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James Edward Cowley

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Logan, Cache, Utah, United States
Death: April 14, 1940 (63)
Salt Lake General Hospital, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States ("Carcinoma of Caecum Ascending colon, Ileum and retroperitonial", i.e., colorectal cancer)
Place of Burial: Logan City, Cache, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Alma Cowley and Ann Lewis Cowley
Husband of Kitty Floy Cowley
Father of Floy Lodema Cowley; Margaret Elva (Cowley) Zukosky; James H. Cowley; Ila Elizabeth Cowley; Ann K. Cowley and 3 others
Brother of Alma Alexander Cowley; Margaret Ann Cowley; William Lewis Cowley; Alexander Hyrum Cowley; Catherine Gwenddolen Phillips and 2 others

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About James Edward Cowley

James Edward Cowley, son of James Alma Cowley (1852 - 1913) and Ann Lewis (1854 - 1931), was born 7 May 1876 at Logan, Cache County, Utah; he died 14 April 1940 at the age of 63 at Salt Lake General Hospital, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, of colorectal cancer. He married Kitty Floy Hall (1892 - 1974), daughter of Anthony "Tony" Lee Hall and Melvina Elizabeth Guthrie Sessions, on 8 November 1913 at Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho; they had eight known children.

Marriage and Children

James Edward Cowley married Kitty Floy Hall 8 November 1913 Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho

  1. Floy Lodema Cowley (1916 - 1993)
  2. Margaret Eva Cowley (13 February 1918 Downey, Bannock County, Idaho - circa 2000)
  3. James H. Cowley (born circa 1920)
  4. Ila Elizabeth Cowley (1921 - 1998)
  5. Ann K. Cowley (born circa 1923)
  6. Beulah Roberta Cowley (1925 - 1999)
  7. Joyce Fay Cowley (1927 - 2003)
  8. Richard Mathias Cowley (19 June 1932 - 2007)


Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

April 15, 1940

James Edward Cowley, 63, 640 Center Street, died Sunday at 3:30 a.m. in a Salt Lake hospital of carcinoma after a year's illness.

Mr. Cowley was born in Logan, May 7, 1876, and spent his life in the occupation of farming.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Kitty Floy Hall Cowley; three sons, Richard N., James H., and Roy L. Cowley, all of Salt Lake city; six daughters, Floy L. Cowley, Salt Lake City, Mrs. J. Young, Westwood, Cal., Mrs. Ila Williamson, Los Angeles, Ann Kay Cowley, Beulah Roberta Cowley, and Joyce Fay Cowley, all of Salt Lake City.

Also surviving are three brothers, William L. Cowley, Albion, Idaho; Alex Cowley, Daniels, Idaho; and Harold J. Cowley, Logan; two sisters, Mrs. E.W. Fifield, Logan, and Mrs. Johnie Jones, Magna, and two grandchildren.


There appears to be a great deal of conflicting information regarding James' date of birth:

  • WWI Draft Registration lists the year of his birth as 1880
  • Utah Death Certificate lists the year as 1876
  • Utah Cemetery Inventory (which, btw, also lists his name as "Edward James") lists his day of birth as May 17 (other sources cite May 7)


  • Upper Snake River Family History Center and Ricks College (Rexburg, Idaho). Idaho Marriages, 1842-1996 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. This record can be found in the marriage book at the County Courthouse located in Bannock Co., ID in Volume 6 on Page 29.
  • Year: 1930; Census. Place: Chesterfield, Bannock, Idaho; Roll: 396; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 53; Image: 707.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
  • Year: 1920; Census. Place: Daniels, Oneida, Idaho; Roll: T625_294; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 211; Image: 69. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).
  • Utah State Historical Society, comp. Utah Cemetery Inventory [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Utah State Historical Society. Utah Cemetery Inventory. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: 2000.
  • Registration Location: Oneida County, Idaho; Roll: 1452220; Draft Board: 0. Source Information:

Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

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James Edward Cowley's Timeline

May 7, 1876
Logan, Cache, Utah, United States
Age 39
February 13, 1918
Age 41
Downey, Bannock, Idaho, United States
Age 43
Age 44
Age 46
Age 48
Age 50