1777 Alexander Gowan b. 1777 living in Rutherford Co, NC

From GRF Newsletter Dec 1999:

Alexander Gowan first child of John Gowan, born abt 1775

Alexander Gowan (G6/3.1), assumed to be the first child of John Gowen (G7/1.3) was born in North Carolina, proably Orange (or Chatham) County about 1775. Later his father’s family removed to Fairfield County, South Carolina. Later he returned to his native state, purchased land in Rutberford County, North Carolina in 1796. This transaction was recorded in Rutherford County Deed Book M-Q, page 330 as “Alexander Going, grantee” of land from “James Huddleston, grantor.”

Arlee Claud Gowen
Serial No. 357444, USNR
Born November 24, 1922, Lamesa, Texas
Enlisted in U.S. Naval Reserve, Dallas, Texas, October 27, 1942
Commissioned Ensign, May, 1944, University of Notre Dame
Served aboard U.S.S. Randolph, CV-15 from commissioning until end of war.
Transferred to U. S. Naval Transport Service, January 1946. Served in Squadron VR3, Nofolk, VA, Olathe, KS and Amarillo, TX.
Discharged Camp Wallace, TX, 6/6/46, Lieutenant [jg]
Five engagements, 2 presidential citations.
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