Doddridge County Roots

A West Virginia Genealogy

Family: William LOWTHER / Margaret MORRISON (F11104)

m. 4 Aug 1789


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  • Father | Male
    William LOWTHER

    Born  27 Jan 1769  Moorefield, Hardy Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  26 Nov 1857  Ritchie Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Lowther (Walnut Grove) Cemetery, Holbrook, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  4 Aug 1789  [1, 2, 3]  Harrison Co, (W)VA  [1, 2, 3] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  William LOWTHER | F11100 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Sudna HUGHES | F11100 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Margaret MORRISON

    Born  1 May 1768  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  13 May 1850   
    Buried    Lowther (Walnut Grove) Cemetery, Holbrook, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Archibald MORRISON | F19019 Group Sheet 
    Mother  ___ FOOKS | F19019 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Male
    Alexander J. LOWTHER

    Born  14 Jan 1791  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  30 Apr 1864  Oxford, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    White Oak ME Church Cem, near Pullman, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Sarah IRELAND | F12065 
    Married  9 Jun 1812  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Rachel M. STOUT | F14294 
    Married  6 Jun 1842   

    Child 2 | Female
    Sudna LOWTHER

    Born  Apr 1792  West Milford, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  20 Apr 1872   
    Buried    Pullman Cemetery, Pullman, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  George WILLARD | F12291 
    Married  24 Aug 1827  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 3 | Male
    William W. LOWTHER

    Born  31 Oct 1793  West Milford, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  26 Feb 1872   
    Buried    IOOF (Egypt) Cemetery, Cairo, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Melison W. MAXWELL | F12288 
    Married  20 Feb 1823  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 4 | Male
    Robert L. LOWTHER

    Born  24 May 1795   
    Died  22 Apr 1856  Jackson Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Early Settlers (aka Old Ripley) Cemetery, Ripley, Jackson Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Mary "Polly" HATTABAUGH | F12552 
    Married  21 Mar 1815  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 5 | Female
    Mary LOWTHER

    Born  12 Dec 1797   
    Died  YOUNG   
    Buried     

    Child 6 | Female
    Sarah LOWTHER

    Born  3 Sep 1800   
    Died  YOUNG   
    Buried     

    Child 7 | Female
    Rebecca LOWTHER

    Born  20 Dec 1802  Virginia (now West Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1885   
    Buried     

    Child 8 | Male
    Jesse LOWTHER

    Born  21 Sep 1805   
    Died  IN YOUTH   
    Buried     

    Child 9 | Female
    Margaret LOWTHER

    Born  27 Sep 1806   
    Died  YOUNG   
    Buried     

    Child 10 | Male
    Elias LOWTHER

    Born  27 Dec 1807   
    Died  YOUNG   
    Buried     

    Child 11 | Female
    Kathrine LOWTHER

    Born  21 Sep 1809   
    Died  YOUNG   
    Buried     

    Child 12 | Male
    Archibald LOWTHER

    Born  17 May 1811  West Milford, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  29 Oct 1874  Holbrook, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Lowther (Walnut Grove) Cemetery, Holbrook, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Charlotta WILLARD | F10742 
    Married  26 Dec 1834  Monongalia Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Notes 
    • 1840 Census, Lewis County, Virginia (now West Virginia):
      William Lowther - head of household
      1 male 70-79 (William)
      2 females 5-9 (Charlotte & Rebecca Willard)
      1 female 10-14 (Margaret Willard)
      1 female 20-29 (Rulina? See note *)
      1 female 40-49 (Sudna Lowther Willard)
      1 female 70-79 (Margaret)
      * NOTE: The above identification of household members is highly speculative. While the presence of William and Margaret is clear, and the presence of their widowed daughter Sudna and her three daughters is very likely, the identification of the 20-29 year-old female is problematic. She would not have been Mary or Sarah, who both "died young" and would have been 40-43 even if still living. More likely would be Sudna's presumed fourth daughter, Rulina, who is believed also to have been with her in 1830. Born in 1825 prior to Sudna's marriage, Rulina would have been a little younger than indicated, but she is not accounted for elsewhere and it is reasonable to believe that she was still with her mother.

      Conflicting information regarding Margaret Morrison, the wife of William Lowther, has been reported by numerous researchers. Minnie Kendall Lowther's "History of Ritchie County," pp. 12-14, reports that Margaret Morrison was born in North Carolina, one of several children of Archibald Morrison (a native of England) and a Miss Fooks. Along the same lines, an a 1908 application to Sons of the American Revolution (Member No. 20361) identifies the applicant's great-great-grandparents as William Lowther Jr, of Harrison Co Va, and Margaret Morrison, of North Carolina. But Don Norman's "Descendants of Robert Lowther" reports her parents as Alexander Morrison and Mary Lowther (dau of Robert Lowther & Aquilla Reese). The same parentage is reported by Jane Lowther Bolster in "The Families of Jesse Lowther and His Son Granville, with Their Descendants and Antecedents in America," p. 25. Linder's "Gibson and Related Families," pp. 400-401, also shows her to be the daughter of Alexander Morrison and Mary Lowther of Harrison County, but then on p. 429 identifies her parents as Archibald & ___ (Fooks) Morrison.

      While neither Norman nor Bolster nor Linder cite specific sources, the information reported by Minnie Kendall Lowther does have a credible basis. Not only was she a reputable researcher in local history and genealogy, but she was also the great-granddaughter of this couple, William Lowther and Margaret Morrison, and she was in possession of their family Bible. From research or personal experience, she reported as follows:

      "Near the year 1789, he (William Lowther) was married to Miss Margaret Morrison, who was born on the banks of the Yadkin river, in North Carolina, on May 1, 1768, and with her parents emigrated to Harrison county in her early womanhood. After their marriage, they settled near one mile below West Milford, on the farm that is now owned by the Highlands. Here they reared their family, and here they remained until near the year 1837, when they came to this county, where they spent the evening hours of their lives with their son, Archibald Lowther, at Holbrook. ... Mrs. Lowther was a woman of devout religious character, a Presbyterian in faith, and her old Bible, which was her daily companion, is now in the hands of the writer. It bears the date of "1790", and is still held together by the old leather string that she ever kept about it."

      It is on this basis that we report this family as we have. [4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1654] Harrison County Marriage Records, Clarksburg, WV.

    2. [S1792] Harrison County WV Marriages 1785-1894, (Wes Cochran, 2515 10th Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (1985)).

    3. [S340] The Gibson and Related Families, Penny & O.D. Linder, http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/GIBSON/2003-10/1067200853, (McClain Printing Co, Parsons WV, 1991), p. 400.

    4. [S293] History of Ritchie County, Minnie Kendall Lowther, (1911, reprinted 1999, McClain Printing Co, Parsons WV, http://McClainPrinting.com).