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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

All Cowheys on the steps for a family portrait!

Cowhey gathering, early 1940s: Home of John & Frances Owens Cowhey, 75 Main Street, Mount Carbon, PA

Well, maybe not all the Cowheys...

By the date of this photograph, the gathering of even a partial group of the descendants of William Cowhey and his two wives made for quite a party. William's first wife (who is listed as Catherine on some records but was known to the family as Anne) bore him at least five children before she died from "consumption in the lungs" in 1876, according to the physician's affidavit in William's Civil War pension file. His second wife, Margaret (Foley) Cowhey, whom he married in 1878, bore William ten more children.

I know of several family members that are most certainly missing from this portrait. I am currently trying to identify and label everyone in this picture. If you have any information that might help, please email or post a comment.

This photograph is also on the sidebar of Small-leaved Shamrock and at the post entitled One big happy family.

William Cowhey (Pvt., Co. I., 16th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. 700,145, certificates no. 565,914 and 376459; Case Files of Approved Pension Applications, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

A Wordless Wednesday entry (such as this one) is a picture that speaks for itself without a lot of description. The picture may be one whose subjects are not yet identified or whose story is not fully understood. If you have any information about the subjects, date or location pertaining to the above photograph, please post a comment or send an email and share what you know.

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