In memory of Betsy A. Stowell, my Maternal 3rd Great-Grandmother on the HARVEY branch.


  • Betsy (Stowell) Short obituary, Owego Tioga County Record, Sept. 1906. [Link]
  • Betsy (Stowell) Short gravestone [Link]
  • Ancestors of Florence Julia Brown, and some of their descendants, by Walter LeRoy Brown and M. Theta Hakes Brown, 1940, p. 24. [Link]
  • New York Marriage Index 1900 [Link] Lic. #23343
  • Dryden Herald, Dec. 5, 1900, p. 10.
  • 1860 Census Lisle, Cortland, New York (Betsy's mother, Nancy Brown, lived in the home with Betsy and Squires Barrows).
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Betsy A. Stowell

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1832 Dec

Lisle, Broome, New York


1875 or earlier

New York



1906 Sept 24

Ithaca, Tompkins, New York

Evergreen Cemetery

Berkshire, New York


Betsy A. Stowell was the daughter of Alpheus S. Stowell and Julia Brown. She was born in December of 1832 in Lisle, Broome County, New York, and her father died when she was about three years old. Betsy married 1st to Squires S. Barrows, son of Isaac Barrows and Cynthia Squires. The couple was living in Lisle in 1855 with one son, also named Squires. Four more children would follow before 1862 when Squires joined to fight in the Civil War in Company A, 137th New York Infantry. The regiment left from Binghamton on the 27th of September, 1862, and Squires died less than three months later, on the 8th of December, 1862. Mr. Barrow’s death, and ultimately the Civil War itself, hereby altered the course of history for our family. Betsy married 2nd to John Clark Harvey between 1870 and 1875, and together they had five children, for a total of ten for Betsy, as stated on the 1900 census. She married 3rd to Lorenzo Short (1840-1914) in Harford Mills on Nov. 29, 1900. In June of 1905 it was reported that she was ill with liver and kidney trouble and that she was being cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Burdette Hamilton, of Ithaca. She died there nine months later, on the 24th of September, 1906. She was 73. She was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Berkshire (Section D, Plot 48) under the name “Betsy Short”.


Betsy A. Stowell & John Clark Harvey were the parents of my ancestor,

Other known children:

With her first husband, Squires Barrows:

  1. Lavina Barrows, buried near John and Nancy Brown.
  2. Alpheus Barrows, born 1853. He married Vera Knickerbocker. Had children Luella Barrows and Dick Barrows. They lived in Lisle.
  3. James Nelson Barrows, born 1856. Married and had a daughter. Lived in Whitney Point.
  4. Alida Barrows, born 1858. She married William Couch and had a son named Leo who had a daughter named Ethel Couch. Ethel married William Walters and lived at Whitney Point. Leo's other daughter was Cecil Couch, a trained nurse.
  5. Olive Barrows, married Wallace Leet who died in 1927. Lived in Center Lisle.

With her second husband, John Clark Harvey:

  1. Myrta A. Harvey, born abt. 1866, married Burdette Hamilton abt. 1885. She was in her parents home in Richford, Tioga, NY in 1875.
  2. Lewis Clark Harvey, born Apr. 6, 1872 in Harford Mills. Lived in Messengerville. He married Alvina Hollenbeck in Lapeer in 1891. He died in Tunnell (Greene) on April 12, 1941, and Vina died in Cortland in 1949.
  3. Newman Archelaus Harvey
  4. Lucy (Harvey) Kurtz of Syracuse, New York.
Records, photos, and memorabilia pertaining to the life of Betsy A. Stowell:
Betsey Harvey marries Lorenzo Short news
Betsey's fatal illness

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