Plymouth County Biographies

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Henry Rowley

Henry Rowley was an early planter at Plymouth, Mass., where he was taxed in 1632. It is possible that he was one of the company that came over from Leyden to Plymouth in 1630. It has also been conjectured that he came with Mr. Hatherly in 1632. 1 have found nothing by which either conjecture can be verified. It is probable that he was married when he came over, and that his three children were born before that time. It has been declared that his first wife was Sarah, daughter of William Palmer Senior, of Duxbury. The latter came over in the Fortune in 1621, and his wife Frances came in the Anne in 1623. In his will, dated 1637, William Palmer names "Moyses Rowley (son of Henry1), whom I love," and provides for his bringing up, but does not state what relation Moses was to himself. Henry Rowley m. Oct. 17, 1633, Anne, widow of Dea. Thomas Blossom, who embarked in the Speedwell at Leyden in 1620, but being obliged to return to Leyden, came over to Plymouth in 1629, where he d. previous to March 1632-3. Henry and Anne Rowley removed to Scituate in 1634, the year he was elected freeman. Both were members of Rev. John Lothrop's church on Jan. 8, 1634-5, and removed with him to Barnstable in 1638. He was a deputy from Barnstable to the General Court of Plymouth at least once.

Thomas and Peter Blossom came to Barnstable with their mother, Mrs. Rowley, and were probably members of the family of their father-in-law. In 1650 Henry Rowley removed, with his son-in-law, Peter Blossom, to West Barnstable, and later to Falmouth. Henry Rowley d. in 1673. Inventory of the estate of "henery Rowley of Sacconessett," exhibited in Court, July, z673, on oath of Moses Rowley. "Item: a debt of twenty-nine pounds due from Jonathan Hatch upon the repurchase of a parsell of land which the said Hatch sold to said Henery Rowley with that limitation provided." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. iii, part 2, p. 93.

Source: "The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record" by Homer W. Brainard, Pub. January 1906. Page 58-59