m. Bef. 1747 prob. Augusta County, Virginia
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NOTE: There has been confusion regarding the family of John Lowry, Sr. and his son, John Lowry. Some researchers have combined them into one person, based upon records in early Virginia. John Lowry, Sr. died abt. 1759 and John Lowry, Jr. died shortly thereafter in 1761, which has caused much of the confusion. Please read the information regarding both John Lowry's before making any additions to these families. Thank you.
Additional information (including sources) would be appreciated on this family with any updates.
1. JOHN3 LOWRY (JOHN2, MR.1) was born Abt. 1723 in Ireland/Pennsylvania1, and died 10 May 1762 in Augusta County, Virginia1,2. He married ELIZABETH ??? Bef. 1747 in prob. Augusta County, Virginia. She was born Bef. 1729.
Notes for JOHN LOWRY:
WILL OF JOHN LOWRY
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN the twenty sixt day of November 1761, I, John Lowry of Augusta County and Colony of Virginia, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, that is to pay principaly this to be my last will and testament, that is to pay principally and first of all I give and recomend my soul unto the hand of God that gave it and my body I recomend unto the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian Manor at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the Resurrection I shall receive the same again, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I leave in care of my wife Elizabeth Lowry and John Moore my Executors to be demised and disposed of in the following manner and form. I give and bequeth to Elizabeth Lowry my beloved wife for term of life or while she remains unmarried this house wherein she now lives with maintenance off said plantation together with one third of all my moveable estate I give and bequeth to William Lowry my son One hundred and sixty acres of land adjoinging Robert Lowry and one young roany horse. I give and bequeth unto Rebecca Lowry, my daughter, one young roant mare and saddle, one bed and lining of close. I give and bequeth unto John Lowry and Robert Lowry my sons six pounds sent with William Burris to Ireland with the benefit of the return and sixteen pounds lawful money and one young mare and them both to be laurent trade and all to their own benefit. I give and bequeth unto my two daughters Jennet and Elizabeth Lowry forty pounds, twenty to each to be paid to them when the come of age, by their young brothers David and James Lowry out of there plantations. I give and bequeth to my two sons David and James Lowry the plantation I now live on with all premisces thereunto belonging, and if both or wither of them dye before they come of age there part of estate in land to be equally devided to John and Robert above writen, and of (if?) any of the rest decese before they come of age there part is to be equally devided amongst all. Also I slow that two parts of my moveables be equally devided betwixt my two sons John and robert and my three daughters, and I do hereby afterly disanul and revole all and every other former testament, with legacies and bequests and Executors by me any ways before named, willed and bequethed, ratifying and conforming this my last will and testament. IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
John Lowry (Seal)
Signed, sealed and published, pronounced and declared by me John Lowry as my last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers. John Wardlaw James Kenny Hugh Wardlaw James Wardlaw
At a court held for Augusta County, May 18, 1762. This last Will and Testament of John Lowry, dec'd , was proved by the oaths of John Wardlaw, James Wardlaw & Hugh Wardlaw, three of the witnesses, and ordered to be record --- and John Moore one of the Executors having refused to take on hum the burther of the Ececution therein named, who made oath according to law, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due furm, she having with security entered info bond.
William Lowrie and Isabel and Robert Lowrey, Sr. to James Henry, 170 acres of Borden's 92,100, 160 acres of which was devised to William Lowrie by his father, John Lowrie, by will in Augusta, the remaining acres sold to said Loughry, John Weir's line, Edmiston's corner. Deed no. 17, p. 497, 20th November, 1771.
CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800 ABSTRACTS OF WILLS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA. AUGUSTA COUNTY COURT. WILL BOOK NO. 3. ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. page 69 Page 137.--26th November, 1761. John Lowry's will--Executors, wife, Elizabeth, and John Moore; to wife, Elizabeth; to son, William, 160 acres joining Robt. Lowry; to daughter, Rebeckah Lowry; to sons, John
and Robert Lowry, £6 sent with William Parris to Ireland with the
benefit of the return and £16 Lake (?) money, to be taught trades; to daughters, Jennet and Elizabeth Lowry, to be paid when of age by their young brothers, David and James Lowry; to sons, David and James, infants, plantation testator lives on. Teste: John Wardlaw, Jas. Kennedy, Hugh Wardlaw, James Wardlaw. Proved, 18th May, 1762, by John, James and Hugh Wardlaw. John Moore refuses to execute. Elizabeth qualifies, with John Moore, Robt. Lowry.
John and Elizabeth Lowry were in Augusta County, VA as early as 1742 (the first date of John's several land purchases) and probably were of Scotch-Irish descent, as were most of the settlers of that county. Records show that John was a member of the Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church in 1753, along with the Houston, Montgomery, Steele and Keys families, with whom some of his children would later inter-marry.
Some of the information about John Lowry II's children was taken from "Family Scrapbook" Vol. 2 p. 223 notes by Lulu Purdy(Mrs. F.L.) Gilson, Emporia, Kans.
Children of JOHN LOWRY and ELIZABETH ??? are: i. WILLIAM4 LOWRY, SR., b. Abt. 1747, Virginia3; d. 08 May 1820, Monroe County, Tennessee3; m. (1) ISABEL ???, Bef. 17973; m. (2) ANN MCCLELLAN, 17 Mar 1797, Near Morganton, Blount County, Tennessee4; b. Abt. 1770; d. Abt. 1848.
Notes for WILLIAM LOWRY, SR.: From Bill Reisor:
William Lowry Sr. was married to Ann McClellan who was previously married to John Wallace. John was killed by the Indians in 1793, at Rome, Georgia. Ann had at least 5 children by John Wallace. Ann married William Lowry in Blount Co., Tennessee. According to a court case in Monroe County, TN, William, Sr. died in 1820 in Monroe County, TN near the mouth of Bat Creek before his wife, Ann, and their sons, William M. and David, moved to Island Creek in Monroe County, TN. in 1820 or 1821.
WFT Cd#11, Tree #423 claims that Ann McClellan is the wife of William 3 Lowry (John2, John1). More information is needed.
ii. JOHN LOWRY, b. Abt. 1749, Augusta County, Virginia5; d. Oct 1792, Abingdon, Virginia6; m. DORCAS MONTGOMERY, 1771, Augusta County, Virginia7; b. Abt. 1758, Virginia8; d. 29 Dec 18349.
Notes for JOHN LOWRY: From D.A.R. National #276532 - Children of John Lowry, Revolutionary Ancestor - John M., Wiliam, Robert E., born 1783 married to Elizabeth Moors, David born February 1781 married Elizabeth Keys, and James.
John Lowry III was Baptized 26 Feb 1749, by Rev. John Craig, at South Mountain, 16 miles SW of Tinkling Springs, Fisherville, VA.</P>
After 1771 John Lowry III migrated to Washington Co., VA.
According to "Summers History of Southwest Virginia", John Lowry received a land grant in Washington., VA. 1773. He was a prominent man in his community, was Capt. of Militia 1777-80, served as 2nd Lieut. at King's Mountain. (His descendants say that he lost a leg there). He was a member of the House of Delegates in the General Assembly of VA 1788. He died in Abingdon 1792. <P>Most of the information about John Lowry III and Dorcas Montgomery's family was extracted from "The publication of the Montgomery Clan Society of Tennessee" May 1997. CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800 CIRCUIT COURT DEEDS. DEED BOOK NO. 1. ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. page 595 Page 17.--1st September, 1790. Hugh Campbell, of Rockbridge, to John Lowry, of Augusta. Delivered: Joseph Lowry, son of John, 10th August, 1791. 130 acres, part of 200 acres conveyed by Charles Campbell to James Campbell and descended to Hugh as heir of James. iii. REBECCA LOWRY, b. Abt. 1750, Virginia10; m. MR. JOHN STEELE; b. WFT Est. 1740-1755. Notes for REBECCA LOWRY: From Genforum.com post: Rebecca Lowry Steele> TN/VA 1800 Posted by: Janice Koch Date: October 03, 1999 at 14:27:16 of 906 I am looking for info on a Rebecca Lowry who married a John Steele. They lived around Bristol, TN/VA late 1700's. They had at least 3 children: William, Elizabeth and a David. I have a David Steele as an ancestor located in Bristol by 1810. I was hoping my David was their son. Any info or clues appreciated!! Notes for MR. JOHN STEELE: From Genforum.com post: Rebecca Lowry Steele> TN/VA 1800 Posted by: Janice Koch (e-mail: email@example.com) Date: October 03, 1999 at 14:27:16 of 852 I am looking for info on a Rebecca Lowry who married a John Steele. They lived around Bristol, TN/VA late 1700's. They had at least 3 children: William, Elizabeth and a David. I have a David Steele as an ancestor located in Bristol by 1810. I was hoping my David was their son. Any info or clues appreciated!! iv. ROBERT LOWRY, b. Abt. 1753, Virginia10; d. 04 Apr 1860, Jessamine County, Kentucky11; m. MARY CUNNINGHAM12, Bef. 1786, Augusta County, Virginia?; b. 03 Mar 1777, of Augusta County, Virginia13; d. 07 Oct 1846, Jessamine County, Kentucky13. Notes for ROBERT LOWRY: Possible marriage? Marriages--Virginia to 1800 Virginia Rockbridge County Lowry, Robert married Weer, Rebekah on 30 Oct 1778 in Rockbridge County, Virginia Family Group Record FamilySearch® Ancestral File™ v4.19
Robert LOWRY (AFN:FNWG-GX) Born: Abt 1766 Place: , , South Carolina Died: 4 Apr 1860 Place: , Jessamine County, Kentucky Buried: Place: Ebenezer Church, Troy, Jessamine County, Kentucky Father: Mr. LOWRY (AFN:FNWL-MC) Mother: Jean LOWERY (AFN:FNWL-NJ)
Mary CUNNINGHAM (AFN:FNWG-H4) Born: 9 Mar 1777 Place: Of, Augusta, Virginia Died: 7 Oct 1846 Place: , Jessamine County, Kentucky Buried: Place: Ebenezer Church, Troy, Jessamine County, Kentucky Father: Walter CUNNINGHAM (AFN:FNWH-4C) Mother: Jane Jean STEELE (AFN:FNWH-5J)
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F Jane LOWRY (AFN:FNVR-LR) Born: 11 Feb 1787 Place: Fayette County, , Kentucky Died: 3 Jan 1863 Place: Crawford County, Indiana Buried: Place: Denbo Cemetery, English, Crawford County, Indiana
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M Samuel Craig LOWRY (AFN:FNWG-N0) Born: 28 Jun 1805 Place: , , Kentucky Died: 31 Jul 1888 Place: , Jessamine County, Kentucky Buried: Place: Ebenzer Church, Troy, Jessamine County, Kentucky
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F Margaret LOWRY (AFN:FNWG-LM) Born: Abt 1803 Place: , , Kentucky
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F Mary LOWRY (AFN:FNWG-P5) Born: 18 Sep 1807 Place: , , Kentucky Died: 28 Jun 1868 Place: , Jessamine County, Kentucky Buried: Place: Maple Grove Cem, Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Kentucky
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F Sarah "Sally" LOWRY (AFN:FNWG-MS) Born: 1800 Place: , , Kentucky
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M John Cunningham LOWRY (AFN:FNWG-J9) Born: 1 Feb 1799 Place: , , Kentucky Died: 14 Sep 1860 Place: , Jessamine County, Kentucky Buried: Place: Ebenezer Church, Troy, Jessamine County, Kentucky
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F Jane LOWRY (AFN:FNWG-KG) Born: 20 Jan 1797 Place: Harrison, KY Died: 1879 Place:
Notes for ALEXANDER DORAN: From Bill Reisor:
Alexander Doran took up land at the head of Cane Brake Springs, Iron Mountain, in Washington Co.,VA, 1774. He served as Ensign at King's Mountain and as Major in the War of 1812. About 1800 he removed from Abingdon to Tennessee, the part now included in Johnson Co. He helped to establish Duffield Academy,said to be the first educational institution in that section of Tennessee.
Mrs. Adah Donnelly Hendrickson. DAR ID Number: 104171 Born in Johnson County, Tenn. Wife of Lon Hendrickson. Descendant of Ensign Alexander Doran and of James Orr, as follows: 1. Dr. James Doran Donnelly (1823-1903) m. 1860 Frances Orr (1841-1900). 2. Richard Donnelly (1790-1870) m. 1817 Rebecca Doran (1796-1876); Archibald Orr (1796-1856) m. 1820 Polly M. Hope (1804-54). 3. Alexander Doran m. Elizabeth Lowry (b. 1757); James Orr (1772-1842) m. 1795 Polly Carson (1775-1840). 4. James Orr m. 1760 Anna Orr (1750-1807). [p.60] Alexander Doran (1760-1814) was ensign, 1780, in Virginia Line. He was born in Pennsylvania; died in Carter County, Tenn. James Orr (1746-1809) served as private, Virginia infantry. He was born in Ireland; died in Washington County, Va.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 108 page 21 Mrs. Lena Rivers Smith Hunter. DAR ID Number: 107063 Born in Elizabethton, Pa. Wife of Walter E. Hunter. Descendant of Ensign Alexander Doran, as follows: 1. Robert Alexander Smith (1846-1910) m. 1873 Elizabeth E. Roberts (1850-1904). 2. James Gordon Smith (1813-88) m. 1839 Rosana Ellis (1815-87). 3. Caleb Smith (1782-1839) m. 1808 Elizbeth Doran (1785-1863). 4. Alexander Doran m. Elizabeth Lowery (b. 1763). Alexander Doran was ensign, 1780, in the Virginia Line. He was born, 1760, in Pennsylvania; died in Carter County, Tenn.
vii. DAVID LOWRY, b. Abt. 1759, Augusta County, Virginia17; d. 1827, Washington County, Virginia; m. AMY DRYDEN.
Notes for DAVID LOWRY: From Bill Reisor (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Notes for DAVID LOWRY:
David Lowry's WILL of 1 May 1827, was Probated 16 Dec 1828 in Washington Co., VA. David mentions "his brother William" and his nephews "William and David".
This WILL shows that William Sr. was a brother to John Lowry III and a son of John Lowry II. He and Amy had no children.
Notes for AMY DRYDEN: Possible relation:
Chalkley's Augusta County, VA Court Orders:
AUGUST 29, 1750. (429) Eleanor Dryden, dau. of David Dryden.
viii. JAMES LOWRY, b. Abt. 1760, Augusta County, Virginia17; d. Abt. 1833, Washington County, Virginia18; m. NAOMI DUFF, 27 Apr 1797, Washington County, Virginia19; d. Jul 1846, Polk County, Tennessee.
Notes for JAMES LOWRY: From Genforum.com post:
James LOWRY/LOWERY m.1807 Naomi DUFF Posted by: Ted McDuffee
Date: December 11, 1999 at 08:46:54 of 852
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