Rowleys in 1790 Census

Samuel Rowley

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Samuel Rowley, based on the Barbour Collection of Connecticut, was the third son of Samuel and Miriam (Shailer) Rowley, born 21 Jan 1750 Coventry, Tolland Co., CT. His brothers were Ezra, Jeremiah, Abijah, and Roswell.

George Bingham's ROWLEY GENEALOGY manuscript: 

"Samuel ROWLEY III, born 1750 at Coventry, CT. Childhood in Kent, CT, Monterey and Granville, MA. By 11 yrs of age he thus began a wanderlust which he later continued, as a cooper, in various MA towns. He joined the Revolution Army while Loudontown (Loudon, MA) 6 May 1775. He became a corporal, served in Roxbury, Quebeck, Pittsfield and Peakshill. Was sick at Loudon 1882. Later was a commander near Valley Forge and at Providence, Camp Tenith and was garrisoned at West Point. The later part of his service was in East New York state. After his New York army service, Samuel III lived in east New York State where his son Thomas of Loudontown, MA, though not confirmed, seems certain. They are both known to have lived in Loudontown (Loudon); this was the only Rowley family there; they are the proper ages to be father and son; their names are common to both sections of the family; they both had the wanderlust; they both went to the same locality in East New York State at the same time; and father Samuel's brother, Abijah, who was only eleven years older than Tom, went to visit Tom in Gallia Co., OH; Samuel named his son for his cousin: Thomas. This connection between Samuel III and Thomas of Gallia makes Ohio descendants eligible for DAR's, SAR's, American Revolution organizations."

As Samuel Rowlee, his service in American Revolution from Loudon, MA included:

Private in Capt. Lebbeus Ball's co., Col. Timothy Danielson's regiment; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted May 6, 1775; service, 3 mos. 3 days;
company return dated Roxbury, Oct. 6, 1775; reported “on Detachment to Quebec.”

As Samuel Rowley, his service in American Revolution from Loudon, MA included:

Appeared on the return of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from Capt. John Strong's co.; engaged for town of Pittsfield; joined Capt. Ashley's co., Col. Vose's regiment; engaged April 5, 1777; term, 3 years;
return of men raised to serve in the Continental Army probably from Capt. Cook's co.; residence, Loudon; engaged for town of Loudon; joined Capt. Ashley's co., Col. Vose's regiment; term, 3 years;
list of men mustered between Jan. 20, 1777, and June 1, 1778, by Truman Wheler, Muster Master for Berkshire Co.; Capt. Ashley's co.; reported received State bounty;
Corporal in Capt. Moses Ashley's co., Col. Joseph Vose's regiment; Continental Army pay accounts for service from March 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; wages allowed for 15 mos. at rate for corporals and 19 mos. at rate for sergeants;
Private in same co. and regiment; muster roll for July, 1777; enlisted March 1, 1777; enlistment, during war; reported promoted;
Corporal in same co. and regiment; return of men who enlisted prior to Aug. 16, 1777, and who had not been absent subsequently except on furlough, etc., and who marched with regiment to [p.633] Peekskill;
Private in same co. and regiment; muster roll for Dec., 1777, sworn to at Camp near Valley Forge; reported sick at Loudon;
Corporal in same co. and regiment; pay roll for Nov., 1778;
Capt. Ashley's co., Col. Vose's (14th) regiment; pay roll for Jan., 1779, sworn to in Quarters at Providence;
same co. and regiment; order for gratuity dated Providence, Feb. 13, 1779;
same co. and regiment; muster roll for March and April, 1779, dated Providence; reported on command in the country;
Capt. Hancock's co., Col. Vose's regiment; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780;
Capt. Ashley's co., Col. Vose's (1st) regiment; muster roll for July, 1780, dated Camp “Tenith;”
Appeared in descriptive list dated Feb. 3, 1781; Capt. Noah Allen's co., 1st Mass. regiment; age, 30 yrs.; stature, 5 ft.; complexion, light; hair, dark; occupation, cooper; birthplace, Coventry, Conn.; residence, Loudon; enlisted March 2 [year not given], by Capt. Ashley, at Pittsfield; enlistment, during war;
Corporal in Capt. Noah Allen's co., Col. Vose's regiment; muster rolls for Jan., Feb., and March, 1781, dated Garrison West Point; reported transferred to light infantry co. Feb. 1, 1781;
Appeared in muster roll for July, 1781, dated Camp near Dobbs's Ferry; reported on command with light infantry;
Appeared in muster rolls for Aug. and Sept., 1781, dated Camp at Peekskill;
Appeared in muster rolls for Oct. and Nov., 1781, Jan., Feb., and March, 1782, dated Quarters York Hutts; reported absent with leave in Jan., 1782.

1790 Census: location unknown

1800 Census: Litchfield Co., CT showing 01111-00201

1810 Census Torrington, Litchfield Co., CT showing 00001-00001

1820 Census: Rush, Ontario Co., NY showing 200101-10110

Death unknown

Assumed children:

  1. Thomas, born 1770 Granville, MA, married Freelove Mills 1796 Kinderhook, NY, six known children, died after 1850 probably Gallia Co., OH

Sources:

Military Information Source: Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution

Gingham, George; Rowley Genealogy

U.S. Census records

The Compendium of American Genealogy, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company (1937)

DAR Patriot Index


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