About James Rowe, Sr.
James Rowe Sr. left North Carolina in 1781 and appears in Botetourt County, Virginia on the 1790 census along with a Benjamin and George Rowe. These men were probably brothers. Benjamin and George disappear from the county after 1796. They could have moved to another state. James Sr. remained in Botetourt until 1806 when he moved to Spruce Run, a branch of New River in Giles County, Virginia. Stephen later lived on this land. James Rowe Sr. and all his sons except Stephen moved to Floyd County (now Pike County) Kentucky, in 1817, and are on the 1820 and the1830 census for Floyd and Pike Counties, Kentucky.
James fought for the British in the Revolutionary War. He was wounded at the 'Battle of the Hawk' while fighting against the army of General 'Lighthorse' Lee, the father of Robert E. Lee. James was wounded by a saber in the leg and carried the wound the rest of his life.