All of the kits in this group trace to a family in Bertie County, NC. Similarity comparison indicates that the YDNA make up of the kit owners differs only slightly from each other. This indicates that they share a relatively recent common ancestor. Three of four kits trace to Person:William Cowand (1) who died in Bertie County in 1768.  The fourth kit owner does not identify his eldest ancestor, though does trace their lineage to Bertie County. William (1) is most likely the Patriarch of the group. His parents are, however, frequently identified as John Cowand and ELizabeth Griffin.
A comparison of Cowands of Bertie County vs Knoxville Merchant Group: