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Photographer William Rowe
Active Period c1861 - 1869
Lifespan Born:  c1837  West Cowes, IOW Died:  1869  West Cowes, IOW
Studio Addresses West Cowes
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Family History

William Rowe was born c1837 at West Cowes, the son of a bookmaker James Rowe and his wife Sarah, both of whom were from Devon.

In the 1851 census, 14 year old William was found living with his parents and siblings at 1 Thetis Terrace, West Cowes. Despite searching the 1841 census, the whereabouts of the family has not yet been positively identified.

At the time of the 1861 census, 24 year old William was lodging in East Stonehouse, Devon and occupied as a photographic artist. It is possible he had relatives in that area which attracted him.

In 1862, William was back on the Island where he married Emily Jane Taylor of similar age at Holy Trinity Church, West Cowes. No children appear to have been born to this couple on the IOW.

William Rowe died at West Cowes in September 1869 at the age of 33 and was buried at Northwood Cemetery. The newspaper announcement of his death (see below) refers to him being a photographer, but he is described as an artist in the burial record. His widowed wife, Emily, died in March 1921 at the age of 84, and was buried in the same grave as her late husband at Northwood Cemetery.


Further Notes "On the 14th inst., at Cowes, Mr. WILLIAM ROWE, photographer, aged 33 years."
IW Observer, 18 Sep 1869

My thanks to Ann Barrett for supplying the above press cutting.


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