2000 – 06 June Newsletter – GRF

Sections in this issue:

1) Civil War Pension Index Cards Are Now Available Online;
2) Anna Gowen was a resident of the Pittsylvania County area in 1821.

All Gowen Manuscript Pages and Newsletters:   https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/gowen-research-foundation-pages-and-info/

Gowen Research Foundation
Electronic Newsletter

May 2000
Volume 3 No. 5

By Don

1)  Civil War Pension Index Cards Are Now Available Online

Ancestry.com recently announced that American Civil War
pension index cards are now available for viewing and
printing. Of great value to family historians and gen-
ealogists, the online images provide extensive detail
only available through original source records. The
Civil War pension cards are the first of numerous rec-
ords that will be available through the Images Online
service on the Ancestry.com site.

“Making these documents available online allows our
users to view and print documents that have tradition-
ally been stored on microfilm and are difficult to ac-
cess,” said Andre Brummer of Ancestry.com. “Not only
is this information extremely valuable, but as we be-
gin to make more and more images of this kind avail-
able online, we are saving people a great deal of time
and money that would have been spent in the search for
these records.”

The pension index cards images will be viewable and
printable online only in the Ancestry.com subscrip-
tion area. More than 2.5 million images of pension
index cards have been added to Ancestry.com, each
recording the veteran’s name and the state in which
the application was received. If a widow or a child
filed the application, that individual’s name and
relevant information is included. Until now, the
pension index cards were only available through mi-
crofilm copies contained at the National Archives
and limited repositories.

Online images of the Civil War pension index cards
will be added to other in-depth Civil War databases on
Ancestry.com. Other Civil War databases on the site
include the Civil War Research Database, American
Civil War Muster Rolls, Kansas Civil War Soldiers,
Maryland Soldiers in the Civil War, Minnesota Civil
War Soldiers, Missouri Civil War Records, Nevada
Civil War Volunteers, Tennessee Civil War Regimental
Histories, and many more.

2)  Anna Gowen was a resident of the Pittsylvania County area in 1821.

Anna Gowen was a resident of the Pittsylvania County area in 1821. “Anna Goin,” believed to be a widow, gave parental consent for her son “William [X] Going” to marry Susannah Bruce April 12, 1821, according to “Pittsylvania County Marriages, 1706-1850.” Her request read:

“Mr. William Tunstill, Clerke of Pittsylvania, Sir: You will please to eshew [issue] out lisens of mariage for my Son William, and you will much oblige, Yours truly,

Witnesses: Anna [X] Goin”
Laban Farmer, William Abston” April the 11, 1821″

William Abston also signed as security with William Gowen when he applied for the marriage license.

The bride’s father, Thomas Bruce also addressed a note to the county clerk which suggested that she also was underage. The note read:

“Pittsylvania County, Virginia, April 10th 1821. Sir, Please to grant license of marriage between William Going and Susannah Bruce, my Daughter, and you will much oblige, Your humble servant,

Witnesses: Thomas [X] Bruce
Coleman Bruce, Matthew Barber”

Edith Thurman Bruce was the mother of Susannah Bruce, and Coleman Bruce was her brother. William Gowen and Susannah Bruce Gowen, according to the research of Olen Ross Gowens a descendant of Ladoga, Indiana, were the parents of:

William Henry Gowen born February 15, 1822

William Henry Gowen, son of William Gowen and Susannah Bruce Gowen, was born February 15, 1822 in Pittsylvania County, according to the research of Olen Ross Gowens. He was married March 26, 1846 to Martha Jane Owen, according to Pittsylvania County marriage records. She was born May 26, 1832 to Thomas Owen and Martha Citty Owen. Later they removed to Moniteau County, Missouri. They did not appear in the 1850 census there, but their son, two-year-old “Coleman Bruce Going” was enumerated in the household of James and Sally Owens, according to Olen Ross Gowens. Coleman Bruce, Thomas Bruce and James Bruce were also recorded in the 1850 census there.

William Henry Gowen died November 15, 1895 in Moniteau County and was buried there in the Baptist Cemetery at Tipton. Martha Jane Owen Gowen died at Florence, Missouri December 2, 1916 and was buried there in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Children born to William Henry Gowen and Martha Jane Owen Gowen include:

Coleman Bruce Gowen born January 26, 1847
Mary Gowen born July 26, 1848
James Thomas Gowen born February 9, 1850
Susan Ann Gowen born January 18, 1854
William Henry Gowen born March 31, 1855
Abigale Florence Gowen born February 5, 1857
Terry E. Gowen born July 14, 1859
Ellen Arabel Gowen born February 2, 1862
Louella Thomas Gowen born September 2, 1864
Vera Lee Gowen born July 14, 1867
Martha Jane Gowen born October 10, 1869
Leif Richard Gowen born October 12, 1870
Joseph Shelby Gowen born March 12, 1872




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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