of Thomas Fowler
1. Thomas3 Fowler (John2,
Archibald1) was born 15 Sep 1785 in
DE, and died 19 Jul 1855 in Madisonville, Hopkins Co. KY.
He married (1) Lodema Naomi Tracy 27 Oct 1814 in Clark Co. KY, daughter of Charles Tracy and Sarah Noe. She was born 1785 in Montgomery Co. MD, and
died 1834 in Clark Co. KY. He married (2)
Mrs. Elizabeth Cane Haggard 13 Jan 1835 in Winchester, Clark Co. KY, daughter of Henry Cane and Ann
Denison. She was born Abt. 1790 in Clark Co. KY, and died Abt.
1840 in Madisonville, Hopkins Co. KY.
Notes for Thomas Fowler:
These notes have been gathered over
the years from mostly family members. They have not been annotated formally. I
have many legal documents and original letters, etc, that verify most of what
is written here.
Important to linking Thomas Fowler to
Lucinda Fowler Embree: Thomas Fowler paid bond for both Hannah
Fowler and Louduska Fowler in the 1830s when they
married in Clark Co. KY (I have copies of these documents). Thomas also had a
son whom he named Lewden (Louden),
which ties him to the Lewdens of Delaware. Hannah and
Laduska must have been sisters of Thomas and Lucinda
According to John Ballew in 1939,
Thomas Fowler (Sr.) settled in Clark Co. KY between Winchester and Mt. Sterling. Mary E. Fowler
said that he lived near Stoner
Church on Stoner Creek, near Ruckersville; that he sold 200
acres of land for $40 per acre and bought 1,100 acres in Hopkins Co. in 1835.
Ballew said that Thomas raised sheep and grain in Clark Co. and became an
innkeeper for a time before he moved to Hopkins
ACCOUNT FROM DAVID S. FOWLER -- circa
Fowler was born in Delaware and moved to Clark Co. KY when a young man and married a
Miss (Lodema Naomi) Tracey. To them were born four
(5) children. William, James, (Sarah), Thomas and Alvin.
Naomi, as well as his oldest son, William, died in Clark Co. He married a
second time but do not know who he married the second time (Elizabeth Cane
Haggard. -- jRobbins). To
them were born three children, John, Louden and
did not mention James's family in his notes.)
Fowler married a Miss Slaton. To them were born six children, Rozzie, George, Fannie, David, Thomas and Annie. His first
wife died in 1857. Then, he married Martha Brown. To them were born five
children, Denzil, Gus, Anna and Ethel. All of his
living children are in Hopkins Co.
Fowler married a Miss Brown. To them were born five children: James, Mollie,
Charlie, Frank and Alvin. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in the
Confederate Army. He was made Colonel of a regiment and was killed in Muhlenburg Co. in a skirmish in 1863.
Fowler married Bettie Powell in Clark Co. To them were born two children:
Mollie and Mattie. He also enlisted in the Civil War under Bragg. He was in the
Perryville fight, he was taken sick just after the
fight, went home and died.
"Louden Fowler, when a young man, enlisted in the
Confederate Army under Morgan. Was wounded in the battle, captured and put in Camp Chase (he was really in Camp Morton in Indiana). He stayed there till the war closed. When he came home
he married Florence Thompson. To them were born three children: Lola, Emma and
was married to Frank Bourland. To them were born five
children: Henry, Augie, John, Edd
- SALLIE FLETCHER HILL NOTES -
Source: Sallie Fletcher Hill notes, Aug. 4, 1965.
a young man he (Thomas)
moved to Clark Co., Kentucky, and kept an inn. He married Miss Naomi Tracy. In 1939. Uncle John Ballew, son-in-law of James Fowler, told
me the following: Thomas Fowler, Sr., father of James, settled in Clark Co., Kentucky, between Winchester (Clark Co.) and Mt. Sterling (Montgomery Co.) My grandmother Mary Emmeline
Fowler Fletcher told me that that Thomas lived near Stoner
Church on Stoner Creek, near Ruckersville. Thomas sold 200 acres
of land for $40 per acre and bought 1,100 acres in Hopkins Co. Kentucky in
1835. Thomas raised sheep and feed."
JUDITH FOWLER ROBBINS NOTES -
Thomas Fowler and Naomi Tracy from Clark County, Kentucky. Thomas, we know from his tombstone in Grapevine
Cemetery in Madisonville, Kentucky, was born on Sep 15, 1785. The 1850 Census shows that he was born in Delaware. Naomi Tracy was born near Winchester, Kentucky, in 1785, the year her parents were married. Her parents,
Charles and Sarah Noe Tracy, were from Montgomery
Co., Maryland, and settled in Kentucky on the Big Stoner Settlement near Winchester in 1783.
Jan 13, 1835,
Thomas married Mrs. Elizabeth (Cane) Haggard in Winchester in Clark County. Elizabeth was about 20 years old when she married Thomas, who by
then was 50. Thomas and Elizabeth moved to Hopkins
County and had three children, Naomi, Louden
and John. Elizabeth died on Aug
24, 1840, after only five years of marriage, and is buried in
Grapevine Cem. Hopkins Co., Madisonville, Kentucky.
Fowler from DE was in the Clark Co. KY 1810 Census.
- 1850 CENSUS - HOPKINS CO. KY -
Fowler, Alvin — KY — Hopkins — Co. — District 1 — Pg.
111 - age 24
Fowler, James — KY — Hopkins — Co. — District 1 — Pg.
111- age 35
Fowler, Thomas J. — KY — Hopkins — Co. — District 2 — Pg. 121 - age 26
Fowler, Thos — DE — Hopkins — Co. — District 2 — Pg.
164 - age 64 (children: Louden, John and Naomi)
CAUTION FOR RESEARCHERS: There were
two separate Fowler lines in Hopkins
County in the 1850 census with many of the same family names;
however, our family was from Kentucky/Delaware and the other from North Carolina.
- CIVIL WAR -
Fowler died in 1855 and was to miss the Civil War which turned the lives of his
confederate sons upside down.
Son Alvin was killed in the war.
Son Louden was held in the Camp Morton Confederate
prison in Indianapolis, IN. He had smallpox while in prison and never really
recovered. (ref. Sallie Fletcher letter)
Son John fought in the Battle of Perryville for Confed.
Gen. Braxton Bragg. Just after the battle he became ill, went home, and died. (ref. Sallie Fletcher letter)
Grandson, Alexander, son of James Fowler, was captured in Marshall County,
Alabama, Jan. 15, 1865, and
sent to Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio. He probably died
Grandson William F., son of James Fowler, was captured in Marshall Co. Alabama,
Jan 15, 1865, and
sent to Camp Chase. He returned to Ky. after the war.
Son James moved to Union Co. Ky after the Civil War.
Son Thomas remained in Hopkins Co. following the war.
Daughter Naomi married Henry F. Bourland and remained
in Hopkins Co.
COUNTY, KY: Thomas helped keep the roads passable in Clark County along with his neighbors. His name is on several legal
documents pertaining to marriages, land transfers, etc. He was licenced by the Clark Co. courts to keep a tavern at his
home: the Halfway House (probably half
way between Winchester and Mt. Sterling.)
THE FAMILY SLAVES -
1860 census lists James, Alvin and Thomas J. as slave holders. They reported
seven slaves between them. John and Louden Fowler are
listed as landowners but have no slave lists.
James: one 45 year old mulatto slave woman
Thomas: one 38 year old female, black; one 28 year old male, black; and 1 three
year old female, black. He owned one slave house.
Alvin: one 43 year old female, mulatto; 1 forty year old male,
mulatto, and one 14 year old male, Black.
Wagner: "I have been under the impression that James Fowler had more
slaves than one. Mary E.'s stories indicate that this
was the case. Perhaps the status in 1860 when the census was made was not
also notes that Thomas Fowler and his family had many slaves according to early
family letters. "I found the letter that
... regards a slave who wanted to come to Texas with Mary E. The letter is apparently from Aunt Mattie
Ballew. It is in very poor condition and hard to read. I have Aunt Sallie's
comments on the letter: 'No date or place but Ky., I'm sure. I believe it was written by Aunt Mattie Ballew
(Nee Fowler) to Mother (Annie Fletcher). She speaks of John (her husband's
name.) She said that -- Aunt Lucy got ready to come home with John but Grandpa
would not let her come. -- I met Lucy, a slave who was devoted to Grannie (Mary Fletcher) in 1911. She told me how much she
wanted to come to Texas with the John Fletchers in 1881 but Lucy was married to a
young Negro man and he refused to come to Texas.' This letter must have been written in early
1880's. - Sallie
Fletcher Hill ca. 1964. Later Lucy was freed but she came back. (Grandpa
to Aunt Mattie would have been Thomas. Perhaps you are right about the Fowlers
- HISTORICAL BACKGROUND -
the time the Constitution was adopted, seven of thirteen states had abolished
slavery: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, Connecticut, New
York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Six retained it: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North
Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Thomas Fowler was born in Delaware. Then, in the Ordinance of 1787 slavery was prohibited
northwest of the Ohio River. As a result, Kentucky and Vermont, offshoots of Virginia and New
admitted to the Union in 1792, the former slave and the latter free.
1776, Kentucky became a county
of Virginia. Indians attacked settlers with British weapons. After
1778 when George Rogers Clark captured three British forts in Kentucky, the attacks became less frequent. In 1792 Kentucky became a state and more farmland was opened to
settlement. Opportunities in Kentucky were huge and superior pastures fostered horse breeding.
Farms prospered as steamboats were introduced in the early 1800s. Farmers
shipped huge cargoes of crops and livestock down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Thomas Fowler raised sheep. Kentucky produced 100% of the hemp used to make rope. After 1830, Kentucky was the leading producer of tobacco. A market for whiskey
in New Orleans down the Mississippi
River helped Kentucky to grow
both in manufacturing it and producing rye, corn and other
grains. Thomas also was a grain farmer, as well as a raiser of sheep. He was
also an innkeeper in the 1830s.
the autumn of 1861, the Commonwealth of Kentucky remained neutral in the Civil War. Her governor, Beriah Magoffin, refused to furnish troops to either side
of the war. Most Kentuckians remained loyal to the Union,
including virtually all the legislators except one. But, between a fourth and a
third of the men from Kentucky were Southern Sympathizers. April 19, 1961, Lincoln proclaimed a blockade of the main railway from Nashville in Tennessee to Louisville, Kentucky. By the same token, the Confederates refused to buy hemp
fabrics produced by the farmers in Kentucky. Tennessee refused passage of cotton, rice and turpentine into the
South. The Confederate Army took possession of Columbus, KY,
and battle lines were drawn within the state. Johnston’s Cavalry was formed in Kentucky for the Confederacy.
first Southern draft was in April, 1862. Most regiments were all men from the
same area who chose their own leaders. Johnston was appointed by Jefferson Davis, but wasn’t a very
successful officer. Lincoln freed the Confederate slaves on September 22 that year --
1862. Son Alvin became a Captain and lead his
neighbors and friends in skirmishes around Madisonville and other towns. (see Alvin
the Civil War ended in 1865, the government freed the slaves without paying
owners. Soldiers remained in the state of Kentucky longer than people thought necessary. Black troops were
sent to sections that had supported the South.
Southern markets couldn’t afford to buy Kentucky farm products. The steamboats replaced sailing ships and
the shipbuilders didn’t need hemp to make rigging. Fortunes had been made and
lost in Kentucky, those for the Confederate cause, losing the most. All
loans were called in and many Confederate soldiers and families lost
everything. Son James left Hopkins
County after he lost everything for a new start in Union County. (see James Fowler story)
- COURT RECORDS ON BEING AN INN
Jan. Court 1835 Winchester, Clark County KY. page 221. Information on Thomas
Fowler: "On motion of Stephen Treadway and Patsey Ann Treadway his wife, it is ordered that Septimus(sp)
Scholl, Sam'l Chons(sp),
Leonard Beall, and Joseph Scholl be and they are
hereby appointed commissioners who or any 3 of them shall allot to Elizabeth Fowler,
late Elizabeth Haggard, the wife of Thomas Fowler, widow of Martin Haggard dec'd, her dower in the real estate of her deceased husband
and make report thereof to this court, the said Patsy Ann Haggard being one of
the children and heir of said Martin Haggard dec'd
and make report thereof to the court."
Aug. Court 1835 Clark County KY. page 244. "Amount of sale of the Estate of Martin
Haggard dec'd was produced
in court app'd of and ord'd
to be recorded. Allotment of Dower of Elizabeth Fowler, late Elizabeth Haggard,
was produced in court , app'd
of and or'd to be recorded."
Dec. Court 1835 Clark County KY. page 272. On motion
of Thomas Fowler for leave to keep a tavern there not being a full court motion
continued ..." (note: apparently, Thomas Fowler returned to the court on
this matter in the following Jan. session:)
Jan. Court 1836 Clark County KY. page 277. Leave is granted Thomas Fowler to keep a taavern at his own house in the county at the half-way
house for the term of one year giving security whereupon he together with James
Clark enter into and ack'd their bond in
penalty of 100 pounds conditioned as the law directs."
Apr. Court 1837 Clark County KY. page 339. On motion
of Thomas Fowler leave is granted him to keep a tavern for the term of one year
from the date hereof at his own house called the half-way house giving security
whereupon he together with Asa Tracy entered into and
acknowledged their bond in penalty of 100 pounds conditioned as the law
Apr. Court 1838 Clark County KY. page 406. Ordered
that Thomas Fowler, Noah Miller, Will Benton and Ellis Dean or any 3 of them
being first sworn do appraise in current money the ___(if
any) and personal estate of Joshua Bartlett dec'd and
make report thereof to the court."
Filson Society holds these papers: 763. Wills, John P. Papers, 1831-1867. A\W741. .33 cu. ft.
Livestock agent and tavern keeper of Winchester, Ky. Papers include
correspondence, 1831-1860, regarding business matters; articles of
agreement, 1840, concerning the Blue Ball Tavern; licenses, 1842-1862, for his
hotel and tavern; receipts, 1851-1866; agreements, 1845-1847, regarding the
sale of hogs; estate and land records; and an account book, 1857-1859,
containing medical cures for animals.
father, believed to be John Fowler, sold land to Thomas Fowler, 1826 (page 343)
102 1/4 acres. Clark
County, KY. He may have died soon after this or moved out of the
state with one of his other children.
Embree lived two farms from Thomas Fowler in the 1830
Clark Co. KY Census. According to Embree.ftw,
Thomas's maternal grandfather was Thomas Sawyer. His paternal grandfather was
Archibald Fowler. Perhaps his name, Thomas A. Fowler, came from a combination of
their names Thomas and Archibald.
Fowler may have lived in Maryland between the time he left Delaware and moved to Clark County,
Kentucky. In the 1850 Census, his son, James, gives info that his
father was born in Maryland. However, in the same census, Thomas himself and his son
Thomas J. said he was born in Delaware.
Thomas Fowler and Lodema Tracy:
Marriage: 27 Oct 1814, Clark Co. KY
Thomas Fowler and Elizabeth Haggard:
Marriage: 13 Jan 1835, Winchester, Clark Co. KY
Children of Thomas Fowler and Lodema Tracy are:
+ 2 i. James4 Fowler, born 24 May 1815 in Clark Co. KY; died 16 Mar 1902 in Waverly, on farm, Union Co. KY.
+ 3 ii. William
Fowler, born 16 Feb 1816 in
Clark Co. KY; died 09 Oct 1847 in Winchester, Clark Co. KY.
+ 4 iii. Thomas
J. Fowler, born 08 Nov 1823 in
Clark Co. KY; died 02 Feb 1892 in
Hopkins Co. KY.
5 iv. Sarah Fowler, born Bet.
1825 - 1829 in Clark Co. KY; died Aft. 1834 in Probably Clark
Notes for Sarah Fowler:
Clark County Court
record shows that in 1834, Book 26, Page 448, 1/9 Int. in 126 acres of land was
transferred to Thomas Fowler from the following people: Wm. (dec;d),
Thos., James, Sarah, & Alvin Fowler.
The 1830 census shows that Thomas had
one daughter under the age of 5. This is a child that would have been born bet.
1825 and 1830.
We know that Lodema
Naomi Tracy died in 1834 and Thomas married Mrs. Elizabeth Haggard 1.13.1835. .
So ..... in 1834, Thomas
would have been married to Naomi.
Naomi had children as follows:
Sarah was born, then, bet. 1825 and 1830 and not in 1826. That leaves 1825, 1827, 1828
We could then look at the 1840 Census
and find that:
Thomas had 3 daughters: Daughter One:
under 5, Daughter 2: bet. 5-10,
and Daughter 3: bet. 10-15.
Daughter One: (this has to be Naomi
because she was born on Aug
Daughter Two: bet. 5-10: ____________ ? This could be a child of Elizabeth Haggard & her
(this could not be
Sarah because even if she was born as late as 1829, the youngest she could be
Daughter Three: This must be Sarah, born bet. 1825-1829
+ 6 v. Alvin
Fowler, born 13 Jul 1826 in
Clark Co. KY; died 23 Nov 1862 in
Muhlenberg Co. KY in
Children of Thomas Fowler and
Elizabeth Haggard are:
+ 7 i. Naomi4 Fowler, born 24 Aug 1835 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 29 May 1875 in Hopkins Co. KY.
+ 8 ii. John
Fowler, born 1838 in Hopkins Co. KY; died Abt. 1866
in Hopkins Co. KY.
+ 9 iii. Louden Fowler, born 21 Apr 1839 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 25 Sep 1874 in Hopkins Co. KY.
2. James4 Fowler (Thomas3,
John2, Archibald1) was born 24 May 1815 in Clark Co. KY, and died 16 Mar 1902 in Waverly, on farm, Union Co. KY. He married (1) Winaford
Fletcher. She died in Clark Co.
KY. He married (2) Martha Ann Fugate
Apr 1843 in Hopkins Co. KY, daughter of Lewis
Fugate and Nancy Ashby. She was born 03 Feb 1825 in Hopkins Co. KY, and died 17 Feb 1857 in Hopkins Co. KY.
He married (3) Sarah E. Bourland 01 Jan 1858 in Hopkins Co. KY, daughter of David Bourland
and Susan Browning. She was born 19 Feb 1839 in Hopkins Co. KY, and died 31 Mar 1890 in Union Co. KY.
Notes for James Fowler:
JAMES FOWLER, SON OF
ANNOTATION WRITTEN BY BETTY WAGNER -
"James, the oldest son of Thomas
and Naomi Fowler, was born and reared in Clark County,
Kentucky. He married Winifred Fletcher there but she and their
baby soon died in childbirth. He then followed his father to Hopkins
County and began farming. He married Martha Ann Fugate with whom
he had five children, four of whom survived beyond age six. Martha then died at
the age of 32 leaving behind James, three sons, and one daughter, Mary E., Louis, the youngest
child, was six years old. James inherited Martha’s portion of the Stephen
Ashby, Jr. property. James married for the third time to Sarafina
(E. Bourland) and had nine more children, one of whom
died at age four.
"When they were married, James
was 43 years old and Sarafina was 19, only five years
older than the oldest son, Bill. Mary E. later related to her family that she
loved Sarafina and thought that she was a good
stepmother. Sarafina was possibly much like an older
sister. In accordance with custom Mary E. helped rear the younger half-brothers
and sister, Colby, Martha, and Thomas. The wife of Thomas, Bettie Compton
Fowler, stated in a letter to Sallie Hill in 1963, “. . . your
Grandmother Fletcher (Mary E.) all but raised him and
he loved her like a mother ever after. He told me after we were married that I
was the only thing that had kept him in Kentucky .....He meant to go to Texas and see Sister Mary... but he fell in love with me...”
Mary married in 1864 and soon was rearing her own children.
"James served as security on a
loan for someone in his family. It could have been Alvin, since he was killed in a Civil War skirmish and wouldn't
have been able to pay the loan, or one of his other siblings. At any rate,
James had to pay the security. Exactly whose loan it was is not known at this
time. The payment took all that James owned. He lost his farm and home and left
Hopkins County sometime between 1864 and 1868. These dates are
determined by the fact that the youngest child Louden
was born in Hopkins County and died in Union County. James moved his family to raise a crop on Wabash
Island in the Ohio
River. The newlyweds, Mary E. and John
Fletcher, were with them. Misfortune struck with a big flood and the family
lost nearly all that they had on the island. Betty Ballew, a
great-granddaughter of James, related in a 1963 letter to Sallie Hill, “When
Grandfather Fowler lost practically everything he had on Wabash
Island, he put what little he had left and his family on a boat
and came to Uniontown. (Five or six-year-old Martha remembered the trauma all
her life.) He didn’t even have enough money to pay for their transportation.
Mr. Young chanced to be there, paid for their transportation, and took him home
with him to work on his farm in Union County. Grandfather never worked for anyone else until he bought
his own land. “ He eventually bought 100 acres of the Hearl farm."
MORE ABOUT JAMES -
In the 1850 Census, James owned one
female mulatto slave, age 18. James owned one 45 year old mulatto slave woman
according to the 1860 Hopkins Co. slave list. A slave house sat on his
property. Betty Wagner writes, "One black (mulatto) woman (former slave)
was attached to Mary E. and wanted to go to Texas with her, but she was married and her husband refused to go. Her name was Aunt Lucy.
At one point, James had a cook called Aunt Cena (or Sena)." James bought two slaves at his father-in-law's, Lewis Fugat's, estate sale, Feb. 13, 1854: Names were Lucinda ($4,200) and Manuel ($7,035).
After James's wife, Sarafina Bourland, died in 1890,
James's son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Bettie, took over the farm and
James lived with them.
As the boys grew up they worked for
James until they were 21, then they were free to go on their own. (Bettie
Compton Fowler) In 1886 one son Louis who was helping to clear the land died
when he was hit by a falling tree. Worth Salisbury, a great-grandson of James remembered him as tall and
white-haired, with a Kentucky Colonel goatee.
Sources: Betty Ballew (letters),
Sallie Hill (relating information from Mary E.), Bettie Compton Fowler
(letter), and Worth Salisbury (letter)
Notes for Winaford
James Fowler and Martha Fugate:
Marriage: 11 Apr 1843, Hopkins Co. KY
James Fowler and Sarah Bourland:
Marriage: 01 Jan 1858, Hopkins Co. KY
Children of James Fowler and Martha
10 i. William F.5 Fowler, born 19 Feb 1844 in Hopkins Co., KY; died 1925 in Boxville,
KY Union County. He married David Ella Kelly
Feb 1867 in Hopkins Co. KY; born Dec 1845 in
Hopkins Co. KY; died 09 May 1934 in Boxville, KY Union County.
Notes for William F. Fowler:
F. FOWLER, SON OF JAMES, GRANDSON OF THOMAS FOWLER
William F. Fowler, first child of
James Fowler and Martha Ann Fugate, was born in late winter on Feb. 19th, 1844, near Winchester in Clark
County, Kentucky. That was a year after Charles Dickens wrote "A
Christmas Carol" in London; the year Alaska was purchased from Russia and Whig John Tyler was serving as President.
1855. Eleven-year-old William's
grandfather Thomas died. The boy was born into the pre-Civil War era when his
family kept slaves, verified by 1860 slave lists. As well, over in Paducah, west of Madisonville, the last remnant of Kentucky's Original Native Americans marched through town toward Indian Territory.
1861. William was 17. The Civil War
came. His family rallied for the Southern Cause and during the next four years,
tragedy ruled his life. He surely watched while Union soldiers burned his Uncle
Alvin's home to the ground on the farm adjoining theirs. A little later, his
Uncle Alvin was killed in the war. Word came too soon that his brother
Alexander had died in Ohio's Camp Chase Confederate prison and that his Uncle Louden was imprisoned in Camp Morton in Indianapolis. One must wonder whether he actually ever saw Abraham
Lincoln or Jefferson Davis while his beautiful Madisonville homeland was falling apart around him. When the war was
over, his Uncle
Louden came home to the ruins of their way of life.
The newspapers reported that John Wilkes Booth tried to avenge the South by
killing President Lincoln in Washington. He blamed the man for ending the way of life of the
slave-holding Southern gentry to whom the Fowlers belonged. The Fowlers, who had grown prosperous in the Madisonville community, lost much of what they had owned, and the
family scattered to the winds.
1867. Andrew Johnson had become
President while the country was still reeling from the death of Abe Lincoln and
Reconstruction began. The war behind the family and five days after his
twenty-third birthday on Feb
24, 1867, he married David Ella Kelly - his rock, his life-time
wife - in Hopkins County, Kentucky.
1870. William was a farmer and
probably worked for his father James until 1865 when he was 21. He and David
Ella (Tanny) owned $1,000 worth of real estate in Hopkins
County in 1870, and had two children, Alexander, who was two,
and Ella, who was three months.
1883. By this time, three more
children has joined this Fowler household: James, Laura and Maud, and they had
all moved to Union County, Kentucky -- an
unlikely place name, as his family fought for the Confederate Cause against the
1900. The census for Union County, Waverly District, revealed that he owned free the house
in which he was living on a 40-acre farm, which he owned; that he and Tanny had been married for 33 years.
1920. William retired from farming
and he and Tanny moved to a house in Boxville. Son Alex moved his family onto the farm and these
are the years that J.D. Fowler, father of this writer, can remember best. The
grandchildren called him William Pappy or just Grandpa Fowler. J.D. words ...
J.D.'s words: "Grandpa (Fowler)
owned a farm in Union County on Griggs Road between Waverly and Boxville,
near Hermon Valley. It was on a side
road off 141 close to Ky 60 called "Griggs Road." My dad
(Alex Fowler) had a brother (James), whom I knew little about, and two sisters,
Laura and Maud. [Another sister, Ella had moved to California before he can remember.] James was Bobby Fowler's dad.
Grandpa raised Bobby at his house in Boxville. Bobby
and I played together a lot at Grandpa's house. The land all around was coal
mining and farm land. Boxville had a school and two
groceries. There was a grocery in Herman
Valley, too. That was even closer to Grandpa's farm.
"When we moved to Grandpa's
farm, the house had two rooms upstairs separated by a cubby hole and two living
rooms downstairs, each with chimneys. Mom and Pop slept in one of the living
rooms. There were stairs leading upstairs from both rooms. In back of them was
a dining room and kitchen. There was a smoke house and a wood house in back of
A LETTER FROM WM. F. FOWLER TO NIECE MARY ANN
Ky. March 17th, 1881
"I suppose you think I am not a
going to answer your card. I received your card the second Sunday after you
left. I would have answered sooner but I had no paper, envelopes nor stamps.
Annie, I have no news to write. We
are all well and all of our relations. I was glad to hear that you all landed
safe and sorrow to hear that Ida and Bettie was not
well. I suppose you have got a home but have not got possession of it yet.
Tell your Pa I am done sowing oats
and tobacco beads. Tell him I lost five of my best hogs from colora. My wheat is no account. The last of the old man’s
(James's) sowing is also no account. He is a going to plow it up.
Annie, tell your Ma Tannie has got twenty-two little chickens — no more rest
for her this spring and summer. I had a hard time trying to get ground to
I have sharpened my pencil and turned
over. Annie, tell Maggie Ella received her letter this morning. She and the
rest of us was glad to hear from her but was sorrow to
hear of Ida and Mattie’s fall.
Jimmie is as fat as old tailor cone.
Tommie is as bad as ever.
Ella has gone to school.
Elick is deviling Tom.
I have not seen Louis for a coon’s
age. I suppose he is well.
Tell your Pa I have been thinking
about going to Nebraska to a portion called Elk Horn Valley. Land is only worth from two and one-half to five dollars
for acre with ten years time. 6 percent interest.
After the third year all a person has to pay is taxes for three years from time
Well, my pencil is short and Tom is
hurrying me to get done writing. I will draw my failure to a close. Excuse me
for not writing sooner. Answer soon. Give my love to all, yourself included.
Tell all to write. W.
Notes for David Ella Kelly:
1845. Before Christmas, David Ella Kelly,
daughter of John D. Kelly and Mary Ann Robertson of Madisonville,
Kentucky, was born. Soon, she had two little sisters, Henry Ann
and Elizabeth. Her father died when she was three and her mother married David
Cardwell of the same county. Eight stepbrothers and stepsisters followed.
1867. On Feb 24th, "Ella"
married William F. Fowler. The 1900 census records that she was the mother of
eight children, five living - Alex, Ella, James, Laura and Maud - and that her
parents were both born in Kentucky (Hopkins County). Little is known of her life before she was a
grandmother. She was called Ma or Tanny by those who
knew and loved her:
2000. Great Grandson Wm. Ed Railey -- "Ma Fowler's [given] name was David E. She
peppered everything." He said that they used to say she would kill herself
eating pepper, that "she did" when she was 90! He said that she lived
with his grandparents, Maud Fowler Raley and Edd Raley, that she carried a
walking stick that tapped the floor all the time until they put a rubber tip on
it, that she was tall and slender, that she was hard of hearing and used a
hearing phone that she held up to her ear, that the house is still standing
where she lived when she died.
Raley Tapp -- "I remember "Ma" very well and "Pappy" a little.
"She was small when he [Wm. Fowler] died. She said "
Ma" lived with her parents -- Maud Fowler and Edd
Raley -- after Pappy died, and off an on with her
"Aunt Lolly" (Laura Fowler, who married
Will Davis). The1910 Kentucky Miracode Index mentions
a visit #0125 in Union
to the residence of Edd Raley
(misspelled Baley). He was white, born in KY and age
33. He was listed as the husband. Relatives living there were: Wife Maud, 28. born in KY, Father-in-law William Fowler, 64, born in KY,
Mother-in-law Tannie (misspelled Fannie), 59, born in
"Ma and Pappy are buried at Boxville Cemetery on Daddy's (Edward Raley) lot.
It is about 8 miles out of Morganfield, they are on
the first lot as you go in, on the right. Our house can be seen down the road a
little ways on the right. It was built
by my dad after a fire destroyed the original house.
"Ma loved white syrup. She liked
to sit on the swing on the front porch where she would look up the road at the
cemetery. I remember her sitting there the day she died, saying, 'Wish I was up
there with Bill.' " Ilyne
had come home for lunch from Boxville School, the only school she ever attended, and kissed her
grandmother goodbye before she went back. Ma died that afternoon before Ilyne returned from school and wasn't even sick. "Just
old age," Ilyene said.
"There was a fence to climb over
between our house and Aunt Lolly's. Ma used to go
back and forth over it. We were always afraid she'd get out there and get hurt.
I remember one day my mother was doing the wash and told Ma to take off her
"drawers." Ma said, 'My drawers aren't dirty!' Mother plopped her
down on the bed and took them off from under her long dress [good-heartedly!].
Funny, the little things we remember."
Grandson J.D. Fowler -- "Bobby
[Fowler] and I played in Grandma's front yard a lot. One time somebody gave us
both a pocket knife and we whittled limbs on some trees and trashed up the
ground. Grandma took them away from us and we never saw them again. Another
time Bobby and I stopped up a woodpecker's hole in a tree there. The bird died.
I felt so bad about that. One thing for sure, Grandma always made us
by Judith Fowler Robbins Indianapolis, Indiana Sept.
William Fowler and David Kelly:
Marriage: 24 Feb 1867, Hopkins Co. KY
11 ii. Alexander Fowler, born 18 Mar 1845 in Hopkins Co. KY; died Abt.
1865 in Camp Chase Prison Camp, OH.
Notes for Alexander Fowler:
Fowler, Alexander, Private
Company A -
13th Kentucky Confederate Cavalry
at Marshall Co., AL, on 15 Jan. 1865. Sent to Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio.
12 iii. Mary Emmeline
Fowler, born 29 Nov 1846 in
Madisonville Twp. Hopkins Co. KY; died 12 Jul 1933 in Palo Pinto Co. TX.
She married John Calhoun Fletcher 13 Nov 1864 in Hopkins Co. KY (see
marriage certificate); born 22 Oct 1836 in
Jefferson Co. MO; died 29 Oct 1892 in
Navarro Co. TX.
Notes for Mary Emmeline
To any Minister of the Gospel, or
other person legally authorized to solemnize Matrimony. You are permitted to
solemnize the rites of Matrimony between John C. Fletcher and Mary E. Fowler
the requirements of the Law having been complied with. Witness.
The signiture of the Clerk of the
Hopkins County Court, this Eighth day of November 1864. F.W. Campbell Clerk by Dick Littlepage,
This is to Certify
that on the 13th day of November 1864 the rites of Marriage were legally
solemnized by me between John C. Fletcher and Mary E. Fowler in the County
of Hopkins, in the presence of James Fowler, R._. Fugate
and others. Jno. Nash, Minister, Christian Church.
Mary grew up in a large, prosperous
household. Her mother was the second of
three wives of James Fowler. She loved her half-brothers and
maintained correspondence with some of them and their families until
death. Mary received a good education for her time. Her husband
John had to
compete with a rival for her hand. After John's death Mary
family of eight children by running a large boarding house in
As her seven daughters married Mary
lived with her son Hal who never married.
She was a small, spry, entertaining
person, full of spice and wit who was
adored by her children and grandchildren. She and Hal lived near
in Village Bend and later near Whitt. Mary
and Hal eventually lived in
Palo Pinto, Texas where they ended her days. -- Betty Wagner
Fowler Fletcher was famous in her family for always wearing a
perky, little, black hat. This picture (separate) was made in Texas in the 1920's. The
persons pictured are Mary Emmiline, her
son, Hal, and her oldest daughter,
Ann Fletcher Hill.
is buried in the Whitt, Parker
County, Texas cemetery in the
Frank and Mary Ann Hill plot. Her son
Hal lies beside her.
Notes for John Calhoun Fletcher:
Source: Betty Wagner, Texas.
John died of typhoid fever at such an
early date that only one of his grandchildren could even know him. Most
memories of his character come from his oldest child, Mary Ann. She considered
him to be a gentle, tender-hearted man who greatly enjoyed his children. His
family related how he liked to watch his animals eat after he fed them. His
wife Mary tried to keep his breakfast warm while he fed and watched his
John's family returned to Hopkins County,
Kentucky, from Missouri when he was quite young. When he was 16 his father died
and John became head of the household for is mother, Margaret McIllheny Fletcher. John lived for a time with the Fowler
family as a young man and fell in love with Mary. His mother died before he
married. They married at the end of the Civil War and moved to Union County in 1872 where he farmed near Waverly, Kentucky. John and Mary bought a farm known as the George McClure
land, near McClure Chapel. In 1881 John, Mary, and their six children moved to
Ellis County, Texas, where two more children were born. John died after only 11
years in Texas, leaving Mary to support the family of six children. Mary
Ann and Sallie had married by that time.
Worth Salisbury, a grandson of John, remembered him as having white hair,
piercing blue eyes, rather frail, of about 5'8" height. He also grew a
beard. Worth recalled him as having a very gentle, inviting appearance. Worth's
mother, Sallie Salisbury, thought a picture of Eugene Fletcher, John's nephew,
looked so much like her father that she had the picture enlarged.
John Fletcher and Mary Fowler:
Marriage: 13 Nov 1864, Hopkins Co. KY (see marriage certificate)
13 iv. Theodore Fowler, born 15 Sep 1848 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky; died 14 Jul 1854 in
Hopkins Co., Kentucky.
Notes for Theodore Fowler:
Kentucky. Six-year-old Theodore is buried next to his mother in
the Browder Cemetery outside Madisonville,
Kentucky. His tombstone is hardly readable. Their stones lie along
a side fence line of the cemetery. It is believed that he died of consumption.
14 v. Lewis Fowler, born 19
in Madisonville. Hopkins Co. KY; died 18 Feb 1885 in Union Co. KY.
Notes for Lewis Fowler:
Louis was killed by a fallen tree on
his father's property. He was the youngest son of Martha Ann Fugate and James
Fowler. He was a full brother to William F. and Mary Emmeline
Children of James Fowler and Sarah Bourland are:
15 i. Colby A.5 Fowler, born 18 Nov 1858 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 04 Nov 1935 in Union Co. KY. He
married Louisa Compton 1890; born 1868.
Notes for Colby A. Fowler:
"I had a couple of uncles on the Fowler
side who had farms on Casey Creek -- Uncle Tom and Uncle Colby. They lived close to
grandpa's farm. [Pop farmed on Grandpa’s farm.] They both had peach orchards.
Uncle Colby was no good at planting trees so Uncle Tom had to help him plant
his trees. Bobby and I used to go over there to my uncles's
[on Casey Creek] and feedsack seine to catch
fish." -- J.D. Fowler
Colby Fowler and Louisa Compton:
16 ii. Martha E. Fowler, born 16 May 1860 in Madisonville, Hopkins Co. KY; died 01 Jan 1934 in Union Co. KY. She
married John D. Ballew; born 1857; died 1956 in Union Co. KY.
17 iii. Thomas David Fowler, born 24 Jun 1861 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 16 Aug 1928 in Union Co. KY. He
married Betty Compton 1891 in Union Co. KY; born Nov 1868 in Ky; died 1969 in Kentucky.
Notes for Thomas David Fowler:
The 1900 census for Union Co. KY puts
Tom's father, James, living with him. See 1963 letter to Miss Sallie Hill in Dallas from Bettie Fowler in which Bettie says that after James
moved his family to Union Co., his sister, Mary Emmilene,
practically raised him and he loved her like a mother. She said that all of
James's sons worked for him until they were 21. Tom is the son that stayed on
his father's place after the rest of the children moved onto their own farms.
Notes for Betty Compton:
Betty lived to be 100 years old! She
is a sister to Virgie Bicknell and Ben Compton.
Thomas Fowler and Betty Compton:
Marriage: 1891, Union Co. KY
18 iv. David Fowler, born 23 Jun 1862 in Hopkins Co. KY; died Infant in Union Co. KY.
19 v. Louden Fowler, born 12 Aug 1864 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 13 Sep 1868 in Union Co. KY.
20 vi. James E. Fowler, born 20 Feb 1867 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 16 Oct 1868 in Union Co. KY.
21 vii. Alice Fowler, born 24 Aug 1870 in Union Co. KY; died 12 Jun 1947 in Union Co. KY. She
married S. Benjamin Compton; born 1866.
Notes for S. Benjamin Compton:
Brother to Betty Compton Fowler and
Virgie Compton Bicknell. In 1954 Ben Compton was living with Yancey Fowler and
Jean McClure rented a room from Yancey then too when she went to work at the
hospital on 10.5.1954.
22 viii. Sarah Fowler, born 31 Mar 1872 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 04 Sep 1958 in KY. She married
Wilbur Grant Cromwell 24 Dec 1890 in
Union Co. KY; born 01 Oct 1862 in
Union Co. KY; died 10 Oct 1940.
Notes for Wilbur Grant Cromwell:
Curtis Griggs' uncle.
Wilbur Cromwell and Sarah Fowler:
Marriage: 24 Dec 1890, Union Co. KY
23 ix. Alvin Nace Fowler,
Oct 1874 in Union Co. KY; died 14 Jan 1953 in Union Co. KY. He
married Alice Wolfin; born May 1876 in Kentucky.
Notes for Alice Wolfin:
Second cousin to Curtis Griggs
3. William4 Fowler (Thomas3,
John2, Archibald1) was born 16 Feb 1816 in Clark Co. KY, and died 09 Oct 1847 in Winchester, Clark Co. KY. He
married Martha Ann Washington Curtis 11 Nov 1843 in Winchester, Clark Co. KY, daughter of John Curtis and Katherine
Garrison. She was born 19 Oct 1822 in Clark Co. KY, and died 04 Jul 1897 in Next to Lot#96 Winchester Cemetery, Clark Co. KY.
Notes for William Fowler:
Notes written by David Fowler in 1911
or 1912, record that William was the first son of Thomas and Naomi Fowler of Clark County,
Kentucky, and that William and Naomi died in Clark County. Actually, this researcher saw William's tombstone in
2002 and it gave his birth as 1816. He would have been the second son because
his brother James was born in 1815.
Other notews: I visited James's son, William's, grave in
May of 2002 with my 4th cousin, Betty Sue Haynie Straup. William's wife was Martha Curtis, who later married
Ambrose Dillard Rash. Thomas and Naomi had one daughter Mary Rosa Fowler. Naomi
died in 1834 and is buried in Clark County, too.
When Thomas wrote his will, he
referred to land left him by his granddaughter Rosa. See court records
regarding Rosa in Clark
Notes for Martha Ann Washington
Martha was living with her mother in
the 1850 Clark Co., Ky Census in Winchester, as listed:
P. Herndon 48 F W B.
Martha Fowler 26 F W KY
Mary R. Fowler 3 F W KY
John Berry 8 F W KY
Martha remarried and was in the 1860
Census for Clark Co., Ky, as
Ambrose D. Rash 37 M W KY Minister
Martha A. Fowler 37 F W KY
Bettie A. 14 F W KY
James P. Herndon 28 M W KY Druggist
William 11 M W KY
Bettie A. and William are Ambroses's children from his first wife (Agness Sutherland). James P. Herndon is Martha's half
Source: John Bounds papers
Winchester in Olden Times
By I.N. Massie
in the Clark County Republican, April 28 - May 19, 1916.
(Some years ago the late Mr. I.N.
MASSIE, father of our good citizen, W.R. MASSIE, the shoe man, wrote his
recollections of Winchester, and they are so interesting that we are publishing them.
They show that we were quite a manufacturing center at one time.--Editor, Clark
I have been asked to write a brief
history of the number of manufactures that were in Winchester in the early part of my life.
HERNDON was a cooper and market master--made churns, pails, buckets, tubs,
barrels, washing machines, and nearly everything that could be made of wood.
This man was a contemporary of the
Fowler, from Win. Cem. Co. 1857
(38) (333) Lot #96. Her first husband was William Fowler, who.died
in 1847. Martha, William and Ambrose Rash are all buried side by side in the Lot #96
William Fowler and Martha Curtis:
Marriage: 11 Nov 1843, Winchester, Clark Co. KY
Child of William Fowler and Martha
24 i. Mary Rosa5 Fowler, born 1847 in
Clark Co. KY; died 24 Jul 1852 in Winchester, Clark Co. KY.
4. Thomas J.4 Fowler (Thomas3,
John2, Archibald1) was born 08 Nov 1823 in Clark Co. KY, and died 02 Feb 1892 in Hopkins Co. KY.
He married (1) Mary Ann Slaton 15 Nov 1843 in Hopkins Co. KY, daughter of Arthur Slayden
and Catherine Fugate. She was born 17 Dec 1823 in Elk Creek. Madisonville Twp. Hopkins Co. KY, and died 24 Apr 1857 in Madisonville Twp. Hopkins Co. KY. He married (2) Martha A. Brown 23 Jun 1858 in Hopkins Co. KY, daughter of Brown. She was born 1837 in Kentucky, and died Abt. 1870 in Kentucky.
Notes for Thomas J. Fowler:
Thomas owned three slaves according
to the 1860 Hopkins Co. slave list: one
38 year old female, black; one 28 year old male, black; and 1 three year old
female, black. He owned one slave house. Thomas would have been 38 when the
Civil War broke out. Whether he fought in the war is unclear. The names of his
children were taken from notes written by his son, David S. Fowler in 1911-1912
to Sallie Fletcher Hill. Source: Betty Sue (Malone) Wagner.
When Thomas moved to Hopkins Co.
about 1830, he lived in the Bethlehem Community. The church was built on his
land. The Fowler home, a two-story log house, burned about 1927. It was 3 mi.
southeast of Madisonville.
Thomas Fowler and Mary Slaton:
Marriage: 15 Nov 1843, Hopkins Co. KY
Thomas Fowler and Martha Brown:
Marriage: 23 Jun 1858, Hopkins Co. KY
Children of Thomas Fowler and Mary
25 i. Martha R.5
Fowler, born 1845 in Hopkins Co. KY.
26 ii. George W. Fowler, born 1847 in Hopkins Co.
KY; died 19 Nov 1894 in
Hopkins Co. KY. He married Belle Nukolls; born 17 Aug 1855 in Kentucky; died 03 Sep 1954 in
Hopkins Co. KY.
27 iii. Sarah Frances Fowler, born
1848 in Hopkins Co. KY. She
married George W. Fugate 17 Dec 1867 in Hopkins Co. KY; born 26 Nov 1840 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 02 Feb 1916.
George Fugate and Sarah Fowler:
Marriage: 17 Dec 1867, Hopkins Co. KY
28 iv. David S. Fowler, born 27 Jun 1849 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 06 Sep 1934 in Hopkins Co. KY.
He married Alice Brown; born 09 Aug 1865; died 17 Aug 1942.
Notes for David S. Fowler:
Located at the junction of hwy 85
& 70 in eastern Hopkins Co. built on Thomas Fowler land about three miles
southeast of Madisonville.
29 v. Thomas
F. Fowler, born Bet. 1851 - 1852 in Hopkins Co. KY. He married
30 vi. Annie E. Fowler, born 23 Jul 1854 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 24 Jun 1887 in Hopkins Co. KY.
She married William D. Fletcher; born 14 Jan 1846 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 20 Dec 1929 in Hopkins Co. KY.
Children of Thomas Fowler and Martha
31 i. Carrie D.5
Fowler, born 1862 in Hopkins Co. KY.
She married C.T. Hicklin 18 Nov 1880 in Hopkins Co. KY.
C.T. Hicklin and Carrie Fowler:
Marriage: 18 Nov 1880, Hopkins Co. KY
32 ii. Denzel L. Fowler, born 1864 in Hopkins Co.
KY; died 19 Feb 1922 in
Hopkins Co. KY.
33 iii. Augustus Fowler, born 1865 in Hopkins Co. KY;
Jun 1952 in Hopkins Co. KY.
34 iv. Amma (Amy?) Fowler, born 1867 in Hopkins Co. KY.
35 v. Ethel Fowler, born 1869 in Hopkins Co. KY.
6. Alvin4 Fowler (Thomas3,
John2, Archibald1) was born 13 Jul 1826 in Clark Co. KY, and died 23 Nov 1862 in Muhlenberg Co. KY in Civil War. He married Quintina
Brown 31 Jan 1848 in
Hopkins Co. KY, daughter of William Brown and Mary Bourland. She was born 1827 in Hopkins Co. KY, and died
Jun 1881 in Washington Co. TX.
Notes for Alvin Fowler:
Alvin Fowler was a Confederate
Captain in the Civil War. He was from Unit 10 Johnston's KY Cavalry. He died in
the Civil War. Alvin owned three slaves according to the 1860 Hopkins Co.
census: one 43 year old female, mulatto; 1 forty year old male, mulatto, and
one 14 year old male, Black. By the 1870 census, Queen, his widow is the head
of the household. She moved her family to Texas.
FOWLER, CONFEDERATE BUSHWHACKER
History of Muhlenberg County
R. T. Martin's "Recollections of the Civil War"
Source: Ancestry.com Database: A History of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Records
"During 1862 there was
considerable excitement in Western
Kentucky, caused by guerrilla warfare,
recruiting, and bushwhacking. Companies
of both Federal and Confederate armies were moving over different counties.
Colonel Adam R. Johnson, of the Tenth Kentucky Cavalry, did some guerrilla
work in various parts of the State. He lost his eyesight while fighting for the
South. Detached companies
from Johnson’s command made raids, and plundered many of the towns and villages
along their course. Al Fowler, Jack Porter, Jake Bennett, Ray, Sypert, and others belonging to some of his companies were
troublesome and caused considerable uneasiness
for a long time. These guerrillas were often chased, scattered, and driven out
of the State by Federal troops, but most of them would slip back in again. As a
general thing they were in squads of from twenty to fifty men.
Al Fowler and Jack Porter, both residents of Hopkins
County, living between Pond River and Madisonville, did a good deal of scouting among the natives while
recruiting men for the Southern army. Some of the Muhlenberg boys joined them.
Fowler was active
in the guerrilla service.
During the latter part of 1862 Fowler made a
raid into Muhlenberg County, and was followed by a company of Federals commanded by
Colonel James H. Holloway, of the Eighth Kentucky Cavalry. Colonel Holloway and
some of his soldiers crossed Pond River near
Hugh W. McNary’s, and on reaching the McNary farm wanted to go into camp for the night. But McNary requested them to move farther up the road,
explaining that some of his family were sick. McNary knew that Al Fowler and his men were in Muhlenberg, and suspecting that
they were close by feared a fight would take place near his home. Colonel
Holloway then marched up the road near the residence of Thomas C. Summers,
where the town of Earles now stands, and went into camp at what was known as the
Becky Summers house, a vacant house on
the Greenville and Madisonville Road.
Fowler and his squad were south of the Summers
place, and having located Holloway moved along a lane leading into the Greenville
and Madisonville Road to where the Federals had gone into camp. It being night,
Fowler and his men tried to slip up on the Federals, aiming to surprise and stampede them.
But the Federals were ready for the attack, and when they were shot at returned
the fire. Many said that the first
volley fired by the Federals killed Fowler; others stated that the Federal
picket killed Fowler. His own men believed he was accidentally shot by
one of his own squad. After Fowler was killed his men were routed and scattered
and left the county.
Porter succeeded Fowler as captain of the company. Holloway passed through Greenville the next day, going east, carrying Fowler’s hat on the end of a long stick.
Captain Fowler was with Forrest in the Sacramento fight and also took part in the battle of Fort Donelson. It is said that Fowler was the man who used his saber on
John L. Williams at Sacramento.The brick residence erected by
Thomas C. Summers at Earles in 1867 stands near the
old store building and the abandoned log house, occupied by him during and before the Civil War."
BIOGRAPHY OF ALVIN FOWLER
Partisan Rangers of the Confederate States Army" edited by William J. Davis,
Louisville, Kentucky, George G. Fetter Company 1904. A
biography of Alvin Fowler, written by Polk Laffon.
Pages 300-303. Provided by
Betty Sue Haynie Straub
"Captain Al Fowler, the subject
of this sketch, was born in Hopkins Co. Kentucky on the 17th of July, 1835. He enlisted in the Confederate Army in the fall of 1861,
but had done valuable scouting service before the date of his enlistment.
He commanded the Confederate embryo
soldiers in the assault in the battle of the Burnt Mill in Webster Co. on Sept. 15, 1861, the first battle of the Civil War fought in Kentucky. This battle fully illustrates the character of the man
for courage, indomitable energy and unyielding determination. In this battle he
captured 25 well-equipped and organized soldiers who were fleeing from Hopkinsville,
KY, where Gen. S.B. Buckner invaded the state. Col. Jas. F.
Buckner and Capt. Wm. Buckner were in command of the retreating forces and were
made prisoners. Col. J.F. Buckner’s command was making its escape through Cap.
Fowler’s neighborhood and he determined on its capture.
He had not a soldier nor a military equipment at his command, but from the
surrounding towns and country he hastily summoned his friends by night from
their quiet homes and pursued the fleeing foe and overtook them 14 miles from Madisonville, where they were encamped in a frame church. When morning
dawned the retreating forces found themselves entirely surrounded and every
avenue of escape closed up. After a sharp skirmish, which lasted an hour, Capt.
Fowler’s men sheltering themselves behind trees, the crest of the hill and the
bed of the creek, the enemy surrendered with all their guns and ammunition.
Buck Madison was the only wounded on Fowler’s side.
From this time until his death, he,
by his vigilance, bravery and activity, was a terror to the Federal forces in
southwestern Kentucky. He enlisted and armed a battalion of fearless men imbued
with the spirit and ready at all times to follow their leader in any deeds of
daring. To his enemies he appeared never to sleep and night and day he might be
expected to assail them at any moment. Every scheme that the ingenuity of the
Federal officers could devise to capture him and his command proved
ineffectual. At one time the “Dutch Cavalry” left Madisonville, where they were
stationed, and gave it out that they were going to Henderson, but suddenly and
rapidly returned, hoping to surprise him. He was in town and they knew it, but
after a diligent search they failed to find him, he having sought and found
safety under the floor of Lem Simon’s woodshop, where
he remained until darkness enabled him to escape. The most amusing circumstance
connected with this incident was the fact that Capt. A. Fowler, unknown
personally to the Dutch Cavalry and wearing no uniform, helped the officers to
place their pickets before he sought his place of hiding, and when he made his
exit from the town he knew the exact route to take to evade the enemy.
Chagrined and mad at their failure to
capture him and his command, his enemies were unchivalrous
enough to burn down his home, appropriate and destroy his crops, devastate his
farm and turn his wife and little children out of home and sustenance. How
differently did Capt. Fowler act toward his Union neighbors.
He was importuned to retaliate on them, but with firmness he declined and
threatened to punish any of his command who interfered with private property in
any way unless the necessity of his soldiers demanded it and such necessity was
first to be submitted to him.
He was impetuous and under excitement
was sometimes impulsive.. In the heat of battle he
often emphasized his exhortation to his soldiers by a little profanity. On one
occasion in the midst of the conflict when the battle was raging hottest, he
exclaimed: “D——n them, boys, give them h—l.” At that instant he observed Major Scobee, who was then and is now an eminent divine in the
Methodist church, standing near him. Capt. Fowler turned to him and apologized
for swearing in his presence. Major Scobee replied:
“Colonel, if it does you any good let them have it.”
Captain Fowler was with General
(Nathan Bedford) Forrest at the battles of Sacramento and Fort Donelson as a private soldier, at which places he endeared
himself to Gen. Forrest by his indomitable courage. After he received his
commission as captain and while he was recruiting his command he was one of
Gen. Adam Johnson’s chief friends and advisers and was present with him in many
of his desperate enterprises. It is not within the scope of this brief notice of
his life and career to enter into the details of the many battles and
skirmishes in which he was engaged. He took a brave part under Gen. Johnson in
the battles of Clarksville and Hopkinsville, where the Confederates were so eminently successful and
there he distinguished himself by gallantry.
It is sad to note the untimely close
of a life like that of Col. Fowler’s, but that career which had been so
brilliant, so dazzling and so grand was fated to come to a sudden end. On the 23d of November, 1862, near Summer’s Store in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, in the night, he attacked with his command a superior
force of the enemy and in this engagement lost his life. When the battle was
raging furiously he ordered his men to lie down, and when day dawned he was
found dead from a buckshot wound in the head. From the location and the
character of the injury it is generally believed that he was killed
accidentally at the hands of one of his own men.
Charles Ashby, a truthful Union
soldier of Hopkins County, Kentucky, says he was in this fight, and with a comrade
or two found Capt. Al Fowler the next morning and there was a pistol ball
through his head cutting the band of his hat in two on both sides of his head;
in addition to this there had passed through his chest two carbine balls, and
it’s a mistake about his own men having killed him accidentally.
From whatever view point history may
record Captain Fowler, it must set the seal of its approval upon his life and
career, whether as farmer, citizen, soldier, husband or father. In that life he
represented the highest type of civilization and manhood, and when his body was
covered in the ground there was only buried all of the heroism that could
Notes for Quintina
Queen Fowler and her three surviving
children are listed in the 1870 Madisonville,
KY, Census -- Charles Augustus (also known as
"Uncle Doc"), Mollie and Frank Ford. The 1880 Census shows that Queen, Charles
and Frank (probably Mollie, too) lived in Brenham, Texas. source: Betty Sue Haynie
Alvin Fowler and Quintina Brown:
Marriage: 31 Jan 1848, Hopkins Co. KY
Children of Alvin Fowler and Quintina Brown are:
36 i. James E.5 Fowler, born 1848 in
Hopkins Co. KY; died Aft. 1860.
37 ii. Naomi Fowler, born Jul 1850 in Hopkins Co.
KY; died Bef. 1860 in Hopkins Co. KY.
38 iii. Charles Augustus Fowler, born 1852 in Hopkins
Co. KY; died 1930 in Parrant Co. TX. He married Nellie Dixon 16 Jan 1876 in Unionville, Union Co. KY; born Jan 1862 in Kentucky; died 1911 in Texas.
Notes for Charles Augustus Fowler:
Source: Betty Sue Haynie
In the 1900 Census
> from Brenham, Washington
> County, Texas, Charles is listed as a sculptor
> (stone mason, he was a
I do know that by 1910, Charles and
divorced or Nellie has
> died. I am under the inpression
> divorced Charles because I think
> I have her in a later Census
elsewhere. More on
later. End Source.
Charles Fowler and Nellie Dixon:
Marriage: 16 Jan 1876, Unionville, Union Co. KY
39 iv. Mary Jane Fowler, born 1855
in Hopkins Co. KY. She married
William Augustus Wolcott 1880 in McKinney, Colin Co. TX; born in Ohio or Delaware.
William Wolcott and Mary Fowler:
Marriage: 1880, McKinney, Colin Co.
40 v. Frank
Ford Fowler, born Jan 1857 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 16 Jan 1929 in Witchita
Falls, TX. He married Carrie Lee Punderson
12 Jun 1884 in Washington Co. TX St. Peters Church; born May 1865; died 1915 in
Frank Fowler and Carrie Punderson:
Marriage: 12 Jun 1884, Washington
Co. TX St.
41 vi. Alvin Fowler, born Nov 1859 in Hopkins Co.
KY; died Aft. 1860.
7. Naomi4 Fowler (Thomas3,
John2, Archibald1) was born 24 Aug 1835 in Hopkins Co. KY, and died 29 May 1875 in Hopkins Co. KY.
She married Henry Franklin Bourland 12 Mar 1857 in Hopkins Co. KY.
He was born 18 Nov 1832 in
Gallatin Co. IL, and died 26 Oct 1902 in
Hopkins Co. KY.
Notes for Naomi Fowler:
Fowler Bourland is buried in the Grapevine
Cemetery near the church in the oldest section. Her grave is near
the road in front. Her tombstone reads that she died in 1875.
Henry Bourland and Naomi Fowler:
Marriage: 12 Mar 1857, Hopkins Co. KY
Children of Naomi Fowler and Henry Bourland are:
42 i. Henry Thomas5 Bourland,
43 ii. Minnie B. Bourland, born 1860.
She married W. W. Terhune 21 Jun 1879.
W. Terhune and Minnie Bourland:
Marriage: 21 Jun 1879
44 iii. Ellis Albion Augie Bourland, born 1863.
45 iv. John Franklin Bourland, born 1867.
He married Pearl Smith in Arkansas.
Notes for John Franklin Bourland:
Source: Kathy Rogers
"John F. left home around 1882
when he was 16. The story passed down to me was that he was unable to get along
with his stepmother, Sallie. Anyway, he made his way to Arkadelphia,
Arkansas, where he met and married Pearl Smith. I noticed that
there were other Bourlands living in Arkadelphia, so
perhaps he went to live with a relative. He worked as a brakeman on the
Railroad. In any case.,
the children of John Franklin Bourland and Pearl
Smith were:" (See below:)
After marrying in Arkadelphia, he and
Pearl moved to Little Rock,
AR. They later moved to Arkansas City,
Kansas. He died of a heart attack in 1920.
John Bourland and Pearl
46 v. Samuel Edward Bourland,
47 vi. William L. Bourland, born 1874.
8. John4 Fowler (Thomas3,
John2, Archibald1) was born 1838
in Hopkins Co. KY, and died Abt. 1866 in Hopkins Co.
KY. He married Elizabeth Powell
in Hopkins Co. KY,
daughter of Powell and Mary. She
was born 1843 in Kentucky.
Notes for John Fowler:
John enlisted in the Civil War under
Bragg. He was in the Perryville fight. He was taken sick after the fight, went
home and died.
John Fowler and Elizabeth Powell:
Marriage: Hopkins Co. KY
Children of John Fowler and Elizabeth
48 i. Mary E.5
Fowler, born 1862 in Clark Co. Kentucky.
49 ii. Martha J. Fowler, born 1864
in Clark Co. Kentucky.
9. Louden4 Fowler (Thomas3,
John2, Archibald1) was born 21 Apr 1839 in Hopkins Co. KY, and died 25 Sep 1874 in Hopkins Co. KY.
He married Florence W. Thompson 02 Jan 1866 in M. E. Church South, Hopkins Co. KY, daughter of Robert
Thompson. She was born 11 Oct 1840, and died 28 Feb 1896 in
Hopkins Co. KY.
Notes for Louden
LOUDEN FOWLER, SON OF
Source: Cousin Dave Fowler:
Fowler when a young man enlisted in the Confederate Army under General Morgan.
He was wounded in the Battle, captured and imprisoned in Camp Morton (Dave
Fowler says Camp Chase in Ohio but this may be incorrect as war records show
him at Camp Morton in Indianapolis.) He stayed there until the close of the
war. When he came home, he married Florence Thompson.
LOUDEN FOWLER, CONFEDERATE POW
Louden Fowler was held at the prison camp during the Civil War. Camp Morton was located in Indianapolis on Nineteenth and Alabama Streets. Used in 1861 as a
training camp for Indiana regiments, it was taken over by the Federal government in
February 1862 to house Confederate prisoners of war. Colonel Richard Owen of
the 60th Indiana regiment served as the first prison commandant over the
non-commissioned rebel officers and privates. Credited with having the least
illness and lowest death rate, the camp contained a prison hospital which was
aided by local people's donations of clothing, bedding, and food.
TUCKAWAYS " - NEWSLETTER OF HOPKINS
Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Indiana
and Louden Fowler
"In 1860 the railroad gave the
state of Indiana 30 acres of land to the State Board of Agriculture to be
set aside as a state fair site in Indianapolis. The board later bought additional land. With the coming
of the Civil War the fairgrounds were converted into a barracks and were used
during the fall and winter of 1861 and 1862 for a few Indiana troops. The camp was turned into a prison to accommodate
those captured in Forts Henry and Donelson, and was
named Camp Morton. At one time there were 6,000 prisoners there. What had
formerly been sheds for horses and cattle or exhibition halls became barracks
for prisoners. Apparently some of these barracks had no floors and during the
winter could not be kept clean. The buildings were cheaply built and the snow,
wind and rain came through. A part of the time fuel was insufficient. The
enclosure was large, contained a number of trees, and the possibilities were
good. During the first year the camp was under the control of the governor of Indiana but afterward came under the supervision of Colonel
Hoffman, the commissary-general of prisoners. In 1863 Colonel A.A. Stevens of
the Invalid Corps became commandant of the prison, and under him conditions
Louden Fowler had enlisted as a private in Co. B, 10th Regiment
Kentucky Cavalry on 13 August 1862 in Madisonville, KY for a period of 3 years;
he served under General Morgan's Division. Louden
Fowler was captured 9 June 1864 at Mt. Sterling,
Ky., when John Hunt Morgan and his raiders made an attack on
the Federals stationed there. Louden received a
gunshot flesh wound at Mt. Sterling. He was sent to Military Prison at Louisville, Ky, and appears on a Prisoner of War Roll on 1 July 1864. On July 6 he left Louisville for Indianapolis and appears on a roll of prisoners of war there on 7 July 1874. He was released on oath on 3 Feb. 1865. During the time he was a prisoner,
he had smallpox and never really regained his health.
Confederate soldiers received $11.00
per month pay until June 1864, when it was increased to $18.00.
Louden was 5 ft., 7 3/4" tall, had sandy hair, light
complexion and blue eyes. When he was released from prison, he rode a house
back to his home in Kentucky, with
him came a young black boy, who lived with the family for a
number of years.
Louden Fowler was born 21 Apr 1839 in Kentucky. He died 25 Sept. 1875
and is buried in New Salem Methodist Church Cemetery near Slaughters, Ky. He was on the 1870 Ashbysburg
Hopkins schedule. He married Florence Thomson, 2 Jan 1866. They had three daughters: Lola Lee Fowler, m. C.C.
Major; Emma Louden Fowler, m. Will Prather; Willie Marion Fowler, m. Robert Brown. Louden
was the son of Thomas Fowler. --submitted
by Emmalou Prather Anderson.
More About Louden Fowler and Florence Thompson:
Marriage: 02 Jan 1866, M. E. Church South, Hopkins Co. KY
Children of Louden
Fowler and Florence Thompson are:
50 i. Lola Lee5 Fowler, born Abt. 1869. She
married C. C. Major.
51 ii. Emma Louden Fowler,
Sep 1869 in Hopkins Co. KY; died 16 Dec 1958 in Webster, Webster Co. KY. She married Wiliam
Rector Prather 24 Apr 1895; born 01 Jun 1870 in
Webster Co. KY; died 26 May 1955 in
Webster, Webster Co. KY.
Notes for Wiliam
Prather, William R
Volume: 26 Certificate: 12787
Death Date: 26 May, 1955 Death Place: Webster
Age: 084 Residence: Webster
William is the son in law of Louden Fowler.
More About Wiliam Prather and Emma Fowler:
Marriage: 24 Apr 1895
52 iii. Willie Marian Fowler, born Abt. 1873. She
married Robert Brown.