John Abner Cowley

2 July 1845–2 April 1880 (Age 34)
Macedonia, Hamilton, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of John Abner

When John Abner Cowley was born on 2 July 1845, in Macedonia, Hamilton, Illinois, United States, his father, Charles Cowley, was 44 and his mother, Ann Killip, was 30. He married Janette Davidson on 1 January 1866, in Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1850 and Utah, United States in 1870. He died on 2 April 1880, in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 34, and was buried in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States.

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John Abner Cowley
Janette Davidson
Marriage: 1 January 1866
John William Cowley
Hyrum Charles Cowley
Annabel Cowley
David Cowley
Robert Cowley
George Harold Cowley

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  • Marriage
    1 January 1866Hancock, Illinois, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 2
    Historical Boundaries: 1847: Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States
    1859 · Logan is Founded
    Age 14
    "\""During the end of April, David Reese and his company settled the land north of the Logan River. That area was the second permanent settlement in Cache Valley and the future location of Logan. The city's boundary was drawn by Logan's first bishop, Jesse W. Fox, a government engineer. The name \""\""Logan\""\"" comes from a trapper that used to frequent the area before the pioneers came to the valley.\"""

    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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    History of James Alma Cowley

    HISTORY OF JAMES ALMA COWLEY Written by Donna Lou C Thorne, as told to her by William Lewis Cowley, April 1962. James Alma Cowley, son of Charles and Ann Killip Cowley, was born 17 August, 1852, in …

    Sources (25)

    • John Cowley in household of Chas Cowley, "United States Census, 1850"
    • John A Cowley in entry for David Cowley, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • John Cowley in household of Charles Cowley, "United States Census, 1850"

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