Western Pennsylvania Genealogy
Compiled by Douglas H. Lusher


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Willis Cowan and Lucy Marie Davis




Husband Willis Cowan 1

         Born: 14 Aug 1851 - Warren, Warren Co, PA 2
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       Father: Ephraim Cowan (1821-1894) 3 4
       Mother: Melvina Tamar King (1823-1868) 5


     Marriage: 24 Sep 1878 2



Wife Lucy Marie Davis 2

         Born:  - Watkins, NY
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       Father: Lot Barnum Davis (1812-      ) 6 7
       Mother: Julia Hudson (      -      ) 6




Children
1 F Clara Belle Cowan 2

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2 F Julia Melvina Cowan 2

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       Spouse: William Allen Stover (      -      ) 2
         Marr: 11 Oct 1911 2



3 F Lucy Marguerite Cowan 7

         Born: Cal Dec 1885
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         Died: 29 Aug 1912 7
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       Spouse: Leon H. Abbott (      -      ) 7
         Marr: 11 Mar 1912 7



4 F Anna May Cowan 7

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       Spouse: Willis Ray Eysinger (      -      ) 7
         Marr: 22 Nov 1911 7



5 F Dorothy Davis Cowan 7

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General Notes: Husband - Willis Cowan


He attended the Warren, Pennsylvania, schools, and afterward took a course in a business college in Buffalo, New York. He was taken into partnership in the Warren Mail by his father in 1874. After the death of his father he was editor of the same until he sold his share to his brother in 1905. He was for some time connected with the Warren Evening Times. He was a member of the Niagara Hose Company for sev­eral years, a member of Company I, National Guard of Pennsylvania, from 1880 to 1887, and a member of the board of assessors until he changed his residence to another ward in 1912. He and his brother were among the public-spirited citizens, who, by paying a cer­tain sum every year for five years, gave War­ren a free library, and he was a member of the Warren Library Association. He was a straight Republican, a Mason and Knight Templar, and a member of the Royal Arcanum, the Warren County Historical Society, a charter member of the Chamber of Commerce, and was one of the organizers of the Warren County Agricultural Society and secretary of the same for ten years. He and his family were members of Trinity Memorial Protestant Epis­copal Church.


General Notes: Wife - Lucy Marie Davis


She could claim as ancestors, Richard Warren, William Molines, John Al­den, Elder William Brewster and son, Love Brewster, of the “Mayflower” voyagers. The Southworth lineage has been traced to Charle­magne, Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror, to the earliest of the French and Saxon kings and allied families. Among her English ancestors she numbered six Knights of the Garter, including one of the founders, namely: Sir Thomas de Holland, first Earl of Kent; Sir Thomas de Holland, second Earl of Kent; Sir Richard Fitz-Allan, Earl of Arundel, died in 1375; James d'Aud­ley, fourth Baron Audley, of Heleigh, 1316-87; Ralph de Stafford, first Earl of Stafford, one of the founders, born in 1299, and Sir Robert d'Holland, in Parliament in 1314, died in 1328. Also eight Magna Charta Sureties, namely: Sair de Quincy, first Earl of Win­chester, died 1219; John de Lacie, Earl of Lincoln, died 1240; Roger Bigod, created Earl of Norfolk, 1189 A. D., and his son, Sir Ralph Bigod, Knight; Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Glou­cester; Richard de Clare, sixth Earl of Clare, fourth Earl of Hertford; Robert de Ros, Lord of Hamlake, died 1227; William d'Albini, died 1236.

Although domestic in her tastes, she always took an active part in the social and church life of Warren, as a member of several clubs, societies, etc. In 1891 she was appointed a member of the county committee on Woman's Work, an auxiliary of the Board of World's Fair Management. She was a life member of the executive committee of Trinity Guild, a director of the Warren County His­torical Society, and charter registrar of the General Joseph Warren Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Her member­ship papers were endorsed by Miss Eugenia Washington, of Washington, D. C., and ac­cepted October, 1892. In 1904-05 she trans­ferred to the Tidioute Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and served as regis­trar of that chapter for five years, until the organization of the chapter in her home town, 1911.

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Sources


1 John W. Jordan, LL.D, Genealogical and Personal History of the Allegheny Valley, Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913), Pg 381, 382.

2 John W. Jordan, LL.D, Genealogical and Personal History of the Allegheny Valley, Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913), Pg 382.

3 J. S. Schenck, History of Warren County, Pennsylvania (Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1887), Pg 330.

4 John W. Jordan, LL.D, Genealogical and Personal History of the Allegheny Valley, Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913), Pg 380, 906.

5 John W. Jordan, LL.D, Genealogical and Personal History of the Allegheny Valley, Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913), Pg 381.

6 J. S. Schenck, History of Warren County, Pennsylvania (Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1887), Pg 628.

7 John W. Jordan, LL.D, Genealogical and Personal History of the Allegheny Valley, Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913), Pg 383.


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