William Rowe (1775-1851) and Elizabeth Gaar (1781-1812)


William Rowe was born in Virginia, and Elizabeth Gaar was born in Madison County, Virginia.  They married in Madison County in 1801 and died in Kentucky.


William's parents: Thomas Row (1754-1840) and Rachel Keeling (1754-1829)

Elizabeth's parents: Benjamin Gaar (1748-1821) and Margaret Crigler (1759-1806)


Children of William and Elizabeth:

  • Mildred Roe (1802-1881) married George Westbrook Willson (1794-1871)
  • Benjamin Roe (1804-1870) married Catherine Burks, L. Livingston, Lucinda Rice
  • Harwar Roe (1805-1899) married Robert Rice (1802-1863)
  • Elizabeth Roe (1807-1893) married William Rice (1801-1878)
  • Enicy Roe (1809-1856) married Watson Rice (1809-?)


US Census records:

  • 1810, Madison County, Virginia; William, Elizabeth, and five children in the household, and one slave.
  • 1840, Garrard County, Kentucky; William and one other in the household.


In 1810 or 1811, William and his family migrated from Madison County, Virginia, to Mercer County, Kentucky, with the family of Elizabeth's father, Benjamin Gaar.  Elizabeth died in 1812, leaving five young children behind.  Seven months later, William married Agnes Alcorn, the widow of Anderson Rice, in Lincoln County, Kentucky.  Presumably, Agnes helped William care for his five children.