COWLES. The name is also written Cowl, Coul, Cowle, Coule, Coules, Coales, Coale, Cole, Colles, and originated at the battle of Hastings, 1066; the founder having worn a hood, or cowl, at this battle. (I) John Cowles, born in England about 1598, came to Hartford 1635-39; Farmington, 1640; Hadley, Massachusetts, 1659; Hatfield, 1660, where he died 1675; member of General Court of Connecticut; townsman, and one of the "seven pillars" of the church in Farmington. He married Hanna -- -- --, who died at Hartford 1683. Their wills are on file at Northampton and Hartford. Had seven children. (II) Samuel Cowles, born 1639, died April 17, 1691, Farmington. In 1661 he married Abigail Stanley, daughter of Timothy Stanley. Had 11 children. (III) Isaac (1) Cowles, born March 23, 1675, died Feb. 7,1756, was ancestor of the Farmington Cowleses; representative to the General Court, 1726; ensign, 1717; lieutenant, 1723; captain of train-band, 1731. He was married three times, first to Mary Andrews -- Jan. 2, 1696 -- five children; second to Sarah Andrews, 1709 -- one child; then to Elizabeth Smith, 1716 -- six children. . Mary Andrews, daughter of Daniel Andrews, died July 19,1708. Her son, Isaac (2), was born 1702. (IV) Isaac (2) Cowles, born April 21, 1702, died Sept. 29, 1737. He died in Southington, and was a wealthy land owner; ensign, 1736. He was married twice, first Jan. 2, 1728-29, to Ruth North; second Nov. 11,1736, to Jerusha -- -- --, who died Nov. 4,1752. Children: Mary, 1729; Ruth, 1731, deceased; Judah, 1734; Isaac, baptized Jan., 1736 (child of Ruth North, who died probably Jan., 1736). Child of Jerusha Cowles was Ruth (2), born 1737, a few days after the death of her father. (V) Ruth Cowles, born Oct. 8,1737, married April 5,1759, Captain Samuel Upson [see]. Children: Mary, Archibald, Isaac, Obed, Harvey, Samuel, Ruth, Jerusha, Manly, Betsy. (VI) Harvey Upson (Wolcott), captain and deacon, married Rachel Wheeler [see]. (VII) Samuel Wheeler Upson married Sally M. Stevens [see]. (VIII) Emeline M. Upson married Franklin Downes [see]. (IX) Florence E. Downes married Adrian J. Muzzy [see]. (X) Adrienne Florence Muzzy, born 1885.
[From Family Tree of Captain C. D. Cowles, U. S. A.; Histories and Records of Southington and Wolcott.]