Samuel Cowdrey, Esq.

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Samuel Cowdrey, Esq., son of Jonathan Cowdrey and Sally Hoyt, was born at Long Ridge, Connecticut, 11 January 1782.1 He died at New York, New York Co., New York, 18 August 1843.2 He was first buried at Marble Cemetery on 2nd Street, New York, New York Co., New York,3 and later reinterred at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York, 6 November 1847.3

Samuel married Eliza Anderson, daughter of Elbert Anderson and Elizabeth Pierce, at New York City, New York Co., New York, 16 February 1803.4,5

Samuel Cowdrey had the benefit of a good education, became an eminent lawyer and was elected Alderman several times. When the completion of the Erie Canal was celebrated, he was chosen to represent the City of New York and welcome the guests. He was a friend of LaFayette and it was through this friendship that his son, Peter Anderson Cowdrey, took such a prominent part in his visit in 1824.2


Eliza Anderson b. 11 May 1779, d. 4 Apr 1857
  • Peter Anderson Cowdrey, Esq.+6,7 b. 11 Oct 1803, d. 27 Mar 1852
  • Sally Cowdrey6,2 b. 18 Nov 1804, d. 23 Oct 1878
  • Elizabeth Cowdrey6,2 b. 27 Feb 1806, d. 17 Dec 1887
  • Cornelia Maria Cowdrey2 b. 21 Nov 1807, d. 3 Apr 1837
  • Jane Eliza Cowdrey2 b. 2 Sep 1809, d. 28 Sep 1809
  • Louise Adeline Cowdrey2 b. 26 Jul 1810, d. 29 Mar 1842
  • Samuel Frederick Cowdrey6,2 b. 27 Dec 1812, d. 1 Nov 1896
  • Joseph Henry Cowdrey6,2 b. 12 May 1815, d. 16 Jan 1857
  • Edward Miller Cowdrey2 b. 3 Jan 1818, d. 23 Oct 1819
  • Edward Miller Cowdrey6,2 b. 19 Feb 1821, d. 10 Jan 1905
  • Theodore Augustus LaFayette Cowdrey6,2 b. 3 Dec 1822, d. 19 Jul 1845
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  1. [S15] Mary Bryant Alverson Mehling, Cowdrey-Cowdery-Cowdray Genealogy: William Cowdrey of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1630 and His Descendants ([New York, New York]: Frank Allaben Genealogical Co., 1905), further cited as Mehling, Cowdrey Family.
  2. [S15] Mehling, Cowdrey Family, 215-219.
  3. [S1546] Marie Hayes, Find A Grave memorial #82080139, added 17 Dec 2011, online, accessed Feb 2020, further cited as Find A Grave.
  4. [S136] New York Co., New York, Record of will libers, New York City, 1662-1927; index, 1665-1870, Vol. 52-53 (1814-1817) 52:335-338, FHL microfilm 481359, further cited as New York City Wills.
  5. [S2482] American Antiquarian Society, Index of marriages and deaths in New York Weekly Museum (1952) (database and images online at
  6. [S1034] New York Co., New York, Record of wills, 1665-1916; index to wills, 1662-1923, 88 (1843): 57-61, FHL microfilm 874570, further cited as New York Co. Wills.
  7. [S15] Mehling, Cowdrey Family, 295-301.