Thank you for sharing the valuable Cowan family information that you gathered from your trip to Lancaster County, Pa.
The furthest back I am able to trace my paternal Cowan roots are to 1782 in Lincoln County, North Carolina to the birth of my 2nd great grandfather, Richard Dickey Cowan(Sr).
The only information that I have on his parents are that they were poor and that his father died young.
His first wife was Hannah Seitz, daughter of Jacob and Mary Clubb Seitz. He is believed to have been a bounds boy. Seitz family lore says that he was bound out to Jacob Seitz until he became of age and was highly regarded by Jacob and the family. Many years after Hannah's death, following their move to the Missouri Territory, R.D. married Susannah
Landers, the widow of John Waller,who was my great-great grandmother.
One of R.D.'s many accomplishments was that after obtaining land in the Missouri Territory, in exchange for his service in the War of 1812, he went on to become an early Missouri
state representative serving in three secessions in the 1800's.
I know that Ancestry.com offers genetic testing for ancestry
research purposes. Do you know how the results are then
applied to a particular line,such as the four Cowan brothers/immigrant group, etc, for example?
Also, have you any knowledge of Richard Dickey Cowan? I know the chances are slim but I'm sure you will understand my reason for inquiring. Again, thanks for sharing your information.
Barbara Cowan Olendorfbko@hargray.com