Thomas Cohen, Cowan, Catharine McKelsey, McKelvey

After a bazillion years of researching I finally found my Great Great Grandparents on my fathers side. Thomas Cowan and Catherine McKelvey Cowan of Pennsylvania.

I found another article with them in the article.

It listed him as Thomas Cohen and Catharine McKelsey of Upland, Delaware Co, PA.    It came from North America, Family Histories, 1600-2000   Hannun Family, The Genealogy of Hannum Family descended from John and Margery Hannum Settlers of Chester PA.  North American, Family Histories 1500-2000 page 464.



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Karen Renee’ Epps Harris


Karen Epps Harris

Visitation for Mrs. Karen Epps Harris (formerly Burgher) will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Disciple Hall at First United Methodist Church of Jackson. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Harris died Friday, August 14, 2015 at her home.

She was born in Gadsden, AL, the daughter of the late William Epps and the late Retha Fitzpatrick Epps. She was married to Dr. David Harris on March 7, 1998. Mrs. Harris was a registered nurse at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and attended First United Methodist Church. She played Bunco each month with very best friends beginning approximately thirty years ago.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, David Epps.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. David Harris of Jackson; her step-son, Craig Harris of Cincinnati, OH; her step-daughter, Carley Harris of Portsmouth, OH; her brother, Thomas Epps of Atlanta, GA; her sister, Chris Wheeler of Locust Fork, Alabama; her aunt, Janice Myers of Locust Fork, AL; her nieces, Sarah Powell and Leanna Jones both of Florida and her nephew, William Epps of Atlanta, GA.

Karen Epps Harris  August 23, 1956- August 14, 2015

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Beer Bottles, Broken Tombstones, and Golf Balls.

Right now I am aggravated , angry, sad and as we say in the South ” mad as two wet hens.”

This year marks my twentieth eighth year of genealogy. I LOVE GENEALOGY, I love the hunt, I love visiting cemeteries and admiring the tombstones from hundreds of years ago. I like think about the people that are in the ground, are they in wooden coffins or are they in a fancy coffin, what type of life they had,  were they rich were they poor. If it was a woman she possibly had children and grandchildren did she wear an apron, cook apple pies, wash her clothes on a rub board and then hang out on the lines to dry?  Was she a skinny woman or one of those fat fluffy women that we all loved to crawl up in those kind of grannies lap and smell the scent of powder that she perfumed herself with while she hugged us and gave us a million kisses.   Was PawPaw a farmer, or did he work at the bank, wear overalls, chew tobacco or dress up in a suit, tie and hat?  You get the idea, if you have ever visited one while you were researching you know exactly what I am talking about.  Today I visited one in Northeast AL, Piedmont, AL to be exact and I am very sad for a lot of reasons. You see this one was damaged and it is very old.

Some of the early settlers of the area are buried here. I saw a lot of beer bottles , broken tombstones, turned over tombstones, potato chip bags , soda bottles and golf balls.Time did not break these tombstones. SOME TRASH OF A CRIMINAL DID THIS. Who does this kind of activity? Who is so much of a low of a life and bored that they feel they have to go in a cemetery to cause destruction? CRIMINALS, TRASH, SCUM OF THE EARTH.

I want you to look at these pictures at what some heathen did.  Why would ANYONE want to desecrate a cemetery?  It broke my heart. Can it be corrected? Can someone help restore this old cemetery back to what it should be or does no one really care anymore?

What really should happen here is some company donate a fence, enclose the property and the citizens whether it be a Girl Scout/Boy Scout or some church organization should go here and clean this place up. Someone should volunteer to keep it cleaned up. This is families, people that used to walk the earth.  I’d even suggest the city let the jail workers go up there and clean it up.  I tried to stand up as many tombstones as I could and it truly was sad and I am very angry that people would do this and then no one will correct it. My husband Gary said “you have been in 1000’s of cemeteries all over the USA and this one by far has been the worst one.”

One day it will be “Oh I think there used to be a cemetery there.” Reason being, it will either be overrun with weeds, bushes and someone will have totally destroyed the place.

I lived my early life in this area until I graduated a long time ago. I was shocked and saddened that this type of thing happened. NEVER would anyone of my era even think of this. I am coming back soon with some chalk going to the place, documenting every stone that is there for future generations of researchers. I hope to see it in better shape .































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Thomas Cowan, Cohen, Cowin COME FORWARD

Well after many years of searching I have gotten some headway. Here is some of my Cowan notes.

My Grandfather.. well one of them.. Direct line.

Thomas Cohen born 1832 or 1828 I have conflicting info in Ireland,  He however died August 6, 1891 in Pennsylvania . He is buried at Calvary Episcopal Cemetery, Aston Mills, Delaware County, PA

I have a wife for Thomas, Catherine born September 12, 1841 in Ireland.. She died February 20, 1916 in Pennsylvania age 75.  I have her father as John Kelvey and her mother Mary Armstrong both born in Ireland. I am wondering if McKelvey. She is buried at Calvary Episcopal Cemetery, Aston Mills, Delaware County, PA

The children of this union is as follows in Pennsylvania

William Thomas born about 1857

Sarah Elizabeth known as Lizzie who married a Johnson born 1859

James born 1861

Robert F born 1864

John W born 1867

Henry born 1870

Margaret Jane which is my great Grandmother who married William K. Vanzant and ended up in Anniston, AL  they came from Chester PA  born 1872

Noble born 1874

Frederick Alfred born 1878  he ended up in Detroit Michigan where some years later he died.

If any of you have any information please email me at and put  COWAN info in the subject.



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John Taylor Obituary and Information

Birth: Jun. 5, 1883
Death: Mar. 1, 1958


John Taylor,74, of 6 Howie Rd. Oxford, died Saturday
afternoon at 12:45 at the residence after a lengthy
He was a retired farmer and a lifelong resident of
Calhoun County. Mr. Taylor was a member of Harmony
Baptist Church of Choccolocco.
Funeral services will be conducted at Pleasant Ridge
Baptist Church at a date and time to be announced.
The Rev. George Vines and Fred Cobb will officiate and
burial will be in the adjacent cemetery, Usrey directing.
Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Roy Fitzpatrick,
Piedmont, Mrs. Johnny Reaves and Mrs. James Smith,
Anniston; Mrs. Oscar Faulkner, DeArmanville; Mrs. B. F.
Williams, Jacksonville, and Mrs. Clarence Burk, of Oxford
Oxford, two sons, Cleve, of DeArmanville and Willard Taylor,
Charleston, S.C.; one brother, Albert, of Oak Level; two
sisters Emmaline Taylor and Lizzie Taylor, of Piedmont;
19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Leroy Fitzpatrick, Ocsar Faulkner Jr,
John R. Faulkner, Johnny R. Reaves and Gary and Merrill Taylor.

Family links:
Jimroe Taylor (1852 – 1928)
Susan Garmon Taylor (1849 – 1938)

Laura Agnes Jackson Taylor (1890 – 1953)

Minnie Lee Taylor Faulkner (1911 – 2002)*

Dave Taylor (1869 – 1930)*
Albert T Taylor (1870 – 1964)*
Annie Taylor Cotton (1877 – 1945)*
John Taylor (1883 – 1958)
Emmeline Taylor (1886 – 1973)*
Jane Taylor Kemp (1887 – 1941)*
Lizzie Taylor (1889 – 1980)*

*Calculated relationship

Pleasant Ridge Cemetery
White Plains (Calhoun County)
Calhoun County
Alabama, USA

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John Taylor and wife Laura Agnes Jackson Taylor Family

Laura Agnes Jackson Taylor and John Taylor cemetery marker

John Taylor was born June 5, 1883 in Cleburne County, AL .  He was the son of James M.(JimRoe) Taylor and Susan Garmon.

John married Laura Agnes Jackson 23 December 1905 in Choccolocco, Calhoun Co Alabama.  John died March 1, 1958 in Oxford, Calhoun County, AL and he is buried in White Plains, AL at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Laura Agnes Jackson Taylor was the daughter of Millard Jackson and Fannie Williams. Laura was born 3 Feb 1890 in Dekalb Co, AL

She died 25 May 1953 in Oxford, Calhoun Co, AL and is buried at Harmony Cemetery in White Plains, AL


The Children of this union were Sadie Mae Taylor (Fitzpatrick)  Minnie Leee Taylor (Faulkner)  Cleve Gay Taylor, Russell Harvey Taylor, Ethel Taylor(Reaves)  Alton Paul Taylor, Pauline Taylor (Williams)  Hellen Taylor (Smith)  Ellen Taylor (Burke)  Willard O’dell Taylor.

If any of you have any of the following information or connections to this family which is my direct line please contact me, Chris Epps Wheeler at

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