This Bible was given to me by my father's 1st cousin, Ethel May Morland Word in the 1970s.There are many locks of hair sprinkled through the Bible.(All my Cowans were blondes.My brother and I started out as "toe heads" but ended up in later life with brown hair.) Thirty years ago when I inherited this Bible my younger eyes could easily read the ink ... but either the ink is fading or my eyes are severely degenerating.(Ethel was about my age when I received the Bible and she said the writing was illegible, but 30 years ago I was able to make it out and transcribe it.) I can barely make it out now and must really find a way to preserve it.There are an additional set of Bible pages with L.B. Cowans handwriting that are maked "Virginia Lees Book March 8 1839" ... the borders around the pages are similar but dissimilar.) Looks like my greatgrandmother used old-fashioned library tape to mend the pages ... only good thing is its not the tape of the 40s and 50s that became ooey-gooey with age.Both sets of pages were loose within the Bible.(L.B Cowan was collecting information to apply to the DAR for membership, but never submitted the application.)
Fearing the potential loss of the information in it due to time and environmental issues, I want to put this information out where others searching the Cowans and collateral lines may find it of value.If someone knows of a place to post family photos, I have scanned the Bible pages.Not too bad, by adjusting the contrast, etc. about 99% of the writing is readable!
The title page of the Bible shows it was printed by J B Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 1869. The inside fly page says "To Mr. & Mrs. J. N. Cowan from G. Y. Higgins Selma December 15, 18??" (there's a hole where the last 2 digits should be.)
On the next flysheet in before the title page, is a note: Anna Deering died March 10th 1886 Age 24 years. (Anyone know of any Deerings tied into the Cowan family?)
On the BACK inside flysheet is my greatgrandmother's (Laura Blanche Kerr Cowan, John Newton Cowan's second wife) handwriting, stating: Cousin Mary Moor's grandfather was Littleton (She is referring to Littleton Rees ... as she is a descendant of Rebekah Harris and Joel Rees) ABOVE this note a list of Rees brothers: Joel William Littleton Drury James
OPPOSITE that page, again in her handwriting is the following list (exactly as she wrote it, including dashes and abbreviations): "Polly -- 16th July 1795 Betsy -- 31st Dec. 1796 Jordan -- 4th Sept. 1798 Blanch -- 16th Sept. 1800 Jane -- 31st Dec. 1802 Joel -- 16 Aug 1805 Rebecca -- 19th Jan 1803 Martha -- 23rd Aug 1810 This is a record of the family of my great grandfather Reese. [signature of] L. Blanche Cowan" (She spelled Reese with an "e" but in all the census, legal documents,etc. this family line appears to spell the name withOUT the "e") (The above information is on a half sheet of "bible" paper in very old handwriting, where she has written REESE, and may have come from a Reese family bible.On the back side of this same sheet is writing as though it was preparing the inscription for Emma's tombstone, but is confused by reference to Paisley who was Mattie Cowan's husband: "Paisley I shall remember Miss Emma"
On to the important stuff ... the Family Record pages: ENTRIES FOUND IN THE FAMILY BIBLE BELONGING TO LAURA BLANCHE (KERR) COWAN DISCOVERED IN HER TRUNK AFTER HER DEATH IN 1935
FROM THE PAGES MARKED, “VIRGINIA LEES BOOK MARCH 8, 1839”
BIRTHS John Cowan was born AD 1775 Rosana Gillespie was born October 7, 1777 James B. Clopton was born December 25, 1783 Mary C. Reese was born James G. Cowan was born Ap. the 27th 1802 Virgin Clopton July 24th 1813 Jane W Cowan was born July 1800 W J Cowan was born Aug 30 1836 Rosana J CowanSep 20 1837 Mary Elen Cowan was born Oct 10, 1839 John N. Cowan was born Jan 7, 1843 James Albert Cowan was born Dec 14th (19?) 1866 Mary Cornelia LivingstonNov 21st 1829 Virginia CloptonJuly 24th 1813 James M LeesFeb. 22nd 1805 Edwin Neptune LeesNov 4th 1837 Martha Francis Cowan April 20th 1853 William R. Cowan son of J. N and Emma W. Cowan born August 15th 1870 Rosa Ester LeesAugust 25th 1826 Alvin Ethelbert Cowan November 18th 1880 Ethel May Cowan February 16th 1885
MARRIAGES Theodore W. Livingston & Virginia Clopton May 24th 1827 James M. Lees and Virginia Livingston May 19th 1835 James G Cowan and Virginia Lees August 6 i850 John N. Cowan & Emma Clopton Feb. 27th 1866 Mary Elen Cowan and George Y Higgins Jan 17 1867 Rosa E Lees married to Henry Jones Apl 5, 1842 James G Cowan and Mary Moor Oct 27 1835 James G Cowan and Ann Campbell Nov 30 1848 John Cowan and Rosanna Gillespie re Aug the 27th 1799 John N Cowan & L. Blanche Kerr November 13th 1879 Mattis F. Cowan & Elijah D. 1878
DEATHS James B. CloptonSept. 6th 1836 AD 52 Yrs James G CowanApril 13th1872 Mary E HigginsSep 6 1868 James Albert CowanDec 16th 1867 William James CowanJulv 28 1853 Emma W. CowanMarch 14th1874 Mary Y CloptonAug 8 1873 William R. CowanAugust 18th 1870 Theodore W. LivingstonOct 12 1832 AC 26 Yrs Mary Cornelia LivingstonDied July 15 1842 Edwin Neptune LeesDied July 15 1862 James M LeesOct 3 1842 Virginia CowanOct 2nd 1876 Mattie Cowan PaisleyMarch 28th 1885
FROM UMARKED PAGES (FOUND IN THE SAME [COWAN] BIBLE), DEFINITELY TRANSCRIBED BY DIFFERENT HAND(s)
MARRIAGES John Cowan and Rosana Gillespie were married August the 27th 1799 James G. Cowan and Mary Moor were married Oct the 27th 1835 James G Cowan and Ann Campbell were married Nov the 30th 1848 James G Cowan and Virginia Lees were married Aug 6th 1850 John N Cowan and Emma W Clopton were married Fab 27th 1867 George Y Higgins and Mary E Cowan were married Jan 17th 1867 Theodore W Livingston and Virginia Clopton were May the 24th 1827 James M Lees and Virginia Livingston May the I9th 1835 Rosa E Lees and Henry Jones April the 5th 1842
BIRTHS John Cowan was born A.D. 1775 James B. Clopton was born Dee 25th 1783 Jane W Cowan was born July 2d (25?)1798 John D Cowan was born Apr 9th 1817 Maldonata Cowan was born June 4th 1811 Alexander T. Cowan was born Mar 26 1820 Virginia Clopton was born July 24th 1813 James M Lees born Feb 22d 1805 Rosana Gillespie was born Oct 7th 1777 Mary T. Reese was born the Edwin Neptune Lees born Nov 4th 1837 Martha Francis Cowan born April 20th 1853 Rosa Hester (Heston?) Lees born Aug 25th 1825 James Albert Cowan was born December 19th 1866 John Newton Cowan was born Jan 7th 1843 Mary E CowanOct 10th 1839 Rosana J. Cowan Sept 20th 1807 Wm J CowanAug 3d 1836 Mary MoorJuly 7th 1799 Jas G Cowan Apr 29th 1802
DEATHS John Cowan died Oct 12th 1821 Rosana Cowan died Aug the 17th 1857 Jane W Cowan died Oct the 26th 1827 John D. Cowan died April 5th 1838 Maldonata Cowan died March 17th 1835 Alexander T Cowan died Sept 23d 1827 Ann M. Cowan died Sept 20th 1849 Wm James Cowan died July 23d 1853 Mary Cowan died Dec 15th 1846 James G Cowan died April 13th 1872 Mary Cornelia Livingston died July 15th 1842 Edwin Neptune Lees died July the 15th 1842
Hope this helps someone ... and if you want copies of my scanned Bible pages, just e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org