Callie Going married James McMahan on June 04, 1893 in Scott County, according to Tennessee marriage records [1851-1900].
Martha Going married John J. Barnes on May 4, 1893 in Scott County, according to Tennessee marriage records [1851-1900]
Virginia Gowing died in 1909 in Shelby County according to “Tennessee Deaths,” Record No. 76271.
The obituary of Angela Jeanne Gentry Goins appeared in the May 2, 2002 edition of the “Johnson City Press:”
Mrs. Angela Jeanne Gentry Goins, 30, 417 Barnette Drive, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at her residence. Mrs. Goins was a Sullivan County native and a daughter of Sandra Denton Gentry, Bristol, and the late Kenneth E. Gentry. She was employed by Fairfield Marketing, Johnson City. Mrs. Goins was a member of Cold Spring Presbyterian Church.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her hus-band, Alan L. Goins; one daughter, Stephanie Laken Gentry, of the home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Denton Sr., Bristol and paternal grandfather, Tom Gentry, Bristol.
Funeral services for Angela J. Goins will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday in Weaver Funeral Home chapel with Dr. Errol Rohr and the Rev. Cecil Sturgill offici-ating. Graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in Shipley Cemetery with Dr. Andrew Spence officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Goins, James E. Denton, H.M. Denton Jr., Marty Denton, Kev-in Denton, doctors and staff of the ETSU Cancer Cen-ter, Dr. Ed Griffin and Johnson City Medical Center Hospice staff. Those desiring may make memorials to breast cancer research fund, c/o American Cancer Soci-ety, Johnson City. The family will receive friends fol-lowing the funeral service in Weaver Funeral Home, Bristol, Tennessee.”
Nardin Gooin was listed as head of household No. 68 in the 1850 census of Sullivan County, Tennessee. His household was the only Gowen [or spelling variation] in the census. The family was rendered as:
"Gooin, Nardin 24, laborer, born in [unknown]
Joanna 17, born in VA, married within the year"
Adam Orth received North Carolina Land Grant No. 207 October 10, 1783 to 600 acres in Sullivan County "on the north side of Holston River, known by the name of Gowan's place on the waters of Big Creek in Carter's Valley and on William Ingram's line."
SUMNER COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Sumner County was organized in 1786 with land taken from Davidson County.
Joseph Gowen was married March 3, 1822 to Patsey Robinson, according to "Sumner County, Tennessee Marriages, 1787-1850." Children born to Joseph Gowen and Patsey Robinson Gowen are unknown.
John Gowan, negro, appeared as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Tipton County, Enumeration District 157, page 29, Civil District 6. The family was recorded as:
"Gowan, John 32, born in Virginia, negro
Nancy 22, born in TN
Sylvia 3/12, born in TN"
Henry E. Gowen, deceased, was mentioned in the will of Nathaniel Pattes which was written December 7, 1831, according to Tipton County Court Minute Book B, page 157.
Elijah Goin was married to Sarah A. Goin March 25, 1872 in Union County according to Tennessee Marriage records (1851-1900).
Elizabeth Goin was married to Dapney McCarty December 26, 1871 in Union County according to Tennessee Marriage records (1851-1900). Nothing more is known of Dapney McCarty and Elizabeth Goin McCarty.
Jesse Goin died in 1908 in Union County according to “Tennessee Deaths,” record number 91410.
Albert Goins was married December 20, 1904 to Lena Rose, according to Union County marriage records. Children born to Albert Goins and Lena Rose Goins are unknown.
Laura Goins was married to Robert Sauls October 4, 1894 in Union County according to Tenessee Marriage records [1851-1900].
Martha M. Goins was married to Henry Braden March 17, 1889 in Union County according to Tennessee Marriage records [1851-1900].
Melvina Jane Gowen was married to Joseph Hughes June 20, 1864 in Union County according to Tennessee Marriage records [1851-1900].
Joseph Hughes and “Melvina J. Goins Hughes” were mentioned as military pensioners in "Abstract Pensions of Claiborne County, Tennessee" The Revolution, War of 1812 and All Wars Prior to 1883,” page 126 and 127, compiled by Annie Walker Burns. The volume suggests that Joseph Hughes was remarried to Susannah Gentry.
Sarah Goins was married to F. M. Williams March 23, 1887 in Union County according to Tennessee Marriage records [1851-1900]. Nothing more is known of F.M. Williams and Sarah Goins Williams.
Sarah C. Goins was married to James M. Russell January 28, 1894 in Union County according to Tennessee Marriage records [1851-1900].
Timothy N. Goins was married in 1867 in Grainger County to Anna Idol, daughter of Chesley Jarnigan Idol and Mary Odell Idol, according to the research of Lynn Rockcastle, a descendant in Illinois. Later they removed to adjoining Hancock County, Tennessee where they lived for a few years.
Timothy N. Goins and Anna Idol Goins were enumerated as the heads of a household in the 1880 census of nearby Union County:
“Goins, Timothy 35, born in TN
Annie 28, born in TN
Chesley P. 11, born in TN
Mary L. 9, born in TN
Ibbie 6, born in TN
Ballard 2, born in TN
Georgia 10/12, born in August in TN”
They removed to adjoining Knox County, Tennessee about 1885. It was there that Anna Idol Goins filed for a divorce from Timothy N. Goins. Lynn Rockcastle wrote, “Apparently Timothy was a wanderer and would leave Annie with the kids to support. He took off to be with another woman.”
Lynn Rockcastle wrote July 29, 2001:
“Pleasant Goin, born c1808 had a son named Timothy Goin, born c1845. Timothy is with Pleasant up to the 1860 Claiborne County, Tennessee census. Sometime after 1860, Timothy, being of age, left home-- but where was he? He wasn't in Tennessee. The name Timothy was not very usual back then, but he still is not showing up anywhere for the 1870 census.
The only Timothy Goin[s] I found for that year was in Patrick County, Virginia. Timothy is listed as mulatto living [married?] with a black woman:
“Goin, Timothy, mulatto
Cornelia, 8, mulatto
Laura, 3, mulatto
Martha 3/12, white”
I did find my Timothy in 1880. He was with the known wife Anna Idol in Union County, Tennessee. Then I lose him again. I believe my Timothy is Pleasant's son Timothy. On the Claiborne County web site, there is a death date for Timothy of 1864. I can't find anything to substantiate this death date.”
Anna Idol Goins was enumerated at the head of Household No. 303, in the 1910 census of Knox County, Powell Station, Tennessee, Enumeration District 118, 7th Civil District:
“Goins, Annie 58, widow, born in TN”
Adjoining her in Household No. 302 was her son-in-law and daughter:
“Conner, Pleasant C.
Ibbie 36, born in TN”
On the other side was her son-in-law and daughter in Household 304:
“Anderson, John K.
Georgia 30, born in TN”
Located nearby was another son-in-law and daughter:
“Ammons, John Thomas
Children born to Timothy N. Goins and Anna Idol Goins include:
Chesley P. Goins born about 1869
Mary Lourinda Goins born October 9, 1871
Abbie Arminda Goins born about 1874
William Ballard Goins born May 8, 1876
Georgia Marlene Goins born in August 1879
Chesley P. Goins, son of Timothy N. Goins and Anna Idol Goins, was born in Tennessee about 1869. He appeared in the 1880 census as an 11-year-old.
Mary Lourinda Goins, daughter of Timothy N. Goins and Anna Idol Goins, was born October 9, 1871 in Tennessee. She appeared as a nine-year-old in the 1880 census. She was married in 1892 in Knox County to John Thomas Ammons. They were recorded in the 1910 census of Knox County.
Abbie Arminda “Ibbie” Goins, daughter of Timothy N. Goins and Anna Idol Goins, was born about 1874. She was recorded at age six in the 1880 census. She was married December 7, 1898 to Pleasant C. Conner in Knox County. They were recorded in the 1910 census of Knox County.
William Ballard Goins, son of Timothy N. Goins and Anna Idol Goins, was born May 8, 1876. He was shown as “age 2” in the census of 1880. He was married about 1899 to Minnie Anne Horton. He died June 13, 1934. Children born to William Ballard Goins and Minnie Anne Horton Goins are unknown.
Georgia Marlene Goins, daughter of Timothy N. Goins and Anna Idol Goins, was born in August 1879. She was shown as 10 months old in the 1880 census. She was married in 1898 in Knox County to John Kit Anderson. They were recorded in the 1910 census of Knox County, living at Powell’s Station.
No members of the Gowen family [or spelling variations] appeared in the 1850 census of Van Buren County.
James Gowen appeared as the head of a household in the 1860 census of Van Buren County, Household No. 331-337. The family was listed as:
"Gowen, James 23, born in TN
Sarah 17, born in TN"
Warren County was created with land from White County in 1807. In the following year William Gowen received a land grant of 200 acres there on Warrant No. 1120:
"By virtue of part of Warrant No. 1120 dated the 10th day of July 1784 issued to John Nelson by John Armstrong, Entry officer of claims for the North Carolina Western Lands and entered on the 1st day of July 1808 by No. 511, there is granted by the State of Tennnessee unto William Gowen, assignee of John Nelson a certain tract of land containing Two Hundred Acres lying in Warren County in the Third District and thirty-fourth section--
Beginning at a poplar on the north side of the Barren Fork of Collins River at Polly Black's ford, Thence north eighy poles to two dogwoods, Thence west forty poles to a black oak on the north bank of the river, Thence north one hundred and twenty poles to a large white oak, then east one hundred and fourteen poles to a stake on the west boundary line of Joseph Colville's one thousand acres tract, Thense south thirty-one poles to a poplar and a dogwood in the south boundary of said tract, Then east with that line seventy-three poles to a black oak, Thence south one hundred and sixty-nine poles to a white oak, Thence west to the beginning. Surveyed July 26, 1808.
To have and hold the said tract of land with its appurtenances to the said William Gowen and his heirs forever.
Lucy Goin was married to E.B. Devenport October 22, 1853 in Warren County according to Tennessee Marriage records (1851-1900). Nothing more is known of E.B. Devenport and Lucy Goin Devenport.
George Goines was married to Sarah Goins April 18, 1877 in Warren County according to Tennessee Marriage records [1851-1900]. He also appeared as “George Goins” in the Warren County records.
No individuals of interest to Gowen chroniclers appeared in the 1850 census of Warren County.
William Gowan was recorded June 18, 1880 as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Warren County, Enumeration District 130, page 37, Civil District 1:
"Gowan, William 57, born in TN, father born in VA,
mother born in VA, farmer, illiterate
Susanah 41, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN, wife, illiterate
S. M. 18, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN, daughter, illiterate
M. A. 16, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN, daughter, illiterate
John 13, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN, son, illiterate
Ellen 11, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN, daughter, illiterate
James 9, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN, son
Iellus 4, born in TN, father born in TN
mother born in TN, son
Josephine 7/12, born in Oct. 1879 TN, father
born in TN, mother born in TN, daughter"
J. W. Gowin, age 9, white male, appeared in the household of G. V. Green and his wife, Margaret Green in the 1880 census of Warren County, Enumeration District 137, page 14. J. W. [or G. W.] Gowin was born in Tennessee of parents who were both born in Tennessee.
W. D. Gowin appeared June 4, 1880 as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Warren County, Enumeration District 137, page 6, Civil District 14:
"Gowin, W. D. 33, born in TN, father born in TN
mother born in TN, farmer
Emmer 26, born in TN, father born in TN
mother born in TN, wife
Anner 6, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN, daughter
Herman 3, born in TN, father born in TN
mother born in TN, son"
William Gowens was enumerated the 1860 census as the head of a household composed of him alone as Household 435-435. He was shown at "age 70, born in North Carolina."
In 1781 the British were overrunning the Carolinas. Washington County volunteers had long been involved in protecting the south, and now they participated in the Battle of Kings Mountain, what has since been looked upon as a major turning point in the Revolutionary War. Among the volunteers in the campaign were six men who had been purchasers at the first sale of lots in Jonesborough: Nathaniel Evans, Charles, Holloway, David Hughes, Robert Sevier, Christopher Taylor, and Jesse Walton. Robert Sevier, brother of Col. John Sevier, was mortally wounded in the battle and never had a chance to claim his property in the town of Jonesborough.
According to the 1834 “Tennessee Gazetteer,” in 1833 Jonesborough "contained a population of about 500 inhabitants; eleven lawyers, four physicians, two clergymen, two churches, two academies, four schools, one printing office, four carpenters, three cabinet makers, two bricklayers, one blacksmith, four taverns, two hatters, four tailors, four shoemakers, one silversmith, two wagonmakers and one mill."
The town experienced a boom during the early 1840s when many of the existing Federal style brick structures were built.
The first local post office was established in 1796 with John Waddell as postmaster. Around 1800 a post route was started and mail was carried by horseback twice a week. Increasing demands of passenger travel and mail delivery resulted in more stage lines which increased from once a week in 1825 to three times a week in 1834.
Jonesborough is the oldest town in Tennessee, established in 1779 by the General Assembly of North Carolina as county seat of Washington County, first county west of the mountains. In 1784 the State of Franklin was organized here, with Jonesborough as its first capital.
In 1775 the settlers on both the Watauga and Nolichucky Rivers purchased great acreages of land from the Cherokee Indians, comprising almost all the six upper counties of the present Tennessee [then within North Carolina]. Desiring their own government, these settlers petitioned the Provincial Council of North Carolina to be annexed as an official entity. In 1777 the "County of Washington" was formed.
The first meeting to decide the location of the new courthouse was at the home of Charles Robertson, and it was decided that John Carter, Andrew Greer, William Cobb, Jacob Womack, George Russell, John Sevier and James Stuart would lay out the plans and location of the new courthouse.
One hundred acres was purchased from David Hughes and laid out into lots for the Town of Jonesborough, named after Willie Jones of Halifax, North Carolina. The lots were offered in lottery.
“Rebekah Gain, widow,” had a real estate transaction August 5 1734, with James Boreing, according to Washington County Deed Book 3BA, page 52.
John Gain/Goin was married to Dorcas Boreing about 1784 in Maryland. They removed to Washington County, Tennessee
Children born to John Gain/Goin and Dorcas Boreing Goin include:
Thomas Goin born about 1786
Joshua Gain/Goin born about 1787
Thomas Goin, son of John Gain/Goin and Dorcas Boreing Goin, was born about 1786 in Maryland. He accompanied his parents to Washington County, Tennessee. He was killed in the War of 1812.
Joshua Gain/Goin, son of John Gain/Goin and Dorcas Boreing Goin, was born about 1787 in Maryland. He accompanied his parents to Washington County, Tennessee. After marriage, wife’s name unknown, he removed to Monroe County, Ten-nessee and Taladega County, Alabama. He was enumerated there in the 1850 census.
Orville R. Goan, Company B, Ninth Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, was buried in Mountain Home National Cemetery, Jonesboro, Tennessee, according to "Washington County Tombstone Inscriptions" by Charles M. Bennett.
"Henery Goens, one pole" was entered in "A inverty of the taxable property of Capt. John Hendricks District tacken by me Joshue Killey for the yeare 1788." This document was included in the 1788 tax list of Washington County, [North Carolina.]
G. Goin was married to Miss S. Kincheloe March 12, 1840, according to "Washington County, Tennessee Marriage Records." Of G. Goin and Mrs. S. Kincheloe Goin nothing more is known.
Mary Goin was married to George W. Gibson August 2, 1833, according to "Washington County, Tennessee Marriages, 1780-1840."
Thomas Goin, a North Carolina Revolutionary soldier, received a land grant of 225 acres in Washington County, in 1786, "on the waters of the Nolachucky passing a bank of rocks" according to "North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-1791", page 18, by Lillian Johnson Gardiner and Betty Goff Cartwright. He was a petitioner there in 1786.
On August 18, 1786 an election was held "at the house of Mr. John Rennos where Charles Robeson formerly lived" to elect a "Senator and a Commoner." "Thomas Goings" was recorded as voting in the election.
Washington County at one time included the whole state of Tennessee. At that time it still included most of the state.
Pvt Thomas Goins assigned his land warrant, No. 756, to Lardner Clark, an attorney who later practiced in Nashville. The grant was located on Cherokee Creek.
"Thomas Going" was recorded as "one white poll" in the "List of Taxable Property in the District of Capt. Joseph Young's Miltitia" taken by H. Nelson, J.P. "Thomas Going" reappeared in 1779 as "one white poll" in Capt. John Reno's District.
Miss Arabella Goins was married to Jesse Duncan November 7, 1839, according to "Washington County, Tennessee Marriage Records."
Alice Goins "shot and killed Elbert Brown in Bell's Store October 10, 1905" at Potlicker Flats, Tennessee.
Elizabeth Goins was married to William Delaney [Dulaney] August 27, 1812, according to "Washington County, Tennessee Marriage Records" by Norma Rutledge Grammer and Marion Day Mullins. Elizabeth Goins was born in Maryland in 1796, according to Brenda Gaines Gulick, a descendant.
The entry was carried in Washington County Marriage Book O, page 141, according to "Washington County, Tennessee Marriages & Wills," Volume I, by Ethel Wheeler Smith. Joseph Young, J.P. performed the ceremony, according to Washington County Marriage Book O, page 6..
William Dulaney was born about 1789. He paid a poll tax in 1819, but had no land. His father later gave him a tract. He died in 1825.
“Elizabeth Dulaney, widow” was recorded in the 1850 census of Washington County as the head of a household of three people, including her son William Dulaney and Theodosia Dulaney, unidentified.
Elizabeth Goins Dulaney, age 76 was enumerated with her son Milton Dulaney in 1870.
Children born to William Dulaney and Elizabeth Goins Dulaney include:
Milton Dulaney born about 1814
Louvina Dulaney born about 1817
Eliza Dulaney born about 1821
Josiah Dulaney born about 1823
William Dulaney born about 1825
Milton Dulaney, son of William Dulaney and Elizabeth Goins Dulaney, was born about 1814 in Washington County. He was married there December 4, 1837 to Orpha Fine who was born in 1819. Eight children were born to them.
Louvina Dulaney, daughter of William Dulaney and Elizabeth Goins Dulaney, was born about 1817 in Washington County. She was married about 1833 to David Fine, regarded as a brother to Orpha Fine. They appeared in the 1850 census of Washington County with six children.
Eliza Dulaney, daughter of William Dulaney and Elizabeth Goins Dulaney, was born in Washington County in 1821
Josiah Dulaney, son of William Dulaney and Elizabeth Goins Dulaney, was born in Washington County about 1823 He was married there to Ellenor "Ellen" Maloney. They were enumer-ated in the 1860 census of Blount County, but returned to Washington County by 1880. Six children were born to them.
William Dulaney, son of William Dulaney and Elizabeth Goins Dulaney, was born in Washington County about 1825. He was enumerated with his mother in the 1850 census of Washington County at age 25.
Ephriam Goins was married to Elizabeth Parker September 11, 1823, according to "Washington County, Tennessee Marriage Records."
They appeared in the 1830 census of Washington County, page 226, as the head of a household. The family was listed as:
"Goins, Ephriam white male 30-40
white female 20-30
white male 5-10
white female 0-5
white male 0-5"
The household of Ephriam Goins and Elizabeth Parker Goins did not reappear in the 1840 or 1850 census of Tennessee.
N. Goins was married December 14, 1839 to Miss M. C. Price, according to "Washington County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1787-1840." Children born to N. Goins and Mrs. M. C. Price Goins are unknown.
Charles Guinn, a three-year-old mulatto, was apprenticed by his parents Champion Guinn and Dorcas Guinn to Richard Callaway and Rebekah Hutson May 16, 1791 in Washington County, according to "Burke County, North Carolina Apprentice Bonds and Records, 1784-1873" as published in the May 1997 issue of "North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal." The contract read:
"This Indenture made the Sixteenth Day of may in the year of our Lord, one thousand Seven hundred and Ninty one Between Champaon Guinn of the Western Teritory and County of Washington farmer of the one Part, and Richard Callaway and Rebekah Hutson of the other Part Witnesseth the Said Champaon Guinn and Darcas his Wife Do Put their Son Charles Guinn melato Boy, an apprintice to Serve the Said Richard Callaway and Rebeka Hutson untill he Shall be of the age of Twenty one years the Said Charles was Born ye 15th Day of Febuary 1788 therefor he, his master and mistres Shall faithfully Serve for the Term of Eighteen years Which Will End ye 15th Day of Febuary 1809 During Which Time, the Said Charles his master and mistres Shall obay their Councels Observe and keep as a faithfull aPrintice aught to Do ‑ he Shall not Embazell his master Good nor Contract marrag Without their Consent and the Said Richard Callaway Shall find the Sd Boy Charles meet Drink Cloathing Washing and Lodging and Every other thing Needfull for an apprintice, and the Richard Callaway Shall Give the Said apprintice one year Scooling; and Larne him the art of Aggriculter and When the Said Boy Come to the age of 21 years the Said Richard Callaway Shall Give him a Good Sute of Cloath (to Wit) a Coat Jacot and Britches Two Shirt a Par of Shoes and Stockins and a hat, a horse Bridle and Sadle In Witness Whereof the Parties to these Present have hereunto Set their their [sic] hand and fixed their Seals the Dat and Day first above Writen ‑‑"
Signers: Champaon [~] Guinn, Dorcas [x] Guinn, Richard [x] Calaway, Rebekah [x] Hutson
Witnesses: William [+] Baird, Ezekiel Baird [Jurat]
Malissa Goin died in 1911 in Wayne County according to “Tennessee Deaths,” number 93525.
John H. Goen was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Weakley County, Enumeration District 133, page 7, 21st Civil District:
"Gown, John H. 69, born in July 1832 in TN
Hettie A. 38, born in November 1861 in TN,
Ethel 5, born in August 1894 in TN,
“Mrs. Goen has just had a nice cottage completed south of Hall Moody Institute,” according to the March 20, 1903 edition of the “Dresden Enterprise.”
“Mrs. Goen and Miss Cox were joined in their millinery busi-ness by Mrs. Moss,” according to the March 13, 1904 edition of the “Dresden Enterprise.”
D. D. Goins was enumerated as the head of Household 73-846 in the 1850 census of Weakley County:
"Goins, D. D. 25, born in Tennessee
Louisa 24, born in South Carolina
Martha Gowan was married to G. Cambrul [Campbell?] Februry 19, 1852, according to "Weakley County, Tennessee Marriages, 1843-1863."
Amanda Gowen was born about 1855 in Tennessee of parents unknown. She was enumerated in the 1870 census of Weakley County, Civil District 2, June 17, 1870 living in the home of J. M. Taylor, Household No. 51:
“Taylor, J. M. 37, white, farmer, no real estate, 4500 personal property, born in TN
Sophronia 35, white, keeps house, born TN
James R. 14, white, born in TN
Judah 11, white, female, born in TN
Columbus F. 7, white, female, born in TN
John L. 4, white male, born in TN
Adelade 2, white, female, born in TN
Gowen, Amanda 15, white, female, born in TN.”
Thornton Goen appeared as the head of a household in the 1820 census of White County, page 344:
"Goen, Thorton free colored male over 45
free colored female over 45
free colored female 26-45"
He did not reappear in the 1830, or 1850 census returns of Tennessee.
B. Gowan enlisted in Company H, Ninth Tennessee Infantry Regiment which was organized in May 1861 in White County. The company was commanded by Capt. J. W. Buford. B. Gowan was reported as injured during his service.
John Gowen appeared as the head of a household, No. 1134-1137, in the 1860 census of White County:
"Gowen, John 64, born in South Carolina
Mary 60, born in South Carolina
Eliza 35, born in South Carolina
J. W. 22, born in TN
Susan W. 20, born in TN"
Marvin Gowen, white male age 20, born in Tennessee, was listed in the 1920 census of White County as the head of a household. Elma Lee Gowen, white female age 18, born in Tennessee, was listed as his wife.
William H. Gowen, an early resident of Williamson County, had a large family, and one of his sons was the father of 12. One of his grandsons had 13 sons in addition to a number of daughters. Because of Melungeon characteristics found among his descendants, he is suggested as a kinsman of William Gowen and Sarah Gowen who settled at Ft. Nashborough in 1779.
When a son, William Franklin Gowen, was enumerated in the 1880 census of Shelby County, he stated that both William H. Gowen and his wife were born in North Carolina. A son is reported to have been born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1813, so perhaps additional research will place William H. Gowen there before the 1820 census.
William H. Gowen was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1820 census of Williamson County:
His household was enumerated there as:
"Gowen, William H. white male 26-45
white female 26-45
white male 0-10
white female 0-10
white male 0-10
white female 0-10"
Two slaves were recorded in the household.
In September of 1820 William H. Gowen removed to Lincoln County, Tennessee. It is possible that he was enumerated a second time in the 1820 census. A household was enumerated there as:
"Givens, William white male 26-45
white female 26-45"
Again two slaves were recorded in the household. It is possible that this was the household of William H. Gowen whose children had not yet made the move from Williamson County.
On August 13, 1821 William H. Gowen purchased from Daniel F. Moore 10 acres on Bradshaw Creek for $50, according to Lincoln County Deed Book J-1, page 464.
On August 14, 1823 he sold the 100 acres on Richland Creek to Richard Fleming of Giles County, Tennessee, receiving $1,500, according to Lincoln County Deed Book G-1, page 643. On January 16, 1824 he purchased a small tract on Bradshaw Creek from Wilson Davis for $25, according to Lincoln County Deed Book K1, page 338.
The household of William H. Gowen was recorded in the 1830 census of Lincoln County, page 240 as:
"Gowen, William H. white male 40-50
white female 40-50
white male 15-20
white male 10-15
white female 10-15
white female 10-15
white male 5-10
white male 5-10
white female 0-5"
On February 19, 1834 William H. Gowen sold two small tracts comprising 10 acres to Daniel Bachman, according to Lincoln County Deed Book J1, page 424. On December 1, 1835 he sold 128 acres on the headwaters of Bradshaw Creek to Daniel Bachman also, as recorded in Lincoln County Deed Book J1, page 555. This sale of a rather large plot of land may have signaled his removal to another location, perhaps Fayette County to the west, on the Mississippi border. However, "William H. Gowan" appeared in Henderson County, Tennessee in the 1840 census of that county, page 156:
"Gowan, William H. white male 50-60
white female 50-60
white female 20-30
white male 15-20
white male 15-20
white female 10-15
white male 0-5"
William H. Gowen received Grant No. 12125 for 18.5 acres in Carroll County, Tennessee which adjoins Henderson County on the north on July 1, 1851 from the State of Tennessee. It is believed that William H. Gowen died about 1855, probably at age 70, in Carroll County.
Of the children born to William H. Gowen only two have been identified:
William Gowen born March 2, 1813
E. Sarah Jane Gowen born about 1824
William Gowen, son of William H. Gowen, was born in Lincoln County March 2, 1813, according to "Tennessee Baptist Ministers" by James H. Borum. Hayward Benton H. Gowen, a son, stated in his 1880 enumeration that his father was born in Alabama. William Gowen was married about 1835, wife's name Susan. She was a native of North Carolina whose parents were born in North Carolina, however Hayward Benton H. Gowen stated that his mother was born in South Carolina.
Shortly after marriage they removed to LaGrange, Tennessee in Fayette County where he was baptized into the Baptist Church December 15, 1837 at the age of 24. It is possible that he lived for a short time in Alabama in 1839.
His household was recorded in the 1830 census of Fayette County, page 156:
"Gowen, William white male 20-30
white female 20-30
white female 5-10
white male 0-10"
In 1847 he was appointed a deacon in the Baptist Church and shortly afterward began preaching. According to Borum, he was limited in his educational background, "but his preaching was better than mediocrity." Borum also stated that he was "small of stature, but of pleasing countenance." "His work is being hindered in consequence of bleeding at the lungs," according to the book which was published in 1880.
Dr. Charles R. Gowen commenting on his condition suggested he was a victim of tuberculosis and mentioned that a congenital weakness of the lungs had plagued the Gowen family for generations.
For the remainder of his life William Gowen preached to various congregations in Fayette County and Shelby County, Tennessee and DeSoto County, Mississippi. His locations included Macon, Germantown, Eudora and Egypt, Tennessee.
In the late 1840s and early 1850s he performed many weddings in Fayette County, including the marriage of Sarah Jane Gowen, believed to be his sister, to E. F. Atkins on January 30, 1848. On September 2, 1848 he performed the wedding of Robert McCall to Eliza Gravault in Fayette County.
The household of William Gowen, No. 1257, was recorded November 1, 1850 in Fayette County, Civil District 11, page 648 as:
"Gowen, William 38, born in TN
Susan 38, born in NC
William F. 11, born in TN
Hiram B. H. 8, born in TN
John M. 5, born in TN
Francis D. 3, born in TN, female"
His daughter, E. Sarah Gowen did not appear in the 1850 enumeration.
Rev. William Gowen was the second pastor of Eudora Baptist Church, about 1855, which was established in 1850. At that time Eudora was a village located southeast of Memphis. In 1940, when the church celebrated its 90th anniversary, Eudora had been absorbed by Memphis and was located at the intersection of Perkins Road and Poplar Avenue [U.S. Highway 72] in the southeastern part of the city.
Since October 18, 1850, worship services had been held regularly in the vicinity by a congregation organized as Eudora Baptist Church. A log schoolhouse near the site of the present church location was first used by 17 charter members. Col. Eppy White, for whom White Station was named, donated two acres of land which constitute the present holdings of the church, according to an 1940 article in the "Memphis Commercial Appeal."
During 1858 plans were made for a larger building, and the old building was moved to the rear of the lot and given to the Negroes for their use.
Regular worship was interrupted during the Civil War and wholly abandoned when the city fell to the Union Army. In 1862 Federal soldiers took possession of the church and converted it into a hospital and storehouse. When the church was finally returned to the congregation, it was in sad condition and required extensive repairs before it could be used again for worship.
In 1860, the family of William Gowen was recorded in the Ninth Civil District of Shelby County as Household 1703-1737:
"Gowen, William 47, born in TN, Baptist preacher
Susan 47, born in NC, wife
E. S. 19, born in TN, daughter
H. B. 18, born in TN, farmer
J. M. 16, born in TN, farmer
F. D. 13, born in TN, daughter
M. A. 7, born in TN, daughter
James G. 5, born in TN, son"
William Franklin Gowen did not appear in his father's household in the 1860 census. He had established his own home by this time. Scott Jordan Gowen wrote September 9, 1959 that his great-grandfather had 13 sons, however only four have been documented.
In an adjoining entry in the 1860 census of Shelby County was the household of E. F. Atkins who had married E. Sarah Jane Gowen, No. 1704-1738.
"William Gowen" appeared at age 57 in the 1870 census of Shelby County, Tennessee, page 247.
In 1880 the household of William Gowen appeared in Williamson County, Texas, Precinct 6 as Household 325-325:
"Gowen, William 67, born in TN, father born in
NC, mother born in NC,
Susan 67, born in NC, father born in NC,
mother born in NC, wife
"Atkins, Sarah 40, born in AL, father born in TN,
mother born in NC, daughter
"Anderson, Richard 23, born in TN, father born in NC,
mother born in NC, boarder"
Children born to them include:
William Franklin Gowen born September 21, 1839
E. Sarah Gowen born about 1840
Hayward Benton H. Gowen born in 1842
John M. Gowen born in 1844
Frances D. Gowen born in 1847
M. A. Gowen born in 1853 [daughter]
James G. Gowen born in 1855
William Franklin Gowen, believed to be the first child of William Gowen and Susan Gowen, was born in Egypt, Tennessee September 21, 1839, according to his tombstone inscription. He enlisted in Company H, Thirteenth Tennessee Infantry Regiment, CSA, along with his brother, Hayward Benton H. Gowen when the Civil War erupted. "Tennessee Soldiers in the Civil War" shows "Pvt. W. F. Gowen, field and staff, 13th Infantry." He was also shown in the regimental band and infirmary corps. His pension application, No. 9109, of Shelby County, on file in Tennessee State Archives in Nashville might reveal additional data on William Franklin Gowen and his family.
William Franklin Gowen, following in his father's footsteps, became a Baptist minister and preached in the same area where his father had proclaimed the gospel. He was married about the end of the Civil War to Sarah J. "Sallie" Berryhill in Shelby County. She was born there May 16, 1845, according to "Confederate Patriot Index, 1924-1978," Volume II published by Tennessee Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
She is believed to be a daughter of S. B. Berryhill who was a deacon in the Bartlett Baptist Church in 1851. She died May 23, 1876 in Shelby County. He was remarried about 1879, wife's name, Mary E.
His family was enumerated at Bartlett, Tennessee in the 1880 census of Shelby County, Enumeration District 121, Civil District 7, page 5, as:
"Gowen, W. F. 40, born in TN, father born in
North Carolina, mother born in
NC, peace justice
M. E. 30, born in TN, father born in
TN, mother born in
H. I. 11, born in TN, father born in
TN, mother born in
L. L. 3/12, born in TN, father born
in TN, mother born in
Mary E. Gowen died September 29, 1916, and a few minutes after her death, William Franklin Gowen suffered a heart attack and died . . . both on the same day! They were buried in Egypt Baptist Cemetery near Memphis, Tennessee. Their inscriptions read, "W. F. Gowen--9/21/1839--9/29/1916 and Mary E. Gowen, his wife, 6/15/1850--9/29/1916."
Four granddaughters of William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J. "Sally" Barnhill Gowen, Jo Gowen Chambers [Mrs. W. H. Chambers], [66/1163]; Ruth Gowen Klinke, [66/1203]; Eloise Dickey Tapp [Mrs. Ernest Tapp], [66/1237] and Sarah L. Dickey Barrett [Mrs. Paul Barrett] [66/1152] were admitted to United Daughters of the Confederacy on the basis of his Confederate service.
Children born to William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J. "Sallie" Berryhill Gowen include:
Clarence Gray Gowen born September 22, 1866
William Tucker Gowen born about 1868
Hattie Irene Gowen born about 1869
Children born to William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen include:
Lennie Lee Gowen born in 1880
James Franklin Gowen born in 1885
Taylor Blackwell Gowen born in 1886
Mamie Lou Gowen born about 1889
Paul Austin Gowen born October 25, 1891
Clarence Gray Gowen, son of William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J. "Sallie" Berryhill Gowen, was born September 22, 1866, according to his tombstone inscription. He was married about 1888, wife's name, Clara T. She died April 25, 1935. "C. G. Gowen" in 1949 wrote "History of Bartlett Baptist Church," the congregation where William Franklin Gowen preached. He died July 26, 1951 and was buried beside his wife in Pisgah Cemetery, Ellendale, Tennessee on the southern edge of Memphis. Their tombstone inscriptions read, "Clarence G. Gowen, 9/22/1866--7/26/1951 and Clara T. Gowen, 12/7/1873--4/25/1935."
His obituary read:
"Services for Clarence G. Gowen, former mayor of Bartlett who died yesterday morning at his home, will be held at 11:00 this morning at the Bartlett Baptist Church. The Rev. J. E. Tanksley will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery and Masonic services will be held at the grave. National Funeral Home has charge.
Mr. Gowen would have been 85 in September. He was born in the county and lived near Bartlett all his life. He was formerly a chairman of Shelby County Court and was employed in the court offices until his retirement about five years ago. He was a member of the Bartlett Baptist Church and the Bartlett Masonic Lodge.
He leaves four daughters, Mrs. Mildred Hawkins, Mrs. Ruth Klinke, Mrs. J. C. Paine, all of Bartlett and Mrs. W. Howard [Jo] Chambers of Millington, a son Harry G. Gowen of Memphis; two sisters, Mrs. O. H. Thomas, Sr. of Memphis and Mrs. Hattie Dickey of Barrettville; three brothers, Paul Gowen of Memphis, Taylor Gowen of Raleigh and Frank Gowen of San Antonio, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren."
Among children born to them were:
Mildred Gowen born about 1890
Ruth Gowen born about 1892
[daughter] born about 1899
[daughter] born about 1903
Harry Gray Gowen born July 4, 1905
Mildred Gowen, daughter of Clarence Gray Gowen and Clara T. Gowen, was born about 1890. She was married about 1910, husband's name Hawkins. In 1951 they lived in Bartlett. In January 1972 Mildred Gowen Hawkins was living in the Memphis area. She reportedly wrote a history of her branch of the Gowen family.
Ruth Gowen, daughter of Clarence Gray Gowen and Clara T. Gowen, was born about 1892. In 1951 Mrs. Ruth Gowen Klinke lived at Bartlett.
A daughter was born to Clarence Gray Gowen and Clara T. Gowen about 1899. She was married to J. C. Paine about 1919. They lived in Bartlett in 1951.
Jo Gowen, daughter of Clarence Gray Gowen and Clara T. Gowen was born about 1903. She was married about 1923 to W. Howard Chambers. In 1951 they lived at Millington.
Harry Gray Gowen, son of Clarence Gray Gowen and Clara T. Gowen, was born July 4, 1905. In 1951 he lived in Memphis. He died March 7, 1988 and was buried near his parents in Ellendale Cemetery
William Tucker Gowen, son of William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J. "Sallie" Berryhill Gowen, was born about 1868, probably in Shelby County. He was married about 1890, wife's name unknown. He died in 1941. In September 1971 his widow resided at 390 Alexander in Memphis. She advised that "the Gowens at White Haven, Tennessee, cousins of her husband, were originally from Enid, Mississippi.
Hattie Irene Gowen, daughter of William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J. "Sallie" Berryhill Gowen, was born about 1871, probably in Shelby County. She was married about 1890 probably in Shelby County, husband's name Dickey. In 1951 they lived in Barrettville, Tennessee.
Children born to them include:
Eloise Dickey born about 1895
Sarah L. Dickey born about 1900
Eloise Dickey, daughter of Hattie Irene Gowen Dickey, was born about 1895.
Sarah L. Dickey, daughter of Hattie Irene Gowen Dickey, was born about 1900. She was married about 1922 to Paul Barrett, Jr. In 1972 they lived in Millington, Tennessee. Paul Barrett, Jr. at that time held banking interests in Millington and Barrettville, Tennessee.
Lennie Lee Gowen, daughter of William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen, was born about 1884, probably in Shelby County. Of this individual nothing more is known.
James Franklin Gowen, son of William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen, was born about 1885 in Shelby County. About 1907 he removed to San Antonio, Texas where he lived for the remainder of his life. About 1910 he was married in Boogaloosa, Louisiana to Ola A. Leigh Swayze of Houston, Texas.
James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen received a warranty deed from D. C. Younger January 29, 1924 to a lot in Lawndale Addition, San Antonio, according to Bexar County Deed Book 752, page 356. On March 12, 1924 they sold the property to P. E. Kardow, according to Bexar County Deed Book 759, page 553. On August 19, 1938 they received a warranty deed from J. S. Cooper, according to Bexar County Deed Book 1649, page 194.
James Franklin Gowen died June 17, 1958, according to BVS File 31201 and was buried in San Antonio. Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen continued to make her home in San Antonio at 124 Adams in February 1972. On July 23, 1973 her children deeded to her their interest in her homestead, according to Bexar County Deed Book 7143, page 358.
Children born to them include:
Ola Elizabeth Gowen born about 1913
James Franklin Gowen, Jr. born December 31, 1915
Mary Kathryn Gowen born January 8, 1919
Marjorie Adair Gowen born November 9, 1920
Virginia Burwell Gowen born May 21, 1923
Paul Harris Gowen [twin] born November 18, 1925
Joye Mildred Gowen [twin] born November 18, 1925
Sarah Charlene Gowen born July 3, 1929
Ola Elizabeth Gowen, daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born about 1913, probably in San Antonio. She was married about 1931 to Leroy Hoff Cole. In 1973 they lived in San Diego, California.
James Franklin Gowen, Jr, son of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born December 31, 1915, according to BVS File 50022. In 1943 he lived with his mother at 124 Adams. He was married December 9, 1943 to Nora Mary Crossman who was born in 1915, according to Bexar County Marriage Book 86, page 355. Of Nora Mary Crossman Gowen nothing more is known.
He was married to Mary Louise Jimenez July 19, 1952, according to Bexar County Marriage Book 113, page 629. She was born in 1911. In February 1972 James Franklin Gowen, Jr. and Mary Louise Jimenez Gowen lived at 235 Rounds Avenue, San Antonio in retirement.
Mary Kathryn Gowen, daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born January 8, 1919 in San Antonio. She was married September 3, 1940 to C. D. Shaw who was born in 1917, according to Bexar County Marriage Book 73, page 679.
Marjorie Adair Gowen, daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born November 9, 1920, according to BVS File 58696. She was married about 1940, husband's name Isenberg. In 1973, she, a widow, joined her siblings in deeding their interest in their mother's property.
Virginia Burwell Gowen, daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born May 21, 1923 in San Antonio. Her birth was on May 15, 1923, according to BVS File 25117. She was married December 12, 1942 to Francis Mitchell Montague, Jr, according to Bexar County Marriage Book 82, page 230. In 1973 they lived near Bandera, Texas where he was an officer in the First National Bank.
Paul Harris Gowen, twin son of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born November 18, 1925 in San Antonio, according to BVS File 75399. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy January 8, 1944 and saw service at the Naval Training Station, San Diego, and served aboard the U. S. S. Zellers, DD 777. He was discharged as a gunner's mate third class, according to Bexar County Discharge Book 17, page 587. He was married March 8, 1951 to Claudia May Watson, according to Bexar County Marriage Book 109, page 595. She was born in 1930. They showed their address as 1023 West Hildebrand at that time. Paul Harris Gowen, a draftsman and Claudia May Watson Gowen lived at 103 Northcrest, San Antonio in 1972.
Children born to them include:
William Craig Gowen born January 5, 1952
William Craig Gowen, son of Paul Harris Gowen and Claudia May Watson Gowen, was born January 5, 1952, according to BVS File 736. He appeared in the 1971 city directory of San Antonio as a 17-year-old student living in his parents household.
Joye Mildred Gowen, twin daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born November 18, 1925 in San Antonio, according to BVS File 75400. She was married about 1946 to Joseph Arthur Perry. In 1973 they continued to live in San Antonio.
Sarah Charlene Gowen, daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born July 3, 1929. She was married about 1948 to Robert John Jaeckle. In 1973 they continued in San Antonio.
Taylor Blackwell Gowen, son of William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen, was born in 1886 at Bartlett. He was married about 1910, wife's name Ruth. In 1951 they lived at Raleigh, Tennessee, just north of Memphis. He died in 1962 and was buried in Egypt Baptist Cemetery in Memphis. His tombstone read, "T. B. Gowen, 1886-1962." Ruth Gowen continued to make her home at 4190 Alps Road, Memphis in February 1972.
Mamie Lou Gowen, daughter of William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen, was born about 1889 at Bartlett. She was married about 1920 to O. H. Thomas. In 1951 they lived in Memphis.
Paul Austin Gowen, son of William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen, was born October 25, 1891 at Bartlett. He was married April 21, 1909 to Joye Hammett. “Mrs. Joy Hammett Gowan,” daughter of A. H. Hammett and Kate Lamm Hammett, was born in 1888. She died of pulmonary tuberculosis September 18, 1925 in San Antonio, Texas, according to Bexar County Death Book 3, page 155. She was buried in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1972 Paul Austin Gowen, an accountant, continued to make his home in Memphis at 1531 Poplar Avenue.
One child was born to them:
Paul Austin Gowen, Jr. born October 21, 1920
Paul Austin Gowen, Jr, son of Paul Austin Gowen and Joye Hammett Gowen, was born October 21, 1920. In 1971 he, an insurance underwriter, lived at 532 Melody Lane in Memphis.
Children born to him include:
Paul Austin Gowen III born about 1946
George B. Gowen born about 1950
Paul Austin Gowen III, son of Paul Austin Gowen, Jr, was born about 1946, probably in Memphis. In February 1972 he was married and continuing to live there.
E. Sarah Gowen, daughter of William Gowen and Susan Gowen was born about 1840. She appeared in the 1860 census of her father's household as a 19-year-old. She was married shortly afterward, husband's name Atkins. She was enumerated in the household of her parents in the 1880 census of Williamson County, Texas as a 40-year-old widow.
Hayward H. Benton Gowen, son of William Gowen and Susan Gowen was born August 18, 1842, probably in Shelby County, according to a letter written by his grandson, Scott Jordan Gowen September 3, 1959. He was recorded as "Hiram B. H. Gowen, age 8" in the 1850 census of his father's household. He reappeared as an 18-year-old farmer in the 1860 census of Shelby County. He served in the Thirteenth Tennessee Infantry Regiment, along with his brother, William Franklin Gowen, according to "Tennessee Soldiers in the Civil War."
Shortly after the Civil War he was married to Chloe Ann Sawyer who was born in Tennessee in 1840. They removed to Mississippi about 1873. He received a commission to public office in Mississippi, according to "Secretary of State, Register of Commissions, 1871-1874."
On June 6, 1880 he was enumerated as the head of a household in Tallahachie County, Mississippi, Enumeration District 106, page 45, Civil District 1 in the village of Harrison Station, Mississippi:
"Gowen, Hayward B. 38, born in TN, father
born in Alabama, mother
born in South Carolina,
Chloia 40, born in TN, father
born in NC,
mother born in North
Fanny D. 12, born in TN, father
born in TN, mother
born in TN
William J. 10, born in TN, father
born in TN, mother
born in TN
John H. 8, born in TN, father
born in TN, mother
born in TN
Emcie 5, born in Mississippi, father
born in TN, mother
born in TN
Lofton 3, born in Mississippi, father
born in TN, mother
born in TN
Lang, James born in NC, fa-
ther born in NC,
mother born in N. Carolina"
On May 17, 1788 Hayward Benton H. Gowen filed with the U. S. Patent Office for a patent on a plow attachment which he had invented. His patent was issued as Patent No. 393,151, according to the November 10, 1888 "Patent Office Gazette." He had assigned a one-half interest in his invention to James R. Long of Harrison, Mississippi.
Hayward Benton H. Gowen, a farmer died March 5, 1927, at age 85 at Wynne, Arkansas in Cross County and was buried in Forrest City, Arkansas, according to Arkansas BVS File No. 259. Mrs. Eunice Kruller of St. Louis, Missouri was the informant. Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen had preceded him in death.
Children born to Hayward Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen include:
Fannie D. Gowen born in 1868
William Jordan Gowen born August 19, 1869
John H. Gowen born in 1872
Edna Gowen born about 1873
Emory Gowen born in 1875
Lofton Sawyer Gowen born in 1877
Fannie D. Gowen, daughter of Hayward Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen, was born in 1868, probably in Shelby County. She appeared as a 12-year-old in the 1880 census of her father's household. She was married about 1888 to Jim Martin, and to them four daughters were born.
William Jordan Gowen, son of Hayward Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen, was born August 19, 1869 in Tennessee. He appeared as a 10-year-old in the 1880 census. About 1900 he was married to Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough, probably at Memphis, according to the research of Ella Bea Gowen Burge, a granddaughter and a member of Gowen Research Foundation of Mannford, Oklahoma. They removed to Forrest City, Arkansas shortly after 1900. In 1905 they lived in St. Francis County, Arkansas. He died March 24, 1956 at the age of 85 and was buried at Forrest City.
Children born to William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough Gowen include:
Thomas Gowen born about 1903
Emrie Grafton Gowen born May 28, 1905
Myra Mae Gowen born about 1908
Hayward Henry Gowen born February 24, 1913
Scott Jordan Gowen born January 1, 1921
Thomas Gowen, son of William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough Gowen, was born about 1903. He died at age one and was buried in Forrest City.
Emrie Grafton Gowen, son of William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough Gowen, was born about 1905 at Forrest City. He was married March 4, 1930 to Julia Sallee. Later the couple lived at Imboden, Arkansas. In February 1972 they lived at 4443 Cleo Drive, Memphis. In 1992 they continued there. He died there March 7, 1996 and was buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Children born to Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen include:
Clarence Elvin Gowen born about 1932
Thelma Oleta Gowen born about 1934
James William Gowen born about 1937
Ella Bea Gowen born June 2, 1940
Priscilla Nadine Gowen born about 1943
Clarence Elvin Gowen, son of Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen was born about 1932 in Arkansas. "Clarence E. Gowen" lived in Houston, Texas in 1972.
Thelma Oleta Gowen, daughter of Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen was born about 1934 in Arkansas.
James William Gowen, son of Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen was born about 1937 in Arkansas.
Ella Bea Gowen, daughter of Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen was born June 2, 1940 in Cross County, Arkansas. She was married March 18, 1963 in Hayden, Arizona, husband's name Burge. In 1992 and in 1996, lived in Mannford, Oklahoma.
Priscilla Nadine Gowen, daughter of Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen was born about 1943 in Arkansas.
Myra Mae Gowen, daughter of William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough Gowen, was born was born about 1908 at Forrest City. She was married about 1930 to Fletcher Chrisco.
Two daughters were born to them:
Frances Marie Chrisco born about 1932
Gladys Catherine Chrisco born about 1936
Hayward Henry Gowen, son of William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough Gowen, was born February 24, 1913 at Forrest City. In 1934 he was married there to Adelia E. Hall. In February 1972 the couple lived at Caldwell, Arkansas where she was the postmistress. Hayward Henry Gowen at that time was employed by Growers Equipment Company at Forrest City. They continued there in 1992 in retirement.
The obituary of Adelia E. Hall Gowen was carried in the August 5, 1999 edition of the “Memphis Commercial-Appeal:”
“CALDWELL - Adelia E. Gowen, 83, retired postmaster after 28 years, died Tuesday in Little Rock after a stroke. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home in Forrest City with burial in Forrest Park Cemetery there. She was a member of National League of Postmasters, Order of the Eastern Star and Forrest City Business and Professional Women's Association. Mrs. Gowen, the wife of Hayward Gowen, also leaves three daughters, Elizabeth Gowen Lace of Germantown, Tennessee, Henri Ella Gowen Perkins of Sheridan and Chloye Gowen Bailey of Little Rock; three sisters, Bernice Tyner of Benton, Dorothy Vaughn of Jacksonville and Ruth Cook of Rogers; two brothers, Woodrow Hall of Trumann and Roy Hall of Vanndale, nine grandchildren and 18 great- grandchildren.”
Four children were born to them:
Elizabeth Ann Gowen born November 13, 1935
Henri Ella Gowen born April 22, 1937
Chloe Mae Gowen born May 21, 1939
Hayward Hall Gowen born June 8, 1942
Elizabeth Ann Gowen, daughter of Hayward Henry Gowen and Adelia Hall Gowen, was born November 13, 1935 at Forrest City. She was married about 1956 to Bob Lace. In 1972 the couple lived at Union City, Tennessee. In 1991 and in 1999 she lived in Germantown, Tennessee. Family members state that she has compiled genealogical data on her branch of the family.
Children born to them include:
Karen Elizabeth Lace born about 1958
Robert Gowen Lace born about 1961
Henri Ella Gowen, daughter of Hayward Henry Gowen and Adelia Hall Gowen, was born April 22, 1937. She was married about 1958 to Leroy Perkins. In 1991 and in 1999 she lived in Sheridan, Arkansas.
Children born to them include:
Leann Perkins born about 1960
Mark Gowen Perkins born about 1964
Leann Perkins, daughter of Leroy Perkins and Henri Ella Gowen Perkins, was born about 1960. In 1991 she was employed as a medical technician in Doctors Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mark Gowen Perkins, son of Leroy Perkins and Henri Ella Gowen Perkins, was born about 1964. In 1991 he was employed as a high school athletic director and coach at Bearden, Arkansas.
Chloe Mae Gowen, daughter of Hayward Henry Gowen and Adelia Hall Gowen, was born May 21, 1939 at Forrest City. She was married about 1960 to Ernest Lloyd Bailey, Jr. In 1991 they lived in Cabot, Arkansas. In 1999 they lived in Little Rock.
Children born to them include:
Ernest Lloyd Bailey III born about 1962
Bradley Howell Bailey born about 1964
Stacey Ann Bailey born about 1967
Christopher Blake Bailey born about 1970
Edward Lane Bailey born about 1973
Hayward Hall Gowen, son of Hayward Henry Gowen and Adelia Hall Gowen, was born June 8, 1942 and died in February 1943 of a congenital heart disease.
Scott Jordan Gowen, son of William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough Gowen, was born January 1, 1921 at Forrest City. He was married about 1946 to Charlene Carter. In 1972 they lived in Forrest City at 305 St. Francis Street.
Children born to Scott Jordan Gowen include:
Jim S. Gowen born about 1948
Jim S. Gowen, son of Scott Jordan Gowen, was born about 1948 at Forrest City. In 1972 he was a state bank examiner and lived in the Shadywood community near Forrest City.
John H. Gowen, son of Haywood Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen was born in Tennessee in 1872. He appeared in the 1880 census of his father's household in Tallahachie County, Mississippi as an eight-year-old. Of this individual nothing more is known.
Edna Gowen, daughter of Haywood Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen was born about 1873. She did not appear in the 1880 census of her father's household, however members of the family state that she was living and that she was married about 1894 and that a daughter was born to her.
Emory Gowen, son of Haywood Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen was born in 1875 in Mississippi. He appeared in the 1880 census of Tallahachie County as a five-year-old.
Lofton Sawyer Gowen, son of Haywood Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen was born in Tallahachie County in 1877. He was recorded as a three-year-old in the 1880 census. Terrence H. Gowen, a grandson and an attorney of Calistoga, California, wrote January 18, 1990 that his grandfather was born October 28, 1875 in Enid, Mississippi.
He was married November 22, 1899 in Memphis to Elizabeth McNett who was born May 21, 1875 in Chester, Illinois. It is believed that he abandoned his wife and two children in 1906, after the death of two other children. Members of his family report that he disappeared mysteriously, and some suspected foul play.
However, Lofton Sawyer Gowen appeared in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Territory in 1906. In that year he was a bartender at T. J. Davis Saloon and was boarding at 117 S. Broadway, according to the city directory. In 1907 he was a bartender at New State Bar and continued to live at the same address. The 1909 city directory listed him as a "confectioner" at 110 S. Broadway with residence at 115 W. Washington. His wife, Gertrude Gowen appeared with him in the listing. In the 1911 directory only his residence address, 128 W. Washington, appeared in the directory. Apparently, he died shortly afterward. In the 1912 edition Gertrude Gowen, "widow of Lofton S. Gowen, rooms at 1001 W. 8th Street." Elizabeth McNett Gowen died in Los Angeles, California in 1956.
Children born to Lofton Sawyer Gowen and Elizabeth McNett Gowen include:
Chloe Alice Gowen born October 26, 1900
Joseph Lofton Gowen born August 17, 1902
John Henry Gowen born in 1904
Lutie Frances Gowen born in 1906
Terence Hunley Joseph Gowen wrote, "My grandfather, Lofton Sawyer Gowen and my father, Joseph Lofton Gowen would surely fit into the Melungeon category. They were incredible look-alikes, and both were very handsome, slight to medium frame, fine-boned, dusky skin pigmentation, sharp aquiline features, straight black hair, unusual hand formation with extraordinarily long fingers and palms and backs of hands having the same coloration."
If Lofton Sawyer Gowen indeed carried Melungeon genes, he would very likely be a kinsman of William Gowen and Sarah Gowen who came to Ft. Nashborough [later Nashville], Tennessee in 1780. Theirs was the only branch of the Gowen family in middle and western Tennessee presently identified as Melungeons. Their kinsman, David Gowen who was killed by Indians at Mansker's Station near Ft. Nashborough in 1780, left his section of Davidson County land to his brother, "Levi Goyen," identified as "free colored" in records of Fairfield County, South Carolina.
Chloe Alice Gowen, daughter of Lofton Sawyer Gowen and Elizabeth McNett Gowen, was born October 26, 1900 in Memphis. She died in 1932 in Los Angeles, according to Terence Hunley Gowen.
Joseph Lofton Gowen, son of Lofton Sawyer Gowen and Elizabeth McNett Gowen, was born August 17, 1902 in Memphis. He was married about 1925 to Mary Florence Dotson. In 1930 they were living in . . . . He died November 19, 1969 in Los Angeles.
Ten children were born to Joseph Lofton Gowen and Mary Florence Dotson Gowen, including:
Terence Hunnley Joseph Gowen born April 5, 1930
Terence Hunnley Joseph “Terry” Gowen, son of Joseph Lof-ton Gowen and Mary Florence Dotson Gowen, was born April 5, 1930 in Chile. He wrote May 10, 2001,
“I am named after the developer of the Confederate Navy's submarine which was named after him, the "Hunley" [one n], which is the correct spelling. It was also the first submarine.
However, I was born in Chile and on the day of my birth, my mother's attending physician, Dr. Winkler, ap-parently had started the cocktail hour early and in re-porting my birth to the U.S. consulate, insisted on two n’s, a dreadful fact that didn't come to light until eigh-teen years later when I got my draft notice from the Chi-lean Army.”
“Terence Hunley Gowen,” salesman for Calbody Steel Form-ing Company and his wife, Audrey Gowen, lived at Millbrea, California, according to the 1969 city directory of San Fran-cisco. In 1992 he was an attorney living in Calistoga. In 2000, he was living in Rancho Mirage, California in retire-ment.
John Henry Gowen, son of Lofton Sawyer Gowen and Elizabeth McNett Gowen, was born in Memphis in 1904. He died in the same year.
Lutie Frances Gowen, daughter of Lofton Sawyer Gowen and Elizabeth McNett Gowen, was born in Memphis in 1906. She died in the same year.
John M. Gowen, son of William Gowen and Susan Gowen, was born in 1844, probably in Fayette County, Tennessee. He appeared in the 1850 census there as a five-year-old. He reappeared in the 1860 census of Shelby County as a 16-year-old. He was married about 1866, probably in Mississippi where his father was a Baptist minister.
At least one son was born to John M. Gowen:
Kenneth King Gowen born about 1868
Kenneth King Gowen, son of John M. Gowen, was born about 1868. He was married about 1890, wife's name Lola, probably in Mississippi.
At least three sons were born to Kenneth King Gowen and Lola Gowen:
Kenneth King Gowen, Jr. born about 1892
John M. Gowen born about 1895
Jerome Hewlett Gowen born about 1898
Kenneth King Gowen, Jr, son of Kenneth King Gowen and Lola Gowen, was born about 1892, probably in Mississippi. In 1959 he lived in Memphis at 5022 Parkside Road. In February 1972 he continued in Memphis at 6009 Farmington Cove.
John M. Gowen, son of Kenneth King Gowen and Lola Gowen, was born about 1895, probably in Mississippi. In 1959 he lived at 3412 Lucibil Lane in Memphis. In February 1972 he continued there at 1050 Richland Drive in Memphis where he was in the rubber stamp business. Clyde Brown Gowen of Batesville, Mississippi is reported to have a brother named "John M. Gowen."
Children born to John M. Gowen include:
Glen M. Gowen born about 1910
Glen M. Gowen, son of John M. Gowen, was born about 1910. In February 1972 he lived at 1789 St. Margaret's Place in Memphis.
Jerome Hewlett Gowen, son of Kenneth King Gowen and Lola Gowen, was born about 1898, probably in Mississippi. In February 1972 he lived at 4582 Bogart Street in Memphis.
Frances D. Gowen, daughter of William Gowen and Susan Gowen, was born in Tennessee in 1847, according to her enumeration in the 1850 census of Fayette County, Tennessee. She appeared at age 13 in the 1860 census of Shelby County. Of this individual nothing more is known.
M. A. Gowen, daughter of William Gowen and Susan Gowen, was born in 1853 in Tennessee. She appeared as a seven-year-old in the 1860 census of her father's household in Shelby County. Of this individual nothing more is known.
James G. Gowen, son of William Gowen and Susan Gowen, was born in Tennessee in 1855. He appeared as a five-year-old in the 1860 census of Shelby County. "James G. Gowen," unidentified was married about 1887 to Blanche M. Furnum, according to Davidson County, Tennessee marriage records. Of James G. Gowen and Blanche M. Furnum Gowen nothing more is known.
E. Sarah Jane Gowen, second known child of William H. Gowen was born about 1824 in Tennessee, according to her 1860 enumeration in Shelby County. She was married to E. F. Atkins January 30, 1848, according to Fayette County marriage records. They appeared in the 1860 census of Shelby County in a household adjoining that of her brother, William Gowen. They were recorded as Household 1704-1738:
"Atkins, E. F. 43, born in Virginia, wagonmaker,
$500, personal property
G. S. 36, born in TN, wife
L. A. 1, born in TN, female"
Children born to them include:
L. A. Atkins born in 1859
L. A. Atkins, daughter of E. F. Atkins and E. Sarah Jane Gowen Atkins, was born in 1859. She appeared as a one-year-old in the 1860 census of her parents' household.
J. Going was the administrator of the estate of James Gay, deceased on July 15, 1806. His inventory consisted of "clothing & personal items," according to Williamson County, Tennessee Will Book 1. "J. Goyne, administrator" filed a supplementary inventory with the Williamson County Court in its session of October 1806. Added was a "black horse of little value."
Anthony Goins was granted a 640-acre tract of land March 7, 1786 by the State of North Carolina in Davidson County. When Williamson County was organized in 1799, the Goins land lay in the new county. When Rutherford County was organied in 1803 with land from Williamson County and Davidson County. The Rutherford County Clerk showed the land of Anthony Goins as 708 acres, according to "Wills and Inventories of Williamson County, Tennessee."
Isaac Goins was one of the Commissioners of Common Schools in District 2 of Williamson County in 1843. He was the father of "one student in school," according to "Children in Williamson County, Tennessee Schools as of June 30, 1843."
"James Gowan" [James Burns Gowen] was married February 19, 1808 to Anne Price, according to "Williamson County, Tennessee Marriages, 1786 to 1879." [Details of their lives may be found in the Goochland County, Virginia section of this manuscript.]
Ella Bea Gowen Burge, 28 Lake Country, Mannford, Oklahoma, 74044,
Hayward Henry Gowen, Box 21, Caldwell, Arkansas, 72322, 501/633-2113
Paul Austin Gowen, Jr, 532 Melody Lane, Memphis, Tennessee, 38119, 901/685-5780
Terrence H. Gowen, 66 El Toro Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270-4745, 760/779-5989, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Goings was listed as the head of a household in the 1820 census of Wilson County, page 409. He was a farmer and owned no slaves. The household was enumerated as:
"Goings, Nathan white male 16-26
white female 16-26
white male 0-10
white male 0-10
white female 0-10
white female 0-10
The household of Nathan Goings did not reappear in the 1830, 1840 or 1850 census of Tennessee.
Sallie Ann Goings was married to A. J. Dixon March 9, 1880 according to Tennessee Marriage records (1851-1900). Nothing more is known of A.J. Dixon and Sallie Ann Goings Dixon.
Hugh Gwynne was listed as the head of a household in the 1820 census of Wilson County, page 394. He owned 10 slaves. Tbree members of the household were engaged in agriculure. The household was enumerated as:
"Gwynne, Hugh white male over 45
white female over 45
white female 26-45
white male 0-10"
white female 0-10
Charitie Goins, a negro widow who was born in North Carolina about 1800, appeared as the head of a household in the 1870 census of Wilson County, Civil District 14. The household was enumerated as:
"Goins, Charitie 70, negro, born in NC, illiterate
Sarah 25, negro, born in TN
Henry 6, negro, born in TN
Sampson 4, negro, born in TN
Sallie 2, negro, born in TN
Callie 4/12, negro, born in TN"
Mrs. Sarah Goins, negress, was remarried about 1878, husband's name Dixon. She was listed as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Wilson County, Enumeration District 257, page 29, Civil District 14:
"Dixon, Sarah 35, mulatto, born in TN
Gowen Callie C. 10, mulatto, born in TN
James 6, mulatto, born in TN
Charlotte 3, mulatto, born in TN"
No members of the Gowen family [or spelling variations]) appeared in the 1830, 1840 or 1850 census returns of Wilson County.
John Gowin, born before 1713, leased land in Hanover County June 7, 1734 in St. Martin's Parish and Philip Going, born before 1742, was a tithable in Hanover County in 1763 for 220 acres
Henry Going, born before 1761, was on the 1782 tax list for Hanover County with eight in his family, possibly six children born before 1782.
Halifax County was formed from Antrim Parish of Lunenburg County, Virginia in 1752. As mentioned above, David Smith Goins was listed here on the tax lists of 1782 and 1785.20 Others in this county were his father, "Shadrack Going," born before 1730, who appeared on the 1782 tax list with 12 in his family, probably 10 children born before 1785.20 "Shadrack Going" had to be living in Hanover County in 1751 and 1757 for the birth of his sons, David Smith Goins and Labon Goins. On October 4, 1780 in Halifax County, "Shadrack Going," "David Going" and Peter Wilson witnessed the will of Stephen Wilson. The will was proved June 20, 1782 "by two witnesses [unnamed]."24 On a deed recorded Nov. 17, 1785, "Shadrack Going" sold 451 acres on Pole Cat Creek to Henry Hobson.25
Others in the same county include Zephaniah Gowin, born about 1758 in Halifax County. He enlisted in the Revolutionary Army in 1779 from Henry County, Virginia.26 In 1810, he was in Rockingham County, North Carolina.21 "Zephamiah Goans, free person of color" was enumerated in the 1830 census of Roane County, Tennessee [where Nathaniel Gowin was married in 1813]. On December 18, 1834, he was a justice in Hawkins County, Tennessee when he applied for his pension.
From "Virginia Patents," page 809, John Gowin was issued Patent No. 34: "Lunenburg County, February 14, 1761, 400 acres beginning at William Hill's corner on Reedy Branch, adjacent Ruffin's line." This patent was issued in Lunenburg County before Halifax County was formed.28 The land lay about 12 miles from the land of "Shadrack Going" on Pole Cat Creek. From the date of this patent, John Gowin was probably born before 1740. He appears on the 1782 tax list with two members in the family and reappears in the 1785 tax list with four in the family, probably two children born between 1782 and 1785. He could be the same "John Going" who died in Henry County, Virginia in 1801.
Daniel Going, born before 1761, appeared on the 1782 tax list of Halifax County with two in the family.20 He is possibly the Daniel Going of Grainger and Jefferson counties in Tennessee.
In 1776, Henry County, Virginia was formed from Pittsylvania County. Goin/Going/Gowin individuals appearing in Henry County include; Charles, Clabourn, David, Elizabeth, Jacob, James, John, Josiah, Littleberry "Berry," Nancy, Simon, Susanna, Zacheriah, Zedekiah and Zephaniah.
John Goan received land in Pittsylvania County in 1770. "John Going" took the oath of allegiance August 30, 1777. He received a land grant on March 1, 1784 of 374 acres on both sides of Blackberry Creek, adjoining his own land and that of John Witt. "John Gowin" patented an additional 79 acres on Blackberry Creek April 16, 1788. In 1795 he purchased land from Bartlett Washington. "John Going" was granted 153 acres on both sides of Little Blackberry Creek.36 Henry County Will Book 2, page 37 records the will of John Going, Sr, proved in 1801. Heirs named were Clabourn, Elizabeth, John, Nancy, Josiah, Littleberry, Susanna, Simeon, Zedekiah and Zacheriah.37 Where did these seven sons live?
David Goan received land in Pittsylvania County in 1770.34 On March 30, 1789, "David Gowin" was granted 94 acres on Spoon Creek, adjoining the land of John Ward and 185 acres on the south side of Spoon Creek, "adjoining Collier."36 [David Smith Goins was supposedly in Grayson County, Virginia at this time.]
James Goan received land in Pittsylvania County in 1770. "James Gowing" purchased land from William Higgenbottom in 1784 in Henry County. On August 2, 1797, "James Gowin" was granted 61 acres, adjoining Augustine Brown, on both sides of Little Dan River.
Revolutionary War soldiers from Henry County include: Charles Gowens, born 1763; Jacob Gowen, born 1762; William Going, born 1761 and Zephaniah Gowin, born about 1758.
Patrick County, Virginia was formed from Henry County in 1790. Shadrack Going of Hanover and Halifax counties was first mentioned in Patrick County records when he bought 1,000 acres June 11, 1792 on both sides of the Little Dan River from John Marr for £500, a lot of money for that time. On November 4, 1793 Shadrack Going administered the estate of Nathan Going who had been killed by being struck in the head with "the eye of a weeding hoe" by Robert Hall on the plantation of Jacob Lawson. Thomas Ward and Joshua Adams were his bondsmen. Edward Tolman, John Hanby and Nathaniel Smith were appointed to settle the estate.
In November 1803, "Shadrack Goine" sold 48 acres of his 1,000 acres to his grandson, Shadrack Beazley for a "valuable consideration." "Shadrack Going" wrote his will January 4, 1805, naming "wife, Hannah; sons, John, David Smith, James, Claborne, Solomon, Shadrack, Caleb and Obadiah; daughters, Keziah, Jerushe, Fanny Bowlin, wife of Edmund Bowlin and Hannah Beazley, wife of Thomas Beazley; grandchildren, Rebecca Going, daughter of Fanny Going, wife of Edmond Bowlin and Shadrack Beazley. Witnesses were David P. _______, William Coomer and H. Adams.
Quoting from Patrick County Deed Book 3, page 87:
"State of Tennessee}
County of Grainger}
"Whereas Shadrack Gowing, late of the county of Patrick . . . possessed land in said county lying on Little Dan River, containing 912 acres and also possessed of a considerable personal estate . . . whereas Shadrick Gowing had the following children, Jerusha, John, David Smith, James, Fanny, Claiborne, Leaborne [Laban], Kesiah, Shadrake, Hannah, Obediah, and Caleb. . . . John, James, Caleb, Claiborne, Shadrick and Leaborne . . . appoint Henry Howell of the County of Grainger . . . their true and lawful attorney . . . to sue . . . Obediah Gowing for settling the property unfairly and submitting a will which was not Shadrack Gowing's will.
July 24, 1806 John Gowing James Gowing
Caleb Gowing Claiborne Gowing
Leaborne [X] Gowing Jerush Gowing
J. J. Jack, Leaborne [X] Gowing, Henry Howell"
It is interesting to note that Jerusha Going signed the instrument with her brothers, but was not mentioned in the document. Shadrack Gowing was mentioned in the document, but did not sign it. Leaborne Gowing, one of the plaintiffs, also signed as a witness.
On March 31, 1808 "Jerusha Gowing and Kesiah Gowing, heirs of Shadrack Gowing, dec'd," gave a quit claim deed to their interest in the estate to Gabriel Hanby, Sr. On August 9, 1808 "Obediah Going of this county sells to Gabriel Hanby 1,200 acres on the Little Dan River for $1,600 whereon Shadrick Going, deceased lived." The deed was witnessed by William Carter, Thomas [X] Beasley and John Tatum.
Patrick County Deed Book 3, page 83 records an apparent settlement of the dispute dated October 30, 1807:
"I, Henry Howell, attorney for John Going, James Going and Laborne [no last name] have this day by virtue of my power compromised all manner of dispute about the will of Shadrack Going, dec'd and so hereby for the above named persons transfer all their right and rights unto a certain tract of land to Gab'l Hanby and for which land a suit was brought in Patrick Court to set aside a second will, as witness my hand and seal.
Witnesses: Henry Howell
Nat'l Claiborne, Fleming Saunders"
Following are the known children of Shadrack Going/Gowing with allowances for other possible children, making a family of 21 siblings:
John Going born c1749
David Smith Going born November 21, 1751
[child] born c1753
[child] born c1755
Laban Going born in 1757
[child] born c1759
Daniel Going born c1761
Hannah Going born c1763, married Thomas
Caleb Going born c1765
[child] born c1767
James Going born c1769
Solomon Going born c1771
Claiborne Going born in 1773, married Sarah
Shadrack Going born c1775
Nathan Going born c1777
Obediah Going born c1779
Fanny Going born c1781, married Edmund Bowlin
Rebecca Going born c1783, married P. Finley
Frederick Gowen born c1785, married Nancy Coomer
Jerusha Going born c1787
Keziah Going born c1789
It is assumed that Shadrack Going had more than one wife. Perhaps the presentation of this family will open some new avenues of research and stimulate other investigation.
On February 20, 1812, "James S. Gains" and Obediah Goin, "heir at law of Shadrack Goin, dec'd exchanged land on the west side of the Goin line on Thomas Beazley's corner," according to Patrick County Deed Book 3, page 530. Witnesses were John Tatum, Thomas Beazley [Thomas Jefferson Beasley] and "William D. Gaines."
Jean Grider of Cave City, Kentucky wrote of her great grandfather, Jonathan Henry Gowen who was born in 1822 in Patrick County. On February 6, 1846 "Jonathan Goen" was married to Hannah J. Beasley in Surry County, according to the county's marriage records. The bride, traditionally a half Cherokee, was born in 1826, according to the 1860 census of Adair County, Kentucky. [See GRF Newsletter, July 1990]
She was a daughter of Shadrach Beasley and Martha Harris Beasley. She was also a granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson Beasley and Hannah Going Beasley. She was also a great-granddaughter of Shadrach Going and Hannah Going, according to Jean Grider.
Thomas Jefferson Beasley was descended from John Beasley1 John Beasley2 Richard Beasley3 and Martha Cook of Virginia, according to Beasley research.
A survey of Gowin, Going, Gowing, Goyne, Goine, Goin, Goins on the Patrick County Deed Index from 1792 to 1821 listed Shadrack, John, David, Joseph, William, Jesse, James, James S, Claiborne, Caleb, Leaborne, Obediah and Zedekiah.
Marriage licenses between 1791 and 1812 for individuals of interest to Gowen chroniclers include: Jacob, Benjamin, Isaac, Richard, Mary, Rebecca, William, Caleb, Margret, Nancy, Stephen, Elizabeth, Beverage and John.
Rockingham County, North Carolina which adjoins Henry County, Virginia on the south was the location of Aaron Going. On May 16, 1787, he received 410 acres from the state on the headwaters of Matrimony Creek on the Dan River and on Paw Paw Creek of the Mayo "adjoining the former line of Saluel Gates & Hamilton," according to Rockingham County Deed Book A, page 33. On November 8, 1788, Aaron Going sold his 410 acres to Tusbyfield Barns for 200 pounds.44
"Aaron Gowan, son of George and Sarah," was christened September 3, 1738 in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County, Virginia. This is the same area that Shadrack Going came from. James Going, Patrick Neely and W. Hamilton on February 21, 1789 were witnesses to a Rockingham County deed in which Hance McKeen of Guilford County, North Carolina sold land to George Harston of Henry County, Virginia. Conveyed for £25 was 155 acres on Paw Paw Creek of Mayo River, adjoining the Virginia line.
The 1790 census of Salisbury District [which included all of Tennessee], Rockingham County enumerated "James Gowing, 1 white male over 16, 3 white males under 16 and 3 females." Other Gowins mentioned in early Rockingham County deeds include: Robert Goin, November 10, 1792; Henry Goins, September 3, 1793 and Jesse Gowen/Goin, October 27, 1797. The 1810 census for Rockingham County, North Carolina listed Frederick Going, Jesse Going, Zephaniah Going and Thomas Goines.
Traces of the descendants of Shadrack Gowing have been found in several counties in Tennessee: Claiborne, Grainger, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Knox, Roane and Wilson. On November 27, 1797, James Goin received North Carolina Land Grant No. 300 for 262 acres on the Tennessee River and 938 acres on the north side of Tennessee River in what is now Grainger County. A 1799 tax list for this county records "Thomas Goen, James Goen, John Goen, John Gowen, William Gowen and Alexander Gowen," all listed as "white." Grainger County was formed from Hawkins and Knox Counties in 1796.
The 1810 tax list of Grainger County lists six sons and one son-in-law of Shadrack Gowin/Going of Patrick County, Virginia:
"Bolling, Edmund 1 white poll
Goan, John 1 white poll 90 ac. on Young's Crk
Goan, Claiborne 1 white poll 100 ac. on Young's Crk
Goan, James 1 white poll
Goan, William 1 white poll
Goan, Shaderick 1 white poll
Goan, Daniel 1 white poll 338 ac. on Richland
Gowin, Caleb 1 white poll
*Howell Henry 1 white poll 900 ac. on Young's Crk
*Attorney for Going brothers in Patrick County lawsuit.
The 1810 census records these families differently:
"Bolen, Edmund 8 free colored 6 children
Goan, John 9 free colored 7 children
Goan, Claibourn 8 free colored 6 children
Goan, James 3 free colored, 1 white female 16-26
Goan, Shadrach 5 free colored 3 children
Goan, Caleb 6 free colored 4 children
Goin, Daniel 1 white male 26-45, 1 white female
26-45, 2 white females 10-16,
4 white males 0-10, 1 wh. female
0-10, 1 slave
Guin, Joseph 1 white male 26-45, one white female
16-26, 1 white male 0-10, 1 white
Guin, William 1 white male 26-45, 1 white female
26-45, 1 white female 10-16,
1 white female 0-10"
From tax lists it is apparent that six sons of Shadrack Going spent these years in Grainger County:
John Gowin 1806-1828
James Going 1799-1811
Claiborne Goins 1810-1811
Shadrack Going 1806-1815
Caleb Gowin 1808-1819
David Smith Goins 1819-1827
Shadrack Going of Patrick County is the same man that is on the 1782 Halifax County tax list and was born before 1730. David Smith Goins, born November 21, 1751, is one of his children. Shadrack Going had at least 10 children born by 1782. The sons in Grainger County at the time of his death in 1805 were at least 18 years old, all born before 1787. Judging from the size of their families in 1810, they were probably much older.
My ggg-grandfather was Shadrack Gowin, and he was born in 1791 in Virginia. The Grainger County Shadrack Going who died in 1805 was an older man.
There were two individuals named Drury Gowin/Goans in Grainger County. One who was born before 1781 was a bondsman for the marriage of Nancy Gowen to James Randolph November 22, 1802. Drury Goans was born in 1793 in Tennessee and was married to Mary Goans August 23, 1817 in Grainger County. She was born in Tennessee in 1798. The younger Drury Goans was on the Grainger County tax lists from 1819 to 1828 with Daniel Goan/Gowen. Daniel Goan and Drury Goans were recorded as "white" on all tax lists and census returns. Daniel Goan, born between 1755 and 1758, applied for a Revolutionary pension in Campbell County, Tennessee in 1818 and make a supplemental application in 1820. Having reached the age of 65, he was not assessed for his 363 acres in Grainger County after 1824.
My gg-grandfather was Drury Gowin, and he was born in Tennessee in 1819.
Appearing in Grainger County records between 1799 and 1834 were: Alexander Gowin, Jeremiah Gowin, Henry Gowin, Riley Gowin, Carson Gowin, Levi Gowin, Nathan Gowin, Preston Gowin, Pryor L. Gowin, William Gowin and Thomas Gowin.
William Goin and Thomas Goin, both born between 1750 and 1760 and both enumerated in the 1830 Claiborne County census are the right age to be sons of Shadrack Going. Zephaniah Gowin, born in 1758 in Halifax County, Virginia, applied for a Revolutionary pension in Hawkins County, Tennessee, is also the right age to be a son of Shadrack Going. William Going, born in Hawkins County between 1754 and 1764 was also the right age.
This report would not be complete without mentioning the East Tennesssee militiamen of interest to Gowen chroniclers in the War of 1812. They included:
Gowens, John Pvt, Bunch's Regt, 
Gowin James Pvt, Bunch's Regt, 
Gowins,* Nathan Pvt, 4th Regt, [Bayles']
Goin,* Isaac Pvt, 4th Regt, [Bayles']
Gowins, Wishock Pvt, 4th Regt, [Bayles']
Gowins,* Drury Pvt, 4th Regt, [Bayles']
Goin, William Pvt, 4th Regt, [Bayles']
Gowan,* James Pvt, 3rd Regt, [Johnson's]
Goin, Isaac Pvt, 3rd Regt, [Johnson's].
Going, Caleb Pvt, 2nd Regt. [Lillard's]
Going, Pleasant Pvt, Rangers, U.S. Volunteers
Going, William Pvt, Rangers, U.S. Volunteers
Gowing, William Corp, Morgan's Cherokee Scouts
Going to Lift Pvt, Morgan's Cherokee Scouts
Going to Send Pvt, Morgan's Cherokee Scouts
Going Wolf Pvt, Morgan's Cherokee Scouts
Going to Shake the Earth Pvt, Morgan's Cherokee Scouts
*Drew a pension
There is a definite migration pattern in movements of family members of interest to Gowen researchers. Beginning in Hanover County, Virginia, it leads to Halifax County and then to Patrick County. From there the pattern leads to Grainger County, Tennessee and then to Wilson County and points west. Family history cannot be based on speculation. It is hoped that other researchers can add documentation to this data and fill in the gaps with information from family bibles, diaries, journals and legal records. Many court cases have been won with circumstantial evidence, but at this point, this "case" would not "stand up in court" without additional documentation.
Correction: In January Newsletter, "Sabra Burrus Gowin" page 2, column 2, paragraph 5, should read "Sabra Midgett Gowin."
B I B L I O G R A P H Y
1. Ruth Straley, 5373 Old Smith Valley Rd, Greenwood, IN, 46143.
2. Crawford Co, IL Marriage Book B, page 270.
3. Madge Howard, 717 Fourth Ave. N, Great Falls, MT, 59401.
4. James Madison Gowin, 7347 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN, 37209.
5. 1840, 1850, 1860 Federal Census, Crawford County, IL.
6. Sumner Cemetery, Lawrence County, IL.
7. Wilson County, TN Marriage Bonds.
8. Wilson County, TN Tax Lists, 1810-1841.
9. 1820, 1830 Federal Census, Wilson County, TN.
10. U. S. Dept. of Interior, 350 S. Pickett St, Alexandria, VA, 22304.
11. 1850 Federal Census, Jersey County, IL.
12. Roane County, TN Marriage Bonds, 1801-1855.
13. War of 1812 Service Records and Pension Files.
14. 1840 Federal Census, Jersey County, IL.
15. Grainger Co, TN Tax Lists, 1799-1834.
16. "Highsmiths in America" by Chris Bailey.
17. Grace McGinnis, Box 601, Morristown, TN, 37814.
18. 1850 Federal Census, Hancock Co, TN.
19. Revolutionary War Pension File #S3406.
20. "Heads of Families, Virginia, 1790."
21. 1830, 1850 Federal Census, Grainger County, TN.
22. "Valentine Papers" by Edward Pleasants.
23. "Virginia Tithables from Burned Record Counties" by Woodson.
24. Halifax County, VA Will Book 1, page 404.
25. Halifax County, VA Deed Book B, page 316.
26. Revolutionary War Pension File #R4165.
27. 1810 Federal Census, Rockingham County, NC.
28. Land Patents, Virginia State Library, Archives Div, Richmond, VA.
29. Revolutionary War Pension File #S32273.
30. Revolutionary War Pension File #S31072.
31. Revolutionary War Pension File #W930.
32. Henry County, VA Deed Index.
33. Henry County, VA Marriage Index.
34. "Index to Pittsylvania County, VA Land Entries, 1737-1770."
35. "Bulletin of Virginia-North Carolina Piedmont Gen. Soc, Nov. 1981.
36. "History of Patrick and Henry Counties, VA" by Pedigo.
37. Henry County, VA Will Book 2, page 37.
38. Patrick County, VA deed records.
39. Patrick County, VA Will Book 1, page 6, 53, 80.
40. "The Southwest Virginian," Vol. VI, No. 28, March 1983.
41. Norma Jolly, 650-127 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, San Marcos, CA, 92069.
42. Jean Grider Fry, 1734 Salem Church Road, Cave City, KY, 42127.
43. Patrick County, VA marriages, 1791-1822.
44. Rockingham County, NC Deed Abstracts, 1785-1800.
45. I. G. I. of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
46. "Heads of Families, North Carolina, 1790."
47. Knox County, TN Deed Book 1, page 128.
48. 1810 Federal Census, Grainger County, TN.
49. Jefferson County, TN Will Book 1, page 341.
50. Grainger County, TN marriage records.
51. Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Grainger County, TN, 1802-1812.
Ernest Goin was born in 1855. He was married about 1906 to Loula Cooper who was also born in 1885. In 1910 Ernest Goin and Loula Cooper Goin lived at College Home, Tennessee in Wilson County where he was a farmer. In 1943 Loula Cooper lived at 4117 Hamilton Avenue, Dallas, Texas.
Children born to Ernest Goin and Loula Cooper Goin include Grace Ann Goin who was born December 30, 1910 at College Home, according to Dallas County Birth Book 40, page 272. Apparently Grace Ann Goin also lived in Dallas in 1943.
Shadrack Gowen was surety for the marriage of Delilah Gowen to James Dunsmore September 21, 1820 at Lebanon, Tennessee in Wilson County.
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