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James Scott Cowan

Male 1809 - 1893  (84 years)


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  • Name James Scott Cowan 
    Born 18 Aug 1809  , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1852  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farmer 
    Religion 1852  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Church of Scotland 
    Occupation 1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Religion 1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    United Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Farmer 
    Religion 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Ch. of Scotland 
    Occupation 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Religion 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Presbyterian Canada 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-139949 
    Died 29 Sep 1893  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 1 Oct 1893  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I139949  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Family 1 Ann Mathison,   b. 22 Jun 1810, Yarrow, , Selkirk, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1879, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Children 
     1. James Cowan,   b. 1835, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Dr. William B. Cowan,   b. 13 Mar 1840, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Isabella Cowan,   b. 1842, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Jennie Cowan,   b. 4 Feb 1845, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1883, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     5. Agnes Cowan,   b. 20 May 1849, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1912, Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     6. Annie B. Cowan,   b. 23 Jan 1851, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1923, Clifford, Minto Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     7. Alexander Mathieson Cowan,   b. 18 May 1855, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1921, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     8. Walter Cowan,   b. 1865, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F34994  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Alexander Mathieson Cowan,   b. 18 May 1855, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1921, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F271233  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • THE LATE JAMES S. COWAN

      There passed away at Dr. Cowan's in Guelph, on Saturday, Sept. 29th, James S. Cowan, one of the most prominent and highly respected residents of North Dumfries. The subject of this notice was born near the Yarrow Selkirk Shore, Scotland and came to Canada, with his father in 1829. The family settled on the farm down the East River Road now owned by his brother, Mr. William Cowan. Afterwards he went to work for the Hon. Wm. Dickson, taking charge of his farm and place, being a young man of great activity and industry. It was not until it was wholly or nearly paid, that he settled on the farm at Altrieve lake. It was then, like almost the whole township, covered with heavy timber, but his industry soon turned it into the fine, cleared farm it is today. He was married in 1832, to Miss Ann Mathieson, who is yet well remembered for her genial, warm hearted disposition. She died in 1879, having lived 47 years after their marriage, leaving a family of eight children; James who died in 1891; Jennie (Mrs. Dalgleish) who died in 1883: Walter S., Dr. W. R. Cowan and Mrs. Geo. McEwan, of Guelph; Mrs. W. K. Marshall, of Clifford; Miss Annie and Alex. N., at home. Mr. Cowan's sickness had been of about. 1.5 years duration and his trouble had become so painful his medical adviser thought it necessary for him to undergo an operation. This took place about, a week before he died and although performed skilfully, his constitution proved not to be strong enough to bear it and he passed away on Saturday, as stated above. Mr. Cowan's death snaps another link which binds the present to the past, and which will soon, leave Dumfries without, one single one of the brave men and true who tackled its forests, over hall a century ago. He was widely known and universally respected as a good citizen, who had well discharged his duty in all the relations of life. He had reached his 84th, year and the immense funeral on Sunday last, testified to the respect in which himself and family are held.

      The Weekly Reformer 6 Oct 1893 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, Div. 1 Page 22.

    2. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      Sacred/ to the memory of/ James S Cowan/ who died/ Sept 29. 1893/ aged 84 years/ 1 month, 11 days/ native of/ Selkirkshire, Scotland/ Annie B Cowan , their dau:/ 1851-1923/ COWAN

    3. [S233] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1852, Div. 3 Page 14.

    4. [S1778] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1861, Div 10 Page 74.

    5. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 29.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Aug 1809 - , Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1852 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of Scotland - 1852 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - United Presbyterian - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Ch. of Scotland - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian Canada - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Sep 1893 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1 Oct 1893 - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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