(April 12, 1841 - )
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:
Walter LOWE, subject
Abbie Deette RANNEY, wife
Thomas LOWE, father
Oliver Russell RANNEY, father/law
Elizabeth THAXTER, mother
Elizabeth CARPENTER mother/law
Sarah BARNES, stepmother
Ezekiel CARPENTER, wife's grandfather
John LOWE, uncle
Dorcas GARDNER, wife's grandmother
James LOWE, brother Ebenezer RANNEY, wife's grandfather
Charles NOWELL, brother/law
Almeda BARTHOLOMEW, wife's grandmother
Russell W. LOWE, son
Agnes Elizabeth LOWE, daughter
"WALTER R. LOWE first saw the light April 12, 1841, in the town of Buxton,
Suffolk County, England. His father, Thomas Lowe, was born there; and from
the best authority attainable his family had its origin in that part of
England. The father was a shepherd; and in the lonely watches of the night,
guarding his flocks, the vision of the far-off, golden land of America filled
him with a longing to visit its shores. In 1849, accompanied by his wife and
seven children, he sailed from Liverpool, landing at Quebec after a long and
tedious voyage of six weeks and five days. He came almost immediately to
Madison County, and settled near Pratt’s Hollow, where he followed farming
and teaming, residing there until his death, in June 1872. His first wife’s
name before marriage was Miss Elizabeth Thaxter. She died in 1845; and
his second wife was Miss Sarah Barnes, who died in Oneida in 1890.
Thomas had a brother John, who came to America a few years after he did, and
who now lives in Munnsville, N.Y., aged eighty-five years, making his home
with a nephew, James Lowe. A sister of Thomas married Charles Nowell, a
Scripture reader in the Queen’s church at Windsor, England, where they still
reside. They have two daughters who are married and live in London.
Walter R. Lowe was but eight years of age when he arrived in America with
his parents. He was brought up and educated in the town of Eaton, and at
twenty-one began to learn the trade of carpenter and joiner, serving for
three years with Charles and William Stringer. He then went to Oneida, and
was employed as a journeyman two years. At the end of that time he entered
into business for himself as a contractor and builder, which he still
continues. When he attained the age of twenty-five. Mr. Lowe, considering
himself capable of taking the guardianship of a woman’s happiness in his
keeping, sought and obtained of Miss Abbie Deette Ranney her consent to
become his wife. The happy consummation of his wishes took place August 9,
1866. Miss Ranney as born at Valley Mills, Madison County, N.Y.
Her father, Oliver Russell Ranney, was born in Augusta, Oneida County,
January 6, 1816. He resided with his parents until his marriage, and then
worked with his father in his mill for a while, and for two years conducted
the farm on shares, afterward taking up the jewelry trade, also watch and
clock repairing at Valley Mills until 1877, when he moved to Oneida, where he
has since carried on the same business. He now lives with his daughter, Mrs.
He was formerly a Whig, and cast his first vote for William Henry Harrison.
Since the formation of the Republican party he has been one of its strong
supporters. He married in November, 1835, Miss Elizabeth F. Carpenter,
daughter of Ezekiel and Dorcas (Gardner) Carpenter. She was born in Rhode
Island in 1815, and died December 13, 1877.
Rev. Ebenezer Ranney, paternal grandfather of Mrs. Lowe, was born in
Blandford, Mass., May 25, 1776, and died April 12, 1860, in his eighty-fourth
year. At about twenty-one years of age he came to Oneida County, and made his
home with an elder brother in Sangerfield, and later purchased a tract of
land in the town of Augusta. At that time, and for many years after, there
were no railroads, no canals, nor convenient markets. The country was very
sparsely settled, and a log house and a small clearing constituted all the
improvements in the lands.
Standing timber had no value; and large logs that would now bring high
prices, were gathered and burned. The ashes were carefully saved and leached;
and the potash obtained was for a time their chief source of revenue. Mr.
Ranney cleared quite a large piece of land, and resided there until 1832,
when he sold it, and purchased a saw-mill at Valley Mills. Later he erected a
woollen mill, bought other land, and superintended the mills and farm,
residing there until his death. He was converted in his young manhood, and
became a preacher in the Baptist church.
He assisted in organizing a society of that denomination in Augusta, and at
his own expense rebuilt the mission church at Valley Mills, when he moved
there, and preached in that place for some years. He married Miss Almeda
Bartholomew, who was born in Goshen, Litchfield County, Conn., July 26, 1781.
They had five sons and two daughters, Oris, Dorcasa, Hiram, Ebenezer, Anson,
Oliver Russell, and Almeda Pamelia - Oliver Russell being now the only
surviving member of the family. Oliver Batholomew, father of Mrs. Ebenezer
Ranney, was born in Branford, New Haven County, Conn. He was one of the
pioneers of Oneida County, and spent his last years there. the maiden name
of his wife was Anna Lacey.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Lowe have two children, - Russell W. and Agnes
Elizabeth. The son, Russell, turned his attention to the profession of
medicine. He first studied with Dr. Carpenter, was graduated from the New
York Medical College at the age of twenty-one and is now a practising
physician in Ridgefield, Conn. Agnes Elizabeth lives at home with her
parents. Mrs. Lowe and her daughter are members of the Baptist church, and
illustrate in their lives the beauty and power of their religious faith. Mr.
Lowe is a fine example of what may be accomplished by industry and ability,
and is spoken of by his fellow-citizens as one of the men most worthy of
praise and honor in the community. In politics he uniformly supports the
Republican party, which finds in him a hard worker, firm in his adherence to
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Date: Thursday, November 11, 1999 10:26 AM
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