b.6 Jan 1744
Facts and Events
- Document. Will of Robert Cowan of Sullivan, TN, Writ. 1823, Proven 1842
- Person:Robert Cowan (10) Of Jefferson County: YDNA results suggest there is no family connection.
- Person:Robert Cowan (11) son of Robert (10)
- Analysis. YDNA for Descendants of Robert Cowan of Sullivan County
- Analysis. Genealogy of Robert Cowan (20): Summary of research issues for Robert Cowan (20)
- Transcript:Land Transactions for Robert Cowan (20) Transcriptions of various deeds for Robert Cowan (20)
The family of Nancy Rutledge, wife of Robert (20), owned landin the vicinity of White Top Knobs in what was then Sullivan County NC, but is now Sullivan County, TN. Robert's land lay on what is now Rooty Branch Road just north of the Old General Delaney Cemetery (now Cowan-Delaney). The Cowan-Delaney Cemetery is on the corner of Rooty Branch and Lakeview Dock Road
From Donna Atkins, referring to the family of Nancy Rutledge, wife of Robert Cowan:
Per article in The Lookout Notable Southern Families THE RUTLEDGE FAMILY by Robert Thomas Case a great great great grandson of General George Rutledge, Elinor or Eleanor migrated to the Americas about 1763. They emigrated and landed at Charleston South Carolina and then removed to Augusta County, Virginia, where they settled in the neighborhood known as Tinkling Spring. William remained there until 1777 when he and his family removed to Sullivan County, Tennessee, settling on a small creek known as White Top where he produced grants for his land.
Letter from George G., grandson of William George per letter in Mara Harris collection,[Where is this located?] states that the family came into America through Baltimore, Maryland and immediately emigrated to Augusta County, Va where they remained about a year, then they emigrated to Sullivan County, Tn. (then North Carolina). He also notes that Annis Armstrong Rutledge, his grandmother informed him many times that George Rutledge of Ireland remained in Ireland in possession of his large estate in Tyrone County, Ireland, as well as his wife's interest. His wife was a daughter of one of the leaders of the Clans in the Highlands of Scotland and her name was Mary (Nellie) Gamble. He states that due to the bitterness of the war of 1775 and the causes that brought on the War of 1812, there was never any correspondence between the Old Country and America with the family and friends. Annis stated that she understood the estate was confiscated for 99 years and he believed the descendants of George Rutledge in Ireland and many others who were kindred would eventually receive the amount of their friend's estates there.
Another letter follows William George Rutledge's letter from Ann Rutledge to a cousin Billie more information about her line of the Rutledge's who came to the Winchester and Stanton Virginia area which proved that nephews also came there long enough to acquire land and then came to "Carliny". Her ancestor was a George with wife Jean? who lived in Augusta County, Va, [moved to] Tennessee, and then came to South Carolina. She lived on a parcel of land on the south side of Catawba River at the mouth of Kuykendall Creek (also known as the Dutchman's Creek. This parcel was originally granted to James Armstrong who deeded it to Joseph Armstrong, who in turn sold the grant to George Rutledge in 1754. This letter is signed Love, Auntie Pat (Ann Rutledge Rollins).
Vita for Robert Cowan are much confused. A discussion of this is to be found at Analysis. Genealogy of Robert Cowan (20). Dates currently shown represent best approximations based on a considered examination of the available data. Some of the alternative vita dates shown are undoubted wrong, but all have a documented basis in something that is commonly cited. Knowing why they are likely rejected is as important as rejecting them. They are retained here simply to provide a basis for consideration, and should be left intact as alternatives.
- ↑ Biographical Sketch of Robert S Cowan, in Portrait and biographical record of Macoupin County, Illinois: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, governors of the state and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago [Illinois]: Biographical Pub. Co., 1891), Pgs 320-21.
- ↑ Sullivan, Tennessee, United States. 1796 Sullivan County, Tennessee Tax List, 1796.
- ↑ Holston Territory Genealogical Society (Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee). Families and history of Sullivan County, Tennessee. (Tennessee: The Society, c1992), Pg 30.
- ↑ Puett, Minnie Stowe. History of Gaston County. (Charlotte, North Carolina: Library of Congress, 1939), 66.
"A grant was also given to James Armstrong in 1753. He deeded it to Joseph Armstrong. Joseph sold it to George Rutledge in 1754."
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 DAR Gravestone marker. See: Notebook. Notes for Robert Cowan of Sullivan, TN fo specifics.
Donna Atkinson notes:" the stones are now faded out and people have gotten the dates from the DAR markers. The dates (from what I remember) on the markers were placed about 1935 but the application was rejected...the marker remains.
- ↑ Will probate date. From Donna Atkinson (September 2011): "The clerk certification that the copy is the same as the "original filed in his office" is 26th day of November1842...nothing is said about when the actual first will was filed which would be when the estate was filed". The will was written in 1823. The gap between will date and probate date (19 years), seems unusual, and may indicate that Robert died considerably before 1840, but that for whatever reason the will was not probated until much later. If Robert was indeed born in 1744 (not 1754 per the DAR marker), his death about 1840 seems suspicious. Not at all impossible, but less likely. ~~~~