1732-38 Michael Going b. abt 1732-48 “other” of Granville Co, NC parent of Jenkins mulatto family

Michael Gowen – b. abt 1720 to 1730 married to “unknown name”

lived in Granville Co, NC and Butte Co, NC

Parents:

Edward Goin Sr. b. abt 1710-15 and unknown mother

Children:

Michael Goin Jr. b. abt 1745-60
Elizabeth Goin b. abt 1745-60
David Goin b. abt 1745-60
Jenkins Goin b. abt 1761

Siblings:

  • Michael Goin 1732 mul (Granville 1753-1762)(Bute Co, NC 1771) – wife unk – died Oct 1778.
  • Edward Goin Jr 1742 mul (Granville Co, NC per rev war claim) (1770 Berkely Co, SC deed?
  • Reeps Going b. abt 1745 mul

Related Counties: 

FACTS:

GRANVILLE COUNTY, North Carolina:

Granville County, North Carolina:  Granville County is especially confusing – it has at least two separate Going families living in the same county with several people having the same names.  I have created a chart based on tithe records I have located to attempt to differentiate the families:

Granville County NC tithe chart for black and/or mulatto and white Going families

This chart is based on the following tithe records:

Census and Tithe Repts: Blacks and Mulattos

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1750 Relatively complete lists, but not providing racial breakdown and not naming the subsidiary tithes in most cases.  List of Edwd. Jones, Michel Gooin 2, Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html;  http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1753  Granville Co, NC
List of Robert Harris (“one of his lists”)
George Anderson 0 1
William Going and his son 2 0
Robt. Mitchell, John Going 2 tithes
List of Osborn Jeffreys
Robert Davis 0 1
Thomas Going 1 1
Michal Going 0 1
Edward Going 0 1

List of Lemuel Lanier
Thomas Going 1
Michall Going 1
Michall Going 1
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html;  http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1754 List of Osborn Jeffreys
Michal Going 1 0
Thomas Going 0 1
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.htmlhttp://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1754 Oct 8 – Muster roll of the regiment in Granville, under the command of Colo William Eaton, as taken at a general muster of the said regiment on Oct 8, 1754 William Person, Lieut. Col.James Paine, Major Capt Osborn Jeffrey’s Company:
78. THOMAS GOWAN – Malatto
79. MICHAEL GOWAN – Malatto
80. EDWARD GOWAN – Malatto
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html

1755 summary list (from microfilm) C.044.70012 NC Archives
Thomas Going 0/1/1
Edward Gowen 0/1/1
Michael Gowen 0/1/1
Joseph Gowen 0/1/1
William Going & Son Joseph 2/0/2
William Going & Son Joseph 2/0/2
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html;   http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1759 List of John Pope
Joseph Goin, Mulattoe 1
Edward Goin, Mulattoe 1
Thomas Goin, William Gray White 2
James Goin Mulattoe, William Goin Mulattoe 2
Michael Goin, Mulattoe, John Wilson, Mulattoe 2
Delinquent and insolvent list
Going, James 2
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ;   http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1761 whites/Blacks male/Blacks f/ Blacks 12-16
List of John Pope
Thomas, Moses Gowin. Refuses to List his wife 2 tithes
Michael Gowin, John Wilson. Refuses to list his wife 2
Joseph Gowin. Refuses to list his wife 1
List of Robt. Harris for Granville Parish
Edward Going sons Edwd. Reeps 0 white/3black males
Country Line District by Larkin Johnston
William Gowin, James Gowin 2
William Gowin Junr, Jesse Chandlor 2
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ;   http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1762 Bare Swamp District; List of John Pope for St. Johns Parish
Michael Gowin, Mulattoe, John Willson2 tithes
Thomas Gowin, Moses Gowin 2
Edward Gowin Senr. Mulla., Reps Gowin, Edward Gowin 3
Fishing Creek District
James Gowing, Son William, Refs. to list his wife
2 whites, 0 blacks, 2 males, 0 females, 2 over 16, 2 total
Country Line District
William Gowin Junr 2 white
Granville Parish by Robert Harris
Joseph Going Mulato not listed his wife
list of insolvents
Gowen, James 2
Going, Michael 2
Going, Edward 2
Going, Jos. 1
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ;   http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1771 Sept 7 – list of insolvents for 1762 tax remaining in arrears as of
7 Sept. 1771
Gowen, Michael 2
Gowen, Edward 3
Gowen, Joseph 1
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html

1778 Jun 3 – Granville Co Will Bk 1, p 193. Deed of Gift-MICHAEL GOWIN of Pr Geo Parish, Craven Co, SC, planter, for love & good will, to JENKINS GOWIN of Granville Co, NC, 80 acres being part of 600 ac lying and being in Bute Co, NC & part in Granville Co, NC at William McBees line on south side of Taylor’s Creek, EDWIN GOWIN & his wife to live on sd land until their dec’d, then to sd JENKINS GOWIN. Wits: John McKipock (McKissock), William McBee. (Johnson, NC Genealogy, Spring-Summer 1970, p 2503. Also, Gwynn, Abstracts of the Wills and Estate Records of Granville Co, NC, 1746-1808, 1973, p 60. Bk 1, p 193-4). Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html

1778-1779 – Michael Going was named as a petit juror in Prince George Parish, Georgetown District in the 1778-79 jury list, according to “Jury List of South Carolina, 1778-1779” by GeLee Corley Hendrix and Morn McKay Lindsey.

1784 Sept 14 – Gibson, Stephen, Plat For 200 Acres On Hazes Swamp, Surveyed By John Henderson. Date: 9/14/1784
Michael Gowin living adjacent to Stephen Gibson and near John Henderson on Hayes Swamp in South Carolina.
Series: State Plat Books (Charleston Series) (S213190)
Document Type: Plat
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0010 Page: 00434 Item: 000 http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/

S213190
State Plats (Charleston Series)
Vol 10, Page 434 item 00
Processed By: Sarah Moore

1785 Nov 9 –  Will of Moses Bass of Prince Georges Parish, George Town Dist, Province of SC, being indisposed in Body…. to MOURNING GOING, dau of JACOB GOING, one cow marked with a cross & over bit & undr bit in one ear and cross & whole under nick in the other ear; to SARAH GOING, dau of JACOB GOING, one cow marked in the above mentioned mark; to ELIZABETH GOING, dau of JACOB GOING, one cow marked with a cross & undr bit & over bit in each ear and branded ME; to ANNE GOING, dau of JACOB GOING, one heifer marked with a cross and under bit & over bit in each ear branded ME; to CYNTHA GOING, dau of JACOB GOING, one heifer yearling marked with a cross & over bit & under bit in each ear & branded ME; to my beloved cousin Jeremiah Bass, tract of 100 ac granted to John Smith, and one negro named Peter, one negro woman named Fann, one negro boy named Jack with their increase; my wife Elizabeth Bass to have the use of said plantation & tract of land granted to John Smith her lifetime and the use of negroes Peter, Fann & Jack & their increase her life time; to my beloved cousin Wright Bass, the plantation, mill, & tract of land containing 444 ac that I now live on, one negro woman Jane, my wife Elizabeth Bass to have the use of the plantation, mill & tract of land and negro woman her lifetime; to Henry Harison, son of James Harison, one negro woman Cate & increase, my wife to have the use of the negro woman her lifetime; to JOSEPH GOING, JUNR, one negro girl named Judah & increase, my wife to have the use her life time; to my beloved wife Elizabeth Bass, one negro man named Jack, one woman named Florah, one woman named Nan, one boy named Isum, one boy named Roger, and my cattle, about 110 head, branded ME, all my stock of horses & mares, all my household furniture & plantation tools, 26 head of sheep, and my hogs, also negro girl Violet; to JACOB GOING, a plantation of 50 ac granted to John Crawford; I appoint my wife Elizabeth Bass and my friend Luke Whitefield and James Harison, executors, dated 28 Feb 1777. Moses Bass (M) (LS), Wit: Malachi Murfee, Jeremiah Bass (x), Right Bass.

A true copy taken from the original and examined by Hugh Horry, Ordinary G Town Dist.
Whereas I, the within named Right Bass, am the eldest son of Edward Bass deceased, who was eldest brother of the within named Testator Moses Bass, which said Moses Bassdeparted this life without issue, whereby I, said Right Bass became his heir at law, and I am willing that all the several devises & bequests in the said will should have full effect, for the memory of my deceased uncle Moses Bass and for the several devisees in the within will, and five shillings, I confirm all the devises, legacies and bequests, 9 Nov 1785. Right Bass (LS), Wit: Chas Cotesworth Pinckney, Wm Smith. Proved in Charleston Dist by the oath of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney 28 Jun 1786 before Dl. Mazyck, JP. Rec 28 Jun 1786. S-5, 283-284. (Holcomb, SC Deed Abstracts, 1783-1788, Bks I-5 thru Z-5, 1996. SML 975.7 Hol) http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=marciamcclure&id=I19000

1788 Aug – On motion of W. Avery, Esqr. attorney for Thomas Going for obtaining letter of Administration on the estate of Elizabeth Bass, dec. ordered that the same be laid over until next term, for proof of Kinship by blood & That a didimus postestem (a commission to take testimony) issued in favor of said Thomas Going to Anson & Richmond Counties & to the State of SC be given 15 days notice to Jermiah Bass of the time & place where such testimony be taken did po. for Levi Bass to SC giving Thomas Going a 15 day notice.

In 1788, “Thomas Goin” applied to the County Court of Greene County forthe administration of the estate of Elizabeth Bass, according to “Bulletin of the Watauga Association,” Volume 10: “August 1788. On motion of W. Avery, Esqr. atto. for Thomas Going for obtaining letter of administration on the Estate of Elizabeth Bass, decd. ordered that the same be laid over until next term, for proof of sanguinity [kinship, blood relationship] & that a dedimus potestatem [acommission to take testimony] issue in favour of said Thomas Going to Anson & Richmond Counties & to the State of South Carolina by giving fifteen days notice to Jeremiah Bass of the time & place where such testimony will be taken, ditto for Levi Bass to South Carolina giving Thos. Going fifteen days notice at least.” Green County, Tennessee.  Greene County Tennessee Court minutes 1783-1796

In 1789 Lucy Gowin is listed as the owner of the land adjacent to Stephen Gibson in South Carolina, possibly indicating that Michael Gowin has died.

1788 October 14 – Know all men by these presents that I Edward Gowen of the County of Granville for divers good causes and considerations thereunto [me] moving more especially for the sum of £25 to me in hand paid, the receipt of which I do hereby acknowledge, hath bargained, sold & made over, and by these presents, do bargain, sell and make over to my nephew, Thomas Gowen all the estate, right and interest I have or hereafter may have to the estate of Elizabeth Bass, deceased, or any part thereof, and do hereby make over the same to the said Thomas Gowin, his heirs and assigns from the claim of me, the said Edward Gowen or any other person whatever claiming under me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the 15th day of October, 1786. Edward Going .  Witnesses:
Henry Meghe
Allin Hudson
Jhn. [X] Simmons”
John Simmons later appeared in Granville County Court to prove the deed of “Edward Gowing” to “Thomas Gowing,” according to “Court Minutes of Granville County, North Carolina, 1746-1820,” page 28 by Zoe Hargett Gwynn.  Edward Gowen of Granville County, North Carolina, regarded as a kinsman of Thomas Goin, was also named an heir of Elizabeth Bass. On October 14, 1788 he conveyed his interest in her estate to “his nephew, Thomas Gowen,”according to Granville County Will Book 2, page 79. Granville Co, NC.

1788 Oct 14 –  Know all men by these presents that I Edward Gowen of the County of Granville for divers good causes and considerationsthereunto [me] moving more especially for the sum of A25 to me in handpaid, the receipt of which I do hereby acknowledge, hath bar? gained, sold& made over, and by these presents, do bargain, sell and make over to my nephew, Thomas Gowen all the estate, right and interest I have or hereafter may have to the estate of Elizabeth Bass, deceased, or any part thereof, and do hereby make over the same to the said Thomas Gowin, his heirs and assigns from the claim of me, the said Edward Gowen or any other person whatever claiming under me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the 15th day of October, 1786. Edward Going Witnesses: Henry Meghe, Allin Hudson, Jhn. [X] Simmons” Granville Co, NC.

1789 Nov 12: STEPHEN GIBSON, PLAT FOR 1,700 ACRES ON LITTLE PEE DEE RIVER, GEORGETOWN DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY WILLIAM STEWART.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0026 Page: 00032 Item: 000 Names indexed: BLUE, WILLIAM; GIBSON, STEPHEN; LUCY GOWIN; STEWART, WILLIAM Document type: PLAT Locations: GEORGETOWN DISTRICT; LITTLE PEE DEE RIVER, South Carolina https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C956-FS9V-Z?i=214&cat=358185
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=192523

S213190
Secretary of State. Recorded Instruments
State Plats (Charleston Series)
Vol. 26 Page 032 Item 0
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The 1790 US Census shows Lucy Gowen as the head of household, again indicating that Michael is no longer around.

1790 US Census Georgetown District, South Carolina –Lucy Gowen
0 males over 16, 0 males under 16, 5 females – white. 0 slaves.
http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1790k-03.pdf

Gowen Manuscript info:

Michael Gowen, regarded as a son of Edward Gowen, Jr, was born about 1730,

His wife’s name unknown.

He appeared in the 1750 tax list of Granville County, paying a tax on two tithables.

“Mical Going” received a deed from John McKisick April 18, 1752 to 225 acres “on both sides of Taillors Creek, being the upper part of the tract of 600 acres granted to McKisick May 2, 1752 [?]” for “six pounds, Virginia money,” according to Granville County Deed Book B, page 73.

Witnesses were Broadhead Trulove, Thomas Hunter and Francis Maley.

He was taxed as a “black” tithable in the 1753 tax list of Osborn Jeffreys. Jeffreys recorded him in 1754 as a “white” taxable.

Michael Gowen, Thomas Gowen, and Edward Gowen “mulattos” were listed in the roster of a company of militiamen commanded by Capt. Osborn Jeffreys, under the overall command of Col. William Eaton October 8, 1754, according to “Colonial and State Records of North Carolina,” Vol. 22, pages 370-380.

The roster of Capt. Osborn Jeffrey’s company, one of eight in Col. Eaton’s regiment is listed below:

William Eaton, Colonel William Person, Lieut. Colonel James Paine, Major Captain Osborn JEFFREY’S Company (83 men): Richard WHITE, Lieut. John McKISSICK, Ensign

1. Francis BRADLEY, Sgt. 2. Howard WORLEY, Sgt. 3. John FARRELL, Sgt. 4. Wm McBEE, Corpl. 5. Thomas COOK, Corpl. 6. William PERRY, Corpl. 7. John MARTIN, Corpl. 8. John SANDLAND, Sr. 9. Peter VINSON 10. Philemon BRADFORD, Jr. 11. John SUTTON 12. Arthur FULLER 13. Timothy FULLER 14. Joseph FULLER 15. James SUTTON 16. James WADE 17. John SANDLAND, Jr. 18. Robert ALLEN 19. Joseph FARRELL 20. Wm. MOXLEY 21. Robert MORGAN 22. Isaac WINSTON 23. Wm WHITE 24. John GREEN 25. Thomas HULAND 26. Thomas MULLINS 27. John YOUNG 28. Wm PORCH 29. Thomas BRIDGES 30. Jeremiah PERRY 31. Ambrose CRANE 32. Francis PERRY 33. John PERRY 34. William RIDINGS 35. William SMITH 36. Ezekiah MASSEY 37. James Brogden 38. John GOLDING 39. Thomas BROGDEN 40. John DAVIS 41. Julius ALFORD 42. Jacob POWEL 43. Wm MAYNARD 44. Gibson MARTIN 45. John BRADLY 46. Nathaniel PERRY 47. Wm. CADE 48. Andrew HARFIELD 49. John MOONEY 50. Michael PERRY 51. William BREWER 52. Francis JOHNSTON 53. John BOOKER 54. Benjamin ARUNDEL 55. Thomas ARUNDEL 56. James ARUNDEL 55. Thomas Arundel 56. James ARUNDEL 57. Austin HONEYCOT 58. Joseph BRIDGES 59. Roger REESE 60. Thomas JONES 61. William TAUNT 62. George MAYNARD 63. Nathaniel JONES 64. Andrew MARTIN 65. Joseph NORRIS 66. Richard RAYBORN 67. John DUNCAN 68. Wm ADKINSON 69. Joseph MEDLIN 70. James BOLTEN 71. Wm WINSTON 72. John WRIGHT 73. Samuel CARLISLE 74. John WILDER 75. John GARRET 76. Anthony LEWIS 77. Nathan GRIMES

78. Thomas GOWEN, Mulatto 79. Michael GOWEN, Mulatto 80. Edward GOWEN, Mulatto 81. Robert DAVIS, Mulatto 82. Wm BURNEL, Mulatto 83. Wm. MOONEY

Michael Gowen was again a “black” taxable in the 1755 tax list.

“Michael Gowen and John Wilson, mullatoes,” apparently in the same household, were taxables in the 1759 tax list of John Pope. He reappeared in Pope’s 1761 tax list with the notation that he “refuses to list his wife.” This indicated that he considered her to be “white” and therefore not taxable. “Mickael Gowin, mulatto” of St. John’s Parish was a taxpayer, according to the 1762 tax list.

Bute County was organized in 1764 with land from Granville County, and Michael Gowen found himself in the new county.

He was taxed there in the 1771 tax list of Philemon Hawkins.

His household appeared in the Bute County court records as “Michle Gowine & wife & Sons, Michle & David & Daughter, Elizabeath, William Wilson, 0 white/6 black/6 total.”

“Michael Gowin, of Prince George Parish, Craven County, North Carolina” gave a deed to “Jenkins Gowin” of Granville County, North Carolina June 3, 1778 to 80 acres in Granville County, “being part of 600 acres, part in Bute County, North Carolina and part in Granville County on the south side of Taylor Creek,” according to Granville County Deed Book 1, page 193.

The deed also stipulated that “Edward Gowin and wife were to live on said plantation until their decease” then it was to devolve to “Jenkins Gowin.” The deed was witnessed by John McKissick and William McBee.

On the same date “Michael Gowin, planter of Prince George Parish,” wrote his will June 3, 1778, according to Craven County Will Book I, pages 193 and 194. The will, which was probated in November 1778, left 80 acres, “being part of 600 acres in Bute and Granville County,” to “Jenkins Gowin” of Granville County.

Jenkins Gowen is regarded as the nephew of Michael Gowen and the son of Edward Gowen.

The deed conveyed the land to Jenkins Gowen upon the death of Edward Gowen and his wife who had been given permission to live there by Michael Gowen. The will repeated the stipulation that “Edward Gowin and wife” were to live on the plantation until they were deceased and then the property was to pass to “Jenkins Gowin, “mulatto”, according to “Abstracts of Granville County Wills” by Joseph W. Watson.

Michael Gowen died about October 1778, probably in Craven County.

Jenkins Gowen apparently lost the property in the following year.

“Michael Gowing” was mentioned in a sheriff’s deed dated August 3, 1779, according to Granville County Deed Book M, page 179. The deed conveyed property that “Edward Gowing formerly lived on, and his brother, Michael Gowing, formerly owned” to Charles Yarbrough by the Granville County sheriff apparently in a tax default.

Abstract of the deed was reproduced in “Kinfolks of Granville County, North Carolina 1765-1826” by Zoe Hargett Gwynn. The volume contained abstracts of Granville County Deed Books H through Z.

Jenkins Gowen was in the Granville County militia on May 25, 1778 and later served in the North Carolina Continental Line during the Revolutionary War. Children born to Michael Gowen include:

Michael Gowen, Jr. born about 1738

Elizabeth Gowen born about 1742

David Gowen born about 1750

Michael Going (G7/2.2), believed to be a son of Edward Going (G8/2.2), was born about 1722, probably in Gloucester County.  In 1739 his family lived in Charles City County, Virginia.  In 1773 he appeared, along with his brother, in Bute County, North Caro­lina.

1737 GM: Michael Gowen, was married about 1737, wife’s name unknown. He appeared in the 1750 tax list of Granville County, paying a tax on two tithables.
GM: “Mical Going” received a deed from John McKisick April 18, 1752 to 225 acres “on both sides of Taillors Creek, being the upper part of the tract of 600 acres granted to McKisick May 2, 1752 [?]” for “six pounds, Virginia money,” according to Granville County Deed Book B, page 73. Witnesses were Broadhead Trulove, Thomas Hunter and Francis Maley. He was taxed as a “black” tithable in the 1753 tax list of Osborn Jeffreys. Jeffreys recorded him in 1754 as a “white” taxable.

GM: Michael Gowen, Thomas Gowen, and Edward Gowen “mulattos” were listed in the roster of a company of militia- men commanded by Capt. Osborn Jeffreys, under the overall command of Col. William Eaton October 8, 1754, according to “Colonial and State Records of North Carolina,” Vol. 22, pages 370-380.
-1754 Oct 8 – Mickael Gowen – North Carolina Militia – Muster Roll of the Regiment of Col William Eaton, Granville County, NC
(mulatto)

GM: Michael Gowen was again a “black” taxable in the 1755 tax list.
GM: “Michael Gowen and John Wilson, mullatoes,” apparently in the same household, were taxables in the 1759 tax list of John Pope.
GM: He reappeared in Pope’s 1761 tax list with the notation that he “refuses to list his wife.” This indicated that he considered her to be “white” and therefore not taxable.
GM: “Mickael Gowin, mulatto” of St. John’s Parish was a taxpayer, according to the 1762 tax list. Bute County was organized in 1764 with land from Granville County, and Michael Gowen found himself in the new county. He was taxed there in the 1771 tax list of Philemon Hawkins.
GM: His household appeared in the Bute County court records as “Michle Gowine & wife & Sons, Michle & David & Daughter, Elizabeath, William Wilson, 0 white/6 black/6 total.”
GM: “Michael Gowin, of Prince George Parish, Craven County, North Carolina” gave a deed to “Jenkins Gowin” of Granville County, North Carolina June 3, 1778 to 80 acres in Granville County, “being part of 600 acres, part in Bute County, North Carolina and part in Granville County on the south side of Taylor Creek,” according to Granville County Deed Book 1, page 193. The deed also stipulated that “Edward Gowin and wife were to live on said plantation until their decease” then it was to devolve to “Jenkins Gowin.” The deed was witnessed by John McKissick and William McBee.
GM: On the same date “Michael Gowin, planter of Prince George Parish,” wrote his will June 3, 1778, according to Craven County Will Book I, pages 193 and 194. The will, which was probated in November 1778, left 80 acres, “being part of 600 acres in Bute and Granville County,” to “Jenkins Gowin” of Granville County.

He was recorded as “Michile Gowine, black” in his father’s household in 1771.

1789 -“Michael Gowing” was mentioned in a sheriff’s deed dated August 3, 1779, according to Granville County Deed Book M, page 179. The deed conveyed property that “Edward Gowing formerly lived on, and his brother, Michael Gowing, formerly owned” to Charles Yarbrough by the Granville County sheriff apparently in a tax default. Abstract of the deed was reproduced in “Kinfolks of Granville County, North Carolina 1765-1826” by Zoe Hargett Gwynn. The volume contained abstracts of Granville County Deed Books H through Z.

From GRF Newsletter Feb 1993:

Michael Gowen, NC Militiaman
Served in French & Indian War

Michael Gowen, regarded as a son of Moses Gowen was born
about 1738, probably in Virginia. He was brought to Granville
County about 1750 when his father moved there.

Michael Gowen is variously referred to by family historians as
a “mulatto” and as a “Melungeon.”

“Mical Going” received a deed from John McKisick April 18,
1752 to 225 acres “on both sides of Taillors Creek, being the
upper part of the tract of 600 acres granted to McKisick May
2, 1752 [?]” for “six pounds, Virginia money,” according to
Granville County Deed Book B, page 73. Witnesses were
Broadhead Trulove, Thomas Hunter and Francis Maley.

Michael Gowen, Thomas Gowen, and Edward Gowen
“mulattos” were listed in the roster of a company of militiamen
commanded by Capt. Osborn Jefferys, under the overall
command of Col. William Eaton October 8, 1754, according
to “Colonial and State Records of North Carolina,” Vol. 22,
pages 370-380. They served in the French & Indian War in
which the English sought to wrest control of the colonial
heartland from the French.

In 1755 “Michael Going” was shown as “one black poll” in the
Granville County tax list. “Michael Gowing, Jr.” was sued
“for trespass” by Thomas Parker September 2, 1755, according
to Granville County Court minutes. “Mickael Gowin,
mulatto” of St. John’s Parish was a taxpayer in the 1762 tax
list.

“Michael Gowing” was listed in the 1771 census of Bute
County, North Carolina as the head of a household composed
of six people. In this list no distinction was made between
whites and colored.

Michael Gowin, “of Prince George Parish, Craven County,
North Carolina” gave a deed to Jenkins Gowin of Granville
County, North Carolina June 3, 1778 to 80 acres in Granville
County, “being part of 600 acres, part in Bute County, North
Carolina and part in Granville County on the south side of
Taylor Creek,” according to Granville County Deed Book 1,
page 193. The deed also stipulated that “Edward Gowin and
wife were to live on said plantation until their decease” then it
was to devolve to Jenkins Gowin. The deed was witnessed by
John McKissick and William McBee. Bute County was
organized in 1764 and discontinued in 1779.

On the same date “Michael Gowin, planter of Prince George
Parish,” wrote his will June 3, 1778, according to Craven
County Will Book I, pages 193 and 194. The will, which was
probated in November 1778, left 80 acres, “being part of 600
acres in Bute and Granville County,” to “Jenkins Gowin” of
Granville County.

The will repeated the stipulation that “Edward Gowin and
wife” were to live on the plantation until they were deceased
and then the property was to pass to Jenkins Gowin,
“mulatto”, according to “Abstracts of Granville County Wills”
by Joseph W. Watson.

“Michael Gowing” was mentioned in a sheriff’s deed dated
August 3, 1779, according to Granville County Deed Book M,
page 179. The deed conveyed property that “Edward Gowing
formerly lived on, and his brother, Michael Gowing, formerly
owned” to Charles Yarbrough by the Granville County sheriff
apparently in a tax default.

Abstract of the deed was reproduced in “Kinfolks of Granville
County, North Carolina 1765-1826” by Zoe Hargett Gwynn.
The volume contained abstracts of Granville County Deed
Books H through Z.

It is believed that children born to Michael Gowen include:

Jenkins Gowen born about 1760

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