Moses Rowley was born November 10, 1654 in Barnstable, Mass. He was a descendant of Mayflower Pilgrim Edward Fuller.
Moses' Rowley (Moses,' Henry1), b. Nov. 10, 1654, in Barnstable; d. July 16, 1735, at East Haddam;
m. (i) Mary Fletcher (?); date of her birth, marriage and death not found;
m. (2) after Feb. 17, 1714-5, Mary, widow of Samuel Corbe of East Haddam, who d. there April 10, 1694. She was the dau. of Thomas and Frances Crippen of Falmouth, Mass., and East Haddam. She d. June 9, 1764, in the 97th year of her age, according to her gravestone at East Haddam.
The proof of the second marriage is found in the will of Samuel Corbe of East Haddam, probated Oct. 29, 1757 (Probate records at Colchester, Vol. II, p. 447), which mentions "Azariah Heath that now lives with me, who is to provide for the comfortable support of my mother, Mary Rowley."
In 1685 Moses' Rowley, junior, aid of one of the constables in the execution of his office was struck by Christopher Gifford of Suckanesset "on ye head with a certain stick or club, thereby fetching blood and shroadly wounding him to his great hurt and damage." Gifford had to pay Rowley ^20 for the wound, and other fines and costs. (Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. VI, p. 180.)
Moses' Rowley took the freeman's oath at Succonesset (Falmouh) in 1690, and a few years later removed to East Haddam. He and his wife were admitted to the church in East Haddam, Nov. 12, 1704, the year of its organization. We found no record of the births of his children either at Falmouth or East Haddam. The list below is from his will (Hartford probate records, Vol. XII, p. 330), which reads as follows:
WILL OF MOSES* ROWLEY.
In the name of God. Amen. This Twenty fourth of March, 1734-5- I Moses Rowley of the Town of East Haddam in the County of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut Calling to mind my mortallity knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die, being sickly and weakly in Body but of perfect mind Do make & ordain This my last Will & Testament principally and first of all: I do Give and bequeath my Soul to God who gave it me & my body to the Dust from whence it was Taken to be buried in Christian Decent buriall at the Discretion of my Executors, Nothing Doubting but I shall Receive the Same again by the mighty power of God at the Generall Resurrection of the Dead, and as Touching that Small part of Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with, which I have not as yet Disposed of, I Give, bequeath & Dispose of as In maner followeth Imprimus I Do give & bequeath To my Loving sons, viz: Moses, Samuell, Ebenezer & Jonathan Rowley all My Lands known by the Name of the purchase Land or Lots Equally to be Divided Among them alike that Is to say if the sd purchasers are pleased to Divide the Same, Then I do give and Bequeath it them and their heires as in maner abovesaid, but if the said purchasers should not Divide sd Land but Let it Lye for the use first Intended then I Do give and Bequeath it to that use viz for the Gospel in this place.
2ly—I do give and bequeath to my Loving son John Rowley all my Carpenters Tools. 3ly I Do give & bequeath to my loving Son Jonathan Rowley my Cart boxes & bands, my Small ax and broad hoe—4ly I Do Give & Bequeath to my loving Daughter Hannah Rowley that Cow that my son John Rowley now hath and six sheep, my bed that I now Lye on, and all the Beding belonging to the same, and all the household Goods that I now have —Sly I Do Give and Bequeath my wearing Cloaths to my loving sons viz Moses, Samuell, John, Ebenezer & Jonathan Rowley and whatsoever Else which I shall have at my decease of Estate that I have not disposed of as abovesaid to be Equally Divided among them, Excepting Twenty Shillings apiece to be paid out of the Same to my Three Loving Daughters viz: Mary Olmsted, Nem fuller, & Mehitabel Chapman.
Furthermore my will is that my son Samuel Rowley of Hebron and Ebenezer of East Haddam be Executors to this my last Will & Testament, and That they should be Reasonably allowed for their Trouble and I the said Moses Rowley Do hereby Disalow, Revoak & Disanull all other former wills & Testaments & bequests whatsoever, Ratifying and Confirming this to be my last Will & Testament & no other. In witness whereof I the sd Moses Rowley have hereunto set my hand & Seal this day & year within Written.
John Fuller Moses Rowley & Seal.
John Persivall Ebenezer Fuller.
Inventory taken 19 August, 1735, by Thomas Gates and John Fuller, amounted to ,£32 125.
Children born in Falmouth:
i. Mary,' b. - ; m. Capt. Samuel Olmsted, son of Samuel and Mary (Lord) Olmsted, of Hartford and East Haddam. He d. July 27, 1747, aged 71 years. The date of her death not found. Children: Sarah, b. - 29, 1699; d. March 10, 1724; Eunice, b. Sept. 18, 1701; Samuel, b. Sept. 8, 1703; William, b. Nov. 21, 1705; Jonathan, b. Nov. 9, 1707; d. Sept. 20, 1725, while a "Freshman at Yale College;" Dorothy, b. March 21, 1715; Abigail, b. June 10, 1716; d. April 5,
ii. Moses, b. - ; m. Martha Porter.
iii. Naomi, b. - ; m. Samuel Fuller; living in 1764.
viii. Mehitabel, b. about 1698; m. Jan. 16, 1717, Henry Champion, of East Haddam. She d. there Oct. 4, !775i in 78th year. (For descendants see Champion Genealogy!)
↑ note: Beulah Mae Moberly Smith Moberly-82 found at the court house at Middleton, Ct, Vol 2 page 1121, a record of Ebenezer Rowley and his wife Mary Church, date of marriage, names of all their children and their dates of birth.
Copy of will sent by Ralph Rowley Rowley-2186 off the internet "Rowley Registry". Will dated 24 March 1734/35. Proved 7 Oct 1735. (Hartford Probate Vol XII:330}. Submitted by Gerald Smith Smith-75958 son of Beulah Mae Moberly Smith Moberly-82 who was in communication with Ralph Rowley Rowley-2186.
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 37. By Richard Henry Greene, Henry Reed Stiles, Melatiah Everett Dwight
MacGunnigle, Bruce Campbell. "Mayflower Families Through Five Generations Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass, December 1620, Volume Four, Third Edition, Family of Edward Fuller." Plymouth, MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2006, pg 32-3
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Moses by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Moses: