A farm waggoner and the child of Troward Cowell (an agricultural labourer) and Sarah Bennett, John Cowell, the great-grandfather of Nigel Horne, was born in Wingham, Kent, England on 17 May 18581,2,3,4,5,6,7, was baptised there on 27 Jun 1858 and was married twice, to Emma Culmer (on 8 Feb 1879 in Westbere, Kent, England) and Harriett Osborne (c. Nov 1899 in Thanet, Kent)10. He had 4 children, all with Emma Culmer: Charles Percy, Albert John, Edith Eliza and James Frederick.
During his life, he was living at Stodmarsh Street, Stodmarsh, Kent in 18611 and on 7 Apr 186112; at Nethergone, Chislet, Kent on 2 Apr 187115; at Wayborough, Minster, Thanet, Kent on 3 Apr 18813 and in Upstreet, Kent on 5 Apr 1891 when he was living with his son Charles Percy following the death of his wife on 7 May 1889 with his mother Sarah Rebecca and father Troward4, in Upstreet, Kent at 2 Woodchurch Farm Cottages, Acol, Kent on 31 Mar 19015; at Woodchurch Farm, Acol, Kent on 2 Apr 1911 with his mother Sarah Rebecca and father Troward14; at 7 Pouces Cottages, Manston, Kent on 29 Sep 193913;.
He died on 11 Jan 1944 at New Cottages, Durlock, Minster, Thanet, Kent8,9 (unmarked grave in Minster Cemetery. Cerebral haemorrhage.
Value of estate £136:12:11).
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