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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Steve and Nettie COWELL which appears to
have been taken in the early 1900's. There is no studio or location on the
photograph however the names Susie & Albert are also written on the back of
the photograph as if that is the person to whom the photograph was given.
Steve and Nettie appear to be in their 20's at the time the photograph was
taken. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following
information regarding this couple:
Stephen "Steve" Elmer COWELL was b. 26 Aug 1874 in Licking Co., OH to
parents Jobe or Joseph COWELL (1835-1914) and Mahala or Mahalia Jane HOLLES
or HOLS (1843-1909). Steve was one of 10 children born to this couple
including, Mary Jane; Robert Wilson; Sarah Elizabeth; Mina Belle; Steve;
Josephine; Ida Dell; Lane Benton; and John Clyde; and Susan Lucinda COWELL,
all born between 1866 and 1885. Steve married Mary Henrietta "Nettie" REED
and he died 19 Jul 1940 in Amboy, IL and is buried in the Binghampton
Cemetery in Amboy.
Mary Henrietta "Nettie" REED was b. 5 Aug 1879 in Princeton, IL to parents
John Andrew REED (1844-1920) and Eliza A. DOWNER (1846-1910). Nettie was
one of 9 children born to this couple including, Lillian "Lillie" C.; Frank
Ellsworth; Emma May or Mae; Melisa Jane; William Orseamus; George
Washington; Nettie; John Milton; and Ira Reaca REED, all born between 1867
and 1885. Nettie married Stephen Elmer COWELL (1874-1940) and she died 30
Jul 1969 in Amboy, IL and is buried in the Binghampton Cemetery in Amboy.
Census records provide the following information regarding this family:
1880 census of Jackson, IA:
Job COWELL, age 46, a Farmer, born PA, parents born PA/OH
Mahala COWELL, wife, age 37, Keeping House, born OH, parents born VA
Mary J. COWELL, dau, age 18, born OH
Robert W. COWELL, son, age 13, Farming, born OH
Sarah E. COWELL, dau, age 10, born OH
Mina B. COWELL, dau, age 8, born OH
Stephen E. COWELL, son, age 6, born OH
Josephine COWELL, dau, age 4, born OH
Ida D. COWELL, dau, age 2, born OH
1910 census of Jackson, IA:
Stephen COWELL, age 35, married 11 years, born OH, parents born PA/OH,
Nettie COWELL, wife, age 30, married 11 years, no children, born IL, parents
1920 census of Lacon, IL:
Stephen COWELL, age 45, born OH, parents born PA/OH, a Teamster
Nettie COWELL, wife, age 40, born IL, parents born PA/NY
John A. REED, father-in-law, age 75, born PA, parents born PA
Elizabeth REED, mother-in-law, age 75, born IL, parents born ?/TN
1930 census of May, IL:
Stephen COWELL, age 55, married at age 25, born OH, parents born PA/OH, a
Nettie COWELL, wife, age 50, married at age 20, born IL, parents born PA/NY
1940 census of Amboy, IL:
Steve COWELL, age 65, born OH
Nettie COWELL, wife, age 60, born IL
I am hoping to locate someone from this COWELL Family so that the photograph
can be returned to the care of family. If you are a member of this family,
or you know someone who might be, please contact me.
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