Most of my Rowland line is online at
I have never been able to trace them any earlier than Robert's arrival in Augusta/Botetourt Co. ca. 1740. Robert had 2 grandsons named John, one d. ca 1821 TN, and the other b. 1766 VA and d. 1843 MO.
The John Rowland below MAY be connected to my line, but the names sound pretty New England-ish and not at all "familiar" to my line. I have never been able to connect him to anyone.
"Presented in court 19th day of March 1822
I John Rowland of the County of Washington
being in a low state of health.... I lend to my wife Ellender Rowland during her natural life my land and stock of every kind... all money that may be due me to enable her to pay my debts and raise my young children and after her death to be equally divided between her children born to me. Michael,Catharine, Ryland, John, Amsted, Santford, Remembrance and Daniel Rowland." That's a lot of New English-ish names and not at all like the mostly standard name-pattern in my Rowland lines.
You've probably checked out the Rowland DNA site managed by Jaime Fish.
I'm not exactly sure what it proves EXCEPT that the Botetourt Rowlands are definitely not related to those from Surrey Co.
If you haven't already read them, you might take a look at the postings on genforum.com/rowland for nov. 19, 2000. I believe Myrna Parker appears to be a reliable researcher and possibly tracking the same line as you.
Wish I had more answers.
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