Blessings From a New-found Cousin

Not too long ago, I was excited when a cousin of Papa’s contacted me by e-mail. She had read what I had written here about our Warren family, and knew she was related. After a couple of exchanges of information, we determined that she and Papa are second cousins, once removed. Since Papa’s grandfather, Edward I. Warren, was part of a family of six children, and his great-grandparents had eight or more children, we did know there were dozens of cousins out there somewhere. She was the second one that found us through the internet.

This morning, I was greeted with a huge surprise and blessing in my e-mail. These photographs of Papa’s great-grandparents, who are also his cousin’s second great-grandparents, are the first we have seen of them.

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Isaac Warren, 1838-1922

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Emily (Cowling) Warren, 1843-1932

Isaac Warren was the son of William Warren, an immigrant and soapmaker from Canterbury, Kent, England, and Eliza Eats/Eates. Isaac was also a soapmaker in New Brighton, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. His wife, Emily Cowling, was the daughter of James Cowling, 1810-1881 and his wife Emily Leach, 1810-1869. The Cowlings also immigrated from England to Pennsylvania.

Our cousin, Susan Brubaker Knapp, is a fiber and graphic artist. Please take a minute to look at her website, I am sure you will be as amazed as I was!

A huge shout-out to Susan for sharing these treasures!


Warren, Isaac. Photograph. unknown date. Reproduction of original photograph in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp, address for private use.

Cowling, Emily. Photograph. unknown date. Reproduction of original photograph in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp, address for private use.


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    • Susan Brubaker Knapp on May 31, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I am so happy to share, Pam! There is more; I’ll send it on once I can process it all! 🙂

    • Carol on May 31, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Love this, congrats to both of you for making the connection. This is the bestest part of our sport, sharing and both gaining from the effort! WAHHOOOO!

  1. Connections and sharing are one of the greatest things about family research. And these are beautiful photos!

    • Sheryl on August 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    It’s awesome how you made the connection.

    • Cheryl Rogers on October 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Pam. I saw that Susan had these same photos on Ancestry, I was able to add them to my tree from Ancestry because she had added them to her public tree. It is good to find the family connections. If any photos materialize on Mary Ella Cowling Morris’s family I will let you know.

    Also I think you may have been the reason I will be soon starting a blog also of my genealogical finds, and hope to share such a thing with my relatives too! Thanks for being so generous to share information with this side of Mary Ella’s family.


  2. Cheryl, we love to share our discoveries. Thanks for reading. I have found more cousins through my blog that I have any other way. Welcome!

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