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Abraham Cowgill b 15 May 1690, Falls Twp, Bucks Co., PA, date and place of death unknown, m 1 Apr 1725, Chesterfield MM, (1st bans announced, PA Mag, Vol 9, p547), Dorothy Turner, who d 1 Jun 1748, dau of George Turner of Amswell, Hunterdon Co., NJ. Lived in Burlington Co., NJ; later in Bucks Co. (on Solebury Twp tax list for 1751), PA. Children are as listed in the Rev Turner file, Delaware Archives, Dover, DE.

Children: known are – John, Sarah, Ralph, Abraham (1st), Nehemiah, Mary, Abraham (2nd), Isaac, Jacob


1 John Cowgill b 4 Mar 1725/26, d 6 Nov 1737.


2 Sarah Cowgill b 11 Oct 1727, d 2 Dec 1776 (one source, but see below), m 11 Apr 1753, Buckingham MM, PA, Thomas Smith of Plumstead Twp, Bucks Co., PA, b 8 Oct 1730, d 30 Sep 1777, son of John Smith Jr and Sarah (Scott) Smith. Marriage record signed by her father (Abraham), uncle (Isaac), and grandfather, Ralph Cowgill. Sarah’s granddaughter, Hannah Smith, dau of Aaron Smith, married her (Sarah’s) nephew Thomas Cowgill (see Page 330). On 1 Jun 1775, Thomas Smith “of Plumstead Twp, Bucks Co., PA” is recorded (Loudoun Co. Deed Book K, p 98/99) as executing a land purchase of 125 acres in Loudoun Co. Thomas was not a signatory, but his probable brother-in-law, Abraham Cowgill (see Page 329 below), was, possibly acting as his agent. No indication Thomas ever lived there. Sarah and two daughters were received at Goose Creek MM in VA in 1791 on a certificate from Buckingham MM in PA. No further record.


3 Ralph Cowgill b 31 Dec 1729, PA, d 1795, Loudoun Co., VA, m Sarah Pellar, dau of Isaac Pellar of PA. She was living at the time of Ralph's death. Ralph was listed on the Tax Rolls of Bucks Co., PA, in 1761 (Solebury Twp); in 1763, 1764 (Plumstead Twp); and in 1779 to 1784 (Solebury Twp). Under returns and assessments, Bucks Co., PA, Ralph Cowgill in 1781 had "no acres", a horse and a cow; in 1782 had 2 horses, 2 cattle, and 7 white inhabitants. His father-in-law, Isaac Pellar (or Peller), had acreage but no animals in 1781; 100 acres, 2 horses, 2 cows in 1782; 100 acres, 1 horse, 1 cow, and 6 white inhabitants in 1784. Ralph moved to VA by 1784 when he is listed on the Loudoun Co. Tithables Lists of 1784 for Shelburne Parish with sons Isaac and James. Ralph is listed as head of household on Loudoun Co. tithables and personal property tax lists through 1794. An Abraham Cowgill and an Isaac "Coghill" are listed in Loudoun Co. in 1782, under VA Taxpayers. Both are listed as head of household. These are Ralph's brothers.


Ralph left a Will dated 9 Nov 1794, proved 9 Feb 1795. The inventory of his estate, recorded 14 Sep 1795, listed the following: (sic) “To his riding horse saddle & bridle, his wearing apparel, To cash 1;To a bond 12…0…0; To a note 3…0…0; a bay mare, sorrel horse, black horse, black horse, bay colt, black cow, brindle cow, red cow, pide cow, pide cow, red cow, brindle heifer, a bull, pide heifer, 25 sheep; 11 swine, a winnowing fan, Rye in the Barrack, Flax in the Barrack, a waggon and geers; harrow, plow and irons, shovel, 200 bushels Wheat; 8 bushels Buckwheat, jack screw, waggon cloth, farming utensils, set of Smiths tools, stock of Bees, 600 wt. Bacon, Lumber in the Spring House, steelyards, pewter & Tin ware; spinning wheels reel and cards, brass and iron ware; wooden ware, bed & beding in the Kitchen, 2 chaff beds on Kitchen loft, a sheet & blanket, a table in the Kitchen & 7 chairs, bed & bedding, bed & bedding, 2 mirrors & a slate, case of drawers, table, tea Equipage, stone jug”.


Children: known are (seven, in order named in Ralph's Will: Isaac, Hannah, Tamar, Dorothy, James, Joseph, Ralph) - Hannah, Isaac, Abraham, James, Tamer, Joseph, Dorothy, and Ralph


Note: A book entitled The History of the People Called Quakers, covering the period 1648 to 1717, owned by Loretta Moss of OH, contains handwritten data on various Cowgill families. The children, with dates of birth, of Ralph and Sarah Cowgill were listed on p660 as follows:


Hannah Cowgill b 12d 6m 1757

Dorothy Cowgill b 25d 9m 1760 (apparently an error, as Isaac b 1760)

Abraham Cowgill b 20d 6m 1762

James Cowgill b 26d 6m 1764

Tamer Cowgill b 25d 3m 1766

Joseph Cowgill b (obliterated by stain)

Dorothy Cowgill b (obliterated by stain)

Ralph Cowgill b son of (not legible) 17d (no month shown) 1774


1 Hannah Cowgill b 12 Aug 1757, m Moore (?).


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2 Isaac Cowgill b 23 Apr 1760, Bucks Co., PA, d 29 Nov 1845, Richland Twp, Belmont Co., OH, m(1) 24 Aug 1784, Loudoun Co., VA, Sarah Fred, b 21 Sep 1766, d 6 Nov 1801, Belmont Co., dau of Joseph and Sarah Fred; m(2) 29 Jan 1805, Loudoun Co., VA, by John Littlejohn, MG (Methodist), Martha Goodin, b 5 Jul 1760, dau of Amos and Sarah Goodin (sometimes shown as Goodwin; however, the Clerk of the Court stated "Goodin"). Isaac and Sarah had some turbulent times which are recorded in the Encyclopedias of American Quaker Genealogy, by William Wade Hinshaw. They were disowned for mou, although Sarah later made amends and returned to membership. Sarah arrived at Westland MM (Washington Co., PA) from Goose Creek MM, 25 May 1799, and died a few years later. After his 2nd marriage, Isaac, who had been reinstated in the Concord MM in 1802 along with son Abraham, was again dismissed for mou.


In 1794, Isaac is listed in “Class 9” on the roster of a company in the 2nd Bn of the 56th Regiment of the Loudoun Co. militia. He is listed as a landowner on Loudoun Co. land tax rolls through 1800, but drops off personal property tax lists after 1796. It appears that Isaac and his brother Ralph did not leave VA until after the death in 1795 of their father, Ralph. Isaac lived in Wheeling, VA (now WV), 1797 to 1799, then moved to Belmont Co., OH. Isaac was often referred to as “Isaac Jr” in Loudoun Co. records to distinguish him from his uncle. He apparently owned acreage in Guernsey Co., part of which he sold to a Edward Wilson in 1819, and others to son Joseph in 1824. According to an article on the family in History of Belmont and Guernsey Counties, all of Isaac’s children died in Belmont Co. except Joseph, who moved to Guernsey Co. in 1807 and died there.

Children: known are - Joseph, Isaac (1st), Amy, Ann, Sarah, Ralph, Isaac (2nd), Abraham.


1 Joseph Cowgill b 25 Sep 1785, VA, d before census of 1860, m(1) 7 Apr 1808, Jemima Reed, dau of Stephen and Alice (Bonham) Reed; m(2) 13 Sep 1846, Guernsey Co., OH, Mary Dunbar, b 1826 (age 24 on 6 Sep 1850 census), OH. Mary, with two of the children, is shown as living in Wheeling Twp in the 1860 census. Mary is probably the Mary Cogle who m(2) John Huff in Coshocton Co. on 16 May 1862. Joseph is probably the Joseph Cogle who served in the War of 1812 as a private in Cpt Absalom Martin's Co, 3rd Regt, Ohio Militia, with service from 26 Aug 1812 to 12 Nov 1812. Joseph and Jemima are listed in Guernsey Co. land records beginning 1818.

Children: known are – Sarah, Alice, Amy, Mary, Martha, Hannah, Nancy, Jemima, Harriet, James, Emma, Ellen, Joseph, Isaac, William Henry


1 Sarah Cowgill b 2 Nov 1808, OH, d 30 Aug 1888, m 17 Dec 1826, William Maple, b 7 Nov 1802, OH, d 21 Mar 1874, son of William B. and Sarah (Fuller) Maple. Sarah and William purchased/received 80 acres in Guernsey Co. from her father in 1831; they moved to Peoria in 1838; later settled in Chariton Twp, Lucas Co., IA. Note: there were two William Maples in Guernsey Co. in 1826 – the other married a Sarah Campbell at nearly the same time.


2 Alice Cowgill b 15 Oct 1810, OH, d 16 Jul 1885, Peoria Co., IL, m 9 Oct 1828, Guernsey Co., OH, Joseph Fuller, b 1805, OH, d 16 Apr 1874, son of James and Catherine Fuller. Both bur Maple Ridge Cem., Peoria Co., IL. Alice had one of sister Mary’s children with her in 1860.


3 Amy Cowgill b 23 Jul 1812, OH, d 3 Feb 1865, m 23 Mar 1843, Guernsey Co., OH, as his 2nd wife, John Wharton, b ca 1795, VA, d bef 1860. Amy was living next to her mother in Guernsey Co. in 1860. No children.


4 Mary Cowgill b 3 Mar 1815, OH, d bef 1860?, m 11 Oct 1832, Guernsey Co., OH, John W. Wolgamott, b ca 1810, OH, d 12 Mar 1855. They settled in Peoria Co., IL, ca 1845.


5 Martha Cowgill b 12 Dec 1816. No further information.


6 Hannah Cowgill b 23 Jan 1819, d 14 Dec 1857, m 25 Apr 1839, Alexander Fuller, b 13 Sep 1817, Coshocton Co., OH, d 5 Jan 1885, son of James Fuller. They settled in Peoria Co., IL. After Hannah’s death, Alexander m(2) Maria Hornbaker, widow of John Maple; m(3) Melissa Ramsey.


7 Nancy Cowgill b 2 Apr 1821, OH, m 6 Oct 1839, Coshocton Co., OH, Ephraim Johnson, b ca 1811, OH. Lived in Coshocton Co., OH.


8 Jemima Cowgill b 12 Dec 1822. No further information.


9 Harriet Cowgill, a mute, b 21 Jan 1826. No further information.


10 James Cowgill b 10 Dec 1846, on 1850 census (d early? Not with his mother in Guernsey Co. in 1860). No further information.


11 Emma Cowgill b 30 Apr 1849, on 1850 census (with her mother in Guernsey Co. in 1860). No further information.


12 Nancy Ellen Cowgill b 3 Jun 1851, d 18 Feb 1915, m 1 Jan 1870, Guernsey Co. (?), OH, William McKim, b 17 Mar 1846, OH, d 12 Oct 1909. Not with her mother in Guernsey Co. in 1860. In OH until after 1880, then to AR and MO. Nancy shown as a widow in Shoshone Co., ID, in 1910. William was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a private in Co H, 40th OH Infantry (enl 18 Oct 1861, mustered in 21 Nov; mustered out 6 Dec 1864, Nashville; and reenlisted 30 Mar 1865 in Co B, 198th OH Infantry, mustering out 8 May 1865 in Baltimore. He applied for Inv pension (appl 609318, cert 487683) 11 May 1887 from OH; she applied for a widow's pension in Feb 1910 from ID (appl 935479, cert 719223). Both bur Oak Lawn Cem., Howell Co., MO. Note: death cert has b 18 Feb 1843, which is unlikely, Cert was filed by a son who did not know much about her past.


13 Joseph Cowgill b 26 Jun 1853 (d early? Not with his mother in Guernsey Co. in 1860). No further information.


14 Isaac Cowgill b 19 Feb 1855 (d early? Not with his mother in Guernsey Co. in 1860). No further information.


15 William Henry Cowgill b 20 Jul 1857, OH, d 10 Apr 1928, m(1) 24 Jan 1876, Sarah Catherine Eastman; m(2) 22 Nov 1881, Eliza Cogin; m(3) (claimed as his 2nd on 1900/1910 census) 12 Nov 1892, Viola Wilson, b Nov 1869, OH (all marriages in Coshocton Co., OH). William was a coal miner in Coshocton Co. Bur South Lawn Cem.


2 Isaac Cowgill (1st) b 28 Dec 1786, VA, d 1786.


3 Amy Cowgill b 6 May 1788, d 27 Apr 1828, m 19 Apr 1810, Belmont Co., OH, Edward Wilson, d 1833.


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4 Ann Cowgill b 10 Oct 1790, VA. No further information.


5 Sarah Cowgill b 19 Jun 1792, VA, d 31 Jul 1861 (?), m 26 Nov 1817, Belmont Co., OH, Jonathan Spencer (brother of Betsy, her sister-in-law), b 1794.


6 Ralph Cowgill b 31 Mar 1794, Loudoun Co., VA, d 21 Apr 1851 (also have note d 4 Dec; Plainfield MM record entry is dated 19 Mar 1851, but says date of d is 12 Apr 1851), St Clairsville, Belmont Co., OH, m 31 Aug 1816, Belmont Co., OH, Elizabeth "Betsy" Spencer, b 8 May 1793, Loudoun Co., VA, d 21 Jan 1851, dau of Nathan and Ann (Smith) Spencer, who moved to Belmont Co. about 1805. Both bur Plainfield MM burial grounds.

Ralph was taken by his parents from Loudoun Co., VA, to Belmont Co., OH, in 1796. They are said to have "encamped, on the way, a year on the East bank of the Ohio River, where the city of Wheeling now stands, waiting for the subsidence of the Indian troubles". Later, they crossed the river, and settled on a farm 12 miles West of the Ohio, and 3 miles from the present town of St Clairsville. His father gave him a quarter section of land, being half of his own purchase. Early in life Ralph became an interested Friend, became an Elder, and for many years sat at the head of St Clairsville Meetings.

Children: known are - Phineas, Jonathan, Jeptha, Ann, Sarah, Isaac, William


1 Phineas Cowgill b 29 Sep 1817, Belmont Co., OH, d 19 Dec 1872, West Branch, IA, m(1) 1 May 1844, Short Creek MM, Concord, Jefferson Co., OH, Sarah Ann Branson, b 6 May 1824, d 12 Feb 1853, Springdale Twp, West Branch, age 28y, dau of Isaac and Sarah (Bracken) Branson; m(2) 1 Jun 1857, Henry Co., IA, Lydia P. McClure, b 1823, OH (age 49y at Phineas' death), d 13 Dec 1903, bur Evergreen Cem., Colorado Springs. In 1852 Phineas bought a farm from the government located one mile west of West Branch, IA, just across the line in Johnson Co., Scott Twp, and moved his family there from OH. He was one of the first settlers of the West Branch community. Phineas bur in Old Friends Cem. Lydia was in Marion Co., KS, in 1885; she was issued a land patent in CO in 1896.

Children: known are - Elias Branson, Ralph Henry, Elizabeth, Mary


1 Elias Branson Cowgill b 27 Mar 1845, OH, d 18 Nov 1913, KS, m(1) 12 Sep 1869, Clarke Co., MS, Helen Prescott, b 20 Dec 1848, MS, d 13 Dec 1874, Great Bend, dau of John S. and Mary E. (Harris) Prescott; m(2) 27 May 1877, Rena Harriman, b 28 Feb 1854, IN, d 5 Jan 1923, Sterling, Rice Co., KS, dau of Dr Leonard and Angelina Kezer (Graham) Harriman. Elias was named after his mother's brother; he graduated from IA State Univ. (1869); edited a newspaper in Enterprise, MS, where he was also superintendant of schools for Clarke Co.; moved to KS in 1871, where he was associated with colleges and the Kansas Historical Society. Also involved in sugar manufacturing. Published a paper on the “Welcome”. Editor of the Kansas Farmer (Topeka). Director of Genealogies for the KHS (Kansas Historical Quarterly, Vol VI).

Children: known are - Sarah Prescott, Ruth, Horace Branson, Ella Lee, Harry Leonard, Clyde Phineas, Clinton Harriman, Paul Kezer, David Martin


1 Sarah "Sadie" Prescott Cowgill b 24 Jul 1870, Enterprise, MS, d 25 Apr 1954, Topeka, KS, m 12 Nov 1895, William James Graves b 28 May 1871, Junction City, KS, d 13 May 1956, Chicago, IL. (See page 298, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2 Ruth Cowgill b 20 May 1878, d 6 Jul 1929, Providence, RI. Graduate of Washburn College. Librarian. Mentioned in the Kansas Historical Quarterly of 1911 as an authoress. Bur in Topeka.


3 Horace Branson Cowgill b 14 Oct 1880, d 3 Jul 1937, Washington, DC (had lived in Providence, RI, and AR). Graduate of Washburn College. Career with the Bureau of Plant Industry, USDA. Also worked on a sugar plantation in Puerto Rico. Bur Mount Hope Cem., Topeka. Single.


4 Ella Lee Cowgill b 11 Sep 1882, KS, d 10 Jul 1974. Single. Worked with the YWCA. Last address La Jolla, San Diego Co., CA.


5 Harry Leonard Cowgill b 1 Dec 1884, KS, d 11 Jan 1962, m 11 Feb 1915, McHenry Co., IL, as her 2nd husband, Lorena Kathleen Ringling, b 31 Dec 1884, MN, d 13 Sep 1961, dau of Charles "Gus" Augustus and Annie M. (Hurley) Ringling, of the circus family. In Madison, WI, in 1930, later in Santa Monica, CA. Both bur Woodlawn Cem., Santa Monica.

Children: known are – Romance, Lorena


1 Romance Ringling Cowgill b 17 Oct 1915, IA, d May 1991, m(1) Robert K. Koopman, b NY; div before 1940; m(2) Walter Krulevitch (or Walter K. Kingson?), b 18 Aug 1886; div 1967, CA.


2 Lorena Ringling Cowgill b 18 Jan 1917, KS, d 15 May 1993, m(1) 1939, WI, Lawrence Anthony Polzak, b 29 May 1913, d Mar 2003; div ca 1962; m(2) 22 Nov 1968, San Francisco, Paul Svengari, b ca 1938; div Oct 1973; m(3) 15 Sep 1984, Santa Clara Co., CA, William J Stephens, b ca 1920. (See page 300, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


6 Clyde Phineas Cowgill b 31 Oct 1887, KS, d 11 Dec 1977, Winston-Salem, m(1) 24 Oct 1925, Jackson Co., MO, as her 2nd husband, Martha Delene Warren, b 9 Jan 1896, KS, d 9 Jun 1967; m(2) Grace Estelle Starbuck, b 20 Jul 1891, NC, d 29 Jan 1981. Clyde served as a judge in Topeka from 1928 to 1956. Last address Winston Salem, NC (Martha’s was Santa Barbara, CA).

Child: (shown as son on 1930 census, but probably step-son) -


1  Robert Warren Cowgill b 13 Jan 1920, KS, d 26 Jan 2011, m 29 Apr 1944, Wilmington, DE, Nancy E. Ellis, b 12 May 1922, dau of Ralph T. Ellis. Robert a graduate of the University of KS (1941); retired as emeritus professor of biochemistry from Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC in 1979; longtime resident of Kiawah Island, where he was the first chairman of the town’s Wildlife Committee, organized the Kiawah Naturalist Club, and authored three books about wildlife on the island (Nature Trails and Nature's Way on Kiawah and Kiawah's Wild Side); a loggerhead (sea turtle), Cowgill’s Charm was released in 2003, named for Dr. Cowgill to recognize his contributions to saving loggerheads.

   Children: known are - Sandy, Katherine


1  Sandy Cowgill b 28 Dec 1948, DE, d 31 Jan 1983, Contra Costa, CA, m ____ Thrift.


2  Katherine Gayle Cowgill b ca 1952, d 5 Mar 2003, Frankfort, KY.


 7 Clinton Harriman Cowgill b 6 Sep 1890, Sterling, Rice Co., KS, d 28 Dec 1975, m 19 Jan 1918, Mabel Claire Huey, b 13 Nov 1892, CO, d 9 Feb 1986, dau of Ebben and Ida Huey. Listed in Who's Who, Vols 33 and 34; lived in Washington, DC, and in Blacksburg, VA, later in CA. Went to VPI (later VA Tech) as founder of the Department of Architectural Engineering; remained as head of the department until his retirement in 1956. Cowgill Hall at VA Tech is named for him. No children.


8 Paul Kezer Cowgill b 18 Dec 1892, Topeka, KS, d 24 May 1977, Escondido, CA, m(1) 8 Jun 1914, Buchanan Co., MO, Evalena Kirk, b 1895, d 9 Mar 1918; m(2) 1 Mar 1919, Boise, ID, Bernice Marie Gray, b 23 Nov 1897, d 10 Jun 1980. In 1915, Paul was editor/publisher of the Republican-Register, the oldest newspaper in Washington Co., KS; a farmer in OR by 1940.

Children: known are - Paul Kirk, Clyde Lincoln, Eugene Harry, Thomas Gray


1 Paul Kirk Cowgill b 3 Jun 1915, d 21 Oct 2009, m(1) 3 Oct 1935, Twin Falls, ID, Marcella Malone, b 1917, ID; (2) 14 Oct 1937, Carbon Co., UT, Annette Marie Niccoli, b ca 1915 (or 1910?), CO; m(3) Anna Anita Prosniak, b 27 May 1922, Poland, d 1 Jan 2010. Paul was a LTC, US Army, with service in World War II and Korea. Paul and Anna bur Arlington National Cem.

Child: known is (Living Cowgill) -


2 Clyde Lincoln Cowgill b 12 Feb 1918, Cedar Rapids, IA, d 13 Feb 1977, m 24 Dec 1938, Payette, ID, LaRena Christensen, b 14 Sep 1919, d 25 Aug 2003. Last address Ontario, Malheur Co., OR.

Children: known are - Clyde Rodney, Russell


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3 Eugene Harry Cowgill b 23 Jan 1920, d 26 Nov 1990, m Marjorie Sue Baker; div (Marjorie remarried 28 Jun 1966, Raymond A. Kniss). Last address Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA.

Child: known is - (Living Cowgill)


4 Thomas Gray Cowgill b 2 Nov 1923, Boise, ID, d 11 Jun 2007, m 21 Sep 1945, Weiser, ID, Opha Lynn Cross, b 7 Mar 1926, Nampa, ID, dau of Otha Lynn and Josie Ellen (Luckinbill) Cross. Thomas was a veteran of World War II.

Children: known are - Paula Lynn, Richard Lee, Janet Marie


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9 David Martin Cowgill b 18 Dec 1894, Topeka, KS, d 2 Apr 1979, m(1) 25 Nov 1926, Washita Co., OK, Ida Lee, b 31 Jan 1898, WA, d 3 Feb 1940, dau of James and Ellen (Spencer) Lee; m(2) 8 Nov 1941, Nellie Grace Baldwin, b 27 Feb 1893, d 9 Jun 1984, bur Grand Junction, Mesa Co., CO. David was a physician and public health official; resided Lubbock, TX (listed in Who's Who).

Children: known are – Rena, Dorothy


1 Rena Ellen Cowgill b 1927, m Gerald J. Johnson.


2 Dorothy Lee Cowgill b 4 May 1931, MO, d 28 Apr 1944, Nashville.


2 Ralph Henry Cowgill b 25 May 1847, Belmont Co., OH, d 1905, m 16 Mar 1870, by the Rev G.M. Osmond, Johnson Co., IA, Cornelia TenEyke (Teneyck), b 19 Apr 1849, d 1932, dau of Matthew and Salome (Cole) TenEyke of Iowa City, IA. Henry was shown as R. Henry in Quaker records, Plainfield MM, OH, 1853 "gct Salem MM Iowa"; the family only knew him as Henry, which is on his tombstone. When Henry m in 1870 he moved to the family farm in Johnson Co., IA, which his father had pre-empted in 1852, and lived there until his death. Although he moved to CA and to WA state, he returned each time to the farm; after his death, his sons farmed it until one, Lee H., married and moved onto the farm. Both bur in West Branch Town Cem., IA.

Children: known are – Bertha, Ralph Frederick, Mary Erma, Clair Golden, Lee Henry, Clifton


1 Bertha Cowgill b Scott Twp, Johnson Co., IA, d 20 Jun 1889, age 13y 8m, bur Brick Chapel Cem.


2 Ralph Frederick Cowgill b 26 Jul 1880, Johnson Co., IA, d Dec 1934, m 7 Jan 1914, Blanch Brown, b 24 Jul 1892, IA, d 25 Mar 1970, dau of William and Louise (Lehman) Brown. Both bur West Branch Town Cem. No children.


3 Mary Erma Cowgill b 10 May 1883, Johnson Co., IA, d 1943, m(1) 16 Jun 1909, at her parents’ home in Johnson Co., IA, Fred Wood, b 1876, IL, d early in their married life, son of Frederick H. and Mary (Riggins) Wood; m(2) Fred Hayes. Erma bur Gainesville, FL. (See page 302, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 Clair Golden (or Golden Clair) Cowgill b 22 Aug 1887, Johnson Co., IA, d 1946, m Charles Stuart, b 1889, d 1960. Both bur Oasis Cem., Graham Twp, Johnson Co., IA. (See page 302, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5 Lee Henry (or Henry Lee) Cowgill b 13 Jan 1891, Johnson Co., IA, d 7 Dec 1937, m 14 Dec 1920, Marion, Linn Co., IA, Faunetta Randall, b 11 Mar 1897, d 1979, dau of John and Ladelia (Johnson) Randall of West Branch. Faun remarried (Oakley) and was again widowed. Both bur West Branch Cem. beside Lee's parents.

Child: known is -


1 Phyllis Ladelia Cowgill b 9 Jan 1922, d 6 Oct 2006, m 7 Oct 1940, Marvin Charles Butler, b 1909, d 1977, son of Franklin and Rebecca (Crew) Butler. (See page 302, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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6 Clifton Teneyck Cowgill b 12 Dec 1895, Johnson Co., IA, d 31 Oct 1954. Single.


3 Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cowgill, dau of Phineas and Lydia, b 15 Jul 1861, West Branch, Cedar Co., IA, d 12 Mar 1883, Pasadena, CA, m 3 May 1882, Davenport, IA, William Sharpless, b 30 Dec 1854, Cardington, OH, d 1924, son of Albert F. Sharpless and Lydia (Heald) Sharpless. They moved to CA where William was a nurseryman and farmer in Pasadena. Elizabeth presumably died from childbirth complications. William m(2) Jane Sargent in 1885. (See page 303, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 Mary C. “Fannie” Cowgill b ca 1866, IA, d bef 1895, m 15 Mar 1886, Florence, Marion Co., KS (MO records have license 15 Mar 1886, Audrain Co.), Charles M. Jones, MD, b Dec 1859, KY, of Cherokee Co., KS. Fannie appears on the 1870 census with her parents, but was in an orphan’s home in 1880.


2 Jonathan Cowgill, son of Ralph and Betsy Cowgill, b 27 Oct 1818, Belmont Co., OH, d 29 Apr 1886, m(1) 29 Sep 1842, Rebecca Satterthwait, d 22 Apr 1844 (bur St Clairsville, Belmont Co., OH), dau of Joseph and Ann Satterthwait; m(2) in Iowa, Mary V. Sharp, b ca 1811, OH, d 18 Mar 1899, Cook Co., IL. Jonathan and his young son Samuel transferred Jul 1854 to the Red Cedar MM, IA. Jonathan bur Hickory Grove Friends Cem., Springdale Twp, Cedar Co., IA.

Child: known is -


1 Samuel Satterthwait Cowgill b 15 Mar 1844, Belmont Co., OH, d 2 Mar 1913, m 1 Jun 1871, West Branch, IA, Mary Askew, b Apr 1841, OH, d 17 Feb 1925, dau of Parker and Rebecca (Vail) Askew. Samuel and family traveled by train from Iowa to Elsinore, CA, in 1887; then, in 1897, he built a home at North Garfield, Pasadena, CA. Both bur Fair Oaks Cem., Pasadena.

Children: known are - Rebecca, Henry, Parker


1 Rebecca Satterthwait Cowgill b 25 Jun 1872, d 8 Jun 1959. Single.


2 Henry Parker Cowgill b 1 Apr 1874, d 14 Sep 1954, m 23 Dec 1896, Ada Mildred Gilman, b 22 Dec 1878, d 3 Jun 1966, dau of Charles M. and Belle Gilman. Both bur Elsinore Valley Cem, Lake Elsinore, CA.

Children: known are - Ralph, Leo, Helen, Glenn


1 Ralph Leonard Cowgill b 29 Jul 1899, Elsinore, CA, d 3 Oct 1973, m 29 Jul 1920, Los Angeles, Mabel Martha Dublin, b 22 May 1899, d 26 Sep 1970. Ralph was a jeweler and watch repairman.

Children: known are - Gene, Loren, Lyle, Virginia


1 Gene Leonard Cowgill b 23 Aug 1922, CA, d 16 Oct 2005, m(1) 23 Aug 1943, Hobbs, NM, Leta Fay Graham, b 14 Feb 1926, NM, d 27 Aug 1996; m(2) 1 Mar 1998, Grove, OK, Anita Louise (Wilson) Hughes, b 6 Jan 1936, OK, d 15 Aug 2015. Lived in La Verne, CA, Payson, AZ, and Grove, OK. Gene was a veteran (USAF) of World War II. Gene bur Duffield Cem., Grove.

Children: known are – Sandra, Geleta


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2 Loren Ralph Cowgill (twin) b 1924, m 28 Aug 1954, Pasadena, Coralee Rose Smith, b ca 1933. Loren was a teacher in Monterey, CA. He is a veteran of World War II.

Children: known are – Sue, Christene, Lee


3 Lyle Edward Cowgill (twin)  b 30 Sep 1924, CA, d 14 Aug 1993, m 13 Jul 1945, Los Angeles, Joyce Marie Hartley, b ca 1928, dau of Raymond and Ruth Hartley. Lyle was a retired barber in Escondido, CAwas a retired barber in Escondido, CA. A veteran of World War II.

Children: known are – Linda, Karen


4 Virginia Ruth Cowgill, m 14 Nov 1952, Los Angeles, Robert Bower, b 26 Jan 1931, d 1980, son of Chester and Georgia Bower. (See page 304, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Leo "Lee" Harold Cowgill b 1 Jun 1901, d 14 May 1980, m(1) 30 Apr 1921, Los Angeles, Bonniebell Francis Webster, b 18 Sep 1901, DeSmet, SD, d 20 May 1967, dau of Frank and "Lettie" Delila Webster; m(2) 9 Mar 1968, Orange Co., CA, Mary Lucoy (Bruner) Searcy, b 13 Oct 1899, d 29 Jul 1983. Leo had an upholstery business in Pasadena, CA.

Children: known are – Merle, Roger, June, Morris, Lane, Keith


1 Merle Henry Cowgill b 16 Feb 1922, Pasadena, d 24 Mar 2005, m 18 Jan 1941, Pasadena, Evelyn May Searcy, b 18 Aug 1922, Willowbrook, CA, dau of John and Mary (Bruner) Searcy. Merle was a veteran of World War II.

Children: known are – Sharon, Glenda, Duane, Gayle, Lynette


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2 Roger Webster Cowgill b 19 Jun 1923, Pasadena, d 16 Aug 1992, m 1 Mar 1944, Virginia Elizabeth Ranger, b ca 1923, CA. Roger was a veteran of World War II.

Children: known are – Gary, Bruce, Ilene


3 June Loreen Cowgill b 17 Sep 1924, Pasadena, d 2 Nov 2011, m 22 Aug 1942, Los Angeles, James Arthur Merriam, b 1921, d 1967. (See page 305, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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4 Morris Dale Cowgill b 2 Mar 1929, d 21 Jan 1969, m 10 Apr 1948, Los Angeles, Lorella Mae Mires, b ca 1928; div.


5 Lane Arlen Cowgill b 21 Oct 1934, d 4 Feb 2004, m 27 Dec 1956, Los Angeles, Florence Dalowitz, b ca 1933, OR. Lane worked for Convair in San Diego.

Children: known are – Lora, David


6 Keith Cowgill

3 Helen Cowgill b 1910, d 15 May 1910.


4 Glenn Arnold Cowgill b 23 Jul 1913, d 1 Feb 1994, m(1) 1 Jan 1936, Los Angeles, Roberta H. Scott, b ca 1912, OK; div; m(2) 15 Feb 1942, Los Angeles, Vernita Mary McKay, b 16 Aug 1914, CA, d 14 Oct 2008, living in Ventura, CA, vicinity in 1985.

Children: known are – Norman, Melvin


3 Parker Johnathan Cowgill b 28 Oct 1879, d 4 Feb 1961.

Child: known is -


1 Mary Hortense Cowgill b 23 Jan 1911, d 25 Feb 1997, m(1) 31 Aug 1932, Los Angeles, Gunnar Albin Johnson, b ca 1904; div; m(2) 9 May 1948, Los Angeles, Ralph Henry Edler, b ca 1913. Living in Lancaster, CA, in 1985.


3 Jeptha Cowgill, son of Ralph and Betsy, b 9 Aug 1820, Belmont Co., OH, d 2 Feb 1885, m 25 Apr 1848 (mou), Amanda Jane Mead, b 27 May 1819, d 23 Dec 1896, age 77y 6m 26d, Colorado Springs, CO, dau of Samuel and Sarah (Whittaker or Whitacre) Mead. Amanda is listed as a “capitalist” in the Chicago City Directory for the years 1890 to 1893 at the same address as her daughter, Jessie. Both bur Oasis Cem., Graham, IA. The family was in Colorado Springs by 1882 (mentioned in a newspaper article).

Children: known are - Agnes, Laura, Anna Belle, Carrie, Milo, Jessie (dau), Mead


1 Agnes V. Cowgill b 1849, OH, m 29 Apr 1872, Johnson Co., IA, Nathan Bay Scott, b 18 Dec 1842, OH, d 2 Jan 1924. Nathan served in the Union army during the Civil War. After the war, he organized and headed the first savings bank in WV. He was running a glass works in Wheeling, WV, in 1880. Nathan was elected to the US Senate as a Republican from WV in 1899, serving until 1911.


2 Laura C. Cowgill b 10 Feb 1851, d 1911, m 19 Jan 1871, Johnson Co., IA, Dr Homer O. Bates, b 1846, d 10 Mar 1910, Sierra Madre, CA. His obituary states Laura graduated medical school in Chicago, and that they were residents of Long Beach. (See page 306, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3 AnnaBelle (Bell Annie) Cowgill b 22 Feb 1853, Martins Ferry, Belmont Co., OH, d 25 Apr 1909, Colorado Springs, CO, m 16 May 1876, Oasis, Johnson Co., IA, William Lennox, b 25 Dec 1850, Johnson Co., IA, d 13 Aug 1936, Colorado Springs, CO, son of John (b Scotland) and Agnes Lennox. Their home was considered the finest in Colorado Springs, according to a letter Anna wrote to her great grandchildren in 1901 (see (


4 Carrie E. Cowgill b 11 Jul 1859, Martins Ferry, OH, d 20 Nov 1947, Washington, DC, m 7 Jun 1888, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV, George W. Trowbridge, b 14 Aug 1854, Tazewell Co., IL, d 17 Jul 1939, Washington, DC, son of John and Sarah Ann (Holt) Trowbridge.


5 Milo J. Cowgill b 25 Dec 1861, Oasis, IA, d 7 May 1916, Everett, WA, m 8 Jan 1905, Denver, Blanche M. Briggs, b 14 Oct 1872, ME, d 10 Jan 1956 in CA. Career as gold mining engineer in CO. In Omaha from 1889-1896 listed (in city directory) with Cowgill, Routledge & Co., electricians, and later as City Electrician (City Hall); in Cowlitz Co., WA, in 1915 (Blanche also listed in Seattle City Directory that year). No children.


6 Jessie Cowgill b Dec 1862, IA, d 1927, m 9 Feb 1897, Chicago, Edgar Howbert, b Jul 1856, IA, d 1936. Jessie is listed, variously, as a milliner, bookkeeper, and artist in the Chicago City Directory for the years 1889 to 1892 at the same address as her mother, Amanda. In Colorado Springs, CO, by 1900 with her family.


7 Mead Cowgill (also as Samuel Mead) b 19 Dec 1867 (1900 census has Sep 1866, obit 11 Sep 1866), Oasis, IA, d 16 Oct 1937, Colorado Springs, CO, m(1) 1 Dec 1890, Minneapolis, Etta May Owen, b May 1867, ME, d 30 Nov 1903; m(2) 12 Mar 1919, Colorado Springs, as her 2nd husband, Dena M. Stringham, b 20 Dec 1870, WI, d 25 Mar 1963, of German parentage. Lived in St Paul and Minneapolis (in the Minneapolis City Directory for 1889/90), MN, then to CO in 1904 (as “Jesse” M., a streetcar motorman in Colorado Springs in 1910). “An employee of the Colorado Springs and Interurban Railway Company for a quarter of a century” (obit). Both bur Evergreen Cem.

Children: known are – Jessie, Corinne, Fred, Belle


1 Jessie M. Cowgill b Sep 1891, MN, d 16 Sep 1981, m 9 Nov 1916, Colorado Springs, as his 2nd wife, George Green Avery, b ca 1864, MO, d 1934. George a clerk at the city water company in Tulsa in 1930.


2 Corinne Cowgill b 19 Nov 1893, MN, m 2 Aug 1914, Colorado Springs, Joshua T. Jordan (also as Johnson). Lived in Denver.


3 Fred S. Cowgill b 30 Aug 1895 (WW1 registration has 1896), Minneapolis, MN, d 4 Apr 1962, m Wilma ____. Fred was in TX (1920), and in Ypsilanti, MI, by 1930. He was a veteran of World War I, serving as a PFC in HQ Co., 85th Infantry. Fred bur Hickerson Memorial Cem., Homer, AK?


4 Belle Cowgill b 6 Feb 1898, MN, d 11 Nov 1958, Longview, Cowlitz Co., WA, m 6 Feb 1919, Colorado Springs, Leonard O. Cobb. Belle was living with sister Jessie in Colorado Springs in 1916.


4 Ann S. Cowgill b 29 Oct 1822, Belmont Co., OH, d 6 Jun 1890, m 1 Dec 1852, Nathan Satterthwaite, b ca 1825, OH, son of Joseph and Ann Satterthwait and brother of Rebecca who m Ann’s brother, Jonathan (child # 2, above). Ann gct Iowa, 20 Jul 1853. She is bur beside her brother Jonathan, Hickory Grove Cem., Springdale Twp, Cedar Co., IA. (See page 307, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5 Sarah Cowgill b 29 Jan 1826, Belmont Co., OH, d 4 Oct 1903, Topeka, KS, bur Hickory Grove Cem. near her sister. On tombstone "Aunt Sallie Cowgill". She served as a nurse during the Civil War under the auspices of the U.S. Christian Commission. "After the war she entered the service of the state of Iowa as a cottage manager in the soldiers' Orphans' home at Davenport....In 1870 she disposed of her two farms in Iowa and with her brother William and family settled in Wilson county, Kansas…. Later ways opened for work among the Indians and she took a position in the Indian school at Fort Sill, I.T. Still later, she was employed at Haskell Institue, the Indian school at Lawrence, Kansas.” (from an obit by Elias Branson Cowgill). Sarah (Sallie) applied for an invalid pension (app 1,139,290, cert 874,256) for her war service 25 Nov 1892. (See page 302, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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6 Isaac Cowgill b 28 Feb 1829, Belmont Co., OH, d 29 Sep 1834, bur St Clairsville, Belmont Co., OH.


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7 William Cowgill b 25 Mar 1832, Belmont Co., OH, d 19 Jun 1889, Fredonia, Neodesha Twp, Wilson Co., KS, m (mcd) 20 Jun 1855, Wheeling, WV, Dorcas S. Brown, b ca 1832, VA/WV, d 8 Sep 1889, dau of Hiram and Eliza (Sims) Brown. William moved to Wilson Co., KS, in 1869.

Children: known are – Lida, Cora, Ella


1 Lida B. Cowgill b 16 Aug 1857, Wood Co., VA/WV, d 4 Aug 1931, m 29 Dec 1875, Wilson Co., KS, William Hallam Lee, b Oct 1851, MD, d 1935, son of Lycurgas W. and Mary E. Lee. In Wilson Co. in 1900.


2 Cora Eva Cowgill b 7 Sep 1860, WV, d 17 Jan 1941, m 26 Feb 1889, Wilson Co., KS, Baxter L. Brown, attorney, b 20 Jun 1864, New York City, d 1952, son of J. Douglas and Mary Eva (Green) Brown.


3 Ella (Elia) H. Cowgill b 1865, OH, d 1945, m 11 Apr 1888, Wilson Co., KS, Corwin C. Cantrell, b 25 Jan 1866, CO, d 1935, son of Mills Trotter and Isabelle (Martin) Cantrell. Lived in Fredonia, Wilson Co., KS. Both bur Old Sapulpa Cem., Creek Co., OK.


7 Isaac Cowgill (2nd), son of Isaac and Sarah (Fred) Cowgill, b 24 Feb 1796, VA, d 18 Jan 1861, m(1) 2 Sep 1824, Plainfield MM, Belmont Co., OH, Jane Foulke, b 19 Jun 1799, d 28 Apr 1843, dau of Judah and Sarah (McCarty) Foulke of Monroe Co., OH; m(2) 2 Dec 1847, Belmont Co., Esther Roberts, b 1804, PA, d 27 May 1871, dau of Aaron and Elizabeth Roberts. Isaac bur family burial grounds, St Clairsville, OH.

Children: known are - Joseph, Abraham, Sarah, Jane, Isaac Jr


1 Joseph Cowgill b 18 Nov 1828, Belmont Co., OH, d 11 Apr 1898, bur Stillwater, Belmont Co., OH, m 30 Jan 1867, in Stillwater MH, Rebecca Smith b 1827, OH, d 7 Mar 1898, dau of Robert H. and Elizabeth W. Smith. No children.


2 Abraham Cowgill b 6 Jul 1830, Belmont Co., OH, d 2 Jun 1899, m 31 Mar 1853, Lydia Ann Spencer, b Feb 1831, OH, d 10 Mar 1901, dau of Abner and Harriet Spencer. Abraham was in Cedar Co., IA, by 1855. Lydia, widow, in Pasadena in 1900 with dau Elma and family. Both bur Villa Street Friends Cem., Pasadena, established by the Hickory Grove Quarterly Meeting of West Branch, IA.

Children: known are – Adaline, Elma, Lewis


1 Adaline (Adelia) Cowgill b 26 Apr 1854, OH, m 27 May 1876, Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA, David F. Ball, b ca 1845, IA. David was a farmer in Bake Oven, OR, in 1880.


2 Elma Cowgill b 4 Aug 1857, IA, d 28 Nov 1925, m ca 1876, Amos H. Fawcett b Oct 1849, OH. Lived in Pasadena.


3 Lewis I. Cowgill b 6 Nov 1860, IA, d 17 Nov 1943, m 17 May 1882, Cedar Co., IA, Sarah H. Rich, b 29 Feb 1864, IA, d 12 Sep 1944, dau of Francis B. and Anna (Ball) Rich. An excerpt from the Davis Commercial Encyclopedia of the Pacific Coast and Southwest, by Ellis A. Davis, ed. 1911, p308 follows:


"LEWIS I. COWGILL, President Merchants National Bank, Chronical Building, San Francisco.

Lewis I. Cowgill was born of that staunch old Quaker stock of Iowa, in the year 1860. His father was president of a bank in that State and at the same time a prominent farmer, having large holdings of land.

Mr. Cowgill received his early education in the Hawkeye State but went to Barnesville, Ohio, and attended the Barnesville College, a well-known Quaker institution. Having acquired his college education he returned to Iowa and became cashier of a bank, where he remained for a number of years. He then came to the Coast and very soon became affiliated with the Sather Banking Co. He soon had a movement on foot for the nationalization of this institution, which resulted in the formation of the San Francisco National Bank. Of that institution he was cashier for twelve years. He then organized the Scandinavian American Savings Bank which he caused to be nationalized in the year 1907, under the name of the Merchants National Bank of San Francisco which has since become one of the prominent Market Street banking houses. The bank is a member of the San Francisco Clearing House."

Child: known is -


1 Glenn Rich Cowgill b 19 Aug 1888, CA, d 30 Mar 1924, Pasadena. Was an invalid.


3 Sarah F. Cowgill b 1 Dec 1832, Belmont Co., OH, m 4 Nov 1874, Belmont Co., David Wallace, b May 1818, Ireland. David a farmer in Belmont Co. In 1862, Sarah was dismissed from the Short Creek MM, Jefferson Co., OH.


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4 Jane Cowgill b 22 Feb 1836, Belmont Co., OH, d 1 May 1837, bur family plot on farm of Isaac Cowgill.


5 Isaac Cowgill Jr b 13 May 1840, Richland Twp, OH, d 1 Aug 1876, aged 36y 2m 16d, bur at Richland. Single. In 1862, soon after his father's death, Isaac moved with his step-mother Esther, across the state line into Jefferson Co.; however, they returned to Belmont Co. before the census of 1870, where Esther is listed with her brother's family.


8 Abraham Cowgill b 9 Jun 1798, VA. No information after 20d 11m 1802: "Isaac and son Abraham received on request" at Concord MM, Belmont Co., OH. Probably d early.


3 Abraham Cowgill, son of Ralph and Sarah (Pellar) Cowgill, b 20 Jun 1762. Apparently d in infancy. Not included in father's will.


4 James Cowgill b 26 Jun 1764, d 1799, Loudoun Co., VA. James left a Will dated 24 Jan 1799, proved 12 Feb 1799, providing for an equal distribution of the residue of his estate to his mother, and surviving brothers and sisters. He did not name them, except for naming his brother, Ralph Cowgill, as executor. He was single.


5 Tamer Cowgill b 25 Mar 1766, m Samuel Massey (a Samuel Massey was co-executor of Will of James Cowgill). (See page 310, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


6 Joseph Cowgill b (date obliterated by stain – see note under his father, Ralph, above, page 296) between 1768-1773 (from tax lists). Joseph was living when his father's will was made, dated 9 Nov 1794, receiving joint (with brother Ralph) interest in the family farm “provided they both continue to work on the farm as far as health permit”. He is listed on the Loudoun Co. tax list for 1789, with his tax paid by his father, Ralph, indicating age between 16 and 21; in 1794, he appears on the Loudoun Co. militia lists in Class 4 on the roster of Cpt Benjamin Grayson's Co, 2nd Bn, 57th Regt; he also appears in Loudoun Co. militia records in 1795 on 23 May at a court martial for the 2nd Bn, 56th Regt (Cpt Hereford's Co), "ordered that (Joseph Cowgill) be exempted from militia duty during the disability he now labors under of a strain in his ankle". He is probably the unnamed “brother” listed in Ralph’s household on the 1797 tax list. No further information.


7 Dorothy Cowgill b (obliterated by stain). Joseph Ewing Cowgill had a note that Dorothy m Gen. Josiah Dillon. Not verified. No further information. Note: a Josiah C. Dillon, d 1831, age 21, Monroe Co. (of Belmont Co.), OH, "s/o Josiah and Dorothy".


8 Ralph Cowgill b 17 Dec 1774, Berks Co., PA, d 18 Feb 1840, Kirkwood Twp, Belmont Co., OH, m 3 Jul 1796, Frederick Co., VA, by Alexander Balmain, Minister of the Gospel, Mary Carter, b 22 Jan 1773, d 1851, Belmont Co., OH, probably dau of William Carter of Loudoun Co., VA. This William Carter was closely associated with the Cowgill family, witnessing various documents, etc (this marriage is listed in Frederick County, Virginia, Marriages, 1771-1825, by Davis, as "Ralph COGILL and Mary Carter"). Ralph moved to Loudoun Co., VA, with his parents after the enumeration of the 1784 PA Tax List. He is listed on Loudoun Co. land tax lists from 1790 through 1806 as owner of “64 & 75 acres of Butcher”. In 1794, Ralph appears on the Loudoun Co. militia lists in Class 6 on the roster of Cpt George Rust's Co, 2nd Bn, 56th Regt. This is probably the Ralph Cowgill who served during the War of 1812 as a Pvt in 1st Regiment (DeLong's), Ohio Militia. Ralph and Mary moved to OH in 1806 with six children. A sketch of Ralph and family is in the History of Early Settlers of Belmont and Jefferson Counties, Ohio. They reared nine children, all but three deceased before 1880. In his Will, dated 19 Jun 1839, which was presented for probate to the April term of Court 1840, both in Belmont and Delaware Counties, OH, where Ralph owned land, and proved 16 Sep 1840, he named his wife, each child, and his cousin Dorothy Cowgill, the dau of Isaac and Rebecca Cowgill, who had made her home with him for many years.

Children: known are - Margaret, Isaac, William, Aquilla, Tamer, Jesse, Sarah, Eliza, Ralph


1 Margaret Cowgill b 14 Sep 1796, d 17 Jan 1840, m 7 Oct 1813, Thomas Gilliland (also spelled Gilliand and Gillihand), b 1793, VA (WV), d 1845, son of Hugh Gilliland. Thomas served in the War of 1812. Apparently they lived in Belmont Co. near brother Isaac. (See page 310, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2 Isaac Cowgill b 17 Dec 1797, Loudoun Co., VA, d 2 Sep 1881, Kirkwood, Belmont Co., OH, m 27 Dec 1821, Kirkwood Twp, by JP, Emsey Campbell, b 1 Dec 1804, Loudoun Co., VA, d 24 Feb 1880. Isaac and Emsey's marriage is recorded in Marriage Book, p221, Courthouse, St Clairsville, OH. Both bur in Cowgill Cem. on old homeplace, Fairview, OH. The tombstones were still standing in 1975, but in 1978 a strip mining company had all the graves moved to Hope Cem., Hendrysburg, OH, after contacting descendants. Isaac left a Will, proven 17 Sep 1881. Various records show Emsey as Emily, Emzey. Note: Fairview was once in Belmont Co., OH, but the county lines were moved, placing Fairview in Guernsey Co. Most people did not move, but their records may now be in either county seat.

Children: known are - Ralph, Ruthann, James, Phineas, John, Jesse, Mary, Sarah (Margaret S.), son (name unknown), Susan, Martha


1 Ralph Carter Cowgill b 6 Sep 1822, Belmont Co., OH, d 16 Jan 1890, m 19 Apr 1853, Belmont Co., by the Probate Judge, Hannah Giffee, b 5 Dec 1822, OH, d 7 Oct 1890. Both bur in Fairview Cem., Oxford Twp, Guernsey Co., OH. (Fairview is a Community Cem. located in Fairview on County lines. At one time Fairview was considered in Belmont Co., later in Guernsey Co.). Ralph predeceased Hannah, whose Will was dated 3 Sep 1890 and was produced for probate in the Court, Guernsey Co., OH, on 14 Oct 1890.

Children: known are – Martha, Mollie


1 Martha S. Cowgill b 1855, OH, d 15 Sep 1877 (apparently after birth of child), m 2 Feb 1876, Joseph Barrett Turkle, b 17 Feb 1847, d 22 Jul 1894, son of George and Catherine (Barrett) Turkle. Joseph m(2) Annie Laurie Watkins. (See page 311, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Mollie G. Cowgill b 8 Jul 1860, OH, d 25 Feb 1908, m 10 Sep 1885, Rev John T. Morton, b 1859, OH, d 1934, both bur Fairview Cem.


2 Ruthanna Cowgill b Nov 1824, Belmont Co., OH, d 12 Jul 1867 (1868?), age 43y 7m 25d, m 26 Mar 1866, Charles Penrose, b 18 Sep 1813, d 6 Nov 1899. Both bur in small country cemetery, alongside rural paved road which runs parallel to Hwy I-70 and through woods, opposite village of Fairview, across Highway. No name (now United Presbyterian Cem.), sign, or fence inclosure. There were several Penrose tombstones and markers of other family names when I (Beatrice E. Cowgill) visited this cemetery in 1977. No children.


3 James William Cowgill b 1 Oct 1826, Belmont Co., OH, d 30 Mar 1921, m(1) 6 May 1848, Rebecca Burrough, b 1831, OH, d 18 Sep 1885 (of dropsy), Warren Twp, dau of William and Esther (Nichols or Nickles) Burrough; m(2) 5 Aug 1888, Belmont Co., OH, as her 2nd husband, Rachel (Jarvis) Gregg , b 22 Sep 1843, OH, d 21 Aug 1924, dau of Jesse and Margaret Ann (Henderson) Jarvis. James served in the Civil War, mustering in 27 Apr 1864 as a Pvt, Co C, 172nd Ohio; reported as “disappeared while on furlough 31 May”. James applied for an invalid pension 16 Dec 1890; his widow, Rachel, applied 21 Jun 1921 from Ohio. James and Rebecca bur in Fairview Cem.

Children: known are - Isaac, John, child, child, Martha, Mary, Charles, Ella


1 Isaac William Cowgill b 28 Jan 1851, OH, d 26 Mar 1934 (of "heart trouble"), m 28 Jun 1877, Martha "Mattie" L. Reese, b Dec 1855, Belmont Co., d Jul 1946, dau of John and Eveline Reese. Both bur Northwood Cem.

Children: known are – Cora Bell, Jesse


1 Cora Bell Cowgill b 16 Jun 1878, d Mar 1963, m(1) 11 Apr 1907, Guernsey Co., Ara L. Spence, b 1877, OH, son of James and Luticia Spence; m(2) William W. Rowland, d Apr 1953, Cambridge, OH. A letter dated 7 Jul 1942 is on file in the Belmont Co. birth records with the above name and date of birth, a correction FROM Sarah B. Cowgill b 1 Jul 1878. See Case No. 40299. "Cora Bell" is name on 1880 census. (See page 311, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Jesse Everette Cowgill b 14 Jul 1880, d 25 Jun 1928, of heart disease, m(1) 6 Jun 1905, Franklin Co., OH, Ethel D. Colvig, b May 1884, dau of Simpson and Mary Colvig; m(2) 30 Apr 1919, Newark, OH, Louise Engler, b 3 Nov 1888, OH, d Apr 1982, dau of G. F. and Mary Engler. Jesse bur Memorial Burial Park, Columbus. In 1910 Ethel is shown living with her father in Columbus with son Winthrop (from a prior marriage), Jesse (as "married") with his parents. Louise remarried 1 Apr 1930, Henry J. Mellinger

Children: ? - Has grandson Ray Cowgill


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2 John Nichols (Nickles?) Cowgill b 17 May 1853, d 2 Feb 1929 (of a stroke and paralysis), m 27 Dec 1876, Eleanor Jane "Ella" Dew, b 8 Dec 1851, d 26 Dec 1942, dau of Joseph and Nancy Dew. Both bur Northern Cem.

Children: known are - William, Luther, Charles, Frank


1 William Dew Cowgill b 25 Aug 1877, Warren Twp, Belmont Co., OH, (Jackson Co., MS records show b there), d 2 Mar 1957, Pascagoula, MS, m 3 Jul 1901, Belmont Co., OH, Carrie Belle Green, b 23 May 1881, OH, d 16 Dec 1968, dau of George and Ida (Dickinson) Green. No children.


2 Luther Thomas Cowgill b 10 Sep 1879, Warren Twp, d 20 Jan 1934, m 15 Apr 1906, Belmont Co., OH, Alice Gregg, b 15 Dec 1874, OH, d 4 Jan 1932, dau of Spencer Gregg. Both bur Northern Cem.

Child: known is -


1 infant Cowgill stillborn 29 Nov 1909. Bur Northern Cem.


3 Charles Burrough (or Burris) Cowgill b 7 Jun 1884, d 20 Jan 1958, m(1) Estella Evelyn Hunt, b 1885, OH, d 1921; m(2) 29 May 1924, Nellie Audrey Bowen, b 8 Jan 1893, d 29 Aug 1977, dau of Silas and Clara Bowen.

Children: known are - William Waldo, John Silas, Charles Raymond, James Burris, Eleanor Jane, Richard Leo


1 William Waldo Cowgill b 30 Dec 1916, Belmont Co., OH, d 2 Aug 1988, m 19 Feb 1948, Irene Marie Grey, b 13 Jan 1927, d 11 Oct 2011. Lived at Barnesville, OH. William was a veteran of World War II, serving as a staff sergeant in the US Army. No children.


2 John Silas Cowgill b 8 Apr 1925, Barnesville (christened Main Street Methodist Church), Belmont Co., OH, d 13 Oct 2006, m 2 Jul 1949, St Paul's Catholic Church, Canton, OH, Regina Marie Vargo, b 12 Jan 1930, Canton, OH, dau of Martin and Anna M. (Tomaskovich) Vargo. John was a US Navy veteran, serving during World War II. Lived at Canton, OH.

Children: known are – John, Karen


3 Charles Raymond Cowgill b 13 Jun 1927, Belmont Co., OH, d 5 Apr 2007, m Janet Louhoff. Lived in Barnesville, OH. Charles bur Crestview Cem., Barnesville.


4 James Burris Cowgill b 26 Sep 1929, Barnesville, Belmont Co., OH (christened Main Street Methodist Church), d 21 Nov 2005, m 23 Nov 1950 in bride's home, Tacoma, OH, Mary Lou Skinner, b 2 Dec 1929, Tacoma, christened in First Presbyterian Church, Barnesville, d 7 Nov 2015, dau of Walter S. and Margaret (Gillespie) Skinner. “Mr. Cowgill worked at Damsel Ice Cream and then T.A. Rogers Hardware, where he got to know most everyone within 30 miles. He then moved to Cambridge, while traveling over Southeastern Ohio, making new friends while selling plumbing and heating materials, working for W.V. Driggs & Associates developing new housing areas. In 1964, he started his own plumbing and heating business, known as Cowgill's Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal Fabrication Inc., with the help of many plumbing and heating people and contractors of Cambridge.” (from his obit).

Children: known are – Stephen, Charles, James Benjamin, Kenneth, Margaret, William


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5 Eleanor Jane Cowgill b 1 Dec 1931, Belmont Co., OH, d Jul 2001, m 21 Jun 1953, John Tyson Mason, b 18 Sep 1927. Lived at Bethesda, OH. (See page 313, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


6 Richard Leo Cowgill


4 Frank Merridith Cowgill b 16 Aug 1888, OH, d 21 May 1965, m 10 Aug 1910, St Clairsville, OH, Oneta Thornberry, b 18 Jun 1890, OH, d 17 Jun 1978, age 87, dau of Charles and Edna Thornberry.

Children: known are – Beatrice, James


1 Beatrice O. Cowgill b 12 Sep 1911, d 7 Mar 2001, m(1) 27 Nov 1935, Franklin Co., OH, Warren H. Jones, b ca 1912; m(2) 9 Feb 1951, Clinton E. Bostick, b 1926, d 2004.


2 James Elwood Cowgill Sr b 17 Aug 1913, d 18 May 1992, m Margaret Ann Whetsel, b 17 Aug 1917, d 6 Dec 1988, Columbus, OH.

Children: known are – Patricia, James, Sharon, Michael, Kathleen, Margaret, Mary, Frank, Susan, Timothy, Daniel


3 Child (of James William and Rebecca Burrough Cowgill) apparently d in infancy, ca 1855 (probably Clarissa Cowgill).


4 Child apparently d in infancy, ca 1857 (probably Susannah Melissa Jane Cowgill d 22 May 1856, bur Fletcher’s Cem.).


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5 Martha Emma Cowgill b Jun 1860 (age 1/12th on 1860 census; listed as "Martha" on 1860 census and as "Emma" on 1870 census). Known as "Auntie White" in the family. She was a college graduate and nurse. After their mother died, Emma and her younger sister Ella went to live with a doctor and his family. Later, they went by train to Sacramento, CA, where Emma ran a Nursing Home for convalescents. Still later, at age 50,  (on 12 Nov 1910) she married Dr John White, a doctor and Justice of the Peace. Emma came back to Barnesville to visit but once, then returned to CA where she lived to be 94 or 95 years of age. She died in the Masonic Home of Dakota, near San Jose, CA. No children.


6 Mary Rosetta Cowgill b 1863, d 18 Jan 1870, aged 6y 10m 9d, bur Fairview Cem., Oxford Twp, Guernsey Co., OH.


7 Charles Cooper Cowgill b 9 Jun 1865, d 25 Mar 1934 (of heart trouble), m 27 Jun 1888, Nettie E. Jones, b 26 Apr 1865, d 15 Dec 1943, Fairview, dau of Josiah and Sarah Jane (Murphy) Jones. (1900 Census, Belmont Co., OH, shows birthdates as May 1869 and Sep 1868 – enumerator error?). Both bur Northwood Cem., Greenmount.

Children: known are – Rebecca, Clara, Nettie


1 Sarah Rebecca Cowgill b 18 Jan 1889, OH, d 23 Mar 1965, m(1) 26 Mar 1907, Barnesville, OH, William E. Watt; m(2) Charles Phillis (obit lists her as Rebecca W. Phillis). She lived with and took care of her mother during her last illness.


2 Clara Luella Cowgill b 8 Jan 1897, Guernsey Co., OH, Fairview, (recorded in Birth Book #2, Guernsey Co., OH), d 15 Dec 1955, Sacramento, CA (bur there), m(1) 22 Nov 1915, Wheeling, WV, William J. Daugherty, b ca 1891, PA; m(2) ____ Fisher, of Baltimore, MD; m(3) Frank Mayer, of Sacramento, CA.


3 Nettie Ingaby Cowgill b 26 Jan 1900, Kirkwood, d 22 May 1917. Father's name shown as Clinton Cowgill, Belmont Co., OH, on birth records. Named in mother's obituary. Bur Northern Cem.


8 Ella Esther Cowgill b 1 Nov 1868, Oxford Twp, Guernsey Co., OH (recorded p12, Book 1, "unnamed female"), d 28 Jan 1952, Sacramento, m 4 May 1895, Sacramento, CA, Thomas Franklin Cranston, b 20 Aug 1864, Oxford Twp, Guernsey Co., OH, d Nov 1924, Woodland, CA. Ella taught school for a while. (See page 314, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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4 Phineas Clifford Cowgill, b 9 Aug 1828, OH, d 19 May 1885, m 2 Jan 1855, by JP (certificate #6982, Marriage Book 1, St Clairsville Courthouse), Ellen Piggott Spencer, b 1 Oct 1835, OH, d 30 Dec 1895, age 60, Oskaloosa, IA, dau of Asa and Phebe E. (Piggott) Spencer. Both bur Greenwood Cem., Zanesville, OH.

Children: known are - Alva, Charles Dell, Ella, Grant


1 Alva Byron Cowgill b 9 Feb 1856, OH, d 3 Nov 1943, Redlands, CA, m(1) 26 May 1880 (Marriage Book #3, p84, Belmont Co.), Orpha “Nellie” E. Broomhall, b Aug 1858 (on 1900 census as “Nellie”), d 28 Aug 1923; m(2) 1926, as her 2nd husband, Mary (Howlett) Mason, b 15 Mar 1877, Canada, d 13 Feb 1953, San Bernardino, CA.

Children: known are - Ethel, Claire, Chester, Ralph


1 Ethel May Cowgill b 23 Jun 1882, OH, d 24 May 1961, m 24 May 1911, Redlands, CA, Fred Clayton Knapp, b 4 Feb 1876, IL, d 1965, son of Fredrick Phillip Melancthon and Ida Marian (Burritt) Knapp.


2 Claire Helen Cowgill b 25 Jun 1886, OH, d 22 Jul 1962.


3 Chester Broomhall Cowgill b 14 Apr 1890, Zanesville, OH, d 15 May 1973, m 27 Aug 1917, Los Angeles, Gladys Estelle Ingersoll, b 8 Apr 1890, MI, d 31 May 1982, dau of Thurlow and Alice (Dorrance) Ingersoll. Chester enlisted in the US Army 23 Mar 1918 at San Diego, but was discharged within the year. Lived in CA. Apparently no children.


4 Ralph Cowgill b 6 Feb 1894, OH, d 5 Apr 1955, m Ruth Swan, b 13 Apr 1892, IL, d 21 Feb 1979. Lived in CA. Family? Both Chester and Ralph were graduates of Univ of CA at Berkeley, and worked as engineers in Los Angeles, CA.


2 Charles Dell Cowgill b Apr 1858, OH, d 1934, m 11 Nov 1886, Emma LaVinia Twaddle, b Mar 1860, Oskaloosa, Mahaska Co., IA, d 1943. Charles was a wholesale grocer in Albert Lea, MN, in 1905; in Douglas Co., KS, 1915 – 1930. Both bur Forest Cem., Oskaloosa, IA.

Children: known are – Russell Twaddle, Elvyn Spencer


1 Russell Twaddle Cowgill b 5 Feb 1894, Oskaloosa, IA, d 18 May 1979, m(1) 28 Sep 1918, Houston, Louise Nancy Hedrick, b 11 May 1896, MO, d 11 Oct 1960; div (Louise remarried, 16 Jul 1919, Charles C. Jester, Berrien Co., MI); m(2) 1929, Lilian Shevlin, b 5 Nov 1893, Ireland, d 23 Nov 1963; div (she remarried in 1933). Russell left his first family when his daughter was 3y old; in Chicago in 1930; a veteran of World War II (enlisted in Houston); last address Levelland, Hockley Co., TX.

Children: known are – John, Roger, Nancy, Barbara


1 John Cowgill, d in infancy.


2 Roger Gilmore Cowgill b 2 Jul 1919, AR, d 25 Aug 1921, Houston. Roger was listed on the 1920 Census, Douglas Co., KS.


3 Nancy Louise Cowgill b 6 Nov 1921, d Apr 2000, m(1) 20 May 1945, Edward W. Thode Jr, b 1 Jul 1921, d 19 Jan 1979; m(2) 14 Jun 1980, Ray Cavalier; div; m(3) Giles Lukens Zimmerman, b 12 Feb 1914, d 29 Apr 1994; m(4) Don Swing. (See page 317, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 Barbara Jane Cowgill b 28 Dec 1929, IL, m 28 Oct 1950, Los Angeles, John (Jack) Burnard, b ca 1927, CO.


2 Elvyn Spencer Cowgill b 1 May 1896, Oskaloosa, IA, d 28 Nov 1973, m(1) 30 Jul 1921, Mower, MN, Helen Thurston, b 1 Jun 1900, d 22 Dec 1954, dau of George and Claudia (Brown) Thurston; div (Helen remarried in the 1930s to Niles S. Colman); m(2) 1937, Ethel Gallivan, b ca 1901, CA; m(3) 1945, Katherine Johnstone; m(4) 1957, Manhatten, NY, Constance Guilbert, surviving in Nov 1973. Elvyn d San Francisco, CA, where services were held, 30 Nov, bur Ft Logan National Cem., Denver, CO. His obituary states he had been a former Des Moines investment banker; had lived in Des Moines from 1918 to 1932; was a graduate of Univ of KS, a member of the American Legion, a former Army Lt Col and a veteran of World Wars I and II (Des Moines Register and Tribune, 1973).

Children: known are - Thurston, Courtney, Sherrill


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1 Thurston Cowgill b 22 Jun 1922, IA, d 6 Nov 1999, m 3 Apr 1946, Anna Lee Mason, b 29 Apr 1924, KS, d Jul 2000, dau of Robert F. Sr and Eleanor (Atkinson) Mason. Lived in Englewood, CO, near Denver. Thurston bur Ft Logan National Cem.; served in the US Army in 1943 as a lieutenant in the 629th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. He was an expert in installation of installed turbine generators for General Electric Co. for 30 years and later worked as an independent consultant for Stearns-Rogers Corp. Anna served in the US Navy Waves during World War II.

Children: known are – Steven, Allison, Courtney, Shelley


2 Courtney Cowgill (See page 318, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 Sherrill Cowgill (See page 318, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 Ella (Eliza) Frazier Cowgill b 1860, OH, d 1940. Single. In Redlands, CA, in 1930.


4 Grant H. Cowgill b 23 Nov 1864, Belmont Co., OH, d 25 Nov 1887 (of typhoid fever), Oskaloosa, IA, bur Greenwood Cem., Zanesville, OH. Single.


5 John Franklin Cowgill, farmer, son of Isaac and Emsey (Campbell) Cowgill, b 27 Sep 1830, d 15 Apr 1904, m(1) 14 Jun 1853, Priscilla George, b 8 Oct 1829, Warren Twp, Belmont Co., OH, d 8 Mar 1870 (of "bronchitis"), age 40y 5m (recorded in St Clairsville Courthouse), dau of John and Ann (Cross) George, and sister to the wife of John’s brother, Jesse; m(2) 17 Oct 1871, (Gabrielle) Virginia "Jennie" Moore, b 5 Sep 1835, OH, d 25 Apr 1913, dau of Abner and Sarah (Selb) Moore. John was bur in Cowgill family cemetery, Fairview. A fine tombstone was still standing in 1977, also a flat marker at the foot of the grave with initials "JFC"; since then this "grave", along with others, was removed to a cemetery in Hendrysburg.

Children: known are – Ruth Amanda, Lillie Isabell, Harriet Adaline, Leonidas Jesse, Charles Hammond, Asa Wilson, Mary Melissa, Ralph, infant, Armanda


1 Ruth Amanda "Mandy" Cowgill b 17 Jul 1853, d 9 Aug 1934. Bur Fairview Cem. Single. Lived with family of Frank Shepherd from age 18.


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2 Lillie Isabell ("Nellie I." on 1880 census) Cowgill b 4 Mar 1856, m 29 Dec 1887, William T. White. (See page 319, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 Harriet Adaline ("Adda" or "Addy") Cowgill b 5 Sep 1857, d 1927, bur Fairview. Single.


4 Leonidas Jesse Cowgill b 31 Aug 1859, OH, d 30 Jun 1932, m 28 Dec 1887, Mary Ann Mumma, b 4 Mar 1854, OH, d 5 May 1912, dau of William and Eleanor Dillons Mumma (also as Mummey). Listed in Beaver Twp, Noble Co., in census of 1880 and 1900; Jesse lived with dau Cora and family after Mary’s death. Both bur Greenlawn Cem., Guernsey Co.

Child: known is -


1 Cora Eleanor Cowgill b Jan 1889, OH, m 25 Dec 1909, Noble Co., OH, Fred A. Cline, b ca 1881, OH, son of Andrew and Jane Cline.


5 Charles Hammond Cowgill b 16 Oct 1861, d 8 Aug 1927, m 26 Jun 1889, Oxford Twp, Kirkwood, Guernsey Co., OH, Mary Belle Carter, b 8 Aug 1870, d 24 Sep 1950, dau of Henry and Isabella (Johnson) Carter. Both bur Fairview Cem. Charles and Mary Belle farmed about 3 miles NW of Fairview, moving to Cambridge in 1920 after selling their farm.

Children: known are – Ethel May, Frank Raymond, Alva Clarence, Lula Luella, Clyde Henry, Isabelle


1 Ethel May Cowgill b 8 May 1891, Kirkwood, d 23 Apr 1955, m 26 Dec 1917, Cambridge, OH, Elmer Leroy Stewart, b 16 Aug 1887, d 15 Oct 1962. They resided in Fairview; both bur Fairview Cem.


2 Frank Raymond Cowgill b 18 May 1893, Quaker City, OH, d 26 Jul 1950 (in an auto accident), m 26 Jun 1915, Caldwell, Noble Co., OH, Florence Marguerite Eagon, b 8 Jun 1895, d 23 Dec 1943, Quaker City, OH, dau of Theodore and Margaret Eagon. Florence bur Friends Cem., Guernsey Co.

Children: known are – Erwin, Willard


1 Ervin Lester "Red" Cowgill b 17 Nov 1916, Noble Co., OH, d 25 Sep 2010, m(1) 5 Jun 1937, St Mary’s, WV, Linnie Marguerite Shafer, b 12 Sep 1915, OH; div Aug 1955; m(2) 30 Jun 1961, St Mary's, WV, Karen Ann Davis, b 2 Jun 1940, d 27 Jan 2018, dau of Paul and Hattie (Kirkbride) Davis. Ervin lived in OH until 1981, when he moved with his family to Fruitland Park, FL. Ervin was a veteran of World War II where he served in the US Navy in the Pacific.

Children: known are – Charles, Larry, Paula, Lester


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2 Willard Clarence Cowgill b 5 Apr 1919, d 29 Dec 1934. Bur Friends Cem., Guernsey Co.


3 Alva Clarence Cowgill b 6 Oct 1894, Guernsey Co., OH, d 8 Dec 1983, m 26 Aug 1920, St Clairsville, OH, Myrtle Lorena Duer, b 24 Nov 1894, d 6 May 1996. Clarence served in World War I in the US Army in 3 Co, Coast Artillery Corps, Sandy Hook, NJ, enlisting 16 Mar 1918, and honorably discharged 9 Dec 1918 as a Cpl.

Child: known is -


1 Katherine Marie Cowgill b ca 1922, m 27 Jun 1942, Washington, DC, Joseph Garcia.


4 Lula Luella "Leora" Cowgill b 17 Jan 1898, d 1986, m 28 Jul 1920, Clovis Watson, d Sep 1986.


5 Clyde Henry Cowgill b 21 May 1903, Guernsey Co., d 6 Dec 1966, m(1) 24 Oct 1927, Wheeling, WV, Nettie E. Porter, b 8 Sep 1907, OH, d 6 Apr 1979; div; m(2) Mary Leona _____, b 26 May 1901, d 24 May 1979. Lived in Barberton, Summit Co., OH. Bur Lakewood Cem., Akron. Clyde  served in the USMC during the 1920s.

Children: known are – Robert, William


1  Robert J. Cowgill b 1928. Probably the John R. Cowgill who was a veteran of World War II (enlisted Feb 1946). Family?


2  William Harold Cowgill b 16 Nov 1929, d 28 Aug 1948 while in US Army. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the USNR.


6 Isabelle Charlene Cowgill b 23 Nov 1909, d 22 Apr 1997, m 1 Feb 1930, Guernsey Co., OH, Harley Davidson. Lived Homeworth, OH.


6 Asa Wilson Cowgill b 31 Jul 1863, Spencer Station, Millwood, Guernsey Co., OH, d 14 Aug 1907, m 16 May 1888, Lousetta A. Pierce, b 26 Nov 1868, Millwood Twp, d 9 Feb 1908 (of consumption), age 39y 3m 14d, dau of Joseph and Mary Ann (Curry) Pierce. Asa d by suicide (hanging), age 44y 4m 2d (a discrepancy in date and record of age at death). He was a huckster, and a Methodist. Both bur in Old Cem., Quaker City, Guernsey Co., OH.

Children: known are – Gertrude Virginia, Walter Belle, Mary Edith, George, Rachel Wilson, Anna Beatrice


1 Gertrude Virginia Cowgill b 6 Jan 1889, Guernsey Co., OH, d 17 Dec 1991, m 13 Jul 1907, Spencer Station, Howard Hampton Thompson, b 17 Dec 1888, d 19 Aug 1976, Newark, Licking Co., OH, son of Jerome Durant and Margaret Ann (Pierce) Thompson. Howard was an engineer with the B&O Railroad for 50y. (See page 320, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2 Walter Belle Cowgill b 7 Nov 1890, Guernsey Co., OH, d 10 Dec 1954, Canton, IL, m(1) Margarite ____; div; m(2) Marvie J. ____, b 14 Jan 1909, IL, d 3 Sep 2000, Deerfield Beach, FL. Walter bur Friends Cem., Quaker City, OH.

Child: known is -


1 Paul H. Cowgill


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3 Mary Edith Cowgill b 6 May 1893, Guernsey Co., OH, d 21 Jul 1976, Baltimore, MD, m Aaron Klotzman, who d in 1960's. (See page 322, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 George W. Cowgill b 7 Nov 1895, Guernsey Co., OH, d 19 Mar 1951, m 28 Apr 1915, Guernsey Co., Lula Mercer b 6 Sep 1893, OH, d 23 Dec 1944. Lula bur Old Cem., Quaker City, OH. No children.


5 Rachel Wilson Cowgill b ca 1897, d in infancy.


6 Anna Beatrice Cowgill b 29 Nov 1900, d Jan 1954, East Orange, NJ, m 16 Oct 1920, Wayne Co., IN, George Fleming Ainslie, b 1898, Bo'Ness Scotland (immigrated US in 1903), d Feb 1954, East Orange, NJ. (See page 322, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


7 Mary Melissa "Lissy" Cowgill b 6 Nov 1865 (shown on 1880 census), OH, d 16 Apr 1946, m 30 Oct 1889, Samuel McAllan Smith, b ca 1864, OH. Mary bur Fairview Cem., Belmont Co., OH. (See page 322, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


8 Ralph C. "Clinton" Cowgill b 5 Feb 1868, d 20 Oct 1961, Eldon, Guernsey Co., OH, m 15 Aug 1894, Ella C. Wright (Ellen? though birth record of children each show "Ella"), b 12 Mar 1869, OH, d 5 Jun 1956, dau of Woodford and Mary Wright. (Methodist). Ralph bur Friends Cem., Quaker City, OH.

Children: known are - Mary Hazel, Ruth


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1 Mary Hazel Cowgill b 2 Jul 1896, Warren Twp, d 1977, m 28 Dec 1917, Guernsey Co., William B. Robinson, b ca 1893, son of William and Jennie Robinson. Hazel bur Friends Cem., Quaker City, Belmont Co., OH. (See page 323, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Ruth Marie Cowgill b 26 Jan 1899, Spencer Station, Guernsey Co., d 11 Jul 1979 (from the Daily Jeffersonion, Cambridge, OH, 1979: "On July 13th 1979, in the Guernsey Co. Probate Court, Case No 38410, Mary Ellen Manton - - of Lakeside, OH, was appointed Executrix of the estate of Ruth M. Cowgill, deceased, late of Millwood Twp, Quaker City, OH").


9 Infant son, b and d, no date, tombstone in Cowgill Cem. - "Priscilla and infant son". Apparently both died at his birth, her death record stating cause of death "bronchitis", 8 Mar 1870, two years after her eighth child was born. This "grave" was one of those removed from Cowgill Cem. to Hope Cem., Hendrysburg, OH.


10 Armanda "Amanda E." E. Cowgill b 12 Oct 1872, Warren Twp, Belmont Co. (recorded Book I, 1867-1875, Births, p228, father John F. Cowgill, mother "Jane" Moore). Arminda Electa Cowgill (her tombstone, though barely legible, appears to spell her name with an "i") d 3 Aug 1880, when she fell from a swing (other families at that time reportedly took down all their swings), bur in the Cowgill Cem. and later removed to the Hope Cem. in 1977 when all graves located and tombstones were repaired and removed to Hendrysburg. Armanda E. Cowgill, age 7, is enumerated with her parents and the eight living children of John and Priscilla.


6 Jesse J. Cowgill, son of Isaac and Emsey, b 1832, OH, d ca 1868 in Jasper Co., IL (?), m(1) 3 Jul 1855, Belmont Co., OH, Letha George, b 5 Oct 1835, OH, d 25 May 1862, dau of John and Ann (Cross) George; m(2) 30 Jul 1864, Jasper Co., Eliza J. Foster, b ca 1844, OH, d ca 1869, dau of Thomas and Mary Foster. Eliza remarried in 1869 to Benjamin Smith. Jesse’s great granddaughters recall their mother saying that Jesse "froze to death in a blizzard somewhere out in the midwest".

Child: known are – John McDowell, Margaret


1 John McDowell Cowgill b 11 Mar 1858, Belmont Co., OH, d 18 Nov 1945 (aged 87y 8m 7d), m(1) 10 Aug 1881, Martha "Mattie" R. Jones, b 21 Jun 1861, OH, d 13 Apr 1912, dau of Josiah and Sarah Jane (Murphy) Jones; m(2) 24 Nov 1915, Cambridge, OH, Jennie Etta Bonnell, b 27 Jul 1881, d 24 Apr 1945, dau of John and Hannah (Thomas) Bonnell. All bur Northwood Cem., Cambridge, OH. John M. Cowgill, age 12, and Eugene Scott, age 3, are enumerated with grandparents Isaac and Emsey Cowgill in the census of 1870.

Children: known are – Elgin, Anna Lugene, Letha Lunet, Mary Elizabeth, John Lewis, Wilbert


1 Elgin Virgil Cowgill b 6 Jan 1883, d 24 Dec 1967, Canton, OH, m 1 Aug 1906, Guernsey Co., Florence Alma Whissel, b 19 Aug 1888, OH, d 4 Feb 1947, dau of Zachery and Almara (Hickman) Whissel.

Children: known are – Clarence, Maurice Clyde


1 Clarence Dean Cowgill b 31 Aug 1906, Cambridge, Guernsey Co., OH, (recorded Vol 3, p45), d Feb 1971 (SSDI, but no last address), m(1) 19 Dec 1925, Guernsey Co., Ruth Helen Yeager, b 12 Jun 1907, OH, d 27 Feb 2005, dau of Earl Yeager; div (she remarried 11 Oct 1940, Carl Thurston Engle, b 1904, d 1978); m(2) 10 Nov 1934 (as Dean C. Cowgill), Brooke Co., WV, Elizabeth Harney, b 23 Jan 1903, KY, d 20 Jul 1973. With the family in 1920, in Canton in 1940 (as Virgil Cowgill). Residence at 2nd marriage listed as Canton, OH.

   Children: known are - Betty, Ilene, Kaye


   1  Betty Louise Cowgill b 1 Apr 1926, OH, d 3 Feb 2009, m 21 Jan 1947, Guernsey Co., OH, Michael Popadak, d 3 Jun 1976.


   2  Helen Ilene Cowgill b ca 1928, m(1) 17 Jan 1944, Guernsey Co., OH, Ray Lawrence Hayes; div; m(2) 12 Nov 1949, Farie Amazon Eagon, b ca 1918; m(3) ____ Thomas.


   3  Kaye Cowgill b ca 1938, OH, 


2 Maurice Clyde Cowgill b 15 Sep 1916, OH, Cambridge, OH, d 22 Aug 1982, m 20 Mar 1937, Brooke Co., WV, Ethel May Needs, b ca 1916, Zanesville, OH; div; Ethel remarried 8 Jan 1952, Stark Co., OH, Ruel C. Fox. Maurice was a veteran of World War II. Last address Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.

Children: known are – Maurice Clyde Jr, Robert, Fred, Elgin, Richard, Ronnie, John


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2 Anna Lugene Cowgill b 9 May 1888, Warren Twp, Kirkland, Belmont Co. (birth records Book III, p39, line 6), d 20 Aug 1964, m 29 Jun 1907, Guernsey Co., OH, Charles Franklin Fenwick, b 10 Jun 1886, OH, d 4 Dec 1976, son of Edmund and Esther Emma Fenwick. (See page 324, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 Letha Lunet Cowgill b 17 Jul 1897, Fairview, Guernsey Co., OH (Birth Book 2, p209), d 1980, Akron, OH, m(1) 15 Nov 1913, Guernsey Co., Clyde Rhine, son of Charles and Lura (Bonnell) Rhine; div; m(2) Jack McNeil. (See page 324, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 Mary Elizabeth Cowgill b 11 Oct 1918, d 24 Oct 1918. Mary bur Northwood Cem.


5 John Lewis Cowgill b 5 Sep 1919, d 13 May 1992, m(1) 18 Sep 1937, Cambridge, Alice Viola Allen, b 12 May 1920, OH, dau of William Leroy and Doris Pearl (Woods) Allen; div; m(2) 3 Jul 1952, Canton, Isabelle Christina (Sorenson) Cole, b 15 Mar 1919, d 1 Jul 1999.

Children: known are – Jeraldine, Carolyn, Sandra, Jenny, Kathy


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6 Wilbert “Wib” Luther Cowgill b 14 Oct 1921, d 9 Dec 1994, m(1) 7 Feb 1942, Evelyn Wilma Gates, b 30 Jan 1919, d 4 Jan 1963, bur Guernsey Memory Gardens, Cambridge, dau of John and Julia (Wencek) Gates; m(2) 15 Sep 1979, Mary Lillian Larrick, dau of George Oscar and Doris Reba (Foraker) Larrick.

Children: known are – Larry, Michael, Timothy


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2 Margaret Ann Cowgill b 11 Jun 1860, IL, d 22 Jan 1915, m 2 Feb 1882, Dwight, IL, Edgar DeWitt Brown, b 1844, d 1923. Margaret is shown with her grandparents, John and Ann George, as "at home" on the 1870 Census, Nevada Twp, Livingston Co., IL; in 1880 she was in Allen Co., KS, with an uncle. The census notes she had "disability of bilious fever". Both bur Nelson Cem., Nuckolls Co., NE.


7 Mary Elizabeth Cowgill, dau of Isaac and Emsey, b 1834 (age 32 on 1870 census), d 1920, m 16 May 1883, Dr John Grimes. No children.


8 Sarah (Margaret S.) Cowgill b 1836, d 1919, m 22 Oct 1857, John G. Bell, b Jul 1834, OH, d bef 1910. "Cousin Maggie Bell" lived in Denver (there by 1910). (See page 326, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


9 Son, b 1838 (under age 5, 1840 census), perhaps d in infancy (not listed in 1850 census).


10 Susanna Melissa Cowgill b 1840, OH, d 1894, m 21 Jun 1866, Belmont Co., Joseph James Hutchinson, b ca 1839, OH. In Calhoun Co., IA, in 1880. (See page 326, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


11 Martha E. "Mattie" Cowgill b 1844, d 1870, m 1 Mar 1868, Belmont Co., Basil Scott. (See page 326, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3 William Cowgill, son of Ralph and Mary (Carter) Cowgill, b 14 Dec 1799, VA, d 25 Aug 1873, OH, m(1) 2 Nov 1826 (license issued Belmont Co., 31 Oct 1826), Elizabeth Bradshaw, b 1795, d Aug 1859, dau of John and Mary (Rainey) Bradshaw (the Bradshaws owned and operated the Bradshaw's Inn in Fairview for many years); m(2) 4 Sep 1860, Nancy "Nanti" Miller, b 17 Jun 1824, Brooks Co., VA (now WV), d 3 Dec 1905, Colorado Springs, CO, age 81y 5m 16d, bur Newton, IA, dau of Joseph and Sarah (Beck) Miller (originally from MD). Nancy appears on the 6 Aug 1860 census, Kirkwood, Hendrysville P.O., Belmont Co., OH, with her widowed father, her brother and wife, and family. After William's death, Nancy Cowgill moved with her four young children to Newton, IA; when they were grown they moved to Colorado Springs, CO. Under his father's will, proved Apr 1840, William received land in both counties of Belmont and Delaware, OH. William bur Fairview Family Cem.

Children: known are – Mary Elizabeth, Sarah Angeline, Joseph William, Ralph Albert


1 Mary Elizabeth Cowgill b 12 Jun 1861, Fairview, d 16 Jan 1940, Colorado Springs, CO, m 29 May 1889, Newton, Jasper Co., IA, Edgar F. Nason, b Mar 1859, IA.


2 Sarah Angeline Cowgill b 8 Nov 1862, Fairview, d 15 Sep 1946, Colorado Springs, CO. Single.


3 Joseph William Cowgill b 17 Jan 1864, Fairview, d 17 Jan 1931, Portland, OR, m(1) 4 Jun 1890, Jasper Co., IA, Catherine (Cassie) Margaret Schalk, b 1861, d 25 Jan 1957 (bur Newton Cem, IA), dau of John and Katherine Schalk; div; m(2) 25 Aug 1908, Spokane, Ada Arrowsmith, b ca 1876, NE, d 5 Apr 1940. Joseph in Seattle 1905-1910; in Portland by 1915. Joseph claimed his marriage to Ada was his first, but Jasper Co. records clearly list his marriage to Catherine.


4 Ralph Albert Cowgill b 28 Jan 1866, Fairview, d 7 Oct 1939, Denver, CO, m 9 Jul 1895, Colorado Springs, CO, Margaret Thomas, b Mar 1871, MO, d 1965. Ralph had niece Irma Cowgill, b May 1880, CA (parents b OH), living with him in 1900. Whose child (doesn’t appear to be on wife’s side)?

Children: known are – Ralph Thomas, Marion, Helen, Dorothy Elizabeth


1 Ralph Thomas Cowgill b 28 Apr 1896 (on WW1 draft registration; VA and tombstone have 26 Nov 1895; 1900 census Apr 1895), Oakland, CA, d 28 Jun 1976, Colorado Springs (bur Ft Logan National Cem), m 11 Jul 1925, Denver, CO, Mabel Lucille Wood, b 1 Sep 1902, Moberly, MO, d 19 Feb 1988. Ralph was a Pvt, Medical Dept, during World War I.

Child: known is -


1 Ralph William Cowgill


2 Marion Cowgill b 24 Feb 1897, Oakland, CA, d 2 May 1994, m 27 Dec 1924, Denver, Oliver Stephen Wood, b 13 Feb 1890, MO, d 16 Aug 1967, son of James William and Everella Jeanette (Woy) Wood. (See page 327, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3 Helen Margaret Cowgill b 23 Mar 1899, Colorado Springs, CO, d 14 Mar 1986, m 16 Aug 1924, Denver, Dr Lawrence A. Johnson, b 1894, d 1940. Helen may have remarried to ___ Nicholson.


4 Dorothy Elizabeth Cowgill b 11 Dec 1905, Colorado Springs, CO, d Jul 1984, m 11 Jul 1931, Denver, Robert Marshall, who d. She retired from teaching in 1971.


4 Aquilla J. Cowgill, son of Ralph and Mary (Carter) Cowgill, b 28 Sep 1801, Loudoun Co., VA, d 12 Mar 1889, Belmont Co., OH, m(1) 21 Feb 1842, Margaret Clark, b ca 1812, PA, d 1856; m(2) 3 Sep 1857, Sarah Milner, b 17 Jul 1817 (1814?), Morristown, OH, d 23 Apr 1898, age 83y 9m, Kirkwood, dau of Joseph and Susannah McNabb Milner.

Children: known are – Ralph Edward, William


1 Ralph Edward "Ed" Cowgill b 15 Dec 1842, OH, d 1919, m 15 Dec 1875, Guernsey Co., OH, his 2nd cousin, Mary Ella "Ellen" Ault, b 19 Aug 1848, OH, d 25 Dec 1939, dau of Daniel Ault. Marriage record in Courthouse, St Clairsville, where Edward's name is shown as Ralph B. E. Cowgill. On 1880 census Ellen's name is listed as "Mary" - apparently Mary Ellen? Ralph served in the Civil War in Arrick's Co, Dept Corps, Ohio Infantry. He filed for an invalid pension 6 Aug 1898. Both bur Fairview Cem., Oxford Twp, Guernsey Co., OH (formerly Belmont Co.).

Children: five (births of four recorded in the Courthouse at St Clairsville), all born Kirkwood, Belmont Co., OH – Margaret, Wilbur, Anna, Fred, Grant


1 Margaret Mary Cowgill (Mary M. on census) b 29 Apr 1878, d 7 Dec 1956. Bur Fairview Cem.


2 Wilbur Clark Cowgill b 8 Aug 1880, d 9 Jul 1965, m 1 Jul 1914, Stark Co., OH, Grace May Rogers, b 1881, OH, d 1955, dau of William and Lucinda Rogers. Wilbur lived in Canton, OH, from 1910. No children.


3 Anna H. Cowgill b 4 May 1882 (1900 census has Aug 1881, tombstone 4 Aug 1882), OH, d 18 Mar 1974, m 3 Jun 1908, Belmont Co., OH, Allen Blaine Lynn, b 9 Aug 1881, OH, d 11 Dec 1950, son of Emmet and Ella Lynn.


4 Fred Morton Cowgill b 23 Feb 1885 (was "unnamed male" on birth record), d 11 Nov 1963, m 19 Oct 1940 (at age 60), Gladys A. Barrickman, b 19 Mar 1895, WV, d 25 Feb 1979. Both bur Bethesda Ebenezer Cem. #2, Goshen Twp, Belmont Co. No children.


5 Grant Edward Cowgill b 23 Jul 1888, OH, d 3 Oct 1981, FL, m 14 Jun 1910, Mannington, WV, Laurena G. Flick, b 7 Sep 1891, PA, d 16 Jul 1976. Living in Tyler Co., WV, in 1930, then a school teacher in Florida. Grant is the descendant who looked after the upkeep of the Cowgill Cem. on the hill on the old home place, until he was no longer able. Both bur Glen Haven Memorial Park Cem., Winter Park, FL.

Child: known is -


1 David Edward Cowgill b 1 Oct 1913, WV, d 14 Nov 1972, m 4 Jun 1933, M. E. Church minister’s residence, Tyler Co., WV, Ethel M. Thorne, b 29 Sep 1910, d 7 Jan 2005, dau of Luther and Clara (Grimm) Thorne. Ethel remarried in 1967 to Harley Oscar Northcraft. David was a veteran of World War II. Last address Maitland, Orange Co., FL. David bur Glen Haven Memorial Park Cem., Winter Park, FL.

Children: known are - Janet, Gerald, Adrian, Martha


2 William C. Cowgill b 8 Jun 1845, d 6 Sep 1911, m 24 Oct 1876, Caroline "Lena" Hamilton, b 22 Aug 1847, d 5 Dec 1935, dau of Joseph and Ann Eliza Hamilton. Shown in 1880 census, Guernsey Co., Fairview, Oxford Twp. Both bur Northwood Cem., Cambridge.

Children: known are - Anna Mable,William, Sarah, Laura


1 Anna Mable Cowgill b 19 Oct 1877, Guernsey Co., OH, d 1956, m 18 Feb 1915, Charles Moore Steele, d 1931. Anna was living in 1935 in Cambridge, Guernsey Co.


2 William Warren Cowgill b 14 Jul 1879, Guernsey Co., OH, d 6 Jun 1947, m 12 Jan 1904, Guernsey Co., Roberta Mabel Oldham, b Jan 1882, OH, d 13 Jan 1979, dau of Isaac and Mary (Zahniser) Oldham. Resided in Cleveland, OH. William, an MD, served as a Contract Surgeon during World War I, discharged 10 Jan 1919. No children.


3 Sarah Henrietta Cowgill b 3 Apr 1883, Fairview, Guernsey Co., OH, d 29 Sep 1968 (death cert; SSDI has 15 Sep), Cambridge, OH. Bur Northwood Cem. Single. Sarah was a member of the Methodist Church in Cambridge, and a retired teacher. A 5 Jul 1979 article in the Cambridge Daily Jeffersonion reported that Sarah bequeathed to five local charitable organizations an estate worth a half million dollars (obituary stated 2 sisters and a brother preceded her in death).


4 Laura Ethel Cowgill b 6 May 1885, OH, d 1913, m 16 Nov 1910, Guernsey Co., Charles Routson French, b 1876, OH, son of Harry and Mariah French.


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5 Tamer Cowgill, dau of Ralph and Mary (Carter) Cowgill, b 24 Nov 1803, VA, d 6 May 1876, m 18 May 1830, Robert Happer, b Sep 1797, PA, d 16 Aug 1879. Lived in Barnesville, Belmont Co., OH, very near her sister Elizabeth (Cowgill) Frazier.


6 Jesse Carter Cowgill b 5 Sep 1805, VA, d 5 Feb 1873, m 1 May 1845, Angelina Harrington, b 1814, Marlborough, MA, d 4 Feb 1894, music teacher. Jesse taught in the school on his father's farm. They lived at "Bonneville." Jesse bur in Barnesville Cem.

Children: known are – George, William, Annie, Eliza


1 George C. Cowgill b 1846, d 1861.


2 William H. Cowgill b 1848, d 1861.


3 Annie F. Cowgill b 1849, d 1873.


4 Eliza "Lyde" Cowgill b 1851, d 1917, m 5 Dec 1876, Wilbur W. Elliott, b 1849, d 29 Apr 1914, Los Angeles, CA. No children.


7 Sarah Cowgill b 13 Mar 1808, living in 1839, d 1847(?). Single.


8 Elizabeth "Eliza" Cowgill b 26 Mar 1810, d 31 Aug 1880, m 15 Dec 1840, Richard Frazier, b 4 Mar 1804, son of James and Sarah (Evans) Frazier of Culpeper, VA. Lived in Barnesville, Belmont Co., OH, very near her sister Tamer (Cowgill) Hopper. (See page 329, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


9 Ralph C. Cowgill b 12 Apr 1812, d 13 Apr 1840. Single.


4 Abraham (1st) Cowgill, son of Abraham and Dorothy Cowgill, b 10 Feb 1731/2, d 22 Nov 1737.


5 Nehemiah Cowgill b 13 Jun 1734, d 4 Nov 1737.


6 Mary Cowgill b 1 Dec 1736, d 4 Nov 1737.


7 Abraham (2nd) Cowgill b 25 Sep 1738, PA, d 1802, Fauquier Co., VA, m Mary ____. Abraham is listed on the Tax Rolls of Plumstead Twp, Bucks Co., PA from 1761 to 1764 as a single man (tax lists for other years missing); he had moved to Loudoun Co., VA, by 1773, when he is listed on county tax rolls for Shelburne Parish next to his brother, Isaac. On 1 Jun 1775, Abraham signed as a witness to a land purchase in Loudoun Co. by his probable brother-in-law (see page 296), Thomas Smith “of Plumstead Twp, Bucks Co., PA”. Abraham appears on Loudoun Co. tax rolls until 1794, then on Fauquier Co. tax rolls from 1795 until 1802. His widow, Mary, filed a relinquishment (Probate Book 39:1802-004) 22 Oct 1802 in Fauquier Co., indicating Abraham had died by then. In the relinquishment, she gave up “to my son John Cowgill all my right, title, interest and claim of the administrationship to the estate of my deceased husband”. His inventory, filed in Fauquier Co. (Will Book 3:496), is dated 12 Apr 1803 (filed at court 23 Jun 1804) and shows his estate valued at 36, 11sh, 9p for crops, foodstuffs, horses, and household items. His widow, Mary, appears on Fauquier Co. tax rolls through 1810.

    Children: known are (see census discussion under Josias below; order uncertain) – Ury, John, Hannah (?), Sarah, unknown son?, Josiah (Josias), Tacey, Rachel, unknown son?, unknown son?


1 Ury Cowgill b ca 1776, VA, d bef 1860, m 19 Jan 1802, Fauquier Co. (John Cowgill, her brother, bondsman), David Mason, b ca 1780, VA, d bef 1860. David a farmer in Frederick Co. in 1810; in Culpeper Co. 1820/1830; and in Rappahannock Co. (extracted from Culpeper Co., so probably same location) in 1850, living near her possible sister, Hannah (Cowgill) Mason (see child # 3, below).


2 John M. Cowgill b ca 1778, VA, d 1855 (Jan 1856?), m 24 Dec 1810 (also shown as 12 Dec 1810), Fauquier Co, VA (Mge Bond Book 3, page 146), Elizabeth Corder (possibly a twin of the Elisha Corder who m John’s sister, Tacey), “22 years of age”, b 1786/1788, VA, d bef 1855?, dau of John and Hannah (Way) Corder. John moved to Culpeper Co. about 1826 (he appears on the Culpeper personal property tax list that year), and was in Rappahannock Co. by 1840. His will, dated 11 Aug 1855 (probated 11 Feb 1856), named his living children and the grandchildren from the deceased children. He did not mention his wife, who is presumed to have predeceased him. On 1820 census, Fauquier Co., John is listed with 2 males under 10 (Alfred and James) and 4 females under 10; in Culpeper Co., in 1830, John is listed with one male under five (Martin), two between 10 and 15 (Alfred and James), two females under 5, three females between 5 and 10, one female between 10 and 15, and two between 15 and 20; in Rappahannock Co. census of 1840, John (Alfred listed separately) is listed with one male between 10 and 15 (Martin), one male between 20 and 30 (James), two females between 10 and 15, two females between 15 and 20, and one female between 20 and 30.
Children: known are (order presumed from census) – Emily, Hannah, Alfred, James, Mary, Helen, Catherine, Eliza, Elizabeth, Martin, Tacey


1 Emily Cowgill b 13 Sep 1811, VA, d 1887, m 3 Mar 1829, Chesterfield Co. (also listed under Culpeper Co.), VA, William Page Ramey Jr, b 9 Sep 1807, VA, d Dec 1878, son of William Page and Eliza Ramey.


2 Hannah Cowgill b 8 Nov 1812, VA, d 23 Jan 1885, m 12 Sep 1833, Rappahannock Co., VA, John W. Ramey, b 8 Nov 1813, VA, d 6 Jul 1887. The family had moved to Lafayette Co., MO, by 1850. Both bur Pisgah Cem., Saline Co., MO.


3 Alfred Cowgill b 17 Mar 1817, VA, d 26 Jun 1889 (bur Ramey Graveyard, Rappahannock Co., VA), m 29 Mar 1838, Rappahannock Co., Dolly C. Sedwick, same age, dau of Zadock and Elizabeth (Murphy) Sedwick. Alfred served in the Civil War on the Confederate side as a private in Co A, 34th Virginia Militia (same unit as brother James). An article in the 22 Mar 1861 Alexandria Gazette names Alfred and his brother James as members of the Union Party appointed to a committee to select a candidate for Congress for their district.

Child: known is -


1 Mary Elizabeth “Bettie” Cowgill b 10 Nov 1840, d 15 Nov 1924, m 13 Apr 1859, Rappahannock Co., John M. Cooksey, b 1831, VA, d 1919.


4 James Madison Cowgill b 17 Nov 1818, VA, d 1868-70, m(1) 19 Oct 1848, Rappahannock Co., VA, Lucy Catherine Rudasill(a), b ca 1827, dau of John and Susan Rudasilla; m(2) 5 Feb 1852, Lucy Frances Ball, b 1835, VA, dau of John and Nancy (Carver) Ball; m(3) 4 Feb 1867, Rappahannock Co., Elizabeth Lear, b 1834, VA, dau of James and Eliza Lear. James served in the Civil War on the Confederate side as a private (and 2nd Lt?) in Co A, 34th Virginia Militia (same unit as brother Alfred).

Children: known are – Catherine, Georgia, Jacqueline, Lucy Emma, James, Fannie


1 Catherine “Kate” Elizabeth Cowgill b 7 Nov 1850, VA, d 1931, Loudoun Co., VA, m 25 May 1876, Rappahannock Co., as his 2nd wife, James Mason Strother, b 11 Jul 1845, VA, d 27 May 1909, son of John and Elizabeth M. (Lawrence) Strother. Lived in Marshall, Fauquier Co., VA.


2 Georgia “Georgianna” Cowgill b 23 Apr 1853 (1900 census has 1856, but age 46), VA, d 4 Sep 1912, m 12 Jan 1880, Rappahannock Co., Robert Hezekiah Ricketts, b 3 Jan 1850, VA, d 1935, son of Hezekiah and Mary Elizabeth (Fogg) Ricketts.


3 Jacqueline Cowgill b 8 Apr 1855 (1900 census has Apr 1861, but she is on the 1860 census as age 5), VA, d 25 Jul 1942. Single, living with sister Emma in 1920/1930.


4 Lucy Emma Cowgill b 24 Jul 1859 (1900 census has Jul 1863, but she is on the 1860 census as age 2), VA, d 26 May 1935. Single, living with sister Jacqueline in 1920/1930.


5 James Alfred Cowgill b 15 Sep 1860 (mother d in child-birth? - 1900 census has birthdate Sep 1865, but shown as age 9/19 on 1870/1880 census), VA, d 27 Jun 1937, m 25 May 1910, Rappahannock Co., Josie Jacob Bradford, b 21 Apr 1898, VA, d 2 Dec 1984. Lived in Rappahannock Co., VA. Probably the James mentioned in an 1897 newspaper article as being "very ill after his horse fell with him on it".

Children: known are – Helen, James, Lucy, Ruth, Thomas


1 Helen L. Cowgill b ca 1916, VA


2 James Major Cowgill b 12 Feb 1919, VA, d 19 Sep 2002, m 2 Oct 1935, Rappahannock Co., Rosa Ida Gray, b 18 May 1918, d 13 Oct 2003. James was a veteran of World War II. He was an agricultural laborer (listed as Coghill) in 1940.

   Children: known are - James, Joseph, Joan


3  Lucy F. Cowgill b ca 1931, VA


4  Ruth E. Cowgill b ca 1933, VA


5  Thomas Bradford Cowgill b 21 Apr 1936, VA, d 20 Aug 1998, m Charlotte J. _____.

     Children: known are - Lydia, Thomas, Alfred, James


6 Dolly Frances "Fannie" Cowgill b 3 Mar 1868, VA, d 11 Mar 1953, m 17 Nov 1891, Rappahannock Co., Joseph Anson Dearing, b 4 Jul 1866, d 1929. With her mother in 1880.


5 Mary Cowgill b late 1819/early 1820?, d 15 Dec 1862, m 24 Dec 1840, Rappahannock Co., VA, William H. Sedwick, b ca 1809, d bef 1850, son of Zadock and Elizabeth (Murphy) Sedwick. Mary was alive in 1855 (she is mentioned in her father’s will), but is not on the 1850 census.


6 Helen Cowgill b 9 Apr 1820, VA, d 7 Apr 1850, m Thomas Alfred Ramey, b 5 Aug 1817, VA, d 3 Jan 1880, son of William Page and Eliza Ramey. Thomas m(2) Elizabeth J. Richards, and had seven other children.


7 Catherine “Cattie” Cowgill b 18??, VA, d bef 1851 (in childbirth?), m ca 1850, her first cousin (son of Tacey Cowgill), William Franklin Corder b 1822, d 1906. Her son was a claimant to her father’s will.


8 Eliza Cowgill (twin of Elizabeth?) b 10 Aug 1825, VA, d 20 Dec 1900, m 14 Jan (also as Feb) 1847, her first cousin (son of Tacey Cowgill), Butler Corder b 19 Nov 1819, VA, d 25 Dec 1899. Both are bur Cedar Grove Cem., Bealton, Fauquier Co., VA.


9 Elizabeth Cowgill (twin of Eliza?) b 1825, VA, d bef 1864?, m 25 Jan 1855, her first cousin (son of Tacey Cowgill), Nathan Corder, b 1819, VA, d Jan 1892, Fauquier Co., VA. Nathan m(2) 22 Nov 1864, Elizabeth Ball Corley, b 1830, d 1895.


10 Martin Cowgill b 1828, VA. With his father in 1850; prob d by 1855 since not mentioned in his father’s will.


11 Tacey Cowgill b 1830, m 16 Jun 1851, Rappahannock Co., James Bushrod Sedwick, b ca 1824, VA, son of Zadock and Elizabeth (Murphy) Sedwick. Moved to TX (in Travis Co. in 1870, San Saba Co. in 1880).


3 Hannah Cowgill (dau of Abraham and Mary Cowgill) b ca 1779?, d bef 1860?, m 24 Feb 1803, Frederick Co., VA, by Wm F. R. Davis, Jacob Mason, b 4 Apr 1779, d 1830. Hannah and Jacob lived in Fauquier Co. through 1830 (Hannah a widow there in 1830), then Hannah appears in Rappahannock Co. in 1850 with son-in-law Abraham Mason, and near David and Ury (Cowgill) Mason (see child # 1 above). A Frederick Co., VA, marriage list has Hannah as dau of Adam Cogill, who was also the bondsman, but no such person appears on county census or tax lists. “Adam” could be a mistake for Abraham, but Abraham could not have posted the bond (presumably would have been by brother John Cowgill). There was an Adam Kugle/Koogle/Cougle (varies over time) in nearby Frederick Co., MD, so Hannah may not be a Cowgill.


4 Sarah Cowgill b ca 1780, VA, d bef 1850 (?), m 22 Apr 1800, Fauquier Co., Abner Palmer, b ca 1780, d bef 1850 (?), David Mason (Sarah’s brother-in-law) bondsman. Abner and Sarah in Loudoun Co. in 1810, then in Fauquier Co. through 1840 where they probably died.


5 son Cowgill? b 1765-1784 (from 1810 census; a male in that age group with the family, but could be laborer, in-law, or otherwise). No further information.


6 Josias (also Josiah and Joseph) Cowgill b ca 1784, d ca 1858 (?; one source has inventory and appraisal of his estate 12 Jun 1858; could not locate in county records), m ? . On the 1810 Census, Fauquier Co., Josiah as “head of household” has m 1 10/16 (who?); 1 16/26 (who?); 3 26/45 (one Josiah, one John, the other?); f 1 16/26 (probably sister, Rachel); 1>45 (probably his mother). Josias appears on Fauquier Co. tax rolls through 1824 (when data ends), but is not listed on the 1820 or subsequent census.


7 Tacey Cowgill b 1788? (also as 1792), VA, d 8 Nov 1857 (her estate underwent inventory/appraisal on 14 Dec 1857), m 25 Dec 1809, Fauquier Co., VA, with consent of her father (Tacey "of lawful age"; but Abraham had died!), Josiah Cowgill bondsman, Elisha Corder (twin of Elizabeth Corder who m Tacey's brother, John Cowgill?), b 1786/1788, d before 1835, son of John and Hannah (Way) Corder. Family lore says Elisha d 7 Sep 1828 (John Corder's will of 1835 mentions his "son Elisha, deceased"), possibly from a broken neck from falling off a horse. Note: Josiah signed an oath that "Tacey Cowgill is above the age of twenty one years and has lived in the county of Fauquier for the last twelve months this 25th day of December 1809"; available information indicates he fibbed!


8 Rachel Cowgill, m 1 Feb 1816, George Leach, Abner Palmer witness. No further information.


9 son Cowgill? b 1784-1794 (from 1810 census, but could be laborer or otherwise).


10 son Cowgill? b 1794-1800 (from 1810 census, but could be laborer or otherwise).


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8 Isaac Cowgill, son of Abraham and Dorothy Cowgill, b 6 Oct 1740, Bucks Co., PA, d 1823, Loudoun Co., VA, m(1) 2 Mar 1770, Bucks Co., PA, recorded "out of unity" in Buckingham MM, Rebecca ____ , b 16 Aug 1749, who apparently d after the birth of one or two children; m(2) Mary Carter, b 7 Oct 1762, d ca 1851 (appraisal/inventory of her estate in Loudoun Co. performed Mar 1851 by Seth Smith, administrator), dau of Henry and Martha Carter of VA. Isaac’s Will (Will Book O, page 312) is dated 10 Sep 1816 and was proved 10 Nov 1823, Jacob Silcott (Isaac’s son-in-law), administrator. Apparently, all his children, except Dorothy and Thomas, were living in the county when Isaac made his will. Dorothy was not included, as she had lived for many years with cousin Ralph Cowgill, Belmont Co., OH. Isaac moved from Bucks Co. to VA in 1770; he appears on Loudoun Co. tax lists for Shelburne Parish (in far northern Loudoun Co.) starting in 1770. On 2 Nov 1771 (recorded 9 Mar 1772), he and Rebecca (and “Doretta”) leased a farm on Beaver Dam branch of Goose Creek from Thomas Blackburn, next to the farm of Henry and Joseph Smith (Deed Book H:p331-333). He and Rebecca witnessed a marrige 8 Jan 1772 at South Fork (Fairfax MM records). On 10 Nov 1792, he leased 100 acres in Shelburne Parish of Loudoun Co. (nephew Isaac “Jr”, son of Ralph, a witness - DB V:53). Isaac may have been disabled somehow, as Jacob Silcott furnished an account of expenditures against his estate that begins in 1818. Names of children and dates of birth (except for Thomas) are from an old Family Bible. Other information from Courthouse records, descendants, and Isaac's Will; he did not name each child, except when making a special bequest, then states "all my children and my son Thomas."

Children: known are – Dorothy, Thomas, Martha, Rebecca, Hannah, Sarah, Tamar, Ruth, Nancy, Mary, Alise, Rachel


1 Dorothy Cowgill b 24 Aug 1775 (? probably 1771 – consider marriage date and see real estate transaction cited above; “Doretta” was given a lifetime right of lease – was she handicapped?), living in Belmont Co., OH, with Cousin Ralph Cowgill and family on 19 Jun 1839, when Ralph's will is dated, in which he stated "I will and devise that my cousin Dorothy who has long been an inmate in my family, shall still have the privilege of a home in my residence as formerly." Apparently single.


2 Thomas Cowgill b ca 1779, d 13 Nov 1843, age 65y, Plumstead Twp, Bucks Co., PA, m 7 Jul 1811, Bucks Co., his cousin (dau of Aaron Smith, son of Thomas Smith and Sarah Cowgill – see page 296), Hannah Smith, b 22 Feb 1794, PA, d 28 Nov 1875, age 81y 9m 6d, Plumstead Twp. Hannah was living with her son Samuel in 1850/60, and dau Rebecca in 1870. Thomas first appears on the 1796 Loudoun Co. personal property list as the son of Isaac, indicating he reached 16 years of age within that year. He was listed with his father through 1806 (but not in 1802), then no record until the 1820 census in Bucks Co.

Children: known are (order uncertain) – Rebecca, son, Hannah, dau, son(?), Samuel, John, Rachel


1 Rebecca Cowgill b 1814, m (?). Rebecca is shown on the 1880 Census, Bucks Co., as a “widow” with Laertis Randall, age 23, listed as “son” (shown as Laerter Randell, age 6, with Rebecca’s mother Hannah, brother Samuel, and Rebecca in 1860; she also had nephew John Cowgill, age 18, living with her (is he the son of her brother John?). In the will of Sarah Clossen (nee Smith) dated 22 Oct 1883, probated 30 Jan 1893, bequests are made to “nieces and nephews John Cowgill, …, Rebecca Cowgill (and son Laertes Randall) …”. No further information.


2 son Cowgill b 1815, d 1820 (need source for this – 1820 census has two sons b 1810-1820)


3 Hannah “Anna” Cowgill b 1816, PA. Anna Cowgill shown as a domestic in Bucks Co. in 1860. Apparently single. No further information.


4 dau Cowgill b bef 1820, m or d bef 1830.


5 son Cowgill b 1815 – 1820 (this could be Samuel if born 1820, which would put him right at the age category limits in 1820/1830).


6 Samuel P. Cowgill b Jun 1822?, d 1900, m 14 Mar 1861, Lambertville, Hunterdon Co., NJ, Mary G. Wanamaker, b 5 Mar 1819, d 27 Apr 1885, Centrebridge, Bucks Co., dau of Pamela Carver and Nicholas Wanamaker. Samuel's birth year varies over census readings from ca 1821 to 1829; 1822 appears the most likely, although tombstone has 1818. Both bur Carversville Cem., Carversville, PA.


7 John Cowgill b 1826 (death cert has 19 Jul 1823), d 21 Feb 1911, Philadelphia, bur 24 Feb 1911, Doylestown, PA, m(1) 24 Mar 1859, PA, Ann Elizabeth Bird, b ca 1830, PA; m(2) bef 1870, as her 2nd husband, Caroline Hoppock, b 5 Jan 1831, PA, d 11 Mar 1913, bur Northwood Cem. Did John have a son John, b ca 1862, living with Rebecca Cowgill in 1880? John and Caroline (shown as Catherine) were living in the Presbyterian Home in Philadelphia in 1910.


8 Rachel Cowgill b ca 1828, PA, d bef 1860, m 18 Apr 1847, PA, Amos Mood (or Moot), b ca 1818, PA, d 25 Nov 1881. Amos shown as a mason in Solebury Twp in 1860 with dau Caroline, age 11.


3 Martha Ann Cowgill b 15 Aug 1782, Loudoun Co., VA, d 5 Apr 1848, m ca 1798, John Reed, b 27 Apr 1777, d 1 Jun 1849, Belmont Co., OH, son of James and Mary (Little?) Reed. John and Martha moved from VA to OH in 1802. Both bur Bethel M. E. Church Cem., Bailey's Mills, OH. (See page 330, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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4 Rebecca E. Cowgill b 14 Oct 1784, Loudoun Co., VA, d 15 Mar 1857, West Point, Hancock Co., IL, m 19 Sep 1814, Leesburg, Loudoun Co., VA, Dr William Harte, a physician, b 13 Oct 1789, d 19 Oct 1861, West Point, IL. Both bur West Point Cem. (See page 332, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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5 Hannah Cowgill b 30 May 1786, m 3 Nov 1806, Frederick Co., VA, by MG John Hatley, Isaac Fry, d 19 Sep 1846. Isaac was a War of 1812 veteran who obtained a bounty land warrant in OH (he d in Guernsey Co.). Isaac and family were in Loudoun Co., VA, in 1810, Coshocton Co., OH, in 1820; Hannah was in Noble Co., OH, in 1860 (prob earlier).


6 Sarah Cowgill b 23 Jul 1788, d bef 1816 (before Isaac, her father, made his will), m 13 Jun 1814, William Hibbs (Loudoun Co. Marriages). There are grave markers (no dates) for a William and Sarah Hibbs at South Fork Meeting House, Loudoun Co.

Children: three (two by Hibbs names unknown, mentioned in Isaac's will) – but another was


1 Maria (Mariah) Cowgill b 4 May 1811, Loudoun Co., VA. William Batson was adjudged (by Loudoun Co. Court) her father, to pay $25 per year support for 3 years from 4 May 1816. The court found the “child not likely to be charged to the parish - is supported by her grandfather” (Isaac) (from Apprentices, Poor Children, and Bastards of Loudoun Co. 1757-1850). On 13 Sep 1817, Mariah, “baseborn”, age 6 as of 4 May 1817, was put in care of Isaac Cowgill, to be a housekeeper. She was singled out in Isaac’s will (“my little granddaughter”), where he charged his wife “to bring (Maria) up as also such of my own children as are in their minority …”. No further information.


7 Tamar (also shown Tamer) Cowgill b 4 Oct 1791 (or 9 Nov 1790), Loudoun Co.,VA, d 26 Sep 1874, bur (Pearce Lot) Bainbridge, Ross Co., OH, m 21 Feb 1813, Loudoun Co., as his second wife, Jacob Silcott, b 8 Jan 1770, d 4 Oct 1845, age 75y 8m 6d, bur Old Cem. (Byrd), Sinking Springs, Highland Co., OH. His first wife was Jane Heaton. One (the 6th) child of Jacob’s by Jane, Cramer Silcott, married Elizabeth Tavenner, dau of Mary Tavenner and granddau of George and Tabitha Roach Tavenner (see page 4 above). Tamar and Jacob moved to Pike Co., OH, in 1836, later moving to Highland Co. Jacob was administrator of his father-in-law’s (Isaac Cowgill) will. (See page 333, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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8 Ruth Cowgill b 26 Aug 1792, VA. Ruth may have had a handicap, as Isaac twice specified her need for care in his will. The grandchild, Maria, formerly thought to be Ruth’s, is now known to be Sarah’s. No further information.


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9 Nancy Cowgill b 31 Aug 1795, VA, d OH. Probably the mother of Amanda Melvina Cowgill (Amanda’s mother listed as Nancy Cowgill on death cert). A Nancy Cowgill, age 49, b VA, is listed with Melvina on 1850 Census, Pike Co., OH. Nancy is the most likely sibling of Amanda’s aunt, Rachel. Nancy may be the second female, aged 30/40, listed with (sister) Rachel Palmer in Ross Co., OH, in 1840. Amanda’s death cert says father was John Cowgill, b WV.

Children: suspected are – Amanda, Rachel


1 Amanda Melvina Cowgill b 8 Feb 1827, Loudoun Co., VA (death cert has b WV), d 2 Oct 1911, Greenfield, Highland Co., OH, m 26 Mar 1846 (as Melvina Cogle), Ross Co., OH, by William K. McMillin, JP, George Peniston Jr, b 8 Jun 1825, OH, d 29 Feb 1884, son of Joseph and Jerusha (Lunbeck) Penisten. Both bur at Fels Cem, Nipgen, Ross Co. Amanda went to OH in 1836, age 9, initially near Barnesville (Belmont Co.), then to Bourneville (Ross Co.). Raised partly by her aunt, Rachel, and uncle, Milburn Palmer, at Bourneville. Death cert has mother’s name as Nancy Cowgill, father as John Cowgill. Note: much of the information on the descendents of Amanda Melvina Cowgill provided by Anna Lou Chaney, 312 South West St, Hillsboro, OH, 45133 (Anna a GGD of Anna Eliza Penisten).


2 Rachel Eliza Cowgill b Jun 1830, VA, d 6 Jun 1854, aged 23y 11m 21d, Ross Co., OH, m 25 Oct 1851, Ross Co., Thornton F. Ruley, b ca 1829, OH, d 27 Mar 1906. Thornton shown remarried in 1860. Rachel (as Eliza) is listed with her probable aunt, Rachel Palmer, in Ross Co. in 1850. She may have been the non-Palmer female aged 5/10 with that family in 1840, as was possibly her suspected mother, Nancy (see above). Thornton was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a Cpl, Co I, 73rd Ohio Infantry. He was wounded at Gettysburg.


10 Mary Cowgill b 18 Mar 1798, VA, d young? No further information.


11 Alise Cowgill b 24 Aug 1800, VA, d bef 1850?, m 22 Jul 1821, Loudoun Co., VA, Craven S. Walker, b ca 1794, MD. Craven shown remarried in Frederick Co., MD, in 1850.


12 Rachel Cowgill b 23 Sep 1804, VA, m 1 Feb 1830, d bef 1870?, Loudoun Co., VA, Milburn Palmer, b 17 Nov 1798, d 21 Jun 1864, bur Methodist Cem., Bourneville, Ross Co., OH (Rachel may be bur there also, but stones in poor condition). Rachel was in Ross Co. by 1835. Rachel’s sister, Nancy, and Nancy’s suspected daughter, Rachel Eliza, may have been living with her family in 1840.


9 Jacob Cowgill, last child of Abraham and Dorothy, b 24 Oct 1744, d 28 Dec 1744.

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