John William Coward

Brief Life History of John William

When John William Coward was born on 4 December 1815, in Carcroft, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, James Coward, was 34 and his mother, Margaret Leech, was 28. He married Mary Anne Litler on 2 January 1841, in Witton, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom in 1871 and Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom in 1881. He was buried in Weaverham, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.

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John William Coward
Mary Anne Litler
Marriage: 2 January 1841
John William Coward
Mary Elizabeth Coward
Clara Coward
Clement Coward
Albert Bancroft Coward
Peter Bancroft Coward
Sarah Bancroft Coward

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  • John William Coward, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • John William Coward, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • John William Coward, "England, Cheshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1606-1900"

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Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a cowherd, Middle English couh(i)erde, couhirde, couhurde (Old English cūhyrde). The surname has nothing to do with the modern English word coward, which is from Old French cuard, a pejorative term from coue ‘tail’ (from Latin cauda) with reference to an animal with its tail between its legs.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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