Friday, October 16, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 94: #114 Philip Row (1753-1817)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I am extending this theme in 2015 to 104 Ancestors in 104 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #94:

Philip Row (1753-1817) is #114 on my Ahnentafel list, my 4th great-grandfather, who married #115 Mary Smith (1752-1842) in 1772.

I am descended through:

* their daughter, Anna Row (1787-1860) who married #56 John Auble (1780-1831) in 1804, 

*  their son, #28 David Auble (1817-1894), who married #29 Sarah G. Knapp (1818-after 1900) in 1844.
*  their son #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916), who married #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer in 1918.
*  their daughter, #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                         Philip Row[1, 7-8]   

*  Alternate Name:         Philip Rau [2-6]

*  Sex:                          Male   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                        about December 1752, probably New Jersey, United States[1]   
*  Military:                   from July 1776 to February 1780 (from about age 23 to about 27), New Jersey, United States[1]   
*  Baptism of child:      7 April 1779 (about age 26), baptism of son John Jacob Rau; Zion Lutheran Church, Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[2]   
*  Baptism of child:      6 September 1779 (about age 26), baptism of daughter Elisabetha Rau; Zion Lutheran Church, Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[3]   
*  Baptism of child:      7 September 1785 (about age 32), baptism of son William Rau; Zion Lutheran Church, Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[4]   
*  Baptism of child:      11 October 1791 (about age 38), baptism of son Philipp Rau; Zion Lutheran Church, Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[5]   
*  Baptism of child:      4 September 1796 (about age 43), baptism of son Johannes Rau; Zion Lutheran Church, Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[6]   
*  Death:                       9 June 1817 (about age 64), Tewksbury, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[1]
*  Probate:                    2 July 1817 (about age 64), will proved, Tewksbury, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[7–8]    
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                 Mary Smith (1750-1842)   
*  Marriage:                 9 July 1772 (about age 19) , probably Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[1]   
*  Child 1:                    Mary Row (1773-    )   
*  Child 2:                   Elisabetha Row (1776-    )   
*  Child 3:                   John Jacob Row (1779-    )   
*  Child 4:                   Peter Row (1782-    )   
*  Child 5:                   William Row (1785-    )   
*  Child 6:                   Anna Row (1787-1860)   
*  Child 7:                   Phillip Johannes Row (1791-1874)   
*  Child 8:                   Johannes Row (1795-    )   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

 Some online family trees and websites claim that the Philip Rau/Row of Hunterdon County, New Jersey was the Philip Jacob Rau, the son of Johannes Rau (1722-1771) and Catherine Loscher of Dutchess County, New York.  However, there is no birth record for a Philip Jacob Rau in late 1752, but there is a baptism record for a Johannes Rau born in October 1752 to Johannes and Catherine (Loscher) Rau.

Mary Row's Revolutionary War pension affidavit says that when Philip Row married Mary Smith on 9 July 1772 he was 19 years and 7 months old[1].  Therefore he was born in about December 1752.  The affidavit does not indicate where Philip Row was born, but it was probably in New Jersey.  

Phillip Row was a Revolutionary War soldier in the New Jersey Line. His widow applied for a pension on 4 February 1840 in Morris County NJ[1].  The application states she was 85 or 86 in 1840, and that the soldier married Mary Smith 9 July 1772 at which time the soldier was age of 19 years 7 months and she was age 21 years 8 months and their first child Mary was born 19 July 1773.  Phillip lived in Hunterdon County NJ at enlistment and the widow lived there when she applied in Morris County NJ.  

Philip and Mary (Smth) Row had eight children born between 1773 and about 1796, all in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.   Five of them (John Jacob, Elisabetha, William, Philipp and Johannes) were baptized and recorded in the Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick to parents Philip and Maria Rau[2-6].  
The Revolutionary War Pension File declaration made by widow Mary Row states[1]:

"Declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the 5th section of the act of Congress of the 4th July 1836.
State of New Jersey, County of Morris,

"On this 4th day of February, 1840, personally appeared before the subscriber, a Judge of the Superior Court of Common Pleas of said County of Morris, Mary Row, aged 85 or 86 years, a resident of Tewksbury township in the County of Hunterdon, believed by me to be a woman of truth & unblemished character, & who from age & bodily infirmity, I certify is unable to attend Court at the Court house, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath render the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 4th 1836:

"I am the widow of Philip Row, who was a Militia soldier in the war of the Revolution & performed militia duties as I verily believe in every year of said war from its beginning to its end.  He was at first a private soldier & lived in the bounds of Captain Godfrey Reinhardts Company, under whose command as Captain or as Major, most of his Militia duties were performed.  He also belonged to Colonel Mehelm's Regiment of the Hunterdon Militia when home he often mentioned as well as the names of Colonel Frelingheusen & Colonel Seely, General Winds & General Dickinson, under whom he served at various times & places.  It is not in my power to mention but a very few of the Services of my said husband, but some of his duties I have heard him speak of, as well as of some of the battles in which he was engaged.  I have hear him tell of the battles of Millstone, of Monmouth & Springfield, in all of which I believe he was engaged.  In the early part of the war, he carried his Rifle as a private, & on the promotion of Captain Reinhardt as Major, my husband was promoted to be an Ensign as I believe & afterward to be a Lieutenant.  He had a suit of Regimentals which he wore when he went on duty as an officer c Blue Coat faced with Red, & an Epaulette on his Shoulder.  I do not know what became of his commission, nor do I know that he ever recd a discharge in writing.  I have often prepared his knapsack with provisions, & fitted him off with clothes & ammunition & he would be absent from home sometimes a month & sometime longer on militia duty, leaving me with our Children to provide for, & the farm to manage in his absence as well as I was able.  Sometimes on claims (?) his absence would not exceed two & three weeks.  The Comp??? was classed, & one class was called for a month, when it would be relieved by another taking its place, & when there was great danger from the Enemy, the whole would be ordered out.  His officers I believe are all dead, & most of his comrades.  I know of but two of them living, viz: William Young & John Blane, who served with my husband, whose testimony is hereto annexed, as the only evidence I can produce of his service in the war, upon which I claim a pension from the United States.

"My husband performed a months duty under Captain Reinhardt at ar??? [blotch] in July 1776 & under Col. Mahelm & Genl Dickinson.  He performed a ????s [blotch] Militia service at Elizabeth town, under the same officers in August 76.  He performed a month service under Lt. Cramer at Raritan in October & November 76, & at Elizabeth town, following Genl Washington's retreat through Jersey from Elizabeth town to N. Brunswick.  He performed a month service at Trenton, N. Brunswick & its neighborhood, under Captain Emmam.  The two last mentioned towns, altho as expected to be about a month in each, yet I have from conversation with John Blane, that the service was very unjust, & the Militia, with my husband was detained on duty not less than 6 weeks in each town, & I respectfully claim that period of service in each of the two last mentioned towns.  The last town was in the winter, Jany 77 & February.  He performed a month's duty with Capt, Reinhardt Col. Meholm, & Genl Dickinson at Millstone in the winter season, with the Somerset troops under Col. Frelinghausen & Col. Nelson & Genl Dickinson, when them was a battle with the enemy at Van Eps mills.  My husband once pointed out the spot to me, when this battle was fought, as we were rideing toward N. Brunswick.

"He performed another tour of Militia of a month duration at Crane's point near Elizabeth town in the fall season, under Capt. Reid & Major Reinhardt, Col. Puly & Genl Dickinson.  On this occasion it is my belief, that he acted as Ensign in the Col. Read being chosen Captain in Major Reinhardts place & my husband as Ensign.  I have heard him tell of crossing in the night from Elizabeth town  to Staten Island & having a fight with the Enemy on the Island.  I also remember him to speak of losing his gun flint in the action, & stopping to put another in its place, & to load his Rifle.  Whilst doing this behind a Corn crib, the enemy were close upon him, & as he came to join his comrades he fired his gun at them, & their shot flew thick around him.

"He performed another tour of a month's Militia duty at Freehold & English town at the time of Monmouth battle, in which I believe he was engaged personally, & in which I believe he was an Ensign or a Lieutenant.  I cannot say certainly which.  The first part of this month was spent at Trenton, performing guard duty.

"He performed a month's Militia service in December near Springfield, in 1776, under Capt. Reinhardt, & with him was engaged in the Springfield battle at that time, Gen? Hear? commanding the Militia. He performed a month's Militia service in March 77, in Reinhardt's company, near ??ibble town, before the Enemy evacuated N. Brunswick & Amboy.  The two towns last mentioned.  I learn from conversation with William Young, a comrade of his, although I have heard my husband often speak of the Springfield battle, & the battles of Short hills & Ash Swamp, in which he was engaged, as I believe.  He was out on public duty, both as a private & an officer, on many other occasions beside those before mentioned.  Some of them were on claim, & some were regular monthly tours, which I cannot particularize, having no memorandums & my memory being frail.  I am reminded of another tour which he performed near the close of the war, in February or March 1780, or 1781, when the Pennsylvania troops revolted & the Militia was called out to intercept them in the neighborhood of Pluckemun.  For this & the other Services of my said husband in defense of his Country, I respectfully claim such a pension as under the Laws of congress I may be entitled to incur, believing that he has faithfully performed not less than 10 months service for which I ask a pension.

"I was married to the said Philip Row by Reverend Frederick Dellicker on the 9th July 1772, & my first child Mary was born July 19th one year & 10 days after my marriage.  I do not know of any Church or Parish record of my marriage but have in my possession a leaf, which my husband kept in his family German bible, whilst he lived & upon which leaf he had written in the German language with his own hand, the date of our marriage as well as his age at that time & my own age. Since his death, a School master in our neighborhood, whose name was John Beammer (?), & who understood German & English, has written on the same side of said leaf a translation into English which reads thus, viz: '1772. Philip Row was married to Mary Smith on the 9th of July, then I was 19 years and 7 months old, and Mary Smith was 21 years and 8 months old.'  This paper, I herewith send to the pension office, & it is in the handwriting of my said husband, who could not write in the English language at all.  His books of account were all kept in German, & said John Beammer (?) assisted in settling said books & all his affairs, because he understood the German language. This is the only evidence I possess of my marriage.

"My husband, the aforesaid Philip Row lived in Hunterdon County in Tewksbury township when he entered upon his Militia duties in the war of the Revolution, where I now live, & where he lived till his death. It is not more than half a mile from the line which divides Hunterdon from Morris County, & the reason why my Declaration is taken in Morris County is because Judge Smith, who is my near neighbour, is better known to me & lives nearer to me than any one of the Judges of Hunterdon County.  I am also so blind that I cannot distinguish one neighbour from another except by the voice & I am much too infirm from age & its weaknesses to travel to any Court house & especially to Hunterdon Court which is distant 20 miles.

"My husband, the aforesaid Philip Row, died at our dwelling in Tewksbury, Hunterdon Co on the 9th of June, Domini 1817 & I have remained his widow to this day, as will appear by reference & proof hereto annexed.

"Sworn to & subscribed at Washington township, Morris County on the 4th day of February Domini 1840.
                                                            Mary   X   Row
"Before me Joseph Smith one of
the Judges of the Court of Common
Pleas of Morris County."

Philip Row died after 9 June 1817 when he wrote his will, and before 2 July 1817 when the will was proved in the Hunterdon County Surrogate's Court by two of his sons as executors[7-8].  The will and accompanying probate papers include:

"Will of Philip    }   In the name of god Amen. I Philip Row of the
Row deceased     }   County of Hunterdon Township of Tewkesbury State of
New Jersey, being in a weak and low State of health but of sound
mind and memory and Considering the uncertainty of live have
this Ninth day of June one thousand eight hundred and Seventeen
made this my last Will and Testament in Maner as follows.
First my will is that all my personal estate may be sold in a
Short and convenient Season after my decease and likewise so much
of my Real estate as my Executors shall think Needfull and that all
my honest Debts be paid of every Kind. Secondly my will is that my
dear and loving wife Mary Row shall be Supported in a decent and
Comfortable manner during her Natural life by my Sons Jacob and
John Row to be ^at^ equal expence for the same which will be in lieu of
her Dowery or any pertentions to Dowery out of my estate. Item I
give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Row now the Wife of John
Hovert five Dollars. Item I also Give and bequeath to my Daughter
Elizabeth Row now the wife of Jacob Apgar five Dollars.
Item I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Anna Row now the
wife of John Auble five Dollars. Item I Give and bequeath to my
son Peter Row if living five Dollars. Item I give and bequeath
to my son Philip Row fifty Dollars the above Gifts and bequeaths
to be paid by my Executors as soon as Practicable. Item I Give and
bequeath to my sons Jacob and John Row the residue of my estate
both real and personal after paying all my Debts and Expences and
the several bequeaths the overflow to be divided equal half and
half between the two to them ^and^ their heirs forever always Subject to
the support and Maintenance of their Mother Mary Row during her
life or widowhood. Lastly I appoint my sons Jacob and John Row
and William Todd to be my Executors to this my last Will and
Testament in Witness I set my Name.

"Signed Sealed and Acknowledge this to be my last Will and
Testament in the presence of                   }
Wm. Willet, John Lutes, Simon Hegeman }                       Philip Row 

"State of New Jersey Hunterdon County Ss William Willet one of the
Witnesses to the within Will being duly sworn saith that he saw Philip
Row the testator herein named Sign and seal the same and heard him
publish pronounce and declare the said Instrument to be his Testament and
Last Will and that at the doing thereof the said Testator was of sound and
disposing mind and memory as far as he knows and as he truly believes
and that John Lutes and Simon Hegeman the other Subscribing Witnesses
were present at the same time and signed their names as Witnesses to
the said Will together with this deponent in the presence of the Testator
Sworn 2d July 1817 before me }
J.T. Blackwell Surg't                   } W'm Willet

"Hunterdon Ss. Jacob Row and John Row two of the Executors in the within
will named being duly sworn say that the within Writing contains the
true last Will and Testament of Philip Row the Testator therein named
as far as they know and as they truly believe and that they will well and
perform the same by paying first the debts of the said deceased and the legacies 
in the said will Specified as far as the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said 
deceased can thereunto extend and that they will make and ?????? into the
Surrogates Office at Flemington a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular
the goods Chattels & Credits of said deceased that shall come to their hands
or possession or to the possession of any other person or persons for their use and
Render a Just and true Account when thereunto lawfully required.
Sworn 2'd day of July 1817 before me } Jacob X Row
J.T. Blackwell Surrogate                        } John Row

"State of New Jersey } Ss
Hunterdon County   } I,John T. Blackwell Surrogate of the County of
 Hunterdon do certify the annexed to be a true Copy of the last
will and Testament of Philip Row Late of the County of Hunter-
don deceased and that Jacob Row and John Row of the County
of Hunterdon two of the Executors in the within will named proved
same before me and are duly authorized to take upon themselves the admini-
stration of the estate of the Testator agreeably to the said will.
Witness my hand and Seal of Office the Second day of July in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight hundred and Seventeen
                                                                    J.T. Blackwell Surrogate."

There is no known burial location of Philip and Mary (Smith) row in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

1. "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Appkication Files,"  online database with digital images, ( : accessed 12 December 2007), New Jersey, Revolutionary War Pension File W 2350, image 21-22 of 48, letter of Philip Row, 1850; original data in National Archives Publication M804, Washington, DC.

2. Ben Van D. Fisher, "Records of the Corporation of Zion in New Germantown in West Jersey - Births and Baptisms," Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volumes XXX, October 1900, page 233, John Jacob Rau entry.

3. Ben Van D. Fisher, "Records of the Corporation of Zion in New Germantown in West Jersey - Births and Baptisms," Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volume XXX, October 1900, page 233, Elisabetha Rau entry.

4. Ben Van D. Fisher, "Records of the Corporation of Zion in New Germantown in West Jersey - Births and Baptisms," Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volume XXXI, July 1901, page 138, William Rau entry.

5. Ben Van D. Fisher, "Records of the Corporation of Zion in New Germantown in West Jersey - Births and Baptisms," Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volume XXXII, July 1902, page 144, Philipp Rau entry.

6. Ben Van D. Fisher, "Records of the Corporation of Zion in New Germantown in West Jersey - Births and Baptisms," Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volume XXXIII, April 1903, page 102, Johannes Rau entry.

7. Elmer Tindall Hutchinson, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, Etc., Volume XIII, 1814-1817 (Bayonne, N.J. : Jersey Printing Company, 1949), page 362, Philip Row will extract, 1817.

8. New Jersey, Surrogate Court Estate files, Hunterdon County Wills, Vols. 3-6, 1815-1838, Volume 3, pages 118-119 (image 86 of 1128), Philip Row estate; "New Jersey, Wills and Probates, 1785-1924," digital images, ( accessed 7 September 2015); citing original papers in New Jersey County, District and Probate Courts.


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Unknown said...

Randy, Thank you for posting this information on Philip Row and Mary Smith. They are my ancestors too through their son Peter Row and his wife Catherine Case. Thanks, Susan Guest