Samuel Rowley

Samuel Rowley's grave in the GAR Cemetery, Seattle.

Samuel Rowley’s grave in the GAR Cemetery, Seattle.

Served September 1899-January 1900

Samuel Rowley was born on January 7, 1830 in Dudley, Staffordshire, England. He married Alice Nicholson circa 1850. Rowley moved to the United States in 1851, and then reportedly returned to England. In 1860 he returned to the USA, where his wife and three children (Ben, Elisa and Anne) joined him in 1861. They settled first in Pennsylvania. They were still living there when the Civil War broke out. Rowley enlisted in the army, and served with Company B, 129th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. Between 1865 and 1885, the family lived in Keokuk, Iowa. Rowley worked as a miner in this area. During this time, five more children were born to the Rowleys: Cornelius, Samuel, Edward, Happy and Harriet.

It is not known precisely when Samuel Rowley moved to Washington State. He was appointed Town Marshal of Issaquah in September 1899, when Thomas Crossley ended his term early. Rowley would have been 69 years old at that time. It was a brief tenure; in January of 1900, Joseph Mason was elected to the post. At the time of the 1900 census, Rowley was living in Seattle. In 1910, he was living at the Soldier’s Home in Orting, Washington. He died on March 12, 1912, at the age of 81. He is buried at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Cemetery in Seattle.

Rowley’s son Cornelius “Neil” Rowley was one of the notorious Harry Tracy’s murder victims.

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