ANDREW FOWLER (1804-1870) son of John Fowler “the Elder” ????

  • ANDREW FOWLER 1804-after 1870 m. Nancy Hames; m. Mary Scisson
    • son b. 1820
    • son b. 1821-1825
    • James Fowler 1827-
    • Elizabeth Fowler 1831-
    • Thomas Fowler 1836-
    • Jane Fowler 1842-
    • Celia Fowler 1844-
    • Richard Fowler 1845-
    • Julia Fowler 1846-
    • Helen Fowler 1847-
    • Amanda Fowler 1849-
    • Sarian Fowler 1853-
    • Margaret Fowler 1855-
    • Anna Fowler 1855-
    • Rhoda Fowler 1858-

Rhoda Fowler, youngest daughter of Andrew Fowler, had an out of wedlock daughter named Addie Elizabeth Fowler (1874-1920). As per Addie’s death certificate, she was the daughter of Pack Mosley and Rhoda Mosley.

Pack Mosley was John Pacolet “Pack” Moseley, son of James Thomas Moseley III and Fannie Mariah Foster. He was the great grandson of James “High Key” Moseley and Nancy Anna Jasper.

Since Rhoda Fowler age 23 and daughter Addie Fowler age 6 were recorded in the 1880 Union County census records with Fowler as their surname, it is doubtful that Pack and Rhoda ever married.

Pack had married Malissa Addie Elizabeth Blanton circa 1877, and lived with his wife and 3 year old daughter Lillie and infant son Louis in 1880, only a few households away from Rhoda Fowler and her daughter Addie.

Addie Fowler married James Burgess b. 1867. They married around 1893 and had a daughter Elliner “Ellen” Burgess b. 1894 and a son, John, born 1898.

They were recorded in the 1900 census living with Thomas Burgess, father of James.

By 1910, James and Addie had added four more children to their family: William b. 1902, Albert b. 1904, a child born and died during this decade, and Thomas, b.1910.

Addie died in childbirth in 1920, and was buried at Gilead Church cemetery in Jonesville, SC.

After Addie’s death, James Burgess married Sadie LNU and they had a daughter born in 1917, Pauline Burgess.

Sadie died in the following decade, and James Burgess was recorded as a widower on the 1930 census.

The descendants of the five older Burgess children are the only known and documented descendants of Andrew Fowler.

Andrew Fowler was a blind man, a farmer, and the father of a large number of children. He was born about 1804, possibly a son of John Fowler “the Elder” and Fannie. Andrew married Nancy Hames, and later, Mary Scisson, daughter of Frances Scisson. Andrew was recorded in the Union County, South Carolina census records of 1830, 1850, 1860, and 1870. Andrew Fowler and his family appear to have vanished into thin air after 1870.

Much of what I know of Andrew Fowler is based only on the four census records. I have theories and speculation on his beginnings but nothing concrete. Andrew Fowler is a lesson in frustration to me. I am reaching out to anyone to may have proof of descent from Andrew Fowler and one of his wives.

I state with much uncertainty that Andrew Fowler may have been the son of John Fowler “the Elder” and Fannie only because John and Fannie’s eldest son Mark Fowler had a son named Andy Fowler. It is not really a “naming pattern” but it is all I have.

I have also considered that Andrew Fowler may have been a son of Ellis Fowler b. 1870 (son of Henry Ellis Fowler) and Mary. This, too, is speculation based on their locations in census records.

I have been unable to trace few of the descendants of Andrew Fowler to present day. If I could only find one living male descendant from this line, yDNA testing would answer so many questions.

Andrew Fowler was recorded in the 1830 Union County, SC census as 20-29 years of age, along with a female ( wife Nancy Hames?), three males ages 10-14. 5-9, and < 5, and a female < 5. He shares the census page with five Hames families, and Ellis Fowler b. 1770 and another Ellis Fowler. Andrew was living next to Charles Hames…….father of Andrew’s wife Nancy Hames?

Andrew Fowler 1830

1830 Union County Census

In the Union County, SC census of 1850, Andrew Fowler, aged 46 and recorded as blind, had the following people in his household:

  • Mary Fowler 29 (his second wife)
  • James Fowler 23 (son of Andrew and Nancy Hames)
  • Elizabeth Fowler 19 (son of Andrew and Nancy Hames)
  • Thomas Fowler 14 (son of Andrew and Nancy Hames)
  • Jane Fowler 8
  • Celia Fowler 6
  • Richard Fowler 5
  • Julia Fowler 4
  • Helen Fowler 3
  • Amanda Fowler 1
  • Frances Scisson 67 (mother ofAndrew’s wife Mary; Frances was listed on the next page of the census record, not shown here)
andrew fowler 1850

1850 Union County Census

Andrew Fowler was recorded as blind and aged 57 in the 1860 Union County, SC census. His household included the following:

  • Mary Fowler 31
  • Thomas Fowler 25
  • Jane Fowler 19
  • Cely Fowler 18
  • Richard Fowler 16
  • Elen Fowler 14
  • Sarian Fowler 7
  • Margaret Fowler 5
  • Ana Fowler 5
  • Rhoda Fowler 2
andrew fowler 1860

1860 Union County Census

The last census record listing Andrew Fowler, aged 60, is the 1870 Union County, SC census. He was listed as blind and had fewer household members:

  • Mary Fowler 45
  • Jame Fowler 30
  • Celia Fowler 25
  • Margaret Fowler 18
  • Anna Fowler 18
  • Rhoda Fowler 15
andrew fowler 1870

1870 Union County Census

JOHN FOWLER, The “Elder” (1755-1818)

John Fowler.  Who was he and what do we know about him?

John Fowler was born circa 1755 in Virginia, probably a son of Godfrey Fowler and brother to Henry Ellis Fowler.  DNA testing of John Fowler’s documented male descendants has proven beyond all doubt that he was of the same Fowler family.

He was most likely the John Fowler referred to as John Fowler, Senior and Virginian John Fowler in court documents.  This reference would have distinguished him from John Fowler, Hatter.

John Fowler lived in Union County South Carolina from 1790, or earlier, until his death in 1818.  He was counted in the census records of Union County in 1790, 1800, and 1810, and he left a will written in 1817 that was probated in 1818.

John Fowler was married to Fanny.  From the Last Will and Testament he left behind, we know that he had sons Mark, John, Zachariah, William, and Thomas; and daughters Salley, Suky, and Vina. He had other children not individually named in his will.

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John Fowler 1755-1818 m. Fannie 1755–1830

  1. Mark Fowler 1785–1862 m. Nancy; m. Mary Ann O’Neal 1826-1880 (daughter of Barney O’Neal and Nancy)
    • Mark Fowler 1818-1879 m. Elizabeth Mullinax 1823-
    • William Earle Fowler  m. Martha O’Neal 1832 (daughter of Barney O’Neal and Nancy);  m. Taylor Ann Harris 1840–1908
      • James/Frances Marion Fowler 1867–1935 m. Parlee Lee 1873–1965
        • Jeneral Belton Fowler 1892–1979
        • James Luther “Bill” Fowler 1895–1966 m. Bessie May Crocker 1896–1969
          • Albert D Fowler 1916–
          • James W Fowler 1918–
          • Charles W Fowler 1919–
          • Mary L Fowler 1921–
          • Billy Fowler 1923–
          • William Roy Fowler 1923–2005
          • Robert B Fowler 1928-
        • Bernice Fowler 1898-1993
        • Ernest Fowler 1901–1979 m. Clara Mae Crocker 1907–1941
          • Francis Marion Fowler 1925–1989
        • Richard “Dick” Earle Fowler Sr. 1904–1951 m. Mary Easler 1906
          • Ida Lee Fowler 1926–1990
          • Joe F Fowler 1928–1998
          • Braford M Fowler 1931–
          • Melvin Buford Fowler 1931–1985
          • Catherine Fowler 1933–
          • Richard Earl Fowler Jr. 1936–
          • Shirley Irene Emory 1937–2007
          • Greenbury Fowler 1941–1985
          • Judy Fowler 1944–2005
          • Paul Fowler
          • Asbury Fowler
        • Virgil Lee Fowler 1909–1995
        • Eva Bell Fowler 1911–1983
        • Ezell Fowler 1917–2001
      • Isabella Fowler 1872–1938 m. Joseph Fowler 1856–1928 (son of Rufus Fowler)
        • Eva Fowler 1891–1966 m. ? Holcombe
        • Clara B Fowler 1899–1909
        • Susan Esther Fowler 1902–1982 m. James Rufus Allen 1902
          • Frances Allen 1925–
          • Gracie Mae Allen 1928–
        • Louise L Fowler 1907–1982
        • Charles Brady Fowler 1909–1976 m. Annie L. 1912–
          • Hazel Fowler 192
      • Nancy Ann “Nannie” Fowler 1876– m. George Martin 1864–
        • Maude Martin 1893–
        • Ida Bell Martin 1895–
        • Lula Martin 1899–
        • Jimmie Martin 1903–
        • Lois Martin 1904–
      • William Wallace Fowler 1879–1925 m. Mary L “Mamie” Waddell 1881–1917
        • Annie Mae Fowler 1901–1982
        • Landrum Dean Fowler 1903–1962 m. Carmon Reynolds 1904–1980
          • Jessie Willard Fowler 1922–1997
          • William Fowler 1925–
          • Landrum Dean Fowler Jr 1927–2005
          • L C Fowler 1932–
        • Arthur Fowler 1906–
        • Gracie Guynetta Fowler 1910–
        • Ells Fowler 1913-
        • Isabella Fowler 1915–
      • Augusta Ann Fowler 1882–1930 m. Benjamin Franklin Harris 1868–1943
        • Herbert Clyde “H.C.” Harris 1891–1945 m. Bessie M Cudd 1893–1944
          • Edward B Harris 1914–
          • Luther D Harris 1915–1931
          • John Bryant “J.B.” Harris 1893–1968
          • James Elbert Harris 1897–
          • Bishop Harris 1898–
          • Henry Grady Harris 
      • Belton Fowler 1850- 1883 m. Ellen Dickson 1858-
      • Mary “Molly” Jane (Marian) Fowler 1855–1947 m. John C. Sanders 1854-1925
        • John Wesley Sanders 1875-1943 m. Anna 1878- ; m. Elvie Lois Maddox 1890-
          • Corine Sanders 1898-
          • Imogene Sanders 1909-1975
          • Louie J Saunders  1913–
          • Cleo Saunders 1916–
        • Mason Samuel Sanders 1877-1933 m. Virginia Farr 1874-1960
          1. James Taylor Sanders 1901-1966
          2. Mamie Sanders 1907-1908
          3. Johnnie Samuel Sanders 1914-1983
        • Franklin Alexander Sanders 1881-1962 m. Elizabeth L. Peeler 1892-1969
          • Arie Kathleen Sanders 1912-1985
          • Carrie Belle Sanders 1913-2002
          • William Franklin Sanders 1918-1980
          • Grace Elizabeth Sanders 1922-2001
          • Sallie Irene Sanders 1926-1994
        • Miles Walter Sanders 1886-1942
        • Maybelle Sanders 1896-1943 m. Benjamin Alfred Coyle 1892-1946
          • Benjamin Alfred Coyle Jr 1924–1989
          • Leroy James Coyle 1927–1987
          • Odell Tillman Coyle 1929–2009
        • Corene Sanders 1898-
      • Nancy Fowler 1856-
      • Texana Fowler 1860- after 1880
      • Calvin Fowler 1868-
    • Christian Fowler 1844-
    • Mary Harriet Fowler 1846-1916 m. James Franklin Powell 1842–1916
      • Daniel Gadberry Powell 1864–1940 m. Sallie Houston 1867-1904; m. Ada Viola Carla Benton 1884-1939
        • James Christopher Powell 1886-1943 m. Iva M. Bates 1889-1963
          • Erna Powell 1906-
          • Clarence Powell 1908-
          • Lorene Powell 1913-
          • James Powell 1922-
        • Archie William Powell 1889-1959 m. Dovie Jamizon 1895-
          • Reba Dee Powell 1912–1973 m. Ernest Luther Gooch 1894–1949
            • Dolores Gooch 1935–
            • De Witt Gooch 1936–
        • Robert L. Powell 1891–
        • Daniel Boone Powell 1896–1970 m. Eunice Buna Thomas 1901–2002
          • Una M Powell 1918–
          • Edwin D Powell 1925–1981
        • Viola May Powell 1898–1990 m. Willard Prockley Anderson 1892–1959; m. FNU Gable
          • Helen Anderson 1917–
          • Willard P. Anderson 1918–2001
          • Rex Anderson 1921–
        • daughter Powell 1904–
        • Mary Irene Powell 1907–1971 m. Harrison Grayum Arnold 1904–1975
        • Gertrude Beulah Powell 1909–1976 m. Frank Gilbert 1899-
        • Billy Gad Powell 1913–1958
      • James Darby Powell 1869– m. Elizabeth 1879–
        • Ethel Powell 1897–
        • Beulah M Powell 1904–
        • Odess Powell 1906–
      • Augusta Powell 1873–
      • Anastatia Powell 1876–
      • Robert Powell 1876–
      • Monroe E. Powell 1879–
      • Arthur Boyd “Boyd O” Powell 1882–1959
      • Minnie Powell 1885–
    • Andy Fowler 1851–
    • Noah F. Fowler 1851–1928 m. Martha Vinson 1852–1932
      • Mamie Fowler 1889–1945 m. William T Harte 1875–1952
        • Malcum Hart 1912–
        • Aline Hart 1916–
        • Thomas Merlin Harte 1918–1941
        • William Patrick Harte 1922–1996
        • Cecil Harte 1925–
      • Thomas Kelly Fowler 1854–1938 m. Ramoth Kendrick 1860–; m. Emma 1863-; m. Ella Virginia Duke 1869-1968
        • Mary E. Fowler 1877–
        • Wallace Thompson Fowler 1879–1933 m. Alice Blanche Crain 1880–1941
          • Clarence Fowler 1900–
          • Rameth Fowler 1904–1993 m. Allie E Hudson 1903–1993
          • Leota Fowler 1907–
          • Winton T Fowler 1909–1971
          • Helen Fowler 1913–
          • Jessie Fowler 1915-
        • Ola Fowler 1883–
        • Eula Fowler 1888–1957
        • Bessie Lillian Fowler 1893–1957
        • Ambia Ethel Fowler 1899–1945
        • Ruth Neal Fowler 1917-1995 m. Jim Marvin Monk Sr 1920–1993

Documented Children; Speculative Wives and Descendants

  1. John Fowler m. Elizabeth
  2. Thomas Fowler m. Martha
  3. William Fowler m. Rhoda
  4. Zachariah Fowler
  5. Salley Fowler
  6. Sukey Fowler
  7. Vina Fowler

Speculative Sons; Documented Wives and Descendants

  1. Willis Fowler
  2. Reuben Fowler m. unknown
    • daughter
    • daughter
    • Mary Fowler
      1. Thomas Gillman Fowler 1858-1944 m. Lura Mabry
      2. Alice Fowler m. Davidson Mitchell
      3. John Fowler
      4. Jefferson Fowler
      5. Robert Fowler
    • John Fowler m. Jane
      1. Malissa
    • Martha Fowler
      1. Francis Melinda Fowler
      2. Mary Jane Adelaide Fowler m. Robert Smth Cooke
    • Robert Fowler
  3. Andrew Fowler m. Nancy Hames; m. Mary Sisson


















































WILLIAM FOWLER 1795-before 1860, married to Rhoda

There are many misconceptions out there in “family research land” about the Union County, South Carolina William Fowler married to Rhoda. As I browse through the many Fowler family trees on, I see that my fellow Fowler researchers are as confused as I once was about the William Fowler married to Rhoda. For a long time, I believed that this William was the son of Godfrey Fowler and Nannie Kelly. New found documents and a little logical thought finally put me on the right path to discovering the truth.

I do not yet know the parents of this William, but I do know that…

  • William Fowler married to Rhoda was NOT the son of Henry Ellis Fowler and Catherine Puckett!
  • William Fowler married to Rhoda was NOT the son of Godfrey Fowler and Nannie Kelly!
  • William Fowler married to Rhoda was NOT the son of Womack Fowler and Susannah Moseley!

William Fowler married to Rhoda MAY have been the son of John Fowler “the Elder” (d. 1818) and Fannie.

Before I wander into the territory of theory and speculation of the parentage of William Fowler married to Rhoda, I want to offer proof and documentation showing that it is impossible for him to have been a son of Henry Ellis Fowler, Godfrey Fowler, or Womack Fowler.

William Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler and Catherine Puckett

It is known from the Last Will and Testament of Henry Ellis Fowler that he and Catherine Puckett did have a son named William Fowler. Although I have not been able to document the date of birth for William, it is proven by William’s Last Will and Testament that he died between the date he signed his will, February 10, 1812, and the date it was recorded, March 17, 1812. (Probate Records, Box 7, Packages 9)

WILLIAM FOWLER, (d. 1812), son of Henry Ellis Fowler

In his will, William Fowler did not mention a wife or children, but instead left his estate to Polly and Delinda Burgess, the two daughters of Sarah Burgess. In the event that Polly and Delinda died without heirs, the estate would go to Mark Fowler and Wymac Fowler, two of William’s brothers, and sons of Henry Ellis Fowler.



Given that William Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler and Catherine Puckett, died in 1812, I think it is safe to say with great certainty that he was not the William Fowler married to Rhoda.

William Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler and Nannie Kelly

William Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler and Nannie Kelly was born circa 1813. In 1822, Godfrey and Nannie’s son Thomas Gillman Fowler signed a document stating that he would maintain the life necessities of his parents, Godfrey and Nannie, until their deaths, and his two younger brothers, William Fowler and Coleman Fowler, until they reached the age of twenty-one.


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As per the document of 1822, William Fowler, son of Godfrey, was under the age of twenty-one. William, in fact, was about 9 years of age in 1822.

William Fowler (b. 1795) married to Rhoda would have been 27 in 1822. He and Rhoda may have had their first child in 1820, and certainly had begun their family by 1824.

The age difference between William Fowler (son of Godfrey & Nannie) and William Fowler married to Rhoda is far too great for these two Williams to have been one and the same.

In 1900, the Honorable Godfrey Butler Fowler (son of Joseph Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler) wrote this about his uncle: William Fowler, son of Godfrey, died a young man. He was a teacher and a surveyor.”

Thus, I state with full confidence that William Fowler married to Rhoda was not William Fowler, son of Godfrey.

William Fowler, son of Womack Fowler and Susannah Moseley

William Fowler, son of Womack, was born on December 17, 1812. The date of his birth was recorded in the Fowler family Bible. William married Martha LNU and they appeared in two Union County, SC census records together, 1850 and 1860.

William and Martha had no children as per an estate settlement document of 1879. The information contained within the document stated that William had died in 1872, and his widow Martha was to inherit her husband’s share of the Womack and Susannah Moseley Fowler estate.

The birth date obtained from the Bible, and the information contained within the 1879 estate settlement document are proof that William Fowler, son of Womack was not the William Fowler married to Rhoda.

William Fowler married to Rhoda and their family in the 1850 Union County, SC census:

willliam Fowler married to rhoda

1850 Union County SC Census

The Descendants of William Fowler married to Rhoda

  • William Fowler 1795-before 1860 m. Rhoda 1798-after 1870
    1. Polly Fowler 1820– (not documented as a daughter)
    2. Simeon Fowler 1824– m. Jane Hodge 1826–1870
      • Susan Fowler 1854– m. James Gassaway Millwood 1859– (Susan may have been a daughter of Ellis Fowler and stepdaughter of Simeon)
        • Millage Millwood 1872–
        • James H. Millwood 1877–
      • John Fowler 1856– (John may have been a son of Ellis Fowler and stepson of Simeon)
      • Samuel Fowler 1860– m. Lucy Cook
        • John G Fowler 1885–1939 m. Elizabeth Kerr 1881-
      • Franklin Fowler 1861–1913 m Nannie 1874
        • Clarence Fowler 1897–
        • Marie Fowler 1900–
      • Elma Fowler 1866–1925 m. John Hill 1854–1915
        • James Hill 1884– (adopted son)
        • Janie Hill 1884–1924
        • Willie Tate Hill 1886–1962 m. Katie Catherine Aiken 1889–1944
          • Marie Hill 1906–1978
          • Earline (Lena) Hill 1909–1937
          • Leroy Hill 1915–1983
          • Clarence Tate Hill 1917–1950
          • Vernelle Hill1920–2002
        • Charlie Simms Hill 1887–1958
        • Elzie Arthur Hill 1896–1962
        • Clara Hill 1898–1910
        • Walter George Hill 1901–1957
        • Lizzie Hill 1902–1980
        • Bessie Hill 1909–
    3. Samuel Fowler 1829–1880 m. unknown
      • William Henry Fowler 1875–1960
    4. James Fowler 1832–1862 m. Caroline Hodge 1830–1912 (daughter of John Jackson Hodge and Martha Patsey Fowler)
      • Desdamona Fowler 1854–1887 m. John A. Mize 1853–1912
        • Charles Frederick Mize Sr. 1873–
        • Nettie Mize 1876–1911
        • John Mize 1877–
        • Monroe Mimms Mize 1883–1945
        • Albert Horace Mize 1885–
        • Virginia James (May) Mize 1885–1955
        • Mattie Mize 1887–1962
      • William Edward Fowler 1856– 1894 m. Amanda Jones 1859–1889
        • James Washington Fowler 1877–1951 m. Monnie Hunter 1885–1949
          • Lillian May Fowler 1913–
          • John F Fowler 1918–
          • Annie L Fowler 1919– 1996 m. Charles Trogee Green 1919-1990
          • Eunice Elizabeth Fowler 1921-1982 m. Nick Brown; m. Macon Monroe Holliday 1924-2007
        • Sallie Fowler 1879
        • John Riley Fowler 1883– 1951 m. Eugenia Camilla McGee 1886–1912
          • Lillian Kathleen Fowler 1906–1978 m. George Thedford Watkins 1901–1963
            • Nora Watkins 1925–
            • Betty Jo Watkins 1927– 1988 m. Charles Barden 1927-1978
            • Thomas Watkins 1939–
      • James Monroe Fowler 1858–1931 m. Julia Cook 1852–1945
        • James Monroe Fowler 1876–1961 m. Mary Etta Burgess 1886–1943
          • Jane Fowler 1900–
          • Maggie Fowler 1901–
          • Nolan Fowler 1904–1986 m. Mae Lipsey
          • Aulean Fowler 1906–
          • Ernest S Fowler 1907–1961 m. Bessie Dorman 1910–199
            • Thelma Margaret Fowler 1930–1996
          • Camilla Fowler 1914–
          • Theron William Fowler 1921–1993 m. DG
          • Mozelle Fowler 1923–
        • Minnie Fowler 1881–1962
          • Forest Eldred Fowler 1884–1926
          • Marvin McAddam Fowler 1889–1927
      • Kansaby Fowler 1860–
    5. Pamela Fowler 1837–
    6. Edith “Edy” Fowler 1841– m. Felix Parham Fowler 1829–
      • Rhoda Fowler 1856–
      • William Fowler 1859–
      • Rufus Fowler 1861– m. Alice G. Foster 1856–1931
        • Herbert Fowler 1881–1951 m. Annie Dessie Horn Fowler 1892
          • Jennings Rufus Fowler 1903–1967
          • Ruth Fowler 1911–
          • Pauline Fowler 1913–
          • Herbert Blease Fowler 1915–1988
          • Daisy Belle Fowler Buice 1917–1968
          • Eugene Fowler 1920–1997
          • Hoyt Earl Fowler 1927–1993
        • Lula Fowler 1883–1902
        • Marnie Fowler 1885–

Who Were The Parents of William Fowler Married to Rhoda??

Unfortunately, finding the names of William’s parents is not as easy as finding the names of the ones who were not his parents. Everything from here to the end of the article is theory and speculation. Good theory and speculation, but not proof. I am hoping that yDNA testing will bring truth to light in the very near future.

It is my theory that Willliam Fowler married to Rhoda was the son of John Fowler (d. 1818) and Fannie. I have come to this conclusion by the process of eliminating the possible Fowler heads of households who had sons around the time William was born……1795; positions on census records; and the names of the sons in the Last Will and Testament of John Fowler (d. 1818).

so much more to come soon……..

JANE HODGE (1840-1879) Granddaughter of Womack Fowler; wife of Ellis Fowler; wife of Simeon Fowler

JANE.  She was born one hundred and seventy three years ago, and for the last one hundred and thirty plus years, she has been lying in her grave; her soul in eternal repose, her bones returned to dust. Yet, Jane has been constantly on my mind, invading my thoughts as I go about my daily routine.  Day after day, hour after hour, Jane is with me as I dwell upon her life two centuries ago.

Until my recent discovery of a document, Jane was a woman of great mystery to me.  As I uncover small facets of her life, the reality of her existence is emerging from the darkness of the past.

Jane’s descent from Womack Fowler, and her two marriages to Fowler men, intertwine into a  giant ball of ancestral confusion, slowly unraveling, and bestowed upon her children an extraordinary amount of Fowler DNA.

Jane’s mother was Martha Patsey Fowler, eldest daughter of Womack Fowler and Susannah Moseley.  Womack was a son of Union County, South Carolina Fowler Patriarch, Henry Ellis Fowler.

Martha Patsey Fowler, mother of my Jane, married John Jackson Hodge, a man if not born in Ireland, then certainly of Irish descent.  The Hodge and Cooke families, formerly of Ireland and later, of Union District in South Carolina, were connected to each other through marriages, and perhaps even shared the journey from Ireland to the land of hope and opportunity.  The Fowler family had its many links to both the Irish Cooke and Hodge families as well, thus it was not surprising that  young Martha married her Irish beau.

Jane was the firstborn child of this union, with six brothers and three sisters to follow in the ensuing years.  Jane’s birth in or about 1826 and marriage prior to 1850 to her cousin Ellis Fowler (son of Mark and Elizabeth Moseley Fowler) prevented her name from ever being listed in a census record with her parents.  Subsequently, the origins of her birth and surname lay undiscovered by many researchers.

It appears that Jane had a daughter circa 1840, when she was only 14 years of age.  The daughter was also a Jane, and raised in the household with Womack Fowler’s widow, Susannah Moseley Fowler, maternal grandmother of Jane Hodge.  Daughter Jane was given the surname of Fowler, perhaps by census takers assuming that the young girl shared the surname of the household.

Susannah Moseley Fowler’s household of 1850: sons Rufus, Felix, James, Wymack, daughter Susannah, probable granddaughter Harriet, and great granddaughter Jane.


1850 Union County SC Census

Susannah Moseley Fowler’s household of 1860: daughter Susan, great granddaughter Jane, and granddaughter Harriet.


1860 Union County SC Census

Jane Hodge had married her cousin Ellis Fowler before 1850, and they had two children, Martha born in 1846, and Mark born in 1849.  Daughter Martha may have been named after Jane’s mother, Martha Patsey Fowler Hodge, and perhaps son Mark named after Mark Fowler, father of Ellis. In 1850, the Ellis Fowler family lived next to his father, Mark Fowler.


1850 Union County SC Census

There were two more children born to Jane Hodge Fowler, Susan (1854) and John (1856) who may have been fathered by Ellis Fowler, although I am still searching for proof of this. My theory on the above statement is based solely on the idea that the son John born in 1856 was the son Ellis J. or Elias J. Fowler mentioned in the newly found document.  If his name was Ellis John, then it makes perfect sense that he was named after his father Ellis Fowler.

It is known that Ellis Fowler was out of the household before 1860, whether by desertion or death as Jane Hodge Fowler was married to Simeon Fowler (son of William Fowler and Rhoda Mosely).  Jane and Simeon Fowler had at least three children: Samuel born in 1860; Franklin born in 1861; and Elma (or Elvira) born in 1866.

In 1860, Jane and her second husband Simeon Fowler were living next to Simeon’s widowed mother, Rhoda Moseley Fowler, and Simeon’s brother James Fowler and wife Caroline Hodge were living nearby as well.

Jane and Simeon had children Martha, Mark, Susan, John, and Samuel in their household of 1860.


1860 Union County SC Census

Jane and Simeon’s household of 1870 included children Martha, Susan, Samuel, Franklin, and Elma.


1870 Union County SC Census

Jane had died before the 1879 settlement of the estate of Womack and Susannah Moseley Fowler.  Her husband Simeon Fowler and her children Martha, Mark, Susan, Ellis J., Samuel, Franklin, and Elma survived her, and received Jane’s share of the estate.

Simeon Fowler was a widower in the 1880 census living with sons Samuel and Franklin. Daughter Elma was living next door with her husband John Hill.


1880 Union county SC Census

  • Henry Ellis Fowler
  • Womack Fowler
  •  Martha Patsey Fowler m. John Jackson Hodge
    • Jane Hodge 1826-1879 m. Ellis Fowler 1803-after 1860; m. Simeon Fowler
      1. Jane Fowler 1840-
      2. Martha Fowler 1848-18812 m. Felix Lee Quinn Sr 1852–1933
        • William Lorenzo “Ranzy” Quinn 1873–1943 m. Rosanne “Rosa” Whitener 1868–1928
          • Paul Quinn 1888–1950 m. Dollie Dillard 1894–1955
            • Peggy Quinn 1934–
          • Howard Quinn 1896–1961
          • Martha W. Quinn  1897–1954 m. Chester Arthur Littlejohn 1880–1940
            • Charlie C. Littlejohn 1913–1992
            • William Henry Littlejohn 1916–1980
            • Robert Lee Littlejohn 1918–2007
            • Sara Louise Littlejohn 1919–2005
            • Felix Littlejohn 1924–1984
            • Grace Littlejohn 1926–1998
          • Naomi “Omie” Quinn 1898–1937 m. James Kirby; m. Sam M. Jones 1892-1975
            • Millie Louise Kirby 1916–1997
            • Sara Frances Jones 1926–2005
            • Coy Leroy Jones 1927–2004
          • Mary Quinn 1900–
          • William Lorenzo “Ranzy” Quinn Jr. 1904–1961
          • Felix “Fee” Quinn 1907–1989
          • Anderson D. Quinn 1911–1933
        • Anderson D Quinn 1875–1951
        • Giles Thomas Quinn 1878–1961
        • John Quinn 1879–1951
        • Ellen Quinn 1880–1962
      3. Mark Fowler 1849-
      4. Susan Fowler 1854- m. James Gassaway Millwood 1859–
        • Millage Millwood 1872–
        • James H. Millwood 1877–
      5. Ellis (or Elias) John Fowler 1856-
      6. Samuel Fowler 1860-before 1900 m. Lucy Cook
        • John G Fowler 1885–1939 m. Elizabeth Kerr (widow of Joshua Ochiltree)
      7. Franklin Fowler m. Nannie LNU 1874–
        • Clarence Fowler 1897–
        • Marie Fowler 1900–
      8. Elma Fowler m. John Hill 1854–
        • Janie Hill 1884–1924 m. Robert Ery Miller 1878–1946
          • John A Miller 1903–
          • James Ruth Miller 1906–
          • Albert Halloween “Pete” Miller 1908–1965
          • Willie Miller 1913–
          • Henry Miller 1914–
          • Clarence Miller 1918–
          • Ila Catherine Miller 1920–
          • Roy Miller 1922–
          • Elise Miller 1922–1976
        • Willie Tate Hill 1886–
        • Charlie Simms Hill 1887–195
        • Elzie Arthur Hill 1896–
        • Clara Hill 1898–1910
        • Walter George Hill 1901–1957
        • Lizzie Hill 1902–1980
        • Bessie Hill 1909-


more to come

WOMACK FOWLER (1785-1849), son of Henry Ellis Fowler

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

  1. Martha Patsy Fowler 1809-1871
  2. Tempa Fowler 1810-1862
  3. William Fowler 1812-1872
  4. Henry Fowler 1814-1816
  5. Marindy Lucinda Fowler 1816-1872
  6. Melinda Fowler 1818-1819
  7. Susannah Fowler 1821-1866
  8. Rhoda Fowler 1823-1825
  9. Rufus Marion Fowler 1825-1863
  10. Maryan Catherine Fowler 1827-before 1830
  11. Felix Parham Fowler 1829-1864
  12. James Hervey Fowler 1831-1863
  13. Josephus Fincher Fowler 1833-1842
  14. 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 summary of the 1860 census:
jane 1860.png


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
in 1880.
Mark Fowler
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).
1880 MARK FOWLER.png


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 fowler.png
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 LeeSarah had sons by both husbands.
Harrison David Fowler

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.

Henry Ellis Fowler (1746-1808) m. Catherine Puckett

WOMACK FOWLER (1785-1849) m. Susannah Moseley (1792–1878)

  • MARTHA PATSY FOWLER (1809–1872) m. John Jackson Hodge (1802–1882)
    • Jane Hodge (1830–1870) m. (1) Ellis Fowler (1803–bef. 1860)  (2) Simeon Fowler (1824- )
      • Martha Fowler (1846–1882) m. Felix Lee Quinn Sr (1852–1933)
        • William Lorenzo Quinn (1873–1943)
        • Anderson D Quinn (1875–1951)
        • Giles Thomas Quinn (1878–1961)
        • John Quinn (1879–1951)
        • Ellen Quinn (1880–1962)
      • Mark Fowler (1849–after 1880) 
      • Susan Fowler (1854– )  m. James Gassaway Millwood (1859– )
        • Millage Millwood  (1872– )
        • James H. Millwood  (1877– )
      • John Fowler  (1856–  )
      • Samuel Fowler  (1860– )
      • Franklin Fowler  (1861–1913)
      • Elma Fowler  (1866–1925) m. John Hill (1854–1915)
        • Janie Hill (1884–1924)
        • Willie Tate Hill  (1886–1962)
        • Charlie Simms Hill  (1887–1958)
        • Elzie Arthur Hill  (1896–1962)
        • Clara Hill  (1898–1910)
        • Walter George Hill  (1901–1957)
        • Lizzie Hill (1902–1980)
        • Bessie Hill  (1909– )
    • Henry S. Hodge  (1828–1885) m. E. Caroline Reeves  (1831–1895)
      • James M. Hodge (1854–1899) m. Mary Elizabeth “Babe” Horn (1858–1906)
        • Martha “Mattie” Hodge (1875– )
        • Gaston Garrett “Buster” Hodge (1879–1936) m. Leila Pearl McGalliard (1883–1973)
          • Thelma Dean Hodge (1907–1999)
        • Arthur Hodge
      • Mary Hodge (1857–1870)
      • Sarah Elizabeth Hodge (1857–1913) m. John Franklin Johnson (1863–1939)
        • Lula Elizabeth Johnson Grant 1882–1961 m. Grant
        • Alsie Meaner Johnson 1891–1985 m. Doane
      • John Hodge 1859–
      • Elias Zachariah Hodge 1861–1950 m. Elizabeth E “Betty” Hodge 1861–
        • May H Hodge 1900–
      • William Thomas Hodge 1866–1927 m. Nannie E (Bessie) Owens 1874–1921
        • James William Henry Hodge Sr 1895–1959
        • Mary E Hodge 1899–
        • Susie Hodge 1902–1982
        • Rochelle L Hodge 1904–1968
        • Ethel O Hodge 1906–
        • Oliver Woodrow Hodge 1920–1968
      • Susan Caroline “Susie” Hodge 1871–1952 m. Darby Horn 1869–1937
        • Henry Hoyt Horn 1893–1969
        • Harris Horn 1894–
        • Virgie Horn 1897–1985
        • Darby Albert Horn 1899
        • Marrie Horn 1901-
        • Boyce Horn 1904–
        • Cathalene Horn 1906–
        • Brother Horn 1909–
        • Clifford Horne 1909–
        • Grover Horne 1911–
    • Caroline Hodge 1830–1912 m. James Fowler 1832–
      • Desdamona Fowler 1854–1887 m. John A. Mize 1853–1912
        • Charles Frederick Mize Sr. 1873–
        • Nettie Mize 1876–1911
        • John Mize 1877–
        • Monroe Mimms Mize 1883–1945
        • Albert Horace Mize 1885–
        • Virginia James (May) Mize 1885–1955
        • Mattie Mize 1887–1962
      • William E. Fowler 1856–
      • James Monroe Fowler 1858–1931
      • Kansaby Fowler 1860–
      • Cynthia J Fowler 1869–
    • Catherine Hodge1833– m. James Hays
    • Minerva Hodge1835– m. Henry Addis
    • William Franklin Hodge1837–1909
    • Gasaway Hodge 1841-1916
    • Neland Hodge 1843-1911
    • John Wright Hodge 1849-1916
    • Calvin Wister Hodge1850–1928
  • TEMPA FOWLER 1810– 1862 m. James Gibson 1810-
    • Melinda Gibson1827–1855 m. William Burgess 1824–
      • James Burgess 1846–
      • Nancy Burgess 1847–
      • Sarah Burgess 1848–
      • Caroline Burgess 1850–
      • Perry Burgess 1851–
      • Rufus Burgess 1852–
    • Elizabeth Gibson1831–
    • Lucinda Gibson1834–
    • Hulda Gibson1840–
    • Stark Sims Gibson1841–1909 m. Margaret McDowell 1856–1934
      • Annie Gibson 1891–1954 m. James Edgar Douglass Jr  1891–1956
        • Anne Sims Douglass 1922–1977 m. Wesley John Melvin 1918–1976
        • Margaret Jeanette Douglass 1923–1924
        • Dorothy Douglass 1924–2009 m. William Ruff Traylor 1924–1970
        • James Edgar Douglass III 1926–1973
        • Carl Macie Douglass 1929–
        • David McDowell Douglass 1930–1978
        • Jimmie M Douglas 1935–
    • Adaline M. Gibson1844– m.Damon P. Mosely 1838–
      • William E. Mosely 1871–
      • Daniel David Mosley 1874–1924 m. Sarah Catherine Killian 1888–1936
        • Damon Edney Mosley 1904–1974
        • Mamie Etta Mosley 1905–1975
        • Addie Elizabeth Mosley 1908–1997
        • Brady Lee Mosley 1910–1990
        • Willie Coy Mosley Sr 1912–1964
        • Myrtle Leona Mosley 1914–1963
        • Ethel Ruth Mosley 1917–1985
        • James Floyd Mosley 1920–1993
        • Ruby Lucille Mosley 1922–1986
      • Martha L. Mosely 1876–
      • Minnie Mosely 1878–
      • Starkey Mosley 1880–1941 m. Ola Mae Hart 1899–1984
        • Lula Mae Mosley 1920–1997
        • Willie Pressley Mosley 1922–2009
        • Marion Roscoe Mosley 1924–2012
        • Floyd Mosley 1927–1928
        • Edna Lucille Mosley 1929–1978
        • Johnnie Richard Mosley 1932–1953
      • WILLIAM FOWLER1812–1872 m. Martha
      • HENRY FOWLER 1814–1816
      • MARINDA LUCINDA FOWLER 1816–1879 m. John D. Long 1811–1897
        • Mary Polly Long 1839–
        • Susanna “Sookie” Long 1840–1914
        • John Fincher Long 1843–1921 m. Nancy LeMaster 1843–1879
          • Addie Long 1870–
          • Willie Long 1873–
          • Alfred Aldridge Long 1876–1939
          • Edward Richard Long 1877–1952
          • Sallie L. Long 1879–
        • Pattie Martha Long 1846–1933
          • James Gideon Long 1847–1921 m. Susan Lourena Gwinn 1849–1939
            • James Gideon Long Jr. 1875–1965 m. Caroline Naomi Bobo 1879–1962
              • John Davis Long 1901–1967
              • Mary L. Long 1905–
              • Gideon M. Long 1907–
              • James G. Long 1909–
            • Abell Gwin Long 1877–1893
            • J A Long 1880–
            • Bessie Long 1883–
            • Louisa Long 1889–
        • Joseph Long 1850–
        • Calhoun Calvin Long 1855–
        • Grant Long 1857–1932
        • Richard Walker Long 1858–1923
      • MELINDA FOWLER 1818–1819
      • SUSANNAH FOWLER 1821–
      • RHODA FOWLER 1823–1825
      • RUFUS MARION FOWLER 1825–1864 m. Dorothy “Dorcus” Moseley 1828–1900
        • Joseph Fowler 1856–1928 m. Isabella Fowler 1872–1938 (d. of william Earle and Taylor Harris Fowler)
          • Eva Fowler 1891–1966 m. Holcombe
          • Clara B Fowler 1899–1909
          • Susan Esther Fowler 1902–1982 m. James Rufus Allen 1902
            • France Allen 1925–
            • Gracie Mae Allen 1928–
          • Louise L Fowler 1907–1982
          • Charles Brady Fowler 1909–1976 m. Annie L 1912
            • Hazel Fowler 1928–
        • Eison Fowler 1859–
      • MARYAN CATHERINE FOWLER  1827–before 1830
      • FELIX PARHAM FOWLER 1829– m. Edith “Edy” Fowler 1841– (d. of William & Rhoda Moseley Fowler)
        • Rhoda Fowler 1856–
        • William Fowler 1859–
        • Rufus Fowler 1861– m. Alice G. Foster 1856–1931
          • Herbert Fowler 1881–1951 m. Annie Dessie Horn 1892–
            • Jennings Rufus Fowler 1903–1967
            • Ruth Fowler 1911–
            • Pauline Fowler 1913–
            • Herbert Blease Fowler 1915–1988
            • Daisy Belle Fowler  1917–1968
            • Eugene Fowler 1920–1997
            • Hoyt Earl Fowler 1927–1993
          • Lula Fowler 1883–1902 m. P. Vaughn
          • Marnie Fowler 1885–
      • JAMES HERVEY FOWLER 1832–1862 m. Mary Cansada James 1833–
        • John Fowler 1859–
        • Harrison David Fowler 1860–1927 m. Nancy James 1866–1943
          • Mary Dessie Fowler 1892–
          • James David Fowler 1893–1971 m. Amanda Jones
            • Harrison David “Sonny” Fowler 1924–2015 m. Hazel Mae Cookson
              • Tommy Fowler
          • Lular Fowler 1895–
          • Durvin F Fowler 1896–1961 m. Evie  1904–
            • Lena Mae Fowler 1924–
            • Fay Fowler 1926–
            • Lucile Fowler 1928–
            • James A Fowler 1930–
            • Grady Cole Fowler 1932–
            • Peggy Fowler 1934–
          • Leila Fowler 1897–
          • Sally M Fowler 1897–
          • Janie Fowler 1899–
          • Bertha (Aunt Bert) Fowler 1899–1992 m. William Jones 1897
            • Nettie Ruth Jones 1920–
            • Mary Edith Jones 1923–
            • Dorris Jones 1924–
            • William H Jones 1928–
            • Johnnie Jones 1930–
            • Ethel Jones 1932–
            • Betty Jones 1934–
            • Leila Jones 1935–
          • Annie Fowler 1901–
          • Nanny Fowler 1902–1932
          • Belle Fowler 1903–1970
          • Malcolm H Fowler 1906–1986 m. Bessie Marie Arnold 1901–1974
            • Emma Mae Fowler 1928–2011
            • James M. “Bogan” Fowler 1930–
            • Mileage Ray Fowler 1934–1963
          • Carrie Fowler 1908–
          • Bennilverl Fowler 1915–
        • Sarah Carter Fowler 1863– 1940 m. Coleman F. Kendrick 1858–1883; m. Russell Aubry Lee 1874-1949
          • Malcolm Arthur Kendrick 1887–1963
          • John Randolph Lee 1896-1966
          • James Russell Lee 1899-1982
      • WOMACK MATTHEW FOWLER 1836–1862 m.  Jane 1839–
        • James Madison Fowler 1858– after 1870
        • Lula Fowler 1861–1877


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

Martha Hodge

State of South Carolina

County of Union In Court of Comm[on] Pleas

F.W. Eison et al. Plaintiffs

Against Partition

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


Schedule “A”

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

F.W. Eisen

William Fowler heirs Martha Fowler (W) 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

3 children

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

against Partition

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.

Reference closed

J.C. Wallace






































JOHN FOWLER (1787-before 1840), son of Ephraim

JOHN FOWLER (c. 1787-before 1840) was the second son born to Ephraim Fowler.  John was mentioned in very few documents, and as a result, he seems to be somewhat overlooked in genealogy research.

The first document, with reference to John, found in my research was Ephraim’s will of 1822.  John is listed as one of the children to inherit Ephraim’s estate:


all the rest of my estate to be equally divided amongst my children, to wit, Jasper, Lidia, JOHN, Sally, Polly, Stephen, Milley, Caty, and Ellis

In addition to the will, John Fowler’s name was recorded three times in the estate settlement papers.  It is hard to say at this point in my research that the John Fowler mentioned in the settlement was Ephraim’s son John.  It is possible that the documents referred to John Fowler, the Hatter.  I am including sections of the estate settlement regardless:


the “E” after John Fowler’s name may indicate that this was John Fowler, son of  (Henry) Ellis Fowler


To ditto paid JOHN FOWLER amt of $25 on his amount for work of a ????


cash paid JOHN FOWLER amt $3.00 of his amount

There was a JOHN A. FOWLER in the 1830 Union County, SC Census living among the Ephraim Fowler families:

  • Nancy Fowler (widow of Ephraim)
  • Richard White (married to Ephraim’s daughter Mary “Polly”Fowler)
  • Jasper Fowler (son of Ephraim)
  • Stephen Fowler (son of Ephraim)
  • John A. Fowler (son of Ephraim?)


The ages of the older male and female in the 1830 census “fit” the ages of Ephraim’s son John and his wife Nancy.  To support this theory, the ages of the children in the household are also a good “fit” for the children of John and Nancy:

  • John Fowler b. 1787   1 male age 40-49
  • Nancy b. 1800   1 female 30-39
  • Washington b. 1818   1 male 10-14
  • Thomas b. 1824   1 male 5-9
  • John b. 1830    1 male < 5
  • Rebecca b. 1821   1 female 5-9
  • Charity b. 1822   1 female 5-9

The absence of additional children after the 1830 birth of son John leads me to believe that John Fowler (the father) died shortly after the 1830 census was recorded.

I discovered  documents in the Union County Courthouse and the SC State Archives regarding the final settlement of John’s father, Ephraim Fowler.  One of these documents from 1849 led me to the discovery of the name of John’s oldest son — Washington Fowler.  I was able to locate Washington in the 1840 Union County census.  He was listed as age 20-29 along with a female 15-19, and a female <5.  Washington seems to have vanished into thin air after 1840.

I have not been able to locate the remaining family members in 1840.

In 1850, John’s widow Nancy lived  with her son Thomas Fowler and his wife, Sarah Elendar Hames.  John and Nancy’s daughter Rebecca (who later married Felix Burgess) and their son John also lived in the household.  There was an 8 year old child named Mary.  My theory is that Mary was the daughter of Washington Fowler, oldest son of John and Nancy, or Mary may have been the daughter of Rebecca and perhaps born out of wedlock.

In 1850, the Thomas Fowler household was positioned in the middle of the Ephraim Fowler clan: sister Charity Fowler and her husband (as well as her first cousin) William J. Fowler, were living nearby.  Other related families living as neighbors were as follows: Julia Fowler Sprouse (daughter of Ephraim’s son Ellis); Sarah Mabry Fowler (widow of Ephraim’s son Ellis) and their son Henry; Stephen Fowler (son of Ephraim); Lemuel, Zachariah, Mary and Susan Fowler (grown children of Ephraim’s son Jasper).


1850 Census Union County, SC

In 1860, Thomas Fowler and his wife Sarah Elendar Hames lived in the Kelton area of Union County, SC.  They had a son, Gillman, age 6, and a daughter Mary, age 4.


1860 Census Union County, SC   ( Kelton Post Office)

Davidson, Iredell County, North Carolina.  About 80 miles from Kelton, Union County, South Carolina. Finding the Thomas Fowler household in Iredell County, I had to wonder what event inspired the Thomas Fowler family to pack up and move far away from family and friends in the years between 1860 and 1870?

I have read the history of the early settlers who, in 1749, began moving into what later became Iredell County.  Although I have learned that it is a beautiful section of the state of North Carolina, I doubt lovely landscapes alone were enough to motivate a family to relocate from the safe surroundings of an extended family and familiarity to a land unknown.

I have searched the 1870 census of Davidson, Iredell County to see if I could find another family with whom Thomas Fowler or his wife Sarah Elendar Hames could have been connected.  I found no names in the census that would give me any resolution or answer to my question.

When one takes into consideration that the years between 1860 and 1870 were filled with a long civil war, and the starvation, devastation, and reconstruction that followed, it is even more difficult to understand a move across counties and a state line, leaving family behind.

Thomas Fowler and wife Sarah Elendar Hames were living with son Gillman, daughters (Mary) Susannah, (Lou) Ella, and Anna.


1870 Census Davidson, Iredell County, NC

As long as the journey was from Union County to Iredell County, the journey the Thomas Fowler family made between 1870 and 1880 was even longer.  They made the move to Liberty township in Pickens County, SC during the decade, a distance of 135 miles traveling on the roads of today.

The family headed by Thomas included Sarah Elendar Hames, and daughters Mary Susannah and Anna.  Son Gillman had married Susan Wilson; daughter Lou Ella had married Jasper Rufus Oates.


1880 Census Pickens County, SC



Henry Ellis Fowler 1746-1808 m. Catherine Puckett

  • Ephraim Fowler 1765-1822 m. Nancy Moseley
    • JOHN FOWLER 1787-before 1840 m. Nancy 1800- after 1860
      1. Washington Fowler 1818- after 1840 m. unknown
        • daughter b. circa 1838
      2. Rebecca Fowler 1821- m. Felix Burgess 1822-
        • Nancy Burgess 1854-
        • Rhoda Burgess 1856-
        • James Newton Burgess 1858-1924 m. Anna Lipsey 1868–1903
          • Willie Burgess 1889-
          • Fannie Burgess 1891-
          • Arthur B. Burgess 1895-1966 m. Annie Ida Stines 1900-1985
            • Blanch Burgess 1921-1944 m. Henry Palmer
            • Howard Jackson Burgess Sr. 1925-2001
            • Vivian Burgess 1929-2006
            • Larkin Newton Burgess 1932-2013
            • M_________ Burgess 1935-
            • S_________ Burgess 1938-
            • L.J. Burgess 1940-1992
            • B________ Burgess
          • Jesse Burgess 1896–
          • Judson Burgess 1899–1966 
        • Caroline Burgess 1861-
        • John Burgess 1865-
      3. Charity Fowler 1822-after 1880 m. William Fowler 1810-after 1870
        • Greenberry Fowler (b. 1837)
        • Mary Fowler (b. 1838)  
        • Martha Fowler (b. 1840)
        • Susan A. Fowler (b. 1842)
        • Rebecca Fowler (b. 1845)
        • Newton Fowler (b. 1849)
        • Cordelia Fowler (b. 1855) m.  James Toliver Wix
          • Greenberry Wix  (1875- ) married Sara Angeline Tessner
            • James O. Wix (1908-1929)
            • Nancy Cordelia Wix (1911-)
            • Geneva “Eva” Wix (1917-1990)
        • John Fowler (1858–1930)
        •  Jasper (Joseph) Fowler (1859– after 1910) m. Dulcieny (Sena)
          • William Fowler (1879-before 1900)
          • James Fowler (1883-1942)
          • Thomas Fowler (1886-)                          
        • Gillman Fowler (1863– after 1930)
      4. Thomas Fowler 1824-1911 m. Sarah Elender Hames 1823-1911
        • Isaac Gilmer Fowler 1852-1938 m. Susan Katherine Willson
          • John William Fowler 1875–1972 m. Mary Elizabeth Newton 1879-1913
            • Henrietta Elizabeth Fowler 1899-1988 m. Joseph Rufus Brinkhoff
              • Elizabeth Rachel Brinkhoff
            • William Newton “Bud” Fowler 1900-1959
            • John Henry Fowler 1903–1993
            • Audrey Amanda “Cricket” Fowler 1905–1990
            • Samuel Robert “Bob” Fowler 1907–1990
            • Isaac Fowler 1908–
            • Flossie H Fowler 1910–2005
            • James Truman Fowler 1913-2003
          • Walter Clarence Fowler 1877–1963 m. Ida Mae Cantrell 1884-1978
            •  Clarence Gillimon Fowler 1903–1988 m. Annie Louise Thornhill 1917–2011
              • J________ Fowler
            • John Roy Fowler 1905–1980 m. Gladys Christine Porter 1912-1997
              • William R. Fowler 1929-2013
              • Wallace Clarence Fowler 1930-1987
              • Peggy Jean Fowler 1935–2013
              •  Mary Jo Fowler 1938–1938
              •  Donald Wade Fowler 1939–1991 m. Marion Odessa Brooks 1943–1977
                • Donald Wade Fowler Jr. 1963-1987
            • William Oscar Fowler 1908–1974
            • Infant  Male Fowler 1916–1916
          • Thomas Julius “Jude” Fowler 1878–1967 m. Maude Maybell Pilgrim 1887–1940
            • Christine Fowler 1909–1986
            • Julius P. Fowler 1918–1942
            • Itau Fowler 1925–2013 m. Homer Ellison
            • daughter Fowler 1926–
            • G________ Fowler
          • Bessie Fowler 1884–
          • Hugh Gilmore Fowler 1885–1964
          • May Fowler 1887–1980
          • Maud Fowler 1891–
          •  Frank Wilson Fowler 1893–1975
          • Alma Fowler 1898–1990
        • Mary Susannah Fowler 1857-
        • LouElla Fowler 1861- 1920 m. Jasper Rufus Oates 1856–1938
          • Francis May “Fannie” Oates 1880–1975
          • John Mason Oates 1884–1955
          • Bessie Lee Oates 1887–1919
          • Mary Beth Oates 1890–
          • William J. E. Oates 1894–1894
          • Robert Cullis Oates 1898–1966
          • Marshall Verner Oates 1901–1931
        • Anna Fowler 1868-1913
      5. John Fowler 1830-




















GILLMAN H. FOWLER (1822-1861) son of Thomas Gillman Fowler and Susannah Hames

I recently ran across a document dated January 22, 1861 from the Union District, SC Legislative Committee.  The report was a rejection of a petition from the District’s Commissioners of Roads who had requested a share of the official bond of Union District Tax Collector G.H. Fowler.  It was thought that G.H. Fowler had absconded tax monies from Union District.

Who was this G.H. Fowler?  Could it be Gillman H. Fowler, son of Thomas Gillman Fowler and Susannah Hames?  Was Gillman’s middle name Henry?

I found many instances where G.H. Fowler collected taxes from estate settlements.  A few examples are listed below:






I didn’t have to look far.  In 1850, Gillman Fowler lived with his mother’s brother, William B. Hames.  His occupation was respectable: a teacher.  This indicated to me that he could read and write in an age where most could not.  Is it possible that he later used these skills to become a tax collector?


Gillman Fowler 1850 census

I found Gillman Fowler in 1860 census records in the household with his parents Thomas G. Fowler and Susannah Hames.  His occupation was tax collector.


Gillman Fowler 1860 census

My next research project regarding Gillman Fowler will be to look through all estate settlements beginning in 1850 to discover when he began collecting taxes, and when his duties formally ended.

There is an entry in the family bible stating that Gillman H. Fowler was killed in Springfield, Missouri on August 10, 1861– the exact date of the Civil War Battle of Wilson’s Creek near Springfield.  I have not been able to find any military records for Gillman Fowler, nor any evidence that troops from South Carolina engaged in that battle.  It is possible that he enlisted with a Confederate regiment in Arkansas or Missouri.