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Friday, April 03, 2009

Dog Beds

I found these super dog beds online!
























William Cowan & Elizabeth Baxter

William Coan who married Elizabeth Baxter and they had
..a son, John Coan who married ? Shurbutt and they had
....a son, Zadoc Coan who married Susan Ann Quinn and they had
......a son, William Edward Cohen who married Kathryn Kelly and they had
........a daughter, Mabel Louise Cohen who married Clyde Harris and they had
..........a son, William Clyde Harris who married Peggy Annette Prince and they had
.............Stan

William Coan was born about 1766 in County Antrim, Ireland. He married Elizabeth Baxter (DOB about 1766 in County Antrim, Ireland). They had their children and then the whole family left Ireland bound for America around 1820.

William and Elizabeth Cowan had 8 known children:
1) William Wallace Cowan (DOB about 1812 in County Antrim, Ireland; DOD ? in ?) married Lettie Hewitt
2) John Coan (DOB About 1816 in County Antrim, Ireland; DOD 3/15/1893 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC; Buried at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC) married ? Shurbutt (aka Sherbert, Shurbott, Shurbat, Shurbut, Shurlbut, Shurlburt). She died after their 3rd child (Zadok, Cansada and Nancy Coan) and he remarried to Mary Brooks in October 1858. Mary was born 1/15/1819 in NC and died 1/21/1901 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC. She is buried beside John at Zion Hill Baptist Church. They didn't have children.
3) James Coan
4) Elizabeth Coan (Possibly married Alexander Campbell)
5) Mary Coan (Possibly married a Harman - or Herman - according to 1850 Census of Union County, SC where a Jane Harman, 40 yrs old, born in Ireland is just 6 houses away from Zadock Sherbert who has John's 3 children living with him (Zadock, Cansada and Nancy)).
6) Jennett Coan (aka Janet Cowan) (DOB About 1816 in County Antrim, Ireland; DOD ? in ?) married George West
7) Jane Coan (Possibly married a Harman - or Herman - according to 1850 Census of Union County, SC where a Jane Harman, 40 yrs old, born in Ireland is just 6 houses away from Zadock Sherbert who has John's 3 children living with him (Zadock, Cansada and Nancy)).
8) Margaret Coan

Petition for Naturalization in Union County, SC
March 24th 1828. William Cowan, born in County Antrim, Ireland, is about 50 years of age, and has resided about eight years in SC; he has a wife and eight children. Elizabeth, his fie, aged about 50. Five children under 21 - William, John, Elizabeth, Mary, and Jennett; Three children above 21: James, Jane, and Margaret. 11 March 1828

Union County, SC Deed Abstracts, Vol V: Deed Books T-W, 1828-1835 [1778-1835]
By Brent H. Holcombe
SCMAR, Columbia, SC, 2007
ISBN 978-0-913363-57-X
Pg 101, V, 109-110: South Carolina, Union District. James Donaldson of district aforesaid bound in the sum of $430 to make good titles to 235 acres at the payment of the last note of $220 due 25 Dec 1828 to William Cowan, dated 10 Dec 1825. Jas. Donaldson, Wit: Jas Harman, Jas Cowan. Proved by the oath of Jas. Harman 6/6/1831 before J. Rogers. Q.U. Recorded 6 Jun 1831.

1850 Federal Census of Union County, SC Published by Broad River Basin Historical Society on 3/1993, Pg 57, Dwelling 470, Roll M432-859, Pg 32, Image 309, Head is "Zadok Sherbert" (The name may originally be Shurbutt, Shurbut, Shurlbutt, Shurlbut, Shubutt)
"Zadok Sherbert, 51, W, M, Cropper, Born in SC
"Mahala, 35, W, F, Born in SC (Probably Zadok Sherbert's daughter)
"Harriet, 11, W, F, Born in SC (Probably Mahala's children and Zadok Sherbert's grandchildren)
"Didemia, 8, W, F, Born in SC
"Gabriel, 6, W, M, Born in SC
"Sarah, 4, W, F, Born in SC
"Barbara, 1, W, F, Born in SC
"James, 20, W, M, Laborer, Born in SC (Probably Zadok Sherbert's son)
"Zadok Cowan, 4, W, M, Born in SC (John Coan's children)
"Cansadia Cowan, 2, W, F, Born in SC
"Nancy Cowan, 3/12, W, F, Born in SC"

1850 U.S. Census, other Cowans in Union County, SC.
Pg 103
"Dwelling 839, Albert Means, 32, W, M, Planter, $4,500, Born in SC
"Elizabeth, 23, W, F, Born in SC
"Sarah, 3, W, F, Born in SC
"Nancy, 1, W, F, Born in SC
"John Cowan, 33, W, M, Laborer, Born in Ireland" (Zadok, Nancy and Cansada Coan's father)

"Dwelling 405, George West, 29, W, M, Born in SC
"Janetta, 34, W, F, Born in Ireland (Daughter of William and Elizabeth Cowan)
"Leitner, 9, W, M, Born in SC
"Sarah, 7, W, F, Born in SC
"Paschal, 5, W, M, Born in SC
"William, 3, W, M, Born in SC
"George, 2, W, M, BorBoldn in SC
"Edith, 1/12, W, F, Born in SC
"William Cowan, 84, W, M, Born in Ireland (This is John Coan's father or grandfather)
"Elizabeth Harmond, 20, W, F, Born in SC" (Probably daughter of William and Elizabeth Cowan)

It seems that William Cowan is NOT the same William Cowan with Mary Otts and the Otts family is not related to our Cowans.

For more on the Coan family, see my posts:
http://sharonscrapbook.blogspot.com/search/label/Coan%2FCowan%2FCohen

This is still a work in progress so keep checking back to see if I find anything else. If you have any comments, corrections or additonal information, please email me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com.

A big thank you to all who post their ancestors on the Internet and who do so much good work to publish things freely for all! It gives those of us who search some great tips and leads and missing puzzle pieces. One of those, who helped me recently on this family line is David T. Bunton from Arkansas.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Twelve Tribes of Israel - Asher

Asher
Means “happy, blessed, prosperous”.

Eighth son of Jacob by Zilpah, Leah's handmaid. Genesis 30:13, “In my happiness the daughters will call me happy: and she called his name Asher". Asher had four sons and one daughter:
Numbers 26:44-47
Of the sons of Asher according to their families: of Jimna, the family of the Jimnites; of Jesui, the family of the Jesuites; of Beriah, the family of the Berites.
Of the sons of Beriah: of Heber, the family of the Heberites; of Malchiel, the family of the Malchielites.

And the name of the daughter of Asher was Serah.


The tribe of Asher is represented by an Olive Tree.

These are the families of the sons of Asher by their numbered ones, fifty-three thousand, four hundred.

At the Exodus they numbered 41,500; at the close of the forty years in the wilderness 53,400. Their allotment was the rich sea coast between Carmel and Lebanon, N. of Manasseh, N.W. of Zebulun and Issachar, and S.W. of Naphtali. It contained some of the richest soil in Palestine, noted especially for the abundance and richness of its olive-oil. It was a region with comparatively low temperature, and much rainfall. The southern boundary was a stream S. of Dor (Tantura) flowing into the Mediterranean, Nahr el Defneh or Nahr Zurka. Their land included the maritime portion of the plain of Esdraelon.

His position brought him into touch with the Phoenicians who were already world-famous in trade and commerce. He probably soon became a partner in their profitable enterprises, and lost any desire he may ever have had to eject them from their cities. Asher “sat still at the haven of the sea, and abode by his creeks” (Judges 1: 31, 5: 17). On account of the remoteness from the centers of the Jewish national life, and its ease of communication with the Phoenicians, and the ease with which Asher could support itself, the tribe speedily became dissociated from the rest of Israel.

In the blessing of Jacob: “His bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties” (Genesis 49:20) and in the blessing of Moses: “Blessed be Asher with children; let him be acceptable unto his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil” (Deuteronomy 33:24), i.e. let his land be rich enough to be considered flowing with oil, the fruits of his land make him fat and let him be secure.

The place of Asher in the desert march was with the standard of the camp of Dan, on the north of the tabernacle, along with Dan and Naphtali; the prince of the tribe being Pagiel the son of Ochran. Among the spies Asher was represented by Sethur.
The tribe seems to have taken no important part in the subsequent history. It raised no hero, and gave no deliverer to the nation. In the time of David it was of so little consequence that the name is not found in the list of chief rulers (I Chronicles 27: 16). Ish-Bosheth was made king over certain tribes of the Israelites including the Ashurites (II Samuel 2:9).



Anna, the prophetess, was of this tribe, see Luke 2:36.

King Hezekiah made an appeal to the tribes to gather in Jerusalem for national repentance and to begin celebrating Passover again, “However, men from Asher and Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem.” (II Chronicles 30:11)

In Deuteronomy 27, Moses arranging the tribes on two opposing ridges so they could hear him as he spoke and they replied in agreement.

Mt. Gerizim


Looking from Mt. Gerizim towards Mt. Ebal


Modern photo of Mt Gerizim (left) and Mt. Ebal (right) with the city of Shechem (Nablus) between them.

Deuteronomy 27
And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people saying, Keep all the commandments which I command you today.
And it will be, on the day when you shall pass over Jordan to the land which Jehovah your God gives you, you shall set up great stones and plaster them with plaster.
And you shall write on them all the words of the Law when you have passed over, so that you may go in to the land which Jehovah your God gives you, a land that flows with milk and honey, as Jehovah, the God of your fathers, has promised you.
Therefore it shall be when you have gone over Jordan, you shall set up these stones which I command you today, in Mount Ebal. And you shall plaster them with plaster.
And you shall build an altar there to Jehovah your God, an altar of stones. You shall not lift up any iron tool on them.
You shall build the altar of Jehovah your God of uncut stones, and you shall offer burnt offerings on it to Jehovah your God.
And you shall offer peace offerings, and shall eat there, and rejoice before Jehovah your God.
And you shall write all the words of this Law very plainly on the stones.
And Moses and the priests the Levites spoke to all Israel, saying: Take heed and listen, O Israel. Today you have become the people of Jehovah your God.
You shall therefore obey the voice of Jehovah your God, and do His commandments and His statutes which I command you today.
And Moses charged the people the same day, saying,
These shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people when you have come over Jordan: Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin.
And these shall stand on Mount Ebal to curse: Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.
And the Levites shall speak and say to all the men of Israel with a loud voice,
Cursed is the man that makes any graven or molten image, an abomination to Jehovah, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and puts it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.
Cursed is he who thinks lightly of his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed is he who removes his neighbor's landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed is he who makes the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed is he who perverts the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed is he who lies with his father's wife, because he uncovers his father's skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed is he who lies with any kind of animal. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed is he who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed is he who lies with his mother-in-law. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed is he who strikes his neighbor secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed is he who takes reward to kill an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Cursed is he who does not confirm all the words of this Law, to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Those long, rocky ridges lay in the province of Samaria, and the peaks referred to were near Shechem (Nablous), rising in steep precipices to the height of about eight hundred feet and separated by a green, well-watered valley of about five hundred yards wide. The people of Israel were here divided into two parts. Some tribes were on one ridge and the other tribes were on the other ridge. They could easily see. This was a solemn ceremony and Moses was making sure all could see, hear, agree with and remember it with seriousness. This place was a natural theatre. The priests standing round the ark in the valley below, said aloud, looking to Gerizim, “Blessed is the man that maketh not any graven image,” when the people ranged on that hill responded in full simultaneous shouts of “Amen”; then turning round to Ebal, they cried, “Cursed is the man that maketh any graven image”; to which those that covered the ridge answered, “Amen.” This was done for all the blessings and curses (see Joshua 8: 33-34).

The six tribes appointed for blessing, were all children of the free women (Leah and Rachel), for to such the promise belongs. Galatians 4:31, “For, brothers, we are not children of a slave woman, but of the free woman”. They were the descendants of Rachel and Leah, the two principal wives of Jacob, and to them was assigned the most pleasant and honorable office of pronouncing the blessing. It was natural that the utterance of the blessing should be assigned to the tribes which sprang from Jacob's proper wives, since the sons of the wives occupied a higher position than the sons of the maids. The posterity of the two secondary wives, Zilpah and Bilhah, with those of Reuben, who had lost the primogeniture, and Zebulun, Leah’s youngest son (necessary in order to equally divide the tribes between the two ridges); to them was committed the painful duty of pronouncing the curses. It was important to declare the blessings and the curses so that none is unaware. They had to say, “Amen” after each curse to ensure that all heard and understood. They knew, understood and agreed with God that the curses were justified. Without the atoning blood of Christ, sinners can never have communion with a holy God, nor do anything acceptable to him; his righteous law condemns every one of us because of our sin.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

John Coan

William Coan who married Elizabeth Baxter and they had
..a son, John Coan who married ? Shurbutt and they had
....a son, Zadoc Coan who married Susan Ann Quinn and they had
......a son, William Edward Cohen who married Kathryn Kelly and they had
........a daughter, Mabel Louise Cohen who married Clyde Harris and they had
..........a son, William Clyde Harris who married Peggy Annette Prince and they had
............Stan

John Coan was born in 1816 in Ireland to William Coan (DOB about 1766 in County Antrim, Ireland; DOD ? in ?) and Elizabeth Baxter (DOB about 1766 in County Antrim, Ireland; DOD ? in ?).

John Coan died 3/15/1893 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC and is buried with his 2nd wife, Mary Brooks, at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 2817 E. Main St. (Hwy 17), Spartanburg, SC, 29307




From Harris Genealogy Photos





John married unknown Sherbert or Shurbutt and had 3 children with her before she died, possibly in childbirth. In the 1850 Census of Union County, SC John and ? Sherbert's 3 children are living with her father (the children's maternal grandfather).

1850 Federal Census of Union County, SC Published by Broad River Basin Historical Society on 3/1993, Pg 57, Dwelling 470, Roll M432-859, Pg 32, Image 309, Head is "Zadok Sherbert" (The name may originally be Shurbutt, Shurbut, Shurlbutt, Shurlbut, Shubutt)
" Zadok Sherbert, 51, W, M, Cropper, Born in SC
"Mahala, 35, W, F, Born in SC (Probably Zadok Sherbert's daughter)
"Harriet, 11, W, F, Born in SC (Probably Mahala's children and Zadok Sherbert's grandchildren)
"Didemia, 8, W, F, Born in SC
"Gabriel, 6, W, M, Born in SC
"Sarah, 4, W, F, Born in SC
"Barbara, 1, W, F, Born in SC
"James, 20, W, M, Laborer, Born in SC (Probably Zadok Sherbert's son)
"Zadok Cowan, 4, W, M, Born in SC (John Coan's children)
"Cansadia Cowan, 2, W, F, Born in SC
"Nancy Cowan, 3/12, W, F, Born in SC"

1850 U.S. Census, other Cowans in Union County, SC.
Pg 103
"Dwelling 839, Albert Means, 32, W, M, Planter, $4,500, Born in SC
"Elizabeth, 23, W, F, Born in SC
"Sarah, 3, W, F, Born in SC
"Nancy, 1, W, F, Born in SC
"John Cowan, 33, W, M, Laborer, Born in Ireland" (Zadok, Nancy and Cansada Coan's father)

"Dwelling 405, George West, 29, W, M, Born in SC
"Janetta, 34, W, F, Born in Ireland (Daughter of William and Elizabeth Cowan)
"Leitner, 9, W, M, Born in SC
"Sarah, 7, W, F, Born in SC
"Paschal, 5, W, M, Born in SC
"William, 3, W, M, Born in SC
"George, 2, W, M, Born in SC
"Edith, 1/12, W, F, Born in SC
"William Cowan, 84, W, M, Born in Ireland (This is John Coan's father or grandfather)
"Elizabeth Harmond, 20, W, F, Born in SC" (Probably daughter of William and Elizabeth Cowan)

John Coan had married one of Zadok Sherbert's daughters. They had 3 children and she probably died in childbirth since little Nancy was only 3 mos old at the 1850 Census and they are living with their maternal grandfather. The children went to live with their mother's father until John Coan could get his life back. It seems he was living and working in a nearby farm.

John Coan married Mary Brooks in October, 1858 (Notice in the Carolina Spartan, dated 10/7/1858, pg 2)

Mary Coan (DOB 1/15/1819 in SC) died 1/22/1901 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC.




From Harris Genealogy Photos



1860 U.S. Census of Bivingsville, Northern Division of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC, Series M653, Roll 1226, HeritageQuest.com, Stamped pg 215, handwritten pg 39, Lines 20-24, Dwelling 261, Family 261, "John Cowen" (Note: On same pg as Samuel Shurbott, Lines 1-7)
John Cowen, 40 yrs old, M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $0 real estate value, $50 personal estate value, Born in SC
Mary Cowen, 43 yrs old, F, W, Born in Sc
Isabella Cowen, 18 (or 19) yrs old, F, W, Born in SC ?
Yaddie Cowen, 13 yrs old, M, W, Born in SC ?
Nancy Cowen, 11 yrso ld, F, W, Born in SC (John and ? Sherbert Coan's daughter)

1870 U.S. Census of Spartanburg Township, Spartanburg C.H. (Court House?), Spartanburg County, SC (Page 585, Lines 22-24, "John Coan")
"John Coan, 60 years old, M, W, Farmer, Born in SC
"Mary Coan, 49 years old, F, W, Keeping House, Born in SC
"Nancy Coan, 20 years old, F, W, Domestic Help, Born in SC"

1880 U.S. Census of Spartanburg Township, Spartanburg County, SC (ED 149, Pg 404, Lines 8-11, "John Coan", Dwelling 363, Family 460)
"John Coan, W, M, 64 years old, Head, Married, Farming, Born in Ireland, Father born in Ireland, Mother born in Ireland
"Mary Coan, W, F, 61 years old, Wife, Married, Keeping House, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
"Cansada Coan, W, F, 30 years old, Daughter, Single, Farm Laborer, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother Born in SC
"Nancy Coan, W, F, 29 years old, Daughter, Singler, Farm Laborer, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC"


Nancy Coan lived with her parents and sister until she married John Calvin Jones about 1890. John Calvin Jones (DOB 10/1851 in North Carolina to James Lewis Jones and Jemima Jane Brooks) had married Sarah Elizabeth Huskey (1852-1888). They had 3 sons that I'm aware of: Andrew Pittman Jones, John Bunyon Jones and James Lewis Jones. Sarah died and John Calvin Jones married Nancy Coan. They did not have any children but she raised his boys. Cansada lived with her sister and brother-in-law after their father and stepmother died.


1900 U.S. Census of Campobello, Spartanburg County, SC, Roll 623_T1541, Pg 30A, ED 83, Lines 98-100 and Lines 1-3, Dwelling 411, Family 411, "John C. Jones"
Jones, John C., Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Oct, 1851, 48 yrs old, Married 25 years, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Farmer, Owns farm mortgaged, Can read & write
Jones, Nancy J., Wife, W, F, Born March, 1850, 50 yrs old, Married 25 years, 4 children with 4 still living, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Can read & write
Jones, Bringson (sic, should be John Bunyon Jones), Son, W, M, Born Dec, 1876, 23 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Farm Laborer, Can read & write
Jones, James, Son, W, M, Born July, 1879, 20 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Farm Laborer, Can read & write
Jones, Pitman, Son, W, M, Born Jan, 1883, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Farm Laborer, Can read & write
Coan, Candace (sic, should be Cansada Coan), Sister-in-law, W, F, Born May, 1848, 52 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Can read & write (Why are Nancy and Cansada listed as having been born in NC and their parents born in NC when they were all born in SC?)


1910 U.S. Census of Campobello, Spartanburg County, SC, Roll T624_1472; Page: 23B; Enumeration District: 74; Image: 417, Lines 71-73, Dwelling 319, Family 319, "Jack Jones"
Jones, Jack, Head, W(hite), M(ale), 58 yrs old, 2nd Marriage, Married 20 yrs in this marriage, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer of general farm, Owns farm free of mortgage
Jones, Nancy, F, W, 60 yrs old, 1st Marriage, Married 20 yrs in this marriage, 0 children, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Jones, Pitman, M, W, 27 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Coan, Kansas (sic, should be Cansada), F, W, 61 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC


John Calvin Jones died in 1910 and is buried at Grassy Pond Baptist Church, Cherokee County, SC. Nancy Coan Jones died in 1912 and is buried with John and his first wife at Grassy Pond.

After they died, Cansada lived with John Calvin Jones' son, Andrew Pittman Jones.

1920 U.S. Census of Campobello, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Roll T625_1710; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 82; Image: 441, Lines 19-22, "Jones, A. Pittman"
Jones, A. Pittman, Head, Owns home free of mortgage, M(ale), W(hite), 37 yrs old, Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm laborer
Jones, Johnnie Mae, Wife, F, W, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Jones, Sarah M., Daughter, F, W, 1 5/12 old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Coan, Cansada, Aunt, F, W, 70 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC


1930 U.S. Census of F Street, Inman Mills Village, Beech Springs, Spartanburg County, SC, Roll 2212; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 103.0, Lines 48-55, "Rev Andrew P. Jones"
Jones, Rev. Andrew P., Head, $2/month rented home, W(hite), M(ale), 47 yrs old, Married at age 32, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Pastor at Baptist Church
Jones, Johnny May, Wife, W, F, 37 yrs old, Married at age 22, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Jones, Margaret, Daughter, W, F, 12 yrs old, Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Jones, John P., Son, W, M, 10 yrs old, Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Jones, Charles A., Son, W, M, 5 yrs old, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Jones, Ruth, Daughter, W, F, 8/12 mos old, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Coan, Canzada (sic), Aunt, W, F, 87 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC
Newman, Eva, Boarder, W, F, 34 yrs old, Widow, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Spooler at cotton mill

I have found Cansada Coan's death certificate:
County of Spartanburg, Township of Spartanburg, Certificate # 16535, Home Address is Whitney, SC, Registration District 4008, Registered # 108, Miss Canzada Coan (Ancestry.com has it indexed as Cauzoda Coan)
Female, White, Single, DOB 1/16/1849, 91 yrs old
Domestic
Born in Spartanburg County, SC
Father: John Coan, born in Ireland
Mother: Sherbert (no first name given), born in SC
Informant Rev. A.P. Jones of Whitney, SC
Buried in Whitney Cemetery, 9/8/1940
DOD 9/7/1940 Physician attended from 9/1/1940 to 9/7/1940, last saw deceased alive on 9/6/1940
Cause of death Aortic Regurgitation, date of onset 6/1/1940 Contributory causes were Urenuu
No autopsy
Physician W.H. Chapman of Whitney, SC (Whitney was a cotton mill and mill village in Spartanburg.)


It seems that William Cowan is NOT the same William Cowan with Mary Otts and the Otts family is not related to our Cowans.

For more on the Coan family see my other posts:
http://sharonscrapbook.blogspot.com/search/label/Coan%2FCowan%2FCohen

A big thank you to all who post their ancestors on the Internet and who do so much good work to publish things freely for all! It gives those of us who search some great tips and leads and missing puzzle pieces. One of those, who helped me recently on this family line is David T. Bunton from Arkansas.

If you have any comments, corrections or additonal information, please email me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com.

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Women by T.C. Boyle


I was always interested in Frank Lloyd Wright, his work and his life. This book intrigued me because it was about his 4 women. He was quite a cad!

Frank Lloyd Wright was born 6/8/1867 to William and Anne Wright. William sued Anne for divorce based on "lack of physical affection" and Frank said he never saw his father again. In 1889, he married his first wife, Catherine Lee "Kitty" Tobin (1871-1959) and purchased land in Oak Park, IL to build a house for his wife. It was her wedding present.

Their Oak Park House


Frank and Kitty had 6 children:
Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr.
John Lloyd Wright
Catherine Dorothy Wright
David Samuel Wright
Francis Lloyd Wright
Robert Llewellyn Wright


Kitty with some of their children.


He was not a very involved father or husband and he had an affair with a client's wife, Martha Mamah (pronounced May-mah)Borthwick Cheney (6/1869-8/15/1914). Frank and Mamah met while Frank was working with her husband Edwin Henry Cheney to design a home for their family in Oak Park. She had 2 children, John and Martha, with Edwin. They both left their families and created a scandal by going to Europe together and living together in Fiesole, Italy. Edwin granted her a divorce but Kitty kept hoping he would come back to her and refused to divorce him.


Mamah Borthwick Cheney

After Wright's return to the United States in late 1910, Wright persuaded his mother to buy land for him in Spring Green, Wisconsin next to some land owned by his mother's family. He built Taliesin for Mamah. Taliesin was named after a hero in Welsh mythology who was a poet, magician and super-hero. I think Old Frank thought he was Taliesin.

Taliesin I in Spring Green, IL


The summer of 1914, Wright was in Chicago completing a large project. Mamah had hired a Barbadian couple to be cook and butler.

Julian Carlton

Julian Carlton beat his wife and Mamah fired him on the spot. She went into town and sent a telegram asking Frank to come home.

Later, Julian Carlton bolted the private dining room doors and windows and attacked Mamah and her two children with an ax while they ate. He did the same to the dining room door where the male apprentices were eating and set fire to the house. He waited outside the dining room window and killed the men as they burst through the window to get out. He killed a total of 7 people and 2 survived his attack. He hid himself in the cellar but was captured. He had swallowed acid and was unable to talk. He was nearly lynched on the spot, but the sheriff and posse, pursued by three carloads of men with guns, got him to the Dodgeville jail. He starved himself to death and died seven weeks later, despite medical attention. He made two court appearances but never stood trial, and his motive for the attack was never explained.

Taliesin after the fire


After the tragedy, a woman named Maude "Miriam" Hicks Noel wrote him a passionate letter. She was a sculptress. He set up a meeting and immediately started an affair with her. They lived together while he re-built Taliesin. He was still not divorced and the locals kept away from them because of his scandalous life. Kitty finally granted him a divorce in 1922 (she did remarry). Miriam wanted Frank's mother out of Taliesin and she made him choose between the two of them. Frank tossed his mother out and she died in 1923. He married Miriam right away. But she was a weird woman. She had had a long time morphine addiction and she became more erratic.

Maude "Miriam" Hicks Noel


In 1924, he met a Montenegran dancer named Olga "Ogilvanna" Ivanovna Lazovich Hinzenberg (1898-1985) at a Petrograd Ballet performance in Chicago. She had begun her career with Gurdjieff as a student of sacred dance, which she later mastered.

She was married first to Vlademar Hinzenberg, an architect, and had a daughter named Svetlana. She and Frank left their spouses. Miriam basically couldn't handle it and went off the deep end. It was a pattern with Frank but she, somehow, never thought it would apply to her. He had made and broken promises to many women but she had really believed him! And her rival was so much younger! Her behavior got worse and worse. She basically stalked Frank and his new paramour. At first, she had the sympathy of public opinion. But her constant scenes turned the public against her and she finally agreed to a divorce settlement. She soon died after complications from surgery to fix an intestinal problem.

Meanwhile, Frank married Ogilvanna in 1928 and they had a daughter named Iovanna.

Ogilvanna and Iovanna


Svetlana took Wright's name and married one of his apprentices, William Wesley "Wes" Peters (1912-1991). Svetlana and her oldest child were killed in a car accident and Ogilvana arranged for Wes to marry another Svetlana, the youngest child and only daughter of Joseph Stalin. The marriage only lasted 20 months and produced a daughter named Olga.

William Wesley "Wes" Peters


A family portrait of Frank, Ogilvanna and Iovanna




Taliesin burned a second time but they re-built it. It is referred to as Taliesin East. Wright built Taliesin West in Phoenix, AZ and it was their winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91.

Ogilvanna at age 73


So, I've basically told you everything you need to know about Frank Lloyd Wright's scandals and you can skip the book. It wasn't that good. I was speed reading it one evening and finished it. When it's so easy to skim, it's a good indication that it's not "gripping".

Wright's personal life reveals a truly arrogant, selfish man who was incredibly insensitive to others around him. But his work was astounding, especially for the times. So he's interesting to study.

Taliesin East





Taliesin West



Greene County,Tennessee - Some Cemeteries In Which Family Are Buried

On Sunday, Dad and I drove up to Greeneville, Greene County, TN to locate some cemeteries with family in them. Thanks to Yahoo Maps we had clear directions to all 3 we were searching for. I was looking for:
The Lamb Cemetery in Limestone Springs on Rollins Chapel Road
The Solomon Lutheran Church Cemetery in Limestone Springs on Cove Creek Road
Beersheba Cemetery in Limestone Springs on Houston Valley Road

We also drove into Greeneville and had lunch at the Brick Oven. Pretty good food and one of the few restaurants (there are some fast foods open) open on a Sunday afternoon. This is one community that still shutters down on Sundays. Good for them! While Spartanburg was bright sun, 60's and windy, Greeneville was gray solid clouds, 43 and very windy which made us freeze at our last stop at Beersheba Cemetery. The town is beautifully situated and quaint. There is the Andrew Johnson home open to the public and the Andrew Johnson Museum.

It's only a tad over 2 hours to get to Greeneville so it's a day trip and the scenery is gorgeous. It's just across the state line so Greene County, TN and Madison County, NC are virtually side by side. Paint Rock, Madison County, NC is parallel to Limestone Springs, Greene County, TN. And the Lambs crossed that line back and forth. Dad and I wondered why it was called Paint Rock. Then we saw some homes built with a colorful block made with hues of blue/green/pink/sand. So maybe they quarried these colorful rocks from Paint Rock? Unfortunately, all the homes with that stone were run down and old so maybe they don't have that colorful rock any more. It could be very striking if used right. If you know, please contact me.

Here is the Lamb Cemetery on Rollins Chapel Rd, Limestone Springs, Greene County, TN.
(Remember you can click on the photos to see a larger photo. This cemetery didn't contain any of our direct ancestors but great-great-great uncles, aunts cousins and such.


Whoever takes care of this cemetery does a good job! I applaud them!










And here I am deep into it! I usually have my camera around my neck but Dad took my picture. I was furiously scribbling in my notebook. (And the laptop in the car! I'm a total geek!) It got pretty cloudy, was very windy and about 43 degrees so I was glad I brought my heavy work coat.










Here is Solomon Lutheran Church at 670 Cove Creek Road, Limestone Springs, Greene County, TN.






The view from the church


Another view from the church


This is where my Great-Great-Great Grandmother is buried, Susannah Ricker Nolen (or Nolin). Beside her is her brother, John K. Ricker Jr.








Here is Beersheba Cemetery, Houston Valley Rd, Limestone Springs, Greene County, TN.






All 3 of these places are beautiful.

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