Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - George Henry Fowlie

Tombstone of George H. and Laura Fowlie

Reverse side of George and Laura Fowlie Tombstone

This is the front and back of the tombstone of George Henry Fowlie and his wife Laura (Shaffer) Fowlie located on the west side of Rosehill Cemetery, Rockwell City, Iowa. George was the first cousin of my great grandfather, Frank Brown Fowlie. In the bottom image, you can see the Dallenbach tombstones. George's daughter Alice (Fowlie) Dallenbach died around age 20, in 1920 and is buried in the Dallenbach plot just west of this tombstone.

George Henry Fowlie was born August 1, 1870 in Iowa to William Fowlie of Scotland and Fidella Sheriff of Canada. George was married January 1, 1897 to Laura Rachel Shaffer of Iowa. They had two daughters, Alice A. and Alta M. Fowlie born around 1900 and 1902 respectively. George died August 1, 1849 and Laura died in 1951. According to George's 1949 obituary, he was survived by his daughter Alta (Fowlie) Gidel of Mallard, Iowa as well as 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Interesting items from the census, George A. Fowlie was living with George H. Fowlie's family in Logan township, Calhoun, Iowa. George A. Fowlie was the brother of my Great Grandfather, Frank Brown Fowlie. At the time of the 1930 census, Alice M. Dallenbach, their 10 year old grand daughter was living with George H. and Laura Fowlie. Their daughter Alice A. died sometime after January 20, 1920 within weeks or months of her daughter Alice M.'s birth. Apparently the father, David D. Dallenbach re-married and George and Laura raised their granddaughter. There is probably a complicated back story there, but I don't have any more details.

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