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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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EDWARD TOWILL, the well known florist, of Abington township, is a native of Teignmouth, England, where he was born February 16, 1868. He is the son of Edward and Lena Towill, both natives of England, the former deceased. The son acquired his education in the country of his birth. On leaving school he devoted his attention to floriculture, which he has made his occupation through life. After engaging in that business in London and other cities of England, he decided in 1890 to emigrate to America, and thereupon crossed the Atlantic ocean and located in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, where he has since been very successfully engaged in business as a florist, understanding thoroughly every branch of that business. In 1893 he erected his present spacious greenhouses in Abington township, near the village of Weldon, and there he has devoted much attention to the production of two varieties of roses, the American Beauty and Liberty, disposing of the flowers in Philadelphia. Florist Towill is a practical and experienced worker in his calling, thoroughly conversant with every detail of the business, although at present giving practically his entire attention to the cultivation of roses. He is well patronized, and his business is extending rapidly, so that he finds it necessary each year to add to his large and well arranged greenhouses. He is an enterprising business man, and is highly esteemed in the community, his attention to business and strict integrity having made him many friends.

Mr. Towill married, in London, in May, 1890, Laura Bridger, a native of Sussex, England. They have three children-Edith, Edward and Dorothy.

In politics Mr. Towill is an earnest and uncompromising Republican, although not an office seeker in any sense of the word. He is too much occupied with his flowers to devote time to politics. He and his family attend the Episcopal church.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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