Biography of William Rowland
Marin County, CA Biographies





William Rowland. The subject of this sketch was born in the northern part of Ireland April 9, 1835. His parents brought him to the United States in 1840, settling near Burlington, Chittenden county, Vermont. Here the subject of our memoir was educated in the common schools. In the year 1852 he left New York harbor in the steamer "Northern Light," came to Panama, thence on the steamer "New Orleans" to San Francisco, arriving there December 14th of that year. Immediately after his arrival he, in company with three others, went to the mines at a place called Michigan Flat, on the south fork of the American river, walking the whole distance from Sacramento during some of the heaviest storms of that memorable winter. Was engaged in mining eight years. Worked at Hill's Bar on Frazer river in 1858, and in southern Oregon in 1859. On leaving the mines in 1860 he came direct to this township, settled near his present farm;which is bounded on the west by the Pacific ocean. His land numbers 1,070 acres in this locality, and 1,000 acres in Sonoma county. He was elected to the office of Supervisor of Margin county in 1876, which position he continuously held till the Fall election of 1879. Married Maria Johnson on November 16, 1864. She is a native of Vermont. Minnie A., Edwin Stanton, Ida C., and Estella are their living children. They havelost one, Arthur, at the age of seven years and seven months.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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