GEORGE and LUCY LOWMAN
George Lowman with a possible middle name of Martin was born in North Carolina between 1780 and 1790. I am still tracing the exact date. The first record of him in Georgia was the 1830 census of Habersham County. We know he died in the 1840s. His estate was probated in July 1847 in Lumpkin County, Georgia. He moved there on April the 15th. 1833. I am not sure if they moved together or not but he moved at about the same time from the same area to the same area as Elais Turner. George's son Martin married Elais daughter Terissa. They moved from what is now White County ,between Cleaveland and Hellen, Ga. ,to an area that was in Lumpkin County. This was a few miles from what would later be Dawson County, near Nimberwill Church. My grandfather told my father they moved there to make whiskey. I do know he was a whiskey maker. Looking over his estate he had hogsheads used to make it. He also had a still and 63 gallons of Brandy on hand. Since the items were openly listed most likely he, like his grandson, had a permit. For sure he had a good market with all the miners in the area. He also was a farmer, a hunter, and a blacksmith (gun maker).
In 1830 most white men were not allowed in Indian lands. A few were issued a permit to remain. In 1830 George's son George L. Lowman was, after taking an oath, given a permit to live with the Indians. He was shown as a farmer and single. He must have come ahead to pave the way for the others. In 1834 a special census was taken of people living in Indian lands. George and Lucy were there with 11 people living in the house. Counting the people in the family, George L. was living in the same house. This is on page 10 with about 35 families per page. Elais Turner is on page 2 with 6 members in his family.
The Nugget, a local paper, in 1897 quoted Berry Lowman as saying, they "moved to this county on the 15th day of April, 1833 when not a stick of timber had been touched except what the surveyors had cut and they cleared and fenced land and made corn enough to do a family of eleven, six head of horses, and 35 head of cattle and had a good deal to sell". One member of the family (most likely Martin) killed 96 deer that year along with 137 rattlesnakes.
Berry also said they had Joseph Berry build them a wagon in Burke County, N.C. for $125.00 in "about" 1830 (they were in Habersham Co. for the 1830 census). According to Barry, this was a very large wagon. The rear wheels were five and one half feet tall and would hold fifty bushels of corn in the ear.
A book called The First 100 Years also says that George and family along with the Wehunt ( married twice into the family ) and Lingerfelts made most of the guns used in the area. Their marking are unsure.
Family history says they built a mill on the property. This is located .8 mile off highway #52. You turn left off 52, if you are going East, 2.3 miles from the Dawson County Line. The road goes to Nimberwill Baptist Church. In fact the Church could be on the family's land. I think Lucy gave George's grave sight to build the Church on.
In 1850 a close family member was shown running the mill but he is shown as owning no property. On the 1850 census Lucy's house is # 117. Michael Wehunt, Margaret (Lowman) Wehunt and Family lived with Lucy and the three remaining Lowman kids. Michael's son, Lewis, was living in house #118 and was listed as a miller. Daddy says he thinks the old house place was about 100 yards before the mill on the right, this may have been Michael house. He says he went to the old mill to get corn milled in the late 1930s. He is not sure when it stopped being used. The mill was about 30 to 50 yards to the left of the road. It was the undershot type. They damned the creek from each side with logs and rocks. They then use planks to control the flow of water. All that is left now is a Pit in the bank of the creek where the building was placed.
Jay tells me an older man, that lived near by, said the Lowman home place was past the mill to the right of the Church. That would place it on the right of the paved road about 100 yards past the Church. The old man said he would take him and show him the foundation if he got able. that was many years ago.
I can not find George's grave for sure. I can not understand why he would not be next to Lucy. I feel that is evidence that Nimberwill Church was on Lowman land. Because George's grave was already there in 1865 she gave the land for a church and graveyard. There is a blank stone about 3-4 feet from her stone. From the foot it is on your left.
Lucy has a hand carved tombstone there. It is hard to read due to it crude hand design, the years have not been kind , the writing is poor and spelling is bad. She died in March 1871. I think it says her father was Joseph Beal (census records show a Joseph Beal in Rowan County N.C.)
The stone said she was a pias member of the Baptist Church of Christ for 20 years. Most likely she and George were born Lutherans. It spelled her name Luca and said she was the wife of George Lowman. From both possible home sites we are only talking a few hundred or less yards to the graves.
The last part of lucy's stone is hard to read. It says she was 85 years and 6 days old at her death and died in Lumpkin County Georgia. In the 1850 census she was shown as 62 years old. The 1870 census shows her as being 84 years old. This was a year before she died. The 1850 census could be off a year or two and I am not sure how near to her birthday she was at the time.
After George's death the kids started to move. Martin moved about five or six miles to the west (see his story). I am not sure what became of George L. Lowman. I do not find 1860 census records for him. I have checked many states for him in 1860 and 1870 census records but can not locate him. I think he was over looked in the 1860 records or his name was so misspelled I can't find it. In the deed records I do find where he sold land on 2-6-1861 (recorded 1862). There are no more records for him there and he can't be found in the area in the 1870 census.
Lewis moved to Pickins county on the Fairmont Rd. and raised a family of at least eight kids. He had four boys and four girls that I know of. Red headed George is noted in stories and notes. A. J. moved to Whitfield County and raised a family. Berry stayed with Lucy and late in life married Betty. The 1870 census show them with no kids. I can't find them in 1860. They must have been missed. In 1870 he was shown as 40 years old and her as 50. That is an error at least on his part. I think their ages were switched.
The girls married except Elizabeth. I can find no record of her having a husband. In 1848, the year after George died, Lucy made a deed to Elizabeth. She sold her all of her child’s part in George's estate, five head of cattle, fifty hogs, twelve sheep, a horse, a bed, clock, side board and a chest for one dollar and upkeep for the rest of her life. Margaret married a Wehunt. I am not sure of the names of the other girls. In 1870 I find a Polly living alone at age 62. I can not match her up. George had a sister Polly. She could have moved down or this could have been one of George's girls. I have some questions if that is true.
During the mid 1800s you will find the name in records spelled Lowman, Larmon, Larman, Larmine, Lawman and others. I am not sure of the reason for that. You first see the name spelled Larman about the time George died and it did not stop amoung the local people until the late 1950s. Lewis' branch of the family still goes by Larman today. The only reason I can think of is that some one in the family said the name near that way, being from a German family and living with others .It started about the time the Wehunts moved near by. I am told they were Dutch or German. It may be that was a factor. I do know that Martin and Berry signed their name Lowman. Also in the 1770s and before you will find the family name spelled Lauman in North Carolina records. The way they said the lau part of the name could have something to do with it. Jay tells me that when he was young his father, John W. Lowman, always said his name as if the low was the low in allowance or allow. In the dictionary, in the pronunciation guide, that is shown as lau with a dot over the u.