1992 – 10 Oct Newsletter – GRF

Sections in this issue:

1) William Gowen Died a Wealthy Young Merchant in 1804;
2) Andrew Martin Gooing Fought For Confederacy Without Pay;
3) Dear Cousins.

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Volume 4, No. 2 October, 1992

1)  William Gowen Died a Wealthy
Young Merchant in 1804

William Gowen, son of Maj. John “Buck” Gowen and Lettice
“Letty” Winn Bearden Gowen, was born about 1762, probably
in Granville County, North Carolina where his parents lived at
the time. It suggested by Adeline Evans Wynn in “Southern
Lineages” that his family lived in Craven County, South Carolina
in 1770. “John Gowing” received a land grant of 200
acres there May 16, 1770, according to Craven County Deed
Book 2, page 267.

In 1778 the family moved to District 96 in the western extremity
of South Carolina where John “Buck” Gowen had received
a land grant four years earlier, probably for militia services
in the Charleston, South Carolina area.

William Gowen was married to Miriam Earle, ninth child of
Lt. Col. Bayliss John Earle and Mary Berry Prince Earle January
28, 1796. Miriam Earle was born November 24, 1775 in
Frederick County, Virginia. She was a granddaughter of
Samuel Earle, high sheriff and member of the House of
Burgesses from Frederick County and Anna Sorrell Earle.

William Gowen was described as a “Revolutionary soldier” by
Joseph Earle Birnie in “The Earles and the Birnes,” however it
is believed that he did not see revolutionary service because of
his youth. His grandfather, William Gowen served as a
Revolutionary soldier under the command of his son, Maj.
John “Buck” Gowen, and the author may have confused them.

William Gowen appeared as head of a household in the 1800
census of Greenville District, page 6, No. 227. He made his
home in Greenville County until his death in 1804. His father
was appointed administrator of his estate which was appraised
and administered between 1804 and 1806. A Warrant of
Appraisement was issued to Thomas Brummet, Jesse Mayfield,
John Motlow, Arch Elliot and John Goodlett in 1804 and
certified by Robert Cook, justice. They were directed to
“repair to William Gowen’s house and appraise his estate.”

Apparently William Gowen owned half interest in a “store at
New Market” and half interest in a tavern there. Stephen C.

Woods was mentioned in the accounting as a defaulting copartner.
Despite some “desperate” accounts which the administrator
“despaired” of collecting and which were written
off, the estate was a large one for that era, suggesting that
William Gowen would be considered a wealthy man.

It is unlikely that William Gowen died a sudden death. Three
different doctors were brought in to treat him, according to the
probate record. The three doctor bills totaled $25.34.

Maj. John “Buck” Gowen reported to the court on every item
of expense in connection with administering the estate. He
listed “$7 to Dyer & Talley for funeral expense, $3.95 for
whiskey at estate sale, 75c for paper used at sale, and $28.78
money laid out for the use of the family.”

“An account, calculation & reckoning of the Administration of
the Estate of William Gowen, deceased as exhibited into the
Ordinary’s Office of Greenville District on the 4th day of
November, 1806” totaled $5,935.50.1, estimated at over a half
million dollars in 1992 values.

Additionally the administrator prepared a list of cash assets
and notes “due William Gowen at his Decease, May 16,

Total Cash on Hand $ 5.37.5
One Note Given to Gideon Hester by
John Motlow on Demand February
21, 1805 for 32.00.0
One Order Given by Elias Earle on
John Motlow July 12, 1803 for 60.00.0
One on James Pennington Due October 1,
1804 to be paid in Horses for 250.00.0
One Note on Robert Cannon due
November 1, 1804 for 65.00.0
One Note on James Gowen, Deceased
Due November 25, 1802 for 100.00.0
One Note on John Vineyard for 8, due
to be paid in goods (Desparate) for 8.00.0
One Note on Farr due
November 11, 1802 for 100.00.0
Total Amount Due by the Widow Polly
Gowen, Combahee, acknowledged 100.00.0
Total Ballence of an Account in the hands
of Henry Elmore and acknowledged 25.00.0
Total Amount due by
Isom Draudy (Desperate) 50.00.0
Total Amount due by Edward Herndon 45.00.0
Total Book Amt. Due by John Motlow 459.64.0
Total Amount of Sugar & Salt Book
at New Market Sale, 12 pounds,
13 shillings, 01 pence, in dollars 55.25.0
Total Amount of Act. Due by
Thomas Brummett for wife 11.25.0
Thomas Wood (Desperate) due 21.00.0
James Blassingame due 20.00.0
James Galt due 3.00.0
Benjamin Hawkins (Desperate) due 4.00.0
James Gillison due 15.00.0
Lewis Frazer due .37.0
David Reed due 17.48.5
James Gowen due on a
Temporary Settlement 386.74.0
Total Amount of half the Store acts Kept
at New Market 76 pounds, 2 shillings,
3 pence, in Dollars 326.18.0
Total Amount of half the Tavern Books
Kept at New Market 15 pounds, 7
shillings, 5 1/2 pence, in Dollars 65.87.0
Total Half the Amount of the Goods Sold
at New Market after Gowen decease
after Paying the Sale Expense 109.60.0
Total Amount Due by Stephen C. Wood
on the Close of the Copardnership 65.35.5
sale. This of Woods is (Desperate)”

The record of the estate sale showed that many of the effects
were purchased by the widow, Miriam Earle Gowen. In that
era, all personal property of the deceased were sold at auction
for the benefit of the estate. Should the widow desire to keep
certain items from her household, she would have to be the
high bidder to retain them.

Record of the auction held June 22, 1804 revealed many of the
items found on a Carolina farmstead during that period and the
value of them in dollars, cents and mills:

“Thomas Bearden One side of leather 2.62.0
Marium Gowen Axe & file 1.75.0
Marium Gowen One sugar cannister 1.00.0
Samuel Hunt One silver watch 20.00.0
Marium Gowen 4 slays & 2 harness 1.50.0
Major John Gowen 26 hair halters 2.50.0
Phillemon Bradford One jug 1.25.0
Marium Gowen One iron bound cask 1.25.0
Marium Gowen One pair saddle bags 0.50.0
William Anderson One keg & powder 2.25.0
Major John Gowen One pair of linens 0.14.0
James Gowen Shaving box & razor 1.50.0
Samuel Hunt 13 yards black silk 17.00.0
Samuel Hunt One pair slippers 2.00.0
Jonathan Hand Four chairs 0.50.0
Major John Gowen One Waggon Cloth 4.50.0
Obadiah Woodson Boxes & Hub Irons 8.25.0
Major John Gowen One chain & harness 46.00.0
Marium Gowen Fire dogs, shovel, tongs 4.00.0
Marium Gowen One looking glass 0.50.0
Marium Gowen Crockary ware 2.00.0
Marium Gowen Two decanters, tumbler 1.50.0
Marium Gowen Coffee mill, Candle mould
& snuffer, two quart
bottles & one Gimblet 1.75.0
Marium Gowen Two pair cards &
Coffee Pot 1.50.0
Marium Gowen One woman’s saddle 15.00.0
James Gowen One Brace Pistols 25.00.0
Jeremiah Brown Bed, Bedstead & furn. 35.50.0
Marium Gowen Bed, Bedstead & furn. 35.00.0
Phillemon Bradford One trunk 5.56.2
Marium Gowen One churn 2.50.0
Marium Gowen One table 1.50.0
James Gowen One grindstone 2.00.0
Jonathan Hand Two kegs 1.87.5
James Gowen One Cutting Box 0.75.0
Marium Gowen One Table 0.50.0
John Carlin One Table 0.50.0
Lewis Frazer One Cubbord 3.00.0
Marium Gowen One Curry Comb & Bit 0.62.5
Lewis Frazer One Loom 5.50.0
Marium Gowen Bag Sifter & Tray 3.75.0
John B. Elkin Two Fire Bucketts 0.25.0
Marium Gowen Two Kegs 0.50.0
Marium Gowen Cask & Hogshead 2.35.7
Marium Gowen One Large Wheel 1.35.7
James Gowen One Small Wheel 1.00.0
Marium Gowen One Small Wheel 0.75.0
Marium Gowen One Reel 0.62.5
Mjr. John Gowen One Large Wheel 1.00.0
James Gowen One Large Wheel 0.75.0
Marium Gowen One Churn 0.50.0
James Gowen One pair, Bushel 0.50.0
Marium Gowen Piggins [wooden vessels] 5.00.0
Marium Gowen Pewter & Tin Ware 10.75.0
Marium Gowen Crocks & Pans 0.85.7
Col. Henry M. Wood One Grid Iron 2.50.0
James Gowen One Frying Pan 2.12.5
Col. Henry M. Wood Ladles & Fork 2.00.0
Thomas Cantrell One Pot & Hooks 1.68.7
Major John Gowen One Skillet 0.75.0
Marium Gowen Smoothing Irons 1.87.7
Marium Gowen Ovens 3.12.5
William Ker Ovens 0.56.2
Major John Gowen Mattock 1.25.0
William Ker Two Axes 2.00.0
Phillemon Bradford One Plow & fixings 2.50.0
Samuel McJunkin Doubletrees 1.75.0
Archabald Ellett Seven augers 2.18.7
Thomas Cantrell Saw, Drawing knife
& Hammer 1.31.2
James Gowen Cup Hoods & Wedges 6.62.5
Major John Gowen Bridle Bitts 1.25.0
James Gowen Frizens [?] & Bolts & C. 1.25.0
Baylis E. Elkin Lot Hogs 150.25
Major John Gowen Lot Hogs ..30.50
William Cannon Geese 6.38
James Gowen One Cow & Calf 11.75.0
James Gowen One Cow & Calf 10.25.0
James Gowen Cow, Yearling & Bull 10.25.0
Ransom Powell One Cow 9.25.0
Jeremiah Brown One Cow 10.50.0
Baylis E. Elkin Two Steers 19.27.0
Baylis E. Elkin One Steer & Bull 20.75.0
James Gowen One Steer & Heifer 11.25.0
John Gowen One Steer 2.25.0
Thomas Wood One Steer 4.75.5
James Gowen One Steer & Heifer 6.00.0
James Gowen One Horse 77.75.0
Alex’r McKinney One Horse 103.25.0
Col. Browne One Horse 132.00.0
Jeremiah Browne One Horse 46.00.0
Alex’r McKinney One Horse 179.00.0
Major John Gowen Negroe wench & child 400.00.0
Major John Gowen One Negroe Fellow 430.00.0

Children born to William Gowen and Miri am Earle Gowen

Mahala Gowen born about 1797
John Gowen born about 1800
Matilda Gowen born about 1801
Letitia “Letty” Gowen born about 1802
Mahulda Gowen born about 1803

2)  Andrew Martin Gooing Fought
For Confederacy Without Pay

By Helen B. Wasson
Author of “Our Kith and Kin”
326 Kenwood, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70806

Andrew Martin Gooing, son of Pleasant Going and Temperance
Cooper Going, was born November 23, 1823 in Dallas
County, Alabama. Somehow his surname was changed to
“Gooing” in adulthood.

He was enlisted June 13, 1846 in the U.S. Army at Mobile,
Alabama for one year’s service. He fought in the Mexican
War as a private in Capt. William Coleman’s Company in the
First Alabama Regiment under Col. J. R. Coffey. His service
record describes him as “5’10,” fair complexion, black eyes
and light hair.” He was discharged at New Orleans May 27,

The next record we have of Andrew Martin Gooing is an affidavit,
dated September 27, 1847, sworn to in Marion, Perry
County, Alabama, preparatory to filing for bounty land.

On October 27, 1847, in a letter headed Perryville, Alabama,
he requested that his warrant for bounty land be sent “to my
address at Maplesville, Bibb County, Alabama.” On April 25,
1848, he was awarded 160 acres of land in Bibb County.

On November 30, 1848, Andrew M. Gooing married Miss Areminta
Barnett, according to Perry County, Alabama marriage
records. She was the daughter of Thomas Barnett and Phebary
Bishop Barnett.

According to the 1850 Census, Andrew and Areminta Gooing
resided in Perry County, Alabama in Perryville Beat. This is in
the eastern part of the county. Andrew is listed as being 26
years old, a pumpmaker, Areminta is 24, and they have one
child, William, age 1.

In 1858, the estate of Thomas Barnett, Areminta’s father, was
settled. In Minute Book I, page 43, State of Alabama, Perry
County, we find Areminta and her husband mentioned. Their
part was $1,272.95.

Shortly thereafter, Andrew and Areminta Gooing came to
Louisiana. They first lived at Old Shiloh in Union Parish.

Emest Edward Ballard, grandson of Andrew M. Gooing, told
me that Andrew M. Gooing had a gin, a blacksmith shop, and
that he was a carpenter.

We have a certified copy of Conveyance Record K, page
190Ä191, Union Parish Deed, dated February 27, 1863, a deed
from Alfred Honeycutt to ‘A. M. Goings’ for 360 acres of land.

This deed confirms the following story that was told to me.

Alfred Honeycutt had a son, Bob, who was of army age.

Honeycutt could not bear to see his son to go to war. He told
Andrew M. Gooing he would deed 360 acres to him if he
would take the boy’s place. Andrew agreed to do this. On the
day of his enlistment, the deed was made.

Following is Andrew M. Gooing’s Confederate States war
record, taken from Booth’s ‘Records of Louisiana Confederate
Soldiers and Commands,’ Book 1, Page 44:

“Going, Andrew M. Pvt. Co. I, 31st Infantry. Enlisted February
27, 1863, Monroe, Louisiana. Federal Rolls of Prisoners
of War, captured and paroled at Vicksburg, Mississippi, July
4, 1863.”

It shows he enlisted for three years, or for the duration of the
war. There are two interesting notes; ‘he has never been paid,’
and ‘the duplicate roll carries his name as Going instead of

Martha A. Gooing Ballard, his daughter wrote, “Father went
through the Vicksburg hard battle and was wounded in head
and shoulder which shortened his life . . .”

Aunt Rosalie Ballard White has heard Areminta Gooing say
that during the war, in the middle of the night, some Yankees
came and burned the cotton gin and cotton bales. They took
all their chickens, livestock and bed covering.

Andrew M. Gooing returned from the war on a horse someone
had let him have. It is said he was so ill when he returned that
he could hardly climb down from the horse. He died December
9, 1867.

On September 14, 1957, I visited Andrew M. Gooing’s grave
at Old Tennessee Graveyard in Union Parish, Louisiana. The
gravestone is Masonic, shaped like a pyramid and in perfect
condition. On the side opposite the Masonic insignia there is
sculptured an ear of corn. The front of the stone is marked
“Andrew M. Gooing Born November 15, 1823, Died December
9, 1867. Erected by his Wife.”

Andrew M. Gooing deeded the 360 acres to William Sanders
Gooing, his son whom he had taught the carpentry trade.

William took over the shop after his father’s death. In 1890,
William S. Gooing was murdered by a man named Deas. His
death, we are told, caused Areminta, his mother to grieve for
him for the rest of her life. William S. Gooing’s grave is adjacent
to his father’s and is marked.

Areminta in her widowhood made her home with her son-inlaw
John Ballard. I have heard my father speak of her many
times and said he had ridden into town with her to get her
pension check.

This pension check was a great puzzlement to me. I had been
told it was a CSA widow’s pension. I made many fruitless efforts
to verify it. The CSA Pension Act was not approved until
1898 — then, one day, upon reÄreading Martha A. Ballard’s
letter, it occurred to me that perhaps it was a widow’s pension
from Andrew’s service in the Mexican War. This proved to be
true, and as a consequence, I was able to acquire from National
Archives Andrew’s military records which gave me
much valuable information.

Areminta died March 4, 1902, while she was visiting in Union
County, Arkansas in the home of her daughter, Phebery Jane
Tugwell. She is buried there at Blanchard Springs, Arkansas,
where she died.

Children born to them include:

William Sanders Gooing born August 25, 1849
Phebery Jane Gooing born January 16, 1851
Sarah Agnes Gooing born April 4, 1852
Pleasant Thomas F. Gooing born April 15, 1854
[infant] born Sept. 10, 1856
Mary Alabama Gooing born March 14, 1858
Martha Angeline N. Gooing born August 19, 1860
Andrew Jackson Gooing born Sept. 24, 1863


Enclosed for the Foundation Library are copies of
every Gowan death certificate on file in the state of Tennessee
for the years 1908-1941 [the only years that such records are
public]. Very soon I’ll have similar packages for GRF on
“Gowen” and and other spellings. If anyone out there wants a
copy of these, I’ll make up one for $3 [for the entire package].
Phillip Gowan, Box 5777, Nashville, TN, 37208.

==Dear Cousins==

We are enclosing our overseas membership for 1993
and a gift subscription for my brother, Larry Sewell of Mexia,
Texas. I will be studying violin-making for nine months here
at the Cambridge Violin-Making School in Cambridgeshire.

Please advise me the names and addresses of family members
in this area. I have been attending sessions here every summer
since 1986. So far, I have completed two violas and one
violin. My husband plays them.

We are looking forward to meeting you in person at
the Houston Convention in 1994. I am a descendant of
Richard Gowan of Blooming Grove, TX, +1867, Sylvarena,
MS, -1867 and Columbus Co, NC -1820. Doris Sewell
Simon, No. 61 Hartington Grove, Cambridge, Cam, U.K. CB1

==Dear Cousins==

Under separate cover I am forwarding for the
Foundation Library a copy of “Our Kith & Kin” which I
published in 1986. The volume includes narratives on
Pleasant Gowen/Going/Gooing [bc1788], his two wives,
Temperance Cooper Gowen and Alice Webb Gowen and their
descendants. The surname underwent a change prior to the
Civil War, and now most family members use the name

I am quite honored to be invited to serve on your
1993 board, but must decline because of my physical
handicaps. I sincerely appreciate your offer. I am giving you,
by this means, permission to quote from my work. Helen B.
Wasson, 326 Kenwood Ave, Baton Rouge, LA, 70806.

==Dear Cousins==

Members of Gowen Research Foundation are invited
to “Worlds Collide–European Explorations in the Interior
Southeast” October 9 at the Frank H. McClung Museum,
Knoxville, TN. The exhibit examines Indian life in East Tennessee
in the mid 1500s, European exploration into the area
and the consequences of this contact both locally and worldwide.

Four issues will be addressed. The first is the
question of European contacts before Columbus. Featured
will be the Bat Creek Stone from Loudon County and a runic
stone from the Nashville area. The Bat Creek Stone, on loan
from the Smithsonian Institute, is thought by some to show an
ancient form of Hebrew writing.

On more solid scholarly ground, the exhibition will
next address the 16th century Spanish incursions into the
interior: Hernando de Soto, Tristan de Luna and Juan Pardo.

Actual Spanish artifacts recovered from sites in East
Tennessee will be exhibited as well as replicas of Spanish
armor. The mysterious Melungeons may find their origin
during this time. Jeff Chapman, Director, The Frank H.
McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN,

==Dear Cousins==

Enclosed is my Sustaining Membership for 1993
along with registrations for four members of my family for the
1994 Research Conference and Family Reunion in Houston. I
am also enclosing for the Foundation Library some
Gowen/Goen family records from the courthouse in Darke
County, Ohio that turned up while I was searching there for
data on my Leeman family.

I am glad to hear of the expansion of the Electronic
Library. Maybe this winter I can log on for some fun
research. Donna Gowin Johnston, 1513 Westridge Terrace,
Casper, WY, 82604.

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

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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