|Birth: ||Oct. 4, 1838|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 1898|
James Robert Alexander Lowry, — Son of Rev. Joseph Lowry and Mary Pressly, was born October 4, 1838, in Jefferson Co., Ga. As a boy he was a great lover of fun, full of mischief and, therefore, played many pranks on his mother, sisters and schoolmates, but was always a great favorite with his associates. When his mother would become fretted by his mischief and want to whip him, his father would say, "Well, Mary, he is a good deal of trouble now, but he may be a great comfort to you some day." He went to school to his brother. Prof. W. S. Lowry. in Louisville , Ga. , until entering college in Due West, where he remained four years., graduating from that institution August 11, 1858. He joined old Bethel church, Burke Co., Ga. , in 1853.
He commenced the study of theology Dec. 6, 1858, under the care of the Georgia Presbytery. He prosecuted his studies in Erskine Theological Seminary and was licensed by that Presbytery March 25, 1860, in Dekalb Co., Ga. He was ordained in March, 1862, at White Oak Church, Coweta Co., Ga. In November, 1860, he went to Kentucky and preached until March, 1861, and then returned to South Carolina. In July, 1862, he went as a missionary to Lee's Army, took sick in August, and returned to South Carolina. In November went as Chaplain to 5th Regiment South Carolina Reserves, Charleston , remaining there till next spring. In 1863 he went to Georgia , preached and taught school there till May 31, 1864, when he received the Chaplaincy of the 48th Georgia Regiment. Here remained until the the close of the War. In January, 1866, he left Georgia for Tennessee , and preached in Nashville till he was called to the pastorate of Prosperity Church, Dallas, Co., Ala. , in September, 1867. He was installed here Sept. 23, 1867, Dr. J. I. Bonner and Rev. W. R. Hemphill officiating.
Rev. Lowry married the first time August 3, 1860, Mary Jane McCaslan, a daughter of Moses Oliver and Susannah Clark McCaslan. She was born June 10, 1838, in Abbeville, South Carolina; one daughter, Mary Agnew, was born to them and married Rev. E. P. Davis, D. D., now of Opelika, Alabama. Mary Jane [McCaslan] Lowry died July 4, 1863.
Rev. Lowry then was married the second time to Miss Euphemia Hawthorn in the summer of 1867. Euphemia died the following year on the 2nd of May; the only child born to them died in infancy.
Rev. Lowry married the third time to Miss Kathryn "Kittie" C. Craig, daughter of Robert and Mary E. Craig, on May 10, 1870. Kittie was born near Harrells , Alabama. Four children were born of this union, only one of whom is still living, Julia Mabel, who married the Rev. J. H. Pressly of Statesville , N. C. Mrs. Kittie Lowry died March 17, 1878.
He was married the fourth time January 5, 1881, to Mrs. Jennie E. Pressly at Oak Hall. Ala. She was the daughter of Dr. 'William and Mary Mathews Dale. She left one little girl who died at 3 months old. Mrs. Jennie Lowry died May 13, 1883. at Crenshaw. Dallas Co., Alabama .
Rev. James Robert Alexander Lowry died April 6, 1898, after a pastorate of 31 years of Prosperity A.R.P. Church in Mitchell, Dallas Co., Alabama. He was laid to rest in the churchyard cemetery.
Typescript of the above sketch biography from the book: "The centennial history of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church: 1803-1903" published by Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1905 - GMG
Joseph Lowry (1777 - 1840)
Mary Pressly Lowry (1797 - 1875)
Phemie HAWTHORN LOWRY (1846 - 1868)
Katherine CRAIG LOWRY (1843 - 1878)
Mary Jane McCaslan Lowry (1838 - 1863)*
Eliza Jane Dale Lowry (1840 - 1883)*
Mary Agnes Lowry Davis (1861 - 1939)*
Mary Estelle LOWRY (1873 - 1874)*
William Claude Lowry (1873 - 1888)*
Julia Mabel Lowry Pressly (1875 - 1942)*
Jennie Dale Lowery (1883 - 1883)*
William Strong Lowry (1816 - 1892)*
Sarah Lowry Patterson (1822 - 1898)*
Susannah Mary Lowry Trimble (1827 - 1893)*
James Robert Alexander Lowry (1838 - 1898)
Note: Source: The centennial history of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church: 1803-1903
Created by: GMG
Record added: Jan 20, 2013
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