Charles Anson Cowden

Charles Anson Cowden

Cowden, Shelby County, Illinois, USA
Death 23 Dec 1934 (aged 63)
Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, USA
Burial Cowden, Shelby County, Illinois, USA
Plot Block 2, Lot 108
Memorial ID 16650164 · View Source
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Here is some biographical information about my Great Grandfather Charles Anson Cowden.


The following obituary was transcribed from the Decatur, Macon County, Illinois December 24, 1934 Decatur Herald & Review newspaper.

The obituary was printed on page 5 of the newspaper.

Note: The information in the brackets was added by me and wasn't in the original newspaper obituary.


Charles Cowden Dies Suddenly in His Shop

Charles A. Cowden, 63, dropped dead in his barber shop at his home, 402 South Main street, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. His death was caused by a heart attack.

The lung motor crew from No. 1 fire station was called but efforts to revive Mr. Cowden failed.

Mr. Cowden was born in the town of Cowden Sept. 27, 1871. He and Laura Poole were married April 6, 1918, [in Salem, Marion County, Illinois]. They came to Decatur 16 years ago from Salem and Mr. Cowden has since conducted a barber shop in his home. He leaves his wife and a son and a daughter, Edward Cowden, Oakland, Calif., and Mrs. Velma McManaway, Champaign, and four stepchildren: Delbert Poole, Sandwich; Norman Poole, Readis Poole, and Mrs. Ida Fink, Decatur. He was a member of the Christian church. The body was taken to the Moran & Sons funeral home.

Short funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Moran & Sons chapel, where friends may call. Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. in the Christian church in Cowden. The burial will be in the Cowden cemetery.


The newspaper obituary for Charles Cowden said that he left a son named Edward Cowden, but Edward Cowden was actually an older brother of Charles Cowden.

Charles Cowden had only one child, a daughter named Velma Eulala Cowden McManaway.

Charles Anson Cowden was a barber during his lifetime.

Charles Cowden was married two times in his life.

Charles Anson Cowden was the youngest of Henry Marcus Cowden's four sons and the second son of Henry Cowden and his second wife, the former widow, Mrs. Susan Catherine Thorn (Timbers).

Henry Marcus Cowden founded the town of Cowden, Illinois in 1872.

Charles Cowden's first wife was Mamie Alice Montgomery. Charles and Mamie were married on October 12, 1896 in La Clede, Illinois.

Here is the newspaper obituary for Charles Cowden's first wife, Mamie Alice Montgomery Cowden:


The following obituary was transcribed from the September 16, 1911 Decatur, Macon County, Illinois Saturday Evening "The Decatur Review" newspaper.

The obituary was printed on page 3 of the newspaper.


Mrs. Mame Montgomery Cowden, wife of Charles Cowden, died Thursday, Sept. 14, after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. She was thirty-seven years old. She leaves a husband and daughter, Velma, and an adopted daughter, Marguerite, her mother, one sister, Mrs. Hattie Torrence, and brother, Jasper Montgomery, all of Cowden.


Note: The newspaper obituary spells her first name Mame, yet I found it spelled Mamie on her death certificate and on her marriage license application.


Mamie Alice Cowden was born on August 26, 1875 in Clay County, Illinois and died on September 14, 1911 in Cowden, Shelby County, Illinois.

Charles Cowden's second wife was Laura Ann Wolfe Poole. Here is what I was able to find out about Laura Poole from her newspaper obituary.


The following obituary was transcribed from the March 3, 1972 Friday Edition of the Decatur, Macon County, Illinois "Decatur Herald & Review" Newspaper for Laura Ann Wolfe Poole, Cowden, Lappin.

The obituary was printed on page 24 of the newspaper.


Mrs. Jake (Laura Ann) Lappin, 90, of 555 S. Broadway died at 5:55 a.m. today,[March 3, 1972], in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday in J.J. Morans Funeral Chapel where friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday.

Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.

Mrs. Lappin was born in Pawnee [September 1881], a daughter of John and Alice Scott Wolfe.

She moved to Decatur from Salem 50 years ago.

Mrs. Lappin was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

She married Jake Lappin on Nov. 11, 1939, in Decatur. He died Dec. 14, 1957.

Surviving are sons, Delbert Poole of Sandwich; Readis "Pete" Poole of Lincoln; Norman Poole of Decatur; daughter, Mrs. Ida Fink of Decatur; 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Two brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.


The words in the brackets[] in the newspaper obituary are my additional comments.


The marriage to Jacob "Jake" Lappin was the third and final marriage for Laura Ann Wolfe.

Laura Wolfe was married to Amos Poole on November 5, 1899, then to Charles Cowden on April 16, 1918, and finally to Jacob "Jake" Lappin on November 11, 1939.


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  • Added: 14 Nov 2006
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