Matthew Cowley

2 August 1897–13 December 1953 (Age 56)
Preston, Oneida, Idaho, United States

The Life Summary of Matthew

When Matthew Cowley was born on 2 August 1897, in Preston, Oneida, Idaho, United States, his father, Matthias Foss Cowley, was 38 and his mother, Abbie Hyde, was 34. He married Elva Eleanor Taylor on 13 July 1922, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1920 and Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1930. He died on 13 December 1953, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Matthew Cowley
Elva Eleanor Taylor
Marriage: 13 July 1922
Eleanor Jewell Cowley

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 July 1922Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1898 · War with the Spanish
    Age 1
    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
    1898 · Paper Money Becomes Sole Currency
    Age 1
    Paper money had been scarce in Preston until the year 1898. Script currency was used which contained the promise of goods or services rather than paper money. In 1898, script was discontinued and “a lithographed article, much resembling the greenback” was used instead. At first the transition was awkward as nearest bank was located in Logan, Utah. Paper currency became plentiful soon after.
    1912 · The Girl Scouts
    Age 15
    Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from any of various places called Cowley. One in Gloucestershire is named with Old English ‘cow’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’; two in Derbyshire have Old English col ‘(char)coal’ as the first element; and one near London is from Old English cofa ‘shelter, bay’ (see Cove ) or the personal name Cofa. The largest group, however, with examples in Buckinghamshire, Devon, Oxfordshire, and Staffordshire, were apparently named as ‘the wood or clearing of Cufa’; however, in view of the number of places called with this element, it is possible that it conceals a topographic term as well as a personal name.Irish: shortened form of Macaulay (see McCauley ).Manx: shortened form of Gaelic Mac Amhlaoibh ‘son of Amhlaoibh’ (a Gaelicized form of Old Norse Óláfr). For an alternative Manx form of the same patronymic see Callow .

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

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    Story Highlight

    Dedicatory prayer and prophecy at Cowley home in Preston, Idaho

    From talk entitled "Live the Lord's Plan" given by Matthew Cowley in March 1952 at the Portland Stake Conference (from the book "Matthew Cowley Speaks"): Well, we had this beautiful home built in P …

    Sources (30)

    • Matthew Cowley, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Matt Cowley in household of Mattias F Cowley, "United States Census, 1920"
    • Matthew Cowley, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"

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