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April 2000
Volume 3 No. 4


Jerry Lee Goen, PhD
Editorial Boardmember
107 Coker Road, Shawnee, Oklahoma, 74801-9209

William Goen, regarded as a Melungeon, was born
about 1771 in North Carolina to parents unknown. He
was married about 1795, wife’s name unknown. She ap=
peared as a few years older than he in the 1830 cen-
sus. William Goen moved his family to Hawkins County,
Tennessee in the middle 1820s.

Most of the individual enumeration sheets of the cen-
sus of 1820 of the state of Tennessee were destroyed
by fire in Washington, D. C. Fragments of the census
for only ten counties and recaps of others escaped
the fire. No enumeration sheets were available for
Hawkins County. Recap sheets showed 310 “free per-
sons of color” in the 1820 census.

“William Going” received a land grant No. 14203 from
the State of Tennessee on March 19, 1827 for 50 acres
in Hawkins County.

It is obvious that the census enumerator in 1830 had
difficulty in deciding whether to list the seven Goen
and Goin families as “white” or “free colored people.”
In the summary sheet 37 families composed of 331 peo-
ple were recorded as “free colored” in 1830. William
Goen was designated as “white” in this count; his son
John Goen wound up as “free colored.”

Phillip Edwin Roberts, Foundation member of Henderson-
ville, North Carolina compiled a list of heads of fam-
ilies of “Free Colored Persons,” regarded by some re-
searchers as Melungeons, found in the 1830 census of
Hawkins County:

Charles Beare
Dicey Bowling
Michael Bowling
Burton Cold [Cole?]
Wiatt Collins
Andrew Collins
Martin Collins
Simeon Collins
Vardy Collins
Mary Collins
Levi Collins
Benjamin Collins
Edmund Collins
Millenton Collins
John Collins
James Collins
Charles Gibson
Esau Gibson
Cherod Gibson
Joseph F. Gibson
Andrew Gibson
Sheppard Gibson
Jordan Gibson
Polly Gibson
Jonathon Gibson
Jesse Gibson
Fountain Goen
George Goen
John Goen
Betsy Goen
Harden Goen
Edmond Goodman
Jordan Goodman
Betsy Jones
John Minor
Zacharia Minor
Samuel Mullens
James Moore
Henry Mosely
William Nichols

White and “free colored” were listed in consecutive
entries which perhaps indicated adjacent locations.
Some disabling statutes were installed in 1831, 1832
and 1834 in the Tennessee constitution to prevent
free Negroes from certain rights enjoyed by white
citizens. So, it was important to be regarded as

William Goen headed a household composed of nine peo-
ple, page 73, in the 1830 census of Hawkins County.
His household consisted of:

“Goen, William white male 50-60
white female 60-70
white male 20-30
white male 15-20
white female 15-20
white female 10-15
white male 5-10
white female 0-5”

In an adjacent location to William Goen was the house-
hold of John Goen, regarded as a son, on page 73 in
the 1830 census of Hawkins County. No adult male was
listed in the enumeration so it is assumed that John
Goen was a Melungeon with very dark coloring and did
not “rate a mention.” His family “passed” for white.

The household was listed as:

“Goen, John
white female 20-30
white female 5-10
white male 0-5
white male 0-5
white female 0-5”

“John Going” received a land grant No. 14156 from the
state of Tennessee March 2, 1827 for 50 acres of land
in Hawkins County. “John Goin” received another land
grant of 50 acres, No. 25972, on an unnoted date, in
Hawkins County. John Goen did not reappear in the
1840 census as the head of a household.

“William Gowin” reappeared in the 1840 census of Haw-
kins County, page 225, as the head of a household.
He was shown to be illiterate and a farmer. He ap-
peared with a younger wife, suggesting that he was
remarried during the decade.

The household of four was listed as:

“Gowin, William white male 60-70
white female 50-60
white male 20-30
white male 5-10”

It is believed that William Goen was influenced to re-
move to Jackson County, Indiana during the decade.
“William Goen, age 79” was enumerated there in the
1850 census in the household of James Johnson, identi-
fied as his son-in-law.

Children born to William Goen are identified as:

Crispin Goen born about 1798
John Goen born about 1806
“Happy” Goen born about 1808
[son] born about 1812
[daughter] born about 1814
[daughter] born about 1817
[son] born about 1821
Melinda Goen born about 1824

Crispin Goen, regarded as the son of William Goen,
was born about 1798 in North Carolina.

The household of Crispin Goin appeared in the 1830
census of Hawkins County, page 80, as:

“Goin, Crispin white male 30-40
white female 20-30
white male 5-10
white male 0-5
white male 0-5
white female 0-5”

“Crispen Goan” was identified as having land in the
Walter Sims Survey of Hawkins County, according to
Deed Book C, page 21:

“Crispen Goan” located and entered Eighty acres
of land in Hawkins County on October 15, 1831
“in the bounds of Walter Sims big survey on
the North side of Clinch Mountain on the wa-
ters of Clinch River on Little War Creek, be-
ginning on a sugar tree on the north bank of
said creek thence northwardly . . . so as to
include the improvement of the Peter Mattit
family to below Breedwells on said creek.”

Crispin Goin received a land grant No. 18217 from
the State of Tennessee, September 19, 1833 for 80
acres of land in Hawkins County.

“Chrispin Gowin” also appeared in the 1840 census of
Hawkins County, page 225, indicating an adjacent lo-
cation to “William Gowin.” Four members of the fam-
ily were engaged in agriculture and two were illit-
erate. Recorded were:

“Gowin, Chrispin white male 30-40
white female 30-40
white female 15-20
white male 10-15
white male 10-15
white female 10-15”

Crispin Goen removed to Jackson County Indiana along
with other members of his family about 1840. He loca-
ted his family on the western side of the county.

The 1850 Census lists six families in Jackson County:
Crispin Goen on page 169 Carr Township; Stephen P.
Goen on page 171 Carr Township; William Goen on page
175 Carr Township; “George W. Goings” on page 127 Red-
ding Township; “John Goins” on page 132 Redding Town-
ship and “William W. Goins” page 127 Redding Township.

The household of Crispin Goen was enumerated as:

“Goen, Crispin 50 farmer born in NC, $400
Lucinda 51 born in NC, illiterate
James T 17 born in TN
Williamson 15 born in TN
Crispin 12 born in TN
Reuben P. 10 born in TN
Polly 7 born in IN
Loucindia 5 born in IN
Margaret 2 born in IN
Servis 5/12 born in IN, female
Thomas, Mille 26 born in TN, female,

The John Thomas family was listed as adjacent to Cris-
pin Goen in the census, suggesting a relationship.

On page 175 is recorded the James Johnson family and
living with them are:

“Goen, William 79 born in NC, no occupation, illiterate
Melinda 24 born in TN, idiotic, illiterate”

Crispin Goen died there about 1857, and his estate was
administered by Elisha G. Goen, a son in 1859.

The court record is in the courthouse at Brownstown,
Indiana. Elisha had to go to court several different
times to get the estate settled. First, to be made
the administrator, second to settle the estate, but
the judge was not certain that he had paid all the
creditors, third, to reconcile the accounts, but the
judge was not happy with the way he had shown the ac-
counts and his own expenses. Finally the judge ac-
cepted everything, and the estate seemed to be worth
$542.81 with $130.31 left for distribution.

On June 5, 1854 Jeremiah S. Tanner and John F. Carr
reported to the Jackson County Court of M. R. Edmonds,
Justice of the Peace, that they had appraised the es-
tate of Crispin Goen, and by June 22, 1854 Elisha G.
[Green] Goen was assigned to be the administrator of
the estate. The appraisers were apparently joined by
the administrator-to-be who was to inventory the items
of the estate.

The materials in the probate records do not mention
distribution to a widow, and the estate was distribu-
ted to the children. The final distribution was paid
to Williamson Goen in 1859 who executed a power of at-
torney in Ganti County, Minnesota on 21 March 1859.
The power of attorney authorized Philip Goen of Wash-
ington County, Indiana to receive the money for Wil-

Elisha G. Goen had property in Jackson County, but
census data suggests that he lived in the southern
part of adjoining Washingtion County, Indiana.

John Waller Goen lived in Jackson County Indiana from
1830 through 1870. Crispin’s family was aware of John
Waller Goen’s family since his son Philip was married
to one of Crispin’s daughters, Matilda Goen Lawyer
Goen. Matilda’s first husband was Elias Lawyer. Af-
ter Elias Lawyer died, she was married to Phillip Goen.

The listing of the inventory and appraisal of the es-
tate is shown in the following table. The inventory
is dated June 5, 1854.

No. Description Appraisal
— ———– ———
1 Gray mare $ 75.00
2 One Dun colt 30.00
3 One muly cow 18.00
4 One heifer 5.00
5 One sow & 5 shoats 10.00
6 One bedstead and cord .50
7 One bed and bedding 10.00
8 One lot bacon about 80 lbs. 6.50
9 One lot old iron .25
10 One small log chain .75
11 Two steel forks 1.00
12 Five old axes 1.50
13 One iron wedge & fish gig .50
14 Two hoes, 1 mattock & 1 spade 1.50
15 Three single trees 1.00
16 One lot of corn, 50 bu. 12.50
17 Four sickles 1.00
18 One kettle .75
19 One loom and tackle 2.50
20 One pot & oven 1.00
21 Note on James Johnson due
25th Dec 1854 20.00
22 Note on Elisha G. Goen due
25th Dec 1854 30.00
23 Note on William and James
Johnson due day after date
dated, Dec 25, 1853 57.95
24 Note on Elias Lawyer due
Dec 25, 1854 53.00
25 Account on Robert Holmes 12.50
26 Account on Elias Lawyer 4.50
27 Account on Elisha G. Goen 6.00
Account on James Johnson 2.75
28 Account on VanBergen Ritner 26.33
29 One wool wheel & scythe snath 1.00
30 Account on Elias Lawyer, 10
bu. wheat due Sept 1854 7.50
Account on J. S. Farmer 49.05
Total $449.83

A sale was held on July 1, 1854 with the following

No. Description Amount Purchaser
—- —————– —— ———–
1 Lot of old iron $0.55 Major Jones
2 Small log chain .45 Elisha G. Goen
3 Two axes .35 Elisha G. Goen
4 Three axes .65 Jacob Myers
5 Two hoes, 1 spade, &
1 mattock 1.00 Jacob Myers
6 Three singletrees .40 Wm. Johnson
7 Two sickles .50 Major Jones
8 Two sickles .35 Philip Goen
9 One wool wheel .25 James Johnson
10 One snath .20 Philip Goen
11 Two steel forks .95 Robert Holmes
12 One fish gig & iron wedge .30 Zech Harrison
13 One loom 1.00 James Johnson
14 Five stays .25 James Johnson
15 Four sides bacon 4.75 John Thomas
16 One bed & beding 11.85 Zech Harrison
17 One kettle 1.10 William Goen
18 One pot, & 1 oven 1.00 Stephen Goen
19 One lot of hay .25 Elisha G. Goen
20 One muly cow 25.00 Wm. H. First
21 One heifer 5.60 James Johnson
22 One lot corn 14.05 George Matlock
23 One gray mare 70.00 David Brown
24 One colt 50.25 Wm. Johnson
25 One sow and 5 shoats 12.75 Stephn Johnson
26 Ten bushels wheat 8.25 Thomas Goen
Total $212.05

The 1860 Census of Jackson County listed four Goen fam-
ilies and one child living with another family: Nancy
Goen on page 37, Stephen Goen on page 62, John W. Goen
on page 112, Philip Goen on page 113, and the child on
page 27.

Crispin Goen’s son, Crispin served in the Union Army
during the Civil War. He returned to Indiana, mar-
ried, was in the Washington County Indiana 1870 cen-
sus, and left the state. He was not in the 1880 Indi-
ana Census. Whereabouts of the family after 1870 is
not known. Also, not known is the connection to Gowen
/Goen families in North Carolina where the elder Cris-
pin Goen was born.

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William Gowen, a Scotch soldier captured by the
troops of Oliver Cromwell in the Battle of Dunbar
September 3, 1650, is believed to be the first mem-
ber of the Gowen family in New England. He was born
in 1634, according to a deposition signed by him in
1685. His full name appeared to be William Alexan-
der Gowen from tax records of Oyster River, Massa-

He was reported to be among 10,000 Scots captured
by Cromwell in the battle fought on the east coast
of Scotland. The one-sided battle which lasted only
two hours was fought between 11,000 English Parlia-
ment supporters and 26,000 Scotch Royalists led by
David Leslie, later Lord Newark. Dunbar is a sea-
port on the southern entrance to the Firth of Forth,
36 miles northeast of Edinburgh.

In the battle 3,000 Scots were killed and 10,000
taken prisoner. The English put their casualties at
only 20 men killed. The prisoners taken at Dunbar
were marched by the English down to Durham and New-
castle in Northumberland. Many perished on this
march, and some were shot because they could not or
would not march, according to “History of Dover, New
Hampshire.” During the march, which took eight
days, the prisoners were given little to eat.

Disease swept off 1,500 in the course of a few weeks.
The flux was responsible for the death of 500. The
English reported that the Scots killed each other for
money or clothing. In Northumberland the prisoners
were put under the care of Sir Arthur Heselrig who
wrote October 31, 1650 that “1,600 died altogether
in 58 days.”

On September 19, 1650, Cromwell’s council ordered Hes-
elrig to deliver to Samuel Clark 900 of the Scots for
transportation to Virginia, and 150 more “well and
sound, and free from wounds” were selected for trans-
portation to New England. Those bound for New Eng-
land were placed under the charge of Joshua Foote
and John Becx of London who “were interested as man-
agers of the ironworks at Lynn, Massachusetts.”

They sailed on the “Unity” November 11, 1650. Upon
arrival at Boston, some were sent to Berwick, Maine.
There they settled in Unity Parish [named after
their ship] and began work in a sawmill. When re-
leased in 1656, they settled in Berwick.

Col. Charles Edward Banks wrote an article, “Scotch
Prisoners Deported to New England by Cromwell,
1651-52” on the fate of the deported Scots which
was published in “Massachusetts Historical Society
Proceedings,” Volume 61 [1928].

The Rev. John Cotton wrote a letter reporting on the
condition of the prisoners “to the Lord General
Cromwell, dated at Boston in N. E, 28th of 5th, 1651:

“The Scots, who God delivered into your hands at
Dunbarre, and whereof sundry were sent hither we
have been desirous [as we could] to make their yoke

Such as were sick of the scurvy or other diseases
have not wanted physick and chyrurgery. They have
not been sold for slaves to perpetual servitude,
but for 6 or 7 or 8 years, as we do our owne; and
he that bought the most of them buildeth houses for
them, for every four an house, layeth some acres of
ground thereto, which he giveth them as their owne,
requiring 3 dayes in the week to worke for him [by
turnes] and 4 dayes for themselves, and promiseth,
as soone as they can repay him the money he layed
out for them, he will set them at liberty.”

“William Gowen, alias Smith,” Philip Chesley and
Thomas Footman were convicted of quarreling with
James Middleton at Oyster River in 1658, according
to “History of Durham, New Hampshire.” This volume
reports that “William Gowen, alias Smith,” was
taxed at Oyster River in 1659.

“William Smith, alias Gowin,” was fined “for fight-
ing and bloodshed on ye Lords day after ye after-
noone meeting,” June 30, 1668. “Elaxander Gowing,”
who “History of Durham, New Hampshire” reported as
the same man, was taxed at Oyster River in 1661.

William Gowen was married May 14, 1667 in Kittery,
Maine to Elizabeth Frost, daughter of Nicholas
Frost and Mary Bollen Frost, according to “John
Salter, Mariner,” a volume, written by W. T. Salt-
er published in 1900.

Nicholas Frost was born in 1592 in England, at
Tiverton. At age 21, “Nicholas Frost of Biddeford,
merchant, had license from the Bishop of Exeter
April 1, 1613 to marry Mary Bollen of Monckleigh,
gentlewoman,” according to “Pioneers of Maine and
New Hampshire.” Nicholas Frost and Mary Bollen
Frost “of Devonshire” emigrated to Massachusetts Bay
Colony, sailing from Bristol, according to “Maine
Historical & Genealogical Records.”

Nicholas Frost was recorded as “trading” at Dam-
erill’s Cove in 1632, and he was fined and punished
by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay “upon the
complaint of Dorchester traders.” He was prosecu-
ted again in 1636, according to “Massachusetts Col-
lections of Records.” He was “fined, whipped,
branded on the hand and banished for stealing from
the Indians and other crimes,” according to “New
England Frontier.”

One of his associates, John Dawe, was led to the
whipping post for “intiseing an Indian woman to
lye with him.”

Following his banishment from Massachusetts Frost
had the distinction of being the first settler of
Eliot, Maine in 1636. At Kittery he signed a peti-
tion addressed to the governor July 27, 1639 seek-
ing a pardon from his conviction. His signature
was “Nicholas Frost, of Pascattaquay, mason.”

In 1648 he was appointed a selectman. On November
16, 1652 he took the oath of allegiance to the Mas-
sachusetts government. In 1658 he was appointed on
a committee to “Pitch and lay out the dividing line
between Yorke and Wells townships,” according to
“Massachusetts Collection of Records.”

In Kittery William Gowen frequently signed his name
as “William Smith.” His use of the alias suggests
that he might still have some dread of the English
authorities. His sons also used the alias from
time to time. It was a natural application since
the name “Gowen” in Gaelic means “Smith.”

William Gowen received a land grant at Kittery in
1666 and a grant of a house lot in 1670. On April
13, 1672 “William Gowine, alias Smyth” received a
deed from Abraham Tilton “of growing timber of
Abraham Conly’s land at Spruce Creek, Kittery,” ac-
cording to York Deed Book 3, folio 64. He received
another grant there in 1674.

William Gowen was a freeholder in Kittery in 1675.
On September 16, 1676 “William Gowine, alias Smith
bought all right to lands on the Kennebec River
from James Middleton,” according to York Deed Book
3, folio 67. “William Gowine, alias Smith” was ap-
pointed administrator of the estate of Tristram Har-
ris, deceased,” October 15, 1677, according to York
records. Harris, his comrade-at-arms was killed in
a battle with the Indians.

“William Gowen, alias Smyth” was appointed to a com-
mittee to settle a boundary dispute April 12, 1680,
according to York Deed Book 4, folio 36. “William
Gowine, alias Smyth” received a partition deed April
13, 1680 from Charles Frost, John F. Frost and Jo-
seph Hammond, his brothers-in-law, to real estate in
Kittery inherited from Nicholas Frost, Jr. according
to York Deed Book 3, folio 67.

William Gowen and James Emery were appointed ap-
praisers of the estate of Jonathan Fletcher June 12,
1685, according to York Court Book I, folio 37. In
the “fourth month, 1685, Elizabeth Gowen, alias
Smith,” and Nicholas Frost posted bond to become the
executors of the estate of “Capt. Frost” according
to “Maine Historical & Genealogical Records.”

William Gowen made his living as a farmer and a car-
penter and apparently spent his entire life in the
new world at Kittery. He died there April 2, 1686
at age 52. His estate was valued May 21, 1686 by
John Wincoll and Nicholas Frost at “265 pounds, 9
shillings” as recorded in “York Court Records, Part
I, folio 40.

Included were 258 acres of land, five oxen, 10 cows,
two horses, and “in the fyre roume foure gunnes and
a backe sword.”

The court recorded: “Elizabeth Smith alias Gowen
doth Attest vpon her oath that his Inventory aboue
written of William Smiths alias Gowein deceased is
a true inventory to ye best of her knowledge & yt
more do appeare afterwards vpon oath in Court this
21th of May 1686.”

On July 2 1695 Elizabeth Frost Gowen was sued by
Phillip White “For detaining and withholding one
half of all ye estate, both reall & personall, be-
longing to Tristram Harris, deceased.” She lost
the case and appealed to the next superior court,
where the decision was reversed in Boston, Massa-
chusetts in October 1695.

Elizabeth Frost Gowen on March 16, 1700 witnessed
a receipt signed by her daughter Sarah Gowen Smith
for a distribution of her inheritance, according
to “York Court Records.” Elizabeth Frost Gowen
received in 1704 a donation of “1s. 9d” from pub-
lic funds. She was mentioned as living in the
home of her son, Nicholas Gowen when he wrote his
will in 1733. She died shortly afterward at about
age 92.

In 15 generations, thousands of descendants of Wil-
liam Gowen and Elizabeth Frost Gowen have been re-
corded since their marriage 343 years ago. Family
historians spanning several generations have col-
laborated to research their fascinating story.

Angevine W. Gowen, a civil engineer, surveyor and
historian, who contributed much data to “History of
York, Maine” written by Col. Charles Edward Banks,
was a descendant. He was born in 1869 at York and
became one of the family’s earliest genealogists.

According to John D. Bardwell, York historian, he
was “an orphan who was reared by Miss Julia M. Gowen,
his mother’s sister [sister-in-law?] and an uncle,
Joseph Gowen” who instilled in him their curiosity
about their ancestors.

Angevine W. Gowen was born on the home lot of his
maternal ancestor, Thomas Moulton in the house built
in 1714 on the York River by Joseph Moulton, son of
Jeremiah Moulton and grandson of Thomas Moulton, ac-
cording to Bardwell. Jeremiah Moulton purchased the
property from Sir Ferdinando Gorges in 1684 for £20.

The site was surveyed for Sir Ferdinando Gorges,
“the Lord Proprietor of the Province of Mayne” No-
vember 11, 1641. It was described as “a division
of 12,000 acres of land amongst the Patentee of Aga-
mentics, made by us Thomas Gorges, Esq, Edward God-
frey and Roger Garde who are acting on behalf of Mr.
Sayward’s Patentees.”

Angevine W. Gowen learned the surveying trade from
Samuel W. Junkins, beginning as a chain carrier for
him. In 1890, he went out on his own as a surveyor.
He also received recognition as a photographer, vio-
lin maker, musician, game warden, farmer, fisherman,
astronomer, taxidermist and woodsman, according to
Bardwell. Many of his photographs of the York area
made on glass negatives survive. The Gowen home
and 20 acres of land was later acquired by Old
York Historical Society.

A niece of Angevine W. Gowen, Mrs. Leslie Freeman
of York, continued the work, building on his re-
search. Helen P. Gowen continued research on the
family into the 1950s when blindness interrupted
her work at the age of 84. She passed the torch
to her younger cousin Viola Allen Gowen of Sanford,
Maine. Julie Tuttle, a relative of Angevine W.
Gowen, lived at Ida Grove, Iowa in 1991. Another
relative, Bradley Moulton, lived at Cape Neddick,
Maine at that time, according to Margaret Pearson
Tate of Exeter, New Hampshire, a later Gowen re-

The most comprehensive work on this branch of the
family has been published by Yvonne Gowen of Sur-
rey, British Columbia, of Gowen Research Foundation.
Over 10 years were spent in gathering data on the
family. Mrs. Gowen, an accomplished genealogist,
assembled data from many sources. Among research-
ers who assisted were Margaret Pearson Tate of
Exeter, NH; Almeda Gowen Schofield of Contoocook,
NH; Barbara Clements of North Hampton, NH; Mary
Driscoll of Springvale, ME and Mary Ellen Gowen
Waugh of Riverdale, MD, also Foundation members.

Children born to William Gowen and Elizabeth Frost
Gowen include:

Nicholas Gowen born in 1667
John Gowen born in 1668
William Gowen born about 1672
Elizabeth Gowen born about 1673
James Gowen born about 1675
Margaret Gowen born about 1677
Lemuel Gowen born about 1680
Sarah Gowen born about 1682


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Smith, AR. There has been no mention of the name of
her father.

She was married to my grandfather Sam Houston “Hugh”
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My mother had aunts named Hattie, Mamie and Bertha,but
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History of the family was hushed, therefore I believe
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point to this fact as well as medical anomolies.

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great information on my Going ancestors and has
helped tremendously with my Lawson research as well.

Glenda Lawson Wehage, 16645 Grand Ave, Bellflower,
CA, 90706, glenda19@aol.com.

==Dear Cousins==

My father was born Kelton LeVert Goins on February
13, 1926 in San Augustine County, Texas. He was
adopted as a child by Lonnie Elbert and Bertie Velma
[Jordan] Clark. Any information regarding my fathers
biological family would be greatly appreciated. My
father knows nothing of his past and is getting on
in years and would like to know as much as possible.
Thank you for any help you can give me.

Charlotte Clark Goins, cgoins@pnx.com

==Dear Cousins==

Through the Foundation I have been very successful
in finding many Gowens cousins who also descend from
Charles Gowens, the Revolutionary soldier of Henry
County, VA, Claiborne County, TN and Harrison County,
KY. I would like to make contact with any other cou-
sins who are using Charles Gowens for DAR papers. I
am particularly anxious to connect with cousins who
are also Dobbins, Hardin and Alley descendants. I
can be E-mailed at my library. The E-mail address is

Lou Edith Smith, Box 421584, Del Rio, TX, 78842-1584



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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