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Rev Junia Smith Mowry

Rev Junia Smith Mowry

Birth
Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 27 Apr 1890 (aged 84)
Calamus, Clinton County, Iowa, USA
Burial Grand Mound, Clinton County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 28512472 · View Source
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From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Clinton County, Iowa; Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1886:

Rev. Junia S. Mowry. The subject of this biographical notice, residing near Calamus, was born in Smithfield, Providence Co., R.I., July 18, 1805, and is the son of Reuben and Phebe (Smith) Mowry. The origin of the Mowry family in the United States, as well as the genealogy of that family, Mr. William A. Mowry, who has spent some years in examining the records of the family, informs us is as follows: Several of that name landed at Plymouth and Boston in 1635, and subsequently some of them located in Smithfield, R.I. Of the latter number two brothers, John and Nathaniel Mowry, settled on a tract of land north of Providence, R.I., the title to which they procured from the Indians. From Nathaniel the present Mowry family, of whom our subject is a member, has descended.

Nathaniel Mowry was born in 1644, married in 1666, and died on the 24th of March, 1717 or 1718, and his descendants are settled throughout the States, numbering 1,575 persons. They have been prominently connected with the history of the country in many official capacities as statesmen, warriors, business-men and agriculturists. Judge Daniel Mowry was two terms in Congress of the United States, and his son Daniel was Town Clerk for thirty-five consecutive years. In general the family have been long-lived, and Daniel lived to attain the age of ninety years. The family originally came from England, and in the latter generation some of them have obtained prominence as scholars and teachers.

There have also been several mechanics of prominence and skill in this family. Among the number is William Mowry, who was one of the pioneer manufacturers in America. When a young man he worked in the manufactory of Samuel Slater, of Pantucket, R.I., and after becoming skilled in the business went to York State, where he engaged in business for himself and built the first double-speeder in America. He also visited England, where he obtained additional knowledge in mechanical skill, and was a prominent personage in the State in which he lived.

Reuben Mowry, our subject's father, was a carpenter and joiner by trade, and followed the same, together with farming, more than twenty years in his native State, Rhode Island, until his death, which was caused by the cars striking him - he being deaf - at Providence, in 1852. Our subject's mother was descended from Elisha Smith, who was born in England and came to this country and made settlement in Smithfield, R.I.

Junia S. Mowry was the eldest of his parents' family of nine children, only one of whom besides himself is now living. He was reared a farmer's boy, and continued to labor on the farm, in the meantime attending the common school, until he was nearly twenty years of age. Prior to this age, however, he had supplemented his education by an attendance at Woonsocket Academy and a select school at Providence. On obtaining the age of twenty years, he engaged in the duties of a pedagogue, which he followed, together with attending school, for three years. In 1829 he was licensed by the Free Baptist Church to preach, and that year commenced his ministerial labors. In 1832 he was licensed by the Elders of the Free Baptist Conference, and in August of that year was ordained at North Taunton, and was pastor there and in Rehoboth until the spring of 1835. He then went to Tiverton and served as pastor of a congregation in that place until the fall of 1840, when he went to Apponaug and continued his ministerial labors for a year and a half. From Apponaug, Mr. Mowry went to Johnson, R.I., where he preached for some eleven months, being at the same time an agent for the Smithville Seminary, located in North Seituate. He then received a call from a congregation at Georgiaville, in Smithfield Township, and there resided until the spring of 1847. He next went to Hebronville, Mass., where he preached for two years and taught school one winter and again returned to Georgiaville and preached to different congregations in that region until 1851. He was also on the School Board of the town of Smithfield. June 13, 1851, our subject came to this State and located at Lyons, and was engaged in ministerial labors there and at De Witt and Fulton until August of that year, when he went to Buena Vista and formed a church (the first in Olive Township) at that place, being at that time engaged in laboring under the auspices of the Free Mission Society.

In the fall of 1852, our subject's family joined him in this country, and he was continued to make it his home until the present time. In 1853 he purchased a tract of 120 acres of land, on sections 19, 30, and 24, township 81, range 2, and also entered forty acres on section 25, of township 80, range 1. There was a log house on the land which he purchased, and in the spring of 1854 the family moved into it, where they lived until 1873, when he moved into his new home. Since that time our subject has been engaged in preaching at different places and has also devoted a portion of his time to the improvement and cultivation of his farm. He has 162 acres, all enclosed, but a part of it is pasture and wood land and he rents the place.

Rev. Mr. Mowry was first united in marriage Dec. 2, 1835, to Salome Lincoln. She was born in Raynham, Mass., Sept. 13, 1807. She was a good, kind-hearted, Christian woman, and, as well as her husband, was engaged in ministerial labor. She died July 21, 1841. Two children - Mary Elizabeth, born Nov. 2, 1837, and Amy M., born March 20, 1841 - were the issue of their union. The former died in February, 1839.

The second marriage of our subject was solemnized Dec. 2, 1841, when Miss Nancy Manchester became his wife. She was born in Tiverton, R.I., May 2, 1812, and died Feb. 24, 1868. She was a woman of superior abilities, both as a wife and mother, and had few equals. Of their union the following children were born: Salome, Sept. 6, 1842, and died Oct. 6, 1843; Phebe S., born June 6, 1844, married William W. Hazen, and they live in Spring Rock Township; Reuben died in infancy; Martha A., born Sept. 2, 1847, became the wife of George Bull, and they are living in Carroll County; Deborah C., born Feb. 11, 1849, was married to Nels Olsen, and they are living in Audubon County, this State; Daniel died in infancy; Esther was born Jan. 30, 1851, and married Sils Thompson, and they are living in Crawford County; John R. attended Wilton Institute, Iowa, and Hillsdale College, Mich., and is a preacher of the doctrines of the Free Baptist Church, and at present is performing his ministerial labors at Rome Center, Mich.

The third marriage of our subject was solemnized July 15, 1869, when Mildred M. A. Holmes, widow of Rev. Luther Holmes, became his wife. She died March 11, 1879, and June 8 of that year he was married to Susan Mott. She was born in Ohio, and they lived together as man and wife until the 15th of March, 1885, the date of her demise. Oct. 11, 1885, our subject was married to Nancy Dubois, who came to Iowa with her husband in 1841. She is a native of Pickaway County, Ohio, and daughter of Bennett and Elizabeth (Houser) Warren, and widow of James Dubois. Her parents were natives of Delaware and Virginia and her father was an early settler in this county.


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  • Created by: AJ Tyson
  • Added: 25 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28512472
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Junia Smith Mowry (18 Jul 1805–27 Apr 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28512472, citing Mowder Cemetery, Grand Mound, Clinton County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by AJ Tyson (contributor 46971225) .