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……………………..The Tapestry
Families Old Chester OldAugusta Germanna
New River SWVP Cumberland Carolina Cradle
The Smokies Old Kentucky

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Cowan's in the United States Census of 1820

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The following provides data on the Cowans in the United States, organized by Regional Tapestries. The focus of such Tapestries lies with persons who settled along the Great Road prior to or immediately following the American Revolution. Because some patriarchs moved from area to area, they may appear in the listing under different Tapestries. "Groups" represent the various YDNA groups to which various patriarchal Cowan's have been assigned in the Cowan YDNA project. If YDNA evidence for a descendant of one of these Patriarchs is known, that fact is highlighted with the "DNA Helix" graphic, and the appropriate kit number(s) identified.

Old Chester

RegionYDNA GroupPersonNote
Old Chester Cowan TapestryPequea Creek Cowans aka "1720 Immigrant"Person:David Cowan (15) The immigrant Ancestor, c. 1720
Person:David Cowan (14) Uncertain affinity
Person:John Cowan (39)
person:William Cowan (28)
Person:Henry Cowan (7)
Octoraro Creek CowansPerson:Hugh Cowan (4) Immigrant Ancestor
Person:Robert Cowan (17) of Fallowfield, Chester County, believed to be kinsman of Hugh Cowan (4), but not son.
Rockingham CowansPerson:Henry Cowan (5) Immigrant about 1746. Parents died on Voyage over, leaving Henry and other children. Settled in MD, moved to Rockingham VA.
UncertainPerson:Margaret Cowan (16) Married Hugh Gass, Lancaster and Cumberland Counties, remarried to William MaGill, to Old Augusta
Cowan's Gap Cowansperson:Samuel Cowan (17) Settled in Cowan's Gap, Bedford County (now Fulton County), Todd Township.
Person:Hugh Cowan (7)Settled on a Branch of Licking Creek, Bedford County, probably in
Roaring Springs CowansPerson:Edward Cowan (1) Immigrant, Settled at Roaring Springs, Bedford County, family history indicates he immigrated to America in 1785.
Franklin County CowansPerson:Hugh Cowan (8) b 1768, d 1828, m. 1799 Mary Van Lear, lived in Mercersburg.

MD

Person:Henry Cowan (5) in Rockingham County VA by 1788.

Old Augusta

person:Andrew Cowan (4) Gentleman Justice of Washington County; Person:Andrew Cowan (20) is probably the same person.
Person:David Cowan (1) of Albemarle County, VA, to SW VA by 1769, and to Sevier County TN, after the Revolution
James Cowan of Albemarle County
John Cowan of Albemarle County

SWVP

Person:Andrew Cowan (6) c1805 c1766 Mary Walker Seven Cowan Brothers Andrew was a Gentleman Justice in Washington County; Most records for him are in reference to his court duties. Court Records for Andrew Cowan continue in SW VA until well after 1800.
Person:David Cowan (1) <1739 1811 Sevier, TN Jane Person:John Cowan (65) Eleanor Seven Cowan Brothers After the Revolution David came to Sevier County TN from Southwest Virginia, where he lived in Castle's Woods. Prior to that he was living in Albemarle County, VA, in close association with the Woods family.
Person:Samuel Cowan (1) Ann Walker Seven Cowan Brothers Samuel was killed by Indians in SW VA about 1776
Person:John Cowan (12) 1763 1788 Greene County TN (later Blount County) Agnes Martin Person:Samuel Cowan (1) Person:Ann Walker (39) Seven Cowan Brothers To Fayette KY by 1784
to Blount Co TN
then Franklin, TN. by 1800


Person:William Cowan (12) 1750 Seven Cowan Brothers William came to Blount County before 1792, from Southwest Virginia, where he lived in Castle's Woods with his kinsmen Person:David Cowan (1) and Person:John Cowan (12). John came with him to Blount County, while David settled nearby in Sevier County.


Smoky Mountains

There are several separate lines of Cowans who settled within the broad Smoky Mountain Tapestry area either during or shortly after the Revolution. Most of these Cowan's seem to be related to the Seven Cowan Brothers, and share a relatively recent, but unknown common ancestor. There are also persons who trace to the Sullivan County and Knoxville merchant lineages

WeRelateDOBPOBDODPODDOMPOMSpouseFatherMOtherYDNANotes
Person:Robert Cowan (10) 1746 VA or Scotland 1784 Jefferson, TN <1776 Susannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers Robert married Susannah Woods in Botetourt County, VA, sometime before 1776. During the Revolution he moved south into what is now Greene County, TN, dying there between 1789 (last property purchase) and 1797 (when sons sell his property). He had several sons who either remained in Jefferson County, or moved south, first to Blount County, and then to Franklin County by 1800.
John Finley Cowan (51) 1768 VA? 1837 Franklin TN Robert Cowan (10) Seven Cowan Brothers
Kit 7377
To Blount County by 1797
Person:Andrew Cowan (31) Robert Cowan (10) Susannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers Document. Land record for sons of Robert Cowan, Washington County, TN, 1799 identify an Andrew Cowan and others receiving land once owned by Robert Cowan (10). Andrew is presumed to be a son of Robert 10. At the time of the land transaction he is said to be of Blount County TN. He presumably moved there shortly after the Revolution with his brothers and kinsman Samuel Handley, and other kinsmen, who settled in the Nine-Mile Creek area. Several members of this extended family later moved to Franklin, TN.


Person:Robert Cowan (11) 1776 Botetourt VA 1841 Nancy Weir Robert Cowan (10) Susannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers To Blount County by 1797
Person:Samuel Cowan (5) 1780 1851 Mary Dixon Robert Cowan (10) Susannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers To Blount County by 1797. He is said to have died in Alabama in 1851, basis unknown.
Person:William Cowan (21) 1782 Robert Cowan (10) Susannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers Fate unknown
David S. Cowan (19) 1767 1837 Franklin, Virginia Robert Cowan (10) Susannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers Fate unknown
Person:Andrew Cowan (5) <1798 Jefferson, TN 1) Unknown; 2) Jane Thompson Seven Cowan Brothers Andrew Cowan, of Jefferson County, TN. Andrew is known to have been previous married, based on court records where children by his first wife appear to contest the distribution of the estate. His first wife is commonly identified as Mary Walker, daughter of John Walker III, but there is no original source documentation to support this.
Person:John Cowan (42) 1768 1806 Andrew (5)
Person:Robert Cowan (12) 1765- Andrew (5)
Person:Samuel Cowan (11) 1769 1832 Andrew (5)
Person:James Cowan (36) c1780 Andrew (5)
Andrew M. Cowan (26) 1781 <1850 Andrew (5)
Person:William Cowan (36) Andrew (5)
Person:David Cowan (20) Andrew (5) Son of Andrew (5);

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Person:Houston Evans Cowan 1820 Sevier< TN 1892 Marion, TN ? ? Lynelle Cowan Stevenson's brick wall
Person:David Cowan (1) <1739 1811 Sevier, TN Jane Person:John Cowan (65) Eleanor Seven Cowan Brothers David came to Sevier County from Southwest Virginia, where he lived in Castle's Woods. Prior to that he was living in Albemarle County, VA, in close association with the Woods family.


Person:Andrew Cowan (22) c1768 Martha Evans David Cowan (1) Jane Seven Cowan Brothers Justice of Sevier County,. 1796, son of David (1); Some genealogists identify an Andrew Cowan=Martha Evans in Abbeville, SC. This seems to be a confusion
Person:William Cowan (12) 1750 Seven Cowan Brothers William came to Blount County before 1792, from Southwest Virginia, where he lived in Castle's Woods with his kinsmen Person:David Cowan (1) and Person:John Cowan (12). John came with him to Blount County, while David settled nearby in Sevier County.
Person:Robert Cowan (10) 1746 1784 Jefferson County TN Susannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers This line is descended from Person:Robert Cowan (10) who died in Greene County TN about 1784. Several of his sons, John, Robert, Samuel, and Andrew Cowan, and soninlaw Samuel Handley settled near Nine Mile Creek in the western division of Blount County. Some members of this line would later moved to Franklin County TN, west of Chattanoga. Dr. James B. Cowan, whose genealogical letters figure prominently deciphering in Cowan family history (for better or ill), belong to this line. YDNA evidence indicates that this line is related to that of William (12), David (1), and John (12), but the nature of that relationship is unknown. Both Groups seem to be related to the Cowans who settled in Beverley Manor and in Albemarle County, during the middle 1730's.
Person:John Cowan (12) 1763 1788 Agnes Martin Person:Samuel Cowan (1) Person:Ann Walker (39) Seven Cowan Brothers Son of Person:Samuel Cowan (1)
Person:John Cowan (51) 1768 Robert Cowan (10) Susannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers Son of Robert (10); To Blount County by 1797
Person:Andrew Cowan (31) Robert Cowan (10) Susannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers Son of Robert (10); To Blount County by 1797
Person:Robert Cowan (11) 1776 Botetourt VA 1841 Nancy Weir Robert Cowan (10) Susannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers Son of Robert (10); To Blount County by 1797
Person:Samuel Cowan (5) 1780 c1851 Alabama Mary Dixon Robert Cowan (10) Susannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers Son of Robert (10); To Blount County by 1797. He is said to have died in Alabama in 1851, basis unknown.
person:Robert Cowan (20) 1744 Ireland ? 1824 Sullivan, TN 1780 Washington, VA Nancy Rutledge Sullivan County Cowans Settled in what is now Sullivan County TN following Revolution.
Person:James Cowan (7) 1788 Washinton, VA 1863 Clarissa Sharp Person:Robert Cowan (20) Nancy Rutledge Sullivan County Cowans
Person: William Cowan (35) 1790 Sullivan TN 1849 Sullivan TN 1822 Sullivan TN Nancy Susong Person:Robert Cowan (20) Nancy Rutledge Sullivan County Cowans
Person:Andrew Cowan (25) 1793 Sullivan TN 1876 Sullivan TN c1822 Sullivan TN Elizabeth Owen Person:Robert Cowan (20) Nancy Rutledge
Person:George Cowan (9) 1797 Sullivan, TN 1874 Jasper MO Sullivan, TN Mary May Person:Robert Cowan (20) Nancy Rutledge Sullivan County Cowans
Person:John Cowan (52) 1799 Sullivan, TN 1849 Person:Robert Cowan (20) Nancy Rutledge Sullivan County Cowans
Person:__Cowan ()
Person:Samuel Cowan (18) c1769 c1802 TN 1794 Jane Glascow Montgomery Knoxville Merchant Cowans Early merchant in Knoxville, arrived before 1792
Person:Nathaniel Cowan (1) 1762-1767 Knoxville Merchant Cowans Early Merchant in Knoxville, arrived before 1792
Person:James Cowan (35) 1761 1801 Knoxville, TN 1795 TN Margaret Christian Russell Knoxville Merchant Cowans of Knoxville

Old 96

WeRelateDOBPOBDODPODDOMPOMSpouseFatherMOtherYDNANotes
Robert Cowan of Edgefield County (insufficient data to localize)
But known to be present in the area by 1773, immigrating on the Lord DunLuce


Person:Jeremiah Cowan (1) 1768 Old 96, SC 1822 Union KY Elizabeth Hayes Sullivan County Cowans
Kits 134467, 107609
Moved to Union CO KY by 1820
Person:Andrew Cowan (32) 1742 1786 Abbeville, Abbeville, SC 1763 Sullivan County Cowans
Kits 104481 and 109152
Settled in Boonesborough Township by 1773, apparent immigrant, but direct records showing immigration lacking.
Person:Isaac Cowan (3) 1764 Abbeville County, SC 1831 Abbeville County <1792 Jane Seawright Person:Andrew Cowan (32) Ann
Person:William Cowan (50) Person:Andrew Cowan (32)
Person:John Cowan (102) Person:Andrew Cowan (32)
Person:John Cowan (38) 1739 1792 <1762 Margaret Seven Cowan Brothers
Kit 179625
John settled in Old 96 by about 1763. His will shows that at the time of his death he lived on property on both sides of the Savannah River. This is consistent with the idea that he operated Cowans Ferry on the Svannah River, though the exact location of that feature is uncertain.
:Person:James Cowan (24) 1775 1849 Person:John Cowan (38) Margaret See Ancestry lineages for James Cowan 1775-1849
Person:Archibald Cowan (1) c1760 May have died young Person:John Cowan (38) Margaret
Person:John Cowan (35) 1770 1846 Barbour Alabama Susannah Glover Person:John Cowan (38) Margaret
Person:Samuel Cowan (14) Person:John Cowan (38) Margaret


Person:James Cowan (14) 1745 Augusta VA <1815 SC 1767 SC Hannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers
Marriage to Hannah Woods based on Michael Woods Age Book, gives DOM as 24 Dec. 1767 in SC. Probably came to SC with Michael Woods, who gives "We left Virginia Oct. 11, 1764 and settled on the Savannah River Jan. 3, 1765." Petitioned for land in Granville Co Dec. 1767, and in Abbeville Co in 1798 on Rocky River.


Person:James Cowan (37) 1775 SC 1849 GA 1811 Person:James Cowan (14) Hannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers
Kits 7386, 124273
Person:Hiram Cowan (1) 1769-1779 Old 96 SC Person:James Cowan (14) Hannah Woods Seven Cowan Brothers
Kit 13547
Person:John Cowan (27) 1769-1779 1782-1792 1755 Augusta, VA Person:James Cowan (14) Hannah Woods

MISC

Person:Janet Cowan (6) Possibly the wife of Alexander I of the Wigton line.
Person:Samuel Cowan (3) 1775-1832, died Campbell County TN, Unknown affinity