- Born in December, 1844 in Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa.
- Parents were PHILOTUS COWLES and DIANA P. FREEMAN.
- Served in Company D, 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (Civil War)
- Married VERMELIA AGNES CAMPBELL on November 20, 1881 in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. She was born July 15, 1860 in Pennsylvania; and died December 24, 1907 in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa.
- Died August 27, 1892 in Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa.
- Buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa
- JOHN A. COWLES, born in October, 1882. Married LUCILLE HONDSHALL on February 3, 1904.
- Son COWLES, stillborn on December 20, 1883 in Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa. buried in City Cemetery, Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa.
- LEO EDWARD COWLES, born April 14, 1886; died in 1958 in Scott County, Iowa.
- MILTON L. COWLES, born June 26, 1889.
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