The book Ancestry and kin of the Cowden and Welch families by James Marcus Welch has been the cause of much confusion, attributing the origins of the John Cowden (b. ca. 1735), who married Mary Reynolds, to the Paxtang Cowdens. A more recent book, The Southern Cowdens claimed that John, the son of Matthew Cowden of Paxtang, migrated to the South rather than to western Pennsylvania. In support of this latter claim, it should be pointed out that the John Cowden who married Mary Reynolds did not die while en route from Paxtang to western Pennsylvania, as the Welch book claims. In June 1762 John Cowden entered warrants for the survey of 250 acres of land in Guilford Township in what would later become Franklin County, Pennsylvania (it was then Cumberland). He left a will and died there in 1776, fourteen years later, so there is every indication that he had settled in Guilford. His widow, Mary (Reynolds) Cowden remained there a widow and raised their children, until in January 1787, she and her children relocated to Washington County, Pa., where Mary submitted warrants to survey land on which the family continues to this day. Unfortunately, the origins of Mary Reynold’s husband are yet to be discovered.