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Widge Rowden   11/09/2022 10:29 Whanganui, NZ, NZ.
The hip flask belonging to Captain W.C. Rowden Royal Signals is interesting… He did serve in India… He was my father… who owns the flask and how was it obtained?
Marama Fetokai   30/06/2022 22:02 Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand .
Looking for family or info about my great great grandfather Frank Rodan a Spaniard shipwrecked and settled in Fiji married and had a son Victor Rodan
Marama Fetokai   30/06/2022 21:59 Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand . message
Leon Magree   01/08/2021 13:00 Blairgowrie, Victoria, Australia.
Great to see Daniel Rowden of Great Britain in the Semi Finals of the 800 metres at the Tokyo Olympics
mel anderson   25/03/2021 17:53 brisbane, queensland, Australia.
Hi can anyone help me with the Rowdens of Fovant please. My ancestor was Elizabeth Rowden and she married George Grace. I am related to their daughter Catharine. Thank you.
Sylvia Freak   21/07/2018 11:19 Cheltenham, South Australia, Australia.
Hi have just found this wonderful site I am trying to find out when William Rowden b 1839 Pitcombe, Somerset, England came to Victoria, Australia? his daughter Louisa Rowden b 1875 Lodden, Victoria married Luke Pelham b 1873 South Australia, they were married in SA in 1901 and are my husbands Great-Grandparents. Many thanks.
Alison   10/04/2016 06:39 Australia.
Susannah Rowden b 1797 to Henry Rowden and Ann(Nancy) Harris Henly married Mr James Elliott 10 June 1824 Salisbury.
Marie Mackenzie   21/02/2016 09:47 Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
My Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Rowden born 1890 Prestwich listed under Broughton Hampshire married Magno Mastretucci in Bury Lancs 1910 they had several children all died in infancy except one Nora Mastretucci. .Her Second marriage to John Claypole 1918 Rochdale. She had a further three daughters Mary, Edith, Kathleen, my mother was Kathleen I emigrated to New Zealand in 1985, Thanks it may be of interest to someone
Ian Rowden   07/05/2015 04:33 Palmerston Nth, New Zealand.
Info received from another descendant of : Catharine Rowden ( my forbear) Birth abt Jan 1784*** in Upavon, Wiltshire, England Death 27 Feb 1847*** in East Street, Warminster, She is Sept 25, Mother of EJ Rowden who went to Geelong Australia and wife of Edward. Wiltshire, England
c jamieson   22/10/2014 10:51 .
Does anyone have any information, please on Isabel Rowden widow who may have had an interest in the Manor of Ibberton, Dorset, England? Refer UK National Archives Rowden v Croke 1558-1579.
Leon Magree   07/04/2014 11:24 Blairgowrie, Victoria, Australia.
In March it was great to welcome Gavin Rowden to Victoria for his third visit whilst on the way to NZ. Leon and Dick Magree.
Reg Brown   16/03/2014 01:36 murrumba downs, Queensland, Australia.
Hi, looking for information on the family of John Rowden and Elizabeth Oram who were married 5/8/1784 in Upavon. Reg, Brisbane, Australia
Trevor Davis   17/10/2012 09:08 Kersbrook, SA, Australia. message
Barbara Pressick   01/10/2012 09:04 Brisbane, Qld, Australia.
Was Jabez F Honeyball previously married and was he a soldier in the fifth fusileers in Northumberland ? If so, he is my great grandfather. Thank you Barbara
yalani whippy   27/01/2012 13:16 Lami, Suva, Fiji.
researching my rodan family origins...particularly interested in family members who have migrated to new zealand and australia from the 1970's onwards
Ken Bonfield   28/11/2011 04:09 Perth, WA, Australia.
looking for info on a rowden/on that married sidney Myer's daughter Catherine , catherine's sister name is Beatice. any info would be nice Regards Ken
Thelma Chapman   23/09/2011 12:09 Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand.
Kia ora Gavin, please note my new email address. Anyone that can help with any information about my Great Great Great Grandparents John(1795) and Elizabeth (nee Atwill, 1796) Rowden? They married in 1816, possibly in Brixham Devon.
Thelma Chapman   23/09/2011 12:02 Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand.
Kia ora Gavin, please note my new email address. Anyone that can help with any information about my Great Great Great Grandparents John(1795) and Elizabeth (nee Atwill, 1796) Rowden? They married in 1816, possibly in Brixham Devon.
Michelle Reid   11/06/2011 03:06 Australia.
My grandfather was William Hubert Rowden. His father was Alfred Rowden and mother Alice Mary Foreman. He migrated from Whitsable, Kent UK to Sydney Australia in 1913. He joined the Fire Brigade. I have found his family tree online. What a find it was! Thankyou to those who put it all together. However, I'm stuck searching for the parents of Mary Rogers, whom was William Huberts grandmother. I realise this is a Rowden family message board, but I'm hoping there is someone out there along the same line as myself who would be able to assist. Thanks for this great site!
neil storey   08/02/2011 20:55 .
Hello... I'm searching for Rob Rowden - former roadie for the Jess Roden Band - who, I believe, is currently sheep farming in New Zealand... Rob, if by any chance this reaches you, please make contact via - many thanks, Neil Storey.
Trevor Lloyd   30/01/2011 08:27 Wellington, New Zealand.
It was a great surprise and a thrill to find this site. I am trying to trace any familly connected with a Muriel Rowden who gave birth to my mother, née May Rowden, at Wellington, NZ on 7 May 1905. This was an illegitimate birth and the birth certificate gives the mother's name but not the father's. My mother, a school teacher, married my father, Alfred Henry Lloyd, a farmer of Manaia, Taranaki in 1932 and had four children of whom I am the eldest. My mother died in 1945. I and my siblings would be very keen to hear from any relative of Muriel. I presume she was a New Zealander but I suppose it was possible that she was Australian and came to NZ for the birth.
Reg Brown   20/04/2010 10:38 murrumba downs, Qld, Australia.
i am looking for connections to Catherine Rowden, she married William Small in i think Steeple Langford, Wiltshire her place of abode, on the 25/3/1817, a William Rowden from Fisherton was the Bondsman, Catherine had a sister Elizabeth who married a John Doel, Catherine and William Small had 3 children, Amelia, Augusta matilda, and Eliza Jane Small, in the 1851 census Auguster is living with her Aunt elizabeth Doel who is an inn keeper in East St Warminster. Amelia married Thomas Beech in 1840 and migrated to Austtralia. Hope some one out there can be of help. Reg
Reg Brown   20/04/2010 07:21 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
I am searching for connections to Catharine Rowden who was married to William Small 25/3/1817, she was 28 her place of abode was Steeple Langford Wiltshire, the bondsman was William Rowden, a wheeler of Fisherton Anger, Catharine had a sister who married John Doel,Catharine had 3 children Amelia, Auguster matilda, and Eliza Jane Small. Thanks
Thelma Chapman   26/04/2009 08:44 Clover Park, Maukau, Auckland, New Zealand.
Kia ora. I would like to make a couple of corrections to our family tree and add new information. My Great-Grandfather, George Rowden's two daughters, Rachel and Jane were to his first wife, Jeannie. His children to his second wife, Ellen Weldrick are as follows: George (1887-1963-my grandfather), Ellen Gertrude (b.1890), Elizabeth (b.1892), Mary Anne (1894-1960 m. Henry Booth), Richard Weldrick (1896-1969, m.Florence Walton), Robert (1898-1970, m.Daisy Johnson). My grandfather and all his family immigrated to NZ in 1959-60. His brother Robert and his family immigrated to Tasmania, Australia. His daughter, Meta, still lives there. They all came from Dublin, Ireland. The furtherest I have been able to go back is to George (1)'s father William who married Rachel Gray. William's father possibly was Henry who married a Sarah Wakeham. Thanks
Gillian   16/01/2008 20:42 Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia.
I am a decendant of Rose Annie Rowden (sept 51) and can add further information if you would like ie.marriage and children etc.
Leon Francis Rowden MAGREE   26/09/2007 04:12 Blairgowrie, Victoria, Australia.
Congratulations to Gavin Rowden on the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Rowden Surname website. Keeping Rowdens and Rowdons and many others connected.
Nicholas Rowdene   03/06/2007 06:10 Bangkok, Thailand.
A very interesting website. I am from the UK but have lived and worked overseas for a long time in Africa and the Middle East - not met anyone from the 'clan' as yet
stewart rowden   02/02/2007 09:55 sydney, nsw, australia.
hi all moved from sunny old south shields 1996 now liveing in sydney were its far to many spiders like for me .ime the son of stanley rowden.south shields .please contact me at the above address
Emma Kate Ridings (nee Rowden)   26/08/2006 11:23 sunshine coast, Queensland, Australia.
Just to let you know of some more Rowdens out there!
stewartrowden   06/04/2006 14:22 southshields, tyneandwear, uk.
hello ime very interested in finding out more about my name i live in australia many rowden here
Leon Francis Rowden MAGREE   31/01/2006 12:13 Blairgowrie, Victoria, Australia.
Some Australian descendants of the ROWDENS and ROWDONS recently enjoyed the company of Gavin Rowden on visits to cemeteries and the Victorian Public Records Office
Nigel & Kerrie Rowden   13/09/2005 10:35 Sydney, NSW , Australia.
Just stumbled on this website, how very interesting! We have Rowden family lineage dating back to "Jasper Rowden" born 1655 in England (possibly Whitstable). Would love to hear from anyone with information about when the Rowden's first date back to the US.
Bradley Rowden   11/07/2005 16:20 perth, wa, Australia.
any connection with australia
Ken Godbaz   15/06/2005 22:56 Auckland, New Zealand.
My maternal grandfather was a Rowden from Porthcawl, Glamorgan, Wales
Robert Rowden   11/06/2005 05:30 Cambridge, Waikato, NEW ZEALAND.
HELLO Very glad to again touch base with everyone, please feel free to touch base anytime all you ROWDENS best wishes Robert John Rowden
Amy Elizabeth Rowden   12/02/2005 06:42 Mackay, Queensland, Australia.
Hi Rowdens! My name is Amy Rowden 22yo and my line of Rowdens reside in Brisbane, Qld. Would love to find out more about the family history. My Dad is Ronald George Rowden 46yo (Married Andree Clark), his Dad, Herbert Rowden (Married Joan Grahame), they were a Crib Island Family (where the Bee Gees grew up) before the Brisbane Airport was built there. Any body recognise these names? Cheers, Amy
Julia Rowden Johnstone   23/10/2004 12:34 Auckland, New Zealand.
Re my great great grandfather Arthur Edward Rowden of Bromyard (Rector) - I would like to know of any siblings and their descendants in the UK. I have been in the UK for 3 years and would like to meet up with descendants. Can anyone locate and direct me to a contact address? Thankyou.
Ben Rowden   17/09/2004 09:38 swansea, none, wales.
hi family im only 11,im going to be 12 on september 22. so if anybody wants to e-mail me my address is
Rob Nicholls   15/09/2004 05:34 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Site very well set out. Only found it today. Setting out for england on monday. Wife descended from Susanah Rowden (see William Rowden 1700-?) Her daughter Betty Thomas was a convict... and a very interesting lady. Married a Bayliss in Australia (niceties of previous marriages overlooked given Australia's circumstances). Will be visiting the "Tree House" in Exeter and staying a week near Lifton.
Leon Francis Rowden MAGREE   18/06/2004 17:57 Bulleen, Victoria, Australia.
Come on, Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island ROWDENS and ROWDONS, there hasn't been a Guest Book signing since September 2003! There must be some new discoveries out there surely.
Tony Hill   21/09/2003 19:56 Tamarama, NSW Australia, Australia.
I am interested in the descendants of George ROWDEN 1801-1874 and Mary WALTER 1810-1883,who emigrated from Nth Devon,to Canada.I am connected to the WALTER clan,through Mary's sister,Elizabeth,who married Lawrence TREWIN,of Morwenstow,CON. Cheers Tony Hill,Sydney,Aust
Clive Rowden   30/03/2003 19:36 Duncraig WA Australia
Gavin, Noticed that my mail address was not correct in the family records. My mistake when I last contacted you. Regards Clive
marsh christopher   24/03/2003 11:27 sawtell nsw australia
mother was a rowden of whitstable,amelia asister died ?1965,brother john died1987 also of whitstable,sent email 2001 suggesting origin of rowden name had uncle came to aust early1900.sname hubert.another uncle alfred dob etc not known they all came from whitstabledo not know my grandparents surname have found your web site very interesting thanks chris
Pete Rowden   15/03/2003 07:54 FESTAC TOWN, LAGOS STATE Nigeria/lagos Nigeria
I don't know may bre we are related, but guyman i do reach here. My dads name is Mark Rowden
Leon Francis Rowden MAGREE   14/03/2003 08:52 Bulleen Victoria Australia
Greetings again from Australia. Welcome any new information particulary that relating to 'Sept 21'. Please note new email address.
Lucy Anna Rowden (Massey)   24/02/2003 04:47 Sydney Nsw Australia
I have been fortunate enough to be married into the ROWDEN clan, but my Two lovely children will be holding the flame for many generations to come no doubt! Charles Alexander Esher Rowden and Georgia Rebecca Mae Rowden Children of David Noel Alistair Rowden (Well, so he thinks!!) We are currently living in Sydney Australia
David Noel Alistair Rowden   23/02/2003 18:47 Kuala Lumpur Selangor Malaysia
My brother has just introduced me to this site so I shall have great fun tracing backwards.I am also married with two children and would look forward to entering their details.
Robert John Rowden   27/01/2003 17:24 Cambridge Waikato NEW ZEALAND
Sorry for the slight delay in getting reconnected with Family.
Dave Cooper   22/01/2003 11:32 Albany West Australia Australia
I noticed Mary Jane Camburn on your tree. She is my 2nd great grand aunt. I have her parents and siblings if you need them.
Donald Rowden   14/01/2003 07:19 Sydney New South Wales Australia
Fantastic Site and Congratulations. I am the son of Charles William Rowden born 1913 in Brisbane Australia and Grand Son of Charles William Rowden born in Kensington London.
Alan John Rowden   28/11/2002 19:33 Napier Hawkes Bay New Zealand
I emigrated to NZ in 1971,originally from Gateshead Co.Durham.Fathers name Walter,grandfathers name John.I do not know my grandfathers birth place but have been told that somewhere in the past we originate from southern England.I have two sons,Philip,a policeman in New Plymouth NZ.and John working in Sydney Australia.
Jill Bramwell   25/11/2002 00:01
My mother's mother was Ellen Mary Rowden,born in 1877 in Kensington London to William John Rowden and Mary Jane Stevens. William was born in St Pancras Middlesex in 1849, he was born to William John Rowden and Elizabeth Hannah Tucker. With the help of a recently newly found 3rd cousin our search has taken us back to 1723 although a lot has still to be verified.
Lyndall   18/11/2002 14:27 Canberra ACT Australia
Congratulations, Gavin, on a truly wonderful site! If anyone who is descended from William ROWDEN, born 8 April 1814 in Chittlehampton, Devon reads this message, I'd love to hear from you. William married Elizabeth Hannah TUCKER and they had the following children: Ellenor Mary, Richard, Mary Ann, Ellen Elizabeth, Eliza, James Robert, William John, Frederick, and Charles. Ellen Elizabeth was my great grandmother and she married George Thomas LENEY before emigrating to Queensland, Australia in 1865.
Judy (Rowden) Connell   23/08/2002 02:51 Whitianga New Zealand
Wow! Finally, an American in New Zealand with Rowden as a maiden name! My family is from Oklahoma, via Missouri, via Tennessee, via Virginia, via ENGLAND. Cheers!
Ashley A Rowden   06/05/2002 01:44 Wellington New Zealand
I heard of your web page from a second cousin (Michelle Rowden). I add here missing details/corrections for my own immediate family.
Melanie Rowden   23/03/2002 20:08 Paraparaumu beach Wellington New Zealand
Who would have thought there were so many of us. Scary!!
Clarence Colston Rowdon   30/01/2002 03:33 Melbourne Victoria Australia
Clive Langford Rowdon,your gg father,William, and my gg father,James,according to the Rowden Family Records,were brothers back in the 1830's. My gg father James came to Australia in 1866,your gg father William must have remained in the U.K. I hope to hear from you soon.
Terry (Teresa) Francis   11/01/2002 22:27 Aspendale Victoria Australia
This is a great site. My connection is with the Stuckeys. Ann Hill was married to William Stuckey. William had a brother John Stuckey b. 1805. He married Betsy Parish. The parents of John and William were John Stuckey (13 Oct 1777 - 1830) and Ann Passmore (b.1776 - 19 Jan 1854) Johns parents were ? Stuckey (abt 1750) and Grace ? (abt 1750) Our John Stuckey and Betsy Parish had three children - George, John and Elizabeth. George and John came to Australia in 1855 (Can't find out what happened to John, and Elizabeth died about 2 years old) George married Catherine Davies in Ballarat and then they went to Walhalla in Victoria. They had 9 children, 2 of whom died in childhood. One of their daughters was my grandmother. I will supply details of the DOBs etc if you are interested. Thank you for your fine work. Kind regards Terry Francis
Leon Francis Rowden MAGREE   29/12/2001 03:26 Melbourne Victoria Australia
Friday 28th Decemeber 2001, Dick and Leon Magree, grandsons of Henry Rowden, had the pleasure of the company of Gavin Rowden from UK and the three travelled to Mt Eliza where they met for the first time John and Beverley Rowden.In addition to enjoying outstanding hospitality the vistors viewed a wonderful collection of Rowden memorabilia and family history.
Christian Rowden   24/12/2001 05:13 Southampton Hampshire England
Am looking to re-establish contact with Robert Rowden of Cambridge, New Zealand. However Email address stated in your message of November 2001 - is being returned as invalid. Please make contact at email address given -
Robert John Rowden   11/11/2001 22:39 CAMBRIDGE Waikato NEW ZEALAND
Big changes since I last touched base with this site. There are so many of us with the ENGLISH connection, GOD only knows why we came so far from home????? Anyway, there is so much to share if you can afford the time to travel on the NET!!!!! Trust those that seek to help you in your quest and touch all points of the map in your duty to uphold, at days end you will have found your goal..........
Hello FAMILY As I have travelled around this WORLD I have met many ROWDENS all of them have an incredibly strong attraction to their lineage and indeed their name, but if we do not connect then it all falls to nothing in the eyes of future relevance.... does it not ????? Listen up you guys, many are the ROWDENS in life and many are the deeds, both good and bad that they can lay claim to. However stronger is the name than the things bestowed upon it, know that you will carry it to your graves, be it good or bad!!!!! What you chance to place against the name is purely your own interpretation of its longevity. Chance not to stray too far from the reason WHY you were born. Love to all Robert John Rowden catch me-----
FAMILY Please feel free to contact those of us who gave up the mother land to find a better life in the COLONYS. The natives are restless, but then again how much damage can you do with a rugby ball, WHAT is a haka.. nothing more than a war-dance YEAH!!!!!!!! right. Anyway, to all the Family in SOUTHAMPTON I wish you well. to the Rowdens? Pullens in FROME Somerset , I wish you all well too. Remember you ROWDENS, the longevity of the name depends on you all....... DICK TURPIN was proud of you all. Who of you cannot say they have not burnt down a famous public building ????? I know I have. Make your mark in life while you can guys, and damn tomorrow. ROBERT JOHN ROWDEN
Alan John Rowden   06/07/2001 23:01 Auckland New Zealand
Auckland for two years,previously Napier since 1972,born Gateshead Co Durham Eng.Always look through phone books where ever I go.Not really alot of Rowden`s in NZ phone books.There seems to be more in the Ekatahuna area(I note the entry of a Rowden from there) My father was Walter,bros.Edwin,Wilfred,sister Elsie.My gandfather was John,I am unaware of any bros,or sisters or of his family tree. I am the eldest followed by;Ann(Hookway)Plymouth Devon.Janet,Now in Holland.Brian,Gateshead.Norman,ex Royal Navy,now in NZ Royal Navy Auckland NZ.Susan,Gateshead.Stanley,Berwick Northumberland ENG.Steven,Gateshead. I would love to find some connection in NZ. and more about my grandfathers immiediate family.What a buzz,A Rowden that rode with Dick Turpin (I wonder if Thomas has a hidden cashe of treasure?) Great site!!
Philip ROWDEN   06/05/2001 23:30 New Plymouth Taranaki New Zealand
I have been unable to recognise some of the names listed here, however I am sure my father would know more than me. I would like to know who were the first ROWDENS to move to the north east?

Never knew there were so many ROWDENS, I am Kiwi born and bred but father Alan moved here many years ago from Gateshead. Went to the North East a few years back and had a ball meeting family and popping down to the local for a jar. I struggled wih the language however as well as the weather but after watching a couple of series of oz and the boys on auf wedersen pet I was not surprised. Just a note to say ki ora and hello to all other ROWDENS.

Julia Rowden Johnstone   26/04/2001 00:19 Ellerslie Auckland New Zealand
I am a descendant of Rosina Agnes Stoddart born Wellington New Zealand Aug. 4th 1840 who was the 7th pakeha (european child) born Wellington and Arthur Edward Rowden (II)Born 1837 in England. They had Arthur Edward Rowden (III)born New Zealand in the 1860's. One of his children was my mother Moyra Frances Rowden born Sept. 12th 1906. This ROWDEN family originated from Cuxham Oxfordshire England. The ROWDEN family's name originated from the name ROUDON (FROM FRANCE). The name was anglicised because of the animosity between France and England when the Roudon family arrived in England in about 1200. Any family members from Arthur Edward Rowden or siblings please contact me. JULIA ROWDEN-JOHNSTONE
Julia Rowden Johnstone   14/02/2001 21:35 Ellerslie Auckland NewZealand
Descendant from Arthur Edward Rowden I born U.K. Arthur Edward Rowden II born New Zealand in 1860's. Arthur Edward I married Rosina Agnes Stoddart, born Wellington New Zealand 1840 (4th white child born in Wellington NZ.)Arthur Edward Rowden II married Mary Jane Mitchell. They had four children -Kathleen Elva Rowden, Rosina Agnes Stoddart Rowden,Edward Mitchell Rowden,Moyra Frances Rowden. Frances or Francis is a common name throughout the generations dating back to 1300. Rowden originated from the name ROUDON from France. Because of animosity between England and France the name was anglicised. I note in family tree dating back to 1300 that the Baskervilles were intermarried with the Rowdens(Sherlock Holmes!!) I have family tree with all names dating back to that time (1290). Anyone interested??? Would be interested in hearing from NZ Rowdens from early Wellington days (1840's), Are there any family members New Zealand apart from Auckland which I know.
Postscript to my guest book signing. Our family was originally from CUXHAM -so interested in hearing from that side of the family or anyone else. Will be adding "famous Rowdens" when next I write from family tree.My side "hobknobbed" with royalty -one being personal physician to a king in 1300. Don't think there were any vagrants on our side !!!!!!!!!! Most of the others were Ministers of Religion -they would curl their toes up if they knew I never went inside a church except for funerals and weddings !!!!!!!
Jane ter Kuile   04/02/2001 01:25 Melbourne Victoria Australia
I am reseaching James Rowdon born Dev England 1834 who married in England to Eliza Gillard(dau of Henryand Elizabeth Carter) brn 1840 in Auckland New Zealand. They came to Aust approx 1860, with 2 child Henry Colston and Alberta, may be via New Zealand He died in 1874 in Melb. Would be grateful to communicate with any one interested regards Jane
Brian & Fay Fairbairn   31/01/2001 17:40 Sydney New South Wales Australia
very informative and just what i need for family history book i am writing, if you want to know who we are then talk to david and clare rowden,,, regards brian
Clarrie Rowdon   12/01/2001 06:11 Melbourne Australia
We have family tree back to 1756 with John Rowdon marrying Sarah Daymont and are seeking information prior to this date in England
Jane ter Kuile   03/01/2001 05:25 Melbourne Victoria Australia
I am researching James and Eliza Rowdon( Gillard). He came from Devon England to Melb may be via New Zealand as Eliza was born in Auckland, they arrived with 2 children, any imfo would be great.
Robert Rowden   02/12/2000 06:10 PO Box 9161 Waikato mail Centre Hamilton New Zealand
Christian and Richard got your note. please contact me at the above address, uncanny but I think I know what you are about to tell me anyway. Best wishes God bless you all Robert .
chris marsh   29/11/2000 22:40 sawtell nsw australia
my mother was a alice rowden born whitstable kent 1902. friend of family tells how the name rowden came about. it sems the family originated from spain. in 1400 the family left spain because of unrest and went to argentina. in1600 the family wanted to go back to spain by boat. they missed the country and finished up at whitstable. here they made a new name for themselves. they had rowed aboat and on reaching whitstable found themselves a den. so together they produced ROWDEN. this information has been passed on to me by family friend who took an interest in family histories chris
Clive Rowden   24/07/2000 08:21 Perth WA Australia
I belive that Augustus John Rowden (1868-1959)from Stapleford Wilts who married Ellen(unknown) 1871-1963 may be my great grandparents. Do you have any more information about them. I know that he came from the west country. They had a very large family in and around Woolwich.
Robyn Ayton   14/04/2000 04:30 Auckland New Zealand
I didn't realise there were so many Rowden's around. My family originated in Whitstable and I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has connections in that area. Great site - Robyn
Dan Rowden   24/03/2000 11:28 Brisbane QLD Australia
Have no idea of heritage. Have no idea whether "Rowden" is Welsh or Irish or Scottish. My heritage is a mixture as far as I know. Some "non-geneological-bullcrap" would be nice. Ta.
Ian Drysdale Rowden   29/12/1999 23:06 Palmerston North New Zealand
Thalia Rowden   29/12/1999 06:11 Wellington New Zealand
I'm so used to having to spell my name to everybody it was quite strange to see so many of you! New Zealand is home to a very few Rowdens; as far as we know we are one of only two (extended) family groups in the country. My great-grandfather, Alfred Rowden, settled in the tiny town of Eketahuna in the Wairarapa region. My father, another Ian Rowden, could probably tell you more. Thanks for the effort!
Thomas Ronald Rowden   28/12/1999 23:57 Perth Western Australia
I was surfing the net when I came across your site. I was very impressed with it's set up. Being a ROWDEN living in Australia I may have more relatives than I know about. I came to be in Australia when my parents migrated here in Jan. 1963. Should anyone want any information on my Rowden family history please email me. Regards Ron Rowden Perth Western Australia
Carmel Rowden   05/11/1999 01:11 Palmerston North New Zealand
Tony Rowden   15/06/1999 04:37 Darwin Northern Territory Australia
My family came to Australia in the 1960s. The family has connections with Kent. This is fascinating material. I'm really amazed at the extent of the connections and records.
colin row   03/05/1999 19:08 melbourne victoria australia
good website. do you have any info on Row family of Topsham ( ship's block makers?). Circa 1800-1850
PETA BIGGS   26/04/1999 10:24 Perth West Australia
My mother's maiden name was Rowden and I am tracing my Family Tree. Thanks to Leon Magree (above) I discovered this page. My grandfather, Thomas Francis Rowden, was a WW1 Veteran who fought at Gallipoli. He died in 1986 aged 96years.
Fiona Brooker   04/11/1998 22:24 Christchurch New Zealand
Great Website! Have some family descent information on Harriet ROWDON b c1806 Bow, m 1833 Nymet Tracey to John THORN. I am tracing THORN family. Do you know who Harriet's parents were?
Dale Rodan   24/10/1998 00:32 Moonee Ponds Melbourne Australia
Hi there, I too am tracing my family tree-RODAN, and Rowden is one of the closet names I have seen yet. My Australian family tree starts back in 1853 when Charles Rodan, who was 18/19 at the time, arrived in Sydney as an assisted passenger from Ireland. Spelling variations of my family name are Roddan, Rodden, Roden & Rodan. Most records list the name as RODAN. If anyone has any connections, drop me an email. Cheers & good luck with your search.
louisa cooper   30/09/1998 12:21 auckland new zealand
already signed in before.Diana Rowden was a relative of mine she was in the french resistance during the 2world war. email me if anyone has any info
Martin L J Rowden   21/09/1998 10:57 Perth Western Australia
Just discovered this site - will read with interest. My immediate past family lived in Oxford, England.
Thomas Rowden   28/07/1998 20:05 Otaki Kapiti Coast New Zealand
My forebearers were Torbay fishermen, They left and went to Ringsend in Dublin, where they started their own fishing village. My father George Rowden was the first of the bunch to marry.
Leon Francis Rowden MAGREE   17/07/1998 05:52 Bulleen Victoria Australia
Greetings from Australia. Always pleased to exchange information on the Rowden family. Email as above or write to 13 The Crest Bulleen Vic Australia 3105
Mark Kohler   07/07/1998 02:23 Ulverstone Tasmania Australia
My grandfather was a Rowe from whom I have traced back to the Guernsey island in the English chanel. If someone knows of the relatedness of 'Rowe' to 'Rowden', or know more about the Rowe family I would greatly appreciate you writing to me: 60 Bienefelts Rd, Ulverstone 7315 Tasmania, Australia.
Ali Mather   13/05/1998 05:19 Beaumaris, Melbourne Victoria Australia
Is there no end to your talents, Gavin? Keep up the fascinating work, big brother!
Geoffrey Rowdon   10/05/1998 03:04 Melbourne Victoria Australia
Our name is spelt Rowdon. We originated in Bristol, U.K The first Rowdon left Bristol in 1866 to come to Australia Are there any Rowdons out there who would like to get in touch with us to help compile our family history
iris early   19/04/1998 07:43 Sunbury Victoria 3429 Australia
I am looking for the surname ROWLEN and this is the closest I have come to it - any suggestions
siah hui shan   10/03/1998 08:02 segamat johor malaysia
was here for my history project
Gary Rowden   14/02/1998 02:39 Linden Wellington New Zealand
Interesting site....I'm quite astounded!!
Donald Rowden   12/01/1998 00:58 Sydney New South Wales AUSTRALIA
I have family history of the Rowden family named mainly Charles Willian, Frederick Elizabeth etc who moved to Australia from Barnstable in Devon. in late 1800. I will read with interest your article and do not hesitate to contact me if you require additional information. My family has a "Family Bible" with all the Births Deaths and Marriages listed Regards Donald Rowden
Chris Rowden   10/11/1997 07:41 Clearwater Bay Kowloon Hong Kong
Great improvement since I last visited, well done Big Brother. When can I have a copy of your program!!