    • Mary Fowler 1806–1893
    • William Fowler 1813–
    • Coleman Fowler 1816–1877 m. Martha R 1830–
      • Mary Elizabeth Fowler 1849–1916 m. Timothy S Haney 1844–1925
        • Minnie Fowler Haney 1868–1952 m. Daniel George1866–1933
          • Laura E McCarroll 1891–1963
          • Anna Belle George 1893–1985
          • Nellie Grace George 1895–1964
          • Virginia R “Virgie” George 1899–
          • Roy D George 1904–1960
          • Ray George 1905–
          • Minnie Mae George 1907–
          • Edward Lee George 1909–1963
        • T P Haney 1870–1871
        • Nooner A Haney 1872–1964 m. James A George 1869–1960
          • Carrel C George 1893–
          • Maggie E George 1895–1988
          • Olive R George 1899–
          • Willie Edna George 1902–1983
          • Coleman S George 1905–
          • Maudie George 1907–1983
          • William D George 1911–
        • Mattie Haney 1875–1875
        • Luella Haney 1876–1877
        • Olive Haney 1879–1880
        • James Coleman Haney 1882–1969
        • Edith Haney 1884–1946
        • Luther S Haney 1887–
        • Inez G Haney 1891–1970
      • Emily Mandival Fowler 1853–1921
      • Lewella Fowler 1855–
      • Steele C. Fowler 1858–
      • States Right Compeer Fowler 1860–1937

Godfrey had a son named John??

Were there two different sisters………Kiziah and Elizabeth or were they the same woman?