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Mary E. Lowry
Born August 26, 1814
MRS. MARY E. LOWRY, one of the best known residents of Jones County, is the lady whose name opens this sketch. She is the widow of Joseph Lowry, and makes her home at the present time in Olin. Our subject was born in Genesee County, N. Y., August 26, 1814, and is the daughter of Jeduthun Seeley, whose birth also occurred in the Empire State, whence he removed to Illinois in an early day in the history of that state, and departed this life in Whiteside County. He was married to Miss Sarah Gibbs, who was also born in New York. Mrs. Seeley survived her husband many years, dying after her removal to Olin.
The original of this sketch spent the early years of her life in her native state, and received her education in the schools near her home. She accompanied her parents on their removal to Illinois in 1835, and three years later was married to Richard J. Cleveland, a native of Boston, Mass., and a graduate of Harvard University. Mr. Cleveland was the son of Richard J. Cleveland, Sr., a man of much learning, and his mother bore the maiden name of Dorcas Hiller. She was likewise born in the Bay State and was finely educated for that period.
Mr. Cleveland was prominent in the early settlement of Whiteside County, Ill.; he was very public-spirited and took great interest in school matters. He was a stanch supporter of the Republican party after its organization, and he was very popular as a man of wide reading and general research. He departed this life in Jones County, December 7, 1877, greatly mourned by many relatives and a host of warm friends. To Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland there were born four children, all deceased.
In 1878 our subject was married to the Rev. Joseph Lowry, a minister in the Presbyterian Church, and a native of Ireland. He was educated in the University of Dublin and the College at Belfast, and took an active interest in all the affairs of his native land. Mr. Lowry emigrated to the United States in 1854, and taking up his abode in Jones County, this state, in 1878, did much toward furthering religious work in this locality. He organized the first Sunday-school in the county, and as a minister of the Gospel manifested a deep interest in the noble work in which he was engaged. He was a man of education and refinement, highly respected and esteemed, not only by his own congregation, but by all who knew him. He departed this life in January, 1891, and many were the expressions of condolence which Mrs. Lowry received. After the first shock she rallied and set an example of self-sacrifice which we can only regard as heroic. She owns valuable property in Olin, and at present occupies a beautiful residence in the place. She is a lady of great refinement and intelligence, and enjoys the friendship of the best people of the county.

Source: Dubuque, Jones, and Clayton Counties History, 1894, pg. 356.
Submitted by: Becky Teubner


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