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John Row

ROW, KNIVER, EVERINGHAM, SHOBER, SANBOWER, SHELTERS, DELL

Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 9/7/2017 at 18:58:21

John Row, farmer, Canisteo, was born 22 June 1820, in Albany County, New York, where he attended school one term. He is a son of Frederick and Maria (Kniver) Row, who were natives of Germany, and spoke the German language, but only one of their children learned to speak German.

When John was nine years of age his parents moved to Onondaga County, one mile from Syracuse. There they resided about nine years; and Mr. Row attended school a short time each year. In 1838 they removed to Stenson county, Illinois.

At the age of twenty-one Mr. Row left the parental roof, and with his grip on his back went to northern Iowa to seek his fortune. In Clayton County he purchased a claim, and for about fourteen years was a resident of this county.

At the outbreak of the Mexican war he enlisted as a private, but was discharged in two months.

In 1854 he came to Mantorville, locating on a farm immediately south of the village. The following year he moved his family here, and soon after built a steam saw-mill, where the Rockton mill now stands. This he operated about fourteen years. The mill was once burned down and rebuilt. He afterwards took in Mr. Adams as a partner; and a set of burs, for grinding feed, was added to the mill. About two years after this Mr. Row sold his interest and gave his attention to farming. In 1869 he bought a farm on section 2, Canisteo, where he now resides.

In 1848, at Dubuque, Iowa, he was married to Mary Everingham, a native of Canada, near Niagra Falls.

Two children were born, and named Candace and Scrus*. The latter was killed at the age sixteen years, by being thrown from a horse. The wife lived only a few years*.

Mr. Row was again married, to Sophia K. Shober, a native of Virginia. she was a daughter of George and Susan (Sanbower) Shober, who are now buried in the Mantorville cemetery. Three children have resulted from this union, as given below: Mary S. (now Mrs. Shelters); Fred S. and Edward J. Fred resides at Brookings County, Dakota and Edward is attending school at Wasioja. Mr. Row served one year supervisor in Mantorville, and one year in Canisteo.

~History of Winona, Olmsted & Dodge Counties [Minnesota]; 1884; pgs 1179-1180

*Notes:
The 1850 federal census, Clayton co., Monona twp. gives the names of John & Mary's children as Candis & Corris.

Mary Everingham Row died in January 1853 and is buried in the Monona City cemetery. She was the daughter of Jacob & Martha (Dell) Everingham.


 

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