Who were the parents of John T Lowe (1830 Bahamas - 1921 Pinellas Florida)

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John T Lowe's 1921 death certificate identifies his parents as William B Lowe and Mary Russells. In John's bio, two WikiTree profiles (William and Mary) are referenced but not attached as parents. That couple has two sons attached, neither of which is John, but no evidence is provided for those children.

Does anyone have evidence of regarding other children of William and Mary or additional evidence about John's parents?

For the time being, I've moved the links of William and Mary from the narrative to the Research Notes section. Easy enough to move back if something is found which links these three individuals together.

WikiTree profile: John T Lowe
in Genealogy Help by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (290k points)

2 Answers

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There is an image of the 1850 census attached to a family tree on Ancestry.com.

1850 census for Key West, Monroe Co., Florida:

William age 51, b. Bahamas, Occ. Laborer / Mary Ann age 43, b. Bahamas / John age 21, b. Bahamas, Occ. Mariner / Elizabeth age 14, illegible age 10, Lorenza age 7, Robert age 5, b. Bahamas and Sarah age 2, b. Florida       

by Mary Cole G2G6 Pilot (101k points)
Found link to the record and image:  


Would you like me to attach source to the profile (in the case you don't have Ancestry acct)?
Would you add the source down in the Research Notes section please. William Mary, and John are all too common to be definitive but Lorenza ... now that has potential for some fan club research. Thanks, Mary .
Debi ~

The name that I originally thought illegible, is listed as Amos on the transcribed record.  Which does fit at second glance.
Debi ~

I've added the 1850 census under Research Notes(found on FamilySearch also).  And you're welcome!

Also, William Lowe and Mary Ann Russell are named as the parents of Amos Lowe and Mary Elizabeth Lowe on their death records.  Amos and Elizabeth are in the 1850 census.

Mary ~

I'm not sure that's John T's parents. In 1860, Mary A Lowe is living in Key West with Robert (15) and Sarah (13). Marital Status wasn't a question on in 1860 but it fits with William having died in 1859.

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6C9-NZQ : 30 December 2015), Mary A Lowe, 1860.

In 1870, Mary, Robert (25), and Sarah (22) were living with John (37) and Mary E Lowe and a bunch of children.

"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNZN-T32 : 17 October 2014), Mary A Lowe in household of John Lowe, Florida, United States; citing p. 58, family 384, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,631.

More records for John and Mary E Lowe of Key West with Mary Lowe in the household:

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNZ4-DZ1 : 14 July 2016), Mary Lowe in household of John Lowe, Key West, Monroe, Florida, United States; citing enumeration district ED 115, sheet 250A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0131; FHL microfilm 1,254,131.


"Florida State Census, 1885," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNJC-8H6 : 14 November 2014), Mary A Lowe in household of John Lowe, 5, Monroe, Florida; citing p. 37, sheet letter A, number , line 9, NARA microfilm publication M845 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 888,970.

Hi Debi ~ 

I do see your point.  But I believe the John whose household Mary Ann is in after her husbands death is a close relative (perhaps a nephew).  Even though it does say mother and mother-in-law.   

The 1870 census lists that John as a Jr.  So this leads me to believe that William was not his father (unless their names are John William).  The 1850 census below, I think belongs to the John that Mary Ann is living with.  Also, I haven't seen all the records yet, but according to the findagrave.com memorials, these two are John Thomas (who is a sailor also) and John Thomas Jr.   

By the way, I have no personal interest in this profile.  Was just responding to your original post.  

Is your concern that their may be two William and Mary Ann Lowe's?  Because the death cert. on John T's profile does name them as his parents.  And yes I see a few John Lowe's for that time and place.  I think what sold me on the first one was the fact that he was a sailor.   

1850 census for I believe to be the John Mary Ann is living with.

Record ImageVIEW


Name: John Lowe
Age: 19
Birth Year: abt 1831
Birthplace: Bahamas
Home in 1850: Key West, Monroe, Florida, USA
Gender: Male
Family Number: 111
Household Members:
Name Age
John Lowe 37
Blanka Lowe 30
John Lowe 19
Samuel Lowe 12
Mary Lowe 10
Amelia Lowe 7
Ollen Lowe 1
Findagrave memorial for John Jr.   


It does seem a bit odd that Mary Ann wouldn't be living with her son.  But maybe three adult women in the same household may be too many.

Mary, I wanted to say thank you for bouncing this back and forth with me. I find it helpful to help clarify my thoughts. Like you, I have no horse in this race. My connection to the Lowe family is VERY distant. My ex-husband's 2xgreat-grandfather's sister was Laura D (Meares) Lowe, Capt John T Lowe's wife. Here's the latest installment.

The Jr part doesn't hold any special consideration for me because my experience has been that Jr is just as often used for the younger of two totally unrelated men of the same name as it is for father/son. The mariner/sailor/seaman notations for occupation also don't hold a lot of weight in this area as we're talking Monroe County/Key West and immigrants from the Bahamas. The majority of the population do something regarding the sea.

I am concerned that there might be more than one couple named William Lowe and Mary Russell. The names are so common and the Lowe and Russell families were prolific in that time and place.

I found a marriage record for a John Lowe Jr and Mary Elizabeth Lowe in 1856 which explain why Mary Russell Lowe would be with them in the 1850 and 18970 Censuses. She could be the mother of John's wife. Mary E is also referred to as Lizzie. Her age on the various censuses is consistent with that of William and Mary's daughter Elizabeth as seen on the 1850 Census.  Of course, no parents identified on the marriage record so still no confirmation:

Florida, County Marriages, 1830-1957, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FWW7-Y9W : accessed 12 January 2017), John Lowe Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Lowe, 09 Dec 1856; citing , Monroe, Florida, United States, State Archive, Tallahassee and clerk of courts, various counties; FHL microfilm 946,962.

Mary Russell Lowe living with her daughter and son-in-law seems more likely than living with a more distant relative.

I know a couple of the Meares family descendants who I'm going to contact them and see if any of them have any probate or church records that might provide the smoking gun. I'll keep you updated.


+1 vote

John T Lowe and wife Laura were enumerated in 1870 in Hillsborough (eventually to be Pinellas) County.

"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNZ6-3QX : 17 October 2014), John T Lowe in household of Laura D Lowe, Florida, United States; citing p. 71, family 561, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,629.

At this point I'm pretty sure there are two John Lowe's (see first answer for sources on the other John) born about the same time and place. What I'm no clearer on is who were the parents of John T Lowe of Hillsborough/Pinellas County.

by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (290k points)

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