1732 Joseph Gowing of Fairfax Co, Va.

Joseph Gowing b. 1732

Parents: (not confirmed – based on Y-DNA results of William Henry Gowan’s descendants – if Joseph Gowing is the Joseph Henry Gowan reported to be the father of William Henry Gowan, then the following are the most probably parents – as the Y-DNA matches the descendants of the following).  

John Going b. abt 1700 and Mary Keith (not confirmed – assumed parents).  (These are the assumed parents – there are no known documents verifying the parents.)

Thomas Going b. abt 1715-1720 (2nd choice:  alternative parent.  Y-DNA match – Thomas Going is son of John Going and Mary Keith Going – which could mean that John Going and Mary Keith Going are actually grandparents rather than parents)

Alexander Going b. abt 1710-15 – d. bef. Feb 1775, m. Sophia ? (3rd choice: alternative parents – Y-DNA match.  Alexander Going’s children appeared to be close to John Going’s children (1st cousins.  Often they lived next to eachother and it is difficult to determine which parents their descendants belonged to).

(All three of the above, John Going b. 1700, Thomas Going b. 1720, and Alexander Going b. 1715 are possible parents .  They are all Y-DNA matches – their confirmed descendants’ are Y-DNA matches.  They are also the correct approximate age).


William Henry Gowan b. abt 1789 in Fairfax Co, Va


(The following siblings are assumed siblings if John Going b. abt 1700 is the father): 

John Going Jr. b. 1729 m. Elizabeth (confirmed child of John Going Sr)
Thomas Goin b. 1717-19 (confirmed child of John Going Sr) (date of birth assumed) child based on paying tithes in Lunenburg Co, Va in same household – he is a Y-DNA match to this line).
Susannah Gowen Hubbard b. 1731 (confirmed child of John Going Sr)
William Goyne b. 1733 (confirmed child of John Going Sr – also a Y-DNA match)

(Possible other Siblings through John Going b. abt 1700):
Amos Goyen b. 1744 (assumed child)(Thomas Goin is possibly parent)
Drury Goyen b. 1749 (assumed child – also a Y-DNA match)(Thomas Goin is possibly parent)
James Goyne b. 1755 (assumed child – also a Y-DNA match)(Thomas Goin is possibly parent)
Joseph Gowan b. abt 1730 (assumed child – also a Y-DNA match)(Thomas Goin or Alexander Going are possibly father)

Compare to others with name of Joseph “Gowen” or similar name:                                   (Click link):       Various people named Joseph Gowen



(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)

1752 Joseph Goin 1 tithe, Lunenburg Co, Va, John Gowen 2 tithes, Lunenburg Co, Va, Wm. Gowin under William Callaway (along with Robt Graves, Wm Simmons) 7 tithes total in Lunenburg Co, Va.


1760 Goochland Co Va.
frame 113,
Joseph Going 2

Prince Edward/Lunenburg:

1770: Name: Thomas Gowing
Age: Over 16
Gender: M (Male)
Remarks: He has 1 tithable.
State: Virginia
County: Prince Edward County
Residence Year: 1770
Household Remarks: “A List of Tithables Taken by me – Henry Walker – 1773”

1773 Va Prince Edward Co titheables with Thomas Gowing


1768 June 11 – 0-155: Alexander Gowen of North Carolina 461 A. 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.

1770 – Census: rent rolls, Alexander Going rent rolls in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.
Fairfax Co, Va. 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

1773 Va Prince Edward Co titheables with Thomas Gowing

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

1774 May – Court: Alexander Gowing v George Lumkin, May 1774, Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA. Transcription 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 p394″


1782 – Joseph Going – head of a household of seven “whites over 16” in the 1782 census of Fairfax County, page 17, according to “Heads of Families, Virginia, 1790.” Fairfax Co., Va.  1782 – “Joseph Going” (?) Joseph Going – head of a household of seven “whites over 16” in the 1782 census of Fairfax County, page 17, according to “Heads of Families, Virginia, 1790.” Fairfax Co., Va. 1782 – Joseph Going – Virginia Census – head of a household of seven “whites over 16” in the 1782 census of Fairfax County, page 17, according to “Heads of Families, Virginia, 1790.” 7 whites, no blacks in household. Fairfax Co., Va.



1784 May 19 – Joseph Goings “Joseph Goings” on May 19, 1784 received “£4:2:3” for service in the militia, according to Virginia Payroll Account No. 683. Va. Military

1785 US Census Prince Edward Co w Thos Gowing in Prince Edward Co adj to Lunenburg



1788 personal tax list in Buckingham Co Va w William Goyne and John Goyne

1789 Personal Tax list Fairfax Co Va w Joseph Going







1789 personal tax list Fairfax Co Va w R Gowns living w Wm Hartshnal a D Gowns livingw Francis Hagan

1790 – Joseph Goins was married about 1790 to Millie Loving [Lovin, Loven?]
who was born in 1770 in Scotland, according to Rev. Taylor. She was brought to America at the age of six by an aunt who settled in Charleston, South Carolina.
William P. Grohse stated that she was born in Bedford County in 1772 to James Loving who was born in 1749 to Abraham Loving. Millie Loving Goins lost three uncles in the Revolutionary War.
Richard Loving was a witness to the marriage of Mary Going to Meredith Childers December 12, 1791 in Henrico County.





1792 personal tax list Prince Edward Co Va w Thomas Gowen



1793, Joseph Goins was a resident of Fairfax County, Virginia where a daughter was born.”  Fairfax Co, Va.  1793 Virginia Jane “Gincie” Goins
daughter of Joseph Goins and Millie Loving Goins, was born in 1793 in Fairfax County, according to William P. Grohse. She was married about 1822 to Solomon Dickinson Collins who was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1799. He was the son of a Revolutionary soldier, Solomon Collins and his wife Edy Dickinson Collins. Solomon Collins was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in 1760. Solomon Dickinson Collins appeared in the 1830 census with nine members in his household. He appeared on the 1836 tax list of Hawkins County, Tennessee. Solomon Dickinson Collins was enumerated as the head of household in the 1840 census of Hawkins County: “Collins, Solomon white male 40-50 white female 40-50 white male 10-15 white male 10-15 white male 5-10 white male 5-10 white female 0-5 white female 0-5”.  Fairfax Co, Va.

1800 personal tax list Buckingham Co Va William Goyan and son

1800 personal tax list Prince Edward Co Va John a Thomas a James Gowen

1800 personal tax list Prince Edward Co Va William Gowen





1800 personal tax list Westmoreland Co Va Alexander a John Gaughan

1810 Va Fairfax Co US Census Joseph Going 26-44 years old. 5 others listed in household

1810 Va Fairfax Co US Census Richard Goings 45 yrs or older

1810 Va Fairfax Co US Census George Going negro 8 other free

1810 Va Westmoreland Co US Census Alexander Gawen 45 yrs or older

(Son William Henry?):
1812 – War of 1812: INFO:
William H Gowan – widow – Judith H. Gowan
War of 1812
Service: Pvt Capt. William H. Holman’s Co Va Mil
Enlisted: Aug 28, 1814
Discharged: Feb 19, 1815
Soldiers discharge ctf and receipt for gun etc, dated Feb 6, 1815 filed in the brief.
1851-1855 Madison Co, TN
1871 Madison Co, TN – widow (PO Spring Creek) Tenn
Maiden name of widow: Judith H. Atkinson
Numbers: WO 8140, WC 5127
Bounty Land: 16166 80 50; 47603 80 55
Marriage date: Dec 17, 1812 – Goochland Co, Va
Death date soldier: Sept 9, 1870 – Spring Creek, TN

Gowen Manuscript Info:

Goochland County was named for Sir William Gooch, lieutenant-governor of Virginia from 1727 to 1749. Goochland County was formed in 1727 from the western portion of Henrico County. At the time of its creation, the land of Goochland County included all or part of the present counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Albermarle, Bedford, Buckingham, Campbell, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Nelson and Powhatan. In 1744, the western portion of Goochland County was detached to form Albemarle County. In 1749, Cumberland County was created out of the part of Goochland County south of the James River.

William Henry Gowan was born in Goochland County June 10, 1789, according to the research of Forrest Bruce Gowan, a great-great-grandson who lived in Jackson, Tennessee in 1991 and in 1998. In a letter of October 24, 1991 he was advised by a cousin that Joseph Henry Gowan was the father of William Henry Gowan. Other children of Joseph Henry Gowan were identified as John Gowan, Johnson Gowan, Joseph Gowan and an unnamed daughter.

Gowen Manuscript info:  (Doesn’t appear correct):  

Joseph Gowing, believed to be a son of Peter Gowing and Isabel Gowing, was born about 1732 in Stafford County.  He apparently removed, along with his brother David Gowing to adjoining Goochland County, settling in St. James Parish.  He later made a move to Albemarle County to join his brother David Gowing on his farm there.  In 1770 he was living in Pittsylvania County, on the North Carolina border.

Joseph Gowing appeared as the head of a household of seven people in the 1790 census of Fairfax County, Virginia.  He owned no slaves.  The family was listed as:

“Gowing, Joseph         white male      over l6

“Joseph Going” reappeared as the head of a household in the 1810 census of Fairfax County, according to “Index to 1810 Virginia Census” by Madeline W. Crickard.

Of Joseph Gowing  and his descendants nothing more is known.

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