Jonathan  H. Lowe

          Jonathan H. Lowe is a native of Decatur County, Ind. He was born May 30, 1830, the second born of six children, three sons and one daughter now living.  His parents, Jonathan and  Elizabeth (Vance) Lowe, were both natives of Kentucky, born in 1803 and 1796 respectively, of English and German parentage.  Jonathan was a farmer, and in early life came with his people to Indiana, where he married  Mrs. (Whittman) Vance.  In 1828, he located three miles south of Greensburg, where he lived a pioneer's life. He entered 200 acres of land and had a nice home started, when he died, being only thirty-five years of age.  He was a Whig in politics, and belonged to the Baptist Church.  He left five small children.  His wife died in 1878, at the age of eighty-two. Jonathan Lowe, Jr., was reared a farmer boy, receiving a limited education.  He took charge of the farm and remained with his mother until 1857 when he married  Miss Charity A. James, a native of Rush County, born October11, 1839.  She was the daughter of Walter and Nancy (Cones) James, natives of Pennsylvania and Kentucky, of Irish and Scotch parentage.  Soon after his marriage Mr. Lowe bought a farm of his own near his old home, where he lived until 1859.  He then engaged in business with his brother for a short time, and then removed to this county, where he has since resided, except eight years he lived in Decatur County.  His present farm contains 260 acres of highly improved land.  He is a Prohibitionist, but was formerly a Democrat.  He has a family of eight children:  William J.,  Walter S.,  Henry V.,  Alpheus C.,  Charity A.,  John A.,  Nancy E.  and  Joseph P.  Mr. and Mrs. Lowe are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
From History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, Washington Township sketches, pages 731-732.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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