Biographical Sketch of John Rowley

John (2), son of Ensign John (1) Rowley, was born at Colchester, July 7, 1727. He married, September 4, 1752, Rebecca Brainerd, of Middle Haddam parish, widow of James Brainerd, and daughter of Jacob and Rebecca Hurd. He was living in Colchester in 1763 and in Richmond. Berkshire county, Massachusetts, in 1772. He was a soldier in the revolution in the company of Captain Aaron Rowley, a relative, Colonel David Rosseter’s regiment of Berkshire county, and was at Bennington in 1797; also in Captain Rathbun’s company, Colonel John Brown’s regiment, in 1777, and in Captain Enoch Noble’s company, Colonel Ezra Wood’s regiment in 1778, as appears from the Massachusetts Revolutionary Rolls. He was one of the early settlers of Ontario county, New York. Children, born in Richmond : Jirah, mentioned elsewhere; Mindwell, born February 28, 1755; Mary, April 13, 1757; Seth, July 29, 1i59, a soldier from Great Barrington and Richmond in the revolution. Moses and Aaron Rowley, relatives of John, were also soldiers in the revolution from Richmond.

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