ROWLAND, EMMA ROSETTA BOREN (1864~1959) Emma Rosetta Boern Rowland, Confederate widow, was born on March 24, 1864, in Davis County, Iowa to J. D. and Lucinda Allen Boern, of Tennessee and Illinois. In 1876, The Boern family moved to Texas and eventually settled in Burleson County in 1881.
On March 16, 1882, she married Confederate veteran Joseph Carroll Rowland, of Alabama, in Burleson County. They had at least four children: J. Darden, B. K., E. W., and a daughter, who married an F. L. Foster. Joseph Rowland was a farmer in Burleson County and died on June 27, 1898. He left his personal property to his Emma Rowland, though it was supposed to be passed to his heirs from his first wife.
In 1916, Emma Rowland applied for a Confederate Widow's pension from the State of Texas, but was rejected due to her age. At the time, any widow applying for a pension had to have been born prior to 1861. Emma Rowland was born in 1864 and she did not meet the age requirements. By 1921, she had no income and leased the Rowland home and property to a Joe Kristof. She then moved to the City of Caldwell, where she successfully reapplied for a Widows Pension in 1926. She did not receive money until 1930.
On September 10, 1939, Rowland moved from Summerville to Austin to live in the Confederate Widow's Home. She remained there until her death on February 23, 1959. She was buried in the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Shortly after entering the Home, Emma composed a will and left her estate to her grandchildren: Georgia Lynn Rowland, Roy Jacob Rowland, J. C. Rowland and Ray Raymond Rowland.
Information taken from: Files from the Texas Confederate Woman's Home and Widow's Application for a Pension # 46842.