Person:John Cowan (36)

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John Cowan, Sr., of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA
 
  • HJohn Cowan, Sr., of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VAABT 1715 -
  • WJanette UnknownABT 1719 -
m. Est. 1735-1740
  1. John Cowan, Jr.1737-1749 -
  2. Andrew Cowan1741 -
  3. Hannah Cowan1748 -
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Name John Cowan, Sr., of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1715 County Down, Ireland
Marriage Est. 1735-1740 to Janette Unknown

John Cowan was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Person:Andrew Cowan (4)
Person:Andrew Cowan (20)
Data. Cowan's in Chalkley's Chronicles, name ordered
Notebook. DeliJim's Notes for John Cowan (4)
Notebook. DeliJim's Notes for John Cowan (36)
Ancestry, Tinkling Springs Baptisms

Overview

Blockquoted material below from Chalkley's Chronicles, unless otherwise noted. See Data. Cowan's in Chalkley's Chronicles, name ordered for specifics.

In 1749 John Cowan (36) secured a 202 acre parcel on Beverley's Manor a few miles south of modern Staunton.

Page 207.--5th April, 1749. William Beverley to John Cowan, 202 acres in Beverley Manor. Thomas Shield's corner in Co. Co., James Patton's line, Francis Beaty's line, Robert Christian's line. Teste: John Wilson.

A 1750 property transcation:

Page 148.--26th February, 1750-51. John Cowan, yeoman, to Saml. Lusk, farmer, 202 acres; Thomas Shield's corner in Col. Patton's line; Andrew Alexander's line; corner Robert Christian, Jennet, wife of John. Teste: Edward Erwin, Hugh Campbell, George Anderson.

shows that he did not long remain on his initial property. He may have simply moved elsewhere on Beverley's Manor, or left the area entirely.

John Cowan's land (Beverley Manor SW, 202 acres, 1749) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
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John Cowan's land (Beverley Manor SW, 202 acres, 1749) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Image:Property of Andrew, William, John, and James Cowan, Beverley Manor Oct 2014.jpg

He may be the John Cowman who in 1784 transfers a portion of his land to the Presbyterian MH on Beverley's Manor.

Page 282.--18th May, 1784. John Cowman of first part, and 8-12, acres of land for a church or Presbyterian Meeting House or school house in the county aforesaid and the congregation thereto belonging of the other part, part of the plantation where John now lives in Beverley Manor.

The 1750 land transaction in which John sold his property identifies his wife as "Jennet". The Baptismal list of the Rev. John Craig (Tinkling Springs MH) identifies two children for John Cowan/Cowen:

Andrew, baptized 27 September, 1741
Hannah, baptized 3 April 1748.

person:Andrew Cowan (20) is sometimes identified as the son of John Cowan and Jennette. Howver, since Andrew (20) was clearly an adult in 1747, he can not be the child of John (36) born in 1741. It is, however, quite possible that Andrew son of John is in fact the Andrew Cowan Jr. mention in court records as having left the area by 1765.

Woods vs. Andrew Cowan Jr. --- "The Sheriff having returned that the second time it came to my hand, I tell as before, he is out of the County." Oct 22 1765



An Andrew and William Cowan settled in the same general area, a few miles closer to modern Staunton. Andrew, however, can be shown to be present in the area by at least 1742. The relation between these three Cowan's is unclear.