South Carolina – Beaufort District/County

FamilySearch.org info on Beaufort County, South Carolina:

https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Beaufort_County,_South_Carolina_Genealogy

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James Gowen b. abt 1740 married to Mary Polly Keating living in Beaufort Dist, SC

 

Beaufort Dist, SC – INFO:

1734 Aug 8: RADNOR TOWN plat and town plan:
South Carolina. The above plat represents the form and shape of one hundred acres of land or there abouts situate in Granville County on the south west side of Combahee River butting and bounding to the north eastward on the said River to the southeastward on Col John Palmer’s land to southwestward on Mr Stephen Bull’s and to the northwestward on a small creek and marsh belonging to Mr. John Muiyner about thirty of the said one hundred acres are laid out into lotts and streets with certain lots set apart and reserved for the use of a Chappel and free school and also a square piece of land for a market plan near the center of the Town which is called and known by the name of Randor and seventy acres lying the remaining part of the said one hundred acres is also set apart reserved and appropriated to be remain and continue for a Common to the said Town of Randor for the use and benefit of the inhabitants thereoff for ever which said Town and common was laid out for the purposes aforesaid and a plat thereof certified the eighth day of August Anno Domini One Thousand Seven hundred and thirty four.
A true Copy from the original} By me: Wm Bull
Daniel H Fillinghart (or Billinghart) Jun Genl.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/SearchResults.aspx
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=177051
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/ArchivesImages/S213187/S21318700010003001.pdf

1734 Radnor Town map town plan

South Carolina 1757 map with Radnor and Ashepoo and Prince William Parish and Chalrestown

1765 – About 1765 James Gowen was married to Mary “Polly” Keating, believed to be age 15. The bride’s surname is undocumented, but there are indications that her name was Keating. The marriage apparently took place in Beaufort District in the southern tip of the state. They lived on the Combahee River at a settlement then called Combahee Ferry. Beaufort Dist, SC

1768 April 25: James Gowen, John Keating, and John Ohear are appraisers of the estate of James Clark, deceased, with Margaret Clark, administrator. records in Charleston, South Carolina. 1768 April 25 inventory of appraisement of effects of estate of James Clarke decd, administatrix is Margaret Clark. Wits: John Keating, John O’Hear, James Gowen. South Carolina
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1770: JAMES GOWEN VS HILL SAMWAYES, JUDGMENT ROLL.
Series: S136002 Box: 088A Item: 0180A ignore: 000
Names indexed: GOWEN, JAMES; SAMWAYES, HILL
Document type: JUDGMENT-ROLL. South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=165624

1771 – James Gowen and wife to John Stanyarne, Bond. SC Legal papers.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=89196

1771 Jan 22 Inventory and appraisement of Benjamin Smith decd, with James Gowan on a note for 300 in South Carolina. Inventory Book Y, 1769-1771.
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1771 Aug 9: James Gowin listed as a debt of inventory of estate of John Graves, decd on Fold3. South Carolina.

1772 Sept 1 – James Gowen plat for 300 acres in Prince Williams Parish, SC – bounded on all sides by vacant land.  Prince Williams Parish, SC. Map shows this to be in either Hampton Co, or Beaufort Co, SC:
http://battleofcamden.org/1773sc.jpg
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=108643

1772 Sept 7: JAMES GOWEN, PLAT FOR 300 ACRES IN PRINCE WILLIAMS PARISH.  Series: S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00171 Item: 02  Names indexed: BREMAR, JOHN; FORSTER, ALEXIUS MADOR; GOWEN, JAMES  Document type: PLAT Locations: PRINCE WILLIAM PARISH, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=108643
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=108643(Image)

1772 Nov – Indications are that John “Buck” Gowen, “brother of James Gowen,” accompanied him to Beaufort District, according to the Wynn research which reports:
“The two brothers became land owners in Beaufort District. The last mention of John “Buck” Gowen in the district was in connection with a land grant he received there in November 1772. William W. Gowen advised that John “Buck” Gowen removed to Cheraws District before the Revolutionary War and was located on the Upper Pee Dee River there.” Beaufort Dist, NC
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms014.htm

1772 November 19 – John “Buck” Gowen received a land grant in Prince William Parish, Beaufort District.  Prince William Parish, SC

1775 Feb 9: THOMAS GOWEN, MEMORIAL FOR 200 ACRES ON COOSAWHATCHIE RIVER.  Series: S111001 Volume: 0013 Page: 00298 Item: 001 Names indexed: GOWEN, THOMAS; LEGARE, ISAAC; MIDDLETON, SARAH; WILKINSON Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: COOSAWHATCHIE RIVER; CYPRESS CREEK, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=153965

1775 Oct 20 – James Gowen – 3rd Lieut
On October 20, 1775 James Gowen appeared as “Third Lieutenant in Capt. Darius Dalton’s Company of Volunteer Militia, First Council of Safety of Revolutionary Party, Prince William Parish, Beaufort District,” according to “South Carolina Historical Magazine,” Volume III, page 82. Fifty-four men vol­unteered, according to the petition:
“Prince William Parish
20th October 1775
To the Hon’ble Council of Safety
Charles Town
Gentlemen:
We whose names are underwritten; having formed our-selves into a Company of Volunteers, either to act as Horsemen or Footmen, in defence of our Liberties & Country, who so loudly calls upon us for so doing; do with due submission–Petition the Hon’ble, the Council of Safety, to grant unto us Commissions for our Officers, which we have chosen by a Majority of Votes, Vizt: Darius Dalton, Capt; Charles Browne, First Lieut; Joseph Alanager, Second Lieut; & James Gowen, Third Lieut, under the names of the ‘Swift & Bold,’ for which we shall be thankful.
We are with respect . . . ,
P. S. As we have sent a boy down with this, by whom the Commissions may be sent.”
Among the signatures were those of Richard Keating and John Keating, believed to be brothers-in-law to James Gowen. Several Keating individuals appeared in the records of the Charleston-Combahee Ferry area during that period. “Alexander Broughton, 2nd son of Capt. Nathaniel Broughton, was married to Mary Jones Keating, widow of Maurice Keating,” according to “South Carolina Historical Magazine.” “Mr. Matthew Keating, a native of Ireland, 26 years of age, died on Saturday last after a short illness,” according to a report in a Charleston newspaper published “Wednesday, August 26, 1807.” Prince William Parish, SC. Gowen Manuscript:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms014.htm

Among the signatures were those of Richard Keating and John Keating, believed to be brothers-in-law to James Gowen. Several Keating individuals appeared in the records of the Charleston-Combahee Ferry area during that period. “Alexander Broughton, 2nd son of Capt. Nathaniel Broughton, was married to Mary Jones Keating, widow of Maurice Keating,” according to “South Carolina Historical Magazine.” “Mr. Matthew Keating, a native of Ireland, 26 years of age, died on Saturday last after a short illness,” according to a report in a Charleston newspaper published “Wednesday, August 26, 1807.”
Prince William Parish, SC.  Gowen Manuscript:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms014.htm

1777 Feb 17 James Gowen bond with some paymts on estate of Daniel DeSaussure in Charleston SC.  https://www.fold3.com/image/265613596?terms=Gowen

1782 abt – James Gowen and wife: After the Revolutionary War, James Gowen remained in Beaufort District and became a successful businessman. He was a practical man, according to descendants, who reported that he “kept the Sabbath and everything else he could lay his hands on.” His wife, apparently a very liberated woman for the time, also went into business for herself as a storekeeper. James Gowen took the precaution to declare in the District’s legal records that he would not be responsible “for any act or obligation” that his wife might undertake in connection with her store. Beaufort Dist, SC
Gowen Manuscript:http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms014.htm

1783 “James Gowan” was qualified as a petit juror in 1783 in Beaufort District, according to “South Carolina Jury Lists, 1718-1783” by Mary Bondurant Warren. Beaufort Dist, SC. Gowen Manuscript:   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms014.htm

1785 March 16 James Gowen sells slaves to Richard Keating in SC named July, Ginney, Peggy, Betty, Tom, Smart, Peggy, Bellar, Sarah, Rachae in Prince William Parish, SC. Miscellaneous records, v. WW 1785-1787. p 334 (pg 175 in FamilySearch)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS73-M9LQ-S?mode=g&i=174&cat=476811

1785 June 29 – On June 29, 1785 James Gowen and Mary “Polly” Keating Gowen“of Combahee” and Richard Keating signed a contract. For a consideration of five shillings paid to James Gowen by Richard Keating “the said James Gowen agreeing not to interfere with his wife’s business, but that he, his heirs or executors shall not be liable for any debt or debts which the said Mary Gowen shall, or may hereafter, contract in carrying out her sole, separate trade.” To reciprocate James Gowen gave his bond to Richard Keating “in trust to and for the said Mary Gowen in the penal sum of £200 sterling.”  The agreement was witnessed by James Lunsden and Susanna Donovan, and it was acknowledged in Charleston June 29, 1785 and recorded November 18, 1785 in Charleston Mixed Record Book, page 20. Charleston, SC  Gowen Manuscript: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms014.htm
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19425-31241-3?cc=1919417&wc=M6N4-7P8:210905601,211236901

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19425-30648-14?cc=1919417&wc=M6N4-7P8:210905601,211236901

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19425-30649-41?cc=1919417&wc=M6N4-7P8:210905601,211236901

1785 July 4:  James Gowen, Richard Estes, and Benjamin Elliot are appraisers in the estate of Samuel Blinco, planter in SC on Fold3, 11v, No 47.  pgs 342 to 343.  Appraisement of goods and chattles belonging to estate of Samuel Blinco, planter decd, produced by Charles Smith, Richard Estes, James Gowen, and Benjamin Elliott appraisers. Charleston, South Carolina.
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1785 Aug 15 & 16: James Gowen of Prince Williams Parish, planter, to John Gowen, planter, for 400 pounds sterling, lot in Radnor Town, known in the plan of said town, no. 2, on Bay Street . . . bounding to the northwest on Lot No 3, to the southeast on Lot No 1, to the southwest on lanes and streets, and to the northeast on Bay Street, containing in part 66 feet of –?– also the part of the said lot, from high water mark to low water mark . . .   . James Gowen (LS), Wits: William Hall, Edwd Ferguson. Proved in Charleston Dist by the oath of William Hall on April 12, 1788 before Saml Elliot, JP Rec. Apr 25, 1788. Z5, p 446. Charleston Dist, South Carolina.   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSK7-G3SX-4?i=646&cat=361547  (For information about Radnor Town – which appears to be in Colleton County, South Carolina – see:  http://www.carolana.com/SC/Towns/Radnor_SC.html  ).

1786: GERVAIS, JOHN LEWIS VS JAMES GOWEN, JUDGMENT ROLL. Series: S136002 Box: 127A Item: 0255A ignore: 000 Names indexed: GERVAIS, JOHN LEWIS; GOWEN, JAMES Document type: JUDGMENT-ROLL. South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=168951

1786 Feb: CALDWELL, HENRY AND JONAH RIVERS, OTHERWISE CALLED, HENRY CALDWELL AND CO. VS JAMES GOWEN, SUMMARY PROCESS ROLL. Series: S136011 Year: 1786 Item: 0009A ignore: 000 Names indexed: CALDWELL, HENRY; GOWEN, JAMES; RIVERS, JONAH Document type: SUMMARY PROCESS ROLL Topics: HENRY CALDWELL AND CO. South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=173673
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=173673(Images)

1787 Oct 7:  James Gowen on note in Robt Branston decd estate in SC on Fold3. Charleston, South Carolina.   1787 Oct 27 goods and chattels of Mr Robert Branston decd, showing a note from James Gowen. SC
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1788 May 10: JAMES GOWEN JR., PLAT FOR 107 ACRES ON COMBAKEE RIVER, BEAUFORT DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY ELIAS ROBERT.  Series: S213190 Volume: 0022 Page: 00308 Item: 001 Names indexed: GOWEN, JAMES; GOWEN, JAMES JR.; MIDDLETON; ROBERT, ELIAS; SOMERSALL Document type: PLAT Locations: BEAUFORT DISTRICT; COMBAHEE RIVER, South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=190311

1789: GERVAIS, JOHN LEWIS VS MARY GOWEN, EXIX. OF JAMES GOWEN, JUDGMENT ROLL. Series: S136002 Box: 146A Item: 0416A ignore: 000 Names indexed: GERVAIS, JOHN LEWIS; GOWEN, JAMES; GOWEN, MARY Document type: JUDGMENT-ROLL. South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=170383

1789: HARVEY, MARY VS RICHARD KEATING, SURVIVOR OF JAMES GOWEN, JUDGMENT ROLL. Series: S136002 Box: 146A Item: 0420A ignore: 000 Names indexed: GOWEN, JAMES; HARVEY, MARY; KEATING, RICHARD Document type: JUDGMENT-ROLL. South Carolina
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=170387

1800 James Gowen white male over 45″ living alone was enu­merated in the 1800 census of Beaufort District, page 100. This individual is believed to be James Gowen, Jr, son of James Gowen and Mary “Polly” Keating Gowen.  Beaufort Dist, SC Gowen Manuscript:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms014.htm

1802 Feb 1 James Gowen of Prince William Parish sells slave to George Keckely in Combahee SC  https://www.fold3.com/image/267327237?terms=Gowen

1802 Feb 13: WISH, WILLIAM AND JONATHAN BRYAN, OTHERWISE CALLED, WISH AND BRYAN VS JAMES GOWEN, JUDGMENT ROLL. (13 PAGES) Series: L10018 Year: 1802 Item: 0239A ignore: 000 Names indexed: BRYAN, JONATHAN; GOWEN, JAMES; WISH, WILLIAM Document type: JUDGMENT-ROLL, Topics: WISH AND BRYAN, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=19480

1802 Feb 13: WISH, WILLIAM AND JONATHAN BRYAN, OTHERWISE CALLED, WISH AND BRYAN VS JAMES GOWEN, JUDGMENT ROLL. (12 PAGES)  Series: L10018 Year: 1802 Item: 0240A ignore: 000 Names indexed: BRYAN, JONATHAN; GOWEN, JAMES; WISH, WILLIAM Document type: JUDGMENT-ROLL Topics: WISH AND BRYAN, South Carolina.
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=19481

1802 Feb 26:  James Gowen buying slave in SC on Fold3  1802 Feb 26: JAMES GOWEN OF PRINCE WILLIAM PARISH TO GEORGE KECKELY, BILL OF SALE FOR A SLAVE NAMED GRACE AND HER CHILD, LIDDY.  Series: S213003 Volume: 003N Page: 00305 Item: 000 Names indexed: JAMES GOWEN; GRACE (SLAVE); KECKELY, GEORGE; LIDDY (SLAVE) Topics: SLAVES, NAMED Document type: BILL OF SALE Locations: PRINCE WILLIAM PARISH, South Carolina
https://www.fold3.com/image/267327237/?terms=Gowen
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/RecordDetail.aspx?RecordId=42391
https://www.fold3.com/image/267327237/?terms=Gowen http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms014.htm  1802 Feb 26 – James Gowen of Prince William Parish [possibly James Gowen, Jr.] gave a bill of sale to George Keckley for a slave named Grace and her child, Liddy, according to Beaufort District deed records discovered in the South Carolina Archives by Hazel Dean Overstreet, a descendant of James Gowen. Prince William Parish, SC.

1804 May 16 A list of cash on hand, obligation, book acct, open acts, apartments and Copardership, Books Due William Gowen at his Decease May 16, 1804. A note given to Gideon Hester by John Molton due Nov 1, 1802; a note given by John Molton on demand Feb 21, 1805; an order given by Elias Earle on John Molton July 12, 1803; a note on James Pennington due Oct 1, 1804 to be paid in Horses; a note on Robert Cannon on Nov 1, 1804; a note on James Gowen decd due Nov 25, 1802, a note on John Vineyard, a note on Farm duel Nov 12 1802; amount due by widow Poly Gowen Cohembee and acknowledge; balance of an act in hands of Henry Elmore; amount due by Isom Drawdy; amount due by Edward Herndon.
TO book acct due by John Molton; amount due by Thomas Brummetts, DESP Thomas Wood (desperate) due; James Blassingame due; James Gall; DESP Benjamin Hawkins (Desperate); James Gillison; Lewis Frazer; David Reed; James Gowen due on a temporary settlement; Amount due by Stephen C Wood on the close of the copardnership (Desperate). Signed: John Gowen, admr. Greenville County, SC.

1834 Nov 29 William Gowen sells a slave to William B Warren, slave named Joe in Beaufort Dist SC
https://www.fold3.com/image/267329704?terms=Gowan

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

Jacob [James?] M. Gowan was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1820 census of Beaufort County.
==O==
William Gowen was recorded as the head of a household in the 1800 census of Beaufort County, page 86:
“Gowen, William white male 26-45
white female over 45”
==O==
William Gowen was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1830 census of Beaufort County, page 289:

“Gowen, William white male 20-30
white female 20-30
white male 0-5”

“William Gowan” reappeared in the 1840 census of Charleston County, page 247:

Gowan, William white male 30-40
white female 20-30
white male 5-10
white female 5-10
white male 0-5
white female 0-5
[4 slaves]”
==O==
The 1850 census of Beaufort District listed in St. Peters Parish on July 15, 1850 the household of William Gowin, No. 38-38:

“Gowin, William 45, born in SC, planter, $300 real
estate
Nancy 42, born in SC
Wilson 12, born in SC, attending school
Benjamin 10, born in SC, attending school
Mary 8, born in SC, attending school
Hampton 6, born in SC
Hetty 2, born in SC
Mary A. 1, born in SC”

Beaufort South Carolina pages on Family Search:

Marriages:

St. Helenas Parish, Beaufort, South Carolina computer printout; births or christenings, 1683-1822
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/9413?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Online but not ready yet)

St. Helena’s parish register
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/335454?availability=Family%20History%20Library
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Parish registers and minutes, 1726-1914
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/17996?availability=Family%20History%20Library
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Parish register, 1725-1825
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/370122?availability=Family%20History%20Library
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Minutes of the vestry of St. Helena’s Parish, South Carolina, 1726-1812
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/204255?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Downloaded)

Independent Congregational Church, Stoney Creek, Beaufort, South Carolina computer printout; births or christenings, 1744-1756
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/4608?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Land Records:

Wills, land records and some misc. court records of Winton Co. abt. 1787-1791
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/273402?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Probate:

Wills, land records and some misc. court records of Winton Co. abt. 1787-1791
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/273402?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Wills, 1779-1950
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/391698?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Miscellaneous probate records, 1787-1958
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/448732?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

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