John Clements Cowden

1863–April 1942 (Age 79)
Iowa, United States

The Life of John Clements

When John Clements Cowden was born in 1863, in Iowa, United States, his father, James Cowden, was 35 and his mother, Adaline Tubbs, was 38. He married Francis Nelson Jenks on 9 June 1886, in California, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in California, United States in 1870 and Union Judicial Township, San Joaquin, California, United States in 1880. He died in April 1942, in Tonopah, Nye, Nevada, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Woodbridge, San Joaquin, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Clements Cowden
Francis Nelson Jenks
Marriage: 9 June 1886
Nelson Jenks Cowden
Nelson Jenks Cowden

Spouse and Children

9 June 1886
California, United States


Parents and Siblings

    James Cowden


    Adaline Tubbs




World Events (8)


Age 0

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 4

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 21

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of at least three places named Cowden. One in Northumbria occurs in 1286 as Colden and is derived from Old English col ‘(char)coal’ + denu ‘valley’; that in East Yorkshire occurs in Domesday Book as Coledun and is from Old English col + dūn ‘hill’; while one in Kent is recorded in 1160 as Cudena and is from Old English ‘cow’ + denn ‘pasture’. The last does not appear to have yielded any surnames; the surname is more or less restricted to northern England, and is also found in northern Ireland, where it may be of Scottish origin, from places called Cowden near Dollar and near Dalkeith, Lothian.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • John C Cowder in household of James Cowder, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Cowden in household of Jas Cowden, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John C Cowden in household of Arthur W Bell, "United States Census, 1900"

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