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Date sent: Sun, 18 Apr 1999
From: T. W. (Tedd) Rowley
To: Rowley Family
Subject: A Search in 1930

Branch Ten consists of the descendants of Job (or Joab) Rowley of   South Carolina, who made the trek to Louisiana, where he became the patriarch of a large group of descendants.

In 1930, the family of Judge George C. O'Brien, of Beaumont, Texas was attempting to confirm his ancestry. There was no indication that the Judge was able to prove his connection.


Among papers from Louisiana, is the following excerpt:

On July 21, 1854, Captain George O'Bryan was married to SARAH E. ROWLEY, a daughter of TIMOTHY

ROWLEY and his wife SARAH A. ROWLEY [Tedd Rowley note: his wife was Esther A., not Sarah A. Later in this story, the name is corrected], and a granddaughter of JAMES NETTLES who came to this county in the early days, and about whom I will tell you later. At this time Timothy Rowley had died and his wife had married JAMES INGALLS, SR. who did not like young George. As neither Capt. George nor Miss Rowley were of  age, he was violently opposed to their marriage and would not consent to same. But, on the night of July 20, 1854, Ingalls was away from home and with the consent of the young lady's mother, and her mother's people, they decided to run away to Patillo's Bluff and get married. There was no way to go except by skiffs, so they made up a party and in three or four skiffs :pulled up to old man G. A. PATILLO's. place. G. A. Patillo was a Justice of   the Peace; he refused to marry them when he found out they were not of age, so they started back to Beaumont. On the way home, one of those July Squalls of wind and rain came up and Mrs. Ingalls had her baby along, but it was in the skiff with Cave Johnson and his wife, the brother-in-law and sister of Mrs. Rowley, who was in another skiff. Mrs. Rowley, for fear her baby might get wet, wanted him handed to her and the skiff drew alongside. Cave Johnson undertook to hand the baby to the mother, but the boat rocked and he dropped the baby in the river, but as the baby had on long clothes he caught the skirt and drew it back into the skiff. After the baby was safe, Emeline, the colored nurse, who was in the skiff with Mrs. Ingalls, said, "Look a dar Marse Cave, just look what' you done went and did, you done made a Baptist out of dat po' Methodist chile, 'cause yo done 'mersed him in de ribber and pulled him out agin!"  The party came back to Beaumont and woke up JUDGE J. K. JOHNSON. It was well after midnight, but the old Judge was accommodating and performed the marriage ceremony. The children by this marriage were:

MINNIE G., wife of E. L. WILSON (2nd marriage to NEAL STARK};
EMMA E. wife of A.S. JOHN;
GEORGE C. O'BRIEN, Judge of the 58th District Court.


"It is often hard to determine just what route they followed to reach their destination, sometime in the thirties JAMES NETTLES and his second wife, ELIZABETH, with their children, FREMAN, SARAH JANE, and MARGARET, (commonly called Maggie), were accompanied by TIMOTHY ROWLEY and his wife, ESTHER A., who was a daughter of Nettles by his first wife whom reports say was killed by Indians back in Mississippi, and bringing with them more than 20 slaves, their household goods and stock, settled on the south bank of the Village Creek, then call Big Sandy, and at that time a part of this county. Afterwards old man NETTLES bought a tract of land in the southwest corner of the ABSOLUM WILLIAMS league, and his old home place is now included within the limits of an addition to the city of Beaumont.

"Years rolled around and in 1840 JAMES NETTLES served on the petit jury in the District Court of this county. Shortly afterwards, he was killed by old man CHESSUR, who lived on Pine Island Bayou, and is said to have been a member of the regulators, and frequently in rows. Nettles' wife, ELIZABETH NETTLES, continued to occupy the old home place for years, and is buried near the home in which she lived. TIMOTHY ROWLEY, who accompanied Nettles to Texas, and married his oldest daughter, ESTHER A., was a teamster, hauling freight from boat landings at Beaumont to points west. On one of these trips, he contracted pneumonia and died, this was in 1852.

"To Timothy Rowley and his wife, Esther A. Nettles, were born four children: TIMOTHY ROWLEY, JR. who died when about 15 years old and is buried somewhere near where Park Street crosses Railroad Avenue in this city: HENRY, who joined the Confederate Army and never returned home having died in service; SARAH E. who became the wife of GEORGE W. O'BRIEN on July 21, 1854, and was mother of JUDGE GEORGE C,. O'BRIEN and his sisters, MRS. STARKE, MRS. TOWNSEND, MRS. JOHN, and MRS. JAMES. The old passway along the river from the foot.of Orleans Street to Hotel Dieu, was then called "Lover's Lane" and it was a favorite place then as for many years later, for young people to promenade. It was in Lover's Lane that Captain O'Brien met his fate and first saw the young lady who he afterwards persuaded to become his wife.

Shortly after the death of her husband, Timothy, the last child of their marriage was born to Mrs. Rowley. This was CAVE, the baby that fell in the river when Captain O'Brien and Miss Rowley made their run-away trip to Patillo's Bluff to be married.


Timothy Rowley of this story was Spencer #10-3.010. He was a son of John Rowley, #10-2.002, and his wife, Esther Thames (or Thymes), the fourth of eleven children.

We have researchers in our group who are descended from Job of South Carolina and Louisiana.

Tedd Rowley

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