Could anyone tell me if they know how to contact her
descendants? I understand she died in 2005.
I ran across an interesting piece from old Cowan Clan United
files that got passed from the National Genealogic Society to
the DAR Libary.
I'll include the crux of her letter ... but not looking to
spark any debates, etc. (If you know how to contact her
descendants ... or, if you are one of them, please contact me
The letter was dated June 24, 1974 from a PO Box in Trenton,
MI and was written to Mrs. Alma Cowan. (I'm curious what
happened to the wealth of information she collected ...
whether she gave it to historical society or whether it got
passed down to her children ... or just tossed.)
My dear Mrs. Cowan:
Thank you for your letter of April 19th. Seems like such a
long time ago when I reread the dateline, but believe me, it
has actually really been "just yesterday" with events
happening so fast in my personal life. My apology for
answering so slowly.
Your opening paragraph hit me like a bomb ... with excitement.
For over ten years I have been "floundering" and following
very dim clues written down in the years 1807 and 1850s.
Not being a professional, I have been doing history research
the VERY HARD WAY. No, I am not a descendant of one of the
Walker/Cowan families. Yes, I DID at one time plan to write a
book. Trying to prove out clues about the William Walker
family happened accidentally, it actually will lead to clues
to follow up on my "Adam Brown." I began searching and
collecting facts and stories to relay ot 4th graders in our
six elementary schools. Back in 1957, I began what we called
a "local history porject" for our school children in the
Gibraltar S/D (at the head of Lake Erie where the Detroit Rive
empties into the Lake). It ran for 5 weeks each year, and
gradually expanded when their parents became curious and
wanted to learn more about the area where they chose to make
their home. It centered on the first natives ... Native
Americans ... the Wyandot [sic] Huron Indians and their
intermarried white relatives. When my materials began to
overrun our Den, and took a four drawer file cabinet I began
to think in terms of writing it all down. Rotarians, Garden
Club members, and other groups would phone the school office
and make arrangements for my appearance to retell the story
each year, with additions.
It got to be an obsession rather than a hobby. My husband
began to be used to being dragged to State Archives, Museums,
and cemeteries, on our travels. Things began to develop when
I made direct contact with Indian groups and learned about the
Wyandots in their civilized lives in Kansas then in Oklahoma. NOw, I am satisfied just to "know" their story, and the idea of a book ... would displease their descendants. THIS, I could not do. But ... their story has some unraveled knots or clues which for my own satisfaction I need to learn.
I have the account of young Willam Walker's capture by Indians from the fort, along with his Aunt Mrs. Cowan ... who was later killed by them. When he first met "my Adam Brown" who lived with the Wyandots, Adam is said to have told young William ... "he knew his folks". Adam's descendants wrote he was taken in Greenbriar, W. Va. William's descendants said in their writings he came from Rockbridge Co., Va. Adam was taken about 1755 when he was about six years old. So, it is William's father who he would have known. William named his first son, John Walker. Now, I want to learn "which" John Walker was William's father. Was it Thomas Walker's son, the neighbor of Thomas Jefferson?
[rest of letter re membership, dues, back issues]
Adele E. Rahn (Mrs. Wm. E.)
P.S. I joined the Kansas State Historical Society in the
Spring 1969, and have been a member ever since. They have
been so helpful to me in collecting their materials on Walker descendants.
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