Analysis. Did the Cowan's of Castle's Woods come from Augusta County?



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Source:Chalkley's Chronicles


Data. Cowan's in Chalkley's Chronicles
Data. Cowan's in Chalkley's Chronicles, date ordered
Data. Cowan's in Chalkley's Chronicles, name ordered

Person:Andrew Cowan (6) Gentleman Justice of Washington County
Person:David Cowan (1) Lived Albemarle Co, VA c1740-1770
Settled in Castles' Woods by 1769
Sevier Co, TN aft Rev
Person:Samuel Cowan (1) KBI 1776, Castles Woods
Person:John Cowan (12) son of Person:Samuel Cowan (1)
To Fayette KY by 1784
to Blount Co TN
then Franklin, TN. by 1800
Person:William Cowan (12)Settled Castles Woods by 1773
then Fayette KY, about 1782
and finally Blount Co TN aft. Rev,

The problem

Andrew, David, William, and Samuel Cowan settled in Southwest Virginia between 1769 and 1772. David is known to have come to the area by 1769, but Andrew, Samuel and William are thought to have come somewhat later (c. 1772). The later three married daughters of John Walker III and Ann Houston of the Wigton Walker line, and settled in the Castle's Woods area of modern Scott County. All four are thought to be related to each other, but the exact nature of the relationship is unclear. We'd like to know where these Cowans came from prior to their appearance in Southwest Virginia.


3d June, 1762. George Bigham, late of Augusta, to Robert Erwin, yeoman, £32.5, 251 acres on Muddy Creek of Shanando. 'Teste: Andrew Cowan, Robert Hamilton and James ( ) McNabb. Acknowledged, 17th August, 1762. Delivered: Francis Erwin, 9th July, 1773.
Source:Chalkley's ChroniclesVol 3:387
18th March, 1771. William Currey to James Currey, £20, 130 acres in Beverley Manor; corner McCorkel's land; corner James Moody, Andrew Cowan's line; corner William Curry. Teste: George McAfee, Wliliam Cowan. Delivered: James Curry. 1st June, 1773.
Source:Chalkley's ChroniclesVol 3: 507
John Montgomery of Russel County, aged 47 years, deposes, 11th March, 1811, in 1778 Andrew Cowan and Thos. Osborn went down to improve a piece of land on a creek they called Black Water at the Flat Lick, and on their return they came by Kooser's (Hoovers) cabin. Black Water is a north Branch of Clynch.
Source:Chalkley's ChroniclesVol 2:228

17th November, 1778. David Kerr to Robert Donaldson, 230 acres, part of the tract that Andrew Cowan lived on in Beverley Manor. (See deed Donaldson to Kerr next succeeding.)
Source:Chalkley's ChroniclesVol 3:387