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T. W. Lowery Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1885

Livingston County

T. W. Lowery was born September 15, 1837, in Caldwell County, Kentucky. He is the seventh of a family of eleven children born to John and Grace (Ordway) Lowery, natives of Virginia and New Hampshire, respectively. James Lowery, subject’s grandfather, moved from Virginia to Kentucky in an early day, and settled in Caldwell County, where he lived a number of years.  He afterward moved to Hopkins County, and died in 1854, at the age of eighty-three years.  John Lowery came to Kentucky when a small boy, and lived in Caldwell County until his death, which occurred about 1874.  He was a farmer and during his life accumulated a large estate and became quite wealthy.  Subject’s mother, Grace Lowery, is a daughter of Daniel Ordway.  She was born in New Hampshire, and is still living, making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Charles Miles, in Caldwell County.  T. W. Lowery was reared on a farm and spent the first twenty-three years of his life in his native county, and after attaining his majority chose farming as his life’s work.  He was married October 23, 1862, to Sallie Butler, a daughter of D. A. and Matilda A. (Green) Butler, of Crittenden County.  One year after his marriage, Mr. Lowery moved to Livingston County, and located in Salem Precinct, where he purchased a farm of 160 acres.  He has been a very successful farmer and now owns a farm of 600 acres, the greater part of which is in cultivation.  His first wife died in March, 1879, aged thirty-four years.  She was the mother of six children:  Alice, wife of D. R Stewart; Willie, deceased; Emma L., John H., Mary D. and Leonard.  September 14, 1882, Mr. Lowery married Mrs. Sallie Madlock, daughter of James and Ellen Isbell, of Warren County, Kentucky.  One child has been born to this union – Ollie.  Mr. Lowery gives his attention to his business affairs and is considered one of the best farmers in the precinct.  He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, belonging to the New Salem congregation.  Mrs. Lowery is an active member of the Christian Church.

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