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FOWLIE, GEORGE (1793-1843)

FOWLIE, GEORGE, farmer and mill owner; b. Monquhitter parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 15 Sep 1793 (bap. 19 Sep 1793), s/o James Fowlie; m. 1828, Jane McKnight, d/o Samuel McKnight and Elizabeth Halliday, settlers at Napan from Dumfriesshire, Scotland; d. Black River, 2 Dec 1843.

George Fowlie arrived on the Miramichi in 1816 and settled at Bartibog, where at a later date, he established a family. He subsequently received a grant of land at Little Branch and constructed a dam on the Little Branch River. The water power thus harnessed ran a grist mill which he built in 1833. Previously in the Black River-Bay du Vin area grain was made into a coarse flour with the quern, a handmill made of flat circular stones. Flour from Fowlie's water-powered mill was much superior. He also operated a water-powered sawmill. This and its successor were both destroyed by fire, but the family continued to conduct a sawmill at Little Branch for more than 100 years.

When Fowlie died in 1843, at age fifty, he left nine children and his wife, Jane McKnight, who lived until 1898. As elsewhere noted, their eldest son, James, adopted the surname "Fowler." Their second son, George Fowlie Jr, conducted the Fowlie mill until his death in 1899, after which a nephew took charge of it.


[b/d] Hist. Bay du Vin [bap] LDS-IGI [m] official records / Advance 20 Oct 1898; Gleaner 30 Apr 1833; MacLean records; PANB (file re. James Fowler)