I have been working on my Robertson/Cowen line for some time and still haven't found the Cowen line. Here is what I have so far. (These are my 3rd Graet-Grandparents)
John Edgar Robertson born 10 Mar 1804 in Kentucky (from 1860 Morning Sun Twp Census IA). He died 1876 in Washington, Adams, Iowa. Married on 20 jan 1831 KY to Abigail Cowen/Cown. She was born 13 Nov 1812 place unknown. Died 22 Jul 1938 in KY.
Alexander Cowen Robertson b.8 July 1838 d. 2o May 1896 in Sioux City, Woodbury, IA (my 2nd great-grandfather)
Mary Frances Robertson b. 2 Feb 1832 KY, Was married a Glenn, Child: Zelda A. Glenn
Raphael Ann Robertson b. 5 Nov 1833 KY, died Mar 170 in Louisa, IA. Married William L. Linn
Hugh Mayne Robertson b. 13 April 1836 d. 12 July 1863 due to a shell that exploded during the Civil War.
I would like to find out who John Edgar Robertson's parents were and Abigail's Parents.
Some think that purhaps her name was Mary S Abigail Cowen because of the 1860 Iowa Census record. I am not sure. I have lopoked on Ancestry.com and found different variations. In the 1870 Washington County, Iowa census only list's John no wife but Mary Glenn his daughter and grandaughter Zeldia Glenn (This is the spelling they show) are listed and Alexander and his household are also listed in this census.
World Connect I found the following:
I HAVE BEEN TO RICHLAND CREEK AND THERE ARE MANY ROBERTSON FAMILIES THAT LIVED THERE. MORE THAN ONE ROBERTSON OWNED LAND THERE. THERE WERE TWO ROBERTSON'S NOTED IN 1834 BY THE FIRST SURVEYOR OF THE COUNTY. THIS WAS THE SURVEYOR THAT DREW UP THE ORIGINAL SURVEY FOR WHAT WAS TO BE SEARCY COUNTY. THE TWO ROBERTSON'S NOTED BY THE SURVEYOR WERE J B ROBERTSON AND VINCENT ROBERTSON (SEE SURVEYOR NOTE ATTACHED TO THIS TREE) THE STORY BELOW DOES NOT SPECIFY WHICH ROBERTSON HOUSE. IF YOU LOOK AT THE EARLY MAPS, THEY ARE NOT DIVIDED THAT CLOSELY. PROBABLY ABOUT 1 SQARE MILE OR MORE FOR EACH SECTION ON THE MAP.
"Union Soldiers from the May 3, 1863 Richland Creek fight were buried on
Richland Creek behind his house. He lived on Richland 18W-15N sec28.
"1. James D. Robertson (son of John Jr. Robertson) lived on Richland near
where Thomas (son) Hendrix lives now (18W-15N-Sect 28). He was County
Judge 1842-1844. On Dec 6, 1861, he signed a petition for release of
Searcy County citizens who were members of the Peace Organization
Society. Union Soldiersfrom a May 3, 1864 skirmish on Richland Creek
were buried in the "Nigger Patch" behind his house. (Richland Creek has
now washed away the burial place.) Confederate guerrilla Captain George
T. Maddox wrote in "HARD TRAILS AND TRIBULATIONS OF AN OLD CONFEDERATE
SOLDIER", Argus Press, Van Buren, Ar 1897, p 46. 'We went back to a hou
where a family lived by the name of Robertson. There had been four or
five Federals killed right in front of the house. The lady of the house
came out and she and her three daughters looked at those who were killed
in front of the house and also on the battleground and exclaimed:"Thank
God! Here are three of the dirty scamps who killed my husband and my son
about three weeks ago." They seemed to rejoice over the victory gained
there very much. They walked about over the ground and seemed to care as
little for those dead soldiers as they would had they been a lot of dead
hogs - held up by the thought of their dead father and brothers, and of
their being avenged by the killing of the men who had killed them." The
Union soldiers were from the 2nd Arkansas Calvalry (Union) led by A"
NancyDrewFanadded this on 31 Mar 2009