Facts and Events
Andrew Cowan was a justice in Sevier Count, TN, beginning 1796. He was probably the son of Person:David Cowan (1) of Sevier County. He is said to have been born in 1768 in Augusta County. His father came to Sevier County from Southwest Virginia, just after the end of the Revolution, and had been living in the Castle's Woods area since about 1771. Avaiable evidence suggests that the family came from Albemarle/Bedford County; his brother Andrew of Augusta County wrote him in Bedford in 1766, telling him that he was "going to Carolina". We have few records for David in Augusta county, and most of those are "remote" records suggesting that he didn't live in the county, or which could be interpreted that way. Land records place him in Albemarle County, in the early 1760's. Land records from Southwest Virginia indicate that he had settled on a parcel of land in Castle's Woods, by 1769. The earliest date anyone could legally settled in SW VA was 1769. It is conceivable that David was there by 1768, but otherwise it seems more likely that Andrew was born in Albemarle County.
Andrew is believed to have married Martha Evans in Boyd's Creek, Sevier County. He was an early Justice of Sevier County
On July 4, 1796, the first court for Sevier County was held under the State constitution. The justices present were Samuel Newell, Joshua Gist, Joseph Wilson, Andrew Cowan, Joseph Vance, James Riggin, Alexander Montgomery, Jesse Griffin and Isom Green. The county officers, who had served under the territorial government, with the exception of the register and coroner, were retained. James McMahan was elected register and James D. Puckett, coroner.
Some researchers identify an Andrew Cowan and Martha Evans of Abbeville, SC. This needs to be check to see if there's been a confusion. There is also an Andrew Cowan who married a Mary Alexander who some think is the Justice of Sevier County. This is most likely a reference to Andrew Cowan (32) who lived near the town of Due West, north of Abbeville. The wife of this Andrew Cowan is identified in his will as "Ann".