Re: William Cozens from Ireland
I think William's daughter Sarah Couzens (b. abt 1811 in TN) married my gg-great Uncle James Wells Holmes of Ste. Genevieve Co. MO around 1834.In the 1850 Census for Ste Genevieve, her brother William H. Couzens was living with the Holmes couple and their children in the Saline township of Ste. Genevieve Co whileJames C. Couzens, his family and his father William lived near by.In the 1830 census for Ste Genevieve Co, the older William Cozens family lived next door to James's father William Holmes.In the 1840s Census the older William Cousins lived next door to James' brother Thomas E. Holmes, who probably lived on his father William Holmes' old homestead (William having moved abt 5 miles east to River Aux Vases with his youngest son Robert B. Holmes.
Apparently, William H. Couzens was a Capt. in the CSA during the Civil War and according the the autobiographical Confessions of Samuel Hildebrand, the infamous Missouri Bushwhacker joined the CSA under Capt William H. Holmes.Capt Holmes was listed as an authenticator for the autobiography and in the 1870s Census a young S. Hildebrand (son of the elder Samuel?) was listed in William Holmes' household as a laborer.
I have recently contacted a descendent of James and Sarah Holmes and he seems to have info about the Couzens family.