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John Cowgill (known as "John of New Castle County") b 8 Jul 1698, Bucks Co., PA, (Middletown MM), d Jul 1752, Kent Co., DE, m(1) 16 Feb 1721, Lydia Clayton, dau of Joshua and Sarah (Needham)(Bedwell) Clayton of Kent Co. and a sister of Sarah Clayton, wife of John's brother, Thomas Cowgill; m(2) 1 Jan 1749, Duck Creek MH, Hannah Tomblin, widow of John Tomblin. John moved to New Castle Co., DE, in 1712 with his father, and spent the rest of his life in DE; active in the Duck Creek MM. Hannah was named Adm of John’s estate 28 July 1752 (see Kent Co., DE, Will Book K, folio 60; also, DE Arch Vol A9, p116, Tomblin, John, Adm of, to Hannah Tomblin, widow 3 Jan 1748; Arch Vol A50, pp 172-173, showing Hannah, the widow, m John Cowgill, and later m(3) Robert Hall).

Children: known are - Sarah, Elizabeth, John, Lydia, Clayton, Henry


1 Sarah Cowgill b 23 Nov 1722, m 23 Feb 1743, Little Creek MH, John Register (or Regester) of Talbot Co., MD, b Jul 1709, son of Robert and Sarah Register. (Third Haven Friends MM "Births, Deaths", Talbot Co., MD, Sec 134, p128, Vol IV).


2 Elizabeth Cowgill of Kent Co., DE, m 18 May 1743, Francis Neal Jr, of Talbot Co., MD.


3 John Cowgill, d 12 Jun 1790, m 22 Dec 1756, Mary Worrell, who d 1810, dau of Joseph Worrell. (Probate Records Kent Co., DE, p436: Cowgill, John, Adm of to Mary Cowgill and Clayton Cowgill, 30 Oct 1790, Arch Vol A11, p97, RW Liber M, Folio 256; also Will of Mary, dated 13 Apr 1807, Little Creek, probated 17 Dec 1810, Arch A11, pp 112-115, RW Lib 0, Folio 219-20, naming Execs, children and grandchildren). John was bur at Little Creek MH.


   In Vol VI Delaware History, under Kent County Loyalists, the following item appears:

   "Another case concerning a Quaker came before the Kent Committee in January, 1776. For refusing on religious grounds to accept Continental paper money John Cowgill of Duck Creek was denounced as an enemy of this country, and the committee recommended that friends of American liberty should have no dealings with him. Millers refused to grind his corn, shallopmen would not transplant his grain, and the schoolmaster sent home his children. A group of fifteen armed men in Dover fastened a sign on his back with the inscription, 'on the circulation of the Continental Currency depends the fate of America', and carted him through the streets, while a drum was beaten to call attention to his plight."


    Children: known are (recorded Duck Creek, Murderkill and Camden MM) - Lydia, Mary, Elizabeth, Clayton, John (1), John (2), Sarah, Joseph, Worrell


1 Lydia Cowgill b 20 Jul 1759, d 3 Dec 1759.


2 Mary Cowgill b 13 May 1761, d 1845, m 28 Apr 1791, Little Creek Hundred, as his 3rd wife, William Corbit of Odessa, DE, b 1746, d 1818, son of Daniel and Mary (Brinton) Corbit of PA. He built the internationally known Corbit-Sharp House at Odessa, now owned by Winterthur Museum. (See page 11, Cowgill History, for more on this family)

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3 Elizabeth Cowgill b 11 Oct 1763, d 19th Inst.


4 Clayton Cowgill b 6 Nov 1764, d 2 Mar 1821, m 18 Jul 1792, Elizabeth Mifflin, b 26 Jan 1771, d 6 Dec 1807, dau of Warner and Elizabeth (Johns) Mifflin. Clayton’s will was probated 21 Mar 1821, Kent Co., DE.

Children: known are - Mary, Anna, Warner Mifflin, Daniel, Margaret


1 Mary Cowgill b 7 May 1793, d 11 Dec 1795.


2 Anna Cowgill b 27 Oct 1796, d young.


3 Warner Mifflin Cowgill b 2 Jan 1799, d 7 Jan 1852, Little Creek, age 52. Warner was a Recorder of Deeds, Kent Co., DE, appointed Jan 1848. His will was probated 12 Jan 1852. He is shown on the 1840 census, Kent Co., Little Creek, with 1m 15/20;1m 20/30;1m 40/50 (Warner); 1f 15/20;1f 40/50. Family? He is shown living alone in a hotel on the 1850 census.


4 Daniel Cowgill b 1802, d 25 Sep 1887, m 3 Aug 1824, Mary Naudain, b 25 Nov 1806, d 27 May 1877, dau of Andrew and Rebecca (Snow) Naudain. Both bur Lakeside Cem., Dover. Daniel purchased “Woodburn” in 1825, now the Delaware Governor’s House. From the Woodburn website ( “From 1825 to 1882 a Quaker family named Cowgill lived in this home. Daniel Cowgill, being a Quaker and having been convinced of the wrong, freed all his slaves and allowed them to meet in the great hall at Woodburn. The Georgian-style mansion was built by Charles Hillyard around 1790 and it would appear that the Cowgills dug a secret underground tunnel that was used as a passage to escort slaves to the St. Jones River which runs directly behind. Boats would then carry slaves across the Delaware River to New Jersey, a free state, or slaves would start to travel north towards Smyrna, Odessa and Middletown. "Historic Woodburn - The Governor's House in Delaware", was featured in an interesting article with photographs in the August-September 1973 issue of the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine. Daniel moved (and died), late, to Penn, near Palatka, Putnam Co., FL. He had an obituary in the Palatka newspaper.

Child: known is -


1 Clayton Augustus Cowgill b Jan 1826, DE, d 2 Feb 1901, m(1) 24 Sep 1847, Lydia Frazer Naudain, b 29 May 1825, DE, d 17 Nov 1871, FL, dau of Arnold and Mary (Schee) Naudain; m(2) 11 Oct 1873, Boston, MA, Mrs Sarah Throop (Munrow) Babb, b Sep 1822, d 18 May 1915, dau of Archibald and Mary (Carter) Munro, of Newport, RI. Clayton and family moved to FL in 1867; on the 1880 census, Putnam Co., FL, he was described as an “orange grower”; he became FL State Comptroller 15 Jan 1873, serving until 1877; served in state Legislative Assembly in 1883 and 1885. An article in the Quincy (IL) Daily Herald, dated 23 Oct 1878, described Clayton as a “strong Republican”. The article goes on to accuse him of a major role in fraudulently changing Florida’s presidential electoral vote from Tilden to Hayes, thus changing the election outcome. Living with dau Coralie in Philadelphia in 1900. Bur Lakeside Cem., Dover. Clayton was a veteran of the Civil War. Entry in the Historical Register and Dictionary of the US Army, Vol I, 1789-1903, p331, by Heitman, printed 1903 by GPO, Washington, DC: COWGILL, Clayton Augustus, Delaware. DEL. SURG. VOLS. 4 October 1862, bvt lt col vols 13 March 1865, for fair and meritorious service; honorably mustered out 10 Jan 1866.

Children: known are - Warner, Coralie, Harriet


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1 Warner Mifflin Cowgill II b 8 Nov 1848, Gettysburg, PA, d 19 Mar 1897, Maracaibo, Venezuela, bur Lakeside Cem., Dover. Graduate of US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, Class of 1868. Served in the US Navy until 5 Sep 1872, attaining the rank of Master in Jul 1870. In the summer of 1872, he was aboard the USS Saranac, near Panama; on 5 Sep of that year, according to one of a number of “letters received by the Secretary of the Navy from captains”, he deserted, and was seen boarding a British ship that was bound for Liverpool. He did not go to Liverpool, but instead settled in Venezuela, marrying a South American actress. He wrote a letter in 1886 from Venezuela, recently quoted in UFO Magazine, about a strange natural phenomenon he observed there. No known family.


2 Coralie Naudain Cowgill b Nov 1854, DE, d 25 Nov 1920, m 16 Oct 1877, Edward Howell Wilson, b 1852, DE, d 1906.


3 Harriet Louise Cowgill b 15 Mar 1857, DE, d 30 Nov 1939, m 1882, Benjamin Howard Haman. (A letter was sent to the Archives by N.W. Clothier correcting this name to Howell, not Howard).


5 Margaret P. Cowgill b 30 Sep 1803 (tombstone), DE, d 2 Sep 1885, m Elias Naudain, b 16 Jan 1794, DE, d bef 1885, son of Andrew and Rebecca Naudain. Margaret bur Mt Moriah Cem., Philadelphia.


5 John Cowgill b 13 Feb 1767, d 2 Aug 1767, infant.


6 John Cowgill IV (known as "Duck Creek John") b 25 Jun 1768, d 7 Feb 1833, age 64y, m 10 Nov 1791, Martha Stout, b 22 Apr 1771, d 21 Aug 1845, age 75, dau of Jacob Emmanuel and Mary (Griffin) Stout and sister of Sarah who married John's cousin, Daniel Cowgill. Both bur Little Creek Cem. John lived at Duck Creek Neckl, Martha at Camden after John’s death. (Records, Duck Creek MM, Third Haven, Talbot Co., MD).

Children: known are - Ezekiel, Jacob, Henry, Daniel, Charles, James, Sarah, Mary, William, Daniel, Angelica, Elizabeth


1 Ezekiel Cowgill b 12 Sep 1792, Kent Co., DE, d 21 Feb 1881, age 89, m 1823, Sarah Gordon Millechamps, b 1800, DE, d 23 Sep 1886, age 86, on their farm, Miles River Neck, dau of Leah Millechamps. Sarah was named heir of Leah Millechamps, dau of Revolutionary War Officer Lt John Pettigrew (recorded in his Rev War file). Ezekiel was an elder in the Society of Friends; he was State Treasurer of DE 1823-1830. Both bur on his farm in Talbot Co., MD.

Children: known are (but the 1840 census shows another male b after 1830) - Daniel, Lavenia, Jacob S., John, James M., Virginia


1 Daniel Cowgill b 8 Sep 1825, d 16 Jun 1903, Dover, DE, m 1853, Elizabeth Reed, b 8 Dec 1833, d 26 Jun 1902, dau of John and Mary (Stout) Reed. Daniel bur in Quaker Cem., Little Creek (there is a huge cement slab completely covering his grave with his name and dates inscribed); Elizabeth bur Old Presbyterian Cem., Dover.

Child: known is -


1 Mary Stout Cowgill b 1855, d 1938, m 14 Oct 1884, Dr. James Martin of Philadelphia, PA, b 23 Nov 1852, d 1929, son of J. Willis and Malvina (Register) Martin. (See page 13, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Lavenia Cowgill b 1827, d 1849.


3 Jacob Stout Cowgill b 1830, d bef 1850?


4 John Cowgill b 8 Feb 1832, DE, d 21 Dec 1915, m 25 Sep 1866, Talbot Co., MD, Emma Banning, b ca 1840, MD, d 1898. John was a veteran of the Civil War, serving with the Army of the Cumberland as a Capt in Co A, 108th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, mustering in 12 Jul 1864; he was transferred in Spring 1865 to Co I, 2nd Regiment, US Volunteer Infantry where he was on convoy duty on the Santa Fe trail; he was discharged 20 Nov 1865 at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He applied for a pension in 1891 from DC, where he had moved in 1886 (residence at 1224 Eye St NW). Bur Arlington National Cem.

Children: known are (notation "all deceased before 1905") – Daniel (1st), Evelyn, Daniel (2nd)


1 Daniel Cowgill (1st) b ca 1868, MD, d bef 1878.


2 Evelyn Emma Cowgill b Feb 1870, MD, m 12 May 1891, Washington, DC, Harley Ethliston Robertson, b ca 1866.


3 Daniel Cowgill (2nd) b 10 Sep 1877, VA, d bef 1905.


5 James Meillechamp Cowgill b Dec 1833, MD, d ????, m(1) 1890, Lidie (Lida) Aldridge Harrington, b Jan 1868, MD; m(2) Mary J. ____, b ca 1862, MD. They resided at "Lombardy" Miles River Neck, Easton, MD. James campaigned, and lost, for the MD state senate as a Republican in 1873.

Children: four - Kathleen Gordon, Miriam Prowattain, Helen Livingston, Ward Pettigrew


1 Kathleen Gordon Cowgill b 29 Nov 1891, d 15 Jan 1980, at Dorchester General Hospital, Cambridge, MD, following a short illness. She had lived at Lombardy in Unionville, Talbot Co., MD, throughout her life. “Miss Cowgill, who attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia, was well known in Talbot and Anne Arundel counties as a landscape gardener. She was particularly talented with the restoration of old gardens and designed the formal garden at the Talbot County Historical Society in Easton. She was also acclaimed as a horsewoman” (from her obit).


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2 Miriam Prowattain Cowgill b 12 Oct 1893, d Nov 1968. Last address Baltimore. Single.


3 Helen Livingston Cowgill b 5 Sep 1896, d Jan 1984. Last address Mount Airy, Frederick Co., MD. Single.


4 Ward Pettigrew Cowgill b 20 Dec 1897, d Apr 1978, m Eva H. ____, b ca 1905, MD. No children.


6 Virginia Cowgill b 19 May 1835, d 7 Nov 1920, m 12 Oct 1858, Baltimore, John Kemp Bartlett Jr., of Easton, MD, b 5 May 1832, d 15 Jul 1899, son of John and Sarah Paschell (Kemp) Bartlett. (For further information on his family, see The Compendium of American Genealogy, by Virkus). John owned the Leavenworth Times 1858-1863, then was an oil producer in PA fields, 1863-1899. Virginia bur Friends Burial Ground, Baltimore. (See page 14, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Jacob Cowgill, son of John and Martha (Stout) Cowgill, b 15 Aug 1794, d 15 Sep 1800.


3 Henry Cowgill b 18 Aug 1796, d 21 Sep 1797.


4 Daniel Cowgill (1st) b 18 May 1798, d 20 Nov 1799.


5 Charles B. Cowgill b 27 Apr 1800, d 3 Aug 1854, m(1) 18 Jan 1827, Ann Lea Cowgill (a second cousin; see page 19), b 6 Aug 1809, d 18 Jan 1831, dau of "Little Creek Neck" John Jr and Mary Ann (Corbit) Cowgill; m(2) 18 Apr 1833, Mary Clymer Palmer, b 1808, d 6 Jul 1874, at Little Creek, age 66y, resided at Jones Neck, dau of Levick and Elizabeth Palmer of Dover (Duck Creek). Charles bur Little Creek, lived at No. Smyrna, DE.

Children: known are - John Lea, Levick Palmer, William and Elizabeth Elmira (twins), Jacob Stout, Effie Anna, Charles Orville


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1 John Lea Cowgill b 18 Jul 1829, d 11 May 1885, m 4 Apr 1855, at her father's home, Lydia Pusey Wilson of Hockessin, DE, b 15 Aug 1828. John is bur Titusville, PA (under Center MM, Chester Co., "John Lea Cowgill of Kent Co., son of Charles and Ann, dec'd").

Children: known are - Clara, Anna Lea


1 Clara Lee Cowgill b 22 Jun 1857, DE, a music teacher. Living with her mother in Titusville in 1900. Single.


2 Anna Lea Cowgill b 29 Mar 1859, d 7 Apr 1862, bur Friends Cem., Hockessin, DE.


2 Levick Palmer Cowgill b 18 May 1835, d 22 Mar 1915, age 79y, near Duck Creek, m 1871, Anna Harrington Godwin, b Dec 1844, MD, d 1923.

Children: known are - Kirkley Lockwood, Anne Lockwood, Charles, Henry Godwin


1 Kirkley Lockwood Cowgill b 1 Apr 1872, d 22 Oct 1927, m 15 Dec 1897, Hettie (or Hattie) Williams, b May 1872, d 26 Nov 1956. Kirkley bur Friends Cem., Carbondale.

Children: known are - Ruth, John Palmer


1 Ruth Lockwood Cowgill b 15 Dec 1898, d 198_, m 3 Jun 1922, Gaius Edwin Emmert, son of David and Catherine A. Emmert. (See page 15, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 John Palmer Cowgill b 11 Mar 1905, d 2 Apr 1992, Dover, DE, m 29 Jun 1929, Milton, DE, Anne Elizabeth Irwin, b 20 Oct 1909, d 13 Feb 1992, dau of Adam Wallace and Sara (Polk) Irwin.

Children: known are - Elizabeth (Betty), Sara Ellen, Frances Irwin, Ruth


1 Elizabeth Ann Cowgill


2 Sara Ellen Cowgill


3 Frances Irwin Cowgill


4 Ruth Cowgill


2 Anne Lockwood Cowgill b May 1876, m 18 Dec 1907, Elwood Evans.


3 Charles Palmer Cowgill b 28 Apr 1880, DE, d 1936, m ca 1906, Rebecca Anna Tribbitt, b 22 Jan 1883, DE, d 13 Jul 1956. Charles was a veteran of the Spanish–American War, serving as a private in Co D, 1st Delaware Infantry. Both are bur Mt Olive Cem., Sandtown, DE.

Children: known are - unknown, Isabelle, Palmer, Charles, George Melvin, Betty, Dorothy


1 unknown Cowgill, d bef 1910.


2 Harriet Isabelle Cowgill b 10 Nov 1910, MD, d 4 Sep 2004, m Joseph J. Dorner, d 25 Apr 1989.


3 Palmer Warren Cowgill Sr b 13 Feb 1914, Caroline Co., MD, d 24 Dec 2003, m(1) Eva Melvin, b 17 Feb 1923, MD, d 6 Jun 1993; m(2) Sara G. ____ , b 10 Nov 1922, d 9 Jan 1994. Both bur Mt Olive Cem., Sandtown, DE.

Children: known are (order uncertain) – Shirley, Palmer, Robin, Martha


4 Charles Godwin Cowgill Sr b 17 Feb 1917, MD, d 16 Jan 1996, m(1) Pauline ____, b ca 1917, MD; m(2) Ruth Anna T. ____, b 22 Mar 1928, d 26 Jan 2009. Charles was a US Navy veteran, serving in WW2.

Children: known are – Lawrence, Charles, Naomi, Diana, Jo Anne, Daniel


5 George Melvin Cowgill b 21 Jul 1919, DE, d 13 Jan 1965, m 2 Sep 1939, Caroline Co., MD, Elsie Elizabeth Hutson, b 21 Jul 1920, d 17 Feb 1995, dau of William Henry and Mary Emily (Stubbs) Hutson.

Children: known are – Mary Ann, Charles, George, Bettie Jean, Robert Lockwood


6 Betty Annie Cowgill b ca 1923.


7 Dorothy A. Cowgill b 13 Aug 1925, d 16 Sep 1983, m William H. Porter, b 20 Feb 1921.


4 Henry Godwin Cowgill b 15 May 1885, d 26 Jun 1965, m(1) Blanche Veronica Kerin, b 17 Oct 1886, d 8 Mar 1962; div; m(2) Hilda ____, b 21 Dec 1904, d 13 Mar 1998. Henry and Hilda d in NY. The SSDI has Henry’s birth year as 1890, the 1900 census has 1885; WW II draft reg has 18 May 1893; see Duck Creek-Camden Arch Deeds, Kent Co., DE, p52, C-1, #22.

Child: known is -


1 Henry Godwin Cowgill Jr b 24 Jul 1917, DE, d 14 Jan 2003, m 3 Dec 1943, Sarah Elizabeth Haddaway, b 1 Oct 1915, WY, d 21 Nov 2007, dau of James Elmer and Edith Elizabeth (Baker) Haddaway. Henry served as a Capt in the US Army during World War II.

Child: known is - 


    1  Sarah Elizabeth Cowgill b 19 Jun 1948, d 21 Nov 2007, m(1) 27 Jun 1970, Towson, MD, John Jefferson Dykstra; div; m(2) Thomas Edward Dickey; m(3) ____ Reynolds.


3 William Cowgill (twin) b 16 Nov 1837, Duck Creek, d 28 Feb 1923. Single. Bur Old Quaker Cem., Little Creek.


4 Elizabeth Elmira Cowgill (twin) b 16 Nov 1837, d 27 Jun 1910, m 1863, Robert Staunton Nickerson, b 1839, d 20 Jan 1902. (See page 15, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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5 Jacob Stout Cowgill b 17 Apr 1840, d 6 Sep 1912, Duck Creek, m 1871, Martha Stout Cowgill, b 18 Jun 1838, d 12 Mar 1921, dau of Henry and Angelica Stout (Cowgill) Cowgill (see p 17). They were double first cousins.

Children: known are – Angelica, unk


1 Angelica S. Cowgill b 6 Jun 1874, DE, d 6 Nov 1926. Bur in old Quaker Cem., Little Creek.


2 unknown Cowgill, d bef 1900.


6 Effie Anna Cowgill b 13 Oct 1842, d 9 Jan 1895, Dover, age 52y. Bur Old Quaker Cem., Little Creek.


7 Charles Orville Cowgill b 12 Apr 1845, Dover, d 17 Feb 1847 (age 1y 10m 5d), New Smyrna.


6 James Cowgill, son of John and Martha, b 9 Mar 1802, d 17 Feb 1879, m 18 May 1825, Effie Southworth Walsworth, b 6 Jan 1804, Rome, NY, d 17 Mar 1871, dau of Elisha and Effie (Southworth) Walsworth. Quaker records show James gct SD, 1819. Both bur Old Presbyterian Cem., Dover.

Children: known are (three others died young) – Mary, Albert, Clara


4 Mary Cowgill b ca 1828, d bef 1850?


5 Albert Cowgill b 2 Sep 1829, Mechanicsburg, PA, d 2 May 1906, Wilmington, m 26 Jan 1860, Anna Eliza Dunning, b 27 Sep 1840, DE, d 4 Dec 1914, dau of James Anderson Dunning of Dover, DE, and Louisa Turner of NJ. Albert was a pharmacist in Dover. Both bur Kent Co., DE. Photos available of this family.

Children: known are - Clara, Lena, Anna Louisa, James Albert (all d early of “membranous croup”)


1 Clara Cowgill b 23 Jun 1861, d 18 May 1865.


2 Caroline "Lena" Cowgill b 25 Jan 1863, d 18 Aug 1865.


3 Anna Louisa “Lulu” Cowgill b 14 Mar 1867, PA, d 14 Oct 1870.


4 James Albert Cowgill b 24 Jan 1879, d 6 May 1898, bur Old Presbyterian Cem., Dover.


6 Clara Cowgill b 1834, d 9 Jul 1855, bur Old Presbyterian Cem., Dover.


7 Sarah Cowgill b 22 Apr 1804, d 3 Nov 1804.


8 Mary Cowgill b 2 Oct 1806, d 15 Feb 1868, m 5 Dec 1835, as his 2nd wife, Warren Walsworth of New York City, b 6 Apr 1802, NY, d 25 May 1874, son of Elisha and Effie Euphemia (Southworth) Walsworth. Mary is shown (Census) with her parents in 1850 and 1860.


9 William Cowgill b 7 Mar 1808, d 18 Nov 1875, m 1833 (or 1 Jan 1838?), Hannah Maria Pleasanton, b 17 Aug 1812, d 10 Dec 1886, age 74y. Hannah bur Lakeside Cem., Dover.

Children: known are - Camilla, Lavinia


1 Camilla Cowgill b Sep 1846, d 11 Mar 1926. Single.


2 Lavinia Cowgill b Dec 1850, d 14 Feb 1931, m 28 Feb 1877, Evertson Eager, b PA, d 23 Sep 1884, son of William and Elizabeth Hasbrouck (Evertson) Eager. (See page 16, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


10 Daniel Cowgill (2nd) b 4 Mar 1810, d 15 Feb 1811.


11 Angelica Stout Cowgill b 22 Dec 1811, d 20 Apr 1897, age 86y, Little Creek (lived at Jones Neck), m 22 May 1833, at Smyrna, Henry Cowgill, b 4 Apr 1812, d 27 Oct 1881, son of John (No. 5, Little Creek John) and Mary Ann (Corbit) Cowgill. Second cousins, their fathers were first cousins and both named John Cowgill (see Page 19).

Children: known are - John Henry Clayton, Charles, Martha Stout, Edward Davis, Ezekiel, George Fox, Florence


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1 John Henry Clayton Cowgill b 1 Aug 1834, d 27 Oct 1868, aged 34y, bur Little Creek Neck, DE. John lived in Freedonia near Camden (Camden Friends Meeting). Single.


2 Charles Cowgill b 22 Jul 1836, d 9 Aug 1911, m (mcd) 27 Aug 1863, in home of her parents, Lucretia M. Phillips, b 14 Aug 1842, dau of Calvin and Jane I. (Johnson) Phillips of Philadelphia. Resided in Willow Grove. Charles served in the Civil War, enlisting as a Pvt 29 Aug 1861 in Co H (later G and K), 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment; he was wounded in the side 17 Sep 1862 (Battle of Ball’s Bluff); promoted to 2nd Lt 7 Feb 1863; severely wounded again the afternoon of 2 July 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg; promoted to 1st Lt 5 Sep 1863; promoted to Capt 7 Oct 1863 (not mustered); he resigned and received a disability discharge 9 Mar 1864; applied for pension 26 Mar 1864; his widow, Lucretia M., applied 25 Aug 1911 from PA. His occupation was shown as carpenter. He located later in Venango Co., PA, working for an oil company. He was a member of the Franklin City Council in 1879. Lucretia remarried 10 Feb 1922, Imperial, CA, M. H. Southwick.

Child: known is -


1 Calvin Phillips Cowgill b 16 Jul 1874, d 1924, m 6 Jun 1901, Elizabeth Hasbrouck Eager, b 25 Oct 1878, d 16 Jul 1958, dau of Evertson and Lavinia (Cowgill) Eager (See above). Elizabeth was in San Diego in 1930 with dau Louise, owner of a tea room in Rehoboth Beach at death. Calvin bur Lakeside Cem., Dover.

Child: known is -


1 Louise E. Cowgill b 1909, PA, m Thomas Calhoun. (See page 17, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 Martha Stout Cowgill b 18 Jun 1838, d 12 Mar 1921, m 1871, Jacob Stout Cowgill, b 17 Apr 1840, Duck Creek, d 6 Sep 1912, son of Charles and Mary C. (Palmer) Cowgill. They were double first cousins (see p 16).


4 Edward Davis Cowgill b 31 Jul 1840, d 23 Jul 1866, age 25y. Edward served in the Civil War as a Corporal, Co. D, 6th Delaware Infantry Regiment. His mother filed a pension application 29 Jun 1885.


5 Ezekiel Cowgill b 21 Nov 1842, d 16 Aug 1924, m 24 Jan 1865, Philadelphia (by the mayor) Sarah Elizabeth Caulk, b 20 Oct 1848, d 5 Mar 1929, dau of John S. and Mary (Berry) Caulk. Ezekiel served in the Civil War as a private, Co G, 6th Delaware Infantry Regiment, mustered in 23 Aug 1863, served nine months, grading bridges during Lee’s invasion of MD and PA. Both bur Old Quaker Cem., Little Creek.

Children: known are – Angelica, John, Mary


1 Angelica Stout Cowgill b 2 Oct 1865, d 1 Sep 1866. Bur Old Quaker Cem., Little Creek.


2 John Caulk Cowgill b 27 Dec 1869, d 3 July 1870. Bur Old Quaker Cem., Little Creek.


3 Mary Berry Cowgill b 9 Aug 1873, d 12 or 14 Dec 1939, m 18 Oct 1893, Woodside, DE, John Arnold Barnard, b 26 Sep 1872, d 20 Nov 1955, son of Daniel P. and Annie Matilda (Cross) Barnard. (Note: Michael Richards, former archivist of DE is a GS). (See page 17, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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6 George Fox Cowgill b 24 Sep 1845, near Willow Grove, d 21 Aug 1847, age 1y 19m 27d. Bur Little Creek.


7 Florence Cowgill b 6 Nov 1853, d 9 Sep 1854, age 1y 1m 3d. Bur Little Creek.


12 Elizabeth Cowgill, dau of John and Martha, b 4 Sep 1814, d 18 Nov 1814.


7 Sarah Cowgill, dau of John and Mary, b 21 Jan 1771. No further information.


8 Joseph Cowgill b 8 Nov 1773, d 1813. (Delaware Archives Adm, 26 Jun 1813, A11, p107-110, Lib P, Fol 18, Exec Clayton and John Cowgill; 1814 & 1815 acct).


9 Worrell Cowgill b 1777, d 5 Jan 1826, m 29 Jan 1802, Elizabeth Sheppard (or Shepard) or Wilson.Worrell’s will (book A11, p121, Lib Q, Fol 77), dated 4 Jan 1826, Duck Creek, probated 16 Jan 1826, named wife Exec and heir of his Will.

Children: uncertain (two males, aged 10/16, shown on 1820 census), but includes -


1 Thomas Cowgill, son of Worrell (named as such in his grandmother Mary Cowgill's will dated Apr 1807 and probated Dec 1810), d bef 1830?


4 Lydia Cowgill, dau of John and Lydia, m(1) 1 Aug 1753, William Webb of Queen Anne's Co., Province of Maryland, under Third Haven MM (she being of Talbot Co., MD. Record spells name "Cogill"); m(2) by 1760, ____ Durborrow, as she is so named in grandfather Joshua Clayton's will. Witness to this marriage was Henry Cowgill, among others. In adm of Lydia's father John Cowgill's estate, (Hannah Cowgill, Adm), her grandfather, Joshua Clayton, petitions for Lydia to have a mare.


5 Clayton Cowgill, d 2 Aug 1764, m 27 May 1763, at the dwelling house of Francis Neal, Talbot Co., MD, Martha Neal, d 4 Dec 1764. (Marriage recorded Microfilm Vol 6, Sec 112, 113, p122 Marriages, Third Haven MM Talbot Co., MD, Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD). Some witnesses to this marriage were John, Henry and Thomas Cowgill, Neals, Dixons, Registers, and others. Clayton’s will - to Adm Martha Cowgill (DE Arch Vol A9 p214). Martha’s will (Arch Vol A11, p111). Adm of both estates were given Henry Cowgill, 4 Dec 1764.


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6 Henry Cowgill b 8 Oct 1741, d 26 Aug 1810, m 1767, Elizabeth Osborne (his second cousin), b 28 Dec 1751, d 3 Oct 1794, dau of Jonathan and Eunice (Manlove) Osborne, Kent Co., DE. At times, Eunice has mistakenly been shown as the dau of John and Lydia (Clayton) Cowgill. Her mother, Elizabeth (Clayton) Manlove, is a sister to Lydia and Sarah Clayton, all daughters of Joshua Clayton. In Delaware Archives, see Wills of Joshua Clayton, and Jonathan Osbourne. Henry Cowgill made his Will 20 Feb 1809, Little Creek Hundred, in which he mentions his deceased wife, and names his children. Will probated 17 Dec 1810. Arch Vol A RW pp 93-95, Lib O, Folio 220-224.

Children: known are - Lydia, Jonathan, John, Clayton, Elizabeth, Eunice, Joshua


1 Lydia Cowgill b 23 Sep 1768, m 11 Apr 1793, David West, son of Joseph and Sarah West of Duck Creek Head, Kent Co., DE.


2 Jonathan Cowgill b 5 Feb 1771, d 22 Feb 1815, single. His will (Adm 20 Mar 1815. A11, p105-106, Lib P, Fol 68, Exec John Cowgill) mentions heirs John, Joshua Cowgill, Elizabeth Corbit, widow.


3 John Cowgill (No. 5, usually called "Little Creek John") b 13 Jun 1773, d 10 Sep 1849, m(1) 31 Dec 1799, Murderkill MM, Susanna Mifflin, d 1801, daughter of Warner and Elizabeth (Johns) Mifflin (deceased); m(2) 13 Feb 1806, Mary Ann Corbit of St George's Hundred, b 22 Dec 1784, d 28 Feb 1828, age 44y, dau of Daniel and Ann (Lea) Corbit of Kent Co.; m(3) 13 Jan 1833, Ann Parke, d 28 Mar 1853, dau of Thomas and Jane (deceased) Parke, of Smyrna. Adm of Susanna's estate was dated 2 Dec 1801 (Reg of Wills, Lib O, Fol 37, Adm John Cowgill). John “Jr” moved to Chester Co., PA, from Kent Co., DE in 1811. In the summer of 1811, John and Joshua C. Cowgill purchased a tannery “on Edgmont avenue above Third Street”. The Cowgills conducted the business until the early winter of 1815, when John resigned his seat on the board of directors of The Bank of Delaware County, as he had, or was about, "to remove from the State." John is bur Little Creek Cem. (age 76y 2m 27d), Ann bur Philadelphia, PA.

Children: known are - Henry, Ann Lea, Henry, Sarah, Daniel Clayton, Lydia Corbit


1 Henry Cowgill (1st) b 29 Sep 1800, Kent Co. Apparently d in infancy.


2 Ann Lea Cowgill b 6 Aug 1809), Kent Co., DE, d 18 Jan 1831, m 18 Jan 1827, as his first wife, Charles B. Cowgill (her second cousin), b 27 Apr 1800, d 3 Aug 1854, son of John and Martha (Stout) Cowgill (see Page 14).


3 Henry Cowgill (2nd) b 4 Apr 1812, Kent Co., d 27 Oct 1881, after a 30 minute illness (age 69y 6m 23d); m 22 May 1833 at Smyrna, his second cousin, Angelica Stout Cowgill, b 22 Dec 1811, d 20 Apr 1897, dau of John (deceased) and Martha (Stout) Cowgill; resided Willow Grove (Woodside Station, Little Creek) (see Page 16). Henry bur Little Creek.


4 Sarah Cowgill b 14 Sep 1816, Wilmington, Kent Co., d 2 Jan 1833 (age 16y 3m).


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5 Daniel Clayton Cowgill b 19 Mar 1820 (Bible record - Duck Creek MM record shows 19 May), Dover, DE, d 1 May 1900, age 80y 1m 12d, m 18 May 1843, Susan Smithers Green, b 9 Sep 1823, d 14 Dec 1907, Dover, DE (age 84y, bur there), dau of Thomas Caldwell and Mary (Barrett) Green. Daniel bur Little Creek Burying Ground; lived at Dover

Children: known are - Thomas G., Joseph C., Mary B., Eliza P., Edgar Lea, Alice Clark, Robert P., Susan


1 Thomas Green Cowgill b 2 Oct 1844 (or 21 Jul?), DE, d 3 Feb 1903, Sioux City, IA, m 21 Jul 1873, East Hamburg, Erie Co., NY, Mary Varney Freeman, b 23 Feb 1839, NY, d 17 Sep 1894, dau of Elisha Freeman and Mary Varney. Thomas was a Civil War veteran, serving as 1Sgt in Co A and E, 1st Delaware Cavalry, enlisting 3 Jul 1863, mustered out 6 Jun 1865. He applied for invalid pension (app # 909,410, cert # 670,343) 23 Aug 1890 from IA. Thomas was at the Pine Ridge Agency in Shannon Co., Dakota Territory, in 1880 running a general store; in Sioux City, IA, by 1885 (IA state census).

Children: known are (on 1880 census) – Thomas Jr, Mary


1 Thomas Green Cowgill Jr (1880 census shows Thomas G Jr; elsewhere as Thomas Freeman Cowgill) b 23 Jul 1876, IA, d 4 Oct 1895.


2 Mary Cowgill b 13 Feb 1878, IA, d 3 Jan 1903.


2 Joseph Corbit Cowgill b 2 Mar 1846, Dover, d 24 Mar 1938. Joseph was a merchant seaman in the late 1860s; in Santee, NE, 1871 to 1877, where he served as postmaster and operated a trading post; later at the Rosebud Agency in Meyer Co., Dakota Territory, where in 1880 he was listed as “single; disabled (arrow wound)”; in Sep 1882, settled near his brother Robert at Chattaroy, Spokane Co., WA (he filed for WA land grants in 1889 and 1891). Was back in DE in 1910, living with sister Alice. Apparently single.


3 Mary Barrett Cowgill b 12 Oct 1847, d 9 May 1915, m 10 Oct 1867, Joseph Shallcross Lovering, b 27 Apr 1832, Philadelphia, d 3 Dec 1882, bur Laurel Hill, son of Joseph Samuel and Ann (Corbit) Lovering of Philadelphia. Mary and Joseph are second cousins through two lines, both being descended from the Cowgill and Corbit families. (See page 20, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 Eliza Prettyman Cowgill b 3 Aug 1851, d 11 Jun 1895, single.


5 Edgar Lea Cowgill b 29d 3m 1853 (29 Mar 1853), DE, d 17 Mar 1931, m 1889, Lillian "Lillie" Wasmer, b 28 Sep 1872, WI (of Swiss/German parents), d 12 Mar 1925. Edgar filed a land patent in WA in Jan 1890; was in Whatcom Co., WA, in 1900 (Lillian listed as head of family in 1910) through 1930. A prominent developer in Whatcom Co., there is (as of 1988) a Cowgill Street in Fairhaven, WA, named after him. Listed in the Tacoma City Directory 1889/1891 as an agent of the Fairhaven Southern Railroad and as an executive of the Skagit Coal Transportation Co. Both bur Cem., Bellingham, WA.

Children: known are – Lillian, Edith


1 Lillian Cowgill b 14 Nov 1891, WA, d 1980, m 26 Nov 1913, Bellingham, WA, George Neal McMillan, b 1888, d 1965.


2 Edith Lea Cowgill b 13 Aug 1894, WA, d 18 Feb 1934, m 7 Apr 1920, Bellingham, WA, Joseph Mulder, b ca 1895, IA. Father Edgar was with her in 1930.


6 Alice Clark Cowgill b 13 Jan 1855, d 18 Mar 1943. Single, lived in Dover; attended Swarthmore College for one year 1871-1872 as a member of the Class of 1875; was a teacher in 1874. A chart of her ancestry is in the Delaware Archives at Dover. Alice was also on the "Staff of Special Correspondents" of The Cowgill Bureau of Biography and Genealogy, set up in an office in Indianapolis, IN, by Joseph Ewing Cowgill in the early 1900's, when he was compiling a book on the Cowgill family. It apparently was never completed before his death in Jan 1928.


7 Robert Pennewell Cowgill b 10 Dec 1857, Dover, d 29 Jan 1953, m 29 Jul 1879, Springfield, Dakota Territory, Margaret M. Lang, b 24 Jan 1857, Montreal, Canada, d 6 Dec 1934, Spokane, dau of John and Margaret Lang (newspaper announcement has Matthew Lang). At age 17, Robert went to Sioux City, IA; later to Pine Ridge Agency, NE; to Springfield, Dakota Territory; and in 1883 to the Spokane area, where he homesteaded at Chattaroy, serving as postmaster and JP. He d in Fresno. Robert and Margaret were Quakers.

Children: known are - Ralph, Daniel C., Margaret M., Alice, Lela, Thomas G., Susan Lorraine


1 Ralph Pennewell Cowgill b 21 May 1880, SD, d 20 Dec 1967, m 2 Jan 1914, San Francisco, Mildred Byers, b ca 1880, IN, d 2 Jan 1949. Ralph served in the Oregon State Legislature 1923-1925, and was in the OR NG as Capt, Co A, 186th Inf.

Children: known are (by adoption) – Ralph Jr, Juanita May


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1 Ralph R. Cowgill b 16 Oct 1916, d 7 May 1942, in World War II. Ralph was a private, Co M, 31st Infantry Regt, captured by the Japanese at Bataan, and a prisoner at PW Camp #4 - O'Donnel Tarlac Luzon Philippines.


2 Juanita Mary Cowgill b 31 Jul 1922, OR, d 7 Nov 1999, m(1) ____, m(2) ____, m(3) 23 Dec 1955, Portland, Robert O'Brien. (See page 21, Cowgill History, for more on this family).


2 Daniel Clayton Cowgill b 24 Apr 1884, WA, d 28 Aug 1977, m 29 Apr 1908, Mary "Mynn" Elizabeth Armstrong, b 3 Jul 1878, Canada, d 22 Feb 1975. Lived in Whatcom Co., WA. Note: census records indicate Daniel had a prior marriage.

Children: known are - Robert W., Alice


1 Robert Wilson Cowgill Sr b 17 Sep 1909, Spokane, WA, d 18 Dec 1994, Fairbanks, AK, m(1) Dorothy Jeanette Hankins, b 1909, d 12 Apr 1949, dau of Leonard W. and Nettie May (Thompson) Hankins; m(2) 2 Oct 1950, Janet Zelma Cadle, b 23 May 1921, d 24 Mar 2010, dau of Oscar and Roxie Ann (Shoffner) Cadle. In 1942, he joined the US Army and was assigned as a motor sergeant to the 656th Tank Destroyer Battalion, which saw action in France and Germany (World War II). In 1945, he was honorably discharged as a master sergeant; he moved to Alaska in Apr 1949 as manager for the Bailey Covey Co.

Child: known is -


1 Robert Wilson Cowgill Jr


2 Alice A. Cowgill b 27 Aug 1911, WA, d 25 May 2014, m 6 Jun 1934, King Co., WA, Gordon "Bus" Howard Fraser, b 17 Aug 1912, d 2004. Lived in Bellingham.


3 Margaret “Maude” M. Cowgill b and d 12 Mar 1887, bur Chattaroy Cem,Chattaroy, Spokane County, WA.


4 Alice Amelia Cowgill b Feb 1890, WA, m (1) 25 Aug 1923, Spokane, Allen Craig, b ca 1884, Washington, DC; m(2) Claude Ketchum, b ca 1887, MA. Alice and Claude were in Fresno in 1940.


5 Lela Cowgill b 2 Feb 1893, WA, d 29 Jan 1903, bur Chattaroy Cem, located alongside Cowgill Road, 1/2 mile south and 1/2 mile east of Chattaroy, WA, 4200 Jim Hill Rd & 14600 Cowgill Rd.


6 Thomas Griffith Cowgill b 29 Sep 1895, WA, d 6 Oct 1958, m 2 Sep 1925, Benton Co., OR, Mary Annette Weatherford, b 17 Sep 1900, d 7 Jun 1986.

Children: known are - Thomas W., Kenneth Lee, Donald Griffith, James Knox


1 Thomas Weatherford Cowgill


2 Kenneth Lee Cowgill


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3 Donald Griffith Cowgill


4 James Knox Cowgill b 22 Jan 1937, d by 1992. Single, lived in Denver, CO.


7 Susan Lorraine Cowgill b 23 Aug 1898, WA, d 13 Aug 1971, m 5 Apr 1922, Duncan Elwood Roughton, b 7 Nov 1900, d 27 May 1986. Lived in Pacific Grove, CA (Apr 1982). (See page 22, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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8 Susan Cowgill b 12 Nov 1859, d 16 Nov 1910, Lansdowne, PA, m 13 Apr 1892, George Harris Graham, b Jul 1856, MD, son of Israel J. and Jane P. Graham of Philadelphia.


6 Lydia Corbit Cowgill b 11 Oct 1823, d 10 Jan 1899, m(1) 10 Jan 1843, Robert B. Wilson, son of William Watson and Rachel Wilson of MD; m(2) 20 May 1856, John Alston of Middletown, DE, b 31 Oct 1794, d 25 Sep 1871 (or 1874), son of Joab and Hannah (Lamb) Alston. (See page 23, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 Clayton Cowgill, son of Henry and Elizabeth, b 12 Nov 1776 (or 12 Jun 1776?), Kent Co., living in 1809 when father mentioned his late wife, Elizabeth, and named "Clayton and Jonathan" as execs of his Will. Possiby handicapped, as he doesn’t seem to appear on tax lists. No further information.


5 Elizabeth Cowgill b 7 Dec 1778, Little Creek, Kent Co., d 8 Apr 1847, bur North Laurel Hill Cem., Bucks Co., PA, m 17 May 1798, Little Creek MH, Joseph Corbit of Philadelphia, PA, who predeceased her, son of Daniel and Ann Corbit. (See page 23, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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6 Eunice Cowgill d young.


7 Joshua Clayton Cowgill b 28d 7m 1787, d 17d 8m 1819 (17 Aug 1819; Chester Co., PA records show 7 Aug 1819, "Joshua Cowgill, Chester, died & buried ?? bilious) (age 32y), m 6 Apr 1809, Darby MM, PA, Martha Newlin, b 25 Aug 1786, d 14 Jun 1851, dau of Nathaniel III, and Martha (Parker) Newlin, Kent Co., DE. Joshua was a resident of Chester prior to 13 Jun 1811, for in a deed of that date made by Jeremiah McIlvain, conveying to John and Joshua Cowgill the tan yard property mentioned in the notice of John Cowgill, he is described as "of Chester." In Dec 1815, he purchased John Cowgill's interest in the tannery and conducted the business until his death. He was a Director of The Bank of Delaware County 1815-1817.

Children: known are - Mary, Henry, Nathaniel Newlin, Elizabeth


1 Mary Cowgill b 3 Oct 1806 (?; probably later).


2 Henry Cowgill b 6 Feb 1810, Kent Co., d 27 Aug 1810.


3 Nathaniel Newlin Cowgill b 30 Nov 1810, Chester, PA, d 11 Jan 1876, Hickman, Fulton Co., KY, m 1 Aug 1838, Christ Church, Louisville, KY, Mary Frances Miller, b 1815, Jefferson Co., KY, d 3 Nov 1882 (age 67y 11d), dau of Dr. Warwick and Martha (Meriwether-Prather) Miller of Louisville, KY (a descendant of Thomas Walker of Albemarle Co., VA, prominent in the early history of the Old Dominion). The Will of Mary F. Cowgill, widow of Nathaniel, signed 18 Aug 1880, probated 13 Nov 1882, filed in Courthouse Hickman, Fulton Co., KY, names all their children and one grandson, Frank M.C. Usher. The following sketch was written by Joseph Ewing Cowgill.


   "His parents were members of the Society of Friends and he was brought up in that persuasion. His father dying early in life (1819), Nathaniel was reared by his grandparents (maternal). His grandfather, Nathaniel Newlin, was a man of strong mind, sound and clear judgment and great depth of understanding, and always took an active part in civil as well as religious affairs. "He was a member of the constitutional convention of Pennsylvania in 1790, and for several terms afterward of the State Legislature serving in both House and Senate. He died as he had lived a clean, fearless, active citizen, a firm believer in the future of his country and the triumph of the 'Everlasting Gospel'. In such an atmosphere and under such tutelage, Nathaniel grew to manhood.

   At the age of twenty-four he relinquished his right of membership in the Society of Friends and united with the Episcopal Church. The certificate of dismissal bidding him an affectionate farewell and Godspeed is preserved by his son, John Ward Cowgill. In those days of rapid growth and development the eyes of many were turned toward the West, and Nathaniel fixed upon Kentucky as his future home and the ministry of the gospel as his profession. He attended a theological seminary at Lexington for a time and was ordained to the ministry by Bishop B. Smith, at Danville, 16 May 1841. For several years he did missionary work in and in the vicinity of Louisville, but in 1843 moved to near Hickman, Fulton County, where he remained preaching in Hickman and neighboring towns until called to the upper sanctuary. His interests and labors centered in Hickman where he built two churches. The first was a frame building, which was destroyed during the war and was replaced later by a beautiful brick structure which, to his great satisfaction, was completed in 1874. He had often said he would never die happy unless he could leave a church building behind him.


   Nathaniel Cowgill was a handsome man, of commanding presence, being over six feet tall, weighing over two hundred fifty pounds, with a clear bright eye and serene expression and a well developed head, which in later life was covered with snow white, curling hair--a figure to be long remembered by the citizens of Hickman and vicinity, by whom his memory is cherished for his long, faithful and successful work among them. His end was a fitting close to a busy and consecrated life. He died in his buggy while returning home from a visit to a parishioner, and his body was laid to rest under the chancel of his beloved church, which had been completed less than two years before his death."


   “The first person, of whom there is any record of having held Episcopal services in Cynthiana, was Mr. N. Cowgill who was the principal of a flourishing school in this city in 1838. He afterwards took orders under Bishop Smith. The following year Rev. Mr. Crow (in deacon's orders) continued both the services and the school begun by Mr. Cowgill. During their time Bishop Smith often visited the place.” Cynthiana Democrat, June 1896, Page 12, Part 4.

Children: known are - Isaac Miller, Mary Lewis, John Ward, Anna Lovering, Martha E., Louisa M., Nannie F., Warwick M.


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1 Isaac Miller Cowgill b 2 Jun 1839, Jefferson Co., KY, d 28 May 1842.


2 Mary Lewis Cowgill b 26 Apr 1841, Jefferson Co., KY, d 2 Jul 1870 (of pneumonia when son was six months old), m 24 Dec 1868, at father's residence, Dr Francis Marion Usher, age 32y, born Christian Co., KY. Mary kept a diary of her experiences during the Civil War, extracts of which were published in a series by the Houston Post. (See page 25, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


3 John Ward Cowgill b 19 May 1843, Jefferson Co., KY, d 31 Jan 1925, m 28 Jun 1866, Mary "Mollie" H. Duncan, b 10 Mar 1844, d 29 Jan 1905, dau of L. G. and Mary E. Duncan. Both bur in Cowgill family plot, Hickman Cem. In History and Biographies of Fulton County, Kentucky, the wife of John Ward Cowgill is given as Mary H. Duffield. The name Mary H. Duffield also appears in Hymn Books dedicated, in the Church. In Book 2, p22, of Wills, Hickman Courthouse, appears the will of John Ward Cowgill, dated 3 Jul 1923.

Children: known are - Henry Newlin, Alice Frank


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1 Henry Newlin Cowgill b Aug 1868, KY, d 20 Sep 1938, Fulton Co., KY, m 9 Oct 1889, Dickson Co., TN, Clara Elizabeth Truby, b Nov 1870, d 23 Jul 1940.

Children: known are - Ann Mary, Henry Newlin Jr.


1 Ann "Annie" Mary Cowgill b Nov 1890, KY, m 15 Nov 1911, Nashville, TN, Benjamin Guy Hale, son of Warwick Hale. (See page 26, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 Henry Newlin Cowgill Jr b 23 Aug 1896, d 6 Dec 1939, m 5 Jan 1920, Mary Elizabeth Shaw, b 5 Feb 1900, KY, d 6 Sep 1986, dau of George L. and Mary (Curlin) Shaw.

Child: known is -


1 John Ward Cowgill II b 6 Jul 1921, KY, d 27 Sep 1944, an aviator (2nd Lt, 702nd Bomb Sq, 445th Bomber Grp), "lost in action" in World War II (after 8 Jan 1944, date of his will, written and signed while he was in active military service, at Colorado Springs, CO. Will Book 2, p351, Hickman Courthouse). Bur Lorraine American Cem. and Memorial, Saint Avold, France.


2 Alice Frank Cowgill b 1879, KY, d 1957, m 10 Oct 1900, St Paul's Church, Hickman, Henry Catlett Helm, b 1877, d 1950, son of George Neville Helm. (See page 26, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 Anna Lovering Cowgill b 4 Oct 1845, Elmwood, Hickman, KY, d 17 Aug 1924, bur Hickman Cem., m 9 Apr 1873, at father's residence, Dr John T. Anderson, 28y, b Elkton, KY. His father was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and his mother b in KY. (See page 26, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


5 Martha Elizabeth "Betty" Cowgill b 5 Sep 1848, d 17 Jul 1919, m 20 Oct 1869, at residence of her father, Gustavus M. Herring, age 24y, b 17 Feb 1845, Clarksville, TN, d 1881. They resided Obion Co., TN. (See page 26, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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6 Louisa "Lou" Miller Cowgill b 9 Oct 1850, Hickman, KY, m 14 Dec 1871, Roswell Chapel (witness Robt N. Payne), John Wesley Rogers, age 31y, b Weakley Co., TN. They resided Obion Co., TN. John was a Civil War veteran, serving in Co I, 20th TN Cavalry. (See page 27, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


7 Nannie French Cowgill b 22 Feb 1853, d 8 Feb 1895, m 16 Feb 1876, Harvey Jeremiah Atwood, by Presbyter of Protestant Episcopal Church, in presence of John Cowgill, Jon Rogers, and others. (See page 27, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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8 Warwick Miller Cowgill, M.D., b 3 Apr 1857, d 29 Dec 1919, bur in family cemetery, Hickman, KY, m 27 Oct 1886, in residence of her aunt, Mrs. Henry R. Phinney, Alton, IL, Alice Blake Parker, b 15 May 1861, St. Louis, MO, d 22 Feb 1950, Marcy, NY, bur in Parker lot in cemetery, Winchester, IL, dau of William Blake and Mary Dennison (Allen) Parker. Dr. Warwick M. Cowgill graduated from Kenyon College, Gambier, OH; was a charter member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, graduate Medical Dept., University of Louisville, KY; special training in New York City at Manhattan Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic; practiced in Paducah, KY, 18 years; moved to Lincoln, NE, in 1903 with his family and practiced until his death. Alice Blake Parker graduated from Jacksonville Female Academy (now Illinois College); attended Oberlin College; normal college at Valpariso, IN, was a music teacher and Principal in Paducah, KY, where she met Dr. Cowgill.

Children: known are - Allen Parker, William Warwick


1 Allen Parker Cowgill b 17 Jul 1890, Paducah, KY, died in his sleep 27 Feb 1955 at his home, Syracuse, NY, of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was buried among others of the Long Grey Line in the West Point Cem., United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Member of the Class of 1914 and served in many areas until his retirement on 8 Feb 1921 as a Major, U.S. Army, for disability in the line of duty. He married, in Francitas, TX, 1 Sep 1915, Helen Mary Schwind, whom he had met in school in Lincoln, NE, where she was born 12 Jan 1890. She died 17 Oct 1983 at her home in Fayetteville, NY. She was the dau of William Frederick and Laura Eliza (Strother) Schwind. Buried at West Point with her husband.

Children: known are - Mary Allen, Helen Louise, William Parker


1 Mary Allen Cowgill b 9 Aug 1916, DC, d 21 Dec 2005, m 9 Aug 1963, in St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Chapel, William Piers Crane Jr, b 22 Nov 1904, Chicago, IL, d 8 Oct 1991, son of William Piers Crane Sr and Bertha Electa (Jones) Crane. Mary Allen is a graduate of Syracuse Univ, BS and MA, listed in Who's Who in American Women 1966-67. William P. is an Architect, graduate of Univ of IL, and taught Architectural Design at Syracuse Univ for 32 years. Now retired. No children.


2 Helen Louise Cowgill b 1 May 1919, West Point, NY, d 16 Mar 2008, attended Syracuse Univ. Lived with her mother.


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3 William Parker Cowgill b 30 Jan 1921, San Francisco, CA, d 7 Nov 2014, m(1) 19 May 1944, Barbara Brown, b 5 Mar 1922, Rochester, NY, d 26 Jun 2003; div 1984; m(2) Edythe Bauer Shedden. The wedding took place under the apple tree on the lawn of her father's country home, Rail Road Mills, Pittsford, NY, which has been their home. She is the only child of Joseph Parker and Ethyl (Faulhaber) Brown. William P. was graduated from Syracuse Univ., 1943; served under Gen Patton in Europe in World War II as a Lt until he was injured in action; is Chairman of the Board, H.&C. Corp., a precision tool and die Co., and is active in community affairs in Rochester. Barbara was graduated from Mount Holyoke, So Hadley, MA.

Children: known are - Jody, William P. Jr, Molly, Peter W., Faith M.


1 Jody Cowgill (See page 29, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


2 William Parker Cowgill Jr


3 Molly Cowgill


4 Peter Warwick Cowgill


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5 Faith Merrill Cowgill


2 William Warwick Cowgill b 2 May 1893, Paducah, KY, d 22 Sep 1973, Washington Hospital Center, DC, m 14 Jun 1919, Darthea Crocker, b 9 Aug 1899, Fitchburg, MA, d 19 Dec 1947, Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, dau of Charles Thomas and Lucy Fay (Bigelow) Crocker. Both bur in the Crocker plot, Forest Hill Cem., Fitchburg, MA. William graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, as a 2Lt on 20 Apr 1917, became a 1Lt in the Coast Artillery, 15 May 1917, and a Capt on 6 Aug 1917. Later in the year he became aide-de-camp to Maj Gen Harry F. Hodges at Camp Devens, MA. In the fall of 1917 he went abroad as a military observer on the General Staff. Other duty and service in action; after the armistice, he served with the Army of Occupation in Coblenz as Asst Provost Marshal, Third Army. He returned home in May 1919 and resigned in Feb 1920. After various business ventures, he became vice-president in charge of the War Products Div, U.S. Rubber Co. (Uniroyal) in World War II; he served as special advisor to the director of plans for special warfare at the Pentagon from 1950 until his retirement in 1964. William Cowgill lived in Washington, DC, from 1951 to 1973, but kept Fairfield, CT, as his official residence.

Children: known are - Fay, Meriwether L.


1 Fay Cowgill b 28 Aug 1922, d 26 Dec 2002, m 19 Sep 1942, John Chandler Jr. (See page 30, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


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2 Meriwether Lewis Cowgill b New York City, m 28 Dec 1957, in the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, Fairfield, CT, George Frederick Schmid Jr, b New York City. Meriwether grew up in Greenfield Hill, Fairfield, CT. Because of the enormity of her father's job coordinating defense production for the U.S. Rubber Co., the family made a second home in New York City. She attended The Spence School, New York, but graduated from Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT, 1945; acted as hostess for father 1947-1951 (after mother's death). Became a Merchandise Manager in Advertising Dept, LIFE Magazine, 1951-1958. George grew up in Montclair, NJ; was graduated from Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY, 1940. He entered Williams College, Williamstown, MA, in the Class of 1944. Drafted in 1943, he served in Army Air Corps as a Staff Sgt in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Was graduated from Williams College in 1946 and entered his grandfather's former firm, DeGrauw, Aymar, New York City. Currently, a distributor for marine products with Bushnell Marine Service, New Haven, CT. (See page 31, Cowgill History, for more on this family)


4 Elizabeth Cowgill, dau of Joshua Clayton and Martha (Newlin) Cowgill, b 28 Jul 1812, d 11 Jun 1871, m 26 Nov 1834, Gideon Gilpin Smith of Chester, PA, b 7 Mar 1808, d 12 Aug 1885, son of Samuel and Lydia (Gilpin) Smith. Lived Chester Co., PA.


Sources for family of Joshua C. Cowgill:


1. Archives & History Branch, USMA Library, West Point, NY.


2. Library of Congress, History of Allen Family, by F.M. Stoddard, pp 55, 56.


3. Colonial Families of the U.S., by McKenzie, Vol II, p365: Cowgill, Elizabeth.


4. Vital Records, Fulton Co., Hickman, KY, Courthouse.


5. Tombstones, Cemetery, Hickman, KY.


6. Members of the family.


7. In the Will of N. N. Cowgill, signed 29 Jul 1873, he states "cholera in our midst".


8. The Will of Mary F. Cowgill, widow of Nathaniel, signed 18 Aug 1880, probated 13 Nov 1882, filed in Courthouse Hickman, Fulton Co., KY, names all their children and one grandson, Frank M.C. Usher.

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