JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
JOHN LOWERY Sr.
JOHN LOWERY Sr. farmer, P.O. Dahlgren, Hamilton
County. One of the oldest residents in this county is the gentleman whose
name heads this sketch, born in Warren County, KY., May 3, 1803, a son
of John and Elizabeth (Reese) Lowry.
When three years old, his father brought him to what is now Coffee County,
Tenn., then Franklin County. There our subject attended the subscription
schools but slightly, but in after years taught himself, and is truly a
self-made man. Until he reached manhood's estate, he remained at home assisting
some on the home farm and also in his father's cooper shop. January 25,
1824, he came to Hamilton County, this State, where he settled about three
miles from his present location, and there he remained about one year.
From there he came to his present farm, where he now owns 280 acres in
Sections 7, 13, and 18, of Town 4 Range 4 east. Besides this, he also owns
86 acres in Town 4, of Range 5, Hamilton County, 52 acres within the present
limits of the town of Dalhgren, Hamilton County, and 15 town lots in that
town. Of the whole he now has about 160 acres in cultivation, and 2 1/2
acres in orchard.
Mr. Lowry was married in Franklin County, Tenn., July 3, 1823, to Nancy
Martin, a daughter of Alexander and Nancy (Dabney) Martin, both of whom
were natives of Pennsylvania. This lady was the mother of fourteen children,
the following of whom are now living, viz: David, in Washington territory;
John, in this township; Thomas, in Hamilton County; Elisha, in Stoddard
County, MO.; Jefferson, in business in the town of Dahlgren; Sarah, wife
of Zachriah Sinks, now in Texas; Elizabeth, wife of Alfred Dees, of Bald
township; and Mary, wife of Gabriel Joins, of Hamilton County. She died
November 16, 1880, and he was married the second time, June 9, 1881, to
Nancy Willis, a daughter of James and Nancy Willis, both natives of Virginia.
One child is a result of this union, Susie, born May 20, 1882. Subject
is a member of the Sugar Camp Baptist Church. Has held the offices of Justice
of the Peace and Constable, Township Trustee and School Trustee and Director.
In the time of the old state militia, dating from 1832, he was elected
to the office of Lieutenant of a company, and held it for about five years.
He was a soldier in the Black Hawk war under Beckerstoff. In politics he
is a Democrat.