Cornelius “Neil” Rowley

Cornelius “Neil” Rowley

Iowa, USA
Death 4 Jul 1902 (aged 35)
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 115994782 · View Source
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married white male, a miner, died of a pistol shot.
Son of Samuel Rowley-Eliza Nichols of England.
He married Jessie M Ewing of Illinois, and had children Emeline L (Jan 1891), Velman A (Nov 1892) and Cornelius E (Apr 1902)

Harry Tracy and a partner escaped from the Oregon Penitentiary on June 9, 1902, killing four men on the way out. For nearly two months he ranged the Pacific Northwest, evading capture and killing several more people. On July 3 he was in the Seattle area, and there was a running gunbattle between him and a posse. Cornelius Rowley appears to have been a bystander near a shoot-out at dusk and was mortally wounded by a 38-caliber bullet, which was apparently fired by "J. I. Knight, a well known insurance man, who was a member of the posse." {a different source says Neil Rowley was a posseman with the county sheriff's department, and died in the same battle as Seattle officer Enoch Breece} Cornelius died during the night at Monod Hospital. Tracy was eventually wounded in a battle near Creston, WA on August 5 and committed suicide.
The Seattle PI reported
Burial Attended by Large Number of Old Friends and Fraternity Brothers

The funeral of Cornelius Rowley, who was killed in the encounter with Tracy at the Van Horn residence on Thursday night, took place in Fremont yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

There was a very large attendance and the interior of the church was covered with floral decorations. In addition to the large number of friends that the family has in Fremont, the members of both of the lodges to which Rowley belonged were present. The little church was filled to overflowing and a strong feeling of sympathy for the widow and her three little children was manifested.

The body was taken to Fremont at 1:30 and at 2 o'clock the services commenced in the Asbury Methodist church. The services were conducted under the auspices of the Foresters of America, to which order Rowley had belonged.

The deceased was a well-known resident of Fremont, and lived with his family at 916 Ewing avenue. He leaves a widow and three children.

son Cornelius E Rowley of Seattle married Sylvia M Thorp of Vancouver, BC on Nov 27 1925 in Seattle.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 115994782
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cornelius “Neil” Rowley (15 Aug 1866–4 Jul 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 115994782, citing Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, King County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Jon Ridgeway (contributor 47287704) .