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Biographical Sketch of Franklin Rowley

Franklin, son of Andrew Rowley, was born in Victor, October 14, 1822, died December 24, 1899. He had a common school education, and has always followed the life of a farmer except for short periods. In 1852 and again in 1855 he made trips to Pike’s Peak to engage in mining and was successful in both his ventures. For a time he owned a ferry across the Platte river and carried freight as well as passengers. He was a Methodist in religion and a Republican in politics. He married, December 23, 1858, Jeanette Wilder, born January 15, 1830, died December 8, 1895, daughter of William Wilder, of South Bristol, New York. Children: Dr. Charles A., mentioned elsewhere; Calvin, William Wilder, Frank, Clark Brace, George Daniel. All the six sons are living and have prospered in...

Biographical Sketch of Dr. Charles Andrew Rowley

Dr. Charles Andrew Rowley, son of Franklin Rowley, was born in Victor. January 13. 1863. He attended the public schools and the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, New York. He entered the Cleveland Medical College in Ohio, and was graduated in due course, March 10, 1888. Since then he has practiced at Victor and has been very successful, especially in the diseases of women and children, of which he has made a specialty, and in surgery. His practice is extensive a, d his calls are numerous at a distance from his home, as well as in Victor. His office practice also is large. He is a member of the New York State Medical Society, the Western New York Medical Society, and the Ontario County Medical Society. He has been for several years health officer of Victor, and member of the Board of Education. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics he is a Republican and in religion a Presbyterian. He married, January 6, 1897, Stella Power, born at Farmington, New York, July 13, 1866, daughter of Mark Sibley and Alyda (Shaw) Power, of Farmington. They have one child, Gladys Jeanette, born September 22,...

Biographical Sketch of John Rowley

John (2), son of Ensign John (1) Rowley, was born at Colchester, July 7, 1727. He married, September 4, 1752, Rebecca Brainerd, of Middle Haddam parish, widow of James Brainerd, and daughter of Jacob and Rebecca Hurd. He was living in Colchester in 1763 and in Richmond. Berkshire county, Massachusetts, in 1772. He was a soldier in the revolution in the company of Captain Aaron Rowley, a relative, Colonel David Rosseter’s regiment of Berkshire county, and was at Bennington in 1797; also in Captain Rathbun’s company, Colonel John Brown’s regiment, in 1777, and in Captain Enoch Noble’s company, Colonel Ezra Wood’s regiment in 1778, as appears from the Massachusetts Revolutionary Rolls. He was one of the early settlers of Ontario county, New York. Children, born in Richmond : Jirah, mentioned elsewhere; Mindwell, born February 28, 1755; Mary, April 13, 1757; Seth, July 29, 1i59, a soldier from Great Barrington and Richmond in the revolution. Moses and Aaron Rowley, relatives of John, were also soldiers in the revolution from...

Biographical Sketch of Jirah Rowley

Jirah, son of John (2) Rowley, was born at Richmond, Massachusetts, June 15, 1753. He was also a soldier in the revolution, a private in Captain Joseph Bacon’s company in 1782 and in Captain Amos Rathbun’s company with his father John, in 1777, under Major Caleb Hyde. He came with his father to Ontario county and in later years used to drill the militia there. He died December 23, 1835, at Victor, New...

Biographical Sketch of Andrew Rowley

Andrew, son of Jirah Rowley, was born in Victor, Ontario county, New York, August 27, 1800, died there November 12, 1877. He was a carpenter by trade and a builder and contractor as well as farmer by occupation. He took several contracts in the construction of the Erie canal and built several miles of the Auburn branch of the New York Central & Hudson River railroad. He had the contracts for building many of the houses and large buildings in Victor and vicinity. He married Sarah Bigelow, of Waterloo, born September 2, 1803, died November 1, 185,9. Children: Franklin, mentioned elsewhere; Sarah, married Walter Van Wechter; Elizabeth, married Don Van Demburgh: Bigelow, married Charlotte Talmage, children: Edward, of Joliet. Illinois; Frank, of...

Biographical Sketch of Ephraim Rowley

Ephraim Rowley came from Jamestown, Chautauqua Co., N.Y., to Springwater in 1838, and engaged in the business of running a sawmill for Andrew Spafard, and being a first-class sawyer he was in good demand as such and had charge of a number of mills in town, and continued in the business as long as he was able to do the work. He married Mary Ann Jones, by whom he had ten children, three sons and seven daughters. Will give their names. Caroline, who married Henry Barber; Hiram, Augustus B., Mary, Jane, Polley Ann, Milo, Fidelia, arid Elizabeth. There are but two now living in town, viz: Polley, Mrs. Ami Robins, and Milo, the youngest son. He married a Miss Reynolds. They have four children, Jennie, Mrs. J. S. Stark; Eugene, Charles and Nellie. Milo is 53 years old, and has had much experience in running sawmills both water and steam power, is now a carpenter and joiner by trade. Has assisted in building some very fine buildings for the past few years in and about Springwater. Ephraim and his wife are both long since...
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