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Friday, December 23, 2011
Funeral Card Friday: Annie Downey Lowrie, 1859-1910
This is the funeral card of Annie Downey Lowrie who died April 5th 1910 in Invermay, Saskatchewan. The card gives us some wonderful clues to help us find more information about her.
In the 1901 Canadian census I found Henry (b. 3 Dec 1855) and Ann J. Lowrie living in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba with their three children: Elsie, 14; Esten, 11; and (Louise) Annie, 2.
Ann J. Lowrie's birthdate is given as May 3 1859, which matches up closely to the funeral card dates. (My date calculator says it should be May 5, 1859.)
The 1906 Census shows the family is still living in Portage la Prairie.
The year after Annie passed away, Henry and his two daughters, Elsie and Louise, are living in Margo Twp, Mackenzie District, Saskatchewan. The 1911 Census lists him as a widower.
I found Henry and Annie's marriage record, in Ancestry's Ontario, Canada Marriages 1801-1928, which provides confirmation that we have the correct couple:
Henry Lowrie, b. abt 1856, Essa, Ontario. Parents: Henry and Sarah Lowrie. The bride is Anne Jane Downey, born in Ireland, daughter of John and Sarah Downey. The couple married on 8 March 1886.
It seems that Henry and Annie moved from Ontario to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba shortly after their marriage, since they also appear in the 1891 census in that location. Since Annie passed away in 1911 in Saskatchewan, they must have moved there sometime between 1906 and the spring of 1910.
Henry Lowrie died in Ivy, Simcoe County, Ontario on April 1, 1923. His death record tells us that he moved back home to Simcoe County around 1912. The record also gives us the maiden name of his mother: Sarah Fletcher. Henry was buried at the Cookstown Anglican Cemetery.
I thought, perhaps, that the book A History of Portage la Prairie and Surrounding District by Anne M. Collier might have a mention of this family since they lived in the area for approximately 21 years. I found an index for the book, and there aren't any entries for Lowrie, but there are a few people with the surname Lowry, and one simply indexed as "Mr. Lowry." I wonder if it might be a misspelling?