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Notes for Augustus Oliver Artemis STOWELL

Augustus Oliver Artemis Stowell, son of Oliver Stowell and Abigail Strickland, both of Connecticut, was born on January 4, 1783, in Stafford, Tolland, Connecticut, and died on August 30, 1869, in Ripon, Fond-du-Lac, Wisconsin. He studied law and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. The family name was once spelled "Stoel" and the name on his law certificate is Artemis Stoel. He received the certificate in Solon, Cortland, New York, where he moved from his childhood home in Connecticut. He married (1st), in 1808 in Solon, Cortland, New York, Hulda Warren, who was born on October 21, 1788, Stafford, Tolland, Connecticut, and died on September 7, 1817, in Solon, Cortland, New York. They had four children. In addition to being a lawyer, Augustus was a farmer and bred thoroughbred race horses of the Duroc breed (N.B., Duroc was a famous early 19th century thoroughbred race horse) that he sold for $900 apiece.
Artemis Stowell married, second, on March 2, 1820, Westfield, Chautauqua, New York Mary Stephens Holmes, the daughter of James Holmes and Milly Rawson, both of Massachusetts, who was born on September 15, 1797, in Warwick, Franklin, Massachusetts, and died on November 20, 1885, in Ogden, Weber, Utah. They had nine children. Mary Stephens Holmes Stowell divorced Artemis Stowell and married, on November 19, 1852, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah William Garner, who was born on October 10, 1794, in England, and died in March 1872, in Hooper, Davis, Utah.

All Stowells of the early Utah Latter-day Saints church are descendants of Artemis, although none of his brothers or sisters and none of his children by his first marriage joined the church. His wife and eldest son, William Rufus Rogers Stowell, and four of his daughters from his second marriage joined the LDS church.

Only two of his sisters emmigrated to Utah.

Artemis Stowell was a descendant of the immigrant ancestor Samuel Stowell, who was born in 1625 in Resmessen, County Somerset, England and died in Hingham, Massachusetts on November 9, 1683.

Samuel Stowell was a blacksmith, who not only shod the horses, but repaired all the wagons, farming tools and implements and, what was of greater importance, the firearms with which the pioneers defended their homes and property. His work was humble and undoubtedly crude measured by modern standards. He was a well-respected member of the community, and his descendants all married into the best families of Hingham and Newton, Massachusetts.

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