James Lowe
(January 26, 1838 - )

JAMES LOWE 
 
 Entry in ‘Biographies of The Leading Citizens of Madison County’. 
Published 1894 in Boston by the ‘Biographical Review Publishing  
Company’. 
 
 This book contains short sketches of the lives of various people in Madison 
County. Each sketch also contains biographical information on relatives. 
 
 This entry mentions the following people: 
 
James LOWE, subject    Hannah HOSTLER, wife         Norvill TEFFT, brother/law 
Thomas LOWE, father    E.J. HOSTLER father/law 
          	       Mr. HAZLETINE, employer 
Martha LOWE, mother    Martha HOSTLER, mother/law	 
                       Henry FREEMAN, son/law 
John LOWE, brother     Charles H.S. LOWE, son	         
                       Cecil SEARLES, daughter/law 
Charles LOWE, brother  George LOWE, grandson	         
                       Jennie HOSTLER, sister/law 
Walter LOWE, brother   Harry LOWE, grandson 
Sarah E. LOWE, sister  Ena LOWE, granddaughter 
 
 JAMES LOWE, a prosperous and enterprising hardware merchant, residing in 
Munnsville, is a worthy representative of the progressive element of Madison 
County, and a self-made man in every sense applied to the term. He is a 
native of England, born in Norfolk County January 26, 1838, and is a son of 
Thomas and Martha Lowe, both of whom were born in England. 
 
 Thomas Lowe was for many years a shepherd in his own country, on a large 
farm known as the Quaker Wright estate. He remained thus engaged until 1850, 
when, accompanied by his family, he emigrated to America, landing in Quebec 
after a long and tedious journey of eight weeks and five days. He at once 
proceeded to Stockbridge, and soon after secured work in the Mathison Lime 
Works. He subsequently turned his attention to agriculture, and later bought 
a farm upon which he spent his last he years. He was married twice. His first
wife, mother of our subject, died in England, when about thirty years of age;
and his second wife died in Oneida, at the age of seventy-two years. Both he 
and his wife were esteemed members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In 
politics he affiliated with the Republican party. He reared a family of seven
children, five of whom are living: John Lowe, who resides in Siloam; James, 
the subject of our sketch; Charles and Walter, residents of Oneida; and Sarah 
E., widow of Norvill Tefft, who also lives in Oneida. 
 
 James Lowe, the subject of this brief sketch, was a lad of twelve years when
he came with the family to America. His early education, which was obtained 
in England, was further advanced by attendance at the district schools of 
Munnsville and Smithfield. He was an energetic, active youth, and at the age 
of thirteen years began to earn his own living, working first with a Mr. 
Hazeltine, a tanner and currier. He afterward went to Chenango County, and 
secured a position in the tannery of Hiram Smith, of Norwich, and proved 
himself so faithful and capable that he was promoted to superintendent,  
remaining there five years. Having accumulated quite a sum of money, he next 
bought a tannery in a place called Gray Brooks, but was unfortunate, and not 
only lost his hard-earned savings but became so deeply indebted that the 
succeeding three years were spent in paying his liabilities. 
 
 In 1860 he became agent for a publishing house, and travelled on the road, 
selling books, for three years. Mr. Lowe then signed a contract to furnish 
the Auburn State Prison with plain wood and timber for a term of years. At 
the expiration of that time he came to Munnsville, and for the following 
three years was engaged as a butcher; but, preferring some other occupation, 
he entered the mercantile business, and for several years dealt in furniture 
and jewelry. Dropping the former, he substituted hardware, and has since 
added other commodities, and now operates a general store, carrying stock 
valued at from seven thousand to ten thousand dollars, with sales aggregating
from twenty thousand to thirty thousand dollars per year. 
 
 In 1889, Mr. Lowe formed a partnership with his son-in-law, Henry Freeman, 
under the firm name of Lowe & Freeman; and, in addition to their other 
business, the firm dealt largely in hides and wool, doing a business each 
year amounting to about sixty thousand dollars. Mr. Lowe is a man of fine 
business ability, honorable and upright in all his transactions, public-
spirited and liberal, and is much interested in the welfare and progress of 
his community. In politics he is an influential member of the Republican 
party, and has served several years as School Director and Church Trustee. 
 
 Our subject was united in marriage April 19, 1859, to Hannah Hostler. She 
was born in England and came to America when twelve years of age with her 
parents, E. J. and Martha Hostler. Her father, who was born in England in 
1817, is living in Oquawka, Henderson County, Ill.; but Mrs. Hostler died 
when about thirty-six years of age. They had a family of eight girls, only 
two of whom are now living, - Mrs. Lowe, and Jennie, Mrs. Devore, who lives 
in Burlington, Ia. To Mr. and Mrs. Lowe have been born two children. Charles 
H. S., who is a jeweller, living in Michigan, married Cecil Searles, of 
Syracuse, and have three children, - George, Harry, and Ena. Ada is the wife 
of Henry Freeman,; and they have one child, Edith. 
 
 For further information on the LOWE family, contact the  
transcriber: 
 
Geoff Lowe 
'Collies' 
51, Ticknell Piece Road, 
Charlbury, 
Oxfordshire 
England 
OX7 3TN 
 
e-mail: Geoff_Lowe@hotmail.com 

Date: Thursday, November 11, 1999 10:25 AM

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