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John William COWDEN
Rebecca RICHEY
Husband:  John William COWDEN
Birth:  1778
Death:  15 Sep 1863, Sullivan Co., IN
Will proved:  1867, Sullivan Co., IN (names children)
Marriage-1:  17 Dec 1802, Fayette Co., KY
Wife-1:  Mary TRIMBLE
Birth:  ca. 1779
Death:  presumably bef. 1815 
Father:  James TRIMBLE
Mother:  Ms. __?__
Marriage-2:  12 Nov 1815, Knox Co., Northwest Territory [now Sullivan Co., IN]
Wife-2:  Rebecca RICHEY
Birth:  1775-94
Children with Mary TRIMBLE:
1.  (Daughter A) COWDEN, b. 1803/4
2.  (Daughter B) COWDEN, b. 1804-10
3.  (Daughter C) COWDEN, b. 1804-10
4.  (Daughter D) COWDEN, b. 1810-20
5.  (Daughter E)  COWDEN, b. 1810-20
6.  (Daughter F) COWDEN, b. 1810-20

It's difficult to fit the daughters below into the scenario above.  I do not know the source of the birthdates for Elizabeth and Nancy, but Henrietta's birthdate is from the 1850 Census; however, like most middle-aged women, Henrietta was probably lying about her age (one source says she was born 1807).  What we do know is that we have six daughters above and only five named below.

.  Elizabeth COWDEN, b. 1806; m. William NEAL, s/o Thomas Edward NEAL & Jane McCAMMON 
.  Nancy COWDEN, b. 1808; m. Mr. FREDRICK 
Henrietta A. COWDEN, b. 1808/9, KY 
.  Martha Ann COWDEN, m. Mr. POSEY 
Eleanor "Ellen" COWDEN

Children with Rebecca RICHEY:
6.  John COWDEN, ca. 1816 
(John's wife was b. 1816/7, and it's unlikely he was younger than she.)


A.  Subject is said to use names John and William interchangeably.

B.  I've never dealt with anyone who managed to elude so many census takers!  Does anyone know where he was in 1830, 1840, 1850, and 1860?


1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Kentucky Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Cowden, John Tremble, Mary 17 Dec 1802 Fayette Co.

2.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Indiana Marriages: Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-228):
Cowden, John Richey, Rebecca 12 Nov 1815 Knox Co.

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313):
John/William Cowden not found.

4.  Family Quest Archives:  Indiana Federal Census 1820:  Fayette, Ripley, Spencer, Sullivan, Warwick, and Wayne Counties.  Heritage Quest CD M33-15 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 IN Sullivan Co. p. 126 John Cowden 100010-32110
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1810-1820 = John (b. ca. 1816)
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = John (b. 1778)
3 females 9 or under 1810-1820 = Daughter F
= Daughter E
= Daughter D
2 females 10-15 1804-1810 = Daughter C
= Daughter B
1 female 16-25 1794-1804 = Daughter A
1 female 26-44 1775-1794 = Rebecca
Four lines down from James TRIMBLE and three lines down form Theodosha (SMITH) BOOKER

5.  Family Quest Archives:  Indiana Federal Census 1830:  Fayette, Lawrence, Gibson, Sullivan, Boone, Vermillion, Hamilton, Rush, Martin, Madison, Allen, Pike, Decatur, St. Joseph, and Elkhart Counties.  Heritage Quest CD M19-26 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 IN Sullivan Co. p. 174 John Couhorn? 110 001 - 211 001
These data indicate a man in his 30s.  He is not our subject, who should be in his 50s in 1830.

6.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):
John/William Cowden not found.

7.  Census Microfilm Records:  Indiana, 1850 (Broderbund CD-302):
John/William Cowden not found.

8.  Census Records:  Indiana, 1860 (Broderbund CD-304):
John/William Cowden not found (none in Indiana old enough to be our subject).

9.  1906 Letter from Eliza Trimble to Winifred Markee Miles.  Contributed by Janet May.

10.  Archives of the TRIMBLE-L mailing list (online at RootsWeb.com):  a post from Janet May give's "William's" birthdate as 1778, place unknown, and deathdate as 15 Sep 1863, Sullivan Co., IN.   A post by Allen Griffith also gives John's birth/death years as "1778-1863."

11.  A gedcom file online at GENDEX. [link died]

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