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Joseph Henry Cowen
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Birth: 1836
Attleborough, England
Death: Oct. 29, 1891
Tasmania, Australia

A native of Lynn Regis, Norfolk, England, Joseph Henry Cowen had quite an adventurous life. Served as a soldier and sailor, he was indicated, during the American Civil War, to have served for the Confederacy, though this has not been verified, as yet. His obituary states that he was in several skirmishes during the war. At a later stage, he went to New Zealand, and, on January 17, 1869, married Mary Elizabeth Minifle, at St. Peter's Church. He took command of the Ngaire Rifle Volunteers, during the Maori Wars, in 1881. His obituary indicates that his body "bore many marks from bullets, sword wounds, etc., but the most serious of these was a bullet wound on the head." Later, he moved to Tasmania, and was a resident of Port Arthur, where he indulged in oil and water colour painting. He died, at the age of 55, on October 29, 1891, as a result of complications from an operation on one of his wounds received many years before.
ADDITIONAL NOTE (July, 2010): After some two or three years of research, and consultation with several Confederate Navy researchers and experts, we have come to the conclusion that Joseph Henry Cowen was never ever in service in the Confederate Navy, let alone as an officer. There is no evidence whatsoever for such service, and such claims have not been proven at all. 
The Gardens
Tasman Council
Tasmania, Australia
Created by: Terry Foenander
Record added: Jan 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32581893
Joseph Henry Cowen
Added by: James Gray
Joseph Henry Cowen
Added by: James Gray
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