Janet Cowan

10 July 1855–27 April 1925 (Age 69)
Bo'ness, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Janet

When Janet Cowan was born on 10 July 1855, in Bo'ness, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, Andrew Cowan, was 25 and her mother, Janet Meiklejohn, was 17. She married John Dinsmore after 1872, in Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Braidwood, Will, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Carthage, Socorro, New Mexico, United States in 1885. She died on 27 April 1925, in Lowell, Cochise, Arizona, United States, at the age of 69.

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Family Time Line

John Dinsmore
Janet Cowan
Marriage: after 1872
Jennett Dinsmore
John Mekiljohn Dinsmore
Andrew Cowan Dinsmore
Rachel Manice Dinsmore
Martha Cowan Dinsmore
James Dinsmore
John Dinsmore
Joseph Dinsmore

Spouse and Children

after 1872
Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 1

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 8

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1874 · Patronage abolished in the Church of Scotland.

Age 19

The Church Patronage Act 1874 was passed by Parliament and amended and altered the laws relating to the Appointment of Ministers to Parishes in Scotland. Paragraphs spelled out definitions to prevent the Act being subverted by processes used by Patrons and clarified that the Church of Scotland would decide on the qualifications required for Ministers.

Name Meaning

Scottish: reduced form of McCowen .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Jennett Dinsmore in household of John Dinsmore, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Jenete Gracey in household of Charles Gracey, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Jeanette Dennsmore in household of John Dennsmore, "New Mexico Territorial Census, 1885"

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