Andrew Cowan, Justice of Washington, VA
d.est 1805 Southwest Virginia, United States
Facts and Events
There is a very good case to made that this person is the same person as Andrew Cowan of Augusta County, Virginia. However, it is not likely that this person is the same person as Andrew Cowan of Jefferson County, Tennessee, as some researchers have thought.
Andrew Cowan settled in Southwest Virginia, perhaps in the Blackwater area, about 1772. His parents are unknown, but other Cowans who settled in the area, particularly around Castle's Woods, are thought to be his kin. These Cowans include:
Andrew is listed on the Roster of Moore's Fort in Castles Woods, in 1777. He appears prominently in other militia records of the time period, and became one of the first Justices of Russell County, when that area was split off from Washington County after the Revolution. Records that point to his personal life, however, are sparse. A single land record points to his owning property in the Rye Cove area, or perhaps a bit westward in Powell Valley. His presumed kin, Samuel, William and David, on the other hand, all settled in the immediate vicinity of Castles' Woods in modern Scott County.
Andrew Cowan was a "gentleman justice" and appears in this capacity in numerous court records of Southwest Virginia until well after 1800, probably dying there around 1805. [Need to recover basis for this conclusion.] Some researchers believe that he relocated to Jefferson County, TN, where he remarried about 1793 (see Andrew Cowan of Jefferson County, TN for details). There is at least one researcher who believes that he moved to Sullivan County, TN. His presence in the court records of Washington County after the turn of the century, acting as a Justice, rule out these alternative views of his history.