Lot 17 - CAPTAIN SILAS ROWLEY
was the son of Samuel, grandson of Thomas and great grandson of the first Thomas, who resided in Windsor in 1662. Bildad Rowley, buried in Lot 10, was the nephew of Silas. (Bildad's father, Job, and Silas were brothers.)
served in the Revolutionary War, leaving the Parish of Wintonbury from 1775 to 1783. He trained the militia in Wintonbury for a number of years after his return. In 1840, at the age of 79, he received a pension.
He and his wife, Christina, had five children:
SILAS, born November, 1785, died February 22, 1872. He and his wife, Abigail, are buried in this lot
, (probably the Clarissa named on the monument) born October 4, 1787 according to Stiles, but there is some question about this, for there is a discrepancy between birth and death dates and age.
She is buried in this lot.
BETSY, born August, 1792, buried in this lot.
HIRAM, born October 19, 1795.
, baptized 1804, died about age 6.
There is a grand old monument standing in the middle of Lot 17, listing the ones buried there. There are no other stones visible.
Inscriptions facing South:
"Capt. Silas Rowley, Died Oct. 1, 1854, Aged 94"
"Christana, His Wife, Died Jan. 26, 1840, Aged 79"
Inscriptions facing East:
"Clarissa Rowley, Died Nov. 30, 1834, Aged 33"
"Betsy Rowley, Died Aug. 15, 1867, Aged 74"
"Not lost - gone before"
Inscriptions facing North:
"Silas Rowley, Died Feb. 22, 1872, Aged 86"
"Abigail, His wife, Died Apr. 30, 1875, Aged 86"
Inscriptions facing West:
"Dea. Judah D. Viets, 1823 - 1909"
"Caroline E. Rowley, His Wife, 1826 - 1912"
"VIETS" is lettered on the base of the monument on this side.
FOUR SIDES OF THE ROWLEY MONUMENT
(Image 1 - Image 2 - Image 3 - Image 4 to be added)