1992 – 05 May Newsletter – GRF

Sections in this issue:

2) With 30,000 Messages . . . GRF Electronic Library & BBS Ends First Year Successfully;
4) Amasa Vernon Going Wrote of Civil War Conditions.

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

Volume 2, No. 9 May 1992


The largest gathering of the clan in America has been set by
the Foundation’s Board of Directors for May 30-31, 1994 in
Houston. The Doubletree Hotel at Allen Center has been
tentatively booked for the organization’s initial Research Conference
& Family Reunion. The Houston Convention &
Visitors Bureau have offered their assistance in putting together
an outstanding array of events and attractions.

All of the family branches–Gawan, Goan, Goen, Goin,
Goines, Going, Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, Gowine, Gowing,
Goun, Gouwen, Goyen, Goyn, Goyne, Guynes and other
Soundex versions and plurals–will be recognized and included
in the program plans. It is expected that many of branches
will have separate receptions and get-togethers in addition to
the Foundation functions. The Conference will be the best
opportunity for correspondents who have shared research for
years to finally get together–face to face.

An opportunity was extended for the Foundation to schedule
the event in conjunction with National Genealogical Society’s
1994 annual conference to be held in Houston June 1, 2, 3, 4
at the adjacent Hyatt Regency Hotel. This very successful
annual event generally attracts more than 2,000 people and
will provide a springboard for the Foundation’s Conference
and help to assure its success. In a rare opportunity, researchers
will be able to attend both of the back-to-back
events in a week-long genealogical extravaganza. Since the
two hotels are connected, the double-header event will appear
to be under the same roof.

Visitors and exhibitors planning to attend either of the events
will be encouraged to include both in their itinerary–and no
change will be required in travel schedules or hotel accommodations.

The various family groups among the surnames of
the Foundation who routinely hold annual family reunions are
encouraged to schedule their 1994 family reunions in Houston
to coincide with the Conference which should boost their
attendance as well.

This issue of the Newsletter, its largest-ever pressrun, is being
mailed to all Foundation members and all other known family
members in an effort to give the Conference-Reunion a
nationwide announcement. Further details will be carried
during the next 24 months in subsequent editions of the
Newsletter and on the GRF Electronic Library as well. News
releases of the event will be sent to genealogical columnists of
major newspapers across the United States also.

To assist in planning for the event, the GRF Board of Directors
have requested “a show of hands” from family members
who would be interested in attending. All who fill out the
Conference blank on Page 3 for additional details will be
placed on the Conference mailing list by the Foundation and
by the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau. The
Foundation is requesting the assistance of all in spreading the
word. All readers are requested to furnish addresses of
missing and “long-lost” cousins who would be interested in
hearing about the plans.

Dr. George K. Schweitzer, Alumni Distinguished Professor of
the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and holder of three
doctor’s degrees [PhD in chemistry, PhD in philosophy, ScD
in History], has accepted an invitation for two appearances at
the convening of the clan. Since he is recognized as pre-eminent
among the historical and genealogical lecturers of the
United States, many of the NGS Conference participants are
expected to arrive in Houston a day early to attend his presentations.

Additionally, part of the Foundation program will be devoted
to “Using Genes in Genealogy.” A rare opportunity has
presented itself in the exhumation of the graves on the farm of
William Gowen who died in 1790. Arrangements are being
made to secure as conference speakers a geneticist, a pathologist
and an archaeologist who participated in the investigation
of the Gowen farm at the Nashville Metropolitan Airport.

DNA samples taken during the removal of the Gowen Family
Cemetery from the airport will be compared to the DNA
characteristics of their living descendants seven to ten generations
downstream for matches, with emphasis on finding the
inherited characteristics of the mysterious Melungeon genes.

This rapidly emerging scientific study has already been used
in recent court cases to convict criminals who were linked to
their crimes by indisputable DNA evidence. The same procedures
can be used to link researchers with their remote ancestors
by the finding of unique “genetic fingerprints” in the
DNA of the descendants. It is predicted that heritage societies
will have to deal with accommodating genetic evidence of
ancestry in the future. This fascinating subject is expected to
draw a number of researchers from the National Genealogical
Society participants as well as Foundation members.

Curiosity has long swirled about the origins of racial groups
such as the Melungeons, the Black Dutch, the Choctaws, the
Redbones, the Lumbees, etc.

Twelve thousand artifacts were turned up in the archaeological
sweep of the William Gowen farm. It is planned that some of
these findings will be on display at the Conference and that the
senior archaeologist on the project will be on the program to
give an interpretative evaluation of the findings.

Additional programs are to be presented, some in mini-sessions.
These will be devoted to the Electronic Library and
Bulletin Board System, computer research, genealogical
shareware, research on surname groups and lectures on specialized
subjects. The program committee will welcome topic
suggestions. An awards banquet is proposed for the night of
May 30 to recognize outstanding researchers. An ancestor
manuscript competition is also being organized.

Houston is regarded as an ideal location for the Foundation’s
initial effort. The city offers many historical sites and convention
attractions. Side trips to NASA’s Johnson Space Center,
the San Jacinto Monument, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum,
the Astrodome and Astroworld, The Houston Zoological
Gardens as well as shopping at the Galleria await the Conference
participants. Clayton Library, one the largest genealogical
collections in the world, located nearby, has invited
the Foundation members to utilize its holdings.

The restored Texas Limited leaves Houston from the Amtrac
Station at 9:30 a.m. and arrives in historic Galveston at 11:45
after crossing the two-mile Galveston Causeway. The nostalgic
journey returns to Houston at 5:15 p.m.

The Doubletree currently offers accommodations at $59 for
double occupancy. The hotel offers 341 rooms, 18 suites, 13
meeting rooms, two restaurants, a lounge and facilities for the
handicapped. Sam Houston Park, one block away, is available
for outdoor family activities.

A steering committee composed of Arlee Gowen, Lubbock;
Chan Edmondson, Dallas; Frances Condra, San Antonio and
Mary Burns Stark, Houston met in January to layout a
blueprint of the committee organization necessary to plan and
execute a successful and worthwhile event that will add to the
heritage of the family.

Personnel are presently being sought to fill committee slots in
the program committee, public relations committee, hospitality
committee, attendance committee, exhibitor committee,
accommodations committee and a committee to coordinate
with other participating heritage organizations. Foundation
members willing to assist with the committee work, particularly
those in the Houston area, are invited to contact the
steering committee.

Plans call for the Conference to become an annual event with
a different host city each year, if the initial effort is well received
by the Foundation members and family members.

With two years to plan and put together the Conference, it
should be the Ultimate Family Reunion!

2)  With 30,000 Messages . . .
GRF Electronic Library & BBS
Ends First Year Successfully

Six thousand calls were made to the Foundation’s Electronic
Library and Bulletin Board System since its inception June 1,
1991. On that date the Board of Directions elected to open its
files to family researchers universally. Additionally 30,000
messages and queries have been uploaded to the library by
Foundation members and other researchers world-wide.
Seven thousand pages of the Gowen manuscript compiled by
350 different genealogists have been fed into the computer and
are now online for any member to utilize. It is estimated that
another 3,000 pages of data will be fed into the manuscript
during the next 12 months.

To accomodate this data explosion, the board has made
arrangements to triple the facilities available to electronic
researchers from this location. Texas State Genealogical
Society has joined forces with the Foundation and brought
online April 1 the TSGS Electronic Library and Bulletin
Board System. Recognizing the vast potential of this new
research tool, it became the first state society in the nation to
take this important step.

Because of the experience gained by the Foundation in the
operation of the electronic facility and because of some
commonality between the two boards, the TSGS Board of
Directors elected to have its equipment operated in the
Foundation office in Lubbock.

Foundation members interested in Texas history and
genealogical research can now log-on to the TSGS Library by
dialing 806/791-4822. Those desiring to research in the
Foundation Library and manuscript sections should log-on
with a new number–806/795-2005. Those who have reached
the Foundation Library in the past through Genealogy
Headquarters may continue to access general genealogical
research through the GRF’s former number–806/796-7070
operated by Gene Mathis. He will continue to operate as
Systems Operator on all three Bulletin Boards. If you find any
one of the above numbers busy when you call, try one of the

All three Electronic Libraries are affiliated with National
Genealogical Society’s FidoNet Genealogical Conference for
worldwide electronic mail exchange. This service is available
free to every researcher. Eight hundred genealogy bulletin
boards in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland,
Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland,
Botswana, Denmark, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa,
Australia and New Zealand are affiliated in the network for
daily E-mail exchange.

There are thousands of queries and messages on hundreds of
surnames on the three Bulletin Boards at all times–and many
of them are yours. Your modem-equipped computer can make
a lighting-fast search for any surname that holds interest for
you, and you may download the data to your equipment at no
charge. The price of the phone call, about 16 cents per minute
for long distance calls, is the only expense to the researcher.
Additionally the researcher can upload data to either of the
three Libraries, and the SysOp will route it to the proper

This bulletin-board approach effectively allows sharing of all
genealogical data with every member of the Foundation. Each
will know what information has been assembled, and
duplication of effort by the members will be avoided. This
allows the dissemination of the manuscript to the members
perhaps five years earlier than if they had to wait for the
completion of the printing of a series of volumes. Additionally,
it circumvents an immediate need of a $25,000 book
printing requirement for the series.

The only “closed stack” section of the GRF Electronic Library
continues to be the Foundation manuscript. It will be limited
to “Members Only.” Volunteers who wish to assist in
indexing the manuscript and the Newsletter are invited to
contact the Foundation.

The name “Gowen” which means “Smith” in Gaelic, appears
in at least 24 different spellings in American and European
records. To make the search as complete as possible, the Library
will hold data on at least 24 different spellings of the
surname. Family lore will be indexed on Gawan, Gawen,
Gawne, Goan, Goeing, Goen, Goin, Goines, Going, Gooing,
Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, Gowine, Gowing, Goun, Gouwen,
Goyen, Goyn, Goyne, Guynes, plus plurals, prefixes and other
Soundex versions.

All three Electronic Libraries and Bulletin Boards will be
“open” 24 hours a day, 365 days a year . . . and nobody will
ever turn the lights out on you! All three will use the same
protocol: Baud, 2400; Parity, none; Data Bits, 8; Stop Bits, 1;
Duplex, full; Protocol, ZModem; Terminal, ANSI. For
technical assistance, call the SysOp at 806/796-0456 or

A modem makes it possible for even incompatible computers
[i.e. IBM and Apple] to communicate with each other. Researchers
who do not yet have a modem on their computer
may continue to exchange data by mail on either 5 1/4″ or 3
1/2″ diskettes. Hard copy print-outs will continue to be made
available at no charge to members who do not yet use a
computer to send Electronic Mail. You don’t have to be a
“computer nut,” but to keep up, you may want to “take up”
with one!


An invitation is extended to all the cousins to the
1992 Goins Family Reunion to be held Saturday, June 27 at
Oakley Cemetery, IH37 and Hardy Road, south Bexar County,

Those of you that have never been to Oakley
Cemetery might think it strange to hold a family gathering in a
place designed as the final solution for our mortal race;
however, Oakley is a place where our ancestors lived and
walked – it’s a part of our heritage – It’s our very roots – and it’s
the final resting place of the Choctaw Indian named Jeremiah
Goins and his wife Sharefina Drake Goins.

Oakley is quiet in nature and seemingly remote, yet it
is within easy access from San Antonio or Pleasanton, Texas
and IH 37 that joins the two cities. Sandy soil, green grass and
tall trees which shade most of the area await you.. A covered
pavilion with a concrete floor is located in one corner, and
restroom facilities are available.

You will see monuments to our ancestors at Qakley.

Many date back into the 1800s to a time when Texas was little
more than a poor and insecure nation composed of many
different pioneering peoples. If you listen closely to the stories
that you will hear while at this reunion, it will be apparent that
our heritage was a rich and important one in the development
of Texas history.

We hope that this 1992 gathering will spark new
interest in future reunions, and we look forward to sharing
new and old family information with those relatives attending.
So write “GTT” on your door frame (Gone to Texas), bring
your “Git fiddle” if you play one, and come on down to San
Antonio. For details, contact– Gary & Peggy Gabehart, 6310
Wigwam, San Antonio, TX, 512/647-7817.

==Dear Cousins==

I noticed in the March Newsletter the article on Isaac
Going who was married in 1804 to Rebecca Palmer. I have
access to a fairly complete history of the Palmer family and
would be happy to assist anyone who is interested in the

An elderly neighbor donated her late husband’s
research on the Palmer family to our library. He had worked
almost exclusively on the Palmer family history for 20 years.
His widow had no use for the material as they had no children
to inherit his work.

Our library was thrilled to add it to the files here. I
would be happy to review the file and to make copies, any part
or all, for researchers for cost plus postage. It is a beautifully
documented work. I only wish that all of the material was on
MY family! Carrie McGee, 1303 6th Avenue, Jasper, AL,

==Dear Cousins==

I need to know what happened to Frederick
Goins/Gowen after 1827. At that time he was married to
Vicey Gibbs, and they were living in Sumter County, SC. He
was a son of Jerry and Edy Goins/Gowen.

Vicey Gibbs Goins/Gowen was enumerated as the
head of the household from 1820 through 1880, with no
mention of Frederick. She died in 1887. Was there a divorce?
Did he die early? Surely someone out there must know
something about him. I will appreciate any help. Mary B.
Barr, Route 8, Box 148, Florence, SC, 29501.

4)  Amasa Vernon Going Wrote
of Civil War Conditions

Amasa Vernon Going, ninth child of Isaac Going and Rebecca
Palmer Going, was born January 30, 1827 in Union District.
South Carolina. He was a grandson of Drury Going and
Rebecca Palmer Going who had come to Union District
shortly after the Revolutionary War. Drury Going was born in
1749 in an area which later became Greensville County,
Virginia, according to Mary Elizabeth Motley Beadles, a
descendant and DAR Member 474911.

Isaac Going, fifth child of Drury Going and Rebecca Palmer
Going, was born April 28, 1775 in Chester District, South
Carolina. He was married August 21, 1804 to Rebecca Palmer,
seventh child of John Palmer and Martha “Patty” Williams
Palmer of Union District, South Carolina.

Amasa Vernon Going removed to Louisiana about 1858. He
fought in a Louisiana infantry company in the Civil War,
according to Fredrick M. Tucker of Duncan, South Carolina.

He wrote September 12, 1862 to his brother, William George
Washington Going:

“Mississippi, Marshall County Camp-Near Holly Springs
Dear Brother, September 12, 1862

I am well, and I hope this will find you and family with all the
connection is in the same good blessing. We have just got
back from a tiresome trip, we travel over 700 miles, got but
little to eat and done very hard marching. We did not get into
any fights. Our regiment stood it much better than I thought.

I saw John Bailey and Old Jim Sams at Jackson, Miss. He
was well. I also saw John Foster yesterday. He heard of me
and came by to see me. He belongs to the 6th Miss. Regt. He
is 12 miles above here.

We have just received orders to cook up five days rations and
be ready for marching in the morning at 4 o’clock. We will go
up North I think. We will have a fight at Bolivar, Tenn.
before this time next week, if the yankeys don’t leave there
before we can get there. They are 12,000 strong at that place.

We have and can get about 20,000 I think. The general notion
is to push on a fight at that place. We are camped on cold
water, five miles from Holly Springs, just where the yankeys
were camped 6 weeks ago. They did a great deal of mischief
in this place.

I found some yankey letters today they lost when they left
here. One young lady writing to her sweetheart said, “Oh how
she would like to see the Rebels tortured a while and then
killed” and others praying for him to come home for she and
her children were living on bread and other one was grieving
because her husband was not buried in a coffin. I see from the
letters we found about here that they have hard living as well
as we do in the South

I suppose you have heard of the glorious victorys in Virg,
Tenn and Ky. long before this can reach you. I have to write
in a hurry. You can tell brothers that I am up here and direct
there letters to Holly Springs and I will get them though they
are fixing to start to Tenn. and will be there tomorrow.

I want you to keep everything strait between you and I about
the Land. You do what you think is rite and that will suit me.
I will wright again before long, soon as we stop or our fight is
over. Tell Keran I will wright to her before long. Tell them
all that I am well. I must go to cooking.

I am your loving brother
To William Going A. V. Going”



Gowen Research Foundation
5708 Gary Avenue
Lubbock, Texas, 79413

Gowen Research Foundation Newsletter
Arlee Gowen, Editor
Linda McNiel, Circulation
Membership Application
Gowen Research Foundation Phone: 806/795-8758 or 795-9694
5708 Gary Avenue E-mail: gowen@llano.net
Lubbock, Texas, 79413 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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