Cowan, David - 24 June 1785 Washington County. 264 a. on both sides of Mill Creek a South Branch of Clinch River
Grants R., p 146
David Cowan and Wife, Jane, by deed dated Jany 30, 1786, recites...between David Cowan, late of the county of Washington, of the first part and Charles Bickley, of the other part, Conveys a tract of land on the waters of the Clinch River.
A certificate attached reads as follows:
This is to certify that we, David Craig and John Clack, two of the Justices of Sevier County, having received a Commission from the Court of Washington County to take examination of Jane Cowan have according to said Commission this fourth day April A D 1786 went to the house of David Cowan, husband of said Jane Cowan & c.
from "Patrick Porter, A Family Biography", by W.M. Willis:
There were two forts in Castle’s Woods. The one on David Cowan’s land was called Cowan's Fort but in official correspondences it was referred to as Fort Russell because the commander of the militia there was Capt. William Russell. This fort was also called Fort Preston, Bickley's Fort, or Blackmore's Fort. , It was located behind the present-day Masonic Lodge Hall in Castlewood, Russell County, Virginia. The other fort, Moore's Fort, was the home and fort of two sisters and brothers-in-law of Samuel Cowan. It was a larger and more substantial fort. The brothers-in-law were first cousins to Ann Walker Cowan, sons of her aunt, Jane Walker Moore.
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Gordon Aronhime Papers - Southwest Virginia Card File - Library of Virginia
Cards 132 & 133
FRONTIER FORTS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA By Emory L. Hamilton From Historical Sketches of Southwest Virginia, Number 4, 1968, pages 1 to 26
Fort Preston. The fort that Russell named Fort Preston was on the lands of David Cowan in Upper Castlewood, (Russell Co., Va.) and stood just back of the present Masonic Lodge Hall. It was called Russell's Fort by some because it was here that Captain Russell had his military headquarters and used the fort also for personal shelter. It is also sometimes referred to as COWAN's Fort and later Charles Bickley bought the COWAN land and it was then called Bickley's Fort. A fort in this area was also called Bush's Fort and is probably this same fort, but some contend otherwise.
LIST OF TROOPS AT MOORE'S FORT JUNE 30, 1777
1. Patrick Porter, Sergeant 2. Lewis Green, Jr. 3. Robert Kilgore 4. James Alley 5. Charles Kilgore 6. Samuel Alley 7. Samuel Porter 8. Zachariah Green 9. John Alley 10. Alexander Montgomery, Sr. 11. Alexander Montgomery, Jr. 12. ANDREW COWAN 13. Frederick Friley 14. John Kinkead 15. John Barksdale 16. James Ozburn (Osborne) 17. Thomas Osburne 18. Nehemiah Noe (Draper Mss I XX 20 and I XX 24)