Name: Michael Lau
Name: Michael Low
Birth: ABT 1771 in Tulpehoken Township, Berks Co, Pa
Death: 3 JAN 1852 in Scott Co., Tennessee
Burial: Low Cemetery, Smokey Junction, Scott County, Tennessee
Census: Page #194, 1830 United States Federal Census > Tennessee > Anderson > Not Stated
Census: Page #17, 1840 United States Federal Census > Tennessee > Anderson > Not Stated
Individual Note The original German spelling of the Lowe surname was Lau. When first changed to Low, it was pronounced to rhyme with cow. The trailing "E" was later added. Some descendants spelled their surname Lough as well.
Reference Number: 5
At the time of of the birth of the children of Michael and Elizabetha, they were living in
Anderso County, Tennessee.
Anderson County is located in East Tennessee, one of the states three "grand divisions", and was formed in 1801, from parts of Knox and Grainger Counties. The county seat is Clinton.
Campbell County is located in East Tennessee on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. It was formed in 1806 from parts of Anderson and Claiborne Counties. The county seat is Jacksboro.
Scott County is located in East Tennessee, one of the state's three "grand divisions." Scott County was formed in 1849 from parts of Fentress, Campbell, Anderson, and Morgan counties. The county seat is Huntsville.
The original German spelling of the Lowe surname was Lau. When first changed to Low, it was pronounced to rhyme with cow. The trailing "E" was later added. Some descendants spelled their surname Lough as well.
1859 Date of death of newer stone, many use date of older stone, 1852.
Notes for MICHAEL" LAU" Low:
State of Tennessee, Scott County, on this 24th day of March, one thousand eight hundred and fifty one, personally appearing before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid, Michael Low aged 80 years, a resident of the County of Scott in the Sta te of Tennessee. Who being duly sworn according to law declares that he is the identical Michael Low who was a private in the Company commanded by Captain Richard Marshall in the Fourth Regiment of Tennessee Militia commanded by Colonel Edwin E. Booth in the war with Great Brittain declared by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812. That he enlisted at Clinton, in the County of Anderson and State of Tennessee on or about the 1st day of November 1814, for the term of 6 months and continued in actual service for the term of 6 months and was honorably discharged at Mobile in the State of ALabama on the 1st day of April 1815, as will appear by the Muster Roll. (The Muster Roll says discharged on May 1 2, 1815 ). .
He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which he may be entitled under the "Act granting bounty lands to certain officers and soldiers who may have been engaged in the military service of the United States" passed 28th September 1850, and any supplement or amendment thereto.
Michael X Low
Sworn to an subscribed before me, the day and year above written: and I hereby certify that I believe the said Michael Low to be the identical man who served as aforesaid and that he is of the age above stated and a man of truth.
W. W. Cotton Justice of the Peace
State of Tennessee, Scott County
On the 24th day of March A.D. 1851. Personally came before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County. Allen Reed who being duly sworn according to the law saith, that he was in the service of the United States in the year 1814 as a private attached to the Company of Captain Richard Marshall. In the within declaration mentioned that he was and yet is personally well acquainted with Michael Low who makes and signs the said declaration, and that he is the identical Michael Low who was a private attached to and belonging to said Company as he was set fourth in his said declaration.
Sworn and subscribed before me the day and year above mentioned.
W.W. Cotton Justice of the Peace
State of Tennessee, Scott County
State of Tennessee, Scott County
I Allen McDonald, Clerk of the County Court of said County, do hereby certify that W. W. Cotton, Esq. Whose name is subscribed to the with in certificate is an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County, duly commissioned, that full faith and credit is an ought to be given to all such his official acts accordingly, and that the signature purporting to be his is genuine.
Given under my hand and seal of the said Court at offices this 24 th day of March A. D. 1851
COLONEL EDWIN BOOTH
DESIGNATION: 5th Regiment of East Tennessee Militia
DATES: November 1814 - May 1815
MEN MOSTLY FROM: Knox, Blount, Sevier, Anderson, Bledsoe, Hawkins, Rhea, and Roane Counties
CAPTAINS: Alexander Biggs, John Lewis, Wilson Maples, Richard Marshall, John McKamy, John Porter, Miles Vernon, John Sharp, John Slatton, Samuel Thompson, George Winton
Along with the Fourth Regiment of Colonel Samuel Bayless and Colonel William Johnson's Third Regiment, this regiment was part of the division under the command of Major General William Carroll. These units were sent to the vicinity of Mobile to protect that region from Indian and/or British offensive activities.
The regiment was organized at Knoxville and their line of march took them to Lookout Mountain (present-day Chattanooga), to Fort Strother, and finally to Mobile. Many of the men may have been stationed at Camp Mandeville, a military post located outside of Mobile. Most of the companies were dismissed at Mobile at the end of the war.
Henry Ward writes that there is strong evidence of a blood tie between the Carroll family and the descendants of Cherokee Smokey and his squaw who lived on Smokey Creek when the first settler, who was Grand Mikel Low in the 1700-1800s. The Indian did not like Low's presence on Smokey Creek. Later they became involved in a death struggle, and Mikel slew the Indian. His squaw remained in the settlement and had several mixed -race children. According to folklore her children were Carrolls and Lows, and her daughter named Louisa Carroll and the first wife of Old Madison Kennedy.
MICHAEL "GRAND MICKEY" LOW
The first permanent settler, according to available records, was Michael Low, who brought his family here from North Carolina and settled on Smoky Creek in 1776. The land which he possessed was under a North Carolina land grant. It included the land which borders on each side of Upper Smoky, to the top of the mountains on both sides. The fertile creek bottoms we replanted in corn and vegetables, and the vast tracts of virgin timber remained uncut for many years as a haven for the wild animals which were plentiful at that time.Their ancestors became involved in numerous lawsuits which left them but small profit from these vast tracts of virgin timber. Trees six to seven feet in diameter were not unusual.
According to historical data furnished by one of the older settlers of Scott County, there was a Cherokee and his wife living on Smoky Creek when the first settler, Michael Low, arrived. The Native American had been banished from his tribe in North Carolina before coming to Smoky. Shortly after Ward he accused Grand Mickey (name by which he is familiarly referred to) of casting amorous glances at the pretty, young squaw. Soon after when Grand Mickey went to fish in a deep hole in Smoky Creek, he spied the Native American lurking in the bushes nearby, evidently waiting for him to cast his line and become quietly engaged in fishing, when he could, unoticed, aim a death-dealing shot with his bow and arrow. Apparently undisturbed, Grand Mickey nonchalantly picked up his hog rifle and killed the Cherokee on the spot. Since that time the deep hole of water has been known as Indian Hole.
According to stories by relatives of Grand Mickey, the squaw remained in the Smoky settlement and was cared for by the white settlers. She left some half-breeds whose blood can be traced through several generations of the Lowes. However, intermarriage of the races was relatively small in Scott county in comparison with some of the other counties in East Tennessee where the tribes had settlements. Grand Mickey was a famous hunter, and many were the glowing yarns spun about his prowness in that direction. He was especially fond of hunting bears, which were plentiful at that t ime. Once he was supposed to have crawled in a cave, where he was punching about with a stick. When an angry bear tried to get out over him, the t wo became hung in the hole; and by the time Grand Mickey managed to back out of it, he was badly lacerated by the furious animal.
Every man on Smoky old enough to carry a gun joined the Union forces during the Civil War. At one time Rebel forces came, and the Union men hid out. The militant, pioneer women of the country rode for miles after dark to carry their men food, risking their lives in the effort. Smoky Creek was soon settled by more Lowes, the Hembrees, Massengales, McGees and the Llewellyns.
From the book "Scott County and it's Mountain Folk" by Esther Sharp Sanderson.
Father: Johan Philip Lau b: 29 MAR 1722 in Lembach, Germany
Mother: Magdelena Margreth Gentzler ,Genssler b: 26 APR 1731 in Dotzheim, Kreis Wiesbaden, Hessen-Nassau, Germany
Maria Elisabetha Bortner b: 8 MAR 1774 in Tulpehoken Township, Berks Co, Pa.
- Michael Lowe b: 1795 in Smokey Junction, Scott County, Tennessee
- Philip Lowe b: 1802 in Tennessee
- Elizabeth Lowe b: 1805 in Tennessee
- Joseph Lowe b: 1810 in Tennessee
- Mary Ann Lowe b: 1814 in Campbell County, Tennessee- Scott County was formed in 1849.