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Ewing Cowgill Family Tree

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Ewing Cowgill b 1780-1790, d ca 1842 (?), m (possibly as 2nd wife) Harriet ____, b ca 1808, VT. Ewing first appears in Livingston Co., KY, in 1830, where he is listed on the census and on tax lists (1830 through 1835) as owner of 100 acres (Ohio River, then Deer Creek watercourse), 1 male over age 21 (himself), 0 children aged 5-15, 1 horse. Records (Bk C-2, p252) indicate the purchaser of this property was Henry Cowgill, but see nearby purchase by James, below. Ewing next appears on the 1840 census across the border in Johnson Co., IL. He is probably the "Elisha" Cowgill who on 10 Feb 1840 filed a land patent for 40 acres (description: SENE section 15, twp 15S, range 04E, meridian 3) in Massac Co. (formed from Johnson and Pope Counties). Ewing's presumed widow, Harriet, remarried 30 Jun 1842, Johnson Co. (Bk B, p180), John A. Pearce, b ca 1810, KY.

Children: unknown, but probably includes – James


1 James P. Cowgill b ca 1812, d bef 1850, m 1 Apr 1832 (lic 24 Mar 1832), Pope Co., IL, Martha Cane, b ca 1815/1819, KY. James was in Livingston Co., KY, thru 1840, first appearing in 1832 as a purchaser of 50 acres, Ohio River watercourse Bk C-2, p255); then on tax lists in 1833 (no list extant for 1832), by when he reached 21 years of age. His children were in Pulaski Co., IL, in 1850, living with J. S. Smith, an M. D., and his wife Martha, age 35, b KY (James' widow).

   Children: known are – Harriet, Elisha, James


1 Harriet J. Cowgill b ca 1833, KY, m(1) William Harbison, b ca 1831, MD, d bef 1870; m(2) Jesse Lewis, b ca 1838, KY, d bef 1880. Harriet shown as a widow in Pulaski Co. in 1880.


2 Elisha Cowgill b ca 1835, KY, d ca 1865, m Nancy Morris, b 5 Oct 1835, VA, d 14 Feb 1919, Wilmington, IL. Elisha a farmer in Pulaski Co. in 1860. Nancy remarried 31 Jan 1866, Pulaski Co., to George Bellows.

Children: known are – Mary, William, Harriet


1 Mary Jane Cowgill b ca 1853, IL, d 8 Mar 1879, m 18 Aug 1876, Pulaski Co., as his 2nd wife, William Cain, b ca 1818, TN. Mary shown as a housekeeper with William Cain and family in 1870. No children.


2 William Emmett Cowgill b 23 Sep 1857, IL, d 17 Dec 1940, m 14 Dec 1888, Wabash Co., IL, Elizabeth Gillman, b Nov 1868, IN. William with his mother in 1870; as a laborer in Mississippi Co., MO, in 1880 living with an uncle, George W. Marsh, b ca 1849, MO. In Paducah, McCracken Co., KY, after 1920.

Children: known are (one d bef 1900) – Harry, William, Gladys


1 Harry Emmett Cowgill b 7 Jun 1891, Mt Carmel, IL, d 28 Nov 1947, m(1) 17 Jun 1910, Pulaski Co., IL, Dessie Baker, b Dec 1895, IL; div (or annulled?); m(2) 10 Dec 1911, Pulaski Co., Anna Rutledge, b 20 Jan 1894, KY, d 25 May 1975, div (Anna shown remarried in 1919, William Mark Hannah); m(3) Nettie Kitchens, b 20 Oct 1892, KY, d Jan 1969. Both bur Betten Addition, College Hill Cem., Lebanon, Saint Clair Co., IL.

Child: known is -


1 Emmett Oveed Cowgill (later as Cougill) b 2 Dec 1912, IL, d 7 Dec 1977, m(1) ca 1933, Virginia Lee Baugh, b ca 1912, IL; div (Virginia remarried, Richard Crawford); m(2) Nellie Magnolia Dodd, b 1915, d 4 Nov 1955. Had Emmett previously (1946) m Margaret Shakan in Bernalilo Co., NM and m(3) Jessie F. Lowrence, b 27 Mar 1915, d 2 Oct 1990, bur near Emmett in Norman Cem.? Last address Norman, Cleveland Co., OK. Emmett was a veteran of World War II. On his WW2 enlistment he is shown as divorced with dependents.

   Children: known are - Richard, James, Stephen, Michael


2 William Bellows Cowgill b 28 Nov 1893, Mt Carmel, IL (WW II draft registration has Paducah, KY), d 21 Mar 1966, m(1) 1913, Alexander Co., IL, Ella Merchant, b ca 1893; m(2) 24 Jan 1931, Lake Co., IN, as her 2nd husband, Alice Springer, b ca 1893, IL; m(3) m 15 Jun 1942, Cook Co., IL, Gertrude Elizabeth (Lynch) Shulenberges, b 7 Apr 1904, d 14 Jun 1984, dau of William John and Elizabeth Ann (Daker) Lynch. William was a steel mill mechanic in Chicago, later in Youngstown, IN. Did Alice remarry 11 Jun 1940, Cook Co., Michael Denkrava?


3 Gladys Cowgill b Dec 1895, IL, m 14 Jun 1911, Pulaski Co., IL, Edwin H. Peek (or Peak), b ca 1891, IN. In Mccracken Co., KY, later.


3 Harriet “Hattie” Cowgill b ca 1861, IL. Shown with her mother and step-father in 1880 (Pulaski Co.).


3 James E. Cowgill b ca 1838, KY. With siblings in 1860. No further information.

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