MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Andrew Gowans and William Gowans, natives of Scotland, and believed to be brothers, were residents of Montgomery County in the late 1840s.
Andrew Gowans was born in Scotland in 1805. He was married to Mrs. Ann McLane March 27, 1850, according to Montgomery County marriage records.
They appeared in the 1850 census of Montgomery County, Household 78-503 as:
“Gowans, Andrew 45, born in Scotland, $1,200 real
Ann 38, born in Scotland
Margaret 12, born in New Jersey, step-daughter
Mary J. 5
Helen W. 3”
William Gowans was born in 1810 in Scotland. William Gowans was married November 21, 1839 to Margarette Johnson. He was remarried to Elizabeth S. Van Hook May 16, 1848, according to “Montgomery County, Tennessee Marriages, 1802-1850.”. “William McLean,” probably related to Ann McLane, was the bondsman.
William Gowans appeared in the 1850 census of Montgomery County as the head of Household 77-503, adjoining the residence of Andrew Gowans:
“Gowans, William 40, farmer, born in Scotland
Elizabeth 30, born in TN
Sarah J. 2, born in TN
Van Hook, Frances 19, born in TN”
The household of William Gowans reappeared in the 1860 census of Montgomery County in the “district north and east of Cumberland River”, Household No. 885-885. The family was recorded as:
“Gowans, William 50, born in Scotland, shoemaker,
$1,250 real estate, $250
E. S. 40, born in TN
S. J. 11, born in TN, female
J. W. 9, born in TN, son
P. C. 7, born in TN, son
Lizzie 4, born in TN, daughter”
When William Gowans and Elizabeth S. Van Hooser Gowans died they were buried in Gowans Cemetery located near Ringgold, Tennessee.
Children born to William Gowans and Elizabeth S. Van Hooser Gowans include:
Sarah Jane Gowans born in 1848
John W. Gowans born August 31, 1850
P. C. Gowans born in 1853
Lizzie Gowans born in 1856
Sarah Jane Gowans, daughter of William Gowans and Elizabeth S. Van Hooser Gowans, was born in 1848. She appeared in the household of her father in the 1850 census of Montgomery County as a two-year-old and reappeared there in the 1860 census as an 11-year-old. She was married December 13, 1871 to William H. Matthews. When Sarah Jane Gowans Matthews died she was buried in Matthews Cemetery, Civil District 7, Montgomery County, Tennessee.
John Gowans, son of William Gowans and Elizabeth S. Van Hooser Gowans, was born August 31, 1850 in Montgomery, County. He appeared in the 1860 census of Montgomery County as a nine-year-old living in the household of his father. He was married about 1870 to Tennessee Trice.
John W. Gowans died June 8, 1877 and was buried in Gowans Cemetery near Ringgold. Tennessee Trice Gowans died June 20, 1883, about age 50, and was buried in Gowans Cemetery. Two small children of John W. Gowans and Tennessee Trice Gowans were also buried in Gowans Cemetery.
David Gowen appeared as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Montgomery County. The family was recorded as:
“Gowen, David 49, born in Virginia, farmer
Sophie 41, born in North Carolina
Robert 20, born in TN
Nancy 17, born in TN
Harvey 14, born in TN”
Harvey Gowen, age 25, appeared in the 1860 census of Lincoln County, Tennessee.
MOORE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
S. H. Gawan was recorded as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Moore County, Enumeration District 99, page 1, Civil District 8:
“Gawan, S. H. 36, born in March 1864 in TN
Mae 33, born in February 1867 in TN
M. P. E. 57, born in October 1842 in TN,
Joseph Gowin was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Moore County, Enumeration District 100, page 7, Civil District 10:
“Gowin, Joseph 45, born in October 1854 in TN
Fannie 44, born in May 1856 in TN
Clara 19, born in March 1881 in TN
Lee 17, born in October 1882 in TN
Walter 15, born in August 1884 in TN
Docia 13, born in February 1887 in TN”
OBION COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Eliza Goins was married to Joseph Parrish October 24, 1872, according to Obion County marriage records. E. L. Williams was surety.
S. C. Goins, was the bride of R. S. Warford November 17, 1870, according to Obion County marriage records. E. Kimberlin was surety.
POLK COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Solomon Goans was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Polk County, Household 432-444:
“Goans Solomon 50, born in Tennessee
Elizabeth 30, born in Tennessee
Mary J. 10
John H. 4”
RHEA COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Martha Goin was married March 3, 1842 to James H. Dun, according to “Rhea County, Tennessee Marriages, 1808-1850.”
Miller Goin, negro was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Rhea County, Enumeration District 87, page 12, Civil District 13:
“Goin, Miller 58, born in 1842 in TN,
Tilda 50, born in 1850 in TN
Cora W. 19, born in April 1881 in
Houston 6, born in January 1894 in
Creasman, Martha 28, born in August 1882 in
Edith May 1, born in June 1889 in
Rufus Goin, negro was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Rhea County, Enumeration District 87, page 6, Civil District 6:
“Goin, Rufus 35, born in 1865 in TN, negro
Nancy 27, born in January 1873 in TN
William C. 12, born in January 1888 in TN
Hunter 10, born in July 1889 in TN
Mamie 4, born in December 1895 in TN
Dolly 2, born in May 1898 in TN”
Acie Goins was born in James County, Tennessee about 1880. He came to Graysville at an early age and married Sara Bolden. It was a second marriage for perhaps both of them. They had nine children plus some step-children.
Among children born to Acie Goins and Sarah Bolden Goins was:
Alvin Goins born September 14, 1903
Alvin Goins was the subject of an article written by Bennie McKenzie Fleming for “History of Rhea County, Tennessee” She wrote:
“Alvin Goins, a lifelong resident of Rhea County, was born September 14, 1903, of Melungeon parentage in the Brown Rock section of Graysville, a sparsely populated area on the road leading to Montague. This was the rural part of the county where most of the Melungeons lived. Alvin was the youngest of about nine children and several half siblings.
His father was Acie Goins, who was born in James County and came to the Graysville community at an early age. He married Sara Bolden, whose family lived in the same area.
Alvin never learned to read or write because he was injured when he was kicked in the head at the age of five by a mule. This was confirmed by Mrs. Hazel Keith, a former teacher in the Graysville School. With no formal education, but apparently possessed with an innate ability coupled with a passion for ciphering, he is considered a mathematical genius.
He can perform a remarkable feat of computation in his head that would baffle a math professor. Given the day, month, and year of someone’s birth, in a few seconds Alvin can estimate the exact number of days that elapsed since then. Tested out by author Jean Patterson Bible from a tape recording she made when she interviewed him for her book about Melungeons, his figures were found to be correct down to the last digit.
Alvin worked in numerous lumber mills, one being in South Dayton and from time to time on TVA projects. including Fontana Dam. When Oak Ridge was being developed, Alvin got a job there for a while with a sawmill company. It was said that he could accurately figure, in about five minutes, the amount of board feet of lumber on a truck loaded with logs: e.g., given the number of logs, length and width, he would tell you how many slabs to cut off. He was fired when they learned that he was illiterate.
Another story that Alvin remembers was when a brick building was being erected and for days the contractors were puzzled over the amount of brick to be ordered. Alvin, in a matter of minutes after being given the dimensions of the building and number of windows and doors, told them the number of bricks required. Skeptically, the amount of bricks were ordered and when the building was completed, only three bricks were left over.
As a boy, Alvin explored the mountains about Graysville, as was typical of Melungeon youths at that time. He knew as he does today where all the coal outcroppings were and the entrance to all the mines, even those abandoned. He was once married to a “mail‑order bride” but the marriage lasted only a short time.
For the past several years, Alvin has frequented the Court House, especially the Trustee and Registrar of Deeds offices, counting Registrar Gladys Best one of his best friends since she reads and interprets his letters to him and he trusts her explicitly. He wears a heavy coat splattered with amber, which is his “office” as he keeps big packages of mail, some months old, secured by rubber bands in the numerous pockets. He never leaves home without wearing this coat, summer or winter.
The last of his original family, he lives alone in his project apartment in Dayton, his mind alert for his 86 years. He has several nieces who care for him when he allows them. He is very independent and completely honest. Alvin has not been well lately, hospitalized a few times in the past year. The last time he was transferred to the Rhea County Nursing Home, but after two weeks, he went back to his apartment. He says that neighbors and people in Dayton are kind and help him,. and he was not happy being confined.”
Arch Goins was recorded as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Rhea County, Enumeration District 86, page 3, Civil District 15:
“Goins, Arch 25, born in September 1874 in TN
Florence 16, born in 1884 in GA”
Asbury Goins, negro was enumerated as the head of a house-hold in the 1900 census, Enumeration District 87, page 13, Civil District 13:
“Goins, Asbury 23, born in January 1877 in TN
Vesta A. 20, born in November 1879 in TN
Clarence E. 9/12, born in August 1899, in TN”
Eliza Jane Goins was born in Dayton, Tennessee in 1909. She was married to William Henry Harrison who was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1870, and they lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee until 1956. They lived in Hamilton County, Ohio from 1956 until 1963.
Ike Goins was born in Rhea County, March 30, 1872, according to affidavit he made “to the public” May 4, 1938, which was recorded in Hopkins County, Texas Deed Book 147, page 133.
In the affidavit he stated that he had lived in Rhea County all his life and that he was married to Mary Rudd Price, the third child of Mrs. Jane Hard Rudd, as her second husband. She was previously divorced from Lee Price. Ike Goins and Mary Rudd Price Goins were married for 33 years before her death at age 58. No children were born to this union.
Ike Goins gave a quit claim deed to Haynes Construction Company to land in Hopkins County February 10, 1941, according to Hopkins County Deed Book 147, page 137.
Jane Gowings was married to Finney Rawlins December 24, 1812, according to “Rhea County, Tennessee Marriages, 1808-1850.”
ROANE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
William Goens was married to Ann Baker May 13, 1834, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.” Children born to William Goens and Ann Baker Goens are unknown.
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Sherrod Going and his mother, Sophia Going, appeared in Roane County Chancery Court records in 1825.
Zeory Goings appeared as the head of a household in the 1840 census of Roane County, page 47. The family was composed of:
“Goings, Zeory white male 30-40
white female 30-40
white female 5-10
white male 5-10
white male 0-5
white female 0-5
white male 0-5”
Adeline G. Goins was married to Tobias Gallimore October 8, 1868.
Anderson Goins was married to Miss M. C. Carson February 9, 1872, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.” Of Anderson Goins and M. E. Carson Goins nothing more is known.
Claiborn Goins was married to Ludda Underwood April 22, 1865 in Roane County.
Daniel Goins was married September 30, 1871 to Susan Harman, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.” Children born to Daniel Goins and Susan Harman Goins are unknown.
Dotson Goins appeared as the head of a household enumerated in the 1850 census of Roane County, Household 386, page 695. The family appeared as:
“Goins, Dotson 46, born in TN
Nancy 65, born in TN
Edward Goins was married to Margaret Riddle September 18, 1897.
E. J. Goins was married June 20, 1885 to Anna Goodner, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.” Children born to E. J. Goins and Anna Goodner Goins are unknown.
Elijah Goins was married to Margaret D. Alexander October 24, 1865 in Roane County.
Granvil Goins was married to Louisa Owens November 4, 1873, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.” Children born to Granvil Goins and Louisa Owens Goins are unknown.
Jinrey Goins was married to Michael Fleming March 24, 1865 in Roane County.
John Goins was married November 5, 1853 to Charlotte Burgis, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.” Children born to John Goins and Charlotte Burgis Goins are unknown.
John W. Goins was married to Dinah Chilcutt December 14, 1864, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.” Of John W. Goins and Dinah Chilcutt Goins nothing more is known.
Lizzie Goins was married to Jack Thompson September 10, 1886, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.”
Margaret Ann Goins was married to Timothy Johnson September 14, 1870, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.”
Martha Goins was married to James Havens February 23, 1871, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.”
Martha C. Goins was married to Hugh Johnson June 24, 1871, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.”
Mary E. Goins was married to J. M. Gold October 4, 1886, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.”
Mary E. Goins was married to R. T. Humphries July 29, 1886, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.”
Susan C. Goins was married to W. H. P. Evans May 23, 1877, according to “Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1801-1855.”
William Goins appeared as the head of a household enumerated in the 1850 census of Roane County, Household 755, page 746. The family was recorded as:
Goins, William 45, born in Virginia
Anne 45, born in North Carolina
Eliza J. 8,”
William Goins was married to Mary Staples in Roane County.
William D. Goins was married to Sarah Fields November 20, 1894.
Nathan Gowen appeared on the 1805 tax list of Roane County.
Obadiah Gowen wrote his will in Roane County in 1858, according to the research of Sarah Foster Kelley, historian of Nashville, Tennessee.
ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Basha Goin was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Robertson County, Household 1874-207:
“Goin, Basha 47, born in Tennessee
Sally 45, born in Tennesseee
Martha J. 8,
John W. 4″
Roy Goin, a negro, was recorded as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Robertson County, Enumeration District 415, page 11, Civil District 1:
Goin, Roy 46, born in December 1853 in TN
Nancy 45, born in March 1855 in TN
Virgil 22, born in September 1877 in TN
Irvin 21, born in January 1879 in TN
Lula 18, born in March 1882 in TN
Oscar 16, born in December 1883 in TN
Fanny M. 10, born in March 1890 in TN
Puss 7, born in December 1892 in TN
Jenny B. 6, born in February 1894 in TN
Nancy L. 5, born in March 1895 in TN
Frank A. B. 10/12, born in July 1899 in TN
Goin, Mollie 19, born in February 1881 in TN,
Benjamin Gowen was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1840 census of Robertson County, page 181.
John W. Gowen was enumerated as the head of Household 534-16 in the 1850 census of Robertson County:
“Gowen, John W. 23, born in Tennessee
Matilda 30, born in Tennessee
Samuel M. Gowen was dismissed August 18, 1798 from Red River Primitive Baptist Church, according to “The Warren Family of Trigg County, Kentucky” by Martha Jane Stone of Lexington, Kentucky. Red River Primitive Baptist Church was organized July 25, 1791, and the church was located at the mouth of the Sulphur Fork of Red River. Five other churches in Tennessee and Kentucky were spawned as Red River members through the years elected to organize new congregations.
Mr. B. Goyne was a member of Red River Primitive Baptist Church in 1810, according to “Churches of Robertson County, Tennessee.”
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE
A petition dated August 10, 1803 requesting the formation of a new county was circulated through the southeastern portion of Davidson and Williamson Counties, receiving 256+ signatures. The petition pointed out to the General Assembly that “is is inconvenient for your petitioners to attemd Courts, General Musters, Elections, etc. at the towns of Nashville and Franklin.”
The petition recommended by metes and bounds the size and shape of the proposed county:
“Beginning on the top of a ridge dividing the waters of Stone’s River & Mill Creek, in the Williamson County line, & running southwardly with said ridge as to leave all the waters of Mill Creek & Harpeth River in Williamson County, until the ridge intersects the now Eastern boundary of said Williamson County;, thence continue South with said line of Williamson County to the south boundary of this state; thence with the line of Wilson County North and Northwestwardly with said county line eo an elm and white ash, the corner of said county, which is Northeast from the mouth of Hurricane Creek which is four miles and thirty-six poles; thence from the mouth of Hurricane Creek southwest to the top of the first mentioned ridge; thence with said ridge Southwardly to the beginning.”
At the same time, there was another petition being circulated that requested that a new county not be created. Most of the estimated 3,000 population of the area were clustered in the Stewart’s Creek-Stone’s River area, centered around Jefferson, Tennessee, the earliest settlement in the new county.
Rutherford County was established from Davidson County and Williamson County by an act of the Tennessee General Assembly October 25, 1803. Rutherford County was organized January 3, 1804, according to “An 1803 Census of Rutherford County, Tennessee” by Robert M. McBride.
Sam Goin was recorded as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Rutherford County, Enumeration District 117, page 10, Civil District 17:
“Goin, Sam 33, born in April 1867 in TN
Sarah A. 32, born in April 1868 in TN
Ernest 14, born in January 1886 in TN
Callie 11, born in February 1889 in TN
Lizzie 9, born in March 1891 in TN
Anna 5, born in May 1895 in TN
Bettie 2, born in November 1897 in TN
John 1/12, born in May 1900 in TN”
Cynthia M. Gowan was married May 9, 1832 to Alexander B. Carns, according to “Rutherford County, Tennessee Marriages, 1804-1850.”
Mary J. Gowan was married to Benjamin P. Norman February 2, 1846, according to “Rutherford County, Tennessee Marriages, 1804-1850.”
Catherine Gowen was enumerated in the 1850 census of Rutherford County living in the household of Stokeley White, No. 1044:
“White, Stokeley 46, born in Kentucky, farmer,
$4,000 real estate
Jane 46, born in South Carolina
William B. 12, born in Tennessee
Ann 11, born in Tennessee
Jane S. 9, born in Tennessee
Gowen, Catherine 55, born in Tennessee
Catherine E. 19, born in Tennessee
Catherine E. Gowen was married November 23, 1854 to Granville L. Norman, according to Rutherford County marriage records.
Eliza Gowen was married to John R. Quimby October 12, 1837, according to “Rutherford County, Tennessee Marriages, 1804-1850.”
“James Gowen” appeared in the 1880 census of Rutherford County, Enumeration District 199, page 19:
“Gowen, James 51, farmer born in TN, father born in
TN, mother born in TN
Elisa 45, wife, born in born in TN, father
born in TN, mother born in TN
John 29, farmer, born in TN, father born
in TN, mother born in TN, single
Josie [?] 20, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN
James 17, farmer, born in TN, father born
in TN, mother born in TN
Charley 12, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN
Maggie 6, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN”
John Gowen, “born April 16, 1851–died November 9, 1926” was buried in Bascom Cemetery, near Verilla, Tennessee, according to “Tombstone Inscriptions & Manuscripts” by Jeanette Tillotson Acklen.
Kendrew Gowen was married to Lyda Williams July 13, 1846, according to “Rutherford County, Tennessee Marriages, 1804-1850.” Children born to Kendrew Gowen and Lyda Williams Gowen are unknown.
Anna Goin was born March 1, 1895. She was married about 1915, husband’s name Simmons. Anna Goin Simmons died August 31, 1961 and was buried in Donnell Cemetery.
Elizabeth Amy Goin was born March 22, 1891. She died October 20, 1906 and was buried in Donnell Cemetery, located one mile north of Lofton, Tennessee, according to “Rutherford County, Tennessee Cemtery Records” Volume 2 by Rutherford County Historical Society.
Lillie Vera Goin was born March 2, 1912. She died April 11, 1912 and was buried in Donnell Cemetery.
James Ray Goins lived in Auburntown Road, Milton, Tennessee in 1971, according to the telephone directory.
M. Gowan was the head of a family that appeared in the 1860 census of Rutherford County enumerated as:
“Gowen, M. 35, farmer, born in TN, $800 real estate
A. 26, born in TN
J. A. 8, born in TN, son
M. C. 7, born in TN
Irving 5, born in TN
K. P. 3, born in TN
Rendrew Gowan was married to Lyda Williams July 18, 1846, according to Rutherford County Marriage Book 1804-1872, page [?]. Of Rendrew [Kendrew Gowan] Gowan and Lyda Williams Gowan nothing more is known.
William M. Gowan was married to Mary M. Brains March 10, 1832, according to Rutherford County Marriage Book 1804-1872, page 37. Of William M. Gowan and Mary M. Brains Gowan nothing more is known.
Thomas C. Gowin was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1860 census of Rutherford County, Household 1217-1209, page 80:
Gowin, Thomas O. 53, wagonmaker, born in SC
M. H. 35, female, born in TN
B. H. 21, male, bridge builder, born in
F. J. 18, male, born in TN
J. H. 15, male, born in TN
J. S. 8, male born in TN
S. M. 11, female born in TN
M. P. 9, female, born in TN”
Margaret Gown, age 18 years, 11 months 15 days, died March 28, 1885, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro, according to “Old Cemetery Records” quoted in a letter from Miss Ada Young, Murfreesboro, dated May 6, 1976.
William B. McGowen was married August 15, 1837 to Martha J. Batey, according to Rutherford County marriage records. Children born to William B. McGowen and Martha J. Batey McGowen are unknown.
Mahulda Gowen Hand, daughter of Elkins M. Hand and Rachel Kellly Hand, was born in Rutherford County January 31, 1817, according to Carol A. Denny, a descendant of Amarillo, Texas. Mahulda Gowen Hand was married November 23, 1834 to Alfred Tyra Byler in Lauderdale County, Alabama.
James P. Quigley was married March 23, 1855 to Mary E. Hall, according to Rutherford County marriage records.
The estate of “Gowen Whetmore, deceased” was probated in Rutherford County in April 1817. Patsy Whitmore, administratrix reported to the court February 15, 1817 that his estate was appraised at $142.74 including $19 due on “two months and 17 days in U.S. Service.”
SEQUATCHIE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Steve Goin was married May 21, 1890 to Bessie Russell, according to “Sequatchie County, Tennessee Marriges, 1850-1922.” Children born to Steve Goin and Bessie Russell Goin are unknown.
Mary Goins was married July 9, 1905 to Ranzo Harmon, according to “Sequatchie County, Tennessee Marriages, 1858-1922.”
SHELBY COUNTY, TENNESSEE
John Fortson was listed as a worker employed by E. S. Goens residing at 99 Hernando in the 1891 Memphis city directory.
No families of Gowen [or spelling variations] appeared in the 1850 census of Shelby County or in the 1866 city directory of Memphis.
Oliver Gawin, negro was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1990 census of Shelby County, Enumeration District 90, page 11, 5th Civil District located at 170 Auction Street in Memphis:
“Gawin, Oliver 50, born in 1850 in NC
Sarah 50, born in 1850 in TN
Lucas, Ruth 18, born in May 1882 in TN, step-
Sam Gawan, “negro, 40, born in January 1860 in Illinois” was recorded as a lodger with William Booth at 82 Front Street, Memphis in in the 1900 census, Enumeration District 61, page 21.
M. Goin was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Shelby County, Enumeration District 97, -page 8 living at 95 St. Paul Street, Memphis:
“Goin, M. 30, born in May 1870 in AL
Augusta 28, born in October 1871 in AL
James S. 7/12, born in April 1900, in TN”
Sam B. Going, was born in “MS”, assumed to be Mississippi in 1838. He was married about 1860, wife’s name unknown. Col. Sam B. Going lived on West Main Street in Memphis in 1878. Col. Sam B. Going, “white male, age 40, married” died in the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis September 9, 1878.
Everett Goings was born in Memphis December 22, 1919. He was married in 1945 at Hobbs, New Mexico to Theora McKenzie, who was born at Pine Island, Minnesota February 19, 1905, according to Lea County, New Mexico Marriage Book 13, page 7785. The groom, age 26, was stationed at Hobbs Army Air Field, and the bride, age 41, was a resident of San Antonia, Texas.. Of Everett Goings and Theora McKenzie Goings nothing more is known.
Demas C. Gowan was born in 1848. He died in Shelby County in 1853.
Fred A. Gowan was a resident of Memphis in 1959 and also in 1971, according to the telephone directory.
Gladys M. Gowan lived at 1129 Hale Road, Memphis, in 1971, according to the telephone directory.
Granville L. Gowan lived at 4939 Knight-Arnold Road, according to the 1971 Memphis telephone directory. He maintained an office in the National Bank of Commerce Building at that time.
Gowan Hardware Store was located at 3170 Barron in 1959, according to the Memphis telephone directory.
Kenneth K. Gowan, Jr. lived at 6009 Farmington Cove, according to the 1971 Memphis telephone directory.
Mrs. Maggie Cox Gowan, daughter of S. N. Cox and Margaret Humus Cox, was born in Mississippi March 3, 1885. In 1919 she was a resident of Raleigh, Tennessee. She died September 25, 1919, at age 34 “of carcinoma of breast, liver and stomach,” at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, according to Tennessee BVS Death Certificate No. 50463 signed by Newman Taylor, M.D. She was buried in Egypt, Tennessee, according to I. B. Gowan, informant of Raleigh.
Move to James Burns Gowen, Goochland Co, VA
Marcus V. Gowan lived at 2143 Shelby Drive, according to the 1959 telephone directory of Memphis. In 1971 he maintained a real estate office at 1457 Madison, Memphis and continued to live at 2143 Shelby.
Ottice M. Gowan, Jr. lived at 3493 Mayflower Avenue, according to the 1959 telephone directory of Memphis.
On January 23, 1961 he was mentioned in the following newspaper story which appeared on the United Press wire:
“Man Builds Penthouse
For `Rooftop’ Cats
Memphis, [UPI] Mrs. O. M. Gowan’s cats live in a penthouse.
“The cats love to scamper about on top of the roof so much that Mrs. Gowan’s husband finally built them a “trash can” house there.”
Ottice M. Gowan in 1971 lived at 4035 Conrad Cove, the address given by Condred Gowan, according to the telephone directory.
Mrs. Reba Grant Gowan lived at 3697 Lamar Avenue, according to the 1971 telephone directory of Memphis.
C. A. Gowen was a resident of Memphis, 352 Carroll Street, when he corresponded with Marcus Vincent Gowen (G2/9.5) of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee December 12, 1942.
Frank Gowen of Union Planters Bank of Bartlett, Tennessee is reported to be a descendent of William Gowen.
The death records of Shelby County indicate that G. H. Gowen, male, age 25, died from typhoid fever October 25, 1853.
George A. Gowen was president of the Bristol-to-Memphis highway in Tennessee.
Henry S. Gowen, an extensive land owner, appeared in the Shelby County census [or Davidson County ?] of 1860 as the head of household 802-826. The household was enumerated as:
“Gowen, Henry S. 54, born in North Carolina, $9,000
Annie G. 40, born in Kentucky
James 11, born in TN
Henry 7, born in TN
Lizzie 9, born in TN”
Mamie L. Gowen, “10, born in Tennessee in October, 1889” was enumerated as a sister-in-law to James F. Bledsoe, householder in the 1880 census of Shelby County, Enumeration District 37, page 2, 7th Civil District.
Oby Gowen [perhaps Obadiah Gowen] appeared in the 1860 census of Shelby County as the head of household 694-673. He was born in Pennsylvania, his wife was born in Maryland, and their three-year-old daughter was born in Tennessee, indicating that they had moved to Shelby County prior to 1857. The household was rendered as:
“Gowen, Oby 39, born in Pennsylvania
Elizabeth 31, born in Maryland
Marie 3, born in TN”
Oswalt Thomas Gowen, who in February 1972 resided on Thomas Road in Memphis area was reported to be a descendant of William Gowen.
James Gowens was listed as a laborer residing at 508 Mississippi Avenue in the 1891 Memphis city directory.
Willie Gown, “25, born in Texas in May 1875” was enumerated in the 1900 census of Shelby County boarding with Mamie Sharp at 10 Johnson Alley in Memphis. The household was recorded in Enumeration District 99, page 33, 14th Civil District.
Meshac Gowing was a taxpayer in Civil District 10 of Shelby County in 1837, paying a tax on “1 poll,” according to the research of Frances Fleming, Foundation member of Carthage, Missouri.
“Meshack Goin” appeared in the 1841 Mississippi state census of Chickasaw County. he was enumerated as:
“Goin, Meshack white male 21-45
white male 0-18”
He appeared on the Chickasaw County tax roll from 1841 through 1845. He also appeared on the “personal roll” for 1845 and the “land roll” in 1845, but did not appear in the deed records.
SMITH COUNTY, TENNESSEE
No Gowens appeared in “Smith County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1838-1881.”
Francis Gowen [also rendered as Gowing] was sued August 5, 1800 by Benjamin Ford seeking in Cause 319,192 to recover $20.50 owed to him by Gowen, according to Smith County Court Minute Book 1799-1814, page 40.
State of Tennessee }
Smith County }
Be it remembered that at a Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions began and held for the County of Smith at the dwelling house of Michael Murphy on the third Monday in September 1800, Robert Price, Esquire, Constable returned to Court the following Original Attachment [ToWit]
State of Tennessee }
Smith County }
Whereas Benjamin Ford hath complained on oath to me, Garrett Fitzgerald, one of the Justices for Said County, Francis Gowen is Justly indebted to him to the amount of twenty dollars and a half, and oath having also made that the Said Francis Gowen hath removed or is about to remove himself out of our County or so absconds or conceals himself that the ordinary process of law cannot be served on him, if the case be so, and the said Gowen having given bond and Security according to the directions of the Act of the General Assembly in such case made and provided, we therefore command you that you attach the Estate of the Said Gowing if to be found in your County or so much thereof replevable on security as shall be of Value sufficient to satisfy the said debt and cost, according to the complaint and such Estate so attached in your hands to secure or so to provide that the same be to further proceedings thereupon to be had at the court to he held for the County of Smith at and on the third Monday in September next so as to Compel the said Gowen to appear and answer the above Complaint of the said Ford, when and where you shall make known to the Said Court how you shall have executed this Writ.
August the 5th day 1800
To any lawful officer to execute & return.
On which Original Attachment Robert Price, Constable made this return the 6th of August 1800.
Levied on one Pot and oven, a bed & furniture, one side saddle, one Sow and four shouts [shoats], one sow & three shouts [shoats], a Brass kettle, two House Pigs, two Heightows, two Piggins and a Churn, a Big whell [wheel] & Check Reel, a Jin [Gin] and Cotton thread.
Levied by me, Robert Price, Constable
To which original attachment the defendant, by his Attorney, George Smith, filed the following Plea in attachment [ToWit]
Benjamin Ford }
vs. } Attachment
The Defendant in this Suit comes into Court by George Smith his attorney and prays that the above suit may be abated
1st, because there is no affidavit filed with the Attachment,
2nd, Because the Sum Sued for comes at the Cognizance of a Single Justice and not within the Jurisdiction of this Court, and therefore the, defendants pray Judgement of the Court
3rd, Because there was no seal to the Attachment
G.S. Atto. for Deft.
Whereupon, on Solemn argument had by Counsel on both sides, it is considered by the Court that the aforesaid original attachment be quashed & that the plea of the Defendant be Sustained and that the Defendant recover of the Said Plaintiff his cost above his defense in this behalf expended and the said Plaintiff in mercy.
William Gowen, of Smith County, was a witness to the will of George Cox in 1812, according to Smith County Will Book A, page 157. The will named children Drury Cox, James Cox, Absolem Cox, Mary Cox Johnston, Patsy Cox Dameron and Elizabeth Cox Moss. The estate was inventoried May 25, 1814, and the will was probated in August, 1814.
STEWART COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Sanford Gowen was married to Nancy McElroy June 1, 1842, according to Stewart County Marriage Records. Of Sanford Gowen and Nancy McElroy Gowen and descendants nothing more is known.
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