Lucy Wade

#837, b. 13 November 1746, d. 1789
Father*Edward Wade
Mother*Mary Clement
     Lucy Wade was born on 13 November 1746. She was the daughter of Edward Wade and Mary Clement. Lucy and Bryan W. Nowlin, son of James Nowlin and Martha Collins, were married circa 1764 Bryan Ward Nowlin married Lucy Wade of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, about 1764. She was a daughter of Ed Wade, an English scout and hunter. Lucy Wade, our dear revered and something more of a Rebecca-like mother as to posterity, was maternal ancestor to all the Southern families. Her name has been perpetuated by many of her line who knew not its origin, but thought it only a family name. In personal appearance and looks many of her children and grandchildren had more of the Wade impress than the Irish Nowlin; smooth features, arched, heavy brows, eyes black or brown, clear complexions, with a conture all indicating a noble disposition which belongs to the English Wade family.
From Bryan Ward and Lucy Wade sprang the many branches of the name that are scattered over the Southern states and some in Utah, Idaho and Canada. Like Ephraim of old, their seed have become a multitude of people who are leaders in enterprise, adventure, mechanics, teachers—which abound in great number—lawyers, divines, many bankers, doctors in any amount, editors; all filling places of usefulness in their several callings.1 Lucy Wade died 1789.
     As of circa 1764, her married name was Nowlin (Wade).

NOWLIN, James Nowlin and his wife, MARTHA COLLINS, were natives of Scotland. They came to America prior to the Revolution and brought all their household and kitchen furniture with them. they settled first in the eastern part of VA., but afterward removed to Pittsylvania Co. Their only son, Bryan W. Nowlin, was a captain in the American army during the revolution. He married LUCY WAIDE, of VA., and they had 15 children, thirteen of whom lived to be grown, and 12 of them married. The eldest son, Peyton, married LUCY TOWNSEND, and settled first in KY., from whence he removed to Saline Co., MO., previous to 1820, and raised a large family of children. Richard Nowlin, brother of Peyton, married CELIE SHELTON, and settled first in KY, and afterward in Saline Co., MO. Samuel Nowlin married FANNIE PAUL, of VA., by whom he had Joseph and David. His first wife died, and he was married the 2nd time to ELIZABETH EVERSON, by whom he had 2 daughters, both of whom are living in VA. Joseph Nowlin lived and died in Lynchburg, VA. David studied law at the U. of VA. In 1835 he married ELIZABETH BERGER, of VA., and the following year he came to MO and settled in Montgomery Co., where he practiced his profession, and was elected to several official positions in the county, which he filled with credit to himself and his constituents. He was also a Baptist preacher, and possessed more than ordinary powers as a pulpit orator. His son, Samuel S. Nowlin, is an attorney, and lives at Montgomery City. He has served his country as circuit clerk, and made one of the best officers the county ever had. He possesses a large influence, and his prospects for future political advancement are good.2,3

Children of Lucy and Bryan

Last Edited=3 Jan 2017


  1. [S293] James Edmund Nowlin, Nowlin Stone Genealogy (n.p.: Martha Webb Nowlin, 1916), p 35.
  2. [S216] Montgomery County Families O-W, online, See "A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri" #318. Hereinafter cited as Montgomery County Families O-W.
  3. [S318] Wm. S. and Robert Rose Bryan, A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri, with numerous sketches, anecdotes, adventures, Etc., Relating to Early Days in Missouri (St Louis, Missouri: Bryan, Brand, and Co., 1876), Re-printed by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore., p 282.
  4. [S170] Judith McGhan, Virginia Vital Records, from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, the William and Mary College Quarterly, and Tyler's Quarterly. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1984), Death given as 23 Dec 1830, age 50 yrs. 11 mos. 27 days; Virginia Vital Records.