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The Cowdrey family joins pretty far back in history when William Spencer married Frances Cowdrey in England they actually form a circle in that another grandmother of mine Mary Stuart also ties to this Spencer line and she goes back in time to Elizabeth Alburtis who in New York married John Stuart we are talking the 1600's here.
Many Cowdrey's to this day live in the Marion Co. Arkansas. An area where my father and mother lived moving here from California in 1962. My father is buried there in Pyatt Ar. My parents had no idea they were within a few miles of kinfolk.
To touch on and interesting fact about the Alburtis line it goes back to the first known Italian to establish residence in New York Pietro Cesare Alberti. He arrived in New York June 2, 1635. He and his wife Judith Jans Manje were killed there by Indians on November 9, 1655 Brooklyn, New Amsterdam Co., New York.
In 2005 their mansion still stood. It is really, to my taste, not very pretty but it is big.
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