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William L. COWARD
Mary Ellen DAVIS
Husband:  William L. COWARD
Birth:  Oct 1842, MS
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Alexander W. COWARD (1819-c1860s) of KY
Mother:  Elizabeth MITCHELL (1826-1855) of KY
Marriage:  24 Dec 1865, Alexander Co., IL
Wife:  Mary Ellen DAVIS
Birth:  Jan 1847, IL
Occupation:  homemaker
Children:
.  William COWARD, b. Jan 1877
.  Della S. COWARD, b. Aug 1879
.  Myrtle E. COWARD, b. Jan 1882; m. Elijah Harris WILLIAMSON, brother of John Anderson WILLIAMSON
.  Alexander C. COWARD, b. Dec 1884
"Niece":
.  Edna TWINAM / TWINEM, b. Feb 1887, Sandusk
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi

Sources:

.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
William L. COWARD
Spouse: Mary E. DAVIS
Marriage: 24 Dec 1865, Alexander, Illinois
Source: Marriage Records, 1819-1918. Alexander County (Illinois). County Clerk

1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #

1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 5):  Sandusky Pct., Alexander Co., IL, Roll T9_175, p. 122A, PN 13, SD 8, ED 5, enumerated 21 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 21 22 23 24 25 26
93 101 Coward Wm L W M 35       / Farmer       MS SC MS
    ______ Mary Ellen W F 33   Wife   / Keeping house       IL   TN
    ______ Joseph E W M  9   Son     - /     IL MS IL
    ______ Mary S W F  6   Dau     -       " " "
    ______ James W W M  3   Son     -       " " "
    ______ Ellen W F 3?   Dau     -       " " "
    ______ Delphena W F 8/12 Sep Dau     -       " " "
    Lawrence Benj W M 16   Nephew     at home /   / " IL IL
    Lawrence John W M 21   " /   Farm laborer   / / " " "

1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 16 Edna was indexed "Tinman"):  Unity Pct., Alexander Co., IL, Roll T623_237, p. 212A, SN 7, SD 16, ED 14, enumerated 25 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
148 148 Coward William L Head W M Oct 1842 57 M 32     MS KY KY Farmer 0   Y Y Y O F F 53
    ______ Mary E Wife W F Jan 1847 53 M 32 9 5 IL NC AL       Y Y Y        
    ______ William Son W M Jan 1877 23 S       IL MS IL Farm Laborer 3   Y Y Y        
    ______ Della S Dau W F Aug 1879 20 S       IL MS IL       Y Y Y        
    ______ Myrtle E Dau W F Jan 1882 18 S       IL MS IL     0 Y Y Y        
    ______ Alexander C Son W M Dec 1884 15 S       IL MS IL Farm Laborer 0 0 Y Y Y        
    Twiman Edna Niece W F Feb 1887 13 S       IL IL IL     0 Y Y Y        
Listed two households from Frank & Sarah (TWENTE) STRAUB, whose son, Leonard STRAUB, would later marry Edna TWIMAN.

WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

.  Messages posted to the Alexander County, Illinois, Location Board (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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