152 Patrick Co, VA

PATRICK COUNTY, VIRGINIA–A

Patrick County was organized in 1790-91 with land from Henry County. Henry County was organized in 1776-77 with land from Pittsylvania County. Pittsylvania County was or­ganized in 1766-67 with land from Halifax County. Halifax County was organized in 1752 with land from Lunenburg County. Lunenburg County was organized in 1746 with land from Brunswick County. Brunswick County was organized in 1720 and in 1732 with land from Prince George County, Isle of Wight County and Surry County. Prince George County was organized in 1702-03 with land from Charles City County. Researchers must keep in mind that an individual could have lived in several of the above counties without ever having moved.
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Frederick Gowen and Jonathan Henry Gowen, regarded as kinsmen, were born in the Patrick County, Virginia area and became patriarchs of Kentucky families that, in two centuries, have spread throughout the nation. Frederick Gowen was enumerated as “free colored” in Virginia, but was reported as “white” in the Kentucky census. Jonathan Henry Gowen was the father of 13 children. This genetic influence is apparent in 1990 in the descendants of both men–even eight generations later.

Frederick Gowen is regarded by some researchers as a Melun­geon [a recent appellation preferred by some whose ancestors were labeled “Mulatto”] because census enumerator recorded him as a “free colored male.” In many enumerations in the area individuals were listed as “mulatto,” “colored,” or “Indian” by the censustakers who had no other latitude in recording a dark-skinned person. He was born about 1797 in Virginia, according to the federal census of 1850.

Jonathan Henry Gowen was a son of William Gowen and Bet­sey Moss Gowen, according to the research of Clara Jean Grider Fry, a descendant of Cave City, Kentucky.

“Frederick Going” was married December 10, 1818, to Nancy Coomer [Comer?] in adjoining Surry County, North Carolina, according to “Surry County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1780-1868.” “William Going” thought to be his father, was the bondsman. Nancy Coomer Gowen was born in North Carolina about 1798, according to the 1850 census. Their first child was born in Patrick County about 1819.

A son was born to them there about 1822, and was followed by a daughter about 1824. “Frederick Going” appeared as the head of a “free colored” household in the 1830 census of Patrick County, page 154.

“Going, Frederick free colored male 24-36
free colored female 24-36
free colored male 0-10
free colored female 0-10
free colored male 0-10”

They continued in Patrick County about 1831 when another son was born to them there. About 1833, they lived in Lee County, Virginia, in the extreme western tip of the state, where their fifth child was born.

About 1835, Frederick Gowen was living near Somerset, Ken­tucky in Pulaski County. No members of the Gowen [nor spelling variations] family were recorded in the 1830 census of Pulaski County which showed a population of 9,521 at that time. Frederick Gowen purchased land in Pulaski County for $225 in 1838, according to the research of Steve Gowen.

Frederick Gowen was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1840 census of Pulaski County, page 320:

“Gowen, Frederick white male 40-50
white female 30-40
white male 15-20
white female 10-15
white male 10-15
white male 5-10
white female 0-5”

Three members of the family were engaged in agriculture.

Also enumerated in the 1840 census of Pulaski County, page 294 was the household of Henry Gowen, unidentified:

“Gowen, Henry white male 40-50
white female 30-40
white male 15-20
white male 10-15
white female 10-15
white male 10-15
white male 5-10
white female 0-5″
white male 0-5”

Frederick Gowen sold his property March 2, 1848 for $150, according to Pulaski County Deed Book 13, page 520. Ap­parently he removed to nearby Adair County at that time. On October 1, 1849 he was paid “$1 for work on road,” according to Adair County Court Order Book H, page 9.

In 1850, the household of Frederick Gowen was recorded in Adair County, First Civil District, Household 603-603:

“Gowen, Frederick 53, born in Virginia, farmer, $200
real estate
Nancy 52, born in North Carolina, illiterate
Allen 20, born in Virginia, illiterate
Larkin 18, born in Virginia, illiterate, farmer
Elizabeth 15, born in Kentucky
Frederick 8, born in Kentucky
Hignight, Mary 40, born in Virginia”

The fact that he named a son “Allen” suggests a relationship to other branches of the family who used the name “Allen” as well. Mary Hignight was possibly related to the householders.

Frederick Gowen reappeared in the 1860 census of Adair County in the First Civil District as the head of Household 242-242:

“Going, Fredrick 62, farmer, $600 real estate, $540 personal property, born in
Patrick County, VA
Nancy 61, housekeeping, born in Stokes
County, NC
Elizabeth 22, housekeeping, born in Pulaski
County, KY
Fredrick 18, farmer, born in Pulaski County, KY”

Adjoining were the households of “William Going,” his son, No. 243-243; “Allan Going,” a son, Household No. 244-244 and William Chadowick [Chadwick?] and Mary “Polly” Gowen Chadowick, his daughter, Household No. 245-245.

During the Civil War, Frederick Gowen removed to Crawford County in extreme southern Indiana. He removed shortly afterward to nearby Gibson County, Indiana where his son, Larkin Gowen had located. “He died intestate, but did leave a treasure trove of information in Gibson County Court records when his heirs divided the estate,” according to a letter written by August 13, 1990 by Steve Gowen, a descendant of Lexington, Kentucky.

Children born to Frederick Gowen and Nancy Coomer Gowen include:

William R. Gowen born about 1819
Mary “Polly” Gowen born about 1824
Allen Gowen born about 1830
Larkin Gowen born about 1833
Elizabeth G. Gowen born about 1835
Frederick Gowen, Jr. born October 9, 1841

Initially it was thought that Jonathan Gowen was a son of Frederick Gowen and Nancy Coomer Gowen because of his close relationship with them, however a letter written February 23, 1987 by Clara Jean Grider Sexton Fry seems to refute this speculation. She wrote:

“Sometime back I got a letter from a lady [unnamed] in Adair County who said that the parents of Jonathan Gowen were William Gowen and Betsy Moss Gowen. I have lost the letter, but some credence can be given to this statement because Jonathan wasn’t listed in the probate of Frederick Gowen in Gibson County, Indiana. In his probate heirs were listed as William R. Gowen, Polly Chadwick, Allen Gowen, Larkin Gowen, Elizabeth G. Gowen and Frederick Gowen.”

William R. Gowen, son of Frederick Gowen and Nancy Gowen, was born in Patrick County about 1821, according to the 1860 census of Adair County. In 1833 he lived in Lee County and in 1835 in Pulaski County. He received a land grant of 30 acres located on Big Creek in Adair County February 9, 1837 by county court order, according to Adair County Deed Book 40, page 213.

On October 21, 1841, at age 20, he was married to Amanda B. Hinton, according to Pulaski County Marriage Book B-1, page 57. She was born in Pulaski County in 1820. It is possible that they lived for a short time in Green County in 1849; their fourth child was born there.

The household of William R. Gowen was enumerated Au­gust 22, 1850, First Civil District, page 42:

“Gowen, William 30, born in VA, farmer, illiterate
Amanda 27, born in KY, illiterate
Thomas 8, born in KY
Eli 7, born in KY
Gailen 5, born in KY
L. A. 2, born in KY, female
Cornelia 1, born in KY”

William R. Gowen received a land grant of 93 acres on Big Creek February 16, 1852 by county court order, according to Adair County Deed Book 37, page 248.

His family reappeared in the 1860 census of Adair County, First Civil District as Household 243-243:

“Going, William 39, born in Patrick County, VA,
farmer, owns $200 in personal
property, owns $200 real
estate
Amanda 40, born in Pulaski County, KY
Thomas F. 17, born in Pulaski County, KY
Eli 15, born in Pulaski County, KY
Galin 13, born in Pulaski County, KY
Lydia A. 11, born in Green County, KY
Cornelia 9, born in Adair County, KY
John 7, born in Adair County, KY
William 5, born in Adair County, KY
Amanda J. 4, born in Adair County, KY
Permilia 2, born in Adair County, KY”

Amanda B. Hinton Gowen died during the decade, and William R. Gowen, at age 47, was remarried to Polly Brock, according to Adair County Marriage Book 5, page 235.

William R. Gowen was shown as a resident of Adair County in 1872 when his father died, according to the probate records of Frederick Gowen in Gibson County, Indiana.

In the 1880 enumeration of Adair County, Enumeration District 4, page 30 the family reappeared at Gradyville, Kentucky:

“Gowen, William 59, born in VA, father born in
VA, mother born in VA,
farmer
Polley 56, born in TN, father born
[blank], mother born [blank]
James W. 12, born in KY, father born in
VA, mother born in TN, son,
farm laborer
Gowen, Thomas 38, born in KY, father born in
VA, mother born in TN, son,
farm laborer
Ketty A. 40, born in KY, father born in
KY, mother born in KY,
daughter
in-law
Gowen, William R. 26, born in KY, father born in
VA, mother born in TN, farm
laborer, son
Martha 26, born in KY, father born in
KY, mother born in KY,
daughter-in-law
Liza A. 3, born in KY, father born in
KY, mother born in KY,
granddaughter
Wilfred 3/12, born in KY, father born in
KY, mother born in KY,
grandson”

It is believed that the enumerator falsely assumed that Polly Brock Gowen was the mother of the older sons in the house­hold when he showed “Tennessee” as the birthplace of their mother. The name “Wilfred Gowen” suggests a relationship with the family of John Gowen in Davidson County, Ten­nessee.

Polly Brock Gowen died January 8, 1885, according to James O. Gowen.

Children born to William R. Gowen and Amanda B. Gowen include:

Thomas F. Gowen born in 1842
Eli Gowen born in 1843
Gailen Gowen born in 1845
Lydia A. Gowen born in 1848
Cornelia Gowen born in 1849
John Gowen born in 1852
William R. Gowen, Jr. born August 13, 1853
Amanda J. Gowen born in 1856
Permilia Gowen born in 1858

Children born to William R. Gowen and Polly Brock Gowen include:

James Wiley Gowen born in 1868

Thomas F. Gowen, son of William R. Gowen and Amanda Gowen, was born in Pulaski County in 1842, according to the 1860 census enumeration. He appeared as an eight-year-old in the 1850 census of his father’s household. He reappeared at age 17 in 1860. He, a 38-year-old farm laborer, continued in his father’s household in the 1880 census of Adair County. He was married by this time, wife’s name “Ketty” [Kitty?, Hetty?], age 40. He was remarried in 1914 to Mary Coomer, according to Adair County Marriage Book 23, page 497. Thomas F. Gowen died in Adair County October 5, 1918. Children born Thomas F. Gowen, Ketty Gowen and Mary Coomer Gowen are unknown.

Eli Gowen, son of William R. Gowen and Amanda B. Hinton Gowen, was born in Pulaski County in 1843, according to the 1860 census. He appeared at age seven in the 1850 census and at 15 in the 1860 census. He was married December 20, 1877 to Lucy England in Adair County. Children born to Eli Gowen and Lucy England Gowen are unknown.

Galin Gowen, son of William R. Gowen and Amanda B. Hinton Gowen, was born in Pulaski County in 1845, according to the 1860 census. He appeared as a five-year-old in the 1850 census and at age 13 in 1860. He was married in 1874 to Mary Jane Fletcher. She was born in 1852. The couple moved from Edmonton, Kentucky to Alvarado, Texas about 1902. Later they lived in Ft. Worth, Texas, and Gailen Gowen died there prior to 1911. In the 1911 city directory of Ft. Worth Jane Gowen was shown living in the home of her son, Culmer Fred Gowen at 1125 Stella Avenue. In 1914 she moved to Dallas, Texas where she made her home at 4312 Junius Street. In 1918 she was back in Ft. Worth living with her son at 1125 Stella Avenue.

“Jane Gowen, widow of Tarrant County” gave a warranty deed to J. S. Williams January 17, 1921 [five days after her death] to Lot 14, Block 20, Union Depot Addition, Ft. Worth for $1,000, according to Tarrant County Deed Book 692, page 343. Jane Gowen died January 12, 1921, according to Texas BVS File 825, at age 57 and was buried at Oaklawn Cemetery in Dallas.

Children born to Galin Gowen and Jane Gowen include:

Etta Gowen born in 1882
Emma L. Gowen born in 1884
Culmer Fred Gowen born in 1886

Etta Gowen, daughter of Galin Gowen and Jane Gowen, was born in 1882 in Edmonton. She was married about 1902 to Frank Williams and lived at Celeste, Texas. She died about 1911. Names of children are unknown.

Emma L. Gowen, daughter of Galin Gowen and Jane Gowen, was born in 1884 in Edmonton. She did not marry.

She appeared in the 1911 Ft. Worth city directory as an em­ployee of King Candy Company living at 1125 Stella Avenue with her brother and her mother. In the 1912-13 edition of the directory she was listed as “Emma L. Going, trained nurse, residence at 1502 Alston, telephone Rosedale 753.” She reap­peared there in the 1914 edition. In 1916 “Emma Going, Nurse,” was living at 1900 College Avenue.

In the 1912, 1913 and 1914 “Miss H. Kearney Going” also “boarded at 1513 Alston Avenue. In 1918 she was rooming at 1610 Washington; in 1920 at 1401 Washington.” In 1922 and 1923 “Kearney H. Going” continued “boarding at 1401 Wash­ington. In 1925 she was living at 1313 Alston. From 1926 to 1931 she lived at 1605 Fairmont Avenue. Of this in­dividual nothing more is known.

Culmer Fred Gowen, son of Galin Gowen and Jane Gowen and namesake of his great-grandfather, was born in Ed­monton in 1886. In 1905, at age 19, he was married, perhaps in Alvarado, to Lillie G. Walker, “age 15, born in Texas.” She was a daugh­ter of Allen Walker, a Tennesseean.

Shortly afterward they were living in Alvarado. In the 1909-10 Ft. Worth city direc­tory Culmer Fred Gowen was shown in residence at 2317 Vickery Boulevard. Included in the house­hold were his wife, Lillie G. Walker Gowen; his mother, Jane Gowen and his sister, Emma L. Gowen. At that time he was listed as a “fireman.” In 1911 he was living at 1125 Stella Av­enue and was shown as an “engineer.” In 1913 he removed to 1502 Mays Avenue, Dallas and was included in the 1914 Dallas city directory as an engineer for Cliff Ice & Cold Storage Company.

In the 1916 and 1918 editions of the Ft. Worth city directory he was back at 1125 Stella Avenue. He was employed as a ma­chinist by Waples-Platter Grocery Company. Lil­lie G. Walker Gowen was employed by King Candy Company.

In 1919 Culmer Fred Gowen returned to Dallas and lived at 1804 Spencer Street. He was listed in the Dallas city directory as an engineer for Central Ice & Cold Storage, living at 1410 McKell.

Culmer Fred Gowen and Lillie G. Walker Gowen “of Dallas” gave a warranty deed to Paul Longeway to Lot 14, Block 20, Union Depot Addition, Ft. Worth for $1,275 March 29, 1921, according to Tarrant County Deed Book 701, page 68.

Culmer Fred Gowen died October 20, 1924 and was buried in Oak­lawn Cemetery. Lillie G. Walker Gowen survived her hus­band for 48 years.

When she was interviewed in 1960 she reported that the Gowens who re­mained at Edmonton operated a hotel there. A visit there in 1971 turned up no members of the Gowen fam­ily and none were listed in area telephone directories.

Lillie G. Walker Gowen in 1960 lived at 5503 Vanderbilt in Dal­las. When she died August 4, 1972 she lived on Seagoville Road in Dallas. She was buried beside her husband.

Children born to Culmer Fred Gowen and Lillie G. Walker Gowen in­clude:

Darrell Cecil Gowen born March 22, 1907
Evelyn Louise Gowen born in 1909
William Edward Gowen born May 1, 1911
Marshall Raymond Gowen born December 24, 1913
Culmer Fred Gowen, Jr. born February 8, 1916

Darrell Cecil Gowen, son of Culmer Fred Gowen and Lil­lie G. Walker Gowen, was born March 22, 1907 at Alvarado, ac­cording to Texas BVS File 219932. In 1942 he was married to Mildred Carter, and they lived in the Dal­las area. He died May 1, 1963 at Houston, Texas, according to Texas BVS File 31375. He was buried in Calvary Hill Cemetery in north Dallas.

A daughter was born to Darrell Cecil Gowen and Mildred Carter Gowen:

Evelyn Jean Gowen born November 10, 1942

Evelyn Jean Gowen, daughter of Darrell Cecil Gowen and Mil­dred Carter Gowen, was born November 10, 1942 in Dallas. In 1957 she was married to William Seifert. In 1972 they lived in Dallas.

Evelyn Louise Gowen, daughter of Culmer Fred Gowen and Lillie G. Walker Gowen, was born in 1909 at Alvarado. She was married about 1929 to James F. Snyder. They lived in Dallas where she died in 1942. She was buried in Calvary Hill Cemetery.

William Edward Gowen, son of Culmer Fred Gowen and Lillie G. Walker Gowen, was born May 12, 1911 in Ft. Worth, ac­cording to Tarrant County Birth Book 11, page 302. Texas State Bureau of Vital Statistics files show his date of birthe as May 1, 1912. He died unmarried August 3, 1969 in Dallas and was buried in Rest­land Military Cemetery.

Marshall Raymond Gowen, son of Culmer Fred Gowen and Lillie G. Walker Gowen, was born December 24, 1913 in Dal­las, according to Texas BVS File 41083. On March 28, 1944 he was married to Ruby Lucille Clarkston who was born in Hunt County, Texas. In October 1972 Marshall Raymond Gowen, a switchman for Southern Pacific Railroad, lived on Seagoville Road in Dallas.

One daughter was born to this union:

Neva Fay Gowen born March 20, 1945

Neva Fay Gowen, daughter of Marshall Raymond Gowen and Ruby Lucille Clarkston Gowen, was born March 20, 1945. She was married January 20, 1962 to Jerry Wayne Campbell. The cou­ple and their three sons continued to live in Dallas in Octo­ber 1972.

Culmer Fred Gowen, Jr., son of Culmer Fred Gowen and Lillie G. Walk­er Gowen, was born at Ft. Worth, according to Tarrant County Birth Book 14, page 768. While serving aboard the U.S.S. Honolulu during World War II he was killed by enemy action and buried at sea, leaving no descen­dants.

Lydia A. Gowen, daughter of William R. Gowen and Amanda B. Hinton Gowen, was born in Green County, Kentucky in 1848, accord­ing to the 1860 Adair County census. She ap­peared as a two-year-old in the 1850 census and as an 11-year-old in the 1860 cen­sus. Of this individual nothing more is known.

Cornelia Gowen, daughter of William R. Gowen and Amanda B. Hinton Gowen, was born in Adair County in 1849. She ap­peared in her father’s household in the 1850 cen­sus as a one-year-old. She reappeared in 1860 as a nine-year-old. Of this individual nothing more is known.

John Gowen, son of William R. Gowen and Amanda B. Hinton Gowen, was born in 1852 in Adair County. He appeared as a seven-year-old in the 1860 census of Adair County. Of this individual nothing more is known.

William R. Gowen, Jr, son of William R. Gowen and Amanda B. Hinton Gowen, was born August 13, 1853 in Adair County, according to James O. Gowen, Foundation member of Tennyson, Indiana. He ap­peared in the 1860 enumeration of his father’s household as a five-year-old. He was mar­ried in 1876 to Martha An Hill, a native of Kentucky.

In the 1880 census of Adair County they were recorded in his father’s household:

“Gowen, William R. 26, born in KY, father born in
VA, mother born in TN, farm
laborer
Martha 26, born in KY, father born in
KY, mother born in KY
Liza A. 3, born in KY, father born in
KY, mother born in KY
Wilfred 3/12, born in KY, father born in
KY, mother born in KY”

He died September 10, 1927, according to the research of James O. Gowen.

Children born to William R. Gowen, Jr. and Martha Ann Hill Gowen include:

Liza A. Gowen born in 1877
Wilfred Gowen born in 1880

Liza A. Gowen, daughter of William R. Gowen and Martha Gowen, was born in 1877 in Adair County. She appeared in the 1880 census of her grandfather’s household as a three-year-old. Of this individual nothing more is known.

Wilfred Gowen, son of William R. Gowen and Martha Gowen, was born in 1880 in Adair County and was enumer­ated that year as a three-month-old infant in his grandfather’s household.

Although nothing more is known of Wilfred Gowen, his name suggested a slender thread linking his family with that of Wil­fred Burleson Gowen of Davidson County, Tennessee and Holmes County, Mississippi. This unusual name was handed down in the Gowen family and indicates a possible relationship between the Kentucky and Tennessee branches of the Gowen family.

Amanda J. Gowen, daughter of William R. Gowen and Amanda B. Hinton Gowen, was born in Adair County in 1856. She ap­peared as a four-year-old in the 1860 enumeration of her fa­ther’s household. She was married in 1876 to William R. Singleton.

Permilia Gowen, daughter of William R. Gowen and Amanda B. Hinton Gowen, was born in Adair County in 1858. She ap­peared as a two-year-old in the 1860 census of that county. Of this individual nothing more is known.

James Wiley Gowen, son of William R. Gowen and Polly Brock Gowen, was born in Adair County in 1868. He ap­peared in his father’s household in the 1880 census of Adair County as a 12-year-old. He was married August 10, 1904 to Alva Maupin in Metcalfe County, Kentucky. He was 36, and she was 18.

Mary “Polly” Gowen, daughter of Frederick Gowen and Nancy Coomer Gowen, was born in 1824 in Patrick County, Virginia, ac­cording to her 1860 census enumeration. In 1833 she lived in Lee County, Virginia, and in 1835 she was in Pu­laski County, Kentucky. About 1845, at age 21, she was mar­ried, probably in Pulaski County, to William Chadowick, a farmer who was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina. In 1850 the family was living in Adair County.

In 1860 the household of William Chadowick was enumerated in the federal census of Adair County as Household 245-245, very near that of his brother-in-law, William R. Gowen, Household No. 243-243:

Chadowick, William 37, born in Buncombe Co,
NC, farmer, $150
personal property
Polly 36, born in Patrick Co, VA
John 14, born in Pulaski Co, KY
David 12, born in Pulaski Co, KY
Nancy 10, born in Adair Co, KY
Frederick 8, born in Adair Co, KY
Elizabeth D. 6, born in Adair Co, KY
Harriett 4, born in Adair Co, KY”

They removed to Gibson County, Indiana along with their Gowen relatives.

Children born to William Chadowick and Polly Gowen Chad­owick include:

John Chadowick born in 1846
David Chadowick born in 1848
Nancy Chadowick born in 1850
Frederick Chadowick born July 27, 1851
Elizabeth D. Chadowick born in 1854
Harriett Chadowick born in 1856

John Chadowick, son of William Chadowick and Polly Gowen Chadowick, was born in Adair County in 1846. He appeared there as a 14-year old in the 1860 census. He was married about 1867 in Gibson County, Indiana to Indiana Hartley.

David Chadowick, son of William Chadowick and Polly Gowen Chadowick, was born in 1848 in Adair County. He was mar­ried about 1869 in Gibson County , wife’s name Lucy Ann.

Nancy Chadowick, daughter of William Chadowick and Polly Gowen Chadowick, was born in Adair County in 1850. She appeared there as a 10-year-old in the 1860 census.

Frederick Chadowick, son of William Chadowick and Polly Gowen Chadowick, was born July 27, 1851 in Adair County, according to Norma Florence Walton Jolly, a descendant of Malakoff, Texas in 1993. He appeared there in the 1860 cen­sus as an eight-year-old. He was married December 13, 1874 to Mary E. Owens in Gibson County. He died in 1925 and was buried in Davidson Ceme­tery, Pike County, Indiana.

Children born to Frederick Chadowick and Mary E. Owens Chadowick include:

William Thomas Chadowick born April 3. 1879

William Thomas Chadowick, son of Frederick Chadowick and Mrs. E. Owens Chadowick, was born in Henderson County, Kentucky April 3, 1879. In 1905 he lived in Pike County.

Children born to him include:

Lillie F. Chadowick born December 23, 1905

Lillie F. Chadowick, daughter of William Thomas Chadow­ick, was born December 23, 1905 in Pike County. She was married about 1922, husband’s name Walton.

Children born to them include:

Norma Florence Walton born March 3, 1924

Norma Florence Walton, daughter of Lillie F. Chadowick Walton, was born March 3, 1924 in Pike County. She was mar­ried about 1946 to R. Jolly. In 1993 they lived on Cedar Creek Lake at Malakoff, Texas.

Elizabeth D. Chadowick, daughter of William Chadowick and Polly Gowen Chadowick, was born in Adair County in 1852. She was recorded as a six-year-old in the 1860 census there. She was married about 1870 to Arthur Moore.

Harriett Chadowick, daughter of William Chadowick and Polly Gowen Chadowick, was born in 1856. She was re­ported as a four-year-old in the 1860 census of Adair County. She was married August 19, 1875 in Gibson County to James D. Crow.

Allen Gowen, son of Frederick Gowen and Nancy Coomer Gowen, was born in 1830 in Patrick County, Virginia. His name suggests a link between his family and that of William Gowen and Sarah Allen Gowen. In the 1850 census of Adair County he appeared in his father’s household as “age 20, born in Virginia, illiterate.” He was married in 1851 to Janettie J. Tarter, according to Adair County Marriage Book 2-6, page 150. He was recorded at age 21; she was 17.

His household, No. 244-244, appeared in the 1860 census of Adair County adjoining that of his father and William R. Gowen and William Chadowick:

“Going, Allen 28, born in Patrick County, VA,
farmer, $200 real estate, $300
personal property
Jane 26, born in Pulaski County, KY
Eliza Ann 7, born in Adair County, KY
Albert T. 5, born in Adair County, KY
Milford E. 2, born in Adair County, KY”

His household was recorded a second time [as No. 278-278] in the 1860 census of Adair County, according to the research of Steve Gowen:

“Going, Allen 27, born in Patrick County, VA, farmer, $200 real estate, $300
personal property
Jane 24, born in Pulaski County, KY
Eliza Ann 6, born in Adair County, KY
Albert T. 4, born in Adair County, KY
Milford E. 2, born in Adair County, KY”

Allen Gowen and Janettie J. Tarter Gowen did not appear in subsequent census returns of Adair County.

Children born to them include:

Hugh M. Gowen born October 12, 1852
Eliza Ann Gowen born in 1853
Albert T. Gowen born in 1855
Milford E. Gowen born in 1858
William R. Gowen born December 19, 1861
Cornelius D. Gowen born February 14, 1867

Hugh M. Gowen, son of Allen Gowen and Janettie J. Tarter Gowen, was born October 12, 1852 in Adair County. He died there “of the flux” in 1856.

Eliza Ann Gowen, daughter of Allen Gowen and Janettie J. Tarter Gowen, was born in 1853 in Adair County. She ap­peared there in the 1860 census as a seven-year-old. She was married September 2, 1875 to David Evans.

Albert T. Gowen, son of Allen Gowen and Janettie J. Tarter Gowen, was born in 1855 in Adair County. He reappeared there as a five-year-old in the 1860 census.

Larkin Gowen, son of Frederick Gowen and Nancy Coomer Gowen, was born April 15, 1833 in Lee County, Virginia. Two years later his family lived in Pulaski County. In 1849 they removed to Green County, and in 1850 he appeared in Adair County in his father’s household as an 18-year-old illiterate farmer.

According to the family bible, he was married December 14, 1854 to Louisa C. Coffey who was born May 26, 1827 in Adair County. In 1857 the couple lived in Carroll County, Virginia, adjoining Patrick County where he must have still had relatives. One of their sons was born there. By 1859 they had returned to Adair County.

In 1860 the family appeared in Adair County, Civil District 1 in the federal census as:

Going, Larkin 27, born in Lee County, VA,
farmer, $200 real estate
Louisa C. 31, born in Adair County, KY
Matthew W. 4, born in Adair County, KY
Frederick D. 3, born in Carroll County, KY
Larkin L. 11/12, born in Adair Co, KY”

Larkin Gowen and Louisa C. Coffey Gowen did not appear in subsequent enumerations of Adair County. He was a resident of Gibson County, Indiana when his father died there in 1872, according to Gibson County Probate Book S, page 284.

Apparently Louisa C. Coffey Gowen died, [error] and Larkin Gowen was remarried about 1879, wife’s name unknown. His wife and their baby were burned to death at Midway, Indiana in Spencer County. A news story about their deaths appeared in the April 25, 1881 edition of the “New Albany Ledger-Standard:”

“The details of a most horrible calamity that occurred near the little town of Midway, in Spencer County, a few days ago, have been related to a Ledger-Standard reporter by a gentleman who today returned to this city from a business trip to that part of the state. Mr. Larkin Gowen is a farmer who resides near Midway. His wife, while he was out at the barn at work, was engaged in her domestic duties, her infant lying asleep on the bed nearby. Mrs. Gowen, in passing near the open fire place, accidentally set fire to her dress, and the inflammable material was speedily in a blaze.

The unfortunate woman in her fright, leaped into the bed where her infant lay, intending to smother out the flames by covering herself with the bed clothing. Her blazing garments, however, set fire to the bed clothes, and the wretched woman leaped from the bed to the floor where she fell in a swoon, overcome by her fright and the intense pain that she suffered. She was literally roasted, all of her clothing having burned from her body.

Her screams were heard by her husband who hastened to the house. His first care was to snatch the infant from the burning bed; but it had already been fatally burned. The poor mother lay in an insensible condition on the floor, but the agony of her suffering was not of long endurance, for death came to her relief. The calamity is one of the saddest that ever occurred in that part of the state. Mr. Gowen had a severe struggle with the flames ignited by the burning bed before he got them suppressed. He is an excellent citizen and has the sympathy of all who know him.”

Larkin Gowen died April 3, 1895 and Louisa C. Coffey Gowen died August 11, 1897, according to the family bible.

Recorded in the bible of Larkin Gowen which was printed in Philadelphia in 1868 by William W. Harding, were many marriages, births and deaths.

The following marriages were recorded:

“Larkin Gowen L. C. Coffey December 14, 1854
Matthew M. Gowen Pharilla Frederick March 18, 1880
Frederick D. Gowen Tilla Wilkerson January 30, 1881
Daisy Mae Gowen John Franklin Douthitt September 8, 1901
Katie Ethel Gowen Della F. Roberts June 16, 1907
Claud Gowen Flora Scala May 1901
Laura Myrtle Gowen Frank Byers December 24, 1910
Flossie Irene Gowen Lester J. Skelton June 28, 1919

The following births were recorded

Quin Tillia Wilkerson October 13, 1860
Matthew M. Gowen October 27, 1855
Frederick D. Gowen April 14, 1857
Larkin L. Gowen August 7, 1859
Nancy J. Gowen May 9, 1862
Thomas G. Gowen November 21, 1864
William M. Gowen October 25, 1868
Larkin Gowen April 15, 1833
Louisa C. Gowen May 26, 1827
Daisy Mae Gowen January 10, 1882
Edith Gowen September 8, 1882
Claud Gowen December 9, 1884
Otis Orval Gowen October 8, 1886
Katie Ethel Gowen March 7, 1888
Laura Myrtle Gowen February 17, 1891
Harry Otto Gowen October 24, 1892
Flossie Irene Gowen October 20, 1895
Robert Ruffus Gowen May 27, 1902

The following deaths were recorded:

Nancy J. Gowen April 16, 1863
William M. Gowen February 10, 1884
Age 15 years, 3 months, 15 days
Larkin Gowen April 3, 1895
Louisa C. Gowen August 11, 1897
Tilla Gowen April 1927
Frederick Gowen
Polly Gowen January 8, 1855
Wife of William R. Gowen

Children born to Larkin Gowen and Louisa C. Coffee Gowen include:

Matthew Melvin Gowen born October 27, 1855
Frederick Dempsey Gowen born April 14, 1857
Larkin Luther Gowen born August 7, 1859
Nancy J. Gowen born May 9, 1862
Thomas G. Gowen born November 21, 1864
William M. Gowen born October 25, 1868
Matthew Melvin Gowen, son of Larkin Gowen and Louisa C. Coffee Gowen, was born October 17, 1855. He was married March 18, 1880 to Pharilla Frederick. He died November 14, 1905 in Pike County, Indiana. Children born to Matthew Melvin Gowen and Pharilla Frederick Gowen are unknown.

Frederick Dempsey Gowen, son of Larkin Gowen and Louisa C. Coffee Gowen, was born April 14, 1857 in Carroll County, Missouri. He was married January 30, 1881 to Quintilla Wilkinson. He died in 1940 in Warwick County, Indiana. Children born to Frederick Dempsey Gowen and Quintilla Wilkinson Gowen are unknown.

Larkin Luther Gowen, son of Larkin Gowen and Louisa C. Coffee Gowen, was born August 7, 1859 at Big Creek, Ken­tucky in Adair County. He was married June 16, 1885 to An­nie Donahoo. In 1888 they were living in Evansville, Indiana when a son was born. She died in April 1927. He died in 1935 in Evansville and was buried in Warwick County. Children born to Larkin Luther Gowen and Annie Donahoo Gowen include:

Frank Florian Gowen born January 5, 1888

Frank Florian Gowen, only known child born of Luther L. Gowen and Anne Donohue Gowen was born January 5, 1888 in Evansville, Indiana. He arrived in El Paso, Texas in 1905.

On October 6, 1917 he was married to Vera Werle, age 19, who was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Frank Florian Gowen lived at the Elks Club at that time.

He received an assignment from S. G. Vidler September 1, 1928 to mineral rights on 40 acres of land located in Section 162, Block 32 near Monahans, Texas, according to Ward County Deed Book 45, page 45.

No children were born to Frank Florian Gowen and Vera Werle Gowen, however on September 10, 1930 they adopted Lorena Griggs in Dallas, Texas, according to Dallas County Deed Book 1650, page 110. She was renamed Jo Ann Lyn Gowen, according to Lyn Ann Edens Harris, her daughter of Lubbock, Texas.

Frank Florian Gowen was the owner of the Smoke Shop in El Paso. He died August 27, 1948 and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso.

Vera Werle Gowen continued to live in El Paso and in 1971 was listed in the city directory as a nursery helper employed by the First Baptist Church. In 1975 she lived at 2930 Frank­ford Avenue, according to the El Paso telephone directory.

Children reared by Frank Florian Gowen and Vera Werle Gowen include:

Jo Ann Lynn Gowen born about 1928

Jo Ann Lynn Gowen, only child of Frank Florian Gowen and Vera Werle Gowen, was born in Dallas, Texas about 1928. She was married about 1948, husband’s name Edens. In 1975 Jo Ann Lynn Gowen Edens lived in El Paso, Texas

Children born to Jo Ann Lyn Gowen Edens include:

Frank Gowen Edens born about 1949
Cheryl Virginia Edens born about 1950
Lyn Ann Edens born about 1952
Gary Charles Edens born about 1955
Kenneth Roy Edens born about 1958

Nancy J. Gowen, daughter of Larkin Gowen and Louisa C. Coffee Gowen, was born May 9, 1862. She died April 16, 1863.

Thomas G. Gowen, son of Larkin Gowen and Louisa C. Coffee Gowen, was born November 21, 1864 in Pike County, Indi­ana. He was married November 16, 1892 to La Dora Davis. He died February 14, 1937 in Warwick County, Indiana. Children born to Thomas G. Gowen and La Dora Davis Gowen are unknown.

William M. Gowen, son of Larkin Gowen and Louisa C. Cof­fee Gowen, was born October 25, 1868 in Pike County, Indi­ana. He died February 10, 1884 in Warwick County “at the age of 15 years, 3 months, 15 days,” according to the family bible..

Elizabeth G. Gowen, daughter of Frederick Gowen and Nancy Coomer Gowen, was born in 1835 in Pulaski County. She ap­peared in the 1850 census of her father’s household as a 15-year-old. She was still listed by her maiden name in the will of her father written in 1872. She was married at age 42 August 30, 1877 to Enoch Noland, age 48, according to Gibson County Marriage Book 4, page 213. He died January 30, 1901 in Gibson County. She died February 12, 1901, according to James O. Gowen.

Frederick Gowen, Jr, son of Frederick Gowen and Nancy Coomer Gowen, was born October 9, 1941 in Pulaski County. He appeared in the 1850 census of his father’s household as an eight-year-old. Fredrick Gowen married about 1871 to Mary Jane Sullivan Phillips, a widow, after his arrival in Indiana. She was born March 18, 1838 in Gibson County, Indiana to Henry S. Sullivan, a native of Kentucky and Nancy Phillips Sullivan. Her first husband was John G. Phillips, according to the research of Clara Jean Grider Sexton Fry.

Frederick Gowen was mentioned in the probate of his father’s estate in 1873 as a resident of Pike County, Indiana.

Frederick Gowen, Jr. was enumerated in the 1880 census of Gibson County. The family appeared in Enumeration District 104, page 11 as:

“Gowen, Frederick 38, born in KY
Mary J. 41, born in IN, wife
Mina 7, born in IN, daughter
Elmer 5, born in IN, son
Phillips, Nancy 17, born in IN, step-daughter
Payton 15, born in IN, step-son”

Frederick Gowen, Jr. died at age 76 December 30, 1917 in Washington township, according to Gibson County Death Book H40. Mary Jane Sullivan Phillips Gowen died February 18, 1918 in Wabash township and was buried at Hazelton, Indiana, according to Gibson County Death Book H40. Both may have died in the influenza epidemic.

Children born to them included:

Elmina Gowen born October 30, 1872
Elmer Gowen born in 1875

Elmina Gowen, daughter of Frederick Gowen, Jr. and Mary Jane Sullivan Phillips Gowen, was born October 30, 1872 in In­diana. She appeared as a seven-year-old in the 1880 census of Gibson County. She was married October 3, 1894 to Clarence Davidson. She died March 8, 1955 in Pike County.

Elmer Gowen, son of Frederick Gowen, Jr. and Mary Jane Sullivan Phillips Gowen, was born in Indiana in 1875. He ap­peared as a five-year-old in the 1880 census of Gibson County. He was married April 6, 1904 to Florence Hornbrock. He died in Detroit, Michigan. Children born to Elmer Gowen and Flo­rence Hornbrock Gowen are unknown.
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Jonathan Henry Gowen was a son of William Gowen and Bet­sey Moss Gowen, according to the research of Clara Jean Grider Sexton Fry. It is suggested that he was a kinsman of Frederick Gowen because he appears to be closely associated with him. Melungeon characteristics are also found among his descendants. He was born in 1822 in Patrick County, Virginia, according to the 1860 census of Adair County, Kentucky. He was born in 1827, according to the research of Jessie Gowen Thompson. On February 6, 1846 “Jonathan Goen” was married to Hannah J. Beasley, according to “Surry County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1780-1868.”

She was also born in Patrick County about 1826, and both of her parents were born in Virginia, according to the census enu­meration. She was born August 15, 1829, according to the re­search of Jessie Gowen Thompson. J. Allen Berryman was the bondsman for the marriage. Later that year “James Goen” was married to Elizabeth Beasley, according to the Surry County volume. Eli Crouk was bondsman. “Morgan Goin” was married April 5, 1862 by J. Gray, J.P. William Gilmer was bondsman.

An interesting court record was found in an old book found at Patrick County Library and given to the Historical Museum in 1987. On page 17 appeared an entry: “Dec. 1836 [The following entry was crossed out]: Elizabeth Beazly v. Thomas Tatum, Executor of Thomas Beazly, deceased, Hannah Going, alias Beazly, Thomas Going alias Beazly, Hardin Going, alias Beazly, Seaton Chandler and Hannah Chandler, his wife, formerlyHannah Going, alias Beazly, Benjamin Harris and Catherine Harris, his wife, formerly Catherine Going, alias Beazly, Polly Beazly, Mary Chandler, James [or Jane] Chandler, Lucinda Chandler, Priscilla Chandler and Judith Chandler. Spa in Chancery- No Spa.”

Jonathan Henry Gowen and Hannah J. Beasley Gowen were enumerated in the 1850 census of Stokes County, North Car­olina, along with “James Going and Betsy [Beasley?] Going and their children next door, with a Beasley household be­tween them and John Going, his wife, Margaret and a 15-year-old boy, LeRoy Going,” according to the research of Steve Gowen.

From 1844 until 1855 Jonathan Henry Gowen lived in Stokes County, just across the state line from Patrick County. By 1857, he had removed to join Frederick Gowen in Adair County. A photograph of Jonathan Henry Gowen indicates him to be a tall, lean, stern man with a full growth of neck whiskers. He was a hunting dog fancier, and descendants “swore that he loved his dogs more than his children.” Con­sequently, none of his children would tolerate a dog on his homestead after he was grown.

His household appeared in the 1860 census of Adair County. Fortunately for genealogists, the enumerator saw fit to include the county of birth for each individual:

“Going, Jonathan 38, born in Patrick Co, VA,
farmer
Hannah 34, born in Patrick Co, VA
Mary F. 15, born in Stokes Co, NC
Sarah J. 13, born in Stokes Co, NC
John 11, born in Stokes Co, NC
Fanny 9, born in Stokes Co, NC
Thomas J. [twin] 5, born in Stokes Co, NC
Henry C. [twin] 5, born in Stokes Co, NC
Susan E. 3, born in Adair Co, KY
Frederick 3/12, born in Adair Co, KY”

He served as a private during the Civil War in Co. G, Thirty-seventh Kentucky Infantry Regiment. His household reap­peared June 22, 1870 located seven miles west of Columbia, Kentucky as Household 119-119:

“Gowen, Jonathan 46, born in VA, farmer, $300 per­
sonal prop, $3,000 real estate
Hannah 44, born in VA
Andrew J. 18, born in NC, farmer
Thomas J. 14, born in NC, farmer
Henry C. 14, born in NC, farmer
Susan E. 12, born in KY
Jonathan 10, born in KY
Nancy M. 8, born in KY
Martha A. 6, born in KY
Cornelius 3, born in KY
Emily 2/12, born in KY”

On June 10, 1880 the household of Jonathan Henry Gowen ap­peared in Adair County at Gradyville, Kentucky, Civil District 5, Enumeration District 4, page 19:

Gowen, Jonathan 55, born in VA, father born in
[blank], mother born in NC,
farmer
Hannah 53, born in VA, father born in VA,
mother born in VA, wife
Elizabeth 21, born in KY, father born in VA,
mother born in VA, daughter
Nancy M. 17, born in KY, father born in VA,
mother born in VA, daughter
Cornelius 15, born in KY, father born in VA,
mother born in VA, son, farmer
Emley 9, born in KY, father born in VA
mother born in VA, daughter”

According to the family bible owned in 1972 by Martha Ann Gowen McGrath, a descendant of Louisville, Kentucky, chil­dren born to them include:

Mary Frances Gowen born January 23, 1848
Sarah Jane Gowen born May 4, 1849
John Gowen born in 1850
Andrew Jackson Gowen born February 2, 1851
Fanny Gowen born February 2, 1853
Thomas Jefferson Gowen born June 12, 1855
Henry Clay Gowen born June 12, 1855
Susan Elizabeth Gowen born in 1858
Jonathan Frederick Gowen born January 10, 1859
Nancy M. Gowen born April 20, 1962
Martha Alice Gowen born in 1864
Cornelius C. Gowen born February 14, 1867
Emily Gowen born in April 1870

Mary Frances Gowen, daughter of Jonathan Henry Gowen and Hannah J. Beasley Gowen, was born January 23, 1848 in Stokes County, according to the family bible. She appeared as a 15-year-old in the 1860 enumeration of her father’s house­hold in Adair County. She was married there about 1866 to Jonathan Moore.

Children born to them include:

Willie Lee Moore born about 1868
John Wess Moore born about 1870
Warren Moore born about 1872
Polly Ann Moore born about 1874
Charlie Best Moore born about 1875
Andrew Moore born about 1877
Luther Thomas Moore born about 1879
Clay Moore born about 1882

Willie Lee Moore, child of Jonathan Moore and Mary Frances Gowen Moore, was born about 1868.

John Wess Moore, son of Jonathan Moore and Mary Frances Gowen Moore, was born about 1870. He was married about 1893 to Eva Coomer.

Warren Moore, son of Jonathan Moore and Mary Frances Gowen Moore, was born about 1872. He was married about 1895 to Delie Sneed, according to Clara Jean Grider Sexton Fry. Later he was remarried, wife’s name Mary. He was mar­ried a third time to Emma Tucker.

Polly Ann Moore, daughter of Jonathan Moore and Mary Frances Gowen Moore, was born about 1874. She was mar­ried about 1889 to Randal Cole.

Children born to them include:

Walter Cole born December 29, 1890
Felix Cole born about 1894
Lawrence Cole born about 1898
Allen Cole born September 16, 1906
Nellie Cole born June 3, 1913
Opal Cole [twin] born February 3, 1920
Bea Cole [twin] born February 3, 1920

Walter Cole, son of Randal Cole and Polly Ann Moore Cole, was born December 29, 1890. He was married about 1913, wife’s name Aurora. She was born in 1893. She died in 1970, and he died August 21, 1974.

Felix Cole, son of Randal Cole and Polly Ann Moore Cole , was born about 1894.

Lawrence Cole, son of Randal Cole and Polly Ann Moore Cole, was born about 1898.

Allen Cole, son of Randal Cole and Polly Ann Moore Cole, was born September 16, 1906, according to Clara Jean Grider Sexton Fry. He was married about 1929, wife’s name Hallie. He died July 23, 1975.

Nellie Cole, daughter of Randal Cole and Polly Ann Moore Cole, was born June 3, 1913.

Opal Cole, twin daughter of Randal Cole and Polly Ann Moore Cole, was born February 3, 1920.

Bea Cole, twin daughter of Randal Cole and Polly Ann Moore Cole, was born February 3, 1920. She is believed to have been married about 1937, husband’s name Taylor.

Charlie Best Moore, son of Jonathan Moore and Mary Frances Gowen Moore, was born about 1875. He was married about 1898 to Sally Coomer.

Andrew Moore, son of Jonathan Moore and Mary Frances Gowen Moore, was born about 1877. He was married about 1900 to Carrie Compton.

Luther Thomas Moore, son of Jonathan Moore and Mary Frances Gowen Moore, was born about 1879. He did not marry.

Clay Moore, son of Jonathan Moore and Mary Frances Gowen Moore, was born about 1882. He was married about 1905 to Edna Wilcox.

Sarah Jane Gowen, daughter of Jonathan Henry Gowen and Hannah J. Beasley Gowen, was born May 5, 1849 in Stokes County. She appeared as 13-year-old in the 1860 census of Adair County. She was married about 1867 to Ulysses Pike and moved to Missouri the following year, according to Clara Jean Grider Sexton Fry.

A son was born to them:

Ulysses Pike, Jr. born about 1869

John Gowen, son of Jonathan Henry Gowen and Hannah J. Beasley Gowen, was born in 1849 in Stokes County. He ap­peared in the 1860 census of Adair County as an 11-year-old, but did not reappear in the 1870 and 1880 enumerations. He was married in 1877 to Harriett Coomer, daughter of William R. Coomer and Delilah Coomer, according to Adair County Marriage Book 9, page 126. Harriett Coomer Gowen died, and he moved “out west,” according to Clara Jean Grider Sexton Fry. Children born to John Gowen and Harriett Coomer Gowen are unknown.

Andrew Jackson Gowen, son of Jonathan Henry Gowen and Hannah J. Beasley Gowen, was born February 2, 1851 in Stokes County. He did not appear in his father’s household in the 1860 census, but did appear as an 18-year-old farmer in the 1870 enumeration of Adair County. He was married October 28, 1873 to Nancy Adeline Rowe “at Preston B. Rowe’s”, according to Clara Jean Grider Sexton Fry.

He appeared as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Adair County, Enumeration District 4, page 20, two households removed from that of his father:

“Gowen, Andy J. 28, born in NC, father born in VA,
mother born in VA, farm laborer
Nancy A. 25, born in KY, father born in KY,
mother born in KY, wife”

He operated a store and a sawmill in Adair County. Andrew Jackson Gowen appeared in the 1903 city directory of Dallas, Texas as a driver for Henry T. Pollock Trunk Company and lived at 370 Williams, the address of his brother, Thomas Jef­ferson Gowen who was also employed by the same firm. In the 1904 city directory Andrew Jackson Gowen was listed as a salesman for L. B. Price Mercantile Company and was “boarding at 152 Motley.” It is believed that they returned to Adair County shortly afterward. He died at age 71 September 24, 1922, according to Jessie Gowen Thompson. His death was recorded in Kentucky Death Records, Vol. 39, Certificate No. 19148. They were buried in “the old Moss Cemetery,” according to Clara Jean Grider Sexton Fry. No children were born to Andrew Jackson Gowen and Nancy Adeline Roe Gowen, but they reared three children by the name of Taylor.

Fanny Gowen, daughter of Jonathan Henry Gowen and Hannah J. Beasley Gowen, was born February 2, 1853 in Stokes County. She appeared in her father’s household in the 1870 census of Adair County as a nine-year-old. She was married in 1869 to Meredith J. Harper who was born De­cember 27, 1852. He died September 28, 1912, and she was remarried to Peter Compton. She died June 11, 1937 and was buried in the Moss Cemetery beside her first husband.

Children born to Meredith Harper and Fanny Gowen Harper include:

Nancy Margaret Harper born about 1870
William Riley Harper born in 1871
Joe Taylor Harper born about 1873
Laura Ann Harper born in 1875
Henry Martin Harper born about 1878
Claudius Harper born February 14, 1880
Bert Harper born about 1883

Nancy Margaret Harper, daughter of Meredith Harper and Fanny Gowen Harper, was born about 1870. She was mar­ried about 1878 to Clarence Coomer.

William Riley Harper, son of Meredith Harper and Fanny Gowen Harper, was born in 1871 in Adair County. He was married about 1894 to Cena Bloyd. They moved to Texas about 1896.

Children born to them include:

Otis Harper born in 1896
Waldo Harper born about 1897
Johnny Harper born in 1898
Fannie Harper born in 1900
Mary Harper born in 1902
Porter Harper born in 1906
Cena Harper born in 1908
William H. Harper born in 1910
Earl Harper born in 1914
Paul Harper born in 1915
William Riley Harper, Jr. born in 1918

Otis Harper, son of William Riley Harper and Cena Boyd Harper, was born in 1896. He died in Texas in 1910.

Waldo Harper, son of William Riley Harper and Cena Boyd Harper, was born about 1897. He died when five days old.

Johnny Harper, son of William Riley Harper and Cena Boyd Harper, was born in 1898. Two sons and two daughters were born to him.

Fannie Harper, daughter of William Riley Harper and Cena Boyd Harper, was born in 1900. She was married about 1918, husband’s name Sluder.

Children born to them include:

John Sluder born about 1920
Lounett Sluder born about 1924
Herman Sluder born about 1926
Ruth Sluder born about 1929
Wanda Sluder born about 1932
David Sluder born about 1936

Mary Harper, daughter of William Riley Harper and Cena Boyd Harper, was born in 1902. She was married about 1920, hus­band’s name Kretzschman.

Children born to them include:

Claire Kretzschman born about 1922
Samuel Lee Kretzschman born about 1924
Daniel Kretzschman born about 1926
Bobby Ray Kretzschman born about 1929

Porter Harper, son of William Riley Harper and Cena Boyd Harper, was born in 1906. He died in 1981.

Children born to him include:

Johnny Harper born about 1930
Martha Harper born about 1932
Glendon Harper born about 1935
Kenneth Harper born about 1938

Cena Harper, daughter of William Riley Harper and Cena Boyd Harper, was born in 1908. She was married about 1926, hus­band’s name Pierce. Later she was remarried, hus­band’s name Durham.

Children born to her include:

George Pierce born about 1928
Katherine Pierce born about 1931
Clifford Pierce born about 1934

William H. Harper, son of William Riley Harper and Cena Boyd Harper, was born in 1910.

Children born to him include:

Benny Harper born about 1935
Lanier Harper born about 1937
William Douglas Harper born about 1941
Donald Keith Harper born about 1947

Earl Harper, son of William Riley Harper and Cena Boyd Harper, was born in 1914.

Children born to him include:

Earl Gene Harper born about 1940
Charles Harper born about 1942
Jerry Harper born about 1947

Paul Harper, son of William Riley Harper and Cena Boyd Harper, was born in 1915.

Children born to him include:

Betty Harper born about 1946
Leroy Harper born about 1950

William Riley Harper, Jr., son of William Riley Harper and Cena Boyd Harper, was born in 1918.

Children born to him include:

Sandra Kay Harper born about 1948

Joe Taylor Harper, son of Meredith Harper and Fanny Gowen Harper, was born about 1873. He was married about 1896 to Callie Wilcox.

Children born to them include:

Henry Harper born about 1898
Charlie Harper born about 1900
Connie Harper born about 1903
Mary Harper born about 1906
Flora Harper born about 1910

Laura Ann Harper, daughter of Meredith Harper and Fanny Gowen Harper, was born in 1875. She was married about 1896 to William Herbert Bennett, who was born in 1873. She died in 1951, and he died in 1961.

Children born to them include:

Lawrence Bennett born in 1898

Lawrence Bennett, son of William Herbert Bennett and Laura Ann Har­per Bennett, was born in 1898. He was mar­ried about 1921 to Nellie Pearl Franklin who was born in 1900. He died in 1962, and she died in 1986.

Children born to them include:

Thomas Bennett born about 1923
Chlotile Bennett born about 1925
May Ola Bennett born about 1928
Opal Bennett born about 1932
Jean Bennett born about 1935
Laurence Bennett ` born about 1938
Murrell Bennett born about 1942
Gerald Bennett born about 1946

Henry Martin Harper, son of Meredith Harper and Fanny Gowen Harper, was born about 1878. He was married about 1900 to Mary Alice Kessler.

Children born to them include:

John Henry Harper born about 1902

Claudius Harpers, son of Meredith Harper and Fanny Gowen Harper, was born February 14, 1880. He was mar­ried about 1902 to Mary Barley. Later he was remarried to Rebecca Coomer who was born January 1, 1877 to Floyd Coomer and Rachel Roach Coomer. Rebecca Coomer Harper died in 1943 and was buried in Moss Cemetery.

Children born to them include:

Edward Harper born in 1903
Beulah Harper born in 1905
Willie Clarence Harper born in 1906
[child] born about 1907
Jessie Harper born June 1, 1909
Hallie Harper born in 1911
Jimmie Johnson Harper born in 1913
Donnie Harper born 1915
Callie Elizabeth Donna Harper born in 1917
Claudis Harper born in 1921
Claudia Harper born April 1, 1924
Lillian Harper born in 1927
Flora Bell Harper born Dec. 25, 1920

Bert Harper, son of Meredith Harper and Fanny Gowen Harper, was born about 1883. He was married about 1906 to Montra Yarberry.

Children born to them include:

Anna Harper born about 1908
Louis Harper born about 1910
Thelma Harper born about 1913
Alfred Harper born about 1916
J. D. Harper born about 1920
Bert Harper, Jr. born about 1924

Alfred Harper, son of Bert Harper and Montra Yarberry Harper, was born about 1916. He was killed at Pearl Harbor in 1941, leaving a widow and one son.

Thomas Jefferson Gowen, twin son of Jonathan Henry Gowen and Hannah J. Beasley Gowen, was born June 12, 1855 in Stokes County, according to the family bible. He appeared in his father’s household in the 1860 census at Summersville, Kentucky as a five-year-old and again in the 1870 census as a 14-year-old farm laborer.

He was married in 1875 to Lucinda Margaret Floyd, daughter of James Floyd and Margaret Ann Bryant Floyd, according to Clara Jean Grider Sexton Fry. She was born in Kentucky Au­gust 11, 1858, and both of her parents were born in Kentucky, according to Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler. However, in the census of 1880 Lucinda Margaret Floyd Gowen advised the enumerator that she and both of her parents were born in North Carolina.

Thomas Jefferson Gowen appeared as the head of a household adjacent to that of his twin brother in Green County, Enumera­tion District 56, page 3:

“Gowin, Thomas J. 23, born in KY, father born in KY,
mother born in KY [errors],
laborer
Elizabeth 22, born in NC, father born in NC,
mother born in NC
Mary 3, born in KY, father born in KY,
mother born in KY
John 6/12, born in KY, father born in KY,
mother born in KY, born in
January 1880”

After killing two men in an 1887 [1897?] dancehall shootout in Green County, Kentucky, Thomas Jefferson Gowen kissed his wife and children goodbye and lit out for St. Louis. The sheriff, meanwhile, was searching for his twin brother, Henry Clay Gowen who was originally suspected in the crime. In St. Louis the 31-year-old fugitive bought a ticket on the St. Louis, San Francisco & Texas Railway. At Frisco, Texas, he stepped off the train to an uncertain freedom, according to Jessie Morgan Gowen, his daughter-in-law.

Sarah B. Wheeler Welch, a descendant of Thomas Jefferson Gowen wrote February 12, 2001 that she questioned the date of the reported dance hall shooting. She stated that she possessed a letter written by Hannah J. Beasley Gowen written March 21, 1890 addressed to her son Thomas Jefferson Gowen in “Sumersville, Kentucky.”

The letter, postmarked April 1, 1890 at Greensburg, Kentucky read:

“ Adair County
March the 21st 1890
Dear sun an dauter,

I seat mysrlf one time more to drop you a few lines to let you no that we are not well. I am right pourley my self. Nobody knows how mutch I suffered an no body don’t care. I don’t think I will be in the way mutch longer. I hope this will find you all well an doing.

Cat Cumton an Role Cofey is married an it looky like we cant get a girl to stay with us more than 4 or 5 weeks at a time an I don’t know what we will do with out we brake up an live a bout with the children.

Lucinday, emily has a girl bornd the 29th of December. Me and your pap an Mr. Beson was aming to cum down thair the 2 day of January, but it was a raining that morning. I want to see you all awful bad, but I don’t know whether I every will see you all any more or not. If I live I want to cum down thair one time more before I die.

Lucinda, I will send that hair in this letter fears I wont get to cum.

Tommy, I think you might cum to see your poor old father and mother. If Lucinda an the children cant cum I want you to rigt and let us hear from you.

Mary Hopper died the other day an was buried at Maris Chjapel. The house is burnt down. Thair is a heap of murders. Sun, a man got shot night before last at Gradyville. An one was shot over in Green the other week an a negro was shot at Gradyville at Christmas. Fouse Comton has got his pention, 6 hundred an 70. Emily call her baby Matty.

We had a bad storm through hear the other week. A heap of people lost thair meat. The Jints we cild Monday before Christmas we did not lose any as we no of. Nase lost 4 Joints. Every body I can hear of is going for the burley tobacco.

So I will close for this time. Right sure an don’t fail for I want to hear from you all. If I cant see you, [it] does me good to hear from you.

When this you see, think of poor me.

From Hannah Gowen to Tomas J. Gowen an family.”

She also wrote, “I also have in my possession a letter from Margaret A. Floyd Gowen written to her daughter Lucinda Gowen dated March 30, 1884 from Monroe, Kentucky. In both letters, the parents of each, Thomas J. Gowen and Lucinda Floyd Gowen, were urging them to come for a visit. They have heard that they were moving to Kansas and wanted to see them before they go and urged them ‘to suit yourselves closer to home.’”

The letter written by Margaret A. Floyd reads:

“ Monroe, Kentucky
March 30, 1884

Mrs. Lucinda Goins & Family,

Dear Friends,

I seat my self to write you a few lines in answer to your kind and welcome letter which has just come to hand.

This leaves us all tolerable well, except my self. I have not been able to do a day’s work since I was at your house last March.

Well, you wrote in your letter that you were a going to Kansas and wanted us to come and see you before you went. I am not able to ride horse back, and the river is too deep to cross in a wagon. So I cannot come to see you, but I would like for you all to come and see me before you go.

I was sorry to hear that you were going so far away. You had better suit your selves closer by, but if you go, I want you to rite to me often and tell me how you are getting along, and tell little Mary to learn how to rite and write to her Grandma.
You said you wanted to see Betsy Ann. Well, Betsy is sick in bed. She has another son, it is two weeks old and her little Charley has been sick form a month or two. He has been like to die, but has made a start to get well the last we heard from him about a week ago.

Well, Tomy, I reckon you have heard Flourishing news from Kansas. I am sorry to think that you believe any such tales for the truth cannot be carried a half mile without being changed.

I will close for the present, hoping you will [write] soon and often to me. So, fare you well to you all.

From Margaret A. Floyd

Write often, to Lucinda Goins and Family.”

At Frisco, Thomas Jefferson Gowen got a job on a farm, stayed out of town and kept a low profile. Months later, when he thought it was safe, he got word to his older brother, Andrew Jackson Gowen of his whereabouts. He requested him to bring his wife, Lucinda Margaret Floyd Gowen and their three children to Frisco.

By 1903 they had removed 20 miles south to Dallas where both brothers were employed as “trunkmakers” by Henry Pollock Trunk Company, according to the city directory. Thomas Jefferson Gowen, a clerk, was boarding at 370 Williams, according to the 1903 Dallas city directory. Lu­cinda Margaret Floyd Gowen appeared as a grocer in the 1903 directory, living and working at 370 Williams. On June 3, 1903 he received a warranty deed from W. C. Ray for Lot 12, Block 1, Motley Addition, according to Dallas County Deed Book 303, page 146.

Andrew Jackson Gowen returned to Kentucky, but Thomas Jefferson Gowen remained in Dallas, opened a grocery in 1911 and became a successful merchant. He never went back to Kentucky, and many of his Gowen family had no inkling of his whereabouts.

In 1904 and 1905, he was listed in the city directory as a “trunkmaker” employed by Henry Pollock Trunk Company. In 1905 he lived at 317 San Jacinto. On October 9, 1905 he received a warranty deed from W. A. Hazlip for lot 12, Block 23, Caldwell Addition, according to Dallas County Deed Book 373, page 97. In the 1905, 1906 and 1907 directories she was listed as a seamstress employed by Rose Manufacturing Com­pany and living at 210 South Fitzhugh. A release was given on this property September 19, 1907 as recorded in Dallas County Deed Book 411, page 287.

From 1906 through 1910 he was employed as a trunkmaker by Wilkins Trunk Manufacturing Company and lived at 210 South Fitzhugh during this period.

From 1911 through 1919 Thomas Jefferson Gowen appeared in the Dallas city directory as a grocer operating a business at 4900 Terry. He continued to live on Fitzhugh until 1915 and afterwards showed his address as 5909 Santa Fe Avenue. In 1919 he went into the poultry and produce business, operating a store at the same address as his residence.

Sarah B. Wheeler Welch wrote March 7, 2001 that she had in her possession a photograph of Thomas Jefferson Gowen and Lucinda Margaret Floyd Gowen taken in 1925 on their 50th wedding anniversary. Another photograph was taken on that date of them and their family in their store

He died November 26, 1935 at age 81, according to Texas BVS File 50703. His will, dated September 9, 1935, was pro­bated December 17, 1935, and John Lemuel Gowen, 5907 Santa Fe Avenue, was named executor, according to Dallas County Probate File 14950. His estate, valued at $4,456. went to his widow. Included in the assets of the estate was a note from Edwin Wheeler and Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler for $2,000 and a note from M. Sherman Gumm and Mary Alice Gowen Gumm for $300. Fixtures and inventory in the grocery store at 5911 Santa Fe Avenue were valued at $300. Half interest in two trucks total $200, and cash in the bank totaled $1,030.

Lucinda Margaret Floyd Gowen died October 22, 1941 at age 83 years and 11 days, according to Dallas County Death Book 7, page 526. She had lived in Dallas County 38 years and was residing at 2011 Michigan Avenue at the time of her death which was attributed to acute meningitis and a fractured fe­mur. She was buried in Restland Memorial Cemetery, ac­cording to Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler, informant.

Lucinda Margaret Floyd Gowen had written her will April 29, 1939 at age 80, and it was probated January 20, 1942, ac­cording to Dallas County Probate File 18869. Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler “of Allen, Texas” was named executrix. The will named legatees: daughters, Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler, Mary Alice Gowen Gumm and daughter-in-law Jessie Morgan Gowen to receive the estate valued at $10,000.

When Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler delayed in administering the estate Jessie Morgan Gowen through Attorney William Timothy Whitehurst requested a court order demanding that Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler produce the will of Lucinda Margaret Floyd Gowen. The accounting of the estate showed a residence on Santa Fe Avenue valued at $5,000, a lot valued at $2,500, store fixtures valued at $20 and $20.18 in a bank ac­count.

Children born to Thomas Jefferson Gowen and Lucinda Mar­garet Floyd Gowen include:

Mary Alice Gowen born October 31, 1878
John Lemuel Gowen born February 3, 1880
Pearl Elmore Gowen born December 29, 1881

Mary Alice Gowen, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Gowen and Lucinda Margaret Floyd Gowen, was born October 31, 1878 at Summersville, Kentucky. She was married to M. Sherman Gumm about 1900 in Dallas. She continued to live there in 1942.

John Lemuel Gowen, son of Thomas Jefferson Gowen and Lucinda Margaret Floyd Gowen, was born February 3, 1880 in Summersville.

In 1906 he appeared in the Dallas city directory as a clerk em­ployed by Schoellkopf Saddlery Com­pany and living in the residence of his father. In 1903 John Lemuel Gowen was listed as a farmer. It is believed that John Lemuel Gowen was married about 1905 to Viola Katherine Townsend who was born in Dallas in 1885. It is believed that several children were born to this union before Viola Katherine Townsend Gowen “ran away with a drummer,” according to a story told by members of the family.

In 1907 and 1908 he continued with the saddlery company and lived at 210 South Fitzhugh, the home of his parents. In 1909 he was employed by J. I. Case Threshing Machine Company and boarded at 222 Garland. From 1910 through 1919 he was employed by Huey & Philp Hardware Company. In 1910 he lived at 118 Sim Avenue. From 1911 through 1916 he lived at 502 South Fitzhugh. In 1917 he showed his ad­dress at 5909 Santa Fe Avenue. He was also listed as a clerk for MKT Rail­way and lived at 5425 Santa Fe Avenue, according to the city directory. “John Gowen, carpenter” lived at 5125 Santa Fe Av­enue, according to the 1919 city directory.

“Kate Gowan, widow of John Gowan” was a seamstress living at 152 Race Street, according to the 1909 Dallas city direc­tory. In 1910, she was listed as an “operator, M. Tent & Awning Company. In 1911 she was shown “boarding at Mrs. M. F. McMillon’s,” working as a seamstress at Dallas Tent & Awning Company and living at 4537 Santa Fe Avenue. Her address and employment remained the same in 1912, 1913 and 1914.

“Mrs. Kate Gowen” was listed in the Dallas city directory in the 1915, 1916 and 1917 editions. She was listed as a seam­stress employed by Texas Tent & Awning Company and lived at 4537 Santa Fe Avenue. “Mrs. Viola K. Gowen” was mar­ried to A. J. Payne No­vember 12, 1917, according to Dallas County Mar­riage Book 23, page 445.

“John L. Gowen” was married to Alburtie Champion January 8, 1909, ac­cording to Dallas County Marriage Book 5, page 297. They were the parents of a daughter, name unknown, born De­cember 2, 1909, according to Dallas County Birth Book 6, page 97. Apparently the couple divorced because on September 26, 1910 “Alberta Gowan” received a warranty deed from “John L. Gowen.” “Bertie Gowan” was married to Joll W. Jones June 28, 1916, according to Dallas County Mar­riage Book 286, page 628.

On January 22, 1912 John Lemuel Gowen “of Tom Green County, Texas” bought land there from Ed Wheeler and wife for $2,000, according to Tom Green County Deed Book 79, page 411.

“John L. Gowen” was married to Miss Blessie Willis May 19, 1912, accord­ing to Dallas County Marriage Book 14, page 141. It is believed that no children were born to John Lemuel Gowen and Blessie Willis Gowen. On December 4, 1912 John Lemuel Gowen received a sheriff’s deed to Lot 9, Block B, Robertson Addition, according to Dallas County Deed Book 578, page 4.

On January 4, 1913 John Lemuel Gowen was married to Jessie Mor­gan, according to Collin County, Texas Marriage Book 16, page 618. She was born December 10, 1894 in Van Zandt County, Texas. Family members relate that while Jessie Mor­gan Gowen was preparing supper on their wedding night John Lemuel Gowen instructed her to “set four more plates.” Thus she learned for the first time that she was the “mother of four.”

On August 14, 1913 John Lemuel Gowen and Jessie Morgan Gowen “of Dallas County” sold their land in Tom Green County back to Ed Wheeler and wife for $2,000, according to Tom Green County Deed Book 85, page 100.

John Lemuel Gowen in 1914 was a stenographer for Huey & Philp Hardware Com­pany living in the home of his father at 502 South Fitzhugh Avenue, according to the Dallas city di­rectory.

John Lemuel Gowen and Jessie Morgan Gowen had 19 real es­tate trans­actions recorded in Dallas County deed books between 1914 and 1935. Jessie Morgan Gowen appeared in the 1918 city direc­tory as a clerk in the grocery store owned by her fa­ther-in-law and residing at 5909 Santa Fe Avenue.

John Lemuel Gowen wrote his will January 29, 1937. He died about two weeks later February 13, 1937, at age 57, ac­cording to Texas BVS File 7566. Jessie Morgan Gowen was named administrator. His estate consisted of 266.4 acres of land in Denton County, 15 miles east of Denton, valued at $10,000; 38.8 acres of land in Dallas County valued at $2,500; 80 acres of land in Hunt County valued at $4,000 and Lot 12, Block 3, Bergfeld Place Addition, Dallas, valued at $2,000. Value of his es­tate was $8,432.38, according to Dallas County Probate File No. 15882.

Children born to John Lemuel Gowen and Viola Katherine Townsend Gowen include:

[daughter] born about 1901
Jack Lemuel Gowen born January 31, 1903

Children born to John Lemuel Gowen and Alburtie Cham­pion Gowen include:

[daughter] born December 2, 1909

Children born to John Lemuel Gowen and Jessie Morgan Gowen include:

Thelma Gowen born December 3, 1913
Mary Catherine Gowen born July 17, 1915
Evelyn Gowen born June 14, 1918
John Lemuel Gowen, Jr. born October 20, 1919
Thomas Jefferson Gowen born May 13, 1926
Elsie Mae Gowen born November 8, 1928
Joan Gowen born August 8, 1931
William Timothy Gowen born December 17, 1933

It is believed a daughter, name unknown, was born to John Lemuel Gowen and Viola Katherine Townsend Gowen about 1901. Of this individual noth­ing more is known.

Jack Lemuel Gowens, believed to be a son of John Lemuel Gowen and Vi­ola Katherine Townsend Gowen, was born Jan­uary 31, 1903, according to Dallas County Birth Book 25, page 545. A corrob­orating birth certificate was filed in Dal­las County Delayed Birth Book 6, page 371 February 2, 1942 by order of the Dallas County judge.

On November 5, 1923 Jack Lemuel Gowen was married to Mary Eliz­abeth Abernathy, according to Dallas County Mar­riage Book 37, page 141. On August 8, 1931 they gave a deed to National Standard Life Insurance Company to Lot 9, Block 2, Love­lace Addition, Dallas, accord­ing to Dallas County Deed Book 1705, page 628.

Jack Lemuel Gowen died December 13, 1967 in Dallas, and Mary Elizabeth Abernathy Gowen was named executrix by the terms of his will. He left his home at 6474 Royal Lane and $21,000 cash to his widow. Rosemary Gowen Payne and her husband Robert Benson Payne, witnessed the will. In the 1972 city di­rectory of Dal­las Mary Elizabeth Abernathy Gowen, “widow of Jack L. Gowen,” was listed as a saleswoman for Flower-A-Day Shop and continued to live at 6474 Royal Lane. She remained there in 1979.

Children born to Jack Lemuel Gowen and Mary Elizabeth Abernathy Gowen include:

Rosemary Gowen born May 29, 1931

Rosemary Gowen, daughter of Jack Lemuel Gowen and Mary Elizabeth Abernathy Gowen, was born May 29, 1931, accord­ing to Texas BVS File 38540. She was married De­cember 3, 1953 to Robert Benson Payne, according to Dallas County Marriage Book 123, page 187.

A daughter, name unknown, was born to John Lemuel Gowen and Albertie Champion Gowen, according to Dallas County Birth Book 6, page 97. Of this individual nothing more is known.

Thelma Gowen, daughter of John Lemuel Gowen and Jessie Morgan Gowen, was born December 3, 1913 in Dallas. She was married July 1, 1933 to Jef­ferson Brim Crow, Jr, ac­cording to Dallas County Marriage Book 55, page 31. Thelma Gowen Crow died July 14, 1985 at age 81, according to Lisa Marie Jones, Foundation member of Mesquite, Texas, in a letter writ­ten November 16, 1995.

Children born to Jefferson Brim Crow, Jr. and Thelma Gowen Crow in­clude:

Jefferson Brim Crow III born about 1936
Mary Evelyn Crow born about 1939
Ruth Crow born about 1942
Judy Crow born about 1947
Charles Crow born about 1950

Mary Katherine Gowen, daughter of John Lemuel Gowen and Jessie Mor­gan Gowen, was born July 17, 1915 in Dallas, ac­cording to Texas BVS File 25959. She was married to William Henry Mead­ows of Ft. Worth, Texas April 17, 1937, according to Dallas County Marriage Book 63, page 125. She died in 1940.

Children born to them include:

Clifford Meadows born about 1939

Clifford Thomas Meadows, son of William Henry Meadows and Mary Katherine Gowen Meadows, was born about 1939 in Ft. Worth. He continued there in March 1972.

Evelyn Gowen, daughter of John Lemuel Gowen and Jessie Morgan Gowen, was born June 14, 1918 in Dallas. She was married April 5, 1938 to Homer H. Massey, according to Dallas County Marriage Book 65, page 367. He was killed in the crash of an U.S. Army Air Corps AT-6 trainer plane at Paris, Texas. Evelyn Gowen Massey was later remarried to John Rodegherio and in March 1972 lived in Big Spring, Texas.

One son, Homer H. Massey, Jr. was born to Homer H. Massey and Eve­lyn Gowen Massey in 1939. No children were born to John Rodegherio and Evelyn Gowen Massey Rodegherio.

John Lemuel Gowen, Jr, son of John Lemuel Gowen and Jessie Morgan Gowen, was born October 20, 1919 in Dallas. Ap­parently he was married about 1939, wife’s name Addie Marie, and appar­ently they were divorced, but on March 26, 1941 John Lemuel Gowen, Jr. and Addie Marie Gowen were remarried by John T. Price, pastor, Presbyterian Church, Rockwall, Texas, according to Rockwall County Mar­riage Book 18, page 272. John Lemuel Gowen, Jr. was listed as a clerk for a drug corpo­ration in the 1941 city directory of Dallas. Later the couple was divorced again, and Addie Marie Gowen on May 18, 1945 was remarried to Harvey N. Smith, accord­ing to Rockwall County Mar­riage Book 24, page 239.

John Lemuel Gowen, Jr. had been remarried April 23, 1945 to Miss Audrey Juan­ita Morrison who was born in Texas in 1924, ac­cording to Rockwall County Marriage Book 24, page 188.

In March 1972 he was vice-president of Southern Drugs and lived on Tripp Road, Gar­land, Texas, according to the tele­phone directory. In 1979 he continued to live there.

Children born to John Lemuel Gowen, Jr. and Addie Marie Gowen include:

Wylie Gene Gowen born August 2, 1941
Carol Ann Gowen born October 25, 1942

Children born to John Lemuel Gowen, Jr. and Audrey Juanita Mor­rison Gowen include:

John Lemuel Gowen III born February 11, 1949
Mary Catherine Gowen born about 1953
Karen Gowen born about 1955

Wylie Gene Gowen, believed to be the son of John Lemuel Gowen, Jr. and Addie Marie Gowen, was born August 2, 1941 in Dallas County. However Audrey Juan­ita Morrison Gowen stated in an af­fidavit dated August 5, 1958 that she was the mother of Wylie Gene Gowen, according to Dallas County Birth Book 64, page 483. In 1964 he was a freshman at East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas. His home address was shown as Route 2, Box 48, Mesquite, Texas. He was mar­ried Feb­ruary 15, 1966 to Dorothea Adams at Dallas. Children born to Wylie Gene Gowen and Dorothea Adams Gowen are unknown.

Carol Ann Gowen, daughter of John Lemuel Gowen, Jr. and Addie Marie Gowen, was born October 25, 1942 in Cooke County, Texas, according to Texas BVS File 100248. She was a student at East Texas State University in Commerce in 1964. Her home address was shown as Route 2, Mesquite, Texas. She was married August 19, 1969 to Melvin L. Mc­Farling, accord­ing to Dallas County marriage records.

John Lemuel Gowen III, son of John Lemuel Gowen, Jr. and Audrey Juanita Morrison Gowen, was born February 11, 1949. He was married March 28, 1969 at Mesquite to Judy Kay Brad­shaw who was born July 2, 1951, according to Kaufman County Marriage Book 27, page 327. Children born to John Lemuel Gowen III and Judy Kay Bradshaw Gowen are un­known.

Mary Catherine Gowen, daughter of John Lemuel Gowen, Jr. and Audrey Juanita Morrison Gowen, was born about 1953. Of this individual nothing more is known.

Karen Gowen, daughter of John Lemuel Gowen, Jr. and Au­drey Juanita Morrison Gowen, was born about 1955. In 1972 she was listed in the Dallas city directory as office secretary of the American Cancer Society with residence in Mesquite.

Thomas Jefferson Gowen, son of John Lemuel Gowen and Jessie Morgan Gowen and namesake of his grandfather, was born May 13, 1926 at Dallas. He was married July 10, 1946 to Fernala Ann Shaffer, according to Rockwall Coun­ty Mar­riage Book 26, page 565. In March 1972 they lived at 12209 Lake June Road, Mesquite.

Children born to Thomas Jefferson Gowen and Fernala Ann Shaffer Gowen include:

Barbara Aline Gowen born May 11, 1947
John Thomas Gowen born September 16, 1948
Thomas Jefferson Gowen, Jr. born about 1951
Gary Lynn Gowen born about 1952
Ricky Wayne Gowen born March 14, 1955

Barbara Aline Gowen, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Gowen and Fernala Ann Shaffer Gowen, was born May 11, 1947 in Dallas County, according to Texas BVS File 208080.

John Thomas Gowen, son of Thomas Jefferson Gowen and Fernala Ann Shaffer Gowen, was born September 16, 1948 in Dal­las County, according to Texas BVS File 106934.

Thomas Jefferson Gowen, Jr, son of Thomas Jefferson Gowen and Fer­nala Ann Shaffer Gowen, was born in Dallas about 1951.

Gary Lynn Gowen, son of Thomas Jefferson Gowen and Fer­nala Ann Shaffer Gowen, was born about 1952 in Dallas County. He was married February 13, 1968 to Cecilia M. Si­mons, according to Dallas County marriage records. He was remarried to Debra Jeanette Qualls October 10, 1970, according to Hopkins County, Texas Marriage Book 22, page 368. Cecilia M. Simons Gowen was remarried December 17, 1971 to Harold G. Manire, according to Dallas County mar­riage records. Of Gary Lynn Gowen and Debra Jeanette Qualls Gowen nothing more is known.

Ricky Wayne Gowen, son of Thomas Jefferson Gowen and Fernala Ann Shaffer Gowen, was born March 14, 1955 in Dallas County, according to Texas BVS files.

Elsie Mae Gowen, daughter of John Lemuel Gowen and Jessie Morgan Gowen, was born November 8, 1928 in Dallas. On August 29, 1947 she was married to Dr. Roy Delbert Wag­goner, according to Dallas County Marriage Book 99, page 56. The marriage certificate recorded her name as “Ester Mae Gowen.” In 1972 they lived in Mesquite.

Children born to Dr. Roy Delbert Waggoner and Elsie Mae Gowen Waggoner include:

Barbara June Waggoner born about 1950
Lillie Ann Waggoner born about 1952
James Allen Waggoner born about 1955
Nancy Lou Waggoner born about 1958
Lisa Carol Waggoner born about 1961

Joan Gowen, daughter of John Lemuel Gowen and Jessie Mor­gan Gowen, was born August 8, 1931 in Dallas County, accord­ing to BVS File 64476. She was married about 1951 to Jeff Rickard. About 1965 she was remarried to Wayne Kemp. In March 1972 they made their home in Mesquite.

Children born to Jeff Rickard and Joan Gowen Rickard in­clude:

Mary Jo Rickard born about 1952
Jeff Rickard, Jr. born about 1954
Shirl Ann Rickard born about 1955
David Rickard born about 1956
Jessie Annette Rickard born about 1958
Cinda Lou Rickard born about 1960
Roy Don Rickard born about 1962

William Timothy Gowen, son of John Lemuel Gowen and Jessie Morgan Gowen, was born December 17, 1933 in Dallas County, according to Texas BVS File 98667. He was named for his mother’s attorney William Timothy Whitehurst, a Dal­las attorney.

About 1954 he was married to Barbara G. Hager. They re­moved to Austin, Texas about 1959, and they received a deed from Wayne Burns Company September 18, 1969 to Lot 5, Block E, Greenwood Forest Addition, Austin, according to Travis County Deed Book 2096, page 475. In March 1972 the couple lived at 702 Philco, Austin where he was employed as an office equipment salesman.

Barbara G. Hager Gowen died November 29, 1972 at age 44 leaving a community estate of $24,000, according to Travis County Probate File 35385. She was living at 1702 Philco, Austin, at the time of her death. Her will was dated October 7, 1972 and was executed by William Timothy Gowen. During the probate, William Timothy Gowen showed his address at 1707 Jennings Street, Big Spring, Texas.

Mrs. Evelyn Rodeghiero, of Big Spring, was also an executor, and was named guardian of Barbara Hagar Gowen’s children:

On January 26, 1973 William Timothy Gowen was married to Mrs. Billie Rhea Covert in Big Spring by a Veterans Admin­istration Hospital chaplain, according to Howard County, Texas Marriage Book 18, page 89. William Timothy Gowen and Billie Rhea Covert Gowen gave a deed to his Austin home to Thomas Isom Harris October 15, 1973, according to Travis County Deed Book 4747, page 442.

Children born to William Timothy Gowen and Barbara G. Hager Gowen include:

Patricia Gail Gowen born January 25, 1955
William Timothy Gowen, Jr. born August 7, 1956
Mark Steven Gowen born May 22, 1958
Barbara Dee “Deedee” Gowen born July 4, 1960
Lemuel Clifton Gowen born November 21, 1961
Cara Lynn Gowen born April 11, 1964

Patricia Gail Gowen, daughter of William Timothy Gowen and Barbara G. Hager Gowen, was born January 25, 1955 in Dallas County, according to Texas BVS File 4400. She was married April 28, 1972 to Sean Lowry Rhodes at Austin, ac­cording to Travis County Marriage Book 99, page 96. They made their home there at 2204 Village Way.

William Timothy Gowen, Jr., son of William Timothy Gowen and Barbara G. Hager Gowen, was born August 7, 1956 in Dallas County, according to Texas BVS File 135943.

Mark Steven Gowen, son of William Timothy Gowen and Barbara G. Hager Gowen, was born May 22, 1958 in Dallas County, according to Texas BVS File 75866.

Barbara Dee “Deedee” Gowen, daughter of William Timothy Gowen and Barbara G. Hager Gowen, was born July 4, 1960 in Travis County, according to Texas BVS File No. 130324.

Lemuel Clifton [or James Clifton] Gowen, son of William Timothy Gowen and Barbara G. Hager Gowen, was born November 21, 1961 in Austin, according to Texas BVS File 130324.

Cara Lynn Gowen, daughter of William Timothy Gowen and Barbara G. Hager Gowen, was born April 1, 1964 in Austin.

Pearl Elmore Gowen, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Gowen and Lucinda Margaret Floyd Gowen, was born December 29, 1881 at Somerset, Kentucky. She moved with her parents to Denton County, Texas about 1900, and in 1903 was “boarding at 370 Williams Street,” according to the Dallas city directory. She was married to Edwin Wheeler May 18, 1904, according to Dallas County Marriage Book W, page 601. He was born September, 27, 1874 in Garland, Texas. In 1941 they lived at Plano, Texas. They lived at Allen, Texas in 1942 when she was named executrix of her mother’s will.

Edwin Wheeler died April 5, 1949 and was buried in Big Spring Cemetery near Richardson, Texas. Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler died December 29, 1969 and was buried beside her husband.

Children born to them include:

Rowena Travis Wheeler born April 1, 1905
John Edwin Wheeler [twin] born October 9, 1906
Pearl Wheeler [twin] born. October 9, 1906
Thomas Verdaman Wheeler born February 25, 1908
Robert Anthony Wheeler born about 1911
Mary Lou Wheeler born June 5, 1915

Rowena Travis Wheeler, daughter of Edwin Wheeler and Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler, was born April 1, 1905. She was married about 1923 to Harvey O. Lawless. No children were born to them. She died July 16, 1977.

John Edwin Wheeler, twin son of Edwin Wheeler and Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler, was born October 9, 1906. He was married about 1929 to Zella Mae “Billie” Nash He died July 17, 1971.

Children born to them include:

Gwendolyn Edene Wheeler born June 5, 1931

Gwendolyn Edene Wheeler, daughter of John Edwin Wheeler and Zella Mae “Billie” Nash Wheeler, was born June 5, 1931. She was married about 1950 to Arthur V. Doble.

Pearl “Little Pearl” Wheeler, twin daughter of Edwin Wheeler and Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler, was born October 9, 1906 and died 10 days later.

Thomas Verdaman “Bill” Wheeler, son of Edwin Wheeler and Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler, was born February 25, 1908.
He was married about 1931 to Ruby Huffhines. Later he was remarried to Mary Virginia Wells who was born March 5, 1914. He died April 13, 1988 and was buried in Big Spring Cemetery. Mary Virginia Wells Wheeler died November 30, 2000 and was buried in Frankford Cemetery, Addison, Texas.

Children born to them include:

Patsy Ann Wheeler born January 23, 1937
Sarah Beth Wheeler born September 12, 1939
Mary Linda Wheeler born July 26, 1941
John David Wheeler born July 25, 1945
Michael Wells Wheeler born December 12, 1949
Deborah Sue Wheeler born February 6, 1954.

Robert Anthony “Jack” Wheeler, son of Edwin Wheeler and Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler, was born about 1911. He was married about 1931 to Mary Susan Cagle. He died March 4, 1972 and was buried in Restland Cemetery.

Children born to them include:

Robert Dudley Wheeler born May 6, 1933
Travis Edwin Wheeler born August 28, 1935

Mary Lou Wheeler, daughter of Edwin Wheeler and Pearl Elmore Gowen Wheeler, was born June 5, 1911. She was married about 1937 to Lester Heller. They lived at 9822 Donegal Drive in Dallas, Texas where he died February 12, 2001.

Children born to them include:

Carleton William Heller born February 8, 1939
Arthur Eugene Heller born June 25, 1944
John Edward Heller born November 13, 1945
Leslie Jean Heller born December 9, 1947

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$100 [ ] Sustaining Member

[ ] Please E-mail a sample copy of the Electronic Newsletter to the family
researcher(s) listed on sheet attached.

[ ] Please send Gift Membership(s) as indicated above to individual(s)
listed on sheet attached.

Name(s)_________________________________________

Address______________________Phone_______________

City________________State_____Zip________[+4]______

E-mail Address____________________________________

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