Branch One- Henry Rowley, Planter of Plymouth
Known Descendants

Henry Rowley was probably born in England. There are a number of conflicting claims as to his origin, but documentation has not been forthcoming. He was first found in the opening chapter of the Plymouth Colony Court Records, when he was taxed. There are a number of references to him as he participated in various tasks in the colony. His was one of the first marriages recorded, when he was re-married to Anne Elsdon, 17 October 1633. He was one of the first to greet the Rev. John Lothrop, when he first arrived in Scituate after being released from the Tower of London. Lothrop's diary leads one to believe that Henry Rowley was part of his congregation when Archbishop Laud's men arrested many at Blackfriars in London. If so, that may explain why we are unable to determine in what manner he arrived at Plymouth. Perhaps he was spirited away in the dark of the night and smuggled aboard a vessel without being recorded as being there.

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1- Henry ROWLEY (ca. 1595/1605-Jul 1673) [1-1.001]
sp: ?Sarah? ?PALMER? (d. bef 1633)