James Rowden - Missionary

James Rowden was born in the year 1808 in Salisbury, Wiltshire the son of Robert and Sarah. He was baptised at St Martin Parish Church, Salisbury on 22nd January 1809.

He was converted at the age of seventeen and in 1830 went to Jamaica to serve as a Methodist missionary. This was in the age of slavery in Jamaica and of hostility to those who felt led to alleviate suffering. James suffered persecution for helping the local people and was even imprisoned. After slavery was removed he found that he was greatly respected by the people because of his earlier sympathy for them.

His time in Jamaica was spent at the following places:

  • 1830 Stoney-Hill, Jamaica
  • 1831 Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1832 Port-Antonio, Jamaica
  • 1833 Spanish-Town, Jamaica
  • 1834 Montego-Bay, Jamaica
  • 1835 Morant-Bay, Jamaica
  • 1836 Clarendon, Jamaica
  • 1838 Bath, Jamaica
  • 1840 Morant-Bay, Jamaica
  • 1844 Grateful-Hill, Jamaica
  • 1845 Clarendon, Jamaica
  • 1850 Returned Home
  • 1851 Ipswich
  • 1852 Clarendon, Jamaica
  • 1853 Bath, Jamaica
  • 1855 Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1860 Montego-Bay, Jamaica

James died on 1st July 1866 in Kingston, Jamaica and was greatly missed by those that he served.

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