T. J. Rowland

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 510-511, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  T. J. Rowland was born in Frederick county, Virginia, near Winchester, January 15, 1864. His father, Matthew M. Rowland, was born in the same county, His father was a native of Wales and came to Virginia where he lived until his death at an advanced old age. Mr. Matthew Rowland was a farmer all his life; he married Miss Margaret Campbell, also of Virginia, who died in Jacksonville, Illinois. Mr. Rowland died in Virginia, in 1834, when his son was still very small.
  Our subject began to support himself when he was eleven years old. He learned the saddle and harness business at Zanesville, Ohio. Here he remained after learning his trade. He then removed to Newark, Ohio, and began business for himself and remained there six years. From there he went to Coshocton county, Spring Mountain, and from there to Coshocton, the county seat. The war then broke out and he enlisted in the One Hundred and Third Ohio Infantry and served about two years when he was discharged by the close of the war. He made a fine record in the army and was a brave soldier. He settled in Keokuk, Iowa, and remained there three years and then removed to Brown county, and has resided here ever since.
  He was married in Newark, Ohio, to Miss Lenora Barring, of Slatestown, New York, born September 18, 1850. They have had eleven children, seven of whom are living, namely: Blendon L., Louise, Lucinda C., Abner C., Lovey Augusta, Bessie I., and Homer M. Mr. Rowland worked at his trade at this place until he retired. He is connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church and has been for forty years. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for about the same number of years. He and his wife are good, highly esteemed citizens of the place and have earned their right to their present life of ease by years of toil in their younger days.

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