Sections in this issue:
1) Electronic Libraries Roar into Space;
2) William G. W. Going Served In the 7th SC Cavalry, CSA;
3) Dear Cousins.
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GOWEN RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 4, No. 10 June 1993
1) Electronic Libraries Roar into Space
Gowen Research Foundation and Texas State Genealogical
Society announced plans May 15 to place their Electronic
Libraries and Bulletin Board Systems on nationwide satellite
transmission June 5. The announcement was made at a
meeting of the Computer Council of Dallas at the Infomart by
Arlee Gowen, speaking for both heritage societies.
Additionally press releases announcing the development have
been mailed to newspaper genealogical columnists and
genealogical libraries and societies across the United States.
The move is an expansion of the research services of the two
heritage organizations which have been operating electronic
libraries in the Foundation office in Lubbock for the past two
years, according to Arlee Gowen, Foundation president and
TSGS electronic library chairman. The new technology which
holds great potential for researchers is in keeping with “opening
broad highways of communication across this nation”
envisioned by Pres Bill Clinton in his inaugural address.
Gene Mathis, systems operator for the two libraries, also of
Lubbock, spoke to the genealogy-computer enthusiasts about
the advantages of receiving genealogical research from space.
He pointed out that the genealogists could now receive the data
on their satellite receivers at no charge when in the past they
have had to pay telephone toll charges for their downloads.
At the present time there are 23,000 computer bulletin boards
affiliated with FidoNet, an international network, with about
1,000 of them devoted to genealogy. This growth has
mushroomed from an organization of 50 bulletin boards
beginning in the late 1980s. To alleviate some of the pressure
on the system a new network, Worldwide Genealogy
Associates, originating in Europe, has been organized.
Plans call for the satellite transmission to carry the 60 different
genealogical conferences generated by both networks plus an
average of 20,000 messages and queries each week. Other
program content will include genealogy shareware and research
compilations. TSGS is offering to carry local record
compilations of all of the 171 genealogical societies in Texas at
Researchers with satellite receivers should tune their equipment
each Friday night to Spacenet 3, Transponder 21, 5.8 wideband
audio. They may record the data transmission on a VCR or feed
it directly into their computer hard disk. Required parameters
are 2400 BPS-8-N-1.
Uplink facilities are being provided by GWN Uplink, Inc, a
non-profit telecommunications system. For additional details,
genealogists should tune in at 9:00 p.m. to Friday Night Live, a
national technical talk show on the same channel in which the
content of the night’s data transmission will be discussed. In
addition to genealogy, other fields of interest will be covered.
Initially it is recommended that a researcher record the
transmission on his VCR, because a large buffer [2 megabytes
or more] would be required on his computer hard disk to
accommodate the entire telecast. He could then connect his
VCR to his modem using a special interface cable to import the
data to his hard disk. Radio Shack can supply the interface
cable, or it can be built at home. It is made by connecting an
audio cable with a quarter-inch plug on one end to a modular
telephone jack on the other. Connect the Red wire of the phone
cable to the Shield of the audio cable. Connect the Green wire
of the phone cable to the Center conductor of the audio cable.
Following the talk show, the data transmission will begin,
usually around midnight and continuing to completion about
3:00 a.m. For this reason, VCR timers are recommended. Initially
the telecast will be only on C-band, but plans call for a
Ku-band transmission later to take advantage of the less expensive
It is expected that a researcher who owns a satellite receiver will
be designated as a local SysOp for a genealogical society or
research group. He would record the weekly broadcasts
[perhaps while he sleeps] and shelve a tape in his local library.
The tapes, which will be dated by volume and number, could
then be circulated among the members. Using an off-line mail
reader or word processor, each genealogist could have his computer
make a search for surnames, geographical locations, or
keywords relating to his particular research.
Each researcher could direct replies, messages, queries and
requests for additional information back to his local SysOp. The
local SysOp would “package” the communications [along with
any compilations generated by the local society] and upload the
mail package to either of the Electronic Libraries [GRF or
TSGS] through his modem. Gene Mathis would then package
the mail to be “tossed” to the 1,000 Bulletin Boards
[genealogical] of FidoNet and also uplink it to the satellite for
next week’s telecast. Care must be taken not to upload
copyrighted material for which dissemination permission has
not been received. Each bulletin board has an address [a
number similar to a zipcode] which makes certain that each
message reaches its destination within 24 hours–whether it be a
particular individual, a specific group or genealogists
Although GRF and TSGS may be the first heritage
organizations in space, it is expected that they will be joined
shortly by other state and surname organizations. Perhaps, in
the future, an entire transponder audio band will be devoted to
genealogy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is anticipated that
in the future, data exchanges will be made from satellite to
satellite, thus effectively linking all researchers into one big
international genealogical society.
No one can predict where Pres. Clinton’s “broad highways of
communications” will lead or just how vast or just how
instantaneous global communications can become. Only seven
decades have passed since Secretary of Commerce Herbert
Hoover called for the organization of the Federal
He defended his proposal, considered quite visionary at that
time, with a prediction made at the Second National Radio
Conference March 20, 1923:
“Radio has passed from the field of an adventure to that
of a public utility to serve the needs of our citizens. We
have, in fact, established an entirely new
communications system. Today 550 radio transmitters
are in operation, making radio available to every home in
America. The sales of radio apparatus have increased
from a million dollars a year to a million dollars a day.
Over 200,000 men are now employed in the industry,
and the radio audience now exceeds 20 millions of
people–and this is just the beginning.”
Both GRF and TSGS will continue to have “closed stacks” in
their Electronic Libraries which are available to “members
only.” When the technology for encrypting these “closed
stacks” is completed, they, too, will be placed on satellite.
Members then will be able to descramble these “closed stacks”
by entering their password.
The two electronic libraries will continue their telephone
operations for researchers who do not have access to a satellite
receiver. To access the TSGS files, dial 806/791-4822, and to
enter the GRF electronic library, dial 806/795-2005. Technical
questions may be directed to the SysOp at 806/796-0456. Mail
inquiries, including membership information requests should be
addressed to 5708 Gary Avenue, Lubbock, Texas, 79413,
2) William G. W. Going Served
In the 7th SC Cavalry, CSA
William George Washington Going, son of Isaac Going and
Rebecca Palmer Going, was born July 17, 1824 at Kelton, South
Carolina in Union District, according to his family bible. He
was married September 16, 1847 in Union County to Nancy
Manerva Jane Dupree who was born in South Carolina June 3,
1827, the first of 19 children of William Griffin DuPree and
Julia Ann Fields Shaw DuPree.
Nancy Manerva Jane Dupree joined the Baptist Church at
Pacolet Shoals, South Carolina in 1845 and was baptized in the
Pacolet River, according to the family bible record published in
“Old Southern Bible Records” by Memory Aldridge Lester.
“William Going” was enumerated as the head of a household in
the 1860 census of Union County, page 226. Nearby was a
household which included “Sarah Going,” page 277.
William George Washington Going served in Company C,
Seventh South Carolina Cavalry Regiment in the Civil War. He
wrote his family June 15, 1863:
Camp near Madden Station
in 10 miles of Richmond
Hanover County, Va.
June 15th day 1863, Monday morning
Dear wife and children,
I seat myself to write to you to let you know that I am
still well and hearty as yet–hoping that when you receive
this letter, it may find you all well. We here of course
see a hard time of it, but no more that I expected when I
left home. We are falling back slowly. We come here at
this [place] on the 13th of June. We don’t know how
long we will stay here.
The yankees are advancing from Yorktown and
Williamsburg on the roads and on James River & the
Permunkey River and Chickhommana. We are falling
back off the Bernenlere in order to get a chance at them.
We are getting a re-enforcement here now. We have 9
calvary companies camped near here. We got four more
regiments of infantry yesterday, 3 regiments of North
Carolinians and one from VA.
Col. Dabb’s pickets and yankee pickets had a little fight
day before yesterday. We lost one man killed and two
taken prisoner. The yankees, 3 killed and one taken
prisoner. I can state to you and my friends that on the
6th of June we had a sever crumber[?] at King Williams
Court House, that was our squadron and the 150
infantry–the yankees which we killed were 3 and
wounded 2 and taken 3 prisoners. Our loss was one man
shot through the thigh. I never heard bullets whizz
around me as fast as that did for a few minutes. We all
thought a while back that we would not have much more
fighting to do here, but now it is a daily thing. We have
a heap of picket fighting here now. I take note of all the
movements that is made. It is my opinion that we will
have a fight close by here in a short time. Gen[?] Wise
will fight if they will let him. He got orders from Gen.
Ensley to fall back to this place where we are stationed
now. I think that we can stand our ground now with
This is a fine country for fish, we get as much fish as we
want. This is a great wheat country, the best wheat I
have ever saw, but the yankees down where we left are
destroying everything before them. I am sorry for the
women and children for it was hard before, but now it is
worse. The ladies treat us well in our travels. If they
have anything to eat, they generally give us some. Some
of the men who are out of service here are more like
hogs than men.
We have cavalry fighting here every day. I hope to God
that I may live to go through safe and every man in our
company. We get along like brothers. We had a fine
sermon preached to us last Sunday by a Presbyterian
preacher. I want you to write to me when you get a letter
from your father and when you have heard from any of
your brothers or when you have heard from A. V. Going
or E. P. Going. I have not heard from any of them in
some time, but it may be that some of them may be close
I got $91.20 the other day. I paid $75 toward my horse.
I hear that cows are selling at home from one hundred to
two hundred dollars. I want you to take care of all your
cows. Butter is selling here at $3 per pound, $2 per
gallon for buttermilk and $4 for a common chicken. I
paid $2 the other morning for my breakfast. We get at
this time coarse corn meal and bacon–that is what we are
drawing. But we get plenty of fish. James Going [James
McKissisk Going, his nephew] is well. He went fishing
yesterday and got a fine mess of fish, and James Going
found a bee tree which we got lots of honey out of it. If
it was not for this war, it would be one of the best
countries to live in I ever saw. The land is just good
anuff and the great fields of clover, this is a low, flat
country, the tide water runs up all these rivers. I was on
picket on the Pormunkey River last week at Treaiters
Ferry. I caught 14 fine fish. I live well up here, certain.
I have to go on picket again in the morning. We have to
picket near the yankees. Crops are very late here and
little wheat is planted. There is not more than one half of
the land planted here and what is stands a chance to be
I want you to write to me as soon as you get this letter
and write to me about your farm. I hope that you will get
all of your wheat safe. Try to make all the corn you can
and write how much molasses cane you planted and if
you have the rice planted or not and plant all the best
corn land peas and I would like to hear from your
garden. I hope that you will make plenty to live on.
My Dear Children, you all must be good to your Mother
and learn your books every Sunday and be good to each
other and be good to all your friends.
Give my best respects to all inquiring friends. Write in
your next letter who is set to go to the war or now is
gone. I heard that was good many more had to go in
service. Now is the time for every man to do his duty if
he ever intends to do it for we need all we can get now. I
had as bad a chance to leave as any man ever did. I am
willing to do my duty as any man and do it. I know it is
hard for every man to leave home, but the people don’t
know anything hard times at home to what the people do
here, and I hope they never will know for I have seen
more fine farms and fine houses burned and destroyed
that is in Union District.
Write how George Washington [his one-year son and
namesake] is and if the boy grows any or not, and if your
fruit hit or not. There is lots of fruit here this year. Be
sure to write when you get this letter, and if you need
anything to live on, you must buy it, and write how your
corn is holding out. I hope that you will have enough to
do you. Put a shoat in the pen and see if you can’t make
a fine hog out of it. I hope the yankees may never get in
Union. Here I send you three postage stamps, ten cent
So I must come to a close. Farewell, my Dear Wife and
Children, I hope to see you all again. Tell Alley Howdy
and be a good boy and mind his mistress and make all he
can, and when I come home I will give him a present if
he will be a good boy. God bless you all.
Wm. G. W. Going
To Nancy Going & Children”
William George Washington Going was listed as a farmer at
Kelton, South Carolina in 1866.
William George Washington Going was listed as the head of a
household in the 1880 census of Union County, Enumeration
District 158, page 21, Pinkney Township:
“Goings, William G. 55, born in SC
Nancy 52, born in SC
Evilina 30, born in SC
James D. 18, born in SC
Washington 17, born in SC
Gary 14, born in SC
Rhoda 11, born in SC
Oliver 9, born in SC
Hames, John S. 20, born in SC, nephew”
Nancy Manerva Jane Dupree Going died November 13, 1903
and was buried at Mt. Joy Baptist Church in Union County,
according to “Union County, South Carolina Cemetery
The family bible recorded her passing as “Nov 13, Friday night,
1903, ten minutes after 9 o’clock, age 76 years, 6 months and 10
days old when she died. She jine the Baptis Church at Packolet
on Skulls Sholes 1845 and was babtise in Packolet River by J.
G. Kindrick. W.G.W. Going and Nancy Dupree was married on
16th day of September 1847. She had 10 boys and 3 girls.
Nancy Manerva Jane Going was buried at Mt. Joy church
Sonday, November 15, 1903.”
William George Washington Going died October 7, 1915, at age
91, and was buried beside his wife at Mt. Joy Baptist Church,
according to Fredrick M. Tucker, a great-great-grandson of
Duncan, South Carolina. The bible entry showed that his age
was “91 years, 2 months & 20 days.”
Children born to William George Washington Going and Nancy
Manerva Jane Dupree Going include:
Mary Ann Rebecca Going born October 25, 1840
William Mack Isaac Going born February 7, 1850
John Thomas Richard Going born August 16, 1851
Elijah Vernon Going born March 25, 1853
Julia Ann Frances Jane Going born Dec. 26, 1854
Butler Brooks Going born Feb. 25, 1856
David Anderson Going born May 30, 1858
James Daniel Lenard Going born May 5, 1860
George Washington Going born May 16, 1862
Robert Lee Going born Dec. 26, 1864
Joseph Bight Gary Going born April 10, 1866
Rhoda Cornelia Alice Going born Sept. 12, 1868
Oliver Francis Marion Going born June 16, 1870
3) Dear Cousins
I’m sending in again our commitment to attend the family
reunion in Houston in 1994. My mother Anna Gowan and my
husband and I will be there with bells on! It was disappointing
to learn that only 93 members had responded affirmatively by
May 15. You’ll be up to 200 as we get closer to the date, just
The Gowan family needs no apology from our editor
regarding the “Horrible Gowan Family Event in Kentucky” in
the March issue. I, for one, enjoyed the ghost story. As I read
the article to the family, their response was “How gruesome!”
Then the surprise ending brought relief and laughter. I have
never met a Gowan who didn’t have a sense of humor.
I am most anxious to hear about the outcome of the DNA
testing on the graves at the Nashville airport. The Melungeons
are a hot topic at genealogical meetings across Arizona. My
father, Frank Maxwell Gowan would have been so thrilled had
he lived to see all the Foundation activities and to be a part of
them. As you know, he spent many hours in the Tennessee
State Archives and on the Gowen farm searching for these
graves. Mary Jo Gowan Bray, 5719 E. Aster Dr, Scottsdale,
I was recently sent an article about the Choctaw research
being done by the Foundation. I am trying to find information
about the wife of my Goyne/Guynes ancestor, James
Goyne/Guynes. He was the grandson of James Goyne of
Mecklenburg County, Virginia. His wife was Martha Ann
Whittington, possibly the daughter of Zachariah M.
Whittington. Family stories say she was Indian or part Indian.
Does the Foundation [or any member] have the list of
Mississippi Choctaw residents or a copy of the 1831
“Armstrong Roll” census of Choctaw Nation. If so, I would like
to know if any Whittingtons are listed. Cynthia Hudson Reed,
1752 Willowbrook Lane, Simi Valley, CA, 93065.
Do you have in the Foundation Library an article published
in “Irish Ancestor” from about 14 years ago entitled “Going
of Munster.” It contains a great deal of information on the
Going/Gowan family back to the first Crusade and traces
through French Huguenots to Holland, England and back to
My Going ancestor came from County Tipperary, Ireland,
was Protestant and had a family tradition that he was Spanish
and that the name “Going” was Gonzales at one time. Figure
that one into your Melungeons! Robert Going, 41 Market St,
Amsterdam, NY, 12010, 518/843-3501.
Our check is enclosed for membership in the Foundation.
We were very grateful to a distant cousin for sending us a copy
of the Newsletter.
My husband, Burr V. Miller, Jr. is a g-grandson of William
Thomas Goin [b1837 KY] and Elizabeth Ann Cannon Goin
[b1835 MS]. The parents of William Thomas Goin [names
unknown, but regarded by some as part Cherokee] were born in
Georgia, and some family members believe that they are buried
in Poplar Bluff, MO.
We would pleased to hear from anyone with information on
this branch of the family, and we will be glad to share
information with Foundation members. Amy Miller, 6062-D
Thoroughbred, Waldorf, MD, 20603, 301/932-9576.
I was so thrilled to learn of the Gowen Research Foundation,
and my membership is enclosed. I have been working on my
Goins line for about three years and have hit a brick wall. My
great-grandfather Daulphus V. “Doc” Goins has been most
elusive; I have not been able to locate him for the first 16 years
of his life. Now, with the Foundation, I have hope.
I recently acquired the Personal Ancestry File program and
am in the process of feeding all of our Goins research into the
computer. I will send you a diskette for the Electronic Library
as soon as it is finished.
If there are any members who are seeking data from this area
of Kentucky and Tennessee, we would be glad to obtain it for
them. We re only about 40 miles from Campbell and Claiborne
Counties and visit the libraries and courthouses there quite
often. Brenda Goins Martin, 26 Oaklawn Drive, Corbin,
Kentucky, 40701, 606/528-0498.
Gowen Research Foundation Newsletter
Arlee Gowen, Editor
Linda McNiel, Circulation
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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.