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George Rowe (1793-1866) and Lucy LEITCH (1798-1863) were married on February 10, 1817. Both were born in Stafford County, Virginia and were known to be strict Baptists.

George Rowe was a businessman (a butcher and a farmer) in Fredericksburg from 1810-1851 when he retired and was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel. Served as a Baptist Minister for Salem Church in Spotsylvania and with the African Baptist Church (later known as Shiloh - Old Site) in Fredericksburg until his death. He weighed nearly 300 lbs, while wife, Lucy, was an unusually small woman. Rev Rowe built the Rowe house on upper Hanover street, #601, where the family resided during the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Dora Jett's book on Fredericksburg, "Minor Stories on Major Folk"

George was the son of John Rowe (4/ 25/1762 - 4/10/1799) and Sarah PEYTON (4/3/1767 - 3/5/1856). George was a Baptist minister.

Lucy was the daughter of Benjamin LEITCH (1754 - 4/2/1812) and Elizabeth PEYTON (died after 1811).


Lucy LEITCH Rowe and youngest daughter Rebecca Ella Rowe, known as R Ella

Both paintings on this page are believed to have been painted by John Adams Elder (1833 - about 2/25/1895), Civil War era artist.

George and Lucy's son George Henry Clay Rowe helped finance his art training in Europe, specifically, Dusseldorf, Germany under the instruction of Emanuel Leutze (1816 - 1868), in the years prior to the Civil War. He was present when "Clay" was arrested by the Union and held as a political prisoner

Their children were:
Absalom Peyton Rowe (11/17/1817 - 6/2/1900), married Almedia Frances Gayle (1828-1913)
Albert B Rowe (12/17/1819-5/8/1848), buried in Masonic Cemetery in Fredericksburg
Sarah E Rowe (7/11/1822- 2/26/1824)
Mary Ann Rowe (10/8/1824-7/5/1902), married John Luck (1/6/1827-10/29/1888)
John Gallatin Rowe (2/27/1827 - 4/16/1891), married Margaret Purcell (1830-1914)
George Henry Clay Rowe (1/12/1830 - 3/16/1878), married Virginia Sledd (1837-1873)
Robert Semple Rowe (1832- 1912), married Lavinia Greenwood (1838- aft 1912)
Lucy Frances Rowe, aka Fannie, (1834-1873), married William T King (abt 1830 - ?)
James Montague Rowe (1837-6/26/1838)
Edgar Cephas Rowe (10/29/1839 - 2/12/1904), married Emily Sledd (1839 - abt 1902)
R Ella Rowe (1/31/1847-?), married Valentine Brown
(abt 1844 - ?), in 1869

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