John and Margaret's first son, John C
Rowe died at the age of 2. At the time of Edgar's birth,
John Gallatin Rowe was the pastor of a church in Westmoreland
Census in Hanover County places the family in the
Beaver Dam Depot. In the same year, the family returned
to Bowling Green, waiting for the war to conlude.
In 1879, Mr Rowe was licensed
to preach by the Bowling Green Quarterly Conference, Rev L Rosser,
Presiding Elder, and became a member of the Virginia Conference
in 1884. His first appointment, as pastor, was to the Church
in Murfreesboro, NC, where he served for 2 years, resigining
at the end of the second year to enter Princeton University
for special courses.He received his preparatory training
in private schools of Caroline County. Between 1879 - 1880,
he was a student at Randolph-Macon (GA), UVA, and Princeton
(circa '80s). He attended Princeton after he had entered the
ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, withdrawing
temporarily from the active pastorate for this purpose.
In 1881, he married Emma Byron
Scott, born 2/24/1847, sister of Alice Scott Chandler, founder
of Bowling Green Female Seminary. They
were two of the daughters of Francis Woolfolk Scott and Anna
On returning from Princeton Mr Rowe was appointed
to the Boydton (Virginia) Church, but after one year of service
he retired from the itineracy, on account
of increasing ill health, and was given an educational appointment,
by his Conference, to the Bowling Green Seminary, Bowling Green,
Va., of which institution he became principal in 1888. (Other
sources state that he bought the school in 1883, with Mrs Chandler
operating it as principal until 1897 when she moved to Georgia.
Edgar and Emma had one son, Edgar Scott Rowe
in August 1884. Emma died of complications from childbirth on
August 24, 1884.
In 1888, Edgar married Mary
Winslow Shaw, born 3/30/1863, of Elmwood, Massachusetts.
Their first son was born in 1890, named Winslow Rowe. He would
later die from a fraternity hazing at Randolph-Macon College
in the 1920s. Their second son, John Gallatin Rowe was born
10/26/1893 and died 6/10/1895.
In 1894, Mr Rowe was elected President of Wesleyan
Female College at Macon GA, the oldest female college in the
South, and served in this capacity for 2 yrs. On his acceptance
of the presidency of this school Bishop A G Haygood, a member
of the Board of Trustees, said, "I believe you are the
providential man for our college." Upon his retirement
from the presidency, Rev W P Lovejoy, also a member of the Board
of Trustees wrote, "I believe you have proved to be the
providential man for us," and the Board of Trustees, as
a body, passed resolutions in "appreciation of the able,
faithful, and successful services" rendered to the institution.
While President of Wesleyan Female College Mr Rowe was a member
of the South Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
Mr Rowe was elected President of Martha Washington
College, Abingdon, Va., upon his retirement from Wesleyan in
1896, but before entering upon his duties resigned the position
to take up again the presidency of Bowling Green Seminary. Upon
returning to Bowling Green larger plans were made for the Seminary,
and, in keeping with the enlarged plans, the name of the institution
was changed to Southern Seminary.
Their daughter, Orra Curtis
Rowe was born in October 1896 and their son Edgar Healey
Rowe, Jr was born in March 1898.
Mary Winslow Shaw Rowe died in October 1905
in Buena Vista, Virginia, of malaria or some type of blood disease.