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First Generation Cowdens

William1 Cowden birth date unknown. William died before February 16, 1748 in Augusta County, Virginia.(367)

He married Jane. Jane became the mother of William Cowden in Bedford County, Virginia, circa 1745. In William Cowden's will January 17, 1748 in Augusta County, Virginia, Jane was named as an heir.(368) The following individuals are also linked to this event: James Atkins (executor); John Moore (executor); William Cowden (heir); James Cowden Capt. (heir); Samuel Moore (witness); Walter Atkins (witness); Alexander Moore (witness).

William became the father of William Cowden in Bedford County, Virginia, circa 1745. He made a will in Augusta County, Virginia, January 17, 1748.(369) The following individuals are also linked to this event: James Atkins (executor); John Moore (executor); Jane (heir); William Cowden (heir); James Cowden Capt. (heir); Samuel Moore (witness); Walter Atkins (witness); Alexander Moore (witness).

\"In the name of God, Amen. Jan. the 17th the year of 1748 I William Cowden in the County of Augusta being sick and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory thanks be to God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and first of all I recommend my soul unto God that gave it and as for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian manner at the discretion of executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection to receive it again by the mighty power of God that gave it, and as for such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give and dispose in the following manner: First, I order my just and lawful debts to be paid. Imprimis I give to my dearly beloved sons James and William the plantation which I possess at sixteen years of age to be equally divided only I order my wife Jane her maintainance out of it as long as she remains single or unmarried. I order that the movables to be divided equally in three shares first to my beloved wife Jane and likewise to my sons James and William division to be made at the discretion of my executors. I order my executors to see my children schooled and I do hereby disannull and disallow and revoke all and every other former will and testament and legacy and executors by me in any way before time named and confirm this and no other to be my last will and testament. As witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

WILLIAM COWDEN.

Signed and sealed in the presence of James Atkins and John Moore executors and Walter Atkins, Alex Moore and Samuel Moore witnesses. Probated 16th day of Feb. 1748 by the above executors by record of Henry Burnett clerk

William Cowden and Jane had the following children:

 + 2 i. James2 Cowden Capt..

 + 3 ii. William Cowden was born circa 1745.

 

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