It is difficult to look through the Maryland State Papers of the late eighteenth-century without coming across Jubb Fowler's name. A skilled carpenter, messenger to the Governor and Council, and caretaker of the Maryland State House, Fowler, like many Annapolitans of the Revolutionary period, had multiple jobs. However, according to Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse, Jubb Fowler is the only laborer of late eighteenth-century
Annapolis to have gained significant upward
economic mobility in his lifetime.
Jubb Fowler was born on November 14, 1735 to Benjamin and Helen Fowler of
The Fowlers were a farming family, who had settled in Anne
Arundel County a short time
before Benjamin Fowler's birth in 1717. While there is no record of Jubb Fowler
ever having married, he did have one daughter, Frances. Anne Arundel
|The James Brice House, 42 East Street, Annapolis, MD, where Jubb Fowler worked as a carpenter during its construction. Photograph by Marion E. Warren. Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Trust.|
Jubb Fowler first appeared in
Annapolis in 1767 as a carpenter for employer James Brice's house, now a National Historic
Residence. After Fowler's initial work, Fowler and Brice appear to have
maintained a professional relationship. In 1769, the pair advertised together
in The Maryland Gazette for two
runaway indentured servants. Fowler also borrowed money from Sarah Brice on several occasions, as recorded in the Brice account books.