MA Cowan (Born Abram Kahan)

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Morris Abraham Cowan

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Malat, Lithuania
Death: September 8, 1962 (77)
McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Maxwell Cohen and Edith Rosen
Husband of Bessie Cowan (Born Peschie Shapiro)
Father of Irving Isadore Cowan; Freda Lilyann Kimmelman; Leonard Cowan; Martin Albert Cowan and Norman Cowan
Brother of Isadore Cohen; ? Kahanas?; Hindel Gordon and Jankel Kagan

Occupation: Laundry & Dry Cleaning Business
Managed by: Mitchell David Cowan
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About MA Cowan (Born Abram Kahan)

This new information was researched by Jon Cowan and added by Mark Cowan 11/18/09:

Good news on info about the origins of M.A. and Bessie Cowan. Abram Kahan and his wife Peschie show up at Ellis Island on June 2,1905 having left Hamburg,Germany on May 19,1905 aboard the S.S. Pennsylvania. Abram is 20, born in 1885 and Pesche is 19, born in 1886.Abram lists his occupation as dyer (in German records of border guards as "Maler"(painter). Their last place of residence is Kowno, Russia which a Germanized name for Kaunas in todays Lithuania. On the ships manifest they are listed as going to reside with Abram's brother- in- Law { firstname illegble} Shapiro at 1102 Franklin Str.,Pittsburg, PA. A later document from 1913, Petition for Naturalization to the U.S., Abram becomes Abraham and Kahan becomes Cohen in spelling. Pesche is now Bessie. They list their home as 1040 Market St., Mckeesport, PA and his occupation as cleaner and Dyer. All other info is as it was on the Hamburg and Ellis Is. documents but the dates for arrival are not correct(1904?). Abraham gives his birthplace as Malat, Russia and Bessie's as Wilkomiec, Russia( the last is most likely a misspelling). Remember that in 1913, Lithuania is still not independent so places that may be in that country are still listed as Russia. They have two children; Isadore born Jan. 13, 1907 in Pittsburg and Frieda,born June 18, 1909 in Youngstown, Ohio. Other notes of interest is that one of the witnesses is one M.Shapiro, merchant from Monassen?, Pa which is maybe Bessie's brother?. I hope you find this of interest and will let you know of further finds. I now have access to some records in Lithuania that were not previously available so who knows, Jon

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MA Cowan (Born Abram Kahan)'s Timeline

June 25, 1885
January 13, 1907
Age 21
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA, USA
June 10, 1909
Age 23
Youngstown, Mahoning, OH, USA
August 19, 1911
Age 26
McKeesport, Allegheny, PA, USA
May 21, 1913
Age 27
McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 36
McKeesport, Allegheny, PA, USA