According to the 1880 census, Charlie and Lizzie Cowan lived in Mt Ulla township, Rowan County.
Charles Cowan, black, male, 56 years, farmer, born N.C., parents born N.C.
Elisabeth, black, female, 51 years, keeping house, born N.C., parents born N.C.
John, black, male, 27 years, son, farm labourer, born N.C.
Emma, black, 22 years, daughter-in-law, boarder, born N.C.
Charles, black, 19, son, farm labourer, born N.C.
William, black, 16, son, farm labourer, born N.C.
Eliza, black, female, 11, daughter, at home, born N.C.
Mary, black, female, 9, daughter, born N.C.
Lillie, black, female, 1, granddaughter, born N.C.
Elizabeth had passed away by 1900 -- the census that year has Charles Cowan living with a daughter and grandchildren in Mt. Ulla.
Charles Cowan, black, male, born Nov 1824, widowed, a farmer. He owned his farm freehold.
Eliza Cowan, daughter, born Apr 1867, single
Lizzie Cornelius, granddaughter, born Mar 1883
Arthur Cowan, grandson, born Nov 1883, farm labourer
↑ "North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F363-G6J : 20 February 2021), Lizzie Witherspoon in entry for John H. Cowan, 07 Jan 1930; citing Mt. Ulla Township, Rowan, North Carolina, reference cn 233, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,943,012.
↑ Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data:1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Year: 1870; Census Place: Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina; Roll: M593_1158; Page: 565B.
↑ Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data:United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Year: 1900; Census Place: Mount Ulla, Rowan, North Carolina; Roll: 1216; Page: 7; Enumeration District: 0110; FHL microfilm: 1241216.