Cowles Family Genealogy Page



Including these surnames: Wilcox, Jennings, Rhodebaugh

Alfred S. Cowles (sometimes he signed his name Cole) was born 15/16 July 1824 in Cazenovia, Madison County, NY; d. 12 Mar 1876 Fulton Twp., Gratiot County, MI. He married in Parma Corners, NY 31 Dec 1845 Matilda Jennings.

Matilda Jennings was born 3 Mar 1828 the daughter of Hiram Jennings and Mary Rhodebaugh. Alfred & Matilda left New York in 1850-53 for Ohio, then came to Michigan. With him came his brother?cousin? named Benjamin Cowles.

Alfred may have been a descendent of John Cowles who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1635, but I have never been able to establish the names of Alfred's parents. A new theory is that Alfred's parents may have been Benjamin and Philaura "Laura" Lilly COWLES of the Town of Winfield, NY on the Oneida/Herkimer County border. This Benjamin Cowles was born in Wales. I am pursuing this possibility based on the similarity of first names that occur in Benjamin & Alfred's families.

Children of Alfred S. Cowles & Matilda Jennings:
George Edwin b. 14 Mar 1848 Royalton, Niagara County, NY
Charles Henry b. 14 Apr 1850 Fairfield, Lenawee County, MI
Laura Alice b. 25 July 1852 Royalton, Fulton County, OH
William Leroy b. 25/26 Dec 1854 Fulton Twp., Gratiot County, MI
Nora Celina b. Feb 1858 Fulton Twp., Gratiot County, MI
John Wesley 28 Mar 1860 Fulton Twp., Gratiot County, MI
Lulu Mae b. 1865 Fulton Twp., Gratiot County, MI
Agnes b. 1871 Fulton Twp., Gratiot County, MI

George Edwin Cowles married Malinda Wilcox 31 Dec 1876 in Fulton Township, Gratiot County, MI. Malinda Wilcox was born 29 Jan 1858 in Iowa, the daughter of Elijah Wilcox and Helen Boardman.

The children of George and Malinda Cowles:
Robert Lawrence Cowles b. 16 Nov 1877 in Fulton Twp., Gratiot Co., MI
Ira Harkley Cowles b. 8 May 1879 in Fulton Twp., Gratiot Co., MI
Laura Gertrude Cowles b. 5 June 1880 in Fulton Twp., Gratiot Co., MI
m. Lionel LeRoy "Roy" Hastings
Otis Marvin Cowles b. 30 Sept 1881 in Essex Twp., Clinton Co., MI
Frances "Fannie" Lucretia Cowles b. 13 Aug 1883 in Essex Twp., Clinton Co., MI
Benjamin Franklin Cowles b. 23 May 1886 in Delta Twp., Eaton Co., MI
Alfred James Cowles b. 9 Mar 1891 in Delta Twp., Eaton Co., MI
Helen Delilah Cowles b. 15 June 1894 in Maple Rapids, MI
Mildred Alberta Cowles b. 20 Mar 1898 in Maple Rapids, MI
Wilma Ramona Cowles b. 24 May 1902 in Maple Rapids, MI

Other Cowles Family Researchers:

Rick Smith -- A descendant of Nora Celina Cowles

Marsha Strong -- A descendant of Benjamin & Philaura Cowles

Updated February 26, 2000


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