William J. Rowe is the fourth of the fifteen children, seven of whom are 
now living, born to Edward and Grace (Hockins) Rowe, the former of whom 
was a native of Cornwall, England, and was born in 1807.  He came to the 
United States when a young man, and lived several years in Wisconsin, then 
moved to Jefferson County, Mo., and settled where William J. now lives.  
The latter was born in Mineral Point, Wis., July 4, 1839 was reared on a 
farm, and received his education in the common schools. He has devoted the 
greater part of his life to work in the mines.  On September 4, 1875, he 
married Sarah J., daughter of Henry Grimshaw, deceased.  They are the 
parents of the following children: William A., John F., Ann E., Grace L. 
and Annie T. (deceased).  Mr. Rowe owns 140 acres, and is engaged in 
farming and stock raising.  He has never sought official honor. Mrs. Rowe 
is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.