Charles Lowe
(b. December 6, 1839)

  Lowe, Charles, was born near London, England, December 6, 1839.  He was partly educated there, and 
came to the United States in 1850,  locating at Pratt's Hollow, Madison county, N.Y.  When seventeen 
years of age he went to Norwich, Chenango county, where he learned the tanner's trade, and in 1864 he 
came to Oneida, where he worked for Hon. George Berry for fifteen years, most of the time as foreman.  In
1877 he purchased the David and Hezekiah Brooks farm, improving it in many ways, erecting a new 
residence, barns, and fences.  October 25, 1860, he married Mary J. Manchester, of Pratt's Hollow, by 
whom he had seven children: Nellie I., Roscoe C., Fenton E., Cora M., George E., Libbie J., and Jesse E.,
who died in infancy.  Nellie I. married George Clark, of Oneida, N.Y., and they have one son, Charles L.  
Fenton E. is a resident of Quincy, Mass.  Mr Lowe's father, Thomas Lowe, was born at the old home in 
England, in 1810.  He married Elizabeth Thaxter, of Elson, by whom he had nine children: John, William, 
James, Charles, as above, Robert, Walter, Septimus, and Sarah and Elizabeth, twins.  The family came to 
the United States in 1850.  Mrs. Lowe died in England about 1848, and for his second wife Mr. Lowe  
married Sarah Barnes.  Mr. Lowe died in 1872.  Mrs. Lowe's father, William Manchester, was born in Rhode 
Island.  He was educated there, and married Catherine Oderkirk, of Hoosick, by whom he had thirteen  
children, only two of whom are now living: Mary J., and James.  Mr. Manchester died in 1836, and his wife
in 1861.  Mr Lowe has been a member of Oneida Lodge, No. 270, F.& A.M., since 1867, of which he was 
master in 1895. He has held the office of assessor six years.  The ancestry of the family is English on 
both sides. 

[Source: "Our County and Its People: A Descriptive Work on Oneida County" edited by Daniel E. Wager, 
Boston History Company, 1896.]
Provided by: Robert & Valerie Lowe 

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2002

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