Sections in this issue:
1) KENTUCKIAN JAMES BLAIR GOWEN PIONEERED IN TEXAS;
2) Michael Gowen, NC Militiaman Served in French & Indian War;
3) DEAR COUSINS.
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GOWEN RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 4, No. 6 February 1993
1) KENTUCKIAN JAMES BLAIR GOWEN
PIONEERED IN TEXAS
By Rosa Evelyn Ray Cordell
Editorial Board Member
801 West College Avenue, Coleman, Texas, 78634
James Blair Gowens, son of Charles Gowens, a Revolutionary
soldier of Virginia and Elizabeth “Betsy” Blair Gowens of
Maryland, was born June 9, 1810 in Harrison County, Kentucky.
He was married September 14, 1835 to Mary An Livinia
Jackson in Gallatin County, Kentucky. She was born
there December 11, 1816 to George Jackson and Susannah
Ray Jackson who were married there November 11, 1814.
They continued in Kentucky in 1842. It is believed that Mary
An Livinia Jackson Gowens died about 1843, probably in
childbirth with their sixth child. When his father wrote his
will June 18, 1847 in Gallatin County, he mentioned that he
and his wife “have been living for a considerable time past
with our son, James Goens” and specified that his 107-acre
farm where they then lived would go to James Blair Gowens.
James Blair Gowens was then married to 16-year-old Sarah
Luvisa Jackson January 13, 1844. She, a younger sister of
Mary An Livinia Jackson Gowens, was born March 8, 1827 in
James Blair Gowens was enumerated as the head of Household
331-331 August 14, 1850 in Gallatin County located
between his father and his father-in-law.
About 1852, they moved to Mills County, Iowa, near Council
Bluffs, probably to join his brother, George Washington
Gowens who had apparently moved to Iowa about 1824.
In the 1856 state census of Mills County the household of
James Blair Gowens which had “been in Iowa for four years”
was recorded as Dwelling 52:
“Goins, James 39, farmer, born in Kentucky
Lovisa 28, born in Kentucky
Elizabeth E. 16, born in Kentucky
Lovina 14, born in Kentucky
George James 13, born in Kentucky
Julia Ann 8, born in Kentucky
Serena 3, born in Iowa
James Samuel 14, born in Kentucky”
The household of James Blair Gowens were enumerated June
19, 1860 in Mills County, Oak township, Household 236-187:
“Goings, James 50, born in Kentucky
Louisa 33, born in Kentucky
Lavina 18, born in Kentucky
George J. 16, born in Kentucky
Julian 14, born in Kentucky
Serine 7, born in Iowa
Washington 4/12, born in Iowa”
James Blair Gowens arrived in Texas in 1876, at age 66, and
began immediately to “grub out” the mesquite on 160 acres for
cultivation. He farmed until 1896 and then “took in a partner”
at age 86. His vitality and longevity were attributed to a
“good set of genes.” His father lived to be 106 and his mother
110. Photo courtesy of the author, a great-granddaughter.
They reappeared there in the next census taken July 14, 1870
as Household 125-124:
“Gowens James 59, born in Kentucky
Saura 39, born in Kentucky
Julia 22, born in Kentucky
Serena 17, born in Iowa
Washington 10, born in Iowa
Adjoining, as Household 124-123, was the family of Daniel
Turner, son-in-law of James Blair Gowens:
“Turner Daniel 34, born in England
Susan 33, born in Kentucky
Emma 9, born in Iowa
Saura 1, born in Iowa”
Three Turner brothers were married to daughters of James
Blair Gowens, according to Walter Earl Turner, Foundation
member of Orem, Utah.
In 1876 James Blair Gowens and Sarah Luvisa Jackson
Gowens removed to Coleman County, Texas, according to
“Roots in Young County, Texas.” He received a land patent
from the State of Texas November 14, 1883, a week after his
son, General Washington Gowens received a patent. The
land, 160 acres, adjoined that of his son on Hord’s Creek “10
miles northwest of Coleman City.” James Blair Gowens sold
his patent to F. M. May April 16, 1891 for $800, according to
Coleman County Deed Book 65, page 41. Sarah Luvisa
Jackson Gowens died May 31, 1892 and was buried at White
Chapel Cemetery, according to Coleman County Cemetery
Book 2, page 61.
James Blair Gowens received a judgement November 28,
1893 in litigation with Mrs. Virginia A. Huff, according to
Coleman County Deed Book 35, page 111. He received his
patent back from F. M. May September 18, 1895 in exchange
for May’s promissory notes, according to Coleman County
Deed Book 35, page 229. The land was valued at $7.04 per
acre at that time.
On January 17, 1896 James Blair Gowens gave a deed to onehalf
interest in his patent to his son, General Washington
Gowens for $300, according to Coleman County Deed Book
34, page 624. James Blair Gowens received a redemption certificate
from the State Comptroller July 29, 1896 showing receipt
of delinquent taxes for 1895, according to Coleman
County Deed Book 40, page 33.
James Blair Gowens died October 5, 1898 in Old Silver Valley
community, according to Coleman County Cemetery Book
2, page 61 and was buried beside his wife in White Chapel
Children born to James Blair Gowens and Mary An Livinia
Jackson Gowens include:
Alice “Alisa” Gowens born August 15, 1836
Susannah “Susan” Gowens born March 9, 1838
Elizabeth Ellen Gowens born March 17, 1839
Lovnah Gowens born October 6, 1840
George James Gowens born April 3, 1842
Eva Gowens born in 1843
Children born to James Blair Gowens and Lavinia Gowens
Julia Ann Gowens born February 3, 1846
Sarah F. Gowens born about 1847
Leticia Gowens born about 1848
Lillie “Lela” Gowens born about 1849
Serenah Gowens born March 24, 1853
General Washington Gowens born March 8, 1860
Charity Elizabeth Gowens born about 1861
2) Michael Gowen, NC Militiaman
Served in French & Indian War
Michael Gowen, regarded as a son of Moses Gowen was born
about 1738, probably in Virginia. He was brought to Granville
County about 1750 when his father moved there.
Michael Gowen is variously referred to by family historians as
a “mulatto” and as a “Melungeon.”
“Mical Going” received a deed from John McKisick April 18,
1752 to 225 acres “on both sides of Taillors Creek, being the
upper part of the tract of 600 acres granted to McKisick May
2, 1752 [?]” for “six pounds, Virginia money,” according to
Granville County Deed Book B, page 73. Witnesses were
Broadhead Trulove, Thomas Hunter and Francis Maley.
Michael Gowen, Thomas Gowen, and Edward Gowen
“mulattos” were listed in the roster of a company of militiamen
commanded by Capt. Osborn Jefferys, under the overall
command of Col. William Eaton October 8, 1754, according
to “Colonial and State Records of North Carolina,” Vol. 22,
pages 370-380. They served in the French & Indian War in
which the English sought to wrest control of the colonial
heartland from the French.
In 1755 “Michael Going” was shown as “one black poll” in the
Granville County tax list. “Michael Gowing, Jr.” was sued
“for trespass” by Thomas Parker September 2, 1755, according
to Granville County Court minutes. “Mickael Gowin,
mulatto” of St. John’s Parish was a taxpayer in the 1762 tax
“Michael Gowing” was listed in the 1771 census of Bute
County, North Carolina as the head of a household composed
of six people. In this list no distinction was made between
whites and colored.
Michael Gowin, “of Prince George Parish, Craven County,
North Carolina” gave a deed to Jenkins Gowin of Granville
County, North Carolina June 3, 1778 to 80 acres in Granville
County, “being part of 600 acres, part in Bute County, North
Carolina and part in Granville County on the south side of
Taylor Creek,” according to Granville County Deed Book 1,
page 193. The deed also stipulated that “Edward Gowin and
wife were to live on said plantation until their decease” then it
was to devolve to Jenkins Gowin. The deed was witnessed by
John McKissick and William McBee. Bute County was
organized in 1764 and discontinued in 1779.
On the same date “Michael Gowin, planter of Prince George
Parish,” wrote his will June 3, 1778, according to Craven
County Will Book I, pages 193 and 194. The will, which was
probated in November 1778, left 80 acres, “being part of 600
acres in Bute and Granville County,” to “Jenkins Gowin” of
The will repeated the stipulation that “Edward Gowin and
wife” were to live on the plantation until they were deceased
and then the property was to pass to Jenkins Gowin,
“mulatto”, according to “Abstracts of Granville County Wills”
by Joseph W. Watson.
“Michael Gowing” was mentioned in a sheriff’s deed dated
August 3, 1779, according to Granville County Deed Book M,
page 179. The deed conveyed property that “Edward Gowing
formerly lived on, and his brother, Michael Gowing, formerly
owned” to Charles Yarbrough by the Granville County sheriff
apparently in a tax default.
Abstract of the deed was reproduced in “Kinfolks of Granville
County, North Carolina 1765-1826” by Zoe Hargett Gwynn.
The volume contained abstracts of Granville County Deed
Books H through Z.
It is believed that children born to Michael Gowen include:
Jenkins Gowen born about 1760
3) DEAR COUSINS
I am descended from  William Shadrach Goan
[my father, 1884-1942],  Daniel W. Goan,  Shadrach
Goan  Shadrach W. Goan and  Daniel Goan of Burke
County, NC. I am new at this and was beginning to think that
I was the only Goan researcher left.
I was in the Independence, MO library and had spent
about five hours there with no luck at all. As I was about to
leave, I spotted a display of dozens of newsletters from all
over. I picked up a blue one, Gowen Research Foundation
Newsletter, and read through it. I found nothing on my
Goans, but for some reason I asked the librarian if she had
more. She showed me the file, and B-I-N-G-0 ! There was
my “Daniel Goan, Citizen of the State of Franklin” in the banner
headline, the next generation I was looking for.
I bought a book called “Thomas Jarnigan, 1746-
1802,” but couldn’t make a connection until I found your
Newsletter. There I found his daughter Martha Priscilla
Jarnigan who was married to Daniel Goan, Jr. Enclosed is a
copy of the Goan family material from “Thomas Jarnagan,
1746-1802” for the Foundation Library. Also included are the
wills of Sythia Goan, widow of Shadrack and Susannah Goan,
widow of Daniel W. Goan, 1752-1806.
Does anyone have any information on the children of
Sythia and Shadrack? Names mentioned in the enclosed will
are Jane Goan Ervin, wife of Valentine Ervin; Fanny Goan
Whalen, wife of T. B. Whalen; Anna Goan Falkenor and
Sythia Goan Copeland. I am so excited to learn about the
Foundation and the Newsletter. I am enclosing my check for a
membership. Please send all available back issues. I am enclosing
my ancestor chart on all that I have documented so far.
I would like to hear from anyone whom I might be able to help
or vice versa. Bonnie Dean Goan Good, Box 331, Wellington,
MO, 64097, 816/934-2503
Your letter about the Conference has arrived, and I
am flattered that you would consider me for the program.
However, as much as I would like to attend, it is unfortunately
impossible. Purely on medical grounds, the result of a
wartime injury, it is extremely dangerous for me to fly, which
keeps me very much stuck in my own country.
Would you like for me to pass the invitation to my
son, Brian? He is pretty busy, being a department personnel
manager of one of our wealthiest cities, but you never know
until you ask, and we could work together on a paper.
We are hoping to have Billie June [Salmond] come
out here for a visit. Her bereavement has been especially
difficult. It’s always a pleasure to show you Americans what
this country is really like. Robert J. Goyen, 523 Sutton St, Sebastopol,
3356, Victoria, Australia..
We wish to thank you for your kind invitation to
speak on the history of the Goyen/Gowen family at the
Research Conference in 1994. My father, Robert Goyen is
very disappointed that he will be unable to attend, however I
am pleased to advise that I have every intention of attending as
his representative. I would be happy to make a short
presentation of our research in Australia and to discuss the
data on our Cornish forebears that we have turned up.
My time in the States will be limited on this visit, and
therefore I would like to make the most of this opportunity to
meet as many “cousins” as possible, be a tourist and gain information
on our family. I will provide a synopsis of my presentation
for your information, however any advice or information
you or any member of the Foundation can provide
would be appreciated. Brian Goyen, 6 Myrtle Court, Doncaster
East, 3109, Victoria, Australia.
I am sorry to have lost track of all of you. I am just
now getting my life back together after the death of my
husband. I have accepted the kind invitation of Robert and
Lois Goyen of Sebastopol and am now planning a trip in April
to visit them in Victoria in Australia for two months. Will be
back working with you upon return. Regards to all. Billie
June Salmond, 530 E. Woodland Lane, Bountiful, UT, 84010.
Need help! Welcome any information on the parents
and family of William H. Gowen, b1860 TN, wife’s name
Tennie. They had at least two children, William G. Gowen and
Jessie Mae Gowen, b1902. She was married to James V.
Marion of Stoddard County, MO. By 1910 William H.
Gowen was living in Pemiscot County, MO. Lauretta Allen
Dickherber, Box 634, Arnold, MO, 63010.
To thank you and all the members responsible for
helping us all in our research, I am “moving up a notch.” My
Contributing Membership is enclosed for 1993. It has been rewarding
in so many ways. The joy, excitement, fascination
and wonderful feelings of finding new cousins are unsurpassable.
Barbara J. Ludwig, 9848 W. Gardner Rd, Bloomington,
I am seeking information about the ancestry and
descendants of Thomas Going/Goin [bc1750] and wife; Isaac
Goin/Goins [b1793] and wife Temperance Alice Gray; Alfred
Goins [bc1833] and wife Hannah; Thomas Goins [b1862] and
wife Nancy Collins [b1869] to Conoway Collins.
Thomas and Isaac lived in Claiborne County, TN.
Alfred and Thomas [b1862] lived in Hancock County, TN.
Thomas later moved to Knott County and Letcher County,
Thomas Going/Goin was listed in the 1783 census in
Greensville County, VA. In later records he was in Claiborne
County and was listed as a founder of the Big Barren Primitive
Baptist Church. He was veteran of the Revolutionary War,
and his known children were Levi, Uriah and Isaac. Pat Goins
Rice, 300 Cooper Run Road, Shepherdsville, KY, 40165.
I look forward to the Newsletter every month. From
it I have gained a lot of valuable information. It is interesting
to learn of the progress of the various research projects of the
Foundation–the Electronic Library, the Foundation
Manuscript, the archaeological work on the Gowen farm at the
Nashville Airport, the Melungeon Documentary Film, etc.
Keep up the good work! Frances Foley, 104 Taos Circle,
Waxahachie, TX, 75165.
In addition to the Melungeon Documentary Research
committee members mentioned in the January Newsletter, we
have some new additions deserving of special mention.
Dr. Michael and Susan Abram, directors of the
Cherokee Heritage Museum & Gallery in Cherokee, N.C. have
agreed to serve. The Abrams bring to us an immensely rich
background in Native American history, culture and lore.
Their expertise in western North Carolina, early home of the
Melungeons, should prove extremely helpful.
G. F. “Nick” Fielder, Tennessee State Archaeologist,
has also joined the committee. In addition to having directed
the archaeological work on the Melungeon Gowen farm at
Nashville, he has a vast knowledge of the state’s archaeological
resources and the on-going work of other archaeological
projects throughout the state.
Dr. Chester DePratter of the University of South Carolina’s
Institute of Archaeology & Anthropology and a nationally
recognized expert in Southeastern Native American
and European settlements, has also come aboard. With the
addition of these outstanding scholars, we simply couldn’t
have a stronger committee.
Dr. Jim Guthrie, upon review of his previous work,
feels that the genetic data may indicate a higher “Arab
component” than he had previously thought. He suggests that
our geneticists scrutinize the data with this possibility in mind.
John Swift, an eighteenth century Appalachian silver
miner, employed as his miners a group of dark-skinned men
known to the Anglos as the “Mecca Indians.”
Dr. Ahmad Hassan, University of Ontario, has found
evidence that the 16th century Spanish were purposely
recruiting young men of Moorish origin to fill the ranks of
their New World armies. He quotes Fernand Braudel’s classic
work, “The Mediterranean,” “In the sixteenth century, Seville
and the Andalusian hinterland, still half-Moslem and hardly
half-Christian, were engaged in sending their men to settle
whole areas of Spanish America. Carlos Pereyra has
described it, “What more convenient way to rid the Iberian
peninsula of the ‘Mudejars’ than to ship them off to America.”
Ethnic cleansing is nothing new! Brent Kennedy, 750 Ralph
McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30312.
I am interested in becoming acquainted with
Foundation members and others who are associated with
banking in the United States. We have a proposal involving
“soft dollars” to present to bank officers, directors, employees
or clients who have positions of influence. The plan is
presently in operation and is proving to be profitable, both
here and abroad. I envision the Foundation benefitting, as
well. I would be glad to communicate with interested parties
to supply details. Miller A. Gowen, P. O. Box 2389, 1211
Geneva (2), Switzerland, Tel. (022)-58-13-36.
Enclosed is my membership application. Capt. John
Rains and Christianna Gowen Rains are my 7th generation
grandparents. Their daughter, Susannah Rains Quimby and
Burwell B. Quimby are my 6th generation grandparents. I
located the GRF Newsletter file in the Birmingham Library
and had just enough time to read two or three before closing
time. But it was enough to get me going again!
I have quite a bit of notes and material on Capt. John
Rains, certainly a colorful character in early-day Middle Tennessee.
Additionally I have his probate file, and as soon as I
can put all this into chronological order, I will forward a copy
for inclusion in the Foundation manuscript along with my ancestor
I had always looked for my Gowen ancestors in
Virginia, birthplace of Capt. Rains and had no idea they were
Carolinians. Did Capt. Rains influence the whole Gowen
family to come to Middle Tennessee, and did they use New
River, Virginia as a “stepping off” point?
I am enclosing the names of some other Rains-
Gowen researcher-descendants. Elizabeth Rains Webb
[included] wrote and privately published a history on the
family of Capt. John Rains for the 1976 Bicentennial. Joy
Quimby Stearns, 618 Greenwood Circle, Mt. Olive, AL,
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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.