Corp Nathaniel Cowles

Corp Nathaniel Cowles

Death 18 Apr 1816
Burial Holdcroft, Charles City County, Virginia, USA
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Brother of Sally Cowles Vaiden (wife of Joseph Vaiden, Esq.).

Brother of Sally Cowles Vaiden. On Sally's marker (see marker photo), the inscription indicates that she wanted to be buried here by her brother.

Nathaniel is buried inside the iron fence in an unmarked grave, or with a flat marker that has been buried beneath the surface over time.

Nathaniel was listed on the War of 1812 Militia Roster. He died relatively young, married but childless (census data).


U.S. War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815
Nathaniel Cowles
Rank - Induction: PRIVATE
Rank - Discharge: CORPORAL
Roll Box: 47
Microfilm: M602

Cowles, Nathaniel Corpl.
Pay Rolls, p.130

Note: listed as Part of index to: Pay Rolls of Militia Entitled to Land Bounty Under the Act of Congress of Sept. 28, 1850 (Richmond, 1851) and: Muster Rolls of the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812 (Richmond, 1852) which supplements Pay Rolls.

Note: War of 1812 pay rolls and muster rolls


Nathaniel's Will was made on 02/19/1816 and probated on 04/18/1816. Until a date of death can be verified for Nathaniel, the date of the probated Will (04/18/1816) will be used as a d.o.d.


From: The Genealogy of the Cowles Families In America, pp. 1137-38.

NATHANIEL COWLES, son of Thomas, made his will Feb. 19, 1816; probated April 18, 1816, at a court held for Charles City County, Va., of which he was a resident, bequeathing to his wife, Hannah Morris Cowles, all his estate, both real and personal, to her and her heirs forever. Executors: Wife, Hannah Morris Cowles, and friend Robert Tisdale; witnesses: William B. Westman, Sally Tisdale, Martha Allen.

In 1799 he joined in the execution of a deed to one water grist mill (see Appendix XXXIII), and in 18o6 to 98 acres of land (see Appendix XXXIV).

On March 19, 1810, Nathaniel Cowles and Hannah, his wife, of Charles City County, Va., conveyed to John E. Brown of James City County, Va., all their present right, title and interest to the reversion of seven slaves and their increase now in the possession of Ann Allen, as her dower in the slaves of William Allen, deceased, which said William was the father of Hannah Cowles, and for the better understanding of what is hereby bargained and sold, it is agreed between the parties hereto, as there at this time are fourteen children of William Allen alive, all of whom are entitled to a reversionary interest in the above seven slaves held by Ann Allen as her dower, etc. (See also Appendices XXVIII, XXIX.)

In 1813, Nathaniel Cowles and Hannah, his wife, of Charles City County, Westover Parish, Va., conveyed to certain trustees a tract of land for a place of divine worship to the use of the Baptist Society, but when not immediately occupied by that society, then to be free for any other orderly minister who is in full fellowship with his sect, and lying and being in the county and parish aforesaid, on the main road leading from Charles City Courthouse to Edloe's Ferry, and bounded as follows, to wit: Beginning at a gum tree near the said road and on the north side thereof , thence running about a north course on the line between the said Cowles and the heirs of William Southall, deceased, to a large scrub white oak, thence about east to a small old field pine and two small cedars on said road, thence up said road as it meanders to the beginning, containing about one acre, etc.

The inventory and appraisement of the estate of Nathaniel Cowles, made April 26, 1816, included six negroes, a lot of live stock, household goods and furniture, a part of which was of mahogany. Total, $1,736.061/2. The inventory included no real estate but in the account of sales of the estate, Aug. 12, 1816, are the following items: Rent of plantation to 1st of January next, with corn, fruit, etc., now growing $100; crop of wheat in the straw $57.25; crop of rye in the straw $21.OO (Appendix XXXV).

Among the names of the purchasers were John Edloe, William Holdcroft, Robert Holdcroft and Richard Binns, for whose families Edloe's Ferry, Holdcroft P. 0. and Binns P. 0. doubtless were named.

No children were mentioned in Nathaniel Cowles' will and the presumption is that he died without living issue. (See also Appen­dices XXVIII and XXXV.)

Gravesite Details 1816 is the last mention of Nathaniel Cowles. Therefore, it is used as the year of his death until proven otherwise.



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