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SARAH PURCHASE FOWLER 1860-1933, daughter of Ellis Fowler and Sarah Clark

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Rest, mother, rest in

Quiet sleep

While friends in sorrow

o’er thee weep

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Sarah Purchase Fowler Johns  1860-1933


When I first saw the name “Purchase” in the household of Ellis Fowler and his wife Sarah Clark Fowler, I thought the task of documenting her life would be an easy one.  It was not a totally uncommon female name used in the 1800s, but it was an unusual name in the Union County Fowler families.

As I have stated before, Ellis Fowler b. 1770 has been the most difficult son of Henry Ellis Fowler to document.  He left no will nor can I find any land transactions or deeds in the courthouse.

I have only been able to document three of his children: Ellis Fowler b. 1807; Nancy Fowler b. 1805, and Winnifred Fowler b. 1822.

Son Ellis Fowler b. 1807 and his wife Sarah Clark had the following children:

  • Elizabeth Augilar Fowler 1841–1924
  • Martha Fowler 1844–
  • Julia Fowler 1847–
  • Jesse Fowler 1849–
  • Nancy (Nannie) P Fowler 1854–1939
  • Thomas Fowler 1859–
  • Purchase Fowler 1860–1933
  • Lotty Fowler 1862–

Some Fowler researchers confuse Nancy P. Fowler and Purchase Fowler, thinking that they were the same daughter of Ellis and Sarah Fowler.  Since both daughters were recorded on census records together, I am not sure how this confusion began.  They are clearly two different children.

It was fairly easy to discover that Elizabeth Augilar Fowler had married Robert Henry Petty, and her sister Nancy P. Fowler had married John Worthy Eison.  I have been able to trace both daughters and their descendants to present day.

The remaining children of Ellis Fowler and Sarah Clark seemed to have disappeared into thin air.  I was more than a little surprised that I was unable to find daughters Purchase and Lotty given that these names were a little unusual.

Purchase Fowler was first recorded on a census record in 1860 as an unnamed female infant, 3 months old.  Included in the household along with her parents Ellis and Sarah Fowler were sisters Elizabeth, Martha, Julia, Nancy, and a bother Thomas.

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1860 Union County SC Census

In 1870, Purchase was still in the household with parents Ellis and Sarah Fowler, sisters Julia, Nancy, and Lotty .

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1870 Union County SC Census

In 1880, Purchase was 20 years old, living with her parents Ellis and Sarah Fowler, sisters Nancy and Lottie. three Jefferies children who had to be the children of either Martha or Julia Fowler, and her aunt Nancy Fowler, sister of Ellis.

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1880 Union County SC Census

I had found a census record of 1900 in Pacolet SC listing a single woman, aged 40 with 4 children: daughter Nellie, sons Steady, Grover, and Freddie.  It was difficult to read the name of the woman, but the record got my attention because of the name Steady.

Godfrey Butler Fowler (1837-1906), son of Joseph Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler) had named his only son Nathan Steadman Fowler  (1867-1924) after the captain of his army company in the Civil War, Captain James B. Steedman.

Since that time, other Fowler boys descended from Henry Ellis Fowler had been given the name Steadman:

  • Steadman Lee Fowler 1884-1971, son of Emma Fowler, daughter of Bryant Fowler, son of Stephen Fowler, son of Ephraim Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler.
  • James Steadman Fowler 1872-1952, son of Gassaway Fowler, son of Thomas Gillman Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler.

Who was this Steady Fowler born in 1882?  How did he relate to the Henry Ellis Fowlers, if at all?  And who was this woman with the hard to read name?

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1900 Pacolet, Spartanburg County SC Census

A little research and a lot of luck led me to a census record in Spartanburg SC in 1910. There was a woman named Sarah, aged 50 (right age for my Purchase) living with sons Grover and Fred.  This family headed by Sarah Fowler lived next door to Steddy Fowler, his wife Nancy, and their three children Beulah, Buford, and Cecil.  They lived on Howard Street in Spartanburg.

I knew that I was on the right trail.  I began to think that Sarah was perhaps Purchase……..Sarah Purchase Fowler…….maybe.

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1910 Spartanburg County Census

I also noted that, in 1910, there was a John A. Johns, widower, living 6 households away, on Howard Street, with two of his daughters, and two granddaughters.

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1910 Spartanburg County Census

I could not find Purchase Fowler, or Sarah Fowler in 1920 census records.  I did find Sarah Johns in the household of Steady Fowler, his wife Nannie Fowler, and their children Beulah, Buford, Cecil, L.C, Ruth Gladys, and Warren.  Was it possible that Sarah Purchase Fowler had married her widower neighbor John Johns??Although Sarah Johns was listed as the mother-in-law, I decided to take a closer look at the Johns family.

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1920 Spartanburg County SC Census

John Andrew Johns (1848-1926) was the son of Joseph Johns and Elizabeth Haney. He was born in Union County, SC, as was Purchase. It is possible that they knew each other long before they had both moved to Spartanburg, SC.

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John Andrew Johns

John Johns married Laura Cain (last name not yet documented) circa 1870, and they were the parents of many children, mostly daughters.  Laura died in 1905 and was buried at Beulah Cemetery near Neal Shoals in Union County, SC.

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Laura Johns, wife of John Andrew Johns


Sarah Purchase Fowler was living with her son Steady Fowler on Arch Street in Spartanburg in 1920,  and she was recorded as being a widow even though John Johns was still alive and well living with his daughter Leona on nearby Howard Street.

It appears that the short lived marriage did not work out.  John A, Johns died in 1926, and was laid to rest beside his first wife Laura at Beulah Cemetery in Union County.

Sarah Purchase Fowler moved to Charlotte, NC with her son Fred Fowler and his family.  Through city directory records, I have been able to locate and visit the street they lived on in Charlotte.  The houses were very small, and mostly built in the 1920s.  Many of these houses remain, but the addresses on record for Fred Fowler and Sarah Fowler no longer exist.  The homes they occupied have been torn down and replaced with a large industrial complex.

I found a death certificate for Sarah P. Fowler.  She died August 28, 1933.  F.M. Fowler was the informant (her son, Fred Mark Fowler).

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Sarah P. Fowler

Now that I had a date of death, I began looking for a grave site.  The information of the death certificate indicated that she was buried in Pacolet, SC.

I searched for Sarah Purchase Fowler, Sarah Fowler, Purchase Fowler, Sarah P. Fowler, Sarah Purchase Johns, Sarah Fowler Johns, Purchase Fowler Johns… get the idea.  No luck.

I then looked in my records for the grave of her sister, Elizabeth A. Fowler Petty. Pacolet Methodist Church.  A quick internet search led me to Sarah P. Fowler JONES. Right dates of birth and death……wrong last name.  Close, but wrong.  It was her grave.

Two hours of driving, I arrived at the cemetery.  I located the grave of Sarah Purchase Fowler Johns.  Johns was spelled “Johns” and not “Jones”.  Right dates of birth and death……right last name too.  Her grave was next to some of the children of her sister Elizabeth Fowler Petty.

That is a brief outline of Sarah Purchase Fowler’s life.  Born in Union County, SC to Ellis and Sarah Clark Fowler; moved to nearby Pacolet and raised four children; married a widowed neighbor and hopefully had a few years filled with bliss; moved to Charlotte, NC with her son; died in Charlotte; and laid to rest in Pacolet, SC near some of her immediate family.

Now let us take a look at her four children and their descendants.  We know from census records that Sarah Purchase Fowler had one daughter and three sons:

  1. Nellie Fowler b. 1880
  2. Steadman William Fowler 1882-1930
  3. John Grover Fowler 1890-1952
  4. Fred Mark Fowler 1895-1956

Nellie Fowler:

I have not yet been able to find much information regarding Nellie Fowler.  I did locate her in a Spartanburg City Directory living with her brother Steady Fowler in 1905.  She was unmarried at that time.

Steadman William Fowler:

Last year, I visited Oakwood Cemetery in Spartanburg.  I was looking, of course, for Fowler graves and planned to take photographs of all that I could find.  One headstone caught my eye, that of Stedia W. Fowler (1882-1930) and his wife Nannie Fowler (1883-1944).  The name Stedia was so close to Steadman, I figured that he had to have been one of my Fowlers.  I took a photos of the headstone and filed this newly found information in my mind.

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Steadman William Fowler and Nannie Phillips Fowler



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Steadman William Fowler

It all came together when I discovered the new lead to Sarah Purchase Fowler. She had given birth to son Steady around the same time as the departed soul lying in that grave at Oakwood was born.  I was able to finally link Sarah’s son Steady to the automobile/train accident in 1930 that led to Stedia Fowler’s untimely death.

More research shed light on Steady’s family.  He was married to Nannie Phillips, daughter of George Marion Phillips 1843-1920 and Annie Fowler 1848-1936. Annie Fowler was the daughter of Daniel Fowler and Cansandra Cook.

Daniel Fowler was the son of Israel Fowler II and wife Polly.

Israel Fowler II was the son of Israel Fowler I and wife Fannie.

Israel Fowler I was the son of John Fowler b. 1720 and Phoebe.

The Israel Fowler line moved into Union County, SC around the same time as the Henry Ellis Fowler line…..late 1700s.  DNA testing has proven that these two Fowler lines did not share a common male ancestor, hence two totally different Fowler families. However, the two Fowler lines did live near each other, witnessed documents for each other, and married into each other’s families.

Stedia W. Fowler is a direct descendant of Henry Ellis Fowler Nannie Phillips is a direct descendant of Israel Fowler.  The offspring of Stedia W. Fowler and Nannie Phillips were the perfect storm of the two Fowler lines combining!!

The family from whom Cansandra Cook descends is a family that I have spent much time researching.  I descend from this line through my paternal Fowler grandfather and my paternal Mabry grandmother.  This Cook family intermarried in so many ways with the Fowler families.

Cansandra Cook’s first known ancestors were John Cook 1707-before 1772 and his wife Sarah Fulton 1715-1783.  John and Sarah immigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania. After John’s death, Sarah and her children move to Union County, SC and settled on the Pacolet River near Grindal Shoals.

This intermarriage connects me to the offspring of Stedia Fowler and Nannie Phillips through three ways: once from Ellis Fowler, and twice from the Cooks.

Steady Fowler and his wife Nannie had the following children:

  • Beulah Fowler 1903–
  • Burie S. Fowler 1906-1908 
  • Buford Paul Fowler 1906–1975 m. Ruby Satterfield
  • Cecil Fowler 1909–
  • L.C. /Thomas Fowler 1911
  • Ruth Fowler 1913–1995
  • Gladys Fowler 1916–
  • Warren Fowler 1918–


John Grover Fowler:

John Grover Fowler married Pearl Thomas, daughter of A.J. Thomas and Nancey Jane Cox.  They had no children.  John Grover Fowler and wife Pearl lived in Spartanburg and Darlington, South Carolina, and eventually moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.  He worked as a chain gang prison guard, and worked in textiles.

John Grover Fowler’s life took a little turn after the death of his wife Pearl in 1948. It was mentioned in The Gaffney Ledger from Gaffney, South Carolina on March 14, 1944 … Miss Margaret Clippard and Grover Fowler of Charlotte spent Sunday with the former’s sister, Mrs. L. E. Gantt, and Mr. Gantt, at their home in Gaffney...

Margaret Clippard 1909-1975 was the daughter of Scott and Josie Fronniem Clippard.  The sister that she and John Grover Fowler visited was Lila Mae Clippard 1907-1980 married to Lester Eugene Gantt 1905-1975.

An interesting fact is that Lester Eugene and Lila Mae Clippard Gantt were buried at Corinth Baptist Church in Gaffney, SC where many of the Israel Fowler descendants were buried.

John Grover Fowler evidently married Margaret Clippard as she was listed as his wife on his death certificate.  John Grover Fowler was buried beside his first wife Pearl Thomas at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte.

After John Grover’s death, Margaret married Charles Fisher.

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John Grover Fowler
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John Grover Fowler

Fred Mark Fowler:

Fred Mark Fowler married Bessie Norris and they had six daughters and one son:

  • Louise Cornelia Fowler 1921–1981 m. Furman F. Tomberlin 1922-2009
  • Sarah M Fowler 1923–2012
  • Marie Fowler 1925– m. James Muriel McCormick 1926-2000
  • Fred Mark Fowler Jr. 1929– m. Marie Georgette Legrand
  • Betty Jean Fowler 1930–2006 m. Robert Evans Goodwin
  • Phyllis Ann Fowler 1933– m. William Edward Crump, Jr.
  • Sylvia Grovene Fowler m. Larry Joel Graham



More to come…………..


























GODFREY FOWLER 1773-1850, son of Henry Ellis Fowler

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Henry Ellis Fowler 1746-1808 m. Catherine Puckett

  • GODFREY FOWLER 1773-1850 m. Nancy “Nannie” Kelly
    • James Fowler 1793–1858 m. Susan Gault 1800–1834
      •  Wade Fowler 1820–1881 m. Elizabeth A. Carothers 1828-
        • John Clark Fowler 1856-1911 m. Mary E. Henley 1866–1912
          • Edith Fowler 1882–1900 m. Joseph Wallace Gault 1879–1963
            • Thelma Guynelle Gault 1904–2009 m. William Asbury Spears; married John Elliott Hughes
              • Mary Elizabeth Spears
            • Marie Gault 1907–
            • Vera Ruth Gault 1909–1993
            • John Clark Gault 1912–1995
            • Roy Gault 1915–
            • James Edgar Gault 1918–1999
          • Blanche Fowler 1885–1958 m. James Lylt Patton 1875–
          • Mary Lyle Patton 1908–1991 m. Hood Crawford Worthy  1894–1978
          • Blanche Anne Worthy 1932–2013 m. Robert E. Brozina
          • James Fowler Patton 1910–1972
          • Keller Lake Fowler 1889–1969 m. Robert Henry Middleton 1875–1943
            • Kellar L Middelton 1912–
            • Robert H Middelton 1913–
            • Blanche F. Middleton 1914–1974
            • Hugh Calhoun Middleton 1916–1993
            • Vera Ruth Middleton 1926–
            • Mary Elizabeth “Bette” Middleton 1928–
          • Lewis Fowler 1890–1890
          • Marie Fowler 1891–1894
          • John Herbert Fowler 1894–1960 m.  Mollie Brown 1900–1974
            • Ferol Ruth Vinson 1921–2012
            • James H. Fowler Sr 1925–1995
            • Dorothy Grace Fowler –2016
          • Vera Fowler 1897–1900
      • Sarah Fowler
      • Francis G. Fowler 1825–1866
      • Irvin J. Fowler 1830–187
      • Frank Fowler 1831–1873
      • James W. Fowler 1832–1900
      • Baby Girl Fowler 1834–1834
      • Sarah Ann Fowler 1840–1925
      • Samuel Waddy Fowler 1843–1861
    • John Fowler 1794–1875 ???????
    • Thomas Gillman Fowler 1798–1880 m. Susannah Hames 1804-1863
      • Elizabeth Fowler 1821–1826
      • Gilman H Fowler 1822–1861
      • Gassaway Fowler 1827–1887 m. Elmira Ann Smith 1839–1911
        • Fannie Fowler 1856–1931
        • Tom Fowler 1858–
        • Leila Fowler 1861–
        • Franklin Fowler 1862–
        • Infant Twin Fowler 1863–1863
        • Pinkney (Pink) Fowler 1866–
        • Dora Fowler 1870–
        • James Steadman Fowler 1872–1952
        • George Gazzaway W Fowler 1875–1948
        • Annie Fowler 1875–1963
      • Charles Ellis Fowler 1828–1900 m. Margaret Mary White 1836–1915
        • Emma Fowler 1854–1922
        • Foster C Fowler 1856–1919 m. Nancy Jane Carter 1863–1942
          • Clayton Edwin Fowler 1884–1965
          • Elizabeth Fowler 1886–
          • Ola Carter Fowler 1888–1963
          • Viola Fowler 1889–
          • Vandine Charlie Fowler 1891–1963
          • Albert Fowler 1893–
          • Ernest Boyd Fowler 1894–1988
          • Thomas Fowler 1898–
          • Russell Franklin Fowler 1900–1987
          • Virgie Fowler 1905–
        • Anna Kansas Fowler 1858–1930 m. William Asbury Mc Whirter 1848–1917
          • Henry Oscar McWhirter 1876–1952
          • James M Mc Whirter 1877–
          • Marvin E. Mcwhirter 1878–
          • Addie B Mc Whirter 1880–
          • Benard A Mcwhirter 1889–
          • Albert Malcom McWhirter 1890–1976
          • Madge Mc Whirter 1892–1985
          • Lemond C Mc Whirter 1898–
          • Lucile Mc Whirter 1898–
        • Clara Elizabeth Fowler 1858–1900 m. John Thomas Landy Scott 1855–1908
          • Minnie Scott 1880–
          • Florence Foster 1893–1979
        • Lola M Fowler 1861–1892
        • Robert Junius Fowler 1866–1957
        • William Darby Fowler 1867–1951
        • Joseph Elliot Fowler 1869–1957
        • Coleman Carlisle Fowler 1871–1955
        • George Milligan Fowler 1873–1929
        • Susan S Fowler 1874–1940
        • Florence C Fowler 1876–1902
        • Charles C Fowler 1878–1890
      • Elijah T. Fowler 1830–1908 m.  Mary Jane Moseley 1835–1918
        • Gazzaway Josephine “Josie” Fowler 1861–1953
        • Susan Bettie Fowler 1863–1923
        • Frances Fannie Fowler 1868–
      • Martha Ann Frances Fowler 1834–1910
      • Thomas F. Fowler 1836–1892 m. Mary S. Coleman 1843–1887
        • Charles R. Fowler 1867–1926 m. Anne E Going 1874–1957
          • Conrad Durwood Fowler 1887–1892
          • Inez C Fowler 1894–1986 m. John Humpheys 1893–
            • Charles Humphries 1915–
            • Rembert C Humphries 1916–1958
            • Robert A Humphries 1919–
            • John W Humphries 1919–
            • Jeanette Humphries 1921–
            • Mary Humphries 1923–
            • James Humphries 1925–
            • Annie Lou Humphries 1927–
            • Ralph Humphries 1929–
            • Frank D Humphries 1934–
          • Olivia Madeline Fowler 1898– m. Samuel Victor Robinette  1895–1960; m. FMU Howell
            • Annieline Robinette 1918–2004 m. Sidney A Martin  1928–1972
          • Robert Cleon Fowler 1903– 1942 m. Susan Alberta Ladd 1898–1972
          • Garnell Fowler 1911–1917
        • John R Fowler 1868–1910 m. Elizabeth Wilson
        • Emma S. Fowler 1870–1909
        • Thomas W. Fowler 1873–1889
        • Sallie Fowler 1875–1889
        • Addie Fowler 1877–
        • Robert Joseph Fowler 1879–1953
        • Annie Fowler 1881–
      • Junius R Fowler 1841–1848
      • Susannah Adeline “Mamie” Fowler 1843–1901
      • Joseph K Fowler 1845–1887 m. Cornellia Puckett 1838–1913
    • Joseph Fowler 1800–1852 m. Clarissa Foster 1814–

      • Hampton O. Fowler 1823–1890
      • Joseph Fowler 1825–
      • Godfrey Butler Fowler 1837–1906 m. Louisa Jane Mitchell
      • Cansady Fowler 1838–1904 m. William G. Holmes 1829–1899

        • Margaret Ann Holmes 1867–1910 m. Roland Marcus Woody

          • Lillie Woody 1889–1913
          • William Furman Woody 1892–1966
          • Dewey Woody 1898–
          • Winnie Oline Woody Banks 1902–1987
          • Ralph Woody 1903–1909
          • R.M. Woody Jr. 1908–1909
        • Mary C.A. Holmes 1869–
        • Joseph Z. Holmes 1871–1934 m. Evelina Elizabeth Driskill

          • Estelle Holmes 1907–1967
          • Addie Holmes 1910–
          • Joseph Z Holmes Jr 1912–1969
          • Ruby M Holmes 1918–
          • William G. Holmes 1922–1981
        • Mary Adeline “Addie” Holmes Chapman 1871–1953
        • Luther Davenport Holmes 1875–1944
        • Adolphus Gaston Holmes 1876–1944
        • Benjamin F. Holmes 1877–1944
      • John Hudson Fowler 1846–1892
      • Adolphus Fowler 1852–1900 m. Mary Susan Gault 1856–
        • Anna Fowler 1879–1972 m. Richard Adams 1878–1967
          • Annie Adams 1900–
          • Elsie M Adams 1901–
          • Aiken Adams 1902–1951 m. Grace L  1904–1995
            • C Edward Adams 1921–
            • Laura E Adams 1922–2000
            • Richard Lee Adams 1928–1980
          • Jesse Adams 1904–1962 m. Lemma Jett 1901–1979
          • Mary Adams 1906–1998
          • Ada P Adams 1909–
          • Azalea Adams 1911–2002 m. Ralph E Lybrand 1906–1978
          • Evelyn Adams 1914–2002
          • Wells Adams 1918–
        • Jane Fowler 1880–
        • James Fowler 1882–1900
        • Lula Fowler 1883–1901
        • Nannie Belle Fowler 1887–1966 m. Forrest Ballanger Hopper  1887–1938
          • Lois Louise Hopper 1907–1972
          • Ruby Hopper 1912–2004
          • Georgia Hopper 1915–
          • Elbert Hopper 1917–
          • Laverne Hopper 1918–1995
        • Emma Fowler 1892–1973
        • Eddie Fowler 1894–
        • Josephine Fowler 1896–1962
        • Mary Fowler 1898–
    • Milligan Fowler 1802–1871
    • Nancy Fowler 1804–
    • Kiziah Elizabeth Fowler 1805–1836
    • Mary Fowler 1806–1893
    • William Fowler 1813–
    • Coleman Fowler 1816–1877 m. Martha R 1830–
      • Mary Elizabeth Fowler 1849–1916 m. Timothy S Haney 1844–1925
        • Minnie Fowler Haney 1868–1952 m. Daniel George1866–1933
          • Laura E McCarroll 1891–1963
          • Anna Belle George 1893–1985
          • Nellie Grace George 1895–1964
          • Virginia R “Virgie” George 1899–
          • Roy D George 1904–1960
          • Ray George 1905–
          • Minnie Mae George 1907–
          • Edward Lee George 1909–1963
        • T P Haney 1870–1871
        • Nooner A Haney 1872–1964 m. James A George 1869–1960
          • Carrel C George 1893–
          • Maggie E George 1895–1988
          • Olive R George 1899–
          • Willie Edna George 1902–1983
          • Coleman S George 1905–
          • Maudie George 1907–1983
          • William D George 1911–
        • Mattie Haney 1875–1875
        • Luella Haney 1876–1877
        • Olive Haney 1879–1880
        • James Coleman Haney 1882–1969
        • Edith Haney 1884–1946
        • Luther S Haney 1887–
        • Inez G Haney 1891–1970
      • Emily Mandival Fowler 1853–1921
      • Lewella Fowler 1855–
      • Steele C. Fowler 1858–
      • States Right Compeer Fowler 1860–1937

Godfrey had a son named John??

Were there two different sisters………Kiziah and Elizabeth or were they the same woman?

The SMITH COOK men of Union County, SC and Their Connections to the FOWLER Families

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SMITH COOK (1820-1872) son of Sampson Cook and Mary Smith; married Malinda Cook (daughter of Alfred Cook and Nancy Jane Foster)

Sampson Cook and his wife Mary Smith had a legal agreement in 1823 stating that they mutually agreed to live separate.  Their son, Smith Cook, was born December 19, 1820.

Mary Smith Cook was head of household in 1840 with her son Smith Cook, and living with her son in 1850 as well.

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1850 Union County SC Census

In 1860, Smith Cook was no longer living with his mother.  He shared a house with Edward Palmer in the Mount Tabor section of Union County.

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1860 Union County SC Census


Smith Cook married his much younger cousin Melinda Cook before 1870, and they had two children listed in the census record that year.

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1870 Union County SC Census

Smith Cook died May 11, 1872 and was buried at Flat Rock Cemetery.  His widow Melinda Cook married John Adams in 1874.

SMITH N. COOK (1841-1862) son of William Cook and Lucinda Golden; may have fathered a child with Mary Fowler, daughter of Reuben Fowler

ROBERT SMITH COOK (1856-1913) son of James Cook and Nelly; married Sallie Lipscomb

ROBERT SMITH COOK (1864-1912) son of Alfred Cook and Elizabeth Bentley; married Mary Jane Adelaide Fowler (daughter of Martha Fowler, daughter of Reuben Fowler)

ALFRED SMITH COOK (1897-1965) son of Robert Smith Cook and Mary Jane Adelaide Fowler; married Rue Emma Poore

  • Thomas Cook 1750-1820 m. Ann 1750
    • Sampson Cook m. Mary Smith 1785-after 1860
      • SMITH COOK 1820-1872 m. Malinda Cook
    • William Cook 1773-1850 m. Martha
      • William Cook Jr. 1806-1860
        • SMITH N. COOK 1841-1862
      • James Cook 1812-after 1880 m. Nelly **
        • ROBERT SMITH COOK 1856-1913 m. Sallie Lipscomb 
      • Alfred Cook 1815-1887 m. Elizabeth Bentley
        • ROBERT SMITH COOK 1864-1912 m. Mary Jane Fowler
          • ALFRED SMITH COOK 1897-1965 m. Rue Emma Poore

** speculation regarding the father of James Cook

more to come…………….

MARK FOWLER 1785-1852, son of Henry Ellis Fowler

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  • Henry Ellis Fowler 1746-1808 m. Catherine Puckett
    • MARK FOWLER  1785-1852 m.Elizabeth Moseley 1782–1883
      1. Ellis Fowler 1803–1860 m. Jane Hodge 1826–1870
        • Jane Fowler 1840-  (Jane may not have been a child of Ellis Fowler)
        • Martha Fowler 1848–1882 m. Felix Lee Quinn Sr 1852–1933
          • William Lorenzo “Ranzy” Quinn 1873–1943 m. Rosanne “Rosa” Whitener 1868–1928
            • Paul Quinn 1890–
            • Howard Quinn 1896–
            • Martha W. Quinn 1897–1954
            • Oma Quinn 1898–
            • Mary Quinn 1900–
            • William Lorenzo “Ranzy” Quinn Jr. 1903–1961
            • Felix Quinn 1907–1989
            • Anderson Quinn 1912–
          • Anderson D Quinn 1875–1951
          • Giles Thomas Quinn 1878–1961
          • John Quinn 1879–1951
          • Ellen Quinn 1880–1962
        • Mark Fowler 1849– m. Francis Melinda Fowler
          • Charles Landrum Fowler (Bryant) 1878-
            • Charles Landrum Bryant Jr. 1907-1957
              • William V Bryant 1929-2012
              • Johnny Bryant
            • William Mark “Jennings” Bryant 1909-1990
              • William Bryant Jr. 1948-1967
              • Charles Bryant
            • Phillip Lee Bryant 1911-1957
            • Hugh Rhembert Bryant 1914-1967 m. Gladys
          • Ben Frontes Fowler (Bryant) 1879-
            • Buford Bryant 1909-
            • James Patrick Bryant 1919-1972
              • James Kenneth Bryant 1938-2016
              • Jerry Bryant
              • Gerald Patrick Bryant 1959-
            • Richard Milton Bryant 1930-1983
              • Clifton Wayne Bryant 1961-2014
        • Susan Fowler m. James Gassaway Millwood 1859–
          • Millage Millwood 1872–
          • James H. Millwood 1877–
        • Ellis John Fowler
      2. Catherine Fowler 1805–1882
      3. Orry Fowler 1806–1882
      4. Mary Fowler 1808–1882
      5. Mark Fowler 1810–1858 m. Rebecca 1810–1882
        • Elvira Fowler 1829–1856
        • Syntha Cintha Fowler 1832–
        • Amanda Fowler 1833–
        • Elza Caroline Fowler 1835–
        • Toliver N Fowler 1838–1918
        • Emma Elizabeth Fowler 1839–1870
        • Elbert Leland Fowler 1844–1873
        • Leland Fowler 1846–
        • Martha Rebecca Fowler 1846–1880
        • George Thomas Fowler 1848–1928
        • Mary Ann Louise Fowler 1853–
      6. Hulda Fowler 1815–1853 m. Alex Leonard 1810–1870
        • William R. Leonard 1840–1863
        • James Hood Leonard 1842–1864
        • George V. Leonard 1845–1864
        • Robert Norris Leonard 1847–1904 m.  Nancy Elizabeth Worthy 1850–1895
          • Anna Victoria Leonard 1872–1946
          • Fannie Leonard 1875–1961
          • James Hood Leonard 1878–1949
          • Robert Norris Leonard Jr 1883–1959
          • Minnie Lee Leonard 1884–1987
          • Mae Leonard 1888–1969
          • Bernice Leonard 1893–1894
          • Emma Leonard
      7. Selina Fowler 1820–1882
      8. Melissa Fowler 1823–1889 m. Isaac Crayton Horn 1822–1904
        • Felix Horn 1847–1862
        • John M. Horn 1848–1904
        • Mary Nancy Horn 1855–
        • Junnis Horn 1857–
        • Ashmore Horn 1858–before 1870
        • Mary Elizabeth “Babe” Horn 1858–1906 m. James M. Hodge 1854–1899
          • Martha “Mattie” Hodge 1875–1948
          • Gaston Garrett “Buster” Hodge 1879–1936 m.Leila Pearl McGalliard 1883–1973
            • Thelma Dean Hodge 1907–1999 m. Leon Leslie McLean 1904–1980
              • Lela Rose McLean 1931–2014
              • Leon Leslie “Les” McLean Jr.
              • Nancy Dean “Toppy” McLean
          • Arthur Hodge 1881–1900
      9. Walter Gaines Fowler 1828–1870 m. Mahala Rebecca Worthy 1845–1925
        • Alpha Ethel Fowler 1868–1910 m. Thomas Samuel Garner 1864–
          • William Hoyt Garner 1884–1957
          • Arthur Duboy Garner 1886–1963
          • Eathan Guy Garner 1888–1969
          • Grace L Garner 1890–1891
          • Hugh Garner 1893–1894
          • Walter E. Garner 1895–1896
          • Gary McKinley Garner Sr 1897–1993 m. Effie Mae “Ethyl” Wheeler 1897–1985; m. Frances Hopwood 1909-1970
            • Winmon G Garner 1918–1993
            • June Garner 1923–2003
            • Gary McKinley Garner Jr. m.Mary Linda Huggins
              • Joseph Garner
              • Atlee Garner
              • Gary McKinley Garner III
          • Roy Garner 1901–
          • Thomas Garner 1903–1903
        • Bettie Fowler 1870–1894 m. unknown Jackson
          • Jesse C. Jackson 1893–



ANDREW FOWLER (1804-1870) son of John Fowler “the Elder” ????

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  • ANDREW FOWLER 1804-after 1870 m. Nancy Hames;  m.  Mary Scisson
    • son b. 1820
    • son b. 1821-1825
    • James Fowler 1827-
    • Elizabeth Fowler 1831-
    • Thomas Fowler 1836-
    • Jane Fowler 1842-
    • Celia Fowler 1844-
    • Richard Fowler 1845-
    • Julia Fowler 1846-
    • Helen Fowler 1847-
    • Amanda Fowler 1849-
    • Sarian Fowler 1853-
    • Margaret Fowler 1855-
    • Anna Fowler 1855-
    • Rhoda Fowler 1858-

Andrew Fowler was a blind man, a farmer, and the father of a large number of children.  He was born about 1804, possibly a son of John Fowler “the Elder” and Fannie.  Andrew married Nancy Hames, and later, Mary Scisson, daughter of Frances Scisson.  Andrew was recorded in the Union County, South Carolina census records of 1830, 1850, 1860, and 1870.   Andrew Fowler and his family appear to have vanished into thin air after 1870.

Much of what I know of Andrew Fowler is based only on the four census records.  I have theories and speculation on his beginnings but nothing concrete.  Andrew Fowler is a lesson in frustration to me.  I am reaching out to anyone to may have proof of descent from Andrew Fowler and one of his wives.

I state with much uncertainty that Andrew Fowler may have been the son of John Fowler “the Elder” and Fannie only because John and Fannie’s eldest son Mark Fowler had a son named Andy Fowler. It is not really a “naming pattern” but it is all I have.

I have also considered that Andrew Fowler may have been a son of Ellis Fowler b. 1870 (son of Henry Ellis Fowler) and Mary.  This, too, is speculation based on their locations in census records.

I have been unable to trace any of the descendants of Andrew Fowler to present day.  If I could only find one living male descendant from this line, yDNA testing would answer so many questions.

Andrew Fowler was recorded in the 1830 Union County, SC census as 20-29 years of age, along with a female ( wife Nancy Hames?), three males ages 10-14. 5-9, and < 5, and a female < 5.  He shares the census page with five Hames families, and Ellis Fowler b. 1770 and another Ellis Fowler.  Andrew was living next to Charles Hames…….father of Andrew’s wife Nancy Hames?

Andrew Fowler 1830
1830 Union County Census


In the Union County, SC census of 1850, Andrew Fowler, aged 46 and recorded as blind, had the following people in his household:

  • Mary Fowler 29 (his second wife)
  • James Fowler 23 (son of Andrew and Nancy Hames)
  • Elizabeth Fowler 19 (son of Andrew and Nancy Hames)
  • Thomas Fowler 14 (son of Andrew and Nancy Hames)
  • Jane Fowler 8
  • Celia Fowler 6
  • Richard Fowler 5
  • Julia Fowler 4
  • Helen Fowler 3
  • Amanda Fowler 1
  • Frances Scisson 67 (mother ofAndrew’s wife Mary; Frances was listed on the next page of the census record, not shown here)
andrew fowler 1850
1850 Union County Census


Andrew Fowler was recorded as blind and aged 57 in the 1860 Union County, SC census.  His household included the following:

  • Mary Fowler 31
  • Thomas Fowler 25
  • Jane Fowler 19
  • Cely Fowler 18
  • Richard Fowler 16
  • Elen Fowler 14
  • Sarian Fowler 7
  • Margaret Fowler 5
  • Ana Fowler 5
  • Rhoda Fowler 2


andrew fowler 1860
1860 Union County Census


The last census record listing Andrew Fowler, aged 60, is the 1870 Union County, SC census. He was listed as blind and had fewer household members:

  • Mary Fowler 45
  • Jame Fowler 30
  • Celia Fowler 25
  • Margaret Fowler 18
  • Anna Fowler 18
  • Rhoda Fowler 15


andrew fowler 1870
1870 Union County Census

JOHN FOWLER, The “Elder” (1755-1818)

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John Fowler.  Who was he and what do we know about him?

John Fowler was born circa 1755 in Virginia, probably a son of Godfrey Fowler and brother to Henry Ellis Fowler.  DNA testing of John Fowler’s documented male descendants has proven beyond all doubt that he was of the same Fowler family.

He was most likely the John Fowler referred to as John Fowler, Senior and Virginian John Fowler in court documents.  This reference would have distinguished him from John Fowler, Hatter.

John Fowler lived in Union County South Carolina from 1790, or earlier, until his death in 1818.  He was counted in the census records of Union County in 1790, 1800, and 1810, and he left a will written in 1817 that was probated in 1818.

John Fowler was married to Fanny.  From the Last Will and Testament he left behind, we know that he had sons Mark, John, Zachariah, William, and Thomas; and daughters Salley, Suky, and Vina. He had other children not individually named in his will.

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John Fowler 1755-1818 m. Fannie 1755–1830

  1. Mark Fowler 1785–1862 m. Nancy; m. Mary Ann O’Neal 1826-1880 (daughter of Barney O’Neal and Nancy)
    • Mark Fowler 1818-1879 m. Elizabeth Mullinax 1823-
    • William Earle Fowler  m. Martha O’Neal 1832 (daughter of Barney O’Neal and Nancy);  m. Taylor Ann Harris 1840–1908
      • James/Frances Marion Fowler 1867–1935 m. Parlee Lee 1873–1965
        • Jeneral Belton Fowler 1892–1979
        • James Luther “Bill” Fowler 1895–1966 m. Bessie May Crocker 1896–1969
          • Albert D Fowler 1916–
          • James W Fowler 1918–
          • Charles W Fowler 1919–
          • Mary L Fowler 1921–
          • Billy Fowler 1923–
          • William Roy Fowler 1923–2005
          • Robert B Fowler 1928-
        • Bernice Fowler 1898-1993
        • Ernest Fowler 1901–1979 m. Clara Mae Crocker 1907–1941
          • Francis Marion Fowler 1925–1989
        • Richard “Dick” Earle Fowler Sr. 1904–1951 m. Mary Easler 1906
          • Ida Lee Fowler 1926–1990
          • Joe F Fowler 1928–1998
          • Braford M Fowler 1931–
          • Melvin Buford Fowler 1931–1985
          • Catherine Fowler 1933–
          • Richard Earl Fowler Jr. 1936–
          • Shirley Irene Emory 1937–2007
          • Greenbury Fowler 1941–1985
          • Judy Fowler 1944–2005
          • Paul Fowler
          • Asbury Fowler
        • Virgil Lee Fowler 1909–1995
        • Eva Bell Fowler 1911–1983
        • Ezell Fowler 1917–2001
      • Isabella Fowler 1872–1938 m. Joseph Fowler 1856–1928 (son of Rufus Fowler)
        • Eva Fowler 1891–1966 m. ? Holcombe
        • Clara B Fowler 1899–1909
        • Susan Esther Fowler 1902–1982 m. James Rufus Allen 1902
          • Frances Allen 1925–
          • Gracie Mae Allen 1928–
        • Louise L Fowler 1907–1982
        • Charles Brady Fowler 1909–1976 m. Annie L. 1912–
          • Hazel Fowler 192
      • Nancy Ann “Nannie” Fowler 1876– m. George Martin 1864–
        • Maude Martin 1893–
        • Ida Bell Martin 1895–
        • Lula Martin 1899–
        • Jimmie Martin 1903–
        • Lois Martin 1904–
      • William Wallace Fowler 1879–1925 m. Mary L “Mamie” Waddell 1881–1917
        • Annie Mae Fowler 1901–1982
        • Landrum Dean Fowler 1903–1962 m. Carmon Reynolds 1904–1980
          • Jessie Willard Fowler 1922–1997
          • William Fowler 1925–
          • Landrum Dean Fowler Jr 1927–2005
          • L C Fowler 1932–
        • Arthur Fowler 1906–
        • Gracie Guynetta Fowler 1910–
        • Ells Fowler 1913-
        • Isabella Fowler 1915–
      • Augusta Ann Fowler 1882–1930 m. Benjamin Franklin Harris 1868–1943
        • Herbert Clyde “H.C.” Harris 1891–1945 m. Bessie M Cudd 1893–1944
          • Edward B Harris 1914–
          • Luther D Harris 1915–1931
          • John Bryant “J.B.” Harris 1893–1968
          • James Elbert Harris 1897–
          • Bishop Harris 1898–
          • Henry Grady Harris 
      • Belton Fowler 1850- 1883 m. Ellen Dickson 1858-
      • Mary “Molly” Jane (Marian) Fowler 1855–1947 m. John C. Sanders 1854-1925
        • John Wesley Sanders 1875-1943 m. Anna 1878- ; m. Elvie Lois Maddox 1890-
          • Corine Sanders 1898-
          • Imogene Sanders 1909-1975
          • Louie J Saunders  1913–
          • Cleo Saunders 1916–
        • Mason Samuel Sanders 1877-1933 m. Virginia Farr 1874-1960
          1. James Taylor Sanders 1901-1966
          2. Mamie Sanders 1907-1908
          3. Johnnie Samuel Sanders 1914-1983
        • Franklin Alexander Sanders 1881-1962 m. Elizabeth L. Peeler 1892-1969
          • Arie Kathleen Sanders 1912-1985
          • Carrie Belle Sanders 1913-2002
          • William Franklin Sanders 1918-1980
          • Grace Elizabeth Sanders 1922-2001
          • Sallie Irene Sanders 1926-1994
        • Miles Walter Sanders 1886-1942
        • Maybelle Sanders 1896-1943 m. Benjamin Alfred Coyle 1892-1946
          • Benjamin Alfred Coyle Jr 1924–1989
          • Leroy James Coyle 1927–1987
          • Odell Tillman Coyle 1929–2009
        • Corene Sanders 1898-
      • Nancy Fowler 1856-
      • Texana Fowler 1860- after 1880
      • Calvin Fowler 1868-
    • Christian Fowler 1844-
    • Mary Harriet Fowler 1846-1916 m. James Franklin Powell 1842–1916
      • Daniel Gadberry Powell 1864–1940 m. Sallie Houston 1867-1904; m. Ada Viola Carla Benton 1884-1939
        • James Christopher Powell 1886-1943 m. Iva M. Bates 1889-1963
          • Erna Powell 1906-
          • Clarence Powell 1908-
          • Lorene Powell 1913-
          • James Powell 1922-
        • Archie William Powell 1889-1959 m. Dovie Jamizon 1895-
          • Reba Dee Powell 1912–1973 m. Ernest Luther Gooch 1894–1949
            • Dolores Gooch 1935–
            • De Witt Gooch 1936–
        • Robert L. Powell 1891–
        • Daniel Boone Powell 1896–1970 m. Eunice Buna Thomas 1901–2002
          • Una M Powell 1918–
          • Edwin D Powell 1925–1981
        • Viola May Powell 1898–1990 m. Willard Prockley Anderson 1892–1959; m. FNU Gable
          • Helen Anderson 1917–
          • Willard P. Anderson 1918–2001
          • Rex Anderson 1921–
        • daughter Powell 1904–
        • Mary Irene Powell 1907–1971 m. Harrison Grayum Arnold 1904–1975
        • Gertrude Beulah Powell 1909–1976 m. Frank Gilbert 1899-
        • Billy Gad Powell 1913–1958
      • James Darby Powell 1869– m. Elizabeth 1879–
        • Ethel Powell 1897–
        • Beulah M Powell 1904–
        • Odess Powell 1906–
      • Augusta Powell 1873–
      • Anastatia Powell 1876–
      • Robert Powell 1876–
      • Monroe E. Powell 1879–
      • Arthur Boyd “Boyd O” Powell 1882–1959
      • Minnie Powell 1885–
    • Andy Fowler 1851–
    • Noah F. Fowler 1851–1928 m. Martha Vinson 1852–1932
      • Mamie Fowler 1889–1945 m. William T Harte 1875–1952
        • Malcum Hart 1912–
        • Aline Hart 1916–
        • Thomas Merlin Harte 1918–1941
        • William Patrick Harte 1922–1996
        • Cecil Harte 1925–
      • Thomas Kelly Fowler 1854–1938 m. Ramoth Kendrick 1860–; m. Emma 1863-; m. Ella Virginia Duke 1869-1968
        • Mary E. Fowler 1877–
        • Wallace Thompson Fowler 1879–1933 m. Alice Blanche Crain 1880–1941
          • Clarence Fowler 1900–
          • Rameth Fowler 1904–1993 m. Allie E Hudson 1903–1993
          • Leota Fowler 1907–
          • Winton T Fowler 1909–1971
          • Helen Fowler 1913–
          • Jessie Fowler 1915-
        • Ola Fowler 1883–
        • Eula Fowler 1888–1957
        • Bessie Lillian Fowler 1893–1957
        • Ambia Ethel Fowler 1899–1945
        • Ruth Neal Fowler 1917-1995 m. Jim Marvin Monk Sr 1920–1993

Documented Children; Speculative Wives and Descendants

  1. John Fowler m. Elizabeth
  2. Thomas Fowler m. Martha
  3. William Fowler m. Rhoda
  4. Zachariah Fowler
  5. Salley Fowler
  6. Sukey Fowler
  7. Vina Fowler

Speculative Sons; Documented Wives and Descendants

  1. Willis Fowler
  2. Reuben Fowler m. unknown
    • daughter
    • daughter
    • Mary Fowler
      1. Thomas Gillman Fowler 1858-1944 m. Lura Mabry
      2. Alice Fowler m. Davidson Mitchell
      3. John Fowler
      4. Jefferson Fowler
      5. Robert Fowler
    • John Fowler m. Jane
      1. Malissa
    • Martha Fowler
      1. Francis Melinda Fowler
      2. Mary Jane Adelaide Fowler m. Robert Smth Cooke
    • Robert Fowler
  3. Andrew Fowler m. Nancy Hames; m. Mary Sisson


















































WILLIAM FOWLER 1795-before 1860, married to Rhoda

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There are many misconceptions out there in “family research land” about the Union County, South Carolina William Fowler married to Rhoda.  As I browse through the many Fowler family trees on, I see that my fellow Fowler researchers are as confused as I once was about the William Fowler married to Rhoda.  For a long time, I believed that this William was the son of Godfrey Fowler and Nannie Kelly.  New found documents and a little logical thought finally put me on the right path to discovering the truth.

I do not yet know the parents of this William, but I do know that…

William Fowler married to Rhoda was NOT the son of Henry Ellis Fowler and Catherine Puckett!

William Fowler married to Rhoda was NOT the son of Godfrey Fowler and Nannie Kelly!

William Fowler married to Rhoda was NOT the son of Womack Fowler and Susannah Moseley!

William Fowler married to Rhoda MAY have been the son of John Fowler “the Elder” (d. 1818) and Fannie.

Before I wander into the territory of theory and speculation of the parentage of William Fowler married to Rhoda, I want to offer proof and documentation showing that it is impossible for him to have been a son of Henry Ellis Fowler, Godfrey Fowler, or Womack Fowler.

William Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler and Catherine Puckett

It is known from the Last Will and Testament of Henry Ellis Fowler that he and Catherine Puckett did have a son named William Fowler.  Although I have not been able to document the date of birth for William, it is proven by William’s Last Will and Testament  that he died  between the date he signed his will, February 10, 1812, and the date it was recorded, March 17, 1812. (Probate Records, Box 7, Packages 9)

WILLIAM FOWLER, (d. 1812), son of Henry Ellis Fowler

In his will, William Fowler did not mention a wife or children, but instead left his estate to Polly and Delinda Burgess, the two daughters of Sarah Burgess. In the event that Polly and Delinda died without heirs, the estate would go to Mark Fowler and Wymac Fowler, two of William’s brothers, and sons of Henry Ellis Fowler.



Given that William Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler and Catherine Puckett, died in 1812, I think it is safe to say with great certainty that he was not the William Fowler married to Rhoda.

William Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler and Nannie Kelly

William Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler and Nannie Kelly was born circa 1813.  In 1822, Godfrey and Nannie’s son Thomas Gillman Fowler signed a document stating that he would maintain the life necessities of his parents, Godfrey and Nannie, until their deaths, and his two younger brothers, William Fowler and Coleman Fowler, until they reached the age of twenty-one.


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As per the document of 1822, William Fowler, son of Godfrey, was under the age of twenty-one.  William, in fact, was about 9 years of age in 1822.

William Fowler (b. 1795) married to Rhoda would have been 27 in 1822.  He and Rhoda may have had their first child in 1820, and certainly had begun their family by 1824.

The age difference between William Fowler (son of Godfrey & Nannie) and William Fowler married to Rhoda is far too great for these two Williams to have been one and the same.

In 1900, the Honorable Godfrey Butler Fowler (son of Joseph Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler, son of Henry Ellis Fowler) wrote this about his uncle: William Fowler, son of Godfrey, died a young man.  He was a teacher and a surveyor.”

Thus, I state with full confidence that William Fowler married to Rhoda was not William Fowler, son of Godfrey.

William Fowler, son of Womack Fowler and Susannah Moseley

William Fowler, son of Womack, was born on December 17, 1812.  The date of his birth was recorded in the Fowler family Bible.  William married Martha LNU and they appeared in two Union County, SC census records together, 1850 and 1860.

William and Martha had no children as per an estate settlement document of 1879.  The information contained within the document stated that William had died in 1872, and his widow Martha was to inherit her husband’s share of the Womack and Susannah Moseley Fowler estate.

The birth date obtained from the Bible, and the information contained within the 1879 estate settlement document are proof that William Fowler, son of Womack was not the William Fowler married to Rhoda.


William Fowler married to Rhoda and their family in the 1850 Union County, SC census:

willliam Fowler married to rhoda
1850 Union County SC Census

The Descendants of William Fowler married to Rhoda

  • William Fowler 1795-before 1860 m. Rhoda 1798-after 1870
    1. Polly Fowler 1820– (not documented as a daughter)
    2. Simeon Fowler 1824– m. Jane Hodge 1826–1870
      • Susan Fowler 1854– m. James Gassaway Millwood  1859– (Susan may have been a daughter of Ellis Fowler and stepdaughter of Simeon)
        • Millage Millwood 1872–
        • James H. Millwood 1877–
      •  John Fowler 1856– (John may have been a son of Ellis Fowler and stepson of Simeon)
      • Samuel Fowler 1860– m. Lucy Cook
        • John G Fowler 1885–1939 m. Elizabeth Kerr 1881-
      • Franklin Fowler 1861–1913 m Nannie  1874
        • Clarence Fowler 1897–
        • Marie Fowler 1900–
      • Elma Fowler 1866–1925 m.  John Hill 1854–1915
        • James Hill 1884– (adopted son)
        • Janie Hill 1884–1924
        • Willie Tate Hill 1886–1962
        • Charlie Simms Hill 1887–1958
        • Elzie Arthur Hill 1896–1962
        • Clara Hill 1898–1910
        • Walter George Hill 1901–1957
        • Lizzie Hill 1902–1980
        • Bessie Hill 1909–
    3. Samuel Fowler 1829–1880 m. unknown
      • William Henry Fowler 1875–1960
    4. James Fowler 1832–1862 m. Caroline Hodge 1830–1912 (daughter of John Jackson Hodge and Martha Patsey Fowler)
      • Desdamona Fowler 1854–1887 m. John A. Mize 1853–1912
        • Charles Frederick Mize Sr. 1873–
        • Nettie Mize 1876–1911
        • John Mize 1877–
        • Monroe Mimms Mize 1883–1945
        • Albert Horace Mize 1885–
        • Virginia James (May) Mize 1885–1955
        • Mattie Mize 1887–1962
      • William Edward Fowler 1856– 1894 m.  Amanda Jones 1859–1889
        • James Washington Fowler 1877–1951 m. Monnie Hunter 1885–1949
          • Lillian May Fowler 1913–
          • John F Fowler 1918–
          • Annie L Fowler 1919– 1996 m. Charles Trogee Green 1919-1990
          • Eunice Elizabeth Fowler 1921-1982 m. Nick Brown; m. Macon Monroe Holliday 1924-2007
        • Sallie Fowler 1879
        • John Riley Fowler 1883– 1951 m.  Eugenia Camilla McGee 1886–1912
          • Lillian Kathleen Fowler 1906–1978 m.  George Thedford Watkins 1901–1963
            • Nora Watkins 1925–
            • Betty  Jo Watkins  1927– 1988 m. Charles Barden 1927-1978
            • Thomas Watkins 1939–
      • James Monroe Fowler 1858–1931 m. Julia Cook 1852–1945
        • James Monroe Fowler 1876–1961 m. Mary Etta Burgess 1886–1943
          • Jane Fowler 1900–
          • Maggie Fowler 1901–
          • Nolan Fowler 1904–1986 m. Mae Lipsey
          • Aulean Fowler 1906–
          • Ernest S Fowler 1907–1961 m. Bessie Dorman 1910–199
            • Thelma Margaret Fowler 1930–1996
          • Camilla Fowler 1914–
          • Theron William Fowler 1921–1993 m. DG
          • Mozelle Fowler 1923–
        • Minnie Fowler 1881–1962
          • Forest Eldred Fowler 1884–1926
          • Marvin McAddam Fowler 1889–1927
      • Kansaby Fowler 1860–
    5. Pamela Fowler 1837–
    6. Edith “Edy” Fowler 1841– m. Felix Parham Fowler 1829–
      • Rhoda Fowler 1856–
      • William Fowler 1859–
      • Rufus Fowler 1861– m.  Alice G. Foster 1856–1931
        • Herbert Fowler 1881–1951 m. Annie Dessie Horn Fowler 1892
          • Jennings Rufus Fowler 1903–1967
          • Ruth Fowler 1911–
          • Pauline Fowler 1913–
          • Herbert Blease Fowler 1915–1988
          • Daisy Belle Fowler Buice 1917–1968
          • Eugene Fowler 1920–1997
          • Hoyt Earl Fowler 1927–1993
        • Lula Fowler 1883–1902
        • Marnie Fowler 1885–

Who Were The Parents of William Fowler Married to Rhoda??

Unfortunately, finding the names of William’s parents is not as easy as finding the names of the ones who were not his parents.  Everything from here to the end of the article is theory and speculation.  Good theory and speculation, but not proof.  I am hoping that yDNA testing will bring truth to light in the very near future.

It is my theory that Willliam Fowler married to Rhoda was the son of John Fowler (d. 1818) and Fannie.  I have come to this conclusion by the process of eliminating the possible Fowler heads of households who had sons around the time William was born……1795;  positions on census records;  and the names of the sons in the Last Will and Testament of John Fowler (d. 1818).

so much more to come soon……..