Facts and Events
From Thoburn, 1916, vol 4
William Cowan, was born in Virginia in 1793. From Virginia he moved into Kentucky and died in Christian County of that state in 1880. While a resident of Kentucky [William] acquired a tract of Government land in Ray County, Missouri, close to where his son, the father of James A. Cowan, subsequently established his home. William Cowan was a farmer and stock man.