Person:William Cowan (27)

William Cowan
b.Est 1715-1735
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Name William Cowan
Gender Male
Birth? Est 1715-1735

William Cowan was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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There are few records in Augusta County on this William Cowan to assist in determining his relationship to the other Cowans in Beverley Manor. He is most likely related to Andrew Cowan, who was in Beverley Manor by 1746 and had land adjoining William's. He could be a possible sibling, or perhaps a son, since there are no records to establish that he was born prior to 1746, when he was listed with Edward Cowan as an appraiser of Henry Field's estate in 1766. Additional research is necessary on this William Cowan.



William Cowan's land (Beverley Manor NW, 200 acres, 1771) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.

  • Page 506.--20th November, 1771. Robert Beverley to William Cowen, £20, 200 acres in Beverley Manor joining his own land, corner Buckhanon Mrs. Teeteer's corner. Delivered: Wm. Cowen, March Court, 1774.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 334.--18th August, 1778. William Cowan and Elizabeth ( ), of Rockbridge County, to Andrew Cowan, Sr.


From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1766. - (197) Stephen Trigg and Wm. Simpson, greatest creditors, qualified administrators of Henry Fields. William and Edward Cowen, appraisers.
  • Page 270.--3d November, 1769. David Black's will--To wife Elizabeth; to children. Executors, Saml. Black and John Bigham. Teste: John Henderson, Jno. Black, Wm. Cowan. Produced 19th December, 1769, by Samuel Black. John Bigham refuses to execute. Widow Elizabeth objected on the ground the testator was not in his right senses, but the will is declared good, and Saml. Black qualifies, with John Black and Michael Bowyer.
  • Page 130.--18th March, 1771. William Currey to James Currey, £20, 130 acres in Beverley Manor; corner McCorkel's land; corner James Moody, Andrew Cowan's line; corner William Curry. Teste: George McAfee. William Cowan. Delivered: James Curry, 1st June, 1773.