2002 – 07 July Newsletter – GRF

Sections in this issue:

1) OSCAR CLAIBORNE GOINS ROSE FROM POVERTY IN FINANCES AND IN HEALTH AFTER CIVIL WAR TO ACQUIRE PROSPERITY AND CHEROKEE MANSION;
2) DRURY O. GOYNE WON LAND IN 1807 IN THE GEORGIA STATE LOTTERY;
3) ISAIAH GOWEN, 34, BURIED ALIVE ON FARM IN YORK COUNTY, MAINE;
4) Dear Cousins.

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July 2002
Volume 5 No. 7

1)  OSCAR CLAIBORNE GOINS ROSE FROM POVERTY IN FINANCES AND IN HEALTH AFTER CIVIL WAR TO ACQUIRE PROSPERITY AND CHEROKEE MANSION

By Louise Goins Richardson
Foundation Editorial Boardmember
2207 East Lake Street, Paragould, Arkansas, 72450

My great-grandfather was born on a hardscrable farm on a rocky
hillside “just north of Starvation, Tennessee.” Who would have
thought that he would wind up owning the most palatial mansion
in northern Georgia!

Oscar Claiborne “Roscoe” Goins, son of Nancy Biby Goins, was born
in Grainger County, Tennessee February 24, 1830, according to
“Memoirs of Georgia.”

In 1833 the family of Oscar Claiborne “Roscoe” Goins removed to
Hamilton County where he lived among the Cherokees. His father
farmed there until he died in 1841. His mother was remarried in
1846 to Levi Goins, suggested as a kinsman to her first husband.
Young “Roscoe” left home shortly afterward and went to Chattanooga
when he found a job as a “clerk in a mercantile house.”

“He remained there for 13 years AND acquired an extensive and
practical knowledge of mercantile affairs which has since proven
to be of infinite value to him,” according to “Memoirs of Georgia.”

He was married about 1853 to Nancy Florence Potter, daughter of
Moses and Ellen Potter. Miss Potter was born in Alabama in 1832.
A son, their only child was born to them May 11, 1855. It is as-
sumed that they were divorced about 1856. Nancy Florence Potter
Goins and her son were enumerated back in her father’s household
in the 1860 census of Hamilton County.

“Roscoe” was remarried there in 1858 to Esther C. Reynolds, daugh-
ter of Anderson Reynolds of Chattanooga. Immediately after this
marriage he went into the grocery business which he operated until
the beginning of the Civil War.

The family was enumerated in the 1860 census of Hamilton County as:

“Goins, O. C. 30, born in TN
Ester 21, born in TN
Reynolds, Mary 15, born in TN, sister-in-law.””

Oscar Claiborne “Roscoe” Goins enlisted in Company B, Nineteenth
Tennessee Infantry Regiment commanded by Col. J. C. Cummins. His
first engagement was in the Battle of Fishing Creek, Kentucky,
serving under Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston.. “Pvt. Rosco Goengs”
was a member of Co. C, Thirty-seventh Tennessee Infantry Regiment
in 1862, according to “Confederate Veteran,” Volume 28, [1920].

Afterward his regiment participated in the two-day Battle of Shi-
loh, Tennessee, according to “Memoirs of Tennessee.” Following
this battle, he was ordered to assist in bringing the wounded by
train to Chattanooga by way of Mobile, Montgomery and Atlanta.
Upon completing this assignment, he assisted in the raising of
Lookout Mountain Battery under the command of Capt. R. L. Barry.
Later Barry’s Light Artillery was transferred to Knoxville, then
to West Point, Mississippi and finally to Pollard, Alabama near
Mobile. The battery was stationed there for 12 months, serving
to protect a railroad junction.

When the battle for Vicksburg intensified, the battery was moved
northward to Jackson, Mississippi. It participated in the Battle
of Baker’s Creek and then moved to Yazoo City in an attempt to
repel the Union gunboats on the Mississippi under the command of
Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. After the fall of Vicksburg July 4,
1863, the battery was pulled back to Jackson.

After the war, he returned to Chattanooga broken in spirit, broken
in health and broken in finances. He, like many Confederate veter-
ans, had to attempt to rebuild his life. For the next 13 years he
became a traveling salesman, and gradually regained his finances.

In 1873 he removed his family to Spring Place, Georgia in Murray
County, just across the state line. There he bought a plantation
with a large three-story mansion which had been originally built
by Chief Joe Vann of the Cherokees. From its earliest days, it
was a historic landmark, and in recent years has been registered
by the State of Georgia as a historic site.

Dr. Kemp Mabry of Statesboro, Georgia wrote an account of the his-
tory of the Vann House:

“Among historic sites in Georgia is the magnificent Chief Vann
House at Spring Place, between Dalton and Chatsworth. Built in 1804
by James Vann, a minor Cherokee chief, its equal was never seen in
the Cherokee Nation.

James Vann, son of a Scot trader, Clement Vann and Wawli, a Chero-
kee princess, owned property and businesses throughout Cherokee
Indian Territory. He was responsible for construction of Jellico
Road, now U. S. 76, which the mansion faces.

He had two wives, a fierce temper and a bad drinking problem. How-
ever, in 1801, he offered land to Moravian missionaries of New Sa-
lem, North Carolina for a school. His family embraced Christianity,
but he called it a fable.

The James Vann family moved into the three story brick mansion in
1805. James lived there only five years. He had killed several
men–whites, Indians and slaves. After he killed his brother-in-
law, that death was avenged in a tavern in what is now Forsyth
County.

James’ son, Joseph, inherited the house, amassed great wealth and
gained the nickname of ‘Rich Joe.’ Pres. James Monroe visited him
there in 1819. In 1834, ‘Rich Joe’ was evicted by Georgia Home
Guards. Gold had been discovered near Dahlonega, a land lottery
held, and white Georgians were to take over the Cherokee lands.

John Howard Payne, who wrote ‘Home, Sweet Home,’ was incarcerated
in a slave cabin on the Vann plantation because he had Cherokee
sympathies. Joseph Vann and his family fled to Tennessee, but by
1838, most of the Cherokees were herded toward Oklahoma. More
than 4,000 died along the infamous ‘Trail of Tears.’

‘Rich Joe’ Vann built a replica of the mansion at Webbers Falls,
Oklahoma, but northern troops destroyed it during the Civil War.
‘Rich Joe’ died in an explosion of one of his steamboats he was
racing on the Ohio River October 23, 1844.

There have been 15 different owners since ‘Rich Joe’s’ eviction
in 1834, and the mansion was sadly dilapidated. In the 1950s,
the Chief Vann House was renovated and fully restored to its orig-
inal splendor, dedicated by Gov. Marvin Griffin in 1958. Will
Rogers, humorist and movie star, was the most famous Vann descend-
ant, 42 of whom attended the dedication.”

Oscar Claiborne “Roscoe” Goins was enumerated there in the 1880
census of Murray County:

“Goins, O. C. 51, born in Tennessee
Ester C. 45, born in Tennessee”

About 1895, he returned to Chattanooga to live, perhaps shortly
after the death of Esther C. Reynolds Goins who died in that year,
according to Myra Peeples Steed, a niece. He sold the Chief Vann
home in that year. He was described as a widower in a deed dated
October 5, 1897. He was remarried about 1898 to Mary E. Mitchell.

He died there December 5, 1903 and was buried in Flint Springs
Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. It is situated about one mile
from his farm, 244 acres located nine miles south of Cleveland,
Tennessee. Mary E. Mitchell Goins was survived by Ruth Mitchell
Austin, a great niece, who in 1993 continued to own part of the
Goins farm.

I have been to his grave, cleaned his tombstone and made prints
of it. The stone is very nice, made of white marble with black
marble inlay in it. One son, William Preston Goins, my grand-
father, was born May 11, 1855 to Oscar Claiborne “Roscoe” Goins
and Nancy Florence Potter Goins.

2) DRURY O. GOYNE WON LAND IN 1807 IN THE GEORGIA STATE LOTTERY

Drury O. Goyne, son of William Goyne, was born about 1764, proba-
bly in Orange County, North Carolina, according to Philip Carson
Goins, a descendant. The 1830 census of Upson County, Georgia
shows his birth as between 1760 and 1770.

“Drury Gowin” first appeared in the deed records of Wilkes County,
Georgia when he purchased 100 acres in Wilkes County from Abraham
McAlhattan, Sr. for £40 on December 12, 1795 “on Stephens Creek,
adjacent to Moses Stephens, Wm. Evans, William Allison & Henry
Thompson, originally granted to George Rutledge.”

Edward Gresham, J. P. registered the deed July 25, 1796 in Wilkes
County Deed Book OO, page 26. “John Gowin,” perhaps the brother
of Drury O. Goyne, was a witness to the deed.

“Drury Going” was listed as a taxpayer in the 1796 tax list of
Wilkes County. He paid taxes on 100 acres on Stephens Creek.
Frank Parker Hudson of Atlanta, Georgia explained the numbering
system. The two letters designate the militia district, and the
number following is the sequence number of the individual as en-
tered on the tax list:

“Drury Going, 1796-Capt. Turner’s District [MM-7], 100 acres on
Stephens Creek, joins Moses Stephens.”

Drury O. Goyne continued to appear in Wilkes County tax records
for several years thereafter:

“1797-Capt. Turner’s District (MM-65), 100 acres on Stephen’s
Creek, joins Moses Stephens.’

The records for 1798 for MM district are missing.

“1799-Capt. Turner’s District (MM-38), 100 acres on Stephen’s
Creek, joins Moses Stephens, granted to George Rutledge.

Drury O. Goyne was listed as a tax defaulter for 1799 in the Ap-
ril 12, 1800 edition of the “Augusta Chronicle.”

“1800–Capt. Ogletree’s District (MM-76), 100 acres on Stephen’s
Creek, joins Moses Stephens, granted to George Rutledge.”

On September 11, 1801 “Drury [X] Goings” sold his 100 acres on
Stephen’s Creek to David/Davis Saxon for $300. John Hendrick and
William Gammage witnessed the deed which was proved September 30,
1805, according to Wilkes County Deed Book VV, page 365.

He acquired 85 acres nearby on Stephen’s Creeek on which he paid
taxes:

“1801–Capt. Ogletree’s District [MM-111], 85 acres on Stephen’s
Creek, joins Wm. Evans, granted to George Rutledge.”

Drury O. Goyne was assessed one poll [no land] in 1802 in Capt.
Ogletree’s District [MM-106] and perhaps the same in 1803. No
tax records remain for the latter year.

Drury O. Goyne appeared to be single in 1797, but was married by
1802. It appears that he was the only son of William Goyne who
remained in Georgia.

He was registered in the land lottery from there in 1803, No.1188,
according to the research of Timothy Dean Hudson. In the lottery,
it is noted that he received “Two Draws”. Two draws meant that he
met certain requirements which were “free, white, 21, paid taxes,
had 12 months residency in Georgia, had wife and child.”

On May 20, 1803 he purchased land in Wilkes County, according to
Deed Book UU, page 254:

“William Hammack conveyed to “Drury Goyne, both of Wilkes County,
for $275, in Wilkes County on Rocky Creek waters, adjacent to
Hail’s old line on bank of said creek, Spring Branch, to creek at
head, down creek, 68 2/4 acres, being part of a tract granted to
Joseph McCornmack, 9 April 1792.

William Hammack.
Witnesses:
Edward Gresham J.P.
Alexander Harper J.P.”

“Drury Goyen” was a witness to a deed April 15, 1804, ac­cording to
Warren County Deed Book B, page 295. Drury Goyne of “Wilkerson
County, Georgia” bought land in Baldwin County, Georgia January 10,
1809.

Drury O. Goyne was taxed on his Rocky Creek land in Wilkes County
beginning in 1804:

“1804-Capt. Little’s District [RR-2], 68+ acres on Rocky Creek,
joins Micajah Little, granted to Jos. Kelly.

1805-Capt. Young’s District (RR-3), 68+ acres on Rocky Creek,
joins Micajah Little, granted to unknown.”

Drury O. Goyne entered the 1807 Land Lottery, and received two
draws. Qualifications were the same as in 1803. Evidently, he
was a fortunate drawer in the 1807 Land Lottery, as he was listed
as living in Wilkinson County in 1809. He purchased land in Bald-
win County January 10, 1809:

“Morgan County, Superior Court Deeds. Hardy Newson, Jr. of Warren
County conveys to Drury Goyne of Wilkinson County for $400, Lot
144, 2nd District, Baldwin County, 202.5 acres,” according to Mor-
gan County Deed Book B, page 420. Witnesses were L. B. Little,
John Goyne, his brother and Micajah Little.”

It is suggested that L. B. Little and Micajah Little were bro-
thers-in-law with Drury O. Goyne.

He received, under the terms of his father’s will, written in
1816, $1.50 from the estate.

“Drury Goin” filed suit in 1810 in Clarke County, Georgia against
William Blalock, according to the minutes of the Clarke County
Court.

“Drewey O. Goyne” appeared in the 1820 census of Wilkes County,
Georgia as the head of a household:

“Goyne, Drury white male over 45
white female over 45
white male 16-26
white male 16-18
white female 10-16
white male 10-16
white female 0-10”

“Drewry O. Goyne” was enumerated as the head of a household in the
1830 census of Wilkes County. He was also recorded as living ad-
jacent to M[icajah?] Little in Capt. Littleberry’s District in
Wilkes County and owning 100 acres of land.

“Drury Goyen” was also listed as the head of a household in the
1830 census of Upson County, page 95. It appears that his son
and his family were also living in his household:

The family was registered as:

“Drury Goyen white male 60-70
white female 60-70
white male 20-30
white female 20-30
*white male 0-5
white female 20-30”

*Philip Carson Goins identifies this child as a son of Drury Goyne,
Jr. and less than six months old.

Children born to Drury O. Goyne are believed to include:

Noyal Goyne born about 1801
Drury O. Goyne, Jr. born about 1805

3)  ISAIAH GOWEN, 34, BURIED ALIVE ON FARM IN YORK COUNTY, MAINE

Isaiah Gowen, son of William Gowen and Olive Witham Gowen, was
born May 11, 1811 at Sanford, Maine . He was a great-great-great-
grandson of William Alexander Gowen who was deported to Maine by
Oliver Cromwell in 1651.

He was 34 years old when he met his untimely death by being buried
alive.

His father, William Gowen, was a farmer, a surveyor, an astrono-
mer and a school teacher, and gave young Isaiah and his brothers
instruction in each of the arts. His father was married three
times-all to Witham women.

William Gowen was married October 3, 1808 at Sanford to Olive
Witham who was born August 7, 1786 to Jonathan Witham and Lydia
Witham. Olive Witham Gowen died May 20, 1811, at age 24, after
less than three years of marriage, according to the June 11, 1811
edition of “The Sanford Tribune.” William Gowen was remarried
to Mary Witham, younger sister of Olive Witham, May 3, 1813. Six
years later, she died on June 11, 1819 and was buried beside her
sister, according to the July 3, 1819 edition of “The Sanford
Tribune.”

A year later, William Gowen and Sarah Haines Witham of Kittery,
Maine, a cousin of his first two wives, were married June 27, 1820,
according to “Kittery, Maine Town Records.” Isaiah Gowen was
the second child of the first marriage.

A certificate of marriage certificate between Isaiah Gowen and
Sarah Ann Earle of Acton, Maine was filed July 17, 1835, accord-
ing to Sanford town records. They were married three weeks later.

He was living on his father’s farm when he was killed in a freak
accident March 9, 1846. Rain had softened the bank of a creek on
the farm, and as Isaiah Gowen walked along the creek, the bank
suddenly collapsed, burying him alive. Family members dug fran-
ticly to extricate him, but he was asphixiated long before they
could reach him. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Sarah Ann Earle Gowen appeared as a 36-year-old widow living in
the household of Sarah Haines Witham Gowen in the 1850 census.

“Gowen, Sarah H. 66, born in ME
Sarah A. 36, born in ME
John C. 13, born in ME
Witham, Joshua 63, laborer, brother, born in ME”

Sarah Haines Witham Gowen was enumerated in the 1860 census of
York County, Maine living in the household of her son, John C.
Gowen.

Sarah Ann Earle Gowen was remarried October 20, 1861 to William
Emery, also of Sanford. Sarah Ann Earle Gowen Emery died at age
74, according to the “Springdale Advocate:”

“Sarah Ann Gowen Emery, widow of the late Isaiah Gowen died
Wednesday, December 28, 1887 at the home of her son, John C.
Gowen of Sanford.”

One son was born to Isaiah Gowen and Sarah Ann Earle Gowen:

John C. Gowen born about 1836

4)  Dear Cousins

A few notes about the Goin family that may reveal new possibilities:

1. There is a Sophia Goin, age 62, who was living with William
Goin, age 64, in 1850 Claiborne Co., TN, census. In addition,
Sophia Goins was stated to be a sister of Levi Goin in a deed in
1853 [a deed from Levi Goin to Thomas J. Johnson et al mentions
a tract on Turkey Ridge divised by William Goins to Sophia Goins,
a sister of said Levi]. Would this be a sister of Levi, Uriah
and Isaac Abraham; i.e., one of the daughters of Thomas [Old
Tommy) Goin? I also assume that she was a sister to William,
which would make him another son of Thomas Goin. The 1850 census
also states that she was married within the year, but maybe this
was an error.

2. There are two deeds from Claiborne Co., TN that mention the
Widow Goin’s property. In 1850 there is a deed from Levi Goins
to Wilson Goins. In 1852 there is a deed from “Levi Goings” to
Geo. M. Priddy. Could this perhaps be the widow of Old Tommy?
Did anyone check this person in death, cemetery or probate/will
records?

3. In a 1845 deed from “Levi Gowens, Sr.” to Levi Goin, Jr. and
Nelson Goins, one of the witnesses is Jesse Prichard. Could this
be the father of Mary/Polly Prichard and Elizabeth Prichard, who
married Goin brothers? Has anyone found more info on Col. Jesse
Prichard, who supposedly helped or was present at the surrender
of Jefferson Davis?

Ramona L. Curtis
prcurtis@danville.net

==Dear Cousins==

Am looking for information on a Charles Goings [Going,Goins, Goin
etc.] who had an address of Pawhuska Ok. in 1930. He was proba-
bly in this location between 1910 and 1935. Possibly he died
there – would have been born in about 1860. He is not in the
1920 census. I’m in the process of browsing the 1930 census, but
it’s taking time. Any info on this person would be appreciated.

Annette Miner
4809 N. 4th St.
McAllen, TX, 78504
956/687-6503
eminer@hiline.net

==Dear Cousins==

My mother is Sara Louise Goen. Her parents were Walter Raymond
Goen, born January 21, 1896 in Monroe County, Georgia and Emma
Sue Thornton, born April 14, 1896 in Butts County, Georgia. Wal-
ter’s parents were William Robert Goen and Rose Anna Dorris.
William’s parents were Daniel Garr Goen and Georgia Corley.

I am hoping that the Foundation members can help me find informa-
tion on these ancestors.

Thank you,

Ray McKee
2766 Citation Drive
Decatur, GA, 30034

==Dear Cousins==

Texas State Genealogical Society 42nd Annual Conference
1-2 November 2002

The TSGS 42nd Annual Conference is scheduled for November 1st
and 2nd, 2002 in Galveston, TX at the Hotel Galvez. The main
speaker is John Colletta. Other speakers include Kim Norton,
Martha Jones, Albert Seguin Gonzales and J. B. Kline. Victor
Lang will speak at the Banquet.

Contact Betty Hendricks Dunquez, 2505 Beluche Drive, Galveston,
TX 77551-1503, e-mail Bdunquez@aol.com, or Terry Smith Bowers,
302 Oak Forest Drive, League City, TX 77573-1768 e-mail:
TLBowers@orbitworld.net for additional information or visit the
Website at http://www.rootsweb.com/~txsgs/

==Dear Cousins==

From a book entitled “Story of the Soul” by W. H. Church there
is an interesting reference to the Melungeons:

“A bit of evidence to suggest Caananite infusion into the blood-
stream of the American Indian population came to light in 1885
at Bat Creek, Tennessee, where a stone tablet inscribed ‘For
Judah’ was found, along with an ancient Caananite coin identified
as being from the period A.D. 132-135. These treasures are in
the hands of the Smithsonian Institution. They were not trans-
lated until Cyrus H. Gordon [Brandeis University, 1970s] did so.
Gordon also stated that there exists in eastern Tennessee today a
group of people known as Melungeons who are not Indian, but some
probably mixed with Indians.”

Sincerely,
Dorris Wainscott
1233 Hilltop Drive
Cedar Hill, TX, 75104
214/291-4977

==Dear Cousins==

I’m looking for any info on the following ancestors of mine…
either in Carroll County or Gibson County, TN. Any help or direc-
tion would be greatly appreciated. This is what I do know:

My grandmother, Frances Patricia Gowan Black Bixler was born Oct.
12, 1917 and died 1953 in Dallas, TX. She is buried in Oakwood
Cemetery in Milan, TN.

Her maternal line: mother was Murlene Marion Wood Bailey, born
???, died Jan 1976, buried in Oakwood also. Her grandparents
were Lonnie Wood, born 1876, died 1940, buried in Friendship
Cemetery in Gibson County, TN and Addie Stubbs, born 1878, died
1964, also buried in Friendship Cemetery. I would like any info
that someone may have on Lonnie Wood or Addie Stubbs or siblings.

My grandmother had twin sisters: Maudine and Maurine Gowan. I
knew them and have info on them.

Her paternal line: her father was James Roscoe Gowan, born Dec.
1, 1893, died in July 1967. I believe he is bured in Oakwood
Cemetery, Milan, TN. His father, I beleive, was Robert Gowan,
and his mother was Etter Gowan. I would appreciate any help on
them and their siblings.

Murlene Marion Wood and James Roscoe Gowan were married in 1914
in Carroll County, TN.

Thanks for any help that anyone can give.

Brenda Black McCaskill
bmccask411@aol.com

==Dear Cousins==

I am looking for Evan and Rachel Goins living in Winnsboro, SC
in Fairfield County. I find him in 1870 at age 40 and his wife
Rachel was 35. Their children were: William, Amanda, Hester(F),
James, Hurbert and Hainey.

Evan and Rachel are the parents of Kattie [Goins] Ellison who
married Charles Ellison. I find them also in Winnsboro,SC in 1880.

Sabrina Jamison
7900 Corder Drive
Charlotte, NC, 28212
704/737-1497
detangers@aol.com

==Dear Cousins==

I am looking for information regarding a dispute between two re-
lated family groups in 1870’s Hawkins County and Hancock County,
Tennessee. One group consisted of the Minors, Goins, and Size-
mores, and the other group consisted of Begleys, Moneyhuns, and
Sizemores. The dispute was over control of pension money for the
children of Levi Mallet who died in the Civil War. There were
several trips to court and several investigations. In the end–
after 12 years–John Begley [husband of Alcy Sizemore], the
guardian, was accused of embezzlement of the pension money in-
tended for the children of Levi Mallet.

Here is an excerpt from the final government investigation–again,
John Begley is the guardian:

“The guardian swindled his brother’s children out of their money
being their guardian who when Burton commenced to press about his
wife’s money opened a suit in the Chancery Court against him when
he and the others sold their property or gave deeds to it so as to
keep it from being sold under execution”.

So, here is my question. I know the family relationship between
the first family group [Minors, Goins, and Sizemores] and Levi
Mallet, but not for the second family group [Begleys, Moneyhuns,
and Sizemores] and Levi Mallet. The goverment report clearly
states that John Begley is Levi Mallet’s brother. How exactly
is John Begley related of Levi Mallet? Are they full brothers,
brothers by marriage, or half-brothers? Are they any descend-
ants of Begleys, Sizemores, Moneyhuns, Goins, Minors, or Bur-
tons out there that know anything about this case?

Just to stir your thinking a little bit, Iredell Campbell Willis
provided statements for for the Minors and Goins shortly before
he was killed.

Thanks,
David Jones
drdjones@direcpc.com

==Dear Cousins==

I’m trying to find the family of James McGowen b. 1803 living in
Hendricks County, Indiana in 1830-40 possibly 50, then moved to
Boone Co.IN by 1860. He was married to Mary Ann ???, bc1805.
Was she a Hays daughter? On the 1830 census there were several
Hays families living around James and Mary Ann.
James and Mary Ann had at least 7 children that I am sure of be-
cause of census records, but I only know the names of 3: Daniel
b1832, Frankfort, KY; Susannah [m. James Smith] b1837 KY and Edna
Ann [m. George Baldwin] b1841 Hendricks Co.IN.

Mary Ann died before 1848 as James was remarried to Rhonda Gole-
aner by then, and they had 5 more children: James F; Mary E. [m.
Dickerson]; Josephine [m. Moore]; Benjamin and Macager, b1858
Franklin County, KY.

Daniel McGowen changed his name to Gowen. Macager McGowen
changed his name to Goins.

This family moved back and forth between KY and IN quite fre-
quently. According to half-sister Edna’s obituary, Josephine,
James, Benjamin and Macager were living in KY. in 1912.

I would like to exchange information with anyone who has knowl-
edge with any of the above.

Thanks,
N. J. “Skinner” White
In Michigan
vwhite0901@aol.com

==Dear Cousins==

My great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth “Betsey” Ann Gowen/Goin/etc
was born in Tennessee October 27, 1844. She later moved to Fan-
nin County, Texas where she was married twice, first to Philip
Roland, father of her two oldest children. He died prior to 1880,
and her second husband, James K. McGregory, died several years
after she did in Clay County, Texas. Betsey and James had three
daughters of their own prior to moving to Clay County where she
spent the remainder of her life. She died December 15, 1915 and
is buried alongside James and her children in the Bellevue Ceme-
tery, Bellevue, Texas.

Census records show Betsey’s parents as both being born in SC.
She was also somehow related to “Cousin Sylvester,” George Sylves-
ter Lumpkin and his mother, Mary Goin Lumpkin Harper.

The best that I can find now is that she may have been Elizabeth
“Betsey” Goin, daughter of William Goin and Lucitha Goin, both
born in SC. The age and birthplace fit, and Mary Goin Lumpkin
Harper being related also fits, as she was also their daughter.
Lucitha Goin, Mary Harper’s mother, is also buried in the Belle-
vue Cemetery.

I am trying to locate anyone researching this above mentioned
Goin line with information on Elizabeth “Betsey” Goin who was
“age 16, born in TN,” living with William and Lucitha Goin per
the 1860 Fannin County, Texas census.

Diane Grant
Redmond, Washington
dgrant1126@aol.com

 

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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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