Fowler-HOUSTON marriage, Sam Houston
I am very interested in your marriage between Fowler and Houston, as the link between Fowler and Sam Houston of Texas fame is one I have been trying, with little effect, to unravel.I have a Martha Ann Fowler, My GG Grandmother,born 1840 in Tenn , died 1907 in Pittsburg Texas (camp county), buried city cemetery Henderson, Texas (Rusk County). I have been entirely unable to determine her ascendancy. I do have her on 3 census' involving Rusk county: in 1860 she is 31, 1870-30(!) and in 1880-41. The 1870 age entry would have her born 1830 being without advance in age after a 10 year lapse between data collection and so can be considered the probable error for age entry, but I have not discounted it entirely as her parentage is soelusive.I have an obit for her,it informs she died visiting her daughter and further states Martha Ann was actually a resident at the time just prior to her death of Hughes Springs, having lived many years in Henderson. I am uncertain why she would have been in Hughes Springs, except she did have several children, and was at the time of her death a widow,so perhaps was resident with one of her children in later years.She was married to David P. Howard ( the P. Likely for Patterson as that name persists throughprevious and subsequent generations as a favoured male middle name)who died before 1900 in Rusk County,(and was born Va). Dave and Martha Ann'shome is on the Rusk County Historical Registry in Texas; of interest here is that it is known Sam Houston of Texas fame visited Dave Howard and Martha Ann (Fowler) Howard with some frequency in that home.
There is reference to Martha Ann being a cousin to Sam Houston in letters written by her daughter. Whether or not this claim is for first degree kinship I am not sure, I have read in secondary sourcesboth that it is an unknown degree of cousinship, and that it isfirst degree. What is evident is that it was significant enough that he visited his known Martha Ann, and that Martha had a"buttermilk pitcher" in the home for his use, apparantly called Sam's buttermilk pitcher.I have spent alot of time accessing online pedigrees for Sam, and IGIs for Fowlers.The pedigrees for Sam are often detailed,with all their inadequacies and lack of footnotes, but still I can find no marriage ofhis aunts to a Fowler, and no marriage of his Great aunts producing girls who married fowlers.
Yours is the first referencelinking the two names.