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Below is a family biography included in The History of East Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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F. B. Cowan was born in Jefferson County, Tenn., April 2, 1835. He is the son of Joel W. and Annis (Inman) Cowan. The father was a native of Jefferson County, Tenn., and was prominent. He was an extensive farmer, and owned and cultivated a farm that his father had entered and settled on. This farm is now the homestead of our subject. It has been in the possession of the family for more than a hundred years. The mother of our subject was also a native of Jefferson County, Tenn., and was the daughter of Nebednago Inman. Our subject was reared on the farm, and educated in the country school and at Dandridge. His father died (1850) when our subject was about fifteen years old, and he remained with his mother on the farm, and has farmed on the old homestead ever since. At the age of seventeen years he began farming in his own interest, and by and by bought the other heirs interest in the home farm, and thus became the exclusive owner. He has been a success in his occupation. Before the war he had accumulated much wealth, and much of his property was laid waste during the war, and but for this he would have been by now, all other things being equal, very wealthy. He has, however, succeeded in carrying on an extensive agriculturing business, and owns and cultivates a farm of more than 700 acres, situated on the left bank of French Broad River, in the Fifth Civil District, of Jefferson County. He has ever been charitable, and has done much toward aiding the poor. He is a congenial man, and is a well respected citizen. He is not an offensive partisan, but is an ardent Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 938 biographies included in The History of East Tennessee published in 1887.  For the complete description, click here: History of East Tennessee

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