Born 1758 … enlisted 1776 in Mecklenburg Co., NC under Capt. Robert Smith, Thomas Polk, etc., and was in the battles of Cowan’s Ford, Ramsours Mills and against the Tories. He married in 1799 in Burke Co., NC Nancy Buchanan who was born in 1769.
In 1800 they were living in Buncombe County, NC and he died on October 30, 1835 in Haywood (now Jackson) County, NC and in 1854 his widow was living in Jackson Co., NC. They were the parents of five children among whom were
1. Joseph Cowan was b. Aug. 22, 1800
2. William C. Cowan b. Dec. 3, 1801
His pension papers were witnessed by James Buchanan, J.P. and William R. Buchanan, J. P., both of Jackson Co., NC.
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