Person:John Cowan (51)

John Finley Cowan
b.est. 1768 prob. Virginia
m. est. 1766
  1. Susan CowanEst 1766 - 1836
  2. John Finley CowanEst 1768 - 1837
  3. David CowanEst 1770 -
  4. Andrew Cowan1772 - Abt 1840
  5. Robert Cowan1776 - 1841
  6. Dorcas CowanAbt 1778 -
  7. Samuel Cowan1780 - Abt 1851
  8. William CowanAbt 1782 -
Facts and Events
Name John Finley Cowan
Gender Male
Birth[1] est. 1768 prob. Virginia
Death[1] 1837 Cowan, Franklin County, Tennessee


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Register Summary
Person:John Cowan (12) son of Samuel Cowan=Ann Walker



From Robert Cowan, April 3, 2012:

Major John F. Cowan, early settler of Cowan, Tn. [is believed to have derived] his middle name, Finley, as a result of the connection between his father, Robert Cowan and Robert Finley who fought together. The Finley name passed on to Major Johns son, John Finley Cowan, sheriff of Jackson County Alabama and to at least one additional generation if I can remember correctly. The kinship must have been of some importance to last three generations.

From Thelma Cowan, April 20, 2014

Bill, I have some information about the marriage of Robert that might be useful, in "Tennessee Marriages, early to 1800.," 976.8 V22 T, p.14, Agnes Martin/John Cowan, 2 August, 1788,Greene County, Tennessee. Then there is another one, in "Tennessee First Settlers and Soldiers," by Edward C. McMeans, Author and Publisher 976.891 H2m p.418: Moore, Moses, Sec. to a marriage between John Cowan and Agnes Martin b/c 1767, on 8/2, 1788, The Lost State of Franklin ceded back to the state of NC in 1788. (Todays Greene Co. TN.). Given under this bond and Seal the second day of August 1788. I have taken these articles down as written. Thelma
I usually interpret this marriage as referring to John Cowan son of Samuel Cowan and Ann Walker. But its possible that its for a different John Cowan---the son of Robert (10) comes to mind. Both John's seem to have settled (eventually) in Blount County, and both were it would seem in the Seven Cowan Brothers group per YDNA. In the records one "John" looks very much like another "John". Since in 1788 Greene County included the area now in Blount County, and the area now known as Greene County. The record could apply equally to either John. Possibly the reference to Moses will help sort this out. Perhaps exploring Moses Moore in Greene and Blount County will help clear this up.

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