The Dow Family Tree
 

 

 

 

I've been researching my family tree since September 1980, after losing my father to cancer, followed by discovering "The Book of Dow" in the University of Maine at Orono's Fogler Library. There is just one problem with only using that one source for the research I did: When it comes to who fathered James Parker Dow, it's wrong!

So, using family rumor, written records from various family sources, and spending long hours in various libraries, pulling down book after book, and even more hours searching records offered on Ancestry.com, I've collected the information that I'm sharing here. I'm hoping that all the work I've done will help other family researchers answer a couple of questions that have kept me searching all these years.....

The first question is: Who was James Parker Dow's family?

Robert Piercy Dow, the author of what is considered the Bible of Dow Research, said James was the son of Alexander Dow of Palermo "by conjecture". I have since located information that proves that Alexander - and every member of his family that I've traced - did not have a James among them. Our James just appears in the 1870 census in Albion, Maine, on a farm with his new bride of April 1870, Susan Belden of Palermo. In February 1876, he's deceased, and his widow goes on to remarry in order to provide for their three children, Charles, Fred and Nellie....

James is an elusive little dickens, as he never got arrested for anything, never seems to have made a fuss in the towns he lived in......

*shrug*

The second question is: Who is the rumored Native American in the woodpile?

There are rumored photographs of Zetta Robertson Burrill, my great-grandmother, in full Indian garb with a corn cob pipe in her mouth, looking every inch the native. Several of my aunts and uncles, as well as my grandmother, have the darker skin, eyes and hair, and high cheekbones that clearly show that heritage. No one seems to know who the ancestor was or what tribe they belonged to, but Gram was more proud of her Indian heritage than she was of her relationship to John Alden and Priscilla Mullin....

But that link will be revealed if you look far enough into these pages.....

 

 

These pages are arranged thus:

Each person has a page in which they are featured with their spouse and children. They will also have links to their parent's page if you click their name on their own page (i.e. clicking on Robert L. Dow will bring you to Charles H. Dow). Living people will not be linked until they've passed on, so although I'll be starting with my own mom and dad, you will find that myself and my sibs won't have a page unless they give me written permission to put their info up for you - and everyone else - to find. This is in accordance with the privacy rules established by the US Government for sites like Ancestry.com, so I'll be sticking with this methodology.

In short, this series of pages from this base page will be growing constantly, as I have 1821 people in the family tree on Ancestry.com at this point (April 15, 2014), but want to be able to share this list with my relatives who can't afford to get the Ancestry account.

So, if you're related to the Dows of Corinna, welcome, family member! I look forward to adding anything you want me to - just click on the email links on whichever page you're on, introduce yourself, and share what you wish to add.

If you aren't related and are just here out of curiosity, welcome as well. You may well find one of your ancestors in this group and start your own search. Feel free to ask any questions you have about researching this stuff....

 

 

 

And so, with no further ado, shall we start with my father, Robert Llewellyn Dow.....

 

 

(Addendum: July 24, 2017 - Sorry that I haven't been adding more people to this. I went on a camping trip in June of last year and arrived home via ambulance to be tested for something that appeared as "something weird" in the CAT Scan in Millinocket. I've been battling a glioma since then and have a few more chemotherapies to go. Meanwhile, I'm investigating to be sure I get the proper people in our family tree, as there was a Indian promise that turned into a false lead....)
 

 

(Addendum February 27, 2018 - Start seeing new people, as I'm officially "a survivor" and have hopefully caught on to where William Dow came from....I hope......)