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William Gowen was born about 1720, parents and place unknown. 


William Gowen was married about 1740, wife's name Sarah.   William Gowen is sometimes confused by family researchers with another William Gowen who settled in Spartanburg Dis-trict, South Carolina.  The second William Gowen was a con-temporary whose wife was also named Sarah.  The two Wil-liam Gowens are suggested as kinsmen, and the activities of one are often ascribed to the other.


On March 5, 1750 a William Gowen appeared in Granville County where he bought land located on Grassy Creek from Robert Jones, Jr, according to Granville County Deed Book A, page 343-4. 


On October 8, 1754 William Gowen and Joseph Gowen, sug­gested as a kinsman, appeared in a militia company command-ed by Capt. John Sallis in Granville County.  The company was part of a regiment commanded by Col. William Eaton.  The two appeared on the company's muster roll dated Septem-ber 5, 1755, according to "Colonial Granville County and Its People" by Ray.  Reference is also made to the military service of William Gowen in "North Carolina Colonial Rec-ords" by Clarke. 


The company commanded by Capt. Sollis included 90 men:


“John SALLIS, Captain

George MORRIS, Lieutenant.

James MITCHEL, Ensign


1. William HOWLET, Sgt.

2. Wm. HOLLYMAN, Sgt

3. Richard HARRIS, Sgt

4. Wm HICKS, Corpl.

5. Wm JORDAN, Corpl.

6. Henry JORDAN, Corpl.

7. Thoms MORRIS, Corpl.

8. Thomas NEWBY, Corpl.

9. George KING, Drummer

10. John CRAVEN, Drummer


11. Thomas BRADFORD

12. James BANDY

13. Robert BANDY

14. Jacob PERRY

15. Henry DAY, Jr.

16. Simon DAY

17. Jeremiah FRAZIER

18. Thomas CHRISTIAN

19. David MITCHEL

20. Wm MOORE, Jr.

21. Henry HOWARD

22. Nathaniel HOLLY


24. Enoch RENTFROW

25. Lewis THOMAS

26. Lewis EDWARDS

27. John SMITH

28. Joseph MOORE

29. John BAINS

30. Richard ROBERTS

31. Richard ROBERTS, JR.


33. James KNOTT

34. John KNOTT

35. Martin WHEELER

36. John HOWARD

37. David HOWARD

38. Solomon HOWARD

39. Anthony GARNET

40. Timothy CARTER

41. Samuel CARTER

42. John STOVALL

43. John STOVALL, Jr.

44. Bartholomew STOVALL

45. Jeremiah CLAYTON

46. William CLAYTON

47. William GOWEN


49. Jesse PARKER

50. John OSBORN

51. Wm CRAGG

52. Jonathan BARRET

53. James HEMBRY

54. Robert GLIDEWELL

55. Wm MANUS

56. Groves HOWARD


58. Francis KING

59. Thomas KING, Jr.

60. Christopher OSBORN

61. Sherwood HARRIS

62. Johnathan WHITE, Jr.

63. George JORDAN, Jr.

64. Henry FEGAN

65. John PARISH

66. William FERGUSON

67. James REEVES

68. Harris GUILLAM

69. Edward LOYD

70. Robert GILLEY

71. William GILLEY

72. Mathew McKENNY

73. Claiborn HARRIS

74. David PARISH

75. James FERGUSON

76. John YANCEY

77. Bartlet YANCEY

78. Joseph GOWEN

79. John CRAGG

80. James ROBERTS, Jr.

81. Osborn HEDGPETH

82. John SIMMONS

83. Christopher HARRIS

84. Benjamin SIMMONS

85. Joshua NOGINS

86. Bartlet SHEPARDSON

87. Lewis ANDERSON

88. Wm BASS

89. George ANDERSON

90. George PETTIFORD “


A charge of trespassing was filed against "William Gowen" December 17, 1755, according to "Court Minutes of Gran-ville County, North Carolina" by Zoe Hargett Gwynn.  On June 7, 1757 "Edward Gowen, Joseph Gowen, William Gow-en and John Gowen" were sued by Robert Parks, according to the court minutes.  On September 6, 1757 a suit was filed by Charles Turnbull against "William Gowen, James Boyd and W. M. Gowen."


On February 6 and December 2, 1760 "William Gowen, plant-er of Granville County," received more than 650 acres in St. John's Parish, according to Granville County Deed Book E, page 440-48.  The grant was for 667 acres “adjoining John-ston’s line and Stovall’s line.”  Joseph Gowen was a witness to the document.  “James Gowine” was recorded as “SCC” [Senior Chain Carrier] on the land which was surveyed May 21, 1760.


John Gowen, Joseph Gowen and William Gowen were in-cluded in a jury panel in May 1765, according to Granville County Court minutes.


"William Gowin" appeared in the tax list of 1769 for Granville County.  He paid a tax on "one white poll," according to Zoe Hargett Gwynn.  "Southern Lineages" suggests that William Gowen lived in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina for a few years following his residence in Granville County. 


The Pee Dee section of South Carolina takes its name from the Pee Dee Indian tribe that lived along the Pee Dee River in eastern South Carolina.  The present-day Pee Dee area is composed of the nine counties that are touched by the Pee Dee river: Marlboro, Dillon, Marion, Horry, Chesterfield, Darling-ton, Florence, Williamsburg and Georgetown Counties.  Many members of the Gowen family lived in an area which is now Fairfield County, South Carolina. 





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