160 Washington


Bela E. Gowen wrote a history of the Olds emigrant party and the genealogy of the Olds family entitled “Genealogy of the Cook Family.” This volume was published in Seattle in 1952, according to National Union Register which numbered the vol­ume No. 0361590 OrHi.


Dr. Burton Russell Gowing, Wenatchee, Washington, was listed in the 1969 edition of “American Medical Directory”.


Frank S. Gowen, a native of Maine, was the only head of family listed in the Soundex transcript of the 1880 census of the Territory of Washington. His household was recorded in Columbia County, enumeration District 52, page 9, Township 12, as:

“Gowen, Frank S. 43, born in Maine, white
Mary 34, born in Canada
Emma 11, born in Minnesota, daughter
J. Versal 8, born in Minnesota, son
L. Eiford 6, born in California, son
L. Echo 2, born in Oregon, daughter
B. Otto 3/12, born in Washington, son”

Frank S. Gowen was born in Maine in 1837, lived in Minnesota from 1869 to 1872, in California in 1884, in Oregon in 1888 and in Washington in 1880.


Dennis Goyne was married July 22, 1972 at Grand Coulee, Washington to Cynthia Klaus who was born to Fridoline Klaus and Clementia Klaus March 28, 1954. Children born to Dennis Goyne and Cynthia Klaus Goyne are unknown.


Thomas Gowan was a mechanical engineer residing at 12A Butler Building and later at 608 Union in Seattle, Washington in 1889 according to the city directory.
Samuel T. Gowen was a foreman for Allmond & Phillips residing at 503 Pike in Seattle, Washington in 1888-89 according to the city directory.
Thomas Gowen was a consulting engineer residing at Room 12A, Butler Block, in Seattle, Washington in 1888-89 according to the city directory.
Thomas Gowen worked for Henderson & Gowen and resided at 18 Union Block and later at 116 South 2nd in Seatlle, Washington, according to the city directory.

Paul Henderson worked with Thomas Gowen in Henderson & Gowen in the Real Estate business. He resided at the south side of Lake 1 West of Pine in Seattle, Washington according to the city directory. He later resided at 18 Union Block.

Alfred E. Barton of Henderson, Gowen, & Barton, resided at 116 South 2nd and later at the south side of Lake 1 West of Rose in Seattle, Washington in 1890 according to the city directory.
Walter Gowen was a clerk residing at 1422 Main Street in Seattle, Washington in 1890 according to the city directory.


Bernice Goins, daughter of Samuel Goins and Rachel Orr Goins, was born March 8, 1915 in Doty, Washington. She was married to Chester M. Clymer October 27, 1939. She died January 26, 2001, according to her obituary published in the “Olympia Olympian” January 30, 2001:

“Bernice Goins Clymer, 85, a 61-year resident of Olym-pia, died of natural causes Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at home. She married Chester M. Clymer on Oct. 27, 1939. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Clymer is survived by two sons, James Clymer of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Donald Clymer of Chehalis; a daughter, Cindy Alfrejd of Des Moines; a sister, Fay Goins Hume of Kirkland; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A family gathering will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the family home, 1117 Quince St. N.E., Olympia. Arrangements are by Olympic Funeral Home, Tum-water.”


John Gowen was employed as a watchman by NPRR Co. [Northern Pacific Railroad Company?] in 1890, according to the city directory of Tacoma, Washington.
Harry E. McGowan was a partner with James Knox in Knox & McGowan Real Estate in 1889-91, according to the city directory of Tacoma.


Lauren Jackson Goin, son of Irel Laurel Goin and Ina Lorraine Tittle Goin, was born at Mt. Vernon, Washington January 8, 1922. He received a B.A. degree in technical criminology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1943. He was mar­ried July 12, 1947 to Evelyn Winn. He received a masters de­gree in criminology in 1948.

He was the chief of the microanalysis laboratory, Wisconsin Crime Laboratory from 1948 to 1953. He was director of Pitts­burgh and Allegheny County Crime Laboratory from 1953‑1955. He was public safety adviser in criminalistics in Indonesia from 1955 to 1957 with U.S. government. He was stationed in Turkey from 1958 to 1960, in Brazil from 1960 to 1962. He was chief of the technical services division, office of Public Safety, AID, Washington 1963‑1964. He was chief of op­erations from 1964 to 1972 for AID, State Department. In 1972 he lived at 3532 Queen Anne drive, Fairfax, Virginia.

Children born to Lauren Jackson Goin and Evelyn Winn Goin include:

Susan Loreen Goin born about 1949
Thomas Richard Goin born about 1951
Peter Jackson Goin born about 1954

Susan Loreen Goin, daughter of Lauren Jackson Goin and Eve­lyn Winn Goin, was born about 1949 probably in Wisconsin. About 1970 she was married to Robert P. Henry.

Thomas Richard Goin, son of Lauren Jackson Goin and Evelyn Winn Goin, was born about 1951 probably in Wisconsin.

Peter Jackson Goin, son of Lauren Jackson Goin and Evelyn Winn Goin, was born about 1954, probably in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Mrs. Lucinda Ritter Gowen was a resident of Palouse, Washington March 8, 1914 when her mother, Elizabeth Ritter died in Creston, Iowa, according to her obituary in the “Creston News-Advertiser.”


Three graves of interest to Gowen chroniclers were discovered in Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima, Washington by Jody Fish, Foundation member. She identified the graves July 1, 1998 as:

Father Mother
Edward Goins Clara Goins Samuel Goins
1842-1907 1858-1931 1875-1905

Researchers knowing the ancestry of the above are requested to contact Jody Fisher by E-mail at casper1@prodigy.net


Bill Gowan was married July 30, 1947 at Green Bank, West Virginia, wife’s name Audrea. They continued in West Virginia until 1957 when they moved to Chillicothe, Ohio where he was employed by the Federal Prison Service. He was later transferred to Florida and then to Leavenworth, Kansas where he was retired October 31, 1979, having been with the Federal Prison Service for 21 years. In 1982 they removed to Tullahoma, Tennessee. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary there at the United Methodist Church, according to the “Tullahoma News & Guardian” in its edition of August 27, 1997.

Children born to Bill Gowan and Audrea Gowan include:

Loretta Gowan born about 1950

Loretta Gowan, daughter of Bill Gowan and Audrea Gowan, was born about 1950 in West Virginia. She was married about 1970 to Jim Smith. In 1997, they lived in Riverview, Florida.


This article concerning the Guineas and Melungeons appeared in the “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette” December 31, 1984.

“Philippi, W. Va.–To the outside world, the people of Chestnut Ridge are still wrapped in folk tales and old wives tales; some say they’re descended from a mixture of Indians and survivors of Walter Raleigh’s lost colony: some maintain they’re the mutants left over from a mad scientist’s miscegenation experiment or that they came about because of the Rockefellers’ need to develop cheap coal-mine labor during the depression. The worst thing you can call them is “the Guineas,” but that is the pejorative name by which they’re known.

Some say it refers back to the Italians brought here for mine work long ago; others say it is short for “guinea pigs” from the alleged racial experiment; others say it is verbal short form of Allegheny. Some of them have distinctly Indian and black features, but blue eyes and light skin. Others are blond and look almost Scandinavian. From an estimated peak of about 4,000 in the 1930s, there are only about 1,500 of them left now, tucked away high in the West Virginia Appalachians, about 190 miles from Pittsburgh. They live in Barbour, Taylor and Harrison Counties near the towns of Grafton, and Philippi.

They’ve been living in these same hill for more than 200 years-at least a century longer than most of the white people who ostra­cize them. The confusion of outsiders is not surprising. The Guineas themselves differ widely and sometimes vociferously about their own origins. Since the first census of 1790, they have been variously identified as white, black, red, mulatto, col­ored, free colored, dark, American Guinea, red African and In­dian, among other things.

The likeliest explanation of the origin of the Guineas is that they are of combined Indian-white-black ancestry. As such, they are one of the few remaining groups in the United States. A similar group called the Melungeons still survive in the hills of Ken­tucky and Tennessee. In present-day Chestnut Ridge some of the people are white-Indian some white-black, some black-In­dian, some white-black-Indian-but most appear to be in the first group. Some have distinctly darker skin but blue eyes. Others appear almost oriental. But many have brown or blond hair.

The main social feature of the Chestnut Ridge people today is their familial cohesion. All 1,500 of them bear one of less than a dozen surnames. A 1977 survey of obituaries in the “Barbour County Democrat” showed that 135 of the 163 ridge people ridge people, 83 percent, were married to people having the last names of Mayle, Norris, Croston, Prichard, Collins, Adams and Kennedy. Today of the 67 Mayles who have listed telephones, all but three live on the ridges.

There are hundreds of Mayles in the area, and one of them is tall, sandy-haired Douglas Gary Mayles, 15. Asked if he is related to the Rev. Okey Mayle, the most famous resident of the ridge, Douglas thinks a minute and answers, “I don’t know.”

A few vestiges of the old customs survive up on the ridge. Most of the authentic Indian dishes are fading away, but corn is still a favorite food, stuff for parching and ash boiling, [the ashes make the corn sweeter.] Also eaten, though less widely, are poke greens, plantain, cooked black berry tops and white milkweed. Some still contort a hot drink from dried sycamore bark, and others use such herbal remedies as dogwood tea for upset stom­achs.

Where there are folk remedies there are folk tales, and the Chestnut Ridge people like to tell their stories of the days when panthers jumped out at you at night, and of “Chicken Sam” Mayle, who lay on a grave in the cemetery one night, waiting for some kids and then frightening them out of their wits. “Scaring white folks used to be a favorite pastime up on the ridge,” said one of the Mayles.

Nowadays, many of the men work in the coal mines or as state road maintenance workers, when they can get jobs. The women often work as domestics. But unemployment is very high, at least 50 percent.

‘A lot of hospital workers like my grandson get laid off,’ said one elderly ridge man. ‘A lot of us are retirees. We get by on Social Security or welfare.’ I got a son who’s 51, he’s a me­chanic, but he gets hold of a bottle and he don’t care whether he gets paid or not.’ A clergy who preaches every week on the ridge says it’s easier to count the number of people who have jobs, especially since Badger Coal Company closed down under Reagan. Indeed, the rusting machinery of the once proud Badger Coal Company dominates the ridge’s landscape.

Bootleg whiskey used to be profitable cottage industry, “but now there’s only one or two moonshine rigs left on the ridge,” said an old-timer of the Mayle clan. “In the twenties you’d see smoke blowing all the time up here from the stills.” His neigh­bor, an unrelated Mayle is approached for directions to Grafton. He is a very short, Mediterranean-looking man with a dark reddish face, flatnose, blue eyes and straight black hair.

Although most of the Chestnut Ridge folks are friendly, they make it clear they are not fond of anthropologists or journalists who threaten their privacy. The land of the “Guineas,” curiously enough, is at the same river that was a crucial part of Pittsburgh : the Monogahelia. Chestnut Ridge is as beautiful as it is isolated. So scenic are its hills and vistas that one would think those native refugees had specifically searched for it, rather than stumbled upon it in flight.

Its steep hills and valleys were carved out by now-extinct streams that emptied into the Ohio River and concealed millions of tons of bituminous coal below. The ridge overlooks Philippi, population 3,500, home of the liberal arts school, Alderson-Broaddus College, about 40 miles south of Morgantown. Both the town and the county were named in honor of an early settler, Judge Phillip Barbour. In Philippi itself the main attraction is the covered bridge, constructed in 1852, across which Yankee and rebel troops passed during the Civil War. In fact, it is the site of one of the first battles of the Civil War. According to a bronze plaque there, it is the site of the first amputation.

Outside Philippi city limits, you enter a different world as you drive northeast, up Chestnut Hill Road behind Philippi into coal country. Many of the homes are neat little bungalows, but some are tumbledown shacks with dirt floors. “Its not quite Deliverance,” said a former Alderson-Broaddus student now living in Pittsburgh. “When you went riding up there, you’d see these strange looking people, sitting on the hills and staring at you, real high foreheads and cheekbones. Twenty years ago, when I was going to school there, I saw about 20 of them living in an old school bus, without any health care.”

The white perception problem is a major one. The women hold firm to the “mad scientist” theory. “Its an old story,” said one of the ridge ministers. “The college kids were warned never to come up here. The boys were told they’d be beaten, and the girls raped.” The townsfolk attitudes are a source of deep irritation to people on the ridge. “We do things the old ways, but why should people think less of us for that?” asked 19-year-old Tim Mayle, a powerfully built young man who speaks fondly of his close knit community and can name every occupant of every house up and down the Ridge Road. “Some of the A-B frat guys used to come up here.” “If people want to come up here and play pranks, forget it. We don’t need that. They think we’re not civilized up here.”

Tim Mayle wants to get into computers or the legal profession one day, when he gets the money. Right now he’s helping take care of his widowed mother, younger siblings and the land that’s been in his family for generations. “When I was in school, there were few problems,” he says, talking gingerly around discrimination, but its eased out. If I can do anything to improve our hill, I want to do it.”

Later in the courthouse square, Philippi native Willy Carpenter recalls only one visit to the ridge in his 67 years. “I went up there once,” said Carpenter.” It was in the winter, and I gave two “Guineas” a lift. I remember the time when you’d be walk­ing down the sidewalk, and if one of them was coming towards you, he’d step off the sidewalk to let you pass. Half-breed is what we call ’em. They made pretty good moonshine up there.”

What is known about the history of the group is that long before the American Revolution, an Englishman named Norris married the daughter of a Cherokee Indian and slave. Their son Sam born up on the ridge in 1750. He married a Delaware Indian woman named Pretty Hair. Eight children and a strong family line family line resulted. The Mayle family, descended from a British admiral who also married an Indian. In a three-year survey, 1973-75, not a single “Guinea” engagement or wedding was reported in the “Barbour County Democrat,” nor has that changed today.

Old Dellet Crostan, ridge historian, sees prejudice these days as “about the same” as it used to be, though he allows “some of the younger people have outgrowed it.” Okey Mayle, 81, says, “Most people in Philippi was always down on us. It’s gettin’ a little better now, but used to be, whites would talk to you as if they were doin’ you a favor.” It was absurd, he said “because some of us, down to this time were always blonde. They’d refuse a blonde boy service in the soda shop because they knew his name was Mayle.”

Aside from discrimination, the ridge people also suffer from “many instances of profoundly retarded children and a high rate of infant mortality, due to the interbreeding,” according to one minister who asked not to be identified. “I’d say the retardation rate used to be as high as one out of five,” said the clergyman. “Nowadays, its probably more like one out of ten. One woman had four retarded children.”

The Guinea population is meanwhile dwindling, a decline that began 35 years ago with the Great Migration. Between 1950 and 1960 alone, the southern Appalachian region lost a million inhabitants, nearly one-fifth of its entire population. Between 1940 and 1960 more than 400,00 people left West Virginia, in­cluding many “Guineas” who went in steady streams to Zanesville, Akron, and Canton, Ohio, where they had relatives and could pass for white. Some of those people keep in touch, but others, according to Barry J. Ward in the state folklore magazine “Golden Seal,” “have cut off all contact with their families in the West Virginia, in an effort to conceal their origins.”

The 1964 Civil Rights Act and later desecration measures ended formal discrimination against them, but also did away with the primary motivation for their cohesion. The all-Guinea schools on the ridge were closed down and children sent into Philippi.

‘When I came here there were three schools on the ridge, there,’ recalls the Rev. Frank Peoples, a black minister who lives and preaches there. ‘I’m not sure what we gained by consolidated schools. I suppose the community gained in the quality of edu­cation, but lost a lot of its cultural identity.’ As the community’s isolationist core breaks down, its possible that in another few generations, the tri-racial “Guineas” of West Virginia may cease to exist as an identifiable group.

The importance of religion up on the ridge can’t be overesti­mated, and there’s an amazing number of churches for the rather small number of people. Though the biggest congregation is Pentecostal, there are more Methodist than any other. Grafton is the home of Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day.”


The estate of Dr. Joseph Gowan was probated August 26, 1808 in Berkeley County.
Elizabeth Gowan was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Berkeley County, 9th Civil District, page 387.

Francis Goings was married December 18, 1878 to Henry Payne, according to Cabell County marriage records.


Gertrude Cornelia Walker Goins, daughter of John Morgan Walker and Elizabeth Mullins Walker, died in Clay County in 1983, according to Don and Neva Adams.


Ida E. Goens was married March 18, 1891 to Leonardus Stark, according to Doddridge County marriage records.



James M. Goins was married to Sarah Ellen Adams August 3, 1892, according to Jackson County marriage records. Children born to James M. Goins and Sarah Ellen Adams Goins are unknown.

[Later West Virginia]

Littleton Goens, Negro, was born April 9, 1894 in Charles Town, West Virginia, according to “Maryland Military Men in the World War, 1917-1919.” He was inducted into the U. S. Army August 5, 1918 from Hagerstown, Maryland. He became a sergeant December 2, 1918 and served in the 154th Depot Brigade. He was honorably discharged July 10, 1919 after serving overseas from October 20, 1918 to July 4, 1919.
William McGowan was born about 1725 in Ireland and emigrated to Virginia where he was married about 1748.

Children born to William McGowan are believed to include:

John McGowan born about 1770

John McGowan, son of William McGowan, was born about 1770 in Virginia. He appeared in the 1790 and 1810 census returns of Jefferson County, Virginia.

Children born to him include:

Samuel Henry McGowan born about 1828

Samuel Henry McGowan, son of John McGowan, was born about 1800 in Tennessee. He appeared as the head of a household in the 1870 census of Jefferson County, Alabama. He reappeared as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Blount County, Alabama.

Children born to Samuel Henry McGowan include:

Thomas Franklin McGowan born about 1850

Thomas Franklin McGowan, son of Samuel Henry McGowan, was born about 1850.

Children born to Thomas Franklin McGowan include:

Joseph Franklin McGowan born about 1880


Cliff Goens was a district materials engineer employed by the state in 1973, living in Kanawha County.
Dorothy E. Holmes Goins of Charleston died Jan. 6, 1999, at home after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a member of Greenlee United Methodist Church. Surviving: daughters, Carolyn Burdette and Marlena Haynes, both of Charleston; brother, Arlon Holmes of Charleston; sister, Violet Tate of Charleston; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four great- great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico, West Virginia.
James Goins was a clerk for the West Virginia Department of Mines in 1973, living at 2915 Fitzwater Drive, Charleston, West Virgnia.
James A. Goins was a clerk for the West Virginia Library Commission in 1973, living in South Charleston, Virginia.


Dora L. Gowin was married December 25, 1898 to Jubal Harless, according to Mason County marriage records.


Jerry Randall Goins was killed by a falling tree March 28, 2000, according to an article in the “Charleston Daily Mail:”

“A McDowell County man has died after a tree collapsed on his all- terrain vehicle. State Police say Jerry Randall Goins, 29, of Roderfield was riding with five friends Sunday in the Coalwood area when wind apparently knocked down a partially rotted tree. Friends stayed with Goins while help was sought. Efforts to revive him failed.

Trooper J. K. Cooper of the Welch detachment said Monday the site was more than six miles from the main road and emergency officials had to use four-wheel drive vehicles to reach Goins. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner for autopsy.”
Mrs. Lola Mae Goins was the mother of two children born in the McDowell County area, according to Lora McKinney in a message dated June 15, 2000:

Mary Frances Goins born about March 1939
Robert Allen Goins born October 14, 1941

Later Lola Mae Goins was remarried to Charles Parsons who died in 1945.

Children born to Charles Parsons and Lola Mae Goins Parsons include:

Jerry D. Parsons born June 10, 1944

Jerry D. Parsons, son of Charles Parsons and Lola Mae Goins Parsons, was born in McDowell County June 10, 1944. On October 14, 1945, he was adopted by John R. Rose and Josey Mae Rose, and his name was changed to Jerry D. Rose. On June 15, 2000, Jerry D. Rose of Virginia Beach, Virginia was in search of his Goins siblings.


Grover Goins and Lillie Holloway Goins were residents of Mercer County in 1911 and 1913. Children born to them include:

Covie Lee Goins born December 3, 1911
Lucy Ellen Goins born June 22, 1913

Covie Lee Goins, daughter of Grover Goins and Lillie Hol-loway Goins, was born December 3, 1911. She was married September 20, 1926 in Bristol, Virgnia to William Henry Howell who was born to John Merritt Howell August 2, 1904 in Floyd County, Virginia.

William Henry Howell received a head injury in a mining ac-cident. He was not able to function normally after that and de-veloped a mean temper. Covie Lee was unable to live with him afterward. She left, but her four daughters remained with him.

Covie Lee Goins Howell died September 6, 1988 in Princeton, West Virginia in Mercer County. William Henry Howell died November 4, 1933 at Rock, West Virginia. He was buried in Roselawn Memorial Gardens at Princeton.

Lucy Ellen Goins, daughter of Grover Goins and Lillie Hollo-way Goins, was born June 22, 1913. She was married about 1928 to John Henry Howell who was born February 28, 1900 to John Merritt Howell. Later he was remarried to Maggie Bailey. Lucy Ellen Goins Howell was remarried, husband’s name Shrader. She died November 19, 1988 at Princeton.

John Henry Howell died November 30, 1977 in Riverside, California.

Children born to John Henry Howell and Lucy Ellen Goins Howell include:

Juanita Howell born about 1930

John Henry Howell, Jr. born about 1933


Thelma Lori Shrewsbury Goan was born December 5, 1916 at Basin, daughter of the late George Washington Shrewsbury and Laura Akers Shrewsbury.

Thelma passed away Friday, January 21, 2000 at her home following a long illness.

Mrs. Goan spent her Childhood at Basin, where she was graduated from Basin High School. She was a member o the Mount Pisgah Church at Basin. A resident of Maryland the past 25 years, she was last employed as the office manager for Goan Brothers Electric in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Her children will remember her for her independence and courage.

Two sons, Bernard Burlis Goan and Edward F. Goan; two sis-ters, Mabel Meadows and Loma Thompson; and two brothers, Bernard Shrewsbury and Covie Shrewsbury, preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Luther “Shorty” Goan of Basin; three daughters, Mary L. Goan Pyles of California, Maryland, Nora A. Goan Bevard and Phyllis P. Goan Nash of Dunkirk, Mary-land; three sisters, Esther Taylor of MacArthur, Irene Hartley of Crab Orchard, and Blakie Bean of Beckley; 10 grandchil-dren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Samuel Blaylock officiating. Burial fol-lowed in the Shrewsbury Cemetery at Mount Pisgah at Basin.


Jennett Gowan was married to David B. White September 26, 1872, according to Ritchie County marriage records.


John H. Gowan was listed in the Third Wisconsin Infantry Regiment in the Civil War, according to the Civil War military roster.
David Gowen was listed in the First Wisconsin Cavalry Regiment in the Civil War, according to the Civil War military roster.
William H. McGowen was listed in the 50th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment in the Civil War, according to the Civil War military roster.


Cora E. Goin was born April 17, 1892 in Barr County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 4, record 973.
A Gowan child was born January 29, 1889 in Barr County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 4, record 169.
A Gowin child was born January 4, 1882 in Barr County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 3, record 2164.
Elvira June Gowin died March 12, 1901 in Barr County, according to Wisconsin Death Index, Volume 1, page 346.


John Gowen Riggs served as town treasurer of Drummond, Wisconsin from 1884 to 1899.


Felix Goens was born December 21, 1869 in Brown County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0009, record 000022.

Felix Goens is also listed as being born January 21, 1870 in Brown County according to “Wisonsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0008, Record No. 2495.
Frederick Goens was born October 13, 1871 in Brown County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 9.
Joannae C. Goens was born April 20, 1873 in Brown County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0008, record 002939.

William Goens died April 30, 1869 in Brown County, according to Wisconsin Death Index, Volume 1, page 88.

John Goens was born January 22, 1880 in Brown County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0012, record 000500.
William Goens was born June 26, 1868 in Brown County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0008, record 002461.
William Goens was born February 15, 1875 in Brown County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0010, record 001922.
William Goens was born June 2, 1868 in Brown County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 9, record No. 203.


Erlin Gowen died January 18, 1899 in Dane County, according to Wisconsin Death Index, Volume 2, page 209.


Arthur Gowan was born December 16, 1889 in Dunn County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1880-1907,” reel 58, record No. 2264.
A Gowen child was born June 9, 1900 (?) in Dunn County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0058, record 002390.


Julia Gowan died December 11, 1899 in Fon Du Lac County, according to Wisconsin Death Index, Volume 3, page 188.

A Goan child was born March 28 1902 in Grant County according to “Wisonsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0075, record 002538.
Eunice M. Goan was born May 28, 1905 in Grant County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0076, record 001237.
Fava Goans was born in April 1898 in Grant County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0075, record 000764.
Lloyd H. Goan was born November 4, 1901 in Grant County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0075, record 002351.
Lois E. Goan was born October 4, 1896 in Grant County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 74, record 2776.
Vera Goan died in Grant County October 5, 1902, according to Wisconsin Death Index, Volume 3, page 105
William Goan died in Grant County April 16, 1891, according to Wisconsin Death Index, Volume 1, page 332.


Alice C. Gowing was married April 23, 1850 to Denizen Calkins, according to Jefferson County marriage records.
Adam McGowan who served as a brigadier general in the Un-ion army, lived at Oakland, Wisconsin in Jefferson County during the 1850s and 1860s, according to the research of Peter Wilson.


William McGowan died in Juneau County April 25, 1893, according to Wisconsin Death Index, Volume 1, page 184.


Alfred Gowan was born July 31, 1876 in Lang County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records Index, 1880-1907,” reel 0109, record 002221.
Clarisa E. Gowan was born October 18, 1879 in Lang County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1880-1907,” reel 0109, record No. 2222.
Eugene Gowan was born December 10, 1869 in Lang County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1880-1907,” reel 0109, record 002225.
Frank Gowan was born August 26, 1872 in Lang County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0109, record 002224.
Harriet Gowan was born August 26, 1885 in Lang County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0109, record 002286.
Ida Gowan was born October 17, 1886 in Lang County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0109, record 002224.


Clarence R. Gowen was born May 15, 1898 in Mara County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1097,” reel 128, record 002437.
Gerthrut Gowen was born January 9, 1905 in Mara County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0130, record 001679.
Hazel J. Gowen was born September 5, 1894 in Mara County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0126, record 002571.
Inez E. Gowen was born November 5, 1896 in Mara County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0131, record 001785.
Julia Gowen was born August 9, 1901 in Mara County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 135, record 883.
Norah E. Gowen was born November 15, 1896 in Mara County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 128, record 1879.
Ruth Gowen was born January 9, 1905 in Mara County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 130, record 1678.
Verna C. Gowen was born November 20, 1898 in Mara County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 129, record 94.


Mary Gowen died March 25, 1905 in Milwaukee County, according to Wisconsin Death Index, Volume 32, page 597.
William Gowens was listed in the 1889-90 city directory of Milwaukee as a porter living at 417 State Street.
A Gowin child was born January 6, 1878 in Milwaukee County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 146, record No. 1650.
Maria Gowin was born April 2, 1893 in Milwaukee County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 175, record 1644.


Ione M. Gowan was born May 15, 1905 in Outagamie County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 230, record 2974.
In December 1993 Jean Helen Gowan Near of Redwood Val­ley, California wrote to the Foundation requesting assistance in the research of her family:

“In my research on my branch of the Gowan family I have run across two mysteries which I would welcome any help in solv­ing.

1. Frank [Frankin] Gowan was born March 8, 1896 to John Manning Gowan and Sarah McDougald Gowan. Frank served overseas in World War I, and afterward, unable to settle down, traveled. Other than a last letter to his mother, the family has not heard from him since 1927. Most of his family now lives in Ontario, Canada.

2. Lucy [Lucinda] Arvilla Tylor Gowan, daughter of Nelson and Lydia Tyler, was born born in 1855 in Pennsylvania and listed as a five-year-old in the 1860 census. She was married June 2, 1869 in Ellington, Wisconsin in Outagamie County. They homesteaded in Yankton County, Dakota Territory.

Three sons were born to them. Walter Edwin Gowan, July 8, 1870 and Ezra Lewis Gowan, April 3, 1872 were born in Dakota Territory. Lester Darwin Gowan was born October 9, 1873 in Wisconsin. The family was enumerated in 1880 in Waukechon, Wisconsin in Shawnee County.

The mystery is that no one knows what became of Lucy. Lester told the story that when he was just a little boy, he waved goodbye to his mother as she was driven away in a carriage. He never saw her again.

In both cases, 1&2, the person seems to have simply dropped from sight. Is it possible that someone, somewhere knows the story of what happened to them? Jean Helen Gowan Near, 14909 Tomki Road, Redwood Valley, CA, 95470.


William C. Gowan died March 28, 1906 in Marinette County, according to Wisconsin Death Index, Vol 3, pag 18.
James Gowen, a boarder, single, age 28, born in October 1871 was enumerated in the 1900 census of Marinette County.



Rev. L. W. Gowen was the minister of the Free Will Baptist Church in Evansville, Wisconsin in 1885, according to the August 24, 1885 edition of the “Evansville Enterprise.”
Carmen F. Gowing was born January 26, 1901 in Rock County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 322, record DX2683.


Robert J. Goin was born May 1, 1811 in Rusk County according to “Wisconsin Vital Records Indexes, Pre-1907 Birth Index, Marriages, and Death Index,” reel D5, record 010849.


Laura A. Goin was born May 16, 1889 in Sauk County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0261, record 001896.
Frances Gowan was born February 12, 1897 in Sauk County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0262, record 000926.
William Gowan died May 3, 1867 in Sauk County, according to Wisconsin Death Index Volume 1, page 1.

William M. Gowen was born January 19, 1888 in Sauk County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0261, record 001439.


Agnes E. Gowans was born August 13, 1888 in Waukesha County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0299, record 000210.
Lillie M. Gowans was born November 2, 1882 in Waukesha County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0298, record 001213.
Mary B. Gowans was born December 25, 1906 in Waukesha County according to “Wisconsin Birth Records, 1820-1907,” reel 0302, record 000376.

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