ELIJAH T.FOWLER (1830-1908), son of Thomas Gillman Fowler and Susannah Hames

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  • Henry Ellis Fowler (1746-1808) m. Catherine Puckett
    • Godfrey Fowler (1773-1850) m. Nannie Kelly 1775-1857
      • Thomas Gillman Fowler 1798-1880 m. Susannah Hames 1804-1863
        • ELIJAH T. FOWLER 1830-1908 m. Mary Jane Moseley 1835-1918
          • Gassaway Josephine Fowler m. Thomas J. Lee 1861-1917
            • Mary Virginia Lee 1888-1972
            • Joshua Bryan Lee 1892-1967
            • Thomas Joseph Lee 1896-1935
            • Samuel Lee 1905-1906
          • Susan Bettie Fowler 1863-1923 m. Simeon S. Cosper 1858-1924
            • Harry Roland Cosper 1894-1980
            • Helen Grace Cosper 1896-1971
            • Joseph Dunn Cosper 1898-1963
            • Louis Lee Cosper 1902-1988
          • Frances “Fanny Fowler 1868

 

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The Thomas Gillman Fowler home just outside of Jonesville, SC was built circa 1840.  Elijah Fowler may be one of the young boys in the photograph above.    He was a student in 1850 living at home with his parents Thomas and Susannah Hames Fowler.  The family lived beside Godfrey and Nannie Kelly Fowler, Elijah’s grandparents, and Milligan and Coleman Fowler, Elijah’s uncles.

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Elijah Fowler 1850 Union County SC Census

 

By 1860, Elijah Fowler had married his cousin, Mary Jame Moseley, daughter of Daniel Moseley and Biddy LNU.  Daniel was the son of John Baxter Moseley and Henrietta Fowler, daughter of Henry Ellis Fowler.  Elijah and Jane were living next door to his parents Thomas and Susannah Hames Fowler.

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Elijah and Mary Moseley Fowler 1860 Union County SC Census

 

In June of 1870, Elijah and Mary Jane Moseley Fowler and their three daughters were living in Draytonville, Union County, SC next to his brother Gassaway Fowler and family.  Ellis Fowler (son of Ellis Fowler b. 1770 and Mary) was living nearby with his wife Sarah “Sally” Clark and their family.

 

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Elijah Fowler and Family; Draytonville, Union County, SC  June 23, 1870

 

Elijah Fowler and his family had moved to Jonesville, SC  by September 21, 1870 and were living next to Mary’s brother Damon Moseley and his family.

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Elijah Fowler and Family; Jonesville, Union County SC Sept 21, 1870

 

Why was the ELIJAH T.FOWLER family counted twice in census records in 1870?

On June 23, 1870, the family was recorded in Draytonville, Union County, SC as follows:

  • Elijah Fowler age 40
  • Mary Fowler age 34
  • Gassaway Fowler age 9
  • Susan Fowler age 6
  • Fanny Fowler age 3

On September 21, 1870, they were recorded in Jonesville, Union County, SC as follows:

  • Elijah Fowler age 40
  • Mary Fowler age 34
  • Josephine Fowler age 9
  • Susan Fowler age 7
  • Francis Fowler age 3

Sometime between June 23 and September 21, the family moved from Draytonville to nearby Jonesville.  Gassaway Josephine and Francis “Fanny” Fowler stayed the same age, but Susan Bettie had a birthday on September 7, making her a year older.

 

The Elijah Fowler family had moved back to Draytonville, SC by 1880.  They were living near Ellis and Sarah Clark Fowler and other related Fowler families.

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Elijah Fowler and Family 1880 Census; Draytonville, Union County SC

 

Elijah and Mary’s daughter Gassaway Josephine “Josie” Fowler married Dr. Thomas Lee circa 1886.  Their first child. Mary, was born in Alabama in 1888, followed by son Joshua in 1892 in Alabama, and son Thomas in Oklahoma in 1897.

Thomas and Josie Fowler Lee and their family were living in Indian Territory, Chickasaw Nation (Oklahoma) in 1900.  Josie’s father and mother, Elijah and Mary Jame Moseley Fowler were also living in the household.

The census record states that Mary Jane Fowler had 10 children during her marriage, but only the three daughters, Josie, Susan Bettie, and Francis, were ever counted in census records.

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Elijah and Mary Fowler living with daughter Josie Lee and Family                                                         1900 Census Indian Territory, Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma

 

Elijah Fowler died on February 16, 1908, and Mary Jane Moseley Fowler died January 13, 1918.  They are buried in the Childersburg Cemetery, Talladega County, Alabama.

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Elijah T. Fowler 1830-1908
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Mary Jane Moseley 1835-1918

Elijah and Mary Jane’s daughter Gassaway Josephine Fowler  married Dr. Thomas Lee, as stated above.  It must be mentioned that their oldest son, Joshua Bryan Lee (1892-1967), was both a senator and a representative in Congress.

Joshua was born in Childersburg, Alabama, but the family moved to Paul’s Valley, Indian Territory when he was three years old.  They moved again in 1901 to Hobart, and then near Rocky, Oklahoma.

He graduated from the University of Oklahoma  in 1917, receiving a masters degree in political science in 1924 from Columbia University.  He went on to earn an LL.B. degree from Cumberland University of Tennessee in 1925.

Joshua Lee served overseas in France in the U.S. Army as a private in World War I in 1917-1918.

He was a successful author, public speaker, lawyer, and rancher.  He married Louise Gerlach and had two children.

A link to the Oklahoma Historical Society: http://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=LE004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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