James G. Rowley was born in New Albany, Aug. 17, 1824, of parents, Alphus and Achsah (Wilson) Rowley, neither of whom are living. He was married in the city of his birth, in 1869 to Mary Simms who was born Jan. 20, 1841, in Harrison county, Indiana. Her father, John W. Simms born in 1811, is still spared at the age of 80 years; her mother, Susan (Holtsclow) Simms is still living, at the age of 70 years. Four children were born to them: George L., Harry, Blanche and William. Comrade Rowley was a blacksmith by trade when he entered the Federal Army, at New Albany, Ind., as Corp., Jan. 24, 1865, in Co. A, 144th Ind. V.I. He did not take part in any regular battles as his services consisted principally of scouting, skirmishing, general guard and garrison duty, mostly in the Shennandoah Valley. He was granted an honorable discharge Aug. 5, 1865, at Stevenson Station, Virginia, at the close of the war. His wife’s father, John W. Simms served about one year in the Mexican War. Comrade Rowley is in receipt of a well-deserved pension and he may be addressed at Lanesville, Harrison county, Ind., near which place he is at present engaged in farming.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
N.Y., Toledo, Chicago
Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike