John Wesley Lowe

1831–after 1900 (Age 69)
Plunketts Creek Township, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of John Wesley

John Wesley Lowe was born in 1831, in Plunketts Creek Township, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States as the son of Jesse Lowe and Rachel Plotts. He married Nancy Elizabeth Blackburn on 18 February 1860, in Poweshiek, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Stark, Stark, Illinois, United States in 1870 and Chequest Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1900. He died after 1900, at the age of 70.

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Family Time Line

John Wesley Lowe
Nancy Elizabeth Blackburn
Marriage: 18 February 1860
Elvira C Lowe
Jessie Jennie Lowe
Thomas Walter Lowe
Ida R Lowe
Margaret Narcissus Lowe

Spouse and Children


    Nancy Elizabeth Blackburn


18 February 1860
Poweshiek, Iowa, United States



    Jessie Jennie Lowe



    Ida R Lowe


    Margaret Narcissus Lowe


Parents and Siblings

    Jesse Lowe


    Rachel Plotts





    Thaddeus Arfaxad Lowe


    Narcissa Lowe


    Ann A Lowe


    Mary Margaret Lowe


+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1831 · Dedication of Jackson County

Age 0

In August 1831, Latter-day Saint Sidney Rigdon dedicated Jackson County, Missouri, for the gathering place of Zion.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 25

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: variant spelling of Low .2 German (Löwe): see Loewe .3 Jewish (Ashkenazic; Löwe): ornamental name from German Löwe ‘lion’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John W Lowe, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John W Lowe in household of David Allen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John W Lowe in household of Robert S Leslie, "United States Census, 1900"

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