1994 – 02 Feb Newsletter – GRF

Sections in this issue:

1) Allen Gowen Pioneered Westward to Tennessee;
2) Going Brothers, 3 Men of Color Gained Civil Rights in Georgia;
3) Dear Cousins;
4) Archaeologist Guy Weaver to Be Featured Speaker at Houston.

All Gowen Manuscript Pages and Newsletters:   https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/gowen-research-foundation-pages-and-info/

Volume 5, No. 6.. February 1994

1)  Allen Gowen Pioneered Westward to Tennessee

By Frank Maxwell Gowan*

Allen Gowen, son of Joseph Gowen and my fifth-generation
grandfather, was born about 1750, probably in Granville
County, North Carolina. It is believed that Allen Gowen was
married there about 1770, wife’s name unknown.

Allen Gowen received a land grant from the State of South
Carolina August 30, 1784 perhaps for militia duty in the
Revolutionary War. He received 214 acres on Sink Hole Fork
of the Tyger River in what later became Greenville County,
Washington District. He requested that the deed be delivered
to his kinsman, Maj. John “Buck” Gowen whose parents,
William Gowen and Sarah Gowen lived as neighbors to
Joseph Gowen.

On January 1, 1785 Allen Gowen received a land grant
“bounded by lands laid out for Thomas Benson and on the
southeast of land laid out to Michael Miller on the fork of the
Tyger River, according to District 96, South Carolina Deed
Book 2, page 550.

Thomas Benson in 1808 was one of the executors of the estate
of William Benson in Bourbon County, Kentucky. William
Benson is believed to be his father and a neighbor and a
relative of John F. Gowen in 1744 in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Thomas Hord, son-in-law and co-executor of William Benson,
also appeared in Fairfax County.

Three weeks later, on January 21, 1785, Allen Gowen
received another land grant on the Pacolet River, according to
District 96 Deed Book 2, page 532. Allen Gowen witnessed a
deed from John “Buck” Gowen and Lettice Winn “Letty”
Bearden Gowen to Benjamin Barton, December 13, 1785, according
to Anderson County, South Carolina deed records.

Allen Gowen and John “Buck” Gowen witnessed a deed conveying
land in Greenville County from John Combs of Washington
County, North Carolina to John Molen February 20,
1788, according to Greenville County Deed Book A, page

Allen Gowen appeared in the South Carolina state census of
1786 in District 96, along with John “Buck” Gowen who lived
in the Spartanburg County section of the district, while Allen
Gowen lived in the Greenville County section. The household
was: “Gowen, Allen, white male, over 16; 1 white female.”

It is believed that the wife of Allen Gowen died about this
time, and his children removed to Davidson County,
Tennessee, probably being attracted there by favoerable
reports of the area sent back by William Gowen, another
Gowen kinsman whose wife was also named Sarah.

Allen Gowen was a witness December 1, 1790 to a power of
attorney given by Thomas Wheelwright Pearson to John
“Buck” Gowen, according to Spartanburg County Deed Book

“Allin Gowen” of Washington District received a deed April
24, 1792 from Samuel Easley, also of Washington District,
according to Greenville County Deed Book D, page 36. Witnesses
were William Easley and John Easley.

“Alan Gowen of Greenville County, Washington District and
Samuel Easley had some real estate transactions in 1795,”
wrote Mary Alice Seale, G.R.S. of Greenville September 30,
1975. “Neither man had a wife to renounce dower, and they
are evidently sharing a home.”

He disposed of three farms in Greenville County in 1795-96,
preparatory to moving to Davidson County, Tennessee to join
his sons and other kinsmen who had preceded him there.

Joseph Gowen, father of Allen Gowen, had received a land
grant of 300 acres December 23, 1791 in Greenville County
from Gov. Charles C. Montague. Joseph Gowen died about
1796. On October 20, 1796, Allen Gowen “of Davison
County, Tennessee” sold his inheritance.

He deeded the 300 acres “on the north side of Tyger River
adjoining Thomas Fletcher” to Burrell Bobo of Spartanburg
County for oe150 sterling. Allen Gowen had received the land
“by descent,” according to Spartanburg County Deed Book E,
page 75.

It is believed that Allen Gowen removed to Davidson County,
Tennessee about 1796 to be near other members of his family.
His kinsmen, William Gowen and Sarah Gowen and their sons
John Gowen and James H. Gowen had settled there on Mill
Creek in 1779. David Gowen, regarded as a grandson of
William Gowen, had accompanied them and was killed in
1780 in an attack by the Creeks.

Allen Gowen received warranty deeds to two pieces of land
located on Mill Creek in Davidson County on December 23,
1797, one for 118 acres and one for 50 acres. Both plots came
from John Buchanan, and both transactions were witnessed by
Joseph Gowen, son of Allen Gowen.

Allen Gowen gave a bill of sale for a slave in 1796, according
to Davidson County Will Book 1, page 100:

“I Allen Gowen of Davidson County, Tennessee sold unto
John Buchanan of the same place a Mulatto girl named Pen
this 23 December 1796.

Allen Gowen

Witnesses: Joseph Gowen, Allen Whitehead”

Allen Gowen was a purchaser at the estate sale of William
Simpson, deceased, according to Davidson County Will Book
1, page 128. Apparently Allen Gowen died in the latter part of
1799. William Gowen, his son was appointed administrator
and itemized the estate to Davidson County Court during its
January term, 1800. The items were recorded in Davidson
County Will Book 1, page 166 as::

“Allen Gowen, deceased. An Inventory of Chattels as
delivered into court, January Session, 1800 by William
Gowen, Administrator, To Wit: two horses, three cows and
calves, two two-year-old heifers, one bull and one heifer, nine
head of hogs, two beds, furniture, one table, one chest, one
cotton wheel, one flax wheel, three chairs, one woman’s
saddle, five water pails, one churn, one tin kittle, two collars,
one pewter dish, two pewter plates, three pewter basins, five
knives, six forks, six spoons, three tin cups, one pair of spoon
molds, five weaving slays [reeds that guide the warp threads in
a loom], one teakettle, one pot, one oven, one skillet, some
sheets, three woolen blankets, one bed ladder, two bed quilts,
one pair of saddle bags, one bridle, seven horseshoes, two
horse collars, two pair of irons, one pair of [double] trees, two
weeding hoes, three axes, one mattock, one iron wedge, one
Barshaw plow, one shovel plow, two flat irons, pair clevises,
one cowhide, one gimblet [gimlet, auger], one pair of cotton
cards, one barrel, one pot crook, one man’s saddle, one pair of
singletrees, one quart bottle, one jug, one candlestick, three
phials (vials), a piece of bar iron, two bedsteads, two pair of
pot hooks, one sifter, one bread tray, one ring, two pails, one
washing tub, one canister box, one twisted link, a pair of shoe
leathers, one keg and one Negro wench.”

An estate sale was held May 14, 1800 of the chattels, and an
accounting was made to the court by William Gowen
itemizing the purchaser, the item and the price:

“May 14, 1800 Allen Gowen, an Inventory of the Sale of his
Estate was delivered into Court, April [obviously May]
Session, 1800, to Wit:

Purchaser Item Purchased Price
David Crouch 2 beds and stids & furniture $ 49.17
David Crouch One chest 4.25
David Crouch One table 3.08
David Crouch One cotton wheel 3.08
John Everett One flax wheel 4.50
David Crouch Three chairs 1.66
David Crouch Hunting saddle 12.25
James Campbell One watter pail 0.75
David Crouch One small pail 0.33
William Gowen One small pail 0.25
David Crouch One pail 0.16
James McCuiston One pail 0.16
David Crouch One tin buckett 1.25
David Crouch One churn 0.75
Francis Saunders One coler [collar?] 0.37
David Crouch One coler 0.45
David Crouch Pewter 7.75
David Crouch Knifs and forks 0.31
Beverly Ridley One pair spoon moles [molds] 5.08
David Crouch Two irons 3.27
Peter Young Two clevises 1.07
David Crouch Two clevises and ring 2.25
David Crouch Double trees 1.18
James Campbell One canister 0.25
David Crouch One pair of cards 0.50
James McCuiston One barrel 0.25
David Crouch One pot rack 0.37
James McCuiston Three vials 0.35
James McCuiston Two pair of pot boiler hooks 1.26
James Hill One sifter 1.00
David Crouch One bread tray 0.16
Thomas Caffey One keg 1.00
David Crouch One tub 0.50
James Campbell One tub 0.70
William Gowen One bell 0.50
Thomas Davis One saddle 4.50
James Gowen One horse 79.25
Jeremiah Moore One horse 36.00
James Campbell One piece of iron 0.50
Thomas Caffey One cow and calf 15.00
Francis Saunders One reed 0.80
William Gowen One reed 1.08
Jeremiah Moore One reed 1.50
Jeremiah Moore One reed 1.00
James Hill One reed 0.85
David Crouch One bottle 0.16
Joseph Gowen One jug 1.40
David Crouch One oven 1.25
David Crouch One pot 2.56
David Crouch One skillet 0.50
William Gowen One counterpane 1.00
David Crouch One sheet 0.77
Obadiah Benge One pair of saddle bags 0.40
James Hill Horse shews & bridle bits 0.25
David Crouch Collars and harness 1.50
Thomas Davis One hoe 1.02
David Crouch One hoe 1.06
James McCuiston One ax 2.75
Peter Young One mattock 3.40
James Hill One wedge 1.32
Francis Saunders One big plow 7.00
Thomas Davis One little plow 1.52
David Crouch One cow and calf 15.37
William Gowen One cow 10.00
John Everett One cow 15.10
David Crouch One yearling heifer 4.05
Thomas Caffey One yearling 4.00
David Crouch Nine head of hogs 18.00
James McCuiston One Negroe woman 255.10

David Crouch who purchased 30 of the 70 lots offered at the
auction for a total of $135.62« was recently married to Rhody
Gowen, regarded as the daughter of Allen Gowen. Apparently
the young couple was in the process of setting up
housekeeping and bought many of the sale offerings.

Proceeds of the auction totaled $604.02. The estate was
closed by the court in its July 1802 session.

It is believed that children born to Allen Gowen include:

William Gowen born about 1774
Joseph Gowen born about 1775
James F. Gowen born about 1777
Allen Gowen born about 1778
Rhody Gowen born about 1779

*Editor’s note: Frank Maxwell Gowan, son of William M.
Gowen and Laura Maxwell Gowen, was born in Arkansas in
1901. He was employed by Arizona Eastern Railroad, the
Santa Fe and the Southern Pacific. In 1936, he was employed
by the Phoenix post office. He retired in 1971 after 35 years
in civil service. In retirement he undertook the genealogical
research of his family, making research trips to Tennessee,
Illinois, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

He was married in 1931 to Anna S. Butler who shared his
enthusiasm and love for the family. She continues her interest
in genealogy and is a contributing member of the Foundation.

Frank Maxwell Gowen published “Gowen 1687-1980” and
died two years later in July 1982. Because of his prolific
correspondence and contagious enthusiasm for family history,
he has interested many others in research, and the whole
Gowen family has benefitted from his work.

2)  Going Brothers, 3 Men of Color
Gained Civil Rights in Georgia

In 1796 the Georgia State Legislature established that two
brothers, “Reuben Going and John Going, men of color of
Greene County . . . are hereby authorized and enabled to take,
hold and enjoy property, both real and personal,” according to
“Ambiguous Lives” by Adele Logan Alexander.

Their brother, Thomas Going also gained his limited rights
through a private legislative act, according to “Digest of the
Laws of the State of Georgia, 1735-1800.”

Yet the act carefully insured that:

“nothing herein contained shall extend or be construed to . . .
entitle the said Thomas Going, to serve in the capacity of a
juror . . . nor to render him a competent witness . . . where the
personal rights or property of any white person are . . .
concerned, nor to entitle [him] to vote at elections, nor to have
or hold . . . land, office of trust or emolument, civil or military,
within this state.”

The name was alternately rendered Goings, Goynes, Gowens,
Gowins and even Garnes in different legal records of Greene

On October 22, 1794 “John Goins of Greene County” received
a deed from John Fluker of Oglethorpe County to 200 acres
“on the waters of the Ogeechee bounded on the northwest by
Henry’s land” for “oe86 lawful money.” The land had been
originally granted to James Espey January 21, 1785.

“John Going” received a land grant of 11 acres in Greene
County in 1807. “John Gowing” appeared as the head of a
household in the 1820 census of Greene County.

3)  Dear Cousins

Ever since you published in March 1993 that
“Horrible Gowan Family Event Recorded in Salem,
Kentucky” article, something had been nagging around the
fringes of my mind. I finally got around to looking it up.

For any of your readers who are interested in getting
the “real scoop” and the real names of this event, they should
read the following book: Boynton Merrill, Jr. “Jefferson’s
Nephews: A Frontier Tragedy”, Princeton, NJ, Princeton
University Press, 1986.

The two brothers were named Lilburne and Isham
Lewis. They were, in fact, nephews of Pres. Thomas Jefferson
and were cousins of the explorer Meriwether Lewis. The book
is an excellent historical study of the circumstances leading up
to the crime. I can’t imagine why anyone would have changed
the names to write it up; it was certainly quite widely known
when it happened. Virginia Easley DeMarce, 5635 N. 25th
Road, Arlington, VA, 22207

==Dear Cousins==

I have just finished reading your most intriguing
article on the “Mysterious Melungeons.”

I am trying to document the ancestors of Susannah
Inman and her brothers, Abednego Inman and Shadrack
Inman. Susannah Inman was married about 1773 in Burke
County, NC to Daniel Goans. Abednego Inman was married
to Mary Richey.

Two possibilities exist for their parents; Ezekiel
Inman [son of Robert Inman] and Hannah Hardee Inman or
John Inman and Hannah Hardin Inman.

In a letter written March 30, 1906 by Lavinia Goans
Edwards, she stated that she was a great-granddaughter of
Daniel Goans AND ALSO Shadrack Inman. This statement,
although unproved, appears credible. Lavinia is documented
as a daughter of Hamilton B. Goans who was a son of Daniel
Goans, Jr. Can you provide documentation of her descent
from Shadrack Inman and identify his parents?

Children born to Daniel Goans and Susannah Inman
Goans include Daniel Goans, Jr, Ezekiel Goans, William
Goans, Hannah Goans, Sarah Goans, Shadrack Goans,
Meshack Goans and Abednego Gowans. Ib Jensen, 6147
Sunset Haven, San Antonio, TX, 78249, 210/691-1354.

==Dear Cousins==

I am helping a granddaughter research her family
history. For her it is a school project. For me it is a
fascinating pursuit. Our family is Thomas Goin, bc1755
Greensville Co, VA; Levi Goin, bc1778 Washington Co, NC;
Elijah Goin, bc1814 Claiborne Co, TN; William Preston Goin,
b1849 Claiborne Co, TN; Della May Goin b1890, Claiborne
Co, TN.

I am looking forward to corresponding and exchanging
information with many of our cousins. Anything
you have or know about our ancestors that you are willing to
share would be important. Richard Glenn Bonds, Box 5124,
Midland, TX, 79704, 915/687-6211.

==Dear Cousins==

I was very much interested in the mention of Drs.
James Daniel Gowen and Charles Richard Gowen of the
Gowen Sanitarium in Shreveport. I got to know them quite
well when I lived in Shreveport from 1928 to 1933 and
worked at the Jordon Street Sandwich Shop. Since I had had
experience with tuberculosis and knew how to take
precautions against it, I was elected to make the food
deliveries to the sanitarium.

I made almost daily deliveries of food ordered by the
patients and got to know them quite well. The patients, about
20, all adults, were housed in separate screened-in bungalows.
They were pleased to be able to release their families from the
constant threat of infection. They were glad to be in a
situation where they were free of the fear of infecting others
with this then-deadly disease.

We visited through the screens at length. Most
people avoided them like lepers, but I immensely enjoyed my
visits with them. I had to go to the doctors’ office after each
delivery to be paid and established quite a friendship with
them. They called me “cousin,” but we never made any
attempt to figure out a family relationship.

Maybe a family member can write for the Foundation
the type of tribute that the Doctors Gowen deserve in their
fight against this then-unstoppable disease. I look forward to
reading more of writings of Linda Lou Fisher McDowell and
Louise Gowan Fisher. Forrest Bruce Gowan, 240 Wallace
Road, Jackson, TN, 38301, 901/668-5324.

==Dear Cousins==

I would like to establish links with my heritage
cousins in the USA and elsewhere. I am interested in
generating a business and travel network world-wide. My
ambition is to create links based on mutually acceptable
criteria to enable reciprocal visits to occur.

That is, if a fellow Gowen is in Australia, he can feel
free to contact other members of our extended family to
arrange travel, accommodations, sight-seeing, business, etc.

An example of this might be the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Interested travellers might like to make arrangements
with Australian Gowens, and the reverse case could apply for
Aussie Gowens visiting elsewhere in the world. I am more
than happy to correspond with any “cousins” that might be
interested. Jeffrey Goyen, c/o 5/1A Dickens St, Elwood,
Victoria, 3184, Australia.

==Dear Cousins==

I am researching my Goins family. The line goes
back to Joseph Anderson Goins, Sr. and his wife, Martha
[Lipscomb?] Goins with ties to Grainger County, TN. Their
son, Joseph Anderson Goins, Jr. was born August 15, 1848,
probably in Green County. He was married to Susan Perkey
in 1868.

They and their 12 children removed to Anderson County, TN.
If anyone has any information on this branch of the Goins
family, I would appreciate hearing from you. My Internet Email
address is daketner@suncube.ccs.ortn.edu. Doris Ann
Goins Ketner, 131 Valley Lane, Clinton, TN, 37716,

4)  Archaeologist Guy Weaver to Be
Featured Speaker at Houston

Guy G. Weaver, principal investigator for Garrow &
Associates of Memphis, will be a featured speaker at the
Houston Conference in the Brown Convention Center June 1
at 2:30 p.m. The speaker, who was in charge of the
archaeological investigation of the Gowen family farm at the
site of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport, will address “The
Significance of Archaeology to Genealogists.”

He was originally invited to speak to the attendees of the
Foundation Conference, but his subject and audience was
broadened when the National Genealogical Society
Conference planners also requested him on the NGS
Conference program.

Because the Metropolitan Nashville Airport is now situated on
the 640-acre Gowen pre-emption, a proposed runway extension
impacted upon the family cemetery. The various
Tennessee agencies involved contracted with Garrow &
Associates to do a complete archaeological investigation of
the farmstead and cemetery. The ensuing sweep turned up
12,000 artifacts relating to the period between 1783 and the
end of the Civil War which have been identified and

Mr. Weaver edited “The Gowen Farmstead,” a 420-page book
reporting on the findings of the archaeological sweep. Much
information about the Gowen family was turned up in the
artifacts. Items discovered included ceramics and glassware,
nails, buttons, buckles, coins, jewelry, beads, combs, pocket
knives, pipes, gun flints, percussion caps, toys, marbles, tools,
lamps, locks, door hinges, drawer pulls, etc.

Among the nine coins found was a large Spanish eight-real silver
coin minted in 1791 with the profile of Emperor Charles
IV on the front. A small hole had been drilled in the coin,
suggesting that it was suspended on a ribbon or necklace.
Among the 733 buttons recovered, some were brass military
buttons. Some appeared to be from a militiaman’s tunic from
the War of 1812 period and some were from the Civil War

Gowen Research Foundation Phone: 806/795-8758 or
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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