Relatives of Ralph and Pat Roberts

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  • ID: I001448
  • Name: Thomas A. Lowder 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1740 1 2 3
  • Death: 11 AUG 1827 in Montgomery County, NC 1 2 3
  • Burial: Stanly County, North Carolina 1 2 3
  • Note:


    On October 22, 1932, Callie Campbell Lowder, the daughter of Elonzo "Elo n" Lowder, married Lewis Edward Ross, the son of George and Cora Linker Ro ss. Our Lowder ancestors have been documented back to Daniel Lowder , t he son of Thomas A. Lowder.
    I have read that the origin of the name LOWDER is English and was spell ed LOWTHER, apparently dating back to one "Arikefrith, a Danish nobleman w ho held lands on the Lowther River in northern England during the rei gn of King Caunte. I have also read that Lowder is the German spelli ng of the English name Lowther.

    Alberta Lowder Boggan believes our Lowder's are English. In her book "O ur Children's Heritage" she states her belief that George Lowther, who bec ame the first Attorney General of Pennsylvania, and all the Pennsylvania L owthers, Lauders, and Lowders, seem to be descended from Edward and Mary C ussach Lowther of Ireland, who were descended from the Lowthers of Yorksh ire, England.

    Lowder family tradition has it that the North Carolina Lowders are descend ed from the Quaker Joel Lowther who married Phoebe Ellis of Philadelph ia in 1738. Since Phoebe was not a Quaker, Joel was disowned, and therefo re, the records are not clear. It is believed that Thomas and William we re the sons of Joel and Pheobe, but there is no proof of this.

    It is said that Thomas A. Lowder, his brother William H., their sister Reb ecca, along with Jerry Adderton, came to North Carolina from Pennsylvan ia in about 1785. Mrs. Boggan states that Thomas and William were list ed in the Pennsylvania Militia in 1781, and then in the 1790 North Caroli na Census, Thomas in Mecklenburg County and William in Cabarrus County.

    Where ever they came from, there were definitely Lowders in Montgomery Cou nty, NC by 1799. North Carolina land records show many Lowder land gran ts in Montgomery County, including grant number 1842 entered 9 October 17 99 for 100 acres to one Thomas Lowder. There are also Montgomery County l and grants for Henry Lowder in 1821 SW of Pee Dee River, Peggy Lowder 2 00 acres SW of Pee Dee River issued in 1798, and William Lowder 100 acr es on the "Waters of Big Bear Creek" in 1819.

    It is probably safe to assume that these Montgomery County land grants we re issued to "our" Lowder ancestors, and that the Thomas Lowder who enter ed the 1799 land grant is the Thomas Louder enumerated in the 1800 Montgom ery County, NC federal census. This family included 2 males and 2 femal es under 10 years of age, and 1 male and 1 female between 26 and 44 yea rs of age. By the 1810 Montgomery County census, there are two Lowder fam ilies, Thos. Lowder and W. Lowder.

    Thomas Lowder died in 1827 and in his will mentioned his wife Elizabeth. H er maiden name is not known, but some sources believe it may be Langle y. In the 1800 Montgomery Co., NC census, the family enumerated next to T homas Louder is Christopher Langly. Elizabeth lived to age 100 accordi ng to her grave marker in the Old Freedom cemetery in Stanly County whe re she is buried. Her marker is inscribed "Elizabeth Lowder departed th is life Jan 8th 1864 AG 100 Y". She is enumerated in the 1850 Stanly Coun ty, NC census as age 80 and head of household, and in the 1860 Stanly Coun ty census as age 98 in the household of George and Betsey Lowder.

    The Last Will and Testament of Tomas Lowder

    I, Thomas Lowder, of the County of Montgomery and State of North Carolin a, being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God, do this 4 th day of september 1826 make and publish this my last will and testame nt in manner of following, that is to say; first I give and bequeath un to my wife Elizabeth Lowder one bed and its necessary furniture, and one c hest, that is called hers, and all her clothing, also one sorrel mare a nd her bridle and saddle and one filly colt that is formerly called her ow n, also one cow and yearling, also all the notes which she has which she l ent money and they were taken in my name, it is my desire that she shou ld have them; secondly, I give unto my son George Lowder a negro girl by t he name of Sal, which is to remain in the possession of his mother duri ng her natural life or widowhood or sooner if they all agree, also the o ld wagon which is to remain as the negro stated above stated; third, I gi ve unto my son Daniel Lowder one negro boy by the name of Holden, and t he blacksmith tools which is to continue in the possession of his mother d uring her natural life or widowhood, except they agree otherwise; fourt h, I give unto my son Samuel Lowder one negro boy by the name of Joseph, a nd the new wagon and the still and the ten stands and seven barrels whi ch he may choose cut of what there is, which is to remain in his mothers p ossession during her natural live or widowhood except he and his mother c an agree otherwise; fifth, it is my desire for my wife elizabeth Lowd er to have one hundred acres of land, including my dwelling house and a ll my household and kitchen furniture if she sees cause to live there duri ng her natural life ow widowhood, and if she refuses to continue there a nd breaks up and moves off, each of the boys is to take his legacy bequeat hed to them, together with ratable part of the household furniture, and c ow and calf and one sow and pigs and other necessary. Seventh, it is my d esire when the grant is obtained for the land which I have entered, th at my executors divide it equally between Samuel and Rebecca and make th em a deed for the same and I hereby make and ordain my trusty sons Geor ge Lowder and Daniel Lowder my Executor of this my last will and testamen t. In witness where I, the said Thomas Lowder, have to this my last wi ll and testament set my hand and seal, the day and year above written, sig ned sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Lowder the testat or as his last will and testatment in the presence of us who were prese nt at the timeof signing and sealing thereof. Richard Stokes and Williams on Finch; signed his mark (X) Thomas Lowder.
    The will does not specifically call Rebecca a daughter, but it can be pres umed that she was. I have read that there were two other daughters who we re not mentioned in the will.

    1. Thomas Lowder
    b. about 1740 probably in Pennsyulvania
    d. 15 August 1827 Montgomery Co., NC
    m. Elizabeth [possibly Langley] b. about 1761 d. 8 Jan 1861 Mo ntgomery Co., NC

    Children of Thomas Lowder as mentioned in his will:

    George A. Lowder (1789 - 31 May 1881 Stanly Co., NC) m. Betsy Adderson (1 803-1892)
    Daniel Lowder (1800-1881) m. Elizabeth (Betsey) Harwood (number 2)
    Samuel Lowder (3 Mar 1808 - 1885) m. 1) Nancy Mabry 2) Elizabeth Harwood
    Rebecca Lowder - nothing is known

    2. Daniel Lowder
    b. 24 Sept 1800 Montgomery Co., NC
    d. 17 Aug 1881 Stanly Co., NC
    buried Poplin Grove cemetery, Stanly Co., NC
    m. Elizabeth (Betsey) Harwood b. b. 26 Feb 1807 d. 4 Nov 1883 (f or more Harwood information contact Bettie Harwood at


    Naomi Lowder (30 Oct 1827- 22 Oct 1918 Stanly Co., NC) m. Samuel Jacob Aus tin
    John M. Lowder (27 Sept 1829- 1872 Stanly Co., NC) m. Margaret Almond
    Mary Ann Lowder (b. 16 Feb 1831) m. Lindsey hathcock
    Thomas T. Lowder (31 Jan 1833- 17 Nov 1862 in Virginia)
    Lindsey Lowder (6 Nov 1834- 13 Apr 1916 Stanly Co., NC) m. Rebecca Halesti ne Carter
    Archibald Lowder (b. 25 Oct 1836 d. Pt. Lookout, MD)
    Eben Lowder (18 Oct 1838- 13 June 1914 Stanly Co., NC) m. Sarah (Sallie An n) Snuggs (number 3)
    Malachi Lowder (14 Aug 1840-d 3 July 1863 Gettysburg, PA)
    Abigail Lowder (19 Sept 1842- 14 Nov 1899) m. George W. Lowder
    Henry Lowder (20 Mar 1850-4 June 1888) m. Mary Ann Furr on 5 Oct 1871 Stan ly Co., NC

    3. Eben Lowder
    b. 18 October 1838 Montgomery Co., NC
    d. 13 June 1914, Norwood, Stanly Co., NC
    buried Randall's Church Cemetery, Norwood, Stanly Co., NC
    m. Sallie Ann Snuggs (7 Sep 1849 - 6 Nov 1934 Stanly Co., N C) on 24 January 1869 in Stanly Co., NC


    Charlie Branson Lowder (4 Dec 1869 - 24 Jan 1870 Stanly Co., NC)
    Mumphard Jones Lowder (20 Jan 1872 - 26 Jan 1912 Stanly Co., NC) m. Tine P oplin
    Isiah Vance Lowder (18 Apr 1874 - 24 Sept 1935 Richfield, NC) m. Armin ta Elizabeth Watkins (1871 - 1963)
    Elonzo Lowder (17 Jul 1876 - 27 June 1939 Stanly Co., NC) m. Henrietta Sm ith (number 4)
    Daniel Braxton Lowder (14 Feb 1879 - 6 Mar 1901 Stanly Co., NC)
    John Presley Lowder (17 June 1881 - 24 Sept 1884 Stanly Co., NC)
    Mary Lou Lowder (6 Dec 1883 - 2 July 1965 Gaston Co., NC) m. Henry A. Broo me

    4. Elonzo Lowder
    b. 17 July 1876 in Norwood, Stanly Co., NC
    d. 27 June 1939 in Norwood, Stanly Co., NC
    buried: Cedar Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Norwood, Stan ly Co., NC
    m. Henrietta Smith (1 Mar 1871 - 21 July 1964) on 6 January 19 04 in Stanly Co., NC

    Ethel Mae Lowder (26 Oct 1904 - ) m. Robert Glenn Mabry 16 April 1929 Norw ood, Stanly Co., NC
    Virginia Edith Lowder (16 Sept 1909 - ) m. Paul J. Hudson 24 Nov 1924
    Georgie Lee Lowder (19 June 1911 - 23 Jan 1978) m. George Ervin Whitl ey on 21 March 1931 in Chesterfield, SC
    Callie Campbell Lowder (10 July 1913 - ) m. Lewis Edward Ross on 22 Oct 19 32 in Chesterfield, SC (number 5)

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Langley b: ABT 1761
      1. Has Children Amy Lowder b: 1775 in Moore County, NC

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