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Eleazer (pronounced long a) Cowgill b 21 Mar 1710, Bensalem Twp, PA, d Dec 1759, m 29 Aug 1739, Nottingham MM (Cecil Co., MD, formerly a part of the Province of PA), Martha Pain, b 10 Oct 1722, d after 1764, dau of Josiah and Martha (Sheppard) Pain. Eleazer, with wife and seven children transferred to Duck Creek MM 16 Mar 1754. On 18 Dec 1756, Eleazer was disowned by Nottingham MM for removing to Duck Creek without settling his debts to creditors, and for not paying his taxes. In 1764, Martha was “disowned” by the Quakers (East Nottingham MM) because she “hath so far given away to a libertine spirit as to be guilty of taking strong drink to excess so as to be disguised thereon at sundry times, and she being treated with on that account doth not appear in a disposition suitable to condemn her misconduct to Friend's satisfaction, wherefore we think it necessary for the clearing of truth and condemning such a disorderly practice to give forth this testimony hereby disowning her the said Martha Cowgill from being any longer deemed a member in unity with us until through repentance and future good conduct she may again be recommended, which we desire for her”. She had also been reported to have “put or placed one of her daughters with a man not of our society & refuses to remove her; the man is claimed to be a widower”.

Children: known are (names and dates of birth as listed under Nottingham MM, Stony Run, MD) - Rachel, Elisha, Eleanor, Elizabeth, John, Martha, Eleazer


1  Rachel Cowgill b 6 Dec 1741, read "out of unity" 2 Jun 1761 for "keeping company with a man in an indecent manner". This must be the Rachel Cowgale who m 10 Sep 1778, Cecil Co., MD, John Reynolds (MD Mge Licenses 1777-1840, p 10).


2  Elisha Cowgill b 1 Mar 1742/43, d 23 Oct 1804, Ross Co., OH, about ten miles from Chillicothe, near the Pickaway Plains (a copy of pages from the old Family Bible states he was 62y 6m, lacking 3d, when he died), m 22 Jan 1767, Schuylkill, PA, Martha Ewing, b 6 Aug 1745, d 26 Jan 1834, age 88y, dau of Alexander Ewing. Elisha was a stonemason. Alexander Ewing is mentioned in History of Pennsylvania, as being a prominent English engineer who built the famous Pittsburgh Fort and Schuylkill Mills along the Schuylkill River. On 2 Jun 1761 Elisha was read "out of unity" because he enlisted in the Military and was said to have taken part in the building of the fortifications at Pittsburgh. On 14 Jun 1761 he was enjoined not to give up Quaker ways; reported to have left for Pittsburgh. After marriage Elisha soon located in Frederick Co., VA (through 1787) on Little Timber Ridge near present-day Whitacre, then to Hampshire Co., VA (WV), in 1788 (on tax list there through 1794; listed as purchaser of real estate in records of 1794 and 1796); in 1797 he moved to Mason Co., KY, and then (1799) to OH. In a deed dated 15 Aug 1800 and witnessed by “Elisha Jr”, Elisha sold his lands in Mason Co.

Children: known are - Rachel, Ewing, Martha, Elisha, John, Eleazer, Martha, Henry, Alexander, Ann, Abner, Hannah


1  Rachel Cowgill b 2 Nov 1767, m 15 Feb 1791, Frederick Co., VA, by Rev Benjamin Stone, Baptist pastor at North River Mills, VA (now WV), Jacob Kerns Jr, b ca 1762, d 1826, Hampshire Co., VA, son of Jacob Sr and Sarah Kerns. They lived on Little Timber Ridge on the Hampshire Co. side, just beyond the community of Whitacre, VA. The names of Rachel and Jacob's children may be found in Deed Book 26, pages 373-76 in the office of the clerk of the court, Romney, WV, dated 4 Oct 1837. For more detailed information on this Kerns family, see Sec 8, Kerns Family, pp 809-844, of Shanholtzer History and Allied Family Roots of Hampshire County, West Virginia, and Frederick County, Virginia, by Wilmer L. Kerns, PhD, published 1980. (See page 178, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  Ewing Cowgill b 22 Jul 1769, PA, d ca 1841, Cold Stream, Hampshire Co., VA, m(1) ca 1789 (more likely 1791, the first year he appears on his own on tax lists), Hampshire Co., Susanna Buzzard, b ca 1768 (?), Phoenixville, PA, d 1819, Cold Stream, VA, dau of Frederick and Elizabeth (Buckwalter) Buzzard; m(2) Rachel _____, b 1782, MD, d 25 Apr 1858, aged 75y 9m, bur Lutheran Cem., Wyandot Co., OH. This Cowgill family lived next to Joseph Hiett near Sandy Ridge. Originally Quakers, they appear to have been converted to the Disciples of Christ by Rev Campbell. In Capon Valley, It's Pioneers and Their Descendants, 1698 to 1940, by Maud Pugh, Vol 2, p 119 (about WV), she states that Ewing Cowgill went to VA in the early 1800's and settled on Cold Stream in Hampshire County; in 1863 this became the State of West Virginia, then "his sons, Milton, Elias, Daniel, went west; Elisha, Valentine lived in PA, another, name unknown, and youngest James A. Cowgill...."

Ewing appears on the (incomplete) tax lists for Hampshire Co. in 1791 (as Irving), Frederick Co. from 1794 through 1802 (as Ewin and Hughin), and back to Hampshire Co. from 1802 onwards. Ewing first appears on the 1810 census, with 3 males under 10, 2 males ages 10 to 16, 1 female 10 to 16, and 1 female 16 to 26, included with him and his wife, age group 26 to 45. He is likely the male aged 70/80 listed with Milton Cowgill in 1840. Rachel appears in the age 40 to 50 group on the 1830 Hampshire Co., VA, census; she is listed with step-son James in 1840, and is shown as age 68 in 1850, living with step-son Elias Cowgill in Wyandot Co., OH.

Children: known are ( all b Hampshire Co., WV) - Mary, a son, Henry, Elizabeth, Elisha, Frederick, Daniel, Milton, Valentine, Elias, James A.


1  Mary Cowgill b ca 1794 (probably earlier given parents’ marriage date; shown as 16/26 on 1810 census and 26/45 on 1820 census), m William Griffith. Resided in Jefferson Co., VA, in 1820.


2  a son (?), the second male (Henry being the other) aged 10-16 in 1810 (b 1794-1800) on the census, not there in 1820. Note: there is a question as to whether Ewing and Susanna (Buzzard) Cowgill had a son John. There is a John Cowgill listed in the 1830 census of Jefferson Co., VA. Jefferson Co. was originally a part of Berkeley Co., which was organized from Frederick Co., as were Hardy and Hampshire Counties. This John Cowgill was born 1790 to 1800 (1830 census), and m 26 Aug 1814, Jefferson Co., Catherine Piper. His descendants used “Cogle”. Ewing's daughter Mary married and lived in Jefferson Co. (Note: several problems here – there is no 1800 census of Virginia extant. Not all persons listed on the census were immediate family members, just in that household at time of enumeration, so the male listed on the 1810 census may not be a family member. Tax records, admittedly sketchy, show Ewing’s first son appearing as a tithable in 1814. This would be son Henry, b 1798, thus a 16 year old and a tithable. If this was a son of  Ewing, he either (1) died before reaching age 16 and before year 1814, or (2) must have left the county between 1810 – 1814. The John Cowgill mentioned above fits (2); another possibility, especially considering the name, is the unlinked (see “strays”) Ewing Cowgill who appears in Livingston Co., KY, in 1830 and in Johnson Co., IL, in 1840, although ages do not fit well, Ewing apparently b in the 1780s).


3  Henry Cowgill b 19 Apr 1798, d 15 Aug 1868, m Catherine Kerns, b 19 Mar 1804, d 20 Aug 1886 (age 82y 5m 1d), WV, of dropsy, dau of John Sr and Elizabeth (Light) Kerns. Henry, a blacksmith, lived in Hampshire Co., VA (WV).

Children: known are - Frederick H., daughter, Edward L., John, Elizabeth, Mary Ellen, Ewing, Harriet Ann, Martha E., Sarah F.


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1  Frederick Henry Cowgill b 20 Jul 1823, d 17 Dec 1907 (with diabetes at age 84), m(1) 28 Dec 1845, Nancy Jane Grant, b 24 Jun 1824, WV, d 20 Jul 1874, at age 50, dau of John and Elizabeth Grant; m(2) 8 Oct 1876, Barbara Alice (Hott) Hare, apparently widow of William Hare, b 9 Aug 1835, d 11 Mar 1907 (of Bright's Disease), apparently dau of John and Caroline (Trouton) Hott. All bur in family cemetery, Levels, WV.

Children: known are (all b Hampshire Co., WV) - Lemuel, Newton B., John Henry, James Madison, Elizabeth N., Florence V., Ruhama A., Nancy L.G., Susanna Caroline


1  Lemuel Cowgill b 1846 (age 4 on 1850 census), apparently died before 1860 census.


2  Newton Brown Cowgill Sr b 7 Jun 1848, VA/WV, d 1 Aug 1937, m(1) 26 Nov 1868, Joanna Pownell, b 24 May 1839, WV, d 27 Jul 1923; div; m(2) 26 Jan 1882, Nancy Ann "Annie" Sullivan, b 7 Jan 1868, Browntown, WV, d 28 Apr 1927, dau of Enoch B. and Susan (Carter) Sullivan. Joanna Cowgill, age 40, and dau Nancy, age 10, are listed with Pownell family on the 1880 census; did she have another child, possibly d in infancy, b 16 Jun 1871?. Newton moved from Hampshire Co. to Braxton Co., WV; then to the Glenwood section of Clarksburg, Harrison Co., WV. Newton and Nancy bur in Greenlawn Cem.

Children: known are – Nancy, Harry, unk, Dee Sylvia, Leslie, Elzie, John Henry, Flora Eva, Ethel, Lewis Walter, Zora Mamie, Newton, Ralph Herbert


1  Nancy “Carrie” Jane (or Joanna) Cowgill b 26 May 1870, d 1954, m 20 May 1891, Hampshire Co., Francis Elijah Timbrook, b 11 May 1863, d 6 Dec 1914, son of Joseph and Malinda J. (Piles) Timbrook. Nancy was with her mother in 1880 and again in 1920.


2  Harry H. Cowgill b 30 May 1883, Clarksburg, WV, d 28 Jul 1883, bur O'Neil Cem.


3  unknown Cowgill b and d 1884 (d of “croup”, WV records).


4  Dee Sylvia Cowgill b 18 Dec 1885, Clarksburg, d 25 Sep 1942, m(1) 28 Mar 1905, Burnsville, Braxton Co., WV, Osborn Garvin; m(2) Harry Lefever (or Lefavor). Note: WV birth records have Dee as “Nellie D.”. (See page 182, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5  Leslie Leonard Cowgill b 20 Oct 1888, Clarksburg, d 7 Nov 1934, m 4 Aug 1908, Palmer, Braxton Co., WV, Nora Jane Knight, b 1891, WV, d 1965. Both bur Greenlawn Cem. No children. Nora remarried 12 Mar 1945, Ezra Clark Hess.


6  Elza Enos Cowgill b 19 Feb 1891, Clarksburg, d 1 Mar 1952, m(1) 19 Feb 1919, Lewis Co., WV, Bessie Mallance, b ca 1899, d 15 Feb 1934, dau of Horace R. and Tillia (Born) Mallance; m(2) Mattie Goodwin, b 28 Feb 1904, WV, d Dec 1984, dau of Sarah Goodwin. Elza bur Greenlawn Cem.

Children: known are – unk, unk


1  dau Cowgill b 20 Aug 1920, Harrison Co., WV, d early?


2  son Cowgill b and d 1 Apr 1923, WV. Bur Greenlawn Cem.


7  John Henry (also at times recorded as Henry J.) Cowgill b 8 Sep 1893, Clarksburg, d 22 May 1955, CA, bur CA, m 15 Sep 1918, Point Pleasant, Mason Co., WV, Virginia Rose Whaley, b 4 Jun 1901, VA, d Jun 1981. John and family were in Detroit in 1920/1930.

Children: known are – Edith Pauline, Virginia Mae, Bessie, John, Ralph


1  Edith Pauline Cowgill b 1919, WV, d in early childhood (Livingston Co., MI, death book 3, p34).


2  Virginia Mae Cowgill b 29 Jul 1923, WV, m 18 May 1941, Sandusky Co., OH, Richard Smith.


3  Bessie Jeanne Cowgill b 9 Feb 1925, MI, d 10 Apr 1984, m(1) ____ Ramaker; m(2) 2 Nov 1957, Downey, CA, Donald Airhart Divvens, b ca 1916.


4  John "Jack" H. Cowgill b 6 Jul 1932, MI, d 8 May 1995, m(1) 31 Dec 1965, Los Angeles, Louise D. Schlatterer, b ca 1941; m(2) Della J. Cruzan; div May 1968; m(2) 16 Aug 1968, Los Angeles, Jean H. Schneider (also as Jean B. Boyer), b ca 1942; div Sep 1975 (Jean remarried 27 Dec 1980, Harold E. McAdow). Last address Los Angeles. 

   Children: known are - Judith, Lisa


5  Ralph Cowgill


8  Flora Eva Cowgill b 13 Sep 1897, Burnsville, d 5 Jun 1989, m 8 Jun 1918, Harrison Co., WV, William Dow Himes, b 1898, d 1972, son of Joseph and Mary Himes. (See page 182, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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9  Ethel Cowgill b 4 Apr 1899, Burnsville, d 1899.


10 Lewis Walter Cowgill b 6 Nov 1899, Burnsville, d 20 Jun 1963, m 6 Sep 1919, Harrison Co., WV, Rebecca Mae Plant, b ca 1895, dau of Frank and Charity (Brooks) Plant.

Children: known are - Ralph R., Helen Frances, Ruth A., Nancy L.


1  Ralph Richard Cowgill b 9 Jun 1920, WV, d 12 Sep 2008, m 5 Apr 1943, Velora Deanne Jones, b 5 Jan 1926, d 1 Dec 2013, dau of Charles H. and Anna V. (Adkins) Jones. Ralph was a fighter pilot with the US Navy in World War II, recalled to active duty during the Korean War; retired as Colonel; promoted to Brigadier General by Governor of WV; Director of Aviation of Kanawha Airport, Charleston.

Children: known are – Richard, Candace, Ralph


2  Helen Frances Cowgill b 2 Jun 1923, d 6 Sep 1928 (of scarlet fever). Bur Greenlawn Cem.


3  Ruth Ann Cowgill


4  Nancy Louise Cowgill


11 Zora Mamie Cowgill b 1 May 1903, Diana, Webster Co., WV, d 6 Sep 1932 (need validation), m 12 Aug 1923, Harrison Co., WV, Harles Bailey. Zora and Harles were in Pontiac, MI, in 1930. He is listed as a widower in 1940 in Portsmouth, VA, resident there since 1935.


12 Newton Brown Cowgill Jr b 5 Aug 1905, Burnsville, d 19 Nov 1960, CA, m(1) Helen G. Leyshon; m(2) 7 Nov 1931, Clarksburg, WV, Mollie Marie Kerns, b ca 1910, WV. Is Helen the Helen L. Cowgill listed as single in Philadelphia in 1930? Mollie remarried 22 Apr 1963, NV, Edward Dahlke. 

Child: known is -


1  James Robert Cowgill


13 Ralph Herbert Cowgill b 25 May 1908, Palmer, Braxton Co., WV, d 30 Jul 1912, bur Greenlawn.


3  John Henry Cowgill b 26 May 1852, d 4 Oct 1854.


4  James Madison Cowgill b 18 Feb 1856, d 28 May 1942, m(1) 16 Mar 1882, Morgan Co. WV, Emily Ellen Russell (Raigner), b ca 1866; m(2) 1896-97, Harriett Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bowman, b 22 Dec 1877, WV, d 22 Oct 1955, dau of Jacob and Rhoda (Alberton) Bowman. James bur Levels, WV.

Children: known are - Granville, Riley, Estella, Earl N., Bessie, Roy S., and twins.


1  Thomas Frederick Granville Cowgill b 25 Jul 1883, WV, d 16 Aug 1970, m Ada Elizabeth (Abe), b 8 Oct 1895, Levels, WV, d 13 Jun 1967, dau of Isaac Franklin and Margaret Arsilva (Kerns) Abe. Both bur Bethel Cem., Hampshire Co., WV.

Children: known are (all b Bethel, WV) – Alvin, Thelma Irene, Hilda Ione, Belmont Lynn, Dorman Osmond, Maxine Elizabeth, Doris Marie, Granville Leroy, Denwin Eugene, Darwin Wayne, Lawrence Wilmer, Thomas Edwin


1  Alvin Lorraine Cowgill b 29 Jan 1913, d 26 May 1996, m 29 Aug 1938, Hampshire Co., Hazel Irene Catlett, b 29 Aug 1918, Whitacre, VA, d 16 Jun 1981. Both bur Wesley Chapel Cem., Cross Junction, VA. Alvin was a veteran of World War II.

Child: known is -


1  Dwight David Cowgill

2  Thelma Irene Cowgill b 14 Apr 1914, m 11 Sep 1936, Rev Bruce C. Shanholtz, b 15 Mar 1913, Levels. (See page 183, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3  Hilda Ione Cowgill b 19 Aug 1916, Little Cacapon near Okonoko, WV, d 10 Aug 1980, m Theodore Joseph Kerns. (See page 184, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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4  Belmont Lynn Cowgill b 14 Sep 1918, d 3 Dec 1978, m 23 Jun 1941, Etna Pauline Moreland, b 25 Apr 1920, d 14 Jan 1992. Both bur at Levels Cem., WV.


5  Dorman Osmond Cowgill b 16 Sep 1921, d 7 Jun 1997, m Mildred Oneda Hockenberry, b 6 Mar 1923, MD, d 14 Oct 2006.

Children: known are – Albert, Juanita, Carl


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6  Maxine Elizabeth Cowgill b 19 Aug 1923, d 24 Sep 1952, bur at Bethel Cem.


7  Doris Marie Cowgill (See page 186, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


8  Granville Leroy Cowgill


9  Denwin Eugene Cowgill, d 24 Jan 1933, bur Bethel Cem.


10 Darwin Wayne Cowgill


11 Lawrence Wilmer Cowgill b 26 Jul 1935, d 24 Mar 1936, bur Bethel Cem.


12 Thomas Edwin Cowgill


2  Riley Preston Cowgill b 27 Mar 1885, WV, d 31 Jul 1963, m 18 Jun 1907, Alice Kidwell, b 6 Dec 1884, d 27 Feb 1967, dau of William A. and Mary E. Kidwell. Both bur Bethel Cem.

Children: known are (all b Neals Run, Hampshire Co., WV) – Austin Durwood, Delmar, Argyl Maynard, Lois, John Oswald, Ione, Charles


1  Austin Derwood Cowgill b 19 Mar 1908, d 23 Feb 1990, m 17 Nov 1928, Mineral Co., WV, Mabel Vertie DeHaven, b 14 May 1914, d 3 Jun 1988, dau of Jimmie Reed and Della W. (Bowley) DeHaven. Mabel m(2) Paul D. Kerns, who predeceased her.

Children: known are (all b Neals Run, WV) – Helen, Carroll, Linda, Jerry


1  Helen Elizabeth Cowgill b 23 Mar 1929, d 16 Mar 2011, m 15 Sep 1946, Tony Good Whitacre, b 1 Sep 1924, Hampshire, Co., son of Bushrod A. and Alice B (Slonaker) Whitacre. (See page 186, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  Carroll Allan Cowgill


3  Linda Jane Cowgill (See page 187, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4  Jerry Dale Cowgill b 2 Dec 1945, PawPaw, WV, d 31 Dec 1993 in PA.


2  Delmer Riley Cowgill b 9 Apr 1910, d 7 Dec 1992, m 16 Nov 1932, Hazel M. Hockenberry, b 31 Oct 1912, d 20 Aug 1995. Lived Cumberland, MD.

Children: known are – Robert, Maynard, Evelyn, Carolyn


1  Robert Eldon Cowgill b 7 Jan 1934, Neals Run, WV, d 13 Apr 1985, m 12 Feb 1955, Pasquotank Co., NC, Elizabeth Haines; div Apr 1970. Last address for Robert in Cheyenne, Laramie Co., WY.

Children: known are – Stephen, Karen, Barbara, Alice


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2  Maynard Lear Cowgill b 2 Aug 1935, Neals Run, WV, d 26 Dec 2003, m Jan 1971, Kim Anh Dao, dau of Vangia Dao and Thi Sen Ho of Phan Rang, Viet Nam. Maynard was a retired SSgt, US Army, having served in Germany, Korea and Vietnam. He was also retired from Abex Manufacturing Company in Winchester, VA. He is bur Maryland Veterans’ Cemetery at Rocky Gap.

Children: known are – Kim, Kenneth


3  Evelyn Marie Cowgill b 10 Jun 1943, Cumberland, MD, d 21 May 2001. Last address Lake Katrine, Ulster, NY. Single.


4  Carolyn L. Cowgill b 8 May 1951, Cumberland, MD, d 15 Feb 2015, m 4 Sep 1969. (See page 188, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3  Argyl Maynard Cowgill b 17 Oct 1915, d 23 Oct 2006, m 15 May 1938, Lena Pearl Gloyd, b 11 Sep 1921, d 2 Apr 2001, dau of Adam K. and Alice (Farris) Gloyd. Argyl was a veteran of World War II, bur Parklawns Memorial Garden, Chambersburg, PA.

Children: known are – Herman, Howard, Wanda


1  Herman Lynn Cowgill


2  Howard Lyle Cowgill


3  Wanda Lucille Cowgill (See page 188, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4  Lois A. Cowgill b 27 Aug 1918, d 24 Aug 1919, bur in Bethel Cem.


5  John Oswald Cowgill b 28 Aug 1921, d 25 Feb 1978, m 17 Apr 1943, Hazel E. Whitacre, b 9 Apr 1925, d 14 May 2009. John bur at Camp Hill Cem., Paw Paw, WV.

Child: known is -


1  Darlene Faith Cowgill (See page 188, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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6  Ione E. Cowgill b 22 Jul 1928, Neals Run, d 20 Jun 2005, m 7 Dec 1943, Cumberland, MD, Charles A. Gloyd, b 19 Jul 1925, WV, d 28 Feb 2005. (See page 180, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


7  Charles C. Cowgill


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3  Vernia Estella Cowgill b 28 Feb 1890, WV, d 6 Feb 1965, m 9 Oct 1905, Hetzel Taylor Largent, b 14 Jul 1882, d 28 Nov 1966. Both bur in the Levels Cem., WV. At the time of her death Estella had 49 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Hetzel retired in 1956 after 43 years with the B & O Railroad. (See page 190, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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4  Earl Newton Cowgill b 3 May 1892, d 9 Sep 1961, m Delia Jane Fishel, b 10 Jul 1893, d 1 Feb 1975. Both bur Mt Union Christian Church, Slanesville, WV. Note: Information on the Earl Newton Cowgill family submitted by his granddaughter, Karen Jean Cowgill Nelson.

Children: known are - Elmer Lee, James H., Floyd Madison


1  Elmer Lee Cowgill b 12 Jun 1915, d 19 Feb 1975, m Edith Pauline Brelsford, b 24 Apr 1917, d 17 Mar 1970. Both bur Mount Union Cem., Slanesville, WV.

Children: known are – Dwight, Blakely, Loye, Karen, Sharon, Roger


1  Dwight Lorrain Cowgill b 1 May 1937, d 24 Jun 2013, m Mildred Josephine Ludwick.


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2  Blakely "Blake" Earl Cowgill b 15 Feb 1939, d 23 Sep 2011.


3  Loye Elmer Cowgill


4  Karen Jean Cowgill (See page 197, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5  Sharon Darlene Cowgill b 20 Mar 1946, d 8 Jan 1947, bur Mt Union Christian Church Cem.


6  Roger Steven Cowgill


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2  James Howard Cowgill b 17 Oct 1917, d 29 Jan 1920, bur Bethel Methodist Church Cem., Hampshire Co., WV.


3  Floyd Madison Cowgill b 5 May 1920, d 25 Mar 1975, m Inez Mae Herrell, b 10 Sep 1929. Floyd bur Mt Union Christian Church Cem., Slanesville, WV.

Children: known are – Ronald, Connie


1  Ronald Lee Cowgill b 10 Apr 1948, d 6 Dec 1990. Ronald bur Mt Union Cem., Slanesville, WV.


2  Connie Mae Cowgill b 13 Jul 1950, d 9 Oct 1950, bur Mt Union Cem.


5  Bessie Alberta Cowgill, dau of James Madison and Emily Ellen (Rainer) Cowgill, m ca 1906, George Edward Brookman. (See page 198, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


6  Roy Sylvester Cowgill Sr, son of James Madison and Harriet Elizabeth Cowgill, b 13 Jul 1898, d 13 Apr 1935, m Anna Virginia Mayhew, b 23 Jun 1909, d 28 Mar 1980. Roy's widow remarried to William Jenkins. Roy bur Levels Cem.

Children: known are – Roy S. Jr, Dorothy, Edward, Frederick, Robert, Elizabeth


1  Roy Sylvester Cowgill Jr b 17 Jan 1926, d 22 Jul 1993, m Beneda E. ____, b 27 May 1932. Roy was a US Navy veteran, serving in World War II and Korea.

    Child: known is - Roger


2  Dorothy J. Cowgill


3  Edward J. Cowgill b 11 Dec 1928, WV, d 3 Aug 2007, WV, m Virginia Marie ____, b 28 Oct 1927, d 6 Dec 1994. Last residence: Carpendale, WV. He was a retired employee of Cumberland Concrete. Bur Restlawn Memorial Gardens.


4  Frederick Newton Cowgill Sr b 15 Oct 1930, d 26 Dec 1999, age 69, m Mary Frances Carroll, b 7 Sep 1927, d 4 May 1997. Frederick was a US Army veteran, serving as a SSgt in Korea. Lived Cumberland, MD.


5  Robert Glen Cowgill Sr b 15 Jan 1935, d 27 Jul 2000, m Sharon Brown, b 2 Mar 1944, d 14 Dec 2008. Robert was a retired employee of Anchor Hocking in Keyser, W.Va., and a US Army veteran. Both bur Abe Cem., Short Gap, WV.

   Children: known are - Robert G. Jr., Kenneth


6  Elizabeth Cowgill


7  dau Cowgill (twin) b 28 Mar 1903, d in infancy.


8  dau Cowgill (twin) b 28 Mar 1903, d in infancy.


5  Elizabeth Nancy Cowgill, dau of Frederick H. and Nancy J. Cowgill, b 27 May 1860, d 27 May 1860, bur Levels Cem., WV.


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6  Florence Virginia Cowgill b 7 May 1861, d 18 May 1861, bur Levels Cem.


7  Ruhama Ann Cowgill b 19 Oct 1863, d 3 Aug 1955, m 4 Aug 1898, Braxton Co., WV, (as his 2nd wife), Dexter W. Barnett, b Jun 1854. Ruhama bur Greenlawn Cem. Lived in Braxton, Co.


8  Nancy L. G. Cowgill b 26 May 1870, d 1870?


9  Caroline Susanna Cowgill b 4 Jul 1878, WV, dau of Frederick H. and Barbara A. Cowgill, d 24 May 1930 (of a liver ailment), m 1900, her cousin John Edward Cowgill, b 4 Jul 1864, d 24 Feb 1931, son of John and Harriet (Alderton) Cowgill. Both bur Mt Union Church Cem., Paw Paw, WV. (See family under John Edward Cowgill, page 201)


2  dau (of Henry and Catherine Kerns Cowgill), name unknown, under age 5 on 1830 census, app d before 1840 census.


3  Edward L. Cowgill b 1829, m ca 1850, Hampshire Co., VA, Catherine Eveline Coxe (?) (probably dau of Thomas and Elizabeth Coxe), b 1835, VA. Catherine listed as “Harriet” on the 1870 census. Both d before 1900. Edward was a blacksmith, lived in Clarksburg, Harrison Co., WV in 1860, 1870, and 1880. Note: Horatio Monroe, age 1, is listed with the family on the 1870 census, relationship not indicated.

Children: known are – Catherine, Thomas Jefferson, Susanna, William, Elvira, Agnes


1  Catherine “Kate” E. Cowgill b 9 Feb 1851, d 28 Dec 1913, m 29 Oct 1872, Harrison Co., James W. Spurr, b 15 Oct 1851, d 5 Nov 1935, son of William & Sarah (McGill) Spurr.


2  Thomas Jefferson Cowgill b 20 May 1853, d 9 Feb 1933, m(1) Mary ____(listed as mother of son John Thomas); m(2) 23 Dec 1880, Harrison Co., Sarah Crummit, b 1855, VA/WV, dau of John and Mahelda Mahulda Crummit; m(3) 15 May 1909, Sutton, Braxton Co., Julia F. Stuck, b Dec 1869, WV, d 22 Oct 1938, dau of Hezekiah and Eliza (Bailey) Stuck; m(4) Mollie Sims (?). Thomas bur Greenlawn Cem., Clarksburg, WV. Note: Julia is listed on the 1900 census as wife of Thomas, but marriage cert is definitely dated 1909. Note: information on the family of Thomas Jefferson Cowgill provided by Glen W. Cowgill Jr of FL and WV; other from census data.

Children: known are – John, dau, Charley, Nevia, Beulah, Byron, Cecil


1  John Thomas Cowgill b 19 Jun 1877 (on birth cert and draft registration; Feb 1879 on 1900 census; 28 Apr 1879 on death cert; but his father shown single on 1880 census), WV, d 27 Jan 1927, m 4 Mar 1912, Braxton Co., WV, Minnie Hester Barnett, b 1891, d 9 Dec 1918, dau of William and Rosie Barnett. Both bur Greenlawn Cem., Clarksburg, WV. John was a veteran of WW I, serving as a corporal in Co D, 1st WV Infantry.

Children: known are – Glen, Virginia, Opal, Julia


1  Glen William Cowgill b 31 Dec 1912, WV, d 25 Jan 1993, m 4 Nov 1940, Clarksburg, WV, Elanor Ruth Jackson, b 2 Feb 1915, FL, d 21 Feb 2007, dau of Jacob Jay and Anna Grace (Stalnaker) Jackson. Glen was a veteran of World War II, serving as a Staff Sgt from 1941 to war’s end.

Children: known are – Glen William Jr, Joanne, John


1  Glen William Cowgill Jr


2  Joanne Ruth Cowgill


3  John Thomas Cowgill


2  Virginia Agnes Cowgill b 19 Aug 1914, d 8 Feb 2006, m 25 Feb 1940, Harrison Co., WV, Thomas Ford Kelley, d 8 May 1969, son of Floyd and Nancy Kelley.


3  Opal May Cowgill b 1 May 1916, Palmer, WV, d 26 Apr 2001, New Britain, Hartford, CT. Single.


4  Julia A. Cowgill b 10 Apr 1918, WV, d 20 Apr 1918.


2  dau Cowgill b and d 1 (or 7?) Jun 1883, Coal Twp, Harrison Co., WV.


3  Charley Cowgill b Oct 1885, Coal Twp, Harrison Co., WV, d 11 Aug 1886.


4  Nevia J. Cowgill b Jun 1891, WV, d 22 Nov 1902.


5  Beulah Gay Cowgill b 9 Nov 1894, WV, d Aug 1976, m(1) ____ Bailey; m(2) _____ Mowrey (order of marriages may be reversed).

Children: known are – Janice, Donald


    1  Janice Baily Cowgill b ca 1911, WV (need birth cert to verify placement)


 2  Donald Cowgill b 22 Jun 1915, WV, d 24 Aug 1960. Donald was a State Road Commission employee and a veteran of World War II. Single. Bur Bridgeport Cem., Bridgeport, WV.


6  Byron Bertron Cowgill b 28 Nov 1898, WV, d Aug 1974, m Ruth Marie White, b 2 Jan 1902, d Jan 1987.

Children: known are – Betty, Dorothy, Mary, Ruth, Charlotte, Helen, Robert


1  Betty Lee Cowgill


2  Dorothy Louise Cowgill


3  Mary Frances Cowgill


4  Ruth Jean Cowgill


5  Charlotte Ann Cowgill


6  Helen Marie Cowgill


7  Robert Lynn Cowgill


7  Cecil P. Cowgill b Sep 1900, WV, d early.


3  Susanna "Susan" Ann Cowgill b 22 Jun 1857, WV, m 22 Sep 1874, Harrison Co., WV, Benjamin Rogers, b Oct 1852, WV, son of Francis and Lydia Rogers.


4  William D. Cowgill b 1859, d Nov 1881 (shown at home on 1880 census with typhoid fever).


5  Elvira V. Cowgill b 1860, d Oct 1865.


6  Agnes H. Cowgill b 19 Jan 1865, WV, d 11 Jun 1923, m 26 Feb 1890, Harrison Co., WV, Seymour Douglas Wadsworth, b 8 Aug 1867, d 10 Oct 1955, son of Cornelius Gilbert and Emily (Madden) Wadsworth. Agnes bur Greenlawn Cem.


4  John Cowgill b 1831, d before 1900, m Harriet Alderton, b Aug 1834, WV, d 12 Jan 1908, of "consumption and old age, 74 yrs" (another death register has 12 Dec 1909, age 80), dau of Jacob and Maria Alderton. Harriet bur in family lot on Alderton place, no marker, Paw Paw, WV. John served in the Civil War on the Confederate side as a private in Co K, 114th Virginia Militia (his brother Ewing was in the same company, and uncle James was the regimental chaplain).

Children: known are - James W., Sarah C., David S., John E., Florence J., Francis


1  James William "Bill" Cowgill b 13 Jun 1856, d 15 Feb 1919, Paw Paw, WV, m 9 Nov 1879, Hampshire Co., Electa Virginia Raigner, b 10 Oct 1862, Frederick Co., VA, d 27 Dec 1937, Paw Paw, dau of George Washington and Mary Elizabeth (McIntyre) Raigner. James and Electa bur Alderton Cem.

Children: known are – Laura Edna, Perry, Daisy, Dora Gay, John Washington, Effie, Bessie Lillian, Mary Ann, Theodore Delbert, Jesse Lee, Dollie Rosella, Bertie, Lena Odessa


1  Laura Edna Lee Cowgill b 5 Jun 1881, WV, d 30 Apr 1902, m 23 Nov 1900, Hampshire Co., Elick Jenkins, b ca 1878. Elick m(2) Laura’s sister, Daisy.


2  Perry G. Cowgill b 15 Jan 1883, d 17 Apr 1902. Bur Alderton Cem.


3  Daisy P. Cowgill b 12 Mar 1884, m 16 Sep 1903, Woodrow, Morgan Co., WV, as his 2nd wife, her brother-in-law, Elick (or Alex) Jenkins.


4  Dora Gay Cowgill b 21 Mar 1886 (also as 30 Dec 1885), WV, d 4 May 1902. Bur Alderton Cem.


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5  John Washington Cowgill b 25 Jul 1888, WV, d 19 Jan 1941, m(1) 29 Dec 1907, Hampshire Co., WV, Mary Samantha Sunderlin, b 9 Aug 1890, d 17 Oct 1918, dau of Eli and Lucy Sunderlin; m(2) 9 Apr 1919, Hampshire Co., WV, Flora Belle “Flossie” Whitacre, b ca 1900, WV (or MD?); m(3) Myrtle Auvil, b ca 1911, WV. John and Mary bur Island Hill Cem., Slanesville.

Children: known are (one other dau?) - Cecil, Orpha, Lucy, Tiny, Dorothy


1  Cecil Delbert Cowgill b 14 Sep 1908, WV, d 12 Nov 1955, m Ruth Reckley, b 21 Jun 1914, d 10 Jan 1997, dau of Alvey S. and Rosetta E. (Brinkman) Reckley. Bur Island Hill Cem., Slanesville, WV.

Child: known is -


1  Delbert Shaffer Cowgill b 4 Oct 1930, d 30 Sep 1968, m Patricia Beal. Delbert was a veteran of the Korean War.


2  Orpha Electa Cowgill b ca 1911, WV, d 2002, m 3 Dec 1932, Berkeley Springs, WV, Joseph Vernon McDonald, b ca 1908, son of Julius E. and Ina (Slane) McDonald.


3  Lucy Virginia Cowgill b 27 Apr 1914, WV, d 8 May 2002, m James Alonzo Cover, b 1912, d 1987.


4  Tina E. Cowgill b 7 Jul 1916, WV, d 25 Jan 1986, m David V. Cline Sr, b 28 Feb 1917, WV, d 22 Nov 2004, son of David Clinton and Grace Pauline (Poorbaugh) Cline. David was a US Army veteran of World War II.


5  Dorothy A. Cowgill b 7 Sep 1921, WV, d 7 Sep 2011, m 15 Dec 1942, Urbana, IL, Gerald Oot.

6  Effie Edith Cowgill b 25 Dec 1890, d 17 Dec 1923, m, as his 2nd wife, John Thomas Royer, b 1878, d 1952.


7  Bessie Lillian Cowgill b 8 Jun 1893, WV, d 19 Feb 1926, m 19 Oct 1910, Hampshire Co., WV, John Wilson Hutchinson, d 1958.


8  Mary Ann Florence Cowgill b 17 Aug 1896, d 3 Jul 1976, m 28 Jun 1912, Hampshire Co., Ernest Loyd Santengire, b 14 Aug 1890, WV, d 1951, son of Thomas Ernest and Elizabeth C. (Allen) Santmyer.


9  Theodore Delbert Cowgill b 10 Aug 1899, WV, d 5 Aug 1968, m Josephine Ione Winifred Ropson, b 30 Sep 1911, d 16 Nov 1998, age 87, dau of George Washington and Emma Alice Ropson. Both bur Camp Hill Cem., Paw Paw, WV.

Children: known are – Helen, George, Grace, Joyce


1  Helen Ione Mae Cowgill b 9 Mar 1928, WV, d 12 Nov 1996, m Harry T. Fetzer, b 9 Jan 1919.


2  George William Cowgill b 25 May 1931, d 8 Apr 2009, m(1) (as her 2nd husband) 1 Jun 1952, Los Angeles, Vivian Corine (Bramen) Lackey, b ca 1926, CA; m(2) (as her 3rd husband) Rosalie Wanda Mallow, b 2 Nov 1925, d 11 Jun 2010.

   Child: Harry Delbert


3  Grace Emma Virginia Cowgill


Joyce Corene Cowgill


10 Jesse Lee Cowgill b 27 Oct 1902, d 16 Nov 1902.


11 Dollie Rosella Cowgill b 6 Oct 1904, d 26 Apr 1973, m John Marshall King, b 7 May 1900, d 1970, son of Emanuel and Frances (Gritton) King. (See page 200, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


12 Beatrice Violet “Bertie” (WV birth listing shows Bertha) Cowgill b 12 Dec 1905, m Brice V. Twigg, son of Lewis S. S. Twigg.


13 Lena Odessa Beulah Cowgill b 10 Sep 1908, d 20 May 1934, m Burl J. Sunderlin, b 15 Mar 1898, d 26 Apr 1987.


2  Sarah Catherine Cowgill b 1857, d before 1900, m 21 Dec 1879, Hampshire Co., Adam Jeremiah Hardy, b Mar 1855. (See page 200, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3  David Sylvester Cowgill b 23 Oct 1860, WV, d 27 Jan 1932, DE, m 4 Jun 1888, Frederick Co., VA, Lucretia Raigner, b 4 Mar 1872, Frederick Co., VA, d 26 Sep 1929, dau of George Washington and Mary Elizabeth (McIntyre) Raigner. Both bur Noland Cem.

Children: known are – Ethel, Alfred, Grace, Ruth, Lillian, Clara, Golda, Edward


1  Ethel Viola Cowgill b 21 Aug 1889, d 21 Aug 1932, m Grant Dorsey.


2  Alfred Lee Cowgill b 24 Mar 1892, d 14 Mar 1920, single. Was an invalid from the age of 15.


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3  Grace Lorna Cowgill b 1 Apr 1894, d 23 Jun 1940, m 5 Nov 1915, New Castle, DE, Orville Israel Cleaver, b 24 Nov 1894, DE, d Mar 1970.


4  Ruth Isabella Cowgill b 6 Oct 1896, d 16 Mar 1952, m(1) Harve Robertson; m(2) 9 Mar 1947, Wilmington, Edward Hartman.


5  Lillian Beatrice Cowgill b 25 Jan 1899, WV, m 15 Apr 1922, Newark, DE, Raymond Foraker.


6  Clara Virginia Cowgill b 26 Oct 1901, d Nov 1901.


7  Golda Pearl Cowgill b 3 Apr 1906, d 1974, m 2 Dec 1939, Raymond A. Stotler.


8  Edward Sylvester Cowgill b 16 Dec 1909, d 1975, m ____. Lived in Charles Town, WV. Edward was a veteran of World War II.

Child: known is - a dau (adopted)


4  John Edward Cowgill b 4 Jul 1864, d 25 Feb 1931, m 1900, his cousin, Caroline Susannah "Susan" Cowgill (see page 199), dau of Frederick H. and Barbara A. (Hott) (Hare) Cowgill, b 4 Jul 1878, d 24 May 1930. Both bur at Woodrow Church, Paw Paw.

Children: known are - Ida, Welby Homer, Edna, Alice, Iva, Eldon, Clyde, Hazel


1  Ida Belle Cowgill b 6 Jul 1900, d 9 Apr 1960, never married. After the death of brother Eldon's wife, Ida raised their children. Bur Woodrow Church Cem., Paw Paw, WV.


2  Welby Homer Cowgill b 22 Jan 1902, d 4 Jul 1989, m(1) 14 Dec 1926, Winifred Grace McBride, b 12 Apr 1907, d 1 Aug 1934 (of tuberculosis), bur at Woodrow, WV, dau of Wheeler Mcbride; m(2) 20 Dec 1935, Virginia Alice (Bailey) Kerns, widow of Raymond Kerns, b 28 Apr 1913, d 6 Oct 2000, Glen Burnie, MD, dau of Thomas and Lucy Bailey.

Children: known are – Erma, Dayton, Fred, Freida, Darrell


1  Erma Mary Cowgill b 21 Mar 1928, d 29 Oct 1994, m Apr 1946, Glenn Arthur Kidwell, b 14 Apr 1914, MD, d 21 Aug 1978. (See page 201, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2  Dayton Homer Cowgill b 7 Mar 1929, d 2 Sep 1929 at age 6 months. Bur Woodrow Cem.


3  Fred Dwayne Cowgill (twin) b 7 Jun 1936, d 15 Jun 1993, bur WV National Cem., Grafton, WV, m(1) Ayoko Inone "Sue", who d Jan 1960; m(2) 23 Nov 1962, Edith Hook, b 7 Sep 1944. Fred was a veteran of the US Air Force.

Children: known are – Joseph, Pamela


4  Freida Delaine Cowgill (twin) b 7 Jun 1936 (See page 201, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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5  Darrell Sheldon Cowgill


3  Edna V. Cowgill, dau of John Edward Cowgill, b 26 Sep 1903, m 27 Apr 1929, Hampshire Co., Roy Kidwell, b 2 Jun 1894. (See page 202, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4  Alice L. Cowgill b 1905, d 1975, m 12 Jul 1940, as his 2nd wife, Edgar Samuel Slonaker, b 2 Oct 1888, d 14 Mar 1974, son of John and Maggie (Whitmore) Slonaker.


5  Iva Elizabeth Cowgill b 1907, m 4 Feb 1929, Hampshire Co., Walter J. Kerns. (See page 202, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


6  Eldon Cowgill b 26 Jul 1909, d Sep 1984, m Minnie Elizabeth Childress, b ca 1918, MD.

Children: known are – Mildred, Irvin, Jessie


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7  Clyde Harold Cowgill b 29 Jun 1912, d 5 Nov 1968, m Dorothea Elmira Showalter, b 13 Nov 1914, d 14 Apr 1981. Both bur Island Hill Cem., Slanesville, WV.

Child: known is -


1  James Clarence Cowgill


8  Hazel Florine Cowgill b Feb 1914, WV, m 16 Apr 1933, Hampshire Co., Early Jackson Kerns, b ca 1912, WV, son of E. L. and Agnes Kerns. (See page 203, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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5  Florence I. Cowgill (dau of John and Harriet Alderton Cowgill) b 1869, d 22 Aug 1892.


6  Francis Wilbert Lee Cowgill b 14 Oct 1871, d 30 Jun 1960, m (after 1900 census), Fannie S. Thomas, b 26 Jan 1879, WV, d 23 Sep 1946. Both bur Bruington Cem., King and Queen Co. VA. 

Children: known are – Sadie, Lottie, Virginia


1  Sadie Elizabeth Cowgill b ca 1904, MD, d 23 Oct 1986, m Temple Griggs, d Oct 1986. Lived Warterton, VA.


2  Lottie Mae Cowgill b ca 1908, MD, m Ray Ware. Lived Warterton, VA. (See page 204, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3  Virginia Cowgill b 28 Aug 1912, d 29 Jul 1994. Single, a retired bookkeeper for a construction company; lived in Richmond, VA.


5  Elizabeth Cowgill, dau of Henry and Catherine, b 1833 (age 5-10y on 1840 census; age 17 on 1850 census). Possibly married a Flora; a child, Mary C. Flora, age 6, relationship not stated is listed with Henry Cowgill and family in 1860 census. No further information.


6  Mary Ellen Cowgill b 1836 (age 24 in 1860). No further information.


7  Ewing Cowgill b Jul 1838, m 24 Sep 1860, Allegany Co., MD, Margaret E. Largent, b Sep 1841, WV, d 1930. Margaret listed on 1900 census in Villa Creek, Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD, with two youngest children; Ewing is listed in Hampshire Co., WV, age 61y (b Jul 1838) as widowed, living alone next to his brother Frederick. "Widowed" is sometimes used instead of "divorced" or "separated". Ewing served in the Civil War on the Confederate side as a private in Co K, 114th Virginia Militia (his brother John was in the same company, and uncle James was the regimental chaplain). May have been the “Hugh” Cowgill who was a member of Capt Thomas McMackin's Co of Militia, delegated to guard along North River in summer 1861 (disbanded in 1862).

Children: known are (1910 census has 11, nine living) – Elizabeth, Amanda, Ida, Anna, Howard, William, Adeline, Benjamin, Ada, George


1  Elizabeth C. Cowgill b Nov 1861, WV, m ca 1880, George Pretzer, b Jan 1856, VA. George was a day laborer in Indepence, KS, in 1900. Large family.


2  Amanda E. Cowgill b 1866, d 4 Nov 1885 (diphtheria). Single.


3  Ida Virginia Cowgill b 24 Oct 1867, Break Creek, Hampshire, WV. No further information.


4  Anna J. Cowgill b May 1870, WV. No further information.

Child: known is -


dau (unnamed on birth record) Cowgill b 28/29 Mar 1889, Paw Paw


5  Howard Elmer Cowgill b 21 Feb 1872, WV, m 7 Apr 1897, Morgan Co., WV, Ada Miller Fishell, b Nov 1876. Lived in Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD.

Children: known are – Dellah, Ray, Thelma, Charles, Paul, Ralph, Ottice, Beverly


1  Dellah Cowgill b Apr 1897, WV, m Howard Wagner, b ca 1893, MD.


2  Ray Howard Cowgill b 9 Jul 1898, MD, d 24 Nov 1971, m 31 Aug 1922, Upshur Co., WV, Virginia Helen (or Helen Lucille) Cutright, b 26 Aug 1902, d 11 Feb 1967, dau of Darius H. and Lucy P. (Rogers) Cutright. No children. Lived Deland, Volusia Co., FL. Both bur Arlington National Cem. Howard was a veteran of the USNR, with service in World War I and II.


3  Thelma Margaret Cowgill b 21 Jan 1900, MD, d 27 Oct 1984, San Diego, m ___Tobin.


4  Charles B. Cowgill b 21 Sep 1903, Paw Paw, d before 1910?


5  Paul Miller Cowgill b 13 Jul 1904, Paw Paw, WV, d 17 May 1992, m(1) Louise Catherine Conner, b 23 Feb 1908, d 19 Sep 1958; m(2) _____; m(3)?

Children: known are (a nephew, Jimmy Conner, was raised with the family) – Patricia, Paul, Lois


1  Patricia Maureen Cowgill


2  Paul Miller Cowgill Jr


3  Lois Conner Cowgill


6  Ralph E. Cowgill b 9 Jul 1906, WV, d 8 May 1965 (auto accident). Ralph was a veteran of World War II.


7  Ottice Jerome Cowgill, b 17 Sep 1909, WV, d 21 Apr 1991. Ottice was a veteran of World War II; shown in 1930 as a soldier, US Army, at Fort Hoyle (later Aberdeen PG?), MD.


8  Beverly Cowgill b 26 Apr 1920, MD, d 23 Apr 2010.


6  William B. Cowgill b 9 Sep 1874, WV, m ca 1898, Maggie Casperline, b 1872, MD, d 7 Jul 1934, Houston. Lived in Cumberland, MD; later in Houston. Included in 1900 census was mother-in-law Carrie Casperline, age 65, b 1835, Germany.

Children: known are – infant, Carrie, Edward, infant, infant, infant


1  infant Cowgill, d before 1900.


2  Carrie Mae Cowgill b 16 May 1900, MD, d 17 Oct 1985, m James Robert Hamilton, b 1897, d 1984, son of William Hampton and Minnie Vesta (Tully) Hamilton. Both bur Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA. James was a veteran of World War I, serving as a PFC, US Army.


3  Edward Joseph Cowgill b 7 Sep 1902, MD, d 11 Feb 1976, m 30 May 1931, Mineral Co., WV, Elizabeth May Stewart (who predeceased him; Edward shown as “widow” on death cert), dau of Charles and Alberta Stewart. Last address Canton, OH. Family?


4  infant Cowgill, d before 1910.


5  infant Cowgill, d before 1910.


6  infant Cowgill, d before 1910.


7  Adeline M. Cowgill b 1877. No further information.


8  Benjamin Thomas Cowgill b 12 Oct 1879, WV, d 13 May 1941, m(1) 21 Aug 1905, Marion Co., IN, Edna Mae Peters, b ca 1889, IN, d 27 Jan 1950; div; m(2), as her 2nd husband, Marjorie McDonough, b ca 1899, CA. Benjamin a hotel manager in Merced Co., CA, in 1920. Edna was living with son Roy in San Francisco in 1930. She remarried 19 Jan 1937, Stockton, CA, Vito Floro, b Italy.

Children: known are – Bernard, Roy, Laura


1  Bernard H. Cowgill b 26 Dec 1906, Los Angeles, CA, d 5 Jan 1982, m ca 1926, Valda “Tiny” P. Katberg, b 31 Mar 1906, CA, d 14 Aug 2002. Bernard was a veteran of World War II. Last address Sonora, Tuolumne Co., CA.

Children: known are – Diane, Sandra


1  Diane Cowgill


2  Sandra Cowgill


2  Roy E. Cowgill b 16 Jun 1909, CA, d 12 Jul 1974. Family?


3  Laura L. Cowgill b 25 Sep 1914, San Francisco (but registered in Chicago). Birth record lists Laura as the dau and 3rd child of Catherine B. Dolan and Benjamin, age 29, Pullman conductor.


9  Ada Blanche Cowgill b 27 Nov 1882, WV, m 14 Aug 1906, Manhatten, NY, John Joseph Schults, son of John and Anna Marie (Nathe) Schults.


10 George Reynolds Cowgill b 22 Feb 1886, WV (also as MD), m 1906, Philadelphia, Eva F. Miller, b 20 Dec 1889, PA, d 11 Apr 1948, dau of Charles M. and Katherine A. Miller; div. George and Eva were living with her parents in Philadelphia in 1910; as a machinist (at Midvale Steel) in Philadelphia on a WW I registration and the 1920 census; in 1930, Eva (shown as “divorced”) and the children were with her father in Philadelphia, George (shown as “married”) in New Castle Co. Hospital, DE. George is bur Camp Hill Cem., Paw Paw, WV.

Children: known are – George, Charles, Norman, Catherine, Margaret


1  George Walter Cowgill b 24 Nov 1908, PA, d Apr 1986. Last address Philadelphia. Is this the George W. Cowgill who m 1937, Philadelphia, Dorothy Smith?


2  Charles Cowgill b 4 Sep 1910, PA, d 2 Mar 1980. Charles was a veteran of World War II. Last address Paulsboro, Gloucester Co., NJ. Apparently never married.


3  Norman Cowgill b 5 Nov 1912, PA, d 2 Apr 2004, m 1946, Philadelphia, Dorothy E. Shultz, b Apr 1923, d 14 Jan 2006. Last address, Lafayette Hill, Montgomery Co., PA. Norman was a veteran of World War II.

Children: known are – Norman, Jeffrey


1  Norman B. Cowgill


2  Jeffrey Cowgill


4  Kathryn Cowgill b 27 Dec 1916, PA, d 28 Jun 2007, m Thomas H Haefner Sr.


5  Margaret Cowgill b ca 1920, PA, m 1942, Philadelphia, James Kelly. James was a USAF veteran of WW II.


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8  Harriet Ann Cowgill (dau of Henry and Catherine Kerns Cowgill) b 30 Nov 1841, WV, d 20 Feb 1900, m George E. Short, b 1840, WV, d 1902, son of Jacob L. and Sarah (Smith) Short. Both bur Springfield Hill Cem., Springfield, WV.


9  Martha Ellen Cowgill b ca 1844 (age 6 in 1850 census, age 15 in 1860 census) . No further information.


10 Sarah Frances Cowgill b ca 1846, m 4 Nov 1872, Washington, DC, J. T. Mcintosh.


4  Elizabeth Cowgill, dau of Ewing and Susanna (Buzzard) Cowgill, b ca 1800 (age 10-16y on 1810 census, 16-26y on 1820 census, 20-30y on 1830 census), m 3 Jul 1819 (Isaac Scott, bondsman), John Murphy, b ca 1794 (age 16-26 on 1810 census, 26-45 on 1820 census), apparently d before 1830.


5  Elisha Cowgill b 1801 (age 49 in 1850 census, Crawford Co., OH), d 1852, Crawford Co., OH, m 3 Mar 1845, Melinda Clapper, age 34 in 1850, b OH, d Jul 1858. Melinda m(2) 26 Jul 1857, Elias Ritter.

Child: known is -


1  Sarah Elizabeth Cowgill b 26 Jun 1847, m 24 Sep 1868, Wyandot Co., Peter K. Sheaffer, b 6 Aug 1846, PA, son of Solomon and Sarah E. (Keiter) Sheaffer. After the death of her parents, Sarah was raised by William Griffith.


6  Frederick Cowgill b 1802 (age 48-58 in 1850/1860 census, Wyandot Co., OH), VA, d by Sep 1868, m(1) 13 Jul 1826, Ross Co., OH, Elizabeth Ullery (age 20-30 in 1830 census), d before 1840; m(2) 15 Dec 1853, Wyandot Co., OH, Sarah Washburn; m(3) 4 Oct 1859, Wyandot Co., OH, Susan Stoner (aged 24, 40, 49 in 1850, 1860, 1870 censuses), b in MD, widow of Daniel Stoner. Susan later (14 Nov 1871) married Robert Parlet.


Note 1: On the 1830 census, Ross Co., OH, an unidentified female under five is listed with Frederick, but is not listed with him on the 1840 census, Wyandot Co., OH; neither were some of the other children, who were then living with a different family, after their mother died. A Frances Cowgill b 21 Aug 1832, d 25 Apr 1863, age 39y 9m 2d (note: tombstone age does not agree), bur in Sycamore Twp, Wyandot Co., OH, m 4 Oct 1853, Aaron Howell Lundy, b 5 Mar 1830, NJ, d 15 Jan 1879, bur Friend’s Cem. (Prairie View), near Cawker City, KS; they had three children. The census age grouping is not always correct; could this be the daughter of Frederick?


Note 2: George Cowgill, age 10 on 1860 census, is probably the Francis Stoner, age 21, on 1870 census (George Francis?, as Frederick's first wife died before 1840 and his second marriage was in 1853). Adolphus Cowgill b 1856 (age 4 in 1860) is Adolphus Stoner (age 13 in 1870). Both of these children were step-sons of Frederick’s 3rd wife.

Children: known are – Nelson, dau (Frances?), Alexander, Milton, William, Warren, Elizabeth


1  Nelson Cowgill b 15 Mar 1828, Ross Co., OH, d 14 May 1878, North Ridgeville, OH, m 12 Dec 1858, North Ridgeville, Lorain Co., Harriet Maria E. Peck, b 14 Aug 1839, Pittsfield, d 22 Nov 1928, North Ridgeville, dau of Harmon and Lydia (Conklin) Peck. Harriet remarried 9 Sep 1881 to George P. Burrell. Both Nelson and Harriet bur Fields Cem., North Ridgeville (GAR marker on grave). Nelson served in the Civil War as a Pvt, Co F, 123 Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, mustered in 24 Sep 1862, Monroeville; enrolled 21 Aug 1862, Tymochtee; on 1 Feb 1864 transferred to 147th Co V.R.C. at Cumberland, MD; mustered out 22 Aug 1865.

Children: known are (names of two unknown, probably d as infants; one may be Noah Peck, mentioned in Nelson’s service record) – Albert, Mary, Vesta, Sarah Emma


1  Albert Cowgill b 13 Nov 1859, Wyandot Co., OH, d 11 Jun 1882 (age 22y 7m). Bur with parents. Single.


2  Mary Jane Cowgill b 28 Oct 1861, Wyandot Co., OH, d 24 Dec 1903, Barnard, KS, m 24 Jan 1880, Lorain Co., OH, Harry Leroy Hinckley, b 23 Dec 1859, OH, d 23 Dec 1936, Barnard, KS, son of Richard C. and Ann Jeanette (Foster) Hinckley. Harry was an M.D., also served several terms as mayor of Barnard.


3  Vesta Cowgill b 3 Jan 1866, Wyandot Co., OH, d 20 Aug 1941, Cleveland, OH, m 13 Mar 1886, Lorain Co, OH, Charles Grason De Muth, b Jan 1863, Mechanicstown, MD, d 6 Mar 1940, son of Josiah and Mary (Frieze) De Muth. Both bur Brooklin Heights Cem., Cleveland.


4  Sarah Emma Cowgill b 22 Dec 1873 (or 27 Dec 1873?), Lorain Co., OH, d 24 Mar 1938, North Ridgeville, m 31 Jul 1901, North Ridgeville, Frederick John Watson, b 15 May 1873, d 19 May 1942, son of John and Harriet (Sayers) Watson. Both bur Fields Cem., North Ridgeville.


2  dau (Frances? see note above)


3  Alexander M. Cowgill b 5 Oct 1834, Wyandot Co., OH, d 11 Jul 1912, Deer Lodge, MT. Single. Served in the Civil War; enrolled first 20 Apr 1861, as a musician, Co G, 15th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, mustered out 28 Aug 1861; he enrolled again 2 Sep 1861, in Co G, 3d Ohio Volunteer Cavalry; mustered out 4 Aug 1865. Was in Wyandot Co., Aug 1865 - Apr 1866, then in MT, except for 6 months of 1868-69 and 4 months of 1883-84 when he was in NV; was a miner and trader in Virginia City, Madison Co., MT, in 1870. Given pension by Act of Congress, 19 Feb 1907.


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4  Milton F. Cowgill b 2 Oct 1835, Wyandot Co., OH, d 5 Aug 1912, Bloomville, m 10 Mar 1864, Wyandot Co., Harriet E. Marble, b 14 Jun 1841, NY, d 16 Jul 1905, dau of Edward C. and Mary Marble (or Marple?). Milton served in the Civil War; enrolled 14 Aug 1861, Co D, 49th Regiment Ohio Volunteers; commissioned 2d Lt 24 Jun 1862; wounded by bullet in left arm, 31 Dec 1862, Stone River, TN; never mustered on promotion to 1st Lt because wound prevented his joining regiment; discharged 21 Aug 1863. Residence Jun 1864, Mexico, Wyandot Co.; Sep 1864, Bellevernon, OH; in Jul 1873 he stated he had been living and working since 1866 in the Western Territories (appears on 1870 census, Deer Lodge, MT, a carpenter, name "Cogill"), then back in OH, Wyandot Co.; in Jul and again in Oct 1875, in Seneca Co; Oct 1878 in Tiffin. Milton bur Greenlawn Cem., Tiffin, OH.

Children: known are - Charles, Carrie


1  Charles Cowgill b May 1865, d 26 Aug 1924, m 22 Apr 1891, Seneca Co., OH, Emma A. Smith, b 20 May 1869, OH, d 29 May 1936. Charles was a machinist.

Child: known is -


1  Warren Jackson Cowgill b 23 Jan 1892, d 27 Jan 1964, m(1) 22 Mar 1913, Seneca Co., OH, Phoebe E. Place, b 15 Jun 1893, OH, d 15 Apr 1947, dau of Frank and Minnie (Workman) Place; m(2), as her 2nd husband, Mary E. (Saxion) Lykens, b 9 Jun 1898, PA, d 22 Mar 1985.

Child: known is -


1  Richard Henry Cowgill b 25 Jun 1914, OH, d 26 Jan 1967, m(1) Bernice Munard, b ca 1920, OH; m(2) 29 Aug 1942, Delaware Co., OH, Alice Louise Hatch, b ca 1919; div?; m(3) 23 Jun 1945, Toole Co., UT, as her 2nd husband, Helen (Ray?) Puchta, b ca 1914, OH; m(4) 21 Aug 1954, Dorothy A. (Freeh) Snyder, b 27 Jun 1915, d 4 Jun 1973, bur Fairmont Cem., Seneca Co. Richard was a veteran of World War II.

Children: known are (order uncertain) – David, Carolyn


1  David Eugene Cowgill b 9 Nov 1935, OH, d 30 Aug 2010, m ca 1956, Shirley Ann McCrea, b 12 Jun 1939, OH, d 14 Mar 1998, dau of Harry M. and Evelyn McCrea. David was a USMC veteran with service during the Korean War. His birth cert lists him as David Lenz and mother's last name as Ray. He is shown as David Puchta in 1940 as a Puchta step-son.

    Children: known are - David, Phyllis, Anthony


2  Carolyn Patricia Cowgill b 30 Sep 1939, Tiffin, d 8 Apr 1940. Bur Greenlawn Cem.


2  Carrie Cowgill b 12 Dec 1866, OH, d 8 Dec 1925, m 28 Jun 1888, Seneca Co., OH, John Henry Swing Jr, b Nov 1862, IL, d 1912. (See page 206, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5  William M. Cowgill b 13 Apr 1838 (1839 on tombstone), Wyandot Co., d 4 Oct 1918, McComb, OH, m 25 Jun 1868, Lima, OH, Anna Mariah Stoner, b 10 Apr 1841, Tiffin, OH, d 22 Feb 1920, dau of Daniel and Susan (Cover) Stoner. (Marriage certificate has "W. M. Cogler and Ann M. Stoner"). Served in the Civil War, enrolled 20 Apr 1861, Columbus, OH, Pvt, Co G, 15th Regiment, Ohio Infantry; mustered out with Co, 28 Aug 1861, Columbus; also a Pvt, Co G, 3d Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, 2 Sep 1861, Monroeville, discharged 3 Oct 1864, Columbia, TN. He had been captured 17 Oct 1862 at the Battle of Lexington, was later paroled. Resided in Hancock Co. since 1867, a farmer as long as he was able; residence given various times in military records as McComb and Gilboa. Declared no children. Note: Anna was living with her brother, Adolphus, in 1920 - William had married his step-sister! Anna filed for a pension 28 Dec 1918; she was bur Mausoleum, Mccomb, OH.


6  Warren F. Cowgill b Oct 1861, d 1929, m 25 Feb 1885, Caldwell Co., MO, Ella Spurlock, b Jun 1859, IL, d 1917 (Warren listed as a widower in Phillips Co., KS, in 1920), farmer. Warren was in Philips Co. by 1895. Both bur Long Island Cem., Phillips Co..

Children: known are – Otto, Vida May, Marie


1  Otto Cowgill b 1886, d 1888.


2  Vida May Cowgill b Sep 1888, KS


3  Hallie Marie Cowgill b Jan 1893, KS, m 14 Sep 1919, Bloomington, NE, Leo S. Carlson.


7  Elizabeth Cowgill b 1866 (age 4 in 1870) (by 3rd wife), OH. Elizabeth is listed on the 1880 Census, Wyandot Co., OH, with her mother and step-father (Robert Parlet). No further information.


7  Daniel Cowgill b 13 Jan 1809, Hampshire Co., VA, d 13 Jun 1890, Kirksville, MO, m(1) 5 Feb 1834, Ross Co., OH, Catherine VanGundy, b 5 Jul 1810, Ross Co., OH, d 24 May 1878, near New Carlisle, LaPorte Co., IN, dau of Jacob and Catherine (Conner) VanGundy; m(2) 1 Jan 1880, Adair Co., MO, Arminta J. (Williams) Morse, b 1826, TN, d 20 May 1894. Daniel, a farmer, lived in Ross Co., 1840; in Wyandot Co., 1845; Howard Co., IN, 1850; Hudson, La Porte Co., IN, 1860 (name Cogle) (also Cogit) through 1880. Information on this family submitted by Mrs Ola Parsons, Okemah, OK, copied from the Cowgill Family Bible - her grandfather's.

Children: known are – Melinda, Amanda, Charlotte, Lucinda, son, Harriet, Benjamin Franklin, Lucy, Cyrus


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1  Melinda A. Cowgill b 11 Nov 1834 (tombstone has 3 Aug 1834), Grenton Twp, Ross Co., OH, d 8 Dec 1874, Kearney Co., NE, m 28 Feb 1854, IL, Josiah A. Mathers, b 30 Jul 1834, IN, d 15 Apr 1910, son of Lyman and Fanny Mathers. He m(2) 4 Sep 1875, Mary Jane Conyers. Josiah was a veteran of the Civil War , serving as Pvt, Co C, 27th Missouri Infantry, enrolled 29 Aug 1862, mustered out 13 Jun 1865. He also served in the Missouri Militia for about 6 months. (See page 207, Cowgill History, for more on this family)

Children: eight – one was


Anna May Cowgill, adopted by her Cowgill grandparents, b May 1865, La Porte, IN, d 1 Mar 1964, Okemah, OK, m 8 Jun 1886, Kirksville, MO, Henry Holloway, b 10 Apr 1868, Kirksville, d Vega, TX. Anna May is another sad story from the Civil War, as told by an aunt. As Josiah Mathers was thought to have been killed in the war, Melinda remarried and bore Anna May. When Josiah came home after the war, Anna's father left because he realized he was not legally married to Melinda. Melinda's parents then adopted Anna May. (See page 207, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  Amanda Cowgill b 9 Sep 1836, Ross Co., d 1854.


3  Charlotte V. Cowgill b 4 Nov 1838, Ross Co., d 1920, m 15 Jun 1881, Clarksville, IA, Harm Felcher, b ca 1838, d bef 1910. Charlotte, as a widow, was listed with her aunt in Butler Co., IA, in 1880; in Sodus, Berrien Co., MI, in 1910.


4  Lucinda J. Cowgill b 8 Sep 1840, Ross Co., m 10 Mar 1864 (double ceremony with sister Lucy?), Berrien Co., MI, Charles Henry Ray (on marriage record and 1880 census; Ring on 1870 census), b 1842, OH. Lucinda was in St Joseph Co., IN, in 1910. (See page 208, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5  Son b 1842, d in infancy.


6  Harriet Cowgill b 21 Jun 1843, OH, m 31 Jan 1866, Berrien Co., MI, David Scrambling, b ca 1842, MI (of German parentage). A farmer in Eaton, Kearney Co., NE, in 1880. Apparently no children.


7  Benjamin Franklin Cowgill b 11 Nov 1845, Wyandot Co., OH, d 28 May 1935, m(1) 5 Mar 1869, Berrien Co., MI, Lydia Keefer, b ca 1850, OH, d 1 Feb 1871, age 21y 2m 8d, bur Rolling Prairie Cem., La Porte Co., IN, dau of Peter and Sarah J. Keefer; m(2) 25 May 1872, St Joseph Co., IN, Frances Ann Kelly, b 1 Feb 1854, IN, d 31 Dec 1938, dau of Mathew and Mary Ann (Freidenberg) Kelly. Benjamin was a farmer in Berrien Co., MI.

Children: known are – Frank, Daniel, James, Catherine, LaRoy, Cyrus Elmer, David, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Sarah


1  Frank Cowgill Sr b 18 Jul 1870, IN (census; obit has Galion, MI), d 9 Nov 1949, m 4 Oct 1891, Three Oaks, Berrien Co., MI, Lydia Ellen Swank, b 10 Oct 1873, MI, d 12 Feb 1944, dau of George and Jerusha Augusta (McMillen) Swank. Frank was living with his Kiefer grandparents in Berrien Co., MI, in 1880, then in La Porte Co., IN. Both bur Greenwood Cem., La Porte Co., IN.

Children: known are – George, Charles, Robert, Mable, Alfred, Frank, Arthur


1  George Myron Cowgill b 3 Sep 1892, IN, d 5 Oct 1979, m 3 Sep 1911, St Joseph, MI, Clara Isabel McCorkel, b 20 Jan 1892, IN, d 17 Mar 1968, dau of William and Ida (Marshall) McCorkel. Both bur Greenwood Cem., La Porte Co., IN.

Children: known are – Bertha, Lillian, Rosemae, Raymond


1  Bertha Cowgill b ca 1915, IN, d 17 Jun 1990, m James M. Bickel.


2  Lillian Cowgill b ca 1921, IN, m ____ Caddy.


3  Rosemae Cowgill b ca 1925, IN, d 17 Apr 1976, m ____ Kindig.


4  Raymond Clarence Cowgill b 26 Dec 1927, IN, d 25 Jun 1984, m 17 Apr 1948, South Bend, Elizabeth Mae Zahrndt. Bur Greenwood Cem., La Porte Co., IN. Raymond was a US Navy veteran of World War II.

Children: known are (order uncertain) - Raymond Jr, Larry, Vicki, Karen, Pamela


2  Charles S. Cowgill b 1893, d Aug 1895, bur Galien Twp Cem., Berrien Co., MI.


3  Robert Forrest Cowgill b 11 Mar 1897, MI, d 27 Mar 1980, m 2 May 1919, La Porte Co., IN, Ethel Rocelia Smith, b ca 1898, IN, d 10 May 1957. Both bur Greenwood Cem., La Porte Co., IN.

Children: known are – Robert, Ethel, Kenneth, Emma, Norma, Ellen, Clifford, Howard, Kathleen, Gerald


1  Robert Ralph Cowgill b 1 Nov 1918, IN, d 9 Dec 2014, m Norma Ruth Robertson, b 13 Nov 1919, d 27 Nov 2017, dau of Jess and Ruth Marie Robertson. Robert was a veteran of World War II.

Children: known are – Dixie, Robert


1  Dixie Marie Cowgill


2  Robert Eugene Cowgill b 29 May 1947, d 31 May 1947, bur Greenwood Cem.


2  Ethel Cowgill b ca 1921, IN, m _____ Strange.


3  Kenneth L. Cowgill b 12 Mar 1922, IN, d 8 Apr 1989, m 6 Nov 1948, LaPorte, Helen L. Schrier, b 7 Mar 1923, d 26 Nov 1991. Kenneth served with the US Army in World War II. Bur Pine Lake Cem.

Children: known are - Joyce, Linda


1  Joyce E. Cowgill b 6 Feb 1950, d 25 Dec 2009, m 2 Aug 1969, LaPorte, Kenneth E. Richardson.


2  Linda Kaye Cowgill b 4 Feb 1952, IN, d 5 Jan 2010, m(1) ____ Schultz; m(2) Jerry Wayne Bratcher.


Emma Jean Cowgill b 16 Mar 1924, d 30 Dec 1924, aged 9 months, bur Greenwood Cem.


5  Norma Jean Cowgill b 16 Mar 1924, IN, d 5 Dec 2001, m Donald Edmond Grinstead, b 1909, d 1988.


6  Ellen May Cowgill b 1925, IN, m _____ Martin.


7  Clifford W. Cowgill b 21 May 1927, IN, d 23 Apr 1993. Clifford was a veteran of World War II. Bur Patton Cem., La Porte Co. Apparently single.


8  Howard Leon Cowgill b 19 Apr 1930, IN, d 12 May 1983, m Betty M. ____, b 10 Aug 1930.

    Children: known are - Michael, Howard, Kevin, Cheryl, Julie Ann


Kathleen L. Cowgill b 18 Nov 1932, IN, d 5 Apr 2013, m 18 Nov 1950, Henry H. Schrier.


10 Gerald "Jerry" Cowgill b ca 1938, m 9 May 1959, La Porte, IN, Phyllis Slater.


4  Mable Augusta Cowgill b May 1899, IN, d 18 Jan 1979, m(1) 7 Apr 1917, La Porte Co., Silas S. Craig; m(2) Edward W. Kluth, b 1900, d 1942; m(3) _____McLaughlin.


5  Alfred Montgomery Cowgill b 26 Jun 1902, IN, d 4 Sep 1953, m Emma Marie McNew, b 31 Dec 1908, IN, d 29 Nov 1954, dau of Willaim Tilden and Nannie Elisabeth (Summerville) McNew. Child: known is (others?) - Donna Jean


6  Frank Armond Cowgill Jr b 8 Aug 1904, IN, d 11 Jun 1962, m 15 Jun 1924, Ida S. McCorkel, b 4 Aug 1906, IN, d 4 Nov 1990, dau of William and Ida (Marshall) McCorkel. Living with his parents in 1930. Both bur Greenwood Cem., La Porte Co., IN. Frank was a policeman in Michigan City, shot by a notorious bank robber in Jun 1939.

Children: known are – Donald, Herbert, David, Madelyn


1  Donald Frank Cowgill b 8 Sep 1926, IN, d 25 Oct 1944. Donald was in the US Navy during World War II as fireman, 2nd class, aboard the USS Hoel (DD 533). He died of wounds received in action during the 2nd Battle of the Philippines; bur Fort William McKinley, Manila; Purple Heart. He is officially listed as missing or buried at sea. His name appears on the “Tablets of the Missing” at the Manila American Cem.


2  Herbert A. Cowgill b 9 Nov 1928, IN, d 30 Oct 2007, m 1 Jun 1947, Michigan City, Betty Lou Heuck, b 24 Dec 1928. Herbert retired from Swartzlander Motors as mechanic and parts department manager. He was a member of American Legion Skwiat Post 451 and a US Navy veteran.

Children: known are - H. Scott, Gayle Lynn


3  David A. Cowgill b 18 Aug 1934, IN, d 17 Mar 1989, m Joan _____, b 13 Mar 1935. Joan remarried Homer Rabideau. Last address Bradenton, Manatee Co., FL.

    Children: known are - David, Deborah, Dee, Dan


4  Madelyn Cowgill b ca 1937, IN, m ____Marrow.


7  Arthur Clifford Cowgill b 23 Mar 1909, IN, d 29 Jun 1971, m Dorothy Marie Luther, b ca 1914, IN, d 23 Mar 1965, dau of Richard and Mary Luther. Both bur Forest Lawn Cem., Michigan City.

Children: known are – James, Barbara, Richard, Dorothea, Allen


1  James A. Cowgill b 24 Feb 1931, IN, d 1 Apr 1971 (in a truck-train accident), m Mary Lenore Spradling, b 17 Apr 1932, d 5 Sep 2016. James was a veteran of the USMC, serving as a Cpl in the Korean War. Mary remarried ____ Mckeehan.

    Children: known are - James, Margaret, Al, Ron


2  Barbara Cowgill 


3  Richard Frank Cowgill b 21 Apr 1935, IN, d 29 Jan 1956. Single.


4  Dorothea Cowgill b ca 1937, IN, m ____ Weiss.


5  Allen Cowgill


2  Daniel M. Cowgill b 11 Feb 1874, La Porte, IN, d 24 Feb 1916, m 10 Sep 1895, Berrien Co., MI, Ida Ellen Hipshier, b 14 Dec 1878, IN, d 6 May 1945, dau of James H. and Matilda Ellen (Taylor) Hipshier. No children.


3  James Thomas Cowgill b 14 Jul 1878, La Porte, IN, d 25 Jan 1949, Coloma, Berrien Co., MI, m 24 Aug 1900, Burnettesville, White Co., IN, Myrtle Mary Houser, b 28 Aug 1883, d 5 Feb 1965, Coloma, MI, dau of Samuel Jackson Houser. Both bur Coloma Cem. Note: Data on the family of James Thomas Cowgill provided by Albert Thomas Cowgill of Coloma, MI.

Children: known are – Lucy, Clara, Clarence, Ophal, Edith, Lillie, Elsie, Leona, Clinton, Hilda, Violet


1  Lucy May Cowgill b 12 Mar 1901, d 13 Mar 1901.


2  Clara Josephine Cowgill b 30 Jul 1902, IN, d 4 May 1985, m(1) 9 Aug 1920, St Joseph, MI, Herman Mast; m(2) 6 May 1937, Ralph Edwin Woodard, b 12 Jun 1900.


3  Clarence Alfred Cowgill b 20 Oct 1904, IN, d 20 Jun 1992, m 24 Nov 1931, Berrien Co., MI, Ruth B. Woodworth, b 9 May 1910, MI, d 8 Sep 2014.

Children: known are – Dwayne, Ernest, Verlyn


1  Dwayne L. Cowgill b ca 1933, MI,


2  Ernest Edwin Cowgill b 10 Mar 1935, d 27 Oct 2004, m(1) Maryanne Becker, b 16 Feb 1933; m(2) 9 Mar 1987, Bradley Co., TN, Jo Ann Cowgill, b 20 May 1952. Last address: Dayton, Rhea Co., TN. Bur Rhea Memory Gardens.

   Children: known are - Pamela, Shelly, Michael, Bernard, Tina, Mary, Terri, John


3  Verlyn W. Cowgill b ca 1938, MI, 


4  Ophal Emma Cowgill b 27 Sep 1906, IN, d 13 Nov 1996, m 8 Apr 1925, St Joseph, Berrien Co., MI, Thomas Milton Strasser, b 15 Mar 1904, IN, d 4 Nov 1975, son of Charles Milton and Daisy (Davis) Strasser.


5  Edith Marie Cowgill b 24 Feb 1909, IN, d 10 Mar 1963, m 31 Dec 1930, Coloma, MI, Leo Warren Fellows, b 3 Nov 1905, d 28 Jan 1953.


6  Lillie (Francis) Cowgill b and d 1 Mar 1911.


7  Elsie Janetta Cowgill b 10 Jan 1912, d 13 May 2002, m(1) 31 Aug 1935, Carl Casey, b 26 Jan 1910; m(2) 30 Dec 1944, Earl Roy Ishmael, b 11 Jan 1905, IL, d 18 May 1967; m(3) William Cunningham.


8  Leona Frances Cowgill b 26 Oct 1914, d 3 Jan 2003, m Sep 1935, St Joseph Co., IN, Gerhard Julius Sonnenberg, b Feb 1906, d 1988.


9  Clinton Thomas Cowgill b 17 Jun 1919, Coloma, MI, d 4 Nov 1991, Coloma, m 11 Apr 1942, St Joe, MI, Dorothy Helen Hingst, b 5 Feb 1924, d 3 May 2004, St Joseph, MI, dau of Albert Richard and Martha (Siemon) Hingst.

Children: known are – Albert, Wanda, Gerald, Terrance


1  Albert Thomas Cowgill, m 2 Jul 1977, Watervliet, MI, Virginia Dale Fairbanks.

Children: known are – Charity, Christopher, Leslie, Faith, Patrick, Hope


2  Wanda May Cowgill


3  Gerald Clinton Cowgill


4  Terrance Lynn Cowgill


10 Hilda Myrtle Cowgill b 27 Mar 1922, MI, d 11 Nov 2004, m(1) 1939, MI, Raymond Daniel Nethercutt, b 23 Apr 1916, IN, d 1959; m(2) 1960, Raymond Brewer, b 1902, d 1988.


11 Violet Jane Cowgill b 4 Feb 1927, d 15 Jul 1984, m 5 Feb 1945, Bertrand Arent, b 1918, d 2007.


4  Catherine Arminta Cowgill b 27 Jul 1880, IN, d 24 Mar 1962, m(1) 3 Apr 1901, Berrien Co., MI, John George Powell, who d 1913. John was a traveling preacher; m(2) 11 Mar 1916, Berrien Co., Edward Bender. Lived in Benton Harbor, MI.


5  LeRoy “Roy” Benjamin Cowgill b 21 Mar 1882, IN, d 28 Oct 1953, Hartford, MI, m 13 Apr 1914, Berrien Co., MI, Lulu Mable Hagley, b ca 1899, MI, d 29 Dec 1963; div.

Children: known are – Luella Mae, Benjamin


1  Luella Mae Cowgill b 1 Feb 1920, MI, d 25 Jul 1978, m 14 Jun 1938, Berrien Co., MI, Berteran Thomas (Stevens) Nichols.


2  Benjamin Leroy Cowgill b 14 Jun 1924, MI, d 23 May 1997, m 7 Feb 1946, Toquin, MI, (as her 2nd husband?) Madeline Watkins, b 16 Aug 1918, MI, d 23 Mar 2004, dau of Otto and Viola (Disbrow) Watkins. They lived in Manton, Wexford Co., MI.

Children: known are (order uncertain) - Benjamin, John, Sandra, Cherri, Virginia, Beverly, Catherine, Nadine


6  Cyrus Elmer Cowgill b 11 May 1887, IN, d 1941, m 18 Jun 1910, St Joseph Co., IN, Elsie A. Stark, b ca 1885, MI. Cyrus a roofer in Detroit in 1930. Both bur Grand Lawn Cem., Detroit.


7  David Melvin Cowgill b 26 Dec 1889, IN, d 16 Mar 1927, m 20 Oct 1917, Berrien Co., MI, Mary Bertha Burtzloff, b 12 Apr 1899, TN, d 31 Dec 1961, dau of Charles and Bertha (Gross) Burglaff (or Burzloff). David was a bricklayer in Berrien Co.

Children: known are - Marie, Frances, Lucille, Robert, Duane


1  Marie Louise Cowgill b 30 Jul 1918, MI, d 29 Dec 1981, m 3 Sep 1938, Allegan Co., MI, Thomas Carl Barnett.


2  Frances Cowgill b ca 1922, MI, m 27 Apr 1940, Fulton Co., OH, Albert G. Middleton.


3  Lucille Cowgill b ca 1923, MI, d bef 2011, m ____ Williams.


4  Robert Cowgill b 13 Oct 1924, MI, d 22 Oct 2011, m(1) Lois Elizabeth O'Connor, b 25 Oct 1916, MI, d 2 Oct 1958, dau of Michael & Frances (Goetz) O'Connor; m(2) 25 Apr 1959, St Joseph, Berrien Co., Leona Kempton, b 16 Nov 1923. Robert was a veteran of the US Army Air Force, serving during WWII.

   Children: known are - Scott, Kimberly


5  Duane Lee Cowgill b 5 Oct 1926, MI, d 5 Jan 1992, m(1) Jun 1947, MI, Betty Andis, b ca 1925; div?; m(2) 3 Jul 1948, Independence Co., AR, Billie Ann Dollison, b ca 1927; div; m(3) Helen Bailey, b 30 Jul 1926, d 9 Jun 2013. Last address: Temple, PA. Bur Viewpoint Cem., Centerport, Berks Co., PA. Duane was a veteran of World War II (USNR), as well as Korea and Viet Nam, serving in the US Army.

   Children: known are - Cynthia, Barbara


8  Charlotte E. Cowgill b 10 Nov 1893, IN, d 22 Jul 1931, m(1) 7 Oct 1911, New Troy, Berrien Co., MI, Claud Collings; m(2) 25 Sep 1916, Benton Harbor, MI, William Tio, b 10 May 1892, Canada, d 1982.


9  Elizabeth C. Cowgill b ca 1892, IN (living with her father in Benton Harbor in 1912).


10 Sarah Cowgill b 27 Mar 1895, MI, d 31 May 1895. 


8  Lucy Ann Cowgill b 8 Mar 1848, Wyandot Co., OH, d 3 Jul 1912, m 10 Mar 1864, Three Oaks, Berrien Co., MI, Hosea Barnes Gridley, b 11 Nov 1839, Onondaga Co., NY, d 28 Jun 1913, son of Samuel Upton and Amanda (Barnes) Gridley. Both bur Foster Cem., LaPorte Co., IN.


9  Cyrus W. Cowgill, a farmer, b 6 Feb 1851, Howard Co., IN, d 1 May 1922, CA, m(1) 17 Dec 1871, Berrien Co., MI, Mary Walker, b Apr 1853, MI, d 9 Dec 1872, age 19y 7m 29d, bur Maple Grove Cem., La Porte Co., IN, dau of Obediah and Mary (Stevens) Walker; m(2) 15 Nov 1874, Berrien Co., Mary Cornelius, b Jan 1855, MI; div; m(3) as her 2nd? husband, Annie? ____, b May 1854, OH. Cyrus was a restaurant owner in Minneapolis in 1895 and St Paul in 1900; a cook (single) there in 1910 (the 1912 St Paul Directory states he had moved to Fargo, ND), and (divorced) with daughter Hulda in Yolo Co., CA, in 1920. Mary is shown running a boarding house in St Paul in 1900; she remarried Sep 1908 in Kalispell, MT, to George Avery.

Children: known are (all b La Porte Co., IN) – dau, Alta, Hulda, Walter


1  dau Cowgill b 8 Sep 1872, IN, d 12 Sep 1872, age 4 d, bur with her mother.


2  Alta E. Cowgill b Oct 1875, IN, d 28 Oct 1956, CA, m 7 Sep 1895, St Croix, WI, Charles E. Clemens, b Oct 1876, IA, son of James and Melvina (Corliss) Clemens. Charles was a printer in Helena, MT, in 1900.


3  Hulda Cowgill b Mar 1878, IN, d 1920s, m(1) 18 Sep 1894, St Croix, WI, August R. Faust, son of John and Charlotte (Blomgren) Faust; div; m(2) 23 Oct 1900, Minneapolis, George Berndgen; m(3) D. H. Powell, b ca 1874, CA.


4  Walter W. Cowgill b Nov 1879 (1880 census; Mar 1880 on 1900 census), d 9 Dec 1904, m 28 Apr 1902, St Paul, Marie Buckley, b 1885, d 1968. Walter shown as a waiter at his father’s restaurant in the 1904 St Paul City Directory. Marie remarried to ____ Zachrison. 

    Child: known is -


1  Earl Francis Cowgill b 1902, MN, d 12 Oct 1958, age 56, m Marguerite A. ____, b ca 1911, MN. Earl was a commercial artist in Minneapolis in 1940. Bur Mountain View Memorial Park, Pierce Co., WA, by his mother.


8  Milton Cowgill, son of Ewing and Susanna, b 13 Dec 1811, VA, d 19 Jun 1889, Livingston, Appanoose Co., IA, m(1) 10 Mar 1830, Morgan Co, VA/WV, Margaret Youngblood; m(2) 10 Sep 1833, Hampshire Co., VA, at the home of her brother, Ara Ann (or Arianna) McCauley, b ca 1812 (age 38 in 1850 census of Hardy Co. VA, formerly part of Hampshire Co.), d 28 Dec 1852, Hampshire Co.(?), dau of George William and Parthenia McCauley; m(3) 7 Feb 1856, Martinsburg, VA, Martha Jane Summers, b Aug 1831, VA (now WV). Milton and Martha appear under misspelling "Cogle" in 1860 census of Kniffin P.O., Walnut Twp, Wayne Co., IA, and in 1870 and 1880 census in Franklin Twp, Appanoose Co., IA (Milton purchased 40 acres there 13 Aug 1868; curiously, on a deed dated 19 Feb 1877, Appanoose Co., Milton sold his 40 acres to his wife for $500). In 1900 Martha was living alone; in 1910, shown as “inmate”, Clarinda State Hospital, Page Co., IA.

Children: known are – son, Mary, William, John, Joseph Ewing, J. B.


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1  Son, under age 5 on 1840 census, apparently d before 1850.


2  Mary E. Cowgill b 1839 (age 11 in 1850), VA.


3  William H. Cowgill, b 1842 (age 8 in 1850), VA. Served in Civil War with 55th Illinois Volunteer Infantry; wounded 6 Apr 1862 at Battle of Shiloh, died at Vicksburg, MS, 4 Jul 1863, of “congestive chill”; age 22.


4  John M. Cowgill b 3 Jan 1843, VA. Served in the Civil War, a Pvt, Co H, 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. Enlisted at Ft Leavenworth, KS, 14 Nov 1861, and died at Helena, AR, 14 Aug 1862, age 18. Originally bur Helena, reinterred Memphis National Cem.


5  Joseph Ewing (also as "Early") Cowgill b 22 Apr 1849, North River Mills, Hampshire Co., VA, d 24 Jan 1928, Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS, m(1) 12 Sep 1869, Buckingham, Tama Co., IA, by Rev D.S. Byers, Helen Augusta Stewart, b 13 Oct 1847, Rome, NY, d 17 Mar 1931, Pasadena, CA, bur Pasadena Mausoleum, dau of James Auten and Louisa M. (Van Lieu) Stewart; m(2) 21 Jul 1894, Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA, by a Quaker preacher (never verified), Mary Jane Dolph, b 29 May 1865, Edwards, VT, d 26 May 1933, El Paso, dau of John and Cecil Olive (Beers) Dolph. A newspaper clipping quoted in his military file reads: "Divorced, Jos. E. Cowgill Helen A. Cowgill, Special permit given Jos. E. Cowgill to remarry", but this was never verified. Joseph bur 26 Jan 1928, Mt Auburn, Topeka, KS.


Joseph Ewing Cowgill served in the Civil War, from 21 May to 23 Sep 1864 (100 days), a Pvt, Co H, 46th Iowa Infantry, enlisting at Corydon, IA, stated age was 18; home given as Wayne City, IA, native of VA; and from 16 Feb to 8 Aug 1865, Co A, 14th Iowa Infantry, stated age was 19, home given as Des Moines. His obituary in Davenport, IA, paper said "he was born 22 Apr 1850; youngest soldier in the North, enlisted two days before his 14th birthday." However, his age is shown as 1 on the 1850 Census and as 11 on the 1860 Census.


When his youngest child "Madge" was but ten days old, Joseph Ewing deserted his family in IA. The second wife made application for widow's pension from Kansas, 11 Feb 1928, and learned there was a first wife and children. When the first wife was notified of Joseph's death she applied for widow's pension from Chicago, 4 Feb 1929, and learned of the second wife. In April 1929 the first wife, Helen Cowgill, with her two daughters, moved to CA. His Civil War service and pension file in the National Archives is filled with information, complete with dates and places of residence of his family, both wives, and children. His first application for pension is dated 7 Oct 1887, IA. A Jul 1877 affidavit said Joseph E. had been raised in Seymour, IA, from about seven years of age and had attended Cornell College, Mt Vernon, IA, for three years. Prior to his second marriage, he had been land appraiser and sold for Northwestern Life Insurance Co. Joseph E. was chairman of the Iowa delegation to the Republican National Convention at Chicago which nominated Benjamin Harrison for President; was for a while secretary of the American Bond and Securities Co of Indianapolis, lecturer, statistician and actuary. Witnesses to his Jul 1897 affidavit included James Wilson, Secretary of Agriculture, who stated he had known Joseph E. for forty years; others stated he had been a Minister at Farley, IA, then went into the railway mail service. He lived several years in Omaha and was secretary at the organization of the Methodist Episcopal Hospital and Deaconess Home Ass'n in 1891. He moved to Indianapolis, IN, after his second marriage. He resided there from 1896 through 1913, according to the City Directories. He edited the paper of the Knights and Ladies of Honor (fraternal order). In 1898 he was Manager of the Investor Printing and Publishing Co in Indianapolis.


This is the Joseph Ewing Cowgill who set up "The Cowgill Bureau of Biography and Genealogy" in Indianapolis in the early 1900's. He had a staff of fourteen Cowgill descendants in nine states gathering material for his Cowgill book. Unfortunately, the book was never printed, and the manuscript was apparently lost or destroyed. Copies survive of many of his letters dated early 1900's to various descendants seeking information and giving clues. He lived in Indianapolis seventeen or eighteen years, then moved to Wayland, IA; five years later, he moved to Cedar Rapids, IA, about five years after that to Iowa City, IA, one year later to Davenport, IA, and six years later to Topeka, KS, Oct 1927. In 1926, by the name of Jos. Ewing Cowgill, he compiled a booklet for the Bureau of Special Services, Inc., Davenport, IA, entitled "The Stars and Stripes", a manual of information concerning our National Flag, its origin, history, development through many original designs -- and a brief history of the GAR and of Memorial Day.

Children: known are – Ernest Watson, Erle Clifton, Alice Mayverette, Roy Winfield, Charles Servosse, Margaret Louise, Olive Cecil


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1  Ernest Watson Cowgill b 15 Feb 1873, IA, d 22 Aug 1873.


2  Erle Clifton Cowgill b 27 Jun 1874, Earlville, Delaware Co., IA, d 25 Jan 1963, Covina, CA, m 2 Oct 1895, Bloomington, IL, Marguerite Maude Dorland (shown as "Maggie" only on birth certificate, taken from Dorland family Bible), b 17 Sep 1877, McLean, IL, d 31 Aug 1974, Covina, CA, dau of Joseph and Phoebe Sophia (Chamberlain) Dorland. This family is listed in 1900 census, as boarders with Thomas Clasby, 218 Penn Street, Camden, Camden Co., NJ. Erle is shown as a salesman, but family records show that he was working at the time as the personal secretary to the president of Illinois Central Railway.

Children: known are – Cleo Alda, Gracia Fern, Erle Clifton Jr


1  Cleo Alda Cowgill b 17 Jul 1896, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL, d 15 May 1962, Covina, CA, m 19 Oct 1915, Clarksdale, MS, Charles Coolidge Lyford, d 25 Apr 1960, Covina, CA, son of Benjamin Lunt and Eva Lyford. (See page 210, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  Gracia Fern Cowgill b 24 Aug 1904 , Colfax, IL, d 29 Nov 1970, Covina, CA, m(1) Clarksdale, MS, James Deacy Brown III, b 21 Nov 1900, LA, d 1 Sep 1955, West Covina, CA, bur Catholic Cem., Los Angeles; m(2) Covina, CA, Edward Holbert, d and is bur in Oakdale Cem., West Covina, CA. (See page 211, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3  Erle Clifton Cowgill Jr b 20 Apr 1909, Chicago, IL, d Aug 1998, Oceanside, CA, m 17 Jun 1939, Los Angeles, Marjory Lauretta Freese, b 25 Jul 1912, d 10 Nov 2006.

Children: known are – Susan, Erle Clifton III


1  Susan Lee Cowgill (See page 212, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  Erle Clifton Cowgill III b 8 May 1943, Elmhurst, Du Page Co., IL, d 16 Mar 2004, m 26 Nov 1966, Covina, CA, Harriet Jane Stokes, b 7 May 1944, Oceanside, San Diego Co., CA, dau of Edward Clifton and Olive Elinor (Fowler) Stokes. Clif served four years as an officer in the Navy, on board the USS Wright and at NEL on Pt. Loma. After 30 years with IBM, he retired in 1998 as a Consulting Systems Engineer. Bur at the Old Mission San Luis Rey.

Child: known is -


1  Eric Clifton Cowgill


3  Alice “May” Mayverette Cowgill b 25 Nov 1876, Dubuque, IA, d 28 Jul 1963, Los Angeles. Single.


4  Roy Winfield Cowgill, a civil engineer for Farley, Illinois, Central Railway, b 16 Jan 1879, IA, d 9 Nov 1943, Illinois Central Hospital, Paducah, KY, bur Fort Dodge, IA, m 26 Feb 1910, Chicago, Margaret Blanche Gray, b 9 Apr 1889, IL, d 26 Mar 1929, Chicago, bur Des Moines, IA (note from granddau says Roy bur Bowling Green, KY; Blanche was in El Paso Co., CO, in 1920 with the boys). Roy was a civil engineer for Farley, Illinois, Central Railway; a railroad engineer in MS in 1940.

Children: known are – Robert Stewart, Charles Stuart


1  Robert Stewart Cowgill b 18 Oct 1914, Mattoon, IL, d 14 Jul 1985, Atlanta, GA, m 28 Mar 1953, Atlanta, Elizabeth Stephens, b 9 Jul 1928, Atlanta, dau of Luther Bell and Sarah (Chick) Stephens.

Children: known are – Sarah, Margaret, Mary


2  Charles Stuart Cowgill b 8 Mar 1918, IL, d 28 Jul 1982, Los Angeles, CA, m(1) Verda D. Elliott, b ca 1920, TN, dau of Charles G. and Belle(?) Elliott; m(2) Betty ____.

Child: known is -


1 James Winfield Cowgill


5  Charles Servosse Cowgill b 17 Sep 1882, d 13 Jan 1884, IA.


6  Margaret "Madge" Louise Cowgill b 24 Apr 1890, Waterloo, Blackhawk Co., IA, d 25 Apr 1977, Santa Barbara, CA, m(1) 1 Jan 1916, Frank Wilbur Bateman, Chicago, IL; div; m(2) 23 Dec 1950, Prescott, AZ, John Knudsen Northrop, b 10 Nov 1895, Newark, NJ, son of Charles Wheeler and Helen (Knudsen) Northrop. (See page 213, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


7  Olive Cecil Cowgill b 30 Jun 1898, IN. She and her mother, Mary Dolph Cowgill, moved from Topeka, KS, to El Paso, TX, Sep 1928. On Mary's application (dated 1928) for pension, she declared daughter Cecil an invalid.


6  James B. Cowgill, son of Milton and Martha Cowgill, b IA, age 3 on 1860 census, Wayne Co., IA, d 23 Aug 1860, aged 3y 8m 5d. James bur (as Cogill) Miller Cem., Numa, IA.


9  Valentine Cowgill, son of Ewing and Susanna Cowgill, b 1813, m Rebecca _____, b 1820, PA. Valentine, a miller, and family appear in Allegany Co., MD, in 1860; in Washington Co., PA, in 1870; and Berkeley Co., WV, in 1880. Valentine enlisted in the US Army 5 Mar 1835 at Winchester, subsequently listed as a deserter (apparently never appeared for duty); he was elected as a West Brownsville Borough (Washington Co.) councilman in 1869 and 1873.

Children: known are – Granville Webster, James, David, George, Elizabeth


1  Granville Webster Cowgill b 10 Dec 1838, WV, d 29 Apr 1908, Cleveland, OH, m 1 May 1866, Brownsville, PA, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ann Wood, b 23 Jun 1841, PA, d 16 Nov 1915, Cleveland, OH, dau of William and Mary A. Wood, of Fayette Co., PA. Granville was the publisher and editor of The National Greenback, “a radical weekly newspaper”, started 1878 in Columbiana Co., OH. Granville served in the Civil War, first in a nine-day regiment (in Co A, 106th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, active 9 to 17 Jul 1863), then as a Cpl (later Sgt) in Co K, 11th Indiana Infantry, serving from 31 Aug 1861 to 26 Jul 1865, native of VA, age 22, a printer. He applied for pension 16 Jun 1891 from OH; his widow applied 15 May 1908. Lived in Salem, Columbiana Co., OH, 1880. Both bur Brooklyn Heights Cem., Cleveland.

   Children: known are - William Valentine, Charles Anderson, James Craig, Adda Doty, Oscar Wood, Louis McCallin, Cora Rush, Francis Marion


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1  William Valentine Cowgill, a compositor, b 5 Mar 1870, Pittsburgh, P A, d 16 Apr 1952, Cleveland, OH, m 4 May 1892, Cleveland, OH, Jessie Rachel Smith, b Aug 1874, PA, d 31 May 1958,Cleveland, OH.

Children: known are – Edna, Mildred, Wilmer Donald, Arva Myrtle


1  Edna A. Cowgill b Feb 1894, d 1970s, Cleveland, OH, m 8 Sep 1919, Cuyahoga Co., Joseph Merrill Gray, b ca 1894.


2  Mildred Marion Cowgill b Nov 1896, d 1970s, m 29 May 1930, Cuyahoga Co., Arnold Fischer, b ca 1896.


3  Wilmer Donald Cowgill b 2 Aug 1907, Cleveland, OH, d 1 Mar 1989, Gates Mills, OH, m 14 Jul 1934, Sandusky, OH, Mary Ann Tory (Barr), b 24 Apr 1909, d 6 Dec 1999. Graduated Ohio State Univ, 1932 (BA, Bus Admin).

Children: known are – Carol, William, Tory


1  Carol Ann Cowgill


2  William Barr Cowgill


3  Tory Elizabeth Cowgill


4  Arva Myrtle Cowgill b 23 Feb 1910, Northfield, OH, d 22 Nov 2000, Hilton Head Island, SC, m 10 Mar 1937, Cuyahoga Co., Dr William Edward Mishler, b 13 Mar 1906, OH, d 2 Jun 1988, son of William and Hannah (Topple) Mishler.


2  Charles Anderson Cowgill b 7 Oct 1871, Pittsburgh, PA, d 24 Oct 1936, Cleveland, OH, m 15 Aug 1900, Cleveland, OH, Alice Louise Bonfield, b 19 Mar 1881, England, d 9 Apr 1950, Cleveland, OH, dau of John and Sophia Saunders Bonfield, came to U.S. in 1887. Charles was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, serving in Battery A, 1st Battalion, Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery.

Children: known are – Eleanor, Granville Charles


1  Eleanor Florence Cowgill b 30 Nov 1901, Cleveland, OH, d 17 Jul 1988, Lakewood, OH, m 5 Aug 1925, Cuyahoga Co., Llewelyn Samuel Cawrse, b 1901, d 1981, son of Albert and Catherine (Doney) Cawrse.


2  Granville Charles Cowgill b May 1908, OH, d 3 Apr 1961, m(1) 28 Jun 1930, Cuyahoga Co. Louise Francis Reimer, b ca 1908; div 15 Mar 1938 (Louise remarried 9 Apr 1938, William B. Scott); m(2) 30 May 1938, Cuyahoga Co., Dorothy Lechner, b 21 Mar 1911, OH, d 26 Jun 2002. Charles was a veteran of World War II. Bur St Petersburg, FL. No children.


3  James Craig Cowgill (twin), a mail clerk in 1900, b 27 May 1874, Homestead, PA, d 15 Aug 1930, m 4 Dec 1894, Cleveland, OH, Blanche C. Held, b 10 Jul 1873, OH, d 17 Nov 1940, dau of Ferdinand and Jane (Vanderhoof) Held. Both bur Brooklyn Heights Cem., Cleveland.

Children: known are – Russell, Howard


1  Russell James Cowgill b 27 Jun 1896, OH, d 31 Aug 1975, Kitsap Co., WA, m 30 Jun 1917, Cuyahoga Co., OH, Dorothy H. Seelbach, b 12 Oct 1898, OH, d 12 Apr 1975, WA, dau of Peter and Augusta Seelbach. Russell served in the US Marine Corps in World War I, enlisting 14 Jun 1918 and discharged 30 Apr 1919.

Child: known is -


1  Donald R. Cowgill b 16 Jun 1920, OH, d 28 Mar 2005, m 31 Jul 1943, New Albany, IN, Mary Jane Borkenheim, b IN. Donald served in the military in Europe during World War II. He was in civil service at Bangor, WA, retiring in 1985. Lived in Bremerton.

Children: known are (order?) – Donna, Terry, David, Cynthia


2  Howard F. Cowgill b 9 Apr 1906, OH, d 20 Nov 1965, m 5 Oct 1927, Cuyahoga Co., Florence Pauline Roeher, b 10 Apr 1906, OH, d 30 Mar 2009.

Children: known are - Gordon, Audrey


1  Gordon J. Cowgill b 7 May 1929, OH, d 16 Feb 1996, m Laverne A. Gogol. Lived in Cleveland. Gordon was a US Army veteran.

    Children: known are - Gayle, Jeffrey, Heidi


2  Audrey Jane Cowgill b ca 1934, OH, 


4  Adda Doty Cowgill (twin) b 27 May 1874, Homestead, PA, d 23 Apr 1887, Cleveland, OH.


5  Oscar Wood Cowgill b 25 Aug 1876, d 2 Apr 1877, Homestead, PA.


6  Louis McCallin Cowgill b 29 Jan 1878 (draft reg has 1877), Homestead, PA, d 20 Dec 1942, Pensacola, FL, m 29 Nov 1900, Cleveland, OH, Amy Matilda Wilde, b 25 Aug 1880, OH, d 30 Jul 1944, dau of William Harris and Emma (Crawford) Wilde. Louis shown as a newspaper printer in Atlanta in 1920; in Cleveland in 1930. Amy bur Brooklyn Heights Cem.

Children: known are – Lester, Granville, Lois


1  Lester L. Cowgill b 1902, d 19 Mar 1902, age 3w.


2  Granville Webster Cowgill b 19 Nov 1905, d 23 Aug 1988, Cleveland, OH, m 28 Mar 1929, Cuyahoga Co., Ruth Hazel Kalvitz, b 23 Jun 1904, d 2 Feb 1987, Cleveland, OH.

Children: known are – Glenn, Wayne


1  Glenn Richard Cowgill b 17 Jan 1930, d 2 May 2004, m(1) 29 Sep 1951, Kent, OH, Marjorie Ann Kozlevcar, b 7 Apr 1931, d 13 Dec 1981, Cleveland, OH; m(2) Kathleen A. Mitchell, b 20 Mar 1931, d 15 Mar 2008. Glenn was a retired NASA employee; he served during the Korean War as a 1st Lt, US Army. Bur Ohio Western Reserve National Cem. 

Children: known are – Gail, Cynthia, Amy


2  Wayne Louis Cowgill


2  unknown Cowgill, d bef 1910.


3  Lois Alvina Cowgill b 11 Sep 1911, Cleveland, OH, d 28 Aug 1919, GA.


7  Cora Rush Cowgill b 1 Nov 1879, Salem, OH, d 6 Jun 1925, m(1) 27 Aug 1903, Cleveland, OH, Arthur F. Pope, b 1878, Canada; div 20 Feb 1920; m(2) 11 Aug 1920, Cuyahoga Co., Albert E. Smith, b 1880, PA.


8  Francis Marion Cowgill b 25 Nov 1882, Leetonia, OH, d 15 Dec 1959, m(1) 27 Sep 1906, Cleveland, OH, Grace Naomi Hershman, b 24 Dec 1882, d 20 Sep 1952, dau of Samuel Robinson and Naomi Cannon Hershman; m(2) as her 2nd husband, Pearl E. (Rosecrans) Wagner, d 8 Dec 1961. Francis bur Brooklyn Heights Cem.

Children: known are – Evelyn, Marion


1  Evelyn Grace Cowgill b 14 Aug 1907, d 13 Mar 1919. Bur Brooklyn Heights Cem., Cleveland.


2  Marion F. Cowgill b 20 Sep 1915, OH, d 23 Oct 1996, m 30 Sep 1938, Cuyahoga Co., William Milton Hill, b ca 1914.


2  James Alexander Cowgill b 19 Sep 1841, Hampshire Co., VA, d 28 Feb 1918, Connellsville, PA, m 19 Jun 1882, Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV, Margaret "Maggie" E. Gramlich, b 25 Jul 1849, Cumberland, d 19 Mar 1921, Connellsville, dau of Martin and Elizabeth Gramlich of Cumberland, MD. James served in the Civil War, enlisting 16 Aug 1861, a Pvt, Co G, 2d Regiment, Potomac Horn Brigade, Maryland Infantry; discharged 28 Sep 1864 at Cumberland. In 1893 gave residence as New Haven, PA, since Jun 1884; his occupation was conductor and brakeman on the B&O Railroad; had been a miller prior to enlistment. Bur St Joseph Cem., Connellsville.

Children: known are – James, Rebecca, George, Margaret


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1  James Arthur Cowgill b 4 Nov 1883, d 19 Jan 1958, m Emmalou Shaw, b Sep 1881, PA, d 19 Jun 1949.

Child: known is -


1  Ruth Eleanor Cowgill b 1919, PA, m 27 Apr 1946, Fayette Co., PA, Emory John Zinger.


2  Rebecca May Cowgill b 13 May 1886, PA (single in 1930, with brother George).


3  George Bernard Cowgill b 25 Oct 1887, PA, d Sep 1930. Single in 1930, lodging with sister Rebecca.


4  Margaret "Maggie" C. Cowgill b 17 Mar 1889, PA, d 29 Dec 1953, m George Wilson. Lived in Akron, OH.


3  David Ewing Cowgill b 6 Apr 1848, VA, d 5 Mar 1940, m 1882, Minerva Markley, b Nov 1854, PA, d 1946. David was a co-worker of brother James on the B&O Railroad, later a carpenter. He was living near West Newton, PA, age 70, at the time of brother James' death; later in Westmoreland Co., PA. Both bur Hill Grove Cem., Connellsville, PA.

Children: known are (as listed in 1900 census) – Allie, Evaline, Clifford, Ethel


1  Allie (?) W. Cowgill b Jun 1884, PA. No further information.


2  Evaline B. Cowgill b Aug 1886, PA. No further information.


3  Clifford A. Cowgill b Jan 1889, PA. No information after 1900.


4  Ethel W. Cowgill b 27 Dec 1891, PA, d 29 Oct 1989, m 4 Jun 1914, Fayette Co., PA, Walter Mack Clough, b 1884, d 18 Apr 1941, son of Richard and Mary Ellen (McNamara) Clough.


4  George W. Cowgill b 1856, VA (on 1870 PA census). No further information.


5  Elizabeth V. Cowgill b 19 Mar 1859, WV (on marriage cert), m 30 Nov 1885, New Haven, PA, John B. Dawson, b 17 Feb 1859. John was a blacksmith helper in New Haven.


10 Elias Cowgill b 1816 (age 34 in 1850 census, Wyandot Co., OH; appeared single; his apparent step-mother, Rachel Cowgill, aged 68, b in MD, listed with him). He was said to have been one of the sons of Ewing and Susanna, who "went West" earlier. Elias, of Howard Co., IN, is listed in Indiana land records as purchasing a tract in northern IN on 17 Mar 1848. An Elias Cowgill, age 40, born VA, appears on the 1860 census of Marion Co., MO, 2d Ward, Palmyra, as a teacher, “com. School”, residing City Hotel. He was alone. No further information.


11 James Alexander Cowgill b 22 Apr 1818, Cold Stream, d 17 Nov 1882 (in Hampshire Co., of cerebral hemorrhage), m 24 Nov 1842, by Rev Christy Sine, Frances Hiett, b 30 Jan 1813, North River Mills, VA, d 30 Apr 1884, dau of Jeremiah and Lucinda (Kidwell) Hiett. James A. was a teacher and preacher, minister of the Christian Church, one of the pioneer local workers of his denomination. He preached in school houses, one of which was "Old Pine Grove" that stood at the junction of the roads at the top of "Pugh's Hill". He worked chiefly without pay, depending on his farm for a livelihood for himself and family. He organized and laid the foundation for the church building. James served in the Civil War as Chaplain of the 114th Virginia Militia (Confederate). See Capon Valley, Vol I, by Maude Pugh, for further information on this family.

Children: known are - Zachary Taylor, John Marshall, Alexander Campbell, Cyrus Barkley


1  Zachary Taylor Cowgill b 27 May 1847, d 16 Jun 1847.


2  John Marshall Cowgill b 24 Jun 1849, WV, d 17 Dec 1907, WV, m Margaret Ann Hiett, b 1854, d before 1900, dau of Jonathan (oldest son of Jeremiah and Lucinda Hiett) and Margaret (McKee) Hiett. John was a teacher of vocal music, a composer of hymns and songs, both words and music, and author of a textbook on music. He was in DC as a music teacher in 1900. John was an invalid during his last 5 years.

Children: known are - Charles, James, Perry, Herman, Myron, Virginia, Lessie, Elmer, infant, Leona


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1  Charles Cave Cowgill b 6 Feb 1872, WV, d 5 Feb 1936, OH, m 10 Oct 1901, Cora Priscilla Hukill, b 11 Jul 1870, WV, d 26 Jun 1951, dau of James and Providence (Robinson) Hukill. Charles was a minister of the Christian Church, a graduate of Bethany College (1901). In Dayton in 1930. Both bur McPherson Cem., Clyde, OH. Born in Hampshire county, W. Va., Feb. 6, 1872.

Children: known are – Ruth, Esther, Mary Lois, Margaret


1  Ruth E. Cowgill b 5 Sep 1902, PA, d 18 May 1983, m Howard Pritchard, b 1900, d 1988.


2  Esther Eunice Cowgill b 21 Feb 1905, PA, d 4 Jan 1982, m Lawrence Cerel Underwood, b 1904, d 1980.


3  Mary Lois Cowgill b 18 Nov 1906, WV, d 5 Aug 1958, Oberlin, OH. Bur McPherson Cem. Single.


4  Margaret P. Cowgill b 19 Jun 1910, OH, d 26 Nov 1978, Ravenna, OH. Single.


2  James H. Cowgill b 14 Jun 1873, WV, d 6 Feb 1874, aged 7m 22d.


3  Perry F. Cowgill b 18 Aug 1875, WV. No information after 1880.


4  Herman Lowry Cowgill b 29 Mar 1878, WV, m 3 Jan 1901, Hagerstown, MD, (by Charles C. Cowgill) Martha Lorena "Rena" Turner, b ca 1882, d 10 Nov 1967, dau of John Daniel and Martha Jane "Jennie" (Pittinger) Turner. Herman boarding in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD, in 1900; later a printing engineer, employed in the Printing and Engraving Bureau, Washington, DC. No children.


5  Myron Garfield Cowgill b 2 Jul 1881, WV, d 24 Feb 1930, m(1) 16 Aug 1910, Washington, DC, Leona F. Alderton, d 7 Nov 1918; m(2) Ada V. ____ , b ca 1886, PA, d 17 May 1960, age 73. Garfield Cowgill b 2 Jul 1881, WV, d 24 Feb 1930, m(1), Leona Alderton, d bef 1920; m(2) Ada V. ____ , d 17 May 1960, age 73.

Child: known is -


1  Evelyn Louise Cowgill b 7 Aug 1912, DC, d 24 Feb 2002. Career with the DC government. Single.


6  Virginia A. Cowgill b ca 1882, WV, m ca 1909, Smith Compton, b ca 1878, WV. Smith was a streetcar motorman in DC in 1910.


7  Lessie C. Cowgill b 9 Jul 1883, WV, d early?


8  Elmer C. Cowgill b Sep 1885. With his father in DC in 1900; no further information.


9  F. Cowgill (male) b Jun 1887, d Mar 1888 (croup), aged 8m.


10 Leona F. (Lassie J.?) Cowgill b 1889, d 7 Nov 1918.


3  Alexander Campbell Cowgill b 14 Oct 1854, Tomsbrook, Shenandoah Co., VA, d 12 Jul 1936, m 11 Jun 1873, by Elder John A. Corder, Frances Maria Wolford, b 11 Dec 1857, d 25 Dec 1928, West Falls Church, VA, dau of Azariah and Nancy Jane (Shanholtzer) Wolford of Cold Stream. Alexander d West Falls Church; he became ill at 8 A.M. of coronary arterial trouble and died at 12:45 P.M., conscious to the end. His last words were: "Dear Jesus, I'm going!". Son James and wife were with him; funeral service by Rev Harbaugh 14 Jul 1936. Alexander was a teacher and farmer. Both bur in Oakwood Cem. This information, and much more, gleaned from the file in the local courthouse.

Children: known are – Lenore, Ira Vorhees, James Lucas, Ethel Naomi, Grady Ernest, Edna Frances


1  Lenore Cowgill b 18 Mar 1874, d 16 Mar 1906, bur on the homeplace, Sandy Ridge, WV. Single.


2  Ira Vorhees Cowgill b 4 Oct 1880, WV, d 4 Aug 1937, suddenly in his sleep, m 4 Oct 1911, Maud Muriel Johnston, b 8 Jun 1881, OH, d 10 Dec 1945, dau of Andrew and Samantha (Smith) Johnston. They lived in Romney, WV, where Ira was a teacher and lawyer. He is bur Indian Mound Cem.

Child: known is -


1  Hannah Mary Cowgill b 15 Apr 1919, d 23 Jan 2009, m 27 Feb 1943, Earl Sidney Overholtz, b 12 Sep 1916, d 21 Feb 2002, son of Alfred Overholtz. They resided in Romney, WV. Hannah was a teacher at the School for the Deaf and Blind. (Last letter in name has been dropped from spelling). (See page 216, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3  James Lucas Cowgill b 25 Feb 1883, WV, d 23 Feb 1951, m(1) 7 Oct 1908, Washington, DC, Elizabeth Havermale, b ca 1884, WV; m(2) Allie Mae (Bangus) Dudley, b 1 Feb 1894, TX, d 18 Apr 1979, VA. They lived in Falls Church, VA.

Children: known are – Ercell, Russell


1  (adopted dau) Ercell M. Cowgill b ca 1918, VA


2  William Russell Cowgill b 18 Feb 1921, VA, d 15 Dec 1990; m(1) in 1942 (enlistment record); m(2) lic issued 16 Apr 1964, San Antonio, Beatrice J Johnson, 37, of Miami, FL; m(3) 23 Mar 1973, NV, Sarah K. Allen, b ca 1902 (his HOR, DC); div Sarah Korgan 1974 in CA (or in Dallas 6 Mar 1975?). Bur Arlington National Cem. Family?


4  Ethel Naomi Cowgill b 28 Oct 1885, d 6 Oct 1966, m 7 Oct 1916, Washington, DC, Edgar Holmes Fletcher, b 5 Jul 1882, Capon Springs, WV, d 25 Oct 1973, son of Flavius J. and Jemima E. (Kump) Fletcher. They lived in Sacramento, CA, in 1936. No children.


5  Grady Ernest Cowgill b 17 Oct 1888, d 25 Aug 1926, a suicide (suffered from depression). Single. (Note: WV birth records show a female, G. E. Cowgill, dau of A and F Cowgill, b 17 Oct 1889).


6  Edna Frances Cowgill b 31 Jul 1891, d 10 Feb 1953. Single, an invalid. Information in courthouse file, Falls Church, VA.


4  Cyrus Barkley Cowgill b 25 Nov 1858, d 27 May 1859.


3  Martha Cowgill, dau of Elisha and Martha (Ewing) Cowgill, d in infancy (Bible record), ca 1771.


Elisha Parks Cowgill b 14 Feb 1773, Winchester, Frederick Co., VA, d 10 Sep 1855, age 82y 6m 26d, Greencastle, Putnam Co., IN, m 18 Mar 1794, Frederick Co., VA, Nancy Ann Stanton Tarvin, b 4 Nov 1777, Frederick Co., VA, d 4 Jun 1839, age 61y 7m, dau of George and Sarah (Craycraft) Tarvin. Both bur Old Greencastle Cem. Deeds signed by two Elisha Cowgills, apparently father and son, are recorded in Hampshire Co. VA, now WV, dated 9-10-1794 and witnessed by George Tarvin. Elisha moved to Mason Co., KY, in 1797, lived there until 1832, then moved to Putnam Co., IN. He later lived at Greencastle with his son Elisha III, who was quite prominent there. Elisha served in the militia, listed on a muster roll of Capt. William Reed’s Co of Infantry, 29th Regiment, Kentucky Militia, dated 29 Sep 1803 (this muster roll found while tearing down an old building in 1950). Did Elisha have two other daus b 1815-1820? See 1820/1830 Census, Mason Co., KY. Like his father, Elisha was a stone mason, later a farmer. While in KY, he is shown as owning three slaves in 1820. On 11 Apr 1831, Elisha emancipated a slave named Isaac Robertson, "aged 31 years this very day" (Mason Co. Deed Book 35, p403).

Children: known are - Martha, George, Ruth, John W., Betsy, Tarvin (1st), Sarah, Mary, Lucinda, Henry E., Tarvin W., Charles S., Andrew J., Thomas M., William M., Elisha Parks


1  Martha "Patsy" Cowgill b 4 Sep 1795, VA, d 9 Jan 1881 (bur 12 Jan 1881), m 26 Mar 1811 (two other dates have been 9 and 18 Mar 1811, which may have been date of "intention" and/or date license issued), Mason Co., Reuben Bartholomew Smith Jr, a stonemason, b 10 May 1790, VA, d 12 Sep 1868, KY, son of Reuben B. and Margaret (Gallagher) Smith. On the 1880 census, Mason Co., KY, Martha was living with son Henry Smith Sr. Both bur Maysville Cem., Mason Co., KY. (See page 217, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  George Cowgill b 3 Mar 1797, Mason Co., KY, d 25 Aug 1836 (on tombstone: age 36y 4m 22d), Clark Co., MO, m (license issued) 18 Mar 1819, Mason Co., KY, Nancy Reed, b 1797, KY, d 5 Dec 1859, Clark Co., MO, dau of Gen. William Reed. Lewis Co., MO, probate court records "Cowgill, George 14 Oct 1836 Adm Nancy Cowgill and Samuel Musgrove". Names of Nancy Reed Cowgill and living children appear in Mason Co., KY, Court records, Deed Book 60, p253, 4 Apr 1850 (the Cowgill heirs sold property, part of George’s estate, in May’s Lick “on the eat side of Lexington Road”). Listed with Nancy Reed Cowgill in the 1850 census, Clark Co., MO, is her younger sister, Sarah (Reed) Ellison, age 21, b KY, her husband Samuel B. Ellison, age 30, b VA, and child William Ellison, age 2, b MO. They were m in 1845 and record states dau of William Reed. A later census lists other children. George bur in Cowgill Cem., Jackson Twp, Clark Co., MO.

Children: known are – William, Martha, James Milton, Mary, Ann Stanton, Elizabeth Reed, Isaac Reed, Elisha Tarvin, Julia Elizabeth


1  William R. Cowgill, b ca 1820, d 1851, St Francisville, LA. William received an appointment to the USMA, West Point, from Clark Co. for the year 1839/40. Graduated Auguston, KY, in 1841; studied law, settled in St Francisville.


2  Martha Cowgill b 3 Feb 1822, KY, d 13 Aug 1891, m 9 Apr 1839, Clark Co., MO, James Ellison, of St Louis, MO, b 12 Jan 1804, in Ireland, d 3 Mar 1888. Lived Lewis Co., MO, one of the most prominent and successful lawyers in Missouri. (See page 224, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3  James Milton Cowgill b 28 Oct 1823, KY, d 2 Nov 1863, Clark Co., MO, m 30 Jun 1847, Lewis Co., MO, Susan Sinclair, b ca 1828, KY. Practiced law after 1847; was in Nevada City, Yuba Co., CA, in 1850; in Alexandria, MO in 1860. Served in the MO state legislature 1858-1860 as a Democrat. Have copy of letter from James to N. N. Cowgill (Page 24) dated 24 Mar 1860. Apparently no children.


4  Mary R. Cowgill, b ca 1826, KY, d 27 Jan 1851, aged 25y 1m 3d, m 22 Dec 1846, Clark Co., MO, William E. White, age 32, b DE. Mary bur Cowgill Cem. (See page 225, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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5  Ann Stanton Cowgill b ca 1828, KY, m 5 Jan 1848, Clark Co., MO, Benjamin Franklin Hagerman, a speculator, realtor, and lawyer, b ca 1823, Loudoun Co., VA, son of Benjamin A. and Violinda (Skinner) Hagerman. (See page 226, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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6  Elizabeth Reed Cowgill b 28 Sep 1829, d 1 May 1833, bur Concord Cem., near Tilton, Fleming Co., KY.


7  Isaac Reed Cowgill b 14 Aug 1831, d 25 Aug 1836, bur on same day and in same grave with his father.


8  Elisha Tarvin (also shown as Elisha Y.) Cowgill b ca 1832, KY, d 20 Feb 1869 (of consumption), Canton, MO, m 15 Feb 1853, Clark Co., MO, Joannah Bland, b 1835, d 10 Aug 1870 (of congestive fever). They moved to Lewis Co., MO, in 1869, where both died. His obituary described him as “the late editor of the La Grange Democrat”. Shown as owning five slaves in 1860.

Children: known are – Benjamin, Mary Emma, Nannie, Anna, George


1  Benjamin H. Cowgill b 21 Apr 1854, Clark Co., MO, d 30 Aug 1906, Lebanon, Laclede Co., MO, m 5 Jun 1878, Pike Co., MO, Alice Sanderson, of Bowling Green, Pike Co., MO, b Jan 1858, VA, d 1 Mar 1929. Both bur Lebanon Cem. In 1900 census, Lebanon, Laclede Co., MO, stated m 21y. Editor of “The Sentinel” at Lebanon.

Child: known is - adopted son (from one of the “orphan trains”)


William John Cowgill, a printer, b 15 Sep 1877, NY (son of Bernard and Mary Jane Leddy), d 30 Apr 1906, Lebanon, MO, m 3 Jun 1903, Laclede Co., MO, Mabel Marion Weidner. (William’s brother, James Leddy Appling m Mabel’s sister, Bessie Weidner). No children. (Provided by Mary Jo Appling, of West Hills, CA, dau-in-law of James Appling).


2  Mary Emma Cowgill b 15 Aug 1856, MO, d 12 Jan 1924, m 20 Oct 1881, Lewis Co., MO, Frank Marion Devilbiss, b 7 Aug 1855, MO, d 26 Dec 1920. Both bur Forest Grove Cem., Canton, MO.


3  Nannie Cowgill b 24 Mar 1859, d 21 Jun 1861, bur Cowgill Cem.


4  Anna Cowgill b 28 Mar 1861, Clark Co., MO, d 27 Nov 1918 (of influenza), Monticello, MO, m 21 Feb 1884, Frederick Charles Boudreau, b 6 Feb 1859, Lewis Co., MO, d 18 Apr 1944, Canton, MO, son of Frederick Lizzonbeig and Elizabeth (Kerr) Boudreau.


5  George I. Cowgill b 4 Aug 1862 (death cert; 1863 on tombstone), MO, d 19 Feb 1918, m 21 Oct 1891, Lewis Co., MO, Ida Lea Lillard, b 20 Jul 1866, MO, d 25 Aug 1941, dau of Hamilton and Susan (Thompson) Hillard. Bur Forest Grove Cem., Canton, MO.

Children: known are – Frank, Beulah


1  Frank H. Cowgill b 19 Feb 1894, MO, d 20 May 1961, m 9 Jan 1923, Fanny Louise McDermott, b 11 Jan 1896, MO, d 2 Jun 1987, dau of Elijah James and Harriet Elizabeth (Stewart) McDermott. Frank was a farmer in Lewis Co., MO.


2  Beulah V. Cowgill b 28 Jan 1896, d 1974, m 24 Dec 1914, Lewis Co., Thomas Henton Briscoe, b 24 Jul 1895, d 17 Aug 1925, son of Benjamin C. and Louise (Chapman) Briscoe.


9  Julia Elizabeth Cowgill b 3 Aug 1835, d 23 Apr 1847.


3  Ruth Cowgill, dau of Elisha P. and Nancy Ann Stanton (Tarvin) Cowgill, b 11 Jan 1799, KY, d 24 Jan 1819, m 24 Dec 1816, Mason Co., KY, Alason (also “Allison” and “Alanson”) Gray, b 4 May 1793, NY, d 12 Nov 1858, son of Elisha and Martha (Burritt) Gray. He apparently m(2) Jane R. Tarvin - appears with family, Campbell Co., KY, 1830 and 1840, then in Bracken Co., KY, in 1850, age 58, wife, b KY, age 49. Ruth probably d in childbirth.


4  John W. Cowgill b 1 Oct 1800, Mason Co., KY, d 25 Mar 1868, Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO, m(1) 21 Nov 1828, Campbell Co., KY, Mary Glenn, b 13 Jun 1805, d 18 Oct 1839, age 34 (bur Old Greencastle Cem., Greencastle, IN), dau of Robert and Ruth Ann (Dye) Glenn; m(2) 28 Jan 1840 (or 28 Feb 1840), Putnam Co., IN, Rachel Thompson, b 5 Jun 1810, NY, d 30 Oct 1897, Chillicothe, MO. Will of John dated 29 Feb 1868 recorded 30 Mar 1868, Will Book C, p1, named all children except Martha, who apparently died before 1868, though she appears on the 1860 census. John and his brother Tarvin W. were members of the first Board of Directors of DePauw University, Greencastle, Putnam Co., IN. In 1831, he was appointed by Gov Ray to preside as sole judge in Putnam Co. until 8 Jul 1831; presided as common pleas judge until end of 1860. Excerpts from John's obituary, published in the Chillicothe, MO, Spectator of 2 Apr 1868, is in the book Kentucky Pioneers and Their Descendants, by Fowler, published 1967 by the Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, MD. Information on this and other connecting families is also included.

Children: known are (or nine? A Clarinda Cowgill, infant, b 5 Nov 1837, d 9 Jun 1838 and is bur in Old Greencastle Cem.) – Ann Stanton, Ruth Ellen, Elisha, Mary, Martha Agnes, Henry, Sarah Stevenson, Clarissa Baxter


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1  Ann Stanton Cowgill b 1830 (age 20, 1850 census, Putnam Co., IN), m 15 Jul 1852, Putnam Co., IN, William Turner. Said to have moved to CA (not located on census records, but an Anna S. Turner, with husband William, age 42, b PA, were in Union, Ohio Co., IN, in 1860 and 1870).


2  Ruth Ellen Cowgill b 17 Dec 1831, Greencastle, IN, d 1 Jul 1907, Allegheny, PA, bur Cadiz, OH, m 29 Mar 1852, Putnam Co., Jeremiah Tingley, of Allegheny, PA, b 12 May 1826, Cadiz, OH, d 29 May 1915, bur same, son of William and Rachel Durbin (Polson) Tingley. The Tingley Family, by R.M. Tingley, 1910, and The Tingley Family Revised, by M.M. Frye, 1970, details the accomplishments of Jeremiah. (See page 228, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3  Elisha T. Cowgill b 2 Nov 1835 (claimed 1833 on 1900 census), IN, d 1 Feb 1914, m(1) 12 May 1858, Putnam Co., IN, Mary Loucellia “Lucinda” Sadd, b 10 Feb 1839, NY, d 30 Oct 1902, dau of Joseph M. and Corrina Sadd; div, Greencastle (Lucinda remarried, 1 Jun 1863, Putnam Co., George Armstrong); m(2) May 1867, Chicago, Nellie Ornille Blighton, b Jul 1842, NY, d 6 Oct 1911 (on the 1870 census, Elisha’s wife is listed as “Mary S”; on a DePauw bio, she is named “Nellie S.”); div after 1900. Elisha was a sign and portrait painter and Deputy Co. recorder. A member of the Putnam County bar, he served as county commissioner and city clerk and was later elected mayor of Greencastle. However, he made his living primarily as an artist and painter, and several of his paintings hang in the Putnam Co. Courthouse; a collection of his drawings, sketches and clippings is held in the DePauw Univ archives. He is listed on the 1860 census three times: in Putnam Co. with sister Mary and family (Jul); in Boone Co., KY, as a farmhand (Aug); and in Denver (Oct) as a teamster. He was a Civil War veteran, serving as Private in Co A, 78th Indiana Infantry Regiment (60 days), mustering in 29 Jul 1862, discharged 6 Sep 1862 after a gunshot wound to an ankle at Union Town, KY. He also served as Captain of Co F, 123rd Indiana Infantry Regiment, commissioned 20 Oct 1863 (mustered 11 Dec 1863), resigned 10 Jul 1864 at Isom’s Ferry, GA, due to wound; was in Commissary Department and recruiting between active service. His DePauw bio claims he “fought under General Lew Wallace during the Civil War, where he was wounded at the battle of Shiloh.” He was described on enlistment as age 29, occupation: artist, blue eyes, black hair, 6' tall, dark complexion. In 1870, he was in Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO. By 1880, he was back in Putnam Co. In 1910, he was in the Marion Branch National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Officers & Members in Grant Co., IN. Elisha. Both are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, south of Greencastle.

Children: known are – Joseph, Jessie


1  Joseph S. Cowgill b ca 1859, IN (listed on 1860 Census, Putnam Co., IN, with his mother), d early (on an 1898 disability submission, Elisha claimed dau Jessie was his only living child)?


2  Jessie Glenn Cowgill b 10 Nov 1868, MO, d 1931, m 25 Jan 1894, Putnam Co., IN, William Happ, b Nov 1865, IL, d 1942. Jessie graduated DePauw in 1889.


4  Mary G. Cowgill b Aug 1837, IN, d 1909, m 20 May 1857, Putnam Co., IN, Rezin (also as Reason) Hammond, a trader, b 1836, d 1891. Both bur Forest Hill Cem., Greencastle. Mary was a widow on 1900 census, Putnam Co., IN. (See page 228, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5  Martha Agnes Cowgill b 24 Feb 1841, IN. Martha appears on the 1860 census with her parents as a seamstress, Putnam Co., IN. No further information.


6  Henry C. Cowgill b 23 Oct 1842, IN, d 25 Aug 1895, Chillicothe, MO. He was a Justice of the Peace; lived with his mother. Single.


7  Sarah Stevenson Cowgill b 27 Sep 1844, Greencastle, IN, d 22 Jun 1876, m 26 Jul 1865, Livingston Co., MO, as his third (fourth?) wife, Franklin Perry Hearne, a lumber dealer, b 1 Jun 1827, Bourbon Co., KY, d 18 Jul 1895, son of Cannon and Sally (Owen) Hearne. Both bur at Hannibal, MO. See Brief History and Geneology of the Hearns Family, by W.T. Hearns, 1895, by brother Frank. (See page 228, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


8  Clarissa "Clara" Baxter Cowgill b 2 Aug 1847, IN, d 6 Sep 1920, Chillicothe, MO, m 22 Dec 1869, Chillicothe, James M. Abshire, a manufacturer, b 5 Jan 1837, Franklin Co., VA, d 1928, son of Nelson and Mary Abshire. In 1900 census they had been married 31 years and had 8 children, five living. (See page 228, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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5  Betsy Cowgill, dau of Elisha P. and Nancy Ann Stanton (Tarvin) Cowgill, b 1802, KY, d 27 May 1805.


6  Tarvin Cowgill b 18 Oct 1802, KY, d 9 Sep 1805.


7  Sarah "Sally" Cowgill b 27 Jun 1804, KY (shown on 1880 census as “blind”), d 27 Nov 1887, m 15 Mar 1829, Mason Co., KY, Lucius Rousseau Chapin, b 11 Mar 1794, Rockbridge Co., VA, d 1 Feb 1861, Greencastle, IN. (See page 229, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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8  Mary "Polly" Tarvin Cowgill b 4 May 1806, Mason Co., KY, d 1 Feb 1887, m 18 (also 10 or 14?) Jan 1832, George C. Tarvin, b 1806, KY, d 1873, son of Richard and Sarah (Armstrong) Tarvin.


9  Lucinda Cowgill b 17 Mar 1808, KY, d 25 Nov 1811.


10 Henry Ewing Cowgill b 6 Oct 1809, Mason Co., KY, d 22 Oct 1892, Douglas Co., KS, m 5 Sep 1833, Putnam Co., IN, Joanna Nelson Stevenson, b 8 Sep 1813, Lexington, KY, d 7 Aug 1889, KS. Both bur Oakwood Cem., Baldwin, Douglas Co., KS. Henry was a physician (osteopath).

Children: known are (all b Putnam Co., IN) - Benjamin S., Margaret A., Alexander C., John William, Mary E. (or F.), Henry E., Martha, George E., Martha E., James S.


1  Benjamin S. Cowgill b Aug 1834, IN, d 1917, m 16 Oct 1860, Putnam Co., Elizabeth E. Gillespie, b 1840, IN, d 1888 (living in Douglas Co., KS, 1880). Benjamin listed as a machinist in 1870, a teacher and book agent in 1880, and a gardener in 1900, at which time he was age 65 and a widower. In 1910, he is listed as a farmer in Douglas Co; brother James and sister Mary (DeFord) were living with him. Both bur Oakwood Cem., Douglas Co.

Children: known are – Josephine, Frank, Alpheus, Elinor (Nellie), Margaret, Martha


1  Josephine N. Cowgill b Dec 1864, IN, d 1902. Listed with her father in 1870, 1880 as Joanna. A teacher, single in 1900.


2  Frank E. Cowgill b Jun 1867, KS, d 1934. Single in 1900; listed as a patient in the KS State Insane Asylum on the 1910 - 1930 censuses.


3  Alpheus Cowgill b 1869 (age 9/12 in 1870), KS, apparently d before 1875.


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Elinor (Nellie) Cowgill b 1874, KS, d 1949, m 1 Oct 1895, Ottawa, KS, George W. Piersol, b Jun 1869, KS, d 1929. George was a bank president in Oklahoma City in 1910/1920.


5  Margaret A. Cowgill (twin) b 1 Apr 1876, KS, d 1953, m 5 Jun 1905, Ottawa, KS, William H. Dickinson, b ca 1875. Margaret was a teacher.


6  Martha Estella Cowgill (twin) b 1 Apr 1876, KS, d 1962, m 7 Jul 1903, Franklin Co., KS, Harry Herbert Hays, b May 1871, KS, d 25 Jan 1935, son of Martin Plumer and Elizabeth (Myers) Hays; div. Martha (as Estelle C. Hays) a school teacher, “widow”, in Toppenish, Yakima Co., WA, in 1920, and in Rearden, Lincoln Co., WA, in 1930; Harry, “married”, but with no spouse, in Douglas Co. in 1930.


2  Margaret A. Cowgill b 1836 (age 14 in 1850 census), Putnam Co., IN, d bef 1880, m 31 Mar 1857, Alpheus Birch, b 27 Oct 1831, d 10 Feb 1904. They ran a boarding house in Putnam Co.


3  Alexander C. Cowgill b 11 Mar 1839, IN, d 12 Nov 1839 (tombstone inscription), bur Old Greencastle Cem., Greencastle, IN.


4  John William Cowgill b 19 Nov 1840, Greencastle, IN, d 15 Aug 1927, m 6 Dec 1870, Prairie City, KS (by Rev Bryan), Marusha "Rusha" Hale Still, b Dec 1849, MO, d 26 May 1924, dau of Andrew Taylor and Mary M. (Vaughan) Still, of Kirksville, MO. Andrew Still is claimed to be the “father of osteopathy”. John was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as Private, Co H, 43rd Indiana Infantry Regiment and Co D, 55th Indiana Infantry Regiment (90 Days), mustering in 10 Nov 1862 (enlisted 8 Nov 1862); he was also First Sergeant of a company in the 46th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry. On enlistment he was described as age 21; a Putnam Co. native; occupation: teacher; gray eyes; dark hair; 5'8"; light complexion. He was discharged for disability 22 Jan 65. He applied for pension 25 Mar 1879 from KS. John was a farmer and homesteader in Franklin Co., KS. Both bur Princeton Cem., Franklin Co.

Children: known are (the names and dates of children were copied from photo-copies of pages from the Bible of John W. Cowgill) – Margaret Estelle, Johnette, Henry Rutherford, Ralph Elliot, Jessie, Martha Ewing, Martha Still, Jean Paul, Florence Vaughan, Marusha Hale, Gertrude, Alfred Tennyson


1  Margaret Estelle Cowgill b 12 Sep 1871, KS, d 6 Jun 1897, bur Princeton Cem.


2  Johnette "Jo" Cowgill b 5 Sep 1872, near Lazette, Cowley Co., KS, d 16 Mar 1937, m 20 Aug 1900, Ottawa, KS, Richard Elmer Hornbeck, b Mar 1874, KS, d 1950. (See page 231, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3  Henry Rutherford Cowgill b 5 May 1876, Franklin Co., KS, d 22 Jul 1954, Wichita, TX, m 8 Feb 1905, Zoa Ellen Cooper, b 13 Apr 1880, IA, d 10 Apr 1947, TX, dau of James Henry and Martha Elizabeth (Kelley) Cooper. Henry was a Doctor of osteopathy.

Child: known is -


1  Elizabeth Aldeen Cowgill b 27 Dec 1905, KS, d 30 Nov 1994, m(1) Ray Circle; div bef 1930; m(2) Ralph E. Surface, b 1901, d 1974. Resided in Borger, TX.


4  Ralph Elliot Cowgill b 28 Sep 1877, KS, d 11 May 1924, m(1) Grace ____ ; div 1904; m(2), 18 Jul 1908, Jackson Co., MO, as her 2nd husband, Muriel (Shaw) Slason, b 1879, IA, d 1960, dau of Noah F. and Josephine (Riddle) Shaw. Ralph was a physician (osteopath). No children (Muriel had a dau from a previous m).


5  Jessie Cowgill, stillborn 19 Jan 1880.


6  Martha Ewing Cowgill b 15 Sep 1881, KS, d 28 Feb 1882.


7  Martha "Patti" Still Cowgill b 6 Mar 1883, Franklin Co., KS, d 2 Aug 1971, Ottawa, KS, m 16 May 1903, Purl Russell, b 4 May 1881, d 11 Oct 1952. Martha bur Oakwood Cem., Baldwin City, KS.


8  Jean Paul Cowgill b 22 Sep 1885, KS, d 28 Nov 1885.


9  Florence Vaughan Cowgill b 10 Mar 1887, KS, d 27 Mar 1935, m 19 Mar 1915, KS, William Harry Remaly, b 1877, PA, d 1962. (See page 231, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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10 Marusha Hale Cowgill b 22 Sep 1888, KS, d 16 Feb 1889.


11 Gertrude "Gertie" Cowgill b 9 Jan 1890, KS, d 4 Jan 1969, m 26 Apr 1915, KS, Fred Charles Martin, b 1889, KS, d 1972. (See page 232, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


12 Alfred Tennyson Cowgill b 22 Aug 1892, Franklin Co., KS, d 15 Jul 1982, Oroville, CA, m 22 Mar 1913, Paola, KS, Laura Lee Rainer, b 17 Nov 1890 (death certif), Lincoln, NE, d 15 Aug 1969, Oroville, CA, dau of Charles and Iola (McKenny) Rainer (or Rainier). Death certificates listed his occupation as steam engineer and hers as school teacher.

Children: known are – John, George, Alfred Tennyson Jr


1  John Cowgill b 1914, KS (on 1920 Census, Wilson Co., KS). In 1930 and 1940 John was an “inmate” in the Oklahoma Institute for the Feeble-Minded in North Enid.


2  George William Cowgill b 22 Feb 1916, Ottawa, KS, d 26 Nov 1996, m 18 Apr 1936, Carson City, NV, Elnor Beth Chipchase, b 13 Oct 1919, San Francisco, d 20 Nov 1993, dau of Chester Garfield and Ione (Pennington) Chipchase, Neodesha, KS. No children. George was a veteran of World War II. Last address Joshua Tree, San Bernardino Co., CA. NV records show a remarriage 25 Feb 1961.


3  Alfred Tennyson Cowgill Jr b 5 Dec 1919, d 19 Sep 2000, m(1) 1943, Santa Ana, CA, Leonice (Wiedeman) Waite; div 1952-53, Marysville, CA; m(2) 22 Feb 1958, Santa Monica, CA, Patty Ann Meeks, b 17 Feb 1938, Pennsboro, WV, dau of Orville and Lena (Ryan) Meeks. Alfred served as a TSgt in the US Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. He is bur at the National Memorial Cem. of the Pacific in HI. Leonice remarried 19 Jul 1958, NV, Roy Gene Stone. 

Children: known are - Terry, Alfred Tennyson III, Joan, John


1  Terry Lee Cowgill b 19 Aug 1944, d 20 Aug 1944.


2  Alfred Tennyson Cowgill III b 25 Jul 1945, Denver, CO, d 24 Jul 1978, Santa Cruz, CA.


3  Joan Marie Cowgill (See page 232, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4  John William Cowgill


5  Mary Frances Cowgill b 19 Dec 1842, d 6 Jul 1922, Atlantic, IA, m 18 Jan 1868, Greencastle, IN, John Henry DeFord, M.D., b 15 Dec 1839, Uniontown, PA, d 22 May 1900, Ottawa, KS, son of John H. and Harriet (Brownfield) DeFord. Mary was a music teacher. John graduated Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia; was a surgeon with the US Navy during the Civil War, serving on combat ships on the Mississippi River; he was a semi-invalid from his war service. Mary shown with brother Benjamin in 1910. Both bur Highland Cem., Ottawa, KS.


6  Henry Ewing Cowgill (Jr?) b 24 Apr 1845, Greencastle, Putnam Co., IN, d 15 Jun 1927, Burlington, Coffey Co., KS, when widow filed for Civil War pension, m(1) 10 Feb 1870, Ottawa, Franklin Co., KS, Martha Isabel Nash, b 2 Nov 1851, Winchester, Scott Co., IL, d 27 Feb 1889; m(2) 15 Dec 1891, Burlington, Jennie E. Huston, b 29 Mar 1869, d 13 Jan 1892, dau of James and Mary Jane (Shannon) Huston; m(3) 12 Jan 1893, Coffey Co., Nellie M. McGinnis, b Jun 1865, OH, d 1853. Henry served in the Civil War as a Pvt, Co D, 55th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, later with Co I, 115th Indiana and Co F, 133rd Indiana. His obit claims he was captured at Richmond, KY, and spent his sophomore year at Asbury College as a parolee. Henry was a druggist, and Treasurer of Coffey Co. for five years (1883) (see History of Kansas, A. T. Andreas, p 655), and mayor of Burlington for four terms.

Child: known is -


1  Mary Estelle Cowgill b 4 Apr 1873, Burlington, Coffey Co., KS, d 12 Sep 1962, Cook Co., IL, m(1) 4 Sep 1893, Burlington, KS, Lewis Elvin Crandall Sr, b 15 Apr 1864, KS, d 27 Dec 1915, son of Warren and Isabella Crandall; m(2) Iola, KS, Omar L. Cox, b ca 1867, NE. Mary bur Crandall Cem., Coffey Co., KS.


7  Martha Cowgill b 1847, IN, "d 26 Dec 1850, age 3y 10m 5d" (tombstone inscription), bur Brick Chapel Cem.


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8  George E. Cowgill b 1849, IN, d bef 1900, m 30 Sep 1874, Woodson Co., KS, Mary Smith, b 27 Jul 1854, OH, d 20 Mar 1919, dau of John J. and Abigail Smith. Probably the Mrs Mary E. Cougill listed in the 1888 Wichita City Directory. George shown as an express agent and painter in Coffey Co. In 1900, Mary was living alone in Saguache Co., CO; in 1910, she was living with dau Henrietta in Pottawatomie Co., IA; in 1915, she was in the household of son-in-law Charles Decker. Note: family lore, as passed down by Alfred T. Cowgill Sr, had a member referred to as “Lash” who was the “black sheep” of the family for joining the Confederate Army. Could George E. be George Elisha (hence “Lash”)? Need to find in Confederate records.

Children: known are – Mary, Henrietta


1  Mary Maud Cowgill b 22 Jun 1876, OR, d 22 Jun 1906, m 27 Mar 1898, Coffey Co., Charles F. Decker, b May 1876, IA (of a German father).


2  Henrietta “Harry” Ewing Cowgill b Dec 1880, KS, d bef 1920 (?), m 24 Jul 1903, Coffey Co., as his 2nd wife, James N. Cassady Jr, b Jul 1872, IA. Harry listed as a stenographer in the Omaha City Directory for 1899/1900. Apparently no children.


9  Martha E. Cowgill b Sep 1851, IN, d 1934. Martha was a school teacher in Douglas Co., KS, living with brother Benjamin in 1900, and with brother James in 1920/1930. Tombstone in Oakwood Cem. by mother and father. Single.


10 James S. Cowgill b Nov 1853, IN, d 1933. James was living with brother Benjamin in 1900/1910, and with sister Martha in 1920/1930. Tombstone in Oakwood Cem. by mother and father. James was always listed "at home" on census; apparently unable to work.


11 Tarvin W. Cowgill, son of Elisha and Nancy T. Cowgill, b 4 Aug 1811, Mason Co., KY, d 12 Feb 1850, Greencastle, IN, m 25 May 1837, Agnes F. Tarvin, b 1815 (age 35 in 1850 census, IN), KY, d 26 Aug 1853, age 34y, bur Old Greencastle Cem., Greencastle, IN, dau of Richard and Sarah (Armstrong) Tarvin, a brother to Joseph Tarvin who married Martha Cowgill, dau of Elisha and Martha Ewing Cowgill. Tarvin and brother John were on the De Paw University Board of Directors. He became a physician and began his practice in Greencastle, Putnam Co., IN. A Memoir of Dr Cowgill appeared in the Western Christian Advocate, 27 Mar 1850, stating that his parents had sixteen children; also that three of Tarvin's children had predeceased and three survived him. Tarvin is probably the T. C. (also as T. W.) Cowgill who served in the Black Hawk War of 1832 as a 1Sgt in Capt Sigler's Co of mounted riflemen, Indiana Volunteers, formed in Putnam Co.

Children: known are – Sarah, Thomas, Virginia, unk, unk, unk


1  Sarah "Sally" E. Cowgill b 1838, d 26 Nov 1839, bur Greencastle Cem.


2  Thomas H. Cowgill b 1841 (age 9 on 1850 census, IN). No further information.


3  Virginia “Jennie” Cowgill b 1845 (age 5 on 1850 census, IN), d ca 1875, m 13 Sep 1864 (as "Cargill"), Kenton Co., KY, Reuben S. Darnell, b 15 Aug 1842, KY, d 17 Apr 1932, son of William H. and Margaret Darnell. Reuben was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as drummer, Co D, 2nd Kentucky Infantry, then in Battery M, 4th US Artillery Regt. Virginia listed with the Darnell family in Dayton, Campbell Co., KY, in 1870. Reuben m twice more; no children by Virginia.


4  Unknown. Two headstones in cemetery with Tarvin and Agnes; apparently their children, Elly T. Cowgill and Edward Cowgill. No dates.


5  Unknown


6  Unknown


12 Charles S. Cowgill b 20 Jun 1813, KY, d 3 May 1819.


13 Andrew J. Cowgill b 20 Nov 1815, KY, d 23 Sep 1816.


14 Thomas M. Cowgill (twin) b 21 Jul 1817, KY, d bef 1830? (not on 1830 census with family).


15 William M. Cowgill (twin) b 21 Jul 1817, Mason Co., KY, d 14 May 1848, Putnam Co., IN, m 24 Mar 1842, Putnam Co., Rhoda Ann C. Lewis, b 1815 (age 35 on 1850 census), KY, name "Rhodanna", dau of Israel Gregg and Susan Jane (Gaines) Lewis. Rhoda Ann m(2) 21 Aug 1855, Putnam Co., Henry McGill. William bur Brick Chapel Cem., Putnam Co.

Children: known are - Israel Gregg, Tarvin W., Elisha T., Lucy W.


1  Israel Gregg Cowgill (twin) b 15 Jan 1843, d 18 Mar 1872, m 28 Aug 1864, Putnam Co., Elizabeth "Lida" Jane Mullis, b 22 Jan 1848, IN, d 10 Sep 1889, Mt Sterling, Montgomery Co., KY, bur Machpelah Cem., dau of James and Bellona (Lemon) Mullis; she m(2) ca 1877, John R. Jackson. Israel served in the Civil War as a Pvt, Co I, 27th Indiana Infantry, mustering in 12 Sep 1861 and discharged 29 Jan 1863 for disability; he also served as a Sgt, Co C, 115th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (180 days), enlisting 4 Jul 1863 and mustering out 25 Feb 1864. He applied for an invalid pension 28 Feb 1863. Israel bur Putnamville Cem.

Children: known are – Lorena, John Emory, Jessie


1  Lorena "Rena" Cowgill b 8 May 1865, IN, d 7 Nov 1929, m Benjamin Franklin Perry, b 12 Dec 1861, KY, d 26 Apr 1939, son of Thomas Newton and Elizabeth McCormick Perry. Lived in Lexington, KY. (See page 233, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  John Emory Cowgill b 28 Oct 1866, Putnamville, IN, d 16 Dec 1939 (bur 19 Dec 1939), San Carlos, San Mateo Co., CA, m(1) Mary E. Duff, b 20 Jun 1868, d 18 Sep 1892, Mt Sterling, KY, dau of Samuel A. and Sallie A. Duff; m(2) 26 Dec 1894 (date of license), Finney Co., KS, Josephine Roberts, b 15 May 1877, KS, d 1963, dau of Joseph (or Zephaniah) and Martha Roberts; div; m(3) 19 Jan 1903, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA, Sallie Mason Maury, b 25 Nov 1871, Louse Creek, Josephine Co., OR, d 3 May 1971 (bur 10 May 1971), San Bernardino, CA, dau of Col. Reuben Fry and Elizabeth (Chambers) Maury. John and Sallie bur Alta Mesa Cem., Palo Alto, CA. John was in Jackson Co., OR, in 1900, listed as “widower”. Afterwards a railroad agent in San Mateo Co., CA. Although John claimed (on 1910 census) that his marriage to Sallie was his 2nd, a John E. Cowgill, age 28, of Hartland, (Kearny Co., KS) applied for a marriage license in Finney Co., KS, on 26 Dec 1894, to marry Josephine Roberts, age 17, of Garden City (Finney Co.). The wedding announcements in two papers on 29 Dec 1894,  is acknowledged in the social notes.  He is said to have been the "night operator" at the Santa Fe office here (Garden City). Josie Roberts had been employed as a rural school teacher in 1893 and 1894. She then disappears from the book of Teacher's Employed until she returns as Josie Cowgill in 1900. She was a teacher and school principal, in Fremont Co., CO, in 1910 (a 1916 city directory there lists her as “widow of John E”), in WY in 1920, and later in Garden City. Her obituary says she also had taught school in Colorado Springs and Los Angeles. She was a charter member and officer of the Finney Co. Historical Society for many years. An article on Josephine noted that during World War I, she worked in brokerage and insurance business in Casper, WY, and Denver. She returned to Garden City to care for her parents.

Children: known are – Lydia, John Maury, Marvyn


1  Lydia J. Cowgill b Jun 1889, KY, m ca 1912, Edmon A. Modie, b ca 1889, CA. With her Duff grandparents in KY (1900). Later lived in AZ.


2  John Maury Cowgill b 11 Nov 1903, San Ardo, Monterey Co., CA, d 18 Mar 2004, age 100, m 2 Oct 1930, San Bernardino, CA, Nadine Osborn, b 12 May 1909, Aspermont, Stonewall Co., TX, d 1Sep 1998, dau of Otis Fletcher and Jessie Lee (Forrester) Osborn. John retired from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) after more than 40 years of service.

Children: known are – Donald, Diane


1  Donald Maury Cowgill b 6 Apr 1934, Loma Linda, CA, d 29 Dec 1982, Sacramento, CA, m 25 Jan 1956, Atwater, Merced Co., CA, Doris Kay Walker, dau of Frederick Joseph and Mary Ida (McKissick) Walker.

Children: known are – John, Sharon, Donald, Donna


2  Diane Carol Cowgill


3  Marvyn Cowgill b 15 Nov 1910, Redwood City, San Mateo Co., CA, d Aug 2001, Arcata, CA, m(1) 1931, Coyle Clayton Collins; m(2) 1940, Robert L. Whitehead; m(3) 1946, S. Eugene Sowel.


3  Jessie May Cowgill b 10 May 1870, d 10 Sep 1924, m(1) ca 1888, Prosner See, b Mar 1865, KY, son of Jacob and Clarinda See; div; m(2) Stonewall Jackson Boone, b 1863, d 1930. (See page 234, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  Tarvin W. Cowgill (twin) b 15 Jan 1843, d 12 Jan 1868, age 24y 9m 27d. (Note: Tarvin apparently twin of Israel Gregg, but gravestone ages in years and days do not match). Tarvin served in several units during the Civil War: on 10 Jul 1863, he mustered into Co G, 107th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (apparently a short-lived organization organized for a particular threat); on 14 Aug 1863, he mustered into Co C, 115th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (180 days), mustering out on 25 Feb 1864 (he had enlisted in this unit the same day he mustered into the 107th Regiment); on 1 Oct 1864, he enlisted and mustered in (as a substitute for John McCarty) to Co E, 57th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (1 year), mustering out 1 Oct 1865 in Victoria,TX. He is also shown as having been in Co H?, 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery, mustering in 1 Oct 1864, no mustering out date. He was described on initial enlistment as age 18, gray eyes, light complexion, 5'9", and occupation farmer.


3  Elisha T. Cowgill b 1846 (age 4 on 1850 census), IN, apparently d young.


4  Lucy W. Cowgill b 1848 (age 2 in 1850), d ca 1902-1906, KS, m 27 Aug 1865, Jacob L. Mullis, capitalist, b 24 Aug 1845, IN, d 1 Nov 1923, Brazil, IN; div 9 Nov 1869, Greencastle, IN. Jacob remarried 1 Aug 1870, Sarah J., b England, Mar 1849, had dau Edna J. Mullis, b Jun 1892, IN. (See page 235, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


16 Elisha Parks Cowgill (some descendants say P. stands for Parker) b 4 Jul 1819, Mason Co., KY, d 30 Jan 1892, Putnam Co., IN, m 1 Aug 1839, Mary Frances Talbott, b 19 Aug 1820 (family lore says in a KY fort during a war with indians), Shelby Co., KY, d 24 Jun 1895, Putnam Co., dau of William and Sarah (Standiford) Talbott. Elisha was very active in local affairs: elected Putnam Co. Commissioner in 1855 and in 1885 for three year terms, chosen president of the board of county commissioners, served as assessor for Putnam Co. and Greencastle Twp, deputy census enumerator of Marion and Jefferson Twps in 1847, and active as deacon and trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is bur Forest Hill Cem., Putnam Co., IN.

Children: known are - Sarah A., Arvin, William H., a child, Mary J., Martha E., Louisa M., Susan C., Charles E., Alice P., Laura E., Elisha T.


1  Sarah Ann Cowgill b 5 Aug 1840, Putnam Co., IN, d 8 Jun 1884, Putnam Co., m 13 Oct 1861, Robert M. Busby, b 1 Feb 1832, KY, d 8 Jul 1885, Putnam Co., son of Hiram and Nancy (Rice) Busby. (See page 235, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  Arvin (Tarvin?) Cowgill b 2 Aug 1842, apparently d in infancy.


3  William Henry Cowgill b 5 Mar 1844, d 18 Mar 1895, m 16 Mar 1865, Putnam Co., IN, Mary Frances Sinclair, b 1 Jan 1850, IN, d 31 Jan 1908, dau of Richard and Catherine Sinclair.

Children: known are – Elisha, Richard Sinclair, Lillie Lee


1  Elisha L. Cowgill, a farmer and manufacturer, b 4 Jan 1866, d 1941, m 14 Sep 1887, Putnam Co., IN, Anna Elizabeth "Lizzie" Arnold, b 9 Oct 1869, IN, d 1936.

Children: known are – Henry, Elsie, Ruth, Winona


1  Henry O. Cowgill b 27 Jul 1888, IN, d Mar 1889 when 7m old.


2  Elsie Edith Cowgill b 30 Oct 1891, IN, d 1983, m 1 May 1912, Putnam Co., Herschel V. Ruark, b Dec 1890, d 1982. (See page 236, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3  Ruth Cowgill b 25 Feb 1896, IN, d at birth.


4  Winona J. Cowgill b 24 Oct 1898, IN, d 4 Oct 1921, killed by railroad train.


2  Richard Sinclair Cowgill b 24 Mar 1873, d Oct 1956, m(1) 2 Oct 1895, Putnam Co., IN, Ollie Bowman, b 19 Feb 1877, d 29 Jan 1901 (tombstone has 1900, but Ollie is listed on 1900 census as "widowed" - this term has been used in various census records instead of "divorced" or "separated"); m(2) 28 Sep 1907, Putnam Co., Elva Alice Wilson, b 3 Sep 1886, IN (she left Richard and child in 1914, and remarried 24 Jan 1918 to Jesse W Chenoweth); m(3) 16 Apr 1917, Putnam Co., Elsie (Grissom) Truesdale, b 17 Feb 1886, d 10 Nov 1965. Elsie had four sons by previous marriage; one, the oldest, Albert Truesdale, came to live with them.

Children: known are – Louis Bence, Geneva (Nevo) Pearl, Richard Grissom


1  Louis Bence Cowgill b 12 Sep 1897, IN, d 1 Nov 1980, m 14 Mar 1922, Putnam Co., IN, Carribell Reese, b 7 Dec 1893, d Feb 1986. Lived in Greencastle, IN. Louis was a veteran of World War I, serving in the US Army.

Children: known are – Donald, Dorothy


1  Donald Wayne Cowgill b 28 May 1923, IN, d 11 Apr 2005, m(1) 1 Jun 1947, Putnam Co., Cora Gene Branneman, b 1 Jun 1926, WY; m(2) 30 Apr 1960, Oma Smiley, b 5 Jun 1924, d 13 Jan 1999. Donald served in the US Army Quartermaster Corp. during World War II from 1942-46 in the South Pacific.

Child: known is -


1  Lynn Fontaine Cowgill b 2 Feb 1949, IN, d 13 May 1953, Cincinnati.


2  Dorothy B. Cowgill b 29 May 1927, IN, d 13 Jul 2011, m 14 Aug 1949, Putnam Co., William H. Conger, b 19 Aug 1921, IN.


2  Geneva (Nevo) Pearl Cowgill b 1 Feb 1909, IN, d 20 Nov 1997, m 27 Jun 1936, Putnam Co., Rev Edmund R. Warne, b 20 Apr 1915, AR. Lived in Yosemite National Park, then Ojai, CA. (See page 237, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3  Richard Grissom Cowgill Jr b 28 Oct 1921, Fillmore, IN, d 19 Jul 1993, Middletown, IN, m 13 Oct 1946, Randolph Co., AR, Rita Mae Stone, b 24 Dec 1922, d 21 Feb 1992.

Child: known is -


1  Richard W. Cowgill b 9 Oct 1950, d 11 Oct 1950.


3  Lillie Lee Cowgill b 7 Feb 1878, d 6 Jul 1952, m 17 Sep 1896, Putnam Co., IN, Willis D. Wright, a dealer in hardware, b 10 Mar 1877, IN, d 6 Apr 1949. (See page 237, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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4  "Child" Cowgill b 13 Apr 1847, d 15 Mar 1849.


5  Mary Jane Cowgill b 19 Aug 1849, d 14 Dec 1912, Filmore, Putnam Co., IN, m 24 Aug 1876, Putnam Co., John Huber Zeiner of KS, b 7 Jun 1846, near Springtown, Bucks Co., PA, d 30 Jan 1904, Greencastle Putnam Co., IN, son of William and Mary Ann Huber (Huver - Hoover?) Zeiner. (See page 238, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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6  Martha Elizabeth (Elizabeth M.) Cowgill b 5 Aug 1851, d 14 Aug 1913, m(1) 30 Aug 1870, Putnam Co., Stacy Richard "Hawkes" Dicks, b 1847, d 17 Aug 1887; m(2) 6 Apr 1888, John A. Reeves, b Oct 1845, d 6 Oct 1897. Martha's second cousin m a dau of Reason and Nancy (Haslett) Dicks. (See page 239, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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7  Louisa Melissa Cowgill b 17 Sep 1853, d 9 Mar 1879, m 22 Dec 1870, Putnam Co., Henry Clay Reeves, a farmer, b 20 Jan 1848, d 22 Sep 1927, son of John and Elizabeth (Dicks) Reeves of KY. (Henry remarried (2) Mariah L. James, d 1894; (3) 3 Apr 1895, Delila A. (Parish) Sallust, b 1850; had been m 5 years in census of 1900). Henry was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a Private in Co H, 115th Indiana Infantry (enrolled 20 Jul 1863, mustered out with his company on 25 Feb 1864), with Co F, 133rd Indiana Infantry (enrolled 6 May 1864, mustered out with his company 5 Sep 1864), and with Co C, 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery (enrolled 6 Sep 1864, mustered out 22 Jul 1865). (See page 240, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


8  Susan Catherine Cowgill b 17 May 1856, Greencastle, IN, d 25 Feb 1899, Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL, m 5 Nov 1878, Greencastle, Putnam Co., her cousin, Fletcher Hanson Talbott, b 28 Oct 1848, Sangamon Co., IL, d 18 Feb 1930, Springfield, IL, son of Dr Fletcher and Ruth R. (Gatton) Talbott. Fletcher m(2) Susan’s sister, Alice (see below). Susan bur Oak Ridge Cem. (See page 240, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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9  Charles E. Cowgill b 16 Aug 1858, apparently d in infancy.


10 Alice Pauline Cowgill b 8 Feb 1860, d 20 Feb 1914, m 14 Feb 1901, as his 2nd wife, her deceased sister's husband, Fletcher Hanson Talbott.


11 Laura E. Cowgill b 11 Mar 1862, d in infancy.


12 Elisha Talbott Cowgill b 1 Aug 1864, d in infancy.


John Cowgill, son of Elisha and Martha (Ewing) Cowgill, b 8 Mar 1775, VA, d 30 Mar 1840, Pope Co., IL, m 5 Mar 1793, VA, Hannah Buzzard (sister to his brother Ewing’s wife, Susanna; see Page 181), b 12 May 1777, Phoenixville, Chester Co., PA, d bef 1850?. John moved to Mason Co., KY (in KY by 1794), to Washita Co. or country after a few years of terrible sickness; left there and moved near Natchez, Adams Co., MS (he was on jury there in 1804). After some years, moved to TN (on tax list in Davidson Co. for 1811; possibly the John Coggle on the 1805 Davidson Co. tax list) on the Cumberland River near General Jackson; served in TN in the War of 1812 and made his home there, in Davidson Co., TN. He moved near Golconda, Pope Co., IL, ca 1834 - he is listed as a buyer at an estate sale there 23 Jan 1835; a land patent for 40 acres was issued in his name 21 Mar 1836; he was appointed estate administrator for a Mary Anderson, deceased, on 11 Jul 1836. Hannah was living with son Homer and family in 1840. Samuel Paisley, his son-in-law, was appointed administrator of John’s estate. (Names and dates of birth obtained from a copy of a page from the old Family Bible of Elisha Cowgill Sr. Other information obtained from public records. Marriages obtained from Davidson Co., TN, records.)

Children: known are - Elisha, Martha (1st), Martha, Mary, John, Sarah, Abner A., Hannah, John Milton, Susanna, Homer, Virgil


1  Elisha Cowgill b 15 Jan 1794, KY, d after 1850 census, m 5 Oct 1815, Davidson Co., TN, by William Hall, JP, Agnes Wilson, b NC, (age 54-60 in 1850-60 census). Elisha was a farmer in Shelby Co., TN, Dist. 6, 1840-50.

Children: known are – James, Parmelia, John, William, Abner, Thomas, Timothy Duncan, Henry, Lawson


1  James W. Cowgill b 6 Oct 1811 (date on tombstone; age 35, census 1850), TN, d 28 Dec 1859, m(1) 25 Aug 1837, Shelby Co., TN, Viola Givens (age 20-30 in 1840); m(2) by license 13 Sep 1843, Shelby Co., Mary Berry; m(3) 17 Jan 1845, Shelby Co., Susan Branch (age 20 in 1850, NC); m(4) 14 Dec 1853, Sarah M. Rankin (age 16 in 1850), b Shelby Co., dau of Samuel and Marcilla Rankin. James was a farmer in Shelby Co., Dist 6; bur West Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cem., NW of Millington, Shelby Co., TN.

Children: known are – Mary, David, Abner, Agnes


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1  Mary Ann (previously thought to be Mary Abigail) Cowgill b 15 Feb 1847, TN, d 8 Mar 1923, m 1864-65, Griffithville, White Co., AR, George Day Holloway, b 12 Oct 1843, Shelby Co., d 8 Mar 1923, son of George G. Holloway. George bur Dogwood Cem., near Griffithville. Later moved to Prairie Co., AR. (See page 242, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2  David Cowgill ("Doctor" in 1850) b 1849, d during Civil War. With his uncle(?), D. Branch, in Tipton Co., TN, in 1860.


3  Abner B. Cowgill b Oct 1850, TN, d ca 1900, m(1) 28 Dec 1871, Shelby Co., Elizabeth "Bettie" Hanes, age 26 in 1880, b TN; m(2) 28 Jan 1883, Memphis, Mrs. Sarah M. (Harding) Demery, widow of Joseph J. Demery, b Apr 1855, TN. In 1900 Abner and family were in Buffalo Twp, Craighead Co., AR. Sarah remarried there 13 Aug 1901 to J. B Norrid, age 52; she is listed as a widow in 1910; in Mississippi Co., AR, in 1920; remarried there 15 May 1920 to A. J. Alexander.

Children: known are – Mattie, dau, William, Mollie Lue, Myrtle, George, Thomas


1  Mattie Cowgill b ca 1872, TN, m 8 Sep 1887, Memphis, Thomas L. Koonce, b ca 1854, TN. In Craighead Co., AR, in 1910.


2  a dau b Feb 1880, TN. No further information.


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3  William Abner Moses Cowgill b 26 Oct 1883, TN, m(1) 5 Dec 1909, Craighead Co., AR, as her 2nd husband, Mary E. Cadle, b ca 1891, AR; m(2) 8 Dec 1912, Craighead Co., as her 2nd husband, Ada Heath, b 18 Mar 1890, TN, d 7 Dec 1962. William was a cotton farm laborer in MS in 1940.

Children: known are – Gertrude, Virgie, Walter, Woodrow, John, Ellis, Abner, Clyde


1  Gertrude Cowgill, m William Henry Sanders. Lives Ripley, TN.


2  Virgie Cordelia Cowgill b 6 Oct 1913, AR, d 9 Dec 1995, m 2 Dec 1935, Dunklin Co., MO, William Elzie Chipman, b 1905, d 2003.


3  William Walter Cowgill b 29 Apr 1917, AR, d 29 Jan 1979. Last address Echo, Umatilla Co., OR. Probably m Verna Ellon ____ , b 13 Jan 1916, d 30 Sep 1981. Family?


4  Woodrow W. Cowgill b Apr 1918, AR, d 20 Oct 1988, m(1) Della ____; m(2) Maritza Enceda; div 20 Jan 1984. Last address Lakewood, Pierce Co., WA.

   Children: known are - Brenda, Larry, Ronie, Gerald


 1  Brenda Cowgill 

 2  Larry Winford Cowgill b 11 Apr 1946, AR, d 30 Jul 1996, m(1) 10 Oct 1966, Monterey, CA, Carol L. Baird, b ca 1949; m(2) m 25 Apr 1984, Pierce Co., WA, Cynthia Darlene Cox; m(3) m 22 Jul 1985, Pierce Co., Devella Kay Kaiser. Last residence, Puyallup, WA. Larry was a US Army veteran with service in Viet Nam. 

   Child: known is - Larry


 3  Ronie Eugene Cowgill b 18 Apr 1948, CA (mother's maiden: Norton), d 20 Jul 1982, m Vickie Darlene Kaundart, b 13 Oct 1950, CA, d 2 Jan 2011, AR, dau of Gerald Eugene and Ida Louena (Branson) Kaundart; div 27 Aug 1981. Last address Alameda Co., CA. Lived in Tacoma earlier (there is a Tacoma obit). Bur next to his father in Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, WA.

   Children: known are - Ronie, Mark, Rhonda, Rachel

 4  Jerald A. Cowgill b 29 Jul 1952, d 29 Feb 1972, CA (mother's maiden: Norton). Last address Alameda Co., CA. Lived in Tacoma earlier (there is a Tacoma obit). Bur near his father in Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, WA.


5  John “Johnnie” Pershing Cowgill b 23 Aug 1919, AR, d 22 May 1980, m 23 Oct 1938, Mississippi Co., AR, Margaret Arbena Jones, b 16 Jun 1918, d 26 Jun 1997, Cleveland, MS. Johnnie was a cotton farmer in MS in 1940. He  served in the US Army during World War II.

Children: known are – Debbie, Janice, Deloris, Carolyn


6  Ellis Harold Cowgill b 14 Sep 1925, AR, d 8 Oct 1997, m Maude Alice Vaughn, b 26 Sep 1927, d 3 Mar 2002. Last address St Charles, MO. Ellis was a retired maintenance worker in the Francis Howell School District. He served in the US Army in World War II. Both bur Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, MO.

Children: known are (order uncertain) – Alice, Harold, Scott


7  Abner Cowgill Jr b 23 Oct 1934, AR, d 19 Nov 1953, Ripley Co., MO.


8  Clyde Cowgill b ca 1935, AR


4  Mary “Mollie” Lue Cowgill b 2 Aug 1885, TN, d 26 Mar 1925 (of cancer, had one limb removed), Jonesboro, AR, m 30 Jun 1901, Craighead Co., AR, Andrew Jackson Cross, b 4 Aug 1879, d 25 May 1957, Hayti, Pemiscot Co., MO, bur LaFordge Cem., Caruthersville, MO. (See page 243, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5  Myrtle R. Cowgill b Dec 1888, TN, m(1) 18 Oct 1903 Craighead Co., AR, William Henry England, b Jul 1883, AR, son of John P. and Sarah E. England; m(2) Benjamin Franklin Johnson, d Apr 1948, MO; m(3) Henry George. Lived next to her mother in 1910; later in Senath, Dunklin Co., MO. (See page 243, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


6  George Aaron Cowgill b 26 Feb 1892, TN, d 30 Oct 1965, m(1) 8 Feb 1914, Craighead Co., AR, Hattie Larrison, b ca 1897, AR, d 18 Oct 1927, dau of John and Cora Larrison; m(2) 10 Aug 1947, Izard Co., AR, Nellie Porterfield, b 3 Oct 1926, d 30 Jun 2008. George was a farmer in Mississippi Co., AR, in 1920, had his mother-in-law and sister-in-law living with him in 1930 in Craighead Co. Apparently illiterate. Nellie remarried to ____ Steele. Newspaper reports state George was accidentally shot by Nellie.

Children: known are – George, Thelma, Otta, Helen, Ruby, Lee, David, Linda, Marsha, Anita, Esther


1  George Abner Cowgill, d 4 Nov 1918, Mississippi Co., AR.


2  Thelma I. Cowgill b 9 Jan 1920, AR, d 4 Jun 2007, m(1) 27 Feb 1937, Dunklin Co., MO, Fred Bell; m(2) Leslie M. English, b 19 Nov 1918, d 6 Jun 2003. Thelma and Leslie bur White County Memorial Gardens, Searcy, AR.


3  Otta Allen (also as Alvin) Cowgill b 26 May 1922, AR, d 29 Dec 2001, m(1) 23 Sep 1940, Trumann, AR, Violet Lorene Thomas, b 14 Jun 1922, d 8 Nov 2007 (Violet remarried 27 Jul 1968, MI, Marvin LeRoy Riffle); m(2) Betty Jean (Armstrong) Branning, b 15 Aug 1940, d 13 Jun 1997; m(3) 21 Jul 1997, Clark Co., NV, Rosemary Beshires. Last address Stevensville, Berrien Co., MI. Note: Otta div a Saundra Cowgill, 23 Jul 1982, in Washington Co., FL.

   Children: known are - Kennith, Pamela, Judy, Cathy, Tom, Otta, Michael, George, Shirley


4  Helen J. Cowgill b 19 Dec 1924, AR, d 29 Jul 2011, m 29 Jun 1940, Dunklin Co., MO, Gilbert Taylor, b 15 Feb 1922, d 8 Jun 1997.


5  Ruby Elizabeth Cowgill  b 14 Oct 1926, AR, d 10 Feb 1999, m(1) 19 Aug 1944, Craighead Co., AR, Jewel Justus, b ca 1924; m(2) _____ Brant.


6  Lee G. Cowgill


7  David Cowgill


8  Linda Cowgill


9  Marsha Cowgill


10 Anita Cowgill


11 Esther Cowgill


7  Thomas Allen Cowgill b 1 Oct 1896, AR, d Dec 1971, m 24 Dec 1916, Mississippi Co., AR, Ila "Allie" Heath, b 16 Jan 1894, TN, d 15 Nov 1969. A farm laborer in Clay Co., AR, in 1930. Last address Senath, Dunklin Co., MO.

Children: known are – Cornelius, Neva


1  Allen Cornelius "Neal" Cowgill b 10 Jan 1919, AR, d 15 Nov 1947. Single, a farmer in Dunklin Co., MO.


2  Neva Jo(e) Cowgill b 3 Sep 1925, AR, d 16 Nov 1988, m(1) 21 Nov 1938, Craighead Co., AR, Charles Rogers; m(2) 23 Sep 1945, Clay Co., AR, Charles Truman Sims; m(3) 1 Oct 1949, Clay Co., William N. Stanfill, b 12 Feb 1923, d 3 Apr 1987. Note: Neva took out a license in 1944 for marriage to Carl Young, but apparently never exercised it.


4  Agnes A. Cowgill b ca 1852, m 8 Nov 1876, Memphis, William D. Alsop (or Alsup), b ca 1842, TN.


2  Parmelia Cowgill, dau of Elisha and Agnes Cowgill, b ca 1817 (age 10-15 in 1830, 20-30 in 1840), m 14 Jan 1836, by license 14 Jan 1836, Davidson Co., TN, Pleasant Griffin, a farmer in Shelby Co., age 20-30 in 1840. Apparently both d before 1850, when the children were living with their grandparents. (See page 243, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3  John Cowgill b 1815-1820, m 31 May 1842, Shelby Co., TN, Louisa Anderson. Is this the John Cowgill in the 1865 Memphis City Directory (or is he the son of William A., below?)? No further information.


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4  William A. Cowgill b 1824 (age 26 in 1850), TN, m 25 Jun 1848, Shelby Co., Louisa Jones, b 1832 (age 18 in 1850), TN. No further information after 1850 census.

Child: known is -


1  John Cowgill b 1849 (age 1 in 1850). No further information after 1850 census.


5  Abner Cowgill b 1826 (age 24 in 1850), TN, m 3 Aug 1854, Shelby Co., TN, by A. O. Edwards, JP, Caroline Gray, b ca 1835, TN. Abner probably d not long after the 1860 census, as a Mrs Caroline Cowgill m 7 Jan 1864, Shelby Co., William Wales (was he the William Wales, b ca 1843, TN, son of Jeremiah and Mary Wales, and the brother of Mary Wales who m Abner's brother Henry?).

Children: known are (from 1860 Census, Crittenden Co., AR) – Lawson, Sarah


1  Lawson A. Cowgill b 2 Oct 1856, TN, d 21 Jun 1937, age 82, m 28 May 1882, Shelby Co., Effie Churchill, d 21 Oct 1899, age 46, Memphis, dau of Robert and Louisa Cooper (King) Churchill. Both bur Elmwood Cem. Lawson appears with parents in Crittenden Co., AR, in 1860, then in 1880 as a cotton clerk in Memphis. Not located on later censuses, but is listed in Memphis City Directories through at least 1898.

Children: known are (all lived with Lawson Sr in Memphis) – Lawson, Arrabella, Anna


1  Lawson A. “Lossie” Cowgill b 1 Mar 1884, TN, d Mar 1968, m 1917, Deming, NM, Edna Glidewell, b 4 Nov 1887, TX, d 22 Apr 1963. Lawson shown as a civil engineer clerk, age 21, living with sister Arrabella’s family in Memphis on 1910 census; in Deming, NM, in 1920 (there by 1916) as a RR worker. Last address Midland, TX.

Children: known are – Kathryn, Lillian


1  Kathryn Edna Cowgill b 18 Sep 1919, NM, d 2 Aug 2010, m(1) Earl H. Downs; m(2) Garland Casebier.


2  Lillian Price Cowgill b 31 May 1925, NM, d 16 Feb 2011, m(1) 5 Jul 1941, D. T. Walker Jr; m(2) Harvey L. Story, d 14 Jun 1998.


2  Arrabella Cowgill b 7 Dec 1884, TN, d 24 Aug 1958, m 16 Oct 1906, Henry T. Winkelman, b 25 Oct 1870 (tombstone has 1860), TN, d 15 Jul 1938. Henry owned the Winkleman Baking Co. in Memphis, and was active in city politics, serving on the city public works board and other civic committees. Arrabella’s brother, Lossie Cowgill, was a sometime employee, and is listed with the family on the 1910 census.


3  Anna Cowgill. No further information.


2  Sarah Cowgill b 1859, TN. No further information.


6  Thomas Jefferson Cowgill b Oct 1828, TN, d 12 Dec 1884, Memphis, age 56y 2m 14d, m(1) 21 Jul 1853, Shelby Co., Josephine King b 1838 (age 22 in 1860), TN; m(2) 14 Dec 1865, Memphis, Sarah Dennis, b ca 1836, TN; m(3) 26 Sep 1877, Shelby Co., Margaret "Maggie" E. Warner, b Sep 1853, TN. Thomas J. was a farmer in Shelby Co., Dist 6 in 1860 (also shown as owning a male slave that year); a cotton merchant in Memphis 1870, and a grocer in 1880. Maggie, who remarried 24 Apr 1889 (and div) Percy F. H. Hardy, kept a hotel in Chicago, 1900.

Children: known are – Hattie, John, Alfred Frazer, James, Tillie, Thomas, Jessie


1  Hattie A. Cowgill b 12 Mar 1856, d 26 Jul 1899, m 1 Jan 1879, Shelby Co., TN, George W. Griffith, a farmer, near Raleigh, TN, b Nov 1849, TN. Both bur in Ward Memorial Cem., Lucy, TN. (See page 244, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2  John F. Cowgill b 1858, TN, d 25 Oct 1878, Memphis (cert file # 21013A).


3  Alfred Frazer Cowgill b 10 Nov 1868, d 24 Jul 1900 (as a result of a gunshot wound received 7 Apr 1900 in battle at Selinguin, Philippine Islands), m 25 Oct 1894, Emma May Riner, b Apr 1874, Shelby Co., dau of John B. and Mary (or Malinda) Riner; div 30 Jan 1897. Emma remarried in 1913. Alfred enlisted in the US Army 14 Jul 1898 as a private in Co L, 6th Missouri Infantry for the War with Spain (Spanish-American War), and then enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 10 May 1899 when his Army tour of duty ended. On enlistment, he claimed his brother, James C. Cowgill of Atlanta, as his next of kin. Note: Alfred took out a license 15 Feb 1890 to marry Miss M. S. Hill, but apparently never acted on it..

Child: known is -


1  Annie May Cowgill b 14 Sep 1896, TN, d 3 Dec 1913, Memphis, bur Elmwood Cem.


4  James C. Cowgill b 10 Nov 1870, TN, d 26 Aug 1936, Chicago, m 16 Feb 1903, Memphis, Alice M. Stevenson, b 26 Sep 1870, MS, d 7 Jun 1948. James is listed in the Memphis City Directory from 1887-1895 at the same address as Alfred F. as a clerk/steno/bookkeeper with W. R. Moore & Co and others; he was in Atlanta in 1900, and in Chicago 1910-1930. No children.


5  Matilda Pauline “Tillie” Cowgill b Sep 1879, TN, m 10 Aug 1904, Chicago, Melbourne D. Harrod, b ca 1874. Matilda listed as Tillie Hardy in 1900.


6  Thomas Jefferson Cowgill Jr b 8 Nov 1881, TN, m 10 Jun 1908, Cook Co., IL, Mathilda "Tillie" Henrietta Weisenborn, b 18 Feb 1889, IL, d 15 May 1962, dau of Elizabeth Weisenborn (b Germany). Thomas was a newspaper salesman, 1900, a bookkeeper and restaurant owner in Chicago (1910-1930).

Children: known are – Myrtle, Helen


1  Myrtle Elizabeth Cowgill b 7 Oct 1909, IL, d 1980, m(1) 8 Jan 1927, Lake Co., IN, William Taluc; m(2) ____ McKay.


2  Helen "Tillie" Cowgill b 10 April 1912, IL, d 28 July 2010, m 3 Aug 1929, Lake Co., IN, Stanley Gustav Karlsen.


7  Jessie Cowgill b Oct 1884, d 1 Mar 1886, age 1y 4m, Memphis.


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7  Timothy Duncan Cowgill b 7 Nov 1830, TN, d 9 Nov 1893, m(1) 9 Feb 1853, by license 31 Jan 1853, Davidson Co., TN, Cassandra C. Hays, b 1831 (age 19 in 1850), Davidson Co., d 2 Aug 1859, dau of William S. and Mary Hays; m(2) 22 Jan 1865, Shelby Co., Ann Riner, b 23 Mar 1836, TN, d 31 Dec 1876, dau of Alexander and Eleanor Amanda (Strother) Riner; m(3) 24 Dec 1877, Shelby Co., Maggie W. Rodgers, b 1843 (age 37 in 1880), TN, d 3 Mar 1887, dau of W. H. Rodgers; m(4) 31 Aug 1890, S. M. Deveney. Timothy bur with family of niece, Hattie Griffith.

Children: known are – Mary, Martha, Winfred, Thomas, John Duncan, Benjamin, Timothy, George Riley, Gavin Weaver


1  Mary S. Cowgill b 12 Mar 1854, TN, d 31 Mar 1858.


2  Martha E. Cowgill b 2 May 1856, TN, d 3 Sep 1858.


3  Winfred (William?) H. Cowgill b 5 Oct 1858, TN, d 4 Jan 1867.


4  Thomas J. Cowgill b 9 Apr 1866, TN, d Jul 1895, West Point, AR, m 3 Mar 1895, West Point, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Susan Hendrix, b 10 Aug 1873, West Point, d 1 Sep 1945, Compton, CA, dau of William Wallis and F. Addie (Thompson) Hendrix. Lizzie married (2) 21 May 1899, White Co., AR, William Manley Williams Sr and had 3 more children. Thomas bur Dogwood Cem.

Child: known is -


1  Willie Lee Cowgill b 26 Dec 1895, West Point, AR, m 24 Dec 1913, Mt Pisgah, AR, Eugene Cicero Copeland, b 4 Mar 1889, Quitman, AR, d 9 Jul 1949, Batesville, AR, bur in Mt Pisgah, son of Cicero? and Ella V. (Myers) Copeland. Willie Lee lived with her dau Geneva, in Minden, LA (Jul 1985) . (See page 245, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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5  John Duncan Cowgill b 28 Mar 1868, TN, d ca 1896-97, Searcy, White Co., AR, m 20 Nov 1892, Searcy, Sarah Evalina Roberson, b 28 Aug 1870 (1869?), d Mar 1937, dau of Jesse and Nancy J. (Dockary) Roberson. Both bur Searcy, AR (Smyrna?). Eva m(2) Oscar Arnold; m(3) Lee Ross who d 1920.

Children: known are - Willie Mae, Raymond


1  Willie "Bill" Mae Cowgill b 16 Aug 1893 (1891 on draft registration), Searcy, AR, d 7 Aug 1967, m 6 Oct 1915, Memphis, TN, Ethel Boggan, b 29 Aug 1895, Tyro, Tate Co., MS, d 24 Sep 1990, dau of John Esther and Melissa Jane (Bailey) Boggan. Resided in Searcy. Willie bur 10 Aug 1967, Memorial Gardens Cem., Searcy.

Children: known are – Ethel Mae, John Dee, Margaret, Doris Marie, Annie Irene


1  Ethel Mae Cowgill b 22 Aug 1916, Memphis, TN, d 8 Mar 1974, Searcy, bur 10 Mar 1974, Mt Hebron, Joy, AR, m 22 Aug 1936, Joy, White Co., AR, Brady Toshington "Midge" Langley, b 1 Feb 1919, White Co., AR, son of Oscar and Zora (Quattlebaum) Langley. Brady m as his 2nd wife, Lucille (Wood) Fason. (See page 246, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  John Dee Cowgill b 26 Oct 1918, Searcy, AR, d 26 Nov 1997, m(1) Notra? ____, b ca 1920, AR; m(2) 15 Dec 1946, Wynne, AR, Opal Lorene Goodwin, b 19 Oct 1921, Collinsville, Lauderdale, Co., MS, d 14 Jan 1971, Searcy, AR, bur White County Memorial Cem., AR, dau of Otha and Alice (Vest) Goodwin; m(3) 17 Aug 1972, Searcy, Ruth Edith (Rogers) Wright, b 7 Oct 1924, Romance, AR, dau of Hamburg and Macy (Coston) Rogers. John was in the C.C.C. 1936-38; worked in Montana on a cattle ranch until Army service 1942-44; then lived in St Louis 1 1/2 years; in Little Rock, AR, 1944-49, insurance business; in Veterans Administration 1949-1956, then became a partner in his fathers' grocery in Searcy. He sold the store in 1972 and later managed a meat market in Searcy. Ruth had two sons by previous marriage. John shown with a wife and son on the 1940 census, and as married on his WW2 draft registration.

Children: known are - Johnnie, Darrell


1  Johnnie Way Cowgill b 1939, AR, d 4 May 1940.


2  Darrell Wayne Cowgill


3  Margaret Cowgill b 30 May 1922, Armstrong Springs, AR, d 4 Nov 1986, m 30 Mar 1940, Searcy, Charles Quitman Stracener, b 19 Sep 1913, Romance, AR, son of George and Vandelia (Burkett) Stracener. Resided in St Joseph, MO. Margaret bur Jacksonville, FL. (See page 249, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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4  Doris Marie Cowgill b 24 Aug 1923, Armstrong Springs, d 27 Jul 1987, St Louis, MO, m 19 Oct 1940, Searcy, Clell Morris Gasaway, b 23 Jul 1917, McRae, AR, d 19 Nov 1994, son of George C. and Myrtle (Smith) Gasaway. Resided in St Louis. (See page 250, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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5  Annie Irene Cowgill b 2 Jul 1929, Armstrong Springs, m(1) 4 Jul 1946, Searcy, Claudis Clare Fuller, b 25 Jan 1921, McRae, White Co., AR, d 13 Oct 1986, son of James Monroe and Allie Edna (Fullerton) Fuller; m(2) ____ Duke; m(3) ____ Tidwell. Irene took some courses at Univ. of Central Arkansas; worked at various jobs, including three years at Bell Telephone; Claudis worked for Arkansas Power and Light at Searcy 1945-47, at Bald Knob 1947-59, at Heber Springs 1959-72, having been ground man, line man, construction, and service man, finally a dispatcher in the Searcy control center 1972 until retirement 1983. (See page 251, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2  Raymond Cowgill, son of John Duncan Cowgill b ca 1895, d 1896 (about 18 months old, typhoid fever), Searcy.


6  Benjamin A. Cowgill b 7 May 1871, Shelby Co., TN, d 14 Aug 1950, m(1) 6 May 1900, Desha Co., AR, Susanna A. Goble, b 18 Apr 1877, KY or MS (AL on 1920 census), d 11 Apr 1944, Memphis; div; m(2) 19 Jul 1929, Crittenden Co., AR, Lillie May Gentry, b ca 1906, MS; div. Benjamin is shown on the 1920 census rooming alone, and in 1930 with Lillie as his wife. He was an engineer on the Frisco R.R., then 25 years at the U.S. Engineers Reservation, Millington, TN. He d in the State Hospital, Little Rock, AR, of broncho-pneumonia due to arterio sclerotic heart disease, and fracture of the right hip received apparently when he fell out of a wheelchair. Bur in Crittenden Memorial Park Cem., Marion, AR. Lillie May remarried 14 Jul 1943, Crittenden Co., AR, Bennie Cress Crook.

Children: known are – Jennie, Lillian


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1  Jennie May Cowgill b 11 Aug 1901, AR, d 27 Nov 1928, bur Elmwood Cem., m 9 Apr 1918, Memphis, Lee Gammon, b MS.


2  Lillian Helen Cowgill b 19 Mar 1908, TN, d 22 Sep 1982, m 17 Nov 1930, Chicago, Charles D. Solomon; div by 1940. Her mother was lodging with her in Chicago in 1940.


7  Timothy D. Cowgill b 27 Dec 1873, TN, d 10 Mar 1900, age 26, Memphis. Bur in Egypt, near Raleigh, TN.


8  George Riley Cowgill b 18 Nov 1880, d 11 Mar 1954, m(1) 28 Sep 1904, Ionia Goble, sister to Susie, b 23 Feb 1890, AR, d 13 Mar 1923, age 33y 20d; m(2) 29 Dec 1927, Memphis, Mrs. Mabel Hayslip; m(3) Dorothy W. _____, b 1901, d 1965. George, Ionia, and Dorothy bur Elmwood Cem. (George on 14 Mar 1954, Dorothy 25 Apr 1965).

Children: known are – George, Graydon, Elzadie


1  George Timothy Cowgill b 23 Aug 1905, TN, d 29 Mar 1969, m(1) 12 Dec 1929, Crittenden Co., AR, Effie May Bourland, b ca 1904, MS; div? (Effie shown as “single” in 1930); m(2) 20 Apr 1931, Crittenden Co., AR, Mary Helton, b ca 1909; m(3) 1930s, Lorene ____, b ca 1923, MS (as on 1940 census); m(4) Nell C. ____ , b 26 Sep 1917, d 23 Oct 2009. (Did George m(5) Thelma Borge, b 6 Dec 1916, TX, d 24 Mar 2006, Port Arthur? Obit says she had “sister” Liz Cowgill Hilliard of Hemphill, TX).

Children: known are - George, Robert


1  George T. Cowgill Jr b 20 Jul 1927, TN, d Nov 1984, 


2  Robert L. Cowgill


2  Graydon R. Cowgill b 29 Aug 1906, TN, d 12 Mar 1962, m Lizzie Belle Holland. Lived in Jefferson Co., TX.

Children: known are – Graydon Jr, Jerry, Judy


1  Graydon Cowgill Jr


2  Jerry Ben Cowgill


3  Judy Lynn Cowgill


3  Elzadie (or Elzada) Cowgill b 1908, TN, m 18 Jun 1927, Crittenden Co., AR, Henry B. Ellington. Resided in Memphis.


9  Gavin Weaver Cowgill b 20 Mar 1885 (1900 census states b Jan 1885), Raleigh, Shelby Co., TN, d 7 Sep 1972, m(1) 28 Jan 1906, Memphis, Sadie Helen Eoff, b 24 Mar 1885, Tyro, MS, d 11 Oct 1968, Memphis, dau of Edward Etson and Emily (Stephenson) Eoff; div 1941/42, Memphis; m(2) 14 Jul 1942, Marion, AR, Mrs. Vivian Louise Edwards, b 15 Oct 1896, d 17 Oct 1958, bur Elmwood; m(3) remarried 30 Dec 1958, Memphis, his 1st wife, Sadie Helen Cowgill. Gavin d in West TN Chest Hospital, Memphis, TN, from tuberculosis, after a year's illness; bur Tyro, MS.

Children: known are – Vesta Henrietta, Othel Gavin, Helen Lucy, Carl Eoff, Walter Edward, Horace Vernie, Lois Omega, Thomas Timothy, Naomi Jewell


1  Vesta Henrietta Cowgill b 19 Nov 1906, d 1 Jul 2006, m 3 Jun 1928, Memphis, Ross Bertrand Foshee, b 12 Jun 1906, Bemis, TN, son of John Hardy and Emma Virginia (Sellers) Foshee. (See page 252, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  Othel Gavin Cowgill b 16 Jun 1908, d Apr 1989, m 7 Aug 1938, Marion, AR, Mary Louise Baughman, b 26 Jan 1920, Coleman, AL, d 23 Jun 2010, dau of Robert Walter and Leona (Henderson) Baughman. He retired from Firestone. Last address Memphis. Note: Othel and Mary remarried 4 Apr 1942 in Memphis.

Children: known are – Othel Gavin Jr, Cynthia


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1  Othel Gavin Cowgill Jr, m 19 Oct 1962, Memphis, Marie Elizabeth Griffith.

Children: known are – Christopher, Patricia, Susan


2  Cynthia Gesine Cowgill (See page 254, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3  Helen Lucy Cowgill b 13 Dec 1911, d 4 Jan 1989, m 16 Mar 1946, Searcy, AR, Ralph Elihu Rodgers, b 17 Jan 1913, Rector, near Marmaduke, AR, d 20 Jul 1966, Romance, AR, son of Richard Elihu and Lillie Bryon (Gardner) Rodgers. Bur Romance Cem. (See page 254, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4  Carl Eoff Cowgill b 11 Jun 1914, d 9 Sep 1915, Memphis, bur Oakville Methodist Church (Forest Chapel) Cem.


5  Walter Edward Cowgill b 17 Sep 1916, d 14 Apr 1981, Memphis, m(1) Virginia Farris; annulled; m(2) Zoe Frantz; div; m(3) 26 Jun 1946, Hernando, MS, Mae Inez (Purnell) Davis, b 15 Aug 1920, New Albany, MS, dau of Joe Brooks and Effie Lee (Sanders) Purnell. Walter was a veteran of World War II.

Children: known are – Walter Edward Jr, Sandra, Randy


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1  Walter Edward Cowgill Jr b 4 Apr 1951, d in accident 3 Jan 1966, Memphis.


2  Sandra Kay Cowgill


3  Randy Brooks Cowgill


6  Howard Vernie "Red" Cowgill b 13 Sep 1918, d 21 Jul 1998, m(1) 19 Apr 1941, Hernando, MS, Hazel Armstrong, b 29 Dec 1910, bur 21 Apr 1979; div; m(2) 14 Sep 1947, Daisy Gaskins, b 7 Feb 1905, d 10 Dec 1968, Memphis; m(3) 20 Jun/Sep 1970, Hernando, as her 2nd (or more?) husband, Helen Ruth Goosman, b 29 Jun 1910, d 24 Aug 1994. Howard was a retired painter; a World War II veteran.

Child: known is -


1  Howard Edward Cowgill


7  Lois Omega Cowgill b 29 Sep 1920, d 19 Jun 2015, m(1) 30 May 1940, Hernando, as his second wife, Edgar Allen Keeling, b 16 Oct 1918, Mayfield, KY, d 23 Jul 1985, son of John Riley and Nurley (Holland) Keeling; m(2) Marvin Richardson Oxner, d 2006. (See page 255, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


8  Thomas Timothy Cowgill b 26 Sep 1922, d 5 May 1995, m(1) Elizabeth; div; m(2) 17 Apr 1949, Hernando, MS, Nellie Gray (Lancaster) Clymer, b 8 May 1914, Almo, KY, d 7 Sep 1996, widow of James Robert Clymer, dau of Pleas Whitwell and Alpha Omega (Frazier) Lancaster. Resided in Memphis. He was a World War II Army veteran and received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star, the Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal (from an obit).


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9  Naomi Jewell Cowgill (See page 256, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


8  Henry W. Cowgill, son of Elisha and Agnes (Wilson) Cowgill, b 1835, m(1) 11 Jun 1856, Shelby Co., TN, by Thornton F. Anderson, JP, Elizabeth C. Job; m(2) 20 Apr 1862, Shelby Co., again by T. F. Anderson, Mary E. Wales, b ca 1845, TN, dau of Jeremiah and Mary Wales. Henry was a farmer and a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a private in Co D (or B?), 4th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate), which became part of the 3rd Consolidated TN Inf about 9 Apr 1865. No further information.


9  Lawson Cowgill b 1837. Lawson, a farmer, is probably the L. D. Cowgill who served in the Civil War as a private in Co E, 12th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Green's) (Confederate). No further information.


2  Martha Cowgill (dau of John and Hannah Cowgill) b 17 Apr 1796, TN (prob KY), d 17 Nov 1797.


3  Martha Cowgill b 4 Feb 1800, TN (prob KY), d bef 1850, m 29 Oct 1817, by license, Davidson Co., TN, Samuel N. Paisley (shown as Postly in references), b 1790-1800, TN, d bef 1850, son of William and Nancy (Hodge) Paisley. They settled in Pope Co., IL, by 1825. Samuel administered the estates of John and Homer Cowgill.


4  Mary Cowgill b 2 Oct 1801, TN (prob KY), d before 1820, probably in childbirth, m 21 Aug 1817, Davidson Co., TN, by Wm Saunders JP, William S. Hays, b 1795, NC or SC, d shortly before 18 Nov 1861. He m 3 more times. (See page 256, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5  John Cowgill b 13 Nov 1803, TN (prob KY), d 6 Feb 1804.


6  Sarah Cowgill b 19 Mar 1806, TN, d 1850-60, m 28 Nov 1822, Davidson Co., William Binkley, a carpenter, b ca 1802 (age 58 in 1860 census, Hartville, Wright Co., MO), TN, d 1865. (See page 256, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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7  Abner A. Cowgill b 12 Jul 1808, TN, d 24 Sep 1888, m 21 May 1835, Morgan Co., IL, Osee Cowhick, b ca 1814 (age 46 in census of 31 Jul 1860, Winchester, Scott Co., IL), Champaign Co., OH, d 23 Nov 1885, dau of Thomas Andrew and Lucy (Adamson) Cowhick. Abner moved from TN to Scott Co., IL, before 1836. Both bur Winchester Cem., Scott Co. (note: there is an unnamed infant, no dates, also bur there).

Children: known are (as listed with parents in 1860 census; all b Scott Co., IL) – Lucy Ann, Hannah Jane, Catherine, Elizabeth, Mary Etta, Sarah, Abner, Osee, Eliza, John


1  Lucy Ann Cowgill b 1836, m 10 May 1860, Scott Co., IL, Logan George Canatsey, a farmer, b 30 Mar 1838, d 19 Aug 1908, son of George and Evaline (Brown) Canatsey. Lucy Ann apparently d after birth of Georgie as Logan G. m 20 Oct 1868 as his 2nd wife, Eliza Arnold, b Feb 1843, and all children appear in the 1870 census. In 1900 census George stated he had been married 30y and had 9 children, 7 of whom were living. (See page 257, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2  Hannah Jane Cowgill b 22 Jul 1837, IL, d 3 Sep 1921, m 23 (or 24) Jan 1858, Scott Co., IL, William M. Ezard, a farmer, b 1 Mar 1836, d 30 Sep 1912. (See page 257, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3  Catherine Cowgill b 9 Sep 1840 (as stated by son-in-law), IL, d 14 Jun 1900, Caldwell, KS, m 29 Dec 1859, Winchester, Scott Co., IL, George Scarth, b 1837, Morgan Co., IL, d 6 Jan 1900, Chetopa, Labette Co., KS. They lived at Caldwell, Sumner Co., KS. George, a farmer, son of Robert and Martha Scarth, served in the Civil War, enlisting at Winchester, 13 Aug 1862, as a Pvt then Cpl, Co D, 129th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers; discharged 19 May 1865, at New York City. (See page 258, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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4  Elizabeth Cowgill b Dec 1842, Scott Co., IL, d 1918, m 20 Dec 1864, Robert B. Coultas, a farmer, b 1844 (ages 26/36 in 1870/1880 censuses), IL, d before 1897 (when Elizabeth appeared as a resident of Los Angeles, CA), son of Benjamin and Sarah Coultas. (See page 259, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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5  Mary Etta Cowgill b 18 Feb 1845, IL, d 21 Dec 1938, m 21 Mar 1867, Scott Co., IL, John Wesley McLaughlin, b Oct 1845, son of John and Alice (Redman) McLaughlin (a minister in Horton, KS, 1900). Mary bur Rose Hill Cem., Ardmore, OK. (See page 260, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


6  Sarah Cowgill b 1847, IL, d 30 Jul 1877, aged 29y 8m 28d, m 6 Dec 1866, Scott Co., IL, James T. Wells, Dayton, OH, d 22 Jun 1895, Dayton, OH, son of Albert G. and Rebecca (White) Wells. He enrolled Civil War 5 Aug 1862, Pvt Co H, 129 IL Vol Inf, discharged 20 Jun 1865. Entered National Military Home, Dayton, OH, by 1883. Both bur Winchester Cem., Scott Co. (See page 260, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


7  Abner Andrew Cowgill b 26 Dec 1849, IL, d 24 Nov 1927, m 1 Apr 1875, by George W. Stephens, minister, Scott Co., IL, Anna "Annie" Livingston, b 24 Aug 1855, England, d 20 Dec 1930, dau of James and Elizabeth Livingston. Both bur Winchester Cem., Scott Co.

Children: known are – Osee, Sarah, Georgia


1  Osee Elizabeth "Libbie" Cowgill b Mar 1876, IL, d 1955, m 13 Nov 1895, Scott Co., George Henry Day, b Jan 1871, son of William Henry and Sarah Ann (Hoots) Day. (See page 260, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2  Sarah "Sadie" F. T. Cowgill b Jan 1879, IL, d 1967, m 14 Feb 1901, Scott Co., Albert Dean, b 1877, IL (of English parentage), d 19 Mar 1944. Lived in Greene Co., IL.


3  Georgia K. Cowgill b Aug 1883, IL, d 1965, m 1 Oct 1905, Scott Co., Hubert A. Day, b Jan 1885, IL, d 1951, son of Lewis and Henrietta (Thorn) Day. Lived in Greene Co., later to Scott Co., IL.


8  Osee Ellen Cowgill b 5 Aug 1852 (death cert; but claimed Feb 1847 birthdate on 1900 census), IL, d 3 Dec 1930, m(1) 23 Feb 1871, Scott Co., IL, Melvin Langford; div Apr 1874; m(2) 3 Aug 1876, Morgan Co., IL, William Wallace Pogue, b 20 May 1847, IL.


9  Eliza A. Cowgill b Dec 1854 (age 6 in 1860 census), IL, m 14 Dec 1873, Scott Co., IL, John W. Davis, a potter, b Dec 1850, IL (age 29 in 1880 census - Eliza age 25), son of Thomas and Jane Davis. (See page 260, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


10 John T. Cowgill b 13 Mar 1859, IL, d 27 May 1936, m 11 Jan 1881, Morgan Co., IL, Mary Catherine (“Katie”) Brown, b 1 Jan 1863, IL, d 16 Aug 1923. Both bur Winchester Cem.

Children: known are – Osee, Minnie, Fairee, Nellie


1  Osee Cowgill b 1883, IL, d 10 Dec 1885 (“croup”), aged 2y 6m 8d. Bur Winchester Cem.


2  Minnie Cowgill b Jul 1885, IL. No further information.


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3  Fairee Cowgill b Nov 1887, m 27 Sep 1904, Scott Co., IL, Frank C. Hart, b Nov 1871, IA.


4  Nellie Cowgill b 23 Jun 1890, IL, d Jun 1979, m(1) 21 Oct 1915, Lake Co., William T. Kedney, b Nov 1885, OH, son of Malcolm? and Mary H. Kedney; m(2) ____ Buck. Lived in Cook Co., IL. Apparently no children.


8  Hannah Cowgill (twin), dau of John and Hannah Cowgill, b 25 May 1811, TN, living in 1880, m 1 Dec 1827, Davidson Co., TN, James Beasley, b ca 1804 (age 46 in 1850 census, Scott Co., IL), NC, apparently d before census of 1860, as Hannah is listed as a widow. (See page 261, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


9  John Milton Cowgill (twin) b 25 May 1811, TN, killed at age 15 in a sawmill accident, Davidson Co., TN. Obituary appeared in 24 Jun 1826 National Banner and Nashville Whig Newspaper.


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10 Susanna (also as Serena) Cowgill b 4 Jul 1813, TN, m 8 Feb (or 2 Aug?) 1838, Pope Co., IL, George Bazor(e), b ca 1812, AL. Living two households away from younger brother Virgil in 1850.


11 Homer Cowgill b 20 Sep 1815, TN, d 29 Oct 1845, Pope Co., IL, m 29 Dec 1836, Pope Co., IL, Elenor Walters (age 20-30 in 1840), b IL, d before 1850. Samuel Paisley, who handled Homer’s father’s estate, was appointed administrator of Homer’s estate.

Children: known are – Lethia, Thomas


1  Lethia E. Cowgill b ca 1838, d 6 Jul 1895, IL, m 6 Feb 1856 (or 7 Feb 1856?), near Moal (?; not located), IL, Joseph Josiah Bell, b 13 Aug 1834, Pope Co., d 10 Mar 1883, Golconda Pct. He served in the Civil War; enrolled 11 Aug 1862, Pvt, Co A, 120th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers; discharged for disability 1 Oct 1863; resided in the Golconda area, and a short while at Rosiclare. (See page 262, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2  Thomas William Cowgill b ca 1843, d 16 Nov 1862, Grand Junction, a casualty of the Civil War. Thomas enlisted 7 Nov 1861, Pvt, Co K, 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.


12 Virgil E. Cowgill b 26 Jan 1818, TN, m(1) 2 Nov 1842, Pope Co., IL, Lucinda Taylor, b 1825 (age 25 in 1850), VA, d bef 1855 (not on state census that year); m(2) 26 Oct 1856, Pope Co., Missiny Fox, (age 37, 42 in 1850, 60), KY. Virgil, a miller, is listed in census of Pope Co., IL, in 1850, where others in his family appear to have resided. Name mispelled as "Crowgill". The 1860 census, Breckenridge, Jefferson Precinct, Pope Co., IL, lists V. Cougil, b TN, age 42. Virgil had two males under 10 years of age listed with him on the 1855 state census (sons of sister Martha?).

Child: known is -


1  Susan Cowgill b ca 1849, IL, d bef 1880 (?). Susan no doubt is the same child listed in 1860, C. Cougil, age 10. This is most likely the Sarah C. (also as Ayena C.) Cowgill who m 9 Jan 1870, Pope Co., George Greer, b ca 1849, TN. George shown with a different spouse in 1880.


Eleazer Cowgill, son of Elisha and Martha (Ewing) Cowgill, b 7 Nov 1776, VA, d 17 Jul 1863, age 86y 8m 10d, Ross Co., OH, m 10 Dec 1797, Mason Co., KY, Jane McFarland, b 12 May 1780, NH, d 13 Oct 1854, age 74y 5m 1d, Ross Co., dau of Samuel McFarland. Eleazer appeared on the 1810 Tax List of Green Twp, Chillicothe, Ross Co., OH, and on subsequent censuses. Eleazer’s will, dated 9 Mar 1860, was proved 30 Jul 1863. Both bur Grandview Cem., Chillicothe, OH

Children: known are - Martha, Sarah, John, Mary, Jane, Daniel, Anna, Elizabeth, Eleazer Jr, Harvey


1  Martha Cowgill b 7 Feb 1799, OH, d 8 Oct 1861, McLean Co., IL, m 20 Oct 1823, Ross Co., OH, Samuel O'Neal, farmer, b 13 May 1798, VA, d 4 Sep 1865, McLean Co., both bur Barnes Cem. From census of Arrowsmith Twp, Senaca, McLean Co., IL. See History of Champaign County, Ohio, 1881, p675. (See page 262, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2  Sarah Cowgill b ca 1800, OH, apparently d before 1860 census, m 10 Jun 1824, Ross Co., OH by John Entrekin JP, Joseph Redifer, b ca 1799, PA. (See page 263, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3  John Cowgill b ca 1802, OH. Listed with parents and single. No further information.


4  Mary Cowgill b 14 May 1803, OH, d 21 Mar 1884, m 24 Apr 1834, Ross Co., OH, William Oliver, b 30 Jan 1808, near Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD, son of John (b in No. Ireland) and Mary Ann (Beck) Oliver of Washington Co., MD. Came to Ross Co., OH, about 1811, then to McLean Co., IL, in fall of 1852; living in 1880. See History of McLean County, Illinois, 1879, and McLean History, Illinois, by J.L. Hasbrouck, 1924. (See page 264, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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5  Jane Cowgill b ca 1805, Ross Co., OH, d 6 Jun 1876, Marshfield, IN, m 30 Mar 1837, Ross Co., Allen Moore Simpson, b ca 1803, son of Andrew and Belthia Simpson. Jane and Moore moved to Vermillion Co., IN, between 1850 and 1860. Allen was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a Pvt, Co K, 135th Indiana Infantry (90 days).


6  Daniel Cowgill, age between 10/16 in 1820 census, b OH, d before 1830.


7  Anna Cowgill b 8 Oct 1809, OH, d 8 Oct 1887, m 8 Feb 1838, OH, Henry Ritter Arrowsmith, farmer, b 10 Jun 1815, Ross Co., d 26 Dec 1902, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Ritter) Arrowsmith. In McLean Co., IL, 1840 census. (See page 265, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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8  Elizabeth Cowgill b ca 1810 (under 10 in 1820 censuse; 20/30 in 1830), OH, d 1853 (mentioned as deceased in her father’s will), m 20 Dec 1836, Ross Co., OH, William Henry, b 20 Dec 1813, Ireland, son of James and Jane Henry.


9  Eleazer Cowgill Jr b 26 Feb 1815, OH, d 25 Jul 1871, age 56y 4m 29d, Ross Co., m 8 Nov 1838, Hannah ("Catherine" on 1870 census) Oliver, b 1820, OH, d 13 Jul 1893, Columbus, OH, dau of John and Mary Ann (Beck) Oliver. Both bur Grandview Cem., Chillicothe, OH, same plot with parents.

Children: known are – Anna, Louisa, Harvey, Mary, Elizabeth, Adaline, Leroy


1  Anna Cowgill b 2 Sep 1839, Ross Co., OH, d 12 Sep 1855, age 16y 10d, bur Grandview Cem.


2  Louisa Cowgill b 14 Mar 1841, Ross Co., OH, d 26 Nov 1867, age 26y 8m 19d, bur Grandview Cem.


3  Harvey Cowgill b 15 Feb 1843, Ross Co., OH, d 17 Aug 1855.


4  Mary J. Cowgill b 4 May 1845, Ross Co.,OH, d 18 Jul 1861, age 16y 2m 14d, bur Grandview Cem.


5  Elizabeth Cowgill b 6 Mar 1848, Ross Co., OH, d 22 Aug 1855, age 5y(?) 5m 16d, bur Grandview Cem.


6  Adaline Cowgill b 12 Nov 1850, Ross Co., OH, d 15 Sep 1855 (tombstone says “1 y 10m” ?), bur Grandview Cem.


7  Leroy J. Cowgill b 13 Dec 1853, Ross Co., OH, d 2 Feb 1947, m 28 Aug 1881, Fayette Co., Anna F. McLean, b 25 Mar 1853, OH, d 23 Apr 1939, dau of James and Sarah (Gooley) McLean. Apparently no children (Anna had three by first husband). Anna bur New Holland Cem.


10 Harvey Cowgill b 12 Jan 1817, d 14 Aug 1824, aged 7y 7m 7d (headstone in Bethel Cem., Green Twp., Ross Co., OH).


7  Martha Cowgill b 15 Jan 1779 (tombstone and tombstone purchase order, signed by daus Rachel and Nancy and son Thomas, show 13 Dec 1776), VA, d 20 Jun 1856, m 27 Jun 1799, Mason Co., KY, by Rev George Tarvin, Joseph C. Tarvin, b 16 Jan 1773, VA, d 3 May 1847, age 74y 3m 17d, son of George and Sarah (Cracraft) Tarvin. Both bur in Tarvin-Moore Cem. on Dead Timber Road, Carthage, Campbell Co., KY. (See page 266, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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Henry Cowgill b 5 Jan 1782, VA, d bef 1840, m(1) _____, b TN, who d before census of 1820; m(2) 29 Aug 1822, Muhlenberg Co., KY, Sarah "Sally" Jane Price, b ca 1807, KY. After Henry's death, Sarah remarried 17 Dec 1839, George Lores Paugh (also as Loraspaugh), and again 8 Jul 1849, as his 2nd wife, Samuel H. Neel, b 10 Sep 1801, TN, by whom she had two children. Henry appears on the 1802 Territorial Census of MS; in 1805/6, he was in Mason Co., KY, visiting brother Elisha on the way to southern KY (in a letter of John W. Cowgill (Page 227), he remembers this visit and "recollected" Henry had been just married); he appears on Davidson Co., TN, tax lists for 1811. Henry served in TN in the War of 1812 in Capt Creels' Militia Co with his brothers, John and Abner, and in the 1st Regt (Col Wm Metcalfe's), West TN Militia, Capt Wm Mullen's Co. He is listed on tax lists in Muhlenberg Co., KY, beginning 1817, and land purchase records in 1819 (for 50 acres) and 1825 (for 400 acres). On 5 Jan 1828, he appears as a witness to the emancipation of a slave (not his). Henry does not appear on tax lists after 1830 until 1849, when a Henry (this Henry or his son?), appears as a property owner in Muhlenberg Co. Sarah appears on the 1849 list for Union Co. with two children aged 5-15 years.

Children: known are - son, Desire, Mary Ann, son (Joseph?), Elisha, Henry, Sarah Ellen, Edward Y., Virginia, Elizabeth


1  son Cowgill b 1804-1810, KY or TN (shown on 1820 census as working in agriculture; son or hired hand?).


2  Desire Cowgill b after 1810, TN, m 8 Sep 1825, Muhlenberg Co., KY, Benjamin Palmer. No further information.


3  Mary Ann Cowgill b ca 1810, TN, d 7 Nov 1872, m 25 Jul 1827, Muhlenberg Co., Solomon Grace, b ca 1809, KY, son of Greenberry and Jane (Devinny) Grace. Mary and family in Massac Co., IL, by 1839.


4  Joseph Cowgill, b 1814, TN, d 1889, Red Cloud, Webster Co., NE, m Dorcas (Almedia?) Locker, b 2 Apr 1814, OH, d bef 1880, dau of John and Sarah (Whiteman) Locker. Joseph is assumed (need a direct tie-in) to be the unknown son of Henry b 1810-1820 (as listed on the 1820 census). Joseph was a farmer in Jo Daviess Co., IL, in 1850 and 1860 (on 1863 tax lists there), a day laborer in Richardson Co., NE, in 1870 and 1880. Dorcas shown as “blind” in 1870, Joseph a boarder in 1880.

Children: known are – Sarah, Caroline, Josephine (Almedia), Margaret, Joseph, Rebecca, John, Charles


1  Sarah Ann (Susan A. on 1850 census) Cowgill b ca 1838, IL, d ca 1868, m 15 Jul 1855, Willow Springs, Lafayette Co., WI, Milton Dickson (also as Dixon), b ca 1843, IN, son of Andrew and Margaret Dixon. Milton and Sarah in Walnut Creek, Brown Co., KS, by 1860. He is there in 1870 as a widower, living with his brother, Clark.


2  Caroline Cowgill b ca 1842, IL, m or d bef 1860. No further information.


3  Josephine Almedia Cowgill b ca 1846, IL, d 1890 (bur 11 Nov, age 44), m 22 May 1870, Richardson Co., NE, Oscar M. Dixon, b 1848, IL, d 24 Jun 1903, son of Andrew and Margaret Dixon. Oscar was a farmer in Richardson Co. in 1870, living next to his parents. Both bur Riverside Cem., Denver.


4  Margaret Cowgill b 1848, IL, d 3 Aug 1881, age 33y 6m 12d, m 15 Aug 1869, Brown Co., KS, her brother-in-law, Clark Taylor Dickson, b 2 Jun 1847, IL, son of Andrew and Margaret Dixon. Clark remarried 1886. Margaret bur Original Falls City Cem., NE.


5  Joseph E. Cowgill b 19 Feb 1850, IL, d 11 Jun 1892, KS, bur Hamlin Cem., Brown Co., KS, m Elizabeth Tripp, b ca 1849, Canada, d 28 May 1900. Joseph was in St Louis in 1880.

Children: known are – Marcella, Almeda, William


1  Marcella V. Cowgill b Nov 1865, IA, m ca 1884, Owen J. McNiff, b Dec 1859, NY (of Irish parentage). Lived in St Louis in 1900 - 1930.


2  Almeda Belle Cowgill b Dec 1870, IA, m 31 Oct 1889, Red Cloud, NE, George Estey Taylor, b 17 Jul 1866, Cass Co., IN, d bef 1900, son of Theodore and Julia (Mittenberger) Taylor. Widow Almeda was living with sister Marcella in St Louis in 1900. No further information.


3  William Ellsworth Cowgill b 13 Oct 1872, NE, d 15 Sep 1946, m ca 1900, as her 2nd husband, Catherine (Kritzer?) Twelbeck, b 12 Oct 1869, MO, d 14 Feb 1944, dau of George and Mary Twelbeck. Lived in St Louis.

Children: known are – Eugene, Florence, William E. Jr


1  Eugene O. Cowgill b 11 Oct 1900, MO, d 30 Nov 1961, m ca 1928, as her 2nd husband, Irene I. Wilcox, b 5 Jan 1901, MO, d Aug 1987.

Children: known are - Dorothy, Irene, Eugene O. Jr, inf, inf, Robert, Shirley, Chester


Dorothy D. Cowgill b ca 1923, MO


Irene A. Cowgill b ca 1926, MO


3  Eugene O. Cowgill Jr b 14 Jan 1929, MO, d 28 Oct 1998, bur Jefferson Barracks (Sec 1d Site 1263), St Louis, MO, as a veteran (Korean War), USMC, CPL. Last address East St Louis.


4  infant Cowgill (female) b and d 27 Oct 1929.


5  infant Cowgill (male) b and d 27 Oct 1929.


6  Robert Cowgill


7  Shirley Cowgill


8  Chester Cowgill


2  Florence Cowgill b 22 Apr 1904, MO, d 1 Apr 1906. Bur Bethany Cem.


3  William E. Cowgill Jr b 24 Nov 1910, MO, d 26 Dec 1988, St Louis, m Lillian Elizabeth ____, b 4 Sep 1913, MO, d 1 Apr 1995, Lane Co., OR. Family?


6  Rebecca Cowgill b Mar 1852, IL, m 26 Oct 1868, Brown Co., KS, Edward Larkins, b Aug 1842, Ireland. Lived in Brown Co., KS.


7  John H. Cowgill b Jun 1854, IL, d 3 Sep 1906, St Louis, m 5 Apr 1896, Buncombe Co., NC, Anna Louise Stevens, b 27 Mar 1874, NC, d 23 Aug 1923, dau of James Mitchell and Catherine Elizabeth Cecelia (Corpening) Stevens. John shown as a carpenter in St Louis in 1900 near his nephew, William. Anna in Asheville, NC, by 1910; (shown married in 1910, widowed in 1920).

Children: known are – Dorcas, Jessie, Gladys


1  Dorcas L. Cowgill b 18 May 1897, MO, d 8 Mar 1986, m 8 Oct 1916, Buncombe Co., NC, Howard Wailes Gray, b 1891, GA, d 1950.


2  Jessie Marie Cowgill b 3 Jun 1899, MO, d 10 Sep 1958, m(1) 9 Sep 1922, Buncombe Co., NC, Thomas Bocock Price, b 4 Sep 1889, d 13 Sep 1932, St Petersburg, FL; m(2) 6 Aug 1936, Pinellas Co., FL, Erwin F. Fenstermacher. Jessie was a grocer in St Petersburg in 1930; later in PA.


3  Gladys Louise Cowgill b 6 Sep 1904, MO, d 4 Mar 1978, m 1 Dec 1935, Buncombe Co., NC, Cecil Lawrence Ham, b ca 1904, NC.


8  Charles E. Cowgill b ca 1859, IL, d 16 Mar 1916, m(1) ____, d bef 1911 (mge cert to Nettie has Charles as "widower"); m(2) 28 Dec 1911, Silver Bow, MT, Nettie May (Julian) Martin, b ca 1867, UT, dau of Frank Julian. Charles was a student in Brown Co., KS, in 1875, lodging with Jefferson and Almira Gillispie. A 12 Oct 1913 article in the Anaconda (MT) Standard mentions a Nevada "court decree sought by Mrs. N. M. Cowgill, who was deserted by G. E. Cowgill Jan. 24, 1912. They had been married but months, when Cowgill bade his wife good-bye one morning as usual, went to his work. She has not seen him since, and has had but one letter from him. This was a few weeks after his disappearance, and merely informed her that she need not expect him back. He gave no excuse for leaving, and the cause of his action is still a mystery to her. ... Cowgill was an employee of a sewing machine company. After their marriage, his wife gave him the money to buy a horse. He later sold the horse and did not trouble to return the money to Mrs. Cowgill, she says. The decree was granted, and Mrs. Cowgill was given permission to use her former name, Mrs. N. M. Martin." Charles described as a solicitor on his St Clair Co., IL, death cert.


5  Elisha Cowgill b Mar 1817, KY, a miner in Placer Co., CA, by 1860. From the Daily Alta California (Vol 84, Number 111, 21 April 1891) “Judge Prewett today sentenced Elisha Cowgill to imprisonment for life. Cowgill was tried on the charge of having murdered Mark Haney at Bath, this county, on last election day. The jury found him guilty of murder in the second degree.” The Sacramento Daily Union reported on 10 Nov 1890: "Mark Haney, an old resident of Bath, was shot aud almost instantly killed at Bath on Tuesday. It appears that an altercation occurred between Mr. Haney and Elisha Cowgill of that place. Mr. Haney proposed to scratch some name on the Democratic ticket, when Cowgiil protested and abused him After considerable talk. Mr. Haney declared he would vote the straight Republican ticket, and proceeded to. Cowgill told him he would kill him if he did as he said he would, and soon after shot him through the abdomen. Mr. Haney walked a short distance, fell, and shortly after expired. Mr. Haney was a native of Ireland, was well known, the father of grown-up children, and was held in high regard by a large number of friends. He was a pioneer resident of the Divide, aud his old homestead near Bath was a frequent resort for his friends and neighbors. Mr. Cowgill is also an old resident, of very positive and overbearing ways, especially when in liquor. He has for many years attended the Todds Valley ditch. He is 75 years old and also has many friends. Everybody regrets the occurrence. Cowgill had his examination at Forest Hill, and is bound over to appear before the Superior Court on the charge of murder.” In 1900 Elisha was an inmate in the CA State Prison at San Quentin at age 83. No evidence of a family.


6  Henry Cowgill b ca 1823, KY, m(1) 12 Jul 1849, Sarah Agin, b ca 1830, OH, d bef 1860, dau of James and Mary Agin; m(2) Elizabeth Neel, b ca 1840, TN (1850 census has KY), dau of Samuel Neel, Henry’s step-father. Resided in Morganfield and Dist #3, Raleigh, Union Co., KY. (Note: Henry had a Clarence Cowgill, age 13, enumerated in his household in 1860. This is his nephew, son of Henry's sister Sarah, Clarence Holt, listed near Henry in 1870 as age 23).

Children: known are – Ruhama, Alice, Virginia, William E., Gabriella, Matilda, Robert Lee, David A., Anna, Paschall


1  Ruhama B. Cowgill b ca 1852, KY, m 22 Sep 1868, David R. Vint, b ca 1839, PA, a blacksmith. In Union Co., in 1870. No further information.


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2  Alice Gibson Cowgill b Jun 1854, KY, m 20 Jun 1871, Waverly, Union Co., KY, Samuel Lewis Mills, b Jun 1852, KY, d bef 1920. In Union Co. through 1900; with sister Anna in East St Louis in 1920.


3  Virginia Cowgill b 1860, KY, d early (no mention after 1860)?


4  William Elisha Cowgill b Sep 1861 (1900 census), KY, d 18 Jan 1933, m 15 Dec 1889, Stoddard Co., MO, Mary Margaret "Maggie" (Nea) Wilson, b May 1870, MO, d 15 Jul 1933. William was a barber by trade. In Columbus, NM, in 1920; in 1930, William is listed on the census with son Duke, Margaret (as "Mary") with dau Anna. Both d in Los Angeles.

Children: known are – Everett, Herbert Duke, Anna


1  Everett E. Cowgill b 6 Sep 1891, MO, d 29 Aug 1964, Cape Girardeau, MO, m 16 Aug 1919, Butler Co., MO, Cora Scott, b 25 Jun 1896, MO, d 10 Feb 1984. Everett was a veteran of World War I, serving as a Pvt, Co C, 16th Inf Regt. He was injured or wounded (“severely”) 19 Jul 1918. Child: known is - Mary


2  Herbert Duke Cowgill b 29 Jun 1901, MO, d 26 May 1983, m 1 Jul 1931, Los Angeles, Mary Gertrude Taylor, b 25 Jan 1911, NM. Lived in CA.

Children: known are – Herbert, Mary, Lydia, Boyce


1  Herbert Wayne Cowgill


2  Mary Lynn Cowgill


3  Lydia Paulene Cowgill


4  Boyce Lee Cowgill


3  Anna Bernice Cowgill b ca 1904, MO, m ca 1921, as his 2nd wife, Boyce MacPhail, b ca 1890, Scotland.


5  Gabriella Cowgill b ca 1863, KY, m 7 Oct 1874 (at age 11!), Gallatin Co., IL, Benjamin Franklin Haner, b ca 1858, KY. On the 1870 census, Gabriella, age 7, is listed with Sarah (Henry Sr’s widow) and Samuel Neel three households away from Henry. No information after 1880 census.


6  Matilda Cowgill b 11 Jun 1865, d 28 Oct 1866, bur Morganfield City Cem.


7  Robert Lee Cowgill b 29 Nov 1866, Morganfield, KY, d 11 May 1948 (death certificate), East St Louis, St Clair Co., IL, m Dec 1900, Shawneetown, IL, Nellie D. Prather, b 15 Jan 1878, Equality, IL, d 15 Sep 1966, East St Louis, IL, dau of Phillip D. and Hannah (Gully) Prather. Robert and wife lived in Puxico, MO, for many years, moved to Fredricktown, MO, for one or two years, then to East St Louis about 1918.

Children: known are – Glen, Ulys, Ural, Eva Belle, Robert Lee Jr, Rita


1  Glenn Cowgill b 21 Dec 1898, Equality, IL, d 4 May 1970. Glenn was a veteran of World War I, serving as a Pvt, Co L, 10th Inf Regt. Bur Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, MO. Last address East Saint Louis, Saint Clair, IL. Family?


2  Ulys A. Cowgill b 24 Mar 1910, Puxico, MO, d 6 Feb 1972, m 28 Mar 1932, Evelyn Faulkner, b 5 Apr 1915, d 15 Jul 1999.

Children: known are – Betty, Shirley, Joan, Donna, William


1  Betty Cowgill


2  Shirley Cowgill


3  Joan Cowgill


4  Donna Cowgill


William Cowgill


3  Ural H. Cowgill b 13 Aug 1912, Puxico, MO, d 12 Aug 1979. Last address Flora, Clay Co., IL. Probably m to Evelyn E. ____, b 5 Apr 1915, d 15 Jul 1999. Both bur Fairview Heights Cem., St Clair Co., IL.


4  Eva Belle Cowgill b 17 Jun 1915, Puxico, MO, d 17 Feb 2006, m ca Jun 1939, Earl E. Allen. Last address: Hampton, VA.


5  Robert Lee Cowgill Jr b 29 Jul 1917, Fredricktown, MO, d 7 Mar 1999, m 4 Jun 1941, Belleview, IL, Lillian A Boski, b 25 Nov 1914, Springfield, IL, d 31 Aug 1985, dau of Steve and Pauline (Biettchert) Boski.

Children: known are – Robert, Joyce


1  Robert Lee Cowgill III


2  Joyce M. Cowgill


6  Rita A. Cowgill b 11 Apr 1920, East St Louis, IL, d 24 Jul 1991, m(1) _____ Bryant; div; m(2) 8 Apr 1945, Paul F. Lubeck.


8  David Allen Cowgill b Apr 1870, KY, d 8 Dec 1940, Indianapolis, m 25 Jul 1891, Stoddard Co., MO, Emma Way, b Aug 1873, TN, d 3 May 1944, Indianapolis. Bur Floral Park Cem., Indianapolis.

Children: known are – Ethel, Mabel, Audrey, William


1  Ethel Cowgill, d young.


2  Mabel Cowgill, d young.


3  Audrey Basil Cowgill b 7 Mar 1895, MO, d Apr 1964, m 19 Dec 1910, Stoddard, MO, Ruth Mae Henson, b 18 Dec 1892, MO (IL?), d 15 Jan 1985. Bur Floral Park Cem., Indianapolis.

Children: known are – Mildred, Marjorie


1  Mildred Cowgill b 27 Jan 1911, MO, m 12 May 1928, Ernest Miller, b ca 1909, IN.


2  Marjorie Virginia Cowgill b 21 Sep 1919, IL, d 24 Dec 2012, m Harry Emmett White, b 1916, d 2002. 


4  William Henry Cowgill b 24 Mar 1899, Puxico, MO, d 11 Nov 1960, IN, m(1) 3 Jul 1917, Nancy Jane Sullivan, b 1899, MO, d 12 Dec 1937; m(2) Veda L. (Wallace) Fisher, b 5 Mar 1901, d 15 Dec 1978.

Children: known are – Mary, Eugene


1  Mary Louise Cowgill b 22 Nov 1918, Puxico, MO, d 11 Apr 1999, Denver, m 11 Oct 1945, Marion Co., IN, Cornelius Edward Buster.


2  Eugene “Gene” Allen Cowgill b 2 Mar 1927, IN, d 3 Mar 2005, North Ft Myers, FL, m(1) (as her 2nd husband) Joan ____, b 14 Jul 1932; m(2) Vivian Olive (Jackson) Brewer, b 26 Apr 1911, d 13 Jan 2002. Gene was a US Navy veteran. He retired from AT&T Network Services after 30 years of service.

Children: known are (and three step-children) - Judy, Janet, Marilyn, Phillis


9  Anna B. Cowgill b 28 Feb 1871 (1900 census, Stoddard Co., MO), KY, d 13 Feb 1949, m(1) 28 Sep 1890, Stoddard Co., James P. Hobbs, b May 1866, MO; div (James remarried several times); m(2) 1897, Henry F. Maag, b Feb 1871, MO. Anna and Henry in East St Louis in 1920, boarding widowed sister Alice. Anna bur Puxico, MO.


10 Paschall D. (P.?) Cowgill b ca 1874 (age 6, 1880 census), KY. No further information.


7  Sarah Ellen Cowgill b 1827, Muhlenberg Co., KY, d 16 May 1859, m(1) 8 Jun 1846, Morganfield, Union Co., KY, Thomas B. Holt, b 1821, KY, d Dec 1850, son of Harrison and Harriet (Mellmear) Holt; m(2) 20 Oct 1852, William Butler; m(3) 16 Jun 1857, Philemon Alexander Cromwell, b 10 Apr 1810, MD, d 3 Mar 1888, bur Cromwell Cem., Union Co., son of Oliver and Henrietta (Gephart) Cromwell.

Children: unknown, but included the Clarence Cowgill, age 13, enumerated with Sarah’s brother, Henry, in 1860, and listed as Clarence Holt in 1870.


8  Edward Y. Cowgill b ca 1832, KY, d bef 1880 (or 1870?), m 24 Mar 1857, Gallatin Co., IL, Matilda Ann Buckner (Buckman?), b 14 Sep 1839 (or 1838?), KY, d 3 Feb 1919. Matilda also shown as Mary, Martha, and Mattie. Edward (as “E. Y.”) described as a “rum seller” on the 1860 census. Matilda (as “M. A.”) listed as a widow with dau Frances and family on the 1880 census, and as “Mrs E. Y.”, widow, in the 1890 Paducah City Directory. Is Matilda the Mary Cowgill shown as a housewife (widow), age 40, in the Henderson Co., KY, Poor House in 1880? She was in Chicago as Martha (on 1900 census), Mattie (1901 Chicago City Directory) and Mary A. (1910 census) as a widow living with dau Mary Hardin and husband (see below). Place of death was Jacksonville,FL.

Children: known are – Frances, Margaret, son?, Laura, Mary “Addie”, Sarah, Ann


1  Frances Maryman Cowgill b 14 Apr 1858, KY (christened 31 May 1858 at St Vincent's, Union Co., KY), d 10 Dec 1936, m 8 Apr 1885, Clark Co., IN, Theophilus Sale, b 16 Mar 1847, KY, d 6 Oct 1917. Living in Jefferson Co., KY, in 1910.


2  Margaret Ellen Cowgill b 18 Mar 1860, KY (christened 24 May 1860 at St Vincent's, Union Co., KY), d 18 Jul 1922, m 29 Apr 1879, Ferdinand "Ferd" B. Flessenger (Fiessinger), b ca 1857, KY, son of John and Susan Fessinger.


3  son Cowgill? (need 1870 census or other source – M. A. had a granddau Eugenia Cowgill, b Oct 1879 living with her in 1880).


4  Laura G. Cowgill b 29 Sep 1862 (d early? – not on census).


5  Mary Edward “Addie” Cowgill b 9 Nov 1864, KY, m(1) 10 Nov 1880, Union Co., William O'Connell Buckman, b ca 1856, KY, son of E. M. and Jane O. (or Margaret?) Buckman; m(2) 5 Feb 1889, Saline Co., IL, E. C. Reinhart; m(3) 19 Jun 1899, Marion Co., IN, John Hardin, b ca 1864, KY. Mary is enumerated in Chicago in 1900/1910 with her mother, Martha (in 1900, and as Mary A. in 1910). No children.


6  Sarah Josephine Cowgill b 15 Jun 1866, KY. No further information.


7  Ann Young Cowgill b 3 Dec (Oct?) 1867, KY. No further information.


9  Virginia Ann Cowgill b ca 1841, KY, d Aug 1864 (possibly in childbirth), m 3 May 1860, Gallatin Co., IL, Christopher C. “Kit” Harris, b 15 Feb 1840, KY, son of Amos and Nancy (McReynolds) Harris. Kit m(2) Rhoda Marshall.


10 Elizabeth “Betty” M. Cowgill b ca 1843, KY, m 13 Mar 1867, as his 2nd wife, Samuel Riggs, b ca 1836, OH. Did both d before 1880 (their dau and a step-dau shown with Elizabeth’s mother in 1880 as “at home”)?


Alexander Cowgill, son of Elisha and Martha (Ewing) Cowgill, b 9 Feb 1784, VA, d 21 Aug 1865, Union Co., OH, m 12 Jan 1804, Ross Co., OH, by Col. Isaac Dawson, JP, Mary "Polly" W. Crow, b 5 Aug 1788, VA, d 7 May 1865, dau of George and Margaret A. Crow. Both bur in Claibourne Cem., Richwood, Union Co., OH. Alexander served from 16 Mar 1812 to 16 Mar 1813 as a Pvt with the Rangers, U.S. Volunteers, OH, War of 1812. He engaged in manufacture in Radnor Twp, Delaware Co., in 1820; lived in Leesburg Twp, Union Co., in 1830; is listed as a farmer in both 1840 and 1860, but as an "asher" in Claibourne Twp in 1850. An ad in a Chillicothe newspaper dated 5 Aug 1818 states that Alexander Cowgill, of “Springfield Twp, Ross Co.” had taken up a horse described and evaluated at $45; thus Alexander’s children prior to 1818 were probably b in Springfield Twp.

Children: known are - Margaret, Martha, Ewing, George W., Hannah, Hester, Mary, Sarah Jane, Rachel, Nancy


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1  Margaret Cowgill b 16 Oct 1804, Ross Co., OH, d 26 Dec 1870, m(1) 31 Dec 1825, Circleville, Pickaway Co, OH, as his 2nd wife, William Bowsher, b Mar 1799, PA, d 6 Apr 1840, son of Anthony and Christine (Reichelderfer) Bowsher; m(2) 22 Aug 1853, Delaware Co, OH, Samuel Schechter b ca 1799, MD, d 1 Dec 1858. Margaret bur Winamac Cem., Winamac, Pulaski Co., IN.


2  Martha Cowgill b 30 Oct 1806, Ross Co., OH, d 13 May 1856, m 5 Jul 1832, by David Galland JP, Josiah Burge (listed as Birge in Union Co. marriage records), b 1812 (age 48 in 1860 census, OH).


3  Ewing Cowgill b 9 Jun 1809, Ross Co., OH, d 8 Sep 1810.


4  George Watson Cowgill b 14 Jul 1811, Ross Co., OH, d 11 Jan 1881, Union Co., m(1) 1835, Union Co., Susan Smart, b 17 Apr 1817, OH, d 10 Apr 1844, bur in Richwood; m(2) 19 Mar 1849, Marion Co., Elizabeth (Tyler) Robinson (widow of J. Robinson of Logan Co., OH), b 5 Sep 1813, Delaware Co., OH, d 28 Jan 1888, dau of Samuel and Margaret (Smart) Tyler. George and Elizabeth bur at Claibourne Cem. Shortly after his first marriage, George bought a 200 acre farm in Claibourne Twp where they lived until 1876, when they and their son Reuben moved to a farm in Jackson Twp.

Children: known are – Sarah, Isaac, Mary, Martha, infant, Francis Marion, Reuben Tyler, George Watson, Oliver Perry


1  Sarah Cowgill b 24 Apr 1836, d 24 Feb 1883, m 16 Jan 1859, Union Co., by Rev William Debolt, David Jackson Burgoon, b 6 Dec 1834, OH, d 1918, OH, apparent son of Upton W. and Mary (Lash) Burgoon. David m(2) Sarah Phillian. Family all bur Claibourne Cem. (See page 275, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2  Isaac Cowgill b 24 Mar 1838, d 7 Dec 1901, m 15 Mar 1859, Union Co., by Rev J. Sidle, Eunice Mary Beardsley, b 12 Sep 1839, OH, d 3 Apr 1919, dau of Job G. and Patience (Webster) Beardsley. A farmer in Claibourne Twp, Isaac was a Democrat. Mary had been a school teacher and belonged to the Methodist Protestant Church. Mary bur Claiborne Cem.

Child: known is -


1  Ida Adora Cowgill b 8 Dec 1859, d 7 Apr 1941, m 24 Oct 1878, Union Co., William S. Bonner, b 5 Sep 1856, OH, d 6 May 1921, son of John and Isabella J. (David) Bonner. He was a farmer in Thompson Twp, Delaware Co. Both bur Claibourne Cem. (See page 275, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3  Mary Cowgill b 27 Jan 1840, d 18 Jul 1840.


4  Martha Cowgill b 2 Feb 1842, d 15 Dec 1893, m 3 Aug 1871, Union Co., as his 2nd wife, Adam Newhouse, b 30 Jan 1835, Scioto Twp, Delaware Co., OH, d 2 Aug 1910, OH. Adam was a farmer in Scioto Twp, Delaware Co., son of William and Anna (Richey) Newhouse. Adam m(3) Henrietta (Gabriel) McKim. Martha bur Decker Cem., Scioto Twp. Adam bur Boker Creek Cem. Adam was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as Private, Co C, 121st Ohio Infantry, enrolled 22 Aug 1862, discharged 27 Aug 1863 on disability. (See page 276, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5  Infant Cowgill b and d ca 1844, perhaps at death of mother.


6  Francis Marion Cowgill Sr b 3 Feb 1850, d 26 Oct 1920, m 11 Jan 1877, Marion Co., OH, Mary A. Berry, b Jul 1858, Marion Twp, d 31 Mar 1922, dau of Charles and Prudence Berry. Both bur Marion Cem.

Children: known are – Gertrude, Charles, John, Francis


1  Gertrude Marie Cowgill b 14 Jul 1879, Delaware Co., OH, ca 1905, John Drumm, b ca 1880, MI. In MT in 1908, Toledo in 1910.


2  Charles Howard Cowgill b 16 Aug 1881, OH, d 1956, m 25 Nov 1942, Goshen, IN, Chloe Mae Roose, b 7 Dec 1892, IN, d Apr 1986. Charles listed "at home" in 1920; as a writer in South Bend in 1942. Family?.


3  John Oliver Cowgill b 28 Mar 1883, OH, d 1 Feb 1942, m 30 Jan 1911, Marion Co., Rella May (White) Kramer, b 24 Feb 1886, Perrysville, OH, d 18 May 1940, Martel, OH. On the 1930 Census, Marion Co., OH, Rella is listed as “divorced”; three of the children are listed with her, and four are shown as “inmates” at the Marion Co. Children’s Home. John is probably the prisoner, shown as “single”, in the Dayton City Workhouse, same census. Rella remarried to Harry Gilmore.

Children: known are – Lila, Mary, Elwood, Dorothy, Adaline, Ruthella, John, Ima, Edwin


1  Lila Mae Cowgill b 1912, OH, m 15 Aug 1928, Marion Co., Ikey Holmes, b 1907, OH, son of Sidney and Susie Holmes.


2  Mary Alice Cowgill b 1912, OH, d 1983, m 20 Jun 1931, Marion Co., OH, Clarence Leroy Reed, b 1887, OH, d 1960, son of Andrew and Sarah Reed.


3  Elwood “Woody” Wilson Cowgill b 25 Apr 1914, OH, d 28 May 1984, Jacksonville, NC, m Evelyn Garvin, b 7 Jun 1918, OH, d 5 May 2004, dau of Ethel and Fred Garvin. Evelyn remarried as Champagne (but listed as a Cowgill on the SSDI). Last address Swansboro, Onslow Co., NC.

Child: known is -


1  Judy Cowgill


4  Dorothea B. Cowgill b 6 Mar 1916, OH, m 28 Sep 1956, Wayne Co., IN, Frank E. Lee, b 23 Sep 1899.


5  Adeline Cowgill b 1 Feb 1918, OH, d 2 Aug 1984, m 8 May 1937, Marion Co., OH, Clair Beach, b ca 1912, OH.


6  Ruthella Cowgill b 18 Feb 1920, OH, d 16 Aug 1991. Last address Marion, OH. Single?


7  John W. Cowgill b 28 Nov 1921, OH, d 12 Jan 1985, m F. June Keener, b 1 Jun 1919, d 14 Feb 2004. Last address Marion, OH. John was a Cpl, USMC, with service during World War II. Family?


8  Ima Marie Cowgill b 4 Nov 1923, OH, d 6 Nov 1923. Bur Marion Cem.


9  Edwin E. Cowgill b 5 Nov 1924, OH, d 20 Apr 1945, a casualty of World War II. Edwin is bur (Plot D Row 7 Grave 37) Ardennes American Cem., Neupre, Belgium. He was a Sgt, 613th Bomber Squadron, 401st Bomber Group, Heavy, US Army Air Forces; awarded a Purple Heart.


4  Francis Marion Cowgill Jr b 1 Jul 1896, OH, d 1 May 1974, m Josephine DeSanto. No further information.


7  Reuben Tyler Cowgill b 18 Apr 1852, d 2 May 1935, Richwood, m(1) 11 Jul 1875, Josephine Hurd, b 26 Apr 1854, Prospect, d 27 Jun 1913, Jackson Twp, dau of William and Jane (Cotterell) Hurd; m(2) 26 Aug 1914, Marion, Mrs. Caroline "Callie" (Miley) Sipes (div from C. Sipes), b 2 Jun 1874, Wurttemberg, Germany, d 23 Sep 1946, Richwood, dau of George and Catherine Miley. Bur Price Cem. (Josephine bur Claiborne Cem.).

Children: known are - George Wilber, Reuben Hurd


1  George Wilber Cowgill b 24 Jun 1877, Jackson Twp, d 15 Mar 1910, Phoenix, AZ, m 3 Aug 1898, Spokane, WA, Rosena (Rosina, Rozina) L. Thomas, b Jul 1872, IL, dau of Eugene J. and Josephine (Hurd) Thomas. George bur Los Angeles, CA. No children.


2  Reuben Hurd “Squirrely” Cowgill b 23 Oct 1916, Richwood, d 20 Mar 2011, m 17 Jun 1939, Marysville, OH, Lucille Edna Stierhoff, b 4 Mar 1920, Irwin, Union Co., OH, d 6 May 2008, dau of Alfred B. and Matilda (Kleiber) Stierhoff.

Children: known are – William, Paula


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1  William Russell Cowgill, m 12 Sep 1964, Marysville, Doris Jean Cremeans.

Children: known are – Jason, Cassandra


2  Paula Jean Cowgill (See page 277, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


8  George Watson Cowgill Jr b 11 Sep 1854, d 3 Oct 1914, Jackson, Twp, m 12 Apr 1881, Marion Co., Inez Lillian Harraman, b 24 Jul 1858, Claibourne Twp, d 8 Aug 1908, Jackson Twp, dau of Lafayette and Martha Ann (Criswell) Harraman. Both bur Price Cem., five miles north of Richwood.

Children: known are – Ira Everett, Elva Gladys, Elmer Elsworth, George Sherman, Oliver Perry, Eva Martha, Nellie Marie


1  Ira Everett Cowgill (recorded as "Jerry" at birth) b 5 Jan 1882, Jackson Twp, Marion, OH, d 4 Oct 1957, Marion, m(1) 26 May 1919, Huntington, IN, Ethelwyn Mather, b 12 Feb 1894, d 20 Jun 1926 (in an auto/train collision); div 5 Mar 1923, Marysville; m(2) 12 Jan 1929, Edna M. Langstaff; div 11 Feb 1943 (she remarried 20 Mar 1943, Clifton S. Dodge); m(3) 19 Feb 1945, Cincinnati, Helen (Croft) Mautz, b 22 Jul 1900, d 15 Jul 1977, dau of David and Sarah (Unger) Croft of Marion. Ira and Helen bur in Price Cem. No children.


2  Elva Gladys Cowgill b 12 Apr 1884, Marion, OH, d 27 Oct 1969, Findlay, OH, m 24 Dec 1903, Jackson Twp, John Allan McDaniel, b 10 May 1883, Putnam Co., IN, d 4 Dec 1968, Carey, OH, son of John and Josephine (Thomas) McDaniel. Both bur Spring Grove Cem., Carey, OH. (See page 277, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3  Elmer Elsworth Cowgill b 16 Jan 1886, Marion, OH, d 26 Nov 1955, Marion Hospital, m 5 Feb 1920, Union Co., Callie Mae Stultz, b 15 May 1892, Thompson Twp, Delaware Co., d 15 Mar 1958, Delaware Hospital, dau of Phineas and Jennie (Curry) Stultz. Elmer was a farmer, later worked at Marion shops, including nearly 20 years at Commercial Steel Casting. Both bur in Price Cem.

Children: known are – Paul, dau, Vera


1  Paul Elsworth Cowgill b 15 Aug 1920, Jackson Twp, d 29 Dec 2000, m 27 Sep 1942, Columbus, OH, Edna Jane Anders, b 14 Feb 1921, DC, d 20 Feb 1998, dau of Howard Foster and Edna Elsie (Gibbs) Anders. Paul had active Army service in World War II and was a POW, then was Senior Construction Engineer for McDonald's Hamburgers. Had recently moved from Columbus to Richwood, OH.

Children: known are – Jeffrey, Gregory


1  Jeffrey Lynn Cowgill Sr


2  Gregory Paul Cowgill b 5 Sep 1950, Columbus, OH, d 24 Oct 1997, Seattle, WA, m 18 Jun 1989, Bethesda, MD, Sarah Eilenberg.


2  dau Cowgill b 1 Nov 1921, d 5 Nov 1921, age 4d. Bur Price Cem.


3  Vera Jane Cowgill b 24 Sep 1924, Jackson Twp, d 24 Oct 1987, m 13 May 1955, Richwood, Allen Eugene Clark, b 24 May 1926, Marengo, OH, son of Andrew John and Merle LoLee (Rush) Clark; div Oct 1968. (See page 278, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4  George Sherman Cowgill b 7 Aug 1889, Marion, OH, d 12 Nov 1961, Jackson Twp, m 2 Nov 1921, Marysville, OH, Nellie May (Young) Dickason, b 18 Aug 1896, Essex, OH, d 7 Nov 1972, Marion Hospital, dau of Edward and Orpha (Blue) Young. A farmer, Sherman spent his entire adult life on his farm in Jackson Twp and (as he would have preferred) died while attending chores. Both bur Price Cem.

Child: known is -


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1  Edward Francis Cowgill b 18 Dec 1922, Jackson Twp, Union Co., OH, d 5 Nov 1989, m 27 Jun 1948, Marion, OH, Dorothy “Ruth” Moloney, b 5 Dec 1925, near Prospect OH, dau of Ed and Ethel (Saum) Moloney. "Ed" had active service in Army in World War II; a chiropracter. Also served 12 years as Councilman and Mayor of Richwood, OH.

Children: known are – Edward, Pamela, Keith, Kevin


5  Oliver Perry Cowgill b 29 Jul 1891, Marion, d 26 Aug 1971, Richwood, OH, m 24 Dec 1914, Marysville, Edith Marie Reece, b 19 Sep 1895, Clairidon Twp, Marion Co., d 25 Sep 1970 in Hospital, Kenton, OH, dau of Benjamin M. and Sarah Louisa (McKinley) Reece. Oliver farmed all his life, then retired to Richwood. He served many years as Union Co. Jury Commissioner. Both bur Claibourne Cem.

Children: known are - Perry Dwight, George, Vernon, Alberta, Max, Rose Marie


1  Perry Dwight Cowgill b 9 Jan 1916, Jackson Twp, d 19 Mar 1978, Long Beach, CA, m 28 Mar 1938, Mrs. Helen Grace Van Sant, b 22 Mar 1910; div in 1960s in CA. He adopted her son. Dwight had active Army service in World War II; was a dispatcher and driver for long-distance trucking firms; bur Price Cem.

Child: known is -


Robert Leon (VanSant) Cowgill b 10 Jan 1932, Chicago, IL, d 26 Mar 2016.


2  George Watson Cowgill b 23 Jul 1918, Claibourne Twp, d 28 Jun 1974, in an industrial accident, Marion, OH, m 19 Jun 1940, Greenup, Gertrude Ann Pierce, b 9 Dec 1917, Claibourne Twp, d 17 Dec 2015, dau of Pearl and Mary (Bell) Pierce. George farmed and worked at the Marion shops including Whirlpool Corp where he was a mechanical maintenance worker at the time of his death. Bur Price Cem. No children.


3  Vernon Ralph Cowgill b 5 Jun 1920, Claibourne Twp, d 17 Mar 1998, m(1) 8 Jun 1947, Richwood, Margaret Launa Decker, b 24 Jan 1926, Richwood, adopted dau of Lee and Meda Decker; div 1967; m(2) 22 Jun 1970, Ringold, GA, Henrietta (Moyer) Sullivan, b 11 Jan 1913, Richwood, d 17 Feb 2001, dau of Charles R. and Lola (Griffith) Moyer. Vernon had active Army service in World War II (paratrooper); farmed for several years, retired in 1981 after 23 1/2 yrs with the State of Ohio, the last eight as security guard at the Marion Correctional Institution.

Children: known are – Ralph, Elaine, Dennis


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4  Alberta Grace Cowgill b 11 Apr 1922, Claibourne Twp, Union Co., OH, d 26 Jul 1994, Attica, OH, m 31 Mar 1945, Westminster, MD, Charles Richard Aukland, b 29 Dec 1917, Millcreek Twp, Union Co., son of Harry C. and Eva L. (Easton) Aukland. Charles and Alberta maintained a family business of Aukland's Flower and Gift Shoppe in their home for over eleven years; Charles was a Sohio distributer for over 30 years. (See page 280, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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5  Max Reece Cowgill b 5 Sep 1929, Claibourne Twp, d 2 Apr 1998, m 18 Oct 1952, Attica, Marian Delores Laulis, b 31 Jul 1930, Muncie, IN, d 16 Feb 2013, dau of James E. and Edna Ethel (McCreery) Laulis. Max had active Army service in the Korean Conflict; had been employed over 16 years with PPG Industries, Delaware, OH.

Children: known are – Diane, Kirt, Annette


1  Diane Renee Cowgill (See page 281, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2  Kirt Erwin Cowgill


3  Annette Patrice Cowgill (See page 281, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


6  Rose Marie Cowgill b 2 Nov 1931, d 9 Nov 2013, m 15 Dec 1952, Claibourne, OH, Donald Eugene Cook, Claibourne Twp, b 7 Sep 1930, Magnetic Springs, OH, d 14 Jan 1994, Franklin Co., OH, son of Loren and Sarah (Riley) Cook. Don joined his father's firm of Cook Real Estate in 1957 and became the sole proprietor; served in 1981 as President of the Ohio Ass'n of Realtors. (See page 281, Cowgill History, for more on this family).


6  Eva Martha Cowgill b 2 Dec 1894, Marion, OH, d 31 Jan 1953, Richwood, OH, m 12 Aug 1919, Newport, KY, Marion Cratty Winter, b 15 Aug 1898, Richwood, d 12 Feb 1967, Kenton, son of Lloyd and Mina (Cratty) Winter. Marion joined his father, then continued with Winter Funeral Home along with Winter Music and Appliance Store. Both bur Claibourne Cem. (See page 281, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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7  Nellie Marie Cowgill b 4 Feb 1898, Marion, d 10 Jul 1981, Marysville (bur Oakdale Cem.), m 17 May 1925, Richwood, Walter Christopher Conred Asman, b 25 May 1897, Paris Twp, Union Co., d 23 Mar 1991, Chandler, AZ, bur Marysville, OH, son of John and Anna M. (Koerner) Asman. He operated a wholesale and retail meat business for 27y; also farmed. (See page 282, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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9  Oliver Perry Cowgill b 16 Jun 1856, Claibourne Twp, d 2 Mar 1880. He was a wrestler and died of injuries. Bur with his parents in Claibourne Cem.


5  Hannah Cowgill b 22 May 1814, Ross Co., OH, d 27 Dec 1893, Union Co., OH, m(1) 10 Jan 1832 Joseph Smart, b 15 Oct 1808, Franklin Co., OH, d 8 Dec 1879, Union Co., OH, bur in Claibourne Cem. Joseph was a farmer in Scioto Twp, Delaware Co., OH, until 1850, then in Claibourne Twp: m(2) 19 Jul 1882, Thomas H. Wilson; m(3) 6 Dec 1885, Theodore W. Monson, (apparently widower of her deceased sister Hester). (See page 283, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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6  Hester A. Cowgill b 14 Mar 1817, Ross Co., OH, d 15 Mar 1883, m 21 Mar 1839, Union Co., OH, Theodore Woodbridge Seth Paine Monson, b 22 Dec 1816, Tioga, PA, son of Jared and Elizabeth (Peck) Monson. In 1840 Theodore was a farmer, Leesburg Twp; then in 1850-60-70-80, in Claibourne Twp. Theodore m(2) Hester's sister Hannah "Anna" Wilson. (See page 285, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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7  Mary W. "Polly" Cowgill b 22 Apr 1820, Ross Co., OH, d 14 Jan 1875 (listed as "deaf and dumb" - only on the 1850 census).

Child: known is -


James W. Cowgill b Aug 1840, d 19 Nov 1903, m 23 Jul 1858, Union Co., Julia Ann Franklin b 26 Apr 1836, OH, d 18 Mar 1921, dau of Arad and Nancy (White) Franklin. James was a farmer. Julia bur Claiborne Cem.

Children: known are - Columbus Franklin, unk, unk, Lillie, Frances, Arad, James W. Jr


Columbus Franklin Cowgill b 29 May 1859, d 26 Dec 1919, m 28 Jan 1883, Delaware Co., as her 2nd husband, Rozena (“Rose”) B. Hite, b May 1861, OH, d 18 Nov 1923, dau of Emanuel and Elizabeth Hite (also as Hight). Both bur Marion Cem., Marion Co., OH. No children.


unknown (may be out of order)


unknown (may be out of order)


Lillie M. Cowgill b Jan 1867, OH, m 1 Sep 1886, Delaware Co., OH, Frank Milligan, b Sep 1866, OH. In 1900 Frank was a farmer in Radnor Twp, Delaware Co.


Frances A. Cowgill b 14 Nov 1869, OH, d 16 Jun 1950, m 2 Sep 1894 (as Dora Cowgill), Delaware Co., Samuel L. Maize, b 1876, OH, d 1946. In 1900 Samuel was a farmer in Marion Co. Dora’s death cert lists James and Julia as parents.


Arad Elsworth Cowgill b 10 Jan 1874 (19 Nov 1873 on World War I registration), d 26 Jul 1959, Delaware Co., OH. Single in 1920/1930. Bur Thompson-Shoup Cem. Family?


James Wilson Cowgill Jr b 10 Jul 1878, OH, d 22 Apr 1962, m(1) 1 Jan 1902, Delaware Co., OH, Ada O. Durfey, b 8 Feb 1880, OH, d 12 Jul 1975, dau of Elmer and Mary (Baker) Durfey; div; m(2), as her 2nd husband, Addie E. (Seevers) Kelly, b 30 Sep 1891, OH, d 31 Jul 1969. Ada remarried 24 Feb 1925 to Glenn Beckley. James bur Thompson-Shoup Cem.

Child: known is -


Norman Lynn Cowgill b 8 Oct 1905, OH, d 5 Mar 1991, Bradenton, FL, m 24 Dec 1927, Marion Co., OH, Marguerita Marie Glass, b Jul 1907, OH, d 25 Sep 1982, dau of Clarence and Mary Glass. Norman was a retired vice president for Nationwide Insurance Co. in Columbus, OH.

Child: known is - Norma


8  Sarah Jane "Sally" Cowgill b Sep 1822, Ross Co., OH, d 3 Jan 1908, m 19 Feb 1850, Union Co., George Washington Swartz, b Feb 1830, OH, d 15 Nov 1905. George was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as Private, Co A, 121st Ohio Infantry, enlisted 13 Aug 1862, discharged 13 May 1863 for disability (paraplegia). In Hardin Co. in 1900. (See page 287, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


9  Rachel Cowgill b 2 Jan 1823, Ross Co., OH, d 24 May 1845, m 6 Oct 1842, Union Co., OH, Anthony Bowsher (also shown at times "Bowser"), b 3 Sep 1820, OH, d 10 Sep 1885, son of William and Mary (Hall) Bowsher. Anthony m(2) in 1848. (See page 287, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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10 Nancy Cowgill b 31 Jul 1834, Ross Co., OH, d 18 Jan 1905, m(1) 25 May 1871, Union Co., Henry Kreider, b 1811 (age 69 in 1880), PA, a farmer in Claibourne Twp; m(2) 4 Jul 1894, Moses Watson. Nancy was listed as "deaf and dumb" in the 1850 census only. No children.


10 Ann Cowgill, dau of Elisha and Martha (Ewing) Cowgill, b 3 Oct 1786, d 31 Jul 1828, m 9 Jan 1825, Davidson Co., TN, Asa O’Neill, by Absalom Gleaves, JP. (Was Ann the female, age 16/26, on the 1820 census with brother Abner and family?).


11 Abner Cowgill b 4 May (or 14 Apr?) 1789, VA, d 3 Aug 1824, Davidson Co., TN, m 8 Mar 1808, Davidson Co., TN, Nancy Earhart, b ca 1787 (age 63 in 1850 census, age 90 in census of 1870), NC, living in 1870. Nancy remarried, 22 Dec 1825, Edmond "Edward" Melvin, who d before the census of 1840 (Edmond was the administrator of Abner’s estate, settled in 1826). Abner was in Capt Creels' Militia Co, TN, with his brothers, John and Henry, during the War of 1812. In the Davidson Co., TN, census of 1820, Abner is listed with 3 males and 2 females, all under age 10, one female age 16/26, and one 26/45. (Much of the following provided by Robert Fleck).

Children: known are (see note below; order uncertain as some birth dates not certain) – Ann, Canzada, George Washington, Moses, Martha, Thompson (?), Peyton George (?), Thursa


1  Ann Cowgill b 1809, TN, m 9 Jan 1825, Davidson Co., TN, Asa O’Neal, b ca 1801, d Jul 1879.


2  Canzada Cowgill, m 12 Nov 1832, Davidson Co., TN, William Sturdivant, by A. G. Connell. Both apparently d before 1840.


3  George Washington Cowgill b 10 Jul 1812, TN, d 15 Oct 1862, m 23 Oct 1833, Wilson Co., TN, by Presbyterian Circuit Rider Rev John Beard, Violet Jones Hagar, b 10 Jun 1814, NC, d 14 May 1893, dau of George and Elizabeth Hagar. Note: Descendants list a first child, date of birth unknown, as "Paten" C. Cowgill, d 16 May 1862; probably confused with Peyton, brother of George W (see child # 7 below). He is not included with family in census records. The Paten (Payton, Peyton) Cowgill was "murdered by gunshots by William Baker, while plowing in the fields." It is suggested that both the below-listed Abner and Paten were killed during the strife of the Civil War.

Children: known are – Elizabeth, Abner, Louisa, George Washington, Anna Tennessee, Missouri, Martha Caldona, George Anderson Carr, Susanna


1  Elizabeth Cowgill b 4 May 1835, d 25 Jun 1852.


2  Abner Cowgill b 5 May 1838, d 13 Aug 1863 (see note above on Abner’s death), m 17 Apr 1863, Davidson Co., TN, Sarah Ann Vick, b 1841, Wilson Co., TN, dau of Fielding and Caroline (Rice) Vick. Sarah m(2) 19 Feb 1870, John Donnelly.


3  Louisa J. Cowgill b 12 Apr 1840, d 4 May 1865, m 6 Aug 1854, Benjamin F. Sturdivant, b ca 1837, son of Herbert A. and Harriett (Baker) Sturdivant. Benjamin m(2) Laura Ann Johnson.


4  George Washington Cowgill Jr b 30 Aug 1842, d 8 Oct 1843.


5  Anna Tennessee Cowgill b 8 Oct 1844, d 16 Feb 1862 (in childbirth? Thomas had a dau, Ann T., age 8, with him in 1870), m 19 Oct 1860, Davidson Co., TN, Thomas Jefferson Castleman, b 29 Mar 1839, TN, d 5 Mar 1908. Thomas m(2) Martha Waggoner (to whom he was engaged before marrying Anna).


6  Missouri Cowgill b 11 Jul 1848, m 10 May 1864, Anderson S. Hays, b 1841, TN, son of Robert B. and Methursy (Wilson) Hays.


7  Martha Caldona Cowgill b 2 Sep 1851, d 19 Sep 1852.


8  George Anderson Carr Cowgill b 2 Mar 1854, TN, d 3 Mar 1912, Burrow, TX, m(1) 10 Dec 1876, Davidson Co., TN, Maggie Young Johns, b 5 Oct 1858, TN, d 1 Jun 1900; m(2) 9 Jun 1901, Collin Co., TX, Missouri Melvin; div; m(3) 31 May 1910, Collin Co., Florence Venable; div. They moved to Nevada, TX, from Hermitage in 1895. George lived with his oldest dau until his death. George and Maggie bur Nevada Cem., Nevada, Collin Co., TX..

Children: known are – Mallie Catherine, William Aubrey, Alva Guille, Thomas Jefferson, Rosa Lee, Emma, Claude Gilliam, Georgia Eunice


1  Mallie (Mollie?) Catherine Cowgill b 15 Jun 1878, Hermitage, TN, d 23 Jun 1946, m 1 Jun 1894, Davidson Co., TN, John Hays, b Jul 1875, TN; m(2) 31 Oct 1897, Rockwall Co., TX, William I. Bourland, b Mar 1872, TX, son of William and Phoebe Bourland. No children.


2  William Aubrey Cowgill b 30 Jun 1880, Hermitage, TN, d 25 Feb 1963, m 10 Nov 1901, Hunt Co., TX, Ethel (Ettie) May Steffey, b 4 Oct 1880, TX, d 8 Dec 1955, dau of Benjamin Haydon and Ann Virginia (Burnett) Steffey. Granddaughter is Mary Cowgill of TX. Note: Collin Co., TX, records show a Joe Mack Cowgill b 10 Mar 1906, and a "baby girl" Cowgill d 28 Oct 1903.

Children: known are – Margaret, Dare, Willie, Don, Claudia, Francis, William, unk, Marie


1  Margaret “Maggie” (also “Margie”) G. Cowgill b 21 Apr 1903, TX, d 10 Jan 2001, m ca 1927, Tom M. Cipher, b ca 1903, TX.


2  Dare Haydon Cowgill b 10 Mar 1906, TX, d 26 Feb 1976, Nevada, Collin Co., TX, m 9 May 1929, Floy Leon Page, b 4 May 1912, TX, d 4 Jun 2004.

Children: known are – Billie, Johnie, Peggy, Marty


1  Billie Dare Cowgill


2  Johnie Cowgill


3  Peggy Ann Cowgill


4  Martha Lou Cowgill


3  Willie May Cowgill b 7 Apr 1909, TX, m 25 May 1946, Billings, MT, Raymond J. Schreiner, b 17 Nov 1909.


4  Don Lee Cowgill b 26 Mar 1911, TX, d 15 Sep 1940, Collin Co., m Jewell E. _____, b ca 1910, TX.

    Child: known is - Tommy Don


5  Claudie Merle Cowgill b 25 Feb 1913, TX, d 31 Dec 1979, m 19 Jan 1931, Bryan Co., OK, Donald Becknell, b 1910, TX, d 18 Feb 1989.


6  Francis Weldon “Bud” Cowgill b 27 May 1915, TX, d 28 Oct 2004, m Mary “Teda” Kathryn Frazier, b 21 Jun 1920, TX, d 16 May 2004. Francis was a veteran of World War II. Lived Nevada, Collin Co., TX.

Children: known are – Michael, Joe 


1  Michael W. Cowgill


2  Joe Mack Cowgill


7  William Aubrey Cowgill Jr b 7 Feb 1917, TX, d 22 Jan 2000, m 26 Oct 1962, Mamie Lou (Boughton) Johnson, b 9 Mar 1919, d 30 Dec 2012. William was a rancher in Nevada, TX, and a US Navy veteran.


8  dau Cowgill, bur 29 Mar 1918.


9  Iva Marie Cowgill b 24 Oct 1920, TX, d 5 Oct 2002, m(1) 15 Dec 1941, Hunt Co., TX, Atmar Evans; m(2) 1942, Escambia Co., FL, Francis Dwain Foulks.


3  Alva Guille “Bill” Cowgill b 28 Feb 1884, TN, d 23 Apr 1966, m 3 May 1912, Ora Bell Turner, b 4 Mar 1890, TX, d 5 Nov 1964, dau of Thomas Joseph and Cerilda Ann (Sandefer) Turner. Lived Wichita Falls, TX. Apparently no children.


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4  Thomas Jefferson Cowgill b 25 Nov 1885, Nashville, TN, d 3 (30?) Jun 1940, m 14 Oct 1911, Winchester, ID, Flora Ellen Haworth, b 14 Mar 1891, d 18 Jul 1958, Walla Walla, WA, dau of Sylvester and Susie (Lindsay) Haworth. Thomas filed deeds in La Grande, OR, in 1919, and in The Dalles, OR, in 1926; shown in Wallowa Co., OR, on 1920/1930 census. Flora remarried to ____ Joslin. Both bur Indian Valley Cem., ID.

Children: known are – Jessie Rose, Malon Hayworth, Forest Crosby, Thomas Jefferson Jr, Russell Lindsay, Darrell Donald


1  Jessie Rose Cowgill b 9 Jan 1912, Indian Valley, ID


2  Malon Haworth Cowgill b 6 Feb 1914, Paradise, OR, d 8 Dec 1999, m(1) 14 May 1938, Marjorie Anderson; div; m(2) 5 Sep 1946, Burns, OR, as her 2nd husband, Laura Jean Moore Whittenborn, b 15 Nov 1922, Wichita, KS, d 2 Oct 2004, dau of Maurice and Ruby Luna (Gray) Moore.

Children: known are – Phyllis, Malon, Linda, Alma, Lloyd, Janice, Maurice, Kevin


1  Phyllis Ellen Cowgill


2  Malon Lee Cowgill


3  Linda Jean Cowgill


4  Alma Ruth Cowgill (See page 289, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5  Lloyd Steven Cowgill


6  Janice Marie Cowgill


7  Maurice Ray Cowgill


8  Kevin Thomas Cowgill


3  Forest Crosby Cowgill b 27 Mar 1916, OR, d 2 Feb 1975, Indian Valley, ID, m 28 Jul 1935, Payette, ID, Evelyn Anna Arnold, b 26 May 1917, d 24 Feb 1992. Both bur Milton-Freewater IOOF Cem., Umatilla Co., OR.

    Children: known are - Patricia, Gary, Ronald


4  Thomas Jefferson Cowgill Jr b 6 Sep 1924, Paradise, OR, d Aug 2000, m 12 Aug 1946, Lewiston, ID, Mary Ruth Bayles, b 4 May 1926, ID, d 1 Feb 2016. Thomas was a veteran of World War II. Thomas bur Milton-Freewater IOOF Cem., Umatilla Co., OR.

    Children: known are - Carolyn, David, Beverly, Anita


5  Russell Lindsay Cowgill b 28 Oct 1926, Indian Valley, ID, d 30 Mar 1987, Walla Walla, WA, m 1 Nov 1958, Kootenai, ID, Deloris L. (Zickuhr) Beatty, b 21 Mar 1929. Russell was a US Navy veteran of World War II. Bur Mt Hope Cem., Walla Walla.


6  Darrell Donald Cowgill


5  Rosa Lee Cowgill b 22 Mar 1889, TN, d 23 Oct 1967, TX, 5 Jul 1911, Clay Co., TX, George M. Carter.


6  Emma Cowgill b 6 Mar 1891, TN, d 25 Aug 1972, TX, m 26 Jul 1908, Hunt Co., TX, W. W. Simmons.


7  Claude Gilliam Cowgill b 20 May 1893, TN, d 9 Feb 1974, m ca 1919, Mabel _____, b 19 Jul 1897, TX, d 6 Aug 1981. In Atlanta in 1930 with niece, Pauline E. McClenaghan, age 10, b TX, living with him.

Child: known is -


1  Claude Gillian Cowgill Jr b 8 Oct 1920, TX, d 7 Dec 1991, m Frances Lucille Friddell, b 22 Jun 1920, d 14 Jan 2008. Last address was Marietta, GA.

Children: two? – David, Claudia


8  Georgia Eunice Cowgill b 13 Oct 1896, TX, d 8 Sep 1981, m 20 Jul 1919, Hunt Co., TX, C. L. McCaskill.


9  Susanna Cowgill b 30 Jun 1856, m 23 Oct (or 26 Aug?) 1878, Davidson Co., TN, John C. Saunders (or Sanders?), b ca 1862, TN. Susanna listed with grandmother, Nancy Melvin, age 90, census of 1870. No further information.


4  Moses Cowgill b ca 1812, d bef 1860, m 14 or 19 May 1836, Davidson Co., TN, Martha V. Binkley, b Mar 1816 (?), TN, d 20 Dec 1897, dau of Daniel and Catherine Binkley. He was a farmer in District 4, Davidson Co., his widow a seamstress in Nashville. Martha bur Mt Olivet Cem. In her will (Davidson Co. Will Book 34, p. 309), Martha left her dau Martha a life estate in her home and lot, which on dau Martha’s death was to pass to her two surviving sons and dau Martha’s two surviving daughters.

Children: known are – Almedia (Catherine?), William Daniel, Martha Ann, Moses, Michael, George Thomas, Jacob Marion


1  Almedia (Catherine on mge record) Cowgill b ca 1840, TN, m 19 Apr 1857, Davidson Co., TN, William Walls, b ca 1840, TN, son of Bird and Frances (Johnson) Walls. Almedia may have d early after m; a Bird Walls, widower, is shown in Union Co., IL, in 1860 with son William, age 20, and son James, age 18, with no female matching Almedia.


2  William Daniel Cowgill b 14 Apr 1841, TN, d 20 Aug 1921, m(1) 20 Mar 1873, Mahala J. Furlong, b KY, d 16 Dec 1875 (childbirth?); m(2) 10 Jul 1879, Alice Rosalind Parrish, b Jun 1859, TN, dau of James M. and Virginia (Couch) Parrish. He was a boilermaker, wheelwright, grocer, and sometime saloonkeeper in Nashville. Alice remarried 20 Dec 1925, Sidney A. Craig. William and Alice are bur Mt. Olivet Cem., Nashville.

Children: known are – William Daniel Jr, Annie


1  William Daniel Cowgill Jr b 10 Dec 1875, TN, d bef 1930, m 16 May 1906, Nashville, Mary H. Reams, b ca 1890, TN. Mary (also as Marie) remarried William L. Sparman.

Children: known are – Marion, William Daniel III, Ethel, Clay


1  Marion Wright Cowgill b 4 Mar 1907, d 28 Jul 1907 (congestion), age 5 m.


2  William Daniel Cowgill III b 29 Jul 1908, TN, d Dec 1960, m(1) 8 Feb 1930, Birmingham, Annie (Inez on 1930 census) Eaton, b ca 1912, AL; div 5 Jan 1935, Calhoun Co.; m(2) 19 May 1937, Birmingham, Evelyn Vera Jones, b 19 Aug 1915; m(3) Geneva Allen; div 1954, Dade Co., FL. William was a veteran of World War II. Shown as "single, without dependents" in 1942, but with Evelyn in 1945. Last address Dade Co., FL.

   Child: known is - William Daniel IV


3  Ethel M. Cowgill b 1911, TN, d 1939, m John H. Hale, b 5 Dec 1910, TN, d 30 Mar 1969.


4  Edward Clay Cowgill b 16 Jul 1914, TN (or KY?), d Jul 1981, m 20 Jan 1933, Jefferson Co., AL, Mildred Ruth Crow, b 6 May 1918, d 1971. Edward was a WW II veteran (USNR), listed as wounded in action (no date/place). He appears as a millwright in a city directory.

    Children: known are - Edward, Harry, unk


    1  Edward Lewis Cowgill b 12 Dec 1933, d 7 May 2010, m Jun 1953, Jefferson Co., AL, Virginia L. ___, b 20 Mar 1935.


    2  Harry Lee Cowgill b ca 1936, AL


    3  unk


2  Annie Virginia Cowgill b 14 Jun 1880, d 29 Oct 1946, m 19 Jul 1896, Orris Russell Carver, b ca 1877, TN; div.


3  Martha (Mary on mge cert) Ann Cowgill b 27 Dec 1842, TN, d 28 Dec 1904, m 27 May 1860, Davidson Co., TN, James Walls, b ca 1842, TN, d 1870, son of Bird and Frances (Johnson) Walls. She was a seamstress in Nashville.


4  Moses C. (or A.) Cowgill b ca 1844, a laborer in Nashville, d ca 1874?. Moses listed in Nashville City Directory until 1873 as a worker at Jackson Mills. Lived at home on Fillmore Street with his mother.


5  Michael Cowgill b ca 1846 (listed as “idiot” on census). Probably d in 1870s.


6  George Thomas Cowgill b 4 Jul 1849, TN, d 7 Mar 1926, AL, m(1) 26 Jan 1868, Davidson Co., TN, Malvina Elizabeth “Bettie” Binkley, b 10 May 1847, d 5 Oct 1898, dau of William B. and Caroline N. (Wilson) Binkley; div Mar 1884 (grounds of desertion; decree mentions George's absence of more than two years); m(2) 29 Mar 1884, Birmingham, AL, as her 2nd husband, Callie (Caladonia) Drear Criswell, b 29 Apr 1856 (death cert; 1900 census has Jan 1856), TN, d 26 Aug 1927, dau of John and Mary (Drury) Hunter. He was a farmer in District 4, and a carpenter, grocer, huckster in Nashville and Jefferson Co., AL. Malvina Elizabeth m(2) John W. Dougherty (in 1887). George and Callie bur Walker's Chapel, Fultondale, Jefferson Co., AL.

Children: known are – William Newton, James, Bertha, George, Myrtle, Sadie, William, George


1  William Newton Cowgill b 8 Nov 1868 (age 2 on 1880 census; claimed Nov 1871 in 1900; death cert has 1 May 1872; 8 Nov 1872 on tombstone), TN, d 6 May 1928, AL, m(1) ____; m(2) 21 Sep 1887, Jefferson Co., AL, Nellie Ella Snell, b 28 Oct 1873, AL, d 27 Jun 1919, dau of Adam Snell. Newton in Nashville through 1894 (city directory); on 1910 census, claimed marriage to Ella was his first. William and Nellie bur Walker's Chapel, Fultondale, Jefferson Co., AL.

Children: known are (two others d young) – Herbert, infant, Frederick Derwood, Ada, Susie, Henry, Cora


1  Herbert A. Cowgill b ca 1885, TN, d 3 Nov 1889 (age 4, pneumonia), bur Mt Olivet Cem.  (Note: not positive this belongs here; index showed 242 Fillmore St. as the address - oddly, that address was not on the record itself.  However, in 1890 William Newton Cowgill was shown in the city directory as boarding at that address).


2  infant d young. Walker's Chapel Cem. show burials of an infant son and infant dau, no dates.


3  Frederick Derwood Cowgill b 15 Apr 1892 (Apr 1891 on 1900 census, 15 Apr 1892 on WW I draft registration), TN, d 7 Mar 1949, m(1) 11 Aug 1913, Jefferson Co., AL, Josie Warnick, b 4 Apr 1896, AL, d 4 Jul 1924; m(2) 15 Dec 1924, Birmingham, AL, Ola Gaddis, b ca 1886; div. Ola remarried 8 Jun 1931 to John Walter Herring. Frederick was twice imprisoned (in 1932 and in 1940) for family-related problems.

Children: known are (from 1920 Census, Jefferson Co., AL) – Nadine, Etta Louise, Fred, Jewell


1  Nadine M. Cowgill b 7 Jul 1914, d 28 Nov 1979 (in GA), m ____ Goodwin.


2  Etta Louise Cowgill b 2 Feb 1917, AL, m 10 Aug 1940, Jefferson Co., AL, William P. Robinson, b 4 Nov 1915.


3  Frederick Durwood Cowgill b 27 Nov 1919, Birmingham, AL, d 23 Aug 1954, ae 35, Baldwin Co., GA, m 31 Dec 1942, Birmingham, Willa Dean Riley, b 20 Aug 1922.

    Children: known are - Gerald, F. J.


4  Jewell Evelon Cowgill b 8 Apr 1924, AL, m 24 Oct 1942, Jefferson Co., AL, Odis L Isbell, b ca 1923.


4  Ada Luvenia Cowgill b 11 Nov 1893, TN, d 23 Jan 1975, m 22 Jan 1911, Lewisburg, AL, Walter Bruton Kelso, b 6 Oct 1890.


5  Susie Ahart Cowgill b 23 Mar 1896, d 24 Jun 1900, Nashville.


6  Henry Clay Cowgill b 6 Mar 1899, TN, d 16 Aug 1919, Jefferson Co., AL.


7  Cora Lee Cowgill b ca 1902, AL, m 22 Nov 1918, Birmingham, AL, Arthur L. Cook.


2  James Cowgill b Jul 1869, TN, d before 1880.


3  Bertha Cowgill b ca 1874, TN, d 3 Jun 1942, m 30 Sep 1892, Jefferson Co., AL, Henry Burford, b ca 1876, AL. Lived in Jefferson Co.


4  George Thomas Cowgill Jr b 1878, TN, d 10 Jan 1878 (congestion of lungs).


5  Lizzie Myrtle Cowgill b Mar 1880, TN, d 19 Jun 1880 (cholera infantum).


6  Sadie Cowgill b 22 Apr 1884, AL, d 23 Feb 1909, m 3 Jun 1908, Jefferson Co., AL, Richard R. Young.


7  William Abernathy Cowgill b 9 Oct 1886, AL, d 14 Nov 1941, AL, m 19 Sep 1909, Jonesboro, AL, Maggie Inez Niles, b 26 Apr 1890, AL, d 25 Aug 1995. Maggie was in good health at age 103, living with son Orris. William bur Walker's Chapel Cem., Fultondale, AL.

Children: known are – George, William, Orris


1  George Palmer Cowgill b 13 Sep 1910, AL, d 14 Oct 1978, m 17 Oct 1947, Nona Horsley, b 18 Oct 1907, d 9 Oct 1972, dau of George N. and Anna (Ingram) Horsley. Both bur Walker's Chapel Cem., Fultondale, Jefferson Co., AL.

Child: known is -


1  George Palmer Cowgill Jr


2  William Arnold Cowgill b 18 Oct 1913, AL, d 15 Sep 1984, m 11 Jan 1948, Birmingham, Ruby Ann Bryant, b 26 Jan 1922, d 22 Jan 1961. Both bur Walker's Chapel Cem., Fultondale, Jefferson Co., AL.

    Children: known are - Cynthia, Sue


    1  Cynthia June Cowgill b 28 Oct 1948, Birmingham, d 15 Mar 2001, m May 1968, Dwight Griffith.


    2  Sue Marchristy Cowgill b 1 Oct 1952, Birmingham, d 26 Jun 1975.


3  Orris Niles Cowgill b 24 Aug 1915, AL, d 27 Aug 1998, m 1 Jul 1939, Jefferson Co., AL, Hazel Wynell Paschal, b 30 Dec 1922, d 23 Nov 2009, dau of Lonnie J. and Bessie Paschal. Orris retired from Liggett-Myers Tobacco Co. Both bur Walker's Chapel Cem., Fultondale, Jefferson Co., AL.

Children: known are – Orris Niles Jr, Jeffrey


1  Orris Niles Cowgill Jr


2  Jeffrey Lynn Cowgill


8  George Clarence Cowgill b 26 Dec 1890, AL, d 22 May 1973, m 28 Jul 1912, Birmingham, Claudia Pearl May b 6 (8?) Mar 1893, AL, d Nov 1982, dau of Reuben Joseph and Dora Angeline (Little) May. A druggist in 1917.

Children: known are – Virginia, George Clarence Jr


1  Virginia Mae Cowgill b 3 Oct 1913, AL, d 30 Aug 2002, m Philip Graves Musgrove, b 1912, d 2007.


2  George Clarence Cowgill Jr b 30 Sep 1916, AL, d 14 Jul 1993, m(1) 21 Jan 1941, Jefferson Co., AL, Mary Beatrice “Bea” Michael, b 22 Oct 1919, d 18 Mar 2001, Atlanta; div; m(2) Sydney ____ , b 16 Mar 1932. Last address Panama City Beach, Bay Co., FL. George was mayor of West Panama City in the 1960s. Beatrice was a graduate of the University of Alabama where she was a member of Alpha Delta Phi Sorority. She was also a graduate of Howard College in Birmingham, AL. She was a retired owner and operator of the Mara Vista Motel in Panama City Beach.

Children: known are – George Clarence III, Beatrice


1  George Clarence Cowgill III


2  Beatrice "Bunny" Michael Cowgill b 22 Mar 1946, AL, d 23 Apr 1965, FL.


7  Jacob Marion (“James” on 1880 census) Cowgill b ca 1853, TN, d 14 Feb 1893, m(1) 2 Aug 1874, Davidson Co., TN, Louisa (or Lou Ella) Binkley, b ca 1856, d 18 Nov 1874(?); m(2) 11 Dec 1875, Jane “Jennie” Cloyd, b Mar 1850, dau of Ezekiel A. and Louisa Ann (Wilson) Cloyd. Jane later (1894) m(2) James Thomas Clark. Jacob was a carpenter in Nashville. No children.


5  Martha T. Cowgill b 1814, TN, d 1889, m 24 Nov 1851, Davidson Co., as his second wife, Willis B. H. Clements (also shown as Clemmons in Nashville city directories), b ca 1810, TN. They had apparently lived together before m (see 1850 census).


6? Thompson Cowgill (more likely son of Martin - see page 448)


7? or 6  Peyton George Cowgill b 26 Feb 1823, TN, d 12 May 1862 (gravestone – Bible record says 16 May 1862) (murdered - see note above under George Washington Cowgill), m 31 Oct 1848, Wilson Co., TN (a previous license was obtained in Davidson Co. 17 Apr 1847), Mahala Melvin, b 10 May 1830 (gravestone) or Sep 1827 (1900 census), d 16 Apr 1908, probably the dau of John and Nancy (Wilson) Melvin. Mahala m(2) 4 Apr 1865, Wilson Co., her nephew, Peyton H. C. Brooks, son of Thursa Cowgill. Peyton George, Mahala, and their two sons were bur in the Cowgill Cem. in Wilson Co. near the Davidson Co. line (on Old Lebanon Dirt and New Hope Road); apparently moved to the Leeville Cem by the TVA. He was a farmer in District 1 of Wilson Co.

Children: known are – George, William, James Mathew, Doctor (John)


1  George W. Cowgill b 25 Dec 1850, TN, d 27 Dec 1917, m 3 Sep 1883, Davidson Co., TN, as her 2nd husband, Mollie Ann Mathews, b 24 Jan 1864, TN, d 1 Nov 1948, dau of Calvin and Abigail (Akers) Mathews.

Children: known are (child 1 and 2 possibly from her 1st m) – unk, unk, Jessie


1  unknown d young


2  unknown d young


3  Jessie A. Cowgill b Dec 1887, TN, m 31 Jul 1907, Nashville, Samuel L. Johnson, b ca 1877, TN. Mother Mollie was living with them in 1930.


2  William Alexander Cowgill b 26 Dec 1852, d 25 Sep 1883, m 25 Aug 1878, Davidson Co., TN, Ida Lee Benson, b 17 Aug 1863, d 26 Aug 1947, Hermitage, TN, dau of William H. and Matilda or Ainsly/Angeline Benson. William bur Cowgill Cem.

Children: known are – unk, Lenna, Guy


1  unknown d young.


2  Lenna A. Cowgill b May 1880, d 29 Sep 1960, m(1) 10 Dec 1949, Davidson Co., TN, H. E. Hixon; div; m(2) Harley B. Webb.


3  Guy Henderson Cowgill b 22 Sep 1882, d 22 Jan 1933, Hermitage, TN, m ca 1906, Hattie Castleman, b Jun 1876, d 11 Sep 1963, Hermitage, dau of Christopher C. and Jane (Boyd) Castleman; div.

Children: known are – William, Guy Henderson Jr


1  William Debow Cowgill b 27 Sep 1908, TN, d 2 Feb 1988. Last address at Hermitage. Single.


2  Guy Henderson Cowgill Jr b 2 Jan 1914, d 20 Feb 1996. Served as a Corporal in the US Army Air Corps Aug 1942 – Jan 1946, a veteran of World War II. Last address Nashville. Single.


3  James Mathew Cowgill b 16 Nov 1855, d 9 Jun 1898, m 10 Oct 1875, Davidson Co., TN, Mary Indiana Earhart (or Ahart), b 20 Aug 1850, d 20 Feb 1889, dau of Joseph and Nancy W. (Thompson) Earhart (or Ahart). Both bur Cowgill Cem.

Children: known are – Willie, Ida, Mahala


1  Willie Laster Cowgill b 30 Jun 1877, TN, d 20 May 1919, m 24 Sep 1910, Nashville, Robert Guill Steele, b 1881, d 1961. Willie (female) was a farmer in Davidson Co. Her tombstone has "wife of Guill Steele". Bur Cowgill Cem.


2  Ida Ophelia Cowgill b Jan 1879, d 22 May 1952, m(1) 26 Sep 1900, Davidson Co., James W. Benson, b May 1871, TN, son of William P. Benson; div; m(2) _____ Finner. Ida bur Cowgill Cem.


3  Mahala Cowgill b 2 Feb 1882, TN, d 27 Dec 1916.


4  John Peyton (also as Doctor J.) Cowgill b 1857, d 6 Jun 1927, m 27 May 1899, Davidson Co., TN, Ada Beatrice Chambliss, b 25 Oct 1867, d 24 Nov 1928, dau of Tom and Mary (Cox) Chambliss. A farmer, was in TN State Penitentiary in 1900 (out by 1910).

Children: known are – Johnnie, Stella


1  Johnnie Lee Cowgill 6 Sep 1900, TN, d 9 Jul 1972, m 24 Dec 1915, Davidson Co., TN, Clifton Johnson Benson, b 1892, d 1979.


2  Stella M. Cowgill b ca 1905, TN, m 26 May 1923, Davidson Co., TN, Andrew J. Baker.


8? or 7 Thursa (also shown as Thursday and Theresa) Cowgill b 1821, d 28 Jan 1892, m 31 Oct 1836, Davidson Co., TN, John T. Brooks, d bef 1850, son of Moses T. and Nancy (Tate) Brooks. An apparently unused license was issued 25 Feb 1865 for Thursa to m Zachariah Tate.


12 Hannah Cowgill, dau of Elisha and Martha Ewing Cowgill, b 9 Aug 1792, VA, d 17 Oct 1857, bur Carthage, IL, m 2 Jul 1816, Ross Co., OH, as his second wife, Benjamin Chestnut Swan, b 16 Nov 1782, OH, d 23 Feb 1848, Oxford, OH, son of William and Eleanor (Chestnut) Swan. In 1883, the remains of Benjamin Swan and two of his brothers were removed from Oxford, OH, and interred at Camden under the direction of Benjamin C. Swan Jr and his cousin, William of Camden, when the cemetery was condemned for a railroad to pass through. Benjamin C. m(1) 8 Dec 1806, Susannah McConnell, who d Apr 1815, bur at Kingston, OH; they had three children: Eleanor b 3 Mar 1809; Eliza b 5 Mar 1811; and Margaret b 5 Apr 1813. (See page 290, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3  Eleanor "Ellen" Cowgill, dau of Eleazer and Martha Cowgill, b 23 Oct 1745, Nottingham MM, d 22 Feb 1822, Cecil Co., MD, m 1767, Henry Woodrow, b 1744, Chester Co., PA, d 14 May 1789, son of Simeon and Jane (Wells) Woodrow. Eleanor received ctf to Nottingham MM, 24 Oct 1765. She was read out of unity Mar 1767; disowned by the Society of Friends (Quakers) 28 Apr 1767 for mou. Eleanor appointed adm of Henry’s estate 26 Jun 1789; in an accounting provided the Chester Co. Court, 27 Aug 1791, Eleanor includes an entry “debts supposed to be insolvent”, then listing bonds of 40L to brother Elisha, and 17L to brother John, among others.


4  Elizabeth Cowgill b 26 Apr 1747, Nottingham MM, m 1768, ___ Wilson. Elizabeth disowned 28 Apr 1768, mou; perhaps reinstated later. Living in Duck Creek in 1811.


John Cowgill b 29 Feb 1748/9 (Nottingham MM), d 1781, Kent Co., DE, m ca 1772, Lydia Mayfield (also as Maxfield and Maxwell), dau of Christina Mayfield. Bradford MM, Chester Co., PA, 17 Apr 1772, notes that John Cowgill had married out of the Society, and left the area, having "absconded" without paying his bills, though a friend had contacted him and he "promised to pay". On 12 Mar 1773, "the Meeting is now informed that he is since married out of unity with Friends", and he was "dismissed". Chester Co. tax records show an adjustment for the Collector of East Nottingham dated 29 May 1771 "being tax of …, John Cogall, …, all Single Men and Absconded". On 19 Jan 1776 John ("cabinetmaker") and Lydia sold their rights to a parcel of land in White Oak Swamp, Kent Co., DE, to her brother, Samuel Mayfield; this parcel had belonged to Lydia's mother, deceased. Samuel Mayfield was still in Kent Co. in 1782 when he was a witness to a will. John appears on Kent Co. tax lists in Little Creek Hundred beginning 1773. On that year's list he is described as "John Cowgill, carpenter", probably to distinguish him from the other John Cowgill (see Page 11) in Little Creek Hundred. From 1777 through 1781 he is listed as "John Cowgill Jr" (again, probably to distinguish him from other Johns). Lydia was Admr of John's estate, where he is listed as John Cowgill Jr; Adm 4 Dec 1781 (Letters of Adm, Lib L, Fol 230, with Samuel Maxwell and Richard Turley as Securities; Delaware Archives, Kent Co., DE). No death record found for Lydia.

Children: unknown, but probably (need verification) includes -


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1  Samuel Cowgill b 1774-1784 (1800 census), d 24 Dec 1807, Dover, Kent Co., DE, m 31 Dec 1799, Kent Co., Nancy Ann(a) May of Dover, b ca 1778, PA (per 1850 census), d 1850s(?). Ann remarried 9 Feb 1808, John W. Chesterman (a War of 1812 veteran), b ca 1774, MD, d 1850s(?), and had seven more children. The family moved to Ohio (Canal Dover, Tuscarawas Co.) by 1820 (not located in 1810); some settled later in Christian Co., IL. Samuel first appears (twice) on the 1800 census in Kent Co., DE - once in Little Creek near Daniel and other Cowgills with himself and Ann in age group 16/26; and again in St James Hundred, in a listing with 2 males 16/26, 1 male 26/45, and 1 female 10/16. He appears on Kent Co. tax lists for Dover city through 1807 as having one cow, six goats, and no acreage. His sons are unlocated for 1820 (they were not in their step-father's household that year). Note: an article on Alfred Cowgill in Portrait and Biographical Record of Christian County, Illinois, claimed Alfred's great-grandfather was born in Canada. This is family lore and not likely. More likely is that Samuel is a son of John, who settled in Kent Co., and whose brother-in-law was Samuel Mayfield. Yvonne D. Buerk and Fern Tipsword provided information on this line. Other data was from the Journal of Ulysses Eli Cowgill.

       Children: known are – James, John, Joseph, Samuel


1 James M. Cowgill b 7 Oct 1801, DE, d 28 Jan 1830, m 10 Dec 1829, Tuscarawas Co., OH, by Abraham Snyder MG, Elizabeth Deardorff, b 14 Mar 1798, PA, d 18 Aug 1889, dau of Samuel and Rebecca (Cox) Deardorff. Elizabeth remarried in 1842 (marriage record, Tuscarawas, 2 Jun 1842 - Elizabeth Cogle and Martin Kitch, widow of James).


2 John Cowgill b 26 Feb 1803, DE, d 1869, age 66, m 20 Sep 1828, Tuscarawas Co., by Abraham Snyder MG, Catherine Grove, b ca 1805, MD, d 1881, age 76. John was a gunsmith. Both bur Fairview Cem.

      Children: known are – Charlotte, Harriet, Catherine, Oliver, Emily, Christian, Caroline


1 Charlotte A. Cowgill b ca 1832, OH, m 3 May 1860, Christian Co., IL, Joel Beckwith, b ca 1825, NH, d bef 1880?, son of Lucy Beckwith.


2 Harriet “Hattie” Cowgill b Mar 1834, OH, d 31 Mar 1916, m 18 Feb 1862, Christian Co., IL, John W. Price, b 12 Oct 1829, OH, d 29 Oct 1908, son of James Price. Lived in Christian Co.


3 Mary Catherine (Katherine) "Kate" Cowgill b Feb 1836, OH, d 1918, m 18 Feb 1866, Christian Co., IL, Robert W. Hopper, b May 1829, OH, d 1923. Had moved to York Co., NE, by 1877. Robert was a Civil War veteran, serving in Co G, 41st IL Vol Inf. Both bur Rosemond Cem., York Co.


4 Oliver R. Cowgill b 9 Jun 1838, OH, d 3 Sep 1907, m 24 Apr 1867, Christian Co., IL, Margaret "Maggie" G. Griffin, b 12 May 1834, PA, d 25 Feb 1913. Listed in the Chicago City Directory as a carpenter in 1873/1875. Settled in NE (York Co. in 1880, Nance Co. in 1885). Both bur Fullerton Cem., Nance Co.

      Children: two – Catherine Maud, unk


1 Catherine Maud Cowgill b 28 Jan 1868, IL, d 19 Jul 1949. Catherine was a school teacher in Nance Co., NE. In Christian Co., IL, in 1930.


2 unknown, d bef 1900 (1880?).


5 Emily F. (or S.) Cowgill b Aug 1840, OH, m 29 Oct 1868, Christian Co., IL, Azro A. Ladd, b Dec 1839, VT. Lived in Christian Co. Emily and family were living next to sister Charlotte in 1870.


6 Christian D. Cowgill b 20 Sep 1844 (according to his parents, Dec 1842 on 1900 census, 1843 on tombstone), Canal Dover, OH, d 20 Mar 1921, Terre Haute, m 28 Jan 1869, Pana, Christian Co., IL, Sarah Watkins, b 1848, OH, d 19 Jul 1933. Christian was a Civil War veteran, serving as Musician/Fifer in Co A, 115th Illinois Infantry, mustering in 13 Sep or 9 Aug 1862 at Taylorville, Christian Co., and mustering out 30 Apr 1863. He listed his occupation as in tinware business. He applied for invalid pension (app # 527,631(4), cert # 305,541) on 9 Dec 1884 from IN; his widow (Sarah) applied for pension (app # 1,172,289, cert # 901,360) on 4 Apr 1921 from IN. There is a photo of Christian in uniform in History of 115th Reg ILL Vol. Infantry, Isaac Henry Clay Royse, 1900, Windsor & Kenfield Pub. Co., Chicago (Library # 973.7473R892, Terre Haute, IN.

      Children: known are – Rosalee, Loy, Vera


1 Rosalee Cowgill b 6 Mar 1870, IL, d 1872, bur Linwood Cem.


2 Loy L. Cowgill b 22 Oct 1872, IN, d 14 Jul 1911, Vigo Co., IN.


3 Vera Alice Cowgill b 15 Dec 1877, IN, d 5 Aug 1913, Terre Haute. Single.


7 Caroline (Cally) May Cowgill b Sep 1850, OH, d 1877, m 10 Dec 1869, Christian Co., IL, Francis Schneeberger or Sneberger, b 1 Feb 1848, Switzerland, d 30 Aug 1936. Caroline and husband living with her mother in 1870. He had remarried by 1880.


3 Joseph Cowgill b 23 Apr 1805, DE, d 27 May 1830.


4 Samuel Cowgill b 21 Dec 1807, DE, d 28 Oct 1864, age 64, Owaneco or Pana, IL, m 20 Oct 1831 (as Samuel Cogill), New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas Co., Louisa W. Dorsey, b 22 Jan 1806, Frederick, Frederick Co., MD, d 29 Apr 1881 (age 75), Christian Co., IL, dau of Seth and Ann Ruth (Warfield) Dorsey. Samuel left Canal Dover in 1851 (according to an account by daughter Ruth), in a covered-wagon journey of twenty-one days, settling in Buckeye Prairie (as it was then known) in Christian Co., IL; the first meetings of the Buckeye Methodist Church, still in existence, were held in his home, located about mile south of the church. Both bur Buckeye Cem., Pana IL. Both bur Buckeye Cem., Christian Co.

      Children: known are – Alfred, DeWitt Clinton, Edward, Ruth Ann, Eli, Mary Louise


1 Alfred B. Cowgill b 16 Aug 1833, Canal Dover, Tuscarawas Co., OH, d 14 Apr 1899, Rosemond, Christian Co., IL, m 28 Jan 1864, New Philadelphia, OH, Sarah (“Aunt Sally”) Bear, a native of Tuscarawas Co., b Feb 1834, d 21 Apr 1913. The family spent a year (1876) in Montrose, MO, then returned to Christian Co. where Alfred was a grain and hay dealer. Alfred served in the Civil War, Co H, 9th Illinois Infantry, enlisting Aug 1861, promoted to 2nd Lt, mustered out 9 Nov 1863 as Capt. He was in the battle of Shiloh, the skirmish before Corinth, and the battle of Corinth, where he was wounded in the right knee, and was also struck in the breast but saved by a packet of letters and a memorandum book in his pocket. He was described at muster as age 28, 5’ 8” tall, fair complexion, gray eyes, light hair, a farmer b Rogersville, OH. He filed an invalid claim (# 88546, cert 56551) 13 Sep 1865; his widow, Sarah, filed (# 697376, cert 484151) on 1 May 1899.

      Children: known are – Catherine, Sarah, Alfred, Edward, Mary, Casanna, Jessie


1 Catherine B. Cowgill b 2 Jan 1865, OH, d 6 Oct 1942, m 18 Mar 1891, Christian Co., IL, as his 3rd wife, Benjamin F. Carper, b 7 Jan 1849, WV. In Acadia Co,. LA, in 1900, Maricopa Co., AZ, in 1910. No children.


2 Sarah C. Cowgill b Aug 1866, IL, d 1901. Bur Rosemond Grove Cem., Rosamond, IL.


3 Alfred Baer Cowgill b 13 Jul 1868, IL, d 29 Oct 1932, m 7 Nov 1901, Christian Co., IL, Clara Elizabeth Wilcox, b 2 Nov 1875, IL, dau of William O. and Emma A. Wilcox. Alfred an undertaker in Jasper Co., IN, in 1900; in Sangamon Co. 1910/1920; a farmer in Christian Co. in 1930.

       Children: known are – Charlotte, Ethel, Jessie, Alfred


1 Charlotte Cowgill b 27 Jun 1905, Jasper Co., IN, d 5 Jul 1905.


2 Ethel Cowgill b 17 May 1909, IL, d May 1993, m ____ Hausserman.


3 Jessie Rosamond Cowgill b 24 Feb 1911, IL, d 15 Dec 1994, Rogers, AR. Single. Had been co-owner of a restaurant in Port Orange, AR.


4 Alfred Wilcox (“Bud”) Cowgill b 12 Mar 1913, IL, d 14 Apr 1991, Volusia Co., FL. Alfred was a US Navy veteran of World War II. Apparently single.


4 Edward G. Cowgill b Mar 1870, IL, d before 1880.


5 Mary Louise Cowgill b 8 Jun 1871, IL, a teacher, d 2 Jan 1952, Lincoln, IL, m 15 Jun 1894, Rosemond, IL, Francis Ellsworth Gay, b 22 Feb 1868, WI, d 2 Jan 1917.


6 Casanna Cowgill b and d before 1880.


7 Jessie M. Cowgill, dau, b Nov 1875, IL, d 1914. Bur Rosemond Grove Cem., Rosamond, IL.


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2 DeWitt Clinton Cowgill b 9 Jun 1838, New Philadelphia, OH, d 30 Nov 1887, Decatur, IL, m 28 Sep 1871, Rumley, OH, Nancy Dorsey McCullough, b 13 Aug 1841, Rumley, OH, d 26 Sep 1926, Decatur, IL, dau of George McCullough. Both bur Greenwood Cem., Decatur, IL. Various records show DeWitt "Cawgill" and "Carngill". DeWitt served in the Civil War, mustering in 5 Aug 1861 to Co G, 41st IL Infantry. He was discharged 10 Nov 1862 for disability. His widow, Nancy D., applied for a pension 4 Jan 1888 from Illinois.

      Children: known are – Orpheus, Stella, George


1 Orpheus William Cowgill b 17 Jul 1872, Owaneco, Christian Co., IL, d 21 Aug 1967, m 1 Jun 1898, St Louis, MO, Ellen “Nellie” Adair, b 24 Sep 1876, Ottumwa, Wapello Co., IA, d 1969, dau of James and Mary (Claven) Adair. Both bur New Baltimore, MI. Probably the Orph listed as a machinist in the 1892 Chicago City Directory.

       Children: known are – Stella, Edwin


1 Stella Ellen Cowgill b 3 Sep 1901, St Louis, MO, m 25 Aug 1930, Clayton, MO, James Van Remington, b 13 Oct 1902, Atlanta, Monterency Co., MI.


2 Edwin A. Cowgill b 1908, d 2 Sep 1969, m 26 Oct 1936, St Louis, MO, Georgia V. Luthell, b 14 Oct 1898, d 25 Jan 1983. Both bur New Baltimore, MI. Family?


2 Stella C. Cowgill b Feb 1874, IL, m John B Robinson, b ca 1868.


3 George Samuel Cowgill b 8 Nov 1876, IL, d 31 Mar 1935, m 1911, Christian Co., IL, Jetta L. Cleary, b 1878, IL, d 5 Jul 1956, GA, dau of Edward and Evaline (Large) Cleary. Lived near St Louis.

       Child: known is -


1 Evelyn Nancy Cowgill b 1918, MO, m Fletcher Carsons.


3 Edward D. Cowgill b ca 1841 (age 9, 1850 census), Canal Dover, OH, d 30 Sep 1863. Edward served in the Civil War, enlisting 14 Aug 1862, as a Pvt, Co A, 115th Illinois; listed home as Rosemond, Christian Co., IL, near Pana. Died at Chattanooga (Hospital No. 1) from wounds received in action at battle of Chickamauga. Bur Chattanooga National Cem. There is a photo of Edward in uniform in History of 115th Reg ILL Vol. Infantry, Isaac Henry Clay Royse, 1900, Windsor & Kenfield Pub. Co., Chicago (Library # 973.7473R892, Terre Haute, IN.


4 Ruth Ann Cowgill b 20 Jul 1846, OH, d 8 Mar 1939, single, bur with parents, Pana, IL.


5 Eli Cowgill b 6 May 1849, Dover, OH, d 6 Sep 1927, Owanco, Christian Co., IL, bur Fairview Cem., Christian Co., IL, m 5 Oct 1884, Christian Co., Mary Isophene Silveus, b 20 Apr 1866, Holmes Co., OH, d 10 Mar 1935, Owanco, dau of John B. and Kathryn (Culp) Silveus.

      Children: known are – Ulysses Eli, Nora Bell, John Thurlow, Albert Elmer, Edward DeWitt, Verna Rose, Maude Pearl, Mima Catherine, Ruth Marie


1 Ulysses Eli Cowgill b 29 Jul 1885, d 20 Jan 1947, Alton, Madison Co., IL, m(1) 7 May 1910, Myrtle Frances Melton, b 15 Aug 1887, Salem, Marion Co., IL, d 7 Sep 1939, Alton, dau of William Henry and Gertrude Ione (Nevins) Melton; m(2) 31 Jan 1942, Mrs. Mary T. Hepert, widow, b 5 Nov 1892, d May 1972. Ulysses bur Oakwood Cem.

       Children: known are – Ralph Harold, Albert Edward, Bernard Francis, William Louis, Gertrude Delane


1 Ralph Harold Cowgill b 27 Apr 1911, d 5 Aug 1938, Chicago, IL. Single (although death cert shows married, spouse Pearl).


2 Albert Edward Cowgill b 15 May 1912, Alton, IL, d 20 Jun 1976, Alton, IL, m 1 Aug 1932, Alton, IL, Mildred Montgomery, b 2 Jun 1911, Alton, d Mar 1996.

       Children: known are (a Robert Ely Cowgill, stillborn 29 Jul 1939, may be a child of Albert) – Albert, Betty, Terry


3 Bernard Francis Cowgill b 6 Jun 1916, Alton, IL, d 20 Aug 1966, Aliquippa, PA, m(1) 23 Jul 1938, Rosalie Barbara Thomas; m(2) 15 Dec 1944, Las Vegas, NV, Lilye "Lillian" Ellis Hayden, b 29 Nov 1919, d 8 Feb 1994. Bernard was a S/Sgt in the US Army in World War II; bur Arlington National Cem., VA.

       Children: known are – Bruce, Jean, David


4 William Louis Cowgill b 22 Oct 1917, Alton, IL, d 29 May 1994, m 25 Nov 1939, Alton, IL, Beatrice Mildred Townsley, b 14 May 1921, d 24 Jan 2008.

       Children: known are – William, Madolyn


5 Gertrude Delane Cowgill b 12 Feb 1921, Alton, IL, d 27 Jul 1986, m 7 Jun 1940, St. Charles, MO, Charles Claudis Edelen, b 16 Apr 1920, Detroit, son of Roswell Claudius and Sara Elizabeth (Parce) Edelen. (See page 488, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Nora "Addie" Bell Cowgill b 5 Jul 1887, d 7 May 1960, m(1) 8 Jul 1905, Charles St Clair, b 1893, d 1930; m(2) 15 May 1948, Joseph W. Lanter.


3 John Thurlow Cowgill b 17 Aug 1889, d 13 Oct 1898 (of diptheria). Bur Fairview Cem.


4 Albert "Birty" Elmer Cowgill b 24 Dec 1891, d 17 Aug 1893 (of dysentery).


5 Edward DeWitt Cowgill b 24 May 1894, IL, d 28 Sep 1951 (of tuberculosis), m 15 Nov 1919, Edith Theresa Mitchell, b ca 1898, IL. Edward served in France in World War I as Pvt, 96th Cas. Co. Edward bur Owaneco Cem.

       Children: known are – William, Virginia, Robert, Donald, George, James, Clyde


1 William E. “Jack” Cowgill b 26 Aug 1921, IL, d 5 Jan 1991, m(1) Phyllis L. Martin, b 5 Dec 1927, IL, d 14 Mar 2006, dau of J. Russell and Maggie Martin; m(2) Laura M. Staffaroni, b 2 Dec 1916, d 23 Oct 2009. Jack was a veteran of World War II. William and Laura bur Oak Hill Cem., Taylorville. Lived Taylorville, Christian Co., IL.

       Children: known are – Terry, Jack


2 Virginia E. Cowgill b ca 1923, IL


3 Robert E. Cowgill b 10 Feb 1924, IL, d Feb 1982, m Barbara Francis Galbraith, b 25 Jun 1929. Last address Decatur, Macon Co., IL.

       Child: known is (others?) - Roberta


1 Roberta Jeannene Cowgill b and d 30 Jul 1950.


4 Donald L. Cowgill b ca 1930, IL, d 20 Aug 1989. Bur Owaneco Cem. Family?


5 George L. Cowgill


6 James Lloyd Cowgill b 11 Oct 1933, IL, d 22 Feb 2002, Caseyville, IL, m Emma Jean Banko, b 23 Oct 1937, dau of Michael and Dorothy Ruth (Krouse) Banko.

       Children: known are – James, Victoria


7 Clyde Eugene Cowgill b 18 May 1935, IL, d 19 May 2011, m 18 Feb 1955, Caseyville, IL, Betty Jean Hays. Clyde was a veteran of the US Army.

          Children: known are - Dee Edward, Marty, Deann


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6 Verna Rose Cowgill b 21 Jan 1897, d 2 Nov 1964, m 27 Jun 1925, William (Warren?) Black.


7 Maude Pearl Cowgill b 15 Sep 1899, IL, d 19 Nov 1982. Never married.


8 Mima Catherine Cowgill b 29 Jan 1902, d 17 Dec 1993, m 30 Oct 1936, Harrison Rodgers.


9 Ruth Marie Cowgill b 11 Jan 1905, d 22 Jun 1962, m 29 Aug 1927, Perle Benning.


6 Mary Louise Cowgill b 22 Jan 1852, OH, d 4 Nov 1933, never married; bur with parents.


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6  Martha Cowgill “Jr” b 11 Mar 1751, recorded in the Women's Meeting Minutes of Nottingham MM as being guilty of fornication (“as evident by her bearing a Bastard Child”), with testimony produced against her which resulted in her disownment, on 24 Oct 1774 (see page 461 – was this a dau, Martha, who also had at least three children out of wedlock?).


7  Eleazer Cowgill Jr b 21 Nov 1752, d early? No further information.


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