Rowley-Family Archived Messages
Subject: Curtiss Rowley Family
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 1996 20:46:09 -0700
From: "T. W. Rowley"
From the Genealogical Collection of Margaret (Rowley) Sterling, 4141 S.Braeswood
#502, Houston, TX:
Contained in a personal letter dated June 25, 1958:
Curtiss ROWLEY - born in CT; married Anna Brailey - born in NY
Their children: (supposed to be in correct order)
NOTE: In 1838, the widowed mother, Anna (Brailey) Rowley, and the six daughters,
moved to Camden Township, Lorain County, OH.
- Nancy Ann, born Oct. 2, 1820, Erie County, NY, died Aug. 22, 1914, Oakland
County, MI, married Nov. 3, 1842 in Lorain County, Ohio to Thomas Manson
Farmer (son of John Farmer and Mary or Nancy Rowley Farmer)
- Sarah, born Erie County, NY, married Perry Percy (he fought in Civil War.
They had 2 children.
- Amanda, born Erie County, NY, married Nelson Still (he fought in Civil
War) They had 2 children.
- Mary Jane, born Erie County, NY, married (-----) Bimmus (he fought in
Civil War). They had 3 children.
- Emily, born Erie County, NY, married John Coats. They had 4 children.
- Laura, born Erie County, NY, (she was a milliner in Washburn, OH), married
Frank Kilburn/Kilbourne. They had 1 child.
[Data on Nancy Ann from Mrs. Gordon W. Harrison, Sharon, PA. The data on the
five sisters of Nancy Ann from Mrs. William E. Farmer, Rochester, MI.)
A further note
When... received the death certificate for Thomas Manson Farmer (Nancy Ann's
husband), the names of his parents were listed as John Farmer, born in NY (this
was known - he moved from Binghamton NY to Lorain Co., OH in 1834) and Mary or
Nancy ROWLEY, born in PA.
It was impossible to tell from the writing whether it was "Mary" or
"Nancy" - could be either one. It seemed too much of a coincidence
that Thomas Farmer's mother and wife could both be named "Nancy
Rowley," and at first I assumed that the son who furnished the information
for Thomas' death certificate misunderstood the question and thought they wanted
his own mother's (Nancy Ann Rowley Farmer). But after more thought, I realize
that this possibility is unlikely - for he would KNOW that Nancy Ann was born in
NY and not PA.
So - here's another Rowley in the picutre. Can't furnish any dates for her, but
Thomas was born 1820. He may have been her only child. His father, John Farmer
married a second time and had several daughters, Mary - and Sarah, who married a
Gilbert or Gillian. John Farmer is supposed to have remained in OH and not
followed Thomas and Nancy Ann to Michigan in 1852 or 1853.
Subject: Re: Thomas Rowley, b: 1652 in Simsbury, CT
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 1996 00:16:30 -0400
From: Scottorino@aol.com (Scott Filley, San Francisco)
Does anyone have any information regarding Thomas Rowley, b: 1652 in Simsbury,
CT, m: May 5, 1669 in Windsor to Mary Denslow, d: May 1, 1705, Windsor, CT?
He is the earliest Rowley I have record of in my line:
Thomas m: Mary Denslow
Thomas Jr. m: Violet Stedman
John m: Mary Filley
Roger m: Anna Bunce
Jerusha m: David Filley Jr.
Does anyone know of the parentage of Thomas or of any information regarding the
Subject: James Norfleet Rowley
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 1996 07:47:33 -0500
From: lmonteit@iAmerica.net (Lisa Monteith)
I am looking for any information concerning the family line of my
great-grandfather James Norfleet Rowley. Details are sketchy - here's what I
know: His father and mother were Benjamin and Katherine Hill Rowley and he was
born in either Indiana or Virginia circa 1880. He moved to Louisiana in the
early 1900's and married Pearlie Perkins Rowley. They had 7 children. He died in
the influenza epidemic of 1919. Any help you could give would be greatly
Subject: Town of Rowley, WI
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 1996 13:54:37 -0500 (CDT)
From: email@example.com (Maureen Reed)
From "History of Manitowoc County" (WI), by Louis Falge:
"The bay along the shore in this vicinity was known as Sandy Bay, or
Rowley's Bay, and that dangerous point upon which the famous government
lighthouse is situated in section 16, town of Two Rivers, is still known as
Rowley's Point, in honor of Peter Rowley, the first settler of the town, who
built the first house, near the lake in section 31, as early as 1842. The town,
too, when first organized on April 3, 1860, was named Rowley."
"In 1861 the name was changed to Two Creeks, for the following reason,
stated in a petition signed by a number of the residents: 'In 1859 the town of
Rowley was set off from Two Rivers and the question of subdivision submitted to
the electors. In so determining the division, no opportunity was given the
electors to express a preference of name, and the town was organized under the
name of Rowley, which is obnoxious to the whole of the resident voters. At the
last town meeting the electors unanimously voted to request your honorable body
to change the name of Rowley, which is objectionable on account of personal
association, to the name of Two Creeks.' "
Peter Rowley was my 4g-grandfather. I wonder what made him so obnoxious??
Subject: Our Beatitudes
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 1996 22:43:31 -0700
From: "T. W. Rowley"
Blessed are the great grandfathers who saved embarkation and citizenship papers.
For they tell when they came.
Blessed are the great grandmothers who hoarded newspapers, clippings and old
letters. For these tell the story of their time.
Blessed are the grandfathers who filed every document. For this provides the
Blessed are the grandmothers who preserved family bibles and diaries. For this
is our heritage.
Blessed are the fathers who elect officials that answer letters of inquiry. For
to some this is the only link to the past.
Blessed are the mothers who relate family tradition and legends to the family.
For one of their children will surely remember.
Blessed are the relatives who fill in family sheets, even with extra dates. For
to them we owe the family history.
Blessed is any family whose members strive for the preservation of records. For
theirs is a labor of love.
Blessed are the children who don't say, "Grandmother you told us that story
twice today." For eventually they will remember.
Courtesy of Carolyn,
just an old Texas Gal
Subject: USGS GNIS Query Results: Rowley
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 1996 00:23:23 -0700
From: "T. W. Rowley"
U.S. Geological Survey - National Mapping Information
Geographic Names Information System Query Results: ROWLEY
43 Feature records have been selected from GNIS.
AND this list does not even include Rowley's Point in Manitowoc County, WI as
described by Maureen Reed.
||Magic Reservoir West
|Rowley, Town of
|Rowley CB&O Number
You know, it could be that some of those sites are ripe for a little extra
Subject: Re: USGS GNIS Query Results: Rowley
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 1996 22:19:22 -0400
From: "Irene Rowley" firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes I am almost positive the Rowley sites in Knox County, OH and Indiana County,
PA are named after Rowely families...those counties were places that several
branches of the family lived.
Knox County Ohio-descendents of Jonathan Rowley of Pittsford VT and/or Thomas
Rowley, poet of Shorham VT.
Indiana County PA-descendents of a John Rowley of Plum Creek, Armstrong County,
PA-unable to identify his ancestral line, but know many of his descendents.
Subject: USGS GNIS Query Results
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 1996 22:39:58 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Maureen Reed" email@example.com
Peter Rowley is also responsible for the names of the places in Door County, WI,
which is directly north of Manitowoc County, WI. It's the sharp islet sticking
out into Lake Michigan, which is why you have Rowley's Bay, Rowley's Point,
Rowley's Lighthouse, etc.
Subject: Ancestors of Matt Rowley
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 1996 21:58:56 -0700
From: "T. W. Rowley"
I have a correspondent who is a Captain in the air force stationed in England,
who is trying to untangle some relationships and substantiate some data.
I have been unable to place these people in any family group. I am hoping one of
the subscribers might find James Rowley as a member of a family you have
recorded. Another possibility is the Bailey Family of Pennsylvania and perhaps
The following excerpts from a recent e-mail message:
b: c.1816 Saratoga Co. NY
d: 11 Oct 1864 New Bern, SC
m:16 Dec 1846
b: 1822 PA
d: 18 Apr 1902 LeRoy, IL
The information that we have on Emily and the marriage is from my Great-Uncle
Clarence. The information on James comes from a copy of an Illinois State
Archive Civil War Service Report. I have written to a couple of societies in
Saratoga Co. seeking inform- ation about James' ancestors and they have found
many listings for Rowley's in the area (esp. Stillwater) but nothing helpful.
From the lack of any James in the census informtion for Saratoga Co. I have
concluded that his family must have left when he was young. The fact that his
wife was from PA and that his daughter, Mary E., was born in Columbus, OH, also
hints at this. While I have been in England I have looked into the possiblity
that James ancestors came from here but I haven't found anything useful along
those lines either. James served in the 39 Illinois Infantry and died (probably
from dysentery) at New Bern Federal prison while he was serving there as a
guard. His birth year is derived from the fact that he was 45 when he
volunteered on 14 Sep 1861. The next bit is the tricky part...
Mary Elizabeth ROWLEY
b: 15 Sep 1847 Columbus, OH
d: 25 Jan 1929 Bloomington, IL
m. John ISAAC
d: 1873 Rock Island, IL
The story of Mary and John is where the thing gets cloudy. According to my
Great-Uncle Clarence, John Isaac was killed in a Mississippi River bridge
collapse in 1873, his son, George Perry Isaac, was adopted by his maternal
Grandmother, Emily BAILEY ROWLEY, giving him the name George Perry ROWLEY. I
have written the Rock Island Historical Society and they told me that there was
no bridge collapse (ever) but in 1873 a young Dane named Schwenski was killed
when he fell from the old rail bridge which was being taken down that year.
My Uncle John has always had a remembers hearing a different story from other
relatives when he was growing up. John thinks that John Isaac was an actor in
the Rock Island/Moline area. The reply I got from the Rock Island society says
that their search of the city directories from 1868 to 1876 found a Miss Rowley,
Miliner, and an Isaac Isaacs, dealer in liquors.
A time line sketch of all the players is useful here. Clarence was born in 1903
and his father, George P., died when he was 6. His Grandmother, Mary Elizabeth,
the central character of this drama, died when he was 26, and his mother died
when he was 42 so the majority of the story had to be either from his
Grandmother or his mother. It is clear from the facts (such as they are) that
there are some errors in the story. Perhaps there was a bridge collapse
elsewhere and they've just gotten the location wrong.
George Perry ROWLEY
b: 11 Aug 1868 LeRoy, IL
d: 9 Apr 1909 Lebanon, KY or TN
m: 17 Apr 1895
Anna Maude COOPER
b: 20 Oct 1868 Farmer City, IL
d: 6 Apr 1945 Kansas City, MO
Will Perry b:14 Jul 1898 - d:1957
Roy Delbert b:22 May 1901 - d:6 Sep 1968
Clarence Edmond b: 5 Sep 1903 - d: 1990s
George Perry is reported to have been a presbyterian minister and newspaper
editor in LeRoy, Il. How he came to die in either KY or TN is a mystery.
Please! Can anyone help?
Subject: Henry B. Rowley pension file
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 1996 21:14:53 -0700
From: "T. W. Rowley"
From the National Archives
State of New York
County of St. Lawrence } SS
On this 14th day of January A.D. 1867, personally appeared before me William
Roote Surrogate of said County-- Daniel Delong, a resident of DeKalb in the
county of St. Lawrence and State of New York, aged 27 years, who being duly
sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order
to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Second Section of the Act of
Congress increasing the pensions of widows and orphans, approved July 25, 1866--
That he is the guardian of Emma Jane ROWLEY and Adelbert Bateman ROWLEY, whose
father, named Henry B. ROWLEY, was a private in Company "K" of the
60" Regiment of New York Volunteers in the war of 1861--
That the said Henry B. ROWLEY died at Winchester in the State of Virginia on or
about the 8th day of July in the year 1862 of Typhoid Fever--
That the mother of the children aforesaid again married, being now the wife of
Daniel Delong, on the 6th day of November in the year 1865, and that the dates
of the birth of the said minor children were as follows, to wit,
Emma Jane Rowley, Born on the 5th day of May AD 1858.
Adelbert Bateman Rowley. Born on the 25th day of May AD 1861.
He further declares that the parents of the said minor children were married at
Hammond in the county of St. Lawrence and State of New York on the 8th day of
August, in the year 1857 by Reverend Joel J. Emmes, a Protestant Methodist
Clergyman, and that the maiden name of their mother was Harriet Lanway.
My Post Office address is DeKalb St. Lawrence County, New York.
Also personally appeared Henry Thompson and Lewis Lanway residents of St.
Lawrence County in the State of New York, persons whom I certify to be
respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly sworn say that they
were present and saw Daniel Delong sign his name to the foregoing declaration. .
This document illustrates the importance of NOT overlooking that rich source of
genealogical data, the National Archives. One should not be limited to only
looking at pension documents of our direct ancestor, but of anyone in that
family, such as the husband of a sister, or of brothers, etc.
This particular document shows the full names of the two orphaned children,
their birth dates, the father's death date and place, the widow's maiden name,
the date and place of her first marriage and the clergyman who officiated, and
then the date of re-marriage and the name of her new husband
Subject: Cicero Rowley
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 1996 23:01:12 -0700
From: "Chari S. Leitch" firstname.lastname@example.org
I am looking for any information on the ancestors of Cicero Rowley born in l840
in the Elmira, New York area.
Additional data provided by Ms. Leitch indicated Cicero was born 31 Jan 1840
near Elmira OR Corning (which is in Steuben County).
In June 1997, a message was sent to Ms. Leitch suggesting that her Cicero
Rowley was probably the son of Almon and Edith (Herrick) Rowley. Their son,
Cicero, was born about1840 accoring to census documents; birthplace not
stated. There were eleven children in Almon's family, and those whose
birthplaces were identified were born in Steuben County.
Subject: Rev. Samuel Rowley & offspring; Thomas Rowley, the poet
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 10:42:11 -0700
From: "T. W. Rowley"
From an August 25, 1982 Letter in my files:
1. The Rev. Samuel ROWLEY - born about Feb. 3, 1784, since he died Dec. 30,
1864, age 80 y 10 m 27 d - Middle Granville Cem. data.
The Rowley Family, written (hired) by E. M. Rowley in New Orleans, claims him to
be the son of Daniel, b. 1759, Revolutionary war vet., and Phebe Miller (line of
Henry> Moses> Shubael> Shubael> Matthew> to him, Daniel>.
According to this, he is not a grandson of Thomas...
Anyway, back to Samuel. He was a Baptist minister, organizing churhes in Vermont
before 1820. In 1820, 1830 and 1840 he was at Granville, Washington County, NY.
His first wife, Mehitable Needham did die when you say; in 1838 Samuel and Phebe
S. Rowley were listed as members of the North Granville Baptist Church.
I have a Samuel I believe to be the same man listed in the 1850 census as a
farmer at Batavia, Kane Co., IL; b. 1784, Vt., wife Phoebe I., b. c. 1791, NH.
An old query in the DAR Magazine, Vol. 57, p. 689, says that he died at Batavia,
30 Dec. 1864 - also that he m'd. 2nd, Phebe Buel Smith, b. 1791, d. 1852, dau.
of Daniel Buel and wife Eunice, dau. of Elias and Eunice Allen Bascom. (No
Rowleys in 1860 census for Batavia.)
Now, Children of Samuel:
a. Calvin Needham ROWLEY, b. Jan. 16, 1806, Granville, d. 1869, Brazil
... he attended Union College, Schenectady; changed his name to be known
thereafter as Charles N. Rowley. The whole history of this man and his
descendants runs to about 30 pages.
b. Minerva Emily ROWLEY, b. about April 9, 1808, wife of Geo. Chandler (Middle
Granville Cem.: d. Nov. 24, 1831, age 23-7-15.)
c. From 2nd marraige
Harriet M. ROWLEY, b. about 1831, NY
(living in the other half the same house in Batavia, Il, in 1850, with husband
G(eorge) W(ashington) Nichols, b. ca 1819, Md., a farmer, and their child,
Charles E. NICHOLS, 6/12, b. Miss. (The Charles N. Rowley book adds that she
later owned and sold Woodbourne plantation to Eugenia Soria Rowley, Charles N's
(other possible ch. in Batavia 1850, but working out for other families: Henry,
b. ca 1831, NY, and Emeline, b. ca. 1830, NY.)
2. unimportant data
3. Thomas(5) ROWLEY - the poet - (Henry> Moses> Moses> Samuel). I have
substantially what you do.
Under Reuben Rowley, 1751-1833, the copy of a Bradford Co., Pa., history adds
names of sons, Seth and Samuel.
Question before I close: Who is the Thomas S. Rowley, age 32, carpenter, b. Vt.,
who appears in Middlebury, Addison Co., VT, in 1850.
Subject: Will of Jonathan Rowley
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1996 22:45:55 -0700
From: "T. W. Rowley"
21 December 1769
In the Name of God Amen.
I Jonathan Rowley of Kent in Litchfield County Being of Sound Mind & memory
& calling to mind the Mortality of this Body knowing that it is Appointed
for Man once to Die Do theirfore on this 21st Day of December AD 1769 Make &
ordain my Last Will & Testament in Words Following that is to say Viz---
Imprimus I give & Bequeath my Body to the Dust to be Buried By my Executor
Hereafter Named By Decent Christian Burian hoping at the General Judgement to
Receive it again by the Almighty Power of God and as to Such Worly Goods which
it has Pleased the Almighty Lord to Bless me With I Do Give & Dispose of
them as Follows
First of all.. I Give unto Dorothy my Well Beloved Wife one feather Bed and the
furnature Belonging theirunto one Chest & my Largest Bible & her
Subsistance in Meat Drink & all the Clothing Which She Now has & to be
furnished with all for her Neadful apparil in Case her Preasant apparil Should
Not be Sufficient During her Widowhood.in Case the Will Except this Legasy in
Lew of her Thirds & Dowery in Case she Will not then for her to have her
Third & Dowery in Lew of this Legasy.
Item I give unto my Loving Daughters Anna Huldah & Abigail all my Household
Goods or Ind one Movables Except Which is above Given to their Mother to be
Equally Divided Between them...
Item as I have already Given to my Sones Semion Jonathan Levi & Judah their
full & Just Portion of my Estate I Do theirfore Give all the Rezidew of any
Estate unto my Son Jonathan Isachar Rowley Both Real & Personal and in case
my sd Wife Shall not accept the above Legacy in Lew of her thirds & Dowery
then I give articals to Jonathan and in Case She Dose then accept the Same in
Lew theiroff then I order that P Isachar Provide for her Subsistance in Meat
Drink & Clothing During her Widowhood and all other Nesisary apparril in
Case her ----- and apperil Should Not bee suffisiant during her Widowhood I Do
order my son Isachar to pay all my Just Debts & Funeral Charges out of his
---oppen Estate in Case my Wife Shall accept the above Legacy in Case Not then
to be Paid out of my Estate by my Executor Hereafter named before my Division or
Item I Make Ordain & Appoint my Beloved Son Issachar to Be the Sole Executor
of this Will Revoking all other Wills and Retestifying and Confirming this and
only this to bee my Last Will and Testament.
my hand and Seal on the Day of the Date above Written Signed Sealed Published
& Pronounced In the Preasants of---
X Rowle (SEAL)
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