My third great-grandmother, Barbara Jane Cowger, was born on March 9, 1847, in Wapello County, Iowa. Her parents were Gustavus C. and Susannah (Cowger) Cowger; they were first cousins. In 1857, Gustavus moved his family to Wolf River Township, Doniphan County, Kansas. Barbara's mother died in 1862.
On April 4, 1864, Barbara was married to James Paxton Harper in Doniphan County, Kansas. The son of Jesse and Mary Ann (Clifton) Harper, James (sometimes called Paxton) was born in Hendricks County, Indiana, on February 2, 1834. His family moved at an early date to northwest Missouri. By 1856, James' mother had moved to Kansas with her three sons. It is presumed that Jesse Harper died between 1851 and 1856.
Barbara and James lived in Wolf River Township throughout their marriage. Their mail was delivered at Highland, Kansas. On April 25, 1880, just 23 days after the birth of her eighth baby, Inez Jane, Barbara died at the age of 33 years. Inez died on June 23rd. They are buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Leona, Kansas.