JOHN LOWREY and ELENDER LOWRY
by David Lowrey
John Lowrey was born April 12,1755. By most accounts he was born in North Carolina, however there is no proof of this. When he and Elender Lowry were married on March 16, 1780 in Rowan Co, NC, they had known one another for several years. Elender, born February 22, 1762 in Frederick Co, VA, would later recall that she had come to Rowan Co with her father (believed to be Charles Lowry, Sr) when she was a young girl and that John had also been there since childhood. She later remembered that John was in the Army before their marriage and that he had received a six-week furlough and came back to Rowan Co to marry. At the end of his furlough, he returned to his service. She recalled a nearby skirmish in which John was involved and said she could hear the sounds of guns from her home on the Catawba River, near Beatties Ford. Though she did not mention it by the name it was later given, she appears to have been talking about the McIntyre Skirmish which indeed occurred in 1780 near Beatties Ford, not far from Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co, North Carolina. It involved a handful of local Patriots that clashed with some 300 British Troops and has come to be recognized as an important episode in the War for its demoralizing effect on Lord Cornwallis' army. It was a true grassroots effort that offered up proof that the Carolina Loyalist effort was going to fall far short of the level of strength counted on by the British tacticians.
After the war, John returned to his wife and home in Rowan Co. In the spring of 1790, John and Elender moved their family, which now included four children, to Elbert Co, GA. They lived in Elbert Co for 4 or 5 years and then moved to adjacent Franklin Co, GA. John Lowrey made a will on September 13, 1807. He died September 12, 1808 in Franklin Co, GA.
Elender remained in Franklin Co and, in October, 1811 remarried to James W. Cook. About three months later, in February, 1812, Elender and James Cook moved to Jackson Co, GA. With the exception of about four months in 1827 when they lived in Habersham Co, GA, they would remain in Jackson Co until James Cook's death in July, 1833. Elender Cook applied for a pension in Jackson Co, GA as a widow of John Lowrey, a Revolutionary Soldier. Her application was executed on September 5, 1849. Most of the information above was given by Elender in her application for pension. It is not presently known when or where Elender died, only that it was after 1850.
Also included with her application for pension was a list of John and Elender Lowrey's children. This list was apparently created by the oldest of the children, James Lowrey.
|James||January 6, 1781|
|Ann||January 25, 1783|
|Charles||June 27, 1785|
|Nathan||November 29, 1787|
|Elisabeth||July 15, 1790|
|Shadrach||November 5, 1792|
|John B||February 1, 1795|
|Middleton||August 12, 1797|
|Elender||October 14, 1801|
|Polly||November 11, 1803|
At the bottom of the list, but set apart from the above information was:
John D. Lowrey born September 10, 1813.
It is not known for sure who this last individual was. The logical assumption is that John D. Lowrey was a son of James and grandson of John and Elender.
As mentioned at the top of this narrative, it is believed that Elender's father was Charles Lowry, Sr. The name of her mother is not known. It is not known who either of John Lowrey's parents were. However, if John and Elender named their children according to naming conventions of the time (the first son is named after the paternal grandfather, the second son after the maternal grandfather, the first daughter after the maternal grandmother and the second daughter after the paternal grandmother), then John's parents were named James and Elisabeth and Elender's parents were Charles and Ann.
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