Cowan married Jean Montgomery on April 22, 1794 in Washington County, TN
according to a note in the Allen Papers file (“Roddy” family file?).
A John Waddill was the Justice of the Peace (I think, or perhaps
is a Cowan family tree page (or pages) that shows Samuel Cowan as “early
Knoxville settler” as having married Jane Montgomery.
He was the son of another Samuel Cowan and Anne Walker.
document was in the “Van Deventer file” but I think that it was found
under “Cowan” in the vertical genealogy files in the McClung
Deed (sale), volume GV1 and page numbers 96-97;
dated October 31, 1800
transaction would have taken place during the time of the Samuel Cowan vs
Joseph Haston “timothy lot” case. Some of the proceedings of that trial occurred during the
same month that Samuel Cowan bought the land in this current transaction.
land was purchased from Moses McWhorter for $700.
included 220 acres.
in Knox County on the Clinch River, near John McIntire’s Spring House.
witnessed by William C/Grilley and Luke Lea and registered on
November 23, 1801.
land was not south of the Holston, opposite of Knoxville…as was the
“timothy lot” property.
Note: I discovered that Samuel Cowan owned quite a bit of land,
especially several lots inside of Knoxville.
Estate Deed, Vol 1, C1; page 351 (June 1, 1795)
Lea purchased 200 acres from Luke Lea for the price of 50 pounds.
property was located on the “north side of the Holston River on the
east fork of Third Creek.”
adjoined David Walker’s land and Governor Blount’s land.
Cowan (in another document) is said to have owned land that adjoined
Major Lea and William Lea. Was this that property?
If so, it was north of the Holston and not near the “timothy
– Sheriff Sale: Sheriff
Joseph Love to Nathaniel Cowan; Volume
NV1, pages 232-233 (January 11, 1809)
document is part of the Samuel Cowan estate sale.
Nathaniel Cowan was the brother of Samuel, and was his business
acres of land on Third Creek
Cowan and Polly Purnel Cowan were the heirs of Samuel
looks like “Seth Craig” (?) sued the estate of Samuel for $319.93
that Samuel owed him for “debt damages and costs.”
looks like the Sheriff sold half of a 200 acre tract of land that
Samuel had owned to pay off this debt.
land adjoined David Walker, Wm. Dunins (?) and Governor Blount and
Seth Johnstone and Seth Job (?) (Major Lea and William Lea had made a
line with Johnstone when they owned the property.)
appears that Nathaniel Cowan and Samuel Cowan purchased this land in
February of 1796 (says1896 but that couldn’t be true) from Major Lea.
appears that Nathaniel Cowan (through his agent, Richard Beardon)
purchased the other half of the land at the Sheriff’s auction for
This transcription may not be totally accurate and should be
re-transcribed before relying upon it.
This document just shows that Samuel Cowan had owned some land
north of the Holston, in addition to the land he owned (or claimed to have
owned) in the vicinity of the “timothy lot” that was “south of the
Holston and opposite of Knoxville.”
|From Laura Cowan Cooper: (February 7, 2007)
With DNA testing some of the connections that you have on
this page are no
James Cowan that was married to Margaret Russell is not son
of Samuel Cowan that married Jane Walker. The
information at McClung was long before DNA and we know that
this James has been sawed off that tree. Van Deventer never
dreamed that this was not true. When we sawed this James off
the tree we also took Samuel and Nathaniel Cowan with him -
the relationship is well established in the court records of
The DNA for descendants of James Cowan is connected to the
R1a Haplogroup. The Samuel Cowan that married Jane
Walker or the 3 Cowan males that married 3 Walker females is
You have a really wonderful web site that had developed well
over the years and I think that some of this would be well
addressed with your research. You all have spent a lot
more time probably looking at these Cowans than many of the
Cowan researchers. This is not my Cowan line but one since I
live in Sevier County, am Cowan list mom as well as running
the Cowan DNA
Project have great interest in seeing sorted correctly. We
have at least 4 if not more different Cowan lines in this
area - maybe more if I could get some of the other lines
Anyway - I just want to caution you on the Van Deventer
file, the Allen as well as Parham papers since we have DNA
to sort these lines a little better.
We know that James, Samuel and Nathaniel were brothers -
Knox County records show this relationship. We have DNA from
one of the descendants of James Cowan. The DNA from that
line is R1a and there are a group of other men that also
match this line. We have been unable to link the lines but
we do know that one of the men that matches the Knox County
Cowan line is from NC.
Joseph Cowan has a Revolutionary War Pension file - we think
of him from being around Cowan's Ford, NC - Burke County and
Mecklenburg County, NC.
Also on the Knox County GenWeb Page, we pick up Ramsey
talking about James Cowan for Bertie Co, NC - think I have
the correct county. I would say that he would know where
James Cowan was from and I feel that he was talking about
the James Cowan that died in 1801. We are told that Cowans
came from NC with James White - think I read that today on
your web page and we know that Jean Montgomery was from
Salisbury, NC. I think there is a newspaper blurb that says
that as it announces the marriage.
Of course all of the is from my memory.
The other R1a men from other interesting areas. One cluster
is from SC. The researchers in the R1a Cowan Group have not
been able to link any of them together. Now we were able to
link the SC group together, but then we had more to work
with and they the ones that we linked just didn't have their
line back that far so it was easy.
The DNA Project suggests that the Jefferson County, TN
Jonathan Cowan and Joseph Cowan match in DNA and they match
the large group of men in the project that we would stamp 7
brother or the 3 Cowan men that married 3 Walker women -
anyway they would all go back to one common ancestor. Anyway
on the web page listed about, this group has been broken
down into clusters. I think that you will be able to pick
out the groups that I am talking about.
Laura Cowan Cooper
Co-Administrator Cowan DNA Project
Laura Cowan Cooper of Kodak, TN