Chapter VI – The Lowthorp Family leave New Bern
Francis Lowthorp Jr. married Delaney Braswell in March 22, 1803 and they had 7 children and they are, Mary b: 1804; Jane Lowthorp b: 1806; Matilda b: 1806 (twins); Churchwell Lowthorp b: 1810; Joseph Irvin Lowthorp b:
When Francis Jr. married Delaney Braswell of
An article was found in the
Francis Lowthorp Jr. and his wife, Delaney Braswell moved to Anson County and was listed in the 1820 census, Francis’ name appears as “Norton F. Lowthorp”. They had 7 children, three girls and four boys. Mary Lowthorp, born in 1804. The twins girls, Jane Lowthorp and Matilda Lowthorp, born in 1806; Churchwell Lowthorp, born in 1810; Joseph Irvin Lowthorp, born in 1812; Bryant W. Lowthorp, born in 1814; Burwell S. Lowthorp, born in 1820. The 1840’s census listed two children in the household as being over 10 years of age and under fifteen years of age. Most likely these were their grandchildren. The census of 1820, when Francis Jr. was about 46 years of age and Delaney was about 39 years old, they had four boys and 2 girls listed. Mary by then had already married and is listed in the Census with her husband Randall Threadgill. Still at home were Jane and Matilda, age 14 yrs. Old (twins).
Four boys were Churchwell, age 11; Joseph age, 8; Bryant age, 6 and Burwell, age less than six months old. There were also listed as being two other persons in the household. These could have been other family or just domestic help or farm labor. In the 1830 census there were five boys and Francis Jr. and Delaney listed in the household. The four listed before, two were under 20 yrs.; two under 15 yrs. and one under five years of age. Francis Jr. was about 56 years old then and Delaney was about 49 years old. The girls were married and starting their families. Mary and Randall Threadgill had one boy and four girls of their own. Jane married, Thomas Griffin Curlee about 1829. Their first born in 1830 was Mary Jane Curlee. Matilda was married to Thomas R. Griffin, they had 6 children.
Francis Lowthorp Jr., in the 1840 census there were two children listed as being over 10 yrs. and under 15. This could have been maybe grandchildren of Francis Jr. who was about 66 years old then and Delaney was about 59 years old. Francis Jr. must have died sometime later in that following decade because I found no other reference to him or his wife in later census records.
Churchwell Lowthorp born in 1810 in Johnston Co., he grew up in the western part of Anson Co., which later became Union Co. by the time of the 1850’s census. He married Nancy (Allen ?), last name unknown. When the 1840 census was taken Churchwell is shown to have two children along with his wife and they were living in Anson Co. He would have been about 29 years old and his wife
By the 1850 census, which was not taken in
The 1860 census listed another person as Churchwell’s wife. Her name was Lucy (Allen ?), age 55. Churchwell was 49 years old by then. It’s not known what happened to Nancy A., she could have died from child birth or other sickness. It has been said that Sarah M. married early in life to escape living with her stepmother, but there is no proof of that except through family tales. She married William Baker on January 8, 1863. They lived in
Churchwell must have pasted away sometime after 1860 and before the 1870 census. He was not involved in the administration of his son’s estate in the State of North Carolina, Union County, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, July Term, 1867. Lucy Lowthorp, age 68 is listed in the 1870 census as living in the household of William Allen, age 73 and his wife Nancy age 65, and two young adults it is assumed thy are his son, Robert Allen, age 26 and Margaret, age 21, she was Robert’s wife. I don’t know what the family connection is between William Allen and Lucy Lowthorp unless she was his sister. She was listed as “living at home.” William Allen was the administrator of Thomas B. Lowthorp, killed during the Civil War in 1864.
There is a difference in the age of Lucy in 1860 census listed as age 55 and this census of 1870 where she was listed as being 68 years of age. Her age should have been 65 years old, but as usual it depends on when the census enumerator came around and what time of the year was the cut off date. Her birthday could have come after the census was taken one decade and before her birthday the other time.
William Allen (63) was a Farmer and with his wife Nancy(55), they had 7 children listed in the 1860 census
It is a possibility that Churchwell’s first wife, was “Nancy Allen” and that it is also possible that his second wife was “Lucy Allen”. Of course it is not known for sure, but the possibility is strong in my opinion. Another possibility is that the “A.” in
Thomas B. Lowthorp married Mary Ann Baker in April 8, 1857 and later joined the confederacy and he was injured in the Washington, D.C. area about 1864, during the Civil War. He was shot in the knee and later they had to remove his leg and he died from that operation. His death was reported as being on July 13, 1864. So far the only children found was Bennett F. Lowthorp, who was born in 1858 William F. born 1859 and Nancy Jane Lowthorp was born in 1863 and James T. Lowthorp, born about Sept., 1964. Mary was found living in
Thomas Beamon Lowthorp, (Sarah Minerva's brother) He died in
J. T. LOWTHORP who may be JAMES THOMAS LOWTHORP married DELIA HOLDER in Tupelo, Lee Co., Ms. in 1887 and at some point after 1900 migrated to Grand Saline, Texas and may have died in Texas. In his marriage license applications is an affidavit that certifies that he is of the age of 21 years and legally free to marry. Delia died in 1959 and was buried in Tupelo, Lee Co., Ms.
Louisa E. married Henry Sinclair Traywick in Aug. 1, 1854 and he is thought to be of kin to the country singer Randy Travis. She was only about fourteen years of age when they got married. She was recorded in the 1850 census as being only 10 years old
Martha Lowthorp married Thomas R. Griffin about 1828 and as of the 1850 census of Anson Co. their children were; Eliza A., Adeline, Elizabeth, James F., Martha A. and Lavinia Griffin.
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
July Term, 1867.
William ALLEN, Administrator of Thomas B. LOTHORP, deceased, vs. Bennett F. LOTHORP and others. Petition to Subject Real Estate as Assets, It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the defendants Bennett F. LOTHORP and Nancy Jane LOTHORP, reside beyond the limits of this State, it is ordered by the Court that publication be made for six weeks in the North Carolina Argus, a paper published in the town of Wadesboro’, notifying said absent defendants to be and appear at our next Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions to be held for the county of Union, at the Court House in Monroe, on the first Monday in October next, then and there to answer the allegation of the aforesaid petition, or judgment pro confesso will be taken and the land ordered to be sold. Witness, J. E. IRBY, Clerk of our said Court at office, the first Monday in July, A.D., 1867. J. E. IRBY, Clerk.
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2 12 4 13 LOWTHORP, Minnie Lee:
2 12 4 14 LOWTHORP, Marcus B.:
Bryant Whitfield Lowthorp married a Miss Lee in 1838 in Union Co. I found this copy of a Will by James Lee that mentioned his granddaughter, Elizabeth W. Lowthorp. She most likely was the wife of Bryant Whitfield Lowthorp.
WILL OF JAMES LEE SR.
Anson Co, NC
I, James Lee Sr. of the County of Anson and State of North Carolina being of Sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say
Item 1st That my executor and executrix (hereafter named) shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relations and friends and pay all funeral expenses together with all my just debts howsoever and to whomsoever owing, out of the moneys that may first come into their hands as a part or parcel of my estate.
Item 2nd I give and devise to my beloved wife Mary B. Lee two beds and furniture her choice, five Negroes (viz.) Orange ,Cherry , Ruth ,Washington and Harry . Two hundred and fifty acres of land including my dwelling house all the out houses and other improvements, to have and to hold the said negroes and land for and during her natural life and widowhood in satisfaction for and in lieu of her dower and thirds of and in all my real estate, I also give my wife Mary the following property as above mentioned all my household and kitchen furniture, one sorrel Mare Saddle and bridle, one bay mare, two colts, all of my stock of cattle, cart and steers, all my stock of hogs, ten head of sheep her choice, all my flock of geese, all my farming and plantation tools, Sixty barrels of Corn, Two Thousand weight of pork and bacon, forty bushels of wheat, Seventy five pounds of sugar, and seventy five pounds of Coffee, & Two sacks of salt.
Item 3rd I give and devise my Grandchildren Roena, Sarah Ann and John Children of James B. Lee Dec'd the following property Two Hundred and fifty Acres of Land adjoining Uriah Staton, & Richmond Lee, on the west side of the Wadesboro Road, one negro woman & two children, Hager and her Two children Hubbard and Hampton, to be equally divided when they become of age or either of them marries.
Item 4th I give to my Daughter Pheriby Brantly (wife of William Brantly), and her heirs the following Negroes, All of Pat’s children (names not known), and a girl named Jane, her and hers forever.
Item 5th I give and devise to my son
Item 6th I give an devise my Daughter Annie Thomas (wife of John Thomas) the following negroes, Clarissa, Lucy, and old Green and all heir increase.
Item 7th I give and devise my son William M. Lee, The tract of Land I now live on at his Mothers death or Marriage, three Negroes, Marry, Lucinda, and Anthony Jr. one bed and furniture, one colt called Bet.
Item 8th I give and devise my daughter Maniza Davis three Negroes,, Washington Charlotte and Hardy and my smallest Colt called Nancy, and one bed and furniture, Also a tract of Land called the Pond field containing Two Hundred and fifty acres adjoining Joseph B. Ingram and Richmond Lee on the East side of the Wadesboro Road.
Item 9th I give and devise my Granddaughter Elizabeth Williams Lowtharp Fifty Dollars in Money, to her and her lawful heirs forever.
Item 10th I give unto my wife, Mary the following negroes besides the property named in item 2nd (viz) an old negro woman named Ally, one boy named Thomas and one boy named Ralph during her life time or widowhood, and at her death or marriage all the property willed to her to go to my two youngest children William M. Lee and Maniza Davis Lee.
Item 11th For and in consideration of the above property I have willed my wife Mary B. Lee, she is to support and educate my two Youngest Children William and Maniza until they become of age or marry, free of all expense.
Item 12th I request and will my two negroes Dick and young Green and all other property not willed of to be sold and out of the proceeds to pay my debts and the articles to be bought for my wife, and the balance to be divided between my five children, Richmond Lee , Pheriby Brantly, , Annie Thomas,, William Lee, and Maniza D. Lee.
Lastly- I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend David C. Lily my lawful executor and my wife Mary B. Lee my executrix to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause therof, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.
In Witness Whereof I the said James Lee Sr. do hereunto set my hand and Seal, this 17th day of October 1846.
Signed sealed published and declared by the said James Lee Sr. to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
J. F. Crump
Uriah Staton James (X) Lee (Seal)
Bryant W. Lowthorp married Elizabeth W. Lee in 1838 and their children were John Ed C., Robert C., these first two children were born in North Carolina and the following were listed as being born in Alabama from around 1849; Thomas P., Sarah A., Mary E., Joseph W., Eliza Jane, Frances L., Louanner Lowthorp. They lived in
Daniel Redmond recently contacted me with this information about the family as it turns out he was a descendant by way of Thomas P., Whitfield F., Mary Lucille Lathrop Redmond Allen, Franklin J. Redmond, Daniel L. Redmond. He had recently made the connect and is trying to verify it. Thomas is found living with Bryant and Elizabeth in the 1860 census (Pike Co, AL), then living with his first wife (didn't know he had another wife) Cythia during the 1870 census (Limestone Co, AL), and then he was living with Bryant and step-mother during 1880 Census. He is listed as a Widower. He has not been able to locate the Bryant family in the 1850 census, nor has he found any marriage records for Thomas. 3/09-DLR
There was a note written by my Grandmother, Lola B. Lowthorp to Ader Blanche Lowthorp in
Burwell S. Lowthorp, married Frances (?????) about 1841 and their children were; Rosean, Ellen, Sarah M., Stacy Jane Lowthorp.
THE LANDMARK -
Monday, April 3rd. 1899
The Following described tract or tracts of land in Cool Spring township,
"Defendant L.M. Little land or the interest,right and title he had on the 7th.of January,
1895 (the day of docketing these judgments in Iredell County), in a tract or two
adjacent tracts in Iredell County, on the waters of Fifth Creek, adjoining the lands of
J.M. Rickets, Thomas B. Swann, J.L. Abernathy and others, containing eighty three (83)
acres, more or less, known as the land formerly used and occupied by Burwell Lowtharp, and
more recently owned and controlled by Defendant L.M. Little.”
Sheriff Iredell Co.
LITTLE, Hester C., b:1842 , d-Nov 5, 1925 w/o L. Marmun Little [husbands name was Lorenzo Merriman Little, buried at Edmund Davis Cemetery, Olive Branch. d/o Thomas Griffin Curlee]-Hester E. Curlee - She is buried at the
Sarah Minerva Lowthorp married Joseph M. Davis about 1866 and they had a son named Burril Andrew age 3 years old, listed in the 1870 census, but only Joseph and Burril were listed, so it is assumed that Sarah probably died earlier due to sickness or childbirth. Joseph had wrote a letter to his in laws and a second letter to his sister in law, Ellen Lowthorp Horn.
In the letters Joseph mentions for them to send any return mail to him in care of D. W. Ross of
Martin McDaniel Bowers (b:1849/ d:1936). He inherited some land to farm and helped build the first bridges in
Union Co., NC Estate Records, April 1862:
Estate of Wiley Jackson, a report of property sold by executor, J.A. Horne, on Nov 1, 1861 and credit of 6 months. Purchasers at sale: Mary Jackson, widow, William T. Hubbard, Berry Traywick, Patrick Horne, Thos. Lawthorp, Andrew Jackson, I.L. James, A.W. Manes, John M. Davis, G.W. Little, H. Mullis, Alex Phifer, W.W. Duncan, I.M. Jackson, Gaston Jackson, D.L. Hornback, L.M. Little, J.W. Phifer, _.C. Horne (52 acres), P.M. Little (122 acres), Henry Traywick, D.S. Hornback, Isham Carpenter.
Churchwell was listed as a farmer in the 1860 census of Anson County, N.C. and living with him was his new wife Lucy along with his daughter Sarah Minerva, 15 yrs. old and his youngest son James Francis, 10 yrs. old. His wife’s occupation was shown as a spinster and his daughter was shown as a weaver. In the early years as with all families they had to make their own clothing and fabrics used in everyday living.
In the mid 1800's when the country was being settled, this was not nearly as unusual as it would seem today. When a man lost his wife, he had to find a new one. The work that women did on the farm was so essential, that a family could hardly manage without her. So, when a woman died or was killed, her husband needed to search for a new wife quickly. If no one was available where he lived, he may have advertised for a bride from farther away. Sometimes these wives were called mail order brides. .
Sarah Minerva Lowthorp Baker, later married William Baker and began their family in North Carolina, they later moving to Tennessee and then to Alabama, where their off springs are today. Their son, Thomas Wilson was the grandfather of our cousin, Col. Douglas Baker, who lives in the
Chapter VII - The Family of James Francis Lowthorp
James Francis Lowthorp was born in Nov. 11, 1849, married Ophelia
James Francis Lowthorp married again without a divorce from his first wife and started another family. Charles Simpson Lowthorp was so bitter that he refused to even have his father’s name spoken in his house. The next several years after their father abandoned them, they nearly starved.
Charles Simpson Lowthorp and his wife Clara’s youngest son was Frank Gorin Lowthorp. Franklin “Frank” Gorin Lowthorp, was married to Jewell and their son James Gorin, married Marianne and their daughter was Dianne Lowthorp Masciovecchio. Jewell Lowthorp, pasted away in February 15, 2005.
James Gorin Lowthorp and Marianne Theresa Hochstrasser had three children. They were Dianne, Kenneth J., and Shirley Lowthorp. He died in Oct 24, 1986 and is buried in Ft. Benning, GA.
Frank’s second marriage was to Grace L. Hamilton and their son was Mark Bryan Lowthorp. Frank’s third marriage was to Tita Wallace; they were divorced and then remarried. Later, Frank was married to Gladys Lupton; she was his fourth wife, before his death in 1981.
Mark B. Lowthorp born
Mark graduated from High School in 1966 later joined the US Navy and graduated from Boot Camp in San Diego, CA. While in the Navy, he attended a school to learn Diesel engine repair as well as repair of small boilers and gas turbines that are used for power generation on ships. He went to several other schools during his career in the Navy and they are: Machinery Repair class "A" and "C" Schools,
Charles Simpson Lowthorp, b:
Their children were: Charles Sandefur, Jo Karner; William W.; John A.; Frank Gorin Lowthorp. Two children of Charles and Clara died very young, William Weller Lowthorp and John A. Lowthorp, both buried along side of their parents at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hope AR. They lived in Hope, Hempstead County, AR.
Charles Sandefur and Dorothy Lowthorp had two children. They are Patricia Mae, born 1935 and Charlene “Charlie” Marie Lowthorp, born 1938, Charlene has a daughter, Cynthia from her first marriage and Theresa from her second marriage to Glenn Mitchell.
Patricia Mae Lowthorp is married to Jimmy W. Cole, the last of four marriages. She has three children from her first marriage to Sidney D. Morrison and they are; Deborah; Richard; and Sidney J. Morrison.
Charlene “Charlie” Mitchell was my contact who sent me the pictures of her Grandfather, Charles Simpson and his brothers along with several other photos including the photo of James F. Lowthorp. Charlie has been married twice with one daughter from each marriage. She was married to the late Glenn Mitchell of
Jo Karner Lowthorp, b: November 7, 1904 Hope, AR. (Hempstead County). Married Ruby Lockamy of
Marcus “Mark” William Lowthorp, b:
James Wilson Lowthorp, Sr., b:
Paul Gregston Lowthorp married Janet Nancy Wallace in 1943, their children are, Paul Earl Jr., Glenn Wallace, Bruce Wilson, David M. and Laurie Lowthorp. Paul Grageston was born on 04/03/23 and died on July 6, 2006. Janet Nancy Wallace Lowthorp was born in 1926 and will be 80 this year. They were married in 1943, She worked at the Navy base, and finished her career by working at the licensing department at the
Marcus “Marc” Merrow Lowthorp, born in
Ophelia Anna Myrtle Leal Lowthorp Trent, (she had four given names, but was called "Granny Bob" by everyone in the family) she had three brothers and two sisters Virgie and Lelia. One married a Green and the other married a Bledsoe. They both lived in
Glenn W. Lowthorp lives and works in
Laurie and her husband Walt Roussel live with her dad and mom in Corpus Christi,TX.
Dave M. Lowthorp, Editor of the Dell Executive Support Unit in
Paul Earle Lowthorp and his family visited the
Bruce Wilson Lowthorp lives in the
James Francis Lowthorp's Second Family
Sometime later, he abandoned his first family and came back to North Carolina around 1900 in Durham Co, where he married Flora Belle May and had a second family. The story of how James Francis and Flora Bell met is that he roomed at her Mothers Boarding house. When they married James Francis was around 50 years of age and Flora Belle 25 yrs.
Flora did not know that James Francis had been married before and had another family. James F., being a traveling salesman, thought his previous Family had died of typhoid. Ophilia's cousin and James had run off together, but after about a month, his guilt caught up with him and he wanted to return to his family.
Ophilia's cousin told James that she would return home and ask for the family’s forgiveness. The cousin wrote back to James telling him Ophilia and the younger children had all died of typhoid and the older children had moved away. So, James Francis remained in
Ina Pearl Lowthorp was the Daughter of James Francis Lowthorp and Flora Belle May. She was born on Dec. 18, 1900 in Durham, Durham Co., N.C. In the 1920 census, I found her listed as “Pearl Lothrup”, living in Washington, D.C. in a boarding house on ”L” Street with other young girls. She was working for a Bank Equipment Store as a salesgirl at 19 years of age. By 1925, she was living in
Ina Pearl Lowthorp has been married three times, first to Harry Christ in 1917 and later married Joe S. Kraft in 1927 and they had one son named Leopold (Leo) born around 1928. Her last marriage was to Q. Ten (???? not sure of the name) in 1933. She died in 1967 in
Carl Francis Lowthorp born in 1910 married Ruth Angela Levy. Carl and Ruth are the parents of Carl Francis Jr., Norman S. and James Emmitt Lowthorp. Carl Jr., Jim and Norman were in the orphanage in
Jim and Joy were married
When Joy met Jim, he was raising Jimmy by himself and working. When Jim broke his jaw at work and was trying to raise a little boy getting him potty trained it became very difficult for him. Carl and Cookie helped him out by taking Jimmy into their home for a few months. Joy is involved in the gathering of genealogy information for her husband and family and has been helpful with family information on their side. They both are experiencing serious health problem in their later years. Joy passed away in her home on
Jim and Joy started dating two weeks after he had taken Jimmy to his Folks. Jim said if he had known we would start seeing each other he would not have taken Jimmy to
Jim got quite a surprise one day while at work. His daughter Nicole at age of 19 called Jim at work and asked him if he remembered Patricia Staniskis? His answer was “Yes”, as he had seen her a few times before starting to date Joy.
She said, “I would like to meet you as you are my Dad.” She was already married and had a baby boy. Her birth date was in (1967).
From the union of Jim and Joy came,
1. Anthony Wayne (Tony) Lowthorp (born
2. Vincent Carl Lowthorp (born
From this union came
1. Andrea Elizabeth Lowthorp (born
2. Marissa Christine Lowthorp (born
Norman S. Lowthorp was married to Gladys and they had two children named Patricia and Elaine. Patricia never married, but her sister, Elaine, although married, did not have children. Patricia, the younger of the two is employed by Birdsall Services Group, Inc. and is Director of Executive Services. She lives in the
Carl F. Lowthorp Sr. was married first to Ruth A. Levy, she was the mother of three children, Carl Jr., James E. and Norman Lowthorp. She died at around 28 years of age from TB. He remarried later on to a woman named Earlene “Cookie” (who was a carnival performer as the story goes - rode a motorcycle with a lion on her back) after many years, they also had, I believe, 3 children who I met many years ago in
“Carl Francis Lowthorp Sr.'s family become so distant within their own family, I never could understand this. We knew the younger children well as we made many trips to
The first and only time we ever saw Carl Jr.'s children was at his funeral. We really think this is sad as it is only 1 1/2 hour drive apart. Our children never did meet Carl Jr. or his family. Carl Jr. Graduated UCLA in 1956. Jim says He was in the Army. He
This union brought three children;
1. Linda Nell born 1962, married Sergio E. Goytea of Buenos Aries, Argentina 1993. Linda Graduated UCSB 1985.
2. Douglas Cavins Lowthorp born 1964, married Jeanne Rochelle Potter in
3. Michael James Lowthorp born 1969. He is a senior at
“After Carl and Cookie took the boys out of the orphanage, Grandma Lowthorp and Carl bought the house in
Jim would travel back and forth between
Norman S. Lowthorp (born 1936) Graduated CSLB. He is a 8th grade Teacher. He married Penelope Collins 1959.
From this union came two son's.
1. Michael James Lowthorp (born in
2. Jeffery (born in 1961, died from drowning in a neighbor’s swimming pool Nov. 1963. Norman married Alice Walton 1969, short marriage.
Uncle Ernest's middle name was Clarence. Uncle James's middle name is
Uncle James said the last known address of Leo Kraft (Ina’s son) was in
Ruth died and the 3 little boys were "farmed out" for several years before Carl could care for them again.
Lowthorp, Ruth A. Levy (b.1912 - d.12 Aug 1940) MAGNOLIA HILL G 1B
Ruth's maiden name was Levy - her mother Rose used to baby sit for us - must say she always had a few under her belt - don't know who was minding who. Carl worked at Lompoc Air Force Base, as he was coming in the front gate one day, the Sentry on Duty (a black man), Carl noticed his name tag and on it was written - - - “Lowthorp”. My Uncle asked if he could meet the guy to talk - turned out his ancestors worked on a plantation that a Lowthorp owned and they took the last name. /PAL
William F. Lowthorp, Bill Lowthorp was married to Helen and had one daughter, Barbara. They lived in
Earnest C. Lowthorp was married to Vivian G. and lived in Stone Mt. Georgia - they also did not have children. I kept in touch with Vivian until her death many years later.
In a letter to Joy and Jim Lowthorp
Cousin Ophelia Lowthorp Strong explains to them how she got a call from “Little” Paul as she called her nephew and the son of Paul G. Lowthorp who lives in
I didn’t know if he knew about our Grandfather Lowthorp’s 2nd marriage so, after stuttering and stammering around, I decided he was old enough to know so I told him who he (Carl) was and then called Carl. We had met in 1923 the year my brother Paul G. was born, just about two or three months before. Willie and I were about the same age and my brother James and Grandpa’s last son by Flora was near James’ age.
None of us kids knew that the other boys were the children of our grandpa Lowthorp and neither did Grandpa’s family by his second wife and for that matter did his second wife, who we were told to call Aunt Flora and Grandpa we called Uncle Jim as we thought our grandpa was dead. I knew something strange was happening by a strange call we had received the night before we had left Tennessee and left that night by the next train to N.C. and then suddenly this tall good looking old man showed up who was supposed to be our Uncle Jim and we all went out to his home and met his wife and their sons, but Ina Pearl we never met her, she was then married and living in N.Y.
None of us or the other Lowthorp brothers and sisters ever met her, but all of grandpa’s first family except Uncle Charly had him visit in our homes before he died. Our mother had told me that “Uncle Jim” was my Grandpa and before he died he had talked to me about his people having come from
Ophelia Lowthorp Strong dated
I found James F. listed in the 1900 Census records as “J.W. Lawthorpe” b: 1858, he was single and 41 years old at the time and a boarder at Candice May’s Boarding House. His occupation was listed as “Commercial Trader”. He seemed to have lost about 9 years in age after his move back to N.C. and seems to have forgotten his middle initial was F. Of course all of this could have been a mistake by the census taker. – GAC/06
James Wilson Jr., was the 6 years old son of James Wilson Lowthorp Sr., when he visited his Grandfather James Francis Lowthorp in North Carolina. He met for the first time his half brother, James Southgate, who was 8 years old, and the son of Flora Belle and James F. Lowthorp. James Wilson Jr. died in 11 Dec 1932 in the Sealy Hospital, Santa Anna, Coleman Co., TX. And is buried Roselawn Burial Park,
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