Detachment Pay List for May/June 1861:
George Rowebottom, Regimental No. 5433
Received Ordinary Pay of 1 shilling, 2 1/2 pence per day for the
No Good Conduct pay, indicating that he had no GC badges.
Recorded as having been at New Westminster at time of the Muster
From Frances M. Woodward, "The Influence of the RE on the Development
of British Columbia", B.C. Studies No. 24, Winter 1974/75:
Not listed among the men who arrived with first two ships in 1858.
Therefore probably came with the main body of RE aboard the Thames
City, leaving Gravesend on October 10, 1858 and arriving in BC on
April 12, 1859.
Table of RE remaining in BC:
"ROWEBOTTOM, George, Sapper: Lot 60,
Group 2, New Westminster District was Crown granted, November 30,
1870 (150 acres) to Mary A. Rowebottom as heir to her deceased
brother. Son George William born in Sapperton 1864, died 1935.
Widow died 1946, Victoria."
Ms. L. Williams' (Thank you, Ms. Williams) who knows quite a bit about
George William and his many descendants:
that with the family, he went by William. Family history has it that
George William Rowebottom's wife Anne (Burton) Rowebottom, had married
"beneath herself" and got disinherited.
nothing to lose she figured they may as well come to a colony. The
story that has always been passed down in our family is that George
William and Anne's daughter, Alice Rowebottom, was "the first white
woman born in Sapperton" in 1858, shortly after they arrived. I
was hoping that you might be able to confirm what ship they came on
because we know she was born in Sapperton in 1858 but don't have a birth
certificate, just a family bible.
"I have also
heard tales of the passengers (Royal Engineers) having to throw virtually
all of their possessions off of the boat coming around the horn, but Anne
threw all her wedding things over but kept a small cast iron bread oven
and baked bread for many upon her arrival in Sapperton. George
William and Anne also had a son named George, brother to Alice. George had
a son Edwin who had two sons, Howard and Lorne. I am in touch with
Lorne who is now 78.
"At 17 Alice Rowebottom married John Wright, son of an Overlander
from Toronto. John and Alice had 12 children and did their best to
populate the Cariboo in BC. They first ran the 137 milehouse and
later the 127 where the cattle ranch remained in family hands for over 75
years. My maternal grandmother was #9 of 12 of Alice and John's
"What we don't know, and will never know, is how John and Alice met
and what became of George William Rowebottom and Anne after he left the