m. est. 1766
Facts and Events
From Robert Cowan, April 3, 2012:
Major John F. Cowan, early settler of Cowan, Tn. [is believed to have derived] his middle name, Finley, as a result of the connection between his father, Robert Cowan and Robert Finley who fought together. The Finley name passed on to Major Johns son, John Finley Cowan, sheriff of Jackson County Alabama and to at least one additional generation if I can remember correctly. The kinship must have been of some importance to last three generations.
From Thelma Cowan, April 20, 2014
Bill, I have some information about the marriage of Robert that might be useful, in "Tennessee Marriages, early to 1800.," 976.8 V22 T, p.14, Agnes Martin/John Cowan, 2 August, 1788,Greene County, Tennessee. Then there is another one, in "Tennessee First Settlers and Soldiers," by Edward C. McMeans, Author and Publisher 976.891 H2m p.418: Moore, Moses, Sec. to a marriage between John Cowan and Agnes Martin b/c 1767, on 8/2, 1788, The Lost State of Franklin ceded back to the state of NC in 1788. (Todays Greene Co. TN.). Given under this bond and Seal the second day of August 1788. I have taken these articles down as written. Thelma