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COWDEN, John Wallace, son of Matthew Benjamin and Mary (Wallace) Cowden, was born on the 29th of August, 1817, in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa. His father was long in public life, and for years was an associate judge of the county. John Wallace was brought up as a farmer, but as he grew to maturer [sic] years his attention was turned to surveying, and he came to Harrisburg, where his latter days were passed as a practical surveyor, and where he died July 22, 1872. "He was," writes a contemporary, "an unobtrusive, modest and estimable citizen, successful in his business, trustworthy in all the relations of life, and a sincere and earnest Christian." Mr. Cowden married Mary E., daughter of Frederick and Mary (Barnett) Hatton, of Lower Paxton. They left a large family.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Becky Tuszynski for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 12 Nov 2000

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