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The following are some of the Mathis working notes.. We are still in the process of expanding and correcting these pieces of information.. We are presently in the process of obtaining additional information of the Lowry/Lowery's in Shelby, Coosa, Jefferson and Macon county Alabama. We have no information on connection families such as Avery, Cameron, etc. We are continuing to find additional data on Andrew Madison Lowery and his family, and on William Walter Lowery. Any amplifications or additional data will be greatly appreciated.

Please contact Winton W. Lowery at wlowery@rma.edu




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    1 Wesley W. MATHIS, born in 1812 at SC.

          Wesley and Mary Mathis came from South Carolina to Florida, to Georgia and
          then
          to South Alabama.  After Westley's death, Mary lived in Covington County,
          Alabama with her daughter Nancy. The Mathis moved from Georgia to Macon
          County
          Alabama. From Macon County, they moved to Covington County. Their stay in
          Macon County may explain how/where the Lowery's and the Mathis met? Two of
          Wesley and Mary's daughters (Salley b1833, m John J. Grimsley; Mary Ann
          b1939,
          m Holland) and one of their son's (James Larkin b1848, m 1st Samantha
          Hudgins,
          2nd Mattie Dennis) were principal settlers of Enon, Florida.  One of their
          daughter's son (Kesiah's son William W. Lowery) was also a principal
          settler
          of Enon. One of their daughter's (Martha b1853) was married to James Beck
          who
          may be related to William W. Lowery's wife, Mary Beck and/or Alfred D.
          Beck,
          who was also a principal settler of Enon. Wesley's name is spelled Westley
          in
          the "History of Escambia County Alabama" book. The Wesley's, Beck's and
          Lowery's (Kesiah & family) all lived close to each other in Covington
          county.

      Wesley W. MATHIS married (1) Mary (____) abt 1831 at SC(?). Mary, born in 1813
      at SC.

          Westley and Mary Mathis came from South Carolina to Florida, and then to
          South
          Alabama.  After Westley's death, Mary lived in Covington County, Alabama
          with
          daughter Nancy.

      Children:
           2 F      i Salley MATHIS, born in 1833 at FL.

                      Salley Mathis and her husband John Grimsley were one of the
                      founders of Enon,
                      Florida.


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                      Salley MATHIS married (1) John J. GRIMSLEY.

                      John J. Grimsley was involved with the founding of Enon,
                      Florida. He was married
                      to one of the Mathis sister's (Salley). He was deeply involved
                      with the Beck's
                      and the Lowery's. Tom is presently in contact with one of the
                      Grimsley's
                      (Arron) and we hope to get some related information from him.
                      John W. Grimsley,
                      son of John J. Grimsley died on 15 Oct. 1888 while in Enon and
                      is buried in the
                      cemetery there.

     +     3 F     ii Kesiah Jane MATHIS.
           4 F    iii Nancy MATHIS, born in 1837 at GA.

                      After Nancy Mathis father's death, her mother lived with her
                      in Covington
                      County.

                      Nancy MATHIS married (1) Adam Horseman UNDERWOOD. Adam, born
                      at AL.

                      Adam Underwood was a resident of Covington County, Alabama.

           5 F     iv Mary Ann MATHIS, born in 1839 at GA.

                      Mary Ann Mathis and her husband W. Holland are in the 1870
                      Covington County
                      Alabama Census.  At that time there were no children
                      indicated. The census
                      indicated that she was born in Alabama.  Other sources plus
                      the Mathis family
                      1850 Macon County Alabama census indicates she was born in
                      Georgia prior to the
                      family moving to Alabama.

                      Mary Ann MATHIS married (1) W. HOLLAND. W., born in 1845 at
                      AL.

                      W. Holland was located in the 1870 Covington County Alabama
                      census.  His


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                      occupation was indicated as Log Driver.  Timber was the
                      primary industry in the
                      county at that time.

           6 F      v Plina MATHIS, born in 1841 at Macon, AL.
                      She married (1) Mr. BYRNE.
           7 M     vi Charles Wesley Armstrong MATHIS, born in 1843 at Macon, AL.

                      Charles Wesley Armstrong's name is spelled Westley in the
                      "History of Escambia
                      County Alabama" book.

                      Charles Wesley Armstrong MATHIS married (1) Nancy CRAWFORD.
           8 M    vii William MATHIS, born in 1845 at Macon, AL.
           9 M   viii Benjamin MATHIS, born in 1846 at Macon, AL.
     +    10 M     ix James Larkin MATHIS.
          11 F      x Martha MATHIS, born in 1853 at AL.

                      Martha Mathis married James Beck.  They were founders of Enon,
                      Florida.  Also
                      involved in Enon, Florida was Alfred D. Beck and his wife.  It
                      is assumed that
                      both James and Alfred Beck were related to Mary Beck, Wife of
                      William Walter
                      Lowery, who was also involved with the founding of Enon,
                      Florida.

                      Martha MATHIS married (1) James BECK.

                      James Beck.  It is assumed that James Beck is related to Mary
                      F. Beck, wife of
                      William Walter Lowery.  It is futher assumed that Alfred D.
                      Beck is also
                      related.  Both Mary F. and Alfred were involved in founding of
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    3 Kesiah Jane MATHIS, born on 14 Oct 1835 at FL; died on 10 Apr 1920 at Canoe,
      Escambia, AL; buried at Wawbeek, Escambia, AL, Bowman Cemetery.



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          Kisiah Jane Mathis survived her husband by 49 years but her pioneer spirit
          enabled her to rear her children by hard work.  She contracted work with
          the
          railroad, hauled cross ties, and she and the two oldest sons, chopped and
          delivered wood to the railroad to be used for fuel in the steam engines.
          She
          would "dead-head" on the train to Montgomery from Canoe and bring back the
          payroll for the railroad workers.  She moved to Canoe in 1871 and lived to
          1920. Most of Andrew and Kesiah's children are buried in Bowman Cemetery.
          Three of her children homesteaded in Canoe;  Andrew Martin Lowery, Mattie
          Jane Dunaway, and Mary Dawson.  The 1860 Census (Covington) and 1880
          Census
          (Escambia) indicate children born in Ala. Kesiah's parents came from South
          Carolina.  They moved to Florida, Georgia, and then to southern Alabama.
          Kesiah's brother and sister's, along with her son William Lowery and his
          wife,
          were the founder's of Enon, Florida. William Walter Lowery later moved to
          Williams Station (Atmore) and became a major influence in the development
          of
          Atmore and Escambia County. Kesiah died at age of 84.
          Data from 1880 Federal census: Kesiah Lowery, WF46, Housekeeper, b GA, F&M
          b
          SC; Andrew M. (Son), WM26, Timbering, b AL, F b AL, M b SC; Martha J.
          (daughter), WF21, b AL, F b AL, M b GA; Florida (daughter), WF20, b AL, F
          b AL,
          M b GA; William Tolin (husband of Florida), Timbering, b AL, F&M b AL;
          Celima Tolin (daughter of Florida) WF2/12, b AL, F&M b AL; Victoria
          (daughter) WF18, Assistant, b AL, F b AL, M b GA; Ada (daughter), WF 16,
          Assistant, b AL, F b AL, M b GA; Robert H. (son), Assistant, WM12, b AL, F
          b
          AL, M b GA; James T., Servant, BM10, b AL, F&M b AL. 1880 and 1860 census
          indicates that Kisiah was born in Georiga.  The 1850 family census
          indictes
          Salley and Kisiah were born in Florida.  The Escambia Historical Society
          also
          indicates that Salley and Kesiah were born in Florida.
          Data for future use from Enon Cemetery:(Salley Mathis b 1833 m John J.
          Grimsley
          and was one of the founders of Enon, Florida. James Larkin Mathis b 1848 m
          1st Smantha Hudgins, 2nd Mattie Dennis; Mary Ann Mathis (Holland) b 1839).
          Henry Mathis b 18 Dec 1883 d 23 Oct 1907; Ida L. Mathis b 28 Jan 1878 d 24
          Sep
          1901; James Larkin Mathis b 9 Jun 1849 d 27 Dec 1907; Mary S. Mathis b 15
          Oct


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          1851 d 19 Sep 1927; Emmie Niger (child of Nance Wesley Mathis) b 1 Mar
          1889, d
          18 Sep 1892. We are in touch with John Uhel Grimsley (Bainbridge GA) and
          Arron
          Grimsley (Pensacola FL) and have established our relationship with the
          Grimsley tree by way of the Mathis and Beck trees.
          Kesiah Jane Mathis name appears as "Kisiah" in the 1850, 1880 census
          reports.
          It appears as Kesiah in other reports and Keziah in one report.
          A six month search has not revealed a single census report that identifies
          Andrew Madison Lowery. After an intensive search of Georgia and location
          of the
          most likely family trees in Laurens Georgia, the search has now moved to
          Alabama (1880 and 1900 census reports indicate Andrew was born in
          Alabama).
          Andrew met and married Kesiah in Tuskegee, Macon County on 31 August 1851.
          The
          by M.S. Kelton (JP). Search of the two Lowery families that lived close to
          the
          Mathis have not revealed Andrew.  The search has continued to other
          families
          as older children often worked as Laborers. "Madison" was finally located
          with
          his family in the 1850 census of Campbell County Georgia. Kisiah and her
          son
          Andrew Martin acquired considerable land in the Canoe area. Her son Andrew
          Martin had a saw mill for many years.  It is assumed that the land was
          acquired to provide wood for the trains and for Andrew Martin's saw mill.

          Source: 1850 census of Macon county Alabama, 1860 census of Covington
          county
          Alabama, 1880 census of Escambia County Alabama, 1900 census of Escambia
          county Alabama, Marriages in Macon county Alabama, History of Escambia
          County
          Alabama (1983), Tombstone data-Bowman Cemetery.

      Kesiah Jane MATHIS married (1) Andrew Madison LOWERY on 31 Aug 1851 at
      Tuskegee, Macon, AL. Andrew, , born in 1833 at AL; died in 1871 at Evansville,
      Escambia, AL; buried in 1871 at Wawbeek, Escambia, AL, Bowman Cemetery.

          The following is a quote from the "History of Escambia County Alabama".
          "Andrew Madison Lowery was born of Scottish Immigrant parents in 1833,
          probably in Laurens County, Georgia. He served in Finnegan's Florida
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          and migrated by oxcart to Evansville, Alabama.  A man named Franklin shot
          and killed Andrew, alleging that Andrew's dog was killing his sheep."
          Evansville was a booming town which sprung up around a saw mill. The saw
          mill burned down in 1871 and the town vanished, as fast as it has sprung
          up. Evansville (1838-1871) was in Escambia County Alabama; near the old
          Miles
          Crossing, very near to the Sardis Church. Evansville was 2 miles east of
          Wawbeek (Miles crossing). Wawbeek is between Canoe and Flomaton. Andrew
          and
          Kesiah are buried in the Bowman Cemetery at Wawbeek. Andrew died at age of
          38,
          Kesiah died at age of 84. A major effort was mounted in early 1994 to
          locate
          Andrew's parents, brothers and sisters.  It appeared that Andrew missed
          the
          Georgia and Alabama Federal census (possibly because of the War between
          the
          States and his migration). The search has identified many Lowery's in
          Georgia
          as possible relations but no connection was accomplished. The 1880
          Escambia
          County Alabama Federal census presented some conflicting data that
          redirect
          the search efforts.  The census indicated that Andrew was born in Alabama,
          and
          his children (except one) were born in Alabama. Kesiah was
          located in Macon County Alabama in the 1850 census (with her family).
          Kesiah
          was again located in the 1860 in Covington County living with or near her
          family.  She had five children at this time.  Andrew was missing and is
          assumed to be with the Confederate Army at this time. The 1880 census
          indicated that Andrew and his children were born in Alabama? 1900 census
          data
          indicates that their daughter Victoria was born in Georgia, so the data
          that
          the family was in Georgia during the Civil War appears to be true.
          Research
          indicates that Andrew and Kesiah met and married in Macon county Alabama.
          The
          Wesley Mathis family was located in Macon County in 1850, and in Covington
          County in 1860.  Living close to them in Covington County was the Beck
          Family.
          Madison and Kesiah received a land grant in Covington County Alabama on
          1 January 1855. The land grant was for 320.4 acres.  Also receiving land


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          grants were Lunich Lowery (321 acres, 1855), Robert M. Lowery (78.8 acres,
          1856) and William G. Lowery (160 acres, 1895).  A John Mathis received a
          land
          grant of 34.94 acres in 1886. Were these Lowery's related or is the
          connection
          to be made in Macon County Alabama? Andrew gave his name as Madison Lowery
          in
          the marriage license at Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama (31 August 1851)
          and
          for the Covington County land grant. Searches were retraced and a check
          for a
          "Madison" Lowery was included. Other Lowerys that were married in Macon
          county
          and could be related are: S.R. Lowery, Elizabeth Lowry, S.R. Lowery and
          Elizabeth Hanley (27 Dec. 1851), Thee Lowery and Catherine Daniel (1 July
          1853), Richard Lowery and Willis A. Williams (23 Dec 1855), Calvin Lowery
          and
          Eliza Hudson (6 April 1856), and Theodore Lowery and Richard P. Calvin.
          The
          first location of Madison Lowery was his marriage to Kesiah Jane  Mathis
          in
          Tuskagee, Macon county on 31 Aug. 1881.  The second location is for land
          (320
          acres) in Covington County Alabama in Jan. 1855.  In both cases he was
          identified as "Madison" Lowery.  

          Source: 1851 Macon County Alabama Marriages, 1855 Covingington county
          Alabama 
          land deed, 1860 Covington county Alabama census, History of Escambia
          County 
          Alabama (1983), Tombstone data-Bowman Cemetery. 

      Children:
          12 M      i William Walter LOWERY, born on 22 Mar 1853 at Macon, AL; died
                      on 12 Mar 1935 at Atmore, Escambia, AL; buried at Wawbeek,
                      Escambia, AL, Bowman Cem..

                      William Lowery was approximately 18 years old when his father
                      died and his
                      mother migrated to Canoe, AL. He was 21 years old when he
                      married Mary Beck.
                      They were married in the "Perdido" area in Escambia county
                      Florida. (This is
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                      Covington County AL.)
                      They moved to the area of the town of Center in Shelby County
                      Texas and began 
                      their family. Some of the Beck's were already settled near
                      Center. They 
                      returned to Alabama where they were involved in the founding
                      of Enon, Florida.
                      William started homestead on 160 acres (Southwest quarter of
                      Section ten,
                      in Township three North of Range thirty three west of
                      Tallahassee Merridian
                      in Florida) in December 1880. He built a log dwelling with
                      kitchen, outhouse
                      smoke house, crib, stables and fencing. He cultivated 10 to 12
                      acres each year
                      for food for his family and farm animals. He received
                      ownership of the land
                      in June 1886. His homestead document was witnessed by A.D.
                      Beck, Wesley Mathis,
                      P.H. Williams, and J.L. Mathis. His land was located near the
                      Perdido river
                      and near the area where Enon was founded in about 1885. He was
                      involved in the
                      timber business (logging). He would cut down the original
                      growth yellow leaf
                      pine trees, haul them to the Perdido river, and float them
                      down to the sawmill
                      at Muscogee. Rumors are that he developed the method of tieing
                      logs together
                      and floating them down to the sawmill (Perdido river) with the
                      crew living on
                      the make-shift raft (This is doughtful, as this became common
                      practice in the
                      timber industry). Documents indicate that William, members of
                      the Mathis
                      family, members of the Beck family, and other closely
                      associated people
                      founded the town of Enon, Florida in 1885.  It is assumed that
                      their primary
                      industry was timber and farming. The area was quite remote,
                      with no railroad
                      or postoffice. They would often have to use the postoffice in
                      Ray, Alabama
                      (across the Perdido river). He sold his land to James L.


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                      Mathis ($200) in
                      August 1891 after he moved to what was then named Williams
                      Station, Alabama.
                      Williams Station was renamed Atmore in 1895. William had one
                      of the first
                      stores in Williams Station, and there is some speculation that
                      the "Williams"
                      in "Williams Station" is William Lowery. The most accepted
                      version of how
                      Williams Station got its name is attributed to Bud Pleasant
                      Williams.  Mr.
                      Williams was a neighbor and friend of William Lowery in
                      Florida.  The people
                      in that area would travel up to the railroad stop in Alabama
                      for supplies and
                      the story goes that Williams Station was named after Pleasant
                      Williams.
                      William Lowery became a major contributor to the development
                      of Atmore and
                      Escambia County.  He was affectionly known as "Uncle Bill" to
                      the people in
                      the area.  He opened the first bank (Bank of Atmore) which is
                      still in
                      existance. He opened the first ice house, and many other
                      enterprises. He was
                      the Vice President of the Atmore Hardware when it was
                      incorporated. The Atmore
                      Hardware was the first hardware store, first undertaking
                      establishment, first
                      Ford agency (Model T), and first furniture store in town. He
                      was the Escambia
                      County Commissioner from 1900 thru 1904. He was deeply
                      involved with the
                      design and construction of the County Courthouse built in
                      1902, The corner
                      stone of the County Court house bore the inscription "W. W.
                      Lowery". He held
                      considerable land; not just in the center of Atmore, but in
                      surrounding areas.
                      He was one of the real pioneers in the development of Atmore
                      and the
                      surrounding area.  He built houses for his children in the
                      city block that he
                      owned.  He developed and installed running water to the


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                      adjorning houses long
                      before Atmore provided running water for the residents. He and
                      his children
                      made major impacts on the local area. He is typical of the men
                      that made
                      America so great. He was a man of high moral standards and
                      integrity, and was
                      not afraid of work. If something needed fixing, he fixed it.
                      William died at
                      the age of 81 of Cancer. Present research indicates that
                      William met Mary
                      Florence Beck in Covington County Alabama where she was living
                      with her
                      family. The Beck's, Lowery's and Mathis were close neighbors
                      and friends. When
                      William died, he left his house and its belongings to his
                      daughters. The house
                      became known as the "Lowery House". He left his bank stocks
                      and other assets
                      to his sons. Unfortunately, the "Lowery House" and the house
                      behind it (Winton
                      Walter Lowery Jr. house) was bought and replaced by the Atmore
                      Advance
                      Newspaper.  Very recently, it was discovered that the houses
                      in the Lowery
                      block are being restored.  What a shame that the grandest one
                      of all is not
                      there.

                      Source: History of Escambia County Alabama (1983), 1860
                      Covington County
                      Alabama census, Escambia County Florida marriage license and
                      minister marriage
                      certificate, 1880 Florida homestead application, 1886
                      homestead satisfaction,
                      1900 Escambia county census, Land deeds - Escambia county
                      Alabama, Will,
                      Probate of will - Escambia county Alabama, 1891 Florida land
                      sale deed to James
                      Larkins Mathis, Tombstone data,

                      William Walter LOWERY married (1) Mary Florence BECK on 16
                      Apr 1874 at Perdido, Escambia, FL. Mary, dau. of Jesse BECK
                      and Sarah WOODCOCK, born on 14 Nov 1857 at Covington, AL;


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                      died on 5 Apr 1930 at Atmore, Escambia, AL; buried at
                      Wawbeek, Escambia, AL, Bowman Cem..

                      Mary F. Beck and William Walter Lowery were married in
                      Perdido,FL by the Rev.
                      Joseph Johnson on 16 April 1874. The marriage certificate
                      indicates that Miss
                      Mary F.Beck was from Perdido, Florida. Escambia County Florida
                      Marriage license
                      issued 4/14/1874. A family record indicates she was from
                      Covington County.
                      Tom indicates that there is a connection between the Beck's
                      and the Grimsley's.
                      John Grimsley married one of the Mathis girls (Salley). Some
                      of the Beck's, the
                      Mathis, and W.W. Lowery were involved in the founding of Enon,
                      Florida.
                      It appears that Mary and William moved to Texas during the
                      dark days of
                      corruption and suppression that was imposed on the Confederate
                      states after the
                      "War between the States", and returned when the reconstruction
                      period began.
                      They were involved in the formation of the town of Enon,
                      Florida in 1885 and
                      later migrated to Williams Station (Atmore) where William
                      realized his
                      "American Dream". Mary Beck died at the age of 72.
                      Beck information to be used later: from Enon Cemetery
                      Alfred M. Beck b 6 Dec 1880, d 31 Mar 1962, m Lela D. b 12 Feb
                      1880, d 1 Mar
                      1948; Rankin E. Beck b 23 Dec 1906, d 24 May 1991, m Myrtle B.
                      b 2 May 1908, d
                      2 Sep 1993; J.E. Beck b 11 Nov 1882, d 4 Mar 1940, m Rosina 23
                      Oct 1889, d 23
                      Dec 1927; A.D. Beck (Alfred) b 12 Jan 1855, d 22 Sep 1935, m
                      Mary C. b 1840, d
                      20 Dec 1927; Charles E. Beck b 5 Sep 1918, d 28 Oct 1982, m
                      Bertie E. b 8 Oct
                      1914; William O. Beck b 3 Dec 1884, d 19 Nov 1965, m Tallie
                      Jane b 23 Feb 1884,
                      d 17 Feb 1961, child Lonnie L. Beck b 10 Jan 1917, d 30 May
                      1973; Ilan Joseph
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                      b 1866 d 1944. We
                      are in contact with John Uhel Grimsley (Bainbridge GA) and
                      Arron Grimsley
                      (Pensacola FL) to establish our relationship and obtain
                      additional data. We
                      are also in contact with Mrs. Nora Parker Eden in Pensacola,
                      Florida.  She is
                      a Beck desendant and is involved with Genealogy.

                      Source: 1860 Covington County Alabama census. Escambia county
                      Florida marriage
                      license and Minister marriage certificate, 1900 Escambia
                      County Alabama census,
                      Tombstone data,

          13 F     ii Elizabeth LOWERY, born in 1854 at Macon, AL.

                      Elizabeth Lowery was located on the 1860 Covington County
                      Alabama Federal
                      Census.  She was five years old at the time of the census and
                      must have died at
                      a young age as she was not found in later census reports. Her
                      family obtained a
                      land grant of 320.4 acres in Covington county on 1 January
                      1855, it is assumed
                      that she was born there?

          14 M    iii Andrew Martin LOWERY, born on 21 Jun 1855 at Covington, AL;
                      died on 22 Jul 1952 at Canoe, Escambia, AL; buried at
                      Wawbeek, Escambia, AL, Bowman Cemetery.

                      Andrew Martin Lowery was a Baptish minister. He homsteaded in
                      Canoe, Alabame;
                      and most of his children are buried there.
                      (Check: there may be a mix up of Andrew's and Mildred's death
                      year, i.e., 1952
                      for Andrew and 1938 for Mildred from tombstone. History of
                      Escambia County
                      Alabama indicates the reverse, 1938 for Andrew and 1952 for
                      Mildred. Will
                      stick with tombstone data at this time).(also LDS data mixed
                      up?)
                      There are two markers at the Bowman Cemetery that appear to
                      belong to Andrew


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                      Martin Lowery's children : one is dated May 18, 1881 (Infant
                      son), the other
                      just says Infant of M (?) Lowery (rest is unreadable).
                      According to Tom Lowery
                      Sr.; Jessie Forte placed five small head/foot tomestone pairs
                      there.
                      There is a document that indicates that Andrew Monroe Lowery
                      Jr., son of
                      Kesiah, built and operated a sawmill and was deeply involved
                      with the building
                      (1884) of the Canoe Baptist church.  There is no Andrew Monroe
                      Lowery Jr., it
                      is referring to A.M. Lowery (Andrew Martin Lowery). Andrew
                      Martin Lowery
                      sold his sawmill to the McKinnon brothers in 1894. Andrew died
                      at the age of
                      83.

                      Source: 1880 Escambia county Alabama census, 1900 Escambia
                      county census,
                      History of Escambia County Alabama (1983), Tombstone data.

                      Andrew Martin LOWERY married (1) Mildred Theresa (Millie)
                      BRYARS on 19 Sep 1880 at Escambia, AL. Mildred, dau. of
                      Benjamin Henry BRYARS and Lucretia Ellen MILES, born on 9 Mar
                      1860 at Canoe, Escambia, AL; died on 6 Dec 1938; buried at
                      Wawbeek, Escambia, AL, Bowman Cemetery.

                      Mildred Theresa Bryars died at the age of 92.

                      Source: 1900 Escambia County Alabama census, History of
                      Escambia County
                      Alabama,

          15 F     iv Martha Jane (Mattie) LOWERY, born on 21 Sep 1858 at
                      Covington, AL; died on 18 Dec 1893; buried at Wawbeek,
                      Escambia, AL, Bowman Cemetery.

                      Mattie Jane Lowery married James Dunnaway and homesteaded in
                      Canoe, Alabama.
                      Mattie Jane died at the age of 35. Mattie's name appears as
                      Martha in the 1860
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                      Source: 1860 Covington county Alabama census, 1880 Escambia
                      county Alabama
                      census, History of Escambia County Alabama (1983).

                      Martha Jane (Mattie) LOWERY married (1) James Newton DUNAWAY
                      in 1887 at Canoe, Escambia, AL. James, born in  Jan 1854 at
                      FL.

                      James Dunaway was located in the 1900 Escambia County Alabama
                      census, with his
                      children.  His wife Martha Lowery had died in 1887.

                      Source: 1900 Escambia county Alabama census. History of
                      Escambia County
                      Alabama,

          16 F      v Florida A. LOWERY, born on 24 Aug 1860 at Covington, AL; died
                      on 6 Oct 1933.

                      Florida A. Lowery died at the age of 73.

                      Source: 1860 Covington county Alabama census, History of
                      Escambia County
                      Alabama (1983), 1880 Escambia county Alabama census.

                      Florida A. LOWERY married (1) William H. TOLIN in 1881 at
                      Canoe, Escambia, AL. William, born on 29 Mar 1853; died on 6
                      Jul 1932.

                      H. Tolin William died at the age of 79.

                      Source: History of Escambia County Alabama,

          17 F     vi Victoria A. LOWERY, born on 29 May 1862 at GA; died on 15 Nov
                      1938; buried at Wawbeek, Escambia, AL, Bowman Cemetery.

                      Victoria A. Lowery died at the age of 76. Her mother, Kesiah
                      Jane, was located
                      in her household in the 1900 census report (listed as mother
                      in law).  It is
                      assumed that she resided with her daugher and her family until
                      death. The 1900
                      census report also indicates that Vistoria was born in
                      Georgia.  This tracks a


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                      report that indicates that Andrew Madison Lowery moved his
                      family to Georgia
                      during the Civil War, and moved them back to Alabama (by
                      oxcart) after the war.
                      It may be a wise move to investigate the Dunaway tree for
                      additional data on
                      Kesiah and Andrew Madison? Victoria and her husband William
                      Dunaway are both
                      buried in the Bowman cemetary. If we can locate where in
                      Georgia Victoria was
                      born, it may aid in the Georgia/Lowery connection.

                      Source: 1880 Escambia county Alabama census, History of
                      Escambia County Alabama
                      (1983),

                      Victoria A. LOWERY married (1) William M. DUNAWAY in  Nov
                      1887. William, born on 1 Nov 1863 at FL; died on 12 Feb 1926;
                      buried at Wawbeek, Escambia, AL, Bowman Cemetery.

                      William M. Donaway was born in Florida.  The 1900 census
                      indicates that his
                      parents were both from Georgia.  The census indicated his
                      occupation as log tow
                      tractor operator.

                      Source: History of Escambia County Alabama, 1900 Escambia
                      County Alabama
                      census,

          18 M    vii Oscar Robert LOWERY, born on 15 Jan 1866 at AL; died on 16
                      May 1954 at East Brewton, Escambia, AL.

                      Oscar Robert Lowery died at the age of 88.

                      Source: 1880 Escambia County Alabama census, History of
                      Escambia County Alabama
                      (1983), 1900 Escambia County Alabama census,

                      Oscar Robert LOWERY married (1) Vallie Virgie BRYARS on 5 Jul
                      1891. Vallie, born in  Sep 1870 at FL.

                      Vallie Virgie Bryars was referred to as Bergie in the 1900
                      Escambia County


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                      Alabama census.

                      Source: 1900 Escambia County Alabama census, History of
                      Escambia County Alabama
                      (1983).

          19 F   viii Mary LOWERY, born at AL.

                      Mary Lowery married 1st to John Faulk, 2nd to Pleas Dawson.

                      Source: History of Escambia County Alabama (1983),

                      Mary LOWERY married (1) John FAULK.

                      Source: History of Escambia County Alabama,

          20 F     ix Ada P. LOWERY, born in 1864 at AL.

                      Ada Lowery married Frank Dixon and homesteaded in Canoe,
                      Alabama.

                      Source: History of Escambia County Alabama (1983), 1880
                      Escambia County Alabama
                      census,

                      Ada P. LOWERY married (1) Frank M. DIXON on 24 Jan 1892.

                      Source: History of Escambia County Alabama (1983),

          21 M      x James T. LOWERY, born in  Sep 1868 at AL.

                      James T. Lowery was located in the 1880 Escambia county
                      Alabama census,
                      living with his mother, Kesiah. He was also located in the
                      Escambia county
                      Alabama census of 1900, with his family.  He indicated that he
                      had a General
                      Store. It is believed the store was located in Atmore,
                      Alabama. He also
                      owned a number of pieces of property in the area. The 1880
                      census indicated
                      that he was 10 years old (born 1870).  The 1900 census
                      indicates that James
                      was born in Sept 1868. As of this point in the investigation,


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                      he has not
                      located in a Cemetery in the Canoe or Atmore area. The
                      "History of Escambia
                      County Alabama" lists him as a member of the Andrew Madison
                      and Kesiah
                      family, and lists some of his children. There is some
                      confusion about his
                      parents.  The 1880 census report lists his father and mother
                      as being born
                      in Alabama.  The 1900 census report lists his father and
                      mother as being
                      born in Georgia.  This does not agree with the birth data on
                      census reports
                      for these years with where the father and mother were born.
                      The data on
                      these reports indicate Andrew Madison was born in Alabama and
                      Kesiah was
                      born in Georgia.  (Actually, Andrew Madison was born in
                      Georgia, and Kesiah
                      was born in Florida - her family had moved from Florida, to
                      Georgia, and to
                      Alabama.) The other confusing data on the 1880 census report
                      was that James
                      was listed as a servant, while the other children were listed
                      as sons and
                      daughters? The 1880 census report also reported James as
                      "BM10". Was James
                      adopted, or was it the usual mixup's found on census reports?
                      The other
                      children's data were in general agreement on the census
                      reports. The 1880
                      census report indicated that the family lived in Canoe
                      Alabama.  The 1900
                      census report indicated the family lived in Atmore.

                      SOURCE Data: History of Escambia County Alabama (1983).
                      Escambia County
                      Alabama census reports for 1880 and 1900.

                      James T. LOWERY married (1) Georgia Elizabeth RAWLS on 7 Jan
                      1892. Georgia, born in  Aug 1862 at AL.

                      Source: 1900 Escambia County Census, History of Escambia
                      County Alabama (1983),


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   10 James Larkin MATHIS, born on 9 Jun 1849 at Macon, AL; died on 27 Dec 1907 at
      Enon, Escambia, FL; buried at Enon, Escambia, FL, Enon Baptist Cem.

          James Larkin Mathis first wife was Samantha Hudgins;  his second wife was
          Mattie Dennis. James was one of the founders of Enon, Florida.  The
          Tombstone
          check of the cemetery in Enon shows a Female grave next to Jame Larkin
          Mathis
          with the name of Mary S. Mathis, Mother, Oct 15. 1951 - Sept 19 1927, and
          an
          three small graves. Not sure what this means, James was born 9 June 1849,
          this
          couldn't be his mother (Mary). Could Mattie Dennis name be Mary? Other
          Mathis
          in the Cemetery we must connect: Clina J. Mathis b Jan 10 1881, d July 7
          1957
          (wife of Vernon C. Burns),; Henry Mathis b Dec 18 1883, d Oct 22 1907; Ida
          L.
          Mathis b Jan 28 1878 d Sept 24 1901; Nance Wesley Mathis (mother of Emmie
          Niger
          b Mar 1 1889 d Sept 18 1892); James L. Mathis, his wife, and family were
          located in Atmore in the 1890 census.  William Lowery sold his 160 acres
          of
          land in Enon Florida to James L. Mathis in August 1891 for $200.

      James Larkin MATHIS married (1) Samantha HUDGINS.

      He married (2) Mary R. (Mattie) DENNIS. Mary, born on 15 Oct 1851 at AL; died
      on 19 Sep 1927 at Enon, Escambia, FL; buried at Enon, Escambia, FL, Baptist
      Cem..

      Children:
          22 F      i Claria M. MATHIS, born in  Jan 1880 at Perdido area,
                      Escambia, FL.
          23 F     ii Clienda MATHIS, born in  Jan 1991 at Perdido area, Escambia,
                      FL.
          24 M    iii James H. MATHIS, born in  Dec 1883 at Perdido area, Escambia,
                      FL.
          25 M     iv Westley C. MATHIS, born in  Oct 1885 at Enon, Escambia, FL.
          26 M      v Robert W. MATHIS, born in  Mar 1887 at Enon, Escambia, FL.
          27 M     vi Benjamin L. MATHIS, born in  May 1889 at Enon, Escambia, FL.
          28 F    vii Rosie E. MATHIS, born in  Jan 1991 at Enon, Escambia, FL.


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          29 M   viii Wiley MATHIS, born in  Apr 1893 at Enon, Escambia, FL.



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