When William Michael Cowley was born on 29 September 1836, in Kirk German, Isle of Man, his father, Charles Cowley, was 35 and his mother, Ann Killip, was 21. He married Sarah Emily Wall on 22 February 1860, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1850 and lived in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1850 and Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1850. In 1870, at the age of 33, his occupation is listed as type setter in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He died on 2 October 1915, in Venice, Sevier, Utah, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Richfield, Sevier, Utah, United States.
English: habitational name from any of various places called Cowley. One in Gloucestershire is named with Old English cū ‘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 .
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HISTORY OF SARAH EMILY WALL COWLEY By Roda Cowley, written from notes given her by children of Mrs. Cowley Sarah Emily Wall Cowley was a pioneer of 1856. She was born at Horsely, England, on Feb 7, …
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