The Book of Dow: Genealogical Memorials of the Descendants of Henry Dow, 1637,Thomas Dow, 1639, and Others of the Name, Immigrants to America During Colonial Times, also the Allied Families of Nudd, by Robert Piercy Dow (Rutland, Vermont, 1929). 8vo, 1013 pages, including two indexes, a fifteen-page appendix that names Dows in the census of 1790 and Dows who served in the Revolution, and a fifty-seven page "supplement" of additions and corrections. Digital Edition on CD-ROM © January 2004.
In addition to the descendants of Henry Dow of Watertown, Massachusetts (later of Hampton, New Hampshire), Thomas Nudd of Hampton [Joan (Nudd) Dow's "Little Tommy"], and Thomas Dow of Newbury, Massachusetts, the Dow genealogy known as "The Book of Dow" offers information about the descendants of Samuel Dow of Connecticut (known to have existed before 1664); John Dow of Newington, New Hampshire (ca. 1683); the Dows of New York City (mid-18th century); some Dows who wound up in Nova Scotia before 1750; and several hundred Dows whom the compiler found but was unable to connect with any of the aforementioned lines.
Most every family who has been in America awhile has famous (and sometimes infamous) representatives. Robert P. Dow (compiler of The Book of Dow) found three Dows who were noteworthy: "Captain Henry Dow, Marshal of New Hampshire; Neal Dow, legislator; and Lorenzo Dow, crazy preacher." Lorenzo Dow we have remembered into the twenty-first century if only because so many children were named for him (including our own father-in-law, Lorenzo Dow Snyder, b. 1910). But who (other than descendants) remembers Henry or Neal Dow? Charles H. Dow (reknown for his role in founding The Wall Street Journal and inventing the Dow-Jones index) would be our personal choice for "famous Dows" -- but then, in 1929, Wall Street folk were not especially popular.
Notwithstanding Robert P.'s disregard for the achievements of Charles H., we have been not unduly impressed with his (Robert's) candor, as exemplified in the following entries:"Isaac Dow, inn holder of Brunswick, who came thither from Boston, Mass, d. from overdose of opium May 29, 1822."Other than NUDD, significant collateral families in this genealogy include ADAMS, BAILEY, BAKER, BARTLETT, BATCHELDER, BLAKE, BROWN, CHASE, CILLEY, CLARK, COLLINS, CRAM, CURRIER, DAVIS, DEARBORN, DICKINSON, EATON, EMERSON, FOWLER, FRENCH, GOVE, GRANT, GREEN, HALL, HILL, HOYT, JOHNSON, JONES, KELLEY, KIMBALL, LAMPREY, LANE, LOCKE, MARSTON, MERRILL, MORRILL, MOULTON, PAGE, PARKER, PERKINS, PHILBRICK, ROBERTS, ROGERS, SANBORN, SARGENT, SAWYER, SMITH, STEVENS, TAYLOR, THOMPSON, and TOWLE. The indexes of this volume are online (minus reference numbers).
"Joseph E Dow, grad Dartmouth 1799, d Franconia Aug 25, 1857. A man of ability and fine mind, at first very successfull. He gradually drank himself into poverty.
The Digital Edition: Complete with three text files (6.6 Mb).
Enhancements: It took us two and a half months to create this Digital Edition of the Dow genealogy. Admittedly, we took some time off for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Even so, the process was painful. But the product, we hope, justifies the pain. Robert P. Dow adopted a rational, but not typically used organization and numbering scheme which, in the end, required us to insert navigation and lineage-tracking bookmarks and hyperlinks for almost every family group, even though they might seem unnecessary in specific cases. We also installed hyperlinks for cross-references (of which there were many) and discovered in the process several dozen (if not a few hundred) errors in numbering, some of which we were able to correct, and some of which we were only able to note. Robert P. appended to his work a 56-page "supplement" (with its own seventeen-page index) containing corrections and additions to the volume's first 763 pages. We have hyperlinked these corrections and additions (where possible) to the appropriate places in the text. In several cases we were able to correct (and so note) erroneous references, or we appended a note when we were unable to find the designated reference. On account of Robert P.'s alphabetizing errors, readers of the Digital Edition will appreciate the search capabilities of their word processing software.
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