1762 Thomas Going of Attakapas Parish, Louisiana

THOMAS GOING of ATTAKAPAS, LA:  born abt 1762, died abt 1828 probate date

Nancy Gowens – wife of Thomas Going of Attakapas, LA.

1) Stephen Gowens – son adult – per 1826 will
2) Aramintha Gowens – daughter adult – per 1826 will
3) Anny Gowens – daughter adult, of Texas – per 1826 will
4) Sally Gowens – daughter per 1826 will
5) Thomas Gowens Jr – son minor but emancipated per 1826 will.   Thomas Going Jr had wife Lucinda Griffin, and had a son b. Oct 1, 1830 named Edward J Going

Thomas Going appears to be born abt. 1762 per his Oct 6, 1812 deposition.  In that same deposition, he confirmed he had lived in Attakapas 7 years – making his arrival to that parish about 1805.  

1804, No. 401-282 Jesse White claims 640 superficial acres of land, situated on the left bank of bayou Vermilion, in the county [parish] of Attakapas*, (Louisiana), bounded above by land of the heirs of John White, and below by land of John Dummon’s heirs. A certificate deed of sale from Gibson Johnson to Thomas Goin and by him transferred to the claimant, dated the 25 of November 1812, accompanies the notice. The evidence of James Dunman taken the 15th October 1812, states that in the fall of 1803, Gibson Johnson settled on the land, but did not cultivate; and, having sold his right to Thomas Goin, in the spring of 1804, he removed, and Goin took possession, cleared about four acres, and cultivated that year, since when it has been cultivated ever since, and is now inhabited by the deponent, the claimant being on an adjoining tract above.

1810. No. 402‑283. Thomas Goin claims 640 superficial acres of land, situated on the right bank of Bayou Vermilion, in the county [parish] of Attakapas, bounded on all sides by vacant land. The evidence of James Dunman, taken the 15th October, 1812, states that John Chavers built a camp on the land about 14 years ago, where he continued three months; that it remained unoccupied from that time until 1810, when the claimant having purchased, deponent believes, of Chavers, took possession, and has occupied and cultivated ever since.”

1812 Oct 6: Thomas Going gives testimony.
American State Papers – Public Lands Volume III.
No. 377. 168.
Shadrack Porter claims 640 superficial acres of land, situated on the right bank of Bayou Vermillion, in the county, of Attakapas, bounded on the north by Little bayou. The evidence of Thomas Going, a free man of color, aged fifty years, taken the 6th October, 1812, states that he has known the land for seven years, and that for the last three years it has been inhabited and cultivated by Littlepage Robertson and the claimant: Robertson was the first settler known to this deponent; and the evidence of John Brown, aged thirty-four years, taken the 27th November, 1812, states that, in the year 1799, he, in company with two families, two of the name of Brown and one Robinson, ascended the Bayou Vermillion for the purpose of making an establishment; that Robinson did at that time settle on the tract of land now claimed, and at present occupied by S. Porter; that Robinson continued to inhabit and cultivate the same until 1804, at which time deponent removed, and did not return till 1811, when he found the claimant residing on and cultivating said land. The evidence of Theodore Broussard and Michel Pevoto, taken January, 1803, the first of whom states, that he believes no establishment was made below Little bayou until, about four years ago, one Resin Bowie settled sixty or seventy arpens below said bayou; and that no persons, to his knowledge, by the name of Brown or Robinson settled on said land in 1799 or 1800. The second states, that he knows of no families ever having settled in that quarter until about four or five years ago, one Robinson settled about one league and a half above Little bayou. https://books.google.com/books?id=vRJFAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA180&lpg=PA180&dq=%22Thomas+Going%22,+Attakapas&source=bl&ots=sSJMvlbFzg&sig=uLW_koZHsqi5lWACLCE9KC_PUMo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiE37ihsOzZAhUqwlQKHVYuCaQQ6AEIQTAI#v=onepage&q=%22Thomas%20Going%22%2C%20Attakapas&f=false   (Note: if 50 years old, then Thomas Going’s birth year is abt 1762).

1825 May 22 – Thomas D. Gowen wrote his will May 22, 1825 and in it mentioned that “I give and bequeath to my daughter Anny Gowens the Negro girl, Clarinda, aged about six years.”
Anne Gowens of the Province of Texas and duly represented in these presents by her curatrix and mother, Nancy Gowens,” was mentioned in the probate proceedings of her father’s estate in Lafayette Parish in 1828.

1826 May 13 – The succession of “Thomas Goin,” dated May 13, 1826, was probated in Lafayette Parish, according to “Southwest Louisiana Records” by Rev. Donald J. Hebert.
“State of Louisiana }
Lafayette Parish }
Be it remembered that on this eighteenth Day of May Anno Domini One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty-six Before me, Thomas B. Brashear, Judge of the Parish of Lafayette and Ex-officio Notary Public within and for said Parish personally came and appeared James Taylor White, one of the Testamentary executors of the last will and testament of Thomas Gowens late of said parish, deceased and also appeared Nancy Gowens, widow of said deceased and Stephen Gowens, Aramintha Gowens and Sally Gowens of full age, Thomas Gowens, nineteen years of age, duly emancipated and aided and assisted in these presents by Lancelot Porter, his special curator, also Anne Gowens of the Province of Texas and duly represented in these presents by her curatrix and mother, Nancy Gowens, all the legal heirs and descendants of the said deceased who have declared and confessed that on the 22nd day of May 1825 the said Thomas Gowens Sen. did execute his last will and testament by which he bequeathed and divided his title property as follows, viz:
Item 1st of said will: He gave to Nancy Gowens, his widow the following slaves, to wit: the Negro woman named Plians, aged about thirty-five years, the Negro boy named Abraham, about fourteen years of age, and the Negro girl named Violet, aged about eleven years, all slaves for life, also the household and kitchen furniture.
Item 2nd: He gave and bequeathed to his daughter, Anny Gowens, the Negro girl named Clarinda, aged about six years,
Item 3rd: He gave and bequeathed to his daughter, Aramintha Gowens one Negro boy named Aury, aged five years.
Item 4th: He gave and bequeathed to his son Stephen Gowens one Negro boy named Roger, aged ten years.
Item 5th: He gave and bequeathed to his daughter Sally Gowens a Negro girl named Kitty, aged seven years.
Item 6th: He gave and bequeathed to his son, Thomas Gowens a Negro boy named Riley, aged four years which concluded all the property of the Testator aforesaid.
And the aforesaid affirm in their different rights and capacities, that each of them for themselves and others, Viz: Represent that they received the foregoing portion of the property aforesaid. Confirmed is the will of said Testator and do by these presents make the same irrevocable and unalterable. This done on motion of an order of the Court of Probate dated this ___ day of May instant and signed by all the aforesaid parties in the presence of the Two Subscribing Witnesses and the said Notary after said due reading.
Witnessed: Nancy [X] Gowens
John Merriman Sally [X] Gowens
James T. White Aramintha [X] Gowens
Stephen [X] Gowens
Samuel W. Pond Thomas [X] Gowens”

1826 May 18 – Aramintha Gowen, daughter of Thomas D. Gowen and Nancy Johnson Gowen, was born about 1805, place unknown. She received “one Negro boy named Aury, aged five years” under the terms of her father’s will. On May 18, 1826, she joined other members of her family in signing an acceptance of the provisions of her father’s will. She signed with an “X” suggesting that she was illiterate.

1827 Jan 16 – “Thomas D. Gowen,” Aaron Drake, John Drake and James Drake were included in the 30-man militia of Atascosita mustered into service January 16, 1827 under the command of Capt. Hugh B. Johnston. They marched with the militia of Austin Colony against the Fredonians. As the militia approached Nacogdoches on January 31, the out-numbered rebels fled across the Sabine River into Louisiana, ending the insurrection, according to “Liberty, Liberty County and Atascosita District” by Miriam Partlow.”

1827 Nov – In November 1827 the frustrated settlers in Atascosito filed a petition with Don Anastacio Bustamente, Commander General of the Internal Eastern States, regarding their land applications.
Seventy-three signatures were affixed to the petition from “the inhabitants who are settled on the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers.” Included were “Tomas D. Gewen [Jr.], Aaron Drak, John Drak, Hugh H. Johnston and Tomas Nash.” Some of the applicants received their land grants during the years 1831-1835. Thomas D. Gowen, Jr. and the Drakes did not receive land grants which may have influenced some of them to return to Louisiana.

1830 Oct 1 – Edward J. Going, son of Thomas Going and Lucinda Griffin Going, was born October 1, 1830 in St. Landry Parish, accord­ing to “Southwest Louisiana Records.”


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