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William Allen Lowrey
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Birth: Jun. 20, 1842
Forsyth County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 18, 1914
Kernersville
Forsyth County
North Carolina, USA

W. A. Lowrey was a Civil War veteran. He abandoned farming and moved to Kernersville in order to give his children the advantages of education.

He is listed in Branson's 1869 NC Business Directory as owning a grist mill. In 1886, he engaged in tobacco manufacturing with his son-in-law, E. J. Stafford. The two of them also contemplated building a brick factory.

W. A. Lowrey was a commissioner in Kernersville in 1886 and a trustee of Kernersville Academy. For 8 years he served as a magistrate and was elected to the NC House of Representatives in both the 1879-1880 and 1899-1900 sessions.

He owned Lowrey, Son & Co. tobacco manufacturers from 1896 through at least 1903. Besides himself, partners in the firm were his son J. W. Lowrey and, most likely, his brother John Albert was the J. A. Lowrey on the company letterhead stationery. (His other brother, also J. A. Lowrey, was in the grocery business).

In 1905, he was involved in a controversial legal case Lowrey vs. Board of Graded School Trustees in Town of Kernersville which ultimately made its way to the NC Supreme Court.

There was a W. A. Lowrey & Son hosiery mill in 1910.

Four of his children left Kernersville and moved to Norfolk, VA. They are all buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. It is not known what drew them to the Norfolk area.

In addition to children listed in below family links, the 1870 Census shows a 2-month-old daughter, Mary E. Lowrey. Mary does not appear on any other census, so it can only be assumed that she died as a child. Her gravesite is not known.

NOTE: W.A. Lowrey's granddaughter, Mildred Stafford Cherry was the First Lady of NC. Mildred's husband, Gregg Cherry was the 61st governor from 1945 - 1949.
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William may have been married prior to Laura Flynt.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Lowrey (1797 - 1864)
  Louisa Barrow Lowrey (1818 - 1900)
 
 Spouse:
  Laura Frances Flynt Lowrey (1845 - 1886)*
 
 Children:
  Lula Roberta Lowrey Stafford (1866 - 1950)*
  John William Lowrey (1869 - 1956)*
  Carrie Boyd Lowrey Beard (1870 - 1961)*
  Emma H. Lowrey (1874 - 1968)*
  Cora Berton Lowrey Turner (1878 - 1964)*
  Clyde Clifton Lowrey (1880 - 1935)*
  Lester Flynt Lowrey (1882 - 1949)*
  Anna Laura Lowrey Stafford (1883 - 1960)*
 
 Siblings:
  Othelliott Boyd Lowrey Byerly (1839 - 1907)*
  William Allen Lowrey (1842 - 1914)
  James Adolphus Lowrey (1845 - 1932)*
  Hannah Elizabeth Lowrey Huffines (1848 - 1916)*
  Ann Louisa Lowrey (1853 - 1862)*
  Alie S. Lowrey (1855 - 1950)*
  John Albert Lowrey (1857 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Main Street United Methodist Church Cemetery
Kernersville
Forsyth County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: Gloria Jennings Lowrey
Originally Created by: ljordan
Record added: Jun 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71242391
William Allen Lowrey
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William Allen Lowrey
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