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Family History of Richard Brian Canals

By Deena J Canals

Towers Modified Register

FIRST GENERATION

George Milton TOWERS was born about 1770 in N.J.(?). Died about 1830 in Philadelphia, PA. Had traveled from Quincey Florida to Philadelphia to visit friends and got sick and past away. George Milton Towers was a sea captain. He apparently had his own ship and was supposedly taking a load of cargo to Carracus (?Venzuela?) during the war of independence from Spain (?the Mexican Independence?) (according to figures about 1810-1820) when he was captured by the Spaniards. He apparently escaped and made his way back to South Carolina where he met and married his wife, a widow by the name of Frances Auld Rumney Dupont in 1817. They moved on to Cincinnati, Ohio where their two sons where born. The later moved to Florida. While visiting relatives in Philadelphia in 1830 George Towers died and is buried in Philadelphia. 1830 Census for Gadsden County, Fl 1820 Census for Hamilton County Ohio He married Francis Auld RUMNEY (Dupont)(Towers) about 1817 in South Carolina. Francis Auld RUMNEY (Dupont)(Towers) was born on 12 Jan 1782 in Philadelphia, Penn. Died on 16 Jan 1855 in Quincy, Fl. Buried in Western Cemetery, Quincy Fl. Merged General Note: Frances Auld Rumney was a widow when she met George Towers. She had been married to a man by the name of DuPont. At the time of their marriage he was 47 years of age and she was 45. She has at least one son by her previous marriage (Charles Dupont).
They had the following children:
  1. Issac Auld TOWERS
  2. Robert Rumney TOWERS

SECOND GENERATION

Issac Auld TOWERS was born on 25 May 1818 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Died in 1888 in Limeston County, Texas. Buried in Thornston, Tx. Moved to Texas from Florida 1870 - 1880 According to notes from Mrs Sunny Lester, Isaac graduated in medicine from the Medical College Of Charleston SC. He settled first in Columbia, Alabama and was granted a local preacher license. He moved to Texas to be with his sons who had moved there ahead of him. He married Mary Ann TAYLOR (Towers) on 12 Oct 1837 in Philadelphia. Mary Ann TAYLOR (Towers) was born on 15 Jun 1818 in PA. Died in 1883. Buried in Thornton Cem, Thornton, Limestone Co, TX.
They had the following children:
  1. George Henry TOWERS
  2. Mary Eliza TOWERS (Avirett)
  3. Elizabeth Ann TOWERS (Scott)
  4. Laura Josephine TOWERS was born in Jul 1843 in ALA. Died on 29 Dec 1925 in Midland Co, TX. Laura Towers apparently never married. At the time of her death she was living with her brother Isaac Wilson Towers in Midland, TX.
  5. Charles Robert TOWERS
  6. Isaac Wilson TOWERS

Robert Rumney TOWERS was born on 26 Feb 1820 in Cinncinatti, Ohio. Died on 30 May 1845 in Qunicy, Florida. Buried in Western Cemetery, Quincy Fl. Hero in Seminole Indian War. Swam across river to warn the settlers that the Seminoles were fixing to attack. Caught pnemonia and died. He married Laura Maria ATWATER (Towers) in Qunicy(?) or Georgia. Laura Maria ATWATER (Towers) was born on 17 Dec 1821 in New Haven, Conn. 1850 Census lists place of birth as Conn. Died on 8 Nov 1895 in Quincy, Fl [S7]. Buried in Western Cemetery, Qunicy, FL.
They had the following children:

  1. Francis TOWERS. was 5 years old on the 1850 census
  2. Mary Atwater TOWERS
  3. Charles Dupont TOWERS

THIRD GENERATION

Mary Eliza TOWERS (Avirett) was born on 14 Aug 1839. Died on 22 Dec 1922. She married Abner AVIRETT on 12 Oct 1865. Abner AVIRETT was born on 13 Apr 1834. Died in 1908.
They had the following children:
  1. Abilene AVIRETT "Lena"(Tyson)
  2. Mary Harriett AVIRETT "Hattie"(Roberts)
  3. Annie Laurie AVIRETT (Roberts)
  4. Mattie AVIRETT was born in 1871. Died in 1875.
  5. Sarah Francis AVIRETT (Griffin)
  6. Susie McGriff AVIRETT (Trulock)
  7. Abner AVIRETT

Elizabeth Ann TOWERS (Scott) was born in 1841. Died in 1872. She married Porter SCOTT in 1858.

Charles Robert TOWERS was born on 30 Apr 1848 in Eufala, Barbour Co, AL. Died on 8 Nov 1921 in Thornton, Limestone Co, TX. Buried in Thornton Cem, Thornton, Limestone Co, TX. In 1916 Charles traded a farm he owned in Arkansas for a farm near Thornton. He later decided he had been cheated in the deal and took a gun to Arkansas and shot Mr. Free, the new owner, in the leg; saying later he "wanted to see him jump". He spent some time in jail because of this. It is not known how much time however. He was considered to be "stubborn, opiniated, and irascible". He married Annie Adalaide THOMPSON (Towers) on 21 Nov 1871. Annie Adalaide THOMPSON (Towers) was born on 1 Oct 1851 in GA. Died on 29 Mar 1929 in Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Buried in Thornton Cem, Thornton, Limestone Co, TX. Died cancer of breast, buried in Thornton on 30th, Denning and Co, Marlin, Undertaker. Informant Mary Towers.
They had the following children:

  1. Luther TOWERS
  2. Junius Elbert "Gene" TOWERS
  3. William Augustus "Gus" TOWERS
  4. Lula TOWERS (Forrest)
  5. Isaac Eli "Stump" TOWERS was born in 1884. Died in 1902. Buried in Thornton Cem, Thornton, Limestone Co, TX. Never married - died age 18
  6. Charles "Charlie" TOWERS
  7. Mary "Aunt Mamie" TOWERS (Crocker)
  8. John Leonard TOWERS

Isaac Wilson TOWERS was born in Aug 1851 in AL. Died on 7 Dec 1928 in Midland Co, TX. He married Mary.
They had the following children:

  1. Annie TOWERS was born in Jul 1885.
  2. Jennette TOWERS was born in Aug 1889.
  3. Minerva TOWERS was born in Dec 1891.
  4. George TOWERS was born in May 1892.

Charles Dupont TOWERS was born on 19 Apr 1843 in Thomasville, Ga. Died on 2 May 1910 in Jacksonville, Fl. Buried in Evergreen Cem, Jacksonville, Fl. Section B Lot 96. Merged General Note: Became a Florida Supreme Court Judge. moved to Jacksonville, Fl. He married Margaret Florrie WOODBERY (Towers) on 24 Jan 1866. Margaret Florrie WOODBERY (Towers) was born on 16 Mar 1844 in Quincy, Gadsden Co., Fl. Died on 15 Jun 1915 in Jacksonville, Fl. Buried in Evergreen Cem., Jacksonville, Fl. Section B Lot 96.
They had the following children:

  1. Charles Robert TOWERS
  2. Florrie TOWERS (Martin)

FOURTH GENERATION

Abilene AVIRETT "Lena"(Tyson) She married Isaac P TYSON on 7 Oct 1896.
They had the following children:
  1. Edna TYSON
  2. Mark TYSON

Mary Harriett AVIRETT "Hattie"(Roberts) was born on 5 Feb 1867. Died in 1886. She married John Bunyan ROBERTS on 16 Jun 1886.

Annie Laurie AVIRETT (Roberts) was born on 20 Feb 1869. Died in 1953. She married P S THOMSON in 1919. She also married John Bunyan ROBERTS on 12 Feb 1890.
They had the following children:

  1. John ROBERTS
  2. Annie Alma ROBERTS (Lester)

Sarah Francis AVIRETT (Griffin) was born in 1874. Died in 1907. She married William C GRIFFIN in 1888.

Susie McGriff AVIRETT (Trulock) was born in 1879. She married A J TRULOCK in 1904.

Abner AVIRETT was born in 1881. He married Alice IRBY (Avirett) in 1910.
They had the following children:

  1. Abner AVIRETT
  2. Jack AVIRETT
  3. Benjamin Irby AVIRETT was born on 28 Dec 1915.
  4. Jason Dickey AVIRETT was born on 1 Nov 1917.
  5. Richard Munroe AVIRETT was born on 9 Jul 1919.

Luther TOWERS was born in 1874. He married Lulu.
They had the following children:

  1. Dewey TOWERS was born about 1904.
  2. Martha TOWERS was born about 1909.

Junius Elbert "Gene" TOWERS was born in 1876. Buried in 1918 in Thornton Cem, Thornton, Limestone Co, TX. He married May Sue SMITH (Towers).
They had the following children:

  1. Juanita TOWERS (Fannin)
  2. Ursula TOWERS
  3. Ossie Imagene TOWERS was born on 27 Jan 1914.

William Augustus "Gus" TOWERS was born in 1878. Buried in 1945 in Thornton Cem, Thornton, Limestone Co, TX. He married Maggie GOODWIN (Towers) on 6 Oct 1901.
They had the following children:

  1. Gussie TOWERS
  2. Charles TOWERS
  3. Aline TOWERS (Harrington)
  4. Willie Garth TOWERS
  5. Jim John TOWERS
  6. Nettie Lula TOWERS
  7. Clyde TOWERS
  8. Drue Nayland TOWERS
  9. Clinton Lown TOWERS

Lula TOWERS (Forrest) was born in 1880. She married Belo FORREST.
They had the following children:

  1. Bennie FORREST
  2. Roberta FORREST
  3. Belo Jr FORREST
  4. Anna Lou FORREST
  5. Emily FORREST was born on 19 Sep 1919.
  6. Evelyn FORREST was born on 19 Sep 1919.

Charles "Charlie" TOWERS was born on 18 Sep 1887. Died on 10 Jul 1949. He married Florence (Towers) on 5 Sep 1909 in Falls Co, TX.
They had the following children:

  1. Annie Belle TOWERS (Kelley)

Mary "Aunt Mamie" TOWERS (Crocker) was born on 20 Aug 1889. Died on 31 Jul 1960. Buried in Thornton Cem, Thornton, Limestone Co, TX. She married Will CROCKER.

John Leonard TOWERS was born on 15 Sep 1892 in Thornton, Limestone Co, TX. Died on 8 May 1966 in Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Buried in Hillcrest Cem, Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Merged General Note: John Leonard Towers served in WWI. After the war he worked in the oil fields. When his daughter Elsie Ruth was born his occupation was listed as truck driver. When daughter Virgina was born his occupation was listed as "pipe line. Both these occupations may have been related to the oil field. According to the marriage records (#1269) in Falls County, John Leonard and Daisy Norward were married 8-12-1917. John Leonard and his family moved from Falls County to Brown County about 1928. He came to work in the Fry Oil Field in the western part of Brown County. In about 1936 he and his family moved back to Falls County where he lived until his death. He married Ella Inez NORWOOD (Towers)"Daisy" on 12 Aug 1917 in Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Ella Inez NORWOOD (Towers)"Daisy" was born on 10 Dec 1897 in Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Died on 30 May 1977 in Abilene, Taylor, TX. Buried in Hillcrest Cem, Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Ella Inez Norwood was always known as "Daisy" and this name appears on her marriage license and her tombstone. After the death of John Leonard she lived in Marlin for some time and then later moved to Abilene to stay with her daughter Virginia. She died in Abilene and was buried in Marlin. She was known as "Mama" and John Leonard was known as "Daddy John" to all their older grandchildren. Later grandchildren helped clarify it by calling her "Mama John".
They had the following children:

  1. Dorothy Inez TOWERS (Wilson)"Mommie"
  2. Mary Virginia TOWERS (Eve)
  3. Wilbur Roland TOWERS
  4. Elsie Ruth TOWERS (Cook)
  5. Betty June TOWERS (Gwathmey)
  6. Johnnie Melba TOWERS (Johnson)(Moore)
  7. Margaret Louise TOWERS (Griffith)
  8. Joann TOWERS (Buzbee)
  9. Joyce TOWERS (Buzbee)

Charles Robert TOWERS was born on 3 Sep 1868 in Quincy, Gadsden Co., Fl. Died on 13 Apr 1944 in Jacksonville, Fl. Buried in Evergreen Cem., Jacksonville, Fl. Section S Lot 1, 2. He married Agnes Senora JONES (Towers) on 11 Jan 1894 in Jacksonville, Fl. McTylire Memorial Church. Agnes Senora JONES (Towers) was born on 31 Jul 1873 in Trader's Hill, Ga. Died on 6 Mar 1973 in Jacksonville, Fl. Buried in Evergreen Cem., Jacksonville, Fl. Section S Lot 1, 2.
They had the following children:

  1. Charles Daughtry TOWERS Sr.
  2. Robert Sheffield TOWERS
  3. Mary Agnes TOWERS (Bulpitt)

Florrie TOWERS (Martin) was born on 2 Jun 1874 in Quincy, Gadsden Co., Fl. Died on 23 Mar 1942 in Jacksonville, Fl. Buried in Evergreen Cem., Jacksonville, Fl. Section B Lot 96. She married William Graham MARTIN. William Graham MARTIN was born on 30 Sep 1875 in Savannah, Ga. Died on 20 Aug 1947 in Jacksonville, Fl. Buried in Evergreen Cem., Jacksonville, Fl. Section B Lot 96.

FIFTH GENERATION

Annie Alma ROBERTS (Lester) was born on 29 Dec 1890. She married Augustus Dickson LESTER. According to notes from Mrs Sunny Lester, he was from Ft Worth Tx and the couple left the evening of their marriage to go to Dallas.
They had the following children:
  1. Raymond Nixon LESTER Lt Col (ret)

Abner AVIRETT was born on 23 Oct 1911. He married Mary HORNE (Avirett) on 15 Jun 1937.

Jack AVIRETT was born on 2 Oct 1914. He married Dorathy CHAMBERS (Avirett) on 4 Sep 1938.

Juanita TOWERS (Fannin) was born on 18 Nov 1907. She married Bill FANNIN.
They had the following children:

  1. Wilbur Gerald FANNIN

Ursula TOWERS was born on 21 Sep 1909. She married SCHROEDER.

Gussie TOWERS She married Roy HAND.
They had the following children:

  1. Louise HAND

Charles TOWERS He married Deborah Dean BARNES on 20 Apr 1940.
They had the following children:

  1. Jimmy TOWERS

Aline TOWERS (Harrington) She married W C HARRINGTON on 22 Feb 1936.

Willie Garth TOWERS He married Claudia Murlene MCWILLIAMS (Towers) on 10 Nov 1939 in Limestone Co, TX.BR> They had the following children:

  1. Sharlyn Sue TOWERS
  2. Margaret Jean TOWERS
  3. Priscilla Jane TOWERS
  4. Danny Joe TOWERS
  5. Jim Drue TOWERS
  6. Jeffrey Lud TOWERS

Jim John TOWERS He married Vera Mae STEPHENS (Towers) on 11 Apr 1944. Vera Mae STEPHENS (Towers), died on 16 Oct 1986. He also married Darla Lee MOORE on 14 Jan 1989.

Nettie Lula TOWERS was born on 6 Oct 1902 in Limestone Co, TX. She married Louis Joseph HUMBERT.

Clyde TOWERS was born on 5 May 1904. He married Conzada FANNER on 20 Nov 1926 in Limestone Co, TX.
They had the following children:

  1. Florence TOWERS

Drue Nayland TOWERS was born on 5 Mar 1906. Died on 19 Feb 1965. He married Rita Christine (Towers).

Clinton Lown TOWERS was born on 2 Feb 1908. Died on 18 Jul 1963. He married Uel MURPHY on 29 Jun 1931. Uel MURPHY was born on 14 Mar 1910. Died on 23 Dec 1961.

Annie Belle TOWERS (Kelley) She married Dewitt KELLEY.
They had the following children:

  1. Eileen KELLEY (Grych)

Dorothy Inez TOWERS (Wilson)"Mommie" was born on 23 Jun 1918 in Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Dorothy is the oldest child of John Leonard and Daisy Towers. The family moved to Brown County when she was about 10 years old. She attended Buffalo School in western Brown County where she graduated in 1935. In November of 1935 she married Bryant Bennett Wilson. Her parents moved back to Falls County the following year. Dorothy and Bennett lived in Brown County their entire married lives. After his death she continued to live in Brownwood for some time but later moved to Kermit, where her daughter, Sue lived. She later moved to Odessa. When she retired she moved back to Brownwood and bought a place at Lake Brownwood, where she still lives. She married Bryant Bennett WILSON on 18 Nov 1935 in Brownwood, Brown Co, TX. Bryant Bennett WILSON was born on 13 Sep 1905 in Brown Co, TX. Died on 6 Feb 1958 in Brownwood, Brown Co, TX. Buried in Bangs Cem, Bangs, Brown Co, TX. Bennett Wilson lived in Brown County his entire life. When he first married he was a farmer. When he was about 41 years of age the family moved from the farm into town and he became a carpenter. Bennett was musically talented; even though he had no training he could play several intruments by ear. He was tall, around 6 foot, had black hair and blue (?) eyes. He was slender build. He was a quiet man who liked to read.
They had the following children:

  1. Nelda Joyce WILSON (Gilbert)
  2. Bennie Louise WILSON (Holt)
  3. Sue Ella WILSON (Owen)
  4. Johnnie Belle WILSON (Thomas)
  5. Delores Jean WILSON (Pennington)

Mary Virginia TOWERS (Eve) was born on 7 Dec 1920 in Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Virginia Towers Eve lived with her husband Mickey for many years in Abilene, TX. After his death and upon her retirement she moved to Lake Brownwood where she still lives. She married Herbert Adair "Mickey" EVE.
They had the following children:

  1. Virgil Eugene Horton EVE. "Gene" was the child of Virginia Towers and Virgil Horton. His parents were divorced and he was adopted by Mickey Eve. Gene worked for the City of Austin and while working was electrocuted on a electric pole. He survived for a couple of days before dying in Austin. He was survived by a wife and small son.
  2. Michael Adair EVE

Wilbur Roland TOWERS was born on 20 Dec 1922 in Desdemona, TX. Wilbur Roland Towers joined the marines and served during WWII. He married Doris Elizabeth and the moved to the state of Washington where he still lives. He married Doris Elizabeth (Towers).
They had the following children:

  1. Billie Jean TOWERS
  2. John Leonard Roland TOWERS
  3. Janice Elizabeth TOWERS
  4. Linda Sue TOWERS
  5. Deborah Lynn TOWERS
  6. Tommy Wilbur Douglas TOWERS

Elsie Ruth TOWERS (Cook) was born on 17 Mar 1925 in Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Elsie Ruth Towers lives in Madisonville, TX. She married J C COOK.
They had the following children:

  1. Larry Wayne COOK
  2. John Christopher COOK
  3. Elizabeth Ruth COOK
  4. Dora Inez COOK
  5. James Roland COOK

Betty June TOWERS (Gwathmey) was born on 23 Jun 1925 in Marlin, Falls Co, TX or Mildred, Navarro, Tx. Betty June Towers lives in Brown County. She married Loyal Lee GWATHMEY.
They had the following children:

  1. Linda Inez Feller GWATHMEY. Linda was born from the marriage of Betty June Towers and Reinhold Walter Feller. Her parents were divorced and she was adopted by Loyal Gwathmey.
  2. Loyal Lee Jr GWATHMEY
  3. Donna June GWATHMEY

Johnnie Melba TOWERS (Johnson)(Moore) was born on 3 Mar 1932 in Brown Co., TX. Johnnie Melba Towers lives near Abilene, TX. She married Roscoe Jack JOHNSON.
They had the following children:

  1. Jaqueline Inez JOHNSON
  2. Howard Preston JOHNSON
  3. Roscoe Jack Jr JOHNSON
  4. Tammy Lynn JOHNSON
She also married Herman MOORE.

Margaret Louise TOWERS (Griffith) was born on 22 Oct 1933 in Brown Co, TX. She married Charles Steven GRIFFITH. Charles Steven GRIFFITH was born in Aug 1930. Died in May 1971. Buried in Hillcrest Cem, Marlin, Falls Co, TX.
They had the following children:

  1. Marjorie Louise GRIFFITH
  2. Kenneth Steven GRIFFITH
  3. David Duane GRIFFITH
  4. Donald Lee GRIFFITH

Joann TOWERS (Buzbee) was born on 14 Oct 1937 in Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Died on 6 Jun 1955 in Marlin, Falls Co, TX or Houston, Tx. Buried in Hillcrest Cem, Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Joann married Roy Buzbee. Her twin sister, Joyce, married his brother Odell Buzbee. Joann died in 1955 when she contract polio. She was pregnant at the time. She and her infant son are buried in Hillcrest Cemetary in Marlin. She married Roy Lee BUZBEE on 28 Aug 1953.
They had the following children:

  1. BUZBEE

Joyce TOWERS (Buzbee) was born on 14 Oct 1937 in Marlin, Falls Co, TX. Joyce lives at Gholson, Tx, near Waco. She married Otis Odell BUZBEE on 30 Jan 1953 in Robertson Co., TX.
They had the following children:

  1. Edwin Odell BUZBEE
  2. James Roy BUZBEE
  3. Michael Eugene BUZBEE
  4. Theresa Ann BUZBEE

Charles Daughtry TOWERS Sr was born on 7 Dec 1894 in Jacksonville, Fl. Died on 18 Apr 1969 in Jacksonville, Fl. Buried in Evergreen Cem., Jacksonville, Fl. Section S Lot 1, 2. He married Sarah Elizabeth deLannoy MORLEY (Towers) on 2 Mar 1920 in Trinity Church, Swarthmore, Penn. Sarah Elizabeth deLannoy MORLEY (Towers) was born on 27 Apr 1899 in Buena Vista, Co.
They had the following children:

  1. Elizabeth Anne TOWERS (Miller)
  2. Charles Daughtry TOWERS Jr. "CD"
  3. William Benjamin TOWERS
  4. Sarah Agnes TOWERS (Van Cleave)

Robert Sheffield TOWERS was born on 13 Apr 1897 in Jacksonville, Fl. He married Alice Humphrey TUCKER on 7 Feb 1928 in 1st Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, Fl. Alice Humphrey TUCKER was born on 25 Aug 1903 in Houston, Tx.
They had the following children:

  1. Robert Sheffield Jr TOWERS
  2. Anne Tucker TOWERS (Ball)

Mary Agnes TOWERS (Bulpitt) was born on 21 Sep 1904 in Jacksonville, Fl. She married Maurice Henry BULPITT on 29 Sep 1950 in 1st Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, Fl. Maurice Henry BULPITT was born on 17 Nov 1904 in Marstin Green, England.


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