The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 Victoria “Granny” Cowden

Victoria “Granny” Cowden

Death 24 Mar 1896 (aged 80–81)
Iola, Allen County, Kansas, USA
Burial Iola, Allen County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 16007606 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Army Nurse

Wife of Branden W. Cowden
Married April 19, 1859


Died: At the home of Mr. C. Kreuter in Iola on Tuesday evening March 24th, 1896, at 9 o'clock, Mrs. Victoria Cowden, in the 82nd year of her age.

Mrs. Cowden, or "Granny" Cowden as she has been familiarly and affectionately called for many years, was born in France in 1815. While still a young girl her parents came to America, locating in Philadelphia where they remained until Victoria became of age when she was married to Louis Mouleard and started with him for what was then the unknown West, in search of fortune. They walked from Philadelphia, a humble enough wedding tour, and then went by boat to St. Louis. Horses were procured there and the long journey continued until the reservation of the Osage Indians was reached and a trading post established within about three miles of where Ft. Scott now stands. This was in 1839, and Mrs. Cowden was doubtless the first white woman to enter Kansas. Two years later the trading post was removed to a point near where LaCygne now stands, and there the French merchant and his wife lived for fourteen years. They then removed to a point known as Godfrey's Post, on Big Creek, in Allen county, where they remained until the Osages were moved south, some four years later when they took up a claim near Humboldt and went to farming.

Mrs. Mouleard must have endeared herself to the Indians during these long years of her life among them, for from that time to this at regular intervals an interpreter for the Osages has come to Iola for no other purpose than to visit Granny Cowden and to bring her messages of love and good will from the old chiefs of the tribe.

Mr. Mouleard died about 1856, and three years later his widow married Mr. Cowden, who was the first Probate Judge of Allen county. When the war broke out she went with him into the army and saw him killed in battle at Fayetteville, Arkansas.

After the war she returned to Allen county and has ever since lived here. About 14 years ago, having conceived a great liking for Mr. and Mrs. Kreuter she asked them if she might make her home with them. They readily consented, and from that hour they have treated her in all respects as if she had been their own mother, supplying her wants, humoring even her whims, and caring for her with the tenderest affection.

Mrs. Cowden was a woman of the brightest intellect which remained clear to within a few hours of her death, and of the warmest sympathies. She was always cheerful and happy and had a fund of reminiscences about the early days in Kansas and in Allen county that made her a welcome guest in every house hold. After a long, long life she has gone to her rest God take her.

Simple funeral services were conducted at the residence of Mr. Kreuter on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. W.L. Squier officiating, and the remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Iola cemetery.

Iola Register, Friday March 27, 1896 pg 4

Note: dates and additional bio info provided by debilyn (#47160033)

Family Members





  • Created by: Judy Mayfield
  • Added: 5 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16007606
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Victoria “Granny” Cowden (1815–24 Mar 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16007606, citing Iola Cemetery, Iola, Allen County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Judy Mayfield (contributor 46636512) .