John Cownover
Caty Covert
(Abt 1751-1822)
William Cownover


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William Cownover 1 2

  • Born: 15 Feb 1748, , Adams, PA 1
  • Christened: 15 Feb 1784, Conewago Township: Low Dutch Reformed Church, Adams, PA, USA 2
  • Died: 22 Sep 1850, , Adams, PA at age 102

   Other names for William were William Counover and William Kouenover.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Newspaper: Gettysburg Compiler: Orphan's Court Notice for John Cownover, 23 Oct 1832, Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 3 At an Orphan's Court, Held at Gettysburg, for the county of Adams, on the second day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two -- before John Reed, Esq. and his Associates, Judges &c. assigned, &c.
The Court Grant a Rule
on all the heirs and legal representatives of
deceased, to wit: William cownover, Garrett Cownover, Mary, intermarried with Daniel Stag, Hannah, intermarried with John Coshun, Jane, intermarried with Abraham Houghtelin, who both died before the said John, leaving heirs, Maria, intermarried with Daniel Diehl, John C. Houghtelin, and Catherine Houghtelin, of whom George Brinkerhoff is Guardian, Emily, intermarried with Wm. Ferguson, John Cownover, who died before the said Intestate, leaving issue, David Cownover, a minior whose Guardian is William Cownover, Catherine, intermarried with Joshua Bercaw, Letty, intermarried with Robert McKinney, Betsy, intermarried with David Chamberlain, who died before the said Intestate, leaving issue, Mary Ann Chamberlain, and Hannah Chamberlain, or the Guardians of such of them as are minors -- to be and appear at the next Orphan's Court, to be held at Gettysburg, for the county of Adams, on the 26th day of November next, to accept or refuse to take the Real Estate of said deceased, at the valuation made thereof, agreeably to the Intestate Laws of this Commonwealth.
By the Court,

2. Census in 1840 in Mount Joy Twp., Adams, PA. The 1840 census recorded William Cownover with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 2
Free White Persons - Under 20: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 5

3. Newspaper: Gettysburg Times: The Kouenover (Conover) Family, 7 Jan 1961, Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 4 See article The Kouenover (Conover) Family on Google News archive at:


1 <i>1840 United States Census</i>, Year: 1840; Census Place: Mount Joy, Adams, Pennsylvania; Roll: 435; Page: 35; Image: 75; Family History Library Film: 0020535.

2 <i>Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, PA)</i>, 16 May 1942, page 6. Backgrounds of Adams Co. No. 241 Kouenover (Conover) [On].

3 <i>Gettysburg Compiler</i> (Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania.), 23 Oct 1832, page 3. Probate notice for John Cownover.

4 <i>Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, PA)</i>, 7 Jan 1961, page 5. Online at

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