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John Coweguill b ????, d Aug 1813, m Elizabeth _____, b ca 1780, d 14 Aug 1845 (age 65y), bur New Haven Cem., Hamilton (near Cincinnati), OH (her tombstone describes her as “consort of John”). A tax list of 1807 shows John Coweguil in Morgan Twp, Butler Co., OH. John was apparently not a man of means as it took him nearly ten years to come up with the $100 to purchase his 16 acre farm (note to Beatrice Cowgill from George Iseminger). There is an Indenture of Deed to heirs of John dated 3 May 1816. Elizabeth may have been a second wife, as she would have been age 33 when John died. Elizabeth m(2) 20 Jul 1816, by JP William D. Jones, Archibald Stansbury. It appears from various records that Elizabeth continued to use the Cowguill surname until after her death, as did the twins (children 6 and 7) and their descendants. No record of death of Stansbury has been located. Hamilton Co. court records (15 Jan 1818, and later dates) show Elizabeth and James Ware were appointed guardians of the legitimate heirs of John, specifically listed by name and age – the list omitted the twins. A James Waer, b 4 Jul 1787, d 3 Sep 1828, is bur in Butler Co.; a James Wear m Mary Lister 12 Oct 1811 in Butler Co. Note: given ages of the twins, there is the likely possibility that Archibald was the father, that he died early after marriage, and that Elizabeth resumed Cowguill name and gave it to her two youngest. Descendants Esther Thompson of Pasadena, CA; Becky Cauble, NC; and Dorothy Sifferd, MO, provided information on this line.

Children: known are - Samuel, Lydia, John, William, Martha "Patty", James Madison, George Washington


1 Samuel Cowguill b 17 Dec 1802, PA? (OH?), d 24 Sep 1868, MO, m(1) 3 Jun 1831, Wilkinson Co., MS, Margarett McLin; m(2) 31 Mar 1841 (parish listing shows Samuel Courgville), West Feliciana Parish, LA, Mary Elizabeth Alexander, b 1826, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA, d 16 Feb 1895, age 70y, St Charles, MO, dau of Isaac and Mary (Miller) Alexander. Both bur Oak Grove Cem., St Charles Twp, St Charles Co., MO. Census states Samuel b PA; the Burial Register of Oak Grove Cem. 1860-1919, St Charles, lists Samuel COWGILL, b OH, and other members of family bur there listed as Cowgill. Samuel apparently was still in Butler Co., OH, 30 Oct 1839, when he sold his share of his father's estate to Josiah Thompson, his brother-in-law; his name also appeared in a document dated Dec 1818, his age 16. Samuel was in Jefferson Parish, LA, in 1850, where he is shown as the owner of 13 slaves; he bought several parcels of land in St. Charles Co. in 1854; in 1859, apparently heavily indebted, he turned over property to Joseph H. Alexander (Mary’s brother?) as trustee for Mary and her children. Mary was in Wichita 1887 (possibly earlier) -1891, listed as “matron, WCTU” in 1889.

Children: known are - Cora, Lydia Agnes, William, Mary Kate, Henry, Jane "Jenny", Lelia, Lemuel


1 Cora E. Cowguill b 1842, LA, m 1863, St Charles, MO, Asa Barwise, b ca 1841, OH, son of Thos H. and Julia (Collins) Barwise. (See page 477, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Lydia Agnes Cowguill b 14 Nov 1844, LA, d 14 Nov 1908, Delta, CO, m 11 Feb 1864, St Charles, MO, Edward R. Dennison, b 6 Mar 1841, Milford, Clermont Co., OH, d 20 Feb 1884, Wichita, KS, son of James and Caroline Sophia (Barwise) Dennison. (See page 477, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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3 William F. Cowguill b 10 Mar 1846 (tombstone has 10 Mar 1844), LA, d 10 May 1855 (“congestive fever”), St Charles, MO. Bur Oak Grove Cem.


4 Mary Kate Cowguill b 10 Feb 1848, LA, d 25 Mar 1855 (“congestive fever”), St Charles, MO. Bur Oak Grove Cem.


5 Henry Cowguill b Jun 1850, LA, d bef 1860?


6 Jane "Jenny" Amalia Cowguill b 1853, LA, d 22 Feb 1865 (“congestive fever”). Bur Oak Grove Cem.


7 Lelia Amanda Cowguill b 13 Oct 1858, LA, d 23 May 1946, m 23 Dec 1874, Ellis, KS, Robert Bruce Cunningham, b 14 Jul 1853, IA (or OH?), d 4 May 1911, son of William Patterson and Sara Roe (Kilpatrick) Cunningham. Lelia a widow in Junction City (Geary Co.), KS, in 1920. (See page 483, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


8 Lemuel (also shown as Samuel) “Bud” Day Cowguill b Apr 1860, MO, m(1) 28 Sep 1892, Crawford, Dawes Co., NE, as her 2nd (?) husband, Lizzy (Smith) Winzell, b ca 1860, OH, d ca 1899, dau of William and Sarah (Dormer) Smith; m(2) 31 Jan 1900 (lic bk B-1900-615), Alliance, Box Butte Co., NE, as her 2nd husband, Caroline “Carrie” (Thompson) Rhoades, b 1868, WI, d 1928. Descendants use “Coguill”. Lemuel in WY by 1910, in Cody in 1930 as “single”.

Children: known are (see note by child # 2) – Leroy, LaRosa


1 Leroy “Roy” Bruce Coguill b 29 Sep 1892, NE, d Jun 1969, m 14 Jun 1912, Billings, MT, Lula Olive Wallace, b 6 Aug 1892, IL, d 1970. Lived Greybull, Big Horn Co., WY. Roy was a well-known boxer, one of whose matches resulted in the death of his opponent the following morning.

Children: known are – Leroy, Thornton


1 Laroy Joseph Coguill b 30 Mar 1913, WY, d 16 Nov 1971, Plumas, CA, m 12 Dec 1931, Columbus, Stillwater Co., MT, Harriet M. Gibbs, b 1912, Riga, Poland, d 30 Jul 2000; div.

Children: known are – Wallace, Douglas


1 Wallace Coguill, m Kucera.


2 Douglas Coguill, m Kucera.


2 Thornton Day “Pug” Coguill b 30 Dec 1915, WY, d Oct 1985, m 9 Mar 1936, Cody, Catherine "Micky" Florence Bennett, b 20 Aug 1918, d 16 May 2003, dau of James Alexander and Anna Dowie (Louden) Bennett.

Children: known are – Robert, Bonnie, Raymond


1 Robert Thornton Coguill


2 Bonnie LaRosa Coguill


3 Raymond "Ray" Leroy Coguill Sr b 13 Feb 1944, WY, d 20 Jan 1996, m 23 Oct 1970, Delores Montoya, b 4 May 1946, WY.

   Children: known are - Raymond, Katherine, Chrystal


2 LaRosa Coguill. Family lore is that Lemuel had a baby girl besides son LeRoy, and after his wife died he gave her away. This happened in NE. LeRoy looked for years trying to find her but never did.


2 Lydia Cowguill b 1804 (age 14 in Dec 1818), d 13 Sep 1849, bur New Haven, m 5 Apr 1827, near New Haven, by JP William Bebb (later governor of OH), Josiah Thompson. Josiah purchased interest of heirs of John Cowguill; after death of Elizabeth, John's widow, he sold it and bought a larger farm. After death of Lydia, Josiah m(2) 1850, Mary Ann Nugent Scogins (or Scoggins), and in 1853 sold out and went further west. (See page 483, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 John Cowguill (shown as Cowgill on census and tombstone) b 1806, OH, d 30 Jun 1870, m 13 Oct 1829, Clinton Co., OH, by JP, Mariah Johnson, b ca 1810, age 40/1850 census (John also is listed as 40), OH, d 21 Nov 1868, dau of Isaac Johnson. On 9 Jul 1838, "John Cogel Sr" and Mariah, his wife, of Clinton Co., OH, signed the deed to Josiah Thompson (see Lydia above). John and Mariah were living in Indianapolis in 1860. In 1870, John (described as “infirm”) appears in Piqua, Miami Co., OH, with dau Rachel and family. Both bur Forest Hill Cem., Piqua. John's death cert lists his place of birth as PA, parents as John and Maria.

Children: known are – Frances Elizabeth, Elijah, Rachel, Isaac, Samuel Loammi, Sarah


1 Frances Elizabeth Cowgill b ca 1832, OH, m(1) 8 Oct 1848, Clinton Co., George Sammons, b ca 1823, VA (OH? or IN?); m(2) 26 Oct 1889, Knoxville, Marion Co., IA, John Robuck. Elizabeth and George were living next to her father in 1850.


2 Elijah Cowgill b ca 1834 (age 16 on 1850 census) ("Cowgill" shown on record), OH, m 26 (29?) Jan 1860, Marion Co., IN, Lucinda Harmon, b ca 1837, OH, dau of George and Mary A. Harmon. (Note: a Lucinda Cowgle m 21 Jun 1866, Marion Co., Joseph McLaughlin. Not located on later censuses, although Joseph shown single with one of his children in 1870). Elijah Cowgill served in the Civil War as Private, Co F, 79th Indiana Infantry Regiment, mustering in 1 Sep 1862 (enlisted 7 Aug 1862) at Indianapolis, and then deserted 21 Sep 1862 at Louisville. He reenlisted (for the bonus?) 11 Feb 1863, mustering in 24 Feb 1863, in the 24th Indiana Light Artillery, deserting 4 Apr 1863. Elijah was described as age 26, native of Clinton Co, OH, blue (gray on second enlistment) eyes, light complexion, 5’ 10” (5' 8" on second enlistment), occupation: farmer.

Children: known are – Alice, John


1 Alice Cowgill b ca 1861, IN (shown with Harmon grandparents in 1870 and 1880). Probably the Alice Cogle who d 22 May 1886, age 26, in Marion Co. (?).


2 John H. Cogle (as on census and Marion Co. records) b Feb 1862, IN, d bef 1910, m 25 Apr 1892, Marion Co., IN, Marie Z. Faris, b Oct 1871, IN. John shown with Harmon grandparents in 1870 and 1880. Marie listed as a widow in Indianapolis in 1910; remarried 1917 to Robert Randell.

Children: known are – Ruth, Harry, son


1 Ruth L. Cogle b Feb 1892/3, IN, m 5 Apr 1913, Marion Co., Alfred R. Young.


2 Harry E. Cogle b Jun 1896, IN, d 29 May 1938, m ca 1928, Martha ___, b ca 1900, IN. (Although Harry claimed a first marriage to Martha on the 1930 census, a Harry E. Cogle m 24 Feb 1920, Marion Co., Laura Gallup, b ca 1903, IN, dau of Samuel C. and Bessie? Gallup). Harry was a veteran of World War I.


3 son Cogle b 14 Sep 1903, IN, d early.


3 Rachel Angeline Cowgill b ca 1836 (age 14 on 1850 census), OH, d 23 Dec 1875, m(1) 20 Mar 1855, Darke Co., OH, Jonas Bales, b ca 1832, PA; m(2) 1860s, Samuel Woolf, b ca 1831, OH, d 15 Jul 1904. Both bur Forest Hill Cem., Piqua.


4 Isaac Cowgill b ca 1839 (age 11 on 1850 census), OH. Is this the Isaac Cowgill who served in the Civil War as Private, Co D, 19th Indiana Infantry Regiment, mustering in 29 Jul 1861, age 23? No further information.


5 Samuel Loammi (or Loami) Cowgill, b ca 1845, OH (age 5 on 1850 census), m 6 Sep 1868, Miami Co., OH, Mary F. Beedle, b ca 1849, OH, dau of William and Mary J. Beedle. Samuel was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a private in Co I, 13th Indiana Cavalry (also listed as 131st Indiana Infantry Regiment), enlisting 16 Feb 1864 and mustering out 12 Mar 1865. At enlistment he was described as a farmer, age 18, gray eyes, dark hair, dark complexion, 5' 71/2" tall, an OH native. Records list him as deserted 12 Mar 1865. Mary (Fannie) “Cogal” was living next door to her parents in Piqua in 1870. Records of the Knook Children's Home in Piqua showed three children admitted 14 May 1880 with the notation “Taken from Piqua, Ohio. Parents both living. The father abandoned the mother. Parents: Fannie and Samuel Cogill. Father was a soldier”. Samuel is probably the Samuel Cogle, private, Co C, 4th US Cavalry serving in TX in 1870.

Children: known are – Amanda, Nellie, Chauncy


1 Amanda “Mandy” (also as Maud) Cowgill b 13 Dec 1869, TX, d 24 Sep 1880.


2 Nellie Cowgill b 25 Jan 1872, OH. Children’s home notes Nellie was discharged 24 Sep 1880 “Removed by mother to Indiana”. This is probably the Nellie Cowgill who m 16 Dec 1889, Berrien Springs, MI, Lewis (or Louis) Jaquith, b ca 1868, IN. They were in Wabash Co., IN, in 1900 (ages on 1900 census do not match, but they are often mistaken).


3 Chauncy Cowgill b 10 Feb 1876, OH. No further information.


6 Sarah "Sallie" M. Cowgill b ca 1850, m 21 Apr 1867 (with her father's written consent), Miami Co., OH, James C. Lankton or Lanckton, b Jan 1835, OH. James in the DC jail in 1900! Is this the James C. Lankton who served in Co K, 9th IN Vol Inf (3 mo)?


4 William Cowguill b 1810 (age 9 in Dec 1818), OH, d 9 Sep 1879, age 69y ??d, m 5 Nov 1839, by James Jenkins JP, as her 2nd husband, Elizabeth (Charlton) Drybread, b 25 Apr 1810, OH, d 28 Mar 1893, age 82y 10m 28d, dau of James (b in England) and Mary (Passmore) Charlton. Lived in Keokuk, IA. Both bur Halferty Cem., Keokuk Co., IA. Elizabeth had three children (Eliza b 1830; George b 1832, d 1833; James b 1833, d 1845) from her 1st marriage. The 1880 Mortality Index for Richland, Keokuk Co., IA, claimed cause of death "suicide".

Children: known are – Jesse, William


1 Jesse Charlton Cowguill b 18 Sep 1849, IN, d 22 Apr 1922 in CA, bur Halferty Cem., Keokuk Co., IA. Settled in Richland, IA. Single.


2 William Arthur Cowguill b 17 Jan 1853, Johnson Co., IN, d 31 May 1905, m 31 Oct 1877, Keokuk, IA, Martha Gertrude Worley, b 9 Feb 1858, IA, d 11 Jan 1894, age 35y 11m 2d, dau of William B. and Jane (Crowner) Worley. Both bur Halferty Cem., Keokuk Co., IA.

Children: known are – Virgil, Lewis, Zeta, Winnie, Wilson, Edith, Jesse


1 Virgil Cowguill b 28 Jul 1879, d 23 Dec 1879.


2 Lewis Pearl Cowguill b 1872, d 1875. (Source?).


3 Zeta Mary Cowguill b 1877, d 1881. (Source? Not on 1880 census with family).


4 Winnie Elizabeth Cowguill b 11 Sep 1878, d 7 Aug 1964, m 11 Apr 1900, Packwood, Jefferson Co., IA, Elmer Guy Gardner, b 14 Apr 1877, IA.


5 Wilson Guy Cowguill b 10 Dec 1880, IA, d 5 Sep 1900. Bur Halferty Cem.


6 Edith Angie Cowguill b 1880, d 1960. (Source? Not on 1880 or 1895 census with family).


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7 Jesse W. Cowguill b 10 Mar 1882, d 8 Mar 1964, m 21 Mar 1918, Hazel Alice Moorman, b 18 May 1898, d 22 Jul 1962, dau of Charles and Esther A. Moorman. Both bur Packwood Cem.

Children: known are – Margaret, Mary, Ruth, Jay


1 Margaret Esther Cowguill


2 Mary Elizabeth Cowguill b 20 Oct 1920, d 20 Jan 2011, m 5 May 1947, Clive Vinton Clark, b 16 Jan 1918, d 2012.


3 Ruth Eleanor Cowguill


4 Jay Warren Cowguill


5 Martha "Patty" Cowguill b 1811 (age 7 in Dec 1818), m 31 Oct 1845, John Armstrong of Washington Co., OH. Both signed deed to Josiah Thompson, sold 25 Jan 1847, New Haven.


6 James Madison Cowguill b 28 Jul 1817 (apparently a twin), d 4 Mar 1859, age 41y 7m, bur New Haven Cem., OH, m(1) 16 Aug 1838, by James Jenkins, JP, Elizabeth Howard, who d 20 Aug 1839, age 23, bur Old George Graveyard, Butler Co., OH; m(2) 15 Jun 1847, Cincinnati, OH, by Rev E. W. Sehon, Elizabeth Jane Campbell, b 24 Feb 1826, OH, d 31 Jan 1888, age 61y, bur Wesleyan Cem., Cincinnati, dau of Kezia Campbell (b NJ, age 57/1880, who in 1834, m(2) 13 Apr 1834, John Hays, and is listed on census). Madison was a merchant and prosperous real estate speculator in the Cincinnati area; his affairs were so complex it took nearly six years to settle his estate. He was likely fathered by his mother’s 2nd husband, Archibald Stansbury (see note under John Cowguill, above).

Children: known are – Henry, Thomas, Mary, Edward, Keziah, William


1 Henry G. Cowguill b 26 Jul 1848, d 16 May 1855, age 6y 9m 20d, bur New Haven.


2 Thomas M. Cowguill b 22 Jul 1850, d 11 Feb 1878, bur New Haven. Apparently was a sailor on sea-going vessels.


3 Mary Cowguill b 28 Jul 1852 (Jul 1856 on 1900 census), d 17 May 1903, bur (interred 19 May 1903) Wesleyan Cem., Cincinnati, later transferred to Milford Cem. Mary is listed in the Cincinnati City Directory until 1903; her age on tombstone shown as 58y 9m 19d which conflicts with census data (need death cert).


4 Edward Bebb Cowguill b 24 Oct 1854, Williamsburg, Clermont Co., OH, d 4 Dec 1929, m ca 1873, Anna Wright, b 28 Dec 1855 (also as 1856), OH, d 17 Feb 1916. Anna bur Walnut Hills Cem., Edward in Milford, OH.

Children: known are – Eliza, Edward B. Jr, Thomas, Rosa, William, Mary, Minnie, George, Mamie


1 Eliza (Lida) K. Cowguill b Mar 1874, d 29 Oct 1959, age 85 (described as “last surviving member of a pioneer Clermont County family”), Cincinnati, OH. Single. Left a will, which was contested (appeared in Cincinnati newspaper). Obituary said she had a niece Anna White or Hill.


2 Edward B. Cowguill Jr b 6 Oct 1875, d 24 Dec 1898, m 15 Sep 1895, Clermont Co., OH, Viola Varney, b Jul 1875, OH, dau of John and Delilah Varney (widow Ola living with parents near Edward Sr and family on 1900 census). Apparently no children. Edward bur Stonelick IOOF Cem.


3 Thomas Madison Cowguill II b 27 Nov 1878 (World War I draft card has 1872; death cert has 1877), d 24 Sep 1948. Thomas was a Cincinnati attorney.


4 Rosa Emma Cowguill b 2 Apr 1884, Clermont Co., OH, d 9 Jan 1887, bur Concord Cem.


5 William Henry Cowguill Jr b 25 Jan 1881 (World War I registration; death cert has 1887), d 18 Mar 1948. William was a Cincinnati attorney. Single. Apparently the family added the “Jr” to distinguish from his uncle.


6 Mary Cowguill b 31 Dec 1891 (1892 on 1900 census), OH


7 Minnie Cowguill b ca 1894, OH, d bef 1900.


8 George Washington Cowguill b 17 Jun 1896, OH, d 13 Feb 1923, North Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC. George was an artist (he was listed in the Cincinnati City Directory of 1920 at the address of William H.).


9 Mamie Maude Cowguill b 31 Dec 1896 (on death cert), d 25 May 1919. Mamie bur Lerue'Prot Walhills Cem., Cincinnati. She may have had birth defects as she is not listed on census records.


5 Keziah Cowguill b 26 Nov(?) 1856, d 11 Sep 1882. Keziah wrote her will 2 May 1882, naming her mother as heir. Interred 15 Sep 1882 (as “Heziah” Cowguill) in the Wesleyan Cem., Hamilton Co., Dr M. B. Wright, lot owner. Reinterred(?) in Greenlawn Cem., Clermont Co.


6 William Henry Cowguill Sr b 16 Mar 1859, d 9 Mar 1943. Single (but shown as “divorced on 1900 census). William adopted a son, Corbin Cowguill, who married and had a son, Corbin Cowguill Jr.

Child: known is (adopted) -


1 Corbin A. Cowguill b 9 May 1918, IN, d 20 Jan 1992, m 16 Dec 1939, Morrow Co., OH, Cora Louise Burger, b 23 Jul 1921, OH, d 13 May 2011. Death cert has mother's maiden name as Rowen, father as Cowguill. Marriage lic application shows father as Frank Cowell (or Howell), mother as Flora Shasteen(?). Corbin was a US Navy veteran of WW2, serving on the USS Mullany (DD528) during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Children: known are - Corbin, Lois


1 Corbin Cowguill Jr


2 Lois Ann Cowguill


7 George Washington Cowguill b 28 Jul 1817 (apparently a twin), d 14 Sep 1855, age 38y 1m 16d, bur New Haven Cem., m 27 Aug 1848, by Absolom McKain JP, Eliza DeArmand, b 1829, OH, d after 1850. He was likely fathered by his mother’s 2nd husband, Archibald Stansbury (see note under John Cowguill, above).

Child: known is -


1 James Madison Cowguill II b 31 May 1849, Cincinnati, OH, d 3 Feb 1935, m 24 Aug 1873, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA, Sarah Lindley Hadley, b 17 May 1854, Jefferson Co., IA, d 27 Feb 1939, dau of Jonathan and Jane (Holliday) Hadley.

Children: known are – Carrie, Floyd, Ross, Harriet, Midge, Grace, Clyde, Freda


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1 Carrie (Cora) E. Cowguill b 4 Apr 1875, Keokuk Co., IA, d 26 Feb 1906, Keokuk Co., m 22 Jun 1897, Keokuk Co., Harvey C. Mills, b 14 Dec 1871, d 6 Oct 1935, son of John and Betsey Ann (Hammer) Mills.


2 Harriet Cowguill, d age 4 (is she the dau shown on 1880 census as b May 1880, but also as 1 day old on a census dated 21 Jun 1880?).


3 Ross Cowguill, d in infancy.


4 Floyd Cowguill, d early.


5 Midge Donahue Cowguill b 8 Sep 1887, Keokuk Co., IA, d 29 Jul 1968, Sacramento Co., CA, m(1) 20 Aug 1907, Mahaska Co., IA, Chalmer Chacey (also as Chancy and Chasey), b 18 Oct 1887, d 13 Nov 1944, son of John and Fannie (Halferty) Chacey; m(2) 25 Mar 1951, Alfred Carlton Hinshaw, b 23 Oct 1881, IA, d 19 Dec 1969.


6 Grace Cowguill, d in infancy.


7 Clyde Cowguill, d in infancy.


8 Freda Fae Cowguill b 2 May 1895, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA, d 26 Nov 1972, Cuero, DeWitt Co., TX, m 31 May 1916, Keokuk Co., Charles F. Wiggins, b 29 Oct 1893, Richland, d 4 May 1961, Cuero, TX, son of James Lewis and Dorothy Anna Maria (Sanchez) Wiggins. (See page 485, Cowgill History, for more on this family)

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