Elvira Annie Cowles

23 November 1813–10 March 1871 (Age 57)
Unadilla, Unadilla, Otsego, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Elvira Annie

When Elvira Annie Cowles was born on 23 November 1813, in Unadilla, Unadilla, Otsego, New York, United States, her father, Austin Cowles, was 21 and her mother, Phebe Wilbur, was 28. She married Jonathan Harriman Holmes on 1 December 1842, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. She lived in Davis, Utah, United States for about 10 years. She died on 10 March 1871, in Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jonathan Harriman Holmes
Elvira Annie Cowles
Marriage: 1 December 1842
Lucy Elvira Holmes
John Hendricks Holmes
Marietta Holmes
Phebe Louisa Holmes
Josephine Octavia Ann Holmes
Emma Lucinda Holmes

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 December 1842Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
  • Children


    +1 More Child

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    +3 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 6
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 14
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 17
    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.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Coles .

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

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    Story Highlight

    A brief bio for Annie with the context of her sealing to the Prophet Joseph

    Annie Elvira Cowles converted prior to the Kirtland period, and lived through the persecutions in Ohio and Missouri. In Nauvoo, she was married to Joseph, was treasurer in the Relief Society to Emma …

    Sources (21)

    • Alvin Holmes in household of Jnoth H Holmes, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Elvira Ann Cowles in entry for Marietta Welling, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Alvira Holmes in household of Jonathan H Holmes, "United States Census, 1850"

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