m. BEF 1774
m. 26 September 1816
m. 12 January 1857
Facts and Events
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Andrew Cowan was the son of William Cowan and Jane Walker. He is believed to have been born in 1782 a few years before his parents relocated to the Little River, in what is now Blount County, TN, along with Jane's brother, John Walker IV of the Wigton Walker line. Andrew first married Esther F. Houston (b: 19 July 1795 d: 12 August 1850 in TN). Esther bore Andrew 9 children. After her death in 1850 Andrew remarried to Margaret Fisher, bc 1799.
Andrew served in the War of 1812, for which service he received bountry land, and ultimately a pension. (See Document. Andrew Cowan Service and Pension Record, War of 1812. After his marriage to Esther "he settled on a farm three miles from Maryville where he lived for twenty years, then moved to a farm on Nine Mile Creek above Niles Perry, living there nine years. He then bought and located on a farm ten miles south of Cleveland on the public road from Cleveland, Tennessee to Dalton, Georgia. There he lived until his death in his 91st year." Source:Fleming, 1971
Marriage 1 to: Miss Esther F "Hetty" Houston ... 26 September 1816 in Blount Co., TN by Isaac Anderson, M. G.
(Copy of the Andrew Cowan's 1857 letter was included with Margie Cowan's First Families of Tennessee applications for William Cowan and John [Alexander] Cowan, along with a copy of his pension application for War of 1812 service to prove that the signatures matched on both documents.)
The letter was written by Andrew, who was 77 years old (b. December 1829), in an apparent response to Columbia’s request for information about their ancestors, initiated because of a “claim” (scam?) that the Cowans were potential heirs to a part of Central Park and she was trying to “prove” whether her Cowan ancestors tied into the Central Park “ancestors”. Thus, Andrew responds with information about his aunts and uncles, makes “honorable” mention to several of their children, and a reference to his grandmother, Jane (Walker) Cowan.
Tombstone photos of Andrew Cowan, Hetty (Houston) Cowan, and Nancy Gillespy COWAN at Flint Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Flint Springs, Bradley Co., TN
Census Andrew Cowan appears to have been a census enumerator on the 1840 census in Blount Co., TN as evidenced by his very distinct handwriting and signature. (This handwriting matches that found on his 1812 pension application and also the 1857 letter written to Rosanna (Gillespy) Cowan.
Andrew Cowan's family is enumerated as follows: 1840 census -- Blount Co., TN M 1(5-10) 2(10-15) 1(15-20) 1(20-30) 1(50-60) F 1(5-10) 1(10-15) 1(15-20) 1(20-30) 1(40-50)
The people enumerated in Andrew's household in 1840 (Blount Co., TN) match what is known of his family ...
Age Range Qty Census Birth Most Likely Person Real Birthdate Age
Males 05-10 1 b. 1830-1835 James Independence Gillespy (J I G) Cowan 07/04/1832 08
10-15 2 b. 1825-1830 Matthew Leonidas Cowan Andrew Finis Cowan 1828 12/01/1829 12 11 15-20 1 b. 1820-1825 William Baker Cowan 1823 17 20-30 1 b. 1810-1820 Samuel Houston Cowan 1817 23 50-60 1 b. 1780-1790 Andrew Cowan 05/02/1782 58
Females 05-10 1 b. 1830-1835 Martha Serena Cowan 1835 05
10-15 1 b. 1825-1830 Isabella Ann Cowan 11/27/1825 15 15-20 1 b. 1820-1825 Jane Walker Cowan 06/05/1821 19 20-30 1 b. 1810-1820 Nancy Gillespy Cowan 03/28/1819 21 40-50 1 b. 1790-1800 Ester F. “Hettie” [Houston] Cowan 07/19/1795 45
The Andrew Cowan in the 1840 Blount Co., TN census is not to be confused with the Andrew Cowan found on the 1840 Bradley Co., TN census. (See Research Needs below.) 1840 census -- Bradley Co., TN M 2(5-10) 2(15-20) 1(40-50) F 1(5-10) 2(10-15) 1(40-50)
1850 census, TN, Bradley, Subdivision 26, M432_871, 10/09/1850, p. 168; l. 19-24, 410/410, Farmer Last Name First Name Age Sex Occupation Value Born COWAN Andrew 60 M Farmer 2500 TN Hester 55 F TN Matilda 22 F TN Andrew F 20 M TN James 19 M TN Martha 15 F TN
1860 census, TN, Bradley, District 4, M653_1241, 06/23/1860, p. 90; l. 4-11 Last Name First Name Age Sex Occupation Value Value Born COWAN Andrew 78 M Farmer TN Margaret 60 F TN COWAN Wm B 35 M Farmer 4000 2000 TN Malinda 29 F TN Andrew 08 M TN Hetta A 05 F TN Arta E 8/12 F TN COBB John O 18 M TN
1870 census, TN, Bradley, Cleveland, First Civil District, M593_1515, 07/14/1870, p. 21-22, l. 30-40+1-2 Last Name First Name Age Sex R Occupation Value Value Born COWAN Andrew 88 M W Retired Farming 1200 VA Margaret 65 F W Keeping House TN COWAN William B 46 M W Farming 3500 TN Melinda E 39 F W Keeping House TN Andrew S 18 M W Farm Laborer TN Hetty A 13 F W TN Arter E 10 F W TN Martha E 07 F W TN Mary R 05 F W TN John O C 02 M W TN COBB Henry C 21 M W Attending School TN
Andrew Finis Cowan's 1906 letter makes reference to having a brother, William B, living in Lewinsvile, TX at the time he was writing the letter. William Baker Cowan later moved to Texas from Bradley Co., TN.
editReferences Bates, Lucy Womack, TN Society NSDAR, Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in TN, 1974 (revised 1979 by Helen Crawford Marsh), p. 42 … lists children: “Andrew b 5/2/1780 m Hetty Houston; Samuel b. 7/23/1799 m. Ester Jane Houston; Eleanor b. 1774 m. James Gillespie; John Alexander; James; Robert; David. Ref: DAR #435539 [Barbara Gillespie]” Boyer, Reba Bayless, Marriage Records of McMinn County, Tennessee 1820-1870, 1964, p. 64 (DAR Library) Boyer, Reba & Reksten, Harald, Index to McMinn County, Tennessee Tax Lists 1829-1832, 1836 & Detail from 1836 Tax List, Heritage Books, Inc., 1996, p. 39, 78. (DAR Library) Fagen, Barbara, Bradley County Will Book 1864-1883 Index, 1989, p. 4 (DAR Library) Fleming, John Kerr; Cowans of County Down, Derreth Publishing Co., Raleigh, NC; p. 371-376. (DAR Library) Hudson, Mary Kay Parrish, TN Society DAR, Register of Qualified Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Tennessee, p. 24 … lists children: Andrew, Samuel, Eleanor Gillespie, John Alexander, James, Robert, David. (DAR Library) Ross, Ernest Lafayette, Historical Cemetery Records of Bradley County, Tennessee, Vol. I, p. 158, (DAR Library) Snell, William R., Death Notices in the Cleveland Banner (Tennessee) 1865-1883, 1991, p. 6 (DAR Library) White, Emma Siggins; Genealogy of the Descendants of John Walker of Wigton, Scotland, with Records of a Few Allied Families. Also War Records and Some Fragmentary Notes Pertaining to the History of Virginia. 1600-1902, Tiernan-Dart Printing Company, Kansas City, MO; 1902. [DAR Library] DAR Applications, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1776 D Street, NW, Washington, DC. The following application was submitted to the DAR on the Revolutionary War service of William Cowan through his son, Andrew. (Copies of DAR applications are available from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1776 D Street, NW, Washington, DC. Cost is $10 for each application, which includes the four pages of each application.) DAR # Date Applicant's Name Cowan Child's Name Rev. War Ancestor 088306 10/04/1911 Annie (Cowan) Stephens Andrew Cowan William Cowan Note: Annie (Cowan) Stephens application is a very, very early application and is not well documented. In fact, her documentation for William Cowan ties to a William Cowan with military service in Pennsylvania. However, her application is good for providing clues to her heritage. Essentially, the vital statistics she provides are able to be proven by census and other documents.
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Need death date for second wife, Margaret (Fisher) Cowan, and place of burial. (She is not buried with or near Andrew, Hettie, Nancy G Cowan at Flint Springs.) She obviously died after 1870 because she is enumerated with him in the 1870 census. Athens, Hiwassee Patriot, November 17, 1840 ... need text of article; Burns, History of Blount County, 43, 58n, 106, 312 ... need text of referenced pages; Presbyterian records, Blount County file in Tennessee State Library ... need extracts; Lyle, The Lyle Family, 177-80 ... need text of referenced pages; McClung, The McClung Family, 54-56 ... need text of referenced pages;
Anyone with additional info on Andrew Cowan, please contact mcowan @ erols.com
NOTE: Andrew (m. Ester F. "Hettie" Houston) is not to be confused with another Andrew Cowan living in Bradley Co. at the same time. This other Andrew Cowan (b. Jul. 24, 1857 d. Aug. 30, 1876) appears on the 1840 census of Bradley Co., appears to have lived primarily inside Cleveland, TN (while "subject" Andrew lived 10 miles south of Cleveland at Flint Springs) This other Andrew Cowan is buried at Fort Hill Cemetery within Cleveland, TN. Others buried with him at Fort Hill are: James M. Cowan (b. Feb. 16, 1823 d. Feb. 25, 1874) John M. Cowan (b. Jul. 26, 1855 d. Dec. 30, 1879) Lena R. Cowan (b. Aug. 31, 1861 d. May 13, 1880) Nancy W. Cowan (b. Apr. 7, 1830 d. Oct. 3, 1864 ) Nannie A. Cowan (b. Oct. 28, 1859 d. Jun. 20, 1876)
QUESTION: Who are these Cowans? Their relationship to John [Alexander] Cowan and Andrew Cowan (of Flint Springs, TN)? In the 1830 McMinn Co., TN census there are two sets (possibly 3) of Cowans, relationship to each other unknown. Rosanna Cowan ... plus Campbell, Robert, and William (pages 171-172) ... Campbell is Rosanna's son; Robert and William are brothers-in-law. James Sr. ... plus James "Jr." (by age range on census and proximity to James Sr. on the census page) (p. 181) ... is in the same age range as Rosanna. Could he be another brother of Rosanna's husband, John [Alexander] Cowan? David (p. 142) ... presumably this is another of Rosanna's brothers-in-law ... and, presumably, this is the same David Cowan found on the 1819 Alabama Census living near Rosanna's son, James Gillespie Cowan. (The ages match.)