Cpt Hamilton Lowry 1981,2500
- Born: 1763, Ards, Down, Ulster, Ireland 1981,2500
- Marriage: Agnes Lowry
- Died: 15 Sep 1864, Fitzroy, Carleton, Ontario, Canada at age 101 1981,2500
- Buried: Marathon, Fitzroy, Carleton, Ontario, Canada 2500
Noted events in his life were:
• Family History. 2501 Captain Hamilton Lowry
The Lowrys are descendants of French Huguenots who fled from France to Great Britain at the time of the St. Bartholomew massacres. ("The French Huguenots in Ireland" by the Rev. J.W.S. Lowry). The name is derived from the Loire River Valley where they had settled. First it was De Loire but over the years it became Lowry as it is to-day. After reaching Britain some continued north into Scotland. We believe our Lowrys crossed from Scotland to County Down, Ireland.
Cpt. Hamilton Lowry was born ca 1763, at Ards, Co. Down, (1851 census). He came to Canada with several of his family ca 1B26 and settled in Fitzroy twp. We believe that he had been a sea captain. When he came to Canada he would be in his sixties, but must have been an enterprising man as, besides farming, he ran a hotel, which seemed to have been well patronized. One description of the hotel states that it had a large dining room as well as other rooms, and across from it was a long building containing sleeping accommodation. It has been said that none were turned away because they were unable to pay. Money received was carelessly tossed into a bushel basket, which when filled was put into a storeroom.
The oldest daughter, Osay, wife of John Moorhead, was in Canada when her husband died Sept 16, 1823. He is buried in Lowry Cemetery• When Osay died in 1661 she owned 1000 acres in Huntley twp. (her will). In 1656 Cpt. Hamilton sold for 10 shillings part of L1 C8 Fitzroy twp. to the Presbyterians for a church and cemetery. The church, called Lowry Church, was built the same year. It was closed in 1925 and later demolished while the Lowry Cemetery is still in use.
In an extract from a letter written January 19, 1631, Hamilton Lowry states, "I have been a resident of Fitzroy for five years past. There I have settled with a large family of sons, and I have made extensive improvements on a tract of land purchased by me. Adjoining this there is a clergy reserve and in order to keep the family together I was anxious to obtain the same by purchase. With this in view one of my sons, who emigrated to this spot a year before the rest of the family, applied to the" Commissioner in the year 1825. I believe this son to be Savage Lowry. To the best of our knowledge Mrs. Hamilton Lawry died in Ireland before the family emigrated.
One story that has come down through the years could explain the name Hamilton. It seems that, a· Lowry man had a beautiful horse. Lord Hamilton saw the horse and wanted to buy it but Mr. Lowry refused to sell. Later the lord sent his steward to buy the horse. Again Mr. Lowry refused his offer. Even when Lord Hamilton came himself, Mr. Lowry refused to sell, but said that as the lord was so anxious to have the horse he would give it to him. Not long afterwards Lord Hamilton saw that Mr. Lowry received land in his own name, the first time such a thing had happened.
Donald J. Lowry; Almonte, Ont., has visited Ireland on business trips (he imports Landrace pigs). Donald has made contact with Lowrys of the area from which we believe our Lowrys emigrated (Killenchy). One hundred and fifty years is a long time to go back and bridge the gap. One of the Lowrys he met visited at Donald's in October 1977. We are hopeful that some day the pieces of the ancestral puzzle may all fit together.
The chart outlining Cpt. Hamilton's family is accurate only to the best of our knowledge. The list of grandchildren has been compiled from church, cemetery and family bible records. At least these are accurate if not complete.
• Cemetery: Lowry Cemetery, Fitzroy Twp., Carleton Co, 1864, Marathon, Fitzroy, Carleton, Ontario, Canada. 2500
Hamilton married Agnes Lowry. (Agnes Lowry was born in 1771 in , Down, Ulster, Ireland 2500 and died in 1826 in , Down, Ireland, United Kingdom 2500.)