1703 Ambrose Gowen of Stafford Co, Va

Ambrose Gowen b. 1703 – d. before 1739, m. ? , lived in Stafford Co 1725 to possibly 1739.

Parents:

William Gowing b. abt 1682 – 1725 m. Catherine Gowing Padderson

Children:  

Unknown

Siblings:

Ambrose Gowen b. 1703 – after 1774, m. ? (confirmed child of William b. 1682)
Susannah Gowen b. 1707- d. ?, m. ? (confirmed child of William b. 1682)
John Gowen b. 1710 – d. ?, married Mary Keith (child of Cornelius Keith) (confirmed child of William b. 1682)
Alexander Gowen b. 1715 – d. ?, m. Sophia (confirmed child of William b. 1682)

Other potential children in Stafford County, Va (of John Going b. 1680, William Going b. 1682, or James Going b. 1683) – potential siblings or first/close cousins:

Peter Gowen b. 1699 (NOT confirmed – could be a child of one of the other siblings of William Gowing b. 1682 – James or John)

William Gowen b. 1700-05 – d. April 1792, m. Sarah Allen (NOT confirmed – could be a child of one of the other siblings of William Gowing b. 1682 – James or John)

FACTS and EVENTS:

I am assuming that Ambrose Gowen is the parent of the Gowen children bound out in Brunswick County, Virginia from 1734-1740, and that Ambrose Gowen must have died prior to that time.

Ambrose disappears from records after 1727 in Stafford County, Va.  Another Ambrose appears in 1776 in Henry Co, Va – almost 50 years later – but no record for 50 years.  I suspect the Ambrose in 1776 is a different person.   Ambrose Going who was the child of William Going and Catherine Patterson was not listed in Catherine Patterson’s will or probate papers in 1739.  This leads me to think Ambrose Going may have died after 1727, but before 1739.

Catherine Padderson appears to have been going back and forth between Prince William County (Fairfax Co in future) and Brunswick County, Va.  Some of her children remained in the Fairfax area, and many had traveled down to Brunswick County, Va.

1725 November 12 Ambrose Gowing to Catherine Gowing, prior to William Gowing –
in Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia. “Ambrose Gowing, Planter,” sold to [his mother] “Catherine Gowing” for £20, land granted to “William Gowing, father of Ambrose,” 12 November 1725. The deed was signed by “Ambrose Goin, according to Stafford County Deed Book 1722-1728, page 354.
http://interactive.ancestry.com/48438/VALandRecords-003308-423/345936?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3dFLHG-VALandRecords%26gss%3dsfs28_ms_db%26new%3d1%26rank%3d1%26msT%3d1%26gsfn%3dAmbrose%26gsfn_x%3d0%26gsln%3dGowing%26gsln_x%3d0%26MSAV%3d0%26uidh%3dm37&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults&rc=920,459,1057,491;389,540,548,572;546,541,685,572

1725 Nov 12th, Land grant on Pope’s Head Run in Fairfax County, Virginia. Although no legal record of the grant has been found to date a reference is made to the grant in a lease made by “Ambrose Gowing to Kathrine Gowing, widow.” Ambrose Gowen leased land from his mother described as a “grant to William Gowing, father of the said Ambrose Gowing by patent bearing date 12th, 11th month, 1725.” The lease, recorded 8th, 3rd month, 1726 in Stafford County Deed Book 1, page 353, was witnessed by George Mason, Joseph Haines and Brent Hutnall. A release appears in Stafford County Deed Book 1, page 354.  Stafford Co, Va

Ambrose Gowing‘s father, William Gowing, died around 1725

1725/26 William Gowring
Dec’d 1725/26
Stafford Co, Va.
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1726 William Gowing (Goin?),
Dec’d 1726
Page 253, inventory; p. 269, estate A/c.
Stafford Co, Va.
http://interactive.ancestry.com/48444/VAWillRecords-002260-369/350278?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3dFLHG-VAWillRecords%26gss%3dsfs28_ms_db%26new%3d1%26rank%3d1%26msT%3d1%26gsln%3dGoin%26gsln_x%3d0%26MSAV%3d1%26uidh%3dm37&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults&rc=85,1964,157,1991#?imageId=VAWillRecords-002261-370

1726 March 8 – Catherine Gowen leased to her son “Ambrose Going of Stafford County, Overwharton Parish, planter 100 acres on the branch issuing out of Pope’s Head Run, said branch known as Rattlesnake Branch.” Va. Land Trans – Stafford Co.
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/revolution.htm

1726 May 7 – William Gowing patented 112a in Staff Co Va – 1725 Nov 12. On – 1726 Mar 7 his son and heir, Ambrose Gowing of Overwharton Parish, Staff Co, Va, conveys this property to Catherine Goin (no relation stated).  Stafford Co, Va
http://interactive.ancestry.com/48438/VALandRecords-003308-423/345936?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3dFLHG-VALandRecords%26gss%3dsfs28_ms_db%26new%3d1%26rank%3d1%26msT%3d1%26gsfn%3dAmbrose%26gsfn_x%3d0%26gsln%3dGowing%26gsln_x%3d0%26MSAV%3d0%26uidh%3dm37&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults&rc=920,459,1057,491;389,540,548,572;546,541,685,572
[note: this 112 acres of land is located by Clifton, VA.  Ambrose’s brother, John Gowen, sold 56 acres to Thomas Ford in 1744 and another brother, Alexander sold 56 acres to Bond Veale in 1747]  http://ourberryfamily.com/berry/21091.htm

-1725 – William Goin -Va. died end of 1725 per lease to Ambrose Going – probate Stafford County.  Stafford Co, Va

1727/28 – William Gowry
Page 268, Inventory
Stafford Co, Va.
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1739 May 21 – Catherine Patterson/Gowen wrote her will 21st, 5th month, 1739, – “Prince William County Will Book C”.   (NOTE:  Ambrose Gowing is not mentioned in the will, nor does he show up in the probate papers.  This brings up several questions.  Could Ambrose have died prior to 1739?  Or, was “Ambrose” a middle name of one of the other children?  John appears to be the oldest at this point, acting as executor.  John later owns the property that Ambrose was given previously – could “Ambrose” have been John’s middle name, and when he got older he decided to go by John?).    

“I, Catherine Padderson, being sick and weak in body. Unto my well beloved son, Elixander Going, one negro man named Robin and one horse and a horse colt and one cow and calf and a cow yearling and halph of my movable houshold stuf and one parcel of land whereon I now live containing sixty-six acres, it being part of a tract containing one hundred and thirty-two acres. Unto my well beloved daughter, Susannah Going, one negro man named Jackey and one mare and saddle, cow and calf and two cow yearlings and one feather bed and bolster, a rugg and one pare of blankits and half the household stuf. My crop of tob: which is now in my house after my debts is paid I bequeath to be equally divided between my son Elixander Going and my daughter Susannah Going. I leave my well beloved son, John Going, whole and sole executor of this, my last will and testament.”

 Catherin Padderson; Wits: Thomas Ford, Jane Ford, Ann Gladding”

23, July, 1739. Presented in Court by John Going, sole executor herein named, who prayed certificate for obtaining a probate thereof, but it being suggested that the deceased’s husband is living, on the motion of the said John Going and giving security for his just and faithful administration of the said deceased’s estate, certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration.

“Bond of John Going, William Scutt and John Hollis unto Denis McCarty, Gent., justice. For £100, 23 July, 1739. John Going is administrator of Catherine Padderson, deceased. John Going. John Hollis. William Scutt; Witness: John Bowie, 23 July, 1739, Acknowledged and Ordered”

Estate: will, 21 May 1739, , Prince William, Virginia, USA. 6 7 8 image from:
Library of Virginia, County and City Research in Virginia, County and City Records, Prince William County – http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/local/results_all.asp?CountyID=VA227 – Reel #18, Will Book, C, 1734 – 1744 c [ix] index, p. 7-526.
Estate: probate, 23 Jul 1739, , Prince William, Virginia, USA. 9 Catherine’s will accepted for probate and son John named admin.
Estate: inventory, 27 Aug 1739, , Prince William, Virginia, USA. 10 John Going presented, and the court recorded, the estate inventory on Aug 27 1739.
‘Apraisors’ were: Thos Ford, Thos Elzey, Richard Simpson. John Going admin
Estate: settlement, 27 Nov 1739, , Prince William, Virginia, USA. 11 Library of Virginia, County and City Research in Virginia, County and City Records, Prince William County – http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/local/results_all.asp?CountyID=VA227 – Reel #18, Will Book, C, 1734 – 1744 c [ix] index, p. 7-526.
Pattison Acct of Estate 1739. The Estate of Catherine Pattison decd
pd Edward Barry 116 [Truro Parish clerk]; pd Valentine Payton 364; pd Thomas Ford 40; pd Alexander Gowin 330; pd Susanna Gowin 250; William Dunlop; pd John Gowin 468
John Going presented the account and it was recorded Nov 27, 1739.
Prince William Co, Va.
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http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/revolution.htm

(The following “Ambrose Gowan/Goins” in 1776 and 1786 are probably other “Ambrose Goins” – and not the same as the one above.  The 50 year gap in time from the last known document for “Ambrose Going”, plus the fact that Ambrose was not listed in his mother’s 1739 will, combined seem to indicate he had died some time between 1725 and 1739). 

1776 March 18 – Ambrose Gowan  “furnished wheat to the Hampton troops,” according to “Virginia Magazine of History & Biography,” Volume 28. On April 5, 1786 “”Ambrose Gowan” appeared in Henry County, Virginia during the Revolutionary War in 1776, when Ambrose Gowen would have been about 71 years old.  “Ambrose Gowan” of Henry County sold to the government “four double fortified six-pounders,” March 3, 1776.  On March 18, 1776 he “furnished wheat to the Hampton troops,” according to “Virginia Magazine of History & Bio-graphy,” Volume 28. Henry Co, Va.

1786, April 5 – “Ambrose Goins” appeared on a jury panel in Davidson County, North Carolina [later Tennessee] in which Peter Barnett sued John Rice.  He may have been influenced to move to Tennessee by William Gowen, regarded as his kinsman, who arrived there in the winter of 1779.  It is believed that Ambrose Gowen did not long remain in Davidson County, NC (later Tennessee).

The only member of this family who signed his name in Stafford County, VA was Ambrose Gowen. Each of the others made his mark using the initial letter of his first name with the exception of John who used the initial letter of his first and last names joined together.

NOTES FROM OTHER SOURCES (other genealogy researchers research and conclusions regarding Ambrose Going).

Note from Gowen Manuscript: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/dcuz002.htm
At first glance, this ligature resembles an “F.” Mary’s “M” on one document resembles a “W,” but on closer inspection, it is an “M.” These unique marks prove that they were the same people later in Lunenburg County, VA who sold their land in Fairfax County. Photostats of the signature marks are enclosed.
I regard “William, Ambrose and Thomas Goings” recorded in the records of Granville County, NC to be sons of William & Catherine Gowen of Stafford County, VA. I also believe “David Goins” of Henry County, VA was the son of Ambrose Gowen. “John Goins” who was born on the Flatt River in Granville County, NC in 1750 had a long, close relationship with John Riddle. Both appear in Fincastle County, VA and Montgomery County, VA records during 1777-1780s. They are living next to each other in Stokes County, NC during the 1790s. One researcher suggested they were brothers-in-law. Jack Goins, Rt, 2, Box 275, Rogersville, TN, 37857. Thanks, Jack for catching our “initial errors.” Researchers note corrections.

Gowen Manuscript:
Ambrose Gowen, [William3, Thomas2, Mihi11] son of William Gowen and Catherine Gowen, was born about 1705 probably in Stafford County.

It is believed that he was the eldest son since he assumed the operation of the family farmland after the death of his father. Later he lived in Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia.

“Ambrose Gowing, Planter,” sold to [his mother] “Catherine Gowing” for £20, land granted to “William Gowing, father of Ambrose,” 12 November 1725. The deed was signed by “Ambrose Goin, according to Stafford County Deed Book 1722-1728, page 354. A lease recorded there 8th, 3rd month, 1726 in Stafford County Deed Book 1 also documents the relationship of Ambrose Gowen to his parents. Stafford County records searched to date reveal nothing further of him, and he was not mentioned in the will of his mother.

“Ambrose Gowan” appeared in Henry County, Virginia during the Revolutionary War in 1776, when Ambrose Gowen would have been about 71 years old. “Ambrose Gowan” of Henry County sold to the government “four double fortified six-pounders,” March 3, 1776. On March 18, 1776 he “furnished wheat to the Hampton troops,” according to “Virginia Magazine of History & Biography,” Volume 28.

On April 5, 1786 “Ambrose Goins” appeared on a jury panel in Davidson County, North Carolina [later Tennessee] in which Peter Barnett sued John Rice. He may have been influenced to move to Tennessee by William Gowen, regarded as his kinsman, who arrived there in the winter of 1779. It is believed that Ambrose Gowen did not long remain in Davidson County.

http://ourberryfamily.com/berry/21149.htm
Noted events in his life were:
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• Deed: conveyance of 112 acres to Catherine Gowing, 7 May 1726, , Stafford, Virginia, USA. 2 3 Abstract from Stafford Co Deed Book 1722-1728, page 354
“Indenture 7 May 1726 states that William Gowing patented 112 acres
in Stafford County 12 November 1725. On 7 March 1726 his son
and heir, Ambrose Gowing (Goin) of Overwharton Parish, Stafford
county, conveys this property to Catherine Goin (no relationship
stated).”

“Ambrose Gowing, Planter,” sold to [his mother] “Catherine Gowing” for £20, land granted to “William Gowing, father of Ambrose,” 12 November 1725. The deed was signed by “Ambrose Goin, according to Stafford County Deed Book 1722-1728, page 354.
<http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms002.htm>

[note: this 112 acres of land is located by Clifton, VA. Ambrose’s brother, John Gowen, sold 56 acres to Thomas Ford in 1744 and another brother, Alexander sold 56 acres to Bond Veale in 1747]

• Military: Revolutionary War patriot, 3 Mar 1776, , Henry, Virginia, USA. 4 “Ambrose Gowan” appeared in Henry County, Virginia during the Revolu-tionary War in 1776, when Ambrose Gowen would have been about 71 years old. “Ambrose Gowan” of Henry County sold to the government “four double fortified six-pounders,” March 3, 1776. On March 18, 1776 he “furnished wheat to the Hampton troops,” according to “Virginia Magazine of History & Bio-graphy,” Volume 28.

Gowen Research Foundation (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/ ), William Gowen and Catherine;  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms002.htm.

Ancestry.com, “Virginia Land Records,” database and images, Virginia Land Records (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48438 ); Ambrose Gowing and Catherine Goin; page 423. Surety: 4.

Gowen Research FoundationGowen Research Foundation, “Gowen Research Foundation,” database, Gowen Research Foundation (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/ ), Ambrose Gowen; http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms002.htm.

Gowen Research FoundationGowen Research Foundation, “Gowen Research Foundation,” database, Gowen Research Foundation (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/ )

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