Mary Emma Temple was born 8 March 1876 to William Bennett Temple and Harriet Eleanor Johnson Temple in Wake County, North Carolina. She was the second of nine children. Her siblings:
She married Isaac Henry Rowland on 28 February 1901 in Wake County, North Carolina. They had nine children:
Mary Emma died 21 July 1937 in Guilford County, North Carolina. She is buried in Floral Garden Memorial Park in High Point, NC.