ANDREW D. LOWRY
by David Lowrey
Andrew D. Lowry was born abt 1828/1829 in Georgia, probably in Habersham County. He was the 4th son born to James Lowry and Catherine Dorsey. Although it is not known for sure what the "D" in his name stood for, it most likely stood for "Dorsey" since he had an uncle Andrew Dorsey and was most likely named after him.
Andrew, or Andy as he was called, married in Cherokee Co, Georgia on January 25, 1849 to Mary D. Chapman. In December of that year they had their first child, a son they named William E. Lowry. By the time the Census was taken in 1850, Andrew and his new family were in Cass Co, Georgia living very near Andrew's older brother John Washington Lowry and his sister Sarah Lowry (who married Francis Lawson Lowry). Andrew was a laborer at this point in his life. Before leaving Georgia, Andy and Mary had a second child, Martha, born about 1851.
Before their next child, Permelia, was born in about 1854, Andy and his family had relocated to Alabama, where they lived throughout much of the 1850's. Two more daughters were born there: Amerika in about 1856 and Emma in about 1858. At least some of this time in Alabama was spent in Guntersville in Marshall County.
By 1860, Andy and his 5 children were in Des Arc, Prairie Co, Arkansas. By this time Andy had become a doctor and his services would be in great demand during a Smallpox epidemic. He and Mary were afflicted with the sickness but survived. Though Andrew was not in the service during the Civil War, he was a practicing civilian doctor and, according to a letter written by him to his siblings, he often treated Confederate soldiers. This may have been what led to his demise. According to a letter written in 1866 by his brother, Basil, Andrew was taken from his home in April of 1864 by Jayhawkers ( a name given to a group of anti-slavery pro-Union guerrillas who were undisciplined, unprincipled, occasionally murderous, and always thieving) and was killed a couple of days later. His body was thrown in a lake and subsequently discovered and removed by a neighbor of Andrew's who sent for Andrew's wife, Mary. She had him buried and, in the fall of 1865, took the children and moved to Texas. It is not known if Andy and Mary had more children during the time between 1860 and 1864. Since they were only in their 30's during this period, it is likely that more children were born. William E. Lowry, son of Andrew and Mary, married Martha Lawler in 1869 in Smith Co, Texas. It is not known what happened to Mary and the 4 girls.
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