Ernest Gregor Rowe 1879-1912

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Tin miner in Cornwall. He went to N. America with his brother Thomas. Mined in Mexico, British Colombia and the Yukon before returning to become the foreman of a Cornish Tin Mine. Eventually went to S. Africa and mined gold in Johannesburg. Died young & is buried in Redruth Cemetery.

1879. Ernest Gregor Rowe was born 20/8/1879 at Goon Gumpas, Gwennap Redruth Dec 1879 to James Rowe, tin miner, & Elizabeth Williams . Registered 4/11/1879 by- the mark of- Elizabeth . The name Gregor would have come from his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Hall/Williams who married Thomas Gregor in 1866

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Above b.c. obtained in 2007

1881C. Ernest J Rowe, 1, was living Goongumpas, Gwennap, Redruth

James Rowe Head Married Male 48 1833 Carrier Of Tin Ores Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Elizabeth Rowe Wife Married Female 45 1836 Wife Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Autr Rowe Son Single Male 23 1858 Tin Miner Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Emily Rowe Daughtr Single Female 19 1862 Housemaid Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Thomas Fred Rowe Son Single Male 8 1873 Scholar Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Mary E Rowe Daughter Single Female 5 1876 Scholar Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Ernest J Rowe Son Single Male 1 1880 - Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Elizabeth Gregor Mother In Law Widow Female 74 1807 - Gwennap, Cornwall, England

1891C. Ernest G Rowe, 12, was living Gwennap, Redruth

James Rowe Head Married Male 57 1834 Farmer Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Elizabeth Rowe Wife Married Female 54 1837 - Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Mary E Rowe Daughter - Female 15 1876 Scholar Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Ernest G Rowe Son - Male 12 1879 Scholar Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Elizabeth Gregor Mother In Law Widow Female 81 1810 - Gwennap, Cornwall, England

1901C. Almost certainly abroad

His parents are indeed in the 1901C. James Rowe, 67, farmer, was living Goongumpas, Gwennap, Redruth

James Rowe Head Married Male 67 1834 Farmer Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Elizabeth Rowe Wife Married Female 64 1837 - Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Mary E Rowe Daughter Single Female 24 1877 - Gwennap, Cornwall, England

Ernest went to N. America with his elder brother Thomas. Mined in Mexico, British Colombia and the Yukon before returning to become the foreman of a Cornish Tin Mine . Eventually went to S. Africa and mined gold in Johannesburg

Searched FMP & Ancestry shipping records for Thomas - one, T F Rowe, correct age, mining engineer, found travelling from Valparaiso, Chile to Liverpool in 1899; another, Thos Rowe, correct age, miner, from N Y to Southampton in 1908. None found travelling with Ernest

1903. E.Rowe, born 1879, miner, travelled from N.Y to Liverpool- maybe him - Ancestry travel

1906 . Ernest G Rowe, 27, miner, married Clara Johns , 19, in Redruth parish church on 8/8/1906 . His father James Rowe, hers Thomas Johns, both miners . His address St Day, hers Trefusis Road, Redruth . Witnesses: John Charkes Legg and Mary Ellen Legg- this Mary E Rowe 1876. - Redruth Sep 1906.( Mary Ellen was Cilla's Great Aunt. She was married to John Legg - Grocer and farmer in St Day. Cilla once stayed with them in flat above the shop)

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A Newspaper annoncement- FMP- gives him as of Crofthandy, she of Higher Trefusis

1906/early 1907. Ernest & Clara must have travelled out to the Transvaal, S.A, where Olive was born 7 months after the marriage

1907. Olive Rowe was born Transvaal (Randfontein, Jo'Burg) on 28/3/1907 . Her b.c. is on her page . A quick birth!

 

No shipping records for Clara or Olive on FMP / Ancestry- records for South Africa poorly covered

1908/1909 . Clara and Olive, andindeed Ernest, must have travelled back to Cornwall

"My mother says that Ernest returned to England from South Africa with Clara , Olive and Wilfred in 1909 ( NO, Wilfred born in Jun 1909 qtr Redruth ) and Ernest worked at the South Crofty mine in Cornwall and they all lived at Raymond Rd " - doesnt quite fit with 1911 census unless Raymond Rd is in South DownsL no, it is not . Suspect Raymond Rd was where her mother, Eliza Johns, lived

1909. Wilfred Rowe was born Redruth Jun 1909, died 1976, became a Government Officer in Bulawayo, 2 daughters

1911C. Ernest Rowe, 31, tin miner, was living South Downs, Redruth . Married 5 years, 2 children, both alive. Living in 4 rooms South Downs a road 1-2 k S of Raymond Road

Ernest Rowe Head - Male 31 1880 Tin Miner Gwenap Cornwall
Clara Rowe Wife - Female 23 1888 - Redruth Cornwall
Olive Rowe Daughter - Female 4 1907 - Transvaal S Africa
Wilfred Rowe Son - Male 2 1909 - Redruth Cornwall

 

1912. Ernest Rowe, 33, gold miner, of Raymond Road , Redruth, died 28/12/1912 Redruth Dec 1912. Cause of death: pulmonary tuberculosis and exhaustion. Informant: Alfred Johns, brother in law, in attendance. Probate of £384 to John Charles Legg, provision merchant { this his brother in law, husband of sister Mary Ellen Rowe 1876}

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Buried in Redruth Cemetery, St Day Rd ( old place no longer used )

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Above d.c. obtained in 2009

 

Nothing on FMP Newspapers- a visit to Redruth Library to trawl through the local papers would likely give a report of his death

His last child , Ernest Rowe, was born early 16/2/1913, 7 weeks after his death Redruth Mar 1913

Children of Ernest & Clara

Descendants of Ernest 1913-1977 live(d?) in Zimbabwe & South Africa: Lorraine Simpson 1938, David & Elfrida Steyn 1945 ( On Sheets 3 & 4 of Cilla's extended family sheet)

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