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Moses, son of Henry Rowley, was born about 1630, died in 1705, at East Haddam, Connecticut. He married, April it, 1652, at Barnstable, Elizabeth, daughter of Captain Matthew Fuller, soldier and surgeon-general of the colony. She died at East Haddam, or Colchester, Connecticut, after 1714. Moses is mentioned in the will of William Palmer as legatee, as “Moses whom I love.” The grandfather, Palmer, gives evidence of some unfriendliness towards the father and wishes young Rowley placed with Mr. Partridge, that “he might be brought up in the feare of God & to that end if his father suffer it, I give Mr. Partridge five pounds.” Apparently Moses lived with his grandfather, and March 7, 1653-54, the court allowed him a cow from Palmer’s estate.

He was admitted a freeman in 1637; was constable at Falmouth in 1681 deputy to the general court in 1693. He bought sixty acres of land of Jonathan Gilbert, at Haddam, Connecticut, originally laid out to John Henderson. May 3, 1692. by deed, October 4, 1693. He probably removed to Hingham in 1691, but his wife did not approve of the removal, for she refused to sign in a deed of her dower rights, 1714, and declares that her husband left her without support and dependent on the bounty of her sons, John and Moses. His will is dated August 16, 1704, at Haddam. He left his homestead to sons Moses and Matthew. Children: Mary, born March 20, 1653; Moses. November 10, 1654, mentioned elsewhere; child, died August 16, 1656; Shubael, born January 11, 1660, (twin) : Mehitable (twin) ; Sarah, September 16. 1662; Aaron, May 16, 1666; John. October 22, 1667; Matthew, married Joanna —- ; Nathan, married Mercy Hatch.

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