1809 Barney B. Gowen son of William Gowen and Mary Harrison Gowen

Barney B. Gowen born in 1809 son of William Gowen and Mary Harrison Gowen

Parents:

William Keating Gowen born about 1765 m. Mary Harrison Gowen

Children:

Unk

Siblings:

Ann Gowen                                                         born in 1802
William Washington Gowen                           born 1803
Barney B. Gowen                                                born in 1809
James Gowen                                                      born about 1810

FACTS:

Info from THE GOWEN MANUSCRIPT:

Barney B.[ranford?] Gowen [William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of William Gowen and Mary Harrison Gowen, was born at Combahee Ferry, in 1809 according to the 1850 Camden County census.

In 1820, at the simultaneous deaths of his parents, he was adopted by his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Harrison, according to Mary A. “Mollie” Wingfield, who “brought the two younger children to Georgia, leaving William and Ann with the Gowen relatives in South Carolina.” The “Gowen relatives” were not identified.

Barney B. Gowen and his brother, James Gowen, “orphans of Glynn County, Georgia” in 1821 received a land grant of 202.5 acres of land in Dooly County, Georgia from the state of Georgia. The land was described as Lot 141, District 12. Dooly County was later located in Wilcox County, Georgia upon formation of the new county.

Barney B. Gowen held warrant No. 155 in the 1827 land lottery of Georgia. He was described as “Barney Gowen, orphan, over 18, resident of Georgia over three years, Glynn County, April 20, 1827.” He became 18 in 1827, the year of the lottery.

Barney B. Gowen of Glynn County purchased eight slaves for $1,000, August 8, 1828 from Andrew Paul and John M. Paul, both of Anson County, North Carolina, according to Glynn County legal records. At the same time he purchased from John M. Paul five additional slaves by the names of “Will, Binar, Andrew, Susie and Katie.” A bill of sale covering the transaction August 18, 1828 was recorded by “Barna B. Gowen” in Glynn County Deed Book H, page 152.

Barney B. Gowen appeared as the head of a household in the 1830 census of Glynn County, page 264, according to the 1830 census of Georgia:

“Gowen, B. B. white male 20-30
white female 70-80”

The septuagenarian included in the household is identified as Elizabeth Harrison, his maternal grandmother.

Thomas F. Harrison, son of John Harrison and Elizabeth Harrison, was a resident of Glynn County. He received 202.5 acres in Wayne County from John Perry June 30, 1827. The will of Thomas F. Harrison of Glynn County, written November 3, 1829 and probated January 4, 1830 mentioned “James Gowen and Barna Gowen, nephews”, according to Glynn County Will Book D. The will devised his horse and gig to his mother, Elizabeth Harrison.

The will of Elizabeth Harrison of Glynn County, was written May 28, 1837 and probated September 4, 1837, according to Glynn County Will Book D, page 343. The document read:

“State of Georgia, Glynn County

Know all men by these presents that I, Elizabeth Harrison, being in perfect sound mind and memory, but knowing the uncertainty of this mortal life, do make this my last will and testament in words and form as follows:

Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson James Gowen my negro fellow, Jacob.

Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson Barny B. Gowen my negro woman, Eve with her future increase, my negro boy, George and my boy, Moses.

Item: All my ready money which I may have in possession, say about seven hundred dollars, I request may be put out at interest and to be equally divided between the children of my late son, William Harrison as they may arrive at age, but if my Executors hereafter named think proper to make a distribution of the money among the children before they arrive at age, they are at liberty to do so.

Item: My three negroes by the name of Jimmy, Tumah, and Albert I request may be sold at public outcry to the highest bidders for cash and the pro­ceeds of the same to be equally divided between the following children: Ann Gowen, William Gowen, the children of my late daughter Mary Harrison, and James Scott, Eliza Thomas, Mary Henning and Sarah Porter, the children of my late daughter, Sarah Harrison, six in number.

I also nominate and appoint and leave my two grandsons, James Gowen and Barney B. Gowen my lawful executors to carry fully into effect this my last will and testament, revoking all other wills by me made.

In testimony whereof I have this day signed my name this 28th day of May, 1837.
Elizabeth [X] Harrison

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us.
V. Wooley, A. F. Wooley, Frances M. Scarlett, I.I.C.J.C.

Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of Eliza­beth Harrison, late of Glynn County, Georgia, de­ceased.

1 Jim, a negro man valued at $ 650.00
2 Tamar, negro woman valued at 75.00
3 Albert, negro boy valued at 550.00
4 One note of hand given by James Gowen
dated 16 April, 1837, on demand 552.75
5 One note of hand given by James Gowen
dated 3 April, 1837, on demand 100.00
6 Four Hundred 41 & 25/100 note 441.25

We certify upon oath that as far as was produced to us by the executors, the above and foregoing contains a true appraisement of the goods, chattels and credits of the Estate of Elizabeth Harrison, deceased to be best of our understanding and judgment.

Alex McDonald, Stephen W. Timmons, G. Houstown, Appraisers”

Barney B. Gowen appeared in the legal records of Camden County when he received a deed to 486 acres of land from John Talbird of South Carolina. The land conveyed by the deed was bounded on the east and the west by land already owned by Barney B. Gowen indicating that he was already a large landowner by the time he was 28 years old. The deed read:

“The State of South Carolina

Known all Men by these Presents, That I, John Talbird, in the state aforesaid, in the consideration of the sum of Four Hundred Dollars to me paid by Barney B. Gowen in the State of Georgia, have granted, bargained, sold and released, and by these presents, Do Grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said Barney B. Gowen all that tract of land situated in Camden County in the State of Georgia containing four-hundred and eighty-six acres, more or less, bounded on the south by the Great Satilla River, on the east by land owned by Barney B. Gowen, on the north by vacant land and on the west by land of Barney B. Gowen.

Witness my Hand and Seal, this thirty first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven and in the 61st year of the Independence of the United States of America.
John Talbird

Signed, Sealed and Delivered in the presence of: John Hazel, John H. Webb, Thos. Talbird.”

Barney B. Gowen received other land from the state of Georgia. In 1837 he was granted 40 acres of land in McIntosh and Camden Counties, and later in Camden County he was granted 225 acres in 1850.

For $150 Barney B. Gowen gave a deed to Thomas S. Hopkins March 10, 1840 to 225 acres which he had received in a grant dated November 4, 1839, according to Glynn County Deed Book CC, page 548.

Barney B. Gowen was enumerated in the 1840 census of Camden County as “B. B. Gown, age 30-40,” and regarded as a bachelor since he was the sole white member of the household. The report also indicated him as the owner of 13 slaves with 8 members of the household engaged in agriculture.

On July 1, 1844 Barney B. Gowen purchased from John C. Sheffield 150 acres for $130, according to Camden County Deed Book O, page 24. On October 1, 1844 Barney B. Gowen for $550 received a sheriff’s deed to “chattels of Henry B. Turner,” according to Camden County Deed Book O, page 52. Property purchased included “one negro woman named Gilley, age 35; one boy named Alonzo, 8; one boy named Richard, 3; one boy named Ernie, 6; one girl named Annie, 7 months; 75 head of cattle; 1 bay horse, age 6 years.”

Barney B. Gowen purchased items from the estate totaling $21.39, March 4, 1850, according to Glynn County Deed Book E, page 162. On August 17, 1850 Barney B. Gowen appeared in District No. 9, Camden County, Household No. 50-50, page 755 in the 1850 census. He was shown as a single man, 41, a planter born in South Carolina with real estate valued at $2,600.

He received a deed February 20, 1853 to 500 acres for $1,000 from Gideon A. Mallette, according to Glynn County Deed Book P, page 216.

It is believed that he did not marry. He died before his brother, William W. Gowen and was buried at Old West Union Church Cemetery, Colesburg, Camden County, three miles south of Woodbine.

Barney B. Gowen, son of Barney B. Gowen and Josephine Dobbs Gowen, was married in Folkston, Georgia in Charlton County to Thelma Taylor about 1946. She was born August 23, 1926 to Richard Chandler Taylor who was born July 19, 1900 in Charlton County and Cora Bell Crews Taylor who was born there February 3, 1903. Thelma Taylor Gowen was transferred to a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, March 7, 2004. Thelma Taylor Gowen had a tombstone in Sardis Cemetery.

A Barney Gowen, age 4, was enumerated in the 1850 census of Camden County, Georgia, living in Household No. 50-50.

James Gowen, [William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of William Keating Gowen and Mary Harrison Gowen, was born in Combahee Ferry about 1810. When the parents of James Gowen died, both on the same day in 1820, he along with his brother, Barney B. Gowen was adopted by his grandmother, Elizabeth Harrison, the widow of John Harrison. John Harrison had died 13 years earlier in Beaufort District in 1807, according to a letter written June 21, 1960 by Charles Latimer Gowen, his great-great-great grandson.

On April 25, 1827 “Elizabeth Harrison, widow of a revolutionary war soldier” received a land grant from the state of Georgia to land in Columbia County. Revolutionary service land grants did not require residence.

Elizabeth Harrison survived her husband until 1837 and died in Camden County where she had moved following the death of her husband 30 years earlier.

James Gowen, at age 8, and his brother Barney B. Gowen, “orphans of Glynn County,” were the grantees of 202.5 acres of land in Dooly County from the state of Georgia in 1821. The land, described as Lot 141, District 12, Dooly County, was later located in Wilcox County, upon the formation of the new county. The orphans probably did not ever see the land, but simply had the deed recorded and sold the land, according to “Historical & Genealogical Collections of Dooly County” by Powell.

“James Gowen” described as “over 18, resident of Georgia for over three years” received a land grant in Glynn County in the Georgia land lottery of 1827. Date of the lottery was March 12, 1827. If this individual were, a generous allowance was made for his age to state he was “over 18.”

He purchased a negro named Harriott and her child named Mary for $450 September 2, 1828 for $450 at a sheriff’s sale, according to Glynn County Deed Book H, page 160. On June 10, 1831 he purchased a negro slave named John from John Coles for $275, according to Glynn Deed Book H, page 256. On September 17, 1830 he purchased 236 acres at a sheriff’s sale for $250, according to Glynn County Deed Book H, page 260. “Barna B. Gowen” and Francis W. Scarlett were wit­nesses.

James Gowen was a member of the exclusive Camden Hunting Club October 18, 1832, according to its minute book. The group was composed of prominent citizens of the area, in­cluding two army generals.

James Gowen, was married to Anna Elizabeth Abbott about 1839, probably in Camden County. Anna Elizabeth Abbott Gowen was born in 1818 to George Abbott and Rebecca Bruce Abbott of St. Simons Island, Georgia. George Abbott was from County Galway and had settled in Frederica about 1805, according to E-mail written October 1, 1996 by Hugh Casement, Abbott descendant and researcher of Munich, Germany.

George Abbott was born April 26, 1789 to Thomas Abbott and Ann Tubbs Abbott at Mt. Bellew, Ballinasloe. Thomas Abbott was the son of George Abbott and Cecily Netterville Abbott of Castlegar, according to Hugh Casement. She was a daughter of Patrick Netterville, a merchant of Dublin.

George Abbott, who died in 1783, was a son of the Rev. Thomas Abbott of Castlegar, Galway. He was baptized in Dublin June 8, 1688. He wrote his will August 11, 1759 and died near Castleblakeney, County Galway in January 1762, at age 80, according to “Occurrences” by Pew. A memorial to him was erected in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin

The Rev. Thomas Abbott is presumed to be the son of John Abbott, “alehousekeeper” who was educated in Trinity College, Dublin where he received his BA degree in 1707 and his MA degree in 1710, according to “Alumni Dublinenses.” In 1715 he was named curate of Athenry, County Calway.

Of George Abbott, Hugh Casement wrote:

“When he was 16, his mother’s cousin, Robert Hadlock [who was very attached to her and had wanted to marry her] wrote from Georgia that his heart was failing and that he would make her eldest son his heir if she would send him there. George sailed to Georgia immediately and founded the branch of the Abbott family in Georgia. He was married February 2, 1808 in Connecticut to Mary Winget Wright, only daughter of the late Maj. Samuel Wright of Frederica and Rebecca Bruce Wright.

George Abbott became a vestryman in Christ Church at Frederica when it was established December 22, 1808, according to Patrick Demere of Florida. George Abbott was the owner of 30 slaves, according to the 1820 census of Glynn County.”

Mary Winget Wright Abbott was born in 1792 to James Bruce Wright and Anne Burnett Wright. She was the daughter of Moses Christopher Burnett and Rebecca Moore Burnett. He was the son of Maj. Samuel Wright and Rebecca Bruce Wright. The major who was born about 1738 was vendue master of Savannah in 1790. He was married August 14, 1790 to Rebecca Bruce, daughter of James Bruce, a merchant on St. Simons Island who owned Orange Grove Plantation located two miles south of Frederica, Georgia.

Maj. Samuel Wright was a commissioner of Glynn County Academy and a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1791. He was elected to the senate from 1792 to 1798. He died May 4, 1808. A petition was filed February 23, 1829 for the division of the estate of Samuel Wright by James Bruce Wright and Mary Winget Abbott, according to “Glynn County Minutes of Ordinary,” page 38.

George Abbott received a deed to Lot 17 and a residence in Frederica May 11, 1811 for $125 from John Morgan et al, according to Glynn County Deed Book G, page 115.

George Abbott died November 19, 1825, at age 34, and was buried at Christ’s Church. George Abbott had a younger brother, Edmund Netterville Abbott who also came to Georgia, arriving about 1807. He was a merchant clerk in Frederica and was recorded as an alien in the War of 1812, age 16, according to “British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812” by Kenneth Scott. He “sailed to the West Indies and was not heard of again.” A still younger brother, Richard Wakely Abbott emigrated to Georgia after the death of his brother George Abbott. He was married in 1826 to Agnes Dunne.

A sister of George Abbott, Elizabeth Deborah Abbott was born September 20, 1807. She was married May 10, 1824 to Henry Evans, Esquire of Cross, County Galway. He was a cousin of Lord Carbery. Henry Evans emigrated to Quebec and became a farmer at Kingsey, Drummond. He was ordained to the ministry and died of a heart attack at Dunham, Quebec about 1845. Five sons and six daughters were born to them.

Mary Winget Wright Abbott was recorded in the 1830 census of Glynn County as the owner of 23 slaves. She died August 27, 1848 and was buried beside her husband. Two sons and four daughters, including, Ann Elizabeth Abbott Gowen, was born to them.

The estate of Mary Winget Wright Abbott was valued at $930.16 December 14, 1848, according to Glynn County Deed Book E, page 130. James Gowen and Alexander Scranton were appointed administrators of the estate of Mary Winget Wright Abbott January 8, 1849, according to Glynn County Will Book D. They continued as administrators of the estate in 1850, according to Glynn County Deed Book E, page 197.

James Gowen, unidentified, received a land grant of 347 acres in Glynn County, in 1838 and another one for 259 acres in Glynn County in 1842. In 1839 James Gowen was employed by Pierce Butler of Darien, Georgia, the largest slave owner in Georgia as an overseer. Butler owned Butler Island Plantation and Hampton Point Plantation on St. Simons Island which employed his 500 slaves. Butler had married Fanny Kemble, an English actress who later wrote a journal of her plantation life.

A portion of Camden County was appropriated in the formation of Charlton County in 1854, and James Gowen found himself residing in the new county when it was organized.

James Gowen, unidentified, appeared as the head of a household in the 1840 census of Chatham County, living in the city of Savannah, according to “1840 Index to the Census of Georgia” by Woods and Sheffield.

James Gowen apparently lived the remainder of his life in Charlton County and was buried there when he died, date unknown.

Children born to James Gowen and Anna Elizabeth Abbott Gowen, according to a letter written by Charles Latimer Gowen, his great-grandson, dated June 21, 1960 included:

George Harrison Gowen born about 1840
William Harrison Gowen born February 23, 1842
Mary A. “Mollie” Gowen born about 1843
Thomas B. Gowen born in 1844
Milton Gowen born about 1850
James Francis Gowen born about 1852
DeLancey William Gowen born about 1856

George Harrison Gowen, [James7, William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of James Gowen and Anna Elizabeth Abbott Gowen, was born about 1840, probably in Camden County. On November 3, 1857 he was married to his cousin, Elizabeth C. Evans, according to Glynn County marriage records. She was a daughter of Henry Evans and Elizabeth Abbott Evans of Quebec.

George Harrison Gowen later moved to Canada, according to Charles Latimer Gowen. It is reported that two children, James Gowen and an unidentified daughter were born to George Harrison Gowen and Elizabeth C. Evans Gowen. Nothing more is known of this branch of the family nor their descendants.

William Harrison Gowen, [James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of James Gowen and Anna Elizabeth Abbott Gowen, was born in Charlton [Camden] County, February 23, 1842, according to Charles Latimer Gowen, his grandson.

From the Georgia State Confederate Pension and Record De­partment it is certified that William Harrison Gowen enlisted as a private in Company K, Fourth Georgia Cavalry [Clinch’s] Regiment August 25, 1862. The record indicates that he was transferred to Company F of the same regiment early in 1863. Throughout the Civil War the Fourth Georgia Cavalry Regi­ment, under the command of Col. D. L. Clinch was unattached from an army corps, but was used in the defense of Savannah River batteries and other nearby military installations.

Gen. G. T. Beauregard’s, Department of the military commander of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, Order No. 12 commended the Fourth Cavalry for its success in an engagement with the enemy near Jacksonville, Florida. The commendation mentioned Col. Clinch in the efficient discharge of his duties and also Maj. J. C. McDonald who commanded three of the five companies of that regiment who dismounted and served as infantry. The citation read that the “Officers and men of the fourth Georgia were eager and ready to meet the enemy on any and all occasions.”

On March 20, 1863 the Fourth Georgia Cavalry, composed of 277 men and three pieces of artillery was stationed at Jacksonville. On March 27 of that year the Fourth Georgia faced the Eighth Maine Infantry Regiment and the Sixth Connecticut Infantry Regiment near Jacksonville, along with some 1,500 negro troops under “Montgomery of Kansas.” On May 8, 1863 the Fourth Georgia remained under the command of Gen. Beauregard who had his headquarters in Charleston.

On July 2, 1863 Capt W. M. Hazard of Company G of the Fourth Georgia Cavalry Regiment filed a report to his headquarters at Savannah, concerning the part played by his troops in the repulse of federal naval craft attempting a landing near Brunswick, Georgia, according to “War Department Records,” Series I, Volume 14, page 315.

His report states that his troops turned back the federal boats which moved from St. Simons Island in their landing attempt. Thwarted here, the federal boats turned up river in a foraging attempt. Capt. Hazard reports that his troops mounted and dashed up river to place themselves in defense of a salt factory which the federals threatened, again repulsing them. On that date the Fourth Georgia operated in the Georgia theatre under command of Brig. Gen. H. W. Mercer. Their status remained the same on July 30, August 31 and October 7, 1863.

In the fall of 1863 an ambitious Col. R. H. Anderson, who commanded the Fifth Georgia Cavalry Regiment, a parallel fa­cility to the Fourth, attempted to disparage the Fourth in order to have himself placed in command of all of the Georgia cavalry regiments.

He addressed a letter to the commanding general describing for his benefit the Fourth, as follows, “no two commands are drilled alike, their internal organization is entirely different, their discipline is loose and irregular, their armament is bad and the equipment miserable. I verily believe that they could not march tomorrow from Savannah to Charleston without having 50% of their horses unfit for service.”

The muster roll of the Fourth Georgia for June 1864, last on file, shows William Harrison Gowen still “present.” The regiment was included in the command of Maj.-Gen. Sam Jones, CSA, when it surrendered to Federal forces. William Harrison Gowen was paroled at Thomasville, Georgia in mid-May of 1865.

William Harrison Gowen was married about 1870 to Anne Elizabeth Wright of Carteret’s Point, near Brunswick, Georgia, probably in Glynn County. She was a daughter of Moses Christopher Burnett Wright and Ann Anderson Wright.

Their household was enumerated in the 1880 census of Glynn County, Enumeration District 57, page 25, as:

“Gowen, W. H. 38, born in Georgia
A. E. 27, born in Georgia
C. B. 9, born in Georgia, son
C. A. 7, born in Georgia, son”

William Harrison Gowen died February 23, 1890 at St. Simons Island, and was buried there in Christ Churchyard, Frederica, Georgia.

Children born to William Harrison Gowen and Anne Elizabeth Wright Gowen include:

Clarence Blain Gowen born January 29, 1871
Charles Moore Gowen born May 18, 1872

Clarence Blain Gowen, [William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of William Harrison Gowen and Anne Elizabeth Wright Gowen, was born January 29, 1871 at St. Simons Island. He owned an interest in Wright & Gowen, a ship chandlery in Brunswick. He became a civilian aviation pilot.

He was married February 14, 1900 to Edna Augusta Latimer of Fayette County, Iowa. She was born at Westgate, Iowa in 1877, according to DAR Vol. 95, page 65. The couple while on their honeymoon, visited with Mary A. “Mollie” Gowen Wingfield in Rome, Georgia. Clarence Blain Gowen maintained his residence in Fayette County from about 1900 until 1904 when he returned with his family to Georgia to make his home. Edna Augusta Latimer Gowen died of cancer in July 15, 1932 in Brunswick.

Clarence Blain Gowen was remarried in 1942 to Jo Gieger. He died January 6, 1956 at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and was buried in Christ Church Cemetery on St. Si­mons Island. In November, 1961 Jo Gieger Gowen lived on St. Simons Island.

Charles Latimer Gowen, son of Clarence Blain Gowen, wrote an account his father’s life and provided a copy for the Foundation:

“Clarence Blain Gowen was born at Monticello at Carterets Point in Glynn County, Georgia, on January 29, 1871. He was the son of William Harrison Gowen [born February 23, 1842 and died February 23, 1890] and Anne Elizabeth Wright Gowen [born November 1, 1849 and died September 13, 1934]. His paternal grandparents were James Gowen and Ann Abbot Gowen of Camden County, Georgia, and his maternal grandparents were Moses Christopher Burnett Wright and Ann Anderson Wright of Glynn County. He lived in the Dixville section of Brunswick with his parents for a while, but they must have moved to St. Simons Island by the time he was six or seven years old and perhaps earlier. His father became sawyer at the Hilton‑Dodge sawmill at Gascoigne Bluff and his mother operated the hoarding house at the Mills. The Hilton‑Dodge mill was one of the largest in Georgia and there were a number of supporting buildings including a manager’s residence, a doctor’s residence, a church, a rectory, a com­missary and some residences for the white people who worked at the mill. The Dodge family had extensive land holdings on the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers, principally in Dodge, Montgomery, Wheeler and Telfair counties and the logs were cut and rafted down the Altamaha River to Darien and then towed to the mill on St. Simons for manufacture into lumber and timber.

The Reverend Anson G. P. Dodge of the millowners’ family became a resident of St. Simons and Rector of Christ Church at Frederica, the church at the Mills and the church for the colored people at Jewtown. Since the only denomination which white people attended was Episcopal, both William H. Gowen and Anne Elizabeth Wright Gowen were communicants at Christ Church and attended services there or at the church at the Mills.

My father had one brother, Charles Moore Gowen, for whom I was named. He was born May 18, 1872 in Brunswick at the Dixville house I believe. He deserves separate treatment in our family history which I hope to prepare.

My father’s parents lived at the Mills where his father worked and where his mother continued to operate the boarding house. The Hilton Dodge people had a school at the Mills for the white children that went through the primary grades and my father and Uncle Charlie attended. There was little planned entertainment for children so they made their own. To the southeast of the Mills was an area of high marshland and white sand. Since the sand was covered with salt water at least some of the time it was just like the beach on the ocean side of St. Simons and made an ideal playground which the boys called “the white sands.” Jewtown where the negro children lived was about the same distance from the white sands and they played together. I’ve been told my father organized a baseball team of white and black boys. The white boys were tanned by the sun and my father was given the nickname of “Tar” by which his mother addressed him in my presence many times. Of course, there was fishing and crabbing off the docks at the Mills and a three mile walk through the woods took the Gowen boys to St. Simons beach where turtle eggs, quite a delicacy, could be found in season.

My father told me how he learned to swim. He must have been six or seven at the time. At Easter his mother had bought a new straw hat for him, and after church he was walking by the mill pond deserted for the holiday. A gust of wind blew his new hat into the mill pond. Knowing if he returned without it a whipping was in store he went into the water, paddled “dog fashion” to the hat and towed it to shore. During my boyhood my father was a fine swimmer with an excellent overhand stroke.

After Wright & Gowen was formed and the Steamer Hessie acquired my father’s family was able to travel. My grandmother told me of a trip to Brooklyn by sailing vessel when she took my father and a colored girl a few years older than he to nurse him. The place in Brooklyn where they stayed fronted on a park and the colored girl would take father there to care for him. Having been well tanned on “the white sands” and the makeshift baseball diamond my father was quite dark and someone complained to Dixie Ma (our name for my paternal grandmother) about the care the colored girl was taking of “her little brother.”

Uncle Charlie spent a year or two in Massachusetts, staying with the Fuller family and going to school. A member of the Fuller family was manager at the Hilton‑Dodge mill. I feel sure father resided at the Mills until he went to military academy. Moreland Park Military Academy was located in Atlanta, not far I think from the present Little Five Points. It was operated by Professor Neal, the father of Warren Neal who was director of the Highway Department during Governor Thompson’s administration and later Engineer-Director of Glynn County. I believe my father attended Moreland Park Military Academy for several years until he graduated. Uncle Charlie went there, too, but whether father went there first or they went together I don’t know. I remember seeing father’s cadet uniform which Dixie Ma had preserved all in Confederate grey with large brass buttons and a swallow tail. Dixie Ma had great admiration for Professor Neal and he visited her at the Mills on several occasions.

Father told me that one of the pleasures of cadet life was to be invited to General Gordon’s house near the Academy for syllabub. Another experience not so pleasant was attending the Methodist Church in the vicinity when the Bishop paid a visit. At the end of the regular service the Bishop arose, directed the ushers to close the doors and announced that he was there to raise the church debt. He directed that the collection plates be passed again for donations or pledges. A hymn was then sung while the “take” was counted, then the deficit that still remained was announced. The Bishop directed the plates be passed again and said they would all be there till the debt was satisfied. Eventually it was but according to father it took a long time.

Another of father’s military academy experiences was hunting for minnie balls in the woods around Moreland Park. Thanks to the Battle of Atlanta they were in plentiful supply.

After graduation from Moreland Park Military Academy, father studied pharmacy at a school in Philadelphia which I believe later became a part of the University of Pennsylvania. His best friend and roommate there was Ed Ridenour who was later connected with a chemical company in the East. While in Philadelphia father became a talented bicycle rider, winning several bicycle races which were ten to twenty miles in length over the countryside. I’ve seen several gold medals he won. Father told me he always carried several lumps of loaf sugar and took one when he began to tire. Uncle Charlie attended Dentistry school also in Philadelphia, but I do not believe they were there at the same time.

After leaving pharmacy school father went to Sumner, Iowa, to visit Dr. W. L. Whitmire, the brother of his stepfather. He liked the country and decided to open a drug store in Westgate, a town of about 300 population on the Chicago Great Western Railway about ten miles south­east of Sumner. The store was in a wooden building next door to the post office. Hart Spears was the postmaster and was also Mayor. I do not know just when the drug store was opened, but I would suppose in 1897 or 1898. Father boarded with a Mrs. Ritchie who had two daughters. He told me that Mrs. Ritchie would wake the daughters at the beginning of the week by calling out: “It’s Monday, tomorrow’s Tuesday, next day’s Wednesday, week half gone and nothing done! Get up, girls'” He also said that Mrs. Ritchie would bring in breakfast with an egg on his plate and then later call plaintively from the kitchen, “Mr. Gowen, will you have another egg?” Eggs in Westgate were a ready medium of exchange at the general store with groceries on one side and dry goods on the other.

Father made friends with Lou Farrand who had a drug store in Sumner. Lou married a girlhood friend of my mother’s, a Miss Dickman, and this friendship continued for many years. Their son Rygel went to Culver Summer School and this was responsible for mother taking her savings and sending me there in the summer of 1921.

Drug stores were not too profitable in Iowa at the turn of the century for the medical doctors filled their own prescriptions. Removing this substantial revenue hurt. To help out the drug store father did some photography and started a weekly newspaper, the Westgate Gazette. I remember seeing the camera on a tripod, some back drops, photographic plates, etc. in the first floor of the building in Westgate when mother and I lived in the upstairs flat. I also remember the hand press on which the Westgate Gazette was printed, the cases of type that were set by hand and old issues also on the first floor.

In the latter part of 1898 or early in 1899 a telephone was installed in the Spears building. My mother, Edna Latimer, came into Westgate to see this new wonder and while there was introduced to the new druggist. A courtship developed and father’s horse and buggy was often covering the four miles to the Latimer farm. They were married on St. Valentine’s Day in 1900 on the farm and Dixie Ma made the trip from St. Simons to Westgate for the wedding. Mother told me Dixie Ma cut quite a figure with her new clothes by an Atlanta dressmaker. Dr. W. L. Whitmire was also at the wedding.

After a wedding trip to Brunswick and St. Simons father and mother returned to Iowa and lived in the flat above the drug store. My sister, Ardis Evangeline Gowen, was born there, but soon after they went to the Mills at St. Simons and Ardis died there in infancy on April 15, 1903 and is buried in the family plot at Frederica Cemetery. Sometime after that they moved to Brunswick and lived on the west side of Newcastle Street between Howe Street and Hanover Park in a house owned by Captain Russell, Uncle Duncan Wright’s father‑in‑law. This must have been when father went in the wholesale drug business.

Dixie Drug Company, a wholesale drug company, was formed with father as manager. Uncle Mansie, Dixie Ma and several other Brunswick businessmen bought stock. In addition to the patent and proprietary medicines usual at the time, Dixie Drug manufactured some of their own. I remember seeing sometime after Dixie Drug was out of business a bottle of “Forma Libris”, a formaldehyde preparation to be used as a disinfectant that said it was manufactured by Dixie Drug Company.

The venture was not successful and must have ceased business after two or three years. Father was in Iowa in 1904, because I was born on the Latimer farm January 31, 1904, but I am told I was taken to Brunswick in March of that year.

About 1904 or 1905 father purchased an automobile, a second‑hand American. I remember seeing it several years later. It had one seat for the driver and one passenger, no windshield and was cranked on the left side by a crank that was removed after the engine started. I think it had a two‑cylinder motor. Father started from Brunswick to drive it to Iowa. In some fashion he got to Chattanooga but that much of the trip convinced him it couldn’t be done, so he put it on a river boat at Chattanooga and via the Tennessee, the Ohio and the Mississippi it reached Dubuque or Clinton, Iowa from where he drove it to Westgate or to Cedar Rapids. I was told father broke his wrist cranking it. I remember that he did drive it from Cedar Rapids to Westgate which must have been in 1907 or 1908.

There were from 1900 to about 1908 or even 1909 differences of opinion between mother and father as to whether they should live in Iowa or Georgia. Mother wanted to live in Iowa and I think father was agreeable, but Dixie Ma, Uncle Mansie, Uncle Charlie and Maje Whitmire wanted father in the family business in Brunswick. Wright & Gowen had moved the ship chandlery business from St. Simons to Brunswick and it was flourishing. The Steamer Hessie was a great success on the Brunswick‑Darien run, paying dividends as high as 200 per cent per year. On the other hand, there was great opportunity in Iowa. At one time in the early 1900s father had an opportunity to have the Ford agency franchise for two or three Iowa counties. His friend, Lou Farrand, was talking of a chain of drug stores and wanted father to go in with him. Father made the decision to go to Brunswick and by 1909 we were there and thereafter there was no indecision as to where our family would live.

Mother and I lived in Iowa in the flat upstairs in the building where the drug store had been for at least a year during 1906 and 1907. Father was working in Brunswick and mother used to get letters from him on Wright & Gowen letterheads. Their envelopes had a picture of a full rigged ship under full sail on the lefthand side. I would go next door to Mr. Spears to get the mail and if there was a letter with a ship on it I hurried home for I knew how happy mother would be to hear from father. I also remember carrying some old photographic plates in a “red wagon” on a Westgate sidewalk hunting direct sunlight to print the images on old proof paper. I remember my third birthday there when Eva Stahl, the shoemaker’s daughter, brought me a pretty china plate with a sausage on it as a present. We had the plate for many years and may even still have it in the things we inherited from mother.

After Dixie Drug Company closed we must have moved to Cedar Rapids where father got a job with Churchill Drug Company, a wholesale drug house. I have only a few recollections about Cedar Rapids. One was a visit to a photograph gallery where they had a book with pictures of battleships. The other was when George was born. Our neighbors, the Heaths, had a daughter Gretchen about my age with whom I’d play. On May 13, 1907 Mrs. Heath took Gretchen and me on the street car to the end of the line to gather dandelion greens. When we got home I found I had a baby brother. When mother made bread, a weekly chore, she would make a little loaf for me in a baking powder can. Evidently, Saturday was baking day because when my parents slept late on Sunday I would creep down to the kitchen and get my little loaf of bread and take it back to bed to munch on.

Father had a boat for a while after he was married. It was named the “Edna” and was what was known locally as a launch but had been at one time a sail boat. It was disposed of before I was old enough to remember it, but I’ve been told my parents and I went out for rides on the Edna when I was a baby to find the cooler breezes on the water.

After leaving Cedar Rapids, father went to work at the Wright & Gowen store at Mansfield and Bay Streets in Brunswick. He was a clerk and I think was paid $125 a month. As a partner at first and a stockholder after incorporation, I suppose he was in fact head clerk. His stepfather, J. H. Whitmire, was manager and Uncle Mansie became President when Wright & Gowen became a corporation.

Father rented an apartment in the house of Ernest Dart, a Brunswick lawyer, who lived in the next house south of Dixie Ma on Albany Street. There was a vacant lot in between owned by Wright & Gowen. The rear of this lot had a barn and a fenced lot where the Wright & Gowen drays and the horses that pulled them were quartered there after store hours. Mrs. Ernest Dart was formerly Nellie Forsyth and she was one of those for whom the tow boat “Angie & Nellie” was named. They had two girls, Angie, my age, and Eleanor, my brother George’s age. Eleanor had the nickname “Topsy” because she had been ill as a baby and the doctor prescribed toddies for her which were made from Tip Top whiskey. My sixth birthday was celebrated at the Dart house, and my mother had somehow managed to get some fresh strawberries, and we had strawberries and cream to celebrate. The strawberries probably came on a “fruiter,” one of the small sailing vessels that frequently came to Brunswick from the Bahamas or Cuba loaded with fresh fruit, principally bananas, oranges and pineapple. Father would often bring home a whole bunch of bananas which was hung on the screened porch and we children could pull one off the stem whenever we wanted.

Probably as a result of his Iowa negotiations with Ford Motor Company, father got the Brunswick Ford agency for Wright & Gowen, perhaps as early as 1910. Father did the automobile selling and there were buyers ready whenever a boxcar load arrived on the side track on Bay Street in front of the store. I don’t remember just how it came about, but in some trade Wright & Gowen acquired a Peerless automobile which was stored in the Wright & Gowen barn behind Albany Street. We were all taken for a ride in the Peerless which seemed huge compared to the early Fords. I remember access to the rear seat was through a door which was in the middle of the back of the car.

In 1910 we moved to a house father rented on Albemarle Street at the corner of Wolf Street where we lived until 1912, when father purchased the house at 1302 Dartmouth Street. I think Gladys’ arrival precipitated the move from the Dart apartment. While living in the Albemarle Street house, Brunswick had the first hurricane that I remember. It didn’t seem to be too much to me, but my grandparents in Iowa were quite upset when it was reported that “Brunswick, Georgia, was cut off from all communication.” The telephone and telegraph wires out of town were all down. Other damage was minimal.

The Dartmouth Street house required a good deal of work both inside and out. It had beautiful heart pine floors, two sitting rooms, a wide hall both upstairs and down, a dining room, butler’s pantry and kitchen. There were three large bedrooms, a small “hall” bedroom, a small sewing room and a bath upstairs. There was a lattice porch east of the kitchen and a porch in the rear extending from the kitchen west behind the back sitting room. There was a front porch along the entire northern part of the house. There were sliding doors between the two sitting rooms so they could be opened and made one room for a large gathering. In cold weather one room could be closed off to make heating easier. There were fireplaces in the sitting rooms, the dining room and in each of the three large bedrooms. In the kitchen mother had a large stove, half of which was wood and half gas. We heated with pine and oak wood and anthracite coal. Mother wouldn’t have soft coal because it was too dirty.

Originally the Dartmouth Street lot was 90 by 90 feet, but father bought the 90 by 90 feet next south along Albany Street and built a combination woodshed and tool house with a servant’s toilet on the east side of the new lot. There was a one car garage when father bought the place. Later this was enlarged for two cars and a play house all on the Albany Street side. At the extreme rear was a chicken yard. The rest was in garden, a grape arbor and a children’s play area with a swing hanging from a large live oak. The house was about three feet above the ground on brick pillars. This made an additional storage area and a place for children to call out doodle bugs. We would chant, “Doodle, doodle your house is on fire” and then blow into the depression that indicated a doodle was there and sure enough out would back the doodle.

Father was very handy with tools and kept a large assortment in his workshop in the tool house. At one time he built a rig to saw wood. He had a circular saw on a drive shaft with a bench on which to place a small log. There were rollers with belts from them to the drive shaft. The automobile was backed up so the rear wheels ran against the rollers. When the auto was put in gear this “Rube Goldberg” worked well, turned the saw at high speed and cut pitch pine and oak into stove or fireplace lengths.

On another occasion later when I was in high school father took me and three boy friends to Jacksonville to see a high school basketball game. The road wasn’t paved and in Camden County our Dodge broke down. There was a chain inside the engine housing that ran the generator. This chain broke and jammed the drive shaft stopping the engine. Father went to work. He always had an ample supply of wrenches and other auto tools in the car. The car was jacked up in front. He got under, loosened the engine pan which released some of the pressure the broken chain was applying to the drive shaft. The crank was inserted in the front of the car and we were able to move the engine enough to get an end of the chain out where it could be reached and the chain taken out. The engine pan was screwed back and we went on to Jacksonville on the storage battery arriving before game time despite the delay of a couple of hours. That no one came along while the repair work was in progress shows what auto travel between Brunswick and Jacksonville was about 1919.

After Wright & Gowen lost the Ford agency, they got the Dodge agency as of January 1, 1915 and they kept it several years. The Hudson agency was added I suppose about 1920. Father was the auto salesman, but Wright & Gowen had no garage or repair service. The automobile business at Wright & Gowen was always a sideline and never considered valuable enough to give it a showroom or have a repair service. To have garage service for the people he sold automobiles to father became a silent partner with Nick Young in Young’s Garage which was located in a wooden one story building on the east side of Newcastle Street between Mansfield and Howe Streets. The venture was a financial disaster for the “silent partner” and the partnership dissolved.

It was about 1920 that the Brunswick Laundry and the Coca‑Cola bottling franchise (which had come under one ownership) became for sale. Father wanted to buy them but mother vetoed the idea because she didn’t believe the bottles were properly cleaned. L. “Pap” Andrews bought them and sold the Coca‑Cola plant to Mr. Millard Copeland and the laundry to someone else.

After World War One the Port of Brunswick declined rapidly. Lumber was no longer exported. Rosin and turpentine were not in great demand and the importation of kainite and nitrate was falling off as the boll weevil killed “King Cotton.” The ship supply business was reduced to supplying shrimp boats principally. The “Piggly Wiggly” style of marketing groceries was supplanting the old commissary style. While the oil refinery built by Atlantic Refining Company was bringing in tankers from Texas and Mexico they bought little in Brunswick. The Florida boom was soon to gain spectacular proportions and take capital out of Brunswick for investment there. This was the picture at Wright & Gowen when Maje Whitmire died and father became its manager. In 1920, incidentally, I began my senior year at Glynn Academy.

All of the years that father was at Wright & Gowen he worked long hours. He opened the store at 7:00 a.m. and closed it at 6:00 p.m. He came home for the mid‑day meal which was some of the time our main meal and at others only a light lunch. His social life was limited. My mother’s upbringing verged on the Puritanical. Neither she or her sister were permitted to dance or play cards. Father, before his marriage, I’ve been told was an excellent dancer and was much in demand at the weekly dances at the first St. Simons Hotel in the 1890’s. I don’t think father ever played cards though his mother and brother both played a good game of bridge and Dixie Ma and Maje sometimes played pinochle. My mother was very religious and a Methodist when she was married. Father had been raised in the Episcopal Church on St. Simons though I don’t believe he was ever a member. After their children were old enough for Sunday School father and mother joined the Presbyterian Church in Brunswick and George, Gladys and I joined too as we reached ten or twelve years. Mother took a great interest in church work, father little or none. Her close friends were in her church. Father’s friends were in the business world. While I think my parents were always very much in love, the difference in their upbringing precluded much activity outside the home and business, though mother founded the Parent Teachers Association in Brunswick and was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Times were really hard in Brunswick in the early 1920s and Wright & Gowen continued downhill. This was not in my opinion the result of father’s mismanagement, but rather because Uncle Mansie, Uncle Charlie and he continued to try to operate a ship chandlery without shipping instead of moving the business into some other field or liquidating it. Even though money was scarce it was always anticipated that I should go to college when I finished Glynn Academy. As I’ve mentioned, my mother went into her savings to send me to Culver Summer School in the Black Horse Troop. It was a time of homesickness for me but it certainly made adjustment to college life much easier. I know what sacrifices my parents made to send me to the University of Georgia and how much the $50 per month sent to me took out of the family budget. Father was generous and I don’t think every turned me down for anything I really needed. In my junior year at Georgia we were having a house party at my fraternity for “Little Commencement” and I needed some extra money. I wrote father about what I needed and to add emphasis I closed by saying “in fact my last two cents goes for the stamp for this letter.” By return mail I received a check for the $15 I’d asked with a letter that read, “Dear Ted, [my family nickname] I don’t know what you did with the rest of your money, but you made a damn good investment with your last two cents.”

When I finished law school, was admitted to the bar and fortunate enough to be offered a junior partnership with Judge C. R. Conyers, father offered to help me get a better car. The Model T Ford I brought back from Athens wasn’t up to the standard he thought a young partner in a Brunswick law firm should drive. He located a Hudson Speedster second hand in Vidalia and we went up and bought it one Sunday. He endorsed my note for $1,000 at The First National Bank to pay for the car. We thought it wouldn’t take long for me to pay for it, but the Florida boom was draining Brunswick; the Great Depression followed and the car was long gone before the note was paid. Father always said I might not have successfully courted Evelyn with the old Ford so it was a good investment. The Hudson was stolen while we were on our honeymoon, and it was back to a Ford for us, but a Model A this time.

In 1929 or 1930 my mother found she had cancer. Father did all that anyone could do for her. She went to Atlanta where Dr. Floyd McRae pronounced it inoperable. At the Steiner Clinic X‑ray treatment did little good. Two visits were made to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where we were told nothing could be done. On July 15, 1933, mother passed away and father asked Evelyn and me and our nearly three-year-old daughter Anne to move into the house at 1302 Dartmouth Street to make a home for him which we did, moving from the Mallard apartment on the second floor of 800 First Avenue.

I’m sure this was a trying time for Evelyn but she undertook the task and carried it out nobly. Father never complained, let us run the house in our own way and contributed I’m sure more than his share of the expenses.

The next year Dixie Ma passed away on September 13, 1934 and on April 7, 1935 Uncle Charlie died of a heart attack in his car in front of 828 Albany Street where he lived. Father inherited their combined estates and for the first time in his life was by Brunswick standards comfortably fixed. One of the first things he did was to take flying lessons from Francis [Sam] Baker a distant cousin. As soon as he earned his pilot’s license he purchased a Piper Cub. The air field then was Redfern Field, where Redfern Village is at present on St. Simons. Father loved to fly and was quite good at it. He was 65 when he received his pilot’s license and continued to fly until just a few years before his death on January 6, 1956.

Father had inherited two cottages in front of the Beacon on St. Simons. He owned two lots on East Beach he had purchased to help Presbyterian Conference Grounds, which was planned for East Beach in 1928 but which failed early in the Depression. He engaged J. M. Kent, a builder he liked, to erect a cottage on the East Beach lots, so he would have a cottage to give to each child. He thought an architect was superfluous and had Kent prepare a plan. He did adopt a suggestion or two from Evelyn. Fortunately, Quisie Fleming was cutting some virgin timber on Oak Grove Island and manufacturing it into lumber and father bought from him so the lumber in the East Beach house was heart pine as was that in the other two cottages. While Kent’s “masterpiece” was not very attractive from the outside it was quite livable inside.

While we knew father planned to give each child a house we didn’t know who would get what. Just before Christmas in 1935 father asked me to prepare three deeds: one to Gladys for the Cottage he had inherited from Uncle Charlie; one to George and Sarah for the cottage he had inherited from Dixie Ma and the East Beach cottage to Evelyn and me. I took our deed to Kentucky where we were spending Christmas, wrapped it in holiday fashion and put it with the presents. It was a pleasant surprise for Evelyn who now for the first time had a place of her own.

In 1938 the Post Office Department was anxious to encourage and publicize air mail. While it had been in existence for over ten years the public didn’t trust it. If business people used air mail they almost always sent a confirmation by regular mail. All of this prompted the Post Office Department to establish an air mail week designed to promote air mail usage nationwide. Private pilots were asked to fly air mail between points where there was no regular service. Father flew his route on May 19, 1938. He left the airport on St. Simons at 6:00 a.m. with seven pounds of air mail. The pouch was handed to him by Lewis L. Wolfe, postmaster at Brunswick and was dispatched to Macon. Evelyn and I, George and Sarah and Gladys and Bo were on hand to see him off. His first stop was Alma, Georgia where he arrived at 7:30 a.m. and where he picked up five pounds of air mail. He departed Alma at 7:35 a.m. and arrived at McRae at 8:30 a.m. where he picked up four pounds of air mail. He departed McRae at 8:40 a.m. and arrived at Cochran at 9:20 a.m. where he picked up three pounds of air mail. He departed Cochran at 9:30 a.m. and arrived in Macon at 10:12 a.m. the completion of the route. He returned to St. Simons that afternoon.

The ability to give such detail about Father’s flight of the air mail is due entirely to his great‑grandson, John Spalding. John spent August 1981 in the Washington, D. C. office of Congressman Wyche Fowler as an intern. I asked John to try to find out from the Post Office Department when the trip was made. The Post Office Department couldn’t help, but at National Archives he found a file of all Georgia air mail flights during the week of May 15, 1938 and in it was the flight log of Clarence B. Gowen on May 19, 1938. It bears the signatures of four postmasters and one assistant postmaster as well as the familiar signature of my father “C. B. Gowen.” John sent copies of that portion of the file to me. My half‑sister Jean Randolph recently visited us and told me that she has the plaque presented to father by the Post Office Department to commemorate his flight. It is well John found the data because my recollection was faulty. I thought the flight went to Atlanta, but evidently Macon had regularly scheduled air mail and the flight ended there for that reason.

Air Mail Week was well publicized and many of the letters Father carried were sent to the post offices where he received mail to be sent on the flight to become collectors items. We mailed letters that went on the flight for Anne and Bootie. In addition to Father’S air mail cargo I might add that he took a five gallon can of aviation gasoline that he had strained himself because he didn’t trust the gasoline at the McRae field. He knew he would have to refuel on the trip and preferred to take his fuel with him. I am not sure which of his planes he had at this time but it was either a Piper Cub or an Aeronca Chief. Both were single engine planes capable of carrying a pilot and one passenger. Harry Smith, a son‑in‑law of George True of St. Simons, was an aviation mechanic and maintained Father’s plane. His good care did much to further Father’s safety record.

Father only had one serious accident. He was attempting to land on a golf course in Blackshear when he crashed destroying the plane, a Piper Cub. Fortunately it didn’t catch fire and Father was able to walk away. He arrived home pretty well “bummed up” but with no broken bones. After a day or so in bed he was up arranging to buy a new plane.

Father’s only other accident was in connection with the flight of a group of private pilots who were meeting in Atlanta to fly around the state. Father flew to Atlanta to meet the group without incident. They took off for Augusta and were to follow the lead plane there. Unfortunately the others were faster than his plane, and they were soon out of sight. Father tried to find a railroad to follow but realized he was off course and began looking for a place to land. He found a good grassy field and circled it and it looked all right so he came down. As he approached he saw a few bushes in his path but didn’t think them serious enough to go up again and pick a new place, so he let the plane run into them. He found these bushes marked the places where the rocks had been gathered from the field and his still revolving propeller struck a stone and bent it so it couldn’t be used. His plane was reported missing and we had some anxious moments until he phoned he was all right. Father got a new propeller from Atlanta and while he missed the festivities in Augusta and Savannah planned for the group of pilots, he did reach Savannah in time to take off for St. Simons with the group and land with them before the homefolks. Again my immediate family were there to greet him.

At least by 1941 Father was a member of the Civil Air Pa­trol which was organized as part of the preparedness of the United States because of the war in Europe. Our entry in the war on December 8, 1941 brought activity in the Civil Air Patrol on St. Simons. Father began patrolling the coast looking for German submarines which by early 1942 became active off Georgia. Several ships were sunk off Brunswick and one tanker at least was sunk by gunfire by a submarine off Little St. Simons. The planes of the Civil Air Patrol were equipped to carry bombs on their patrols and I’ve been told my father took off with a bomb attached to each wing to patrol off shore. The ground crew breathed a sigh of relief when he landed safely and the bombs were removed.

Later during the war my sister Gladys’ husband “Bo” was in the Navy and stationed at Charleston. Father decided to fly over and visit Gladys. He filed a flight plan calling for a direct flight from Brunswick to Charleston, but after passing Savannah, the weather being nice and pleasant, he decided to detour and fly over the islands and beaches of South Carolina. When he landed in Charleston he was met by Army officers who lit into him. It seems he had been reported by the air watchers along the coast as an unidentified plane and had caused considerable commotion. He told me the officer in command of the “reception committee” really let him have it. The result was that he flew back to Brunswick and put his plane in storage saying “there are too many regulations now.”

Our parents liked to travel by automobile and always took the three children along. Usually the trips were to Iowa, hut the routes there and back were varied to take in many cities, historical shrines and other points of interest. Some of these places that I remember were the battlefields at Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge outside Chattanooga; Lincoln’s birthplace at Hodgenville, Kentucky; Mammoth Cave; the Field Museum and the Art Institute in Chicago; The Little Brown Church in the Wildwood and the Ice Caves of Decorah in Iowa; the Capitol, Washington Monument and Smithsonian Mu­seum in Washington; Mount Vernon and Manassas battlefield in Virginia and the Museum of Natural history and the Flatiron Building in New York to name a few. One of the New York highlights for the children was a subway ride to Coney Island.

It was on December 6, 1941 that my father told me that he had married again to Jo Geiger whom we had not known. I suggested that we should vacate the house at 1302 Dartmouth Street and he agreed. We were moved in a few days.

Father and Jo lived in Brunswick for several years and then moved to Davie, Florida where he purchased a place and where he made his home for the rest of his life. He made few trips to Brunswick, but did come at least once a year to get me to make out his income tax returns. On one or two occasions I visited him at Davie, but our relationship was never very close after his second marriage. In retrospect, however, I now know that this marriage was good for him and good for me and my family. Jo was good to him; provided him with a home and a second family and gave him companionship his older children could not. It was good for us because we were freed of responsibility that I know was a burden for Evelyn which of necessity would have increased.

Another plus from this marriage has been my sister Jean whom we have come to know and love in recent years. Her brothers Jimmy and Dickie are doing well, too, we hear from Jean. Jean’s daughter Renee has visited us and we’ve enjoyed her. She now is a young lady in school at the University of Richmond.

Father loved to drive automobiles. In 1913 or 1914 he drove a Ford Model T to Iowa where we were spending the summer with our Iowa grandparents. Mother and we three children rode with him from Westgate to New York City in that car. We went along the Great Lakes. I remember Toledo, Cleveland, Erie, Fredonia, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Albany, Poughkeepsie and New York on this trip. Two of these made special impression on me. At Niagara Falls we visited the shredded wheat factory. We had cereal for breakfast, usually shredded wheat, but none of us ever put sugar on our cereal. After the tour at the factory we were invited for shredded wheat biscuits and rich cream. Our pleasure was dashed when we found sugar had been poured over the shredded wheat biscuits and none of us children would eat them.

The second incident was in Poughkeepsie. When we were going through that city the streets were crowded and father struck a dray pulled by an old horse a light blow, but the horse fell and a crowd gathered. Soon a policeman arrived. The drayman was a foreigner and he was shouting, my sister Gladys was screaming and the crowd was surprised to see a Georgia car that far from home. We had Brunswick, Georgia pennants on the car. The policeman suggested that Father pay the drayman his damages [ten dollars comes to mind though it might have been more] even though we thought it the drayman’s fault, otherwise a police court case would be made for the judge to decide. Father paid and we were on our way.

My best recollection is we stayed in Brooklyn at a place recommended by Aunt Lizzie Wright on this trip. I remember being taken to the Hippodrome where there was a vaudeville program that was marvelous indeed. I think we went from New York to Brunswick by train and the Ford went home by Mallory Line steamer.

We made at least two trips to Iowa in the 1915 Dodge. Each was an adventure. There were no service stations or motels and few garages. There were more unpaved than paved roads. Private toll roads were frequent and an enterprising farmer with a mule or a team of horses was usually nearby if a car was stuck in a mud hole. There were frequent fords over streams and if the creek was up you either went around looking for a bridge or waited for the water to subside. Rivers were crossed by ferries and picnic lunches were standard equipment each day. When comfort stops were necessary a roadside with good cover was soon reached and the men went on one side and the women on the other. There were no road maps but there were Blue Books. These charted the road from one city to another with these sorts of directions. “Set your trip speedometer at zero at the courthouse. Go north on Main Street for 8/10 of a mile to a factory on the left. Turn right on macadam road to 3.4 miles on speedometer where you turn left over a bridge. Proceed to 6.9 miles where there is a brick creamery on your right. Turn left on road through village of —-, etc.”

We followed Blue Books through 1918 and could never have found our way without them. About 1916 highways were given names and insignia which was painted on telephone poles along the road. The Lincoln Highway from New York to San Francisco was one. Another I remember was the Hawkeye Highway through Iowa and, of course, the Dixie Highway which went through Georgia. We spent the night at hotels, though some auto tourists took tents and camped in the woods. When we took off in the morning, Father would have a place in mind to spend the night. Usually we would make it, but occasionally we had to stop earlier. The Blue Book would recommend hotels in the cities and we would pick out one whose rates suited our pocketbook. When we pulled up in front, Mother would go inside and bargain for a room or rooms and then she would go and look at them and if approved we moved in, otherwise we looked further or even tried for another town down the road. Most hotels had dining rooms and towns of any size had a restaurant or two. Peanut butter sandwiches were a staple lunch with apples and candy between meals.

Summers in Iowa at our grandparents with Father and Mother were lots of fun. Trips were made to visit relatives and friends. In addition, most little Iowa towns held a “field day” during the summer. At the one in Westgate prizes were given to the winners of events such as “the three legged race” two people running as a team with two legs tied together), “catching the greased pig” (a well greased pig released and given to the man who could catch and hold it) and “climbing the greased pole” (a flag would be placed at the top of a metal flagpole about 20 feet tall and well greased and the winner the one who could reach the flag in the least time), these in addition to races, jumps and weight lifting.

Then there were the county fairs. We went to the Fayette County Fair in West Union. In addition to the usual midway carnival, there were trotting races, vaudeville acts in front of the grandstand, animal husbandry exhibits, fancy work and after dark a great fireworks exhibition.

During World War One, Brunswick went on a great boom. There were at least three shipyards erected to build wooden steamships. Rosin was shipped through the port to Europe where it was used to hold shrapnel together in artillery shells. Construction was started on a picric acid plant for the Italian government. The popula­tion of Brunswick trebled. Living space was at a pre­mium and residents were urged to rent any unused rooms to war workers. We rented the downstairs rear parlor to a couple from Maine, the John Crookers. When the war ended there was a great recession from which Brunswick never recovered until World War Two. This I’m sure hastened the end of the firm of Wright & Gowen.

In retrospect, my father was an excellent family man in the sense that his family came first. He loved my mother and the three children very much. His hours at Wright & Gowen were long (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) six days a week. This left no time for hunting or fishing with him. While he saw that we lived well, he believed in buying cheaper, unadvertised things because he could get them through the store at wholesale. I remember when phonographs became popular in the 1912 to 1915 era my mother wanted an Edison but we ended up with a cheaper one with much inferior tone. I wanted a bicycle like the other boys had, but I ended up with one from a wholesale house that lacked many features the others had. Yet when new inventions came out he was among the first to have one. For instance, in Iowa near the turn of the century he bought one of the first Edison phono­graphs that played circular records and had a large horn above the machine very much on the order of the old advertisement where the dog hears his master’s voice. I saw the machine years later in my grandfather Latimer’s wood shed. When electric refrigerators first came out Fa­ther looked at one in Chicago and bought it. Though it had some trouble, we used it several years when it was replaced with a more advanced model.

He was at his best traveling and we children had previ­ously visited many of the cities, buildings, battlefields and historic places that we later studied in school. We lived comfortably, our parents were respected and we enjoyed many luxuries that were denied our contempo­raries. Certainly I can’t say that I ever called on my fa­ther for something of importance that was denied. I should have shown more gratitude.

Clarence Blain Gowen died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 6, 1956. He is buried in Christ Church Cemetery, St. Simons Island, Georgia, beside my mother and with his father and my sister. May he rest in peace in this beautiful spot.”

Children born to Clarence Blain Gowen and Edna Au­gusta La­timer Gowen in­clude:

Ardis Evangeline Gowen born in 1900
Charles Latimer Gowen born January 31, 1904
George William Gowen born May 13, 1907
Gladys Hemenway Gowen born Oct. 19, 1909

Children born to Clarence Blain Gowen and Jo Geiger Gowen include:

Lynton Errol Gowen born about 1943
Mary Jean Gowen born about 1944
James William Gowen born Jan. 12, 1948
Richard Wright Gowen born July 12, 1952

Ardis Evangeline Gowen, [Clarence Blain9, William Harri­son8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] daughter of Clarence Blain Gowen and Edna Augusta Latimer Gowen, was born in 1900 in Fayette County and died in 1902.

Charles Latimer Gowen [Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Clarence Blain Gowen and Edna Augusta Latimer Gowen, was born January 31, 1904 in Fayette County. He was graduated from Glenn Academy in 1921 and received his law degree from the University of Georgia Law School in 1925. He returned to Brunswick in July 1925 enter the practice of law as a partner of Judge C. B. Conyers.

He was married to Evelyn Williams of Franklin, Kentucky June 14, 1928. He practiced law in Brunswick for 36 years and served as Brunswick County Juvenile Court Judge from 1939 to 1946. He served in the Georgia State Legislature from 1939 to 1961, except for two years when he ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1954. While in the legislature he served on the Appropriations Committee and the Judiciary Committee. In 1945 he served on the State Constitution Revision Committee. He was elected president of the Georgia Bar Association in 1945. In 1958 he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In June 1960 Charles Latimer Gowen was listed as senior partner of Gowen, Conyers, Fendig & Dickey, law firm in Brunswick, Georgia. At that time he was Democratic campaign chairman of the Eighth Congressional District of Georgia. On January 1, 1962 he removed to Atlanta to become a partner in the law firm of King and Spalding. His residence in 1971 was listed as 3680 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. In 1992 he lived at 1327 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. In January 2001, at the age of 97, he lived in Presbyterian Village at Austell, Georgia. He died March 30, 2003 at the age of 99 and was buried in Christ Church Cemetery on St. Simons Island.

Charles Latimer Gowen served on the University of Georgia Law School Board of Visitors and was a recipient of the Law School Association’s Distinguished Service Scroll. In 2002, a dedication was held on the University’s Old Campus of the Charles Latimer Gowen Courtyard.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and a charter member of the St. Simons Presbyterian Church.
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Dick Yarbrough, a retired vice president of BellSouth Corporation and one of his associates wrote:

“From 1939 to 1960, Gowen was a major force on the state political scene as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from Glynn County. Through his influence the state bought Jekyll Island in the late ’40s. In 1954, he lost the governor’s race to Marvin Griffin and soon after retired from politics to devote himself to a long and distinguished career as an attorney with the Atlanta law firm of King & Spalding.

I was honored to have the opportunity to present Gowen with a special award at the University of Georgia annual alumni luncheon, which this year celebrated the 75th anniversary of his graduation. To give that some perspective, when Gowen left Athens with his law degree in hand, the University of Georgia had less than 2,000 students [it now has 30,000]. The entire state population [2.8 million] was less than metropolitan Atlanta’s today.

My first exposure to Charlie Gowen came in 1990 in, of all places, Biarritz, France. We were on a University of Georgia tour and bravely I walked up and introduced myself. ”Mr. Gowen,” I said, ”my name is Dick Yarbrough and I want you to do know that when I became eligible to vote, I voted for you in the governor’s race.” If I was expecting a ”Gee, thanks,” I had badly miscalculated. Instead, he said, ”Young man, if everybody who told me that had done that, I would have been governor.”

Straight-to-the-point, as I was to learn, is a Charlie Gowen trademark. While he can sometimes be coaxed into reminiscing about his days in the General Assembly, Gowen tends, at 96, to look forward and not back. He still drives his car, still enjoys an evening out and still maintains a passion for the University of Georgia.

I have asked him several times about writing a book, but he’s not interested. His stories would make a great read. Consider one of his first court cases. Fresh out of law school, he was asked to defend a black man on St. Simons Island who had a nightclub, Sam’s Emporium, which was being encroached on by a new white development. So many spectators showed up for the trial that it had to be moved from the one-room courthouse to a pier overlooking the ocean. As the trial progressed and Charlie began his closing arguments, several jurors suddenly left their seats and jumped into the ocean. They went to the rescue of a summer resident crying for help. After the swimmer was safely on shore, Gowen finished his closing arguments and the soggy jurors found in his favor. Sam’s Emporium was saved.

Then there was the night in 1946 when Georgia could claim three governors. Eugene Talmadge, who had just won election, had died before he could be sworn in. His son, Herman, was elected by the legislature to succeed him, but the State Constitution supported the succession of Lt. Gov. M. E. Thompson. The outgoing governor, Ellis Arnall, refused to give up the office to young Talmadge. Word was received that a group of Talmadge supporters were coming to break down the doors and take over. Rumors were that someone had a gun. A number of legislators, including Gowen, were guarding the door to the governor’s office, just in case that happened. It was a tense moment. As he waited for the mob to approach, Gowen asked one of his fellow legislators, ”Where is security?” He wasn’t pleased to hear that the governor’s security officer had climbed out the window and was headed for parts unknown!

Today, our legislature is more urban, has an impressive contingent of minorities and women, and is more sophisticated and progressive by light years than ”the good old days.” But one thing that deliberative body could always use more of is a few good Charlie Gowens.

His brand of integrity and class never go out of style.

Children born to Charles Latimer Gowen and Evelyn Williams Gowen include:

Anne Wakefield Gowen born Sept. 21, 1930
Mary Evelyn Gowen born March 7, 1936

Anne Wakefield Gowen, [Charles Latimer10, Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Charles Latimer Gowen and Evelyn Williams Gowen, was born September 21, 1930 at Brunswick, Georgia.

On June 28, 1955 she was married to Jack Spalding III who was in 1961 editor of the “Atlanta Journal.” Jack Spalding III was the son of Hughes Spalding of King and Spalding law firm of Atlanta. He, a reporter for the “Atlanta Journal” covered the campaign of his future father-in-law-in gubernatorial campaign of 1954. Charles Latimer Gowen declared that he had a successful campaign; he had acquired a good son-in-law out of it.

In 1996 they lived on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Five children were born to Jack Spalding and Anne Wakefield Gowen Spalding:

Charles Gowen Spalding born July 2, 1956
Elizabeth Hughes Spalding born May 24, 1958
John Phinizy Spalding born Jan. 13, 1960
James Wakefield Spalding born Nov. 22, 1961
Mary Anne Latimer Spalding born May 17, 1967

Charles Gowen Spalding, son of Jack Spalding and Anne Wakefield Gowen Spalding, was born July 2, 1956. A son was born to him:

Charles Gowen Spalding, Jr. born March 23, 1991

Elizabeth Hughes Spalding, daughter of Jack Spalding and Anne Wakefield Gowen Spalding, was born May 24, 1958.

John Phinizy Spalding, son of Jack Spalding and Anne Wake­field Gowen Spalding, was born January 13, 1960. He was the father of:

Holly Spalding born March 18, 1991

James Wakefield Spalding, son of Jack Spalding and Anne Wakefield Gowen Spalding, was born November 22, 1961.

Mary Evelyn Gowen [Charles Latimer10, Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Charles Latimer Gowen and Evelyn Williams Gowen, was born March 7, 1936 in Brunswick. On November 28, 1957 she was married to Royce Wood of St. Simons Island.

Children born to Royce Wood and Mary Evelyn Gowen Wood include:

Evelyn Williams Wood born June 11, 1959
Laura Jerudine Wood born April 30, 1961
William David Wood born July 8, 1963

Evelyn Williams Wood, daughter of Royce Wood and Mary Evelyn Gowen Wood, was born June 11, 1959. She was mar­ried November 24, 1979 to Richard Walker.

Children born to them include:

Ashley Walker born July 17, 1983
Jennifer Walker born July 2, 1987

Laura Jerudine Wood, daughter of Royce Wood and Mary Evelyn Gowen Wood, was born April 30, 1961. She was mar­ried August 16, 1980 to Jeffrey Cammon.

Children born to them include:

Jeffrey Cammon, Jr. born March 18, 1985.

George William Gowen [Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Clarence Blain Gowen and Edna Augusta Latimer, was born May 13, 1907 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. About 1908, he removed with his father to Georgia. In 1930 he was married to Sara Weir of Athens, Georgia. In June 1961, the couple lived in Brandon, Florida, having moved there from Georgia in 1947. In April 1989, he was an Oldsmobile dealer in Charlotte, North Carolina. He died there October 20, 1990.

One child was born to George William Gowen and Sara Weir Gowen:

George Whitmire Gowen born about 1932

George Whitmire Gowen [George William10, Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], only child of George William Gowen and Sara Weir Gowen, was born about 1932, probably at St. Simons Island. About 1952 George Whitmire Gowen was married to Ollie Ann King. They lived in Charlotte in 1989.

Children born to George Whitmire Gowen and Ollie Ann King Gowen include:

Sarah Nell Gowen born March 19, 1955
Mary Ann Gowen born March 19, 1957
Laurie Jane Gowen born April 21, 1960
George Louis Gowen born August 3, 1962

Sarah Nell Gowen [George Whitmire11, George William10, Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keat­ing6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of George Whitmire Gowen and Ollie Ann King Gowen, was born March 19, 1955. She was married June 18, 1977 to Jack Allen Green III.

Children born to them include:

Jack Allen Green IV born April 20, 1980
Mary Nell Green born Jan. 27, 1983
Christopher George Green born Jan. 10, 1986

Mary Ann Gowen [George Whitmire11, George William10, Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of George Whitmire Gowen and Ollie Ann King Gowen, was born March 19, 1957. She was married December 4, 1982 to William Barry Jenkins .

Children born to them include:

Lindsey Holland Jenkins born Feb. 14, 1986
Amy Elizabeth Jenkins born Dec. 24, 1989

Laurie Jane Gowen [George Whitmire11, George William10, Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keat­ing6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of George Whitmire Gowen and Ollie Ann King Gowen, was born April 1, 1960. She was married December 27, 1980 to Anthanosios Nickolas Goudes.

Children born to them include:

Christina Annalisa Goudes born Sept. 12, 1985

George Louis Gowen [George Whitmire11, George William10, Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keat­ing6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of George Whitmire Gowen and Ollie Ann King Gowen, was born August 3, 1962. He was married June 1, 1985 to Maryann Nissi. No children had been born to George Louis Gowen and Maryann Nissi Gowen in January 1990.

Gladys Hemenway Gowen [Clarence Blain9, William Harri­son8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Clarence Blain Gowen and Edna Augusta Latimer Gowen, was born October 10, 1910 in Westgate, Iowa. In 1929 she was married to Albert “Bo” Fendig, an attorney of Brunswick. He was born April 12, 1906 in Brunswick. He was graduated from Glynn Academy in 1923 and attended Harvard University. He was admitted to the Bar and began practicing law in 1930. During World War II, he served in U.S. Naval Intelligence in the 6th Naval District. In 1951 he combined his law practice with that of his brother-in-law, Charles Latimer Gowen. The firm became known as Gowen, Conyers, Fendig & Dickey of Brunswick.

In June 1960, the couple lived at Orange Grove Plantation, St. Simons, Georgia. In May 1989, they continued on St. Simons Island surrounded by their children, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He died June 26, 1990 at age 84.

In his obituary which appeared in the June 26, 1990 edition of “The Brunswick News” Albert “Bo” Fendig was cited for over 50 years of active law practice. He was a fellow in American College of Probate Lawyers and president of Brunswick-Glynn County Bar Association. He served as president of the Young Men’s Club which was a forerunner or the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce. He was chairman of the American Red Cross and president of the Brunswick Rotary Club.

He was an Eagle Scout, a scoutmaster, chairman of the Oke­fenokee Scout Council and recipient of the Silver Beaver award. He was a member of Christ Church at Frederica, Geor­gia and served as senior warden of the vestry. He was a mem­ber of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Brunswick and director of First Federal Savings & Loan Asso­ciation of Brunswick. He established Borchardt Educational Trust at Brunswick College and was a charter member of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. He was a trustee of Ft. Frederica association and assisted in the establishment of Boys’ Estate. He was buried in Christ Church Cemetery.

Children born to Albert “Bo” Fendig and Gladys Hemenway Gowen Fendig include:

Jane Hemenway Fendig born March 17, 1930
Albert Fendig, Jr. born Nov. 17, 1931
James Gowen Fendig born April 7, 1936
Rosalie Deneen Fendig born June 21, 1947

Jane Hemenway Fendig, daughter of Albert “Bo” Fendig and Gladys Hemenway Gowen Fendig, was born March 17, 1930. She was married about 1952, husband’s name Ledbetter. In 1991, she continued on St. Simons Island.

Albert Fendig, Jr, son of Albert “Bo” Fendig and Gladys Hemenway Gowen Fendig, was born November 17, 1931 in Brunswick. He continued there in 1991 as an attorney.

James Gowen Fendig, son of Albert “Bo” Fendig and Gladys Hemenway Gowen Fendig, was born April 7, 1936 in Brunswick. In 1991 he lived in Savannah, Georgia.

Rosalie Deneen Fendig, daughter of Albert “Bo” Fendig and Gladys Hemenway Gowen Fendig, was born June 21, 1947. She was married about 1969, husband’s name Emery. In 1991 they lived in Asheville, North Carolina.

Lynton Errol Gowen [Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Clarence Blain Gowen and Joe Geiger Gowen, was born about 1943. In June 1960 he lived in Davis, Florida. In 1993 he lived in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Mary Jean Gowen [Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Clarence Blain Gowen and Jo Geiger Gowen, was born about 1944. She lived in Davis about 1960. She was married about 1967, husband’s name Hinson. She was remarried, husband’s name Smith. In 2003 she lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Children born to them include:

Renee Hinson born about 1969

Renee Hinson, daughter of Mary Jean Gowen Hinson, was born about 1969. She was married March 14, 1989 to Donald Elliott. In December 1989 they lived in Richmond, Virginia.

James William Gowen [Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Clarence Blain Gowen and Jo Gieger Gowen, was born January 12, 1948. In December 1989 he lived in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. In 2003 he lived in Cane Hill, Arkansas.

Children born to him include:

Thomas William Gowen born December 9, 1976

Richard Wright Gowen [Clarence Blain9, William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Clarence Blain Gowen and Jo Gieger Gowen, was born July 12, 1952. “Richard W. Gowen” was a senior student at Valdosta State College, Valdosta, Georgia, according to the 1973 student directory. He gave his home address as 2015 Ash Ave, Brunswick, Georgia. In 2003 he lived in Jacksonville, Florida.

Children born to Richard Wright Gowen include:

Richard Wright Gowen, Jr. born March 17, 1978

Charles Moore Gowen [William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of William Harrison Gowen and Anne Elizabeth Wright Gowen, was born May 18, 1872 in Glynn County. He was a bachelor and practiced dentistry at Brunswick until his death in 1936.

Mary A. “Mollie” Gowen [James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] , daughter of James Gowen and Anna Elizabeth Abbott Gowen, was born about 1844, probably in Camden County. About 1866 she was married, husband’s name Wingfield. In 1913 and 1914 the couple lived in Rome in the northwestern section of the state. It is known that Mary A. “Mollie” Gowen Wingfield had a niece by the name of “Hazel” who also lived at Rome, during this period.

Children born to Mary A. “Mollie” Gowen Wingfield include:

Annie Louise Wingfield born in 1870
Marion Montgomery Wingfield born in 1872
L. H. Wingfield born in 1875
Percy Wingfield born in 1878

Annie Louise Wingfield, daughter of Mollie A. “Mollie” Gowen Wingfield, was born about 1870, probably at Rome. She was married about 1896, husband’s name Glover and the couple continued to live in Rome. In February 1961 Annie Louise Wingfield Glover was deceased.

Children born to them include:

H. Wingfield Glover born about 1903
John Abraham “Abe” Glover born about 1904
Jule M. Glover born about 1906

H. Wingfield Glover, son of Annie Louise Wingfield Glover, was born about 1903, probably in Rome. In February 1961 he wrote a letter from Philadelphia, Mississippi where he was re­siding at that time.

John Abraham “Abe” Glover, son of Annie Louise Wingfield Glover and her husband was born about 1904, probably at Rome. In February 1961 he was employed by the Texas Com-pany in Atlanta and had compiled a family tree of the Wing-field family. In April 1989 he lived in St. Simons Island. He died there March 12, 2001. He was survived by two daugh-ters, one son, seven grandchildren and eight great-grand-children.

His obituary appeared in the March 13 edition of the local newspaper:

“John Abe Glover, 85, of St. Simons Island died Saturday at the Brian Center Inn on SL Simons. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Simons Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Robert Brearley and Deanie Strength offciating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thornwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 60, Clinton, S.C., 29325, or to the St. Simons Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 205 Kings Way, St. Simons Island, GA, 31522.

Surviving are one son, Abe Glover of Statesboro; two daughters, Ellen McMullan of Tampa, Florida and Louise Kinzey of St. Simons; seven grandchildren, eight great‑grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Glover was a native of Rome and had lived on St. Simons since 1975. He was a graduate of |Darlington School in Rome and attended Louisiana State Univer-sity. He worked for the southeast offices of Texaco Inc. for more than 40 years, retiring from the Atlanta office. He was a deacon elder, clerk of the session and trustee for the St. Simons Presbyterian Church. He was a founder of the East Beach Homeowners Association. He was a member of the Sea Island Golf Club and en-joyed 14 years as a golf starter. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.”

Jule M. Glover, son of Annie Louise Wingfield Glover, was born about 1906. In February 1961 he resided at Columbus, Mississippi.

Marion Montgomery Wingfield, son of Mary A. “Mollie” Gowen Wingfield, was born about 1872, probably at Rome. He was married about 1897. A Mrs. M. M. Wingfield, resided in Rome in February 1971. Vula Wingfield Abbott Dewey, was born about 1900. She resided at Rome in 1961.

Of L. H. Wingfield and Percy Wingfield, sons of Mary A. “Mollie” Gowen Wingfield and their descen­dants nothing is known.

Thomas B. Gowen, [James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of James Gowen and Anna Elizabeth Abbott Gowen, was born in Camden County in 1844. Thomas B. Gowen enlisted as a private November 23, 1861in the Georgia Hussars. He was listed as Company Quartermaster on the May – Jun 1862 muster roll.

Thomas B. Gowen was promoted to Captain November 20, 1862, and appointed Regimental Quartermaster on the fol-lowing day. The muster roll for November – December 1862, last on file, lists him as present.

Capt. Thomas B. Gowen was mentioned in “War of the Rebellion” Volume I, as an assistant quartermaster in Anderson’s Brigade which saw service in North and South Carolina during the Civil War.

About 1876 he was married, wife’s name Fanny L. In the census of 1880, he was a cotton merchant and his household was listed in Floyd County, Georgia, on Howard Street in Rome, Georgia, Enumeration District 64, page 8 as:

“Gowen, Thomas B. 36, born in Georgia, father born
in Virginia, mother born in
Virginia, cotton factor
Fanny L. 23, born in Georgia, father born
in Georgia, mother born in
Georgia, wife
Irene W. 3, born in Georgia, daughter
Ethel C. 1, born in Georgia, daughter
Flinn, Mary 21, born Georgia, negro servant
Brown, Nancy 20, born Georgia, negro servant”

The enumerator recorded erroneously that his parents were born in Virginia.

Thomas B. Gowen was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Dallas County, Alabama, Enumeration District 43, page 15, living on Church Street in Selma, Al­abama:

“Gowan, Thomas B. 52, born January. 1848 in
Georgia
Fannie 43, born Feb 1857 in Georgia
Ethel 19, born May 1881 in Georgia
Lucile 17, born Jan. 1883 in Georgia
Wingfield 15, born Feb. 1885 in Georgia
Annie May 13, born Mar. 1887 in Georgia
Abbott 11, born Oct. 1888 in Alabama
Helen 9, born Dec. 1890 in Alabama
Hazel 7, born Jan. 1893 in Alabama
Thomas B. 5, born Sept. 1894 in Alabama

Children born to Thomas B. Gowen and Fanny L. Gowen in­clude:

Irene W. Gowen born in 1877
Ethel C. Gowen born in May 1879
Lucille Gowen born in January 1883
Wingfield Gowen born in February 1885
Annie Mae Gowen born in March 1887
Abbott Gowen born in October 1888
Helen Gowen born in December 1890
Hazel Gowen born in January 1893
Thomas B. Gowen born in September 1894

Irene W. Gowen [Thomas B.8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Thomas B. Gowen and Fanny L. Gowen, was born in 1877, probably in Floyd County. She appeared in her father’s house­hold in 1880 there as a three-year-old.

Ethel C. Gowen [Thomas B.8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Thomas B. Gowen and Fanny L. Gowen, was born in 1879, probably in Floyd County. She appeared in her father’s house­hold in 1880 there as a one-year-old. She reappeared in the 1900 census as a 19-year-old born in May 1881. She was actu­ally 21.

Lucille Gowen [Thomas B.8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Thomas B. Gowen and Fanny L. Gowen, was born in Georgia in Jan­uary 1883. She appeared in her father’s household as a 17-year-old in the 1900 census.

Wingfield Gowen [Thomas B.8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Thomas B. Gowen and Fanny L. Gowen, was born in February 1885 in Geor­gia. He was recorded as a 15-year-old in the 1900 enu­meration of his father’s household in Selma.

Annie May Gowen [Thomas B.8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Thomas B. Gowen and Fanny L. Gowen, was born in March 1887 in Georgia. She appeared in the 1990 census as a 13-year-old.

Abbott Gowen [Thomas B.8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Thomas B. Gowen and Fanny L. Gowen, was born in October 1888 in Alabama. He was recorded at age 11 in the 1900 census.

Helen Gowen [Thomas B.8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Thomas B. Gowen and Fanny L. Gowen, was born in December 1890 in Al­abama. She was reported at age nine in the 1900 census.

Hazel Gowen [Thomas B.8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Thomas B. Gowen and Fanny L. Gowen, was born in January 1893 in Alabama. Her age was reported as seven in the 1900 census.

Thomas B. Gowen [Thomas B.8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Thomas B. Gowen and Fanny L. Gowen, was born in September 1894 in Alabama. He was recorded at age five in the 1900 census.

Milton Gowen, [James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of James Gowen and Anna Elizabeth Abbott Gowen, was born about 1847, probably in Camden County. He died there of typhoid fever and was buried in Old Union Church Cemetery, Colesburg, date unknown. It is believed that he had no descendants.

James Francis Gowen [James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of James Gowen and Anna Elizabeth Abbott Gowen, was born in 1842. According to the 1880 census, he was born on St. Simons Isle which was part of Glynn County. About 1867, he was married to Elizabeth Ann “Lizzie” Dana. She was a kinsman of Richard Henry Dana, author of “Two Years Before the Mast.” Richard Miller Gowen, a descendant of Savannah, has the will of Elizabeth Ann “Lizzie” Dana Gowen in which she left money to the children of her cousin, Anne Dana.

James Francis Gowen appeared June 2, 1880 in the 1880 census of Floyd County, Georgia in Enumeration District 62, page 4, South Rome, Georgia, as:

“Gowen, James 38, born in St. Simons Isle, father
born in Scotland, mother born
in St. Simons, cotton merchant
Ann 35, born in GA, father born in
RI, mother born in SC
Frances 12, born in St. Simons Isle, GA
Albert 7, born in St. Simons Isle, GA

James Gowen erroneously stated that his father was born in Scotland.

“Lizzie Gowen, widow of James” was listed in the 1889 Atlanta city directory with her son, “Albert S. Gowen” living at 71 Crew Street. In 1890, she was living at 59 Walker Street.

Children born to James Francis Gowen and Elizabeth Ann “Lizzie” Gowen include:

Frances Dana “Fannie” Gowen born in 1868
Albert Sidney Gowen born in 1873
Miller Abbott Gowen born in 1881

Frances Dana “Fannie” Gowen [James Francis8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of James Gowen and Ann Gowen, was born in 1868. “Fannie Gowen” was listed in the 1890 city directory of Atlanta as a “clerk at the Bradstreet Company.”

Albert Sidney Gowen [James Francis8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of James Gowen and Ann Gowen, was born in 1873. He was listed in the 1889 city directory of Atlanta as an “office boy for M. Rich & Bros.” He was “boarding” at 71 Crew Street, the address of his mother. In the 1890 city directory “Alfred Gowen” was working at Budden & Son and lived at 59 Walker, the address of his mother.

Miller Abbott Gowen [James Francis8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of James Gowen and Ann Gowen, was born August 25, 1881 in Floyd County. He was married in July 1909 to Mary Estelle Owen who was born March 2, 1882 in Piedmont, Alabama, according to her son Miller Abbott “Bud” Gowen Later the Owen family removed to Cleveland, Tennessee where her father worked for the railroad.

Miller Abbott Gowen was employed in Atlanta as secretary to Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. He died December 20, 1946 in Atlanta, and she died there in June 1968.

Three children were born to Miller Abbott Gowen and Mary Owen Gowen:

Albert Sidney “Barney” Gowen born April 19, 1910
Frances Dana Gowen born April 27, 1914
Miller Abbot “Bud” Gowen born July 19, 1923

Albert Sidney “Barney” Gowen [Miller Abbott9, James Francis8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Miller Abbott Gowen and Mary Owen Gowen, was born April 19, 1910 in Atlanta. He was graduated in 1933 from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was employed by General Motors for two years following graduation. He enlisted in U. S. Naval Aviation in 1935 and served aboard the U.S.S. Ranger in 1937. He was married July 25, 1939 to Mary Saunders, daughter of Richard Saunders. She was born in Savannah May 26, 1915. In 1940 they lived in Charlotte, North Carolina. He served as a dive-bomber pilot in World War II.

Following World War II, he returned to his profession of mechanical engineer and became a consultant, working in various locations—Thailand, Columbia, Trinidad and Puerto Rico.

In 1989 he continued in Atlanta in retirement. He died there November 5, 1993 of Alsheimers disease and his body was given to Emory Medical School. Mary Saunders Gowen died there May 23, 1996.

Children born to them include:

Richard Miller Gowen born Sept. 1, 1940
Jane Gowen born Sept. 7, 1946

Richard Miller Gowen [Albert Sidney10, Miller Abbott9, James Francis8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Albert Sidney “Barney” Gowen and Mary Saunders Gowen, was born September 1, 1940 in Charlotte. In April 1989 and in August 2000, he lived in Savannah, Georgia.

Children born to Richard Miller Gowen include:

Dana Gowen born about 1964

Jane Gowen, [Albert Sidney10, Miller Abbott9, James Francis8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Albert Sidney “Barney” Gowen and Mary Saunders Gowen, was born September 7, 1946. Two children were born to her.

Frances Dana Gowen [Miller Abbott9, James Francis8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Miller Abbott Gowen and Mary Estelle Owen Gowen, was born April 27, 1914 in Atlanta. She was graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1936, during the depression. Finding no jobs in chemistry in the depression era, she became a school teacher and taught in Georgia public schools for 42 years. She died March 31, 1988. Her body was given to Emory Medical School.

Miller Abbott “Bud” Gowen [Miller Abbott9, James Francis8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Miller Abbott Gowen and Mary Estelle Owen Gowen, was born July 19, 1923 in Atlanta.

He wrote,

“Determined that her children would not be under-privileged, my mother managed to send me to summer camp in 1938 at age 15 where I learned to shoot a rifle. I came home with a gold cup as the “Best Camper of 1938” and an undying passion for marksmanship. Our school team won several national trophies, and I even held a world record at one time. The high point of my career was in 1939-40, when I was chosen as a member of Georgia Rifle Team at the National Matches in Camp Perry, Ohio. We didn’t win, but it was quite an exper-ience for a 17-year-old boy.”

He served as a naval officer during World War II. He was graduated in May 1948 from Georgia Tech as an industrial engineer. His first consulting job was in New York City. Later he did consulting in Europe. He wrote:

“In September 1956, to open a new office for my con-sulting company in Milano, I hired a bright and pretty young lady with the improbable name of Albarosa Giu-seppina Luisa Dalla ‘Mimma’ Pasqua. [In Italy a child is given the first names of the two grandparents]. That was on September 13. By Christmas, I knew that I wanted to marry her, and when I went home for Christ-mas vacation, bought her engagement ring. I proposed on January 6 when I returned, and we were married on March 16, 1957.”

She was born in Milan to Arnaldo Pasqua and Signora Ida Dalla Pasqua. Her mother died in September 1999 at the age of 100. She had been a widow since April 1966.

Shortly after marriage, they lived in Copenhagen, Denmark where he was an engineering consultant. They located in Geneva, Switzerland in 1960. In 1989 he was instrumental in the founding of Gowen Research Foudation.

He became a member of the Swiss financial community and continued there in 1990 and in 2000 where he operated a fi­nancial agency.

Children born to Miller Abbott “Bud” Gowen and Albarosa Guissepina Luisa “Mimma” Dalla-Pasqua include:

Timothy Albert Gowen born December 11, 1957
William Michele Gowen born October 16, 1960
Sarah Frances Gowen born December 11, 1961

Timothy Albert Gowen [Miller Abbott10, Miller Abbott9, James Francis8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Miller Abbott “Bud” Gowen and Albarosa Luisa “Mimma” Dalla-Pasqua Gowen, was born December 11, 1957 in Milan. He was graduated from George Institute of Technology in 1982. For a time he was a stock broker in New York City. In 1992 he lived in Geneva and continued there in 2000 as chief financial officer for Ares-Sarono, a pharmaceutical company.

William Michele Gowen [Miller Abbott10, Miller Abbott9, James Francis8, James7 William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of Miller Abbott “Bud” Gowen and Albarosa Luisa “Mimma” Dalla-Pasqua Gowen, was born October 16, 1960 in Geneva. He was married there November 16, 1991 to Laura Losacco who was born December 13, 1962. In 1992 and in 2000 William Michele Gowen and Laura Losacco Gowen lived in Geneva.

He was graduated in law from the University of Geneva in 1984, but chose to work for Nomura instead of taking his bar exams. He was transferred to Tokyo where he lived for several years, [speaks Japanese fluently] before returning to Geneva where he has worked as an investment banker since 1987.

Four sons were born to William Michele Gowen and Laura Losacco including:

Sean Victor Gowen born December 13, 1991

Sean Victor Gowen, [William Michele11, Miller Abbott10, Miller Abbott9, James Francis8, James7 William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], son of William Michele Gowen and Laura Losacco Gowen, was born December 13, 1991 in Milan, Italy.

Sarah Frances Gowen [Miller Abbott10, Miller Abbott9, James8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1], daughter of Miller Abbott “Bud” Gowen and Albarosa Luisa “Mimma” Dalla-Pasqua Gowen, was born December 11, 1961 in Geneva. She was married January 10, 1992 in Geneva to Marco Betancourt.

She lived in Hong Kong for six years before she was divorced. She attended The University in Beijing for a year and travelled Western China extensively. She speaks Chinese as well as a several other languages. In 2000, she lived in Taiwan where she worked as the assistant editor of the English language newspaper.

DeLancey William Gowen, [James Francis7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of James Francis Gowen and Anna Elizabeth Abbott Gowen, was born about 1856, probably in Camden County. He was married about 1878 to Mary O. Kerr. He appeared in the 1880 census of Floyd County, Enumeration District 62, page 78, as:

“Gowen, DeLancey 24, born in Georgia
Mary 19, born in Georgia
Thomas 1, born in Georgia”

“Delancey W. Gowen” was listed in the 1889 city directory of Atlanta, living at 132 Chapel in the city of 50,000 population.

Twelve children were born to Delancey William Gowen [or DeLancey Wooley Gowen] and Mary O. Kerr Gowen, including:

Thomas Morgan Gowen born in 1879
Annie Gowen born about 1881
Milton Gowen born about 1883
D. W. Gowen born about 1886
Cecil Agnes Gowen born about 1888
George Gowen born about 1895
Marion Benson Gowen born April 29, 1901

Marion Benson Gowen, [Delancey William8, James Francis7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of Delancey William Gowen and Mary O. Kerr Gowen, was born April 29, 1901. He was married about 1931 to Elizabeth Irene Pendley.

Two children were born to Marion Benson Gowen and Elizabeth Irene Pendley Gowen:

Margaret Elizabeth Gowen born January 24, 1935
Walter Benson Gowen born November 13, 1944

Margaret Elizabeth Gowen, daughter of Marion Benson Gowen and Elizabeth Irene Pendley Gowen, was born January 24, 1935. She was married about 1955 to Robert L. Dickson.

Four children were born to them:

Teresa Dickson born about 1958
Robert Gregory Dickson born about 1961
Richard Eric Dickson born about 1964
Lori Elizabeth Dickson born about 1968

Walter Benson Gowen, son of Marion Benson Gowen and Elizabeth Irene Pendley Gowen, was born November 13, 1944. He was married about 1980 Ricki Lynn Hardy.

One child was born to Walter Benson Gowen and Ricki Lynn Hardy Gowen:

Michael Benson Gowen born August 15, 1985

Charles Moore Gowen, [William Harrison8, James7. William Keating6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of William Harrison Gowen and Anne Elizabeth Wright Gowen, was born in May 1872. Of this individual nothing more is known.

James Gowen, Jr, [James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] son of James Gowen and Mary “Polly” Keating Gowen, was born about 1767 at Combahee Ferry in Beaufort District, South Carolina. He, like his brother William Keating Gowen, appears to have received a strong sense of practical values from his parents.

“James Gowen” appeared in the 1800 census of Beaufort Dis­trict, page 100 as “single, white male, 26-46.” He had accumu­lated 14 slaves. He was enumerated near the residence of William Keating Gowen and the Harrisons in Prince Williams Parish.

“Jacob M. Gowen,” possibly James Gowen, appeared in the 1820 census of Beaufort District, thus heightening the specula­tion that James Gowen remained in South Carolina. However, neither James Gowen nor Jacob M. Gowen reappeared in sub­sequent enumerations there.

Of this individual nothing more is known, however it is be­lieved that he had at least one son.

James R. Gowen born in 1798

James R. Gowen, [James, Jr.6, James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] believed to be a son of James Gowen, was born in Beaufort District in 1798. It is believed that he was married about 1820.

He appeared in the 1850 census of Beaufort District, St. Peters Parish, Household 30-30.

“Gowen, James R. 52, born in South Carolina, planter,
$4,000 real estate
Elizabeth 28, born in South Carolina
Sarah 18, born in South Carolina
James 14, born in South Carolina”

Children born to James R. Gowen include:

Elizabeth Gowen born in 1822
Sara Gowen born in 1832
James Gowen born in 1836

Mary Gowen, Jr. [James5, William4, William3, Thomas2, Mihil1] daughter of James Gowen and Mary “Polly” Keating Gowen, was born about 1770, probably at Combahee Ferry, South Carolina. Of this individual nothing more is known.
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James Gowen who was born in August 1889 appeared in the 1900 census of Charlton County as an adopted son of Thomas Albert Christy, according to the research Susan Mahoney.

The enumeration of the Christy household appeared as:

“Chrestie, Thomas 46, born in June 1854, mar-
ried 21 years
Georgia 47, born in July 1852, married
21 years, wife
Behid, Mary L. 22, born in January 1878,
Married 4 years,
Mary V. 2, born in October 1897,
granddaughter
Albert 1, born in March 1899,
grandson
Gowen, James 11, born in August 1889,
adopted son”

Drew Christy wrote October 21, 2000 that his father James Walker Christy was born August 30, 1889 in Folkston, Georgia. “His parents, as far I as know, were Thomas Albert Christy and Georgia Victoria Christy. The census enumeration leads me to believe that my father’s original name was James Walker Gowen. I have located the grave of Georgia Victoria Christy in Pineview-Bachlott Cemetery in Folkston. My ancestry search may have to turn to the Gowen family. Thomas Albert Christy and my mother, Olive Ester Paulk were married about 1952. She was his third wife.”
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Linton E. Gowen, born in 1942 and died in 1998, was buried in Sardis Cemetery.
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Marie M. Gowen was born January 14, 1923 of parents unknown. She died December 22, 1973 and was buried at Traders Hill Cemetery.
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Nona Hayes Gowen was born July 12, 1888 of parents unknown. She died April 19, 1920 in Traders Hill Cemetery.
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Velma C. Gowen was born April 10, 1913 of parents unknown. She died April 3, 1918 and was buried in Prospect Cemetery.

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Alexander Gowen, son of William Gowen and Catherine Gowen was born about 1715, probably in Stafford County, Virginia. He may have been a namesake of Maj. Robert Alexander, neighboring landowner and benefactor to the Gowen family in Stafford County. He accompanied some of his siblings in removing about 1747 to the southside of Virginia near the North Carolina line.

Alexander Gowen first appeared in the records of nearby Orange County, North Carolina in September 1753, according to “Orange County, North Carolina Court Minutes, 1753‑1761,” Book 1, by Weynette Parks Haun.

On February 10, 1757 “Alexander Gowin” was a chain-carrier on a land survey in Orange County, according to “The Granville District of North Carolina, 1748-1763, Abstract of Land Grants.” Orange County was created from Granville District in 1752.

Alexander Gowen was a “sworn chain carrier” on a patent survey January 26, 1758, according to Patent Book 14, page 327.

On July 25, 1760 “Alexander Gowing” received a patent to 248 acres in Orange County “in the parish of St. Matthew, on the north side of Dan River adjoining Mayo’s line,” according to Patent Book 14, page 407.

On October 6, 1761, “Alexander Gowen” was identified as a landowner in Orange County on Hogan’s Branch, according to Patent Book 12, page 7.

The November 1763 Orange County Court minutes show Alexander Gowen filed a complaint against William Gowen, regarded as his nephew, according to “Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of September 1752‑August 1766” by Ruth Herndon Shields.

In 1773, a petition for the partition of the north part of Orange County carried the signatures of Alexander Gowen, Sr, Alex-ander Gowen, Emos [Amos] Gowen, Daniel Gowen and John Gowen, according to “The Colonial Records of North Caro-lina, 1771‑1775,” Vol. 9, by Sanders.

It is believed that Alexander Gowen removed to Rutherford County North Carolina about 1781 to join his son, William Goyne who had moved there about 10 years earlier. “Alex-ander Going” appeared on the Rutherford County, North Carolina tax list in Capt. Whitesides District in 1782. He owned no land. Rutherford County was created in 1779.
It is believed that Alexander Gowen died about 1783.

Children born to Alexander Gowen are believed to include:

Daniel Gowen born about 1735
William Gowen born about 1740
Alexander Gowen, Jr. born about 1742
Amos Gowen born about 1744
John Gowen born about 1749

Daniel Gowen, regarded as a son of Alexander Gowen, was born about 1735. He was married about 1760, wife’s name Rebecca.

“Daniel Gowen” drew pay for militia duty May 23, 1785 in Fairfield County, according to Book 2, “Stub Entries to In­dents,” edited by A. S. Salley, State Historian of South Car­olina.

He died before October 24, 1785 when “Rebecca Elliot for­merly the wife of Daniel Gowen, present wife of John Elliot, appeared in Fairfield County Court Monday,” according to Fairfield County Court Minute Book A, page 4:

“The Court met according to adjournment whereupon Isaac Young appeared and produced Rebecca Elliot, formerly wife to Daniel Gowen, deceased from whom the said Young rented a tract of land and had engaged to pay her and her present husband, John Elliot the rent of 55 bushels of corn. The said Rebecca Elliot satisfied the court that her former husband purchased the said land and that had been 17 years in possession of the same.”

John Buchanan, Esquire was one of the justices of the Fairfield court who heard the case in 1785. “John Buchanan, Esquire” was later a justice in the court of Davidson County, Tennessee, and his land adjoined that of William Gowen.

Children born to Daniel Gowen and Rebecca Gowen include:

Daniel Gowen born about 1761
Levi Gowen born in June 1762
David Gowen born about 1763

Daniel Gowen, regarded as a son of Daniel Gowen and Rebecca Gowen, was born about 1761. He was married about 1779, probably in Fairfield County.

“Daniel Goyin” was sued by William Rogers January 25, 1786 for slander, according to “Fairfield County, South Carolina Minutes of the County Court, 1785-1799” by Brent H. Hol­comb. The jury found for the plaintiff and assessed the defen­dant’s fine at “forty shillings plus costs.”

“Daniel Goin” was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1790 [1786 state census of South Carolina] census, page 19, according to “Heads of Families South Carolina, 1790:”

“Goin, Daniel white male over 16
white female
white male under 16
white male under 16
white female
white male under 16”

His uncle “Alexander Gowin, page 19, nine members in the family” and “Henry Gowens, page 19,” were enumerated on the same page of “Heads of Families, South Carolina, 1790.”

On August 17, 1786, in “State vs. Daniel Goyen,” “Danyel Goyen, principal and [his uncle] Alexander Goyen, his security forfeited their recognizance. Sc: Fa: to issue,” according to Fairfield County Court Minute Book A, page 32. “S. Bradley appeared in court and swore that she has been delivered of Female Child, and that Daniel Goyan was the Father of it.”

On Saturday, August 19, 1786 “Daniel Goyen” was convicted in the paternity suit and was fined “£5 in proclamation money and ordered to give bond in the amount of £50 for the maintenance of the child, payable to the justice,” according to Fairfield County Court Minute Book A, page 34.

Also in the June 1791 court term “Daniel Goyen & Hugh Smith” were sued by James Curry on a debt judgment, according to Book A, page 36.

In the court term of January 1793, “Daniel Goyan” was indicted for petit larceny in a true bill, according to Fairfield County Court Minute Book A, page 71. The case was dismissed January 25, 1793 when the defendant paid the court costs.

Of Daniel Gowen and descendants nothing more is known.

Levi Gowen, son of Daniel Gowen and Rebecca Gowen, was born in Fairfield County in June 1762. “Levi Goines” enlisted “about the time of the fall of Charleston” [May 12, 1780] at age 17 from Fairfield County “where he lived” as a Revo­lutionary soldier in the South Carolina line, according to his pension ap­plication.

In 1792, he inherited the land of his brother, David Gowen lo­cated in Davidson County, Tennessee. On September 17, 1792, “Levi Goyen, a free Mulatto of Fairfield County” sold land [in Davidson County] which he had inherited from his brother, David Gowen, according to the research of Dennis Pettit of Dallas, Texas. William Easley and Benjamin Boyd were witnesses to the document.

The document read:

“. . . that Levi Goyen of the state of South Carolina, Fairfield County, for divers good causes and consideration to me hereunto moving, hae made and constitute and by these presents for me, my heirs, estate and every one of those, do make . . . my trusty friend John Goyen of the state of North Carolina, Daverson County, gentleman, my true and lawful attorney . . . to sell a certain tract of land lying on Mill Creek on the east side of Daverson County aforesaid, the said land being first in the hands of David Goyen decd. Four Mulattos went to Cumberland River in the year 1779 and were killed by the Indians in the year 1780 and left the said Mulatto Levi Goyen his proper heir in heir, the said tract containing 640 acres, and I do hereby grant unto my said attorney sale and full power . . . and follow such legal courses for confirming the right of said land unto himself.

In Witness whereof I have set my hand and seal 17 September , 1792.
Levi [X] Gowen

Signed, sealed and delivered
in presence of William Easley, Benj. Boyd.

State of South Carolina }
Fairfield County }

Before me appeared Becky Eliot, formerly Becky Gowen by a former husband, David Gowen, and after being duly sworn deposeth and saith that she had a son by the afsd David named David Goyen who about 14 years ago left this county as she was informed, went to Cumberland River in North Carolina and was killed by the Indians, sd deponant further saith on oath that Levi Gowen who now appoints John Gowen as his atty is the full and oldest brother to the afsd David Gowen.

Becky [X] Eliot

Sworn and subscribed this 17th day of September 1792, before me Benj. Boyd, JFC, Fairfield County, I do hereby certify that the above named Levi Gowen passeth in this county for a free Mallato, and it is said was born here.

Given under my hand this 17th September 1792.

Benj. Boyd, JFC”

However, it is possible that, based upon a suit filed by William Gowen in David­son County Court, that the court had ordered the prop­erty of David Gowen sold. Accordingly, Levi Gowen would have received nothing.

“Levi Goyen” and James Scott were sued January 17, 1793 by James Craig, according to “Fairfield County, South Carolina Minutes of the County Court, 1785-1799.” The case was dismissed when the defendants paid the court costs.

It is believed that shortly after this time Levi Gowen re­moved to Moore County, North Carolina. Levy Goin was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1800 census of Moore County, page 62. “Goins, —-ve, free colored,” was listed as the head of a house­hold in the 1820 census of Moore County, page 20, ac­cording to “Index to the Census of North Carolina.” Six families of Goings/Gowens/Gowins were enumerated in the 1840 census of Moore County, but Levi Gowen, approximately 78 by this time, was not recorded as the head of a household.

“Levi Goines” was a resident of Moore County April 26, 1852 when he applied for a Revolu­tionary pension “aged about 90.” His application read:

“Declaration in Order to Obtain the Benefit of the Acts of Congress for the Benefit of Revolutionary Soldiers.

State of North Carolina
County of Moore

On this 26th day of April AD 1852 personally appeared before the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the county and state aforesaid, Levi Goines, a resident of said County of Moore and State of North Carolina, aged about Ninety Years, who first being duly sworn ac­cording to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provi­sion made by the Acts of Congress for Soldiers who Served in the Revolutionary War.

That he volunteered in Fairfield County, State of South Carolina and agreed to serve until the end of the War. The time he entered the service he does not recollect, but believes it was about the time that the British took Charleston [1780], that he served as a private in a com­pany commanded by Captain John Gray and was at­tached to a Regiment which was commanded by Col. John Winn, and Gen. Richard Winn.

He continued in actual service for about the term of twelve months [he thinks nearly two years, but is deter­mined to be within bounds], though his recollection is not very distinct as to the time he served, but he was honorably discharged, as he believes, at the close of said Revolutionary War by his said Captain, having been marched back to said Fairfield County which was also the residence of his captain. He obtained no written dis­charge.

He was engaged in a battle near the confluence of the Congaree and Santee Rivers. Gen. Lee, he believes, was the commander though his memory to this is indistinct, says the Tories surrendered here without much fighting. His services were entirely confined to the State of South Carolina, marching from Winnsborough to the Congaree Fort and various other parts of said state under his offi­cers.

He recollects the names of many officers and soldiers with whom he served, but does not know many regulars. The following are of them: Maj. John Pearson, William W. Morey, James Steel, Joseph Kennedy, John Greggs, Lt. Andrew Gray and Samuel Croslin [the latter was a Regular]. He knows of no person living whose testi­mony he can procure who can testify to his Service having removed from the State of South Carolina to North Carolina, Moore County soon after the close of the Revolutionary War where he has resided ever since.

He has never been positive until recently that he was entitled to a Pension. Several years since a Gentlemen informed him that he was entitled and he would procure a pension for him, but as nothing was done, he con­cluded that he was not entitled to anything and made no further effort until now.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pen­sion except the present and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the agency of any State.

Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid in open Court.

Test. Aron A. F. Leavell Levi [X] Goines”

Duncan Murchison attached an affidavit to the pension appli­cation of Levi Gowen:

“State of North Carolina
Moore County

On this 19th day of February AD1852 personally ap­peared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid, Duncan Murchison, be­ing duly sworn according to law declared that he has been acquainted with Levi Goins for forty-five years, during which time he has resided in the county and state aforesaid, that when he came to this county, he under­stood and believed that he came from the State of South Carolina.

He is a man of good character whose oath can be relied upon. He is reputed to have been a soldier in the Revo­lutionary War while living in South Carolina of which there is no doubt.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of February AD1852.
Duncan Murchison
John C. Jackson, J. P.”

Gen. W. D. David provided a corroborating affidavit to accom­pany the pension application to the Pension Department:

“State of North Carolina
Moore County

On this 28th day of June AD1852 personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the county and state aforesaid Gen. W. D. David who being duly sworn according to law declared that he is well ac­quainted with Levi Goines of said county and from his general character has no hesitation in saying that he is entitled to full credit upon his oath, that he has recently been requested to examine said Goines relative to his Services as a Soldier in the Revolutionary War, that he has examined and conversed with him on that subject ar various times and with great particularity and has no doubt that said Goines volunteered in the State of South Carolina for and during the War and continued in actual service in the Revolutionary War for nearly or quite two years, that he has inquired of said Goines when he en­tered the service.

Said that he could not tell, but it was about the time the British took Charleston, that he inquired what was his age now, he said he was Ninety Years this month, that he then discovered he must have been under twenty-one years when Charleston was surrendered to the British.

That without making a single intimation to said Goines of that fact [nor can he read a single word of history] that he inquired how old he was when he volunteered, to which he replied that he was about Nineteen years old, that he then referred to the History of the Revolution and found that the time Charleston was surrendered [May 12, 1780]. Said Goines was about Nineteen years old [actually 17].

That he then inquired what general officers he knew. He said ‘Green, Sumter, Wynn, Lee.’ That he then inquired what battles he was in. He said that he was in but one, which was at the Congaree Fort. That he again referred to the history and finds that this fort was called Moul­tree, near the confluence of Congaree and Santee Rivers. Gen. Lee was dispatched to this place. That from these facts, together with many other incidents of said war re­lated by said Goines, the conclusion was irresistible that said Goines is one of those Veterans who stood up for his country in the hour of danger and has never yet re­ceived a pension.

That said Goines with his aged companion are living along in a very humble condition in life, barely able to afford themselves the comforts which their advanced age require. That it is the universal opinion of all who converse with him that he was a faithful soldier in the Revolutionary War.

W. D. David”

“By reference to history, I find that the Battle of Kings Mountain was fought October 7, 1780 after which Lord Cornwallis left Charlotte and fell back to Winnsboro, the very place and year that Mr. Goines mentions in his declaration. –W. C. Thagard.”.

W. C. Thagard provided an affidavit to accompany the pension application:

“State of North Carolina
Moore County

Pension Office Department

The declaration of Levi Goines, a Revolutionary Soldier with proof of his Services, hereunto annexed, is respectfully sub-mitted for your Consideration. It is believed, that under the Several Acts of Congress, he is entitled to a Pension for life from the 4th of March 1831, to back pay since that time and to Bounty Lands, having volunteered during the War and served, as he believes, until its close or until discharged by his Offi-cers, which several claims he respectfully asks the Department to allow him.

He has no living nor documentary evidence of his Services, but has transmitted a correct statement, under oath, showing as near as frail memory will allow, the time, place and manner of his Services, the Officers under whom he served and with whom he was acquainted.

He also produces the Certificates of three of the most re­spectable and intelligent men in his County who estab­lish beyond doubt his good character and general repu­tation as a Soldier, and I imagine there are but few of those Veterans who have been mercifully spared until this day that would swear falsely.

This proof I trust will be sufficient to establish his claim. Time has so reduced the number of these Veter­ans and of the witnesses of their services and sufferings that to require of them positive proof, independently of their own statement, would be to deprive them of the benefit of the Acts. An early investigation of this claim is respectfully Solicited, if consis-tent with the Regulations of the Department.

His humble condition in life and very feeble health require it. All of which is respectfully submitted. My address is Carthage, N. C.
W. C. Thagard”

An additional certificate was provided by Duncan M. R. McIntosh, Esquire:

“State of North Carolina
Moore County

On this 16th day of July AD1852 personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the county and State aforesaid Duncan M. R. McIntosh, Esq. who being duly sworn according to law declares that he has been acquainted with Levi Goines for about Twenty-five years, that he is a man of good character for truth and veracity. There are but few men more to be relied upon, on their oath, than he is.

He is reputed to have served as a Soldier in the Revolu­tionary War in the State of South Carolina, that he has no doubt of that fact. He is a man of about Ninety years of age.
D. M. R. McIntosh

Sworn to and Subscribed before me the day and year above written.
Wm. Barrett, J. P.”

Alexander C. Curry, clerk of Moore County Court attached his own certificate:

“State of North Carolina
Moore County

I, Alexander C. Curry, Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in an for the County and State afore­said, do hereby certify that he declaration of Levi Goines hereunto annexed was duly executed and sworn to in open court by the identical Levi Goines named in said declaration who is reputed and believed to have been a Revolutionary soldier.

I further certify that Duncan Murchison, Esq, D. M. R. McIn-tosh, Esq. and Gen’l W. D. David whose names appear to the annexed certificates are citizens of said county of high standing whose regard for truth cannot be doubted. Said Murchison is a Prominent Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and each of them has been promoted to distinguished places of trust in their county and state. Said signatures being in their own proper hand writing.

I further certify that John C. Jackson, William Barret and Don-ald Street whose names appear to the annexed certificates of Duncan Murchison, D. M. B. McIntosh and W. D. David were at the time of signing the same acting Justices of the Peace in an for the county aforesaid, duly commissioned and qualified according to law and that their signatures to the same are genuine.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my Seal of Office and subscribed my name the 6th day of August AD1852.
Alexander C. Curry, Clerk
Moore County Court”

The pension application of Levi Gowen and accompanying af­fidavits were mailed to Hon. W. Dockery, House of Represen­tatives with the request that his pension check be mailed to Dockery’s Store, N. C.

After a year had passed, W. C. Thaghard wrote a letter on the behalf of the application of Levi Gowen:

“Carthage, N.C, April 8, 1853

Dear Sir,

Some months since I presented through Gen. Dockery to the Department the declaration of Levi Goines, a Soldier in the War of the Revolution, asking to be allowed a pension for his services in said war. I stated in my letter than the advanced age and feeble health of the old Veteran present Strong claims to the Department for an early investigation. I have waited with great patience, and as yet the Department has not seen fit to address me on the subject.

If there is any informality in the declaration or any lack of testimony that prevents the claim being allowed, will the Department please to inform me or if it has not yet been in-vestigated or has been allowed and no information given, I ask respectfully to be informed thereof.
Very respectfully,
W. C. Thagard”

He received Pension No. R3865 approved August 4, 1852. It is unknown how long Levi Gowen and his wife received the pension. Of Levi Gowen and descendants nothing more is known.

Mention of the “Goings families” in Moore County appeared in “Ancient Records of Moore County, North Carolina:”

“By strange coincidence, there were two Goings families in Moore County in 1790, one being white; the other listed under the heading of “all other free persons,” that is free negro, mu-latto or Indian. Both families were headed by a William Go-ings. One William, of course the white one, was later made a justice of the peace for the county. Within the writer’s recol-lection, some of those families held themselves above associa-tion with negroes, and their white neighbors accepted them as several notches above their black brethren.

An examination of the 1850 census will show the increase in this clan, all of whom are there listed as mulatto. Briefly, the Goings were classed exactly as were the so-called “Lumbee Indians of Robeson County.” In later years, certain of these families intermarried with negroes, and their descendants now living in Moore County are as black as the pot. Others, how­ever, has maintained the complexion and characteristics of their more ancient ancestors. The free family lived on or about Pocket Creek, in Lee County [organized from Moore County and Chatham County in 1907] or between there and Lemon Springs.

The writer’s father once pointed out to him their location and casually remarked, ‘they were not negroes, but probably Indi-ans.’ What became of the white family of William Goings, the writer has been unable to determine. A few years ago, a writer in the “Saturday Evening Post” wrote a story on the ‘Melun-geons’ who had a colony on the Clinch River in North Central Tennessee, and among whose members were Goings. The de-scription of these people would apply almost 100% to those of Robeson County. How did the Goings get ‘way up there?”
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David Gowen, son of Daniel Gowen and Rebecca Gowen, was born about 1763 in Fairfield County, according to an affidavit of his mother September 17, 1792. He served in the militia regiment commanded by Col. Benjamin Roebuck of adjoining Spartanburg County about 1779. The estate of David Gowen received “£12:4:3 1/2 sterling for duty in Roebucks Regi-ment,” according to a state indent dated August 9, 1786, ap-pearing in “Stub Entries to Indents.” The beneficiaries of the estate were not identified.

In a power of attorney signed by Levi Gowen, his brother, it is stated that “four mulatto went to the Cumberland River in the year 1779 and were killed by the Indians in the year 1780.”

It is believed that David Gowen accompanied William Gowen, regarded as a kinsman, in a move to the new settlements on the Cumberland River at Ft. Nashboro, Tennessee.

David Gowen received from the state of North Carolina Pre­emption Claim No. 260 to “640 acres on the south side of the Cumberland River” in Davidson County, according to “North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-1791.” A pre­emption claim normally indicates actual residence.

“David Goin and Risby Kennedy were killed at Mansco’s Lick Station by Indians in the winter of 1780,” according to “Old Days of Nashville” by Jane Thomas. She adds, “In the morn-ing when Mansco’s Lick Station was broken up, two young men who had slept a little later than their companions were shot by two guns pointed through a porthole by the Indians. These were David Goin and Patrick Quigley.”

J. T. Moore, writing in his book, “Tennessee, the Volunteer State,” page 180, reported the incident as,

“David Goin and a companion were killed at Mansco’s Station near Nashville by Indians while they were sleep-ing. Unaware that the other members of their party had pulled out of the fortress before dawn, the two slept late and were shot by Indians through the portholes of the fort’s walls in 1780.”

John Carr in his book “Early Times in Tennessee” states that “David Goin was killed in 1778.”

In the official records of Nashville it was recorded that “David Gowine was killed in the settlement and defense of Nashville by Indians.” He is believed to have been 18 years old and un­married. The attacks of the Creeks were fierce and savage during the period, and many of the Davidson County settlers withdrew back to safety.

On March 4, 1783 “William Goings entered into bond with James Shaw, security, in penalty of £200 pounds specie” and was granted the administration of “the estate of David Goings, deceased” by the Nashville committee.

In Davidson County Will Book 1, Entry 11, is recorded:

“An inventory of the estate of David Gowine, deceased, “who died in the year 1781.” Recorded in the proceed-ings of the committee, Davidson County, North Caroli-na, 1781, was “To wit: some cows and calves, one gun, one bull, weeding hoe, one buckskin, one handkerchief, one pair breeches [or buck-les?]. Total value, £19:1.”

The return of the estate was signed by William Gowen, ad­ministrator.

Shortly afterwards “William Gowens” sued John Gibson in a “plea of detinue” [action to regain personal property wrong-fully detained] as administrator of the estate of “David Gow-ens, deceased” and was awarded “two pounds for a heifer he disposed of,” according to Nashville court records.

On May 10, 1784 the Nashville Committee voted that “640 acres of land in the Nashville area be deeded “to the heirs or devisees of David Gowin killed in the settlement and defense of Nashville.” This was probably done in conjunction with Land Grant No. 260 issued to “David Gowan” for 640 acres.

The Davidson County Court Minute Book records that “Wil-iam Gowens sued the heirs of David Gowens” in the January, 1788 session of court. The defendants did not appear in court, and the court awarded to the plaintiff “£27:14:3 in damages.”

Edythe Rucker Whitley in “Tennessee Genealogical Records of Davidson County, Tennessee” wrote:

“David Gowen, who was killed by Indians in defense of Ten-nessee about 1779-80, received a posthumous land grant of 640 acres in 1783. His father, William Gowen, [error], was one of the signors of the Cumberland Com-pact entered into by settlers on the Cumberland River May 1, 1780.”

The property of David Gowen was inherited by his brother, Levi Gowen, September 17, 1792, according to Fairfield County Deed Book A, pages 162-164:

“I, Levi Goyen of Fairfield County, give power of attorney to my trusty and well-beloved friend, John Goyen of Daverson County, North Carolina, gentleman to sell a certain tract of land on Mill Creek of the East Side of Daverson County afore­said, the said land being first in the hands of David Goyen, decd. . . . . Four mulatto went to Cumberland River in the year 1779 and were killed by the Indians in the year 1780 and left the said Mulatto, Levi Goyen, his proper heir-at-law, tract of land containing 640 acres. Dated September 17, 1792.
Levi [X] Goyen
Witnesses: William Easley, Benj. Boyd

John Goyen above is identified as John Gowen, his first cousin once-removed, the son of William Gowen, the pre-emptor of Davidson County, Tennessee.

On the same date, Beckey Gowen, the mother of David Gowen and Levi Gowen, filed an affidavit to support his power of attorney:

“Fairfield County, South Carolina. Personally ap­peared Beckey Eliot, Beckey Gowen by a former husband Daniel Gowen, and deposeth that she had a son by the said Daniel Gowen named David Goyen who about 14 years ago left this county and, as she was informed, went to Cumberland River in North Carolina and was there killed by the Indians. Said deponent further saith that Levi Gowen who now appoints John Gowen as his attorney is the full and oldest brother of the afore­said David Gowen.

Signed by Becky Eliot September 17, 1792 before Benj. Boyd, J.F.C. [Boyd also certified on the same date that the above named Levi Gowen passeth in the county for a free mulatto, and it is said was born here.'”
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William Gowen, regarded as a son of Alexander Gowen was born about 1740, probably in Stafford County, Virginia. He was brought to Orange County about 1752, probably about the time of its creation.

The November 1763 Court of Orange County shows both “Alexander Going” and “William Going” in its records, according to “Orange County, North Carolina Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of September 1752ÄAugust 1766” by Ruth Herndon Shields.

On May 22, 1773, “William Going” was a witness to a writ in the Court of Tryon County, North Carolina concerning land on Ward’s Creek, according to “Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln & Rutherford Counties, 1769Ä1786,” Deed Books A and AD by Brent H. Holcomb.

“William Going” received a tract of land from Robert Colling­wood in Tryon County, North Carolina October 24, 1774 and a royal patent March 2, 1775.

“William Goings” appeared as “first chain bearer” in 1775 in survey records, according to “Tryon County, North Caro-lina Index to Land Surveys,” Files 1195 and 1368, by Miles S. Philbeck. “William Goins” reppeared as “first chain bearer” in 1783, File 1830.

When Rutherford County, North Carolina was formed from land in Tryon County in 1779, the land of “William Going” appeared in the new county. Tyron County was abolished in 1779.

Subsequently, other records connected William Goyne with land on Ward’s Creek and First Broad River in the area that became Rutherford County. They gave his wife’s name as Hester. In 1779, Tryon County was abolished, and Lincoln and Rutherford Counties were created. Three major Revolutionary War battle sites are located in this area. A road running from near the home of William Goyne to Wynnes-borough, South Carolina, county seat of Fairfield County where the other Orange County, North Carolina Gowen indi-viduals lived.

The 1782 Tax List of Rutherford County, Capt. Whiteside’s Company, listed “William Going” as owning 350 acres of land and “Alexander Going” as owning no land. They were listed in consecutive order, probably indicating that they lived in the same or adjacent dwellings, according to “The 1782 Tax List of Rutherford County, North Carolina” by Brent H. Hol-comb.

On August 23, 1779 “William Going. planter and Hester, his wife of Rutherford County” conveyed 200 acres to Samuel Stockton, according to Rutherford County Deeed Book A, page 196 as reported in “Rutherford County, North Caro-lina Abstracts of Deeds, Volumes A-D” by John P. Green.

Two months later on October 25, 1779 the Rutherford County Deed Book A, page 44 records, “Of American Independence the 3rd. Samuel Stockton, planter and Prudence, his wife of Rutherford County convey 200 acres on Ward’s Creek to William Whiteside . . . . two tracts of land: the first, granted to Robert Collinwood by the sheriff for Moses Moore [Moor] in 1773 and by Collinwood to William Going on October 24, 1774; the second, patented to William Going on March 2, 1775.”

“William Going, William Hall, William Lively, William Cap­shaw, Essex Capshaw, Gilliam Lively, John Price, Fredrick Price, William Lusk[?] and Edward Francis” in October 1782 “appeared on a charge of treason against the state,” according to “Rutherford County, North Carolina Abstracts of Min-utes, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1779-1786.” The judge ordered that their trials be “referred till next court.” This was the period at the end of the Revolutionary War, and ill feelings ran high between the Whigs and the Tories.

In July 1783, the grand jury presented “William Going” for an assault upon John Smith, according to court records.

In October 1784, “William Going and William Munroe come into court and acknowledged themselves Special Bail for all damages and costs that Adlia Osborne shall recover against John Thompson,” according to court records.

In January 1785 “William Going” came into court and ac-knowledged a deed to Mark Brown for 150 acres of land, ac-cording to court records.

In January 1785, the court appointed “William Going overseer of the “public road from Brier Creek to the Old Meeting House.”

In April 1785 “William Going” came into court and proved a deed from Benjamin Bracket to Hugh Smith. In July 1785 “William Going” came into court and proved a “deed from Benjamin Bracket and Anna, his wife to Edward Francis, 200 acres of land by oath of William Going.”

In October 1785 “William Going” along with Morris Roberts came into court to post bond of £500 as securities for Drury Logan who was to receive “Letters of Administration on the goods, chattels, rights and credits of Benjamin Moore, Dec’d.”

In October 1785 “William Going” was sued by John Wood. John Wood, Jr, a witness in the trial, came into court and “proved his attendance in behalf of the plaintiff, sixteen days at sundry courts.”

In January 1786 the court ordered that “William Going” be one of the jurors “to lay off and mark a publick road near the ford on First Broad River and near the Burke line.”

In January 1786, on the motion of “William Going,” the court ordered that “the orphan children of Dianah Canady be brought to our next Court Court in April and that the Consta­ble produce them there.”

On December 12, 1786, “William Goings” and David Miller received a deed for 200 acres on Ward Creek, according to Rutherford County deed records.

William Going, Jr. was married July 14, 1785 to Polly Grif­fin, according to Rutherford County, North Carolina Mar­riages, 1783-1850.” “William Goinges” was their bondsman and signed Bond No. 13360. F. Walker was a witness to the marriage of William Going, Jr. and Polly Griffin Going.

The 1785 tax list for Rutherford County listed only “William Going.” He owned 150 acres of land. The last entry found for “William Going” in Rutherford County was dated July 14, 1788. No Going individuals were enumerated in Rutherford County in the 1790 census, according to Col. Carroll Heard Goyne, Jr.

Children born to William Gowen and Hester Gowen include:

William Going, Jr. born about 1762

William Going, Jr, son of William Gowen and Hester Gowen, was born about 1762, probably in Orange County North Carolina. He was married July 14, 1785 to Polly Griffin, according to Rutherford County, North Carolina Marriages, 1783-1850.” “William Goinges” was their bondsman and signed Bond No. 13360. F. Walker was a witness to the marriage.

Children born to William Goings, Jr. and Polly Griffin Goings are unknown.
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Alexander Gowen, Jr, son of Alexander Gowen, was born about 1742, probably in Stafford County, Virginia. He was brought to Orange County, North Carolina about 1752.

Beginning about 1759, he appeared as a “sworn chain carrier” in the survey records of Orange County.

He was married about 1768 to Jane Booth, probably in Orange County.

In 1773, a petition for the partition of the north part of Orange County carried the signatures of Alexander Gowen, Sr, Alex-ander Gowen, Emos [Amos] Gowen, Daniel Gowen and John Gowen, according to “The Colonial Records of North Caro-lina, 1771-1775,” Vol. 9, by Sanders.

Alexander Gowen, Jr. probably accompanied his father in a move to Rutherford County, North Carolina about 1781.

“North Carolina Revolutionary War Accounts” showed £2 on a military clothing indent in Rutherford County paid to “Alexander Gowin,” regarded as Alexander Gowen, Jr. on August 22, 1782.

“Alexander Goyne” was a purchaser at the estate sale of Ag­ness Barber, a widow “of Wateree Creek in Craven County, Camden District” November 5, 1784, according to “Camden District, South Carolina Wills and Administrations, 1781-1787.” Her location lay in Fairfield County when it was cre­ated in 1798, according to “The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research,” Vol. 4.

On August 17, 1786, “Alexander Goyen” appeared in a Fairfield County court record, according to “Fairfield County, South Carolina Minutes of the County Court. 1785-1799.”

On August 17, 1786, in Fairfield County [in State vs Daniel Goyen], “Daniel Goyen, as principal, and Alexander Goyen, his security, forfeited their Recognizance,” according to Fair­field County court minutes. Daniel Gowen is regarded as the grandson of Alexander Gowen.

The 1786 census of Fairfield County included households headed by “Daniel Goin, page 19, six members; Jesse Goin, page 20, four members; John Goin, page 20; Daniel Gowen, page 22; Henry Gowens, page 19, and Alexander Gowin, page 19, nine members;” according to “Heads of Families, South Carolina, 1790.”

“Alexander Gowin” was enumerated as the head of a house­hold in the 1786 census of Fairfield County, page 19, accord­ing to “Heads of Families, South Carolina, 1790:”

“Gowin, Alexander white male over 16
white female
white male under 16
white female
white female
white male under 16
white female
white female
white male under 16”

“Alexander Goyen” was security for “Daniel Goyen” in “State vs. Daniel Goyen,” a 1791 court case in Fairfield County.

A few years later, it is believed that Alexander Gowen, Jr. returned to Rutherford County. He purchased land in Ruther-ford County in 1796, according to Rutherford County Deed Book M-Q, page 330.

“Alexander Going” appeared in the 1800 census of Rutherford County as the head of a household. The family was recorded, according to “Second Federal Census, Rutherford County, North Carolina” by Brent Holcomb as:

“Going, Alexander white male over 45
white female over 45
white female 16-26
white female 16-26
white male 10-16
white male 10-16
white male 0-10
white female 0-10
white female 0-10”

Nearby in the 1800 census of Rutherford County, which had a population of 10,007 at that time, was the household of John Going, regarded as a son of Alexander Gowen, Jr:

“Going, John white male 16-26
white female 16-26
white male 0-10”

Alexander Going appeared in the 1810 census of Rutherford County as the head of a household, “over 45” with family, page 379.

On February 23, 1818, “Alexander Gowan” of Rutherford County, conveyed 200 acres of land to Robert Wells of the same county. Consideration was $200, according to Ruther­ford County Deed Book 29, page 31. The deed was signed with an “X” and witnessed by “Hugh Gowan,” who also signed with an “X” suggesting that both were illiterate.

“Alexander Gowan” was listed as the head of a household in the 1820 census of Rutherford County, according to Dorothy Williams Potter in “Index to the 1820 Census of North Car­olina”.
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Children born to Alexander Gowen, Jr. are believed to in-clude:

John Gowen born about 1775
Hugh Gowan born about 1780
Robert Goins born about 1786
Daniel Goins born about 1790

John Gowen, regarded as a son of Alexander Gowen, Jr. and Jane Booth Gowen, was born about 1775, probably in Ruther-ford County. He was married about 1798 and appeared as the head of a household in the 1800 census of Rutherford County:

“Going, John white male 16-26
white female 16-26
white male 0-10”

Hugh Gowan, regarded as a son of Alexander Gowen, Jr. and Jane Booth Gowen, was born about 1780.

Robert Goins, son of Alexander Gowen, Jr. and Jane Booth Gowen, was born about 1786 in Cleveland County, North Carolina, according to Alice Ingle. “Robard Goans” was married in Caswell County March 3, 1808 to “Pegay Newton.” William Hunt, bondsman assisted in posting Bond No. 13354. “Dad [Dan?] Hugh” was a witness to the ceremony.

Margaret “Peggy” Newton who was born in Lincoln County, North Carolina to Capt. Benjamin Newton and Nancy McCall Newton, according to “The Life and Times of Benjamin Newton” by Posey E. Downs. Capt. Newton removed to Rutherford County about 1800 from Lincoln County.

Capt. Newton died February 20, 1835 at age 87. On October 23, 1840, Nancy McCall Newton made a declaration in con-nection with a pension application. After her death, her chil-dren filed a declaration, stating:

“At the time of her death, she was still the widow of their father, the late Capt. Benjamin Newton and that she left the following children:

Jane Queen, formerly Jane Newton
Elizabeth McGlamery
Ebenezer Newton
Mary Newton
Margaret Goins
George Newton
Mary Queen
Sinthia Lewis

All of the above are still living and are the only surviv-ing children of the said Nancy Newton and that they therefore make this declaration in . . . .”

Nancy McCall Newton died in Cleveland County, North Car-olina May 12, 1845 at age 85. She and her husband were bur-ied at Old Clover Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.

Children born to Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggey” Newton Goins include:

Patsey Goins born about 1810
Jane Goins born about 1813
Nancy Goins born about 1815
Alfred Newton Goins born about 1818

Children born to Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggy” Newton Goins include:

Patsey Goins born about 1810
Jane Goins born about 1812
Nancy Goins born about 1815
Alfred Newton Goins born about 1818

Patsey Goins, daughter of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggy” Newton Goins, was born about 1810, probably in Rutherford County. She was married about 1828 to Charlie Queen. They lived in McDowell County, North Carolina which was organ-ized in 1842 from land in Rutherford County.

Jane Goins, daughter of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggy” Newton Goins, was born about 1812, probably in Rutherford County. She was married about 1831 to John Aiken. They lived on the waters of Little Knob Creek in Cleveland County. No children were born to them.

Nancy Goins, daughter of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggy” Newton Goins, was born about 1815, probably in Rutherford County. She was married about 1833 to Stephen White,”the son of Nathaniel White of Virginia,” according to Posey E. Downs.

Children born to them include:

Mary Elmina White born about 1836
Sarah M. White born about 1837
Fannie White born about 1838
Elizabeth “Betsy” White born about 1840
William White [Sgt.] born about 1841
Graham White [Sgt.] born about 1843
James White [Sgt.] born about 1845
Andrew S. White born about 1848
Alfred White born about 1851
Martha White born about 1855

Alfred Newton Goins, son of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggy” Newton Goins, was born about 1818. He was mar­ried May 20, 1854 to Martha Jones, daughter of Dr. G. B. Jones.

She was born in Cleveland County in 1839. Alfred Newton Goins was “a noted surveyor in his day, and it is thought that not many land deeds were made in his general community without his having written them and done the surveying,” according to Posey E. Downs.

Alfred Newton Goins was serving as a justice of the peace in Cleveland County when he took the acknowledgments of Ebenezer Newton, George Newton and Margaret Newton Goins regarding the Revolutionary service of their father, Capt. Benjamin Newton March 31, 1852:

“State of North Carolina }
County of Cleveland }

On this 31st day of March, 1852 personally appeared before the undersigned Justice of the Peace in an for said Cleveland County and state of North Carolina George Newton, aged about 60 years, and Ebenezer Newton, aged about 21 years and Mrs. Margaret Goins, aged about [not enstated] all of whom are residents of said county and who on their oath make the following declaration in order to secure from the United States in the rite of their Mother Nancy Newton and the widow of the late Captain Benjamin Newton an allowance of the amount of the pension that was originally allowed to their Mother in 1845, being only forty dollars a year under Act of Congress as of 4th July, 1836 which was allowed to their Mother in rite of their Father, the said Captain Benjamin Newton and affiants would further state–

That they always understood from their father from their earliest recollection that he was in the services of the United States during the Revolutionary War, that he first entered the service as a Private in the early part of the war and served —– tours, that he was then promoted to an Ensign, and then was promoted to a Leutenant, and from Leutenant he was acting Captain and was acting in this capacity for considerable time.

That during all his services he had in Lincoln County, North Carolina after he had acted as express rider, he was appointed or elected a Captain and raised a company, which company he continued to command for a six-months tour,

That they always understood from their Father that he served as Captain the greater part of his time and was almost constantly kept in services for nearly the whole of a year 1781, 1782 and 1783.

That he belonged to the Lincoln County Regiment and that he continued to serve until the close of the War in 1783 and therefore believe from what they always understood from that he served at least as much as two years as Captain besides the various tours he served as Private, Ensign and Leutenant. Altho they cannot now give the particulars of his service, that they have often heard him say that during the time he was an express rider, he swam the rivers as many as fourteen times and affiants further state that previous to their Fathers death he was an applicant for a pension under the Act of June 1832 in which application they suppose contains in full an account of his service and to which they now refer.

They further declare that after the death of their Father, his widow, Nancy Newton applied for a pension in right of her husband and in 1845 was allowed a pension of forty dollars and that after she had received said pension, she died in the County of Cleveland on the 12th day of May 1845.

That on the time of her death she was still the widow of their Father, the said Captain Benjamin Newton and that she left the following named children, to wit: Jane Queene, formally Jane Newton; Elizabeth McGlamery, Ebenezer Newton, Mary Newton, Margaret Goins, George Newton, Nancy Queen, Sinthia Lewis, all of whom are still living and who are the only surviving children of her, the said Nancy Newton, and that they therefore make this declaration to receive an increase of said pension from the original amount allowed their Mother in that year to the full pay of a Captain of Cavalry as they always understood that he commanded a light horse company.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this date above stated.

Alfred N. Goins, JP Ebenezer [X] Newton
George [X] Newton
Margaret [X] Goins

I, Alfred N. Goins, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County do hereby certify that I am well acquainted with Ebenezer Newton, George Newton and Mrs. Margaret Goins who have this day appeared and made oath to the above declaration before me, that they are persons of trust and veracity and that full faith and credit is due and ought to be given to these statements, and I further state that they are the children of Nancy Newton, the widow of Captain Benjamin Newton.”

Posey E. Downs, writing in “Capt. Benjamin Newton, William Downs and Other Lineages History” stated that Capt. Newton was born February 3, 1748 and was married January 24, 1775 in Orange County, North Carolina to Nancy McCall, daughter of John McCall. Nancy McCall was born January 22, 1760. Capt. Newton died February 20, 1835, and his wife died May 12, 1845. Both were buried in Clover Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.

Children born to them include:

Jane Newton born January 17, 1777
Elizabeth “Betsy” Newton born November 27, 1778
Ebenezer Newton born November 22, 1780
Patience “Patsy” Newton born September 4, 1783
Mary “Polly” Newton born July 2, 1785
John McCall Newton born October 4, 1787
Margaret “Peggey” Newton born October 19, 1789
Benjamin Newton, Jr. born September 28, 1791
George Newton born July 27, 1793
Nancy McCall Newton born September 22, 1795
Cinthy Newton born February 12, 179[8?]
Calvin Newton born September 4, 1801

Alfred Newton Goins served in Co. E, 32nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and was stationed at Salisbury, North Carolina. Later he served as justice of the peace in Cleveland County. Alfred Newton Goins died in Cleveland County in 1901.

Children born to Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins include:

Sim Goins born about 1856
Thomas A. Goins born August 26, 1857
John Goins born about 1859
Ella Goins born about 1861
Nancy Goins born about 1867
Mary Goins born about 1870

Sim Goins, son of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1856. He was married about 1879 to Dovie Queen, daughter of Joe Queen and Margaret Cook Queen. Sim Goins was buried in Clover Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.

Thomas A. Goins, son of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born August 26, 1857 at Shelby, North Carolina in Cleveland County, according to a descendant, Connie Sue Goins Ardrey of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in a letter written June 4, 1997. He was married September 14, 1876 in Cleveland County to “Sarah Gantt,” daughter of Iley Gantt and Mary Gantt. The bride was Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt, according to Mrs. Ardrey.

Thomas A. Goins removed to Missouri about 1885 and was employed as a miner in the Webb City and Joplin areas, according to the oral history of the family. He and his older sons were thus employed.

Thomas A. Goins removed to Oklahoma about 1894. They also lived in Sparks, Lincoln County, Oklahoma area. Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt died in Okfuskee, Oklahoma April 17, 1910. Thomas A. Goins was remarried to a Bertha and then to Alice Sexton. He died in Oklahoma September 16, 1929 and was buried in White Dove Cemetery at Sparks, Oklahoma in Lincoln County.

Children born to Thomas A. Goins and Roxana Elizabeth Gantt Goins include:

Esper Goins born about 1879
Mary Alyce Goins born December 20, 1890
Asbury Goins born about 1881
Amos Goins born about 1893

Children born to Thomas A. Goins and Alice Sexton Goins include:

Marie Goins born about 1911
Marvin Goins born about 1914
Arvin Goins born about 1914

Esper Goins, son of Thomas A. Goins and Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt Goins, was born about 1879. It is believed that he was brought to Jasper County, Missouri by his parents. He worked in the lead mines there, according to family tradition.

Asbury Goins, son of Thomas Goins and Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt Goins, was born about 1881. He returned to Cleveland County on a visit about 1904.

Amos Goins, son of Thomas A. Goins and Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt Goins, was born July 20, 1893 in Webb City, Missouri, according to his obituary in the “Okmulgee Daily Times” of Okmulgee, Oklahoma in its edition of May 10, 1979:

He died in May 1979 at age 85 and was buried in Okmulgee Cemetery. He died at the Okmulgee Memorial Hospital. He came to Okfuskee, Oklahoma and was married to Hazel Southwick in 1912. He was a member of the First Christian Church. A son, Elmo Lee Goins preceded him in death in 1978. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Southwick Goins, of the home, 1509 East 10th, Okmulgee and three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Hazel Southwick Goins, died at age 98 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma April 30, 1992. She was born on April 8, 1894 at Blackwell, Oklahoma. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Survivors include: three granddaughters, Linda Goins Rains, Broken Arrow; Karen Goins Howard, Bartlesville; and Connie Goins Ardrey, Broken Arrow; and six great-grandchildren. She was buried May 4, 1992 in Okmulgee Cemetery.

Children born to Amos Goins and Hazel Southwick Goins include:

Elmo Lee Goins born December 13, 1913

Elmo Lee Goins, son of Amos Goins and Hazel Southwick Goins, was born December 13, 1913 in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma and reared in Morris, Oklahoma, according to his obituary in “Okmulgee Daily Times” in its edition of October 3, 1978.”

He died at age 64 October 1 in a Tulsa hospital. He was graduated from Morris High School. He later moved to Okmulgee and was retired from the furniture business and car sales. He was a member of the Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Elsie Goins of the home at Rt. 2, Okmulgee, three daughters, Mrs. Karen Anne Howard, Mrs. Linda Kay Rains; Broken Arrow, and Mrs. Connie Sue Ardrey, Marsascola, Island of Malta, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Amos Goins, Okmulgee, and six grandchildren.

Children born to Elmo Lee Goins and Elsie Goins include:

Karen Anne Goins born about 1928
Linda Kay Goins born about 1930
Connie Sue Goins born about 1933

Marie Goins, daughter of Thomas A. Goins and Alice Sexton Goins, was born about 1911 and died as an infant.

Marvin Goins, son of Thomas A. Goins and Alice Sexton Goins, was born about 1914. He may have moved to California and then to Nevada. He died in 1987 in Lovelock, Pershing, Nevada.

Arvin Goins, perhaps a twin son of Thomas A. Goins and Alice Sexton Goins, was born about 1914.

John Goins, son of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1861. He was married about 1884 to Margaret Hudson and removed to Rutherford County, North Carolina.

Children born to John Goins and Margaret Hudson Goins include:

George Goins born about 1886

George Goins, son of John Goins and Margaret Hudson Goins, was born about 1886. He was married about 1910 to Manthie Newton, daughter of William Abraham Newton and Nancy Elizabeth Crotts Newton.

Ella Goins, daughter of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1861. She was married about 1880 to W. Pink White.

Children born to them include:

Elizabeth “Lizzie” White born about 1882
Charlie White born about 1883
Walter White born about 1885
Marvin White born about 1887
Lonie White born about 1890
Fannie White born about 1894

Nancy Goins, daughter of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1867. She was married to Joseph Walker about 1886. They made their home on her father’s farm.

Children born to them include:

Vangie Walker born about 1888
Fanny Walker born about 1889
Kenneth Walker born about 1890
Jesse Reton Walker born about 1892
Yates Walker born about 1895
Ezell Walker born about 1898
Norma Lee Walker born about 1902

Mary Goins, daughter of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1870.

Daniel Goins, son of Alexander Gowen, Jr. and Jane Booth Gowen, was born about 1790. He was married about 1813 to Nancy McCall Newton, sister to Margaret “Peggy” Newton and daughter of Capt. Benjamin Newton and Nancy McCall Newton. Nancy McCall Newton, was born September 22, 1795. She was married about 1814 to Daniel Goins, brother to Robert Goins who was married to her sister, according to written in 1906 by P. L. Newton.

Daniel Goins died about 1819, and Nancy McCall Newton Goins was remarried to George Queen about 1822 as his sec-ond wife. About 1845 George Queen removed to Lincoln County, North Carolina.

Mrs. Nancy Newton Goins, daughter of Capt. Benjamin Newton and Nancy McCall Newton, was married about 1822 to George Queen as his second wife presumably in Rutherford County, according to Eugene Queen. George Queen who was born about 1788 in North Carolina had been previously married, wife’s name Betsy. George Queen removed to Lincoln County, North Carolina about 1845.

Children born to George Queen and Nancy Newton Goins Queen include:

Nancy Queen born about 1824
Meredith Queen born about 1828
George D. Queen born about 1832

Nancy Queen, daughter of George Queen and Nancy Newton Goins Queen, was born about 1824. She was married before 1850 to Ephraim Stroup. They were enumerated in Tippah County, Mississippi in 1850 along with Meredith Queen, son of George Queen.

Meredith Queen, son of George Queen and Nancy Newton Goins Queen, was born about 1828. He was enumerated in the 1850 census of Tippah County, Mississippi.

Patsey Goins, daughter of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggey” Newton Goins, was born about 1810. She was married about 1828 to Charlie Queen. They removed to McDowell County, North Carolina.

Jane Goins, daughter of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggey” Newton Goins, was born about 1813. She was married about 1831 to John Aiken, and they lived on the waters of Little Knob Creek in Cleveland County. No children were born to them.

Nancy Goins, daughter of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggey” Newton Goins, was born about 1815. She was married about 1835 to Stephen White, “the son of Nathaniel White of Virginia,” according to Posey E. Downs.

Children born to them include:

Mary Elmina White born about 1836
Sarah M. White born about 1837
Fannie White born about 1838
Elixabeth “Betsy” White born about 1840
William White [Sgt.] born about 1841
Graham White [Sgt.] born about 1843
James White [Sgt.] born about 1845
Andrew S. White born about 1848
Alfred White born about 1851
Martha White born about 1855

Alfred Newton Goins, son of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggey” Newton Goins, was born about 1818. He was married May 20, 1854 to Martha Jones, daughter of Dr. G. B. Jones. She was born in Cleveland County in 1839. Alfred Newton Goins was “a noted surveyor in his day, and it is thought that not many land deeds were made in his general community, without his having written them and done the surveying,” according to Posey E. Downs.

Alfred Newton Goins served in Co. E, 32nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and was stationed at Salisbury North Carolina. Later he served as justice of the peace in Cleveland County. Alfred Newton Goins died in Cleveland County in 1901.

Children born to Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins include:

Sim Goins born about 1856
Thomas Goins born August 26, 1857
John Goins born about 1859
Ella Goins born about 1861
Nancy Goins born about 1867
Mary Goins birthdate unknown

Children born to Daniel Goins and Nancy McCall Newton Goins include:

John B. Goins born about 1816
Cynthia Goins born about 1820

John B. Goins, son of Daniel Goins and Nancy McCall Newton Goins, was born about 1816. He was a justice of the peace March 24, 1853 when he performed the wedding of William Proctor and Nancy Ledford.

Cynthia Goins, daughter of Daniel Goins and Nancy McCall Newton Goins, was born about 1820. She was married about 1839 to John Queen, son of Meridith “Meridy” Queen.

Children born to them include:

Merideth Queen born about 1841
Laban Queen born about 1843
Joe Queen born about 1844
Nancy Queen born about 1846
Jane Queen born about 1849
George Queen born about 1851
Margaret Queen born about 1854
William Queen born about 1857
Sarah Queen born about 1861

Children born to Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggey” Newton Goins include:

Patsey Goins born about 1810
Jane Goins born about 1813
Nancy Goins born about 1815
Alfred Newton Goins born about 1818

Patsey Goins, daughter of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggey” Newton Goins, was born about 1810. She was married about 1828 to Charlie Queen. They removed to McDowell County, North Carolina.

Jane Goins, daughter of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggey” Newton Goins, was born about 1813. She was married about 1831 to John Aiken, and they lived on the waters of Little Knob Creek in Cleveland County. No children were born to them.

Nancy Goins, daughter of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggey” Newton Goins, was born about 1815. She was married about 1835 to Stephen White, “the son of Nathaniel White of Virginia,” according to Posey E. Downs.

Children born to them include:

Mary Elmina White born about 1836
Sarah M. White born about 1837
Fannie White born about 1838
Elixabeth “Betsy” White born about 1840
William White [Sgt.] born about 1841
Graham White [Sgt.] born about 1843
James White [Sgt.] born about 1845
Andrew S. White born about 1848
Alfred White born about 1851
Martha White born about 1855

Alfred Newton Goins, son of Robert Goins and Margaret “Peggey” Newton Goins, was born about 1818. He was married May 20, 1854 to Martha Jones, daughter of Dr. G. B. Jones. She was born in Cleveland County in 1839. Alfred Newton Goins was “a noted surveyor in his day, and it is thought that not many land deeds were made in his general community, without his having written them and done the surveying,” according to Posey E. Downs.

Alfred Newton Goins served in Co. E, 32nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and was stationed at Salisbury North Carolina. Later he served as justice of the peace in Cleveland County. Alfred Newton Goins died in Cleveland County in 1901.

Children born to Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins include:

Sim Goins born about 1856
Thomas Goins born August 26, 1857
John Goins born about 1859
Ella Goins born about 1861
Nancy Goins born about 1867
Mary Goins born about 1871

Sim Goins, son of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1856. He was married about 1879 to Dovie Queen, daughter of Joe Queen and Margaret Vook Queen. Sim Goins was buried in Clover Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.

Thomas A. Goins, son of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born August 26, 1857 at Shelby, North Carolina in Cleveland County, according to a descendant, Connie Sue Goins Ardrey of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in a letter written June 4, 1997. He was married September 14, 1876 in Cleveland County to Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt, daughter of James A. Iley Gantt and Mary D. Ledford Gantt.

Thomas A. Goins removed to Missouri about 1885 and was employed as a miner in the Webb City and Joplin areas, according to the oral history of the family. He and his older sons were thus employed.

The family removed to Oklahoma in the late 1890s. They also lived in Sparks, Lincoln County, Oklahoma area. Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt died in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma April 17, 1910. Thomas A. Goins was remarried to a Bertha and then to Alice Sexton. He died in Oklahoma September 16, 1929. Both he and Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt Goins were buried in the White Dove Cemetery in Sparks, Oklahoma

Children born to Thomas A. Goins and Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt Goins include:

Esper Goins born about 1879
Asbury Goins born about 1881
Mary Alyce Goins born December 20, 1890
Amos Goins born July 20, 1893

Children born to Thomas A. Goins and Alice Sexton Goins include:

Marie Goins born about 1912
Marvin Goins born about 1914
Arvin Goins born about 1914

Esper Goins, son of Thomas A. Goins and Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt Goins, was born about 1879. It is believed that he was brought to Jasper County, Missouri by his parents. He worked in the lead mines there, according to family tradition.

Asbury Goins, son of Thomas A. Goins and Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt Goins, was born about 1881. He was brought to Jasper County, Missouri by his parents. He returned to Cleveland County on a visit about 1904.

Mary Alyce Goins, daughter of Thomas A. Goins and Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt Goins, was born December 20, 1890 at Joplin, Missouri, according to Connie Sue Goins Ardrey

Amos Goins, son of Thomas A. Goins and Roxanna Elizabeth Gantt Goins, was born July 20, 1893 in Webb City, Missouri, according to his obituary in the “Okmulgee Daily Times” of Okmulgee, Oklahoma in its edition of May 10, 1979:

He died in May 1979 at age 85 and was buried in Okmulgee Cemetery. He died at the Okmulgee Memorial Hospital. He came to Okfuskee, Oklahoma and was married to Hazel Southwick in 1912. He was a member of the First Christian Church. A son, Elmo Lee Goins preceded him in death in 1978. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Southwick Goins, of the home, 1509 East 10th, Okmulgee and three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Hazel Southwick Goins, died at age 98 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma April 30, 1992. She was born on April 8, 1894 at Blackwell, Oklahoma. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Survivors include: three granddaughters, Linda Goins Rains, Broken Arrow; Karen Goins Howard, Bartlesville; and Connie Goins Ardrey, Broken Arrow; and six great-grandchildren. She was buried May 4, 1992 in Okmulgee Cemetery.

Children born to Amos Goins and Hazel Southwick Goins include:

Elmo Lee Goins born December 13, 1913

Elmo Lee Goins, son of Amos Goins and Hazel Southwick Goins, was born December 13, 1913 in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma and reared in Morris, Oklahoma, according to his obituary in “Okmulgee Daily Times” in its edition of October 3, 1978.”

He died at age 64 October 1 in a Tulsa hospital. He was graduated from Morris High School. He later moved to Okmulgee and was retired from the furniture business and car sales. He was a member of the Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Elsie Goins of the home at Rt. 2, Okmulgee, three daughters, Mrs. Karen Anne Howard, Mrs. Linda Kay Rains; Broken Arrow, and Mrs. Connie Sue Ardrey, Marsascola, Island of Malta, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Amos Goins, Okmulgee, and six grandchildren.

Children born to Elmo Lee Goins and Elsie Goins include:

Karen Anne Goins born about 1928
Linda Kay Goins born about 1930
Connie Sue Goins born about 1933

Marie Goins, daughter of Thomas A. Goins and Alice Sexton Goins, was born about 1912 and died as an infant.

Marvin Goins, son of Thomas A. Goins and Alice Sexton Goins, was born about 1914. He may have moved to California and then to Nevada. He died in 1987 in Lovelock, Nevada in Pershing County.

John Goins, son of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1861. He was married about 1884 to Margaret Hudson and removed to Rutheford County, North Carolina.

Children born to John Goins and Margaret Hudson Goins include:

George Goins born about 1886.

George Goins, son of John Goins and Margaret Goins, was born about 1886. He was married about 1910 to Manthie Newton, daughter of William Abraham Newton and Nancy Elizabeth Crotts Newton.

Ella Goins, daughter of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1861. She was married about 1880 to W. Pink White.

Children born to them include:

Elizabeth “Lizzie” White born about 1882
Charlie White born about 1883
Walter White born about 1885
Marvin White born about 1887
Lonie White born about 1890
Fannie White born about 1894

Nancy Goins, daughter of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1867. She was married to Joseph Walker about 1886. They made their home on her father’s farm.

Children born to them include:

Vangie Walker born about 1888
Fanny Walker born about 1889
Kenneth Walker born about 1890
Jesse Reton Walker born about 1892
Yates Walker born about 1895
Ezell Walker born about 1898
Norma Lee Walker born about 1902

Nancy McCall Newton, daughter of Capt. Benjamin Newton, was born September 22, 1795. She was married about 1814 to Daniel Goins, brother to Robert Goins who was married to her sister, according to “Ancestral Biography” written in 1906 by P. L. Newton. They were sons of Alexander Goins and Jane Booth Goins. After the death of Daniel Goins, Nancy McCall Newton Goins was remarried to John Queen.

John Goins, son of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1861. He was married about 1884 to Margaret Hudson and removed to Rutheford County, North Carolina.

Children born to John Goins and Margaret Hudson Goins include:

George Goins born about 1886.

George Goins, son of John Goins and Margaret Goins, was born about 1886. He was married about 1910 to Manthie Newton, daughter of William Abraham Newton and Nancy Elizabeth Crotts Newton.

Ella Goins, daughter of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1861. She was married about 1880 to W. Pink White.

Children born to them include:

Elizabeth “Lizzie” White born about 1882
Charlie White born about 1883
Walter White born about 1885
Marvin White born about 1887
Lonie White born about 1890
Fannie White born about 1894

Nancy Goins, daughter of Alfred Newton Goins and Martha Jones Goins, was born about 1867. She was married to Joseph Walker about 1886. They made their home on her father’s farm.

Children born to them include:

Vangie Walker born about 1888
Fanny Walker born about 1889
Kenneth Walker born about 1890
Jesse Reton Walker born about 1892
Yates Walker born about 1895
Ezell Walker born about 1898
Norma Lee Walker born about 1902

Nancy McCall Newton, daughter of Capt. Benjamin Newton, was born September 22, 1795. She was married about 1814 to Daniel Goins, brother to Robert Goins who was married to her sister, according to “Ancestral Biography” written in 1906 by P. L. Newton. They were sons of Alexander Goins and Jane Booth Goins. After the death of Daniel Goins, Nancy McCall Newton Goins was remarried to John Queen.

Children born to Daniel Goins and Nancy McCall Newton Goins include:

John B. Goins born about 1816
Cynthia Goins born about 1820

John B. Goins, son of Daniel Goins and Nancy McCall Newton Goins, was born about 1816. He was a justice of the peace March 24, 1853 when he performed the wedding of William Proctor and Nancy Ledford.

Cynthia Goins, daughter of Daniel Goins and Nancy McCall Goins, was born about 1820. She was married about 1839 to John Queen.

Children born to them include:

Meredith Queen born about 1841
Laban Queen born about 1843
Joe Queen born about 1844
Nancy Queen born about 1846
Jean Queen born about 1849
George Queen born about 1851
Margaret Queen born about 1854
William Queen born about 1857
Sarah Queen born about 1861
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Susannah Gowen, daughter of William Gowen and Catherine Gowen, was born about 1718 in Stafford County.

Alexander Going [age 45+] was enumerated in the 1800 United States Census of Rutherford County, North Carolina, along with a younger John Going [age 16 & under 26]. Alexander Going [age 45+] was enumerated in the 1810 United States Census of Rutherford County, North Carolina.

Alexander Goyen/Goyer filed on land in the District of Oua­chita, Louisiana on 1 January 1836, and again on 10 Mar. 1837.30 Alexander Goyen/Goyer [age 50Ä60] was enumer­ated in the 1840 United States Census of Union Parish, Louisiana. [Note: Union Parish was formed from Ouachita Parish in 1839.] On 8 October 1842, Alexander Goyen/Goyer sold his land in Union Parish, Louisiana, according to Deed Book A, page 233.

“Alexander Goan” appeared as the head of Household 1652 in the 1850 census of Rutherford County, page 207:

“Goan, Alexander 36, born in NC, laborer
Anna 38, born in NC
John 17, born in NC
Elizabeth 15, born in NC
Winny 13, born in NC, female
Bartlett 11, born in NC
Martin 9, born in NC
Mary 7, born in NC
Susan 5, born in NC
Sarah 4, born in NC
Martha 1, born in NC”

Alexander Goan [age 35] was enumerated in the 1850 United States Census of Rutherford County, North Carolina.

Alexander Goan was born in North Carolina about 1815. He was enumerated in the 1850 census of Rutherford County at age 35.
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“Daniel Going” was listed as security May 7, 1782 on the bond of Richard Gladden in the administration of the estate of “John Stuart [Stewart,” according to “Camden District, South Carolina Wills and Administrations, 1781-1787” by Brent H. Holcomb, G.R.S.

“Daniel Goyen” was listed as a purchaser at the estate sale of Nottley Hollis about June 1782, according to “Camden Dis­trict, South Carolina Wills and Administrations, 1781-1787”

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