by pat jones

in Obits

Sarah C. HILL COWDEN Obituary

Sarah C. HILL COWDEN Obituary

Sheila writes,

The Obit tells a lot, but I would like to add that the Headline says Mrs. R.C. Cowden, and the Obit say’s R.H. Cowden. R.H. is correct.

Her husband was Robert H. Cowden the son of Calvin and Polly Snavley Cowden.
Robert and Sarah Day Cowden were the parents of Lucy A. Cowden that married Elbert Allen.
Elbert Allen was the son of Samuel Nathaniel Allen and Elizabeth Greear.
And Samuel Nathaniel Allen was the son of John Allen and Esther Jane Neil.

Sarah was the sister of Benjamin Craton Hill.

The children of Elbert Allen and Lucy A. Cowden were:
Martha Elizabeth Allen b. Aug 1881
Oscar S. Cowden b. 17 Nov 1883
Robert Calvin Allen b. 3 Nov 1885
Callie K. Allen b. March 1888
Willard F. Allen b. 20 March 1891
Victoria S. Allen b. Sept 1895
Mary Margaret Allen b.12 Feb 1892 Scott Co Va.
Nellie M. Allen b. June 1898
Emily Elsie Allen b. 1903

Samuel Nathaniel Allen was a brother to my 3x great grandfather James Allen that married Rebecca Lane.

Submitted by Sheila Allen-Winterberg

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Sheila September 30, 2006 at 7:00 pm

Got an email from Cousin Robert today and I seemed to have left out a child for Elbert and Lucy. There was one between Victoria and Nellie,
Mary Margaret Allen b.12 Feb 1892 Scott Co Va.

Pat you posted this one so I can’t edit it.. could you fix it please 🙂
when you get the time. I know you have your hands full.



pat September 30, 2006 at 9:47 pm

All fixed!


James B Hill January 8, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Thanks again for the photo … this time of Ben Hill, son of Daniel Yancy Gordon Hill. You continue to help me understand my family. I am still awaiting DNA results and grouping per the Hill Surname project. I will keep you informed. JB Hill (line from James M. Hill, Sr.)


Lori Stacey Chavez July 26, 2017 at 11:59 am

Hello James, Can I ask how you are related to Benjamin Craighton Hill? This is My Great Great Grandfather on My Mother’s Side. My Mother was Bobbie F Davis-Stacey Daughter of Ralph & Agnes Hill-Davis


Becky Hakes June 23, 2008 at 6:12 pm


You state the James Allen was your 3x great grandfather. So what do you know about James and Rebecca LANE ALLEN’s son Harrison? I found the family in 1880 census but don’t know what happen to Harrison. I’ve been researching this family for my aunt…its her dad’s line…I am just not sure who her grandfather’s dad is. I know who his stepdad is…its another ALLEN. Any help would be great.

Do you have a William H. ALLEN in your family? He married Martha Solomon 7 Jan 1897 and was father to John James ALLEN born 27 Jan 1899. Martha is with her son and her parents in 1900 census listed as widow.


Kim Ellis August 6, 2008 at 7:10 pm

I am posting this to let Sheila Allen-Winterberg know that Elbert & Lucy (Cowden) Allen are my great great grandparents & Charles & Margaret Mary (Allen)Snowden are my great grandparents. I am the grandaughter of Roy Benny & Sallie(Snowden) Cooper. If I can help you out in any way email me at kida5499@msncom



Kim Ellis August 6, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Correction on Margaret Mary’s name, it is Mary Magdalene. Not sure of the spelling though.

Kim Ellis


ERNEST WILLIAM HILL January 21, 2009 at 9:40 am

my family male line from oldest to newest WILLIAM HILL,JAMES MADISON HILL,DANIEL YANCEY GORDON HILL,LEWIS DAVID HILL,JOHN WESLEY HILL,WILLIAM ASBURY HILL,ERNEST DEWEY HILL,ERNEST DEWEY HILLjr then me. if you have any info you would like to share you can reach me at thank you!


Teresa Clamon Amyx May 24, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I am the great great-granddaughter of C.H. Cowden, son of Sarah & R.H. Cowden. My grandmother was a Cowden and Charlie Cowden, son of C.H. Cowden, was her father. Do you have anything else on the family? I have tried to search the Cowden family and have not found anything. I located in my grandmother’s pictures the same picture from the newspaper and what they had written. Anything you can provide or family tree, or even a website, I would love to see. My great grandfather, Charlie “C.A.” Cowden owned several stores in Virginia and was also Deputy Marshall of revenue and he passed away in the 1930’s. I am greatly curious about this side of the family and anything you have would greatly be appreciated. Thank you.


Jerry N Ivey January 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Teresa, you must be the daughter of Cousin Edna. R.H. was robert Hiram. C.H. was Calvin Hiram and was my Ggrandfather (maternal) and I remember him well. I also remember a visit by Edna to my mother, Lucille Cowden Necessary a few years ago. Your Grandfather, “Uncle Charlie” was a great favorite of my mother and aunt. I have quite a lot of Cowden info, including the book, “Southern Cowdens”. If you want to email me, II will be happy to share. I am pulling together Cowden info for another of our cousins, so you caught me at a good time.
Jerry Ivey


Nellie Robinson September 17, 2011 at 4:07 am

I am the gg grandaughter of Sarah and have the same picture as in the obit. I have it as Hiram Robert Cowden. Nellie


Debra Lovell Adkins March 24, 2013 at 6:23 am

Thank you for the Sarah C. Cowden (b. 1836) piece. I spent most of last fall and winter working on to find my Scott County lineage. My paternal grandmother, Maggie Stapleton Lovell, was an Allen descendant through her mother Druscilla Allen. I also have Harris and Lane lineage via Scott County. My grandmother Maggie married Abraham Lovell. Still working on putting it all together but every face and bit of info of even distant relatives are greatly enjoyed and appreciated. Thank you.


Lori Stacey Chavez July 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm

This is My Great Great Aunt, Sister of My GG Grandfather Benjamin Craighton Hill ??


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