William Michael Cowley

Male29 September 1836–2 October 1915

Brief Life History of William Michael

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.

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Family Time Line

William Michael Cowley
Sarah Emily Wall
Marriage: 22 February 1860
Sarah Ann Cowley
Wilhelmina Cowley
Charles William Cowley Sr
Joseph Willard Cowley
Emily Mariah Cowley
Franklin Washington Cowley
Annie Elizabeth Cowley
Edgar Walter Cowley
Lennettie Angenette Cowley
Grace Maude Cowley
Lenora Reliefe Cowley
Wilford Wallace Cowley

Sources (58)

  • William Cowley in entry for Edgar Walter Cowley, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Wm Cowley in household of Chas Cowley, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Wm M Cowley in entry for Charles William Cowley and Emma Secelia Cowley, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    22 February 1860Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children (12)

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    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 10

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


    Age 11

    Historical Boundaries: 1847: Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States


    Age 27

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    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 Sarah Emily Wall Cowley

    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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