Because both William Gowen, Jr. and his kinsman William Gowen, son of John Gowen of Fairfield County, South Car­olina appeared in the Nashville area about 1800, it is very dif­ficult to clearly delineate between them.  It is possible in this manuscript that some of the activities of one may be improp­erly ascribed to the other.  The problem was not simplified when Rutherford County was formed from Davidson County in 1803.  Apparently both of the individuals were landowners and residents of the new county.

 

Entry No. 161, Nashville legal records, states that on August 13, 1790 "William Gowen sold to Frederick Stump one negro fellow supposed to be about one or two and 20 years of age" for 400 Spanish milled dollars." 

 

In 1776, the Continental Congress, on a proposal by Thomas Jefferson had adopted the Spanish dollar as the basic monetary unit for the fledgling nation.  The dollar sign was taken from the pillars of the Spanish Imperial coat of arms with the motto "Plus Ultra" [and beyond; all this and more].

 

Capt. Frederick Stump had re­ceived Preemption Claim No. 1 calling for 640 acres on White Creek of the Cumberland River for services as a sol­dier of the Continental Line.  Ja­cob Stump, believed to be a son of Capt. Frederick Stump, had received Preemption Claim No. 2 also calling for 640 acres of land on the Cum­berland River.  Jacob Stump was killed by Indians in Novem­ber or December, 1780, according to Jane Thomas in her book, "Old Days of Nashville."  In the same incident "Capt. Frederick Stump, the old man, escaped after being chased three miles by the Indians."

 

William Gowen was shown to be a debtor of the Edwin Hick­man estate July 17, 1791 for "ferriages and store accounts."

 

William Gowen received a sheriff's deed to 150 acres of land located on Stone's River December 30, 1795, according to Davidson County Deed Book D, page 38.  John Gowen re­ceived a deed on the same day to 50 acres on Stone's River, ac­cording to David­son County Deed Book D, page 40.  Ap­parently the land, which was sold for delin­quent taxes, lay in adjoining plots.

 

William Gowen was ap­pointed administrator of the es­tate of his kinsman Allan Gowen who died about January 1800 in David­son County.

 

On November 17, 1800 William Gowen, joined by his brother, Joseph Gowen, Jeremiah Moore and Frederick Foster, believed to be brothers-in-law, each posted a $125 appearance bond for Thomas, probably a relative, according to Davidson County court records. 

 

When Thomas Plummer "skipped the country," the bonds were forfeited.  The quartet made several trips to court in an effort to avoid having to pay the forfeit.  Finally on May 21, 1804 the court reduced their forfeit to $50 each.

 

William Gowen was appointed guardian of Joseph Gowen and Betsy Gowen, unidentified, January 11, 1802, according to Davidson County Court Minute Book C, page 434.

 

On May 4, 1807 William Gowen deeded 150 acres on the West Fork of Stone's River to John Lawrence for $450, according to Rutherford County Deed Book E, pages 430 and 505.  The trade, which involved the land that he had purchased at the sheriff's sale in 1795, was completed October 5, 1807.

 

On March 1, 1809 "Joseph Gowen of Bedford County, Ten­nessee" was the grantor of 150 acres of land to "William Gowen of Rutherford County, Tennessee."  The land was de­scribed in Rutherford County Deed Book H, page 24, as "150 acres located on Cripple Creek on the east fork of Stone's River on the south side of Cumberland River."  Consideration was $1 per acre.

 

On July 4, 1809 William Gowen purchased 150 acres of land in Rutherford County from his brother Joseph Gowen.  On the following day he entered suit against Mark Mitchell and Robert H. Dyaer, and the jury awarded him $414 in a settlement.  In 1809 "William Goins" paid a poll tax on "one adult male" and 47c tax on 150 acres of Rutherford County land.  He again paid 47c tax on 150 acres and "one free poll" in 1810.  He and Joseph Gowen were the only Gowens to appear in the county records in that year. 

 

William Gowen in 1812 paid 51 cents in taxes on 275 acres lo­cated on Cripple Creek, according to the 1812 Rutherford County tax list.  He also paid tax of 46 1/4 cents on 130 acres in 1812.  William Gowen paid 46 cents tax on 150 acres and one free poll in 1813.

 

William Gowen on April 15, 1817 was appointed guardian for Joseph McFarland, "age 3 or 4 months, until he arrives at age 21," according to Rutherford County Court Minute records.  Francis Youree and Joseph Youree joined William Gowen as his bondsmen.

 

William Gowen was named as a juror in Rutherford County Court Minute Book S on July 22, 1823 [page 16], October 20, 1823 [page 113], October 21, 1823 [page 114], October 23, 1823 [page 131] and October 24, 1823 [page 133].

 

William Gowen, appeared in the 1810 census of Rutherford County as a head of a household.  The family was rendered as:

 

          "Gowen, William                   white male          26-45

                                                          white female       26-45

                                                          white male          10-16

                                                          white male            0-10"

 

This individual and Joseph Gowen were the only Gowen householders to appear in this enumeration.  Davey Crockett, who was immortalized at the Alamo in Texas 26 years later, also appeared in this census.

 

William Gowen appeared as a taxpayer in Rutherford County in 1812, paying 51.75c on 275 acres of land located on Cripple Creek and 46.5c on 130 acres of land located elsewhere in the county.  In 1813 he paid 46c tax on 150 acres of land and bought a poll tax.  On July 16 of that year he purchased from Joseph Gowen some land "on Cripple Creek, east from Stone's River" for $100, according to Rutherford County Deed Book K, page 28.  Charles Lowe and Francis Yourie were witnesses to the transaction which was completed April 11, 1814, ac­cording to Rutherford County Deed Book K, page 44.

 

"William Gowen" appeared as the head of a household in the 1820 census of Rutherford County, page 175.  The family was rendered as:

 

          Gowen, William                    white male          over 45

                                                          white female       over 45"

 

A William Gowen was named a juror July 22, 1823, according to Rutherford County Court Minute Book E, page 16.  Four times in 1823 William Gowen was summoned to serve on the grand jury. On February 26, 1827 he was appointed one of three commissioners to settle the estate of Walter "Watt" Lowe, deceased.

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Other Gowen families appearing in the 1830 census of Rutherford County were that of Alfred P. Gowen, Dr. William Davis Gowen and "William Gowin" whose household was listed as:

 

          "Gowin, William                   white male          50-60

                                                          white female       20-30

                                                          white female       15-20

                                                          white male          10-15

                                                          white female       10-15

                                                          white male            5-10

                                                          white female         5-10

                                                          white male             0-5

                                                          white female          0-5"

 

On April 15, 1817, a case against "William Gowen for bastardy" was settled out of court.  The case was crossed out in the minutes of the Rutherford County Court Minute Book C, page 434.  Although the case never came to trial, it appears in the court minutes for all the world to see, nearly two centuries later.

 

More research in the Rutherford County Court records is needed to determine which William Gowen is being implicated, who the mother was, and what the name of the child was.  It has been suggested that the child was Samuel Thomas Beavers.

 

The household of William Gowen appeared in the 1820 cen­sus of Rutherford County:

 

          "Gowen, William                                     white male           26-45

                                                                             white female       26-45

                                                                             male slave           14-26

                                                                             female slave        14-26

                                                                             male slave             0-14

                                                                             female slave          0-14"

 

Three members of the household were engaged in agriculture.

 

William Gowen was named a petit juror July 22, 1823, accord­ing to Rutherford County Court Minute Book E, page 16.  Three times in 1823 William Gowen was summoned to serve on the grand jury, according to Court Minute Book E, pages 114, 131 and 133.

 

Of this individual and descendants nothing more is known.

 

"James Gowen" was included in a muster roll of a company of cavalry under Capt. William Locke "in the service of the United States under the command of Col. John Allcorn from September 24, 1813 to December 10, 1813," according to "Tennessee Soldiers in the War of 1812." published by Tennessee Society of the Daughters of 1812.

 

Capt. Locke states, page 18, "I certify that each non-commissioned musician and private in the company traveled 300 miles marching to Camp Beatty . . . were mustered into the service . . . discharged to their residence in Rutherford County, Tennessee December 18, 1813."

 

          Joseph Gowen                                                     born about 1745

 

Joseph Gowen, [William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], believed to be a son of William Gowen and Sarah Gowen, was born about 1745 in Granville County, North Carolina.

 

"Joseph Gowing," possibly an uncle of Joseph Gowen, was granted "land on both sides of Taylor's Creek," December 1, 1760, according to Granville County Deed Book E, pages 143-4.

 

Five years later "loving son, Joseph Gowen" was the recipient of a deed of land from his father on August 7, 1765, according to Granville County Deed Book H, pages 28-29.

 

It appears that he remained there until he was awarded land in the "Apex Cession" in South Carolina in 1771, possibly for colonial militia duty.  Several Gowen families removed to the western tip of South Carolina immediately following the ces­sion which wrested that area from the Cherokee Indians.  They pioneered in the area which lay on the headwaters of the Tyger River.

 

In the grant in District 96, presently in Greenville and Spartan­burg Counties, Joseph Gowen received land on the Tyger River, according to Spartanburg County Deed Book 23, page 539.

 

It is believed that Joseph Gowen was influenced to remove to Davidson County, Tennessee when his parents elected to emi­grate to the new territory.

 

"Joseph Gowen" received 126 acres on Mill Creek from John Buchanan December 23, 1797, according to Davidson County Deed Book D, page 311.  "Joseph Gowen" was married January 8, 1800 to Polly Foster, according to "Marriage Book One of Davidson County, Tennessee," page 236.  The volume which was indexed and published by Sarah T. Blair, lists the marriages performed in Davidson County from Jan­uary 2, 1789 to December 13, 1837.

 

On September 5, 1801 Joseph Gowen received 100 acres on Mill Creek from William Thomas, according to Deed Book E, page 337.  On August 5, 1803 he witnessed a deed in which Elisha Prewitt sold 372 acres on Cripple Creek to "John Gowan," according to Rutherford County Deed Book E, page 425.  The deed, which was also witnessed by Read Howell and James Gowen, also recited that the land purchased "begins at Joseph Gowen's northeast corner."  Rutherford County had been organized in that year from land that was formerly included in Davidson County.

 

Children born to Joseph Gowen are believed to include:

 

          Allen Gowen                                                                born about 1768

          John Gowen                                                                  born about 1770

 

Allen Gowen, regarded as a ton of Joseph Gowen, was born about 1768 in Granville County.

 

John Gowen believed to be a son of Joseph Gowen , was born about 1770, probably in Granville County, North Carolina.  It is believed that he removed to Tennessee with his father.  According to Davidson County Land Book G-7, he received "640 acres on the east side of Mill Creek on June 26, 1793.  His deed was recorded in Davidson County Deed Book C, page 281.  "William Gowen" was the "chain carrier" on the surveying party which marked out his land.

 

On September 19, 1795 "John Gowen of Davidson County" bought 1,920 acres of Rutherford County land "on the east side of Stone's River on Spring Creek" at a sheriff's sale.  On August 5, 1803 he sold 81¡ acres of this plot for $40, ac­cording to Deed Book F, page 462.   

 

On December 18, 1806 "John Gowan of Davidson County" purchased from Elisha Prewitt 372 acres on Cripple Creek, land that originally granted to Samuel Pearson, according to Deed Book E, page 425.  This land adjoined that of Joseph Gowen .

 

John Gowen was shown as a taxpayer in Rutherford County in 1809, paying $1.10¼ on 590 acres of land.  He was the only Gowen taxpayer to be assessed in the county in that year.  In 1811 he paid taxes on 560 acres of land--$1.39.  In 1813 he paid $1.50 tax on 560 acres of land.

 

John Gowen died prior to 1828 and was probably buried in Rutherford County.  His estate was divided between his widow, Jane Gowen and his daughter Catherine M. Gowen, believed to be his only child, on January 30, 1828.  At the same time William B. Benson was appointed guardian for Catherine M. Gowen since Jane Gowen prior to that time had remarried to James J. Maxwell.

 

"John Gowen" [or the estate] was sued by William B. Benson on November 20, 1828.  Later Benson dropped the charges, according to Rutherford County court records. 

 

By the January 1829 term of the court James J. Maxwell was also deceased.  His will, dated December 18, 1828, was pro­bated in the January 1829 term.  The will mentioned his wife Jane Gowen Maxwell "who is pregnant."  It also mentioned his daughter, Naomy L. Maxwell; his step-daughter Catherine M. Gowen and his parents, William Maxwell and Elizabeth Maxwell.  Jane Gowen Maxwell came into court in the May 1829 session to contest the will of James J. Maxwell. 

 

Children born to John Gowen and Jane Gowen include:

 

          Catherine M. Gowen                                          born about 1810

 

Rhoda, Gowen, daughter of William Gowen and Sarah Allen Gowen, was born about 1758 probably in Granville County, North Carolina.  She apparently accompanied her parents in a move to South Carolina.

 

She may have been the Rhoda Going who was married to Adam Kilpatrick, according to the research of Blake Wood.  Rhoda Going obtained a peace bond from Adam Kilpatrick in Union County, South Carolina in 1806.  She was referred to as both Rhoda Going and Rhoda Kilpatrick in the document.

 

Blake Wood suggests a relationship between Rhoda Gowen/Going and William Alexander Gowen and Susannah Gowen of Warren County, Georgia.

 

Susannah Gowen was born in Virginia about 1782, according to the research of Marjorie D. Wright of Shreveport, Louisiana.  She was married November 5, 1800 in Warren County, Georgia to Pierce Costley who operated a distillery there.  He was born in South Carolina about 1773, according to Louise Bryant Rogers, a descendant.  After Warren County they lived in Newton County, Georgia.  Later they removed to Coweta County, Georgia, arriving there by 1831.  They were accompanied in the move by a brother, Michael Costley and his wife Nancy Costley, as well as his son-in-law Jason Tomlin and his family.

 

Susannah Gowen Costley appeared in the 1850 census of Coweta County, Georgia, but he did not, having died prior to that time.

 

Adam Kilpatrick has been married about 1790 to Elizabeth Bogan and had some children by her, including Adam Kilpatrick, Jr.  Apparently Elizabeth Bogan Kilpatrick died before 1803, judging from her father’s will which was written in 1803.

 

Adam Kilpatrick was enumerated in the 1800 census of Union District and appeared there as “Robin Kilpatrick” in the 1810 census.  He had children born after the death of Elizabeth Bogan Kilpatrick, suggesting that they were the children of Rhoda Gowen Kilpatrick.

 

He appeared in Jasper County, Georgia in 1820 and was in Newton County, Georgia by 1830.  He was remarried in 1825 in Putnam County, Georgia to Jane Smith.  Adam Kilpatrick received a land grant in Coweta County, Georgia.  James Kilpatrick, suggested as a son of Adam Kilpatrick, sold this Coweta County land about 1831 to an individual named Tomlin, according to Blake Wood. 

 

The Tomlin family was descended from Jasper Tomlin, a Revolutionary soldier who settled in Union District, South Carolina.  A son or a grandson of Jasper Tomlin was married to a Costley woman [a Gowen descendant] in Newton County, Georgia.

 

Blake Wood wrote;

 

The Tomlins were apparently very good friends of the Adam Kilpatrick's family.  Jasper Tomlin put up 25 pounds of silver to help pay the bond of Adam Kilpatrick in the peace warrant taken out by Rhoda Going in Union SC.  Then Adam Kilpatrick's son or grandson [James Kilpatrick] and Jasper Tomlin's son or grandson were in business together or some kind of partnership in Newton Co GA.  They apparently lost some property they owned together in Newton Co and then Tomlin was the high bidder for James Kilpatrick's land in Coweta County which was being auctioned off to pay for their debt in Newton County.  This was about 1831, the time the Tomlins moved to Coweta County.

 

Adam Kilpatrick of Newton County, Georgia drew Lot 124 in Second District of Coweta County land lottery of 1827.  James Kilpatrick sold the lot to William Tomlin, father of Jason Tonlin on January 4, 1831 according to Coweta County Deed Book A, page 499: “Whereas in observance to writs of Finis Facias issued out of the Justices of the County of Newton at the suit of William Clark against James Kilpatrick and William Tomlin, I Henry Keller, Deputy Sheriff of the County aforesaid did lately seize the lot of land hereinafter described as the property of James Kilpatrick and after being duly and publicly converted, agreeable to law, did on the 4th day of January 1831 at the place of public sale in the said county of Coweta issue the same at public outcry where William Tomlin being highest bidder the same was knocked off to him at the price of 34 dollars.”

 

Adam Kilpatrick was enumerated in the 1840 and 1850 census returns of Newton County.  In 1850, he was recorded at age 104 and was born in Ireland.

 

Of this Rhoda Gowen nothing more is known.

 

In his book "Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution" John W. Gwathney mentions several Virginia Revolutionary soldiers who later appeared in Kentucky.  Among them was "Joseph Goins."  "Joseph Goings of Kentucky" was listed in an "Index of the Revolutionary Records in the Virginia State Archives" compiled in 1912-14 by Dr. H. J. Eckenrode.  In it "Joseph Goins" was shown as a pensioner in Kentucky.  "Joseph Goins" was also mentioned in "Collins History of Kentucky."

 

Children born to him are believed to include:

 

          George Gowen                                          born about 1746

          Richard Gowen                                         born about 1750

 

George Gowen, believed to be a son of Joseph Gowen, was born about 1746.  "George Going" was mentioned as a taxpayer in Fairfax County, according to "Virginia Tax List, 1782-87." 

 

Richard Gowen, believed to be a son of Joseph Gowen, was born about 1750.  "Richard Goings" was mentioned as a taxpayer in Fairfax County, according to “Virginia Tax List, 1782-87."

 

Alexander Gowen, son of William Gowen and Catherine Gowen, was born about 1715 in Charles City County, Virginia.

 

Susannah Gowen, daughter of William Gowen and Catherine Gowen, was born about 1718, probably in Charles City County.

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Daniel Gowen, believed to be a son of Christopher Gowen and Anne Gowen, was born about 1672 in Abingdon Parish.  It is believed that he was married about 1690, wife's name unknown.  He figured in a land transaction in August 1698 in Gloucester County.  At that time he was located between the Rappahannock and York Rivers, some 15 miles northeast of the site where William W. Gowen had settled.

 

Children born to Daniel Gowen are believed to include:

 

James Going                                born about 1695

Edward Going                              born about 1697

 

James Going (G8/2.1), believed to be a son of Daniel Gowen (G9/1.2), was born about 1695, probably in Gloucester County.  He was married about 1725, wife's name unknown.

 

It is believed that children born to this union included:

 

        James Going                                               born about 1726

 

James Going (G7/1.1), son of James Going (G8/2.1), was born about 1726 in Gloucester County.  He was married about 1755 in Abingdon Parish, wife's name unknown.

 

Children born to James Going (G7/1.1) are believed to include:

 

        Daniel Gowen            (G6/1.1)        born about 1755

        Sarah Gowen             (G6/1.2)        born 16th, 1st month, 1759

 

Daniel Gowen (G6/1.1), believed to be a son of James Going (G7/1.1), was born about 1755, probably in Abingdon Parish.  Later he removed to Orange County, North Carolina and from there back across the state line to Pittsylvania County, Virginia where on April 24, 1777 he figured in a land transaction.  The inventory of the estate of Dan­iel Gowen, perhaps (G6/1.1), is preserved in the records of Fairfax County, Vir­ginia.

 

Sarah Gowen (G6/1.2), believed to be a daughter of James Going (G7/1.1), was born 16th, 1st month, 1759, according to Abingdon Parish Register, page 185. Michael Gowen, (G9/1.4), son of Christopher Gowen (G10/1.1) and Anne Gowen, was born in January 1679, according to Abingdon Parish Register, page 2.  Of this individual nothing more is known.

 

Edward Going (G8/2.2), believed to be a son of Daniel Gowen (G9/1.2), was born about 1697, probably in Gloucester County.  He was married about 1719, wife's name unknown. He later lived in Charles City County, Virginia, located immediately west of Glouces­ter County.  His name was recorded in 1739 in the Charles City County Order Book, page 109.

 

It is believed that children born to Edward Going (G8/2.2) include:

 

        Edward Going            (G7/2.1)        born about 1720

        Michael Going           (G7/2.2)        born about 1722

 

Edward Going (G7/2.1), believed to be a son of Edward Going (G8/2.2), was born about 1720 probably in Gloucester County.  Later his family lived in Charles City County.  In 1773 he appeared in Bute County, North Carolina.  The county was dissolved in 1779, but its records are retained by North Carolina State Historical Commission.

 

Michael Going (G7/2.2), believed to be a son of Edward Going (G8/2.2), was born about 1722, probably in Gloucester County.  In 1739 his family lived in Charles City County, Virginia.  In 1773 he appeared, along with his brother, in Bute County, North Caro­lina.

 

James Gowing (G9/1.3), believed to be a son of Christopher Gowen (G10/1.1) and Anne Gowen, was born about 1674, probably in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County. Apparently he removed, along with his brother, William W. Gowen (G9/1.1) to Stafford County, Vir­ginia.  He received land grants there in 1729 and in 1731, according to Stafford Coun­ty Deed Book C, page 116.

 

It is believed that children born to James Gowing (G9/1.3) include:

 

        James Gowing            (G8/3.1)        born about 1730

        William Gowing          (G8/3.2)        born about 1732

 

James Gowing (G8/3.1), believed to be a son of James Gowing (G9/1.3), was born about 1730 in Stafford County, Virginia.  In 1777 he appeared in Pittsylvania County, Vir­ginia where he signed the oath of allegiance.  "James Goin," possibly (G8/3.1) turned in $136 in paper money for new currency in Brunswick County, Virginia in the redemp­tion period of 1779-80.

 

The Continental Congress had called in these notes because of a large number of counterfeit notes in circulation.  The expression "not worth a Continental" originated before the Virginia Continental loan office began to redeem the notes.

 

In 1790 "James Going," possibly (G8/3.1) was enumerated in the 1790 census of Salisbury District, Rockingham County, North Carolina, just across the state line from Pittsylvania County. 

 

        (ENTER CENSUS ENUMERATION HERE)

 

Of James Gowing (G8/3.1) nothing more is known.

 

William Gowen (G8/3.2), assumed to be a son of James Gowing (G9/1.3), was born about 1732, probably in Stafford County, Virginia.  It is believed that he accompanied his brother in his move to Brunswick County, Virginia about 1762.  "William Going," possi­bly (G8/3.2), appeared in Brunswick County, according to "Virginia Tax List, 1782-1787."  Of this individual nothing more is known.

 

Michael Gowen (G9/1.4), son of Christopher Gowen (G10/1.1) and Anne Gowen, was born "1st month, 1675," probably in Gloucester County, Virginia.

 

Daniel Gowen (G9/1.2), believed to be a son of Christopher Gowen (G10/1.1) and Anne Gowen, was born about 1672 in Abingdon Parish.  It is believed that he was married about 1690, wife's name unknown.  He figured in a land transaction in August 1698 in Gloucester County.  At that time he was located between the Rappahannock and York Rivers, some 15 miles northeast of the site where William W. Gowen (G9/1.1) had set­tled.

 

Children born to Daniel Gowen (G9/1.2) are believed to include:

 

        James Going             (G8/2.1)        born about 1695

        Edward Going            (G8/2.2)       born about 1697

        Peter Gowing            (G8/2.3)        born about 1699

 

James Going (G8/2.1), believed to be a son of Daniel Gowen (G9/1.2), was born about 1695, probably in Gloucester County.  He was married about 1725, wife's name unknown.

 

It is believed that children born to this union included:

 

        James Going             (G7/1.1)        born about 1726

 

James Going (G7/1.1), son of James Going (G8/2.1), was born about 1726 in Gloucester County.  He was married about 1755 in Abingdon Parish, wife's name unknown.

 

Children born to James Going (G7/1.1) are believed to include:

 

        Daniel Gowen            (G6/1.1)        born about 1755

        Sarah Gowen             (G6/1.2)        born 16th, 1st month, 1759

 

Daniel Gowen (G6/1.1), believed to be a son of James Going (G7/1.1), was born about 1755, probably in Abingdon Parish.  Later he removed to Orange County, North Carolina and from there back across the state line to Pittsylvania County, Virginia where on April 24, 1777 he figured in a land transaction.  The inventory of the estate of Dan­iel Gowen, perhaps (G6/1.1), is preserved in the records of Fairfax County, Vir­ginia.

 

Sarah Gowen (G6/1.2), believed to be a daughter of James Going (G7/1.1), was born 16th, 1st month, 1759, according to Abingdon Parish Register, page 185. Michael Gowen, (G9/1.4), son of Christopher Gowen (G10/1.1) and Anne Gowen, was born in January 1679, according to Abingdon Parish Register, page 2.  Of this individual nothing more is known.

 

Edward Going (G8/2.2), believed to be a son of Daniel Gowen (G9/1.2), was born about 1697, probably in Gloucester County.  He was married about 1719, wife's name unknown. He later lived in Charles City County, Virginia, located immediately west of Glouces­ter County.  His name was recorded in 1739 in the Charles City County Order Book, page 109.

 

It is believed that children born to Edward Going (G8/2.2) include:

 

        Edward Going            (G7/2.1)        born about 1720

        Michael Going           (G7/2.2)        born about 1722

 

Edward Going (G7/2.1), believed to be a son of Edward Going (G8/2.2), was born about 1720 probably in Gloucester County.  Later his family lived in Charles City County. In 1773 he appeared in Bute County, North Carolina.  The county was dissolved in 1779, but its records are retained by North Carolina State Historical Commission.

 

Michael Going (G7/2.2), believed to be a son of Edward Going (G8/2.2), was born about 1722, probably in Gloucester County.  In 1739 his family lived in Charles City County, Virginia.  In 1773 he appeared, along with his brother, in Bute County, North Caro­lina.

 

Peter Gowing (G8/2.3), believed to be a son of Daniel Gowen (G9/1.2), was born  about 1699, probably in Gloucester County.  He was married about 1720, wife's name Isabel.

 

Peter Gowing (G8/2.3) received a land grant in Overwharton Parish, Stafford County in 1722 and an additional grant in 1726, according to Stafford County Deed Book A.  He also held land in adjoining King George County.  His holdings in both counties con­sisted of 112 acres on October 9, 1724.

 

Isabel Gowing died 11th, 3rd month, 1745.  Apparently Peter Gowing (G8/2.3) spent lit­tle time in mourning.  Overwharton Parish Register shows that 17 days later he was married to Mary Sullivant (S8/1.1) on 28th, 3rd month, 1745.  Apparently Mary Sulli­vant Gowing (S8/1.1) died shortly afterwards because Peter Gowing (G8/2.3) was married for a third time 10th, 11th month, 1747, wife's name Owens.

 

Peter Gowing (G8/2.3) died 22nd, 5th month, 1753 in Overwharton Parish "at the home of Priscilla Hayes," according to the register of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Stafford County, Virginia.  She is assumed to be a daughter.

 

Children born to Peter Gowing (G8/2.3) are believed to include:

 

        Priscilla Gowing  born about 1725

        David Gowing      born about 1729

        Joseph Gowing     born about 1732

 

Priscilla Gowing (G8/2.3), believed to be a daughter of Peter Gowing (G8/2.3) and Is­abel Gowing, was born about 1725 in Stafford County.  It is believed that she was mar­ried about 1748 in Overwharton Parish, husband's name Hayes.  They continued to live in Stafford County in 1753 when Peter Gowing (G8/2.3) died.

 

David Gowing, believed to be a son of Peter Gowing and Isabel Gowing, was born about 1729 in Stafford County.  A David Gowing was included in a list of tithables in Pittsylvania County, Virginia in 1767.  He was shown with three tithes, according to "Virginia Magazine of History  Biography."  He continued there in 1770.  Later he removed to Albemarle County, Virginia, some 40 miles westward.

 

Joseph Gowing, believed to be a son of Peter Gowing and Isabel Gowing, was born about 1732 in Stafford County.  He apparently removed, along with his brother David Gowing to adjoining Goochland County, settling in St. James Parish.  He later made a move to Albemarle County to join his brother David Gowing on his farm there.  In 1770 he was living in Pittsylvania County, on the North Carolina border.

 

Joseph Gowing (G7/3.3) appeared as the head of a household of seven people in the 1790 census of Fairfax County, Virginia.  He owned no slaves.  The family was listed as:

 

        "Gowing, Joseph         white male      over l6

 

        [Pickup census enumeration here]

 

"Joseph Going" reappeared as the head of a household in the 1810 census of Fairfax County, according to "Index to 1810 Virginia Census" by Madeline W. Crickard.

 

Of Joseph Gowing (G7/3.3) and his descendants nothing more is known.

 

James Gowing (G9/1.3), believed to be a son of Christopher Gowen (G10/1.1) and Anne Gowen, was born about 1674, probably in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County. Apparently he removed, along with his brother, William W. Gowen (G9/1.1) to Stafford County, Vir­ginia.  He received land grants there in 1729 and in 1731, according to Stafford Coun­ty Deed Book C, page 116.

 

It is believed that children born to James Gowing (G9/1.3) include:

 

        James Gowing            (G8/3.1)        born about 1730

        William Gowing          (G8/3.2)        born about 1732

 

James Gowing (G8/3.1), believed to be a son of James Gowing (G9/1.3), was born about 1730 in Stafford County, Virginia.  In 1777 he appeared in Pittsylvania County, Vir­ginia where he signed the oath of allegiance.  "James Goin," possibly (G8/3.1) turned in $136 in paper money for new currency in Brunswick County, Virginia in the redemp­tion period of 1779-80.

 

The Continental Congress had called in these notes because of a large number of coun­terfeit notes in circulation.  The expression "not worth a Continental" originated be­fore the Virginia Continental loan office began to redeem the notes.

 

In 1790 "James Going," possibly (G8/3.1) was enumerated in the 1790 census of Salis­bury District, Rockingham County, North Carolina, just across the state line from Pittsylvania County. 

 

Of James Gowing (G8/3.1) nothing more is known.

 

William Gowen (G8/3.2), assumed to be a son of James Gowing (G9/1.3), was born about 1732, probably in Stafford County, Virginia.  It is believed that he accompanied his brother in his move to Brunswick County, Virginia about 1762.  "William Going," possibly (G8/3.2), appeared in Brunswick County, according to "Virginia Tax List, 1782-1787."  Of this individual nothing more is known.

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Mihil Gowen, Jr, [Mihil1] regarded as the son of Mihil Gowen and his second wife, was born about 1656.

 

Daniel Gowen, [Mihil1] regarded as the son of Mihil Gowen and his second wife, was born about 1657.  He received a patent for 100 acres in Kingston Parish, Gloucester County “adjoining his own land” on May 1, 1679, according to Glou-cester County Patent Book 6, page 679.  On April 26, 1698, he received another 52 acres in Gloucester County “adjoining Henry Preston, Ambrose Dudley and Capt. Ranson,” accord-ing to Gloucester County Patent Book 9, page 147.

 

Descendants of Daniel Gowen are regarded as:

 

          James Gowen                                                               born about 1728

 

James Gowen, regarded as a descendant of Daniel Gowen, was born about 1728 in Gloucester County.  He was a tithable there in 1770.  Mary Gowen who was taxable on 120 acres there in 1774, may have been his widow, according to “Records of Colonial Gloucester County, Virginia.”.

 

Children born to James Gowen and Mary Gowen [?] include:

 

          Sarah Gowen                                             born January 16, 1759

 

Christopher Gowen, [Mihil1]  regarded as the son of Mihil Gowen and his second wife, was born about 1658.  He may have been a namesake of Capt. Christopher Stafford of York County.  He was married about 1678, wife’s name, Anne.  Christopher Gowen and Anne Gowen were living in Abingdon Parish in January 1679 when their son, Michael Gowen was born, according to “Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia Register.”

 

Children born to Christopher Gowen and Anne Gowen include:

 

          Michael Gowen                                         born in January 1679

          Philip Gowen                                            born about 1685

          Christopher Gowen                                   born about 1690

 

Christopher Gowen, son of Christopher Gowen and Anne Gowen, was born about 1690 in Gloucester County.  On March 25, 1728, he purchased 150 acres on the north side of the Roanoke River in Bertie County, North Carolina, according to Bertie County Deed Book C, page 23.

 

Jason Gowen, [Mihil1]  regarded as the son of Mihil Gowen and his second wife, was born about 1659.

 

Thomas Gowen, [Mihil1]  regarded as the son of Mihil Gowen and his second wife, was born about 1660.

 

Thomas1 Gowen (Michael1, John1), born say 1660, was living in Westmoreland County between 1693 and 1702 when he was involved in several minor court cases, both as defendant and plaintiff, for debts.  In 1703 he provided security of £2,000 of tobacco for Chapman Dark that he would return to the county after travelling to Maryland to get testimony that he was a free man.  On March 1, 1704/5 the court ordered him to pay Edward Barrow 1,200 pounds of tobacco which Thomas lost to him in a horse race [Orders 1690-98, 90, 244a, 250a; 1698-1705, 33,

               39a, 56a, 109, 174, 190a, 190, 238a, 254a]. He was called Thomas

               Goin of Westmoreland County on 8 June 1707 when he was granted 653

               acres in Stafford County below the falls of the Potomac River. This land

               was adjoining Robert Alexander's land according to a 29 May 1739

               Prince William County deed

 

James Gowen, [Mihil1]  regarded as the son of Mihil Gowen and his second wife, was born about 1663.

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                     G O W E N  F A M I L Y  O U T L I N E   

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William Gowen (G6/2.5) bc1748

William Gowen (G5/1.1) bc1785

John Gowen (G4/1.1) b September 29, 1816

John Jones Gowen (G3/1.1) b December 18, 1849

Amanda Virginia Gowen (G3/1.2) b July 18, 1855

Mary Susan Gowen (G3/1.3) b April 16, 1858

William Blair Gowen (G3/1.4) b July 11, 1860

Malvina "Mallie" Gowen (G3/1.5) b December 20, 1862

Mary Lou Luster (L2/1.1) b September 14, 1886

Mallie Virginia Luster (L2/1.2) b December 17, 1888

Hugh Marion Goodman (G1/2.1) b April 17, 1908

Wilma Louise Goodman (G1/2.2) b July 2, 1910

Mallie Aline Goodman (G1/2.3) b August 28, 1912

 William Albert Goodman (G1/2.4) b May 6, 1915

Harry Noel Goodman (G1/2.5) b February 28, 1924

Thomas Morton Luster (L2/1.3) b September 15, 1890

Willie Rebecca Luster (L2/1.4) bc1893

Sarah Rebecca Fergus (F1/1.1) bc1917

Nellie Roberts Fegus (F1/1.2) bc1919

Anna Beatrice Luster (L2/1.5) b July 13, 1896

Myra Luster Fleming (F1/1.1) b June 29, 1917

Roy Dowell Fleming (F1/1.2) b November 4, 1919

Mary Frances Fleming (F1/1.3) b January 8, 1921

John Boyd Fleming (F1/1.4) b July 20, 1923

Ralph Morton Fleming (F1/1.5) b July 26, 1925

Emma Carter Luster (L2/1.6) b March 13, 1902

Sarah Lee Proby (P1/1.1) bc1924

Mary Neal Proby (P1/1.2) bc1926

Jane Proby (P1/1.3) bc1929

Rebecca Fannie Gowen (G3/1.6) b January 11, 1866

James Parmer Gowen (G3/1.7) b January 6, 1869

George Washington Gowen b February 8, 1874

James Clifton Gowen (G2/8.1) b November 30, 1900

Samuel Emmett Gowen (G2/8.2) b September 10, 190

George Dayton Gowen (G2/8.3) b February 7, 1904

Elizabeth Ann Gowen (G1/3.1) b January 22, 1930

Adrian Dayton Gowen (G1/3.2) b August 11, 1932

Clarence Francis "Bill" Gowen (G2/8.4) b1905

Iris Justine Gowen (G1/4.1) b October 15, 1931

Nona Frances Gowen (G1/4.2) b December 21, 1932

Nelwynn Jeanene Gowen (G1/4.3) b May 25, 1934

Travis Doyle Gowen (G1/4.4) b April 14, 1936

Sandra Gowen (G1/4.5) b1942

(son) (G4/1.6) bc1945

Thomas Mason Gowen (G2/8.5) b September 18, 1917

Alton Lynn Gowen (G1/5.1)

William Gowen (G4/1.2) bc1820

Jeremiah B. Nunley Gowen (G3/2.1) b May 30, 1847

Ellender E. Gowen (G2/1.1) b 1872

Willie D. Rotan (R1/1.1) b February 19, 1891

Leonard George Rotan (R-1/1.1) b191

Linda Lynette Rotan (R-2/1.1) b1941

George Edward Rotan (R-2/1.2) b1944

Jerry Thomas Rotan (R-2/1.3) b1949

Harry Dean Rotan (R-1/1.2) b1919

Linda Ferriel Rotan (R-1/1.3) bc1921

Vaudy Lynette Rotan (R-1/1.4) bc192

Lon Rotan (R1/1.2) bc1892

Lillian Rotan (R-1/2.1) bc1925

 Lillian Rotan (R1/1.3) bc1894

Ed Rotan (R1/1.4) bc1895

Eunice Rotan (R-1/4.1) bc1918

Beulah Rotan (R1/1.5) bc1897

Troy Sanders (S-1/1.1) bc1927

Jerry Otis "Bud" Rotan (R1/1.6) bc1901

Weldon Rotan (R-1/6.1) bc1927

Claud Rotan (R1/1.7) bc1903

Guy Rotan (R1/1.8) bc1905

Rush Rotan (R1/1.9) bc1906

Foy Rotan (R-1/9.1) bc1929

Ocie Rotan (R1/1.10) bc1907

Lavoris Woodul (W-1/1.1) bc1

(son) (W-1/1.2) bc1931

Wynell Woodul (W-1/1.2) bc1933

Ellis Rotan (R1/1.11) bc190

Jasper "Jack" Rotan (R1/1.12) bc1910

Melvin Rotan (R1/1.13) bc1913

Gene Rotan (R-1/13.1) bc1940

Dean Rotan (R-1/13/2) bc1943

Charles Otis Gowen (G2/1.2) b1873

Cynthia Diera Gowen (G2/1.3) b1876

Leona Price (P1/1.1) b1894

Donna Viola Price (P1/1.2) b December 13, 1896

Zula Fusselman (F-1/1.1) bc1920

Janet Fusselman (F-1/1.2) bc1922

Bud Fusselman (F-1/1.3) bc1924

Charles Otis Price (P1/1.3) b May 12, 1899

Onis Price (P-1/3.1) bc1925

Frank Price (P-1/3.2) bc1927

Juanita Price (P-1/3.3) bc1929

Don Price (P-1/3.4)

James William Price b September 29, 1901

Holly Everett Price (P1/1.5) b January 3, 1903

Lloyd Price (P1/1.6) b August 26, 1905

Claud Reuben Price (P1/1.7) b July 13, 1907

Joe Bill Price (P1/1.8) b February 10, 19

Ruth Pauline Price (P1/1.9) b May 2, 1918

Mitchell Price (P1/1.10) bc 1920

Roxie Vida Gowen (G2/1.4) bc1880

Ida Gowen (G2/1.5) b1884

Claud Franklin Gowen (G2/1.6)

Stanley Olgee "Jot" Gowen (G1/6.1) b August 25, 1912

Sharon Ann Gowen (G-1/1.1) b July 28, 1941

Todd Everett Towns (G-2/1.1) b May 22, l962

Jill Ann Towns (G-2/l.2) b January 13, 1965

Kent Barkley Towns (G-2/1.3) b March 19, 1969

Connor Blake Towns (G-3/3.1) b

Keaton Dax Towns (G-3/3.2) b January 30, 199

Carson Lee Towns (G-3/3.3)

Michael Olgee Gowen (G-1/1.2) b December 9, 1943

Michael Stanley Gowen (G-2/2.1) b1965

Shannon Renae Gowen (G-3/1.1) b1987

Gregory Kyle Gowen (G-2/2.2) b1968

Arlee Claud Gowen (G1/6.2) b November 24, 1922

Bonnie Lee Gowen (G-1/2.1) b December 16, 1951

Connie Louise Gowen (G-1/2.2) b July 3, 1955

Minnie May Gowen (G2/1.

Mary Jane Gowen (G3/2.2) b1849

Eliza C. Gowen (G3/2.3) b1850

James G. Berry (B2/1.1) bc1887

Forrest Houston Berry (B1/1.1) b1912

Clarence Albert Berry (B1/1.2) bc1914

Benjamin Howard Berry (B1/1.3) bc1916

James Henry Berry (B1/1.4) bc1918

Thomas Houston Berry (B1/1.5) bc1921

Sarah B. "Sally" Gowen (G3/2.4) b1851

Willie Gentry (G2/1.1) bc1872

Onnie May Gentry (G2/1.2) b1874

Myrtle Chandler (C1/1.1) bc1896

Walter Chandler (C1/1.2) bc1898

Herman Chandler (C1/1.3) bc1901

Beulah Chandler (C1/1.4) bc1903

Avard Chandler (C1/1.5) bc1906

Novice Chandler (C1/1.6) bc1909

John William "Billy" Gentry (G2/1.3) b1876

Mary Gentry (G2/1.4) b1880

Annie B. Hight (H1/1.1) b1901

Ogie Hight (H1/1.2) b1906

Jimmie Hight (H1/1.3) b1914

Viola Hight b1916

Minnie Gentry (G2/1.5) b1882

Willie Elders (E1/1.1) bc1903

Jimmy Gentry (G2/1.6) bc1883

Frank Gentry (G2/1.7) b

Louie Gentry (G1/7.1) bc1904

Ray Gentry (G1/7.2) bc1906

Ester Gentry (G1/7.3) bc1909

 Woodrow Gentry (G1/7.4) bc1912

 Burleson Gowen Gentry (G2/1.8) b1887

 Sallie S. Margaret Gentry (G1/8.1) b1927

Mark Johnston (J-1/1.1) b1953

Paul David Johnston (J-1/1.2) b1955

Rachel Johnston (J1/1.3) b195

Jennifer Johnston (J1/1.4) b1958

Lydia Johnston (J1/1.5) b1964

Billy Acton Gentry (G1/8.2) b1928

Maggie Irene Gentry (G1/8.3) b1929

 Orville A. Gentry (G1/8.4) b1932

Betty Lou Gentry (G1/8.5) b1936

Savannah Ann Gentry (G1/8.6) b193

Mary Sue Gentry (G1/8.7) b1944

Burleson A. Gentry (G1/8.8) b1946

Tulah Catherine Gentry (G2/1.9) b November 7, 1891

James Carroll Gowen (G3/2.5) b July 12, 1852

Mary Alice Gowen (G2/5.1) b1894

Flonnie Mae Gowen (G2/5.2) b March 11, 1897

Jessie Cecil Hughes (H1/1.1) b1918

Peter Cecil Hughes (H-1/1.1) b1957

Lynn Hughes (H-1/1.2) b1959

James Ashworth Hughes (H1/1.2) b December 1, 1920

Sarah Faye Hughes (H-1/2.1) b1942

Danny Ross Hughes (H-1/2.2) b1943

Ellen Hughes (H1/1.3) b1928

Evelyn Hughes (H1/1.4) b1928

Annie Belle Gowen (G2/5.3) b June 1, 1900

James Buford Mitchell (M1/1.1) b1917

Everett Mitchell bc1920

Geneva Aline Mitchell (M1/1.3) bc1922

Woodfin Gowen Mitchell (M1/1.4) bc1925

Garland Carroll Gowen (G2/5.4) b July 8, 1903

Helen Alease Gowen (G1/4.1) b December 17, 1928

Tracey Carroll Gowen (G1/4.2) b December 23, 1933

James Burleson Gowen (G2/5.5) b April 17, 1906

Willie Aline Gowen (G2/5.6) b September 1, 1909

Willie Laverne Hicks (H1/1.1) b January 15, 1929

Carolyn Diane Aderholt (A-1/1.1) b1951

Carey Edward Balch (B-2/1.1) b1977

James Shelby Hicks (H1/1.2) b September 26, 1936

Thomas Huel Gowen (G2/5.7) b November 30, 1913

Billie Ray Gowen (G1/7.1) bc1936

Melonie Dawn Gowen (G-1/1.1) b1961

Christopher Mark Gowen (G-1/1.2) b1966

Edith Nell Gowen (G1/7.2) bc1937

John Thomas Rowland (R-1/1.1) b195

Richard Keith Rowland (R-1/1.2) b1958

Tammy Jo Rowland (R-1/1.3) b1959

Terryle Dwain Rowland (R-1/1.4) b1961

Regina Dianne Rowland (R-1/1.5) b1964

Wilson Thomas Gowen (G1/7.3) bc1938

Bertine Eve Gowen (G-1/3.1) b1962

Mahlah Denise Gowen (G-1/3.2) b1971

Wilson Thomas Gowen (G-1/3.3) b1976

Marjorie Elaine Gowen (G1/7.4) bc1939

Kenneth Ray Moore II (M-1/1.1)

Jerry Allen Gowen (G1/7.5) b1940

Lori Lynn Gowen (G-1/5.1) b1974

Vicki Lorraine Gowen (G1/7.6) b1955

Lisa Ann Douglas (D-1/1.1) b1976

Matthew Scott Douglas (D-1/1.2)

Manerva A. Gowen (G3/2.6) b1854

Thomas Josiah Riddick, Jr. (R2/1.1) b1 

Rudolph J. Riddick (R1/1.1) bc1912

Sarah Pauline Riddick (R1/1.2) b1914

Ernest Gowen "Buddy" Riddick (R1/1.3) b1916

Jeanette Riddick (R1/1.4) b1918

Thomas Ballard (B-1/1.1) bc1940

Marie Ballard (B-1/1.2) bc1943

Tommie Riddick (R1/1.5) b1921

Archie Riddick (R1/1.6) bc1924

Archibald Gowen Riddick (R2/1.2) bc1888

Mildred Riddick (R1/2.1) bc1920

Archibald Gowen Riddick, Jr. (R1/2.2) bc1922

Donna Lou Riddick (R1/2.3) bc1925

Benjamin Franklin Riddick b January 23, 1891

Edna Elizabeth Riddick (R1/3.1) b1918

Mary Elizabeth Smith (S-1/1.1) b1944

Rebecca Smith (S-1/1.2) bc1946

Edwin Laverne Riddick (R1/3.2) bc1923

Dama Marie Riddick (R-1/2.1) b1963

Mark Edwin Riddick (R-1/2.2) b1969

Miriam Riddick (R1/3.3) b1926

Thomas Daniel Dendy (D-1/1.1) b

Gloria Anne Dendy (D-1/1.2) b1947

William Edwin Dendy (D-1/1.3) b1954

Richard Riddick Dendy (D-1/1.4) b1955

Michael Joseph Dendy (D-1/1.5) b1963

Minnie Frances Riddick (R1/3.4) b1928

Miriam Nash (N-1/1.1) b1946

David Eugene Nash (N-1/1.2) b1952

Carolyn Jo Nash (N-1/1.3) b1953

Charles Frederick Nash (N-1/1.4) b1955

Kay Frances Nash (N-1/1.5) b1960

Frank Henderson Riddick b1936

Philip Riddick (R-1/5.1) b1957

Teresa Marie Riddick (R-1/5.2) b1961

Harriett Elizabeth "Betty" Gowen (G3/2.7) b1854

William Gowen Gentry (G2/1.1) b1876

William R. Gowen (G3/2.8) b1858

Manerva J. Gowen (G4/1.3)

George Washington Gowen (G4/1.4)

Caroline Gowen (G4/1.5)

James Gowen (G4/1.6)

Benjamin Gowen (G3/6.1) b1871

 

 

 

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