Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Cowans to Australia


I met Marleemia in the #Australia Rootsweb IRC channel tonight, and she directed me to the State Records NSW - The New South Wales Government's Archives and Records Management Authority: http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/indexes_online_3357.asp

I know that family stories say that one of the Cowans went from Selkirkshire to Australia before 1832, when our bunch went to Ontario, Canada, but I have not learned WHO went, or exactly when. So I searched on the Colonial Secretary Index, 1788-1825 and found:

COWAN, James. Came free per "Triton", 1825
1825 n.d., Nov 24
Memorial (Fiche 3125; 4/1841A No.166 pp.73-86)
1825 Nov 19,28
On list of persons who have received orders for grants of land (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.87); on list of lands granted and reserved by Sir Thomas Brisbane (Fiche 3269; 9/2740 p.7)

and

COWAN, Andrew. Came free per "Triton", 1825
1825 n.d., Nov 24
Memorial (Fiche 3125; 4/1841A No.166 pp.73-86)
1825 Nov 19,28
On list of persons who have received orders for grants of land (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.87); on list of lands granted and reserved by Sir Thomas Brisbane (Fiche 3269; 9/2740 p.7)

And this is interesting: 1825 Nov 24
Attesting to character of James and Andrew Cowan (Fiche 3125 4/1841A No.166 p.85)

The person doing the attesting is DICKSON, John. Came free per "Earl Spencer", 1813; proprietor of steam engine, Cockle Bay. It was a Dickson from the Selkirkshire area who came to Ontario early on, obtained land, then brought people to Ontario to buy it from him. Was the entire family doing land speculation?

Here's another entry: CSreLand -
Item Reel Surname Firstname 1stDate LastDate Remarks
2/7833 1114 COWAN James 1831 1839 includes papers of AINSLIE, James (1831)

There were Ainslies in Selkirkshire, too. But maybe there were Ainslies everywhere.....

I'll have to follow up on this another day..... too late tonight.

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