Joel McCowen, 1850s, Clarke Co. MS, Upshur Co., TX
Anyone know anything about a Joel McCowen in the early 1850s in MS and TX?
I have two bits of information that may or may not be related:On 25 April 1853 a Joel McCowen married Eliza Alexander in Clarke Co. MS.Elizabeth L. (Eliza) Alexander is listed in the 1850 Clarke Co., MS Census in the home of her parents John Alexander (Jr.) and Frances Scarborough.We are not sure if this is the Eliza Alexander who married Joel McCowen.
In the late fall of 1851 a Joel McCowen served as a chain bearer on the survey of a land grant in Upshur Co., TX. The land was claimed by Matthew Alexander who was Eliza's uncle.We know that these Alexanders along with several friends and neighbors were moving back and forth between Texas and Clarke/Lauderdale Counties of Mississippi in the early 1850s and were back in Mississippi in 1853.
If this rings a bell, even faintly, please help me out.