Person:James Cowan (70)

m. Abt 1846
  1. Martha Cowan1846 - 1940
  2. Mary Cowan1849 - 1943
  3. Juliza Ann Cowan1851 - 1877
  4. James Cowan1855 - 1940
Facts and Events
Name James Campbell Cowan
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1819 Cumberland County, Kentucky
Marriage Abt 1846 Kentuckyto Jemima Amanda Fergusson
Death? 1885 Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States

Contents

Cowan Tapestry
Register
Data
Notebooks
Analysis
Bibliography
Graphics
YDNA
Cowan Links
Index

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

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Related

Records for Cowans in the US 1810 Census for Kentucky
Notebook: On the family of James C. Cowan of Cumberland, KY

Overview

From a cursory review of James (70) data on Ancestry (see below) it would seem that his mother was "Mary" presumed by some to be "Mary Campbell", but there is no consistency in the identity given for his father. Some have him as David Cowan, some as David Marshall, some as Andrew Cowan. Most do not identify him. A number of possibilities can be considered to explain this, including

  1. His genetic father died early on, and Mary remarried perhaps to David Marshall. James, however, retained the surname of his biological father
  2. Mary was a single parent, and the identity of the father is largely unknown or at least not recorded beyond the surname.

Seeking original source documentation may help evaluate which of the above is correct, or formulate other alternatives. See Notes from Dot Hall, below

1880 Kentucky census entry GIves his fathrs POB as Virginia, mothers POB as Kentucky, and wife's name as Gemima This suggests that his father moved to Kentucky where he married his mother. That would place his parents in Kentucky prior to 1819 when he was born.

Child List

Martha Cowan 1844
George A Cowan 1847
Mary Cowan 1849
Juliza Cowan 1851
James Cowan 1856/1858 (conflict in census records)
William Cowan 1859
Champ Cowan 1862
Samuel Cowan 1868

Public Trees

From Ancestry, extracted from Public Member Trees 20 September 2013

Public Member TreeSourcesNameDOB/POBDOD/PODParentsSpouse
Slater Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE Unsourced James C Cowan 1819 1885 - Clinton, Kentucky, USA Andrew Cowan
Dodd Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 source James C. Cowan 1819 1885 - Kentucky, USA Mary Gemima A. (Jemima)
Taylor Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 source James C. Cowan 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States Andrew Cowan
Brittany Shelton family tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 source James C. Cowan 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States David Cowen, Mary Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Zachary Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 2 attached records, 3 sources James C. Cowan 1819 - USA 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, USA Mary Campbell Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Nutt Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 source James C Cowan 1819 - United States 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States David Marshall, Mary Cowan Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Poor Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 4 attached records, 5 sources James C. Cowan 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States Mary ______ Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Clinger Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 3 attached records, 5 sources James C Cowan 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States David Marshall, Mary Cowan Jemima Amanda Ferguson
bruno Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE Unsourced James C Cowan 1819 - USA 1885 - Kentucky, USA Mary Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Lawrence/Cowan Family Tree of Kentucky PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 4 attached records, 5 sources James C. Cowan 1819 1885 - Clinton County (Clinton), Kentucky David Cowan, Mary Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Master PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 3 attached records, 7 sources James C. Cowan 1819 - USA 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, USA Mary ______ Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Groce, Marion Campbell Family PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 4 attached records, 5 sources James C Cowan Abt 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States Mary Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Olivias family tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 source James C. Cowan 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton County (Clinton), Kentucky Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Andrew/Gunnels/Ogletree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 source James C. Cowan 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton County (Clinton), Kentucky Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Our Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE Unsourced James C. Cowan 1819 - Clinton 1885 Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Doyle Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 source James C. Cowan 1819 - USA 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, USA Jemima Amanda Ferguson
RAUCH Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 source James C. Cowan 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton County (Clinton), Kentucky Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Crawford-Craft Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 5 attached records, 6 sources James C Cowan Abt 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Ferguson Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 attached record, 2 sources James C Cowan 1819 1885 - Kentucky, United States Jemima Amanda. Gemima Ferguson
WSJTK SMITH TREE 4-09 PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 3 attached records, 4 sources James C. Cowan 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton County (Clinton), Kentucky Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Foster Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 attached record, 2 sources James C Cowan 1819 - United States 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Huff Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 attached record, 2 sources James C Cowan Abt 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Speck,Scott,Nunn,Piercey Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 2 attached records, 3 sources James C Cowan Abt 1819 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, USA Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Huffman- Hagan-Smithers-Staley-Stailey Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 5 attached records, 6 sources James C Cowan 1819 - United States 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States Jemima Amanda Ferguson
Sis Woods-Molesworth-Adams-James Family Tree PUBLIC MEMBER TREE 1 attached record, 2 sources James C Cowan 1819 - United States 1885 - Albany, Clinton, Kentucky, United States Jemima Amanda Ferguson

Notes

Civil War Draft Registeration Gives name as James Cowan, Jr. Age 44 on 1 July 1863, estimated DOB 1819, born in Kentucky This may indicate his father's name was also James. (Jr. and Sr. can sometimes be used simply to distinguish between two different persons by the same name, but by 1865 the use of middle names was so common that the Jr.-Sr. convention was becoming used more to indicate father-son relationships. James, Jr. for example, was more commonly known as James Campbell Cowan.

From Dot Doll, 13 October 2013, researching the history of James Campbell Cowan: (Slightly modified for WeRelate

A son of my oldest proven ancestor, James Campbell Cowan had a son named James B. Cowan, who wrote a book called "Cowan Corridors". [2] Within, he states his father's name was as I stated here. He notes his grandfather was Andrew Matthew Cowan, son of Andrew Cowan who married Rebecca Patterson, son of Andrew Cowan who married Mary Walker. Unfortunately, he lists no resources.
I've spend many years combing records of those counties I mentioned in my message and those of Jefferson, Sevier, and Franklin Counties of TN., thus have discovered many items, but alas, little to prove the "CowanCorridors" claim. Still, it seems reasonable that he may have remembered his father and grandfather names. The closest I've come is Cumberland/Clinton county resident named Andrew Cowan b. 1791 VA d.1856 Clinton Co KY. Andrew's death record notes his father was Andrew Cowan My known ancestor would fit into Andrew's census records, but, is married and not noted by name in Andrew's later census records. I'm unable to find a birth or death record for my known ancestor, James Campbell Cowan, B 1819, in order to prove his parents. It is interesting to note that my ancestor was married twice, and in each set of children the first born son was named, Andrew. (the first son Andrew died young).
Confusing the search are other claims by the well admired county historian who claims that James was the son of David Cowan, son of James Cowan and Elizabeth Montgomery, son of Andrew C. Cowan. David, James, and Andrew are documented as born in VA per census records.
An Andrew Martin Cowan who married REBECCA PATTERSON, his father was Andrew Martin Cowan, Sr. This is listed in the historian's account.
Further confusion are old letters of possible relationship to Andrew Cowan of Jefferson Co, TN, as well as Andrew Cowan born in Russell Co VA who married Mary Alexander and migrated to Pulaski County, Ky.

From:Source:Taylor, 1944. This work has a complex publication history. The original work was (apparently) written by Gordon Armour Taylor in 1944, as the main author, but the Family History entry for this work adds Ruth Virginia Henry Taylor-Davies as an "added author". The actual publication of the work seems to be by " G.A. Taylor" in 1994. Speculating on this, Taylor and Taylor Davies were probably husband and wife, and G.A. Taylor may be their son.

Cover title: Cowan corridors : our ancestral odyssey through the British Isles and America. Andrew C. Cowan (1741-1798), a Revolutionary War solder, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, the son of John and Jennett Cowan. He and his wife, Mary Walker, had at least two sons, ca. 1760-ca. 1767. Record follows line of descent to James B. Cowan (1855-1940). He was born in Clinton County, Kentucky, the son of James C. Cowan (1819-ca. 1885), a Confederate soldier. He migrated west to Texas in 1870 and lived there several years. He migrated to Minnesota in the 1880s and was living at St. Paul, Minnesota, by 1886. He married Georgiana Irene Fuchs (d. 1893). They had seven children, 1889-1893. He married his children's Irish nanny, Bridie Doherty (1873-1947), in They had nine children, 1873-1915. The family moved to a homestead near Janesburg in western North Dakota in 1907. J.B. and Bridie moved to Pasadena, California, in 1934 or 1935. Children lived in California, Oregon, and elsewhere. Record chiefly gives the family of their daughter, Martha Esther Cowan (1897-1988), and her husband, Ira William Herbert (1893-1964), of Salem, Oregon. Includes the Doherty, Herbert and other related families.
References
  1. 1880 Kentucky Census
  2. This seems to be the work Source:Taylor, 1944. See abstract below.