Humphry Dean Dow of Coventry CT (which was home of a large number of Dows) had 2 famous sons - Ulysses and Lorenzo. Humphreyhad an unusual education and a fondness for Latin. Although he was a cobbler, he spent all surplus income on books and amassed an extensive library. His children were also avid readers. Ulysess (his name reflets Huphrey's interest in the Odyssey) was an educator. Lorenzo (name resultef from Himphrey;s appreciation of Florentine literature) was an itinerent preacher who had 20,00 or more children named for him throughout the region he travelled. He was preaching in Ohio at the same time Lafayette toured this country. Census records show that many people named their childrenafter these men - Lafayette being the most popular, bur Lorenzo a close second. Lafayette remained popular as a name for only a year or two, but the Lorenzo name still was being used in early 1900's. Many used the full name Lorenzo Dow - leaving current families wondering who in their family was surnamed Dow!