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Posted by: Jim Bowman Date: February 04, 2002 at 17:21:07
In Reply to: YOUNG,ASA B & COSBY,N.C.,TN. by Christine of 1003

Dear Christine,

I am emailing you direct as while as posting a followup. I saw your post on Tennessee, genforum, and while I cannot with certainty tell you your Cosby Young is connected to my Bowman line, I think he most probably is. Cut and paste the following url into the address window of your browser, if you cannot click on it to open a window.

William Bowman (1755-1808) married Mary Cosby (1760-after 1851) in Goochland County, Va. on Dec. 25, 1779. The Rev. William Douglas performed the ceremony. Their eldest child was a daughter, Elizabeth (a namesake of Mary's mother, Elizabeth Faure/Fore) was born in 1782. About 1795 the Bowmans removed from the vicinity of Richmond to Rutherford County, N.C. In 1802 Elizabeth married James Young, the son of Samuel Young in Rutherford County. I lose track of this family after about 1820. Samuel Young died in the 1820s and James appears to be around for the settling of that estate. They are definitely gone by 1840-50, but in 1850 when Mary Cosby Bowman, then 90 years old and a resident of Lumpkin County, Ga., applied for a widow's pension based on William's revolutionary service, Betsey Young is listed as living. About 1858 there was a murder trial against a Cosby Young which was successfully appealled to the NC State Supreme Court from one of the western mountain counties.
Elizabeth's next younger brother, Asa Bowman, was born in 1784 and died in 1818 in Rutherford County. Asa married Sara Ruth Young, the sister of James Young. They had a son, William (who, I believe, became a Methodist minister, but died childless after 1870), and two daughters, Elizabeth (who married Elijah Davis and left at least one daughter before she died in 1834) and Martha (who married Major Flack and apparently died in childbirth about 1846). Many times the family members passed along the Cosby surname as a given name. If you find an Asa B. Young and a Cosby Young in close proximity, I suspect they are sons or grandsons of Elizabeth Bowman Young and James Young. I have never found any family bible or court records to document the family however. If the Hall's migrate from Rutherford Co. N.C. then I suspect that common origin created a connection. In Rutherford County, Samuel Young was elected county coroner and the family was apparently prosperous and respected. The Young homeplace was on White Oak Creek of the Green River in what is now Polk County, N.C.
Three of Elizabeth's siblings married McHan's (including my gg gf, Eli) and three married Richardsons. I think the Youngs wound up for a time in Kentucky, because in one census report, the notes for which I have misplaced, I found a 70ish Betsy Young living with the family of a man who was probably her son, and one or more of his children were born in Kentucky.

Looking for any info on Cosby Young,b.N.C abt 1815.was in Illinois late 1830's,Iowa early 1840's,N.C.1849,Monroe Co,Tn 1850,N.C.late 1850's,Union Co,Ga 1860,his family back in Monroe Co in 1870,Don't know where Cosby was,Who is his parent's?
Was Asa B.Young his brother? Asa b.N.C., N.C. in 1830 came to Tn late 1830's,Who are thier parents?
Are they connected to the Hall's from N.C.& Monroe Co,Tn?
Thanks for any info,

What counties have you found Cosby in Illinois, Iowa etc? If you have his children's names I would be interested in seeing them. If William, Elizabeth, Nancy, John, Asa, Eli, Martha, Cosby, show up, it would suggest a common naming pattern with other family branches. I hope to hear from you. I have sent a copy along to to see if any of the above is in her records on N.C. Youngs. From 1790 to 1820 there were three Samuel Youngs who were heads of households in Rutherford Co., N.C. Two of them had sons named James. Each James married a woman named Elizabeth. The Youngs who intermarried with the Bowmans were the westernmost of the three families, and appear to have a strong connection to the Kilpatrick family. I suspect there is a tie in to the Young family of Rowan County but haven't been able to establish that.

I hope to hear from you, especially if any of this is useful.

Jim Bowman

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