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David Rowan

David Rowan was born in Wharton township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and met a tragic death at the age of forty years while in the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. He and another man were watchmen on several miles of track, and at one time, because of the illness of his companion, he was on duty day and night for a week. He became greatly fatigued and worn out from loss of sleep, and while sitting on the track eating his lunch, fell over in a sleeping stupor and was killed by an express train.

He served in Company F, Fourteenth Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry, 159th Regiment, from September, 1862, until the close of the war.

His wife was a daughter of William Johnson, born in Springfield township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and Betsey (Long) Johnson. Mr. Johnson's parents were born in England. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson : 1. Elmer, lives in Greensburg, where he is in the railroad employ. 2. Emma, of previous mention. 3. Mary, married Leslie La Clair and lives in Uniontown.

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.

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