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IMG_1902IMG_1899(From my Grandmother Gladys (Spencer), I have a stack of postcards handed down from her mother, Minnie May Fowler.  The colorful cards often only consist of a line or two to wish a happy birthday or simply offer best wishes at a particular holiday.  In my research, I came across a photograph (inserted below) from the Connecticut State Library of E.G. Fowler standing with two horses in front of his farm and house. If you look closely there is a woman standing behind him, to the right along the fence, my guess is that is his wife, Ellen Jane (Thompson).  Edward and Ellen Fowler are my 2nd great grandparents in my father’s line.)

The story below was originally published in a Biographical Record of Hartford County, I have made minor edits, including adding historical data specific to Bildad Fowler.

EDWARD G. FOWLER, a respected citizen and a resident of Bloomfield since 1874, was born in Suffield, Connecticut on July 15, 1840.  He was a son of Gamaliel and Elizabeth (Humiston) Fowler. Gamaliel was born in the town of Suffield, where he passed his life in agricultural pursuits. He first married Sallie Noble, of Southwick, Conn., who bore him three children—Newton, Gamaliel and Cordelia, all of whom have passed away—and to his second marriage, with Elizabeth Humiston, of West Springfield, MA., were born two children, Elizabeth Latham, deceased, and Edward G., the subject of this sketch.  Mr. Gamaliel Fowler was a man of considerable influence in Suffield, where he taught school, was a chorister and deacon in the Baptist Church, and died, a sincere Christian, in July 1865, at the age of sixty-eight years. Read on to learn more about the Fowler's!


Edwards grandfather, Bildad Fowler, was a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War serving in Captain Levi Ely’s Company. During his service, he was part of a company sent to Fort Paris (New York) to protect settlers in the Mohawk Valley from threatened attacks by Tories and Canadian Indians led by Mohawk Chief Joseph Bryant. On October 19, 1780, while attempting to join the forces of General Robert Van Rensselaer, Tories and Indians ambushed his company. Captain Ely and about one-third of the company were killed during this fight referred to as the Battle of Stone Arabia.

Edward G. FowlEGFowlerer passed his boyhood years and early manhood in his native town, working on the home farm, and he also worked for fifteen years in Pratt & Whitney’s shop at Hartford. In February 1866, he married, at East Cornwall, Litchfield Co., Conn., Miss Ellen Jane Thompson, a daughter of Richard Thompson, D. D., a native of England and a Baptist clergyman. To this marriage have been born six children, in the following order: George Thompson, born June 17, 1867, and married to Eugenia C. Thrall, of Hartford, has a family of three children, Ernest, Henry and Oliver; Minnie May, born Oct. 5, 1868, is married to Samuel E. Spencer, and is the mother of Ethel, Orrin, Gladys and Earle Fowler (family line); Maria Louise, born March 28, 1870, is the wife of Charles Chaffee, of Hartford, and has a son, Ralph Gilbert; Albert Lewis was born March 4, 1872; Edward Clarence, July 15, 1874, and Elizabeth Ellen, Dec. 2, 1876. In 1874, Mr. Fowler settled in Bloomfield, and here engaged in farming, the vocation with which he became so thoroughly familiar in early manhood, and which, since living in Bloomfield, he has profitably followed. Mr. Fowler is a Baptist in his religious faith, and a highly respected member of the church at Bloomfield.

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