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Descendents of David Cowe (ca 1765 - unknown)
and Helen Sharp (1765 - unknown)

FIRST Immigrant Generation

1. David Cowe & Helen Sharp

Born Approx 1765. Christen in Hutton, Berwickshire.

The surname has various spellings: Cow, Cowe, Kow, Cour, Cowie, Cowan or Cowen. According to family legend--which has not always been very accurate--they were drovers from the Lammermuirs who came south. The Cowe surname is of regional Celtic/Scottish origin. In 1881 the Cowe  surname was endemic to the Eastern Borders region (National Trust Surname Database). Although appearing to be a nickname from the animal, this surname is actually an occupational name for a cook, deriving from the Old French "queu", "keu", "kiew" and "cu" (Surname Database) . It may also refer to one who sold cooked meat or kept an eating-house. The surname first appears in the late 12th Century in England and emerged in Scotland in the mid 14th Century.

No record of David Cowe's father and mother has been found, so this family genealogy begins with David.

No record of David Cowe and Helen Sharp's marriage has been found. But under Scottish Law a couple could be married "by repute"--legally