It has been written that Womack Fowler was named after a Revolutionary War officer, a Colonel Wymac, who lived near Danville Virginia. The Colonel offered hospitality to Lieutenant Henry Ellis Fowler and the wife and children of Captain Charles Sims as they made their way from Union District in South Carolina to the safety of Virginia. In gratitude, as the story goes, Henry Ellis Fowler named his firstborn son after his Virginia host.
I do not know where this story originated. It is a nice story, to be sure, but I feel fairly certain that it is not entirely true. I do not doubt that there was a Colonel Wymac in Virginia, nor do I doubt that this kind man opened his home to Henry Ellis Fowler and the Sims family.
I do know from my research that Womack was not the first son of Henry Ellis Fowler. He was, in fact, not even the second son. I also know that it is very possible and most likely that Womack was named after his mother Catherine Puckett’s grandfather, Womack Puckett, son of William Puckett and Anne Womack.
It would be a nice twist of fate if Colonel Wymac who gave shelter to Henry Ellis Fowler and his weary charges had been a relative of the Womack family from which Henry Ellis Fowler’s wife Catherine Puckett descended.
Regardless of the way Womack Fowler received his name, there are many other events in his life that are documented and proven. This article is a journey through the life of Womack and those who came after him. He left a legacy in his many children and their children that still lives on in his descendants who walk the earth today.
Womack Fowler was the son of Henry Ellis Fowler and Catherine Puckett. He was born on January 3, 1785 in Virginia and died in Union County, SC on August 2, 1849. He married Susannah Moseley, daughter of James “High Key” Moseley and Nancy Anna Jasper, on February 7, 1808. He served in the War of 1812, and it is from his pension application of this war that we are able to discover the marriage date, death dates of both Womack and Susannah, and some of the years they were residents of Union County.
War of 1812 Pension Application
Womack Fowler and wife Susannah had two daughters in the two years following their marriage. The family is found in the 1810 Union County Census: Womack age 16-25, one female 16-25 (Susannah), and 2 females < 10 (daughters Martha Patsy and Tempa). The Womack Fowler family shares the census page with several other Fowler families as well as James Moseley, father of Susannah.
1810 Union County SC Census
We know from the Womack Fowler family Bible that the decade from 1810 t0 1820 brought the births of more sons and daughters to the home. As per census records of 1820, the family now included Womack age 26-44, Susannah age 16-25, Martha Patsy female 10-15, Tempa female < 10, William male 10-15, and Marinda Lucinda
female > 10.
There were two additional children in the household, a male >10, and a female < 10. My theory is that the two children who had been born, and had died long before the census was taken, were counted, perhaps for sentimental reasons. These children were Henry (1814-1816) and Melinda (1818-1819). It is also possible, and maybe more likely, that Womack and Susannah had taken in two young children from another family.
1820 Union County SC Census
By 1830, Martha Patsy Fowler had married John Jackson Hodge and had moved out of the family home. Tempa had also gotten married, to James Gibson, and had her own household nearby. Womack and Susannah had added children Susannah, Rhoda, Rufus Marion, Maryan Catherine, and Felix Parham to their growing family. Sadly, Rhoda and Maryan Catherine did not survive long enough to be counted in the next census.
The 1830 census recorded Womack age 40-49, Susannah age 30-39, William male 20-29, Marinda Lucinda female 10-14, Susannah female 10-14, Rufus Marion male 5-9, and Felix Parham male < 5.
Again, there was a child in the home, a male 15-19, that does not seem to belong in the immediate family. He could have been the unidentified male < 5 from the 1820 census. I will have to look more into this for an answer.
1830 Union County SC Census
The Children of Womack and Susannah Moseley Fowler
- Martha Patsy Fowler 1809-1871
- Tempa Fowler 1810-1862
- William Fowler 1812-1872
- Henry Fowler 1814-1816
- Marindy Lucinda Fowler 1816-1872
- Melinda Fowler 1818-1819
- Susannah Fowler 1821-1866
- Rhoda Fowler 1823-1825
- Rufus Marion Fowler 1825-1863
- Maryan Catherine Fowler 1827-before 1830
- Felix Parham Fowler 1829-1864
- James Hervey Fowler 1831-1863
- Josephus Fincher Fowler 1833-1842
- Womack Matthew Fowler 1836-1861
Martha Patsy Fowler January 7, 1809-1871
Martha married John Jackson Hodge (1802-1882), an immigrant from Ireland, and they had 11 children. One son died young and I could not find a name for him.
The children of Martha Patsy Fowler and John Jackson Hodge:
1. Jane Hodge 1826-after 1870 Jane was married to Ellis Fowler (1803-before 1860), the son of Mark and Elizabeth Moseley Fowler. This is the mystery Jane who was in the 1850 census with Ellis Fowler and their two children Martha Fowler and Mark Fowler (Mark no doubt was named after Ellis’ father Mark) Yes, Ellis was her first cousin once removed as well as her first husband.
After the probable death or possible desertion of Jane’s husband Ellis, Jane married Simeon “Sim” Fowler. She had her two older children by Ellis Fowler, then a second batch of children with her second husband Simeon Fowler.
Simeon Fowler was the son of William Fowler and Rhoda Moseley. I have recently found a document proving that this William Fowler was NOT the son of Godfrey Fowler and Nannie Kelly. (which is what I did believe prior to finding this document) I do not have solid proof of the father of this William married to Rhoda, but I have circumstantial evidence that he may have been the son of John the elder Fowler and wife Fanny.
The image below is from the ancestry.com summary of the 1860 census:
Jane was in the 1870 census with husband Simeon Fowler and some of their children. Jane died after 1870, and left Simeon a widower in the 1880 census.
Back for a moment to Martha and Mark, the children of Jane and Ellis………..
Martha Fowler married Felix Lee Quinn Sr 1852–1933 and had 4 sons and one daughter with him before Martha died in 1882 in Spartanburg County, SC. Felix married another woman after the death of Martha and had at least one more child. I did not trace his second family very far.
Martha was in the 1870 census with her mother Jane, stepfather Simeon Fowler, her siblings. Her brother Mark was not in the household (see below). Martha was in the household with her husband Felix Quinn
1. He is in the 1850 census with his father Ellis Fowler, mother Jane, and sister Martha;
2. He is in the 1860 census with step father Simeon Fowler, mother Jane, sister Martha, and his half siblings;
3. He is in the 1870 census with his stepfather’s brother Samuel Fowler and his stepfather’s mother Rhoda Fowler (widow of William Fowler who is NOT the son of Godfrey).
The image is a bad copy, hence the transcription.
Quinn, Felix 28 (head of household)
Martha 32 (wife) this is Martha Fowler, daughter of Ellis Fowler and Jane Hodge
Loranza 9 (son)
Anderson 6 (son)
John 8 months (son)
The Felix Quinn family lived beside the household of Mary Fowler (daughter of Reuben Fowler). The next household of Mark Fowler was actually that of Mark Bryant and his wife Francis Fowler, daughter of Martha Fowler, daughter of Reuben Fowler.
…………Back to the children of Martha Patsy Hodge and John Jackson Hodge:
2. Henry S. Hodge 1828–1885 married E. Caroline Reeves (1831-1895), daughter of Zachariah Reeves and Cynthia Hodge. Henry and Caroline had 4 sons and 3 daughters.
3. Caroline Hodge 1830–1912 Caroline married James Fowler, son of William Fowler (not the son of Godfrey) and Rhoda Moseley.
4. Catherine Hodge 1833– married James Hays
5. Minerva Hodge 1835– married Henry Addis
6. William Franklin Hodge 1837–1909
7. Gasaway Hodge 1841–1916
8. Neland Hodge 1843–1911
9. John Wright Hodge 1849–1916
10. Calvin Wister Hodge 1850–1928
Tempa Fowler September 23, 1810-1862
Tempa married James Gibson. They had 5 daughters and one son. One of the daughters married and moved to Tenn., died rather young, and missed out on the inheritance of Womack’s estate because the family did not know how to contact her children.
William Fowler December 17, 1812- 1872
William married Martha LNU. They had no children. I recently discovered William Fowler’s will in the SC State Archives, and he left his estate to his widow Martha and his illegitimate son, Morgan Reeves.
Henry Fowler December 23, 1814- April 23, 1816
Probably named after Henry Ellis Fowler, his grandfather. I would not have known that this child existed if not for the Bible. The Bible is probably the only recorded document proving the life of young Henry.
Marindy Lucinda Fowler November 26, 1816- September 3, 1879
Married well, John D. Long, very prominent family of attorneys and senators.
Melinda Fowler October 18, 1818- September 7, 1819
Another child unknown to me until the Bible record of her birth and death.
Susannah Fowler April 17, 1821- 1866
Susannah never married, but may have had daughters Jane and Harriet out of wedlock; these young girls were in the household with Susannah and her mother Susannah Moseley Fowler in 1850 and 1860. I am still working on who these girls belonged to.
In Womack’s final estate settlement, it was mentioned that Susannah had no lawful heirs. Womack mentioned in his will that daughter Susannah could live with her mother Susannah Moseley Fowler, and it appears that she did until her death in 1866.
Rhoda Fowler March 21, 1823- June 22, 1825
Another child who died young, not in any census records, or any other records that I can find. The Bible may be the only record of her life.
Rufus Marion Fowler April 16, 1825- 1863
Rufus married his first cousin Dorothy “Dorcus” Moseley. Dorcus was the daughter of James Moseley, Jr. and Rufus was the son of Susannah Moseley. James Moseley and Susannah Moseley were the children of James “High Key” Moseley.
Rufus and Dorcas had two sons before he died in the Civil War. Dorcas had a daughter named Monetta but I am not sure if Rufus was the father. Maybe not. Dorcas was given food rations one time after the Civil War by the Freedmen’s Office, but she was not allowed to return because “she was able to work.” Also, as per the court case document, she was specifically not given a share of Womack’s estate.
Maryan Catherine Fowler May 20, 1827- before 1830
No date of death but she must have died young. She is not listed in the 1830 census record and she was not mentioned in the will or estate settlement of Womack.
Felix Parham Fowler August 30, 1829- 1864
Felix married Edith “Edy” Fowler, daughter of William (not the son of Godfrey) and Rhoda Moseley. Felix also died in the Civil War. Felix and Edy had three children:
William (named after Edy’s father?),
Rhoda (named after Edy’s mother?) and
Rufus (named after Felix’s brother?).
As per the court case document, Edy was also specifically not given a share of Womack’s estate. I have a copy of the Freedmen’s Office Register of Rations. Edy was given food one time and told not to come back. Very cruel. She had three children to feed. Edy’s father had died before 1870, and her mother was elderly and perhaps not able to help her. Edy died not very long after the war’s end.
A note of interest (to me)……My great grandmother was Delilah Josephine Foster. Edy’s son Rufus married her sister, Alice Foster.
James Hervey Fowler October 19, 1831- 1863
The Civil War took a big toll on Womack’s sons. All of his sons who lived to adulthood fought in the war, and all but William died during the war.
James married Mary Cansada James, daughter of David James, son of Shadrack James. James Fowler and Cansada had two sons and a daughter, but I think only one son, Harrison David Fowler, lived long enough to have children. Daughter Sarah Carter Fowler married twice, to Coleman F. Kendrick and Russell Aubrey Lee. Sarah had sons by both husbands.
Harrison David Fowler 1861-1927 grandson of Womack Fowler
Josephus Fincher Fowler October 25, 1833- 1842
No census records and not mentioned in the will or estate settlement.
Womack Matthew Fowler September 27, 1836-1861
Youngest child and last son of Womack and Susannah. He married a Jane LNU and had two children with her before he was killed in the war. After his death, Jane married James Morgan Floyd and had at least 6 more children.
The Final Settlement of the Womack Fowler Estate
F.W. Eison et al. vs. Harrison Fowler et al.
The following was transcribed from Union County Court of Common pleas Judgment Roll No. 5624. These records are housed at the S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, Columbia, SC. (Transcribed by M. Becknell)
The State of South Carolina
County of Union Court of Common Pleas
F.W. Eison, Cansada Fowler, Martha Fowler, John D. Long, John F. Long, J. Gideon Long, Frank Long, Calhoun Long, Walker Long, Susan Long, Martha Long & Mary Long Plaintiff
Harrison Fowler, Sallie Fowler, Jack Hodge, Henry Hodge, Minerva Addis and husband Henry Addis, Caroline Fowler, Gasaway Hodge, Catherine Hays and husband James Hays, Frank Hodge, Wright Hodge, Calvin Hodge, Neland Hodge, Sims Fowler, Martha Quinn and husband Felix Quinn, Ellis J. Fowler, Mark Fowler, Susan Millwood and husband James Gasaway Millwood, Samuel Fowler, Frank Fowler & Elmer Fowler Defendants
The plaintiffs above named complaining of the defendants allege.
That on or about the [day] of 1849 one Wymac Fowler of said County being owner in fee of the real property herein after described died leaving a last will and testament whereby he devised to his wife Susannah Fowler an estate for her life in the tract of land whereon he was living said tract of land contains one hundred & sixty acres more or less situated in Jonesville Township County & State aforesaid and bounded by lands of Lethe Coleman, Jefferson Mabry, Mrs. M.P. Dawkins, F.W. Eison & Mill Creek
That thereafter on the ___ day of ______ 18__ said Susannah died That subject to said life estate the premises described descended to the children of the said Wymac Fowler to wit: Rufus, Felix, James H., Wymac, Tempe, William, Martha and Lucinda
That the said Rufus Fowler and Felix Fowler have by deed duly executed conveyed their interest in said lands to the plaintiff F.W. Eison
That the said Wymac Fowler and Tempe Fowler (who afterwards married _______ Gibson) have by deed duly executed conveyed their interest in said lands to the said James H. Fowler who has since died intestate leaving his widow the plaintiff Cansada Fowler and two infant children the defendants Harrison Fowler and Sallie Fowler his only heirs at law surviving.
That the said William Fowler has since died intestate leaving the plaintiff Martha Fowler his widow surviving
That the said Martha (daughter of the said testator Wymac Fowler) intermarried with the defendant Jack Hodge and died intestate leaving her said husband, Jack Hodge, and ten children surviving to wit – the defendants, Henry Hodge, Minerva who has intermarried with the defendant Henry Addis, the defendants Caroline Fowler, Gasaway Hodge and Catherine Hodge who has intermarried with the defendant James Hays, the defendant Frank Hodge, Wright Hodge, Neland Hodge, and Jane Hodge who intermarried with the defendant Sim Fowler and afterwards died intestate leaving her said husband Sim Fowler and the following children surviving to wit – the defendant Martha Quinn who has intermarried with the defendant Felix Quinn, the defendant Elias J. Fowler, Mark Fowler, Susan Millwood who has intermarried with the defendant James Gasaway Millwood, the defendants Jane Fowler, Frank Fowler and Elmer Fowler
That the said Lucinda Fowler intermarried with the plaintiff John D. Long and afterwards died intestate leaving her said husband John D. Long and the following children surviving to wit – John F. Long, J. Gideon Long, Frank Long, Calhoun Long, Walker Long, Susan Long, Martha Long & Mary Long all of whom are plaintiffs J.F. Long
That the parties to this action plaintiffs and defendants have now the following undivided estate in fee in said premises
The plaintiff F.W. Eison seventeen sixty fourth (17/64) part
The plaintiff Cansada Fowler seventeen one hundred & twenty eights (17/128) part
The plaintiff Martha Fowler one sixteenth (1/16) part
The plaintiff John D. Long seventeen three hundred & eighty fourths (17/384) part
The plaintiff John F. Long, J. Giddeon Long, Frank Long, Calhoun Long, Walker Long, Susan Long, Martha Long & Mary Long each seventeen fifteen hundred & thirty sixth (17/1536) part
The defendants Harrison Fowler & Sallie Fowler each seventeen one hundred & twenty eights (17/128) part
The defendant Jack Hodge seventeen three hundred & eighty fourths (17/384) part
The defendants Henry Hodge, Minera Addis, Caroline Fowler, Gasaway Hodge, Catherine Hodge, Frank Hodge, Wright Hodge, Calvin Hodge, Neland Hodge each seventeen nineteen hundred & twentieths (17/1920) part
The defendants Martha Quinn, Elias J. Fowler, Mark Fowler, Susan Millwood, Samuel Fowler, Frank Fowler & Elma Fowler each seventeen twenty thousand one hundred & sixtieths (17/20160) part
That the defendants Harrison Fowler, Sallie Fowler, Sam Fowler, Frank Fowler & Elma Fowler are infants under twenty one years of age
That the plaintiffs own no other land in this state in common with said defendants.
Whereof the plaintiff ask judgment for a partition and division of said premises according to the respective rights of said parties or if a partition cannot be had without material injury to those rights, then for a sale of said premises and a division of the proceeds between the parties according to their rights after payment of the costs of this action and for any other relief that may be proper & just
Union, S.C. 3d Dec. 1879 Steedman & Rawls Plaintiffs Attys
Wymac Fowler died in 1847
Leaving widow who died in 1878 and children
William – who died in 1872 without children
Rufus M. – who died in 1863 leaving widow & 2 children Jos. E. Eison A. Fowler
He having sold his interest in his father’s estate to F.W. Eison
Cinda Long – wife of J.D. Long died in 1879 leaving children
Jas. Fowler who died in 1863 leaving widow and 2 children Harrison 20 years Sallie Fowler 18 years
Tempe Gibson died in 1862 leaving 3 children Starks Gibson, Lucinda _______ & Lizzie who died in 1876 without lawful issue
Tempe sold her interest in her father’s estate to Jas. Fowler
Susannah Fowler who died in 1866 without lawful heirs
Wymac Fowler Jr. – died in 1861 leaving widow still living (Jane Floyd) 2 children Jas. Fowler Lula Feaster since deceased in 1877 without issue
Felix Fowler died in 1864 leaving widow since dead and 3 children Rhoda Fowler William Fowler Rufus Fowler
Sold his interest to F.W. Eison
State of South Carolina
County of Union In Court of Comm[on] Pleas
F.W. Eison et al. Plaintiffs
Harrison Fowler et al.
To the Hon[orable] Court Pursuant to an order passed by his honor W.H. Wallace wherein it was referred to me to take testimony and report the names and respective rights of the persons entitled to the real estate of which partition is sought in the above action, beg to report
I. That I have taken the testimony of the witnesses produced which is attached and filed herewith as a part of this report
II. I beg leave to report as conclusion of law
That Jane Floyd & Dorcas Fowler are not intitled to any part of the land
That the parties whose names appear in Column #4 of Schedule “A” (which is a part of this report and filed herewith) are entitled to an interest in this land
That the amount of that interest to which each is entitled is shown correctly in column #3 of Schedule “A” opposite each persons name
III. I beg leave to report as conclusions of fact
1. That Womac Fowler died in 1862 Rufus in 1863 Tempe Gibson in 1863 James Fowler in 1864 Felix Fowler in 1864 Susan Fowler in 1866 Lucinda Long in July 1870, Martha Hodge in 1871 & Wm Fowler in 1872
2. That through Susannah Fowler 1866 there was for distribution among brothers and sisters & their children (1/9) one ninth; from Wm Fowler 1872 there was for distribution among bros. & sisters and their children (1/16) one sixteenth
3. That Rufus M. Fowler sold in 1863 and Felix Fowler sold in 1864 their interests to F.W. Eison
4. That in 1863 Tempe Gibson in 1862 Wymac Fowler sold their interests to James H. Fowler
All of which is respectfully submitted
January 21st 1881 S.C. Wallace
Heirs of Martha Hodge
Husband Jack Hodge 672 / 16128
10 children Gazaway “ 148 8/10 / 16128
9 children living Henry “ 148 8/10 / 16128
Jane Fowler dead and heirs Frank “ 148 8/10 / 16128
(husband Sim Fowler) Wright “ 148 8/10 / 16128
7 children Leland “ 148 8/10 / 16128
Calvin “ 148 8/10 / 16128 Minerva Adis 148 8/10 / 16128
Caroline Fowler 148 8/10 / 16128 Kate Hays 148 8/10 / 16128
Heirs of Jane Fowler Sims Fowler H 49 6/10 / 16128
Martha Quinn 14 12/70 / 16128
E.J. Fowler 14 12/70 / 16128 Mark Fowler 14 12/70 / 16128
Susan Millwood 14 12/70 / 16128 Jane Fowler 14 12/70 / 16128
Frank Fowler 14 12/70 / 16128 Elvira Fowler 14 12/70 / 16128
Heirs of Lucinda Long John D. Long Husband 672 / 16128
8 children all living
Mary Long 186 / 16128 Susan “ 186 / 16128
Martha “ 186 / 16128
John F. Long 186 / 16128
C.C. “ 186 / 16128
J.G. “ 186 / 16128
G.F. “ 186 / 16128
Walker “ 186 / 16128
From Rufus & Felix Fowler 186 / 16128
F.W. Eisen’s share 3584 / 16128
William Fowler heirs Martha Fowler 1008 / 16128
and 1/16for distribution
Heirs of James Fowler Kansandra F. W 792 / 16128
Wid (Kansaidy) Harrison Fowler 1976 / 16128
2 children Sallie Fowler 1976 / 16128
Heirs Rufus Fowler Jos. E. Fowler 184 / 16128
2 children 184 / 16128 Eison A. Fowler 184 / 16128
Heirs of Tempe Gibson Lucinda Long
5 children Starks Gibson 73 3/5 / 16128
Hulda Gibson 73 3/5 / 16128
Adeline Mosely 73 3/5 / 16128
Melinda Burgess died leaving Melinda Burgess heirs 73 3/5 / 16128
Children, ages, names & residence unknown
Felix Fowler’s heirs Rhoda Fowler 122 2/3 / 16128
Wm Fowler 122 2/3 / 16128
Rufus Fowler 122 2/3 / 16128
Heirs of Womac Fowler
one child James M. Fowler 368 / 16128
Susannsh Fowler 16128
All for distribution Bros. & Sisters
F.W. Eison et al. Plfs
Harrison Fowler et al. Dfts
Reference held Jany 12th 1882. Testimony opened by Petitioners Jno D. Long Sworn by Petitioners Counsil
Wymac Fowler Sr. died leaving surviving him the following children as his heirs: Viz. Martha Hodge, Tempe Gibson, Lucinda Long, Susannah Fowler and William, Rufus, Felix, James & Womac Fowler. Wm Fowler died in Fall 1872, leaving widow Martha Fowler but no children. Rufus M. Fowler, having previously sold his interest in this estate of F.W. Eison, died in 1863 Leaving widow Dorcas and children Joseph E. & Eison A. Fowler, surviving him. Lucinda Long died 20th July 1870 Leaving Husband J.D. Long and eight children surviving her as her heirs, Viz. Mary, Susan, Martha, John F., J.G. C.C., G.F. & Walker Long. James Foweler died 7-30-`1864, Leaving widow Kassinda and two children, Harriosn & Sallie, surviving him as heir heirs, both minors. Tempe Gibson died 1863 having sold her interest o James H. Fowler Nov. 10th 1863 and left surviving her as her heirs the following children Viz: Elizabeth (since deceased without heirs) Lucinda Gibson (wife of J.D. Long) Starks, Hulda, Adeline (now Mosely) and Cinda (who married Burgess and died before the war, leaving children surviving her, ages, names & residence unknown). Susan Fowler died in 1866 without heirs. Wymac Fowler, having previously sold his interest to James W. Fowler, died in 1862, leaving surviving him as his heirs the following children viz – Lula (since dead)(without heirs) and James M. Fowler Felix Fowler died in 1864, leaving surviving him, Edith, his widow (since deceased) and three children viz Rhoda, Wm & Ruth Rufus Fowler Felix Fowler in Dec. 6th 1863 sold his interest to F.W. Eison – Martha Hodge died in Jan. 1871, leaving as her heirs her husband Jacob Hodge & following children viz – Henry, Gazaway, Frank, Wright, Leland and Calvin Hodge and Minerva Adis, Catherine Hays, Caroline Fowler and Jane Fowler, who has since deceased leaving as her heirs her husband Jim Fowler and three children viz – Martha Quinn, Susan Millwood and E.J., Mark, Sam, Frank and Elvira Fowler Mess. Steadman and Rawls atts for plfs. in original petition admit the truth of the foregoing facts and that the heirs of Rufus, Wymac and Felix Fowler and Tempa Gibson have an interest in the property of Susannah and William Fowler (in the estate) River and McKissick and Johnson Jr. attys. for heirs just mentioned.