d.1837 Tennessee or Mississippi
Facts and Events
Samuel Cowan was born in the 1770's, probably in NC, but perhaps SC or VA: died before 1837 in TN or MS. Nothing is known about his father, though some descendants believe he came to America from the British Isles establisheda large plantation in Virginia. While living in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, Samuel Cowan was a private with the East Tennessee Volunteers during the war of 1812. He served as a mounted gunman on an expedition in 1814 against the hostile Creek Indians, for which his monthly pay was eight dollars plus 40 cents per day for his horse. Samuel and his family moved to Alabama before 1820. They were in Mississippi by the mid-1820's In 1827 he received a land grant of 136 acres in McNairy County, Tennessee, not far from the spot where the Battle of Shiloh would be fought in 1862.