I am not related, but in the process of looking for a James Lowry who may (or may not) connect to one of my families, I tracked your James up to his death.
My suspicion is that the James Lowry you found in Fremont in 1880 may not be your James, especially since his birthplace is NY, not Iowa and parents both born NY. This James may be the one I am seeking, although he seems to disappear into thin air.
I found your James in the household of Patrick LOWERY in 1860 in Wapsinonoc, Muscatine, Iowa, age 60, b Ireland, with a wife Mary age 40 b Ire, Thomas 10 b Ire, James 5 b Iowa and Ellen 4 b Iowa. The ages and birthplaces of the children suggest the family immigrated between 1850 and 1854.
In 1870 Patrick LOWREY is in Omaha, listed as age 61 (obviously the 1860 census age was a little high...), with James 15 and Ellen 13 living with him.
I could not find them in 1880--unless the group found in Fremont is him. However, in later censuses with his family it says that was his first marriage, ca 1881.
In 1889 and 1890, James W. Lowry is listed in the Omaha City Directory in South Omaha. His business name was Christ & Lowrey, in the Delmonico Hotel. Proprietors: Mrs. Ella T. Christ and James W. Lowry . In 1890 his address was given as 2623 N.
In 1910 he and his family are in Bellevue in Sarpy Co., Nebraska (south of Omaha) and he was a saloon keeper. From then on I'm sure you have the later censuses.
In 1930 Edna, Alice, Earl and Margaret were living together in Omaha.
Most members of the family are buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Omaha.
Much of this may be redundant by now, since it's been 6 yrs since you posted this, but since I did the work to eliminate this James as being the one I think I may be looking for, I figured I might as well record it somewhere.
I'm looking for a James Lowry with a possible Fremont connection in the mid to late 1880's. My fibbin' great grandmother told her grandson that her father's name was James Lowry--and she was born in Fremont in 1886. However, her surname was Frayer when she was 13 and living with her Garrison grandparents in Fremont. And I've not found any marriage for her mother to anyone by the name of Lowry, so it may have just been another of her continual lies about her heritage. :-) That being said, I still have to prove or disprove...
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