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 ancestry.com, 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.

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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:

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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……..

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One thought on “WILLIAM FOWLER 1795-before 1860, married to Rhoda

    Richard Fowler said:
    February 6, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    This is a great site. But can anyone help me with WILLIAM FOWLER born IN SOUTH CAROLINA about 1790-1800 per census died 1856-1860 in Henderson County, married to ELIZABETH…born about 1798 died about 1850-1860 He is my ancestor and names so common, I have hit a dead-end. It was assumed by some that he was born in Union County, but I cannot find a William that fits. The names of his children are suggestive: LEMUEL, GEORGE WASHINGTON, MARTIN, BERRY BENJAMIN, JAMES TINSLEY, JOHN JACKSON AND DOROTHY. Martin, my ancestor named a son PINCKNEY long after Governor Pinckney’s term, and I suspected that he (my ggfather might have been named for the Pinckney TWP in Union county. But no proof. All of the above were born in SC except John and Dorothy and I have traced them all forward. BUT the ancestry of William is unfound. HELP! Richard Fowler rwaynefowler@mindspring.com

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