Last Chapter of the Cowley Family Saga

Subject: Last chapter of the Cowley Family Saga published
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:24:50 -0400
From: Christine Jackson <>

Dear Webmaster

Residents of Champlain Park may be interested in the third and final installment of the Cowley Family Saga, which has just been published in the quarterly journal of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO), entitled: The Cowley Family Saga – Part 3: Back to the Beginning.

A pdf copy is attached. Would you kindly post it with the other two parts of the Cowley Saga on the ‘Our History‘ section of the CPCA website?

Written and researched by Christine Jackson, who lives on Cowley Avenue, Part 3 is an account of the lives of the Cowleys’ yeoman farmer ancestors in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, England, going back into the 16th century.

Parts 1 and 2 (both are already on the CPCA website) outline the lives of Captain Daniel Keyworth Cowley, his ancestors in England and his descendants. They include an account of how ‘Captain Dan’ came to Canada in 1831 and became a successful pioneer riverboat captain in the Ottawa Valley, while his great grandson Bill became a hockey star and NHL Hall-of-Famer.

I have attached a photo of the village of Ashover in Derbyshire, England, where the earliest-known Cowleys lived in the 16th & 17th centuries. Please feel free to use it on the website if you would like an image to go with this post.

Thank you!
Christine Jackson


Cowley Family History Presentation – February 27

I will be giving a presentation on the history of the Cowley family and their connection to Champlain Park to the Historical Society of Ottawa this coming 27 February.

As some residents might be interested in attending, and if you think it appropriate, would you please post the notice below on the CPCA website?

Thank you
Christine Jackson
209 Cowley Avenue / 613-729-8021

Historical Society of Ottawa Meeting, February 27, 2015
1:00 pm in the lounge of the Routhier Community Centre
172 Guigues Street at Cumberland.

Presentation: The Ottawa Valley’s Pioneering Cowley Family

Daniel Keyworth Cowley, a pioneering Ottawa Valley riverboat captain, was the patriarch of a family which produced significant contributors to the area’s history and economic development. These included an educator-cum-land developer who founded our Ottawa neighbourhood now known as Champlain Park, several medical doctors, another riverboat captain—and an NHL Hall of Famer.

Champlain Park resident Christine Jackson will explain the Cowley family’s English origins, trace the 19th century Ottawa Valley history of ‘Captain Dan’ and his connection with Champlain’s iconic lost astrolabe, and look at the family’s role in developing Ottawa, as well as their great contribution to Canada’s national winter game—and what, she wonders, would Captain Dan have made of that?!

Christine is a long-time family historian and active member of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO). The 400th anniversary in 2013 of Samuel de Champlain’s voyage up the Ottawa River prompted her research into this pioneering Canadian family with deep roots in England, who gave their name to the Champlain Park area street on which she has lived for nearly 30 years—Cowley Avenue.

Link to Historical Society of Ottawa –

Calling all community history buffs! For a fascinating read

Captain Dan & Mary CowleyThe 400th anniversary last year of Samuel de Champlain’s voyage up the Ottawa River and its focus on the natural and human history of Champlain Park inspired one of our area residents to research a pioneering Canadian family with deep roots in England—the Cowley family, after whom Cowley Avenue is named.

Christine Jackson described the Cowley family’s Canadian beginnings and their significant and sometimes colourful role in the development of the Ottawa Valley in an article published last fall in her local family history society’s journal entitled The Cowley Family Saga: From Sherwood Forest to the NHL

During the last year Christine has been researching the Cowley family’s origins in England and the second part of the story, Cowley Family Saga has just been published.

Both these articles these can now be accessed on the Champlain Park website’s on the Home page under Our History drop-down tab.