1776 Richard Gowan b. 1776 in Pittsylvania Co, Va

From GRF Newsletter Sept 1992:

RICHARD GOWAN, ORPHAN, BOUND OUT IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VA LATER OPERATED A STILL IN ROWAN COUNTY, NC

Richard Gowan, o Operated Still
In Rowan County, N. Carolina

Richard Gowan was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia Janu-
ary 8, 1776, according to Edgar Gowan Lowrance, a great-great
grandson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was a “colonial
resident of Pittsylvania County,” according to a statement made
in 1885 by George Richard Gowan, a grandson of Grants Pass,
Oregon.

Richard Gowan was “bound out” in Pittsylvania County as an or-
phan to Thomas Wilkerson in April 1787. “Richard Gowing” was
listed as “insolvent” in 1804 in adjoining Caswell County, ac-
cording to “Caswell County, North Carolina Will Books, 1777-
1814” by Katherine Kerr Kendall and Mary Frances Kerr Donald-
son.

“Richard Gowin” was married July 4, 1807 to Mary “Polly” Ben-
nett, according to “Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage
Bonds, 1778-1868.” She was the daughter of Thomas Bennett and
Molly Bennett. Fourteen years earlier “Sherwood Going” was
married in Caswell County to Ruth Bennett April 30, 1793, ac-
cording to the Kendall volume.

“Richard Going” was listed as a taxpayer in the 1810 tax list
of Pittsylvania County April 10, 1810. He paid tax on one poll
and one horse. He owned no slaves, according to “A Supplement
to the 1810 Census of Virginia.”

“Richard Going “white male, 26-45” reappeared in the 1820 census
of Pittsylvania County, page 49 as a farmer. He owned three
slaves, and was the head of a household of seven.

On January 8, 1819, “Richard Gowen of Pittsylvania County” pur-
chased 175 acres in Rowan County, North Carolina on Buffalow
Creek for $1,050. The land lay in adjoining Davie County when
it was created in 1836 from Rowan County, according to Davie
County Deed Book 26, page 21. On February 17, 1824 “Richard
Gowin” received Land Grant No. 326 for 200 acres “on Buffalow
Creek, next to that of Andrew Tucker, Thomas Oaks, et al.

In 1829 “Richard Goin” deeded 25 acres “in the estate of Michael
Hinkle, deceased” to Elizabeth Elliott for $10, according to
Rowan County Deed Book 30, page 638. “Richard Goen” was refer-
red to as an adjoining land owner on Buffalow Creek in a deed
written October 12, 1830, according to Rowan County Deed Book
31, page 88.

Of Richard Gowan, George Richard Gowan stated, “For many years
he was overseer of a large plantation in his native state.
Subsequently removing to North Carolina, he purchased land, and
in addition to raising grain and tobacco was a distiller.”

On May 1, 1830 “Richard Gowin of Rowan County” purchased “land
which had belonged to Isaac Elliott, deceased & divided among
his legatees” for $175 from William Wyatt and wife Elizabeth
Wyatt, according to Rowan County Deed Book 9, page 1032. On
August 19, 1834 “Richard Goeing” conveyed to his son “James
Goeing,” “both of Rowan County” 98 acres on Bryants Creek for
$400, according to Rowan County Deed Book 32, page 261. On Jan-
uary 17, 1835 “Richard Gowing” gave a deed of trust in the pur-
chase of “eight horses, 2 stills & furnishings, 28 stands, and
a wagon & harness,” according to Davie County Deed Book 32,
page 246.

“Richard Gowins” appeared as the head of a household in the
1840 census of Davie County, page 203. His son, “Major Gowins”
was also listed as the head of household, page 203. “Richard
Gowen” wrote his will November 14, 1844, and it was recorded
in Davie County Will Book 1, page 63. He bequeathed “the home
plantation to my wife Polly and after her death to my son
George.” His son, Richard A. Gowan was named executor.

Richard Gowan died December 16, 1844 at age 68 and was buried
in Olive Branch Methodist Church Cemetery in Davie County, ac-
cording to Edgar Gowan Lowrance. Mary “Polly” Bennett Gowan
died February 18, 1847 and was buried beside her husband.

Children born to them include:

Thomas Dodd Gowan born May 16, 1810
Mary Gowan born in 1812
Martha W. Gowan born in 1814
Major Redul Wilson Gowan born January 8, 1816
Richard A. Gowans born about 1818
John Paxton Gowan born September 10, 1820
Ann B. Gowan born about 1823
Rachael Gowan born in 1826
George A. Gowan born about 1830

From GRF Newsletter Aug 2002:

RICHARD GOWAN, ORPHAN, BOUND OUT IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VA LATER OPERATED A STILL IN ROWAN COUNTY, NC

Richard Gowan, o Operated Still
In Rowan County, N. Carolina

Richard Gowan was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia Janu-
ary 8, 1776, according to Edgar Gowan Lowrance, a great-great
grandson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was a “colonial
resident of Pittsylvania County,” according to a statement made
in 1885 by George Richard Gowan, a grandson of Grants Pass,
Oregon.

Richard Gowan was “bound out” in Pittsylvania County as an or-
phan to Thomas Wilkerson in April 1787. “Richard Gowing” was
listed as “insolvent” in 1804 in adjoining Caswell County, ac-
cording to “Caswell County, North Carolina Will Books, 1777-
1814” by Katherine Kerr Kendall and Mary Frances Kerr Donald-
son.

“Richard Gowin” was married July 4, 1807 to Mary “Polly” Ben-
nett, according to “Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage
Bonds, 1778-1868.” She was the daughter of Thomas Bennett and
Molly Bennett. Fourteen years earlier “Sherwood Going” was
married in Caswell County to Ruth Bennett April 30, 1793, ac-
cording to the Kendall volume.

“Richard Going” was listed as a taxpayer in the 1810 tax list
of Pittsylvania County April 10, 1810. He paid tax on one poll
and one horse. He owned no slaves, according to “A Supplement
to the 1810 Census of Virginia.”

“Richard Going “white male, 26-45” reappeared in the 1820 census
of Pittsylvania County, page 49 as a farmer. He owned three
slaves, and was the head of a household of seven.

On January 8, 1819, “Richard Gowen of Pittsylvania County” pur-
chased 175 acres in Rowan County, North Carolina on Buffalow
Creek for $1,050. The land lay in adjoining Davie County when
it was created in 1836 from Rowan County, according to Davie
County Deed Book 26, page 21. On February 17, 1824 “Richard
Gowin” received Land Grant No. 326 for 200 acres “on Buffalow
Creek, next to that of Andrew Tucker, Thomas Oaks, et al.

In 1829 “Richard Goin” deeded 25 acres “in the estate of Michael
Hinkle, deceased” to Elizabeth Elliott for $10, according to
Rowan County Deed Book 30, page 638. “Richard Goen” was refer-
red to as an adjoining land owner on Buffalow Creek in a deed
written October 12, 1830, according to Rowan County Deed Book
31, page 88.

Of Richard Gowan, George Richard Gowan stated, “For many years
he was overseer of a large plantation in his native state.
Subsequently removing to North Carolina, he purchased land, and
in addition to raising grain and tobacco was a distiller.”

On May 1, 1830 “Richard Gowin of Rowan County” purchased “land
which had belonged to Isaac Elliott, deceased & divided among
his legatees” for $175 from William Wyatt and wife Elizabeth
Wyatt, according to Rowan County Deed Book 9, page 1032. On
August 19, 1834 “Richard Goeing” conveyed to his son “James
Goeing,” “both of Rowan County” 98 acres on Bryants Creek for
$400, according to Rowan County Deed Book 32, page 261. On Jan-
uary 17, 1835 “Richard Gowing” gave a deed of trust in the pur-
chase of “eight horses, 2 stills & furnishings, 28 stands, and
a wagon & harness,” according to Davie County Deed Book 32,
page 246.

“Richard Gowins” appeared as the head of a household in the
1840 census of Davie County, page 203. His son, “Major Gowins”
was also listed as the head of household, page 203. “Richard
Gowen” wrote his will November 14, 1844, and it was recorded
in Davie County Will Book 1, page 63. He bequeathed “the home
plantation to my wife Polly and after her death to my son
George.” His son, Richard A. Gowan was named executor.

Richard Gowan died December 16, 1844 at age 68 and was buried
in Olive Branch Methodist Church Cemetery in Davie County, ac-
cording to Edgar Gowan Lowrance. Mary “Polly” Bennett Gowan
died February 18, 1847 and was buried beside her husband.

Children born to them include:

Thomas Dodd Gowan born May 16, 1810
Mary Gowan born in 1812
Martha W. Gowan born in 1814
Major Redul Wilson Gowan born January 8, 1816
Richard A. Gowans born about 1818
John Paxton Gowan born September 10, 1820
Ann B. Gowan born about 1823
Rachael Gowan born in 1826
George A. Gowan born about 1830