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Hello and Welcome to my home page. I am basically searching four family names. Dotson, Riley, McGowan and Kanouse.I am looking for information on Abraham Kanouse. I believe that he came to America with Two brothers and their name was Knous. Two kept the original spelling and Abraham changed his. They were Switzer-Dutch. Abraham lived in Pennsylvania and had at least nine sons, of which two were my Great-Grandfathers, Michael and William. Micheal fought under Custer in the Civil War. We got this information from an old family bible but we can't seem to establish a Kanouse under Custer.Any information on the following would be helpful. Elija Dotson ,born 1836 in Kentucky, father was born in Kentucky also (information from a 1880 Census); Emily Stiles Dotson, born 1838 in Indiana, father also born in Indiana; Charles Henry Riley, born October 1853, either in Pennsylvania or Ireland, may have been born under the last name Snitcher; Reverand James Shannon McGowan, founded a church or mission in Monterey County; James McGowan, son of Rev. McGowan and Harold McGowan, married to Mildred Lorraine Long, lived in San Ardo, California at one time (around 1935).if you have any information to share with me, I would appreciate it. Thank you for taking the time to read my homepage.
The Nancy Riley Family Home Page
Updated September 5, 2000

Nancy Dotson Riley
P.O. Box 1791
Crescent City, CA 95531
United States
katelyn@telis.org

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