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Gustavus C. Cowger

Born - August 4, 1820

Highland County, Ohio

Married - May 20, 1842

Rush County, Indiana

Residence - 1850 - District 13, Wapello County, Iowa

Residence - 1870 - Burr Oak, Doniphan County, Kansas

Died - August 27, 1884

Wathena, Doniphan County, Kansas



Wife - Susannah "Susan" (Cowger) Cowger

Born - 1824 - Ohio

Died - 1862



Daughter - Rachel  A. (Cowger) Harper

Born - March 28, 1843
Rush County, Indiana

Married - January 15, 1859

Died - June 15, 1934

Husband - John T. Harper

Born -  December 5, 1838 - Indiana

Died - June 22, 1917




J. T. HARPER, farmer, P. O. Leona, was born in Hendricks County, Indiana., December 5,1838.

He is the son of Jesse and Mary A. Clifton Harper, both natives of Kentucky.

His early schooling was received in Andrew County, Mo., having completed his studies in Doniphan County, Kansas.

Farming has always been his occupation.

He was married in this county January 15, 1859, to Miss Rachel A. Cowger, daughter of G. C. and Susan Cowger, natives of Indiana.

She was born March 28, 1843.

He enlisted in Company I, Seventh Kansas Cavalry, and was mustered out in 1865. He came to Kansas in 1855 and settled in this township, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. Harper is a Republican.



Son - William M. Cowger

Born - 1845 - Rush County, Indiana

Died -  November 16,1862
Camp Babcock, Arkansas

Buried - Fayetteville National Cemetery Fayetteville

Washington County, Arkansas
Plot: 10 - 0 - 857


Daughter - Barbara Jane (Cowger) Harper

Born - March 9,1847 - Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa

Married -  April 14, 1864

Died - April 25, 1880

Buried - Pleasant Hill Cemetery

Doniphan County, Kansas

Husband - James Paxton Harper



Among the pioneer farmers of Doniphan county is numbered this gentleman, who at an early day took up his abode in Kansas before the admission of the state into the Union and when the work of civilization was yet in its infancy here. Much of the land was still in its primitive condition and the now thriving towns and cities were then unfounded. Today Mr. Harper is an important factor in conducting one of the leading mercantile establishments which contributes to the commercial activity and prosperity of Doniphan county, being a senior member of the firm of J. P. Harper & Son, dealers in lumber and coal in Leona.

A native of Hendricks county, Indiana, he was born on the 2nd of February, 1834, and is a son of Jesse and Mary A. (Clifton) Harper. The father was born in Kentucky February 2, 1813, and the mother was a native of Virginia. In 1844 they emigrated to Nodaway county, Missouri, where the father died. The children in his family were: J. Paxton; Frances M., who died in Doniphan county in 1868; and John T.

James Paxton Harper spent the greater part of his youth in Nodaway county, Missouri, and is indebted to the country schools for the educational privileges he enjoyed, his advantages in that direction, however, being somewhat limited, but reading and the experiences in the practical affairs of life have brought to him broad knowledge. He came to Kansas in 1854 when twenty-one years of age and pre-empted a claim. Not a furrow had been turned or an improvement made on the place, but with characteristic energy he began its development, and his farming operations have been interrupted only by his service in the civil war. He was a member of Company I, Seventh Kansas Cavalry, in which he enlisted, on the 28th of October, 1860. He served under Colonels Jennison, Lee and Herrick, in the order named, and Lieutenant-Colonels Anthony and Malone were also in command at different times. The regiment was a part of the Sixth Army Corps and participated in the battle of Rienzi, the only engagement in which Mr. Harper took part. He was discharged in the spring of 1863 and upon his return to Kansas again engaged in general farming and the raising of cattle.

On the 14th of April, 1864, Mr. Harper married Barbara J. Cowger, and to them were born a number of sons and daughters, as follows: Thomas M., James G., Rufus C., John W., C. L., Mary S. and Minnie M. The mother died April 4, 1880, and Mr. Harper wedded Polly Morgan in 1884. Their children are Anna, Myrtle, Raymond P., Ernest, Miles, Hazel and Decorah.

Mr. Harper is an honored and reliable Republican of Wolf River township and his attendance as a delegate to the conventions has been frequent. His faith in his party has been consistent and he has never felt the necessity of working against any measure in the state or national platforms as a rebuke to the party's misdoings. He strongly favors the extension idea, believing in the excellencies of the islands which have come to us through the Spanish-American war. As a business man he is energetic and thoroughly reliable, and in addition to his general farming and stock raising interests he is associated with his son in the conduct of a lumber and coal business, which is bringing to them a good income, for they have secured a liberal patronage along that line



Son - Robert Hays Cowger

Born - January 1849

Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa


Daughter - Mary Elizabeth (Cowger) Eye

Born - 1851 - Wapello, Iowa

Died - March 3, 1870

Husband - William Eye

Born - 1832 - Virginia


Daughter - Susan Melvina (Cowger) Nelson

Born - February 9, 1853
Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa

Married -  November 14 1881

Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri

Died -  May 4, 1942
Hiawatha, Doniphan County, Kansas

Husband - Louis Nelson

Born -  March 31, 1850 - Falster Island, Denmark

Died - December 22, 1925
Hiawatha, Doniphan County, Kansas


Daughter - Sarah E. Cowger

Born - 1857 - Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa


Son - Phillip Burton Cowger

Born - July 25, 1858 - Kansas

Married - 1890

Wathena, Doniphan, Kansas

Died - August 30, 1913

Wathena, Doniphan, Kansas

Wife - Noretta (Lavering) Cowger

Born - November 28,1872 - Kansas

Died - July 15, 1936

Wathena, Doniphan, Kansas

Noretta's Father - Jacob Lavering

Born - August 6,1837 - Ohio

Died March 2, 1930

Noretta's Mother - Cinderella Lavering

Born - December 4,1848 - Kentucky

Died - January 17, 1923

To This Union 3 Children Were Born

Daughter - Edna Cowger

Born - October 1890 - Kansas

Daughter - Anna Cowger

Born - March 1893 - Kansas

Son -   Chester Grant Cowger

Born - March 5, 1895 - Kansas

Died - 1950 - Kansas


2nd Wife - Sarah Ann (Wheeler) Cowger

Born - 1832 - Indiana

Died - 1907 - Doniphan County, Kansas


Daughter - Harriet B. Cowger

Born - 1864 - Kansas


Daughter - Eva M. Cowger

Born - 1867- Kansas


Daughter - Martha A. Cowger

Born - 1870 - Kansas


Daughter - Ettie Louise Cowger

Born - September 21, 1874 - Kansas

Died - August 21, 1881 - Kansas



Father - George Cowger

Mother -  Eve (Rasier) Cowger






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