"My grandfather Cowan was killed by the Indians, in Virginia (Tennessee was Virginia at that time) in the harvest field, and his wife taken prisoner at the same time, and was with them six years before she was rescued. Later, was taken the second time and was with them six months. They lived at the Fort at this time. The son (John) just escaped by fleetness of foot, and got inside the gate of the fort, as the Indian's tomahawk was uplifted to kill him."
Per Maxwell's History:
Samuel Dunn Maxwell, born February 19, 1803, died July 3. 1873. Samuel was born in Garrard County, Kentucky. Lawyer. The first Clerk of Clinton County, Indiana, and twice Mayor of Indian- apolis, 1860-1864. Married Sarah Tilford Cowan, born in Mercer County, Kentucky, October 30, 1805. Died January 6, 1856, at Pisgah, Kentucky. Samuel Maxwell and Sarah Cowan were married in Montgomery County, Indiana, before that county was organized. Married, December 15, 1822, by Rev. Charles C. Beaty, of Steubenville, Ohio. They were the first couple married in that Territory, and the first marriage service by the Rev. Beaty.
The above Samuel is said to be the son of John Maxwell, son of Bezaleel, born December 25. 1775; died No- vember 12, 1824.