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Mary Esther "Mat" Foster Brownlow
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Birth: Jul. 16, 1860
Giles County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 21, 1934
Travis County
Texas, USA

Mary Esther Foster was born on the family farm and was the first child of William Franklin Foster and Elizabeth Ellen Morrow.

She married James David Brownlow on August 29, 1878 and they made their home in Giles County.

By 1900 the family had moved to a farm near Del Valle (Travis County), Texas. Some of Mary's brothers had already settled in Texas by the time they had moved from Tennessee and these brothers lent a hand to help build them a farmhouse. However, it is remembered as one of the strangest house one could ever imagine. It was built on different levels and you had to step up when going from the kitchen to the dining room. It had a sleeping porch on the lower level as well. But it was in this house that they raised their eleven children.

Mary or "Mat" as she was called is remembered as a short lady with black hair. She was a very energetic woman, "fast as greased lightening", in everything she did. She loved her family and when her grandkids came over she would have them help her in the kitchen by having them get up on a box to help them reach the counter tops with her. Their house had two big windows and she used to sit there in the early morning and watch the sun come up while mending cloths or crocheting. As she watched the sun come up and the large tree with all the honeysuckle vines and buzzing bees she liked to sing church songs with her grandchildren. One of her favorites was, "Scatter Bright Smiles".

David and Mary never talked much about the old times in Tennessee. When asked about relatives Mary would only say, "all I have are my brothers and sisters". Mary lived to be seventy-six years of age.

 
 
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 Spouse:
  James David Brownlow (1853 - 1940)*
 
 Children:
  Zora L. Brownlow (1879 - 1932)*
  William Sewell Brownlow (1881 - 1915)*
  Lena Olga Brownlow McAngus (1884 - 1964)*
  Claron Lewis Brownlow (1885 - 1910)*
  David Samuel Brownlow (1887 - 1965)*
  Mary Elizabeth Brownlow Wheeler (1890 - 1918)*
  Lizzie Brownlow Burch (1892 - 1911)*
  Ethel Brownlow Balagia (1895 - 1983)*
  Ollie May Brownlow (1897 - 1913)*
  Austin Leonard Brownlow (1900 - 1926)*
  Frank Brownlow (1902 - 1965)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Charles F. Austin Cemetery
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
Plot: South
 
Created by: GCA
Record added: Jan 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33182577
Mary Esther Mat <i>Foster</i> Brownlow
Added by: Don Cox
 
Mary Esther Mat <i>Foster</i> Brownlow
Added by: GCA
 
 
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- Billie Blackstock
 Added: Jan. 10, 2010
 
 
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