PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ARE RESEARCHING JEMIMA COHEN. SHE WAS NOT, SHE WAS NOT, SHE WAS NOT, A KIRBY! Please correct your family trees on ancestory. That information is erroneous and was simply research speculation. NEVER DOCUMENTED. I did document William Cowen of Union County and he moved on further down through SC and was from Ireland and was married to someone else. I even wrote a descendant who verified this. Jemima left Spartanburg County when the sons went to Alabama to build courthouses and post offices. She died in Pickens County, Alabama after 1850, but we cannot find her on a census. They were in construction and skilled woodworkers. This was ca. 1846. Elezene Cohen Bryant's family went as well, a daughter of Jemima.
Documentation from the Union County, SC court house shows a Joseph Cohen (spelled Cowen on the census, 1790, Coan on the land records) had land near the Pacolet River. His widow, Rachel Cowin, is there on the 1800 census. She and the two surviving children, Jemima and Thomas, sold that land after 1800. I have the papers. Thomas stayed in Union,from 1810 to 1870, living on the Pacolet River. I have a plat of his land from the SC Archives. Thomas' son, Thomas N. Cohen, went to Pickens County, Alabama, with his uncles, Thomas Jefferson Cohen, Lawrence Cohen, and Giles Cohen.