Ancestors of Helen R. Hawkins


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picture Marcus Tower



      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 18 May 1825 - New York 1 2
    Christening: 
          Death: Unknown
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Reuben Tower Captain 3 4
         Mother: Dorothy Day 5

Spouses and Children
1. *Ophelia "Phebe" Phlia 2 
       Marriage: 23 Jun 1856 - Stephenson County, Illinois 2


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Mary Jane Tower

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 23 Jul 1837 1
    Christening: 
          Death: 19 Jun 1857 1
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Reuben Tower Captain 3 4
         Mother: Dorothy Day 5


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Nahum Tower

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 14 Apr 1772
    Christening: 
          Death: Unknown
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Benjamin Tower 6
         Mother: Ann Vorce 6


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Peter Tower

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 1 Jun 1761 - Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 6
    Christening: 
          Death: 1799 6
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Benjamin Tower 6
         Mother: Ann Vorce 6

Spouses and Children
1. *Sarah Putnam 6 
       Marriage: 8 Feb 1784 - Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 6


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Reuben Tower

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 3 Jun 1774 - Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 7 8
    Christening: 
          Death: 11 Mar 1817 - Chenango County, New York 3 7
         Burial: in Afton, Chenango County, New York - East Side Cemetery 6

Events

Alt. Birth: 3 Jun 1775.

Alt Date of Death: 11 Mar 1817.


Parents
         Father: Benjamin Tower 6
         Mother: Ann Vorce 6

Spouses and Children
1. *Susanna Carr 3 
       Marriage: 15 Jan 1795 - Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 3 7 8
       Children:
                1. Reuben Tower Captain 3 4
                2. Thomas Tower 3
                3. Amasa Tower 3
                4. Anna (Annie) Marie Tower 3
                5. Augustus P. Tower 3
                6. Catharine Tower 3 6
                7. Susan Tower 3
                8. Lydia Tower 3
                9. Abigail Tower 3
                10. Fanny Tower 3


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Reuben Tower Captain



      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 28 Oct 1795 - Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 4 7 8 9
    Christening: 
          Death: 3 Apr 1880 - Lena, Stephenson County, Illinois 1 4
         Burial: 

Events

Alt Place of Birth: 28 Oct 1796, New York, New York.

Alt Date of Death: 1 Apr 1880, Erin Township, Stephenson County, Illinois.


Parents
         Father: Reuben Tower 3
         Mother: Susanna Carr 3

Spouses and Children
1. *Dorothy Day 5 
       Marriage: 1 Jan 1824 - Huron County, Ohio 3
       Children:
                1. Marcus Tower 1 2
                2. Amasa Tower 1
                3. Cornelia Tower 1
                4. Angeline Susan Tower 1
                5. Catherine Tower 1
                6. Mary Jane Tower 1
                7. Sarah Ann Tower 1
                8. Dorothea D. Tower 1 4
                9. Francis Reuben Towar

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Dorcas Dorothy Edson Davis writes:

" Reuben Tower followed the Western Frontier from New York State to Ohio. My mother told me that he was an Indian trader and when speaking of him, she proudly included the statement, "He was a trader whom the Indians liked and trusted." This is a legacy of which I, too, am proud. He had red hair and a red beard. The Indians called him "Fire in the Brush." He was still a young man when he took unto himself a wife and moved to Illinois. Her name was Dorothy Day. I was named for two of my great grandmothers. They were Dorothy Tower and Dorcas Bacon. My maternal grandmother was Mary Lucina Towar, nee Bacon. Her mother was Dorcas Bacon, nee Stebbins. The maiden name of Dorothy Tower was Day. My own grandmother, Mary Lucina Towar named me shortly before she died. To return to my great grandfather, let me say that he, Reuben Tower, under the Homestead Act of 1820, took a section of land in Illinois, somewhere in the vicinity of Galena, Freeport and Rockford. I have heard those towns, cities now, mentioned many times. After the war of 1812 there was a post war depression. Congress, among other things, tried to encourage western growth in this manner.
(Since my grandfather, Francis Reuben, was, according to Mother born on this land, and he was the youngest son, the Homestead Act she was speaking of must have been of 1820. The next Homestead Act occurred in 1862, at which time Francis Reuben was seventeen or eighteen years old. "

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Quote from <<i>The History of Stephenson County, Illinois - page 710</i><br />>

"Frank's father, Reuben Tower, was born in Massachusetts in 1796; came to Stephenson, Co., in 1844 with his family, and took up a claim of 160 acres on Sec. 2: his children were Marcus, now in Warren; Amasa, in Richland, Wis.: Cornelia, deceased; Angeline, deceased; Catherine, now Mrs. Brewster; Mary, deceased: Frank R., Sarah N. and Dorothea D......Capt. Reuben Tower, died April 3, 1880, at home; during his eventful life he had lived in Vermont in 1815, in Norwalk, Ohio, 1818, in La Porte, Ind., 1824, McHenry Co., Ill., in 1843 and, among other things, ground twenty bushels of buckwheat in a coffee mill; in 1867, he joined the Baptist Church of Lena and was a stanch Republican."

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Notes from Hoskins' - Decendants of John Tower
He is buried at Grigsby Cemetery, Erin Township, Stevenson County, Illinois
The cemetery where Reuben Tower, his wife Dorothy, and their children are buried is presently known as Green wood Cemetery. It was previously known as Grigsby Cemetery and Schemerhorns Burial Grounds. It is located on Cedarville Road, about one and one-half miles eat of Lean, Stevenson County, Illinois.

Reuben Tower purchased 81.83 acres of land, located in Stephenson County, Illinois, at the land office in Dixon, Illinois on April 1, 1845. 4 10
Marriage Notes (Dorothy Day)
Married by John Dounce, Justice of The Peace. Their marriage is recorded in Huron County, Ohio Record of Marriages, Volume 01, Page 56

Angeline, Cornelia & Mary Jane

Angeline Tower, born December 3, 1833 and died December 18, 1856, was a sister of Francis Towar (the beloved grandfather of Dorcas Davis).

Angeline would have been about 8 or 9 when she was rewarded with this
"Reward of Merit".

Cornelia Tower Dorman , another sister of Francis, named her daughter Emily Angeline.

Born July 1, 1829 Cornelia was 18 when she married George Dorman. Emily Angeline was born in 1848 and died in July of 1849. Cornelia had a son, Richard, who was born and died early in 1850.

Shortly after Richard's death Cornelia herself died on May 23, 1850.

Another sister, Mary Jane died in 1857 at the age of 20.

I often think about Rueben Tower & Dorothy Day Tower. The deaths of Mary Jane, Angeline at the age of 23, Cornelia at the age of 21 and the deaths of these two babies would have been a time of great sorrow for them.

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picture Robert Tower

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: Unknown
    Christening: 
          Death: Unknown
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
       Children:
                1. John Tower 6


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Ruth Tower

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 27 Oct 1762 - Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 6
    Christening: 
          Death: 7 Jun 1851 - Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 6
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Benjamin Tower 6
         Mother: Ann Vorce 6


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Sarah Ann Tower

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 24 May 1840 1
    Christening: 
          Death: 17 May 1887 1
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Reuben Tower Captain 3 4
         Mother: Dorothy Day 5


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Susan Tower

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 24 Nov 1810 3
    Christening: 
          Death: 30 Oct 1827 3
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Reuben Tower 3
         Mother: Susanna Carr 3
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Sources


1 Towar Edson Family Bible.

2 Hoskins, William (Correspondence via e-mail
William Hoskins is a ggggrandson of Rueben Tower and Susan Carr. He documents his information quite thoroughly. It will be on my "To Do" to follow up on his documentation but for now I will simply use his information as it is.
HRH), Oct 13, 2005.

3 Unknown, "Reuben Tower Notes found on separate sheets of paper in the Towar Bible."

4 The History of Stephenson County, Illinois (Document Provided By Ancestry.com. Then History of Stephenson County Illinois: contain a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., biographical sketches of citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of the Northwest, history of Illinois.).

5 Unknown, "Ezra Day notes found on separate sheets of paper in the Towar Bible."

6 William Hoskins, Descendants of Samuel Lovering.

7 Hoskins, William, Descendants of John Tower.

8 Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts to the year 1850 (This source has been provided by William Hoskins.).

9 Hoskins, William (Correspondence via e-mail
William Hoskins is a ggggrandson of Rueben Tower and Susan Carr. He documents his information quite thoroughly. It will be on my "To Do" to follow up on his documentation but for now I will simply use his information as it is.
HRH).

10 Writings of Dorcas Dorothy Edson Davis, "Writings of Dorcas Dorothy Edson Davis" (Dorcas wrote her memiors over a period of time from about 1985-2004. Her daughter Helen Rose Davis Hawkins has transcribed these writings with some editing and footnotes.).


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