Goodspeed's Henry County Biographies - R surnames

William M. Rowe, farmer of the Fourth District and son of Adam and Mary (Sewell) Rowe, was born in the house in which he now resides in 1842 and is one of eleven children. The father was born in Muhlenburg County, Ky., in 1797 and being left an orphan at an early age, received no advantages for an education. He came to Henry County in the spring of 1820 and purchased the land on which our subject now resides. On September 17 of the same year he married a neighbor girl, the ceremony taking place under a small oak tree on his plantation, and is still standing and has grown to a mammoth oak. This was the first marriage in what is now Henry County. It was before the county was organized when the county business was transacted at Dover, in Stewart County, that being the place where he obtained his license. He continued to remain on the same farm till his career ended, March 25, 1883. He was one of the sturdy and prominent farmers in the vicinity, and a Christian gentleman. He served as a soldier in the war of 1812 and was under Gen. Jackson’s command at the time of the battle of New Orleans. Mrs. Rowe was a native of Muhlenburg County, Ky., also, born in 1802 and died in 1857. Our subject was reared under the parental roof and educated at the common schools of the neighborhood. In November, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, Confederate Army, where he remained till April, 1863, when he was taken sick and returned home. In December, 1863, he was captured while at home and soon after was taken to Camp Morton, Ind., where he remained about two months, after which he was taken to Ft. Delaware. In April, 1865, he was released and returned home after an absence of about thirteen months of hardship and suffering. In November 28, 1862, he married Mrs. Nancy E. Rowe, a native of Wilson County, born in 1834, and the daughter of Gilbert and Rebecca Young. Since his marriage our subject has resided on the homestead, and is now the owner of 300 acres of excellent land seven miles north of Paris. Mr. Rowe is a man of industry and frugality. He is one of the county’s best citizens. In politics he is a Democrat and cast his first presidential vote for H. Seymour. He and wife are worthy members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

J. M. Rushing, a native of Benton county, Tenn., was born May 22, 1836, son of Robert Rushing, native of North Carolina, and one of the early pioneers of the State, who died in Benton County in 1854. Our subject received a fair education, and assisted his mother on the farm till he was about twenty-two years of age. He then engaged in the merchandise business, which he carried on in connection with his farming up to the time of the late war. In May, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, Confederate Army, and served till the latter part of the war, when he was discharged on account of ill health. After his return home he engaged in the same business that had occupied his attention previous to the war, and has been quite successful. He soon sold his interest in the merchandise business and afterward engaged in the general produce and stock business, shipping all of the principal crops raised in the county, viz.: cotton, tobacco, etc., and has made it quite a success. He now owns one of the finest farms in this community---about 700 acres, all well improved. In March, 1861, Mr. Rushing married N. E. Diggs, who died June 6, 1876, leaving four children: J. Oscar; B. W., attorney at law at Barnum, Tex.; Bobbie H. and Lillie. December 23, 1877, Mr. Rushing married Sue M. Beasley, and the fruits of this union were two children: Nannie M. and a boy unnamed. Mr. Rushing is a Mason, a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and a Democrat in politics.