1816 Samuel Gowin b abt 1816 living in Van Zandt Co, TX

From GRF Newsletter Dec 1993:

Samuel Gowin Operated Ferry
Across the Sabine River

Samuel Gowin was born in Tennessee about 1816 of parents
unknown. He was married to “Miss Wood, a Mississippi
native about 1841,” according to family tradition. He was
remarried about 1855 to Martha Roland who was also born in
Tennessee, about 1835. He may have been her second
husband. She is thought to have been a widow named
“Bailey” with two children. In 1861 they were residents of
Garland County, Arkansas. They removed to Texas
immediately after the Civil War and were located in Van
Zandt County, Texas by 1870. Peggy A. White, a descendant
of Hopkinsville, Kentucky provided census enumerations on
Samuel Gowin who was recorded in Van Zandt County in
1870 and 1880.

He was recorded in Van Zandt County in 1870 and 1880. In
1870 his household, No. 1035-1188, was recorded as:

“Gowin, Samuel 54, born in TN, white male
Martha 40, born in TN, white female
Mary E. 13, born in MS, white female
Rebecca 9, born in AR, white female
James 8, born in AR, white male
Martha 5, born in AR, white female
Lucinda 4, born in TX, white female
Holloway, Lou 18, born in AR, white female”

The household reappeared in the 1880 census living in Enumeration
District 122, Precinct 4:

“Gowins, Sam’l 63, born in TN
Martha 45, born in TN
Lucy 14, born in TX, daughter
Melissa 8, born in TX, daughter
Bailey, Rebecca 18,born in TX, step-daughter”

In the early 1900s Samuel Gowin operated Clark’s Ferry
across the Sabine River, according to William Jackson
“Willie” Gowin of Forney, Texas who reported that he was
buried in Dunbar Cemetery in Rains County.

Children born to Samuel Gowin and Martha Roland Gowin include:

Mary E. Gowin born about 1857
Rebecca Gowin born about 1861
James Richard Clay Gowin born July 7, 1861
Martha Gowin born about 1864
Lucinda Gowin born March 17, 1866
Melissa Belle Gowin [twin] born about 1871
[twin son] born about 1871