Cpt Hamilton Lowry 1900,2387
- Born: 1763, Ards, Down, Northern Ireland 1900,2387
- Marriage: Agnes Lowry
- Died: 15 Sep 1864, Fitzroy, Carleton, Ontario, Canada at age 101 1900,2387
- Buried: Marathon, Fitzroy, Carleton, Ontario, Canada 2387
Address: Lowry Cemetery
Fitzroy Twp., Carleton Co.
Marathon, Ontario K0A 1L0
Noted events in his life were:
• Family History. 2388 Captain Hamilton Lowry
The Lowrys are descendants of French Huguenots who fled from France t o Great Britain at the time of the St. Bartholomew massacres. ("The Fr ench Huguenots in Ireland" by the Rev. J.W.S. Lowry). The name is deri ved from the Loire River Valley where they had settled. First it was D e Loire but over the years it became Lowry as it is to-day. After reac hing Britain some continued north into Scotland. We believe our Lowry s 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 i n Fitzroy twp. We believe that he had been a sea captain. When he cam e to Canada he would be in his sixties, but must have been an enterpri sing man as, besides farming, he ran a hotel, which seemed to have bee n well patronized. One description of the hotel states that it had a l arge dining room as well as other rooms, and across from it was a lon g building containing sleeping accommodation. It has been said that no ne were turned away because they were unable to pay. Money received wa s carelessly tossed into a bushel basket, which when filled was put in to a storeroom.
The oldest daughter, Osay, wife of John Moorhead, was in Canada when h er husband died Sept 16, 1823. He is buried in Lowry Cemetery• When Os ay died in 1661 she owned 1000 acres in Huntley twp. (her will). In 16 56 Cpt. Hamilton sold for 10 shillings part of L1 C8 Fitzroy twp. to t he Presbyterians for a church and cemetery. The church, called Lowry C hurch, was built the same year. It was closed in 1925 and later demoli shed while the Lowry Cemetery is still in use.
In an extract from a letter written January 19, 1631, Hamilton Lowry s tates, "I have been a resident of Fitzroy for five years past. Ther e I have settled with a large family of sons, and I have made extensiv e improvements on a tract of land purchased by me. Adjoining this ther e is a clergy reserve and in order to keep the family together I was a nxious to obtain the same by purchase. With this in view one of my son s, who emigrated to this spot a year before the rest of the family, ap plied to the" Commissioner in the year 1825. I believe this son to b e Savage Lowry. To the best of our knowledge Mrs. Hamilton Lawry die d in Ireland before the family emigrated.
One story that has come down through the years could explain the nam e Hamilton. It seems that, a· Lowry man had a beautiful horse. Lord Ha milton saw the horse and wanted to buy it but Mr. Lowry refused to sel l. Later the lord sent his steward to buy the horse. Again Mr. Lowry r efused his offer. Even when Lord Hamilton came himself, Mr. Lowry refu sed to sell, but said that as the lord was so anxious to have the hors e he would give it to him. Not long afterwards Lord Hamilton saw tha t Mr. Lowry received land in his own name, the first time such a thin g had happened.
Donald J. Lowry; Almonte, Ont., has visited Ireland on business trip s (he imports Landrace pigs). Donald has made contact with Lowrys of t he area from which we believe our Lowrys emigrated (Killenchy). One hu ndred and fifty years is a long time to go back and bridge the gap. On e of the Lowrys he met visited at Donald's in October 1977. We are hop eful that some day the pieces of the ancestral puzzle may all fit toge ther.
The chart outlining Cpt. Hamilton's family is accurate only to the bes t of our knowledge. The list of grandchildren has been compiled from c hurch, cemetery and family bible records. At least these are accurat e if not complete.
• Cemetery: Lowry Cemetery, Fitzroy Twp., Carleton Co, 1864. 2387 Marathon, Fitzroy, Carleton, Ontario, Canada
• Grave Marker: Lowry Cemetery, Fitzroy Twp., Carleton Co, Sep 1864. Marathon, Fitzroy, Carleton, Ontario, Canada
Hamilton married Agnes Lowry. (Agnes Lowry was born in 1771 in Down, Northern Ireland 2387 and died in 1826 in Down, Northern Ireland 2387.)