Hiram Rowland (1772 - 1845)

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Birthplace: Franklin, North Carolina
Death: Died in Greene, GA, USA
Managed by: Lizzie Keitel
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About Hiram Rowland

Exerpt from: The Rowland Family in Georgia by Arthur Ray Rowland


Hiram Rowland was born in Franklin County, North Carolina a few years before the family migrated to Georgia. He was a young man when the family along with his Rowland and Huckaby grandparents moved to Oglethorpe County, Georgia. The Atkinson family of Nash County came to Wilkes County in 1791. Hiram Rowland married Rhoda Atkinson on September 22, 1794 in Oglethorpe County. This was the first member of this branch of the Rowland family to marry in Georgia. Rhoda was one of the children of Martha Patsey Whitehead and Nathan Atkinson.

Hiram made several purchases of land soon after his marriage. The first was from Ann Hodges of Greene Co. who sold to Harris (Hiram) Rowland and Greene Co. on April 23, 1802, for the sum of $250.00, 100 acres of land in Greene County on the Beaver Dam of Richland Creek land conveyed by Gideon Harrison to Ann Hodges on November 27, 1784, including land conveyed from Gilbert Cribbs to Ann Hodges on September 24, 1796. Wit: Nathan Winfield. Recorded August 6, 1802. p. 682. This same land appears in later Rowland deeds. His second purchase was from Samuel Harrell of Greene County who sold to Hiram Rowland of Greene County on September 3, 1806 for the sum of $250., land in Greene County. Recorded March 2, 1807, page 499. One of the reasons he stayed in Greene County is due to the fact that he drew a Blank in the 1805 Land Lottery. Hiram is found in the 1820, 1830, and 1840 Census of Greene County. He is in several tax lists including the 1805 list.

There are several gifts or sales of land and slaves to each of his children. One example is his deed for a Negro girl, named Tammy, to his daughter, Seley Wright in 1833. There are also deeds between Hiram and William Rowland in which the same land changed back and forth. Was this to avoid taxes or something similar?

Like many of our early ancestors it appears that Hiram could not read or write as attested to by the signing of his will with "his mark". However, he did his civil duty and served as a Juror five times between 1809 and 1810.

Hiram and Rhoda had ten children born between 1794 and 1820. Their youngest child, Louisa Lucinda Rowland, the fourth wife of Enos Ward did not die until 1904. Hiram's will, does attest to the rising fortunes of the Rowland family.

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Will of Hiram Rowland

Excerpt from: The Rowland Family of Georgia by Arthur Ray Rowland

Georgia, Greene County. In the Name of God, Amen

I, Hiram Rowland being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my Last Will and Testament and in the words and following to wit: My will is that my just debts be paid by my executor first out of my propert.

First: I give to my daughter Martha Merritt and her children one-ninth of all my estate both real and personal after deducting $267.07, this to bear interest from this date forward.

Second: I give to my son William Rowland his one-ninth part of all my estate both real and personal to him and his heirs forever.

Third: I give to my son James Rowland one-ninth part of all my estate both real and personal, after deducting $158.59, I have already given him and his children forever, and it to bear interest from this date. This money was paid to Elizabeth Lawson.

Fourth: I give to my daughter Nancy Bridge one-ninth part of all my estate both real and personal, after deducting $510.00, I have already given her in land and a cow to her children forever this bearing interest from date.

Fifth: I give to my daughter Celia Wright one-ninth part of all my estate both real and personal, after deducting $850.00, I have already given her for Negro woman and child, house and part lawsuit to her and her children forever, bearing interest from this date. I give in trust to William Rowland my daughter Celia Wrights' one-ninth part, he is to have the whole control of the property for the use and support of Celia Wright and her children forever.

Sixth: I give to my daughter Patience Brunt one-ninth part of all my estate both real and personal, after deducting $700.00 for Negro boy, to her and her children forever bearing interest from date.

Seventh: I give to my daughter Sally Laurence one-ninth part of all my estate both real and personal, after deducting $315.00 for a horse, cow, gin house and running gear, to her and her children forever bearing interest from date.

Eighth: I give to my daughter Rhoda Tripp one-ninth part of all my estate both real and personal, after deducting $629.28, that I have given her in money, house and meant for her and her children forever bearing interest from this date.

Ninth: I give to my daughter Lucinda Ward one-ninth part of all my estate both real and personal, after deducting $575.00, that I have given her in a Negro girl to her and her children forever bearing interest from this date.

Tenth: I give to my deceased daughter Mary Ward's son Stephen, one dollar and no more, beside what I have given to him and his mother one Negro boy Tom about nineteen years of age, $700.00 and one horse and $53.00 to him forever.

I appoint William Rowland, my oldest son executor of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all others and publishing this as my true Last Will and Testament.

Signed, Sealed & published in our presence

and in the presence of each other.

November 28, 1844

Benjamin T. Clark

Martha A. Lawrence

Mary S. Lawrence

Hiram (X-mark) Rowland

Recorded 7th day of May 1845

W.L. Strain, Clerk

Greene County, Georgia, Court of Ordinary, May Term 1845

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Personally appeared in open court, Benjamin T. Clark, Martha A. Lawrence, Mary F. Lawrence, now Mary E. Cartwright, and three subscribing witnesses to foregoing Last Will and Testament of Hiram Rowland, deceased, who being duly sworn, say they saw the within named Hiram Rowland sign, seal and acknowledge the same to be his Last Will and Testament, and they believe him to be of perfect sound mind and memory at the time, and that they each in the presence of the testator subscribed their names thereto.

Benjamin T. Clark

Martha A. Lawrence

Mary E. Lawrence

Sworn in open court this 5th day of May 1845.

Recorded May 5th 1845. W.L. Strain, Clerk

Georgia. Greene County, Court of Ordinary May Term 1845

The last Will and Testament of Hiram Rowland of this county, deceased, was presented in open court for Probate and Recorded forever in the usual form by the oaths of Benjamin T. Clark, Martha A. Lawrence and Mary E. Lawrence, now Mary E. Cartwright, the three subscribing.

And ordered to be recorded and a Warrant of appraisement sent to issue to divide solely. William Fleetwood Hutcheson, James W. Jackson and James Smith to appraise said estate in terms of the law. Personally came before the Court William Rowland, the Executor to said last Will and Testament of Hiram Rowland and who was qualified as Executor and Letter Testamentary issue to him as such.

Court of Ordinary November Term 1845: Monday November 5th 1845. William Rowland Executor has applied for leave to sell the Land and Negros belonging to said estate and it appearing that said application has been legally administered. It is therefore ordered that the sell in Terms of said application with his giving the legal notice of said sale.

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Hiram Rowland's Appraisement of May 5th, 1845

1 Negro, Mary - son & daughters, Samuel $1650.00

1 Nat, Peter, Teller and children, Parmella $750.00

1 Slaves, Siene, Mary $1023.00

1 Caroline, Monday, Smittie $331.00

1 Maria & two children, Seaborn and Mary $700.00

1 Frances, Maria, Ann $1000.00

900 Acres of land $2,700.00

6 Chairs $18.00

1 Sieve, table $ 7.25

1 lot of saddles, etc. $9.25

2 beds, linens, mattress, crockery $7.50

5 beds, mattress, etc. $53.00

1 lot pewter $3.00

1 had bellows, etc $9.00

2 wool, baskets, etc. $5.50

Sheets, files $2.50

2 bags, shoes, saddlebag , etc. $2.25

Shovel, spinning machine $7.00

Barrels, baskets, etc. $7.00

Flax sheets, etc. $4.75

Table, set ware, tin ware $12.00

Sieve, coffee mill, 3 tubs $1.70

2 yoke oxen, 5 cows and calves $106.00

10 cattle, 22 sheep, 70 hogs $169.50

1 colt, Sorrel horse $65.00

1 horse, 1 mare, 1 work charley $65.00

1 mare, 1 mare, 1 ox $100.00

1 knife box, 1 chair, 1 wagon $31.75

Gin gear, thrasher, etc. $27.00

5 set gear, lot planks, 3 lots leather $10.00

2 Scythes, barrels, etc. $4.50

Millet, 3 acres $6.00

1 lot tools $3.50

1 Harrow and teeth $12.00

Blacksmith tools $22.00

500 pounds bacon $139.00

1 lot planks, shingles $10.00

2 cow bells,2 mallets and bushel basket $2.50

                                                   $9,092.41

Notes

James Rowland $96.75

James Rowland $100.00

H.M. Lawrence $46.81

H. M. Lawrence $46.30

James M. Trippe $1.00

Jordan Rowland $30.35

Jordan Rowland $19.24

                                                   $294.65

Cash on hand at death $327.30

Total $9714.35

The above certified by appraisers and in the presence of James J. Rowland, J.P., August 6, 1846

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Exerpt from: The Rowland Family in Georgia by Arthur Ray Rowland

March Term 1847

Hiram Rowland Sale November 12, 1845

Purchasers Total Sales

$1,677.63

John Robbins, A. Hutcherson, Celia Wright, Garrett Woodham, William Rowland, James Bridges, Ezekiel Bridges, James J. Rowland, Thomas Merritt, John Brunt, H. M. Lawrence, James M. Trippe, John Akins, Joel Smith, William Askew, James Rowland, Andrew Bruce, George Moore, John Johnson, William Bryan, John Perdue, James Merritt, Enos Ward, James Jackson, Rowland Ward, James Atkinson, Jr. Plus 23 additonal Buyers. Many of the buyers are related to Hiram.

Sale of Hiram Rowland's Land and Negroes December 2, 1845

640 Acres of land to Greene Moore $3300.00

200 Acres of land to William Rowland, Trustee $800.00

Negro, Mary to B. Kimbrough $407.00

Negro, Shah to H.M. Lawrence $618.00

Negro, Germaine to C.L. Tredmore $622.00

Negro, Tiller and children to James Rowland, Sr. $630.00

Negro, Mariah and 2 children to Thomas Merritt $766.00

Mary to William Aiken $495.00

Negro, Oliver to Charles Burk $500.00

Negro, Ann to Peter Brooks $310.00

Negro, Soli to Peter Brooks $60.00

Mul. Sulley to John Brunt $100.00

Mul. Anne to John Brunt $301.00

Mul Amanda to Enos W. Ward $266.00

Mul. Caroline to Enos W. Ward $295.00

Amount Sale Land and Negroes $9446.00

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Hiram Rowland's Timeline

1772
November 27, 1772
Franklin, North Carolina
1794
September 22, 1794
Age 21
Oglethorpe, Macon, Georgia, United States
1845
April 11, 1845
Age 72
Greene, GA, USA