Chase Going, also known as Mrs. E. J. Woodhouse, was born March 3, 1890, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; attended the public schools in San Francisco, California, Aberdeen, South Dakota, and Science Hill School, Shelbyville, KY. She graduated from McGill University of Montreal, Canada, in 1912. She took graduate work at the University of Berlin and the University of Chicago. She taught economics at Smith College in Northampton Massachusetts from 1918-1925, and at summer sessions at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City. She was Secretary of State of Connecticut, 1941-1943; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1945-47, 1949-51; and delegate to Connecticut state constitutional Convention 1965. Chase died in New Canaan, CN on December 12, 1984. Burial location unknown.
Kenneth Reid Gowan was born in 1910 and died at the age of 91 December 18, 2001, according to his obituary published December 21 in “The Vancouver Sun:”
“Gowan, Kenneth Reid, 1910-2001, died peacefully December 18th. He will be dearly missed by his fam-ily: his daughter, Leslie Gowan McGee, her husband Darcy and their children, Darcy and his wife Katty, Pe-ter and Kate; his daughter, Elizabeth Gowan Marsh, her husband Bill Marsh and their son Elliott Marsh; his brother Victor Gowan and his wife Denise Gowan; his sister Ruth Gowan McKenzie and many nieces, ne-phews and relatives.
He was predeceased by his wife Margaret Gowan and his brothers Ted Gowan and Don Gowan. He enjoyed a long life, which included a successful career, interests in music, golf, bridge, church activities and spending time with family and friends. A memorial service will be held on December 24th, 10:00 a.m. at St. Johns Shaugh-nessy Anglican Church, Granville Street and Nanton Avenue, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the British Columbia Parkinsons Disease Association.”
Ray Hyde Gowan was born October 6, 1898 in Vancouver, ccording to British Columbia vital statistics.
Michael Gowan was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1901 census of British Columbia. He was born September 29, 1866 in Ireland. He was living in New Westminster, Brit-ish Columbia, having emigrated in 1891. His wife, Mary A. Gowan was born in England September 19, 1877 and had emi-grated in 1879.
Jesse Hoey McGown, a female, was born February 7, 1897 in Vancouver, according to British Columbia vital statistics.
Margaret Isabella McGown was born November 20, 1898 in Vancouver, according to British Columbia vital statistics.
Mrs. J.H. Gowan was 47 in the 1901 Census of Canada, Province of Manitoba. She was born outside of Canada according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Microfilm reel T6435, District 012—Winnipeg, City, Sub-District B04, page 1.
M.E. Gowan was 22 in the 1901 census of Canada, Province of Manitoba. He was born outside of Canada according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Microfilm reel number T6435, District 012—Winnipeg, City, Sub-District B04, page1.
W.S. Gowan was 27 in the 1901 census of Canada, Province of Manitoba. He was born outside of Canada according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Microfilm Reel number T6435, District 012—Winnipeg, City Sub-District B04, page 1.
LISGAR DISTRICT, MANITOBA
Johann Gowen was born in Russia September 5, 1865, and his wife, Helena Gowen was born there March 14, 1869. They were brought to Rhineland, Lisgar District, probably by their parents, in 1875. A great many Russian Mennonites emigra-ted to Manitoba in that year to escape religious oppression.
They were enumerated as heads of Household No. 45 at Rhineland in the 1901 census of Manitoba:
“Gowen Johann born in Russia September 5, 1865
Helena born in Russia March 14, 1869
Johann born in Manitoba, Dec. 19, 1888
Jacob born in Manitoba, July 30, 1890
Peter born in Manitoba, April 10, 1892
Helena born in Manitoba, Sept. 29, 1895
Margaretha born in Manitoba, May 6, 1898”
WESTBOURNE DISTRICT, MANITOBA
Daisy Frances Gowan was born in the Westbourne area of Manitoba in 1919. She was married about 1939, husband’s name Dunbar. She was remarried about 1944 to Frederick Douglas McKay who was born in 1915 to William James “Bal-doc” McKay and Myrtle Mary Anderson McKay. In 2002 Daisy Frances Gowan Dunbar McKay lived in the state of Washington.
Frederick Gowan Chafe, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Chafe of Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, was married June 3, 1925 to Marjorie Wilcox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Wilcox of Heart’s Content, Newfoundland.
The wedding was described in the June 13, 1925 edition of the “St. John’s Daily News:”
“It was a gloriously fine afternoon and as the friends of the bride and groom met at the church door, they re-joiced at the beauty of the scene. The interior of the old church looked very beautiful too, with its magnificent sanctuary fittings, and the lovely flowers upon the altar.
The bride entered the church upon her father’s arm, ac-companied by her bridesmaid, the sister of the groom. They met at the chancel steps by the bridegroom with his best man, Mr. Gower Rabbits, of the city. The offi-ciating clergy were Rev. A. B. S. Sterling, Rector of St. Mary’s, and the Rev. H. L. Pike, Warden of Field Hall.
The bride looked very charming in a traveling dress of navy gabardine, with a dainty hat of georgette, in shades of fawn and old rose. She wore a very handsome scarf, the gift of her mother, and carried and exquisite bouquet of white roses and carnations. The bridesmaid was tastefully attired in a dress of fawn satin crepe, with picture hat to match, and her bouquet was of pink carna-tions.
After the ceremony the party proceeded to St. Mary’s Rectory, where the reception was held. Loving hands had decorated the spacious rooms with masses of wild cherry blossoms, ferns, and sweet peas, while festoons of white ribbons completed the bridal effect. Refresh-ments, dainty and delicious, were served, the usual toasts were honored, and a very pleasant hour was spent before the happy couple, accompanied by the guests, proceeded to the station to take the train to Topsail, where the honeymoon is being spent. They were given a gay send-off, amidst showers of confetti and rose leaves, and with host of good wishes from a host of friends.
The groom’s gift to the bride was a very handsome es-critoire, to the bridesmaid a signet ring, and the best man a set of French ivory brushes. The wedding pre-sents were many and varied, and came from far and near. The sheaf of congratulatory telegrams received during the afternoon numbered fifty. Joy and gladness reigned supreme. May the years to come, though clouds be interspersed, be as full of sunshine as this wedding-day.”
George Gowans was born in Newfoundland about 1907 of par-ents unknown. He died November 24, 2000 at the age of 93. He was a member of the Caldonian Society of Mississippi. He was survived by his wife, Willetta Gowans and their daughter Carolyn Gowans, according to the “Family Tree” of February 2001.
Doyle Gowan was enumerated as the head of a household of two in the 1901 census of Colchester District. He was born in Nova Scotio March 23, 1844 and lived in Five Islands town-ship. His wife, identified only as Mrs. Doyle Gowan was born in Nova Scotia March 7, 1855. They had been married 30 years.
J. L. Gowen was elected April 3, 1900 to the board of directors of the Northwest Arm Rowing Club which was incorporated in 1900, according to “Sketches and Traditions of the North-west Arm—Halifax, Nova Scotia” by John W. Reagan. J. L. Gowen was elected president of the St. Mary’s Athletic Asso-ciation & Aquatic Club in 1908.
Charles Gowing, 14, was listed on a passenger list at the Port of Halifax in 1886 according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada: Microfilm Reel No. C-4513, page 3. He arrived on the ship the “Sardinian.”
John Gowing, 11, was listed on a passenger list at the Port of Halifax in 1886 according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada: Microfilm reel No. C-4513, page 3. He arrived on the ship the “Sardinian.”
Albert Gowan was born May 7, 1883 in France. He is listed as the head of a household in the 1901 Census in Mersea according to “Mersea Township, Essex South, Ontario Census, 1901,” film T-6467, division 1, page 2, entyr 8, family 12.
Alfred Gowan, 38, born in England, was listed in the 1881 census of Gosfield in Essex District, Ontario, according to “Essex Distric, Ontario, Canada Census, 1881 (Kingsville, Colchester, Sandwich, Pelee, Gosfield).”
Alice Gowan was 74 in the 1901 Census of Canada, Province of Ontario, according to the Lincoln and Niagra Census District. She was born outside of Canada according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada (Ottowa), reel T-6480, District 85, Sub-District K08, page 4.
Boyd Gowan was born October 19, 1850 in London City-Westminster, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada according to 1901 Ontario Census Records.
Boyd Gowan was born February 14, 1883 in London City-Westminster, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada according to the 1901 Ontario Census Records.
Charles Gowan was born August 18, 1858 in St. Mary’s, On-tario of parents unknown. He had siblings by the name of Jane Gowan, Annie Gowan, Walter Gowan, Jack H. Gowan, John Gowan and Cora Gowan.
Charles Gowan was married in 1895 in Mason County, Mich-igan to Mary Elida Lynn who was born in Sweden October 15, 1878. He died November 26, 1933 in Ludington, Michigan and was buried in Brookside Cemetery in Mason County. Ma-ry Elida Lynn Gowan died December 22, 1974 in Ludington and was buried beside her husband.
Children born to them include:
Walter Gowan born August 17, 1890
Esther Gowan born in 1910
Walter Gowan, son of Charles Gowan and Mary Elida Lynn Gowan, was born August 17, 1890 in Scottville, Michigan. He was married April 2, 1929 in Ludington to Anna Mathilda Anderson who was born May 30, 1892 near Buttersworth, Michigan to Olie Anderson and Carrie Korin Anderson. Wal-ter Gowan died May 9, 1961 in Ludington and was buried in Brookside Cemetery. Anna Mathilda Anderson Gowan died March 1, 1987 in Scottville. Children born to them are un-known.
Esther Gowan, daughter of Charles Gowan and Mary Elida Lynn Gowan, was born in 1910. She was married about 1928 to Hoyt Reagen. She died December 11, 1976 in Bay City, Michigan and was buried in an above-ground crypt.
Charles Gowan who was born in Ireland about 1825, was enumerated in the 1871 census of in Bidulph, Ontario in the Middlesex North District. He was a farmer and a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Charles E. Gowan was born in 1865 of parents unknown. He was married about 1888 to Mary Pommer who was born in 1863. Mary Pommer Gowan died in 1924 and was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Kitchener, Ontario. Charles E. Gowan died in 1930 and was buried beside his wife, according to Kitchener Woodland Cemetery records.
Ellen Gowan “of the city of Toronto, spinster” was married August 16, 1847 by license to James Conron, “bachelor, of Springmount, in the township of York,” according to Ontario marriage records.
Francis Gowan was born in 1827 in Ireland and migrated to Canada according to “The Illustrated Atlas of Simcoe County, Ontario,” and “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Library of Canada: ref. F5498 S6136, page 47.
George Gowan, 44, born in Ireland, was listed in the 1881 census of Pelee Island, according to “Essex District, Ontario, Canada Census, 1881 (Kingsville, Colchester, Sandwich, Pelee, Gosfield),” film number C-13280, division number 1, page 7, entry 21, family 33. His wife, Mary Gowan, 47, born in Ontario, was also listed, on page 22. According to the census William (75) and Mary Gowan (70), the parents of George Gowen, also lived in the household. Children born to George and Mary Gowan include:
Daniel Gowan 23
Ada Gowan 18
Mary Gowan 15
Andora Gowan 13
John Gowan 9
John Gowan was born in Ireland in 1845 of parents unknown. He arrived in Canada and was enumerated in 1871 as a mariner living at Kingston, Ontario. He was a captain on the lake boats, according to Kenneth Wayne Berry, a great-great-grand-son of Toronto. He removed to Deseronto, Ontario where he died. Children born to him include Jack Gowan, Laura Gowan, William Gowan, Ellen Gowan, Jenny Gowan and Mary Jane “Molly” Gowan.
Sidney Gowan, “spinster of Toronto”, was married February 22, 1858 to James Campbell, “bachelor of Tecumseh,” accord-ing to Toronto marriage records.
Robert Gowan was born December 26, 1856 in Ontario, Canada. He was listed as the head of a household in the 1901 Census of Mersea, according to “Mersea Township, Essex South, Ontario Census, 1901,” film T-6467, division 6, page 8, entry 18, family 86. Sarah Gowan, Robert’s mother, born June 12, 1828 in England, was also a member of the household. His wife, Agnes M. Gowan, was born July 30, 1863 in Ontario. Children born to Robert and Agnes M. Gowan include:
Lillian D. Gowen b. October 23, 1888
Martha B. Gowan b. September 14, 1890
Emma E.J. Gowan b. June 17, 1893
Annie H. Gowans was 38 in the 1901 Census of Canada, Province of Ontario according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Microfilm Reel No. T6498, District 116—Toronto, Centre, City, Sub-District a-34, Ward 3, page 6. She emigritated to Canada in 1879.
John Gowans was 65 in the 1901 census of Canada, Province of Ontario, according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Microfilm Reel No. T6498, District 116—Toronto, Centre, City, Sub-District a-34, Ward #, page 6. He immigrated to Canada in 1878.
Margaret Gowans was 64 in the 1901 census of Canada, Province of Ontario according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Microfilm Reel No. T6498, District 116—Toronto, Centre, City, Sub-District, a-34, Ward 3, page 6. She immigrated to Canada in 1879.
Susan C. Gowans was 28 in the 1901 census of Canada, Province of Ontario, according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Microfilm Reel No. T6498, District 116—Toronto, Centre, City, Sub-District a-34, Ward 3, page 6. She immigrated to Canada in 1882.
William Gowen, a native of England, recorded in the “Historical Atlas of Peel County Ontario,” in 1877 in a list of emigrants extracted. This information was obtained from the National Library of Canada: reference G1148 P4 P6, page 72.
Hazel Madeline Marshall Gowing, daughter of Ed Marshall and Stella Partridge, was born in 1909. She died June 17, 1999 according to Southern Ontario Newspaper Obituaries, 1999.
Wray Gowing, son of Russell and Melinda Diebold Gowing, was born in 1932. He was married to Jean L. Beirnes Gowing. Wray Gowing died July 18, 1999 according to Southern On-tario Newspaper Obituaries, 1999.
Florence Ethel Gowing Miller, daughter of Charles and Isabella Gowing, was born in 1908. She was married to Clayton Miller. Florence Ethel Gowing Miller died November 16, 1999 accord-ing to Southern Ontario Newspaper Obituaries, 1999. She was survived by her brother, Morley Gowing.
James Fred Wilson and Adeline Gowan Wilson were the par-ents of Dorothy Wilson who was born June 20, 1900, according to Birth Registration No. 37364 in Alliston, Ontario. Also born to them was Harvey Lavern Willson in Allistonon October 17, 1902, according to Birth Registration No. 38837.
Thomas Gowan Hopkins, of Toronto, bachelor was married July 31, 1851 to Mary Ann Vollor, spinster of Toronto.
ELGIN COUNTY, ONTARIO
J. E. Gowan was born August 12, 1877 in Ontario, Canada according to the 1901 Ontario census. He lived in Dunwich Township, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada.
ESSEX COUNTY, ONTARIO
George Going, born August 11, 1855, was enumerated as the head of a household, Family No. 119, in Windsor City, Ontario in the census of 1901. His wife, Caroline Going, born January 31, 1854, was recorded with him.
HASTINGS COUNTY, ONTARIO
Estella McGowan, 21, daughter of Mark McGowan and Elmire McGowan of Sidney, Ontario was married August 30, 1894 to John Wilson, 24, son of George Wilson of Belleville, Ontario.
Both bride and groom were born in Canada. Emma McGowan of Sidney was a witness to the ceremony.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY, ONTARIO
Sarah Gowan was born March 28, 1865 in London City, Mid-dlesex County, Ontario, Canada according to 1901 Ontario census records.
NORFOLK COUNTY, ONTARIO
Linus B. Gowan was married June 30, 1949 to Elsie Graydon Bowman in Norfolk County, according to the July 7, 1949 edition of the “Hagersville Press.” Children born to Linus B. Gowan and Elsie Graydon Bowman Gowan are unknown.
Alma Gowan Heaslip was married April 28, 1949 to Gordon W. Slack, according to the May 5, 1949 edition of the “Hagersville Press” of Norfolk County, Ontario.
OXFORD COUNTY, ONTARIO
Jennie Stover, daughter of Ephraim C. Stover, farmer and Annie Gowan Stover, was born December 2, 1876 in South Norwick, Ontario, according to her Birth Registration No. 22036.
PERTH COUNTY, ONTARIO
Thomas Hunter Gowan, age 30, died March 8, 1866 at his residence at Gowanstown, Ontario, according to his obituary in the March 12, 1866 edition of “The Toronto Daily Leader:”
“On Thursday 8th inst. at his residence, Gowanstown, county of Perth, after a brief illness, age 30, Thomas Hunter Gowan, Esquire, JP, Postmaster, Merchant, de-ceased. He is deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. The deceased resided some-time in Toronto previous to his coming to Gowanstown and was well known and respected here.
In the Orange body of this city [Toronto] he held sev-eral offices and at the time of his death he was Grand Master of the Orange Lodge of Perth County. In that capacity he attended the Grand Lodge meeting at Owens Sound on the 20th of February last. His remains were conveyed to Toronto on the 10th of March and deposi-ted in the vault at St. James Cemetery. A number of sorrowing friends accompanied them.”
His widow, Mary Ann Gowan became postmistress at Gowans-town and was later remarried to George Blackstock who ran the hotel at Gowanstown.
Children born to Thomas Hunter Gowan and Mary Ann Gowan include:
Marguerite Gowan born about October 1865
Emily Ferguson Gowan born about 1866
Emily Ferguson Gowan, daughter of Thomas Hunter Gowan and Mary Ann Gowan, was born about 1866, perhaps shortly after the death of her father.
She was an attorney and a women’s rights activist and became the first woman magistate in the British Empire. She was one of the Famous Five of the Persons Case which gave women the right, among others, to serve in the Canadian Senate.
She was married before 1900, husband’s name Murphy.
She was a prolific author and wrote under the pseudonym of Janey Canuck. Susan Jackel wrote of her literary accomplish-ments in “The Canadian Encyclopedia.”
“Janey Canuck was her pen name under which she published ‘The Impressions of Janey Canuck Abroad’ in 1901, an account of a visit to England and Germany in which she repaid criticisms of Canada with her own on a certain type of English arrogance.
She pointed out some features of English life and man-ners that were distasteful to Canadians and gave a graphic description of a tour of the slums in which her perception of the tragedies of poverty and the plight of the wives and children of drunken husbands was closely allied to her fight for women’s rights and her methods as a magistrate.”
Other of her titles included: ‘Janey Canuck in the West,’ , ‘Sketches of the Swan River District of Manitoba , ‘Open Trails’ , ‘Seeds of Pine’ .
‘The Black Candle’  by Judge Emily Ferguson Murphy, was written under her real name as an expose of the drug trade.”
There is a photograph of Judge Murphy and the facsimile of a letter from Judge Emily G. Murphy of the office of the Police Magistrate of Alberta. The letter reads:
January 7, 1927.
My Dear Mr Struthers,
I desire to thank you for a copy of ‘Ups and Downs,’and to take this opportunity of expressing my life-long appreciation of the work performed by Dr. Barnardo’s Homes in Canada.
In particular I write to congratulate you on the splendid super-vision of your boys and girls throughout the Do-minion.
The booklet itself is tastefully made up and full of most interesting material.
Wishing you all success in 1927.
Very sincerely yours,
Emily F. Murphy.”
Brian Rolfe wrote to explain about the underprivileged children of England who were transported to Canada to be placed in the Barnardo homes:
“A party of 76 boys and girls left March 18, 1927 aboard the SS Montrose. There is a photo of this group of children on the ship with presumably their escorts, John and Rose Hobday seated among the children.”
Norah Story wrote in 1967 of the life of Emily Ferguson Gow-an Murphy [1868-1933] which was published in the “Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature.”
“The photo of Emily Murphy in the Encyclopedia is identical to the photo that appears in the May 1927 edition of “Ups and Downs” opposite her testimonial to the good work of Barnardo’s in Canada.”
“Ups and Downs” was a house organ of the Barnardo organization.
SIMCOE COUNTY, ONTARIO
Ellen Gowan Banner and Tilder Banner, a butcher, were the parents of Alma Eliza Banner who was born at Creemore, Ontario in 1901, according to Simcoe County birth registrations.
Delca Irene Gowan was born April 19, 1901 to William J. Go-wan, a drayman and Esther Cheskston Gowan, according to Simcoe County birth registrations.
Adeline Gowan Wilson and her husband were the parents of Harvey Lavern Wilson who was born October 17, 1902 in Alliston, Ontario, according to Simcoe County birth registra-tions.
Samuel Gowan was born about 1849 in Innisfil township. He was married about 1872 to Elizabeth Susan “Lizzie” Stone who was also born there October 18, 1852. She was a daugh-ter of William Stone and Martha Matilda Whittaker Stone. Elizabeth Susan “Lizzie” Stone Gowan was remarried to Sam-uel Gann, according to Kathy Hoeldke. Samuel Gowan was buried in New Westminster, British Columbia. She died De-cember 12, 1894 in Port Kells, British Columbia.
Eliza T. Gowan was married about 1842 to James Dowler, probably in Quebec. Much information about their life together was included in his obituary:
“James Dowler. This respected pioneer of Minto, was born in Ireland, in 1819, and emigrated to Canada with his parents when six years old. The family settled in Quebec, and there young Dowler was raised and edu-cated. He learned the trade of stone cutter on the fortifi-cations of Quebec, and later, worked on the mason and construction work of the G. T. R[ailroad?] west of To-ronto. He also built many of the stone buildings in Rockwood.
In 1854, he took up 100 acres of land on con. 6, Minto, and the following year, came up and settled. He not on-ly followed the “blaze” in locating this land, but no roads had been cut out at that time, and he continued to follow the “blazed” path, in and out, for some months after he made his clearing, and and erected a habitable log house. James Dowler, cleared this farm, which, in 1871, he sold, and purchased 100 acres on con. 8, which is now owned and worked in conjunction by his sons, John and William J.
James Dowler was a consistent member of the Church of England, and in politics was a Conservative. He was a well-informed man, and had the confidence and re-spect of everyone who knew him. He died in 1896, age 77 years. He was married in Quebec to Eliza T. Gowan.
Children born to them include: Mrs. John Rixon, settled in Michigan; Mrs. Peter Marion of Wallace; Mrs. Dun-can McAchren, Mrs. Daniel Marion of Wallace; John Dowler who was married to Louisa Gibson of Minto; Mrs. Thomas Redpath of Howick; Mrs. John Young of Winnipeg, and William J. Dowler.”
Elizabeth Gowan was 70 in the 1901 cennsus of Canada, Province of Quebec. She immigrated to Canada in 1837 according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Microfilm Reel number T6520, District 153—Drummond & Arthabaska, Sub-District El-Kingsey, page 9.
George Gowan was 60 in the 1901 census of Canada, Province of Quebec. He immigrated to Canada in 1865 according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Microfilm Reel Number T6526, District 160—Labelle, Sub-District U—Portland West, page 8.
Julia Gowan was 53 in the 1901 Census of Canada, Province of Quebec. She was born outside of Canada according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Ottowa: Reel number T6546, District 193-Sherbrooke County, Sub-District Bo2, page 11.
William Gowan was 40 in the 1901 census of Canada, Province of Quebec. He was born outside of Canada according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Ottowa: Reel number T6546, District 193—Sherbrooke County, Sub-District B02, page 11.
Fannie Gowans was 55 in the 1901 census of Canada, Province of Quebec aacording to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, Microfilm Reel No. T-6534, District 175—Montreal City, Sub-District a51-St. Antoine Ward, page 3. She immigrated to Canada in 1886.
Anna Gowen was 86 in the 1901 census of Canada, Province of Quebec. She immigrated to Canada in 1842 according to “Canadian Immigrant Records,” National Archives of Canada, microfilm reel #T6523, District 156-Huntingdon, Sub-District H1—Hinchinbrooke, page 3.
James Gowen appeared on the roster of The Corps of Queens Loyal Rangers commanded by Lt. Col. John Peters December 14, 1780. He was reported to be “in the hospital at St. Johns.”
Richard Gowing was married to Marie Quenneville, January 21, 1822 in St. Joseph de Soulanges.
Children born to Richard Gowing and Marie Quenneville Gowin there include:
Caroline Gowing born October 19, 1824
Patrick Gowing born December 7, 1829
The town of Gowan, Saskatchewan is the location of a Canadian veterans cemetery.
Brent Gowan died September 18, 1988, according to his obit-
uary in the “Williams Lake Tribune.”
Vernon L. Gowin was born at Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada,
May 15, 1904. In 1958 he was a resident of Del North, Col
orado. On May 22, 1958 he was married at Taos, New Mex-
ico to Olga Louise Mitchell, according to Taos County, New
Mexico Marriage License 14064. Olga Louise Mitchell Gow-
in, also a resident of Del Norte, was born at Edmonton, Al-
berta June 12, 1903.
Ason Gowan was born June 15, 1925 at Clibrig, St. Andrews according to the “St. Croix Courier.” Ason’s parents were Mr. And Mrs. Bartis Gowan.
Francis Going, a tory, his wife and three children fled to Canada during the American Revolution. He was listed in “United Empire Loyalists List” by Milton Rubincam. Apparently Francis Going resettled in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick in 1783 or 1784.
Also mentioned in “United Empire Loyalist List” was a Mrs. Gowin, widow, whose husband and son, an officer, were killed in the Revolution. She fled to Canada along with another widow, a Mrs. Gamlin.
Edward Gowan was born in England about 1825 and emigrated to Canada about 1850, settling in southern Ontario. William Gowan, son of Edward Gowan, was born in southern Ontario about 1855. William Ross Gowan, son of William Gowan, was born about 1885 in southern Ontario. He removed to Alabama about 1910. William Welcome Gowan, son of William Ross Gowan, was born in Alabama about 1915. In 1945 he lived in Montgomery, Alabama.
Thomas Welcome Gowan, son of William Welcome Gowan, was born in Montgomery about 1945. He was a student living at 2901 Benbrook, according to the 1965 city directory of Ft. Worth, Texas and continued there through 1970. From 1967 through 1973 he was listed as the college coordinator of Gerry Craft Youth Association International.
He was married December 17, 1970 to Melaine Su Bowen, according to Tarrant County Marriage Book 156, page 459. From 1971 through 1973 Thomas Welcome Gowan and Melaine Su Bowen Gowan lived at 3421 Wabash Avenue, Ft. Worth.
Ogle R. Gowan bought an interest in the “Toronto Patriot” about 1850 from Lt. Col. E. G. O’Brien.
Alan Gowans, son of C. Allan Gowans and Ruth Meek Gowans, was born November 30, 1923 in Toronto, Ontario. He recieved his M. A. degree from the University of Toronto in 1946. He received and M. F. A. degree at Princeton University in 1948 and PhD there in 1950. He was married to Ruth Louise Perry June 18, 1948.
He was an instructor of art history at Rutgers University from 1948 to 1953. He was assistant professor of art history at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont in 1953 and 1954. He was director of Fleming Museum, University of Vermont from 1954 to 1956. He was chairman of the department of art and art history at the University of Delaware in 1956. He was professor of art at the University of Delaware in 1960. He was chairman of art and art history at the University of Victoria, British Colunbia, Canada in 1966. He was visting professor at the University of Edinburg, Edinburg, Scotland in 1964. He was visiting professor at the University of Stockholm, Sweden in the spring of 1965. He has written many books on art and architure.
In 1970 Alan Gowans and Ruth Louise Perry Gowans lived in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Children born to Alan Gowans and Ruth Louise Perry Gowans:
Peter Alan Gowans born about 1950
Jane Madeline Gowans born about 1952
John Edward Gowans born about 1954
Abigail Ruth Gowans born about 1957
Samuel David Gowen, son of Len Gowen and Elizabeth Hilliker Gowen, was born August 24, 1869 at St. Thomas, Ontario, according to his grandson, Kenneth L. Palmer who in 1990 lived in Rockford, Michigan.
Samuel David Gowen was married October 9, 1894 to Carrie Jane Patch. She was born August 26, 1875 at Troy, New York. He died July 14, 1947 at a hospital in Petoskey, Michigan, and she died one month later, August 23, 1947 in Onaway, Michigan. A daughter, Edith L. Gowen was born to them August 21, 1898 at Sebewaing, Michigan. She was married about 1918, husband’s name Palmer. A son, Kenneth Palmer, was born to them September 13, 1920.
FRONTENAC COUNTY, ONTARIO
James Gowan, an Irish immigrant was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1851 census of Frontenac County:
Name Profession Birthplace Religion Age
“Gowan, James, farmer, Ireland, Ch of England 22
Ann Ireland Ch of England 28
John Ireland Ch of England 8
James Ireland Ch of England 6
Robert Canada Ch of England 3
Samuel Canada Ch of England 1”
SIMCOE COUNTY, ONTARIO
Senator James Robert Gowan was born in Ireland in 1815 of parents unknown. He immigrated to Canada in 1832 and became an attorney. In 1885 he became a senator and was knighted for his dedication to Canada.
His work was described by Wayne Cook:
“Judge Gowan, afterwards Sir James R. Gowan, was a native of Ireland, having been born there in 1815. He came to Canada in 1832, entered the profession of law in Toronto, and while still a young man, received the appointment of Judge in the newly erected County of Simcoe. Thoughout his long career as a Judge, he proved to be a jurist of much ability, and acquired more than a county reputation. He gave amended particulars for the Divison Courts Act, framed under the direction of Sir John A. Macdonald, and on various occasions gave assistance to develop the growth of the other legal institutions of the country. After 40 years’ service as Judge of the County, he resigned in 1883, and about a year later he was elevated to the Senate of Canada. In this position he became useful owing to his varied legal knowledge and experience. He took an active interest in the Codification of the Criminal Law in 1892, and in various other measures of importance. He resigned the Senatorship in 1907, and died March 18, 1909.
Up to the year 1872, Judge Gowan carried on, without aid, the arduous work of his judicial territory, which included the districts as far north as the French River. In October, 1872, the Government appointed a junior judge to assist him, in the person of John A. Ardagh, son of the Rev. S. B. Ardagh. Upon Judge Gowan’s resignation as Senior Judge in September, 1883, Judge Ardagh was promoted to the position of Senior Judge.”
Judge Charles R. Gowan was chairman of the Simcoe County Board of Public Instruction May 19, 1851.