FOWLER, PERKINS AND PARRIS
Joab Fowler’s son Alfred M. was born September 10, 1824 in Laurens County, South Carolina. He married Nancy E. Paris in 1853 who was a resident of Dade County. In 1860 he is listed as having personal property of $5,000 and real estate worth $10,000. Their first son John Perkins, was born February 3, 1854 in Georgia. He married Mary N. Killian. They are buried at Sarah’s Chapel.
Sarah Elizabeth was born in 1855. She married William S. Porter, November 3, 1880 (see Porter family).
Mary P. (Tolda) Married a Hickman. They lived at Wildwood and had no children. It is told of Hickman that each day he would listen for the train whistle in the distance. He would leave his house on the hill above the tracks walking at a steady pace, never varying. He would look neither left nor right and would walk across the track in front of the train. Sometimes the train would come so close that it would fan his coattails.
Robert H. died at age 24. Joel married Elizabeth Lyons, Kate married a Mallicoat, Arthur moved out West, Lula Tennie married an O’Neal. Stephen became a doctor. His wife’s name was Florence. His practice was in South Chattanooga. Sallie Itasia (Tassie) married John Wilson. Henry C. died at age 23. The youngest was called Washil and lived his adult life in St. Elmo.
There are Perkins listed in the 1840 census for Dade County, but their connection, if any, to Elizabeth Perkins is unknown. Elizabeth was born in 1816 in Tennessee. She married Robert M. Paris (Parris) who was born in 1812 in Tennessee. They must have come to Dade County around 1848 as they have a daughter Sarah listed as being born in Georgia in that year.
Robert M. and Elizabeth are listed as the parents of George, Nancy E. (married Alfred Fowler) (see Fowler family), Mary (who married Dr. Stephen R. Deakins), Harriet, Robert, and Sarah T. (Tennessee). He is listed as a farmer having property worth $8,000, in 1850. In 1860 his personal property had risen to $15,000 and real estate to $13,000. After the Civil War in Southern families, he seemed to have been able to retain most of his personal property but his real estate had plummeted to $760. Living in their household at this time was a white domestic female of 17 named Mary J. Rains, and a black farm laborer named Alfred Fowler.
Joseph Fowler constructed his home of hand hewed square logs in a part of Dade County on Lookout Mountain that was known as Dillion, Georgia. This was later to become a part of Walker County. (Walker County wanted the tax from the the Durham mines and asked for the change). The home was constructed before the Civil War and during the war a regiment of Union troops camped in the field near the house. Many “Minie Balls” have been found there over the years. The home was stands today, December 7, 1974.
An interesting story coming from the Fowler family in the early eighteen hundreds was the naming by them of “Bear Creek” on Lookout Mountain. One night the family was awaken by a loud ruckus coming from the calf pens. The startled family discovered a large bear attempting to enter the pen and kill one of the calves. The men, fearing the dangers of trying to kill the bear in the darkness, were slow in deciding what to do. Before they could get their wits together their aid of a small “fiest dog” the yelling barking, and throwing of sticks and stones succeeded in driving the bear away.
First light found the men preparing to track the bear and soon they were off and with the help of several hounds the bear was tracked for miles and was finally discovered in a steep mountain laurel. A swift mountain stream churned its way down into the sleepy hollow as it rushed to the valley below. Here beside the swift stream the bear was confronted and killed. The men, thereafter, referred to the creek as “Bear’s Creek.” The name is still used today.
Although my parents were not natives of Lookout Mountain, I was born there. The year was 1917, therefore Dade County is special to me.
Miss Ethel Jackson was the teacher. This was about 1906. The building was located across the road where Mount Olive Church now stands. Some of the earlier settlers were Massey, Hughes, and Harp. Maude Harp Fowler was my mother-in-law. She is the oldest resident of Dade County in this part of Lookout Mountain. She is 91 years old. She married S. W. Fowler and was the mother of ten children all of whom are still living. I am married to the eldest son, Eugene Fowler.
It is easy for me to understand why the Indians when they were forced to leave Lookout Mountain and surrounding areas left a trail of tears. The mountain, in particular, is so beautiful and more so in their time.
My parents, the late N. A. Craig and Etta W. Craig, now 88 lived the greater part of their life here on the mountain. I have heard my mother say many times that she wondered why she cried when she left Oklahoma and came to live here.
Some other natives of the mountain were; George W. Hale, John Williams, T. S. Miller, and the Jacksons.
West Brow community was formed several years ago about the time the Trenton Telephone Company erected their exchanged next to K. D. Teet grocery store. It is now known as West Brow Exchange.
Some of the teachers at Mt. Olive were: Mrs. Ethel Joran, Mr. Art Moore, and Nancy Newby Clark. We did not have access to Dade County High School because there were no roads, only a trail down Burkhalter Gap. Therefore our education was limited. Now we have access to Dade County High School and Walker County as well.
I never had the privilege of seeing our county seat, Trenton, until I was in my teens. I had fondest dreams of going to John L. Case’s store as my brother, who trapped and sold furs there, made it appear to be a regular Santa Claus land.
Information given by Mrs. Ruth Fowler.
(Used by permission HISTORY OF DADE COUNTY GEORGIA, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981.)