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Tara Pfarner
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  • Colden, NY
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Lowry Surname

A group for those researching the Lowry surname and its variants
Mar 18, 2021
Sharon T Rooney commented on Tara Pfarner's group Long Families in Pennsylvaina
"My gg-grandfather was a John Long, b Kentucky.1818, m Louisa Jane McNamer/McNemer 1838, Iliinois.  Hope to have more info to post here later.  Do not yet know if my Longs were in PA earlier."
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Long Families in Pennsylvaina

A group for those researching the Long surname in Pennsylvania. Related surnames Smith, Doverspike, and McDonald.See More
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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Lowry, Gentner, Long, Amann, Neumann, Koster, Pfarner, Friedman, Seufert
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
US (NY & PA), Germany, Northern Ireland
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Advanced Family History Researcher
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
Well, not exactly an expert, but I concentrate on Western New York families. And I tend to be good at untangling mounds of old papers and photos and making sense of them.

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At 2:05pm on July 11, 2009, Johnny said…
Turns out she does have WHL's birth year: 1846.

He was raised by the McCoy family.
At 12:54pm on July 11, 2009, Johnny said…
LOL! Just realized I contradicted myself there. My cousin won't have any birthdate on WHL, cause I already know we've been unable to find anything on him prior to age 7.
At 12:51pm on July 11, 2009, Johnny said…
I need to check with my cousin, she has more info than I do (she's on here too: DeeDee Anglin Shackelford).

My g-g-grandfather that I mention is listed as "William Henry Lowry" on some documents. I don't have his birthdate, so I need to see if my cousin does. Based on his date of death, possibly a son or nephew to your "William H. Lowry". Although I notice your lineage contains two consecutive Williams, so son seems unlikely.

The two predominate maiden-name lineages I have are Harris and Lemmons; if those might ring any bells.

As far as I know we've not been able to trace an immigration to the US. The legend my dad was told was that his William Henry Lowry immigrated from Dublin Ireland as an orphan. We've not been able to corroborate that, but do know he was not raised by a Lowry family; and can find no record of him prior to age 7.
At 8:00pm on July 10, 2009, Johnny said…
Hi Tara, I noticed you listed Lowry as one of the surnames you are interested in. Me too! My name is John Lowry, I'm 31 years old, and I can trace my Lowry lineage back 5 generations including my own.

My great-great-grandfather was William Lowry, who married Isabel Edmonds, and died Oct 23, 1924. My great-grandfather was Robert Lowry and he married Victoria Harris in 1893. My grandfather was James Lowry, born June 6th 1901, married Josie Lemmons, died July 7th 1976. My father is also John Lowry.

I can trace most of my Lowry roots to Oklahoma and Southern California, with a few in Texas and Tennessee.

If any of those ring a bell for you, I love to swap some information. Or if they aren't familiar and you want the info anyway, I'd still be happy to provide info (and I do have it in a GEDCOM file).

Tara Pfarner's Blog

Reflections on our most recent reunion

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 6:07am 0 Comments

The fourth annual Gentner family reunion was held this past Sunday. If you have read my previous blogs, you know that I am somewhat worried about reunion apathy, particularly on the part of younger family members.

The day actually started off on a sour note. Rain clouds were gathered and a light drizzle fell for part of the morning. When I arrived at at the reunion site I was greeted by a small contingent of family members who, before saying hello, made it clear how upset they were that… Continue

More thoughts on the time capsule

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

I got to thinking about it some more, during a rare moment of solitude today - what I would like to see in the time capsule that I hope to do at our reunion next year (please read my blog about reunion fundraising for more information): A copy of our local newspaper for the week of the reunion

Birth announcements/wedding invitations/graduation announcements/etc. for events that happen around that time

A record of the price of gas at that… Continue

Fundraising Efforts

Posted on July 14, 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

I'm a family reunion advocate.

If you read my blog on family reunion apathy, you'll know that. My mom and I hold a reunion for her siblings and their descendants (doesn't sound like much, but there are over 100 of us feuding, fighting Gentners), and I seem to be, by far, the most enthusiastic participant.

I'm always thinking of fun things to do at our reunions, or related to them. My ideas are usually met with less-than-stellar response though. I would appreciate some input from those… Continue

I'm From A Small Town

Posted on July 13, 2009 at 8:58pm 0 Comments

I come from a small town. I like it that way.

My dad's parents moved here with him and my aunts when my dad was a toddler. Most of their relatives were still in Pennsylvania, except a couple of my grandma's siblings. They moved her mother up here a few years later, into the house that would later belong to my parents, where I was born. (Well, where I lived when I was born. I was born in a hospital.)

My mom's family, on the other hand, has lived in the same small nearby town for 150… Continue

Family Reunion Apathy

Posted on July 9, 2009 at 7:30pm 2 Comments

Five years ago, my mom and I started the process of getting all her siblings and their children and grandchildren together. She is one of eight (seven now living), and such a large family coupled with long-standing family disputes, meant that we had never all been together in the same place at the same time. Out of my twenty-seven first cousins, there were at least… Continue

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