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Truman James Rowell Pedigree

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Origin of the surname “Rowell:” (per The Media Research Bureau, Washington, D.C.)

 

"The name of Rowell is believed by some authorities to be of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and derived from the hamlet of that name in Gloucestershire, England.  Others, however, state that it was taken from the residence of its first bearers of Rouelles in France, and was brought into England by a Huguenot family of the name in the early seventeenth century.  Still other family historians assert that it was a variant of the baptismal name Rowle or Rowles, but this last seems most improbable.  The name is found on ancient records in the various spellings of Rowelle, Rowel, Roule, Rowle, Rowles, Rolle, Rouelle, Rouell, and Rowell, of which the last is the form most generally used in America today.

 

Families of this name were to be found at early dates in the English counties of Gloucester, Devon, Somerset, Bedford, Oxford, and London.  They were, for the most part, of the landed gentry and yeomanry of Great Britain."

 

Generation

 

8  

 

7   Abraham Rowell

 

6   Abraham Rowell, Jr.

 

1.  Biographical notes:

 

Emigrated from England to America about 1800.  Employed as a farmer at Plessis (southeast of Alexandria Bay on Route 26), Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

2.  Wife: (?)

 

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3.  Children: (at least 16; order uncertain)

 

a. James Rowell: Married (?) and had the following children:

 

(1. John J. Rowell.

 

(2. Jerome Rowell.

 

(3. Joan Rowell.

 

(4. Angelina Rowell.

 

b. William Rowell: No children.

 

c. Zachariah Rowell: No children.

 

d. David Rowell: Married Olive Kelsey (b. about 1795, d. 1825 (age 30); interred Westdale Cemetery, Westdale, N.Y.) and had the following children:

 

(1. William Rowell.

 

(2. Asa Rowell.

 

(3. Mary Rowell: Born about 1815.  Died 5 April 1825, age 10; interred with her parents.

 

e. Issac Rowell: Moved to Pulaski, Jefferson County, New York.  Married (?) and had the following children:

 

(1. Franklin Rowell.

 

(2. Hamilton Rowell.

 

(3. Polly Rowell: Married (?) Coe.

 

(4. Daughter: Married (?) Hubbard.

 

f. Abraham Rowell, Jr.: Married (?) and had the following children:

 

(1. Huldah Rowell.

 

(2. Charles E. Rowell.

 

(3. Levi Rowell.

 

(4. Burette H. Rowell.

 

(5. Whiting A. Rowell: Married (?) and had the following children:

 

(a. Walter Rowell:  Married Edith (?) and had the following daughter:

 

(1) Orma Rowell: Married Ralph Ford and had the following children:

 

(a) Janet R. Ford: Married (?) Johnson.

 

(b) Sheldon Ford.

 

(c) Carl Ford.

 

(b. Edward “Ed” Rowell:  Married (?) and had the following daughter:

 

(1) Helen Rowell: Married (?) Grinell.

 

(c. Fayette Rowell:  Married (?) and adopted the following daughter:

 

(1) Marion Rowell.

 

(6. Warren Rowell: Married Alice Morris and had the following children:

 

(a. Ethel Rowell: Married Royal Alvord and had the following children:

 

(1) Francis Alvord.

 

(2) Everett Alvord.

 

(3) Marion Alvord.

 

(4) Norma Alvord.

 

(5) Lawrence Alvord.

 

(6) Harlan Alvord.

 

(7) Raymond Alvord.

 

(b. Howard Rowell: Married (?) and had the following children:

 

(1) Florence Rowell.

 

(2) Ruth Rowell.

 

(3) Lula Rowell.

 

(4) Harry Rowell.

 

(5) Thilma Rowell.

 

(6) Mary Jane Rowell.

 

(c. Mildred Rowell: Married (?) Link and had the following children:

 

(1) James Link.

 

(2) Elizabeth Link.

 

(d. Lloyd Rowell: Married Cora Herman and had 1 daughter.

 

(e. Dorothy Rowell: Married (?) and had 5 children.

 

(f. Charles Rowell: Married (?) and resided in Texas, where they had the following children:

 

(1) Chester Morris Rowell.

 

(2) Thomas Lloyd Rowell.

 

(3) Theodore Rowell.

 

(g. Gladys Rowell: No children.

 

(h. Elva Rowell: No children.

 

(7. George Rowell.

 

g. Saphronia Rowell: Married (?) Wooley and had the following children:

 

(1. Phoebe Wooley.

 

(2. William Wooley.

 

(3. Leander Wooley.

 

(4. Sarah Wooley.

 

h. Truman Rowell: (16th child) See generation 5, below.

 

5   Truman Rowell (photos)

 

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1.  Biographical notes:

 

Born 25 February 1785 at Redwood, New York.  Died 18 January 1875 (age 90 yr, 5 mo) at Alexandria Bay, Jefferson County, New York; interred beside 1st wife in the Old Redwood Cemetery, Red Wood, Theresa Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Moved from Plessis to Camden (northeast of Syracuse, above Lake Oneida), Oneida County, New York, where he met and married his wife.  Employed as a farmer and itinerant preacher, traveling extensively around New York State, going anywhere the public would tolerate his message.  Served (reluctantly) in the War of 1812; family tradition suggests Truman chopped off one of his big toes in an effort to avoid the War, but to no avail; he served anyway.  In later years moved back to Plessis, Jefferson County, New York to take over his parents’ farm.

 

1865 NYS Census: Truman Rowell, age 80 (b. location not given), married twice, and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Theresa Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Mrs. Rowell, age 60 (b. location not given), married twice, and mother of 4.

 

2.  Wife #1: Huldah (Smith) Ford (photos)

 

Born about 20 June 1789.  Died 20 March 1860 (age 71 yrs., 9 mo.) at Redwood, Theresa Township, Jefferson County, New York; interred there in the old cemetery.

 

a. Child:

 

(1. Truman Smith Rowell: See generation 4, below.

 

3.  Wife #2: Lucy Townsend

 

Of Rossie, St. Lawrence County, New York (northeast of Alexandria Bay on the outflow (Indian River) of Black Lake.  Married Truman Rowell on 17 July 1860 at Alexandria Bay, Jefferson County, New York with clergyman George Rockwell officiating.  Lucy applied for and received a pension based on Truman’s war record.  No children.

 

4   Truman Smith Rowell (photos) (more info)

 

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1.  Biographical notes:

 

Born 16 May 1811 in Oswego/Oneida County, New York.  Died 13 January 1878 (age 67) at Alexandria Bay, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York; interred in the family plot in Brookside Cemetery, Plessis, Alexandria Township.  Referred to as Truman Smith Rowell, Sr.  Was employed as a carpenter.  In that capacity helped construct to Thousand Island House at Alexandria Bay.

 

1860 US Census: Truman S. Rowell, Sr., age 50 and employed as a farmer, was heading a household at Plessis, Alexandria Township, New York.  The value of his real estate was $3,960, and the value of his personal property was $690.  Other members of the household included his wife, Sabran, age 36; daughter, Hasey, age 15; son, Sheldon, age 12; son, Miles S., age 10; daughter, Aurelia A., age 8; son, Truman, Jr., age 2; and son, Edgar, age 2 months.

 

1865 NYS Census: Truman S. Rowell, age 53 (b. Oneida Co., NY) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Sabra A. Rowell, age 41 (b. Canada), mother of 7, who had been married twice; son, Hosea Rowell, age 20 (b. Oswego Co., NY), single, and employed as a farmer; step daughter, Jani Hutchinson, age 20 (b. Canada); step son, Sheldon Hutchinson, age 17 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); step son, Miles Hutchinson, age 15 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); step daughter, Adelaid Hutchinson, age 13 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); son, Smith Rowell, age 7 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); son, Edgar E. Rowell, age 5 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); and son, Arthur Rowell, age 3 years and 1 month (b. Jefferson Co., NY).

 

2.  Wife #1: Mary Rusco (photos)

 

Born Oneida County, New York.  Died 16/17 October 1852.  Married Truman Smith Rowell on 31 March 1833.

 

a. Children:

 

(1. Almerin/Almeron Smith Rowell: Born 31 January 1834 in Oneida County, New York.  Died 1897.  Employed as a farmer.

 

1865 NYS Census: Almeron Rowel, age 31 (b. Oneida Co., NY) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Theresa township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Elisabeth Rowel, age 32 (b. Oswego Co., NY) and mother of 3; son, George Rowel, age 8 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); Netty Rowel, age 1 year and 11 months (b. Jefferson Co., NY); and daughter, Ady Rowel, age 4 months (b. Jefferson Co., NY).

 

Almerin Rowell married Elizabeth Cable (b. N.Y., d. 1908) after moving to Escanaba, Michigan and had the following children:

 

(a. George Rowell: Born about 1857 in Jefferson County, New York.

 

(b. Nettie Rowell: Born about 1863 in Jefferson County, New York (also seen: b. MI).  Married Henry Elmer Valentia (d. 22 Sep 1941, age 75) and had the following children:

 

(1) Merritt Valentia.

 

(2) Leona Valentia.

 

(c. Addie Rowell: Born about 1865 in Jefferson County, New York.  Married Harry Morris and had several children, the following 5 of whom survived to adulthood:

 

(1) Edwin Morris.

 

(2) Herbert Morris.

 

(3) Thomas Morris.

 

(4) Robert Morris.

 

(5) Esther Morris.

 

(2. Syrena Elizabeth Rowell: Born 30 January 1836.  Married (?) Curran and had the following children:

 

(a. Adelbert “Bert” Curran.

 

(b. Edward “Ed” Curran.

 

(3. Caleb Rowell: Born 25 August 1837.

 

(4. Adelbert E. Rowell: Born 23 October 1839 in Oneida County, New York.  Employed as a mechanic.  Died 6/10 September 1862 (age 23) in the hospital from wounds received on 30 August 1862 at the battle of Bull Run during the Civil War.  Enlisted in Company F., 94th Regiment of New York Infantry on 6 January 1861 (age 22).  Married Clarinda (?) (b. 1840, d. 1861); interred Rowell family plot in the Plessis Cemetery, Plessis, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(5. Roderick Byron Rowell: Born 2 September 1841.  Died 3 August 1844 (age 3).

 

(6. Hosea “Hasey” Frederick Rowell: Born 3 November 1844 at Kassog, New York.  Died 26 January 1924; interred Lakeview Cemetery, Skaneateles, New York.  Employed as a carpenter.  Married (1st) (?).  Married (2nd) Lydia Carapenter.  Hosea had the following children:

 

(a. Florence Rowell.

 

(b. Hatlid Rowell: Married Fred Van Epps.

 

(7. Sarah Destimona Rowell: Born 16 April 1847 in Oswego County, New York.  Died 27 April 1929 (age 82) in the Oswego County Home, Mexico, New York, having been admitted 13 July 1927.   Married (?) Rood.

 

3.  Wife #2: Sophia White

 

Died 26 September 1855.  Married Truman Smith Rowell on 11 June 1853.

 

a. Child:

 

(8. Herbert Truman Rowell: Born 4 April 1855.  Died 17 April 1855, 13 days old.

 

4.  Wife #3: Sabran "Sabra" Ann (McMullen) Hutchinson (more info)

 

Born 1 April 1824 in Canada.    Died 13 June 1908; interred Brookside Cemetery, Plessis, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Married (1st) Miles Hutchinson (b. 4 Oct 1817 in Canada) and had the following children:

 

·          Sarah Jane "Jani" Hutchinson: Born 17 March 1845 in Canada.  Died 18 August 1865 (age 20).

·          Sheldon Young Hutchinson: Born 22 March 1848 in New York State.

·          Miles S./LeRoy Hutchinson: Born 15 November 1849 in New York State.  Died 4 February 1853 (almost age 4).

·          Aurelia Adelaide Hutchinson "Adelaide"/"Addie": Born 28 November 1851 in New York State.

 

Sabra Ann (McMullen) Hutchinson married (2nd), as his 3rd wife, Truman Smith Rowell on Wednesday, 12 November 1856 and resided at Plessis, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

a. Children:

 

(9. Truman Smith Rowell, Jr.: See generation 3, below.

 

(10. Edgar Eugene Rowell “Eugene E.”: (more info) Born 26 April 1860 at Alexandria Bay, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 1940; interred Brookside Cemetery, Plessis, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.  In 1939 resided next door to his brother, Arthur, at Plessis.

 

1910 US Census: Eugene E., age 49 and employed as a dairy farmer, was heading a household in Theresa Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife of 21 years, Addie m. Rowell, age 50, who had had 2 children and both were still alive; daughter, Flossie A. Rowell, single, and employed as a district school teacher; and son, Leeland H. Rowell, age 11.  Both Eugene and Addie had been married once.

 

Edgar married (1st) Addie M. Williams (b. 17 Dec 1859, d. 10 Oct 1909/10; interred Brookside Cemetery, Plessis) on 19 December 1888 and had the following children:

 

(a. Flossie A. Rowell: Married Cushman Sprague; no children.

 

(b. Floyd E. Rowell: Born 1895.  Died 1902; interred Brookside Cemetery, Plessis, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(c. Leland H. Rowell: Adopted.  Was the cousin of Emogene (?) Ford, wife of Edward Ford.

 

Edgar Eugene Rowell married (2nd), as her 2nd husband, Mary (Neuroth) West (b. 18 Jun 1872 at Theresa, N.Y., d. Feb 1951 at Alexandria Bay, N.Y.; interred Theresa, N.Y.), daughter of Valentine and Mary (Shultz) Neuroth, on 1 November 1916.  Of interest, Valentine and Mary (Shultz) Neuroth also had the following children:

 

·          Henry Neuroth: Married (?) and had the following children: (order uncertain)

·       Ruth Neuroth: Virgil Reynolds.

·       Gladis Neuroth.

·       Donald Neuroth.

·       Hilda Neuroth.

·       Joyce Neuroth: Married (?) Sutton.

·       Rosemary Neuroth: Married (?) Bartlett.

·       Daughter: Killed in an automobile accident when young.

 

(11. Arthur Herbert Rowell: (more info) Born 28 May 1862 at Alexandria Bay, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 1947; interred Brookside Cemetery, Plessis, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.  In 1939 resided next door to his brother, Eugene, at Plessis.  Employed as a farmer and Justice of the Peace.  Married Minnie Wilson (b. Oct 1864, d. 1939; interred Brookside Cem.), daughter of Fenande and Iseline (Avery) Wilson, in October 1822 and had the following children:

 

(a. Frank E. Rowell: Born 1886.  Died 1966; interred Brookside Cemetery, Plessis, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1910 US Census: Frank, age 23, was heading a household on Antwerp Road in Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife of 1 year, Ima Rowell, age 24, and son, Miles, age 8 months.  Both had been married once.

 

Frank Rowell married Ina M. (?) (b. 1886, d. 1949; interred Brookside Cemetery, Plessis) and had the following children:

 

(1) Niles A. Rowell: Born 1909.  Died 1957; interred North Watertown Cemetery, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Married Frieda L. (?) (b. 1912, d. ; interred with Niles) and had he following children:

 

(a) Stephen Rowell.

 

(b) Mahlah Rowell.

 

(c) Penelope Rowell.

 

(d) Jacqril Rowell.

 

(2) Lila Rowell: Married (?) Brown and had the following children:

 

(a) Greham Brown.

 

(b) Gail Brown.

 

(c) Suzanne Brown.

 

(d) Debra Brown.

 

(b. Earl Rowell: Married (?) and had the following children:

 

(1) Allen Rowell.

 

(2) Phyllis Rowell.

 

3   Truman Smith Rowell, Jr. (photos) (more info)

"Smith"

 

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1.  Biographical notes:

 

Born 9 October 1857 at Alexandria Bay, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 22 June 1948 at Plessis, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York; interred Brookside Cemetery, Plessis.  Employed as a farmer and school master.  In retirement resided at 107 Bridge Street, West Carthage, Champion Township, Jefferson County.

 

1930 US Census: Truman S. Rowell, age 72 (b. NYS; father b. NYS; mother b. Canada) and employed as a farmer (village farm), was heading a household at 107 Bridge Street, West Carthage, Champion Township, Jefferson County, New York.  His real estate was valued at $3,000, and he married 1st at age 25.  The household also included his wife, Abbie M. Rowell, age 68 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), who was married 1st age age 67.

 

2.  Wife #1: Emma Estelle Hunneyman (photos) (more info)

 

Born 17 July 1862 at Plessis, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York; daughter of George Rose and Catherine (House) Hunneyman.  Died 9 August 1925 at Plessis; interred there in the Rowell plot in Brookside Cemetery, Plessis, Alexandria Township.  Married Truman Smith Rowell, Jr. on 23 December 1882 at Alexandria Bay, Jefferson County, New York with Reverend M. E. Chase officiating.

 

a. Children: (order uncertain)

 

(1. Ernest Grant Rowell: See generation 2, below.

 

(2. Harry Adelbert Rowell: (photos) Born 22 October 1888.  Died 1946, age 57 yr, 11 mo, 22 days; interred Sunnyside Cemetery, Great Bend, Champion Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Married Mabel Britton (photos) (b. 4 Oct 1892/91, d. 1962; interred with Harry), daughter of William and Emma (?) Britton, on 24 June 1913 and had the following children:

 

(1) Doris Marie Rowell: (photos) (more info) Born 2 February 1920 in Jefferson County, New York.  Died 7 January 2001 at Merced, Merced County, California. Married (1st) Harold Brown of Anaheim, California and had the following children:

 

(a) Judy Charlene Brown.

 

(b) Garry Warner Brown.

 

Following Harold’s death, Doris married (2nd), as his 2nd wife, Wayne Lawrence Goff (photos) (b. 19 Jun 1913 at Worland, Washakie Co., WY, d. 16 May 1998 at Merced, Merced Co., CA; interred there), son of Lawrence John and Glennie Jane (Ross) Goff, on 6 October 1973 in Orange County, California.  In 1944 Wayne had married (1st), as her 2nd husband, Margaret Estelle (Miller) Backman "Estelle" (b. 25 Apr 1918 at Newark, NJ, d. 26 Feb 1987 at Chicago, Cook Co., IL) and had children; subsequently divorced.

 

(2) Phyllis Jean Rowell: (more info) Married Cellen Florsheim and adopted the following children:

 

(a) Brenda Lee Florsheim.

 

(b) Barry Allen Florsheim.

 

3.  Wife #2: Abbie May Rundlet

 

Born 1861.  Died 1945; interred in the Rowell plot in Brookside Cemetery, Plessis, Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Resided at Plessis before marriage to Truman Smith Rowell, Jr. on 5 April 19??.  No children.

 

2   Ernest Grant Rowell (photos) (more info)

 

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1.  Biographical notes:

 

Born 23 July 1885 at Garner, Hancock County, Iowa.  Died after 1940.  Raised on a rented farm on Hyde Lake, Theresa Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Subsequently resided in Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York, and perhaps nearby LeRay Township.  Moved to Carthage, Jefferson County, where he was employed as an insurance agent.  About 1930 his partner in that business stole the firm's assets and fled town.  Ernest used his own money to repay clients, bankrupting himself.  To find work he moved his family to Rochester, Monroe County, New York, where he resided on St. Paul Street.  In his later years Ernest was employed as a night watchman at the Rochester Institute for the Deaf, St. Paul Street, Rochester.  Enjoyed making fly fishing lures.

 

2.  Wife: Myrtle Blanche Wagoner (photos) (more info)

"Blanche"

 

Born 28 August 1884; daughter of James and Emma DeEtte (Burhans) Wagoner.  Died 17 December 1936 in a hospital in Buffalo from complications of pneumonia (while her son, Truman, and Ruth Drake were courting).  Married Ernest Grant Rowell on 14 August 1907 in Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

3.  Children:

 

a. Truman James Rowell: See generation 1, below.

 

b. Virginia "Gin/Ginny" Detta Rowell: (photos) (more info) Born 21 November 1912 at Carthage/Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 8 April 1974 at Noyes Dansville Hospital, Dansville, Livingston County, New York; interred White Haven Memorial Park, Pittsford, Monroe County, New York.  Married Harry G. Keiser (photos) (more info) (b. 8 Apr 1909 at Rochester, NY, d. 22 Nov 1986 at home in Conesus Twp, Livingston Co., NY; interred with Virginia) on 12 April 1941 at Rochester, Monroe County, New York.  Resided on a farm adjacent to Conesus Lake (western most of the 11 finger lakes), Livingston County, New York.  No children of their own, but raised from an early age the following two children (both born to Harry's niece, Lorraine Helen (Ellwanger) Minosh (b. 1921, d. 1997) of Rochester, Monroe Co., NY):

 

(1. Gerald "Gerry" Richard Minosh: (photos) Born 12 December 1942.  Died 13 May 1963, age 20, at Rochester, Monroe County, New York.  From an early age resided with his aunt and uncle, Harry and Virginia (Rowell) Keiser, in Conesus Township, Livingston County, New York.

 

(2. Charles "Chuck" Thomas Minosh: (photos) Born 13 April 1944.  Died 26 December 1974, age 30, in Conesus Township, Livingston County, New York.  From an early age resided with his aunt and uncle, Harry and Virginia (Rowell) Keiser, in Conesus Township.   Married, as her 1st husband, Jean Schmidt and had the following children:

 

(1) Floraine Minosh: Married Jerry Marble.

 

(2) Charlene Minosh: Married Gerald Presler and resided in New York.

 

Jean (Schmidt) Minosh married (2nd) Stan Smith.

 

c. Rena Maude Rowell: (photos) Born 11 February 1915 at Carthage, Wilna Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 6 February 2002 at Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York.  Graduated from Marshall High School, Rochester, Monroe County, New York.  Employed by the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester.  Married (1st) Anthony/Anton "Tony" O. Neidenbach (photos) on 25 November 1942 at Rochester and resided there.  Rena and Anthony had the following daughter:

 

(1. Diane Neidenbach: (photos) Born 14 December 19?? at Rochester, Monroe County, New York.  Died 2002.  Graduated from Olympia High School, Greece, New York (western suburb of Rochester near Lake Ontario) and from Elmira Woman’s College, Elmira, Chemung County, New York.  Married (1st) Richard "Rick" D. Weigel at Greece, New York, and in 2011 resided in Virginia.  Richard had the following children:

 

(a. Karen Doreen Weigel: Born 1977; 6 pounds, 10 ounces.  Married Ben Everett.

 

(b. Brent Weigel: Married Tanya (?).

 

Rena Maude (Rowell) Neidenbach married (2nd) Harold J. Curchin (more info) (b. , d. 23 Oct 2007, age 91, at Canandaigua, NY) after 1980.

 

1   Truman James Rowell:

 

Born 29 April 1909 in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 31 December 1981 (age 72) at Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida.  Married Ruth Helen Drake, generation 12, descendant #1 of the Descendants of Charles Briant Drake on 20 June 1937.

 

See Ruth's Page for More Info

 

 

Recollections of the grandsons of Truman Rowell, generation 5, above:

 

a. During a rain storm, just before he died, Truman took his grandson, Truman Smith Rowell, Jr., in a horse-drawn wagon to the marble quarry at Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York, where he purchased a piece of marble to serve as his 1st wife’s gravestone.  When they returned Truman engraved the following verse on it: “Blessed are the dead, which died in the Lord from hence forth, in with the Spirit, that they may rest from their wrong, and their work do not follow them.  Hence from the fourth a Holy mind, may she attend his cry.  If tiring men come rich the ground there you Lordly lie.  Since tis day must be your did in spite of all your towers.  The tall, the wise, the Reverent lead, shall lie as low as ours.”

 

b. Theresa, N.Y. (30 Nov 1939): the story of the Pioneer Sawmill of Truman Rowell:

 

“In pioneer days there was a busy saw mill on the outlet of Crystal Lake, built there by one of the early settlers of that section, Truman Rowell, who saw possibilities in such a Venture in a new land. He knew the region was surrounded by a wilderness of good timber and that settlers would want to make use of that timber in house and barn building.  He was sure that the water supply for his mill was sufficient.

 

“Residing in the main street of Plessis today are two brothers, Eugene Rowell, 80 next April, and Arthur, next door, 78 next May.  Both recall their Grandfather, Truman Rowell, the mill owner, but do not recall the mill, which was forsaken before their memory.  Today Eugene Rowell told that his grandfather was one of the very early settlers there in the Crystal Lake region.  Crystal Lake is fed by springs, and the outlet tumbles down through a gorge to become lost in a swampy tract of land before it empties into Mud Lake at the doorway of Redwood.

 

“The Rowell mill [was] a rushing business.  Settlers filled its mill yard with logs, very favorable location, however.  But the waters of Mud Lake have a fall of almost 100 feet in empting into Butterfield Lake and enterprising pioneers made use of that location for a mill, which gave a greater power with its greater fall and more abundant water supply.  This cut off the business of the Rowell mill.  Besides, the Crystal Lake water supply began to dwindle.

 

“So, over three-quarters of a century ago Truman Rowell left the mill and purchased what is known as the “Island” in Clear and Mud Lake, several hundred acres, and began farming.  There is still to be seen, after nearly a century, parts of the wall for this early dam.  Today there is a gate in the outlet of Crystal Lake so that the Redwood mills can conserve a water supply, and when conditions call for more water, open the gate to help with the water supply.

 

“I remember,” said Mr. Eugene Rowell today, “when my grandfather lived on the Clear Lake Island, but not the ays of the saw mill.  When I was a boy I used to sometimes play where the mill stood and some of the machinery was there 75 years ago.

 

“Today Crystal Lake is a summer resort noted for its bathing beach where thousands come in the hot weather.  Few people, even those who reside there, dream that there was ever a busy mill right at the outlet.  Arthur Rowell recalls that his grandfather, Truman Rowell, served in the War of 1812, also that his son named Truman Smith Rowell, Sr., had a son, Truman Smith Rowell of Carthage (my brother), who has a son named Earnest Grant Rowell in Rochester, New York, who has a son named Truman James Rowell.”

 

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Other, still unidentified, Rowell names:

 

1. William Rowell: Born about 1799 in New York State.  Employed as a farmer in Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1850 US Census: William, age 51 (b. NYS) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Margaret Rowell, age 52 (b. Canada); son, George Rowell, age 28 (b. NYS); son, William A. Rowell, age 23 (b. NYS); daughter, Mary Rowell, age 16 (b. NYS); son, Stillman Rowell, age 15 (b. NYS); son, Hiram Rowell, age 12 (b. NYS); and son, Stephen Rowell, age 10 (b. NYS).

 

William Rowell married Margaret (?) (b. abt 1798 in Canada) and had at least the following children:

 

a. George Rowell: Born about 1822 in New York State.

 

b. William A. Rowell: Born about 1827 in New York State.

 

c. Mary Rowell: Born about 1834 in New York State.

 

d. Stillman Rowell: Born about 1835 in New York State.

 

e. Hiram Rowell: Born about 1838 in New York State.

 

f. Stephen Rowell: Born about 1840 in New York State. 

 

2. John Rowell: Born about 1802.  Employed as a farmer in Antwerp Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1850 US Census: John, age 48 and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Antwerp Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Eveline Rowell, age 42; son, Charles Rowell, age 17; son, Edwin Rowell, age 15; son, Orville Rowell, age 12; son, Brainard Rowell, age 10; daughter, Catherine, age 8; son, Eugene Rowell, age 5; son, Lewis Rowell, age 2; and Pheebe Pearce, age 22.  All were born in New York State.

 

John and Eveline (?) Rowell had at least the following children:

 

a. Charles Rowell: Born about 1833 in New York State.

 

b. Edwin Rowell: Born about 1835 in New York State.

 

c. Orville Rowell: Born about 1838 in New York State.

 

d. Brainard Rowell: Born about 1840 in New York State.

 

e. Catherine Rowell: Born about 1842 in New York State.

 

f. Eugene Rowell: Born about 1845 in New York State.

 

g. Lewis Rowell: Born about 1848 in New York State.

 

3. Mildred Rowell: (more info)

 

4. Lloyd Rowell: (more info)

 

5. Lena Rowell: (more info)

 

6. Cora Rowell: (more info)

 

7. Howard Rowell: (more info)

 

8. Ethel Rowell: (more info)

 

 

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