Category Archives: Cowan Family History

Robert Cowan (1784-1870) and Elizabeth Colville (1793-1865)

Robert Cowan and Elizabeth Colville are my 4X Great Grandparents. Robert Cowan was born June 22, 1784 in Washington County, Virginia. He was the son of William Cowan, who served in the American Revolution, and Jane Walker. Elizabeth Colville was … Continue reading

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Am I related to Lana Turner on the Cowan side?

I haven’t done much genealogy lately, because I’ve gone back to college. I’m on fall break this week and conveniently a genealogy project has fallen into my lap. My mom died 6 years ago today, and she was a big … Continue reading

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February 2nd – The Day my Grandparents Die

One of my grandfathers died before I was born. The three grandparents I knew all died on February 2nd. Bizarre, right?      I grew up living with my maternal grandparents. My Grandpa Wallace Paul Cowan died on February 2, 1988. … Continue reading

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Wallace Paul Cowan (1903-1988) & Ellen Cecelia Barber (1908-1990)

Wallace Paul Cowan & Ellen Cecelia Barber Cowan are my grandparents, the parents of my mother Carol Ann Cowan Hopper. Wallace Paul Cowan was born on January 25, 1903 in Arkansas. He is the son of Albert Gibson Cowan and … Continue reading

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The Tomato Dream – Poem by Wallace Paul Cowan (1903-1988)

          Here’s a poem written by my grandfather, Wallace Paul Cowan. Midland Hardware refers to the Midland True Value Hardware store located at Antioch Shopping Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  He worked there after “retirement” in … Continue reading

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Ma Terry’s Boarding House – Selina Martin Terry (1873-1952)

My grandfather, Wallace Paul Cowan (1903-1988), moved from Springdale, Arkansas to Kansas City, Missouri in the late 1920s. This picture is dated 1928, and Paul was standing outside of what he called Ma Terry’s Boarding House at 2512 Prospect in … Continue reading

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John Gillespie Cowan (1827-1915) & Elvira Hubbard Cowan (1829-1919)

John Gillespie Cowan was born August 29, 1827 in Tennessee. His parents are Robert Cowan and Elizabeth Colville. You can see Robert’s Find A Grave memorial here and Elizabeth’s here. Elvira Hubbard Cowan was born July 21, 1829 in Tennessee. … Continue reading

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Thomas B. Cowan (1855-?) & Martha Josephine Johnston (1855-1920)

I have no pictures of my great great grandparents Thomas B. Cowan and Martha Josephine Johnson Cowan, and I’m missing quite a bit of information about them. Thomas B. Cowan was born in Arkansas in May 1855 according to the … Continue reading

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Update – Albert Gibson Cowan (1884-1963) is my Great Grandfather

Without a doubt, Albert Gibson Cowan (born in Arkansas in 1884 and died in Missouri in 1963) is my great grandfather! In July I posted about my detective work here. I requested Albert’s medical records from Nevada State Hospital after reading … Continue reading

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Filling Stations in Springdale Arkansas 1920s

My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan (1903-1988) always loved cars, and worked at filling stations as a young man in Springdale, Arkansas. These are some of his photos. I’ve captioned them with what Paul wrote on the back of each. Bearcat Oil … Continue reading

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