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Maj Granville L. Lowther
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Birth: Jun. 1, 1834
Ritchie County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1908
Tyler County
West Virginia, USA

Son of William W. & Melison Maxwell Lowther. 1m 10 May 1855 to Elizabeth Kelly. 2m Mary Kramer, 5 Jan 1871. His son Lloyd's obituary states that Granville Lowther was proprietor of a hotel in Middlebourne when he was growing up. It also mentioned that Granville was in the Civil War. WV Death record says Granville was a Justice of the Peace and died from Bright's Disease. (Bright's disease is an historical classification of kidney diseases that would be described in modern medicine as acute or chronic nephritis.) He was a Mayor of Sistersville for several years.

Sistersville paper? June 24, 1908


Granville L. Lowther Died at His Home on Railroad Avenue This Morning at 3:20—Was Confined to His Bed Only Few Days—He Was Seventy-four Years Old on First day of Present Month.

A gloom of sadness prevailed throughout the entire city this morning when it became generally known Justice of the Peace Granville L. Lowther was dead. His late illness was of short duration, as he was confined to his bed but a few days. The end came this morning at 3:20 o'clock, when the patient succumbed to kidney affliction. Deceased was 74 years and 23 days old.

Mr. Lowther was born in Ritchie County [WV] on June 1, 1834, and located in Tyler County [WV] in 1853. He filled many offices of trust, and at the time of his death he was justice of the peace of Lincoln District, his office being on Diamond Street. Mr. Lowther was a very conscientious and efficient officer, and filled the important office for a period of seventeen years. He was also president of the Board of Education of Lincoln District, and was assessor of Sistersville two terms and mayor two years. Mr. Lowther held captain's and major's commissions in the state militia under Governor A.I. Boreman, on different occasions during his term of office. Mr. Lowther was a resident of Middlebourne, the county seat of this county, previous to locating in this city, where he was twice postmaster. In early boyhood he identified himself with the M.E. Church, and always took an active part in the cause of religion. He was a prominent Mason, having joined the Middlebourne Lodge in 1867. He was a past Master and was a charter member of the Phoenix Lodge. . . Lowther located in Sistersville. . . and for several years was engaged in the saddlery and harness business. He was a good citizen and held in high esteem. He was of the progressive type of citizens, ever ready to assist any legitimate cause for the betterment and advancement of the city's interest and general welfare.

Mr. Lowther was twice married; the second wife's maiden name was Miss Mary Cramer [Kramer]. By the first union three children were born, all of whom have passed to the Great Beyond except one son, Lloyd A., who is superintendent of the public schools of Emporia, Kan. By the last union there were two children, Mr. Bertie and Miss Florence. Widow and latter children still survive.

The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed. The date of it will be announced in tomorrow evening's Review.


Arrangements for the obsequies of the late Granville L. Lowther were arranged by the family this morning. The hour set for the services is 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, and will be held at the M.E. Church on Main Street. Rev. Daniel Westfall, pastor of the church, will officiate. At the conclusion of the services at the church the Masonic fraternity will take charge of the ceremonies. Interment will be made at Oakwood Cemetery.

Note: the WV marriage record lists his birth location as Wood Co rather than Ritchie Co.:

Tyler County, WV, 1855 Marriage Records

Grandville L. Lowther, 20, Wood Co/VA, 10 May 1855
[Parents] William W. & Melison
Elizabeth Kelly, 23, Tyler Co/VA

West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973 about G. L. Lowther

Name: G. L. Lowther
Birth Date: abt 1834
Birth Place: Sistersville, Tyler, West Virginia
Death Date: 29 Jan 1908
Death Place: West Virginia
Death Age: 74
Occupation: Justice
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Gender: Male
FHL Film Number: 850568 
Family links: 
  William W. Lowther (1793 - 1872)
  Millicent Maxwell Lowther (1798 - 1879)
  Elizabeth Kelly Lowther (1831 - 1870)
  Mary E. Kramer Lowther (1835 - 1920)*
  Lloyd Alonzo Lowther (1857 - 1936)*
  Lorenzo Dow Lowther (1860 - 1883)*
  Catherine V. Lowther (1865 - 1889)*
  Infant Son Lowther (1868 - 1868)*
  William N. Lowther (1870 - 1870)*
  Florence A. Lowther (1872 - 1929)*
  Albert Granville Lowther (1878 - 1950)*
  William Maxwell Lowther (1825 - ____)*
  Lorenzo Dow Lowther (1826 - 1899)*
  Armstrong Lowther (1829 - 1851)*
  Archibald M. Lowther (1831 - 1902)*
  Rebecca Lowther Young (1832 - ____)*
  Granville L. Lowther (1834 - 1908)
  Alexander M. Lowther (1836 - 1908)*
  Mary Jane Lowther (1838 - 1864)*
  Sudna Lowther (1842 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Tyler County
West Virginia, USA
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Record added: Jan 18, 2006
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