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Clayton & Doris Wilson Lowe of Anderson Co., TX

Updated February 17, 2009

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My paternal grandfather, Clayton Lowe, was born in 1895 in Texas and died in 1963 in Anderson Co., TX. He had been a farmer and worked in the railroad shops in Palestine, TX. His father was William Franklin Lowe, the brick wall on this tree. Best guess is that William Franklin Lowe came to Texas from Tennessee sometime after the Civil War and settled first in Dallas County on Duck Creek (listed in the county directory at Mesquite in early 1880's). Moved later to Johnson County near Rio Vista. He is buried in the Rio Vista Cemetery. He left Cleburne in Johnson County and bought property in Anderson County in 1914 because it was more like the hills he remembered from Tennessee. William Franklin Lowe died in 1920. W. F.'s wife was Lura Garrison. According to census data she was born in TX but her mother was born in Illinois.

My paternal grandmother, Doris Audrene Wilson, was born in 1903 in Texas and died in 1978 in Palestine, TX. She was born in Ennis, TX as her dad was a worker with the Railroad at the time. The family settled in Anderson Co., TX. Her father was Henry Clarence Wilson and her mother, Marion Alice Porter. Marion's line can be traced back to families named Lacy, Rhuys (or Rice), Wise and Clairborne. Henry Clarence Wilson is the son of John Wilson, one time Postmaster of Starrville in Smith County, TX and John's 2nd (3rd?) wife, A. Catherine Lowry.

On the maternal side, I continue to look for Reynolds, McCall, Northcross (Norcross), Cooper, Brakefield, and a multitude of others. My maternal grandfather was Ruel Reddington Reynolds (1885-1965) and my maternal grandmother was Ethel Mary McCall (1894-1975), born in/near Walnut Ridge, Lawrence Co., AR and died in Abilene, TX.

On my wife's side, I've just received connections for her greatgrandparents George Andrew Davis (1880-1956) and Pearl Love (1885-1972) who were married in the vicinity of Erath County, TX about 1905. One son of George and Pearl was George Andrew Davis, Jr., who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for service in WWII and the Korean Conflict.

George Sr's parents were Richard Harrison Davis (1855-1933) and Lucinda Caroline Gilbreath (1855-1942). This Gilbreath line then connects with Squire Boone, father of Daniel Boone, through Daniel's sister, Sarah. Pearl's parents were William Campbell Miller Love (1849-1902) and Caroline Marion Lasater (1850-1939).

Family Photos
  • W. T. McCall (115 KB)
    This is my maternal greatgrandfather, W. T. McCall. He died when my grandmother was less than a year old.
  • John Franklin Fletcher (3 KB)
    This is Sandra Brown Lowe's grandfather, John Franklin Fletcher. One of her relatives has websites with several photos of Fletcher and Foley kin.
  • W. Edwin Lowe (76 KB)
    This is my dad in his WWII days.
  • Season's Greetings (113 KB)
    Here are a couple of Brown, Davis, Fletcher, Lowe, McCall, Meyer, Reynolds, Wilson descendants topping the Christmas Tree.
  • Ethel McCall with her sister and new brotherinlaw (367 KB)
    As described by Maxcine Archer Reeves, this photo was evidently taken on Lois McCall's wedding day.
  • Ruel R. Reynolds (71 KB)
    This photo and text shows my grandfather as a young man. It comes from the book, _Preachers Who Blazed the Trail_.
  • R R Reynolds family, c. 1935 (40 KB)
    Here is a motley looking crew. The young blonde in the center is my mother, youngest of the clan.
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