1720-1730 John Going Jr of Lunenburg Co, Va, and Orange Co, NC, Robeson County, NC – ydna match

John Going Jr. b. abt 1720-1730 – ydna match – see:   https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/ydna-matches/

m. to Sarah who handled his estate after John Gowen’s death in 1800.

(Note:  I am assuming that the John Going of Lunenburg County, Virginia, and Orange County, North Carolina is the same John Gowen who ends up in Robeson County, North Carolina and writes his will in 1800 there.  This may possibly be incorrect.  There are many “John Going” type names in the Southern Va, North Carolina, and South Carolina area at this time, so it is difficult to piece them together – this may end up being two different people).


John Going b. abt. 1700 and Mary Keith  (confirmed parents)


The will for the John Gowen that died in 1800 says his son John Gowen Jr is not yet 21 years of age – which appears to mean this John Gowen’s son was born about 1780 or later.  The John Gowen who died in 1800 is married to Sarah.  (Note:  He would have fathered the John Gowen b. abt 1780 in his 50s, which is not unheard of if his first wife passed away and he remarried a younger woman. So it is possible).

The 1800 US Census in Marion Co, SC has a John Gowin Sr born before 1755, another John Gowen born between 1755-1774.  The 1800 US Census has another John Goin in Robeson Co, NC born before 1755.  The 1810 US Census has 3 John Goins living in Robeson Co, NC – a John Goins born 1785-1794, a John Goins Sr born before 1765, and a John Goins Jr born betw. 1766-1784.  The 1820 US Census shows only one John Gowens who has moved to Columbus Co, NC born betw. 1776-1794.

A John Gowen from Marion/Robeson dies in 1814 – the one married to Nancy.

A John Gowen continues to live in the area beyond the 1830s.

(Note:  Unknown at this time, these are all possible children of John Going Jr. b. abt 1720).

John Gowen b. abt 1780 – Columbus Co, NC.  (appears to be son of this John Gowen).

(Note: It may be possible that this page’s John Gowen had a prior son named John Going / Gowen, or that he had an older son who had a child named John Gowen (who is his grandson, that is older than his own son named John Gowen), or its possible a nephew or cousin named John Gowen/Going was in the area about the same time – and these are two branches of the Gowen line).

John Going b. abt 1755-60 (THIS John Going may be the John Going who dies in 1800 – with a son named John Gowen Jr who is not yet 21 years of age.  Still need to sort out all the “Johns” in the area).


John Gowen Jr. b. 1730 m. Elizabeth (confirmed child of John Gowing b. 1700)
Susannah Gowen Hubbard b. 1731 (confirmed child of John Gowing b. 1700)
Thomas Gowen b. abt 1717-1722 (confirmed child of John Gowing b. 1700)
William Goyne b. 1732 (confirmed as child of John Gowing b. 1700)

Amos Goyen b. 1744 (possible but not confirmed as child of John Gowing b. 1700)
Daniel Going b. 1748 (possible but not confirmed as child of John Gowing b. 1700)
Drury Goyen b. 1749 (possible but not confirmed as child of John Gowing b. 1700)
James Goyne b. 1755 (possible but not confirmed as child of John Gowing b. 1700)
Henry Going b. 1758 (possible but not confirmed as child of John Gowing b. 1700)

OTHER RELATIVES:  (Based on Y-DNA matching, the following people who lived in the area were related in some fashion to John Gowen.  Due to a lack of documentation, the relationship is uncertain).

Amos Goyen b. 1744
Daniel Going b. 1748
Drury Goyen b. 1749
James Goyne b. 1755
Henry Going b. 1758

(Note:  All the above Goings appear to be descendants of William Going b. abt 1682’s line – the Y-DNA matches are confirmed, but unsure of which parent is theirs).


Valunenburg.jpg   Virginia 1761

(John Going Jr was in Lunenburg Co, Va from 1751 to 1761).

Parent County

1745–Lunenburg County was created 6 May 1745 from Brunswick County. County seat: Lunenburg [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, “Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps” (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Neighboring Counties


John Going, Jr, son of John Gowing and Mary Keith Gowing, is born about 1720, probably in Stafford County.

In 1741, a John Going is listed as a Corporal in Colonel Gooch’s Regiment also known as Gooch’s Marines (the US Marines trace their history back to Gooch’s Marines).  John Going is listed from Sept 1741 to October 1742.  This would have been during the War of Jenkins Ear, but after the battle of Cartegena. (Note:  This may be John Going, Jr. – son of this John Going.  His birth year may be near 1720)

The American colonial marines were raised in the colony of Virginia and from other Middle Colonies, under the command of Governor William Gooch.[10]Although it may have been composed of men from surrounding colonies intent for a Crown commission, it was also used as a dumping ground for its debtors, criminals, scoundrels, and vagrants. This “four-battalion” regiment, the 43rd Regiment of Foot, better known as “Gooch’s Marines”, has a lineage that can be traced to the origin of the United States Marine Corps.[11] 



1742 John Going 1742 Goochs Marines Cumberland Militia

John Going in Gooch’s Marines

John Going Sr b. abt 1700 – father of John Going Jr b. abt 1720 – moves to Lunenburg County, Virginia around 1747.  It appears that John Going Jr may have moved to South Carolina at this time.   Thomas Going b. abt 1717-22 (who may be his brother) appears to have moved to South Carolina as well in 1752 nearby where John Going was living.

South Carolina Records in the 1750s:

1751 Feb 1 – Whereas Brother John Norman Stroud suspeneded from Comm for being guilty of lawful sin of adultry – concluded by ye Church to receive him again to communion, on his humble acknowledgment which he made this day to ye Church he confessed be god for backsliding return – Likewise at the time was baptised by order of Church, and on profession of faith John Bullen Jun and Mary Bullen, and Thomas Goeing, and was renewed into Union and full communion with the Church and likewise received .. Martha Stephens ye wife of ye Revd John Stephens ye Pastor of this Church into Union and fulll communion. Ashley River Baptist Church 1736-1764, Charleston District, South Carolina. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-HGZR?i=649&cat=357193

1752 Feb 4 – Thomas Going – Plat for 750 acres on the north side of Congaree, South Carolina, Pursuant to a Precept to me directed by George Hunter Esq his Majesties Survoyor Genl. directed the 4th day of February 1752. I have measured and laid out unto Thomas Going a plantation or tract of Land containing seven hundred and fifty acres situate lying and being on the North side of the Congaree otherwise Seludy River on both sides of the Creek called Collins Mill Creek butting and bounding on all sides on vacant land and hath such shape and form and marks as the above plat represents. Given under my hand this 9 of March 1752. John Fairchild; Description shows on map below to be:
Future Lexington Co, SC (county south of Fairfield Co). D.S.   http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=95289 Petition for Thomas Goings indicates he has a wife and 9 children, and prays for 550 acres on or about the Congree River. Petition on Feb 4, 1752.

1752 March 9: GOING, THOMAS, PLAT FOR 750 ACRES ON THE NORTH SIDE OF CONGAREE.  Series: S213184 Volume: 0005 Page: 00171 Item: 01

1752 April 24: GOINGS, THOMAS, LAND GRANT FOR 750 ACRES ON COLLINS AND MILL CREEKS.  Series: S213019 Volume: 0004 Page: 00607 Item: 000
Names indexed: GOINGS, THOMAS Locations: COLLINS CREEK; MILL CREEK Document type: LAND GRANT

1753 Benjamin Gowen gave a mortgage securing the purchase of five slaves bought from John Calder and Capt. William Lawton, planter of Edisto Island in March 1753, according to “South Carolina Magazine of History.” South Carolina.

1753 Aug 24 – George Gowen listed as an account owed at Robert Hill’s tavern in Edmundson, Ashepoo, South Carolina (Ashepoo, in Colleton County). The note part of Robert Hill’s estate in 1759. Tavernkeeper. Ashepoo, SC. Bk T, 1758-1761. p. 153A. South Carolina. https://www.fold3.com/image/266970938

1754 March 21: an estate sale of Robert Futhy, decd, was held and accounting was turned into the court on January 26, 1756. The 2nd page shows John Gowin appears to buy a case of Huntherd? Accounting shows cash of John Gowin by case of Andrew Johnston, 28.10. Craven County, South Carolina. bk R2, 1753-1756. p. 401. South Carolina.  https://www.fold3.com/image/305665173?terms=Gowins  (Note:  This may be another John Gowin, but this is the closest John Gowin to this area – whichever one it was, they were likely there buying supplies, or possibly slaves as the Charleston SC area was one of the biggest ports in the area for trade). . . (Note:  Robert Futhy or Futhey, appears to have lived in or near the Black Mingo, South Carolina area – which is in the modern day Williamsburg County, South Carolina area).





1754 November 9 – At our Quarterly meeting:
Was baptised on profession of faith Nathaniel Bradwell, Charles Barker Insd., Col Bedon negro fellow Cago, John Goeing, and Mr Bradwell negro wench named Dinah, and they were all reeived members of this Church. Ashley River Baptist Church 1736-1764, Charleston District, South Carolina https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-HG4P?i=652&cat=357193

1755 Feb 1 – At our Quarterly.
Was baptised by Order of Ye Church and on Profession of faith, Elia Bradwell, Anne Winwright, An Hurst, Thomas Goeing Junr.
Concluded to excommunicate Thomas Barten Jun for the sin of adultery which he has lived in some time past.
Notwithstanding all ye admonitions of ye Church accordingly it was executed ye Sabbath following …. Ashley River Baptist Church 1736-1764, Charleston District, South Carolina https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-HG4P?i=652&cat=357193

1759 Feb 2d was baptised Dinah Goeing and recd as a member in full. Ashley River Baptist Church 1736-1764, Charleston District, South Carolina https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-HGZT?i=653&cat=357193

1759 Feb 4 – Henery Goins (Henry Goins): Is noted to owe on an account from Feb 1759 William Little of Craven County, SC in William Little’s probate paperwork in 1767. South Carolina. bk X, p 232. 1768-1769 Inventories of Estates. South Carolina.

John Going Jr. may have moved back up to Fairfax County, Virginia during the French and Indian War – a John Gown is shown in the Fairfax militia in 1757, along with a Burr Hollis and Simon Pearson.





It appears John Going rejoined his father in Lunenburg County, Virginia after his service during the French and Indian War.  John is appointed to a road crew along with his brother William Going, and his father John Going Sr.  William Gladden, a family friend and neighbor (possibly an inlaw as well) who shows up in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina alongside the Going family, is also appointed to the road crew.

1757 Nov 1 John Goin, Wm Goin, John Goin Jr, and William Gladden appt to road crew in Lunenburg Co, Virginia.



John Going’s father, John Gowing Sr, was issued Patent No. 34 February 14, 1761, according to “Virginia Patents,” page 809.  The patent read, “John Gowin, Lunenburg County, 400 acres beginning at William Hill’s cor­ner on Reedy Branch, adjacent Ruffin’s line.”  Later, John Gowing Sr gave 100 acres to John Gowing Jr, and 100 acres to William Gowing – both his sons as noted on the conveyances.

From “Virginia Patents,” page 809, “John Gowin” was issued Patent No. 34:  “Lunenburg County, February 14, 1761, 400 acres beginning at William Hill’s corner on Reedy Branch, adjacent Ruffin’s line.”

1761 On June 10 – John Going Sr, John Going Jr., Sarah Going and Elizabeth Going
On the same date, son John Going, Jr. was deeded 100 acres of his father’s 400 acres with the same description. It was witnessed by Sarah Going and Elizabeth Going. [ibid]

1762: William Going, son of John and Mary Keith Going of Lunenburg County, Virginia, moved to Orange County, North Carolina by July 6, 1762. William had previously sold his 100 acres, gift of his parents, while still living in Lunenburg County. William had bought the 100 acres deeded to his brother, JOHN JR, by their parents for 40 pounds.

1764 May – Court: suit, May 1764, Orange, North Carolina, USA.

))))))))))))))))))))))))))) (Dividing Line!! – The following may be a differnet John Gowen, but the pieces appear to fit . . . at least with the information known at this time).

(Note:  The following information in South Carolina and North Carolina on the above John Going is speculative.  It is uncertain if the following information is the same as John Going b. abt 1720 who is son of John Going b. abt 1700 m. to Mary Keith.  It is a possibility.  I am looking for Y-DNA tests of descendants of this line to verify if the following line is from John Going b. abt 1700).   The John Gowing who’s family ends up in Marion Co, SC and Robeson Co, NC may be Alexander Going’s son named John.  


It appears John Gowing moved his family from Orange County, North Carolina to what is modern-day Dillon County / Marion County, South Carolina – near the border of North Carolina (modern Robeson County, NC).   See the following sources:

1770 May 1 John Gowing’s petition for 200 acres was presented in South Carolina.  1770 May 1 – Land Plat survey done for John Gowings in Craven County, 200 acres on Little Peedee and Drowning Creek on Ash Pole Swamp, bounded Northwesterly by Mr Shackelford, and bounded Northeastwardly by Thomas Tinkley.  (Note:  Looking at map – this would be in modern Dillon County, SC – which was for a time Marion County, South Carolina. Craven Co, SC). http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=103633



1770 May 16 a survey for John Gowing is done for 200 acres on the fork of the Little Pee Dee and Drownding Creek on Ash Pole Swamp, bounded by Mr. Shackleford and Thomas Finkley, Craven County, South Carolina.  1770 May 16 a survey for John Gowings is done for 200 acres on the fork of the Little Pee Dee and Drownding Creek on Ash Pole Swamp, bounded by Mr. Shackleford and Thomas Finkley. Series: S213184 Volume: 0011 Page: 00452 Item: 01. Names indexed: BREMAR, JOHN; FINKLEY, THOMAS; GILES, HUGH; GOWINGS, JOHN; SHACKELFORD Document type: PLAT Locations: ASHEPOLE SWAMP; CRAVEN COUNTY; DROWNING CREEK; PEE DEE RIVER, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=103633 (Image)







It appears John Gowing’s son, John Gowen Jr, served in the Revolutionary War – and was on the rolls in South Carolina.  In 1777 John Goen is listed in the Revolutionary War rolls in South Carolina.



1778 “John Gowen” was shown as a member of St. David’s Society, a group organized to sponsor an academy on the upper Pee Dee River in Cheraws District. [presently Marlboro County, SC].  This may be John Gowen Jr., who was a member of this society.  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1784 Oct 17 – John Gowing receives a PLAT FOR 200 ACRES ON DROWNING CREEK, GEORGE TOWN DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JOHN HENDERSON. Series: S213190 Volume: 0006 Page: 00046 Item: 000 Names indexed: GOWING, JOHN; HENDERSON, JOHN Document type: PLAT Locations: DROWNING CREEK; GEORGETOWN DISTRICT, South Carolina. http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=179889




James Gowen, of Prince Williams Parish, may have been a relative of John Gowen.  James Gowen lived in Colleton County, SC in the Beaufort District – See James Gowen’s page at:  https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/1740-james-gowen-m-mary-polly-keating-in-beaufort-district-south-carolina/ .  The following transaction on August 15, 1785 seems to connect James Gowen to John Gowen.

1785 Aug 15 & 16: James Gowen of Prince Williams Parish, planter, to John Gowen, planter, for 400 pounds sterling, lot in Radnor Town, known in the plan of said town, no. 2, on Bay Street . . . bounding to the northwest on Lot No 3, to the southeast on Lot No 1, to the southwest on lanes and streets, and to the northeast on Bay Street, containing in part 66 feet of –?– also the part of the said lot, from high water mark to low water mark . . .   . James Gowen (LS), Wits: William Hall, Edwd Ferguson. Proved in Charleston Dist by the oath of William Hall on April 12, 1788 before Saml Elliot, JP Rec. Apr 25, 1788. Z5, p 446. Charleston Dist, South Carolina.   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSK7-G3SX-4?i=646&cat=361547(For information about Radnor Town – which appears to be in Colleton County, South Carolina – see:  http://www.carolana.com/SC/Towns/Radnor_SC.html  ).   See Also:

1734 Aug 8: RADNOR TOWN plat and town plan:
South Carolina. The above plat represents the form and shape of one hundred acres of land or there abouts situate in Granville County on the south west side of Combahee River butting and bounding to the north eastward on the said River to the southeastward on Col John Palmer’s land to southwestward on Mr Stephen Bull’s and to the northwestward on a small creek and marsh belonging to Mr. John Muiyner about thirty of the said one hundred acres are laid out into lotts and streets with certain lots set apart and reserved for the use of a Chappel and free school and also a square piece of land for a market plan near the center of the Town which is called and known by the name of Randor and seventy acres lying the remaining part of the said one hundred acres is also set apart reserved and appropriated to be remain and continue for a Common to the said Town of Randor for the use and benefit of the inhabitants thereoff for ever which said Town and common was laid out for the purposes aforesaid and a plat thereof certified the eighth day of August Anno Domini One Thousand Seven hundred and thirty four.
A true Copy from the original} By me: Wm Bull
Daniel H Fillinghart (or Billinghart) Jun Genl.

1786 Feb 15: JOHN GOWIN, PLAT FOR 100 ACRES ON DROWNING CREEK, GEORGE TOWN DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JOHN HENDERSON. Series: S213190 Volume: 0003 Page: 00356 Item: 001 Names indexed: GOWIN, JOHN; HENDERSON, JOHN Document type: PLAT Locations: DROWNING CREEK; GEORGETOWN DISTRICT, South Carolina. http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=178931  1786 July 15 – John Gowen receives a PLAT FOR 100 ACRES ON DROWNING CREEK, GEORGE TOWN DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JOHN HENDERSON. Georgetown Dist, SC. http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=178931

1786 March 2: ROTHMAHLER, JOB, PLAT FOR 1,200 ACRES ON DROWNING CREEK, GEORGE TOWN DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JOHN HENDERSON. Series: S213190 Volume: 0014 Page: 00143 Item: 000 Names indexed: JOHN GOWING; HENDERSON, JOHN; ROTHMAHLER, JOB Document type: PLAT Locations: DROWNING CREEK; GEORGETOWN DISTRICT; NORTH CAROLINA. South Carolina. http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=185610

1790 – John Gowen
US Census – first head of Household
South Carolina – Georgetown District, Prince Georges Parish – page 54
2 males over 16, 1 males under 16, 2 females – white. 0 slaves.

1790 The US Census shows Bethiah Going, John Goinge, John Goun(?), and James Gawin (?) living in the Georgetown District, South Carolina.



The 1800 US Censuses show three John Goin/Gowins in the area:  1) John Gowin age 26-44 (b. betw. 1756-1774) – with 5 in household, living in the Marion District, South Carolina, 2) John Gowin born some time before 1755 – with 8 in household, living in the Marion District, South Carolina, and 3) John Goin born some time before 1755 – with 4 in household, living in Robeson County, North Carolina.

Name: John Gowin
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Liberty, Marion District, South Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1 (born betw. 1756-1774)
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 3
Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
Number of Household Members: 5



(Note:  This appears to be John Gowan Jr b. between 1755-1774)

Name: John Gowin Sr
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Liberty, Marion District, South Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 2
Free White Persons – Males -10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1 (born bef. 1755)
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44: 2
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 4
Number of Household Members Over 25: 4
Number of Household Members: 8



(Note:  This may be John Going Sr – indicating he was born before 1755.  Our estimation is that he was born around 1720).   https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=PXv2106&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&indiv=1&dbid=7590&gsln=Gowen&msypn__ftp=marion,%20south%20carolina,%20usa&msypn=1901&new=1&rank=1&redir=false&gss=angs-d&pcat=35&fh=0&h=489959&recoff=20%2032%2045%2057&ml_rpos=1

Name: John Goin
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Fayetteville, Robeson, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males -10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1 (born bef. 1755)
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over: 1 
Number of Household Members Under 16: 1
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 4


1800 Feb 19 – John Gowen – minutes of court Will proveup:
Will Proveup: wife remain on Plantation while alive, until my son John Gowen, comes of age of 21 years . . .
Wits: Samuel Bridgers, Samuel Bridgers (two different people). Robeson Co, NC
http://interactive.ancestry.com/9061/004772383_00052?pid=2440984&backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2f%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fgss%3dangs-c%26new%3d1%26rank%3d1%26msT%3d1%26gsln%3dGowen%26gsln_x%3d0%26mswpn__ftp%3dNorth%2bCarolina%252c%2bUSA%26mswpn%3d36%26mswpn_PInfo%3d5-%257c0%257c1652393%257c0%257c2%257c3245%257c36%257c0%257c0%257c0%257c0%257c%26MSAV%3d0%26cp%3d0%26catbucket%3drstp%26uidh%3dm37%26pcat%3d36%26h%3d2440984%26db%3dUSProbateNC%26indiv%3d1%26ml_rpos%3d5&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true . (Note:  This appears to be John Gowen Jr’s will that was born about 1755-60). 





John Going Jr’s son – John Going: 

1802 April 6 – Admin of estate of John Gowen granted to Sarah Gowen. p. 193. Robeson Co, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4F-FQZK-F?i=110&cat=156699

1802 April 6 – Last will of John Gowen proved by Sampson Bridgers. p. 195. Robeson Co, NC https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4F-FQZK-8?i=111&cat=156699

1802 May 8 – Survey for 880 acres to John Gowen Jr, on Ashpole and Bear Swamps, bounded by land of Ezekiel Adams and Mr Jones, and Jesse Page, Ignatius Flowers, Archibald Odom, and Benjamin Rawles, and Erasmus Rothmahler. Plat books, vols A-B, 1800-1877. pg 68. Marion County, SC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSVB-L94B-Q?i=56&cat=9510

1802 July 6 – The administratrix of John Gowen decd returned an inventory of the Decd’s estate and ordered to be filed. p. 208.  Robeson Co, NC

1803 March 12 and 1804 Dec 15 John Gowen with a balance on inventory due to McDowall and Blair in which firm the late Patrick McDowall was surviving Copartner. South Carolina.  https://www.fold3.com/image/265614729

1804 John Going on account of McDowell.







1804 Aug 6 – John Gowin senior for $700, convey 250 acres to Solomon Page. Land on Ashpole Swamp 150 acres prior granted to Ignatious Flowers on April 14, 1774, and the other tract of 50 acres granted to Archalle Odom on June 6, 1785. On other tract of 50 acres part of 430 acre tract granted to said Odom on July 4, 1796, include the plantation where John Going senior lives. Signed: John Gowin. Wit: John Ford, Benjamin Rawls. 1804 Oct 12 – Nancy Gowing relinquishes her dower to Solomon Page. Jan 9, 1808 John Ford proved up the transaction in court. Recorded on June 7, 1810. bk E, pg 149 – Marion Co, SC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLV-52H3?i=92&cat=472601

1805 July 2 – John Gowen, son of John Gowen and Sarah Gowen, was born about 1783, probably in Robeson County. He was summoned by Robeson County Court July 2, 1805 to answer a charge against him. Robeson Co, NC

1809 Oct 9 – John Barnes admin of estate of Needam Rowland decd for $400 conveyed to John Gawing Sr several tracts, first 100 acres including the plantation where Nathan Horn now lives on the N side of Copwen Swamp granted Samuel Pate on Nov 3, 1764, second and third joining both containing 150 acres lying on Cowpen Swamp joining above 100 acres, including the 50 acres that was granted to said Horn May 5, 1791. The fourth and last tract containing 500 acres on both sides of Cowpen Swamp at Davis’ corner to include abt 80 acres prev granted and not claimed as any part of the aforesaid 500 acres. Signed: John Barnes. Wit: B Lee, John Gowings Jr. bk P, pg 218. Robeson Co, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G98R-2QG2?i=750&cat=167161

The following 3 entries for John Goins living in Robeson County, NC in 1810 includes 1) John Goins Sr b. before 1765, 2) another John Goins Jr. b. betw. 1766-1784. and 3) finally, a John Goins b.  between 16-25 years of age.  This calls into question if there was another John Gowen in the area – if we are missing a generation somewhere – since one John Gowen died in 1801 per court records.

Name: John Goins  (Note:  This may be John Goins b. abt 1790-94 – poss John M Gowen).
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Robeson, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 3
Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25: 1 (DOB: 1785-1794)
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 2
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over : 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 3
Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
Number of Household Members: 7

Name: John Goins Sr  (Note:  Best guess – this one b abt 1750-1755 –  married to Nancy who dies in 1814).
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Robeson, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1 (DOB bef. 1765)
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over : 1
Numbers of Slaves: 2
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 4

Name: John Goins Jr  (Note:  Best guess – this is 1770 – 1774 married to Edith, thought by many to be b 1780 – who dies in 1841).
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Robeson, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 3
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 : 1 (DOB 1766-1784)
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 5
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 7



1810 US Census in Robeson Co NC with John Goins Sr and John Goins Jr

1810 Jan 27 – John Goin was married to Nancy Duncan January 27, 1810, according to “Robeson County, North Carolina Marriages, 1787-1850.” Major T. Russell was their bondsman and signed Bond No. 11678. R. Haills was a clerk and was a witness to the marriage of John Goin and Nancy Duncan. The marriage is confirmed by “North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868,” record 1051, Bond No. 116780.   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C91Z-N7LT?i=652&cat=1909231

1812 May 23 – Sarah Gowan, Elizabeth Gowen and John Gowan all of the County of Robeson NC for 50 pounds to them in hand paid by Silas Drake, deliver to Silas Drake a parcel of land in Robeson County, on the south side of Aaron Swamp on Silas Atkins line, by Aaron Odoms, being 100 acres more or less, part of a tract patented by Aaron Odom on Oct 28, 1778. Signed: Sarah Gowen, Elizabeth Gowen, John Gowen. Wit: Saml Bridgers, E Ellis. Deed bk Q, pg 157. Robeson County, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L98P-NVRR?i=96&cat=167161

1813 Dec 9 – John Gowens and Nancy Gowins of Robeson Co, NC for $35 convey 500 acres to Preserved Ford of Marion Dist, SC several tracts of land including first a piece containing 100 acres including the Plantation wher Nathan Horn has formerly possessed on the N side of Cowpen Swamp granted to Samuel Pate on Nov 3, 1764, second and third joining both containing 150 acres on Cowpen Swamp joining the above mentioned 100 acre tract. including 50 acres that was granted to Horn on May 5, 1791. Fourth and last tract containing 500 acres on both sides of Cowpen Swamp supposed to include about 800 acres previously granted and not claimed as any part of the aforesaid 500 acres. Signed: John Gowens, Nancy Gowens. Wits: Jesse Ford JP, Allen Johnson, Cary Johnson. bk Q, pg 426. Robeson County, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L98P-NJJS?i=241&cat=167161

JOHN GOWEN SR dies abt. 1814 per next entry:  

1814 April 19 – Preserved Ford administrator to the estate of John Gowen Sr decd of the State of South Carolina and District of Marion of the one part, and Richard Bullock of the State of North Carolina and County of Robeson of the other part. For $250 paid by Richard Bullock convey several tracts of land in Robeson County — first containing 100 acres including the Plantation formerly lived on the north side of Cowpen Swamp granted originally to Samuel Pate on Nov 3, 1764. Second and third both joining containing 150 acres on Cowpen Swamp joining the above mentioned tract of 100 acres, including 50 acres that was granted to the said Horn May 5, 1791. The fourth and last tract containing 500 acres on the north side of Cowpen Swamp previously granted and not claimed as an part of the aforesaid 500 acres unto the said Richard Bullock and the said Preserved Ford admin of the aforesaid John Gowins Decd unto Richard Bullock. Signed: Preserved Ford. Wits: Jesse Ford, Zabon Davis. bk R, p 6. Robeson Co, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-998P-NJFY?i=264&cat=167161

1842 Sept 26 – State of Mississippi, Smith County. Jesse Gowins and John M Gowens of Smith County MS appoint Henry Flowers of same county and state our lawful agents in fact and authd to make settlement and receipt to Kenant Faulk of North Carolina a legacy of the estatae of Sarah Faulk decd. Signed: Jesse Gowin. John M Gowin. bk Y, p 180. Robeson Co, NC.   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-898R-PCYL?i=105&cat=167161

1842 Nov 10 – State of Mississippi, Smith County. Know all that I Richard Gowen of Smith County, MS appoint Levi Coleman of the county aforesaid my true and lawful attorney for money due me in North South Carolina to recover same and negotiate such satisfaction for same. Signed: Richard Gowen. bk Y, 195. Robeson Co, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-898R-PZ9W?i=114&cat=167161

1843 May 13 – Comes Alexander Gowen legatee named in the last will of Richard Faulk late of Columbus County, NC, and among other things give Raich Faulk, his wife, a certain portion of his estate during her natural life and at her death the said estate so bequeathed to his wife is to be equally divided amongst the children of tow of the said Richard Faulk’s daughters – Elizabeth Godwin wife of Jesse Godwin, and Edith Gowen, wife of John Gowen, and whereas the said Alexander Gowen is one of the sons of the said Edith Gowen and John Gowen, and as such is entitled to a portion of said estate so bequeathed as aforesaid, and partitioning specified in the said last will and testament of the said Richard Faulk – appoinged Jesse Faluk and Dewart Faulk executors . . . I do appoint Avorit Nichols Jr of Marion Dist, South Carollina my true and lawful attorney. to recover and receive of and from the estate of Faulk from said executors. . . Signed: Alexander Gowen.
The State of Mississippi, County of Attala – Alexander Gowin’s signature witnessed by Saml Munson, clk.
Alexander Gowen to Averit Nichols Jr, bk Y, p 349. Robeson Co, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G98R-PCTJ?i=202&cat=167161

1852 July 9 – Alexander Gowen and wife Martha Gowen of Attala Co, MS appoint Spier Walters of Robeson County, NC attorney to collect from North Carolina and South Carolina any amounts due. Signed: Alexander Gowen, Martha Gowen. bk BB, p 308. Robeson Co, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G98R-K8HM?i=173&cat=167161

See Smith County, Mississippi:  https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/mississippi-smith-county/

See Attala County, Mississippi:  https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/mississippi-attala-county/

Note:  Other Lines Related to John Gowen (cousins):   Y-DNA results show John Gowen b. 1720-30’s line is related to several other Goyne, Going, Gowan, etc lines – most who lived in or near South Carolina where John Gowen b. 1720-30 lived as an adult.  Most of these other Goyne, Going, Gowan, etc. lines are in the same position as we are – a brick wall – where they do not know for sure who the parent was of their oldest known ancestor (who are about the same age as John Gowen b. 1720-30.  It is possible that the county where their parents lived had their courthouse documents destroyed – fires destroyed many county records over the years.

John Gowen b. 1720-30 – Lunenburg Va, Orange Co NC, Marion Co, SC
William Goyne b. 1733 from Va – NC – SC – Rutherford Co, NC
Drury Going b. 1749 – 1797 SC – Chester Co, SC
Thomas Goin b. 1750/55  – Va to SC to NC to TN
James Goyne b. 1755 – lived in SC to MS/LA – b in Lunenburg Co, Va
William Henry Gowan b. 1792 in Goochland Co, Va
Jessie Goin b. 1794  – Buckingham Co, Va died in Appomattox Co, Va
Edmond Goins b. 1799 – d. 1860 in Rutherford Co, NC to Bradley Co, TN
John W. Goen b. 1804 Hawkins Co, TN d in Jackson Co, TN.
Joseph Edward Goins b. April 17, 1895 – Bridgeport, Tx

The GRF has the following information on John Gowan that was living near this area: 

From Gowen Manuscript:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms094.htm

John Gowan was born about 1755, place and parents unknown. He was married about 1879, wife’s name Nancy. They lived near Ashpole Swamp in Marion County, South Carolina. When the border between South and North Carolina was altered, the Gowans found themselves living in Brunswick County, North Carolina. They had not moved to North Carolina‑‑‑North Carolina had moved to them.

Little is known of John Gowan. other than the fact that he made his will at the turn of the century and probably died about 1800. His wife survived him, but nothing more is known of her.

Children born to John Gowan and Nancy Gowan include:

John Gowan, Jr. born about 1780
Hugh M. Gowan born about 1782

John Gowan, Jr, son of John Gowan and Nancy Gowan was born about 1780. About 1802, John Gowan, Jr. was married to Edith Faulk, the daughter of Richard Faulk and Sarah Hinnant Faulk. They remained in Brunswick County and Columbus County for most of their lives. Columbus County was formed from Brunswick County in 1808, and the family found themselves in the new county. The family owned a farm near the present town of Cerro Gordo.

John Gowan, Jr. was not a prosperous man, nor was he a good provider for his family, and early records of Columbus County indicate that he was in “Debtor’s Jail” on more than one occasion. When his wealthy father‑in‑law died about 1808, he left Edith Faulk Gowan’s share of his estate to her children with the stipulation that they not receive their shares until after their parents were deceased. One presumes that this was done to prevent their father from squandering the legacy of Richard Faulk.

John and Edith Faulk Gowan were parents of eight sons and a daughter. These were, in order of birth, Elias, Garrett, Meredith, William, Ada, Jesse, John M, Richard and Alexander. All lived to maturity, and living descendants of all but Garrett, William and Jesse have been located to date. In the 1820s the children began to scatter.

Elias Gowan went to Decatur County, Georgia where he was successful in the Georgia gold lottery. Elias Gowan had become a widower about the time of his parents’ deaths, and he made the decision to return to Columbus County where he lived the rest of his life. He has an enormous list of descendants still living on and near the ancestral homeplace.

Garrett Gowan went to Horry County, South Carolina where he was elected sheriff in the 1840s. Garrett Gowan died in Horry County about 1845, after which his family returned to Columbus County.

Ada Gowan was married, husband’s name Hill, and removed to Georgia. When Ada Gowan Hill’s husband died in Georgia, she brought her family to Sylvarena, Mississippi. Later she moved to Sallis, Mississippi and finally to Nacogdoches, Texas where she died in the 1860s.

But it was Meredith Gowan’s move which would most significantly influence the future of the family. About 1826 he set out alone for Mississippi and made his way to the settlement of Westville in Simpson County. There he was married to Nancy Powell, and they lived most of their life in Copiah County, Mississippi. During the 1830s and 1840s most of the Gowans followed Meredith to Mississippi. At one time or another, all except Garrett Gowan and Elias Gowan lived in Simpson or Smith Counties.

In the late 1830s John and Edith Faulk Gowan also left North Carolina and made their way to what would be their final home‑‑Sylvarena, Mississippi. John apparently died about 1841, and Edith died in 1842. Later that year her children began to lay claim to the estate of their Grandfather Faulk in North Carolina. All in Mississippi sold their inheritance, and none returned to their native state.

Meredith Gowan died in 1838 in Copiah County, Mississippi.

William Gowan and Jesse Gowan were both enumerated in central Mississippi in 1840, but disappeared after that census.

John M. Gowan changed his name to “Gowin,” and his descendants continue to use this spelling to this day. He died in Sylvarena in 1864.

Richard Gowan left Mississippi after the Civil War and became a prosperous cattleman in Navarro County, Texas where he died in 1890.

Alexander Gowan settled near Sallis in Attala County, Mis­sissippi.

Today, descendants of this family live in at least 40 states and several foreign countries with the largest numbers of descen­dants in North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas. On the first Saturday of even numbered years, descendants of all branches of this family gather in reunion in Kosciusko, Mississippi.

Children born to John Gowan, Jr. and Edith Faulk Gowan include:

Elias Gowan born about 1804
Garrett Gowan born about 1805
Meredith Gowan born about 1806
William Gowan born about 1807
Ada Gowan born about 1808
Jesse Gowan born about 1809
John Gowan born about 1810
Richard Asbury Gowan born about 1813
Alexander Gowan born about 1816

(Continued on GRF page:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms094.htm ).

(Note: The John Going of Patrick County and Henry County, Virginia is NOT the same as this John Going Jr – see notes above).

(Research continues . . . ).


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