Nancy Cousins, daughter of William Cousins and wife of Samuel Allen
William Cousins of Sugar Creek Twp, Venango County, Pennsylvania died in 1825 leaving a will, see Venango County Will Book A page 40, written 15 April 1825 and probated 23 April 1825.William left a widow, Mary Ann, and five living children, or sons Thomas & William; and daughters Elizabeth, Nancy and Sarah.William also mentions that an equal share was to go to his son Samuel's children, not named.Witnesses were Royal Brown and John Wilson.
As the will does not mention the husbands of the daughters, there has been much speculation about various Cousin women with the names of those mentioned in William's will.A recent examination of the deeds located in the Register of Deeds office, Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania, proves that Nancy Cousins, daughter of William, was married to a Samuel Allen by 1830 and both living in Muskingum County, Ohio by that date as well.
Venango County Pennsylvania Deed G: 79-80
A deed located in the Register of Deeds office, Franklin, PA, Deed Book G, pages 79 & 80, dated 20 September 1830 and recorded January 1836, identifies the grantors as Samuel Allen and his wife, Nancy, daughter and devisee of William Cousins, deceased, who had resided in Sugar Creek Twp, Venango County, PA, at the time of his death.Samuel and Nancy sold her share in William’s estate to John D. Hawthorn of Sugar Creek Twp, Venango County, PA, for $150.00.Please note that William’s land was adjacent to that of David Mead, deceased.
Please note that Samuel Allen was noted as living in Sugar Creek Twp, Venango County, PA during the 1810 federal census but by 1820 was located in Rich Hill Twp, Muskingum County, Ohio.Samuel and Nancy continued to live there and were noted there as late at the 1860 federal census when Samuel is 77 years of age born PA; and, Nancy is 69 years born PA.
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