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Joseph COWDEN
(abt. 1776-1845)

Joseph COWDEN was born about 1776 to Robert COWDEN Sr. and Mary B. ????. His birthplace is unknown at this time. Joseph married Jane (or Jenney) CHANEY on 19 Feb 1801 in Wythe County, Virginia.

To this marriage was born at least 10 children:

  1. Isabella, b. 24 Apr 1802. (Married Mr. COLEMAN).
  2. Elizabeth, b. 29 Apr 1803, d. 25 Sep 1847. (Married Daniel BUCK).
  3. Hosea R. C., b. abt. 1806, d. abt. 1868. (Married Malinda STEFFEY).
  4. Joseph, b. abt. 1807. (Married Rebecca H. ????).
  5. Robert Addison, b. abt. 1811. (Married Catherine STEFFEY).
  6. Florensy, b. 10 May 1814, d. 26 Jan 1889. (Married David ARNEY).
  7. Hezekiah, b. abt 1817. (Married Susan Elizabeth INGLEHART).
  8. Jane, b. abt. 1819. (Married Stephen GOLDEN).
  9. Louisa, b. abt. 1823. (Married. Mr. WILLIAMS).
  10. Montgomery, b. abt. 1825.

1810 Federal Census of Wythe County, Virginia
Page 826
Head of Household: Joseph Cowden
Free White Males: 2-0-0-1-0
Free White Females: 2-0-0-1-0
Slaves: 4

In the book Glimpses of Wythe County, it states that "By 1816 Robert's son Joseph had 100 acres under fence, had a house of hewn logs with a stone chimney, a large double barn and other outbuildings." Given that his sons fared so well, it is apparent that Robert and his industrious sons must have had some money to start out with.

1820 Federal Census of Evanshaw District, Wythe County, Virginia
Page 595 (stamped 209)
Head of Household: Joseph Cowden/Cawden
Free White Males: 3 - Under 10; 2 - 10-16; 1- 45 & Up; (4 engaged in Agriculture)
Free White Females: 4 - Under 10; 2 - 16-26; 1 - 45 & Up;
Slave Males: 3 - Under 14; 3 - 14-26;
Slave Females: 2 - Under 14; 1- 14-26; 1-26-45.

1830 Federal Census of Wythe County, Virginia
Page 317
Head of Household: Joseph Cowden
Free White Males: 1 - 5-10; 1 - 10-15; 1 - 15-20; 2 - 20-30; 1 - 50-60;
Free White Females: 1 - 5-10; 1 - 10-15; 3 - 15-20;

It appears that after the death of his wife Jenny in the 1830s, Joseph removed his household to Boone County, Missouri, where he is listed in the 1840 Census:

1840 Federal Census of Persia Township, Boone County, Missouri
Page 71
Head of Household: Joseph Cowden
Free White Males: 1 - 20-30; 1 - 60-70;
Free White Females: 1 - 20-30.

Joseph died in Boone County in 1845, and an extract of his probate file from Evans and Thompson, Wills and Administrations of Boone Co., MO, p. 30 is as follows:

COWDEN, JOSEPH - No. 652 - Will. Gr. Aug. 29, 1845. s. Montgomery Cowden, d. Louisa Cowden, d. Isabella Coleman, d. Florence, d. Elizabeth Buck, s. Hosea R. C. Cowden, s. Robt. A. Cowden, s. Joseph Cowden, s. Hezekiah Cowden; David Philipy & Stephen Golden & their children. Wit. Tyre Harris, Joshua Alexander & Jesse Long. The estate lists six slaves (Bartels, Boone County Colored Marriages).

I'll be honest and say that I'm uncertain which of Joseph's daughters was married to David PHILIPY. It is a very common name out of Wythe Co., so is not surprising, but I have yet to be able to match him up with one of the COWDEN girls.

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