HI Wendy, It's been some time since we corresponded and for that I apologize, especially since upon rereading your post of 22 May 2000 you asked about my connection to the Lowthorpes.My connection to the Lowthorpe name is that Francis Lowthorp(e) born in England, probably Yorkshire, ca 1740 is my gggggrandfather.He was in Beverly, Yorkshire as an "Exciseman" in about 1770-1780 with children Mary, Francis Jr. christened at St. Mary's in Beverly in July 1774, and probably Jane, birth date unknown.By the late 1770s or early 1780s, Francis Sr. was in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina in America.There he became quite influential in the development of the new republic.He was elected as County Coroner, Justice of the Peace, and Worship Master of the local Masonic Lodge for 14 consecutive terms from his first election in 1792 until his death in October of 1806.
Francis was involved in the maritime trade, to what extent as yet not fully determined.He operated a general store offering imported items from England and mainland Europe to the new country.He had sizable land holdings including a tobacco plantation.Around 1800-1803, he suffered some as yet unexplained economic misfortune which resulted eventually, in the loss of most of his assets including his plantation and personal property.At his death he was so in debt that the Masonic lodge paid for his funeral and provided relief for his wife and young daughter.He had married in 1793 to Katherine Hewitt in New Bern and sired a daughter, Sarah (Sallie).His older children, born in England, married, first Mary to Charles Churchill in Janurary 1794, Jane to John Pasteur in 1801 and Francis Jr. to Delaney Braswell in 1803.I"m descended from Francis Jr.
The mother of these three children either remained in England upon migration or had died before Francis came to NC.He may have established a business In America some time before he brought his family, given the chaos of the revolution ongoing about that time period.I have discovered no evidence that he participated in the American Revolution on either side, but that he had a thriving business by 1784 suggests that he was not viewed as a Loyalist by the Americans.
He apparently had business interests in Jamaica and the other islands of the Caribbean basin.There is evidence that he had ships which sailed from the carolinas to the Carribean on a routine basis.
I'd really like to verify the link to England and develop the genealogy beyond Francis back to the origins in Lowthorpe.Beverly is just a very few miles from Lowthorpe in Yorkshire.I would also like very much to ascertain who the mother of Mary, Jane, and Francis Jr is.There may have been other siblings which did not leave England.I have no knowledge if there were, but it's certainly a thought since he would have been in his late 30s to mid 40s when those children were born, if my estimation of his age is anywhere close to correct.That's based, by the way, on a portriat painted of him in about 1800 clothed in his full Masonic regala which suggests a man in his 60s or maybe a little older.
Hope to hear from you and continue this dialogue.
Frank, in Australia, you'll recall that we exchanged emails late in 1999, early 2000.Hope that you also read this and add whatever you might to the unraveling of the family tale. db