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Luman A. Fowler, one of the early settlers of Lake County, was born in Berkshire Co., Mass., October 1, 1809, and is a son of Josiah and Louisa (Stewart) Fowler. His parents moved to Palmyra, N.Y., where his mother died, his father afterward moving to Washtenaw County, Mich., where he died. Luman A. Fowler had a fair education, and was by trade a carpenter
and joiner. At Dearborn, Mich., on October 18, 1835, he was married to Miss Eliza Cochran, born October 27, 1816, in Madison County, N.Y. This union was blessed with nine children- Harriet A. (deceased), Rollin D., Josephine (now Mrs. Williams), Arnold, Luman A., William S., Mary J. (now Mrs. Peterson), Alta E. (now Mrs. Pinney) and Mabel E. (now Mrs. Beidelman). Mrs. Fowler is yet living in Crown Point. After marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Fowler emigrated to what is now Lake County, locating in Centre Township, where Mr. Fowler farmed. At that period, indians and game were more abundant than white subjects, and they endured the hardships of most early settlers. Afterward Mr. Fowler became a leading citizen, whose judgement on public matters was often invoked by friends and neighbors.
He was elected County sherriff seven times, serving fourteen years--an evidence of public confidence. In 1850, he went to California, where he spent six years in mining, and returned to Crown Point where, on April 12, 1870, after eight days' illness with pneumonia, he departed. He was an honorable man, and very greatly lamented.
Source- Counties of Porter and Lake, 1882.
Submitted By Kathy Huish for descendant Kurt Luman Fowler
email- anolelady@aol.com kurtandchris@hotmail.com