Sections in this issue:
1) James E. Gowen Started Giant Philadelphia Financial Dynasty;
2) Goin, TN Selected as Site of Goins Family Reunion in May;
3) Goins Choctaw Research Team Organized by Foundation;
4) Dear Cousins;
5) Library Shelves Thurman Book, Thomas Goin Family 1755-1991.
All Gowen Manuscript Pages and Newsletters: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/gowen-research-foundation-pages-and-info/
GOWEN RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 2, No. 8 April 1991
1) James E. Gowen Started Giant
Philadelphia Financial Dynasty
James E. Gowen, an Irish emigrant, landed in Philadelphia at
the age 15 and by enterprise and dedication, became eminently
successful. He guided his nine children into successful
businesses and successful marriages. Each generation in turn,
built on the financial foundation laid down by James E.
Gowen, and an empire was created.
His descendants became bankers, lawyers, railroad presidents,
coal mine owners, steel mill owners, manufacturers,
financiers, career diplomats, politicians and philanthropists.
Their marriages were to some of the most successful “main
line” families in the Philadelphia social register including
Innis, du Pont, Disston, Firestone, Drexel, Coleman,
Goodyear, and others.
The Gowen family of Philadelphia, generally admired and
envied, became financially the most successful branch of the
family in America.
It all started in the poverty-stricken community of Newton
Stewart in County Donegal, the northernmost county of Northern
Ireland. James E. Gowen was born there March 17, 1787,
according to “Descendants of Grandpa Gowen,” author unknown.
He emigrated to the United States in 1802, and upon
his arrival in Philadelphia, secured a job working for “Mr.
McKane, Importer of Portuguese Fine Wines.” Later he
became a partner with McKane, and upon the death of his
employer, took over the business.
In 1815, while serving as best man at the wedding of his
friend, Mr. I. Thorp to Catherine Miller, he met his bride-tobe.
When teased by the bridesmaids for being “an old
bachelor,” he put his hand on the arm of the youngest sister of
the bride, Mary Miller, and declared, “I’m waiting for this little
girl.” Fourteen years later, they were married.
She was descended from Sebastian Mueller [later Miller] who,
with his brother Baltus Mueller came from Germany with
Francis Daniel Pastorius in 1683. Pastorius, a German lawyer,
became a religious leader and brought a colony of Quakers
and Mennonites to Pennsylvania, settling northwest of
Philadelphia. He laid out his settlement and named it
Germantown, Pennsylvania. It continues today as a section of
Pastorius delivered a protest against Negro slavery in America
at the Yearly Meeting of the Friends, the first protest of its
kind by a colonial religious leader. Two hundred years later,
the abolitionist poet John Greenleaf Whittier made Pastorius’
address the subject of his poem, “The Pennsylvania
Pilgrim.” His preface to the poem contained a translation of
Pastorius’ Latin prologue to the Germantown book of records.
James E. Gowen was 42 when he was married in Germantown
to “this little girl,” Mary Miller, daughter of James Miller of
Mt. Airy, Pennsylvania. When whiskey became legalized in
Philadelphia, James E. Gowen declared that the business was
no longer a proper vocation for a gentleman and retired to
farming at Mt. Airy, a wealthy man. He became known as a
foremost breeder of shorthorn cattle.
John Gowen, “a brother to James Gowen,” was a candidate
for Congress in Pennsylvania about 1828. He died October 4,
1832, according to the “National Genealogical Quarterly,”
June 1964. After his brother’s death, James E. Gowen became
interested in politics.
He became known for his Irish eloquence and was much
sought after for speaking engagements. His political rivals
attributed his popularity to the “blarney stone.” In an Irish
anti-Jackson meeting held in Philadelphia August 6, 1832,
James E. Gowen and “Mr. Haly” spoke on Irish eloquence.
James E. Gowen, “an Irish mechanic” whose politics irritated
the establishment, was nominated for Congress in 1834 in the
First Congressional District in Philadelphia, according to
“Jacksonian Heritage in Pennsylvania Politics” by Charles
McColl Snyder. James E. Gowen made a political speech in
Philadelphia in 1837 which was printed and listed in the National
Union Catalogue. He was described as a “low Irish
radical politician” in “Diary of Sidney George Fisher, 1834-
1871” edited by Nicholas B. Wainwright.
James E. Gowen “of Germantown. Pennsylvania” addressed
the Lancaster County Agriculture Society at its annual
meeting January 13, 1852, according to Library of Congress
records [S523.G72]. He delivered an address before the
Mercer County Agriculture Society at its annual meeting
September 20, 1853. It was printed in a 27-page booklet and
is listed in the National Union Catalogue.
James E. Gowen died in 1871 at the age of 84. Children born
to James E. Gowen and Mary Miller Gowen include:
Alfred Gowen born about 1831
James Emmet Gowen born in 1832
Ellen Gowen born in 1834
Franklin Benjamin Gowen born February 9, 1836
Mary Gowen born about 1837
Henry Gowen born about 1839
George Gowen born about 1842
Rebecca Gowen born about 1845
Emily Gowen born about 1850
Several individuals among his descendants, men and women,
James Emmet Gowen, son of James E. Gowen, became a
prominent railroad attorney. His brilliant defense of the
Camden & Amboy Railroad Company before the Supreme
Court of Pennsylvania in January 1864 was printed and
deposited in the Library of Congress.
James Emmet Gowen joined his brother, Franklin Benjamin
Gowen as counsel for the defense for another railroad in the
U. S. Circuit Court at Trenton, New Jersey in November 1883.
Their 246-page presentation was also deposited in the
Francis Innes Gowen, son of James Emmet Gowen, following
in the footsteps of his father and uncle, began to represent the
expanding railroad industry as legal counsel. Following the
panic of 1893, the Choctaw Coal & Railroad Company was reorganized
by its Philadelphia owners as Choctaw, Oklahoma
and Gulf Railroad with Francis Innes Gowen as president.
Prior to that time Francis Innes Gowen was appointed, along
with James W. Throckmorton, a former governor of Texas, as
receivers to operate the defunct CC&RC.
During the period of intense coal mining activity in eastern
Oklahoma the town of Gowen, Oklahoma was established
January 13, 1894 and named for Francis Innes Gowen.
He was also counsel for the Lehigh Valley Railroad at
Philadelphia. He was general solicitor for the Philadelphia &
Reading until 1912. In that year he was named general
counsel for the railroad and continued in that capacity until
He was a director of the Girard Trust Company and Midland
Valley Railroad Company. He was manager of Philadelphia
Saving Fund Society.
Alfred C. Harrison, his grandson, was married about 1937 to
Pauline du Pont. Their daughter, Alison was married to Frank
James Emmet Gowen, son of Francis Innes Gowen, was
married to Sally Drexel Henry June 25, 1925. From 1930 to
1933 he was vice-president of Philadelphia Saving Fund in
Philadelphia. He served as president from 1933 to 1939.
He was named director of Western Saving Fund Society, Penn
Mutual Insurance Company, Insurance Company of North
America, Indemnity Insurors, North American Alliance Insurance
Company, Philadelphia Fire & Marine Company, United
Fireman’s Insurance Company, Muskegon, Kansas, Oklahoma
& Gulf Railway, Muskogee County Mutual Assurance
Company, The Pennsylvania Company, Donaldson Iron
Company, Westmoreland, Inc, Drexel Institute of Technology,
Baltimore & Wilmington Railway Company and Manor Real
Estate & Trust Company.
He was president of Girard Trust Company from 1939 to 1949
and president of Girard Trust-Corn Exchange Bank in 1949.
Mariana Winder Gowen, great-granddaughter of James E.
Gowen, was married to George Dawson Coleman, president of
Ebensburg Coal Company. When he died about 1959, the
“Lebanon Daily News” carried an article on his probate:
“The widow and two sons of G. D. Coleman, late of Lebanon
and Philadelphia, banker-industrialist, will share his two
million dollar estate, it was disclosed by his will which was
filed for probate at Media yesterday.
He was chairman of the board of Ebensburg Coal Company
and Coleman, Inc, both Philadelphia firms, and had been
chairman of the board of the First National Bank of Lebanon
since 1942. Mrs. Coleman and her brother, James E. Gowen
are named executors and trustees. The late G. Dawson
Coleman was a son of B. Dawson Coleman, banker and coal
mine operator, who left an estate of $5,000,000.”
Martha Winder Gowen Coleman died February 28, 1975. Her
obituary in the “Lebanon Daily News” read:
“Mrs. G. Dawson Coleman, the former Mariana
Winder Gowen, and Philadelphia area civic leader,
died Friday after a long illness. She was a member of
the board of the Home of the Merciful Savior for
Crippled Children in Philadelphia for 51 years. She
was a former chairman of the board of managers of the
Church Farm School in Paoli; a former life trustee of
the Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Virginia and board
member of the old Women’s Hospital in West
Philadelphia. She was also a former chairman of the
Devon County Fair; a former board member of the
Harriton Association, an historical restoration group
and a former board member of the YWCA in
Bertram Dawson Coleman, Jr, son of Mariana Winder Gowen
Coleman, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as
commanding officer of a mine sweeper in the North Atlantic.
Later he was executive officer aboard the U.S.S. Fulham, a
destroyer in the South Pacific where he was awarded the
Bronze Star. He was married in 1949 to Patricia Disston.
He was president of Ebensburg Coal Company from 1950 to
1957. From 1958 to 1965 he was a partner in Drexel & Company.
In 1966, he became president of Drexel, Harriman,
Ripley, Inc. In 1971, he was chairman of Drexel, Firestone,
Inc, retiring in 1972. He was a director of Western Savings
Bank of Philadelphia, Griet Realty Trust, Rockower Bros, Inc.
and Abitibi Paper & Power Co, The Wyomissing Corp, Susan
Thomas, Inc, Greenfield Investment Realty Trust, the
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Home of the Merciful Savior
and Agnes Irwin School. He was a member of the Sons of the
War of 1812.
Francis Innes Gowen Coleman, son of Mariana Winder
Gowen Coleman, was a career diplomat with the U. S. State
Department. In 1976 he was vice-consul at Marseille, France.
Franklin Benjamin Gowen, son of James E. Gowen, in 1870
was elected president of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad,
for which he had been counsel since 1864. He was nominated
for U.S. Senate January 14, 1875.
In December 1889 while in Washington, D. C. to appear
before the Interstate Commerce Commission in behalf of one
of his clients, he committed suicide in his room at a hotel, by
firing a bullet into his brain.
No satisfactory explanation could be found for his act, according
to Scribner’s “Dictionary of American Biography,” Volume
VII. “He was in good health, at the height of his mental
powers, well-to-do and enjoying the respect of his contemporaries.”
His obituary appeared December 16, 1889 in the
“Philadelphia Public Ledger,” the “Philadelphia North
American,” and the “Baltimore Sun.” In its edition of
December 15, 1889 the “New York Times” carried as its
front page banner story an account of the suicide.
“Gowen, Ruler of the Reading–The Life of Franklin B.
Gowen, 1836-1889” was published in 1947. Marvin W.
Schegel was the author of the 308-page book.
Morris Wickersham Gowen, grandson of James E. Gowen, in
1895 lived in Florence, Italy where he was posted in
Franklin Crosbie Gowen, son of Morris Wickersham Gowen,
was born there December 16, 1895. He became a foreign
service officer with the U.S. State Department in 1925. He
was appointed Vice Consul in Genoa, Italy in 1926. He was
consul in Rome from 1926 to 1930. He was consul in Naples
in 1930 and 1931, and in Palermo in 1931. In 1932 he was
transferred to London where he remained for the next ten
He served as secretary of the London embassy from 1939 to
1941. He handled diplomatic relations with Poland, Norway,
Belgium, The Netherlands, and Yugoslavia, governments in
exile in London during World War II.
In 1941 and 1942, he worked in European Affairs Section in
Washington. From 1942 to 1944, he was assistant to Myron
C. Taylor, personal representative of the president to Pope
Pius, a position he held for many years, according to “Who’s
Who in America.” He was a member of the Pennsylvania
Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
2) Goin, TN Selected as Site of
Goins Family Reunion in May
By Louise Goins Richardson
Melungeon Research Team Member
2207 E. Lake Street, Paragould, Arkansas, 72450
The Melungeon Goins will come back to Newman’s Ridge for
their 1991 family reunion which is held annually on the last
Sunday in May at the Goins, Tennessee Baptist Church and
Cemetery. Their’s may be the only family reunion in the
nation centered around a cemetery.
The custom of utilizing part of the family reunion time to
decorate the graves of departed family members displays the
love of family held by the Melungeons. Younger members of
the family learn much of their ancestry during the maintenance
of the graves.
The mystery of the Melungeons first came to my attention in
1986 when a Goins family researcher of Richmond, Kentucky
sent me several articles written about these fascinating people.
More material came from a correspondent in Dunlap,
Tennessee who had been in pursuit of the Melungeons for 20
years. Our information exchange expanded into the nucleus of
a Melungeon library, and our interest has grown into the
Foundation’s Melungeon Research Team under the
chairmanship of Evelyn McKinley Orr of Omaha, Nebraska.
One of the most significant books on our shelves is Henry R.
Price’s “Melungeons, the Vanishing Colony of Newmans
Ridge.” His research showed that Goins, Bowlin, Collins,
Bunch, Fields, Gibson, Minor and Mullins were the primary
surnames found initially in the main body of people
traditionally bearing Melungeon traits. Intermarriage with
neighboring settlers in Tennessee added many other names to
the Melungeon heritage.
In May 1988, I found the Goin Baptist Church Cemetery that
Price mentioned in his volume. It is located at Goin,
Tennessee on Clinch Mountain’s Newmans Ridge in Hancock
County, about four miles from Sneedville, a small mountain
town. Many of the people there responded to my questions.
These included members of two Goins families and William
Grohse, local historian and writer whose wife has a Goins
ancestry. I found all of the people there very hospitable, and
several invited me back for the next Goin Family Reunion and
On May 27, 1990, I returned for the reunion and found the
same friendliness and hospitality. There were Goins and allies
from all over. A memorial service preceded the grave
decoration and visiting, and it was a very enjoyable
experience. There’s a saying about Sneedville–“you have to
be going there to get there.” It is a small, isolated mountain
town close to the Virginia line. Many Melungeon families
live there. They are the most beautiful people with olive skin
and black hair. I met one man with olive skin and silver gray
hair who was so handsome.
The Melungeons seemed to originate in the area where
Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee come
together, and it is unknown where they came from prior.
There are many theories about their origin, but none yet can
document their ancestry. Unfortunately there was neither a
historian nor a poet in their earlier days to chronicle their
activities. It is the goal of the Research Team to gather
information on all possibilities and to publish our findings in
the Foundation Newsletter.
Will Allen Dromgoole was the penname of the earliest known
writer on the Melungeons. She wrote “The Melungeon Tree
and Its Four Branches,” and it was published in Boston in
1891. Her description of the four branches–Collins, Gibson,
Mullins and Goins–was generally derogatory. Most authors,
up until 1950, were influenced by her writing, but fortunately
research professionals like Dr. Edward Price and Dr. Calvin
Beale made studies of these people about that time and began
to show them in a more favorable light. Later, unbiased
reporters like John Fetterman, Henry Price, Louise Davis and
Bonnie Ball wrote incisive articles about them. In 1975, Jean
Patterson Bible published my favorite, “The Melungeons,
Yesterday and Today.”
Anyone researching his Melungeon heritage needs to read her
book. She discusses the various theories of the origin of these
fascinating people and evaluates each. Each author
contributes something to the Melungeon lore, and every theory
should be considered with an open mind. The Goins name
and Melungeon traits are frequently found among mixed
bloods all over the nation. Most of us Goins descendants find
ancestors and even a sprinkling of present-day cousins
exhibiting these genetic characteristics.
My grandfather, William Preston Goins [b1853 Hamilton Co,
TN; d1950 Greene Co, AR] was the only child of Oscar Clayborn
Goins [b1830 Grainger Co, TN; d1903 Bradley Co, TN]
and the only one of his family to come to Arkansas.
He had 11 children, and five died in infancy. Only one of the
remaining six who lived to adulthood had Melungeon traits.
He had olive skin, black hair and was a very handsome man.
The other five were fair-skinned, and no one in my generation
has obvious Melungeon genetics.
My grandfather exhibited the Melungeon characteristics of
self-reliance and the ability to live off the land. The family
relates that he was successful in every undertaking he started.
He raised and traded horses, cattle and hogs. He cultivated
large orchards with every variety of fruit tree that would grow
in Arkansas. He raised blue Concord grapes and maintained
150 stands of bees to aid in the pollination of his trees and to
produce honey and beeswax. He operated a blacksmith shop
in which he made his own implements and maintained a
horseshoeing service for the community. He built a sawmill,
sold lumber and supplied coffins to the area. He owned one of
the first threshers in the country and took a harvest crew far
and wide doing custom threshing. He was a “workaholic” and
kept several farm laborers busy trying to keep up with him on
his 264-acre farm.
3) Goins Choctaw Research Team
Organized by Foundation
Descendants of Phillip Goins and his wife, Oti organized in
March a Choctaw Research Team to search for their ancestors
of Choctaw Nation in southern Mississippi Territory with
Pamela Harle Dillard of Amarillo, Texas as chairman.
Legendarily, each member of the organization is descended
from Stephen Goins who came to Choctaw Nation in colonial
times. His son, Phillip Goins married Oti, a Choctaw maiden
with a single name. Della Ford Nash of Oklahoma City, a
member of the Choctaw team, wrote an article on the
descendants of Phillip and Oti Goins and their son, Jeremiah
serialized in the June and July 1990 issues of the Newsletter.
Her article attracted the interest of other genealogists, and the
research team resulted.
In addition to Mrs. Dillard and Mrs. Nash, Foundation
members invited to participate on the team include Howard
“Tommy” Goins, Mena, Arkansas; George Virgil Goins,
Blanchard, Oklahoma; Linda Rapp, Red Oak, Oklahoma;
Mary Evelyn Harmon Wallace, Ratliff City, Oklahoma, Jane
McManus, Bulverde, Texas, Dan Gabehart, San Antonio,
Texas and Myrtle Curry, Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Dillard, special projects coordinator for Texas A&M
University, is preparing a news release to be sent to newspaper
genealogical columnists nationwide to publicize the Choctaw
effort. Additionally, the news release will be uploaded to
computer genealogy bulletin boards across the United States.
Any researcher with an interest in the Choctaw Goins is
invited to contact Mrs. Dillard, Box 50742, Amarillo, Texas,
4) Dear Cousins
The Newsletter of January 1991 may have shed some light as
to what became of my great-grandfather, Nathan Gowin. My
grandfather, Charles Albert Gowin, his sister, Polly Gowin
Clarke and their mother, Louisa Gowin were deserted by
Nathan Gowin. The family never knew where Nathan Gowin
went upon leaving the family. We assumed that the Civil War
divided the family, as it did many others of that time. The
research done by Ruby Gowin Walkup, my niece, encountered
a blank and could not go past Nathan Gowin. Perhaps now the
“key” has been found. I now believe that Nathan Gowin had
more than one family–one in Illinois and another in
Tennessee–due to having been on the tax rolls of both.
My grandfather, Charles Albert Gowin, was a Confederate
soldier. He and his family were believed to have lived in
Whitfield County, Georgia near the Tennessee border after the
war. The family came west prior to 1872 and settled in
Crawford County, Arkansas. His wife, Serena Evatt Gowin
died there March 22, 1874. His mother also died there. Both
were buried in Salem Cemetery. He was a Baptist minister
and aided in establishing several churches in Crawford
County. He later went to Oklahoma as a missionary to the
Indians. He died in 1903 at the age of 70.
I am enclosing two membership requests, one for myself
and one for my niece, Ruby Gowin Walkup. Tim Gowin, Rt.
1, Box 5690, Stigler, OK, 74462.
I have been wanting to ask you if you have a researcher that
could look at the passenger records of Gowen/Goyen families
that entered America in the early days. Our Record Office has
an index of Australian immigrants and thus gives a starting
point to trace families. It still raises problems as it is on
record that two families arrived out here and then disappeared.
Probably they didn’t like the look of the place and remained on
board. They are not in New Zealand or Tasmania, so maybe
they are either sunk, in America or returned home to
Because Australia was settled so much later than America we
have had to search in Cornwall for our ancestors almost from
the beginning. Your families settled in America a couple of
centuries earlier, and so your researchers are still searching
American records for ancestors and have not yet reached
overseas. My grandfather came out as a boy and was still
early enough to be given an original grant of land. You are
generations earlier, but yet we shall all be in pursuit of the
same European ancestors eventually. My Cornish research
seems to be “up a gum tree.” My researcher there seems to
have gone “walkabout” on me which is a “fair cow.” Robert
J. Goyen, 523 Sutton St, Sebastopol 3356, Victoria,
I’m researching the Gowen/Goen/Goings family in Ohio.
Jason/Nathan Goings moved into Ohio from Virginia,
bringing along sons, Joel and George. They lived in Guernsey
County, Ohio, then moved to Shelby County, Ohio by the mid
1800s. The family is difficult to research. For that reason, I
was so pleased when another Gowen researcher sent me news
of the Foundation. My membership is enclosed. I am so glad
now to have the help of “dozens of cousins” in the search.
Rosemary Dunne, 123 Corinne, Santa Cruz, CA, 95065.
A recent article was published in the quarterly newsletter of
the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society [of which I am
a member] concerning the ancestry of the Goins. I am
currently doing research on my ancestors, the Ashworths and
have records of marriages between the Goings and the
Ashworths. The Ashworths came to Southwest Louisiana
from the Pendleton, SC area around 1804 and into Southeast
Texas in the 1820’s. Some of them received land grants and
were in various parts of Texas, especially around Erath
County area. We still have quite a few Goins families in
Southwest Louisiana. I am interested in obtaining additional
information on these Goins families, especially any connected
to the Ashworths. I will be glad to provide anything I have on
the Goins. Hazel G. Standley, 308 Old River Road, Starks,
LA, 70661, 318-743-5521.
In June 1990 you published some researched by Della Ford
Nash on Jeremiah Goins and his family. I am very grateful for
that publication. William Goins, brother to Jeremiah, is my gg-grandfather.
I have several of the children, but not the
parents. Could you tell me where to look for Phillip Goins
and his wife, Oti? Her name sounds Indian. Were they born
in Choctaw Nation? [Mississippi]. Myrtle Curry, Box
797842, Dallas, TX, 75379-7842.
5) Library Shelves Thurman Book,
Thomas Goin Family 1755-1991
New on the Foundation Library shelves is “Thomas Goin
Family, 1755-1991” a new book, the culmination of 30 years
of research by Dianne Stark Thurman, Foundation member of
Wichita, Kansas. The computer-generated volume traces the
life and progeny of Thomas Goin who was born in Virginia
“Thomas Gowing,” Revolutionary soldier, was enumerated in
Granville County in the 1784 state census of North Carolina.
In various spellings, his name appeared successively in
records of Washington County, Greene County, Grainger
County and Claiborne County, Tennessee where he died in
1838. Mrs. Thurman wrote:
“On the computer disk enclosed are some of the notes
on the various spellings of the surname that I have
found in the 30 years that I have been collecting Goin
history. Thousands of letters and lots of people, some
of whom are no longer with us, went into this work,
and I can only hope that it will benefit those who are
looking now and those who will later go digging for
Members may contact Dianne Stark Thurman at 4201 Wildflower
Circle, Wichita, KS, 67210.
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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.