Yesterday I found W. Cown (66 yrs old, Male, White, Farmer, Born in SC) and Mary Otts (66 yrs old so DOB would have been 1794, F, W, Born in SC) in the 1860 Census of Poolsville, Southern Spartanburg County, SC, Handwritten pg #84, Stamped pg 353B, Lines 19-20, "W. Cown and Mary Otts". William Cown and Mary Otts are 66 yrs old. W. Cown has not real estate value. They live next door to J.Z. Coan and Harriet Coan with the 2 young daughters, Mary A. and Tilula E.)
My husband has ties to the Coan/Cowan/Cown/Cowen/Coen/Cohen/Cohan/etc family. His line is John Coan + unknown Shurbutt had Zadok Coan + Susan Ann Quinn who had William Edward Cohen + Kathryn Elizabeth Kelly who had Mable Louise Cohen + Clyde Harris who had William Clyde Harris + Peggy Prince (hubby's parents).
I'm trying to discover who John Coan's father was. The names "Zadok" and "Talula" are family names repeated. Because "W. Cown" is living next door to a "J.Z. Coan" with a daughter named "Tilula E.", I'm thinking that this W. Cown is John's father and that J.Z. Coan is John's brother. Just supposition.
There is a John and Rebecca Otts in Spartanburg, SC in the 1850 Census (Ancestry.com, Roll M432_858, Pg 284, Image 569, Lines 1-2, "John Otts"). This John Otts is 84 yrs old (DOB would have been 1766), M, W, Farmer, $400 Real Estate Value, Born in SC. Is it possible that this John Otts is Mary's father (or father-in-law)? There is a John Ott in the 1810 and 1820 Census of Spartanburg, SC.
1850 Federal Census of Union County, SC Published by Broad River Basin Historical Society on 3/1993, Pg 57, Dwelling 470, Head is "Zadok Sherbert"
"Dwelling 470, Zadok Sherbert, 51, W, M, Cropper, Born in SC
"Mahala, 35, W, F, Born in SC
"Harriet, 11, W, F, Born in SC
"Didemia, 8, W, F, Born in SC
"Gabriel, 6, W, M, Born in SC
"Sarah, 4, W, F, Born in SC
"Barbara, 1, W, F, Born in SC
"James, 20, W, M, Laborer, Born in SC
"Zadok Cowan, 4, W, M, Born in SC (would grow up to marry Susan Ann Quinn and be my husband's 2greatgrandfather)
"Cansadia, 2, W, F, Born in SC
"Nancy, 3/12, W, F, Born in SC"
Other Cowans in Union County, SC, this is Zade's father
"Dwelling 839, Albert Means, 32, W, M, Planter, $4,500, Born in SC"
"Elizabeth, 23, W, F, Born in SC (Daughter of William and Elizabeth Cowan)
"Sarah, 3, W, F, Born in SC
"Nancy, 1, W, F, Born in SC
"John Cowan, 33, W, M, Laborer, Born in Ireland"
"Dwelling 405, George West, 29, W, M, Born in SC
"Janetta, 34, W, F, Born in Ireland (Daughter of William and Elizabeth Cowan)
"Leitner, 9, W, M, Born in SC
"Sarah, 7, W, F, Born in SC
"Paschal, 5, W, M, Born in SC
"William, 3, W, M, Born in SC
"George, 2, W, M, Born in SC
"Edith, 1/12, W, F, Born in SC
"William Cowan, 84, W, M, Born in Ireland (This is probablyy Janetta and John's Grandfather)
"Elizabeth Harmond, 20, W, F, Born in SC"
Right now I think that John Cowan was married to Zadok Sherbert's daughter and when she died (probably in childbirth because the baby is only 3 months old) he left the children with her father and sister-in-law and her children while he worked nearby. William Cowan may be John's father or grandfather.
But in 1850 William Cowan, 84, is in Union along with John and little Zadok/Cansada/Nancy while the W. Cown and Mary Otts, 66, are in Spartanburg. Later Zadok and Susan and family move to Spartanburg from Union and they died there.
So is W. Cown and Mary Otts related? My question for this forum is who is Mary Otts? Is she related to John Otts in Sptbg and where did he come from?
Sharon in SC (firstname.lastname@example.org)