Analysis:Parents of William Cowan of Castle's Woods and Blount County

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It is worth noting that identifying William Cowan's father as "John" is consistent with child naming patterns among the Scot-Irish (See Albion's Seed referenced below — i.e., naming the:

  • first son for the paternal grandfather
  • second son for the maternal grandfather;
  • first daughter for the maternal grandmother; and
  • second daughter for the paternal grandmother.

The first-born son of William Cowan and Jane Walker was named"John"; this may indicate that the name of William's father was indeed "John". The Beverly Patent map (by Hildebrand) for this time period shows parcels belonging to a John Cowan and a William Cowan. It is reasonable that one or the other could be William's father.

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