South Carolina – Abbeville County

From Gowen Manuscript:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms100.htm

William B. Going was married about 1857 to Ida Gilmer, ac-cording to Abbeville County probate records. Their marriage was reported in “7500 Marriages from 96 and Abbeville Districts, South Carolina, 1774-1890.” Children born to William B. Going and Ada Gilmer Going are unknown.
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Benjamin Goun, Sr. who was born in South Carolina about 1769 was enumerated as the head of a household in Abbeville County, according to “Heads of Families, South Carolina, 1790.”
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James McGowen and Elizabeth Haygood McGowen lived in North Carolina in 1754 when a daughter was born. They were residents of Abbeville County when it was created in 1785 from District 96. He operated a ferry on the upper Savannah River, according to Jan McChesney, Foundation member and descendant of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is mentioned in the deed records of Elbert County, Georgia which lay across the Savannah River from Abbeville County, according to Deane McGowen.
He wrote his will there December 4, 1802:

“In the name of God Amen:

I, James McGowen of South Carolina and Abbeville county, being in perfect health of body, mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament:

That is to say, principally and first of all, I give and commend my soul into the hand of almighty God that give it, and my body I commend to earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the discretion of my executors. Nothing doubting but I shall receive the same . . . in the general resurrection by the might and power of God
And touching such wordly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me within this life, I give and bequeath to Elisabeth, my dearly beloved wife and all and singular my lands, manages, tenements and moveables by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed till death or marriage, and then by virtue of this my last will and testament, I give and leave the above mentioned lands, tenements and moveables in every part and parcel to my son Elijah M. McGowen to him and fully possessed of them, save only my negro man Joe which I leave to my wife so long as she lives, and to be at her disposal at her death to whom she will.

And to everyone of my sons and daughters, Mary, William, Robert, John, James, Susannah, Sarah and Elijah M.h, I give and leave to . . . . . one . . . . to have and to hold at my death out of my estate,
And I do make, constitute and ordain the above named Elisabeth my wife and William Carothers, my son-in-law the executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disavow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testament, will, legacies and executors by me in any wise before named.
Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Fourth day December 1802 in the year of our lord one thousand and eight hundred and two.
Signed pronounced and declared by me, James McGowen to be my last will and testament done in the presence of one who is in the presents of each other and have unto set their names.
James McGowen

Witnesses:
Joseph Chipman
Hannah [X] McGowen
Mary Carithers”

James McGowen died December 20, 1802 in South Carolina, according to “DAR Patriot Index.”

Children born to James McGowen and Elizabeth Haygood McGowen include:

Mary McGowen born September 8, 1754
William McGowen born about 1756
Robert McGowen born about 1757
John McGowen born about 1759 [1764]
James McGowen born about 1761
Susannah McGowen born about 1764
Sarah McGowen born about 1768
Elijah M. McGowen born about 1773

Mary McGowen, daughter of James McGowen and Elizabeth Hagood McGowen, was born September 8, 1754 in North Carolina. She was married about 1771 to William Carithers who was born April 12, 1754. He died at Abbeville, South Carolina March 23, 1855 at age 100. William Carithers had brothers: Robert, born in 1744 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was married to Mary Luckie; John, born in 1745 in Baltimore, Maryland; Hugh, James and Samuel, all Revolutionary soldiers. They received land grants at Abbeville, according to Jan McChesney, a descendant of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Children born to them include:

William C. Carithers born October 7, 1788

William C. Carithers, son of William Carithers and Mary McGowan Carithers, was born October 7, 1788. He was married about 1813 to Mary Ann Griffith. In 1821 they were residents of Madison County, Georgia where he later died.

Children born to them include:

James Yancy Carithers born March 16, 1821

James Yancey Carithers, son of William C. Carithers and Mary Ann Grifith Carithers, was born March 16, 1821 in Madison County, Georgia. He was married about 1844 to Mary Elizabeth Ball. He died June 6, 1867.

William McGowen, son of James McGowen and Elizabeth Haygood McGowen, was born about 1756.

Robert McGowen, son of James McGowen and Elizabeth Haygood McGowen, was born about 1757.

John McGowen, son of James McGowen and Elizabeth Haygood McGowen, was born about 1759. He was married about 1782, wife’s name Hannah.

Children born to John McGowen and Hannah McGowen in-clude:

John McGowen born about 1784
Jane McGowen born about 1786
Elbert McGowen born about 1788
Samuel McGowen born in 1790
Hamilton McGowen born about 1793
` Robert McGowen born about 1796
Emily McGowen born about 1800
Louisa B. McGowen born about 1805

John McGowen, son of John McGowen and Hannah McGow-en, was born about 1784. He removed to Mississippi. John McGowen and John McGowen, Jr. was enumerated in the 1820 census of Monroe County, Mississippi. It is believed that John McGowen died there in 1827.

Robert McGowen, Samuel McGowen, John McGowen and William McGowen were enumerated in the 1830 census of adjoining Loundes County, Mississippi.

Children born to John McGowen include:

James Elbert McGowen born about 1836

James Elbert McGowen, son of John McGowen, was born about 1836 in Loundes County. It appears that he removed to Louisiana. He was married in 1854 to Mary J. Hough in Nat-chitoches Parish, Louisiana. He was enlisted about 1862 from Moorehouse Parish, Louisana in the Confederate Army.

James Elbert McGowen was enumerated in the 1880 census of Blanco County, Texas.

Children born to James Elbert McGowen include:

James Henry McGowen born about 1876

James Henry McGowen, son of James Elbert McGowen, was born about 1876.

Children born to James Henry McGowen include

Archie McGowen born about 1911

Archie McGowen, son of James Henry McGowen, was born about 1911.

Children born to him include:

Deane McGowen born about 1941

Jane McGowen, daughter of John McGowen and Hannah McGowen, was born about 1786.

Elbert McGowen, son of John McGowen and Hannah McGowen, was born about, 1788.

Samuel McGowen, son of John McGowen, was born in Elbert County, Georgia in 1790. He died in Texas in 1853 and was buried in Camilla, Texas.

Hamilton McGowen, son of John McGowen and Hannah McGowen, was born about 1793.

Robert McGowen, son of John McGowen and Hannah McGowen, was born about 1796.

Emily McGowen, daughter of John McGowen and Hannah McGowen, was born about, about 1800.

Louisa B. McGowen, daughter of John McGowen and Hannah McGowen, was born about 1805.

James McGowen, son of James McGowen and Elizabeth Haygood McGowen, was born about 1761.

Susannah McGowen, daughter of James McGowen and Elizabeth Haygood McGowen, was born about 1764.

Sarah McGowen, daughter son of James McGowen and Elizabeth Haygood McGowen, was born about 1768.

Elijah McGowen, son of James McGowen and Elizabeth Haygood McGowen, was born about 1773.

In my greatgrandfather James Elbert’s
death certificate it says his father was John Mc Gowen born in Georgia.

Beverly Giles Loffler of a will
of a James Mc Gowan proved 1844 it lists James siblings as being Samuel,
John, Jane, Elbert,Hamilton, Robert, Emily and Louisa B. This would also
make Samuel and John brothers, of course, and

Our family Journal has the information from James Elbert on to the present,
through James Henry and my father Archie Mc Gowen.

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Rev. James Gowan Patterson was born in Abbeville District October 6, 1803 of parents unknown. He was married about 1826 to Laura Evans who was born at Winnsboro, South Carolina May 6, 1809. He died July 18, 1866 in Spaulding County, Georgia. She died there December 26, 1879 and was buried beside her husband in the City Cemetery at Griffing, Georgia.

RESEARCH ON FAMILYSEARCH:

Abbeville Co SC pages at Family Search

Probate:

[Wills, 1796-1826], District of Abbeville, South Carolina
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/151381?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Wills, 1787-1868
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/412279?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

South Carolina historical records : records of will books of county of Abbeville (Ninety-Six District) South Carolina
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/201864?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Downloaded)

Miscellaneous estate papers (Abbeville County, South Carolina), 1782-1958
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/443498?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Abstracts of old Ninety-six and Abbeville District wills and bonds, as on file in the Abbeville, South Carolina courthouse
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2044476?availability=Boise%20Idaho%20Family%20History%20Center
(Review at family center)

Abstracts of old Ninety-six and Abbeville District wills and bonds, as on file in the Abbeville, South Carolina courthouse
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/197994?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Online but not available yet)

Abbeville wills and bonds, Abbeville courthouse, South Carolina
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/314106?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Online but not available yet)

Abbeville County, South Carolina, Judge of Probate fragment, minutes of the County Court, A & B: 1776-1783
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2520144
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Abbeville County, South Carolina wills & misc. records
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/201856?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Review at family center)

Miscellaneous estate papers (Abbeville County, South Carolina), 1782-1958
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/443498?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Land:

Plat books, 1784-1788
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/319727?availability=Family%20History%20Library
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Land platts for 1784, vol. 1, Abbeville District, S.C.
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/113782?availability=Family%20History%20Library
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Boonesborough Township : plots, trails and towns, 1763-1775
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/706067?availability=Family%20History%20Library
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Laurens, Newberry and Abbeville County data
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/324948?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Online but not available yet)

Courts:

Old (obsolete) index to equity rolls, 1791-1868
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/349373?availability=Family%20History%20Library
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Equity records of Old 96 and Abbeville district[s] (as on file in the Abbeville Courthouse, S. C.) vol. 1 : 1791-1849
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/637391?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Review at Family Center)

Equity court records, 1791-1875; miscellaneous papers, 1813-1906 [Abbeville, South Carolina]
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/467006?availability=Family%20History%20Library
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96th district South Carolina : extracts from the Carolina Genealogist
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2524482?availability=Fresno%20California%20Family%20History%20Center
(Review at Family Center)

Vital Records:

Marriage record of Rev. William Franklin Pearson, Abbeville Co., S.C..
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1761404?availability=Family%20History%20Library
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Church:

Church records, 1785-1909
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/451902?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

South Carolina Historical Records taken from Abbeville Courthouse South Carolina Vol 4
(Downloaded)

Abbeville County South Carolina Judge of Probate Fragment Mins of County Ct 1776 to 1784, A and B
(Downloaded)

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