Carroll County Illinois


Among the most prominent pioneers and farmers of Carroll County, stands the gentleman of this biolraphical sketch, but who is now retired from the more active duties of life. He was born in Maryland, April 10, 1820 and is a son of Christian and Barbara (Bear) Rowland, both also natives of that State, and of German ancstry. The entire lives of our subjects' paents were spent in their native State, the father being by occupation a farmer. Both were worthy people, intelligent, upright, and holding an honorable position in society. They wer the parents of ten children, of whom our subject wsa the third. He was reared to the vocation of a farmer, and has followed that occupation successfully all his life. He grew to manhood in his native county, and remained with his parents until he became of age. Upon attaining his majority, he resolved to go west and in 1841 came to IL, locating first in Ogle County, where for two years he worked by the month as a farm-hand. In the spring of 1843, he first came to Carroll County staying here until the fall of that year, when he returned to his old home in Maryland. There he remained until 1846, when he determined to come West again, and make his permanent home in this county. On his return here in the spring of 1846 he again began working as a farm hand, but the following year he bought for himself the farm where he has since resided.

In 1847 our subject was united in marriage with Mary A. Stitzel, a daughter of David and sarah (Striekler) Stitzel, both natives of PA, and of German descent. They also were among the early settlers of Carroll County, coming here from their pA home in 1845, and on the then wild prairie they erected their home, and developed a fine farm, and there they both died. These worthy pioneers had seven children. Mrs. Rowland, their daughter was born in Franklin County PA in 1825, and remained with her parents until her marriae iwth Mr. Rowland; she is the mother of four children, of whom three are now living; David, the eldest is married to Sarah Brenamen, and has four children - Minnie, Etta, Porter and one yet unnamed. The next son, Christian, married Sarah Lichty, and has three children - Delta, Earl and Grace. Etta, the daughter, became the wife of Stephen J. Harrison and is the mother of one child, Homer.

To Mr. Rowland is due great credit for the honorable position which he has attained in the community, and the success which has attended his efforts and those of his estimable wife, and they are justly held in high esteem. Starting in this county as a farm-laborer, Mr. Rowland has by diligent industry, economy and the exercise of sound judgment, become one of the leading men financially and otherwise in this secton of the State. To each of his surviving children he has given a half section of land, and he himself still owns 240 acres in this county besides other property and 200 acres in the state of Iowa. He is a man of very charitable impulses, and has always been a liberal contributor to all benefolent projects. he is especially noted as a friend to the poor and afflicted. He and his wife are both consistent members of the German Baptist Church, and now, in the evening of their days, they are enjoying the fruits of a well spent life, surrounded in their commodious residence at lanark with everything that can minister to the comfort of their declining years. Their children are all happily place din life; and this good old pioneer and his wife can look back with satisfaction upon a life time of well doing, and calmly await the summons that will call them home.

Portrait & Biographical Pg. 845

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