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Brickwalls: Seeking Information on Henry Cowan and Margaret Rogers/Rodgers

Henry Cowan was born in Ireland about 1811.  His arrival in Canada in unknown.  He married Margaret Rogers/Rodgers, b 1817, in Corlagan, Ballymacormick, Longford, the daughter of William Rogers and Frances Morgan. She died in 1897.  Both belonged to Church ofIreland/England. Henry was a shoemaker, and settled originally on Lot 5, Con 5 E, Toronto Tp, Peel Co.  He acquired Lot 5, Conc 10, Garafraxa, Wellington Co, about 1848 and settled there after 1851 Census.  Henry died, reputedly in an accident, on 16 Apr 1866 and was buried at McKee Cemetery.  The family lost the farm a few years later.  Margaret and the remaining children settled in Belwood, just east-ish of Fergus.

No obit has been found to date for Henryor Margaretand no detailed obits (just death notices) for his children. None of the death certificates of children note the father’s origin other than “Ireland.” There is a record of marriage for Henry and Margaret at St. James Cathedral in Toronto.  Were they previously unmarried?  Or needed a record of marriage for their land purchase?  No marriage record found in Ireland.  A note in a history of Fergus says that the eldest was born of a couple newly arrived from Cork.  Given the documentation, this suggest Cork was only the place of embarkment.

Many cousins, most descendants of Elizabeth Frances, have been searching for Henry’s origins (my own connection is through the  youngest child to survive to adulthood, Richard).  All of the children who had children of their own named a son William Henry, butthese menalways went by Henry.  According to typical patternHenry’s father’s name should be David. 

There are families with very similar names in Lingwick, QC and Gloucester, ON, but no connection known.

Anyone with information can contact me at jahayman(at)shaw(dot)ca.

All of their children were born in Canada:

Anna Maria, b Jan 1843 m John Templin, lived Fergus, ON, d Jan 1924, 5 children

Mary Jane, b Feb 1845 m Nathaniel Demman, lived Wellington Co, d Jun 1914, no children

Margaret, b Aug 1846, dabt1847

Elizabeth Frances, b Jul 1847, m Hamilton Reilly, lived Wellington Co, d May 1927, 10 children

David Cowan, b Feb 1849, m Catherine McArthur livedWellington Co, d Oct 1922, 10 children

William Henry,, b 1851, m Caroline Demmans, lived Wellington, then Weyburn, SK, d 1936, 4 children

Margaret Louise, b 1850, m Alexander Burnett, lived Wellington, d 1885, 9 children

George Edward, b Mar 1853, m Margaret Rodgers (cousin), lived Wellington & Grey, d 1916, 6 children

Richard John, b Oct 1856, m Annie Moon, lived in Garafraxa and Amaranth, d 1925, 7 children

Robert J , b 1857, d 1860

Joseph Samuel, b 1860, d 1881.

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