Alden Boyington Rowe

Alden Boyington Rowe
Son ~ Brother ~ Husband ~ Father ~ Union Army Soldier ~ Farmer ~ Prospector

Born April 27, 1830 at Pleasant Ridge Plantation, Somerset County, Maine
Born to: George Rowe, Jr. & Olive Bumpus (descendant of Edward Bompasse and Richard Warren, the Pilgrims)
Died June 8, 1926 Eugene, Lane County, Oregon

October 19, 1863: Married Vesta Victoria Williams .  There were 8 children from  this marriage.

December 3, 1863~ mustered into the Union Army.
From his soldier's card. Basically, it says he enlisted as Private in the 5th Battery, Maine Light Artillery for 3 years. At enlistment, he was 32, married with light complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, a farmer and stood 5 ft. 8 in. tall. He was born and resided in Pleasant Ridge Plantation, in Moscow,  Maine. He was mustered out and honorably discharged on July 6, 1865.
(source: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine., Published 1861-1866 by Stevens and Sayward)

Another Document says: (Source: Xerox copy of original document.)
Feb 12, 1889
War Department, Adjutant General's Office...

Respectfully returned to the Commission of Pensions. Alden B. Rowe, a private of Company E, 1 Regiment Maine Lt. Artillery Volunteers, was enrolled on the 3 day of December, 1863, in Augusta, Me for 3 years and is separated: on rolls Jan, Feb /64 to April 30/65 present, May & June/65 no on file. Muster out roll of company dated July 6/65 Augusta, ME shows him mustered with company at said date and place a private. Regtl Hospital records furnish no information. Regtl Returns Oct/64 not reported absent, sick, or otherwise May 65. June 65 Not reported absent, sick, or otherwise. Company (morning??) report shows him Nov 7/64 sent to Hospital. Battery Medical records not on file. (Regt???) in action Oct 19/64 at Cedar Creek, Va.

Records show no evidence of alleged wound or disease, and no further evidence of disability. By R.C. Drum, Adjutant General


Winchester, Va. (Opequan, VA), Sept. 19, 1864.

OCTOBER 19, 1864, Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia: Alden was shot in the leg and he dug the bullet out with his boot knife and a piece of bailing wire.  

July 6, 1865~ Honorable Discharge as a Private from the Union Army.

1869: Alden Rowe & Family, and Brother Calvin B. Rowe make their way west to join others who have gone before them in search of gold in California. Gold Rush History 

1885 Tehama County Directory ~ Rowe, Alden - laborer, res Washington nr Ash, Red Bluff, CA.  (special thanks to: Janie for finding the information)

From Homestead papers from Don Sales:
ROWE, Alden B. Age 71 address = Greenleaf, OR
Original #9368 15 Mar 1899
F.C. #5159 18 Apr 1901
Land description = Lots 5, 6, 11 Sec. 36 Twp. 16S R8W
house built and residence established = 14 October 1890
house = box house 16 x 24 ft. with ell 12x 16 ft.
woodshed, barn, hen-house, garden, 55 fruit trees, berry bushes, etc.
Total Value - $1,000.00


Alden B. Rowe, 97, veteran of the civil war died yesterday at the home of
his daughter Mrs. E. L. Sales. 693 First Avenue west after a short illness.

Mr. Rowe was a member of the Adventist church. Funeral services will be
held a the Veatch Chapel at 2 p.m. today. Rev. Langberg Officiating.
Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

He is survived by four sons and three daughters namely as follows: Charles
of San Gabriel, Cal,: S. A. of Eugene; E.E. of Marshfield: Alfred D. of
Silverton; Mrs. Hattie A. Pensler and Mrs. Sales of Eugene; and Mrs. Lillian
Keith of Gardner.

Source: Eugene Morning Register, June 8, 1926. Page 2, Column 6.

Alden Rowe Buried - Funeral services for the late Alden B. Rowe, 97, civil
war veteran who died Monday, were held yesterday in the Veatch chapel,
interment taking place in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Rev. T.L. Langeberg pastor
of the Adventist church officiated.

Source: Eugene Morning Register, June 9, 1926. Page 5, Column 5.

Mysteries to be solved concerning Alden:
About 1869, Alden and Brother Calvin came west during the Gold Rush.
Supposedly, they lost contact with the family back east. Do you know who
they were?
EMBDEN TOWN OF YORE by Ernest George Walker
originally published in 1929 pg. 445-446:
"Yet another of Deacon Jonathan Fifield MOULTON's sons was Rev. Oliver 
MOULTON (1804-1851)....married in 1826 Susan FOSS (1809-1890) 
of Barrington...nine children...he left an interesting family... 
Ai MOULTON (1837-1915) ...His talented widow, Mary Ann (HODGDON)MOULTON 
survives him. Their children are George of Embden, living on his father's
farm; Mrs. Vesta WILLIAMS of Jackman; and Mrs. Mahlon BOYINGTON
 of Belfast."...  Thank you, Nadine Heppell 
Is this Mrs. Vesta WILLIAMS, our Vesta Williams and Was Alden Boyington ROWE
named after this Mrs. Mahlon Boyington or someone else in that family???

Son ~ Brother ~ Husband ~ Father ~ Union Army Soldier ~ Farmer ~ Prospector

Alden Boyington Rowe