Sections in this issue:
1) Filming Begins on Melungeon Mystery Documentaries;
2) Martha Angeline Gowan at 13 Assists with Amputation;
3) From The Boston Globe . . . Laura Burnett Gowen Lauded For Scoliosis Foundation Work;
4) Editorial Board Nominated To Guide 1993 Research Efforts;
5) DEAR COUSINS.
All Gowen Manuscript Pages and Newsletters: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/gowen-research-foundation-pages-and-info/
GOWEN RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 4, No. 5 January 1993
1) Filming Begins on Melungeon
Two television crews began filming Melungeon evidences in
December under the direction of a committee of researchers
and academicians headed by Brent Kennedy, Ph.D. of Atlanta
and William VanderKloot, president of VanderKloot Film &
Kennedy, a Melungeon descendant, was born in Wise County,
Virginia in the heart of Melungia and for several years has researched
the mystery of his ancestry. His articles published in
“Blue Ridge Country” brought his work to the attention of
the Foundation, and research efforts were merged.
Kennedy became interested in the hypothesis of Eloy
Gallegos, Spanish historian of Santa Fe that the Melungeons
were Iberian “Conversos,” Christianized Moors-Jews-
Spaniards-Portuguese, also called Moriscos.
Their efforts became of interest to the Moroccan Embassy and
the Portuguese Embassy who were attracted to the mystery of
the Melungeons and who offered the resources of their
embassies and their national archives in the investigation.
Additionally, the Portuguese embassy sent a second television
crew to southwest Virginia and Sneedville, Tennessee to begin
filming in the American Melungeon homeland. The filming
was being done under the direction of Mario Crespo, regarded
as the “Ted Koppel” of Portuguese television.
The documentaries are also focusing on the evidences of the
Capt. Juan Pardo Spanish expedition which explored in
eastern Tennessee in 1567 which was featured in March 1988
edition of “National Geographic Magazine.”
Authority for the article written by Joseph Judge, an editor of
the magazine, was a translation of Pardo’s report written in
April 1569 and deposited in Seville’s Archives of the Indes.
The Archives holds 82,000,000 manuscript pages of wellpreserved
reports on Spanish efforts in America. The report
was translated by historian Herbert Ketcham and placed in the
North Carolina State Archives. Archival material on the party
reveals that some of the soldiers brought their wives and
families. Pardo directed the construction of four forts in the
area inhabited by the Catawba Indians, later to become
Georgia and South Carolina. The Catawbas composed the
principal tribe of the eastern division of the Sioux.
Gallegos, in his research of the expedition, discovered that the
leader of the expedition signed his name as “Joao Pardo,” revealing
him to be a native of Portugal, rather than Spain.
Emperor Carlos V of Spain had subjected Portugal during the
mid-1500s and had impressed many Portuguese men into his
army. Rosters of the 250-man Pardo party show that the expedition
was composed of both Spaniards and Portuguese.
Since the Melungeons have long maintained that they were
“Porter-ghee,” the possible connection is intriguing.
Kennedy is careful to point out that the research and the documentary
films will be scrupulously objective however, and
are not being made to support any particular point of view.
Other hypotheses and studies are also being undertaken.
Members of the Melungeon Documentary Film committee
include: Tomas Atencio, Ph.D, University of New Mexico;
Khalid Awan, M.D, University of Virginia; Mohamed
Belkhayat, Ambassador, Kingdom of Morocco; Jefferson
Chapman, Ph.D, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Scott
Collins, Ed.S, Sneedville, TN, Robert Elston, Ph.D, Louisiana
State University Medical Center; Charles Faulkner, Ph.D,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Eloy Gallegos, M.A,
Santa Fe, NM; James Guthrie, Ph.D, Ashton, MD; Ahmad Y.
El-Hassan, Ph.D, University of Ontario; Benita Howell, Ph.D,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Richard Jantz, Ph.D,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville; N. Brent Kennedy, Ph.D,
Atlanta, GA; Richard Kennedy, J.D, Wise, VA; Anouar Majid,
Ph.D, University of New England; George Waters, M.D,
Indianapolis, IN; Henry Price, J.D, Rogersville, TN; Fernidia
Rodrigues, Ph.D, Boston University; Nelson Vicera, Ph.D,
Brown University; Jack Williams, vice-chancellor, University
of Tennessee, Knoxville; Evelyn McKinley Orr, Chairman,
Melungeon Research Team and Arlee Gowen, Foundation
It is hoped that filming will be completed during 1993 and that
the documentary will be available for showing at the Gowen
Research Foundation Conference in Houston in May 1994.
2) Martha Angeline Gowan at 13
Assists with Amputation
Martha Angeline “Angie” Gowan, daughter of Pleasant Andrew
Gowan and Mary A. Elizabeth Harris Gowan, was born
near Jackson, Tennessee August 28, 1851. She had a firsthand
experience with the Civil War, according to Connie
LaDelle Ball Chandler, a granddaughter of McCrory,
Arkansas and author of “The H. L. Ball Family.”
“When she was 13, one of her uncles was shot in the
leg during the Battle of Shiloh. He crawled into the
woods and hid. He started for home [90 to 100 miles
away] crawling through the woods at night and hiding
in the daytime, living on berries and roots. The family
thought that he had been killed in the battle, but one
morning, she went out to milk the cows and found him
in the barn, deathly ill with gangrene in his wound. He
cautioned her not to let anyone know of his presence
because Union soldiers were still in the area. He
requested her to bring a sharp butcher knife, some
water and rags for bandages. They built a fire to sterilize
the knife and to boil some water.
They placed a tourniquet above the wound, and she
was instructed to complete the amputation in the event
that he passed out. They disjointed the leg at the knee,
cauterized it to stop the bleeding and pulled the skin
down over the stump. She bandaged the stump and
stood vigil while he slept. The war was over by the
time his wound had healed, and he could then let all
know that he had survived the Battle of Shiloh.
I have in my possession a quilt that she made when she
was a little girl. She picked the cotton, carded it, spun
the thread, wove the material, dyed it using leaves for
the green and bark for the brown dye. Then the cut the
pieces and pieced them together, carded cotton bats for
the filling, and then quilted it.”
Martha Angeline “Angie” Gowan was married January 6,
1874 to George Falcon Wood, according to Carroll County
marriage records. He was born February 14, 1854 near
Jackson, according to Gerald F. Scott, Jr, Gowan descendant
and Foundation member of Paragould, Arkansas.
Connie LaDelle Ball Chandler wrote, “She served as a
midwife to ladies in the community, riding horseback
or in a buggy to attend to the women. Once she went
on a call in the buggy, driving a mare with her young
colt following. The baby was slow in arriving, so she
returned home to fix supper for her family. When she
returned for the birthing, she tied up the colt and rode
the mare. The baby finally arrived, about daylight she
was ready to return home. When she mounted the
mare, the horse took the bit between her teeth and
raced all the way home. She was so anxious to return
to her colt, that she was uncontrolable. The rider had
great difficulty staying on the horse. She ran so fast
and recklessly that Grandmother was bleeding from the
nose and ears when they got home.”
They removed to Tipp, Arkansas in 1887 and assisted in organizing
the Friendship Methodist Church in the following
year. They removed to McCrory, Arkansas in 1903 where he
operated a livery stable. Later he and his son Edward Hermon
Wood operated a general store in McCrory.
He died April 29, 1912 at McCrory and was buried in the Odd
Fellows Cemetery there She died August 2, 1947, three weeks
short of her 96th birthday, and was buried beside her husband.
Children born to them include:
Margaret Eula Wood born December 25, 1879
Pleasant Andrew Wood born September 13, 1885
Edward Hermon Wood born February 15, 1888
Elizabeth Myrtle Wood born December 29, 1889
Martha Abi “Mattie” Wood born June 22, 1892
Woodruff County Historical Society of McCrory published in
its “Rivers and Roads” the family history research of Connie
LaDelle Ball Chandler who died there June 22, 1992. The
Foundation is indebted to Roger Smith, president of the
Society who gave approval for the Foundation to publish
excerpts from the Chandler material.
3) From The Boston Globe . . .
Laura Burnett Gowen Lauded
For Scoliosis Foundation Work
As you drive into Watertown Square from Mt. Auburn Street,
there’s a tiny yellow building on the left diagonally across
from Friendly’s. It’s an unimposing structure that houses
Catholic Charities on the first floor and the National Scoliosis
Foundation on the second.
“It’s hard to believed that we’re a national organization when
you see this place,” said Laura B. Gowen, the recently retired
president of N.S.F. “Most people don’t know what scoliosis
is—even some people who have it.”
Gowen, in the true spirit of altruism, became interested in the
disease during a chance meeting with a young man name Atlabachew
Tedla in Ethiopia in 1972. Tedla was a young student
with a hump on his back and acted as Gowen’s eyes and
ears in a country where her husband was serving in United
Nations. In 1974, after a military coup, Tedla wrote Gowen
asking if he might finish his secondary education in the United
States. She agreed.
“That was the beginning,” said the woman who has been singled
out by various states for her contributions to society.
“We had to do something about the pronounced curvature of
his spine. That’s when I started to educate myself about the
Not only did Gowen educate herself, she educated thousands
of others. Gowen, who many associated with NSF believe
was the catalyst behind its development, didn’t ever use the
one word we often associate with leaders–I. “It’s a team
effort,” she said. “And the team will continue to produce new
ways to educate people about scoliosis.”
4) Editorial Board Nominated To
Guide 1993 Research Efforts
The Foundation’s Editorial Board of Directors nominated to
serve during the ensuing calendar year will undertake some
new responsibilities in 1993. In addition to its normal
function in acting as the “eyes and ears” of the Foundation and
undertaking research assignments, it will double in policy
Development of the Foundation Manuscript, the Newsletter,
the Foundation Conference, the Foundation Library, the
Electronic Library and a Custodial Section to act as curator for
private collections of papers, manuscripts, photographs and
diskettes will be placed under its supervision in 1993.
The board has been named from all spelling variations of the
surname, and one of its new duties will be to make certain that
“all of the above” will be fairly represented in all activities.
All boardmembers work voluntarily, and each may withdraw
his name at any time. Nominees for 1993 include:
AUNSPAUGH, MARION GOWAN Route 3, Box 508 BLAKELY GA 31723
AYRES, MILDRED R. 804 St. Lukes Drive RICHARDSON TX 75080
BRANTLEY, LEVA JOY GOWEN Route 1, Box 1440 FLETCHER OK 73541
CALLAHAN, JAMES R. %DelMonte,Box 193575 SAN FRANCISCO CA 94119
CALVIN, DIRK Box 58143 NASHVILLE TN 37205
CLEMENTS, BARBARA 38 Pine Road NORTH HAMPTON NH 03862
CORDELL, ROSA EVELYN 801 W. College Ave. COLEMAN TX 76834
COUCH, MARIE GOWEN Route 7, Box 222 JONESBORO AR 72401
DEMARCE, VIRGINIA EASLEY 5635 North 25th Rd. ARLINGTON VA 22207
DEMARCELLUS, JUNE GOWEN 151 Riviera Drive RIVIERA BEACH FL 33404
DENDY, MIRIAM R. 1800 Ballard SE HUNTSVILLE AL 35801
DENNEY, CAROL A. 7112 Calumet AMARILLO TX 79106
DILLARD, PAMELA HARLE Box 50742 AMARILLO TX 79159
DOUGHERTY, BEATRICE GOINS Box 388 RICHMOND KY 40475
DUNCAN, SAMMY CRAIG 2107 Division GREENVILLE TX 75401
EDMONDSON, CHAN Box 141235 . DALLAS TX 75214
ESSARY, LINDA Route 1, Box 11 FLOYD NM 88118
FENDIG, GLADYS GOWEN 204 Cater Street ST. SIMONS IS. GA 31522
FINLEY, RACHEL F. 307 Fairview Drive LONGVIEW TX 75604
FRY, JEAN GRIDER 1734 Salem Ch. Rd. CAVE CITY KY 42127
GOANS, SAMUEL KENNETH 5516 Seesaw Road NASHVILLE TN 37211
GOIN, HOYT L. 2506 W. 2nd Street RUSSELLVILLE AR 72801
GOIN, ANNA LEE 13811 Jeff. Hwy 99E JEFFERSON OR 97352
GOINS, GEORGE VIRGIL Box 128 DIBBLE OK 73031
GOINS, JACK H. Route 2, Box 275 ROGERSVILLE TN 37857
GOINS, LARRY K. 231 Savannah Round SUMMERVILLE SC 29485
GOINS, REV. RICHARD 138 S. Ferry Street 0TTUMWA IA 52501
GOSNELL, JAMES RICHARD 506 Eastway Drive SPARTANBURG SC 29307
GOWAN, ANNA S. 5719 E. Aster Dr SCOTTSDALE AZ 85254
GOWAN, FORREST BRUCE 240 Wallace Road JACKSON TN 38301
GOWAN, LA FAY 2157 Shadybrook Lane BIRMINGHAM AL 35226
GOWAN, PATRICK WILLIAM 1422 Puterbough St. SAN DIEGO CA 92103
GOWAN, PHILLIP ALAN Box 5777 NASHVILLE TN 37208
GOWEN, ARLEE 5708 Gary Avenue LUBBOCK TX 79413
GOWEN, BARNEY ALEXANDER Box 387 WOODBINE GA 31569
GOWEN, CHARLES LATIMER 1327 Peachtree St NE ATLANTA GA 30309
GOWEN, DON LEE 1310 Cantwell Av DECATUR AL 35601
GOWEN, GARY E. 15721 San Fernando GRANADA HILLS CA 91344
GOWEN, MILLER ABBOTT 1211 Geneva (2) GENEVA SW 99999
GOWEN, THOMAS MASON Route 7, Box 7904 MANCHESTER TN 37355
GOWEN, WILLIAM R. 4004 89th Ave SE MERCER ISLAND WA 98040
GOWENS, NORMAN BASS 7025 Harvey Drive WACO TX 76710
GOWENS, OLEN ROSS Ashby Place LADOGA IN 47954
GOWING, MARY 1832 Buck Street EUGENE OR 97405
GOYEN, BRIAN 6 Myrtle Court MELBOURNE VI 99999
GOYEN, ROBERT J. 523 Sutton Street SEBASTOPOL VC 99999
GOYNE, COL. CARROLL H. 10019 Canterbury Dr. SHREVEPORT LA 71106
HALL, EVELYN SANDIFER 4319 Colonial Drive SHREVEPORT LA 71119
HARGESHEIMER, NANCY Box 1901 LUBBOCK TX 79408
HERRING, LOUISE COPELAND Box 457 GREENVILLE GA 30222
JOHNSON, M. RUTH 3705 Bloomingdale Rd KINGSPORT TN 37660
JOHNSTON, DONNA V. GOWIN 1513 Westridge Terr. CASPER WY 82604
JOHNSTON, SALLIE M. Box 892 JACKSONVILLE AL 36265
KRETZSCHMAR, LT. COL. SAM 684 Caribbean Road SATELLITE BCH. FL 32937
LAND, HELEN L. 2980 Arizona LOS ALAMOS NM 87544
LEDFORD, CAROL ANNE Route 1, Box 16 LEICESTER NC 28748
MCGEE, CARRIE M. 1303 6th Avenue JASPER AL 35501
MCNIEL, LINDA S. 3702 43rd Street LUBBOCK TX 79413
MOORE, JR., CARL E. Box 2344 CHICAGO IL 60690
NASH, DELLA J. FORD 2515 NW 26th OKLAHOMA CITY OK 73107
NEWMAN, KENNETH L. 906 Second St. NE JACKSONVILLE AL 36265
ORR, EVELYN MC KINLEY 8310 Emmet Street OMAHA NE 68134
OVERSTREET, HAZEL DEAN 5175 Odum Highway ODUM GA 31555
POE, PHYLLIS J. 15406 Ashburton HOUSTON TX 77040
PROCTOR, LOLA RUTH 4717 Bethany GARLAND TX 75042
RICHARDSON, LOUISE GOINS 2207 E. Lake Street PARAGOULD AR 72450
ROBERTSON, BETTY J. 3127 Home Prk Circ.N JACKSONVILLE FL 32207
SPALDING, ANNE GOWEN Box 127 ST.SIMONS IS. GA 31522
STAPLETON, HAZEL GOWEN Box 158 FOLKSTON GA 31537
STARK, MARY BURNS 239 Deerfield Street HOUSTON TX 77022
STEVENS, BETTY GENTRY 2804 W. Boyce FT. WORTH TX 76133
TATE, MARGARET PEARSON 34 Washington St EXETER NH 03833
THURMAN, DIANNE 4201 Wildflower Cir. WICHITA KS 67210
TROSTLE, MARY GOWIN 4515 48th Street LUBBOCK TX 79414
TUCKER, FREDRICK M. Box 214 DUNCAN SC 29334
VICKERS, LINDA RAPP Box 312 POTEAU OK 74953
WALLACE, MARY EVELYN Box 237 RATLIFF CITY OK 73081
WATSON, JULIA CASEY 250 Vacuna Road KINGSLAND GA 31548
WHITE, MARY POPE 7008 Black Bluff SW CAVE SPRING GA 30124
WHITE, PEGGY A. 109 Underwood Drive HOPKINSVILLE KY 42240
WILLIAMS, ANNE GOWEN Box 526 WOODBINE GA 31569
WOOD, HAZEL M. 3772 Baker Street SAN DIEGO CA 92117
WOOD, MARY EVELYN GOWEN 2220 Bruce Drive ST.SIMONS IS. GA 31522
5) DEAR COUSINS
I recently put a modem into my computer so that I could
access the Foundation manuscript files. After the first getting acquainted
session, I downloaded some files that looked
interesting, and on the first one I printed out, I hit the jackpot!
On the second page of this file, there was my 7X greatgrandfather,
William W. Gowen listed with his father and
grandfather, long the objects of my search. I must give credit to
my cousin, Jack H. Goins of Rogersville, TN for getting me as
far back as William W. Gowen and to the Foundation for the
remainder. I have added all of the additional information that I
can provide on their descendants and will upload it back to the
Enclosed is my Contributing Membership for 1993 and
many thanks for the good work that you are doing! Jack C.
Goins, 850 55th St, Port Townsend, WA, 98368.
I am a direct descendant of the Gowen family which arrived
in York in the 1650s. They located on the bank of the York
River, and the old homestead is still there. I remember visiting
there when I was young to see my great-aunt Julia Gowen. My
grandmother was a Gowen. Here the name is pronounced with
the “long o” though it is pronounced with the “short o” in places
Cape Neddick is a section of the town of York which was
settled in the 1600s. I have lived here all my life [84 years]. I
shall go to the library at the first opportunity to see what I can
find on our genealogy here and give the Foundation the benefit
of anything I find. Flora Woodford, 1324 U.S. Route 1, Cape
Neddick, ME, 03902.
It was my pleasure to be able to help with the research on
Capt. John B. H. Gowen and descendants. I thoroughly enjoy
doing genealogical research–wish it were possibly to make a
living at it. I always wanted to be a private detective–now I am
getting the chance. I consider it an honor to be associated with
the Editorial Board of Directors in 1993. Thank you for giving
me the opportunity. I will give it my all.
As soon as things slow down, I will send the information I
have accumulated on my Melissa Belle Gowin. Peggy A.
White, 109 Underwood Drive, Hopkinsville, KY, 42240
I am seeking information about Berry and Nancy Goins who
were enumerated in 1840 and 1850 in Russell County, AL.
Also need data on Henry Goins, regarded as their son, and his
wife Elizabeth Goins who were recorded in the 1850 and 1860
census of Chickasaw County, MS. Any help on these families
will be greatly appreciated. Frances Fleming, 1827 S.
Garrison, Carthage, MO, 417/358-2342.
I have found out more about my family since the I joined the
Foundation than I ever had before. The Newsletter is very
enjoyable, and I am happy to enclose my renewal for 1993.
Keep up the good work. I have just found some new information
on my Goins family and will forward a copy to you
very soon. Mary B. Barr, Rt. 8, Box 148, Florence, SC,
As you know, I have been a Contributing Member from the
beginning and am most sincere and supportive of all the
research endeavors of the Foundation. I so fervently want to see
it succeed and grow into a very comprehensive center of
information on the Gowen lineages.
If ever, and surely it will come, that I pick up a lead as to
where my own Gowen roots are in Virginia [or could be North
Carolina] then I will hie to that very spot and really dig in.
I have been having phenomenal success in two related lines
which give my spirits a boost and keeps me at the Gowen
research in hopes that one of these days I will find the thread
that will unravel the whole history.
You may be interested to know that “Ashby” is a winner in
the “Great American Homes” contest and will be featured on the
cover of the January-February issue of “Historic Preservation”
magazine. It is my co-partner’s idea to enter, so I have insisted
that he take the bows.
Have a great new year, and thanks for all the good things
you are going. Olen R. Gowens, Ashby Place, Ladoga, IN,
Another year is upon us, and like to many others, I am delighted
to renew my membership. I look forward to each informative
Newsletter. The Houston Conference will be a
wonderful time to share with all the “Cousins” and to visit with
so many who have benefitted from the work of the Foundation.
Jon Lee Goins, 9404 Hunters Trace, Austin, TX, 78758.
We are looking forward to the 1994 Research Conference &
Family Reunion. I will compile a list of tours and local attractions
to complement the Conference events. The Clayton
Library here is one of the largest genealogical libraries and has a
wealth of material for Foundation members to research. I will
forward complete information to the Foundation. Phyllis Poe,
15406 Ashburton, Houston, TX, 77040.
I am surprised and pleased to be invited to the Editorial
Board of Directors. I accept this honor with gratitude. Jack
Goins, Rt. 2, Box 275, Rogersville, TN, 37857.
I am in search of information on Capt. John Rains and his
wife Christianna Gowen Rains. I seek their parents and place of
marriage in Virginia. He was born 1742-52 in Orange or
Culpepper County. She died in 1826, and he died in 1834 in
Davidson County, TN. John Rains/Reins appeared in Montgomery
County, VA in 1778, along with Meredith Reins and
Richard Reins. Joy Q. Stearns, 618 Greenwood Circle, Mt.
Olive, AL, 35117.
Thank you very much for the file of Gowen Research
Foundation Newsletters which we received recently. We are
pleased to add this material to our collection.
Your members are invited to use our resources whenever
convenient. We have an extensive collection of local histories
and genealogies, Federal Census schedules for Connecticut,
1790-1910, most Connecticut town vital, land and probate
records, 1666-1900, church records from hundreds of Connecticut
churches, New England Naturalization Papers, atlases
and maps of Connecticut and New England from 1600s to the
present, Connecticut city directories and Connecticut cemetery
Additionally our History and Genealogy staff conducts
limited reference searches for a fee in response to written inquiries.
We regret that our facilities will be closed for remodeling
until about early February, however our staff will continue
to perform research on requests received by mail. Richard C.
Roberts, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Ave,
Hartford, CT, 06106, 203/566-3690.
Enclosed please find my 1993 renewal and a gift membership
for my sister. As always, I look forward each month to
receiving the “News” and possible links to my ancestry. Thank
you for your dedication and efforts. Lydia A. Goins Brown,
4603 Deer Meadow G, Louisville, KY, 40241.
Enclosed is my 1993 renewal. I keep hoping that someday
soon I’ll find something in the Newsletter on my grandfather,
William Harrison Goins. He was born in Gibson County, IN in
May 1843. His Civil War papers show his nearest post office as
Petersburg, IN in adjoining Pike County where he was
enumerated in 1860. His father was Thomas Goins, born in
South Carolina. I am the youngest of my family which are
nearly all gone, so I have no family sources.
I have been successful with three other lines, but the Goins
have stymied me for the past 15 years. I mmust solve the
problem soon. I am 77 and losing the use of my hands to
arthritis. It is difficult for me to write. Can anyone help? Mary
Sirmay, 400 Glennes Lane, Apt. 212, Dunedin, FL, 34698
Thanks for the tombstone photographs of the Lee family
taken by Evelyn McKinley Orr and Jack Goins in Rogersville,
TN. These are of my childrens’ great-great-grandparents. Their
son James Harvey Lee came to Texas and married a daughter of
Jeremiah B. Nunley Gowen. Mollie A. Lee, mother of James
Harvey Lee came to Texas on a visit in 1903. She died while in
Texas and was buried in the Gowen plot. Dahlia Lee, Rt. 1,
Box 640, Woodson, TX, 76091
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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.