William Cowan

William Cowan (1858 - 1928)

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William Cowan
Born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in West Rainton, Co. Durham, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hull, East Yorkshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Nov 2015 | Last significant change: 6 Nov 2018
07:46: Malcolm Cowan edited the Biography for William Cowan. [Thank Malcolm for this]
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William Cowan was born in Scotland.

Biography

William Cowan was born on 11 Aug 1858[1] in Old Monkland, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland, to parents Adam Cowan and Mary (Bell) Cowan. His baptism took place on 1st November 1858[2].

William was the fourth of nine children in the family. His older siblings were James, Agnes and Thomas (1). His younger siblings were Adam, Thomas (2), Grace Lilias, George and Walter.

The 1861 Scotland Census[3] shows the family living in Corrie Common, Dumfriesshire. William is two years of age.

In about 1865, soon after the birth of their fifth child, Thomas (2), the family moved to Wingate, Co. Durham, England, where William grew up.

The 1871 England Census[4] shows the family living in Wingate, Co. Durham, England. William's age is 12.

In the 1881 England Census[5] William's job is coal miner. Soon after that time he left the mine and began work in the ticket office at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leamside_railway_station Leamside Railway Station]. According to family stories[6], Ellen Cochrane's father Robert Cochrane helped William to get the job at the station. At that time the Station Master at Leamside Station was James Lowrie, who held the post for almost fifty years until his retirement in 1909.

Link to photograph of Leamside Station: http://www.disused-stations.org.uk

Link to a WikiTree page about Leamside Railway Station.

On 6 August 1890, he married Ellen Cochrane in West Rainton[7]. Between 1891 and 1897 he and Ellen had four children, Margaret, Adam, Mary and William.

In the 1891 Census[8] his address was 5 Carr Row, Pit House Lane, West Rainton. In the 1901 Census[9] his address was 209 Leamside Lane, West Rainton.

In about 1904, the family moved south to Hull, Yorkshire, where William began work at the Botanic Crossings railway station. He continued working there until ill-health prevented him from continuing. The 1911 England Census[10] shows that the family address was 69 Newstead Street, Hull.

Botanic Gardens Station
Botanic Gardens Station

In October 1917 he and Ellen went to a photographer in Hull and had family photos taken as gifts for family members. This photo shows William and Ellen together.

William Cowan and Ellen (Cochrane) Cowan in October 1917

He died at his home at 69 Newstead Street, Hull, on 28 March 1928[11] .

According to Doris Lawson, William's daughter-in-law, William Cowan stood 6' 6" tall (1.98m) and had blue eyes[12] .

Sources

  1. #Cowan1864_1
  2. #Cowan1864_2
  3. #Cowan1864_3
  4. #Cowan1864_4
  5. #Cowan1864_5
  6. #Cowan1864_1
  7. #Cowan1864_6
  8. #Cowan1864_7
  9. #Cowan1864_8
  10. #Cowan1864_9
  11. #Cowan1864_10
  12. #Cowan1864_1
  • Source: #Cowan1864_1: Cowan Family Records, recollections of Doris Lawson
Date of birth is 11 Aug 1858 according to family records. His official baptism record shows 1st November 1858 and records his birth on this date.
  • Source: #Cowan1864_2: Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950: FHL Film Number: 6035516
Name: William Cowan
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 1 Nov 1858
Birth Place: New Monkland, Lanark, Scotland
Father: Adam Cowan
Mother: Mary Bell
FHL Film Number: 6035516
  • Source: #Cowan1864_3: 1861 Scotland Census: Parish: Hutton; ED: 3; Page: 8; Line: 7; Roll: CSSCT1861_144
Name: William Cowan
Age: 2
Estimated birth year: abt 1859
Relationship: Son
Father's name: Adam Cowan
Mother's name: Mary Cowan
Gender: Male
Where born: Airdrie, Lanarkshire
Registration Number: 831
Registration district: Hutton
Civil Parish: Hutton
County: Dumfriesshire
Address: Corriecommon
ED: 3
Household schedule number: 31
LINE: 7
Roll: CSSCT1861_144
Household Members:
Name Age
Adam Cowan 34
Mary Cowan 30
James Cowan 9
Agness Cowan 7
Thomas Cowan 5
William Cowan 2
  • Source: #Cowan1864_4: 1871 England Census: Class: RG10; Piece: 4976; Folio: 96; Page: 47; GSU roll: 847433
Name: William Cowan
Age: 12
Estimated birth year: abt 1859
Relation: Son
Father's name: Adam Comen
Mother's name: Mary Comen
Gender: Male
Where born: Scotland
Civil Parish: Wingate
Ecclesiastical parish: Wingate
Town: Wingate Colliery
County/Island: Durham
Country: England
Registration district: Easington
Sub-registration district: Easington
ED, institution, or vessel: 19
Household schedule number: 235
Piece: 4976
Folio: 96
Page Number: 47
Household Members:
Name Age
Adam Cowan 44
Mary Cowan 40
James Cowan 19
Agnes Cowan 17
William Cowan 12
Adam Cowan 10
Thomas Cowan 7
Grace Cowan 4
George Cowan 9 Months
  • Source: #Cowan1864_5: 1881 England Census: Class: RG11; Piece: 4974; Folio: 58; Page: 42; GSU roll: 1342196
Name: William Cowan
Age: 22
Estimated birth year: abt 1859
Relationship to Head: Son
Father: Adam Cowan
Mother: Mary Cowan
Gender: Male
Where born: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Civil Parish: West Herrington
County/Island: Durham
Country: England
Street address: 56 Lanton St
Education:
Employment status:
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Occupation: Coalminer
Registration district: Houghton Le Spring
ED, institution, or vessel: 15
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 4974
Folio: 58
Page Number: 42
Household Members:
Name Age
Adam Cowan 56
Mary Cowan 50
William Cowan 22
Adam Cowan 19
Thomas Cowan 16
Grace L. Cowan 13
George Cowan 10
Walter Cowan 8
  • Source: #Cowan1864_6: England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973: FHL Film Number: 1514524; Reference ID: 449
Name: William Cowan
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Age: 31
Birth Date: 1859
Marriage Date: 6 Aug 1890
Marriage Place: West Rainton, Durham, England
Father: Adam Cowan
Spouse: Ellen Cochrane
FHL Film Number: 1514524
Reference ID: 449
  • Source: #Cowan1864_7: 1891 England Census: Class: RG12; Piece: 4118; Folio: 74; Page: 6; GSU roll: 6099228
Name: William Cowan
Age: 32
Estimated birth year: abt 1859
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Ellen Cowan
Gender: Male
Where born: Abbey, Scotland [Airdrie - Abbey is a transcription error]
Civil Parish: West Rainton
Ecclesiastical parish: West Rainton
Town: Pit House Lane
County/Island: Durham
Country: England
Street address: 5 Carr Row, Pit House Lane, West Rainton
Occupation: Assistant Station Master
Condition as to marriage:
Education:
Employment status:
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Registration district: Houghton Le Spring
ED, institution, or vessel: 14
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 4118
Folio: 74
Page Number: 6
Household Members:
Name Age
William Cowan 32
Ellen Cowan 28
  • Source: #Cowan1864_8: 1901 England Census: Class: RG13; Piece: 4697; Folio: 98; Page: 32
Name William Cowan
Age 42
Estimated Birth Year abt 1859
Relation to Head Head
Gender Male
Spouse Ellen Cowan
Birth Place Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Civil parish West Rainton
West Rainton, Durham, England
Ecclesiastical parish West Rainton St Mary
Town Leamside Lane - Address 209 Leamside Lane, West Rainton
Occupation: Assistant Station Master
County/Island Durham
Country England
Registration district Houghton Le Spring
Sub-registration district Hetton le Hole
ED, institution, or vessel 14
Piece 4697
Folio 98
Page number 32
Household schedule number 209
Household Members
Name Age
William Cowan 42
Ellen Cowan 35
Margaret Cowan 9
Mary Cowan 6
William G Cowan 3
Allison M Blackett 27
Name: William Cowan
Age in 1911: 52
Estimated birth year: abt 1859
Relation to Head: Head
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Airdrie Costland, Lanarkshire
Civil Parish: Sculcoates
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County/Island: Yorkshire-East Riding
Country: England
Street address: 69 Newstead Street Hull
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: (railway) Tk Collector (out Of Work)
Registration district: Sculcoates
Registration District Number: 521
Sub-registration district: West Sculcoates
ED, institution, or vessel: 23
Piece: 28734
Household Members:
Name Age
William Cowan 52
Ellen Cowan 45
Margaret Cowan 19
Mary Cowan 16
William Gordon Cowan 13
Sidney Charles Dick 21
  • Source: #Cowan1864_10: England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007: Mar 1928; Hull; 9d - 337
Name: William Cowan
Birth Date: abt 1859
Date of Registration: Mar 1928
Age at Death: 69
Registration district: Hull
Inferred County: Yorkshire East Riding
Volume: 9d
Page: 337


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William Cowan and Ellen Cowan in October 1917
William Cowan and Ellen Cowan in October 1917

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