ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Erastus Laban Tower - Son of Abraham and Nancy Tower

Updated on July 20, 2018
Virginia Allain profile image

I'm carrying on my mother's research into our family history. I've self-published some family memoirs & learned a lot about different eras.

Pearl and Vina Tower. Laban Tower is their uncle.
Pearl and Vina Tower. Laban Tower is their uncle. | Source

Genealogy Research on My Tower Ancestors

Featured here is Erastus Laban Tower. I'm including what I find about his wife and children.

I'm tracking down the children of Abraham Bates Tower and his wife Nancy Angeline (Long) Tower. The basic dates and names are already recorded in my page Decendants of Abraham Bates Tower.

I'm trying to fill in the details of their lives. Where did they live? What did they do? What happened to the children of Erastus and Clarvina Tower?

I'll use maps showing the way this family dispersed across Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana and links to any sources I find telling about their lives.

Photo of Vina and Pearl Tower from my mother's collection.

His Parents

Abraham and Nancy Tower, parents of Erastus Laban Tower.
Abraham and Nancy Tower, parents of Erastus Laban Tower. | Source

Erastus Laban Tower's Early Life

Erastus Laban Tower was born 7 Aug 1861 in Crawford, Indiana, United States. His parents were Abraham Bates Tower and Nancy Angeline (Long) Tower. He was their second child. Abraham was a cooper in 1860, the year before Erastus was born. The young family shared housing with Nancy's mother and with another young couple with an infant.

When Erastus was one year old, his father enlisted in Company G, 93rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry and went away to serve in the Civil War. When Abraham was presumed dead after the Battle of Brice's Crossroads, Nancy Angeline Tower took her 2 children to Linn County, Missouri where her sister, Mary Jane (Long) Williams, lived with her husband and five children.

At the end of the war, Erastus' father returned to the family but was in poor health from his time in Andersonville Prison. The little boy was 4 years old.

Three more siblings were added to the family, then they moved to Hilltop, Arkansas, where another sister was born. Viola Matilda Tower was my great grandmother. The family lived in a log house and his father herded cattle on the wooded hills.

Erastus Laban Tower - 2nd child of Abraham and Nancy Tower

Using, I located the birth record and census records for Erastus. Family generally called him Laban.

He was born August 7, 1861 in Crawford County, Indiana. Neither Erastus or Laban are listed among the popular boy's names of that era. Laban is a Biblical name. Erasmus was a common name, but not Erastus.

Here's where he lived at the time of various census taking:

1870 - Age: 9 - Residence - Jefferson, Linn County, Missouri

1880 - Age 19 - (census not found)

1890 - Age 29 - (U.S. census destroyed)

1900 - Age: 38 - Residence - Clark Township (north half), Perry, Indiana.

1910 - Age: 48 - Residence - Clark, Perry, Indiana

1920 - Age: 59 - Residence - Oil, Perry, Indiana

1930 - Age 68 - Residence - Oil, Perry, Indiana

1935 - Age: 73 - Residence - Battle Ground, Indiana (according to 1940 census)

1940 - Age: 78 - Residence - Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States. He was living on Main Street with his wife. They are listed as owning their home, valued at $5000. His wife is listed as C.V. Tower.

Find Your Ancestors with These Video Tips

Erastus Laban Tower and Carvina V. Tower in 1900 Census

Residence - Clark Township (north half), Perry, Indiana. Married to Carvina V Tower (married in 1886). The household included:

Erastus L Tower 38. His occupation is listed as farmer. He and his wife were both born in Indiana and their parents were born in Indiana. He is listed as owning his farm without a mortgage.

Carvina V Tower born July 1869, now 30. She's listed as the mother of 4 children, with 3 of them living.

William E Tower born March 1889, now 11 (son)

Theodore H Tower born July 1892, now 7 (son)

Erastus B Tower born March 1895, now 5 (son)

Eliza M Cox born November 1841 in Indiana with parents from Kentucky, now 58 (mother-in-law, widowed)

Ann J Howard born September 1937 in Indiana with parents from Kentucky, now 62 (aunt, single). From an earlier census of the Howard family, it appears that Eliza M and Ann J. are sisters.

All persons in the household are able to read, write (except for 2 youngest children) and speak English.

A George and Lucinda Cox (ages 65 and 60) live 4 households away. Possibly more in-laws.

Get the Family History - Tower Genealogy - by Charlemagne Tower

Tower Genealogy: An Account Of The Descendants Of John Tower, Of Hingham, Massachusetts (1891)
Tower Genealogy: An Account Of The Descendants Of John Tower, Of Hingham, Massachusetts (1891)

The Tower family is quite fortunate to have this fine family history compiled by Charlemagne Tower.


Clarvina, Carvina?? Which name is correct for Erastus' wife? Her obit shows Clarvina.

Obituary for Clarvina Tower, Laban's Wife

1930 Census

Details on Erastus and Clarina Tower

Residence - Oil, Perry, Indiana

Erastus L Tower, age 68

Clarina V Tower, age 60 (wife) I believe the Clarina is a transcription error. In looking at the original handwriting, it looks like Clarvina to me.

Doris C Tower, age 17 (son)

William E Brady, age 17 (nephew)

The census shows they live on a farm. It gives their age when they married as 24 and 16. It says they all can read and write. It shows everyone in the household as being born in Indiana and their parents were born in Indiana. All are citizens.

The next farm over belongs to Theodore Tower (age 37) and wife Ina (age 34) and daughter Hilda Marie (age 15). Also living with Theodore and Ina Tower is Ina's widowed mother, Ruth P. Riddle (age 57).

A few farms further down was William E. Tower (age 41) and his wife Emma (age 44). They had 4 children living at home, Bertha E. age 17, Youel L. (a son) age 15, Juanita G age 13, and Genevive O. age 11.

Three farms further down, the census shows Major B. Tower (age 35) and his wife Addie L. (age 36) living with her parents John and Elizabeth Bernardi. The Bernardi family is American born but of German and Swiss ancestry.

What Happened to Erastus Laban's Children?

  • When William Edward "Eddie" Tower was born on March 2, 1889, in Indiana, his father, Erastus, was 27 and his mother, Clarvina, was 19. He married Emma Ethel Carmichael on July 31, 1910, in Perry, Alabama. He had four children by the time he was 29.

    Bertha Edris Tower 1912 –

    Youel Lovell Tower 1914 – 1988

    Jaunita Gladys Tower 1916 – 1991

    Genevieve Opal Tower 1918 – 2008

    He died on May 31, 1960, in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of 71.

  • When Theodore Homer Tower was born on June 11, 1892, in Indiana, his father, Erastus, was 30 and his mother, Clarvina, was 22. He married Ilean Parr Riddle in April 1914 in Marion, Alabama. They had two children during their marriage. He died on July 25, 1977, in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of 85.

    Their daughter, Hilda Marie Tower was born about 1915 in Alton, Indiana. She married Cledith A Anson. They had no children. She died on March 7, 2005, in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of 90.

    Their son, Ray Tower was born in 1916, but died at the age of 4.

Obituary for Laban Tower

I visited the Tell City Library in October 2012 which had a great genealogy room. In the obituary file, I found Erastus Laban Tower, his wife Clarvina and their son, Major.

In Laban's obituary, it mistakenly adds an "s" onto all the Tower names. Another mistake is the city where his brother William Tower lived. It should be Tyro, KS, not Tyno.

More to Come about the 10 Children of Abraham and Nancy Tower

I'll add to this gradually as I find more information. My mother gave me her genealogy notebook to review.

There is a lot of information that I want to get online for others who may be searching for this family line.

© 2012 Virginia Allain

Are You Working on Your Family Tree?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have been gathering our family tree information to submit for my Daughters of the Revolution membership. We are fortunate that our ancestors kept good records. What you are doing is so very interesting.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)