Elizabeth Cowan **
- Born: 1788, Airth, Stirling, Scotland
- Christened: 20 Jan 1788, Airth, Stirling, Scotland
- Marriage (1): Peter Hardie ** on 28 Feb 1806 in Airth, Stirling, Scotland
- Died: 11 Mar 1874, Baird's Square - Holytown, Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland at age 86
Cause of her death was Old Age/ 3 weeks (!).
Another name for Elizabeth was Elizabeth Cowie.
Elizabeth and her sister Margaret were twins.
In the 1841 Census she was living with her family at Newarthill. Husband Peter is aged 55, a coal miner, an 'O' appears in the column to indicate whether born in the County or otherwise. Presumably this means "Otherwise". Curiously Elizabeth and the children dont have the same indicator, even though Elizabeth was born in Stirlingshire. Elizabeth was aged 50, James 20, a coal miner, and Margaret, aged 14. Their names are recorded as HARDER at Scotlandspeople.
At the time of the 1851 Census she was living at Hamilton Rd, Newarthill, Bothwell, Scotland. She was widowed, aged 62, and a Householder. She had a visitor, Elizabeth Taylor, aged 11 who was born in Bothwell. This is her grand-daughter, the child of Agnes Hardie and John Taylor. Her daughter Margaret was also living at Hamilton Road with her family.
At the time of the 1861 Census she was living at 86 Clelland Rd, Newarthill, Bothwell, Scotland, with the family of her daughter Margaret Jones (whose husband, George, had already left for Australia in 1858, she would follow in 1863). Living with her at this address were her daughter Margaret and Margaret's children William aged 12, Peter 10, Elisabeth 8, James 6, George 4. All were born in Newarthill and all except George were recorded as "Scholar". Living nearby at No 83 Clelland Rd was the family of Walter Cowan aged 30, a Coal Miner. Possibly he was related to Elisabeth.
At the time of the 1871 Census she was recorded under her maiden name living with her daughter Mary Cullen and her family at Thankerton (?) Lodge in Holytown, Bothwell, Lanarkshire. Living here on Census day were James Cullen, Head, aged 64, a Gardener, born in Bothwell; Mary his wife, aged 63, born in Airth, Stirlingshire; Elizabeth, mother-in-law, aged 83, born Airth; Magdal Marshall, visitor, aged 9, a scholar born Bothwell; and Mary Marshall, visitor, aged 4, a scholar, born Old Monkland. The young Marshall girls were James and Mary's Grandchildren (Magda was actually Madeline), the children of their daughter Elizabeth.
Her death record does not reveal where she was buried but it is possible she was buried with her husband in the Bellshill Relief Church churchyard. However, no records have yet been found to prove this.
Noted events in her life were:
• She resided at the time of the Census in 1841 in Newarthill, Lanark, Scotland.
• She resided at the time of the Census in 1851 in Hamilton St, Newarthill, , Lanark, Scotland.
• She resided at the time of the Census in 1861 in 86 Clelland Rd, Newarthill, Bothwell, , Lanark, Scotland.
• She resided at the time of the Census in 1871 in Thankerton Lodge, Holytown, , Bothwell, , Lanark, Scotland.
Elizabeth married Peter Hardie **, son of James Hardy and Agnes Higgie, on 28 Feb 1806 in Airth, Stirling, Scotland. (Peter Hardie ** was born in 1785 in Kemback, Fife, Scotland, christened on 17 Jul 1785 in Kemback, Fife, Scotland, died in Feb 1843 in Newarthill,Lanark Scotland and was buried on 9 Feb 1843 in Bellshill Relief Churchyard,Bellshill,Lanark,Scotland.)
No parents names are recorded on their Marriage Record.
Note however that two other marraiges are recorded on the same page for people who may be related:
James Cowan & Helen Wilson - 7th March
John Hardie & Jean Cowan - 14th July