1730-35 Joseph Gowen in Granville NC -white Joseph – and Spartanburg SC

Joseph Gowen b. abt 1735 in Granville NC and Spartanburg Co, SC – Bef Oct 10, 1796.

Parents:

William Gowen b. 1712 – d. April 1792, m. Sarah Allen

Children:

Allen Gowen b. 1750

Siblings:

Joseph Gowen b. 1735
John  Gowen b. 1736
Anne Gowen Easley b. 1737
William Gowen Jr b. 1738
James Gowen b. 1740

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

FACTS:

(IS JOSEPH son of WILLIAM GOWEN b. 1712 who m. Sarah Allen) (Confirmed through tithe records in Granville Co, NC that Joseph is son of William Gowen and Sarah Allen).  (See tithe records in Granville Co, NC on this website).

1754 Joseph Goeing (two white and two total), Granville Co Tax List of John Salis, Granville Co, NC. http://www.mindspring.com/~baumbach/1754tax01.htm
1754 Joseph Goeing (two white and two total), Granville Co Tax List of John Salis, Granville Co, NC
http://www.mindspring.com/~baumbach/1754tax01.htm

1754 Oct 18 – Capt John Sallis’ Company:
47. WILLIAM GOWEN
78. JOSEPH GOWEN
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html

1755 Sept 5 – Military: militia muster, 5 Sep 1755, Granville, North Carolina, USA. “On October 8, 1754 William Gowen and Joseph Gowen appeared in a militia company commanded by Capt. John Sallis in Granville County. The company was part of a regiment commanded by Col. William Eaton. The two appeared on the company’s muster roll dated September 5, 1755, according to “Colonial Granville County and Its People” by Ray.” Granville, NC Militia

1755 Sept 6 – Joseph Gowin – North Carolina Militia – Muster Roll of Captain John Sallis’ Company, Granville County, NC

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.ncgenweb.us/ncgranville/other/1755-tax.htm ,  http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1757 Tax List of Richard Harris
William Gowen List Son Joseph & William 3 0
List of Samuel Henderson
Joseph Gowen 1
Gideon Gowen 1
List of Gid. Macon
Thos: Goeing, Jno. Seemore [torn]
List Retd. by William Johnson [shf.]: perhaps insolvents
Goin, Chrisr. 1
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html

1760 Nov 29 – Title: File No. 1078, James Going; Parent Records: State Records; Secretary of State Record Group; Land Office: Land Warrants, Plats of Survey, and Related Records; Granville County; Years: 1760; Call Number: S.108.718; Frames:201-202; Site: Archives Search Room (Raleigh); MARS Id: 12.14.66.1120 (Folder); Genres / Forms: Plats
Land Grant Info: Acres: 229; Grant Number: 114; Issued: Nov. 29, 1760; Book, Page: 14:108; Location: On Whartons Branch; Granville Co, NC;  1760 Nov 29 – Title: Gowen, James. Granville Co. Provenance: Class: State Records [Collection]; Group: Secretary of State Record Group; Series: Granville Proprietary Land Office: Granville Grants of Deed; Box: Granville Co. Years: 1760;  Creator: Secretary of State, Office of Granville Proprietary Land Office Secretary, Office of the; Call Number: SSLG 61J;  Location: MFR; MARS Id: 12.13.61.27 (Folder); Genres / Forms: Deeds, Plats, Indexes; Scope / Contents: November 29, 1760 529 acres Location: On Whartons Branch beg. at a red oak 2 copies Deed #114; Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ;  1760 November 29 – James Going received a patent to 529 acres in Granville County located in St. John’s parish, “adjoining Winnirgum’s line, Melone’s line and Robert’s line,” according to Surveyor’s Book 14, page 108. The survey was signed by James Gowen and Joseph Gowen. “William Going, sworn chain carrier” was a witness. NC
http://www.nclandgrants.com/grant/?mars=12.14.66.1119&qid=82710&rn=10

1764 Granville Co, NC
Jas. Gowen, James Lunceford 2 white
Thomas Going and Moses Going 2 white
Joseph Going and James Harrison mulattoe 1 white 1 mulattoe
Edward Going and Edward Going 2 mulattoe
Yancey’s List ( part missing)
Gowen, Joseph 1-0-0-0
Gowen, William 1-0-0-0
List of Robert Harris
John Cape and William Gowen 2-0-0-0
Jos. Gowen 2 insolvent
James Gowen 2 insolvent
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ; http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1765 William Burford’s District
William Going Molatto not listed 2
County Line district by James Yancy
Joseph Gions 1, 0
Wm. Gions 1,0
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ,  http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1765 May – Court: jury, May 1765, Granville, North Carolina, USA.  William Gowen, Joseph Gowen and John Gowen were included in a jury panel in May 1765, according to Granville County Court minutes.” Granville Co, NC.

1765 Aug – In the action of Trespass on the case between William Hamilton the Plt and Joseph Gowen and —– Deft a jury being elected tried and sworn will and truly to enquire of the damages upon their oath do say that they find for the Plt Twelve pounds fourteen shillings procd money damages wherefore it is considered by the Court that the Plt recover agst the Deft the damages afsd inform afsd assessed with costs. Minutes 1754-1764. pg 140 Granville Co, NC.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLK-ZSWD-F?i=109&cat=157946

1765 Aug 7 – Land: deed 350 acres to son Joseph, 7 Aug 1765, Granville, North Carolina, USA. “On August 7, 1765 “William Gowing of Granville County deeded 350 acres “to loving son Joseph Gowing,” according to Granville County Deed Book H, page 28-29. A sheriff’s sale took another 350 acres of his land for debt February 5, 1767, according to Granville County Deed Book H, page 226.” Granville Co, NC.  1765 Jos Gowen fr Wm Gowen in Granville Co NC (Book H p. 28)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89CR-26C6?i=124&cat=360398
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99C5-6C2W?mode=g&i=23&cat=360398 (This is the white Joseph Gowen – since the white Joseph’s father is verified William)

1766 Granville Co NC
Joseph Goin 2 unk
Thomas Gowin 1 unk
Joseph Gowing 1 unk
Edward Gowin 1 unk
Reps Gowin 1 unk
Joseph Gowin mulattoe has a wife and other family not listed (note)
Edward Gowin mulattoe has a wife and etc not listed (note)
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm ,  http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html

1766 Dec 3 – Joseph Gowen survey 250 acs of land next to John Easley’s and also bounded by Joseph Gorson, survey on North side of the Tyger River in Craven County, SC. SC Land Trans – Craven County, SC. The Tyger River basin is in area running between Spartanburg, Greenville, and Union SC. http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=107088 (Easely is name of Anne Gowen Easely’s husband).

1767 List of Philips Pryor
Joseph Gowen, Presley Harrison John Cunningham, Minor Cockram 4w, 0B
list of John Pope (white, Black male, Black female)
Thomas Gowin 2-0-0
Moses Gowin 1-0-0
Joseph Gowin 0-2-0
Edward Gowin 0-1-0
Edward Gowin Jr.0-1-0
Separate List later in reel, Philip Pryors List
Joseph Gowen Prisly Morrison John Cunningham Minor Cocer? 4 white
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ,  http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm
(LAST definite entry identifying color of Joseph Gowen white or black entry – all Joseph Gowen’s in Granville after this are a guess as to which is which – or deduced by other information – such as relationships).

1767 Joseph Gowin sells his 350 acres in Granville Co, NC to Isaac Winfree in Granville Co NC (Book H Letter G p. 359)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9C5-YC86?mode=g&i=124&cat=360398
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-998Y-P9Z3?i=204&cat=360398
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G983-F9S4?mode=g&i=379&cat=360398

1767 SC Ninety Six Dist Joseph Gowen land next to John Easeley’s survey on Tyger River, South Carolina

1768 Thomas Gowin, John Gowin, and Alston Hopkins 3 tithes unk Granville Co NC. Moses Gowin (torn). Joseph Gowin his Nat 2. http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm
1768 list of John Pope
Thomas Gowin, John Gowin, Alston Hopkins 3 tithes
Moses Gowin [torn]
Joseph Gowin his Nat 2
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html
1768 – Nathaniel “Nat” Gowen regarded as a son of Joseph Gowen, was born about 1755 in Granville County. He was listed as tithable in the 1768 tax list of Granville County in the house- hold of his father. Granville Co, NC.
1768 – Joseph Gowen In the 1768 tax list John Pope recorded, “Joseph Gowin, his [son] Nat 2 tithes.” Granville Co, NC.  (Note:  Only one Joseph Gowin noted in Granville as of 1768 – since the white Joseph Gowen appears to have moved to South Carolina, this Joseph Gowen is likely the mulatto one).

1769 Oct 3 – Joseph Gowen survey for 300 acres in Craven County on N side of Tyger River and bounded on N side by Thomas Fletcher’s land. (Likely in Union Co, SC in modern times per map location: http://battleofcamden.org/1773sc.jpg ). Craven Co., SC.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=108650  ,  1771 SC Craven Co Joseph Gowen recd 300 acres on N side Tyger R adj Thos Fletcher,  1772 March 21:  JOSEPH GOWEN, MEMORIAL FOR 300 ACRES ON TYGAR RIVER, CRAVEN COUNTY. Series: S111001 Volume: 0011 Page: 00171 Item: 002  Names indexed: FLETCHER, THOMAS; GOWEN, JOSEPH  Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=148246

1773 April 1: FLATCHER, THOMAS, PLAT FOR 250 ACRES ON TYGER RIVER.
Series: S213184 Volume: 0015 Page: 00157 Item: 02 Names indexed: BREMAR, JOHN; FLATCHER, THOMAS; JOSEPH GOWAN; THOMSON, ANDREW  Document type: PLAT Locations: BROAD RIVER; CRAVEN COUNTY; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=107455
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=107455 (Image)

1775 Jan 28 Joseph Gowen adj to Thomas Fletcher in Spartanburg Co SC  1775 Jan 28: FLETCHER, THOMAS, MEMORIAL FOR 250 ACRES ON TYGER RIVER, CRAVEN COUNTY. Series: S111001 Volume: 0013 Page: 00261 Item: 003  Names indexed: FLETCHER, THOMAS; JOSEPH GOWAN Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: BROAD RIVER; CRAVEN COUNTY; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=153771

1775 June 16: ELLIOTT, THOMAS, MEMORIAL FOR 13 TRACTS MAKING A TOTAL OF 2,950 ACRES IN S. C.  Series: S111001 Volume: 0013 Page: 00514 Item: 005 Names indexed: ABNEY, MICHAEL; AINSWORTH, JAMES; BRIGHT, TOBIAS; BROWN, BARTLETT; BROWN, BENJAMIN; BULLOCK, ZACHARIA; EASHAND, THOMAS; EDWARDS, JOHN; ELLIOTT, THOMAS; FLETCHER, WILLIAM; JOSEPH GOWENS; GRAY, ISAAC; HANNAH, ROBERT; HICKMAN, JOSHUA; HUTSON, WILLIAM; MCELIVEEN, JAMES; MULKEYS, PHILIP; NEWTON, JOHN; SOMMERVILLE, RICHARD; TILLET, GILES; TURNER, WILLIAM; WOMACK, JACOB Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: BEAVER DAM CREEK; BROAD RIVER; CRAVEN COUNTY; DURBIN CREEK; ENOREE RIVER; FAIR FOREST CREEK; FERGUSON CREEK; JEFFREYS CREEK; LITTLE RIVER; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; PACOLET RIVER; RABON CREEK; REEDY RIVER; SALUDA OLD TOWN; SALUDA RIVER; SANTEE RIVER; TYGER RIVER; WATEREE CREEK, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=155093

1786 March 1: BREMAR, FRANCIS AND PETER FRENEAU, PLAT FOR 565 ACRES ON TYGAR RIVER, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY ANDREW THOMSON FOR MARY ROEBUCK ON OCTOBER 20, 1784.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0010 Page: 00288 Item: 000 Names indexed: BREMAR, FRANCIS; FRENEAU, PETER; JOSEPH GOWEN; LANGSTON, ABSOLOM; ROEBUCK, MARY; THOMSON, ANDREW Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=183442

1786 Aug 17: LANCASTER, ABSOLEM, PLAT FOR 451 ACRES ON DUTCHMANS CREEK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY SAMUEL LANCASTER. Series: S213190 Volume: 0018 Page: 00180 Item: 000 Names indexed:  JOSEPH GOWIN; LANCASTER, ABSOLEM; LANCASTER, SAMUEL Document type: PLAT Locations: DUTCHMANS CREEK; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=188047

1786 Nov 9: BROWN, DANIEL, PLAT FOR 293 ACRES ON DUTCHMANS CREEK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY ANDREW THOMSON FOR HOLLAND SUMNER. Series: S213190 Volume: 0011 Page: 00154 Item: 001 Names indexed: BETTERTON, JAMES; BROWN, DANIEL; JOSEPH GOWEN; SUMNER, HOLLAND; THOMSON, ANDREW Document type: PLAT Locations: DUTCHMANS CREEK; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=183933

1788 Dec 26:  JOHN GOWEN, PLAT FOR 340 ACRES ON GEORGES CREEK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JOSEPH WHITNER ON OCTOBER 13, 1785.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0024 Page: 00089 Item: 000 Names indexed: BEARDEN, EDMUND; DUNCUM; GOWEN, JOHN; WHITNER, JOSEPH Document type: PLAT Locations: GEORGES CREEK; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SALUDA RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=191197

1792 April 10 – William Gowen – died – probate/Will:
Sarah Gowen, John Gowen, Anne Gowen Easely,
Estate: will, 10 Mar 1785, 96th District, North Carolina, USA. “William Gowen wrote his will March 10, 1785:
The will read:
In the name of God, Amen: I William Gowen of Ninety Six District in the State of South Carolina, planter, being in a low state of health, but of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the Immortality of my Soul and That it is appointed for all men once to Die, Do make and ordain this my Last Will & Testament in manner & form following.
“1st. I recommend my soul into the hand of Him who gave it & my Body to Be Buried in a Christian Like manner at the Discretion of Executors.
“2nd. I Do Constitute and appoint my Son, John Gowen, and my wife, Sarah Gowen, Executors of this my last will and Testament. And as for my worldly goods which it has been please God to Bestow me I Dispose of them in the manner and form following: Viz:
“Item: I Give & Bequeath to my well Beloved Wife, Sarah Gowen, all my Stock of Cattle, Hogs & Horses [Except Two Cows & Calves for my Daughter, Anne Easily] which with all my household furniture, she, my said wife, is to hold as her property during her Life and after her death to be the property of my said son, John Gowen.
“Item: I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter, Anne Easily, Two Hundred and seventy acres of land, more or less, it being part of a survey of Three Hundred and Ninety-five acres Run for me on the Sink Hole fork of Tyger River, Beginning for the Dividing Line at a stump agreed upon by her and John Gowen & running a south course to the other line of said tract.”
“Item: I Give & Bequeath to my son, John Gowen, All the Remaining part of said tract of land above mentioned, and for the true performance of these presents I have hereunto set my hand and seal to this my Last Will & Testament This Tenth Day of March in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Five the Ninth year of American Independence.”
William [X] Gowen
Signed & Sealed in the presence of us the undernamed Witnesses by him, the Said William Gowen as his Last Will & Testament. Wits: David Jackson, Millington Easley”
It is reported that William Gowen died April 10, 1792. The Spartanburg County, South Carolina probate court accepted the will of William Gowen in its session of April 1792. The following entry was made in the court minutes:
Carolina Spartanburgh County April Court, 1792
“This Last Will & Testament of William Gowen, deceased, being proven by the Evidence of Millenton Easley & approved by the Court at the term aforesaid, was thereupon admitted to record, a true copy of which is this day transcribed & this Original filed in office 8 June 1792.
by M. Lancaster, S.C.S.
Wm. Gowen, decd, Last Will & Test’t. Copyed, 8 June, 1792″
96 Dist, SC

1796 Oct 10 Allen Gowen to Bobo Burrell 300 acres on Tygar River.  Allen Gowen of Tennessee State and County of Davidson to Burrell Bobo of Spartanburg County, South Carolina, 300 acres, it being originally granted to Joseph Gowen by his Excellency Lord Charles Granville Montague Capt. Genl. and Commander in Chief December 23, 1771, then descended to Allen Gowen his lawful heir by lineal decent at his decease, land situate lying and being in Spartanburg County, SC, on the N side of Tyger River, NE on Thomas Fletcher’s land, all other sides vacant when surveyed. Signed: Allen Gowen. Wits: Martin Newman, Charity Newman, Simpson Newman. Recd the 20th Oct 1796 of Burrell Bobo the full consideration sum for the within land 300 acres. Signed: Allen Gowen.  Proved up on Oct 22, 1796. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk E, pg 75.  (Note:  This deed confirms that Joseph Gowen has died by the time this deed is given).

1810 TN Rutherford Co US Census Joseph Gowen 26 to 44 yrs 1st one

1810 TN Rutherford Co US Census Joseph Gowen 26 to 44 yrs 2nd one

1832 TN Rutherford Co Benjamin Todd pension app w Joseph Gowen and Alfred P Gowen as wits for him

1832 TN Rutherford Co Stephen Duboise pension app with Joseph Gowen witness affid

GOWEN MANUSCRIPT INFO:

Joseph Gowen, [William5, John4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of William Gowen and Sarah Gowen, was born about 1735, perhaps in Stafford County.  He was brought to Brunswick County, Virginia about 1747.  Three years later the family moved across the state line into Granville County, North Carolina.

Joseph Gowen was a taxable in his father’s household in the 1757 tax list of Richard Harris.  On August 7, 1765 “William Gowing of Granville County” deeded 350 acres “to loving son Joseph Gowing,” according to Granville County Deed Book H, page 28-29.

Joseph Gowen was taxed for the last time in 1767 in Granville County.  Three other taxable white males, Presley Harrison, John Cunningham and Minor Cochram, were living in his household, according to the tax list of Phillips Pryor.

It appears that he remained there until he was awarded land in the “Apex Cession” in South Carolina in 1770, possibly for colonial militia duty.  Several Gowen families removed to the western tip of South Carolina immediately following the cession which wrested that area from the Cherokee Indians.  They pioneered in the area which lay on the headwaters of the Tyger River.

Three hundred acres of land was “admeasured and laid out unto Joseph Gowen February 19, 1770 in Craven County, South Carolina, on the north side of Tyger River, bounded southwardly by said River, northwardly by Thomas Fletcher’s land and all other sides vacant land.”  The land grant was probably in compensation for militia duty.  Craven County at that time encompassed land that later became District 96 [and Spartanburg County when it was organized in 1785.]  Description of the land grant is contained in South Carolina Archives, Colonial Plats.  The surveyor’s record reads:

“South Carolina, Craven County

Pursuant to a Precept from under the hand and seal of John Bremar, Esquire, Deputy Surveyor General dated October third day AD 1769, I have admeasured and laid out unto Joseph Gowen, a plantation or tract of land containing three hundred acres situate, lying and being on the North side of Tyger River, bounded Southwardly by said river, Northwardly by Thomas Fletcher’s land and on all other sides by vacant land and hath such form and shape as the above plat represents.  Certified under my hand this 19th day of February AD 1770.

James Wofford, Deputy Surveyor”

His land grant from King George III is recorded in South Carolina Archives, Royal Grants Volume:

“South Carolina:  George the Third by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith and so forth, To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting: Know ye, that we of our special Grace, certain Knowledge and mere Motion, have given and granted, and by these Presents for our heirs and successors, Do Give and Grant unto Joseph Gowen, his heirs and assigns, a plantation or tract of land containing one hundred acres situate on the South fork of Pacolet River bounded all sides by vacant land, and hath such shape, form and marks, as appear by a plat thereof, hereunto annexed:

Together with all woods, under-woods, timber and timber-trees, lakes, ponds, fishings, waters, water-courses, profits, commodities, appurtenances and hereditaments whatsoever, there unto belonging or in anywise appertaining: Together with privilege of hunting, hawking and fowling in and upon the same, and all mines and minerals whatsoever; saving and reserving nevertheless, to us, our heirs and successors, all white pine-trees, if any there should be found growing thereon; and also saving and reserving, nevertheless, to us, our heirs and successors, one tenth-part of mines of gold and silver only: To have and to hold, the said tract of three hundred acres of land and all singular other the premises hereby granted unto the said Joseph Gowen, his heirs and assigns for ever, in free and common foccage.  The said Joseph Gowen, his heirs and assigns yielding and paying therefor, unto us, our heirs and successors, or to our Receiver-General for the time being, or to his Deputy or Deputies for the time being, yearly, that is to say, on the twenty-fifth day of March, in every year at the rate of three shillings sterling, or four shillings proclamation money, for every hundred acres, and so in proportion, according to the number of acres, contained therein the same to commence at the expiration of two years from the date hereof.  Provided always, and this present Grant is upon condition, nevertheless that the said Joseph Gowen, his heirs and assigns, shall and do yearly, and every year, after the date of these presents, clear and cultivate at the rate of three acres for every hundred acres of land, and so in proportion, according to the number of acres herein contained; And also shall and do enter a minute or docket of these our letters-patent in the office of our Auditor General for the time being, in our said Province, within six months from the date hereof; And upon condition, that if the said rent, hereby reserved shall happen to be in arrear and unpaid for the space of three years, from the time it shall become due, and no distress can be found on the said lands, tenements, and hereditaments hereby granted; if the said Joseph Gowen, his heirs or assigns shall neglect to clear and cultivate yearly and every year, at the rate of three acres for every hundred acres of land, and so in proportion, according to the number of acres herein contained, or if a minute or docket of these our Letters-patent, shall not be entered in the Office of our Auditor-General for the time being, in said Province, within six months from the date hereof, that then and in any of these cases, this present Grant shall cease, determine and be utterly void, and the said lands, tenements and hereditaments hereby granted, and every part and parcel thereof, shall revert to us, our heirs and successors as fully and absolutely, as if the same had never been granted.

Given under the Great Seal of our said Province.”

By 1771 he was in South Carolina where he received a land grant in District 96, probably for militia service in North Carolina.  When Spartanburg County was created from District 96 in 1785, Joseph Gowen was located in the new county.

In the grant in District 96, presently in Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, Joseph Gowen received land on the Tyger River, according to Spartanburg County Deed Book 23, page 539.

Children born to Joseph Gowen include:

Allen Gowen                                                                 born about 1750

FROM Gowen Manuscript:

Joseph Gowen, son of William Gowen and Sarah Gowen, was born about 1735, perhaps in Stafford County.  He was brought to Brunswick County, Virginia about 1747.  Three years later the family moved across the state line into Granville County, North Carolina.

Joseph Gowen was a taxable in his father’s household in the 1757 tax list of Richard Harris.  On August 7, 1765 “William Gowing of Granville County” deeded 350 acres “to loving son Joseph Gowing,” according to Granville County Deed Book H, page 28-29.

Joseph Gowen was taxed for the last time in 1767 in Granville County.  Three other taxable white males, Presley Harrison, John Cunningham and Minor Cochram, were living in his household, according to the tax list of Phillips Pryor.

It appears that he remained there until he was awarded land in the “Apex Cession” in South Carolina in 1770, possibly for colonial militia duty.  Several Gowen families removed to the western tip of South Carolina immediately following the cession which wrested that area from the Cherokee Indians.  They pioneered in the area which lay on the headwaters of the Tyger River.

Three hundred acres of land was “admeasured and laid out unto Joseph Gowen February 19, 1770 in Craven County, South Carolina, on the north side of Tyger River, bounded southwardly by said River, northwardly by Thomas Fletcher’s land and all other sides vacant land.”  The land grant was probably in compensation for militia duty.  Craven County at that time encompassed land that later became District 96 [and Spartanburg County when it was organized in 1785.]  Description of the land grant is contained in South Carolina Archives, Colonial Plats.  The surveyor’s record reads:

“South Carolina, Craven County

Pursuant to a Precept from under the hand and seal of John Bremar, Esquire, Deputy Surveyor General dated October third day AD 1769, I have admeasured and laid out unto Joseph Gowen, a plantation or tract of land containing three hundred acres situate, lying and being on the North side of Tyger River, bounded Southwardly by said river, Northwardly by Thomas Fletcher’s land and on all other sides by vacant land and hath such form and shape as the above plat represents.  Certified under my hand this 19th day of February AD 1770.

James Wofford, Deputy Surveyor”

His land grant from King George III is recorded in South Carolina Archives, Royal Grants Volume:

“South Carolina:  George the Third by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith and so forth, To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting: Know ye, that we of our special Grace, certain Knowledge and mere Motion, have given and granted, and by these Presents for our heirs and successors, Do Give and Grant unto Joseph Gowen, his heirs and assigns, a plantation or tract of land containing one hundred acres situate on the South fork of Pacolet River bounded all sides by vacant land, and hath such shape, form and marks, as appear by a plat thereof, hereunto annexed:

Together with all woods, under-woods, timber and timber-trees, lakes, ponds, fishings, waters, water-courses, profits, commodities, appurtenances and hereditaments whatsoever, there unto belonging or in anywise appertaining: Together with privilege of hunting, hawking and fowling in and upon the same, and all mines and minerals whatsoever; saving and reserving nevertheless, to us, our heirs and successors, all white pine-trees, if any there should be found growing thereon; and also saving and reserving, nevertheless, to us, our heirs and successors, one tenth-part of mines of gold and silver only: To have and to hold, the said tract of three hundred acres of land and all singular other the premises hereby granted unto the said Joseph Gowen, his heirs and assigns for ever, in free and common foccage.  The said Joseph Gowen, his heirs and assigns yielding and paying therefor, unto us, our heirs and successors, or to our Receiver-General for the time being, or to his Deputy or Deputies for the time being, yearly, that is to say, on the twenty-fifth day of March, in every year at the rate of three shillings sterling, or four shillings proclamation money, for every hundred acres, and so in proportion, according to the number of acres, contained therein the same to commence at the expiration of two years from the date hereof.  Provided always, and this present Grant is upon condition, nevertheless that the said Joseph Gowen, his heirs and assigns, shall and do yearly, and every year, after the date of these presents, clear and cultivate at the rate of three acres for every hundred acres of land, and so in proportion, according to the number of acres herein contained; And also shall and do enter a minute or docket of these our letters-patent in the office of our Auditor General for the time being, in our said Province, within six months from the date hereof; And upon condition, that if the said rent, hereby reserved shall happen to be in arrear and unpaid for the space of three years, from the time it shall become due, and no distress can be found on the said lands, tenements, and hereditaments hereby granted; if the said Joseph Gowen, his heirs or assigns shall neglect to clear and cultivate yearly and every year, at the rate of three acres for every hundred acres of land, and so in proportion, according to the number of acres herein contained, or if a minute or docket of these our Letters-patent, shall not be entered in the Office of our Auditor-General for the time being, in said Province, within six months from the date hereof, that then and in any of these cases, this present Grant shall cease, determine and be utterly void, and the said lands, tenements and hereditaments hereby granted, and every part and parcel thereof, shall revert to us, our heirs and successors as fully and absolutely, as if the same had never been granted.

Given under the Great Seal of our said Province.”

By 1771 he was in South Carolina where he received a land grant in District 96, probably for militia service in North Carolina.  When Spartanburg County was created from District 96 in 1785, Joseph Gowen was located in the new county.

In the grant in District 96, presently in Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, Joseph Gowen received land on the Tyger River, according to Spartanburg County Deed Book 23, page 539.

Children born to Joseph Gowen include:

Allen Gowen                                                                 born about 1750

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