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  • Name: Aquilla Low , Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BET 1730 AND 1740 in York County, Pennsylvania ?
  • Death: 1819 in Beaver Ridge, Karns, Knox County, Tennessee
  • Event: Source Debra on Rootsweb worldconnect
  • Event: Source 16 JAN 2009 Wayne and Gloria Gregg email
  • Occupation: Owned a ferry at what is now Solway on the Clinch River
  • Military Service: War of 1812 - Tennessee
  • Burial: Karns ?, Knox County, Tennessee
  • Note:
    Source: Gloria Gregg email on January 16, 2009

    We have done quite a bit of research on this family. We have land transactions of Aquilla Lowe in the early 1790's. We have a copy of a deed dated Feb. 28, 1796 in which Francis Bird sells to James Scott 500 acres. This land shares a common line with Mr. Lowe's land and Aquilla Lowe was witness along with Jas. Breedon.

    Aquilla Low born Germany or PA, died Beaver Ridge/Karns Knox County, TN. We think he married Rachel in PA. and may have been first or second wife. Rachel 1790 cencus Wilkes Co. NC. Think Aquilla in Greene Co NC/TN buying land and trading. think Rachel Died before 1817, see marriage date Aquilla to Nancy Lewis.

    Aquliia and Rachel in Dutchman's Baptist Church, Wilks County, NC and in Bent Creek Baptist Church in Whitesburg, Green Co. NC/TN. Maybe in the State of Franklin, i'm not sure just how the lines went, anyway Church is in Hamblen Co. now. All the same place just that the Co. lines moved all over the place during County formation

    James Scott was my ancester and Lawrence Scott, Sr.'s father. Lawrence, Sr. married Elizabeth "Betsy" Lowe (a sister to Isaac, who went to Texas) in 1799 in Knox Co., TN. Elizabeth was Aquilla, Sr.'s daughter. Aquilla did a lot of land transactions and according to the dates on these, he was one of the first in this area.

    The Indians were still in the area at that time. He also owned a Ferry at what is now Solway on the Clinch River. There was also an Abraham Lowe who owned a Ferry at Farragut on the TN River (don't know relation to Aquilla, but think they are related).

    We have copies of local historical records that says that Aquilla Lowe was one of the 1st messengers to the Holston Baptist Church Association. This was formed before the Tennessee Baptist Association was formed in 1802. Aquilla Lowe and James Scott were both messengers to the TN. Association from Beaver Ridge Church which is located in the area where both lived. The 1st record of this is in 1803 (from the TN Baptist Association minutes). I have the minutes from the church beginning in 1818. The earlier minutes were destroyed, but the Association minutes are on microfilm at McClung's Library in Knoxville and I have read them.

    Aquilla Lowe was a Lay Preacher and was a charter member of Beaver Ridge Church as was James Scott. We do not know for sure what Aquilla's 1st wife's name was, but think it was Rachel ?. The reason we think this is that a Rachel Lowe and Aquilla Lowe was in Bent Creek Church in Wilkes Co., N. C. before Aquilla went to Greenville, TN before going to Knox Co., TN. where he lived until he died in 1819.

    He married Nancy Lewis in 1817. We have copies of his will and estate sale as well as where it was announced in a Knoxville newspaper by Son-in-law, Caleb Low. Caleb married Susannah Lowe. We think Caleb Lowe is Aquilla Lowe's nephew. Aquilla, Jr. went to MO and back to Knox county and then to ILL. He was in War of 1812. We have some info on him.

    We think Aquilla's father was Isaac, but have no legal proof as yet. We plan a trip to N. C. in the Spring if all goes well and hope to find some documentation.

    These are the children that I have for Aquilla, Sr.:
    1. Aquilla, Jr., married 2nd July 5th, 1818 Madison Co., Ill. to Mary "Polly" Reaves. Jr. died bef. January, 1831 in Morgan Co., Ill.
    2. Elijah married 29th Oct., 1809 in Knox Co., TN to Ann Hamilton.
    3. Richard
    4. John
    5. Isaac born 1781 in TN. He married Eliz. Parsons born 1787 in VA. She was the daughter of Thomas M. and Margaret Hickman. This was either a 2nd marriage or she was the daughter of her mother's other marriage.
    6. Martha or Margaret married Feb. 5, 1793 in Knox Co., TN to John Golston ( was also in the Beaver Ridge Church)
    7. Mary "Polly" married Dec. 21, 1792 in Knox Co., TN. to Craven Johnston (Also in the Beaver Ridge Church)
    8. Susannah married June 6, 1803 in Knox Co., TN to Caleb Low. Caleb may have been nephew or cousin of Aquilla Low.
    9. Elizabeth "Betsy" born ca 1782-83 in TN. died ca 1842 in Dekalb Co., AL. married Lawrence Scott, Sr. Dec. 3, 1799 in Knox Co., TN. He died in 1852 in Dekalb Co., Al.

    I will be glad to share any info that I have with you. My brother, Billy Wilborn has lots of info on the Lowes also. We think Aquilla is buried in the Beaver Ridge Cemetery in what is now Karns, TN.

    We have done a lot of research on this Church and are in the process of putting a Memorial Marker for James Scott and Aquilla Lowe at Beaver Ridge Cemetery. We probably will never know for sure if they are buried there as there were only fieldstone markers until 1840 in the cemetery. We just thought it would be nice to remember them and their families as members of the 1st Beaver Ridge Baptist Church.

    Source: Justin on Rootsweb worldonnect

    He appeared on an 1807 Knox Co., TN tax list - Captain Child's Co.
    Aquilla Low...400 acres, 6 slaves (there was mention of hisslaves in his will)
    Caleb Low.....640 acres, 1 poll
    Richard Low..293 acres, 1 poll, 1 slave
    Aquilla Low....640 acres, 1 poll
    Record of Commissioned Officers in Tennessee Militia 1796-1811
    Aquilla Low, Lieutenant, 25 Sep 1799
    Aquilla Low, Captain, 16 Jun 1801

    (I believe this to be Aquilla Jr. because Aquilla Sr. was somewhat oldto be fighting in the War of 1812 and the Mills Family History States that Aquilla Sr. did indeed fight "with General Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans, beinga prisoner of the British for a time,) RKL
    Source: Justin on Rootsweb worldonnect

    Greene County, North Carolina

    This indenture made this 6th day of May one Thousand seven hundred andeighty nine between Acquilla (Aquilla) Low of North Carolina GreeneCounty of the one part and John Gass, Esquire of County and Stateaforesaid witnesseth the said Acquilla Low for and in considerationof the sum of Three Hundred and seventy five pounds to him in handpaid by the said John Gass, Esquire the receipt whereof to fullsatisfaction is hereby acknowledged and thereof and every part thereofthe said Acquilla Low by these presents doth equally Disonerate and Discharge the said John Gass, Esquire his heirs executors andadministrators hath given granted bargained and sold conveyed andconfirmed and by these presents hath given granted bargained and soldconveyed and confirmed unto the said John Gass, Esquire his heirs andassigns forever a certain tract of land containing two hundred andseventy acres lying and being in the County of Greene on the Northside of Nolichucky on a branch of the roaring fork.

    Beginning at a chestnut and white oak in a hollow running thence west one hundred andt wenty poles to a stake thence north one hundred poles to a chestnuton the top of a ridge on Jesse Bounds line thence north eighteendegrees east along the said Bounds line crossing the Branch twohundred and twenty poles to a white oak and poplar at the head of adrain thence east one hundred and fifty poles to a stake thence southtwelve degrees west three hundred and twelve to the Beginning with allways waters water courses Improvements advantages emolumentsaccrediments appurtenances whatsoever to the same belonging or in anywise appertaining as by the patent bearing the date the 20th day of September 1787. To have and to hold the said bargained premises withthe appurtenances unto the said John Gass, Esq. his heirs & assignsforever for the only proper use and behoof of him the said John Gass,Esq. and the said Acquilla Low for himself and his heirs executors andadministrators doth hereby these presents covenant and grant to thesaid John Gass Esquire his heirs executors and administrators that thesaid Acquilla Low above bargained are indefeasible estate in feesimple unto the said John Gass, Esq., his heirs and assigns shallwarrant and forever defend by these presents In witness whereof thesaid Acquilla Loe (Low) doth hereunto set his hand and affix his sealthis day and date above written.

    Signed, sealed and Delivered
    in the presence of
    Benjamin Gordin (?) John Carter

    Acquilla Loe
    Source: Wayne and Gloria Gregg transcription sent in email on January 22, 2009
    From Knox County Estate Settlements Vol. 3 p. 99-101
    July Session 1819

    Aquilla Low
    The last will and testament of Aquilla Low deceased was produced to Court of Probate

    Witnessed, Felpis Reed and Thomas M.Cal- Laway the ???? Witnessing thereto Made Oath that they have Aquilla Low Sign and seal said instrument of writing and heard him pronounce publish? And declare the same to be his act and deed for the purpose therein mentioned and that he was at the time of signing the same of sound mind and memory to the best of his knowledge & beliefs which willing ordered to be recorded and ig in their worely to wit ---- In the name of God, Amen,

    I, Aquilla Low Senior of the County of Knox and the State of Tennessee, being weak of body, but sound of mind and memory thanks to Almighty God for this blessing but knowing I am mortal and have to go the way of all the living, do make and ordain this my last will and testament After my deaces to be executed by friend Caleb Low and John Galloway whom I have appointed to execute this my last will and testament in the following manner.

    And first I give and bequeath my loving Wife one horse saddle and bridle, one bed & furniture and five hundred dollars in money -

    I bequeth to my son Elijah Low ,all my land soly to be possessed by him after my death, and the balance of my estate to be sold by my executors giving twelve monthly credit a negro named George sold and a girl named Mint and her children to be sold to one person, as I don't wish them parted, After all just debts paid,

    the Balance if any, these be divided as follows to my son Richard Low five dollars my son Aquilla Low five dollars my grand daughter Elizabeth Low daughter of Richard Low, one hundred dollars.

    The balance if any there in to be equally divided between my children, that is to Say John Low's heirs Martha Godson?, Mary Johnson, Elizabeth Scott, Susannah Low, Elijah Low and Isaac Low, confident in confirmation of the above

    I acknowledge this to be my last will and testa- ment Revoking all wills I have made by me in Witness whereas I have hereto set my hand this eighteenth day of December this year of One thousand eight hundred and eighteen---

    Witness,Aquilla Low {Seal}
    Flepy? Reed
    Thomas M. Callaway
    Source: Wade Payne/Special to the Knoxville News Sentinel by Drew Streip
    Monday, May 4, 2009

    Two veterans finally identified, honored 2 centuries after deaths

    Revolutionary War re-enactor Charles E. Scott Jr. practices playing the fife Sunday as he prepares to take part in the dedication of a stone in honor of early settlers and war veterans Aquilla Lowe and James Scott at the Beaver Ridge Cemetery in the Karns area.

    Revolutionary War re-enactor Charles E. Scott Jr. practices playing the fife Sunday as he prepares to take part in the dedication of a stone in honor of early settlers and war veterans Aquilla Lowe and James Scott at the Beaver Ridge Cemetery in the Karns area.

    The smell of gunpowder lingered in the air - a final tribute to two Revolutionary War veterans who remained unknown for nearly two centuries after their respective deaths.

    Aquilla Lowe and James Scott, among the earliest soldiers to fight for the American colonies, were honored Sunday with a tombstone that will stand as a local monument to other unknown veterans.

    Years of genealogy research finally led Wayne and Gloria Gregg of Boaz, Ala., to the Karns area. Gloria, a descendant of Lowe and member of Daughters of the American Revolution, received the triangular folded American flag with tears in her eyes.

    "I was just overwhelmed with it," she said, "and I loved it."

    The marker reads, "In memory of James Scott (1755-1840) and Aquilla Lowe (ca. 1740-1819): Charter members and messengers of Beaver Ridge Baptist Church." The church was the first in the area, dating to 1815, and Scott held the deeds to the church until 1828. Lowe ran a grist mill on Beaver Creek and a ferry on the Clinch River after the war.

    The rainy Sunday service coincided with the annual Beaver Ridge Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony. The cemetery once used field stones for grave markers and still holds unmarked graves.

    Hoyt Smith of Alabama, another descendant of Lowe's, also was at the ceremony, representing Sons of the American Revolution. He was dressed in a replica Revolutionary War-era uniform, down to his single-last shoes (designed to be worn on either foot).

    Smith, 80, packed his musket like Lowe and Scott would have on the battlefield, and fired the first shot of the three-gun tribute. He said that events like Sunday's memorial might be the culmination of a decade of research, and identifying just two graves is a big victory for SAR.

    "We (SAR) honor ancestors, and make sure they'll be remembered," Smith said.

    The raindrops stopped falling long enough for a display of red, white and blue roses to be planted around the marker, which will be replaced with a permanent fixture in the coming months, Gloria Gregg said. A fife whistled "Amazing Grace" as the flowers were laid.

    And, like true sons and daughters of the Revolution, each uniformed color guard officer tipped his three-cornered hat and bowed, giving a small salute to the soldiers who once were lost, but now are found.

    Father: ? Lowe

    Marriage 1 Rachel ???? b: BEF 1752 in Pennsylvania ?
    • Married: BEF 1766 in York County, Pennsylvania ?
    1. Has Children Aquilla Low , Jr. b: 1766 in Wilkes County ? North Carolina
    2. Has Children Elijah "Elisha" Low b: 1768 in Wilkes County ?, North Carolina
    3. Has Children Richard Low b: 1770 in Wilkes County ?, North Carolina
    4. Has No Children John Low b: 1771 in Wilkes County ?, North Carolina
    5. Has Children Martha Margaret Low b: 1775 in Wilkes County ?, North Carolina
    6. Has Children Mary "Polly" Low b: 1777 in Wilkes County ?, North Carolina
    7. Has Children Susannah Low b: 1778 in Wilkes County ?, North Carolina
    8. Has Children Isaac Low b: 7 JUL 1781 in Knox County ?, Tennesseee
    9. Has Children Elizabeth "Betsy" Low b: 1783 in Knox County ?, Tennessee

    Marriage 2 Nancy Lewis
    • Married: 20 FEB 1817 in Knox County, Tennessee
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