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Thomas Whiting Cowne

Born 1784 - Died 1857

Thomas Whiting Cowne (1784-1857) was the son of Robert Cowne (c.1756-1829) and Sarah Whiting of Culpeper.  His first wife was Martha H. Buchanan (died 1818).  In 1820 he married Susan Latham (born 1787) of Fauquier.  Thomas W. Cowne was a merchant in Falmouth.  He also operated a school in Falmouth and offered courses such as reading, spelling, penmanship, grammar, geography, history, arithmetic, bookkeeping, and Latin.  Tuition was $20 per student (Virginia Herald, Dec. 11, 1816).