This Rowberry family goes back to 1748/1749 to Thornbury, Herefordshire, England
where the first known Rowberry was born.  Who his parents are, we arenít sure, but this story will tell about his descendants as we know them today.
Bishop John Rowberry
1823 - 1884
  John Rowberry was born about 1748/1749 in Thornbury, Herefordshire England.  He married 16 year old Ann Owens on the 24th of May 1775 in Kyre, Worcestershire, England.  John died at age 73 in January 1822 at Collington, Herefordshire England and Ann died at age 54 in Collington.

  John and Ann had 4 children:
1)  William born abt 1776 Collington, Herefordshire  d. 1830
2)  Mary born abt 1779
3)  Sarah born May 6, 1781 Kyre, Herefordshire
4)  John born August 1785 Collington, Herefordshire  d. August 26, 1844 Nauvoo, IL

  When he was 31 years old John Rowberry, the 4th child of John and Ann Rowberry married Mary Parry daughter of Richard Parry.  They married in Bishops Frome, Herefordshire, England on May 1st, 1817.  Mary was 22 years old.  Just 8 1/2 months later their first child was born, Mary on the 19th of January 1818.  John and Mary lived in Bishops Frome, Herefordshire for the next 17 years from 1818 to 1835 where 5 more children were born to them:

  John and Mary had 6 children:
1)  Mary born January 19, 1818 Bishops Frome, Herefordshire  d. July 15, 1840 Wellsville, UT.  Mary married William Jenkins, on July 1st, 1840, Worcester St John Bedwardine, Worcestershire, England.
2)  Ann born April 16, 1820 Bishops Frome, Herefordshire        
3)  John born August 16, 1823 Bishops Frome, Herefordshire  d. April 4, 1844 Tooele, UT
4)  William born October 8, 1827 Bishops Frome, Herefordshire
5)  Thomas born December 2, 1830 Bishops Frome, Herefordshire  d. Sept 12, 1896 Rexburg, ID   Thomas married Harriet Barlow Hall, May 30th, 1856, St. Louis, MO
6)  Edward born abt 1835  d. July 11, 1869

  The Rowberry family were members of the United Brethern Church in England when they heard the gospel by Elder Wilford Woodruff in 1840.  A note in President Wilford Woodruff's journal shows that he baptized John on the 21st of June 1840, at Fromes Hill, Herefordshire, England.  Not long after, Mary and her husband William Jenkins emigrated to America on the Isaac Newton, a 595 ton, full rigged sailing ship.  The Isaac Newton was the first vessel to bring the Saints to New Orleans.  The emigrant company of which they were members arrived in New Orleans on the 21st of December 1840.  

  Not much is known about John and Mary except that they left England with the rest of their family sometime after June 1841 and joined the other Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois.  Mary died August 6, 1844 and just 20 days later John died at the age of 59, on August 26  in Nauvoo, Illinois.    These were hard times at the Mormon settlement,  Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by an angry mob on June 27, 1844, so close to the time John and Mary died, was the cause of their deaths due to natural causes, sickness or  something else?  
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My many Thanks to Polly Rubery for all her help in my research on the Rowberry family,
 I could have never done this with out all her help and encouragement.