m. Bef. 1741
m. 9 April 1771
Facts and Events
My grandfather, Hugh Cowan, native of North Ireland immigrated to America about 1700 then about 21 years of age....He here married Ann Matthews a native of Pennsylvania. By this marriage, he had four children; namely James, John, Jane, and Joseph. His wife afterwards dying, he married Mary Davidson, a native of Ireland about 17 years of age. I am not informed in what years these marriages or the deaths of his wives or his own death happened. By his last marriage, my grandfather had twelve children. Namely, Elizabeth, Mathias, Mary, Ann, Kitty (died in infancy), David, Sally, Kitty, William (my father born December 1749), Susan, Margaret, and Hannah (twins)....:William, my father, married my mother, Isabella Henderson in Lancaster in Chester County, the 9th of April 1771. They had seven children. Namely:
My mother, Isabella Cowan died January 1785 - age 44 years.
All my father's children, except Mary Morrison, myself, and Wilson (who lived with me from August 1814 to June 1822 at which time he went to GA and SC thence to Island of Cuba) are living in PA.
...Sometime after my father's marriage (first) he moved to the town of Shippensburg in Cumberland County. It was here that I was born. Here he resided during the Revolutionary War where he received a Captain's Commission and commanded a company of militia where he preformed a six monthís tour of duty in the cause of his county in 1776. He afterwards preformed a second tour of duty for six months at a subsequent period of the War. From Shippensburg, my father moved to Franklin County in the neighborhood of Chambersburg where my Mother died. He moved to Chambersburg in 1785 and was married in the same year. He resided in Chambersburg till the autumn of 1788 where he removed to Shippensburg where in its neighborhood he resided until autumn of 1801, when he removed to the County of Westmoreland Pennsylvania where he and most of his children continue to reside....