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Henry Clay Cowgill
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Birth: Apr. 19, 1844
Clinton County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 3, 1914
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Henry Cowgill
Birthplace: Virginia

Susan Boggett Cowgill
Birthplace: Virginia

Milling business & banker


Henry C Cowgill and wife Alma arrived in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri from former home November 1868. He became part owner in the Center Creek Mill in 1872, then the historic Galesburg Mill and in 1876 partnered with Frank Hill to start their Carthage Mill.

This partnership was also involved with the mining of zinc, "jack" as attested in below newspaper article.

Their home was on the Victorian Home Tour: The Cowgill House - 1151 Grand avenue - A romanesque built in 1887 by H. C. Cowgill, a flour miller. Wide, rounded arches, solid brick or stone walls, and heavy stone lintels and sills, steeply sloped roofs, and round, square or polygonal towers, are key features. The style was used in government buildings but was too expensive for common use in homes.

This show place home at 1151 Grand avenue was constructed by George Brown Wood, who built the Carthage Collegiate Institute's 2-1/2 story with full basement building in 1400 block South Main, and likely built his partner, Frank Hill's home at 1157 south Main street, all three designed by same Saint Louis architect, J B Legg.

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Carthage newspaper comment:

Means Another Rich Mine.

The old Pleasant Valley tract just southwest of this city has been mined for twenty years or more but has not yet lost to productiveness.

In a new shaft being sunk by Webb City parties at a distance of about two hundred feet from the old original Allen shaft a splendid face of almost pure jack is now being opened up at a depth of 125 feet. A five foot face has now been uncovered and it is probably that the face is 25 to 30 feet in thickness.

Some fine chunks of jack taken from the shaft yesterday are on exhibition at the Bank of Carthage and anyone has only to see them to realize that they mean another rich producing mine for Carthage.

The land on which this shaft is being put down is owned by H. C. Cowgill and Frank Hill of this city and parties at Wichita. The Hudson Mining Co. has a lease on it, and the Webb City miners are sub lessees.
Source was an article in the mornin' mail reprinted from the Carthage Press.


MONDAY, MAY 4, 1914


Came Here in 1867 and Was President of Cowgill & Hill Mill - Identified With Other Businesses

H. C. Cowgill, a prominent citizen and pioneer resident of Carthage, died suddenly at 9 o'clock yesterday morning at the Cowgill home on Grand Avenue. Although Mr. Cowgill's condition has been serious for some time it was not considered critical. Angina pectoris, neuralgia of the heart, was the cause of death. He celebrated his seventieth birthday two weeks ago.

Mr. Cowgill arose as usual yesterday morning and seemed to be in his usual spirits. The attack come on shortly after 8:30 o'clock and death followed in twenty minutes.

Since coming to Carthage in 1868, had been active in business and church work until 1895, since which time he was a partial invalid. He was chairman of the committee which built the First Methodist Church, the twenty-fifth anniversary of which was celebrated on the day of his death. For 20 years he was superintendent of the Sunday school of that church and was active in all branches of the work.

He was president of the Cowgill & Hill Mill Company and first vice president of the Bank of Carthage, although his activity of late was more of an advisory nature in the conduct of these enterprises.

Born in Ohio
Henry Clay Cowgill was born near Morrisville, a village in Clinton county, Ohio April 19, 1844, the son of Henry and Susan Doggett Cowgill.

He was reared on a farm and educated in the village schools and the Martinville High School. While a school boy in September 1861 he enlisted at the outbreak of the war in Company E forty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Colonel Cranor under James G. Garfield. He was in Camp Chase, Ohio for many weeks and took part in the Big Sandy campaign in Kentucky. As the result of a severe march through a swampy country be, with hundreds of others was afflicted with typhoid fever and in February 1862 was sent home on sick leave. Upon his recovery he presented himself at Cincinnati for service but the surgeons deemed his condition unfit for the hardships of army life. He was mustered out in September 1862 because of disability. After being mustered out of the army he and a brother engaged in the mercantile business in Florence, Alabama. He returned to Ohio and September 19, 1865 married Alma Stevens in Martinville. Mrs. Cowgill died here September 22, 1907.

For a time he taught school near there and in 1867 came to Carthage, going back in Ohio and returning with his family and that of his father-in-law Evan Stevens in the autumn of 1868.

A Pioneer Carthage Miller
Mr. Cowgill went into the mercantile business with Thomas & Cholwell on the east side of the square. Later he bought out his partners and in the early seventies he entered a partnership with Frank Hill. In 1875 he discovered the existence of water power on Spring River and with Mr. Hill built the mill destroyed by fire twelve years ago. Later with Mr. Hill he acquired the old Globe Mill and other flour milling interests and then built the Carthage Woolen Mill and was interested in it during its active history.

In 1884, with Frank Hill and J. A. Mitchell, he became interested in the Bank of Carthage and for a time took an active part in its management.

April 19, 1895 he suffered a stroke of paralysis and never fully recovered. About one year ago his condition became more critical and he did not recover his strength but was frequently out.

He was a member of the Stanton Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Methodist church. He became a member of the local G.A.R September 6, 1889.

Three children, a brother and a sister, six grandchildren and one great grandson survive. The children are
Mrs. Lillian C. Blair, Henry S. Cowgill and
Lloyd Cowgill all of Carthage

The Rev Amos T. Cowgill of Wilmington, Ohio and
Mrs. Clara West of Memphis, Tennessee are his brother and sister.

The grandchildren are:
Cowgill Blair
Jack Blair
Charles Allen Blair
Henry S. Cowgill
Lloyd Cowgill
Cowgill Blair, Jr., the great-grandson.

Funeral services were held at the house.
Rev. W. G. Clinton officiated with Stanton Post, G A R taking part.

Researched and prepared by Boggess and Brewer

Family links: 
  Henry Cowgill (1780 - 1855)
  Susan Ann Stewart Doggett Cowgill (1807 - 1877)
  Alma Stevens Cowgill (1845 - 1907)
  Lillian Cowgill Blair (1866 - 1931)*
  Henry Stevens Cowgill (1877 - 1946)*
  Lloyd Cowgill (1881 - 1930)*
  Priscilla Ann Cowgill Cline (1811 - 1898)**
  Elizabeth Cowgill Holmes (1817 - 1877)**
  John Strickland Cowgill (1824 - 1864)**
  Henry Clay Cowgill (1844 - 1914)
  Albert G. Cowgill (1845 - 1882)*
  Amos Thomas Cowgill (1847 - 1921)*
  Clara D. Cowgill West (1851 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Traditional Sector Bl 27 Lot 28 Sp 6
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Oct 25, 2009
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Henry Clay Cowgill
Added by: NJBrewer
Henry Clay Cowgill
Added by: NJBrewer
Henry Clay Cowgill
Added by: NJBrewer
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