Sections in this issue:
1) Daniel Goans Was Participant In Free State of Franklin;
2) Basil Goins Finally Won Land In Georgia’s Last Lottery;
3) DEAR COUSINS;
4) Electronic Library Expanded To Include 80 MMS Sections;
5) William Franklin Gowen Trails Father’s Footsteps into Pulpit.
All Gowen Manuscript Pages and Newsletters: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/gowen-research-foundation-pages-and-info/
GOWEN RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 3, No. 12 August 1992
1) Daniel Goans Was Participant In Free State of Franklin
Daniel Goans was born about 1752, place and parents unknown.
He was married about 1773 to Susannah Inman, according to the
research of Delores Dickson, descendant and Foundation
member of Argentina. Susannah Inman was born about 1754 to
Ezekiel Inman and Hanna Hardee Inman. In 1774 they lived in
Burke County, North Carolina. They removed westward across
the Blue Ridge Mountains about 1785 just in time to participate
in the tumultous beginning of Tennessee.
At that time the area was known as Washington District, North
Carolina and had the Mississippi River as its western boundary.
The Trans-Blue Ridge community felt isolated and abandoned
by North Carolina and accordingly, organized the Watauga
Association to provide their own government and protection.
The North Carolina legislature in 1784 tried unsuccessfully to
give the settlement to the federal govenment, and at that time
the Tennesseeans organized their own “Free State of Franklin”
[at first called Frankland].
Daniel Goans arrived just in time to help elect John Sevier governor
of the unauthorized new state which petitioned for admission
to the United States. The fledgling state of Franklin was ignored
by Congress, and Sevier was arrested for treason. A
friendly jailor allowed Sevier to escape, and he went out to organize
a militia. When the Revolutionary forces needed help in
the West, the Americans appointed Sevier a brigadier-general,
and his militia soundly defeated the British and the Loyalists in
the Battle of Kings Mountain and in the Battle of Cowpens in
On May 26, 1790 the federal government accepted Tennessee
with a population of 35,691 into the union as the “Territory
south of the River Ohio,” providing the territory could produce a
population of 60,000 people. In 1795, a territorial census barely
reached the prescribed minimum which undoubtedly included
Indians [whenever needed.]
“Daniel Goen, Ezekiel Goen and William Goen” appeared in the
1800 tax list of Jefferson County, Tennessee enumerated in
Capt. McDonald’s Company. Each was recorded as “one white
poll.” In addition Ezekiel Goen was assessed taxes on 100 acres
Daniel Goans established his family on the north side of the Nolichucky
River above the mouth of Long Creek. He died there
in 1810, and Susannah Inman Goans died there in 1816,
according to the research of Willis T. Finley, descendant and
Foundation Member of Lonview, Texas.
Children born to them included:
Daniel Goans born in 1774
Shadrach Goans born in 1790
Daniel Goans, son of Daniel Goans and Susannah Inman Goans,
was born in 1774 in Burke County, North Carolina. He was
married June 27, 1794 to Martha Priscilla Jarnigan, according to
the research of Sam K. Goans, a descendant and Foundation
Editorial Board Member of Knoxville. She was born January
26, 1776 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia to Thomas Jarnigan
and Mary Witt Jarnigan.
The Jarnigan family had removed to Tennessee contemporaneously
with the Goans and had also settled on the Nolichucky
where they erected a large gristmill at Mount Harmony, Tennessee.
Historian L. L. Powers records that “while Thomas
Jarnigan owned several slaves, he was seeking someone to run
the gristmill and placed young Daniel Goans in charge.”
Jarnigan died intestate in 1802, and his estate was divided
among his children with Priscilla receiving 338 acres on Richland
Creek in adjoining Grainger County as her share of the real
estate. Her share of the distribution of his personal property was
valued at $639. It included a “negro boy named Henry” and a
“whiskey still.” Since rye whiskey was declared an official
medium of exchange valued at “2s. 6d. per gallon” by an earlyday
Tennessee law, a still was a valuable piece of property.
The couple removed to her inheritance on Richland Creek about
1802, along with her brother Jeremiah Jarnigan. Her brothers
Noah Jarnigan and Chesley Jarnigan had preceded them to the
“Daniel Goan white male, 50-60” was enumerated as the head of
a household in the 1830 census of Grainger County, page 398.
The family was composed of eight members at that time.
He reappeared as the head of a household in the 1840 census of
Grainger County. Martha Priscilla Jarnigan Goans died
sometime prior to the enumeration, and he was remarried
shortly afterward to Jane Frazier Dyer.
According to Sam K. Goans, “Daniel Goans, through curtsy
rights, had only a life estate in his wife’s property, along with a
child’s share when it was sold. When he decided to remarry he
apparently relinquished his life estate to his children and sold
his share to his son Hamilton B. Goans. All of the property was
ultimately acquired by Jeremiah Jarnigan.”
“Daniel Goins” was recorded as head of a household of nine
people in the 1850 census of Grainger County, Household 936-
126. In 1860 he was shown at age 86. Daniel Goans died in
Grainger County in 1866 and was buried in the Jarnigan
Cemetery at Poss, Tennessee.
Twelve children were born to Daniel Goans and Martha Priscilla
Jarnigan Goans, including:
Mary Goans born about 1798
Nancy Goans born about 1800
Jeremiah Riley Goans born about 1803
Martha Goans born about 1805
Samuel C. Goans born about 1808
Pryor L. Goans born about 1809
William Goans born about 1814
Luke L. Goans born about 1815
James R. Goans born about 1817
Hamilton B. Goans born about 1819
John M. Goans born about 1820
Six additional children were reported to Daniel Goans and Jane
Frazier Dyer Goans:
Calvin Goans born about 1833
Alsy E. Goans born about 1843
David Goans born about 1844
Juliat A. C. Goans born about 1845
Abner B. F. Goans born about 1848
Lucy A. Goans born about 1850
Shadrach Goans, son of Daniel Goans and Susannah Inman
Goans, was born about 1790 in Jefferson County. He was
married January 31, 1809 to Sythey Inman, according to Jefferson
County marriage records as transcribed in “Ansearching
News,” Vol. 29.
“Sytha Goins” in 1822 was a member of the Presbyterian church
in Jefferson County. “Shadrach Goins” was a member of the
Presbyterian church in Jefferson County in 1827, according to
“Nineteenth Century Tennessee Church Records” by Byron
Sistler. Four of his children were baptized February 2, 1828.
The four were “Anne Shelton Goins, Daniel Hardin Goins, Jane
McKinney Goins and John Inman Goins.”
Shadrach Goan, a farmer, was enumerated as the head of a
household in the 1840 census of Jefferson County, page 346
composed of 10 individuals. In 1850, “Shadrach Goan” was
recorded as the head of Household 475-723 composed of six
people in Jefferson County:
Children born to Shadrack Goans and Sythey Inman Goans
Anne Shelton Goans born about 1811
Daniel Hardin Goans born about 1813
Jane McKinney Goans born about 1815
John Inman Goans born about 1824
Shadrach Goans born about 1828
Scytha Goans born about 1830
Frances Goans born about 1832
2) Basil Goins Finally Won Land In Georgia’s Last Lottery
Prepared from data researched
By Carrie M. McGee
Foundation Editorial Boardmember
1303 6th Avenue, Jasper, Alabama, 35501
Basil Goins was born in Virginia about 1780. It is believed that
he was married about 1804, wife’s name, Betsy. After the War
of 1812, they removed to Hall County, Georgia in the hope of
receiving free land. They apparently became estranged there
“Basil Gowen” was married to Manerva Brown in Upson
County, Georgia March 7, 1830. “Basdal Goin,” was listed as
the head of a household in the 1830 census of Hall County
composed of a “white male 40-50; a white female, 15-20 and a
white female 0-5.”
Betsy Goin was also listed as the head of a household in the
1830 census of Hall County, composed of a “white female 40-
50, a white male 30-40, two white males 15-20, a white male
15-20 and a white male 10-15,” according to “Index to 1830
Georgia Census,” page 117.
Nearby were enumerated two Goin households, believed to be
those of her sons, “John Goin, white male, age 20-30 page 92,”
and “William Goin, white male, age 20-30, page 104.”
“Basil Going, William Going and the orphans of Sherwood
Going” were successful in the Georgia gold land lottery of 1832
which was the final lottery held in the state. Basil Goins finally
had good fortune on the last chance.
Georgia had used its land since 1784 as an inducement for
settlers. In 1803 legislation provided for the lottery to continue
to be used in distributing free land to its 162,000 citizens.
White male inhabitants of the state who had reached the age of
21 and who were citizens of the United States and residents of
Georgia were entitled to one draw. A man with wife and
children was entitled to two draws, as well as widows who were
heads of households. The lottery system was used to distribute
more than 30,000,000 acres west of the Oconee River. More
than 100,000 fortunate individuals and families benefited from
the seven lotteries held between 1803 and 1832. By that time,
the state’s population had quadrupled; a tremendous buffer
against the Indians had been created.
Children born to Basil Goins and Betsy Goins include:
Albert Goins born about 1805
William Goins born about 1806
John Goins born about 1808
J. Bazzil Goins born about 1810
Washington Joshua Goins born August 13, 1813
Jefferson Goins born August 13, 1813
3) DEAR COUSINS
YES! YES! YES! We plan to be a part of the 1994 Research Conference & Family Reunion in Houston. I am the eldest daughter of Anna Gowan and the late Franklin Maxwell
Gowan of Phoenix. My mother has made her home with us
since the death of my father in 1982. The program sounds very exciting.
I understand from genealogy friends that Dr. Schweitzer is
an outstanding speaker. However, I am most excited about seeing
the artifacts from the William Gowen farm at Nashville
where my father searched for the graves.
My father always spoke very kindly of Arlee Gowen and appreciated
the research material that he shared with him for his
book on the Gowen/Gowan family published here in 1980. He
treasured his visits and correspondence with you. Mary Jo
Bray, 5719 E. Aster Drive, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254.
The reunion of the family of George Edward Gowen and
Mary Ann Smith Gowen July 11 was attended by 60 people in
Chatham, NH. We missed many familiar faces, but were glad to
meet new members of the family.
A mailing list of the descendants of Ezekiel and Meribah
Gowen is enclosed for the Houston brochure mailing. You will
note that these New Englanders have now spread into 18 states–
some of the more adventurous have gone into Texas!
I have no idea of what kind of response you will get for the
Conference. For us in New Hampshire, well Texas is a long
way off. You’ve given plenty of notice however, and we hope
that by 1994 many from this area will be able to attend. I know
it will be an exciting time. Margaret Pearson Tate, 34
Washington St, Exeter NH 03833.
Enclosed is a narrative on the history of Daniel and Susannah
Inman Goans and their son, Daniel Goans, Jr. and his wife,
Priscilla Jarnigan Goans. Their earliest point of documented
residence is Burke County, N.C. You are welcome to place it
online in the Electronic Library and to use it in the Newsletter.
Our family moved to Argentina August 13, but we can use a
Salt Lake City address where our mail will be put in a pouch for
Argentina. Only a U.S. stamp is required. We are looking forward
to hooking up our modem there and being able to communicate
with the Foundation, despite the distance. Delores
Dickson, 47 E. S. Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, 84150.
We invite you to come and join us at the reunion of the descendants
of James Blair Gowens [born 1810 to Charles
Gowens, Revolutionary soldier], Saturday, September 12 in
Graham, Texas. Activities will take place at the Agricultural
Activity Center; kitchen and bathroom facilities are available as
well as motels and camper hookups nearby.
Covered dish meals will be served at noon and 5:00 p.m.
Bring your fixings and join us! The Activity Center is located
next to the Ball Park, so tell the kids [big and little] to bring
their ball and glove. Visitation and games until bedtime.
For details and motel reservations, contact Truman
Gowens, HC60, Box 371, Graham, TX, 76450.
In the March 1992 Newsletter, Velma Beuerle wrote
donating three items for the Foundation Library. One of these
items was identified as “The Guynes Family” by Judge Jasper
Felix Guynes. That information is really a part of “A History
of the Sharp Family,” Eron M. Sharp, Memphis, TN, 1962,
available from the Public Library, Forest, MS. I wrote to Mrs.
Beuerle, and she asked that I write to you to clarify this.
Cynthia Hudson Reed, 1752 Willowbrook Lane, Simi Valley,
I am enclosing for the Foundation Library a copy of “One
Cup History,” a collection of 295 favorite recipes compiled by
49 Gowen women, all part of the family of George Rhoan
Gowen and Courtney Carney Littlefield Gowen. The originals
of these recipes were created by Gowen women who carried
water from the well in the yard and did their cooking on a woodburning
They were the mothers, the wives, daughters and daughtersin-
law of the Gowen men who came to Camden County,
Georgia as pioneers and stayed to become leaders in the
development of Coastal Georgia. They knew very little about
cookbooks, but they knew by intuition how much seasoning to
add, how often to stir and how long to cook.
The 96-page book is available from Willa Lee Gowen, 903
Kingsland Drive, Folkston, GA, 31537 at $5 each, plus $2 shipping.
Barney Alexander Gowen, Box 387, Woodbine, GA,
4) Electronic Library Expanded
To Include 80 MMS Sections
Sixteen additional sections have been added to the Foundation
Manuscript in the Electronic Library in August for a total of 80
and are now available online to family sleuths universally.
Seventy-five hundred pages of data compiled by 350 researchers
have now been fed into the enlarged computer system.
A faster modem and a larger hard disk were installed to
accomodate the expansion. Researchers will now access the
larger facility by setting their modems to dial the new line on
806/795-2005. For a short time the old number, 806/796-0456
will continue to usher callers into the older, more familiar
Electronic Library, but it will not handle the expanded sections.
Both libraries will continue to carry the FidoNet Genealogical
Conference affiliated with the National Genealogical Society.
Fidonet has experienced an exploding expansion as well. In
1991, when Gowen Research Foundation tied in with the Net,
150 genealogical bulletin board systems were in operation
across the United States. Now 900 bulletin board systems are
operating across the nation which are devoted to genealogy, and
the overall FidoNet has expanded to 18,000 boards. In 1991
FidoNet carried an average 150 genealogical messages daily;
now traffic is up to 500 messages daily. Each board will now
have over 30,000 messages at any one time, and the service is
free to every researcher.
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. Since that time
the state societies of Ohio and Illinois have placed bulletin
boards into service.
Foundation members interested in Texas history and
genealogical research can now log-on to the TSGS Library,
which is being operated in the Foundation office, by dialing
806/791-4822. If you find any one of the above numbers busy
when you call, try one of the others.
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. For technical assistance in logging on to the
Electronic Library, call the SysOp at 806/796-0456 or 806/795-
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
5) William Franklin Gowen Trails Father’s Footsteps into
William Franklin Gowen, son of William Gowen and Susan
Gowen, was born in Egypt, Tennessee September 21, 1839,
according to his tombstone inscription. He enlisted in Company
H, Thirteenth Tennessee Infantry Regiment, CSA, along with
his brother, Hayward Benton H. Gowen when the Civil War
erupted. “Tennessee Soldiers in the Civil War” shows “Pvt.
W. F. Gowen, field and staff, 13th Infantry.” His pension
application, No. 9109, of Shelby County, on file in Tennessee
State Archives in Nashville.
William Franklin Gowen, following in his father’s footsteps,
became a Baptist minister and preached in the same area where
his father had proclaimed the gospel. He was married about the
end of the Civil War to Sarah J. “Sallie” Berryhill in Shelby
County. She was born there May 16, 1845, according to
“Confederate Patriot Index, 1924-1978,” Volume II
published by Tennessee Division, United Daughters of the
She is believed to be a daughter of S. B. Berryhill who was a
deacon in the Bartlett Baptist Church in 1851. She died May
23, 1876 in Shelby County. He was remarried about 1879,
wife’s name, Mary E.
His family of four was enumerated at Bartlett, Tennessee in the
1880 census of Shelby County, Enumeration District 121, Civil
District 7, page 5, as:
Mary E. Gowen died September 29, 1916, and a few minutes
after her death, William Franklin Gowen suffered a heart attack
and died . . . both on the same day! They were buried in Egypt
Baptist Cemetery near Memphis, Tennessee. Their inscriptions
read, “W. F. Gowen–9/21/1839–9/29/1916 and Mary E.
Gowen, his wife, 6/15/1850–9/29/1916.”
Four granddaughters of William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J.
“Sally” Barnhill Gowen, Jo Gowen Chambers [Mrs. W. H.
Chambers], [66/1163]; Ruth Gowen Klinke, [66/1203]; Eloise
Dickey Tapp [Mrs. Ernest Tapp], [66/1237] and Sarah L.
Dickey Barrett [Mrs. Paul Barrett] [66/1152] were admitted to
United Daughters of the Confederacy on the basis of his
Children born to William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J. “Sallie”
Berryhill Gowen include:
Clarence Gray Gowen born September 22, 1866
William Tucker Gowen born about 1868
Hattie Irene Gowen born about 1869
Children born to William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen
Lennie Lee Gowen born in 1880
James Franklin Gowen born in 1885
Taylor Blackwell Gowen born in 1886
Mamie Lou Gowen born about 1889
Paul Austin Gowen born October 25, 1891
Gowen Research Foundation Newsletter
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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.