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Richard Cowgill, bur 16 Feb 1618/19, Thornton in Craven, m(1) ____, probably d before 1566; m(2) 1593, Newchurch in Pendle, Margaret Varley, bur 19 Dec 1616 (“wife of Richard”), Thornton in Craven; m(3)? 9 Sep 1617, Thornton in Craven, Agnes Smith. Richard’s widow, Agnes, is possibly the Agnes Cowgill who m 24 Jan 1629, St Mary’s, Carleton, James (Jacobus) Gaskel (although this marriage may belong to her step-daughter Agnes, child # 6 below).
Richard’s will, dated 16 Nov 1618 (probated 15 Apr 1619, v35 f328), provides "Richard Cowgill, Parish of Thornton. Sick, but whole and perfect in mind, to be buried in church-yard in Thornton; wife Agnes 1/3 of tenement on the S side of the road running down by my now dwelling house with the lease the other 2/3 said tenement to son James Cowgill, to my children Ann, Ellen, Agnes, and William Cowgill, Ellen and Agnes and William being the youngest, son James exec.”
Children: known are (order uncertain) – Bryan, Agnes (1) , James, Ann, Ellen, Agnes (2), William
1 Bryan (or Brian) Cowgill, b 1540s(?), bur 7 Aug 1599, Thornton in Craven, m Ellen ____. See Bryan's page for more details.
2 Agnes Cowgill, m 2? Oct 1575, Thornton in Craven, Edmond Walton (or Walker?). Agnes is a possible dau of Richard, given her likely birthdate (1550s). If so, she must have died before 1605. No further information.
3 James Cowgill, d before 1652, m 7 Mar 1621, Thornton in Craven, Anne Brown, bur 4 Dec 1675, Thornton in Craven. James, as surviving eldest son, was the executor of his father’s (Richard’s) will, receiving 2/3 of his father’s “tenement”. See James' page for more details.
4 Ann Cowgill, dau of Richard, bapt 8 Feb 1596/7, Thornton in Craven. Alive in 1618; no further information (Is this the Anna Cowgill who m John Middlebrook 17 Apr 1626 at Colne?).
5 Ellen Cowgill bapt 15 Nov 1600, Thornton in Craven. Alive in 1618; no further information.
6 Agnes Cowgill bapt 12 Apr 1605, Thornton in Craven, m 7 Aug 1634, St Mary’s, Carleton in Craven, Edward Hunt (or was this her step-mother Agnes – see note above under Richard Cowgill).
7 William Cowgill, bur 24 May 1658, St Mary’s, Long Preston, m 27 Aug 1646, Long Preston, Jeane Shaw, bur 16 Jan 1670, "of ye Hospitall". This must be the Willim (sic) Cowgill of Little Newton (in Long Preston) who received a bequest in Robert Cowgill’s will. William was described in his father’s (Richard’s) will as “being the youngest”. Note: this may instead be the William, son of Christopher Cowgill, baptized in 1621.