Notebook. Notes for Robert Cowan of Sullivan, TN



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Note 1

From: Ancestry, Cowan Message Board, Mara806

Robert Cowan ...

Son of James Cowan who came from Ireland around 1745.
This is unproven. The connections to a James Cowan stem from old research tying this family to James/Mary of Knoxville Group, but YDNA tests show this to be unlikely. We do not know who this Robert Cowan's parents were as of April 2013, nor do we know his origins.
A DAR marker at Robert's grave shows that he was a private in the Militia, 1 Bn., Lancaster County, Pa. during the Revolutionary War.
This is inaccurate. His service was in the North Carolina 7th Continental Line which fought at Brandywine and Germantown and wintered at Valley Forge. The unit was released at Valley Forge which coincides with the dates of Robert Cowan's return to Tennessee , then still North Carolina, for his land claim for this service. However, an age or other information is lacking on these records to firmly confirm this service but the Pennsylvania service is not correct and has been proven not to be correct. Records on file at North Carolina Archives are available on the North Carolina Service. For years this marker was claimed to be a DAR marker, but this is not what is typically placed by the DAR. Rather the marker is private. See images for order. User:DAtkinson.

New documents on the Land Warrants from North Carolina again support service for this Robert Cowan in the 7th Continental Line from North Carolina. I have also obtained a copy of the bronze plaque application which shows Nancy Ann Rutledge's birth/death dates and the Pa military information. The plaque appears to be incorrect. Donna Atkinson 6-5-2013

A land grant was issured to him on Cotober 23, 1782 from the State of North Carolina. The grant was for 180 acres, now located in Sullivan County, Tennessee, north of Holston River, on James Harris' widow Young's and John Sharp's lines. James Harris sold 50 more acres to Robert Cowan, on David Dryden's line in 1797.
Robert Cowan's Will is on file at the Sullivan County Courthouse in Blountville, Tennessee, Will Book 1, Page 847,
Nancy and Robert Cowan are buried at the old General Delaney cemetery (now Cowan-Delaney) which is near their farm. The cemetery is located on top of the hill at the corner of Rooty Branch Road and Lakeview Dock Road in Sullivan County, Tn. None of their original gravestones are legible. The marker reads
Robert Cowan Pennsylvania, Pvt. 1 Bn. Lancaster Co., Mil. (see above-not accurate)
Revolutionary War
June 18, 1754 Feb 16, 1840