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Birthplace: Parham, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Falmouth, Cape Cod (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Occupation: planter
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About Henry Rowley

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8 JAN 1634/35 founding members of Scituate Church.

Emigration: 1632 Probable date - from Leyden to Plymouth.

Henry Rowley and Some of His Descendants, by Homer W. Brainard, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. XXXVII (Jan. 1906), Page 58.

1. HENRY ROWLEY Was an early planter at Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he was taxed in 1632. It is possible that he was one of the company that came over from Leyden to Plymouth in 1630. It has also been conjectured that he came with Mr. Hatherly in 1632. 1 have found nothing by which either conjecture can be verified. It is probable that he was married when he came over, and that his three children were born before that time. It has been declared that his first wife was Sarah, daughter of William Palmer Senior, of Duxbury. The latter came over in the Fortune in 1621, and his wife Frances came in the Anne in 1623. In his will, dated 1637, William Palmer names "Moyses Rowley (son of Henry1), whom I love," and provides for his bringing up, but does not state what relation Moses was to himself. Henry Rowley m. (2) Oct. 17, 1633, Anne, widow of Dea. Thomas Blossom, who embarked in the Speedwell at Leyden in 1620, but being obliged to return to Leyden, came over to Plymouth in 1629, where he d. previous to March 1632-3. Henry and Anne Rowley removed to Scituate in1634, the year he was elected freeman. Both were members of Rev. John Lothrop's church on Jan. 8, 1634-5, and removed with him to Barnstable in 1638. He was a deputy from Barnstable to the General Court of Plymouth at least once.

Thomas and Peter Blossom came to Barnstable with their mother, Mrs. Rowley, and were probably members of the family of their father-in-law. In 1650 Henry Rowley removed, with his son-in-law, Peter Blossom, to West Barnstable, and later to Falmouth. Henry Rowley d. in 1673. Inventory of the estate of "henery Rowley of Sacconessett," exhibited in Court, July, z673, on oath of Moses Rowley. "Item: a debt of twenty-nine pounds due from Jonathan Hatch upon the repurchase of a parsell of land which the said Hatch sold to said Henery Rowley with that limitation provided." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. iii, part 2, p. 93.

1632 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, planter in Plymouth, taxed in 1632. 1 Jan 1634/35 was on freeman list at Plymouth. 1634 moved to Scituate, joined church Jan 8 1634 at it origin by Lothrop, was dismissed at that time from Plymouth Church. 1639 moved to Barnstable, Massachusetts, prop 22 Jan 1638/39 with Lothrop

died intestate. May have had first wife by name of Bridget or Sarah Palmer as several references to that name. Torrey says second wife name is Anne Helsdon

Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33:

ORIGIN: Unknown

MIGRATION: 1632

FIRST RESIDENCE: Scituate

REMOVES: Barnstable 1640

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Goodman Rowly and his wife" were founding members of the Scituate church, 8 January 1634/5.

FREEMAN: Admitted 1 January 1634/5. In the list of 7 March 1636/7. In the 1639 list of freemen, Henry Rowley appears under Scituate (lined out) and under Barnstable. In Barnstable section of 1658 and 29 May 1670 lists of freemen.

OFFICES: Deputy for Barnstable to General Court, 29 August 1643. Barnstable constable, 2 March 1640/1, 1 June 1641. Petit jury, 6 June 1650. Barnstable surveyor of highways, 2 June 1646, 1 June 1647, 7 June 1653. Coroner's jury on body of Isaac Robinson Jr. of Barnstable, 22 October 1668.

In Barnstable section of 1643 Plymouth list of men able to bear arms.

ESTATE: "_____ Rowly" was assessed 9s. in the Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633, and 18s. in the list of 27 March 1634.

"Goodman Rowlye" had built a house by the time of Rev. John Lothrop's arrival in Scituate in September 1634; he later acquired a house built by Henry Cobb, and built a second house on his own lot. On 1 January 1637/8 Henry Rowley was one of the freemen of Scituate who complained that their proportions of land were too small to subsist upon and with the others received upland, neck, and meadow between the North & South Rivers. He was an original grantee of Seppekann, 22 January 1638/9.

The inventory of the estate of "Henery Rowley of Saconeesett deceased" was exhibited at Plymouth court in July 1673, on the oath of Moses Rowley, and consisted of a debt of £29 due from Jonathan Hatch "upon the repurchase of a parcel of land which the said Hatch sold to the said Henery Rowley with that limitation provided".

BIRTH: By about 1605 based on estimated date of marriage.

DEATH: Between 29 May 1670 and July 1673 (presentation of inventory).

MARRIAGE: (1) By about 1630 _____ _____, probably daughter of WILLIAM PALMER of Plymouth; she died by 1633.

(2) Plymouth 17 October 1633 Anne (Elsdon) Blossom ("Anna, the late wife of Tho: Blossome").

CHILDREN:

With first wife

i SARAH, b. say 1630; m. Barnstable 11 April 1646 Jonathan Hatch.

ii MOSES, b. say 1632; m. Barnstable 22 April 1652 Elizabeth Fuller , daughter of Matthew Fuller.

COMMENTS: Florence Barclay, in her article on WILLIAM PALMER of Plymouth, supplied the evidence in favor of the position that the mother of Moses Rowley was a daughter of William Palmer; she thought that Sarah Rowley who married Jonathan Hatch was a daughter of Henry Rowley, but not necessarily with the Palmer wife (which would imply yet another wife before the presumed _____ Palmer).

There are many unresolved problems with this identification. Moses Rowley, who was certainly a son of Henry, married in 1652, which should place his birth no later than 1632, and probably somewhat earlier. Was Moses Rowley born in England or at Plymouth? If he was born at Plymouth, then Henry Rowley must have arrived before 1632, the earliest date which we may assume from surviving records. Since Rowley was not in Plymouth in 1627, he could have come in 1629 or 1630 when additions were made to the Plymouth population; but if this were the case he would have had to marry William Palmer's daughter immediately after getting off the boat, and even this just barely leaves enough time for Moses to be born by 1630, say, and it makes it almost impossible for Sarah Rowley also to have been born in Plymouth as a child of the Palmer wife. On the other hand, Rowley may have married _____ Palmer in England, in which case both Moses and Sarah could be children of this wife, born in England. The terms of William Palmer's will make it clear that he had at least two other children who are never seen in New England, Henry and Bridget. There are other possibilities.

Apparently through inattention, Pope assigned the marriage and children of Moses Rowley to the latter's father, Henry.

With ANTHONY ANNABLE , Henry Rowley was bondsman for William Kersley of Barnstable on 7 December 1641.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1906 Homer W. Brainard published a lengthy account of Henry Rowley and his descendants. More recently Paul Prindle prepared a briefer study of the immigrant and a line of descent through his son Moses. Both of these authors include a third child for Henry, a son Joseph "living at Barnstable, 1655," and "said to have gone to Barbados", but neither provides documentation for this statement. Perhaps a record for Moses has been misread as for a Joseph who did not exist.

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http://www.flint.com/rowley/Biographies/Pensions/Biographies/Charts/Branch01/BR1-Chart.htm

Branch One- Henry Rowley, Planter of Plymouth

Known Descendants

Henry Rowley was probably born in England. There are a number of conflicting claims as to his origin, but documentation has not been forthcoming. He was first found in the opening chapter of the Plymouth Colony Court Records, when he was taxed. There are a number of references to him as he participated in various tasks in the colony. His was one of the first marriages recorded, when he was re-married to Anne Elsdon, 17 October 1633. He was one of the first to greet the Rev. John Lothrop, when he first arrived in Scituate after being released from the Tower of London. Lothrop's diary leads one to believe that Henry Rowley was part of his congregation when Archbishop Laud's men arrested many at Blackfriars in London. If so, that may explain why we are unable to determine in what manner he arrived at Plymouth. Perhaps he was spirited away in the dark of the night and smuggled aboard a vessel without being recorded as being there.

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His son presented his inventory in July of 1673, so he died before that.

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   From the Savage Dictionary of New England Founders:
   ROWLEY, HENRY, Plymouth 1631-2, perhaps came in the Charles, with Hatherly, was of Scituate 1634, with his w. partook in gather. of first ch. there, 8 Jan. 1635, and rem. to Barnstable with Lathrop 1639, m. 17 Oct. 1633, Ann, wid. of Thomas Blossom, prob. as his sec. w. for I suppose Sarah, wh. m. 11 Apr. 1646, Jonathan Hatch, was his d. JOSEPH, Barnstable 1655, perhaps was s. of the preced.
  1. Note:
   (Research):From the Rowley Research web site:
   Henry Rowley was probably born in England. There are a number of conflicting claims as to his origin, but documentation has not been forthcoming. He was first found in the opening chapter of the Plymouth Colony Court Records, when he was taxed. There are a number of references to him as he participated in various tasks in the colony. His was one of the first marriages recorded, when he was remarried to Anne Elsdon, 17 October 1633. He was one of the first to greet the Rev. John Lothrop, when he first arrived in Scituate after being released from the Tower of London. Lothrop's diary leads one to believe that Henry Rowley was part of his congregation when Archbishop Laud's men arrested many at Blackfriars in London. If so, that may explain why we are unable to determine in what manner he arrived at Plymouth. Perhaps he was spirited away in the dark of the night and smuggled aboard a vessel without being recorded as being there.
   

-------------------- 8 JAN 1634/35 founding members of Scituate Church.

Emigration: 1632 Probable date - from Leyden to Plymouth.

Henry Rowley and Some of His Descendants, by Homer W. Brainard, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. XXXVII (Jan. 1906), Page 58.

1. HENRY ROWLEY Was an early planter at Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he was taxed in 1632. It is possible that he was one of the company that came over from Leyden to Plymouth in 1630. It has also been conjectured that he came with Mr. Hatherly in 1632. 1 have found nothing by which either conjecture can be verified. It is probable that he was married when he came over, and that his three children were born before that time. It has been declared that his first wife was Sarah, daughter of William Palmer Senior, of Duxbury. The latter came over in the Fortune in 1621, and his wife Frances came in the Anne in 1623. In his will, dated 1637, William Palmer names "Moyses Rowley (son of Henry1), whom I love," and provides for his bringing up, but does not state what relation Moses was to himself. Henry Rowley m. (2) Oct. 17, 1633, Anne, widow of Dea. Thomas Blossom, who embarked in the Speedwell at Leyden in 1620, but being obliged to return to Leyden, came over to Plymouth in 1629, where he d. previous to March 1632-3. Henry and Anne Rowley removed to Scituate in1634, the year he was elected freeman. Both were members of Rev. John Lothrop's church on Jan. 8, 1634-5, and removed with him to Barnstable in 1638. He was a deputy from Barnstable to the General Court of Plymouth at least once.

Thomas and Peter Blossom came to Barnstable with their mother, Mrs. Rowley, and were probably members of the family of their father-in-law. In 1650 Henry Rowley removed, with his son-in-law, Peter Blossom, to West Barnstable, and later to Falmouth. Henry Rowley d. in 1673. Inventory of the estate of "henery Rowley of Sacconessett," exhibited in Court, July, z673, on oath of Moses Rowley. "Item: a debt of twenty-nine pounds due from Jonathan Hatch upon the repurchase of a parsell of land which the said Hatch sold to said Henery Rowley with that limitation provided." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. iii, part 2, p. 93.

1632 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, planter in Plymouth, taxed in 1632. 1 Jan 1634/35 was on freeman list at Plymouth. 1634 moved to Scituate, joined church Jan 8 1634 at it origin by Lothrop, was dismissed at that time from Plymouth Church. 1639 moved to Barnstable, Massachusetts, prop 22 Jan 1638/39 with Lothrop

died intestate. May have had first wife by name of Bridget or Sarah Palmer as several references to that name. Torrey says second wife name is Anne Helsdon

Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33:

ORIGIN: Unknown

MIGRATION: 1632

FIRST RESIDENCE: Scituate

REMOVES: Barnstable 1640

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Goodman Rowly and his wife" were founding members of the Scituate church, 8 January 1634/5.

FREEMAN: Admitted 1 January 1634/5. In the list of 7 March 1636/7. In the 1639 list of freemen, Henry Rowley appears under Scituate (lined out) and under Barnstable. In Barnstable section of 1658 and 29 May 1670 lists of freemen.

OFFICES: Deputy for Barnstable to General Court, 29 August 1643. Barnstable constable, 2 March 1640/1, 1 June 1641. Petit jury, 6 June 1650. Barnstable surveyor of highways, 2 June 1646, 1 June 1647, 7 June 1653. Coroner's jury on body of Isaac Robinson Jr. of Barnstable, 22 October 1668.

In Barnstable section of 1643 Plymouth list of men able to bear arms.

ESTATE: "_____ Rowly" was assessed 9s. in the Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633, and 18s. in the list of 27 March 1634.

"Goodman Rowlye" had built a house by the time of Rev. John Lothrop's arrival in Scituate in September 1634; he later acquired a house built by Henry Cobb, and built a second house on his own lot. On 1 January 1637/8 Henry Rowley was one of the freemen of Scituate who complained that their proportions of land were too small to subsist upon and with the others received upland, neck, and meadow between the North & South Rivers. He was an original grantee of Seppekann, 22 January 1638/9.

The inventory of the estate of "Henery Rowley of Saconeesett deceased" was exhibited at Plymouth court in July 1673, on the oath of Moses Rowley, and consisted of a debt of £29 due from Jonathan Hatch "upon the repurchase of a parcel of land which the said Hatch sold to the said Henery Rowley with that limitation provided".

BIRTH: By about 1605 based on estimated date of marriage.

DEATH: Between 29 May 1670 and July 1673 (presentation of inventory).

MARRIAGE: (1) By about 1630 _____ _____, probably daughter of WILLIAM PALMER of Plymouth; she died by 1633.

(2) Plymouth 17 October 1633 Anne (Elsdon) Blossom ("Anna, the late wife of Tho: Blossome").

CHILDREN:

With first wife

i SARAH, b. say 1630; m. Barnstable 11 April 1646 Jonathan Hatch.

ii MOSES, b. say 1632; m. Barnstable 22 April 1652 Elizabeth Fuller , daughter of Matthew Fuller.

COMMENTS: Florence Barclay, in her article on WILLIAM PALMER of Plymouth, supplied the evidence in favor of the position that the mother of Moses Rowley was a daughter of William Palmer; she thought that Sarah Rowley who married Jonathan Hatch was a daughter of Henry Rowley, but not necessarily with the Palmer wife (which would imply yet another wife before the presumed _____ Palmer).

There are many unresolved problems with this identification. Moses Rowley, who was certainly a son of Henry, married in 1652, which should place his birth no later than 1632, and probably somewhat earlier. Was Moses Rowley born in England or at Plymouth? If he was born at Plymouth, then Henry Rowley must have arrived before 1632, the earliest date which we may assume from surviving records. Since Rowley was not in Plymouth in 1627, he could have come in 1629 or 1630 when additions were made to the Plymouth population; but if this were the case he would have had to marry William Palmer's daughter immediately after getting off the boat, and even this just barely leaves enough time for Moses to be born by 1630, say, and it makes it almost impossible for Sarah Rowley also to have been born in Plymouth as a child of the Palmer wife. On the other hand, Rowley may have married _____ Palmer in England, in which case both Moses and Sarah could be children of this wife, born in England. The terms of William Palmer's will make it clear that he had at least two other children who are never seen in New England, Henry and Bridget. There are other possibilities.

Apparently through inattention, Pope assigned the marriage and children of Moses Rowley to the latter's father, Henry.

With ANTHONY ANNABLE , Henry Rowley was bondsman for William Kersley of Barnstable on 7 December 1641.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1906 Homer W. Brainard published a lengthy account of Henry Rowley and his descendants. More recently Paul Prindle prepared a briefer study of the immigrant and a line of descent through his son Moses. Both of these authors include a third child for Henry, a son Joseph "living at Barnstable, 1655," and "said to have gone to Barbados", but neither provides documentation for this statement. Perhaps a record for Moses has been misread as for a Joseph who did not exist.

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http://www.flint.com/rowley/Biographies/Pensions/Biographies/Charts/Branch01/BR1-Chart.htm

Branch One- Henry Rowley, Planter of Plymouth

Known Descendants

Henry Rowley was probably born in England. There are a number of conflicting claims as to his origin, but documentation has not been forthcoming. He was first found in the opening chapter of the Plymouth Colony Court Records, when he was taxed. There are a number of references to him as he participated in various tasks in the colony. His was one of the first marriages recorded, when he was re-married to Anne Elsdon, 17 October 1633. He was one of the first to greet the Rev. John Lothrop, when he first arrived in Scituate after being released from the Tower of London. Lothrop's diary leads one to believe that Henry Rowley was part of his congregation when Archbishop Laud's men arrested many at Blackfriars in London. If so, that may explain why we are unable to determine in what manner he arrived at Plymouth. Perhaps he was spirited away in the dark of the night and smuggled aboard a vessel without being recorded as being there.

--------------------

His son presented his inventory in July of 1673, so he died before that.

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=unionmc&id=I549

From the Savage Dictionary of New England Founders: ROWLEY, HENRY, Plymouth 1631-2, perhaps came in the Charles, with Hatherly, was of Scituate 1634, with his w. partook in gather. of first ch. there, 8 Jan. 1635, and rem. to Barnstable with Lathrop 1639, m. 17 Oct. 1633, Ann, wid. of Thomas Blossom, prob. as his sec. w. for I suppose Sarah, wh. m. 11 Apr. 1646, Jonathan Hatch, was his d. JOSEPH, Barnstable 1655, perhaps was s. of the preced. Note: (Research):From the Rowley Research web site: Henry Rowley was probably born in England. There are a number of conflicting claims as to his origin, but documentation has not been forthcoming. He was first found in the opening chapter of the Plymouth Colony Court Records, when he was taxed. There are a number of references to him as he participated in various tasks in the colony. His was one of the first marriages recorded, when he was remarried to Anne Elsdon, 17 October 1633. He was one of the first to greet the Rev. John Lothrop, when he first arrived in Scituate after being released from the Tower of London. Lothrop's diary leads one to believe that Henry Rowley was part of his congregation when Archbishop Laud's men arrested many at Blackfriars in London. If so, that may explain why we are unable to determine in what manner he arrived at Plymouth. Perhaps he was spirited away in the dark of the night and smuggled aboard a vessel without being recorded as being there. --------------------

Came to Plymouth Colony in 1632. Resettled first in Scituate & finally in Barnstable. 
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Henry Rowley's Timeline

1598
1598
Parham, Somerset, England
1623
1623
Age 25
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
1624
1624
Age 26
England
1625
August 11, 1625
Age 27
England
1629
1629
Age 31
England
1630
1630
Age 32
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
1631
1631
Age 33
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
1632
1632
Age 34
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1632
Age 34
Ship Charles to Plymouth
1632
- 1634
Age 34
Scituate, Plymouth, MA