Stephen Cowan and Elizabeth Long Cowan – my 3rd great grandparents
actress Lana Turner and her mother Mildred Frances Cowan Turner
Stephen Cowan was born March 7, 1835 in Tichomingo County, Mississippi and died October 11, 1907 in Checotah, Oklahoma. He is buried in Brush Hill Cemetery, Pierce, McIntosh County, Oklahoma. He married Elizabeth Long February 7, 1847 in Buzzard’s Roost (!), Franklin County, Alabama.
Actress Lana Turner (born Julia Jean Turner) was one of my dad’s favorite actresses and he would have loved to know she was a cousin. I didn’t begin any genealogy research until years after his death.
Stephen Cowan was the son of Samuel Cowan born about 1775 in Virginia (area now Tennessee) and died about 1831 in Mississippi or Tennessee. He married Sarah Margaret Keith (whose great grandfather was Benjamin Borden (1675-1743). Benjamin Borden’s land grants in the 1740s were instrumental in opening up the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. His most important enterprise was the settlement of “Borden’s Great Tract,” a grant to him from King George II of England of 92,100 acres in what later became Rockbridge County, Virginia. There may be lawsuits going on today regarding this land grant.