1732 John Gowen m. Lettice Winn Bearden in 1759 in Spartanburg Co, SC

John Gowen b. abt. 1732 – 1736 – d. ? , m. Lettice Winn Bearden in 1759

Parents:

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

Children:

William Gowen                              born about 1762
Lettice “Letty” Gowen                   born about 1763
Elizabeth Gowen                            born about 1765
James M. Gowen                            born in 1767
John B. Gowen                               born about 1769
Sarah Gowen                                   born June 5, 1774
Mary Gowen                                   born about 1776
Minerva Gowen                              born about 1780
Winn Bearden Gowen                   born October 18, 1787

Siblings:

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

FACTS and SOURCES: 

See the following pages on this site for additional information:

Granville County, North Carolina
Spartanburg County, South Carolina
Greenville County, South Carolina
Anderson County, South Carolina

John Gowen’s Parents:  John Gowen likely was born some time in the 1730’s.  His parents were William Gowen (or Going) and wife Sarah Allen Gowen.

William Going shows up in Granville County, North Carolina around 1750.   His family took roots in the “Grassy Creek” area of Granville County, North Carolina – along the border of Virginia. (See map below).   Family researchers believe this William Going may have been a son of William Going b. abt 1681 who lived in Stafford County, Virginia.  The Going family of Stafford County, Va headed south to the North Carolina and Virginia state lines – as seen by his confirmed children John Going of Lunenburg County, Virginia, and Alexander Going of Orange County, North Carolina.  But other Going families settled the area as well, so there are alternative lines to consider.

The clusters of Going families that lived nearby in the 1750s were:

1) John Going b. about 1700 who married Mary Keith – his family lived in Lunenburg County, Virginia in the 1750s – in an area that later became Mecklenburg County, Virginia (This appears to be the John Going who was the son of William Going b. abt 1681 of Stafford County, Virginia).
2)  Drury Going and James Going who lived in Brunswick County, Virginia that later becomes Greensville County, Virginia.  (The parental line of Drury and James Going is unknown).
3) Edward Going, Michael Going, Thomas Going, and Joseph Going who were living further south in Granville County, North Carolina around the Tar River and Taylor’s Creek area (this appears to the be group of Going’s who came from Henrico and Hanover County, Virginia).
4) Alexander Going and his family who were living in the Orange County, North Carolina area.  (Alexander Going was another child of William Going b. 1681 of Stafford County, Virginia).
5)  William Gowen and his family who lived in the Bedford County, Virginia area.  (The parental line of this William Gowen is unknown).
6) William Going m. to Anna Statia Sullivan, Moses Going, and Aaron Going living in Goochland County, Virginia.  (The parental line of this William Going is unknown).
7) William Gowen and his family that lived in the “Grassy Creek” area of Granville County, North Carolina.  (The parental line of the “Grassy Creek” Going family is unknown).

(Note re Going/Gowen lines:  At least some of the Going/Gowen lines appear to have come out of Gloucester County and New Kent County, Virginia.  Unfortunately, records before the 1860s in Gloucester County, Virginia, and New Kent County, Virginia, have been destroyed.  Some state-wide records prior to the 1860s from those counties, for land grants, indicate that some Going families were living in those counties.  But since the county records were destroyed, it might not be possible to piece together where several of the above Going lines came from).

 

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Deed Records in the 1750s for John Gowen’s family in the Grassy Creek area:

William Going purchases 910 acres of land from Robert Jones on March 5, 1750 along Grassy Creek in Granville.   On October 29, 1754 John Gowing makes his first appearance – as a chain carrier – for neighbor James Yancey’s survey on Jonathans Creek (in the Grassy Creek area).  If this is the same John Gowen, then he is likely born by 1733.

(Note regarding Tar River and Taylor Creek Going family:  The documents do not seem to show any activity between the Taylor Creek Going family and the Grassy Creek Going family.  They probably knew each other since they were living in the same county at the same time for at least 15 years, but there is nothing in the documents indicating they were related to each other.  They may have been cousins, but this is unknown.  The Grassy Creek Going family appears to have all left Granville County by 1767, and appear in force in the area that is modern day Spartanburg County and Greenville County, South Carolina by 1772.  The Taylor Creek Going family stayed in Granville County at least into the 1790s.  The Taylor Creek Going family appears to be the Going family that had a relationship with the Bass family).  

March 1, 1752 James Gowin was a chain carrier for James Hunt on the branches of Island Creek and Mitchell’s Creek in Granville County, NC.   On March 4, 1756, James Going receives a land grant for 429 acres on Winningrum’s line (Winningham actually) – who lived along Grassy Creek. This James Going appears to be either a brother of John Gowen or an uncle.

On June 19, 1758, William Gowen and wife Sarah Gowen (maiden name Allen), convey all of their 910 acres plot of land on Grassy Creek. Half conveyed 455 acres to William Allen of Hanover County, Virginia, and the other half – 455 acres – to Drury Allen of Lunenburg County, Virginia. These are likely relatives of William Gowen’s wife Sarah Allen Gowen – cousins of John Gowen.

On September 4, 1758 William Gowin receives a survey for 640 acres near Jonathan’s Creek in the Grassy Creek area, with James Gowin as a chain carrier.

1750 March 5 – Deed: purchse from Robert Jones, Jr, 5 Mar 1749/50, , Granville, North Carolina, USA.  “William Going “of Granville County” received a deed from Robert Jones, Jr, “attorney.” of Surry County, Virginia to 910 acres on both sides of Grassy Creek, on Williams’ line near the Virginia state line for £25 March 5, 1750, according to Granville County Deed Book A, page 343.” Granville Co, NC   1750 Wm Going fr Robert Jones Jr in Granville Co NC (Book A p. 343)    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99CR-26DD?i=123&cat=360398 ,  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9C5-X9GG?i=262&cat=360398

1754 Oct 29 – Title: Yancey, James. Granville Co. Provenance: Class: State Records [Collection], Group: Secretary of State Record Group; Series: Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey; Box: Granville County, Wh-Z; Years: 1754, 1755, 1760; Creator: Secretary of State, Office of Granville Proprietary Land OfficeSecretary, Office of the; Call Number: S.108.270—S.108.283; Location: MFR; MARS Id: 12.12.40.66 (Folder); Genres / Forms: Warrants, Warrants, Plats, Deeds; Scope / Contents: Warrant: 1754 October 29. 640 acres. Descriptive references for land: Jonathan Creek Warrant: 1754 October 29. 640 acres. Descriptive references for land: Jonathan Creek Plat: 1755 February 14. 618 acres. Descriptive references for land: Jonathan Creek; Chain carriers: John Gowing, Bartlet Yancey. Surveyor: Sherwood Haywood Deed: 1760 March 14. Note: The first warrant (no. 321) is marked “Now Land to be found.” For deed see 12.13.61.16. Granville Co, NC.
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html , http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/DisplaySearchResult.aspx ,  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WK-C5CX?i=217&cat=695114

The warrant for James Gowen’s land grant for 640 acres was found in the shuck for James Yancey’s 1754 land grant:  1754 Oct 29 – James Yancy survey for 640 acres on Jonathan Creek on John Stoval line and Clayton line. Chain carriers: John Gowing, Bartlet Yancey (see above). Granville County, NC.   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WK-C5CX?i=217&cat=695114

1756 March 4-“James Going” received a land grant for 429 acres from the Earl of Granville March 4, 1756, according to Granville County Deed Book E, page 439. Granville Co, NC,  1756 James Going fr Earl Granville.  Wits:  Thomas Jones, Richard Ligon.  in Granville Co NC (Book E p. 439)
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The warrant for James Gowen’s land grant appears to have been found in the shuck for James Yancey’s 1754 land grant:  1754 Oct 29 – James Yancy survey for 640 acres on Jonathan Creek on John Stoval line and Clayton line. Chain carriers: John Gowing, Bartlet Yancey. Granville County, NC.   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WK-C5CX?i=217&cat=695114

1758 June 19 William Gowen and wife Sarah Gowen to William Allen 455 acres Wits:  John Bowie, Jonathan Knight.  Granville Co NC index (Book C Letter G from 1756 to 1760 – p. 469 and 474)
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1758 June 19 Wm Gowen to Drury Allen of Lunenburg County, Virginia 455 acres of 910 acre survey, other half to his brother William Allen.  Wits: John Bowie, Johnathan Knight.   Granville Co NC index (Book C Letter G from 1756 to 1760 – p. 469 and 474)
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1758 Sept 4 – Title: William Gowin. Granville Co. Provenance: Class: State Records [Collection]; Group: Secretary of State Record Group; Series: Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey; Box: Granville County, Go-Har; Years: 1758, 1760; Creator: Secretary of State, Office of Granville Proprietary Land Office Secretary, Office of the; Call Number: S.108.270—S.108.283; Location: MFR; MARS Id: 12.12.30.4 (Folder); Genres / Forms: Warrants, Plats, Deeds; Scope / Contents: Warrant: 1758 September 4. 640 acres. Descriptive references for land: James Yaneres, Jonathan Creek Plat: 1760 May 21. 667 acres. Descriptive references for land: none; Chain carriers: James Gowin, John Hart; Surveyor: Thomas Person Deed: 1760 December 2; Note: Warrant validated for six additional months on February 12, 1760, because its execution had been prevented by the “late Disturbances.” For deed see 12.13.40.2. Granville Co, NC.    http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html  , 1758 Sept 4 – Title: William Gowin. Granville Co. Provenance: Class: State Records [Collection]; Group: Secretary of State Record Group; Series: Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey; Box: Granville County, Go-Har; Years: 1758, 1760; Creator: Secretary of State, Office of Granville Proprietary Land OfficeSecretary, Office of the; Call Number: S.108.270—S.108.283; Location: MFR; MARS Id: 12.12.30.5 (Folder); Genres / Forms: Warrants, Plats, Deeds; Scope / Contents: Warrant: 1758 September 4. 640 acres. Descriptive references for land: Dogwood Spring Branch, Robert; Harrison Plat: 1760 May 21. 650 acres. Descriptive references for land: Charles Harris, Dogwood Spring; Branch; Chain carriers: Robert Harrison, James Gowin; Surveyor: Thomas Person Deed: 1760 December 2; Note: Warrant validated for six additional months on February 7, 1760, because its execution had been prevented by the “late Disturbances.” For deed see 12.13.40.3. Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html  , 1760 Feb 7 – Title: William Gowin. Granville Co. Provenance: Class: State Records [Collection]; Group: Secretary of State Record Group; Series: Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey; Box: Granville County, Go-Har; Years: 1758, 1760; Creator: Secretary of State, Office of Granville Proprietary Land Office Secretary, Office of the; Call Number: S.108.270—S.108.283; Location: MFR; MARS Id: 12.12.30.6 (Folder); Genres / Forms: Warrants, Plats, Deeds; Scope / Contents: Warrant: 1758 September 4. 640 acres. Descriptive references for land: Aarons Creek, Spring Branch Plat: 1760 May 21. 630 acres. Descriptive references for land: Aarons Creek.  Chain carriers: John Pettypool, John Senford; Surveyor: Thomas Person Deed: 1760 December 2; Note: Warrant validated for six additional months on February 7, 1760, because its execution had been prevented by the “late Disturbances.” Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html

GRANVILLE COUNTY, NC Tithe Records in the 1750s:  

The tithe records of Granville County, in the 1750s indicate that in 1753 William Going and son (age 16 or older), and John Going, are on Robert Harris’ list.

In 1754, William Gowen and Joseph Gowen are on Capt. John Sallis’ roll.  In 1755 tithe rolls William Gowen and son Joseph are in the same household.  In the 1757 tithe rolls they are listed as “William Going and sons Joseph and William”.  In 1758 they are on the tithe rolls listed as William Gowing and son William.

The above tithe rolls show William Gowen has sons, Joseph and William.  John Going is listed on his own in 1753, meaning he is likely the age of majority by this time (21 years – meaning he was born on or before 1732).

1753 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
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ,  http://www.mindspring.com/~baumbach/1753tax01.htm ,  http://www.mindspring.com/~baumbach/1753tax01.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 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
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html , https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLF-D9YG-R?i=9&cat=353959 , https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLF-D9YL-C?i=10&cat=353959

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
Chrisr. Goin 1
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html

1758 William Gowing and son William 2 white Granville Co NC
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Granville County, NC Deed Records in the 1760s: 

On November 29, 1760 James Going records his patent for 529 acres adjoining Winningums’ line (Winningham actually). The survey has been signed by William Going as a sworn chain carrier. As a “chain carrier” this is probably William Going Jr.

On December 2, 1760 William Going receives a 650 acre grant from the Earl of Granville. On the same day, William Going receives a 667 acre grant from the Earl of Granville. On February 6, 1762 William Gowen receives a 640 acre grant along Allen’s line. The 640 acres, 650 acres, and 667 acres are all in the Grassy Creek area. On October 4, 1762 William Gowen sells his 640 acre tract to James Smith.

On August 7, 1765 William Gowing conveys 350 acres of his land to his loving son Joseph Gowing.   Then on October 11, 1767 Joseph Gowin sells the 350 acres his dad conveyed to him to Isaac Winfree.

1760 May 1 survey for James Going 529 acres . . . Wharton’s Branch, by Winnigums line, Chain carriers: William Going and Luke Sanders. 1760 Nov 29 – James Going – 529 acres index card no 1078
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WN-M9SL-T?i=1653&cat=695114
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WK-C5FG?i=210&cat=695114  (Shuck w doc) 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 “William Going, sworn chain carrier” was a witness. NC  http://www.nclandgrants.com/grant/?mars=12.14.66.1119&qid=82710&rn=10

1760 Dec 2 – Title: William Gowen. 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 40A; Location: MFR; MARS Id: 12.13.40.2 (Folder); Genres / Forms: Deeds, Plats, Indexes; Scope / Contents: December 2, 1760 667 acres Location: Beginning at a pine 2 copies Deed #160; Granville Co, NC.
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html , 1760 Dec 2 – Title: File No. 283, William Gowen; 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.108.717; Frames:679; Site: Archives Search Room (Raleigh); MARS Id: 12.14.66.281 (Folder); Personal Names: Gowen, William, Harris, Charles; Note: There were no documents in the shuck at time of filming. Land Grant Info: Acres:650; Grant Number: 150; Issued: Dec. 2, 1760; Book, Page: 11:365; Location: Beginning at a white oak on Charles Harris line, Granville Co, NC.   1760 Dec 2 – William Gowen – Granville County, NC – 650acs; Adj: Charles Harris land; Granville Co, NC  1760 Dec 2 – Title: Gowen, William. 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 40A; Location: MFR; MARS Id: 12.13.40.3 (Folder); Genres / Forms: Deeds, Plats, Indexes; Scope / Contents: December 2, 1760 650 acres Location: Beginning at a white oak on Charles Harris’s line 2 copies Deed #150; Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html  http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html  1760 Dec 2 – Wm Going fr Earl Granville 650 acres in Granville Co NC (Book E p. 440, p 447-448)
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https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99C5-X9G7?mode=g&i=367&cat=360398  1760 Dec 2 – William Gowen – index card no 283, 650 acres, Grant 150, Bk 11 pg 365.
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1760 Dec 2 – Title: File No. 284, William Gowen; 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.108.717; Frames:680; Site: Archives Search Room (Raleigh); MARS Id: 12.14.66.282 (Folder); Personal Names: Gowen, William
Land Grant Info: Acres:667; Grant Number: 160; Issued: Dec. 2, 1760; Book, Page: 11:365; Location: Beginning at pine running Et. 340 pole; Granville Co, NC.   http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html , 1760 Dec 2 – William Gowen – Granville County, NC – 667acs; Adj: Johnson, Stovall, Granville County, NC
http://www.nclandgrants.com/grant/?mars=12.14.66.282&qid=82718&rn=8  1760 Dec 2 – Wm Going fr Earl Granville 667 acres in Granville Co NC (Book E p. 440, p 447-448)
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https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99C5-X9G7?mode=g&i=367&cat=360398  1760 Dec 2 – William Gowen – index card no 284, 667 acres, grant 160, Bk 11, pg 365, Granville Co, NC
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1761 Jan 19 – Title: John Moore. Granville Co. Provenance: Class: State Records [Collection]; Group: Secretary of State Record Group; Series: Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey; Box: Granville County, Mas-My; Years: 1761, 1762; Creator: Secretary of State, Office of Granville Proprietary Land Office Secretary, Office of the; Call Number: S.108.270—S.108.283; Location: MFR; MARS Id: 12.12.34.52 (Folder); Genres / Forms: Land entries, Warrants, Deeds; Scope / Contents: Land Entry: 1761 January 19. 700 acres. Descriptive references for land: Jonathan Creek, William Gowing Warrant: 1761 January 19. 700 acres. Descriptive references for land: Jonathan Creek, Drewry Smith. William Gowing Deed: 1762 January 4; Granville Co, NC.  http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html

1761 March 4 – Title: William Gowin. Granville Co. Provenance: Class: State Records [Collection]; Group: Secretary of State Record Group; Series: Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey; Box: Granville County, Go-Har; Years: 1761, 1762; Creator: Secretary of State, Office ofGranville Proprietary Land OfficeSecretary, Office of the; Call Number: S.108.270—S.108.283; Location: MFR; MARS Id: 12.12.30.7 (Folder); Genres / Forms: Land entries, Warrants, Plats, Deeds; Scope / Contents: Land Entry: 1761 March 4. 700 acres. Descriptive references for land: William Allen, Drewry Allen, James; Smith, Jonathan Barret Warrant: 1761 March 4.700 acres.  Descriptive references for land: William Allen, Drewry Allen, James; Smith, Jonathan Barret. Plat: 1761 August 27. 640 acres. Descriptive references for land: Spewmarrow Creek; Chain carriers: John McCargan, William Allen, Jr. Surveyor: Thomas Person Deed: 1762 February 6. Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html

1762 Feb 6 – Title: File No. 298, William Gowen; Parent Records: State Records; Secretary of State Record Group; Land Office: Land Warrants, Plats of Survey, and Related Records; Granville County; Years: 1762; Call Number: S.108.717; Frames:697; Site: Archives Search Room (Raleigh); MARS Id: 12.14.66.296 (Folder); Land Grant Info: Acres: 640; Grant Number: 28; Issued: Feb. 6, 1762; Book, Page: 11:368; Location: On both sides of Spew marrow Creek; Granville Co, NC.   1762 Feb 6 – Title: William Gowen. 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: 1762.  Creator: Secretary of State, Office of Granville Proprietary Land OfficeSecretary, Office of the; Call Number: SSLG 40A;  Location: MFR; MARS Id: 12.13.40.1 (Folder); Genres / Forms: Deeds, Plats, Indexes; Scope / Contents: February 6, 1762 640 acres Location: Both sides of Spewmarrow Creek 2 copies Deed #28; Granville Co, NC.  http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html    1762 Feb 6 – William Gowen – Granville County, NC – 640 acs on both sides of Spew Marrow Cr, Adj: Allen’s line, Granville County, NC.  http://www.nclandgrants.com/grant/?mars=12.14.66.296&qid=82718&rn=9  1762 Feb 2 – William Gowen – index card no 298, 640 acres, grant 28, Bk 11, pg 368, Granville Co NC  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WN-M9SJ-C?i=1665&cat=695114  , https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WK-C4XV?i=704&cat=695114 (empty shuck)

1762 October 4 – Land: sold 640 acres, 4 Oct 1762, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. “William Gowen sold 640 acres of his land to James Smith on Spewmarrow Cr October 4, 1762, according to Granville County Deed Book F, page 382. Granville Co, NC.    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9C5-X9L?i=302&cat=360398

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)
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1767 Oct 11 Joseph Gowin 350 acres to Isaac Winfree in Granville Co NC (Book H Letter G p. 359)
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Granville County, NC Tithe Records in the 1760s: 

In 1761 William Gowin and James Gowin are listed in the Country Line District together, and son William Gowen Jr is listed with Jesse Chandlor.   In 1762 only William Gowin Jr is listed in the Country Line District.

In 1764 Joseph Gowen and William Gowen are on Yancey’s list, and William Gowen is listed on Robert Harris’ list. In 1765 they are listed as Joseph Gions and William Gions. In 1767 Joseph Gowen is listed on Philip Pryor’s list. 1767 is the last year that the Grassy Creek area Going family shows up on the tithe lists.

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 Willson 2 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

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

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

SOUTH CAROLINA:

Joseph Gowen’s 1767 deed and listing on the tithe records marks the end of the “Grassy Creek” Gowen family in Granville County, North Carolina.  They begin to show up on the 96th District of South Carolina.

1772 Feb 2 – John Gowen received a royal grant of 100 acres.  The survey order was given February 2, 1773, according to”South Carolina Archives, Colonial Plats,” Volume 16, page 173:  “South Carolina, Ninety Six District Pursuant to a pre­cept from under the hand and seal of John Bremar, Esquire, Deputy Surveyor General dated February second day, 1773, I have admeasured and laid out unto John Gowan a plantation or tract of land containing one hundred acres situate lying on the North side of Tyger River bounded Eastwardly by Daniel Bush’s land, Northward by vacant land, Westwardly by Tyger river and hath such shape, form and marks as the above plat rep­resents.  Given under my hand this 20th day of March, 1773. Andrew Thompson, Deputy Surveyor” Map shows this to be future Spartanburg County  1773 March 20 –John Gowan. Daniel Bush
100 acres on Tyger River. Bounded E by Daniel Bushs land, W by Tyger River, and N by vacant land. SC Land Trans – Tyger R.  SC.   http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=108648   1773 March 20 –John Gowan received 100 acres on Tyger River. Bounded E by Daniel Bushs land, W by Tyger River, and N by vacant land.  Series: S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00173 Item: 02 Names indexed: BREMAR, JOHN; BUSH, DANIEL; GOWAN, JOHN; THOMSON, ANDREW  Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.    http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=108648
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=108648(Image).  1774 Aug 19 – John Gowen 100 acres in Craven County. Craven Co., SC  http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=71015  1774 Aug 19 – John Gowen 100 acres in Craven County. – The land lay in a part of District 96 in February 1773 which was in Craven County at the time of the grant which was dated, according to”South Carolina Archives, Royal Grants,” Volume 32, page 205.  Later the land was located in Greenville County, South Carolina.  The grant was recorded in Greenville County Deed Book 32, page 205.
“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 us, our heirs and successors, Do Give and Grant unto John Gowen, his heirs and assigns, a plantation or tract of land containing One hundred acres situate in Craven County, bounding East on Daniel Bush and West on Tyger River, And hath such shape, form and marks, as appear by a plat thereof, hereunto annexed:  Together with all woods, underwoods, timber and timber-trees, lakes, ponds, fishings, waters, water-courses, profits, commodities, appurtenances and hereditaments whatsoever, thereunto 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, our heirs and successors, one tenth-part of mines of gold and silver only: To have and to hold the said tract of One hundred acres of land and all and singular other the premises hereby granted unto the said John Gowen, his heirs and assigns for ever, in free and common foccage, the said John 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 of 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 herein; 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 John Gowen, his heirs or assigns shall and do yearly, and every year, after the date of the presents, clear and cultivate at the rate of three acres for every hundred acres of land, and so in proportion 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 arrears 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: or if the said John 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 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 our said Province, within six months from the date hereof, that then and in any of these cases, this patent Grant shall cease, and determine and be utterly void.  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. Witness the Honorable William Bull, Esquire, Lt. Governor and Commander in chief in and over our said Province of South-Carolina, this Nineteenth Day of August Anno Dom. 1774 in the Fourteenth Year of our Reign. [L.M.S.] Williams Bull; Signed by his Honor, the Lt. Governor in Council And hath thereunto a plat thereof annexed, representing the same certified by John Bremar, Deputy Surveyor-General. May 20, 1773.  Thomas Winstanley, GCC”Series: S213019 Volume: 0032 Page: 00205 Item: 000 Greenville Co., SC   http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=71015  1775 Jan 31: JOHN GOWAN, MEMORIAL FOR 100 ACRES ON TYGER RIVER, CRAVEN COUNTY.  Series: S111001 Volume: 0013 Page: 00265 Item: 004 Names indexed: BUSH, DANIEL; GOWEN, JOHN Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=153792

1772 Aug 17 – John Goan received 150 acres Barkley County in the fork between the Broad River and the Saludy on a small branch of the Tyger River called Comets Branch and bounded SE by land laid out for James Atterson, and part to Ambrose May, and NE by Moses Kirkland, and NW by Ralph Jackson, and part SW by vacant. Map shows this to be very close to where the Broad and Saludy split – likely either modern day Lexington or Richland County, SC – about 15-20 miles east of Wateree Creek area : Series: S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00117 Item: 01 Names indexed: BREMAR, JOHN; GOAN, JOHN; JACKSON, RALPH; KIRKLAND, MOSES; MAY, AMBROSE; OTTERSON, JAMES; PEARSON, ENOCH  Document type: PLAT Locations: BERKELEY COUNTY; BROAD RIVER; SALUDA RIVER; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=108527 , http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=108527  1772 Oct 20: JOHN GOAN, LAND GRANT FOR 150 ACRES IN BERKLEY COUNTY. Series: S213019 Volume: 0026 Page: 00719 Item: 000  Names indexed: GOAN, JOHN Document type: LAND GRANT Locations: BERKELEY COUNTY, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=67735  1772 Dec 17: JOHN GOAN, MEMORIAL FOR 150 ACRES ON TYGAR RIVER, BERKLEY COUNTY.  Series: S111001 Volume: 0012 Page: 00041 Item: 004 Names indexed: GOAN, JOHN; JACKSON, RALPH; OTTERSON, JAMES; RAY, AMBROSE  Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: BERKELEY COUNTY; BROAD RIVER; SALUDA RIVER; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina. 1772 Dec 17: John Goan recd 150 acres Vol 12, pg 41. Berkley County, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=149868

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)

1773 May 4: WILLIAM GOWAN, PLAT FOR 100 ACRES ON PACOLET RIVER. Series: S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00182 Item: 03 Names indexed: BREMAR, JOHN; GOWAN, WILLIAM; THOMPSON, ANDREW. Document type: PLAT Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY; PACOLET RIVER, South Carolina.   http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=108673
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=108673  (Image)

1778 Feb – Capt. John Gowen and his troops appeared in District 96 in February 1778 on military duty.  His brother-in-law John Bearden filed a pension application, recorded in “Kings Mountain Manuscripts,” Volume 2, page 239:
“Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832. State of Tennessee, Bedford County John Bearden, Senior, a resident of this county and aged eighty-nine [89] years, two [2] months, four [4] days. Entered service of United States under following officers and served as here stated.  Born in Spottsylvania County, Virginia, March 11, 1744, agreeable to his family record, but has no record of it at this time.  He says he entered the service of the United States as a private and volunteered in a company of rangers, or spies, commanded by Capt. Joseph Wofford and Lt. D. Graham, Spartanburg District, South Carolina some time in the month of April, 1777, the precise day he cannot recollect.  He was marched to a fort on the head of Enoree River to Prince’s Fort, and there was stationed, but was frequently out on a scouting or spying expeditions against the Cherokee Indians and a Tory family named Bates.  [The town of Batesville, South Carolina is located 10 miles east of Greenville on the Enoree River.]  Four in number: William, Harry, Isaac and their father–who were skulking about with the Indians, were frequently engaged with the Indians in murders of frontier settlers; and there remained in service until some time in January, 1778, when he was dismissed agreeable to orders.  Thinks in February, 1778 he volunteered again and joined a company of spies or rangers under command of Captain John Gowen, and marched to a fort on the south side of the Pacolet River [probably near present-day Landrum, South Carolina] and was frequently raiding on the frontier settlement on the Tyger River.
He states that on one of the scouting expeditions he was on, Captain Gowen arrested and took prisoner two men, one by the name of Fanning, the other by name of Smith; that they brought them back into a white settlement [probably Gowensville] and delivered them up to a magistrate, as they were both Tories, and both had stolen horses, each taken from a Mr. James Ford and a Mr. John Patten.  Deponent says he was marched back to the last-mentioned fort [near Landrum] on the south fork of the Pacolet River, where he remained in service until some time in the month of August, 1778, and was again dismissed, it being thought and frequently said by Captain Gowen that the Indians had become quiet and that there was no further use for the troops at that time.  He states that he served in the last-mentioned town [Landrum] not less than six months.
Deponent further says that he removed shortly after that into Union District, S.C, and there entered the service of the United States again, about one week before the siege of Ninety-Six.  That he was marched off that place a drafted soldier and was in the engagement at that place.
He says he was then transferred from Captain Blassingame’s company and marched through the country in a different direction in search of a band of Tories under the command of Jesse Gray.  That he continued in service under the last-mentioned captain a tour of duty of not less than four months, and says he was finally dismissed from service, after serving in all, a tour of actual service of not less than nine months, for which he claims a pension.
Applicant says he remained a citizen of South Carolina until 1824 when he removed to Bedford County, Tennessee, where he now lives.  He further says that he was not acquainted with any regular officers with the troops when he served or any regiment of regulars whatever.   s/s John Bearden”.  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

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].  Cheraws Dist, SC  (NOTE:  This appears to be MUCH closer to the John Gowen b. abt 1750-55 of Marion County, SC and Robeson Co, NC who appears to descend from John Gowen Jr, son of John Gowen b. abt 1700 and Mary Keith Gowen – this entry – due to the location – is likely for that John Gowen).

1779 February 6 –”I hereby appoint Captn. John Gowin Commissary in the north part of the Indian line in the name of Edward Hampton [one word illegible] to wit, at Gowins and Hamilton Stations, with power to impress provisions if not to be bought.  Given under my hand the 6th day of February 1779.   John Thomas” South Carolina.  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1779 April 12 – “John Gowen paid indent for rebuilding a stockade fort at Jamison’s Station on the line in 1779. Amt. £5:15:3.  Five pounds; fifteen shillings; three pence farthing; sterling. Ex’d. W.G.  J.M.C.  N.G. South Carolina, Ninety-Six District.  By James Wood, a justice assigned to keep the peace in the District aforesaid.  Personally appeared before me Captain John Gowen and made oath on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that the within account is just and true, and no part thereof received.  Sworn to before me this 12 day April, 1779. James Wood, J.P.  £440 1 966  £9 407 of £5-15-3″ 96 Dist, SC.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm
1779 April 14 – “To John Gowen,  Dr: To building one stockade fort for the use of the publick by order of Colonel William Wofford, S.C.  Valued to 440.  I hereby certify that I ordered John Gowen, Captain, to build, or rather rebuild, a fort at Jamison’s station on the line, April 14, 1779. Hood, L.C. SC.

1779 April 14 – “To John Gowen, building one stockade fort for the use of the publick by order of Colonel William Wofford, S.C.  Valued to 440.  I hereby certify that I ordered John Gowen, Captain, to build, or rather rebuild, a fort at Jamison’s station on the line, April 14, 1779. Hood, L.C. South Carolina.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1779 Aug 21 – “Public Dr to John Gowen: Captain John Gowen this Day made Oath that he supplyed the Militia on the line with the above Mentioned Provisions.  Sworn to before me this 21st August, 1779. W. Wofford  TO John Gowen Captn. Gowen made Oath that he never before made any return of the above account nor received any pay in part nor in full. Sworn to the 27th of May 1783 Before me. Bayliss Earle, J.P.”  South Carolina http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1782 – “John Gowen paid for Provisions for the Militia in 1782, charged.  Amount, Thirty Pounds, seventeen shillings one penny, half penny Sterling.  To John Gowen Dr: To[tal] Provisions for the use of a Station on the Indian Line in the Spartan Regiment by Order of Col. Benjamin Roebuck in the year 1782: 13 Beef Cattle, 9 Hogs, 1 Beef for the expedition against the Indians, £216 pounds.  Ninety Six District, J.P. Captain John Gowen made oath before me that the above account is just and true, and that part of said provisions were furnished by himself and that part which belonged to others shall not be brought against the public by any other person. Certified by Bayliss Earle, J.P. John Gowen ; 96 Dist, SC.  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1783 March 16 – “Pursuant to an act of the General Assembly passed 16th of March, 1783, We the Commissioners of the Treasury, have this Day delivered to Mr. John Gowen this our Indented Certificate, for the Sum of Thirty-six pounds, twelve shillings and four pence Sterling for Provisions for the Militia in 1782  for rebuilding a Stockade fort at Jamison’s Station on the Line in 1779 per 2 accounts audited the said John Gowen, his Executors, Administrators or Assigns, will be entitled to receive from this office the Sum of two pounds, eleven shillings and three pence on Demand for one Year’s Interest on the principal Sum of Thirty-six pounds, twelve shillings  four pence and the like Interest annually.
The said John Gowen, his Executors, Administrators or Assigns will be entitled also to receive, and shall be paid, if demanded, the principal Sum of Thirty-six pounds, twelve Shillings and four pence on the twenty-seventh of September 1789 and the said John Gowen, his Executors, Administrators or Assigns may make any Purchase at any Public Sales of Confiscated Property, except such as shall be ordered by the Legislature for special Purposes; and this Indent shall be received in Payment.
For the true Performance of the several Payments in Manner above-mentioned, the Public Treasury is made liable, and the faith of the State pledged by the aforesaid act.
Given under our hands at the Treasury-Office, in Charleston, the twenty-seventh day of September, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-five.
Peter Boucquet, Commissioners of the Treasury
£36-12-4    Principal; £2-11-3     Annual Interest; X, No. 3522], SC.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1783 March 16 – John Gowen received “5 pounds, 15 shillings, 3 pence farthing Sterling for rebuilding a Stockade fort at Jamison’s Station on the Line in 1779.”  [Box X, No. 760].  Apparently this compensation was interest on the indebtedness. SC.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1783 May 14: Bull, William, Plat of Forfeited Estate for 250 acres in Ninety Six District on Mill Creek and South Pacolet River. Series: S126102 ignore: 0000 Item: 00077 ignore: 000 Names indexed: BULL, WILLIAM; JOHN GOWEN; SALMON, GEORGE Topics: AMERICAN REVOLUTION; FORFEITED ESTATES; LOYALISTS Document type: PLAT Locations: MILL CREEK; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SOUTH PACOLET RIVER, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=314043

1783 May 20 – “John Gowen’s Account for a horse stolen.  Claimed for him by Major John Ford. Postponed.  Given him a copy of the claim.  The time when the horse was stolen should be set forth & the cercumstances should be certified.
Examined  J.G.  Ct.  C.J.”
“The State of South Carolina To Captn John Gowen Dr.
To a black horse stole when on duty on the Indian line by order of Col. Benjamin Roebuck, which said horse was appraised by William Brasher and John Motlow Upon Oath.
Ninety Six District
Personally appeared John Gowen before me and made Oath as the Law Directs that the above said horse was lost in the Service of this State in the manner above mentioned, and that he has never received the said horse or any part of the value thereof, and further declares upon oath that if he should ever get the aforesaid horse, that he will return him to the Commanding Officer of This Regiment or the price that shall be allowed for said Horse.
The aforesaid appraisers being duly Sworn made Report that they valued the above Horse to £190:0:0. John Gowen, Sworn before me 20th of May 1783;   Certified by me Bayliss Earle, J. P.  John Ford, Major.  Dist 96, SC.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1784 May 21 Allen Gowen has 214 acres surveyed on the Sink Hole Fork of the Tygar River bounding NW by Thomas Benson, SE by Michal Miller, delivered to Capt Gowen in 96 Dist, Greenville Co, SC No 309, pg 113  1784 May 21 – Alen Gowen 214 acres, No 309, p 113 Land grants, patents, surveys and plats, v. A 1784-1788, Greenville Co, SC
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKJ-TSC7-Q?i=88&cat=78975

1784 May 21 William Gowen Jr has 116 acres surveyd on Mill Creek waters of S Pacolate River bounded on all sides vacant land, delivered to Capt Gowan. 96 Dist, Greenville Co, SC No 304, pg 111.  1784 May 21 – William Gowin Junr 116 acres, No 304, p 111 Land grants, patents, surveys and plats, v. A 1784-1788, Greenville Co, SC
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKJ-TSCJ-B?i=87&cat=78975

1784 May 21 John Gowin has 400 acres surveyed on the Middle Fork of Saluda, all sides vacant, in 96 Dist, Greenville Co, SC No 19, pg 8.   1784 May 25: JOHN Gowen, PLAT FOR 400 ACRES ON MIDDLE FORK OF SALUDA RIVER, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY WILLIAM BENSON. Series: S213190 Volume: 0006 Page: 00047 Item: 000 Names indexed: BENSON, WILLIAM; GOWEN, JOHN Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SALUDA RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=179890  1784 May 21 – John Gowin 400 acres, No 19, pg 8. Land grants, patents, surveys and plats, v. A 1784-1788, Greenville Co, SC
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKJ-TSCX-7?i=36&cat=78975  1784 October 15 – John Gowen received a land grant of 400 acres located on the middle forks of the Saluda River October 15, 1784, according to Greenville County Deed Book 1, page 593.  This land was located about 10 miles southwest of his earlier grant on the Tyger River. Greenville Co, SC.  https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/362216?availability=Family%20History%20Library  (Note:  This is not the Greenville book – it must be the South Carolina Grant book.  South Carolina Grant Book 1 is not available online yet, check back at later date).     http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1784 May 21 – William Gowen 394 acres, No 295, p 109 Land grants, patents, surveys and plats, v. A 1784-1788, Greenville Co, SC
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKJ-TSCQ-M?i=86&cat=78975  1784 May 21 – Land: grant 394 acres on Sink Hole Fork of the Middle Tyger River, 21 May 1782, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. 2 “The State of South Carolina granted 394 acres on Sink Hole Fork of the Middle Tyger River to William Gowen May 21, 1782. The land was surveyed for him May 26, 1782, and the surveyor noted that it lay “east of land laid out to Edmund Bearden and bounded on all other sides by vacant land.”  (Note:  This land was later willed to Ann Gowen Easley, his daughter. The adjoining land of Edmund Bearden was later acquired by his nephew, Maj. John Gowen.).   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm  1784 May 26: WILLIAM GOWEN, PLAT FOR 394 ACRES ON SINKHOLE FORK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY WILLIAM BENSON.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0006 Page: 00048 Item: 000 Names indexed: BEARDIN, EDMOND; BENSON, WILLIAM; GOWEN, WILLIAM Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SINKHOLE FORK; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina 1784 May 26: for 39pounds 8sterling, William Gowen, 394 acres in Ninety Six District on the Sinkhole fork of the Middle Tyger River adj. Edmund Beardon, 21 Jan 1785. Plat cert. 26 May 1784. 4: 190. Ninety Six Dist, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=179891  1784 May 26 William Gowen has 394 acres surveyed on the Sink Hole Fork of Middle Tygar River bounding E by Edmond Beardon and all other sides vacant, in 96 Dist, Greenville Co, SC No 295, pg 109

1784 Aug 10 – John Gowin receives a PLAT FOR 239 ACRES ON SOUTH PACOLET RIVER, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY WILLIAM BENSON.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0006 Page: 00054 Item: 000 Names indexed: BATES, JAMES; BENSON, WILLIAM; GOWIN, JOHN Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SOUTH PACOLET RIVER, South Carolina.   http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=179897   1784 August 10 John Gowen has 239 acres surveyed on S Pacolate River bounded on all sides vacant land in 96 Dist, Greenville County, South Carolina No 596, pg 200.  1784 May 6 – John Gowin 239 acres, No 596, p 200 Land grants, patents, surveys and plats, v. A 1784-1788, Greenville Co, SC
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKJ-TSHN-4?i=134&cat=78975

1784 October 15 John Bearden was located on the north side of Tyger River near the homestead of John Gowen, according to South Carolina Land Grant Book 3, page 427.  John Bearden died in 1797 in Spartanburg County.  https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/362216?availability=Family%20History%20Library  (Note:  This book not available online yet, check back at later date).
1759 John Gowen was married about 1759 to Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden, daughter of John Bearden and Lettice Winn Bearden and a descendant of Minor Winn, Sr. and Margaret O’Connor Winn.  John Bearden was born in 1717 to Francis Bearden and Sarah Blassingame Bearden.    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm ,

1784 August 10 John Gowen has 239 acres surveyed on S Pacolate River bounded on all sides vacant land in 96 Dist, Greenville County, South Carolina No 596, pg 200.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=179897

1785 Jan 21: MCNEEL, JOHN, PLAT FOR 100 ACRES ON MILL CREEK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY WILLIAM BENSON. Series: S213190 Volume: 0007 Page: 00278 Item: 001 Names indexed: BENSON, WILLIAM; JOHN GOWAN; HENDERSON, DANIEL; MCNEEL, JOHN Document type: PLAT Locations: MILL CREEK; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; PACOLET RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=180800

1785 Feb 22: BURRUS, JOHN, PLAT FOR 150 ACRES ON BRANCH OF CHECKAROA CREEK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JAMES SEABORN.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0008 Page: 00378 Item: 002 Names indexed: BURRUS, JOHN; JOHN GOIN; SEABORN, JAMES Document type: PLAT Locations: CHICORA CREEK; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SALUDA RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=181984

1785 July 30: JOHN GOWEN, PLAT FOR 294 ACRES ON BRANCH OF TWELVE MILE RIVER, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JOSEPH WHITNER. Series: S213190 Volume: 0011 Page: 00328 Item: 002 Names indexed: GOWEN, JOHN; HOOPER, ENOCH; WHITNER, JOSEPH Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; TWELVE MILE CREEK, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=184235

1785 Aug 12: LYNCH, WILLIAM, PLAT FOR 100 ACRES ON SOUTH PACOLATE RIVER, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JOSEPH WHITNER.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0008 Page: 00336 Item: 002 Names indexed: JOHN GOWEN; LYNCH, WILLIAM; THOMPSON, GEORGE; WHITNER, JOSEPH Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SALUDA RIVER; SOUTH PACOLET RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=181900

1785 Aug 19.  John Gowen was deeded 294 acres of land in Abbeville County, District 96, “above the branches of Twelve-Mile River,” according to Abbeville County Deed Book B, page 153.  This land lay some 60 miles south of his property on the Tyger River.  Abbeville Co, SC.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm  1785 Aug 19 – John Gowen records a plat for 294 acres of land above the line of the E Branches of Twelve Mile River bounding NE on Enoch Hooper’s land. Surveyed on July 30 last. Plats for Edmund Bearden and James Allen are on the same page. Lettice Gowen’s plat is on the very next page 53. Plat books, 1784-1788, Book B, p 52. Abbeville Co, SC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSK7-BSN3-Y?i=402&cat=319727

1785 Aug 19 – Lettice Gowen records a plat for 256 acres of land situate above the line on the Small Creek of Twelve Mile River, bounding all sides vacant. Land was surveyed on July 27 last. Plat books, 1784-1788, Book B, p 53. Abbeville Co, SC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSK7-BSN3-7?i=403&cat=319727   1785 October 20 – Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen, “citizen” received a land patent of 256 acres in Abbeville County, south of the Saluda River on a small creek of Twelve-mile River, according to Abbeville County Deed Book B, page 73.  She and her husband sold the property December 13, 1785 to Benjamin Barton of Greenville County for £100.  The deed was recorded October 20, 1788 in Anderson County, South Carolina.  Allan Gowen, kinsman of John Gowen and William Anderson were witnesses to the deed December 13, 1788 before John Ford, J.P. Abbeville Co., SC.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1785 Sept – “John Gowin” was granted “a license to retail Spiritous Liquors and to keep a private house of entertainment,” according to the minutes of the Spartanburg County Court in its September 1785 term. Spartanburg Co, SC.  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1785 Nov 16 – John Gowen records a plat for 340 acres situate above the line on both sides of George’s Creek and Branch of Salludy River bounding Eastward on Duncan’s land, southeastward on Edmund Bearden’s land, the ohter sides vacant. Surveyed on Oct 13 last. Plat books, 1784-1788, Book B, p 90. Abbeville Co, SC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSK7-BSFB-8?i=440&cat=319727  1785 John Gowen received a land grant of 340 acres in District 96 “on both sides of George’s Creek of Saluda River, adjoining Edmund Bearden,” 96 Dist, SC.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1785 Nov 26: JOHN GOIN, PLAT FOR 237 ACRES ON WATERS OF LITTLE RIVER AND BEAVER CREEK, CAMDEN DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JAMES DOUGHARTY.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0009 Page: 00371 Item: 001 Names indexed: DOUGHARTY, JAMES; GOIN, JOHN; GWINN, JOHN; ROGERS, HENRY Document type: PLAT Locations: BEAVER CREEK; CAMDEN DISTRICT; LITTLE RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=182791

1786, when Ann Gowen Easley petitioned the government for military pay for her deceased husband and son, she requested that the payment be made to “Captain John Gowen.”  He was shortly promoted to major, and subsequently was referred to as Major John Gowen. SC.  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1786 – John Gowen
In the state census of South Carolina taken in 1786 the house­hold of John “Buck” Gowen appeared in Spartanburg County, District 96, page 89:
Spartanburg Co., District 96, SC

1786 January 26 –Another indent was issued by the Treasury Commissioners January 26, 1786 in the amount of 66 pounds, 11 shillings, 6 pence for John Gowen to reimburse him for 2,663 rations supplied the militia in 1779.  Yearly interest of “L4:13:2” was provided by the indent.  [Box X, No. 1443].
He finally received  “21 pounds, 8 shillings, 6 pence, three farthings Sterling” for the horse that was stolen from him in the Indian campaign in additional compensation.  After the Revolution, Col. John Thomas who had been one of the commanding officers of John  Gowen was appointed Land Commissioner for District 96.  From the state he received 15 land grants. 96 Dist, SC.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1786 May 1- Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen
was granted land in District 96, located on “Twelve-Mile Creek,” according to Abbeville County Deed Book 9, page 38.  “Twelve-Mile Creek” is probably identical with “Twelve-Mile River” of an earlier grant, since both were located in Abbeville County.
96 Dist, SC

1786 June 10: JOHN GOWEN, PLAT FOR 362 ACRES ON BEAVER DAM CREEK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JOSEPH WHITNER FOR ANNE EASTLEY ON JULY 12, 1785. Series: S213190 Volume: 0009 Page: 00432 Item: 001 Names indexed: BARRETT, RUBEN; EASTLEY, ANNE; GOWEN, JOHN; THOMPSON, ABSOLAM; WHITNER, JOSEPH Document type: PLAT Locations: BEAVER DAM CREEK; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SALUDA RIVER; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=182958

1786 August 14 – Another indent was issued by the Treasury Commissioners August 14, 1786 in the amount of 76 pounds, 11 shillings, 5 pence to John Gowen to compensate him for “duty done in the Militia as a Capt. in Roebuck’s Regiment since the fall of Charleston [1780].”  It also provided for annual interest of five pounds, seven shillings and two pence.  [Box X, No. 3522]. SC.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1786 Aug 14 – John Gowen
The indents, issued by the Treasury August 14, 1786, were approved long after the death of David Gowen of Fairfield County, son of Daniel Gowen and Rebecca Gowen.  David Gowen was killed by Indians in the winter of 1779-80 at Manskers Station in Davidson County, Tennessee.  William Gowen, regarded as his grandfather, was the executor of his estate at Nashville.  Levi Gowen, “who passes for mulatto,” brother of David Gowen, applied successful for the administration of the estate in Fairfield County and gave “John Gowen, gentleman of Daverson County” his power of attorney.  John Gowen, son of William Gowen, was a kinsman of Levi Gowen and David Gowen.
Fairfield Co, SC

1786 Aug 14 – John Gowen, David Gowen, Daniel Gowen, Rebecca Gowen, William Gowen, Levi Gowen
William Gowen – grandfather of David
John Gowen – (son of William, and called brother (actually 1st cousin) of Daniel) given power of attorney to do land transaction.
Daniel Gowen and Rebecca Gowen – parents of David Gowen b. ? – d. 1779-80 killed by Indians.
– Levi Gowen – brother of David Gowen
The indents, issued by the Treasury August 14, 1786, were approved long after the death of David Gowen of Fairfield County, son of Daniel Gowen and Rebecca Gowen.  David Gowen was killed by Indians in the winter of 1779-80 at Manskers Station in Davidson County, Tennessee.  William Gowen, regarded as his grandfather, was the executor of his estate at Nashville.  Levi Gowen, “who passes for mulatto,” brother of David Gowen, applied successful for the administration of the estate in Fairfield County and gave “John Gowen, gentleman of Daverson County” his power of attorney.  John Gowen, son of William Gowen, was a kinsman of Levi Gowen and David Gowen.
Fairfield Co, SC
(Alexander Gowen had died in 1775, Daniel Gowen had died in 1785 (a year before this affid), so likely the closest people they knew with responsibility/respect in area were uncle William Gowen – still alive, and cousin John Gowen).

1786 Aug 31 John Gowen has 640 acres surveyd on the Middle of Sink Hole Fork of Tygar River bounded by Edmond Beardon N, by the Glassy Mountain, E by James Dawson’s land, in 96 Dist, Greenville Co, SC No 1626, pg 181.

1786 September 25 – Joseph Vaughan who had militia duty under Col. Roebuck and Col. Anderson requested September 25, 1786, “Please pay the interest on my indent for the past three years to C. C. Schmitt.”  On December 22, 1788 he requested that it be paid “to John Gowen for the purchase of 640 acres of land.” SC.

1786 Dec 21: JOHN GOWEN, PLAT FOR 130 ACRES ON BRANCH OF TYGAR RIVER, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY ANDREW THOMSON FOR HUGH THOMPSON.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0012 Page: 00045 Item: 001 Names indexed: BEARDON, EDMOND; GOWEN, JOHN; THOMPSON, HUGH; THOMSON, ANDREW Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=184363

1787 January 24- Maj. John Gowen received a grant to 342 acres in District 96, according to Deed Book 14, page 137.  96 Dist, SC.  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1787 March 3: EDSON, CUSHMAN, PLAT FOR 640 ACRES ON SINK HOLE AND MIDDLE FORKS OF TYGER RIVER, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY ANDREW THOMSON FOR JOHN GOWAN.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0016 Page: 00002 Item: 000 Names indexed: BEARDON, EDMOND; DAWSON, JONAS; EDSON, CUSHMAN; GOWAN, JOHN; THOMSON, ANDREW Document type: PLAT Locations: GLASSY MOUNTAIN; MIDDLE TYGER RIVER; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SINKHOLE FORK, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=186553

1787 September 20 – John Gowen and Allan Gowen were witnesses to a power of attorney executed September 20, 1787 by John Combs of Washington County, North Carolina to John Molen of Greenville County, according to Greenville County Deed Book A, page 213. Greenville Co, SC.    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1788 Feb 21 Hugh Lewis being about to remove from South Carolina to Cumberland River of North Carolina appoint my trusty and well beloved friend John Gowen of Spartanburg SC, Gent, my true and lawful attorney to sell land on the Reedy River adjoining William Young, John Gowen, Francis Clayton, and another tract surveyed by Capt William Benson, land being surveyed for me being 213 acres. Signed: Hugh Lewis. Wits: Baylis Earle, Charles Littleton. Greenville County, South Carolina. Bk A, pg 215.  1788 February 20 – John Gowen received power of attorney February 20, 1788 from Hugh Lewis, “I Hugh Lewis, about to remove from South Carolina to Cumberland River of North Carolina, appoint my friend, John Gowen my attorney to sell my land,” according to Greenville County Deed Book A, page 215. Greenville Co, SC.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1788 Feb 21 John Gowen has 1000 acres warranted, surveyed 553 acres boundary on both sides of Brometts Creek and Wolf Creek, waters of the Middle Fork of Saluda River, bounded NE and SE by vacant land, SW and SE by Brometts, by a hill SW, and SE and SW by Jesse Mayfield, and vacant NW, and NE by John Reaves and John Gowins land NW, by Gowins land NE, NW, and SW, by Burnes’ land NW by Gowins land. Greenville County, SC. No 3145, pg 94.

1788 March 1 – Mathias Sulser deeded 400 acres on the South Tyger River to John  Gowen for 200 pounds, according to Greenville County Deed Book A, page 245. Greenville Co, SC.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm  1788 March 1 Mathias Sulser of Greenville Co to John Gowen of Spartanburg Co land granted unto Thomas Davis a tract of 400 acres on both sides of the South Tygar River
all sides vacant, conveyed from Thomas Davis to Mathias Sulser on Jan 15 1786. These 400 acres now conveyed to John Gowen.  Signed: Matthias Sulser and Eve Sulser. Wits: Robert McCreary, Henry Bates, George Thomson. Greenville Co, SC. Bk A, pg 245.

1788 May 19 262 acres from James Clayton to John Spence, proved by oath of John Gowen and Robert Harper. Greenville Co, SC. Bk A, pg 246.

1788 July 24 John Gowen has 1000 acres warranted, surveyd 215 acres on Mill Creek and branches of South Pacolet River, bounded by John McClure land, John Gowin land. Greenville County, SC. No. 3145, pg 93.

1788 October 10 John Gowen received a grant of 215 acres on Hill Creek of the Pacolet River, “adjoining land of John McClune,” according to Greenville County Grant Book D, page 93. Greenville Co, SC.  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

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

1789 Feb 4: BARTON, THOMAS, PLAT FOR 400 ACRES ON BRANCH OF PACKS CREEK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY WILLIAM THOMAS.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0024 Page: 00021 Item: 001 Names indexed: BARTON, THOMAS; ELLIS, BENJAMIN; JOHN GOWEN; HALCOM, JORDAN; MURRY, SHADRACK; THOMAS, WILLIAM Document type: PLAT Locations: MIDDLE TYGER RIVER; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; PACK BRANCH; SOUTH TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=191078

1789 July 4 Richard Henson of Greenville recd 214 acres of land from Allen Gowen of Greenville, land located in 96th Dist on the Sink Hole Fork of Tygar River bounding NW by Thomas Benson land, SE by Michael Miller land, and all other sides vacant. Land was granted to Allen Gowen on Jan 21 1785. Signed: Allen Gowen. Wits: Thomas Ponder, Stephen Dill. Greenville County, SC. Bk B, pg 51.

1790 – John Gowin
US Census – first head of Household
South Carolina – 96 District, Spartanburg Co. – page 89
4 males over 16, 4 males under 16, 6 females – white. 18 slaves.
http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1790k-03.pdf

1790 – Allen Gowin
US Census – first head of Household
South Carolina – 96 District, Greenville Co. – page 69
1 males over 16, 0 males under 16, 1 females – white. 0 slaves.
http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1790k-03.pdf.

1790 Jany. 7 – John Gowen William Benson
A penciled notation on the bottom of the indent signed by John “Buck” Gowen indicated that he received eight shillings interest on the indent in November 1790.  Another notation below that reveals, “Rec’d. 7th Jany. 1790 Int. to 1st April last. L0-4-0. William Benson.”

1790 May 10 – John Gowen and Letty Gowen his wife of Spartanburg convey 256 acres on 12 Mile Creek to Benj Barton. Bk A, p 98, Anderson Co, SC
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS73-JHYW?i=62&cat=296924

1790 July 16 Anne Easley to Edmund Bearden 500 acres of land in Greenville County, on the S side of Reedy River being part of a tract of land granted to Ann Easleyon Jan 1, 1785 containing 287 acres on Isham Clayton’s branch, down to the river. Signed: Ann Easley. Wits: John Gowen, Abs. Thompson. Greenville County, SC. Bk B, pg 253. (Ann Easley is sister of John Gowen)

1790 December 1 – John Gowen was given power of attorney for Thomas Wheelwright Pearson, one of the executors of the estate of Abner Nash in Spartanburg County December 1, 1790, according to Spartanburg County Deed Book C, page 230-31.  Other executors named in the will were Jacob Blount, Sr, Alfred Moore and William Blount.  William Easley and Allen Gowen witnessed the instrument which was recorded April 4, 1794. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm , https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSHM-643X?i=131&cat=381052

1790 Dec 1 Peter Bennett hires John Gowen to dispose of property owned by Abner Nash decd in Spartanburg SC
1786 Nov 22 Abner Nash Esq late of Craven made his last will and testamentand appt Jacob Blunt Sr, Alford Moore, Thomas Pearson, and William Blunt his executors of will. Peter Bennett the attorny of Whiteright Pearson, appoint John Gowen of Spartanburg my attorney and attorney for Whitewright Pearson executor. Signed P. Bennett.
Wits: William Easley, Allen Gowen.  Spartanburg Co, SC Conveyance books, v. C-E 1792-1797. Book C pg 230 (pg 132 of FamilySearch).
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSHM-643X?mode=g&i=131&cat=381052

1791 April 4 Samuel Easley of Washington Dist conveys to Allen Gowen of Washington Dist land part of a grant dated Jan 21, 1784 to Samuel Easley containing 350 acres on both sides of S Pacolate River including place where Samuel Easley now lives. Samuel Easley sells unto Allen Gowen 200 acres of this grant on the S side of the land. Signed: Samuel Easley. Wits: William Easley, Vincent Anderson, John Easley. Greenville County, SC. Bk D, pg 56.

1791 April 7 Philemon Martin and William Rush to John Gowen, Esquire 200 acres in Spartanburg Co SC
Between William Rush of North Carolina and John Gowen of South Carolina and Pinckney Dist. Re a grant to Jesse Martin Gov of NC conveyed to Timothy Terrill on Nov 25 1771 200 acres on both sides of the Mill Creek waters of the N side of South Pakotate where John McNeel formerly lived. Later fell into hands of William Rush who sells for 30 pounds to John Gowen 200 acres.  Spartanburg Co SC, Conveyance books, v. 1A-B 1785-1792. pg 450 (pg 363 in FamilySearch).
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1791 April 11 Treasurers of State from John Gowen commissioned as Sheriff in Spartanburg Co SC Bk B, pg 472.  John Gowen to The Treasurers of South Carolina Bond of Office No 392.
Know all men by these presents that we John Gowen, William Benson and Andrew Thomas are held and firmly bound unto the commissioners of the Treasury of the State aforesaid, for the time being their heirs and successors in said office, in the sum of fifteen hundred pounds lawful money, to be paid to the said Treasurers or their successors aforesaid, to which payment will and truly to be made and done, we bind ourselves and each of us, our heirs executors and administrators firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated the 11th day of April, AD 1791.
The condition of the above obligation is each that if the above bounded John Gowenlately appointed and commissioned Sheriff of the County of Spartanburgh in the State abovesaid, shalll will and faithfully execute the office of Sheriff of the County aforesaid and collect all fees and taxes to him delivered, and pay the same according to law. And in all other things observe and execute his said office, during the term of his being Sheriff of said county. Then the above obligation to be void and of none effect. Otherwise to remain in full force in law.
Signed: John Gowen, William Benson, Andrew Thomson. Sign’d seal’d and delivered in open court. Spartanburg County, SC. Bk B, pg 472.

1792 March 27 John Gowen of Spartanburg conveys land to Abner Senter of Greenville, conveying 160 acres on both sides of Fortinberry’s Branch granted to John Gowen on Jan 1 1787. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: John Malin, Joshua Gausnell. Greenville Co, SC. Book E, pg 275.

1792 April 10 – The Spartanburg County Court ordered the county treasurer to “pay Maj. John Gowen, the Sheriff of this county, the sum of five pounds for his extra services for one year.”  In the county court minutes of Spartanburg County, January session, 1796 the county treasurer was ordered to pay John Gowen five pounds “for his extra fees in the year 1795 as he then acted as Sheriff for this county.”  In a later conveyance of land in that county he is referred to as “John Gowen, late sheriff of Spartanburg County,” in Spartanburg County Deed Book F, page 178. Spartanburg Co, SC.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

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

1792 June 23 John Clayton to William Easley wits John Gowen and Allen Gowen  Greenville Co, SC Bk C, p 292  1792 June 23 John Clayton to William Easley, conveying a grant of Dec 5, 1791 to John Clayton containing 925 acres on both sides of Middle Tygar River John Clayton sells 250 acres of this land to William Easley land bounded by James Varner’s land. Signed: John Clayton. Wits: John Gowen, Allen Gowen, V Anderson. Greenville County, SC. Bk C, pg 292.

1792 June 25 – John Gowen conveys 294 acres on 12 Mile River to Henry Norton Bk B, p. 81, Anderson Co, SC  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS73-JHYC?i=285&cat=296924

1792 July 5 – John Gowen sold 340 acres located “on George’s Creek on the south side of the Saluda River” that had been granted to his sister, Ann Gowen Easley in 1785 by Gov. Guerrard.  This land had passed through the hands of Edmund Bearden, brother-in-law to John Gowen, then to “Mr. Jamison,” then back to the State of South Carolina and finally was granted to John Gowen by Gov. Pinckney.  James Easley, believed to be his nephew; Jesse Moss and Winn Bearden, brother-in-law to the major, witnessed the deed. SC.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1792 July 6 John Gowen recd 249 acres from Wm Jamison in Spartanburg Co SC.
John Gowen of Pinckney Dist from William Jamison of Washington Dist, recd land granted April 5 1790 to William Jamison containing 249 acres on N fork of Mill Creek of the S fork of Paccolate. Signed William Jamison. Wits James Jordan, Thomas Binson,
and William Martin. Spartanburg Co, SC Conveyance books, v. C-E 1792-1797. Book C pg 115 (pg 74 of FamilySearch).
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1792 October 15 John Gowen of Spartanburg to Margaret Hawkins of Greenville County, grant dated Oct 3, 1791 to John Gowen land containing 215 acres on both sides of Mill Creek on waters of S Pacolate. Deed to Margaret Hawkins for 10 acres bounded by John McLure’s line.  Signed: John Gowen. Wits: William Gowen, John Malin, Daniel Stonesiffer. Greenville Co, SC. Bk C, pg 477.

1792 Nov 9 John Young Jr of Spartanburg from John Gowen as attorney for Hugh Lewis of North Carolina and Tennury County, conveying 213 acres in Greenville County on both sides of Claytons Branch of Reedy River on William Young’s line. Land previously granted go Hugh Lewis on Sept 5, 1784.  Signed: John Gowen attorney for Hugh Lewis. Wits: William Easley, Thomas White, Allen Gowen. Greenville County, SC. Bk D, pg 479.

1793 January 22- John Gowen was granted 1,000 acres of land in Washington and Pinckney Counties, Union District, according to Washington County Deed Book 32, page 142 and Pinckney County Deed Book 14, page 137.  He sold a tract of land granted to him in 1791 to Matthew Hawkins of Greenville County August 3, 1795 for 50 pounds, according to Greenville County Deed Book D, page 308.

1793 Feb 7 Allen Gowen of Greenville received from Aaron Short of Greenville a certain grant dated December 5, 1791 to Aaron Short containing 220 acres on both sides of S Pacolate River. Aaron Short sells to Allen Gowen 100 acres of the above grant adjacent to land of Allen Gowen, Aaron Short’s line. Signed: Aaron Short. Wits: Thomas White, Samuel Easley, Charles Skags. Greenville County, SC. Bk D, pg 55.

1793 April 12 John Gowen 1000 acre warrant, 125 acres surveyed in Washington Dist, on Bartons Creek of Tygar River bounding William Davis’ land, James Neel’s land, William Barton, Benjamin Barton’s land, and John Gowen’s land. Greenville County, SC. No 3905, pg 391.

1793 April 13 John Gowen 1000 acre warrant, 1000 acres surveyed in Washington Dist and Pinkney Dist, both sides of lines for Spartanburg and Greenville Counties on both sides of Pacolet River, bounded by Wm Moultrey, Jas Bates, Maj Gowin’s land, land laid out for William Linch, and George Thomson, all other sides vacant. Greenville County, SC. No 3570, pg 247.

1794 March 18 John Gowan to Bartholomew Grogan 150 acres on Beaverdam. Whereas by a certain grant bearing date Nov 25, 1771, from his excellency Joseph Martin Esq Governer and Commander in and over the State of North Carolina . . . granted Abigail Terrel a tract of land containing 150 acres on both sides of the Beaver Dam Creek of S Packolate, including the plantation that said Grogin bought of Isaac Spevey. Such grant has since been transferred in unto said GowenJohn Gowen sells unto said Grogin the above mentioned tract. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Isaac Spivey, James(?) Gowen.   Spartanburg Co SC, Bk D, pg 9

1794 June 20 John Gowen to Margaret Hawkins trans in Greenville Co, SC Bk C, p 477

1794 Oct 1 Allen Gowen of Greenville conveys to William Easley of Greenville part of a grant dated Jan 21 1784 to Samuel Easley containing 350 acres on both sides of S Pacolate River where Samuel Easley and Allen Gowen now live. Allen Gowen sells 200 acres of the above tract to William Easley. Signed: Allen Gowen. Wits: John Gowen, William Anderson, William Gowen. Greenville County, SC. Bk D, pg 72, 73.

1794 Oct 1 Allen Gowen of Greenville conveys to William Easley of Greenville part of a tract lying on S Pacolate River granted to Aaron Short on Dec 5, 1791 bounded by land laid out to Samuel Easley and Allen Gowen. Signed: Allen Gowen. Wits: John Gowen,William Anderson, William Gowen. Greenville County, SC. Bk D, pg 72, 73.

1795 Feb 14 Thomas Easley 200 acres of land in Greenville Co on Breash Creek a branch of Saluda River, conveyed from Thomas Blasingame proven before John Blasingame Esq by oath of John Macbeth. Signed: This Blasingame. Wits: John Macbeth and Elizabeth Blasingame. Greenville Co, SC. Bk K, pg 90

1795 May 4 – John Gowen conveys 340 acres on Georges Creek to Wm Jamison Bk C&D, p 3, Anderson Co, SC  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS73-JC4W?i=500&cat=296924

1795 August 3 John Gowen of Spartanburg to Nathan Morgan of Greenville, part of two tracts of land on both sides of a small creek on the N side of S Pacolate including the plantation where Morgan now lives, originally to John Gowen on Jan 21, 1785 and Oct 3, 1791 located between Morgans and Matthew Hawkins on the widow Hawkins line, between Morgan and Charles Smith’s line containing 130 acres. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Michael Miles, John Easley, William Gowen. Greenville County, SC. Bk F, pg 174

1795 Aug 3 John Gowen of Spartanburg conveys land to Matthew Hawkins of Greenville, land located on the N side of S Pacolate, granted to John Gowen on Oct 3 1791 adjacent to widow Hawkins, between Nathan Morgan and widdow Hawkins, 60 acres. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Michll Miles, Thomas Ponder, John Easley. Greenville Co, SC. Bk D, pg 308.

1796 May 7 Moses Spann conveys land to John Gowen, land located in Greenville on S Pacolate River all sides vacant when surveyed. 101 acres when granted to James Bates on Jan 21, 1795. Bates conveyed to Moses Spann. Signed: Moses Spann. Wits: William Easley, John Roebuck, Willey Brown. Greenville Co, SC. Bk D, pg 309.

1796 June 10 Robert Goodgione of Greenville conveys land to John Gowen of Spartanburg, land on Mottows Creek, adjacent to McRavey’s corner, McRays corner, 250 acres, was part of a tract containing 837 acres granted May 1, 1793 to Robert Goodgine. Signed: Robert Goodgion, Rachel Goodgion. Wits: Willey L Beacon, John Whitten. Greenville Co, SC. Bk O, pg. 181

1796 Aug 5 John Gowen of Spartanburg conveys land to John Kirkland, land located in Greenville County, on both sides of Mill Creek of S Pacolate River, bounding Robucks corner, 100 acres, originally granted on March 22, 1785 to William Jameson, conveyed by him to John Gowen including the plantation and where James Maxwell now lives. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: James Bates, James Maxwell, Willey Brown. Greenville Co, SC. Bk D, pg 333.

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.

1797 Jan 10 John Gowen to Abner Hona 100 acres on Mill Cr.  John Gowen of Spartanburg County, to Abner Hona of Spartanburg County, a tract of land in Spartanburg County on both sides of the S Fork of the Mill Creek . . . between the N Fork and the S Fork of said Mill Creek . . . containing 100 acres including the plantation commonly called McNeals Old Place. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: John Easley, John Robuck. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk E, pg 22

1797 Jan 11 Matthew Hawkins from John Gowen in Greenville Co, SC Bk D, pg 308

1797 Jan 11 John Gowen from Moses Spann in Greenville Co, SC Bk D, pg 309  1797 January 11 – John Gowen received a deed from Moses Spann to 101 acres on the South Pacolet River for 100 pounds, according to Greenville County Deed Book D, page 309.  Greenville Co, SC.

1797 January 20 – John Gowen deeded 100 acres to John Kirkland for 60 pounds, according to Greenville County Deed Book D, page 333. Greenville Co, SC.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1797 Jan 28 William Easley conveys land to Merrick Harrington, land located on both sides of S Pacolate land granted to Samuel Easley on Jan 21, 1785, then conveyed to Allen Gowen part of the tract, then Allen Gowen to William Easley. Located below Greens Creek, 200 acres, other part containing 100 acres that had originally been granted to Aaron Short on Dec 5, 1791 and then conveyed to Allen Gowen, and then Gowen conveyed to William Easley. Signed: William Easley. Wits: Charles Smith, Willey S Brown. Greenville Co, SC. Bk D, pg 349.

1797 July 19 John Gowen Sheriff to William Dalton 200 acres on N Pacolet R.   John Gowen late Sheriff of Spartanburg County, SC to William Dalton of Spartanburg County, whereas John Moore was lately seized in fee simple to him . . . a tract of land containing 200 acres in the District of Pinckney, Spartanburg County, on both sides of N Pacolet River . . . whereas Winthrop Todd attained a judgment in Spartanburg County at the Jan Term 1792 against John Moore for 86 pounds, 19 shillings sterling money, and costs. Levy against John Moore for judgment . . . said John Gowen Sheriff did seize and execute the tract of land after notice, and sold at auction on June 13, 1792. William Dalton won bid. John Gowen conveyed land to William Dalton. Signed: John Gowen, Sheriff. Wits: S Farrow, John Lancaster. Proved up July 19, 1796. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk F, pg 178

1797 August 25 – Majer Gowen was mentioned in a deed dated August 25, 1797 in which John Barnes of Greenville Co, SC conveyed “50 acres adjacent Mager Gowens Corner” to  John Swaffer for £30 sterling.  Greenville Co, SC.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1797 Oct 7 Moses Clayton of Materson County, Kentuckey conveys land to William Easley of Greenville County, SC, land where James Brasel formerly lived, now known as Brazils place being formerly granted to John Clayton from Clayton to William Clayton, from William Clayton to Moses Clayton, containing 150 acres, adjacent to James Varner’s land, and between William Clayton and William Easley’s land. Signed: Moses Clayton. Wits: Samuel Bell, Isham Clayton, William Gowen. Greenville County, SC. Bk E, pg 162.

1797 Nov 14 John Gowen of Spartanburg conveys land to John Kirkland of Greenville, land in Greenville and Spartanburg on the county line and through it on both sides of Mill Creek of S Pacolate River, originally granted on Jan 1, 1787(?) to William Jameson by him conveyed to John Gowen, adjoining John Kirkland’s land where he lives, estimated 50 acres, and another tract originally granted to William Jamison with another 50 acresgranted on April 5, 1790 and then conveyed to John Gowen (the lower end of sd tract). Signed: John Gowen. Wits: John Roebuck, Bartholomew Grogan, Willey Brown. Greenville County, SC. Bk D. pg 504.

1798 Feb 28 John Gowen conveys land to Benjamin Merrit of Greenville, land located on both sides of the N Fork of Merritts Mill Creek waters of the N Fork of Saluda River, originally granted to James Rutherford on October 1, 1792 and convey to John Gowen on Jan 20 1793. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Alexander Anderson, William Easley. Greenville Co, SC. Bk E, pg 110.

1798 March 27 John Kirkland from John Gowen in Greenville Co, SC Bk D, pg 504

1799 June 15 John Gowen to Abner Senter in Greenville Co, SC Bk E, pg 275

1799 Dec 1 Samuel Warren of St James Santee conveys land to John Gowen of Pinkney District, SC, land totalling 850 acres in the 96 District on the S Fork of the Beaverdam of Entree River granted to Samuel Warren. Signed: S Warren. Witnesses: William GowenJames Gowen. Proved up on Oct 23, 1800. Recorded Nov 20, 1801. Greenville County, SC. Bk F, pg 310.

1800 US Census in Greenville County, SC with Arke Gowen with 1 white female 26-44 yrs, 3 white males under 10, 1 white female under 10.

1800 US Census in Greenville County, SC with Benjamin Gowen with 1 white female 45 years or older, and 6 free persons “all other”

1800 US Census in Greenville County, SC with Lucy Gowen with 1 white female 45 years or older, 2 white females 22 to 46, 2 white females 16 to 25, 2 white females 10 to 15, 2 white males 10 to 15, 1 white male under 10.

1800 US Census in Greenville County, SC with Mary Gowen with 1 white female 26 to 44, 1 white female under 10, 2 white males under 10.

1800 US Census in Greenville County, SC with Thomas Gowen with 1 white male 26 to 44, 3 white males under 10, 1 white female 26 to 44, 2 white females under 10.

1800 US Census in Greenville County, SC with William Gowen with 1 white male 16 to 25, 1 white male under 10, 1 white female 16 to 25, 1 white female under 10.

1800 US Census in Spartanburg County, SC with John Gowen, 1 white male over 45, 1 white male 16 to 25, 2 white males 10 to 15, 1 white female over 45, 1 white female 16 to 25, 1 white female 10 to 15, 1 white female under 10.

1800 Feb 4 William Gowen of Greenville County, SC conveys land to David Norris of same, land located on both sides of the Middle Fork of the Saluda River. Signed: William Gowen. Wits: John Blythe, Wesley Arrasmith. Greenville County, SC. Bk G, pg 16.

1800 Oct 23 Samuel Warren LD to John Gowen in Greenville Co SC Bk F, pg 310

1800 Oct 28 John Gowen to James McDowell 250 acres on Lawsons Fork.  John Gowen of Spartanburg County, SC to James McDowell of Spartanburg County, a tract of land on the branches of S Pacolate River and Lawsons Fork containing 250 acresoriginally granted to James Rutherford, by him conveyed to Major John Gowen on Jan 19, 1793. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: William Anderson, Robert McDowell. Proved up Oct 28, 1800. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk G, pg 134

1801 John Gowen and two other men contracted to build a new courthouse and jail for Spartanburg County, began to run into cost overruns before its completion and petitioned the South Carolina General Assembly and the South Carolina Senate for additional money.  Their petitions read:
“General Assembly Petitions, 1801, No. 49.
“To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina:
“The humble petition of the undertakers of the public Building for Spartanburgh District Sheweth that whereas they have engaged to compleat the Court House and Jail for the above District at an underrate much less than you in your liberality were pleased to appropriate for that purpose in each District.  From inexperience of the expense of so great an undertaking, the scarcity of provisions sustained by the late dearth of corn, in our District, and the shortness of time which they have been allowed, being only eighteen months, that unless you in compassion to their weakness lend them some assistance they must in their private property be materially injured.  They also beg leave to lay before your honor that whereas they contracted to compleat the Court House of Wood they for the publick benefit have raised the same of well-burned Brick relying on your justice to make them compensa­tion.  The brick work of said Court House & Jail are now nearly compleated and that the whole of the moneys which they have received are already expended.  The Jail is thirty feet long, twenty-four feet wide and Three Storey in height:  The Court House is Forty feet long, Twenty-six feet wide and two storey in height, the whole to be compleatly finished–equal to any in this State.  And this we are bound to do for the sume of Four Thousand four hundred Dollars.  This small sum we need not state to you is inadequate to the expense of so great an undertaking by at least Sixteen hundred Dollars which will be a triffle more than what was a first appropriated for that purpose.  This request being so Just and mourall they sincerely hope you will not in humanity to their loss refuse it and your petition­ers in duty bound will ever pray.
John Gowen
Jno. Murrell
Alex’r. McKee”
“To the Honorable vice president of the Senate and the members of the same the Humble Petition of John Gowen, John Murrell and Alexander McKee Sheweth that your Petitioners became undertakers for the build­ings of the Gaol and the Court House of Spartanburgh District for the sum of Four Thousand Four Hundred dollars that by our contract we were to have built the Court House of Wood, but believing it be much sounder built the same of brick, resting on the generosity of the Legislature to indemnify us for the Extra expenses.  That in consequence of building this Court House of brick your Petitioners have sunk the sum of one thousand dollars.  Therefore your Petitioners most humbly pray that your Honorable House will pass a resolution for the payment of this sum of aforesaid and your petitioners in duty bound will ever pray.            John Gowen
Alexander McKee
Jno. Murrel
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1801 William M Gowen from B F Bush 54 acres in Spartanburg Co SC, Bk OO, pg 177
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1801 Jan 24 Ann Easley of Greenville County conveys a slave to Ann Barton and Mary Graham daughters of said Ann Easley. In consideration of the natural love and affection to her daughters Ann and Mary, conveys one negro woman slave named Jude about 40 yrs age, to both Ann and Mary. Signed: Ann Easley. Wits: John Bates, John Easley. Greenville County, SC. Bk F, pg 251

1801 Feb 28 Thomas Gowin conveys to George W Earle a negro boy about 13 years old named Jim. Signed: Thomas Gowin. Wits: Franky W Earle, Elizabeth Grigsby. Greenville County, SC. Bk F, pg 205.

1801 May 26 – John Gowen and William Easley were witnesses to a deed in which Joseph Cavin and his wife Elizabeth Cavin conveyed land on Ferguson’s and James’ Creeks to Reuben Barrett, according to Spartanburg County Deed Book H, page 27. Spartanburg Co, SC.  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm

1802 Feb 22 John Gowen to John Townsend land trans in Greenville Co SC Bk H, pg 80

1802 Feb 22 Thomas Gowen of Greenville Dist, SC conveys to William Young a negro man slave named Roger and a negro woman slave named Cloe. Signed: Thomas Goin. Wits: John Young, John W Harrell. Greenville County, SC. Bk F, pg 459.

1802 March 12 Nathaniel Gentry of Greenville Dist conveys to John Gowen of Spartanburg Dist sell land in Greenville Dist on both sides of Green’s Creek of S Pacolett River, adjacent to Richard Brasell and David Hall. Land containing 50 acres that originally was granted June 5, 1786 to William Lynch, then conveyed to Richard Brasell, and then by him to Nathaniel Gentry. Also one other tract joining the above containing 7 acres part of the same tract to William Lynch, conveyed to David Hall, and by him to Royal Pace, and by him to John Sloan, and by him to Nathaniel Gentry. Also one other tract joining the above lands containing 300 acres part of a tract granted July 1, 1793 to Richard Brasell, by him to Nathaniel Gentry. Signed: Nathaniel Gentry. Wits: Willey J Brown, Adam Sloan. Proved up March 27, 1802. Recorded Sept 22, 1807. Greenville County, SC. Bk H, pg 6.

1803 June 9 John Gowen to Robert Black 268 acres on S Pacolet R.  John Gowen of Spartanburg Dist to Robert Black of York District, SC, a parcel of land in Spartanburg Dist on the S side of South Pacolet containing 268 acres. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: And. Ferguson, Richard Venables. Proved up Aug 15, 1818. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk Q pg 150.

1803 Sept 7 William Gowen of Greenville Dist conveys to James Blassingame of Greenville Dist land on both sides of Middle Tygar River containing 388 acres originally granted Jan 21 1785 to Michael Miller and conveyed by him to William Anderson and by him to William Gowen. Also one other parcel of land joining the above over Road that leads from William Easley up towards Starling Ingrams, adjacent a survey where Jeremiah Ponder now lives, containing 100 acres conveyed to me by William Anderson, also one other tract containing 254 acres granted to William Gowen Jan 2, 1797. Signed: William Gowen and Miriam Gowen. Wits: James Given, Willey J Brown. Proved up March 31, 1806. Recorded April 1, 1806. Greenville County, SC. Bk G, pg 373.

1804 Feb 29 John Gowen from Anthony Simons, etal 1450 acres on S Pacolet Riv.  Benjamin Bonner Simons and Anthony Simons of the City of Charleston, SC, to John Gowen of Spartanburg Dist, SC, . . . convey two tracts of land containing 1450 acresin Craven County, originally granted to Henry Bonneau and Peter Cidean a tract of 1000 acres bounding on the NW on land belonging to Lord Charles Granville Montague, W on Cherokee land, S on the S Pacolate River, SE on lands of Anthony Simons, and SE on vacant land. The other tract containing 450 acres in Craven County butting and bounding NW and SW on land laid out to Henry Bonneau, NE on vacant land, and S on the South Pacolate River . . . the two tracts of land were conveyed to Henry Bonneau and Peter Cedean, then to Anthony Simons on Oct 10, 1774, and on the second and third day of April 1788. Signed: Benj B Simons, A. Simons. Wits: Jeremiah Brown, William Gowen. Proved up Feb 29, 1804. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk K, pg 16

1804 April 14 John Gowen of Spartanburg Dist conveys to Duncan Wilkinson a piece of land originally granted to Thomas Davis on Oct 5, 1784, on the bank of South Tyger on the S side of said river, containing 50 acres, Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Daniel Wilbank, John Gowen Jr, William Crenshaw. Proved up March 3, 1809. Recorded May 1, 1809. Greenville County, SC. Bk H, pg 251.

1804 May 16 A list of cash on hand, obligation, book acct, open acts, apartments and Copardership, Books Due William Gowen at his Decease May 16, 1804. A note given to Gideon Hester by John Molton due Nov 1, 1802; a note given by John Molton on demand Feb 21, 1805; an order given by Elias Earle on John Molton July 12, 1803; a note on James Pennington due Oct 1, 1804 to be paid in Horses; a note on Robert Cannon on Nov 1, 1804; a note on James Gowen decd due Nov 25, 1802, a note on John Vineyard, a note on Farm duel Nov 12 1802; amount due by widow Poly Gowen Cohembee and acknowledge; balance of an act in hands of Henry Elmore; amount due by Isom Drawdy; amount due by Edward Herndon.
TO book acct due by John Molton; amount due by Thomas Brummetts, DESP Thomas Wood (desperate) due; James Blassingame due; James Gall; DESP Benjamin Hawkins (Desperate); James Gillison; Lewis Frazer; David Reed; James Gowen due on a temporary settlement; Amount due by Stephen C Wood on the close of the copardnership (Desperate). Signed: John Gowen, admr. Greenville County, SC.

1804 June 22 Bill of the sale of goods and chattels of William Gowen decd. Buyers listed: Thomas Bearden, Miriam Gowen, Samuel Hunt, Maj John Gowen, Phillemon Bradford, William Anderson, James Gowen, Jonathan Hand, Obadiah Woodson, Jeremiah Brown, William Ker, John Carlin, Lewis Frazer, John B Elkin, Col. Henry M. Wood, Thomas Cantrell, Samuel McJunkin, Archibald Ellett, Bayless E Elkin, William Cannon, Ransom Powell, John Gowen, Thomas Wood, Jesse Mayfield, Alexander McKinney, Col. Browne. Signed: John Gowen, Admr. Greenville County, SC.

1804 June 22 A Return of the Debts paid by John Gowen administrator in behalf of the Estate of William Gowen deceased: Names listed: Doctor B Moore, Doctor Wilkenson, Doctor Handwork, Sheriff Anderson, Edward Norton, Alex McKinny, Samuel Lain, Samuel Hunt, Pleasant Easley, William Blythe, Philemon Bradford, Jesse Mayfield, Jeremiah Brown, William Bran, Noah Baylis, Samuel Law Jr, James Gowen a note taken from Gideon Hunter, Balance of a note in favor of James Gowen taken up from Saml Earle, Elias Earle, Thomas Edwards, Aron Evans, McDowell and Blair, John Hoode, John Wilkenson, Jeremiah Brown, Thomas Brummetts, John Jameson, William Cannon, Henry Sharp, Jesse Mayfield, Thomas McLain, Jesse Goodlett, John Cane, James Pinnell, John McClunon, P Bradford, Thomas Evington, John Motlow, James Pennington v decd, John Gowen. Signed John Gowen, Admnr. Greenville County, SC.

1804 Nov 22 John Gowen of Spartanburg Dist conveys to James Givens of Greenville District land in Greenville District on both sides of Greens Creek of S Pacolate River, adjacent a line of a survey for Duncan Campbell, and sd Givens’ cross fence between his upper and lower plantations. Containing 100 acres of grant originally to Duncan Campbell on June 5, 1785, conveyed by him to Thomas and Joseph Maxwell, and by Joseph Maxwell to John Gowen, including the plantation where Thomas Maxwell formerly lived. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: William Easley, Willey J Brown. Proved up Feb 23, 1805. Recorded March 5, 1805. Greenville County, SC. Bk G, pg 243.

1806 July 23 John Gowen of Spartanburg District conveys to Thany Sanders, for the natural love and affection which I have and bear unto Thany Sanders, daughter of a woman by the name of Polly Sanders at the time of said Thaney’s birth, but now bears the name of Polly Gentry, and also for other good causes and considerations . . . unto said Thany Sanders of Spartanburg District and her heirs of her body, two negro girls, one of them about two (page torn) the name of Narcissi the other girl about a month (page torn) Winny both of them are children of my negro. (page torn) with the increase of the said two girls to have (page torn) singular the said two negro girls Narcissi and (page torn) Thaney Sanders and the heirs of her body forever (page torn) and behoof to belong to owned by and be enjoyed (page torn) y Sanders and the heirs of her body and the (page torn) warrant by these presents and forever defend the said (page torn) and Winny as above described unto the said Thanny (page torn) heirs of her own body forever . In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of July one thousand eight hundred and six and I do also appoint my trusty friend Maj. John Blassingame of Greenville Dist and state aforesaid to do and act as a Guardian for her the said Thany Sanders until she shall arrive at the age of 18 years or marry, signed sealed and delivered in the presents of. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: William Easley, Pleasant Easley. Proved up Nov 22, 1809. Recorded Nov 22, 1809. Greenville County, SC. Bk H, pg 316.

1807 Feb 26 John Gowen of Spartanburg Dist conveys to John Chandler late of Greenville District, sell him a parcel of land on Wolfe Creek and Waters of Beaver Dam Creek, branches of Entree River in Greenville Dist. Land adjacent Claiborne Pool’s line, containing and estimated 250 acres originally granted to Samuel Warren on Nov 6, 1786, and conveyed by him to John Gowen on December 1, 1799. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Samuel Walker, Jesse Fuller, Willey J Brown. Proved up on Jan 6, 1809. Recorded July 19, 1810. Greenville County, SC. Bk H, pg 371.

1807 Oct 20 John Gowen Sr of Spartanburg Dist conveys to Jesse Mayfield of Greenville Dist, conveys land whereon he now lives, on the corner of a tract granted to the said John Gowen Sr Feb 4, 1793, conveying 95 acres part of a tract granted to the sd John Gowen in 1784 in Greenville County, SC. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: D. Talley, John Gowen Jr. Proved up Oct 20, 1807. Recorded March 8, 1809. Greenville Dist, SC. Bk H, pg 223.

1807 Dec 18 John Gowen of Spartanburg Dist conveys to Pleasant Easley of Greenville Dist a tract of land in Greenville Dist and Spartanburg Dist on both sides of the S Fork of Pacolett River, adjacent of Easley’s land, along the Mill Dam, on John Bates’ line, containing 150 acres part of two tracts of land granted to John Gowen the greater part dated Jan 21, 1785 whereon said Easley now lives and has a gristmill, also one other parcel or tract joining the above adjacent Moses White’s line, and Willey S Brown’s line, to John Whitten’s line, to Robert Goodgion’s line, to John Bates’ line, containing est 100 acres,being part of a tract granted to William Clayton. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: John Gowen Jr, William Cannon. Proved up on July 16, 1808. Recorded Aug 1, 1808. Greenville County, SC. Bk H, pg 131.

1808 Feb 22 John Gowen of Spartanburg Dist conveys to John Townsend of Greenville Dist land in the Greenville Dist on both sides of the N Fork of Mill Creek, on the E side of a trace of 50 acres of John Kirkland, along his line. Land conveyed is 199 acres part of a tract granted on April 5, 1790 to William Jamison for 246 acres. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: John Gowen Jr, John Melton. Greenville County, SC. Bk H, pg 80.

1808 March 29 John Gowen to James Southerland 150 acres on Mill Cr.  John Gowen of Spartanburg District to James Sutherland of Pendleton Dist, a tract of land in Spartanburg Dist on both sides of Mill Creek on E side of the Creek . . . adjacent Wm Emry’s corner . . . by estimation 150 acres including the dwelling house and plantation whereon Nelly White now lives. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: John Whitten, Willey Brown. Proved up March 2, 1810. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk M, pg 207.

1808 April 19 John Gowen to Richard Vennable 582 acres on S Pacolet R.  John Gowen of Spartanburg District to Richard Vennable of Spartanburg Dist, SC a parcel of land containing 582 acres on S Pacolet River bounding on Robert Hawkins land, on land granted to John McGuin, on Robert Black’s land by S Pacolate River, and by James McClure’s land, being part of a tract of land originally granted to John Gowen on June 6, 1800. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Gal Benson, John Gowen Jr. Proved up Oct 3, 1808.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk L, pg 335.

1808 Oct 1 John Gowen Sr of Spartanburg Dist to John Gowen Jr of Spartanburg Dist land in Greenville Dist SC on the Middle Fork of Saluda River, containing by estimation 24 acres being part of a tract of land containing 400 acres granted by patent on Oct 15, 1784 to John Gowen Sr. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: W B Gowen, John Lucas. Proved up on Feb 6, 1809 by Winn B. Gowen. Recorded Feb 9, 1809. Greenville Co, SC. Bk H, pg 210, 211

1808 Dec 8 John Gowen of Spartanburg Dist conveys to Willey S Brown of Greenville Dist, a tract of land in the Greenville Dist both sides of Greens Creek a branch of S Pacolett River along corner of Richard Brazel and David Hall, containing 50 acres originally part of tract granted to William Lynch on Jun 5, 1786, by him conveyed to Richard Brazel, by him conveyed to Nathaniel Gentry, and by him conveyed to John Gowen. Also, one other tract joining the above containing 7 acres, the same being a part of the above tract granted William Lynch and by him conveyed to David Hall, and by him to Royal Pace, and by him to John Sloan, and by him to Nathaniel Gentry, and by him to John Gowen. Also one other tract joining the above lands, estimated 300 acres part of a tract originally granted July 1, 1793 to Richard Brassell, by him conveyed to Nathaniel Gentry and by him to John Gowen. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Thomas Ponder, James Gowen. Proved up Dec 15, 1808. Recorded April 3, 1809. Greenville County, SC. Bk H, pg 232.

1809 Jan 26 John Gowen Sr of Spartanburg Dist to John Gowen Jr of Greenville Dist give and grant a tract of land in Greenville Dist on the N side of the Middle Fork of Saluda River, adjacent Jesse Mayfield’s corner, on the bank of said River being the land sold by said John Gowen Sr to Jesse Mayfield, including 150 acres originally granted John Burriss Jan 1 1787, also that part of a tract of land originally granted to John Gowen for 400 acres on the N side of the Middle Fork of Saluda River Oct 15, 1784, also that tract of land originally granted to John Gowen Feb 4, 1793 for 553 acres . . . in the whole 853 acres . . . Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Gabl Benson, W B Gowen. Proved up Feb 6 1809. Recorded Feb 9 1809. Greenville Co, SC Bk H, pg 211.

1809 Feb 1 John Gowen to Jonathan Stokes 542 acres on S Pacolet R.  John Gowenof Spartanburg District to Jonathan Stokes of Spartanburg District, a tract of and in Spartanburg Dist, on the S side of South Pacolate River . . . along Moulton’s line, containing 542 acres, being part of two tracts . . . the North end originally granted to George Thompson by patent June 5, 1786 and including the plantation whereon Polly Saunders now lives. The other end or tract granted to John Gowen on July 1, 1783. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Lemuel Stokes, Willey Brown. Proved up April 6, 1812. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk N, pg 95

1809 March 6 Thomas Roddy of Greenville Dist to John Gowen of Spartanburg, 1 grey horse, one sorrel filly, two cows calves, four hogs, together with all my household furniture. If Thomas Roddy do pay unto the above John Gowen in twelve months from the date herof, 200 bushels of good sound corn, and seven bushels and one half acre for the plantation he lives on. Peach orchard excepted. Thomas Roddy is to return a mill belonging to John Gowen which he is to have in his possession 12 monts in as good order as she now is, excepting the natural use. Sd Gowen is to pay for turning the tunnel head then the above bill sale to be void otherwise to remain in force virtu. Signed: Thomas Roddy. Wits: John Gowen Jr, A Mills. Proved up March 23, 1809. Recorded April 6, 1809. Greenville Co, SC Bk H, pg 250.

1809 Aug 20 – John Gowen – Will:
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Will Proven:
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Spartanburg Co, SC
(Note: In 1809 – John Gowen names “Atlantic and Dorindas, daughters or Polly Sanders” as beneficiaries – leaving them a “deed of gift”. John Gowen 3 (three) years earlier had made a “deed of gift” to Thany Sanders as the “daughter of a woman by the name of Polly Sanders at her birth, but who now bears the name of Polly Gentry”. )
(- Is Polly possibly a sister? – married at first to a Sanders, then remarried later to a Gentry)
(HERE: James Sanders Sr – is a purchaser at Alexander Going’s estate in 1775, Orange Co, NC. – maybe the husb?)
On August 20, 1809 John Gowen being in ill health, wrote his will. It was recorded in Spartanburg County Will Book A, pages 2-3 November 10, 1809. Apparently he died shortly after writing his will and was probably buried in Spartanburg District.  The will reads:
“In the name of God, Amen.  I, John Gowen, being afflicted by the hand of Almighty God and knowing it is once ordained for all men to die, do ordain, constitute and appoint this my last Will and Testament, hereby re­voking all other Wills by me made, excepting such property, this is, viz: as I have already bestowed to my children.
I pray God who gave it to take my soul, my body to return from whence it came and be buried in a Christian manner, by direction of my executors to be hereinafter named
First: I bequeath unto my son, Winn B. Gowen, a tract of land lying and being in Greenville District on both sides of middle Tygar River, the line to begin at the mouth of a Branch emptying into the said river on the north side below the mill–thence a direct line to the up­per end of the big cove and to the line of land–then my line to the opposite, to the beginning.  Also two negroes called Zed and Spence, together with a stock of cattle and hogs now on the premises before mentioned, one bed and furniture; also my part of a bay gelding that he rides.
Second: I bequeath unto my daughter, Lettie, a plantation by Ann Easley’s place, three negroe girls known by the names of Vina, Ede and Harriot; one bed and furniture and two cows and calves.
Third: I bequeath unto my Daughter, Minerva, a tract of land lying on the south side of Saluda where my son, James Gowen, attended; Two Ne­groes, names Cresa and Asa, one bed and furni­ture, One Hundred Dollars to purchase a horse­beast, two cows and calves and her mother’s sattle [saddle].
Fourth: I bequeath unto my daughter, Elizabeth Wood­son, a tract of land on Tyger River called Sulsias place.
Fifth: I bequeath unto my son, James Gowen, 800 acres to begin at the ford of the river on the South Pacolet, now used between here and where he lives, and thence a North course so to include the school house spring where Davis taught, and then ’round to a line to be made for John Roddy; thence, to the beginning so as to include the Jamison fields.
Sixth: I give and bequeath to my Grandson, John Gowen, son of William, deceased, all the land between what I have given Winn and Letty that I own, also one Girl named Hannah; to my granddaughter, Mahulda, a negro boy called Buck; unto Matilda, a negroe boy called Sip; a negroe boy named Ben unto Letty, my granddaughter.
If any of these legatees died without lawful issue, the property to be returned and equally divided be­tween my children the living.  I hereby appoint John and Winn Gowen, my sons, and James Blassingame and Street Thurston, my sons-in-law to be the executors of this, my last will and testament: to sell on a credit of twelve months all the real and personal property that I have not before bequeathed, except two hundred acres of land to be laid off, agreeable to deed of gift made to Atlantic and Dorindas, Daughters of Polly Sanders.  My debts to be paid and, if any balance left, to be equally divided between all of my children living, borne of my wife, Lettie, deceased.  In witness whereof I have set my hand this 20th day of August, Anno Domini, 1809.                                John Gowen, In the presence of: Theron Earle, C. W. McVay, Willus G. Brown”
Spartanburg Co, SC

1809 Aug 20 John Gowen to Atlanta Saunders etal 100 acres and 100 acres.  I John Gowen do give and bequeath unto Atlanta and Dounda, daughters of Polly Saunders, each 100 acres of land . . . on the River at my cross fence . . . for Atlanta . . . for Dounda . . . so as to strike the upper corner of Bartholomew Grogan’s land. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Theron Earle, C W McVay, Willey Brown. Proved up Jan 8, 1810. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk M, pg 303.

1810 US Census in Greenville Co, SC with John Gowen, 1 white male 16 to 25 yrs, 1 white male 10 to 15, 1 white female 16 to 25, 1 white female 10 to 15.

1810 US Census in Greenville Co, SC with Sarah Gowen, 4 “all other free persons”

1810 US Census Spartanburg with James Gowen, 1 white male 26 to 44, 1 white female 16 to 25, 1 white female under 10.

1813 May 22 John Gowen, WB etal to Henry Grogan 100 acres on Beaverdam Cr.  John Gowen, James Blasingame, Street Thurston, and Winn B. Gowen all of Greenville Dist, SC executors of the last will and testament of John Gowen decd by Henry Grogan of Spartanburg Dist, convey a tract of land in Spartanburg Dist to Henry Grogan on both sides of Beaver Dam Creek, a branch of South Pacolatte River on the N bank of the River at John Grogan’s corner . . . on Bartholomew Grogan’s line, to Dounda’s corner . . . containing est 100 acres . . . part of a tract of 450 acres granted to Peter Vidion and certified on Oct 6, 1772 whereon the said Henry now lives. Signed: John Gowen, James Blasingame, Street Thurston, W B Gowen. Wits: Willey Brown, John Lucas. Proved up Nov 20, 1813.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk O, pg 47

1813 May 24 James Gowen to Willey S Brown 800 acres on Mile Cr of Pacolet R.  James Gowen of Greenville Dist to Willey Brown of Spartanburg Dist . . . a tract of land in Spartanburg Dist, SC, on both sides of Mill Creek a branch of S Pacolate River . . . on the N side of said River at a ford between where Capt John Lucas now lives, and Brown . . . to James Sutherland’s line . . . containing 800 acres including a field known by Lawrences . . . being part of a survey granted Oct 6, 1772 to Henry Bouneau, willed unto my father John Gowen before his death. Signed: James Gowen. Wits: Julius Nichols, James Blassingame. Elizabeth Gowen, wife of James Gowen relinquished her dower on the 7th day of (?) 1813. Signed: Elizabeth Gowen. Proved up Sept 25, 1813. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk O, pg 25

1814 May 24 John Gowen, WB etal to Bartholomew Grogan 100 acres on S Pacolet River.  John Gowen, James Blasingame, Steet Thurston, and Winn B Gowen to Bartholomew Grogan of Spartanburg Dist . . . a tract of land in Spartanburg Dist, on the S side of South Pacolate River known by James Bradens plantation . . . Rui Ross’ corner . . . along John Lucas’ land . . . containing 100 acres formerly belonged to John Gowen decd, now with John Gowen, James Blasingame, Street Thurston, and Winn B Gowen. Signed: John Gowen, W B Gowen, Street Thurston, James Blasingame. Wits: Henry Wolf, Henry Grogan. Proved up Feb 16, 1815. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk O, pg 219

1814 Aug 3 Winn B Gowen and Nancy his wife both of Greenville Dist to John Holcombe of Greenville Dist, a tract of land in Greenville Dist, SC part of a tract of land granted to Benjamin Barton, and from him to John Gowen, from him to Winn B Gowen, and bounded on a corner of Gowen’s Mill tract, along Gowen’s line, then along Thomas Barton’s line, along Littleberry Holcombe’s line, then to the road that leads from Littleberry Holcombe’s to Laban Loftis’, along said road to Gowen’s line, containing 95 acres. Signed: W. B. Gowen, Nancy Gowen. Wits: Jordan Holcombe, Wm H Holcombe. Proved up on Feb 1, 1815. Recorded Feb 1, 1815. Greenville County, SC. Bk I, pg 342.

1815 Sept 14 Winn B Gowen to Sterling Harris a tract of land in Greenville Dist, SC on both sides of the Sink Hole Fork of Tyger River, along William Holcomb’s corner, along Hannah Ballew’s fence, along Laban Loftis’ corner, containing 188 acres, part of a survey of land granted to John Gowen deceased and by his last will bequeathed to Winn B Gowen. Signed: W. B. Gowen. Wits: Thomas Jackson, Joseph Barton. Proved up on Sept 14, 1816. Recorded April 6, 1816. Greenville Co, SC. Bk I, pg 494.

1815 Oct 18 Winn B Gowen of Greenville Dist to Jonathan Stokes of Spartanburg Dist a tract of land in Greenville Dist on both sides of the Beaver Dam Creek of Tygar on the N side of the Creek near the mouth of my Mill house branch, along William Holcomb’s corner, along Harris’ corner, along Harris’ fence, to the bank of the Creek below my Grist Mill, containing estimated 320 acres, survey originally made to Edmund Bearden for 640 acres on Oct 15, 1784 and conveyed to my father John Gowen, and him willed unto Winn B Gowen whereon is erected a grist mill. Also one other tract of land in Greenville Dist, joining the above on the S side at the Buncomb road, then along Littleberry Holcomb’s line, containing 16 acres part of my Father’s land and willed to Winn B Gowen. Signed. W. B. Gowen. Wits: George Miller, John Dill. Proved up on Nov 4, 1817. Recorded March 30, 1818. Greenville County, SC. Bk K, pg 178.

1815 Nov 17 Winn B Gowen of Greenville Dist to William Holcombe Sr of Greenville Dist, a tract of land in Greenville Dist on the head waters of Middle Tyger River, part of a tract of land granted to John Gowin containing 45 acres. Signed: W. B. Gowen. Wits: Darius Holcombe, Jesse Gosnell. Proved up March 1816. Recorded April 6, 1816. Greenville County, SC. Bk I, pg 493.

1816 Dec 4 Winn B Gowen of Greenville Dist, SC to Joseph Barton and William Barton each of Greenville Dist, SC, a tract of land containing 15 acres in Greenville Dist, SC on both sides of the Sink Hole Fork of Tiger River, along the corner of land granted to Edmond Bearden and conveyed by Bearden to John Gowen, and from Gowenbequethed to his son Winn B Gowen. Signed: Winn B. Gowen. Wits: John Goodlett, John Gowen. Proved up Dec 7, 1816. Recorded Oct 1, 1817. Greenville County, SC. Bk K, pg 88.

1818 March 31 The executors of John Gowen, decd viz John Gowen Jr, Winn B. Gowen, Street Thruston, and James Blassingame sell to Rice F Ross of Greenville Co, SC, a tract of land in Greenville Dist on the S side of South Packolate River, below the waggon ford of the Togaloo road on the S side of S Pockolate River, on Bates’ old line, along the old corner made for Pleasant Early, containing by estimate 132 acres the principal part of said tract known by the name of Moses Span’s old plantation. Originally granted to James B(sp?), and from him to said Span, and from him to John Gowen Sr. Signed: John Gowen, Street Thruston, W B Gowen, James Blassingame. Wits: Asa McCrowder, Minor W Brown. Proved up on Jan 26, 1819. Recorded Jan 26, 1819. Greenville Co, SC. Bk K, pg 338.

1818 March 31 John Gowen, WB etal to Thomas Grogan 100 acres on S Pacolet River.  John Gowen, Winn B Gowen, Street Thurston, and James Blassingame (all of Greenville Dist) appointed by the last will and testament of John Gowen, decd,convey to Thomas Grogan of Spartanburg Dist . . . convey land in Spartanburg Dist on the N side of South Pacolate River, on the North side thereof . . . to Brown’s corner . . . to a branch known as Pennington’s Mill House (or Still House) . . . est 100 acres including the house where the said Thomas now lives . . . part of a tract originally granted Henry Bruneau for 1000 acres . . . part of the estate of said John Gowen decd. Signed: John Gowen, W B Gowen, Street Thurston, James Blasingame. Wits: Asa Crowder, Minor Brown. Proved up Sept 12, 1818.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk Q, pg 118

1819 Sept 7 Winn B Gowen conveys to Thomas Barton both of Greenville Dist, SC, a tract of land in the Greenville Dist, SC on the E side of the Sink Hole Fork of Tyger River, on the W branch of sd Creek, along Jonathan Stokes’ corner, along the fence of Sterling Harris, containing 2 and 1/2 acres being part of a survey of land to John Gowen decdby Edmond Beardon, bequeathed to his son Winn B Gowen, and Winn B Gowen to Thomas Barton. Signed: Winn B Gowen. Wits: Robert D Talley, William A Dawson, Dyer Talley. Proved up Jan 17, 1822. Recorded Jan 17, 1822. Greenville Co, SC. Bk L, pg 300.

1821 Jan 18 Henry Wolf to John Gowen a tract of land in Greenville Dist on the N side of the Middle Fork of Saluda River. Plantation whereon Henry Woolf now lives, part of a tract of land granted to George Woolf decd, by patent bearing date of Oct 15, 1784, including land laying on the N side of said River, also 58 acres of land granted to John Reaves by patent May 7, 1787 by said Reaves conveyed to George Woolf decd, also all that part of a tract of land laying on the N side of said River granted to said George Woolf on Feb 6, 1786, excepting 10 acres sold to Wm Magunkin. Also all the ballance of a tract of land granted to George Wolf decd on March 24, 1795, containing 380 acres, including all the land and premises willed to Henry Wolf by George Wolf decd. Signed: Henry Wolf. Wits: David Blythe, Richar Goodlett. Greenville Co, SC Bk M, pg 233.

1821 Dec 1 John Gowen and Winn B Gowen exrs to John Lucas 1357 acres on S Pacolet River. John Gowen and Winn B Gowen two executors of the estate of our father John Gowen decd, late of Spartanburg Dist., both of Greenville Dist, convey to John Lucas a tract of land mostly in Spartanburg Dist, small part in Greenville Dist, on both sides of S Pacolate River . . . Bartholomew Grogan’s corner . . . near the District road . . . William Archer’s corner . .. W S Brown’s corner . . . containing and estimated 1357 acres being part of our father’s land including the dwelling where John Lucas now lives. Signed: John Gowen, W B Gowen. Wits: John Gowen Jr, Ambrose Williams Sr. Proved up Dec 20, 1823.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk T, pg 246

1822 Oct 30 John Gowen to John Bates a tract of land in Greenville Dist, on the N side of the Middle Fork of Saluda River the plantation where Lewis Landers now lives, being part of a tract of land granted to George Wolf Oct 15, 1784 on the N side of said River, also 58 acres granted to John Reaves on May 7, 1787, Reaves conveyed to George Wolf decd. Also part of a tract of land on the N side of said River granted to George Wolf, Feb 6, 1786, excepting 10 acres sold to Wm McJunkin. Also the ballance of a tract or parcel of land granted to George Wolf decd on March 24, 1795 containing 380 acres including premises willed to said Henry Wolf by George Wolf decd. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: James Goodlett, Joseph Christopher. Proved up Jan 24, 1823. Dower released by Catharine Gowen, wife of within John Gowen on Jan 18, 1823. Signed: Caty Gowen. Recorded May 23, 1823. Greenville Co, SC. Bk N, pg 65.

1822 Nov 6 John Gowen and Winn B Gowen exrs to John Lucas 120 acres on S Pacolet River.  John Gowen and Winn B Gowen of Greenville Dist, SC executors of John Gowen, decd convey to John Lucas of Spartanburg Dist . . . a tract of land in Spartanburg Dist on the N side of South Pacolate . . . at a corner made by Willey S Brown on the N side of the river, for James Gowen between the Jamison’s fields, and the long bottom, thence with said Gowen’s line near Brown’s line . . . with the line of John Gowen decd’s land to Thomas Grogan’s corner . . . containing 120 acres. Signed: John Gowen, W B Gowen. Wits: B Dunham, John Stokes. Proved up May 3, 1826.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk T, pg 246

1824 Jan 28 John Gowen to Jeremiah Cleveland a tract of land on both sides of the Middle Fork of Saluda River containing 2000 acres including 400 acres granted to John Gowen on Oct 15, 1784, except a small part conveyd to Jesse Mayfield, 553 acresgranted to John Gowen on Feb 4, 1793, 820 acres granted to John Gawen on Jan 30, 1814, except about 20 acres more or less agreed to be sold to John Bates, also 150 acresgranted to John Burress on Jan 1, 1787, by him conveyed to John Gowen Sr, decd, then to John Gowen Jr. Also 200 acres granted to John Geffers who conveyed it to James Gowen and by him to Buckley Blassingame, and by him to John Gowen. Also 99 acresconveyed to John Gowen by Jesse Mayfield on April 10, 1815, also 148 acres on the S side of the same river part of a tract originally granted George Woolf by him to David Grogan, and by him to John Gowen on March 7, 1821. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: John Gowen Jr, John Hodges, B J Earle. Proved up on Feb 2, 1824. Catharine Gowen, wife of John Gowen, releases dower. Greenville Co, SC. Bk N, pg 209.

1824 April 5, John Gowen and Winn B Gowen, John Gowen Sr decd’s heirs to Francis Adams a tract of land in Greenville Dist on the waters of the Middle Tyger River, on corner of Nancy Easley’s place, containing 65 acres and a half being part of a tract of 362 acres originally granted to Anna Easley. Signed: John Gowen, W B Gowen, Street Thurston. Wits: Julius McCreary, James Adams. Proved up on May 21, 1824. Recorded May 3, 1824. Greenville County, SC. Bk N, pg 263.

1824 Oct 30 John Gowen to John Bates a parcel of land on the branches of the Middle Fork of Saluda River, the same being granted to Joseph Johnson, 142 acres, (20 acresexcepted which were sold out of said grant by Joseph Johnson to Jly Waldrip, and made up to said J Bates by adding 20 acres to his lower line . . . between Bates and Jeremiah Cleveland . . . of Joseph Macjunkin and Thomas Harkins, Johnston’s line . . . so as containg 20 acres also one acre of land on the North of the Middle Fork of Saluda River between Thos Wolf, tract and said River. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Joseph McJunkin, Thomas Harkins. Proved up Nov 2, 1824. Recorded Nov 2, 1824. Greenville County, SC. Bk O, pg 44.

1825 Feb 19 John Gowen of Greenville Dist to Francis Adams of Greenville Dist, a tract of land on both sides of Middle Tyger River, along a corner of Ann Easley, along a survey for Bearding, owned by Jonathan Stokes, Beardens old line, containing 300 acresoriginally conveyed by John Gowen Jr’s grandfather John Gowen, decd, and by him willed unto John Gowen. Signed: John Gowen, Jr. Wits: Rill Cleveland, J A Cleveland, Jr. Proved up Dec 8, 1825. Recorded Dec 8, 1825. Greenville Co, SC. Bk P, pg 20.

1825 Feb 24 John Gowen and Winn B. Gowen of Greenville Dist, paid by Capt John Lucas, convey unto Capt John Lucat a tract of land in the Dist of Greenville, on Motlows Cr, Spanns, McCrary, containing by estimation 250 acres, being the lower end of a tract of eight hundred thirty seven acres originally graned to Robert Goodgion, by patent bearing date May 1st, 1793, and by him conveyed to our father John Gowen by conveyande June 10, 1790. By him conveyed to our father John Gowen by conveyance bearing date June 10, 1790. Signed: John Gowen and W B Gowen.. Wt: Thomas Stanford, John Page, Jr. Greenville Co, SC. Bk O, pg 190.

1826 Oct 7 Winn B Gowen and Elizabeth Gowen of Greenville Co, SC, Duke Glenn and Anne Glenn of Pendleton Dist, William Gresham and Susan Gresham of Dekalb County, Georgia, being seized in fee simple and in a proportionable part of a certain tract or parcel of land as legatees and heirs of Philimon Bradford decd estate, land in Greenville Dist SC, where widow Bradford now lives bounded E by Davis Hunt’s land, on S by S Fork of Saluda River and on W by said River. Winn B GowenElizabeth Gowen, Duke W Glenn, Anne Glenn, William Grisham, Susan Grisham have made and appt William D Bradford of St Clair County, Alabama and Lemuel J Bradford of Greenville Dist, SC our true and lawful attorneys for us . . . to dispose of the aforesaid tract of land. Signed: W B Gowen, Elizabeth Gowen, Duke Glenn, Anne Glenn, William Grisham, Susan Grisham. Wits: Davis Hunt, John Cox. Proved up Oct 9, 1826. Recorded Nov 10, 1826. Greenville County, SC. Bk P, pg 180.

1837 Aug 31 Williams Goans from Joseph Laurens 166 acres on Green Cr.  Joseph Laurence of Spartanburg Dist, SC to William Goan of Spartanburg Dist, 166 acres of land in Spartanburg Dist, SC, on the waters of Greens Creek, it being the waters of Lawsons Fork. Signed: Joseph Lawrence. Wits: John Snoddy, John Gramlin. Proved up April 2, 1838. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk W, pg 517.

1840 Sept 7 Williams Goans from Joseph Lawrence 93 acres on Lawson Fork.  Joseph Lawrence of Spartanburg Dist to William Goan of Spartanburg Dist a tract of land containing 93 acres in Spartanburg Dist, SC on waters of Grands Creek, it being the Waters of Lawsons Fork. Signed: Joseph Lawrence. Wits: W G Gramling, John Snoddy Jr. Proved up May 3, 1841.Spartanburg Co SC, Bk X, pg 499

1841 March 19 Williams Goans from Peggy Lawrence dower release.  Peggy Lawrence wife of Joseph Lawrence released her dower for land deeded to William Goan. Signed Peggy Lawrence. Wit: John Chapman Spartanburg Co SC, Bk X, pg 452

1845 Sept 4 William Gowin to John Linder 166 acres and 93 acres on Greens Cr.  William Gowin to John Linder a tract of land lying on the waters of Greene Creek of Lawson’s Fork, one tract containing 93 acres, also an adjoining tract containing 166 acres. Signed: William Gowin. Wits: William B Bishop, Joseph Lawrence. Proved up Oct 6, 1845.Spartanburg Co SC, Bk Z, pg 88

1846 Apr 20 Priscilla Gowin wife of William Gowin to John Linder her dower release.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk Z, pg 253

1849 Jan 1 William Goins to Wm Carver 180 acres.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk AA, pg 131

1849 Jan 1 William Goens from Wm Carver 180 acres.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk CC, pg 80

1854 Feb 10 William Goins from Priscilla Stone 10 acres on Lawson Fork.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk DD, pg 477

1857 William Goins from E M Cooper 142 acres on Clark Rd.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk EE, pg 527
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1857 William Goins from Alexander Wingo sheriff 100 acres.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk GG, pg 28
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1857 Wm Goins from Jas Tapp 280 acres.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk YY, pg 447
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1858 Martin Goins from Joseph Lawrence 100 acres on Howard Gap Rd.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk XX, pg 38
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1858 William Goin from E M Cooper 1 tract on Green Cr.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk FF, pg 264
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1858 William Goin to E M Cooper 171 acres on Lawson Fork Cr.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk FF, pg 265
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1858 Thomas Goins from Jas M Bowden 75 acres on Howard Gap Rd.  Spartanburg Co SC, Bk FF, pg 380
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1859 Simon Goin from William Goin 177 acres.   Spartanburg Co SC, Bk FF, pg 403
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John “Buck” Gowen, [William5, John4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of William Gowen and Sarah [Allan?] Gowen, was born about 1740, probably in Stafford County, Virginia or in Granville County, North Carolina.  A diversity of opinion exists among his descendants as to his birthplace. Mary Evelyn Neilson Delbridge, Oxford, Mississippi, stated that he was born in 1740 in Branford Precinct, Beaufort District, South Carolina.  Adeline Evans Wynn of Atlanta, Georgia, also a descendant, states that he was born in Virginia before 1740.  Elizabeth Durant England, DAR No. 180862, Memphis, Tennessee, states that John “Buck” Gowen was born before 1743 in Beaufort District, South Carolina.

John “Buck” Gowen is identified as the brother-in-law of William Ridge, Sr. and also the brother-in-law of Nathaniel Allen, according to the research of Barbara Stacy Matthews.  William Ridge, Sr. was married to Winnifred Combs, the daughter of William Combs and Seth Stacy Combs and the granddaughter of Mason Combs and Sarah Combs.  Barbara Stacy Matthews states that all lived in Surry County, North Carolina at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.

John “Buck” Gowen was married about 1759 to Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden, daughter of John Bearden and Lettice Winn Bearden and a descendant of Minor Winn, Sr. and Margaret O’Connor Winn.  John Bearden was born in 1717 to Francis Bearden and Sarah Blassingame Bearden.  On October 15, 1784 John Bearden was located on the north side of Tyger River near the homestead of John “Buck” Gowen, according to South Carolina Land Grant Book 3, page 427.  John Bearden died in 1797 in Spartanburg County.

In 1761 and 1762 “John Gowen, planter,” appeared in the legal records of Granville County.  On August 14, 1764 he conveyed land to Edmund Bearden, his brother-in-law, according to Granville County deed records. (NOTE:  I found NO evidence of this conveyance for “John Gowen” BUT . . . I DID find where John Bearden conveyed land to Edmund Bearden on August 14, 1764 – located here:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89CR-7NRZ?i=196&cat=360398  ).

John “Buck” Gowen apparently joined his father in removing from Granville County.  It is possible that they lived in Beau­fort District for a time and made other moves in a search for new land that lasted several years interspersed with military service.

On May 16, 1770 “John Gowing,” received a land grant of 200 acres in Craven County, South Carolina, according to Craven County Deed Book 2, page 267.  His grant was located on Downing Creek fork of Little Pee Dee River and is now in present-day Horry County, near the South Carolina coastline, according to the speculation of Addie Evans Winn in “Southern Lineages.”  This grant was probably made in recognition of colonial militia service.

Apparently his military service began in North Carolina.  A reference was made of his service in “Sketches of Western North Carolina” regarding the military career of Capt. Samuel Caldwell:

“Samuel Caldwell born in Orange County, North Caro-lina, on the 10th of February, 1759, and moved to Try-on county, afterward Lincoln, in 1772.

He first entered the service in Capt. Gowen’s company in 1776, and marched against the Cherokee Indians be-yond the mountains.  In 1779, he volunteered in Capt. William Chronicle’s company in the ‘nine months ser-vice,’ and joined Gen. Lincoln’s army at Purysburg, South Carolina.  In March, 1780, he joined Capt. Isaac White’s company and marched to King’s Mountain.

In the battle which immediately followed, he and his brother, William Caldwell actively participated.  Short-ly after this celebrated victory, he attached himself to Capt. Montgomery’s company and was in the Battle of Cowpens, fought on the 17th of January, 1781.  Soon afterward he marched to Guilford, and was in the Bat-tle of Guilford Courthouse fought there on the 15th of March, 1781.  In the following fall, he substituted for Clement Nance in Capt. Lemmonds’ cavalry company in the regiment commanded by Col. Robert Smith and Maj. Joseph Graham.

At the Raft Swamp, they attacked and signally defeated a large body of Tories; and in two days afterward de-feated a band of Tories on Alfred Moore’s plantation opposite Wilmington, North Carolina.  On the next day, the same troops made a vigorous attack on the garrison, near the same place.

After this service, he returned home and was frequently engaged in other minor, but important military duties until the close of the war.  After the war, Capt. Cald-well settled on a farm three miles southwest of Tucka-seege Ford where he raised a large family.  He was a kind and obliging neighbor, attained a good old age, and is buried in the graveyard of Goshen church in Gaston County, North Carolina.”

On November 19, 1772 John “Buck” Gowen received a land grant in Prince William Parish, Beaufort District probably as a military bonus.  There were other grants in this district to his brother James Gowen as late as 1788.  These various militia “hitches” advanced John “Buck” Gowen to the rank of major as well as making him a citizen of means and property.

Included in the audited account of John “Buck” Gowen in South Carolina Archives File AA 3014 is the following un­dated request from him addressed to the Commissioners of the Treasury:

“Gentlemann, Please to deliver to Mr. C. C. Schutt or order past Indents I may have in the Office and his re­ceip shall be sufficient.

Gentlemann, I am Your humble Servant,
John Gowan
To the Commissioners of the Treasury
Vioss
SFM   WD   TH   JI”

The penmanship was a bold flowing stroke obviously written with a quill, and his signature was misspelled.

The Gowen family pioneered in the northwestern section of South Carolina, then known as the “Apex Cession,” being ceded to the state by the Cherokee Indians in 1776, but not oc­cupied until after the Revolution.  The community of Gowensville was named for John “Buck” Gowen.

He received a royal grant of 100 acres of land probably in re­cognition of military service.  The survey order was given February 2, 1773, according to”South Carolina Archives, Colonial Plats,” Volume 16, page 173:

“South Carolina, Ninety Six District Pursuant to a pre­cept from under the hand and seal of John Bremar, Es­quire, Deputy Surveyor General dated February second day, 1773, I have admeasured and laid out unto John Gowan a plantation or tract of land containing one hun­dred acres situate lying on the North side of Tyger River bounded Eastwardly by Daniel Bush’s land, Northward by vacant land, Westwardly by Tyger river and hath such shape, form and marks as the above plat rep­resents.  Given under my hand this 20th day of March, 1773.

Andrew Thompson, Deputy Surveyor”

A surveyor’s notation appeared on the plat describing the Tyger River:

“Tyger river is in many places not five inches deep and not navigable for any craft of any kind and lies high upon said River.”

The land lay in a part of District 96 in February 1773 which was in Craven County at the time of the grant which was dated August 19, 1774, according to”South Carolina Archives, Royal Grants,” Volume 32, page 205.  Later the land was lo­cated in Greenville County, South Carolina.  The grant was recorded in Greenville County Deed Book 32, page 205.  The site was near Gowensville, about 10 miles from the grant re­ceived by his brother [father?] William Gowen in December of the same year.

The grant read:

“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 us, our heirs and successors, Do Give and Grant unto John Gowen, his heirs and assigns, a plantation or tract of land containing One hundred acres situate in Craven County, bounding East on Daniel Bush and West on Tyger River, 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, thereunto 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, our heirs and successors, one tenth-part of mines of gold and silver only: To have and to hold the said tract of One hundred acres of land and all and singular other the premises hereby granted unto the said John Gowen, his heirs and assigns for ever, in free and common foccage, the said John 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 of 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 herein; 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 John Gowen, his heirs or assigns shall and do yearly, and every year, after the date of the presents, clear and cul­tivate at the rate of three acres for every hundred acres of land, and so in proportion 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 arrears 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: or if the said John 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 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 our said Province, within six months from the date hereof, that then and in any of these cases, this patent Grant shall cease, and determine and be utterly void.  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.

Witness the Honorable William Bull, Esquire, Lt. Gov­ernor and Commander in chief in and over our said Province of South-Carolina, this Nineteenth Day of August Anno Dom. 1774 in the Fourteenth Year of our Reign.
[L.M.S.]
Williams Bull

Signed by his Honor, the Lt. Governor in Council And hath thereunto a plat thereof annexed, representing the same certified by John Bremar, Deputy Sur­veyor-Gen­eral. May 20, 1773.
Thomas Winstanley, GCC”

John “Buck” Gowen commanded a militia company in 1775 and 1776, and Samuel Caldwell, in an affidavit, stated he “served in Capt. Gowen’s company in 1776,” according to “Sketches of Western North Carolina” by C. L. Hunter.  Militia companies were raised in the northwestern corner of South Carolina–to face the Cherokees on the northwest and the British on the southeast.  Capt. Gowen was in command of Gowen’s Fort near the north end of the Indian line.  Augustine Clayton who was born in 1755, stated that he served under Capt. John “Buck” Gowen in 1755 against the Indians.  William Lynch stated that he lost an eye in a battle with the Indians in July 1776, serving under Capt. Gowen, according to Debbie Jackson, a Lynch descendant.

James McElroy, South Carolina Pension No. S-2786, came into court in Allen County, Kentucky August 23, 1832 at age 73 and “deposes that in 1776 about September 1, he volun-teered to fight against Indians under Capt. John Gowan.  He then lived in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  This ser-vice was about 15 months.”  Then he was drafted under Lt. Edward Hampton and was at the attack of Savannah.  On many other occasions he was called on to fight the Tories and the British.  He thinks he served about four years from Sep-tember 1, 1776.”

War swirled into the Gowensville area from the northwest in 1776 with Cherokee and Tory attacks.  The Tories were led by “Bloody Bill” Bates and “Bloody Bill” Cunningham who cut a gory trail of destruction across the area.  Whenever the Tories were victorious, the result was a massacre.  No quarter was given to men, women or children who were surrendered to them.  All were killed and scalped.

While the colonists were holding out in the west against the Tories and the Cherokees in 1780, the British and their Tory allies advanced from the southeast, rolling up their defenses.  They defeated the forces of Gen. Huck on July 12, obliterated the troops of Col. John Thomas, Jr. on July 13 and captured Gowen’s Fort.  While they were relaxing and enjoying their victory, the colonists came roaring back under the command of Col. Jones the following day and recaptured Gowen’s Fort.  Capt. Gowen, whose company was part of the forces of Col. Jones resumed command of the fort.

Col. John Thomas, Sr. organized the Spartanburg County Militia Regiment and served as its first commander.  George Salmon was Quartermaster of the Spartanburg County [Roebuck’s] Regiment.

The Redcoats withdrew from the apex area completely after their defeat, but the Tories returned with their guerilla warfare.  They made their next attack on Gowen’s Fort in September 1781.  In November, while part of his command was away, Capt. Gowen’s fort was attacked and overrun.  “Bloody Bill” Bates agreed to accept their surrender and to spare their lives.  Suddenly, his Cherokees fell upon the defenders.  Men, women and children who were in the fort were all slaughtered and scalped.  One woman lived through the massacre.  Mrs. Abner Thompson, when the fort fell, lay on the ground, feining death.  Suddenly she was grabbed by the hair, felt a scalper’s knife circling her crown and held back her screams as her scalp was jerked from her skull.  She survived her wounds and lived in Greenville for many years afterward.

During the war, Gowen’s Fort changed hands five times as the winds of war swept back and forth.  “Bloody Bill” Bates sur­vived the war, only to be arrested shortly afterward for horse stealing.  He was lodged in the Greenville jail.  A man whose father had been killed by Bates heard of the arrest.  He gathered a party of armed men and went to the sheriff and demanded that Bates be delivered to them.  The sheriff complied and Bates was escorted to a vacant lot next door, given a minute to make peace with his maker and shot dead.  He was unceremoniously buried where he fell, and the Greenville post office was later built over his grave.

In 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].  It is suggested by H. T. Cook, researcher of Greenville, that John “Buck” Gowen and other members of the family migrated from the Charleston area to the Pee Dee sec­tion, back to Granville County, North Carolina, then to Stokes County, North Carolina, later to Surry County, North Carolina with stops of unknown duration at each place.  Finally in 1778 John Gowen arrived in District 96 [later Greenville County] to claim the land that was granted to him four years earlier.  Dis­trict 96 [96 miles from Keowee] had been formed in 1769 and was divided into counties in 1789.

Capt. John “Buck” Gowen and his troops appeared in District 96 in February 1778 on military duty.  His brother-in-law John Bearden filed a pension application, recorded in “Kings Mountain Manuscripts,” Volume 2, page 239:

“Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832. State of Tennessee, Bedford County John Bearden, Senior, a resident of this county and aged eighty-nine [89] years, two [2] months, four [4] days. Entered service of United States under following officers and served as here stated.  Born in Spottsylvania County, Virginia, March 11, 1744, agreeable to his family record, but has no record of it at this time.  He says he entered the service of the United States as a private and volunteered in a company of rangers, or spies, commanded by Capt. Joseph Wofford and Lt. D. Graham, Spartanburg District, South Carolina some time in the month of April, 1777, the precise day he cannot recollect.  He was marched to a fort on the head of Enoree River to Prince’s Fort, and there was stationed, but was frequently out on a scouting or spying expeditions against the Cherokee Indians and a Tory family named Bates.  [The town of Batesville, South Carolina is located 10 miles east of Greenville on the Enoree River.]  Four in number: William, Harry, Isaac and their father–who were skulking about with the Indians, were frequently engaged with the Indians in murders of frontier settlers; and there remained in service until some time in January, 1778, when he was dismissed agreeable to orders.  Thinks in February, 1778 he volunteered again and joined a company of spies or rangers under command of Captain John Gowen, and marched to a fort on the south side of the Pacolet River [probably near present-day Landrum, South Carolina] and was frequently raiding on the frontier settlement on the Tyger River.

He states that on one of the scouting expeditions he was on, Captain Gowen arrested and took prisoner two men, one by the name of Fanning, the other by name of Smith; that they brought them back into a white settle­ment [probably Gowensville] and delivered them up to a magistrate, as they were both Tories, and both had stolen horses, each taken from a Mr. James Ford and a Mr. John Patten.  Deponent says he was marched back to the last-mentioned fort [near Landrum] on the south fork of the Pacolet River, where he remained in service until some time in the month of August, 1778, and was again dismissed, it being thought and frequently said by Captain Gowen that the Indians had become quiet and that there was no further use for the troops at that time.  He states that he served in the last-mentioned town [Landrum] not less than six months.

Deponent further says that he removed shortly after that into Union District, S.C, and there entered the service of the United States again, about one week before the siege of Ninety-Six.  That he was marched off that place a drafted soldier and was in the engagement at that place.

He says he was then transferred from Captain Blassingame’s company and marched through the country in a different direction in search of a band of Tories under the command of Jesse Gray.  That he continued in service under the last-mentioned captain a tour of duty of not less than four months, and says he was finally dismissed from service, after serving in all, a tour of actual service of not less than nine months, for which he claims a pension.

Applicant says he remained a citizen of South Carolina until 1824 when he removed to Bedford County, Ten­nessee, where he now lives.  He further says that he was not acquainted with any regular officers with the troops when he served or any regiment of regulars whatever.
s/s John Bearden”

Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen was probably a member of Friendship Baptist Church which met near Otts Shoals on the Tyger River in Greenville District. The congregation had been organized in 1765 by Rev. Jacob Roberts and was sometimes referred to as “Jacob Roberts’ church.”  Extant records go back only to 1801.  Since Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen does not appear on the church roster in 1801, it is assumed that she died before that time.  Until his death in 1797, John Bearden, father of Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen, was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.  A report of the Bearden family is detailed in “Southern Lineages.”

Mourning Bearden Smith, sister to Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen was probably another member of Friendship Bap­tist Church.  She was born June 15, 1763, according to Draper Wisconsin Historical Collection of “King’s Mountain Manuscripts,” Volume II, page 268.  She was married to Maj-Gen. William Smith and was so harassed in her husband’s absence by the Tories that she had to leave her home and live with her sister during the latter years of the war.  Maj-Gen. William Smith, who was a congressman from Pinckney District, died June 22, 1837.

On June 1, 1840 Mourning Bearden Smith of Spartanburg District, age 77, appeared in the “Census of Pensioners,” page 43, as “the widow of Gen. Smith.” She survived until October 2, 1842 and was buried beside her husband in the Smith family cemetery, one and a half miles south of Glenn Springs, South Carolina, according to descendants Minnie Smith, Glenn Springs and W. S. Williams, Pauline, South Carolina.

South Carolina Archives has preserved the audited accounts of John “Buck” Gowen in its File AA 3014 in 24 pages of mate­rial.  One of the entries disclosed that he had received orders to commandeer provisions for the militia if necessary in his section in February 1779.  This authorization was probably written during a campaign against the Indians and the Tories on the frontier.  It reads:

“I hereby appoint Captn. John Gowin Commissary in the north part of the Indian line in the name of Edward Hampton [one word illegible] to wit, at Gowins and Hamilton Stations, with power to im­press provisions if not to be bought.  Given under my hand the 6th day of February 1779.
John Thomas”

Apparently John “Buck” Gowen was lax in his accounting.  A notation in his audited accounts reveals this shortcoming:

“Mr. John Gowen for sundry provisions supplied the Militia, but being charged in depreciated money and no month nor year given when supplied, cannot be au­dited–neither is there vouchers.
Examined,  O.W.  J.Mc.  A.G.”

“Mr. John Gowen his account of 2663 Rations sup­plied the Militia in 1779, Sixty Six Pounds, Eleven shillings & Six Pence Sterling.

Received of Captain John Gowin, Provisions for Cap­tain William Blassingame’s Company, one Lieutenant and XIX [Nineteen] Privets from the first Day of February to the 4th day of March, 1779.

Certified by me
Robert Bishop
Letenant      640 Rations”

“Resed of John Gowen three hundred and ninty-six ras­sons for the use of Captain Bobo Compny in the lin servis.  March 15, 1779.
Sertifid by me.
Wm. Young
Letenant”

“March 17th, 1779 Received of Capt. John Gowen Ra­tions for nine Men on day for the Publick use received.
Wm. Wood, Capt.  9 Rations”

Included in the papers is a report from John “Buck” Gowen re­garding service in April 1779:

“This is to certify that Captain John Gowen [word il­legible] was 24 days in the service under the Com­mand of Col. John Thomas on the line.

Captain John Gowen

Capt. John Gowen for Waggonage, forage and driver on the line of this State April 10, 1779.  24 days  [illegible] Three hundred Fifty-one pounds currency.

Examined, A.D.
[illegible] Certificate

Attested to before me this 12th day of April 1779 by Captain John Gowen that the above account is true and no part received.
James Wood, J.P.”

John “Buck” Gowen was authorized to rebuild a fort in the western extremity of South Carolina as detailed in the fol­lowing order:

“To John Gowen, Dr: To building one stockade fort for the use of the publick by order of Colonel William Wofford, S.C.  Valued to 440.  I hereby certify that I ordered John Gowen, Captain, to build, or rather rebuild, a fort at Jamison’s station on the line, April 14, 1779. Hood, L.C.

“John Gowen for rebuilding a stockade fort at Jami­son’s Station on the line in 1779. Amt. £5:15:3.  Five pounds; fifteen shillings; three pence farthing; sterling. Ex’d. W.G.  J.M.C.  N.G. South Carolina, Ninety-Six District.  By James Wood, a justice assigned to keep the peace in the District aforesaid.  Personally appeared before me Captain John Gowen and made oath on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that the within ac­count is just and true, and no part thereof received.  Sworn to before me this 12 day April, 1779.

James Wood, J.P.  £440 1 966  £9 407 of £5-15-3”

Three years later John “Buck” Gowen was still serving as commissary:

“John Gowen for Provisions for the Militia in 1782, charged.  Amount, Thirty Pounds, seventeen shillings  one penny, half penny Sterling.

To John Gowen Dr: To[tal] Provisions for the use of a Station on the Indian Line in the Spartan Regiment by Order of Col. Benjamin Roebuck in the year 1782: 13 Beef Cattle, 9 Hogs, 1 Beef for the expedition against the Indians, £216 pounds.

Ninety Six District, J.P. Captain John Gowen made oath before me that the above account is just and true, and that part of said provisions were furnished by himself and that part which belonged to others shall not be brought against the public by any other person.

Certified by Bayliss Earle, J.P.            John Gowen

A valuable horse, his personal property, was stolen from John “Buck” Gowen while he was on militia duty.  Notes in the ac­counts reveal:

“John Gowen’s Account for a horse stolen.  Claimed for him by Major John Ford. Postponed.  Given him a copy of the claim.  The time when the horse was stolen should be set forth & the cercumstances should be certified.
Examined  J.G.  Ct.  C.J.”

“The State of South Carolina To Captn John Gowen Dr.

To a black horse stole when on duty on the Indian line by order of Col. Benjamin Roebuck, which said horse was appraised by William Brasher and John Motlow Upon Oath.

Ninety Six District

Personally appeared John Gowen before me and made Oath as the Law Directs that the above said horse was lost in the Service of this State in the manner above mentioned, and that he has never re­ceived the said horse or any part of the value thereof, and further declares upon oath that if he should ever get the aforesaid horse, that he will re­turn him to the Commanding Officer of This Reg­iment or the price that shall be allowed for said Horse.

The aforesaid appraisers being duly Sworn made Report that they valued the above Horse to £190:0:0.
John Gowen

Sworn before me 20th of May 1783                Certified by me
Bayliss Earle, J. P.                        John Ford, Major

“Public Dr to John Gowen

331 L. of Bacon            2.00 per pound            662:00:0
2 4-year old stear          200 each                       400:00:0
4 3-year-old stears       175 each                       700:00:0
3 2-year old stears       110 each                       330:00:0
15 hogs, 2250 wate       65 per hundred        1,412:00:0
4 bushels of salt         130 per bushel              520:00:0
185 cwt of port              70 per hundred           129:10:0
100 wt of pork               60 per hundred             60:00:0
662 wt of beaf               40 per hundred           264:07:6
Provision for Deferant Companey                      35:12:0
100 wt of Bacon            2 per pound                200:00:0
125 wt of flouer            1 per pound                125:00:0
=========
£4,899:00:0

Captain John Gowen this Day made Oath that he sup­plyed the Militia on the line with the above Mentioned Provisions.  Sworn to before me this 21st August, 1779.
W. Wofford  TO
John Gowen

Captn. Gowen made Oath that he never before made any return of the above account nor received any pay in part nor in full. Sworn to the 27th of May 1783 Before me.
Bayliss Earle, J.P.”

Robert McDowell of DeKalb County, Georgia referred to the military duty of Capt. John “Buck” Gowen in a pension appli­cation statement dated February 2, 1838, according to “Kings Mountain Manuscripts,” Draper Collection:

“Robert McDowell, of DeKalb County, Georgia, states that Robert Henderson was a private soldier under the command of Captain Gowen of the American Line.  He was acquainted with him for the term of two years, un­der the command of Captain Gowen, as necessity re­quired his services as a soldier in the company of Light Horse; also that they were both in the battle that was fought at the Pacolet River in South Carolina, as they were engaged in guarding a company of prison­ers from Spartanburg, South Carolina to Salisbury, North Car­olina and that both belonged to Colonel White’s Regi­ment.”

On June, 1937, a letter from Mrs. B. K. Scott of Tallahassee, FL stated that Stephen Thompson was the father-in-law of William Whiddon of Cheraw District, Darlington County, South Carolina.

John “Buck” Gowen received a land grant of 400 acres located on the middle forks of the Saluda River October 15, 1784, ac­cording to Greenville County Deed Book 1, page 593.  This land was located about 10 miles southwest of his earlier grant on the Tyger River.

John “Buck” Gowen waited several years to collect a rather large bill for provisions supplied to the South Carolina militia.  It is assumed that he was not allowed to make a profit on the supplies he collected and sold to the militia. Without profit the investment required would represent quite a financial sacrifice on the part of the patriot while waiting for the defunct state treasury to re­cover sufficiently to reimburse him for the ex­penses in­curred during the course of the war. Indents were is­sued to John “Buck” Gowen in 1785 and in 1786 to reimburse him for rations delivered to the militia in 1779 and other ex­penses.

These indents, retained in South Carolina Archives, read:

“Pursuant to an act of the General Assembly passed 16th of March, 1783, We the Commission­ers of the Treasury, have this Day delivered to Mr. John Gowen this our Indented Certificate, for the Sum of Thirty-six pounds, twelve shillings and four pence Sterling for Provisions for the Militia in 1782  for rebuilding a Stockade fort at Jamison’s Station on the Line in 1779 per 2 accounts audited the said John Gowen, his Executors, Administrators or Assigns, will be entitled to receive from this office the Sum of two pounds, eleven shillings and three pence on Demand for one Year’s Interest on the principal Sum of Thirty-six pounds, twelve shillings  four pence and the like Interest annually.

The said John Gowen, his Executors, Administra­tors or Assigns will be entitled also to receive, and shall be paid, if demanded, the principal Sum of Thirty-six pounds, twelve Shillings and four pence on the twenty-seventh of September 1789 and the said John Gowen, his Executors, Administrators or Assigns may make any Purchase at any Public Sales of Confiscated Property, except such as shall be ordered by the Legislature for special Purposes; and this Indent shall be received in Pay­ment.

For the true Performance of the several Payments in Manner above-mentioned, the Public Treasury is made liable, and the faith of the State pledged by the aforesaid act.

Given under our hands at the Treasury-Office, in Charleston, the twenty-seventh day of September, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-five.

Peter Boucquet
Commissioners of the Treasury
£36-12-4    Principal
£2-11-3     Annual Interest
[Box X, No. 3522]

On the same day he received “5 pounds, 15 shillings, 3 pence farthing Sterling for rebuilding a Stockade fort at Jamison’s Station on the Line in 1779.”  [Box X, No. 760].  Apparently this compensation was interest on the indebtedness.

Another indent was issued by the Treasury Commission­ers August 14, 1786 in the amount of 76 pounds, 11 shillings, 5 pence to John “Buck” Gowen to compensate him for “duty done in the Militia as a Capt. in Roebuck’s Regiment since the fall of Charleston [1780].”  It also provided for annual interest of five pounds, seven shillings and two pence.  [Box X, No. 3522]

A penciled notation on the bottom of the indent signed by John “Buck” Gowen indicated that he received eight shillings interest on the indent in November 1790.  Another notation below that reveals, “Rec’d. 7th Jany. 1790 Int. to 1st April last. L0-4-0. William Benson.”

Another indent was issued by the Treasury Commissioners January 26, 1786 in the amount of 66 pounds, 11 shillings, 6 pence for John “Buck” Gowen to reimburse him for 2,663 rations supplied the militia in 1779.  Yearly interest of “L4:13:2” was provided by the indent.  [Box X, No. 1443].

He finally received  “21 pounds, 8 shillings, 6 pence, three far­things Sterling” for the horse that was stolen from him in the Indian campaign in additional compensation.  After the Revo­lution, Col. John Thomas who had been one of the commanding officers of John “Buck” Gowen was appointed Land Commissioner for District 96.  From the state he received 15 land grants.

It is interesting to note that the number of one of the Audited Accounts of John “Buck” Gowen was 3522.  The Audited Account of “David Gowen, dcsd” was 3520 and that of Edward Gowen was 3521.  This consecutive sequence suggests that the men were closely associated, perhaps kinsmen and that were submitted at the same time by Capt. Gowen.  All three received payment for militia duty “in Roebuck’s Regiment per [Lt. Col.] Anderson’s return.”

Lt. Col. Benjamin Roebuck lived in Spartanburg County and commanded a militia regiment in Pickens’ Brigade.  Roebuck was wounded and captured by the British in the Battle of Mud Lick March 2, 1781 and taken to Charleston.  He was confined aboard a prison ship in Charleston harbor until August 1781.  “Per Anderson’s return” suggests that Lt. Col. Anderson, also a regimental commander in Pickens’ Brigade certified the service of the Gowen men in the absence of Col. Roebuck.  The Fairfield County Gowen men served in Lt. Col. John Winn’s Regiment of militia in Gen. Sumter’s combined brigade of state troops and militia.

The indents, issued by the Treasury August 14, 1786, were approved long after the death of David Gowen of Fairfield County, son of Daniel Gowen and Rebecca Gowen.  David Gowen was killed by Indians in the winter of 1779-80 at Manskers Station in Davidson County, Tennessee.  William Gowen, regarded as his grandfather, was the executor of his estate at Nashville.  Levi Gowen, “who passes for mulatto,” brother of David Gowen, applied successful for the administration of the estate in Fairfield County and gave “John Gowen, gentleman of Daverson County” his power of attorney.  John Gowen, son of William Gowen, was a kinsman of Levi Gowen and David Gowen.

Edward Gowen who received Audited Account 3521 was also a resident of Fairfield County.  On August 9, 1786 Edward Gowen received “70 pounds, 1 shilling and 5 pence sterling for duty in Robuck’s Regiment,” according to “Stub Entries to Indents.”  His pay on one occasion was requested to be delivered to Capt. John “Buck” Gowen.

“John Gowin” was granted “a license to retail Spiritous Liquors and to keep a private house of entertainment,” according to the minutes of the Spartanburg County Court in its September 1785 term.

In 1785 John “Buck” Gowen was deeded 294 acres of land in Abbeville County, District 96, “above the branches of Twelve-Mile River,” according to Abbeville County Deed Book B, page 153.  This land lay some 60 miles south of his property on the Tyger River.  On October 20, 1785, Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen, “citizen” received a land patent of 256 acres in Abbeville County, south of the Saluda River on a small creek of Twelve-mile River, according to Abbeville County Deed Book B, page 73.  She and her husband sold the property December 13, 1785 to Benjamin Barton of Greenville County for £100.  The deed was recorded October 20, 1788 in Anderson County, South Carolina.  Allan Gowen, kinsman of John “Buck” Gowen and William Anderson were witnesses to the deed December 13, 1788 before John Ford, J.P.

Also in 1785 John “Buck” Gowen received a land grant of 340 acres in District 96 “on both sides of George’s Creek of Saluda River, adjoining Edmund Bearden,” according to a letter writ­ten May 8, 1961 by Mrs. Homer N. Caswell, Georgetown, Texas.  Mrs. Caswell was a descendant of Edmund Bearden, brother to Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen.  John “Buck” Gowen at that time made his home on the upland grant located between the south fork of the Pacolet River and the west fork of the Tyger River.

In 1786, when Ann Gowen Easley petitioned the government for military pay for her deceased husband and son, she re­quested that the payment be made to “Captain John Gowen.”  He was shortly promoted to major, and subsequently was re­ferred to as Major John “Buck” Gowen.

On May 1, 1786 Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen was granted land in District 96, located on “Twelve-Mile Creek,” according to Abbeville County Deed Book 9, page 38.  “Twelve-Mile Creek” is probably identical with “Twelve-Mile River” of an earlier grant, since both were located in Abbeville County.

In the state census of South Carolina taken in 1786 the house­hold of John “Buck” Gowen appeared in Spartanburg County, District 96, page 89:

“Gowen, John                         white male  over 16
white female
white male  over 16
white female
white female
white male  over 16
white male  over 16
white female
white female
white female
white male  under 16
white male under 16
white male  under 16
white male  under 16
[20 slaves]”

The “four white males over 16” were probably John “Buck” Gowen, William Gowen, James M. Gowen and John B. Gowen.  Of the “four white males under 16” only Winn Bearden Gowen can be identified.  Four of the “six white females” were probably Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen, Mary Gowen, Sarah Gowen and Minerva Gowen .  “Atlantic & Dorindas, daughters of Polly Sanders,” were later mentioned in the will of John “Buck” Gowen and may have been the other two women enumerated in the census.

On January 24, 1787 Maj. John “Buck” Gowen received a grant to 342 acres in District 96, according to Deed Book 14, page 137.

John “Buck” Gowen and Allan Gowen were witnesses to a power of attorney executed September 20, 1787 by John Combs of Washington County, North Carolina to John Molen of Greenville County, according to Greenville County Deed Book A, page 213.

John “Buck” Gowen received power of attorney February 20, 1788 from Hugh Lewis, “I Hugh Lewis, about to remove from South Carolina to Cumberland River of North Carolina, ap­point my friend, John Gowen my attorney to sell my land,” ac­cording to Greenville County Deed Book A, page 215.

On March 1, 1788 Mathias Sulser deeded 400 acres on the South Tyger River to John “Buck” Gowen for 200 pounds, according to Greenville County Deed Book A, page 245.

On October 10, 1788 John Gowen received a grant of 215 acres on Hill Creek of the Pacolet River, “adjoining land of John McClune,” according to Greenville County Grant Book D, page 93.

Joseph Vaughan who had militia duty under Col. Roebuck and Col. Anderson requested September 25, 1786, “Please pay the interest on my indent for the past three years to C. C. Schmitt.”  On December 22, 1788 he requested that it be paid “to John Gowen for the purchase of 640 acres of land.”

John “Buck” Gowen was given power of attorney for Thomas Wheelwright Pearson, one of the executors of the estate of Ab­ner Nash in Spartanburg County December 1, 1790, according to Spartanburg County Deed Book C, page 230-31.  Other ex­ecutors named in the will were Jacob Blount, Sr, Alfred Moore and William Blount.  William Easley and Allen Gowen witnessed the instrument which was recorded April 4, 1794.

On April 11, 1791 John “Buck” Gowen was commissioned sheriff of Spartanburg County.  John B. Gowen, his son; William Benson, his son-in-law and Andrew Thompson posted bond for him to the State of South Carolina, according to Spartanburg County Deed  Book 2, page 472.

On April 10, 1792 the Spartanburg County Court ordered the county treasurer to “pay Maj. John Gowen, the Sheriff of this county, the sum of five pounds for his extra services for one year.”  In the county court minutes of Spartanburg County, January session, 1796 the county treasurer was ordered to pay John “Buck” Gowen five pounds “for his extra fees in the year 1795 as he then acted as Sheriff for this county.”  In a later conveyance of land in that county he is referred to as “John Gowen, late sheriff of Spartanburg County,” in Spartanburg County Deed Book F, page 178.

On July 5, 1792 John “Buck” Gowen sold 340 acres located “on George’s Creek on the south side of the Saluda River” that had been granted to his sister, Ann Gowen Easley in 1785 by Gov. Guerrard.  This land had passed through the hands of Edmund Bearden, brother-in-law to John “Buck” Gowen, then to “Mr. Jamison,” then back to the State of South Carolina and finally was granted to John “Buck” Gowen by Gov. Pinckney.  James Easley, believed to be his nephew; Jesse Moss and Winn Bearden, brother-in-law to the major, witnessed the deed.

On January 22, 1793 John “Buck” Gowen was granted 1,000 acres of land in Washington and Pinckney Counties, Union District, according to Washington County Deed Book 32, page 142 and Pinckney County Deed Book 14, page 137.  He sold a tract of land granted to him in 1791 to Matthew Hawkins of Greenville County August 3, 1795 for 50 pounds, according to Greenville County Deed Book D, page 308.

On January 11, 1797 John “Buck” Gowen received a deed from Moses Spann to 101 acres on the South Pacolet River for 100 pounds, according to Greenville County Deed Book D, page 309.  On January 20, 1797 he deeded 100 acres to John Kirkland for 60 pounds, according to Greenville County Deed Book D, page 333.

“Majer Gowen” was mentioned in a deed dated August 25, 1797 in which John Barnes of Greenville Co, SC conveyed “50 acres adjacent Mager Gowens Corner” to  John Swaffer for £30 sterling.  Two decades later Mary Barnes, suggested as the widow of John Barnes by Cecille Gaziano, researcher of Minneapolis, deeded March 28, 1819 100 acres “on a branch of the middle fork of the Saluda River whereon Mary Barnes and Henry Deen now live” to Thomas Payne, according to Greenville County Deed Book D, pages 534-535.  Witnesses to the deed were John Gowen and James Gowen.  The deed was proved February 7, 1820 by the oath of John Gowen, Junr that he saw Molly Barnes sign the deed.”  The signatories are identified as James M. Gowen and John B. Gowen, sons of Maj. John “Buck” Gowen.  Cecille Gaziano raises the possibility that Mary Barnes was a Gowen relative, citing that a Mary Gowen was married to Henry Barnes in Edgefield County, South Carolina May 1, 1796.

In 1800 the census enumerator recorded the household of John “Buck” Gowen as:

“Gowen, John                         white male  over 45
white female          over 45
white male  16-26
white female          16-26
white male  10-16
white female          10-16
white male  10-16
white male  10-16
white female          0-10
[34 slaves]”

In 1801 John “Buck” Gowen and two other men contracted to build a new courthouse and jail for Spartanburg County, began to run into cost overruns before its completion and petitioned the South Carolina General Assembly and the South Carolina Senate for additional money.  Their petitions read:

“General Assembly Petitions, 1801, No. 49.

“To the Honorable the Senate and House of Repre­sentatives of the State of South Carolina:

“The humble petition of the undertakers of the public Building for Spartanburgh District Sheweth that whereas they have engaged to compleat the Court House and Jail for the above District at an underrate much less than you in your liberality were pleased to appropriate for that purpose in each Dis­trict.  From inex­perience of the expense of so great an undertaking, the scarcity of provisions sustained by the late dearth of corn, in our District, and the shortness of time which they have been allowed, being only eigh­teen months, that unless you in compassion to their weakness lend them some assistance they must in their private property be materially injured.  They also beg leave to lay before your honor that whereas they contracted to compleat the Court House of Wood they for the publick benefit have raised the same of well-burned Brick relying on your justice to make them compensa­tion.  The brick work of said Court House & Jail are now nearly compleated and that the whole of the moneys which they have received are already expended.  The Jail is thirty feet long, twenty-four feet wide and Three Storey in height:  The Court House is Forty feet long, Twenty-six feet wide and two storey in height, the whole to be compleatly finished–equal to any in this State.  And this we are bound to do for the sume of Four Thousand four hundred Dollars.  This small sum we need not state to you is inadequate to the expense of so great an undertaking by at least Sixteen hundred Dollars which will be a triffle more than what was a first appropriated for that purpose.  This request being so Just and mourall they sincerely hope you will not in humanity to their loss refuse it and your petition­ers in duty bound will ever pray.
John Gowen
Jno. Murrell
Alex’r. McKee”

“To the Honorable vice president of the Senate and the members of the same the Humble Petition of John Gowen, John Murrell and Alexander McKee Sheweth that your Petitioners became undertakers for the build­ings of the Gaol and the Court House of Spartanburgh District for the sum of Four Thousand Four Hundred dollars that by our contract we were to have built the Court House of Wood, but believing it be much sounder built the same of brick, resting on the generosity of the Legislature to indemnify us for the Extra expenses.  That in consequence of building this Court House of brick your Petitioners have sunk the sum of one thousand dollars.  Therefore your Petitioners most humbly pray that your Honorable House will pass a resolution for the payment of this sum of aforesaid and your petitioners in duty bound will ever pray.

John Gowen
Alexander McKee
Jno. Murrell

On May 26, 1801 John “Buck” Gowen and William Easley were witnesses to a deed in which Joseph Cavin and his wife Elizabeth Cavin conveyed land on Ferguson’s and James’ Creeks to Reuben Barrett, according to Spartanburg County Deed Book H, page 27.

In 1804 John “Buck” Gowen was appointed administrator of the estate of his son William Gowen who died during the pre­vious year.

The case of “John Gowan vs. West Harris” dealing with 500 acres on Little Buck Creek was tried during 1806, according to a 1936 edition of the“Spartanburg Herald.”  The newspaper was quoting from Sheriff Blassingame’s execution book of 1806.  The land in question was sold May 20, 1806 to James Camp for $105.  The sheriff’s execution books were housed in the historical archives of the Kennedy Free Library in 1936.  The newspaper article stated that the sheriff wrote in a clear, firm hand on paper water-marked with the South Carolina state crest.

On July 23, 1806 John “Buck” Gowen gave two slave girls to a kinsman Thany Sanders, according to Greenville County Deed Book H, pages 30-31 as abstracted in “Abstracts of Some Greenville County, South Carolina Records Concerning Black People, Free and Slave, 1791-1865” by Anne K. McCuen.  The deed of gift read:

“Know ye that I, John Gowen, in consideration of the natural love and affection and also for other good causes and considerations shown me by Thany Sanders of Spantanburg District, daughter of a woman by the name of Polly Sanders at the time of said Thaney’s birth, but now bears the name of Polly Gentry, have given as a love [document torn] . . . to Thaney Sanders, 2 slaves, to wit, Narcissa, a negro girl about 2 [document torn] and winny, a negro girl about 1 month old, both of them children of my negro, to be owned and enjoyed [document torn], and I appoint my trusty friend Major John Blasingame of Greenville Dist. to act as Gardean [sic] for her the said Thany Sanders until she shall arrive at the age of 18 years or marry.
July 23, 1806                                          John Gowen

Witnesses:
William Easley      Recorded Nov. 22, 1809
Pleasant Easly
R. Anderson, Jr. JP”

John “Buck” Gowen and his contracting associates continued to seek reimbursement from the state for their overrun on the construction of the Spartanburg Courthouse.  On November 27, 1806 they sent another petition:

“The Petition from the Undertakers of the Public Buildings of Spartanburg District, Praying that an addi­tional sum of money be allowed to indemnify them.

To the Honorable the Speaker of the House of Repre­sentatives and the members of the same:

The Humble Petition of John Gowen, John Murrell and Alexander McKee Sheweth that your petitioners became undertakers for the building of the goal and court house of Spartanburgh District for the sum of four thousand four hundred dollars that by our contract we were to have built the court house of wood but be­lieving it to be much better built the same of brick relying on the generosity of the Legis­lature to indemnify us for the extra expense, that in consequence of building the Court House of brick your petitioners have sunk the sum of one thousand dollars.”

John “Buck” Gowen in 1807 deeded to Pleasant Easley “land in Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, on both sides of the Pacolet River where Easley’s still is on,” according to Greenville County Deed Book H, page 131.  The land was earlier granted to William Clayton.  Witnesses were John Gowen, Jr. and William Cameron.  “John Gowen, Jr.” is believed to be John B. Gowen, son of John “Buck” Gowen.

Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen died before 1809, ac­cording to the research of Chan Edmondson, Gowen re­searcher of Dallas, Texas and vice-president of Gowen Re­search Foundation.  She died in 1810, according to “DAR Lineage Book,” Volume 95, page 175.

On August 20, 1809 John “Buck” Gowen being in ill health, wrote his will. It was recorded in Spartanburg County Will Book A, pages 2-3 November 10, 1809. Apparently he died shortly after writing his will and was probably buried in Spar­tanburg District.  The will reads:

“In the name of God, Amen.  I, John Gowen, being af­flicted by the hand of Almighty God and knowing it is once ordained for all men to die, do ordain, constitute and appoint this my last Will and Testament, hereby re­voking all other Wills by me made, excepting such property, this is, viz: as I have already bestowed to my children.

I pray God who gave it to take my soul, my body to re­turn from whence it came and be buried in a Christian manner, by direction of my executors to be hereinafter named.

First: I bequeath unto my son, Winn B. Gowen, a tract of land lying and being in Greenville District on both sides of middle Tygar River, the line to begin at the mouth of a Branch emptying into the said river on the north side below the mill–thence a direct line to the up­per end of the big cove and to the line of land–then my line to the opposite, to the beginning.  Also two negroes called Zed and Spence, together with a stock of cattle and hogs now on the premises before mentioned, one bed and furniture; also my part of a bay gelding that he rides.

Second: I bequeath unto my daughter, Lettie, a planta­tion by Ann Easley’s place, three negroe girls known by the names of Vina, Ede and Harriot; one bed and furniture and two cows and calves.

Third: I bequeath unto my Daughter, Minerva, a tract of land lying on the south side of Saluda where my son, James Gowen, attended; Two Ne­groes, names Cresa and Asa, one bed and furni­ture, One Hundred Dollars to purchase a horse­beast, two cows and calves and her mother’s sattle [saddle].

Fourth: I bequeath unto my daughter, Elizabeth Wood­son, a tract of land on Tyger River called Sulsias place.

Fifth: I bequeath unto my son, James Gowen, 800 acres to begin at the ford of the river on the South Pacolet, now used between here and where he lives, and thence a North course so to include the school house spring where Davis taught, and then ’round to a line to be made for John Roddy; thence, to the beginning so as to include the Jamison fields.

Sixth: I give and bequeath to my Grandson, John Gowen, son of William, deceased, all the land between what I have given Winn and Letty that I own, also one Girl named Hannah; to my granddaughter, Mahulda, a negro boy called Buck; unto Matilda, a negroe boy called Sip; a negroe boy named Ben unto Letty, my granddaughter.

If any of these legatees died without lawful issue, the property to be returned and equally divided be­tween my children the living.  I hereby appoint John and Winn Gowen, my sons, and James Blassingame and Street Thurston, my sons-in-law to be the executors of this, my last will and testament: to sell on a credit of twelve months all the real and personal property that I have not before bequeathed, except two hundred acres of land to be laid off, agreeable to deed of gift made to Atlantic and Dorindas, Daughters of Polly Sanders.  My debts to be paid and, if any balance left, to be equally divided between all of my children living, borne of my wife, Lettie, deceased.  In witness whereof I have set my hand this 20th day of August, Anno Domini, 1809.

John Gowen
In the presence of:
Theron Earle
C. W. McVay
Willus G. Brown”

The identify of “Atlantic and Dorindas, daughters of Polly Sanders,” is unknown, however he had three years earlier writ­ten a deed of gift to Thany Sanders “for the natural love and affection” suggesting that she was a family member.”  At that time he described Thany Sanders as “the daughter of a woman by the name of Polly Sanders at the time of Thany’s birth, but now bears the name of Polly Gentry.”

The “deed of gift” to Atlantic Sanders and Dorindas Sanders may have been recorded in Spartanburg County deed records and might assist to identify the pair, who are assumed to be relatives of John “Buck” Gowen.

It is believed that John “Buck” Gowen died shortly after writ­ing his will August 20, 1809.  The will was probated January 8, 1810, according to Spartanburg County probate records.  Christopher Golightly, Ordinary, presided.  On that date he recorded:

“Personally appeared before Theron Earle, C. W. Mc­Vay and Willis F. Brown, who being duly sworn in on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God, doth make oath and say that they saw John Gowen was then of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of these deponents’ knowledge and belief, and that they, the said deponents, subscribed their names as wit­nesses at the request of the testator and in his presence.  At the same time qualified John and Winn Gowen and James Blassingame and Street Thurston, executors.  Given under my hand this January 8, 1810.
Christopher Golightly, O.G.D.”

South Carolina Warrant of Appraisement Order was issued to John B. Gowen, Winn Bearden Gowen, James P. Blassingame and Street Thurston, executors “to appraise the estate of John Gowen, deceased, January 8, 1810 in the thirty-fifth year of American Independence.”

Sworn statements of the Justices of the Peace Bayliss John Earle, Shields Booker, Rice F. Ross, John Whitten and John Stokes were rendered that they would make certain that the executors appraised the estate as required.

Excerpts from the annual returns of the estate of John “Buck” Gowen for 1811 reveal: “Winn B. Gowen, notes utilized, $100.  Winn B. Gowen, notes received of Dr. Sam Greene, Columbia, South Carolina, balance of a note received May 20, 1810, $30 interest on three notes to that time.  James Blassingame, executor, received $20 of Shields Booker, June 27, 1811.”

An inventory of the personal estate of John “Buck” Gowen made by heirs whose names follow:

“Property willed to Lettice “Letty” Gowen; property willed to Minerva Gowen; property willed to Mahala Gowen; property willed to Matilda Gowen, property willed to Mahulda Gowen; property willed to John Gowen, son of William Gowen; G. John Blassingame, son of James P. Blassingame, one negro boy named Harry, $100.

From the returns of executors of John “Buck” Gowen, January 1813: Paid to Minerva Gowen agreeable to tes­tator’s will, $400; paid to James Blassingame agreeable to his proven account rendered, $262.10.”

Included in the return of the debts of John “Buck” Gowen at the time of his death were the following notations: “One note on James Blassingame, dated July 1804, 17/3, payable to Henry Gray; one book account on James Blassingame from 1800 to November 21, 1805; balance on the second account of James Blassingame, on a Magnett, on old fork, 1805 L 1.6/6.  Those acct. of date 4. llW. Blassingame thinks proper to take that exception.”

Debts due the estate of John “Buck” Gowen which were con­sidered not collectable because they had become out of date or because debtors were insolvent or had removed to locations unknown totaled $3,861.99, according to Bayliss John Earle, Justice of the Peace.

On January 21, 1813 John B. Gowen, Winn Bearden Gowen, James Blassingame and Street Thurston were summoned to make a final settlement of the estate of John “Buck” Gowen to the heirs.  Apparently the estate of the deceased included property in Rutherford County, North Carolina because mention is made in this settlement of reimbursement for expenses incurred on a trip to that county by one of the executors.

On July 3, 1915 the Daughters of the American Revolution ac­cepted the following statement, published in “Colonial and Revolutionary History of Upper South Carolina,” authenti­cating Maj. John “Buck” Gowen as a Commissary and officer in the American Revolution:

“Among those who pursued Bates and his party was Major Buck Gowen.  With a party of resolute men he overtook the Indians in their camp beyond the headwa­ters of the Tyger River, killed and captured some and routed the rest.  Unfortunately he did not capture Bates, but recovered the Gilly children.

The particulars of this circumstance were related to the writer about 10 years ago by Elias Dill [now deceased], who at that time was in his 82nd year.  Mr. Dill further stated that his father-in-law, Mr. Howard, was a member of Major Gowen’s command and had often related the story to him.

Mr. Dill further stated that at the time Major Gowen’s command was approaching the camp of the Indians, the little Gilly boy was breaking sticks to make a fire.  He recognized Major Gowen and joyfully ran to meet him.

Major Buck Gowen was a true patriot, and but for his active exertions in getting together his militia, there is no telling to what extent Bates would have carried his bloody work on the innocent and defenseless people.  His place of residence was on the present plantation of Mr. Baker Caldwell, on the South Pacolet.  Nothing  remains to show the old home place except a sunken place in the ground which was his cellar. The present village of Gowensville, but a short distance from where he resided, was named in honor of him.”

Other facts in the military career of John “Buck” Gowen were related in “Colonial and Revolutionary History of South Carolina” by Landrum.

“He erected Gowen’s Fort located near Gowensville during the Revolutionary War period. At this fort he gathered soldiers who fought with him and protected the families of the patriots.  Gowen’s Fort was mentioned in “History of Spartanburg County,” published in the 1930s, with: “James Jordan received from Captain John Gowins three bills to discharge a debt to Heart in Charles Town.  The amount was 106 pounds, 15 shillings.  This John Gowen commanded Gowen’s Fort a few miles distant from Ft. Prince on the Indian Line.”

William “Bloody Bill” Bates, a notorious Tory, captured Gowen’s Fort in 1781 and killed, scalped and mutilated the people who had taken refuge there.  One victim who escaped was Mrs. Abner Thompson, Greenville, who lived 50 years afterward even though she had been scalped and left for dead.

Gowen’s Fort and its blockhouse was occupied during the Civil War, some 80 years later, by Confederate deserters.  To halt their foraging on the farms of local citizens, Col. J. D. Ashmore was ordered to capture the deserters.  Col. Ashmore positioned a cannon before the gates of the fort.  After a demonstration of cannon-power, 502 deserters filed out of the fort, on their way to courts martial.  The old fort remained quiet until World War I, and then cannons boomed again on the site.  The U.S. Army had chosen the site for artillery training.  Today no sign of the old fort remains, and no one can locate the site for certain.

Adeline Evans Wynn writing in “Southern Lineages” men­tions that she visited the area of Gowensville in the 1930s:

“The land mentioned in the will of John Gowen seems to cover the Gowen Fort site.  I went to the nearest point, Landrum, South Carolina by rail, hired a con­veyance and drove all through the section of the country where the Gowens and Blassingames lived. I passed near a spring which I believe to have been the one mentioned in Item 5 of the will of John Gowen for across the road was a Gowen field adjoining the home of a very early settler who told me that a quantity of English gold pieces were dug from it ten or more years ago.”

In 1960 the population of Gowensville was estimated at 200.  When the community was visited in 1971 only a church and few buildings composed the town.  No members of the Gowen family remained there at that time.  Prior to the Civil War an academy was located in Gowensville.

Descendants of John “Buck” Gowen living in Oklahoma were mentioned in “DAR Lineage Book,” 1948-49.

Frank Maxwell Gowen, a Gowen researcher of Phoenix, Ari­zona, who made a study of the area in 1971 concluded that John “Buck” Gowen and his wife were buried in a pioneer cemetery in the Earle’s Mill community nearby.  Earle’s Mill was located two miles north of Gowensville on the Pacolet River.

Children born to John “Buck” Gowen and Lettice “Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen include:

William Gowen                              born about 1762
Lettice “Letty” Gowen                   born about 1763
Elizabeth Gowen                            born about 1765
James M. Gowen                            born in 1767
John B. Gowen                               born about 1769
Sarah Gowen                                   born June 5, 1774
Mary Gowen                                   born about 1776
Minerva Gowen                              born about 1780
Winn Bearden Gowen                   born October 18, 1787

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One Response to 1732 John Gowen m. Lettice Winn Bearden in 1759 in Spartanburg Co, SC

  1. rick.tidwell@lamresearch.com says:

    I’ve noticed several folks calling Sarah Gowen’s husband “Thomas William Easley” (Sarah being daughter of John “Buck” Gowen). This is how he is listed in another section of this site. I’m interested to know where “Thomas” came from? Any individual record where both Thomas and William are listed as “Thomas William”? I ask this because I see it all over the internet, and believe it is possibly a mistake that has simply grown over the years…it’s even on findagrave as such even the headstone says simply “William”. Here is what I think…William died in Hickman County, TN in 1826. In the 1820 census, a man roughly his age is listed as “Thomas W. Easley” but no “William Easley” transcribed. I think someone assumed this was William, and the mistake took off like a wildfire. “William” is actually in the 1820 census..he was just transcribed incorrectly as William Earley. Thomas W. Easley of Hickman County, Tennessee is actually Thomas Wade Easley Sr. (1756-1842) and Jr. (1786-aft. 1860). I’ve seen their children also mixed in as William’s in some online trees. Thomas Sr. is likely the son of Stephen Easley. Thomas W. was also in Greenville District, SC before moving to Hickman County about the same time as William. I believe folks are mixing Thomas W. and William into the same person at times. If not, I hope to see an actual record with “Thomas William Easley” written. Thank you.

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