1999 – 05 May Newsletter – GRF

Sections in this issue:

1) Justin Byron Gowen son of John Brackett Gowen;
2) William Gowen Son of John and Mary Keife Gowen, Sired Five Sons Who Served in the Revolution;
3) Dear Cousins.

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Volume 10, No. 9 May 1999

1)  Justin Byron Gowen son of John Brackett Gowen 

Justin Byron Gowen, son of John Brackett Gowen and Maria Louise Taylor Gowen, was born August 6, 1866 in Richmond, Minnesota. He was married January 8, 1891 to Antoinette Marie Wasmer in Grand Island, Nebraska. She was born July 16, 1866 at Ft. McPherson, Nebraska to William and Maria Wasmer.

In 1896 Justin Byron Gowen left his family in Grand Island and came to Caldwell, Idaho where he established a business. Five years later he brought his family in Idaho. In 1914, he was appointed as State Game Warden for the state of Idaho. He was named postmaster of Caldwell in 1922 and continued in that capacity until 1934. During the tenure he was elected mayor of Caldwell.

Lt. Col. Gowen served in the Idaho National Guard from 1927 to 1934. During that period he served as the Republican County Chairman and was elected to the State Legislature. He also served as Kiwanis governor of the Idaho-Utah District.

Lt. Col. Gowen was the father of 1st Lt. Paul R. Gowen. U. S. Army Air Corps who was killed in a plane crash in Panama July 11, 1938 [Newsletter, February 1990]. Gowen Field at Boise, Idaho was named in honor of Lt. Paul R. Gowen.

Justin Byron Gowen was an amateur horticulturist and developed the Caldwell Rose Garden. He was superintendent of the Canyon County Fair and was the judge of the rose competition. Due to his influence Caldwell became known as the “City of Roses.”

He died at his home of a heart attack July 3, 1939 and was buried in Canyon Hill Cemetery. Antoinette Marie Wasmer Gowen died three years later April 3, 1942 and was buried beside her husband.

Children born to Justin Byron Gowen and Antoinette Marie Wasmer Gowen include:

William Wasmer Gowen born October 17, 1891
Lloyd Byron Gowen born June 26, 1894
Daphne Eileen Gowen born July 21, 1896
Justin Byron Gowen, Jr. born September 11, 1898
Octavia Louise Marie Gowen born October 2, 1900
Ralph Bonner Gowen born April 7, 1902
Paul R. Gowen born February 1, 1909

William Wasmer Gowen, son of Justin Byron Gowen and Antoinette Marie Wasmer Gowen, was born October 17, 1891 at Ogden, Utah. He was married about 1914 to Agnes Bicknell. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Aviation Branch in World War I. After the war, he was known as a barnstorming pilot who did acrobatics.

“William B. Gowen” was mentioned in “Wings over Idaho–An Aviation History” written by Dr. Arthur Hart.” He was identified as a “well known local pilot who had flown the Idaho back country since 1931.” Once William B. Gowen drew special praise for “flying at night with fireworks decorating his plane.”

Dr. Hart wrote, “In March 1931, William B. Gowen flew his Haddock Travelair to an improvised landing area in a small pasture at the old Coswell ranch near Big Creek to pick up Noel Routson, a young forest service employee who had been struck by an avalanche of snow and rocks while working on a forest trail. Gowen landed on the postage stamp field, loaded his passenger into the flying ambulance, and after a brief stop at Cascade, carried him on to Boise where he was taken to the hospital.”

In his later years William Wasmer Gowen was an accountant. He died November 14, 1955 at Boise and was buried in Canyon Hill, Cemetery. Children born to William Wasmer Gowen and Agnes Bicknell Gowen are unknown.

Lloyd Byron Gowen, of Justin Byron Gowen and Antoinette Marie Wasmer Gowen, was born June 26, 1894 in Grand Island, Nebraska. He died there December 13, 1896.

Daphne Eileen Gowen, daughter of Justin Byron Gowen and Antoinette Marie Wasmer Gowen, was born in Grand Island July 21, 1896. In 1938 she was secretary to the president of Lewiston Normal School, Lewiston, Idaho. She was married in 1972 to Earl Stellmon. In 1977 they lived in Clarkston, Washington. She died January 19, 1985 at Caldwell and was buried in Canyon Hill Cemetery.

Justin Byron Gowen, Jr, son of Justin Byron Gowen and Antoinette Marie Wasmer Gowen, was born September 11, 1898 in Grand Island. He was married June 2, 1935 to Mary Czach at Swilcza, Rzeszow, Poland where he was a mining engineer. In 1938 Justin Byron Gowen, Jr. was a geologist for Anaconda Cooper Company just before Germany invaded Poland. While most Americans were having great difficulty leaving Poland in opposite directions, he passed through Germany unchallenged and into freedom in Holland. In 1939 he was a resident of Butte, Montana. In 1955 he was a resident of Falls Church, Virginia. Children born to Justin Byron Gowen, Jr. and Mary Czach Gowen are unknown.

Octavia Louise Marie Gowen, daughter of Justin Byron Gowen and Antoinette Marie Wasmer Gowen, was born October 2, 1900 at Grand Island. She was married June 9, 1928 to Robert Walker at Caldwell.

Ralph Bonner Gowen, son of Justin Byron Gowen and Antoinette Marie Wasmer Gowen, was born April 2, 1902 at Caldwell. He attended the University of Idaho. He was married about 1925 to Doris Hiler. Following a divorce, he was remarried November 26, 1936 to Mrs. Norine Dolton Webber at Twin Falls, Idaho. In 1958 he was the owner of Red Barn Market in Mountain Home. He was a lieutenant in the Idaho National Guard. He died November 5, 1977 at Caldwell and was buried in Canyon Hill Cemetery.

Children born to Ralph Bonner Gowen, Doris Hiler Gowen and Norine Dolton Webber Gowen include William Gowen, born about 1938. In 1977, he lived in Eugene, Oregon.

Paul R. Gowen, son of Justin Byron Gowen and Antoinette Marie Wasmer Gowen, was born February 1, 1909 at Caldwell. Paul R. Gowen was a graduate of Caldwell High School and the University of Idaho at Moscow where he was graduated with honors. Following college, he was appointed to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point where he was also an honor graduate. He requested the Air Corps and, after flight training, was stationed in Louisiana, Oklahoma and the Canal Zone. He was married June 28, 1933 to Betty Wilson in San Antonio, Texas where he was stationed in the U. S. Army Air Corps.

Gowen Field of Boise was named July 23, 1941 in honor of 1st Lt. Paul R. Gowen of Caldwell, Idaho who was killed July 11, 1938 in Panama in the crash of his twin-engine Army Air Corps bomber, according to the July 23, 1941 edition of “Idaho Daily Statesman.”

“The War Department announced its decision to honor Lt. Gowen, chosen from names of three Idaho Army pilots who had met death in the line of duty, after several weeks of consideration.

His plane crashed in flames on the Paitilla Point military reservation shortly after taking off from Albrook Field near Panama City. His navigator and radioman crawled from the wreckage severely burned. They reported that smoke began pouring out of right engine shortly before it went dead. Lt. Gowen was unable to gain altitude with only one engine and attempted to glide to the ocean less than two miles away. A few hundred yards from the water the plane was impacted by tree tops and plunged into the jungle. He was killed instantly. He was 29. The accident was witnessed by a group of coast artillery soldiers working in the vicinity. They sent a rescue party and brought the survivors to a hospital.

Lt. Gowen was survived by his wife, the former Betty Wilson of Twin Falls, Idaho and a small daughter, Stephanie who had lived with him in the Canal Zone for the previous year.

Other survivors include his parents of Caldwell; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Walker of Caldwell and Miss Daphne Gowen of Lewiston and three brothers, William B. Gowen of Boise, Ralph B. Gowen of Twin Falls and Justin B. Gowen “who is on a leave of absence from Katowice, Poland where he is employed by Anaconda Mining Co.”

In a ceremony held April 9, 1942, the name of Gowen Field was formally adopted by the U. S. Army. Col. Charles B. Oldfield, commanding officer invited members of Lt. Gowen’s family as guests of honor for the dedication. Representing the family were Miss Daphne Gowen, sister, Lewiston; Mrs. William B. Gowen, sister-in-law, Boise and Justin B. Gowen, brother, Butte, Montana, according to the “Idaho Daily Statesman:”

Michael Monroe Gollahar wrote April 9, 1998:

“Lt. Gowen was a handsome, dashing fellow. I will forward your Foundation article on him to the public affairs officer at Gowen Field who may want to use it in a future edition of the Guard’s newspaper or base guide.

I was the Army National Guard public affairs officer at Gowen Field for several years. The base is now the home of the Army and Air Force National Guard of Idaho, as well as the Army Reserves. It became a major National Guard Training Center for Armor, and the associated Orchard Training Range in the high desert area south of Gowen Field is arguably the most technologically advanced and difficult multi-purpose armor training range in the entire U.S. Army. There are currently over 1,200 full-time employees working at Gowen Field which shares runways with the Boise Airport which is just outside of Boise.

Gowen Field was a major Army Air Corps Bomber Training Base during World War II and housed the likes of the famous “Hells Angels” Bomb Group. For their 50th Anniversary, they all showed up at Gowen Field and dedicated a marvellous memorial at the base. Jimmy Stewart trained at the base, and it was the home of the famous Norden Bomb Sight, a highly secret piece of equipment during the war.

Currently Idaho Air National Guard has a combined wing, flying C-130s and A-10s attack aircraft. The units there include the headquarters elements and several units of the 116th Cavalry Brigade [Heavy], the 183rd Aviation [Attack Helicopter], flying Apache and Blackhawk helicopters and several other support units.”

Michael A. Woody wrote April 14, 1998:

“I am an aircraft mechanic and worked a couple of years [1986 and 1987] in Panama. I lived near Paitilla Point airport in Panama which is now pretty well surrounded by buildings.

This airport lays north and south to the ocean. On the west side are a lot of highrise apartment buildings. On the east side are mainly one-story residences. At that time Noriega had a twin engine jet at the airport, but later it is mostly for small aircraft.

During the 1970s I was doing aerial photography, mostly farms and small businesses. Our work extended into Idaho, and I landed many times at Gowen Field. I am glad that you are keeping the history of Gowen Field alive. Where I grew up in Everett, Washington, there was a Paine Air Force Base. When it was closed, the city changed the name to Sonohomish County Airport, and the history of the air base will probably be lost. Boeing 747s are being built there now.”

Lt. Paul R. Gowen was buried in Canyon Hill Cemetery. Children born to Lt. Paul R. Gowen and Betty Wilson Gowen include Stephanie Gowen, born about 1935.

2)  William Gowen Son of John and Mary Keife Gowen, Sired Five Sons Who Served in the Revolution

William Gowen, son of John Gowen and Mary Keife Gowen, was born about 1731 in Stafford County, Virginia. He removed to Lunenburg County, Virginia on the North Carolina border along with his parents and brother about 1750. It is believed that he was married about 1752, wife’s name Mary. Shortly afterward he appeared in Granville County, North Carolina.

A few months, later William Gowen and his family moved back across the state line to rejoin his father in Lunenburg County. On February 14, 1761 John Gowen deeded land to “beloved son, William” consisting of acreage which “aforesaid William now lives upon.” The land was 200 acres on Great Branch received on the same date by John Gowen in a grant from Gov. Francis Farquier, according to Lunenburg County Deed Book 6, page 379. Six months later he sold this land on December 30, according to Lunenburg Deed Book 7, page 153.

On July 6, 1762, he was a resident of Orange County, North Carolina when he sold an additional 100 acres in Lunenburg County which adjoined the 100 acres that he had sold in December, according to Lunenburg County Deed Book 7, page 302.

In November 1763, Alexander Gowen, regarded as an uncle of William Gowen, Jr, filed a complaint against him in Orange County Court, according to Minute Book 1, page 232. The particulars of the complaint, when the court minutes are found, might reveal additional information about the family.

About 1764, “William Gowen” received a land patent for 300 acres in Cumberland County, North Carolina, “on both sides of Pocket Creek.” “William Goins” appeared as “1 white taxable” in the 1767 tax list of Cumberland County.

Pocket Creek was later a landmark in Moore County which was created from Cumberland County in 1784. Lee County was created in 1907 from Moore County, and in 1999 Pocket Creek is a landmark in Lee County, near the town of Sanford, North Carolina, according to the research of Karen Matheson. She wrote, “There is an old, over-grown Goins cemetery in the area, with possibly 20-30 visible graves, only three or four of which currently have stones.”

“William Goings” was the head of a household in Moore County, Fayette District, page 44, according to “Heads of Families, North Carolina, 1790.” The “1790” census of North Carolina was actually taken in the late 1780s. The household was recorded as “Goings, William, 1 white male over 16, 4 white males under 16 and five white females.”

“William Goings, free colored,” was the head of a household also in Fayette District, Moore County, on adjoining page 43. It was recorded as “10 free colored persons,” according to “Heads of Families, North Carolina, 1790.” This second entry as “free colored,” possibly a duplicate enumeration, may have been made by the enumerator to avoid conflict and criticism. In several instances, families were sometimes referred to as “white” and at other times were designated as “free persons of color.”

Mention of the William Gowens families in Moore County appeared in “Ancient Records of Moore County, North Carolina:”

“By strange coincidence, there were two Goings families in Moore County in 1790, one being white; the other listed under the heading of “all other free persons,” that is free negro, mulatto or Indian. Both families were headed by William Goings. One William, of course the white one, was later made a justice of the peace for the county. Within the writer’s recollection, some of those families held themselves above association with negroes, and their white neighbors accepted them as several notches above their black brethren.

An examination of the 1850 census will show the increase in this clan, all of whom are there listed as mulatto. Briefly, the Goings were classed exactly as were the so-called “Lumbee” Indians of Robeson County. In later years, certain of these families intermarried with negroes, and their descendants now living in Moore County are as black as the pot. Others, however, has maintained the complexion and characteristics of their more ancient ancestors.

An inventory of the estate of “William Goan” was itemized in Moore County Will Book A, pages 322 and 323 in the late 1780s. His probate papers, if found, might reveal much about the family.

Children born to William Gowen and Mary Gowen are believed to include:

William Gowen, Jr. born about 1754
James Gowen born May 31, 1755
Daniel Gowen born about 1756
Bryan Gowen born about 1757
John Gowen born about 1759

Many of the descendants of William Gowen and Mary Gowen removed to Fairfield County, South Carolina. The five brothers listed above served in the Revolutionary War, according to the research of Margaret Frances Goynes Olson of Kingsville, Texas. She cites a newspaper interview held in 1905 with Susan Goynes Dickerson of Live Oak County, Texas at age 80. She was a great-granddaughter of John Gowen whose name was changed to John Goyne. In the newspaper account she stated that she knew her great-grandfather and that he and his four brothers had served in the Revolutionary War.

Another connection exists between Moore County, North Carolina and Fairfield County, South Carolina. Levi Gowen, [Newsletter, July 1998] mulatto son of Daniel Gowen and Rebecca Gowen, was born in Fairfield County in June 1762. He enlisted in Revolutionary service at age 17. He inherited the land of his brother, David Gowen who was killed by Indians in Davidson County, Tennessee in 1780. Shortly after 1792, he “returned” to Moore County, North Carolina and was enumerated there in the 1800 census. He was still a resident of Moore County in 1852 when he applied for a Revolutionary pension “aged about 90.”

3)  Dear Cousins

The Goins Reunion will be held at Rogers, TN August 21, 1999 for all cousins by the descendants of the Newman’s Ridge Goins. The festivities will be in the large pavilion in the City Park. Bring your information about your Goin/Goins/Gowen/etc. ancestors. Bring a dish and a drink. For details, contact Johnnie Rhea, Rt. Box 32, Sneedville, TN, 37869, 432/733-4362. Twanda E. Buckreis, 1256 Devonport, Lexington, KY, 40504, 606/259-1832, ronaldbuc@aol.com.

==Dear Cousins==

Samuel B. Goins/Gowins was my gggf, but none of my family seems to know much about him. The info I have is that Samuel was bc1816 in TN, however on the 1900 census record for his daughter, Melissa Belle Goins Adams, her father’s birthplace is listed as GA. He was mc1862 to Martha Roland [previous husbands’s were Bailey and Holloway] in Hot Springs, AR.

Samuel, age 50, appears in the cs1870, Van Zandt County, TX, along with wife, Martha, 40/TN; Mary E, MS; Rebecca, 9/AR; James 8/AR; Martha, 5/AR; Lucinda, 4/TX and Lou, 18/AR. He reappears in cs1880, with Martha, 45; Lucy, 14 and Melissa, 8/TX and Rebecca Bailey, 18.

My family has always maintained that Samuel was of Irish descent and that Martha was part Native American. Their daughter, Melissa Belle married a full-blood Native American named John Quincy Adams. I would be glad to exchange data with any researcher of this family. Laura Conner, 3009 Potomac, Garland, TX, 75042-4054, 972/272-6028, connerjc@hotmail.com.

==Dear Cousins==

I am trying to find information on Frank Leroy Gowin who was married to Jane Lucinda Fagan/Fagans. He is supposed to have been born about 1857 in New York State. He and Jane had children: Nellie Mae, b1880 in Greeley, CO and William LeRoy b1886 in Kansas.

I would like his parents’ names and exact date and place of birth and if there were other siblings beside Nellie Mae and William LeRoy. In return I could supply information on some of the descendants of William LeRoy and Nellie Mae. Alice Brower, 188 S. 100 E, Logan, UT, 84321.


I was sure that Newsletter readers will be interested to know that a Foundation member has been honored by the East Tennessee Historical Society for her contribution to the preservation of our heritage. Sara Goins and two of her associates, were recognized by the Society “for their work in preserving, abstracting and making available to the public the Chancery Court Loose Papers of Bledsoe, County, Tennessee.”

Of them, Roy and Joan Patton of Crossville, TN wrote: “Sara Goins, joined by Norma Jean Hobbs and Carolyne Knight, fellow members of the Bledsoe County Historical and Genealogical Society, rescued the Chancery Court Loose Papers from poor storage conditions and cleaned, sorted and filed them in acid-free folders and boxes. They read, abstracted and indexed 40 file boxes, containing 2,000 cases dated from 1850 through 1940.

They brought their special expertise to the project. Sara, retired Clerk and Master of Sequatchie County Chancery Court, provided invaluable knowledge of court terminology, organization and procedure.

Sara and Norma Jean are no strangers to the long hours and exacting attention to detail required by this work, for this project is illustrative of their cooperation over many years to preserve the historic records of Sequatchie Valley counties. While their previous work in abstracting and recording deeds, census, marriage, tombstone, obituary, will and birth records has been made available to the public through their Goins & Hobbs Genealogy Service, this service has been purely voluntary within the auspices of Bledsoe County Historical & Genealogical Society. Any profits from the sale of their abstracts will accrue to the society.

Their project is an important contribution to the historical and genealogical record of Bledsoe County and Tennessee. Without the dedication of these women, it would never have come to fruition.”

The Foundation has already recognized Sara Goins for being named as the “Pride of Tennessee,” This new accomplishment adds to her stature. Louise Goins Richardson, 2207 East Lake St, Paragould, AR, 72450, goins99@grnco.net.


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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