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The Family of Charles D. Rowe

According to the death record, Charles D. Rowe was born to Abram Rowe and Elizabeth Bomer (or Romer) in West Hurley, Ulster County, New York on the 4th March of 1866. He died in September, 1910. Family tradition says it was as a result of being kicked by a horse, while the death record says lobar pneumonia. That might make sense.

Soon after his marriage to Esther Sanford in Stamford in 1886, they took up residence "way up Bragg Hollow," which is a valley that leads westerly from Halcottsville, Delaware, New York. This would be in the same general vicinity that Esther was raised. The next farm up the hollow (to the west) was occupied by George Towsend. When I was a kid, you'd pass a deserted place on a steep stretch then as it leveled out the small stone house was on the left, and the barn was across the way. [Beware of those childhood memories; I haven't been up there in near 30 years.] A lane lead off to the left just beyond the dooryard, up to another farm. The road was not generally well maintained, and I can remember being impressed that a layer of tar and gravel had been applied recently when we were there once in the 1960's.

Charles and Esther had a total of nine children, all of whom were listed in the Application for Letters of Administration of Charles' estate by Esther, granted in December of 1910. Their names and years of birth: Bruce Charles, 1887; George Lewis, 1889; Bessie F., 1891; Carrie E., 1892; Maude E., 1893; Loren James, 1896; Augusta Marie, 1899; Blanche N., 1902; and Margery, 1906. The boys all appear in the county Militia Enrollment List for World War I, but I don't believe that any of them were called.

There are a number of near rememberances of oral history that go along with this family. Charles' father, Abram, may have been a tanner. Charles, while born in Ulster County, was raised primarily in Delaware County, where he met and married Esther Sanford. The family was of English extraction. Esther was not correctly recorded in the "Thomas Sanford" book by Carlton Sanford, because "they weren't talking to the rest of the family at the time." Charles died when he was kicked in the head by a horse.

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