204. Mary "Polly" MERRILL was born on 7 March 1785 in North Carolina. She died on 6 February 1856 at the age of 70 in Hickory County, Missouri.
The children are listed in Wilson's History of Hickory County, MO, 1909, p.117 in what appears to be a Family Bible record.
1810 Census. Warren Co KY
1820 Census. Simpson Co KY
1830 Census. Simpson Co KY
In 1837, Polly Cowen was on the tax schedules, owning Peter's land on Drake's Creek. He had obviously died.
31 August 1838 Simpson Co Court. Petition of heirs of Peter Cowen, dec'd. James Smith & Michael Holland, securities for Mary Cowen. Mary Cowen & Michael Holland to be guardians for the four infant children [not named - but Mary, John Q., Caroline & Peter M. were all still minors]. Petition asks for appaisal and sale of land either as one or two tracts.
The 1840 tax rolls show Mary Cowen and son Henry, holding 150 acres and 240 acres of land on Drake's Creek. [Michael Holland who married Jane Cowen lived just over the line in Warren co, nearby.]
1840 Census. Simpson Co KY
11 May 1841 Simpson Co Court Orders, p.431. Report of Michael Holland re heirs of Peter Cowan dec'd. He did sell the lands of Peter Cowan and Sarah Cown and Henry P. Cowan became the purchasers, and the deed hasn't been made. Henry B. Mantagen appointed to make said conveyance.
About 1841-1842, Mary and some of the children moved to Hickory Co, MO, mostly likely along with Michael and Jenny Holland, the Pitts and Mashburns.
1850 Census. Hickory Co, MO, Hh 310
Polly is buried Dooly Bend Cemetery, Galmey, Hickory Co, MO. Sons John Q. and Henry P. and Henry's wife Elizabeth are buried there, as is a daughter Margaret.
Mary "Polly" MERRILL and Peter COWAN were married on 10 September 1808 in Sumner County, Tennessee. Peter COWAN was born circa 1775. He died on 4 February 1837 at the age of 62 in Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.
Mary "Polly" MERRILL and Peter COWAN had the following children: