My direct descendants are in bold type. This is a work in progress. Much of my direct line is documented, but some may not be. If there is a question, I usually include words like “seems likely” or “possibly” in hopes that it may help someone else or eventually get me closer to documentation. Also, I do make errors when transferring info to my files or to the site. If you find errors that you can correct, please e-mail me and I'll gladly make the changes or if you have more information on anyone mentioned here and can share it, I would be really appreciative.

Oliver Fowler
My 3rd Great-grandfather, 1826-1859

 

Oliver Fowler was born in 1826 in Alabama. He married Anna Malone in 1848 at the age of 22. The census of 1850 shows him living in District 8, McNairy County with his 21 year-old wife, one-year old son and new-born daughter.

He died in 1858 at the age of 32.

That same year, at the age of 29, Oliver’s widow Anna married Frances Callaway Robison in McNairy County, TN and together they had six more children: Elisha, Penah, PS, Mary L, Larkin Calloway and William S.

The children of Oliver and Anna Malone Fowler were:

Last First Born Location Born Died Location Died Spouse
Fowler Mary Jane 1850
Fowler Louis M. 14 July 1848 McNairy Co., TN 10 Aug 1938 Haywood Co., TN Sarah Elizabeth Patterson
b. 29 Nov 1851
m.27 Mar 1868
d.25 Jan 1920
Photo from William L. Fowler Jr. / This photo of Lewis Fowler was taken about 1933 at his “homeplace” in Haywood County, Tenn.

Lewis Fowler
My 2nd Great-grandfather, 1848-1938

Louis M. Fowler was born 14 July 1848 in McNairy County. His father died when he was just 10 years old.

In 1868 at the age of 19, he married Sarah E. Patterson who was 16. In the census of 1880, he was 32 and living with his wife, who was 26 and their five children. At some point during the next decade, they moved to the North part of District Four in Haywood County.

In the 1900 census, Lewis was 51 and living with his wife Sarah who was 48. They had been married 32 years and had six children living at home. Their oldest daughter Mollie was 23 and her occupation was “dressmaker.” Their next to youngest daughter was Ruby (my great-grandmother) who was 12.

In the 1910 census, they had moved to District Five, Lewis was 62, Sarah was 59 and only one child was still at home: Daisy who was 17. They lived next door to their 22-year-old daughter Ruby and her husband James L. who was 24. South of their home, next door to Ruby and Jim, as he was called, was Lynn B. and Anna L. Lovelace. Lynn was Jim’s great uncle.

In the 1940s, their great niece, Shirley Lovelace Williams, would remember her being called “Aint Anna” and that she was a little bitty woman and was always frying “fat meat.” Shirley remembers she had two rows of dark green boxwood shrubs leading up to her front door. Her house was an old wooden house and a brick house sits on the same spot today. Anna and Lynn B had sons Russell B., Walter Lee and Vernan C.

Walter married Ruby’s sister Daisy.

Sarah Patterson Fowler died Jan. 25, 1920 and, by the time the census was taken that year, 68-year-old Louis was living with his daughter Ruby’s family. In addition to Louis and Jim and Ruby’s six children, two other Fowlers are also living in the home: Jesse who was 13 and Leslie who was 11.

Jesse and Leslie were sons of Ruby’s brother, Samuel Dalton Fowler and his wife, Clyde Lorene Mann. They also had a daughter named Little. Dalton Fowler died Oct. 2, 1913 leaving his wife with three young children to raise. Clyde married again by 1917 and had three sons with her second husband, Ben Hilburn.

You can read more about them on this blog entry.

The Patterson Family

Sarah Patterson was the daughter of James Patterson (b. 1803 in Wake, NC, d. 1855 in McNairy, TN) and his wife Nancy Holcomb Patterson (b. 1817 in NC, d 1880 in McNairy, TN). They were married on Oct. 10, 1826 in Surry County, NC.

James’ parents were Wilson Patterson Sr. (b. 1781 in NC) and Charity Walker Patterson (b. 1786 in NC).

Wilson Patterson, Sr., served in the North Carolina militia during the War of 1812. He was a Private in the infantry assigned to: the 2nd Company, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade of the North Carolina Militia from Guilford County. He was mustered in to service on November 28, 1814. Initially called to Hillsborough for organization and training, his unit marched to Norfolk, VA and was conscripted in to Federal service at the pleasure of the United States Regular Army.

Wilson’s parents were Young Patterson (b. 1753 in NC, d. 1822 in Guliford Co., NC) and Elizabeth whose last name is unknown. Young fought in the Civil War.

Young’s parents were Smith Patterson (b. 28 Aug. 1720 in Bristol Parish, VA, d. in Granville, NC) and Sarah Turner.

Smith’s parents were John Patterson (b.1690 in Prince George, VA, d. 1754 in NC) and Jane Smith (b. 1700 in Westmoreland, VA, d/ 5 Mar 1724 in Middlesex. VA).

Letter from Jenny West / Lewis Fowler wrote this letter to his son on Christmas Eve, 1920. You can find out what he wrote in this blog entry.

 

In the census of 1930, Lewis was living with his daughter, Mollie, and her husband.

Lewis’ grandson, William L. Fowler, Jr., fondly recalls from childhood his memories of Mollie Fowler’s cakes and pies as well as Lewis Fowler’s nervousness about cars. “There were times when Grandpa Fowler rode in the car with my Dad and I. He always kept both hands on the door as if he was ready to jump out if anything went wrong.” he writes. “I’m not sure if he ever had much faith in automobiles.”

On Aug. 10, 1938 Louis Fowler died at the age of 90. He was burried with his wife at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Haywood County, Tenn.

The headstone of Louis and Sarah E. Patterson Fowler in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Haywood Co, TN.

 

Photo from Jenny West / Fowler Siblings l to r: Daisy Fowler Lovelace, Molly Fowler and Ruby Fowler Lovelace Oliver Fowler in the front

The Children of Louis and Sarah E. Patterson Fowler were:

Last First Born Location Born Died Location Died Spouse
Fowler Mary C. 1871 Haywood Co., Tenn.
Fowler Lula M. 1873 Haywood Co., TN 1960 Lincoln, TN G. W. Parker
Children of G.W. and Lula Fowler Parker were Herbert, Jasper, Lucy, Jerline, Mattie, Blanche, Vary Elmore and John
Fowler Oliver Wilson 12 Jan 1875 Haywood Co., TN 9 June 1951 St. Francis, AR Lucy Browder
b. 1882
d. 1917Lillie Dell Hudson
b. 15 Aug 1886
d. Feb 1971
Wilson Fowler was born in 1875 in McNairy County, Tenn. He first married Lucy Browder and they had four children: Vassie, Rose Lee, Willie and Otis. After Lucy died, he married Lillie Dell Hudson who had children of her own including Leona and Ira. Together, Wilson and Lilly had Daulton, Odell and Authur. Between 1910 and 1920 Wilson moved to St. Francis, Ark.

Wilson died 9 Jun 1951 and was buried in the Harris Chapel Cemetery in Wynne, Ark.

You can read more about Wilson Fowler and his children on my blog entry about the Fowler family

Photo from Jenny West

top: Rose Lee Fowler and Willie Fowler, Wilson Fowler
bottom: Lilly, Odell and Wilson Fowler, Vassie Fowler

 

Fowler Mollie F. Sept 1876 Haywood Co., TN S.W. Parker

John Henry Fowler
b. 1871
m. 1892
d. 1945

The possible children of Mollie and John Henry Fowler were: Early May, William Richard, James H., Jim, Leander Doyle, Burt, Emma Lou, Jessee, Andrew Wayne, Addie Bell and Floyd.
Fowler Thomas Monroe 26 May 1880 Haywood Co., TN 19 Nov 1937 McNairy County, TN Mary
 

The children of Thomas and Mary Fowler were: Mary, Elmer, Vera and Blanche.

Fowler Samuel Dalton 16 Jan 1882 Haywood Co., TN 2 Oct 1913 Haywood Co., TN Clyde Lorene Mann
b. 17 Oct 1889
m. 25 Jun 1905
 

The children of Samuel Dalton and Clyde Fowler were: Jessie Thomas, William Leslie and Little.

After Dalton’s death, Clyde married Ben Hilburn and had three more sons: Morris E., Benard E. and Elvis.

 

The headstone of Samuel Dalton Fowler in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Haywood Co, TN.

l to r: Little Fowler, William L. Fowler, Sr. and Clyde Lorene Mann Fowler Hilburn in the early 1950s.

 

Fowler Elender M. 1884 Haywood Co., TN
Fowler Ruby 12 Aug 1887 McNairy Co., TN 29 Jan 1952 Haywood Co., TN James Luther “Jim” Lovelace
b. 27 Sept 1885
m. 28 May 1905
d. 31 March 1968
Fowler Daisy June 1893 Haywood Co., TN Dec 1976 Madison Co., TN Walter Lovelace
b. 21 Oct 1890
d. Dec 1976
Daisy and Walter had five children, three who are apparently living as of 2010. Starley, Amelia and Walter Jr. The two who have died are Mildred Louise (1916 – 2001) and Anna Elizabeth (1927 – 1996).

Walter Lee was one of the sons of Lynn B. Lovelace while James Luther Lovelace was the son of Lynn’s brother, Charles Buchanan Lovelace. More about the Lovelace Family

Ruby Fowler
My Great-grandmother, 1887-1952

 

Photo from Jenny West / Ruby Fowler likely around 1910

Ruby Fowler was bornAug. 12, 1887 in Chester County, Tennessee. She married Ji9m Lovelace on May 28, 1905 at Allens by Esq. Herring. They lived just east of the homeplace where Jim’s parents, Charles and Nancy Jane Yelverton Lovelace and their large family lived.

In the 1910 census, Ruby’s parents and family, the Fowlers were living next door on the other side in a home they built. By 1920, Ruby’s mother Sarah had recently died, Louis was 68 and living in the house with his daughter Ruby’s family along with two other Fowlers; Jissie who was 13 and Leslie who was 11.

Eventually, Louis Fowler would go to live with his daughter Mollie. The Lovelace family would continue to grow because, through the years, as the sons would marry, often they would initially bring their new wives to live in Jim and Ruby’s home.

Ruby’s grandchildren called her “Momma Ruby.” Her youngest daughter, Marie, remembers Ruby as being very mild-mannered and never losing her temper or getting mad.

Jim and Ruby were married on May 28, 1905 at Allens by Esq. Herring. They lived just east of the homeplace where Jim’s parents, Charles and Nancy Jane Yelverton Lovelace and their large family lived.

Photo from Jenny West / Ruby Fowler Lovelace

In the 1910 census, Ruby’s parents and family, the Fowlers were living next door on the other side in a home they built. By 1920, Ruby’s mother Sarah had recently died, Louis was 68 and living in the house with his daughter Ruby’s family along with two other Fowlers; Jissie who was 13 and Leslie who was 11.

Eventually, Louis Fowler would go to live with his daughter Mollie. The Lovelace family would continue to grow because, through the years, as the sons would marry, often they would initially bring their new wives to live in Jim and Ruby’s home.

Ruby’s grandchildren called her “Momma Ruby.” Her youngest daughter, Marie, remembers Ruby as being very mild-mannered and never losing her temper or getting mad.

She was always very worried and afraid during storms which may be where my grandfather Guy Lovelace, picked up his own anxiety during bad weather.

Church records show Jim and Ruby joined Zion Baptist Church on August 18, 1918 at a revival “preached by Dr. Woolridge with music led by Brother Thomas.”

Their extended family was a big part of the lives, with Jim’s parents, Charlie and Nancy Jane, living on the farm next door. Marie remembers Ruby preparing homemade moon pies for the frequent gatherings the Lovelace family would have.

In later years, grandson Bill Lovelace remembered Ruby as being very sensitive and crying often. He remembers “Grandaddy Jim” getting angry with her and her responding by bursting out in tears. My mother remembers her being very kind but also “nervous.”

Jim and Ruby Fowler Lovelace

On 29 Jan 1952, when Ruby was 64, called Marie to let her know that his wife was having problems with her heart so he had called Dr. Stewart. When Marie arrived at the house, she remembers Ruby was cooking pork tenderloin, fried potatoes and chocolate pies.

At 3:00, Kate Smith came on the radio and Ruby told Marie and her sister Blanch, who had also come, that she was going to go lay down. About an hour later, Marie went to let her know she was leaving and Ruby had passed away in her sleep.

Jim and Ruby Fowler Lovelace

My maternal grandparents, Guy and Virginia Lovelace and their family were living in the house across the field from Ruby and Jim. My mother remembers playing next to the road with her brother Bobby when someone at Ruby’s house shouted for them to quickly get their father.

My mother’s brother, Bill Lovelace, remembers that the next day the family was holding Ruby’s wake in her house so his father went to see her. Bill waited in the truck in the driveway of the house for Guy to return. When he did, Bill remembers his father leaning his head on the steering wheel and crying.

It is the only time Bill remembers seeing his father cry.

After Ruby’s death, Jim lived at home alone for awhile then he stayed with several of his children.

Finally, he went to live with his son and daughter-in-law, Hobert and Carolyn Lovelace until his death from cancer in 1968, 16 years after Ruby had passed away.

They are both buried in the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Haywood County.

 

Jim and Ruby Fowler Lovelace’s headstone in the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Haywood County, Tenn.