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Isaac Cowgill b 4 Jun 1703, Burlington Co., NJ, d 6 Dec 1766, Chesterfield Twp, Burlington Co., NJ, m 31 Dec 1730, Haddonfield MM, Rachel Briggs, b 16 May 1709, d 8 May 1782, dau of John and Sarah (Smith) Briggs, of Burlington Co. Sarah was sister of Joyce (Smith) Cowgill, wife of Nehemiah Cowgill. Isaac’s will, dated 9 Jan 1765, proved 31 Dec 1766 in Burlington Co., NJ, provided to his wife, Rachel, profits of several tracts of land, and after her death, said lands to go to his sons George and Isaac; son, John, 50; daughter, Rachel Hall, 50; granddaughters, Lydia and Rachel Cowgill (daus of John and Jemima), 15 each when aged 18. Executors were wife Rachel, Joseph Curtis, and Aaron Watson. Rachel’s will, proved 25 May 1782, provided dau Rachel Hall her apparel, son Isaac “all my grain”, and the residue of her estate to children George, John, Isaac, and Rachel. Isaac was co-executor (with George Briggs) of his father-in-law’s estate.

Children: known are - George, John, Sarah and Lydia (twins), Jacob, Isaac, Rachel


1 George Cowgill Sr b 6 Sep 1731, NJ, d ???, m 12 Mar 1755, Springfield, Burlington Co., NJ, Elizabeth Crammer, “spinster” (signed by uncle; bondsman Samuel Woodard, witnesses Joseph Hollingshead and Samuel Peart – see p286, New Jersey Marriages, PA Gen Soc). Elizabeth, a Quaker, had transferred membership from Little Egg Harbor MM to Burlington MM on 1 Jan 1755. She was "condemned" for "marrying out of unity" 6 Mar 1758. George was bequeathed “my riding creature” in his grandfather’s (John Briggs) will; he is shown on the tax lists of Evesham Twp, Burlington Co., NJ, for Sep and Aug 1774. He is also shown as the seller in two land transactions in Burlington Co. dated 30 and 31 Mar 1774. In that year, George and family moved to VA, where he purchased 200 acres on Cedar Run, in southern Culpeper Co. near the Madison and Orange county lines, on 2 May 1774 (Culpeper Co. Deed Book G:214-218). He sold this parcel 15 Mar 1784, and bought (same date) another 200 acre parcel, apparently nearby, from the purchaser of his original plot (Culpeper Co. Deed Book M:112-115 and 107-109). He and Elizabeth are shown as sellers of this 2nd parcel on 21 Mar 1786 (Culpeper Co. Deed Book N:190-192). George is shown on tax lists for Culpeper, Orange, and Madison (formed from Culpeper in 1792) counties through 1800, but is not on the 1801 list. George and Elizabeth are listed in 1807 Warren Co., OH, marriage records as agreeing to the marriage of their granddaughter Elizabeth Cowgill (who is she?) to Thomas Hudgell. Note: Culpeper Co. marriages list the marriage of a Susannah Cowgill to George Peyton, 15 Apr 1792, by John Coons or Koonts, MG (Baptist). If a Cowgill, Susannah would be another child of George’s. She is more likely a Coghill – there were several Coghill families near George in Culpeper and Madison counties. There is no mention of Susannah in Mary Cowgill’s will.


Note: The discovery of Mary Cowgill’s will (see below) by Maryln Wolever resulted in a major revision to this line from what is printed in “Cowgill History”. What follows is a change from the original text – the George (and descendents) formerly listed here as descendents of George Sr are now listed in an appendix as a “stray”.

Children: known are – Daniel, Jacob, Ralph, Beulah, John, George, Isaac, Mary, Hannah, Sarah (order uncertain)


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1 Daniel Cowgill b 9 Oct 1755, Burlington, NJ, d 14 Jun 1843, Grant Co., KY, m(1) 1 Aug 1785, Orange Co., VA, Betsy "Elizabeth" Martin, dau of Ann (____) (Martin) Bowen, bond signed by step-father, John Bowen. Betsy is said to have d 10 Jan 1792, Bourbon Co., KY, perhaps at birth of their third child. Have no proof. Daniel m(2) 23 Jan 1793, Bourbon Co., KY, Franky Davis (bondsman Zephania Pratt), d before 1807; m(3) 18 Oct 1807, by Geo. Hume (p 4, Marriage records, Campbell Co., KY), Elizabeth Jones, apparently a widow. (In Sep 1810, an Elizabeth Cowgill gave consent for marriage of Moses Wayman to Ruth Jones. Was she Elizabeth’s dau?).


Daniel, then of Orange Co., VA, was one of the signatories to the “Ten Thousand Name Petition” (protesting certain restrictive religious legislation under consideration) read in the House of Burgesses 13 Jun 1775. While living in Culpeper Co., VA, Daniel enlisted (1777) for service in the Revolutionary War as a private, Virginia State Troops, in a light horse company commanded by Captain John Yancy; served under Col Crocket, marching into SC; permitted to leave in 1778; reenlisted 1779 in Culpeper Co., serving under Col Mark Thomas; marched to the Falls of the Ohio, serving under Gen George Rogers Clark two years; discharged 1781; returned to Culpeper after the war. In Daniel’s Rev War file he stated he had sent his first discharge papers back to his father in VA, as he enlisted again.


Daniel appears on tax lists (near George Sr, George Jr, Jacob, Isaac, and Ralph) in Culpeper Co., VA in 1787 through 1789; by 1791, he is in KY (Bourbon Co. tax list in 1791, Clark Co. 1793-1796, Montgomery Co. 1797-1800). He appears on the 1810 census of Campbell Co., KY (in Aug 1807 he had bought 100 acres on Back Lick Creek in what was later Kenton Co.; sold on 27 Dec 1816); in Butler Co., OH on the 1820 census (he bought property there in 1819, sold in 1823); the 1830 census in Preble Co., OH (where his Revolutionary War pension application #S3199 – granted 1833 by Certificate # 7025 - was filed); and in Fayette Co., KY in 1840 with son George. Daniel filed a paper (Deed Book 16, p 442) in Fayette Co., dated 11 Oct 1839, in which he “nominated, constituted, and appointed … George Cowgill of Fayette County, Kentucky, and John Bruen of Grant County, Kentucky, my true and lawful agents and attorneys for me and in my name to do and transact all of my businesses of every description throughout the Union”. Apparently, Daniel was a property speculator, which explains his many moves and property transactions in Kentucky and Ohio. He drew his last pension check Mar 1843 in Grant Co., KY. A graves registration card from Jefferson Twp, Preble Co., OH, places Daniel’s grave there in Old New Paris Cem. However, there is a marker for Daniel in Franks Cem., also known as the “Old” Cem., at Mt Zion Baptist Church, Grant Co., which would seem to be a more logical place. Which one has his body?


Note: Daniel’s claim that his father was in VA during his (Daniel’s) war service strongly supports George as his father, as George lived near Daniel in Culpeper Co. (Daniel is the likely 2nd tithable living in George’s household in 1786) and is the only senior Cowgill in the county during that period. Two problems arise in asserting this link: Daniel’s birthdate (9 Oct 1755) and George’s marriage date (12 Mar 1755), and the fact that neither Daniel nor his heirs are mentioned in (alleged) sister Mary’s will (see Page 390b). The dates issue can be explained away (premature birth, etc), but omission from the will is more troubling. Had they simply lost contact, had a family dispute, …? Regardless, the weight of evidence supports linking Daniel with George.


Daniel's will, dated 28 Aug 1842 (probated 10 Jul 1843), is filed (Book B, page 385) Grant Co., KY. John Bruen is listed as an executor; John is probably the father of William Henry Bruen, who married Daniel’s granddaughter Mary (see Page 374n/452).


Children: known are - Joseph, Martin, Nancy, Elizabeth, Sarah Hannah, Mary, George, Frankey


1 Joseph Cowgill b 1786, VA, apparently d after census of Jul 1860, Henry Co., IN, m 2 Nov 1809, Campbell Co., KY, (Daniel Cowgill bondsman, p 4 Campbell Co., KY, marriages), his first cousin, Fanny Wait, b 1793, VA, d after census of 1860, dau of Hannah (Cowgill) Wait (see Page 390a). Fanny’s mother requested the marriage license, and Fanny, being underage, had to give separate consent (in extant Campbell Co. documents). Joseph and family appear in Campbell Co., KY, in census of 1810, 1820, and 1830, then in Henry Co., IN, 1840, 1850 and 1860 (where he is listed as “George”). Joseph served (briefly) in the War of 1812 as a private in Cpt James Ellis' Co, 16th Regt (LtCol Andrew Porter's), KY Vol Militia, mustering in 10 Sep 1814 and mustering out 9/10 Oct 1814. He may have received his land in Henry Co. as a war service grant. This is probably the Joseph Cowgill who m(2) 16 Dec 1862, Fayette Co., IN, as her 2nd husband, Leah Shipley, b ca 1805, MD. Leah in Clark Co., MO, in 1870 as a widow.

Children: known are (order of birth uncertain) - George Jefferson, Louisa, Washington Hayden, James T., Electa, Thomas, William Martin, Mary, John Mason, Wesley, Gustavus V., Beulah Ann, Satira, America, Francis.


1 George Jefferson Cowgill b KY, d bef 1860?, m 19 Feb 1845, Fayette Co., KY, Julia E. Grooms (bond 7 Feb 1845 by her brother, Richard Grooms), b ca 1825, KY, d Jul 1874 (bur 20 Jul, Lexington Cem.), dau of Elijah Harrison and Comfort M. (Brown) Grooms. Julia is shown with her dau on 1860 and 1870 census, Fayette Co., KY. Family lore says she burned to death in a fire which destroyed the family Bible. (Note: Daysie Despain's mother was named for Julia; she was a sister to Daysie's g-gmother). Not located in 1850.

Child: known is -


1 Melissa (Alice on 1870 census) Cowgill b ca 1847, KY. No further information.


2 Louisa (Louisiana) Cowgill b ca 1820, KY, m 4 Feb 1837, Henry Co., IN, probably as his 2nd wife, William Riaden, b ca 1794, KY. Lived near her father in Henry Co.


3 Washington Hayden Cowgill b KY, d early (?). No further information.


4 James T. Cowgill b KY, d early (?). No further information.


5 Electa Cowgill b KY, d early (?). No further information.


6 Thomas Cowgill b KY (?), d early (?). No further information.


7 William Martin Cowgill b 1817, KY, d before 1900, m 4 Jun 1837, Wayne Co., IN, Rhoda Phillips, b Dec 1820, IN, dau of Ezekiel and Peggy (Margaret) (Peele) Phillips. William a farmer, age 33, on census of 18 Sep 1850, Prairie Twp, Henry Co., IN; living in IN in 1886. Rhoda shown living with son, William, census of 1900, Henry Co., IN.

Children: known are - Francis, Isaac, Jesse, Emeline, James, Charles, John M., Elizabeth, Margaret, William M.


1 Francis Cowgill b 1839 (age 11 in 1850, IN). With family in 1860. No further information.


2 Isaac Cowgill b Dec 1840, IN, d 1 Mar 1918, Muncie, m 22 Feb 1865, Grant Co., IN, Josephine Taylor, b Dec 1840, OH, d Jan 1916, dau of Lucinda Taylor. Isaac a farmer living in Liberty Twp, Howard Co., IN, in 1880; in Grant Co. (1900), and Miami Co. (1910).

Children: known are (two d bef 1900) – Jessie, George, unk, Everett


1 Jessie Martin Cowgill b 18 Jun 1867, IN, d 7 Apr 1941, Vermillion Co., IL, m 8 Jul 1887, Howard Co., IN, Lucinda A. Jarvis, b Oct 1866, IN, d Jan 1911, dau of Catherine Jarvis. Jessie in WY in 1920 as oilfield worker. Both bur IOOF Cem., Grant Co. Another source has Jessie (as James Martin) bur IOOF Cem., Vermillion Co., IN.

Children: known are – Lucy, Ora, Rosie, Flossie, Marie


1 Lucy May Cowgill b Jan 1888, IN, d 1960, m(1) 2 Jun 1904, Grant Co., IN, David E. Hendricks; m(2) Richard C. Wilson, b 1885, d 1936. Lucy, "married", with her mother in 1910.


2 Ora E. Cowgill b 1891, IN, d 16 Feb 1949, m 20 Oct 1918, Cochise Co., AZ, Basil Neff Herkless, b 27 Apr 1894, d 1964. Basil was a laborer at a shirt factory in Rawlins, Carbon Co., WY, in 1920, a factory superintendant in Frankfort, KY, in 1930.


3 unknown Cowgill, d before 1900.


4 Flossie F. (later as Cherie) Cowgill b Jan 1896, IN, d 21 Jul 1944, m(1) ____ Lang; div; m(2) 23 Jan 1933, Bozeman, MT, John R. North, b 1881, IA. Ora, Flossie, and Marie were together in Detroit in 1917. In 1930 Cherie was in Billings, MT, as divorced; there in 1940 with husband Jo North. Both bur Mountview Cem., Billings.


5 Marie Cowgill b Nov 1897, IN, d 27 Dec 1934. Flossie, and Marie together in Detroit in 1917. This must be the Marie shown in Toledo in 1920 as a Western Union operator. Bur St Mary Cem., Hamilton Co., OH.


2 George Cowgill b Apr 1880, IN, d bef 1900.


3 unknown Cowgill, d before 1900.


4 Everett Wilson Cowgill b 12 Nov 1885, IN. With parents in 1910; claimed to be a machinist’s helper in Saginaw, MI, on his World War I registration (Sep 1917). No further information.


3 Jesse Cowgill b 29 Jan 1843, IN, d 19 Jul 1917, m 24 Feb 1867, Henry Co., IN, Margaret Lucretia Myers, b Apr 1844, d 29 Dec 1935, dau of John C. and Leah B. (Brinnel) Myers. Moved to MO in 1877. Both bur Cowgill Cem., Caldwell Co., Cowgill, MO.

Children: known are – Ida May, James Ellen, Nancy Jane, Josie Alice, Julia Frances, William Martin, Jesse Maud, Vilas Samuel


1 Ida May Cowgill b 17 Mar 1868, IN, d 28 Nov 1932, m 3 Dec 1890, Caldwell Co., Jacob V. Kiple, b Sep 1853, OH.


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2 James Ellen "Ella C." Cowgill b 24 Sep 1870, d 19 Jul 1952, m 30 Oct 1888, Caldwell Co., Jacob Lee Hawse, b 15 Nov 1864, d 20 May 1938. Both bur Cowgill Cem. (See page 440, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 Nancy Jane Cowgill b 1872, d 1874.


4 Josie Alice Cowgill b 18 May 1874, MO, d 1932, m 23 Dec 1893, Caldwell Co., MO, John Farmer, b Aug 1861, Wales.


5 Julia Frances Cowgill b 16 Dec 1878, MO, d 31 May 1947. Single.


6 William Martin Cowgill II b 4 Jun 1881, near Cowgill, MO, d 21 Jun 1956, Sylvia, KS, m(1) 10 Sep 1902, Caldwell Co., Mary Jane “Mollie” Green, of Knoxville, MO, b 11 Jul 1879, d 18 Feb 1931, Larned, KS, dau of Martin and Sarah Green; m(2) 6 Mar 1932, Sylvia, KS, Lura Annette Hudson, b 5 Oct 1893, Sylvia, KS, d 7 Apr 1981, Sylvia, KS. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. Both bur Sylvia Cem. William Martin Cowgill II lived on a farm north of Cowgill, MO; he moved to Dexter, KS,and was in the telephone business at Sharon Springs, KS. Later, he had a grocery store and auto camp and cabins at Larned, KS. After his first wife died, he moved to Sylvia, KS, to his second wife's farm, until his death.

Children: known are – Deward Martin, Josephine Adella


1 Deward Martin Cowgill b 16 Mar 1906, Polo, MO, d 14 Feb 1974, Sacramento, CA, m(1) ca 1926, Winifred Irene Drake, b 17 Aug 1902, MO, d 15 Sep 1987; div; m(2) 6 Sep 1936, Martha Leota Griffith, b 9 Nov 1905, d 27 Aug 2000.

Children: known are - Virginia, Terry


1 Virginia Darlene Cowgill b ca 1931, KS, m Bobby B. Langston.


2 Terry Martin Cowgill b 1 Dec 1941, Wichita, KS, d 26 Feb 1994, m 10 Jun 1962, Los Angeles, CA, Linda D. Rister, b 7 Jun 1941, Long Beach, CA, dau of Floyd P. and Pauline (Mc Carl) Rister.

Children: known are – Sara Lyn, Teri Lyn, Lyn Martin


2 Josephine Adella Cowgill (See page 440, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


7 Jesse Maud Cowgill b 18 Jul 1885, MO, d 19 Oct 1971, m 14 Dec 1904, Caldwell Co., Harvey Arthur Kelley, b 30 Jun 1881, MO, d 30 May 1959, son of Jacob E. and Elizabeth (Baker) Kelley. In 1910 they lived near her brother, William, in Cowley Co., KS.


8 Vilas Samuel Cowgill b 11 Mar 1887 (1886 on draft registration), near Cowgill, Lincoln Twp, Caldwell Co., MO, d 16 Dec 1972, m 18 Jun 1905, Jennie Mae Todd, b 11 Mar 1887, MO, d 16 Dec 1972, dau of James Jackson and Dora (Snyder) Todd. Both bur Cowgill Cem., Caldwell Co., Cowgill, MO.

Children: known are – Virgil, Estyl


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1 Virgil J.J. Cowgill b 15 Dec 1905, MO, d 18 May 1964, m 4 Apr 1935, Golden, CO, Cleo Anderson, b 5 Aug 1909, d 6 Feb 1977. Virgil was a veteran (World War II?), serving as a Pvt, Battery C, 57th AA Trng Bn Gp, CAC. Both bur Ft Logan National Cem., CO.

Child: known is -


1 Mae Elizabeth Cowgill


2 Estyl Nadyne Cowgill b 11 May 1917, Hamilton, MO, m 2 Jun 1935, Caldwell Co., MO, Grafton Diddle Bowers, b 3 Jul 1913, d 1 Sep 2012, son of Fred Mitchell and Ethel Mae (Diddle) Bowers. Grafton was a US Army Medical Corps Veteran of WW II. Bur Cowgill Cem., Ray Co., MO. (See page 441, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 Emeline Cowgill b ca 1845, IN. With family in 1860. No further information.


5 James Cowgill b 2 Apr 1848, Henry Co., IN, d 20 Jan 1922, Kansas City, MO, bur Elmwood Cem., m 22 Sep 1867, Henry Co., IN, Permelia Ellen Myers, b Mar 1849, d 5 Dec 1930, sister to Margaret L. Myers, who m James' brother Jesse. James served in the Civil War as a private, Co K, 9th Indiana Infantry, enlisting 7 Oct 1864, mustered out 28 Sep 1865; he was a substitute for Louis Dale, thus not entitled to a bounty. Ellen living in Liberty, MO, in 1930 with her two widowed daughters.


See his biography and photograph in Missouri and Missourians, by ____, pp 33, 34. They moved from IN in 1868 to Caldwell Co., MO, where James became a leader in public service, and acquired large land holdings. The town of Cowgill, MO, was sited on a part of the Cowgill farm.

Newspaper Article, 20 Jan 1922:




J. S. COWGILL stricken by Apoplexy While Criticising Conduct of Vice Crusade


KANSAS CITY Jan. 20. - Mayor James S. Cowgill, 74 years old, dropped dead when stricken by apoplexy in his office today.

Police Commissioners Foster and Wilson said that the Mayor had called them to his office to confer on a crusade recently begun by the Commissioners against women of the streets. The Commissioners had complained of lack of co-operation from city health officials. Mr Foster said the Mayor accused him and Mr Wilson of insincerity in their efforts, and told them they had failed to ask city officials for co-operation in the crusade.

"I noticed," Mr. Foster said, "that the Mayor was growing pale about the lips. He dropped forward and died a few moments later."

Mayor Cowgill was serving his second two-year term which would have expired this Spring. He was a Democrat. He had a large ranching interest near Garden City, KS.

Children: known are - Effie, Cora, Mae, dau, James Earl


1 Effie Leah Cowgill b 5 Jul 1868, IN, d 17 Jun 1949, m 9 Nov 1890, William E. Spratt, St Joseph, MO, b 9 Apr 1867, MO, d 1938. Effie was a graduate of Hardin College, Mexico, MO. William was Mayor of St Joseph, MO, 1904-1906.


2 Jessie May Cowgill b 3 Mar 1871, MO, d 22 Jul 1951, m 25 Oct 1892, Caldwell Co., MO, Duncan M. Tait, of Liberty, MO, b 29 Aug 1868, Canada, d 25 Nov 1925, of Scottish parentage. In Logan Co., OK, in 1900. Living with her mother and sister as a widow in 1930.


3 Cora Frances Cowgill b 4 Sep 1876, MO, d 30 Jul 1969, m 11 Sep 1895, Jackson Co., MO, George A. McWilliams, of Liberty, MO, b 4 Nov 1869, d 29 Oct 1918. Living with her mother and sister as a widow in 1930.


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4 dau Cowgill b 17 Mar 1883, d 1 Apr 1884.


5 James Earl Cowgill b 3 Nov 1887, Hamilton, MO, d 3 Mar 1965, m 18 Feb 1909, Jackson Co., MO, Abbie Ray Winters, b 4 Mar 1888, Kansas City, d 11 Jan 1954, dau of James and Ellen Winters.

Children: known are – Dorothy, James, William, Frances


1 Dorothy Cowgill b 3 Jul 1910, MO, d 16 Feb 1996, m  St Joseph, MO, Russell Hall, b 1902, d 1990.


2 James Milton Cowgill b 8 Oct 1916, MO, d 1 Sep 1970, m(1) Marcella Rosine Boerneke, b 29 Mar 1914, d 1955; m(2) Mrs. Lulu Martha (Crozier) Dick, widow, b 1919, d 11 Nov 1978. Lived in Garden City, KS, in 1962. James was a farmer and rancher, and served two terms as mayor of Garden City (1965 to 1967) and on the city commission from 1961 to 1969. All bur Valley View Cem., Finney Co., KS.

Children: known are – Steve, Andrea, Laurel


1 Steve Cowgill


2 Andrea J. Cowgill


3 Laurel E. Cowgill


3 William Winters Cowgill b 8 Nov 1919, MO, d 17 Apr 1963.


4 Frances Cowgill b 9 Feb 1923, MO, d 14 Jun 1963, m Louis Neil Warren, b 1921, d 2010.


6 Charles Cowgill b Sep 1850, IN, d bef 1930, m(1) 24 Jan 1870, Henry Co., IN, Mary Catherine Mahoney, b ca 1856, IN; m(2) 6 Jun 1875, Henry Co., IN, Mary Ann Sanders, b Apr 1858, IN, dau of Arthur and Elvira (Bogue) Sanders. Charles was a teamster, living in Delaware Co., IN, in 1900 - 1920.

Children: known are – Handford, Lorena, Clifford


1 Handford J. Cowgill b 6 Mar 1876, IN, d 7 Feb 1915, Richmond, IN, m(1) 27 Dec 1902, Delaware Co., Anna Corrine Seeley, b 12 May 1887, OH; div (Anna remarried 2 Aug 1906 to Robert J. Hanna); m(2) 5 Jun 1909, Madison Co., IN, as her 2nd husband, Celeste (also as Clestna M.) (Campbell) Luke, b 28 Nov 1874, IN. Handford not located on 1900 or 1910 censuses. Clestna remarried 27 Nov 1915, William Ross Sibert.

Children: known are - Mary, Florence


1 Mary E. Cowgill b ca 1900, IN (m dates conflict, but living with her grandparents in 1910).


2 Florence B. Cowgill b 12 Feb 1904, Delaware Co., IN (living with her grandfather in 1910, 1920), d 7 Jan 1988, m Gola Hindman, b 26 Jul 1891, IN, d 30 May 1948. Gola was a veteran of WW1, serving as a Pvt, 29th Div.


2 Lorena "Rena" Cowgill b Feb 1878, IN, d bef 1910, m 21 Jan 1894, Delaware Co., IN, Benjamin (also as Bradford) F. Nowell, b Jun 1866, OH. (See page 442, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 Clifford Cowgill b 30 Jun 1880, IN, d 13 Mar 1957, m 10 Aug 1907, St Louis, Gratiot Co., MI, Rosa May Billings, b 1891, MI, d 1969, dau of Charles and Mary (Eagon) Billings; div. Rosa and Gladys shown separately in 1920; Clifford and son with his parents in 1920, with his mother in 1930.

Children: known are – Gladys, Charles


1 Gladys V. Cowgill b 2 Jan 1911, IN, m 25 Aug 1928, Henry Co., IN, Chester Kirby, b 18 Feb 1907, IN, d 1966; div 1938.


2 Charles D. Cowgill b 31 Dec 1914, IN, d 16 May 1994, m(1) 10 May 1939, Delaware Co., IN, Mary Edith Smith, b 1 Feb 1920, TN, d 1981; m(2) Stella Morgan, b 31 Jul 1911, d 12 Apr 1990. Lived in Muncie, IN.

   Children: known are - Maria, Karen, Sheila


7 John M. Cowgill b Apr 1852, IN, d 22 Oct 1913, m 25 Jan 1870, Henry Co., IN, Demilza Bunner, b Oct 1849, IN, d 1922, dau of Mrs. Catherine Bunner, widow on 1880 census, b WV. John, a grocer, and family moved from Prairie Twp, Henry Co., IN, after 1880 census to Centre Twp, Delaware Co., IN, before the 1900 census; in Monroe Co. in 1910.

Children: known are – William, Bertha, Harriet, Frank, Susan


1 William Cowgill b Dec 1871, IN, d Jan 1951, m 19 Feb 1893, Madison Co., IN, Sarah Lucille (Lucy) Williamson, b 23 Nov 1865, IN, d 5 Mar 1951, dau of Charles Williamson. Lived in Madison Co., IN. Apparently div 1910 after William deserted the family in Spring 1904 - both shown that year living with their respective parents. Lucy bur City of Elwood Cem., Madison Co.

Children: known are – Rosie, Frances, Julia, Charles Parker


1 Rosie V. Cowgill b 9 Dec 1893, Henry Co., IN, d 1896, bur City of Elwood Cem., Madison Co.


2 Frances “Frankie” Bell Cowgill b 7 Sep 1897, IN, d 27 Sep 1964, m 25 Sep 1926, Delaware Co., IN, Russell Irvin Mader, b 11 Sep 1891, IN.


3 Julia Vernon Cowgill b 18 Nov 1902, IN, d 16 Aug 1976, m ca 1925, Firman B. Hosier, b 20 Aug 1902, IN, d Mar 1986, son of John P. Hosier. Mother Lucy was living with the family in 1930. Lived Madison Co., IN.


4 Charles Parker Cowgill b 26 Oct 1904, IN, d 11 Feb 1951, m ca 1925, Mary Starr, b ca 1908, IN.

Children: known are – Charles, Norma, Mary, Robert, Jerry, Philip


1  Charles E. Cowgill b 6 Dec 1925, d 5 Dec 2011, m 5 Dec 1948, IN, LeEtta M. Smith, b 31 Oct 1920, d Jun 1990. Charles was a US Army veteran. Lived in Albany, IN. 

    Children: known are - Elizabeth, Judy, Charles Warren


2  Norma Cowgill b Oct 1927, d 28 Dec 1927. Bur Parkview Cem., Madison Co., IN.

3  Mary Esther Cowgill


4  Robert Lee Cowgill 


5  Jerry Cowgill


6  Philip A. Cowgill b 1942, IN, d 13 Apr 1970, m Vicki _____. Philip was an ambulance supervisor in Port Ritchie, FL. Bur Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens.

    Children: known are - Mark, Huey, Pammy, Kathy


2 Bertha Ellen Cowgill b 1873, IN, m 1 Sep 1889, Henry Co., IN, James H. Sheets, b Sep 1866, IA, son of Jacob A. and Elizabeth A. Sheets. Bertha may have d before 1900 as James is listed as “single”, a laborer in Henry Co. in 1900.


3 Harriet “Hattie” E. Cowgill b Nov 1879, IN, d 21 Jun 1952, m(1) 14 Oct 1899, Delaware Co., Frank H. Stoneburner, b Apr 1878, OH; m(2) bef 1920, Frank Fallis, b ca 1872, IN.


4 Frank Emerson Cowgill b 7 Oct 1881, IN, d 13 Aug 1935, m 24 Dec 1908, Muncie, IN, Edna Clay Proctor, b 2 Sep 1890, d 19 Dec 1966, dau of Charles E. and Rose Linn (Birch) Proctor Snodgrass. Edna m(2) Walter B. Spade on 19 Jan 1936. Note: information on the family of Frank Emerson Cowgill provided by Robert E. Cowgill

Children: known are – Mary, Charles, Frank, Robert


1 Mary Nanette Cowgill b 10 Mar 1911, d 21 Nov 1991, m(1) Raymond Ridenour; m(2) Norris Eugene Roberts, b 1903, d 9 Oct 1966; m(3) 27 Feb 1971, Sam Calibraro.


2 Charles John Cowgill b 31 Mar 1918, Chicago, d 15 Sep 1975, Sacramento, m 24 Dec 1941, Vada Alberta Tyree, b 7 Dec 1919, d 1 May 2010. Charles enlisted in the US Army in 1940, later completed Officer Candidate School, served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, retired as Colonel.

Children: known are – Patricia, Charles, William, Christopher


1 Patricia Ann Cowgill


2 Charles Edward Cowgill


3 William Clay Cowgill


4 Christopher John Cowgill


3 Frank Raymond Cowgill b 26 Oct 1919, Chicago, d 5 Dec 1962, in a car-train accident, m 13 Jun 1949, Chicago, Anne Barbra Drobina, b 9 Jul 1922, d 22 Apr 1971. Frank served in the US Army during World War II with duty in the Philippines and Japan.

Children: known are – Judith, Jeffrey, Frank


4 Robert Eugene Cowgill b 12 Dec 1925, Memphis, TN, d 5 Jun 2009, m 18 Mar 1950, Minnie Elizabeth (Stone) Barbre, b 17 Jun 1923, d 6 Jan 2009.

Children: known are – Penny, David, Mark


5 Susan Beaver Cowgill b 7 Oct 1888, IN, m 14 Mar 1909, Monroe Co., IN, Clarence A. Graham, b ca 1888, IN.


8 Elizabeth Cowgill b Oct 1856 (claimed 1861 on 1900 census), IN, m ca 1880, her brother-in-law, Charles McKinney, b Aug 1851, WV. In Miami Co. by 1900.


9 Margaret Cowgill b ca 1859, IN, d bef 1880, m 20 Oct 1877, Henry Co., IN, Charles McKinnie (on marriage record, family has "McKinney"), b Aug 1851, WV. Apparently Charles remarried Margaret’s sister, Elizabeth (above).


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10 William M. Cowgill Jr b Feb 1864, IN, m 28 Feb 1886, Henry Co., IN, Nancy E. "Nannie" Sanders, b Jul 1866, sister to Mary A. Sanders (his sister-in-law), dau of Arthur and Elvira (Bogue) Sanders. Living in Henry Co., IN, in 1900, Delaware Co. by 1910.

Children: known are – Grace, dau


1 Grace Lizzie Cowgill b 13 Dec 1886, Henry Co., IN, d 1970, m 28 Feb 1910, Delaware Co., William Sherman Shepherd, d 1956.


2 Dau (unnamed) b 9 Jul 1892 (Henry Co. b records) apparently d in infancy.


8 Mary Cowgill, dau of Joseph and Fanny. No further information.


9 John Mason Cowgill b 1822, KY, d 21 Jan 1881, Tipton Co., m 7 Oct 1847, Henry Co., IN, Nancy Hopkins, b 1830, VA. Probably the Nancy Marie Cowgill b 1826, VA, d 23 Jan 1905, bur in Kratzer Cem.,Van Buren Twp, Shelby Co., IN. John was a farmer in Tipton Co., IN, in 1850; Henry Co. in 1860; and in Wildcat Twp, Tipton Co. in 1870/1880.

Children: known are - Melissa, Joseph, John, Sarah, Mary Alice


1 Melissa A. Cowgill b 1849, IN, m(1) 22 Jan 1871, Tipton Co., Lewis C. Egan, b ca 1849, OH, son of John and Matilda Egan; m(2) 3 Jul 1889, Cedar Springs, Kent Co., MI, Judson W. Andrews, b ca 1845, OH. In Kent Co., MI, in 1880.


2 Joseph W. Cowgill b 15 Jan 1852, IN, d 2 Feb 1920, Marion, Grant Co., IN, m 23 Oct 1875, Grant Co., Mary (Mollie) Louisa Norton, b 4 Mar 1855, IN, d 11 May 1916, Marion (of English parents). Joseph listed as a carpenter in Cedar Springs, MI, in 1884; was in Grant Co., IN, in 1900, and in Campbell, Dunklin Co., MO, in 1910. Both bur IOOF Cem., Grant Co.

Children: known are – Jessie, Charles, Major, Pearl, Frank R., Harry, Glen Maxwell, Theodore


1 Jessie Cowgill b ca 1877, IN


2 Charles Egan Cougill b 17 Jun 1878, IN, d 1929, m 9 Jun 1909, Kalamazoo, Ethel M. Hagen, b ca 1888, MI, dau of Fred Hagen (also as Hagadone). Charles was a house carpenter (as was his father), then farmer; lived in MI. Charles and family used the variant spelling (although his tombstone has Cowgill).

Children: known are – Evelyn, Eva, Ralph, Roberta


1 Evelyn L. Cougill b 26 Apr 1910, MI, d 7 Oct 1987. Apparently single.


2 Eva E. Cougill b ca 1917, MI


3 Ralph Gerald Cougill b 21 Jun 1918, MI, d 16 Feb 1980, Riverside, CA, m Virginia ___, b 21 Oct 1918, d May 1974. Ralph was a veteran of World War II. Both bur South Lawn Memorial Cem.,Tucson. Family?


4 Roberta J. Cougill


3 Major Blucher Valentine Cowgill b 11 Jun 1882, OH, d bef 1930, m 8 May 1915, Muskogee Co., OK, Leona Maude Hoover, b ca 1896, MO. Leona m(2) John R. Gay. Lived in OK; in Twin Falls, ID, in 1940.

Children: known are – Ruth, Norman, Newman, Rudolph


1 Ruth Mary Cowgill b 1916, IN, m 14 Jul 1934 (as Mary Ruth), Kay Co., OK, Benjamin Earl Ford, b ca 1905.


2 Norman H. Cowgill (twin) b 21 Jun 1919, IN, d 6 May 1972, m Mary Margaret Metz, b 6 Sep 1927, KS. Norman was a Veteran of World War II. Last address Monterey, CA. Mary remarried 23 Dec 1972, Monterey, Jack R. Beatty.


3 Newman W. Cowgill (twin) b 21 Jun 1919, IN, d 7 Jan 1945, Portland, OR. Newman was a Veteran of World War II, serving as a captain, 75th Infantry Division. Family?


4 Rudolph V. Cowgill b 3 Apr 1926, OK, d 21 Dec 1986, m(1) 10 Oct 1954, Kansas City, MO, Donna M. Schwabauer, b 5 Mar 1933; m(2) Tressie Marie (Ghan) Smith, b 26 Mar 1915, MO, d 12 Dec 2008. Last address Twin Falls, ID. Family?


4 Pearl Cowgill b Nov 1884, MI, m 30 Apr 1905, Clay Co., AR, P. A. Baird.


5 Frank R. Cowgill b 22 Feb 1889, OH, d 4 Oct 1946, m 31 Jul 1911, Grant Co., IN, as her 2nd husband, Agnes A. (Smelser) Brown, b 31 Jul 1889, IN, d 3 Apr 1942, dau of Marshall Taylor and Mary Elizabeth (Jewell) Smelser. In Canton, OH, in 1920; in Grant Co., IN, in 1930. Both bur IOOF Cem., Grant Co., IN. No children.


6 Harry Cowgill b 24 Feb 1891 (also as 10 Feb 1892), Blackford Co., IN, d 25 May 1953, Marion, m 8 Dec 1921, Grant Co., IN, Cynthia Ann Scott, b 1 Nov 1904, d 6 Dec 1979, dau of Frank and Deborah (Cronin) Scott.

Note: information on the family of Harry Cowgill provided by Betty J. Smith, 9900 S. 525 E., Jonesboro, IN, 46938, in a 1983 letter to BEC.

Children: known are – Robert, Betty, Mary, Hilda, Charles, Clyde, Theodore, Larry


1 Robert Harry Cowgill b 22 May 1923, d 19 Jan 1987, m 28 Dec 1956, Melrose, NM, Barbara Anne Smith, b 7 Jan 1933, d 25 Dec 2015. Robert was a veteran of World War II. Last address Amarillo, TX.

Children: known are – James, Steven


2 Betty Jean Cowgill b 23 Apr 1925, d 29 Aug 2004, m 11 May 1946, Robert Lewis Smith, Robert Lewis Smith, b 1923, d 1995.


3 Mary Ileen Cowgill b and d 23 Apr 1925.


4 Hilda Kathleen Cowgill b 30 Mar 1927, d 21 Nov 2004, m(1) 24 Apr 1944, Verlin Vice; div; m(2) 8 Dec 1957, Harold Duncan, d 27 Aug 1972.


5 Charles Edward Cowgill b 11 Mar 1930, d 24 May 1979, m(1) Betty Eastes; div; m(2) Linda Darnell Hosier, b 6 Oct 1943, IN, d Jun 2013.

Children: known are – Danny, Vickie, Debra, Brian, Carolyn, Lisa


6 Clyde William Cowgill b 14 Sep 1932, d 10 Sep 2000, m 5 Dec 1957, Wabash Co., Beulah (Billie) Jean Thompson Butler, b 4 Mar 1925, d 9 May 2014; div.

Children: known are – Kimberly, Rebecca, Lynda


7 Theodore Lee Cowgill b 24 Aug 1935, IN, d 10 Oct 2003, m(1) Charlotte Eloph; div (she remarried McGlothin); m(2) Shirley Grose, b 1938, IN; div; m(3) Sherry Ann Adams Bryant, 8 Apr 1939, d 6 Dec 1976. 

Children: known are – Elmer, Tony, Terry, Troy, Todd


8 Larry Howard Cowgill b 9 Sep 1937, d 23 Feb 1989, m(1) 28 May 1955, Wabash Co., Gaynell Mock; div; m(2) 3 Jul 1958, Sandra Mae Faulk. Lived in MN. Sandra remarried 5 Jun 1992 to Gaylon D. Peterson.

Children: known are – Steven, David, Pamela, Lee


7 Glen Maxwell Cowgill b 10 Jan 1893 (on m license, 1887 on 1900 census, 1885 on tombstone), IN, d 15 Sep 1947, m(1) 14 Jun 1913, Grant Co., IN, Evelyn L. Calvert; div 1919; m(2) 31 Jan 1922, Vigo Co., Anna Marie Swiezy, b 16 Jan 1897, Austria, d 11 Feb 1974. Glenn was a seaman, US Navy, aboard the USS Rhode Island in 1910; he was on the Rhode Island in 1907 as part of the historic Great White Fleet. He was also a veteran of World War I. Evelyn is probably the Louise Cowgill Calvert who (re)m 16 Jul 1919, Berrien Co., MI, Charles C. Jester. Glen and Anna bur Calvary Cem., Terre Haute.

Children: known are - Joseph, Mary


1 Joseph William Cowgill b 17 Feb 1922, IN, d 23 Dec 1986, m 13 Jul 1945, Virginia Mae Johnson, b 22 Sep 1923, IN, d 28 Mar 1981. Joseph was a veteran of World War II. Last address Ashland, OH.

Children: known are – Patricia, Michael, Nancy, Mary, Stephen, David, Margaret, George


2  Mary Ann Cowgill b 3 Sep 1923, IN, d 12 Nov 1923.


8 Theodore Cowgill b 10 Apr 1894, IN, d 1930, m 6 Oct 1917, Knox Co., OH, Alice Agnes Berger, b 4 Dec 1900, KS, d 22 Feb 1968, dau of Oscar and Aldoga Berger.

Children: known are – Raymond, Richard


1 Raymond Joseph Cowgill b 6 Aug 1918, OH, d Apr 1967. Raymond was a veteran of World War II. Bur Riverside Cem., Kalamazoo. Family (military record shows m in 1942)?


2 Richard Harry Cowgill b 25 Nov 1919, MA, d 14 Jun 1930, Kalamazoo.


3 John William Cowgill b 26 Jun 1854, IN, d after 1930, Alexandria, Madison Co., IN, m(1) 14 Jan 1882, Madison Co., Malinda Jane Griswold, b Mar 1862, IN, dau of William and Almira Griswold; div (Malinda later (1901) m Leroy Brizendine); m(2) 16 May 1905, Madison Co., as her 2nd husband, Emaline Beard, widow of John Beard, b Sep 1867, IN, d Sep 1926. John living with a Beard step-son in 1930.

Children: known are (one adopted) – Frederick William, Diamond, Daisy, Myrtle, Clarence, Bonnie, Earnest?, Perry


1 Frederick William Cowgill b 2 Jul 1883, Windfall, IN, d 4 Jan 1961, Indianapolis, m(1) 15 Mar (or 12 Nov?) 1904, Howard Co., IN, Jeanette May McCartney, b 13 Mar 1883; div by 1910 (May remarried to Charles Sharp in 1913); m(2) 13 Jan 1914, Madison Co., IN, Hattie Ellen Poynter, b 21 Mar 1882, IN , dau of Wilcher and Hattie Ellen (Jobe) Johnson; m(3) 28 Aug 1915, Indianapolis, Ludwine M. Delong, b 2 Feb 1890, MO, dau of Joseph and Mary (Mayers) Delong; m(4), as her 2nd (or 3rd?) husband, Rachel Medley?, b ca 1893, TN. Fred was a farm laborer in Meade Co., SD, in 1920, and was farming in Union Co., TN, in 1930.

Children: known are – Orval, Charles, Frieda


1 Orval Farl Cowgill b 20 Dec 1905, Windfall, IN, d 26 May 1962, m 28 Jun 1928, Ida Hazel Butcher, b 21 Sep 1906, d 12 Mar 1986, Clinton Co., IN, dau of Aaron Edward and Frances Hannah (Phipps) Butcher. His widowed mother (after a 3rd marriage?) was living with him in 1930. Both bur Albright Cem., Howard Co., IN. (Orval is likely the father of Billie Martin Cowgill, b 11 Apr 1927, IL, d 11 Apr 1927, bur Mt Zion Cem., Dalton City, IL. The death record states father as Ora E. Cowgill of Indiana, mother as Mabelle L. Burke of Mattoon, IL).

Children: known are – Othella, Orval, Esther, Gladys


1 Othella Frances Cowgill


2 Orval Aaron Cowgill, m 5 Jun 1953, Dunklin Co., MO, Marylin Corder.

Children: known are – Susan, Stephen


3 Esther Mae Cowgill


4 Gladys Jane Cowgill


2 Charles Orla "Jerry" Cowgill b 24 Sep 1909, Kokomo, IN, d 1 Jun 1978, m(1) June O. Wyrick, b ca 1908, IN, dau of William and Flora Wyrick; m(2) 1939, Bernice Irene Hobson, b 18 Feb 1913, d 1948, dau of Lloyd D. and Elsie (Bulk) Hobson; m(3) Betty Stephens. Bernice bur Shiloh Cem., Howard Co. Lived in Kokomo.

Children: known are - Sharon, Clar Adele, Barbara, Betty


1  Sharon Cowgill, m _____ Fleissner.


2  Clar Adele Cowgill, m ____ Coy.


3  Barbara Cowgill, m Robert Lee Bridegroom.


4  Betty Cowgill


3 Freida Cowgill b ca 1930, TN, m ____ Wheeler.


2 Diamond A. Cowgill b Nov 1885, IN, m 13 Jul 1901, Madison Co., IN, Edgar Allen Dunn, b 3 Aug 1875 (WW1 Reg), IN.


3 Daisy Cowgill b Jun 1889, IN, m 15 May 1911, Marion Co., Jerome E. Flanders, b ca 1890, IN. (Did Daisy later m Herbert Tharp?).


4 Myrtle Cowgill b Mar 1895, IN, m 12 Jan 1918, Tipton Co., IN, Kenneth Niccum, b ca 1895, IN, d 1965.


5 Clarence J. Cowgill b 23 Oct 1896, Elwood, Madison Co., IN, d 5 Jun 1918. A World War I veteran. Occupation as glass worker, he enlisted in the US Army 15 Aug 1915; assigned to Battery C, 6th Field Artillery; served on Mexican border; sailed for France 29 Jul 1917; served with the 1st Division; killed in action 5 Jun 1918 at Bonvillers, Oise, France. Bur Parkview Cem., Alexandria, IN.


6 Bonnie E. Cowgill (adopted, nee Beard) b ca 1898, IN.


7 Earnest “Earnie” L. Cowgill b ca 1901, IN. With family in 1920. No further information.


8 Perry C. Cowgill b ca 1906, IN. With family in 1920. No further information.


4 Sarah E. Cowgill b Jan 1861, IN, d 24 Mar 1940, m 31 Dec 1880, Tipton Co., IN, Lewis Griswold, b 6 Mar 1858, d 26 Aug 1932. Both bur Sylvania, OH.


5 Mary “Mollie” Alice Cowgill b May 1870, IN, m 20 Sep 1887, Tipton Co., James B. Leavell, b Apr 1860, IN, d 30 Sep 1920. James (and Mary?) bur Dallam Co., TX.


10 Wesley Cowgill, d early (?).


11 Gustavus V. Cowgill b 1827, Campbell Co., KY, d 2 Sep 1863, Polk Co., IA, bur Peoria Cem., (across the county line in Story Co., IA), m 22 Dec 1852, Henry Co., IN, Jane L. Hutson, b 21 Feb 1833, Henry Co., IN, d 5 Jan 1908, bur Peoria Cem., Polk Co., IA, dau of Rev James and Mary (Modlin or Maudlin) Hutson. Jane m (2nd) 20 Jun 1867, Story Co., IA, Daniel Swarm, b 1831. Gustavus was a "trail guide" when the Hutson family moved from Henry Co., IN, to IA. He moved to Polk Co., IA, in 1853 and lived in Peoria City. He enlisted 15 Aug 1862 in Co. G, 23rd Iowa Inf. There is an article on Gustavus (extracts in Cowgill History, p 443) in American Patriotism or Memoirs of "Common Men", by Leonard Brown, published by Redhead and Wellslager, Des Moines, 1869.

Children: known are – Cyrenus, Penelope, Fanny Mary, Beulah


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1 Cyrenus "Reen" Free Cowgill b 10 Jun 1854, IN, d 17 Jan 1926, Polk Co., IA (bur Glendale Cem), m(1) 11 Oct 1876, Polk Co., Sylvia J. Pring, b 1861 (age 19 in 1880 census), IA, d 9 Dec 1883, bur Peoria Cem., Polk Co.; m(2) 24 Feb 1885, Henry Co., IA, Lucinda "Lou" E. Mathews (also as Mathis), b Aug 1865, IA, d Dec 1933, dau of William and Florinda (Roberts) Mathews.

Children: known are – Frances, Lillie, Charles, William, Elmer, Sylvia


1 Frances Jane Cowgill b Aug 1877, IA, m 19 Nov 1893, Polk Co., IA, John Mcwherter, b Jan 1872, IN. John a farmer in Story Co., IA, in 1900.


2 Lillie (also as Lina) Cowgill b Oct 1880, IA, m 29 Oct 1900, Nevada, Story Co., IA., John Snook, b 1871, IA, d 8 Feb 1927, son of James and Sarah (Eunshaw) Snook.


3 Charles Oliver Cowgill bb 11 Dec 1885, Des Moines, IA, d 13 Feb 1929, m(1) 19 Mar 1907, Des Moines, Emma Green, b 1 Feb 1890, ND (or IA?), d 15 May 1977, dau of C. W. and Susie (Smith) Green; m(2) 1 Jan 1914, Des Moines, Hallie Rice, b 1889, dau of W. and Mary (Norris) Rice; m(3) 7 Jun 1919, Jackson Co., MO, Margaret Burkenholtz (record has McComas – prior marriage?), b ca 1893, IA (of German parents), dau of Ray and Mary (Lust) Burkenholtz. Margaret listed on 1930 census as “single” in Des Moines. On his World War I registration (Sep 1918), Charles claimed his wife’s name was “Hallie”. Emma remarried 2 Jan 1912, Watonwan, MN, James B. Deaton, b ca 1887, MO.

Child: known is -


1 Ralph Cowgill b ca 1909, IA, d early?


4 William Gustavus Cowgill b 7 Jun 1888 (tombstone has 1889), d 1961, m(1) 28 Dec 1909, Des Moines, Frances Bradke, b ca 1891, IA, dau of August and Caroline (Shultz) Bradke; div; m(2) 21 Jun 1927, Cuyahoga Co., as her 2nd husband, Daisy B. Zepp, b ca 1888, IA, dau of Kenneth Daniel. In Cleveland in 1930.

Children: known are – Anna, Raymond


1 Anna Elizabeth Cowgill b  27 Jun 1912, IA, m 15 Feb 1928, Indianola, Warren Co., IA, James Jacob Reed, b ca 1906, IL, d 1930s. Anna a widow in Des Moines in 1940.


2 Raymond Edward Cowgill b 14 Oct 1915, IA, d 20 Jul 1982, m Iris Eleanor Bemiss, b 23 Sep 1913, WA, d 15 Nov 1997, dau of Sylvester E. and Cora E. (Cole) Bemiss. Both bur Riverside National Cem., Riverside, Riverside Co., CA. Both veterans of World War II: Raymond entered service Oct 1942, retired from US Air Force as a SMSGT, Sep 1965; Iris was a 1st Lt, US Army, serving from Jun 1942 to Jan 1946. Last address Fair Oaks, Sacramento Co., CA. Family?

Children: known are - Carol, Gregory, Geoffrey


1  Carol Rae Cowgill b 1948, CA, m 23 Jan 1972, Los Angeles, Lowell Fox.


2  Gregory Paul Cowgill b 30 Jun 1950, WA, d 28 Nov 1997, Sacramento.


3  Geoffrey Lynn Cowgill b 28 Dec 1951, CA, d 9 Nov 1989.


5 Elmer F. Cowgill b 10 May 1894, IA, d 20 Sep 1940, m(1) 8 May 1917, Des Moines, Katherine M. Roney, b 1900, dau of Frank and Rosella (Smith) Roney; m(2) 27 Jul 1920, Des Moines, Bessie Carpenter Cooley, b ca 1899, dau of Charles G. Carpenter; m(3) 17 May 1924, Des Moines, Judith De Wolf, b 22 Jul 1901, IL, d Apr 1982, dau of Lois De Wolf (of Belgian parents). Elmer and Judith (as Susie) were in Des Moines in 1930; mother (Lucinda) was with them. Both bur Glendale Cem., Des Moines.

Children: known are – Clifford, Mary


1 Clifford Watson Cowgill b 27 May 1927, IA, d 24 May 1985, m Donna May Swertfager, b 25 Feb 1927, d 29 Jun 2012, dau of Charles and Della (Carpenter) Swertfager. Clifford was a veteran of World War II.


2 Mary Jane Cowgill b 3 Feb 1929, IA, d 8 Mar 1992, m Paul McMaster.


6 Sylvia Cowgill b ca 1902, IA, m 5 Sep 1919, Des Moines, Clarence Schanck, b ca 1900, IA, son of Alonzo and Elizabeth (Stokes) Schanck. Sylvia lodging with her parents in 1925.


2 Penelope "Nepp" V. Cowgill b Apr 1857, IA, d bef 1926, bur Collins, IA, m(1) 23 Mar 1878, Polk Co., IA, Manley Wescott, b ca 1856, NY, d bef 1900; m(2), Charles Ward (who had children by a previous marriage). (See page 444, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 Fanny Mary (Mary Frances) Cowgill b 18 Jan 1859, Peoria, d 16 May 1924, m 29 Aug 1878, Story Co., IA, Harvey Austin Thompson, b 27 Mar 1857, IA, d 2 Sep 1921, son of James Andrew and Mary A. (Holliwell) Thompson. (See page 444, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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4 Beulah Ann Cowgill b 1862, IA, d 8 Dec 1931, bur Peoria Cem., Polk Co., IA, m 22 Nov 1881, Chauncy Sargent, b 28 Aug 1854, MI, d 21 Feb 1951. In Story Co. in 1900. (See page 445, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


12 Beulah Ann Cowgill b ca 1830 (age 20, Henry Co., Prairie Twp, IN, 1850 census). No further information.


13 Satira Cowgill b 3 Jun 1833, IN, d 17 Jan 1899, m 20 Oct 1853, Henry Co., IN, Oliver S. Hutson, b 30 Jun 1834, Henry Co., IN, d 2 Apr 1907, son of Rev James and Mary (Modlin or Maudlin) Hutson. They moved from IN to Peoria, IA, in 1855, then to Des Moines, IA, in 1877. Both bur Peoria Cem., Story Co., IA. (See page 445, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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14 America (probably Julia A.) Cowgill, d ca 1856 (in childbirth?)?, m 23 Nov 1854, Henry Co., IN, Nathan W. Hutson, ca 1830, IN, son of John and Margaret Hutson; though she is not listed with parents on 1850 census. Nathan is shown in Union Twp, Hardin Co., IA, in 1860 with his parents (no wife apparent); in 1870, same location, with a different spouse and a son, aged 14, b IN.


15 Francis Cowgill b ca 1839 (age 13 in 25 Sep 1850 census), IN, also listed with parents in 1860 census. No further information.


2 Martin Cowgill, son of Daniel and Betsy (Martin) Cowgill, b 1790 (age 70, 1860 census, IL), VA, no record of his death (thought to have d in Johnson Co., IL, in 1861/2), m(1) 24 Jun 1809, Harrison Co., KY, Ann Maxwell; m(2) 24 Sep 1821, Sumner Co., TN, Sally Brooks (bondsman, Thomas Brooks); m(3) 19 Nov 1827, Sumner Co., TN, Sally Perry (bondsman, Zachary W. Baker); m(4) date unknown, Susan ____, b ca 1800 (age 60, 1860 census, IL), NC. Susan's name appears on deed transactions with Martin, Pope Co., IL, 18 Feb 1853, again 18 Jan 1856, and on a final deed concerning Martin of Pope Co., where he is the purchaser, recorded in Johnson Co., IL, 11 Aug 1856. Martin migrated from VA to KY with his father, married young, and was enumerated with his wife and infant son, 1810 census, Campbell Co., KY. His older brother, Joseph, and wife are enumerated in a separate household, having been married the previous year. His father, Daniel, and family are also enumerated, Daniel having married his third wife in 1807. In 1820 and 1830, Martin is enumerated in Sumner Co., TN, moving to Posey Co., IN, by the 1840 census, then to Pope Co., IL, to Bedford Co., TN, in 1850, and, from the above cited deed and 1860 census, to Johnson Co., IL. Martin served in the Tennessee Militia in the War of 1812 as a private in 1st Regt (Hall's) and 1st Regt (Bradley's).

Children: known are (or more? 1830 census, Sumner Co., TN, indicates four male and four female children) - Daniel, female, Margaret, Thompson, male, Elizabeth, George, Susannah, Lucinda, Isaac, Sarah


1 Daniel Cowgill II (apparently the male child on 1810 census, Campbell Co., KY), b 1809/1810, KY, d before 1850, m 3 Oct 1831 (bondsman, James Kingsly), Eliza Stephens, b ca 1813 (age 37 in 1850 census), dau of Jane Stevens (age 62 in 1850) and sister of Martha (age 32) and Jane (age 23), with whom Eliza and daughter were living after death of Daniel. Daniel was enumerated with family 1840 census, Ohio Co., KY, in age group 30/40; wife 20/30; with two male and one female children, all under age five. Eliza m(2) 28 Nov 1852, William Brown.

Children: known are - John, Cynthia, William


1 John Morton Cowgill b 18 Jun 1836, TN, d after 1880 but before 1891, Cass Co., TX, m(1) 30 Apr 1866, Miller Co., AR, Sarah Ann Murphy, b ca 1846 (age 34 in 1880), GA; m(2) 1 Jun 1882, by William Crawford, MG, recorded Cass Co., Caroline “Carrie” Marcilla Willis, b Aug 1862, LA, d 1929, Mira, Caddo, LA (bur Munlyn Chapel, Mira), dau of John A. and Mary (Tabor) Willis. Carrie m 2nd a William Wilhite, and 3rd Edd Graves. John served in the Civil War, Confederate Army, Co A, 15th Missouri Cavalry, Capt Timothy Reeves Co, Missouri Scouts, enrolled 13 Mar 1862, by Capt Turnbull, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR, for a period of three years or the duration of the war. He was to be paid 40 cents per day and $ 42.80 for use of his horse. (Note: His brother was in the Union Army). In 1840 census, Ohio Co., KY, John is apparently with parents, under age 5; in 1850 census, age 14, with his mother's brother, William Stevens, age 27, b TN, and family; this may be the John Cougill who was a miner in CO in 1860; in 1880 census, John and family are in Sulphur Twp, Bright Star, Miller Co., AR, which borders Cass Co., TX.

Children: known are – Mary (Mollie), James Oscar, Ida, John, Ida (2), Ella, Frances


1 Mary (Mollie) E. Cowgill b ca 1868 (age 12), AR, d 6 May 1939, bur Cass Co. near Atlanta, m(1) 18 Dec 1899, Miller Co., AR, James Brown; m(2) ca 1909, as his 2nd wife, William A. Wilbanks, b 8 Jul 1849, AL, d 1 Sep 1915, son of Gideon and Sarah Jane Wilbanks.


2 James Oscar Cowgill b 1 Sep 1869, Cass Co., TX, d 19 Jan 1951, TX, m 27 Dec 1893, Sarah Willie Sloan, b 30 Jun 1870, Cass Co., d 8 Mar 1940, dau of Dr Robert F. and Annie Eliza (Graham) Sloan. Both bur Law's Chapel Cem., Atlanta, Cass Co., TX.

Children: known are – Charlie, Annie, Marguerite, William, Archie, Robert Frank, Pansy (Patsy), Clyde


1 Charlie Tucker Cowgill b 6 Jun 1896, Sugar Land, Fort Bend, TX, d 29 May 1976, bur Law's Chapel, m 22 Jul 1919, Lema Mae Jeter, b 29 Oct 1896, TX, d 5 May 1992.

Children: known are – Virginia, Billie Lou, Charlene, Tommy, Charles


1 Virginia Aleen Cowgill b 29 Jan 1921, LA, d 25 Dec 2006, m _____ De Long. Last address: Cass Co., TX.


2 Billie Lou Cowgill b 31 Aug 1924, LA, d 20 Jul 1999, m Ralph Cabiness Mayfield, b 1919, d 2005.


3 Charlene Cowgill b 7 May 1929, LA, d 6 Dec 2016, m(1) 13 Jul 1947, Miller Co., AR, Eduard Wakin, 17 Feb 1926; m(2) Carl John Sebulsky, b 1930.


4 Tommy Don Cowgill, m Kathryn Ann Vest McCue.

Children: known are – Terry, Robin, Dawn


5 Charles Thomas Cowgill b 18 Apr 1940, TX, d 11 Mar 2000, m 27 Aug 1961, Cass Co., Charlotte Dowell.

Children: known are - Timothy Dowell, Charles Thomas Jr, Cara Lee


2 Annie Sloan Cowgill b 30 May 1898, Sugar Land, d 29 Feb 1989, m 8 Jul 1919, James Franklin Riley, b 7 Aug 1890, d 19 Jan 1977. Note: They may have applied for a license 20 Dec 1914; the record has a note on it “returned not executed”.


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3 Marguerite Cowgill b 4 Nov 1901, Sugar Land, d 7 Sep 2001 (as Cowgill), Shreveport, m 21 Nov 1922, H.C. Wilkerson Jr; div 1937.


4 William Augustus "Gussie" Cowgill b 29 Feb 1904, Sugar Land, d 7 Apr 1979, bur Hughes Springs, Cass Co., m 24 Dec 1933, Myrtis Irene Cates, b 1 Jan 1906, d 27 Aug 1990.

Child: known is -


1 Sondra Jo Cowgill (See page 447, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5 Archie Vernon Cowgill b 25 Sep 1905, Cass Co., d 16 Aug 1967, m 26 May 1935, Ruby Pierce, b 8 May 1911, d 27 May 2005. Both bur Law's Chapel.



1 James Pierce Cowgill, m Naomi Meadows.

Children: known are – James, Marcus


1 James Andrew Cowgill


2 Marcus Charles Cowgill


6 Robert Frank Cowgill b 5 Feb 1908, Cass Co., d 8 Mar 1995, m 11 Oct 1925, Mary Ruth Blue, b 24 Jul 1907, TX, d 10 Oct 1991. Lived in LA.

Children: known are – dau, Marinel, Robert, James


1 infant dau Cowgill born and died 19 Feb 1931. Bur Law's Chapel Cem.


2 Marinel Dereum Cowgill b ca 1933, LA,


Robert Frank Cowgill Jr b 3 Jan 1936, d 25 Jul 2004, m Alyce Faye Boyter, b 2 Mar 1937. Lived Vivian, Caddo Co., LA.

Children: known are - Stacy Shawn, Randall, unk


4 James Oscar Cowgill b 25 Oct 1937, d 30 Jun 2007, m Jowanna Edna Guy, b 2 Jun 1940, d 11 Apr 2013, dau of Clarence and Edna Guy. James was a veteran of the US Navy, with service in Viet Nam.

   Children: known are - Jeffrey Wayne, Timothy Joseph


7 Patsy Ruth Cowgill b 3 Jun 1910, Cass Co., d 28 May 1997, m 1 Jul 1941, Bowie, TX, R. Lewis McCutchan, b 1 Apr 1903, d 27 Oct 1977. Last address: King Co., WA. (See page 447, Cowgill History, for more on this family).


8 Clyde Lewis Cowgill b Jul 1913, d 12 Feb 1915, bur Law's Chapel.


3 Ida Cowgill b ca 1873 (age 7), AR (d young? – see child 5).


4 John William Cowgill b 24 Nov 1874, AR, d 15 Jun 1914, Houston, m 25 Nov 1906, Harris Co., TX, Laura Gertrude Faulkner, b Nov 1875, FL, d 28 Oct 1918. Gertrude shown as a laundry worker in Houston in 1917. She remarried 2 May 1918 to Benhard George Schultze. Their four sons were placed in an orphanage by their maternal grandmother. As each came of age and was required to leave the orphanage, they went their separate ways. This caused them to lose contact with one another, each making his home in a different place.

Children: known are – John, William, Oscar, Edgar


1 John Marvin Cowgill b 25 Sep 1909, d 25 May 1968, m(1) ____; div; m(2) Lorene Hulda Green, b 22 Oct 1905, d 16 May 1973. John served in the US Navy during World War II. He and Hulda bur Houston National Cem.

Children: known are – John Jr, Ruth, Jerry


1 John Marvin Cowgill Jr b 26 Jun 1936, TX, d 17 Mar 1982, m(1) Jo Ann Ritchie, b 26 Jul 1942, d 6 Sep 2005; div 30 Dec 1973; m(2) 13 Sep 1977, Houston, Kathleen M. Wray. Last address Marquez, Leon Co., TX. 

Children: known are – Shirley, Robert Wayne, William Matthew


2 Ruth Gertrude Cowgill, m Joseph Siddall.


3 Jerry Corin Cowgill, m Mildred Irene Edwards.

Children: known are - Natalie Marie, Jaquita Ann, (others?), b TX


2 William Marion Cowgill Sr b 7 Feb 1911, TX, d 2 Sep 1961, m 26 Aug 1932, Dallas, Ardis Hood, b 7 Aug 1908, TX, d 16 Nov 1999.

Children: known are – William Marion Jr, Orville


1 William Marion Cowgill Jr, m 7 Apr 1954, Dallas, Eldora Rose.

Children: known are - Ardis Mae, Ernestine Lou, William Marion III, Nettie Rose, Doralyn Lee, Ralph Elvin, Marion Sue


2 Orville Elvin Cowgill b 19 Oct 1936, TX, d 11 Feb 2017, m 1 Nov 1957, Dallas, Billie Joy Ewalt, b 28 Jun 1939, TX.

Children: known are - Brian Keith, Kimberly Jean, Kari Lee


3 Oscar Cohron Cowgill b 28 Oct 1912, d 14 Mar 2007, m(1) Dorothy Elaine Baker, b ca 1920, TX; m(2) 19 Jul 1952, Willie Frances Hopper b 8 Nov 1915, d 4 Sep 2009. Lived in Houston, TX.

Children: known are – Craig, Carol


1 Jesse Craig Cowgill, m Carol Leveridge.

Children: known are – Kate Elaine, John Clay


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2 Carole Elaine Cowgill, m Paul B. Gilmore.


4 Edgar J. Cowgill b 15 Sep 1912 (death cert; 1915 elsewhere), TX, d 28 Jan 1966, Chicago, m _____. Edgar was a veteran of World War II. Bur Forest Park Cem., IL.


5 Ida M. Cowgill b Oct 1883, TX, d 6 Jun 1953, Rodessa, LA, m(1) ca 1900 (1930 census has 1st m at age 16), J. H. Boyd; m(2) 31 Jan 1918, Miller Co., AR, Dr T. J. Willis, b ca 1852, d before 1930 (Ida a widow that year).


6 Ella Cowgill b Nov 1885, TX, d Jan 1912, from childbirth complications, bur Hosston Town Cem., Hosston, Caddo Parish, LA, m(1) ____ Smith; m(2) Apr 1910, Caddo Parish, Robert Dempsey Pace.


7 Frances Ida Cowgill b Dec 1887, TX, m 4 Nov 1902 (as Lillie F.), Miller Co., AR, Sanford Edgar Eaves, b 4 Apr 1877, d 12 Feb 1946.


2 Cynthia Cowgill b ca 1837 (under age 5 in 1840; age 13 in 1850). No further information.


3 William John Cowgell, blacksmith, b 22 Feb 1840, Horse Branch, McLean Co., KY (McLean Co. was part of Ohio Co. earlier), d 18 Nov 1920, Livermore, McLean Co., KY, m(1) 19 Oct 1865, Mildred Elizabeth Atherton, b 25 Jan 1846, KY, d 23 Sep 1908, dau of George H. and Nancy Bracket (Tilford) Atherton; m(2) 12 Dec 1912, Livermore, Sarah E. (Stone) Fields, b ca 1848, Rumsey, Ohio Co., KY. William and Mildred bur Oak Hill Cem., Livermore, KY. William J. served in the Union Army during the Civil War, as pvt/cpl/sgt in Co A, 26th Kentucky Infantry, and as a 1st Lt in Co D, 125th USCT Infantry, mustering in 22 Oct 1861 and mustered out 10 Jul 1865. He applied for an invalid pension on 19 Sep 1879. William is said to have adopted the spelling “Cowgell” from the way the Army spelled his name. His descendents mainly use this form. Note: Much of the information on the family of William J. Cowgell was supplied by John Cowgell of Raleigh, NC, in a letter dated 2 Oct 1993 (also see

Children: known are – Alvis William, John Elmore, George Andrew, Arthur Delmon, Benjamin Franklin, Charles James, Nannie Ethel


1 Alvis William (also as Wilson) Cowgell b 7 Dec 1866, Livermore, McLean Co., KY, d ___, m 4 Jun 1889, McLean Co., Settie D. Smith, b 28 Mar 1871, d 2 Nov 1898. Alvis listed as a widower, living with parents, 1900 census. Alvis bur Hackett Cem., Livermore.


2 John Elmore Cowgell b 17 Oct 1868, Livermore, KY, d 3 Jul 1949, m 6 Apr 1892, Jackson Co., AL, Fannie Elizabeth Hall, b 16 Jul 1873, Adereville, Todd Co., KY, d 30 May 1948, dau of Charles Wesley and Elizabeth Jane (Edwards) Hall. Both bur Elmwood Cem., Owensboro, Daviess Co., KY.

Children: known are – Elmer, Damon, Lisetta, John, Earl, unk


1 Elmer Wesley Cowgell b 2 Mar 1893, McLean Co., KY, d 17 Nov 1933, m 9 Jan 1915, Livermore, McLean Co, KY, Minnie Mendel Robertson, b 11 Nov 1889, d 2 Aug 1968, dau of Samuel Booker and Mary Elizabeth (Jackson) Robertson.

Children: known are – James, Jenny, Fannabell


1 James Eidson Cowgell b 1 Jun 1917, KY, d 13 Aug 1994, Ohio Co., m(1) 15 Aug 1937, Owensboro, KY, Betty Mayrene Ellis, b 17 Oct 1917, d 17 Sep 1998, dau of Benjamin V. and Stella Overton (Hazelrigg) Ellis; m(2) Daisy Haven, b 16 Nov 1913, d 3 May 2008.


2 Jenny Wren Cowgell (adopted niece) b 10 Apr 1922, m 7 Aug 1943, Tom Greene Co., TX, Earl J. Murphy.


3 Fannabell Cowgell


2 Damon Leslie Cowgell b 30 May 1894, McLean Co., KY, d Aug 1965, Jacksonville, FL, m 27 Mar 1920, Daviess Co., KY, Reta Newton, b 2 Nov 1901, d Apr 1960, dau of B. H. and Mamie Newton. In Detroit in 1930.

Child: known is -


1 Damon Newton Cowgell


3 Lisetta (Settie) Frances Cowgell b 16 Mar 1896, McLean Co., KY, d 26 Jan 1990, Louisville, KY, m(1) 22 May 1916, Spencer Co., IN, James N. Snyder, b 18 Mar 1896; m(2) Marvin Smyth, b 1893, TN, d 5 Dec 1972. Settie bur Elmwood Cem., Owensboro, KY.


4 John W. Cowgell b 12 Sep 1902, McLean Co., KY, d 26 Jan 1971, m 27 Jan 1926, Amelia Catherine Heady, b 17 Feb 1909, KY, d 29 Mar 1992. Both bur Elmwood Cem., Owensboro, Daviess Co., KY.

   Child: known is - Shannon


5 Earl Frederick Cowgell Sr b 23 Nov 1908, Livermore, McLean Co., KY, d 9 Dec 1990, Louisville, KY, m(1) 13 May 1934, Rockport, Spencer Co., IN, Jessie Mae Lloyd, b 10 Oct 1910, KY; div?; m(2) 29 Jan 1935, Mary Virginia Smith, b 10 Apr 1909, d 6 May 1990, dau of Anton Peter and Nina Elizabeth (Clark) Smith. Earl and Mary bur Middletown Cem., near Louisville, KY.

Children: known are – Earl Frederick Jr, John, Marvin


1 Earl Frederick Cowgell Jr, m 6 Mar 1959, Louisville, KY, Hazel Nestmann.

Children: known are – Anthony, Phoebe, Jean, John


2 John Anthony Cowgell, m(1) 6 Sep 1968, Durham, NC, Virginia Ann Gutman; m(2) 6 Jun 1987, Charleston, SC, Diana Rollins Cole.

Children: known are – Joseph, Alex, Lauren, Ashley


3 Marvin Leon Cowgell, m Lynne Ann Crenshaw.

Children: known are – Gary, Lynette


6 unknown (KY records have John 1 (sic) Cowgill b 17 Jun 1916) Cowgill, stillborn 1916.


3 George Andrew Cowgell b 8 Mar 1870, Livermore, McLean Co., KY, d early.


4 Arthur Delmon Cowgell b 14 Oct 1872, Livermore, McLean Co., KY, d 12 Nov 1949, Daviess Co., m 30 Jan 1899, Spencer Co, IN, Leona Sumner, b Feb 1879, KY, d 18 Feb 1966. Both bur Rosehill Cem., Owensboro, KY.

Children: known are – Ethleen, Marie, Morton, Arthur Delmon Jr


1 Ethleen F. Cowgell b 8 Nov 1899, KY, d 3 Apr 2000, in Cincinnati, OH, m Emmett Matthews.


2 Marie (or Mary) Elizabeth Cowgell b 25 Feb 1903, KY, m 24 Nov 1927, Wayne Co., IN, Roy W. Justin.


3 Morton Reid Cowgell b 29 May 1905, KY, d 1 Oct 1983, age 77, m(1) 4 Jan 1926, Clark Co., IN, Agatha Defelice, b 26 Dec 1906, Italy; div (per 1930 census); m(2) Mary Helen Acuff, b ca 1915, d 25 Nov 2002. Lived in Owensboro, Daviess Co., KY.

Children: known are - Morton Reid Jr, Eugenia


1 Morton Reid Cowgell Jr b 4 Feb 1932, KY, d 27 Jan 1992, m(1) Josephine Haines (also as Hayes), b 13 Jun 1913, d 8 Jun 2003, dau of John C. and Lizzie C. (Harmon) Hayes; div; m(2) 30 Sep 1953, Hamilton Co., OH, Patricia Ann Miller.

Children: known are – Teleca, Daniel


2 Eugenia Lee Cowgell b 6 Sep 1933, KY, d 26 Nov 2000, in Cincinnati, OH, m(1) 17 May 1952, Robertson Co., TN, William Harry Mayfield Jr b ca 1928, KY; m(2) ____ Finnegan.


4 Arthur Delmon Cowgell Jr b 31 Oct 1908, KY, d 5 Oct 2005, m 15 Dec 1934, Vanderburgh Co., IN, Byrldean Hodges, b 27 Aug 1916, KY, d 9 Feb 2011, dau of Jeff and Frances Hodges.

Children: known are - Joy, Donna, Patti, Jane


1 Joy Collen Cowgell, m Henry Thomas Faith.


2 Donna Gayle Cowgill, m(1) James Wendall Howard; m(2) 1 Sep 1957, Larry Gene Cambron.


3 Patti D. Cowgill


4 Jane DeAnn Cowgill, m 27 Jul 1973, Ridley McLean Sandidge.


5 Benjamin Franklin Cowgill b 10 Mar 1874, Livermore, McLean Co., KY, d early.


6 Charles James Cowgell b 1 Nov 1879, Livermore, McLean Co., KY, d 5 Apr 1946, Daviess Co., m 29 Jan 1902, Calhoun, McLean Co., KY, Myrtle Hays, b 15 Nov 1880, d 3 Jan 1969, age 88. Both bur Rosehill Cem.

Children: known are – Corrine, Nina Mildred


1 Corrine L. Cowgell b 12 Nov 1902, KY, d 2 Apr 1994, Daviess Co., age 94, bur Rosehill Cem. She was an English teacher. Single.


2 Nina Mildred Cowgell b 12 May 1905, KY, d 21 May 1996, m 4 Sep 1931, Ambrose Haley Stephenson, b 10 Jun 1906, d 17 Jan 1973.


7 Nannie Ethel Cowgell b 23 Feb 1886, Livermore, McLean Co., KY, m Pressley William Smith, b Jun 1872, KY, d Sep 1961.


2 Female, dau of Martin b 1810-1815 (under age 10, 1820 census; age 15-20, 1830 census). No further information.


3 Margaret M. Cowgill b ca 1817, TN, m 5 Jul 1840, Posey Co., IN, Peter Kivett, b 8 Aug 1819, IN, d 1876, son of Henry and Agnes (Goad) Kivett. Lived in Posey Co. through 1870; listed as a widow in Emma, White Co., IL, in 1880.


4 Thompson Cowgill, farmer, b ca 1817 (age 33, 28 Aug 1850 census, District 1, Sumner Co., TN), TN, apparently d before 1870, Hardin Co., IL, m(1) 9 Jun 1841, Davidson Co., TN, Rebecca Hallum, age 26?, b TN; m(2) 6 Aug 1857, Davidson Co., Mrs Phoebe (Waddle) Carman, widow of John B. Carman (in Hardin Co., IL, 1870 census). Thompson is presumed to be the son of Martin Cowgill (also thought to be son of Abner; see Page 289) as the male in age group 10-15, 1830 census; there were no other Cowgills in the county. Thompson was a Pvt, Col Hill's 1st Tennessee Infantry, Cherokee War.

Children: known are – George William, Susan, John Hodge, Luticia, Robert, Evaline, Nettie, Thomas


1 George William Cowgill b 20 Mar 1842, near Nashville, TN, d 31 Aug 1910, San Antonio, TX, m(1) 11 Jun 1863, Pope Co., IL, Frances Caroline Parker, widow of John Parker, d Jul 1864; m(2) 9 Mar 1874, Eagle Pass, TX, Jesusita Rudd Ruiz, b Oct 1856, Mexico, d 20 May 1907. George was a steamboat cook, and later a painter and paper hanger; served in the Civil War, mustering 23 Sep 1861 into Co F, 29th Illinois Infantry from Pope Co., IL; he reenlisted as a veteran 20 Feb 1864 and was transferred to the 6th US Colored Artillery, mustering out 5 Oct 1865. He resided in New Orleans 1866 – 1868, then enlisted in New Orleans as a private, M Troop of the 4th US Cavalry at Ft Shafter, TX, serving 16 Jun 1868 – 16 Jun 1873; at Eagle Pass 1873 – 1882; Ft Clark (Brackettville) 1883 – 1887; Del Rio 1888 – 1892; then to San Antonio.

Children: known are – unk, Antonio, Minnie, Angela, John, Suzana, Louis, George William Jr


1 unk Cowgill, d young.


2 Antonio "Tony" Cowgill b 5 Oct 1877, TX, d 20 Jul 1929. With family in 1910, single. A painter in Contra Costa Co., CA, in 1917.


3 Minnie Cowgill b Jan 1880, d before 1900.


4 Angela "Angelita" Cowgill b 19 Jan 1884 (1883?), d 14 May 1951, m 18 Dec 1904, Bexar Co., TX, Maximo Garcia. Lived in San Antonio.


5 John M. Cowgill b 21 May 1885, TX, d 15 Aug 1912. John is listed on the 1910 census as a US Navy seaman aboard the USS Montana. Bur Mount Moriah Cem., Delaware Co., PA.


6 Suzana Cowgill b 2 Sep 1888, San Antonio, d early.


7 Louis Cowgill b 19 Aug 1891, TX, d 22 Aug 1965, bur Fort Sam Houston National Cem. (Sec 2b Site 3369), San Antonio. Louis was a veteran (PFC) of the US Army in the 1920s. In Philadelphia as a laborer in 1917; probably the L___ Cowgill in Miami Co., IN, in 1930 with a circus. Death cert says “single”.


8 George William Cowgill Jr b 27 Feb 1894, TX, d 2 Apr 1970, m(1) 6 Feb 1921, Bexar Co., TX, Mrs Louisa Magallenes Rico; m(2) 13 Apr 1924, Bexar Co., TX, Mrs Stella Perez, b 9 May 1901, OK, d 22 Aug 1981; div? (Stella d in Los Angeles; George apparently m(2) Grace R. Rodriguiz, b 12 Mar 1893, d 23 Jan 1966. George was a veteran of the US Army, serving as a private, Co C, 9th ING(?). George and Grace bur Fort Sam Houston National Cem., San Antonio.

Children: known are – Jessie, Velma, Angeleta, Dorothy


1 Jessie Grace Cowgill, m Humberto R. Ordonez.


2 Velma Irene Cowgill, m 23 Jul 1978, Solano Co., CA, Fred O. Stanley.


3 Angeleta Cowgill


4 Dorothy Jean Cowgill, m 5 Sep 1982, Solano Co., CA, Gerald E. Sabin.


2 Susan Consade Cowgill b Sep 1844, TN, d bef 1910, m 30 Dec 1869, Pope Co., IL, (as his 2nd wife?), Commodore O. H. Downey, b Apr 1848, IL. Susan and family settled in Rosiclair, Hardin Co., IL.


3 John Hodge Cowgill b 11 Nov 1854 (tombstone), TN (IL claimed on several censuses), d 25 Apr 1930, Clay Co., AR, m ca 1872, Elizabeth Ann Richardson, b 22 Jun 1851, KY, d 24 Apr 1936. Elizabeth was living with dau Rose in 1930 along with a John, age 24, listed as Rose's brother (?). John shown as a farm laborer in Hardin Co., IL, 1870. (Had John been previously m to Belle ____, b ca 1844, KY, shown with son Robert, age 7, on the 1880 Census, Hardin Co., IL?; John claimed m to Elizabeth was his 1st in 1910). Both bur Mary's Chapel Cem., Clay Co. Note: Information on the children of John Hodge Cowgill provided by Mary Gerrein.

Children: known are (one unknown d early) – Charles Thomas, Annica, Dora, John William, Rose, Arthur Byrd, Franklin, Lee


1 Charles Thomas Cowgill b 29 May 1873, IL, d 1 Jan 1923, m(1) 6 Aug 1890 (with parental consent), Barry Co., MO, Clarinda Ware, b ca 1874, MO, dau of John H. and Jane Ware; m(2) 19 Jun 1901, Effingham, IL, Nellie Maud McCain, b 4 Aug 1881, d 31 Jan 1951; div 9 May 1913. Charles was a Constable in Granite City, IL. Nellie alone in St Louis in 1920, and with son Everett in St Charles Co., MO, in 1930. A 2nd marriage for both per 1910 census. A descendant stated he got custody of the girls, raised by his sister Annica, but they are shown with a Mary Cowigill (sic) as her daughters in St Louis in 1920.

Children: known are – Nora, Nettie, Charles, Everett


1 Nona Arlene Cowgill b 29 Oct 1902, IL, d 21 Dec 1965, m 25 Nov 1931, Leo Milton Gerrein, b 19 Dec 1908, Cincinnati.


2 Nettie Estelle Cowgill b 4 Jan 1905, Granite City, IL, d 23 Oct 1975, St Louis, MO, m 12 Feb 1927, Warrenton, MO, Joseph William Gerrein, b 7 Oct 1906, Cincinnati, d 31 Jan 1992, Maryland Heights, MO.


3 Charles Leroy Cowgill b 28 Apr 1907, d 5 Oct 1907.


4 Everett Harrison Cowgill b 25 Aug 1911, IL, d 11 Sep 1973, m Frances M. Cunningham, b 15 Jan 1909, d Feb 1984. Everette was a retired construction worker. Bur St Paul's Catholic Church Cem., St. Paul, MO.

Child: known is -


1 Samuel D. Cowgill Sr b 18 Jul 1933, MO, d 18 May 2003, m Loretta Mae Quintard, b 25 Aug 1932. Samuel was a US Army veteran, serving with the 82nd Airborne. He had owned and operated Woody's Rental in Carthage, MO. Bur Carterville Cem., Carterville, MO.

Children: known are (order uncertain) – Samuel D. Jr, Kenton, Daniel, Brenda


2 Annica “Annie” Cora Cowgill b 10 May 1875, IL, d 11 Mar 1947, m 3 Jul 1893, Butler Co., MO, William Sidney Morgan, b May 1874, MO, d 1947. Lived in Advance, Stoddard Co., MO.


3 Dora A. (also as Dora Olive, b Jul 1879) Cowgill b Jul 1876, IL, m 11 Feb 1896, Stoddard Co., MO, William V. Kitchen, b Mar 1871, MO, son of Arland and Laurinda (Lucinda?) Kitchen. Dora living next door to her parents in 1900.


4 John William “Willie” Cowgill b 3 Jan 1881, AR, d 12 Dec 1962, m 2 Jan 1901, Stoddard Co., MO, Mary (Mollie) L. Euans (or Evans), b 1 Mar 1882, MO, d 15 Feb 1965. In Stoddard Co., MO, in 1910, next to his father; later a farmer in Clay Co., AR. Both bur Mitchell Cem., Greenway, AR.

Children: known are – inf, John, Joseph, Paul, Lois


1 infant, d bef 1910.


2 John Leonard Cowgill b 30 Oct 1909, MO, d 8 Mar 1977, m 19 Dec 1944, Clay Co., AR, Hazel Mary Barger. Family?


3 Joseph Howard Cowgill b 16 Dec 1910, Bloomfield, MO, d 19 Mar 1988, m(1) 22 Dec 1928, Clay Co., AR, Gleeta Viola Hickerson, b 11 Mar 1911, AR, d 19 Jul 1929; m(2) 21 Dec 1931, Dunklin Co., MO, Leah Ruie (Watson) Simpson, b 21 Mar 1911, d 7 Feb 1972. Joseph submitted a claim for a pension based on injuries suffered in US Army service in 1927/8.

Children: known are (order uncertain) - Sue, Betty, Willa, Mary, Paul, Larry, Paulette, David


4 Paul E. Cowgill b ca 1913, AR, d 8 Mar 1926.


5 Lois J. Cowgill b 1916, AR, m 14 Jan 1933, Clay Co., AR, Ray Haywood. Did Lois m(2) 28 Aug 1939, Dunklin Co., MO, Claude Parker?


5 Rosetta May Cowgill b 25 Nov 1883, MO, m 5 Jul 1902, Stoddard Co., MO, her brother-in-law (see sister Dora above), James Harlan Kitchen, b Nov 1878, MO, son of Arland and Laurinda (Lucinda?) Kitchen. Mother Elizabeth was living with her in 1930.


6 Arthur Byrd “Bert” Cowgill b 17 Feb 1886, MO, d 17 Oct 1954, AR, m(1) 1 Jul 1911, Dunklin Co., MO, as her 3rd or 4th (?) husband, Harriet “Hattie” (Welty) Probst Grigory Jones, b 8 Aug 1871, MO, d 21 Feb 1924, dau of Henry and Elvira Welty; div; m(2) 27 Nov 1917, Clay Co., AR, as her 2nd husband, Francis V. Huff, b 15 Feb 1884, IL, d 12 Oct 1969. Arthur and Francis bur Woodland Heights Cem., Rector, AR. Arthur listed with parents as “widower” in 1920; Hattie remarried 6 Jun 1914 to James Mardt, but is shown as Hattie Cowgill in Dunklin Co., MO, a garage mechanic. Note: Arthur is also shown as marrying Francis 14 Aug 1919, Dunklin Co., MO. Was there a problem with his divorce?

Child: known is (others?) -


1 Velva Cowgill b 6 Nov 1913, MO, d 20 Dec 1990, m 6 Sep 1930, Clay Co., AR, William James.


7 Franklin (Fred on 1900 census) Harrison Cowgill b 15 Jul 1890, Barry Co., MO, d 18 Dec 1976, m 27 Mar 1910, Stoddard Co., MO, Martha Hollis, b 14 Jun 1893, MO, d 18 Jul 1981. In Stoddard Co., MO, in 1910 and in Clay Co., AR (next to his mother), in 1930. Place of birth shown on census varies over census.

Children: known are – Cledis, Ethel, Mabel, James, Franklin, Leona


1 Aaron Cleadis Cowgill b 23 Feb 1911, MO (or AR?), d 22 Nov 1979, Seminole Co., FL, m 27 Jun 1931, Clay Co., AR, Gertrude Pickens, b 4 Dec 1914, MO, d 6 Jun 1973. Last address Greenway, Clay Co., AR.

   Children: known are - Albert, Bobby, Alvin, Linford, Kathy


2 Ethel Lorine Cowgill b 17 Jan 1915, AR, d 7 May 1993, m 5 Nov 1932, Clay Co., AR, Clyde Donahue, b 1910, d 2005.


3 Mabel Cowgill b 27 Sep 1916, AR, d 8 Aug 1992, m 26 Sep 1931, Dunklin Co., MO, Raleigh Rudolph Laws, b 1910, d 1979.


4 James Hodge Cowgill b 8 May 1920, AR, d 16 Jan 1985, m 27 Jan 1940, Dunklin Co., MO, Sarah Melvina Shaw, b 11 Aug 1922, d 23 Feb 2003, dau of George and Cora (Black) Shaw. Last address Burton, Genesee Co., MI.

Children: known are – Rozella, James, Mark, Diane


1 Rozella “Rose” Marie Cowgill, m Orville Harrington.


2 James Larry Cowgill b 1 Dec 1945, d 23 Feb 2003. Lived Jacksonville, AR.

   Children: known are - Mary Rebecca, James.


3 Mark Allen Cowgill


4 Diane Carol Cowgill


5 Franklin Harrison Cowgill Jr b 7 Jul 1922, AR, d 3 Dec 1985, m 17 Aug 1946, Clay Co., AR, Lula I. Parks, b 19 Jan 1928, d 23 Jun 1975. Both bur Woodland Heights Cem., Rector, AR. Family?


6 Leona Marie Cowgill, m 25 Sep 1945, Dunklin Co., MO, John Marshall Sanders.


8 Lee R. (Leroy) Cowgill b 20 Jan 1893, MO, d 17 Feb 1972, m(1) 18 Sep 1912, Clay Co., AR, Celesty Violena Nelson, b 17 Feb 1894, IL, d 18 Jun 1960, dau of George L. and Martha Ann (Draper) Nelson; m(2) 1964, Catherine Burke, b 1 Mar 1913, MO, d Dec 1987. Leroy and Celeste bur Woodland Heights Cem., Rector, AR.

Children: known are – Ophelia Edith, Oneida, Arel, Carl, Jerald, George, Imogene, Doyne


1 Ophelia Edith Cowgill b 1915, AR, d Feb 1952, m 8 Sep 1933, Dunklin Co., MO, Elbert Rogers.


2 Oneida Cowgill b 1918, AR, m 5 Sep 1938, Dunklin Co., MO, Henry Hazelwood.


3 Arel E. Cowgill b 2 May 1920, AR, d Aug 1974, m Kennett Co., MO, Mary Dillion, b 13 Jun 1924, MO, d Oct 1978.

Children: known are - Larry Eugene, Louise, Margaret Ann


1 Larry Eugene Cowgill


2 Louise Cowgill


3 Margaret Ann Cowgill


4 Carl Avery “Bill” Cowgill b 14 Oct 1922, AR, d 23 Feb 2003, m 5 Sep 1944, Derry, NH, Mildred Florence Hardy, b 20 Sep 1926, NH, d 1 Aug 2011. Carl served in the US Army during World War II. Last address Kennett, Dunklin Co., MO. Bur in Mary's Chapel Cem. near Rector.

Children: known are (order uncertain) - Carl Wilbert, Billy, Sue Ann, Evelyn, Bobby, Jerry, John, Jenellie, Elaine


1 Carl Wilbert Cowgill


2 Sue Ann Cowgill


3 Evelyn Darlene Cowgill


4 Jerry Lynn Cowgill


5 John Avery Cowgill


6 Jenellie Florence Cowgill


7 Elaine Jennette Cowgill


8 Bobby Avery Cowgill


9 Billy Gene Cowgill b 28 Jan 1953, d 21 Aug 1998. Last address Kennett, Dunklin Co., MO.


5 Jerald Everett Cowgill b 9 Aug 1924, AR, d 29 Jun 2013, m(1) 28 Jun 1946, Longwy, France, Christiane Courty, b 9 Aug 1923, France, d 30 Jul 1993; m(2) 30 Jun 1995, as her 2nd husband, Mary Ida (Reeder) Rice, b 23 Apr 1923, MO, d 5 May 2005, dau of James Laura Maddox Reeder. Gerald was a US Army veteran, having served in WWII. Lived Kennett, MO.

Children: known are – Donald, Allan, Cynthia Noel


1 Donald Patrick Cowgill, d Nov 1947.


2 Allen C. Cowgill


3 Cynthia Noel Cowgill


6 George Lee Cowgill b 13 Mar 1927, AR, d 4 Jul 1993, Kennett, MO, m(1) 5 Sep 1947, Clay Co., AR, Margie Porter; m(2) 20 Jun 1949, Clay Co., AR, Wanda Lee Barr; m(3) Imogene Jackie ____ , b 2 Sep 1925, d 29 Jul 1998. Family?


7 Imogene Lorene Cowgill b 16 Dec 1929, AR, d 27 May 1992, m(1) 25 Jan 1945, Rector, AR, William James Cluck, b 10 May 1919, AR, d Jan 1969; m(2) ____ Owens; m(3) ____ Samuels.


8 Doyne Cowgill, d 18 Nov 1934 in AR.


4 Luticia Cowgill b ca 1846 (age 4, 1850 census), TN, m 25 Apr 1861, Pope Co., IL, Elisha D. Estes, b ca 1837, TN, son of Edmond and Charlotte Estes. Elisha a state prison convict in Elmore Co., AL, in 1870. No further information.


5 Robert C. Cowgill b ca 1848 (age 2, 1850 census, which lists him after Luticia – 1900 census lists birthdate as Oct 1842), TN, m(1) 10 Sep 1871, Pope Co., IL, Sarah Smith, dau of H. and Sarah Smith; m(2) 21 Nov 1877, Pope Co., Elizabeth (Wiseman) Bridges, b Oct 1844, TN, d 5 Mar 1930, widow of David B. Bridges. Note: On the 1880 Census, Pope Co., there is a William Cowgill, age 18, listed with the family; he is a son from Elizabeth’s 1st m.

Children: known are – Alice, John, Robert Charles, Walter, Dessa, Effa,


1 Alice M. Cowgill b Mar 1871, IL, m ca 1891, Orlando (Ollie) Atkinson, b ca 1860, OH. Ollie was a woodchopper in Livingston, KY, in 1900. Alice's brother Thomas (as Fred) was a lodger with them in 1910. Alice is possibly a step-daughter (Bridges).


2 John Cowgill b 13 Jan 1871 (age 8, 1880 census, Pope Co., IL), d 22 Mar 1905, age 34 (MO death cert, which states death occurred in Oakland, CA), m 16 Feb 1904, St Louis, Freda Gassner, b ca 1880 (Freda claimed birth 26 Oct 1879 on an immigration document), Austria. Freda shown as a widow in St Louis through 1930. John bur Saint Matthew Cem., St Louis.


3 Robert Charles Cowgill b Feb 1875, Rosebud, Pope Co., IL, d 26 Oct 1918, Christian Co., KY (cert # 32611), m 10 Jan 1897, Ollie Lee Glass, b 11 Aug 1878, d 8 Sep 1902, dau of William H. and Lucy A. (Brashier) Glass; div. She was bur Antioch Cem. Charles (as Robert) shown in 1900 with “cousins” Robert and Cordelia Davis in Montgomery Co., TN.

Child: known is -


1 Beulah Cowgill b 21 Sep 1897, IL, d 23 May 1929, m(1) 15 Feb 1913, Clarksville, TN, Duncan Eugene Davis, b 21 Jul 1891, TN, d 29 Sep 1922, son of Oren Owen and Ophelia Clayton (Edwards) Davis; m(2) Luke Harding. In Montgomery Co., TN, in 1920; later in Harrisburg, IL.


4 Walter Franklin Cowgill b 11 Mar 1876, IL, d Jan 1966, m(1) ??? (shown married 3 years in 1910, but with dau b 1902); m(2) ca 1907, Sarah Ashby, b 20 Sep 1881, IL, d 24 Jun 1919, dau of John Ashby; m(3) 28 Sep 1920, Massac Co., IL, Pearl Farmer Rutledge; m(4) 2 Jun 1923, Massac Co., as her 2nd husband, Norma Morefield Devers, b ca 1874, IL, d 19 Jan 1943.

Children: known are – Mary, Martha, Floyd, Fleeta, Bessie, Walter


1 Mary A. Cowgill b ca 1902, IL


2 Martha Cowgill b ca 1904, IL


3 Floyd Cecil Cougill b 17 Feb 1908, IL, d 10 Apr 1995, McCracken Co., KY, m ca 1926, Jewell Lee Henry, b 23 Apr 1910, KY, d 23 Jul 2010. Note: This family used an alternate spelling.

Children: known are – Floyd, Billy, Dale


1 Floyd Lavere Cougill b 18 Nov 1926, IL, d 20 Sep 2004, m(1) Geneva Myrick, b 29 Apr 1927, d 30 Mar 2005, dau of Ira and Jessie Sexton Myrick; div; m(2) 25 Jan 1975, Reno, NV, Carmen T. Rodriques; div (Carmen remarried 29 Dec 1989, NV, Donald Harmon Bonsteel); m(3) 19 Nov 1988, Madison Co., KY, Wilmetta Edwards, b ca 1954. Lived Metropolis, Massac Co., IL.

   Children: known are - Floyd, David, Gina, Chris, Wilma


2 Billy Joe Cougill b 28 Sep 1928, IL, d 12 Sep 2007, m Anita Marie Bocca, b 23 Jun 1927, d 12 Oct 2002. Lived San Jose, CA, a graduate of Santa Clara University Law School.

Children: known are (order uncertain) – Kevin, Stephen King, Kathy, Pat, Tim, Mike.


3 Dale Cougill b 16 Dec 1931, d 1 May 2005, m 1951, Randolph Co., AR, Audrey Muriel Guice, b 5 Nov 1934, d 8 Jun 1999. Dale served four terms as Massac County commissioner from 1978 to 1994, and was elected chairman six times. He was the current president of the Delta Corporation. Numerous other civic activities. Both bur Metropolis Memorial Gardens.

Children: known are – Michael D., Jennifer, Michelle


4 Fleeta May Cowgill b 1909, IL, d 23 Jan 1916.


5 Bessie A. Cowgill b 20 Jan 1912, IL, d 19 Mar 2006, m 24 Dec 1929, Wood River, IL, Dale Glenn Bryant, b 4 Jul 1907, d 16 Jun 1984.


6 Walter Franklin Cowgill b 1914, IL, d 6 Feb 1916.


5 Dessa “Dessie” Cowgill b 18 Aug 1878, IL, m 24 Nov 1900, Johnson Co., IL, James F. Purnell. No further information.

Child: known is -


1 Mamy Cowgill b Feb 1898


6 Effa “Effie” Cowgill b 16 Dec 1879, IL. Shown as a “widow” in Evansville in 1910 with niece Mamie Purnell; a seamstress in Evansville in 1940.


7 Thomas Fred Cowgill b 1 Apr 1883, IL, m(1) ca 1927, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Berlin(?), b 1895, TN, d 11 May 1986; div (Elizabeth remarried 2 Dec 1949, Crittenden Co., AR, Harold A. Ziss); m(2) as her 2nd husband, Pearl Funk, b 30 Dec 1884, IL, d 18 Oct 1970. Thomas was a locomotive fireman in East St Louis in 1930; a farm laborer in Johnson Co., IL, in 1940.


6 Evaline Cowgill b ca 1854, KY (age 16, 1870 Hardin Co., IL census). No further information.


7 Nettie Cowgill b ca 1859, IL (age 11, 1870 Hardin Co., IL census). No further information.


8 Thomas Cowgill b 1861, IL, d 19 Jul 1896, m 13 Jul 1884, Ada (or Mary) Rose, b 1864, d 8 Mar 1893. He was a farmer and miner. Both bur Stone Church Cem., Hardin Co., IL.

Children: known are – Harry, Robert, Lula, Arthur, Iva


1 Harry Cowgill b and d 4 Sep 1885.


2 Robert Eugene Cowgill b 7 Sep 1883 (per SSDI and draft registration, Nov 1886 on 1900 census), IL, d 5 Sep 1963, m ca 1908, Zula (Eula) Watters, b 1893, LA, d 16 Dec 1951, LA, dau of Charlie and Jane (Ebert) Watters. Moved from Pope Co. to Lake Charles/Alexandria area of LA in the early 1900s. Were they parents of Ruth Lorane Cowgill, d age 6 on 11 Oct 1928, Grant Co., LA?

Children: known are – Charlie, Manuel, Agnes, Ivo, Ruth, Ada, Izal


1 Charlie Lee Cowgill, d early (need birth/death cert).


2 Manuel Eugene Cowgill b 14 Sep 1912, LA, d 29 Sep 1976, m Emeline ____, b ca 1911, LA. Last address Colfax, Grant Co., LA.

   Children: known are - Catherine, Ada Mae


3 Agnes Mae Cowgill b 1917, LA, d 5 Apr 1998, m ____ Vige.


4 Ivo (Ivy) Cowgill b 21 Jul 1920, LA, d 23 May 1991, m ____ Leger. Last address: Hot Springs National Park, Garland, AR.


5 Ruth Lorane Cowgill b ca 1922, LA, d (age 6) 11 Oct 1928, Grant Co., LA.


6 Ada Jane Cowgill b and d 25 May 1925, IL.


7 Izal Cowgill b 1930, LA, d 16 Aug 2006, m Shelby Lee Gill.


3 Lula May Cowgill b and d 11 Jun 1889.


4 Arthur Winfield Cowgill b 28 Jan 1889, IL, d 22 Jun 1945 near Golconda, Pope Co., IL, m 23 Sep 1911, Elizabethtown, Hardin Co., IL, Mary Goins, b 20 Sep 1891, d 4 May 1990, dau of James and Sarah Jane (Gearhardt) Goins. He was a miner and auto mechanic. Bur Florine Cem.

Children: known are – Ada, Mildred, James Robert, Arthur, Charles


1 Ada Cowgill b 19 Dec 1911, IL, d 28 Feb 1964 (in an accident), Rosiclare, Hardin Co., IL, m 29 Oct 1930, Harrisburg, IL, Harry Lloyd Shelby, b 28 Feb 1904, d 28 Feb 1964.


2 Mildred Cowgill b 9 Aug 1913, IL, d Dec 1997, m 3 Oct 1931, Perlie Goolsby, b 15 Jan 1906, d 1982, son of Louis and Mary (Conkle) Goolsby.


3 James Robert Cowgill b 2 Sep 1916, IL, d 24 Apr 1983, m 17 Jan 1938, Crown Point, IN, Dolly Mae Curry, b 19 Feb 1921, IL, d 11 Dec 1997, dau of Ersel and Myrtle (Waters) Curry. Lived Aurora, IL. Both bur Lincoln Memorial Park, Kendall Co., IL.

Children: known are – Sharon, Joyce


1 Sharon (George) Cowgill? (foster dau), m ____ Morath.


2 Joyce Diane Cowgill b 15 Sep 1941, IL, d 17 Sep 1941.


4 Arthur Cowgill b 12 Aug 1918, Harrisburg, Saline Co., IL, d 26 Oct 1996, m Stuttgart, Germany, Suzanne M. Exner, dau of Carl and Alwine Exner. Arthur served in the US Army for 22 years (a veteran of World War II), then worked for Print-O-Tape, Inc. in Libertyville, IL. Bur Mount Olivet Memorial Park, Zion., IL.

Children: known are – Carl, Michael, Linda, Charles


1 Carl Arthur Cowgill


2 Michael Dean Cowgill


3 Linda Suanne Cowgill


4 Charles David Cowgill


5 Charles Lee Cowgill b 20 Feb 1921, IL, d 19 Aug 2004, m 15 Feb 1941, Jackson, MO, Leta Alvatene Rains, b 30 Oct 1924, d 20 Jan 2004, dau of Lester and Verda (Cummins) Rains. Charles was a retired fluorspar mine drillman, and was a member of Union Social Brethren Church in Eichorn, Ill. He was a World War II veteran. Bur Old Grand Pierre Cem., Golconda.

Children: known are – Charles Bernie, Linda


1 Charles Bernie Cowgill, m(1) 2 Feb 1962, Rosiclare, IL, Lois Mitchell, b 22 Aug 1944, d 27 Jan 1981; m(2) 23 May 1981, near Cave in Rock, IL, Mrs Glenda Lou Martin.

Children: known are – Charles, Bernie, Brian, Tonya, Kyle


2 Linda Kay Cowgill


5 Iva Allard Cowgill b 7 Mar 1893, d 18 Apr 1973, Statesboro, GA, m 24 Oct 1916, Cave in Rock, Joseph Laurence Hosick, b 23 May 1889, d 1 Dec 1946, Evansville, IN. Joseph owned the Hosick Funeral Home and Hosick Hardware in Elizabethtown.


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5 Male, son of Martin, under age 10, 1820 census, Sumner Co.; age 5-10, 1830 census.


6 Elizabeth Cowgill b ca 1822 (age 28, 1850 census), TN, m 23 Sep 1841, Posey Co., IN, Benjamin Reno. Elizabeth a widow, 1850 census, Posey Co. (See page 449, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


7 George Washington Cowgill b ca 1825 (age 26/35/45, 1850/1860/1870 censuses, Posey Co., IN), TN, d prior to 1880, m(1) 1 Sep 1848, Posey Co., Martha Garris, b 12 Feb 1833, IA, d 25 Sep 1854, bur Forcum (or Laurel Hill?) Cem., Center Twp, Posey Co.; m(2) 18 Oct 1855, Posey Co., Sarah Amanda Alldredge, b ca 1832 (age 29/48, 1860/1880 censuses, White Co., IN).

Children: known are – Elizabeth, Cornelius Monroe, Margaret, Walter


1 Elizabeth J. Cowgill b 18 Jun 1851, IN, d 6 Jan 1906, m 7 Sep 1872, Posey Co., IN, Edwin F. Brookins, b 4 Mar 1844, IL, d 3 Jun 1920. (See page 449, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Cornelius Monroe Cowgill b 13 Mar 1858, IN, d 19 Dec 1943, m 8 Jul 1881, White Co., IL, Nancy Louella Allison, b Jul 1861, IL, d 1940. Both bur Goad Cem., Lynn Twp, Posey Co.

Children: known are – George Walter, Ernest, Marshal, Fred, Nora, dau, Warren, dau


1 George Walter Cowgill b 10 Sep 1883, IL, d 1944, Maunie, IL, m 18 Dec 1902, Posey Co., IN, May Gale, b ca 1883, IN, d 11 Oct 1949. George was employed by the L&N RR.

Child: known is -


1 son Cowgill, d 20 Apr 1905 (Posey Co., IN, death record, H-4, p40).


2 Ernest Cowgill b 17 Jan 1885, IL (1886 on his tombstone; 1885 shown on 1900 census and World War I registration; descendant lists b 18 Dec 1884), d 28 May 1952, New Harmony, IN, m(1) 6 Sep 1903, Posey Co., IN, Edna F. Walker, b 23 Apr 1888, IN, d 5 Mar 1985; div; m(2) 30 Jun 1929, Bone Gap, IL, Hattie Grace Gould, b 3 Nov 1903, IL, d 22 Apr 1997, FL. Ernest was a telegraph agent, IL Central RR. Ernest and Edna bur Maple Hill Cem., Harmony Twp, Posey Co. Hattie moved to central FL in 1967.

Children: known are – Ova, Eloise, Venita, Wanda, Robert, James


1 Ova Elwood Cowgill b 30 Jun 1904, d 21 Oct 1978, m 30 Jun 1929, Dorothy Pauline Russell, b 27 May 1911, IL, d 22 Feb 2002, bur Maple Hill Cem. Lived New Harmony, IN. Ova was a telegrapher for the Southern RR.

Children: known are – Paul, Martha, Shirley, Sharon


1 Paul R. Cowgill, m 1955, Aileen J. Cooper. Note: Paul and Robert G. Cowgill, his father's half-brother (i.e., Paul’s uncle), were roommates at Indiana State University.

Children: known are – John, Jan, Nancy, William, Thomas, Robert, Laura


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2 Martha Jean Cowgill


3 Shirley Ann Cowgill


4 Sharon L. Cowgill


2 Eloise E. Cowgill b 30 Jan 1909, IN, d 20 Mar 1922, bur Maple Hill Cem. near her father.


3 Venita Kathleen Cowgill b 13 Feb 1915, IN, d 28 Feb 2010, m 3 Sep 1934, Paul McManaman, d 1992.


4 Wanda Lee Cowgill b 21 Dec 1918, IN, d 27 Mar 2001, m ____ Clauson.


5 Robert Gould Cowgill, m Joan Alice Ruder.

Children: known are – Bradford, Laura, Alan


6 James Edwin Cowgill b 28 Feb 1933, IL, d 14 Jan 1996, Wheaton, MD, m Mary Helen Olvey, b 1931, d 22 Jan 1994, Fenwick Island, DE. Lived in Silver Spring, MD.

Children: known are (from obit in Washington Post) (order presumed) – Robert, James, Charlotte, Helen, Martha


3 Marshall Cowgill b 23 Mar 1890, IL, d May 1979, m 7 Dec 1935, Boonville, IN, Anna Margaret Baro, b 19 Apr 1893, d 1 Sep 1978. Marshall was a telegrapher for the NY Central RR. In 1930, Marshall was an inmate at the Illinois State Penitentiary. Both bur Bellefontaine Cem., Posey Co. Last address Evansville, IN.

Child: known is -


1 dau Cowgill


4 Fred Cowgill b 15 Jul 1891, IL, d 11 Dec 1947, Evansville, IN, m 28 Aug 1915, Marion Co., IN, Luella DeLong. Fred was a veteran of World War I, serving with the US Army.


5 Nora Donna Cowgill b 8 Sep 1894, IN, d 31 Mar 1952 in Kern Co., CA, m 21 Sep 1910, White Co., IL, Joseph J. Attebury.


6 Margie Cowgill b 29 Sep 1896, Posey Co., IN, d 29 Dec 1896, bur Goad Cem.


7 Warren Cowgill (twin) b 1 Nov 1897, d 11 Sep 1898, Posey Co., IN.


8 female (twin) b 1 Nov 1897, Posey Co., IN, d young.


3 Margaret Cowgill, dau of George W., b ca 1863 (age 7, 1870 census), m 25 Aug 1881, White Co., IL, James Reniger. No further information.


4 Walter L. Cowgill b 12 Jul 1870, IN, d 27 Nov 1923, Maunie, IL, m 6 Jul 1896, White Co., IL, Cora E. “Estla” McDonald, b Dec 1880, IN, d 1970.

Child: known is -


1 Hazel Cowgill, son, b 13 May 1897, IN. With parents in 1920. No further information.


8 Susannah Cowgill b ca 1830, dau of Martin, m 12 Dec 1847, Posey Co., IN, William White. No further information.


9 Lucinda Jane Cowgill b ca 1832 (age 18, 1850 census, Posey Co.), IN (or IL?), d after Jul 1896, m 28 Jun 1852, Posey Co., James M. Noble, b 1830, IN, d 28 Sep 1895. James served in the Civil War, leaving Lucinda in Maunie, IL; enrolled Sep 1862, Evansville, IN, a Pvt, Co C, 1st Regt, Indiana Cavalry (28th Inf), transferred 1864 to Co B; m.o.w. det, 22 Jun 1865, Duvals Bluff, AR. Lived in White Co., after the war. (See page 450, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


10 Isaac V. Cowgill b 18 Mar 1834, KY (1850 Census has IL), d 5 Nov 1913, Posey Co., IN, m(1) 1 Aug 1853, Posey Co., Nancy F. Coleman, b 7 Aug 1838, TN, d 8 Mar 1904; m(2) 16 Aug 1904, Posey Co., IN, Matilda A. Martin, b 2 Feb 1833, IN, d 5 Dec 1918. Isaac was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as Private, Co B (later C), 1st Indiana Cavalry (aka 28th Indiana Regiment Volunteers), mustering in 8 Oct 1862 (enlisted 1 Sep 1862) and mustered out 22 Jun 1865. His military record described him as age 28; enlisted Evansville (Vandenburgh Co.); a native of Posey Co., occupation: farmer; blue eyes, dark hair, light complexion, 5' 9". He applied for pension 24 Jan 1888 from IN. Isaac and Nancy bur Maple Hill Cem.

Child: known is -


1 Serepthia F. Cowgill b 11 Jul 1854, IN, d 3 Apr 1873, apparently at childbirth, bur Maple Hill Cem., m 6 Feb 1871, Posey Co., William Henry Clayton, b 9 Jun 1850, IN, d 12 Aug 1926, son of William H. and Emma (Hancock) Clayton. William remarried Oct 1873 and had a family. (See page 450, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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11 Sarah M. Cowgill b 5 Oct 1837 (death cert; 1838 on tombstone), IN, d 6 Jul 1911, m 27 Nov 1856, Posey Co., IN, John Guinn, b 20 Jun 1831, IL, d 28 Sep 1908. Last address Moranfield, Union Co., KY.


3 Nancy Cowgill, dau of Daniel and Betsy (Martin) Cowgill, b 10 Jan 1792, d 27 Aug 1822, of childbirth, Campbell Co., KY (that area of the County became Kenton Co. in 1840, and is given as Nancy's place of death), m 11 (14?) Nov 1811, Campbell Co., Solomon Grizzle, b 5 Jan 1787, d 6 Feb 1858, his will being made 16 Jan 1856. He m(2) Ana McCollum, d 7 Sep 1860, who was living at time of his death. Nancy bur in McCollum Cem., White's Tower, KY on farm owned in 1977 by Shaw's. (See page 451, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 Elizabeth Cowgill, dau of Daniel (named in his will) and Franky (Davis) Cowgill, b 1795, KY, d 19 Feb 1879, m 22 Sep 1816, Pendleton (later to Grant) Co., KY, John O. Franks (on 1850 census, Grant Co., KY), b 4 Mar 1784, MI(?), d 28 Jun 1851, son of John Martin and Elizabeth (Lail) Franks. Both bur Mt Zion Cem., Grant Co., KY.


5 Sarah “Sally” Hannah Cowgill b ca 1797, KY, m 23 Mar 1819, Grant Co., KY, Daniel Webster, d bef 1850. Sarah in Grant Co., KY, in 1860.


6 Mary Cowgill b 6 Jan 1798, KY, d 26 Jun 1828, age 30y 5m 22d, m 20 Apr 1820, by Rev. Stephen Gard, Butler Co., OH, Francis Cornthwaite, b 6 Apr 1799, PA, d 28 Apr 1867, OH, son of Edward Cornthwaite, a native of England, who came to PA between 1794 and 1799. Both bur Elk Creek Baptist Church Pioneer Cem., Trenton, OH. Francis was a farmer; sold the mill inherited from his father Oct 1834, to Henry Kerns, Jr, 7 Aug 1835. He m(2) 25 Jun 1829, by Rev David MacDill, Margaret (Peggy) Bone, b 1805, OH. The will of Francis indicates that eight of the children were from his second marriage. There were two who appear to be Mary's children, and to whom Daniel refers in his will as "the heirs of my daughter Mary". (See page 451, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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7 George Cowgill b 20 Jan 1804, KY, d 13 Jun 1877, m(1) Feb or Aug 1823 (her father wrote a permission to marry George dated 19 Feb 1823), by Rev C. W. Cloud, Matilda Rebecca Vaughn, b 15 Dec 1806, KY, d 11 Jun 1864, dau of Cornelius and Frankie (Webster) Vaughan; m(2) 21 Mar 1867, Evelyn Kinkead, who d 4 Sep 1868. All bur Lexington Cem. George appears to be listed with his father and family, 1810 census, Campbell Co., KY; listed again with parents, 1820 census, Middletown, Lemon Twp, Butler Co., OH; in 1830 census, Grant Co., KY, wife and children; in 1840 census, Fayette Co., KY, listed with his wife and family, and his father, Daniel, in age bracket 80/90. In 1830, George, along with Thomas Cunningham, was named Trustee of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Grant Co. in a deed from his brother-in-law, John Franks (husband of Elizabeth), giving a two-acre tract as the site for the church. Many of Daniel Cowgill’s descendents (and Daniel) are bur there. George’s first father-in-law, Cornelius Vaughn, was a wealthy land owner in Fayette Co. who left his daughter a large inheritance.

Children: known are – Mary, Cornelius Vaughan, Frances “Fannie”, Daniel, Catherine, Sarah, George Silas, Lee, Melinda, Anna Eliza, Martha, Rebecca


1 Mary “Polly” Cowgill b ca 1825, KY, d 5 Feb 1868, m 22 Jan 1846, Fayette Co., KY, by Rev C. Stewart, William Henry Bruen of Grant Co., b ca 1826, OH, who d in the old Soldiers Home, Dayton, OH. Report of the marriage found in the Lexington Observer and Reporter newspaper, dated 4 Feb 1846. (See page 452, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Cornelius Vaughan Cowgill ("C.V.") b 1 Jan 1827 (age 53, 1880 census), Fayette Co., KY, d 24 Jan 1883, m(1) Agnes ____, b ca 1832, MD (is this Agnes Hickman, shown in Saline Co., MO, in 1850 with parents Thomas and Adelaide Hickman?); m(2) 7 Sep 1864, Margaret "Maggie" H. Waller, of Woodford Co., KY, b 22 Oct 1839, d 13 Jan 1887, Fayette Co., KY, dau of William E. and Elizabeth Waller. Cornelius was in Lafayette Co., MO, in 1860 (and on Slave Schedule there as owner of five slaves); then owned a farm on the Harrodsburg Pike near South Elkhorn, Fayette Co., KY. Cornelius and Margaret bur Lexington Cem.

Children: known are – Joseph, Margaret, Elizabeth, Robert Lee, Frank Taylor, Ollie, Minnie, Annie, Sarah


1 Joseph(?) Cowgill (name is difficult to read on tombstone) b ca 1857, MO, d 14 Apr 1857, age 5m 5d, bur Dover Cem., Lafayette Co., MO.


2 Margaret Cowgill (twin?) b May 1857, MO, m 27 Dec 1877, Madison Co., KY, James Sutton, b Oct 1856, KY, son of George and Alice Sutton. Possibly the James H. Sutton (b 1856, d 1923) and wife Margaret C. "Maggie" (b 1858, d 1924) bur Lexington Cem.


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3 Elizabeth "Lizzie" Taylor Cowgill b 22 Jan 1866, d 11 Jul 1949, m 13 Oct 1881, Clark Co., IN, James Jesse Back, b 7 Feb 1850, d 25 Feb 1913, son of Enoch and Mahalia Anne (Kayse) Back.


4 Robert Lee Cowgill b May 1867, KY, d 10 Nov 1930, m(1) 1896, Clara Belle Harting, b 1870, Louisville, KY, d 1900, bur in Cave Hill Cem., Louisville; m(2) 1902, Eva May Harting, sister of Clara, b 1879, d 29 Oct 1955, aged 76. Robert and Eva bur Lexington Cem.

Children: known are – Elmer George, Robert, Raymond, Norwood


1 Elmer George Cowgill b 25 Feb 1897, Lexington, KY, d 27 Dec 1986, m(1) Hattie Hardwick, b 1899, KY, d 2 Aug 1967, dau of William and Laura (Johnson) Hardwick; m(2) 1968, as her 2nd husband, Ruth Chapman Hall, b 1 Jul 1903, d 23 Jan 1998. All bur Lexington Cem.

Children: known are – Jack, Elmer George Jr, Benjamin


1 Jack Hardwick Cowgill b 28 Dec 1917, Lexington, d 14 Feb 1971 (a few days after undergoing experimental heart surgery), m 26 Oct 1941, Fayette Co., KY, Ann Showalter Caskey of Lexington, b 3 Jul 1919, d 21 Aug 1989. Jack bur Lexington Cem.

Children: known are – John Hardwick Jr, Julia, William, Alice


1 John Hardwick Cowgill Jr b 26 Oct 1941, Lexington, d 8 Mar 1968, m Margaret Goad, Scottsville, KY. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky Law School, and practicing attorney. No children.


2 Julia Ann Cowgill b 1945, d 6 Sep 2014, m 8 Feb 1964, Lexington, KY, John Wilmott Backer (See page 453, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 William Caskey Cowgill b 17 Aug 1948, d accidentally 22 Dec 1964.


4 Alice Rebecca Cowgill (See page 453, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Elmer George Cowgill Jr b 30 Aug 1920, d 25 Sep 1920, bur Lexington Cem.


3 Benjamin Lee Cowgill b 16 Nov 1925, Lexington, d 28 Apr 1992, m 1948, Sue Ann Bradford of Lexington. Benjamin was a corporal, USMC, in the South Pacific during World War II, awarded a Bronze Star and a Presidential Unit Citation; he obtained a bachelor's degree in commerce from the University of Kentucky (1948); co-founded Southern Supply Co., a building materials business, in 1948, and retired as president of the business in 1991. His involvement in the building materials business led to stints as president of the Home Builders Association of Lexington, Central Kentucky Lumber Dealers Association and BBB of Central Kentucky; he also was a former vice president of the Kentucky Retail Lumber Dealers Association and had been on the Greater Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors; he served 44 years on the board of directors of the YMCA of Central Kentucky, and was on its board of trustees for 20 years; he was appointed by Governor Breathitt to the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center board. Other boards he served on included those of the Mountain Laurel Festival and United Way of the Bluegrass. His high school coach said that he had football players more talented than Ben, but he never had any that tried harder or broke any more of his own bones (from an obituary in the Lexington Herald-Leader).

Children: known are – Bradford, Lawrence, George Benjamin


1 Bradford Lee Cowgill, m Margaret Riner, dau of Thomas Nicholas and Ann (Tucker) Riner.

Children: known are – Bradford Lee “Bo” Jr, Benjamin Nicholas, Ann Kavanaugh


2 Lawrence Hardwick Cowgill, m Margaret Hillenmeyer.

Children: known are - Robert Lee, Margaret Susan


3 George Benjamin Cowgill, m Cynthia Marks.

Children: known are - Jean Ellen, John Bradford


2 Robert L. Cowgill, son of Robert Lee Cowgill, b 1903, d Aug 1905, bur Lexington Cem.


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3 Raymond E. Cowgill b 1905, d Nov 1909, bur Lexington Cem.


4 Norwood Cowgill b 28 Mar 1911, KY, d 3 Jan 2005, m 11 Feb 1940, Tynia M. Moore b 24 Apr 1917, d 24 Dec 2008, dau of Clayton and Mary Elizabeth Moore.

Children: known are – Norwood Jr, Landra


1 Norwood Cowgill Jr, m Judith Ann King.

Children: known are – Kimberley, Cynthia, Christine


2 Landra Lee Cowgill b 21 Dec 1947, d Mar 2011, m Raymond Edward Schloss of Cleveland, OH. (See page 454, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5 Frank Taylor Cowgill, son of Cornelius V. Cowgill, b Feb 1871, KY, d 26 Oct 1942, m 1894, Anna Pearl Morgan, b May 1867, KY, d 1 Dec 1960. Living in Clark Co., KY, in 1900, Woodford Co. in 1910, Fayette Co., in 1920/1930. Both bur Lexington Cem.

Child: known is -


1 Cornelius Vaughn Cowgill b 24 Dec 1899, d 22 Feb 1982, m Pauline Hogg, b 12 Jun 1902, d 13 Oct 1989, dau of Edward Everett and Louisa Duff Hogg.

Children: known are – Ann, William, Margaret


1 Ann Louise Cowgill b 15 Sep 1922, d 17 Oct 2001, m Chester Robertson Lewis of Bardstown, KY, a noted Physician in Georgetown, KY, b 1923, d 1971 (of a heart attack). (See page 454, Cowgill History, for more on this family).


2 William Frank Cowgill b 25 May 1925, d 14 Dec 2002, Lexington, m Margaret E. Status, b 28 Sep 1930, Philadelphia, d 23 Nov 2003, dau of Lester J. and Harriet Stauts. William was past president and chairman of the board of Powell-Walton-Milward Insurance Agency, and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. Both bur Lexington Cem.

Children: known are – William Frank Jr, Thomas


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1 William Frank Cowgill Jr


2 Thomas Morgan Cowgill


3 Margaret "Peggy" Frances Cowgill b 16 May 1936, m(1) Robert Trabue Davis; m(2) 1966, Dr Edward Franklin Counts, Jr, of Lexington, d 29 Dec 1998. (See page 455, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


6 Ollie Cowgill b ca 1869 (age 11, 1880), m 28 Aug 1883, Jessamine Co., John B. Ritter. In 1900, Ollie listed as a patient, married, in the Eastern Kentucky Asylum for the Insane (Eastern Lunatic Asylum in 1910, Hospital for the Insane in 1920), Lexington. Family unknown.


7 Minnie Cowgill b Jan 1870, KY, m 29 Jan 1895, Clark Co., IN, her 1st cousin, James Henry Spencer of Fort Springs, b Nov 1869, KY, son of Harlow and Catherine (Cowgill) Spencer. (See page 455, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


8 Annie Cowgill b ca 1874 (age 6, 1880), KY, d 1 Aug 1946, m 1 Jan 1892, Clark Co., IN, her 1st cousin, William Jesse Spencer of Fort Springs, b ca 1871, KY, son of Harlow and Catherine (Cowgill) Spencer. (See page 455, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


9 Sarah "Sally" Cowgill b 21 Feb 1875, Madison Co., KY, d 8 May 1952, m 29 Jan 1895, Clark Co., IN, Edward Elias Waltz of Fort Springs, b 19 Dec 1873, KY, d 3 Nov 1942, son of William E. and Bettie (Smedley) Waltz. (See page 455, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 Frances “Fannie” Cowgill, dau of George and Matilda (Vaughn) Cowgill, b ca 1828, KY, m 1848 (bond 12 Jun 1848), Fayette Co., KY, James C. Henderson, b ca 1816, KY. In Ray Co., MO, in 1880. (See page 455, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 Daniel I. Cowgill b 25 Mar 1829, Grant Co., KY, d 11 Jul 1900, m 30 Sep 1858, Cornelia Payne, Woodford Co., KY, b 16 Jun 1836, d Nov 1900. Both bur Twin Chapel Cem., Lewisburg, OH.

Children: known are – William Jesse, Annie Bell, George Andrew, Joseph, Donna Luella, unknown, Cornelia, Daniel Irvin, Florence, Simeon Theophelos


1 William Jesse Cowgill b 7 Feb 1860, d 13 Apr 1939, Lewisburg, OH, m 20 Sep 1882, Geneva Paine, b 3 Nov 1858, Gordon, Darke Co., OH, d 19 Nov 1948 (within a week of her 90th birthday), dau of Franklin Paine.

Children: known are – William Franklin, Walter Daniel, Paul Paine, Claude Everette


1 William Franklin "Frank" Cowgill b 18 Jan 1884, Fayette Co., KY, d 22 Mar 1959, Arcanum, Darke Co., OH, m(1) 6 Feb 1909, Kokomo, IN, Gula Elma Schwartz, b 29 Aug 1887, KY, d 4 Aug 1911, dau of Henry and Gula (Rex) Schwartz; m(2) 16 Apr 1921, Fayette Co., Inez Leona Powell, b 18 Oct 1893, d 21 Dec 1926, dau of Leara and Gertrude (Myers) Powell; m(3) 1940, Fayette Co., Alma Louise Mayer, b 2 Aug 1887, OH, d 8 Jun 1968.

Children: known are – Lewis, William


1 Lewis Fremont Cowgill b 2 Jul 1910, Preble Co., OH, d 4 Oct 1988, Cuyahoga Co., OH, m 14 Jun 1936, Cleveland, OH, Carol Louise Hand, b 8 Sep 1913, d 13 Dec 2003, dau of Otto August and Edna (Kuschel) Hand.

Children: known are – Janet, Karen, Charles


1 Janet Margaret Cowgill, m 15 Jun 1965, Parma Heights, OH, Allan Grambo, son of Albert Arthur and Irene Ilona (Ojala) Grambo.


2 Karen Louise Cowgill, m(1) 29 Jan 1972, San Francisco, CA, Robert Henry Borkenhagen; m(2) Michael Erikson.


3 Charles Fremont Cowgill, m 30 May 1969, Lakewood, OH, Carolyn Jean Musztuk, dau of Thomas and Helen (Trubisky) Musztuk.

Children: known are – Cheri, Cara, Cayle


2 William Edwin Cowgill b 30 Dec 1921, d 31 Jul 1989. William was a veteran of World War II. Single. Bur Arlington Cem., Brookville, OH.


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2 Walter Daniel Cowgill b 15 Dec 1888, Jessamine Co., KY, d 18 Feb 1971, m 7 Jan 1911, Preble Co., Alma Leona Hunt, b 7 Jan 1893, OH, d 7 Mar 1988, dau of Clement V. and Mary Elizabeth (Rasor) Hunt. In Dayton, OH, in 1930. Both bur Twin Chapel Cem., Lewisburg, OH.

Children: known are – Myrtle, William, Jesse, Robert, Walter, Violet


1 Mertie Lucille Cowgill b 25 Apr 1912, OH, d 24 Sep 1991, m 26 Aug 1926, KY, Henry Taylor Braughton, b 10 Nov 1906, d 1983.


2 William Clement Cowgill b 9 Jul 1914, OH, d 19 Aug 1989, m(1) 20 Feb 1937, Marion Co.,IN, Florence Petry, b 1919, OH; div (Florence remarried 22 Mar 1941 to Carl Root); m(2) 1947, Ruth V. Knick, b 18 Sep 1922, d 30 Jul 1990. Lived Montgomery Co., OH.

Children: known are – Janet, Gene


1 Janet Cowgill b 18 Jun 1937, Eldorado, OH, d 20 Oct 1937, of pneumonia at age 3m. Bur West Manchester Cem.


2 Carl Eugene “Gene” Cowgill


3 Jesse LeRoy Cowgill b 19 Nov 1915, OH, d 8 Oct 1968, Cicero, IL, m(1) 1 Feb 1944, Wayne Co., IN, Ann Kathleen Sipos, b 21 Mar 1917, OH; m(2) Joanne James. Jesse was a police officer in Dayton, OH and a veteran of World War II.

Child: known is -


1 Majorie Cowgill


4 Robert Eugene Cowgill b 6 Dec 1917, OH, d 6 Apr 1988, m 13 Dec 1937, Mary Katharine “Kate” Hofacker, b 4 Oct 1919, OH, d 17 Sep 2002, dau of Albert Daniel and Kathryn Clark Hofacker.

Children: known are - Robert Eugene Jr, Shirley


1 Robert Eugene Cowgill Jr b 29 Jul 1938, OH, d 9 Jan 1997, m(1) Esther Cook; div; m(2) 24 Dec 1965, Sandra Curtner, dau of James Robert and Kathryn (Price) Curtner. Last address Darke Co., OH.

Children: known are – Rex Eugene, Jacqulynn, Michael Shannon, Mark Shane


2 Shirley Kay Cowgill b 1942, d 6 Jul 1962 (of pneumonia).


5 Walter Daniel Cowgill Jr, stillborn, 1921. Bur Twin Chapel Cem.


6 Violet Irene Cowgill b 1925, m(1) 11 Jan 1946, Preble Co., OH, Charles U. Buckingham; m(2) ____ Wicke; m(3) ____ McCane.


3 Paul Paine Cowgill b 11 Aug 1896, Preble Co., OH, d 7 Feb 1906. Bur Twin Chapel Cem., Lewisburg, OH.


4 Claude Everette Cowgill b 2 Apr 1899, Preble Co., OH, d 18 May 1986, m 12 Feb 1944, Helen A. (Strader) Hoffmann of Eaton, OH, b 14 Apr 1906, d 9 Aug 1989. Lived in Dayton, OH.

Child: known is -


1 Janice Cowgill


2 Annie Bell Cowgill, dau of Daniel I. and Cornelia (Paine) Cowgill, b 31 Oct 1861, d 8 Oct 1863. Bur Lexington Cem.


3 George Andrew Cowgill b 22 Apr 1863, KY, d 14 Jan 1937, Oakwood, Montgomery Co., OH, m 27 Oct 1886, Preble Co., OH, Harriet McGrew, b 18 Jul 1860, OH, d 29 Sep 1947, dau of Matthew and Martha (Myers) McGrew. George bur Roselawn Cem.

Children: known are – Roberta, Ruth


1 Roberta C. Cowgill b 13 Sep 1887, OH, d 21 Jul 1971, m 9 Sep 1915, Preble Co., Byron Murray Hendrix, an E.U.B. minister, b 1886, d 1952, son of Edward (or Edwin) Washington and Martha Ellen Orah (Jordan) Hendrix. Roberta listed as “Bertha” in a Hendrix family history.


2 Ruth Martha Cowgill b 17 Jun 1893, OH, d 14 Jan 1973, m 11 Sep 1917, Dayton, OH, Joseph Pearl Hendrix, b May 1894, OH, son of Edward (or Edwin) Washington and Martha Ellen Orah (Jordan) Hendrix.


4 Joseph V. Cowgill b 30 Jan 1865, d 12 Dec 1871, bur Lexington Cem., Fayette Co., KY.


5 Donna Luella (Lulu) Cowgill b 28 May 1867, d Jul 1935, Lexington, m James William Highland, b 11 Feb 1866, d Jun 1955, son of William Thomas and Ella (Gillespie) Highland. (See page 456, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


6 Unknown


7 Cornelia Paine Cowgill b 10 Jun 1870, d 1943, KY, m ca 1896, Edward Elkin, b 1870, d 1914. (See page 456, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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8 Daniel Irvin Cowgill Jr b 2 May 1872, d 1 Sep 1938, m Martha "Mattie" (Railey) Clements, b 1872, d Jan 1909, widow of Robert Clements, dau of James T. and Connie (House) Railey. Both bur Lexington Cem.

Child: known is -


1 Georgia McDowell Cowgill b 3 Jan 1909, KY, d 8 May 1976, m(1) Hubert C. Smithers, b 1904, KY; m(2) ____ Baker..


9 Florence Cowgill b 2 Feb 1874, d 1944, Lexington, m 1899, Eugene T. Elkin, b Sep 1872, d 1942.


10 Simeon "Sim" Theopolis Cowgill b 18 May 1876, Fayette Co., KY, d 4 Sep 1956, Spears, KY, m 10 Jun 1908, Ada Mae Burdine, b 19 May 1888, d 10 Jul 1972, dau of John Mitchel and Margaret Ellen (Cobb) Burdine. Simeon bur Blue Grass Memorial Gardens Cem., Lexington.

Children: known are – infant, Marvin


1 stillborn male – unnamed.


2 Marvin Burdine Cowgill b 15 Sep 1909, KY, d 14 Apr 1978, m 24 Mar 1934, Nicholasville, KY, Stella Mae Tudor, b 12 Sep 1911, d 20 Dec 1999, Spears, KY, dau of James Nelson and Rosa Elizabeth (Robinson) Tudor. Marvin bur Blue Grass Memorial Gardens Cem., Lexington.

Children: known are – Vivian, Lillian


1 Vivian Cowgill (twin), m 19 Nov 1955, Frank Reynolds Guthrie.


2 Lillian Cowgill (twin), m 7 Jul 1961, Walter Roland Fisher.


5 Catherine Cowgill, dau of George and Matilda (Vaughan) Cowgill, b 1 Jan 1833, d 15 Jan 1891, m 4 Jun 1861, Fayette Co., KY, Harlow Spencer, b 8 Dec 1823, Verona, Oneida Co., NY, d 23 Dec 1898, Slickaway, KY, son of George Grinnell and Amelia (Phelps) Spencer. Both bur Lexington Cem. (See page 457, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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6 Sarah Cowgill b ca 1835 (age 24, 1860 census), d bef 1880, m as his first wife, Franklin M. Spencer, b 20 Nov 1833, Fayette Co., d 10 Mar 1927, son of George Grinnell and Amelia (Phelps) Spencer. See child 11.


7 George Silas Cowgill b 22 Oct 1836, d 18 Mar 1916, Moberly, Randolph Co., MO, m 4 Dec 1855, Jessamine Co., KY, Emaline Robb, b 14 Apr 1839, Jessamine Co., d 1 Apr 1917, Moberly, dau of Joseph and Nancy (Jameson) Robb. Both bur New Hope Cem. (Methodist), Randolph Co., MO. Information from tombstones, will of Emaline, and family bible of Silas.

Children: known are – Mary Isabelle, Joseph, Margaret, William, Annie, Martha, Addie


1 Mary Isabelle Cowgill b 18 Feb 1857, KY, d 30 Jan 1927, m 7 Feb 1878, John Lindsey Newman, b 19 Nov 1852, d 12 Feb 1932, son of Edmund and Euphon (Prather) Newman. Settled in Mexico, MO.


2 Joseph Alpheus “Alley” Cowgill b 7 Nov 1859, KY, d 23 Apr 1939, m 11 Sep 1884, Randolph Co., MO, Susan Alice Wirt, b 8 Feb 1861, MO, d 4 Sep 1960. Both bur Oakland Cem., Randolph Co.

Children: known are – Wiloby Wallace, Hubert


1 Wilaby Wallace Cowgill b 27 Jun 1885, Moberly, MO, d 17 Jun 1963, m(1) 7 Dec 1916, Randolph Co., MO, Gertrude Emily Moss, b 11 Feb 1889, MO, d 2 Jun 1923 (from pregnancy complications), dau of James A. and Nancy (Medley) Moss; m(2) 27 Feb 1928, Jackson Co., MO, Anna Louise Drake, b 24 Sep 1889, d 9 Mar 1961. Wilaby and Gertrude bur Oakland Cem., Randolph Co. Family?


2 Andrew Hubert Cowgill b 18 Nov 1886, MO, d 3 Apr 1961, Dade Co., FL, m(1) 22 Oct 1908, Randolph Co., MO, Carrie Etta Martin, b 18 May 1885, MO, d 23 Jun 1922, dau of Samuel and Agnes (Montgomery) Martin; m(2) 15 Oct 1929, Duval Co., FL, Leona R. Giel, b 3 Oct 1897, IN, d 24 Apr 1989. Hubert shown as a filling station manager in Miami in 1930. Hubert and Etta bur Oakland Cem., Randolph Co.


3 Margaret (Maggie) Elizabeth Cowgill b 9 Jan 1863, d 14 Apr 1889, age 26y 4m 5d, bur near her parents.


4 William (Willie) Edmund Cowgill b 14 Jan 1870, KY, d 4 Oct 1909, m 19 Jul 1897, Ripley Co., MO, Lily Ann Eagan, b 2 Sep 1877, MO, d ____, both bur New Hope Cem. (Methodist), Randolph Co., MO. Lillie m(2) 16 Jun 1912, Randolph Co., John West; m(3) 18 Mar 1916, Monroe Co., MO, Willis Eshom. William was a suicide after a mental breakdown.

Children: known are – Sylvia, George, Ida, Elois, Vivian


1 Sylvia Mae Cowgill b 18 May 1898, MO, d 26 Jul 1968, m(1) 26 Aug 1911, Randolph Co., MO, Will Harris; m(2) 14 Jan 1915, Randolph Co., Frank L. Moore, d bef 1930. Both marriages required mother’s consent.


2 George Trystham(?) Cowgill b 1 Nov 1901, MO, d 15 Oct 1951 (cert 004847), Pocatello (Bannock Co.), ID. Family? George was in Stanley Co., SD, as a laborer in 1920.


3 Ida Emeline Cowgill b 17 Oct 1903, MO, d 3 Feb 1920 (influenza). Bur Moberly, MO.


4 Elois Cowgill b ca 1906, MO, m 17 Jul 1923, Hancock Co., IL, Aldo Dorethy. Div by 1940. Her mother was with her in Bloomington, IL.


5 Vivian Cowgill b ca 1909, MO


5 Annie Elena (Lena) Cowgill b 25 Apr 1873, d 7 Dec 1932, m 13 Nov 1904, Randolph Co., MO, George H. Crosswhite, b Oct 1887, MO. Living next to her sister-in-law, Lily, in 1910. She is probably the Lena Cowgill who m 8 Nov 1893, Randolph Co., Joseph P. Leross, although she is shown as “single” at home on the 1900 census.


6 Martha Cowgill b 18 Jun 1877, KY, m 3 May 1896, Randolph Co., MO, Marion Stevens, b Jul 1869, MO. In Randolph Co. in 1910.


7 Addie May Cowgill b 1 May 1881, KY, d 1959, m 14 Mar 1900, Jefferson Bickle Eagan, b Jan 1874, MO, son of Theophilus and Ida Eagan. In Ripley Co. in 1900, Monroe Co. in 1910.


8 Lee Cowgill b ca 1836 (under age 5 on 1840 census, age 14 on 1850 census), KY, apparently d before 1860.


9 Melinda Cowgill b ca 1842 (age 18 census 1860), KY, d bef 1870? No further information.


10 Anna Eliza Cowgill b 18 May 1844, Fayette Co., KY, d 8 Nov 1923, Louisville, KY, m John A. Morgan, b 24 Mar 1847, Lexington, KY, d 1889. (See page 458, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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11 Martha Elizabeth Cowgill b ca 1846 (age 6, 1850 census; age 14, 1860 census; age 22, 1870 census), d 1894, m bef 1880, her deceased sister's husband, Franklin M. Spencer, b 20 Nov 1833, Fayette Co., d 10 Mar 1927, son of George Grinnell and Amelia (Phelps) Spencer. Both bur Lexington Cem.


12 Rebecca Jane Cowgill b ca 1848 (age 12, 1860 census), KY, m Charles Spencer, b ca 1848, KY, son of Harlan and Jane Spencer. Rebecca prob d early after marriage (in childbirth?), as Charles is shown living alone next door to father-in-law, George Cowgill, in 1870.


8 Frances Sarah “Frankey” (also as Fannie) Cowgill, dau of Daniel Cowgill, b 1800, KY, d 1857, m 13 Jun 1824, Grant Co., KY, by Rev C. Tomlin of the Baptist Church, James Franks, b Dec 1800, d Jul 1884, brother to John Franks, husband of her sister Elizabeth (see above). Both bur Franks Cem., Owen Co., KY on the southeast corner of Golds Valley Road and Snell Road near the Grant Co. line (see photo of gravestone at (See page 459, Cowgill History, for more on this family) (Note: list in Cowgill History is incorrect – see Franks home page for correction)


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2 Jacob Cowgill, son of George and Elizabeth (Crammer) Cowgill, b ca 1757, d 1821, Burlington Co., NJ, m(1) 15 Nov 1777 (Jacob “of Burlington Co.” in New Jersey Marriages (NJ Archives)), Burlington Co., Parthena Imley; m(2) _____ , as her 2nd husband, Martha (Harris) Reeves (widow of Isaiah Reeves), b 1746, d 24 Aug 1830 (elsewhere shown as 31 Aug, bur Mt Holly Cem., age 85, NJ State Gazeteer, 4 Sep 1830). A Jacob Cowgill of Chesterfield Twp, Burlington Co., had a son (not named, but probably Stephen) b 5 Nov 1778. Jacob was in Culpeper Co., VA, by 1782, where he is listed on tax records near his father until 1785. He also appears on a Culpeper Co. militia list in the early 1780s (no specific date) in “Class 14 of Culpeper Classes” (lists of men and boys selected by the county for aid to Lafayette and the Continental Army). Jacob is shown as a witness to the sale of his father’s land in Culpeper Co. on 21 Mar 1786.


   Jacob apparently moved back to Burlington Co. in the late 1780s. He is named in a 16 Oct 1792 newspaper item listing individuals with letters at the Trenton PO as Jacob of Springfield Twp, Burlington Co.; he appears on tax and militia ("enrolled, decreed, and esteemed a part of the NJ Militia") lists in Mansfield Twp, Burlington Co., for 1793, and on tax lists in Northampton Twp, same county, for 1796 through 1814 (the lists for 1814 to 1819 are lost). On 30 Aug 1796, a Jacob Cowgill of Mt Holly, Burlington Co., is mentioned as having tenure of a house in High Street owned by Dr John Ross, deceased. Since Jacob had died by the time of sister Mary Cowgill’s will, his allotment was given to her nephew Aaron, presumably Jacob’s only living heir.


   Note: Both Joseph C. Cowgill and Harry Whitfield Cogill claimed Jacob was the son of John Cowgill, Revolutionary War veteran, in their submissions to join the SAR (see below and Page 391). There is no evidence to support these claims.


Children: known are – Stephen, Aaron, Charles


1 Stephen Cowgill b 5 Nov 1778, Burlington Co., NJ, d ca 1810, m 11 Nov 1804, Burlington Co. (county clerk records), by Thomas Adams, JP, Alice “Ally” Simons, b 27 Mar 1785, d 20 Jun 1821, dau of John and Anna Simons. Alice, “widow of Stephen Cowgill”, m(2) 5 Dec 1813, Philadelphia, as his 2nd wife 5 Dec 1813, Col William Bozarth. Stephen (as “Cowgill”) bought a lot in Northampton Twp Oct 1805, and appears on the 1805 tax list as Stephen Cogill, householder, near Jacob in Northampton Twp, Burlington Co., NJ. Apparently no children.


2 Aaron Cowgill b 1793, NJ, d 7 Jan 1884, m(1) 31 Mar 1814, Burlington Co., NJ, by Wilson McGowan, Sarah Kelley, b ca 1792, d 21 Jul 1846, aged 55; m(2) 15 Oct 1848, Mt Holly, by Rev. W. E. Perry, as her 2nd husband, Sarah F. (Risdon) Morgan, b ca 1815, d 16 Aug 1874 (in her will, Sarah left everything to her son and executor, Joseph). Aaron had a female, aged 80-90, listed in his household in 1830, probably his mother, Martha Cowgill, who d 31 Aug 1830 in Mt Holly Twp, aged 85. Aaron and son Joseph were partners in a grocery store in Mt Holly for many years; Aaron was living with Joseph in 1880, and made him executor of his will. Aaron and both wives bur Mt Holly Cem.

Children: known are - Charles K., Deborah Ann, Joseph C.


1 Charles K. Cowgill b 1814, Buddtown, Burlington, NJ, d 31 Jan 1885, m 6 Dec 1840, Sarah Ann Reeves, b 1813, NJ, d 26 Nov 1884, dau of John Harris and Hope (Jones) Reeves. Named as son in Aaron’s will (received $1000 bequest). Charles had two teenage and two young adult males living with him in 1840; probably in-laws or workers. Charles operated a coach factory in Mt Holly.

Children: known are – Henry, Hope


1 Henry M. Cowgill b 1843, NJ, d 10 Apr 1885, age 42y. Henry was listed in the Mt Holly Directory as a photographer. Apparently single.


2 Hope Elizabeth Cowgill b 6 Apr 1852, NJ, m 31 Mar 1881, Mt Holly, Edward Hack, b Feb 1857, NJ.


2 Deborah Ann Cowgill b 1824, d 8 May 1852, Mt Holly. Single, bur Mt Holly Cem.


3 Joseph Crozier Cowgill b Oct 1849, NJ, d 19 Feb 1929, m 3 Nov 1870, Philadelphia, by Rev. C. P. Masden, Rebecca Sooy Naylor, b Sep 1851, NJ, d 19 May 1925. Both bur Mt Holly Cem. Joseph worked with and then succeeded his father as a grocer in Mt Holly. From an obit in the Mount Holly Herald: “Joseph, aged 79, died at his home in the Arlington Apartments, Tuesday evening, from a week long bout of bronchitis and pneumonia. He was a local businessman and local historian. He was born on Pine St., in Mount Holly, son of Aaron Cowgill. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. B.C. Jutten, of East Orange.”


   Note: in 1906, Joseph applied for membership in The Society of The Sons of The American Revolution (SAR). He was admitted as a member based on his lineage (unlike the DAR, no documentation was submitted as proof) as the son of Aaron (1793-1884) and 2nd wife Sarah F. Risdon, GS of Jacob (1755-1821) and Martha Harris, GGS of John Cowgill (1732-1799) and unknown wife, veteran of the Revolutionary War as a pvt in Cpt Jacob Cooper's Co, Maj Samuel Hayes's Bn, NJ State Troops, GGGS of Isaac Cowgill (1703-1766) and Rachel, and GGGGS of Ralph Cowgill (1667-1756) and 2nd wife Susannah Pancoast. Presumably, Joseph (and see also below, Charles Cogill) should have known his GGF’s name. The John Cowgill he claims (see Page 391) had two children, both female, by his first wife. These two were named in GGGS Isaac’s will of 1765. John remarried in 1761, and if he had other children before 1766, Isaac did not recognize them. But since both Joseph and Charles claimed GF Jacob’s birth year as 1755 (more likely 1757), it appears highly unlikely that their GF Jacob could be John’s son.



1 Irene Warren Cowgill b 1873, NJ, d 1943, m 22 Jun 1904, Mt Holly, Benjamin Chauncey Jutten, b 1871, NJ, d 1947. Irene and family were living with her parents in 1910. They may have been in England in the 1920s as both their parent's wills had provisions for her through UK attorneys. Both bur Mt Holly Cem.


3 Charles Cogill b 1790s?, d ca 1837, m 10 Oct 1822 (announced in Poulson's Daily American Advertiser of 6 Oct 1822 – was this a 2nd m for Charles?) Mary Whitfield Morris, b 19 Mar 1793 (living with son John in 1850 and 1860), d 16 Aug 1861, bur Riverview Cem., Trenton. In an application for membership to The Society of The Sons of The American Revolution, dated 5 Dec 1899, Harry Whitfield Cogill of Trenton (see below) bases his claim to membership on being the “Son of Edward B. and Delia (Field) Cogill; grandson of Charles and Mary Whitfield (Morris) Cogill; great-grandson of Jacob and Martha (Harris) Cowgill; great2-grandson of John Cowgill, private, New Jersey State Troops” (see Page 391 and Note above under Joseph Cowgill).


This is probably the Charles Cogill listed in Philadelphia City Directories as a tailor beginning 1823 through 1833 (not there in 1837). Charles also appears on the 1830 census in Philadelphia in a household that included a male b 1810-1815, and a female b 1815-1820 (children from an earlier m or servants?). Mary appears on the 1840 census of Mercer Co. with a male (not head of household) b 1760-1770 living with her in 1840. Also had 2 f b 1800-1810 living with her in 1840, and three males b 1824-1833. On the 1840 census she appears with sons John (head of household), George, Charles, and James, one of whom is not counted on the 1840 entry. Edward first appears on the 1860 census nearby in Trenton. Note: what follows is a tentative outline for this family based on the SAR entry and census associations.

Children: known are – John, George, Charles, James, Edward


1 John Horace (also Horace J. H. and J. Harris) Cogill b 1 Sep 1823, PA, d 6 May 1882, m 20 Feb 1856, Hannah A. Sager, b ca 1831, NJ, d 13 Mar 1911, dau of John and Elenor Sager. Hannah bur Monument Cem., Beverly, Burlington Co. She is probably the Hannah S. Cogill who m 30 Sep 1897, Miami Co, OH, as his 2nd wife, Hiram Ballsworth Denman, b 1843, d 1914. John served (as "J. Harris Cowgill") during the Civil War with brother George as Sgt in Co A, National Guard of Trenton from 16 Apr 1861 to 16 Jul 1861.


2 George M. Cogill b ca 1827, PA, d 10 Sep 1893, m(1) 10 Mar 1859, Trenton, Mary R. Leeds, b 1830, NJ (on 1860 census), d 22 Jul 1859, dau of Samuel and Harriet Leeds; m(2) 21 Mar 1862, Anna (Hannah) A. Tindell, b ca 1830, NJ, d 30 Apr 1892, dau of Thomas Tindell. Hannah's will, # 4921K W1892, was probated in Mercer Co. in 1892. George served twice during the Civil War, as Sgt in Co A, National Guard of Trenton, from 16 Apr 1861 to 16 Jul 1861, and as 1Sgt in Co A, New Jersey Militia from 17 Jun 1863 to 16 Jul 1863, part of Pennsylvania emergency troops (Lee's invasion). Later he was a tailor in Trenton.

Children: known are – John Harris, Morris


1 John Harris (also Harris J.) Cogill b 20 Jan 1865, NJ (living with his brother in Trenton, 1900/1910/1920). Apparently single.


2 Morris T. Cogill (Cougle on 1920 Census, Mercer Co.) b 9 Aug 1866, NJ, d 6 Oct 1921, m 3 Dec 1890, Trenton, Ida M. Mckeever, b Jul 1868, NJ. No children.


3 Charles B. Cogill b 5 Sep 1829, PA, d 4 Aug 1901, m 13 Dec 1855, Trenton, Sarah P. McKean, b 16 Aug 1833, NJ, d 26 Jul 1892, dau of W. R. and Ruth McKean. Charles was an undertaker in Trenton; appears there by himself on the 1900 census. Both bur Riverview Cem.

Child: known is -


1 Mary W. Cogill b 14 Sep 1872, NJ, d 17 Jul 1946, m(1) 20 Oct 1898, Richard Haven, b Feb 1876; m(2) 1916, as his 2nd wife, Calvin Stout, b 1877, d 1964. Richard was a news dealer in Trenton in 1900.


4 James E. Cogill b ca 1833, PA. No mention after 1850.


5 Edward B. Cogill b 1832 (tombstone), Burlington Co., NJ (PA listed on several censuses), d 24 Nov 1883, m 9 Oct 1856, Trenton, Delia S. Field, b 12 Oct 1834, Burlington Co., d 3 Oct 1898, dau of Timothy and Juliet (Davidson) Field.

Children: known are – Harry, Charles


1 Harry Whitfield Cogill b 1 Jan 1862, NJ, m 7 Apr 1886, Burlington Co., Anita (Annie) Benham, b Sep 1865, Burlington Co.; div. Harry shown alone in Newark in 1920, Anna listed as Anna Hook with dau Myrtle. Harry applied for membership in the SAR in Dec 1889 as a descendent of John Cowgill (see note above under Charles Cogill).

Children: known are – Grace, Myrtle


1 Grace Cogill b 25 Feb 1897, d 5 Apr 1896.


2 Myrtle Cogill b ca 1901, NJ, m 30 Apr 1921, George S. Stanley.


2 Charles B. Cogill Jr (to his grandfather?) b 15 Jun 1865, NJ, d 7 Mar 1926, FL, m 15 Jun 1894, Burlington, Marie Rudolph, b Apr 1871, NJ, d 26 Jul 1892. Charles and children were in Baltimore in 1910, Atlanta by 1920. 

Children: known are - Alice, Heyl


1 Alice Cogill b 2 Sep 1896, NJ


2 Heyl Field Cogill b 17 Mar 1898, NJ, d 29 Jan 1959, m Ruth S. ____, b ca 1902, d 11 Jan 1968. Last address Fulton Co., GA. Family?


3 Ralph Cowgill, son of George and Elizabeth (Crammer) Cowgill, b between 1750 – 1760 (from 1830 census, Anderson Co., KY; is Ralph the son born to George 5 Jan 1760?), NJ, d 9 Nov 1835, Anderson Co., KY, m(1) 1785, Orange Co., VA, Sarah Reynolds, d bef 1820 (but after 1810); m(2) 30 Jan 1821, Franklin Co., KY, Mary "Polly" Poindexter, b ca 1800. Ralph was living in VA when he enlisted as a Private in Cpt Harrison's Co, VA Infantry (Revolutionary War), rendezvousing at Petersburg. He applied for a pension 18 Mar 1832 (BLW # 10267-160-55) from Anderson Co., which was allowed 18 Mar 1832. He was to receive $80 annually, starting 5 Feb 1833. Mary applied for a widow’s pension 12 Apr 1853 (allowed same date) at age 53 or 55, a resident of Camdenville, Anderson Co. According to Ralph’s pension application, he injured his back while helping build a fort; he was engaged in the siege of "96" and the siege of Yorktown.


Ralph appears on tax lists with his father and brothers in Culpeper Co. from 1786 to 1792, and Madison Co. (formed from Culpeper in 1792) to 1807. In 1790, he had listed with him, Edward Wait, his brother-in-law. Ralph is listed in Deed Book 1 (p 95), Madison Co., VA, involving a transaction on 26 Apr 1796, when he purchased 85 acres from Philip Slaughter; he and Sarah signed an indenture for 851/2 acres of land “Cowgill now lives on” in Madison Co., 17 Nov 1803 (Deed Book 3, p 460). This indenture has the marginal note “Exd & Deliv’d Jany 31st 1807”. He is not shown as a landowner in 1804, but is listed in 1805/6 as owning 144 acres “of Good” (previous owner). He was taxed as a landless individual in Madison Co. in 1806 and 1807, after which he presumably lived in KY. Ralph received a $100 bequest in sister Mary Cowgill’s will.


Ralph is shown on the 1810 Census in Woodford Co., KY, on tax lists from 1817-1824 in Franklin Co. (and on the 1820 census), and in Anderson Co. (created out of Franklin in 1827) on tax lists from 1827 to 1835 (no records for 1831/1832/1834), and on the 1830 Census. In Apr 1832, Ralph lived in Spencer Co., KY, apparently returning to Anderson Co. by the time of his death. On the 1820 census, Ralph is shown with two females under age 5, and a female aged 26/45. Might these be his dau and granddaughters who lived nearby? Where were his widow and minor children in 1840?

Children: known are (presumed from census records cited; the 1829 tax list has two children between ages 4 and 15, and one child at school; possibly others b before census records or who were b and d between censuses) – Letitia, son, son, son


1 Letitia Cowgill b ca 1786, VA, d bef 1837, m 20 Sep 1815, Franklin Co., KY, David Layton, b ca 1786, PA, d after 1850 (probably in IL). David remarried ca 1837.


2 son? b 1794-1800, VA (left home or d bef 1820). No further information.


3 son? b 1821-1825 (from 1830 census). No further information.


4 son? b 1825-1830 (from 1830 census; could this be the George, b ca 1828, KY, m Hester A. ____, b ca 1835, KY, listed on Anderson Co. censuses variously as Cougill and Coghill? Need tax or other data to confirm the name).


4 Beulah Cowgill b 3 Aug 1763, NJ, d bef 1840, m 10 Nov 1784, Springfield, Burlington Co., NJ, John (called George in Mary Cowgill’s will) West (NJ Marriages), b 26d 9m 1736, d 17 Dec 1813. Six of her children were named in Mary Cowgill’s will.


5 John Cowgill (presumed son of George and Elizabeth Crammer Cowgill) b bef 1767, NJ, d early?. A John Cowgill appears on the 1783 Culpeper Co. personal property tax list with George Sr and Jacob Cowgill. His taxable assets (one horse, no cattle) indicate a relatively young man. If so, he must have died before 1825 and without issue, since he is not mentioned in Mary Cowgill’s will.


Note: Benson J. Lossing, in New History of The United States, p20, mentions that Daniel Cowgill had a brother, John, also born in Burlington Co., NJ, who was a private in Capt Cooper’s Co. in the Revolutionary War. This John is supposedly buried in Logan Co., OH, in a country churchyard between East Liberty and West Middleburg. The Bellefontaine chapter of the DAR was said to have this record. This John is also mentioned in Sanderson’s History of Mahoning Co. (p225), and in History of Columbiana Co., p 309. The Mahoning chapter of the DAR is also said to have records of this John. Beatrice Cowgill queried one or both of these chapters and got a negative response. Apparently Lossing and Sanderson confused this John with the John Cowgill on page 131, the only Revolutionary War Cowgill veteran known buried in OH (in Clinton Co.). Stryker (see page 391) claimed the John Cowgill who served in Capt Cooper’s Company is the one on page 391, which seems more logical.


6 George Cowgill Jr b ca 1770, NJ, d Jun 1825, Springfield Twp, Clark Co., OH, m 15 Sep 1792, Orange Co., VA, Phebe Wait (also Waite) (who writes her own consent; surety: Edward Wait; witness: James Taylor, who also witnessed marriage of Isaac Cowgill and Sally Gillock), dau of John and Keziah Wait. Phebe (also Phoebe) was sister to Edward, who married George’s sister Hannah, and to Benjamin, husband of sister Sarah (see below). George appears on tax lists in Culpeper and Madison counties from 1791 (presumably reached tithable age of 21) through 1805 (last year he appears on Madison Co. tax lists – he was not a landowner there). He moved to OH ca 1807; he is listed on the 1820 census of Clark Co., OH. George’s will, dated 29 Sep 1821, was submitted 6 Jun 1825 and proved 19 Nov 1825. In her will, Mary Cowgill (see below, child # 8) made a bequest of $100 “to the widow of my brother George” (not named), and “if she should not be living at my decease” … “to her daughter Nancy Killburn”. Records list a payment to Phoebe Cowgill through her attorney.

Children: known are – Nancy, Mary, Thurzy, Benjamin, George, John, William Mason


1 Nancy Cowgill b 1790s, d ____, m 1 Oct 1814, Warren Co., OH, George Kilborn (or Kilbourn), d bef 1830. Nancy shown as head of household in Warren Co. in 1830; she may have been George’s 2nd wife as there were older children with her. Mentioned in her aunt Mary Cowgill’s will. No further information.


2 Mary M. Cowgill b 20 Oct 1798, VA, d 4 May 1870, aged 72y, m 20 May (license 17 May) 1814, Turtle Creek Twp, Warren Co., OH, William D. Guttery (often shown as Guthrie), b ca 1788, MD (on census; a descendant claims PA), d 1873. Lived in Washington Twp, Warren Co.


3 Thurzy W. Cowgill b 6 Mar 1799, VA, d 20 Feb 1871, age 70y 11m 14d, m 1 Jan 1818, Warren Co., OH, William A. Dunham, b 13 Dec 1792, d 27 Dec 1746, age 54y 14d. No further information.


4 Benjamin W. Cowgill b 1802, VA, d 10 Dec 1862, age 60y 1m 24d, Berrien Co., MI (obit says "formerly of North Manchester, IN"), m(1) 28 Feb 1822, Clark Co., OH, Rebecca Sparrow; m(2) 24 Feb 1838, Clark Co., OH, Elizabeth Beason, b ca 1820, OH. Listed on 1830 and 1840 census, Bethel Twp, Clark Co., OH; on 1850 & 1860 census in Wabash Co., IN, occupation: farmer. Have a photo of Elizabeth's house, dated as ca 1865. Note: death certs of Elizabeth's daughters show her maiden name as Littlejohn. She is probably the Elizabeth Cogill who m 31 Dec 1865, Berrien Co., C. W. Prouty. Tombstone shows b 3 Feb 1821, OH, d 10 Mar 1894, Oceana Co. 

Children: known are – James, John, Thomas, Phebe, Henry, Eliza, William, Benjamin, Mary?, Mary


1 James M. Cowgill b 1823, OH, d 5 Jul 1896 (a suicide), aged 73y 2m 28d, m 2 Apr 1848, Wabash Co., Rebecca Crum, b 1 Dec 1828, d 3 Jan 1885, aged 56y 1m 2d. On 1850, 1860, and 1870 census, Wabash Co., IN as a farmer, laborer, and shoemaker. James was a veteran of the Civil War, enlisting 14 Oct 1861 at age 38 as a Private, Co F, 12th Indiana Infantry, mustering in 23 Oct 1861 and mustering out 19 May 1862; he also served in Co. K, 23rd Illinois Infantry. He applied for pension 28 Jul 1890 from IN. Rebecca's obituary states she had six children, four living.

Children: known are – Harlan, John, James, Calvin


1 Harlan P. Cowgill b 21 May 1849, IN, d 22 Oct 1918, Soldier's Home, Marion, IN, m 12 Feb 1871, Wabash Co., Emily Jane "Jennie" (Hare) Weekly, b 26 Nov 1848, MD, d 6 Feb 1926, North Manchester, IN, dau of ___ and Sarah Ann Hare. Harlan was a Civil War veteran, serving in Co G, 138th Indiana Infantry (100 days); filed a claim from IN on 9 Aug 1877 and another was filed 9 Nov 1918, perhaps by his widow. Listed on 1880 census, Paw Paw Twp, Wabash Co., IN; in North Manchester in 1900/1910.

Child: known is - (adopted)


1 George Cowgill b ca 1866, MD


2 John Oscar (also as Oscar Arthur and Arthur O.) Cowgill b 1856 (tombstone), IN, d 9 Mar 1924, m(1) 18 Feb 1875, Cass Co., IN, Eliza Jane McClure, d 19 May 1880, age 31y 9m 13d, bur Mays Cem., Cass Co., IN; m(2) 13 Apr 1882, Wabash Co., Alice Ann Ream, b 27 Oct 1857, IN, d 31 Aug 1945, dau of Joseph G. and Mary Elizabeth (Brown) Ream; div (Alice remarried 1 May 1899, George Parmerlee); m(3) ca 1885, Hattie (also as Mattie P.) ____, b  Feb 1858 (1900 Census), IN, d 18 Apr 1902, age 41 (death cert); m(4) 14 Jun 1904, Edgar Co., IL, Amanda "Manda" E. Grim, b 2 Dec 1876, IN, dau of David L. and Elizabeth (Neihart) Grim; div in 1913. Manda remarried (1) 7 Mar 1917, Vigo Co., IN, John Kerch, and (2) 18 Jan 1922, Kansas City, MO, to Oscar Heathcoat, b ca 1889, TN. John was in Rice Co., MN, in 1870 as a farm laborer; he is shown as a widower, age 31, on the 1880 Census, Cass Co., IN; as a lumber inspector in South Bend in 1900; as a lumber company buyer in Memphis by 1910; and as a saw mill inspector in Crittenden Co., AR, in 1920. He died in Shelby Co., TN, and was bur there 15 Mar 1924, but his body was shipped to South Bend, IN, on 27 Mar 1924 for reburial. Marriage cert to Amanda lists parents as James and Becky (Crum) Cowgill, age as 42 (b ca 1862). Brother Calvin's obit describes him (Calvin) as the youngest son of James.

Children: known are – Irene, Lillian, Mary, Joseph


1 Irene “Rena” M. Cowgill b Feb 1876, IN, m 23 Jun 1898, Kenosha, WI, Olaf Teffre, b Jun 1872, Norway, son of E. and Caroline (Olsen) Teffre. In 1900 Olaf was a salesman in Chicago.


2 Lillian “Lilly” A. Cowgill b Feb 1878, IN, d bef 1910?, m 27 Oct 1898, Elkhart Co., IN, Charles Senneney or Senseney, b Feb 1873, IN. Lillian with Charles in Fremont Co., CO, in 1900. Charles remarried before 1910.


3 Mary E. Cowgill b 7 Jun 1886, Huntington Co., IN, m 9 Jul 1904, Wabash Co., Albert Zern Bowman, b ca 1885, IN. Shown with her grandmother and mother in North Manchester in 1900, next door to her Uncle Harlan.


4 Joseph M. Cowgill b 31 Jan 1889, Huntington Co., IN, d 18 Sep 1894 (crushed to death by threshing machine), bur Oaklawn Cem., North Manchester, Wabash Co., IN.


3 James Arthur Cowgill b ca 1854, IN, m 20 Nov 1878, Wabash Co., Alice Adriena Murphy, b ca 1858, IN. James probably d bef 1884 - an Alice Cowgill m 28 Aug 1884, in Wabash Co., Alvin Mills.

Child: known is -


1 Charles Cowgill b 4 Aug 1879 (pension file; 4 Aug 1877 on death cert), IN, d 30 Jul 1932, Palm Beach, FL, m(1) 21 Feb 1903, Grant Co., IN, Pearl Maude Barnes, b Oct 1886, IN, d 1961, dau of Thomas and Rachel Barnes; div; m(2) 28 Nov 1924, Broward Co., FL, Ada Lee (Sherrill) Leverett, b 26 Dec 1878, d 1950. In 1900, Charles was serving in the US Army as a private, Co C, 38th Infantry Regiment, Batangas, the Philippines. He was in Lake Co., IN, in Apr 1910 (unemployed"), and in McKenzie Co., ND, a month later as a farmer; a carpenter in Jacksonville, FL, in 1920, and a farmer, "single", in Palm Beach in 1930. Pearl is shown living alone in 1930 as a "widow", employed as a nurse in Jacksonville; she remarried 1 Jun 1938, Baker Co., FL, to Granvil Cather Garrett. On his World War I draft registration (Sep 1918), Charles was listed as a carpenter foreman in Grant Co., IN. Charles applied for an invalid pension (app 1,271,449; cert 1,213,005) 8 Jul 1901, IN. His file, C2,427,927, is held at VA. Bur Lake Wirth Cem.

Children: known are - Delight, Dorothy, James, George (?)


1 Delight Alice Cowgill b 21 May (or Apr?) 1904, Vanderburgh Co., IN, m 17 Mar 1921, Duval Co., FL, Oral Chamness.


2 Dorothy Claudine Cowgill b ca 1908, IN, m 31 Oct 1925, Duval Co., FL, David Bartram Lord, b ca 1905, AL.


3 James F. Cowgill b 24 Mar 1910, IN, d 15 Oct 1993, m Pauline H. ____, b 25 Aug 1920, d 26 May 1987. James was a veteran of World War II, serving as an RM3 in the US Navy. Last address Denver, CO. Both bur Ft Logan National Cem., CO.


4 George Clare Cowgill, d 1912, in ND (this may not be a child of Charles).


4 Calvin C. Cowgill b 6 Jan 1858, IN, d 30 Mar 1894, age 36y 2m 24d, m(1) 24 Nov 1878, Wabash Co., IN, Emma Randall, b ca 1863, IN; m(2) 19 Oct 1891, Wabash Co., Anna Rose Briggs, b 28 Sep 1863, IN, d 3 Mar 1919, dau of Watson and Mary A. (McClintock)  Briggs. Anna remarried 10 May 1902 to Oliver Fearnow. Calvin bur Oaklawn Cem.

Children: known are – Calvin, Lavon


1 Calvin Cowgill b Dec 1886, IN. No information after 1900. Anna’s obit mentions two surviving children – Lavon and Chester Cowgill of Ft. Wayne – and a number of grandchildren which would indicate Chester/Calvin had a family.


2 Lavon Ethyl Cowgill b 20 Sep 1892, IN, d 13 Jul 1964, m 7 Jan 1911, Huntington Co., IN, Glen H. Carpenter, b 30 Oct 1889, IN, d 1955, son of John and Florence (Fitch) Carpenter. Lived in Huntington Co., IN.


2 John L. Cowgill b 18 Jan 1826, OH, d 14 Sep 1909, North Manchester, IN, m(1) 10 Sep 1843, Clark Co., OH, Catherine Crill, b 5 Dec 1826, Clark Co., d 7 May 1863 (aged 36y 5m 2d), Wabash Co., IN, dau of William and Catherine (Frantz) Crill; m(2) 11 Feb 1864, Wabash Co., Elizabeth A. Simpson, b 12 Feb 1838, Wayne Co., IN, d 4 Jul 1889, aged 57y 4m 22d, dau of Richard S. and Abigail Simpson. John moved to Wabash Co., IN, in 1845; in 1852 he went to mine gold in California, returning in 1860. He was a boot and shoemaker; also listed as a retired miner.

Children: known are (Elizabeth’s obit says she had seven – three boys, four girls) – Sarah, Benjamin, James, Joseph, Tobitha, Alice, Ada, Horace, Vinnie, Gordon, Beulah, Ina


1 Sarah E. Cowgill b ca 1844, OH, d 25 Aug 1920, m 7 Aug 1866, Berrien Co., MI, Henry D. Humiston, b ca 1844, OH, d bef 1900. Sarah in Chicago in 1900 with one of her daughters.


2 Benjamin W. Cowgill b 28 Feb 1846, IN, d 24 Jun 1926 (aged 80y 3m 26d), m 3 Jan 1867, Wabash Co., IN, Susan “Susanna” Lautzenheizer, b Oct 1841, OH, d 1916. Benjamin was a mail carrier; he was also a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a Private and Corporal in Co B (or E?), 118th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (180 days), and in Battery G of the 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery, mustering in 2 Sep 1863 and mustering out 4 Mar 1864. He filed for pension 6 Jun 1889 from IN. Benjamin is bur Oaklawn Cem.

Children: known are – Nellie, Charles, Emma


1 Nellie M. Cowgill b 26 Sep 1867, IN, d 19 Dec 1947, m 19 Oct 1910, St Joseph, Berrien, MI, Jacob H. Reed, b 1869, d 1945. Single, living with her parents in 1910. Jacob was a millwright in North Manchester in 1931.


2 Charles W. Cowgill b 8 Sep 1868, IN, d 23 Oct 1895, age 27y 1m 15d, m Etta (Ettie) ____, b Oct 1869, IN (two Ettas, both div., in Wabash Co. in 1900 - see Gordon Chester Cowgill). Charles bur Oaklawn Cem, North Manchester.


3 Emma Cowgill b 19 May 1877, IN, d 15 Jul 1963, m(1) 6 Nov 1891, Wabash Co., Wesley Sisk, b ca 1867, IN; m(2) 9 Apr 1902, Franklin Co., OH, Leonard Diethlein, b ca 1871, Bavaria; m(3) 25 Apr 1945, Huntington Co., IN, Frank W. Hoover, b 8 Aug 1878, IN.


3 James M. Cowgill b Nov/Dec 1847, IN, d 23 Jul 1849, aged 1y 8m 25d, “with four days fever”, Chester Twp, Wabash Co. Bur Cripe Cem. in Pleasant Twp. Tombstone has “son of J & C”.


4 Joseph Cowgill b 1 Sep 1849, IN, d 12 Aug 1937 (age 87y 11m 11d), m(1) 9 Nov 1879, Kosciusko Co., IN, Ada W. Watts, b 6 Aug 1859, d 3 Oct 1890, dau of Nelson and Rebecca A. Watts; m(2) 6 May 1893, Chicago, Jennie D. Sinclair, b 18 Mar 1858, Canada, d 25 Apr 1903. Joseph and Jane bur Oaklawn Cem., North Manchester. Joseph was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a Private, Capt Lawrence Jacoby's Co, 1st Independent Battery, Indiana Light Artillery, mustering in 1 Nov 1864 and mustering out 22 Aug 1865. He was described as age 18; occupation: shoemaker, black eyes, dark hair, 5'6", dark complexion; he was enlisted at Wabash by Cpt Cowgill; Joseph applied for pension 9 Jul 1890 from IN. A newspaper article claimed Joseph was the youngest soldier in the Civil War (see the similar claim for Joseph Ewing Cowgill). On the 1910 census, he is listed as the county assessor (Wabash Co., IN). Joseph lost both hands in a 4th of July celebration in 1868.

Children: known are – Myrl, Catherine, Logan


1 Myrl A. Cowgill b 10 Oct 1881, IN, d 25 Oct 1901, bur near Joseph and Ada.


2 Catherine Maude Cowgill b 18 Feb 1883, North Manchester, IN, d 23 Nov 1954, age 71y 9m 5d, Anderson, IN. Single.


3 Logan O. Cowgill b 1 Mar 1889, IN, d Jan 1958, m(1) 30 Jun 1913, Elkhart Co., IN, Norene E. Del Camp, b 13 Feb 1892, d 24 Jan 1931, Somerset, KY, dau of Elizabeth Del Camp; m(2) Mildred ____, b 7 Mar 1896, IN, d Aug 1984. Logan bur East Maplewood Cem.

Child: known is -


1 Logan O. Cowgill Jr b 24 Feb 1919, Wabash, IN, d 20 May 1973, Washington, DC, m 3 Sep 1949, Martha Anne O’Brien, b 1910, MI, d 8 Apr 1990. Logan listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1967-68, p 211-212. He was a federal government librarian and information officer, and a specialist on the Maya of Central America. Martha attended Sweet Briar College and graduated from the U of VA; she served on the staff of the Library of Congress from 1946 until she retired about 1970. No children.


5 Tobitha Jane Cowgill b 31 Jul 1850, IN, d 18 Feb 1864, age 13y 6m 18d.


6 Mary Alice Cowgill b 21 Mar 1862, IN, d 16 Jan 1955, m ca 1879, Orville Watts, brother to Ada Watts above; div by 1900; m(2) as his 2nd wife, Guilford B. Place, b 1858, d 1929.


7 Ada Cowgill b 1866, IN, d 1955, m 17 Jun 1886, Wabash Co., John W. Jones, b 1858, d 1939. Ada was a schoolteacher in North Manchester 1884-1886.


8 Horace W. Cowgill b 4 Dec 1868, IN, d 8 Jun 1948, m(1) 6 Sep 1902, Stark Co., OH, as her 2nd husband, Clara E. (Ream) Fox, b 20 Jul 1861, OH, d 3 Oct 1914, dau of Joseph H. and Rosanna (McPike) Ream; m(2) Emma J. _____, b 1876, OH, d 2 Jun 1963. Lived in Canton, Stark Co., OH. No children. Horace and Clara bur Westlawn Cem.


9 Vinnie Ream Cowgill b 5 Feb 1871, IN, d 21 Aug 1952, Alameda Co., CA. Vinnie living with her father in 1900.


10 Gordon Chester Cowgill b ca 1873, IN, d Sep 1930, Moffat Co., CO, m(1) 20 May 1892, Wabash Co., IN, Etta Viola Yant, b 23 Oct 1869, IN, dau of V. E. and Sarah A. Yant; div (Etta listed as a restaurant cook in 1900, remarried to Judson Windle 3 Aug 1918); m(2) 2 Apr 1900, Madison Co., IN, as her 2nd husband, Laura Belle (Bussard) Butterbaugh, b 17 Nov 1863, IN, d 31 Mar 1913, Denver, dau of John and Elizabeth (Bodkin) Bussard; m(3) 1 Jun 1912 (CO mge records), Golden, CO, Susann E. Evans, b ca 1868, WI. Gordon was living in Denver in 1910 (listed as co-owner, with Butterbaugh, of the Yampa Saddlery Co. in 1909), and in Craig, Moffat Co., CO, in 1920/30. Gordon’s age varies widely over censuses (7 in 1880, 34 in 1900, 37 in 1910, and 63 in 1930).

Children: known are – infant, Ward


1 unknown Cowgill, d in infancy.


2 Ward Simpson Cowgill b 25 Sep 1894, IN, d 16 Mar 1946, m(1) 13 Jan 1917, Wabash Co., Beulah M. Swihart, b 25 Mar 1900, IN; div 1926; m(2) 27 Oct 1926, Petersburg, CO, as her 2nd husband, Bessie Rebecca (Archer) Ford, b 1892, IL, d 22 May 1947, dau of John and Edith (Jones) Archer. Both Ward and Bessie bur Meyers Falls Cem., Kettle Falls, Stevens Co., WA. Ward was a veteran of World War I, serving as a cook in Battery B, 139th Field Arty. In 1920, he was in Craig, Moffat Co., CO, as a shoemaker; in Sherman, WA, as a logger in 1940.

Children: known are - Virginia, Ruby, Rosalie


1 Virginia Marie Cowgill b ca 1927, CO, d 4 Dec 1948, Spokane. Virginia was listed as an inmate, Eastern Washington State Custodial School, in 1940.


2 Ruby Cowgill b 1 Oct 1929, ID, d 3 Aug 2001, m 7 Sep 1946, Colville, WA, Paul W. Hills.


3 Rosalie Carol Cowgill b 29 Jan 1932, ID, d 9 Mar 2000, m(1) 10 Mar 1951, AK, Amos Terry, b ca 1932, TN, son of Elmer Terry; m(2) _____ Lewis.


11 Beulah (Bulia) A. Cowgill b Jan 1875, IN, d 1903. Single. On the 1900 census, Beulah is listed as living with an uncle, Lewis Signs, age 53 (b Dec 1846, OH) and aunt, Maria Signs, age 47 (b Oct 1852, IN), m 24y with 0 children. Who were they? Beulah bur Oaklawn Cem.


12 Inez (listed as Ina on census) Cowgill b Jan 1878, IN, d 1908, m 28 Jun 1903, Wabash Co., Charles H. Underwood, b 1874, d 1955.


3 Thomas Jefferson Cowgill b 29 Feb 1836, Clark Co., OH, d 4 Nov 1905 (obit in The Ludington Chronicle, 8 Nov 1905), MI, m 1 Jun 1866, as her 2nd husband, Henrietta Phoebe (Hoyt) Church, b 26 Mar 1843, OH, d 22 Mar 1920, dau of William C. and Hannah U. Hoyt. Both bur Center Riverton Cem. Thomas was a veteran of the Civil War, serving in Co C, 47th Indiana Infantry, mustering in 27 Dec 1861 from Bardstown, KY, and mustering out 29 Dec 1864; pension application (inv #935747, cert #671452) dated 3 Sep 1890; his widow (Henrietta P.) (applic #840209, cert #764404) filed 23 Dec 1905, from MI. His obituary states Thomas was taken prisoner at Champion Hill and released on parole of honor. He was again held prisoner at Camp Fort Tyler in TX. Thomas and family farmed near Riverton, Mason Co., MI, where he had located as a homesteader in 1865. He was a mail carrier, and served as justice of the peace and township clerk.

Children: known are (one adopted) - Colonel Fred Church, Clara Belle, Frank, William


1 Colonel Fred Church Cowgill (step-son) b 12 Nov 1863, MI, d 2 Mar 1938, m Emma Hansen, b 29 Mar 1854, Norway, d 24 Dec 1941. Fred lived in Proctor, BC; listed as Cowgill on 1870/1880 census, but as last name Church in Henrietta's obit, Cogle on BC death cert where his father is listed as Stephen Cogle.


2 Clara Belle Cowgill b Sep 1868, MI, m(1) 28 Dec 1892, Ludington, Oceana Co., MI, George E. Schrum, b 3 Jun 1866, Canada, d 3 Nov 1925, bur Gracelawn Cem.; m(2) 13 Jun 1927, Bowling Green, OH, Charles J. Genter. No children.


3 Frank Nelson Cogle (Frank and descendents adopted the variant spelling) b 30 Sep 1873, MI, d 30 Sep 1934, m 18 Jun 1897, Ludington, MI, Margaretta Cobb, b 28 Oct 1873, OH, d 9 Aug 1953, dau of Samuel and Laura (Whetstone) Cobb. Frank worked as a coal miner in AR just after marriage, then farmed in North Victory, Mason Co. Both bur North Victory Cem.

Children: known are – Coral, Gladys, Frank, Fred, George, Albert Willis, Zelda, Mary Retha


1 Coral Henrietta Cogle b 26 Jul 1898, AR, d 9 Aug 1994, m(1) 23 Jul 1918, Leland, Leelanau Co., MI, Albert Douglas Wilson; m(2) 26 Jan 1921, Andrew G. Keith, b 6 Jun 1898, MI, d 22 Oct 1988. Coral and Andrew bur Rest Lawn Memorial Park, Grand Rapids, MI.


2 Gladys O. Cogle b 26 Sep 1900, MI, m 12 Nov 1919, Ludington, MI, Roy D. Young. Gladys bur Lakeview Cem., Ludington.


3 Frank Clayton Cogle (twin) b 11 Sep 1902, MI, d 28 Feb 1920 (of influenza that developed into pneumonia). Bur North Victory Cem.


4 Fred Clinton Cogle (twin) b 11 Sep 1902, MI, d 18 Feb 1920 (of influenza that developed into pneumonia). Bur North Victory Cem.


5 George R. Cogle b and d 3 Jul 1904. Bur North Victory Cem.


6 Albert Willis Cogle b 27 Sep 1905, MI, d 23 Mar 1989, m 18 Jan 1936, Ludington, Zola W. Crawford, b 16 Aug 1909, MI, d 23 Mar 1989, dau of Edward and Dora Crawford. Both bur North Victory Cem., Ludington.

Children: known are – Audrey, Clayton, Clinton


1 Audrey Kathleen Cogle, m 2 Nov 1957, Ludington, Donald Eugene Johnson, son of Herbert Johnson.


2 Clayton Dale Cogle, m 4 Jun 196_, Ludington, Maryann Bradshaw.


3 Clinton Lee Cogle, m 20 Jul 1963, Ludington, Beverly Jean Morton, dau of Stanley and Lucile (King) Morton.


7 Zelda Belle Cogle b 28 May 1908, MI, d 11 Jun 1995, m 12 Nov 1927, Jerry Sobesik, b 15 Jan 1905, d 23 Feb 1999. Both bur Graceland Memorial Park, Grand Rapids, MI.


8 Mary Retha Cogle b 25 Aug 1911, MI, d 1 Nov 2001, m(1) 2 Apr 1934, Frank Dereske, d 18 Nov 1951; m(2) 2 Aug 1952, Joseph Wichtoski, d 2 Dec 1988. Retha and Frank bur North Victory Cem.


4 William “Waite” Richard Cowgill b 10 Nov 1878, MI, d 1955, m 21 Oct 1925, Clara C. Yonkie, b ca 1908, MI, of German parentage. William living with his mother as “partner” in 1910/1920, a farmer in Mason Co. in 1930.

Children: known are – Laura, Mable, Albert, George


1 Laura Cogle, m Robert Lauterwasser.


2 Mable H. Cogle b ca 1928, MI, 


3 Albert Cogle b ca 1932, MI, 


4 George Cogle b ca 1934, MI


4 Phebe Ann Cowgill b 9 Feb 1839, Clark Co., OH, d 6 Feb 1902, m(1) 23 Dec 1854, Wabash Co., Washington Fannin(g), d ca 1865, IN, son of Bryant Sr and Rachel (Pearson) Fannin; m(2) ______ Simmering.


5 Henry Clay Cowgill (his line adopted Cogill) b Oct 1841, Clark Co., OH, d 12 Sep 1923 (death cert #281), Lane Co., OR, m 17 Aug 1864, Ottawa, MI, Elizabeth Ann Davis, b May 1845, Wales, d 19 Jul 1927 (death cert #303). The family was in Oceana Co, MI, 1870/1880/1900 (Henry was Crystal Twp supervisor in 1874 and other years through 1884); in Tillamook Co., OR, in 1910; and in Portland in 1915-1920. Henry was a veteran of the Civil War, serving in Co F, 18th Indiana Infantry, mustering in 16 Aug 1861 at Indianapolis.

Children: known are – Catherine, Sarah, Frank, Charles Cleveland


1 Catherine "Kate" M. Cogill b 21 Jun 1867, MI, m ca 1892, Charles E. Demerest, b Oct 1860, MI (of NY/OH).


2 Sadie (also as “Satie”) M. Cogill b Jan 1877(?; age varies over censuses), MI, m 4 Sep 1891, Crystal Valley, Oceana Co., MI, Alvin J. Perkins, b Oct 1871 (1900 census; age varies over censuses), MI, d bef 1930?. Sadie living near brother Frank in OR in 1910/1920; with brother Charles (as widow?) in Los Angeles in 1930.


3 Frank Henry Cogill b 29 May 1875, MI, d 23 Mar 1956, OR, m 8 Sep 1896, Grand Rapids, MI, Ella Jane Gay, b 20 Aug 1874, OH, d 5 Dec 1924, OR, dau of James D. Gay. Frank living with son Theron in 1930, Lane Co., OR. Frank bur Laurel Hill Cem., Lane Co.

Children: known are – Max, Theron Henry, Hazel, Theo


1 Max G. Cogill b 12 Dec 1897, MI, d 3 Jun 1976, OR, m(1) 25 Mar 1919, Lane Co., OR, Luella H. (Betty) Courtright, b 26 Aug 1900, UT, d May 1984, dau of Bennet and Minnie (Christensen) Courtright; div; m(2) Ruth F. ____, b ca 1904, OR; m(3) 12 Apr 1941, Mattie Elizabeth Newman, b 16 Jul 1886, Colburg, OR, d 23 Mar 1972. Luella remarr Henry "Hank" Buffington.

Children: known are – Louise, Maxine, Robert


1 Louise Mary Cogill b 16 Aug 1919, Lane Co., d 28 Mar 1998, m(1) Bruce Merrill Wolfe, d 4 Jan 1962, son of Percival Wolfe; m(2) Paul Buckner; m(3) James A. Rokohl; m(4) ____ Mueller; m(5) Earl (Smitty) Smith, b 1920, d 1997. (Order of spouses uncertain).


2 Maxine Hazel Cogill b 17 Aug 1921, d 13 Dec 2001, m Larry Erhart (other marriages to ____ Davis, Dick Huffman; order uncertain).


3 Robert Wayne Cogill b 5 Apr 1926, d 21 Apr 2000, m(1) 24 Mar 1945, Clark Co., WA, JoAnn Louise David; m(2) 1965, as her 2nd husband, Etta Catherine (Bennett) Field, b 14 Dec 1923, OR, d 10 Dec 2001. Robert was a veteran of the US Navy during World War II. He is bur Willamette National Cem.

Children: known are – Thomas, Gary, Barbara


1 Thomas L. Cogill b 26 Sep 1947, d 13 Jul 1968, m 4 Nov 1967, Portland, Margaret Pankratz. Thomas d in Guam while in the US Navy. Margaret remarried 2 Nov 1968 to William Matthews. Bur Willamette National Cem.


2 Gary Cogill


3 Barbara Jo Cogill, m 25 Jul 1998, Portland, Michael Ralph Clark.


2 Theron Henry Cogill b 10 Jul 1899, MI, d 19 Sep 1970, OR, m 10 Jul 1919, Lane Co., Myrtle Irene Newman, b 23 Nov 1898, Junction City, OR, d 25 Nov 1983, OR.

Child: known is -


1 Theron Henry “Johnnie” Cogill Jr b 25 May 1920, OR, d 29 Jan 1943, OR.


3 Hazel L. Cogill b 2 Jun 1900, d 24 Oct 1906.


4 Theo M. Cogill b 28 Dec 1904, OR, d 8 Mar 1971, OR, m(1) 12 Nov 1932, Eugene, OR, Etta Jane Kruse, b 25 Oct 1914, ID, d 18 Jun 1965, OR; m(2) 9 Aug 1966, Lane Co., OR, Cora Hazel Johnson, b 9 Feb 1903, d 20 Apr 1985.

    Child: known is - Karen


4 Charles Cleveland Cogill b 8 Jan 1882, MI, d 31 May 1953, m(1) 4 Nov 1903, Yamhill, OR, Lutie Circassia Neal, b 12 Jul 1878, McMinnville,Yamhill, OR; div (Lutie remarried 1914 to Jay E. Peck); m(2) bef 1920, Ellen Francis Butts, b ca 1895, WA, d 14 Nov 1921; m(3) 14 Sep 1922, ______; m(4) 19 May 1949, Los Angeles, Marie Elizabeth Messenger, b 8 Feb 1907, d May 1971, Portland, OR. Charles was in Portland in 1910 (city directory) through 1920; with sister Sadie in Los Angeles on 1930 census.

Children: known are – Martha, Helen


1 Martha Ethel (on census as Margaret) Cogill b 29 Mar 1908, OR, d 1986, Helena, MT, m 11 Sep 1933, Los Angeles, Donald J. Tope. Martha in Wasco Co. with mother and sister in 1920.


2 Helen Grace Cogill b 8 Jul 1910, OR, d 1936, Chicago. Helen is listed as an inmate at the Feeble Minded Institute in Marion Co., OR, in 1930.


6 Eliza J. Cowgill b 28 Mar 1844, Clark Co., OH, d 3 Oct 1920, m(1) 14 Nov 1860, Wabash Co., Jeremiah Williams; m(2) William H. Summers. Eliza and family lived in Oceana Co., MI.


7 William M. Cowgill b 26 Mar 1848, IN, d 27 Feb 1855, age 6y 11m 1d. Bur Oaklawn Cem.


8 Benjamin W. Cowgill b 27 Mar 1851, d 22 Dec 1852, age 1y 8m 26d. Bur Oaklawn Cem.


9 Mary(?) Cowgill b ca 1853, IN. No further information.


10 Mary E. Cowgill b Oct 1859, d 13 Nov 1866, age 7y 1m 5d. Bur Oaklawn Cem.


5 George J. Cowgill b 1805, Orange Co., VA, d 11 Oct 1890, Richmond, Wayne County, IN, m 15 May 1827, Warren Co., OH, Anna Gray, b 1808, PA, d 2 Mar 1886, dau of John and Hannah Gray of Fountain Co., IN. George attended medical college in Columbus, OH, 1840/1 and was ordained a minister (M. E.) in 1842. Listed as physician on 1850 and later censuses. See History of McDonough County, Illinois, 1885, Springfield, Continental Historical Co. Both bur Bushnell Cem., McDonough Co., IL.

Children: known are – Hannah, John


1 Hannah Cowgill b 1828, d 8 Dec 1902, m 24 Aug 1845, Preble Co., OH, Samuel J. Alexander, b 1821, d 1909.


2 John Fletcher Cowgill b 21 Aug 1832, OH, d 20 May 1907, m(1) 23 Aug 1855, McDonough Co., IL, Mary F. Creel; m(2) 16 Apr 1857, McDonough Co., Harriet Ann Creel, b Mar 1840, IL, d 1918. John and Harriet bur Pine Hill Cem., Saylor Twp, Polk Co., IA. John was a Civil War veteran serving as Private, Co I, 78th Illinois Infantry, enlisted 14 Aug 1862 from Macomb, McDonough Co., discharged 30 Jan 1864 as disabled. He filed for pension from IA 31 Dec 1896 and 31 May 1907. Harriet and dau Theolia were living in Des Moines with dau Cora and husband in 1910.

Children: known are (two d in infancy) – Orren, Cora Edna, Dolly, Theolia, Lewis


1 Orren (or Orrin) W. Cowgill b ca 1858, IL, m 17 Oct 1880, Bushnell, McDonough Co., IL, by J. E. Taylor, Indiana McGee, b ca 1860, dau of William and Mary C. (Reitz) McGee. No further information.


2 Cora Edna Cowgill b 24 Apr 1867, IL, d 31 Mar 1948, m 20 Sep 1893, Des Moines, Charles Stanley Walker, b 7 Jul 1869, IL, d 17 Nov 1936, son of Nelson R. and Melissa Jane (Weeks) Walker. No children. Both bur Greenwood Memory Lawn Cem., Phoenix.


3 Dolly O. Cowgill b 1870, IL, d 22 Mar 1892. Listed with father in the 1889/1891 Des Moines City Directory. Bur Bushnell Cem., McDonough Co., IL.


4 Theolia E. Cowgill b 9 Apr 1878, IL, d 1964, m 18 Aug 1923, Polk Co., IA, William S. Glasco, b 7 May 1870, d 7 Apr 1936. Single, living with sister Edna and husband in Des Moines in 1920; with widowed sister Edna in Phoenix in 1940. Both bur Greenwood Memory Lawn Cem., Phoenix.


5 Lewis William Cowgill b 4 Jan 1885, IA, d 1941, m 3 Jul 1906, Ankeny, IA, Ida Jennie Harless, b Jul 1880, IA, d 1955, dau of Jeremiah and Swan Elizabeth (Cupp) Harless. Both bur Glendale Cem., Des Moines.

Children: known are – Racia, Marjorie, Mary


1 Racia J. Cowgill b 6 Dec 1908, IA, d Dec 1984, m 21 Feb 1931, Hal D. Rogers, b ca 1909, IA.


2 Marjorie Anna Cowgill b 12 May 1910, IA, d Mar 1998, m 9 Aug 1944, Scott Co., IA, Leroy J. Leuther.


3 Mary Jane Cowgill b 6 Jun 1915, IA


6 John William Cowgill b 1808, OH, d Jun 1879, Whitley Co., IN, m 1 Nov 1827 (by JP), Lebanon, Warren Co., OH, Miriam Smith, b 25 Sep 1808, Warren Co., OH, d 28 Oct 1876, Springdale (Twp?), MI of “lung fever”. John homesteaded to Manistee Co., MI, 8 Dec 1866 (first settled on the land 28 Sep 1866, listed as head of family with wife and 8 children). Served as township supervisor, elected 1871; also as JP. See census 1830, Warren Co., OH; 1840, Preble Co., OH; 1850, Wabash Co., IN; 1860, Whitley Co., IN; 1870, Manistee Co., MI. John bur Boonville Cem.; Miriam bur Springdale Cem.

Children: known are (1840 census lists a second male under age 5) – Nancy Bernice, George, Priscilla Jane, James, Eliza, Augustus, William, Mary Alice


1 Nancy Bernice Cowgill b 20 Sep 1828, OH, d 4 Mar 1919, Springdale, Manistee Co., MI, m 2 May 1847, Preble Co., OH, Henry Warren Boyd, b 10 Oct 1824, St Joseph Co., IN, d 10 Oct 1908, Springdale, MI, son of Adam Boyd.


2 George S. Cowgill b ca 1831, Clinton Co., OH, d ca 1895, Bear Lake Twp, Manistee Co., MI, m ca 1842, Elizabeth Goodhill (Goodhile or Goorhile?), b Dec 1841, Prussia, d 1 Feb 1928. George was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as Private, Co B, 44th Indiana Infantry (the same unit as his brother, James, below), mustering in 22 Sep 1862 from Pierceton, Kosciusko Co., and mustered out 14 Sep 1865. On enlistment he was described as age 22, occupation lumberman. He filed for pension 25 Sep 1890 from MI; his widow filed 12 Apr 1895. George was a Springdale Twp highway commissioner in 1871. He purchased 168 acres in a deed registered 15 May 1877 in Traverse City, MI.

Children: known are – John, George, Martha


1 John William Cowgill b Nov 1860, IN, d 1 Jan 1927, m 21 Aug 1886, Manistee Co., MI, Anna B. Roberts, b 9 Mar 1863, MI, d 31 Oct 1940. Lived in Evert, Manistee Co., MI; in Beltrami Co, MN, in 1905, then Itasca Co, MN, in 1910 and after. In 1910, John had niece Gladys N. Cowgill, b MI, age 11 (whose dau?).

Children: known are – unk, Dora, Lillie


1 unknown Cowgill (male) b 16 Jul 1887, MI, d 16 Aug 1887, age one month, of “pneumonia of the lungs”.


2 Dora Mae Cowgill b Jun 1889, MI, m Roy Leslie Wahl. With family in 1910.


3 Lillie M. Cowgill d 27 Jul 1895, age 1 day. Parents home listed as Almince, MI.


2 George W. Cowgill b 1863, IN, d 17 Dec 1899, Maple Grove, MI, aged 36y 8m 13d, of cerebro spinal meningitis. Single.


3 Martha M. Cowgill b 1866, MI, d 1935, m 1 Mar 1882, Manistee Co., David W. Wade, b 1855, PA, d 1935. Her mother, Elizabeth, is listed as living with her on the 1900 census.


3 Priscilla Jane Cowgill b 28 Dec 1833 (or 26 Jan 1833?), OH, d 30 Apr 1915, Manistee Co., MI, m 26 Apr 1849, Preble Co., OH, William Wallace Bell, b 15 Jan 1827, Hamilton Co., OH, d 9 Mar 1909, Manistee Co., MI, son of William John and Hannah “Anna” (Farmer) Bell.


4 James L. Cowgill b 15 Feb 1838 (family Bible has 18 Feb), Randolph Co., IN (but see census track of his father, above), d 25 Mar 1913, Ft Wayne, Allen Co., IN, m 6 Nov 1860, Cass Co., MI, by Samuel Ketchum, Sarah Ann Nickeles (also shown as Nichols), b 12 Nov 1842, IN, d 16 Sep 1899, Kinzie, Kosciusko Co., IN, dau of Bethany and Sarah Ann (Guliford) Nickeles. Both bur Boonville Cem., Whitley Co., IN, near her parents. James was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a Private in Co B, 44th Indiana Infantry (along with brother George), mustering in 27 Sep 1862 from Pierceton, Kosciusko Co., and mustered out 14 Sep 1865. On enlistment he was described as age 24, black hair, black eyes, 5'5" tall, dark complexion, occupation as engineer, and a native of Richland Co, OH. He filed for pension 15 May 1879. A wartime photo survives of James in his uniform, said to have been mailed home to Sarah with money hidden behind it.

Children: known are – Charles, Nora, Sarah, Celestia, William Clarence


1 Charles Edward Cowgill b 22 Nov 1861, IN, d 21/25 Sep 1946, m 27 Feb 1885, Sturgis, St Joseph Co., MI, Eva Adelle Abbott, b Feb 1868, IN, d 1951. Charles bur South Bend.

Children: known are – Tressa, Edith, Lena, Frederick, Flossie, Marian, Donald


1 Tressa Wilmot Cowgill b 16 Dec 1885, IN, d Jul 1972, m 29 Jan 1908, St Joseph Co., IN, Bert Abraham Ray, b ca 1881, MI (of English parentage). Last residence: Clackamas, OR.


2 Edith “Edie” Grace Cowgill b 29 Jul 1887, IN, d 20 Apr 1958, m(1) 6 Jan 1908, Berrien Co., MI, LeRoy Leonard Desonia, d 25 Dec 1978; div; m(2) 11 May 1926, Herbert L. Sigsbee Jr, d 10 Jun 1941, son of Herbert L. and Jessie (Fergison) Sigsbee.


3 Lena E. Cowgill b 3 Mar 1889, IN, d 10 May 1909, South Bend.


4 Frederick Clifton Cowgill b 30 Jan 1892, IN, d 23 Feb 1966, m(1) 16 Oct 1912, St Joseph Co., IN, Ethel Dolly Barber, b 23 Apr 1893, IN, d 25 Feb 1919; m(2) 22 Mar 1925, Berrien Co., MI, Ruth E. Thompson, b 30 Apr 1897, IN, d 19 Dec 1968. Frederick was a US Navy yard machinist in Kittery, ME in 1940; in Shamokin, PA, in 1945. Last address Lomita, Los Angeles Co., CA.

Children: known are – Frederick, Mildred, Dick, Margaret, Barbara, Bonnie, James, Norma


1 Frederick Barber Cowgill b 23 Feb 1914, IN, d 3 Nov 2003, m 8 Sep 1935, St Joseph Co., Hazel Byrl Waggoner, b 2 Dec 1917, d 11 Mar 1992. Both bur St. Paul Lutheran Cem., Woodland, St. Joseph Co., IN.

   Child: known is (others?) - Frederick


2 Mildred Ethel Cowgill b 20 Oct 1915, IN, d 13 Oct 1995, m 17 Jul 1937, in ME, Russell Rinker, b IN.


3 Richard "Dick" R. Cowgill b 1918, NE, d 4 Mar 1920 (obits in the South Bend Tribune: Sec 1, p5 on 5 Mar and 6 Mar 1920).


4 Margaret Ann Cowgill, m 8 Dec 1944, Kittery, ME, Richard F. Maclean of Toms River, NJ.


5 Barbara L. Cowgill b 1928, IN, m 1953, William D. Conwell.


6 Bonnie M. Cowgill b 12 Jan 1929, IN, d 30 Mar 1948, in a plane crash in Kittery, ME.


7 James K. Cowgill b 1931, d 1939.


8 Norma J. Cowgill b ca 1937, PA, m 13 Aug 1955, Kittery, ME, Richard A Fiscus, of Mayport, PA. This must be Jeannie Cowgill, m ____ Mann.


5 Flossie M. Cowgill b 18 Aug 1894, IN, m 2 Oct 1912, St Joseph Co., IN, Arthur L. Copenhaver, b 1890, IN, d 1951.


6 Marian L. Cowgill b 16 Aug 1896, IN, d Sep 1977, m 5 Jul 1919, St Joseph, Berrien Co., MI, Harold W. Elmore, b 21 Jun 1896, PA, d 21 Jan 1959.


7 Donaldson Abbott Cowgill b 8 May 1899, IN (or MI?), d Mar 1981, m(1) ca 1920, Margaret D. ____, b ca 1900, IN; m(2) 1 Nov 1936, Portsmouth, NH, Corrine M. Day, b ca 1914. Last address Rochester, Strafford Co., NH. Family?


2 Nora W. Cowgill b 5 Apr 1868, IN, d 3 Oct 1944, m 24 Jun 1893, Morgan A. Jenkins, b 1868, OH, d 1935.


3 Sarah “Sadie” Miriam Cowgill b 25 Dec 1872, IN, d 8 Jul 1939, m(1) 24 Dec 1891, Kosciusko Co., IN, David Samuel Holben, b 2 Mar 1872, IN, d 8 Dec 1898 (Sarah listed as widow on 1900 census); m(2) Harold Green; m(3) 15 Nov 1908, Walter Belmont Fulton, b 1 Jul 1872, IN, d 1 May 1943.


4 Celestia Jane Cowgill b 29 Oct 1875, MI, d 10 Nov 1876, aged 1 year, 14 days, Springdale, MI. A family note says “still-born”.


5 William Clarence Cowgill b 31 Jul 1880, Richland Twp, Whitley Co., IN, d 10 Aug 1954, Jackson Twp, Kosciusko Co., IN, m 18 May 1901, Benton Harbor, MI, Blanche Jeneveve Christian, b 16 Apr 1885, Rochester, Fulton Co., IN, d 11 Dec 1952, Jackson Twp, Kosciusko Co., IN, dau of John Wesley and Mary E. (Wileman) Christian (foster dau to Mary E.). Both are bur South Whitley Cem.

Children: known are – Bethel, Wesley, Leona Pauline, Helen


1 Bethel Irene Cowgill b 7 Mar 1902, Kosciusko Co., IN, d 6 Dec 1972, Atlanta, GA, m 16 May 1925, St. Joseph, Berrien Co., MI, John Victor Johnson. Bethel is bur Fairview Gardens Cem, Stockbridge, Henry Co., GA.


2 Wesley James Cowgill b 8 Jan 1906, Whitley Co., IN, d 9 Mar 1986, Ft Wayne, Allen Co., IN, m Helen Catherine Fry, d 26 Nov 1973. Wesley served in the US Army in World War II, with duty in Egypt and North Africa; he was wounded in Sicily. Bur South Whitley Cem. No children.


3 Leona Pauline Cowgill b 20 Feb 1910, Kosciusko Co., IN, d 10 Dec 1999, m(1) 9 Aug 1928, St Joseph, Berrien Co., MI, Charles "Charlie" Fiant Wolever, b 7 Apr 1893, Macon Co., MO, d 6 May 1967, Washington Co., OR, son of Edward D. and Susanna (Peiffer) Wolever; m(2) 10 Dec 1992, Washington Co., OR, Don Calvin Jones. Charles served in the US Navy in World War I. He is bur Williamette National Cem., Portland, OR.

Note: these are the parents of Marlyn Wolever who provided much of the information on this line and who correctly sorted the multiple George Cowgills who confounded Beatrice Cowgill in her book.


4 Helen Marian Cowgill b 5 Apr 1914, Kosciusko Co., IN, d 4 May 1999 (obit in Kokomo Tribune; 1999-5-6), m 26 Apr 1934, at home in Kosciusko Co., Russell W. Beeler, b 1912, d 1983.


5 Eliza “Lizzie” W. Cowgill b ca 1841, OH, d 19 Feb 1917, m 21 Apr 1865, Kosciusko Co., IN, Jonathan Hand, b ca 1840, IN, son of Jesse and Rebecca Hand.


6 Augustus C. Cowgill b 1 Jan 1843, OH, d 18 Mar 1913, age 70y 2m 17d, Manistee Co., MI, m(1) 30 Mar 1865, Berrien Co., MI, Ruth Ellen (Mary on 1880 census) Brown, b ca 1840, MI, bur 8 Aug 1899 (bur record has "widow", mother of five children, two living); m(2) 8 Sep 1904, Manistee Co., as her 3rd husband, Clara Hawkins Williams, b ca 1853, MI. In 1870, Ellen shown separately with mother and dau Laura; on 1900 census, Augustus is listed, along with his nephew Clarence W., with Niles Olson.

Children: known are – Laura, Carrie, William, Marietta


1 Laura May Cowgill b 24 May 1868 (on death cert), MI, d 15 Aug 1912. Death cert states she was an inmate at the County House, Mecosta Co., MI.


2 Casie (or Carrie) Cowgill b ca 1872, MI. No further information.


3 William Cowgill b 1876, IN, d 12 Dec 1886, ae 10y 3m 5d, of “congestion of brain”. William d Arcadia, Manistee Co., MI.


4 Marietta Cowgill b Jul 1880, MI, m 10 Apr 1896, Thompsonville, Manistee Co., Enos W. Herrington, b 1877, WI, d 5 Mar 1961. Enos bur Columbia Co., OR, with apparent 2nd wife?


7 William Roper Cowgill b Dec 1845, OH, d 1925, m(1) 13 Aug 1871, Mentone, Kosciusko Co., IN, Celeste Alice Hidy, b 4 Aug 1853, d 10 Jul 1877, aged 23y 11m 6d, dau of Jesse and Martha (Copeland) Hidy; m(2) 15 Feb 1880, Eliza Ann Wright, b 4 Mar 1849, IN, d 1 Oct 1896, aged 47y 6m 27d (tombstone reading has 1895, which doesn't add), while children were young. William and Eliza bur South Whitley Cem., Whitley Co.; Celeste bur Packerton Cem., Kosciusko Co., near her father.

Children: known are (obit says three predeceased Eliza Ann) – Jesse, George Elmer, John, James, Mary, Clarence, Winnie, Dora, Jettie


1 Jesse P. Cowgill b 19 Aug 1872, IN, d 6 Feb 1883, aged 10y 5m 18d, bur Packerton Cem., Kosciusko Co.


2 George Elmer Cowgill b 6 Jul 1874 (shown elsewhere as 17 Mar 1874 ), Manistee Co., MI, (birthplace varies on census), d 13 Nov 1952. Elmer shown as single on censuses, Kosciusko Co. (listed in county infirmary in 1920/1930). This is probably the George E. Cowgill who m 30 Jul 1899, Lake Co., IN, Emma Benson.


3 John H. Cowgill b 22 Apr 1876, d 3 Oct 1876, aged 5m 11d, bur Packerton Cem.


4 James W. Cowgill b 25 Jun 1877, d 20 Sep 1877, aged 2m 26d, bur Packerton Cem.


5 Mary Elsie Cowgill b 17 Nov 1882 (1888 on mge license, 1885 on tombstone), IN, d 1925, m 24 Dec 1907, Whitley Co., Clarence George Richard, b 20 Jun 1871 (1869 on tombstone), d 1944, son of Frederick and Katherine (Kaufman) Richard. Listed with Samuel Sears family as "servant" on 1900 census, Manistee Co., MI. Lived in IN.


6 Clarence Walter Cowgill b 12 Mar 1884, Whitley Co., IN, d 30 Apr 1949, Springdale Twp, Manistee Co., MI, m 14 May 1911, Benzie Co., MI, Ella May Hammond, b 16 Nov 1882, MI, d 27 May 1981, dau of Sylvanius Lansing and Nancy Jane (Flasher) Hammond. Lived Benzie Co., MI. No children. His niece, dau of Mary Elsie, is listed with him on the 1930 census.


7 Winnie J. Cowgill b 4 Mar 1886, IN, d 31 Jul 1889, aged 3y 4m 27d, bur South Whitley Cem.


8 Dora M. Cowgill b 8 Jan 1888, IN, d 28 Mar 1888, aged 2m 20d, bur South Whitley Cem.


9 Jettie May Cowgill b 27 Nov 1889, IN, d Aug 1966, m 9 Mar 1909, Wabash Co., Henry Burton “Hap” Grossnickle, b 26 Sep 1887, IN, d 20 Dec 1981, Warsaw, IN, son of Benjamin Franklin and Anna Liza (Shull) Grossnickle. Both bur Oaklawn Cem., Wabash Co.


8 Mary Alice Cowgill b 1849, OH, m(1) 2 May 1869, Manistee Co., MI, James Mallison, b 1843, NY, d 2 Feb 1882 (of typhoid malaria), Onekama, Manistee Co., MI, where he homesteaded 26 Jan 1866 (his father, Almon, was already there); m(2) ____ Cole.


7 William Mason Cowgill b 1810, near Lebanon, Warren Co., OH, d 2 Oct 1862, age 53 years, Petersburg, Menard Co., IL, m(1) 5 Jun 1832 (Marriage Records, vol # 1, page 42), Lebanon, Warren Co., OH, Clementine B. Sayre or Sayres (on m certif), b Jan 1811, d Friday morning, 22 Dec 1854, Petersburg, IL, aged 43y 11m 16d; m(2) 15 Aug 1855, Mary Abigail Walker, b 16 Jul 1827, NY, d 25 Jun 1906, dau of William and Abigail (Ensign) Walker. William was a merchant. Said to have moved to Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL, in 1832 (on their wedding trip), to Petersburg in 1844 (he appears on voting lists there that year). William was an early abolitionist. An early bio (not sourced) claimed William's ancestors were Puritans who fled England to Holland, then immigrated to MA about 1630 on the ship "Friendship". Both bur Rose Hill Cem., Petersburg; Mary bur Warsaw Cem., NY.

Children: known are (but 1840 census shows two older females) – William Benjamin, Catherine Lydia, Albert Hale, Mary Clementine, Cornelia Sayre, Julia Hawley


1 William Benjamin Cowgill b 29 Mar 1833, Springfield, IL, d 19 Aug 1900, Spokane, WA, m 16 May 1855, Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL, by Robert Hale, Margaret Duncan Sprigg, b 18 Aug 1833, Effingham Co., IL, d 11 Jul 1920, dau of John C. and Julia H. (Remann) Sprigg. William was a dealer in real estate; he is bur Greenwood Cem., Spokane. William was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a Private, Co B, 130th Illinois Infantry and Co A, 77th Illinois Infantry (and back to the 130th when it was revived), enlisting for three years 10 Feb 1864 (mustering in 15 Apr 1864) and mustering out 15 Aug 1865. On enlistment was described as age 30, 5’ 9” tall, dark hair, hazel eyes, dark complexion, and merchant as occupation. He applied for pension as invalided 21 Nov 1899 (applic # 508618, cert 1002395); his widow (Margaret D) applied 24 Sep 1900 from WA (she was living in Spokane with son Duncan in 1910/1920).

Children: known are – William, John, Duncan


1 William Chambers Cowgill b 12 Mar 1858, IL, d 2 Dec 1942, Corvallis, OR, m 6 May 1880, Sangamon Co., IL, Caroline Marian Etter, b 6 Aug 1861, IL, d 12 Mar 1950, dau of Samuel and Mary (Butterfield) Etter. Listed as a lawyer in the 1881 Chicago City Directory, and as a clerk with the CB&I RR from 1882-1890; later was a publishing company agent in Corvallis, OR; in Portland in 1895; a newspaper reporter in Spokane in 1910.

Children: known are – Helen, John, William Chambers III


1 Helen Julia Cowgill b 1 Dec 1881, IL, d 16 May 1959. Single. Helen graduated Oregon Agricultural College (later Oregon State) 1913, and University of Washington 1931 (Master’s Degree)with a BS degree in Domestic Science and Art. She became known as the "Mother of Oregon 4-H"; retired from Oregon State College in 1947 and was awarded Emeritus Status. In 1965 a tree and bench on the University Campus were dedicated to her memory.


2 John Lorin Cowgill b 27 Jun 1883, IL, d 11 Sep 1968, OR, m 20 Jun 1922, Benton Co., OR, as her 2nd husband, Josephine M. Shaver, b 10 Aug 1887, IL, d 19 Mar 1970. John filed a land patent in Lake Co., OR, in 1918; was in Lincoln Co., OR, in 1930; both d Linn Co., OR.

Children: known are – Dorothy, Marie, unk


1 Dorothy H. Cowgill b 1923, OR, m 24 Feb 1946, Tillamook Co., OR, Marvin Carlson.


2 Marie L. Cowgill b ca 1925, OR


3 unk Cowgill, bur 10 Sep 1927, Tidewater Cem., Lincoln Co., OR.


3 William Chambers Cowgill Jr b 1 Oct 1884, IL, d 10 Feb 1966, m 15 Nov 1920, Portland, Mabel Lou Amos, b Sep 1883, SD, d 17 Aug 1972. William was in Portland by 1915. Mabel may have been previously married as three step-children, last name Amos, lived with him in 1930. William bur Willamette National Cem., OR. He was a veteran of WW I, serving as a private, Co F, 18 Ry Engineers


2 John Albert Cowgill b 17 Jan 1860, IL, d 17 May 1936, m 18 Oct 1886, Jefferson Co., KY, as her 2nd husband, Margaret Alice Graves, b 17 Oct 1861, MO, d 26 Jan 1940. John is listed as a draughtsman in the Chicago City Directory from 1887 to 1890, at the same address as his brother William. Settled in Lewiston, ID. No children (Margaret had seven children from previous marriage).


3 Duncan Sayer Cowgill b 6 Oct 1869, IL, d 2 Sep 1949, Spokane, m 8 Jul 1891, Spokane Co., Lena R. Hatch, b 23 Aug 1871, WA, d 3 Jul 1944, ID. Both parents were living with him in 1900 in Spokane, mother there in 1910.

Children: known are – Margaret, Barthaline, Grace, Linn


1 Margaret Olive Cowgill b 20 Mar 1892, WA, m 28 Aug 1916, Spokane, William Earl Chambers.


2 Barthaline A. Cowgill b 28 Sep 1895, WA, m 5 Oct 1921, Spokane, Carl Peirer Lewis.


3 Grace Brown Cowgill b 1 Oct 1906, WA, m ___ Craft (or Kroft).


4 Linn Duncan Cowgill b 9 Aug 1910, WA, d 6 Dec 1983, m Robert Neil Williams, b 1906, d 1985. Robert was a major, US Army, with service during World War II.


2 Catherine Lydia Cowgill b 11 Sep 1835, Springfield, IL, d _____, m 30 Jun 1852, Petersburg, Menard Co., IL, by Rev George McKinley, Daniel Calvin Brown, a twin, b 27 Sep 1824, Greensburg, KY, d ____, son of William B. and Harriet (Allen) Brown. Daniel was a druggist.


3 Albert Hale Cowgill b 22 Aug 1840, Springfield, IL, d 10 Jul 1908, Omaha, NE, m 17 Nov 1864, Springfield, IL, by the Rev John Howe Brown, D.D., Mary L. Brown, b 7 Sep 1844, Sangamon Co., d 7 Oct 1914, dau of William B. and his 2nd wife Laura B. (Buckman) Brown. Both bur in family bur grounds, Springfield, IL. Albert was described as a “singer and wheeler” in the 1890 Peoria Directory. He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a Corporal in Co E, 14th Illinois Infantry, mustering in 25 May 1861 and discharged 26 Aug 1861. He applied for pension (inv 1352798, cert 1132253) 1 Oct 1906 from NE;his widow (Mary L) applied (applic 903006, cert 668113) 24 Aug 1908.

Children: known are – Frank, Joe


1 Frank Sayre Cowgill b 21 Aug 1869, IL, d 29 Jul 1922, m 6 Oct 1897, Louisville, KY, Mildred Adams, b 9 Feb 1873, KY, d 30 Dec 1927. Both bur in family mausoleum, Oak Ridge Cem., Springfield, IL. Frank is probably the Frank S. listed as clerk and auditor in the Chicago City Directory from 1890 to 1898; later he was a grain dealer in Omaha (listed in the city directory 1899-1901 as "Pres & Mgr Trans-Mississippi Grain Co").

Child: known is -


1 Winston Stuart Cowgill b 26 Sep 1902, NE, d 5 Dec 1989, m(1), Hillsborough?, CA, Geraldine King, b 1 May 1901, San Francisco, d 20 Dec 1975, dau of ____ King, who was known as the “Lumber King of CA”; div 1966; m(2) 8 Jul 1970, San Diego, Barbara J. (Taylor) Strubbe, b ca 1929; div 1974. Winston listed in Poor’s Register 1971, address Palm Springs, CA.

Children: known are – Dale, Mildred


1 Florence Dale Cowgill b 25 Feb 1926, d 6 Oct 1987, m(1) ____; m(2) ca 1967, John Crichton, living in Palm Beach in 1967 per news clipping (Dale prob was prev m; had children).


2 Mildred Cowgill b 5 Jul 1928, CA, d 20 May 2000, m 1967, the Marquis de Surian, lived in Paris (from news clipping of 7 Dec 1967).


2 Joe J. Cowgill b 1870, IL, d 1883 (bur 10 Mar 1883).


4 Mary Clementine Cowgill b 10 Jun 1843, Petersburg, Menard Co., IL, d 23 Dec 1924 (on 1920 census with sister Cornelia), at the home of her sister, Cornelia Brinkerhoff. She was a teacher in the Bettie Stuart Institute, Springfield, IL. Bur Oak Ridge Cem. Single.


5 Cornelia Sayre Cowgill b 10 Jun 1847, d 20 Sep 1920, m 29 May 1877, Sangamon Co., IL, John Jones Brinkerhoff, b 20 Sep 1848, PA, d 19 Feb 1919. Resided in Springfield, IL.


6 Julia Hawley Cowgill b 4 Jan 1851, Petersburg, IL, d 8 Jan 1851, bur Rose Hill Cem., Petersburg.


7 Isaac Cowgill (presumed son of George and Elizabeth Crammer Cowgill) b before 1773, NJ, m 15 May (license issued 3 May) 1794, Orange Co., VA, by Rev James Garnett, Sally Gillock, dau of Elizabeth Gillock (surety: Laurence Gillock; witness: James Taylor, who also witnessed marriage of George Cowgill and Phebe Wait). Isaac first appears with George Sr on the 1789 Culpeper Co. personal property tax list, then is listed separately in 1791 and 1792. He appears next to George Sr on the 1794 Madison Co. personal property tax list, then no other mention in VA records. There is an Isaac (as “householder”) on the 1812 tax rateable list for Evesham Twp, Burlington Co., NJ. This one?


8 Mary Cowgill b ca 1772, NJ, d 2 Dec 1836, Philadelphia, age 64, bur Burlington Co., NJ. Mary was mentioned in her Uncle Isaac's Will, in 1805- "to Mary, the dau of my bro George." Mary’s will, dated 15 Aug 1836, probated Feb 1837, Philadelphia (file 30, willbook 12, page 366) provides (inter alia): item – my beds, bedding, weaving apparel, silver, household furniture to niece Beulah Cowgill West, dau of George West, deceased; item - $100 to my sister Hanah (sic) Lyon; item - $50 to my niece Mary Wait, dau of my sister Sarah Wait, deceased; item - $100 to the widow of my brother George, and, if she predeceases me, to her dau Nancy Killburn (sic); item - $100 to my brother Ralph; item - $100 to my nephew Aaron Cowgill; item - a life estate, including any rents due, of my house to my sister Beulah West, and at her death to my nephew Charles C. West, who was named executor. Mary included an item “I will and direct that every Legacy payable to a married female under this will shall be for her sole and separate use and her order …”. In the probate, Charles lists the payments directed in the will to Phoebe Cowgill (on 14 Sep 1837) through her attorney; to Hannah Lyon (on 15 Oct 1838); to Aaron Cowgill (on 15 Oct 1838) cash, and, same date, cash “retained” for legatee Ralph Cowgill. Single.


9 Hannah Cowgill b ca 1772 (age 78 on 1850 census), NJ, d between 1850-1860, m(1) VA, Edward Wait (also as Wayt), son of John and Keziah Wait (and brother of Phebe Wait, Hannah’s sister-in-law), d before Apr 1801 (see will of John Wait); m(2), probably as his 2nd wife, Thomas(?) Lyon. Edward appears with Ralph Cowgill on the 1790 Culpeper Co. personal property tax list. Hannah is listed on 1850 census, Prairie Twp, Henry Co., IN, with her dau, Fanny, and son-in-law Joseph Cowgill.

Child: Fanny (who m her 1st cousin, Joseph Cowgill, son of her uncle, Daniel Cowgill – see Page 439)


10 Sarah Cowgill, d before 1836, m 13 Apr 1799, Madison Co., VA, Benjamin Wait (also Waite and Wayt; bondsman George Cowgill, witnessed by George Cowgill Jr and Joseph Wayt), d bef 1811, son of John and Keziah Wait (and brother of Phebe Wait, Hannah’s sister-in-law). In the will (dated 16 Apr 1801) of John Wait, Benjamin was to inherit his property in Madison Co. at death of Keziah, and was encouraged to keep his sister, Ann Blake Wait, who must have had some handicap. On 15 Feb 1811, George Cowgill was appointed (Warren Co., OH court) guardian of the deceased Benjamin’s minor children.


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2 John Cowgill, son of Isaac and Rachel (Briggs) Cowgill, b 17 Jan 1732/33, NJ, d 9 Nov 1799 (Family Bible), m(1) 12 Jan 1754, Burlington Co., NJ, Jemima Johnston (under NJ Marriages); m(2) 12 Nov 1761, Burlington Co. (NJ Archives), Elizabeth Ridgeway. John had trouble with the Quakers over his marriages. The Burlington MM minutes of 3 Oct 1757: "John Cowgill appeared at this meeting, & produced a paper acknowledging that he had trouble of mind, for marrying contrary to the way of his vocation, & expressing his hopes that his future conversation may render him worthy of friend's future care & oversight, which was read & received". Then in Feb 1765, the minutes reported the publishing of a “Testimoney” against John who “having for some time made Profession with us but having so gone out from us as to be charged with being the Father of a Child by a young woman that was not his wife and afterward marrying another, and being very negligent in attending our Religious Meetings, … to be a person with whom we can have no Unity”.


   According to Stryker (Index to Military Men of New Jersey 1775-1815), this is the John Cowgill who served in the Revolutionary War as a private in Capt Cooper's Co, NJ State Troops (raised in late 1781/early 1782; John is on an extant roster dated 12 Apr 1782) and in Shreve's Bn, Burlington Militia (which may have contained Capt Cooper’s Co). Two SAR submissions (see Page 390), for Joseph C. Cowgill and for Harry Whitfield Cogill, claim membership based on this John being the father of the Jacob Cowgill who married Martha (Harris) Reeves and had sons Aaron and Charles. A John Cowgill appears as a householder on tax lists in Springfield Twp in 1780, and in Northampton Twp, Burlington Co., NJ, from 1795 to 1797.

Children: known are (named in grandfather Isaac Cowgill's Will) – Lydia, Rachel, others? (see above)


1 Lydia Cowgill "under 18" in 1766, date of Isaac's Will. No further information.


2 Rachel Cowgill "under 18" in 1766, date of Isaac's Will. Is this the Rachel in Chesterfield Twp, Burlington Co., who had a son b 6 Sep 1774 (out of wedlock)? No further information.


3 Sarah Cowgill (twin) b 8 Feb (edge of page torn from Bible) 1735. Lived but 20 days.


4 Lyddia Cowgill (twin) b 8 Feb 1735. Lived but 13 days.


5 Jacob Cowgill b 11 Nov 1737, d 17 Sep 1750, "on the second day of the week between three and four o'clock in the morning - He was taken away by death in his youth by a destemp that lay in his throat which soon carried him off. Being a lad of a harmless and quiet Disposition -- All-tho he is gone before his noon - our Savour thinks it not too soon." (Bible quote).


6 Isaac Cowgill Jr b 21 Oct 1742, Burlington Co., NJ, d 22 Oct 1809. Apparently never married. Isaac held a number of civic offices in Chesterfield Twp, Burlington Co. including Overseer of the Poor, Surveyor of Highways, Tax Assessor, and several appointments as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He appears on Chesterfield Twp tax lists beginning in 1779 and up until 1809. In 1780 he was “disowned for holding offices of trust in the present unsettled state of public affairs and taken the oath of allegiance” (Chesterfield MM 3d 2m 1780). His Will, dated 22 Jun 1805, mentions Mary Cowgill, the dau of his brother George, and names his sister, Rachel Hall, and each of her children. Sister Rachel received a bed and curtains; niece Lydia Ranier a bed and $50; nephew (and Isaac’s executor) Abel Hall, Isaac’s plantation (“on which I now live”) and lots in Chesterfield Twp as well as the residue of his personal estate; $100 each to nephews Isaac and Parnall Hall, and niece Sarah Hall; $50 to niece Mary Cowgill, dau of brother George.


   An obituary of Isaac appeared in Poulson's Daily American Advertiser of 1 Nov 1809: "DIED, on Sunday, the 22n inst., at his farm, near Bordentown, New Jersey, ISAAC COWGILL, Esq., in the 65th year of his age. For a great number of years he held the commissions of judge and justice for the county of Burlington, and was the presiding judge in the Court of Common Pleas. In these characters he discovered abilities rarely met with in our inferior courts. - As a man he possessed strict integrity, great firmness of mind, and an undeviating sincerity where he professed a friendship. As a politician, he was ever a decided friend to the liberties of his country, and upon all occasions avowed his sentiments openly. Few men will be more missed in this neighborhood; he was easy of access, frequently consulted by his neighbors, who highly esteemed his judgement; he gave it with cheerfulness, most frequently with correctness, and always with an honest intention."


7 Rachel Cowgill b 20 Oct 1745, d 25 Oct 1816, m 3 Sep 1764, John Hall; his Will was probated 1811. (See page 391, Cowgill History, for more on this family)

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