Elisha Gowen was listed in Hind’s Battalion in the Mississippi Militia, according to the War of 1812 military roster.


G. H. Gowen was listed in Powers’ Regiment of the Mississippi Calvary in the Civil War, according to the Civil War military roster.


Garrett Gowen was listed in the 15th Mississippi Infantry Regiment in the Civil War, according to the Civil war military roster.


James K. Gowen was listed in the 1st Regiment of the U.S. Volunteers and the 1st Regiment of the Mississippi Territorial Volunteers, according to the War of 1812 military roster.


Joshua Gowen was listed in the 18th Mississippi Calvary Regiment in the Civil War, according to the Civil War military roster.


I. Gowen was listed in the 18th Mississippi Calvary Regiment in the Civil War, according to the Civil War military roster.


I. S. Gowen was listed in the Fifth Mississippi Calvary Regiment in the Civil War, according to the Civil War military roster.


Isaac Gowen was listed in the Fifth Mississippi Calvary Regimen in the Civil War, according to the Civil War military roster.


The Mississippi federal census for 1830 showed only five families in the state of interest to Gowen chroniclers, according to "Mississippi 1830 Census" by Gillis.


They were recorded as:


                Goines, D. C.                                       Monroe County

                Going, Thomas                  Claiborne County

                Goins, William                   Copiah County

                Gowan, Meredith                                Copiah County

                Goynes, Wiley                     Lawrence County


By 1850 several families of Gowen and spelling variations were living in Mississippi.  "Gowen" was found in six counties.  "Gowan" was found in two counties.  "Goen" was found in two counties.  "Goin" was found in four counties.  "Goines" was found in one county.  "Going" was found in two counties.  "Goings" was found in one county.  "Goyne" was found in two counties.


Joshua Gowins was listed in the 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment in the civil war, according to the Civil War military roster.


William E. Goin of the Seventeenth Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company I was among the soldiers surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia April 9-15, 1865, according to "The Appomattox Paroles, April 9-15, 1865" by William G. Nine and Ronald G. Wilson.




Nicholas Gohan was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1840 census of Adams County, page 14.  The household of Nicholas Gohan which was involved in "manufacturing and trades" included:


                "Gohan, Nicholas                                white male        30-40

                                                                                                                white female     20-30

                                                                                                                white female       5-10"


Napoleon Bonaparte Goings, "free colored person" on De­cember 14, 1835 paid $5,000 for E. Miller's Store in Natchez, Mississippi.  Later he took bankruptcy, and the store was sold for the benefit of his creditors.  He lived in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1838.  Later it was reported that he removed to New Orleans, Louisiana.


In 1890, “Georgiana Goins, widow of Napoleon” was listed in the city directory of New Orleans, living at 431 Poydras.  In the 1891 city directory, “Georgiana Goins, widow of Napoleon” reappeared, still living at 431½ Poydras.


William Paul Goins was born in Natchez September 13, 1947.  He was married November 10, 1969 at Clovis, New Mexico to Paula Kay Greathouse who was born there January 23, 1951, according to Curry County, New Mexico marriage records.  William Paul Goins and Paula Kay Greathouse Goins lived on Star Route, Clovis after their marriage.


James Gowen appeared in Natchez from June 3, 1789 to July 5, 1789, according to the November 1983 edition of "The Ge­nealogical Helper."




William N. Goin of Alcorn County, gave a deed to W. A. H. Miller to 1,280 acres of land in Llano County, Texas October 1, 1886 for $1,250, according to Llano County Deed Book I, page 71.  The land lay on the south bank of the Llano River and was included in Surveys No. 630, 636 and 638.  He re­leased 320 acres to W. A. H. Miller May 10, 1890, accord­ing to Llano County Deed Book Q, page 562.


William R. Goin, was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Alcorn County, Enumeration District 6, page 43, precinct 36 in Corinth, Mississippi:


                "Goin,                     William                   36, born in Alabama

                                                                Ida                                                          32, born in Tennessee

                                                                Willie                                      10, born in Mississippi

                                                                Katie                                         8, born in MS, adopted daughter

                                                                Clarence S.               6, born in Mississippi

                Coburn,                Robert                    75, born in South Carolina"


Willie B. Goin, son of William R. Goin and Ida B. Goin, was born May 1, 1870 and died November 18, 1885.  He was buried in Henry Cemetery, ac­cording to "Alcorn County, Mississippi Cemetery Records" by Thomas P. Hughes, Jr.


William Gowan was granted a license by the state of Mis­sissippi to oper­ate a saloon in Corinth March 18, 1885, ac­cording to "History of Old Tishomingo County, Mississippi" by Fan Alexander Cochran.




Willie Goins was born in Mississippi in November 1868.  He died in March 1869 at the age of five months of pneumonia, according to the 1870 census Mortality Schedule of Attala County.


Alexander M. Gowan was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi about 1885.  He was graduated with a D.D.S. degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee in 1909.  He first practiced dentistry at Clanton, Alabama and at Brewton, Alabama.  In 1932 he was practicing dentistry at Greenville, Alabama.


Mrs. Lorrie Sutton Gowan, wife of Mark Gowan of Attala County was murdered on October 24, 2002, according to a news article in the “Attala Star-Herald” of Friday, October 25:


“A West, Mississippi woman was found shot to death at a rural Homes County cemetery Thursday morning.  Lorrie Sutton Gowan, 38, was killed by a single gun-shot wound to the side of her head Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, Sheriff Willie March said.


She was found at Brister Cemetery, about 5 miles south of West on Highway 51, by a truck driver who was on his route about 8:30, March said.


"He saw her feet sticking out, so he stopped," March said.


Gowan was found on the passenger's side of her Toyota Camry near a long picnic table on the cemetery grounds.


Her family owned the West Pit Stop, a convenience store & truck stop off Interstate 55.   The Store, which is where Gowan worked, had a sign on the door that said; "Closed due to death in family."


March said it appeared that Gowan was shot outside the car.  No murder weapon was found, and he wasn't sure what kind of weapon was used.   He said two peo-ple had been questioned as of Thursday  afternoon, but he didn't have a suspect.


"We are investigating it as a homicide," he said.


She was married to Mark Gowan of Attala County.”




Steve Hartman posted a list of Goins individuals with their dates of birth that relate to Benton County:


Annie Lois Goins,                                                3 OCT 1898

Caroline Alice Goins,                     15 NOV 1877

Dovie May Goins,                                     13 FEB 1886

Emma Maude Goins,                                     22 OCT 1882

Ernest Heywood Goins,                     29 JUN 1896

George Hamer Goins,                     12 NOV 1892

James Andrew Goins,                     10 JAN 1858 - 27 NOV 1928

Jimmie Lou Goins,                                                28 OCT 1894

John Thomas Goins,                                     26 JAN 1884

Mary Ethel Goins,                                                27 JAN 1880

Minnie Jane Goins,                                     21 MAY 1890

Susan Kate Goins,                                     31 MAY 1888




Samuel McGowan was married in 1874 to Miss M. A. Brooks, according to Bolivar County marriage records.  Children born to Samuel McGowan and M. A. Brooks McGowan are unknown.




John Byrd Going who was born January 26, 1872 in Calhoun County became a journalist.  He was married to Randa Steele in May, 1906.  In 1917 he was elected to the state legislature as the representative of Calhoun County.  Children born to John Byrd Going and Randa Steele Going are unknown.




Maggie Gowan was married May 13, 1872 to George J. Holman, according to Carroll County marriage records.  Nothing more is known of George J. Holman and Maggie Gowan Holman.




Henry Goin was born about 1824 in South Carolina and was married about 1840, lived in Alabama about 1842 and in Mississippi about 1846, according to his enumeration in the 1850 census of Chickasaw County:


                "Goin,                 Henry                     36, mechanic, born in SC

                                                                Elizabeth                27, born in AL

                                                                Martha J.               8, born in AL

                                                                Nancy                      6, born in AL

                                                                Mary                        4, born in MS


[This family appears to be a duplicate of the one in Section 112]


He reappeared as the head of a household in the 1860 census of Chickasaw County:


                "Goen,                 Henry,                    40, blacksmith, born in SC

                                                                Elizabeth                37, born in SC

                                                                Mary                      13, born in MS

                                                                Fannie                      5, born in MS"


"E. Gowin" reappeared in the 1870 census of Chickasaw County:


                "Gowin,                 E.                                             47, farmer, $500 real estate, $425

                                                                                                                                personal property

                                                                Mary                      23, born in MS

                                                                Fannie                    15, born in MS"


Children born to Henry Goin and Elizabeth Goin include:


                Martha J. Goin                                                    born about 1842

                Nancy A. Goin                                                  born about 1844

                Mary Goin                                                                        born about 1846

                Fannie Goin                                                                        born about 1855


Martha J. Goin, daughter of Henry Goin and Elizabeth Goin, was born about 1842 in Alabama.


Nancy A. Goin, daughter of Henry Goin and Elizabeth Going, was born about 1844 in Alabama.  She was married about 1860 to Montgomery Dickson Parker probably in Chickasaw County, but no license has been found in the county records.  He was born March 8, 1834 in Washington County, Tennessee to William Parker and Cinthia Gaines Parker.  The parents were married there in 1822.  The family was enumerated there in the 1850 census.  The family of William Parker appeared in the 1860 census of Roane County, Tennessee.


Montgomery Dickson Parker enlisted at Aberdeen, Mississippi in Monroe County in Confederate army.  His military record stated that he was a depot agent at Houston, Mississippi. He received a Confederate pension in Drew County, Arkansas in 1902.  He cited service in William Gordon's Company, Quartermaster Department.  Affidavits of his service signed by R. M. Wood and A. G. Wood of Yalobusha County, Mississippi who stated that they had know the applicant for 40 years, were attached to his pension application. 


The family was enumerated in the 1870 census of Chickasaw County:


"Parker, M. D. 36, born in TN

Nancy A. 26, born in AL

William 10, born in MS

Leuda   7, born in MS

Henry   4, born in MS

Bette E.   1, born in MS"


By 1880, the Parkers has removed to Drew County, Arkansas.  Nancy A. Goin Parker applied for a widow's pension in the same year, suggesting that he died in that year. 


Children born to Montgomery Dickson Parker and Nancy A. Goin Parker include:


William Parker born about 1860

Leuda Parker born about 1863

Henry Parker born about 1866

Betty E. Parker born about 1869


Betty E. Parker, daughter of Montgomery Dickson Parker and Nancy A. Goin Parker, was born about 1869 in Chickasaw County.  She was married in Drew County about 1890 to Hezekiah Rash who was born July 12, 1865.  Children born to them include:


Lois Rash born May 25, 1895


Lois Rash, daughter of Hezekiah Rash and Betty E. Parker Rash, was born May 25, 1895.  She was married about 1920 to Robert Wilson Fleming.  Children born to them include:


Frank Fleming born April 1, 1931


Frank Fleming, son of Robert Wilson Fleming and Lois Rash Fleming, was born April 1, 1931.  He was married in 1957 to Frances Marshall.  In 1995 they lived in Carthage, Missouri where Frances Marshall Fleming, a member of the Foundation, was active in genealogy research.


Eliza Goins who was born in Chickasaw County in 1854 was married to Nelson Franklin in 1873, according to Hinds County, Mississippi marriage records.


J. D. Goins appeared on the 1845 tax roll of Chickasaw County.  James D. Gowen was on the ad valorem tax list in 1848.  James D. Goins was a taxpayer in 1849 in Chickasaw County.  


James Goins was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1870 census, page 226, living near to Thomas Going:


                "Goins,                James                     51, born in NC, farmer, $400 real

                                                                                                                                estate, $400 personal property

                                                                Mary                      51, born in MS

                                                                John                       21, born in MS

                                                                Molly                     16, born in MS

                                                                Sarah                      15, born in MS

                                                                Snizzer      6, born in MS

                                                                Jermy                        5, born in MS, male

                                                                Bette         6/12, born in MS"


"James D. Goen" and "James Dudley Goins were listed in the Chickasaw County patent records in 1851 and 1852.  Later his land lay in Clay County, Mississippi.


J. D. Goins and his wife, M. E. Goins sold 80 acres to Rich P. Gullett in November 1868, according to Chickasaw County Deed Book P, page 592.


W. T. Goins was married to Sarah P. Read in 1866, according to Chickasaw County marriage records.  Children born to W. T. Goins and Sarah P. Read Goins are unknown.


H. W. Gowen was listed on the tax roll of Chickasaw County in 1848.  He was initiated into Pikeville Masonic Lodge, No. 85, Pikeville, Mississippi in 1849, according to "Abstradex of Annual Returns, Mississippi Free & Accepted Masons, 1801-1851," by Jeanne Hand Henry.  Henry W. Gowen was listed in the 1851 tax list of Chickasaw County, along with John Gowen and William Gowen.


Thomas Goin, age 17, born in Alabama, appeared in the 1850 census of Chickasaw County living in the household of James Beeal, No. 186-186D


Thomas D. Gowen appeared on the Chickasaw County tax roll in 1844.  He reappeared on the 1848 tax roll along with H. W. Gowen.  "Thomas Guoin" was listed in the administration of the estate of W. L. Montgomery in May 1855, according to Chickasaw County probate records.


Thomas Going was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1870 census of Chickasaw County, page 226:


"Going, Thomas 41, born in GA, farmer [tanner?]

$2,000 real estate, $700

personal property

Jane 42, born in AL

Mary 26, born in MS

Martha 21, born in MS

Thomas 17, born in MS

George 15, born in MS

Wm. 13, born in MS

Theodore W. 11, born in MS

Sarah C.   9, born in MS

Dora B.   2, born in MS"


Martha Gowin, a widow was enumerated as the head of Household 27-27 in the 1860 census of Chickasaw County:


"Gowin, Martha 40, born in Alabama, seamstress,

$400 real estate

F. P. 26, born in Alabama, postmaster

Christopher 14, born in Mississippi

Israel 13, born in Mississippi

James 11, born in Mississippi


William Goins was listed on the roster of Company C, Thirty-first Alabama Infantry Regiment commanded by Capt. J. L. S. Hill.  The regiment was organized March 5, 1862, according to "Our Men from Chickasaw County, Mississippi" by James & Clark.  William Goins did not apply for a pension there.


William N. Goins and Ida Goins sold a house and lot to R. M. Buchanan in July 1870, according to Chickasaw County Deed Book S, page 122.


M. Gowing appeared as the head of a household in the 1840 state census of 1841:


"Gowing, M. white male 21-45

white female over 16

white male   0-18

white female under 16




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