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James I. M. M. Cowan I

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James I. M. M. Cowan I
Born about in Down, Northern Irelandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in , Georgia, USAmap
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Birth

Birth:
Date: Abt 1719
Place: Down, Northern Ireland
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@NI34@ NOTETHE COWAN FAMILY
John Kerr Fleming in The Cowans from County Down, Drreth Printing Co., Raleigh, NC.,1971, tells of three groups of Cowans who came to America from the same general area of Northern Ireland about the same time and all settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The first group, four brothers David, Hugh, John, and William, came in 1720. Next, Robert Cowan, a young child or adolescent, came probably with relatives not now know. Third, in 1726 seven Cowan brothers came from Newry, County Down, Ireland, and settled in Lancaster and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania. They were Andrew, David, James, John, Matthew, Samuel, and William Cowan. Later some of the seven (perhaps all) moved to Augusta County, VA, by 1768, perhaps sooner. Andrew was paid for services in the French and Indian War; and in October, 1765, Andrew, Jr., was not in Augusta County.
On page 319 of The Cowans of County Down we are told that by the late 1760s James Cowan and one, or more, of his brothers moved from Virginia to South Carolina. In Nell Seawright Reeves's "The Saga of the Seawrights" she printed a letter from Andrew in which he states that he is going to South Carolina. Some evidence says David and John also came, but this has not been proven. At least two Cowan brothers, Andrew and James, moved into the Ninety Six District, SC. Our Cowan ancestors were probably descended from one of these two and it seems likely that it was from Andrew; at least Isaac Cowan's father was named Andrew. Fleming says, "the residence of Andrew Cowan in SC must have been a very brief, for within two or three years he is found with some of his other brothers on the Clinch River in S/W Virginia." Information about his will says that Isaac Cowan's father, Andrew, died in Abbeville County, SC.
A Pedigree Chart of Sophronia Caroline Cowan sent to Nell Seawright Reeves by Dorothy Brownlee Henry says that Andrew Cowan, Isaac's father, was baptized on April 13, 1746, and that his parents were James Cowan and Hannah Woods. Fleming names only Hiram, John, Drusilla, and James, Jr. As being the children of James Cowan and Hannah Woods. James, Jr. Is reported to have moved to Jackson County, GA. Perhaps Fleming omitted some children which, as we all know, is very easy to do.
The above listed information was furnished to Nell Seawright Reeves by Joan Moody who is from McCormick, SC ========== Subj: [COWAN-L] Interesting thoughts from John Giacoletti Date: 7/24/01 5:53:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time From: CSCUNC@aol.com To: COWAN-L@rootsweb.com
John's post as follows:
Thinking about the John Cowan of 1623 who left Scotland in consequence of a duel and relocated to Ireland, the traditional haven for rogues, outlaws and 2nd and 3rd sons of quality families seeking greener pastures.
Usually a duel was the result of a perceived affront or insult that diminished the honor and social prestige of an individual. Duels did not take place between peasants or the lower social orders who had no honor or social position to maintain. The lower social orders were also the lower economic orders and young men there had no weapons, weapons being the accoutrements of the well off and power class of society.
I recollect that Cowane of Stirling was upbraided by the Stirling councilors for brandishing his whinger. Cowans, being impetuous, intemperate and imprudent, must have been in these situations not infrequently.
So young John Cowan relocates to escape the heat after forcing someone's hand. Sheeptown just north of Newry, and a mere mile or so south of Bainbridge, and a few miles west of Hillsborough was close to centers of commerce and trade in the fledgling linen industry and just out of the pall of established social order in Belfast/Carrickfergus. This John Cowan must have been a rather independent sort, not seeking the cover of Hamilton or the Montgomery family, but working his way into the company of the Bagnoll family Wales and the northwest of England near the Scottish border. It was the heir of Nicholas Bagnoll, a man whose last name was Needham and whose first name now escapes me, who delt with the Cowans of Derry and the Cowans of Down. With Mary Cowan after her father's demise and with the Cowans in Newry who held long term leases and life estates on the Bagnoll lands which were signed by Needham and Abraham Cowan. So there is a later relationship or a continued relationship of which we finally have a written memorial.
Regards, Robert Cowan County Derry/Donegal by way of Virginia, Tennesee and other interesting places
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Robert Cowan had three parcels of land unsold at his death.
Washington County, Tn. Roll 196, vol. 6, pages 549-50
22 October 1799 This Indenture made this twenty second day of October in the year of Our Lord 1799 between John Cowan, Andrew Cowan, Robt. Cowan, and Samuel Cowan of the County of Blount of the one part and Adam Harmon of the County of Washington of the other part. Both of the State of Tennessee Witness that the said Cowans for and in consideration of the sum of 660 Dollars and two thirds to them in hand the receipt where of is hereby acknowledged, hath said and by these presents both Grant, Bargain and Confirm unto the said Adam Harmon his heirs forever all that tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and twenty acres lying and being in the County of Washington on Nolachucky River of a 300 acre tract in the name of Robt Cowan deceased No. 569 begining at a Poplar on the South of the River then South 65 East 155 poles and the Stake thence S. 22 W along a conditional line 195 Poles to the line of the old survey thence North 65 West 220 Poles to a stake thence direct line to the beginning together with all the appurtences there unto belonging or in any wise appertaining and the said John Cowan, Andrew Cowan, Robt. Cowan, Samuel Cowan do bind themselves their heirs Executor to warrent forever defend the said line to Adam Harmon......
Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of:
James Wallace Samuel Handly John Cowan
Andrew Cowan
Robt Cowan
Samuel Cowan
John and Robert left a few years later and became the early settlers of Cowan, Tn. This John Cowan is Major John Cowan, married Agnes Martin and is my 4th great grandfather, son of Robert Cowan, Revolutionary War Soldier, son of Samuel Cowan, killed by Indians.
Regards, Robert Cowan
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Understanding Major John Cowan can be very confusing since there are two of them. Hopefully I will be able to explain each of them so that people who only study Cowan's as a related family will be able to figure out which Cowan goes where. Let us start at the beginning: Samuel Cowan and wife Anne (Walker) Cowan This is the immigrant know as one of the "seven brothers" who always seem to be found near the Walkers, Campbells, Christians, Houstons, Montgomerys, Paxtons, Gillespies and others. They had the following children:
Major John Cowan, m. Mary Walker (his cousin) Robert Cowan, Rev. War soldier with Sevier married Susan Woods, daughter of Michael Woods William Cowan Samuel Cowan, early settler, Knoxville James Cowan, early settler, Knoxville Nathaniel Cowan, early settler, Knoxville Anne Cowan, m, Nathaniel Evans Elizabeth Cowan, m. Samuel McCroskey
Now, for the moment forget about all the children of Samuel except JOHN and ROBERT.John is already called Major John for his service in the Revolutionary War and he met his demise at the hand of the Indians in East Tennessee. At the time he was killed his 15 year old son James was captured along with his wife. These stories have been discussed at length so I will not rehash them now except to say this. Major John had only two sons, James and one brother John who moved at an early date to Indiana. His story can be found in "Maxwell History and Genealogy" by Blaine and others. James became Capt. James Cowan and in 1806 became the second man to move to Franklin Co. He moved from Blount Co. and he commanded the frontier between the Tennessee line and northern Georgia, and Alabama, below Chattanooga (then known as Ross' Landing) He died in 1815. His son was Samuel Montgomery Cowan, Cumberland Presbyterian minister and he is the father of Dr. James B. Cowan of Tullahoma, Tn who had the family history. Dr. Cowan served as Nathan Bedford Forrest's chief surgeon during the War.
Robert Cowan was a brother to Major John Cowan and had several children and as usual one was named John. This John Cowan married Agnes Martin in 1788 in Greene County and he exited for Franklin county about the same time his uncle Capt. James did. He is also called Major John Cowan for his War of 1812 service and David Crockett served under him for a time. Perhaps that is why I have not one, but two cousins named David Crockett Cowan. The Crockett land and the Cowan land were next to each other up near the junction of Big Limestone and the Nolichucky.
I guess the result is the same if you follow either Major John back you get to Samuel Cowan. According to Dr. J. B. Cowan "Samuel Cowan's father came at quite an early date and settled in Virginia. He came from Londonderry, Ireland, and our family came from Scotland to Ireland." Doc, if you had only managed to share Samuel's fathers name I would have been eternally happy, but since you didn't, I guess we will just keep looking.
Regards, Robert Cowan ==========================================================================
I do hope that there are some Cowans who have an interest in our family's Scottish origins, for in our origins are men and women of grit, education, wealth and character. A knowledge of our sources can be a source of pride and a robust stimulus to our genealogical endeavors.
Many Scots in early 1700's emigrated directly to the North American colonies from Scotland and were not the Scotch- Irish who came to our shores through the experience of a generation or two in the north of Ireland. The middle Atlantic port of Perth Amboy in New Jersey is a recognition of this direct immigration as the port was founded by emigrants from Perth, Scotland. I recall particularly a John Cowan from Perth who settled in what is now Blair County, Pennsylvania and who was a contemporary of Hugh Cowan in Chester and Lancaster County. This John Cowan' story is related in an account of A Cove Family. Descendents later moved on into Indiana.
Many students of the Cowan name know the family originated on the west bank of Loch Lomond, near the picturesque village of Luss around the year 1130 or so. The name Cowan is an English spelling variation of the Scottish name Colquhoun, meaning a neck of land. By the mid 1400's, a few decades before Columbus and his voyages to what is now America, several Colquhouns rose to positions of eminence in the Scottish court. Among them was Sir John Colquhoun of Luss who for a time was Sheriff of Dumbartonshire and Keeper of Dumbarton Castle. This is a massive fortress still manned by military troops on a steep volcanic remain overlooking the Clyde Estuary. In the years 1439 to 1478 when he passed on, Sir John was a loyal and valued servant to the early Stewarts, King James II and King James III.
In return for his service, Sir John Colquhoun was infefted with lands in Fifeshire, seat of the early Scottish capital in and around St. Andrews. His particular holdings were called the "lands of Saline," just northwest of Dunfermline and across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh. These lands of Saline were held by the Colquhouns for over two hundred years. In addition, Sir John acquired other lands in Scotland, principally in the vicinity of Stirling. Stirling Castle was a favorite of the early Stewarts who were obliged to provide private lodges and lands for their court officials and their families.
In the 1500's, the 16th century, many Colquhouns from Camstradden, just south of Luss (now the location of the championship Loch Lomond Golf Course) relocated to the Colquhoun holdings in Fifeshire, to the lands of Saline. Over time, these Colquhoun families descended into the branches, Colquhoun of Bohearty and Colquhoun of Corston.
According to Buchanan of Auchmar, the official Colquhoun genealogist and writer of The Chiefs of the Colquhouns, these Colquhouns of Bohearty and Corston changed the spelling of their name to Cowan. Among the holdings of Cowan of Corston was a fortified tower house which was acquired in 1669.
The fortified tower or castle was originally three stories high with an attic in the roof. There was a watch room at the top of the interior stair, where approaching persons, friend or foe, could be watched. The floor joists were of black oak and the roof covered with heavy paving slabs for protection against burning arrows. There was also a vaulted basement for a place for cool storage. Numerous outbuildings were attached to the tower, but the kitchen, for fire deterant purposes, was a one story detached building. The tower was originally 26 feet north to south and 22 feet east to west.
In the early 1800's Castle Cowan was abandoned. In 1887 three of the walls collapsed. One wall now stands, the remainder of the castle being in ruins. As a boy in Pennsylvania my domain was a cavernous barn filled with rectangular bales of hay and silos brimming with glistening mountains of wheat. I could have used a castle fort, a Castle Cowan. Boys need these fortifications for divers purposes, for holing up and holding out against the forces of evil. And I am so much the better in the knowledge that there really was one, and that it still remains.
jcmaclay
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X-Message: #2 Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 11:31:34 EST From: Jcmaclay@aol.com To: COWAN-L@rootsweb.com Message-ID: <a5.21bd55ec.29858566@aol.com> Subject: [COWAN-L] The Importance of Being Ernest Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
Isn't that the title of a book or play or something? I didn't get much past 1634 in British Literature at UNC. So I am retarted on this recent material. Anyhow, it is important in our research to be ernest and thorough and not do projects half-way. I think it was about 1984 when my daughter was born that a distant relative and schoolteacher/genealogist sent me a pedigree chart tracing our Cowan pedigree back 7 generations. It was an astounding, incomparable gift that has influenced my life course as I vowed to continue the work and flesh it out. I was able to get copies of the original land applications and Patents from the Pennsylvania State Historical Museum that established that my John Cowan and his brother William settled in a part of Westmoreland County that is now Armstrong County in 1796. CCD Appendix C. I also had to do a considerable education project as my relative had confused William with Hugh Cowan's son William who was a Revolutionary War officer and who left Lancaster County for Westmoreland County to meet up with some other Cowans. It was only through the 1850 and later census reports that I could convince her that our ancestors had come from Ireland. The reports of John's children made absolutely clear that the father and mother and three of their children were born in Ireland. This was a hard battle since the research of my relative was held in esteem by other family members because of her position as a teacher and her years of devoted research. She worked in an era in which a woman's research goals entailed membership in the DAR. She was stubborn, gritty and unrelenting, but my scholarship, in the end, has prevailed. Thus, these issues consumed a considerable amount of time, effort, correspondence and "political" encouragements to look at the facts. I just never got to searching the lines of John Cowan's 9 children as thoroughly as I did my immediate line. I went through all the volumes of the quarterly Cowan Clan United and waited out the repeated delays of Rev. Fleming's widely anticipated CCD. Always, always, in the back of my mind was the question, Ireland. Where in Ireland did my Cowans originate? It was a question unanswerable since there was no precise location. And all the issues of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland just made a complex matter just about incomprehensible. Nevertheless, I continued researching and made some small degree of progress in sorting out the lines of the other Cowan descendents. My breakthrough occurred when I purchased a reprint copy of "Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana and Armstrong Counties Pennsylvania." Originally published in 1891 and edited by Samuel T. Wiley. This was long after my John Cowan had died (1840) and I held little hope that I would find anything new. My eyes were opened when, in the later portions of the text, I chanced upon the Biography of Robert W. Cowan, a man I couldn't place immediately, but this was the hot kind of material I had hoped to find. It turned out that Robert W. was the grandson of John and the son of James, one of the sons born in Ireland. James would certainly have known where he and his father, mother and sisters had been born and lived in Ireland. Then I died and went to heaven. There in black and white were the words that stopped my heart and quickened my breath just as the letter did in 1984 that contained the bloodline pedigree: The Cowan family of this county, on the paternal side, is of Irish extraction, and the subject of this sketch is a son of James and Sarah Porterfield Cowan, and was born in North Buffalo township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, November 11, 1841. His paternal grandfather, John Cowan, was born in county Down, Ireland, and settled in Armstrong county." Wow. Wow. After two more very frustrating but highly informative years of research with LDS tapes and on-site research at Trinity College, Dublin and at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, I was able to find in the papers of the estate of a Welshman, Samuel Bagenal, a lease for three lives in the Townland of Sheepstown that linked my John Cowan to the family of Alexander Cowan of Newry, replete with a hand drawn survey of the farm. Bagenal was given the lands for his service to the Crown following the Battle of Yellow Ford in 1598. The lands had once been the property of the Cistercian Abbey in Newry. In conclusion, it's important to be ernest, thorough, persistent, but it's more important to be fortunate and not have much competition.
jcmaclay
From: CSCUNC@aol.com To: COWAN-L@rootsweb.com Message-ID: <131.9676469.29abbb42@aol.com> Subject: [COWAN-L] The Laggan Presbytery and the Battle of King's Mountain Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
>From Chapter 1 of Alexander Lecky's 1905 book, "The Laggan and its Presbyterianism we find the following description of the district know as the LAGGAN:
"On looking at a map of the County Donegal, it will be seen that the northeastern part of the county, which is the most northerly part of Ireland, is a peninsula washed on the eastern side by the waters of Lough Foyle and on the western by Lough Swilly. This is Inishowen, a mountainous and, to a large extent, a barren country. Immediately to the south of it is a fertile and comparatively flat country, lying between the river Foyle and the upper reaches of Lough Swilly, and extending in one direction from the City of Derry to Stranorlar, and in another from Lifford to Letterkenny. This is the district which in by-gone times was known under the name of THE LAGGAN, and formed the most productive and desirable portion of the ancient territory of Tyrconnell..."
This is also where many of my ancestors and yours came from; Defenders of Derry during the great siege, the defining moment in Ulster Protestant history. To an Ulsterman the Siege of Londonderry is what the War Between the States is to an American. Shortly after this event great waves of Derrymen left for America, first settling in Pennsylvania and then moving down the Valley of Virginia and into the Carolinas. This genealogical connection between the families of those who fought at Derry and those who settled in Augusta/Rockbridge counties Virgina and the Settlement of the Northwest Carolina Frontier (Carolina Cradle by Ramsey) eventually reaches a climax on a little mountain in North Carolina on October 7, 1780. This is the area of history that myself and fellow researcher John Giocoletti from Florida have always wanted to explore in detail. This June we will be traveling to Derry and Belfast for some extended research into the family histories of those names that appear both in the records of the Laggan and at King's Mountain.
Lecky's two books, "The Laggan and its Presbyterianism," and "In the Days of the Laggan Presbytery," published in 1905 and 1908 Belfast, Davidson & McCormack, North Gate Works, are a must for anyone wanting to discover their Ulster roots. The books real value for the genealogist is in the Appendix which is divided into several parts, the most important being the following:
"The following are the names of men who attended the meetings of the Laggan Presbytery between the years 1672 and 1700, as ruling elders or as commissioners, together with the names of the congregations which they represented. They were doubtless the leading men in the districts in which they lived..." These lists are by Parish and I will give a couple of examples:
Taboyn: Matthew Lindsay, John Aikine, Alexander Houston, Robert Cowan, Archibald Alexander, Robert Scott, Wm. Mackie, Wm. Bell, Robert M'Clellan, Richard Armstrong, Richard Moore, John Kilgore, Wm. Inglis, John Gay, John Harvey, David Paterson, George Brown, Robert Moore, James Marshall, John Graham
Raphoe: Joseph Henderson, Edward Hervies, William Mills, Michael Henderson, Robert Anderson, Patrick Bell, Robert Dick, Alexander Stuart, William Ramsay, James Laird, Robert Walker, John M'Clure, Robert Gray, John Sproul.
Londonderry: John Craig, William Cunningham, John Campsie, William Rodger, James Fisher, Horace Kennedy, James Wilson, William Macky, James Lennox, William Smith, John Cowan, Alexander Lecky, William Davidsson, James Wallace, George Henderson, others In addition to the ruling elders there is a list of people from the Hearth Money rolls of 1665 by Parish and TOWNLAND which places a person in an area sometimes as small as a few acres. These lists are important when comparing names with the early landowners of Augusta county or the Baptismal records of the Rev. Craig at Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church or the early settlers of the Yadkin settlement in Rowan county, North Carolina.
I will be willing to furnish copies of these two books for a limited time to researchers who want to explore their Ulster genealogy. Many of you purchased copies of Professor Hagy's thesis, "Castle's Woods; Frontier Virginia Settlement" and I have received numerous e-mails about the quality of that document. I believe these two books by Lecky are superior in the information contained and if you would like a copy please contact me privately at cscunc@aol.com for the details.
Any information John and I discover specific to your surname will be posted on the appropriate list after our return from Ireland. I will provide a list of surnames that have "made the cut" so far, the requirements being that the family is found in Derry and also found at King's Mountain. Any suggestions for additional names will be considered as long as the request is substantiated with a reasonable amount of documentation.
Regards, Robert Cowan 525 Harrogate Rd. Matthews, North Carolina 28105
Names on the list so far: Alexander, Anderson, Bell, Black, Blair, Brown, Buchanan, Campbell, Cowan, Craig, Cunningham, Denniston, Edmondson, Finley, Fleming, Gillespie, Graham, Hamilton, Houston, Irvin, Kilgore, King, Knox, Lindsay, McClure, Maxwell, Moffatt, Montgomery, Moore, Ramsay, Robinson, Russell, Scott, Steele, Stewart/Stuart, Thompson, Walker, Weir, Young spellings may vary
John and I will stay in touch with the various lists as best we can. It will not be possible to remain of all the surname lists all the time for obvious reasons. Feel free to contact me at cscunc@aol.com if you have any suggestions or questions. This may make a nice book one day. ______________________________ Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 03:09:32 EST From: Jcmaclay@aol.com To: COWAN-L@rootsweb.com Subject: [COWAN-L] "cowan"
As any Master Mason knows the Master of the Lodge cannot commence his activities and call the lodge to order until the facility is properly tiled by the Tyler who must report to the Master that the Lodge is secure against Cowans and evesdroppers.
Now I can understand why that august fraternity would want to keep away evesdroppers who have no business or need to know the Masonic work, but why Cowans? Are we so closely knit as a family that knowledge of masonry would only cement our bonds to an impenetrable degree? Remember that dramatic tale of the messenger racing to the church service to announce that word had been heard that Mary Cowan had escaped the Indian's grasp, and shouted out, is Major so and so here, or any man named Cowan? Get it, not John Cowan, not Samuel, not William, but ANY man named Cowan. That is our legacy, our pride and our honor.
These days $24 will get you a good book or a better bottle of whiskey. A whiskey bottle can teach you a lot. Black Bush for instance. It is the "world's oldest whiskey distillery," with an original grant to distil dating from 1608. Now that is before Jamestown, friends. Before the King James Version. Black Bush is a product of Ireland, the north of Ireland, from where most of our granddaddy's and grandma's granddads and grandmas hailed. It is also where our kin learned the ancient art of distilling illicit whiskey. There is a picture of one of the olde timey pots on the Black Bush bottle. They called the whiskey "poteen," meaning little pot, because they could distil small amounts of whiskey in it. This is the mountain dew, that which fired the bellys of the Fayette County boys in Pennsylvania in the Whiskey Rebellion and smoked the morning valleys of the Appalachians from West Virginia to Georgia.
So there is a story on the whiskey bottle, but it's a pale story beside a book that will give fire and drive to your life, and answer the world's greatest riddle, "Where do YOU come from? I am reading one of these books, "Donegal: History and Society," Geography Publications, Dublin, 1995. It has essays like, "Plantation in Donegal," "British Settler Society in Donegal c. 1625 to 1685," "Derry's Backyard: The Barony of Inishowen." That three out of twenty-eight. These essays get my Irish up. The writers have done their homework. They have gone to the original sources, the land records, the estate accounts, the unpublished manuscripts, the out of print forgotten records. They are scholars, and they tell it like it is.
Robert Cowan recently wrote about the Laggan and Inishowen. The laggan is what the highlanders in Inishowen called the lowlands. What is new in these essays and what strikes me so much as important and new is this: The entire Inishowen penisula was granted by King James to one man, Sir Arthur Chichester for his service to the crown in the Irish wars in the 1590's. We have had the Muster Roll of Donegal from 1630 in which there are three Cowans listed among his men. That's old news. The new information is that Chichester granted long term leases to his men, 200 acres to officers, smaller grants to the regular men. Read the history of the Plantation in Ireland. You will never come across that information. The Chichester records are in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland. His heirs became the Lords Donegal. They resided in Belfast. We must haste to seek those records out. How, we ask, how did our ancestors finance their voyages to America? They were not servants, they came as free men. This is the source that financed the emigration of the Ulster Scots from Ireland in the early 1700's. They held leases that had been in the family for 70 years or so, which they sold, they sold in mass and came, wave after wave in the first decades of the 1700'.s from Derry, from Portrush, from Killybegs and Coleraine, all the North of Ireland ports. The second major new hunk of information is that for each planned settlement, five plots of three to five acres each were designated to be held by merchants and craftsmen. Here was a another source of potential funds for emigrants. They sold their shops and wares and re-established themselves in these trades on the North American shores. Immediately abutting Inishowen to the south was the Laggan, the main parish of which was Raphoe. Raphoe was the most densely settled area

Marriage

Husband: James I. M. M. Cowan
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Wife: Unknown UNKNOWN
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Date: Abt 1742
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Child: John Cowan
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Child: Andrew Cowan
Child: Mary Ann Cowan
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