From Patricia Johnson, Louisiana, USA

I am descended from Samuel Pleasant Lownds/Lowndes/Lownes born 13 July 1816 supposedly in Virginia, possibly Red Bank.
He married on 29 Sept 1844 to a Julia C. born in Alabama.  Samuel died 7 January 1903 in Village Springs, Alabama, a town which no longer is on the map.
In one census record he is listed as a buggy maker.  They had at least one child, Mary Emma Lownes born 12 Oct 1845 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  She first married William Henry Sanborn and they were supposedly divorced.  He died as the result of a shooting accident so he might have died instead of their being divorced.
Mary Emma did marry a second time to a David Arrowsmith and was living in New York City in 1880 census.  She died 28 Aug 1928.
My ancestor is a daughter of Mary Emma and William Sanborn.
In the (USA) Lowndes family history, I found mention of a Samuel Pleasants Lowndes, the son of Caleb and Jane (Steel), who was the son of James & Sarah (Pancoast) Lowndes.
Patricia would appreciate any light anyone could shed on this family and if her Samuel is the same Samuel as in the USA Lowndes narrative – Mike

from Sol Norton

FLORENCE NORTON,  born 1871 Auckland, died 1923 England (Probably Buckinghamshire) widow of lord Edwin Abercromby Dashwood, 8th Baronet of West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, married Colonel WILLIAM SELBY-LOWNDES, JP, born 1871 of Selby House, Bletchley, B’hamshire in 1894.
After his death she married, in 1910, ALFRED RONALD GILBEY, son of Alfred Gilbey of Wooburn House, B’hamshire.
Sol’s question is, if anyone has any information on her daughter of her first marriage, Florence Emily Dashwood born 1890?
In my papers drawn up by a relative in NZ there is a Diana Selby-Lowndes, born 1909. Is she a daughter or daughter-in-law?
Thank you in advance.
Sol Norton

from Lois Kay (nee Lowndes)

I have had a long interest in family background and only recently had the time to investigate. I discovered your website and have come to the conclusion that I am a descendant of the Overton Lowndes line.
My father was Bertie Alfred Lowndes, his father William Edward Lowndes (Master Mariner) born in New Plymouth, New Zealand and his father was Joseph Lowndes noted as a “Dealer”. This information is from the Marriage Certificate of William Edward Lowndes to Madeline Green 6 March 1899 in Auckland, New Zealand. My birth name was Lois Madeline Lowndes.
I was interested to read Ngaire’s note at the end of the commentary as it would be some 47 years since I saw Ngaire (probably apart from her father’s service in 1997).
Ngaire’s father Roy Lowndes and her uncle Noble Lowndes were cousins to my father. From memory they also had a brother Len.
I would be so pleased to receive any information you may have on my Great Grandfather, Joseph Lowndes. Joseph’s Mother’s name was Catherine Agnes Spears. Actually it looks more like Afnes but is probably Agnes.
Lois Kay (nee Lowndes)
Auckland, New Zealand
Lois is happy for anyone to contact her about NZ lowndes – just comment on this post! – Mike

From Anthony Maxwell (copied from comment)

Dear Mike…

In your research of the history of the Lowndes Family have you ever come across the three Rev Matthews Lowndes of Buckfastleigh in Devon? The 1st, circa 1750 -1825, the 2nd, 1787-1856 and the 3rd, 1834-1911. If so, do you happen to know where the first of them came from and who his family were.

My third cousin, Matthew R. Lowndes is the sixth known Matthew in this line. The third vicar was married to a Maxwell which is where I come in.

Kind regards
Anthony Maxwell


I can’t help Anthony – can any of you?


Clinton Lowndes | September 5, 2007 at 7:43 pm

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A big how are yeh to all the Lowndes out there. Fell on this site and tink its fab. I’m looking into my family tree on and off. Any information regarding our clan in Ireland would be great.

My full name is Clinton Nicholas Michael Lowndes. The Nicholas comes from my grandfather and the Michael from my father. Looking through the antcestors, Nicholas and Micheal seemed favorites. My grandfathers family were from North County Dublin, Swords. They owned most of the land there and like most Lowndes before them they were famers and land owners. I’ve just started doing this so, you’ll have to bare with me. According to my father, our side of the family came from Yorkshire. The real ironic thing of it is, I have being living in Leeds, Yorkshire for the last 15 years and only found this out last year. I was again told, I don’t know if this is true the it was a member of the clergy who sowed his oats in Ireland that started our side!!!! I know from reading documents that there was a Rev. Lowndes in Yorkshire!!! Now I see from what some people are saying that we are decendents of Normans, well this could be true, but again I’ve being told by my family that we were dutch royalty at one time or knights of old!!! My grandfather Nicholas Lowndes had two older brothers, I’ve yet to find out their names, they sold the land in Swords when he was young and like some Lowndes in the clan they drank and gambled most if not all the money. My grandfarther never spoke to them much after that. So, instead of being a famer he had to look for employment and found it at Dublin airport when it opened in 1936, he was one of the first employees there and remained there for the rest of his working life. If you go to the main graveyard in Swords you’ll see all the Lowndes from our clan there. There are two things I would like to know…..1 How our family got to Swords from Yorkshire and 2 How our family got to Yorkshire. Any help welcome.

Pat | July 19th, 2007

Hello all,I’m the “Pat” that started the page for Lowndes–

Still looking for information on:
Lowndes family living in St. George Parrish Surrey 1863—John (aka Alexander John Julius) father Samuel. John was born in Marseilles France and joined the Royal Horse Guard 1863—immigrated to the US in 1866—anyone have any information on the family in that area or other areas?


From Richard Cranton | March 18th, 2007

My mother’s father was one William Lowndes born in 1895 his father was also William from Cheadle, Stafford however both he and several of the generations before him spelt the surname LOWNDS.

I don’t know why my grandfather decided to change the spelling or if it was always spelt LOWNDS.

Having read about William Lowndes the Highway Man I do wonder if the family decided to change the spelling of the surname for a while!

Any body got any ideas?

From Gail Ann Hodges Levis | glevis AT

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Furiously working to get ready for research trip to Philadelphia and surrounding counties for our elusive Levis connection.Mifflin Levis (Butler Co., PA who settled in Tama Co., IA) is my husband’s direct line. I’ve found Mifflin’s father Curtis and grandfather John but am looking for more pieces to the puzzle. Tonight I found a reference in George B. Lownes will (Delaware Co, PA) which mentions Levis and Pancoast names. Especially Curtis Levis sone of Edward.

I’ll be delighted to send along my Levis results, if you think we fit into your clan. Might be too early to know that yet!