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* The Cowsert/Cousert Family Home Page*

Updated October 3, 2000

Hi,I am the family reunion Historian for the Cousert/Cowsert Family Reunion. We are primarily the descendants of Thomas Taylor Cousert from Somerville, Indiana. We have found that in the mid-1800s, Thomas T. Cowsert from Hardin County Illinois became Thomas T. Cousert probably through a clerical error, consequently creating my branch of the Cowsert/Cousert family and moving to Indiana to establish a farm outside of Somerville Indiana. He was the son of James Cousert Sr. and Mahala Ashford of Hardin County Illinois. He married Mary C. Williams on April 21,1872 and Mary Martha Emma Carson on March 29,1883 after Mary Williams' death.

My father and his brothers and cousins started searching for our family heritage in the early 1960s and continue to this day, documenting what they have found. Today, their children have joined the search to discover our past. Along the way we have met and colaborated with many new found family members and friends from all over the country and world, who share our passion to find our family roots. We have tracked the family through their migration from Scotland to Ireland and then to the United States in the early 1700s to North and South Carolina from there into Tennessee and Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and so forth.

COWSERT name comes from the word COUSER, which means shoe-er of horses. Some of the spellings are: COWSERT, COUSER, COUSAR, COUSART, COZAD, COWSER, COSSAT, COSSART, COWZEY, COWSARS, etc.

Some genealogist insist that the Cowserts have a French origin. They were protestants who were forced to flee their homeland when the Catholics went into power. They went to Belgium and Holland and then to the United States. Others feel that the Cowserts are from Scotland and then Ireland. They agree they are Presbyterians who settled in Pennsylvania, then Virginia, and then South Carolina. The 1790 census of South Carolina shows COWSARS. Many Cowsert, Cousart, Cowsar graves can be found in the Waxhaw Cemetery near Waxhaw, South Carolina. One of the stones marks the grave of James Cousar, who died in 1801 in his 28th year. He was born in Ireland. His brother David Cousar is also buried in this cemetery and his stone said he was born in Armagh County Ireland and he died at age 39 in 1807.

We are interested in any information on Cousert and Cowsert ancestors/descendants living and deceased. We have recently uncovered some information that suggest that there was a migration from France or the Netherlands to Scotland, any information on this would be especially helpful.
I can be contacted with any information by E-mail at or

Alan Kent Cousert
1646 Lotus Avenue SE.
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
A-United States
Fax: 616-475-3896

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