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 Edwin Rowe Sr.

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Edwin Rowe Sr.

Birth
Crowan, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Death
26 May 1925 (aged 90)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Munhall, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot
Section E, Lot 81
Memorial ID
241130654 View Source

Much of the work below was a result of the genealogical research of Edwin Rowe's twice-great-granddaughter. The full article and additional photos of Edwin's family may be found at: https://www.thehomesteadcemetery.com/post/new-notable-person-edwin-rowe-sr-and-family

Edwin Rowe, Sr., was born in Crowan, Cornwall, Wales on Christmas Day, December 25, 1834 to parents, John and Eleanor (Rodda) Rowe. John worked as a mineral agent, while Eleanor kept house. He was one of five children, including John, Jr. (1829-1896), Edward (1831 - ?), Thomas Henry (1833-1868), and Mary (1837-1900) Rowe. He was baptized in Gwinear, Cornwall, Wales, on September 10, 1835, and worked alongside his father as an iron ore miner from a young age.

He married Catherine Morgan (a daughter of Thomas Morgan, born on April 27, 1833, in Caerleon, Monmouthshire, Wales), on August 25, 1855. Edwin was the first of his family to leave Wales for America, via Liverpool, England. He arrived in New York City, New York, via the S/S Colorado of the American-based Guion Line, on April 5, 1869.

Catherine followed him on the S/S Colorado, arriving August 10, 1869, with four of their children: Thomas Henry (named after his paternal uncle), Catherine "Harriet," Edwin, and Priscilla Rowe. They settled first in Ohio, per the 1870 census. Edwin, 37, found work as a coal miner, while Catherine, 35, raised the younger children. Their eldest, Thomas, 15, was hired as a farm laborer. Harriet, 11, and Edwin, Jr., 7, attended school, while Priscilla, 5, stayed home with her mother and infant female sibling who died in the years prior to the next census. So far, the infant's name has not been corroborated.

Prior to 1880, the Rowe's moved to Beaver Township, Clarion County, PA, presumably following coal mining work for Edwin, Thomas, and Edwin, Jr. The 1880 census lists the addition of two more children: Charles E. Rowe, 8, born on July 22, 1871 in Trumbull, Ohio; and Sarah Rodda Rowe, 6, born on May 29, 1874 in Youngstown, Ohio. Edwin's father, John, 75, was also listed as a member of the household following his journey to America. Eleanor, Edwin's mother, aged 65, had died on April 5, 1866, three years before Edwin left for America. Her death certificate, dated April 6, 1866, lists a week-long illness of bronchitis as her cause of death. She was buried in the St. Catwg's Churchyard, Pentyrch, Wales, along with her third son, Thomas Henry Rowe (1833 - 1868). John had never remarried. He was noted as being disabled, having only one arm and one eye.

They moved to 108 W. 10th Avenue and Amity Street of the 5th Ward of Homestead in 1880. He opened a carpet weaving shop at 210 E. Sixth Avenue, before relocating to Amity Street, following a residential move to 106 W. Tenth Avenue in 1898. He rebranded the business to include picture selling and framing.

Edwin, a skilled artist, found his first true success with his iconic picture, the "Great Battle of Homestead; Defeat and Capture of the Pinkerton Invaders – July 6th, 1892," which now hangs in the United States Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. The design was copyrighted in Washington, D. C., on October 11, 1892. The original 22" x 28" black and white piece was lithographed by Kurz and Allison Art Studio, Chicago, in 1892; copies hung throughout several important sympathetic locations in Homestead, including the Homestead based United Steelworkers Local 1397.

Edwin and Catherine were well-known members of the Homestead community for their contributions to the religious and cultural sects of the Borough: they were two of the eleven charter members of the First Baptist Church of Homestead, located at Ninth Avenue and McClure Street, organized February 16, 1884, and Edwin had also been a charter member of the Sons of St. George Lodge. It's interestingly noted in the Wednesday, January 23, 1895 edition of the Pittsburgh Daily Post that the Strike had created friction within the Homestead Baptist Church. The pastor, Rev. W. T. Galloway, had been a supporter of the strikers of 1892. As the church grew, many non-union men began to join the congregation, creating factions which were heatedly opposed to one another. The pastor, as well as Edwin, who had been the Treasurer and Deacon of the church, resigned from their posts in solidarity with the union members. The following week, Edwin reconsidered his resignation and was re-elected, ousting the interim Treasurer.

In 1917, after living in Homestead for 37 years, Edwin, Sr., moved to Squirrel Hill to live with his daughter, Sarah, and her husband, James MacBeth. Her family's home was located on Greenfield Avenue and Exeter Street. Thomas, Edwin's son and Sarah's brother, had also moved in with them following his divorce from his second wife, Mamie Crowshore Rohland, (m. 1892) which had been granted in 1897.

Edwin, Sr., died on May 26, 1925, at the impressive age of 90 from chronic nephritis. He was buried with his wife, Catherine, on May 28, 1925 in the Homestead Cemetery. Their graves were never marked. He left behind his daughters, Sarah and Priscilla; son, Charles; 21 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Information gathered from:
*Allison., Kurz &. "Great Battle of Homestead. Defeat and Capture of the Pinkerton Invaders, July 6th 1892." Library of Congress, 1 Jan. 1892, https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2003656885/.
*Charles Rowe's Find-a-Grave account
*"Edwin Rowe," Pittsburgh Pose-Gazette, 21 Jun 1915, p. 2.
*"Edwin Rowe," Daily Messenger, McKeesport, 19 Jun 1915, p. 1.
*"Edwin Rowe," Pittsburgh Daily Post, 27 May 1925, p. 18.
*"Edwin Rowe," Pittsburgh Daily Post, 28 May 1925, p. 4.
*Edwin Rowe, Jr.'s Find-a-Grave account
*England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
*"James MacBeth," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 Nov 1948, p. 7.
*"Kurz and Allison 1892 Litho Great Battle of Homestead - Sep 29, 2018: Concept Art Gallery in Pa." LiveAuctioneers, https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/64488373_kurz-and-allison-1892-litho-great-battle-of-homestead.
*Madarasz, Anne. "The Homestead Steel Strike: Perspective on the Past." Making History: The Heinz History Center Blog, Senator John Heinz History Center in Association with the Smithsonian Institution, 10 July 2017, https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/blog/western-pennsylvania-history/homestead-steel-strike. Accessed 17 Mar. 2022.
*Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania (State). Death Certificates, 1906-1968; Certificate Number Range: 024111-027690
*Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania (State). Death Certificates, 1906-1968; Certificate Number Range: 048001-051000
*Priscilla (Rowe) Marsh's Find-a-Grave account
*"Rowe,' Pittsburgh Press, 09 May 1922, p. 31.
*"Rowe," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 03 Jan 1956, p. 33.
*Sarah (Rowe) MacBeth's Find-a-Grave account
*"Served but One Week." Pittsburgh Daily Post, 23 Jan 1895, p. 6.
*"The Rev. Thomas H. Rowe," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 09 May 1922, p. 10.
*"Well Known Homestead Lady Dead," Homestead News, 06 Mar 1907.
*Year: 1870; Census Place: Austintown, Mahoning, Ohio; Roll: M593_1239; Page: 23A
*Year: 1880; Census Place: Beaver, Clarion, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1117; Page: 38C; Enumeration District: 064
*Year: 1900; Census Place: Homestead Ward 5, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Page: 12; Enumeration District: 0405; FHL microfilm: 1241368
*Year: 1910; Census Place: Homestead Ward 5, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1294; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0099; FHL microfilm: 1375307

Much of the work below was a result of the genealogical research of Edwin Rowe's twice-great-granddaughter. The full article and additional photos of Edwin's family may be found at: https://www.thehomesteadcemetery.com/post/new-notable-person-edwin-rowe-sr-and-family

Edwin Rowe, Sr., was born in Crowan, Cornwall, Wales on Christmas Day, December 25, 1834 to parents, John and Eleanor (Rodda) Rowe. John worked as a mineral agent, while Eleanor kept house. He was one of five children, including John, Jr. (1829-1896), Edward (1831 - ?), Thomas Henry (1833-1868), and Mary (1837-1900) Rowe. He was baptized in Gwinear, Cornwall, Wales, on September 10, 1835, and worked alongside his father as an iron ore miner from a young age.

He married Catherine Morgan (a daughter of Thomas Morgan, born on April 27, 1833, in Caerleon, Monmouthshire, Wales), on August 25, 1855. Edwin was the first of his family to leave Wales for America, via Liverpool, England. He arrived in New York City, New York, via the S/S Colorado of the American-based Guion Line, on April 5, 1869.

Catherine followed him on the S/S Colorado, arriving August 10, 1869, with four of their children: Thomas Henry (named after his paternal uncle), Catherine "Harriet," Edwin, and Priscilla Rowe. They settled first in Ohio, per the 1870 census. Edwin, 37, found work as a coal miner, while Catherine, 35, raised the younger children. Their eldest, Thomas, 15, was hired as a farm laborer. Harriet, 11, and Edwin, Jr., 7, attended school, while Priscilla, 5, stayed home with her mother and infant female sibling who died in the years prior to the next census. So far, the infant's name has not been corroborated.

Prior to 1880, the Rowe's moved to Beaver Township, Clarion County, PA, presumably following coal mining work for Edwin, Thomas, and Edwin, Jr. The 1880 census lists the addition of two more children: Charles E. Rowe, 8, born on July 22, 1871 in Trumbull, Ohio; and Sarah Rodda Rowe, 6, born on May 29, 1874 in Youngstown, Ohio. Edwin's father, John, 75, was also listed as a member of the household following his journey to America. Eleanor, Edwin's mother, aged 65, had died on April 5, 1866, three years before Edwin left for America. Her death certificate, dated April 6, 1866, lists a week-long illness of bronchitis as her cause of death. She was buried in the St. Catwg's Churchyard, Pentyrch, Wales, along with her third son, Thomas Henry Rowe (1833 - 1868). John had never remarried. He was noted as being disabled, having only one arm and one eye.

They moved to 108 W. 10th Avenue and Amity Street of the 5th Ward of Homestead in 1880. He opened a carpet weaving shop at 210 E. Sixth Avenue, before relocating to Amity Street, following a residential move to 106 W. Tenth Avenue in 1898. He rebranded the business to include picture selling and framing.

Edwin, a skilled artist, found his first true success with his iconic picture, the "Great Battle of Homestead; Defeat and Capture of the Pinkerton Invaders – July 6th, 1892," which now hangs in the United States Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. The design was copyrighted in Washington, D. C., on October 11, 1892. The original 22" x 28" black and white piece was lithographed by Kurz and Allison Art Studio, Chicago, in 1892; copies hung throughout several important sympathetic locations in Homestead, including the Homestead based United Steelworkers Local 1397.

Edwin and Catherine were well-known members of the Homestead community for their contributions to the religious and cultural sects of the Borough: they were two of the eleven charter members of the First Baptist Church of Homestead, located at Ninth Avenue and McClure Street, organized February 16, 1884, and Edwin had also been a charter member of the Sons of St. George Lodge. It's interestingly noted in the Wednesday, January 23, 1895 edition of the Pittsburgh Daily Post that the Strike had created friction within the Homestead Baptist Church. The pastor, Rev. W. T. Galloway, had been a supporter of the strikers of 1892. As the church grew, many non-union men began to join the congregation, creating factions which were heatedly opposed to one another. The pastor, as well as Edwin, who had been the Treasurer and Deacon of the church, resigned from their posts in solidarity with the union members. The following week, Edwin reconsidered his resignation and was re-elected, ousting the interim Treasurer.

In 1917, after living in Homestead for 37 years, Edwin, Sr., moved to Squirrel Hill to live with his daughter, Sarah, and her husband, James MacBeth. Her family's home was located on Greenfield Avenue and Exeter Street. Thomas, Edwin's son and Sarah's brother, had also moved in with them following his divorce from his second wife, Mamie Crowshore Rohland, (m. 1892) which had been granted in 1897.

Edwin, Sr., died on May 26, 1925, at the impressive age of 90 from chronic nephritis. He was buried with his wife, Catherine, on May 28, 1925 in the Homestead Cemetery. Their graves were never marked. He left behind his daughters, Sarah and Priscilla; son, Charles; 21 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Information gathered from:
*Allison., Kurz &. "Great Battle of Homestead. Defeat and Capture of the Pinkerton Invaders, July 6th 1892." Library of Congress, 1 Jan. 1892, https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2003656885/.
*Charles Rowe's Find-a-Grave account
*"Edwin Rowe," Pittsburgh Pose-Gazette, 21 Jun 1915, p. 2.
*"Edwin Rowe," Daily Messenger, McKeesport, 19 Jun 1915, p. 1.
*"Edwin Rowe," Pittsburgh Daily Post, 27 May 1925, p. 18.
*"Edwin Rowe," Pittsburgh Daily Post, 28 May 1925, p. 4.
*Edwin Rowe, Jr.'s Find-a-Grave account
*England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
*"James MacBeth," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 Nov 1948, p. 7.
*"Kurz and Allison 1892 Litho Great Battle of Homestead - Sep 29, 2018: Concept Art Gallery in Pa." LiveAuctioneers, https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/64488373_kurz-and-allison-1892-litho-great-battle-of-homestead.
*Madarasz, Anne. "The Homestead Steel Strike: Perspective on the Past." Making History: The Heinz History Center Blog, Senator John Heinz History Center in Association with the Smithsonian Institution, 10 July 2017, https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/blog/western-pennsylvania-history/homestead-steel-strike. Accessed 17 Mar. 2022.
*Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania (State). Death Certificates, 1906-1968; Certificate Number Range: 024111-027690
*Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania (State). Death Certificates, 1906-1968; Certificate Number Range: 048001-051000
*Priscilla (Rowe) Marsh's Find-a-Grave account
*"Rowe,' Pittsburgh Press, 09 May 1922, p. 31.
*"Rowe," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 03 Jan 1956, p. 33.
*Sarah (Rowe) MacBeth's Find-a-Grave account
*"Served but One Week." Pittsburgh Daily Post, 23 Jan 1895, p. 6.
*"The Rev. Thomas H. Rowe," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 09 May 1922, p. 10.
*"Well Known Homestead Lady Dead," Homestead News, 06 Mar 1907.
*Year: 1870; Census Place: Austintown, Mahoning, Ohio; Roll: M593_1239; Page: 23A
*Year: 1880; Census Place: Beaver, Clarion, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1117; Page: 38C; Enumeration District: 064
*Year: 1900; Census Place: Homestead Ward 5, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Page: 12; Enumeration District: 0405; FHL microfilm: 1241368
*Year: 1910; Census Place: Homestead Ward 5, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1294; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0099; FHL microfilm: 1375307

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