Surnames/tags: LOWERY LOWRY
Will of Light Lowery (thanks to "find a grave") WILL OF LIGHT LOWRY
In the Name Of God Aman I Light Lowry of the county of Jefferson and the State of Illinois of the age of sixty six (66) years and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and from following that is to say First: it is my Will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid. Second: after the payment of said funeral expensences and just debts it is my will that my son David Lowry have in cash the sum of one dollar, and that my son John R Lowry have the sum of one dollar in cash, and that the heirs of my daughter Elender Patton deceased have the sum of one dollar in cash and that my daughter Sarah E. Cates have the sum of one dollar in cash and that my son George W. Lowry have the sum of one dollar in cash and that my son Andrew J. Lowery have the sum of fifty dollars in cash and and that my son Francis M. Lowry have the sum of fifty dollars in cash and that my daughter Lucinda C.Warren have the sum of fifty dollars in cash. Third: lt is my will that my Neice Elizabeth Evans have as a conpensation for services the sum of fifty dollars in cash. Provided always that if there should not be a suficient amount to pay said bequeaths as herein directed it is my will that said bequest be paid in proportion to the service amounts set forth and if there should be an oversurplus that the same be divided in proportion to the several bequests as herein mentioned and lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my Brothers John Lowry and Young S. Lowry to be the executors of this my last will and testament hereby revolking all former Wills by me made and I hereby give and devise all my real and personal property or Estate of what kind or nature soever to my said Brothers John Lowry and Young S. Lowry the executors of this my last will and testament herein nominated and appointed in trust for the payment of my just debts and the Legacis with full power to sell and dispose of the same at Public or Private sale at such time or times and upon such terms and and in such manner as them shall seem meet and provided further that the same shall be done with out the expense of administration. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and sel this twenty fifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five ( AD 1875 Light W His X mark Lowry (Seal)
- A HISTORY OF BELLE RIVE: History of Belle Rive and Dahlgren, Illinois And Surrounding Territory
Prepared by Continental Historical Bureau of Mt. Vernon, IllinoisDecember, 1960 (John Lowry Sr. (b. 1803) is the father of Thomas Lowry . Thomas is the grandfather of Shirley Jean Cates. While this article has a few "nits" a family historian can quibble over it is generally true and is included for study and reference. Al Morgan)
.Lowry Hill The Lowry Hill Church and Cemetery had its beginning with the well-known Lowry family (sometimes spelled Lowery) that emigrated from Kentucky to Hamilton County, Illinois during the first half of the Nineteenth Century. There were four brothers of this family, as follows: (the order of listing is not necessarily the order of births) John Lowry, Sr., Light Lowry, David Lowry and Young Lowry. JOHN LOWRY, SR., is reported to have been the eldest of the four brothers. He was one of the oldest residents of Jefferson County. He was born in Warren County, Kentucky, on May 3, 1803. His parents were John and Elizabeth (Reese) Lowry. In 1806 his parents moved to what was at one time Franklin County, Tennessee, but was later named Coffee county, Tennessee.In early life John, Sr., attended subscription schools, but in later years he obtained some self-education. Prior to the time that he reached manhood he lived with his parents, working with his father on the farm and also assisting his father with the work in their cooper shop.John Lowry, Sr., was married in Franklin County, Tennessee on July 3, 1823, to Nancy Martin who was the daughter of Alexander and Nancy (Dabney) Martin. Both of Nancy's parents were natives of Pennsylvania. A few months after John and Nancy were married they decided to leave their Tennessee home and come to Illinois. They arrived at Lovilla on January 24, 1824. This was before Lovilla was surveyed and became a legalized village. John and Nancy lived at their Lovilla home for about a year when they decided to establish for themselves a permanent home. The place where they settled which was to become their permanent home was located about two and a half miles southwest of where the village of Dahlgren is now located. This farmstead, which was located on a high knoll, was later known as "Lowry Hill." According to reports, John, Sr., had inclinations of a builder and had the ability to construct homes. As he knew the carpenter trade and timber was plentiful at that time, it was only natural for him to begin at once to build a permanent home for himself and his family.
This was to be the home where he would remain the rest of his life. He continued to acquire land until he owned over three hundred acres. His new home was located on the Jefferson County side of the Hamilton-Jefferson County line and it was convenient for him to own and operate farms in both counties. John, Sr., and Nancy (Martin) Lowry were the parents of fourteen children, as follows: Sons: William, Daniel, John Jr., Thomas, Elisha, Jefferson, Alex, Levi, Jessie. Daughters: Sarah (who married Zachariah Sinks), Elizabeth (who married Alfred Dees), Mary (who married Gabriel Jines), Nancy and Hanna. Nancy (Martin) Lowery passed away on November 16, 1880. John's second marriage was to Nancy Willis, and this marriage was solemnized on June 9, 1881. John's second wife was the daughter of James and Nancy Willis, who were natives of Virginia. John and his second wife were the parents of one daughter, Susie (Lowry) Thomas, who was born May 20, 1882. She lived to be 102. In the earlier years of his life in Illinois, John Lowry, Sr., was a member of the Sugar Camp Baptist Church, one of Jefferson County's oldest landmarks, which is located on the historic "Old Goshen Road." John, Sr., took considerable interest in local government and community affairs. He served as Justice of the Peace, Constable, Township Trustee and Director. During the time of the old Illinois State Militia, which dates from 1832, he was elected Lieutenant of a military company and held that office for about five years. (It was the practice in those days for unit commanders to be elected by the personnel of the unit instead of being appointed by commanders of army organizations). After John, Sr., had settled on what was later to be known as "Lowry Hill" he like this location and the surrounding locality so well that he made it his home for the remainder of his life. In addition to being quite active in local political affairs and community activities, he spent the most of his time on the farm, as that was his chief source of livelihood. As was stated before, John Lowry, Sr., was an active member of Sugar Camp Missionary Baptist Church, which was located several miles from his home. As he was a firm believer in the Primitive Baptist faith, it was his desire that church of that faith be organized in the community where he resided. There were several families who had joined Missionary Baptist churches who were believers of the same faith that John Lowry was, and they too were interested in having a church of their own faith in their local community. With this thought in mind John, Sr., along with some of his relatives and friends, proceeded to organize a community church of their choice so that they could worship their Creator as they saw fit. As John had acquired a large amount of farmland, he felt that he could easily spare some acreage to be used to erect a church building and establish a public burial ground. A deed record filed with the recorder's office of Jefferson County shows that John and Nancy Lowry conveyed two acres of land adjoining their home. This is located in Section Thirteen, Moores Prairie Township, within a "Stone's throw" from the Jefferson-Hamilton County line. This land was conveyed to the Trustees of Sugar Camp Church. This church was first called Sugar Camp, but was later named Lowry Hill as there was (and is) the Sugar Camp Missionary Baptist Church still in existence. The original trustees were T. L. Hunter, Martin Sewell and William J. Taylor. The deed provided that the land would be conveyed to the trustees and their successors forever. This two-acre tract of land was conveyed on March 15, 1877. It is reported that John Lowry, Sr., was not only very active in organizing the church but was very active in the affairs of the new church for the remainder of his life. He contributed generously to the expense of the church and attended services regularly. His home was considered as a headquarters for visiting ministers. If clergymen from other parts of the country were at services at Lowry Hill, they could always find lodging at the home of John Lowry, Sr. John Sr. was privileged with the opportunity of remaining on this earth fourteen years and one month from the date that he and Nancy conveyed two acres of their estate for $20.00 for the establishing of the church and cemetery of their choice. He passed away on April 14, 1891. Thus ended the career of the man that played the predominant role in the founding of what is now known as "Lowry Hill". His body was laid to rest in the Lowry Hill Cemetery.
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George Lowry b. abt. 1770; d.1852 George was Cherokee and Scotch. George had five daughters. Rachel Lowry was number five. Rachel Lowry married David Brown. David Brown and f-i-l George Lowery were the originators of the Cherokee alphabet from Cherokee to English. John Lowry Brown, son of David Brown and Rachel Lowry Brown, married Ann E. Schrimsher. Second child of John Lowry Brown and Ann E. Schrimsher was Martin R. Brown. Martin R. Brown married Nannie Adair. Parents of David Brown are John Brown and Sarah Webber. Sibling of David Brown is Catherine Brown. Catherine Brown was the first Christian convert (Brainerd Mission, TN. 1818) 1/2 sibling of David Brown is Walter Webber.