Person:John Cowardin (2)

Dr. John Cowardin
b.est. 1745
m. est. 1735-1745
  1. Robert Cowardinest 1740-1750 -
  2. Dr. John Cowardinest 1745 - 1802
  • HDr. John Cowardinest 1745 - 1802
  • WMargaret Burnsabt 1747 - bef 1785
m. bef. 1775
  1. Agnes Cowardin1776 -
  2. Margaret W Cowardin1778 -
  3. John Lewis Cowardin1780 -
  • HDr. John Cowardinest 1745 - 1802
  • WMary Frogge1753 - 1810
m. bef. 1787
  1. Peter G Cowardinabt 1790 - abt 1849
  2. Elizabeth Cowardin1796 -
  3. Colen Cowardin1798 -
Facts and Events
Name Dr. John Cowardin
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1745
Marriage bef. 1775 to Margaret Burns
Marriage bef. 1787 to Mary Frogge
Death? 1802 Bath County, Virginia

John Cowardin was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


Welcome to
Old Augusta

Early Settlers
Beverley Manor
Borden's Grant

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


Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 281.--2d March, 1775. Thomas and William Lewis to John Cowordin, contract of rental to Cowordin of the lower plantation on the Cowpasture belonging to the estate of Col. Charles Lewis, deceased.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 420.--12th March, 1787. John Cowardine and Mary to William Jarid, formerly of Fauquier, and now of Augusta; patented to John.
  • Vol. 1 - OLD DEEDS, WILLS, INVENTORIES, POWERS OF ATTORNEY, ETC., TO BE FILED. - John Cowardine to John Oliver. Original deed, 1787.

Estate Records of John Cowardin

Pg. 231., Inventory - John Cowardin. Submitted by John H. Crawford for William Crawford, Mar. 22, 1802. Buyers: Charles Cameron and John Cowardin - horses 2, hogs 10, household furniture, farm tools, pewter dishes, 1 pair money scales, loom and wheels. [Source: Abstracts of the Wills and Inventories of Bath County, Virginia, 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 29].

Records of John Cowardin in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 152.--18th August, 1766. Borden's executors to John Grattan, £120, lots Nos. 1 and 2. No. 1 containing 235 acres on a small branch of Shanando; No. 2. contains 185 acres on North Branch of Shanando, the Mill Creek, both Nos. 1 and 2 being parts of Borden's tract. Teste: Archer Mathews and John Cowardin.
  • Page 478.--19th November, 1766. William Clark's appraisement (by Thos. Berry, Robt. Gay, Saml. McCutchen), recorded--One smoothing iron; 2 boxes of silver and other bullion and cash. James Ward, Dr.; Jno. Cowarden, Dr.; David Williams, debtor.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY 23, 1767. - (102) John Cowarden, Saml Maggott, John Castey--jurors.
  • Page 526.--24th August, 1767. John Cowardin, sadler, to William Bowyer, merchant, £40, slaves and horses. Teste: Michael Bowyer, Chas. Cameron.
  • Page 115.--24th November, 1767. John Cowarden to S. and G. Mathews, £46.11, mortgage of negro slaves.
  • Page 533.--23d May, 1768. Chas. Frederick Severt to John Coworden and John Murray, £5, 1 small bay horse, 1 iron pot, 5 pewter plates, 1 pewter dish, 1 duffle blanket. Mortgage.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1768 (C). - Swink vs. Cowarden.--I, John Cowardin, Satler, in the Coundi of Bearckley, Saluda and John Swink, in Charleston, all bound to John Schutterle. Bond dated 7th May, 1763. Payable in South Carolina money.
  • Page 438.--18th _____, 1775. Peter Burns' will, of the Cowpasture Executors, John Cowardin and Chas. Cameron, of the Cowpasture. To John Cowardin, all estate. Teste: James Shaw, Margaret Cowardin, Catron Sevents. Proved, 19th November, 1776, by Cowardin. Executor Cowardin qualifies. (Note: this record proves that John Cowardin's first wife was Margaret Burns, daughter of Peter Burns, prior to 1775).
  • Page 6.-(undated, appears to be abt. March 1785)-Test: Joseph Poythress, William Banks, John Cowordin, Andrew Donnally, Samuel Vance.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 18, 1778. - (277) John Cowarden, executor of Peter Burns, to be summoned to settle accounts.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY, 1779 (F). - Wm. Bowyer vs. John Cowarden.--Writ, 26th September, 1774. Defendant is in the service.
  • Page 482.--20th August, 1788. William Thompson, son and heir-at-law of Thomas Thompson, deceased, and Mary, to Samuel McDonald. Teste: John Cowardin.

Records of John Cowardin in Bath County, VA

  • Pg. 21. - Margaret Lewis, for 300 pounds, placed in trust to Andrew and Samuel Moore and John Cowardin, May 14, 1793, for one year, the following: (lists several items including a Negro Man Patrick (given to Andrew Moore as security), 6 horses, 16 cows, calves, many household items and furniture). [Source: Abstracts of the Wills and Inventories of Bath County, Virginia 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 3].
  • Pg. 58. - Power of attorney given by Elizabeth Frogge, executor under the will of John Frogge, to John Cowardin, to act as executor, especially to recover land in Culpeper Co. and elsewhere. July 14, 1795. Wit: Valentine White. [Source: Abstracts of the Wills and Inventories of Bath County, Virginia 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 9]. (Note: Elizabeth Frogge was the mother of John Cowardin's second wife Mary 'Polly' Frogge).