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John and Elizabeth Rowland, Crook

In 1870 Holt County, Missouri, John Roland is a laborer, 28, with Elizabeth 26, both born in Ireland. Sarah J. is 4, William 3, and Thomas seven mohths, all three kids born in Illinois.

In 1880 Adams County, Nebraska John Rowland is a railroad section worker, 37, Elizabeth 33, both born in Ireland. Maggie is 9, Missouri, Elizabeth 7, Anna 5, and R.E. 1 born in Nebraska.

In 1885 Weld County (which included the Crook area at the time) John Rowland is 42, a railroad section boss, with Elizabeth 39, Maggie 14 Missouri, Mary 12 Nebraska, Emma 8 Nebraska, Richard 6 Nebraska, Robert 2 Colorado, Mina 8 Iowa, and daughter J M. 4 Iowa.
John Rowland proved up a quarter in 2, 10N 49W in 1891.

November 1899 Sterling "John Rowland was up from Crook yesterday."
June 1900 " Mrs. John Rowland and Miss Susie came up from the Powell & Blair ranch this morning accompanied by Mrs. P. H. Blair."

Thanks to the Sterling Journal-Advocate
Lucile (McDonnell) LeBlanc was born to John and Mary (Loudy) McDonnell, April 6, 1924, on her father's homestead, northwest of Crook.
Her father's parents and grandparents came west from Nebraska in a covered wagon and an immigrant railroad car around 1886. Lucile's grandfather built a sod house on the tableland north of Crook.
Not long after being married to Margaret Rowland, whose family lived just immediately north of Crook, Lucile's grandfather moved Saguache County, where Lucile's father, John E. McDonnell, was born in November 1891.
Around 1895 the family moved back to Crook.
Lucile's father attended school only through the third grade. He was hired out and worked hauling water with a team of horses and a water wagon, supplying water to steam engines, breaking sod and building the dam for the Jumbo Reservoir in 1906.
In 1907, at age 15, John and his brother, Roy, bought their own steam engine tractor and started plowing sod near Sedgwick. He bought a Reeves threshing machine in 1912 and threshed small grains and shelled corn for farmers around Crook. John also built a wood-framed house, which was later moved to Crook and still stands today.
Eventually, Lucile's family moved north of Proctor where John bought a farm and lived until he and Mary retired to Sterling in 1963.

In 1900 Logan County, Elizabeth "Roland" born Nov 1845 in Ireland, married 30 years, has Robert Dec 1882 Colorado, railroad laborer. Lizzie Sisnerosa born Feb 1893 in Colorado, is with them, granddaughter.
(Lizzie's father Joseph R. Sisneros, born Aug 1867 in Colorado a sheep herder, is in Albany County Wyoming in 1900, married eight years.
Elizabeth M., 17, is married to Bunk See, 31, in 1910 Logan County, with Joseph B. seven months.
Elizabeth (Sisneros) See 1893-1981 is buried in Grinnell, Iowa # 39878841 "Elizabeth was born to Joseph & Emma J. Roland Sisneros. She married Michael "Bunk" See on Jan. 14, 1909 in Logan Co., Colorado. This union produced 10 children, Joseph B., Raymond E., Floyd H., Clifton, Nettie E., Juanita A., Dale E., Jr. Bunk, LaRita E. and Harry A.."

In 1910 Logan County, John Rowland is 71, married but no spouse, living alone. Next households are Richard E. 27 Nebraska, and Wm R. 23 Colorado.

John was living with granddaughter Bessie Bloom in 1920 Logan County.

John Rowland 1843-1927 is buried in Sterling # 57078753. So is Margaret Rowland dying Nov 12, 1884 # 57362306
Robert William Rowland, born Dec 17, 1885, registered for WWI in Logan County, a farm hand. Nearest relative was John Rowland of Crook.)
Robert was living in Proctor in 1940, single, living with nephew Lawrence McDonnell 20.
When Robert registered for WWII, he was living in Proctor, Colorado, and said he was born at Merinoo. His reference was Margaret McDonald of Crook.

Richard E. Rowland proved up a quarter in 28, 11N 49W in 1912.
Robert W. Rowland also proved up a quarter in 28 in 1912.

Margaret E. (Rowland) McDonnell 1871-1960 is buried in Sterling # 41934917.

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