Beneficiary of part of the compensation for the Bagdale and Fullerswood esates in St Elizabeth, the compensation for which was awarded to John Griffith as 'Trustee of William Rowe an Infant and Annuitant.'
The Bagdale and Fullerswood estates had belonged to James Rowe of Great Torrington Devon. The family appears to have moved to Jamaica, with little trace in Devon after c. 1785. In 1780 his children were identified as William Rowe of St Elizabeth (the eldest and heir apparent), James Rowe the younger of St Elizabeth, John Rowe of Great Torrington clerk, Charles Rowe of St Elizabeth and two daughters, Judith and Mary of Great Torrington. The will of James Rowe of Great Torrington was proved 07/09/1785: the James Rowe deceased shown in Jamaica Almanacs of the 1820s was presumably his son (or grandson) and William Rowe the minor of the award his grandson or great-grandson. The Rev. James John Rowe (q.v.) was also a member of this same family, the son of James Rowe of Redland Gloucestershire whose will was proved 29/01/1821.
A William Rowe (1813-1897), identified in genealogical sources as son of Charles Rowe and Mary Gauntlett, was possibly the William Rowe aged 37 West India merchant born Jamaica living in 1851 in Edge Lane, West Derby. John James Rowe, a South America merchant of Liverpool who died in 1875, leaving £180,000, was the son of Charles Rowe (1754-1821) of Grant's Green estate in Manchester.
T71/870 St Elizabeth no. 371
Devon Record Office, Miscellaneous Devon Documents, 3012Z/T/5 and 3012Z/T/6, http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/A2A/records.aspx?cat=027-3012z&cid=-1#-1 accessed 11/03/2013; PROB 11/1134/82; PROB 11/1650/308.
1851 census online; private communication from W.D. Rubinstein 30/12/2013.
£4,673 9S 7D