Our Rowlinson family line can be traced back to Mark Rowlinson of England, who was born in 1808. His descendants in Britain belonged to the poorer working class, labouring as farmers or farm hands. Mark Rowlinson’s one grandson, Richard Hewitt Rowlinson later migrated to South Africa to the Witwatersrand when the ‘gold rush’ was at its height. He started out his life in this new homeland as a gold miner in the deep-level mines. Steadily, he carved out a better life for himself as a butcher, eventually living a satisfying life as part of the South African middle-class. Richard’s descendants gave rise to a distinct branch of South African Rowlinsons.
2. Our Rowlinson branch
A simplified view of the branch of Rowlinsons that is relevant to out family’s history is shown below. To read more about the life of each individual in the family line and their families, in their particular political, social, religious and culture-historic context of the day, please navigate to Rowlinson: Individuals, and select the name of the relevant person.
3. Our Rowlinson family tree
The more comprehensive family tree – with a name index at the end – includes extended family members such as siblings and their spouses, the in-laws, cousins, etc.