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President Andrew Johnson

As with all families, there are bigger-than-life stories of famous relations that may or may not contain grains of truth. The job of the family historian is to sift through the legends to find pieces of fact. Case in point, my husband’s Lowe family have such a tale; a connection to President Andrew Jackson. After hours of digging, I found the family was not related to Andrew Jackson, however, there were a few grains of truth in the story. The Lowe family had a connection to the Presidency. Instead of President Andrew Jackson, it was a President Andrew Johnson that branched into their family tree.

The mix-up and confusion are understandable, Rebecca Jackson wife of Jacob Lowe, Jr. is undoubtedly related to the Jackson family, although, not to Andrew Jackson. Her Jackson family had a long history in Long Island, New York. President Andrew Jackson’s father immigrated from Antrim County, Ireland. If there was a connection between the two Jackson families it is distant indeed.

However, the Lowe family can claim a connection to President Andrew Johnson. The twisted connection is not a direct relationship rather one through marriage. The lineage is as follows, Andrew Johnson had a daughter named Mary Johnson, born in 1833 the third of three children, who married Daniel Stover, Jr.

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Mary Johnson, daughter of President Andrew Johnson

Daniel Stover Jr. was the youngest brother of Jemima Stover, who married Teter Nave. Teter Nave and Jemima Stover’s daughter, Levica Nave, married Henry Colbaugh. They had a daughter, Jemima Colbaugh, who married George J. Lowe. George was the son of Jacob Lowe, Jr. and Rebecca Jackson.

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George J. Lowe and Jemima Colbaugh

If you have ever played the game Telephone, you can see how the family legend grew. I hope this clears up the confusion about the Lowe Family connection to the US Presidency.

As a final note, Tommy Lee Jones looks a lot like President Andrew Johnson.

 

Thank you for reading.

J. R. Lowe