My great grandfather was Elias Lorenzo DOW (born in Henry Co., IN 4/7/1855; died 2/14/1904).He grew up in Shelby Co., IL where he married Anna Mary SHOWERS 7/24/1877.His parents were Benjamin F. DOW (born 1818 in Athens Co., OH; died 12/14/1893 in Shelby Co., IL) and Syrena BYRAM DOW (born 6/3/1827 in VA; died 10/7/1912 in Shelby Co., IL).
Shortly after their marriage in 1877, Elias Lorenzo DOW and Anna Mary SHOWERS DOW moved to Kaufman Co, TX with her parents John S. SHOWERS (born 12/7/1834 in Mifflin Co., PA; died 4/29/1909 in Mifflin Co., PA) and Nancy Jane COULTER SHOWERS (born 8/13/1834 in Mifflin Co., PA; died 1/5/1923 in Mifflin Co., PA) and their 3 sons and 5 daughters.The SHOWERS family had moved to IL from PA (sometime between 1873 and 1875).Anna Mary SHOWERS DOW (their oldest daughter) was born 9/13/1857 in Mifflin Co., PA and died 5/7/1936 in Upshur Co., TX.
Elias Lorenzo and Anna Mary had 5 sons and 1 daughter: 1. John W. DOW (born 4/1878 in TX; died ? in Guymon, OK) who married Stella ? (born 1883).They had several children in Guymon, OK including Lonnie DOW (7/29/1902-5/1983), Phillip DOW (2/1/1904-12/1969), and Katie ?. 2. Frank Benjamin DOW (born 10/1881 in TX; died 1946 in TX) who married Lula ? (1889-1947).They had 1 son and 4 daughters: Clarence W. (1906-1913), Flossy M. COLLINS (1908-1963), Myrtle CRAIG (1910-1998), Effie (1915-?), and Pearl Lois (1917-?). 3. Syrena Kate DOW EASTERLY (born 2/25/1884 in TX; died 10/15/1970 in TX) who married Charles J. EASTERLY (1881-1940).They had 2 sons and 5 daughters: Mabel (1903-1970), Ethel SMITH (1905-1972), Joe (1907-1979), Elmer (1909-1991), Ruby HOUSE (1911-1995), Girthy (1915), and Ednadial (1917). 4. James Elias DOW (born 4/1886 in TX; died 1956 in TX) who married Rena Elizabeth MARSH (1884-1958).They had 4 sons and 2 daughters: Artie (1910-?), Clyde (1912-?), Claud R. (1913-1914), Nina O. (1916-1993), Guy L. (1917-1945), and Horace (19??-still living). 5. Jesse Lwood DOW (born 11/1891 in TX; died 10/1932 in Lamb Co., TX) who married C. Belle DENNIS (1893-1982).They had 1 son and 3 daughters: Jesse Lwood, Jr. (12/16/1916-still living), Maurene WARD (1911-1993), Avis COOK (1913-1998), and Martha PARK (1923-?). 6. Albert Wilson DOW (born 9/3/1894 in Hunt Co., TX; died 10/3/1947 in Lamb Co., TX) who married Nancy Leona MARSH (born 2/7/1890 in Upshur Co, TX; died 12/15/1940 in Lamb Co., TX).They had 2 sons and 3 daughters: Mae Anna LOCKE (9/27/1915-still living), Earl Loyd (10/28/1917-still living), Gladys WHITESIDE (8/31/1919-still living), Roy Elonzo (8/24/1921-12/24/1971), and Mary Inez KESEY (4/29/1923-7/15/1992).Albert Wilson DOW and Nancy Leona MARSH DOW are my grandparents.
Elias Lorenzo and Anna Mary also had several children who died as children including: Nancy E. (3/14/1880-1/30/1881), Emma A. (1/1898-1907), and E. C. (1901-1907).They lived most of their life in either Kaufman, Hunt, or Upshur Counties in TX.
If anyone can make any corrections to the above or provide additional information, please e-mail me.It would be greatly appreciated.