d.27 July 1832 Campbell County, Tennessee, United States
Facts and Events
1. The maiden name of Mary, wife of Samuel Cowan, is commonly given as "Walker". Direct evidence that this was indeed her maiden name is lacking.
2. It is unusual that "Mary Walker" is given as the name of both Samuel's mother, and of his wife. His wife Mary is sometimes identified as having been previously married to a Rogers. Evidence for this is the frequent use of "Rogers" in her children's names. Direct evidence for this marriage is needed.
3. The family bible record gives Samuel's marriage as occurring in 1805. Several of the DOB's for children in the bible predate that marriage date. Hiram Rogers born in 1799, and Lasson (Lawson?) Rogers born 1801, are both shown with the name of Rogers, and are not shown as "Cowans". Other children born after their marriage are shown in this bible record as "Cowans". This suggests that the father of the first two children were indeed a "Rogers". Evidence to confirm or deny this is needed.
4. Son Cornelius R. Cowan was born in Augusta 1805, more than nine months after the marriage of Samuel and Mary. If the "R" also stands for "Rogers", it would seem likely that Mary's maiden name was Rogers, and that she was not previously married. This may also indicate that her first two children were born prior to Samuel and Mary's marriage, and that they lived as common law man and wife. That suggests that there may have been no previous marriage. Alternatively, it may also indicate that she bore the first two children out of wedlock to an unidentified man, and gave her own maiden name to the children. More evidence is needed to evaluate this.
Campbell county court records, Estate Book, 1806-1841
Will of Samuel Cowan dated 19 March 1832, probated 10 Sep 1832
Wife's name not given
Originally copied by Olivia P. Brisbin 7 December 1966 Lansing, Michigan
Bible was in the possession of Thomas Allison Riegel, 2004 Sunnyside, Lansing Michigan, a great-great-great grandson of Samuel Cowan.
Title Page, preceding the New Testament opposite Page 834, shows that the Bible was Printed and Published by M. Carey, No. 121,Mt Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, in 1815.
Below this entry, in different writing is
The following suggests that Mary remained in Tennessee until some date prior to the 15th of January, 1846
Deed, Campbell Co TN.; Deed Book K; p. 15
Thomas Moad & Eliza R. Moad his wife of Decalb Co, MO, to John Kincaid … for $300 paid by Benjamin F. Kincaid, agent for John Kincaid … our sole and intire intrust in land beginning at the head of the spring near the dwelling house where the widow Cowan lived before leaving Tennessee, thence an East course to a rock near smokehouse, thenc an east courst still to a walnut sprout at the cross fince, then a north course to the grant line, thance along the grant line or upper line to George Petrees line, thence a south course along Petrees line to the spring branch below the springs, thence up the branch to the beginning, containing about 80 ac.
15 Jan 1846 Proved by Thomas and Eliza R. Moad, she examined privately