Sections in this issue:
1) Edward Gowen Mulatto son of Edward Gowen of Granville Co, NC;
2) Dear Cousins.
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GOWEN RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 8, No. 2 October 1996
1) Edward Gowen Mulatto son of Edward Gowen of Granville Co, NC
Edward Gowen, Melungeon/Mulatto, son of Edward Gowen, was born about 1761, probably in Granville County, North Carolina. He was the fifth Edward Gowen in a string of four consecutive antecedents with the same name.
He was married in Granville County on a bond dated October 31, 1807 to Rebecca Anderson, daughter of Mulatto Lewis Anderson and Winifred “Winnie” Bass Anderson. Her brother, George Anderson was their bondsman.
Rebecca Anderson was the great-great-granddaughter of Kate Anderson, a Negro slave whose manumission created a great stir in the Virginia House of Burgesses. Her owner, John Fulcher of Norfolk County directed in his will of October 12, 1712 that his 15 slaves be freed. He directed his executor, Lewis Conner to give “to my Negroes, men and women and children, there freedom,” according to Paul Heinegg writing in “Free African Americans of North Carolina and Virginia.”
Kate Anderson and 14 other members of her extended family were also bequeathed by the will 640 acres of land in Norfolk County to the consternation of the Virginia legislators and planters. The House quickly moved to squelch the idea of freeing slaves in Virginia. They wrote legislation to “provide by a law against such manumission of slaves, which may in time by their increase and correspondence with other slaves . . . endanger the peace of this Colony,” according to “Henning’s Statutes,” Volume III.
The authorities could not legally undo the damage that Fulcher had done, but they felt they could discourage it from ever being repeated. Conner sought to minimize the problem for Virginia by exporting it to North Carolina. He swapped the 640 acres in Norfolk County for a section of land in Chowan County, just across the colony line. The Anderson family was reluctant to leave Virginia, so the executor “sweetened the deal” with an extra 300 acres of North Carolina land. Five years later the Andersons were still in Virginia, the deed to the promised North Carolina land not having materialized.
The family filed suit against Conner in 1717 in York County and produced Fulcher’s will in court in an effort to obtain title to the land. The Andersons won the case, the court declaring that the wishes of a dying man were inviolate. But Conner appealed to the superior court in Williamsburg, and the verdict was reversed. Edward “Ned” Anderson, one of the children freed by Fulcher was back in court in 1734 trying to get title to the North Carolina land. Twenty-two years after the date of Fulcher’s will, the North Carolina land lay in Bath County. Shortly afterward, Bath County itself was dissolved, and the Anderson family apparently gave up on the effort to secure its inheritance.
The Colony of Virginia was not victorious in the matter either. It could not long hold back manumission, either by law or by delaying tactics such as was used on the Andersons and the Gowens. When Pres. George Washington died in December 1799, he had already specified in his will that his slaves were to be given their freedom. Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton and other statesmen took a stand against slavery. The northern states, one by one, abolished slavery beginning with Vermont in 1777 and ending with New Jersey in 1804.
Lewis Anderson and Winifred “Winnie” Bass Anderson died without inheriting any of the Fulcher land. “Edward Going” was mentioned as a purchaser at the estate sale of Mrs. Winifred Anderson February 9, 1810, according to Granville County Will Book 7, page 116. “Edward Going & wife, Rebecca Going, heirs of Lewis Anderson, deceased” were mentioned April 12, 1814 in Granville County Will Book 8, pages 365 and 366.
Two free colored families, one headed by “Edward Goins”, page 2 and another headed by “Edward Goins”, page 23, ap-peared in the 1820 census of Moore County, North Carolina. Children born to Edward Gowen and Rebecca Anderson Gowen are unknown, but there must have been an “Edward the sixth” in there somewhere.
2) Dear Cousins
I did so enjoy the “Cousins Have Chance Encounter” article in the August Newsletter. Sooner or later, all of us who dabble in genealogy have experiences of “genetic memory,” psychic occurrences, intuition or serendipity. Anyone who has had such experiences is certain to enjoy the book, “Psychic Roots” [Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore] by the well-known genealogist, Henry Z. Jones, Jr. This was one of those wonderful books I could hardly put down. He relates the experiences of many researchers [who have benefitted from psychic assistance.] Beverly J. Ellison Nelson, 3391 W. Aksarben Ave, Littleton, CO, 80123.
Congratulations on a fantastic job of presenting the Foundation on the Internet! I received my September Newsletter and immediately logged on. Hope the staff has taken doses of megavitamins because you are going to need them with all the new activity it will generate. I have the Gore family online now, and all I do is answer E-mail and look up information.
I have discovered a ‘Gorin Family Discussion Group’ on the Internet that supports all of the Goin/Gowen names. GRF members can subscribe at “GORIN@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu” with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line of the message. I posted a message with them yesterday that the Gowen Research Foundation is now online.
Again, wonderful job! Thanks to all who accomplished this feat. Joyce Campbell Locke, firstname.lastname@example.org, Box 474, Portales, NM, 88130.
I want to thank you for a great reunion in Tennessee, and thank you for the Foundation itself. I met wonderful people, learned a lot about my family and got to see the country where my forefathers walked. It was a wonderful experience that I will always treasure. Keep up the wonderful work. My Contributing Membership is enclosed. Tammy Goin-Stone, Box 738, Ontario, OR, 97914.
Thanks so much for the Foundation Web Site and for my access ID number. Right now I am playing with setting up my own homepage. Isn’t the Web a lark! I could just live out there! Nancy Strawder Bruce, email@example.com, 1427 17th Ave, Columbus, GA, 31901.
I was glad to see the McGowens and the O’Gowens included in your research list after all the fuss and furor I raised several years ago to get them included–unsuccessfully, I might add. Last time I looked, there were 30-40 McGowens and O’Gowens here in my Montgomery County, MD telephone book. If you ever round up all of them, it will be quite a crowd! Glad to hear from you with this good news. My 1997 membership is enclosed. Edward Miles Joseph Gowen, 1258 Cresthaven Dr, Silver Spring, MD, 20903.
I would like to introduce your readers to “The Ap-palachian Quarterly,” a new historical, genealogical magazine covering the Southern Appalachians. We have recently entered into an association with Dr. N. Brent Kennedy to com-pile, collect, preserve and protect genealogical information on families of probable Melungeon descent. The repository is called the National Melungeon Registry. We are currently in the process of establishing a web site, and I will send you information as we go online. Rhonda Robertson, Editor, Wise County Historical Society, Box 368, Wise, VA, 24293.
Congratulations, Rhonda and welcome into ge-nealogical publishing. We are placing your news release on the Internet in the “Melungia” section, and we’ll be glad to “hotlink” our web site with yours.
I am seeking the names of the parents of Aaron Going [b1823 KY] Andrew Jackson Going [b1820 KY] and Emily Going. Aaron m1 Maria Gitzendanner; m2 Dozena Prather; m3 Clementine Prather Milburn. He was recorded cs1850 Natchez, MS; cs1860, cs1870, cs1880 St. Landry Parish, LA. He died there in Westlake, LA in 1898. Andrew Jackson Going lived in E. Feliciana Parish, LA. Inez Going, Box 20832, Houston, TX, 77225.
I was really excited to see the Foundation on the Internet! I only accessed the archives a few times, because of the toll charges, but now I can search and revel to my heart’s content! Thanks so much! Doris Ann Goins, firstname.lastname@example.org, 8018 E. Cree Lake, Kendallville, IN, 46755.
Your website is great. I have two Melungeon grandmothers and am particularly interested in “Melungia.” I am working to computerize my ancestry. When completed I will forward a copy for the Foundation Library and for the Electronic Library on the Internet. Thanks for such a great work dedicated to our heritage. Richard Couch, , 970 W. 68th St, Tulsa, OK, 74132. RCouch1148@aol.com.
Just received the September Newsletter today and was pleased to see my query in Dear Cousins. I had already had some responses to it before my copy arrived. The Electronic Library is a great concept. Please send my I.D. number so that I can make “tracks through the stacks.” Roy L. Edgar, 175 Allspice Ct, Springboro, OH, 45066, Ftscott@aol.com.
Congratulations! The web is really great! I felt the “presence of the past” when I found my ancestors Maj. John “Buck” Gowen and wife Lettice on the Internet in “gowenms.006.” My cousins and I are about to die from lack of sleep because now we now stay on the Internet most of the night. Chan Edmondson, email@example.com, Box 190354, Dallas, TX, 75219.
I would like to exchange data on Nicholas Gowen [b1667, York Co, ME] and Abigail Hodsdon Gowen of York Co, ME. I am descended through their daughter, Margaret Gowen [bc1699, York Co, ME] who was married to Abraham Lord, son of Elder Nathan Lord. Keith Bean, 686 Rambleton Dr, Vacaville, CA, 95688, firstname.lastname@example.org.
My ggg-gm was a sister to George Abbott of County Galway who settled on St. Simons Island, Georgia in about 1805 and married Mary Wright. Their 2nd dau. Annie [b1818] m. James Gowen in 1834. Their son George Harrison Gowen m. his cousin Elizabeth, dau of Henry Evans and Elizabeth Abbott Evans of Quebec. I would be interested in comparing notes with Foundation members.
I can tell you a certain amount about the Abbotts before 1800 and about the other descendants of George and his siblings since then, rather more about my line, of course. Do you publish a newsletter? Is it possible to subscribe from Europe? Hugh Casement, Bahnweg 11, 84405 Dorfen, Germany.
Indeed you may subscribe and affiliate with the Foundation with the membership blank from our Website. It has been our pleasure to visit with many of your Gowen kinsmen in southeast Georgia. Charles Latimer Gowen, now 92, g-son of James Gowen and Anna Elizabeth Abbott Gowen, spoke to the Foundation Research Conference earlier this year in Nashville about his branch of the family. His second cousin, Miller Abbott “Bud” Gowen of Geneva, Switzerland, is one of the founders of the Foundation.
I have been researching my g-g-g-gf Dillard Goen of Fairfield Co, SC, Jackson Co, GA, Smith Co, & Palo Pinto Co, TX. He had sons by the names of Joseph F, Lewis, William, James G. and Britten. I would like to communicate with anyone working on this line. Paul Lynn Goen, 2311 Don Felipe SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87105, 505/877-5069.
My g-gm Mary Ellen Goings was born in August 1871 in TN of parents who were also born in TN. She was enumerated in the 1900 census of Greene County, AR, Enum. Dist. 31, at age 28. Can anyone assist me on her ancestry? Leila J. Hewitt, 5201 Palomino Dr, Melbourne, FL, 32934, 407/242-1741, LJSH47@aol.com.
My paternal ancestors’ surnames were: Bilbo, Chelaitre, Cole, Courtney, Curtis, Davis, Flower, Green, Hall, Hobson, Johnson, Rentfroe, Roberts, Saidec, Selet and Simmons. I have been told that some of them are Melungeon names and that some of them intermarried with the Gowen/Going/Goyne family. Many migrated to Mississippi from the Carolinas and Tennessee. All appeared in Louisiana in the early 1800s. My grandmother, Sarah Hall stated that we are part Cherokee. I would like to contact Foundation researchers who are interested in any of the above families. Thelma Cole Morgan, Rt. 2, Box 94, Dayton, TX, 77535.
I am seeking information on Thomas Gowans and Rachel McClurg of York County, PA who were married “at Widow McClurg’s house” Nov. 26, 1778 by Rev. James Clarkson. Born to them were Elizabeth, b1779; Katherine, b1781 and Jean Gowans, b1784. Any help, anyone? Mamie Way, Rt. 1, Fairmont, OK, 73736.
Your “stuff” on your web site is wonderful. May we “hot link” you to our “E-zine Family Tree?” Beth Gay, Editor, Family Tree, Odom Library, Box 1110, Odom, GA, 31776. Aye, Lassie. We Scottish here will enjoy keeping company with you for auld lang syne.
When and how did the Caucasian race become pale, and when and how did they lose their pigmentation? When and how did the Caucasians destroy the melanin in their chromosomes which determines the color of skin, hair and eyes? Why are archaeologists unable to find fossil remains of Caucasian? Are they the descendants of albinos?
The white race excretes an enzyme which absorbs melanin; the black race does not. This is why a white corpse turns black. When scientists cleanse the skin of Egyptian mummies, the epidermis appears pigmented exactly like that of all other black people of Africa. People of the Mediterranean area–Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Jewish, Moorish, [Melungeon] etc. and American Indians still have some of the original black blood melanin. Robert Graham, #99451, Camp T’Shark 3R7, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, LA, 70712.
I love the term “Melungia.” How sweet it is to see the pore ol’ Melungeons recognized in cyberspace after being down-trodden for so long on this earth. You have done a great job on the web site. We would like to announce it in the next issue of our newsletter, the “Southeastern Kentucky Melungeon Information Exchange.” I was glad to see Dr. Brent Kennedy’s reply in “melungia.002.” We appreciate your good work. Bill Fields, 1525 Barbra Ests. Dr, Seymour, TN, 37865, email@example.com.
My grandmother was Anna Brooks Dobbins Gowens who was an early researcher on Charles Gowens, the little drummer boy, our Revolutionary ancestor. I know a few of my cousins and others who spell the name “Gowens,” and I would like to make contact with all the Gowens researchers. Please contact me. Lou Edith Smith, Box 115, Dryden, TX, 78851-0115, 915/291-3331.
The Founders of Natchitoches Conference, with Brent Kennedy as principal speaker, was a great success. He was welcomed by the mayor and the president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was interviewed by KALB-TV, and a book-signing was held at Old Town Book Merchant.
On Saturday morning [10/6] Brent spoke from 9:00 to 12:00 about the Melungeons with a 100% positive response. Because of the warm reception, Brent promised to return. John & Evelyn Orr arrived early for the Conference and spent two days with us, researching in the Shreveport Library. Our contributing membership for 1997 is enclosed. Carroll H. Goyne, Jr, 10019 Canterbury Dr, Shreveport, LA, 71106.
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.