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The Surname


occurs across the Midlands and surrounding counties.

The ancestry of the family in question begins with John Rowley, who married Sarah Baker in Tipton, Staffordshire, in December 1782. Prior to this there is no evidence of where John came from, although there is another Rowley (?James) marrying at around the same time.

John Rowleys Descendants

John's eldest son, Edward, was born in 1786 in Tipton. It is from Edward that all of the present family descend. Edward married Sarah Baker in Tipton in May 1804.


Edwards first child, Thomas,  was baptised in Dudley in 1804. The next child, Edward, was baptised in Tipton in 1807.  There followed Mary, baptised, and presumably born, in Tipton in 1809. Then followed John baptised in January 1812 in Brierley Hill, Staffordshire. So it seems that Edward and his family moved to Brierley Hill around 1810/11.


The rest of Edward and Sarah's children were born and baptised in Brierley Hill.

Edwards occupation - notes.

It seems that Edward, after enduring a variety of labouring occupations managed to save some money and purchase, or develop, a Public House, or 'Beer House' as it may have been described. At the time of the 1861 census he was the Proprietor of the 'Queen's Head' in Level Street. He was also the owner of several other Public Houses. Note other pubs. His grandson, Richard Ghent Rowley seems to have been born, according to his birth certificate, at 'The Round Oak.' This is presumed to mean the Public House of the same name, and not the locality, as the certificate says 'The Round Oak.'

By the time of his death in 1866 he was able to describe himself as a 'Yeoman.' His will was proved 13 May 1867 at Lichfield.



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