1994 – 11 Nov Newsletter – GRF

Sections in this issue:

1) William Gowen, Jr. Hacked to Death By Axe-Wielding Madman;
2) William Rufus Going Serving on First Ship to Enter Tokyo Bay;
3) Richard A. Gowan Started Over In East Texas After Civil War;
4) Dear Cousins.

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Volume 6, No. 3 November 1994

1)  William Gowen, Jr. Hacked to Death
By Axe-Wielding Madman

William Gowen, Jr, regarded as a son of William Gowen and
Anastasia Sullivan Gowen, was born about 1757, probably in
Goochland County, Virginia. It is believed that he was married
in Bedford County, Virginia about 1775, wife’s name unknown.

After the birth of three children, two sons and a daughter, it is
assumed that she died.

He was remarried about 1784 to Jamima “Jimminy” Burns, according
to June A. Smith, family researcher of Belfair, Washington.

She was reportedly a sister to Ann Burns who was
married to Isham Gowen, brother of William Gowen, Jr.

Jamima “Jimminy” Burns was “a cousin to Robert Burns, the
Scotch poet,” according to William Floyd, a grandson-in-law of
William Gowen, Jr. He also stated that William Gowen, Jr. was
“killed with an axe by a crazy man.” Floyd, then 84, made the
statement in the summer of 1904 when he was interviewed by
Charles E. Gowen, his nephew.

Charles E. Gowen, a grandson of James Burns Gowen and an
early-day genealogist, kept a journal regarding people and
events of that period in Bedford County, Tennessee. William
Floyd stated in the interview that James Burns Gowen was born
November 22, 1785 “near Lynchburg, Virginia.” Harold Ora
Gowen, a great-great-grandson of James Burns Gowen of Tarpon
Springs, Florida wrote in 1976 that James Burns Gowen
was born in 1786 and that he was a “son of William Gowen.”

Family researchers, have assumed for many years that William
Gowen, Jr. was slain about 1790. It appears that in 1790 his
children were placed in other homes. The three children of the
first marriage, Jeremiah Gowen, Sandford L. Gowen and Judy
Gowen, apparently went to live with their grandparents, William
Gowen and Anastasia Sullivan Gowen. The two sons of the
second marriage, James Burns Gowen and William Davis
Gowen were bound out to their uncle, James Burns, brother of
Jamima “Jimminy” Burns Gowen, according to William Floyd.

Accordingly, researchers had regarded all of the children as
orphans at that time.

However, Cubert Thomas Wood, Foundation member of
Columbia, Tennessee found what appears to be the probate
records of William Gowen, Jr. in the courthouse there. This
places the death of William Gowen, Jr. in Williamson County,
Tennessee in 1815—25 years later than previously thought.

There is no evidence that Jamima “Jimminy” Burns Gowen had
more than two children. She and her two sons accompanied her
brother, James Burns in a move to Davidson County, Tennessee
in the winter of 1785. William Floyd spoke of the “exposure,
hardship and difficulties” on the trek that James Burns Gowen
had mentioned to him. Apparently William Gowen, Jr. also
accompanied the Burns party to Tennessee and later settled in
adjoining Williamson County.

“Sandford L. Going and Jeremiah Going” accompanied William
Gowen and most of his sons in a move to Madison County,
Kentucky about 1798. Judy Gowen and her grandmother,
Anastasia Sullivan Gowen with her younger children, apparently
remained in Bedford County until about 1805. “Judah
Going” was married in adjoining Campbell County to Austin
Dickinson March 2, 1805, according to “Campbell County,
Virginia Marriages, 1718-1850.”

Apparently William Gowen and Anastasia Sullivan Gowen became
estranged about 1798, perhaps over a disagreement about
removing from Bedford County. He planned to leave, and she
planned to stay. She then had the responsibility of providing a
living for her young children, and the stress began to appear.
She began a quarrel with a neighbor and wound up in Bedford
County Court.

On June 25, 1798 “Armister Going appeared in discharge of her
recognizance and it appears to the court by oath of Catherine
Burks that she is afraid that the sd. Armister Going will injure
her either in her person or property & the said Armister Going
being here present in court, it is ordered that she give security
for her good behavior for the space of one year. Whereupon the
sd. Armister Going acknowledged herself indebted to his Excellency
the Governor in the sum of $20 & Wm. Going, Sr. &
Isham Going, her securities in the sum of $10 each to be levied,”
according to “Bedford County, Virginia Court Records.”

William Gowen and some of his sons went to Kentucky about
1798, leaving his wife and younger children in Bedford County.

Later the family was reunited in Madison County, Kentucky.

It is believed that the stress of providing a living for herself and
her minor children who remained with her began to take its toll
on Anastasia. Within 18 months she appeared destitute and allowed
one of her youngest sons to be “bound out.” On
September 23, 1800, “It is ordered that the Overseers of the
Poor bind Christopher Goin, son of Anister Goin, to Enos
Mitchell, according to law,” according to court records.
“William Goin” appeared on the 1799 tax list of Madison
County. His listing showed “one male above 21 and one male
from 16 to 21, three horses and no land.” “William Going”
appeared in the tax records of Madison County August 12,
1800, according to the research of Christine S. Agee of
Richmond, Kentucky, county seat of Madison County.

In 1803 he was exempted from paying tax “because of infirmities
and old age,” according to Madison County Court Order
Book, Volume C. He was shown as “one male, three horses and
no land. In the 1805 tax list “William Goens” was recorded
along with “Jeremiah Goens.”

Apparently Anastasia Gowen had relented and joined her family
in Madison County in 1805, but their financial circumstances
had not improved. “Aaron Going, son of William Going was
bound out to learn a trade” December 2, 1805, according to
Madison County Deed Book F.

William Gowen gave consent for his granddaughter, “Rebecca
Gowing” to marry “William Goin,” her cousin March 8, 1806,
It is believed that William Going died shortly afterward and that
Jeremiah Gowen removed to Robertson County, Tennessee to
join James Burns, his step-mother’s brother.

The property of William Gowen, Jr, which suggested that he
was a carpenter, was inventoried in Williamson County by
“Jimminy Gowen.” An estate sale of the “inventory of William
Gowen, Dcsd” was held November 3, 1815 , and the buyers

“Jemima Gowen *Froe & wedge $ 1.50
A. Johnston 3 Augers 1.06¼
Jonathan Potts Handsaw & Drawing knife 1.06¼
Calub Mandley Round Shave. hammer, compass
chisel & gauge .93½
Jemima Gowen Bell & foot adz 1.43½
Jesse Bizzel Clevis, pincher & curry comb .75
A. Johnston 2 Chissels .43¼
Geo. Burnet 1 Bell .81¼
Jemima Gowen Ax & hoe 1.35½
Jonathan Potts Hames & traces 2.12½
Moe Capps 1 Ax 1.81¼
Daniel Duns Hackel & [illegible] .12½
Michal Dooly Hames & traces 2.18½
John Bridges Jointer & adz .50
Glen Owen Mattock hoe & singeltrees2.00
Willm. A. Wells Barthew plow 2.81¼
Betsey Hood Washing tub .50
Edward Harris 1 Pigin .37½
A. Johnston 1 Baskett .37½
John Wise Half bushel .26
Edw. Sampson Half log chain 1.25
Salley Kenley Hoe .25
Jemima Gowen 1 Kettle 2.50
John Wise Larg pot 3.87¼
Moe Capps Dutch oven & hooks 2.56½
Salley Kenley Small pot .50
Edwd Harris 5 Chairs 2.43¼
Jemima Gowen Clock reel .75
ditto Saddle & wheel 1.00
A. Johnston Large kegg 1.00
A. Johnston Small kegg .31½
Bryant Gay Saddle & bridle 6.25
Benj. Sampson Saddle & bridle .50
Geo Burnet 1 Barrel & cotton 1.37½
Jemima Gowen Bag of cotton 3.00
Betsey Hood 1 Loome 6.00
A. Johnston Dish, 6 plates, bason & 5 spoons 5.00
Isaac Bizzel Hay & harness 1.06½
Jemima Gowen Dish, 2 plates, 2 tumblers,
coffee pot & candles .78
ditto Basin & tin pan .25
ditto Barrel .25
Salley Kenley 2 Plates, 3 cups-saucers & basket .25
Jemima Gowen 2 Bottels 1.43½
Salley Kenley Small trunk .50
Jemima Gowen Bed & furniture 2.00
John Fussell Bed & furniture 24.00
Edwd Harris Desk 6.62½
Dempsey Duns Waggon & hand gear 30.25
Betsey Hood 1 Sett of spools 2.00
Anderson Berryman Grind stone 1.25
Joseph Allen 1 Large saws 9.75
ditto 6 Hoggs, 1st choice 18.00
Salley Kenley 5 Hoggs, 2nd choice 5.00
Joseph Allen 5 Hoggs, 3rd choice 5.00
Georg Glascock Black heifer 8.25
Calub Mandley Red heifer 3.56¼
Dempsey Duns Red cow 11.50
Jos. Johnston Small red heifer 2.00
John Wells Black cow 11.00
Dempsey Duns Red bull calf 1.50
Daniel Duns Bay horse 52.12½
Littleton Johnston Black mare 30.31½
Jemima Gowen Gray mare 10.00
Elisha Williams Bay colt 15.00
Jemima Gowen Flax .50
Salley Kenley Leather 2.12½
Jemima Gowen 10 Barrels corn 5.00
Salley Kenley 10 Barrels corn 5.00
Total $ 327.35

*A froe was a carpenter’s knife with the blade set at right angles
to the handle. It was used in making shingles and scantlings.

It is possible that at this time Jamima “Jimminy” Burns Gowen
was making preparations to join the household of her brother,
James Burns. James Burns removed to Davidson County, North
Carolina [later Tennessee], probably in the winter of 1785. The
Davidson County Court in its January 1786 session ordered that
“a handsaw in the hands of James Burns be attached and sold
and monies thereby applied toward the debt of Evan Baker.”

“James Burns, Esquire” had become prominent in Davidson
County. He was named to the grand jury there in 1794. “James
Byrns” was named tax assessor in “Stephen Byrns Company” in
the January 1796 court session.

“Capt. James Byrns” and Isaac Baker were securities for a $500
bond posted by Zacheus Baker July 11, 1796. Zacheus Baker
had been “convicted of fornication by the oath of Eleanor
Thompson and fined $25.” The bond was for the purpose of
“indemnifying the parish of Davidson County from any Trouble
or Expense concerning Birth, Maintenance or Education of a
Bastard child sworn to him by sd. Eleanor Thompson.”

In April 1802 James Burns was named as a justice of the peace
of Davidson County. In that capacity he automatically became a
judge and frequently was a member of the Davidson County
Court. On July 22, 1802, “James Byrn, Esquire” was appointed
coroner for Davidson County by the Davidson County Court
after posting a $5,000 bond.

Several counties surrounding Davidson County began to operate
their own court systems in 1803, and James Burns began to
appear in adjoining Robertson County.

On August 4, 1806, James Burns was a resident of Robertson
County, according to “Robertson County, Tennessee Court
Minutes, 1796-1807” by Carol Wells. On that date he and
“Jeremiah Goins” were appointed to a road venire.

It is believed that children born to William Gowen, Jr. and his
first wife include:

Jeremiah Gowen born about 1776
Sandford L. Gowen born about 1778
Judy Gowen born about 1780

It is believed that children born to William Gowen, Jr. and
Jamima “Jimminy” Burns Gowen include:

James Burns Gowen born November 22, 1785
William Davis Gowen born about 1788

2)  William Rufus Going Serving on
First Ship to Enter Tokyo Bay

By Martha Elaine Going Thomas
A daughter of 303 Conley Road
Hapeville, Georgia, 30354

Fireman First Class William Rufus Going was serving aboard
the first U.S. Navy warship to enter Tokyo Bay at the end of
World War II. During the surrender ceremony on board the U.
S.S. Missouri where Gen. Douglas McArthur accepted the
capitulation of Japan, Going’s destroyer, the U.S.S. Southerland,
was anchored nearby. F1/c Going served under Adm. “Bull”
Halsey in the Third Fleet and Task Force 38.

William Rufus Going was born January 11, 1924 in Atlanta, the
second son of James Leonard Going and Emma Mae Hobbs
Going. He was the grandson of William Mack Isaac Going and
the g-grandson of William George Washington Going, a Civil
War veteran. He was the g-g-grandson of Isaac Going and the
g-g-g-grandson of Drury Going, Revolutionary soldier of
Chester County, South Carolina.

William Rufus Going enlisted in the U.S. Navy July 11, 1944
After a brief time at Camp Peary near Williamsburg, Virginia
and Norfolk Naval Training Station, he was assigned to the
U.S.S. Southerland [DD743] and reported on board November
22, 1944 as it was heading for the Pacific.

His destroyer provided a carrier screen in the first naval air
strikes on Tokyo on July 10, 1945. On July 14-15 the armada
attacked Northern Honshu and Hokkaido. On July 17-18 the
Task Force struck at the Tokyo Plains. On July 24-28 the
U.S.S. Southerland participated in attacks on targets in the
Inland Sea.

On July 29, the Southerland was ordered to stand off the Hamamatsu
area and to bombard the shore installations with its fiveinch
rifles. On July 30 Central Honshu felt the wrath of the
Grumann Wildcat fighters, the Chance-Vought Corsairs and the
Curtis Helldiver divebombers from the fleet, and the Southerland
continued to provide an air defense screen for the carriers.

On August 9, the air attacks returned to Central Honshu, on August
10 to Northern Honshu. The destroyer was ordered to
Sagami Wan August 27 as part of the occupation forces. On
August 28, the U.S.S. Southerland was ordered to proceed to
Tokyo Bay to take part in the surrender ceremony.

Going returned home with campaign ribbons, battle stars and
naval citations to the delight of his wife, Dora Evelyn Elliott
Going and their baby daughter, Martha Elaine. He was
employed by the Southern Railway for the next 40 years. The
Goings, now in retirement, continue living in the Atlanta area.

Their three children have given them eight grandchildren and
step-grandchildren, two grandchildren-in-law and three greatgrandchildren.

Three children were born to William Rufus Going and Dora
Evelyn Elliott Going:

Martha Elaine Going born October 2, 1944
Donald Eugene Going born August 9, 1947
Claire Yvonne Going born February 8, 1959

3)  Richard A. Gowan Started Over
In East Texas After Civil War

Richard Asbury Gowan, son of John Gowan, was born about
1812 in North Carolina. About 1835, he removed with other
members of his family to Simpson County, Mississippi. Later
he lived in Smith County, Mississippi . About 1841 he was married
in Simpson County to Susan Peacock, a native of
Louisiana, according to “History of North & West Texas”
published in 1906 by Capt. B. Paddock. She was a sister to
Mariah Peacock who was married to John Gowan, brother to
Richard Gowan.

Richard Asbury Gowan “had peculiar business ability and tireless
energy and soon became one of the wealthiest planters of
Smith County, owning many slaves and having a large amount
of land and other property,” according to Capt. Paddock. The
history further states that he was primarily interested in the
breeding of blooded livestock.

The family of Richard Asbury Gowan and Susan Peacock
Gowan was enumerated in the 1850 and 1860 census of Smith
County, Mississippi. Richard Asbury Gowan lost all of his
wealth during the Civil War and elected to “start over” in
Navarro County, Texas, moving there about 1866.

Richard Asbury Gowen was enumerated in Navarro County in
1870 as the head of a household:

“Gowan, Richard A. 58, born in NC, farmer
Susan Peacock 50, born in LA, wife
Richard 14, born in MS
John 11, born in MS
Alice 9, born in MS
Melissa 5, born in MS
Hollingsworth, D. Y. 45, born in SC, farmer”

Richard Asbury Gowan died in Navarro County in 1890 at age
77. Susan Peacock Gowan died there at age 83 in 1903.

Children born to Richard Asbury Gowan and Susan Peacock
Gowan include:

Matilda Gowan born about 1842
Samantha Gowan born about 1844
Garrett Hubert Gowan born March 29, 1845
William Gowan born about 1847
Terry Gowan born about 1850
Richard R. Gowan born about 1856
John W. Gowan born about 1859
Alice Gowan born about 1861
Melissa Gowan born about 1865

4)  Dear Cousins

One week after we talked on the phone, my granddaughter,
April Mitchell Howerton, age 15 and her best friend, also age 15
were killed in an automobile accident by a drunk driver. She
was our first granddaughter, and you can imagine the heartaches
we have carried during the intervening weeks. She was so
beautiful, and she was the only one of present generation that
showed the Melungeon/Choctaw characteristics with her olive
skin, bark hair and those beautiful dark eyes.

This is in explanation for the delay in expressing our appreciation
for your letter and the print-out of the lives of Thomas D.
and Nancy Goins/Gowen of Atascosita District, Coahuila y Tejas
[later Liberty County, Texas] and descendants. They were
my g-g-g-g-grandparents. I was not aware that they received a
Texas land grant of 4,606 acres or that their heirs spent 70 years
wrangling over it in court. I am enclosing a run-down of my
lineage back to them to add to Section 124 of the Foundation
Manuscript along with my 1995 membership. Thanks so much
for the back issues of the Newsletter. Sherry M. Chitty, Box
1892, Onalaska, TX, 77360, 409/646-3390.

==Dear Cousins==

I am enclosing my 1995 membership renewal, and I
continue to enjoy the Newsletter very much. Thank you for a
job well done. We appreciate all your hard work. Jeraldine M.
Webb, 1318 Domador, San Clemente, CA, 92673.

==Dear Cousins==

I am forwarding “Six Decade Index of Henry County, Virginia,
1790-1840” by Anne V. Miller for the Foundation Library.

Using federal census returns and county tax lists, the
compiler has assembled a comprehensive list of the citizens of
early Henry County.

You will notice that there were 12 families of interest to
Gowen chroniclers in 1790, headed by: Benjamin Gowing,
Charles Gowing, Claborn Gowing, David Gowing, Isaac Gowing,
John Gowing [on Berry Branch], John Gowing [on Russel
Creek], Laban Gowing, Nathan Gowing, Shadrack Gowing and
William Gowing. During the decade most removed to Tennessee.

In 1800 only John Going remained in Henry County. In
1810 Berry Going, Elizabeth Going and Simon Going were
recorded there. No Gowen families were enumerated there in
1820 and 1830. The 1840 census listed only Claiborn Going
and John P. Going in Henry County. Granville W. Hough,
3438 Bahia Blanca W, Apt. B, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.


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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.

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