Alexander Gowen, [William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of William Gowen and Catherine Gowen, was born about 1715 in Stafford County. Paul Heinegg in "Free African Americans of North Carolina and Virginia" suggested that he was named for Maj. Robert Alexander, a neighbor. "My well beloved son, Elixan-der Going" received under the terms of his mother's will, "one negro man named Robin and one horse and a horse colt and one cow and calf and a cow yearling and halph of my movable houshold stuf and one parcel of land where-on I now live containing sixty-six acres, it being part of a tract containing one hundred and thirty-two acres" and one-half of his mother's tobacco crop.
Alexander Gowen sold 56 acres he inherited from his mother for £24 to Bond Veale August 18, 1747, according to Fairfax Deed Book B, page 254. The deed mentioned a division line specified in a deed which John Gowen executed to Thomas Ford.
Bond Veale and Elizabeth his wife sold to James Ingoe Dozer of Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia for £26 54 acres April 16, 1750, according to Fairfax County Deed Book C, page 51. Dozer leased the land September 19, 1758 to James Edwards. William Ellzey sold the 56 acres "sold to him by Dozer to Thomas Sangster, blacksmith" January 19, 1777, according to Fairfax County Deed Book M, pge 252.
"Alexander Going" appeared in Stafford County on Green's list of tithables in the year 1749, together with "James Going." Alexander Going removed to North Carolina about 1750. He witnessed a deed in September 1753, according to Orange County, North Carolina deed records.
This is from Jack Harold Goins [may be incorrect]
Alexander Going/Gowen, a brother to John Going/Gowen, Sr. was all over the place. In 1762, "Alaxander Going vs. William Williams" was dismissed when the plaintiff failed to appear, according to Halifax County Court of Pleas Minute Book 3, page 405. In the 1764 case of "Alixander Going vs. John Martin," Martin was ordered to "pay note of £2, 10 shillings, plus interest," according to Minute Book 4, page 314.
In the July 1767 term, Thomas Spragins filed suit against "Alexander Gowing," claiming debt on an "attachment against the said defendant's estate." The clerk recorded that "for reasons appearing it is ordered that this suit be dismissed," according to Minute Book 5, page 474. In the same year, the case of "Alexander Going vs. Owen Brady" was dismissed. The clerk noted, "Plaintiff not residing in this Colony and failing to give security for cost as the law directs," according to Minute Book 5, page 459.
In 1760 he received a patent for 600 acres in St. Matthews Parish of Orange County "on both sides of Hogans Creek," according to Orange County Deed Book 14, page 405. Alexander Going was summoned as a grandjuror February 17, 1761, according to Orange County Court minutes.
Alexander Going filed suit against Richard Finch in 1763 in Orange County, according to Orange County Court Minute Book 8.
Alexander Going filed suit against James Leslye in the court term of November 1763, according to Orange County Court minutes.
The case of "Alexander Going vs. William Going" [regarded as his nephew] came before the Orange County Court in 1764, according to Orange County Court Minute Book 8.
Alexander Going received a deed May 14, 1765 from William Gladen to 311.5 acres, according to Orange County deed records.
Alexander Gowen apparently returned to Fairfax County. Alexander Gowen received Grant No. 418 June 11, 1768 for 461 acres "lying on branches of the Pohick, adjacent to Carter and Ellzey," according to "Grants by the Proprie-tors of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1694-1742." This appears to be part of the 544-acre patent to Thomasin Ellzey which was recorded one month earlier. The land later lay in Fairfax County, according to Fairfax County Deed Book O, page 155, as published in "Patents and Northern Neck Grants of Fairfax County, Virginia." by Beth Mitchell. The grant read:
"The Right Honorable Thomas Lord Fairfax, Baron of Cameron in that part of Great Britain called Scotland, Proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia; To all to whom this present writing . . . do give, grant and confirm unto Alexander Gowen of North Carolina . . . 461 acres on the branches of the Pohick in Fairfax County . . . dated 11th day of June, 1768.”
Children born to Alexander Gowen are believed to include:
Ursula Gowen born about 1745
Ursula Gowen, regarded as a daughter of Alexander Gowen, was born about 1745, probably in Stafford County. "Ursely Gowing" was married about 1768 to Jonathan Tyra, according to Dorothy Ford Wulfeck in "Marriages of Some Virginia Residents," page 133.
Susannah Gowen, [William3,] daughter of William Gowen and Catherine Gowen, was born about 1718 in Stafford County. Under the terms of her mother's will written May 21, 1739, she received "one negro man named Jackey and one mare and saddle, cow and calf and two cow yearlings and one feather bed and bolster, a rugg and one pare of blankits and half the household stuf and half of my crop of tob: which is now in my house."