My great grandfather, Edmund Turner Cowsill, was born August 28, 1857, in Farnworth, Bolton, England. He was the son of Samuel Cowsill and Catherine Turner. He married Margaret Oakes (b. Nov 20, 1859, Liverpool, England; d. June 8, 1931, Oakland, Ca.). Margaret was the daughter of Thomas Oakes and Harriet Oliver.
Edmund and Margaret had three children, Frederick (b. ca. 1880; died 1941), Lillian (b. Mar 31, 1881; d. Jul 23, 1962), both born in England; and James Arthur Cowsill, born in Cleveland, Ohio (b. Apr 24, 1883; d. Jan 1, 1942). The family moved to Washington, D. C., about 1887.
The family trade was bricklaying, and after the San Francisco fire of 1906, James and his cousin Vincent came to California. James moved to Sacramento, Ca., in 1912; and married Nelle Elizabeth Rhodes on June 28, 1913. Their only child, James Arthur Cowsill, Jr.(my father), was born Apr 23, 1916.
In 1919, Edmund and Margaret Cowsill also located in California. Soon after arriving, Edmund died August 31, 1919.
Fred Cowsill remained in Washington, D. C., married Ethel and had three daughters, Gladys, Merle, and Gertrude. Gladys married Arthur Tufts in Washington, D.C.
Edmund Cowsill had at least one brother, James, who also immigrated to the United States from England. James had two children, Vincent and Nell Cowsill Sanford.
I would be interested in hearing from other Cowsills. I have only limited records from England (concentrated around Manchester).
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