Lowe Family Papers

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Lowe family papers
Creator: Lowe (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: A.L91
Dates: 1806-1965
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

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Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Lowe family papers
Creator: Lowe (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: A.L91
Dates: 1806-1965
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Scope and Content
The collection consists of genealogical data and letters, accompanied by transcripts, which relate to the Lowe and Smith families of western New York and to family life in the early 1800s. The material has been gathered by Jesse Lowe Smith (1869-1934), Superintendent of Schools in Highland Park, IL, and in the 1960s by Blanche Beal Lowe, whose husband, Harvey J. Lowe, was Jesse Smith's cousin.

Subject(s):
Western New York (State)
Correspondence
Family histories
Lowe (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. Harvey J. Lowe, Newark, Ohio, August 29, 1966. Addition of correspondence, 1930s and 1960s relating to Lowe Family genealogy given by Mrs. Lowe, October 1972.Access
The Lowe family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Lowe and Smith genealogies
Lowe family genealogy
The Lowe genealogy begins with Cornelius Lowe (or Low), born 1750 in Hunterdon County, NJ of Dutch descent. In 1777 he married Catherine McKinney. Their two surviving sons were Mordecai (b. 1779) and William (b.1782). William married Bridget Mathews, and their third child was William Fletcher Lowe (b. 1819 at Bath, NY). He married Elsy (various spellings) Aquilla Smith in 1841. They had six children, the first being Bridget Ann Lowe (b. 1842), who married Leonard Smith (1838-1874). Their fourth child was Jesse Lowe Smith. Other connecting family names are Van Slyck, Marr, Needham, and Imus.
Compiled September 1933. 10 pages.

Smith family genealogy
The Smith genealogy begins with John Smith (1754-1826) of Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. He married Hannah Wilcox and had numerous children, including Absalom Smith (1788-1861). Absalom and his wife Anna Mary Beamer had eleven children, including Elsy Aquilla, who married William Fletcher Lowe. Other connecting family names are Mathews, Pickett, Ableson, Book, and Van Sickle.
Compiled September 1933. 12 pages.

Box 1, Folder 2Notes on the life of Bridget Ann Lowe (Smith)
2 versions

Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, 1806-1837
Letters 3-12 are personal correspondence involving the immediate family of Bridget Mathews Lowe. Most deal with family sicknesses and deaths, child rearing, maternal advice, and spiritual guidance.

1. Typescripts of two letters, April 12, and June 25, 1813, from John M. Lowe (1790-1813) to the Secretary of War, John Armstrong, concerning his appointment to the 23rd Infantry Regiment
John M. Lowe was killed during the War of 1812 near Lewiston, NY. He was the fourth son of Cornelius Lowe.

2. Receipt from money collected on notes of Abram Defrance and Armstrong Duffield, by William Lowe, March 20, 1830. Signed: Osburn and Bockes. 1 leaf.
3. A.L.S. from James Mathews, Newtown, to Mrs. Bridget Lowe, Port Watson, Onondaga County, September 10, 1806. Accompanied by a transcript.
4. A.L.S. from Mrs. Anna M. Perry, Mine a Burton, to Mrs. Bridget Lowe, Rochester, April 20, 1824. Accompanied by a transcript.
5. A.L.S. from Julia Christopher, Rochester, to Mrs. Bridget Lowe, Olean Point, September 4, 1832. Accompanied by a transcript.
6. A.L.S. from Bridget Mathews Lowe, Hammondsport, to Master William F. Lowe, Penn Yan, April 1, 1834. Accompanied by a transcript.
7. A.L.S. from Catherine McKinney Lowe, St. Louis, to William F. Lowe, Penn Yan, October 3, 1836. Accompanied by a transcript.
8. A.L.S. from Catherine Lowe Van Slyck, Horseheads, to Mrs. Bridget Mathews Lowe, Penn Yan, October 3, 1835. Accompanied by a transcript.
9. A.L.S. from Catherine McKinney Lowe, St. Louis, to William F. Lowe, Penn Yan, April 16, 1836. Accompanied by a transcript.
10. A.L.S. from Catherine Lowe Van Slyck, Nelson, Ontario, to Mrs. Bridget Mathews Lowe, Rochester, January 28, 1837. Accompanied by a transcript.
11. A.L.S. from Catherine McKinney Lowe, St. Louis, to Bridget Mathews Lowe, Rochester, February 2, 1837. Accompanied by a transcript.
12. A.L.S. from Catherine McKinney Lowe, St. Louis, to William F. Lowe, Penn Yan, October 3, 1835. Accompanied by a transcript.
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence relating to Lowe family genealogy, 1930s and 1960s
The letters of the 1930s represent Jesse Lowe Smith's efforts to trace the descendants of Dr. Mordecai Lowe. One such descendant, Addie M. Stembler of Killawog, NY was greatly interested in the search and was able to furnish valuable information. In 1960 the genealogical material gathered by Jesse Lowe Smtih (d. 1934) came into the hands of Blanche Beal Lowe, who reopened the search by writing to Mrs. Stembler. Their efforts resulted in additional material, which Blanche Lowe added to Jesse Smith's original work.



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