Biography of Robert R. Dow of Pavilion, NY

Robert R. Dow was born in Glasgow, Scotland, about 1800, and came to the United States in 1820 with his parents. They located in York, Livingston County, N. Y., and took up 175 acres of land. The father of James W. married Sarah J., daughter of Reuben R. Wooster, of Livingston County, and they had eight children, two of whom died in infancy, and six survive, namely: James W., John R., Marion, Robert R., Margaret A., and Mary J. James W. Dow, born in York, Livingston County, February 7, 1837, was educated in the public schools until he was 16 years old. January 27, 1869, he married Margaret E., youngest daughter of James Copeland, of Covington, Wyoming County. They have two children: William D., born May 22, 1870, who was educated in the public schools and in the Normal school at Geneseo, and graduated from Rochester Business University; and James C., who was born July 25, 1873. Both reside with their parents. November 2, 1861, Mr. Dow enlisted in Co. G, 104th Inf. N. Y. Vols. (Wadsworth Guards), and participated in the battles of Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862; Rappahannock Station, August 17, 1862; Thoroughfare Gap, August 28, 1862; second Bull Run, August 30, 1862; Chantilly, September 1, 1862; South Mountain, September 14, 1862; Antietam, September 17, 1862; Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862; Chancellorsville seven days' fight, May 2 to 10, 1863; and Gettysburg, in the latter of which he was wounded, in the first day's fight, in his right wrist, with a minie-ball. July 10, 1863, he was granted leave of absence until January 9, 1864, when he reported to his regiment for duty, and remained with them until May 2, 1864. At the organization of his company, November 2, 1861, he was made second sergeant; September 12, 1862, was promoted first sergeant; October 31, 1862, to second lieutenant; and in June, 1863, was made first lieutenant. In May, 1864, he resigned on account of ill health caused by his wound, and applied for a position in the Veteran Reserve Corps, which he received as second lieutenant May 9, 1864. and was assigned to Co. E, 12th Regt. He was on duty at Prince Street prison in Alexander, Old Capital prison, Washington, D. C., and at the prison on Carl street, where he was one of the guards after the capture of Wilkes Booth and his conspirators until they were hung or sent to the Dry Tortugas. Mt. Dow was discharged from this important duty June 30, 1866. He is now a resident of the village of Pavilion, and by occupation a general dealer.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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