m. 20 Mar 1734
Facts and Events
The widow Ann Cowan was undoubtedly the wife of Samuel Cowan who was slain by the Indians in the summer of 1776, while returning to Moore’s Fort from Houston’s fort where he had delivered a warning that Indians were in the vicinity. Mrs. Scott says that Anne Cowan was a Walker, that her brother Matthew (Samuel) Walker was slain, and her nephew William Walker, the son of her sister who had married a Walker, was taken prisoner, along with Ann. Anne Cowan and her brother Matthew Walker were children of one John Walker, who had settled down river from Moore’s Fort at the Sink of Sinking Creek in the year 1773 on a 300 acre tract of land. This same tract of land was given on August 10, 1782, (4) to John Walker, heir-at-law to John and Samuel Walker, deceased, for settlement in the year 1773, and the land was surveyed for the said John Walker (the deceased), on April 2, 1774. The will of John Walker is recorded in Washington Co., dated September 23, year not given, but 1778 presumed, and probated on November 17, 1778, shows him as having two sons, John and Samuel Walker, a grandson William Walker, (perhaps the very one taken captive with Ann Cowan), and six (6) daughters, names not given, and a granddaughter Ann Bell. In this will he also mentions the moneys he has in the hands of Patrick Porter, who lived at Porters Fort on Falling Creek in Scott Co., VA, and whose wife was supposed to have been Ann (Susanna) Walker, but what relation she was to John Walker (a daughter?) is unknown. She could perhaps have been a sister to the deceased John Walker, as he would not have had two daughters named Ann, if Ann Cowan was his daughter. The will of John Walker was witnessed by Alexander Montgomery, William and Andrew Cowan, all of whom lived in the same neighborhood with the Walkers.
The will of Samuel Walker is appraised in court 17 August 1779, but the inventory of Samuel Walker is ordered by the court on 18 August 1778, a full year earlier.
Mrs. Scott states in her narrative that Anne Cowan was a sister to the wives of William and Joseph Moore, of Moore’s fort, and to the wife of Captain John Snoddy. She says the Moores and Snoddy were forted at the Crab Orchard where they had come to from the Clinch, and that Ann Cowan was there and had just gotten back from her captivity, when she stopped by the Crab Orchard on her way to Jessamine Co., KY in 1784. The Moore brothers, William and Joseph lived out their lives in Lincoln Co., KY, and Captain John Snoddy moved on to Madison Co., where he died in 1814. It is very possible that Ann Cowan never again returned to the Clinch river after her return from Indian captivity. The Walker family also left the area for parts unknown.
(1) Draper Mss 11 CC 224 (2) This was 1775 and no record of an Indian attack has been found out for this year. (3) Who the "other man" was is unknown (4) Washington Co., VA Surveyors Book, page 267
http://shadybanks.net/Wise2/AnnCowanMA.html Ann Cowan [Scott County Herald Virginian, 1965]
Mrs. Samuel Scott of Jessamine County, KY, who along with her father, John McCorkle, was at Houston's Fort on Moccasin Creek when Samuel Cowan was killed by the Cherokees in 1776, was again present in Cowan's Fort in Castlewood when Ann, the widow of Samuel Cowan and her nephew, William Walker, were captured and her brother, Matthew Walker was killed by the Indians going from Cowan's to Moore's Fort. This Mrs. Scott lived for eight years on the Clinch, some place between Moore's Fort and the present Dungannon, moving over to the Holston in 1780 and on to Kentucky in 1784 or 1785. I have not been able to determine the date of the capture of Ann Cowan, but it was sometime after November, 1778. Of this capture, Mrs. Scott (Draper Mss 11 CC 224) has this to say: "One year (1775) while we lived on the Clinch we had no need to fort and did not fort. We went to Cowan's Fort one year, but it was too weak; but seven or eight families, Miss Walker who was then the widow Ann Cowan was taken going from Cowan's Fort to Moore's Fort. She and her sister's son, William Walker were taken. Her sister married a Walker. Her brother, Matthew Walker that went with her was killed and the other man (no name given) was shot at, but escaped and got into the fort." Mrs. Scott states that William Moore (upon whose lands Moore's Fort was built), his brother, Joseph Moore and Captain John Snoddy were married to sisters of the widow Ann Cowan. She says they came from Augusta County and were originally Pennsylvania people. The Moores and Snoddy left the Clinch around 1783 and went to the Crab Orchard in Lincoln County, KY, where they lived and died, but Snoddy later moved on to Madison County where he died in 1814. Mrs. Scott says that as she passed the Crab Orchard on her way out to Kentucky in 1784-5, that the Moores and Snoddy were forted at the Crab Orchard and that Ann Cowan had just gotten back from her captivity. Hence Ann Cowan was at the Crab Orchard with her sisters, the wives of William and Joseph Moore and Captain John Snoddy, and in all probability Ann never returned to the Clinch. The widow, Ann Cowan, was probably the daughter of one John Walker, whose will was probated in Washington County, VA, on the 17th of November 1778, and reads in part; "to be equally divided between my six daughters (no names listed), and granddaughter, Ann Bell, and do order that all debts that is owing to me be collected by my two sons, John (he who was security to Samuel Cowan's estate) and Samuel Walker...do appoint my two sons John and Samuel, my Executors, N. B. My lands to be equally divided betwixt my two sons, and one bay mare I give to my grandson, William Walker," (he, who was captured with Ann Cowan). The will of John Walker was witnessed by Alexander Montgomery of Moccasin Creek and William and Andrew Cowan of Castlewood. Apparently this same John Walker who had a grant for 200 acres of land on Moccasin Creek, surveyed for him (probably posthumously) on August 18, 1781.