Eken Family Genealogy Forum
The Cowan Family and Ekin Families
In 1761, Matthias Cowan, who had married a Miss Gray, settled in the township. He was a Scotch-Irishman. His children were James, Joseph, George, Martha (married to William Ekin), Mary Betsey, and Ann (married respectively to three brothers names Hughey), and two daughters who died young and unmarried. Robert Ekin was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, and came to Allegheny County when his son William was four years old, and to this township when he was ten. Robert Ekin and his wife died in 1815, shortly after which Mrs. Matthias Cowan (nee’ Gray) died. William, son of Robert Ekin was born in York County, where his father settled on coming to America. He died in 1851, and his wife (Martha Cowan) in 1858. Their children were Robert, born Dec. 24, 1804; Matthias Cowan, born April 24, 1806; Eliza, married to Andrew Christy; Rachel married to Samuel Gill; John, Mary, married to Thomas Shaw; and Margaret, who died young and unmarried. Of these, Matthias Cowan Ekin married, June 15, 1845, Nancy daughter of William Rand and Susanna (Patterson) Rand. M.C. Ekin’s farm lies about four miles south of Irwin Station, between it and the Youghiogheny River, and is the place where his maternal grandfather, Matthias Cowan, first located one hundred and twenty-one years ago, during all of which time the homestead has been in the family and belonging to three generations.
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