Matthias Cain Cowley

Brief Life History of Matthias Cain

When Matthias Cain Cowley was born on 2 December 1829, in Braddan, Isle of Man, his father, James Cowley, was 25 and his mother, Isabelle Ann Cain, was 26. He married Sarah Elizabeth Foss on 17 October 1857, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Isle of Man in 1841. He died on 5 June 1864, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 34, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Matthias Cain Cowley
1829–1864
Sarah Elizabeth Foss
1827–1899
Marriage: 17 October 1857
Matthias Foss Cowley
1858–1940
Sarah Isabella Cowley
1860–1861
Ezra Carter Cowley
1862–1863
Ann Elizabeth Cowley
1864–1930

Sources (53)

  • Mathias Cowley, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Matthias Cowley, "United States Western States Marriage Index"
  • Matthias Cowley, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"

World Events (7)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

1830 · The Oregon Trail

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

1846

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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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