Robert Hubbard (1800-1866) & Elizabeth Whitlock (1798-1853)

Robert Hubbard & Elizabeth Whitlock are my 4x great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandmother Elvira Hubbard.

Robert Hubbard was born about 1800 in Warren County, Tennessee. He was the son of James Hubbert and Elizabeth Anderson. (Some of the children retained the spelling of Hubbert, and some changed to Hubbard.)

Elizabeth Whitlock was born about 1798 in North Carolina. Her parents are unknown.

Robert & Elizabeth were probably married by 1817, because they had 3 children in 1820.

On the 1820 US Census, Robert was head of a household of 5 in Warren County, Tennessee: 1 male aged 16-25 (Robert was about 20); 3 females under age 10 (all unknown); and 1 female aged 16-25 (Elizabeth was about 22.)

On the 1830 US Census, Robert was head of a household of 7 in Warren County, Tennessee: 1 male under age 5 (unknown); 1 male aged 30-39 (Robert was about 30); 1 female under age 5 (Elvira was about 1); 3 females aged 5-9 (all unknown); 1 female aged 30-39 (Elizabeth was about 32).

Between 1833 & 1836, Hubbards, Cowans and Cavenesses formed a wagon train and moved to Arkansas.

Robert is listed on the 1837 Tax List for Benton County, Arkansas.

On the 1840 US Census, Robert was head of a household of 10 in Bailey, Benton County, Arkansas: 1 male aged 5-9 (unknown); 1 male aged 10-14 (unknown); 1 male aged 30-39 (Robert was about 40); 2 females under age 5 (Manerva was about 4, the other unknown); 1 female aged 5-9 (Martha was about 8); 1 female aged 10-14 (Elvira was about 11); 1 female ages 20-29 (unknown); 1 female aged 30-39 (Elizabeth was about 42).

On March 20, 1843, Robert purchased 80 acres of land in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

On the 1850 US Census, Robert, a farmer, was 50 and Elizabeth was 52. They lived in Osage, Benton County, Arkansas with their children Elvira, age 21; Martha, age 18; Manerva, age 14; and Susan, age 9. They were in a home with George Creager, his wife Jane Lusk Cowan, and their young children. George’s family was listed first on the census, despite being listed as having no real estate, while Robert is listed with $1600 worth of real estate. George was 35 and had no occupation. The Cowan and Hubbard families were well connected, having moved from Tennessee to Arkansas together, but I don’t know why these families were living together. The next year Elvira would marry Jane’s brother.

Elizabeth is thought to have died in 1853. She would have been about 55 years old.

On the 1860 US Census, Robert was 60 and still farming. He lived in Colville, Benton County, Arkansas with his daughter Elvira, age 30, her husband John Cowan, age 32 and a farmer, and their 4 children.

Robert is thought to have died in 1866. He would have been about 66 years old.

The children of Robert Hubbard & Elizabeth Whitlock:

There are at least 9 unknown children:
3 females under age 10 in 1820
3 females were were 5-9 in 1830, and 20 in 1840
1 male under age 5 in 1830 and aged 10-14 in 1840
1 male aged 5-9 in 1840
1 female under age 5 in 1840

Elvira Hubbard – My 3x great grandmother Eliza was born July 21, 1829 in Tennessee. She married John Gillespie Cowan in 1851 and they had 7 children. Elvira died July 11, 1918. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read about Elvira and John here.

Martha Hubbard – Martha was born December 28, 1831 in Tennessee. She married William Andrewville Cowan in about 1851, and they had at least 5 children. She died May 6, 1866 in Lowell, Benton County, Arkansas. She was 88. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Manerva Hubbard – Manerva was born in 1836 in Arkansas. On the 1870 US Census, she lived with sister Elvira’s family. She somehow ended up in Texas, and married William Guest on November 10, 1875 in Hill, Texas. They had a daughter, Elizabeth. (William was from Arkansas, and had been married and had quite a few children with his first wife Opal Phillips. He served in the Civil War and was considered to have died in the war. Opal received a widow’s pension. But he ended up in alive and well in Texas.) Manerva died prior to 1900, when William was found on the US Census with daughter Elizabeth in Washington State.

Susan Hubbard – Susan was born February 11, 1842 in Arkansas. She married Benjamin Wiley Cavness on December 30, 1866 in Benton County, Arkansas. He had served in the Civil War. They had at least 3 children. She died April 7, 1889 in Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas. She was 47. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

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 born April 15, 1793 in Tennessee. She is the daughter of Joseph Colville and Sarah Lusk.

It is said that Robert and his brother James went to Tennessee with Joseph Colville. Both Cowan brothers married daughters of Joseph Colville. Robert married Elizabeth Colville in about 1808.

The book “A History of Tennessee and Tennesseeans: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry, and Modern Activities” mentions that in 1809 the town of McMinnville, Tennessee chose land of Joseph Colville (my 5X Great Grandfather, father of Elizabeth Colville), John A. Wilson, and Robert Cowan for the building of a permanent courthouse.

On the 1820 US Census, Robert Cowan was head of a household in Franklin, Tennessee. There were 12 in the household: 3 males under age 10 (Larkin was 4, and the other two are unknown); 1 male aged 26-44 (Robert was 36); 2 females under age 10 (Louisa was 7 and the other two are unknown); 2 females aged 10-15 (unknown); 1 female aged 26-44 (Elizabeth was 27); 1 male slave under age 14; 2 female slaves under age 14.

On the 1830 US Census, Robert Cowan was head of a household in McMinn, Tennessee. There were 10 in the household: 2 males under age 5 (Marvel was 1 and John was 3); 1 male aged 10-14 (Larken was 14); 1 male aged 20-29 (unknown); 1 male aged 40-49 (Robert was 46); 2 females aged 5-9 (Martha was 5 and Nancy was 7); 1 female aged 10-14 (Jane was 10); 1 female aged 15-19 (Louisa was 17); 1 female aged 40-49 (Elizabeth was 37).

Members of the Cowan, Hubbard and Colville families, including three Cowan brothers – Robert, Samuel and James – came by wagon train from McMinn County, Tennessee to Benton County, Arkansas.

Robert Cowan appears on the 1836 tax list for Washington County, Arkansas.

On December 31, 1836 Robert Cowan was made Postmaster of Hubbards, Benton County, Arkansas. His brother James Cowan took over the position in May of 1844.

On the 1840 US Census, Robert Cowan was head of a household in Bailey, Benton County, Arkansas. There were 11 in the household: 1 male aged 5-9 (Walker was 7); 2 males aged 10-14 (Marvel was 11 and John was 13); 1 male aged 20-29 (Larkin was 24); 1 male aged 40-49 (Robert was 56); 1 female under age 5 (perhaps the Mary I’ve seen listed as their daughter, born in 1835); 2 females aged 15-19 (Martha was 15 and Nancy was 17); 1 female aged 20-29 (Jane was 20); 1 female aged 30-39 (Louisa was 27); 1 female aged 40-49 (Elizabeth was 47).

US General Land Office records show that Robert Cowan purchased 40 acres in Benton County, Arkansas on August 1, 1844.

On the 1850 US Census, Robert, a farmer, was 66 and Elizabeth was 57. They lived in Osage, Benton County, Arkansas. Four children were at home: John, age 22, a carpenter; Louisa, age 37; Marvel, age 20; Walker, age 17.

On the 1860 US Census, Robert was 76 and still farming. Elizabeth was 67. Living with them was 17-year-old Larkin Creager, their grandson. They lived in Colville Township, Benton County, Arkansas.

US General Land Office records show that Robert Cowan purchased an0ther 40 acres in Benton County, Arkansas on October 1, 1860.

Elizabeth died December 26, 1865 in Arkansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Robert died in September of 1870 (according to the Federal Census Mortality Schedule) in Lowell, Benton County, Arkansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The known children of Robert Cowan and Elizabeth Colville:

Louisa Cowan – Louisa was born September 17, 1813 in Tennessee.  She is found at age 37 living with her parents on the 1850 US Census.

Larkin Farrell Cowan – Larkin was born January 31, 1816 in Tennessee.  He married Martha Evelyn Stroud in about 1823 in Warren County, Tennessee. On the 1850 US Census, Larkin was 34,  and Martha was 27. They had 2 sons and Larkin was a farmer. He died in 1856 in Benton County, Arkansas. On the 1860 US Census, widowed Martha lived with 4 children and farmed next to her in-laws.

Jane Lusk Cowan – Jane was born May 4, 1820. She married George Lewis Creager on November 21, 1815 in Arkansas, and they had 4 children. He died in about 1855. She married Elisha Johnson, a widower with 6 kids, in 1858. They had a son. Jane died in 1893 in Benton County, Arkansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Nancy Laura Catherine Cowan – Nancy was born July 14, 1823 in Tennessee. She married George McGarrah in about 1824. They had 6 children. It’s not known when she died, but her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martha Ann Cowan – Martha was born 24 April 24, 1825 in Warren County, Tennessee.
She married Christopher Columbus Nail in about 1849. They had 5 children. She died January 2, 1900 in Benton County, Arkansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Gillespie Cowan – John was my 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Marvel Valero Cowan – Marvel was born November 30, 1829 in Tennessee. He married Margaret Peaks. They had 3 children. He was a blacksmith. He served as a Private in Company H of Gordon’s Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry. He married Mary McCall, and they had 5 children.

Walker S. Cowan – Walker was born March 16, 1833 in Benton County, Arkansas.  He married Nancy Jane Wilmoth and they had at least 2 children. He served in Confederate Army, Company A, 15th Northwest Arkansas Infantry.

Mary Elizabeth Cowan – Mary was born March 31, 1835 in Benton County, Arkansas. I have no record of her, but many genealogists list her and there’s a space for her on the 1840 census as a female under age 5.

 

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. Her parents are Robert Hubbard and Elizabeth Whitlock.

On 1860 US Census, John & Elvira farmed in Osage, Arkansas. Isabel was 8, Emily was 6, Thomas was 4 and Robert was 1.

On the 1870 US Census, John 42 and Elviry was 41, and they were still farming in Osage, Arkansas. Isabel was 18, Emily was 16, Thomas was 14, Robert was 11, Elizabeth was 8, Martha was 4, William was 7 months old. Also in the house is Elvira’s sister Manerva Hubbard, age 24, housekeeper.

On the 1880 US Census, John is 52, Elvira is 50, Elizabeth E is 18, Martha A is 13 and William is 10. A laborer named Quinton Drewery, age 18, is also in the house.

On the 1900 US Census, John is 73 and Elvira is 71. Granddaughter Maude Hicks, age 9, lives with them. They are farming in Washington, Arkansas.

On the 1910 US Census, they are still in Washington, Arkansas. John is 82 and farming. Elvira is 81. Living with them is son Thomas B, age 54, a carpenter.

John died January 6, 1915 in Bent, Arkansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Elvira died July 11, 1918. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Their children:

Isabell Cowan – Bell was born April 2, 1852 in Arkansas. She married Alfred Deal Baggett, a farmer, in Benton County, Arkansas on November 28, 1878. She died October 31, 1879 giving birth to twins who also died. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Emma Josephine Cowan – Emma was born 1854 in Benton County, Arkansas. She married Dr. Dodson Christian, M.D. in 1872 and they had 4 children, two of which died in infancy, and one which was adopted. She died in June 1899 in Washington County, Arkansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas B. Cowan – Read more about my great great grandfather here.

Robert Cowan –  Robert was born in May 1859 in Arkansas according to the 1900 US Census. He married Nannie A. Sharp on May 10, 1893 in Benton County, Arkansas. They had 4 children. By the 1910 US Census, Nannie is a widow, and she died in August 1944. I haven’t found a death record for Robert and I can’t find either of them on Find A Grave.

I’m confused about something. There’s a “sister” named Sallie Cowan living with Robert and Nannie in 1900, and living with widowed Nannie in 1910 noted as “sister-in-law.” I have identified the 7 children John and Elvira Cowan say they have on the 1900 census, and there is no Sallie. I found that Sallie married Haislip Alonzo McGaugh on November 3, 1921. (To further confuse the situation, he was previously married to Sallie Sharp, who I think is Nannie A Sharp’s sister. Sallie Sharp died April 27, 1921 and he made fast work of finding himself another Sallie, who had been living with his sister-in-law!) Sallie Lou Cowan McGaugh died December 21, 1943 in Benton County, Arkansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Haislip Alonzo McGaugh and both of his Sallie’s are buried in Barron Cemetery in Bentonville, Arkansas. But how is Sallie Lou Cowan related to Robert Cowan?

Also interesting to note, there’s a Nannie A. Cowan buried in Washington County, Arkansas who was born the same year as Robert’s wife Nannie, and died the same year as Robert’s Nannie. But she is buried with Richard G. Cowan, I found their marriage record, and I find them together on the census.

Elizabeth Elvira Cowan – Elizabeth was born October 24, 1861 in Arkansas. She married James Monroe Hicks on December 23, 1886 in Benton County, Arkansas. They had 2 children, but one died as a toddler. Elizabeth died on January 5, 1896. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. On the 1900 US Census their daughter Maude Hicks, age 9, is living with Elizabeth’s parents.

Martha Anna Cowan – Anna was born 1867 in Benton County, Arkansas. She married Robert Bennett Reed on December 22, 1887 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had 4 children. Robert was a farmer and then became a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service and then was a farmer again, in Benton County, Arkansas. He died in 1922. She died October 31, 1956. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Hayden Cowan – William was born December 13, 1869 in Arkansas. He married Eva Jane Vaughn on August 3, 1893 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had 3 children. Eva died in 1913. William married Lizzie Martin by 1920 and had two stepchildren. He was a mail carrier in Lowell, Arkansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

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 1900 US Census. His parents are John Gillespie Cowan (1827-1915) and Elvira Hubbard Cowan (1829-1919.) You can see their Find A Grave memorials here.

Martha Josephine Johnston was born in Arkansas in June 1855 according to the 1900 US Census. Her parents are Samuel Houston Johnston and Margaret Hickman. See her father’s Find A Grave memorial here.

Thomas and Martha were married December 25, 1876 in Benton County, Arkansas. Thomas was 20 and Martha was 18.

On the 1880 US Census they are farming in Colville, Arkansas.  Thomas is 24, Martha is 21, their son Charles E is 2 and their son Henry is 9 months old.

On the 1900 US Census they are in Springdale. Thomas is 45 and a carpenter. Martha is 45. Son Albert G is 18 and a day laborer. Daughter Mary M is 14. They’ve had 5 children, 4 of whom are living.

On the 1910 US Census, Thomas is 54, divorced, and living with his parents John and Elvira Cowan in Washington, Arkansas. He works as a carpenter in the housing industry.

Martha married George Skeith in Washington County, Arkansas on April 20, 1907. George was a widower with three grown children. On the 1910 US Census, Martha J was 52 and George Skeith was 63 (born in Scotland, a stock dealer). They lived in McAlester, Oklahoma with Martha’s daughter May Cowan who is 24, and adopted daughter Edna Johnson who is 16. George died in 1913, and his will refers to his wife as Josie.

Martha married Isaac P. Brown on February 17, 1916 in Pittsburg, Oklahoma. Isaac was a widowed carpenter with three grown children. Martha died in 1920 and her Find A Grave memorial is here.

I can’t find Thomas in 1920, but his parents have both passed by then. In 1930 he is still in Washington, Arkansas. He is 76, living alone and is a carpenter in a repair shop. I lose track of him after this.

Their children:

Charles E. Cowan – He was born in Arkansas in 1878, I have no record of him after the 1880 US Census when he is 2 years old.

John Henry Cowan – He was born August 5, 1879 in Benton County, Arkansas. He married Cora A. Smith in Washington County, Arkansas on January 22, 1902. They had 6 children. They were in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1910 and in Tulsa, Oklahoma by 1920. John worked as a manager at a telephone company is 1910, as a warehouse foreman for Nichols Transfer Company in 1920, and as a farmer in 1930. He died in 1938 and his Find A Grave memorial is here. Cora died in October 1976 and her Find A Grave memorial is here.

His younger brother Albert worked for telephone companies most of his life, and I wonder if John didn’t get him started in that line of work.

Albert Gibson Cowan – He is my great grandfather, and you can read about him here.

Charlotte May Cowan – (Pictured with her daughter.) May was born in September 1885 in Arkansas. In 1912 married Ruby J. Cambron, a plumber, and they had 2 children. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.