Sections in this issue:
1) Capt. James Gowen Fought The French at Ft. Ticonderoga;
2) William Franklin Goings Was Backward Bartender in Texas;
3) “Melungeon Heritage” Released, By Author, Mattie Ruth Johnson;
4) Dear Cousins.
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GOWEN RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 9, No. 2 October 1997
1) Capt. James Gowen Fought The French at Ft. Ticonderoga
Capt. James Gowen, stood in the bow of his bateau and surveyed the motley armada of boats traversing the waters of Lake George in an attack on the French Ft. Carillon. The French & Indian War had been going on for nine years now in a see-saw battle, and the British commanders were desperate to drive the French out of upper New York.
James Gowen, at age 43, had seen militia duty for several years, but this was the first time his company had been involved in an amphibious landing against a strongly fortified position. His troops were farmers, shopkeepers and mechanics and were struggling to keep their boat in formation. Strung out across the lake in disorganized confusion was the flotilla composed of 900 bateaux, 135 whale boats and 16 barges bearing the artillery. The captain could realize that this was a recipe for disaster, and at that moment, the French opened a barrage of cannonfire upon the helpless armada . . .
James Gowen, son of Nicholas Gowen and Abigail Hodsdon Gowen, was born February 14, 1715 at Kittery, according to “Province and Court Records of Maine.” He was the grandson of William Alexander Gowen, Scottish soldier captured in the Battle of Dunbar and deported by William Cromwell.
James Gowen received the bulk of his father’s farm in the will of Nicholas Gowen written in 1733. He also received a yoke of oxen under the terms of the will. James Gowen was married November 21, 1738 to his cousin, Anna Smith by John Hill, J.P. She was the daughter of William Smith who was married to Sarah Gowen March 30, 1684.
James Gowen was a witness to the will of John Heard, his neighbor, January 17, 1742 in York County. Later he was one of the appraisers of the estate of John Heard November 25, 1751 in York County. James Gowen was one of the appraisers of the estate of his aunt Margaret Emery Gowen December 21, 1751 in York County.
He was one of the appraisers of the estate of Nicholas Shap-leigh December 13, 1752 in York County. He was one of the appraisers of the estate of Joshua Black May 4, 1756 in York County.
James Gowen sold 10 acres of the land to Benjamin Stacy prior to October 10, 1757. This may have been the 10 acre plot owned earlier by his brother Patrick Gowen. In 1757, James Gowen was named Coronet of the York County Blue Troop of Horse commanded by Capt. Abraham Lord in the regiment of Sir William Pepperell.
“Capt. James Gowen,” was the commander of an infantry company in 1758. In that year he commanded a company in the expedition against Crown Point, New York during the French & Indian War. Then his company joined the forces under Lt-Gen. James Abercrombie and Brig-Gen. George A. Howe, in the attack on the French on Lake George.
The French occupied Ft. Carillon there on Lake George with less than 4,000 troops. They were besieged by 6,000 British regulars and 10,000 provincial troops, and although outnumbered four to one, defeated the attack, killing 2,000 of the British and Americans, including Gen. Howe. Capt James Gowen and most of his company survived the disaster.
His nephews, Corp. David Gowen and Pvt. Samuel Gowen were serving in his command. Samuel Gowen was killed in the battle, according to Yvonne Margarett Collinson Gowen in “Gowen Family Genealogy.”
Later in the year, the Marquis de Montcalm withdrew with all but 400 of his French troops from Ft. Carillon, moving to defend Quebec. On July 26, 11,000 troops under Lord Jeffrey Amherst returned to besiege Ft. Carillon. The 400 French soldiers blew up the fortifications and abandoned the fort. The British moved in and renamed it Ft. Ticonderoga. Capt. Gowen and his company returned home briefly. During the interim, James Gowen was one of the appraisers of the estate of John Shapleigh October 7, 1759 in York County.
Capt. James Gowen and his troops were quickly transported northward to participate in the Battle of Quebec under Maj-Gen. James Wolfe, age 33, 11 years his junior. Again the campaign was a stalemate–until Wolfe attempted the unthinkable. He set his troops to climbing the vertical cliffs before the Heights of Abraham. The surprise worked. The 8,000 British and Americans charged across the plain, with Wolfe in the van, before the French could move to meet them. Wolfe won the most important battle of the war, but, taking three bullets, lost his life in the charge.
On February 21, 1761 Capt. James Gowen joined a group of war veterans in signing a petition requesting a land grant near “Mt. Deseret, Massachusetts Bay Colony” for a township, ac-cording to “Documentary History of Maine, Baxter Manuscript,” published by the Maine Historical Society. The petition was successful for on January 27, 1764 they re-ceived the requested land grant on the “east side of Mt. De-seret [now Union] River.”
In 1763 the company of Capt. Gowen was back in Canada and “continued in occupation duty at Quebec City.”
Back home, he was instructed October 13, 1765 in a town meeting to “oppose the Stamp Act.” Capt. James Gowen on October 29, 1765 was appointed to a committee to settle a boundary dispute for Henry Young Brown by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony.
He was a member of the General Court in March 1767 when the dispute was settled. “He sat on the bench of the Inferior Court just prior to the Revolutionary War,” according to “Province and Court Records of Maine.”
On December 21, 1767, he was elected to a committee, a better business bureau, “to report what they think proper to encourage industry, economy and manufactories in the Kittery area, thereby to prevent the unnecessary importations of Europe’s commodities.”
Anna Smith Gowen died about 1768, and James Gowen was remarried about 1770 to Lois Woodbridge, daughter of John Woodbridge.
James Gowen served as a selectman in Kittery for 20 years. He was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for seven years and was a Governor’s Councillor from 1770 to 1774.
On October 27, 1774 James Gowen, along with two others, at a town meeting “to act as delegates in a county congress to be holden some time in November next at Wells by the several towns in this county, there to consider and to agree upon some proper measures for the preservation of the peace and good order of the inhabitants; also to agree upon some legal and constitutional measures in order to defeat the arbitrary tyrannical plans laid by our enemies, the British, to enslave us.”
Capt. James Gowen “of Kittery” resigned November 29, 1777 as “one of the Justices of the Superior Court of Common Pleas for the County of York” because of ill health, according to “Documentary History of Maine.” He died in 1781, and his will was introduced in probate February 12 of that year. Lois Woodbridge Gowen continued to live in Shapleigh House, the Gowen home until her death in 1813. Her estate, including Shapleigh House and 70 acres of land was valued at $2,500.
Children born to James Gowen and Anna Smith Gowen include:
Sarah Gowen born April 21, 1739
Abigail Gowen born August 23, 1741
Elizabeth Gowen born September 18, 1743
Phebe Gowen born February 6, 1746
Anna Gowen born May 8, 1750
Mary Gowen born May 8, 1756
Children born to James Gowen and Lois Woodbridge Gowen include:
Louisa Gowen born July 18, 1771
2) William Franklin Goings Was Backward Bartender in Texas
William Franklin Goings, son of James Goin and Elizabeth Goin, was born about 1848 in Campbell County, Tennessee, according to his non compus mentis probate proceedings. He “was born and raised in Campbell County,” according to a statement made by his brother, H. M. Goins. All other known siblings of William Franklin Goings spelled their names “Goins.”
William Franklin Goings later lived in Indiana, then in Michi-gan, and in 1895 he was a saloon-keeper in Austin, Texas. He was listed in the Austin city directory from 1885 through 1890. In 1885 he operated the Nickel Plate Saloon at 200 Congress [at Live Oak]. From 1887 to 1890 he operated the Bridge Saloon at the same address. He lived in the saloon building.
“William F. Goings” was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1890 census of Travis County, page 115, according to “Travis County, Texas Census, Uniquely Reconstructed and Annotated” by Mary A. Moody.
In October 1890 “William Franklin Going” was examined by Travis County Probate Court, according to Probate File No. 1543, as a non compus mentis.
“He had a fit four or five months ago and has been demented ever since,” stated John Sheehan, who was later appointed his guardian by the court, in the hearing held October 27, 1890. “He has about $1,000 in property, including his saloon. He is about 35-40 years old, and, I think, a native of Tennessee,” stated Sheehan.
On the same date, Jack Spence testified, “I have known the de-fendant for three years, and have been with him every day for two weeks. He said he wanted to turn his bar around so that he stood in front of the bar to bar-keep and have his customers stand behind the bar to drink. He struck a man last night with a plank who didn’t understand.”
Travis County Probate Court had confined William Franklin Goings in the Insane Asylum at Austin on August 27, 1889. Dr. H. B. Hill testified at a hearing October 29, 1890 that the defendant is “entirely incapacitated to attend to his business.”
H. M. Goin, of Campbell County, brother to William Franklin Goings, came to Austin, posted an $8,500 bond and was ap-pointed guardian of William Franklin Going, on December 8, 1890. He reported to the court on that date that William Franklin Goings was in Hot Springs, Arkansas at that time “temporarily being treated for insanity.”
Other individuals who assisted in the bond were James Goin, father of the defendant; Alvis Goin, his brother; Elias Douglas, M. C. Stanfill, John J. Graham, W. R. Taylor and E. H. Goin. All were believed to be residents of Campbell County.
3) “Melungeon Heritage” Released, By Author, Mattie Ruth Johnson
“My Melungeon Heritage,” a story of life on Newman’s Ridge, has been released by the author, Mattie Ruth Johnson, Foundation Editorial Boardmember of Kingsport, Tennessee. The 160-page book deals with what life was like for a little Melungeon girl growing up in Hancock County, Tennessee and attending a little one-room school in the heart of Melungia.
The author, a genealogist, has researched her ancestral lines that she used for the background of her writing. Intertwined in her book, as well as in her DNA, were the families of Massingill, Mullins, Gibson, Goins, Loven, Bunch, Johnson, three sets of Mullins and “a few more that I have not had time to pursue.”
The author does not attempt to solve the mystery of the Melungeons, but describes life on the mountain “so that my family’s children and grandchildren can touch the past as it was for me only a short while ago.” She describes vividly the love and the dignity that was passed along from generation to generation in the 200 years that her ancestors lived on Newman’s Ridge.
“My Melungeon Heritage” [ISBN 1-57072-063-0] can be ordered at $12.95 from Mattie Ruth Johnson, 3705 Bloomingdale Road, Kingsport, TN, 37660, 615/288-6922.
4) Dear Cousins
I regret to advise that my mother, Julia Morris Gowan died on August 22, 1997 after losing a year-long battle with an in-sidious brain tumor. Due to my interest in the family genealogy, she had entertained, housed, fed and visited many of you over the years. And, of course, she put up with all the antics of the Gowan she married, not to mention the one she gave birth to. She was very proud of the fact that her hair was still naturally black at the age of 76, but perhaps even prouder that her son’s had gone mostly gray before hers. She was buried August 25 beside my father and aunt in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery near Retreat, Texas.
As I have been in Texas much of the past few months, I owe more than a few letters and will try to catch up on correspondence shortly. I appreciate the many kindnesses you have shown to my mother over the years. Phillip Alan Gowan, Box 2121, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29578.
Members of Gowen Research Foundation are cordially in-vited to attend the Founders of Natchitoches 17th Annual Con-ference, October 3-4 at Red Ryder Inn in Natchitoches. Foun-dation members Evelyn McKinley Orr of Omaha, NE and Don Marler of Woodville, TX will be featured speakers at the Con-ference. Mrs. Orr’s topic will be “Unique Research Paths,” and Don Marler will speak on “The Neutral Zone–Backdoor to the U.S.A.” Other speakers include Theophile Scott, Henry “Red” Hyams and Dr. Tommy G. Johnson, president. Registration is $10. Betty Jones, 401 St. Maurice Lane, Natchitoches, LA, 71457, 318/352-3774.
I am seeking information on Horace Wilder/Wilder Horace Going who was bc1850 in Chesterfield, NH and who was mc1873 to Clara Ida Stone. They lived in Sutton, MA in 1882. Six children were born to them: Mary, b1876; Albertus b1878; Leonice b1881; Walter Robert b1884, Milton Winthrop, b1888 and Bernice Hazel b1893.
Mary died in infancy. Albertus married Eldora Vaughan, and after her death in 1939, went to Leicester, MO where he died in 1945. Leonice married George Randles. Walter Robert was married to Hattie Maria Humes [my grandparents]. Milton Winthrop was married to Marion McLean and died in FL in 1949. Bernice Hazel died in 1912.
Children of Walter and Hattie: Ethel, bc1904; Robert, bc1908, Marian L, b1911; Hazel, bc1917; Mildred, b1917; Ralph, b1920 and Richard C, b1922. Can you help with any? Mary Seabolt, 8048 Wofford Rd, Rudy, AR, 72952.
Within this file, transferred via the Internet, is information that I have collected on my Goins line. I am sending this data in hopes that it will shed some light on a Goins line that does not, at this time, have much information reported to the Foundation. I desire to become a local genealogist for the Goins lines in Patrick County, Virginia and Surry and Stokes Counties, North Carolina. There is much work to be done in this tri-county area. I would be glad to hear from members who have roots in these counties. Dakota Holt, 9516 Timberlake Road, #211, Lynchburg, VA, 24502, JSimm10544@aol.com
My membership renewal for 1998 is enclosed. I let my membership lapse some time ago. There was so much in the Newsletter that did not interest me nor apply to my line. Now that you are devoting two sections of the Manuscript on the Website to my York County, Maine family headed by the emi-grant William Alexander Gowen, I am back. Guess I’m just a fussy old 90-year-old. So don’t mind me. Hope you are enjoying a beautiful fall in Texas. Ours has been cold and changeable. We have a saying in Maine, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.” Flora Woodford, 1324 U.S. Rt. 1, Cape Neddick, ME, 03902.
Via Norman Bass Gowens of Waco, TX: The descendants of James Blair Gowens and their “cousins” and their friends are invited to a family reunion October 11, 1997 in Graham, Texas at the Agriculture Activity Center. Festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. For details, contact Sheila Gowens Jones, 407 Dallas St, Big Spring, TX, 79720, 915/217-7936
Editorial Board Named for 1998
The Foundation’s Editorial Board of Directors nominated to serve during the ensuing calendar year will act as the “eyes and ears” of the Foundation, gathering research from various sources and undertaking research projects.
Development of the Foundation, the Newsletter, the Website, the Research Conference & Family Reunion will be under its oversight. All boardmembers work voluntarily, and each may withdraw his name at any time, according to James R. Callahan, chairman. Nominees for 1998 include:
AYRES, MILDRED R. 804 St. Lukes Drive RICHARDSON TX 75080
BALLARD, JAMES THOMAS 6219 E. Indiana Ave VICKSBURG MS 39180
CALLAHAN, JAMES R. 696 E. Freeman Ridge NASHVILLE IN 47448
CAREY, JOYCE W. 2702 Chimney Springs MARIETTA GA 30062
CORDELL, ROSA EVELYN 801 W. College Ave. COLEMAN TX 76834
DEMARCE, PHD, VIRGINIA 5635 North 25th Rd. ARLINGTON VA 22207
DEMARCELLUS, JUNE GOWEN Route 1, Box 491 BANNER ELK NC 28604
DENDY, MIRIAM R. 1800 Ballard SE HUNTSVILLE AL 35801
DOUGHERTY, BEATRICE GOINS Box 388 RICHMOND KY 40476
DUNCAN, SAMMY CRAIG 2107 Division GREENVILLE TX 75401
DUNN, ETHEL LOUISE GOINS 790 Dr. Johnson Road CRANDALL GA 30711
EDMONDSON, CHAN Box 190354 DALLAS TX 75219
ESSARY, DON & LINDA 732 S. Roosevelt AF FLOYD NM 88118
FARVOUR, REBECCA L. 504 Hawthorne Street KELSO WA 98626
FINLEY, RACHEL G. 307 Fairview Drive LONGVIEW TX 75604
FREDERICK, JAYMIE F. Box 1171 SCOBEY MT 59263
GOEN, PAUL LYNN 2311 Don Felipe SW ALBUQUERQUE NM 87105
GOIN, HOYT L. 2506 W. 2nd Street RUSSELLVILLE AR 72801
GOINGS, DAVID Box 585832 ORLANDO FL 32858
GOINS, JACK CECIL Box 1177 HOODSPORT WA 98548
GOINS, JACK HAROLD 270 Holston View Dr. ROGERSVILLE TN 37857
GOINS, SARA A. Box 333 DUNLAP TN 37327
GOINS, PH.D., WILLIAM M. Box 7062 COLUMBIA SC 29202
GOSNELL, JAMES RICHARD 506 Eastway Drive SPARTANBURG SC 29307
GOWAN, ANNA S. BUTLER 5719 E. Aster Dr SCOTTSDALE AZ 85254
GOWAN, FORREST BRUCE 240 Wallace Road JACKSON TN 38301
GOWAN, LA FAY 2157 Shadybrook Lane HOOVER AL 35226
GOWAN, PAT & 1422 Puterbough St. SAN DIEGO CA 92103
GOWAN, PHILLIP ALAN 614-C 35th Avenue N MYRTLE BEACH SC 29577
GOWEN, ARLEE 5708 Gary Avenue LUBBOCK TX 79413
GOWEN, DON LEE 1310 Cantwell Av SW DECATUR AL 35601
GOWEN, MILLER ABBOTT 1211 Geneva (2) GENEVA SW 99999
GOWENS, OLEN ROSS Ashby Place LADOGA IN 47954
GOYEN, ROBERT J. 523 Sutton Street SEBASTOPOL 3356VC 99999
GOYNE, COL. CARROLL HEARD 10019 Canterbury Dr. SHREVEPORT LA 71106
GRIDER, JEAN 1734 Salem Ch. Rd. CAVE CITY KY 42127
HALL, EVELYN SANDIFER 4319 Colonial Drive SHREVEPORT LA 71119
JOHNSON, MATTIE RUTH 3705 Bloomingdale Rd KINGSPORT TN 37660
JOHNSTON, DONNA V. GOWIN 1513 Westridge Terr. CASPER WY 82604
KENNEDY, PHD, N. BRENT 2121 Sheffield St. KINGSPORT TN 37660
KRETZSCHMAR, COL. SAM PSC 41, Box 3398 APO AE09464-339
LORIDANS, SANDRA M. Apartado Postal 844 45900 CHAPALA JA Mexico
MOORE, JR., CARL E. Box 2344 CHICAGO IL 60690
NASH, DELLA J. FORD 2515 NW 26th OKLAHOMA CITY OK 73107
NELSON, BEVERLY J. 3391 W. Aksarben Ave LITTLETON CO 80123
NEWMAN, KENNETH L. 906 Second St. NE JACKSONVILLE AL 36265
ORR, EVELYN 8310 Emmet Street OMAHA NE 68134
PHILBECK, MADGE 6113 Jasmine Vine Dr PORT ORANGE FL 32124
POE, PHYLLIS J. 15406 Ashburton HOUSTON TX 77040
RICHARDSON, LOUISE GOINS 2207 E. Lake Street PARAGOULD AR 72450
ROBERTSON, BETTY J. 3127 Home Prk Circ.N JACKSONVILLE FL 32207
SMITH, JUNE A. 5307 Hwy 303 NE, #22 BREMERTON WA 98311
SPALDING, ANNE GOWEN 4223 14th St, E. Bch ST. SIMONS IS. GA 31522
TATE, MARGARET PEARSON 34 Washington St EXETER NH 03833
THURMAN, DIANNE 4201 Wildflower Cir. WICHITA KS 67210
TUCKER, FREDRICK M. Box 214 DUNCAN SC 29334
TURNER, WALTER E. 628 E. 1600 South OREM UT 84097
WALLACE, MARY EVELYN Box 237 RATLIFF CITY OK 73081
WATSON, JULIA CASEY 250 Vacuna Road KINGSLAND GA 31548
WEATHERS, CLEVE 315 Deaderick Street NASHVILLE TN 37238
WHITE, MARY POPE 7008 Black Bluff SW CAVE SPRING GA 30124
WHITE, PEGGY ANN DAVIS 109 Underwood Drive HOPKINSVILLE KY 42240
WILLIAMS, ANNE GOWEN Box 526 WOODBINE GA 31569
WOOD, MARY EVELYN GOWEN 2220 Bruce Drive ST.SIMONS ISLANGA 31522
YOUNG, CINDY GOINS Box 3791 MARTINSVILLE VA 24115
YOUNG,, COL. JIMMY L. Route 3, Box 329-A MCALESTER OK 74501
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.