George Alexander Lowman

George Alexander LOWMAN

10 January 1839 – 19 March 1913

George A. Lowman was born in Monroe, Highland County, Ohio. He died in Arcadia, DeSoto County, Florida. He is interred at the Toulon Cemetery, Toulon, Illinois. His grave site is marked by a family headstone and a bronze star placed by the Grand Army of the Republic.

His parents were William and Esther Lyle (Keys) Lowman. George and his parents are listed in the 1850 census as residents of Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois. His father was a “taylor”. In 1860, the census enumerator showed the family living in Toulon, Stark County, Illinois. George was a clerk and his father the County Treasurer.

George and Mary E. Beatty were married on 24 June 1869 in Toulon, Illinois and in 1870, they were living in the village of Toulon. The census of 1880 showed George was farming and they were parents of a son Frank, who was 9 years old. They had moved to Fulton County. In 1900, the family, now living in Stark County, included children Frank (age 29), Alice (age 18), and Amelia {probably should be Aurelia} (age 16).

George's obituary is printed in the Stark County News, Toulon, Illinois. His service in the Army is noted with the following items: “After completing his education, he continued in his father's store until the outbreak of the Civil War, when on the 14th of August, 1861, he enlisted in the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served his country loyally as a musician in the regimental band.” The tribute also stated that he was a good neighbor, a good friend, public-spirited, and willing at all times to do his part for the general good. He was genial and lighthearted by nature, and his optimism remained with him to the last.

Mary E. Lowman died on 18 October 1930 at her home in Toulon. She was interred beside her husband in the Toulon Cemetery at Toulon, Illinois.

Research & Narrative by:   Liz and Dick Veselack

Updated Oct. 2002

* Mr. Lowman's obituary states that he was a “resident here (Toulon, IL) over 60 years”. It further notes that he “was a member of the Masonic fraternity for many years, and also of the Grand Army of the Republic, in both of which organizations he was an active worker as long as the state of his health permitted.”

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