1705 Alexander Gowen of Stafford Co, Va (Y1)

Alexander Gowen b. 1705 – d. bef. Feb 1775

(Y1) YDNA Group

Spouses:

married to Sophia (unk maiden name, she also appears to have used the name Scythe) – Stafford Va till 1739, Orange Co NC 1753, Fairfax 1768-74, Pittsylvania Co 1773-75

Parents:

Children:

  • Daniel Gowing b. abt 1735 (Note:  listed in probate as a buyer at estate, and living with Suffiah after Alexander’s death. One of the biggest buyers at Alexander’s estate sale).  
  • Sophia Gowing Jr b. abt 1739 m. David Logan (Note:  listed in probate as buyer, files suit against mother as admin of Alexander’s estate). 
  • Alexander Gowen Jr b. abt 1742 – d. ?  (Note:  listed as buyer in probate and living next to Suffiah after Alexander Gowen’s death)
  • Ursula Gowen b. abt 1745 – d. ? , m. to Johnathan Tyra  (Note:  Not confirmed yet).
  • John Goyen b. abt 1748 (Note: maybe a child of Alexander – listed as buyer in probate, and living next to Suffiah after Alexander Gowen’s death.  The confusing thing about the probate is that he is named “John Going Jr” which may mean this is actually Alexander Gowen’s nephew (son of John Going and Mary Keith Going).
  • Dian Gowing b. abt 1745 m. John Kenedy b. abt 1745 (see new information – suit in 1807 by her children against Sophia Gowing and Sherwood Gowing – found in Virginia Chancery Index – file 1809-001 shows she is a daughter of Alexander Gowing)
  • Jesse Gowing b. abt abt 1750 (Note:  listed living next to Suffiah after Alexander’s death).
  • Sherwood Gowing b. abt abt 1748-58 (Note:  Transactions in 1800 and 1814 state that Sherwood Gowing is son of Suffiah, BUT this may be the son of Suffiah Gowing Jr since the transactions are in 1800 and 1814).

(Note:  The above children are assumed to be the children of Alexander Gowen.  There are no documents found at this point that directly say – “son of Alexander” – so these children are based on circumstantial evidence).

Siblings:

Other potential siblings in Stafford County, Va:

  • 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)

States and Counties to research:

FACTS and SOURCES:

Alexander Gowing was born about 1705 to 1715 to William Gowing and his wife Catherine.  Alexander’s father, William Gowing dies about 1725-1726 – the will and inventory are listed in the index of Stafford County’s Will Book K.  The index has survived, but the book itself is missing, so there is currently no way to read the actual will and inventory for William Gowing – so no way to verify all the heirs he listed in his will, or that were listed in his probate paperwork – fortunately though, his wife, Catherine (who remarried to a “Patterson” after William’s death) left a will and probate that was located in Prince William County, Virginia, that lists her heirs.

(Note: It is unknown if William Gowing was married before Catherine, so it is possible he had more heirs that are not listed in Catherine’s will and probate – it is possible that in addition to Ambrose Going, that Thomas Going and William Going were also children of William’s from a prior marriage – who may have received their share of the estate after William Going died in 1725/26 – and possibly why Catherine Padderson Going does not account for them in her will in 1739).  

1739 May 21 – Catherine Patterson/Going “23, July, 1739 – probate her will Catherine Patterson/Going wrote her will 21st, 5th month, 1739, – “Prince William County Will Book C” “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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1747 Aug 18 in Fairfax County, deed book B1 pgs 253-254 shows that Alexander Gowen conveyed a lease and release for 56 acres he had inherited from his mother to Bond Veale in 1747.  1746 July 14 Alexander’s brother, John Gowin and his wife Mary who relinquished her dower, had conveyed 144 acres to Bond Veale in a glade near a branch of North Run Pohick which corners Robert Carter, from the Proprietors on 10 Jul 1744. The above deed from Fairfax Deed Book B, p.26.

1747 Alexander Gowen leases to Bond Veale in Fairfax Co

1749 June 20 – The Petition of ALEXANDER GOING against JOSEPH WILLIAMS is dismist.
Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 17.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-B9Y6-Z?i=18&cat=193222

1749 Sept 30 – On the Petition of WILLIAM HICKS Esq. against ALEXANDER GOING Judgment is granted the Petitioner against the said Defendant for Six hundred and twenty eight pounds of Tobacco and four Shillings and Six pence current money by note of hand and Costs. Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 43.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-B9B9-B?i=31&cat=193222

1751 Mar 30 – Court held March 30, 1751. On the petition of John Milstead against Alexander Gowen, John Summers William Berckley and John Ward or any two of them are Ordered to view and Value the work done by the petitioner for the Defendant and report the Value thereof to the next court. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt , https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-B9TR-J?i=104&cat=193222
(see other orders on same day regarding Alexander Gowen and Moses Hollis – out of same case):

1751 Mar 30 – Court held March 30, 1751. Joseph Bayloy au Evidence for John Milstead against Alexander Gowen having attended seven Days Ordered he to pay him for the same according to Law. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txthttps://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-B9TR-J?i=104&cat=193222

1751 Mar 30 – Court held March 30, 1751. Moses Holles au Endowed for John Milstead against Alexander Gowen having attended seven days ordered that he to pay him for the same according to law. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-B9TR-J?i=104&cat=193222

1751 Mar 30 – Court held March 30, 1751. Moses Hollis au Evidence for Jane Purcel against Joseph Stevens and Alexander Gowen having attended Seven Days Ordered. She to pay him for the same according to Law. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-B9TR-J?i=104&cat=193222

1751 Mar 30 – Court held March 30, 1751. John Simpson au Evidence for Jane Purcel against Joseph Stevens and Alexander Gowen having attended Seven Days Ordered. She to pay him for the same according to Law and coming and returning twice thirty Miles. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-B9TR-J?i=104&cat=193222

1751 Mar 30 – Court held March 30, 1751. Thomas Remy au Evidence for Jane Purcel against Joseph Stevens and Alexander Gowen having attended Seven Days Ordered. She to pay him for the same according to Law and coming and returning twice thirty Miles. Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 151, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/fairfax/court/etal554gwl.txt
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-B9TR-J?i=104&cat=193222

1751 Sept 26 – On the petition of John Milstead against Alexander Gowen judgment is granted the petitioner against the said Defendant for two pounds ten shillings current money and his costs by him in this behalf expended according to the report of the referrees.
Fairfax County Court Order Book, 1749-1754 p. 169.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-B9TG-K?i=113&cat=193222

1754 Jan 18 – Richard Brown plt against Alexander Gowen deft} Trespass assault & Battery
This day came the afsd RIchard by William Ellzey his attorney & thereupon came a jury to wit John Dalton, Harry Pipe, John Kirkpatrick, Peter Stalker, James Robertson, William Bronaugh, William Waite, Denis McCarty, Walter Stuart, Thomas Wren, Thomas Sorrell & John Templeman who being sworn well & truly to inquire what damages the said Richard hath sustained by occasion of the said Alexander’s beating and wounding him upon their oath do say that the said Richard hath sustained damages by that occasion to one penny besides his costs. Therefore it is considered that the said Richard recover against the said Alexander his damages afsd amounting to one penny & his costs by him in this behalf expended & the said Alexander be taken.
Fairfax County, Va – Order book, 1749-1754. p. 520.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-B91W-G?i=290&cat=193222

(Below are different Going, Goyen, Gowen related sources for those people were in the Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina areas in the early 1700’s to early 1800’s)

Map of North Carolina and Virginia border area and locations of families living in those areas (click to enlarge)

1753 Sept – Alexander Going first appeared in the records of Orange County in September 1753, according to “Orange County, North Carolina Court Minutes, 1753-1761,” Book 1, by Weynette Parks Haun.  1753 Sept 11 – Alexander Going was a deed witness for James Muse, 1753, Orange, North Carolina, USA. Deed of property from James Muse Sr and James Muse Jr. ; Land: grant 640 acres Hogan’s Creek, Bigg Branch, 26 Feb 1755, Orange, North Carolina, USA. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4K-KS31-6?i=35&cat=474816,   http://ourberryfamily.com/berry/pictures/1753_alex_as_witness_nc_p_1y2.jpg .

1753 Muse to Muse w Alexr Going as wit in Orange Co NC 01

1753 Muse to Muse w Alexr Going as wit in Orange Co NC 02

1755 Feb 26 – Page 4; 1755 Feb 26 – Alexander Goin warrant for 640 acres in Orange Co, NC – 26 Feb. 1755, 640 acres, on both side Hogan’s Creek; includes the 4 mile lick, entered 1 Jan. 1755, issued 15 July 1760. Orange County, North Carolina Records, Vol. III
Granville Proprietary Land Office.  Miscellaneous Records; By William D. Bennett, C.G.
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html    1757 Feb 10 – Page 6; 1757 Feb 10 – Alexander Gowin survey for 640 acres – Orange Co, NC – 10 Feb. 1757, 640 acres on both sides Hogan’s Creek; Wm Armstrong & Notley Holis, SCC, entered 1 Jan. 1755.  Orange County, North Carolina Records, Vol. III.  Granville Proprietary Land Office.  Miscellaneous Records; By William D. Bennett, C.G. http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1757 May 12 – Page 7; 1757 May 12 – Alexander Gowing warrant for 640 acres in Orange Co, NC – 12 May 1757, 640 acres on north side Dan River, begin at Mayho’s line, entered 26 Apr. 1757, issued 25 July 1760.  Orange County, North Carolina Records, Vol. III.  Granville Proprietary Land Office.  Miscellaneous Records; By William D. Bennett, C.G.
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1758 Jan 15 – Page 7; 1758 Jan 15 – Alexander Gowing Survey for 248 acres in Orange Co, NC – 15 Jan. 1758, 248 acres on north side of Dan River, joins Mayo; Moses Holles and Enoch Robison, SCC, entered 26 Apr. 1757. Orange County, North Carolina Records, Vol. III.  Granville Proprietary Land Office.  Miscellaneous Records; By William D. Bennett, C.G.  http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html  1760 July 25 – Alexander Gowing 248 acres on the N side of the Dan River – Orange Co, NC.  Along Meghus line.  Orange Co, NC
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Land Grant Records of North Carolina Vol. I, Orange County 1752-1885. By Pat Shaw Bailey.  Page 18; File 628. Grant 95, Issue Date: 25 July 1760. Book 14, Page 407.
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http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html  1760 July 25 – Alexander Gowin, planter, ten shillings, on N Side Dan R., begin at an ash standing on bank of river, N10E 60p. to a pine in Mayo’s line, by his line S88E 270 p. to a black walnut on bank of river, S13W 134 p., up it to beginning, 248 acres, nine shillings eleven pence half-penny rent per year, surveyed 14 January 1758 Moses Hollis & Enoch Robinson, SCC. (SSLG 91-C) [Ed. note: see also N.C. Patent Book 14:407].  Orange Co, NC  http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1759 August – Deed: proof, Aug 1759, Orange, North Carolina, USA. Alexander Gowing 258 acres sale from Earl of Granville ’96 deed proved August Court 1759 p.41
http://ourberryfamily.com/berry/21093.htm .   1759 Aug 14 – Page 14; Aug. 14 1759.  Earl of Granville to ALEXANDER GOWING, 258 acres Deed of sale, witness: (blank).  Register of Orange County, North Carolina Deeds 1752-1768 & 1793.  By Eve B. Weeks
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1760 July 15 – Alexander Gowin, planter, ten shillings, on both sides of Hogans Cr., begin on SE side ad. creek at a white oak, S to a pine, N 320 p. to a pine, E 300 p. to beginning, 600 acres, twenty four shillings rent per year, surveyed 10 Feb 1757, Wm Armstrong and Notley Hollis, SCC. (SSLG 91-B) [Ed. note: see also N.C. Patent book 14:405].  http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html .  1760 July 15 – Alexander Going 600 acs on both sides of Hogans Cr – Orange Co, NC.  NC Land Trans –Orange County, NC
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1760 Dec 18 – Page 9 – William Gladden survey for 623 acres adj to Alexander Going, Orange Co, NC – 18 Dec. 1760, 623 acres on both sides of Moon’s Creek; joins Hugh Dobbin: ALEXANDER GOING, & William Morris, SCC. Orange County, North Carolina Records, Vol. III.  Granville Proprietary Land Office.  Miscellaneous Records; By William D. Bennett, C.G.  http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1761 Feb – Deed: proof 600 acres, Feb 1761, Orange, North Carolina, USA.  Alexander Going 600 acres recd – Orange Co, NC – sale from Earl of Granville ’96 deed proved Feb Court 1761 p. 48  http://ourberryfamily.com/berry/pictures/1761_alex_600_ac_from_granville_proved.jpg   1761 Feb 13 – Page 16,  Alexander Gowing recd 600 acres in Orange Co, NC.  Earl of Granville to ALEXANDER GOWING, 600 acres.  Wit William Churton Register of Orange County, North Carolina Deeds 1752-1768 & 1793.  By Eve B. Weeks
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1761 Feb 17 – Court – Page 64.  Grand Jury impaneled and sworn-to wit:
Thomas Stagg, Benjamin Carter, Moses Hollis, Richard Simpson, Joseph Atkins, Hugh Porter, Jesse Brashear, John Hunter, Ephraim Gold, Henry Reynolds, Wm Willson, Phillip Preather, Nathaniel Reynolds, ALEXANDER GOING, Thomas Willson.  Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Sept 1752 – August 1766.  By Ruth Herndon Shields.  http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1761 May 19 – Page 11, John McMillion warrant, 700 acres on Hogn’s Creek, begin at ALEXANDER GOING’S line, includes his own and Stephen McMillion’s improvements, executed 17 Aug. 1761, issued 6 Oct. 1761.  Orange County, North Carolina Records, Vol. III.  Granville Proprietary Land Office.  Miscellaneous Records; By William D. Bennett, C.G.  http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1762 Feb Court – Halifax Co, Va – Alexander Gowing, plaintiff against William Williams, Defendant – on a petition. Plaintiff not appearing to prosecute this suite, the same is dismissed.
bk 3, p 405 – Gowing v Williams
Plea (order) books, v. 3-4 1759-1764
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1762 Feb – Deed: proof 80 acres, Feb 1762, Orange, North Carolina, USA.  Deed of sale Moses Hollis to Nortley Hollis 80 ac proved by Alexander Going – Orange Co, NC – Feb Court 1762 p.54
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1762 April 7 –  William Gladden granted 311 acres to Alexander Going – Orange Co, NC. William Gladden had been granted the land on 1761 June 7. This is recorded in Deed recorded on 1775 Nov 5 – granting John Dismaker and Samuel Paul this land – both sides of Moon Creek. This is part of the larger tract granted to Gladden and Going.
Deed: acquired 311 acres on Moons Creek, 7 Apr 1762, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 7 Apr 1762 Wm Gladden sold 311 acres land on Moons Creek to Alexander Gowen — next record 25 Nov 1775 Dismurker to Paul — conflicting information in deed 22 Mar 1779 says land was Gladden to William Gowing.
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____ ? date – William Gowing William Glading, John Wood, Roberts, Ingrim
Deed: 311 acres on Moons Creek, 22 Mar 1779, Caswell, North Carolina, USA. 16 22 Mar 1779 James Roberts of Pittsylvania, Va. to John Ingrim of NC for L100 sold tract of 311 acres on both sides Moone Creek in Caswell Co., NC., being part of a tract of 622 acres of John Earl Granville deed to William Glading, who had sold to William Gowing, and by Gowing to John Wood, and by Wood to James Roberts and by Robers to John Ingrim.  Caswell Co, NC
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1762 April 7 – Deed: 311 acres on Moons Creek, 18 Sep 1779, Caswell, North Carolina, USA. 18 Sep 1779 Samuel Paul of Caswell Co, NC sold to William Leek of Caswell Co for L300 230 acres on both sides of Moon Creek part of larger track granted to William Gladdin 7 Jun 1761 and the part which Gladden sold to Alexander Gowen on 7 Apr 1762.  Caswell Co, NC
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1762 April 7 – Deed: 311 acres on Moons Creek, 22 Mar 1790, Caswell, North Carolina, USA. 22 Mar 1790 William Leek of Caswell NC sold to Charlton Ingram of Caswell for L300 230 acres on both sides of Moons Creek being part of a larger tract granted to William Gladden on 7 Jun 1761 which Gladden sold to Alexander Gowen on 7 Apr 1762. Caswell Co, NC
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1762 Dec 17 – Alexander Going 800 acres total p. 296. Halifax Co, Va.
Alexander Going 400 acres land on the Long Br of Cane Creek beg. at Lawless line. Thence down …
Also, 400 acres on the above mentioned Creek beg at the lower line of the last mentioned entry when run, thence down.
Entries from an old record book of Drury Stith concerning land and property in Pittsylvania County, 1737-1770
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1763 June Court – Halifax County, Va – Joseph Aiken, Plaintiff v. Alexander Going, Deft, bk 4, p. 81
Dismissed the parties having agreed.
Plea (order) books, v. 3-4 1759-1764
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1763 June Court – Halifax County, Va – Thomas Spraggins, Plaintiff v. Alexander Gowing, Defendt, bk 4, p 96
Dismissed the parties having agreed.
Plea (order) books, v. 3-4 1759-1764
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1763 Aug – Page 90, Court – Richard Finch v. Alexander Going – Orange Co, NC
T.A.B. (personal quarrels).  Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Sept 1752 – August 1766.  By Ruth Herndon Shields
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1763 Nov Page 94; Court – James Lesslye v. Alexander Going – Orange Co, NC
Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Sept 1752 – August 1766.  By Ruth Herndon Shields
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1763 Nov 8 – Page 27;  Alexander Going sells 311 1/2 acres to John Woods, Orange Co, NC.  Deed of sale, witness James Woods.  Register of Orange County, North Carolina Deeds 1752-1768 & 1793.  By Eve B. Weeks
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1764 Feb Court – Halifax County, Va – John Wimbish & Co v. Alexander Gowing, bk 4, p 246, judgment granted according to agreement.
Plea (order) books, v. 3-4 1759-1764
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1764 May – Page 102; Court:  McCaul, Lytle & Co. vs ALEXANDER GOING – T.A.B. (personal quarrels).  Thomas Moore vs JOHN GOING – Case.  Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Sept 1752 – August 1766.  By Ruth Herndon Shields
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1764 June Court – Halifax County – Alexander Gowing, assignee of John Gladen Pltf agt John Martin, bk 4, p 314
On a petition for two pounds ten shillings … on a note … order that pltf recover … plus costs.
Plea (order) books, v. 3-4 1759-1764
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1764 Aug – Page 109; Court of Aug. 1764 Aug – Robert Lytle v. Alexander Going  &  ALEXANDER GOING vs WILLIAM GOING – Petition.  Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Sept 1752 – August 1766.  By Ruth Herndon Shields
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.htm

1765 Feb – Page 119; Court:  James Lesslie v. Alexander Going – Orange Co, NC
Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Sept 1752 – August 1766.  By Ruth Herndon Shields
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1765 May – Page 126; Court – John Williams Esq. v. Alexander Going – Orange Co, NC
Thomas Moore vs JOHN GOING -Case.  Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Sept 1752 – August 1766.  By Ruth Herndon Shields
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1765 May – Page 127; Court  – Abner Nash, Esq. v. Alexander Going – Orange Co, NC
Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Sept 1752 – August 1766.  By Ruth Herndon Shields
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1765 Aug – Deed: Alexander Going 300 acres to John Thomas – Orange Co, NC – August Court 1765 p. 111
http://ourberryfamily.com/berry/pictures/1765_alex_sale_300_ac_to_thomas_proved.jpg

1765 Aug – Deed:  Alexander Going 311 ½ acres from William Gladden proved by Moses Hollis – Aug Court 1765 p. 120.  Orange, NC
http://ourberryfamily.com/berry/pictures/1765_alex_buys_311_ac_from_gladen,_proved.jpg

1765 Aug 13 – Page 39; Alexander Gowing to John Thomas 300 acres in Orange Co, NC.  Deed of sale, witness (blank).  Register of Orange County, North Carolina Deeds 1752-1768 & 1793.  By Eve B. Weeks
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1765 Aug 13 – Page 42;  William Golden (Gladden) to Alexander Going 311 1/2 acres.  Deed of sale, witness Moses Hollis.  Register of Orange County, North Carolina Deeds 1752-1768 & 1793.  By Eve B. Weeks
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1766 May – Deed: Alexander Going 248 acres to Roger Adkinson – Orange Co, NC. proved by Alex’r Going May Court 1766 p. 130
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1766 May 13 – Page 45; Alexander Going to Roger Adkknson 248 acres in Orange Co, NC.  Deed of sale, witness ALEXANDER GOING. Register of Orange County, North Carolina Deeds 1752-1768 & 1793. By Eve B. Weeks
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1766 Aug Court – Halifax County, Va – James Bradley v. Alexander Gowing, bk 5, p 310 – suit dismd
Plea (order) books, v. 5-6 1764-1770
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4C-99FD-7?i=176&cat=401169

1766 Aug – Page 141; Court – John Williams Esq v. Alexander Going – Orange Co, NC
Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Sept 1752 – August 1766.  By Ruth Herndon Shields
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1767 July Court – Halifax County, Va – Alexander Gowing v Owen Brady, bk 5, p 459
The pltf not residing in this colony and failing to give security – dismissed.
Plea (order) books, v. 5-6 1764-1770
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4C-99XR-5?i=249&cat=401169

1767 July Court – Halifax County, Va – Thomas Spragins v. Alexander Gowing, bk 5, p 474. Suit dismd
Plea (order) books, v. 5-6 1764-1770
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4C-99XB-2?i=257&cat=401169

1767 – Halifax County, Va – John Rowland assignee of George Watkins Pltf v. Robert Hutchinson and Alexander Gowing, Defts v. bk 5, p 507. suit dismd
Plea (order) books, v. 5-6 1764-1770
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4C-99X5-1?i=273&cat=401169

1768 June 11 – 0-155: Alexander Gowen of North Carolina 461 acres on Pohick in Fairfax Co. Surv. William West. Adj . Col. Carter. 11 June 1768. p. 197. Land: grant 461 acres, 11 Jun 1768, , Fairfax, Virginia, USA. 461 acres of waste and ungranted land on the branches of Pohick surveyed by Wm West, and touching a corner of Col Carter’s land.  (Note:  This appears to possibly be Alexander Gowen Jr – son of Alexander Gowen).  
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1768 June 11 grant of 461 acres to Alexander Gowen in Fairfax Co Va

1769 Dec 22 – James Goan 400 acres p. 463 Pittsylvania Co, Va
James Goan 400 acres on the Head of Furies Fork beg at the Chesnut Nob thence each way.
Entries from an old record book of Drury Stith concerning land and property in Pittsylvania County, 1737-1770
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4X-97X8-2?i=448&cat=370417

1769 Dec 28 – James Goan 400 acres p. 462 Pittsylvania Co, Va
Jas Goan (James Goan) 400 acres on Furries Fork of Russels Creek beginning at the Mouth thence up on both sides
Entries from an old record book of Drury Stith concerning land and property in Pittsylvania County, 1737-1770
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4X-97X8-2?i=448&cat=370417

1769 Dec 28 – David Goan 1200 acres total p. 462. Pittsylvania Co, Va
David Goan 400 acres beginning between the Fork of Russels Creek etc, Mayo thence run … down.
Also 400 acres beg at his corner … of his land thence with his lines … off each way.
Also 400 acres beg on Gray’s line where it crosses the sd Fork of the So. Fork of Russels Cr., thence each.
Entries from an old record book of Drury Stith concerning land and property in Pittsylvania County, 1737-1770
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4X-97X8-2?i=448&cat=370417

1770 May 30 – Page 56 – Deed Book 3, Page 285:  Alexander Gowen of Orange 311 1/2 acres to John Dismukes in Orange Co, NC – of same, fifty six pounds five shillings, 311 ½ acres, on both sides of Moons Cr., granted William Gladden 7 June 1761, Gladden to GOWEN 7 April 1762, (no description); signed ALEXANDER (x) GOWEN: witness John Hamilton, Hugh Armstrong, Ephriam Dismukes; proved July Term 1770 by Armstrong.
{Ed. note: no record of this deed in the surviving deeds from the Granville Land Office.}
Orange County, North Carolina Records, Vol. III.  Deed Book 3 Abstracts.  By William D. Bennett, C.G.   http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2008/02/orange-county-nc-early-records.html

1770 – Census: rent rolls, Alexander Going rent rolls in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.
Fairfax Co, Va.  (Possibly Alexander Going Jr – son of Alexander Going).   http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=vacen&h=32844708&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=3566

1772 – Alexander Gowin – Census: rent rolls, 1772, , Fairfax, Virginia, USA. 5  http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3578&enc=1
1772 – Alexander Gowin rentrolls – Fairfax, Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890 (Possibly Alexander Going Jr – son of Alexander Going).

1773 Several persons signed a petition for the partition of the north part of Orange County. Among them were Alexander Gowen, Sr, Alexander Gowen, Emos [Amos] Gowen, Daniel Gowen and John Gowen, according to “The Colonial Records of North Carolina, 1771-1775,” Vol. 9, by Sanders.  “Petition from inhabitants of Orange County concerning county boundaries; Sanders, James; Et Al. 1773, Volume 09, Pages 809-810.  [From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

1773 April 10:  The deposition of Alexander Gowin of lawfull age taken at the house of Mr. John Dix in the County of Pittsylvania the tenth day of April 1773 in a suit . . . . now depending and undetermined in the County Court of Halifax between John Mayo of the County of Cumberland, plantr and William Armstrong of Pittsylvania County, deft. . . .
This deponant deposeth and saith that to his certain knowledge Mr. James Terry acted as agent for the above sd. John Mayo in full to that part of his estate that lay in Orange County, North Carolina for many years beginning about the year 1759 and continued untill the sd. Mayo sold his land and estate in that County and further saith not . . .
Alexander (his “A” mark) Gowin.

Pittsylvania County
This day came Alexander Gowin before me and made oath to the trouth of the above deposition certified under my hand this 10th day of April 1773.

1773 July – Court: Thomas Dudley v Alexander Gowing, Jul 1773, Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA. Image and transcript courtesy of Beth Carruth.   The defendant being summoned and not appearing (altho solemnly called) the Plaintiff by his Attorney produced his proved Account for Three pounds fifteen shillings Judgment is therefore granted him against the said defendant for the same with Costs.”
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1773 Sept – Court: Alexander Gowing v Zechariah Waller, Sep 1773, Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA. 3 Transcription and images courtesy Beth Carruth.  The defendant being Summoned and not appearing (although solemnly called) the Plaintif made Oath to his Account for Two pounds two shillings ~ Judgment is therefore granted him against the said defendant for the same with Cash.  Sept Court 1773 Court Rec Book 2, p 253-254″  http://ourberryfamily.com/berry/pictures/1773courtgowingvswallerpittsylvaniacova.jpg

1774 – Alexander Going – Census: rent rolls, 1774, Fairfax, Virginia, USA.   http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3578&enc=1
Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890 (Possibly Alexander Going Jr – son of Alexander Going).

DEATH of Alexander Gowin:

1774 May – Court: Alexander Gowing v George Lumkin, May 1774, Pittsylvania, VA, USA.  Trans and image courtesy Beth Carruth.  In Trespass on the Case.  The Plaintif having departed this life this Suit Abates.  May 1774. Court Records Bk 2 p. 394″.  http://ourberryfamily.com/berry/pictures/1774courtalexandergowin_vs_lumkin_maypittscova.jpg

1775 Feb – Alexander Going dec’d – probate inventory; Orange Co, NC
Estate: Inventory Alexander Going, Feb 1775, Orange, North Carolina, USA.  citing: Orange County Records at the NC State Archives, Raleigh July 2012
Inventories Sales & Accounts of Estates, in 24 Volumes : First Volume (1756-1785) p. 297
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An Inventory of the Estate of Alex’r. Gowing Dec’d. which is as follows
A Negroe Fellow Sam, 1 Ditto Bob, a Negroe Woman Luce, 1 Ditto Sary, a Negroe Boy Will, a Negroe Girl Hannah, a Negroe Boy Frank, 5 head of Horses, 29 head of Cattle, 48 head of Hoggs, 12 old Sheep & 5 lambs, 5 Feather Beds & Furniture & about 30 cc new Feathers, 5 Bedsteads & bords, 3 potts, a Dutch Oven, 1 pan, a small Skillet, 2 Dishes, 12 plates, 5 Basons, 9 porringers, 20 spoons, a pr. Spoon moulds, 1 Earthen Dish, 20 Earthen plates, 12 Bowls, 2 Tin potts, 34 Cups & Sawsers, 1 Coffee Pott, 2 Cannisters, 10 Mugs, 1 Quart Tin, 9 Bottles, 2 Jugs, 1 looking Glass, 5 Viols, a small (Gilt) Trunk, 2 Tables, 5 Chairs, 8 Knives, 11 Forks, 1 pair money Scales, 2 Razors, 1 Strop & Hone, 1 Mans Saddle & Bridle & Saddle Bags, Womans Saddle, 1 Rifle Gun, 1 pr (Stalyards), 1 xCut Saw, 1 foot Adze, 2 Drawing Knives, 4 Augers, 1 Chisell, 1 Small Still, 1 old Waggon & Gears, 7 Bells, 5 Axes, 3 Wedges, 10 Hoes, 1 Shear & (Colter), 2 Clovises, 5 plow hoes, 2 pr Shears, 1 (spice) morter & pessell, 1(Inkstand), 1 Linen Wheel, 1 Woollin Wheel, 3 pr Cards, 1 Sayne (seine?), 1 Bar Iron & Heaters, 2 Sifters, 5 (pails), 1 Churn, 22 Geese, 24 Ducks, 21 old Barrels, 2 Curry Combs & 3 Brushes, 1 pr. Candle Snuffers, 5 Books, a large quantity Meat, a parcel old Tobacco, 1 Loom, Slay & Harness, 7550 cc of Tob’o Inspected, a large quantity of Corn, 70 or 80 Barrels, 15 Bushels, Oats, 77 Bushels Wheat.  A true Inventory returned by Sophia Going Adm’x.  Orange County, February Court 1775. The above Inventory was returned in open Court and ordered to be Recorded.  Test.  From Orange County Records at the NC State Archives, Raleigh July 2012.  Inventories Sales & Accounts of Estates, in 24 Volumes : First Volume (1756-1785) p. 297.  Orange Co, NC

1775 May 2 – Estate: Sale Alexander Going, 2 May 1775, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 23 Transcription by Beth Carruth
citing: Orange County records at the NC State Archives in Raleigh July 2012 – Inventories Sales & Accounts of Estates, in 24 Volumes : First Volume (1756-1785) ) p. 305-307
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“Transcription of “Acct of Sales of the Estate of Alex’r Going decd. May 2d 1775″
…………………………………………………………………………………Pounds/shillings/pence
4 Cows & 2 Calves to Daniel Going……………………………………..10/-/-
3 Cows & Yearlings to Jas. Gulaspey…………………………………….8/15/-
2 Cows & Calves to Daniel Going………………………………………….7/10/-
2 Cows & Yearlings to John Kennoday…………………………………..8/14/6
1 Bull & 4 steers to Daniel Going…………………………………………..8/5
2 Cows & Calves to Ditto……………………………………………………..7/5/6
10 head Hogs to Ditto………………………………………………………….4/10/-
1 lot Hogs to Ditto……………………………………………………………..14/-
1 lot Ditto to John Going Jun…………………………………………………4/-
5 Hogs to Sophia Going……………………………………………………….3/7/-
18 Sheep to Ditto…………………………………………………………………9/-
…………………………………………………Carried forward L –
Next page, 306
Amount brought forward –
1 Sorrel Horse to Daniel Going……………………………………………..2/10/-
1 black Mare to Sophia Going………………………………………………3/15/-
1 black Colt to Daniel Going………………………………………………….7/10/-
1 Still to Sophia Going……………………………………………………….12/-/-
1 xCutsaw to Daniel Going……………………………………………………2/-/-
1 handsaw to James Galaspey………………………………………………-/15/-
4 plow Hoes to Daniel Going………………………………………………….1/0/6
1 lot old Iron to Ditto……………………………………………………………..-/15/-
3 Axes & 1 (Grubing) Hoe to Ditto…………………………………………..-/19/-
2 pole Axes to Ditto………………………………………………………………-/12/-
3 Augers to Ditto 4/ 1 (Carp’r) Adze to Ditto 6/6………………………-/10/6
1 lot Iron to James Galaspey………………………………………………….-/3/-
1 plough to Danl. Going 12/ 1 old wagon to Ditto 40/-……………..2/12/-
5 (Weeding) Hoes to Do. 20/ 1 Rifle Gun 92/………………………….5/12/-
1 Feather Bed & furniture to Ditto…………………………………………..6/12/-
1 Ditto & Ditto to Ditto………………………………………………….7/8/-
1 Ditto & Ditto to Sophia Going………………………………………6/-/-
1 Ditto & Ditto to Ditto……………………………………………………8/15/-
1 Table to Daniel Going…………………………………………………………-/15/-
Feathers & furniture to Ditto…………………………………………………..3/10/-
1 Spinning Wheel to Sophia Going………………………………………….-/4/-
1 Ditto to Ditto…………………………………………………………..-/4/-
4 Bowls to Daniel Going………………………………………………………..-/7/6
4 Ditto to Alex’r. Going……………………………………………………..-/9/-
4 Ditto to Henry Dixon……………………………………………………….-/8/-
5 pewter Basons to Danl. Going…………………………………………….1/1/6
5 pewter plates to Ditto………………………………………………………..-/11/6
5 Ditto to Sophia Going……………………………………………………..-/7/6
4 Porringers to Ditto…………………………………………………………….-/5/-
4 Ditto to Jas. Galaspey……………………………………………………..-/6/-
4 Ditto to Danl. Going…………………………………………………………-/8/-
6 Earthen plates to James Sanders Sen………………………………….-/5/-
5 Ditto to Robert Terry………………………………………………………-/4/6
2 pewter Dishes to Danl. Going……………………………………………..-/12/-
1 lot tin Ware to Ditto………………………………………………………….-/2/-
3 Glass Bottles to Saml. Robertson……………………………………….-/2/6
1 Mug & (Spice) Mortar to Danl. Going…………………………………..-/13/-
1 Mug to James Bradley 1/1 ½ doz.Cups & (saucers) to Ditto 3/6..-/4/7
1 lot pewter Spoons to Danl. Going……………………………………….-/1/8
1 Dutch Oven 17/6 1 frying pan 7/6 1 Iron pot 8/6………………. /13/6
1 Skittel (skillet?)1/8 1 pot 21/ 6 Queen(?) ware plates 6/………1/8/8
1 Dish & 5 plates 8/ 1 doz. Spoons 5/ 1 pr sheep shears……..2/-/15/-
1 Stone Pitcher & 1 Glass (Tumbler?) to Jas. Galaspey…………..-/2/9
½ doz. Cups & (saucers) to Jas. Sanders (Jun)………………………-/2/6
1 Earthen Mug to John Cannoday…………………………………………-/-/8
Next page, 307
Amount brought over –
1 Man’s Saddle to Thomas Rogers………………………………………-/19/6
1 Iron Pot 6/6 fishing (Saine) L6/12 to Danl. Going……………..6/18/6
1 Negroe Man named Sam to Daniel Going………………………..90/-/-
1 Do. Woman ” Lucy to Ditto………………………………………55/-/-
1 Do. Man ” Bob to Ditto……………………………………106/-/-
1 Do. Girl ” Sarah to Sophia Going………………………..80/-/-
1 Do. Boy ” Will to Danl. Going…………………………..67/-/-
1 Do. Girl ” Hannah to Sophia Going…………………….50/-/-
1 Do. Boy ” Flank to Ditto………………………………….50/-/-
8 old Hogsheads to Daniel Going………………………………………..-/17/-
…………………………………………………………Total amount……L 676/16/4
………………………………………………..Henry Dixon D.S.
Orange County May Co 1775. The above acct. of Sales was returned in open Court and ordered to be Recorded.
…………………………………………………Test.
From Orange County records at the NC State Archives in Raleigh July 2012
Inventories Sales & Accounts of Estates, in 24 Volumes : First Volume (1756-1785) ) p. 305-307″

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1775 Estate sale Alexander Going p1

1775 Estate sale Alexander Going p2

1775 Estate sale Alexander Going p3

1775 Estate sale Alexander Going p4

1776-1783 – Some time between 1777 and 1783 Alexander Gowen Jr sells his land in Fairfax County, VA to Richard Skinner according to the index of the missing deed book N-1, pgs 217-218 in Fairfax County, Virginia.  (Note:  The date is not given in the index listed – it is estimated by looking at all the other transactions in deed book N-1.  The earliest other transaction in N-1 is 1776, and the latest transaction is 1783.  By far, most of the transactions took place in 1779-1780 in deed book N-1 according to the index).  

1776-1783 Alexander Gowen leases to Richard Skinner in Fairfax Co

1779 Tax Record, 1779, , Caswell, North Carolina, USA. 5 “Copy of an original tax record from 1779 in Caswell County, NC. It shows “Widow Gowing” (Sophia) with 20 cattle, 4 horses, 8 negroes, 4 of which is under 10, and 112 dollars plus 15 (pounds?) of silver. This was found at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, NC.  1779 Caswell County, NC ”

1779 tax widow going caswell co nc

1780 Tax Record, 1780, Caswell, North Carolina, USA. “Photo of an original tax record (“list of taxable property”) for Caswell County, NC, for the year 1780. Listed are Suffiah Gowing, with 8 negroes, horses, cattle, and cash in hand of 336 pounds 7 shillings. Her total tax comes to 4546.17.0. Listed next is Jesse Gowing, with one mare and cash. Next is John Gowing, with horses and cash.
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1780 tax sophia goin caswell co nc

1781-1782 titheables in Pittsylvania County, Virginia lists Tabitha Gowen, John Gowen, and Jessey Gowen – some Gowen researchers believe Tabitha is the same person as Suffiah:

1781-1782 Sophia Going tithables pitts co va

1781 Sept 24 – Deed: Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA.  “Daniel Gowing to Suffiah Gowing 400 acres 1781.  This Indenture made this twenty fourth Day of September in the Year of our lord one thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty one and in the Sixth Year of our Independence Between Daniel Gowing of the State of South Carolina of the one part & Suffiah Gowing of Pittsylvania County in the Commonwealth of Virginia of the other part Witnesseth that for and in Consideration of the Sum of thirty pounds to the said Daniel Gowing in hand paid by the said Suffiah Gowing at or before the Sealing & Delivery of these presents the Receipt of which he doth hereby acknowledge & therefore doth release aquit and Discharge the said Suffiah Gowing her Executors & Administrators by these presents he the said Daniel Gowing granted bargained sold aliened and Confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell alien and Confirm unto the said Suffiah Gowing and her heirs a Certain Piece or parcel of Land Situate Lying and being in the County of Pittsylvania aforesaid and bounded as followeth Beginning at a red oak on the Country Line thence a new line North twelve Degrees West two hundred & sixty poles to pointers thence south Eighty nine Degrees two hundred Sixty poles to Pointers thence south twelve Degrees East two hundred & fifty poles to pointers on the Country Line thence with the same West two hundred & sixty poles to the Beginning Containing four hundred Acres be the same more or less, and all houses buildings orchard ways Waters Profits hereditiments and all appurtenances whosoever to the said premises hereby granted or any part thereof belonging and the reversion & (reversing) Remainder Rents (Isues) and profits thereof and also all the Estate right title Claim and Demand Whatsoever of him the s’d Daniel Gowing of in & to the said premises and all Deed or writing in any Wise Concerning the same To have and to hold the lands hereby Conveyed and all and singular and Every part and parcel thereof Bargained & Sold and every of their appurtenances unto the said Suffiah Gowing her heirs and assigns for ever to the only proper use and behoof of her the said Suffiah Gowing and her heirs and assigns forever and the said Daniel Gowing doth by these presents warrant and forever defend the sam In Witness whereof he hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.  Daniel Gowing L.S.   In presence of James Gillasp, James Sandon, William Gillaspy.

Memorandum that on the Day and Date within mentioned I acknowledge to have Rec’d full Satisfaction for the within mentioned Land and free and Quiet Possession is given to the same Witness my hand Daniel Gowing L.S, James Gillaspy.  Pittsylvania Co., VA.
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1783 Nov 18 Sitha Gowen is married to David Logan.   Marriage: bond, 18 Nov 1783, , Caswell, North Carolina, USA. David Logan to Sitha Going bondsmand Jesse Going.  (Note:  This is likely Suffiah Going Jr – daughter of Alexander Going and Suffiah Going).

1783 Nov 18 sitha and david logan marriage cert

1785 US Census in Pittsylvania County, Va shows Suffiah Gowing with 12 whites, and directly next to her is Jessey Gowing with 2 whites.

1785 census Sophia Going pitts co Va

1786 in the November Court of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Sophia Gowing is charged with the crime of “dealing with a negro” and fined 5 pounds plus costs on Robert Williams behalf expended in pursuing the case in the case of Robert Williams attorney for the Commonwealth of Virginia v. Sophia Gowing.  (Note:  It is uncertain if this is Sophia Gowing Sr or daughter Sophia Gowing Jr).  

1786 Sophia Gowing charged for dealing with a negro pitts co va

1789 US Census in Camden District, Fairfield County, South Carolina shows Alex Gowin, 9 whites total, Daniel Gowen 6 whites total, and Henry Gowin 5 whites total.  In Clarendon County is a Thomas Gowin with 6 whites total.

1789 census alexander gowin fairfield co sc

1798 Nov – Court: Clopton v Going, Nov 1798, , Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA. “November Court 1798
George Clopton … Demandant
Against
Sophia Going, Jesse Going, John Going and Sherwood Going .. Tenants – Upon a Writ of Right…”
Pittsylvania Co, Va

1798 Nov Clopton v. Going in Pitts Co Va re Sophia, John, Jesse and Sherwood trespass case

1800 June 16 – Sophia Going to Sherwood Going
Deed: Gift or personal property from Sophia Gowen to her son Sherwood, 16 Jun 1800, Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA. Image and transcription courtesy Beth Carruth 2014
Sophia Going to Sherwood Going 1800 household goods and stock
Be it remembered that these presents comes Greeting and made known to all whom it may concern that Whereas my Son Sherwood Going hath paid and advanced sundry sums of Money for me at divers times to amount equal in value to what shall be herein after conveyed to compensate him. Be it known that I Sophia Going of the County of Pittsylvania and State afd. as well for the foregoing consideration as for the love I bear for him as a Child do by these presents make over, sell, alien, enfeoff and confirm to him the said Sherwood Going, and do moreover deliver by Virtue of this Indenture to the sd Sherwood and his heirs for ever the following property, to wit, Negro Sary Negro Tom, one Sorrel Mare, one dark bay Horse, Colt, two Cows, one Stear yearling one Heifer yearling, one Desk, one Chest, one Cubbard, two Beds and furnature – Six puter basons, one dozen and half of puter plates, two dozen of Earthen plates, one pare of Stillards and the hole of my Castings and one Walnut Table, two Bedsteads, five Chairs, three Warter Vessels, one Case of Knives & forks and all her plantation Utensils and thre Pewter Dishes, one box Iron & heaters. Which said goods and Chattles, Stock, furniture and other property I the said Sophia do & will Warrant and for ever defend against the claim or demand of all and every Person or persons whatsoever but to the only proper use and behoof of him the said Sherwood and is heirs and assigns for ever And further covenant to Warrant and defend a good and Lawful title in and to the said Property to him the said Sherwood and to his heirs and assigns for ever In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this 16th day of April 1800 – Suffiah her “X” mark Gowin (seal).    Sealed and delivered in the presence off.. John “his mark” Winters, Wm. Wright
At a Court held for Pittsylvania Co., June the 16th. 1800 – This Bill of Sale was presented in Court and proved by the Oaths of two of the witnesses thereto to be the act and deed of the within named Sophia Gowing party thereto Ordered that the same be recorded -.  Teste Will Tunstall C P C.  From Pittsylvania County Deed Book 12, p. 153″.  Pittsylvania Co, Va.  http://ourberryfamily.com/berry/pictures/1800sophia_to_sherwood_1800.jpg

NEW INFORMATION ON A DAUGHTER OF ALEXANDER GOING!:

(Note: It appears that Alexander Gowing had another daughter not known before – Dian Gowing who married a John Kennedy. They had children William Kennedy, Polly Kennedy, Elizabeth Kennedy, and Agnes Kennedy – who all filed suit in 1807 for their deceased mother’s share of her estate that Alexander Gowing’s widow, Sophia Gowing (and her son Sherwood Gowing) had apparently used for themselves without distributing it to the other heirs – there were other suits by other children against Sophia before this – it appears Sophia didn’t want to distribute anything. My guess is that she was a 2nd wife of Alexander, and many of these children were not hers but were Alexander’s from a prior marriage – but just a guess). 

1807 May (Petition in Chancery Court) – To the Worshipful Court of Pittsylvania County in Chancery sitting. Humbly complaining shew unto your worships your orator William Kenedy, Polly Kenedy, Elizabeth Kenedy & Agnes Kenedy that some time about the year 1774 a certain Alexander Going of that part of Orange County now called Caswell in the State of North Carolina being possessed of a considerable property died intestate. Whereupon his estate descended to his children in coparcenary, among whom was Dian daughter of the said Alexander and mother of your orators who was entitled to one part of said estate. Which part your orators claim as children and heirs of the said Dian who had intermarried with John Kenedy both of whom said John and Dian Kenedy have since deceased.
Your orators further represent that Sophia Going widow of said Alexander acted as administratrix of the estate of said Alexander, for altho from a variety of circumstances, particularly as the division of the County of Orange, copies of Records and papers belonging to the Clerks office became more difficult to procure, your orators have not been able to obtain a copy of the appointment of the administrator, yet the said Sophia returned an inventory of said Estate to the Court of Orange at February Sessions 1775 signed by herself as administratrix, as will appear by a copy of the inventory certified in due form and here made an exhibit in the cause as a part of this bill – at May sessions following a return of sales was made of said Estate which amounted to 2676.16.4 North Carolina Currency. A copy of which being also authenticated as aforesaid from said Orange Court is also offered as a part of this Bill.
Your orator further states that most or a great part of the property aforesaid was purchased by the said Sophia and by her either sold or delivered to a certain Sherwood Going, who together with the said Sophia have fraudulantly and unconscientiously converted it all to their own use without rendering any amount to your orators or their ancestor Dian of the distributable share belonging to her the said Dian. And they do still most unjustly and iniquitously refuse to account with your orators for the share which they claim in right of this ancestor Dian as her heirs at law.
In tender consideration when of and for as much as your orators are remedies in the premises at common law and relievable only in a court of equity where matters of this kind are peculiarly cognizable. To the end that the said Sophia Going and Sherwood Going be made defendants to this Bill of Complaint and on their coporal oaths true full & perfect answers be compelled to make to the forgoing allegations as fully and completely as if the same were herein again repeated and they then to particularly interrogated — that is to say that the said Sophia may say whether or not she was the administratrix of the estate of Alexander Going decd — whether or not there was any of said estate came to her hands, and how much, and how she has disposed of it. And that the said Sherwood Going may say whether any and what part of the said Estate came to his hands and how and from whom he received it and the times when received. To the end that a full and fair discovery of said estate may be made and that your worshi to your orators may decree such part of said estate as of right belongs to said Dian and grant other and further relief to your orators in the premises as may seem just and equitable. May it please your worships to grant the Commonwealth Court of (?) directed … and your orators as a duty bound will ever pray for.
Virginia Chancery Index – File 1809-001: https://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/

(Note: Interestingly, they do not say that Sophia is the mother of Dian, or that Sophia is their grandmother … Additionally, they do not note Sherwood as being their uncle – maybe they are that relationship to them, but I wonder if Sophia was a 2d wife of Alexander’s, and they considered his first wife their grandmother?)

1807 May 29 – The Commonwealth of Virginia.
To the Sheriff of Pittsylvania County. Greeting, you are hereby commanded to summon Sophia Going, supposed admx of Alexander Going decd & Sherwood Going – to appear before the surities of our said County Court of Pittsylvania at the Courthouse on the third Monday in August … then and there to answer … in Chancery exhibited against them by Polley Keneda, Agness Kenada, Elizabeth Kenada, & William Keneda, heirs of Dian Keneda & William Keneda, heirs of Dian Keneda who was one of the heirs of the said Alexander Going.
And this they shall in no wise omit under the penalty of L100 each and have them then this writ witness William Tunstall Clerk of our said County Court the 29 day of May 1807 in the 31st year of the Commonwealth.
Will Tunstall.
Virginia Chancery Index – File 1809-001: https://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/

1807 Oct 27 (order to bring Sophia and Sherwood to court for contempt) – The Commonwealth of Virginia to the Sheriff of Pittsylvania County, Greeting you are hereby commanded that you attach Sophia Going supposed admx of Alexander Going deceased and Sherwood Going
So that you have their bodies before the Justices of our County Court of Pittsylvania at the courthouse on the third Monday in next month to answer us as sell of a certain contempt by them to us offered, as it is said, as upon those things which to them shall be then and there objected and further to do and receive what our said Court shall in this part consider, and this you shall in no wise omit, and have them there this writ witness William Tunstall Clerk of our said County Court the 27 Day of October 1807 in the 32d year of the Commonwealth.
Will Tunstall
For not answering a Bill in Chancery exhibited agt them by Polley Keneda, Agness Keneda, Eliza Keneda & Wm Keneda heirs of Dian Kineda who was one of the heirs of the said Alexr Going.
Will Tunstall
Virginia Chancery Index – File 1809-001: https://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/

HOWSON PATENT LITIGATION:

(NOTE: I wanted to add this here as I have wondered if Alexander Going’s land grant in 1768 in Fairfax Co, Va. had anything to do with the Howson patent litigation that was going on at the time. Several of the witnesses that the Alexander family produced spent a good bit of time trying to disparage the Going family’s patent for 1215 acres that they conveyed to Thomas and Todd. It seems as though they thought that maybe someone from the Going family may testify (maybe Alexander Going?). Rather than attacking the patent, they attacked the Going family. I think their attack backfired – much of the testimony they produced made it clear that the Alexander Family was aware of the Going patent from the beginning – at least starting in 1719 when it was conveyed to Thomas and Todd – and they did nothing about it for 40 plus years – no surveys done, no suits against the Going family, no suits against Thomas or Todd – they didn’t act on it until Thomas and Todd were dead, John Going had died in 1721, William Going had died in 1726, and the rest of the Going family had moved to North Carolina and South Carolina by the time this litigation had started). 

What was at stake? The following map is not exact (didn’t have my protractor out) so just an estimation based on the claims made. I have marked the map below with A, F, D, and E.  The dispute was about how the line went from the known point on the Southwest portion of the Alexander land.  Directly North leads to E. 6 degrees West leads to point D, 15 degrees West leads to point F. 17 degrees West leads to point A (letters in red).

A survey was done in 1741 showing the following land if the line went directly North (E). It showed that directly North that the Alexanders had 6562 acres of land. Their original Howson patent said it was supposed to be 6000 acres. The Alexanders were claiming that the line went 17 degrees west to point (A) – which would have given them at least another 4000+ acres of land (approximately). It would have taken a majority of the Carlyle land, all of the Chapman and Awbrey land (marked in yellow – this was the Thomas and Todd land they had purchased from Thomas Going, John Going, William Going and James Going), and it would have taken several other people’s land that they had held for over 40-50 years in many cases:

With line heading directly north – this gives the following acreage to the Alexander Family for the Howson pattent:

1) Mr Gerrard Alexander 2959 acres
2) John Alexander 1421 acres
3) Townshend Dade land 400 acres
4) Baldwin Dade land 400 acres
5) John Alexander and Hugh West 220 acres
6) Harry ? 200 acres
7) Cpt Phillip Alexander 500 acres
8) Holmes Island 302 acres
9) Pearson’s Island 160 acres

TOTAL Acres: 6562 acres with line going directly North to point (E) accounted for in below map – today’s estimates place the area at 8000 acres. They were attempting to add another 50-60% to their patent by having an “undefined” back line.

In 1771 Carlyle won his case and the court ejected Alexander from Carlyle’s land. They held that the survey should go to point E on the map above (directly North). Unfortunately, when looking up the Howson litigation involving the Alexander family, researchers always seem to claim the Alexander family “won” the cases. This could not be further from the truth. They lost the case. They ended up getting what they originally were granted – but they were attempting to almost double their land size by illegally seizing other people’s property and claiming their back line was “undefined” and allowed them to do so.

The Alexander family received the 6000 acre Howson patent in 1669 and never appeared to file a survey. They used this fact to claim the land description in their Deed actually extended beyond the actual plat, and were successful in several occasions in ejecting people from land they had owned, at times for decades.  This “undefined” back line allowed the Alexanders to act in a predatory way to swoop in and take land behind their back line whenever they wanted to extend their property holdings.

The first survey that eventually made its way into court was in 1741 where the options of a direct north back line, a 6 degree west back line, and a 15 degree west back line were drawn for the court. This survey was used in later court cases in 1771 involving John Carlysle, and in 1809-1814 case involving Parthenia Dade (an Alexander daughter who had married into the Dade family).

1771 case in Fairfax Co, Va:  AMINIDAL SEEKRIGHT (tenant of Carlysle) & JOHN CARLYSLE v. CHARLES ALEXANDER

(Facts of Case: John Carlysle had leased 800 acres of land on his property to Aminidal Seekright for 7 years on May 21, 1766. Aminidal Seekright then arrived at the 800 acre farm on May 23, 1766. Charles Alexander sent in one of his “employees”, a Mr. Timothy Dreadnaught to “by force of arms” remove Aminidal Seekright and eject him from the land. Charles Alexander was claiming the land was his. Aminidal Seekright resisted and remained on the land and brought suit. John Carlysle joined in the suit as it had to do with his property line).

Finding of Jury and Court against Charles Alexander:

The jury sworn to try the issue in this cause returned into Court and upon their oath say that the artificial bounds of Alexander’s land are from red C on Hunting Creek to black E, and thence to the mount of Wancopin branch at Black A, laid down in the surveyors plat returned in this cause and that the Defendant is guilty in manner and for as the Plaintiff against him hath complained and they do assess damages (crease in page cant read rest of line) … shilling besides his costs. Therefore it is considered by the Court that the Plaintiff recover against the Deft his term yet to come of and in the messuage or a tenement and lands with the appurtenancy in the declaration mentioned together with his damages aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed, and his costs by him about his suit in this behalf expended. and the said Deft may be taken and whereupon the Plt pray the writ of our Lord the King to the Sheriff of the said County of Fairfax to be directed to cause him to have his possession of his term aforesaid yet to come and to him it is granted returnable here.

Unfortunately the Alexanders kept up their shennanigans and actually won a few cases, ejecting rightful owners from their land. In 1809 they attempted to do this to a family member – and the US Supreme Court eventually found against the Alexander family in an 1814 case with Chief Justice Marshall issuing the following opinion AGAINST the Alexander family’s claim that their patent extended west any degrees in their attempts to confiscate other people’s lands:

1814 Case – ALEXANDER v. PENDLETON

12 U.S. 462
8 Cranch 462
3 L.Ed. 624
ALEXANDER AND OTHER
v.
PENDLETON.
March 12, 1814

THIS was an appeal from the Circuit Court of the district of Columbia, sitting at Alexandria, as a Court of Equity.

The case, as stated by MARSHALL, Ch. J. in delivering the opinion of the Court, was as follows:

This suit was brought in the year 1806, in the Circuit Court for the county of Alexandria, for the purpose of quieting the title of Nathaniel Pendleton, the Plaintiff in that Court, to 83 acres of land contiguous to the town of Alexandria which have been in his possession, and in the possession of those under whom he claims, from the year 1732 to the present time.

Robert Alexander, being seized of a large tract, on part of which the town of Alexandria now stands, on the 17th of January in the year 1731-2, executed to Dade Massey, then about to intermarry with his daughter Parthenia Alexander, his bond in the penalty of 800l. with a condition that he would convey to his daughter Parthenia and her heirs, on demand, four hundred acres of land lying on Potomac, ‘beginning on the river side and from thence running to his back line, making a long square so as to have the same breadth on the river as on the back line.’

The marriage soon afterwards took effect, and she was put into possession of the land by the following bounds, that is to say: ‘Beginning at the mouth of Goings gut, on the river Potomac, and extending down the river so as to include four hundred acres of land between the river and the back line.’

The back line called for in the patent was a due north course; that by which Robert Alexander then held was north 6 west. Claims have been since successfully asserted which would vary the back line so as to run north 17 west. The Appellants insist that those who hold under Parthenia shall be compelled to extend to the back line, as now established, and proportionably to contract their line down the river, so that the parallelogram shall still comprize four hundred acres. Pendleton, who is a purchaser under Parthenia, insists on being limited on the west by the line north 6 west, which was the back line when the title of Parthenia accrued.

In the year 1735, Robert Alexander departed this life, having first made his last will in which he devised as follows: ‘Item, I give to my daughter Parthenia Massey four hundred acres in Prince William county, according to my bond. Item, I give to my daughter Sarah Alexander, four hundred acres joining Parthenia Massey, the same length on the back line and the same breadth on the river.’

Parthenia survived her husband, Dade Massey, and intermarried with Townshend Dade. Sarah intermarried with Baldwin Dade, and was put into possession of the land devised to her.

John and Gerard Alexander were the only sons of Robert, and were the co-devisees of the bulk of his estate. In April, 1740, John instituted a suit against Gerard for partition; and to this suit Townshend Dade and Parthenia, his wife, and Baldwin Dade and Sarah, his wife, were parties Defendants. A decree of partition was made, directing that the lands of the Dades also should be allotted to them to be held in severalty. Commissioners were appointed to execute this decree, with directions to report their proceedings to the Court.

Under this interlocutory decree the land was surveyed by Joseph Berry, and a division made. Four hundred acres were allotted to Townshend Dade and Parthenia, his wife, and the same quantity to Baldwin Dade and Sarah, his wife. This allotment was made on the idea that north 6 west was the true back line. But as the Alexanders intended to institute suits for the purpose of recovering lands lying west of the north 6 line, it was agreed between all the parties that the partition then made should not be conclusive, but should depend on the suits about to be instituted. In consequence, as is presumed, of this verbal agreement, the survey and proceedings under this interiocutory decree were not returned; and in May, 1741, the suit was dismissed agreed.

Townshend Dade and Parthenia, his wife, remained in quiet possession of the four hundred acres devised to Parthenia by her father, according to those boundaries which had been marked out on the idea that north 6 west was the true back line.

Sarah Dade died without issue; on which event her land was limited to her two brothers John and Gerard, who entered thereon and continued to hold it according to Berry’s survey.

John Carlyle claimed the land west of north 6 west; and, in April 1766, commenced an ejectment against Alexander, who appears to have recovered part of the land between north 6 and north 17 west in a previous ejectment against one of his tenants. In May, 1771, a verdict and judgment were rendered in his favor.

In the year 1774, Townshend Dade and Parthenia, his wife, instituted a suit against John Alexander for a title to the land mentioned in the bond of Robert Alexander. To this suit John Alexander filed his answer stating the death of Dade Massey leaving a son by Parthenia, her subsequent marriage with Townshend Dade, and the doubt who was entitled to the land, as the reasons for its not having been previously conveyed.

In the same year, Charles Alexander, son and heir of John, filed his answer in which he states the doubt respecting the back line, admits the north 6 west to be the present back line, and prays that, should a more western boundary be at any time established, he and his heirs might be at liberty to vary the boundaries of Parthenia’s land so as to conform to such future back line.

In 1776, a deed was executed by Charles Alexander to Parthenia Dade conveying 400 acres of land according to the bond of Robert Alexander. This deed specifies no boundaries and contains no stipulation respecting the future change of the back line. It would confirm the will of Robert Alexander, if that will wanted confirmation. In the year 1779, this suit was dismissed neither party appearing.

In May, 1778, Parthenia Dade conveyed this tract of land with no other description of the metes and bounds than was expressed in the bond and will of her father, to William Hartshorne, who took possession of the land and held it according to Berry’s survey, which makes north 6 west the back line.

William Hartshorne laid off the northern part of the tract from the river to north 6 west in twenty-three lots which he sold to various persons; and then, in May, 1779, conveyed the residue of the land, which incindes that in controversy, to William Harman, of Pennsylvania, by metes and bounds taking north 6 west to be the true back line.

In the year 1786, Mordecai Lewis, executor of William Harman, conveyed this land to Elisha Cullen Dick, who in 1796, conveyed eighty-three acres, the land now in dispute, to Henry Lee, who, in June, 1797, conveyed to Baldwin Dade, who, on the 29th day of December, in the year 1801, conveyed to Philip Fitzhugh, who, on the 18th of February, 1802, conveyed to Nathaniel Pendleton. In the same deed Fitzhugh conveys also to Pendleton three acres of land, other part of the tract of 400 acres, with notice that Charles Alexander claims north 17 west as the back line.

Previous to the conveyance from Baldwin Dade to Philip Fitzhugh, the said Dade had conveyed the land in controversy to Thomas Swan to secure a debt due to William Hodgson. Swan conveyed to William B. Page, in trust for Hodgson, who conveyed to Hodgson, who, in July, 1803, conveyed to Pendleton.

Soon after the decision in favor of Carlyle in May, 1771, Charles Alexander brought an ejectment for the same lands, and in 1790, a verdict was given in his favor, on which a judgment was rendered, which was affirmed on appeal in 1792. In 1796, Charles Alexander instituted a suit in the Court of Chancery in Virginia, for the purpose of altering the boundaries by which the land of Parthenia had theretofore been held, and of laying off that tract so as to extend it to north 17 west, thereby narrowing its breadth where it stretches towards the town of Alexandria, and giving it more length. To this suit, those under whom Pendleton claims, with others were made Defendants.

Charles Alexander, departed this life in the year 1806, and the suit has not been revived.

Nathaniel Pendleton being about to sell the land in controversy, tendered to Charles Alexander a deed for quieting the title; and, on his refusing to execute it, instituted a suit to compel him so to do. After the death of Charles Alexander this suit was brought against the Defendant, his widow and children.

In the Circuit Court a decree was rendered in favor of the Plaintiff, from which the Defendants have appealed to this Court.

The cause was argued last term, by SWAN and JONES, for the Appellants, and by E. I. LEE and C. LEE, for the Appellee.

SWANN, for the Appellant.

The only question is, whether the long possession according to metes and bounds, gives a good title notwithstanding the claim of Alexander to carry his back line so as to run north 17 degrees west; instead of north 6 degrees west.

The bond to convey to Parthenia in 1731-2, calls simply for the back line; R. Alexander’s will in 1735, devises the land to her by the same description; and the deed of confirmation from Charles Alexander in 1776, still rofers to the back line. Whatever should be the back line of Alexander’s tract, was to be the western houndary of Parthenia’s 400 acres. In 1740 a suit was instituted for partition, in which Parthenia was a party. A survey and partition was made, but was not acted upon by the Court, because the parties all understood that the back line was unsettled, and the partition then made was agreed to be temperary, and to be reformed if the back line should be carried farther to the westward than north 6 degrees west. This agreement, although verbal, was binding on Parthenia, at least so far as to prevent her possession from being considered as adversary to Alexander as to that part of the land which might be taken away upon settling the back line.

There was therefore no adverse possession until 1778, when Parthenia sold to Hartshorne. From 1778 to 1796, when C. Alexander instituted his suit in the Court of Chancery in Virginia, to after the boundaries of the tract, there had not been 20 years of adverse possession. If Pendleton had looked back to his title he would have found that it was never conveyed by metes and bounds, prior to 1778, and that the question of boundary was still unsettled. He purchased while that suit was pending, and therefore must be presumed to have had notice of the claim.

E. I. LEE and C. LEE, contra.

This case is not affected by the question, which was the true back line of Alexander’s land. Neither Parthenia nor those claiming under her, were parties to any suit in which that question was litigated, and cannot therefore be bound by any decision on that point. At the date of the bond, and of Robert Alexander’s devise to Parthenia, he held only to the line north 6 west. The conveyance is to be taken most strongly against the grantor. In 1776, when C. Alexander made the deed to Parthenia, he held only to the same line, and it had been at that time established as his back line by a judgment in the year 1771.

If there were sufficient evidence of a parol agreement, it could be only an agreement to re-convey the land, if the back line should be settled further to the westward. Being a parol agreement to convey land, it would have been void by the statute of frauds.

If Pendleton had notice of the pendency of C. Alexander’s suit in chancery to alter the boundaries, yet that suit was afterwards discontinued, and there is no evidence that Hartshorne, or those claiming under him, had notice of the claim until after they had made their purchases. Pendleton holds their rights, and can protect himself by their want of notice.

JONES, in reply.

There was nothing in the title to deceive purchasers. There was sufficient evidence on the face of the deed to show that the possession was temporary. They all refer to the back line of Howsen’s patent; and every purchaser would necessarily enquire where that line was. Upon the enquiry he would find either that the line was in dispute and unsettled, or that it had been settled at north 17 degrees west.

The agreement was merely evidence of the nature of the possession, and was no more affected, in this respect, by the statute of frauds, than would be a simple declaration of the tenant, that he held not adversely to, but under, R. Alexander.

If the title is to be quieted, it must be upon the principle that long possession by certain metes and bounds, induces a presumption that some deed had been made conformable to the possession. But such a presumption is rebutted by the agreement.

March 12th.

MARSHALL, Ch. J. after stating the case, delivered the opinion of the Court as follows:

‘The being an application to restrain a person from the assertion of title in the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, the prayer of the bill ought not to be granted in a doubtful case; but if the case be a clear one, the interposition of equity is allowable; and the situation of the lend adjoining a growing city, the number of persons who are consequently interested in the settlement of the question, and the numerous titles which depend on it, give it peculiar claims to the attention of the Court.

By the laws which govern this case, a possession of thirty years under some circumstances, and of fifty years, under any, constitutes a title against all the world. The Appellee claiming under a possession perhaps from the year 1732, certainly from the year 1741, has a complete title, unless something can be alleged by the Plaintiffs in error which shall deprive him of the advantages of that possession.

It is urged that the contract of 1741, between the Alexander’s and the Dade’s, made the latter trustees for the former with respect to that portion of the land included in Berry’s survey, which they had agreed to surrender in the event of establishing a more western back line. And that, therefore, in computing time, we must commence with the sale from Parthenia Dade to William Hartshorne, in May, 1778.

Had the land continued in possession of Parthenia Dade and her heirs, the question whether this contract was of unlimited duration, or contemplated some particular suit then intended to be brought, would merit consideration. But as the contract does not appear on the title papers, but was verbal, a purchaser for a valuable consideration could not be affected by it unless he was a purchaser with notice. Finding Parthenia Dade in the quiet and undisturbed possession of four hundred acres of land, forming a parallellogram, limited on the west by the line north 6 west, he had a right to consider that line as established, so far as respected the land of Parthenia. He was not bound to know that a private parol agreement existed, which would control the possession. This trust therefore no more passed with the land to Hartshorne, than would any other secret trust of which he had no knowledge.

The various suits which have been instituted by, and against the ancestors of the Appellants cannot affect this cause, A suit not prosecuted to a decree or judgment is not constructive notice to a person not a pendente lite purchaser; and were the law otherwise, those suits, until that instituted in 1796, would convey no notice of the private agreement made in 1741. A knowledge of the suits therefore would not imply a knowledge of the trust; and possession for fifty years, though with knowledge of a better title, if adversary, constitutes a good defence against that title.

In 1796, Charles Alexander instituted a suit against sundry persons claiming the land in controversy for the purpose of altering the boundaries which had been held by Parthenia, and those claiming under her, from the year 1732, and which had been surveyed under an interlocutory decree made by the Court of Chancery, in the year 1741. In defending themseives against this claim, the purchasers of the land had a right to unite the possession of Parthenia Dade to their possession, without being affected by a secret trust of which they had no notice. If upon the trial of that suit a possession of fifty years could not have been established, and if the Court should have been of opinion that this was not a case in which an adversary possession of thirty years would have constituted a bar, the merits of the title would have been necessarily investigated. But if Charles Alexander had permitted that suit to be dismissed, and had filed a new bill, he would not have been at liberty, in the computation of time, to avail himself of the pendency of the former suit, unless he could have connected the two suits together. The law is the same where a suit terminates by abatement and is not revived, such a suit takes no time out of the act of limitations. The title of Pendleton therefore has from that act all the benefit which can be derived from a possession from the year 1741, when a possession ostensibly adversary by metes and bounds unquestionably commenced, to the institution of this suit in the year 1806. The deduction which the laws of Virginia make from all computations of time in consequence of the war of the revolution, will not be sufficient to take this case out of the act of limitations. The Appellees title, being secured by a possession of more than fifty years, is unquestionably good, and it is proper that the doubts which hang over it, should be removed. There is no error in the proceedings of the Circuit Court and the decree is affirmed.

The 1809-1814 case file can be found here: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=013-1811-021 (Link to Library of Virginia – Chancery Court: Pendleton v. Alexander case of 1811 – depositions were transferred into this case from 1767 depos:
(p. 1-18: Petition, Answer, and costs sheet on 1809 case).
(p. 19-35: Additional Answers filed by Charles Alexander and wife Francis Alexander).
(p. 57-79: Various depositions taken in 1767 re case and land)
(p. 79-82: Charles Griffith’s deposition on May 8, 1767 is page 79 through 82 of link);
(p. 87: David Thomas’ depo on April 9, 1768 re Thomas Going)
(p. 94-96: Indenture of Parthenia Dade – daughter of Alexander – for land in dispute – describes one landmark as “Goings Gut” in description).
(p. 97-104: Indenture in 1771 Mouth of Goings Gut landmark in sale of property by Dade)
(p. 110-113: Lee Massey depo in Alexander case, depo taken in 1809 mentions Going Gut)
(p. 121-122: 1748 Act creating City of Alexandria – starts with sixty acres of land).
(p. 163-164: 1809 survey mentioning Going’s Gut).
(p. 176: 1767 Carlyle v Alexander case with judgment in 1771) – Admiral Seekright against Charles Alexander
(p. 178-185: Petition describing dispute in 1809 case description of allegations, Goings Gut again referenced).
(p. 187-189: 1776/77 Lee Massey release regarding the disputed land)
(p. 198-203: 1767 Pleadings in case against Charles Alexander and minutes of court and motion)
(p. 205-210: 1810 interrogatories and answers of George Griffin).
(p. 214-216: John Alexander’s questions and answers to depo Qs in 1809).
(p. 223-225: Record of case in 1771 and judgment against Charles Alexander).
(p. 226-227: Deed of Charles Alexander in 1778 re land with Prothenia Dade (Robert Alexander’s daughter)
(p. 228-229: Dick deed in 1790 re land).
(p. 230-233: 1790 and 1809 deeds re land in dispute).
(p. 234-237: Alexander case drawings of surveys done).

1767 May 8 – Deposition of Charles Griffith aged 70 years p. 281-287. (1771 Howson Patent litigation, Carlysle v. Alexander)
Charles Griffith depo, aged 70 or thereabouts
… of Loudoun County, formerly of Stafford now called Fairfax County … between John Carlyle Plaintiff and Charles Alexander Deft, May 8, 1767 – sworn for the Defendant Charles Alexander …
… saith that about 43 years ago he was overseer for one Phillip Noland and that Majr Robert Alexander grandfather to the present Charles Alexander came up from Boyeshole and called in at the said Nolands House when a conversation relative to the said Alexander’s land happened and the said Noland then told Alexander that one Robertson the Goings and several others had surveyed and taken up land within his great pattent, upon which the said Alexander seeming angry swore he would make them suffer and let them know his land run a great way further out than they imagined,
… he this deponent further saith that when Noland told Majr. Robert Alexander that the Goings were taking up and surveying his the said Alexanders land he the said Alexander replied to the said Noland that he had a great mind to turn the molatto rascals (who were then his tenants) of his land – and that he would (when he had a little time) survey his land and shew them how his land run … (NOTE: So Charles Alexander has a witness testify that the Alexander family knew about this for 43 years and did nothing!! Sounds like a lie – and also sounds like a lie that is an admission by the Alexanders that they did nothing because they knew this wasn’t their land).
… he this deponent further saith that about the latter end of the same year the aforesaid Noland and one Francis Awbrey had conversation about the said Alexanders land and he the said Noland then told the said Awbrey that he did realy believe that there was no vacant land thereabouts for that all the land from Great Hunting Creek quite up to Berchen tract of land was included in Alexanders great pattent and that he the said Noland never understood that there was any vacant land thereabouts for if there had been any it would certainly have been taken up before his the said Awbrey’s time
… he this Deponent further saith that about 42 years ago old Hugh West and he rode up to the inhabitants a little below the Lower Falls of Potomack and in this journey over Four Mie Run at the upper horse path they called in at a tenant on the side of a hill which the said West told him this Deponent was the land of Majr Robert Alexander and the said West who was then a Sheriff for Stafford or at least acted as one had precept to serve on the said tenant who the said West told him this Deponent was a tenant to Majr Robert Alexander grandfather to the present Defendant
… he this deponent further saith that the said West went privately ot the the said house which was then entirely surrounded with trees except about three or four thousand corn holes that were cleared round the house which house is now down but stood as this deponent thinks very near the spot of ground shewn by Owen Morris and from this deponent to George West the surveyor
…he this deponent further said that from that house the said old West and he took a horse path North Westerly which went by the place John Alexander Junr now lives and from thence along a path near the said Robert Alexanders back line as he the said Hugh West told him this deponent over several Branches to the said inhabitants a little below the lower Falls of Potomack
… and this deponent saith that as he and Mr West rode along, he this deponent asked the said West if there was any vacant land thereabouts to which the said West replied there ws not any from Great Hunting along Harris’s line quite up to Brecken – as he the said West thought about this line the said West and he were crossing a branch which Branch the said West said was Brichins Branch and the said West then told him this Deponent that Majr Robert Alexanders and Brichins lines run into eachother as he the said West understood
… and that the said Deponent saith that old Mr West told him that from that place the said Robert Alexander’s land run down to the river to the Island called Mason’s Island
… this Deponent further saith that on their return they came down on the said Alexander’s river side tenants to Four Mile Run at the lowermost horse ford from which place they rode up four mile run by a mill to a house where one old Chubb and Lilliard lived at which place old Hugh West had some business
… he this Deponent further saith that West told him that the said house was on Majr Robert Alexander’s land which said house this Deponent saith was at or very near the place shewn by him John Summen and Charritee Noeson to George West the Surveyor.
… he this Deponent further saith that on his and Wests return from where Chubb and Lilliard lived as they were crossing the lower ford of Four Mile Run by the Fishing Stops he this Deponent asked how far Alexanders land run up the said Four Mile Run to which Mr West replied that he thought it was very near a mile up Four Mile Run to Majr Robert Alexanders back line grandfather to the present Defendant
… he this Deponent further saith that he well remembers that one old Colter and one Ballenger told him that from the Lower ford up Four Mile Run to Alexanders backline was near a mile.
… he this Deponent further saith that about forty three years ago he was in company with one Stephen Gray’s widow and one William Parker which Parker told him he was son to the said Widow and they told him that Stephen Gray had taken up a tract of land almost joining Majr Robert Alexander’s land was near against the end of Mason’s Island.
… and this Deponent further saith old Colo Mason father to the present one John Straughan, Richard Wheeler, Thomas Chapman, Peter Guin, John Musgrove and several other old standards whose names he does not at present recollect told him this deponent that the beginning of Alexanders land was opposite the said Mason’s Island formerly called My Lords Island upon the mouth of a Branch and that from that Branch it run into the woods two miles and better.
… he this Deponent further saith that old Peter Guin, Noland, John Musgrove and James Ball advised him particularly not to take up or concern with the land there abouts (which this Deponent wanted to do) for that all the land from Great Hunting Creek six or seven miles up a straight line quite to Brichins Branch was all included in Alexanders, Brichins, and Masons pattent. This Brichin as this Deponent things was a clergyman.
… he this Deponent further saith that he well remembers he was at a race in the same year where the Goings were who then had running horses and that the old people were talking about the Goings taking up Alexanders land and selling it to Thomas and Todd which land the old people then said was in Alexanders back line or at least the greatest part he well remembers that at the same time the old people said that as soon as Alexander should make a survey they would find it was in Alexanders land and that they would lose the greatest part of it.
… At the same time this Deponent saith the people was laughing and said if it were not for the Alexander’s land the Goings had sold to Thomas and Todd they said Goings would not be so lavish of their money of which they seemed to have a great plenty at that time.
… Being asked by the Pltf at what time it was that he rode with Mr Hugh West when he was Deputy Sheriff says that it was in the year 1726 or 1727 as well he remembers and then he was well acquainted with the neighborhood about Four Mile Run, and had been so about three years before that time. And hath constantly lived about Occoquan ever since, but never knew anything of the settlement made by Doctor Dunghill.
… This Deponent says that about the year 1743 he purchased three beeves of Thomas Whitford who then lived on Four Mile Run but he does not remember particularly where abouts his house stood either on the upper side of the run or the lower side but thinks it was on the upper side.
… he says soon after purchasing these Beeves Whitford came down to Belvois to cut stone and in conversation told this deponent he was afraid he should loose his land but this deponent understood or suspected it was for debt.
… the Deponent says that he knows nothing of the bounds of Alexanders land himself only as he has been told and further saith not.
Charles Griffith
Fairfax County May the 8th 1767.
This Deposition was taken and sworn to in the presence of the Plaintiff and the Defendants attorney before.
John West..
Wm Eayner..
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(Shows the Goings, including James, lived near John Straughan – who took in 10 yr old orphaned William Gowen as an apprentice in 1737 – possible family relationship?).
http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=013-1811-021 (Link to Library of Virginia – Chancery Court: Pendleton v. Alexander case of 1811 – depositions were transferred into this case from 1767 depos:
(p. 1-18: Petition, Answer, and costs sheet on 1809 case).
(p. 19-35: Additional Answers filed by Charles Alexander and wife Francis Alexander).
(p. 57-79: Various depositions taken in 1767 re case and land)
(p. 79-82: Charles Griffith’s deposition on May 8, 1767 is page 79 through 82 of link);
(p. 87: David Thomas’ depo on April 9, 1768 re Thomas Going)
(p. 94-96: Indenture of Parthenia Dade – daughter of Alexander – for land in dispute – describes one landmark as “Goings Gut” in description).
(p. 97-104: Indenture in 1771 Mouth of Goings Gut landmark in sale of property by Dade)
(p. 110-113: Lee Massey depo in Alexander case, depo taken in 1809 mentions Going Gut)
(p. 121-122: 1748 Act creating City of Alexandria – starts with sixty acres of land).
(p. 163-164: 1809 survey mentioning Going’s Gut).
(p. 176: 1767 Carlyle v Alexander case with judgment in 1771) – Admiral Seekright against Charles Alexander
(p. 178-185: Petition describing dispute in 1809 case description of allegations, Goings Gut again referenced).
(p. 187-189: 1776/77 Lee Massey release regarding the disputed land)
(p. 198-203: 1767 Pleadings in case against Charles Alexander and minutes of court and motion)
(p. 205-210: 1810 interrogatories and answers of George Griffin).
(p. 214-216: John Alexander’s questions and answers to depo Qs in 1809).
(p. 223-225: Record of case in 1771 and judgment against Charles Alexander).
(p. 226-227: Deed of Charles Alexander in 1778 re land with Prothenia Dade (Robert Alexander’s daughter)
(p. 228-229: Dick deed in 1790 re land).
(p. 230-233: 1790 and 1809 deeds re land in dispute).
(p. 234-237: Alexander case drawings of surveys done).
Background of case (from what the Plaintiff’s pleadings indicate):
The Alexander family had received a 6000 acre plot of land from Theodorick Bland in
In 1748 an Act was passed to create the city of Alexandria – starting with 60 acres of land. The city was a success. As it grew, the land around it became more valuable.
Charles Alexander inherited much of the rest of the land back in 1735.
In 1735 Robert Alexander died. He had a 6000 acre tract in the area. He left 400 acres of this land to his daughter Porthenia Alexander, who later married Dade and then Massey.
Around 1766, Charles Alexander tried to rent to tenants on parts of the land that were outside the bounds of the tract. Admiral Seekright/Carlyle filed suit against Charles Alexander and received a judgment against him to eject Charles Alexander’s tenants (and him as well) who were illegally on Admiral Seekright’s land, and established where Alexander’s line should be. The judgment also included damages against Charles Alexander of one shilling, plus costs of 50L.121, plus 15,372 lbs of tobacco. Charles Alexander was attempting to claim land beyond the bounds of the plat, and claiming that land belonged to him. John Carlyle also won his case against Charles Alexander, establishing a “line” where the Alexander land ended.
In what appears to be a legal maneuver to overturn the prior cases against him (and gain access to land beyond his line), Charles Alexander then filed multiple other suits of ejectment in other courts against other tenants who were actually clearly on his land. In these other suits, it appears these courts in 1786 did not know of the prior cases establishing the line, and they went along with what Charles Alexander said his line should be (which was beyond the line that the courts in 1771 said his land should be).
Porthenia Alexander never received a deed for her inheritance of 400 acres. Her mother, Sarah, had a “life estate” on the 400 acres until she passed away. When she did pass away, Porthenia asked for her deed to her inheritance. Charles Alexander, the heir at law to the estate, did not want to give her one. When he finally did, he gave her a deed to land that was beyond the line of the tract – Charles Alexander claimed this was part of the estate. Porthenia filed suit to get land that was actually on the estate.
The part of the case involving Thomas Gowing’s land involved the land he had sold to Evan Thomas and Todd. Since the Gowing’s purchased the land around 1710, and sold it to Thomas and Todd in 1719, and then Thomas and Todd lived there for a time after, part of the claim appears to be that of “adverse possession” – that the Alexanders never claimed this land as theirs until after Alexandria became successful and the land became more valuable. Charles Alexander tried to produce witnesses to say that Robert Alexander was indeed running tenants on the said land, and that Gowing, Thomas, Todd, and others knew it. Charles Alexander seems to be arguing that even if his plat did not run to the area in dispute, that he ran tenants on that land for such a long time, and that everyone knew it, so therefore he is the owner by adverse possession.
The jury found against Charles Alexander – they heard the evidence, and must not have believed those witnesses that were saying that the Alexander family openly showing ownership of the land in dispute. From the evidence, it appears just the opposite. Others had lived on the disputed lands since 1710 or before, and continued to do so up until the 1760’s – when Charles Alexander decided to make a move on land outside the bounds of his tract.

1767 June 20 – Deposition of Michael Reagan p. 242. (1771 Howson Patent litigation, Carlysle v. Alexander)
…this Deponent says he was told by Thomas and Todd and on Peter Guinn that the land belonged to them all three and this Deponent further saith that he allways undertood that the widow Thomas intermarried with one Rigbey and further saith not.
Michael Reagan
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1768 Apr 9 – (1771 Howson Patent litigation, Carlysle v. Alexander) – deposition of David Thomas aged 70 odd p. 299-301:  The deposition of David Thomas aged seventy odd taken in an ejectment depending in the county court of Fairfax between John Carlyle Gent Plt and Charles Alexander Deft.
He this depont being sworn for the Deft says that John Lilliard lived westward of the mouth of long branch that empties itself into four mile run near Chubb Mill and that he settled that place about forty odd years ago. He further says that Lilliard told him that when he did pay rent he was to pay it to Majr. Robert Alexander grandfather to the present Charles Alexander for the house and plantation he held westward of the mouth of long branch aforesaid.
The deponent further says that there was a house on the side of a hill to the westward of Lilliards tenement in which house one Vines lived forty odd years ago. The deponent says that Lilliards tenement and Vines’s were settled seven or eight years before Evan Thomas’ family settled on four mile run the deponent says that one John Wildonon came over from Maryland about forty five or six years ago with an intention of taking up land and he remembers that one old Benjamin Talbert used to be often at captain Simon Pearsons about the time that Wildonon came over to take up land.
The deponent says that he heard the said Pearson tell one Going that he had been taking up land which he thought had been taken up before, the said Thomas Going having first told Pearson that he the said Going had been taking up land. The deponent further says that Evan Thomas’s family’s plantation and Vines’s plantation were different plantations and were some distance apart. The deponent being asked by the Plt whether he knew that the land Going had been taking up was in that neighborhood answers he does not know.
Being asked further by the Plt whether Lilliard paid rent to Robert Alexander says he does not know for that Lilliard run away a year or two after he had settled on the aforesaid plantation. He further says that Thomas’s family were not interrupted as he knows of after their settlement on four mile run and that he understood by the said family’s conversation that they pretended to hold as far as the long branch. The deponent further says that he knows nothing about Lilliards paying rent to Robert Alexander, only what Lilliard himself told this deponent about the affair and further saith not.
David Thomas
This witness attended two days; Fairfax Sct; This deposition was taken in the presence of the parties this 9th April 1768 certified under our hands. ; John West and Wm. Adams. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSK4-D993-S?i=134&cat=193246

1768 Apr 9 – (1771 Howson Patent litigation, Carlysle v. Alexander) Deposition of Benjamin Talbert aged 65 p. 303-310
… about 46-47 years ago he and one John Wilcoxon came over into Virginia and that the said Wilcoxon came over with an intetion of taking up land on the River and he applied to Capt Sion Pearson to shew him the back line of Robert Alexanders land grandfather to the present Defendant …
… at the same time towit about 46-47 years ago the said Pearson carried Wilcoxon and this Deponent to a hicory tree on Hunting Creek and told them that said Hiccory Tree was a corner tree of the said Alexanders land …
… they came opposite to the place where James Green lives ….
… Pearson told them that from the said white oak the line run to the Wankapin Branch …
… the aforesaid back line belonged to one William Strutfield … the said Strutfield had run a small part of his land inside of Alexanders land …
… about a year before Pearson shewed the aforesaid back line one Francis Ballenger who is now dead was with this deponent looking for their horses and they came across a line tree and afterwards one or two more all standing on the same line … Ballenger told them that the said line was the back line of Alexanders land … the said line ran over Brichins Branch to a corner tree …
… he further says that one James Going and Gabriel Adams came out as Pearson was shewing Willcoxon and told him the said back line and he remembers that Going at the same time agreed that Robert Alexander held to the back line which Pearson was showing …
… some were of opinion that Alexander would be allowed to hold to the said line and others were not as it gave Alexander more land than his papers mentioned
… he says that Tom Going confessed that Robert Alexander held to the said line but he was opinion that he would not be allowed to hold ore than his papers mentioned …
… says that James Going told Pearson of it had not been for the speeches and Pearson and some of the neighbors concerning the back line of Alexander they would not have sold their rights … this conversation happened some years after Pearson shewed …
… the deponent says that when the conversation happened between Pearson and GoingPearson told Going there was a difference between taking up and purchasing and Going told Pearson that if he had known as much before as he did now he would not have sold his right ….
… the deponent says he went to Thomas Going the day after Gray and he had been looking for the said bound tree which bound tree the Deponent says Gray and he could not find and upon his describing the place where they had looked for the said bound tree Going told him he had come damnable near to it and that he was surprised Gran and he did not find it and that if Gray would give him a Black Horse he possessed he would shew him the said bound tree which bound tree the deponent says the said Going told him this deponent stood above Brickens Branch …
… The Deponent says he told Thomas Going he was apprehensive the said bound tree was down and Going told him that it was not for that he had see the said bound tree above Brichens Branch about 10 days before and had his hand on it …
… about 30 large odd years ago … some marked trees that were on the line … by Mr George West Surveyor … he asked a man who lived over the Branch in the Old Fields near Chubb Mill … and the man answered that the Awbreys had been runing land a day or two … he further saith that Tom Going the day after Gray and this Deponent had been looking for the said corner told him he could find it the Darkest night that was, he further saith that the man who lived in the old field told him that he supposed the Awbreys had been marking the trees …
… he further saith that he has lived in the neighborhood about 8 years but has been acquainted in the neighborhood 50 odd years and lived about a mile and a half from the disputed land on the Maryland side and opposite to the land of the Alexanders…
… he frequently came over from Maryland to Virginia …
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1768 June 11 – (1771 Howson Patent litigation, Carlysle v. Alexander) Deposition of Benjamin Sebastian aged 62 p. 314-328
… in the year 1731 he was imployed by Majr Robert Alexander grandfather to the Defendant to live in his Island as his overseer being the Island now held by Mr Phillip Alexander and this deponent lived there that year and was also imployd by the said Robert to receive his rents which the deponent did as far as lay in his power agreeable to a list delivered him by said Robert the names of the tenants being Judith Ballenger, James Going, Sarah Young, Sarah Amos below Four Mile Creek and Edward Chubb, Richard Middleton, William Boylstone, John Straughan, Adam Straughan, Edward Earpe and Richard Wheeler above the said creek where were all the tenants then living on the said Alexanders tract of land the bounds of which is now in dispute …
… as well as this deponent can remember that there was not at that time one tenant or house to the westward of the North line run on this survey except one small logd house side to be built by one John Lilliard who wa son-in-law to Chubb and before that time had lived with the said Chubb as this deponent understood by the neighbours …
… Deponent knows not where this deponent lived the year following with John Staughan and the year after that this deponent became a tenant to Alexander on promise of a lease which this deponent never got from said Alexander in his life, but after his death got a lease from Gerrard Alexander son to the said Robert to whom that part of the said land was divised by virtue of which lease this deponent now holds the plantations and lived thereon and in the neighborhood near 38 years …
… deponent never knew any of them to have any tenants on the west side of the North line run by the surveyor on this survey till one Robert Mills became a tenant to Gerrard Alexander tome time after the recovery made in the General Court by John and Gerrard Alexander agt Nathaniel Chapman, Awbrey and others and the land so least to Mills lay some part within the North line but the greatest part of it to the westward of that line …
… the deponent says that when John and Gerrard Alexander brought the first ejectment against Champan, Awbrey, etc, in the General Court they imployed John Mercer to prosecute the same as the informed this Deponent and this deponent served the ejectment on the person in possession among whom was one Mark Thomas overseer for Chapman …
… but when Mercer understood that Chapman was concerned he informed the Plaintiffs in that suit that he could not prosecute it against Chapman as he had been long retained or concerned in all said Chapmans business whereupon they rather than contend with Chapman or give up the said Mercer to plead the cause against them they agreed and gave Chapman their bond to reconvey to him whatever land they should take from him by their recovery in that suit all which was agreed to by Chapman and Mercer and Chapman declined making and defence as the said John and Gerrard Alexander informed this deponent and they recovered judgment in that suit against the several Defendants … for which Chapman was greatly complained of by some of the other Defendants who depended greatly on his management in the cause ….
… the Deponent says that ssometime in the Spring of the year 1733 Evan Thomas and his son William Thomas and one William McHoney came to Four Mile Run and settled and began to make a plantation on the North side of the said run and on the west side of the lower long branch and build one small logg’d house at which time there was not any other house on the land now claimed by the Plaintiff … except the small house said to be built by Lilliard as afsd that Evan Thomas soon after died and his widow removed up & maryed one Hugh Rigbey a shoe maker who after they built other houses made use of the logd house for a shop and continued to live there for several years …
… and this deponent never understood they or any of them were lookd upon themselves as tenants to the Alexanders but on the contrary has heard the said Evan Thomas in his lifetime say that Alexander had not any title to go further westward than the north line …
… Thomas had taken up his land jointly with one John Todd who survived him and it was never divided as this deponent heard of…
… some time in the year 1741 John and Gerrard Alexander, Philip Alexander of Stafford County, Bauldwin Dade and Townshend Dade were about to divide the said land agreeable to the will of Robert Alexander decd and got one Joseph Berry a surveyor to divide it …
… this deponent was with them and carried the chain … they run from Hunting Creek N 6 to divide by Gerrard Alexander and John Straughan marked a line after the surveyor did not run out the full number of poles because he did not run so far as the surveyor did on the present survey and it was agreed that the division then made should not be binding or conclusive of their back or north line exept the part of Phillip Alexander which lay off all within the due north line …
… he further saith that Gerrard Alexander in the year 1743 being a divised that his land was intailed resolved to try if he could dock the initial and procured a writ for that purpose and imployed on Robert Boggess to manage the matter for him and gave him a double loon as he Alexander informed this deponent …
… the day before the writ was executed John Alexander came up from Stafford and joined in the matter to have the intail of both their lands docked … (continues on pg 319) …
… the deponent being interogated as to Robert Boggess’s character says he thinks he is a bad man and is confirmed in his opinion by Boggess’s behaviour in a dispute between him and this deponent about four or five years ago when the said Boggess upon oath denyed many fees which this deponent had charged him with denying at the same time that there ever were such suits when the records and proceedings in those suits clearly manifested the contrary and the said Boggess then proved articles or charges in account against this Deponent which were disproved by a disinterested evidence so that this deponent thinks the said Boggess forsworn himself in many different instances in that settlement and this deponent thinks the referees who settled that account will also prove it …
… the deponent remembers there was a difference between Majr Robert Alexander in his lifetime and James Robertson account of Alexanders holding or pretending to hold three or four thousand acres of land more than his pattent specified which Robertson looking upon to be surplus land gave Alexander notice to enter it or he Robertson would do it as this Deponent was informed by Majr Alexander in his lifetime by his son John and by John Straughan who had lived long on the land as a tenant …
… but when Robertson found that Howsons pattent which Alexander claimed did not include all the land which Alexander pretended to claim he Robertson entered and took up part of it as was and Evan Thomas and John Todd had taken up part of it before and Francis Awbrey took almose all the residue being along Alexanders north line as near as they could which land so taken up by Thomas and Todd is now claimed by the Plaintiff and the said Thomas or Todd or those claiming under them hath always been in actual possession of it from the year 1733 to this time except the part recovered in the ejectment of Alexanders against Chapman, Awbrey, and others that James Robertson had run a small distance within Alexanders north line and took in about 30 acres of Alexanders land and sold one hundred and ninety five acres out of this tract to Capt Simon Pearson who devised it to his daughter Susanna who intermarried with John Alexander the Defendant’s father, who finding out that part of it lay within the north line of Howsons pattent sued Robertson in the General Court and recovered damages about L15 for so much of land as lay within the north line and did not eve pretend to ask damages for any more altho the whole 195 acres lay within the North 6 degrees west line by which the Alexanders divided …
(Continues on with evidence doubting the line extending to 17 degrees which is what the Alexanders claimed from pg 324-328)
… 20 odd years ago Ferdenando Oneal in a conversation with this deponent confessed that he was convicted for perjury and transported for that offence into this country …
… Deponent is very much surprised that Benjamin Talbot should know or pretend to know so much of the lands … as this deponent who has lived so long upon the land never heard of him till within this 3 or 4 years and never remembers to have seen him in his life to know him from any other man …
… the deponent says the entry made by Gerrard Alexander was after his suit brought against Awbrey …
.. he served the ejectment mentioned in the former part of his deposition on one Joseph Dorsey who lived below Four Mile Run upon the plantation now occupied by one Reedy and that the ejectment was also served upon several other persons who resided on the lands in this dispute & understood by serving that ejectment that ejectment that the Alexanders claied to the north 17degree west line that about 10 years ago this deponent made an entry in the proprietors office for 400 acres of land between the north 17degree west line of Alexander and the lines Robertson and Col Mason who claims Owsley’s pattent and having let the said Entry lye so long in the office this deponent was obliged in the month of Sept 1766 to renew it and obained a warrant and in July last he sold it to James Muir in trust for Robert Adam and John Carlyle the present plaintiff by assigning over his right of the said warrant …
… Straughan has often told this deponent that he thought that Alexander had not any right to go so far to the westward as their pattent did called for a north course …
… he further says that he understood that Awbrey who claimed Strutfields pattent by purchase was never interrupted till about one year ago by Col George Mason since he surveyed Owsley pattent under which he claims the deponent says that the surveyor in running the north 2degree west line from a hicory bush on Hunting Creek was to the westward of th marked trees and so angled them …
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Deposition re: Alexander land:

The deposition of Charles Griffith taken in 1767 was used in at least 2 cases involving the land that the Going family had owned.  In the deposition, Charles Griffith is testifying on behalf of Charles Alexander – the defendant in the case.  Charles Alexander is a party to the case, and is trying to get evidence before the court that land he had placed tenants on in the 1760s was his land.  The people that actually owned the land thought differently, and brought suits against him to eject him from the land.

Charles Griffith was trying to undermine the Going’s original survey in 1710 and imply they took land that belonged to the Alexander family back in 1710, and in selling the land to Todd and Thomas (the buyers of the land from the Going family) that they sold land they did not own to Todd and Thomas who purchased the land from the Going family.  Charles Griffith stated that when Robert Alexander found out the Going family had been doing surveys on the back line of Alexander’s property, that Robert Alexander called them “mulatto rascals”, and that he would make them suffer.

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Gowen Manuscript INFO:

Alexander Gowen first appeared in the records of nearby Orange County, North Carolina in September 1753, according to”Orange County, North Carolina Court Minutes, 1753‑1761,” Book 1, by Weynette Parks Haun.

On February 10, 1757 “Alexander Gowin” was a chain-carrier on a land survey in Orange County, according to “The Granville District of North Carolina, 1748-1763, Abstract of Land Grants.”  Orange County was created from Granville District in 1752.

Alexander Gowen was a “sworn chain carrier” on a patent survey January 26, 1758, according to Patent Book 14, page 327.

On July 25, 1760 “Alexander Gowing” received a patent to 248 acres in Orange County “in the parish of St. Matthew, on the north side of Dan River adjoining Mayo’s line,” according to Patent Book 14, page 407.

On October 6, 1761, “Alexander Gowen” was identified as a landowner in Orange County on Hogan’s Branch, according to Patent Book 12, page 7.

The November 1763 Orange County Court minutes show Alexander Gowen filed a complaint against William Gowen, regarded as his nephew, according to “Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of September 1752‑August 1766” by Ruth Herndon Shields.

In 1773, a petition for the partition of the north part of Orange County carried the signatures of Alexander Gowen, Sr, Alexander Gowen, Emos [Amos] Gowen, Daniel Gowen and John Gowen, according to “The Colonial Records of North Caro-lina, 1771‑1775,” Vol. 9, by Sanders.

It is believed that Alexander Gowen removed to Rutherford County North Carolina about 1781 to join his son, William Goyne who had moved there about 10 years earlier.  “Alexander Going” appeared on the Rutherford County, North Carolina tax list in Capt. Whitesides District in 1782.  He owned no land.  Rutherford County was created in 1779.
It is believed that Alexander Gowen died about 1783.

Children born to Alexander Gowen are believed to include:

Daniel Gowen                  born about 1735
William Gowen              born about 1740
Alexander Gowen, Jr.    born about 1742
Amos Gowen    born about 1744
John Gowen          born about 1749

Alexander Gowen, son of William Gowen and Catherine Gowen, was born about 1715 in Charles City County, Virginia.

http://ourberryfamily.com/berry/21093.htm

Noted events in his life were:

• Alt. Birth, 1715, , Charles City County, Virginia, USA.
• Estate: will, 21 May 1739, , Prince William, Virginia, USA. 5 6 7 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.

In the name of God Amen May 21th 1739
I Catherine Paddorson being sick and weak of body by perfect
in memory thanks be to allmyty God for it I duo hearby appoint
this to be my last will and testament all other wills heartofore
by me made to be void and of none efect.
First I give and bequeath my soul to God that gave it and my body
to the earth to be buried in deasant order as my exor shall see
fit
???. And firs I give an bequeath unto my well beloved son
Elixander Going one negro man named Robin and one horse
and horse colt and one cow and calf and a cow yearlin
and halph of my movable household stuf and one parcel of
land wheron I now live containing sisty six acres it being part of
a tract containing one hundred and thirty two acres
??? next I give and bequeath unto my well beloved daughter
Susannah Going one negro man named Jackey and one
mare and saddle cow and calf and two cow yearlins and one feather
bed and bolster, a rug and one pare of blankits and halph the
houshold stuf
My cro of tob: which is now in my house after my debts is paid
I bequeath to be equally divided between my son Elixandor Going andy my
daughtor Susanna Going
I leave my well beloved son John Going whole and sole exeor of this
mu last will and testament.
Test Thos Ford
Jane Ford Catherin x Paddorson
Ann Gladding mark
• Estate: settlement, 27 Nov 1739, , Prince William, Virginia, USA. 8 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.

page 199
Pattison Acct of Estate 1739
The Estate of Catherine Pattison decd
pd Edwd Barry 116 [Truro Parish clerk]
pd judgment 177
pd Val Payton 364
pd Thomas Ford 40
clerks fees 120
??? 32
pd Alexander Gowin 330
pd Susanna Gowin 250
pd John Gowin 468
[total] 1897
Additional account information was presented (see the image).

John Going presented the account and it was recorded Nov 27, 1739.
• Deed: sold 56 acres to Bond Veale, 18 Aug 1747, , Fairfax, Virginia, USA. 9 freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms005.htm
Alexander Gowen sold 56 acres he inherited from his mother for £24 to Bond Veale August 18, 1747, according to Fairfax Deed Book B, page 254.

• Tax Record, 1749, , Stafford, Virginia, USA. 10 “Alexander Going” appeared in Stafford County on Green’s list of tithables in the year 1749, together with “James Going.”

• Residence, 1750, , , North Carolina, USA. 1 “Alexander Going” appeared in Stafford County on Green’s list of tithables in the year 1749, together with “James Going.” Alexander Going removed to North Carolina about 1750. He witnessed a deed in September 1753, accord-ing to Orange County, North Carolina deed records.

• Court: deed witness for James Muse, 1753, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 11 Deed of property from James Muse Sr and James Muse Jr

• Land: grant 640 acres Hogan’s Creek, Bigg Branch, 26 Feb 1755, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 12 Provenance
Click on item to view record. •Mars
oSecretary of State Record Group
?Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey
?Orange County, Di-G
TitleGowin, Alexander. Orange Co.
Years:1755, 1757, 1760
Creator:Office of Secretary of State
Granville Proprietary Land Office
Languages:
Call Number:S.108.270 – S.108.283
Location:MFR ( Archive Stacks)
MARS Id:12.12.59.81 (Folder)
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Scope / Contents:Warrant: 1755, February 26. 640 acres Descriptive reference for land: Hogan’s Creek, Bigg Branch PLAT: 1757, February 10. 1600 acres Descriptive reference for land: Hogan’s Creek Chain Carriers: William Armstrong, Notley Holis Deed Issued: 1760, July 15. Surveyor: Sherwood Haywood
Index Terms:Personal Names
Armstrong, William
Gowin, Alexander
Haywood, Sherwood
Holis, Notley
Geographical Names
Big Branch
Hogans Creek

• Land: chain carrier for William Armstrong survey, 10 Feb 1757, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 12 Provenance
•Mars
oSecretary of State Record Group
?Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey
?Orange County, A-W
TitleArmstrong, William. Orange Co.
Years:1759
Creator:Office of Secretary of State
Granville Proprietary Land Office
Call Number:S.108.270 – S.108.283
Location:MFR ( Archive Stacks)
MARS Id:12.12.69.4 (Folder)
Scope / Contents:Plat: 1757 February 10. 500 acres
Descriptive references for land: Moon Creek
Chain carriers: Alexander Gowin, Notley Holis
Surveyor: Haywood Sherwood
Index Terms:Personal Names
Armstrong, William
Gowin, Alexander
Haywood, Sherwood
Holis, Notley
Geographical Names
Moon Creek
Orange County
Source / Donor:
Note:For deed see 12.13.83.21
• Deed: proof, Aug 1759, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 13 Alexander Gowing 258 acres sale from Earl of Granville ’96 deed proved August Court 1759 p.41

• Land: grant 600 acres Location: Both sides of Hogan Creek 2, 15 Jul 1760, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 14 Provenance
Click on item to view record. •Mars
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?Granville Proprietary Land Office: Granville Grants of Deed
?Orange Co.
TitleGoing, Alexander. Orange Co.
Years:1760
Creator:Office of Secretary of State
Granville Proprietary Land Office
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Scope / Contents:July 15, 1760 600 acres Location: Both sides of Hogan Creek 2 copies Deed #72
Index Terms:Personal Names
Going, Alexander
Gowin, Alexander
Geographical Names
Hogan Creek
Orange County
Source / Donor:
Note:See also 12.12.69.44

• Land: grant 248 acres Dan River, 25 Jul 1760, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 15 No 95. Alexander Gowing 248 acres on north side of Dan River 25 July 1760
Alexander Going p407 248 acres
NORTH CAROLINA State Land Grant Books – Volumes 14-17, Vol 14, p. 407 http://nclandgrants.com:8081/frame/?fdr=17&frm=229, Image courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh NC, microfilm call # S.108.160.4N frame 229

• Deed: proof 600 acres, Feb 1761, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 13 Alexander Going 600 acres sale from Earl of Granville ’96 deed proved Feb Court 1761 p. 48
• Deed: proof 80 acres, Feb 1762, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 13 Deed of sale Moses Hollis to Nortley Hollis 80 ac proved by Alexander Going Feb Court 1762 p.54
• Deed: acquired 311 acres on Moons Creek, 7 Apr 1762, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 16 7 Apr 1762 Wm Gladden sold 311 acres land on Moons Creek to Alexander Gowen — next record 25 Nov 1775 Dismurker to Paul — conflicting information in deed 22 Mar 1779 says land was Gladden to William Gowing’s.

• Deed: proof 311 ½ acres, Nov 1763, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 13 Alexander Going 311 ½ acres to John Woods proved by James Woods Nov Court 1763 p. 73
• Deed: sold 82 acres N side Dan River, 1 Aug 1764, , Caswell, North Carolina, USA. 16 1 Aug 1764 Alexander Gowen conveyed by deed 82 acres on North side of Dan River in Caswell Co to Adkinson, the elder, and recorded in Orange Co, NC.
–foregoing part of Roger Atkinson 1790 deed with Atkinson, the elder.
• Deed: proof 300 acres, Aug 1765, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 13 Alexander Going 300 acres to John Thomas August Court 1765 p. 111

• Deed: proof 311 ½ acres, Aug 1765, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 13 Alexander Going 311 ½ acres from William Gladen proved by Moses Hollis Aug Court 1765 p. 120
• Deed: proof 248 acres, May 1766, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 13 Alexander Going 248 acres to Roger Adkinson proved by Alex’r Going May Court 1766 p. 130

• Land: grant 461 acres, 11 Jun 1768, , Fairfax, Virginia, USA. 17 461 acres of waste and ungranted land on the branches of Pohick surveyed by Wm West, and touching a corner of Col Carter’s land. It is not clear whether Alexander in this record is Sr., or Jr.

• Census: rent rolls, 1770, , Fairfax, Virginia, USA. 18 possibly a different Alexander
http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=vacen&h=32844708&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=3566
Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890
about Alexander Gowin Name: Alexander Gowin [Sr. or Jr.?]
State: VA
County: Fairfax County
Township: Rent Rolls
Year: 1770
Record Type: Rent Role
Database: VA Early Census Index

• Census: rent rolls, 1772, , Fairfax, Virginia, USA. 18 http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3578&enc=1
Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890
Name:Alexander Gowin [Sr. or Jr.?]
State:VA
County:Fairfax County
Township:Rent Rolls
Year:1772
Record Type:Rent Role
Database:VA Early Census Index

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
Original data: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Virginia Census, 1607-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.

• Residence, 1773, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 19 “Petition from inhabitants of Orange County concerning county boundaries
Sanders, James; Et Al. 1773, Volume 09, Pages 809-810
[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

To His Excellency Josiah Martin Esquire, Captain General, Governor, in and over the Province of No. Carolina, The Honourable Council, and Gentlemen of the House of Burgesses;

The Petition of the North Part of Orange County,

Humbly Sheweth,

That whereas by the large Extent of the sd County, it renders it very Burdensome to attend Courts, General Musters &c, We pray that a line Beginning where Granville County line corners on the Virga line, then Running South with Granville line twenty five miles, then West to Guilford line, then with Guilford line North to the Virginia line, then sd line East to the first station.

And your Petitioners as in Duty Bound, shall ever pray.

James Sanders Junr
William Sanders
Mark Brown
Adam Sanders
Pet. Terry
David Griffin
Richd Moore
Thos Donoho
John Graves Junr
Zachariah Henderson
Ben. Hubbard
James Graves
Thoss Slade
Jno Smith
Wm Iss Zarol
Joseph Williams
Duke Walobone
John Smith Jr
John Cochrane
Samuel Saul
Abram McMillian
James Lea
Joseph Henderson
Elijh Bryan
John Lea
Major Lea
Robert Campbell
Thos Lea
Andrew Haddock
James Gillaspy
Alexr Galaspy Junr
Alexr Gowen
Thomas Serdson
John Gowen
Daniel Gowen
Emas Gowen
Alexr Gowen Senr
Stephen Norton
Andrew Harrison
——————– page 810 ——————–
John Cearcy
Charles Boulton
Peter Baxter
Francis Shackleford
James Sarders Senr
Alexr Montgomery
George Runnals
Saml Cowan
Wm Lea
Abraham Miles
James Roberts
John Petete
Edward Oxford
Jacob Williams
Joseph Baron
Thos Wilson Jr
Wm Ansly
William Wilson
John Cooper
William Meadows
David Roper
John Walker, Junr
John Walker
Pak Porter
John Robertson
Jacob Robertson
Robert Whitlock
Willm Lea Juno
Alexr Rose
John McIver
Joseph Serratt
Saml Hendron
Peter Barkson
Frederick Brock
John Paine
John Lea
James Wilson
Elliot Lea
Elisha Bowdre
Henry Lea
Nath. King
John Bradsher
Jas Lea
Zach. Lea
Arthur Mitchel
Andrew Z Narrick
James Lea
William Lea
Henry McCoy
William More
Jno Campbell
John Chambers
John Smith
Frederick Miller
Thos Willson
James Willson
John Mitchell
James Russel
William Lea
Carnett Lea
James Lea
Thos Dobbins
David Maxfield
Charles Stephens
James Long
Edward Maxfield
James Chaden
George Nokes
Robt Portis
Wils Madfield
James Robertson
Robert Kreesy
Andrew Caddol
Edmund Lea
Jos Hex
James Dixon
Ephraim Gold
Robert Smith
Arthr Harris
Peter Black
Elija Harralson
James Stuart
Burgis Harralson
George Black
Daniel Duncan
Abram Fulkerson
Archd Campbell
John McFarling
Robert Byos
Reubin Smith
Walter Buttler
Claud Murhead
Timothy Warrin
Jonathan Allen
Annanicy Allen
Isaac Allen
John Cauthon
William Paschal
Jas Stewart
Francis Kerney
Jos Kerney
Joshua Kerney
Jas Murphy
Alexr Murphy
Anthy Murphy
James Randell
Robt Deever
William Williamson
Francis Wright

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• Court: Thomas Dudley v Alexander Gowing, Jul 1773, , Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA. 20 Image and transcript courtesy of Beth Carruth

“July Court 1773 Vol 2 p 236

Thomas Dudley….. Plaintiff
Against
Alexander Gowing.. Defendant
On a Petition

The defendant being summoned and not appearing (altho solemnly called) the Plaintif by his Attorney produced his proved Account for Three pounds fifteen shillings Judgment is therefore granted him against the said defendant for the same with Costs.”

• Court: Alexander Gowing v Zechariah Waller, Sep 1773, , Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA. 3 Transcription and images courtesy Beth Carruth
“Gowing v Waller Judgt
Alexander Gowing, Plaintif
Against
Zechariah Waller Defendant
On a Petition
The defendant being Summoned and not appearing (although solemnly called) the Plaintif made Oath to his Account for Two pounds two shillings ~ Judgment is therefore granted him against the said defendant for the same with Cash.
September Court 1773 Court Records Book 2, p 253-254”

• Census: rent rolls, 1774, , Fairfax, Virginia, USA. 18 http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3578&enc=1
Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890
Name:Alexander Going [Sr. or Jr.?]
State:VA
County:Fairfax County
Township:Rent Rolls
Year:1774
Record Type:Rent Role
Database:VA Early Census Index

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
Original data: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Virginia Census, 1607-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.

• Death, 1774, , Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA. 21 based on the Sep 1773 court record and the May 1774 court record, Alexander would have died later in the fall of 1773 or spring of 1774.

• Court: Alexander Gowing v George Lumkin, May 1774, , Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA. 3 Transcription and image courtesy Beth Carruth

“Gowing vs Lumkin abates:
Alexander Gowing, Plaintif
Against
George Lumkin, Defendant
In Trespass on the Case
The Plaintif having departed this life this Suit Abates
May 1774 . Court Records Bk 2 p394”

• Estate: Inventory Alexander Going, Feb 1775, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 22 Transcription by Beth Carruth
citing: Orange County Records at the NC State Archives, Raleigh July 2012
Inventories Sales & Accounts of Estates, in 24 Volumes : First Volume (1756-1785) p. 297
******************
An Inventory of the Estate of Alex’r. Gowing Dec’d. which is as follows

A Negroe Fellow Sam, 1 Ditto Bob, a Negroe Woman Luce, 1 Ditto Sary, a Negroe Boy Will, a Negroe Girl Hannah, a Negroe Boy Frank, 5 head of Horses, 29 head of Cattle, 48 head of Hoggs, 12 old Sheep & 5 lambs, 5 Feather Beds & Furniture & about 30 cc new Feathers, 5 Bedsteads & bords, 3 potts, a Dutch Oven, 1 pan, a small Skillet, 2 Dishes, 12 plates, 5 Basons, 9 porringers, 20 spoons, a pr. Spoon moulds, 1 Earthen Dish, 20 Earthen plates, 12 Bowls, 2 Tin potts, 34 Cups & Sawsers, 1 Coffee Pott, 2 Cannisters, 10 Mugs, 1 Quart Tin, 9 Bottles, 2 Jugs, 1 looking Glass, 5 Viols, a small (Gilt) Trunk, 2 Tables, 5 Chairs, 8 Knives, 11 Forks, 1 pair money Scales, 2 Razors, 1 Strop & Hone, 1 Mans Saddle & Bridle & Saddle Bags, Womans Saddle, 1 Rifle Gun, 1 pr (Stalyards), 1 xCut Saw, 1 foot Adze, 2 Drawing Knives, 4 Augers, 1 Chisell, 1 Small Still, 1 old Waggon & Gears, 7 Bells, 5 Axes, 3 Wedges, 10 Hoes, 1 Shear & (Colter), 2 Clovises, 5 plow hoes, 2 pr Shears, 1 (spice) morter & pessell, 1(Inkstand), 1 Linen Wheel, 1 Woollin Wheel, 3 pr Cards, 1 Sayne (seine?), 1 Bar Iron & Heaters, 2 Sifters, 5 (pails), 1 Churn, 22 Geese, 24 Ducks, 21 old Barrels, 2 Curry Combs & 3 Brushes, 1 pr. Candle Snuffers, 5 Books, a large quantity Meat, a parcel old Tobacco, 1 Loom, Slay & Harness, 7550 cc of Tob’o Inspected, a large quantity of Corn, 70 or 80 Barrels, 15 Bushels, Oats, 77 Bushels Wheat.
…………A true Inventory returned by
………………………………………Sophia (her x mark) Going Adm’x.

Orange County, February Court 1775. The above Inventory was returned in open Court and ordered to be Recorded.
Test.

From Orange County Records at the NC State Archives, Raleigh July 2012
Inventories Sales & Accounts of Estates, in 24 Volumes : First Volume (1756-1785) p. 297
• Estate: Sale Alexander Going, 2 May 1775, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 23 Transcription by Beth Carruth
citing: Orange County records at the NC State Archives in Raleigh July 2012 – Inventories Sales & Accounts of Estates, in 24 Volumes : First Volume (1756-1785) ) p. 305-307
*************
“Transcription of “Acct of Sales of the Estate of Alex’r Going decd. May 2d 1775″
…………………………………………………………………………………Pounds/shillings/pence
4 Cows & 2 Calves to Daniel Going……………………………………..10/-/-
3 Cows & Yearlings to Jas. Gulaspey…………………………………….8/15/-
2 Cows & Calves to Daniel Going………………………………………….7/10/-
2 Cows & Yearlings to John Kennoday…………………………………..8/14/6
1 Bull & 4 steers to Daniel Going…………………………………………..8/5
2 Cows & Calves to Ditto……………………………………………………..7/5/6
10 head Hogs to Ditto………………………………………………………….4/10/-
1 lot Hogs to Ditto ……………………………………………………………..14/-
1 lot Ditto to John Going Jun…………………………………………………4/-
5 Hogs to Sophia Going……………………………………………………….3/7/-
18 Sheep to Ditto…………………………………………………………………9/-
…………………………………………………Carried forward L –

Next page, 306
Amount brought forward –

1 Sorrel Horse to Daniel Going……………………………………………..2/10/-
1 black Mare to Sophia Going………………………………………………3/15/-
1 black Colt to Daniel Going………………………………………………….7/10/-
1 Still to Sophia Going……………………………………………………….12/-/-
1 xCutsaw to Daniel Going……………………………………………………2/-/-
1 handsaw to James Galaspey………………………………………………-/15/-
4 plow Hoes to Daniel Going………………………………………………….1/0/6
1 lot old Iron to Ditto……………………………………………………………..-/15/-
3 Axes & 1 (Grubing) Hoe to Ditto…………………………………………..-/19/-
2 pole Axes to Ditto………………………………………………………………-/12/-
3 Augers to Ditto 4/ 1 (Carp’r) Adze to Ditto 6/6………………………-/10/6
1 lot Iron to James Galaspey………………………………………………….-/3/-
1 plough to Danl. Going 12/ 1 old wagon to Ditto 40/-……………..2/12/-
5 (Weeding) Hoes to Do. 20/ 1 Rifle Gun 92/………………………….5/12/-
1 Feather Bed & furniture to Ditto…………………………………………..6/12/-
1 Ditto & Ditto to Ditto………………………………………………….7/8/-
1 Ditto & Ditto to Sophia Going………………………………………6/-/-
1 Ditto & Ditto to Ditto……………………………………………………8/15/-
1 Table to Daniel Going…………………………………………………………-/15/-
Feathers & furniture to Ditto…………………………………………………..3/10/-
1 Spinning Wheel to Sophia Going………………………………………….-/4/-
1 Ditto to Ditto…………………………………………………………..-/4/-
4 Bowls to Daniel Going………………………………………………………..-/7/6
4 Ditto to Alex’r. Going……………………………………………………..-/9/-
4 Ditto to Henry Dixon……………………………………………………….-/8/-
5 pewter Basons to Danl. Going…………………………………………….1/1/6
5 pewter plates to Ditto………………………………………………………..-/11/6
5 Ditto to Sophia Going……………………………………………………..-/7/6
4 Porringers to Ditto…………………………………………………………….-/5/-
4 Ditto to Jas. Galaspey……………………………………………………..-/6/-
4 Ditto to Danl. Going…………………………………………………………-/8/-
6 Earthen plates to James Sanders Sen………………………………….-/5/-
5 Ditto to Robert Terry………………………………………………………-/4/6
2 pewter Dishes to Danl. Going ……………………………………………..-/12/-
1 lot tin Ware to Ditto………………………………………………………….-/2/-
3 Glass Bottles to Saml. Robertson……………………………………….-/2/6
1 Mug & (Spice) Mortar to Danl. Going…………………………………..-/13/-
1 Mug to James Bradley 1/1 ½ doz.Cups & (saucers) to Ditto 3/6..-/4/7
1 lot pewter Spoons to Danl. Going……………………………………….-/1/8
1 Dutch Oven 17/6 1 frying pan 7/6 1 Iron pot 8/6………………. /13/6
1 Skittel (skillet?)1/8 1 pot 21/ 6 Queen(?) ware plates 6/………1/8/8
1 Dish & 5 plates 8/ 1 doz. Spoons 5/ 1 pr sheep shears……..2/-/15/-
1 Stone Pitcher & 1 Glass (Tumbler?) to Jas. Galaspey…………..-/2/9
½ doz. Cups & (saucers) to Jas. Sanders (Jun)………………………-/2/6
1 Earthen Mug to John Cannoday…………………………………………-/-/8
Next page, 307
Amount brought over –

1 Man’s Saddle to Thomas Rogers………………………………………-/19/6
1 Iron Pot 6/6 fishing (Saine) L6/12 to Danl. Going……………..6/18/6
1 Negroe Man named Sam to Daniel Going………………………..90/-/-
1 Do. Woman ” Lucy to Ditto………………………………………55/-/-
1 Do. Man ” Bob to Ditto……………………………………106/-/-
1 Do. Girl ” Sarah to Sophia Going………………………..80/-/-
1 Do. Boy ” Will to Danl. Going…………………………..67/-/-
1 Do. Girl ” Hannah to Sophia Going…………………….50/-/-
1 Do. Boy ” Flank to Ditto………………………………….50/-/-
8 old Hogsheads to Daniel Going………………………………………..-/17/-
…………………………………………………………Total amount……L 676/16/4

………………………………………………..Henry Dixon D.S.
Orange County May Co 1775. The above acct. of Sales was returned in open Court and ordered to be Recorded.
…………………………………………………Test.
From Orange County records at the NC State Archives in Raleigh July 2012
Inventories Sales & Accounts of Estates, in 24 Volumes : First Volume (1756-1785) ) p. 305-307″
• Deed: 311 acres on Moons Creek, 25 Nov 1775, , Orange, North Carolina, USA. 16 25 Nov 1775 Jonh Dismuker of Orange Co NC sold to Samuel Paul of Orange Co for L100 311 acres in Orange Co., on Moone Creek, being part of Wm Gladen land deeded to Gladen 7 Jun 1761, being the part Gladen sold to Alexander Going on 7 Apr 1762.
• Deed: 311 acres on Moons Creek, 22 Mar 1779, , Caswell, North Carolina, USA. 16 22 Mar 1779 James Roberts of Pittsylvania, Va. to John Ingrim of NC for L100 sold tract of 311 acres on both sides Moone Creek in Caswell Co., NC., being part of a tract of 622 acres of John Earl Granville deed to William Glading, who had sold to William Gowing, and by Gowing to John Wood, and by Wood to James Roberts and by Robers to John Ingrim.

• Deed: 311 acres on Moons Creek, 18 Sep 1779, , Caswell, North Carolina, USA. 16 18 Sep 1779 Samuel Paul of Caswell Co, NC sold to William Leek of Caswell Co for L300 230 acres on both sides of Moon Creek part of larger track granted to Wm Gladdin 7 Jun 1761 and the part which Gladden sold to Alexr Gowen on 7 Apr 1762

• Deed: 311 acres on Moons Creek, 22 Mar 1790, , Caswell, North Carolina, USA. 16 22 Mar 1790 William Leek of Caswell NC sold to Charlton Ingram of Caswell for L300 230 acres on both sides of Moons Creek being part of a larger tract granted to Wm Gladden on 7 Jun 1761 which Gladden sold to alex Gowen on 7 Apr 1762.

• y-DNA Results: Haplogroup E1b1a, Abt 2010. 24 Goins DNA Project – 67 marker y-DNA test Kit #201264 is related to 5 other kit #s on the project with genetic distance of 5 or less
https://www.familytreedna.com/public/goins/default.aspx?section=ycolorized

• y-DNA Results: Haplogroup E1b1a, Abt 2010. 25 Goins DNA Project – 67 marker y-DNA test Kit #253129
related to 5 other kit #s on the project with genetic distance of 5 or less
https://www.familytreedna.com/public/goins/default.aspx?section=ycolorized
• Land: map of creeks in deeds, 2014, Dan River, Caswell, North Carolina, USA. 26 Moon Cr, Cane Cr, Rattlesnake Creeks mentioned in various deeds connected to Alexander Gowen Sr. or wife, Sophia.

Alexander married Sophia LNU. (Sophia LNU died about 1816 in , Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA 27.)

Sources

1 Gowen Research FoundationGowen Research Foundation, “Gowen Research Foundation,” database, Gowen Research Foundation (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/ : accessed 11 Jun 2014), Alexander Gowen; http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms158.htm. Repository: Gowen Research Foundation, 5708 Gary Avenue , Lubbock, TX 79413. Surety: 0.

2 Randy Wilson database and images, Wilson Family Tree (http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/3766953/person/-1689291867 : accessed 17 Jun 2014); Alexander Gowan; http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/3766953/person/6897856584. Repository: Randy Wilson. Surety: 4.

3 Beth Carruth, VA [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE,], e-mail, July 30 2014, “Alexander Gowin images”. Surety: 4.

4 Tracy Hutchison, “Descendants of Alexander Going/Goins born about 1700,” Lumbee Indians, The Lost Colony and The Goins Family, Dec 3, 2010 (https://sites.google.com/site/thutchison10/home). Surety: 2.

5 Library of Virginia database(accessed 20 Sep 2014), Catherine Gowin/Padderson will; http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/local/results_all.asp?CountyID=VA227 – Reel 18, page 180. Repository: Library of Virginia, -800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA -23219. Surety: 4.

6 Gowen Research FoundationGowen Research Foundation, “Gowen Research Foundation,” database, Gowen Research Foundation (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/ : accessed 6 Aug 2014), Catherine Gowin-Padderson; http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms002.htm. Repository: Gowen Research Foundation, 5708 Gary Avenue , Lubbock, TX 79413. Surety: 3.

7 carrutheb, “Rhymes-Bennett Family Tree,” database and images, http://Rhymes-Bennett Family Tree (http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/67610364/person/38196955484 : accessed 19 Jun 2014); Catherine Gowin; http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/67610364/person/38196955590/mediax/1?pgnum=1&pg=0&pgpl=pid%7CpgNum. Surety: 2.

8 Library of Virginia database(accessed 20 Sep 2014), Catherine Gowin/Padderson estate; http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/local/results_all.asp?CountyID=VA227 – Reel 18, page 199. Repository: Library of Virginia, -800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA -23219. Surety: 4.

9 Gowen Research FoundationGowen Research Foundation, “Gowen Research Foundation,” database, Gowen Research Foundation (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/ : accessed 6 Aug 2014), Alexander Gowin; freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms005.htm. Repository: Gowen Research Foundation, 5708 Gary Avenue , Lubbock, TX 79413. Surety: 3.

10 Gowen Research FoundationGowen Research Foundation, “Gowen Research Foundation,” database, Gowen Research Foundation (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/ : accessed 6 Aug 2014), Alexander Gowin; http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms019.htm. Repository: Gowen Research Foundation, 5708 Gary Avenue , Lubbock, TX 79413. Surety: 3.

11 Beth Carruth, VA [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE,], e-mail, 9 Jul 2014, “Alexander Going witness”. Surety: 3.

12 “Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey,” database(http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx : accessed 14 Jul 2014), Alexander Gowin; Call Number: S.108.270 – S.108.283. Surety: 4.

13 Beth Carruth, VA [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE,], e-mail, 7/14/2014, “Alexander Gowin deed records”. Surety: 4.

14 “Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey,” database(http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx : accessed 14 Jul 2014), Alexander Gowin; Call Number: SSLG 91B. Surety: 4.

15 “Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey,” database(http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Alexander Gowin; http://nclandgrants.com:8081/frame/?fdr=17&frm=229. Surety: 4.

16 Beth Carruth, VA [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE,], e-mail, July 1 2014, “Gowen Deeds”. Surety: 4.

17 Virginia State Land Office, “Land Office Grants” (Source: Land Office Grants No. 63, 1812-1813, p. 132 (Reel 129). Part of the index to the recorded copies of grants issued by the Virginia Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.
Basic search url: http://ajax.lva.lib.va.us/F/?func=file&file_name=find-b-clas30&local_base=CLAS30), Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants/Northern Neck Grants and Surveys, Grants Book O 1767-1770, page 155 http://image.lva.virginia.gov/LONN/NN-5/296/296_0169.tif. Repository: VA, Library of Virginia – Land Office Grants, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-8000. Surety: 3.

18 “Virginia Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890,” database, Virginia Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890 (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3578&enc=1 : accessed 2 Aug 2014), Alexander Going. Surety: 2.

19 UNC, “Documenting the American South,” database, Documenting the American South (http://docsouth.unc.edu/index.html : accessed 17 Jul 2014), 1773 Orange Co Petition; http://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/index.html/document/csr09-0239. Surety: 4.

20 Beth Carruth, VA [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE,], e-mail, 22 Jul 2014. Surety: 4.

21 Compiler (notes, speculation, questions, reminders, conclusions of ceb2 regarding this specific event or fact–and not a ‘source’ for the fact that it is attached to.), 30 Jul 2014. Surety: 2.

22 Beth Carruth, VA [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE,], e-mail, July 08, 2014, “Inventory Alexander Going Estate”. Surety: 4.

23 Beth Carruth, VA [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE,], e-mail, July 08, 2014, “Alexander Going Estate Sale”. Surety: 4.

24 Family Tree DNA, “Goins DNA Project Kit #201264” database, Family Tree DNA (https://www.familytreedna.com/?c=1 : accessed 18 Jun 2014), https://www.familytreedna.com/public/goins/default.aspx?section=ycolorized. Surety: 4.

25 Family Tree DNA, “Goins DNA Project Kit #253129” database, Family Tree DNA (https://www.familytreedna.com/?c=1 : accessed 18 Jun 2014), https://www.familytreedna.com/public/goins/default.aspx?section=ycolorized. Surety: 4.

26 database(accessed 5 Jul 2014), map; https://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&ll=36.5244089,-79.3186916&spn=0.0085706,0.0142203&output=classic&dg=opt. Surety: 4.

27 carrutheb, “Rhymes-Bennett Family Tree,” database and images, http://Rhymes-Bennett Family Tree (http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/67610364/person/38196955484 : accessed 19 Jun 2014); Sophie; http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/67610364/person/38167011974. Surety: 2.

The clusters of Going families that lived nearby Alexander in the 1750s were:

1) John Going b. about 1700 who married Mary Keith – his family lived in Lunenburg County, Virginia in the 1750s – in an area that later became Mecklenburg County, Virginia (This appears to be the John Going who was the son of William Going b. abt 1681 of Stafford County, Virginia).
2)  Drury Going and James Going who lived in Brunswick County, Virginia that later becomes Greensville County, Virginia.  (The parental line of Drury and James Going is unknown).
3) Edward Going, Michael Going, Thomas Going, and Joseph Going who were living further south in Granville County, North Carolina around the Tar River and Taylor’s Creek area (this appears to the be group of Going’s who came from Henrico and Hanover County, Virginia).
4) Alexander Going and his family who were living in the Orange County, North Carolina area.  (Alexander Going was another child of William Going b. 1681 of Stafford County, Virginia).
5)  William Gowen and his family who lived in the Bedford County,Virginia area.  (The parental line of this William Gowen is unknown).
6) William Going m. to Anna Statia Sullivan, Moses Going, and Aaron Going living in Goochland County, Virginia.  (The parental line of this William Going is unknown).
7) William Gowen and his family that lived in the “Grassy Creek” area of Granville County, North Carolina.  (The parental line of the “Grassy Creek” Going family is unknown).

(Note re Going/Gowen lines:  At least some of the Going/Gowen lines appear to have come out of Gloucester County and New Kent County, Virginia.  Unfortunately, records before the 1860s in Gloucester County, Virginia, and New Kent County, Virginia, have been destroyed.  Some state-wide records prior to the 1860s from those counties, for land grants, indicate that some Going families were living in those counties.  But since the county records were destroyed, it might not be possible to piece together where several of the above Going lines came from).

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