The Jasper ROWE Family near Riceville
April 9, 2003:
Al/Grace, Having jogged a few memories of my dad and older sister, Grace
said the other day that her family was Williams. (actually Williamson ... Al).
My father has a cousin Doug Williams who lives/ed in the west end of Toronto (Mississauga)
who is the son of Mable and Charles Williams, I believe, of Riceville. My dad,
whose memory is failing, believes Mable was the daughter of John Evans. He believes
John first employed my Grandfather, Jasper Rowe, when he left Riceville and moved to Ottawa.
John Evans is somehow my dad's uncle.
My dad confirmed that he was familliar with/remembers
but doesn't remember Percy Alexander
Maybe John Evans married one of the girls, Nettie or Maude
I'd be delighted to have a Rowe page on your website. Growing up I didn't know any
other Rowes nor did I hear the name very often. Now I hear it in ads on the TV (T Rowe Price)
and there's an announcer on a local radio station here, and lots of other references
on a monthly sort of basis. It would be interesting to see if anyone else of the Rowe clan responds.
Thx again, Rick
After you left on Sunday, I was looking through the history book we have on
area families and I found this:
William Rowe Sr. (1798) and Elizabeth (1808) came to Riceville and settled west of the
village, Lot 11, Concession 13, where they raised their family. According to the 1851 census,
John, William, Robert, Mary A., Thomas, Elizabeth, Alexander, James, Sarah, Henry and Richard.
Richard (known as Dick) married Fanny Conn and their children were:
- Percy Alexander
Dates of the death of William Sr. and Elizabeth and their places of burial are unknown.
Some of William's and Thomas' family remained in the area and some still live there today.
Since Jasper is not a common name in the area, I assume this is the correct family,
however you may want to search further. The 1881 census does not reveal a Jasper Rowe
(Roe) but you had mentioned that the family had moved to the U.S. at some point. The
census is taken every 10 years, so you may be able to trace the family through one
or more census.
I hope this information is useful to you.
Good luck in your search
Al, This info appears to be another couple of pieces of the puzzle.
Jasper had a brother Art(hur), whom he left home with, and started the
blacksmith shop at Billings Bridge in Ottawa that I mentioned.
Art went to war in Europe and married Winnie (an employee of the Cdn gov't whse
job it was to pay the soldiers recovering from wounds after the war). Art, Winnie
and their two children Harvey, and Francis moved to Detroit in about 1920. They bought a
farm in 1933 in Silverwood Mich. (Near Detroit) Art died there in 1967, Winnie died in
Sheboygan Mich in 1993. Art died in Indian River Mich in 2000 and his wife Marian still
In regards to my grandmother Ruby Rowe (Richards) I'm led to believe her family is from
the Rockland area and the family is buried in Beechwood Cemetary there. Maybe William Sr
& Elizabeth Rowe have some connection there. I'll see about that on my next visit.
In your experience, what should I do with this information? Is there a site where misc.
info is gathered or should I just keep it for my own use?
Thx a Million, Rick
Al, you had a book with you last Sunday that was titled Fournier.
There were a lot of Rowe's in it. Is it still available to purchase, and do
you know where I would get a copy?
Rick: I don't believe this book is available, but I'll try and find out. ... Al
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