1990 – 05 May Newsletter – GRF

Sections in this issue:

1) William Goyne Pioneered In Georgia Wilderness;
2) Mihil Gowen and Son Freed in Virginia in 1657 by Master;
3) William Gowen, Scot, Deported [Continued from April Newsletter];
4) DEAR COUSINS;
5) Foundation Acquires Papers Of James M. Gowin

All Gowen Manuscript Pages and Newsletters:   https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/gowen-research-foundation-pages-and-info/

Gowen Research Foundation Newsletter
Volume 1, No. 9 May 1990

1)  William Goyne Pioneered
In Georgia Wilderness

Prepared from research developed
By Sammy C. Duncan

William Goyne was one of the first to bear the name in
Georgia. The colony, last to be established by the British in
America, was chartered in 1732, and the first English
settlement was made in 1733 by James Edward Oglethorpe at
Savannah.

Oglethorpe and his trustees prohibited ownership of slaves in
the colony, and the population grew slowly. In 1753
Oglethorpe’s charter expired, and Georgia became a royal
colony. Immediately planters from Virginia and the Carolinas
began swarming into the Piedmont plateau of northern
Georgia, bringing with them their slaves. The population
grew from the few hundred settlers that Oglethorpe introduced
to 83,000 in 1790.

Revolutionary soldiers were offered generous land grants in
Georgia, and by 1830, when the Indians started moving west,
over a half million people lived in Georgia, principally along
the seacoast and the Savannah River which was established as
the boundary with South Carolina.

It is believed that William Goyne and his kinsmen simply
crossed the Savannah and obtained land in Wilkes County,
Georgia. He was born about 1746, probably in Virginia.
Some researchers regard him as a son of “Moses and Agnes
Going” with whom he was closely associated.

Moses Going, a Revolutionary soldier, made an oath that he
had also served “as a soldier under Capt. James Gunn in Col.
Byrd’s regiment in 1760,” according to “Virginia Historical
Magazine.”

When Warren County, Georgia was created, primarily with
land from Wilkes County in 1793, “William Going, Moses
Going and Jesse Going” were listed as taxpayers on the
county’s first tax roll. Moses Going deeded land July 21, 1793
which was “part of 780 acres originally granted to Ignatius
Few in 1791,” according to Warren County Deed Book A,
page 606. He received a Revolutionary land grant in Warren
County in 1799. On October 16, 1800 he sold land “lying
partly in Wilkes County and partly in Warren County on the
Ogeechee River,” according to Warren County Deed Book B,
page 14.

William Goyne was remarried about 1790 to Nancy Schroeder
who was born in Pennsylvania in 1768 to Alexander
Schroeder and Isabella Schroeder. “William Goynne” was a
resident of Warren County, January 4, 1816 when he wrote his
will.

The will specified that “Herman Goynne,” his son, would
receive his home and land after the death of his wife. It
specified money to go to “John Goynne and Mount Herman
Goynne, sons of Herman Goynne.” To his son “Tyra Goynne”
he left a bed and furniture. To his other children “John
Goynne,” “Drury Goynne,” “Hardy Goynne,” “Rebecca
Goynne Dick,” and “Alice Goynne King,” he left $1.50 each.

Apparently William Goynne died in the summer of 1817
because his will was probated September 1, 1817, according to
Warren County Will Book B, page 40.

aliaferro County, located between Warren and Wilkes
Counties, was established in 1825, and some of the Goynes
found themselves in the new county. Nancy Schroeder Goyne
was enumerated there in the 1830 census as the head of a
household composed of herself, “a white male 20-30, a white
male 10-15 and a free colored female 10-24.” Nearby was
enumerated the household of her son, Hiram Davis Goyne.

Nancy Schroeder Goyne was enumerated in the 1860 census
of Union Parish, Louisiana living in the home of Henry
Bradford Tyra Goyne, a grandson who had arrived in
Louisiana about 1851. She was recorded as “Nancy Goyne,
age 92, born in Pennsylvania.

Children born to William Goyne and his first wife include:

Herman Goyne born about 1770
Hardy Goyne born about 1771
William Goyne born about 1772
Rebecca Goyne born about 1773
Alice Goyne born about 1776
John Goyne born about 1779
Drury O. Goyne born about 1782

Children born to William Goyne and Nancy Schroeder Goyne
include:

Tyra A. Goyne born about 1796
Hiram Davis Goyne born in 1799

Herman Goyne, son of William Goyne, was born about 1770.
Under the provision of progeniture he, as the first son,
received all the real property of his father. Two sons of
Herman Goyne were identified in the will of “William
Goynne.”

Hardy Goyne, son of William Goyne, was born about 1771.

He was married about 1793, wife’s name Caty. In February
1801 “Caty Goin” was received into Island Creek Baptist
Church of Hancock County, Georgia by letter from another
church, probably in Warren County. On February 6, 1803
“Hardy Goin” was received into Island Creek Baptist Church
also. He was restored to membership in the Island Creek
Baptist Church June 3, 1808.

William Goyne, son of William Goyne, was born about 1772.
He received $1.50 from his father’s estate, according to the
will written January 4, 1816. He was surety for the
administration of the estate of Shadrack Stodder by his widow
September 14, 1816, according to Warren County
Administrator’s Bond Book A, page 46.

Rebecca Goyne, daughter of William Goyne, was born about
1773, probably in Warren County. She was married about
1793, husband’s name, Dick. Under the terms of her father’s
will Rebecca Goyne Dick received $1.50.

Alice Goyne, daughter of William Goyne, was born about
1776, probably in Warren County. She was married about
1796, husband’s name King. Alice Goyne King was also to
receive $1.50 from her father’s estate.

John Goyne, son of William Goyne, was born about 1779,
probably in Warren County. He was married about 1804,
wife’s name Nancy. In 1817 he received $1.50 under the
terms of his father’s will. His own will was probated in
Jefferson County, Alabama in 1839.

Drury O. Goyne, son of William Goyne, was born about 1782,
probably in Warren County. “Drury Goyen” was a witness to
a deed April 15, 1804, according to Warren County Deed
Book B, page 295.

He received, under the terms of his father’s will $1.50 from the
estate. “Drewey O. Goyne” appeared in the 1820 census of
Greene County, Georgia as the head of a household. The
same individual also appeared in the 1820 census of Wilkes
County as the head of a household. Since the two counties
adjoin, it is believed that the two enumerations were of the
same man. “Drury Goyen” was enumerated as the head of a
household in the 1830 census of Upson County, Georgia.

Tyra A. Goyne, son of William Goyne and Nancy Schroeder
Goyne, was born about 1796. Under the terms of his father’s
will he received a bed and furniture in 1817. He was married
about 1834, wife’s name Mary A. They appeared in the 1850
census of Marion County, Georgia and in the 1860 census of
Coffee County, Alabama.

Hiram Davis Goyne, son of William Goyne and Nancy
Schroeder Goyne, was born in Warren County in 1799. He
was married there to Mary “Polly” Allen January 14, 1818,
according to “Early Georgia Marriage Roundup” by Joseph
T. Maddox. He was enumerated as the head of the household
in the 1830 census of Taliferro County, Georgia.

“Hiram D. Gowine was married to Miss Susan Loper
September 28, 1837,” according to “The Southern
Recorder” of Milledgeville, Georgia in its October 10, 1837
edition. “Both were of Houston County, Georgia,” according
to the newspaper. Correct name of the bride was Susannah
Lupo who was born in Georgia in 1815. Hiram Davis Goyne
appeared as the head of a household in the 1850 census of
Caddo Parish, Household 778-778:

“Goyne, Hiram 51, born in Georgia,
farmer, $1,000 real estate
Susan 35, born in Georgia
Sophia 11, born in Georgia
Victoria 9, born in Georgia
Frances 2, born in Georgia
Goyne, Joseph 22, born in Louisiana
Matilda 15, born in Louisiana”

He died February 2, 1852 in Union Parish, and she died there
December 29, 1864.

Children born to Hiram Davis Goyne and Mary “Polly” Allen
Goyne include:

William J. Goyne born in February 1819
Jonathan A. Goyne born November 15, 1820
Henry Bradford Tyra Goyne born in 1822
Nancy Goyne born about 1824
Elizabeth Goyne born December 5, 1825
Hiram Davis Goyne, Jr. born about 1829
Joseph R. Goyne born June 15, 1830
Harrison Alexander Goyne born about 1832
Matilda C. Goyne born December 25, 1834

Children born to Hiram Davis Goyne and Susannah Lupo
Goyne include:

Judith Sophia Goyne born in 1839
Victoria Goyne born about 1841
Francis Marion Goyne born October 15, 1848
James Preston Goyne born January 9, 1852

Henry Bradford Tyra Goyne who was born in 1822 in Warren
County, Georgia is the ancestor of Timothy Dean Hudson,
Foundation member of Bryan, Texas. Joseph R. Goyne who
was born June 15, 1830 in Taliaferro County, Georgia is the
ancestor of Col. Carroll Heard Goyne, Jr, Foundation member
of Shreveport, Louisiana. Francis Marion Goyne who was
born October 15, 1848 in Union Parish, Louisiana is the
ancestor of Sammy C. Duncan, Foundation member of
Greenville, Texas.

2)  Mihil Gowen and Son Freed
in Virginia in 1657 by Master

Mihil Gowen, a slave of Christopher Stafford of York County,
Virginia, was given his freedom September 16, 1657 in two
declarations made by Anne Barnhouse, sister of Stafford. The
declarations, recorded in “York County, Virginia Wills,
Deeds and Orders, 1657-1659,” made after the death of
Stafford and after Mihil Gowen had served an additional four
years with Robert Stafford, read:

“I, Anne Barnhouse of Martin Hundred, widow, have
given Mihil Gowen, Negro, at this time servant to
Robert Stafford, a male child born 25 August 1655 of
the body of my Negro, Prossa, being baptized by Mr.
Edward Johnson 25 September 1655 and named
William, and I bind myself never to trouble Mihil
Gowen or his son, William or demand any service of
them. 16 September 1657.”

“Mihil Gowen, Negro, of late serving my brother Xtopher
Stafford, dcsd, by his last will & testament, had
his freedom given him after the expiration of 4 years
service to my uncle, Robert Stafford. I, Anne
Barnhouse do absolve, quit and discharge the said
Mihil Gowen from my service 25 October 1657.

A.B. [The mark of Anne Barnhouse]
Witnesses: Arthur Dickenson
Joseph Albrighton”

In February 1668 Mihil Gowen received a deed for “30 or 40
acres,” according to “York County, Virginia Wills, Deeds
and Orders.” It is unknown why land transactions involving
James City County land would be recorded in adjoining York
County records. The grant read:

“Mihill Gowree. 30 or 40 acres situated in Merchants
Hundred Parish in James City County, formerly
belonging to John James, decd, and by him purchased
of Capt. Richard Barnhouse and lately bound to escheat
[forfeiture and reversion to the crown] and by a jury for
said county under hand and seal of Col. Miles Carey,
20 December 1666 and now granted to said Gowree 8
February 1668.”

By the time Mihil Gowen died, apparently November 24,
1708, the property was again in escheat, according to “York
County, Virginia Wills, Deeds and Orders:”

“Inquisition, James City County, Virginia, 11
September 1717. It appears that Mihill Goen, late of
said county of James City, dyed seized of 30 or 40
acres escheat 24 November 1708 by Christopher
Jackson, surveyor of James City County is found to
contain 37 acres.”

“Mihil Goen” [junior?] received a land patent January 2, 1718,
according to James City County Patent Book 10, page 415.
Reference to the patent was mentioned in “William & Mary
Quarterly.”

“Mihil Goen” transferred 37 acres of escheat land to Robert
Hubbard February 2, 1718, according to James City County
Deed Book 9.

New Kent County was formed in 1654 of land from York
County and James City County. Hanover County was formed
in 1720 from New Kent County. In that year “Michael
Gowing” appeared as a resident of the new county in St. Paul’s
Parish, according to “The Vestry Book of St. Paul’s Parish,
Hanover County, Virginia, 1706-1786” by C. G.

Chamberlane. A reference to him appeared on page 93:

“In Obedience to an order of New Kent Court, dated ye
14th day of July 1720, it’s Ordered that the precinct,
whereof Jere: Parker is Surveyor, be divided into two
precincts & that Peter Harrilson be Surveyor of the
Lower Prec’t, beginning at Ash Cake Road, thence up
the road to Magirt’s path, and that he have Mich’l
Gowing’s Male Tithables, Mrs. Butlers, Henry Tylers
and his own Tithables to Assist him in the Clearing and
keeping that road in good order.”

Children born to Mihil Gowen and Prossa Gowen include:

William Gowen born August 25, 1655

3)  William Gowen, Scot, Deported
[Continued from April Newsletter]

William Gowen was a freeholder in Kittery in 1675. On
September 16, 1676 “William Gowine, alias Smith bought all
right to lands on the Kennebec River from James Middleton,”
according to York Deed Book 3, folio 67. “William Gowine,
alias Smith” was appointed administrator of the estate of
Tristram Harris, deceased,” October 15, 1677, according to
York records. Harris, his comrade-at-arms was killed in a
battle with the Indians.

“William Gowen, alias Smyth” was appointed to a committee
to settle a boundary dispute April 12, 1680, according to York
Deed Book 4, folio 36. “William Gowine, alias Smyth” received
a partition deed April 13, 1680 from Charles Frost,
John F. Frost and Joseph Hammond, his brothers-in-law, to
real estate in Kittery inherited from Nicholas Frost, Jr.
according to York Deed Book 3, folio 67.

William Gowen and James Emery were appointed appraisers
of the estate of Jonathan Fletcher June 12, 1685, according to
York Court Book I, folio 37.

In the “fourth month, 1685, Elizabeth Gowen, alias Smith,”
and Nicholas Frost posted bond to become the executors of the
estate of “Capt. Frost” according to “Maine Historical &
Genealogical Records.”

William Gowen made his living as a farmer and a carpenter
and apparently spent his entire life in the new world at Kittery.
He died there April 2, 1686 at age 52.

His estate was valued May 21, 1686 by John Wincoll and
Nicholas Frost at “265 pounds, 9 shillings” as recorded in
“York Court Records, Part I, folio 40. Included were 258
acres of land, five oxen, 10 cows, two horses, and “in the fyre
roume foure gunnes and a backe sword.”

The court recorded: “Elizabeth Smith alias Gowen doth Attest
upon her oath that his Inventory aboue written of William
Smiths alias Gowein deceased is a true inventory to ye best of
her knowledge & yt more do appeare afterwards upon oath in
Court this 21th of May 1686.”

On July 2 1695 Elizabeth Frost Gowen was sued by Phillip
White “For detaining and withholding one half of all ye estate,
both reall & personall, belonging to Tristram Harris,
deceased.” She lost the case and appealed to the next superior
court, where the decision was reversed in Boston, Massachusetts
in October 1695.

Elizabeth Frost Gowen on March 16, 1700 witnessed a receipt
signed by her daughter Sarah Gowen Smith for a distribution
of her inheritance, according to “York Court Records.”

Elizabeth Frost Gowen received in 1704 a donation of “1s. 9d”
from public funds. She was mentioned as living in the home
of her son, Nicholas Gowen when he wrote his will in 1733.

She died shortly afterward at about age 92.

==O==

In 15 generations, thousands of descendants of William
Gowen and Elizabeth Frost Gowen have been recorded since
their marriage 333 years ago. Family historians spanning
several generations have collaborated to research their
fascinating story.

Angevine W. Gowen, a civil engineer, surveyor and historian,
who contributed much data to “History of York, Maine”
written by Col. Charles Edward Banks, was a descendant. He
was born in 1869 at York of parents unknown and became one
of the family’s earliest genealogists. According to John D.
Bardwell, York historian, he was “an orphan who was reared
by Miss Julia M. Gowen, his mother’s sister [sister-in-law?]
and an uncle, Joseph Gowen” who instilled in him their
curiosity about their ancestors.

Angevine W. Gowen was born on the home lot of his maternal
ancestor, Thomas Moulton in the house built in 1714 on the
York River by Joseph Moulton, son of Jeremiah Moulton and
grandson of Thomas Moulton, according to Bardwell.

Jeremiah Moulton purchased the property from Sir Ferdinando
Gorges in 1684 for 20 pounds.

The site was surveyed for Sir Ferdinando Gorges, “the Lord
Proprietor of the Province of Mayne” November 11, 1641. It
was described as “a division of 12,000 acres of land amongst
the Patentee of Agamentics, made by us Thomas Gorges, Esq,
Edward Godfrey and Roger Garde who are acting on behalf of
Mr. Sayward’s Patentees.”

Angevine W. Gowen learned the surveying trade from Samuel
W. Junkins, beginning as a chain carrier for him. In 1890, he
went out on his own as a surveyor. He also received
recognition as a photographer, violin maker, musician, game
warden, farmer, fisherman, astronomer, taxidermist and
woodsman, according to Bardwell. Many of his photographs
of the York area made on glass negatives survive. The Gowen
home and 20 acres of land was later acquired by Old York
Historical Society.

A niece of Angevine W. Gowen, Mrs. Leslie Freeman of
York, continued the work, building on his research. Helen
Parker Gowen continued research on the family into the 1950s
when blindness interrupted her work at the age of 84. She
passed the torch to her younger cousin Viola Allen Gowen of
Sanford, Maine. Julie Tuttle, a relative of Angevine W.
Gowen, lived at Ida Grove, Iowa in 1991. Another relative,
Bradley Moulton, lived at Cape Neddick, Maine at that time,
according to Margaret Pearson Tate of Exeter, New
Hampshire.

Viola Allen Gowen suggested in her correspondence that it
was likely that William Gowen and Elizabeth Frost Gowen
were the ancestors of some of the southern Gowens in colonial
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

The most comprehensive work on this branch of the family
has been published by Yvonne Gowen of Surrey, British
Columbia, a member of Gowen Research Foundation. Over
10 years were spent in gathering data on the family. Mrs.
Gowen, an accomplished genealogist, assembled data from
many sources. Among researchers who assisted were
Margaret Pearson Tate of Exeter, NH; Almeda Gowen
Schofield of Contoocook, NH; Barbara Clements of North
Hampton, NH; Mary Driscoll of Springvale, ME and Mary
Ellen Gowen Waugh of Riverdale, MD, also Foundation
members.

Children born to William Gowen and Elizabeth Frost Gowen
include:

Nicholas Gowen born in 1667
John Gowen born in 1668
William Gowen born about 1672
Elizabeth Gowen born about 1673
James Gowen born about 1675
Margaret Gowen born about 1677
Lemuel Gowen born about 1680
Sarah Gowen born about 1682

4)  DEAR COUSINS

I am writing you for two reasons. First, I have been asked
to gather some material on the Melungeons for presentation at
the National Genealogical Society’s National Capital Area
Tenth Anniversary Conference 6-9 June 1990. If your society
has any sample handouts or newsletters, we would appreciate
having copies for display purposes.

I have a second interest because I am a descendant of John
and Ann Gowen Easley–l think. I cannot absolutely prove that
my ancestor William Easley of Boone County, MO
[c1774-1844] was their son, but have a great deal of
circumstantial evidence to indicate that he was. When I first
inquired about the parents of Ann Gowen many years ago
[their names were William and Sarah], the county clerk of
Granville County, NC indicated in her reply that the
“Portuguese” were a research problem. My grandfather had
also used the term “Portuguese” many years before when
talking about the family background, but in the context, “Let
me tell you that the Portuguese had nothing to do with it!”

As the “Portuguese” and the Melungeons seem to have
been connected groups in many areas, it seems likely that it
might be of benefit to my research to join your association.

Can you please provide me with information? Virginia
Easley DeMarce, President, National Genealogical Society,
4527 17th Street N, Arlington, Virginia, 22207,
703/525-0050. [Thanks, Cousin Virginia. Among the material
being forwarded to you is a copy of a letter written Nov.
28,1961 by Miriam Dozier of Austin, Texas identifying the
children of John and Ann Gowen Easley as “Millington,
James, Betsy, Ann, Mary and [possibly] William who
witnessed a deed by Ann Gowen.”]

==Dear Cousins==

Just recently, l learned of Gowen Research Foundation,
and I am so anxious to learn about my ancestry. My
membership is enclosed. Please send me all the back issues of
the Newsletter that you have available and your invoice for the
charges. Patricia Gowen Little, Rt. 1, Box 180-D,
Beaverdam, VA, 23015.

==Dear Cousins==

The Melungeon research of Gowen Research Foundation
made the front page of the “Dallas News” April 29. The enclosed
clipping is from ·Texas Sketches” by A. C. Greene,
columnist. Dorothy Heaner, 1007 Beachview, No. 201,
Dallas, TX, 75218.

==Dear Cousins==

The Newsletters are very interesting to me. My
Foundation membership is enclosed. I am a DAR member on
my Stitt family’s side, but have neglected my Goins research,
and there’s not much time left since I am 75. My grandfather
was William H. Goins who was born in Gibson County,
Indiana circa 1843. After four years service in the Union
Army during the Civil War, he was married to Laura Hall.

His father was Thomas Goins, born in SC. My mother, Hazel
Goins was the only child of William H. Goins.

Correspondence welcomed. Mary Stitt Sirmay, 400 Glennes
Lane, Apt. 212, Dunedin, FL, 34698.

==Dear Cousins==

I am enclosing a check for membership in the Foundation.
An article appeared in our local paper about the Foundation
and its Melungeon research. This is so exciting to us since my
grandfather, two uncles and an aunt were of darker skin and
carried Melungeon genes.

My mother was Goldie Jane Gowen, the 7th of 8 children.

She was born in Adair County, Kentucky. The family lived in
Green County for a short time before moving to Louisville in
the early 1900s. My mother and three of her sisters, Edna,
Rosa and Irene were placed in an orphanage. Later these
sisters and their brother Harry moved to Indianapolis. The
name was then changed to “Gowan.” Vesta, Lou Hannah and
John were the names of the other children. We believe they
remained in Louisville. Barbara J. Ludwig, 9848 W.
Gardner Road, Bloomington, IN, 47403. [Thanks, Barbara.
Your grandfather, Jonathan Frederick Gowen was a son of
Jonathan Gowen and Hannah Beasley Gowen, according to
the research of Jean Grider Fry. Jonathan Gowen was a son
of William Gowen and Betsy Moss Gowen. Everything we
have on your Jonathan Gowen is on manuscript pages
4012-13, copies enclosed.]

5)  Foundation Acquires Papers
Of James M. Gowin

The Foundation has recently received from James M. Gowin
of Nashville and Kingston Springs, Tennessee three cartons of
family data for inclusion in the Foundation Library.
Accompanying the Gowinana was his letter:

“We appreciate very much your efforts to preserve the
family heritage, especially in the establishment of a family
library and archives. As my contribution to this collection,
I am shipping these packages of family records and
correspondence in addition to my book, “Memoirs of
James M. Gowin, First Atomic Veteran” mailed earlier.

Enclosed you will find military records and citations, early
photographs of family members, legal documents,
correspondence from family members dating back to 1913
and three cassette tape recordings. Additionally I am enclosing
some photographs of a site on my property at
Craggie Hope, Kingston Springs, Tennessee that I have
dedicated to an Atomic Veterans Memorial so that
America will never forget the horror end suffering that has
been unleashed by the atomic bomb. This project, when
publicized, should be of interest to many people
nationwide.” James M. Gowin, Box 688, Craggie Hope,
Kingston Springs, TN, 37083, 615/352-4874.

The Gowin papers are being cataloged and inserted into
individual plastic protectors and leaved into library binders.

All family members are invited to forward copies of books,
manuscripts, photographs, tape recordings, video tapes,
ancestor charts, newspaper articles, obituaries, census reports,
bible records, pension applications etc. When the material is
published in a proposed series of volumes, credit will be given
to every contributor.

Your Participation is Invited . . .

The Newsletter is mailed only to members who have current
memberships, plus historical and genealogical libraries on our
mailing list. Additionally free sample copies will be mailed to
prospective members upon request.

If you wish to participate in the Foundation, you may clip or
reproduce the membership form below. Indicate the type of
membership you prefer and Linda McNiel, Foundation Secretary,
will issue your membership card. As a Bonus for your
Membership, the back issues of the Newsletter missing from
your files, will be sent at no charge, as long as supplies last.

The form may also be used to request gift memberships. The
Foundation will send gift cards acknowledging your
thoughtfulness, both to you and the recipients.

Gowen Research Foundation Newsletter
Arlee Gowen, Editor
Linda McNiel, Circulation

Gowen Research Foundation
Phone: 806/795-8758 or 795-9694
5708 Gary Avenue
Lubbock, Texas, 79413
Fax: 806/795-9694
E-mail:gowen@llano.net
Internet: http://www.llano.net/gowen

___________________________________________________________

NOTE:  The above information produced by the Gowen Research Foundation (GRF), and parts of the “Gowen Manuscript” they worked on producing.  It has tons of information – much of it is correct, but be careful, some of it is not correct – so check their sources and logic.  I’ve copied some of their information in the past researching my own family, only to find out there were some clear mistakes.   So be sure to check the information to verify if it is right before citing the source and believing the person who researched it before was 100% correct.  Most of the information I found there seems to be correct, but some is not.

Their website is:  Internet: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gowenrf

There does not seem to be anyone “manning the ship” at the Gowen Research Foundation, or Gowen Manuscript site any longer, and there is no way to contact anyone about any errors.   The pages themselves don’t have a mechanism to leave a note for others to see any “new information” that you may have that shows when you find info that shows something is wrong, or when something has been verified.

Feel free to leave messages about any new information found, or errors in these pages, or information that has been verified that those who wrote these pages may not have known about.

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