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 John C. Rowland

John C. Rowland

Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Death 1 Nov 1914 (aged 69)
Barron, Barron County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Barron, Barron County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 7285838 · View Source
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John C. Rowland, was born October 20, 1845, near Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, son of Samuel Rowland and Sarah Cowan, both born in that state. He died November 1, 1914, at Barron, Barron County, Wisconsin, aged 71 years and 11 days, and was buried there in Lot 28, Bl.4. of Wayside Cemetery. The Rowland Family contains a G. A. R. style headstone of gray granite which is particularly striking and is inscribed "Rowland" and "Co. A. 112. N.Y. Vol. Inf." His gravestone is inscribed "Father J. C. Rowland Oct 20, 1843-Nov 1, 1914."

On Sep. 16, 1868 Samuel married Serena E. Forbush at Clintonville, Cattaraugus Co., New York. Serena was born April 1, 1848, in South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., New York, daughter of Daniel Forbush, born in New York, and Louisa Covell, born in Mass. She died Sep. 24, 1925, at Barron, aged 77 years, 5 months and 23 days, and was buried there beside the remains of her husband in Wayside Cemetery. Their four children were:

William H., b. 17 Dec 1870, died 26 Nov 1871;
Carl J., b. 11 Oct 1871, died 1953;
Evelyn L. and Everett L., twins, b. 12 Sep 1888.

Everett died in infancy. Carl J. Rowland is buried in the Rowland Family Plot at Wayside. Evelyn L. married Otto Maack, of Barron, and they had four children: Lawrence, Linaus, Merlyn and Florence.

In the 1890 U.S. Census, Special Schedule, John C. Rowland was listed as living in Barron, Barron County, Wisconsin, and as having served as a Private in Company A of the 112th New York Infantry, from August 8, 1862, to July 1, 1865, for total service of 2 years, 10 months and 22 days.

In the 1900 U.S. Census, John C. Rowland was listed as a 54 year old farmer, living in Barron Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, with his 52 year old wife Serena and their two children, 16 year old Carl J. Rowland and 13 year old Evelyn Rowland. They had been married 31 years, owned their farm with a mortgage and were the parents of four children of whom two were deceased.

In the 1910 U.S. Census, John C. Rowland was listed as a 66 year old farmer living in Barron Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, with his 51 year old wife Serena and their two children, 28 year old Carl J. and 23 year old Evelin Rowland. They had been married 43 years, owned their farm with a mortgage, and were the parents of four children of whom two were deceased.

In the 1920 U.S. Census, Serena E. Rowland was listed as a 71 year old widow living with her 36 year old son C. J. Rowland, a farmer in Stanfold Township, Barron County, Wisconsin. C. J. Rowland owned his farm with a mortgage and was the head of the family.

John was a Civil War veteran who enlisted August 8, 1862, at Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, to serve three years as a Private in the 112th New York Infantry. On September 11, 1862, he was mustered into Federal service with Company A at Jamestown, New York. At that time he was listed as an 18 year old, 5'6½" tall farmer, with brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. He had been employed hauling logs and lumber for the two years prior to his enlistment.

During his service John was reported as being sick at Folly Island, South Carolina since February 22, 1864, and sick at Bermuda Hundred since May 7, 1864. On November 24, 1864, he was given a furlough to recover at his home in Trewsbury, New York. Dr. A. C. Gibbs of that place examined him an on November 14, 1864, stated that John was unable to walk without a cane or crutch, and asked for a thirty day extension. Similar extensions were requested on December 13, 1864, January 10, February 4, and March 8, 1865, all of which were apparently granted.

On June 13, 1865, Company A was mustered out of Federal service. James was still sick at home and his discharge, dated June 29, 1865, was mailed to him at his home. On the muster our roster of Company A it was noted that he was due the last $75.00 of his enlistment bounty.

John was in many battles and engagements and was never wounded, but was severely sun struck, from which he suffered for some time after his discharge.

After his discharge, John resided in Onoville in Cattaraugus County, New York. On October 1, 1868, after his marriage, he moved to Fentonville, Chautauqua County, New York, where they lived for two years with his wife's parents. In the fall of 1870, they moved to Sheffield, Warren County, Pennsylvania, and in April 1871 to Brookston, Forest County, Pennsylvania, where they resided for five years. In May 1876, they moved to Pine Grove, Warren County, in the same state, where they resided for five years.

In May 1881, the family moved to Sumner Township, Barron County, Wisconsin. where he took a homestead of 120 acres in Barron Township. This was then wild timberland. He built a frame house and a log barn, and started to establish for himself a home and a farm. A little later he built a better set of buildings, of which everything burned in the great fire of 1898. Undaunted, he then started anew, and put up a good house, barn, and other structures.

In 1914 John sold out under advantageous circumstances. Previous to this he had purchased 160 acres in Section 29, Stanfold Township. This was partly improved, with a frame house and barn to which he added a granary, machine sheds and other structures as needed. His death, on November 1, 1914 at Barron, came soon after the sale of the old homestead. His widow and son, Carl, moved to the new farm where they carried on general farming and dairying with a fine herd of diary cattle.

John played an important part in the development of this region. As chairman of the township for many years during the days of its early progress, he did most efficient service, both for the town and for the county. He was especially active in laying out and improving roads. He foresaw the possibilities of the county, and with keen judgment realized that agriculture could never be successfully conducted with profit to the farmer, unless the roads were such as to make marketing safe and easy. Accordingly, he devoted much of his attention to development along these lines. He was a leader and his neighbors in personal as well as in public affairs often sought his judgment.

John was very interested in the Civil War and corresponded with many veterans who had achieved high rank in the war and achieved prominence afterwards. He wrote a series of letters about 112th New York Infantry, which were printed in the Barron County News Shield as "The Making of A Regiment."

On August 23, 1878, John C. Rowland filed Application No. 259,416, for an Invalid Veteran's Pension which was approved under Certificate 272,236. On February 11, 1915, Serena E. Rowland, filed Application No. 1,041,569, for a Widow's Pension, which was approved under Certificate 821,420.

References; 1900 U.S Census, Barron Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, June 4, 1900, ED 2, Sheet 2A, Lines 5-8, Family 13/13. 1890 U.S. Census, Special Schedule, Barron, Barron County, Wisconsin, ED 4, Page 2, Family 67/67. 1910 U.S. Census, Barron Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, Apr 29, 1910, ED 4, Sheet 6A, Lines 48-51, Family 104/107. 1920 U.S. Census, Stanfold Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, Jan 8, 1920, ED 27, Sheet 3, Lines 81/82, Family 60/60. Death Certificates, John C. Rowland, Volume 5, Page 378 and Serena E. Rowland, Volume 11, Page 311, Barron County Register of Deeds, Barron, Wisconsin. History of Barron County, Page 173. The History of Barron County, Wisconsin, page 173, published in 1922 by H.C. Cooper, Jr. & Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota.



John C. Rowland was born in Chautauqua County, N. Y., Oct. 20, 1843. His parents moved to Pennsylvania when he was a boy and there he grew to manhood. He enlisted in the 112th N.Y. Infantry the second year of the Civil war and served faithfully until it's close.

He was married to Serena E. Forbush the 16th day of Sept. 1868 at Trentonville, N. Y. Three children were born to this union one son having died in infancy. They moved to Barron county 33 years ago and settled on the homestead where his death occur-red Nov. 1, 1914. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, one son and one daughter.

The funeral was held at the M.E. church Tuesday afternoon and he was laid to rest in the Barron cemetery.

Card Of Thanks

We wish to thank all our friends and neighbors, also the G. A. R. and Relief Corps for their kindness and help during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father; also for the beautiful flowers given. Mrs. J. C. Rowland. Carl J. Rowland. Evelyn L. Maack. [Friday, November 6, 1914 in the Barron County Shield, Barron, Wisconsin.]

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