Notebook. Robert Cowan in Botetourt County, VA



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Person:Robert Cowan (10)


Source:USGENweb VA Archives

Page 21. July 2, 1769. John Mann of Augusta County to Michuel Carns of Bedford County. 33 pounds 4 shillings. 232 acres on the forks of the James River. Witnesses: Michael Myokel, Robert Cowan, William Rea.

Note 2


DAR Lineage Books (121 vols)

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 89, page 64

[p.64] Mrs. Mary Blake Broecker. DAR ID Number: 88194

Robert Cowan (1746-1810) enlisted as private in Capt. John Steed's company, 4th Virginia regiment, commanded by Col. John Neville, 1778. He was born in Scotland; died in Virginia.

Note 3

Source:Ephemeral Site, accessed March 2011 citing Botetourt County Order Book I, 1770

Page 4: John Mann’s sale of land to Michael Carnes testified to by Robert Ewing and Michael Yoakum. Robert Cowan testifies and is paid for travelling 45 miles one way to be a witness, by Carnes.

Page 390. James Cowsen (Cowan?) versus Thomas Mann for trespass, assault and battery.

Page 519. Cowan versus Thomas Mann referred to next higher court.

Page 6. James Cowan versus Thomas Mann. Plaintiff not coming to court, he must pay the defendant 5 shillings and defense costs for the charge of assault, trespass and battery.

Page 84. John Mann versus John Kelly for debt, alias copias. John Mann versus John Maxwell for assault, trespass and battery, conditional order. John Mann versus John Jameson for debt, alias copias. John Mann versus Francis Cowan?Rowan? for debt, conditional order against defendant and his bail. John Mann versus Nathaniel Carpenter, alias copias. John Mann versus William Elms for debt, conditional order against the defendant and James Humphries, his security. John Mann versus Gabriel Smithers for debt, alias copias. John Mann versus Andrew Wilson, attachment executed on defendant’s property for debt.

Note 4

Source:Ephemeral site accessesd March 2011 citing "Archives of the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.]

On May 1, 1779 James Callaway of Bedford Co., VA wrote the following letter to the Speaker of the House of Delegates, Mr. Benjamin Harrison, regarding Robert Cowan, a British subject who was rejected admittance into the county because he was considered "unfriendly" to the country. Callaway stated that Cowan had returned to his former settlement in Bedford Co., VA. The Committee of Privileges and Elections reported and resolved on May 24, 1779 that Robert Cowan should not be permitted to reside in the state.

To Honorable Sir

Speaker of the House of Delegates
in the State of Virginia

Bedford County, May 1st 1779

Sir, I have, with the Advice of Sundry Cival and Military Officers of this County, thought it my Duty to Cite before your Honorable House the present Session Assembly, M. Robert Cowan (a North Brittain) who was last Fall Considered Unfriendly to this Country, and Rejected Admittance into this State by the legislature, and who has since then in Contempt of such Rejection, Imposed himself on the Country, and Arrived at his former Settlement in this County. Your Honorable House no Doubt will take such Notice of him as to them shall seem best. I only wish to observe that the said Cowan has been Absent from this State near two years, that he left it at a time when Our Affairs were by many thought Desperate, that he has resided in the King's Dominions till they are now Restored, and that his conduct in every respect before his Departure proved him to be an Enemy to this Country.

I am Sir Your Very Obedient Humble Servant Signed James Callaway

Editor's Note - Thanks to the help of Davis Reece (a long time Irvine/Cowan researcher) we know from the will of Robert Cowan and the will of his wife, Elizabeth, that Robert Cowan was the father of Margaret Cowan, who was born in Bedford Co., VA in 1771. Margaret Cowan married James Penn who was Sarah Callaway's son. Sarah, who married Gabriel Penn, was the daughter of Richard Callaway and Frances Walton. Sarah Callaway and James Callaway were first cousins.

Note 6

Source:DeedMapper Deed Pool No specific source given, but presumably Bedford County Land Records.

92 Robert Cowan VPB 42:720 5 Jul 1774 42a Bedford/ on both sides of Mountain Cr. ( 395 Robert Cowan CGB X:79 2 Dec 1785 600a Bedford & Campbell/ on Buffaloe Creek 923 Robert Cowan VPB 40:723 20 Jun 1772 180a Bedford/ on both sides of McSwains Bran

Note 7

Source:Hennings Statutes


An act appointing trustees in the room of those appointed in the act, intituled "An act for appointing trustees to regulate the making of slopes for the passage of fish in the mill-dams within the county of Bedford. (Passed the 10th of December, 1789.)

WHEREAS it hath been represented to the present General Assembly, that the trustees appointed by the act, intituled "An act for appointing trustees to regulate the making of slopes for the passage of fish in the mill-dams within the county of Bedford," are either dead or removed, and it is judged necessary to appoint others; Be it therefore enacted, that James Callaway, William Leftwich, Charles Clay, Charles Gwatkins, Thomas Lumpkins, John Otey, Robert Cowan, John Callaway and James Buford, gentlemen, shall be and they are hereby constituted trustees in the stead and place of those mentioned in the said recited act, and shall do and perform what was required of the former trustees.

Note 8

source:Portrait and biographical record of Macoupin County, Illinois, Anon. 1891

ROBERT B. COWAN, M. D., has been prac- ticing medicine at Girard for more than twenty years,and his high professional stand- ing among the physicians of this county is indicative of the success that he has attained in his career. He is a native of Sullivan County ,Tenn., born March 9, 1833, a son of George R. Cowan, a native of East Tennessee and a grandson of Robert Cowan, who was born in the North of Ireland, being a de- scendant of Scotch ancestry. He came to America before the Revolution in the prime of young man- hood and when the war broke out between the Col- onists and the Mother Country he entered the Con- tinental army, and did brave service in the cause of liberty. He fought under Gen, Washington, and was with the army when it crossed the Dela- ware. When peace was declared he resided in Vir- ginia for a time, and then removed to Tennessee, of which he was a pioneer, and there his life was brought to a close at a ripe age. The maiden name of his wife, great-grandmother of subject, was Nancy Rutledge. She is thought to have been born in South Carolina, and she died in Tennessee. She was the mother of five sons, — James, Andrew, William, George and John. The three elder sons served under Jackson at the battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.