1845 - 1915

David Reed Rowell


David enlisted in the Confederate States Army as a private in Co. K 2nd Regt. 1st Brigade Georgia State Troops Oct. 10, 1861. He was discharged Dec. 28, 1861. He enlisted as a private in Co. B, 54th Regt. Ga. Inf. Sept. 23, 1962. Roll dated Feb. 28, 1863 , only roll on file, shows him present. He enlisted as a private in Clinch’s Battery GA. Light Artillery Apr. 24, 1864. He was sent home with typhoid fever Sept. 6, 1864 and was unable to rejoin command.


DAVID REED ROWELL, *CSA* was born Sept. 1, 1845, a son of James A. and Temperance “Tempie” (Dowling) Rowell. David married Louisiana “Lucy” Grooms Sept. 25, 1867, daughter of Josiah and Sara (Hagen/Hagan) Grooms. Lucy was born Nov. 9, 1841.


David and Lucy’s children:


1. James Joseph “Jim,” b. June 4, 1868, d. Dec 3, 1932 ; m. Australia “Aussie” Blount, 13 OCT 1889, b. Dec.10, 1874 d. Nov. 23, 1957, daughter of Alexander and Mary  Margaret (Jones) Highsmith Blount, Buried in Smyrna Cemetery, Brantley Co., GA.


2. John Reed, b. Apr. 17, 1870, died cir 1921;   m. Bessie Lee “Sis” Blocker, May 4, 1892, b. Jan. 18, 1877, d. Jan. 5, 1955, daughter of John Jasper and Margaret (Johns) Blocker. John Reed is buried in New Hope Cemetery, Brantley Co., GA and Bessie is buried in California.


3. Louisiana “Lou,” b. Sept. 29, 1871, d. Apr. 8, 1948; Never married; Buried in New Hope Cemetery.


4. Sarah Ellen “Bush,” b Oct. 3, 1874, d. July 3, 1957;  m. John Bailey Wainright June 10, 1903, b. Sept. 26, 1870, d. May 18, 1946, Son of Noah and Elizabeth (Knox) Wainright. Buried in Knox Cemetery, Brantley Co., GA.


5. Mary J., b. abt. 1876, probably died young.


 6. Monique “Monnie,” b. Jan. 20,1878 , d. Apr. 30, 1949; m. James Jesse “Little Jimmy” Griffin b.Nov.11, 1882, d. May 21, 1941. Son of James P. and Frances Rhoda Ann. (Raulerson) Griffin. Buried inb New Hope Cemetery.


 7. David Franklin “Frank,” b. Mar. 17, 1881, d May 11, 1965; m. 1st Julia Vashti Lynn  March 18, 1881, d. Dec. 31, 1918, daughter of Julia Maranda Lynn. m. 2nd Emma Conner b. Apr. 11, 1891, d. Mar. 30, 1978, daughter of Mary Conner. Frank, Julia, and Emma are buried in New Hope Cemetery.


 8. Clifford Frank, b. Jan. 4, 1882, d. Aug 9, 1951;  m. Ruth Bell Oct. 13, 1907, b. Oct. 7, 1889, d. Sept 3, 1981, Daughter of Leonard and Laranie (Lynn) Bell. Buried in New Hope Cemetery.


 9. Ronelda “Nellie,” b. June 20, 1885, d. Jan. 23, 1979; m. Willie Elwood Knox, Mar. 23, 1907, b. June 18, 1887, d. Mar. 21, 1935. son of Wiley Franklin and Nancy (Johns) Knox. Buried in Bethlehem Cemetery.


 David Reed Rowell died in 1915. Louisiana “Lucy” (Grooms) Rowell died in 1917. They are buried in New Hope Cemetery.


 Sources: “Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia 1861-1865” by Lillian Henderson, Volume 5, page 645; “Brantley County History Book” Volume 1.; Brantley County’s “Cemeteries and More” 2nd Edition, May 2002; information from Dorothy Johns Thomas, Latrelle Lyons Herrin, Sam Lyons, David Stewart and Jerry Van Herrin.


Submitted by Gaynell H. Sasser.


Military service was researched and a stone was ordered and placed by David Stewart in 2003. A dedication service was conducted on April 24, 2004, by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.


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