b.6 Jan 1744
d.17 Jan 1824 Sullivan, Tennessee, United States
Facts and Events
Person:Robert Cowan (20), ... was born in the North of Ireland, being a descendant of Scotch ancestry. He came to America before the Revolution in the prime of young manhood and when the war broke out between the Colonists and the Mother Country he entered the Continental army, and did brave service in the cause of liberty. He fought under Gen. Washington, and was with the army when it crossed the Delaware. When peace was declared he resided in Virginia for a time, and then removed to Tennessee, of which he was a pioneer, and there his life was brought to a close at a ripe age. The maiden name of his wife, great-grandmother of subject, was Nancy Rutledge. She is thought to have been born in South Carolina, and she died in Tennessee. She was the mother of five sons, --James, Andrew, William, George and John. The three elder sons served under Jackson at the battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.
From Donna Atkinson, referring to the family of Nancy Rutledge, wife of Robert Cowan:
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.
This deed would indicate that Robert Cowan died after March 8, 1826. Not 1824 as stated. Needs more verification.
Transcription of Book 10 Part A Jun 10, 1824-Sept 13 1826 States: Sullivan County, Tennessee Book 10 Part A Jun 10 1824-Sept 13 1826 John Cowan to Andrew Cowan for $1200 dollars, forever relinquish and quit claim to the right, title or interest that I have or may have in and to 150 acres of land willed to me by Robert Cowan, my father, adjoining the land of John Thomas, David Dryden and others. John Cowan (seal) Attest: G R Cowan David Shaver, Jr Nov Session 1825 proved by George R Cowan and David Shaver Jr G W Netherland DClk for R Netherland Clk Reg Dec 24 1825
This confuses the death date even more. If this was filed in 1825 from the will, then death date could be 1824 but deed from Robert Cowan to Nathan Willit is dated 1826 indicating he is still alive. More research needed.