Person:William Cowan (26)

William Cowan
m. Bef. 1741
  1. Hannah CowanABT 1741 -
  2. David Cowan1742 - 1786
  3. Ann CowanABT 1743 -
  4. Margaret CowanABT 1745 -
  5. Elizabeth CowanABT 1747 -
  6. William Cowan1749 - 1838
m. 9 April 1771
  1. Unnamed Cowan
  2. Unnamed Cowan
  3. Hugh Cowan1772 - 1794
  4. Daniel Cowan1775 -
  5. Mary Cowan1777 -
  6. William Cowan, The Clockmaker1779 - 1831
  7. Unnamed Cowan
  • HWilliam Cowan1749 - 1838
  • W.  Mary Wilson (add)
m. 17 November 1785
  1. Rachel Cowan1785 -
  2. Susan Cowan1791 -
  3. Thomas Cowan1792 -
  4. John Cowan1796 -
  5. Isabella Cowan1798 -
  6. Wilson Cowan1801 -
  7. Maria Cowan1805 -
Facts and Events
Name William Cowan
Gender Male
Birth? 1749
Marriage 9 April 1771 Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United Statesto Isabella Henderson
Marriage 17 November 1785 Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United Statesto Mary Wilson (add)
Death? 1838



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Transcript:Family History of Hugh Cowan, 1669-aft1749


Data. 1810 Census records in PA for Cowan Heads of Household
Data. Cowan's in the 1790 PA, US Census


From:William Cowan's family history with some rearrangement of text to improve flow for WeRelate presentation

My grandfather, Hugh Cowan, native of North Ireland immigrated to America about 1700 then about 21 years of age....He here married Ann Matthews a native of Pennsylvania. By this marriage, he had four children; namely James, John, Jane, and Joseph. His wife afterwards dying, he married Mary Davidson, a native of Ireland about 17 years of age. I am not informed in what years these marriages or the deaths of his wives or his own death happened. By his last marriage, my grandfather had twelve children. Namely, Elizabeth, Mathias, Mary, Ann, Kitty (died in infancy), David, Sally, Kitty, William (my father born December 1749), Susan, Margaret, and Hannah (twins)....:William, my father, married my mother, Isabella Henderson in Lancaster in Chester County, the 9th of April 1771. They had seven children. Namely:

a boy and girl twins who lived but a few days,
Hugh born 21st. December 1772,
Daniel born 15th. April 1775,
Mary born 21st July 1777,
William (myself) born 10th November 1779 in Shippensburg, PA.
One other child born, stillborn, 1782.

My mother, Isabella Cowan died January 1785 - age 44 years.

On the 17th November [1786?]], my father married Mary Wilson a widow with one child. This marriage took place in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania where my father then resided. By this marriage they have eight children:
Rachel, born 19th.Sept 1785 married John W. Clain [Note by MB, I can't read this name very well, but think this is correct.]
Susan, born 13th April 1791 married Abraham Lewis.
Thomas born 10th. August 1792 married Margaret Young 1820.
John born the 13th. March 1796 married ______ in 1817.
Isabella, born 18th. December 1798 married John Campbell 1818.
Maria, born 15 April 1805
[also says Wilson born 9 June 1801] [here a note has been added in another handwriting saying to see note] married David Markle 1821.

All my father's children, except Mary Morrison, myself, and Wilson (who lived with me from August 1814 to June 1822 at which time he went to GA and SC thence to Island of Cuba) are living in PA.

...Sometime after my father's marriage (first) he moved to the town of Shippensburg in Cumberland County. It was here that I was born. Here he resided during the Revolutionary War where he received a Captain's Commission and commanded a company of militia where he preformed a six monthís tour of duty in the cause of his county in 1776. He afterwards preformed a second tour of duty for six months at a subsequent period of the War. From Shippensburg, my father moved to Franklin County in the neighborhood of Chambersburg where my Mother died. He moved to Chambersburg in 1785 and was married in the same year. He resided in Chambersburg till the autumn of 1788 where he removed to Shippensburg where in its neighborhood he resided until autumn of 1801, when he removed to the County of Westmoreland Pennsylvania where he and most of his children continue to reside....[1]