Thursday, December 30, 2010

Alexander and Mary Fowlie

This image is a scan of an 8x10 labeled Alexander Brown Fowlie and Mary (Kiesel) Fowlie. Personally, when looking at the full 1200 dpi scan, the image looks very odd, like the faces don't match the bodies. It doesn't look like a photo, maybe some kind of drawing?I have no other details, dates, etc on this image.

Alexander was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland in May 1834. He emigrated to the US in 1870 and married Mary Kiesel December 19, 1872 in Benton County, Iowa. Mary was born in Kankakee County, Illinois. In 1880, they were living in Jackson township, Benton County, Iowa. By 1900 they had moved to Twin Lakes township, Calhoun County, Iowa. Alexander Brown Fowlie died January 12, 1906 and was buried at Rosehill Cemetery, Rockwell City, Calhoun Cty, Iowa. Mary died July 22, 1923 and is also buried there.

Alexander Brown Fowlie (1834-1906) and Mary (Kiesel) Fowlie (1854-1923) had 13 children. Mary would have been pregnant for 9 years and 9 months, for those that might keep track of that sort of thing. Their first child was born in 1874 and the last in 1899 when she was 45 years old. Even more incredible, according to the 1900 census she was listed as having 13 children and 12 were still living. Given the infant mortality rates back then, that's pretty impressive.

Their 11th child was Frank Brown Fowlie (1892-1977). His daughter married Elvis John Brassfield and that is the connection to the Brassfield surname.

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