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Grace Cowan

Female 1832 - 1931  (99 years)

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  • Name Grace Cowan  [1
    Gender Female 
    Born 1832  Parish of Gall, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 15 November 1931  East Nissouri Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried after 15 November 1931  St. Andrew's Cemetery Thamesford, Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I69246  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 19 February 2007 

    Father Andrew Cowan,   b. 1789,   d. 9 December 1872, East Nissouri Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Grace Kennedy,   b. 1796,   d. 16 August 1872, East Nissouri Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Family ID F48365  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse James Patterson,   b. East Nissouri Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Thamesford, Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 12 December 1862  East Nissouri Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Marriage Notice
      Source Newspaper: Ingersoll Chronicle
      Friday, December 19, 1862
      Pg: 3, Col: 2 Text of Notice:
      PATTERSON-COWAN--In East Nissouri [township], on the 12th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Fraser, of Thamesford, Mr. James Patterson to Miss Grace Cowan

      Date of Event: Friday, December 12, 1862
      Name: Patterson, James
      Associated Name: Cowan, Grace [1]
    Family ID F48366  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Active Thamsford Woman enters Ninety-Ninth Year
      Thames ford July 5- There lives in the village of Thamesford a little of lady who on the second day of this month entered upon her ninety- ninth year. Grace Cowan Patterson is her name and except for a slight cold she is in fairly good health. During the ninety-eight years of her life she has required very little medical attention and until the last year or so lived in her own home in the village of Thamesford doing her own furnace and walking to St. Andrew's church every Sunday morning as regularly as the Sabbath came, except when snow or cold weather compelled her to stay home.
      The subject of this sketch is one of the pioneers of Oxford county and came to this country from the parish of Gall, near the village of Borland Dumfrieshire, Scotland where she was born in the year 1832. Sailing with her parents from Liverpool on the "Irena" in 1852 the party arrived in New York after a stormy voyage. From New York they came to Hamilton where they were met by her sister and brother-in-law Mr and Mrs Hugh Davidson who conveyed them in a lumber wagon over rough roads to their new home on the 12th concession of East Nissouri. "What church did you attend in those days?" Mrs Patterson was asked. "We did not attend church every Sunday" she replied, "as there was no church nearer than Embro but we tried to go every Sacrament Sunday even though we had to walk and we always heard a good Sermon from the Rev. Donald McKenzie who was one of the pioneer ministers of Western Ontario. "That was a long distance to walk," it was suggested to which she replied: "When you were lonely for the house of God and the things that reminded you of Scotland, you did not mind the distance.
      The reward of that zeal was that Rev. Donald McKenzie often came over to East Nissouri where he planted the seed of the gospel which afterwards developed into St. Andrew's Presbyterian church and other adjoining churches.
      It was not long until this bonnie Scotch lassie was wooed and won by on James Patterson a man of sterling character and boundless energy, whom she married, Rev Donald Fraser performing the marriage ceremony.
      Mrs. Patterson now left her father's farm which is now the Alex Hossack farm on the 12th concession and settled with her husband on part of what is now the Paterson farm on the 11th concession. Here she lived a long happy married life assisting her husband at times with the farm duties not forgetting to entertain her friends especially the messengers of the gospel whenever they came to her home. It was not long until the Rev Mr Bethune was settled as the first minister of the old log church called St. Andrew's but he did not live long to enjoy his work.
      In 1897 they retired to a beautiful house in Thamesford which Mr Patterson had built for their old age and here they lived together some 23 years until Mr Patterson was laid away in the graveyard of the old church on the hill. It is now ten years since Mr. Patterson died but during that period she has bravely paddled her own canoe until W. G. Patterson and Mrs Ida Ayers her nephew and niece entice her to the old farm on the 11th concession where she is now making her home.

      Obituary Mrs Grace Cowan Patterson
      The death occurred of Mrs Grace Cowan Patterson on Saturday Nov 15th (better known as Aunt Grace) at the home of W. Patterson. Deceased had reached the advanced age of ninety- nine years. Born in Scotland and coming to Canada at an early age with her parents, sisters and brothers, they settled on the 12th concession on the farm now owned by Alex Hossack. She married James Patterson who predeceased her some years ago. Together they made their home for many years on the farm on the 11th concession, East Nissouri now owned by J. Sutherland. When the cares of the farm got too heavy for them they removed to their beautiful new home in the village of Thamesford prepared to enjoy the ample earnings of their many years of toil. When the husband was called home Mrs Patterson still lived on in the home doing all her housework when some two years ago her immediate relatives thought it unwise for her to be left alone. Her home and contents were disposed of and it was arranged for her to be taken to the place where she passed away. Mrs Patterson always enjoyed the best of health had bright intellect and was always able to look on the sunny side of life, a wise counsellor and of a sterling Christian character. Only a very few months ago she was able to attend the funeral of her niece the late Miss Snetsinger and to meet so many of her nephews and nieces and receive their kind expressions for the last time. The last of the Cowan family she is survived by a number of nephews and nieces among the latter are Mrs Grace Moffat and Mrs Isobel Horsman both of Ingersoll.


      Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
      James COWAN M Male Scottish 55 Scotland Farmer C. Presbyterian
      Margret COWAN M Female Scottish 54 Scotland C. Presbyterian
      Grace COWAN Female Scottish 28 Scotland C. Presbyteri

      Source Information:
      Census Place Nissouri East, Oxford North, Ontario
      Family History Library Film 1375903
      NA Film Number C-13267
      District 166
      Sub-district A
      Division 1
      Page Number 47
      Household Number 223 [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1130] GEDCOM file "2MOFFA~4.GED", submitted by Lynn Munro.

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