1727 William Gowen b. abt 1727 of Truro Parish, Prince William Co, Va

William Gowen b. abt 1727 – Fairfax Co 1737, Fairfax 1767, Henrico 1771

(Link to page on various William “Going’s” and other variations of last name.  See this page to compare this William Goyens to other William Going variations that were in the VA, NC, or SC areas in the 1700s.  List is not complete, but I’ve listed those I know about so far:  https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/various-william-goings-different-ones/ ).

Parents: Unknown. Possibly Ambrose Going.

Children:

  • William M Gowan 1745–1837
  • Samuel Gowan 1752–
  • Anastasia Gowan 1756–
  • James Gowan 1758–

Siblings:

Unknown. Possibly:

  • James Gowen4 b. abt 1721 (living in Brunswick Co, Va by 1757)
  • Cave Gowen4 b. abt 1724 (In 1734 bound to James Vaughan in Brunswick, Va).
  • William Gowen4 b. abt 1727 of Truro Parish, Prince William Co, Va (In 1737 bound to John Straughan in Prince William Co, Va)
  • Thomas Gowen4 b. abt 1728 (In 1736 bound to Ralph Jackson in Brunswick, Va).
  • John Gowen4 b. abt 1729 (In 1736 bound to Ralph Jackson in Brunswick, Va).
  • Elsoner Gowen4 b. abt 1730 (In 1740 bound to Ralph Jackson in Brunswick, Va).
  • Drury Gowen4 b. abt 1731 (In 1740 bound to Ralph Jackson in Brunswick, Va).

For additional information see these pages on this site:

FACTS and NOTES:

1737 Oct 26 – William Gowen bound to John Straughan
Apprentice, 26 Oct 1737, Prince William, Virginia, USA.
William Gowen, an orphan, age 10, was bound as servant and aprentice to John Straughan.
1737 Oct 3 – Charles Green is Minister of Truro Parish
Church Wardens are Jeremiah Branaugh, and Thomas Lewis.
Vestrymen are John Coloil, Augustine Wellington, Richard Osborn, William Peake, Edward Evans, Edward Barry, John Ferguson, John Ellisman
Payments made to: Charles Green as minister, William Berkeley, Catesby Cocke, Edward Barry, Joseph Johnston, Samuel Hull, John Summers, Richard Osborn, Mr William Payne, Marmaduke Lawson, Edward Evans, Capt Francis Ambros, John Christmas, Thomas Bennet, John Summers, Thomas Lewis, Doctor James Gile
Jeremiah Bronaugh, Thomas Lewis – Church Wardens of Truro Parish in Prince William County, and John Straughan of Prince William Co, in obedience to an order from Prince William County Court dated Oct 3, 1737 bind William Gowen an Orphan child aged 10 years a servant and apprentice unto said John Straughan to serve him the said John Straughan his heirs, executors or admins in all such lawful bindship . . . until age of twenty one . . . provide lodging, food, and drink . . . and teach him the ministry of a Tanner and to read English.
Signed: John Straughan
Witness: Robert Jones, Edward Barry.
(Image 19). pgs 12-13. Truro Parish Vestry Book. Prince Williams Co, Va
http://members.nova.org/~heintzer/pohick/vestrybook3.html

1737 Truro Parish Vestry Book with William Gowen bound out to Straughan p1 snip

1737 Truro Parish Vestry Book with William Gowen bound out to Straughan p1 snip

1737 Truro Parish Vestry Book with William Gowen bound out to Straughan p2 snip

1737 Truro Parish Vestry Book with William Gowen bound out to Straughan p2 snip

1737 Oct 26 – William Gowen John Straughan,
William Gowen – an Orphan – bound to John Straughan until 21 yrs – to be taught how to read English, and taught the ministry of a Tanner.
Pohick Church – in Lorton, Virginia
Truro Parish Colonial Vestry Book
(Church/Vestry of George Washington, George Mason, and other patriots)
Truro Parish, Va.
http://www.pohick.org/vestrybook.html (p. 19-20)

(Additional info from): http://jg1758.blogspot.com/2012/08/newly-found-possibility-william-gowen.html ;  (Note:  John Going died in 1721 so he is not the father. William b. 1680 died some time in 1725/26 – so he is likely not the father (unless the William Gowen of this page was actually 11 yrs old – close to 12). Peter Going died in 1753, so he is not the father (as William b. 1727 is called an “orphan” in 1737).  So of the Going men we know of in the area, that leaves James Gowing b. 1680, Thomas Going b. btw 1650-70 – maybe too old but who knows, Ambrose Going who disappears from records after his 1726 deed to his mother, and Moses Goin who only appears in one record in 1733 as possible fathers. Most likely candidate of those in the area would be Ambrose Going – he only appears in one record in 1726 and then disappears -it is possible he died some time between 1727 and 1737).

John Straughan is mentioned as a tenant of the Alexander Family in the 1730s in the Howson patent litigation. Additionally, he shows up in several Court Minute/Order records in Fairfax County, Virginia as well.

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