Wayne County, Kentucky Men

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Wayne, Kentucky, United States Formed from parts of old Cumberland Co and Old Pulaski Co KY.

The earliest man to appear in Wayne Co KY was a "long hunter" named Ned Cowan who camped with others in the Hines Cave per Augusta Phillips Johnson, "A Century in Wayne Co Kentucky", Standard Printing Co, Louisville, KY.

The following men are thought by descendants to be brothers, due to the DOB's, John C.-1783, Samuel 1787, and Andrew 1786-91. No proof positive found.

ANDREW COWAN (ca 1786-1790, per Census Record, 1820 & 1830 found on Wayne Co KY Census Records.

DEED BK 5, Page 133, Russell Co VA, Andrew sells land to George Cowan and moved to Wayne Co, KY and is found on the tax list of 1839.

1850 US Census, Wayne Co KY, Div-2 notes Andrew Cowan, Sr.-66(?), laborer, b. VA; wife Mary-55 b. NC, Rebecca Cowan-17 b.VA, living next door to Andrew Cowan, Jr.-31 b. VA, wife: Arnethia Cowal 20 b. KY and child, John T. (or L)-1 month.

1860 US Census, Wayne Co KY, notes Andrew Cowan-70 farmer b. VA' wife: Mary 65 b. NC, living with 2 grandsons; Andrew Brown-12, and William Brown-6 , both born in KY. Next door, they are living next to Andrew Cowan, Jr.-41 b. VA and wife: Arnethia-31 b. Ky and their children. Next to them is a Margaret Cowan-24, a domestic, living with a Brown Family.

1870 US Census, Wayne Co KY, Dist 6, notes: Andrew Cowan-79, b. VA, Cyrene-67-b. TN keeping house, living in home is Andrew Brown-21, b. KY.

WILL BK a, pG; 218 (An Abstract)names his second wife, Dellania, and children: Elizabeth Brown and her heirs, to son David Cowan's firs t heirs by his first wife, to dau. Rebecca Stigall, to son, A ndrew Cowan, to son, Ekphriam Cowan, to dau. Nancy Brown. Executors; wife and N.B. Sloan.

Notes of Andrew's granddaughter, Rhoda Cowan Hutchison, wrote in her family records that her grandfather, Andrew was the son of John Cowan who lived in Virginia; and that he was the brother of James G., and Samuuel Cowan. She further claimed that their 4th brother was Tazewell Cowan, who never came to KY

JAMES G. COWAN (ca. 1783, per 1850 Census Record) (Per studies of Gloria Smith, deceased Cowan descendant from Wayne Co-Vallejo, CA,) Children: Elizabeth, b. 17 Jun 1807 Nancy, b. 20 Jan 1810, m. William Gillispie, 21 May 1828 Mariah, b. 29 Sep 1811, M. Prather Chesney, 6 Apr 1820, in 1873 living in Missouri. Samuel, b. 26 May 1813 James, Jr. b. 25 Apr 1816, m. Ann H.H. Mercer, 13 Apr 1848 Matilda, b. 7 Oct 1817 Martha, b. 30 Jun 1819, m. James R. Wilhite, 21 May 1840

1850 US Census, Wayne Co KY, Div. 2 notes: John G. Cowan-67 a farmer with property value of $5000; wife; Nancy-72?, both born in Virginia.

Wayne Co Vital Statistics: James G. Cowan, son of John C. and N. Cowan of Russel Co., Virginia.

Kentucky Death Records 1852-1953 notes: James Cowan-66 married b. Virginia d. 15 Jun 1852 cause:unknown, mother:N. Cowan, father: John C. Cowan.

WILL BK a, pG: 121 27 Mar 1852, probated 28 Jun 1852, James G. Cowan names wife, Nancy, and three sons-in-law: William Gellaspie, James R. Wilhite, and Prather Chesney. No children names. Witnesses: John S. Wray and A. Hinds

JAMES S. COWAN Augusta Phillips Johnson, "A Century of Wayne County, Kentucky, 1800-1900", Page 258, Standard Printing Co, Louisville, KY. notes: James S. Cowan m. Ann Hutchison, ______1805.

MARTIN COWAN Augusta Phillips Johnson, "A Century of Wayne cko, Kentucky, 1899-1900", PAGE 259, Standard Printing Co, Louisville, KY. notes: Martin Cowan m. Nelly Allen, March 29, 1806

SAMUEL COWAN Descendant claims his children were: John ca 1819,

Elizabeth-ca 1823 M. Stephen Hall, bondsman Samuel Cowan,

James ca 1821, d. 5 April 1863 unmarried, confirmed by Kentucky Death Records 1852-1953 notes, James Cowan-35 d. July 1856, died of consumption; parents Samuel and Mary Cowan

Telitha (Sis), b. 23 Dec 1825, d. 5 Apr 1863 m. Sherman E. Tuttle 24 Oct 1844, "dau. of Samuel Cowan', guarantor, James G. Cowan" written in. Confirmed with: 1869 US Census, Wayne Co KY, Dist 1-7, notes Telitha Tuttle, 35 b. KY,m. to Sherman E. Tubble b. CT, Her children: Mary C. James W. Charles E., Hannah H., and William Cowan-25 living in household.George A Cowan-17 is living with them, too.

George ca 1833 d. bet. 1860-70 unmarried,(See Telitha's census record)

William 4 Apr 1835, d. 6 Jan 1917, m. Telitha Mary Mercer 30 Oct 1866.marriage confirmed by 1880 & 1900 Wayne Co KY Census Records


Kentucky Marriages 1802-1850, Samuel Cowan m. Polly Hutchison on 23 Jan 1818

Abstract;WILL BK a, pG: 75 Written 14 May 1841, probated Sept. Court 1841 names wife, Polly; Children: John (initial T.written in), James, and Elizabeth. These three to have no more until other children receive and equal share. Witnesses: James Hutchison, and Archibald Hinds.