1750-1755 John Gowen of Marion Co, SC and Robeson Co, SC

John Gowen b. 1755 and his line are a Y-DNA match to the William Going b. 1682 line of descendants.

Marriage and Death:  It appears there was a marriage before Nancy – due to birth dates of children.  This John Gowen has a marriage bond to Nancy in 1810 but a deed in 1804 indicates Nancy Gowen giving up her dower for a conveyance – meaning John Gowen was already married to a Nancy at that time (maybe he was married to two Nancy’s).  John Gowen appears to have died in early 1814 according to deed records in 1813 showing him alive in December, but then by March 1814 showing him decd (see sources in this page below).

Parents:  (Note:  Best guess is that his father is John Gowen b. abt 1720 son of John Gowen b. abt 1700 who married Mary Keith – also a Y-DNA match.  Another option would be Alexander Gowen as father – both appear to have had sons and/or grandsons named John).

John Gowen and Sarah Gowen

Children:

John Gowen b. abt 1771-1774  (Age by comparing 1800, 1810, 1830 US Census Repts).

Siblings:

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OTHER SOURCES: For possible other sources for this family’s descendants – see the following pages on this site:

1) MARION COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
2) ROBESON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
3) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
4) SMITH COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
5) ATTALA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
6) COPIAH COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI

SOURCES and EVENTS:

 

John Gowan was born about 1750-1755.  John Gowen Sr (his father) wrote a will in 1800 that only named one child, John Gowen Jr.  This appears to be this John Gowen.   The The 1800 US Census shows three John Goin/Gowins in the area:  1) John Gowin age 26-44 (b. betw. 1756-1774) – with 5 in household, living in the Marion District, South Carolina, 2) John Gowin born some time before 1755 – with 8 in household, living in the Marion District, South Carolina, and 3) John Goin born some time before 1755 – with 4 in household, living in Robeson County, North Carolina.

1800 US Census:  Name: John Gowin  (Note:  Combined with the 1800 Census puts his birth year between 1766 – 1774 married to Edith Faulk, thought by many to be b 1780 – who dies in 1841).
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Liberty, Marion District, South Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1 (born betw. 1756-1774)
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 3
Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
Number of Household Members: 5
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1800 US Census:  Name: John Gowin Sr (Note: This appears to be John Gowin Sr b. abt 1750-55 m. to Nancy Duncan).
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Liberty, Marion District, South Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 2
Free White Persons – Males -10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1 (born bef. 1755)
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44: 2
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 4
Number of Household Members Over 25: 4
Number of Household Members: 8
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1800 US Census:  Name: John Goin (Note: This appears to be John Goin b. abt 1720-30 m. to Sarah who dies in 1800)
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Fayetteville, Robeson, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males -10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1 (born bef. 1755)
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over: 1 
Number of Household Members Under 16: 1
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 4
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DEATH OF JOHN GOWEN Sr in 1800:

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

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John Going Jr’s son – John Going: 

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

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

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

1802 July 6 – The administratrix of John Gowen decd returned an inventory of the Decd’s estate and ordered to be filed. p. 208.  Robeson Co, NC
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4F-FQZK-H?i=119&cat=156699

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

1804 John Going on account of McDowell.

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

1805 July 2 – 1805 July 2 – Tiree Taylor who was bail for John Gowing came into court and surrendered the said Gowing in discharge of said bail. pg 329.  Robeson Co, NC
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4F-FQZJ-J?i=180&cat=156699

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

JOHN GOWING JR approximate birth date:  The following US Census Reports indicate that John Goins Jr has a birth year somewhere between 1770 and 1774.

The following 3 entries for John Goins living in Robeson County, NC in 1810 includes 1) John Goins Sr b. before 1765, 2) another John Goins Jr. b. betw. 1766-1784. and 3) finally, a John Goins b.  between 16-25 years of age b. betw 1784-1794.  This calls into question if there was another John Gowen in the area – if we are missing a generation somewhere – since one John Gowen died in 1801 per court records.

1810 US Census:  Name: John Goins  (Note:  This may be John Goins b. abt 1790-94 – poss John M Gowen).
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Robeson, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 3
Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25: 1 (DOB: 1785-1794)
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 2
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over : 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 3
Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
Number of Household Members: 7
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1810 US Census:  Name: John Goins Sr  (Note:  Best guess – this one b abt 1750-1755 –  married to Nancy who dies in 1814).
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Robeson, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1 (DOB bef. 1765)
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over : 1
Numbers of Slaves: 2
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 4
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1810 US Census:  Name: John Goins Jr  (Note:  Combined with the 1800 Census puts his birth year between 1766 – 1774 married to Edith, thought by many to be b 1780 – who dies in 1841).
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Robeson, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 3
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 : 1 (DOB 1766-1784)
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 5
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 7
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1810 Jan 27 – John Goin was married to Nancy Duncan January 27, 1810, according to “Robeson County, North Carolina Marriages, 1787-1850.” Major T. Russell was their bondsman and signed Bond No. 11678. R. Haills was a clerk and was a witness to the marriage of John Goin and Nancy Duncan. The marriage is confirmed by “North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868,” record 1051, Bond No. 116780.   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C91Z-N7LT?i=652&cat=1909231

1811 Aug 20 – Deed Sarah Gowen to Elizabeth Gowen. p. 326.

1812 May 23 – Sarah Gowan, Elizabeth Gowen and John Gowan all of the County of Robeson NC for 50 pounds to them in hand paid by Silas Drake, deliver to Silas Drake a parcel of land in Robeson County, on the south side of Aaron Swamp on Silas Atkins line, by Aaron Odoms, being 100 acres more or less, part of a tract patented by Aaron Odom on Oct 28, 1778. Signed: Sarah Gowen, Elizabeth Gowen, John Gowen. Wit: Saml Bridgers, E Ellis. Deed bk Q, pg 157. Robeson County, NC.   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L98P-NVRR?i=96&cat=167161  (Note:  This is possibly land owned jointly from an inheritance – possibly from John Gowen who died in 1800.   Elizabeth is possibly the widow,

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

JOHN GOWEN SR dies abt. 1814 per next entry:  

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

1819 May 15 – Garrett Gowin of Columbus Co, NC for consideration of $100 convey land to Hinnant Faulk. Land described as two tracts in Columbus Co, NC 1st on the N side of Yellow Bay and on the south side of Butler Branch adjoining Thomas N Gautin’s land, for 45 acres. 2nd tract lying and adjoing the above survey containing 45 acresbeing one half adjoining the beg corner of a survey of 90 acres bought by –?– from Ebenizer Ellis the Survey to be equaly divided by a line running parallel to the first line of the survey be the same more or less as the plats of the said tracts will more fully show which said –?—. . . . Signed: Garret Gowin. Wit: Archd McKay, Charles Babson. bk C, p 197. Columbus Co, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L98L-Q3RH?i=115&cat=374138

1819 May 27 – Garret Gowing for $200 conveys to Hynant Faulk a negro girl named Charlote which was conveyed by deed of gift to my mother during her life and at her death to be mine, but my father, John Gowing, having recd other consideration for the claim of my mother and it appearing that my Grandfather Richard Faulk willed the said girl Charlotte to his son Hynant, I do for the above consideration for ever relinquish all manner of claim to the said girl by virtue of said deed of give which deed cannot be removed from record but its virtue as repects my claim shall be hereby destroyed. Signed: Garrat Gowin. Wit: Archd McKay, Charles Babson. bk C p 196. Columbus County, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L98L-Q3RH?i=115&cat=374138
(Garrett Gowing’s father is John Gowing m. Edith Faulk – grandfather is Richard Faulk – must be father of mom – must be Edith’s mom).

1830 US Census:  Name: John Gowan
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Columbus, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 50 thru 59: 1 (b. betw. 1771-1780)
Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59: 1
Slaves – Females – 36 thru 54: 1
Free White Persons – Under 20: 3
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total Slaves: 1
Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 7
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1832 Feb 29 – Stephen Terry by his Guardian v. Wm Terry, Garrett Gowin and wife Nancy not inhabitants of this state publish in the N.C. Journal in Fayetteville. p. 122. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4X-RSS7-8?i=64&cat=156699

1832 Nov – partition of lands (case of Garrett Gowen p 153 but numbers discontinued. p. 153. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4X-RSSZ-7?i=79&cat=156699

1833 Feb – Stephen Terry by his guardian John F Barnes v. Wm Terry, Garret Gowin and others – Continued.  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4X-RSS3-G?i=90&cat=156699

1833 Aug – Stephen Terry by his Guardian John F Barnes v. Wm Terry, Garret Gowin wnd wife Nancy, and others. Dismissed by plaintiff. (page numbers missing). https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4X-RSSM-N?i=104&cat=156699

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

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

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

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

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(GOWEN MANUSCRIPT ENTRY):  The following was cut and pasted from the Gowen Manuscript and GRF Foundation pages – if there are errors, let me know:

John Gowen was married about 1779, wife’s name Nancy.  They lived near Ashpole Swamp in Marion County, South Carolina.

Children born to John Gowan and Nancy Gowan include:

John Gowan, Jr.                     born about 1780

Hugh M. Gowan                     born about 1782

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meredith Gowan died in 1838 in Copiah County, Mississippi.

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

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

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

Alexander Gowan settled near Sallis in Attala County, Mis­sissippi.

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

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

Elias Gowan                               born about 1804

Garrett Gowan                       born about 1805

Meredith Gowan                        born about 1806

William Gowan                          born about 1807

Ada Gowan                            born about 1808

Jesse Gowan                              born about 1809

John Gowan                               born about 1810

Richard Asbury Gowan                  born about 1813

Alexander Gowan                       born about 1816

Elias Gowan, son of John Gowan, Jr. and Edith Faulk Gowan, was born about 1804 in Marion County, South Carolina.

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

Garrett Gowan, son of John Gowan, Jr. and Edith Faulk Gowan, was born about 1805, probably in Marion County, South Carolina.

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

Meredith Gowan, son of John Gowan and Edith Faulk Gowan, was born about 1806, probably in Marion County, South Carolina.  About 1822, he set out alone for Mississippi and made his way to the settlement of Westville in Simpson County.  There he met Nancy Powell, daughter of James Powell and Patience Powell.  When he came calling, the Powells disapproved.  When he asked for her hand in marriage, the Powells were appalled—she was only 14! But true love won out, and they were married.

Prior to 1830 Meredith Gowan moved his family to Copiah County, Mississippi where his household appeared in the 1830 census.  His household and that of “William Goins,” regarded as his brother, were the only members of the family in Copiah County in 1830.

Meredith Gowan was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1830 census of Copiah County:

“Gowan, Meredith   white male           20-40

white female        10-20

white female        0-10

white male           0-10

white female        0-10

white male           0-10

white female        0-10

white male           40-60”

In the 1830 census she, the mother of five, was still under 20 years old!

It is believed that the “white male, 40-60” living in the house­hold of Meredith Gowan was his uncle, Hugh M. Gowan who had probably preceded him to Mississippi.  Sometime after 1820, Hugh M. Gowan was a witness for Elizabeth Lott who relinquished her dower rights in nearby Marion County, Mississippi, according to Marion County Deed Book B, page 154.

Meredith Gowan moved his family to Simpson County, Mississippi. He died there in March l835, survived by “widow, Nancy, and children, James, Ann, Rose, John, Henry and Ebenezer Gowan,” according to “Mississippi Court Records, 1799‑1859” by Hendrix.

Nancy Powell Gowan was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1840 census of Simpson County, page 219:

“Gowan, Nancy      white female        20-30

white male           15-20

white male           10-15

white male           10-15

white male             5-10

white male             5-10

white female          0-5

white female        50-60”

The “white female, 50-60” is probably Patience Powell, the mother of Nancy Powell Gowan.

Nancy Gowan completed her role as executrix of the estate of Meredith Gowan in l848.  A study of her file in Drawer 95, Case 4014, Simpson County records might reveal more genealogical data.  She died there in 1855

Children born to Meredith Gowan and Nancy Powell Gowan include:

[daughter]                   born about 1825

James A. Gowan             born January 26, 1826

Rose Gowan                  born about 1827

John C. Gowan               born about 1828

Ann Gowan                born about 1830

Ebenezer Jahue Gowan       born about 1833

Henry Gowan                 born about l834

Thomas Robert Gowan      born about 1838

A daughter, name unknown, was born to Meredith Gowan and Nancy Powell Gowan about 1825 in Mississippi.  She was enumerated in the 1830 census of her father’s household as one of three daughters under 10.

James A. Gowan , second child of Meredith Gowan and Nancy Powell Gowan, was born in Copiah County, January 26, 1826.  He removed with other members of his family to Navarro County, Texas. He became a dentist.

Dr. James A. Gowan of Navarro County, Texas received a deed from Lucy Ann Cullum of Navarro County on March 10, 1868 for 320 acres of land located 16 miles south and 10 miles west of Waco, Texas, according to McLennan County deed records, consideration for the land was $640.

On February 1, 1871 Dr. James A. Gowan bought 960 acres of land from the John Shackelford estate in Ellis and Navarro County Deed Book U, page 125. The trade was made with A. E. Shackelford at $1.05 per acre and totaled $1,008.  On July 15, 1871 he transferred half of the land to C. P. Kerr, according to Ellis Couny Deed Book K, page 170, and on December 21, 1883 he transferred the remainder to him, according to Ellis County Deed Book 36, page 72.

James A. Gowan was married May 16, l871 to Louise Emily Powell, his first cousin, according to Navarro County Marriage Book A, page 364.  She was the daughter of Henry W. Powell and Louise M. Benton Powell, who was born in Texas in 1855, 28 years after the birth of her husband.

On March 10, 1871, Louise Emma Powell Gowan had received a deed from her father, Henry W. Powell to 6 acres of land located one mile north of Corsicana, according to Navarro County Deed Book X, page 433.

For “300 gold dollars” Dr. James A. Gowan received a deed to Lot 13, Block 33, Corsicana, from Baker & Groesbeck October 2, 1871, according to Navarro County Deed Book V, page 457.

On May 18, 1872 he received a deed from J. C. Croom to 19 acres lying 3/4 mile north of Corsicana for $225, according to Navarro County Deed Book W, page 585.

Louise Emma Powell Gowan received a deed from Beall & Bro. December 4, 1872 to a drugstore, saloon and restaurant building located at the corner of Jefferson Street and Beaton Street in Corsicana for $1,920, according to Navarro County Deed Book Y, page 338.

Dr. James A. Gowan received a deed from C. P. Kerr of Navarro County on November 7, 1874 to Kerr’s one-half interest in the 960 acres they purchased on Chambers Creek lying in Navarro and Ellis Counties July 1, 1871, according to Navarro County Deed Book Z, page 505.

Dr. James A. Gowan gave a deed to his uncle, Richard Gowan to 480 acres of land located in Navarro and Ellis County, Texas, located on Chambers Creek. Consideration was $960 in gold, according to Navarro County Deed Book 26, page 15.

Dr James A. Gowan gave a warranty deed to Beal Bros. December 4, 1873 on 320 acres of land in Wise County, Texas, according to Wise County Deed Book A2/page 616.

Dr. James A. Gowan gave a warranty deed to T. J. Beall June 2, 1876 on 120 acres of land in Wise County, Texas, according to Wise County Deed Book N, page 86.

Dr. James A. Gowan went to court on October 20, 1879 to perfect his title to 120 acres of land in Cook County located on Callett’s Creek, 22 miles northwest from Alton Texas.  The court decree giving ownership of the disputed title to him is recorded in Wise County Deed Book 5, page 403.

Dr. J. A. Gowan gave a warranty Deed to E. Gowan [believed to be his brother, Ebenezer G. Gowan] of Navarro County for 100 acres of land in Wise County for $200, according to Wise County Deed Book W, page 141.

On January 31, 1883 he provided a new deed to N. C. Read to replace one which had been lost to 100 acres in Wise County, according to Wise County Deed Book Z, page 595.

Dr. James A. Gowan and Louisa Emma Powell Gowan gave a deed to Houston & Texas Central Railroad Company November 30, 1875 to 6.5 acres located one mile north of Corsicanna for $950, according to Navarro County Deed Book 76, page 171.

Louisa Emma Powell Gowen for “$1.00 and the love I bear for my daughter” received the deed of a lot on Church Street, Corsicana from her father, Henry W. Powell June 29, 1876, according to Navarro County Deed Book 26, page 307.  She and her husband conveyed the lot to E. H. Townsand January 30, 1877 for $272, according to Navarro County Deed Book 26, page 310.

The household of Dr. James A. Gowan, No. 3994412 was enumerated in the 1880 census of Navarro County, Texas in 1880 in Enumeration District 128, page 46, precinct 1, living on Beaton Street in Corsicana, Texas on June 11, 1880 as:

“Gowan, James A.     53, dentist born in MS, father born in NC, mother born in NC, dentist

Lou E.         25, born in TX, father born in SC mother born in TN, disabled

Richard H.     8, born in TX, father born in MS mother born in TX”

Two boarders, John F. McCommas and Drury B. Hood were shown living in the household of Dr. James A. Gowan.  Dr. James A. Gowan died in Corsicana January 6, 1888, according to the “Ft. Worth Daily Gazette,” edition of January 8, 1888, page 4, column 4.

Emma Louise Powell Gowan continued to live in Corsicana.  In the 1894-95 city directory, the 1902 edition and in the 1910 Corsicana city directory she was living at 206 East 4th Street with her son.  In the 1911 edition the two were living at the same address.  In 1913 they moved to 319 West 3rd Avenue.  She continued to live there through 1926.  In 1928 her address was shown as 418 North 13th Avenue.  In the 1931 edition she was shown living at 625 North Commerce.

A legal case styled “Gowan vs. Oliver” which may have involved Dr James A. Gowan was moved from Navarro County to Galveston, Texas according to the “Dallas News”, page 1, column 4, in its March 1884 edition.  The Texas Supreme Court in session at Galveston, Texas “took the case under advisement” and transferred it to Austin, Texas.  The case was also mention in the “Dallas Herald,” page 6, Column 1 on July 3, 1884 in which it was stated that the Supreme Court refused a rehearing of the case.

Dr. James A Gowan died January 6, 1888, at the age of 62, at Corsicana, Texas.  He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

Louise Emma Powell Gowan was enumerated in 1900 as the head of a household living at 206 Fourth Avenue, Corsicana, Enumeration District 99, page 24.  The family as listed as:

“Gowan,  Louise E.   43, born January 1856 in TX

Richard H.      26, born April 1874 in TX”

Children born to Dr. James A. Gowan and Louise Emma Powell Gowan include:

Richard Harry Gowan   born in April 1874

Richard Harry Gowan, son of Dr. James A. Gowan and Louise Emma Powell Gowan, was born at Corsicana in April 1874, according to his 1900 census return. He was erroneously shown in his father’s household in the 1880 census as an eight-year-old.  He appeared in the 1894-95 city directory of Corsicana as “Richard Henry Gowan.”  He appeared at age 26 in the 1900 census of his mother’s household.

In the 1902 city directory of Corsicana he was listed as residing in the home of his mother at 206 E. 4th Avenue.  He appeared in the 1906 edition of the Dallas, Texas city directory as a student rooming at 211 Royal Lane.  He appeared in his mother’s household in the 1910, 1911 and 1913 editions of the Corsicana city directory.  In the 1915 edition of the directory he was listed “in real estate,” living at 319 W. Third Avenue, the address of his mother.

Richard Harry Gowan died in 1918 unmarried at Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Rose Gowan, daughter of Meredith Gowan and Nancy Powell Gowan, was born about 1827 in Copiah County.  She was mentioned in the probate records of her father in 1848 in Simpson County, Mississippi.

John C. Gowan, fourth child of Meredith Gowan and his wife, Nancy, was born in Copiah County, about 1828.  He was married about 1851 to Mary Patience Gibson, first child of Lewis C. Gibson and and Dolly Powell Gibson.  Dolly Powell Gibson was a daughter of Rev. James Powell.  Mary Patience Gibson was one of 14 children born to Lewis C. Gibson and Dolly Powell Gibson.

Irene Gibson, sister of Mary Patience Gibson, was married to Judge Thomas R. Gowan, brother to John C. Gowan.

Lewis C. Gibson, a carpenter, was born in 1815 in Darlington South Carolina. He was married second to Carolina S. Murray April 14, 1867 Rose Gowan, daughter of Meredith Gowan and Nancy Powell Gowan, was born about 1827 in Mississippi, and three additional children were born to this union.  Lewis C. Gibson built a palatial home in Simpson County, Mississippi requiring three years to construct.

John C. Gowan was a storekeeper at Westville, Mississippi in Simpson County.

“John M. Gowan” held a public office in Mississippi in 1853 and 1854, according to the Mississippi Secretary of State Records, page 639, in the Mississippi State Archives at Jackson.

John C. Gowan was remarried about 1861, wife’s name Liddy, according to Phillip Alan Gowan.  John C. Gowan died during the Civil War, and Liddy Gowan died about 1865.  It is believed that John C. Gowan, Mary Patience Gibson Gowan and Liddy Gowan were buried in Gibson Cemetery located across the road from the residence of Lewis C. Gibson.

Children born to John C. Gowan and Mary Patience Gibson Gowan are believed to include:

Mary Gowan                              born about 1853

Susan Gowan                             born about 1855

Ann Gowan, believed to be the fifth child of Meredith Gowan  and his wife, Nancy Powell Gowan, was born about 1830 in Copiah County.  She was enumerated in her father’s household in the census of l830 as one of three daughters under 10.  She was also mentioned in her father’s probate procedings in 1848.  She appeared in the 1850 census of Simpson County, Mississippi.

Ebenezer Jahue Gowan , sixth child of Meredith Gowan  and Nancy Powell Gowan, was born in Copiah County in January 1833, according to his 1900 census enumeration.  About 1858 he was married in Smith County, Mississippi to Louisa E. Carr a native of Scott County, Mississippi and a daughter of Isaac Carr and Lucretia Coleman Carr.  He appeared in the 1850 census of Simpson County, Mississippi.  He was enumerated in Smith County, Mississippi in 1860 and 1870.

Corporal Ebenezer Jahue Gowan  served in the 27th Mississippi Infantry Regiment in Companies D and G during the Civil War.  Company G was organized March 15, 1862 as the Yancey Guards of Smith County.  The Yancey Guards were incorporated into the 27th Infantry Regiment when it was organized in Columbus, Mississippi April 28, 1862.

He was captured in the Battle of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 and was taken to Maryland as a prisoner-of-war.  He was later paroled and returned to his home in Sylvarena, Mississippi.  He continued there in farming until the reconstruction policies of the North made his residence there unbearable. In 1777 he removed with other members of his family to Navarro County, Texas.  He was enumerated in the 1880 census of Ellis County, Texas, Enumeration District 49, page 65:

“Gowan, Ebenezer     40, born in MS, father born in NC, mother born in NC, farmer

Lousa   34, born in MS, father born in MS, mother born in MS

Thomas  18,   born in MS, father born in MS mother born in MS, works on farm

Meridy     16, born in MS, father born in MS, mother born in MS,

Annie          13, born in MS, father born in MS, mother born in MS

Rose           12, born in MS, father born in MS, mother born in MS

Susan     8, born in MS, father born in MS, mother born in MS

Asbury     5, born in MS, father born in MS, mother born in MS

James      2, born in MS, father born in MS, mother born in MS”

On December 1, 1881, “E. Gowan of Navarro County,” believed to be Ebenezer Jahue Gowan, received a warranty deed to 100 acres of land in Wise County, Texas from his brother, Dr. James A. Gowan for $100, according to Wise County Deed Book W, page 14.  On December 20, 1881 “E. Gowan of Ellis County” gave a warranty deed to the property to J. A. & William Renshaw, according to Wise County Deed Book 2, page 129.  Consideration again was $100.

On November 3, 1882, “E. Gowan of Navarro County” gave a warranty deed to N. C. Reed to 160 acres, according to Wise

County Deed Book 2, page 593.  Dr. James A. Gowan and M. E. Kerr witnessed the transaction.

Ebenezer Jahue Gowan appeared as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Navarro County, Enumeration District 100, page 7, precinct 2:

Gowen,   E.        67, born in MS in January 1833

Louisa     56, born in MS in 1844

James      21, born in TX in July 1878

Henry      18, born in TX in December 1881

Nettie       14, born in TX in March 1886

Eveline 12, born in TX in May 1888, granddaughter

William      8, born in TX in March 1891, grandson”

Ebenezer Jayue Gowan was engaged in farming in Navarro County at Blooming Grove and Hester communities until his death October 29, 1903.  He died at age 71 of nephritis at Hester, according to Navarro County Death Book 1, page 18.

Ebenezer was a “small, thin man with a long white beard who refused ever to have his picture taken, according to “Gowan-Morley” by Phillip Allan Gowan.

He was buried at New Chatfield Cemetery in Navarro County. Louise Carr Gowan survived her husband until November 24, 1919 and was buried beside him.

Children born to Ebenezer Jahue Gowan and Louisa E. Carr Gowan include:

Albert G. Gowan  born December 30, 1860

Thomas Isaac Gowan [twin]  born March 7, 1862

[twin son]  born March 7, 1862

Meredith Gowan  born February 4, 1864

Nancy Roseanna Gowan   born August 4, 1867

Rosa Altha Gowan  born September 6, 1869

Susan C. Gowan born September 4, 1875

Richard Asbury Gowan born September 27, 1876

James Oliver Gowan born July 11, 1878

Henry Harrison Gowan born January 27, 1882

Nettie Loula Gowan born March 18, l886

Albert G. Gowan, first child of Ebenezer Jahue Gowan and Louisa E. Carr Gowan, was born December 30, 1860 at Sylvarena, Mississippi. He removed with his father’s family about 1877 to Blooming Grove.

On January 1, 1888, he was married to Miss S. Emma Beaubieu, age 15, of Navarro County who was born in 1873.  In 1889 they received a deed to land located 17 miles northwest of Comanche, Texas, according to Comanche County Deed Book 28, page 250.

On December 17, 1789, they received a release from B. F. Clark on 40 acres of land, according to Comanche County Deed Book 28, page 252.  On June 24, 1890, Albert G. Gowan and S. Emma Beaubieu Gowan “of DeLeon, Texas” sold the 40 acres to to J. W. Pittman for $165, according to Comanche County Deed Book 29, page 261.

On August 5, 1890 Albert G. Gowan received a deed to Lots 1, 3 and 4, Block 13 in DeLeon from Texas Central Railway Company, according to Comanche County Deed Book 41, pages 196-198.  They sold Lot 4, Block 13 to J. T. Warren for $40, according to Comanche County Deed Book 41, page 195.  They also gave a warranty deed to J. R. McAdams December 13, 1890, according to Comanche County Deed Book 41, page 199.  In 1890 Albert G. Gowan was described as an “inventor and house builder.”

  1. Emma Beaubieu Gowan died about the end of 1890, perhaps in childbirth. A son, unnamed, was born to her December 20, 1890 and died the same day.

Albert G. Goway was married second to Mrs. Naomi Lee Dossett Gill, probably in Shackelford County, Texas August 20, 1891. She was born in Kentucky in August 1869.

Albert G. Gowan purchased 99 acres of land from Mrs. S. F. Harbin, “a feme sole of Dublin, Texas,” according to Comanche CountyDeed Book 53, page 155. He paid $450 for the farm.

Albert G. Gowan appeared as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Comanche County, Enumeration District 27, page 11:

“Gowan, A. G.   40, born in MS in December 1860

Lee      30, born in KY in August 1869

Carrie        8, born in TX in July 1892

Victor        5, born in TX in September 1894

Benjamin    2, born in TX in June 1897”

Albert G. Gowan and NaomI Lee Dossett Gill gave a warranty deed to M. G. Gaines October 17, 1901 to the Harbin land, according to Comanche County Deed Book 53, page 156.  He received an affidavit Aujgust 25, 1915 from Fleet Gill attesting to this transaction, according to Comanche County Deed Book 103, page 374.

About 1902, Albert G. Gowan removed to Eastland County, Texas where he resumed farming.

Albert G. Gowan gave a release to property in Dallas County, Texas to Henry Schaerdel January 14, 1927, according to Dallas County Deed Book 1420, page 59.

Albert G. Gowan died July 10, 1927 at Dallas, according to BVS File 22794. He was buried in the DeLeon Cemetery.

On January 20, 1939 Naomi Lee Dossett Gill Gowan sold a lot in Waxahachie, Texas to her son-in-law, Frank Sailing and his wife, Carrie Louise Gowan Sailing, according to Ellis County Deed Book 341, page 346.  She gave them a release on the vendor’s lein February 19, 1942.  At that time, she lived at 2201 Taft, Ft. Worth, Texas.  By 1952, she had returned to Comanche, Texas.

She died September 21, 1959 in Dallas, according to BVS File 49000.

Children born to Albert G. Gowan and Naomi Lee Dossett Gill include:

Carrie Louise Gowan              born July 4, 1892

Victor Thomas Gowan           born September 2, 1894

Ben Cecil Gowan                born June 21, 1897

Albert G. Gowan, Jr.              born about 1898

Rufus James Gowan               born October 11, 1900

Carr Gowan                    born July 22, 1903

Vyda Lee Gowen                born May 2, 1905

Golder Gotch Gowan             born July 7, 1907

Warren Gowan                   born September 3, 1909

Carrie Louise Gowan, daughter of Albert G. Gowan and Naomi Lee Dossett Gill, was born July 4, 1892, according to Comanche County Birth Book 20, page 434. She was married about 1910, husband’s, name Davis.  Later she was remarried to DeWitt Travis.

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William Gowan, son of John Gowan, Jr. and Edith Faulk Gowan, was born about 1807.  He was enumerated in the 1830 census of Copiah County, along with his brother, Meredith Gowan.  He was enumerated in the 1840 census of Mississippi, but disappeared after that census.

Ada Gowan, daughter of John Gowan, Jr. and Edith Faulk Gowan, was born about 1808.  She was married about 1827, husband’s name Hill, and removed to Georgia.  When Ada Gowan Hill’s husband died in Georgia, she brought her family to Sylvarena, Mississippi.  Later she moved to Sallis, Mississippi and finally to Nacogdoches, Texas where she died in the 1860s.

Jesse Gowan, son of John Gowan, Jr. and Edith Faulk Gowan, was born about 1809.  He was enumerated in the 1840 census in Mississippi.

John M. Gowan, son of John Gowan, Jr. and Edith Faulk Gowan, was born about 1810.  He removed to Mississippi.  He changed his name to “Gowin,” and his descendants continue to use this spelling to this day.  He died in Sylvarena in 1864.

Richard Asbury Gowan, son of John Gowan, Jr. and Edith Faulk Gowan, was born about 1813.  He removed to Mississippi.  He left Mississippi after the Civil War and became a prosperous cattleman in Navarro County, Texas where he died in 1890.

Alexander Gowan, son of John Gowan, Jr. and Edith Faulk Gowan, was born about 1816.  He settled in Attala County, Mississippi near Sallis, Mississippi.

Hugh M. Gowan, son of John Gowan and Nancy Gowan, was born about ……..

It is believed that the “white male, 40-60” living in the house­hold of Meredith Gowan was his uncle, Hugh M. Gowan who had probably preceded him to Mississippi.  Sometime after 1820, Hugh M. Gowan was a witness for Elizabeth Lott who relinquished her dower rights in nearby Marion County, Mississippi, according to Marion County Deed Book B, page 154.

……………………………………ictor Thomas Gowan                  born September 2, 1894

Albert  G. Gowan, Jr.  born about 13nn

Ben Cecil Gowan  born about 1901

Golder G. Gowan born about 1910

Roy Gowan   born about 1912

Carrie L. Gowan   born about 1915

Melvin Lawrence Gowan   born about 1916

Agee M. Gowan, Jr. , believed to be the first child of Agee M. Gowan , was born about 1900 at Tupelo (Navarro County~ Texas. About 1920 he was married, wife’s name Parker. Nothing more is known of this couple or descendants.

Ben Cecil Gowan , second known child of Agce M. Gowan  was born about 1903, probably at Eastland County, Texas. About 1913 he was married to Ruth Mabel Hayes . In April 1972 Ben Cecil Gowan  was living at Corpus Christi, Texas.

Children born to 9en Cecil Gowan and Ruth Mabel Hayes 6Owan include:

Vyda Lee Gowan born March lS, 1919 at Eastland,Tx.

Golder G. Gowan , believed to be the third child of Agee M. Gowan  and Lee Dossett Gill Gowan  was born about 1910, probably in E~stland County, Texas. In April 1972 he was living in Dallas, Texas. Nothing more is known of this individual or descendants.

Roy Gowan , believed to be the fourth child of Agee M. Gowan  and Lee Dossett Gill Gowan , was born about 1912. It is believed that this individual lived at 1427 West First Avenue, Corsicana, Texas [B72‑2357] in April, lg72.

  1. A. Gowan, unidentified, also lived at Corsicana in April, 1972 at 312 ‘~est Park Avenue [a74‑‑50a6].

Carrie L. Gowan , believed to be thE fifth child of Agee M. Gowan  and Lee Dossett Gill Gowan , was born about l91S, probably in Eastland County, Texas. She was married first to a man by the name of Tevis and second to a man by the name of Kersh. In ~pril 1972 Carrie L. Gowan Tevis Kersh  lived at Corpus Christi, Texas.

Melvin Lawrence 6Owan believed to be the sixth child of Agee M. Gowan  and Lee Dossett Gill Gowan was born about 1916, probably in Eastland County, Texas. He was married about 1935 to Hazle Dean Huddleston . Nothing more is known of Melvin Lawrence Gowan . Hazle Dean Huddleston Gowan  or descendants.

Children born to them include:

Glenda Dean Gowan born January 9, 1937 in Eastland County

Other unidentified members of the familv who lived in Eastland County include: Alberta Gowan who married Hal Robert in 1920, according to Marria~e Book 9, page 469, Lera Gowan who married H. M. Iley in 1922, according to Marriage Book 10, page 387, Jimmie Gowan who married William Harris in 1939 according to Marriage ~ook 16, page 178, Pauline Gowan who married W. L. Tillery in 1944, according to Marriage ~ook 17, page ~ o Nell Gowan who married M. E~don Shipman in 1945, according to Book 17, page 192, and Doris Mari~ Gowan who married William Morrow in l9S9, according to Marriage

Book 20, page a4.

Will Gowan, unidentified, Ellis County, Texas was the father of a child born there January 31, 1919. Martha Gowan, unidentified, died in ~llis County April 16, 1942. James Gowan, Jr., unidentified, died in Ellis County, October 9, 1943.

Raymon L. Gowan, unidentified, lived in Corsicana at 1818 Beverly Drive West [872‑Z394] in Maroh 1972. His adopted daughter, Eeborah Lynn Gowan, ne Ellis, 1954, lived at the same address.

Thomas I. Gowan , second child of Ebenezer G. Gowan  and Louisa Carr Gowan was born March 7, 1862 at Sylvarena, Smith County, Mississippi.

He removed with his father’s family about 1877 to Blooming Goove, Navarro County, Texas. On September 5, 1889 he was married to Willie A. Parker in Navarro County. He was married a secodd time, wife’s name Dora, also in Navarro County. He died there in the Hester Community on ~uly 27, 1931.

Children born to Thomas I. Gowan, Willie A. Parker Gowan and Dora Gowan include:

Thomas Agee Gowan born about 1890

Ida Gowan                  born about 1~95 first

Thomas Agee Gowan , ~ w~‑child of Thomas I. Gowan was born about 1890 in Navarro County, Texas. About 1920 he was married to Clara Jane Ford  at Trinity, Texas. She died in 1965 and he died shortly afterwards.

Children born to Thomas Agee Gowan  and Clara Jane Ford Gowan include:

David Earl Gowan           born August 27, 1921

MA~ ~EL~ G ~                        irJ l~rr ~

David Earl Gowan , ~ n child of Thomas Agee Gowan and Clara Jane Ford Gowan, was born Aggust 27, 1921 at Montfort, Navarro County, Texas. About 1946 he was married, wife’s name Margaret. In No­vember 1971 he operated a Texaco service station at Odessa, T~xas.

Ida Gowan, second known child of Tdomas I. Gowan was born about 1895 in Navarro County, Texas. About 1920 she was married, husband’s name Lewis. In November 1971 Ida Gowan Lewis lived zt Odessa, Texas, and had a collection of ~owan family records, according to her nephew, David Earl Gowan

Unidentified members of the family in Odessa are George Gowan who lived there in June 1970 and Charles Gowan who die~ there June 9, 1970.

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Mary Nell Gowan, believed to be the second child of Thomas Agee Gowan and Clara Jane Ford Gowan, was born April 19, 1924 in Eastland County. Nothing more is known of this individual or descendants.

Meredith Gowan, third child of Ebenezer G. Gowan and Louise Carr ~owan and a namesake of his grandfather, Meredith Gow~n was born February 4, 1864 at Sylvarene, Smith County, Mississippi.

He removed with hi~ father’s family about 1877 to ~looming Grove, Navarro County, Texas. One June 3, 1886 he was married to Anna Adelina Pickering probably in Navarro County. On December 22, 1894 he was married again to Alice L. Morley, the daughter of Stephen K. Morley in Georgetown, Texas.

Meredith Gowan farmed in Eastland County, Texas for several

years before his death theee at Ranger, Texas on September 13, 1937. Alice

  1. Morley Gowan survived her husband until May 14, 1946, age71.

At the time of her death she lived at 200 Plummer Street. She was buried in

Eastland Cemetery.

Children born to Meredith Gowan and Anna Adelina Pickering

~se Gowan are unknown.

Children born to Meredith Gowan and Alice L. Morley Gowan

include:

Leslie Morley Gowan  born October 18, 1396

Elaine Gowan  born September 19, 1397

daughter, unnamed  born in 1399

Emma Louise Gowan  born January 10, 1901

Mar~aret Gowan born February 14, 1903

Erma Pauline Gowan   born June 2a, 1907

Edward Wood Gowan    born March 4, 1905

Theodore Phillip Gowan born September 24, 1910

Ormand Gowan      born September 20, 1912

Geneva Gowan    born March 18, 1914

Stephen K. Gowan  born April 17, 1916

Jimmie Katherine Gowan  born May 9, lglB

Leslie Morley~ Gowan , first son of Meredith Gowan  and

Alice L. Morley Gowan  was born October 18, 1896 at Chatfield,

Navarro County, Texas.

On September 16, 1925 he was married to Arzella Davis  in

Navarro County. Nothing more is known of Leslie Morley ~owan  a~d

Arzella Davis Gowan or descendants.

Elaine Gowan, second child of Meredith Gowan and

Alice L. Morley Gowan was born September 19, 1397 at Chatfiel~,

Navarro County, Texas. On June 24, 1916 she was married to Robert Lee

388 Jones in Navarro County, Texas. Nothing more is known of Robert Lee Jones, Elaine Gowan Jones or descendants.

The third child of Meredith Gowan and Alice L. Morley Gowan was an unnamed daughter who died in infancy.

Emma Louise Gowan, fourth child of Meredith Gowan and and Alice L. Morley Gowan was born January 10, 1901 at Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas. On March 9, 1920 she was married to Frank Ford Seton in Navarro County. Nothing more is known of Frank Ford Seton Emma Louise Gowan ~eton or descendants.

Margaret Gowan, fifth child of Meredith Gowan and Alice Morley Gowan was born February 14, 1903 at Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas One June 4, 1928 she was married to Charles ~. Vess in Navarro County, Texas. Nothing more is known of Charles B. Vess Margaret Gowan Vess orx descendants.

Erma Pauline Gowan, sixth child of Meredith Gowan and Alice L. Morley Gowan was born March 4, 1905 at Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas~ On Nov~mber 27, 1924 she was married to Clyde M. Kelly in Navarro County, Nothing more is known of Clyde M. Kelly, Erma Pauline Gowan Kelly or descendants.

Edward Wood Gowan, seventh child of Meredith Gowan and Alice L. Morley Gowan, was born June 28, 1907 at Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas. On October 24, 1936 he was married to Leta Hazel Glad~ Cockerell in Navarro County. Edward Wood Gowan died December 26, 1995, according to Phillip Alan Gowan, a nephew.  Children born to Edward Wood Gowan and Leta Hazel Gladys Cockerell Gowan are unknown.

Theodore Phillip Gowan, eighth child of Meredith Gowan and Alice Lo Morley Gowan was born September 24, 1910 at Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas. He was married first about 1933 to Willie Brown English.  He was married second to Julia Thedia Morris at Corsicana, Texas. She was born November 1, 1920 in Bazette, Texas.

In September 1972 Theodore Phillip Gowan lived at 102 North 3rd Street in Corsicana where he operated a plumbing business.

Julia Thedia Morris died at Corsicana August 22, 1997 of a brain tumor. She was buried beside her husband in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery near Retreat, Texas.  She was survived by her son, Phillip Alan Gowan, a brother Jack H. Morris of Corsicana, sisters-in-law Myrta Morris of Garland, Texas and Mrs. Roy Baggs of Corsicana.

Children born to Theodore Phillip Gowan and Julia Thedia Morris Gowan include:

Phillip Alan Gowan         born October 17, 1952

Phillip Alan Gowan, son of Theodore Phillip Gowan and Julia Thedia Morris Gowan, was born October 17, 1952 at Corsidana.  He was graduated from Corsicana High School in 1971 and was a freshman in Corsicana Junior College in September 1972.  He made a study of the history of his branch of the family, doing intensive genealogical research and correspondence, and has supplied most of the data used in this section.

In 1997 he lived at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where he was a telephone company executive.

OrmandGowan, ninth child of Meredith Gowan and Alice L. Morley Gowan was born September 20, 1912 at Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas. He was married first about 1935, wife’s name unknown. He was mariied second about 1940, wife’s name Carmen. Nothing more is known of Ormand Gpwan, Earmen Gowan, or descendants.

Geneva Gowan, tenth child of Meredith Gowan and Alice L. Morley Gowan was born March 18, 1914 at Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas. On July 14, 1934 she was married to George Finley in Stephens County, Texas. Nothing more is known of George Finley Geneva Gowan Finley or descendants.

Stephen K. Gow~n, eleventh child of Meredith Gowan and Alice K L. Morley Gowan was born April 17, 1916 at Chatfielc, Navarro County, Texas. He was married first in 1937 to Pauli~e Grace . He was married second to Elizabeth von der Lieth on July 8, 1945 in Navarro County, Texas. Nothing more is known of Stephen K. Gowan , Pauline Grace Gowan or Elizabeth von der Lieth or descendants.

Jimmie Katherine Gowan, twelfth child of Meredith Gowan and Alice L. Morley Gowan, was born May 9, l91B at Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas. She was married first to ~ill Harris 390. about 1939. Jimmie Katherine Gowan Harris was married second toRoy ~oggs Novmmber 7, 1942 in Limestone County, Texas. Nothin~ more is known of Roy ~oggs, Jimmie Katherine Gowan Harris Bo~gs or descendants.

Ann~ Gowan, fourth chiid of Ebenezer G. Gowan and Louise Carr Gowan, was born August 4, 1867 in Sylvarena, Smith County, Mississippi.

She was married about 1889 to Noah Douglass. Later the couple lived in Lawton, Oklahoma where she died, date unknown.

Children born to Noah Douglass and Ann Gowan Douglass are unknown.

Ross Altha Gowan, fifth child of Ebenezer G. Gowan and Louise Carr Gowan was born about la70 in Smith County, Miss­ississippi. On January 21, la91 she was married to Lee Mathis in Navarro County, Texas. She died March 15, 1917 and was buried at Sands Chapel in Navarro County. Children born to Lee Mathis  and Rose Altha Gowan Mathis are unknown.

5usan C. Gowan, sixth child of Ebenezer G. Gowan and Louise Carr Gowan was born Septmmber 4, 1875 at Sylvarena, Smith County, Mississippi. On October 26, 1892 she was married to Christopher Larene Thomas in Navarro County, Texas. She died October 15, 1924 at Ennis, Texas. Children born to Christopher Larene Thomas and Susan C. Gowan are unknown.

Richard Asbury Gowan, seventh child of Ebenezer G. Gowan Louise Carr 60wan, was born September 27, 1876 at Sylvarena, Smith County, Mississippi. About 1900 he removed to East­land County, Texas alon~ with his brothers. There he was married to Mary Ella Westmoreland, the daughter of J. P. Westmoreland and Jargie Martindale Westmoreland on Novmmber 17, 1901. lary Ella Westmoreland Gowan was born December 1, 1883 in Arkansas.

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Richard Asbury Gowan was a farmer in Eastland County, until his death December 14, 1960, at a~e B4. He was buried at Oaklawn Cemetery, Gorman, Texas.

Mary Ella Westmoreland Gowan died February 24, 1965 from in­juries received in a fall as a result of a stove explosion in her home.

Children born to Richard Asbury Gowan and Mary Ella Westmoreland Gowan include:

Zetta Marie Gowan born May 25, 1905

Floyd Gowan born June 14, l90B

Zetta Marie Gowan, believed to be the first child of ~ichard Asbury Gowan and Mary Ella Westmoreland Gowan was born May 25, 1905 in Eastland County, Texas In 1925 she was married to Drville ~attenfield in Eastland County, according to Marriage Book 11, page 446. Nothing more is known of Orville ~attenfield, Zetta Mar~e Gowan or descendants.

Floyd Gowan, believed to be the second child of Richard Asbury Gowan and 0ary Ella Westmoreland Gowan was born June 14, l90a in Eastland County, Texas. In 1926 he was married to Lyda Adcock. In Eastland County, according to Marriage ~ook 12, page 238. Nothing more is known of Floyd Gowan and Lyda Adcock Gowan or descendants.

Audrey Viola Gowan, unidentified, was married to William R. Faubas in 1935 in Eastland County, Texas, according to Marriage Book 14, page 351, and in 1942 Audrey Viola Gowan Faubas was married second to Eugene Pullin ~X in Eastland County, according to ~ook 15, page 464.

James Uliver Gowan, eighth child of Ebenezer G. Gowan  and Louise Carr Gowan, was born June 11, lB7B at ~looming Grove Navarro County, Texas. He was married first to Mattie Davis December 22, 1901 in Navarro County. He was married second to Mattie

Inez Griffin, daughter of‑Sam Griffin and Fannie Powell

392 Griffin on March 3, 1907, according to Eastland County Marriage ~ook 5, page 22. Mattie ~nez Griffin was born August lB, 1872.

James Oliver Gowan was a farmer near Gorman, Texas throughout his lifetime. He died there at age B9 on August 23, 1967 and was buried at Oaklawn Cemetery. Mattie Inez Griffin Gowan died there July 24, 1957, age as, at the home of Jim Johnson her son‑in‑lww.

Children born to James Oliver Gowan, Mattie Davis Gowan and Mattie Inez Griffin Gowan are unknown.

One daughter, Willie Gowan was married to Jim Johnson August 22, 1919 at the First Baptist Church in Carbon, Texas. ~othing more is known of the de­scendants of Willie Gowan Johnson.

Henry H. Gowan ninth ghild of Ebenezer G. Gowan and Louise Carr Gowan was born January 27, 1882 at Hester, Navarro County, Texas. About 1905 he was married to Clara Pearl Box and lived at Lawton, Oklahoma until his death May 17, 1937. Children born to Henry H. Gowan and Clara Pearl ~ox Gowan  are unknown, however Lawton residents in June 1972 included Daryl Gowan, Cameron College [357‑3724]; Captain James F. Gowan; Ernest Gowan; and V. T. Gowan, 311 North 5th Street [353‑8871].

Nettie Loula Gowan, tenth child of Ebenezer G. Gowan and Louise Carr Gowan was born March 18, 1886 at Hester, Navarro County, Texas March 18, 1886. She was married July 3, 1904 to Jonathan B. Evans in Navarro County. Nothing more is koown of Jonathan ~. Evans, Nettie Loula Gowan Evans or descendants.

H~nry Gowan, believed to be the seventh child of Meredith Gowan and his wife, Nancy, was born about 1834 in Cppiah or Simpson County, Mississippi. He appeared in the 1850 census of Simpson County, Mississippi. Nothing more is known of this individual.

Thomas Robert Gowan, believed to he the eighth child of Meredith

  1. Gowan and his wife, Nancy, was born about 183~ in Copiah or Simp­son County, Mississippi. He died at a young age in Simpson County, ac­cording to Phillip Allan Gowan. 5ince he was mot mentioned in his father’s probate procedings, he may not have been born prior to his father’s death.

However, a T. R. Gowan later appeared as a public official in Mississippi, I holding various officis in the state government from lB53 to 1895. Sev­eral references are made to him in the Mississippi State Archives records: page 249, 250, 3S3, Secretary of State file 18S3‑57; page 9, Secretary of State Register of Commissions, 1871‑lB74; page 278, Secretary of State Register of Commissions, 1878‑lB81; page 302, Secretary of State Register of Commissions, 1887‑1891; and page 295 Secretary of State Register of Commissions 1892‑1~95. T. R. Gowan was chancellor of the 17th District in Mississippi in lB70 and 1874.

Contemporary with T. R. Gowan was William Gowan, also unidentified, who was granted a license by the state of Mississippi to operate a saloon in Corinth, Mississippi in March, 1868.

Ada, Gowan, believed to be second child of John Gowan was born about 1807, probably in North Carolina. She was married about 1827, husband’s name Hill, and shortly afterwards accompanied the family of ~f brother, Meredith Gowan to Mississippi. She later appeared in the 1850 census of Smith County, Mississippi, according to Phillip Alan Gowan. Nothing more is known of Ada Gowan ~ill or descendants.

John Gowan, believed to be the third child of John Gowan was born about lB10 probably in North ~arolina or South Carolina. About 1835 he removed with other members of the family to Copiah County, Miss­issippi. Later he lived in Smith County, Mississippi.

About 1845 he was married to Mariah Peacock, a sister of 5usan

  1. 60wan and his wife, Nancy, was born about lB3~ in Copiah or Simp­son County, Mississippi. He died at a young age in Simpson County, ac­cording to Phillip Allan Gowan. Since he was mot mentioned in his father’s probate procedings, he may not have been born prior to his father’s death.

However, a T. R. Gowan later appeared as a public official in Mississippi, I holding various officis in the state government from lB53 to 1895. Sev­eral references are made to him in the Mississippi State Archives records: page 249, 250, 353, Secretary of State file 18S3‑57; page 9, Secretary of State Register of Commissions, 1871‑lB74; page 278, Secretary of State Register of Commissions, 1878‑1~81; page 302, Secretary of State Re~ister of Commissions, 1887‑1891; and page 295 Secretary of State Register of Commissions 1892‑1~95. T. R. Gowan was chancellor of the 17th District in Mississippi in lB70 and 1874.

Contemporary with T. R. Gowan was William Gowan, also unidentified, who was granted a license by the state of Mississippi to operate a saloon in Corinth, Mississippi in March, 1868.

Ada, Gowan, believed to be second child of John Gowan was born about 1807, probaoly in North Carolina. She was married about 1~27, husband’s name Hill, and shortly afterwards accompanied the family of h~ brother, Meredith Gowan to Mississippi. She later appeared in the 1850 census of Smith County, Mississippi, according to Phillip Alan Gowan. Nothing more is known of Ada Gowan Hill or descendants.

John Gowan tG5/2.3), believed to be the third child of John Gowan  was born about lB10 probably in North Carolina or South Carolina. About 1835 he removed with other members of the family to Copiah County, Miss­issippi. Later he lived in Smith County, Mississippi.

About 1545 he was married to Mariah Peacock, a sister of 5usan

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About 1845 he was married to Mariah Peacock, a sister of Susan Peacock who married Richard Gowan.

Children born to John Gowan and Mariah Peacock Gowan ~P5/1.2)

include:

Catharine Gowan   born about 1841

Albert Gowan    born about 18~6

Cornelia “Pinky” Gowan   born about 1854

Ida Gowan born about 1858

Jesse Gowan born about 1860

Catharine Gowan, first known child of John Gowan and Maria Peacock Gowan, was born about 1841 in Smith County, Mississippi. About 1866 she was married to Darius Welch. Of Darius Welch and Catharine Gowan Welch and descendants nothing more is known.

Albert Gowan, second known child of John Gowan and Maria Peacock Gowan, was born about 1846 in Smith County, Mississ­ippi. He died as a child.

Cornelia “Pinky” Gowan, third known child of John Gowan and Maria Peacock Gowan, was born about 1854 in Smith County, Mississippi. She appeared in the 1860 and 1870 census reports of Smith County. Nothing more is known of this individual.

Ida Gowan, fourth known child of

John Gowan and Maria Peacock Gowan, was born about 1858 in 5mith County, Mississippi. Shje died between 1870 and 1880 unmarxie~.

Jesse Gowan, fifth known child of John Gowan and Maria Peacock Gowan, was born about 1860 in Smith County, Miss­issippi. About 1888 he was married in Clay County, Texas, wife’s name Elliott. Nothing more is known of this individual. Children born to Jesse Gowan include:

39 5 , Boyd Gowan         born about 1894

Boyd Gowan, only known child of Jesse Gowan was born in Clay County, Texas about lB94 and in 1972 continued to make his resi­dence in Bellevue, Texas. Nothing more is known of this individual or descendants.

Richard Asbury Gowan, son of John Gowan, was born about 1812 in North Carolina.  About 1835, he removed with other members of his family to Simpson County, Mississippi. Later he lived in Smith County, Mississippi . About 1839, he was mar­ried in Simpson County to Susan Peacock, a native of Louisiana, according to “History of North & West Texas” published in 1906 by Capt. B. Paddock.  She was a sister to Mariah Peacock who was mar­ried to John Gowan, brother to Richard Gowan.

Richard Asbury Gowan “had peculiar business ability and tire­less en­ergy and soon became one of the wealthiest planters of Smith County, owning many slaves and having a large amount of land and other property,” accord­ing to Capt. Paddock.  The history further states that he was primarily interested in the breeding of blooded livestock.

The family of Richard Asbury Gowan and Susan Peacock Gowan was enumerated in the 1850 and 1860 census of Smith County, Mis­sissippi.  Richard Asbury Gowan lost all of his wealth during the Civil War and elected to “start over” in Navarro County, Texas, moving there about 1866.

Richard Asbury Gowen was enumerated in Navarro County in 1870 as the head of a household:

“Gowan,         Richard A.      58, born in NC, farmer

Peacock          50, born in LA, wife

Richard           14, born in MS

John                11, born in MS

Alice                 9, born in MS

Melissa            5, born in MS

Hollingsworth, D. Y.               45, born in SC, farmer”

Richard Asbury Gowan died in Navarro County in 1890 at age 77.   Susan Peacock Gowan died there at age 83 in 1903.

Children born to Richard Asbury Gowan and Susan Peacock Gowan in­clude:

Matilda “Tillie” Gowan           born December 18, 1840

Samantha Gowan                born about 1844

Garrett Hubert Gowan        born March 29, 1845

William Gowan                   born about 1847

Terry Gowan                      born about 1850

Richard R. Gowan              born about 1856

John W. Gowan                 born about 1859

Alice Gowan                      born about 1861

Melissa [Mississippi?] Gowan born about 1865

Matilda “Tillie” Gowan, first child of Richard Gowan and Susan Peacock Gowan, was born December 18, 1840 in Smith County, Mississippi. She accompanied her father’s family in the move to Navarro County, Texas and there was married to John Young February 2, 1860 at the age of 19.  The couple made its residence in the Blooming Grove community.  She died in Navarro County August 20, 1908 at the age of 67.

Children born to John Young and Matilda “Tillie” Gowan Young include:

Mary Young                       born August 31, 1867

Mary Young, daughter of John Young and Matilda “Tillie” Gowan Young, was born in Navarro County August 31, 1867.  She was married September 3, 1889 to John Dabney Cunningham, according to Col. John D. Cunningham, a great-grandson of Manassas, Virginia in a message dated February 27, 1999.  Mary Young Cunningham died September 28, 1927.

Samantha Gowan, second child of Richard Gowan and Susan Peacock Gowan, was born about 1844 in Smith County, Miss­issippi. She was still living at home when her father elected to make a new start in Navarro County, Texas. Thcre, about 1868, she was married to G. W. Thomason. She was deceased prior to 1927. Nothing more is known of G. W. Thomason, Samantha Gowan Thomason or descendants.

Garrett Hubert Gowan, third child of Richard Gowan and Susan Peacock Gowan )P4/1.1), was born March 29, 1845 in Smith County, Mississippi. He was a namesake of the family of his great‑grandmother. He appeared in the 1850 and 1860 census reports of that county.

Much biographical material is presented on this individual in “History of North ~ We$t Texas” from which the following is taken:

“~ was a student of Sylvareno Academy in his native county when t~e

war If the rebellion came on, was amon~ the first to enlist there at|the

  1. ag~ of 16 and left the county w~h the first company it furnished 1~ the Co~federate army. His was Company H, Sixteenth Infantry, under Cc~tain W.IH. Hardy, Colonel Posey’s regiment, Trimmell’s brigade and, lat~r, in Ja~kson’s brigade and Longstreet’s corps. He went with his compan~ into Vi~ginia, reaching the front just after the first battle of Manass~s. He wa~ detailed there, being so young and immature, on provost guard iuty under Major Payne at Warrenton for six months and then rejoined hi~ com­pany in the valley of Virginia, where under Jackson’s command, the| were engaged in the battle at Cross Keys. The seven days’ fight follow|d and inlthe desperate battle of Malvern Hill he also participated. Whil~e the ar~y was resting up from its hard work Mr. Gowan was discharged fror the arly on an order from the War Department issued in pursuance of an lact oflthe Confederate Congress for the discharge of all soldiers underl18 ye~rs of ags. He remained at home for ten months and having then r~ached th~ required enlistment age, he returned to Virginia and resumed hi~ place in his old company. His first regular engagement after his return ~as at !~pottsylvania Court House, during which he received a severe wou~d in |the leg and was sent to the hospital for treatment. He soon recovered anl, six months later, in a battle on the Weldon and Petersburg RaiLroad in|North Carolina, was taken prisoner and sent to Point Lookout, Marlyland whlre he wa ~ oled the ensuing winter.

He made his home trip by boat and soon thereafter became a member of a~company of the Home Guard and remained out of active service durin~ the relmainder of the war. The work of his father~s farm occupied him th~ r~mainder of his stay in Missi~sippi and early in the year followinglthe d~claration of peace he took the step which established him in Texas a~d identified him with the west

~ay 16, 1866 Mr. 60wan married Mary E. Lyles, a daughter of John T|

Ly~es, a prominent merchant, farmer and man‑of‑affairs, who served w:th dis ~nction during the war in the Twenty‑seventh Mississippi Infantr~; anc wh ~ ied in 1~74, from the effects of a terrible wound in the neck

39 ~ . r ~eived during the Vicksburg siege the day before the surrender~ He was of a family prominent in the state, had creditably filled public~,office i~ Noxubee and Smith Counties, Mississippi, and was universally el teemed. H~s brother, Dr. W. D. Lyles, was surgeon general in the Confeder~te Army a~d was a conspicuous figure in his profession. The wife of JohnlThorp L~les, whose maiden name was Julia A. Davis, was noted not only f~r her alttractive personality and numerous accomplishments, but was dist|nguished by her marked intellectuality, charm of manner and yifted conversalltional pcwers.~

“Mr. and Mrs. Gowan were married of the 16th of Mayat Raleigh, ~ississ­ippi)and on the 20th of the month, having heard of the bett~r opportunities offered in the west, and especially in the newer state of Texas, and being o enterprising and adventurous dispositmon, they determined to remove hither~ and, by rail, departed from Lake s,’ation,lor Vicksburg. [Upon their arrival in Vicksburg they stayed in the S. S. Prentiss Hotel iJntil the Steamboat “Madam Ruth arrived to take them to Little Rock, Arkansas where they joined a sister of Garrett Hubert Gowan, unidentified, and her busband for theremainder of the trip to Texas.] On the Madam Ruth they steamed to Napoleon, Arkansas, and the “Linnie Drown” took thbm on up the Arkansas River to Little Rock. ~rriving there they were only entering the really difficult stage of their journey. Mr. Gowan be~an his repaaration for the overland trip by buying a good yoke of steers and one of the old Illinois wagons and laying in a supply of st!uff for their commissary started bravely forth. ~lessed by favoragie cqnditions and delayed by no untoward incident, he made his tiresome way t~ Milford, Ellis County, Texas, where they halted with a relative, Gqorge Da~is, and there put forth his f~rst act as a citizen of the Lone Star St~te.

‘IShortly after reaching Ellis county he purchased of Mr. Davis the ‘|UD” bra~d of cattle, which the latter had acquired about the beginning of ~he

  1. wa~ and had taken no account of them and their increase during al~ that epcch. He paid for them in gold and began a rounding‑up process wlhich resul in~his finding some six hundred head scattered over a wide territory. Be­fo|r he had really finished his round‑up he began the business o~ d~iving b~nches of them to the New Orleans market and it was while so empl~yed in 1~67‑6a that cattlemen from Kansas and Missouri came down, bought ~attle iI the southern part of the state and drove them north, on their w~y out p~cking up all unguarded animals they could possibly mix with thei~ her~, ald by this system of robbery Mr. Gowan was practically “stolen outll.” It w~s on this account mainly that he decided to seek another locationl. He f~rst moved to Navarro County where he was a ranchman for nearly fi~e yeiars. [Here he built the first wire fence in Navarro County. Mary Eliza L~les Gowan [L4/1.1~ taught the first school organized at Dresden, ~exas in’ Navarro County. They appeared in the 1870 census of Navarro Cou~ty.]

“Energetic and industrious, he was prospering reasonably well wher the opening of those lands to settlemtnt caused an influx of immigration which treatened the curtailment of the cattle range and caused him tb think of removal. He decided to locate at Eufala, Indian Territory ~nd transferred all his interest there, [nine miles north on the North C~nad­ian River] but after four and one‑half years again came to Texas and;in lB76 found himself beginning his long residence in Clay County. Ret~rning here, he bought a quarter section of land on East Fork, the site of o~d Caimp Wichita, a post erected for the protection of the settlers from hms­tile Indians and occupied by a company of Rangers commanded by Captain Ik~ard. When the post was abandoned and preparation was being made to open the land to settlement, this locality was surveyed by Colonel WiL­liam Howett and Dr. Eldridge. Then began a wild scramble for cattle ll ra~ge, small farmers, or “nester,” were bought out and wild lands secu~ed.

M~. Gowan devoted himself almost entirely to the handling of stock, ~n whic~ he could rightly claim to be an expert. ~y wise management he ~ ad‑

uall~ increased his holdings, buying up adjoining lands until his real holdings amounted to a princely estate. He was the first to intr~duce wire fences for pastures and thereby keep his cattle in and stran3e cattle out ~f his here. In proof of the success, the result of his unremitting care, and almost faultless system of business it may be stated t~at in 1901, desiring to shift much of his responsioilities to younger ~houlders, he divided among his children his a~ooo‑acre ranch, fence~, cros$‑fenced and supplied with tenements and bas since amused himself with hi little stock ranch of aoo acres within a mile of Henrietta. He has her a ranth‑farm stock with sheep, cattle, hogs and horses and in 1891 when he begcme interested up here, erected a nine‑room brick residence, he only one of ~i its kind in Clay County, and here he and his estimable wife are 3urrounded with all the necessities to make life comfortable and enjo~able.”

In i~ the 1920’s the couple retired and moved to Ft. Worth, Texas

where they lived at 2300 Sixth Street. Garrett Hubert Gowan, Sr.

died there in March 1930.

Children born to Garrett Hubert Gowan, Sr. and Mary Eliza

Liles Gowan include:

Teedo Gowan                 born ~bout 1867

Robert Sherwood Gowan   born August 8, 1869

~ichard Thorp Gowan     born December 2, 1873

Maggie Gowan               born about 1877

Susan &owan                 born about 1881

Mary Gowan                  born about 1886

Garrett Hubert Gowan, Jr.   born about 1892

Eddie Gowan                  born about 1895

Teedo Gowan, first child of Garrett Hubert Gowan, Sr. and Mary Eliza Liles Gowan, was born about 1867 at Milford, Texas. About 1898 she was married to M. L. Putty  of Henrietta,

uall~ increased his holdings, buying up adjoining lands until his real holdings amounted to a princely estate. He was the first to intr~duce wire fences for pastures and thereby keep his cattle in and stran3e cattle out ~f his here. In proof of the success, the result of his unremitting care, and almost faultless system of business it may be stated t~at in 1901, desiring to shift much of his responsibilities to younger $houlders, he divided among his children his 8,000‑acre ranch, fenced, cros~‑fenced and supplied with tenements and bas since amused himself with hi little stock ranch of 800 acres within a mile of Henrietta. He has her a ranth‑farm stock with sheep, cattle, hogs and horses and in 1891 when he begcme interestet up here, erected a nine‑room brick resioence, he only one of ~i its kind in Clay County, and here he and his estimable wife are 3urrounded with all the necessities to make life comfortable and enJo~able.”

In ~ the 1920’s the couple retired and moved to Ft. Worth, Texas where they lived at 2300 Sixth Street. 5arrett Hubert Gowan, Sr. died there in March 1930.

Children born to Garrett Hubert Gowan, Sr. and Mary Eliza Liles Gowan include:

Teedo Gowan               born ~bout 1~67

Robert Sherwood Gowan born August 8, 1869

Richard Thorp Gowan      born December 2, 1873

Maggie Gowan             born about 1877

Susan &owan               born about 1881

Mary Gowan             born abou~ 1886

Garrett Hubert Gowan, Jr. born about 1892

Eddie Gowan            born about 1895

Teedo Gowan, first child of Garrett Hubert Gowan, Sr. and Mary Eliza Liles Gowan, was born about 1867 at ~ilford, Texas. About 1893 she was married to M. L. Putty of Henrietta, Texas. Children born to M. L. Putty and Teedo Gowan Putty include:

Rose Putty                             born about 1900

Gowan Putty                              born about 1902

Cecil Putty                             born about 1905

Malcomb Putty                          born about 1908

Rob  ett Sherwood Gowan, second child of Garrett Hubert Gowan and Mary Eliza Liles Gowan was born Aggust 8, 1869 in Navarro County, Texas. Two years later his father moved his fa~ily to Eufala, Indian Territory, and in 1876 moved again to Clay County, Texas.

Robert Sherwood Gowan inherited 1,819 acres of ranchland from his father and he owned a home in the village of ~ellevue, Texas.

Robert Sherwood Gowan was educated at Methodist College at Georgetown, Texas and Mahanls ~usiness College at Sherman, Texas.

On October 15, 1891 he was married to Hettie Harbison, a daughter of S. ~. Harbison and M. E. Smith Harbison who in 1905 lived at Hereford, Texas. Hettie Harbison Gowan was born October 17, 1872.

Children born to Robert Sherwood Gowan and Hettie Harbison

Gnwan include:

Clifton ~rentz Gowan                 born September 17, 1892

Robert Elmer Gowan                     born March 14, 1396

Lewis Buford Gowan                 born December 22, 1598

Edna May Gowan                      born November 1, 1900

Frances Josephine Gowan              born February 23, 19054

Edd Gowan                            born about 1907

Clifton ~rentz Gowan, fi~st child of Robert Sherwood Gowan  and Hettie Harbison Gowan, was born September 17, 1~92 in Clay County, Texas. Nothing more is known of this individual or de­scendants.

Robert Elmer Gowan, second child of Robert Sherwood Gowan and Hattie Harbison Gowan was born March 14, 1696 in Clay County, Texas. Nothing more is known of thi~ individual or descen­dants.

Lewis Buford Gowan, third child of Robert Sherwood Gowan and Hattie Harbison Gowan was born December 22, 1898 in Clay County, Texas. Nothing more is known of this individual or descen­dants.

Edna May ~owan, fourth child of Robert Sherwood Gowan and Hettie Harbison Gowan, was born November 1, 1900 in Clay County, Texas. Nothing more is known of this individual or descendants.

Frances Josephine Gowan, fifth child of Robert Sherwood Gowan and Hettie Harbison Gowan was born February 23, 1904 in Clay County, Texas. Nothing more is known of this individual or descendants.

Edd Gowan, sixth child of ~obert Sherwood Gowan and Hettie Harbison Gowan was born about 1907 in Clay County, Texas. In May 1972 he was living at 3004 Speedway, Wichita Falls, Texas [766‑1549.] An Eddie Gowan, believed to be a son of Edd Gowan li~ed at 900 Chance in Wichita Falls [766‑1289.~

Richar~ Thorp Gowan, third child of Garrett Hubert Gowan and Mary Eliza Liles Gowan, was bnrn December 2, 1873, on the North Canadian River, nine miles from Eufala, Indian Territory.

In October lB76 he was brought to Clay County to his new home on the East Fork of the Little Wichita River. He attended school at ~ellevue, Texas and college at Marmaduke Academy, Sweet Springs, Missouri where he was graduated in 1893.

On December 2, 1896 he was mariied in Grinesville, Texas to Mary Myrtle Crozier, a daughter of Andrew Crozier and Arona Mat­thew Corzier. Mary Myrtle Crozier Gowan ~C3/1.1) was oorn in Collin County, Texas ~anuary 16, 1876.

Children born to Richard Thorp Gowan and Mary Myrtle Crozier Gowan include:

William Crozier Gowan born April 22, 1898

Robert E. Lee Gowan born January 22, 1900

Hattie Lucille Gowan born November 11, 1903

Of William Crozier Gowan, first child of Richard Thorp Gowan and Mary Myrtle Crozier Gowan, born April 22, 1898 at ~ellevue, Texas nothing more is known.

Robert E. Lee Gowan, second child of Richard Thorp Gowan and Mary Myrtle Crozier Gowan, was born at ~ellevue, Texas January 2Z, 1900. For many years he was a physician at Graham, Texas, bur r~tired about 1970 and removed to Houston, Texas where he lived in September 1972 at 541 Pinehaven [688‑3380.]

A son, Dr. Robert E. Lee Gowan, Jr., a dentist also resided in Houston at that time at 22 Willowron [46B‑3391~.

Hattie Lucille Gowan, third child of Richard Thorp Gowan and Mary Myrtle Crozier Gowan, was born November 11, 1902 at Bellevue, Texas. Nothing more is known of this individual or descendants.

Maggie Gowan, fourth child of Garrett Hubert Gowan and Mary Eliza Liles Gowan, was born about 1877 in Clay County. Texas. About 1900 she was married to Ed Kerr and in 1905 was a widow living a~ Corsicana, Texas. One child Marguerite Kerr was born to Ed Kerr and Maggie Gowan Kerr .

Susan Gowan , fifth child of Garrett Hubert Gowan and Mary ~liza Liles Gowan, was born about 1881 in Clay County, Texas. About 1900 she was married to John L. Cecil. To the~ was born a daughter, Mary Vivian Cecil.

Mary Gowan, sixth child of Garrett Hubert 60wan, ~ and Mary Eliza Liles Gowan, was born about 1886 in Clay County,

~xas. In 1905 she was living in her parents home. Nothing more is known of this individual.

Garrett Hubert Gowan, Jr., seventh child of Garrett Hubert

Gowan, was born in 1892 in Olay County, Texas. In 1916 he was

married to Hallie Moody May. In 1923 the couple was living in

Ft. Worth, Texas. He died there May 10, 1960.

Children born to Garrett Hubert Gowan, Jr. and Hallie Moody May include:

Garrett Hubert Gowan III           born ~e~‑lg June ~, 1923

Moody Gowan                           born about 1925

Maggie Gowan                           born about 1927

Garrett Hubert Gowan III, first child of Garrett Hubert Gowan Jr. and Hallie Moody May Gowan was born June 3, 1923 in F~ Worth, Texas. He was married about 1946, wife’s name ~illie. Later the couple moved to Abilene, Texas where he died in 1963. Children born

to Garrett Hubert 60wan III include:

Janice Gowan                  born about 194~

Deborah G~wan                 born about 1953

W William Hubert 60wan        born in 1955

Janice Gowan, first child of Garrett Hubert Gowan III was born about 1948 probably in Abilene, Texas. About 196~ she was married to Bryan Vaughn. Nothing more is known of ~ryan Vaughn,

Janice Gowan Vauglln or descendants.

Deborah Gowan, second child of Garrett Hubert Gowan III

was born about 1953, probably in Abilene. About 1970 she was ~arried to Charles Pruitt and lived at Pleasanton, Texas. Nothing more is known of Charles Pruitt, Deborah Gowan Pruitt or descendanis. William Hubert Gowan, third child of Garrett Hubert Gowan III

was born in 1955 probably in Abilene. In 1971 he was a ~high school student there.

Moody Gowan, second child of Garrett Hubert Gowan, Jr. and Hallie Moody May Gowan was born about 1925, probably in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 1972 he was living in Arlington, Texas. Nothing more is

known of this individual or descendsnts.

Maggie Gowan, third child of Garrett Hubert Gowan, Jr. and Hallie Moody May Gowan, was born about 1927, probably at Ft. Worth, Texas. About 1946 she was married, husband’s name Carter. Nothing

more is known of Maggie Gowan Carter or descendants.

Eddie Gowan eighth child of Garrett Hubert Gowan and

Mary Eliza Lyles Gowan was born about 1895 in Clay County, Texas

and died as an infant.

William Gowan, fourth child of Richard Gowan and Susan

47 Peacock Gowan was born about lB~ in Smith County, Mississippi.

Nothing more is known of this individual. According To t’History of North and West Texas~ published in 1906 William 60wan died young.

Terry Gowan, fifth child of Richard Gowan and Susan Peacock Gowan was born about 1850 in Smith County, Mississippi. Her father brought her to Navarro County, Texas in 1866 and there she was married about la72 to Ca~tain J. V. Hodges of Blooming Grove, Texas. Nothin~ more is known of Captain J. V. Hodges, Terry

Gowan Hodges or descendants.

Richard R. Gowan, sixth child of Richard Gowan  and Susan Peacock Gowan |P5/1.1) was born about 1852 in Smith County, Mississ­ippm. He moved to Navarro County, Texas with his father’s family in 1866.

In 1905 he was living in Seattle, Washington. Nothing more is known of this individual or descendants.

John W. Gowan), seventh child of Richard Gowan and Susan Peacock Gowan ,was born about 1855 in Smith County, Miss­issippi. He was brought to Navarro County, Texas in 1866.   In 1~ 1905 he was living near Lawton, Dklahoma. Nothing more is known of this indi­vidual or descendants.

A John W. Gowan died February 17, 1933 and was buried at Pawhuska, Okla­homa in Section a, Lot 4, according to the cemetery sexton’s record. The cemetery is located at the west edge of Pahuska in Osage Cou~ty.

A George,Gowan, unidentified, possibly a son of John W. Gowan appeared in the legal records of 6rady County, Oklahoma about 1900 when he was sued by John Morris on Grady County Court Dockett No. 1103.

Ernest Gowan, unidentified, who in 1972 lived at 1307 Dearborn, Lawton,

[284‑1466] and ~thel Q. Gowan, also of Lawton, are possible descendants of

John W. Gowan  .

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Alice Gowan, eighth child of Richard Gowan and Susan Peacock Gowan, was born about 1~57 in Smith County, Mississippi. She accompanied her parents to Navarro County, Texas in 1866. Gnly July 30, la7s she was married to Professor Jonathan ~3una Jones.  In 1905 Professor Jonathan ~una Jones and Alice Gowan Jones were livmng at Georgetown, Texas. He lived in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1933. She died about 1955. Names of descendants are unknown.

Mississippi Gowan, ninth child of Richard Gowan and Susan Peacock 60wan w~s born about 1860 in Smith County, Mississ­ippi. She died in her childhood.

Alexander Gowan, believed to be the seventh child of John Gowan, was born in North Carolina in 1816, according to Phillip Alan Gowen.  Isaac Gowan stated that his parents were born in North Carolina in the 1800 census enumeration.  However the American Historical Society in its “History of Alabama,” page 672, states that “Alexander Gowan was a native of South Carolina,” probably quoting Dr. Jesse Earl Gowan, a grandson, a less reliable source.

Alexander Gowan was married about 1835 in South Carolina to Martha McCarter, according to “History of Alabama.”  According to Phillip Alan Gowan he was married about 1834 in Attala County,  to Martha Samantha Nichols. She was born in Georgia in 1817.

Alexander Gowan, a farmer, was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1840 census of Attala County, page 10.

The family was enumerated as:

“Gowin,   Alexander        white male       20-30

white female    20-30

white female    20-30

white male         5-10

white female      0-5

white male       0-5”

The household of Alexander Gowan was also enumerated in the 1850 and 1860 census returns of Attala County near Sallis, He died there April 28, 1969 and was buried in the Ellington Cemetary near Sallis.

Children born to Alexander Gowan and Martha Samantha Nichols Gowan include:

Edith Elizabeth Gowan            born June 20, 1835

Lott Gowan                    born about 1837

Sarah “Sally” Gowan              born May 20, 1839

Garrett CrawfordGowan         born July 2, 1841

Isaac Gowan                      born January 10, 1844

Jesse Cledy Gowan            born September 24, 1846

Mary “Polly” Gowan              born August 4, 1849

Richard Gowen                  born May 24, 1852

Martha Ann Gowan            born July 2, 1854

Alexander Gowan, Jr.         born September 28, 1859

Edith Elizabeth Gowan, first child of Alexander Gowan and Martha Samantha Nichols Gowan, was born June 20, 1835 in Attala County.  She appeared in the 1840, 1850, 1860 census returns in her father’s household.

[***consequently, Attala County is named after an Indian Princess named “Attala.”**** ]

Edith Elizabeth Gowan Crittenden Dickens died January 27, 1899 and was buried in Attala County.

[For details on the descendants of Edith Elizabeth Gowan see “Gowan-Morley” by Phillip Alan Gowan.

Lott Gowan, second child of Alexander Gowan and Martha Samantha Nichols Gowan was born about 1837.  He was married about 1866 to Johnnie Teague.  He died about 1868.

Children born to Lott Gowan and Johnnie Teague Gowan include:

Lottie Gowan                  born about 1867

Lottie Gowan, only known child of Lott Gowan and Johhnie Teague Gowan, was born about 1867, probably in Attala County.

Sarah “Sally” Gowan, third child of Alexander Gowan and Martha Samantha Nichols Gowen, was born May 20, 1839. She was married 1866 to Samuel Davis Teague, a nephew of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. Samuel Davis Teague died in 1895, and Sarah “Sally” Gowan Teague died January 8, 1915.

Children born to Samuel Davis Teague and Sarah “Sally” Gowan Teague include:

Charles Gowan Teague           born May, 1868

Ped B. Teague                born November 26, 1869

Mary Nichols “Dittie” Teague  born January 23, 1873

Zelda Jabez Teague             born March 2, 1875

Otho Singleton Teague           born April 15, 1877

Gilliland Davis Teague        born August 17, 1879

[For details on descendants of Sarah “Sally” Gowan Teague see “Gowan-Morley” by Phillip Alan Gowan.]

Garrett Crawford Gowan, fourth child of Alexander Gowan and Martha Samantha Nichols Gowan, was born July 2, 1841 in Attala County. He appeared in his father’s household in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 census returns of Attala County.

In 1880 was enumerated in Grayson County, Texas, Enumeration District 115, page 31, Precinct 7, as:

“Gowan,  Garrett C.        29, born in MS

Mattie L.      19, born in Texas

Allen A.         2, born in Texas”

Upon his death the body of Garrett C. Gowan was returned to Sallis  for burial.

Children born to Garrett C. Gowan and Mattie L. Gowan include:

Allen A. Gowan              born in 1878

Allen A. Gowan, only known son of Garrett C. Gowan and Mattie L. Gowan, was born in 1878, probably in Grayson County.

Alexander Gowan, fifth known child of Alexander Gowan and Martha McCarter Gowan, was born in Attala County.

About 1875 he was married to Mattie Lurania Trousdale in Attala County.  She was born in 1860.  Garrett Crawford Gowan died October 20, 1888 in Attala County and Mattie Lurania Trousdale Gowan died in 1895.

Children born to them include:

Allen Alexander Gowan      born December 7, 1877

Robert Isaac Gowan           born June 26, 1879

Lillie May Gowan            born February 3, 1883

Nellie Samantha Gowan      born September 26, 1886

William Garrett Gowan       born May 7, 1888

Allen Alexander Gowan, first child of Garrett Crawford Gowan and Mattie Lurania Gowan, was born December 7, 1877 in Attala County.  About 1897 he was married to Stella Ann Guthrie.  He died January 29, 1954.

Children born to Allen Alexander Gowan and Stella Ann Guthrie Gowan include:

Robert Gowan                born in 1905

Ruby Lorena Gowan              born January 4, 1907

Evelyn Gowan                born about 1909

Leon Gowan                      born about 1912

Roy Gowan                    born about 1915

Allen Alexander Gowan, Jr.     born about 1918

E.B. Gowan                    born about 1920

Robert Gowan, first child of Allen Alexander Gowan and Stella Ann Guthrie Gowan, was born in 1905, probably in Attala County.  He was married about 1940, wife’s name unknown.  In 1975 Robert Gowan lived in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Children born to Robert Gowan include:

Bobbie Gowan                   born about 1948

Bobbie Gowan, only known child of Robert Gowan, was born about 1948.

Ruby Lorena Gowan, second child of Allen Alexander Gowan and Stella Ann Guthrie Gowan, was born January 14, 1907. She was married October 7, 1931 to Glen Edwards.  In 1975 Glen Edwards and Ruby Lorena Gowan Edwards lived in Shafter, California.

Children born to them include:

Bernard Darrell Edwards         born July 30, 1932

Erma Collene Edwards           born December 12, 1934

Evelyn Gowan, third child of Allen Alexander Gowan and Stella Ann Guthrie Gowan, was born about 1909.

Leon Gowan, fourth child of Allen Alexande Gowan and Stella Ann Guthrie Gowan, was born about 1912.

Roy Gowan, fifth child of Allen Alexander Gowan and Stella Ann Guthrie Gowan, was born about 1915.

Allen Alexander Gowan, Jr., sixth child of Allen Alexander Gowan and Stella Ann Guthrie Gowan, was born about 1918.

E.B. Gowan, seventh child of Allen Alexander Gowan and Stella Ann Guthrie Gowan, was born about 1920.

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Robert Isaac Gowan, second child of Garrett Crawford Gowan and Mattie Lurania Trousdale Gowan, was born June 26, 1879, probably in Attala County.  He was married September 22, 1907 to Dovie Pearl Hudson, who was born in 1885.  Dovie Pearl Hudson Gowan died in 1932.  Robert Isaac Gowan, a resident of Missouri, died December 16, 1945.

Children born to them include:

Milton Clayton Gowan            born June 17, 1908

Garrett Truitt Gowan              born May 17, 1910

James Robert Gowan             born March 25, 1912

Clarence Griffin Gowan          born December 8, 1914

Mary Lorraine Gowan         born July  19, 1919

Martha Louise Gowan         born April 19, 1925

Mildred Joyce Gowan         born August 27, 1926

Milton Clayton Gowan, first child of Robert Isaac Gowan and Dovie Pearl Hudson Gowan, was born June 17, 1908. He was married about 1929 to Mary Detchmendy.  Milton Clayton Gowan died August 28, 1973.

No children were born to Milton Clayton Gowan and Mary Detchmendy Gowan.

Garrett Truitt Gowan, second child of Robert Isaac Gowan and Dovie Pearl Hudson Gowan, was born May 17, 1910. He was married about 1931 to Marguerite Laymond.  In 1975 Garrett Truitt Gowan and Marguerite Laymond Gowan were residing in Laramie, Wyoming.

Children born to them include:

Barbara Sue Gowan                born in 1937

Barbara Sue Gowan, only child of Garrett Truitt Gowan and Marguerite Laymond Gowan, was born in 1937.  About 1955 she was married to Lester L. Samford.

Children born to Lester L. Samford and Barbara Sue Gowan Samford include:

Lisa Lynn Samford                 born in 1956

Kimberly Ann Samford               born in 1958

Kent Gowan Samford             born in 1960

Christopher Garrett Samford          born in 1969

James Robert Gowan, third child of Robert Isaac Gowen and Dovie Pearl Hudson Gowan, was born March 25, 1912. He was married Dcember 31, 1931, to Ruth Meusner.  In 1975 James Robert Gowan and Ruth Meusner Gowan lived in Boonville Missouri.

Children born to them include:

James Robert Gowan II          born February 8, 1934

Dorothy Pearl Gowan         born October 23, 1935

Jerome Dean Gowan               born January 23, 1937

Susan Dianne Gowan          born February 26, 1943

James Robert Gowan II, first child of James Robert Gowan and Ruth Meusner Gowan, was born February 8, 1934. He was married June 3, 1957 to Ramona Flaspholer.

Children born to James Robert Gowan II and Ramona Flaspholer Gowan include:

Dianne Katherine Gowan     born May 11, 1958

Tracy Lea Gowan               born December 28, 1959

James Robert Gowan III         born April 9, 1960

Paul Bryan Gowan              born October 31, 1962

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Dorothy Pearl Gowan, second child of James Robert Gowan and Ruth Meusner Gowan, was born October 23, 1935.  She was married February 28, 1954 to Wilbur Reuben Clark.

Children born to Wilbur Reuben Clark and Dorothy Pearl Gowan include:

Mark Gowan Clark             born December 3, 1955

Cynthia Kay CLark             born March 10, 1962

Stuart Dean Clark               born March 14, 1964

Jerome Dean Gowan, third child of James Robert Gowan and Ruth Meusner Gowan, was born January 23, 1937.  In May of 1957 he was married to Marjorie Ann Jones.

Children born to Jerome Dean Gowan and Marjorie Ann Jones Gowan include:

Anthony James Gowan           born May 27, 1964

Troy Dean Gowan              born June 29, 1966

[child]                            born January 1975

Susan Dianne Gowan, fourth child of James Robert Gowan and Ruth Meusner Gowan, was born February 26, 1943.  She was married November 26, 1962 to Billie Joe Brooks.

Children born to Billie Joe Brooks and Susan Dianne Gowan include:

Blake Jay Brooks                born September 29, 1964

Belinda Jayne Brooks          born July 1, 1966

Bradley Jon Brooks            born March 12, 1969

Clarence Griffin Gowan, fourth child of Robert Isaac Gowan and Dovie Pearl Hudson Gowan, was born December 8, 1914. He was married May 26, 1942 to Hellen L. Haller.  In 1975 they lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Children born to Clarence Griffin Gowan and Hellen L. Haller Gowan include:

James G. Gowan                born April 29, 1943

Robert D. Gowan                   born August 12, 1953

John G. Gowan, first child of Clarence Grriffin Gowan and Halen L. Haller Gowan, was born April 29, 1943. He was married February 10, 1968 to Ann E. Stewart.

Children born to John G. Gowan and Ann E. Stewart Gowan include:

Sharon L. Gowan                   born December 17, 1968

Matthew P. Gowan             born October 10, 1970

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Robert D. Gowan, fifth child of Robert Isaac Gowan and Dovie Pearl Hudson Gowan, was born July 19, 1919. She was married first about 1940 to Harold Cook, and second to Jack Downs.  In 1975 Jack Downs and Mary Lorraine Gowan Cook Downs lived in Jacksinville, Florida.

Children born to Harold Cok and Mary Lorraine Gowan Cook include:

Bill Cook                        born about 1941

Tom Cook                         born about 1943

Children born to Jack Downs and Mary Lorraine Gowan Cook Downs include:

Timothy Downs                         born about 1950

[child ]                              born about 1953

Martha Louise Gowan, sixth child of Robert Isaac Gowan and Dovie Pearl Hudson Gowan, was born April 19, 1925. She was married February 10, 1945 to George Edward Neale.  In 1975 George Edward Neale and Martha Louise Gowan Neale lived in Kansas City, Missouri.

Children born to them include:

Barbara Lynn Neale            born October 29, 1949

Richard Allen Neale            born December 17, 1951

Deborah Anne Neale               born July 14, 1954

David Hudson Neale               born May 11, 1959

John Steven Neale               born December 5, 1960

Mildred Joyce Gowan, seventh child of Robert Isaac Gowan and Dovie Pearl Hudson Gowan, was born August 27, 1926. She was married in January 1945 to Dr. William A. Abele.  In 1975, Dr. William A. Abele and Mildred Joyce Gowan Abele lived in Boonville, Missouri.

Children born to them include:

Douglas Abele                born about 1947

Bruce Abele                    born about 1949

Christopher Abele               born about 1951

Andrew Abele                 born about 1954

Lillie May Gowan, third child of Garrett Crawford Gowan and Mattie Gurania Trousadle Gowan, was born February 3, 1883, probably in Attala County.  She was married to John Otto Auwen about 1903.  Later Lillie May Gowan Auwen was remarried to William Potter. Lillie May Gowan Auwen Potter died September 10, 1965.

Children born to John Otto Auwen and Lillie May Gowan Auwen include:

Otto Auwen                    born June 26, 1904

Mattie Catherine Auwen          born June 22, 1909

Children born to William Potter and Lllie May Gowan Auwen Potter include:

Lena Potter                     born about 1915

Frank Potter                   born about 1917

Florence Potter                   born about 1920

Melvin Potter                      born about 1922

For additional information regarding the descendants of Lillie May Gowan Auwen Potter see “Gowan-Morley” by Phillip Allen Gowan.

Nellie Samantha Gowan, fourth hild of Garrett Crawford Gowan and Mattie Lurania Trousdale, was born September 26, 1886.  She was married April 14, 1903 to Montie Montell Hagar.  Nellie Samantha Gowan Hagar died January 28, 1942.

Children born to them include:

Jennie Winifred Hagar             born January 19, 1904

Robert Henry Hagar               born December 6, 1905

Eugene Montell Hagar         born June 8, 1909

Elsie Margaret Hagar               born November 6, 1911

Lander Thomas Hagar        born May 9, 1914

Montie Montell Hagar, Jr.        born October 13, 1919

Alene Marie Hagar              born May 26, 1924

Theran Leroy Hagar            born May 20, 1927

W.G. Hagar                    born March 15, 1931

[For more information regarding the descendants of Nellie Samantha Gowan see “Gowan-Morley” by Phillip Alan Gowan. ]

William Garrett Gowan, fifth child of Garrett Craford Gowan and Mattie Lurania Trousdale, was born May 7, 1888, probably in Attala County.  He was married in June, 1929 to Laura Salois.  He died December 27, 1971 in Irving, Texas.

Children born to William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan include:

Robert Gowan                born March 28, 1930

Walter Gowan                born August 19, 1932

William Edward Gowan          born March 8, 1934

James Gowan                     born August 17, 1935

Ruby Gowan                      born July 9, 1937

Eva Gowan                     born December 29, 1939

Joyce Gowan                     born April 27, 1941

June Gowan                    born June 20, 1943

Roy Gowan                    born February 4, 1945

Bettie Gowan                      born January 6, 1947

Arnold Gowan                born June 29, 1951

Robert Gowan, first child of William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan, was born March 28, 1930.  He was married about 1950 to Pauline Lamere. Robert Gowan died in July, 1960, probably in Irving, Texas.

Children born to Robert Gowan and Pauline Lamere Gowan include:

William John Gowan               born about 1951

Joyce Gowan                     born about 1952

Allen Gowan                      born about 1954

Laurie Gowan                     born about 1956

Debbie Gowan                born about 1958

Robert Gowan                born about 1960

William John Gowan, first child of Robert Gowan and Pualine Lamere Gowan, was born about 1951, probably in Irving, Texas.  He was married about 1971, wife’s name Cathy.  Nothing is known of the descendants of William John Gowan and Cathy Gowan.

Joyce Gowan, second child of Robert Gowan and Pauline Lamere Gowan, was born about 1952, probably in Irving, Texas. She was married about 1973 to Kenneth Morris.  In 1975 Kenneth Morris and Joyce Gowan Morris lived in Irving, Texas.

Children born to them include:

Christopher Cain Morris         born about 1974

Allen Gowan                      born about 1954

Allen Gowan, third child of Robert Gowan and Pauline Lamere Gowan, was born about 1954, probably in Irving, Texas. In 1975 he was living in Seattle, Washington in the home of Percy Fabel.

Laurie Gowan, fourth child of Robert Gowan and Pauline Lamere Gowan, was born about 1956, probably in Irving, Texas.  In 1975, she was living in Seattle, Washington in the home of Percy Fabel.

Debbie Gowan, fifth child of Robert Gowan and Pauline Lamere Gowan, was born about 1958, probably in Irving, Texas. In 1975, she was living in Seattle Washington in the home of Percy Fabel.

Robert Gowan, sixth child of Robert Gowan and Pauline Lamere Gowan, was born in 1960, probably in Irving, Texas. In 1975 he was living in Seattle, Washington in the home of Percy Fabel.

Walter Gowan, second child of William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan, was born August 19, 1932.  He was married about 1953 to Shirley Denny.  In 1975 Walter Gowan and Shirley Denny Gowan lived in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Children born to Walter Gowan and Shirley Denny Gowan include:

Wally Gowan                     born about 1956

Darrell Gowan                born about 1959

Wayne Gowan                born about 1962

William Edward Gowan, third child of William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan, was born March 8, 1934. He was married March 9, 1954 to Ima Jean Franks.  In 1975 they lived in Irving, Texas.

Children born to William Edward Gowan and Ima Jean Franks Gowan include:

William Edward Gowan II       born January 9, 1956

James Roy Gowan              born January 22, 1957

Laura Jean Gowan              born March 18, 1961

James Gowan, fourth child of William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan, was born August 17, 1935.  He was married about 1955 to Margaret Cordis. In 1975 they lived in Irving, Texas.

Children born to James Gowan and Margaret Cordis Gowan include:

Carla Renee Gowan            born about 1957

Edward Gowan                  born about 1960

Ruby Gowan, fifth child of William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan, was born July 9, 1937.  She was married about 1957, husband’s name McBryde. In 1975 Ruby Gowan McBryde lived in Montana.

Children born to Ruby Gowan McBryde include:

Charlotte McBryde             born about 1959

Linda McBryde                  born about 1961

Melody McBride                born about 1963

Merlin McBryde                 born about 1965

Richard McBryde                   born about 1970

Eva Gowan, sixth child of William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan, was born December 29, 1939.  She was married about 1960, husband’s name Evans. In 1975 Eva Gowan Evans lived in Washington state.  Two children were born to her.

Joyce Gowan, seventh child of William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan, was born April 27, 1941.  About 1961 she was married to Frank Nordglen.

Children born to Frank Nordglen and Joyce Gowan Nordglen:

Glen Nordglen                born about 1963

Everett Nordglen                 born about 1964

James Nordglen                  born about 1966

Jody Nordglen                born about 1969

Velvet Nordglen                  born about 1972

June Gowan, eigth child of William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan, was born June 20, 1943.  She died at the age of three on June 10, 1946.

Roy Gowan, ninth child of William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan, was born February 4, 1945, probably at Irving, Texas.  He was married about 1965 to Dovie Glen.  In 1975 they lived in Irving, Texas.

Children born to Roy Gowan and Dovie Glenn Gowan include:

Robert Gowan                born about 1967

Roger Gowan                     born about 1970

Bettie Gowan, tenth child of William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan, was born January 6, 1947, probably in Irving, Texas.  About 1967 she was married to David Moore.  In 1975 they lived in Parrish, Alabama.

Children born to David Moore and Bettie Gowan include:

Tammy Moore                born about 1969

Trenton Lee Moore             born about 1971

Arnold Gowan, eleventh child of William Garrett Gowan and Laura Salois Gowan, was born June 29, 1951, probably in Irving, Texas.  He was married about 1972, wife’s name Patricia.

Children born to Arnold Gowan and Patricia Gowan include:

Misty Gowan                      born about 1974

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