Wayne County West Virginia Biography of James COWAN


         James COWAN was born at Beech Fork, Wayne county, February 7, 1821, a son of Samuel and Hannah (Butcher) Cowan. His parents were both natives of Rockingharn county, Virginia, his father born October 7, 1790, and his mother in 1792. His mother died in Wayne county many years ago, and his father died in Scioto county, Ohio, in October 1879. The first wife of James Cowan was Hester Ann Turley, whom he married in Cabell county on May 19, 1844. She died in that county October 24, 1854, having been the mother of: Thomas Jefferson, born March 19, 1845; Samuel Floyd, August 24, 1850, drowned February 22, 1859; Nimrod, October 24, 1852; and Matthew, July 31, 1854, died August 29, 1854. Thomas Jefferson married Lou Reynolds in June 1866; they live in Scioto county, Ohio, and Nimrod lives in Cabell county.

         The marriage of James Cowan with his present wife was solemnized September 13, 1855, in Cabell county, and his wife is Sarah Octavia, daughter of Reuben and Rachel (Dick) Butcher. Their children are four: Mary Susan, born January 11, 1852, married John W. Pack, August 2, 1876, and lives in this district; Hannah Rachel, born October 10, 1860, married Elms Hines on Christmas Day, 1878, and they live in this district; Isabell, born December 14, 1863, and Reason, born January 11, 1868, live at home. The wife of Mr. Cowan was born in Cabell county March 23, 1823, and both her parents died in Cabell county. Her father was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, in 1794 and died in June 1828; her mother was born February 7, 1801, in Monroe county, (then) Virginia, and died February 15, 1863. James Cowan lives on the farm in Butler District owned by the pioneer settler of Round Bottom, Samuel Hatton. His postoffice address is Round Bottom, Wayne county, West Virginia.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Wayne County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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