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There were Lowery/Lowry/Lowrey pioneer's in the area's where Alabama and Georgia are now located long before the flow of settlers began. These people settled among the Native American Indians.  They often married and started their families with the Indians.  You will see a number of Indians with Lowery (Lowry, Lowrey) names involved in negotiations with the State and Federal Government and directly involved in Indian battles. This area was settled by the Cherokee and Creek Indians and later became Georgia and Alabama Territory.  These pioneer's  were settled in Alabama Territory before it became a state.

Records indicate these settlers were in Alabama in the early years: (some of these names may be duplicates with different spellings)

Thomas Lowery  1810 AL Terr. Cherokee (&1819 )
Andrew Lowery 1810 AL Terr. (&1817,1819)
George Lowery  1819 AL Terr. (Mixed counties)
James Lowery 1817 AL Terr. (Mixed counties)
Thomas Lowery 1816 AL Madison (&1817)
William Lowery 1810 AL Terr. Cherokee (&1817, 1819)

George Lowrey 1810 AL Cherokee (&1819)
James Lowrey 1810 AL Cherokee (& 1819)
James Lowrey 1817 AL Mixed
John Lowrey 1810 AL Cherokee (&1819)
John Lowrey 1817 Al Terr. Mixed

David Lowry 1790 AL Shelby (?)
George Lowry 1816 AL Terr. Clarke
Henry Lowry 1819 AL Madison (Huntsville)
James Lowry II 1819 AL Madison (Huntsville)
John Lowry 1819 AL Madison (Huntsville)
John Lowry Sr. 1816 AL Terr. Clarke
John Lowry Jr. 1816 AL Terr. Clarke
 
 


 Cherokee and Creeks in Early Alabama History
   During the War of 1812, the Creek nation, occupying much of what is now Georgia and Alabama, became divided over whether to fight the encroachment of the white settlers or try to coexist with them.  In the Upheaval the militant Creeks attacked Fort Mims, just north of Mobile, and killed 250 settlers; in response, Andrew Jackson called out the Tennessee militia.  The Creeks gathered on a 100 acre peninsula formed by a horseshoe bend in the Tallapoosa River, fortifying the peninsula's open end with a log barricade.
     Their strategy is easily understood and the geography readily viewed.  The militants expected the river, encircling them on three sides, to provide protection behind them while they formed a strong defense of the barricade.  Jackson bombarded the barrier, but his quick victory came when his Cherokee allies, along with accommodating Creeks, crossed the Tallapoosa in canoes and attacked from the rear.  The militants lost 800 of their force of 1000; the Creeks were forced to cede 20 million acres of their ancestral lands to the U.S. Government (out of which the state of Alabama was created in 1819), and Jackson took a giant step forward on his road to the presidency.
     Two things in this action are of concern to this Research Effort.  First, Shelby County Alabama was one of the 10 original counties created when Alabama became a state.  David Lowry, our first known family tree settler in Alabama, settled in Shelby county prior to 1820, after Alabama became a state.
     Second, Col. John Lowery was with Andrew Jackson in Pensacola and the Creek Battle, John had 300 Cherokees with him and he played a major part in the victory  at Horse Shoe Bend Alabama ---John Lowery was a Chief (full blood Cherokee) , and his men got no Pay.
     At this point in history, the eastern side of Alabama was Cherokee and Creek Indian territory.  In 1832 the remaining Indian territory was ceded and opened to settlement.  The band of furtile soil across the center of Alabama was referred to as the "Black Belt" and became valuable territory for many of the large plantations from Georgia and South Carolina.  Cotton was the major crop in this area.

Indians with Lowery names
     Col. John Lowery was only one of many Indians with the Lowry/Lowery name.
     The Cherokee Indian Nation Chief....  the one who signed the largest and the last of the Treaties with the White Man was MAJOR GEORGE LOWERY! You can go to your local public library and read that treaty. He went on to found the OK Indian Territory "Schools of Advanced Study" for his beloved people. He died as the elder statesman of the Cherokee Indian Nation!
 
 
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