States: Virginia: Lee
Wm. Cowan, age 21, son of Jane Ayres(?), married Nancy J. Ely, age 15, daughter of Sally Ely. Birth place of William listed as Lee Co. VA, Nancy J listed as Harlan Co., KY., date of marriage, June 1, 1874. This was taken from a transcribed marriage record book, not sure about the mother's last name Ayres.As listed in a transcribed birth record book, William and Nancy's son, Caleb, was born July 20, 1876.
According to the 1860 Lee Co. transcribed census record, there are several Ayres families, one has a William Cowans living with them: Daniel Ayres age 37, Kissiah age 48, Wm. COWANS age 22, Mary Ayers, age 11, Rachael Ayers, age 9, Neal C Ayers, age 7 and Daniel Ayers age 5. The 1860 Census also lists the following: Ayres, Benjamin L. 25, Jane 24, WM COWAN 6, Rachael Ayres 2, and John 6/12. both Jane and Benjamin born in Lee Co.
The 1870 Transcribed census lists the following: Ayers, Jane 36, William 16, Rachael 12, John 10, Franklin 8, Elizabeth 6. I cound not find a record for Benjamin and Jane Ayres/Ayers marriage in Lee Co. I don't find Jane Ayers or WM Cowan in the 1880 census. Hope this helps. Regina
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