The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 663, City of Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"HENRY P. ROWAN (deceased). There is no name more familiar to the old settlers of Pulaski County than that of HENRY P. ROWAN; who was born in Kentucky May 24, 1820. At the age of nine years, his parents, DANIEL and NANCY (PETERS) ROWAN, removed him to Vermillion County, Indiana, where he was reared to manhood. His father dying the year of their removal to the Hoosier State, he went to live with Hon. EDWARD HANNIGAN, and when Mr. HANNIGAN was made Receiver in the land office at Winamac, came with him to Pulaski County, and it ever afterward was his home. He engaged in merchandising, and September 17, 1843, married MATITIA GARDNER, who bore him four children, only one LEWIS S., now living. The mother died December 17, 1850, and October 23, 1851, he married MARY MAGEE, and to their union was born one son, WILLIAM O. Mr. ROWAN was one of the first settlers of Pulaski County, and on his arrival he found Winamac a town of about forty inhabitants. He became one of the first merchants of the place, and his energetic disposition made him a leading citizen for years. Among the positions of honor and trust to which he was elevated was that of County Treasurer, in which capacity he served creditably eight years. He started life's battle poor, but his excellent business qualifications, combined with integrity of character, enabled him to secure a comfortable fortune. His death by comsumption occurred February 18, 1870, and his remains were interred in their last resting place in the village cemetery. His widow, Mrs. MARY (MAGEE) ROWAN, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, March 17, 1825. She, with her parents came to Logansport (Cass County), Indiana, in 1840, and nine years after this removed to Monticello White County), where she was married to Mr. ROWAN."