“Lieutenant Fowler was a Virginian of excellent family. He was a man of powerful stature.”
“I can recall the appearance of Mr. Ellis Fowler (son of the lieutenant), a tall, fair man, with a deep and most powerful voice.”
Miss S.A. Sims, daughter of J.S. Sims
“We Fowlers have thin, fine, light hair.”
Godfrey Butler Fowler
We do not have an image of Henry Ellis Fowler, nor do we have images of his sons or daughters. It is possible to get an understanding of what he may have looked like through the descriptions of Miss S.A. Sims and Godfrey B. Fowler. We also have photographic evidence of a few of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Henry Ellis Fowler had seven sons, and two or three daughters. He had upwards of fifty grandchildren, and more than one hundred and seventy five great grandchildren, perhaps– probably– more than two hundred.
That there is any photographic evidence of any of these descendants is no less than remarkable considering the era and the random chance of old photographs surviving somewhat intact for many years.
Henry Ellis Fowler was a “man of powerful stature” and his son Ellis Fowler was a “tall, fair man”. His great grandson Henry Richard Fowler was “an extraordinary specimen of manhood and he was of a splendid physical development” who weighed over two hundred pounds.
Melissa Fowler and Rufus Marion Fowler, the grandchildren of Henry Ellis Fowler, had dark hair, and Rufus had blue eyes. Both Melissa and Rufus were also grandchildren of the James Moseley line which could account for the dark hair.
The photograph of grandson Thomas Gillman Fowler indicates a dark haired man with a proud stature. Please note that it is very possible that the man in this image may be an earlier photograph of Charles Ellis Fowler or one of his brothers.
Five of the great grandchildren of Henry Ellis Fowler appear to have been both dark haired and dark complexioned: Henry Richard Fowler, Sarah Purchase Fowler, Charles Ellis Fowler, Godfrey Butler Fowler, and Felix C. Haile.
The remaining great grandchildren in the photographic evidence below have either gray hair (due to old age) or brown hair.
So was Henry Ellis Fowler a man of blue eyed, light colored hair, or was he dark haired and dark eyed? It’s hard to say for certain. Perhaps DNA analysis would help answer this question. It is certain that he and at least some of his grandsons and great grandsons gave the appearance of height and strength.
Henry Ellis Fowler 1746-1808 m. Catherine Puckett
Ephraim Fowler 1765-1822 m. Nancy Moseley
Lydia Fowler 1785-after 1850 m. Charles Hames
CINTHIA JEANETTE HAMES1817-1901 m. James S. Durham
Ellis Fowler m. Sarah Mabry
HENRY RICHARD FOWLER1825-1885 m. Nancy Ann Elizabeth Farr
Ellis Fowler 1770-after 1850 m. Mary 1880-after 1850
Ellis Fowler 1810-after 1880 m. Sarah Clark
ELIZABETH AUGILAR FOWLER1841–1924 m. Robert Henry Petty
NANCY P (NANNIE) FOWLER1854–1939 m. John Worthy Eison
SARAH PURCHASE FOWLER1860–1933
Godfrey Fowler 1773-1850 m. Nannie Kelly
THOMAS GILLMAN FOWLER 1798-1880 m. Susannah Hames
CHARLES ELLIS FOWLER 1828-1900 m. Mary Margaret White
SUSANNAH ADELINE FOWLER 1843-1901 m. D.P Boulware; A. C. White
Joseph Fowler 1800-1852 m. Clarissa Foster
GODFREY BUTLER FOWLER1837-1906 m. Louisa Jane Mitchell
Milligan Fowler 1802-1871 relationship with Frances Haile
FELIX C. HAILE 1829-1884
Mark Fowler 1780-1849 m. Elizabeth Moseley
MELISSA FOWLER 1823-1889 m. Isaac Creighton Horne
Catherine Fowler 1805-before 1882
THOMAS W. FOWELR 1834- 1861
Womack Fowler 1785-1848 m. Susannah Moseley
RUFUS MARION FOWLER 1825-1864 m. Dorothy Moseley
James Hervey Fowler 1832-1862 m. Mary Cansada James
HARRISON DAVID FOWLER 1860-1927 m, Nancy James
John Fowler d. 1833
Desina Fowler 1802- 1840 m. Charles Walton McWhirter
DESINA JANE MCWHIRTER 1840-1913 m. Asa Franklin Miller
Henry Richard Fowler was born in Union County, South Carolina in 1825. He was the son of Ellis Fowler (1805-before 1840) and Sarah Mabry (1815-after 1850).
Named after Henry Ellis Fowler, 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:
Sometime after 1822 and before 1825, Ellis married Sarah “Sallie” Mabry. Sarah Mabry was no doubt descended from James Maybury (d. 1805) or his brother Jesse Maybury, both who moved to Union County, SC in the mid to late 1700s and sons of James Mabry (1727-1781). The earliest known ancestor for this Mabry family is Francis Maybury, born 1650 in England and died 1714 in Virginia.
The Mabry genetics may account for the dark features of Henry Richard Fowler who did not have the blue eyes and fair colored hair of most other Henry Ellis Fowler descendants.
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
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.
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.
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?
In the 1850 census, Sarah Fowler was living with her eldest son, Henry Richard Fowler.
Sarah Fowler: age 42
Henry Fowler: age 24
Sarah Mabry Fowler is absent from records after the 1850 census. I do not know if she married again or died before the 1860 census was taken.
Henry Richard Fowler was a young man but obviously adept at buying and selling land as the following documents support:
In July 1849, Julia Fowler Sprouse, B. Elbert Fowler, and Mary Jane Fowler sold their interest of their grandfather Ephraim Fowler’s estate to their brother Henry Richard Fowler. They each received ten dollars for their share. Three months later, in October 1849, Henry Richard Fowler sold his interest in the estate to William Bevis for fifty dollars. The sale included two slaves, Mahala and Dorcas Elenoir.
In 1850, Henry Richard Fowler and Tillman Millwood (son of Ephraim Fowler’s daughter Milly Fowler Millwood) sold 260 acres of land for $508.25 to Coleman Hames (son of Ephraim Fowler’s daughter Lydia Fowler Hames).
In 1851, Henry Richard Fowler and Tillman Millwood sold 260 acres of land for $925 to Edwin M. Gregory.
Henry Richard Fowler served in and survived the Civil War. He enlisted in Company E, South Carolina 7th Infantry Battalion.
Henry Richard Fowler married Nancy Ann Elizabeth Farr (1840-1923), daughter of Waitus Farr (1799-1864) and Nancy Gallman (1800-1888). This marriage probably took place in 1860.
Nancy Fowler gave birth to ten children during her marriage to Henry Richard Fowler.
John Henry Fowler 1861-1914
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 18780-1961
Nannie Mahala Fowler 1881-1973
Mary Ellen Darling Fowler 1885-1984
Butler Brooks Going (1856-1931) was the son of William George Washington Going and Nancy Minverva Dupree. He was married three times — to Tompie (last name unknown), Sarah Ethel Farr, and Beatrice Wilburn.
On December 25, 1885, a small group of men were gathered in Farr’s store-house owned by the son of David James “D.J.” Farr. The store was located on the plantation owned by D.J .Farr in Pea Ridge. Henry Richard Fowler was there along with Mr. Farr, F.M. Adams. and James Haney. Other men may have been present.
There were relationships by marriage between the principle players: Henry Richard Fowler was the brother-in-law of D.J. Farr, and Butler Brooks Going had been married to D.J. Farr’s niece.
Butler Brooks Going arrived at the store, and harsh words were spoken by Going and Fowler. There had been a long history of bad blood between the two men that included a land deal gone wrong and threats of killing the other.
Henry Richard Fowler was a large man, and even at the advanced age of sixty, he had a toughness about him that intimidated men many years his junior.
The end result of the heated exchange between the two men — Butler Brooks Going pulled out a pistol and shot Henry Richard Fowler in his left shoulder. Fowler exclaimed, “Dave, I am shot!” and collapsed.
Butler Brooks Going shot and killed Henry Richard Fowler on Christmas Day.
At the coroner’s inquest later that day in the Henry Richard Fowler home,Dr. M.W. Culp examined the body and determined that the gunshot wound was the cause of death.
The testimony of the trial was reported in the Union Times on March 12, 1886. It must have been a very long day in that courtroom as the list of the men testifying was long indeed:
Dr. M.W. Culp, D.J. Farr, F.M. Adams, John Arrowwood, Asa Hutson, T.W, Giles, F.R. Cudd, E.F. Vaughn, Dr. Robert Little, W.L. Askew, L.L. Sprouse, A.A. Gault, Robert Gregory, Jasper Acock, J.G. Long, J.E. Meng, Richard Askew, James Haney, Shelton Adis, Charles H. Kidd, Neil Palmer, G.W. Going, W.E. Ray, S.S, Cudd, James, Adams, John L. Young, Major B.H. Rice, Thomas J. Harris, Robert Lawson, Thomas N. Kelly, Newell Smith, A.G. Bently, William Gallman, William Koon, and the defendant Butler Brooks Going.
Not only was half of the Pea Ridge community on the stand that day, many of them were related through blood or marriage… or both.
Anyone who knew Butler Brooks Going knew that he was no angel. He had fought with his brother, had another man arrested, treated his children badly, and made many threats around the community against the life of Henry Richard Fowler.
The problem was the reputation of Henry Richard Fowler. Almost every man who testified that day seemed to be reading from the same script:
If Fowler hated a man, he would hate him with all his will”
“Fowler was not a peaceable man”
“Fowler had a vindictive spirit”
“Fowler was an overbearing man”
“Fowler was quarrelsome”
“Fowler pulled out Wiley Wood’s eye”
“Fowler was known as the Bully of Pea Ridge”
Even when his friends took the stand, it was the same: “Fowler was a peaceable man unless he was drinking, then …”
It did not help that Henry Richard Fowler had also gone around telling everyone that he, the BULLY OF PEA RIDGE, planned to kill Butler Brooks Going.
The jury began considering the evidence at 8 p.m. and returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY at half past eleven. Butler Brooks Going was a free man and Henry Richard Fowler lay in his grave with no justice. Nancy Ann Elizabeth Farr Fowler had children to raise alone, the youngest only eight months old when her father was murdered.
Henry Richard Fowler was buried at Foster’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Pea Ridge.
Henry Ellis Fowler 1746-1808 m. Catherine Puckett
Ephraim Fowler 1765-1822 m. Nancy Moseley
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
On April 12, 1861, the first shot of the American Civil War was fired just before sunrise at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. Eight days later, Professor Thaddeus Lowe left Cincinnati Ohio in his hot air balloon, The Enterprise, bound for Washington, D.C. After traveling nine hours and eight hundred miles, he landed “slightly” off course in the Kelton farmlands of Union County, South Carolina.
There has been much written about Professor Lowe’s balloon landing on April 20, 1861. The locals erected a historical marker, and more than one hundred and fifty years after the landing, an occasional newspaper article recalling the event makes its way into print.
There was no photographer present to preserve Professor Lowe’s arrival. Instead, we are fortunate to have a visual “snapshot”—his observations of the locals: the gun toting men who met him in the field with mostly reddish long hair and beards…their rotund stomachs covered with blue jean clothing and their heads with slouch hats.
While many of the men cowered behind bushes, two brave women, Theresa Hames and Susie Palmer, took hold of the rope that Professor Lowe dropped to the earth, and pulled him out of the sky. Once he had convinced the frightened spectators who had witnessed the balloon’s descent that he was neither a Yankee spy nor the devil, he and his hot air balloon were loaded upon a large, lumbering wagon pulled by six mules and driven by Stephen Fowler to Unionville.
Stephen Fowler was the third son born to Ephraim Fowler and Nancy Moseley. His year of birth fell around 1798 to 1800, and his place of birth was Union County, South Carolina. He was married twice–his first wife being Sarah, and his second, Letticia.
One of the rope-pulling women, Susie Palmer, was a daughter of Stephen Fowler and his first wife Sarah. Mary Susan Fowler was born c. 1834, married Jackson Palmer, and died June 30, 1918. She was buried in the Haney graveyard in Kelton, not so very far from the site of the balloon landing.
Theresa Hames, the other rope-pulling woman, was the daughter of Stephen’s sister, Lydia Fowler Hames and Charles Hames. Theresa Hames was recorded in the 1860 Union County census living at Mount Joy……the present site of the Balloon Landing historical marker.
In my search for records of Stephen Fowler, his mention in the Balloon Landing saga is an extraordinary glimpse into a day in his life. It is most fortunate for us that he and the two brave female members of his family were involved with the events on April 20, 1861, and even more so that their names were recorded for posterity.
There is another document that I am extremely grateful to have found–the estate settlement petition made by his second wife, Letticia. This document gives us the first names of his two wives, and the names of his sons and daughters.
”The petition of Letticia Fowler, widow of STEPHEN FOWLER, late of the District and State aforesaid, dec’d, would respectfully show unto your court that STEPHEN Fowler, late of the District and State aforesaid, deceased as before mentioned, departed this life intestate on or about the 13th day of June 1866, leaving heirs surviving, his heirs at law, the following persons, viz, your Petitioner his widow, MARION FOWLER and LOUISA FOWLER, children of your Petitioner, MOORMAN FOWLER, HENRY FOWLER, SHELTON FOWLER, CANSADY WRIGHT, SUSAN PALMER, and BRIANT FOWLER, children of SARAH FOWLER, dec’d former wife of intestate;”
From the above document, we learn that Stephen Fowler was married first to Sarah, and they had sons Moorman, Henry, Shelton, and Bryant; and daughters (Mary) Susan (married to Jackson Palmer), and Cansady (married to Henry Wright).
Stephen’s second wife was Letticia who petitioned the court to settle the estate after his death in 1866. Stephen and Letticia had son Marion, and daughter Louisa.
Census records seem to indicate that Stephen and Sarah may have had more children not mentioned in the estate settlement. There is circumstantial evidence that there may have been a daughter (or daughter-in-law) named Caroline and a son (or son-in-law) named Jack Fowler.
What else do we know about Stephen Fowler?
In 1832, he mortgaged 100 acres located on Fannins Creek to William Gault for a $26 debt. This property adjoined land owned by William Gault, James Millwood, Mark Wood, William Fowler, and other land owned by himself.
Previous to October 1, 1849, he sold his one-eighth share of his father’s estate to James Farr.
Stephen Fowler died June 13, 1866; his possessions were appraised in September, and put up for auction on November 30, 1866. His widow Letticia purchased most of the estate, buying 30 pounds of cotton, 12 bushels of corn, 1 bed and furniture, 1 cupboard, a spinning wheel, a slab and a box, a table and 3 chairs, 2 jars and some nails, a lot of irons, and a plow, a vase, 3 earthen plates, 3 hogs, and a mule.
Son Morman Fowler purchased 2 iron wedges, fodder, and a mule. Son Marion Fowler bought a lot of irons, some hoops, farming tools, and “truck” wheels.
Dr. Robert Little walked away with some old irons, 3 hogs, and a wagon that sold for $30.25……perhaps the very wagon that Stephen Fowler used to transport Professor Lowe’s hot air balloon to Unionville in 1861!
The land that Stephen Fowler owned was 85 acres, more or less, bounded by land owned by David Gallman, the estate of A.F. Haney, and Thomas Whitesides. Widow Letticia Fowler purchased the land at auction on November 4, 1867 for $110.
William Bevis was the executor of the estate. He was a neighbor but also had other connections to the Fowler family. William Bevis married three times, the second wife being Zilla Hames, daughter of Ephraim Fowler’s daughter Sarah Fowler Hames. His daughter Selena Bevis married William G. Fowler, and his son John M. Bevis married his niece Vesta Fowler (daughter of Selena Bevis and William G. Fowler).
William Bevis had been deeply involved with the final settlement of Ephraim Fowler’s estate during the years 1846 to 1899. His ties to the Fowler family were many and complicated.
The Union County census of 1830 is the first in which Stephen Fowler was listed as head of household. It was a rather large household and may have included his wife Sarah’s mother and two or more of Sarah’s brothers. Below is fact combined with a little speculation of the persons living in the household:
Stephen Fowler: male 30-39
Sarah Fowler: female 20-29
Henry Fowler: male 10-15
Shelton Fowler: male 10-15
Cansady Fowler: female 5-10
Bryant Fowler: male 5-10
Morman Fowler: male <5
Sarah’s mother: female 50-59
Sarah’s brother: male 20-29
Sarah’s brother: male 15-20
There were fewer persons living in the Stephen Fowler household of 1840. His wife in 1840 could have been either Sarah or Letticia. At one time, I believed that Sarah was the female listed as age 30-39. At this present time, I speculate that Sarah had died before 1840, Stephen had married Letticia, and their daughter Louisa was the female >5 recorded in the census of 1840.
Stephen Fowler: male 40-49
Letticia Fowler: female 30-39
Bryant Fowler: male 15-20
Morman Fowler: male 10-15
Caroline ? Fowler: female 5-10
Susan Fowler: female 5-10
Louisa ? Fowler: female <5
The 1850 census defines the Stephen Fowler household with the names of all persons living within. I only question the presence of Caroline. Was she a daughter, or a daughter-in law? Caroline and Jack Fowler were the future parents of Clementine Fowler, born in 1870. If Caroline was a daughter, why was she not mentioned in the Stephen Fowler estate settlement of 1866? And why was Jack missing in census records in 1850?
Stephen Fowler: 50
Letticia Fowler: 29
Caroline Fowler: 17
Susan Fowler: 15
Louisa Fowler: 10
Marion Fowler: 3
Stephen Fowler and his family were recorded in the 1860 census. The upcoming decade would bring many changes to the family. The Civil War began the next year, Stephen would meet his death six years later, leaving Letticia a widow, and son Marion would become involved in the KKK post war, and would eventually serve prison time in upstate New York for his Klan activities.
Stephen Fowler: 62
Letticia Fowler: 47
Louisa Fowler: 19
Marion Fowler: 15
Stephen Fowler died in 1866, and his widow Lettica was head of household in 1870. Son Marion Fowler had married and was head of his own household. Daughter LouisaFowler still lived with her mother. There were three young girls in the home—Mary, Etta, and Clementine. Clementine was the daughter of Jack and Caroline Fowler. Were Mary and Etta also the children of this couple, or the daughters of Louisa?
Letticia Fowler: 61
Louisa Fowler: 26
Mary Fowler: 10
Etta Fowler: 5
Clementine Fowler: 8 months
The 1880 census raises more questions than it answers. It perhaps gives us a hint of Letticia’s origins. She was recorded as Tishie Fowler, age 71 and disabled with paralysis, in the household of William Bentley in 1880. Was Letticia a “Bentley”before she married Stephen Fowler? Eleven year old Clementine Fowler was also living in the household with the William Bentley family. Was Clementine the (step) granddaughter of Letticia? This conclusion depends on Caroline Fowler or Jack Fowler being a child of Stephen Fowler and Sarah.
Etta Fowler, age 14, was living in the Shelton Addis household next door. Shelton Addis had married Eliza Bentley. Eliza’s sister Josephine Bentley was also living in the home.
Why were Letticia, Clementine, and Etta Fowler in these households?
All told, there were four households containing Bentley family members next to each other in 1880. The first three contained extended family members, and the fourth consisted of a single female…..Lettie Bentley (named after her aunt Letticia Fowler??)
Clementine Fowlerwas connected to the Stephen Fowler family. The big question is how? Was Caroline a daughter of Stephen, or was Jack a son?
It may be of some importance and must be mentioned that there was a Jackson Fowler in Cobb County, Georgia in 1870 with possible ties to the Ephraim Fowler family. As it often is in genealogy, the path is twisted and takes many turns, but please bear with me. The conclusion is worth the journey.
Ephraim Fowler’s son, Ellis Fowler, had a daughter named Julia Fowler, born circa 1828. Julia married William Sprouse and the couple moved from Union County, SC to Georgia in the years between 1850 to 1860.
Ephraim Fowler’s daughter Milly Fowler married James Millwood. They had a son named Tillman Millwood born in 1827. Tillman married a woman named Mary, and a daughter was born to them in 1858. The daughter was named Rameth Millwood.
Three years later, on November 22, 1862, Tillman Millwood was killed while on picket post duty during the Civil War.
Fast forward to 1870. Cobb County, Georgia. Julia Fowler Sprouse and her family are living in this county adjacent to Jackson Fowler, wife Mary, daughter Emily, and Rameth Millwood, daughter of the deceased Tillman Millwood.
Bottom line: Ephraim Fowler’s great-granddaughter Rameth Millwood was living in the household of Jackson Fowler in 1870 next to Ephraim Fowler’s granddaughter JuliaFowler Sprouse.
So…..who was this Jackson Fowler and how was he connected to the Ephraim Fowler family? Was he the “Jack” Fowler, father of Clementine Fowler? Was he a son of Ephraim’s son Stephen? Was he a Fowler cousin who married Stephen’s daughter Caroline?
And Mary. Tillman Millwood was married to Mary. So was Jackson Fowler. Was this the same Mary? There is an age discrepancy in census records so I am not sure about this. It is possible but more research is needed.
From the book, Philippi and Its People – 1888-1988 – The First Hundred Years by Anne Lawson Patrick:
“Clementine Cudd, a daughter of Jack and Caroline Fowler, was born in Union County, SC on December 11, 1870. Orphaned as a small child, she was raised by Bill and Nancy Ann Bentley of the Adamsburg section of Union County. Mrs. Bentley taught her many skills, for which Mrs. Cudd became well-known: knitting, quilting, weaving, spinning, and tatting.
Clementine married Lemuel C. Cudd (1860-1917), who was called “Chud.” Making their home first below Kelton and later in Union, the Cudds raised ten children: Mary Susan; Mae Bell; Ben Tillman; Pearler; Rodney; Winifred Winthrop; Alice Elizabeth; Aileen Lucille; Pauline; and Madora. Mrs. Cudd died on May 26, 1947, and was buried in Rosemont Cemetery in Union.”
The Descendants of Stephen Fowler
Steven Fowler 1800-1866 m. Sarah d. before 1840; m. Letticia
Henry Fowler 1816–1880 m. Lucinda Wright 1821–
Sarah Ann Fowler 1840–1919 m. George Alexander Goforth 1832–1876
Sarah Jane Goforth 1859–1864
Nancy Georgianna “Nannie” Goforth 1861–1938 m Joseph Edward Johnson Foster 1865–1933
Sallie Ann Foster 1882–1960
Lilly Elizabeth Foster 1885–
George Washington Foster 1888–1964 m. Hettie Belle Garner 1891–1961
Jessy Foster 1909–
Margaret Jane Foster 1890–1963
Mildred Lucendie Foster 1892–1954
Mamie Eva Foster 1895–1993
Willie Blanche Foster 1898–1984
Mary Musgrave Foster 1900–
Harry Goodin Foster 1903–
John Boyce Foster 1905–1959
J. Wesley Goforth 1862–1864
Alexander Goforth 1865–1865
Susan Edwina Mills Goforth 1866–1947
Elizabeth Malicy “Lizzie” Goforth 1867–1962
Angeline Goforth 1875–1907
Mary Helen Goforth
John Fowler 1843–
Newton Fowler 1846–
Wesley Fowler 1859–
Mary J. Fowler 1864–
James Edward Fowler 1866–1950 m. Sallie Owensby 1875–1958
Charles Henry Fowler 1898–1966
Lula Fowler 1900–1995
Joel Glenn Fowler 1902–1918
Mary Lee Fowler 1910–1994
Gladys Fowler 1915–1971
Shelton Fowler 1818–1880
Cansady Fowler 1824–1870 m. Henry Wright 1820–
Amanda Jane Wright 1846–
Augusta Canzada Wright 1847–1919
Gadbery (G.B.) Wright 1850–1918
Joseph Wright 1852–
Gassaway Wright 1855–
Wade Wright 1859–
Bryant Fowler 1824–1906 m. Elizabeth Wright 1824–1914
Gillman Fowler 1852–1924 m. Julia Ann Wood 1859–1913; m. Carrie Guyton 1877-1968
John Wesley Fowler 1873–1943 m. Hester Bridges 1889–1951
Dewey Fowler 1905–
Broadus S. Fowler 1909–1972
Ruth Fowler 1914–
Paul Kenneth Switzer Fowler 1920–2005
Vera Fowler 1922–
Daniel Fowler 1924–
Clara B Fowler 1928–
Nellie Fowler 1929–
Charles Fowler 1930–
Mary Elizabeth Fowler 1876–1958
Nancy A. Fowler 1880–
William Thompson Fowler 1882–1962
Katie Fowler 1884–
Asalee Olivia Fowler 1888– m. Joe Bascomb Rineheart 1882–1959
Letha Rhienheart 1914–2012
Carl H. Rhinehart 1916–1985
Lara Fowler 1895–
Benjamin Fowler 1897–1954
Sallie Fowler 1909–
Samuel Fowler 1910–
Noah Fowler 1911–1975
Estell Fowler 1914–
Cole L Fowler 1917–1949
Isaac Fowler 1859–1924 m. Mary Emaline “Molly” Blackwood 1863–1932
Hettie Rodoxxa Fowler 1877–
Stewart Isaac Fowler 1887–1968 m. Lindy Horn 1885–1962
Johnnie Mallory Fowler 1906–1989 m. Dewitt C. Cudd 1898–1977
Virginia Evelyn Cudd 1927– m. Francis Monroe Froelich
Samuel Jackson Cudd 1928– m. Delores Irene Watts
Sammie Fowler 1909–
Lillie Fowler 1888–1960 m. Thomas Blackwell
John Earl Blackwell 1910–
Charlie Blackwell 1913–
Paul Blackwell 1916-
Mimie L Blackwell 1919–
Maganola Balm “Maggie” Fowler 1890–
Mamie Fowler 1894–
Nannie Rogenia Fowler 1894–1976 m. James Benjamin Harris 1890–1948
Jessie Mae Harris 1912–1985
Robert Harris 1917–1997
Carrie Harris 1920–1966
Berdie Harris 1922–
Francis Benjamin Harris 1924–2008
Auther Harris 1927–
Margaret Katherine Harris 1930–2004
Juanita “Cricket” Harris 1933–2013
Willie Fowler 1897–
Carrie Fowler 1902–1962 m. Thomas J. Jett Sr 1901–1971
Edward Fowler 1904–
Emma Fowler 1860–1927 m. H Clem Mabry 1859–1921; m. Goodman Wilkins 1859-1916
John Bryant Fowler 1882–1947 m. Ina Jane Street 1878–
Zennie Fowler 1903–1985
Lulu Fowler 1907–
Virgil Fowler 1910–
George Fowler 1915–
Steadman Lee “Steady” Fowler 1884–1971 m. Lydia Mae Kinsey 1896–1960
Clyde Fowler 1908–1983
Thomas Bryant Fowler 1914–2001
Albert Dewey Fowler 1917–1997
Stead Lee “S.L.” Fowler Jr. 1924–2009
Eva A Wilkins 1888–1970 m. William Edward Osteen 1878–1943
Grady Lee Osteen 1909–
Ray Osteen 1912–
Sina E Osteen 1915–
Marion Osteen 1918–
Pierce Osteen 1918–
Virginia Osteen 1922–
Solomon Osteen 1928–
Herman Osteen 1930–
Harold Osteen 1930-
Bessie G Wilkins 1890–
Albert Horace Wilkins 1896–1947
Harriet Fowler 1861– m. James Monroe Mize 1859–1926
Logan Mize 1881–1921
Joseph Fowler 1865–1930
Morman Fowler 1829-after 1870
Thomas Fowler 1853-1937 m. Sarah Sallie Moore 1869–1960
Clyde Thomas Fowler 1896–1989 m. Clara Austin 1902–1985
Curtis Ross Fowler 1921–2004 m. Dorothy Marie “Dot” Vaughan 1928–2015
Marie Fowler 1925–1994 m. Carl William Gregory Sr 1922–2010
Jessie M Fowler 1897–1986 m. Wallace Thomas Alexander 1897–1958
Albert Alexander 1919–
Melvin Alexander 1919–1981
Francis Alexander 1922–2007
Madeline Alexander 1925–1991
Thomas Alexander 1931–
Rosanell Alexander 1936–
Carrol Alexander 1940–
Rose Mae Fowler 1908–
Caroline Fowler 1833– m. Jack Fowler
L. Clementine Fowler 1870-1947 m. Lemuel Cyrus Cudd
Mary Susan Fowler 1836–1918 m. Jackson P Palmer 1836–1907
Edward Palmer 1856–
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Palmer 1857–1931
Robert P. Palmer 1859–1926
Isaac P “Ike” Palmer 1860–1933
Joseph “Joe” Palmer 1866–1937
Louisa Fowler 1840–
Mary Fowler 1860-
Etta Fowler 1865-
Marion Fowler 1847–1900 m. Frances Horne 1845–1928
Hattie Fowler 1870–1923
Annie L Fowler 1872–
William Fowler 1879–1934 m. Leona James 1877–
William F Fowler Jr. 1903–1973 m. Annie G. 1902–1988
Fred Fowler 1925–
Marie Fowler 1904–1983 m. Rexford Blalock 1905–1977
Fred (Boots) Fowler 1907–1986 m. Margaret Bishop 1911–1986Jennie Lee Fowler 1934–
Ruby Belle Fowler 1912–1979 m. Fred Carline Mahaffey 1907–
Lola Fowler 1882–1966 m. Fernando Fowler 1870–1931
Jesse Peter Fowler 1898–1973 m. Estelle Johnson 1901–1955
Walter Lee “Pete” Fowler 1919–1988
Lillie Mae Fowler 1904–1991 m. James Walter Brown 1898–1986
Beulah Mae Brown 1920–1996
Dorothy Elizabeth Brown 1927–1992
Charles Walter Brown 1935–2002
Clarence Fowler 1909–1963 m. Daisy Belle Cannon 1906–1983
Helen Marie Fowler 1927–2006
Ted Fowler 1930–2000
Clyde Julian Fowler 1932–2002
Bobby Dean Fowler 1940–1994
Franklin Fowler 1910–1966 m. Ida May Johnson 1911–
Margaret Louise Fowler 1928–1991
William Fowler 1934–
Ruby Fowler 1913–1984
Jack Fowler 1915–
George Fowler 1916–1997 m. Lillie Bell Revels; m. Margaret 1917-2005
Evelyn Fowler 1931–2006
Nellie Fowler 1918–2001 m. Cecil E Willis; m. James Garfield Allen 1920-1994
James Edward Willis 1935–1994
Ruth Fowler 1920–2015 m. Jim Dean Gilbert
John Arthur Fowler 1922–2007 m. Virginia Ruth Burch 1923–2012
Benjamin Fowler was born in 1862 in Cherokee County Georgia. He was the son of B. Elbert Fowler and Malinda Susannah Newbury. He was a direct descendant of Henry Ellis Fowler of Union County South Carolina.
Through the use of the wonderful research tool of yDNA testing, the Henry Ellis Fowler family of Union County South Carolina has been proven to be of the yDNA Haplogroup I-Lineage IV.
The Benjamin Franklin Fowler whom this article is about has been somewhat of a research mystery. Until now.
I shall go back a generation or two for a better understanding of this family…..
Jacob Lewis (1772-1857) was born in Guilford, North Carolina and moved with his parents to the Pendleton District in South Carolina. After the death of his father, he and his family moved to Pickens County South Carolina. He married Ailsie Leonard (1771-1857) and together they raised a large family.
Jacob and his wife Ailsie had a son born in 1797, Abner Lewis, who married Mary Breazeale Gibson (1804-1877), daughter of Absalom Gibson (1774-1856) and Fanny Alexander (1774-1841). The Gibson and Alexander lines have been well researched.
Abner Lewis was born in Randolph County North Carolina, lived in Pickens County, South Carolina in 1830 and 1840, before moving to Sonoraville, Gordon County, Georgia prior to 1850. He died in Gordon County in 1889.
Abner Lewis and Mary Breazeale Gibson had a daughter named Francis Lewis born 1823. Francis was born in Pickens County, South Carolina, and married William B. Barton there in 1841. Their marriage announcement was printed in the Pendleton Messenger.
It must be said here that the Barton family of Pickens County, South Carolina and their related lines from North Carolina have been very well researched, and this research has been backed up with an extraordinary amount of yDNA testing. The yDNA Haplogroup for this Barton family is R1b.
William Barton and his wife Francis Lewis had a son named Benjamin Franklin Barton, born 1844/1845.
I’ve not yet delved deeply into finding the parents of William Barton, nor do I know what happened to him after his marriage to Francis Lewis. I do know that Francis Lewis (age 27) and her son Benjamin Barton (age 5) were living in the household with her parents, Abner and Mary Lewis, and her siblings in 1850 in the 12th Division of Gordon County, Georgia. I do not know where William Barton was in 1850; he was missing and I presume dead.
Francis Lewis Barton married Jeremiah “Jere” Dempsey before 1860. It was not the first marriage for either; Jeremiah Dempsey had been married to Julia A. McCall and their family included two sons and four daughters.
In 1860, Francis was recorded in the Calhoun County, Alabama census with her husband Jeremiah Dempsey, three children from his previous marriage, her son Benjamin Franklin Barton now known as Franklin Dempsey, and the three children she had with Jeremiah Dempsey — Charles Dempsey, Jessie Dempsey and Mary Camilia Dempsey.
Recorded as Ben F. Barton in the 1870, census, Benjamin Franklin Barton lived in the household with his mother, Francis Lewis Barton Dempsey, his stepfather Jeremiah Dempsey, and his three half siblings. James Lewis, the younger brother of Francis, also lived in the home in Gordon County, Georgia.
Benjamin F. Barton lived in the household of his stepfather Jeremiah Dempsey and his mother Francis in Sonoraville, Gordon County, Georgia in 1880.
Jeremiah Dempsey died October 13, 1881 and was laid to rest at the Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery in Sonoraville, Georgia.
Abner Lewis and his wife Mary Breazeale Gibson, parents of Francis, were also buried at Bethlehem. Their son Joab Lewis (1825-1910) and his wife Phalba L. Barton (1829-1900) were buried there as well.
The paper trail abruptly ends for Benjamin F. Barton and his mother Francis Lewis Barton Dempsey after 1880. Perhaps Francis Lewis Barton Dempsey was buried beside her husband Jeremiah with no headstone. But what happened to Benjamin Barton?
I must divert for a moment to Joab Lewis, brother of Francis. His wife Phalba L. Barton was the daughter of Bailey Anderson Barton (1795-1847) who was the son of Benjamin Franklin Barton (1760-1818) and wife Dorcas Anderson (1773-1849). These were Pickens County, South Carolina Bartons and William B. Barton, first husband of Francis, was no doubt very closely connected.
Exit Benjamin Franklin Barton. There are simply no records to be found of him after the 1880 census. It is possible that he died in the decades between 1880 to 1900 and that he lies in an unmarked grave in the Bethlehem cemetery. But I don’t think so! What has been written up to now is documented fact.
The following sentence is speculation based on circumstantial evidence and the solid foundation of yDNA testing:
Benjamin Franklin Barton changed his name to Benjamin Franklin Fowler after the 1880 census was taken and before his marriage in 1881.
Enter Benjamin Franklin Fowler.B.F. Fowler and Sarah Nix were married on December 4, 1881 in Cherokee County, Georgia. Gordon County, Georgia and Cherokee County, Georgia form a “four corners” with Pickens and Barton counties; to be clear, these counties are very close to each other.
Sarah Matilda Nix (1861-1946) was the daughter of Charles Nix (1776–1865) and Christiana Peterson (b. 1830). Charles Nix was formerly of South Carolina but lived in Cherokee County, Georgia before 1840. Charles Nix was much older than his wife Christiana; she was his second wife. The May-December couple had three children together; Sarah Matilda was the youngest.
The marriage certificate of B.F. Fowler and Sarah Nix is below:
Upon closer examination, it appears that the name “Fowler” has been altered, perhaps a name was erased and written again. Why? Was the name first written as “Barton” then rewritten as “Fowler”?
I am currently in the process of searching for reasons that Benjamin Franklin Barton may have changed his name to Benjamin Franklin Fowler. I can certainly think of many reasons, but I need to know if and why he did this.
It is known that Benjamin Franklin Fowler and Sarah Nix moved their family from Georgia to Tennessee between the years 1893 to 1900.
In 1900, Ben F. Fowler lived in Civil District 10, Loudon County, Tennessee with his wife Sarah and their six children. They had been married for 19 years, and Sarah had given birth nine times during the marriage. Three of these children did not survive until 1900 and their names are unknown to me.
Benjamin Franklin Fowler died after the 1900 census was taken and before Sarah Fowler was listed in the 1908 Knoxville, Tennessee city directory as the widow of Frank Fowler. In the 1910 census, Sarah was listed as a widow in the household of her daughter Martha Christine Fowler Hickman and her son-in-law, James Hickman. It was a most extended family, illustrated and explained below.
Apparently, both James Hickman and Martha Christine Fowler had been married before as the census indicates this was a second marriage for them. Ethel M. Fowler and William Fowler were listed as stepchildren to James Hickman. Martha Christine was their mother. Who was their father? Sarah Nix Fowler lived in the home, and Ray Hickman, brother to James was in the household too. Charles Fowler and Carrie Fowler, the youngest children of Sarah Nix Fowler, were also in the household.
Carrie Fowler had married William Dewey Smith before 1920, and Sarah Nix Fowler had moved in with them prior to the 1920 census.
Sarah Nix Fowler remained in the household in 1930 with her daughter Carrie Fowler Smith and her son-in-law Dewey Smith, although the household had moved from Knoxville, Tennessee to Simpsonville, South Carolina.
Carrie Fowler Smith and Dewey Smith’s family had grown considerably, and the elderly Sarah Nix Fowler continued to live with them in 1940.
The following documents offer proof of the family of Benjamin Franklin Fowler and Sarah Nix Fowler. Note that he was almost always referred to as “Franklin” Fowler. Sarah Nix Fowler died in 1846 in Simpsonville, SC. The first document is her Certificate of Death; the remaining ones are Certificates of Death for two of her children, Martha Christine Fowler Hickman and Charles A. Fowler, and a Delayed Certificate of Birth for her son Oscar Franklin Fowler.
In the 1850 Cherokee County, Georgia Census, there are Nix, Barton, and Fowler families who came from South Carolina. I’ve not had time to analyze them, but I know in my heart that they are interconnected in many ways…
I have briefly analyzed the census taken in 1880, the year before B. F. Fowler married Sarah Nix. Of course, I am looking for a logical explanation as to why a man would require a new surname. I thought perhaps proximity to a Fowler family would offer a clue……
The BLUEarrow is the family of Augustus Fowler (1846-1926). Augustus was the son of William Benjamin Fowler (1824-1909). Descendants of this Fowler line have yDNA tested and the Haplogroup does not match the Barton line or the Henry Ellis Fowler line. Was there a connection between this Fowler family and the Barton or Nix families or only coincidence that the Fowler and Nix families were neighbors?
The ORANGEarrow points to the household of Lucy Nix, widow of John L. Nix (b. 1800), probable son of Charles Nix and his first wife Sarah. John L. Nix would be an older half-brother to Sarah Nix (as Sarah was the daughter of Charles Nix and his second wife Christiana Peterson). Complicated and confusing? Absolutely.
The RED arrow indicates the family of Christiana Peterson Nix, widow of Charles Nix. The household includes her three children, Sarah M. Nix being the youngest at eighteen.
There is no proof in the above three paragraphs that Benjamin Franklin Barton changed his name to Benjamin Franklin Fowler prior to his marriage to Sarah Nix in 1881; nor is there any logical reason that I can find, although I have to admit that I have not yet spent the time necessary to dig deeply.
We do have circumstantial evidence: Benjamin Franklin Barton is well documented from his birth in 1844 up until the 1880 census. He disappears — and Benjamin Franklin Fowler appears a year later and is documented until around the time of his death in the very early 1900s. Is that enough? Absolutely not.
Circumstantial evidence relies on inference, and sometimes that’s all we get. But fortunately for the researchers out there interested in this Fowler family line — we have more — we have yDNA and DNA is truth.
A direct Fowler male from this line has yDNA tested and the yDNA Haplogroup is R1b- Lineage II. This lineage is referred to as the Fowler-Barton Lineage.
Yes, Benjamin Franklin Fowler is a direct descendant of the Barton family. It seems very likely that he was born Benjamin Franklin Barton, and for reasons unknown to me at this moment, changed his surname to Fowler.
Benjamin Frankin Fowler is the Founder of a new line of Fowlers. He was a true Patriarch!
William B. Barton m. Francis Lewis 1823–1880
Benjamin Franklin Barton/Fowler 1844-before 1908 m. Sarah Matilda Nix 1861-1946
Martha Christine Fowler1881–1947 m. James T. Hickman 1882-1923
Ethel M. Fowler 1901-
William T. Fowler 1905-
Paul Hickman 1910-
Elmer Hickman 1912-
Deila Mae Hickman 1914-1959
Helen Pauline Hickman 1916-2000
Mary Ruth Hickman 1920-199
John Wesley Fowler 1882–1954 m. Josephine Williams 1887-
Clyde Fowler 1907-
Floyd Fowler 1910–
Zola M Fowler 1913–
Elizabeth Fowler 1917–
Ray Fowler 1919–
Ruth Fowler 1920–
Robert Fowler 1923–
Harold Eugene Fowler 1925–
Lou C Fowler1888– m. Oscar C. Cheek 1892–1959
Frank Benson Cheek 1916–1966
Judson Freeman Cheek 1918–1993
Ben Nettie Cheek 1924–1924
Arthur Francis Fowler1889–1972 m. Addie Sue Murphy 1898-1973
Oscar Franklin Fowler 1889–1971 m. Etta Bane 1896–1969
James Arthur Ray Fowler 1912–2001
Edna Mae Fowler 1915–1931
William Franklin Fowler 1917–1917
Furman Lewis Fowler 1918–1990
Earl Truman Fowler 1920–1975
Mary Francis Fowler 1932–1987
Charles A Fowler1895–1953 m. Rachel M. Young 1890-1975
Robert Wesley Fowler 1914-2008
Loyd Franklin Fowler 1920-1985
Joe Fowler 1924-2005
Carrie Malissa Fowler 1900–1987 m. William Dewey Smith 1897–1963
The title of this article —The GILLMAN FOWLERS of Union County, South Carolina — is a little misleading. While predominately written about the Union County Gillman Fowlers, it is not exclusively about them.
There are two Gilmer Fowlers, one Gilmore Fowler, and two Gillman Whites. And not all of the Gillman and variations thereof lived in Union County. They did have one thing in common: they were all descendants of the Union County Fowler family from whom I descend; they were all related, father and sons, cousins, uncles and nephews.
The first known “Gillman” Fowler — at least known to me — was Thomas Gillman Fowler (1798-1880), a son of Godfrey Fowler and the grandson of Henry Ellis Fowler.
I am not the first to wonder: where did the name Gillman originate in my Fowler family and what significance did the name carry to be used over and over again throughout the generations?
My great grandfather was named Thomas Gillman Fowler. He is number five on the list below. He was called, simply, Gil Fowler.
The list below does not contain all of the Gillman Fowlers, I am sure. Gillman, Gilmer, Gilmore and perhaps other slightly different spellings were probably given to many more Fowler men than I suspect. I’ve decided to start with the “ones I know” and expand the list as I discover more.
The ultimate goal would be finding out why the name became important to my family.
THOMAS GILLMAN FOWLER (1798-1880) Son of Godfrey Fowler and Nannie Kelly; married Susannah Hames
GILLMAN H. FOWLER (1822-1861) Son of Thomas Gillman Fowler and Susannah Hames
GILLMAN FOWLER (1852-1924) Son of Bryant Fowler and Elizabeth Wright; married Julia Ann Wood and Carrie Guyton
ISAAC GILMER FOWLER (1852-1938) Son of Thomas Fowler and Sarah Elender Hames; married Rebecca Trotter and Susan Katherine Wilson
THOMAS GILLMAN FOWLER (1858-1944) Son of Thomas Fowler and Mary Fowler; married Lura Mabry
GILLMAN L. FOWLER (1862-1937) Son of Thomas G. Fowler and Martha Owens; married Ida Petty
GILLMAN FOWLER (1863-after 1930) Son of William Fowler and Charity Fowler
HUGH GILMORE FOWLER (1885-1964) Son of Isaac Fowler and Susan Katherine Wilson; married Sunie Hood
THOMAS GILLMAN FOWLER (1919-1996) Son of John Henry Fowler and Delia Dempsey; married Martha Moss and Callie Ruth Brown
On Sunday, October 8, 1882, the old Hawkins iron bridge spanning the Little River in Cherokee County, Georgia collapsed from the weight of more than one hundred and fifty persons gathered to watch a baptism in the waters below.
Elbert Fowler was among the twenty five or so who were critically injured. He was “badly mashed with a severe gash on the forehead; ribs broken…..will probably die.”
Did he die? Was this “our” Elbert Fowler? The time and place certainly fit.
B. Elbert Fowler was born circa 1830 in Union County, South Carolina, son of Ellis Fowler (1805-before 1840) and Sarah “Sallie” Mabry (1808-after 1850). Ellis was the son of Ephraim Fowler and Nancy Moseley; and Ephraim Fowler was the son of Henry Ellis Fowler (1846-1808).
Ellis and Sarah Mabry Fowler had four children before his early death:
Henry Richard Fowler 1825-1885
Julia Fowler 1828-1880
B. Elbert Fowler 1830- 1882
Mary Jane Fowler 1833- after 1850
Malinda Susannah Newbury (Newberry) was the daughter of Henry Newbury (1800- after 1880) and Malinda Millie Roberts (b. 1809). The Henry Newbury family may have been living in Spartanburg County in 1830, and were in the Pinckneyville area of Union County by 1870.
B. Elbert Fowler — was “B” for Benjamin? The name was passed on down the generations — married Malinda Susannah Newbury circa 1850/1851. They had eight children during their marriage, four daughters, then four sons:
Mary Fowler1852– before 1900
Texanna Jane Fowler1856–1923
Susan Northa Fowler1858– before 1900
Harriett Fowler1861– before 1900
John Marion Fowler1861–1909
Benjamin Fowler 1862–
Henry R Fowler 1870–1933
Calvin Fowler1873– before 1900
B. Elbert Fowler and his three siblings (Henry Richard Fowler, Julia Fowler Sprouse, and Mary Jane Fowler) inherited their deceased father Ellis Fowler’s 1/8 share of the estate of Ephraim Fowler, father of Ellis.
Henry Richard Fowler bought the shares of his siblings in 1849, and shortly thereafter sold the shares to William Bevis. This transactions took place in Union County, SC perhaps before the B. Elbert Fowler family moved to Cherokee County Georgia. William Sprouse signed the document for his wife Julia.
Elbert and his wife Susannah moved from Union County, South Carolina to Cherokee County, Georgia before the births of their children, who were all recorded as born in Georgia on the 1860 census.
The B. Elbert Fowler family lived beside another Fowler household in 1860, that of Rebecca Fowler and her children. I am alone — and way out on a limb — when I state that this Rebecca Fowler was the widow of Mark Fowler, son of Big Mark Fowler (son of Henry Ellis Fowler) of Union County, SC and his wife Elizabeth Moseley.
Everyone else on the planet thinks that this Mark Fowler married to Rebecca in Cherokee Georgia was the son of Moses Fowler and Rebecca Carlton. I’ve seen no documentation to support that theory. Admittedly, I have no documentation either, but I do know that some of Big Mark Fowler and Elizabeth Mosely’s grandchildren were born in Georgia, and Rebecca Fowler was living next door to Elbert Fowler, a documented descendant of Henry Ellis Fowler. Until I find definite proof, I will continue to keep Mark Fowler married to Rebecca in my family tree as a son of Big Mark Fowler, and a grandson of Henry Ellis Fowler. I do not mind being alone in my speculation.
Elbert Fowler 27
Susan Fowler 25
Mary Fowler 8
Texana Fowler 6
Susan Fowler 2
Rebecca Fowler 50
In 1870, Elbert Fowler and three of his children — Mary, Harriet, and Benjamin — are conspicuously missing from census records.
Susan Fowler and three children — Texanna, (Susan) Northa, and John Marion — were counted in Cherokee County, Georgia.
Where was Elbert Fowler and why was the family split in half in 1870?
Elbert Fowler was back with his family by 1880. Two more sons had been born in the preceding decade — Henry R. Fowler circa 1870/1871, and Calvin circa 1873.
Two years later, October 8, 1882, the Hawkins bridge collapsed, tossing an Elbert Fowler of Cherokee County, Georgia and dozens of other men, women, and children into the Little River below. In 1888, Melinda Susannah Newbury Fowler married Benjamin Franklin Haskall in Harelson County, Georgia. Circumstantial evidence indicates that it was our B. Elbert Fowler who was thrown from the bridge. I can find no other Elbert Fowler in Cherokee County Georgia in 1882. (Elbert Leland Fowler, son of Mark Fowler and Rebecca died in 1873). Susan Fowler was surely a widow when she married Mr. Haskall in 1888.
Malinda Susannah Newbury Fowler Haskall was a widow by 1900. She lived with her son Henry R. Fowler and his wife Georgia in Calhoun County Alabama. The census records indicate that she had given birth to eight children, and only four still were living.
Malinda Susan Newbury Fowler Haskall died in Chattanooga Tennessee in April 1905, and was buried at Forest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee.
Now it is time to take a look at the eight children of B. Elbert Fowler and Malinda Susannah Newbury.
MARY FOWLERwas born in 1852. The only census record in which she was recorded was the 1860 census of Cherokee County, Georgia. It is possible that she lived with her father Elbert Fowler in 1870 –the year he was missing from census records. It is also possible that she had married and had a different surname in 1870, or that she had died before 1870. Even though I am unsure of her fate, it is likely that Mary Fowler had died before 1900. More research is needed and will be done.
TEXANNA JANE FOWLERwas born in 1854. Or 1855 or 1856. Fortunately, there are several census records documenting her existence. She married twice, to Joseph H. Jones and Charles C. Hoffman. She had three children: Lillian Jones born 1877, Charlie Hoffman born 1893, and one child whose name has not come across my research radar.
Texanna is found in 1860 and 1870 in the household of her parents (1860) and of her mother (1870). She married Joseph H. Jones on November 14, 1872 and was recorded with him in 1880 along with daughter Lillian Jones in Cobb County, Georgia.
The year 1900 finds her in the household with husband Charles Hoffman (b. 1865). Mr. Hoffman immigrated from Denmark in 1880. Their seven year old son Charlie is also in the household. Texanna had been married to Charles Hoffman since 1882 and had given birth three times with three children still living. It is apparent that she had two children with Joseph Jones, and the last child with Charles Hoffman.
In 1910, Texanna Fowler Jones Hoffman lived in Atlanta, Fulton County Georgia.
Texanna lived in the John H. Sprouse household in Atlanta in 1920. John Henry Sprouse was the son of McSwain “Doc” Sprouse, son of William Sprouse and Julia Fowler, sister of B. Elbert Fowler. Julia Fowler Sprouse was Texanna’s aunt; Texanna and John H. Sprouse were first cousins once removed.
Texanna Fowler Jones Hoffman died in Chambers County Alabama in May 1923. She is buried in Langdale, Alabama.
SUSAN NORTHA FOWLER was born circa 1858. She was living with Elbert and Susan Fowler in 1860, and with Susan Fowler in 1870. I do not know if she married but she probably died before 1900. I can find nothing else about her life.
HARRIET FOWLER was born in 1861. She must have been off somewhere with her father as she was not in the 1870 census record with her mother Susan Fowler. Harriet was recorded in 1880 with Elbert and Susan Fowler and she was listed as a daughter, age 19. Was she the twin sister of John Marion Fowler? I have not found any further records and unsure if she married. I believe that she died before 1900.
JOHN MARION FOWLER was born in 1861. He was in the household with his mother Susan Fowler in 1870, and in the household with both parents in 1880. He married Nora Louise Strozier in 1886. They had twelve children. John Marion Fowler was recorded in the 1900 census in Wilkinson County Georgia. He died in 1909.
BENJAMIN FOWLERwas born circa 1862. He was one of the children missing in the 1870 census records and must have been with his father that year. He was recorded in 1880 living in the household with both Elbert and Susan Fowler.
HENRY R. FOWLER is recorded in documentation as having been born on October 16, 1869. He was not recorded with his mother Susan Fowler in the 1870 census and I have a difficult time believing that he was one of the children missing with Elbert Fowler that year. I do believe that his date of birth may have been in 1870 or even 1871.
Henry R Fowler married Georgia Harris circa 1889. They did not have children which is probably fortunate: they moved around a lot.
Henry was recorded in 1880 in Cherokee County Georgia with his parents. He was in Alabama in 1900 with wife Georgia and his mother Malinda Susan. He must have lived briefly in Chattanooga Tennessee for that is where his mother died in 1905.
Henry and Georgia, still childless, lived in Los Angeles California in 1910. By 1920, they were back in Georgia…… Atlanta to be precise. In 1930, they lived in Houston Texas.
Henry R. Fowler must have been a jack-of-all trades as well as having a dose of wander lust. He died in Harris County Texas on February 3, 1933.
CALVIN FOWLERwas the last child born to Elbert and Susan Fowler. He was born circa 1873. He was recorded in the 1880 census with his parents. That is all I know.
Henry Ellis Fowler 1746-1808 m. Catherine Puckett
Ephraim Fowler 1765-1822 m. Nancy Moseley
Ellis Fowler 1805-before 1840 m. Sarah Mary
B. Elbert Fowler 1830-1882 m. Malinda Susannah Newbury 1833-1905
Mary Fowler 1852–
Texanna Jane Fowler 1856–1923 m. Joseph H. Jones; m. Charles Hoffman
Susan Northa Fowler 1858–
Harriett Fowler 1861–
John Marion Fowler 1861–1909
Benjamin Fowler 1862–
Henry R Fowler 1870–1933
Calvin Fowler 1873-
I leave for last, the newspaper articles from the Atlanta Constitution reporting the tragic collapse of the Hawkins bridge in 1882. Elbert Fowler is mentioned in both articles. Perhaps someday I will find the documentation to determine if this man was one and the same as B. Elbert Fowler, son of Ellis, son of Ephraim.
Murder. Is the propensity for taking the life of another embedded in the DNA of a man’s genetic code? One could argue that environment or circumstance or just plain bad luck be reason enough to place a man in the position of making a split second decision to pull a trigger and end a life.
What follows is a tale of the two Mize brothers who chose the path leading to the murders of two men, and the story of the two Fowler women who married the Mize men.
Solomon Mize was born circa 1821 in Union County, South Carolina. He married Nancy Dodd (b. 1832) and their first child, Mary Ann Mize, was born in 1848. Four sons were to follow — Thomas Mize in 1850, John Mize in 1853, Elliot Mize in 1857, and James Monroe Mize in 1859.
Mary Ann Mize married Benson Petty; Thomas Mize married Mary Carolina Vandiver; and Elliot Mize died a young boy. Their stories, their lives….. while filled with joyful events and human suffering…… lend little to the telling of the lives of their brothers John and James Monroe Mize.
Brothers John Mize and James Monroe Mize had more in common than shared parents. They both married Fowler women; they each pulled a trigger and were arrested for killing a man.
And as murder often goes, the two victims were related to their killers by marriage: John Mize ended the life of his wife’s cousin, and James Monroe Mize took the life of the man married to his daughter.
Enter DesdamonaFowler, the daughter of James Fowler and Caroline Hodge, both descended from the same Fowler family, endowing their daughter a double dose of Fowler DNA as well as a beautiful name.
James Fowler (1832–1862) was the son of William Fowler and Rhoda Moseley. This particular William Fowler was most likely the son of John Fowler “the Elder” (d. 1818) and his wife Fannie. Forthcoming DNA testing will confirm this, or not.
Caroline Hodge (1830-1912) was the daughter of John Jackson Hodge (1802-1882) and Martha Patsy Fowler (1809-1872). Womack Fowler (1785-1949) was the father of Martha Patsy Fowler, and of course, Henry Ellis Fowler (1746-1808) was the father of Womack. Martha Patsy Fowler’s mother was Susannah Moseley (1792-1878). DNA testing has already proven these relationships.
In 1860, six year old Desdamona Fowler lived in the household with her parents and two younger brothers. Her paternal grandmother Rhoda Fowler lived in the household next door.
Desdamona’s father, James Fowler, died before the 1870 census. She still lived in the household with her mother and siblings.
John Mize, age six, and his brother James Monroe Mize, age 4 months, lived in the household with parents Solomon Mize and Nancy Dodd in 1860. Mary Ann, Thomas, and Eliot Mize were the other children of Soloman and Nancy.
The Solomon Mize household remained the same size in 1870.
Shortly after the 1870 census was taken — and shortly could mean weeks or months or even a year or two — Desdamona Fowler, daughter of James, married John Mize, son of Solomon. Their first child was born circa 1872. Three more children followed in rapid succession. Then, trouble struck — John Mize killed a man.
Who was this man, John Lipsey?
John Lipsey was born in 1841 in Union County, SC. He was the son of Ricketson Lipsey (b. 1806) and Frances Fowler (b. 1815). He was married to Mary Burgess (1843-1915) and the father of John (b. 1864), Anna (b. 1868), Sallie (b. 1872), Silas (b. 1873), and Bobby (b. 1875). John Lipsey was also Desdamona Fowler’s second cousin.
John Lipsey’s mother Frances Fowler (b. 1815) was the daughter of Mark Fowler (1785-1862), son of John Fowler (d. 1818) and Fannie.
Desdamona Fowler’s father James Fowler was the son of William Fowler (17. -1800), son of John Fowler (d. 1818) and Fannie.
The spiderwebbed story of cousins and sons-in-law and murder gets way more complicated than this; but not to worry, there will be the familiar chart at the end of the article to help explain the twists and turns of this tale.
John Mize went to jail for the killing of John Lipsey. Both the 1880 census and the 1880 schedule for Inhabitants in Prison bear this out.
In 1880, the Solomon Mize household included Solomon, wife Nancy, daughter-in-law Desda (Fowler), and the four children of Desda and her “missing” husband John Mize:Charles, Martha, John, and baby Thomas.
John Mize was not in the 1880 census record with his wife and children, but he was found in the schedule below. In the Union County Jail. For murder.
John Mize was recorded in 1880 as one of three prisoners in the county jail.
Desdamona was not the only woman who had moved back into a household with parents; Mary Burgess Lipsey, now a widow, and her four fatherless children moved into her parents’ household, headed by her father Silas Burgess.
Poor dead John Lipsey was not forgotten. He was listed in a schedule in 1880 as well:
It’s difficult to read, but it states that 35 year old John Lipsey died in October 1879 of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Good news for John Mize came in 1880. He was found not guilty of the murder of John Lipsey. The two articles below are somewhat conflicting in the reasons John Mize was set free.
Did the jury return a verdict of not guilty or did they fail to agree upon a verdict? Either way, John Mize was a free man.
What happened to John Mize after his return home from the county jail? He and Desdamona had four more children: Monroe Mimms Mize (b. 1883), Albert HoraceMize (b. 1885), Virginia James Mize (b. 1885), and Mattie Mize (b. 1887).
It must be mentioned that Monroe Mimms Mize and Mattie Mize were absent in the 1900 census within the John Mize household. Mattie Mize was named Mattie Smith on her marriage certificate. I am not totally sure that these two children were, in fact, the biological children of John Mize and Desdamona Fowler. Death certificates and other documents lend support that they were children of the couple, but I do suspect they may have been informally adopted from another family, even another Mize family. Please note that this is mere speculation but I find that things do not add up. More research is forthcoming.
Desdamona died or left the household, for John Mize married Margaret Anna Putnam (b. 1875) in 1891. John and his new wife had four children: Annie (b. 1896), Christopher Columbus (b. 1898), Bessie (b. 1906), and Ruby Estelle (b. 1909).
The John Mize family were in Cooks, Fulton County Georgia in 1900, but later returned to South Carolina, living in Greenville in 1910; and old John Mize, dying there in 1912.
This article is titled Murder: The Mize Brothers and Their Fowler Wives for good reason. I shall now take you down another path to murder with the younger Mize brother, James Monroe Mize.
Enter Harriet Fowler, daughter of Bryant Fowler and Elizabeth Wright.Bryant was the son of Stephen Fowler and his first wife, Sarah.Stephen was the son of EphraimFowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler.
Harriet Fowler was a cousin to Desdamona Fowler two ways: through Henry EllisFowler, and John Fowler (d. 1818). Harriet was also a cousin to John Lispey.
Harriet Fowler married James Monroe Mize, brother of John Mize and son of Solomon. “Monroe” (as we shall now call him) and Harriet had two children: Logan Mize (b. 1881) and Viola Mize (b. 1884).
Logan Mize married Hattie Strain, daughter of John Strain, in 1902. Logan’s sister Viola Mae married John Gore, exact date unknown.John Gore and Viola were the parents of two living children, Jannie May (b. 1906), and John (b, 1908). Two other children had not survived.
Monroe Mize was a fiddler of local renown. His son-in-law John Gore played the banjo. Trouble was in the air when both men were invited to provide music for a dance to be held at the home place of William “Bill” Reynolds. The night would end with one man dead, and the other in jail. This tragic event took place December 12, 1908.
It is not mentioned in any of the press articles written about that dreadful night of how many patrons attended to watch Bill Reynolds dance. It is known that Logan Mize was there and John Fowler, son of Harriet Fowler Mize’s sister Emma Fowler Wilkins, was there playing a banjo, and very much involved in the events. John proved to be a credible witness at the trial.
It is known that Monroe Mize,Logan Mize, and John Gore stopped by John Fowler’s house to have supper before the dance. It has been reported that all but Monroe indulged in drink. Afterwards, the four men made their way to the home of Bill Reynolds where they continued their drinking.
They eventually made their way into a pasture where they built a fire, danced, cursed and quarreled, and — no doubt — drank. Things got out of hand as Saturday night rolled into Sunday morning. John Gore produced a knife and proceeded to chase old dancing Bill Reynolds out of the pasture. John Gore and Logan Mize got into a scuffle. The party broke up, Monroe and Logan Mize going to the home of Bill Reynolds; John Gore and John Fowler going to the nearby home of John Fowler.
As John Fowler and John Gore were preparing for bed, they heard Monroe and LoganMize outside in the yard. The air must have been filled with rage for Logan Mize and John Fowler soon got into a fight. The four men were in the house, out in the yard, in the house, out in the yard. John Fowler’s wife, barefoot and in her night clothes, went into the yard, then back into the house. Guns were flashed about, harsh words spoken. It was chaos all around.
By the time the dust settled, Monroe Mize had fired three shots. John Gore lay facedown –dead — on the ground. John Fowler examined the body while the father and son Mize men departed the scene. They went to the home of Emma Fowler Wilkins, a sister of Monroe’s wife Harriet.
There was much written in the newspapers of the time. Both Monroe and Logan Mize were arrested. The trial was held in 1910. Logan Mize received thirty days on the county chaingang for carrying concealed weapons. Monroe Mize was sentenced two years in the penitentiary for manslaughter.
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Monroe Mize was — without a doubt — a popular man in his community. I found many articles written about him ranging from stories about cock fighting to petitions trying to free him from the penitentiary. Add a banjo and a very colorful character comes to mind.
Viola Mize Gore married Mr. Cook in 1910 and began another family.
James Monroe Mize died in 1926 of heart and renal failure combined with flu.
Logan Mize was married and working as a blacksmith in 1921 in Charleston, South Carolina. It was reported that he had been making fun of the appearance of one JamesSlappey who took offense and shot Logan Mize in his legs. The gunshot shattered the bones and his legs were amputated. The shock was too great.