COW BRANCH
Traditional history states that Cow Branch got it's name from the early settlers of Williams Creek because when their cows would wander away they would usually find them on Cow Branch. This was free grazing land and there were no stock laws.
Cow Branch School in 1922
Cow Branch one of the more peaceful communities of Morgan County is bordered on the East by Williams Creek, and on the south by Lacy Creek, War Creek and Spaws Creek, on the west by Lick Branch and on the north by Elkfork.
Cow Branch like other communities of Morgan County has had its booms and depressions. Even before Lenox was founded, a stave industry was flourishin on Cow Branch. McGlones Stave Mill and Commissary or company store were flourishing, located at the upper end of the John Ed Bolin farm, and with the company houses located on up the creek at the mouth of Big Branch (five or six company houses) this area was called Pumpkin Center.
LEANDER AND MINNIE JOHNSON
lEANDER AND MINNIE PRINCE JOHNSON HOMEPLACE ONE OF THE OLDEST HOUSES LEFT STANDING ON COW BRANCH
COMMENTS OF FRANKIE ADKINS GRANDAUGHTER OF LEANDER AND MINNIE JOHNSON--
OUR HOUSE WAS BUILT BY MY PAPAW LEANDER JOHNSON. HE WAS MARRIED TO MINNIE PRINCE. THEY RAISED NINE CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE THAT HE BUILT. THE HOUSE IS AROUNG 80 YEARS OLD. HE BUILT 2 ROOMS, THEN 2 MORE AND KEPT ADDING ON AS THEIR FAMILY GREW. AS THEY SAY IF THE WALLS COULD TALK, THE STORIES THEY WOULD TELL. I HAVE COUSINS SCATTERED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WHO THINK OF THIS PLACE AS THEIR HOME. SEVERAL WOULD COME HERE AFTER SCHOOL WAS OUT AND STAY UNTIL IT WAS READY TO START BACK IN THE FALL. PAPAW DIED IN 1969, MAMAW LIVED ALONE UNTIL SHE DIED IN 1983. THEY WERE BOTH MEMBERS OF THE COW BRANCH PRIMITIVE CHURCH, TWICE A YEAR THE CHURCH WOULD HAVE "DINNER ON THE GROUND" AND THEY ALWAYS HAD IT HERE.
MAMAW WAS A VERY BUSY LADY, SHE MADE QUILTS, BONNETS, LYE SOAP, ETC, SHE HAD A BOOTH IN THE SORGHUM FESTIVAL EVERY YEAR  UNTIL 1983.
BOTH WERE VERY SPECIAL  PEOPLE AND MADE THEIR HOUSE A HOME TO MANY. WHILE DAD WAS IN THE SERVICE AND WE WERE TRAVELING, NO MATTER WHERE WE LIVED, I KNEW THE HOUSE WAS HERE AND IT WAS HOME.
AS YOU CAN TELL I'M VERY PROUD OF MY MAMAW AND PAPAW AND LOVED THEM BOTH A LOT.
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