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Emma Lowry, born abt 1814          mother

Emma Wilkerson, born abt 1846 was the freeborn daughter of Emma, a Cherokee woman and William Lockett Wilkerson. 

In 1867, Emma Wilkerson gave birth to her first-child Ida Lowry and second daughter Georgella Lowry in 1869.  We believe both girls were fathered by John D. Lowry.   The 1880 census indicates Emma as a niece to either William or his wife Charlotte we assume was a Lowry or Wilkerson.  We have not been able to identify origin or source of the surname Watkins, and speculate that she may have been married for a short while to one of the U.S. Colored Troops named Watkins and killed in the fighting that raged 

 Household:
 Name RelationMarital StatusGenderRaceAgeBirthplaceOccupationFather's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
 William DAVIS  Self  M  Male  B  63  VA  Farmer  VA  VA 
 Charlotte DAVIS  Wife  M  Female  B  50  VA  Keeps House  VA  VA 
 Marcellus DAVIS  Son  S  Male  B  20  VA  Laborer  VA  VA 
 Emma WATKINS  Niece  S  Female  B  30  VA    VA  VA 
 Ida LOWRY  Cousin  S  Female  B  13  VA    VA  VA 
 George LOWRY  Cousin  S  Male  B  11  VA    VA  VA 

Source Information:
 
 Census PlaceLiberty, Bedford, Virginia
 Family History Library Film  1255355
 NA Film Number  T9-1355
 Page Number  202A      

 

 

Husband: Watkins

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Wife: Emma Wilkerson

Born: Abt. 1846 in:

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Mother: Emma W

Other Spouses: John Lowry

CHILDREN

1 Name: Ida Ann Lowry

Born: Abt. 1866 in: Lowry, Bedford (Liberty) Virginia

Died: 1941 in: Lowry, Bedford (Liberty) Virginia

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Spouse: Lee Lowry

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2 Name: Georgella Wilkerson

Born: 1867 in: Lowry, Bedford (Liberty) Virginia

Died: 1952 in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Spouse: Dudley Fuqua

Household Record 1880 United States Census
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 Household:
 Name RelationMarital StatusGenderRaceAgeBirthplaceOccupationFather's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
 William DAVIS  Self  M  Male  B  63  VA  Farmer  VA  VA 
 Charlotte DAVIS  Wife  M  Female  B  50  VA  Keeps House  VA  VA 
 Marcellus DAVIS  Son  S  Male  B  20  VA  Laborer  VA  VA 
 Emma WATKINS  Niece  S  Female  B  30  VA    VA  VA 
 Ida LOWRY  Cousin  S  Female  B  13  VA    VA  VA 
 George LOWRY  Cousin  S  Male  B  11  VA    VA  VA 

Source Information:
 
 Census PlaceLiberty, Bedford, Virginia
 Family History Library Film  1255355
 NA Film Number  T9-1355
 Page Number  202A      

 

Image below helps support theory that Emma Wilkerson the known mother of Ida Wilkerson was not a slave and quite possibly of European and/or native American heritage.  Family history does not include any reference to her being married.

Ida Wilkerson, a cousin to Lee Lowry was born abt.1866 in Bedford County, VA. the daughter of Emma Lowry and a sibling or cousin to Civil War participants listed above and below. The missing items of information needed include her and their parents, locations, etc.  Ida married Lee Lowry around 1896.  Indicators are that most or many of Wilkerson offspring before and during the Civil War migrated to West Virginia.  

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