Kate Mason Rowland
|Also Known As:||"Mason"|
|Managed by:||John Matthew Bayne, Jr|
About Kate Mason Rowland
Kate Mason Rowland (22 June 1840–28 June 1916) was an American author, historian, genealogist, biographer, editor and historic preservationist. Rowland is best known for authoring the biography of her great-great-granduncle, George Mason, a Founding Father of the United States. It is widely considered the definitive biography of George Mason. Rowland was also a charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She later went by the name of "Kate Mason.
Rowland volunteered for the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. She served as a nurse at Camp Winder Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. On 4 April 1865, after the Confederate government abandoned Richmond, Rowland, then a matron at the Marine Hospital (also known as the Naval Hospital), sang “patriotic songs” to hospitalized soldiers. She described the scene in her diary as "overflowing with merriment," in which a casual observer would “hardly realize we were all prisoners” of the Union. Both of Rowland's brothers, Thomas Rowland (1842–1874) and John Thomson Mason (1844–1901), served in the Confederate States Army.
Held DAR membership # 50
"Descendant of Thomson Mason, of Virginia"
Info added per the DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood published in 1895 stating:
"Great-great-granddaughter of Thomson Mason, patriot and statesman, and signer of the Westmoreland Declaration"