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FRANCIS W. LOWEN:
Was born on a farm near Monticello, Lewis county, Missouri, May 18, 1836. When quite young, his parents removed to Knox county, Missouri, and settled on a farm near Newark, where he lived until he was seventeen, and came with his mother—his father being dead—to Grundy county and bought a farm six miles north of Trenton. He remained on the farm, one year and they began to learn the trade of bricklaying with his uncle, William Collier, Jr., with whom he worked six years. Leaving his uncle in 1860, he went to Colorado and prospected and mined one year, then returned to Trenton and in the summer of that year joined the Union army, enlisting in company B., Twenty-third Missouri volunteer infantry, and participated in the battle of Shiloh, April 6,1862, when his regiment was cut to pieces, their colonel, J. T. Tindall, killed, and he, with many of the company, were taken prisoners and held as such for seven months, in the prisons at Memphis, Montgomery, Chattanooga, Macon, Richmond, and in Libby Prison. He was finally paroled at Aikin's Landing, South Carolina, and soon after sent to Washington City, where he remained in the hospital until about the first of February, 1863, when he was sent back to Missouri. Here he remained until the first of May, when an exchange was affected and with the other captives; he was ordered back to the regiment in Missouri. His regiment served in the State until November, when it was ordered to Tennessee, and from there in 1864 to join Sherman's army and campaign to Atlanta. His term of service expiring while there, in 1865, he was mustered out at that place, and immediately returned to Trenton, where he was soon after employed in the store of W. W. Hubbell & Co., as a clerk, remaining with them until 1867. In this latter year he received the appointment of deputy sheriff and constable, holding the former position eight years and the latter nine. In 1876 he was deputy county collector, and since then has been engaged in fruit growing and dealing in nursery stock. Mr. Lowen married Miss Mary C. Allen of Trenton in October, 1865. They have two children, Bessie, fifteen, and Hallie, ten years old, both born in Trenton. Mr. and Mrs. Lowen are members of the Christian Church of Trenton. He is an Odd Fellow and has passed all the chairs and is now P. G.
Source:  The History of Grundy County, Missouri: Birdsall & Dean, publ. 1881; Submitted to Genealogy Trails and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack  


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