Sections in this issue:
1) Amasa V. Going Killed In the Battle of Atlanta;
2) Dear Cousins;
3) Team Up with Research Library For 1994 Membership Campaign.
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GOWEN RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 5, No. 1 September 1993
1) Amasa V. Going Killed
In the Battle of Atlanta
By Fredrick M. Tucker
Box 214, Duncan, South Carolina, 29334
Amasa Vernon “Mace” Going, son of Isaac Going and
Rebecca Palmer Going and namesake of his uncle Amasa
Palmer, was born at Kelton, South Carolina in Union District.
His birth occurred “Tuesday, 30th day of January 1827, 45
minutes past 6 o’clock in the evening,” according to the family
bible. He was a grandson of Drury Going, a Revolutionary
soldier, and his wife, Sarah “Sally” Baxter Going.
Amasa Vernon “Mace” Going fled to Louisiana about 1858 to
avoid being implicated in the theft of a slave. “A. M. Goins”
appeared in the 1860 census of Union Parish, Louisiana.
In July 1861 Amasa Vernon “Mace” Going enlisted as a
private in Company E of the “Independent Rangers” at Camp
Moore, Louisiana, according to the research of J. Dale West, a
Civil War historian of Longview, Texas. At that time Camp
Moore was located just north of New Orleans near the site of
the New Orleans Fairgrounds.
Shortly after his enlistment, the soldier had his picture taken in
his new uniform while holding his musket. The photograph, a
sixth plate ambrotype, was made by a woman photographer,
E. Beachabard in New Orleans August 18, 1861.
This rare and valuable artifact is now owned by West who
maintains a collection of Civil War photographs. Close
examination shows that the waist beltbuckle bears the
Louisiana state seal. The weapon was an 1816 converted
percussion musket, general issue for that period, according to
The photograph appeared in “Guide to Louisiana Confederate
Military Units, 1861-1865” by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. and in
“Confederate Calendar Works” by Larry Jones of Austin,
Texas. More recently the portrait was published in “Portraits
of Conflict, a Photographic History of Louisiana in the Civil
War” compiled by Dr Carl H. Moneyhon, professor of history
at University of Arkansas at Little Rock in collaboration with
West researched the military career of Amasa Vernon “Mace”
Going and the “Independent Rangers.” The regiment was
incorporated into Confederate service as the Twelfth
Louisiana Infantry Regiment. The 12th Louisiana participated
in the Confederate victory in the Battle of Belmont on the
Mississippi River November 7, 1861. They had to retreat in
April 1862, giving up Island No. 10 after a bitter battle.
Amasa Vernon “Mace” Going wrote a letter September 12,
1862 to his older brother, William George Washington Going
who was serving with the South Carolina 7th Cavalry Regiment
Near Holly Springs
Sept. 12, 1862
I am well, and I hope this will find you and family with all the
connection is in the same good blessing. We have just got
back from a tiresome trip. We travel over 700 miles, got but
little to eat and done very hard marching. We did not get into
“Our regiment stood it much better than I thought. I saw John
Bailey and Old Jim Sams at Jackson, Miss. He was well. I
also saw John Foster yesterday. He heard of me and came by
to see me. He belongs to the 6th Miss. Regt. He is 12 miles
We have just received orders to cook up five days rations and
be ready for marching in the morning at 4 o’clock. We will go
up North I think. We will have a fight at Bolivar, Tenn.
before this time next week, if the yankeys don’t leave there
before we can get there. They are 12,000 strong at that place.
We have and can get about 20,000 I think. The general notion
is to push on a fight at that place.
We are camped on cold water, five miles from Holly Springs,
just where the yankeys were camped 6 weeks ago. They did a
great deal of mischief in this settlement.
I found some yankey letters today they lost when they left
here. One young lady writing to her sweetheart said, “Oh how
she would like to see the Rebels tortured a while and then
killed” and others praying for him to come home for she and
her children were living on bread and other one was grieving
because her husband was not buried in a coffin. I see from the
letters we found about here that they have hard living as well
as we do in the South.
I suppose you have heard of the glorious victorys in Virg,
Tenn and Ky. long before this can reach you. I have to write
in a hurry. You can tell brothers that I am up here and direct
there letters to Holly Springs and I will get them though they
are fixing to start to Tenn. and will be there tomorrow.
I want you to keep everything strait between you and I about
the Land. You do what you think is rite and that will suit me.
I will wright again before long, soon as we stop or our fight is
over. Tell Keran [his sister] I will wright to her before long.
Tell them all that I am well. I must go to cooking.
I am your loving brother
A. V. Going
To William Going”
The Confederate forces enjoyed temporary successes and
moved from Mississippi into Tennessee. The 12th Louisiana
was ordered to defend Ft. Pillow, Tennessee on the
Mississippi River. They were driven out of Ft. Pillow in May
1863 by the superior firepower of the Union gunboats
descending the river.
They were then transferred to Port Hudson, Louisiana to resist
the Union gunboats advancing up the Mississippi from New
Orleans. When Port Hudson fell in May 1863, the regiment
fell back toward Vicksburg, Mississippi where it was defeated
in the Battle of Baker’s Creek. The regiment was then
transported to Dalton, Georgia to attempt to halt the advance
of Gen. W. T. Sherman on Atlanta. Under Confederate Gen.
J. E. Johnston the regiment joined in the delaying action.
William George Washington Going wrote June 15, 1863 to his
wife, “William Fowler’s letter said you had heard from A. V.
Going, but I can’t make no since out of it.”
Fighting continually, Johnston wisely withdrew his forces toward
Atlanta and inflicted 17,000 casualties on the Union
forces. Pres. Jefferson Davis, tired of Johnston’s Fabian
tactics, replaced him with a “fighting man,” Gen. J. B. Hood.
Hood hurled his troops against Sherman’s superior forces
thrice and was soundly defeated in each battle.
The last battles for Atlanta were bloody hand-to-hand combat,
and it was here that Amasa Vernon “Mace” Going must have
died. No entries were made in his service record after the
Battle of Atlanta in July 1864.
Like Amasa, captain of the host of Judah who was
treacherously slain by Joab in II Samuel, he was a dedicated
soldier serving a cause. “Amasa wallowed in blood in the
midst of the highway . . and everyone that came by him stood
Pvt. Amasa Vernon “Mace” Going
Photo courtesy of J. Dale West
2) Dear Cousins
Please enroll me as a member of the Foundation. My
sister, Rosalie Thomas Holben and I are thrilled with the new
information you are developing on our Goings line, being
direct descendants of Frederick Goings of Giles County,
Virginia [1815-1860]. We are fascinated with the possibility
of being part of the Melungeon story and heritage. Ramona
Thomas, 112 “I” Street, Apt. 10, Eureka, CA, 95501, 707/442-
I am descended from David Goings, born 1783
through his son Frederick Goings, his daughter Rachel Goings
Hickman, her son James Henry Hickman and his daughter
Effie Hickman Thomas. Her son, Melvin Thomas was my
father. I will send our ancestor chart later.
My father and his sister had a neurological problem
in their legs, as do I. I recently spoke with Dr. Brent Kennedy
of Atlanta who has dealt with this problem called Sarcoidosis.
Our doctors have been unable to determine what the problem
is, or in my father’s case, was. I am told that the disease is
peculiar to the Mediterranean area.
I just found out last month that I am descended from
the Melungeons. If anyone is interested for DNA purposes, I
have a sample of my father’s hair, and I can provide one of my
own for genetic testing if it will help prove a genetic link for
us or anyone else..
My Foundation membership is enclosed. Will you
please place me in touch with anyone interested in the DNA
investigation. Rosalie Thomas Holben, 10246 Empire Road,
Mohave Valley, AZ, 86440, 602/768-5402.
I talked recently with Kevin Smith, the compliance
officer at the Tennessee Division of Archaeology. He informs
me that our draft report has been accepted and can now go to
press. This is the technical report, in two volumes, submitted
to the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority and the
Division of Archaeology. It is entitled “The Gowen
Farmstead Archaeological Data Recovery at Site 40DV401,
Davidson County, Tennessee” by Guy G. Weaver, Jeffrey L.
Holland, Patrick H. Garrow and Martin B. Reinhold. We will
see that you get copies for the Foundation library and
This past June, I presented a paper at the 14th
Meeting of the Midsouth Archaeological Conference, held at
the C. H. Nash Museum-Chucalissa, in Memphis. The paper
was entitled “The Gowen Farmstead: Patterns of Ethnicity and
Class Structure at an Antebellum Plantation, Nashville,
Tennessee.” I hope to present an expanded version at the
annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology in
January. As soon as the paper is finalized for publication, I’ll
send you a copy.
I look forward to each new issue of the Foundation
Newsletter. Guy C. Weaver, Senior Archaeologist, Garrow &
Associates, Inc, 510 S. Main St, Memphis, TN, 38105,
901/526-8008, FAX 901/526-3425.
It has been some time since I have worked on my
Goin line. I was able to get a fairly good copy of the
Revolutionary pension application of Joseph Going with the
advent of a newer copier at the National Archives. It
established that he died in 1822 in Howard County, Missouri
rather than in Madison County, Kentucky. I have asked the
DAR to correct the mistake on Laura Hathaway’s application
for membership in 1980.
The pension file also showed that the Madison
County attorney whom Joseph Going appointed to handle his
pension matters continued to cash his checks long after Joseph
I am interested in corresponding with anyone who
might have information on Joseph’s younger brother,
Christopher Goin. He was born about 1786 to William Gowan
and Anastasia Sullivan Gowan in Bedford County, Virginia.
He was bound out to Enos Mitchell in 1800 by the Overseers
of the Poor, according to Bedford County Court minutes. June
A. Smith, Box 85, Belfair, WA, 98528
Jeremiah Goins, my ggf is causing me to pull my hair
out! He was in north Orangeburg County, SC in 1790 and in
Clarendon County, SC in 1800. He is somehow related to
Frederick Goins who enlisted in 1779 and was killed in 1780
in the siege of Charleston. Jeremiah Goins had a son named
Jeremiah Goins who had a son named Frederick Goins. The
younger Frederick Goins was married to Livici Gibbs. If I
don’t find something soon, I’ll need to buy a wig. Can anyone
save me from baldness? Mary B. Barr, Rt, 8, Box 148, Florence,
I have received your packet of information on Dillard
Goen of Georgia and Texas.. Thanks very much. I am
sending you a packet of Gowen/Goins tax data research on
Chickasaw County, MS. You will note that Dillard Goins is
right in the middle of them, c1844 which fits chronologically
between Georgia and Texas. Additionally Meshack Gowing
was located nearby, according to “The People and Land of
Chickasaw County, Mississippi” by Imogene Springer. I
found Meshack Gowing a little earlier in the 1837 tax records
of Shelby County, TN. Can anyone one tell me anything
about Dillard and Meshack? Frances Fleming, 1827 S.
Garrison, Carthage, MO, 64836.
I was happy to receive your information on Dr. James
J. Gowen and wife, Martha E. Moore Gowen–particularly a
copy of her will and the listing of W. P. Freeman as a business
partner of Dr. Gowen. These items have resolved any doubts I
had about whether my Jessie Lee Corbett was indeed Jessie
Lee Gowen. I think the Gowens adopted Jessie after the
deaths of both of her parents.
I have two portrait photographs of Jessie, both taken
about 1903. One is a single portrait, and one is a photo of
Jessie with her sisters and brother. I will be happy to have
copies made for anyone interested. I will gladly pass along
any additional Gowen information I receive from Jessie’s
descendants. Jeff Reece, 1550 N. Parkway, #610, Memphis,
3) Team Up with Research Library
For 1994 Membership Campaign
“Team up with your Library” is the theme of a new project announced
by the Foundation’s Editorial Board for 1994. A surprising
number of new members joined the Foundation in
1993 as the result of finding the Newsletter in their research
library. Realizing the importance of the local libraries to the
Foundation and to genealogical researchers all across
America, the board recommended the new strategy.
The campaign is designed to place the Foundation Newsletter
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States in 1994. An opportunity to assist in this important
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With the beginning of Volume Five of the Newsletter, each
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This offer of free Newsletter files to the libraries is good for
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New members are offered memberships which begin now and
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The directors feel that the increased circulation will result in
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The library will appreciate the quietness of this new research
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What is on the tape? Three thousand pages of research
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It is visualized by the board for the Foundation in time to have
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For 1994, the Foundation will intensify its efforts to:
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not with just a study of the “begats,” but with the accomplishments
and contributions of the family members as well.
2. To unite the familia in toto and to undo the divisive damage
done by careless recorders who have brought about the
spelling variations of our surname.
All of the family branches–Gawan, Goan, Goen, Goin,
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It is financially convenient, you are invited to “move
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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.