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John Cowen Family
By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors, September 18, 1991
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
to post this information to the Bowie County TXGenWeb site.
John Cowen married three times and there were children by each wife.
His first wife was Virginia Jones, 1860-1884. She was the daughter
of Charles William Montville Jones and Elizabeth Dorcas McCrary.
They had two children:
The second wife of John Cowen was Sally Jane Gay, the daughter of
Joe Gay and Jane Oneil. They had four children:
The third wife of John Cowen was Cora Edna Askew, 1872-1922, the
daughter of Britton Gatewood Askew and Susan Powell Ward. They
had eight children:
We have an article on the David Looney family; this one is related. Cora Edna Askew Cowen was a great-granddaughter of David Looney and his first wife, Isabella Lawhon. Their daughter Mary Looney married John Askew and they were the parents of Britton Gatewood Askew. Britton Gatewood Askew was the father of Cora Edna Askew Cowen.
John Cowen was considered a good business man. In 1900 he operated a post office and a small store in his home. He sold groceries and medicine. They say John would write bank checks on anything that was available and the bank accepted and cashed them. We are talking about things like corn shucks. For many years the First National Bank of Clarksville had on display a check that John Cowen had written and signed on a Bois d' Arc chip. Can you imagine going into the bank and pulling a corn shuck out of your pocket and handing it to the teller, or a chip of wood and then how do you mail it back?
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