The Story of Jonathan & Thirzzie
Submitted by Lyndel
This is the only size I have
found of this picture and
when it is enlarged it becomes very fuzzy.
Jonathan Kilgore Fowler was a son of Henderson
W. Fowler & Elizabeth
Jane Patterson. Jonathan was born 27 Aug 1858 in Greenfield, Weakley
Co., TN. Thirzzie Jane Thornton was a daughter of Newton Marion
Thornton and Mary Ann Gant. Thirzzie was born 7 Dec 1865 in Greenfield,
Jonathan and Thirzzie were married at her home in Greenfield, Weakley
Co., Tennessee on 4 Nov 1881. Shortly after their marriage they
moved to Texas, settling first
in Johnson County for a while. They later moved to Palo Pinto County where
they built their home about 6 miles south of Mineral Wells in the
near what is now known as the Hwy 281 or Stephenville Hwy. It was here that
they raised their family and remained for the balance of their
lives. Both are buried
at the Willow Pond Cemetery, Progress Community, Palo Pinto Co.
Jonathan was a farmer and owned a lot of land in the Progress community.
He also owned land in New Mexico. When the crops were harvested and
sold, money not needed
for expenses was used to purchase more land. Jonathan & Thirzzie were always
faithful to give their tithe's to the Fairview Baptist Church, which they helped
organize and were charter members. Jonathan and his oldest son, Horace Greeley,
helped move the church from it's first location in the Sturdivant community
to it's present location in the Progress community. The Fairview Church is
active today. Jonathan and Thirzzie were the parents of 15 children, all born
in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co., Texas. Two of the 15, Tulula and Daniel,
died in infancy. The remaining 13 all grew up in the Mineral Wells area and
their descendants are still there today
Jonathan & Thirzzie
Jonathan and Thirzzie Fowler
are buried at the Willow Pond Cemetery, Mineral Wells,
Palo Pinto Co., TX.
The Fowler Sons
This is all of Jonathan & Thirzzie's sons who live
L-R Arthur Wilson, Henry Lester, Horace Greeley, William Edwin, Newton Almer,
Jonathan Kearby, Charlie Oscar.
Date of this picture is unknown, estimated to be about 1930-35.
The Fowler Daughters
This is 3 of the 6 daughters of Jonathan & These who
lived to adulthood.
L-R Lillie, Annie Lee, Hattie Emma.
Missing from this photo are Mary Ruth, Lizzie Mae & Minnie Belle. Date
of this photo is unknown, but had to be after 9 May 1926, as on that date Lillie
was involved in a tragic accident on the Milsap highway. While she and others
were riding in a wagon, they were struck by a hit and run automobile. Lillie
died 2 days later. Killed instantly in the accident was Annie Jane (Bean) Fowler
who was the wife of Arthur Wilson Fowler, Lillie's brother. Arthur and Annie
Jane had 6 children. Lillie was never married.
The Fowler Family
This is Jonathan Kilgore and Thirzzie Jane's family of 13 children who lived
to reach adulthood. Two children died in infancy, Tulula died at about 1-1/2
months, Daniel died at about 2 weeks. Date of this picture is unknown, estimated
to be about 1920.
Back Row l-r: Lillie, Newton Almer, Jonathan Kearby, Charlie Oscar.
Middle Row l-r: Mary Ruth, Arthur Wilson, William Edwin, Horace Greeley, Hattie
Front Row l-r. Henry Lester, Lizzie Mae, Jonathan Kilgore, Thirzzie Jane, Annie
Lee, Minnie Belle
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