John Fairfield LOWELL

John Fairfield LOWELL

Male 1837 - 1908  (70 years)

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  • Name John Fairfield LOWELL 
    Born 17 May 1837  Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Mar 1908  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 27 Mar 1908  Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Chesterville VR for marriage reads as follows: “This is to certify that John F. Lowell and Miss Viola P. Furbush, both of Chesterville in the county of Franklin and State of Maine were joined in marriage at Chesterville on the 14th Day of September 1863 by me W. F. Lowell, Justice of the Peace.”

      Matrimony notice from the Portland Weekly Advertiser (Portland, Maine), Saturday, September 26, 1863:
      "In Chesterville, 14th inst, Mr. John F Lowell to Miss Viola P Furbish, both of Chesterville."

      Matrimony Notice from the Daily Eastern Argus (Portland, Maine) Tuesday, Septemer 22, 1863:
      "In Chesterville, 14th inst., Mr. John F. Lowell to Miss Viola P. Furbish, both of C."

      Probate record dated December 21, 1853 requests a complete estate inventory of Harriet J. and John F. Lowell, whose guardian is Hiram Lowell.

      "Went to sea for a year or so during the sailing times. But I don't remember much then. [Flora knew much more about John Fairfield because she was twelve years older than me.

      "John Fairfield had a girlfriend back in New England. He went back to get her and she had married someone else so he ended up marrying Viola Furbish.

      "His father died at a very young age and left lots of young kids. I remember John Fairfield saying that he was on his own from the age of fourteen.

      "My grandfather was one of the first persons buried in Woodlawn."

      Paid $800.00 in order to buy a substitute for him so that he would not have to fight in the Civil War. Flora talked about this as though it were a status symbol, in that John Fairfield had enough money to do this. [NOTE: Have not been able to verify this.]

      "His father died when he was very young and he had to take over the support of the family. He spent 2-3 years in the Merchant Marines. When he came out to Wisconsin, he run lumber camps. My grandmother done the cooking."

      "I can remember his beard. He wasn't overly tall and he was heavy-set."

      "John Fairfield came from Wisconsin with his wife and kids and horses and oxen and farm machinery in a immigrant car. At that time you could rent this box car and you and your whole worldly goods would travel in there. And they brought all the lumber for Cliff's house from Wisconsin. The animals came in the boxcar also. They came to South Dakota in 1884. It was still Dakota Territory at that time. John Fairfield made seven trips in a covered wagon to homestead up by Salem. After he got that and it was his, he liked it down here by Sioux Falls better and he sold the place in Salem and bought Cliff's place on a preemption. Preemption is when some guy starts to homestead a place and doesn't finish the job but has equity in a place, you could buy the place on a preemption--taking somebody else's claim from them. He had the place (Cliff's) before 1884. On one trip this one guy when they camped at night pulled a shotgun out of the covered wagon and killed himself. They buried him in the prairie. When they came out there were Indians around coming through. There were no bridges across the Sioux River going west. You had to forge the river. From Sioux Falls you just angled off to the Southwest toward Yankton. It was called the Yankton Trail. [NOTE: This was the road that went through our farm]. It went through Cliff's and Jack's place. Went right through Cliff's house and barn."

      Miller Funeral Home and cemetery records indicate birthdate of May 17, 1837. Family bible lists birthdate as May 16, 1837. Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America indicates May 10, 1837. May 17 has been used here.

      Death certificate indicates age as 70 years, 10 months, and 7 days and that he died of "cerebral congestion, chronic" and that the duration of his fatal illness was 7 days.

      BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FAIRFIELD LOWELL as told by his grandaughter Flora Georgia McCartney Luker [information given to George & Hazel Lowell by Flora Luker in approximately 1970]--

      "John Fairfield Lowell, born May 17, 1837 in Chesterfield, Maine. Parents Samuel and Hannah Lowell (her maiden name was Lowell but was no relation). [NOTE: incorrect, they were first cousins]. They died rather young, Frank a brother of John F. bought him up. John F. had an inheritance of $20 from his folks but he gave it to his brother.
      As a young man he (John F.) sailed to the West Indies. He said that the Negroes there were huge and ugly looking, with huge noses and huge lips. This was his first and last experience with the sea.
      He then went to Wisconsin, took crews into the forest to cut trees. It was a business as he had to provide clothing, food, etc., for his crew. He was an expert at log rolling.
      Later he went back to Maine to marry his youthful sweetheart, (M---- Jane Peterson) (there was also a Wealthy Peterson but she was married). Then he married Wealthy Viola Furbush on Sept. 14, 1863.
      He never went to War (Civil War) he bought a substitute for $800 to go in his place.
      They moved to Ostrander, Wisc, on the bank of the Little Wolf River. This was 5 miles from Royalton.
      He contined taking crews into the timber. They (John F. and Viola) lived in a house with sky lights as the trees were so thick, windows were not too practical.
      When the Civil War was over there was a severe depression and he couldn't get his logs to market, and no sale for them when he did get them there. One year he raised hops but this wasn't successful either.
      After this he started taking trips overland to South Dakota, seven in all. In South Dakota he hauled supplies for C. K. Howard, also merchandise and groceries from Yankton, S.D., that was where the railroad ended.
      Viola took in boarders and roomers during the depression, (this was in Wisconsin). She said she got fresh meat twice a week from Royalton, Wisconsin.
      During his trips from Wisc. to S.D. John F. bought the land where Cliff lived (and Hazel's Dad) also the land which George now has, he later bought the land where Jack and Flora lived. He brought samples of the soil back to Wisc. in a handkerchief and had it checked, everyone agreed that it was good land.

      John F. brought the family to S. Dak. in 1884--June 1--He had a carload on an immigrant train, brought all his animals, tools, machinery, lumber (for the house where Cliff lives). He and his son John R. who was 15 years old at that time, built the house before Viola and Minnie came.
      They had hard times in 1888. They had a terrible blizzard and a very bad winter. Had to burn hay to keep warm (they had a way of twisting it into solid bunches). Minnie taught the country school which was just one mile north of them. She taught for several years.
      John R. married Freda Volsch on Dec. 12th, 1900. They had three sons, George J., John Franklin, and Charles Edward.
      Minnie married George A. McCartney in 1888 (the year I think is right). She had one daughter, Flora G. Wealthy Viola Furbush was born Feb. 8, 1844 in Rockland Maine. Brothers Charles and Abram (twins), sister Augusta Ann, and brothers Will and Frank. Father Abram Furbush, Mother Nancy Peterson, died at age 40. Father remarried and had two children. Viola's sister Ann married a man named Whitney who died. She then married a man named Sargent, who was quite wealthy.
      Abe Furbush moved to Ostrander Wisc. He had 2 children. Brother Will Furbush also moved to Wisconsin (Ostrander). He had 3 or 4 children. He had a chair factory in Ostrander. Viola's brother Frank lived near Lowell, Mass. He was 4 years old when Viola was married. Sister Ann's son Reginal Whitney is dead."

      In a conversation with George J. Lowell, he indicated that "according to my dad, John F. was an expert log roller, wearing clamps on his shoes."

      From History of Minnehaha County, by Dana R. Bailey, Brown & Saenger, Sioux Falls, 1899: (Under Wall Lake Township Biographical Sketches):
      "LOWELL, JOHN, has lived in the town of Wall Lake since 1884. He owns about 240 acres of land in sections 35 and 36 in that town, and has a good farm with substantial buildings. He is a native of Maine, and was born May 17, 1838. He also resided in Wisconsin and Illinois before he settled here. He is an industrious farmer, and a good citizen."

      Served as Supervisor, Wall Lake Township Board, in 1897.

      [1860 census record below is unconfirmed]
      1860 Census: 3rd Ward Oshkosh City, Winnebago Cty, Wisconsin:
      John Lowell, 25, male, Lumberman, born in Maine.
      [is living in a boarding house run by James McCurdy, born in Maine.]

      1870 Census: Wisconsin: Waupaca County: Mukwa Township: Town of Mukwa:
      Lowell, John, age 33, laborer, born in Maine;
      Viola, age 26, keeping house, born in Maine;
      Minny, age 5, born in Wisconsin;
      John, age 1, born in Wisconsin.

      1875 State Census: State of Wisconsin, Waupaca County, Town of Mukwa:
      Lowell John
      2 white males
      2 white femalies

      1880 Census: Wisconsin: Waupaca County: Mukwa Township; Town of Mukwa:
      Lowell, John F., age 42, farmer
      Viola, age 36, wife, keeping house
      Minnie, age 15, daughter, at school
      John (middle initial illegible), age 11, son, at school.

      Notes on Mukwa and Ostrander: Post office for Ostrander was established in 1883 in Mukwa Township and discontinued in 1898. The Post Office for Mukwa was established in 1854 in Mukwa Township and discontinued in 1860.

      1900 Census: SD, Minnehaha County, Wall Lake Township:
      “Lowell, John; Head; born May 1837; age 63, married 38 years, born in Maine, father and mother born in Maine;
      Viola, his wife, born Feb 1844; age 56; married 38 years; 2 children, 2 living
      John R., his son, born April 1869, age 31, single.”, , , ,
      Zeigler, Henry, born Feb 1877, age 23, single, born in Iowa, father and mother born in Germany, farm laborer.
      Sioux Falls City Directory 1907 lists Lowell, John (Viola) r924 W. 9th. [1, 2]
    Person ID I267  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2016 

    Father Samuel LOWELL, Captain,   b. 5 Mar 1799, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1838, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Mother Hannah LOWELL,   b. 13 Feb 1799, Wilton, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1871, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1821  Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F94  Group Sheet

    Family Wealthy Viola FURBUSH,   b. 8 Feb 1844, Rockland, Knox, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1933, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 14 Sep 1863  Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Minnie E. LOWELL,   b. 27 Feb 1865, Ostrander, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1951, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +2. John Russell LOWELL,   b. 16 Apr 1869, Ostrander, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1956, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Documents
    Land Records.  Lowell, John Fairfield and wife Viola.  Sale of land in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to daughter, Minnie Lowell McCartney, 1899.
    Land Records. Lowell, John Fairfield and wife Viola. Sale of land in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to daughter, Minnie Lowell McCartney, 1899.
    Property sold to Minnie was part of Lot 3 of Block 34 in Bennett's Second Addition to Sioux Falls.
    Headstones
    Lowell, John F.  Cemetery plot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Lowell, John F. Cemetery plot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Contains graves of John F. Lowell; John F. Lowell's wife, Viola; John F. Lowell's son, John R. Lowell; John R. Lowell's wife, Freda; John F. Lowell's granddaughter, Flora McCartney Luker; and Flora's husband, Benjamin F. Luker II.
    Histories
    Stories.  The Lowell-McCartney-Luker Women.
    Stories. The Lowell-McCartney-Luker Women.
    Looks at Minnie Lowell, her marriage to George A. McCartney, and their daughter, Flora Georgia McCartney, and her marriage to Benjamin Luker. Describes both women's decline after the deaths of their husbands, leading to hermit-like existences for both women at their farm west of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F92  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 May 1837 - Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Sep 1863 - Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Mar 1908 - Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 27 Mar 1908 - Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Lowell, John Fairfield.
    Lowell, John Fairfield.
    Lowell, John Fairfield outside his home
    Lowell, John Fairfield outside his home
    John Fairfield's first property in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, was this homestead, 13 miles west of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, acquired through preemption on December 15, 1879. Photo most likely taken in the early 1900s.

    Documents
    Death. Lowell, John Fairfield.  Death Announcement in Newspaper.
    Death. Lowell, John Fairfield. Death Announcement in Newspaper.
    Died 24 Mar 1908. Death Announcement appeared in The Sioux Falls Journal, Friday, April 3, 1908.
    Death. Lowell, John Fairfield.  Memorial Card.
    Death. Lowell, John Fairfield. Memorial Card.
    Died 24 Mar 1908.
    Death. Lowell, William Franklin.  Newspaper column announcing his death.
    Death. Lowell, William Franklin. Newspaper column announcing his death.
    This clipping was found inside John Fairfield Lowell's bible. William Franklin was John Fairfield's older brother. Clipping appeared in the Thursday, January 24, 1878 issue of the Farmington Chronicle, page 3.
    Wills.  Lowell, John Fairfield.  Settlement of Estate.
    Wills. Lowell, John Fairfield. Settlement of Estate.
    Final settlement filed and approved on 6 Dec 1909.
    Wills.  Lowell, John Fairfield.  Will.
    Wills. Lowell, John Fairfield. Will.
    Will written 28 March 1903. John Fairfield Lowell died on 24 Mar 1908, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1893.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1893.
    Farms for Carl Voelsch, Joachim Volsch, and John Fairfield Lowell displayed. Township map publication data: Avery, H. M. Map of Minnehaha County, South Dakota, Sioux Falls, S. D.: H. M. Avery; Cleveland, Ohio: H. B. Stranahan & Co., c1893.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1903.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1903.
    Farms for John Fairfield Lowell, John R. Lowell, Charles Voelsch, Mrs. Charles Voelsch, and Joachim Volsch displayed. Township map publication data: Standard Atlas of Minnehaha County, South Dakota, including a Plat Book of the Villages, Cities, and Townships of the county. Compiled by Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, Assisted in Record Work and Platting by H. M. Avery, Abstractor of Titles, Sioux Falls, So. Dakota. Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Publishers and Engravers, Chicago, 1903.
    Land Records.  Location of Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street Names
    Land Records. Location of Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street Names
    This 1950s Wall Lake Township Plat Map has been annotated with the street and highway names that were in use as of 2014, to assist in identifying the location of the Lowell, Luker, McCartney, Miller, and Volsch family farms.
    Land Records.  Lowell, John F. and Harriet J. Lowell. Release and quit claim interests in property to their brother, William F. Lowell, 1854.
    Land Records. Lowell, John F. and Harriet J. Lowell. Release and quit claim interests in property to their brother, William F. Lowell, 1854.
    John F. Lowell and sister Harriet J. Lowell, minors represented by older brother, Hiram Lowell, release and quit claim their individual interests in property of their deceased father to their older brother, William F. Lowell. Samuel Lowell died on 20 December 1838. After Samuel's death, his property was inherited by his oldest son, Charles Lowell. Charles died, unmarried on 8 August 1847. After Charles' death, John F. and Harriet J. Lowell released their interests in Charles' property to their oldest brother, William.
    Land Records.  Lowell, John Fairfield.  Patent Record for his first acquisition of property in Dakota Territory.
    Land Records. Lowell, John Fairfield. Patent Record for his first acquisition of property in Dakota Territory.
    This property was purchased by John Fairfield Lowell on 15 December 1879. John Fairfield; his wife, Viola; and his two children, John Russell, and Minnie, permanently settled on this land after they immigrated to Dakota Territory from the state of Wisconsin, in 1884. On 23 December 1910, the property was sold to Tiete & Janneke Pool, who lived in Chancellor, South Dakota, at the time. On 2 March 1914, the Pools sold the property to Max Miller for $14,000.
    Land Records.  Lowell, John Fairfield.  Purchase of Common School land across the road from his original home farm in Minnehaha County, South Dakota.
    Land Records. Lowell, John Fairfield. Purchase of Common School land across the road from his original home farm in Minnehaha County, South Dakota.
    Eventually, this land is inherited by John F. Lowell's daughter, Minnie McCartney. After Minnie McCartney's death, her daughter, Flora Luker, inherited the property. This land, along with other tracts, will become the farm on which both Minnie McCartney and her daughter Flora Luker lived for the greater part of their respective lives.
    Land Records.  Lowell, John Fairfield.  Receivers Receipt for first purchase of land in Dakota Territory by the Lowell family.
    Land Records. Lowell, John Fairfield. Receivers Receipt for first purchase of land in Dakota Territory by the Lowell family.
    On 3 December 1877, John F. Lowell paid cash in full, rather than follow the homestead requirements, for property outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

    Headstones
    Lowell, John Fairfield
    Lowell, John Fairfield

    Histories
    Heirlooms.  Lowell, John Fairfield
    Heirlooms. Lowell, John Fairfield
    Formal photograph taken in early 1900s in original frame
    Stories.  John Fairfield Lowell: a short biography.
    Stories. John Fairfield Lowell: a short biography.
    Compiled by Gerald R. Lowell, 5 October, 2013

    Recordings
    Country Life Revisited: Part 08: Recording
    Country Life Revisited: Part 08: Recording
    A driving tour of southeastern South Dakota in August 1987. Contents include: a) more snow stories; b) location of the school house where Grandma and Grandpa attended as children; c) heading to the Lowell farms; d) Uncle Jack's farm; d) John Fairfield Lowell's homestead; e) double rainbow.
    Country Life Revisited: Part 09: Recording
    Country Life Revisited: Part 09: Recording
    A driving tour of southeastern South Dakota in August 1987. Contents include: a) John Fairfield Lowell property deeded to daughter Minnie Lowell McCartney; b) Minnie McCartney's farm inherited by daughter, Flora McCartney Luker; c) Grandpa Lowell's farm and farming done by him and his son, G. James Lowell.

    Albums
    Lowell Land Transactions in Chesterville, Maine
    Lowell Land Transactions in Chesterville, Maine (18)
    The images in this album depict a variety of land transactions occurring in Chesterville, Maine. Transactions occurred between 1790-1854.
    Lowell, Miller, and Volsch Land Transactions in SD
    Lowell, Miller, and Volsch Land Transactions in SD (11)
    This album contains land records that occurred in three counties in Dakota Territory and later in South Dakota that involved members of the Lowell, Miller, or Volsch families.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Interview while driving to and from a family reunion at Flathead Lake, Montana..

    2. [S3] Interview..