I am posting this as a possible help to all those Towes out there who thought they were German, or English, or whatever. It appears we hailed from Scotland, in the county of Towie. I am open to receiving any information on the Towe history, and submit the following for your perusal:
From Steve Towe: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am interested in contacting anyone who knows the Towe history, specifically what country we are from, where we settled in America, etc. I will be happy to share my family history as far as I know it:
My name is Stephen Alexander Towe, age 49, of Buncombe County N.C. My
grandfather, Charles Towe, was born around 1890, in Leicester N.C., on
Sluder Branch Road. He had three brothers, named Kyle J. Towe, Neil Towe,
and Denver Towe, and one sister named Alma Towe. Charlie married Eva
Birmingham, and had 9 children here in Buncombe County. There were three
boys, John, Alexander, and Franklin Macadoo. (Franklin was my great great
grandfathers name as well.) There were 6 sisters, Mildred, Margaret, Coot,
Barbara, Peggy, Aileen, and Maxine. My grandfather died 46 ago of prostrate
From Dale Johnson: (in Fairplay, Missouri)
My 3rd great grandfather Reuben Tow along with his father Christopher Tow, Jr., and his brothers Ezekiel, James and William had migrated to Buncombe County by 1810 and appear to have moved on, in the 1820's as they are in Indiana in the 1830's, and on to Missouri by 1842. Missouri was not their last stop. We have found they continued their migration to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas plus on west.
I have seen documentation on this Elizabeth Towe in Maryland also a Robert Towe, but have no connection to them as far as I know.
The story goes and keeps cropping up from different sources, that three brothers and a sister migrated to the U.S. from vicinity of Towie, Scotland in the early 1700's. They ship wrecked off the North Carolina coast and only one brother survived. My earliest Tow documentation is Christopher Tow, Sr., who married Deborah Mullen in 1763 in Perquimans County North Carolina, marriage bond was issued July 22, 1763, but other relatives have been found in Onslow County North Carolina that I tend to believe are his brothers, as they seem to congregate at about the same time in Buncombe County. Christopher Tow, Sr. was a Revolutionary Soldier and died April 11, 1878, which we strongly believe was at Valley Forge, Pa.