Kate Mason Rowland (1840 - 1916)

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Nicknames: "Mason"
Birthplace: MI, USA
Death: Died
Managed by: John Bayne, Jr
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About Kate Mason Rowland


Kate Mason Rowland (22 June 1840–28 June 1916)[1][2] 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.[3] She later went by the name of "Kate Mason.

Rowland volunteered for the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.[4] She served as a nurse at Camp Winder Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.[4] 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.[5] 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.[5] 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"

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Age 76