Troy Cowan


My aunt’s grandfather called Jefferson Davis—cousin. Jefferson Davis wanted to go into politics and could not let any voter know that he was once married to an Indian girl. That Indian girl died giving birth to Jefferson's baby boy. The boy lived, grew up, married an Indian girl and they had a baby. Unfortunately, they both died before their baby could talk. Jefferson Davis could not take this girl into his house where visitors could learn that the Indian girl was his granddaughter, so he gave the girl to my aunt’s grandfather to raise. John Riley Davis raised Jefferson Davis’ granddaughter, a half-breed named Novella.

I grew up, went into education, and retired with her stories in my head. I had time on my hands after retirement and I began doing research to learn if those stories were true. I did find support for everything she said. While doing research for "Lincoln's Family" and "They wanted Lincoln Dead"—I learned about Izola. Her story was so interesting and compelling that I wrote Izola.

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How Booth got involved in Lincoln's assassination
Booth was talked into killing Lincoln hours before the assassination. this short video tells of the progression from kidnapping to murder.

Nancy Lincoln's affair
Nancy married a no good drunk named Thomas Lincoln. She was always sorry she married him. Nancy met and fell in love with a man named Samuel Davis. They had a child together and he was named Abraham Lincoln.


Lincoln, Davis, and Booth: Family Secrets
Price: $9.00 USD. Words: 65,640. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Biography
Like politicians, successful assassins need to keep detrimental information away from public scrutiny. This book is about the secrets Lincoln, Davis, and Booth needed to keep in order to achieve their personal aspirations.
They Wanted Lincoln Dead
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,660. Language: American English. Published: September 25, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
The Radical Republicans and the Knights of the Golden Circle wanted Lincoln dead. Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, was working with the Radical Republicans. Lincoln’s vice-president, Andrew Johnson, was cooperating with John Wilkes Booth and the Knights of the Golden Circle.
Lincoln's Family: The True Story
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,020. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Nonfiction
In his field, a farmer impregnated Nancy. Nancy’s caretaker offered a drunk five gallons of whiskey to marry her. Thomas Lincoln married Nancy and moved his bride into a horse shed. Thomas would be gone for months looking for work, leaving Nancy to take care of herself. With Thomas away, Nancy met a man and fell in love. He impregnated Nancy and when the baby was born, she named him Abraham.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,350. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
The incredible true story of the woman that desired to be the one and only love interest of her unfaithful lover - John Wilkes Booth.

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