m. BEF 1774
m. 19 JUL 1810
Facts and Events
Both William Cowan (25) and David Cowan (1) had sons Samuel born about the same time. William settled in what is now Blount and David settled in what is now Sevier Counties, but both areas were originally in Greene and later Knox Counties prior to 1795. Sevier is adjacent to Blount, and David and William lived less than 20 miles apart. As a result, it is not easy to separate out records for their sons both named Samuel.
From "Tennessee Cousins", by Worth S. Ray, pg. 230: Samuel Cowan was Sheriff of Blount County, and as much, advertised the sale of lands belonging to James Sloan for foreclosure in favor of Henry Ferguson. Also the lands of George Montgomery for Mr. John Russell, and those of John Cooper for Thomas Henderson.
From Clan Huston web page: (http://clanhuston.com/) Posted by R. Emmett on August 17, 1999 at 07:30:03: In Reply to: ISOBELLA & SAMUEL HOUSTON/ROCKBRIDGE, VA posted by Teresa Topolewski on August 14, 1999 at 00:41:52:
Esther "Hettie" Jane Gillespie Houston, dau. of Polly Gillespie & James Houston, married Samuel Cowan (not Andrew) on Jul 19, 1810, Blount Co., TN. I have that information from the Family Bible Records of James H. Cowan, found in the State Library of VA. That is also what Rev. S. R. Houston says in his book of the family (1882). She's called Jane in some records. (There were 3 other Hettie's besides these two.) They had 7 children. Meanwhile, Esther "Hettie" F. Houston married Andrew Cowan, Sep 26, 1816, Blount Co., according to the Blount Co. marriage records and Rev. Houston and another book I found that I listed in my database as "Maxwell History." Somewhere or other I have the complete biblio info on it. This second Hettie was the dau. of Nancy Gillespie & Samuel Houston. Nancy Gillespie was the dau. of Isabella Houston & William Gillespie. And Maj.James Houston (m. to Polly Gillespie) was the son of Samuel Houston/Elizabeth McCroskey. Samuel & Isabella were two of the 6 children of John Houston/Margaret Cunningham who came here in 1735 or so. There is a Tenn-Gillespie expert out there who will probably see this and respond to you. If anyone has any information on the pre-emigration ancestors I hope they respond out here in public. Meanwhile, e-mail me and I'll send you what little I have on dates for these folks, and whatever else I can help with.