I think you may be right. What about the 17 year old Owsley boy, nephew of John Hunter. Where does he fit in?
In Branded as Rebels vol 1 there is mention of an Owsley that was suspected of stealing horse's in Mo. and selling them in Illinois. They give no first name on this one.
In Branded as Rebels vol 2 there is a John N Owsley who was supposed to be taking horses and mules from the north and selling to the south. They said he went broke. I guess that southern scrip and vouchers did not pay very well. But they said after the war this man made another fortune.
Could the Owsley boy have been related to one of the above?