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Thompson F. Fowler

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 535-536.

Thompson F. Fowler, deceased - When we survey the useful labors of many men we are often compelled to regret the meagerness of their personal histories left on record. This is especially true of those who from native modesty have shunned rather than courted publicity during their lives.

It is one of the purposes of this volume to rescue from oblivion and preserve in its appropriate place an account of the labors of the leading citizens of the locality covered by it, together with brief notes of their personal characteristics and manner of conducting themselves towards their fellow-men.

Among those deserving this recognition, mention may here be made of the late Thompson F. Fowler, farmer, stock raiser and influential citizen of Davilla, Milam county.

Mr. Fowler was a native of Pike county Missouri, born March 22, 1836. At the age of fourteen he was brought by his parents to Texas, and was reared in Gonzales and Burnet counties, where they resided during his early years. November 2, 1858, he married Miss Martha Smithwick of Burnet county, and in 1860 moved to California, which State, with brief intervals of temporary absence, continued to be his home until 1872.

In the meantime having lost his wife in California and married a second time in this state, he returned here and took up his residence permanently in Milam county in January 1873.

He continued a resident of this county from that time until his death, which occurred June 14,1886. He led an active life throughout his whole career and accumulated a considerable amount of property. He was engaged mostly in live-stock business and in trading in lands.

At his death he left an estate consisting of about 5,000 acres of land and considerable personal property, and this after having made provision for his children. He was a liberal and cheerful contributor to all charitable purposes, making his life so far as it lay in his power to do so, an acceptable fulfillment of the golden rule. He left surviving him a widow and four sons, two of the sons being by his first wife and two by the last.

Mrs. Mildred M. Fowler, second wife of Thompson R. Fowler, was born in Fayette county this State October 30, 1847, and is a daughter of Abner and Maria Kuykendall, who moved to Texas in 1831. Her father was born in Tennessee in 1807, and her mother in Kentucky in 1811. They were among the early settlers in this State, and belonged to the wealthy and cultured class of citizens composed of slave owners and planter in ante-bellum days. They moved from Fayette to Bell county, where the father was for some years engaged in milling and merchandising. He died in Johnson county in 1867, aged sixty years. His widow survived until June 1892, reaching the ripe age of eighty-one. Both were life-long members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of which organization they were pioneers in Texas. For many years before her death the mother made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Fowler, where she received the care and attention due her.

Since her husband's death Mrs. Fowler has had the control of his estate consisting of several thousand acres of land nearly a thousand of which is under cultivation. She farms largely by tenants, for whom she has made ample provision in the way of comfortable buildings and with whom she gets along pleasantly, and succeeds financially far better than the average man.

Her two sons Eugene G. Fowler, born September 12, 1870, and Thompson E. Fowler born July 11, 1874, remain with her, and render her dutiful service.

Mr. Fowler's two sons by his first wife, the elder Charles L. Fowler, born April 6,1860, being a merchant at Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Wiley Fowler, born October 5, 1863, living in western Texas.

Mrs. Fowler was reared in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, having been an active member of that church for many years.

We must say a special thank you to Sylvia Thomas of Georgetown, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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