North Carolina – Rowan County

(Below are different Going, Goyen, Gowen related sources for those people were in the Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina areas in the early 1700’s to early 1800’s)


1779 July 14 – Goins, Ezekial and Sarah Gunter – From World Vital Records. North and South Carolina Marriage Records, From the Earliest Colonial Days to the Civil War by William Montgomery Clemens. Rowan Co, NC.  (Note: This appears to be Ezekiel “Joines” rather than Goins – Even though he signed his name “Goins”, the research of “Joyce Joines Newman” appears to show this is actually Ezekiel “Joines” – see:  ,

1790 – Joseph Goans
US Census – first head of Household
North Carolina – Salisbury District, Rowan Co. – page 178
1 males over 16, 3 males under 16, 3 females – white. 2 slaves.
Rowan Co, NC

1791 April 30 – Britton Going and Mary Chambers marriage. From World Vital Records. North and Sounth Carolina Marriage Records, From the Earliest Colonial Days to the Civil War by William Montgomery Clemens. Rowan Co, NC. ,

From Gowen Manuscript:

Jesse Goine “of Rowan County” purchased 60 acres “on both sides of Elrods Creek near the Georgia road” for £50 August 12, 1797, according to Surry County, North Carolina Deed Book 150. Witnesses were Nathaniel Goine and David Welch. David Welch proved the deed in November 1797.
Britton Going was married April 13, 1791 to Mary Chambers, according to “Marriages of Rowan County, North Carolina, 1753-1868” by Brent H. Holcomb. Martin Miller was bondsman and signed Bond No. 125210, and Basil Gaither was a witness for the marriage of Briton Going and Mary Chambers Going.
David Going was a witness to a deed dated October 11, 1763 in which Abraham Whitworth [no wife] sold to Isaac Whitworth “both of Rowan County” 170 acres on the south side of Dan River for £100. David Going and John Sharp proved the deed in October 1762.
“John Going, one tithable” appeared in the 1768 tax list of Rowan County in the Dan River District, according to “Some Colonial Tax Lists of Rowan County, North Carolina, 1768-1775” by Jo White Linn, Sherburne Laughlin and Ransom McBride. Their compilation was published in “North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal,” Vol. 8, February 1982.
Ezekil Goins was married to Sarah Gunter July 14, 1779 in Rowan County according to “North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868,” record 1157, bondsman William Butler, witness Jo Brevard, bond No. 125211. Nothing more is known of Ezekil Goins and Sarah Gunter Goins.  (Note: This appears to be Ezekiel “Joines” rather than Goins – Even though he signed his name “Goins”, the research of “Joyce Joines Newman” appears to show this is actually Ezekiel “Joines” – see:  
Eliza Goin was married November 20, 1869 in Surry County to Meshack Jessop as his second wife. They settled near Albion Baptist Church in the county. He was born March 8, 1833 in Stokes County, North Carolina to Elijah Jessop and Nancy Smith Jessop. Meshack Jessop died in Surry County November 6, 1906.

Four children were born to Meshack Jessop and his first wife:

Robert W. Jessop born August 8, 1855
Ruth Jessop born October 4, 1857
John W. Jessop born September 11, 1860
James Jessop born about 1862

Two children were born to Meshack Jessop and Eliza Goin Jessop:

Jacob Jessop born about 1876
Betty Jessop born about 1880

Jacob Jessop, son of Meshack Jessop and Eliza Goin Jessop, was born about 1876 in Surry County. He was married there September 20, 1898 to Melissy Goins, according to the research of Ann Torbett. Melissy Goins died soon after their marriage, and Jacob Jessop was remarried to Ella King. Fourteen children were born to the second marriage. They lived near Mt. Herman Methodist Church in 1942.

Betty Jessop, daughter of Meshack Jessop and Eliza Goins Jessop, was born about 1880. She was married August 7, 1900 in Patrick County, Virginia to Samuel Goin. Children born to Samuel Goin and Betty Jessp are unknown.
Annie Howerton Gowan who was married to Job Taylor was registered in 1947 by the D.A.R. on the services of her an­cestor, Pvt. Balaam Bowers of North Carolina. Annie How­erton Gowan Taylor was a member of Elizabeth Montford Ashe Chapter of Halifax, North Carolina.
J. T. Gowan of Salisbury, North Carolina was mentioned in a letter written by H. H. Helper of Mocksville, North Carolina August 28, 1883.
James Gowan was born April 19, 1798, according to his tomb­stone in Back Creek Churchyard near Mt. Ulla in Rowan County. He died February 15, 1857 at age “58 yrs, 10 mos. & 20 days.” He was buried beside his wife Nancy Gowan who died July 20, 1854 at age “47 yrs, 3 mos. & 26 days.”
Jesse Gowan was married to Salley Bass January 4, 1815, ac­cording to “Rowan County, North Carolina Marriages, 1750-1850.” Children born to Jesse Gowan and Salley Bass Gowan are unknown.
John P. Gowan was married to Mary L. Luckey December 13, 1848, according to “Rowan County, North Carolina Mar­riages, 1750-1850.” Of John P. Gowan and Mary L. Luckey Gowan nothing more is known.
William Gowan was listed as the head of a household in the 1810 census of Rowan County, page 311. His household was one of nine Gowen [or spelling variations] families in North Carolina at that time, according to the federal census.




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