Who was Adam Lowrey?

Who was Adam Lowrey?

Adam Lowrey (1783-1841)

Our family is definitely descended from Adam Lowrey. There may be some confusion about Samuel Lowrey, but there is none whatsoever about Adam Lowrey. The reason for the confusion is some claims that Adam Lowrey himself immigrated to the USA from Ireland.

Adam Lowrey married a woman named Margaret Doss. They later moved from east Tennessee into the strip of land west of the Tennessee River that was later to be officially opened to settlers by the Treaty of Pontotoc in 1832. When this strip of land was divided into counties in 1836. The Adam Lowrey farm was in McNairy County, Tennessee.

Buford Pusser

Coincidentally, there is a famous guy who also came from McNairy County: Buford Hayse Pusser (1937–1974) was the Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, from 1964 to 1970. Pusser is known for his virtual one-man war on moonshining, prostitution, gambling, and other vices on the Mississippi-Tennessee state-line. His efforts have inspired several books, songs, movies (Walking Tall), and a TV series. The Buford Pusser Museum was established at the house he was in at the time of his death in 1974. Pusser has no relationship to us Lowrey’s, except that we also came from McNairy County, Tennessee. – LINK to Buford’s Wikipedia page

Adam Lowrey was a Private in 1 Regiment (Napier’s) West Tennessee Militia in the ‘War of 1812’. Did my ancestors miss a single American war?

Adam Lowrey had 12 children from Margaret Doss. Other reports say 10 children, perhaps two died at birth, Allah Knows Best.

Yes, that is correct, we Lowrey’s have always had big families…  We are descended from the tenth of Adam’s twelve children: Mark Perrin Lowrey.  Schools were not available. Mark attended school probably less than nine months of his life, altogether. But his accomplishments and those of his brothers and sisters show that their education was not neglected. Their mother, Margaret Doss, must have been a remarkable woman.


The story of the death of Adam Lowrey, which occurred when Mark Perrin Lowrey was 12 years old, is this: The men of McNairy County sent some of their number down the Tennessee, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers every year to sell furs and other produce, and to bring home needed supplies via the Natchez Trace.

These people in American history are known as “Kaintucks”. They would float their merchandise down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers by flatboat and then walk back on the Natchez Trace. One of the oldest roads in North America. These ancient roads were developed by Native American Indians prior to the White man’s invasion…  Abraham Lincoln twice piloted a flatboat carrying produce from Illinois to New Orleans (1828, 1831) . CLICK HERE to read about the Natchez Trace

In 1841 it was Adam’s turn to make the trip. He died of cholera near Natchez and was buried on the Louisiana bank.

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