Sections in this issue:
1) James Munro Goins Honored by UDC And 16th Alabama in Ceremony;
2) John Gowen Converted Home Into a Fortress in Maine;
3) Brian Goyen and Billie Salmond To Speak at Foundation Banquet;
4) Dear Cousins.
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GOWEN RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 5, No. 7 March 1994
1) James Munro Goins Honored by UDC And 16th Alabama in Ceremony
By Vickie Rumble
Route 13, Box 179
Florence, Alabama, 35630
James Munro Goins, son of Washington Joshua Goins and
Hannah J. Goins, was born September 28, 1845 at Calhoun,
Georgia in Gordon County, according to his enumeration in
the 1907 census of “Confederate Soldiers Living in Alabama.”
He appeared in the 1850 census of Hall County as a four-yearold.
He reappeared in the 1860 census of Franklin County at age 14.
He was enlisted as a private in Company C, Eleventh Alabama
Cavalry Regiment April 1, 1863 at Frankfort, Alabama in
Franklin County “for three years or the duration of the war” by
Capt. Wisdom. He was paroled at Pond Springs, Alabama in
“Monroe Goins” was married to Nancy Ramsey December 29,
1867, according to Colbert County, Alabama Marriage Book
A, License No. 73. Apparently “Monroe Goins” obtained a
second license, No. 79, two days later, and they were married
again, by a different official.
Nancy Ramsey Goins died in January 1870, apparently in
childbirth. James Munro Goins appeared as the head of a
household in the 1870 census of Colbert County at age 24 with
his daughter, Laura, “age five months, born in January 1870.”
James Munro Goins was married a second time to A. E.
Moore July 30, 1874, according to Colbert County marriage
records. . When she was drowned in a flood, according to
family legend, he was married a third time, about 1880, to
In a pension application dated April 22, 1899 he stated that he
had received a knee injury and also cited a head injury that he
received in the Battle of Selma. He stated that at Selma, Alabama
he was struck on the head by a falling treetop which
was cut off by an enemy shell. He stated that he “can’t work
in the sun” because of his head injury. He stated that he was
55 and a resident of Colbert County. He owned “2 hogs and
sheep and goats valued at $1.50 and household and kitchen
furniture valued at $25; total $26.50.”
James Munro Goins appeared as the head of a household in
the 1900 census of Colbert County:
“Goins, James M. 55, born in September 1845
Easter M. 43, born in August 1857
Charley 16, born in November 1883
Leslie W. 14, born in September 1885
James M. 6, born in February 1894
Hannah A. 3, born in May 1897”
The county pension board attached an endorsement stating
that he should be accepted as a Class 4 pensioner. On July 10,
1912 James Munro Goins, having attained the age of 70
applied to have his pension class elevated from Class 3 to
Class 2. T. W. Williams, probate judge of Colbert County
sent an undated letter to M. C. Allgood, Alabama State
“There was an old Exconfed came into my office this morning
by the name of J. M. Goins who came here from Decatur. He
wants his pension check sent to Tuscumbia instead of Decatur.
He says his warrants comes to J. M. Gains; it should be
Easter M. Warren Goins died January 7, 1928 and was buried
in Crooked Oak Cemetery. James Munro Goins died
December 1, 1929 and was buried beside her.
Sixty-four years later the United Daughters of the
Confederacy, James W. Stewart Chapter, No. 2479 held
graveside services April 17, 1993 to place a Confederate
marker at the grave of James Munro Goins. The Sixteenth
Alabama Regiment Re-enactment Group fired a 21-gun salute
at the conclusion of the ceremony and honored the soldier
with a resounding rebel yell.
The headstone was unveiled by Matthew Rumble, g-g-ggrandson
of James Munro Goins. He is the son of Darrell and
Vickie Rumble. Leander Moore, grandson of James Monro
Goins, laid a wreath on the grave. The U.D.C. acknowledged
the assistance of Leander Moore and Amelia Wanner, a g-g-ggranddaughter
of James Munro Goins, in making an exact
location of the previously unmarked grave. Amelia Wanner is
the daughter of Allen and Rebecca Wanner.
Children born to James Munro Goins and Nancy Ramsey
Laura Goins born in January 1870
Children born to James Munro Goins and A. E. Moore Goins
Ada Rosella Goins born about 1874
Children born to James Munro Goins and Easter M. Warren
Charley Goins born in November 1883
Leslie W. Goins born in September 1885
James M. Goins born in February 1894
Hannah A. Goins born in May 1897
United Daughters of the Confederacy members assisted by
representatives of the 16th Alabama Infantry Regiment
honored Pvt. James Munro Goins, 11th Alabama Infantry,
CSA in dedicating a Confederate marker for his grave April
17. Left to right are UDC members Mary Ellen Ahlstrom,
Linda Brown, Vickie Rumble, Jennifer Malinsky, Iva
McClure, and Mava Barfield.
2) John Gowen Converted Home
Into a Fortress in Maine
John Gowen, son of William Alexander Gowen and Elizabeth
Frost Gowen, was born in 1668 at Kittery, Maine. His father
was a Scotch soldier captured by the troops of Oliver
Cromwell in the Battle of Dunbar September 3, 1650.
He was reported to be among 10,000 Scots captured by
Cromwell in the battle fought on the east coast of Scotland.
The one-sided battle which lasted only two hours was fought
between 11,000 English Parliament supporters and 26,000
Scotch Royalists. Dunbar is a seaport on the southern
entrance to the Firth of Forth, 36 miles northeast of
The prisoners taken at Dunbar were marched by the English
down to Durham and Newcastle in Northumberland. Sixteen
hundred perished on this march. Some were shot because they
could not or would not march, according to “History of Dover,
On September 19, 1650, Cromwell’s council ordered 150
Scots “well and sound, and free from wounds” be selected for
transportation to New England. The prisoners arrived in
Boston in December, and 60 of them, including William
Alexander Gowen, were sent to Kittery for seven years of
During his endentured service, William Alexander Gowen
frequently assumed the alias, “Smith,” and his children
continued the alias whenever it served their purpose. It was a
natural since the surname “Gowen” meant “smith” in Gaelic.
John Gowen became a large landowner in that area, a substantial
farmer, a selectman, a mariner and a land surveyor. In
1691 he was married to his first cousin, Mercy Hammond,
daughter of Maj. Joseph Hammond and Katherine Frost Hammond,
sister to Elizabeth Frost Gowen.
Mercy Hammond Gowen, was born in 1674 at Wells, Maine.
Her father was born in 1646 at Wells, the son of William
Hammond and Benedictus Hammond. After about two years
of marriage, she became attracted to a neighbor, and the
Kittery gossips were soon twittering about an affair.
On October 3, 1693 the grand jury indicted Mercy Hammond
Gowen for “fornication,” according to “Province and Court
Records of Maine.” When a woman was accused, her husband
was also held responsible. The indictment, recorded in “York
Deeds,” Vol. 2, page 23, read, “Wee present John Gowen alias
Smith and Mercy Hamon that was for fornication presentable
per the law.”
“York Court Records” Volume 6, page 102 shows that on
January 2, 1693-94, “Mercy Gowen alias Smith, being
presented for fornication uppon her humble petition to excuse
her absence is fined thirty shillings and to pay five shillings
fees, which was paid”. James Warren, Jr. was fined for
fornication at the same time, according to “Province and Court
Records of Maine” Vol. 4.
John Gowen failed to appear in court October 2, 1694, and the
court clerk entered “warrant to be issued out for his contempt
of authority and for his appearance at ye next sessions,” according
to “York Court Records,” Vol. 2, page 35.
On March 14, 1700 John Gowen “alias Smith” paid three
pounds, six shillings, eight pence to James Gowen “as his part
of the estate of William Alexander Gowen as approved by the
probate January 19, 1696-97,” according to “York Deeds.”
John Gowen “alias Smith” and Nicholas Gowen “alias Smith”,
“both of Berwick in Kittery.” requested their neighbors to partition
between them the land they had inherited from their father
and from Tristram Harris, according to “Province and
Court Records of Maine.” Tristram Harris was a comrade-atarms
with the Gowen men in the Kittery militia and had been
killed in a skirmish with the Indians.
Their request, dated July 10, 1700 was to “provide allowance
to our mother her thirds and to our brethren and sisters their
portions.” John Gowen and Nicholas Gowen agreed January
19, 1702-03 to divide the inheritance from Tristram Harris in
Mercy Hammond Gowen witnessed a deed June 20, 1701, according
to “York Court Records” Volume 6, page 3.
John Gowen was one of the 17 men who founded the First
Church of Berwick, Maine December 21, 1701. He was carried
on the church roll as one of the charter members of the
congregation. John Gowen appeared on a York County jury
list April 7, 1702, July 7, 1702, October 6, 1702 and January
5, 1702-03. He witnessed a deed at Kittery January 21, 1704,
according to “York Deeds,” Vol. 7.
On March 5, 1711-12, John Gowen sold to his brother
Nicholas Gowen his half of the Tristram Harris inherited land
for 15 pounds, according to “York Deeds.”
The conveyance covered “Twenty five Acres Scituate in York
Township of Kittery being ye one halfe of Fifty Acres of land
known by ye name of Trustram Harris out Lot it being the
westermost part of said Fifty Acres according as ye Same is
Set forth and bounded in A Certain Agreement or Instrument
in Writting under ye hands and Seals of us ye said John &
Nicholas Gowen baring date ye Nineteenth day of January one
thousand Seven hundred and two-three.”
Mercy Hammond Gowen gave up her “right of dower and
power of thirds” in the land in a separate acknowledgement.
On August 25, 1720 the York County militia ordered that “a
garrison or a place of refuge be erected at the home of John
The militia later ordered “that the home of John Gowen be
made defencible and that Nicholas Gowen, Thomas Weed and
their families lodge therein,” according to “Maine Historical &
Mercy Hammond Gowen died about 1725. When John
Gowen sold his farm, he reserved the “family burying
ground.” John Gowen died in Berwick January 9, 1732-33,
according to “Colonial Families in the United States.” Graves
found at this location were marked only with fieldstones.
More recent graves there had a monument inscribed “Asa
Gowen and wife.”
Children born to John Gowen and Mercy Hammond Gowen,
according to “Colonial Families of the United States,” include:
Dorcas Gowen born August 13, 1692
George Gowen born August 10, 1696
William Gowen born April 27, 1697
John Gowen born May 24, 1698
Mercy Gowen born January 27, 1700-01
Joseph G. Gowen born November 28, 1703
Jane Gowen born May 17, 1706
Lemuel Gowen born September 22, 1709
William Gowen born July 14, 1715
3) Brian Goyen and Billie Salmond
To Speak at Foundation Banquet
Brian Kingsley Goyen, a municipal planner of Melbourne,
Australia and Billie June Salmond, a Delta flight attendant of
Bountiful, Utah are featured speakers for the Foundation
banquet at the Houston research conference on June 1. Both,
specialists in Cornish research, will trace the Gowen/Goyen
families in their emigration to Australia and the United States.
Goyen joined his father, Robert J. Goyen of Sebastopol,
Victoria in researching the history of the family in Australia
and New Zealand as it extended from Cornwall. In 1993 they
published “The Goyen Family.” The volume records the
family in Cornwall from 1541 to the present. Billie June
Salmond lived in Cornwall in 1989-90 doing hands-on
research of her family in the original Cornish documents.
From civil records and church documents she was able to
piece together a comprehensive picture of her ancestry.
The King of England was primarily responsible for the beginning
of the colonization of America and Australia. Religious
repression, high taxes and the denial of land ownership and
economic opportunity to the masses–coupled with
“transporting”–opened the door.
Within 15 years after the Mayflower sailed in 1620, the Crown
found an ingenious way to rid England of its undesirable subjects
by having them “transported.” A neat scheme was
devised to give a reprieve from the gallows to any person
whose crime was less than murder, treason, rape, witchcraft,
highway robbery, arson or burglary, in order that they might
be shipped to the colonies to “toyle in heavy and painefull
The Crown viewed the practice as ideal. It emptied the jails,
eliminated political prisoners, depleted the brothels, solved unemployment,
removed dangerous prisoners of war, silenced
heretics, produced taxes and threw the “fear of God” into the
rest of the populace–all at no expense.
After the American Revolution, the British could no longer
use the American colonies as the dumping ground for its
convicts. Consequently Australia became the new “landfill.”
There the convicts, with some freedom and some success,
became prosperous and model citizens.
4) Dear Cousins
I was pleased to read of your Melungeon research in
the San Antonio Historical & Genealogical Society
publication. I have been working on my Muncey family for
the past 15 years and find similarities.
The Muncey family arrived in America from England
in the 1600s. One of our progenitors married a Ludlow lady
of royal descent with a bloodline including Edward I [1239-
1307]. He was married to Eleanor, half sister of Alphonso X
Eleanor had Moorish blood, and from this genetic infusion the
Muncey family has always had offspring with dark olive
Mediterranean skin tones in each generation. My father had it
and I also. My grandfather did not, nor did my brother. My
son has it and one of his children. So it randomly goes.
The Muncey family settled in Montgomery County,
Virginia, in the heart of Melungia and may have intermarried
with the Melungeons prior to the Revolutionary War.
Afterward they scattered; my great-grandfather was in San
Antonio by 1837, a year after the Battle of the Alamo.
You may be interested in the two Civil War discharge
certificates enclosed. They are for two brothers, Isaac N.
Muncy and John D. Muncy, sons of Jefferson and Nancy
Muncy of Meigs County, Ohio. Isaac passed for white and
served in the First Ohio Cavalry Regiment. John, because of
his Melungeon features, was placed in the Third Ohio Negro
Artillery Regiment. James A. Muncey, Muncey Ranch, Box
588, Fredericksburg, TX, 78624.
The Gowen family, especially the descendants of
Frederick Gowen and Nancy Coomer Gowen and Jonathan
Henry Gowen and Hannah J. Beasley Gowen, is invited to a
Kentucky family reunion. The event is scheduled for April 24
at the Fairgrounds Park, Greensburg, Kentucky. For details,
contact: Bobby Gene Gowen, 108 Peavler Lane, Bardstown,
KY, 40004, 502/348-2847 or Raymond Doyle Gowen, Star Rt.
1, Box 84, Hudson, KY, 40145.
I’m looking for parents of David Goings b1783
m1803 Montgomery County, VA to Susannah Williams;
v1833 IN, v1835 Delaware Co, IN, d1840 Giles Co, VA on a
return visit with his three daughters there. Did he have
brothers, etc? Will exchange information with other
descendants. Alice P. Thorn, Box 192, Pembroke, VA, 24136.
I received a letter yesterday from a cousin with an
invitation to a Gowen Family Reunion in Kentucky; just
tonight I received a call from the grandson of a first cousin
asking for help on a college class assignment to develop his
Gowen ancestral line; and at the same time I was filling out
my registration for the Gowen Research Conference and
Family Reunion in Houston. None of this would have
happened without the Foundation. Your work has connected
us in so many ways! Martha Gowen McGrath, 507
Wendover, Louisville, KY, 40207.
We love to receive your Foundation Newsletter, and
it is well used by the 2,200 members of our organization and
others. Gowen [and its spelling variations] is a very prolific
family in Kentucky. Some of your family here were not aware
of your publication. I showed it to one recently whose
husband is a Goin, and she is forwarding to the Foundation
their set of charts and narratives on the family for your library.
I am enclosing a list of missing numbers of your
Newsletter from our files, hoping that you can replace them.
Our holdings are housed in a glassed-in section in the
Kentucky Archives Research Room where they can be used by
our members and patrons for many years to come. Thank you
for your much-appreciated Newsletter. Roberta Peak Padgett,
Kentucky Genealogical Society, Box 153, Frankfort, KY,
I was born January 10, 1926 in Wichita, Kansas, the
son of Fred Gowan and Eva Peebles Gowan and was named
William Fred Gowan. I was put up for adoption in 1928 and
was adopted by Calvin F. Troupe II and Margaret E. Troupe of
Kansas City, Missouri in 1930. My name was changed to
Calvin F. Troupe III at that time by the court.
I had two older brothers, Bob Gowan and Don
Gowan, from whom I was then separated. I learned that Don
Gowan served in the U.S. Army in World War II and that he
had four children–Jean, Donna, Chuck and Debbie. I have
searched for my brother for years with no luck. I earnestly
desire to locate Don Gowan and would sincerely appreciate
the help of the Foundation in this endeavor. Calvin F. Troupe
III, 1487 E. 37th St, Apt. E-4, Brooklyn, NY, 11234, 718/377-
I am preparing a presentation to the El Paso
Genealogical Society on how the Electronic Library is aiding
researchers in gathering family information. Will you please
send some information regarding the success of this important
research tool and how your Editorial Board coordinates these
efforts. Jeanne Thompson, 10313 Byway Drive, El Paso, TX,
My search continues, with little success, for the
family of Jessica Goings [c1776-1836], my g-g-grandmother.
She was married to William Purvine c1796 near Chattanooga
when it was still Indian territory. Some time after 1815, when
my g-grandfather Charles Purvine was born near Chattanooga,
they moved to Illinois where they lived, died and were buried
in Morgan County.
Nothing else is known about Jessica, although a
Purvine family genealogist suggests that she was a young
widow. There is a family tradition, however, that as an infant
William Purvine was rescued by his mother from an Indian
attack on their farmstead which resulted in the death of his
father, Charles Purviance and five other children. This is
thought to have occurred on the Tennessee frontier about
1778. Whatever happened to his mother and how William got
to Chattanooga is unknown. It is thought that he was raised by
an uncle, David Purviance in Cabarrus County, N.C.
Suggestions, anyone? Bradley B. Garretson, 105 Danza Ct,
Orinda, CA, 94563.
Gowen Research Foundation Phone: 806/795-8758 or
5708 Gary Avenue E-mail: email@example.com
Lubbock, Texas, 79413 Internet:
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.