Sections in this issue:
1) Additional info on Gowens of Orange Co, NC, Fairfield Co, SC, & Rutherford Co, NC;
2) Virginia Easley DeMarce Scheduled To Speak at Nashville Conference;
3) DEAR COUSINS.
All Gowen Manuscript Pages and Newsletters: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/gowen-research-foundation-pages-and-info/
GOWEN RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 7, No. 6 February 1996
1) Additional info on Gowens of Orange Co, NC, Fairfield Co, SC, & Rutherford Co, NC
John Goyne On May 23, 1785, John Goyen filed a claim for a horse lost in the service of militia duty in 1782. He stated that he was in service under the command of Lt. James Pickett in Gen. Henderson’s Brigade. He also filed for payment of 42 days service under the command of Lt. Pickett, and 21 days service under the command of Capt. Lewis.
“Then appeared in court William Gladden and William Goyen, and made oath that the above mentioned horse was appraised by them. Then appeared John Goyen, and made oath that the above horse was lost or taken by the enemy in the service of the state in the expedition against the enemy under the command of Gen. Henderson.
Signed: Charles Pickett
Certified: Charles Lewis, Capt.”56
Although there is no proof, this John Goyne is probably the son of William Goyne who made his will in 1816 in Warren County, Georgia. He may be the one known as “Bitnose.”
A John Going/Goyne appeared in the 1790 tax list of Wilkes County, Georgia. He was listed as “poll only” in Capt. Lucas’ District [LL-12]. Also in Capt. Lucas’ District in 1790 were Goings with names of: Aaron [LL-14], Moses [LL-19] [Newsletter, September 1994], Reuben [LL13], and William [LL-20]. Aaron and Moses were identified as “free mulatto.” Note: LL is the tax district identifier; the number is that individual’s tax number.
William Goyne On July 24, 1776, a William Goyen enlisted in the 3rd South Carolina Regiment. This regiment became a “quota” regiment and became part of the South Carolina Continental Line. In the February 1, 1780 muster of the regiment, William Goyen was shown as serving under Col. William Thompson.57 On December 4, 1783, William Goyen received payment for 50 days duty in the South Carolina militia in 1782, under the command of Capt. Lewis. His service was certified by Capt. Charles Lewis, before Charles Pickett, J.P.58
Perhaps the William Goyne who lived on First Broad River at Ward’s Creek, in southern Rutherford County, North Carolina, before and during the Revolution was the same William seen in Fairfield County, South Carolina records.
On our June 1995 trip a special effort was made to compare the records of Rutherford County, North Carolina to those of Fairfield County, South Carolina. Our purpose was to determine if William’s name appeared on a document on the same, or nearly the same, date in both counties. While the presence of a William, Jr. in Rutherford County, complicated the issue somewhat, it appears very possible that the William Goyne who lived on First Broad River in Rutherford County was the same William who served with the Fairfield County militia.
Most certainly, the Rutherford County William Goyne was re-lated to the Fairfield County Goynes. This is confirmed by the actions of Alexander Goyne, who moved from Orange County, North Carolina to live near William in Rutherford County, North Carolina by 1782, then moved to Fairfield County, South Carolina. Alexander then returned to live in Rutherford County.
William Going appeared in Orange County, North Carolina records on May 15, 1764 [This indicates that he was born prior to 1743. My estimate is that William of Warren County, Georgia was born c1740.] He appeared afterward in Tryon/Rutherford County, North Carolina by May 22, 1773. From land transactions, one can conclude that William and his wife Hester lived on Ward’s Creek near its juncture with First Broad River.
William appeared in the 1782 tax list of Capt. Whiteside’s Company of Rutherford County, North Carolina as owning 350 acres of land. This indicates that William moved from Orange County, North Carolina to Rutherford County, North Carolina before the others signed the petition for partition of Orange County.
The Gowens [who signed the 1773 Orange County, North Carolina partition petition] moved from the northern part of Orange County before 1782. Alexander [probably the younger] moved to Rutherford County, North Carolina and resided in the same district as William. The others named [except Alexander Sr.] moved to Fairfield County, South Carolina. Comment: It appears that the William Goyen of Tryon/Rutherford County, North Carolina records is the same William seen in Fairfield County, South Carolina records. In any event, the William of Fairfield County, South Carolina served in the same militia company in 1782 as the other Goyen/Goynes of that county.
Summary Clearly, the Goynes of Fairfield County, South Car-olina and those of northern Orange County, North Carolina are the same family. Very likely, Drury Going of Chester County, South Carolina is a member of this family. If we accept Susan Goynes Dickerson’s statement that five Goyne brothers served in the American Revolution, then I would suggest that their names are: Amos, Daniel, Drury, James and William. I include Amos’s name on this list even though there is no record of his serving in the Revolution. But, neither is there a record of James serving, except for his pension application.
The younger Alexander, who lived in both Rutherford County, North Carolina and Fairfield County, South Carolina, would appear to be the son of Alexander Sr. of northern Orange County, North Carolina, and a nephew of the others.
John probably was the son of William of Rutherford/Fairfield County and of Wilkes/Warren County Georgia. My estimate is that John was born c1760, and died in Jefferson County, Alabama in November 1839. Perhaps, Henry was a son of Daniel. It may be that some people moved from the state or died before they could file for pensions. At least one historian states that the typical South Carolina militiaman felt that he was just doing his duty, and should not be paid for defending his home.
The movement patterns of some of these people suggest that they were communicating with one another. For example, in census records there are Tennessee-born Goynes living in the same household with Alabama or Georgia-born Goynes.
One of Job’s sons married a woman in Kentucky. They are both buried in Pickens County, Alabama. After James Goyne died in Montgomery County, Tennessee, his widow, Elizabeth [Cook] Goyne recorded his will in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama just over three weeks after it was filed in Montgomery County, Tennessee. We know why she moved. Her brother, Robert Cook, lived in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Robert Cook’s wife was Sarah Baxter Going, and Sarah’s brother Job Going lived nearby.
In an effort to learn more about this family of Goynes, we have looked backward in time at some of the familiar givenÄnames of the family. I have previously stated that John appears to be the oldest in the area of Mecklenburg/Lunenburg County, Virginia in the 1740Ä50s. While I am reluctant to suggest a connection between the Goynes of Fairfield County, South Carolina and Orange County, North Carolina, and the Goynes of any other place, some of the names found in Stafford County, Virginia are the same. Early records of Stafford County [c1701/02] contain the more common names of James, John, Peter, Thomas and William Going/Gowing.59 In 1726 William Gowing of Stafford County was deceased. In 1730 John Goin of Stafford County was deceased.60 Obviously, more research is needed to “bridge” this family from North Carolina to Virginia and beyond.
56. Audited Account 3017, SC Archives.
57. National Archives Microfilm M853, Roll 16. A request for William’s service record received a negative response from the National Archives.
58. Audited Account 3018, SC Archives.
59. Boogher, William F. Virginia, Overwharton Parish Register, 1720Ä1760, Old Stafford Co, Washington, DC: The Saxton Printing Co., 1899. Gahn, Bessie Wilmarth. George Washington’s Headquarters in Georgetown and Colonial Days, Rock Creek to the Falls, Second Edition, Silver Springs, Maryland: Press of Westland, 1940. Vogt, John & T. William Kethley, Jr. Stafford Co., Virginia Tithables, Quit Rents, Personal Property, Taxes and Related Lists & Petitions, 1723Ä1790, Athens, GA: Iberian Publishing Co., 1990. Public Record Office, London, C.0.5/1312260. Nicklen, John Bailey Calvert. A Missing Will Book of Stafford Co, Virginia and its Contents.
60. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, The William & Mary Quarterly, and Tyler’s Quarterly, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc, 1982.
2) Virginia Easley DeMarce Scheduled To Speak at Nashville Conference
Speaking of her research into her Gowen ancestry, Dr. Virginia Easley DeMarce will address the Foundation at its dinner meeting May 7 in Nashville. Dr. DeMarce, a kinsman of Maj. John “Buck” Gowen, Revolutionary soldier and former sheriff of Spartanburg County, has spent many years tracking her forebears from Virginia to the Carolinas, to Tennessee, to Missouri and points west.
She, a Foundation Editorial Boardmember and former president of National Genealogical Society, will describe the successes, the frustrations and the methods used to reconstruct the paths her family followed. On the following morning, she will speak of her Melungeon research at the National Genealogical Society Conference, also held in Nashville.
Starting from a one-room school in Boone County, Missouri, she extended her quest for education in history and heritage preservation across the United States and into Germany. She was graduated from the University of Missouri in 1961 with a B.A. in history and humanities. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Erlangen, Germany in 1961-62. She was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in history at Stanford University in 1962-63 and received her M.A. in history there in 1963. She was a German Academic Exchange Fellow at the Wuerttemberg Archives in Stuttgart, Germany in 1964-65.
In 1967, she received her Ph.D. in history at Stanford.
Professionally she was on the faculty at Northwest Missouri State University, 1965-72 and at George Mason University, 1973-81. From 1986 to 1993, she was employed by National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers in Washington, D.C. At present, she is a historian with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She is a member of the National Historical Association, Society for History in the Federal Government and a member of National Genealogical Society since 1967, being elected its secretary in 1986 and its president in 1988 and again in 1991.
The dinner meeting will be the culmination of the Research Conference & Family Reunion which will be held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel May 5-6-7. The event will run in tandem with the National Genealogical Society’s annual Conference in the States which will unfold May 8-9-10-11 at the Nashville Convention Center.
The Foundation Conference will open Sunday night at 7:00 with a reception at the Sheraton for all members and their guests. The two-hour party will allow attendees to meet, visit and find out “what kind of cousins they are.” This mixer will finally bring together face to face researchers who have only known each other on the phone and in correspondence previously.
The day-long sessions on Monday and Tuesday will be devoted to lectures and presentations on research on the family surname in all of its 23 spelling variations. Time will be devoted to a Genealogy Free-for-All in which the attendees will gather to exchange research and to show their manuscripts, charts and books. During the remainder of the week, Foundation members are invited to research in the State Library & Archives and in the Nashville Room of the Public Library.
The NGS Conference will begin Wednesday, May 8 in the Convention Center at Fifth Avenue and Broadway with a program of 163 lectures and presentations by nationally-known experts in their fields. The sessions will feature migration patterns, state repositories, ethic research, genetics, skill-building and computer labs. Thirty computer stations, staffed by instructors, will train the attendees in navigating the Internet and to show them where to go to find concentrations of genealogical data.
Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society invites the Foundation members and guests to board the “General Jackson,” the largest showboat in the world, for a dinner cruise on the Cumberland River from 6:00 to 10:00 on Thursday, May 9. Foundation members will be saluted at the Saturday night performance of Grand Ole Opry on May 11. This two-and-a-half-hour event will conclude the week’s festivities.
The Sheraton Music City Hotel is located at 777 McGavock Pike, Nashville, 37214, near the Metropolitan Nashville Airport and Opryland. The hotel offers a shuttle to the airport, Opryland and to downtown. Single and double occupancy in the 412-room hotel is normally priced at $139 nightly in season, however Foundation members and their guests are offered the accommodations at $99 nightly during the week.
Members should specify that they are attending the GRF Conference when making reservations and again when checking in. Phone number of the Sheraton is 615/885-2200 or 1-800/325-3535. Fax number is 615/871-0926.
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Early registration fee for the NGS Conference, by April 5, is $150 and after April 5, $175. NGS programs and registration forms can be obtained from NGS by writing “1996 NGS Con-ference,” 4527 17th St, North, Arlington, VA, 22207-2399, 703/525-0050, Fax 703/525-0052.
3) DEAR COUSINS
I have been in touch with several of the “Goyne” families over a period of many years. These include Robert Goyen of Victoria, Australia and most of the Goynes of Delaware, Lancaster, Maryland and Virginia. Recently I visited the various American families with whom we have been exchanging visits for many years. I have now collected data both from my own research and from that of others and completed the enclosed family tree for the Foundation Library. You will recognise the extensive data which I received from Robert Goyen which I have used to aid my research and to build upon.
Also I collected data from others either directly or via fellow researchers. I hope that you find some new data in my work and find it usefull. I am of course interested in further data and lines of research. I am at present spreading my findings around in order to encourage the “Rolling Snowball Effect”.
I, from time to time visit St. Agnes in Cornwall, the source of my Goyne family, and find it rather pleasant to worship in the parish church where it all happened so many
years ago. Best wishes, Dr. R. L. Goyne, 66 Woodruff Ave, Hove, Sussex, England, BN3 6PJ.
Another exciting year is ahead of us. I enjoy immensely the Newsletters and learning more about our fascinating families. I plan to see you all in Nashville for the Conference. My cousin Jack Goins is speaking, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world! Thanks for all your good work. Jon Goins, 9404 Hunters Trace, Austin, TX, 78758.
A long-time friend of mine just found out her granddaughter will son marry a “cousin” of mine. All thanks to a lady from Texas who sent her a Foundation Newsletter which had a quote of mine included. Small world. Thanks again for all your good efforts. June A. Smith, 5307 Hwy. 303 NE, #22, Bremerton, WA, 98311.
I was very happy to see Evelyn Orr’s article in the Newsletter about Dr. Kennedy and his research trip to Turkey. I feel that I have a part in this project since I discovered the letter in which my ancestor, David Goings [1783-1840]
[Newsletter, July 1994] stated that he was of Turkish descent. It is indeed thrilling to have at last some inkling of our ancestry.
Enclosed is my Contributing Membership. I look forward to each issue of the Newsletter. I’ll soon resume my work on the Editorial Board; illness has hindered me recently. My last was a shoulder replacement, and it is very successful; it is of titanium, so it does not ring the alarms at the airport. Hazel M. Wood, 3772 Baker St, San Diego, CA, 92117
Thank you so much for publishing my question regarding my Goings ancestors in the Newsletter. As a result, I received a wonderful phone call from a cousin, Bill Goings, a grandson of my mother’s brother Phillip. He was concerned because he knew I would never find assistance with my flawed data. Since I was relying on childhood memories, I was lucky to have enough right to attract his attention. I am enclosing a revised ancestor chart for the Foundation Library and more details about my grandfather, General Washington Goings who was born June 20, 1860 in Williamsburg County, SC, parents unknown. Does anyone have more on him?. Virginia Hewitt Borum, 839 Ellen St, Fernandina, FL, 32034.
I am searching for the ancestors of Jesse Robert Goans, b1865 [b1860 per census] MO; d1942, buried Pine Grove Cemetery, Howell Co, MO. Death record does not name his parents. Census states both parents were born in TN.
Jesse married Melissa Jane Arledge, b1865, MO; d1941. Their children: Edna, b1892, da1910; Fannie, b1894, da1910; Toney, b1897; Manuel, b1898; Henry, b.1904 AR; Paul Francis, b1906. Jesse and Melissa lived in Benton Co, MO in 1910. In 1920 the family lived in Douglas Co, MO. Mary Lou HudsonÄGoans, 1311 Fisher Ave, Warsaw, IN, 46580.
I am trying to find ancestors, dates, etc. of Garfield Goins, b1880 Hancock Co, TN. He was married thrice. Ch: Mattie Rose, Arthur, Frank, Ancil, Jesse C, A.C, Ronnie, Steve and Sue. Third wife, Hila Lawson Shelton Goins regards Garfield as a son of Isaac & Elizabeth Goins of Powell Valley, TN. Please respond with any clues. Shirley Hopkins Goins Landen, 1200 Oneal Rd, London, KY, 40741.
The Newsletter is my only salvation in ever locating my elusive Goins ancestors. I always look forward to reading new family information and the success stories of others. The most recent research by Dr. Kennedy is exciting, even if controversial. It is wonderful to see the recognition nationwide that is being accorded to our surname[s]. Cindy Goins Young, Box 3791, Martinsville, VA, 24115.
I am enclosing an item from a wonderful new book, “Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee,” published by Hillsboro Press of Franklin, TN. It’s a charming book of historical facts, people, places and family recipes written by Daisy King with additional research by James A. Crutchfield and Winette Sparkman. You will be interested in what is written about the Melungeons. Elizabeth Hale Morfitt, 353 Westmoreland Dr, Idaho Falls, ID, 83402.
I have just learned of the Foundation and was so excited to see a copy of the Newsletter that a newly-found relative sent me. I am enclosing my Contributing Membership and some extra for all of the back issues that are available. I feel I have discovered buried treasure and can’t wait to see more. Allison D. Goin, 952 Wintergarden Drive, Shreveport, LA, 71107.
My natural father, Durwood Gowin does not know that I exist, as far as I know. He had left the area of Ft. Hood, Texas before I was born January 25, 1966 to him and my mother, Marty [Martha]. I have an intense desire to know him, but would respect his wishes if he chooses otherwise. If he reads this plea, please contact me. Celia B, %Box A, Gowen Research Foundation.
In September 1995, on a visit to Ireland, I found in the National Library in Dublin over 30 spellings for the surname, Gowen/Going, etc. Col. Walter F. Going, Jr, 6055 Lakeshore Dr, Columbia, SC, 29206.
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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.