John B Cowan

2 August 1782–3 August 1858 (Age 76)
Clachan of Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland

The Life Summary of John B

When John B Cowan was born on 2 August 1782, in Clachan of Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland, his father, James Cowan, was 31 and his mother, Mary Gibson, was 30. He married Agnes Barrie on 7 August 1808, in Clachan of Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1841 and Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1850. He died on 3 August 1858, in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

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John B Cowan
Agnes Barrie
Marriage: 7 August 1808
James Cowan
William Cowan
Robert Cowan
Margaret Cowan
John Cowan
Mary C Cowan
William Cowan
Andrew Cowan
Alexander Cowan
Alexander Cowan

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    7 August 1808Clachan of Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
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    World Events (8)

    1783 · A Free America
    Age 1
    The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.
    1786 · Shays' Rebellion
    Age 4
    Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.
    1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.
    Age 20
    In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and Manx: shortened form of McOwen and McKeown . See also McEwen .Sottish and Manx: from a shortened form of Irish Ó Comhdhain and Mac Comhdhain ‘descendant or son of Comhdan’ or Gaelic Mac Comhghain ‘son of Comhghan (‘the twin’). Pronounced to rhyme with Owen, the name sometimes appears as Coan and Cohen in Down, and has been used interchangeably with Irish Coyne in Connacht and McIlhone in Tyrone. In the Isle of Man the name is pronounced /'kauən/ (with Cow- as in English cow).Scottish and Manx: sometimes a variant of Colquhoun , pronounced Cohoon in Scotland and Cahoon in Ulster.

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

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    Story Highlight

    John Cowan and his family, By Richard O. Cowan

    John Cowan, father of the earliest Cowan family to be converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was born in Campsie, Stirling, Scotland on 2 August 1782; he was the son of Jame …

    Sources (22)

    • John Cowen in household of Andrew Cowen, "United States Census, 1850"
    • John Cowan in entry for Alexander Cowan, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • John Cowan in entry for Margaret Cowan, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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