m. 6 May 1796
Facts and Events
Five lineages on Ancestry identify the wife of James Cowan, son Andrew Cowan and Mary Walker, as "Bestey Doherty". This points to his father as being Person:Andrew Cowan (5) of Jefferson County TN. This is supported by a Jefferson TN Marriage record at Ancestry
Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
Those lineages usually give James DOB as from 1770-1780, and commonly give his DOD as 1798 rather than 1841. This suggests that James Cowan=Betsey Doherty is a different couple than the one who died in Meigs County. None of these lineages suggest any children for this couple, consistent with a DOM of 1796, and his death in 1798.
Given the Jefferson County POM it seems likely that wife of James son of Andrew Cowan=Mary was indeed Betsey Doherty, and that this James died relatively young without descendants.
The James Cowan who died in Meigs County was married to Elizabeth Clingan. One of his children was William Wallace Cowan.