WILL OF DAVID LOWRY
David Lowry, son of Charles Lowry, Jr, wrote his will on Jan 20,1874. The will was probated on April 12, 1875.
Many thanks to Peggy Heard for this material.
David was born February 10, 1789 in SC. According to Memoirs of Georgia (1895 by The Southern Historical Association), David moved with his parents and siblings to Franklin Co, GA in 1812. Like his brothers James and John, David fought in the War of 1812. He married Ann Bennett in Jackson Co, GA on March 31, 1817, and they later moved to Gwinnett Co, GA where some, if not all of their seven children were born. The children were: Soloman, William B., Thomas W., Francis Lawson, Sarah Ann, Elizabeth and Casandra. Casandra apparently either died young or never married and died before father David as she is listed on the 1850 Cass Co, Georgia Census as 16 years old but not mentioned in the will. The other six children were all mentioned in the will. Daughter Elizabeth died before father David and is mentioned in the context of "heirs of my daughter Eliza...". The other five were still living at the time of the will. The family moved from Gwinnett Co, Georgia to Cass Co, GA where Ann, David's wife of some 30 years died around 1847. David remarried to Elizabeth Shepherd in 1848 and they had one child, David James who was born in Cass Co in 1851. They remained in Cass Co until some time after 1851 when he and Elizabeth moved to Polk Co, GA. In 1855, David and Elizabeth were in Cherokee Co, AL and are listed on the 1860 Cherokee Co, Alabama Census. It appears that they moved to TX some time after 1860. They settled in the town of Starrville in Smith Co. Apparently David lived out the rest of his life in Starrville. He died there on March 03, 1875 and is buried at the Starrville Cemetery. Note that the surname was spelled LOWREY in the will. This may be a result of the transcription, although it is stated that David signed his name. Many of the individuals from this and other families began spelling it LOWREY after coming to Texas. David's gravestone at Starrville reads "David LOWRY".
I David Lowrey of the county of Smith being of sound and disposing mind and memory and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs while I have strength to do so make this my last will and testament, towit, hereby revoking all others heretofore by me made. I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner suited to my circumstance and condition in life. I will and direct and give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth all my household and kitchen furniture together with all the corn and possessions belonging to me and one certain white cow together will the appurtenances to the same in any manner belonging to be her property during natural life and at her death all of said property is to go to David James Lowrey my son. I give and bequeath to my son David James Lowrey a certain tract of and the same being my homestead consisting of 92 acres more or less adjoining Starrville on the south together with all and singular the rights and appurtenance to the same in any manner belonging free from all charges [on/in ?] limitations whatever in fee simple to dispose of as he may wish after my death. I give and bequeath to my son F L Lowrey one thousand dollars in notes left by me in Polk County Georgia for collection to dispose of as he may wish as his own and also one pale red cow and pay my debts out of the same. I give and bequeath to my son William B Lowrey the sum of five dollars after my death. I give and bequeath to my son Soloman R Lowrey the sum of five dollars after my death. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas W Lowrey the sum of five dollars after my death. I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Dodd the sum of five dollars after my death. I give and bequeath to the heirs of my daughter Eliza Greene the sum of five dollars after my death. _________ (unreadable) constitute and appoint John Wilson executor this this my last will and testament in _________ (unreadable) where of I have hereto set my hand this 20 day of January 1874.
The above was signed and notarized on 20 Jan 1874 by John Wilson, J.P. and Notary Public.
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