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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DAVID A. COWAN, farmer, post office Surgeon’s Hall, was born March 5, 1838, in Jefferson township, this county, a son of William and Margaret (Calhoon) Cowan, the latter a daughter of Noble Calhoon. His grandfather, David Cowan, was born east of the mountains, was a farmer, of Scotch-Irish descent, and attained the age of ninety-one. His children were Thomas Samuel, William, John, Robert, Mrs. Rachel Cunningham and Mrs. Mary Sickman. William Cowan died in August, 1883, aged seventy-seven years; his wife in 1854, aged forty-nine years. They were Presbyterians. They had six children, viz.: Mrs. Jane Noble, Mrs. Margaret Wilson, Noble C., David A., William T. and Sarah E. Of these David A. is in possession of fifty acres of the old homestead, and follows farming. He married here Mary P., daughter of Charles and Emily (Hays) Gibbs, and they have six children: Mrs. Caroline E. Zerner, William G. and Aminda E. (twins), Ida M., David P. and Rachel. Mr. Cowan is a republican.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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