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George Henry Clay Rowe
George Henry Clay Rowe (1/12/1830 - 3/16/1878), son of George and Lucy Rowe. was an attorney and involved with a newspaper - the Fredericksburg Democratic Recorder. He was educated at the University of Virginia. I have documents stating he had an office in a brick building back of Chancellor's and that he lived at Lowery's, on Main St.

He married Virginia Sledd, (born abt 1837) on October 20, 1853, in Henrico County, VA. Virginia died in April 1873 of Tuberculosis. She is buried in an unmarked grave at the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA. Virginia was the daughter of William (abt 1808 - 8/24/1869) and Julia A Franklin Sledd (abt 1810 - 2/22/1867). William's occupation was listed as a Butcher.

Nicknamed Clay, he and Virginia lived at 306 Caroline St in Fredericksburg. In 1858, the house caught fire at 3 am on 2/15/1858. Below is from the Fredericksburg News on 2/16/1858:

FIRE! - Mr G H C Rowe's handsome brick house on Main street, one square below the railroad, was discovered to be on fire about 3 o'clock yesterday morning. The inmates barely escaped. House and furniture were entirely consumed. Two sofas only were saved. The Insurance on House was $3,500 in the Mutual, and $1,700 on the Furniture in the Franklin Insurance Company. This will not cover Library, gold watches, money and other valuables destroyed. The fire was accidental, and originated in the basement.





At the time, the kitchen was in the English basement.

In 1862, he was taken political prisoner from his home, along with Dr W F Broaddus, in Fredericksburg and held for a little over a month in Capital Prison in Washington, DC (one of his children died during this). He wrote a Journal during his imprisonment.

In the 1870 Census for Spotsylvania County, he is not listed as the head of household, his wife Virginia is. George is listed as a former Lawyer at the age of 39. He is listed at the end of the Census after all of the children.

In 1874, his house on 306 Maine (Caroline) St was sold to Arthur H H Bernard for $3000

He died at Williamsburg in 1878. His death notice states he died of heart disease at the age of 48. He is probably buried in an unmarked grave at the Masonic Cemetery in Fredericksburg.

George and Virginia Rowe's children were:

Nannie Minor Rowe (1854 - 1/10/1879) - married Paul C Smith on 10/14/1877 in Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia. No children
William Wilson Rowe (4/30/1856 - 9/26/1865) - known as Willie
Eustace Conway Rowe (11/30/1857 - 11/16/1924), married Mary Leta Taylor (11/11/1858 - aft 1920) on 8/25/1881 in Richmond, VA. Died of Angina Pectoris (heart disease) Buried at Oakwood Cemetery, in Richmond VA
Virginia J Rowe (4/1860- 1862)

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