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Spartanburg and Greenville Co, SC area:
- Joseph Gowen b. abt 1730-35 – 250 acre survey on Dec 3, 1766 on Tyger Riv, Craven Co, SC, 1769 pet for 300 acres land,
- 1750 Allen Gowen of Greenville Co, SC son of Joseph Gowen – 1784 recd plat for 214 acres on Tyger River SC,
- William Gowan b. abt 1700-05 – 1773 plat for 100acres on Pacolet Riv in Craven Co SC, 1782 William Gowen recd 394 acres on Tyger Riv, 1784 William Gowen 394 acres on Tyger Riv, 1785 William Gowen dec’d will in 96th Dist SC, 1792 William Gowen will is probated – names son John Gowen and daughter Anne Gowen Easely as children.
- Anne Gowen Easely b. abt 1737 -1792 William Gowen will is probated – names son John Gowen and daughter Anne Gowen Easely as children.
- John Gowen b. abt 1732 m Lettie – 1772 recv 100acres on N side of Tyger River near Spartanburg SC, 1772 recd 150 acres on Tyger Riv, 1774 recd 100acres on Tyger Riv SC, 1779 paid indents for American Rev in SC, 1782 claims for American Revolution, 1783 claims for Revolution in SC, 1784 John Gowen plat for 400 acres on Saluda Riv SC, 1784 John Gowin recd 239 acres on Pacolet Riv, 1785 John Gowen recd 294 acres in Abbeville Co, SC, 1785 John Gowen recd 340 acre land grand on George’s Creek of Saluda Riv SC, 1785 John Gowin granted license to sell Spiritous Liquors in Spartanburg Co, SC, 1785 John Goin recd 237 acres on Little Riv and Beaver Creek in Camden Dist SC, 1786 John Gowen claim for Rev War, 1786 John Gowen plat for 362 acres Beaver Dam Creek 96 Dist SC, 1788 John Gowen recd 215 acres on Pacolet Riv Greenville Co SC, 1788 John Gowen recd 340 acres on Saluda Riv SC, 1790 US Census Spartanburg Co SC, 1790 John Gowen given power of atty to dispose of Abner Nash decd property and Allen Gowen wits instrument Spartanburg Co SC, 1791 John Gowen 200 acres fr Philemon Martin in Spartanburg Co SC, 1791 John Gowen commissioned sheriff and son John B Gowen posts bond in Spartanburg Co SC, -1791 John Gowen plat for 215 acres on S Pacolet Riv SC, 1792 William Gowen will is probated – names son John Gowen and daughter Anne Gowen Easely as children, 1792 John Gowen recd 249 acres fr William Jamison on Mill Cr in Spartanburg Co SC, 1793 John Gowen recd 553 acres on Brummitts and Wolf Creek Saluda Riv SC, 1793 John Gowen grante 1000 acres on S Pacolate Riv Spartanburg Co SC, 1796 John Gowen plat for 125 acres in Greenville Co SC, 1797 John Gowen red 101 acres from Moses Spann Greenville Co SC, 1797 John Gowen recd 100 acre fr John Kirkland in Greenville Co SC, 1800 plat for 850 acres in Spartanburg Co SC, 1809 will of John Gowen probated names son Winn B Gowen, dau Lettie Gowen, dau Minerva Gowen, son James Gowen, dau Elizabeth Woodson, son William Gowen decd – grandson John Gowen, granddaughter Matilda Gowen, granddaughter Letty Gowen – John Gowen confirms wife Lettie is deceased.
- John B Gowen b. abt 1769 – 1791 posts bond for father John Gowen commission as sheriff in Spartanburg Co SC, 1809 will of John Gowen probated names son Winn B Gowen, dau Lettie Gowen, dau Minerva Gowen, son James Gowen, dau Elizabeth Woodson, son William Gowen decd – grandson John Gowen, granddaughter Matilda Gowen, granddaughter Letty Gowen – John Gowen confirms wife Lettie is deceased.
- Sarah Gowen b. abt 1777 m. William Easley –
- Winn B Gowen b. Oct 18, 1787 – 1809 will of John Gowen probated names son Winn B Gowen, dau Lettie Gowen, dau Minerva Gowen, son James Gowen, dau Elizabeth Woodson, son William Gowen decd – grandson John Gowen, granddaughter Matilda Gowen, granddaughter Letty Gowen – John Gowen confirms wife Lettie is deceased.
- Elizabeth Gowen Woodson – 1809 will of John Gowen probated names son Winn B Gowen, dau Lettie Gowen, dau Minerva Gowen, son James Gowen, dau Elizabeth Woodson, son William Gowen decd – grandson John Gowen, granddaughter Matilda Gowen, granddaughter Letty Gowen – John Gowen confirms wife Lettie is deceased.
- James M. Gowen b. abt 1767 – 1809 will of John Gowen probated names son Winn B Gowen, dau Lettie Gowen, dau Minerva Gowen, son James Gowen, dau Elizabeth Woodson, son William Gowen decd – grandson John Gowen, granddaughter Matilda Gowen, granddaughter Letty Gowen – John Gowen confirms wife Lettie is deceased.
- Letty Gowen – 1809 will of John Gowen probated names son Winn B Gowen, dau Lettie Gowen, dau Minerva Gowen, son James Gowen, dau Elizabeth Woodson, son William Gowen decd – grandson John Gowen, granddaughter Matilda Gowen, granddaughter Letty Gowen – John Gowen confirms wife Lettie is deceased.
- Minerva Gowen – 1809 will of John Gowen probated names son Winn B Gowen, dau Lettie Gowen, dau Minerva Gowen, son James Gowen, dau Elizabeth Woodson, son William Gowen decd – grandson John Gowen, granddaughter Matilda Gowen, granddaughter Letty Gowen – John Gowen confirms wife Lettie is deceased.
- William Gowen b. abt 1762 – 1796 William Gowen plat for 254 acres on Beaver Dam Cr in Greenville Co SC, 1809 will of John Gowen probated names son Winn B Gowen, dau Lettie Gowen, dau Minerva Gowen, son James Gowen, dau Elizabeth Woodson, son William Gowen decd – grandson John Gowen, granddaughter Matilda Gowen, granddaughter Letty Gowen – John Gowen confirms wife Lettie is deceased.
- John Gowen – 1809 will of John Gowen probated names son Winn B Gowen, dau Lettie Gowen, dau Minerva Gowen, son James Gowen, dau Elizabeth Woodson, son William Gowen decd – grandson John Gowen, granddaughter Matilda Gowen, granddaughter Letty Gowen – John Gowen confirms wife Lettie is deceased.
- Matilda Gowen – 1809 will of John Gowen probated names son Winn B Gowen, dau Lettie Gowen, dau Minerva Gowen, son James Gowen, dau Elizabeth Woodson, son William Gowen decd – grandson John Gowen, granddaughter Matilda Gowen, granddaughter Letty Gowen – John Gowen confirms wife Lettie is deceased.
- Letty Gowen – 1809 will of John Gowen probated names son Winn B Gowen, dau Lettie Gowen, dau Minerva Gowen, son James Gowen, dau Elizabeth Woodson, son William Gowen decd – grandson John Gowen, granddaughter Matilda Gowen, granddaughter Letty Gowen – John Gowen confirms wife Lettie is deceased.
- 1738 William Gowen Jr in Spartanburg Co, SC and Greenville Co, SC
- 1740 to 1754 Benjamin Gowen living in Abbeville/Greenville, South Carolina
- Lettey Gowen 1785 plat for 256 acres in 96th Dist SC, 1792 Lettey Gowen adj to Benj Barton in 96 Dist SC
- Benjamin Goun 1790 US Census Abbeville Co SC, 1800 US Census in Greenville Co SC
- Allen Gowin 1790 US Census Greenville Co SC, 1793 Allen Gowen adj to David Hall in Greenville Co SC
- Thomas Goin – 1858 deed
- Martin Goin – 1858 deed
- Simon Goin – 1859 deed fr. William Goin
- Arke Gowen
- Lucy Gowen
FACTS and NOTES:
Before Spartanburg Became a County:
1766 Nov 4: William Goging 100 acres of land on the Saludy or Little River – Petition of land from South Carolina Council. Plat drawn with it on Browns Fork of Rabaurn branch, all sides vacant. Certified 28 Jan 1767. Craven Co, South Carolina.
1766 Dec 3 – Joseph Gowen survey 250 acs of land next to John Easley’s and also bounded by Joseph Gorson, survey on North side of the Tyger River in Craven County, SC. SC Land Trans – Craven County, SC. The Tyger River basin is in area running between Spartanburg, Greenville, and Union SC. (Easely is name of Anne Gowen Easely’s husband). https://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/
1767 Feb 17: JOHN EASELEY, PLAT FOR 250 ACRES IN CRAVEN COUNTY.
Series: S213184 Volume: 0015 Page: 00020 Item: 02. Names indexed: EASELEY, JOHN; ELLIOTT, THOMAS; JOSEPH GOWEN; TROUP, JOHN; WOFFORD, JAMES
Document type: PLAT Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.
1769 Oct 3 – Joseph Gowen survey for 300 acres in Craven County on N side of Tyger River and bounded on N side by Thomas Fletcher’s land. Craven Co., SC. https://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/
1770 Feb 19: Joseph GOWEN, PLAT FOR 300 ACRES IN CRAVEN COUNTY.
Series: S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00174 Item: 01 Names indexed: BREMAR, JOHN; FLETCHER, THOMAS; GOWEN, JOSEPH; WOFFORD, JAMES Document type: PLAT Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina. https://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/ (Images)
1771 Dec 23: JOSEPH GOWEN, LAND GRANT FOR 300 ACRES IN CRAVEN COUNTY.Series: S213019 Volume: 0024 Page: 00539 Item: 000. Names indexed: GOWEN, JOSEPH. Document type: LAND GRANT Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY, South Carolina. 1771 Dec 23: Joseph Gowen recd 300 acres on N side of Tygar River bounded by Thos Fletcher, cert on Sept 3, 1771, granted Dec 23, 1771, witnessed by James Wofford on March 21, 1772. Recorded Feb 2, 1773. Craven Co, South Carolina.
1772 Feb 2 – John Gowen received a royal grant of 100 acres. The survey order was given February 2, 1773, according to”South Carolina Archives, Colonial Plats,” Volume 16, page 173: “South Carolina, Ninety Six District Pursuant to a precept from under the hand and seal of John Bremar, Esquire, Deputy Surveyor General dated February second day, 1773, I have admeasured and laid out unto John Gowan a plantation or tract of land containing one hundred acres situate lying on the North side of Tyger River bounded Eastwardly by Daniel Bush’s land, Northward by vacant land, Westwardly by Tyger river and hath such shape, form and marks as the above plat represents. Given under my hand this 20th day of March, 1773. Andrew Thompson, Deputy Surveyor” 96th Dist, SC
1772 March 21: JOSEPH GOWEN, MEMORIAL FOR 300 ACRES ON TYGAR RIVER, CRAVEN COUNTY. Series: S111001 Volume: 0011 Page: 00171 Item: 002 Names indexed: FLETCHER, THOMAS; GOWEN, JOSEPH Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.
1772 Aug 17 – John Goan received 150 acres Barkley County in the fork between the Broad River and the Saludy on a small branch of the Tyger River called Comets Branch and bounded SE by land laid out for James Atterson, and part to Ambrose May, and NE by Moses Kirkland, and NW by Ralph Jackson, and part SW by vacant. Map shows this to be very close to where the Broad and Saludy split – likely either modern day Lexington or Richland County, SC – about 15-20 miles east of Wateree Creek area : Series: S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00117 Item: 01 Names indexed: BREMAR, JOHN; GOAN, JOHN; JACKSON, RALPH; KIRKLAND, MOSES; MAY, AMBROSE; OTTERSON, JAMES; PEARSON, ENOCH Document type: PLAT Locations: BERKELEY COUNTY; BROAD RIVER; SALUDA RIVER; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.
1772 Dec 17: JOHN GOAN, MEMORIAL FOR 150 ACRES ON TYGAR RIVER, BERKLEY COUNTY. Series: S111001 Volume: 0012 Page: 00041 Item: 004 Names indexed: GOAN, JOHN; JACKSON, RALPH; OTTERSON, JAMES; RAY, AMBROSE Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: BERKELEY COUNTY; BROAD RIVER; SALUDA RIVER; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina. 1772 Dec 17: John Goan recd 150 acres Vol 12, pg 41. Berkley County, South Carolina.
1773 Feb 2 – William Gowan, Junior received 100 acres on the South Fork of the Pacolet River, bound on all sides by vacant land. District 96, North Carolina, USA. “William Gowen District 96, South Carolina. Dist 96, SC.
1773 March 20 –John Gowan received 100 acres on Tyger River. Bounded E by Daniel Bushs land, W by Tyger River, and N by vacant land. Series: S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00173 Item: 02 Names indexed: BREMAR, JOHN; BUSH, DANIEL; JOHN GOWAN; THOMSON, ANDREW Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.
1773 April 1: FLATCHER, THOMAS, PLAT FOR 250 ACRES ON TYGER RIVER.
Series: S213184 Volume: 0015 Page: 00157 Item: 02 Names indexed: BREMAR, JOHN; FLATCHER, THOMAS; JOSEPH GOWAN; THOMSON, ANDREW Document type: PLAT Locations: BROAD RIVER; CRAVEN COUNTY; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.
1773 May 4: WILLIAM GOWAN JR, PLAT FOR 100 ACRES ON PACOLET RIVER.
Series: S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00182 Item: 03 Names indexed: BREMAR, JOHN; GOWAN, WILLIAM; THOMPSON, ANDREW. Document type: PLAT Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY; PACOLET RIVER, South Carolina.
1773 May 4 WILLIAM GOWAN JR, PLAT FOR 100 ACRES ON PACOLET RIVER.
Archives ID: Series: S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00173 Item: 01
1774 Aug 19 – John Gowen 100 acres in Craven County. Craven Co., SC. https://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/
1774 August 19 – The land lay in a part of District 96 in February 1773 which was in Craven County at the time of the grant which was dated, according to”South Carolina Archives, Royal Grants,” Volume 32, page 205. Later the land was located in Greenville County, South Carolina. The grant was recorded in Greenville County Deed Book 32, page 205.
“South Carolina, George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth, To All To Whom These Presents shall come, Greeting: Know ye, that we of our special Grace, certain Knowledge and mere Motion, have given and granted, and by these Presents, for us, our heirs and successors, Do Give and Grant unto John Gowen, his heirs and assigns, a plantation or tract of land containing One hundred acres situate in Craven County, bounding East on Daniel Bush and West on Tyger River, And hath such shape, form and marks, as appear by a plat thereof, hereunto annexed: Together with all woods, underwoods, timber and timber-trees, lakes, ponds, fishings, waters, water-courses, profits, commodities, appurtenances and hereditaments whatsoever, thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining: Together with privilege of hunting, hawking and fowling in and upon the same, and all mines and minerals whatsoever; saving and reserving nevertheless, to us, our heirs and successors, all white pine trees, if any there should be found growing thereon: And also saving and reserving nevertheless to us, our heirs and successors, our heirs and successors, one tenth-part of mines of gold and silver only: To have and to hold the said tract of One hundred acres of land and all and singular other the premises hereby granted unto the said John Gowen, his heirs and assigns for ever, in free and common foccage, the said John Gowen, his heirs and assigns yielding and paying therefor unto us, our heirs, and successors, or to our Receiver General for the time being, or to his Deputy of Deputies for the time being, yearly, that is to say on the twenty-fifth day of March, in every year, at the rate of three shillings sterling, or four shillings proclamation money for every hundred acres, and so in proportion according to the number of acres, contained herein; the same to commence at the expiration of two years from the date hereof. Provided always, and this present Grant is upon condition, nevertheless, that the said John Gowen, his heirs or assigns shall and do yearly, and every year, after the date of the presents, clear and cultivate at the rate of three acres for every hundred acres of land, and so in proportion to the number of acres herein contained; And also shall and do enter a minute or docket of these our letters patent in the office of our Auditor-General for the time being in our said Province within six months from the date hereof: And upon condition, that if the said rent hereby reserved, shall happen to be in arrears and unpaid for the space of three years from the time it shall become due and no distress can be found on the said lands, tenements and hereditaments hereby granted: or if the said John Gowen his heirs or assigns shall neglect to clear and cultivate yearly and every year at the rate of three acres for every hundred acres of land, and so in proportion, according to the number of acres contained, or if a minute or docket of these our letters patent shall not be entered in the office of our Auditor-General for the time being, in our said Province, within six months from the date hereof, that then and in any of these cases, this patent Grant shall cease, and determine and be utterly void. Lands, tenements and hereditaments hereby granted and every part and parcel thereof, shall revert to us, our heirs and successors, as fully and absolutely, as if the same had never been granted.
Given under the Great Seal of our Said Province. Witness the Honorable William Bull, Esquire, Lt. Governor and Commander in chief in and over our said Province of South-Carolina, this Nineteenth Day of August Anno Dom. 1774 in the Fourteenth Year of our Reign. [L.M.S.] Williams Bull; Signed by his Honor, the Lt. Governor in Council And hath thereunto a plat thereof annexed, representing the same certified by John Bremar, Deputy Surveyor-General. May 20, 1773. Thomas Winstanley, GCC” Greenville Co., SC
1774 Dec 8: WILLIAM GOWAN, LAND GRANT FOR 100 ACRES ON PACKOLET RIVER. Series: S213019 Volume: 0034 Page: 00286 Item: 000 Names indexed: GOWAN, WILLIAM Document type: LAND GRANT Locations: PACOLET RIVER, South Carolina.
1775 Jan 28: FLETCHER, THOMAS, MEMORIAL FOR 250 ACRES ON TYGER RIVER, CRAVEN COUNTY. Series: S111001 Volume: 0013 Page: 00261 Item: 003 Names indexed: FLETCHER, THOMAS; JOSEPH GOWAN, Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: BROAD RIVER; CRAVEN COUNTY; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina.
1775 Jan 31: JOHN GOWEN, MEMORIAL FOR 100 ACRES ON TYGER RIVER, CRAVEN COUNTY. Series: S111001 Volume: 0013 Page: 00265 Item: 004 Names indexed: BUSH, DANIEL; GOWEN, JOHN Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina
1775 June 16: ELLIOTT, THOMAS, MEMORIAL FOR 13 TRACTS MAKING A TOTAL OF 2,950 ACRES IN S. C. Series: S111001 Volume: 0013 Page: 00514 Item: 005 Names indexed: ABNEY, MICHAEL; AINSWORTH, JAMES; BRIGHT, TOBIAS; BROWN, BARTLETT; BROWN, BENJAMIN; BULLOCK, ZACHARIA; EASHAND, THOMAS; EDWARDS, JOHN; ELLIOTT, THOMAS; FLETCHER, WILLIAM; JOSEPH GOWENS; GRAY, ISAAC; HANNAH, ROBERT; HICKMAN, JOSHUA; HUTSON, WILLIAM; MCELIVEEN, JAMES; MULKEYS, PHILIP; NEWTON, JOHN; SOMMERVILLE, RICHARD; TILLET, GILES; TURNER, WILLIAM; WOMACK, JACOB Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: BEAVER DAM CREEK; BROAD RIVER; CRAVEN COUNTY; DURBIN CREEK; ENOREE RIVER; FAIR FOREST CREEK; FERGUSON CREEK; JEFFREYS CREEK; LITTLE RIVER; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; PACOLET RIVER; RABON CREEK; REEDY RIVER; SALUDA OLD TOWN; SALUDA RIVER; SANTEE RIVER; TYGER RIVER; WATEREE CREEK, South Carolina.
1775 June 20: WILLIAM GOWAN, MEMORIAL FOR 100 ACRES ON PACOLET RIVER. Series: S111001 Volume: 0013 Page: 00516 Item: 003 Names indexed: GOWAN, WILLIAM Document type: MEMORIAL Locations: PACOLET RIVER, South Carolina
1778 Feb – Capt. John Gowen and his troops appeared in District 96 in February 1778 on military duty. His brother-in-law John Bearden filed a pension application, recorded in “Kings Mountain Manuscripts,” Volume 2, page 239:
“Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832. State of Tennessee, Bedford County John Bearden, Senior, a resident of this county and aged eighty-nine  years, two  months, four  days. Entered service of United States under following officers and served as here stated. Born in Spottsylvania County, Virginia, March 11, 1744, agreeable to his family record, but has no record of it at this time. He says he entered the service of the United States as a private and volunteered in a company of rangers, or spies, commanded by Capt. Joseph Wofford and Lt. D. Graham, Spartanburg District, South Carolina some time in the month of April, 1777, the precise day he cannot recollect. He was marched to a fort on the head of Enoree River to Prince’s Fort, and there was stationed, but was frequently out on a scouting or spying expeditions against the Cherokee Indians and a Tory family named Bates. [The town of Batesville, South Carolina is located 10 miles east of Greenville on the Enoree River.] Four in number: William, Harry, Isaac and their father–who were skulking about with the Indians, were frequently engaged with the Indians in murders of frontier settlers; and there remained in service until some time in January, 1778, when he was dismissed agreeable to orders. Thinks in February, 1778 he volunteered again and joined a company of spies or rangers under command of Captain John Gowen, and marched to a fort on the south side of the Pacolet River [probably near present-day Landrum, South Carolina] and was frequently raiding on the frontier settlement on the Tyger River.
He states that on one of the scouting expeditions he was on, Captain Gowen arrested and took prisoner two men, one by the name of Fanning, the other by name of Smith; that they brought them back into a white settlement [probably Gowensville] and delivered them up to a magistrate, as they were both Tories, and both had stolen horses, each taken from a Mr. James Ford and a Mr. John Patten. Deponent says he was marched back to the last-mentioned fort [near Landrum] on the south fork of the Pacolet River, where he remained in service until some time in the month of August, 1778, and was again dismissed, it being thought and frequently said by Captain Gowen that the Indians had become quiet and that there was no further use for the troops at that time. He states that he served in the last-mentioned town [Landrum] not less than six months.
Deponent further says that he removed shortly after that into Union District, S.C, and there entered the service of the United States again, about one week before the siege of Ninety-Six. That he was marched off that place a drafted soldier and was in the engagement at that place.
He says he was then transferred from Captain Blassingame’s company and marched through the country in a different direction in search of a band of Tories under the command of Jesse Gray. That he continued in service under the last-mentioned captain a tour of duty of not less than four months, and says he was finally dismissed from service, after serving in all, a tour of actual service of not less than nine months, for which he claims a pension.
Applicant says he remained a citizen of South Carolina until 1824 when he removed to Bedford County, Tennessee, where he now lives. He further says that he was not acquainted with any regular officers with the troops when he served or any regiment of regulars whatever. s/s John Bearden”. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm
1779 February 6: I hereby appoint Captn. John Gowin Commissary in the north part of the Indian line in the name of Edward Hampton [one word illegible] to wit, at Gowins and Hamilton Stations, with power to impress provisions if not to be bought. Given under my hand the 6th day of February 1779. John Thomas” http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm
1779 April 12 – “John Gowen paid indent for rebuilding a stockade fort at Jamison’s Station on the line in 1779. Amt. £5:15:3. Five pounds; fifteen shillings; three pence farthing; sterling. Ex’d. W.G. J.M.C. N.G. South Carolina, Ninety-Six District. By James Wood, a justice assigned to keep the peace in the District aforesaid. Personally appeared before me Captain John Gowen and made oath on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that the within account is just and true, and no part thereof received. Sworn to before me this 12 day April, 1779. James Wood, J.P. £440 1 966 £9 407 of £5-15-3” 96 Dist, SC. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm
1779 April 14 – “To John Gowen, Dr: To building one stockade fort for the use of the publick by order of Colonel William Wofford, S.C. Valued to 440. I hereby certify that I ordered John Gowen, Captain, to build, or rather rebuild, a fort at Jamison’s station on the line, April 14, 1779. Hood, L.C. SC.
1779 Aug 21 – “Public Dr to John Gowen : Captain John Gowen this Day made Oath that he supplyed the Militia on the line with the above Mentioned Provisions. Sworn to before me this 21st August, 1779. W. Wofford TO John Gowen. Captn. Gowen made Oath that he never before made any return of the above account nor received any pay in part nor in full. Sworn to the 27th of May 1783 Before me. Bayliss Earle, J.P.” SC.
1782 – “John Gowen paid for Provisions for the Militia in 1782, charged. Amount, Thirty Pounds, seventeen shillings one penny, half penny Sterling. To John Gowen Dr: To[tal] Provisions for the use of a Station on the Indian Line in the Spartan Regiment by Order of Col. Benjamin Roebuck in the year 1782: 13 Beef Cattle, 9 Hogs, 1 Beef for the expedition against the Indians, £216 pounds. Ninety Six District, J.P. Captain John Gowen made oath before me that the above account is just and true, and that part of said provisions were furnished by himself and that part which belonged to others shall not be brought against the public by any other person. Certified by Bayliss Earle, J.P. John Gowen; 96 Dist, SC. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm
1782 May 21 – Land: grant 394 acres on Sink Hole Fork of the Middle Tyger River, 21 May 1782, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. 2 “The State of South Carolina granted 394 acres on Sink Hole Fork of the Middle Tyger River to William Gowen May 21, 1782. The land was surveyed for him May 26, 1782, and the surveyor noted that it lay “east of land laid out to Edmund Bearden and bounded on all other sides by vacant land.” This land was later willed to Ann Gowen Easley, his daughter. The adjoining land of Edmund Bearden was later acquired by his nephew, Maj. John “Buck” Gowen.” http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm
1783 March 16: “Pursuant to an act of the General Assembly passed 16th of March, 1783, We the Commissioners of the Treasury, have this Day delivered to Mr. John Gowen this our Indented Certificate, for the Sum of Thirty-six pounds, twelve shillings and four pence Sterling for Provisions for the Militia in 1782 for rebuilding a Stockade fort at Jamison’s Station on the Line in 1779 per 2 accounts audited the said John Gowen, his Executors, Administrators or Assigns, will be entitled to receive from this office the Sum of two pounds, eleven shillings and three pence on Demand for one Year’s Interest on the principal Sum of Thirty-six pounds, twelve shillings four pence and the like Interest annually.
The said John Gowen, his Executors, Administrators or Assigns will be entitled also to receive, and shall be paid, if demanded, the principal Sum of Thirty-six pounds, twelve Shillings and four pence on the twenty-seventh of September 1789 and the said John Gowen, his Executors, Administrators or Assigns may make any Purchase at any Public Sales of Confiscated Property, except such as shall be ordered by the Legislature for special Purposes; and this Indent shall be received in Payment.
For the true Performance of the several Payments in Manner above-mentioned, the Public Treasury is made liable, and the faith of the State pledged by the aforesaid act.
Given under our hands at the Treasury-Office, in Charleston, the twenty-seventh day of September, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-five.
Peter Boucquet, Commissioners of the Treasury
£36-12-4 Principal; £2-11-3 Annual Interest; X, No. 3522] SC.
1783 March 16 – John Gowen received “5 pounds, 15 shillings, 3 pence farthing Sterling for rebuilding a Stockade fort at Jamison’s Station on the Line in 1779.” [Box X, No. 760]. Apparently this compensation was interest on the indebtedness. SC.
1783 May 14: Bull, William, Plat of Forfeited Estate for 250 acres in Ninety Six District on Mill Creek and South Pacolet River. Series: S126102 ignore: 0000 Item: 00077 ignore: 000 Names indexed: BULL, WILLIAM; JOHN GOWEN; SALMON, GEORGE Topics: AMERICAN REVOLUTION; FORFEITED ESTATES; LOYALISTS Document type: PLAT Locations: MILL CREEK; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SOUTH PACOLET RIVER, South Carolina.
1783 May 20 – “John Gowen’s Account for a horse stolen. Claimed for him by Major John Ford. Postponed. Given him a copy of the claim. The time when the horse was stolen should be set forth & the cercumstances should be certified.
Examined J.G. Ct. C.J.”
“The State of South Carolina To Captn John Gowen Dr.
To a black horse stole when on duty on the Indian line by order of Col. Benjamin Roebuck, which said horse was appraised by William Brasher and John Motlow Upon Oath.
Ninety Six District
Personally appeared John Gowen before me and made Oath as the Law Directs that the above said horse was lost in the Service of this State in the manner above mentioned, and that he has never received the said horse or any part of the value thereof, and further declares upon oath that if he should ever get the aforesaid horse, that he will return him to the Commanding Officer of This Regiment or the price that shall be allowed for said Horse.
The aforesaid appraisers being duly Sworn made Report that they valued the above Horse to £190:0:0. John Gowen, Sworn before me 20th of May 1783; Certified by me Bayliss Earle, J. P. John Ford, Major. Dist 96, SC.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC:
1784 May 21 Allen Gowen has 214 acres surveyed on the Sink Hole Fork of the Tygar River bounding NW by Thomas Benson, SE by Michal Miller, delivered to Capt Gowen in 96 Dist, Greenville Co, SC No 309, pg 113 1784 May 21 warrant date – Allen Gowen – date warrant May 21, 300 acres in warrant, date survey July 16, 214 acres in survey, Surveyor – William Benson, file 309, page 113. Land Grants and Surveys Book A, 1784-1794 Greenville Co SC
1784 May 21 William Gowen Jr has 116 acres surveyd on Mill Creek waters of S Pacolate River bounded on all sides vacant land, delivered to Capt Gowan. 96 Dist, Greenville Co, SC No 304, pg 111. 1784 May 21 warrant date – William Gowin Jr – date warrant May 21, 200 acres in warrant, date survey June 21, 162 acres in survey, Surveyor – William Benson, file 304, page 111. Land Grants and Surveys Book A, 1784-1794 Greenville Co SC
1784 May 21 John Gowin has 400 acres surveyed on the Middle Fork of Saluda, all sides vacant, in 96 Dist, Greenville Co, SC No 19, pg 8. 1784 May 21 warrant date – John Gowin – date warrant May 21, 640 acres in warrant, date survey May 25, 400 acres in survey, Surveyor – William Benson. file 19, page 8. Land Grants and Surveys Book A, 1784-1794 Greenville Co SC
1784 May 25: JOHN GOWEN, PLAT FOR 400 ACRES ON MIDDLE FORK OF SALUDA RIVER, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY WILLIAM BENSON. Series: S213190 Volume: 0006 Page: 00047 Item: 000 Names indexed: BENSON, WILLIAM; JOHN GOWEN Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SALUDA RIVER, South Carolina
1784 May 26 William Gowen has 394 acres surveyed on the Sink Hole Fork of Middle Tygar River bounding E by Edmond Beardon and all other sides vacant, in 96 Dist, Greenville Co, SC No 295, pg 109 1784 May 21 warrant date – William Gowen – date warrant May 21, 400 acres in warrant, date survey May 26, 294 acres in survey, Surveyor – William Benson, file 295, page 109. Land Grants and Surveys Book A, 1784-1794 Greenville Co SC
1784 June 9: BRUMMET, THOMAS, PLAT FOR 150 ACRES ON MIDDLE FORK OF SALUDY RIVER, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JAMES SEABORN. Series: S213190 Volume: 0003 Page: 00021 Item: 002 Names indexed: BRUMMET, THOMAS; GOIN; SEABORN, JAMES Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SALUDA RIVER, South Carolina
1784 June 23: THOMPSON, ABSOLOM, PLAT FOR 195 ACRES ON SINK HOLE FORK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY WILLIAM BENSON. Series: S213190 Volume: 0007 Page: 00199 Item: 001 Names indexed: BENSON, THOMAS; BENSON, WILLIAM; WILLIAM GOWEN; THOMPSON, ABSOLOM Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SINKHOLE FORK; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina
1784 July 16: Allen Gowin receives a PLAT FOR 214 ACRES ON SINK HOLE FORK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY WILLIAM BENSON. Series: S213190 Volume: 0006 Page: 00053 Item: 000 Names indexed: BENSON, THOMAS; BENSON, WILLIAM; ALLEN GOWIN; MILLER, MICHAEL Document type: PLAT Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SINKHOLE FORK; TYGER RIVER, South Carolina. 1784 July 16: for 21 pounds 8 sterling, Allen Gowin, 214 acres in the Dist of Ninety Six on the Sink Pole Fork of Tyger River adj Thomas Benson, Michael Miller, Plat certified July 16, 1784. 4, 190: Ninety Six District, South Carolina.
1784 August 10 John Gowen has 239 acres surveyed on S Pacolate River bounded on all sides vacant land in 96 Dist, Greenville County, South Carolina No 596, pg 200. 1784 May 6 warrant date – John Gowin – date warrant May 6, 240 acres in warrant, date survey Aug 10, 239 acres in survey, Surveyor – William Benson, file 596, page 200. Land Grants and Surveys Book A, 1784-1794 Greenville Co SC
1785 Jan 21 John Mcneel plat for 100 acres on Mill Creek, Ninety Six District. w John Gowan
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0007 Page: 00278 Item: 001
1785 Aug 12 William Lynch plat for 100 acres on S Pacolate Riv, Ninety Six Dist, w John Gowen
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0008 Page: 00336 Item: 002
1785 Sept 26 John Barns plat for 50 acres on Saluda River, Ninety Six Dist, w Gowen
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0003 Page: 00231 Item: 001
1785 Nov 26 John Goin Plat For 237 Acres On Waters Of Little River And Beaver Creek, Camden District, SC
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0009 Page: 00371 Item: 001
1786 Feb 15 John Reaves plat for 58 acres on George Woolfs Creek, Ninety Six Dist w Gowen
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0015 Page: 00057 Item: 002
1786 March 1 Francis Bremar and Peter Freneau plat for 565 acres on Tygar River, Ninety Six Dist, SC w Joseph Gowen
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0010 Page: 00288 Item: 000
1786 June 10 John Gowen plat for 362 acres on Beaver Dam Cr, Ninety Six Dist, SC
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0009 Page: 00432 Item: 001
1786 Aug 17 Absolem Lancaster plat for 451 acres on Dutchmans Creek, Ninety Six Dist. w Joseph Gowin
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0018 Page: 00180 Item: 000
1786 Aug 31 John Gowen has 640 acres surveyd on the Middle of Sink Hole Fork of Tygar River bounded by Edmond Beardon N, by the Glassy Mountain, E by James Dawson’s land, in 96 Dist, Greenville Co, SC No 1626, pg 181. 1786 Aug 15 warrant date – John Gowen – date warrant Aug 15, 1786, 640 acres in warrant, date survey Aug 31, 1786, 640 acres in survey, Surveyor – Andrew Thomson, file 2626, page 181. (Elapsed by Cushman Edson the 3d March 1787). Land Grants and Surveys Book C, 1785-1788 Greenville Co SC
1786 Nov 9 Daniel Brown plat for 293 acres on Dutchmans Creek, Ninety Six Dist, SC w Joseph Gowen
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0011 Page: 00154 Item: 001
1786 Dec 21 John Gowen plat for 130 acres on Br of Tygar Riv, Ninety Six Dist, SC
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0012 Page: 00045 Item: 001
1787 March 3 Cushman Edson plat for 640 acres on Sink Hole and Middle Forks of Tyger River, Ninety Six Dist. Surveyed by Andrew Thomson for John Gowan.
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0016 Page: 00002 Item: 000
1787 March 3 Thos Wadsworth and Wm Turpin plat for 100 acres on br of Middle Tyger Riv, Ninety Six Dist, SC w Allen Gowen
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0016 Page: 00113 Item: 002
1787 March 3 Thos Wadsworth and Wm Turpin plat for 117 acres on br of Middle Tyger Riv, Ninety Six Dist, SC w Allen Gowen
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0016 Page: 00114 Item: 002
1787 Apr 5 James Jett Plat For 628 Acres On Georges Creek, Ninety Six District, SC w Gowin
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0022 Page: 00060 Item: 000
1787 Sept 13 Benj Barton plat for 110 acres on Br of Barotons Fork, Ninety Six Dist, SC w Gowen
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0022 Page: 00013 Item: 001
1787 Oct 12 warrant date – John Gowen has 1000 acres warranted, surveyd 215 acres on Mill Creek and branches of South Pacolet River, bounded by John McClure land, John Gowin land. Greenville County, SC. No. 3145, pg 93. 1787 Oct 12 warrant date – John Gowin – warrant date Oct 12, 1787, 1000 acres in warrant, survey date July 24, 1788, 215 acres in survey, Surveyor – William Benson, file 3145, page 93. Land Grants and Surveys Book D, 1788-1799 Greenville Co SC https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4C-Z3BV-C?i=76&cat=78975
1787 Oct 12 warrant date – 1788 Feb 21 survey date – John Gowen has 1000 acres warranted, surveyed 553 acres boundary on both sides of Brometts Creek and Wolf Creek, waters of the Middle Fork of Saluda River, bounded NE and SE by vacant land, SW and SE by Brometts, by a hill SW, and SE and SW by Jesse Mayfield, and vacant NW, and NE by John Reaves and John Gowins land NW, by Gowins land NE, NW, and SW, by Burnes’ land NW by Gowins land. Greenville County, SC. No 3145, pg 94. 1787 Oct 12 warrant date – John Gowin – warrant date Oct 12, 1787, 1000 acres in warrant, survey date Feb 21, 1788, 553 acres in survey, Surveyor – Jo. Whitner, file 3145, page 94. Land Grants and Surveys Book D, 1788-1799 Greenville Co SC https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4C-Z3BV-C?i=76&cat=78975
1788 Feb 21 Hugh Lewis being about to remove from South Carolina to Cumberland River of North Carolina appoint my trusty and well beloved friend John Gowen of Spartanburg SC, Gent, my true and lawful attorney to sell land on the Reedy River adjoining William Young, John Gowen, Francis Clayton, and another tract surveyed by Capt William Benson, land being surveyed for me being 213 acres. Signed: Hugh Lewis. Wits: Baylis Earle, Charles Littleton. Greenville County, South Carolina. Bk A, pg 215.
1788 March 1 Mathias Sulser of Greenville Co to John Gowen of Spartanburg Co land granted unto Thomas Davis a tract of 400 acres on both sides of the South Tygar River all sides vacant, conveyed from Thomas Davis to Mathias Sulser on Jan 15 1786. These 400 acres now conveyed to John Gowen. Signed: Matthias Sulser and Eve Sulser. Wits: Robert McCreary, Henry Bates, George Thomson. Greenville Co, SC. Bk A, pg 245.
1788 May 19 262 acres from James Clayton to John Spence, proved by oath of John Gowen and Robert Harper. Greenville Co, SC. Bk A, pg 246.
1788 Dec 26 John Gowen plat for 340 acres on Georges Cr, Ninety Six Dist, SC
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0024 Page: 00089 Item: 000
1789 Feb 4 Thomas Barton plat for 400 acres on Br of Packs Cr, Ninety Six Dist, SC w John Gowen
Archives ID: Series: S213190 Volume: 0024 Page: 00021 Item: 001
1789 July 4 Richard Henson of Greenville recd 214 acres of land from Allen Gowen of Greenville, land located in 96th Dist on the Sink Hole Fork of Tygar River bounding NW by Thomas Benson land, SE by Michael Miller land, and all other sides vacant. Land was granted to Allen Gowen on Jan 21 1785. Signed: Allen Gowen. Wits: Thomas Ponder, Stephen Dill. Greenville County, SC. Bk B, pg 51.
1790 – Allen Gowin
US Census – first head of Household
South Carolina – 96 District, Greenville Co. – page 69
1 males over 16, 0 males under 16, 1 females – white. 0 slaves.
1790 – John Gowin
US Census – first head of Household
South Carolina – 96 District, Spartanburg Co. – page 89
4 males over 16, 4 males under 16, 6 females – white. 18 slaves.
1790 – Benjamin Goun
US Census – first head of Household
South Carolina – 96 District, Abbeville Co. – page 57
2 males over 16, 1 males under 16, 3 females – white. 0 slaves.
1790 Jan. 7 – A penciled notation on the bottom of the indent signed by John “Buck” Gowen indicated that he received eight shillings interest on the indent in November 1790. Another notation below that reveals, “Rec’d. 7th Jany. 1790 Int. to 1st April last. L0-4-0. William Benson.” South Carolina. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm
1790 Nov 30: WILLIAM HOWLE, PLAT FOR 135 ACRES ON LLOYDS CREEK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY BENNETT CRAFTON ON OCTOBER 20, 1784. Series: S213190 Volume: 0025 Page: 00255 Item: 002 Names indexed: BRAZELL; CRAFTON, BENNETT; GARRATT, ROBERT; GEORGE GOWAN; HOWLE, WILLIAM; PURVIS, JOHN Document type: PLAT Locations: LLOYD CREEK; NINETY SIX DISTRICT; STEVENS CREEK, South Carolina
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC:
1790 December 1- John Gowen was given power of attorney for Thomas Wheelwright Pearson, one of the executors of the estate of Abner Nash in Spartanburg County December 1, 1790, according to Spartanburg County Deed Book C, page 230-31. Other executors named in the will were Jacob Blount, Sr, Alfred Moore and William Blount. William Easley and Allen Gowen witnessed the instrument which was recorded April 4, 1794. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms007.htm
1790 Dec 1 Peter Bennett hires John Gowen to dispose of property owned by Abner Nash decd in Spartanburg SC
1786 Nov 22 Abner Nash Esq late of Craven made his last will and testamentand appt Jacob Blunt Sr, Alford Moore, Thomas Pearson, and William Blunt his executors of will. Peter Bennett the attorny of Whiteright Pearson, appoint John Gowen of Spartanburg my attorney and attorney for Whitewright Pearson executor. Signed P. Bennett.
Wits: William Easley, Allen Gowen. Spartanburg Co, SC Conveyance books, v. C-E 1792-1797. Book C pg 230 (pg 132 of FamilySearch).
1791 April 7 Philemon Martin and William Rush to John Gowen, Esquire 200 acres in Spartanburg Co SC
Between William Rush of North Carolina and John Gowen of South Carolina and Pinckney Dist. Re a grant to Jesse Martin Gov of NC conveyed to Timothy Terrill on Nov 25 1771 200 acres on both sides of the Mill Creek waters of the N side of South Pakotate where John McNeel formerly lived. Later fell into hands of William Rush who sells for 30 pounds to John Gowen 200 acres. Spartanburg Co SC, Conveyance books, v. 1A-B 1785-1792. pg 450 (pg 363 in FamilySearch).
1791 April 11 Treasurers of State from John Gowen commissioned as Sheriff in Spartanburg Co SC Bk B, pg 472. John Gowen to The Treasurers of South Carolina Bond of Office No 392.
Know all men by these presents that we John Gowen, William Benson and Andrew Thomas are held and firmly bound unto the commissioners of the Treasury of the State aforesaid, for the time being their heirs and successors in said office, in the sum of fifteen hundred pounds lawful money, to be paid to the said Treasurers or their successors aforesaid, to which payment will and truly to be made and done, we bind ourselves and each of us, our heirs executors and administrators firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated the 11th day of April, AD 1791.
The condition of the above obligation is each that if the above bounded John Gowen lately appointed and commissioned Sheriff of the County of Spartanburgh in the State abovesaid, shalll will and faithfully execute the office of Sheriff of the County aforesaid and collect all fees and taxes to him delivered, and pay the same according to law. And in all other things observe and execute his said office, during the term of his being Sheriff of said county. Then the above obligation to be void and of none effect. Otherwise to remain in full force in law.
Signed: John Gowen, William Benson, Andrew Thomson. Sign’d seal’d and delivered in open court. Spartanburg County, SC. Bk B, pg 472.
1792 July 6 John Gowen recd 249 acres from Wm Jamison in Spartanburg Co SC. John Gowen of Pinckney Dist from William Jamison of Washington Dist, recd land granted April 5 1790 to William Jamison containing 249 acres on N fork of Mill Creek of the S fork of Paccolate. Signed William Jamison. Wits James Jordan, Thomas Binson, and William Martin. Spartanburg Co, SC Conveyance books, v. C-E 1792-1797. Book C pg 115 (pg 74 of FamilySearch).
1794 March 18 John Gowan to Bartholomew Grogan 150 acres on Beaverdam. Whereas by a certain grant bearing date Nov 25, 1771, from his excellency Joseph Martin Esq Governer and Commander in and over the State of North Carolina . . . granted Abigail Terrel a tract of land containing 150 acres on both sides of the Beaver Dam Creek of S Packolate, including the plantation that said Grogin bought of Isaac Spevey. Such grant has since been transferred in unto said Gowen. John Gowen sells unto said Grogin the above mentioned tract. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Isaac Spivey, James(?) Gowen. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk D, pg 9
1796 Oct 10 Allen Gowen to Bobo Burrell 300 acres on Tygar River. Allen Gowen of Tennessee State and County of Davidson to Burrell Bobo of Spartanburg County, South Carolina, 300 acres, it being originally granted to Joseph Gowen by his Excellency Lord Charles Granville Montague Capt. Genl. and Commander in Chief December 23, 1771, then descended to Allen Gowen his lawful heir by lineal decent at his decease, land situate lying and being in Spartanburg County, SC, on the N side of Tyger River, NE on Thomas Fletcher’s land, all other sides vacant when surveyed. Signed: Allen Gowen. Wits: Martin Newman, Charity Newman, Simpson Newman. Recd the 20th Oct 1796 of Burrell Bobo the full consideration sum for the within land 300 acres. Signed: Allen Gowen. Proved up on Oct 22, 1796. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk E, pg 75.
1797 Jan 10 John Gowen to Abner Hona 100 acres on Mill Cr. John Gowen of Spartanburg County, to Abner Hona of Spartanburg County, a tract of land in Spartanburg County on both sides of the S Fork of the Mill Creek . . . between the N Fork and the S Fork of said Mill Creek . . . containing 100 acres including the plantation commonly called McNeals Old Place. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: John Easley, John Robuck.
Spartanburg Co SC, Bk E, pg 22
1797 July 19 John Gowen Sheriff to William Dalton 200 acres on N Pacolet R. John Gowen late Sheriff of Spartanburg County, SC to William Dalton of Spartanburg County, whereas John Moore was lately seized in fee simple to him . . . a tract of land containing 200 acres in the District of Pinckney, Spartanburg County, on both sides of N Pacolet River . . . whereas Winthrop Todd attained a judgment in Spartanburg County at the Jan Term 1792 against John Moore for 86 pounds, 19 shillings sterling money, and costs. Levy against John Moore for judgment . . . said John Gowen Sheriff did seize and execute the tract of land after notice, and sold at auction on June 13, 1792. William Dalton won bid. John Gowen conveyed land to William Dalton. Signed: John Gowen, Sheriff. Wits: S Farrow, John Lancaster. Proved up July 19, 1796. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk F, pg 178
1800 Oct 28 John Gowen to James McDowell 250 acres on Lawsons Fork. John Gowen of Spartanburg County, SC to James McDowell of Spartanburg County, a tract of land on the branches of S Pacolate River and Lawsons Fork containing 250 acres originally granted to James Rutherford, by him conveyed to Major John Gowen on Jan 19, 1793. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: William Anderson, Robert McDowell. Proved up Oct 28, 1800. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk G, pg 134
1800 US Census in Spartanburg County, SC with John Gowen, 1 white male over 45, 1 white male 16 to 25, 2 white males 10 to 15, 1 white female over 45, 1 white female 16 to 25, 1 white female 10 to 15, 1 white female under 10.
1801 March 31 – William M Gowen from B F Bush 54 acres in Spartanburg Co SC, Bk OO, pg 177 Spartanburg Co SC https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3QL-KQ4W-7?i=92&cat=381052
1803 June 9 John Gowen to Robert Black 268 acres on S Pacolet R. John Gowen of Spartanburg Dist to Robert Black of York District, SC, a parcel of land in Spartanburg Dist on the S side of South Pacolet containing 268 acres. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: And. Ferguson, Richard Venables. Proved up Aug 15, 1818. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk Q pg 150.
1804 Feb 29 John Gowen from Anthony Simons, etal 1450 acres on S Pacolet Riv. Benjamin Bonner Simons and Anthony Simons of the City of Charleston, SC, to John Gowen of Spartanburg Dist, SC, . . . convey two tracts of land containing 1450 acres in Craven County, originally granted to Henry Bonneau and Peter Cidean a tract of 1000 acres bounding on the NW on land belonging to Lord Charles Granville Montague, W on Cherokee land, S on the S Pacolate River, SE on lands of Anthony Simons, and SE on vacant land. The other tract containing 450 acres in Craven County butting and bounding NW and SW on land laid out to Henry Bonneau, NE on vacant land, and S on the South Pacolate River . . . the two tracts of land were conveyed to Henry Bonneau and Peter Cedean, then to Anthony Simons on Oct 10, 1774, and on the second and third day of April 1788. Signed: Benj B Simons, A. Simons. Wits: Jeremiah Brown, William Gowen. Proved up Feb 29, 1804. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk K, pg 16
1808 March 29 John Gowen to James Southerland 150 acres on Mill Cr. John Gowen of Spartanburg District to James Sutherland of Pendleton Dist, a tract of land in Spartanburg Dist on both sides of Mill Creek on E side of the Creek . . . adjacent Wm Emry’s corner . . . by estimation 150 acres including the dwelling house and plantation whereon Nelly White now lives. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: John Whitten, Willey Brown. Proved up March 2, 1810. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk M, pg 207.
1808 April 19 John Gowen to Richard Vennable 582 acres on S Pacolet R. John Gowen of Spartanburg District to Richard Vennable of Spartanburg Dist, SC a parcel of land containing 582 acres on S Pacolet River bounding on Robert Hawkins land, on land granted to John McGuin, on Robert Black’s land by S Pacolate River, and by James McClure’s land, being part of a tract of land originally granted to John Gowen on June 6, 1800. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Gal Benson, John Gowen Jr. Proved up Oct 3, 1808. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk L, pg 335.
1809 Feb 1 John Gowen to Jonathan Stokes 542 acres on S Pacolet R. John Gowen of Spartanburg District to Jonathan Stokes of Spartanburg District, a tract of and in Spartanburg Dist, on the S side of South Pacolate River . . . along Moulton’s line, containing 542 acres, being part of two tracts . . . the North end originally granted to George Thompson by patent June 5, 1786 and including the plantation whereon Polly Saunders now lives. The other end or tract granted to John Gowen on July 1, 1783. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Lemuel Stokes, Willey Brown. Proved up April 6, 1812. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk N, pg 95
1809 Aug 20 John Gowen to Atlanta Saunders etal 100 acres and 100 acres. I John Gowen do give and bequeath unto Atlanta and Dounda, daughters of Polly Saunders, each 100 acres of land . . . on the River at my cross fence . . . for Atlanta . . . for Dounda . . . so as to strike the upper corner of Bartholomew Grogan’s land. Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Theron Earle, C W McVay, Willey Brown. Proved up Jan 8, 1810.Spartanburg Co SC, Bk M, pg 303.
1810 US Census Spartanburg with James Gowen, 1 white male 26 to 44, 1 white female 16 to 25, 1 white female under 10.
1813 May 22 John Gowen, WB etal to Henry Grogan 100 acres on Beaverdam Cr. John Gowen, James Blasingame, Street Thurston, and Winn B. Gowen all of Greenville Dist, SC executors of the last will and testament of John Gowen decd by Henry Grogan of Spartanburg Dist, convey a tract of land in Spartanburg Dist to Henry Grogan on both sides of Beaver Dam Creek, a branch of South Pacolatte River on the N bank of the River at John Grogan’s corner . . . on Bartholomew Grogan’s line, to Dounda’s corner . . . containing est 100 acres . . . part of a tract of 450 acres granted to Peter Vidion and certified on Oct 6, 1772 whereon the said Henry now lives. Signed: John Gowen, James Blasingame, Street Thurston, W B Gowen. Wits: Willey Brown, John Lucas. Proved up Nov 20, 1813. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk O, pg 47
1813 May 24 James Gowen to Willey S Brown 800 acres on Mile Cr of Pacolet R. James Gowen of Greenville Dist to Willey Brown of Spartanburg Dist . . . a tract of land in Spartanburg Dist, SC, on both sides of Mill Creek a branch of S Pacolate River . . . on the N side of said River at a ford between where Capt John Lucas now lives, and Brown . . . to James Sutherland’s line . . . containing 800 acres including a field known by Lawrences . . . being part of a survey granted Oct 6, 1772 to Henry Bouneau, willed unto my father John Gowen before his death. Signed: James Gowen. Wits: Julius Nichols, James Blassingame. Elizabeth Gowen, wife of James Gowen relinquished her dower on the 7th day of (?) 1813. Signed: Elizabeth Gowen. Proved up Sept 25, 1813. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk O, pg 25
1814 May 24 John Gowen, WB etal to Bartholomew Grogan 100 acres on S Pacolet River. John Gowen, James Blasingame, Steet Thurston, and Winn B Gowen to Bartholomew Grogan of Spartanburg Dist . . . a tract of land in Spartanburg Dist, on the S side of South Pacolate River known by James Bradens plantation . . . Rui Ross’ corner . . . along John Lucas’ land . . . containing 100 acres formerly belonged to John Gowen decd, now with John Gowen, James Blasingame, Street Thurston, and Winn B Gowen. Signed: John Gowen, W B Gowen, Street Thurston, James Blasingame. Wits: Henry Wolf, Henry Grogan. Proved up Feb 16, 1815. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk O, pg 219
1818 March 31 John Gowen, WB etal to Thomas Grogan 100 acres on S Pacolet River. John Gowen, Winn B Gowen, Street Thurston, and James Blassingame (all of Greenville Dist) appointed by the last will and testament of John Gowen, decd, convey to Thomas Grogan of Spartanburg Dist . . . convey land in Spartanburg Dist on the N side of South Pacolate River, on the North side thereof . . . to Brown’s corner . . . to a branch known as Pennington’s Mill House (or Still House) . . . est 100 acres including the house where the said Thomas now lives . . . part of a tract originally granted Henry Bruneau for 1000 acres . . . part of the estate of said John Gowen decd. Signed: John Gowen, W B Gowen, Street Thurston, James Blasingame. Wits: Asa Crowder, Minor Brown. Proved up Sept 12, 1818. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk Q, pg 118
1821 Dec 1 John Gowen and Winn B Gowen exrs to John Lucas 1357 acres on S Pacolet River. John Gowen and Winn B Gowen two executors of the estate of our father John Gowen decd, late of Spartanburg Dist., both of Greenville Dist, convey to John Lucas a tract of land mostly in Spartanburg Dist, small part in Greenville Dist, on both sides of S Pacolate River . . . Bartholomew Grogan’s corner . . . near the District road . . . William Archer’s corner . .. W S Brown’s corner . . . containing and estimated 1357 acres being part of our father’s land including the dwelling where John Lucas now lives. Signed: John Gowen, W B Gowen. Wits: John Gowen Jr, Ambrose Williams Sr. Proved up Dec 20, 1823. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk T, pg 246
1822 Nov 6 John Gowen and Winn B Gowen exrs to John Lucas 120 acres on S Pacolet River. John Gowen and Winn B Gowen of Greenville Dist, SC executors of John Gowen, decd convey to John Lucas of Spartanburg Dist . . . a tract of land in Spartanburg Dist on the N side of South Pacolate . . . at a corner made by Willey S Brown on the N side of the river, for James Gowen between the Jamison’s fields, and the long bottom, thence with said Gowen’s line near Brown’s line . . . with the line of John Gowen decd’s land to Thomas Grogan’s corner . . . containing 120 acres. Signed: John Gowen, W B Gowen. Wits: B Dunham, John Stokes. Proved up May 3, 1826. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk T, pg 246
1837 Aug 31 Williams Goans from Joseph Laurens 166 acres on Green Cr. Joseph Laurence of Spartanburg Dist, SC to William Goan of Spartanburg Dist, 166 acres of land in Spartanburg Dist, SC, on the waters of Greens Creek, it being the waters of Lawsons Fork. Signed: Joseph Lawrence. Wits: John Snoddy, John Gramlin. Proved up April 2, 1838. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk W, pg 517.
1840 Sept 7 Williams Goans from Joseph Lawrence 93 acres on Lawson Fork. Joseph Lawrence of Spartanburg Dist to William Goan of Spartanburg Dist a tract of land containing 93 acres in Spartanburg Dist, SC on waters of Grands Creek, it being the Waters of Lawsons Fork. Signed: Joseph Lawrence. Wits: W G Gramling, John Snoddy Jr. Proved up May 3, 1841.Spartanburg Co SC, Bk X, pg 499
1841 March 19 Williams Goans from Peggy Lawrence dower release. Peggy Lawrence wife of Joseph Lawrence released her dower for land deeded to William Goan. Signed Peggy Lawrence. Wit: John Chapman Spartanburg Co SC, Bk X, pg 452
1845 Sept 4 William Gowin to John Linder 166 acres and 93 acres on Greens Cr. William Gowin to John Linder a tract of land lying on the waters of Greene Creek of Lawson’s Fork, one tract containing 93 acres, also an adjoining tract containing 166 acres. Signed: William Gowin. Wits: William B Bishop, Joseph Lawrence. Proved up Oct 6, 1845.Spartanburg Co SC, Bk Z, pg 88
1846 Apr 20 Priscilla Gowin wife of William Gowin to John Linder her dower release. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk Z, pg 253
1849 Jan 1 William Goins to Wm Carver 180 acres. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk AA, pg 131
1849 Jan 1 William Goens from Wm Carver 180 acres. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk CC, pg 80
1854 Feb 10 William Goins from Priscilla Stone 10 acres on Lawson Fork. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk DD, pg 477
1857 William Goins from E M Cooper 142 acres on Clark Rd. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk EE, pg 527
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1857 William Goins from Alexander Wingo sheriff 100 acres. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk GG, pg 28
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1857 Wm Goins from Jas Tapp 280 acres. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk YY, pg 447
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1858 Martin Goins from Joseph Lawrence 100 acres on Howard Gap Rd. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk XX, pg 38
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1858 William Goin from E M Cooper 1 tract on Green Cr. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk FF, pg 264
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1858 William Goin to E M Cooper 171 acres on Lawson Fork Cr. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk FF, pg 265
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1858 Thomas Goins from Jas M Bowden 75 acres on Howard Gap Rd. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk FF, pg 380
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1859 Simon Goin from William Goin 177 acres. Spartanburg Co SC, Bk FF, pg 403
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Southern lineages; records of thirteen families, by A. Evans Presented by Mary Bondurant Warren pg 337-354
1923 July 3 – Letter from Miss Minnie Smith, Glenn Springs, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, July 3, 1923.
“I saw the records of Friendship Church but can’t recall that Lettice Bearden (or Gowen) was a member of the same. My grandmother Mourning Smith was a member of ‘Old Friendship. When my grandmother had to flee from the Tories she went to her sister, Lettice Gowan, who lived in the extreme upper part of the District, as it was then called. Some of the Gowans may have lived in North Carolina; but my father never spoke of the Winns and Beardens as having lived there, but always said they came from Virginia.”
Southern lineages; records of thirteen families, by A. Evans. pgs 335-337.
(Note: Grandmother, Mourning Smith, fled the Torries to stay with sister Lettice Gowan – so must have been abt 1776-1782)
(Note: Mourning Smith was sister of Lettice Gowan)
1913 Dec 13 – Letter from J. M. Gowan, Pauline, S.C., R.F.D. 1:
“My grandfather Gowan came from Virginia, but I don’t know what part he came from. He came to South Carolina in Union County and served in the Revolutionary War.
-My oldest brother, John, moved from here to Arkansas before the Civil War. He died several years ago. I was quite young.
-My brother, George Gowan, married, raised a family and died in Texas.
-I knew one Mr. Wynn Bearden who lived here in my community, but he is dead and leaves no trace of Wynns. He is buried at Friendship Baptist Church, near here.”
December 13, 1913.
“I am sorry, I have no record of the Gowen family and can only tell you what I have known all my life. My father’s ancestors came to America before the Revolutionary War and they were Scotch Irish aristocracy. They settled in South Carolina.
-My grandfather’s name was William Gowen, and he married Mary Harrison, a near relative of President Harrison. They left four children: William, Ann, Barney and James (the latter my father). They both died on the same day, when James was two years old, and his grandmother, Mrs. Harrison, took the two younger children and brought them to Georgia, leaving William and Ann with the Gowen relatives in South Carolina.
-Aunt Ann married Mr. Hazel and her family still live in Beaufort, S. C. Uncle William married a Miss Green and lived in South Carolina until some time in the ‘Fifties. He moved to Camden County, Georgia, near my father. He had ten children and most of them are still living in that county. If Miss Wyatt will write to Cousin Andrew whose address is Mr. Andrew G. Gowen, Trader’s Hill, Charlton County, Georgia, he could give her some records of the family, as he was nearly grown when they left South Carolina.
-I have no doubt about Miss Wyatt’s family and ours branching from the same tree, as I have frequently heard of ‘Major Buck’ Gowen, and Blassingame is a family name.” [Mrs. Wingfield’s letter to her niece, Hazel (?), Rome, Ga.”
Southern lineages; records of thirteen families, by A. Evans. pgs 335-337.
(Note: J M Gowan brother named John Gowan (eldest), brother named George Gowan.
(Note: Grandfather named William Gowen who married Mary Harrison, served in Revolutionary War – came to Union Co, SC).
(Note: William Gowen and Mary Harrison had children: William, Ann, Barney & James (James is father to letter writer)
(Note: JM Gowen had brothers, John & George).
(Note: Mrs Harrison, grandmother to James, took James and Barney to Georgia after parents died when James was 2 years old)
(Note: siblings William and Ann stayed with relatives in South Carolina)
(Note: sister Ann Gowen married Mr. Hazel and they still live in Beaufort, SC)
(Note: brother William Gowen married Miss Green and lived in SC until some time in the 1850s. Moved to Camden Co, Ga near brother James).
(Note: brother William Gowen had 10 children still living at time of letter, most still in Camden Co, Ga).
(Note: cousin Andrew G Gowen lived in Trader’s Hill, Charlton Co, Ga – he was grown when they left SC).
(Note: Frequently heard of “Major Buck” Gowen, and Blassingame as a family name).
1914 July 29 – Letter from Mrs. Mary A. Wingfield, of Rome, Georgia, to Mrs. Wynn, July 29, 1914:
-My father’s parents died on the same day, and he was brought to Georgia from Greenville, South Carolina, by his maternal grand mother, Mrs. Harrison, and adopted by her. He would be ninety – six years old were he living now.
-One of the brothers, Uncle William, Cousin Andrew’s father, moved to Georgia from South Carolina about forty years later, bringing his family of seven children with him. As far as I know they are all married and living in Camden and Charlton Counties.
-Uncle William had a son nicknamed ‘Buck’. He died when quite a child; the oldest one of his children, Cousin William, lives now at Bailey’e Mills, Camden County, Georgia. He is an old bachelor, eighty years old. You might get some information from him.
-Aunt Ann Hazel, who lived at Beaufort, South Carolina, died years ago. Her only daughter, three years ago. She left two grand daughters who are still living in Beaufort – Miss Fannie Hazel and Mrs. G. W. Holmes. I would advise you to write to the latter.”
Southern lineages; records of thirteen families, by A. Evans. pgs 335-337.
(Note: Mrs Mary A Wingfield is daughter of James Gowen who went to Georgia with Mrs Harrison when he was orphaned as a 2 year old – would be 96 years old if still alive in 1914).
(Note: Uncle William had a son nicknamed “Buck”, died as a child).
(Note: cousin William lives at Bailey’ Mills, Camden Co, Ga – 80 year old bachelor).
(Note: Aunt Ann (Gowen) Hazel lived at Beaufort, SC, died years ago. Her only daughter died 3 years ago. She left 2 granddaughters still living in Beaufort – Miss Fannie Hazel, and Mrs G W Holmes).
1914 Aug 6 – Letter from William W. Gowen, Woodbine, Camden County, Georgia, August 6, 1914:
“I know that my father’s name was William Gowen, but what his father’s name was I do not know, but he (my father) told me that they lived at a place called Combahee Ferry in Beaufort District, now Beaufort County, South Carolina. (He and his sister, Ann, who married Joseph Hazel of Beaufort, and his father, died there.)
-Two younger children, James and Barney, were raised by Mrs. Harrison, their grandmother on my mother’s side, in Georgia.
-My father said that two brothers came from Scotland and stopped at Combahee Ferry in Beaufort District, now Beaufort County, South Carolina, but that one got dissatisfied and, he thought, went North. They must have been my father’s grandfather and great uncle. The brother that left may not have left South Carolina.
-There are people in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that spell the name Gowen, as we do.
WILLIAM W. GOWEN.”
Southern lineages; records of thirteen families, by A. Evans. pgs 335-337.
(Note: His father’s name was William Gowen (but unknown what grandfather’s name was).
(Note: Lived at a place called Combahee Ferry in Beaufort Dist, now Beaufort Co, SC).
(Note: sister of William named Ann married Joseph Hazel of Beaufort).
(Note: James and Barney, the two younger children) were raised by Mrs Harrison, their grandmother on writer’s mother’s side, in Georgia)
(Note: Father said two brothers stopped at Combahee Ferry in Beaufort Dist, now Beaufort Co, SC, but that one got dissatisfied and went North – must have been his father’s grandfather and great uncle).
Southern lineages; records of thirteen families, by A. Evans Presented by Mary Bondurant Warren pg 337-354
William (2) Gowen’s daughter, Ann, married John Easley. She received a grant on May 28, 1785, from Governor Guerrard of South Carolina to “land in Greenville County” (p. 28, Book B ). Her name appears in the census list for that county, 1790. In 1786 Ann Easley asks for pay due to her husband, John Easley, and son, Willington Easley, for Revolutionary service, stating that they are both dead. She asks that the money be paid to Capt. John Gowen. 1790, Ann Easley: deed to Edmund Bearden the tract of land granted her in 1785.
Edmund Bearden sold to Mr. Jamison (the deed signed by Winn Bearden) land on both sides of George’s Creek of Saluda. This tract of 340 acres in Washington District was afterwards granted to John Gowen of Spartanburg by Gov. Pinckney. John Gowen sells this land on July 5, 1792 (p. 3, Book D), Pendleton County. James Easley and Jesse Moss, witnesses.
Millington Easley’s estate account, dated 1806, Greenville County, South Carolina, names John Gowen and Thomas Blassingame and “Widow” Easley, William, Elizabeth, Robert, Pleasant, Betsy, John and Thomas Easley.
IX. Mary Gowen, daughter of John (2) and Letty Gowen, was born before 1779, and was married before 1798, to James Blassingame of Greenville County, South Carolina. Mary Gowen Blassingame died there at the home of her son, William Blassingame, in 1850.
Children of Mary and John Gowen:
4. John G.
7. Mary Benson.
FOLLOWING BEARDEN INFORMATION TAKEN FROM:
Southern lineages; records of thirteen families, by A. Evans Presented by Mary Bondurant Warren pg 355
Knowledge of descent from this family was discovered by the statement of a correspondent that Lettice Gowen, wife of John Gowen, was a daughter of John Bearden and Lettice Winn, his wife, who came to South Carolina from an unknown county in Virginia. The pension statement of one John Bearden revealed his birthplace as Spottsylvania County, thereby directing attention to that and other counties from which Spottsylvania was formed. In the few remaining Caroline County records substantial evidence of the Virginia origin of the Beardens, Winns and Blassingames – related families — was found. In these the names Francis and Richard Bearden, Richard Winn and Thomas Blassingame are found simultaneously. The destruction of the Caroline County court records obscures the search there, but the name Winn, persisting as it did through successive generations in the above families, is evidence of kinship. The Caroline County ancestors sent their sons farther south, through Granville County, North Carolina, to the upper districts of South Carolina. They later moved on into Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
“Miss Minnie Mou Smith, of Glenn Springs, S.C., whose grandmother Mourning Bearden, wife of Major William Smith, was a sister of Letty (Bearden) Gowen.
“References : April 13, 1739, Francis Bearding, Order B. 1, Part 2, pp. 523 526; 555, 577; Order Book 2, Part, pp. 618, 167, 277, 264, 28 , 303, 335, 48 , 479, 501, 504. Caroline County, Virginia.
Francis Bearding and his wife, Sarah, of Caroline County, had son:
1. Richard .
Richard Bearding was grown in 1740 so that he must have been born about 1719. He obtained land in Granville County, North Carolina. In 1761 he was living there on Reedy Creek (Book E, p. 51). Richard Bearding and wife, Martha W. Bearding, of Bute County, deed land on Rocky Creek, August, 1764 (Book 9, pp. 176 342), Halifax County.
February 19 , 1773 , Richard Bearden’s name is mentioned in a tax list , Bute County , North Carolina . Richard Bearding sells the land on Reedy Creek , November 8 , 1773 , acquired in Granville County , 1761. He and his wife deed land to John Carlisle in August , 1765 ( Book IV , p . 257 ) . Bute County .
Coming from North Carolina in 1773 , Richard Bearden is , according to land grants , acquiring land on Clayton Creek , branch of Reedy River , Ninety – Six District , South Carolina , Au gust 16 , 1786 ( Book 11 , p . 72 ) . In the year 1797 Richard Bearden gives bond , with others , for the administration of John Bearden’s estate . Spartanburg County , South Carolina .
Richard Bearden of Spartanburg County , deed to tract bearing date August 11 , 1774 , granted to Ralph Smith by Gov. William Bull , on Dutchman’s Creek , branch of Tiger River ( Book B , p . 522 ) .
Richard Bearden , deed from Nathan and Mary Smith . Thomas Blassingame , witness . February 24 , 1791 , Spartanburg County .
Deed to Richard Bearden , Ninety – Six District , Tiger River , August 7 , 1786 ( Book 11 , p . 72 ) . South Carolina Land Office .
A son of the North or South Carolina settler of the name can be identified perhaps with the Georgian , Richard Bearden , who drew land in the lottery of 1803 , Wilkes County , Georgia , by which settlers obtained Creek Indian territory .
Richard Bearding , 1 poll in Captain Bishop’s District , Wilkes County , tax digest ( Vol . 2 , p . 56 , Early Records of Georgia ) .
John Bearden 2 draws land lottery 1803-1832 ( Vol . 1 , p . 308 ) . Richard Bearden 2 draws land lottery 1803 ,
Sarah Bearden witness to Daniel Grant’s Will ( p . 56 ) .
Richard Bearding and Elizabeth Parker , marriage bonds ( p . 8 ) . Greene County , Georgia .
Richard Bearden witness to Will of John Clements , 1810 , Eaton ton , Putnam County , Georgia ( Book B , p . 8 ) . “ That Nancy Bearden and John H. Bearden are hereby appointed administrators of estate of John Bearden , deceased ( p . 70 ) , old book , Putnam County , Georgia .
Walton County . Sarah Bearden , guardian for Nancy H. Bearden , Ollie Bearden , Caroline , Margaret , Susan Bearden , orphans of J. H. Bearden , granted Dec. 12 , 1836 ( p . 191 ) , application dockets , 1820 1832 .
Inventory of estate of John H. Bearden , deceased ( pp . 13-18 , Book 2 ) .
Note of Aaron Bearden , payable to Richard Bearden . Note of Nancy Bearden to L. I. Whitfield . Personal property of John H. Bearden sold Dec. 14-15 , 1827. Benj . Hammock certifies to this .
Oct. 8 , 1827 , Benj . Hammock and Sarah Bearden , administrators of estate of John H. Bearden ( p . 38 , Applications Docket , 1820 1832 ) .
“ Benj . Hammock , Aquilla Bearden , Richard Bearden , Mrs. Sarah Bearden , to estate of John H. Bearden . ”
Benj . Hammock from Sarah Bearden , deed , 1833. ( Book K , p . 211. )
Thomas and George Bearding of Sevier County , Tennessee , buy land in Baldwin County of McKissick , 1822 , Putnam County , Geor gia .
Possibly Francis Bearden of Caroline County , Virginia , had , besides Richard , other sons : Humphrey , Thomas , John and Ben jamin Bearden , all of whom had early grants of land in Granville County , North Carolina .
Benjamin Bearden ( 1 ) enters a claim for 640 acres which is also claimed by N. Snipe for patent May 6 , 1778 , and bond filed . Compromised and dismissed by order of Snipe , No. 75 W ( p . 19 ) , 1778-1785 , North Carolina Historical Commission .
This grant on Cat Tail Creek was bounded by Sherwood Harris , Alston , Johnston and Norman . Land Entries , 1778-1796 ( p . 16 ) , North Carolina Historical Commission . Another deed to 615 acres , dated Sept. 24 , 1779 , describes the tract as “ on Harris line , Allston’s line ” -crossing Harrisboro road . ( Book 40 , p . 217 ) , Deeds , Granville County .
Benjamin Bearden of the foregoing land grant was through out his life a native of North Carolina .
Thomas Bearden was the first of his name to acquire land in Granville County . On March 12 , 1760 , Thomas Burden ( Bearden ) , planter , of Granville County , is granted a tract from Earl Granville . ( Book 7 , p . 46 ) . Between this date and September 5 , 1785 , nothing is known of Thomas Bearden . His name is found in Ninety Six District South Carolina , in the latter year , when his land on ” Small Branch ” of Tiger , brings him to the neighborhood of kins men . ( Deed Book 5 , pp . 40-44 ) .
Descendants of Thomas Bearden are untraced .
It is shown by research in the court records of Granville County , North Carolina , that Humphrey Bearden had an early grant there on July 28 , 1761. He received a grant from Earl Granville to vacant lands on both sides Shocco Creek , the deed executed in Halifax County March 4 , 1763 , Joseph Montfort , witness . ( Book G , p . 83 ) .
No further record of Humphrey Bearden is found in North Carolina . The name is found in Greene County , Georgia , at a later period .
The Beardens who remained in Granville County many years following their migration to that section of North Carolina , inter married with the Parhams , Harrises , Bennetts , Taylors and other ” old county ” familiest . Benjamin Bearden , who died there in 1822 , ( Will below ) , names a son Richard who is thought to be Richard Bearden of Knox County , Tennessee .
( Record ) . ” Richard Bearden , born Granville County , North Carolina , Sept. 23 , 1770 , died , 1845 ; married in Knox County , Tennessee , Nancy Ann Bennett ( daughter of Peter Bennett , Revo lutionary soldier , Granville County , North Carolina , who was born Oct. 17 , 1774 ) . Richard Bearden and his wife , Nancy Ann ( Ben nett ) Bearden , were married June 23 , 1793. ”
Issue : Marquis de Lafayette Bearden , born 1802 , died 1854 .
Mrs. Gordon L. Cox , ( Evelyn Bearden Cox ) , descendant of above Richard and Nancy Ann Bennett . See Bearden chart .
‘ Richard Harris ‘ Will ( Book 2 , p . 12 ) , Granville County , North Carolina . Wife , Priscilla ; children : Richard , Charles , Samuel , Tyre Harris ; daughters :
Molly Bearden , Lucy Parker , Mary Harris . Benj . Bearden and Samuel Harris , witnesses . ( May Court , 1787. )
“ Richard Bearden of Knox County , Tennessee , had sons , Frank and Mark . Among descendants of Richard Bearden were the Longs of Chattanooga , Admiral Goodrich and Dr. Madison Taylor of Philadelphia . ( Letter of W. E. Parham , Granville County , North Carolina ) .
Will of Benjamin Bearden , Granville County , North Caro lina , 1821-1822 . Wife : Molly Bearden . Devisees : Chas . Bearden , Benj . Bearden , Jr. , John Bearden , Richard Bearden , William Bearden , Betsy Bearden Harris ‘ heirs , Lettice Knight , Sally Freeman , Ed . mund Parham , Lucy Tippett , Thomas W. Parham , Edmund Parham . Witnesses : Samuel Harris , Tabitha Minor . ( Vol . 9 , p . 70 ) . Items below explain names ( not Bearden ) mentioned in Benjamin Bearden’s Will .
GRANVILLE COUNTY , NORTH CAROLINA
William Bearden , Nancy Frazier , October 4 , 1790 .
William Bearden , Sarah Barton , August 24 , 1803 .
John Bearden , Nancy Harris , December 13 , 1804. ( Bondsman , Wm . Bearden ) .
Charles Bearden , Fanny Parham , February 14 , 1807. ( Bonds man , Thomas Parham ) .
Lucy Bearden , John Tippett , September 22 , 1820 .
Sarah Bearden , Richard Frazier , September 12 , 1789 .
Lettice Bearden , John Knight , December 27 , 1799 .
All the Bearden settlers in Granville County , North Carolina , before the Revolution , seem to have obtained large acreage in their grants . ” John Bearden of Granville County , ” so designated in March 2 , 1762 , receives from Lord Granville 700 acres on Lick Branch . ( Deeds F , p . 22 ) . This execution was proved in Halifax County , North Carolina , August 1 , 1862. ( Book G , p . 23 ) .
August 14 , 1764 , John Bearden , Sr. , of Granville County , deeds Edmund Bearden of the same county “ 150 acres , bounded by Henry Feagin’s land , ” John Bearden , Jr. , Benj . Bearden , witnesses . Recorded November , 1764 ( Book G , pp . 296-7 ) .
More than ten years later , ( October 15 , 1784 ) , John Bearden is living on the north side of Tiger River , Ninety – Six District , South Carolina , ( Book 3 , p . 427 ) South Carolina land grants , Co lumbia , South Carolina .
John Bearden died in Spartanburg County , South Carolina , in the year 1797. His estate is administered there on April 10th by Richard Bearden . Britton Williford and Thomas Betterton give bond for the administration .
Thomas Williams , Basil Trail , and Britton Williford appraise the estate . On May 6 , 1797 , at John Bearden’s estate sale , William Smith , Esq . , John Bearden , Jr. , Aaron Smith , Ruth Bearden , and Nancy Bearden are the principal purchasers .
John Bearden and wife , Ann , ” of Spartanburg County , South Carolina , deed land to John Shanks : ” on north side Tiger River ” ( originally granted to John Bearden ) April 20 , 1790. John Smith , Samuel Smith , witnesses . ( Deed Book 3 , p . 422 ) , Spartanburg County .
5John Bearden married , first ( family record ) , Lettice Winn . Both John Bearden and his wife are said to have come to Upper South Carolina and to have lived and died in Spartanburg County . They were members of “ Old Friendship ” Church . Authority , Miss Minnie Smith , Glenn Springs , South Carolina . No trace of Lettice ( Winn ) Bearden has been found either in court or church records in South Carolina . It is obvious that John Bearden re . married and his second wife , Ann , of the deed ( 1790 ) , is probably “ Nancy , ” mentioned in his “ estate ” sale .
Edmund Bearden’s land transactions cover counties in North and South Carolina , and in the latter hold clues to the maternal Winn origin by their association ( in deeds ) , with Beardens bearing the forename ” Winn . ” Edmund Bearden’s migration is traced in the following land conveyances : Edmund Bearden , land in Granville County , North Carolina , conveyed by John Gowen August 14 , 1764 .
Edmund Bearden removed to Mecklenburg County , North Caro lina , in 1767. He remained thereif he lived on the land at all but a short time , for in 1769 he sold the land granted him there , and in 1776 he is of ” Ninety – Six District , South Carolina . ”
January 27 , 1767 , Mecklenburg County , North Carolina . Hon . Henry Eustace McCullough , Esq . , deed to Edmund Bearding of Mecklenburg County , Province of North Carolina , Planter . ” In consideration of forty pounds ( 40 lb. ) proclamation money by the said Edmund Bearding to the said Henry Eustace McCullough , in hand paid , tract of land in Mecklenburg County . ” Recorded , July term , 1767. John Proback , John McK . Alexander , witnesses . ( Book B , pp . 10-11 . )
Edmund Bearden of Ninety – Six District and Province of South Carolina , to Benj . Alexander of Mecklenburg , in consideration of 25 lb. proclamation money of North Carolina , in hand paid by Benj . Alexander to said Edmund Bearden , land on Back Creek join ing his own lands — 317 acres- granted by patent to said Edmund Bearden , bearing date December 16 , 1769. Edmund Bearden and Ann Bearden , his wife . Mecklenburg County , North Carolina . ( Book 20 , p . 49. ) Dec. 15 , 1774. Recorded Jan. 6 , 1776 .
December 28 , 1769 , Edmund Bearden , of Mecklenburg County , North Carolina , to Benj . Alexander , 220 acres , granted by a deed from Hon . Henry E. McCullough to Edmund Bearden , dated Jan. 27 , 1767. John Allen , James Scott , witnesses . Recorded Jan. , 1770 . ( Book 22 , p . 83 ; Book 20 , p . 527. ) Land office , Raleigh , N. C.
Edmund Bearden’s first acquisition of land in South Carolina was on the south side of Tiger River , Craven County , August 11 , 1774. It was bounded by John Spurgeon’s and vacant lands . ( Book 32 , p . 52. ) Land office , Columbia , S. C.
Land described as “ on Beaver Dam of Tiger River . ” 640 acres was granted by the state to Edmund Bearden , Oct. 5 , 1784. ( Book 1 , p . 166. ) May 10 , 1786 , another grant was made to Edmund Bear den in Ninety – Six District , ” both sides George’s Creek , Saluda River -above old boundary line . ” ( Book 9 , p . 421 ) .
1792 , “ land formerly belonging to Edmund Bearden on George’s Creek , south side Saluda River , is sold by John Gowen.” Winn Bearden, witness .
No further knowledge of Edmund Bearden has been revealed by an examination of existing South Carolina court documents .
John Gowen was a brother – in – law of Edmund Bearden and Winn Bearden was probably son of Edmund Bearden .
A later generation in Spartanburg County begins with Isaac Bearden .
Isaac Bearden’s Est . account . Oct. 10 , 1834 .
Winn Bearden , bond for administration of Isaac Bearden .
Aug. 20 , 1834 , Giles Bearden , bond for administration of Isaac Bearden’s estate .
Sept. 8 , 1834. Winn , Sarah , James , Giles , Isaac Bearden ; bond for estate of Isaac Bearden .Oct. 31 , 1834 , Bill of Sale – Invt . Isaac Bearden’s Estate . WinnBearden sells property .
John Bearden , Mary Smith , mentioned in Winn Bearden’s estate account by Winn Bearden .
John Bearden , one of appraisers of Isaac Bearden .
Isaac Bearden’s Will , 1833 .
Wife , Sara’i .
Sons : Japies , Giles , Isaac , Winn .
Isaac Bes.rden married Elizabeth Traill . Their children ( 6 ) : James Bearden , born February 20 , 1796 .
Giles Bearden , born December 20 , 1797 .
Isaac Bearden , born August 3 , 1803 .
Winn ( 6 ) Bearden , born April 15 , 1807 .
Elias Bearden , born August 3 , 1818 .
Sarah – Bearden , born June 14 , 1820 .
Giles Bearden married Elizabeth Smith . Nine sons went to Civil War .
Win’n Bearden married Frances Huett ( 7 children ) .
Simeon S. Bearden , son of Giles , son of Isaac Bearden , ancestors of R. L. Bearden , Pauline , South Carolina , who has family Bible .
“ I am a granddaughter of Winn Bearden . My great grandfather , Isaac Bearden , married Elizabeth Traill . Their children are as follows : James , Giles , Isaac and Winn .
“ Winn Bearden’s children are : Isaac , Eleanor , Elias , Eliza , Eliza beth , Jane , Pinckney , Cebert .
” Pinckney Bearden’s children are : Clarence and Albert . “ Giles Bearden had son , John Bearden .
“ Elizabeth Jane Bearden married Litison James . Miss Mittie James is the youngest of her children .
” Isaac Bearden was killed at Second Battle of Manassas , War Between the States . ” ( Letter from Miss Nettie S. James , Roebuck , S. C. , Sept. 7 , 1936. )
FRIENDSHIP CHURCH , SPARTANBURG COUNTY , S. C.
“ Jacob Robert’s church was organized by Jacob Roberts in 1765 on Tiger River , near Otts Shoals . It is the present “ Friendship Church . ‘ Church records go back only to 1801. Sketch only back of that .
“ Isaac , Richard , John Bearden joined Friendship Church , Sept. , 1802. John and Richard Bearden were former members of Jacob Robert’s church . Delilah Bearden joined Oct. , 1802. Lettice Bear den , Elizabeth Bearden , Benjamin Bearden joined , Nov. , 1802 . John Bearden , second , joined March , 1803. John Bearden , deacon , Feb. , 1806 .
“ Benjamin , Polly and Elizabeth Bearden , letters of dismission , Nov. , 1824. Mitchell Bearden joined 1832. Mitchell Bearden , wife Ester , dismissed by letter , Oct. , 1845. Sentius Bearden joined April , 1803 .
” John Bearden died March , 1846 ( a good Christian ) . Mitchell Bearden , dismissed by letter , Oct. 1 , 1845. ” Many “ Bearden ” en tries in Old Friendship Church after 1846 .
( List furnished by W. S. Williams , Pauline , S. C. , Aug. 21 , 1936. )
John Bearden and his wife , Lettice Winn Bearden , of Spartan burg County , South Carolina , were the parents of two daughters :
1. Lettice, married John Gowen .
2. Mourning , married Major William Smith .
There were also sons , of whom there is no family record . ( Authority , Miss Minnie Smith , Glenn Springs , South Carolina . )
“ Mourning Bearden married Major William Smith , and she is buried in the Smith graveyard , 142 miles south of Glenn Springs . She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church . She c’ied Oct. 2 , 1842 , was 79 years , 3 months and 17 days old . She wa : the great grandmother of Perrien Smith , who lives near where she is buried . I think he can give you a good bit of information about Mourning and Lettice Bearden , and maybe something about the Winns . ”
“ P. S. Major William Smith was a Congressman from Binckney District . He and his wife are buried together . ”
( Letter from W. S. Williams , Pauline , South Carolina , August 31 , 1936. )
Major William Smith , Spartanburg County , South Carolina , died June 22 , 1837. His widow , Mourning Smith , survived until October 2 , 1842. The latter was born June 15 , 1763 ( p . 268 , Vol . 2 , King’s Mt. MSS . , Draper Col. ) . Wisconsin Historical Society .
Richard Bearden and William Bearden were members of Capt . Wm . Smith’s Company of Sumter’s command .
The records of Spartanburg County , South Carolina , and Bed ford County , Tennessee , show that Bearden families , resident in each , are of the same source , but are without proof of the name of John Bearden’s wife , or his Will naming his children . Connection cannot therefore be made .
John Bearden , Revolutionary soldier of Flat Creek , Bedford County , Tennessee , married Lettice Winn .
1. Billie ( Wm . ) married Stevens . Issue : Two sons ,
one daughter . 2. Benj . Franklin married Susie Blake . Issue : One son ( not
exactly clear ; probably Enoch and Winfield brothers ) . 3. Eli married Nancy Winn® ( my line ) .
Issue : 1. Willis , married Mahaly Rodgers . Issue : Three sons ,
four daughters . 2. John , married Jane Floyd . Issue : One son , three
daughters . 3. Winn , married Elizabeth Jane Tribble ( my line ) . 4. Rildie , married Barton Phillpot . Issue : Three sons . 5. Nervil , married Welch . Issue : One son , one
6. Nathan , unmarried .
7. Allan , married Sarah Bearden . Issue : one son , one
3. Winn Bearden married Elizabeth Jane Tribble .
Issue : 1. John A. , married Sarah Suell . Issue : five sons , two
2. Jas . M. , Federal soldier , died aged 16 , St. Louis .
3. Annette , married James Finney . Issue : Four sons , two
daughters . 4. Harvie , married Mary E. Gunn . Issue : Three sons ,
two daughters .
5. Mary E. , married William Sunley . No issue .
6. Josie B. , married William Williams . No issue .
7. Edwin , married Ellen Williams . One son , two daugh
ters . 8. Wm . Newman , married Mary E. Hix . Issue : Eva , Roy , Lillie . Lillie Hix married J. A. Williams .
Issue of Lillie and J. A. Williams :
James Newman and John Bearden Williams .
9. Allen married Ellie Bowmar . No issue .
10. Laura D. died in infancy . ( Contributed by Miss Eva Bearden , Shelbyville , Tenn . )
Eli Bearden , son of John Bearden of Flat Creek , Maury County , Tennessee , and his wife , Lettice ( ? ) , married Nancy Langston . Children :1. Willis Bearden , married Mahala Clanch . ( Authority ,
D. A. R. records , State Library , Nashville , Tennessee . )
‘ In the foregoing there is a discrepancy . Benj . F. Bearden is ascribed to another Bearden line .
‘ Miss Eva Bearden states that Eli Bearden married Nancy Winn , and that his son , Willis , married Mahala Rogers .
RECORD OF JOHN BEARDEN , SOLDIER OF REVOLUTION
“ Enlisted in company of rangers of Spartanburg , South Caro lina , 1777 , against the Cherokee Indians . Was in battle of Ninety – Six . On pension roll as a private in South Carolina line . Was born , 1744 , in Spottsylvania County , Virginia , and lived in South Carolina until 1824. John Bearden came to Bedford County , Tennessee ; died and is buried there at Flat Creek Cemetery . ” 9
The Beardens of the early settlement of upper South Carolina were said to be Tories . We have seen that Richard and William Bearden were in the command of Major Smith . The record of John Bearden , following , shows that he , too , was a soldier on the American side .
‘ This is the military record of John Bearden , whose Pension Statement is filed at the Wisconsin Historical Society . Draper Col. , Madison , Wis .
PENSION DECLARATION , JOHN BEARDEN’S SERVICE John Bearden’s Service .
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an Act of Congress passed June 7 , 1832 .
“ State of Tennessee , Bedford County ,
“ John Bearden , Senior , a resident of this county and aged eighty . nine ( 89 ) years , two ( 2 ) months , four ( 4 ) days . Entered service of United States under following officers and served as here stated . Born in Spottsylvania County , Virginia , March 11 , 1744 , agreeable to his family record , but has no record of it at this time . He says he entered the service of the United States as a private and volun teered in a company of rangers , or spies , commanded by Capt . Joseph Wofford and Lt. D. Graham , Spartanburg District , South Carolina , some time in the month of April , 1777 , the precise day he cannot recollect . He was marched to a fort on the head of Enoree River , to Prince’s Fort , and was there stationed , but was frequently out on scouting or spying expeditions against the Chero kee Indians and a Tory family named Bates . Four in number William , Harry , Isaac and their father — who were skulking about with the Indians and frequently engaged with the Indians in mur ders of the frontier settlers ; and there remained in service until some time in January , 1778 , when he was dismissed after serving no less than nine months in actual service ; and that he did not secure a discharge in writing , but was honorably dismissed agreeable to orders . Thinks in February , 1778 , he volunteered again and joined a company of spies or rangers under command of Capt. John Gowen , and was marched to a fort on the south side of Pacelot River and was frequently raiding on the frontier settlement on Tyger River .
“ He states that on one of the scouting expeditions he was on , Capt . Gowen arrested and took prisoner two men , one by the name of Fanning , the other by name of Smith ; that they brought themi back into a white settlement and delivered them up to a magistrate , as they were both Tories , and both had stolen horses , each taken from a Mr. James Ford and a Mr. John Patten . Deponent says he was marched back to the last – mentioned fort , on the south fork of the Pacelot River , where he remained in service until some time in the month of August , 1778 , and was again dismissed , it being thought and frequently said by the Captain that the Indians had become quiet and that there was no further use for the troops at that time . He states that he served in this last – mentioned town not less than six months .
” Deponent further says that he removed shortly after that into Union District , South Carolina , and there entered the service of the United States again , about one week before the seige of Ninety – Six . That he was marched off that place a drafted soldier and was in the engagement at that place .
” He says he was then transferred from Capt . Blassingame’s company , and was marched through the country in a different direc tion in search of a band of Tories under command of a Tory captain by the name of Jesse Gray . That he continued in service under the last – mentioned captain , a tour of duty of not less than four months , and says he was finally dismissed from service , after serving , in all , a tour of actual service of not less than nine months , for which he claims a pension .
“ Applicant says he remained a citizen of South Carolina until 1824 , when he removed to Bedford County , Tennessee , where he now lives . He further says that he was not acquainted with any regular officers with the troops when he served or any regiment of regulars whatever .
” JOHN BEARDEN . ” ( Page 239 , Vol . 2 ) , King’s Mt. MSS . D. D.
Capt . Matthew Patton’s statement ; Union District , South Caro lina : He ” was elected Captain of a company attached to Col. Thomas ‘ regiment in the winter of 1777 to fill a vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Capt . John Blassingame . ” Etc. Capt . Matthew Patton , a resident of state and district ( Union ) , born June 4 , 1758 , on Catawba River , etc.
( Vol . 2 , pp . 247-255 ) , King’s Mt. MSS .
Forenames of Beardens in South Carolina and Tennessee branches are identical . The recent destruction of the courthouse in Bedford County may have obliterated a source of information there , if there were records remaining after a fire in the year 1865 when all earlier wills and deeds were destroyed.12
Marriage bonds of Davidson County record the following : “ Winn Bearden and Mary McAllister , Dec. 30 , 1797 , signed by Winn and Francis Bearden . Bond for $ 500.00 . ”
“ Nettie Bearden and John McAllister , March 9 , 1798 , signed by Winn Bearden and John McAllister . Bond $ 500.00 . ” 13
( These names definitely belong to upper South Carolina . )
Information from County Clerk . Letter of Mary H. Bearden , August 20 , 1938 , Shelbyville , Tenn .
13 Marriage Bonds were copied and contributed by Mrs. Will F. Odil , Spring Hill , Tennessee , Sept. 1 , 1938 .
The records following , from family sources , further establish the origin of the Tennessee branch :
1. Benjamin Bearden of Granville County , North Carolina , born before 1760 , married Spartanburg , S. C.
1. Richard Bearden , born 1770 , married Nancy Bennett ,1792 .
2. William Bearden , Lincoln County , Tennessee , before 1811, also of Spartanburg , S. C.
3. Charles , East Tennessee , Giles County ( ? ) .
4. John , Bedford County .
5. Sarah , married Freeman .
6. Mary , married Thomas W. Parham .
7. Lucy , married Tippett .
8. Thomas . “ Richard Bearden of Knox County , Tennessee , was born in Granville County , Sept. 23 , 1770. Eight years old when his father took the oath of allegiance . Benjamin , Sr. , took oath of allegiance 1778 , being a British subject . ” ” Jeremiah Bearden and John Bear den located a land grant in Knox County , Tennessee . ” 14 “ Jeremiah
Bearden went to Mississippi . ”
” Public Records . Authority cited by Mrs. Wm . F. Odil . Preceding infor mation furnished by Mrs. Odil . Letter , July 23 , 1938 .
Benjamin Bearden , Jr. , and his wife — , of Spartanburg , South Carolina .
1. Benjamin , married Susan M. Blake , Lincoln County , Tennessee . He died 1870. Susan Blake Bearden died 1875 . Benj . Bearden , Jr. , was a physician . Children :
2. Enoch .
3. Winfield Bearden , called “ Uncle Winn ” by my father’s
family . 2. Enoch Bearden came to Giles County , Tennessee ; married Sarah Holt , moved later to Red River County , Texas ( 1857 ) , with all of his family except my grandfather . Clarkesville , Texas ( P. O. ) . Children :
1. Deaton , married Mary –
2. William Franklin , married
3. Benjamin , married
4. Daniel , married Mary
5. Edwin Berryman , married Mary Frances Meek .
6. Martha , married Honeycutt .
7. Mary , married Daughette .
8. Eliza , married Williams . 5. Edwin B. Bearden , born Nov. 21 , 1822 , died Sept. 25 , 1857 , Pulaski , Tenn . Married , April 16 , 1850 , Mary Frances Meek , born April 23 , 1827 , died Aug. 31 , 1877 , Pulaski , Tenn
Issue : 1. Isola Jane . 2. Edwin F. 3. Felix . 4. Sarah E. 5. Ernest Meredith . 6. Thomas Bruce . All traced to present . )
6. Thomas Bruce Bearden , born Feb. 23 , 1858 , in Tuscaloosa , Alabama , died Dec. 21 , 1929 , Franklin , Tennessee ; married , Jan. 6 , 1886 , Dan Ella Blackburn , born Nov. 19 , 1865 , died Aug. 23 , 1903 , Franklin , Tenn .
1. Amilu Bearden , born Oct. , 1886 , married Feb. 11 , 1908 ,
William Fountain Odil , born Dec. 15 , 1885 .
1. Ethel B. , born May 3 , 1909 , married June 8 , 1935 , James W. Richardson , born Nov. 11 , 1908. One child : Margaret B. Richardson , born March 11 , 1936 , Columbia , Tenn . 2. William Odil , Jr. , born Aug. 14 , 1913 , married
One child : Marguerite B. Odil , born Sept. 4 , 1921 . 2. William Bearden of Spartanburg County , South Carolina , son of Benjamin of Granville County , North Carolina , married Nancy Frazier .
1. Alfred , married ( 1832 ) Margaret Downing of Bedford County , Tennessee . Issue : Thirteen children .
1. Matthew Marshall Bearden .
2. Mrs. Ghidewell ( ? ) , Fayetteville , Tenn . 1. Matthew Marshall Bearden married Susie Woods , Franklin County , Tennessee .
1. Alfred .
2. Thomas .
3. Mattie Miles .
4. Ellis Miller . ( Record contributed by Mrs. Odil , Spring Hill , Tenn . )
Benjamin Franklin Bearden of Spartanburg , South Carolina , removed to Giles County , Tennessee . 15
16Sketch from Miss Mary Helen Bearden , Shelbyville , Tennessee , great great granddaughter of Benj . F. Bearden ( Giles County , Tennessee ) . Letter , July 13 , 1938 .
1. Benjamin F. Bearden , born – died 1870 , married Susan Blake , died 1875. He was a physician of Petersburg , Tenn . Issue :
1. Edwin R. , born 1843 , died 1881 .
2. Walter Scott , born 1843 , died 1919 .
3. Clara Olivia , born 1845 , died 1847 . 2. Judge Walter S. Bearden married , 1874 , Margaret Whiteside , born 1840 , died 1919 , Shelbyville , Tenn .
1. Edwin Whiteside .
2. Margie , 1876-1881 .
3. Mary Helen .
4. Walter .
5. Sue , married , 1913 , Hans Gibers . She died 1928. No issue . 1. Edwin Whiteside Bearden died 1938 , married Judith Ryall . Children :
1. Edwin R. , married Thelma Turner .
Children : Edwin , Jr. , John , Sue and Sallie ( twins ) . 2. Julian Blake , married Margaret Kerr .
Children : Julian , Jr. , Carol .
3. Frances , married Harry Scott .
Children : Juliet , Sallie , Sue .
4. Margaret , married R. M. Christian , 1937 .
4. Walter S. Bearden married , 1905 , Elizabeth Thomas . Children :
1. Walter Bearden III , married Frances Bivington , 1934 .
2. Mary Louise .
( Contributed by Mrs. Odil , Spring Hill , Tenn . )
KENTUCKY LAND WARRANTS
John Bearden ( Book U , p . 96 ) .
” In consideration of a Kentucky land office warrant , No. 13519 , there was granted by the Commonwealth unto Benj . Shackelford , John Dodge , James McLaughlin , John Bearden , Samuel H. Curd , William Curd , Fidelio C. Sharp , John H. Phelps , Reuben Rowland , John Byrne and Constant A. Wilson , a certain tract of land ( 100 acres ) , dated Dec. 12 , 1825 , lying in County Caldwell , waters of Tennessee River , bounded by John Mercer . ” Etc.
Note : This John Bearden is not identified . From a study of foregoing material it will be seen from whence this family reached South Carolina , and in what direction branches of the Bearden family continued to migrate . In their transitory period some must have settled elsewhere and not all branches of the name in the Southern States could be included in the subject outlined in these pages .
THE FOLLOWING BLASSINGAME INFORMATION IS TAKEN FROM:
Southern lineages; records of thirteen families, by A. Evans Presented by Mary Bondurant Warren pgs 292
Church and civil records of the Southern colonies and the larger libraries of this country have been searched for proof of the tradition that the Blassingame family was of French extraction and came with the Huguenot emigrés to South Carolina. From one source we learn that the Blassinghams (Blassingame) were of the same origin as the Jouets, and efforts to trace them through numerous records of this Huguenot family — the Narragansett Huguenot settlement, the French church, New York, and the Santee (S.C.) migration have been unavailing. A natural conclusion is that if the Blassinghams were Huguenot refugees they must have abjured their French names, as did others, for protection against persecution. No early Beaufort County (S.C.) records survive a loss by fire to prove a tradition that the first home of the family in South Carolina was in that district or precinct.
(1) “Crest of the Blassingames, a pelican in her piety. French Huguenots- same as Joüet of the Island of Rhé, France. Left France for religious motives in the autumn of 1686 for Plymouth, England, from whence they sailed to Rhode Island. Descended from the noble family of Joüet, of the Province of Anjou. Feudal Lords of the Seigneuries of La Souelage and Piedonault. ”Newberry Library, Chicago. (Authority misplaced.) Also (Vol. 29, pp. 151. 152) New York Genealogical and Biographical Records of Jouets of New Jersey, by Rev. Wm. Hall, American Heraldica Realte, 16).
Stone house and other Plymouth, England, Huguenot church records were examined and the Council Hall, Plymouth, England, visited in 1928 by the writer in search of Blassingame pilgrims to America, without success.
Captain Blassingame of Spartanburg, S.C., is said to have visited the ancestral home of his family in France. No convincing record of this has been found. Nor has the statement from a Georgia source that the Blassingames came from a Virginia County, bordering Maryland, been verified by research.
The first information of their Virginia location is in the following:
“June 20, 1727, James Blassingham, guardian of Thomas Shipp, the orphan” (p. 203) Essex County, Virginia, Order Book.
James Blassingham, Thomas Hawkins, John Bell: bond to William Daingerfield (Will Book, 1720-22), Essex County, Virginia.
James Blessingham’ acknowledges deed to Thomas Blessingham. Caroline County order book, about 1732.
‘In the Caroline County records the name is spelled “Blessingham” throughout. An anecdote told by descendants of Gen. John Blassingham in South Carolina relates to his having been saved from hanging by the Tories by his name, meaning “Blessing.”
The Blassingames probably lived in that part of Essex County from which Caroline County was carved in 1720, for the only re maining records of the latter (orders 1732-40) contain more than forty (40) items relating to James and Thomas Blessingham. With the destruction of Will and Deed books, authentic knowledge of these antecedents is unobtainable. In an item (p. 51, Orders, 1732) Thomas Blessingham, and Frances, his wife, acknowledge a deed. Frances died after this date, for on February 10, 1743, Thomas Blessinghem and Kathrine, his wife, lease and release land to Augustine Muse. (Book 2, part 1, p. 57, Caroline Co. “Orders.” ) Thomas Blessingham was living in Spottsylvania County in 1749 (probably without moving his residence), when he was figuring in various suits in the courts there.
In 1748, Thomas Blassingham files claim for taking up runaway servant to House of Burgesses. (Journal.)
July 4, 1749, Thomas Blassingame, Benj. Martin and John Gordon, Jr., guardians of Thomas Roy, orphan of James Roy. Thomas Blessingham with Benj. Martin guardian to Mary Mellen, orphan of Daniel Martin. Virginia County Records, Spottsylvania County. (Vol. 1, p. 71.)
Order and Minute books, March 7, 1754 through 1765, prove Thomas Blessingham to be still a Virginian. Order Book 1749-55, Spottsylvania County (pp. 396-524). Minute Book, 1755-65 (pp. 3-5).
The names “Thomas” and “Phæbe” (of William Carr’s Will), August 2, 1760 (Vol. 1, p. 19, Crozier), are perpetuated in Thomas Blessingham’s line and suggest a possible descent from the Carrs of Rappahannock County. In a later generation “Carr” is a Blassingame forename.
Between Spottsylvania and the southern Virginia border, no intermediate home of the Blassingame family is known. In the year 1749 to 1766 there seems to have been a migration of Virginians to Bladen and Anson Counties, North Carolina. In that group were the Blassingames and related families.
Thomas Blassingame bought land on Cartledge’s Creek, Anson County, North Carolina, of John Long, in 1760. He seems to have lived on this land for about five years. According to a deed, 1766, he transfers this land and, having crossed the State border, describes himself as “Thomas Blassingham, of the Province of South Carolina.” Deed below:
John Long to Thomas Blasangham: “ This indenture made this 29th day of June in the year of our Lord 1760 between John Long of the County in the Province of North Carolina of the one part, and Thomas Blasangam of the same County and Province aforesaid, of the other part, witnesseth … doth grant, bargain, sell, etc., unto the said Thomas Blasangam … all of a tract of land containing two hundred acres .. beginning at a black jack sapling … to a sweetgum on the bank of Cartledge’s Creek … lying and being in the County and Province afsd, and to the northeast side of Pee Dee (River).”
Thomas Blassingame to John Long: “This Indenture made this 16th day of June, in the year of our Lord 1766, between Thomas Blassingame, of the Province of South Carolina, of one part, and John Long of Anson County, in the Province of North Carolina, of the other part, witnesseth … do bargain, sell, etc., unto the said John Long … all that tract or parcel of land situate in the County aforesaid on the northeast side of Pee Dee River beginning at a black jack sapling … to a sweetgum on the bank of Cartledge’s Creek … containing 200 acres. Sealed and delivered in the presence of us.
his mark THOMAS B. BLASSINGAME.
Wits: John Cole, William Watkins. (Deeds, Anson County, Vol 3, pp. 361-63).
Anson County, North Carolina, June 29, 1760. John Long of Anson County, North Carolina (blacksmith), to Thomas Blassingame of same County: 200 acres, beginning at a black sapling on William Blewitt’s home line to a white oak on Edmond Cartledge’s upper corner to a sweetgum on the bank of Cartledge’s Creek.
JOHN LONG (Seal ). William Moody, Thomas Blassingame, John Crawford, witnesses. (Page 48, Book 3, Deeds.) Anson County.
June 15, 1766, Thomas Blassingame of South Carolina, to John Long of Anson County. South side Cartledge’s Creek, a tract of land granted to William Blewitt, by patent, March 6, 1759 (“these words ought to be inserted in the 8th line next to the number 1759”), thence conveyed by deed to the said Thomas Blassingame, May 29, 1761.
THOMAS B. BLASSINGAME (Seal). John Cole, William Watkins, witnesses. July term, 1766.
Thomas Blassingame to John Long: “This indenture made June 16, 1766, between Thomas Blassingame, yeoman, of the Province of South Carolina, to John Long of Anson County, of the other part, Province of North Carolina (blacksmith) — “land crossing Baggett’s Branch, near the Lick Branch, to a white oak on Edmund Cartledge’s line, to a sweetgum on bank of Cartledge’s Creek to a birch on William Blewitt’s lower line, containing 200 acres, as appears by his majesty’s Letters Patent bearing date the — day of April, 1762, granted to John Long and conveyed by the said John Long to Thomas Blassingame by deed and bearing date April 24, 1762.”
his mark THOMAS B. BLASSINGAME.
John Cole, Wm. Watkins, witnesses.
July term, 1766.
Thomas Blassingame: deed from William Blewitt and his wife, Sarah, May 29, 1761, tract of land in Anson County, south side Cartledge’s Creek, “land granted William Blewitt by patent bearing date March 6, 1759.” John Long, Christopher Hunt, witnesses. (Deeds, Vol. 6, p. 199.)
PEE DEE NEIGHBORS August 7 , 1762 , William Moody of Anson County , from Benj . Martin of North Carolina , north side Pee Dee River , granted to Jacob Falkenburg by patent March 2 , 1754 ; then to James Mc Elray , 27 April , 1756 , and from McElroy to Benj . Martin , June 10 , 1758 , etc. ( Page 37 , Book 3 , Deeds . ) Anson County , North Caro lina . John Long , John Cundall , Christopher Hunt , witnesses .
January 1 , 1771 , William Moody from Isaac Jackson and wife , Elizabeth , of Anson County , “ tract of land on northeast side Pee Dee and east of Cartledge’s Creek . ” ( Pages 24-25 , Book K. )
John Ham of Craven County , South Carolina , to William Ham ner of North Carolina , yeoman : beginning at a white oak on Pee Dee corner to John Newberry , above Island Creek , and Newberry’s line , corner to John McCoy . ( Book 3 , p . 203 , Deeds . ) Anson County , July 25 , 1765 .
John Thomas , James Blassingame , Samuel Winn , Claudius Pegues , James Jenkins , others ; debtors to the estate of Edward El lerbee , late of St. David’s Parish , Craven County . Mr. Samuel Wise , appraisor , Nov. 28 , 1770. ( Book Y , 1769. ) Probate’s office , Charleston , S. C.
“ Among names of a colony from Pennsylvania settling Welsh neck on Pee Dee River , opposite Society Hill , is John Westfield’s and others . From these spring many of the best families of South Caro lina . ” McCrady’s History of South Carolina ( p . 137 ) .
Regarding these families the following records have made them somewhat well known .
John Westfield received 100 acres in Craven County on West field Creek , November 24 , 1770. ( Book 21 , p . 324. ) Land Grants , Columbia , S. C.
March 13 , 1751 , John Westfield in the Province of Craven County , South Carolina , blacksmith , to John Kimbrough of Anson County , North Carolina , planter , ” whereas John Westfield by force and virtue of his Majesty’s Letters Patent , etc. , became lawfully seized and possessed of 640 acres land , situated west side Pee Dee Great River in said county of Anson , beginning at a white oak of a river bank about 500 poles at the upper point of a certain island in the river called Long Island — to a lower corner of a tract of land laid out for Joseph King — thence down the several courses of the river to the first station as by said patent and plot thereunto annexed . Dated May 22 , 1741. Conveyance to John Kimbrough by John Westfield and Sarah , his wife .
JOHN WESTFIELD ( Seal ) . Witnesses , William Bedinfield , Sarah Westfield .
John Tompkins , John ( his X mark ) Jones .
( Page 163 , Deeds , Book B , p . 2. ) Anson County , North Carolina .
Notes from the office of the South Carolina Historical Commis sion , A. S. Sally , Secretary .
Re : Westfield . No. 33 – L 28-9-11 . No. 112. July 22nd , 1785 . Lit V. John Westfield .
In account 42 says wagon hire : 36 days as private in the militia ; also , 11 bushels of corn , the whole for Continental and militia use in 1780 and in 1781 and 1782 .
Amounting to 281 pounds 9-11 ; twenty – eight pounds , 9 shillings and eleven pence , sterling .
The U. S. to John Westfield , Dr. , 1781. Feb. 10 : to 21 days ‘ service of a wagon team and driver transporting provisions to the Continental Army , 12 lb. ls . Od .
1781 , Nov. 10 : To 11 bushels corn as per account at 3/6 . 1 . 18. 6. Total 13. 18. 6. And you will much oblige Gentleman . Your very obedient servant ,
JOHN WESTFIELD . Cheraw , 17 Sept. , 1785 .
Messrs . Edward Blake , Peter Bouquett , Treas .
I do certify that I saw John Westfield sign the above order .
CALVIN SPENCER , I. T. Publish order for my wagon and team .
This may certify that Mr. John Westfield , wagon team and driver , were 21 days in the Cont . transporting provisions to Army , under the command of Major Gen. Greene , 10 Feb. 1781 .
Thos . WADE , G. P. C. for S. C. The State of South Carolina to John Westfield , Dr.1780 : to days service of wagon team and driver , 12-0-0 . 1782 : to Col. George Hicks .
1782 , Aug. 6 : to 36 days ‘ service as per Thomas Mitchell Cut ? 10-1812 . 20 lb. 9.11 .
FAMILIES RELATED TO BLASSINGAMES James Gillespie , Sr. , had two daughters . One married John Westfield , one of the early emigrants from Virginia , and died there . Westfield Creek in Chesterfield County , took its name from him . Obedience , the other daughter , married Thomas Ellerby . Numerous progeny .
James Gillespie lived on the west side of the river , above Cheraw . Ellerbys inter – married with Powes , connected with St. David’s church . Whigs in the Revolution . St. David’s Parish established 1768. History of Old Cheraw , Gregg ( pp . 57-62 ) .
Thomas Blassingame died shortly after he became a South Caro . lina citizen , for his Will is dated there , 1767 , when he is of Craven County . ( Will Book , 1771-74 , p . 246. ) Charleston , S. C. , probate office . Recorded , 1772 .
WILL OF THOMAS BLASSINGAME In the name of God , Amen . The 16th day of March in the year of our Lord 1767 , I , Thomas Blassingham , of Craven County , in the Province of South Carolina , planter , being sick and weak in body , but of perfect mind and memory — thanks be given to God for the same — and calling to mind the mortality of my body and know ing that it is appointed for all men once to die , do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament ; that is to say , first and principally , I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it ,
nd as for my body , I recommend it to the earth , to be buried in a Christian – like , decent manner , at the discretion of my executors ; nothing doubting but at the general resurrection to receive the same again , by the mighty power of God ; and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life , I give , devise and dispose of the same in manner and form following :
Imprimis : I leave and bequeath to Catharine , my beloved wife , all my slaves , stock , household goods and moveables ( except a female negro child named Judith and a folio Bible ) to be by her freely enjoyed during her widowhood or , if she should not marry , then during her life ; and after her marriage or death , I will and require that all my slaves , stock , household goods and moveables ( except as before excepted ) be equally divided amongst all my children , to be by them freely enjoyed and possessed .
Item 1. I leave and bequeath to my well beloved daughter , Phebe , when she doth arrive at the age of eighteen years , one female negro child named Judith and her increase , to her and her heirs forever . Item . I leave and bequeath to my beloved grandson , James Blassingham , my folio Bible , to be by him freely enjoyed and pos sessed immediately after my decease . I likewise constitute and ap point my beloved wife , Catharine ; my beloved son , James , and William Moody executrix and executors , to this my last Will and Testament ; and I do hereby utterly disallow , revoke , and disannul all and every other former Testaments , Wills , legacies , bequests or executors by me in any ways heretofore named , ratifying and con firming this , and no other , to be my last Will and Testament . In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day above written .
his THOMAS B. BLASINGAME ( L.S. )
mark Published , pronounced and declared by the said Thomas Blas singham as his last Will and Testament in presence of Joseph Par sons , Chars . Hunt , Millium ( her X mark ) Hunt .
Proved by virtue of a dedimus from His Excellency the Rt . Hon . Lord C. G. Montagu , Govr . and ca to Chas . Augs . Steward , Esq : the 3rd Jan’ry , 1772. At the same time qualified James Blasin game ex’or thereto .
All available evidence points to the Pee Dee Section as the home in South Carolina of the Blassingame family .
August 1 , 1770 , William Blassingame : grant Goodman’s Island ( Pee Dee ) . August 1 , 1770 , William Blassingame : Westfield Creek ( grant from the crown ) .
1771 , John Blassingame : Sugar Creek , Union County .
1772 , James Blassingame : Thompson’s Creek , Chesterfield County . ( Land grants , Columbia , S. C. )
The three men enumerated are doubtless brothers , and sons of Thomas of Craven County , who mentions ” all of my children ” though only ” son , James , ” is mentioned by name . That they were good citizens is attested by their membership in a local group known as the “ St. David’s Society . ”
ST . DAVID’S SOCIETY
William Blassingame , member of St. David’s, 1771 .
James Blassingame, member of St. David’s, 1778, Cheraw District. William Blassingame belonged to Grand Jury, 1778. James Blassingame (2), member of St. David’s after 1788. Tristram Thomas, member St. David’s between 1780 and ’88.
The following “had died”: William Blassingame (p. 438, Gregg’s History of South Carolina).
LETTER TO MISS WILLIE WYATT
MONTGOMERY , ALA . ” I think the evidence is complete that James Blassingame not only lived on the upper Pee Dee but that he also went to Greenville. In 1778 he was an original subscriber to what was called the St. David’s Society, to foster an academy. They were living in the woods and the government at Charleston paid little attention to education except through the established church. The people met to pay for their own house and teacher. Tristram Thomas, who was a Major, lived a little below Cheraw on the east side of the river, near“ Gardner’s Bluff.” Culp (Kolb was the right spelling) lived opposite Society Hill and was murdered by the Tories, April, 1781. You cannot have any more certain evidence of the identity of James Blassingame than these documents from Tristram Thomas and the Minutes of the St. David’s Society .
“The Blassingames were people who believed in schools. They lived too far off to attend – at least twenty miles, I think.
John Gowen was also a member of the St. David’s Society in 1778 but, after that year, I see neither Blassingames nor Gowens in it. I judge that the two were connected by marriage and went over together, but I have no proof of it. I think I can locate these in the Pee Dee by their deeds some time this year. You have given me enough to mention them in my writing.”
H. T. Cook , Greenville , S. C. Of the three Blassingame landowners on the Pee Dee, William was the first recorded, as follows:
“ Grant from the Crown by Lt. Gov. Wm . Bull , May 7 , 1770 : 26 acres in Craven County , Goodman’s Island , bounded by Claudius Pegues , Mr. Jenkins ; all other sides of Pee Dee River . ” ( Vol . 21 , p . 63 ) Land Grants , Columbia , S. C.
May 4 , 1771 , William Blassingame is granted land on Westfield Creek , Pee Dee section ( Book 23 , p . 438 ) , and again on May 24 , he receives a grant on the northwest side of Pee Dee River ( p . 439 ) .
December 18 , 1788 , William Blassingame witnesses deed of John Blassingame and his wife , Obedience , in Union County . He must have died shortly afterward according to the St. David’s Society records . The Will of William Blassingame is missing and his de scendants , if any , are untraced .
Clues to the identity of South Carolina and Kentucky branches of the Blassingames are noticed in the notes below , which are affixed for the purpose of elucidating a branch in question .
“ Lucas and Mikell families of the Pee Dee Country , ” 1778-1851 ; October , 1926 , South Carolina Historical Magazine , A. S. Salley , Editor . Article contributed by Wm . Lucas , who lived in South Carolina in 1805 and later at Franklin County , Alabama . Born , Chesterfield County , South Carolina , where his father , John Lucas , was born May 12 , 1778 .
John Mikell , born in Virginia , moved to South Carolina . He had sisters : Ursula , Mercy , Mary , Jane , Catharine .
1. Ursula married , first , John McIntosh ; second , John O’Neil ( son , David ) .
2. Mercy married Nathan Sanders .
3. Mary married Hamm , two sons ; second , John Blassingame ( 2 ) , by whom she had many children . ( Moved to Kentucky . )
4. Katherine married Knight .
5. Jane , unmarried .
William Lucas, author of the above record, might have been in error as to Mary ( Mikell ) Hamn’s marriage to John Blassingame and his going to Kentucky with her family to live .
James Blassingame went to Kentucky and died there . ( See Will , also Land Record , Draper Collection , and Kentucky Land Office , Frankfort , Ky . )
Thomas Blassingham and Thomas Hamn were contemporaries in Caroline County , Virginia , 1741-43 . Among ‘ Wills in Caroline County found in order books were the following ( copied because of association with Blassingames ) :
Thomas W. Hamn presented by Sarah Hamn , 1744 ( p . 268 ) . Thomas Shipp’s Will , Thomas Shiff , executor , Sept. 21 , 1752 ( pp . 343-46 ) . Ann May , widow presented by Francis Taliaferro , May 10 , 1753 ( p . 388 ) . Mary Buckley , administratrix , 1774 ( p . 470 ) .
MILITARY RECORDS The military service of James Blassingame is attested by the accompanying receipts , and additional ” pension statements . ” The ” son James ” of Thomas Blassingham’s Will ( Craven County , 1767 , is probably James Blassingame who had a grant on Thompson’s Creek , Chesterfield County , and another dated May 21 , 1784 . Whether he is the same as the Revolutionary soldier who removed to Ninety – six District or to Kentucky is uncertain ; but it is probable that he received grants in both places as reward for his service to the American cause .
Sub entries to indents . for Revolution ( Vol . 4 , Salley ) .
Issued August 16 , 1785 , to Mr. James Blassingham for 4 pounds , 15 shillings and 1 pence sterling for 43 bushels of corn for militia use in 1780 , as per account passed by the commissioners . No. 375 W , p . 250 (Claims Book,N.W.).
Issued March 27 , 1786 , to Mr. James Blassingame for 5 pounds , 17 skh . , for militia duty as Lieutenant and Captain , in 1779-80 and ’81 as acc’t . from ye commis . Principal lb. 83.11.5 . Interest lb. 5.11.17 .
No. 1956. Liber X.
( Entry to stub of Indent with which the claim was paid . )
Secretary , Historical Commission , S. C. , A. S. Salley .
State of South Carolina , to Capt . James Blassingame , Dr.
“ To his services as a lieutenant from September , 1779 to 1780 , to two different Touers ( tours ? ) two months each , on one of which he was detached with fifty odd prisoners from Charleston to Hali fax by order of , and under the command of Col. Thomas Loyd . ”
120 days at 45 / r day , 270 .
Then as Captain from the 20th day of August , ’80 , to 20th of June , 1781 , at least 90 days . Horsemen’s duty which he performed under the order of Col. Culp near Pee Dee . ” 90 days at 70 / Lb. 245. 70 more .
“Captain James Blassingame made oath before me that the above pay bill is just , for which he has received no pay . Sworn to the 7th of June , 1783. Lb. 583. Lb. 83.11.5 . ”
Before me , Robert Anderson , J. P. James Blassingame . “ To the Treasurers of the State of South Carolina . Gentlemen:
“ Please to deliver if passed , my Indent , or certificate of my due from the state , to John Blasingame , and oblige Genl . ”
Yours most obedt . ,
JAMES BLASSINGAME . Given in the presence of James Harrison , J. P. , Sept. 16 , 1785 .
“ Capt . Blassingame having since removed with his family from Pee Dee to this Brigade or District of Ninety – six has not an opportunity of returning his accounts at that place . ” Robert Anderson .
Certified by me , Tristm Thomas , Major of Col. Brandon’s Regiment .
One “ Mr. James Blassingame ” who sold land to Mr. Nicolas Taliaferro in Bracken County , Kentucky , 1799 , is chronologically ( and otherwise ) the same as the Pee Dee soldier .
The name of his children ( see Will ) indicates that he was a son of Thomas ( 1 ) of Craven County , South Carolina , and that his wife may have been a daughter of John Mikell of the same section .
( Family register of Nicholas Taliaferro . Wm . B. McGroarty . W. and M. Quar . , July , 1921 ( p . 150 ) .
JAMES BLASSINGAME’S WILL +
Wife , Mary ; sons :
1. James Harry Blassingame .
2. Thomas C. Blassingame .
3. Buckley Blassingame .
4. Nancy Holton .
5. Frances Taliaferro .
6. Ursula Tannehill .
7. Caty Anderson . ( Book A , p . 200 ) , Augusta , Bracken County , Kentucky .
BRACKEN COUNTY MARRIAGES James Blassingame to Virginia Anderson , January 14 , 1833 ( p . 4 ) . Ursula Blassingame to Zachariah Tannehill , March 8 , 1810 ( p . 51 ) . John Champe Taliaferro to Susannah Buckner , 1808 ( p . 49 ) .
4 “ You will notice that the spelling differs throughout this instrument , but I have copied it just as it appears upon the record , for I feel that you would be anxious to know just the wording that was used at the time . ” J. A. Money hon, Clerk , Bracken County Court , March 5 , 1921 .
Mrs. Mattie T. Asbury of Augusta , Kentucky , is of Blassingame descent through James Blassingame and his wife , Mary , of Bracken County , whose daughter , Frances Blassingame , married Nicolas Taliaferro . She writes as follows : “ The name Carr figures in my ancestral records . The records prior to 1799 , in which my great grandfather ( Taliaferro ) purchased “ Grampion Hill ” were destroyed by fire .
“ The records of land bought by my great grandfather , Nicolas Taliaferro , when he came from Virginia in 1799 , showed that it joined W. James Blassingame , whose daughter , Frances , he no doubt married ; the names of whose children you no doubt have seen in the ‘ William and Mary Quarterly . ‘ We own some of this land or it joins us .
“ Among the old records in Brooksville , our county seat , are a number of land transfers from James Blassingame , who must have been an extensive landowner . I talked with an old lady , ninety ( 90 ) years of age , a few days since , who knew and associated with one Jennie Blassingame but she did not know what became of her on leaving this county . Then , I remember hearing my father relate an anecdote regarding a Mr. Blassingame , a minister . ”
( Letter to Miss Wyatt , dated Nov. 12 and 28 , 1921. )
Lands South of Green River , Scottsville , Allen County , Ken tucky . ( Book 27 , p . 403. ) Kentucky Land Grants , 1782-1924 , Frankfort , Ky .
Joseph Desha , Governor of Kentucky , by virtue of a certificate No. 534 ( the state price paid without interest ) , granted by the county court of Warren in 1802 , agreeable to an act of the assembly for selling and improving the vacant lands of the commonwealth ; there is granted the said commonwealth unto John Blassingame , a cer tain tract or parcel of land containing sixty ( 60 ) acres by survey , lying and being in the county of Scottsville , on Traveller’s Fork ( boundary , etc. ) . Dec. 14 , 1827 , 36th year of the commonwealth . ( Page 404 , Book 27. )
( This is probably one of the “ Johns ” unaccounted for in South Carolina . )
Unnamed in the Will of Thomas Blassingame of Craven County , Thomas ( 2 ) , of Union County , is probably his son . The names of his children ( see Wills ) is evidence of this fact .
Thomas , Philip , John and James Blassingame are all living in Ninety – Six District , Union County , at the time of the first census ( 1790 ) . A record of Thomas Blassingame’s land grants , purchases and sales in that county will be useful to the discerning reader in distinguishing him from others of the name . It will be seen that he is contemporary with James Blassingame and that they own lands in the same vicinity .
Thomas Blassingame’s earliest grants on Sally Branch are dated January 2 , 1785 ( Land Office , Book 21 , p . 344 ) , Nov. 7 , 1785 ; Ninety – Six District ( Book 5 , p . 354 ) , and Feb. 2 , 1787 , Ninety – Six District ( Book 23 , p . 213 ) .
Thomas Blassingame , planter , and Frances Blassingame ( Fanny ) , his wife , to Daniel Palem : land in Union County on Sugar Creek , ” tract of land originally granted to Thomas Blassingame , the ancient boundary line , bounded by Betterton . ” ( Deed Book E , p . 147. ) Union County , Dec. 24 , 1787. Recorded March 24 , 1789 .
March 28 , 1788 , Thomas Blassingame of Union County , to James Betterton : ” lands adjoining tract granted Thomas Blassingame . ( Book B , p . 73. ) Thomas Blassingame , witness to deed for Archer Smith , Sept. 27 , 1785. ( Book A , p . 152. )
loses Stevens of Wilkes County , Georgia , sells land to Thomas Blassingame , July 25 , 1777. Benj. Thompson and William Thompson , witnesses . ( Book A , p . 152. )
Thomas Blassingame , Esquire , deed to Joseph McJunken , Fannie Blassingame , wife of Thomas , signs deed ( Book G , p . 151 ) , 1801 . Thomas Blassingame , ” one of Justices of Union County . ” Recorded , July 4 , 1803 ( Book G , p . 432 ) . Old plat book ( p . 215 ) : plat of Thomas Blassingame’s land on Fair Forest— “land laid out for John Blassingame on Sugar Creek , waters of Fair Forest , land surveved for James Blassingame , Oct. 22 , 1814 ( also for John and Philip Blassingame , Jan. 22 , 1820 ” ( p . 367 ) .
1790, Thomas Blassingame, Jr., is mentioned by John Blassingame, April 12, 1792, “Thomas Blassingame of Union County” — deed from James Blassingame of Granville County, land on Mitchell Creek, branch of Fair Forest (a grant to James Blassingame, April 3, 1786). William Towns and John Blassingame, witnesses, Jan. 2, 1793. Recorded, Jan. 2, 1795 (Book C, p. 218).
March 7, 1786, Thomas Blassingame, farmer, of Ninety-Six District, leased land to Bazzle (Basil) Wheat, branches of Fair Forest, Dinia Creek. James Blassingame’s signature. Nicolas Keating, witness. (Deed Book A , pp. 108-9.)
According to the Will of Thomas Blassingame of Union County, dated June 15, 1815, his wife was: Fannie? Issue (named in theWill):
1. James .
2. Washington . ”
3. John .
4. Ruth .
5. Thomas ( 3 ) .
6. Frankie .
7. Betty Curtis .
8. Polly Parham .
9. Catty ( Katy ) .
Sept. 1, 1835, Washington Blassingame receives a grant of land in Shelby County, Tennessee (census of population) Tenn. (p. 99) Martha B. Houston, John Blassingame (p. 15 ), same reference. Lawrence County, Tennessee.
Thomas Blassingame, of Union County, was an officer in the Revolution, as appears from the following:
Alex McDougald’s statement , affidavit made in Union District , South Carolina . Hardin County , Kentucky , pensions ( p . 49 ) . “ He moved to Wilmington , N. C. , where he resided seventy – four years and six months , when he moved to South Carolina , near the In dians ‘ line . In the year 1773 , in what is now called Union County , he was drafted and provided to defend Charleston against Com modore Parker , who menaced it with his field . ( ? ) The name of his Captain was Thomas Blassingame , his lieutenant was John Blas singame . He was discharged and returned home about two hundred and twenty ( 220 ) miles . He was again drafted in 1778 , two months to go in pursuit of a notorious Tory called Bill Cunningham , who had committed murders and burned two iron foundries on Pacelot River . Drafted again , 1780 , for two months and in 1781 , again in October , two months . Resided in South Carolina until 1801 , when he returned to Hardin County , Kentucky .
Personally appeared Thomas M. Grier and Hezekiah McDougald , saying they were personally acquainted with Alex McDougall dur . ing the Revolutionary War while in the service of his country , and that he served one tour of duty at Orangeburg as Lieutenant under Capt . Blasisngame in 1781 or 1782 , etc. ( Pages 48-50 ) Kentucky Revolutionary Soldiers ‘ Pensions . ” Anne Walker Burns .
The son , Thomas , ” mentioned in the Will of the foregoing Thomas Blassingame , would naturally be the third “ Thomas , ” of Pickens District ( Will below ) . Of this fact his descendants are either ignorant or uncertain ( see letters ) . They are sure of a Westfield grandmother , and that Thomas of Pickens District was half brother to “ Gen. John ” of Greenville County .
Thomas Blassingame , presumably of Pickens District , buys land in Pendleton County on branches of Saluda Creek from James Lind say . John Blassingame and Robt . Easley witness the deed . Aug. 6 , 1796. ( Book D , p . 357. ) Anderson County , South Carolina .
Thomas Blassingame is witness for Nathan and Mary Smith in a deed to Richard Bearden , Feb. 24 , 1791 , Spartanburg County , South Carolina .
“ Thomas Blassingame and wife , Sarah , deed land on Anderson Road , both sides of Saluda River , ” Oct. 5 , 1842 ( Book 2 , p . 572 ) , Anderson County .
Thomas Blassingame ( 3 ) was born June 11 , 1771 , died Nov. 10 , 1859. He was married twice and his first wife was Nancy Easley , daughter of Robert Easley and Mary Allen ( 2 ) , of Virginia . ”
* From family record : Above Thomas ( 3 ) is the same as the author of the Will , Anderson County , dated 1833 , but there is some discrepancy in the date of his death ( 1859 ) .
” Samuel Allen’s Will : Cumberland County , Virginia , Wills No. 2 , Parish of Littleton , Jan. 7 , 1774 , proved Sept. 22 , 1774 .
Wife , Martha ; sons : Samuel , Archer , Daniel , Field ; daughters : Mary , Eliza beth Jeffries , Judah Murray , Polly Field , Obedience Towns , Ann , Frances ; son – in – law , William Daniel ; sons : Archer and Daniel , executors . Stephen Woodson , Lucy Woodson , William Towns , George Baker , witnesses . ( Book 2 , p . 151. )
THOMAS BLASSINGAME’S WILL
Pickens County , S. C. , July 29 , 1833 ( ? ) .
“ I , Thomas Blassingame , of Pickens District . ” Wife , Sarah ; children :
1. Mary Harmon .
2. Elizabeth Field .
3. Obedience Field .
4. Peritheny Ariel .
5. Jane Woodruff .
6. John Easley Blassingame .
7. Robert Blassingame .
8. David Blassingame .
9. William Blassingame .
10. Carr Blassingame .
11. Franklin Blassingame .
12. J. Thomas (4) Blassingame .
13. Harrison Blassingame. “Son, Thomas, lower end of Anderson County, Saluda River.” (Will Book 3, p. 57.)
Thomas Blassingame to his heirs:
“We, George W. Harmon, of Campbell County, Georgia; Robert E. Blassingame, Joseph A. Field and William G. Field, of Old Pendleton, S.C., being legal heirs and representatives of a deed of gift from Thomas Blassingame to his six (6) children: Mary, Samuel, John, Robert, Elizabeth and Obedience; Samuel Blassingame deceased since execution of deed.” Division of negroes . Deed executed in the clerk’s office , Pendleton District , 20th Sept. , 1811. (Book A1, pp. 388-389.)
Children of Thomas Blassingame :
1. Mary Allan Harrison , married Samuel Harmon .
2. Obedience Field . Daughters in Murray County , Georgia , went to Texas .
3. John Easly Blassingame , married Mary Bowen .
4. Franklin Blassingame , married ( ? ) .
Polly Ann Blassingame was born May 23 , 1797 .
Samuel Easley Blassingame and Thomas Blassingame, sons of Thomas and Nancy Easley Blassingame, were born May 20, 1799 .
Robert Easley Blassingame, born September 3 , 1801 .
Elizabeth Blassingame , born October 29 , 1804 .
Obedience Blassingame , born July 2 , 1806 .
James Blassingame , born May 10 , 1808. Died young .
AUTHORITY Letter of Mrs. E. J. Field of Pickens , South Carolina , to Mr. W. B. Har rison of Fort Worth , Texas , dated March 20 , 1920 .
Benj . Franklin Blassingame ( 2 ) , son of Thomas Blassingame and Sarah Edmonson , was born 1814. He died after 1899 . Children :
W. F. Blassingame , deceased , Pickens County , S. C. J.
Thomas Blassingame , Greenville , S. C.
Mrs. R. H. Cureton , Sumter , S. C. Letter from W. F. Blassingame to Lydia Earle Whitted , May 3 , 1899. “ Polly Allen Blassingame ( Mary Harmon ) moved to Arkansas and left a large connection there .
“John Easley Blassingame married Mary Bowen .
“Nancy Easley Blassingame married — Thomas. “Harrison Blassingame was the youngest child of Thomas Blassingame and second wife , Sarah Edmonson . He married Sarah Merritt , moved to Mississippi about the beginning of the War Between the States. Both died there leaving a large family, mostly boys, and they are scattered over the Southern States.”
THOMAS BLASSINGAME’S DESCENDANTS John Easley Blassingame, located in Anderson District, S.C.
“ My father’s brothers by his first marriage were: Robert E., and his sisters were: Obedience, Mary Elizabeth. Boys by the second marriage were: Dave, Bill, Carl, Frank, Harrison .
Girls were: Parthenia, Eliza and Jenny.
“Mary married Washington Harmon (4); Elizabeth married Joe Field; Parthenia married Rev. John Ariel; Eliza married Washington Archer; Jenny married Woodruff.
“My brothers and sisters were named as follows: Nancy and Elizabeth, who married brothers, Thomas and Reese Bowen; William, John, Winn (myself) and Sam. All of them dead except Reese Bowen and wife, Elizabeth, who remained in the parental state, their residence being four miles east of Pickens. The others resided and died in Texas, having moved there from South Carolina.”
(Letter of Winn Gowen Blassingame, Sallisaw, Oklahoma, August 30, 1921.)
8 Apparently there is an error (above) in the forename of Mary Blassingame’s husband, Mr. Harmon.
Mary Blassingame Bowen (Mrs. John D. Bowen) of Dallas, Texas, writes, 1805 (card to Mrs. W. B. Harrison, Fort Worth, Texas):
“My father was Addison Holcomb Blassingame, son of Robert Easley Blassingame. His grandfather was Thomas Blassingame, a brother of Gen. John Blassingame, and his wife was an Easley. They live at Greenville, S.C. I think if you will write to Mrs. W. T. Fields of Pickens, S.C., she can give you quite a lot of information about them.”
” Elizabeth E. Blassingame married Joseph Anderson , who was born January 13 , 1803 .
“ Joseph A. , January 13 , 1803 , Estatoe , S. C .; married at Brushy Creek , S. c .
” Elizabeth Easley Blassingame was born October 29 , 1804 , and died May 3 , 1878 .
” Joseph Anderson Field died March , 1842 ; resided at Pearl , South Carolina .
“ Issue :
1. Mary Obedience , died 1857 .
2. Samuel Easley , died young .
3. William Thomas , born December 11 , 1836 , married E. Jennie Blassingame .
” Dr. William T. Field died , 1842 , Pearl , S. C.
” E. Jennie Blassingame , born October 9 , 1842 , was married Oc tober 5 , 1859 , to Dr. W. T. Field above . ” Field Genealogy ( Vol . 2 , pp . 1122-44-55 ) .
John Blassingame and Nancy Easley Blassingame had son , John Easley Blassingame , who married Mary Bowen .
1. Nancy , married Thomas Bowen .
2. Elizabeth , married Reese Bowen .
3. William , married Allgood .
4. John , married Martha Brown .
5. Samuel .
6. Winn Gowen . ”
“ Winn Gowen Blassingame moved from Pickens County , South Carolina , to Murray County , Georgia . He married Margaret Anthony , daughter of Jacob Anthony . Issue : Samuel Wynn Blassingame , born Pickens County , South Carolina , 1863. ” ( Letter of Mrs. S. W. Blassingame , Ramhurst , Ga . )
EASLEY — TOWNSBLASSINGAME “ William Towns married Obedience Allan , daughter of Samuel Allen ; Obedience Allan’s sister ( Mary , I think ) married an Easley . One of her sons was John Allan Easley and he married a Miss King , daughter of William King . Their son married Miss Sloan . Two of their children now live in Greenville , S. C. They are John Allen Easley and Trace Easley , who is Mrs. Thomas Mauldin of Green ville . These two sisters , Obedience and Mary , had two brothers . They were John Allan and Archer Allan . These were children of Samuel Allen of Cumberland County , Virginia . ”
( From Mrs. Bettie McLaughlin Andrews , the granddaughter of William Easley Blassingame and Eliza Towns . The name is spelled Allan not Allen , as Mrs. Harrison had it , I have been told , and have seen it somewhere . W. Wyatt . )
Extracts from letter of Mrs. Esther W. Bozeman , 409 Ninth Street , North , St. Petersburg , Fla . , 1915 .
“ I am the daughter of David Westfield , 10 born 1786 ( old when he married my mother ) . Quartermaster , War of 1812 – called ‘ Captain . ‘ Came from Greenville , S. C. , to Murray County , Georgia , by way of Tennessee . Old Westfield home nine miles from Green ville . My father’s oldest sister , Polly Westfield , married Samuel Easley , Polk County , Tenn . My grandfather Westfield ( John ? ) was born at Cheraw and removed to Greenville . He and his brother were soldiers in the Revolution . Old Bible and papers destroyed by fire when home in Murray County was burned . I had often heard of the Fields . My father called Obedience ‘ Cousin Biddie . ‘ My father often said he was related to the Blassingames . ‘
1 David Westfield , John Westfield , John Blassingame , bond for David Westfield’s estate , 1820. John H. Rosamond , David Westfield , administrators of John Westfield , Jr.’s estate , 1827. Greenville , S. C. , Records .
” Mr. Easley gave me his great grandfather’s name as the first of the family he could assert exact knowledge of. This great grandfather was Robert Easley, who was twice married. He married, first, a Miss Coleman. There was one child, a daughter, of this marriage, named Elizabeth. He, Robert Easley, married, second, Mary Allan, daughter of Samuel Allen of Cumberland County, Virginia. There were several children of this marriage; among them Ann, or Nancy, and John Allan Easley.
“Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Easley, and his first wife, Miss Coleman, married John Blassingame. Nancy (or Ann Easley), daughter of Robert Easley and his second wife, Mary (Allan), married Thomas Blassingame.
Thomas Blassingame , a brother of John Blassingame , who had married her half-sister , Elizabeth . John Allan Easley (son of Robert Easley and his second wife , Nancy Easley ) , married Miss King , and among his children was William King Easley , who married Miss Sloan of Pendleton , S. C. The eldest son of these is John Allan Easley , now living in Greenville , S. C. ” Claudia K. Townes . ( Signed . )
“ Mr. Easley says his father always said that the Easleys were Welsh and the Allans , English . ”
( This sent me by Martha Blassingame Harrison ( Mrs. W. B. Harrison ) , Fort Worth , Texas , who is a granddaughter of William Easley Blassingame and Eliza Townes . )
John Blassingame , Sr. , received a grant of land in Craven County , April 10 , 1771. “ 200 acres on Sugar Creek , which is a branch of Fair Forest , waters of Broad River , bounded by James McElroy’s and vacant lands . ” ( Book 23 , p . 394 ) , Land Office , Columbia .
“ The Will of this John , Sr. , was probably recorded in Chesterfield County ( first home in South Carolina of the Blassingames ) , where only meager references are now obtainable . His Will might clear the identity of numerous ‘ Johns , ‘ so puzzling to genealogists . John Blassingame , Sr. , was living on April 7 , 1786 , for at that time he signs a receipt for pay for services in the War of Revolution for ‘ my son , John . ‘ He is doubtless the ‘ Patriot John ‘ mentioned in his torical sketches of upper South Carolina .
John Blassingame , Jr. , was sheriff of Union County , December 2 , 1772 , when he deeded property to John Harle . ( Book B , Deeds , p . 433 ) , Union County , South Carolina .
John Blassingame and Thomas Bearden ” 300 acres granted to John Blassingame , Jr. ” Obedience Blassingame signs this deed , December 18 , 1788. William Blassingame , Ralph Jackson , Humphrey Grant , witnesses . ( Book 3 , Deeds , p . 375 ) , Union County , South Carolina .
John Blassingame , sheriff , 1790 , mentions Thomas Blassingame , Jr. , March 22. ( Book B , Deeds , p . 331. ) February 26 , 1787 , John Blassingame signs Thomas Bearden’s deed ( Book A , p . 488 ) .
In 1796 , John Blassingame and Robert Easley witness deed to Thomas Blassingame for land in Pendleton County— “ branches of Saluda Creek . ”
In 1792 , John Blassingame and Rachel , his wife , sell land granted by Governor Pinckney , “ Sugar Creek waters of Fair Forest . ” ( Pages 215-367 , Old Plat Book ) , Union County , South Carolina .
December 10 , 1801 , John and Rachel Blassingame sell to John Putnam land granted to John Blassingame. January 2 , 1792 , ” on Mitchel’s Creek ” ( branch of Fair Forest ) . ( Book G , p . 430. )
In 1793 , John Bearden witnesses deed of Edmund and Ann Bearden in Greenville District . ( Deed Book E , p . 352 ) , Greenville County , South Carolina .
August 30 , 1799 , land surveyed for John Blassingame , Ninety – Six District , Abbeville County , Rocky River , 899 acres ( Plat Book , PP . 25-38 ) , Columbia , S. C.
Unless there were two John Blassingames of the same generation , the foregoing deeds indicate that John , Jr. ( first wife , Obedience ) , must have died between the years 1789-1792 . Rachel , second wife , joins John Blassingame in deeds to land on Mitchell Creek , Fair Forest , in 1792 and again in 1801 .
According to family tradition there were two sets of children . John Blassingame died in Union County , South Carolina . ( Will
( 1809 , Book P. ) Wife , Rachel . Children :
1. Philip .
2. John .
3. Phoebe Ham . 11
4. Sarah Bearden.1
5. Elizabeth . John , Thomas , James were , traditionally , sons of the above . If so , they must have been children of the first wife , and may have already received their portion of their father’s estate . )
” The name of daughter “ Phæbe Ham ” signifies relationship with Thomas of Craven County , whose daughter , “ Phoebe , ” was named in his Will , 1767 .
Sarah Bearden ( daughter ) , above , was the second wife of Thomas Bearden .
Philip Blassingame , son of John Blassingame , Jr. , died in Union County and left a small estate . Bond for same is dated March 31 , 1820. His wife , Jane , is administratrix . John Blassingame signs the widow Jane’s bond . No children are mentioned .
Philip Blassingame received a grant of land in 1795 , Pickens District , Union County , South Carolina .
MILITARY RECORDS — WAR OF REVOLUTION No. 2337 , issued April 7 , 1786 , to Mr. John Blassingame , Jr. , for 6 pounds Liber x Sterling for duty in Putnam’s Company , Brandon’s Regiment , as per account audited . Principal 6 pounds . Interest , 8. 4. pounds .
Recorded , April 7 , 1786 , full satisfaction for the writing in an Indent No. 2339 , Box X , order John Blassingame ( for my son ) .
“ The endorsement on the wrapper of another account of John Blassingame , Jr. , but the receipts given by his father in both accounts show that accounts should have been in the name of John Blassingame , Jr. The second account is now lost . The following is the endorsement on the wrapper . ” John Blassingame ( Junr . ) .
“ For 42 days ‘ duty as a horseman ( from 22 June , 1781 , to Jan. 1 , 1782 ) , in Capt . John Putnam’s Company , Col. Brandon’s Regiment. Currt.” 42 pounds … etc.
Received April 7 , 1786 , full satisfaction for the within in an Indent No. 2337 X for my son , John Blassingame .
JOHN BLASSINGAME . State of South Carolina to John Blassingame , Dr. “ To 31 days ‘ duty as a private of foot from first of May to first of June , 1782 . P. bill of Capt . Joseph Myers , lb. 15.10 . Cert . of Col. Thomas Brandon to 21 days ‘ duty as horseman , from 29 July to Aug. 18 , 1782 , inclusive 21 – Pay bill of D. Cert . pd . Lb. 36-10 . Lt. 9 , lb. 5. 4. 314. Salley . ” S. C. Hist . Commission .
“ Capt . Blassingame of Col. Brandon’s Regiment ; “ about forty men crossed the Tiger and Enoree next day and by next night rode forty or fifty miles to Col. Dugan’s place ; at dark attacked Maj . Lantrip , with about sixty Tories . Wounded eight and took ten prisoners . Col. Hayes and Capt’s . Harris and Blassingame , Captain Casey and Captain Ewing recrossed Enoree , Tiger and Broad Rivers about 20th of December . Again , on the 24th , crossed Pacelot in the night at Grindall’s Shoal . ” “ Howe’s History of Upper South Carolina . ”
King’s Mountain Manuscript , D. D. Vol . 2 , Draper Col. , University of Wisconsin , pages 247-255 .
Captain Matthew Patton’s statement— “elected Captain of a company attached to Col. Thomas’ Regiment in the winter of 1777, to fill a vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Capt. Blassingame, etc. Capt. Matthew Patton, a resident of the state and district (Union), born June 4, 1758, on Catawba River, near Land’s Ford, in what is now called Chester District. When called into service he was then living in Fair Forest in what was then called Ninety-Six, now Union District in this state in which place, etc.” That he was called into the service as a volunteer in the spring of 1775 under the command of Captain John Blassingame, to go in aid of Col. Drayton, who was charged with guarding some military stores at or near Ninety-Six , in the State aforesaid. They were marched to Paris, on Reedy River, now Greenville District. They then went home, where they remained until January 1, 1778, when he was elected First Lieutenant under Captain John Blassingame, with a detachment of whose company he marched to the frontiers of Georgia to the relief of Phillips’ Fort on Little River. There occurred a vacancy in Captain Blassingame’s company in the winter of 1777.
Message from President General Assembly , by Clerk of Legislative Council : “ Captain Blassingame appointed to command of Captain Richardson’s ( retired ) company . John Rutledge . Oct. 17 , 1776. ” ( Page 135 , “ Journal of General Assembly . ” ) Sept. – Oct . , 1776. Salley .
John Blassingame , member of Grand Jury , Sixth District , Nov. , 1784 . ( South Carolina Gazette , December , 1784. ) Captain John Blassingame ( 2 ) was commissioner of election for district between the Broad and Saluda in October , 1778. Mr. Blassingame , Captain in Sixth Regiment ( South Carolina ) in 1776. ( Authority , Mabel L. Webber , Secretary , South Carolina Historical Society , August 13 , 1919. )
Conflicting information from descendants , together with repeti tion of forenames in various branches , has made the task of tracing the Blassingame family confusing .
Descendants of Gen. John Blassingame have the best , perhaps the only record of this well – known upper South Carolina family , which ( obtained from reliable sources ) is presented below :
Gen. John Blassingame , born May 19 , 1769 , married Elizabeth Easley , born March 21 , 1774 ; died April 26 , 1834 ( daughter of Robert Easley and Miss Coleman . ) 13 John Blassingame ( Gen. ) died Nov. 20 , 1825 .
1. Esther , born January 15 , 1795 , died 1869 ; married Enoch Berry Benson .
2. Polly ( Mary ) , married Jesse Cleveland .
3. Eliza , born January 15 , 1800 , died January 15 , 1886 ;
married Dr. John Robinson .
4. Nancy , married Thomas Sloan .
5. Caroline , married William Wickliffe .
6. John W. M. , married Sarah Sloan .
7. William Easley , married Eliza Towns .
The Easleys and Colemans lived in Cumberland County , Virginia , 1745-1761 .
Greenville County , South Carolina . Calendar of Tennessee and King’s Mountain Papers . ( Wisconsin Historical Society Collection Series , Vol . 3. )
1873. John B. Cleveland , Spartanburg , S. C. , letter to Lyman G. Draper . Facts pertaining to Gen. John Blassingame gleaned from family Bible : Gen. Blassingame , born May 19 , 1769 , married Elizabeth Easley , died Nov. 29 , 1823. Native of Greenville County , South Carolina . The writer’s grandmother , a daughter of Gen. Blassingame , married Jesse Cleveland , nephew of Col. Benj . Cleve land . ( A. L. L. 2 , p . 412. )
“ Property advanced by Gen. John Blassingame in his lifetime to distributors of his estate . John Robinson , William E. Wickliffe , Thomas M. Sloan . J. W. M. Blassingame , a minor , received no part of above distribution . Valuation of property advanced to chil dren of John Blassingame in his lifetime made Feb. 16 , 1824 , by Richard Thurston and Jeremiah Cleveland . ”
William E. Blassingame , Enoch B. Benson and Esther , his wife , Jesse Cleveland and Mary , his wife , John Robinson and Eliza , his wife , William E. Wickliffe and Caroline , his wife , Thomas Sloan and Nancy , his wife , and John W. M. Blassingame : children and heirs – at – law of Gen. John Blassingame , late deceased , land in Pendleton , on both sides Big George’s Creek , waters of Saluda . 47 acres to Edmund Waddell . M. T. Miller , witness . ( Page 372 , 3 Book A – 1 Deeds . ) February 25 , 1825 , Pickens County , South Carolina .
Gen. John Blassingame’s administration sale , three miles from the courthouse . Jan. 12 , 1824. By William E. Blassingame , E. B. Benson .
1824 , Jan. 8. Request of Elizabeth Blassingame that Mr. E. B. Benson administer at once on estate of Gen. John Blassingame . This concurred in by Jesse Cleveland , Thomas M. Sloan , William Wickliffe .
1834. Estate account of Mrs. Elizabeth Blassingame is returned . E. B. Benson , W. E. Wickliffe , testators ; Enoch B. Benson , William E. Wickliffe , Thomas Sloan , John Robinson , bondsmen for William
Wickliffe , estate of Elizabeth Blassingame , 1834. Thomas Wynn , William Goldsmith , Lymon Thorpe , witnesses . Greenville , S. C.
“ Gen. John Blassingame was Brigadier General of Militia in the War of 1812. The militia trained and furnished troops in the War of the Revolution , and the officers of that war were proud of its militia . ”
“Gen. Blassingame lived on the ‘ White Horse ‘ Road near Greenville . He named his place ‘ Tanglewood , ‘ and was buried in a family burying ground back of his house . The place was known as the Taylor place for years and was acquired by a man who knocked down the tombs , for which he was prosecuted and ordered by the Court to replace them . The Joel R. Poinsett place was originally settled by John Blassingame who named it ‘ Tanglewood , ‘ and was sold to Poinsett . Gov. Benj . Perry made the deal . ” S. J. Hunnicutt ( book published 1907 ) .
Gen. John Blassingame of Greenville District: purchase of slave from Edward P. Bacon, of Charlotte County, Virginia, Nov. 5, 1815.
The Greenville Male and Female Academy was founded in 1819.
“August 12, 1820, Vardry McBee deeded to Jeremiah Cleveland, Wm. Toney, Wm. Young, John Blassingame, Bayliss John Earle and Spartan Goodlett, thirty acres of land, for the consideration of having a male and female academy. Forty-nine subscribers gave a total of $4,848.00; John Blassingame gave $200.00. This Academy was located on College and Towns Streets (present location of the Greenville Woman’s College).” (“ Builders of Greenville.” Author ?)
1. Esther and Enoch B. Benson , 14 married April 21 , 1812 ,
1. Eliza Ann , married John T. Sloan .
2. Amanda , married Dr. James Earle .
3. Mary , married Gen. James Harrison .
4. John , married Lizzie Norton .
5. Esther , married Hewlitt Moore .
6. Rebecca , married Frank Sloan .
7. Tom was unmarried ; died in war .
( History of old Pendleton . Simpson ( pp . 216-217 ) .
A daughter not included in the foregoing list was
8. Martha Caroline Benson , born December 17 , 1817 , in
Pendleton , S. C. Died , August 6 , 1871 , Anderson , S. C.
Married , August 11 , 1836 , Dr. Andrew Postell Cater . Their children :1. William Harrison Cater , born August 6 , 1841 , died May 18 , 1876 ; married April 12 , 1864 , Emily Horsey . Son of W. H. Cater and Emily Horsey Cater :
1. William B. Cater of New York .
“ E . B. Benson , son of Thomas and Mary Prince Benson , was born Sept. 27 , 1789. Died , March 4 , 1860. ” Old Pendleton , Stone Church , inscription .
I. Elizabeth , or Eliza Ann Blassingame , and John Trimmier Sloan had fifteen ( 15 ) children , among whom are Alice and Carrie Sloan , Columbia , S. C. , and B. C. Sloan , Atlanta , Ga .
“ Essie Whitner , daughter of John T. Sloan and Eliza Benson Sloan , born 1837. ” ( Old Pendleton Stone Church inscription . )
“ Miss Sallie Crayton , Anderson , S. C. , is a descendant of Esther and Enoch Berry Benson — her mother having married Bayliss Crayton . ” ( Benj . Sloan , 1918. )
II . Mary ( Polly ) Blassingame , born April 4 , 1798 , died Janu ary 4 , 1884 ; married August 9 , 1814 , Jesse Cleveland , of Spartanburg , S. C.
Among their children was : 1. Emily Caroline , born August 13 , 1815 , died May 12 , 1893 ;
married May 10 , 1836 , Jefferson Choice .
1. Capt . William Choice , C. S. A. , Spartanburg , S. C.
2. Harriet Cleveland Choice , born January 30 , 1840 , died May 28 , 1898 ; married June 15 , 1865 , John Hamilton Evins .
1. Mary Elizabeth , born March 17 , 1866 , married Craig C. Twitty .
2. Jefferson Choice , born June 5 , 1869 , married Emma Bowman Twichell , September 16 , 1896 .
3. Margaret Emily , born August 23 , 1873 , married Gabriel Roque ; died , December 12 , 1903 .
4. Thomas Moore Evins , born April 26 , 1875 , married Mary Horner Cooper , April 16 , 1913 ; died , June 21 , 1914 .
5. John Hamilton Evins , Jr. , born January 7 , 1879 , married Amy Dix Bomar , December 3 , 1903 .
6. Andrew , born January 23 , 1882 ; died June 9 , 1922 .
7. Cleveland , born May 6 , 1884 , married Robert Spence Ragan .
8. Samuel Nesbitt , born September 2 , 1871 , married Mary Elliott Moore , April 27 , 1898 .
III . Eliza Blassingame married Dr. John Robinson .
1. Elizabeth , married W. Earle Holcomb .
2. Anna Labruce , married Alex . Sloan Briggs .
3. Esther , married James E. Hagood .
4. John , unmarried .
5. Janee , married Samuel Owen .
6. William , married Elvira Hagood .
7. Sarah , married John Partlow .
8. Julia , married William Lee .
9. Minnie , married James McFall .
(Contributed by Henry Briggs, Greenville, S.C., May 4, 1922.)
8. Samuel Nesbitt Evins , born September 2 , 1871 , married April 27 , 1898 , Mary Elliott Moore , daughter of Dr. Thomas T. and Mary Sawyer Moore , of Columbia , S. C. Mary Moore Evins died July , 1939 , aged 66 years , Atlanta , Ga .
1. Janet Hamilton Evins , born 1899 .
2. Elliott Dandridge Evans , born 1904 .
3. Samuel N. Evins , Jr. , born 1907 .
4. Thomas Alexander Evins , born 1913 .
5. Emily Cleveland Evins , born 1918 .
1. Janet H. Evins married Henry George Cooper . Issue :
Samuel Evins Cooper , born 1926 ; Robert Scotland Cooper , born 1928 .
3. Samuel N. Evins , Jr. , married Eleanor Maude . Issue :
Samuel Nesbitt Evins III , born 1935 . Among other children of Mary Blassingame and Jesse Cleveland was Mary B. Cleveland , born – married Cleveland on Greenville , S. C. They had one child , Mary Cleveland , who married John Harris in Greenville , S. C. They had one child , Susan , born who married Dr. Curran
I. Elizabeth Robinson , daughter of Eliza Blassingame and Dr. John Robinson , married Earle Holcomb .
1. Elizabeth Holcomb , married Dr. Thomas A. Evins , of Anderson , S. C.
1. Thomas E. Evins , M. D. , born 1867 , married October 25 , 1893 , Mary Margaret Woodward , Birmingham , Ala .
2. Samuel Holcomb Evins , born November , 1871 , died November 15 , 1918 ; married , June 11 , 1902 , Ann Charity Johnson , of City of New York . S. H. Evins was judge in New York City .
1. Dr. Thomas Earle Evins and Mary M. Woodward Evins had Children :
1. Margaret , born November 24 , 1895 , married June 23 , 1915 , William M. Spencer of Birmingham , Ala . 2. Josephine , born October 3 , 1897 , married June 8 , 1920 ; died , May 8 , 1921 . 3. Esther Benson Robinson , born April 1 , 1829 , married May 4 , 1847 , James Earl Hagood , who was born November 30 , 1826 ; died April 24 , 1904. Esther Benson Hagood died July 26 , 1889 .
Frances Miles Hagood , married September 28 , 1904 , Thomas Joab Mauldin , Circuit Judge of Pickens County . ( Above from Mrs. T. J. Mauldin , Pickens , S. C. )
IV . Nancy Easley Blassingame married Thomas Sloan , son of David Sloan and Suanna Majors .
Benjamin Sloan ( living , 1918 , Biltmore , S. C. ) . Letter .
( See descendants . ) V. Caroline Blassingame married William Wickliffe . Descendants in Greenwood , S. C. This branch untraced .
VI . John Westfield Blassingame ( John W. M. ) was born Greenville , S. C. , married Sarah M. Sloan , Pendleton , S. C .; died Marion , Ala . , 1836 .
1. Carrie .
2. Elizabeth Ann , married J. M. Elford .
3. Emma Lou Butler , married Elford ( brother of J. M. Elford ) . 4. John Hayne Blassingame born , Pendleton , 1831 , married Elizabeth Hayne , Columbia , S. C. He was a Confederate soldier and Captain of Spartanburg Rifles . He rode back to South Carolina on horseback from Pike’s Peak when twenty – three , to join Confederate Army . Killed by burglar , 1896 . After John W. M. Blassingame died in Alabama his widow , Sarah Sloan Blassingame , with four children , returned to her for mer home , Pendleton , S. C. , where she married John Bomar .
John W. M. Blassingame bought land in Marion , Ala . , November 28 , 1834. ( Tract Book , Marion , Ala . ) Daughter of John W. M. and Sarah Sloan Blassingame :
1. Emma Lou Bentley Blassingame , married Elford . Issue : Sallie Elford , married George W. Bomar , Spartanburg , S. C.
2. Emma , married cousin , Bomar .
3. Betty , married cousin , Bomar .
WILL OF JOHN W. M. BLASSINGAME November 3 , 1834. Recorded , April 6 , 1838. John W. M. Blas singame , of Greenville District , South Carolina , planter .
“ Beloved wife , Sarah M. Blassingame . Three ( 3 ) beloved chil dren : Elizabeth Ann Blassingame , John Hain Blassingame , Emma Lou Butler Blassingame . ” Executors , Benj . Sloan , Thomas M. Sloan . Witnesses , William D. Sloan , J. R. Sammon , Martha Slone . Proved and recorded , William D. Sloan , witness , appeared . ( Will Book A , p . 73. ) Marion , Perry County , Alabama .
October 24 , 1836 , statement filed in Greenville said Blassingame had died “ and as the greater part of his estate lies in Alabama , per mission is asked to transfer Will to that state . This document filed in Marion , Alabama , April 6 , 1838. ” ( Book B , p . 274. ) Will John W. M. Blassingame . Sale ( p . 292 ) .
Nov. 26 , 1836 , Orphans ‘ Court , special sitting : “ On application of Thomas M. Slone ( Sloan ) , one of the executors named in the last Will and Testament of John W. M. Blassingame and said last Will and Testament containing property in the district of Green ville , South Carolina , and personal and real estate in Perry County , Alabama , the said original last Will and Testament being now ex hibited by said executor duly probated before the said usual au thorities of Greenville District , property certified by the clerk and judge of said Court – said last Will and Testament is admitted to record and ordered to be filed and recorded in this court , the same Thomas Sloan appeared and qualified as executor . ”
“ Ordered that the bond of Thomas M. Sloan , executor of John W. M. Blassingame , deceased , be approved , filed , and recorded .
“ Ordered that Spencer Rutledge , William Ford , William Horn buckle , be appointed appraisors of the personal estate of John W. M. Blassingame and make due items as required by law .
“ Ordered that letters testamentary be issued to Thomas M. Sloan , executor of John W. M. Blassingame , deceased .
“ Ordered that Thomas M. Sloan expose to sale real and personal estate of testator .
“ Ordered that the grant of administration to William E. Blassingame in estate of John W. M. Blassingame be revoked , the last Will and Testament of deceased being now admitted to record and the executor qualified . ‘
Orphans ‘ Court , 1832-1878 , ordered that W. E. Blassingame be appointed administrator of John W. M. Blassingame’s estate ; Wm . Hornbuckle , James Hinton , Spencer Rutledge , appraisers of John W. M. Blassingame’s estate . September term , 1836. Jesse Heard ( other Heards ) , witnesses . ( Book B , pp . 274-292 . )
William E. Blassingame moved to Perry County , Alabama , November 16 , 1833. ( Tract Book , Marion , Ala . )
The Bensons and Easleys , families related to the Blassingames , also emigrated to this place in Alabama probably by way of Hickman County , Tennessee . Gabriel Benson appoints William Easley of Hickman County , Tennessee , his power of attorney , October 7 , 1824. ( Book A , P , 107-108 , Deeds ) , Marion , Ala .
VII . William Easley Blassingame was born in Greenville , S. C. , May 28 , 1798 , and married Eliza Towns at Greenville , March 6 , 1802. He died at Marion , Alabama , October 11 , 1857 .
1. William S. Blassingame , married Martha Simmons . Moved to Fort Worth , Texas . 15
2. John Blassingame , married Lucy Myatt , moved to Cameron , Texas , where both died .
3. Amelia Rachel , married Benj . Fitzpatrick , Governor and United States Senator , Alabama , died August , 1872 ; buried , Montgomery , Ala .
4. Mary , married Glenn . Their daughter , Mary , married R. C. Brickell , Justice Supreme Court , Alabama . Resided in Huntsville . Mary Glenn ( Mrs. Brickell ) died Huntsville , Ala . One son , Judge Robert C. Brickell , Jr. , died in Huntsville , Ala .
5. Maria , married John L. Chambers , Uniontown , Ala .
6. Betty , married McLaughlin . Their daughter , Mrs.
R. L. Bishop , El Paso , Texas . Perhaps others in eastern Texas .
15 Martha , daughter of above William S. Blassingame and his wife , Martha Simmons , married William B. Harrison of Fort Worth , Texas .
WILLIAM E. BLASSINGAME’S WILL
( Pages 117-118 , Book A ) March 13 , 1841. Recorded , January 8 , 1842 , Marion , Perry County , Alabama . “ Land on south side of road to Greensboro — one mile from Marion – containing 100 acres and two slaves be imme . diately sold — debts paid . I give to my wife , Elizabeth P. Blassin game , one – third part real estate . Children : Elizabeth I. Blassin game , Amelia R. Blassingame , Mary C. Blassingame , and William Samuel Blassingame , equal division .
Slaves to wife . If she marry , slaves to children named . To son , William S. , tract lying to north and west and adjoining the town of Marion , containing 800 acres ; my wife’s dower to be taken from the same land . Wife and brother – in – law , Samuel A. Towns , and son – in – law , John L. Chambers , executors . ” Carlos Ruse , Alex Gra ham , J. B. Nave , witnesses .
The Will of W. E. Blassingame indicated he had many negroes and much land . This land ran east as far as Washington Street , west along Greene Street and Greensboro road for a few miles , and a distance north of town . It embraced all the northwest section of present Marion . All northwest of the courthouse . The Wyatt , Lovelace and Fowlke’s homes and the Seminary location were in this tract . There is a map of this property .
In the last three lines of the Will , W. E. Blassingame adds two ( 2 ) more children :
J. C. Blassingame and now , Maria L. Chambers , formerly Maria L. Blassingham . On the next page he gives his favorite saddle horse to ” my son , John C. Blassingame . ”
The record shows the progress of this Will to final settlement , most of the papers being signed by S. A. Towns . The widow’s dower of lands appears to have been in Sections 2 and 11 , Range 7 W. , Township 19 , north of Greensboro road . This may indicate that the Blassingame home was on the Greensboro road . ( W. A. Evans , M. D. , furnished this data . )
W. E. Blassingame ,
Our Father ,
Born May 28 , 1798 , Greenville , S. C.
Died , Marion , Alabama , 1841 . ( Inscription on headstone in the cemetery at Marion , Alabama . ) Children of Aurelia Blassingame and Benj . Fitzpatrick :
1. Benj . , married Evie Sheppard .
2. Children of Mary , who married Glenn :
One daughter , Mary , who married Judge Robert Brickell ,
Huntsville , Ala .
Children of Maria Blassingame and John L. Chambers :
Lou Chambers , married Mr. Taylor , Bristol , Va .
Mary Chambers , married D. Hudson , Uniontown , Ala. Children of Betty Chambers and Mr. McLaughlin: Five . The oldest was Betty ; youngest , Rosalie , who married Bishop ( Texas ) .
( EXTRACT FROM MARION , ALABAMA , NEWSPAPER )
Col. Wm . Easley Blassingame , one of the first trustees and patrons of the School ( Judson College ) .
“ Col. Blassingame was born in South Carolina in 1798 , gradu ated at the State University , 1819 , and married Miss Eliza Towns , a sister of Maj . S. A. Towns , who wrote the ‘ History of Marion . ‘ He was a founder of the Marion Seminary in 1836 and of Judson in 1838 , and his children , Mary , Elizabeth , Aurelia and William , were among the first pupils of Judson . He was highly cultured , a type of the best men of his times , wealthy and chivalrous and , as Dr. Jewitt says , ‘ in his person , lofty spirit and courteous manners , was a splendid representative of the chivalry of his native state . ‘
“ His early death removed one of the most gallant defenders and ardent advocates of Judson . Col. Blassingame died in 1841 and was buried in the Marion cemetery where his grave may be seen to this day , near the north entrance . His daughter , Aurelia , became the wife of Governor Fitzpatrick . She was a brilliant , handsome , and accomplished woman , one of the belles of the ‘ fifties . Her picture is in Mrs. Clay Clopton’s book .
“ Her niece , Eliza Miller , 14 married Mr. William N. Wyatt , and there are several other families in Marion descended from and con nected with the Blassingames . ”
1’Error . Eliza Miller was a cousin .
Names of pupils with which Judson Female College opened ( 1838 ) . Marion , Alabama .
Eliza Miller ( Mrs. W. N. Wyatt ) , Elizabeth Blassingame ( Mrs. McLaughlin ) , Aurelia Blassingame ( Mrs. Benj . Fitzpatrick ) , Mary Blassingame ( Mrs. Glenn ) , Mary Ann Smith ( Mrs. Tarrant ) . J. T. Barron , William Blassingame , Tom Booth , trustees .
( From W. L. Fagin , Moundville , Alabama , March 1 , 1913. )
“ My great grandfather was William Easley Blassingame . He graduated from Columbia College , 1817. His wife was Eliza Towns . The John Blassingame of whom you speak was my father’s only brother . I remember when my Aunt Lucy was drowned while cross ing Peach Creek , about twelve miles from our home . She and Uncle John were on their way home from Gonzales .
“ I have an indistinct recollection of Aunt Lucy , none of Uncle John . My Uncle John died at Cameron , not far from Waco . My father’s sisters were Maria ( Mrs. Chambers ) , Betty ( Mrs. McLaughlin ) , Mary ( Mrs. Glenn ) , and Aurelia ( Mrs. Fitzpatrick ) . Her husband was Governor of Alabama . ( Letter from Mrs. W. B. Harrison ) .
“ My grandfather , John Blassingame , married Nancy Easley . The children , so far as I know , were :
” 1. John , married Sarah Sloan .
“ 2. Mary , married Jesse Cleveland , Spartanburg .
” 3. Esther , married Enoch Berry Benson .
“ 4. Eliza , Mrs. Edinger .
“ 5. William , wife unknown , moved to Marion , Alabama , and died there .
“ I suppose your grandfather and mine were brothers . There were a number of Blassingames in Greenville County . I know of one of them , over eighty ( 80 ) years of age , who lives somewhere in that county and I have sent your letter to my sister in Anderson and asked her to try to find out his address and forward to you .
“ Two of the Bensons married aunts of mine . One of them , Enoch Berry , I have mentioned ; the other , Jack , married my Aunt Cath erine Sloan — all of them dead . In the list of John Blassingame’s children I did not include my mother , Nancy Easley Blassingame , who is long since dead .
“ The Craytons in Anderson are descendants of Berry and Esiher on their mother’s side , the mother having married Bayliss Crayton who was reared in the neighborhood of your grandparents . If he were living he would know all about your people , for he was very fond of tracing genealogies . Unfortunately he died last year ( eighty years of age ) . Write to his daughter . Sallie ; I know she can give the name and address of the old man Blassingame referred to above , for the old gentleman was a frequent guest of Mr. Crayton . ”
( Letter from Benjamin Sloan , Biltmore , North Carolina , July 23 , 1918 , to Mrs. R. G. Roberts . )
” Error . John Blassingame married Elizabeth Easley .
Letter to Mrs. Roberts , June 15 , 1918 , from Sallie Elford ( Mrs. George ) Bomar :
” I will send your letter to Cousin Mary Cleveland of Greenville , who is one of the few members of the family left . I am a great granddaughter of Gen. John Blassingame ( of the War of 1812 ) , who lived at the old Blassingame home near Greenville , S. C. I think he had but two sons , William Easley Blassingame , whose grave you saw in Marion , Alabama ; and my grandfather , John Westfield Blass ingame , whose was the unmarked grave you saw .
“ I am sure there were a good many daughters . Esther married a Benson – I forget whether Enoch or Berry . I have heard my grandmother , who was Sarah Sloan Blassingame , speak of Winn Blassingame ; often heard the name Hornbuckle . My grandmother’s second husband was Mr. John Bomar , of whom you wrote . My great grandfather Blassingame had a half brother but I do not know his name . Possibly it may be your branch of the family . There is a descendant of that branch of the family living in Greenville , Mr. Tom Blassingame .
“ My mother was Emma Lou Butler . She had two sisters , Betty and Carrie , and one brother , John Hayne Blassingame , who was killed some years ago by a burglar , with whom the name died . ” Uncle William had children , I know , but I do not know their Cousin Mary can tell you better and about the Towns , too , who belong to Greenville . I will give you her address . Also Cousin Ben Sloan’s , whose mother was Nancy Blassingame , and whose father was Thomas Sloan . Cousin Mary’s mother was Polly Blass ingame . ”
A conscientious analysis of numerous records of James Blassingame, who was of the older generation in South Carolina, and who “removed with his family from Pee Dee to this Brigade or District of Ninety-Six” (1785), has not cleared his identity.
An old grant reads as follows: “ Land admeasured and laid out unto James Blassingame , situate in 96th District , west of the old boundary line , on the north side of Saluda River , about two miles above the High Shoals . May 26 , 1784. ”
A part of this same land was conveyed by John Blassingame of Greenville District , outlined as “ being on the Saluda River , known as Cochran’s Ford , being part of tract originally granted James Blassingame , April 2 , 1787 , conveyed to William H. and Alfred B. Davis , November 3 , 1812. ”
Town grants of land obtained by James Blassingame of Green ville were : 1785 , 850 acres north side Saluda ; 1786 , 1127 acres , Saluda River ; 1787 , land on north side Tyger River ; 1786 , land on Zachry’s Fork , Reedy River is granted ” James Blassingame , Esq . , of Greenville County — land originally granted to James Blassin game , December , 1786 , by Governor Wm . Moultrie , Greenville County . This land is deeded to William Hughes ( 187 acres ) , 1788 . ( Deed Book A , p . 324. ) James P. Blassingame is appointed “ to qualify the appraisers and certify same on faces of warrant . ” Estate of John Laughton , deceased , November 19 , 1790. ( Will Book , p . 32. )
An old plat of land granted to James Blassingame known as “ Blassingame’s Reservation ” is in the possession of a descendant of Thomas Blassingame of Pickens District . This land probably covers the large acreage on the Saluda River granted by the state to James Blassingame .
At the time of the first census James Blassingame of Greenville County had a large family ( and possessions ) consisting of four males upward of sixteen years , six males under sixteen years . Eight free females and twenty slaves . This list included heads of families and some of his married children may have belonged to his house hold . No Will of this James Blassingame has been discovered in South Carolina . As the court records at Greenville are preserved , we must conclude that he moved elsewhere , traditionally to Kentucky . ( See Mr. James Blassingame , Bracken County , Kentucky . )
Copy of plat of grant made 1814 to James Blassingame , May 21 , 1784 , included in deed signed by Gen. John Blassingame . The deed states that land was granted to James Blassingame , 1787. Land now owned by Mr. Ford .
In 1814 , a younger James Blassingame of Greenville County sells land on Fair Forest ( Union County ) granted to “ James Blassingame , Sr. , ” in 1786 .
James Blassingame of Greenville was one of the executors of the Will of John Gowen ( his father – in – law ) , 1809 .
James Blassingame of Greenville County was born ( ca. ) 1773 . He was married before 1796 and died in Greenville County in 1821 .
James Blassingame is thought to have been a brother of Gen. John of the same county , but there is no positive proof of this fact . He lived and died in the upper end of Greenville County and his associates and neighbors revealed in deeds and letters18
—were of that section . The names of his children and grandchildren denote relationship with “ Gen. John ” and his family . Emigrating to Perry County , Alabama , children of each called the other ” cousin , ” and were intimately associated in church , domestic , and social affairs .
18 Writing from her home in Greenville County ( 1842 ) , Mary Gowan Blassingame , then living with her son , William Blassingame , mentions the death of a neighbor , Theron Earle , and refers to Dr. Eber Smith ( a Gowen cousin ) .
James Blassingame , born before 1773 , married Mary Gowen of Spartanburg County , South Carolina . James Blassingame died 1821 . ( Will , Feb. 3 , 1821 , proved June 23 , 1821 ) .
1. Elizabeth , born 1797 , died 1850 .
2. Permelia , born June 6 , 1799 , died , 1835 , Sept. 26 .
3. William , born 1801 , died 1845 .
4. John G. , born died 1834 .
5. Winn , born Feb. 18 , 1808 , died Nov. 16 , 1852 .
6. James , born Jan. 25 , 1810 , died 1836 .
7. Mary Benson , born 1812 , died 1855 , July 10 . Sons John and William are known to have remained in South Carolina . ( From family Bible , Marion , Ala . )
Spartanburg County, South Carolina, November 13, 1805. “I, John Blassingame, of Union District, plantation of 200 acres in Spartanburg District, both sides Dutchman’s Creek, part of land granted to Abalom Lancaster, 1780. Gowen’s linel’ bounding there on. (Book K, Deeds, p. 209.)
“As James Blassingame was a son-in-law of John Gowen, this item is significant in connecting James, Jr., of Greenville, with the older generation of Blassingames in Union County, Pinckney District.
JAMES BLASSINGAME’S WILL Greenville, S.C., February 3, 44th year American Independence (1820).
“As I have given unto my sons-in-law, for daughters, each two negroes, and other property, namely — unto George Miller, one negro girl called Linda and a boy called Daniel; unto Martin Adams, one negro girl called Shorty and a boy called Jacob; this is to be their share.
“Tract of land I live on lotted out by executors into (4) four lots equally and drawn by my sons.
: 54. James. ” My wife, Mary, and myself, to be supported during our natural life on the farm. Slaves (named) to be disposed of as she may see proper. Son , William, a boy (negro) Gilbert and his horse and saddle; son, John, negro boy called Harold given him by his grandfather, John Gowen, when a child; (Street and Lettie Thurston to appraise this negro and William to receive, when he becomes of age, the amount; son, Winn, negro boy, equal value as those of Wm. and John); son, James, negro boy.
“ Daughter , Polly , negroes when she becomes of age ; ( Furniture and cattle to children ) . Wife , Mary , and Street Thurston , execu tors , until William becomes of age ; then Mary ( wife ) and William ( son ) to carry Will into execution.” Witness, John Blassingame .
William Johnson , C. Ambrose Williams , Willis G. Brown .
Will proved June 23 , 1821. Spartan Goodlett , Ordinary for Greenville District , S. C.
Record of the children of James Blassingame and his wife , Mary :
1. Elizabeth , born 1797 , married Martin Adams . She died 1850 . 2. Permelia , born 1799 , June 6 , married George Miller . She died 1835 . 3. William , born 1801 , married Mary Earl Prince . He died 1845 . 4. G. John G.20 died 1834 .5. Winn , born 1808 , married Edmonia He died 1852 . 6. James , born 1810 , died 1836 .7. Mary Benson , born 1812 , married Wm . Hornbuckle . He died 1855 .
20G . John Blassingame , son of James , is left a legacy ( 1 negro ) in Will of his grandfather , John Gowen .
1. Elizabeth Blassingame married Martin Adams . They re moved to Dalton , Georgia , and died there . 21
1. Mary , married John Morrison .
2. Martha .
3. Emily , married McCray .
4. Rhoda , married
21 Descendants of one of above daughters are the Denton family of Dalton, Georgia, Dr. John W. Denton of Atlanta being one of these; Mr. W. M. Denton of Dalton, another .
A descendant of Rhoda Adams is Mr. Jim Adams, Oconee, Tennessee.
Letter to Mr. W. M. Denton, Dalton, Ga., August 30, 1921, from Winn Gowen Blassingame (copy).
Letter from Miss Ava Cowan of Chatsworth, Ga .
FAMILY BIBLE “George Miller was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, August 28, 1790. Died in Marion, Alabama, January 10, 1839.”
Permelia Miller, born Greenville, South Carolina, June 6, 1799. Died in Marion, Alabama, September 6, 1835.
Ages of children of George and Permelia Miller:
Mary Missouri Miller, born July 8, 1819.
Eliza Ann Miller, born January 22, 1822.
John Henry Miller, born November 7, 1825.
William Eber, born June 11, 1829.
Caroline Miller, born September 17, 1832.
1. Mary Missouri died about 1880.
2. Eliza Ann married William Newton Wyatt.
3. James Henry , untraced .
4. William Ebe, died September 6, 1846, at Matamoras, Mexico. He was a soldier in the Mexican War.
5. Carolina Wyckliff died May, 1895, at Aberdeen, Mississippi.
1. Mary Missouri Miller married July 8, 1840, Johnson McCauley.
1. Ann, married W. R. Martin.
2. Margaret, married Simeon Ford.
3. Sarah, married A. Preston Ford.
4. Alice, unmarried.
1. Children of Ann McCauley and W. R. Martin:
1. John, married Walton.
2. William, married Sally Reid Irby.
3. Mary, married D. J. Ponceler.
4. Mittie, married Charles Robinson.
2. Children of Margaret McCauley and Simeon Ford:
1. Walter, married
2. Homer, married
3. Lula, married Barnes.
4. Lallie, married
3. Children of Sarah McCauley and Preston Ford:
1. Willie, married Walters.
2. Ada, married
Off a Shivers, Felix McCauley , Sarah , Mary . 2. Ann Eliza Miller , born 1822 , married William Newton Wyatt , February 29 , 1840.22 Eliza Ann Wyatt , died March 12 , 1876. ( See Wyatt lineage . )
22Mrs . Eliza Wyatt , Will of Wm . Houston , Marion , Alabama . Mrs. Eliza Wyatt estate account of Winn Blassingame .
Children of James Blassingame and Mary Gowen.23
3. William Blassingame , born Greenville County , 1801 , mar ried 1829 , Greenville County , South Carolina , Mary Earl Prince . He died in Greenville County , November 28 , 1845 .
1. Elizabeth Blassingame , wife of Reuben Clayton , Atlanta , Georgia .
2. James W. Blassingame , Hendersonville , North Carolina .
3. Sallie E. Y. Whitted , wife of W. D. Whitted , Hendersonville , North Carolina .
4. William Blassingame , Versailles , Missouri .
5. Lydia A. , wife of Robert Lyle , Sandy Plains , Polk County , North Carolina .
6. Thomas B. , Sandy Plains , Polk County , North Carolina .
7. John G. E. , Atlanta , Georgia .
23The above information from letter of James W. Blassingame , Hendersonville , North Carolina , January 28 , 1886 , to Col. Jones . The letter is among Mr. William Blassingame’s estate papers at Greenville courthouse . Copy from original , August 10 , 1914 ,
Children of William Blassingame mentioned in Will of his brother , Winn Blassingame , of Marion , Alabama , were Elizabeth Clayton , wife of Mr. Clayton , Atlanta , Georgia , Sarah Whitted , wife of William Whitted , North Carolina , James Blassingame of Georgia , and others .
William Blassingame and wife , Mary Earl Prince , lived in the home of his mother . From letter postmarked Greenville Courthouse , dated 1842 , to her children in Marion , Alabama .
WILLIAM BLASSINGAME 1855 , return filed May 23 , 1856. ( Record Book E , p . 152. ) Mrs. Mary Foster ( 1 ) , ( formerly Mrs. Blassingame , administratrix of William Blassingame ) . “ Order from Spartan Goodlett , ordinary of Greenville District , to repair to Mary Blassingame’s ( widow of James Blassingame , deceased ) and appraise estate , goods , chattels , etc. , of latter , as Mary shall direct ; same appraisement to be made on or before next 23rd of August . ” Warrant issued June 23 , 1821 . Witnesses : Absalom Thompson , John Lucas , Elijah Thompson , Jo seph Smith , John Whitten , Esq . Thompson or Whitten will please to qualify the appraisors , and certify them on back of warrant . L. G. ( Record Book E , p . 152. ) Greenville County , South Carolina .
William Blassingame’s estate return . Sale bill dated February 6 , 1846. Mrs. Mary Blassingame buys ” one large family Bible . ” Value of this estate $ 3,138.06 . Mary Blassingame , G. F. Towns , adminis trators . Annual return of above estate filed January 28 , 1847. An nual return of 1855 , filed May 23 , 1856. ( Returns Book B , pp . 59 . 73. ) Return made March 9 , 1846 .
William Blassingame , June 11 , 1856 , final settlement of estate .
Wife , Mary Foster , and seven ( 7 ) children . Mary Blassingame24 .
( Foster ) petitions for administration . William Blassingame died November 28 , leaving considerable personal property and effects . Personal estate on or about $ 600.00 by G. F. Towns and Mary B. Blassingame , administrators . ( Pages 172-177 , Record Book E. ) Greenville County , South Carolina .
24Mary Blassingame , widow of William , later married -Foster , and went to Arkansas , where some of her daughters lived . Information obtained from an old resident of Gowensville . Her name is in the Baptist church records at Gowensville . ( Letter from Mr. Luther Barnett . ) She sold land there in 1856 .
1. Elizabeth Blassingame and her husband , Reuben Clayton , had children . Untraced .
Letter of Mrs. Elizabeth Blassingame Clayton . ( She was daughter of Wm . Blassingame and Mary Earl Prince ; granddaughter of James Blassingame and Mary Gowen . )
“ I have seen six generations of my family . They settled in Greenville and Spartanburg , South Carolina , and Rutherford , North Carolina – just across the line . Gowensville , in Greenville County , was so called for my father’s Grandfather Gowen ; Earlsville , in Spartanburg , for my mother’s Grandfather Earl . From the union of Wm . Blassingame and Mary Earl Prince there were four sons and three daughters born :
” 1. Thomas Blassingame .
“ 2. James Blassingame .
“ 3. William Blassingame .
“ 4. John Blassingame .
“ 5. Anna .
” 6. Sallie .
“ 7. Elizabeth Clayton . ” “ My grandmother , Elizabeth , born Greenville , 183 , married Reuben Clayton , 1849 .
“ Mrs. Witt ( Henrietta Miller ) , Little Rock , Arkansas , was a distant cousin who lived with my great grandmother’s uncle , William S. Miller . ” ( Letter of Mrs. P. F. Hyatt , Monticello , Arkansas . )
“ Sarah Earle , daughter of William Blassingame and Mary Earle . Prince , was born 1833 , died 1891 ; married William Davis Whitted , who was born 1819 and died 1887. ” ( Epitaph , cemetery , Hender sonville , N. C. )
Children of Sarah Blassingame and William W. Whitted :
1. Mrs. — McMinnville , Tenn .
2. Elizabeth W. Whitted , Mrs. Farrow .
3. Natalie , born 1864 , died 1923 , Chicago , Ill . , married William B. Price . No issue . 4. Lydia Earl Whitted , unmarried ; address , Hickory , N. C.
Children of James Blassingame and his wife , Mary Gowen Blassingame :
5. Winn Blassingame , born Greenville District , South Carolina , February 18 , 1804 , died Marion , Alabama , November 16 , 1842 ; married Edmonia Winn Blassingame is buried in the cemetery at Marion , Alabama , by the side of his sister , Permelia Blas singame Miller . He left no children . His home was on the Centerville road , Marion , Alabama .
WINN BLASSINGAME’S ESTATE “ Wife of William Hornbuckle , sister of deceased ” mentioned . Court ordered administrator to sell land to pay all legacies and funeral expenses .
William N. Wyatt appointed guardian of minor heirs ( p . 618 , Book F ) . John C. Parish , John W. Carney appointed commissioners of the Orphans ‘ Court . May 7 , 1842. ( Page 315 , Book T , Deeds . ) Perry County , Alabama .
November 18 , 1852 , “ This day came William Hornbuckle and applied for letter of administration on the estate of Winn Blassingame , late of said county . Bond with Thomas H. Nelms and W. R. Brown , Sec . ( Page 475 , Book F. )
“ William Hornbuckle appears and states that Winn Blassin game’s personal property is not sufficient to pay his debts . His heirs at – law are his wife , Edmonia Blassingame ; Emily McCrary , wife of Mr. McCrary ; Mary and Martha , daughters of Mrs. Eliza Adams , formerly Eliza Blassingame , and sister of deceased , residing in Georgia ; also , three other heirs , to wit : Mrs. Missouri McCauley , wife of Johnson McCauley ; Eliza Wyatt , wife of W. N. Wyatt , and Miss Caroline Miller , all of this county , and daughters of Mrs. Per melia Miller who was sister of deceased . Elizabeth Clayton of Atlanta , Georgia ; Sarah Whitted , wife of Mr. Whitted of North Carolina ; James Blassingame and William Blassingame , in the State of Georgia ; Miss Lydia Ann Blassingame , and two other brothers , names not known , residing in Greenville District , South Carolina ; children of William Blassingame , brother of deceased , and Mary Hornbuckle . ” Final settlement ( Book F , pp . 238-245 ) .
6. James Blassingame , born 1810 , died 1836 , probably in South Carolina . Untraced . ( Will of Winn Blassingame , Perry County , Alabama , mentions ” James Blassingame of Georgia and two other brothers of South Carolina . ” )
7. Mary Benson Blassingame , born Greenville District , South Carolina , January 25 , 1812 , died Marion , Alabama , July 10 , 1855 ; married William Hornbuckle , born Greenville , South Carolina , died Marion , Alabama .
1. Elizabeth , married Dr. R. D. England , Marion , Ala .
2. Lydia , unmarried , died about 1909 , Marion , Ala .
3. James W. , married Bessie Waugh , Union Springs , Ala .
4. John Blassingame , unmarried .
5. Frank Benson , unmarried .
6. Eliza Wyatt , married Gaines Roberts , Oxford , Ala .
6. Eliza Wyatt Hornbuckle and her husband , Gaines Roberts , had children :
1. Earle , married Two daughters , Lydia and Mary .
2. Stella , married Orr . No children .
3. Gowan , married Daughter , Ruth .
4. Lila , married Foster Mellon .
5. Roberta , married Sam Mellon . Son , Sam , Jr.
Children of Lila Roberts and her husband , Foster Mellon :
1. Wm . Gaines .
2. Sarah Wyatt .
3. James Foster .
MARION , ALABAMA , CEMETERY
Sacred to the memory of Permelia Miller , Born Greenville District , South Carolina , June 6 , 1799 , Died Marion , Alabama , September 6 , 1835 .
Sacred to the Memory of George Miller , born Spartanburg , South Carolina , August 25 , 1790 , Died Marion , Alabama , January 10 , 1839 .
Winn Blassingame , Born Greenville , South Carolina , February 18 , 1808 , Died Marion , Alabama , November 16 , 1852 .
Erected to the memory of Mary Benson Hornbuckle , Born in Greenville District , South Carolina , January 25 , 1812 , Wife of William Hornbuckle .
Died in Marion , Alabama , July 10 , 1855 . Letter from Mary Gowen Blassingame , widow of James Blassingame , to her children in Marion , Alabama , 25 dated 1841 , in which she writes your grandma’s hand is tolerable better ; she begins to use it a little . ”
25 Mary Gowen Blassingame ( Mrs. James Blassingame ) , of Greenville County , South Carolina , spent some time with her children and orphaned Miller grand children in Marion , Alabama .
Letter from Will F. Blassingame to Miss Lydia Earl Whitted , of Hendersonville , North Carolina , June 30 , 1892.26
“ My father has mentioned the name of your uncle to me several times . I was not personally acquainted with him but had heard a great deal of him as a soldier . J. E. Blassingame was pronounced the bravest of the brave by everyone that knew him . My father was in the same battle he was killed in , but did not know it until after wards .
“ I was informed by Capt . Blassingame , of Spartanburg , about two weeks ago that your mother was still alive . I have been trying to trace the family for several years with very little success . Fifty or sixty years ago the name was quite common . Now I know of but three families in the state . The Blassingames were from the north of France and were Huguenots . They came to this country some time before the Revolutionary War and settled at Beaufort , South Carolina.
” James Blassingame , our ancestor , was Captain under Sumter , during the War . He was your great great grandfather , I suppose . Several of the family have been written to by northern historians , but very little is known concerning him . That he was under Sumter is about all . He had three sons : Gen. John B. , your great grandfather ; Thomas B. , my grandfather , and James B. The two James ‘ came to this country ( probably means section ) and settled on the Saluda River . Your great grandfather on the east , mine on the west side . The houses were in plain view — both beautiful old places . Your great grandfather’s grave is on the old place . It is about two miles from Greenville . I know nothing of his children , only that your grandfather was sheriff of Greenville County for a long while .
“ No one can give me any information of James Blassingame , where he went , etc.
“ I will say now that it is not settled yet whether the family came from France , but from all the information I can gather , I think they did . Capt . Blassingame was in France several years ago . He gave me all the information I have about it . Captain B.’s family con sists of himself and wife .
“ In my family are two boys and one girl . The oldest is but a few years from his majority . My brother is in Texas . My sister is at home . Capt . B. and my father are the nearest relatives that you have by the name of Blassingame , so far as I know .“ They have been a peculiar family in some respects . Etc.
20This letter contains errors .
Letter to Miss Lydia Whitted , May 27 , 1900 , from W. F. Blassingame , Pickens , S. C. ( This Mr. Blassingame killed by a fine horse in runaway accident . )
” I have been gathering some interesting information in regard to our family . Have found that our Revolutionary ancestor was John Blassingame , that he fought at King’s Mountain . Some of the family have joined the Society you speak of in your letter . Mrs. W. B. Harrison , Fort Worth , Texas , a relative of ours , has written me interesting letters in regard to the family . ”
Miss Willie Wyatt , October 30 , 1912 , writes :
” John and James Blassingame were our own brothers , as I un derstand it . They have a half – brother , Benjamin , from whom the Georgia Blassingames are descended . I have seen somewhere that John , father of James and John , was twice married . He married Miss Westfield — do not know the other . I also send you a letter from Prof. Blassingame , of Demopolis , in proof of Benj . being the half – brother and John and James own brothers . ”LETTER FROM S. M. BLASSINGAME , PLANTER , OF SALLISAW , OKLAHOMA
NOVEMBER 8 , 1921
To Miss Willie Wyatt , Montgomery , Alabama .
“ I cannot answer the question you ask about the Westfield mother of John and Thomas Blassingame . So far as I know , the other brother , James , had the same mother as John and Thomas . I do not know the name of my father’s cousin who married Winn Gowen . My grandfather , Thomas Blassingame , was born in 1774 and died in 1859 , so that you can plainly see the record you speak of is not his . John , Thomas , Jim and Nancy were the four children of John of the Revolutionary War , and – Westfield , whose given name I do not know . Yes , Westfield was the mother of all four , so far as I know . I have already told you that the four chil dren carried from Pee Dee to Greenville were John , Thomas , Jim and Nancy . The James Blassingame whom you speak of as having gone to Kentucky was evidently the same James who moved from Pee Dee to Greenville , but I don’t know the names of any of his children . ” Etc.
Sallisaw , Okla . , August 30 , 1921 . From Winn Gowen Blassingame to Miss Willie Wyatt :
“ Gen. Westfield brought three brothers and a sister from Dar lington District , South Carolina , near Cheraw , near the big Pee Dee River , to Greenville , South Carolina . Their names were as follows : Thomas , John , James , and Nancy ( I believe ) Blassingame , the latter having married Berry Benson at Pendleton . Thomas married an Easley , as did one of the others , their wives being sisters . I do not know whom the third one married , but his residence was near Gowensville in Greenville District . Three of the daughters married brothers by the name of Gowen.27 I was named Winn Gowen in honor of them . Thomas and Gen. Blassingame married Easleys , but whether General Blassingame was Jim or John , I don’t remember . The one who lived near Gowensville and whose daughters married Gowens went to Kentucky with all of his family . Some of the Ken tucky Blassingame boys of Wheeler’s Cavalry stopped at my grand mother’s in South Carolina during the Civil War . I did not see them . Gen. Blassingame had a son , William , who was sheriff of Greenville many years .
27Several errors in above . Gen. John Blassingame’s daughter , not his sister , married Enoch Berry Benson . William Blassingame , sheriff of Greenville , was son of James , not Gen. John Blassingame . James Blassingame of near Green ville , Greenville District (Will 1821 or 5) had no daughter who married a Gowen. James Blassingame himself (Will 1821) married Mary Gowen. Her brother, Winn Gowen, may have married a Blassingame. Probably Winn Gowen Blassingame confused the two families in above letter.
Letter from Winn Gowen Blassingame, of Sallisaw, Okla., written a month or so later than the previous letter to Miss W. Wyatt:
“The Blassingame children whom Gen. Westfield brought from Cheraw to Greenville were not at all his sons and daughter, though it is possible they were his grandchildren, or perhaps his nieces and nephews. I am satisfied that my grandfather Blassingame’s (Thomas) mother was a Westfield. I know nothing of the Westfield who married John Blassingame 28 Neither do I know in what part of Kentucky James Blassingame settled. I only know that James Blassingame’s daughters married Gowens, and do not know what Gowen family it was. I was named for Winn Gowen, who married my father’s cousin.”
28The Westfield who married John Blassingame was Rachel, Winn Gowen Blassingame’s great grandmother. (See John Blassingame’s Will, wife, Rachel, Union County, South Carolina.)
Benjamin Blassingame came from South Carolina to Georgia, year
He married Sallie Beeland.
1. John , born 1799 .
2. William .
3. Powell .
4. Wyatt .
5. James .
6. Benjamin , married Miss Greer . ( Moved to Alabama . ) 1. John Blassingame , born October 18 , 1799 , died March 8 , 1854 , Walton County , Georgia . John Blassingame married , first , Sarah Starke ; 30 second , Frances Waddell .
Children of John Blassingame and Sarah Starke :
1. Benjamin Franklin Blassingame .
2. John Starke Blassingame .
3. James Sanford Blassingame .
4. Caroline Elizabeth Blassingame .
5. Susanna Blassingame . 20See Benj . Blassingame’s Chart furnished by Mr. James C. Blassingame , Richmond , Virginia .
30See Sarah Starke , orphan of Philip J. Starke , Minutes of Inferior Court , 1817-24 , Wilkes County , Georgia . “ Early Georgia Records , ” Davidson . Sarah Starke , Will , Philip J. Starke , March 13 , 1818 ( p . 170 , “ Early Georgia Records , ” Vol . Davidson . Also , p . 291 , Vol . 2 ) . ( Same ) Receipt of John Blassingame for Sally Starke in part of legacy 1823. In full 1824. Philip Jones Starke estate .
Walton County , Georgia , John Griffin , deed to John Blassin game ; James Blassingame signs . April 16 , 1828 ( p . 190 , Book G ) . Thomas Kennon and James Blassingame , executors of James Blas singame , deceased , July , 1834 ( p . 168 , Application Dockets , 1820 1852 ) .
3. Powell Blassingame , son of Benjam’n and Sarah Blassin game , married Phoebe Stark . Issue : Wm . T. Blassingame , mar ried Matilda M. Barrett .
Josiah Blassingame of Jersey , Georgia.31 ” Josiah Blassingame , son of W. T. and Matilda M. ( Barrett ) Blassingame , was born in Walton County in 1855. His paternal grandparents , Powell and Phoebe ( Stark ) Blassingame , were natives of South Carolina and early in life moved to Walton County , Geor gia . Mr. Blassingame was married , 1880 , to Amanda E. Mobley . Their children are Edna K. , Josiah B. , Adele , Effie E. , Willie G. and Amy . ”
31 “ Philip and Benjamin Blassingame were brothers , and settled in Georgia . The two brothers settled in South Carolina when they left Virginia — all first settling in Virginia . ” From Mr. Josiah Blassingame , Jersey , Georgia .
Wyatt Blassingame , born May 16 , 1807 , married Susan Adams , born April 20 , 1805.32
* Data from Bible of Nancy Childs Blassingame , Thomaston , Georgia .
1. David S.
2. James P.
3. Benjamin F.
4. John W. , married Jackson .
5. Thomas Jefferson .
6. Nancy .
7. Mary .
8. Elizabeth F.
9. Susan .
2. William Blassingame , son of Benj . and his wife , Sarah , or Sally . William Blassingame had son :
Wyatt Blassingame , born 1808 , Georgia.33
1. Thomas J. Blassingame .
1. John .
2. Jacob .
3. Ramey .
4. Morgan .
5. Wyatt C. , married Miss Lurton , Demopolis , Ala .
6. David .
Letter of Wyatt C. Blassingame , Thomaston , Alabama , June 15 , 1911 :
“ My great great grandfather was Benj . Blassingame , my great grandfather was William Blassingame of South Carolina . My grandfather was Wyatt Blassingame , born 1808 , in Georgia . ” The statement varies from other data contributed by others of Benj . Blassingame’s Georgia descendants .
BLASSINGAME SKETCH “Thomas Jefferson Blassingame, born Monroe County, April 5, 1840, and is the son of Wyatt and Susan Adams Blassingame , both natives of South Carolina. Thomas J. came with his parents to Upson County in 1852. He was married August 28, 1864, to Cecilia Ann Adams and they had five (5) children: James Carter, Jessie Norlena, Sarah, Thomas R. and Dudley. Moved to Pike County in 1861.”
Thomas Jefferson Blassingame and his wife , Cecelia Ann Adams , had issue :
Sarah Blassingame , who married Robert Bruce Coleman and had daughter , Lamar Coleman .
” Mr. Josiah Blassingame , of Jersey , Ga . , is a cousin of my mother , and Mr. Wyatt Blassingame of Demopolis , Alabama , is a first cousin of my mother . Thomas Jefferson Blassingame , my grandfather . ”
( Letter from Lamar Coleman , Bainbridge , Ga . , July 29 , 1929. ) Thomas J. and Cecelia Ann Adams had issue :
1. Thomas .
2. James Carter .
3. Jessie Morlina .
4. Sarah .
Reuben ? 5. Dudley married Miss Blalock ( Georgia ) . Sister , Sarah . James C. Blassingame , Richmond , Virginia , married Miss Mckie ( Mississippi ) . Issue :
1. Sarah .
2. Virginia .
3. Eloise .
4. John .
5. Juliet . Letter from James C. Blassingame , Richmond , Virginia , Novem ber 12 , 1920 .
“ Doomesday Book of William the Conqueror , in which is re corded a name , or names , that could easily evolve into the present spelling of Blassingame , the last part of which is ‘ game , but I cannot now recall the exact spelling of the first part .
“ I had some years ago a letter from Mrs. McMin of Henderson , North Carolina , whose mother was a Blassingame , that stated posi tively that the family was French Huguenot and the first members came to Charleston and settled there in sixteen hundred ( and some thing ) . Do not recall the exact date .
“ Wyatt Blassingame of Montgomery , Alabama , wrote some years ago quite a history of the Blassingames of South Carolina and Ala . bama . The tomb of Gen. John Blassingame of Revolutionary times is at Greenville , South Carolina , and a historian of Raleigh , North Carolina , told me he found much interesting data concerning the family in his research work among the histories of South Carolina , in the library of the College of South Carolina . ( I think I have named the right college . )
“ T. J. Blassingame of Greenville is a descendant of Gen. John B. , 34 but I do not know what historical data he has of the family . I regret to say that I have very little data ; in fact , I may say none that give a clear record beyond Gen. John B.’s line .
“ I am a Georgia Blassingame and my grandfather , Wyatt Blassin game , was one of five sons of Philip Blassingame who , I believe , lived in Greene County , Georgia , at the time of his death . Would you kindly tell me where his Will is on record ? I would like very much to see a copy of it .
” JAMES CARTER BLASSINGAME . ”
34J . T. Blassingame was not a descendant of Gen. John B. , but of his half brother , Thomas Blassingame .
PHILIP BLASSINGAME’S WILL Greene County , Georgia , 1825. Wife , Frances ; daughter , Eliza beth Bradshaw ; heirs of Benjamin Blassingame.35 Son , James Blas singame , two draws which I give in as a Revolutionary soldier ; land lottery to son , James ; daughter , Nancy Awtry ; daughter , Polly Awtry . James Blassingame and Absolom Awtry, executors .
36 Benj . and Philip Blassingame were the sons of one James Blassingame , of South Carolina . Philip Blassingame , of Greene County , was brother of Benj . Blassingame , both soldiers of the Revolution .
Philip Blassingame of Henry County , Virginia , Patrick Parish , is granted eleven ( 11 ) acres of land “ on branches of Snow Creek , bounded by Tully Choice and Copiland’s corner . ( Plat Surveyor’s Book , p . 19 ) , Henry County , Virginia , 1778. Proved March 23 , 1789 .
Philip Blassingame is deeded land in Henry County by William and Mary Vincent , bounded by Thomas Boulton’s . Witnesses , Bird Smith , Amos Richardson , Eusebius Hubbard ( Deed Book 2 , p . 18 ) . Philip Blassingame is taxed for horses and cattle from 1782-1785 , according to Henry County , Virginia , court records . ( This is prob ably the same as the Greene County , Georgia , resident of the name . )
National number, Adelaide E. Wynn, D.A.R. No. 94572. Capt. James Blassingame; John Blassingame, Patriot; Capt. John Gowen.]
ADDENDA Mrs. M. F. Timberlake writes from Williamsburg, Virginia, August 28, 1919, “Thomas and William Blassingham and a third brother, unknown, came from France and Thomas first settled in Gloucester County, but later moved to York County. William settled in New Kent County.
“Thomas Blassingame, my grandfather, was married three (3) times. My grandmother was Jennie Brown of York County, Vir
First marriage unknown; daughter ‘Suckey’ of this marriage. Thomas Blassingame married, third, Widow Brooks of Williamsburg (‘this city’). At this marriage he was aged ninety-five (95) and his wife eighty-six (86) years. William Blassingame has one daughter, Mrs. Mollie Apperson, Barhamsville, New Kent County, Virginia; also a son, living in Newport News, Virginia. My father, William Bryan Blassingham , had two (2) brothers: William, who lived at the north and married a Miss Peters of New Jersey, who came direct from England. John married a widow Roper of York County, Virginia. My mother was Mary Crawford Wood of York County, Virginia. These three brothers all left children who married and have children living in Michigan, New Jersey, Norfolk, and Williamsburg. Yes, the Norfolk Blassingames are my family. ”
30 York County, Virginia, where also lived a family of this name, supplies a few marriage records in which forenames and surnames bear resemblance to the South Carolina family, but are of later date. See William and Mary Quarterly (p. 48), Feb. 11, 1772, York County, Virginia, Marriages.
The Petsworth Parish Vestry book records numerous entries of John Blassingame from 1754-1767 and of others of the name as late as 1784
THE FOLLOWING WINN INFORMATION TAKEN FROM:
Southern lineages; records of thirteen families, by A. Evans Presented by Mary Bondurant Warren pgs 370
From a mass of material relating to the Winns of the Southern States only that in which there is an indicated connection with “ Minor Winn ” lines has been considered in this genealogy .
The “ Winns ” of Fluvanna County , Virginia , included a “ Minor , ” son of Hezekiah Winn and his wife , Christiana Bowles . ”
A family of Winns in Tazewell County, founded by William Winn, included “Minor ” of Burke’s Garden. The name is traditional in the ancestry of Thomas Wynn of Lunenburg. Dr. D. Watson Winn (deceased), quoting from a letter to this compiler, wrote: “The Minor Winn name is very interesting and elusive, and no one seems to know very much about it. The name runs through my line coming out here and there.” (Frederica, St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. There is said to be somewhere recorded a “Minor Winn” of Eden, “Northern Neck,” Virginia, 1710, of whom this writer has not actual proof.
‘Sketch of the Winns, Rev. Benj. C. Ancell (“Midland Virginian,” Palmyra, Virginia). “Winn and Jarvis Family Tree,” Elizabeth J. Winn, Baltimore, Maryland. Letter from an old descendant – Georgia source.
Beginning with the first of the name of authentic record in Virginia known to this compiler, Minor Winn, of Caroline County, appears in 1733 and 1734. By the loss of all but the “order” books and a few fragmentary wills and administrations of that old county, we are unable to place Minor Winn between the years above and the time he bought land in Orange County, 1737.
“It is ordered that James Atkins pay Minor Winn 30 pounds of tobacco for one day’s attendance for hund ? _Arnold . At a court for Caroline County, April 12, 1733.” Order Book 1732-1740 (Part 1, p. 72).
June 13, 1734, on petition of Minor Winn against the collectors of this county, judgment is granted the same Winn without an attorney’s fee and costs. (Order Book 1732-40, p. 149).
Caroline County records show that the Will of Richard Winn, dated Dec. 9, 1748, was presented by Benjamin Winn, executor (p 123). This item is significant because of the same family names found in records of succeeding dates and places.
Orange County, Virginia.
This Indenture made the 25th day of June, 1737, between Francis Thornton, Gentleman, of St. Marie’s Parish in Caroline County within the Colony of Virginia of the one part and Minor Winn of the Parish of St. Margaret’s in the County and Colony aforesaid, of the other part; witnesseth that the said Frances Thornton, Gentleman, for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings current money of Virginia to him in hand paid Minor Winn, his heirs and assignees forever, all that parcel of land containing 202 acres, lying in the great fork of Rappahannock River on Potator Run, it being one moiety of a tract of land which formerly belonged to Joseph Cooper.” Later (p. 43) this is confirmed by another of similar tenor. Both deeds are witnessed by Francis Thornton, J. J. Wood and James Connor. (Book 2, Deeds, p . 42.)
Henry Haines of Caroline County, planter, sells to “Benjamin Winn of Orange County, planter, for five shillings, 400 acres in Orange which was granted to said Henry Haines by bearing date March 26, 1739, on northwest branch of Errotty’s Creek, paying the rent for one year of Indian corn on Lady Day next.” (Mary, the wife of Henry Haines, signs.) Nov. 25, 1741. (Deed Book 6, p. 301.)
Benjamin Winn and Ann, his wife, of County of Caroline, to William Brockman, the younger, of Orange, land granted to Henry Haines of Caroline County and by him leased and released to Benj. Winn, May 28, 1767. (Deed Book 14, p. 181.)
Mrs. Ann Winn, wife of Benj. Winn, acknowledges above deed April 28, 1768 (pp. 286-7), Deeds Orange County.
The parish records of St. Margaret’s have perished, and with them probably a register of Minor and related Winns.
Minor Winn (1), known as “Minor Winn of Fauquier,” moved through Orange County to Fauquier as proved by the following land transactions.
“Col. Richard Henry Lee to Minor Winn of the County of Prince William: In consideration of the yearly rents and covenants herein after reserved, mentioned and contained on the part of the said Minor Winn, John Winn, his sons and Dorothy, the wife of John, and Minor Winn, the son of John Winn to be paid, done and per formed, both devised, leased, and to farm better, 220 acres of land to the said Lee in Fauquier County, south side great road leading to Ashby’s Gap road (bounding) Capt. William Edmunds, to main tract of Richard H. Lee, on the old road where Captain Edmunds’ corners at Lawson’s Branch, paying on Oct. 1 of each year 11 lb. 8 shillings Virginia money and land tax and quit rents. Keep under a sufficient fence 100 apple trees, and also build a dwelling house 16 feet square, a tobacco house 24 feet long by 2 feet wide, and work no more than at the rate of 3 tithables and an overseer for every 100 acres, and keep the said tenements in good and sufficient repair.” Etc.
James Craig , Jos . Bullitt , John Aniss , John Blackwell , witnesses . May 24 , 1764. ( Book 2 , Deeds , pp . 129-131-230 ) , Fauquier County , Virginia .
Oct. 10 , 1764. “ Col. Richard H. Lee of Westmoreland County to Minor Winn of Prince William : leases to Minor Winn , the son of John and Dorothy Winn , 228 land in Fauquier . ”
The foregoing lease was voided in an instrument witnessed by Joseph Blackwell , Bennett Price , Stewart Black , recorded March 22 , 1765 , and released to Minor Winn ( pp . 232-35 ) . Book , Fauquier County . ” By the Will of Minor Winn ( Sr. ) this property was passed on to Minor , Jr. , in 1778 , showing that some time during this period of years Minor Winn had acquired title to it . ”
January 10 , 1814 , John W. Winn and Isham O’Bannon , executors of the Will of Minor Winn , Jr. , deed this property to William H. Hampton — a total of 532 acres — showing that Minor Winn , Jr. , had added to the estate .
About 1855 , Mr. Samuel Field bought the estate from a Mr. Hutchison who had possessed himself of it at some previous date not known to me . He named the property “ Graystone , ” and lived there until his death and it passed into the hands of his son – in – law and family and is now occupied by a grandson of Mr. Field , by the name of Field Burgess . Mrs. George H. Field , Fieldhurst , The Plains , Fauquier County , Virginia . ( Letter to Mr. Wayne Smith . )
There are two dwelling houses on the property , one called the “ Old House , ” apparently following the lease in 1764 , and was the home of Minor Winn , Sr. , for his lifetime ; the other is a stone house , also , built by Minor Winn , Jr. , in 1807 , in which he was living when he died in 1813. During the occupancy of the estate by the Winns it was called the ‘ Rock Hill ‘ farm or ‘ Rock Hill ’ . ” ( Authority : Mr. Wayne Smith , Moscow , Idaho . )
The Winns were farmers the land records show , but Minor , Sr. , and his son , John , engaged in another business , as these items dis close . “ John Winn is granted a license to keep Ordinary at the courthouse , he having executed and acknowledged bond , according to law . ” Sept. , 1763 , Minutes ( Book 2 , p . 211 ) , Fauquier County .
July , 1766 , “ Minor Winn is allowed liberty to repair and use the old courthouse during the pleasure of the Court . ” ( Minute Book 1764-68 , p . 208. )
John Winn , son of Minor Winn , Sr. , is preparing to emigrate in 1765 , for at that time a deed is written as follows : ” I , John Winn , of the County of Fauquier , planter , for 8000 pounds current money paid me by Minor Winn , Sr. , in Fauquier . ” Sale of negroes and household effects . Bill of Sale is recorded March 22 , 1863-5 ? ( Book 2 , p . 230 ) , Fauquier County . Alex Cunningham , James Rob inson , Bennet Rice , witnesses .
Minor Winn and Margaret , his wife , of Leeds Parish , Fauquier , deed James Winn of same tract out of a larger tract which Thomas Bartlett purchased of Judson Coolidge and sold to the said Minor Winn , and is bounded on west side by Spring Branch , forks of the river , Whitewood Branch , Fishback’s line , April 26 , 1772. ( Deed IX , p . 17. ) Minor Winn sells this tract to John Wright , April 27 , 1772. ( Deeds IV , pp . 21-23 . )
April 27 , 1772 , Minor Winn and wife , Margaret , sold land in northern half of Fauquier County to Capt . John Wright , Jr.3
John Wright and wife , Ann , sell this land to Peter Grant , Sept. 21 , 1774 , the description as follows : “ On little river called “ White wood ” which John Wright , Jr. , purchased of Minor Winn — from Whitewood , Jesse’s Branch . Mrs. Anne Wright relinquishes dower . ( Deed Book VI , pp . 52-55 . ) Fauquier County .
8John Winn , son of Minor , Sr. , married , first , Dorothea Wright , presumably a sister of above John Wright . They were evidently children of John Wright , born about 1685 , and wife , Dorothy , who purchased ( 1723 ) 100 acres of Col. Henry Lee between Neapsco Creek and Powell’s Run . John Wright was the son of Major Francis Wright and his wife , Ann Washington , daughter of Col. John Washington . Lower Machodick , Westmoreland County . ( Fauquier Hist . Bulletin , p . 377 ; Tyler’s Quar . LV , p . 210 , et . )
‘ Peter Grant married Suah , daughter of Minor Winn , Sr.
Minor Winn made his Will July 1 , 1775 , which is recorded in Will Book 1 ( p . 343 ) . He names his wife , Margaret ; sons : Minor , Richard , William , James , John ; daughters : Margaret Johnson ( wife of Moses Johnson ) , Mary Smith , Elizabeth , Susannah Grant , grand daughter Martha Ann Winn .
“ To son , Minor Winn , my great Bible . Instrument added to the Will : Purchased land of Mr. Martin Pickett lying on south side 1 of South River — part of tract formerly belonging to Holtclaw – right in this land to son , Minor Winn ; and whereas I have in partnership tin dinal with my son , Minor Winn , erected a still house on the said Minor’s land and furnished the same with stills and the necessary utensils for carrying on the distilling business — profits to be divided between said Margaret Winn and son , Minor , to keep half of what they shall be appraised . ” Etc. July 5 , 1778. Minor M. Winn , Peter Grant , James Winn , Hannah Winn , witnesses . Fauquier County .
The legal proceedings in which Minor Winn , Sr. , and his sons engaged , throw interesting light on their occupations , acquisitive ness in business , and intermarriage with families of local and nearby communities . These facts are not disclosed by those who wrote the first sketches of Minor Winn and who appear to have had only partial knowledge of this common ancestor of numerous present – day Americans . We must not be shocked that this revered patriarch distributed in his family his profits from a still . As a member of a distinguished old Virginia family expresses it : “ We must neither hide nor blush at the mistakes of our ancestors . Probably they did very well on an average when compared with others of their own time . I don’t embellish his faults but I’d rather know them than not if I have to evaluate the whole family and its contribution to the making of America . ” ( Mr. Wayne Smith , Moscow , Idaho . )
As the Fauquier County records ( court ) show us the probable date of John Winn’s removal to South Carolina , 1765 , they also reveal that William Winn , son of Minor Winn , Sr. , left Fauquier County for the same destination in 1778 , the year of his father’s death .
“ William Winn of Craven County , South Carolina , appoints son in – law , Matthew Smith , attorney , to sue for slaves and property now supposed to be in possession of Thomas Lingan and others , in Balti more County , Maryland , which slaves I claim in right of my daugh ter , Martha , now wife to aforesaid Matthew Smith , who is the sole remaining heiress to Ann Lingan , my former wife . ” James Winn , Minor Winn , Minor Winn , Sr. March 27 , 1775. ( Book VI , p . 134 ) , Fauquier County , Virginia .
Minor Winn ( 2 ) , son of Minor Winn , Sr. , lived and died in Fauquier County on land he inherited from his father , “ Rock Hill Farm . ” His Will , recorded there , is dated Aug. 22 , 1813. He names ” wife , Eleanor , ” and stipulates that his slaves are not to be moved from Prince William , Fauquier , or Loudoun Counties . His daugh . ters named are : Nancy Harrison , Nancy Singleton , Sallie Gibson ( wife of Wm . Gibson ) , Susanna ( wife of Edward Simpson ) , Mar garet ( wife of Thomas Neale ) , Betty ( wife of Moses Gibson ) , Mary ( late wife of Capt . Isham O’Bannon ) , and to her son , Minor, O’Bannon .
Hannah , wife of Richard Neale :
1. Son , John ( 2 ) .
2. Son , Minor ( 3 ) .
3. Son , Thomas . Capt . O’Bannon , John Winn , Winn Gibson and son , John W. Winn , witnesses .
A son of Minor Winn ( 2 ) of Fauquier County , was John W. Winn , whose Will dated April 11 , 1813 , gives property to wife , Jemima . Children : Thomas W. Winn , Mary Elizabeth Winn , Isham O’Bannon Winn , Minor James Winn , John William Winn , Betsy Withers Winn . ( Book VI , p . 103 ) , Fauquier County .
Fauquier County marriage records show that :
Minor Winn married Betty Withers , Oct. 17 , 1765 .
James Winn and Hannah Withers , March 3 , 1767 .
Matthew Smith and Martha Winn , Nov. 25 , 1771 .
Joshua Singleton and Nancy Withers Winn , Feb. 19 , 1785 . Thomas Neale and Margaret C. Winn , Oct. 13 , 1794 .
Moses Gibson and Betty Winn , March 30 , 1795 .
Isham O’Bannon and Polly Winn , Nov. 28 , 1798 .
Mary C. Winn and Walter Oliver , Dec. 23 , 1803 .
Isham O. Winn and Eleanor M. Stowers , Jan. 9 , 1843 , Culpepper County records .
Of the sons of Minor Winn , Sr. , Minor ( 2 ) was lieutenant in the Revolutionary War from Fauquier County , 1780 , and James Winn was captain , 1780. Both received bounty lands for their services consisting of large tracts in Kentucky .
According to the Fauquier County ” Bulletin , ” Minor Winn ( 2 ) was a First Lieutenant of Militia , a trustee of Salem Academy , and “ owner of an extensive tract of land lying on Little River , a few miles northeast of the town . ” ( Bulletin No. 3-4 , N. C. Groome ( p . 304 ) . And James Winn was allowed a claim for a horse about five years old , impressed by Col. Francis Triplett , valued at 40 pounds . Revolutionary War . Fauquier County Bulletin Nos . 3 and 4 ( p . 370 ) .
James Winn was in a list subscribing to a petition to the Court some time in 1774 to leave the Episcopal Church to build a meeting house on a tenement of land occupied by Burr Harrison ( Fauquier Court Minutes , May term , 1775. )
” When Capt . John Wright had gone south , leave is granted the Anabaptists in the lower part of the county to erect a meeting house on the lands of John Kelly . ”
“ No explanation of the Anabaptists ‘ reason for waiting for Capt . Wright to go south to erect their meeting house .
James Winn ( fourth son of Minor Winn of Fauquier County and Margaret O’Connor ) married Hannah Withers of Fauquier County ( daughter of Thomas Withers and Patsy Ashby ) , March 3 , 1767 . ( Captain of Militia , Revolutionary War . ) Removed to Jefferson County , Kentucky . Their daughter , Elizabeth Winn , married Dec. 28 , 1792 , William Johnston . He died 1798. Issue : James Chew Johnston , died 1798. Jefferson County , Kentucky , records . With James Winn when he removed to Kentucky , Thomas Winn , son of Lt. Minor Winn ( 2 ) , is said to have gone .
Thomas Winn had a son , David F. Winn , Kansas City , Missouri , whose daughter , Margaret Eunice Winn , married W. Wayne Smith .
Issue : Three sons ( grown ) . ( Contributed by Mr. W. Wayne Smith , University of Idaho . )
The Winns of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties , Virginia , at least related to , if not brothers of Minor , Sr. , of Fauquier County , set tled in Fayette County , Kentucky , and scattered to other counties in that state , leaving numerous descendants . County court records there furnish many wills and deeds of settlers of the name of Winn ( Wynn ) . Of these , only those items that seem to connect with Minor Winn of Fauquier County , are assembled herein :
LAND GRANTS List of land on Tygert’s Creek owned by Minor Winn , ” Henry Banks , Francis West , Tucker Woodson , Anthony Thornton , William Bird , Robert Morris , John Nicolson . ( A. D. 1 p . Draper Collection Preston and Virginia papers . )
Minor Winn , 5.284 tax paid till 1801. ( John E. Lindley , MSS . Vol . 12 , 1770-1803 , Wis . Hist . Soc . )
Minor Winn enters 7926 acres of land on two Treasury War . rants , Nos . 19,190 and 19,189 , lying on the waters of the Ohio , being at the east corner of John Graham ( land grant 2 , p . 24 ) , Fayette County entries .
John Winn enters 2,432 acres land on Treasury Warrant No. 10,983 , running three miles to the corner of Minor Winn’s entry , there extending from a- of this line and binding with Minor Winn’s line into a line parallel with the first line , etc. ( Book 1 , P. 385 ) , Fayette County .
Minor Winn , 2,632 acres , Bourbon County , Kentucky .
Edmund Randolph , Esq . , Governor of Virginia , grants to Minor Winn ( land office ) Treasury Warrant No. 10,932 . Issued Feb. 16 , 1782. Survey made Sept. 1 , 1786 .
Survey of 11,517 acres , bounded by ash standing on the main body of Lickingland , lying and being in the county of Bourbon , adjoining the S. A. of Anthony McKittrick’s . Witnessed August 26 , 1788 , and 13th year of the commonwealth . ( Book A , p . 79 ) , Land Grants , Frankfort , Kentucky .
‘ No claim to the identity of above Minor Winn is made . He is perhaps the son , who served as lieutenant in the War of the Revolution , of Minor Winn , Senior .
Minor Winn of the Bourbon County grant had a son , David Winn . Grandsons , John D. Winn , James Winn , 112 acres in Nelson County , Kentucky , April 1 , 1786. ( Clipping ) “ The Clay Family , ” published 1899. Mrs. Mary Rogers Clay .
Clarke County , Kentucky , marriages record those of seven Winns , concluding with Minor Winn to Polly Haygood , 1816 ( pp . 103-4 ) . Compiled by Anne Walker Burns .
NEWSPAPER ITEMS “ Died in Georgetown on Thursday evening last , Mr. Peter G. Winn , son of Dr. Minor Winn ( 1 ) of Pendleton County , Aug. 20 , 1831 . ” – Kentucky Observer and Reporter , Lexington , Ky .
“ Married : Mr. Minor Obannon , of Shelbyville , Kentucky , to Miss Jane Richardson , July 11 , 1835 . ” — Kentucky Observer and Reporter , Lexington , Ky .
Stephen T. Winn’s Will . Aug. 15 , 1833. Recorded , 28 , 1840 . Sons : Francis , William , George , Minor . ( Wills , p . 85 ) , Clarke County , Kentucky .
It is quite evident that other children and grandchildren of Minor Winn followed John, William and Richard (sons of Minor Winn, Sr.) farther south by way of Lunenburg and Halifax Counties, Virginia, where others of the name (perhaps kinsmen) were already settled .
One of the daughters of Minor Winn, Sr. , either Mary or Elizabeth , married Benjamin Smith . Both parents seem to have died before 1778 , when their orphans are living in Halifax County , Virginia .
Minor Winn , of Fauquier , guardian for Smith’s orphans , buys land for them there , according to the record below :
Minor Winn of Fauquier County , from Robert Wooding , 35 acres on Bannister River ( Book 11 , Deeds , pp . 66-67 ) , Halifax County .
June 15 , 1778 , Minor Winn buys land on Bannister River for heirs of Benjamin Smith from heirs of Peter Wood ( Book 1 , Deeds , p . 69 ) , Halifax County .
Account of Minor Winn , guardian of Smith’s orphans ( p . 227 ) .
To expense of caring for Margaret Smith and Minor Winn Smith in Fauquier , it being their father’s desire ; to finding of Minor Winn Smith , one pair of shoes ; to finding of Weathers Smith , one pair of shoes ; to finding of a horse and showing him to carry Minor Winn Smith into Fauquier County ; for my trouble to delivering the children to the appointed place ; to paying Thomas Younger for nursing of Weathers Smith ; for finding of a horse for Weathers Smith to go to Loudoun County ; to bearing his expenses there ; to paid Leonard Keeling for teaching of Susannah Smith to sing ; to finding John Smith of shoes in ye year of 1770 ; to one negro and two horses in moving the children ; 210 paid Chas . Chimis for schooling of John Smith .
By Moses Johnson in part for rents . ( Page 229 , Book 1 , July Court . ) June 19 , 1778 .
This record indicates that Benjamin Smith died in Halifax ; that Minor Winn came down , got the orphans , and took them back to Fauquier or Loudoun County .
In Lunenburg County forenames in the Winn branches are duplicated and suggest kinship or common origin with Minor Winn of Fauquier . Though the name “ Minor ” does not occur in the list of Thomas Winn’s children , there is a traditional use of it in that branch .
Records below are submitted only in support of that theory . They , of course , do not belong in the direct line of Minor Winn of Fauquier County .
JOSEPH WINN’S WILL
Lunenburg County, Virginia.
Loving wife , Elizabeth , the plantation called “ my father’s old place , ” lying on Great Hound’s Creek ; also the place whereon my son , Benjamin , now lives .
Five feather beds to my five children : Daniel , Joseph , Bannister , Sarah B. Winn and Keturah Winn . To my son , Minor Winn , one negro . To my son , Joseph , slaves and saddle horse . Son , Daniel .
Daughter , Mourning Gunn ; daughter , Elizabeth Brown . Executors left a support for son , Benjamin , but not liable for payment of any of his debts . After his death inheritance to be divided among children by his present wife , Creasy Winn . After wife’s death , property to be divided among eight children mentioned in deed .
Wife , Elizabeth ; son , Daniel ; Edmond Winn , executors .
James McFarland, Alex Winn, Covington Harris, Asa Barnes, witnesses. (Witnessed March 25, 1800, Book 5, Lunenburg.)
The name Benjamin signifies kinship with Benjamin of Orange County , Virginia , where also lived Minor Winn, Sr., in the year 1741.
September 10 , 1801. Deed between James Gunn and Mourning , his wife ; Minor Winn and Elizabeth , his wife ; Daniel Winn and Patsy , his wife ; George Brown and Elizabeth , his wife ; and Sallie B. , his wife ; Richard Elliott and Keturah , his wife ; ånd Joseph Winn of Lunenburg County , of the one part , and Bannister Winn of Lunenburg , of the other : whereas , Joseph Winn by last Will and Testament devised upon death of his wife , Elizabeth , his land was to be divided among his eight children above named – part of that tract wherein Benjamin Winn lives sold to Bannister Winn , etc. All the above daughters and their husbands sign . ( Book 15 – p , p . 1 ) , Lunenburg County .
“Whereas Joseph Winn devised that when his wife , Elizabeth , died , his lands should be equally divided among his eight children and the children of Benjamin Winn , the five daughters , Mourning , Patsy , Elizabeth , Sally B. and Keturah , etc. Minor , Bannister and Joseph Winn agree to sell . ”
Minor Winn became the purchaser of the tract wherein the said decedent resided , September 10 , 1808. ( Book 15 , Deeds , p . 9. )
1780 , Daniel Winn and Joseph Winn sell Lunenburg County land. Witnessed by John Winn .
Sally B. Winn , mentioned in Joseph Winn’s Will , was daughter of Daniel Gunn .
Daniel Winn’s Will , February 14 , 1799. ( Book 4 , p . 246 ) , Lunenburg County .
To son , Joseph . “ Will having already provided for the rest of my children . ” Joseph Winn , executor .
Lunenburg County , Cumberland Parish , Landon C. Bell : “ Ordered that Alexander Wynn and Daniel Gunn procession all the land between Nottoway River , near Allen Stokes ‘ Mill Creek , the courthouse road and Ward’s Rolling Road to the Great Hound’s Creek.” Etc. ( Page 121 ) 1784 .
“Ordered that Joseph Wynne procession land between Nominy River , Allen Stokes , Mill Creek and the courthouse road to the mouth of Great Hound’s Creek . ” ( Sept. 23 , 1767 ( p . 79 ) .
Deed between Daniel Winn of Lunenburg County and Alexander Wynn , 1776. ( Book 12 , Deeds , p . 523 ) , Lunenburg County .
Pension statements , Allen County , Kentucky . Revolutionary and 1812 wars . ” Wilson Moore , aged 74 , entered Militia from Lunenburg County , Virginia , in Capt . Joseph Winn’s Company about March , 1776. ”
THOMAS WINN’S WILL September 18 , 1779. Probated April 12 , 1781. ( Page 75 , Book 3 ) , Lunenburg County , Virginia . “ To son – in – law , John Hix , and, Mourning Hix , his wife . Daughter , Henrietta Maria Winn ; son , Edmond Winn ; son , Washington Winn ; son , Bannister Winn ; son , Washington Winn , land I purchased of William Winn . Wife , Sarah ; John Winn of Amelia and Lyddal Bacon , executors . ( He also had son , Thomas , of Abbeville , South Carolina . )
Thomas and Joseph Winn both have daughters named Mourning and sons named Bannister . Thomas and Joseph , Benjamin , Minor and John of Amelia were probably brothers .
Abstract of Marriage Bonds , Lunenburg County . Thomas Wilkes to Jincy Winn , Minor Winn , security . Dec. 29 , 1803 ( p . 396 ) .
Keturah Hardy and Hamlin F. Stokes , 1800 ( p . 433 , Vol . 2 ) .
Henrietta Maria Washington Winn to Peter Davis . Security , Thomas Gregory . Jan. 10 , 1814. ( Vol . 2 , p . 401 ) ” Old Free State . ‘ Bell .
WINN From an old sampler made by a great ( perhaps great great ) aunt . Property of Mrs. Ben L. Winn , Keysville , Virginia , Lunen burg County .
Edmund Winn ( 1 ) and Elizabeth ( cousins ) were married Oct. 8 , 1788 .
Keturah R. Winn was born Sept. 25 , 1795 .
Henrietta M. Winn was born Aug. 19 , 1802 .
Thos . W. Winn was born June 22 , 1806 .
Edmund C. Winn was born May 3 , 1809 .
Harriet H. Winn was born March 16 , 1812 .
WILL OF THOMAS WINN10 OF ABBEVILLE , S. C.
SON OF THOMAS WINN OF LUNENBURG COUNTY , VA .
Dated October 31 , 1796 ; proved March 28 , 1797 .
To wife , Lettice Winn ( executrix ) , loan of property and negroes, until her death ; then property to be divided between two younger children – Lettice and Robert — also a bond of Mr. Glenn’s for 58 pounds , 6 shillings , 8 pence .
, To son , Abner Winn , 150 acres where he now lives ; to son, Elemuel Winn , one – half of land he now lives on; to son , Thomas Winn , 40 pounds that is in the hands of my brother , Bannister Winn .
To Elisha Winn, the money that’s due me out of my brother Washington Winn’s estate in Lunenburg County , Virginia .
To son , Richard Winn , one – half of land whereon Elemuel now resides .
To daughters , Sarah and Elizabeth , the money that’s in my brother William Winn’s hands , a part that’s owing by judgment that’s in Abbeville Court .
The following were the executors : John M. and James Carter . The following were witnesses : George Whitted , William Adams , Samuel McCleskey .
10 Thomas Winn left many descendants throughout the Deep South . One of these was James Osgood Wynn , Atlanta , Georgia ( deceased 1925 ) .
TAZEWELL COUNTY , VIRGINIA , WINNS “ There was a line of Winns in Tazewell County , Virginia , ” in 1815 and two of them came to Georgia . They had a cousin , Minor Winn . These Winns wrote my grandfather about themselves . Some years ago I think I found in Macon , Georgia , their last descendants , etc. ” . Watson Winn , Christ Church , St. James Parish , Fredrica , Georgia ( St. Simon’s Island ) .
The line referred to by Dr. Winn , now deceased , in the foregoing is sketched in the “ History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia ” by Pen dleton ( pp . 429-432 ) . William Winn , founder of this line , left a Will , 1809 . He leaves to ” son , Minor , ” land lying in Burke’s Garden .
WINNS OF SOUTH CAROLINA Of the three sons of Minor Winn, Sr., of Fauquier County, who emigrated to South Carolina , John Winn seems to have arrived first. From family sources the year of his arrival is 1765 , the same in which he “sold out” to his father in Virginia. The first record of his land purchased in South Carolina is dated 1769. From then until 1778 he is granted land in Craven County ten times. (See land office, Columbia.)
William Winn gets one large acreage ( 800 acres ) on Moon’s Creek , Wateree River , May 23 , 1773. ( Book 33 , p . 116 ) , South Carolina land office .
These grants to land in Camden District number fourteen and cover fourteen pages between the years 1785-86 ( Book E , pp . 553 . 565 ) .
On January 24, 1785, he is granted 640 acres on both sides Reedy River, bounded by Thomas Jenkins.
Minor and John Winn acquire land jointly on Cedar Creek , Broad River, 1786. Camden District (Book 11, p. 201).
John , son of Minor Winn of Fauquier County , had , besides his grants from the State , titles to many acres in Fairfield County , South Carolina . In 1785-1786 , he is acquiring land there ( Book A , pp . 61 , 230 , 356 ; Book B , pp . 34 , 158 ) .
On November 3 , 1790 , he is one of the appraisers of Col. Joseph Kirkland’s estate . ( Wills , Book 1 , p . 9 ) , Winnsboro . .
John Winn’s deed is witnessed by Obed Kirkland , August 9 , 1794 ( Book 1 , p . 167 ) .
1 . Soon after he arrived from Fauquier County , Virginia , John Winn is one of His Majesty’s justices for Craven County ( Oct. 22 , 1769 ) . Recorded Oct. 29 , 1794 ( Book 1 , p . 234 ) .
A tract conveyed to John Winn and others in Fairfield , 1784 , is conveyed by John Winn , Jr. , Sheriff , to McMaster . Signed by W. Winn , 1794. Deed from John Winn , Sheriff of Fairfield County , to R chard Winn , on Little River , Fairfield .
No Will of John Winn , Sr. , of his two wives , Dorothea or Penelope , has been found in Winnsboro .
The name Richard Francis Winn, son of Col. John Winn, is affixed to Fairfield deeds, June 3, 1793. He married Prudence Lamar ( see Winn Chart , old letter ) .
Richard Winn, ” ? youngest son of “ Minor Winn , Sr. ” of Fauquier County , received in 1785 land in Camden Dis’rict on Catawba River . November 14 , 1786 , John Winn deeds to Richard Winn ” the tract containing 98 acres , a part of original tract of 300 acres , ” Fairfield County . The town of Winnsboro was named in honor of Richard Winn , designated henceforth in all legal documents as “ Gen. Richard . ” In 1789 he is executor of ihe estate of Thomas Baker at Winnsboro , Fairfield County (Book 1, p. 44) .
The names of Gen. Richard , Col. John and John Winn , Esq . , occur in the sales account of Samuel Wilson’s estate . Winnsboro ( Book 1 , p . 88 ) .
Col. Winn , Maj . Winn , Gen. Winn , list of officers of regiment against all of whom John Milling brought account . They returned word that they were all excepted . Winnsboro , South Carolina ( Book 1 , p . 121 ) .
“ To sundries : John Winn , Jr. , Col. John Winn , Maj . Winn , James Winn , Gen. Richard Winn , John Winn . ”
December 25 , 1803 , Richard Winn of Winnsboro : deed to land ” in town of Winnsboro , being a corner lot fronting on Washington Street and Zion Street , known and marked as the original place of the said town , by lot 79. ” Sale to John Porter . Signed in presence of Benj . Winn , D. Evans .
“ I , Richard Winn , of District of Fairfield . ” ( Original Deed VV , Sumter MSS . Draper Coll . ( Vol . 1 , pp . 103-4 ) .
12The hill on which Gen. Richard Winn formerly lived is now owned by Senator Kitchen and Mr. George B. McMasters . The Winns gave the land on which Mt. Zion School was built . This , the second oldest chartered school ( 1777 ) , was surrounded by the camp of Cornwallis when he occupied Winns . boro during the War of the Revolution , 1782. ( From sketch by Mr. McMaster . )
1789 , “ William Winn , Gentleman , and Hon . Richard Winn , Esq . Power of attorney to Brother John Winn of Fairfield County to receive of Minor Winn of Virginia one of the executors of our late honored father , Minor Winn , deceased . Our sister , Susannah , etc. ” ( Book A , p . 63 ) , Fairfield County .
Though the above item indicates that the brothers were absent from Winnsboro at the time , Richard Winn is there at the time of the following transaction : “ Maj . Hampton as per Richard Winn , to you .
eleven pounds and forty – three dollars same which will be credited
M. Winn . Richard Winn , Esq . , April 5 , 1791. Draper Coll . , Sumter MSS . VV ( p . 76 ) .
Richard Winn moved to a five thousand – acre tract of land on Duck River , Maury County , Tennessee , and on a part of this tract died , December 8 , 1818. His brilliant career as an officer of the Revolution and later in the United States Congress is of public record .
William Winn was living in Craven County in 1775 when he gave his son – in – law , Matthew Smith , of Fauquier County , Virginia , power of attorney . He does not figure so actively in land transac tions in South Carolina as did his brothers . Three grants from the State covering “ land on Enoree ” are mentioned in official records . William and M. Winn are witnesses for Nathaniel Smith , Sept. 6 , 1794 ( Book 1 , p . 186 ) , Fairfield County .
In 1789 , William Winn appoints Minor Winn of Fauquier County his power of attorney to receive his share of estate of his father , Minor Winn , of Virginia . ” He is buried in Winnsboro beside our grandmother , ” states the author of an old letter .
William Winn and his wife , Rose Hampton , had a younger son , Minor Winn , who married Matilda Bedford , Bedford County , Tennessee .
Minor Winn and Matilda Bedford Winn had son , Zedrick Winn , married Burkaut .
Larkin D. Winn , married Sophia A. Looney .
Columbus Marion Winn of Norman , Oklahoma . Authority : Mr. W. Wayne Smith .
Minor Winn, son of Col. John (grandson of Minor, Sr.), who received large land grants from the State, was also active in local land transactions. He was there in 1789, and was deeded land frequently from 1792 to 1794. Robt . Austin deeds him land in Fair field County, 1786 (Book A, p. 279).
One deed is to land originally granted to Edmond Smith , 1794 , ” and other land conveyed to Minor Winn , 1792 , ” is signed by Mary Winn ( Book 1 , p . 187 ) .
Minor Winn married Mary , 13 daughter of David Reid Evans . To his father – in – law he sold land Dec. 12 , 1794 ( Book 1 , p . 261 ) , Fairfield County .
Another deed made by Minor Winn is witnessed by R. F. Winn , John Winn , Jr. , February 22 , 1794 ( Book 1 , p . 166 ) .
In September , 1794 , Minor Winn and James Craig appoint Wade Hampton power of attorney to sell land . ( Book 1 , p . 182 ) Fairfield County . The father , John , and his son , Minor , appear to have extended their investments to the upper districts of South Carolina , record of which is found in deeds below :
South Carolina , Spartanburg County .
Minor Winn , Esq . , of Fairfield County , to John Ford , planta tion containing 500 acres , situated at the line when originally granted Craven County , but now called Spartanburg – on a branch of Tyger — which tract of land was formerly the property of Robert Wells and sold to Minor Winn , Esq . , 1785. May 26 , 1791 ( Book 13 , page 435 ) .
Minor Winn of Winnsboro , Gentleman , 100 acres of land granted to John Parker ; by him sold to Joseph Kirkland , and by him sold to Minor Winn , 1787 , on waters of Tyger River and bounded northeast and southeast by John Ford’s land and northwest by Porcher’s and Lawson’s land , which tract includes where the Geor gia and Blackstock roads pass each other . This deed to William Wills . Abner Benson , witness . ( Book 44 , p . 191 ) .
Joseph Kirkland to Minor Winn , 1808 , March 1. Joseph Kirk land and Minor Winn , Esq . , both of the District of Camden , 1,000 acres in Craven County in the branches of Tyger River , bounded by Porcher’s , Lawson’s and John Ford’s land , originally conveyed to John Parker by him to Kirkland , 1773 ; also another tract of 288 acres in fork of Enoree and Tyger to Western Indian’s land original ly sold to Williamson – one tract , 300 acres , originally granted to John Hope and conveyed to Joseph Kirkland . Witnessed in Fairfield District , 1807. ( Book L , p . 183 ) .
13The Will of Mary Winn is indexed as recorded in Book VI , Fairfield County . No record of the time or place of death of Minor Winn , her husband ( son of John Winn ) of the large land holdings .
GREENVILLE COUNTY , SOUTH CAROLINA Eliza Ann Winn , Joseph Winn , James Berry Winn , Jane Winn , Clement Winn , all children of James Winn , 14 legatees .
14James Winn , gentleman , of Fairfield County , late of said county , whose estate Minor Winn was appointed administrator ( Book 2 , p . 28 ) was probably brother of Minor and John , Jr. , and all three sons of Col. John Winn of Winnsboro .
Minor Winn of Fairfield County sells land in Pendleton District on Eighteen Mile Creek , waters of Keowee River , in 1793. ( p . 122 ) .
John Winn15 of Pendleton sold land granted him by Gov. Pinckney , 1792 , 200 acres , May 15 , 1810. ( Book F , p . 191 ) Ander son , Pendleton District .
John Winn – Will listed , intestate , roll number 738. Date , 1827 .
John Winn — late of Pendleton District , citation by John Har ris , administrator of estate . A soldier of the Revolution , September 2 , 1827. Published at Hopewell Meeting House . Saul L. Watson , preacher , Anderson County .
Thomas Winn , 1834 , witness , Greenville County to Elizabeth Blassingame’s Will .
Thomas Wynn – appraisor Robert Benson’s estate – Greenville , 1826 .
15 John Winn , Revolutionary soldier , was probably brother of Minor Winn ( above ) , and both were sons of Col. John Winn of Winnsboro .
Members of this South Carolina family ended their days in other sections of the South , already settled , or as the country opened up to inhabitants . To Georgia , Kentucky and Tennessee , as pioneers went men of the name Winn and they henceforth belonged to the history of their adopted homes .
“ I , John Winn , in right of my wife , Charles Winn , ( late Wash ington ) the said Charles being entitled to several legacies , bequests , and estates , as well , from the estate of Thomas Washington , deceased , as others know . Know all men by these presents that we , John Winn and Charles , do nominate , constitute , and appoint Minor Winn of the State of South Carolina , town of Winnsboro , Esq . , our own lawful attorney . ” August 23 , 1798. ( Book E , pp . 446-47 ) Lincoln County , Georgia . Witnesses , Richard F. Winn , Joel Lockart . Basel Lamar , Justice Inferior Court .
Richard Winn plat for one island in Savannah River . Recorded July 7 , 1817 , Lincoln County , Georgia . “ I , Minor Winn , of South Carolina , for love and affection I bear my father , John Winn , of State of Georgia , deed to John Winn , slaves . ” Proved by David Read Evans . Recorded June 1 , 1795. ( Book A , p . 119 ) Lincoln County , Georgia . ( This John Winn is probably the son of Col. John Winn of Fairfield County , South Carolina ) .
John Blanton of Winnsboro , South Carolina , and wife , Martha , to Minor Winn of Winnsboro . Richard Winn , witness . Richmond County , Georgia .
1792 — Bannister Winn , one of several Winns of Wilmington Island , Charleston , witness to deed — land in Augusta , Richmond County , Georgia .
1791 — three lots in Augusta to Minor Winn of Winnsboro . 1792 — Peter Carnes to Bannister Winn and others , mortgage .
From a family source comes a sketch of the Winnsboro Winns . Much is said , upon good authority16 , to be inaccurate and because of personal comment , has been slightly deleted .
“ Minor Winn , our great grandfather , came from Wales to Vir ginia , where he married an Irish woman , Margaret O’Connor . His family consisted , as far as I have certain knowledge , of Minor and John ( our grandfather ) , James , Thomas , William and Richard , his youngest son ( Gen. Winn ) . His daughters — I do not recollect their names . One married Cato West and two married men by the name of Smith . Their descendants now reside in the upper district of South Carolina , that is , the Smiths . Mr. West removed to Kentucky with Thomas and James Winn and probably they were amongst the early settlers of that country .
Of their families I know but little , only that Thomas had three daughters . One married a Mr. Johnson and was the mother of Dr. James C. Johnson of Louisville , Kentucky . Another married Mr. Roberts , the first husband of Mrs. General Jackson . They were all widows when I last heard of them in 1343. Minor Winn remarried in Virginia . He had a large family . John Winn , our grandfather , was married in Alexandria , Virginia , to Dorothea Wright , only child and heiress of Captain Franc’s Wright ( he was a sea captain ) . Our grandmother was an orphan . She was taken by her father’s brother to live with him and was in Alexandria when she ran off with John Vinn and married . She was not fifteen years of age . Her friends never forgave her .
Our grandfather left Virginia for South Carolina in 1765. His children were : Anna Minor ( 2 ) , James , John ( 2 ) , Richard ( 2 ) , Francis , Wright and Mary , first wife’s children . His wife died whilst Cornwallis was quartered in Winnsboro . He married , second , Pene lope Kirkland in , as well as I can remember , having often seen the date , 1784. His children by her were : Joseph , Peter , Daniel , Harriet , Margaret , Martha , Dav’d Jefferson , Robert , Obed , John . ( Many others died in infancy ) .
Anna married Samuel McKinney, a lieutenant in Morgan’s Rifle Brigade .
Mary married Obed Kirkland of Fairfield .
Minor married Mary Evans .
Richard Francis married Prudence Lamar .
James married Emily Evans .
John married Elizabeth Evans .
Wright married Jennie Payne .
Anna had two sons, Ben and Joshua. Ben married Ione Harris and had one son, John. Joshua died in Savannah, 1814. Our father’s family you know all about. James Winn died without children. John had one child, Eliza, who married Micajah Pickett and went to Mississippi. R. F. Winn had five children — Mary, Susan, John, Jacob and Prudence. Mary married Thomas Lyon. Her children and Susan’s you know about, and all the rest of them. Jacob married in Wetumpka and soon after died. Wright Winn left no lawful children. Mary Kirkland went to Louisiana. She had three children. I heard they all died near New Orleans. That ends our father’s own brothers and sisters .
Of our grandfather’s second family: Joseph married his cousin, Miss West, of Mississippi. He left two daughters. His family re moved to Texas. Peter married in Tennessee Removed to Texas before the Revolution. Fought through the War and lost all of his children but three. Finally settled in St. Augustine where he died a few years ago . His son, Colonel John Winn, still resides there .
, Daniel Winn went into the French settlement in Louisiana, became a Frenchman, fiddled and danced his life away. married.
Harriet Winn married a wealthy planter in Louisiana, a native of Virginia . She was a widow with one child. Her brother, Robert, lived with her – unmarried. When I heard of them last Peggy married (so Peter wrote me) a poor man in Mississippi and had nine children. The rest, I believe, are all dead.
General Richard Winn married Priscilla McKinney. His children were Minor (3), Margaret, Christina, John, Benjamin, William, Thomas, Richard, Samuel, Mary and Priscilla.
Minor never married . He went to Tennessee to study law with General Jackson and died at his house .
John married Miss Taylor on Little River . Had several children . He moved to Alabama, Dallas County.
Ben , you know all about . Tom married a young lady named Covington in North Carolina . William is dead . He never married .
General Winn obtained both Tom and Will commissions of lieutenant in U. S. Army in 1812 .
Richard died , also unmarried .
Sam wrote the truth about his sister’s marriage , except making a doctor of He married a Miss McKinzie of Baldwin County , Georgia . General William died in Tennessee and so did Colonel John Winn .
Look here , my brother – I forgot to say anything about my grandfather’s brother , William . I never saw him though he is buried beside our grandmother in Winnsboro . He married Rosa Hampton , aunt of old Wade Hampton . His daughter , Rosa , married Mr. Wroughton , afterwards Governor of Kentucky . Mary married Rob . ert Stark of Columbia . Margaret married John Hampton , brother of Wade . Sarah married Doctor John Hughes .
My best love to Sarah and the children .
I am , my dear George , as always ,
YOUR SISTER .
This old letter was written to Mr. George Winn , brother to Mr. James J. Winn , father of Mrs. George Scott and Mrs. Kirkpatrick , of Decatur , Georgia , now deceased , he being born in Winnsboro , South Carolina . The name of ” your sister , ” author of the letter to her brother , George , is unknown to the compiler of this genealogy . Mr. George Winn and Mr. James J. Winn and ” your sister ” were children of Minor Winn ( son of Col. John ) and his wife , of Fairfield County , South Carolina , Winnsboro .
The positive assertion made by descendants that Lettice Winn , who married John Bearden , was the sister of Gen. Richard Winn , therefore daughter of Minor Winn , Sr. , of Fauquier County , Virginia , is not yet verified by exhaustive research and analysis . Clues , however , to prove kinship , and origin in the same locality , are strong . The Beardens , Winns , and Blassingames have been traced through piecemeal records , to Caroline County , Virginia . Lettice Bearden was , before her marriage , surnamed Winn . She was born about 1726 and was possibly another daughter of Minor Winn , Sr. ” ?, of Fauquier County , unnamed in his Will ( as was often the case ) . The Name Minor Winn was perpetuated by her descendants .
” I wish we might see “ my great Bible ” left to “ my son , Minor Winn , ” by Minor Winn , Sr. , of Virginia , in his Will written there , July 1 , 1775 , in the hope that it would throw light on the traditional daughter , Lettice Winn Bearden . Minor M. Winn who fell heir to the Bible , lived and died in Fauquier Coßinty , Virginia . If the Bible is in possession , today , of any of the descendants of this old Virginia family , it is hoped that inscriptions from it may eventually reach a number of eager descendants who are trying to clear the elusive “ Minor Winn ” line .
The compiler is greatly indebted to Miss Minnie L. Smith , now deceased , of Glenn Springs , South Carolina , for knowledge imparted by letter , upon which the study of the Winn and related families was begun . These letters are of such importance that they are given to readers , believing that it is no breach of faith to do so .
“ Your letters received , and I assure you it will give me pleasure to reply to your questions . Now my grandmother was Mourning Bearden , daughter of John and Lettice Bearden . She was born June 15 , 1763 , as recorded in my grandfather , William Smith’s Bible . Lettice Gowen was my grandmother’s sister . My grandmother was so annoyed by the Tories , in her husband’s absence , that she had to leave home and live with her sister , Lettice Gowen , during the latter years of the War .
“ The Beardens were ‘ Loyalists ‘ and bitter enemies of my grandfather ; therefore all intercourse between the Smiths and Beardens ceased for a long time. My father said that the Winns and Beardens emigrated together to South Carolina .
“ Landrum’s data was obtained from Cousin Mary Smith , wife of William J. Smith , and myself . Cousin Mary died several years ago . There is a small village in the upper end of the county ( Spar tanburg ) called Gowensville ; named , I presume, for the Gowens . My brother knows some of the Gowens who claim to be related to the Smiths and Winns. ” Etc. Minnie L. Smith , July 21 , 1919 .
” There is , of course , between the Smiths and Millers a family connection , as you are a descendant of Mrs. Lettice Gowen , who was my great aunt , my grandmother’s sister .
“ Dr. J. L. M. Curry , a descendant of John Winn , wrote a sketch of the family which you may obtain through the Virginia Historical Society . Minor Winn of Fauquier County left five sons and three daughters . John , with his brothers , William and Richard , emigrated to South Carolina and settled in Fairfield District . Mr. Fitzhugh McMasters ‘ address , delivered at Mount Zion Academy , Winnsboro , will tell you of Gen. Richard and Col. John Winn of the American Army . Mr. McMasters says there were three brothers , Richard , John and Minor , but Dr. Curry says that Minor died in Virginia . I know that William came to South Carolina , for he married Rosa Hampton , aunt of Gen. Wade Hampton . ” July 15 , 1919 .
“ I have become so interested in the Winn genealogy since read ing the Wills that I’d like to know more about our ancestors . The letter signed ‘ Your Sister , ‘ written to George Winn , says of Minor Winn’s three daughters : ‘ One married Cato West , the other two , Smiths , ‘ whose descendants live in the upper part of South Carolina . Now I think this was a mistake , etc. To the younger members of the Winn family , the Beardens were not known – possibly for the reason that they were Tories . Two of the Beardens , Richard and William , however , were members of my grandfather’s company .
“ I am quite positive of my great grandmother being a sister of Gen. Richard Winn , for I have heard my father , uncles , and older cousins repeatedly say that she was . A leaf torn out of an old Bible and sent to the pension office recording the birth and certificate of Mourning Bearden , gives the date of her birth , June 15 , 1763 . She and Grandfather must have married while he was with Sumter in the upper part of the state , not long after the fall of Charleston , 1779 or 1780. Their first child was born in 1781. She had no child when she fled to Lettice Gowen for protection . The Tories had taken her riding horse . She went to Fergerson’s Army , identified it , and was permitted to have it . She rode alone to her sister’s .
“ The Blassingames and Smiths must be related . I can’t tell how , but I do know that the families have always been intimate . Capt . John Blassingame was one of my best friends . He died several years ago .
“Brother Minor says the Gowens whom he knew were old men and have died since he left Spartanburg. He saysusing his ex pression, they were square in business dealings. A descendant by the name of Page told him he had named his son Minor Winn. You see they still cling to the name ‘Winn.’ I knew that I had Smith and Winn relatives in Virginia, but had never met them.” Minnie L. Smith, Glenn Springs, South Carolina .
With the increasing discovery of both printed and manuscript material , it is hoped that some skillful genealogist may find the solution of the traditional Bearden – Winn family connection .
Southern lineages; records of thirteen families, by A. Evans Presented by Mary Bondurant Warren pgs 370
From Gowen Manuscript: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms106.htm
David Gowen was listed as a member of the Spartan Regiment commanded by Col. James Myrick during the Revolutionary War. David Gowen was later killed in action. The organiza-tion was later known as Roebuck’s Regiment. The roster was compiled by Col. Robert B. Walker and was published in the “Spartanburg Herald.” The transcription was contributed by Frank Scott. The roster of the regiment, taken on an un-known date, lists the soldiers who composed the regiment.
Tob Bright, Jr.
James Brown, Jr.
Jooseph Moore, Jr.
John Luke Roy*
Jon Thomas , Jr
Goen Childress , fourth child of of David Childress and Annie [Goen?] Childress, was born June 6, 1798 in South Carolina, probably Spartanburg County. David Childress was born there about 1768 and was married in South Carolina about 1789. David Childress was referred to March 3, 1804 in Stewart County, Tennessee Deed Book 1. Humphreys County, Tennessee was organized in 1809 with land from Stewart County and Smith County, and the Childress family found themselves in Humphreys County. Annie was born about 1774 in North Carolina, according to her enumeration in the 1850 census of Humphreys County, Tennessee. David Childress died there in October 1850.
Goen Childress was married about 1818 to Orpha Box, daughter of Moses Box and Nancy Box. She was born in South Carolina February 6, 1799.
“Goin Childress” was enumerated in the 1820 census of Humphreys County, page 5:
“Goin, Childress white male 26-44
white female 16-25
white female 45+”
Goen Childress reappeared in the 1830 cenus of Humphreys County as the head of a household.
An early lexicon gave a description of early days in Humphreys County:
“Waverly, the county seat of Humphreys County, is a flourishing inland town of about 800 inhabitants, and is situated very near the center of the county on the St. Louis branch of the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway, 67 miles west of Nashville and 11 miles east of Johnsonville on the Tennessee River. Trace Creek flows through the north portion of the town, and is spanned by a substantial foot bridge, 320 feet in length. At the time the commissioner elected Waverly for the new county seat, where the town now stands was an open field embracing 40 acres, which was owned by Gowan Childers and Christopher Wagoner, the former owning the northeast 10 acres and the latter the balance. In the summer of 1836 the above gentlemen donated the entire forty-acre tract without reserve to the county, and in the following fall the town was surveyed and laid out into town lots. Some time during December of the same year the lots were sold to the highest bidder, all being thus disposed of except one, which was donated or deeded to Gowan Childers, on which to erect a residence.”
“Gowen Childress” was enumerated at the head of Household 403-403 in the 1850 census of Marshall County, page 237.
“Childress, Gowan 51, farmer, $1700 real estate,
born in SC
Eliza 51, wife, born in SC
Isaac 31, born in TN
Ellen 30, born in TN
Lucy 22, born in TN
Burtin 20, born in TN
Albert 17, born in TN
Gowen 13, born in TN
John 12, born in TN
H.R.M. 11, male, born in MS
Martha 9, born in MS
Eliza 7, born in MS”
Goen Childress was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1860 census at Tyro, Mississippi in Marshall County, page 50. “Goon Childress” was also enumerated at Wyatt, Missis-sippi, page 40 in the 1860 census of Marshall County.
Goen Childresss died January 18, 1870 in nearby Tate County, Missis-sippi. Orpha Box Childress died there March 17, 1871. They were buried in Tyro Cemetery in Marshall County.
Children born to them include:
Isaac L. Childress born in April 1821
Ellen Childress born February 11, 1826
Lucy Childress born about 1828
Burton M. Childress born about 1830
Albert W. Childress born about 1833
Goen Childress, Jr. born about 1837
John David Childress born March 5, 1838
H. R. W. Childress born about 1839
Martha Childress born about 1841
Eliza M. Childress born about 1842
Gowan Clayton was enumerated in the 1790 census for the Greenville area of the District 96, according to the research of Mrs. Betty Clayton Hilton of Charlotte, North Carolina. She wrote:
“I believe Gowan Clayton to be the son of “Jaermeiah Claton” who was also enumerated in the 1790 Spartan-burg area of District 96. He was living with one female over 16, probably his wife. I have not found Jeremiah in any census thereafter. The next time I find him is in 1825. In the records of Spartanburg County Commis-sioners of the Poor the following is reported: ‘Paid Gow-in Cleaton, Agent for Jeremiah Clayton $12.50. Paid Goin Clayton in full to the present time $12.00.’ This continues through Aug. of 1826.
Gowan Clayton was in the 1790 and 1800 Census in the Greenville District, but not appear in Spartanburg Dis-trict until 1810. Then there were two Gowan Claytons in the 1810 and 1820 Census in Spartanburg District. There is a Gowan Clayton, Jr. on a land grant which indicates that there must have been a Gowan Clayton,Sr. somewhere around. The 1790 census gives Gowan Clayton’s age as 32. So where was he during those 32 years? Was this Gowan Clayton the “junior” on the land grant and the Gowan Clayton listed in Spartanburg, age 27, actually Gowan Clayton the “Third?”
Gowan Clayton is listed as the agent for Jeremiah Clayton. Jeremiah Clayton was listed on the 1755 Tax list for Granville County, North Carolina and also listed on the muster roll for Col. William Eaton’s Militia Regiment, Capt. John Sallis’ company in 1754 [along with the Gowen individuals.]
I am descended from:
Gowan Clayton, Jr. and Frances Clayton
Solomon Clayton and Nancy Brashears Clayton
John Gowan Clayton and Sarah Elizabeth Barnett
Joseph Washington Clayton and Nancy Jane Babb
Roman Gowan Clayton and Allie Cole Clayton”
“Goan Clayton” deeded 150 acres on Wolfe Swamp Branch to James Clayton in 1816, according to Spartanburg County Deed Book Q, page 73.
The obituary of John Gowan Clayton appeared in the January 20, 1930 edition of the “Spartanburg Herald:”
“Greer–Funeral services for John Gowan Clayton who died at his home were held last Monday at the Holly Springs Baptist church conducted by Rev. W. Y. Hen-derson. Interment will follow in the churchyard beside his wife who preceded him 11 years ago. Mr. Clayton was a successful farmer of the Holly Springs section and has made his home in the community all his life.
He was a Confederate veteran and served four years in Company C, 22nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment and was held in high esteem by all that knew him. Early after the war he was married to Miss Sarah Bar-nett and is survived by the following children: J. W. Clayton, G. L. Clayton, J. N. Clayton, Mrs. Jane Barnett of Campobello and Mrs. Nancy Neal of Spartanburg and a large number of grandchildren and great-grand-children. He was a faithful member of the Holly Springs Baptist Church for about 70 years.”
William Gowan Brashear, son of William Brashear and Mary Elizabeth Clayton Brashear, was born January 13, 1807 in Spartanburg County. He was married about 1827 to Rosannah “Rosa” Wood. She was born September 24, 1809 in Spartanburg County to James Wood and Susanna Burnett Wood, according to Joanne Scoby Morgan.
They left after 1826 for Ralls County, Missouri where they lived in 1831 and then removed to Hancock County, Illinois about. After a short residence there, they removed to Adams County, Illinois before 1836. In 1841 they relocated to Adair County, Missouri where William Gowan Brashear owned a large tract of land. He died there May 10, 1862. She died August 27, 1900 in Adair County.
Children born to William Gowan Brashear and Rosannah “Rosa” Wood Brashear include:
Millicent Brashear born October 15, 1826
Coleman Brashear born March 18, 1829
Mary Jane Brashear born September 30, 1831
Nancy Catherine Brashear born January 13, 1832
James William Brashear born April 15, 1836
Thomas Alexander Brashear born March 30, 1840
Susan A. Brashear born in 1843
Richard Matson Brashear born January 13, 1846
Cynthia Brashear born September 11, 1848
John W. Brashear [twin] born July 26, 1851
Martha E Brashear [twin] born July 26, 1851
George W. “Bruce” Brashear born July 26, 1855
James B. Goin was born in South Carolina in 1818, according to the research of Hoyt Leroy Goin, a descendant of Russell-ville, Arkansas and a member of the Editorial Board of Gowen Research Foundation. He was married about 1843 to Mary Vaughn who was also born in South Carolina in 1814. In 1846 they were residents of Spartanburg County. James B. Goin died September 2, 1877.
Children born to James B. Goin and Mary Vaughn Goin include:
Jesse George William Goin born August 16, 1843
John James Goin born March 22, 1846
Thomas Wesley Goin born August 16, 1848
Sarah Elizabeth Goin born in 1850
Nancy M. Goin born in 1853
James Tilmann “Tim” Goin born in 1855
Sandford Vandiver Goin born in 1858
Jesse George William Goin, son of James B. Goin and Mary Vaughn Goin, was born August 16, 1843 in South Carolina, according to the research of Gail Coberly. He enlisted in Co. B, Fifth Alabama Infantry Regiment in April 1861 from Calhoun County, Alabama.
He was married December 4, 1866 to Henrietta Harrison who was born in 1852. He died March 2, 1921.
Children born to Jesse George William Goin and Henrietta Harrison Goin include:
James Tillman Goin born about 1868
Joseph Fletcher Goin born about 1872
Robert Goin born about 1877
Bertha Goin born about 1884
Laura Goin born about 1890
Lillie Goin born about 1892
Woodson Goin born about 1894
James Tillman Goin, son of Jesse George William Goin and Henrietta Harrison Goin, was born about 1868 in Mississippi, according to Gayle Coberly. He was married June 30, 1889 to Nattie Reynolds. He was remarried January 10, 1903 to Annie Smith. James Tillman Goin died in 1938.
Children born to James Tillman Goin and Nattie Reynolds Goin include:
Tom Alvin Goin born February 12, 1893
Mabel Goin born in 1896
Hubert Hugh Goin born in 1897
George Grundy Goin born about 1902
Children born to James Tillman Goin and Annie Smith Goin include:
James Tillman Goin, Jr. born in 1903
Bill Goin born in 1905
Floy Goin born in 1908
Sarah Etta Goin born in 1911
Mamie Goin born in 1913
Louise Goin born in 1917
Mary Lee Goin born in 1919
Myrtle M. Goin born June 10, 1922
Clyde Thomas Goin born in 1925
Tom Alvin Goin, son of James Tillman Goin and Nattie Reynolds Goin, was born February 12, 1893 in Mississippi. He was married November 9, 1915 to Alma Pruitt who was born November 10, 1894. Tom Alvin Goin died in 1932. Children born to Tom Alvin Goin and Alma Pruitt Goin include:
Wade D. Goin born in 1916
Verna D. Goin born in 1918
Lorene D. Goin born in 1919
Marie Goin born in 1922
Lucy Goin born in 1925
Polly Goin born in 1926
Rose Goin born in 1930
Ruby Goin born in 1932
Wade D. Goin son of Tom Alvin Goin and Alma Pruitt Goin, was born in 1916, according to Hoyt Leroy Goin. He died in 1984.
Verna D. Goin, daughter of Tom Alvin Goin and Alma Pruitt Goin, was born in 1918. She died in 1921 at age three.
Lorene D. Goin, daughter of Tom Alvin Goin and Alma Pruitt Goin, was born in 1919. She died in 1975, according to Hoyt Leroy Goin.
Mabel Goin, daughter of James Tillman Goin and Nattie Reynolds Goin, was born in 1896.
Hubert Hugh Goin, son of James Tillman Goin and Nattie Reynolds Goin, was born in 1897.
George Grundy Goin, son of James Tillman Goin and Nattie Reynolds Goin, was born about 1925 to Nettie Gray. Children born to George Grundy Goin and Nettie Gray Goin are unknown.
James Tillman Goin, Jr, son of James Tillman Goin and Annie Smith Goin, was born in 1903. He was married about 1926 to his cousin, Irene Jamison. No children were born to James Tillman Goin, Jr. and Irene Jamison Goin.
Bill Goin, son of James Tillman Goin and Annie Smith Goin, was born in 1905.
Floy Goin, daughter of James Tillman Goin and Annie Smith Goin, was born in 1908.
Sarah Etta Goin, daughter of James Tillman Goin and Annie Smith Goin, was born in 1911.
Mamie Goin, daughter of James Tillman Goin and Annie Smith Goin, was born in 1913.
Louise Goin, daughter of James Tillman Goin and Annie Smith Goin, was born in 1917,
Mary Lee Goin, daughter of James Tillman Goin and Annie Smith Goin, was born in 1919.
Myrtle M. Goin, daughter of James Tillman Goin and Annie Smith Goin, was born June 10, 1922, according to her daughter, Molly Studenroth.
Clyde Thomas Goin, son of James Tillman Goin and Annie Smith Goin, was born in 1925. He was married about 1946 to Beulah Adams who was born May 28, 1928.
Children born to Clyde Thomas Goin and Beulah Adams Goin include.
Jerry Goin born in 1948
Larry Goin born in 1951
Lynn Goin born in 1953
Rickey Goin born in 1956
Dennis Goin born in 1964
Joseph Fletcher Goin, son of Jesse George William Goin and Henrietta Harrison Goin, was born about 1872 in Mississippi. He was married December 2, 1894 to Rose Luella Burford who was born in 1893. He was remarried September 10, 1914 to Corrie Ray Moncrief who was born November 15, 1878. He died in 1954 in Mississippi. Corrie Ray Moncrief Goin died February 28, 1968.
Children born to Joseph Fletcher Goin and Rose Luella Burford Goin include:
Jessie Alvestor Goin born in December 1898
Leona Essie Goin born April 11, 1900
Children born to Joseph Fletcher Goin and Corrie Ray Moncrief Goin include:
Byron Goin born in 1906
Donzie Goin born about 1907
Jack Goin born about 1908
Bessie Goin born about 1910
Ollie Goin born about 1913
Ruby Goin born about 1916
Mary Goin born about 1918
Thomas Goin born about 1922
Leona Essie Goin, daughter of Joseph Fletcher Goin and Rose Luella Burford Goin, was born April 11, 1900. She was married about 1918 to Glynn David Caldwell.
Children born to them include:
Anne Marie Caldwell born September 9, 1921
Ella Mae Caldwell born about 1923
Glynette Caldwell born about 1926
Anne Marie Caldwell, daughter of Glynn David Caldwell and Leona Essie Goin Caldwell, was born September 9, 1921 at Spadra, Arkansas in Johnson County. She was married about 1945 to Robert Thenius Lovelady. He was born November 5, 1920 at Linden, Texas. She died May 13, 1997 at Snyder, Texas.
Children born to them include:
Gayle Frances Lovelady born February 28, 1947
David Fletcher Lovelady born October 27, 1951
Robert Keith Lovelady born June 1, 1957
Gayle Frances Lovelady, daughter of Robert Thenius Lovelady and Anne Marie Caldwell Lovelady, was born February 28, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. She was married about 1975 to Andrew Jefferson Coberly who was born January 7, 1947 in Holtville, California.
Children born to Andrew Jefferson Coberly and Gayle Frances Lovelady Coberly include:
Alina Ann Coberly born July 30, 1977
Anita Marie Coberly born May 12, 1981
David Fletcher Lovelady, son of Robert Thenius Lovelady and Anne Marie Caldwell Lovelady, was born October 27, 1951 in Snyder, Texas. He was married to Betty Richardson about 1973.
Children born to them include:
Jarin Lynn Lovelady born February 18, 1975
Robert Matthew Lovelady born November 22, 1982
Robert Keith Lovelady, sonb of Robert Thenius Lovelady and Anne Marie Caldwell Lovelady, was born June 1, 1957 at Snyder, Texas. He was married about 1980 to Laura Marie Fohn.
Children born to them include:
Virginia LouAnn Lovelady born December 2, 1983
Janlyn Marie Lovelady born October 27, 1987
Robert Goin, son of Jesse George William Goin and Henrietta Harrison Goin, was born about 1877.
Bertha Goin, daughter of Jesse George William Goin and Henrietta Harrison Goin, was born about 1884. She was married about 1902 to M. R. L. Jamison.
Children born to them include:
Irene Jamison born about 1904
Bilbo Jamison born about 1906
Larry T. Jamison born about 1908
Christine Jamison born about 1911
Louise Jamison born about 1915
Laura Goin, daughter of Jesse George William Goin and Henrietta Harrison Goin, was born about 1890.
Lillie Goin, daughter of Jesse George William Goin and Henrietta Harrison Goin, was born about 1892.
Woodson Goin, son of Jesse George William Goin and Henrietta Harrison Goin, was born about 1894.
John James Goin, son of James B. Goin and Mary Vaughn Goin, was born March 22, 1846 in Spartanburg County. He enlisted in Co. B, Fifth Alabama Infantry Regiment in 1863. He was married April 13, 1876 in Mississippi to Sarah Jane Freeze who was born March 2, 1850 in DeSoto County, Mis-sissippi. She was the daughter of Jacob Freeze and Sarah Freeze of North Carolina. In 1889 they lived in White Coun-ty, Arkansas, according to Hoyt Leroy Goin. Sarah Jane Freeze Goin died July 24, 1921 in Brookland, Arkansas, and he died there April 23, 1936.
Children born to them include:
Eugenia Gertrude Goin born February 2, 1878
John Alexander Goin born December 6, 1879
Minnie Lea Goin born December 31, 1883
Maggie Eula Goin born January 29, 1886
James Wilson Goin born May 16, 1889
Eugenia Gertrude Goin, daughter of John James Goin and Sarah Jane Freeze Goin, was born February 2, 1878 in Mississippi. She was married about 1898 to Alphonso Bertram Barrett who was born March 1, 1878. She died July 20, 1963, and he died March 20, 1969.
Children born to them include:
Syrilda Isabel Barrett born August 26, 1900
William Theodore Barrett born May 12, 1902
Herman Clyde Barrett born March 29, 1905
Estel Delaney Barrett born March 24, 1908
Major Elmer Barrett born January 12, 1911
Velma Daisy Barrett born August 9, 1913
John Alexander Goin, son of John James Goin and Sarah Jane Freeze Goin, was born December 6, 1879. He died March 4, 1946 unmarried.
Minnie Lee Goin, daughter of John James Goin and Sarah Jane Freeze Goin, was born December 31, 1883 in Missis-sippi. She considered marriage about 1899, prospective hus-band’s name Young. She was married about 1903 to Henry Mack Lary who was born June 22, 1875.
Children born to Minnie Lee Goin Young include:
Audrey Wayne Young born August 12, 1900
Children born to Henry Mack Lary and Minnie Lee Goin Young Lary include:
Kenneth Earl Lary born October 8, 1904
Pearl Lary born about 1906
Vernon Melvin Lary born April 4, 1914
James Wilson Goin, son of John James Goin and Sarah Jane Freeze Goin, was born May 16, 1889 in Coldwater, Mississippi. He was married October 25, 1911 to Ida Elizabeth Raines who was born December 4, 1893 in Humboldt, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Albert Leroy Raines and Samantha Elizabeth Roseman Raines, Tennesseeans. In 1923 they lived in Jonesboro, Arkansas. James Wilson Goin died May 26, 1960 in Wichita, Kansas, and Ida Elizabeth Raines Goin died October 20, 1979 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Children born to them include:
Verna May Goin born July 31, 1912
Vera Elizabeth Goin born in 1913
Lowell Wilson Goin born November 25, 1914
Maggie Irene Goin born in 1917
George Eugene Goin born May 9, 1918
Hoyt Leroy Goin born March 3, 1923
Verna May Goin, daughter of James Wilson Goin and Ida Elizabeth Raines Goin, was born July 31, 1912. She was married about 1930 to William Stanley Doak who was born June 1, 1905. He died January 30, 1983 and she died October 16, 1988.
Vera Elizabeth Goin, daughter of James Wilson Goin and Ida Elizabeth Raines Goin, was born in 1913 and died in 1914.
Lowell Wilson Goin, son of James Wilson Goin and Ida Elizabeth Raines Goin, was born November 25, 1914. He was married about 1937 to Helen Lohman. He died July 11, 1985.
Maggie Irene, daughter of James Wilson Goin and Ida Elizabeth Raines Goin, was born in 1917 and died in 1918.
George Eugene Goin, son of James Wilson Goin and Ida Elizabeth Raines Goin, was born May 9, 1918. He was married about 1941 to Edith Johnson who was born January 8, 1919. She died in 1982, and he died May 4, 1984.
Children born to George Eugene Goin and Edith Johnson Goin include:
Dorothy Jean Goin born in 1942
James Eugene Goin born in 1945
Hoyt Leroy Goin, sixth child of seven of James Wilson Goin and Ida Elizabeth Raines Goin, was born March 3, 1923 in Brookland, Arkansas who he grew up on his father’s farm. He was graduated from high school at Trumann, Arkansas and en-listed in the U.S. Navy the following year. He served in the Aleutian Islands and the Philippines. He was married May 24, 1945 in San Jose, California to Ruth May Jones who was born February 8, 1924 in Swifton, Arkansas. Six months later, he received his discharge, and they moved to Jonesboro where he became a commercial photographer.
In 1947, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Ha-waii, Korea and domestic bases. He retired as a master ser-geant June 20, 1966. In 1966 he purchased a photography stu-dio in Russellville, Arkansas and operated it for seven years before retirement. They continued there in 1998. He died there of a massive heart attack April 7, 2003, according to his cousin, Molly Studenroth
Children born to Hoyt Leroy Goin and Ruth May Jones Goin include:
Charles Gregory Goin born December 31, 1945
Charles Gregory Goin, son of Hoyt Leroy Goin and Ruth May Jones Goin, was born December 3, 1945. He was married about 1971, wife’s name, Susan. In 1990, Maj. Charles Greg-ory Goin was a U.S. Air Force pilot.
A daughter was adopted by Charles Gregory Goin and Susan Goin:
Cassie Goin born about 1975
Thomas Wesley Goin, son of James B. Goin and Mary Vaughn Goin, was born August 16, 1848 in Georgia. He was married April 17, 1875 to Mary Smith who was also born in 1848. She died in 1890, and he died November 20, 1924 in Arkansas.
Children born to Thomas Wesley Goin and Mary Smith Goin include:
Maggie Eula Goin born January 29, 1876
Clyde Goin born January 8, 1880
Hugh Trevy Goin born about 1881
Daisy L. Goin born November 8, 1883
Nettie Ola Goin born March 12, 1884
Bert Goin born in 1886
Samuel Norwood Goin born February 2, 1889
Maggie Eula Goin, daughter of Thomas Wesley Goin and Mary Smith Goin, was born January 29, 1876 in Mississippi. She was married October 10, 1897 to Oliver Perry Bennett who was born November 12, 1876. He died November 6, 1937, and she died August 19, 1963 in Arkansas.
Children born to them include:
Susan Elizabeth Bennett born July 23, 1898
Mary Beulah Bennett born October 11, 1900
Oliver Martin Bennett born in 1902
James T. Bennett born February 9, 1905
Eula Estella Bennett born March 2, 1907
Luther Bennett born in 1909
Maggie Mae Bennett born March 13, 1912
Dorothy Marie Bennett born in 1913
Lawson Wilson Bennett born in 1916
Samuel Edgar Bennett born June 8, 1918
Clyde Goin, son of Thomas Wesley Goin and Mary Smith Goin, was born January 8, 1800.
Hugh Trevy Goin, son of Thomas Wesley Goin and Mary Smith Goin, was born about 1881 in Arkansas. He was mar-ried about 1899 to Dovie Henderson. He died March 26, 1901 in Arkansas.
Children born to Hugh Trevy Goin and Dovie Henderson Goin include:
Walter Hugh Goin born December 22, 1900
Walter Hugh Goin, son of Hugh Trevy Goin and Dovie Henderson Goin, was born December 22, 1900. He was married about 1923 to Frances Potoka who was born July 7, 1903. He died January 13, 1935. Children born to Walter Hugh Goin and Frances Potoka Goin are unknown.
Daisy L. Goin, daughter of Thomas Wesley Goin and Mary Smith Goin, was born November 8, 1883. She was married about 1899 to Fred M. Comstock who was born August 7, 1881. He died in 1952, and she died in 1960.
Children born to them include:
Herbert Nelson Comstock born March 25, 1900
William Horace Comstock born October 5, 1902
Walter Augusta Comstock born August 4, 1904
Nettie Ola Goin, daughter of Thomas Wesley Goin and Mary Smith Goin, was born March 12, 1884 in Arkansas. She was married about 1909 to Arthur C. Treadway who was born January 20, 1880. She died June 9, 1933, and he died August 10, 1940.
Children born to them include:
Roy Delton Treadway born November 6, 1910.
Troy Lee Treadway born in 1910
Inez M. Treadway born November 2, 1913
Thelma Treadway born about 1916
Cleo Treadway born about 1919
Ida Jo Treadway born February 3, 1929
Bert Goin, son of Thomas Wesley Goin and Mary Smith Goin, was born in 1886. He was married about 1904, wife’s name Dorsey. He died in 1923.
Children born to Bert Goin and Dorsey Goin include:
Percy Goin born in November 1905
Clarence Goin born about 1912
Samuel Norwood Goin, son of Thomas Wesley Goin and Mary Smith Goin, was born February 2, 1889 in Arkansas. He was married about 1920 to Paralee Marie Tippit who was born May 3, 1898. He die dApril 13, 1966.
Children born to Samuel Norwood Goin and Paralee Marie Tippitt Goin include:
Hazel Marie Goin born February 18, 1922
Hazel Marie Goin, daughter of Samuel Norwood Goin and Paralee Marie Tippitt Goin, was born February 18, 1922. She was married February 13, 1943 to Carl H. Prince who was born November 15, 1917.
Sarah Elizabeth Goin, daughter of James B. Goin and Mary Vaughn Goin, was born in 1850 in Georgia. She was married about 1867 to Drew McNair who was born in Janury 1848 in North Carolina.
Children born to them include:
Sallie McNair born in July 1876
Rush McNair born in 1879
Estell McNair born in February 1885
Lee McNair born in March 1887
Milton McNair born in 1889
Belle McNair born in January 1891
Nancy M. Goin, daughter of James B. Goin and Mary Vaughn Goin, was born in 1853 in Georgia. She was married about 1870 to J. L. Berry.
James Tilmon “Tim” Goin, son of James B. Goin and Mary Vaughn Goin, was born in 1855 in Georgia. He was married February 11, 1888 to Augusta Moore. Children born to James Tilmon “Tim” Goin and Augusta Moore Goin are unknown.
Sandford Vandiver Goin, son of James B. Goin and Mary Vaughn Goin, was born in 1858 in Alabama. He was married about 1886 to Sarah V. Mason who was born in March 1861. She died April 22, 1929, and he died August 7, 1931 in Arkan-sas.
Children born to Sandford Vandiver Goin and Sarah V. Mason Goin include:
Jessie Nolan Goin born in June 1888
Ethel Lenora Goin born in September 1889
Bertha Goin born in May 1892
Eula Goin born in January 1896
Jessie Nolan Goin, son of Sandford Vandiver Goin and Sarah V. Moody Goin, was born in June 1888. He was married about 1913, wife’s name Julia. He died December 22, 1943.
Chidren born to Jessie Nolan Goin and Julia Goin include:
Sandford Goin born about 1915
Shirley Goin born about 1917
Lois Ann Goin born about 1920
Bonnie Goin born about 1924
Ethel Lenora Goin, daughter of Sandford Vandiver Goin and Sarah V. Moody Goin, was born in September 1889. She was married about 1904 to John claude Conrad Thornburg who was born in 1876. She died in 1963, and he died in 1964.
Children born to them include:
Ethel Evelena Thornburg born in November 1906
Viola Mae Thornburg born in 1908
Nathan Sanford Thornburg born in 1910
Chester Yale Thornburg born in 1912
Bert Owen Thornburg born in 1914
Vernon Thomas Thornburg born in 1917
John Claude Thornburg born in 1919
Bertha Goin, daughter Sandford Vandiver Goin and Sarah V. Moody Goin, was born in May 1892. She was married in 1909 to William A. Wegman.
Children born to them include:
Irene Wegman born about 1911
Margaret Wegman born about 1913
Willimina Wegman born about 1916
Henry James Wegman born about 1920
Eula Goin, daughter of Sandford Vandiver Goin and Sarah V. Moody Goin, was born in January 1896. She was married about 1920 to Vernie E. Carroll. She died in 1983.
Children adopted by Vernie E. Carroll and Eula Goin Carroll include:
Doris Ann Carroll born June 19, 1928
Martin Goin headed a family in the 1880 census of Spartanburg County, Enumeration District 138, page 83, Beech Springs township:
“Goin, Martin 46, born in South Carolina
Lou E. 34, born in South Carolina
Nancy 18, born in South Carolina
George N. 16, born in South Carolian
Cornelius M. 13, born in South Carolina
Naoma L. 11, born in South Carolina
Margaret A. 10, born in South Carolina
Nora M. 5, born in South Carolina”
Gowan & Davis Market of Spartanburg was mentioned in a newspaper article in “The Spartanburg Free Lance” of July 29, 1904:
“A hard rain fell in this city Thursday afternoon about 5 o’clock lasting about an hour. Henry H. Murph, a paint-er was painfully cut across the forehead, shoulders and arms by a large glass 4 feet square blowing from the panel of a door upon his head at Gowan & Davis mar-ket.”
Miss Amy Gowan, 19, was married to Frank Rainwater, 27, “both of Cherokee, Route 1” September 19, 1925 at Cherokee, South Carolina, according to the “Spartanburg Journal & Carolina Spartan.”
Mrs. Anna Gowan, a widow of Spartanburg was married in 1914, according to Spartanburg County Marriage Book 2, page 26.
Josephine Gowan, a 4-H Clubgirl of the Buck Creek community, was awarded second place for clothing design, according to the May 8, 1950 edition of the “Spartanburg Herald.”
Christopher Gowan was also in Enumeration District 138 in 1880, page 86, Beech Springs township and recorded as the head of a household:
“Gowan, Christopher 44, [birth place not reported]
Anna Lou 40, born in SC
Joseph 14, [birth place not reported]
William W. 12, [birth place not reported]
J. Madison 10, [birth place not reported]
Ellis 4, [birth place not reported]
Children born to Christopher Gowan and Anna Lou Gowan include:
Joseph Gowan born about 1866
William W. Gowan born about 1868
J. Madison Gowan born about 1870
Ellis Gowan born about 1876
Dela E. Gowan of Union, South Carolina was married to Dr. Manning T. Smith of Spartanburg Sunday, October 8, 1882 at the residence of Capt. John W. Wofford by Rev. R. H. Reid, according to the October 11, 1882 edition of the “Carolina Spartan.”
Earl Gowan of Spartanburg County, was the father of Sgt. Melvin Gowan and Curtis Gowan.
Curtis Burgess Gowan, 21, of Inman was married December 11, 1914 to Lillie Stone, 18, of Inman, according to Marriage Book B in the Spartanburg County Probate Office. Children born to Curtis Burgess Gowan and Lillie Stone Gowan are unknown.
George Washington Gowan was married November 23, 1884 at the residence of “S. Gowan at Inman, South Carolina” to Miss Frances Jane Dill by the Rev. R. A. Brock. The groom and bride were both from Spartanburg, South Carolina.
George Washington Gowan and his wife Frances Jane Dill Gowan were residents of Spartanburg in 1885. He served as a mail carrier from 1885 to 1890 in Spartanburg. He died in that year as the result of an accidental gunshot wound, according to Elaine Kitchen. George Washington Gowan had a kinsman, Martin Van Buren Gowan who lost a leg in the Battle of Man-assas during the Civil War. In reference to Martin Van Buren Gowan, Judy Bennett wrote August 24, 2001, “I have heard that Vincent Gowan and Nancy Reid Gowan of Virginia may be his parents, but there is no source other than LDS search results.”
Frances Jane Dill Gowan was remarried to John Calvin Turner and removed to Kearney County, Nebraska.
Children born to George Washington Gowan and Frances Jane Dill Gowan include:
Sherman Gowan born about 1886
Mary Gowan born about 1888
Carrie Gowan born July 28, 1890
Sherman Gowan, son of George Washington Gowan and Frances Jane Dill Gowan, was born about 1886 in Spartan-burg.
Mary Gowan, daughter of George Washington Gowan and Frances Jane Dill Gowan, was born about 1888.
Carrie Gowan, daughter of George Washington Gowan and Frances Jane Dill Gowan, was born July 28, 1890 in Spartan-burg. She was married December 26, 1917 to Albert Rastus Davenport who was born October 6, 1886 in Republic County, Kansas.
Martin Van Buren Gowan was married to Eliza Emmaline Burnett, according to the research of Judy Bennett. He was still living in December 1912, according to a letter written by his son.
“M. V. Gowan and Simeon Gowan of Inman, South Carolina were included in a list of jurors who were chosen to serve “in the second week of the month,” according to the “Carolina Spartan” published October 10, 1888.
“Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gowan of Pauline” attended the Wingo family reunion in 1936, according to the September 1, 1936 edition of the “Carolina Spartan.”
Children born to them include
Cornelius Mack Gowan born January 20, 1867
Naomi Luella Gowan born about 1869
Children born to Martin Van Buren Gowan and his second wife include:
Seinie Parthenay Gowan born about 1875
Cornelius Mack Gowan, son of Martin Van Buren Gowan and Eliza EmmalineBurnett Gowan, was born January 20, 1867. He was married about 1880, wife’s name Azzie. Azzie Gow-an died of a heart attack at age 42, according to Betty Jane Foster Dill of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Cornelius Mack Gowan wrote a letter to John Henry Dill and Margaret “Maggie” Cook Dill December 30, 1912:
“Inman, SC Dec. 30, 1912
Dear Johny & Maggie
I have thought many times of you all, since I seen you and would be so glad to see you now. I have had lots of trouble since I seen you but there is always some way for any one that will try to get along. When Azzie died and left me with 8 children — one 5 months old, I could not see what to doo but I at once made up my mind to keep them all together. The baby died 10 days after Az-zie did. and the rest of the children and myself are toga-ther and getting along nicely. All are in school but one little girl 4 years old. She stays with Buddy Blackwell’s wife during school hours then they all come home and do the work of housekeeping. I am carrying the mail on RFD and am at home until 8:30 am and get back by 3:30 pm, so you see I can be at home most of the time when the children are. I guess you can hardly realize that 3 of my children are nearly grown. Olive is grown. Guy is 15 and weighs 135#. Bessie is almost as large as Olive, and best of all each does their part of the work cheerfully.
Well Johny I have just come from the burial of Mr. Wm. Bridges. There has been several deaths of old people that I suppose you remember. Adam Ballenger was buried a week ago. B. B. Chapman also about 10 days ago. Mr. T. E. Moore, Pres. of Tucapau Mills also died a short time ago.
About 4 weeks ago we thought Pa would die for 3 or 4 days but he is up again, but very feeble. Can’t last many months more.
Your Father was up to see me 2 weeks ago, he is very well and jovial as can be. Johny there were several South Carolinians left here for Okla few days ago. Joe Wingo and Family, Judd Hammett and Joe Suttle, they are at Wynne Wood.
Well Johny, I will close. Write me soon. I would be glad to hear from all often. Best Wishes for you & Maggie as you start on the new year.
C. M. Gowan.
”Johny” is John Henry Dill, son of James Edward Dill and his first wife. James Edward Dill married second, Seinie Parthenay Gowan, half sister of Columbus Mack Gowan [the letter writer]. Maggie is Margaret Cook, wife of John Henry. “Pa” is Martin Van Buren Gowan.
Naomi Luella Gowan, daughter of Martin Van Buren Gowan, and Eliza Emmaline Burnett Gowan, was born in 1869. She was married about 1886 to James Wayne Walden who was born in Spartanburg County in 1866 to Beecher Walden, Southern Railway Company agent and Vesta Taylor Beecher.
James Wayne Walden was employed as a bookkeeper at Bal-lenger’s Store, according to Judy Bennett, a great-grand-daughter. He died of pneumonia in 1901 at age 35 and was buried in First Baptist Church Cemetery in Inman, South Carolina, according to Judy Bennett. She wrote August 22, 2001 that both of them were violinists and that “He died young, and she took in boarders to provide a living for her family.
A news article in the “Spartanburg Journal” of 1903 men-tioned that “Mrs. Walden is building an addition to her house.” Her home stood in the area when the First Baptist Church of Inman stood in 2002.
Naomi Luella “Sweet Granny” Gowan Walden died in 1915 and was buried beside her husband.
Children born to them include:
Gladys Angella Walden born in 1888
Robert Fulton Walden born in 1890
George DeWitt Beecher Walden born in 1892
Grace Darlin Walden born in 1894
Ruth Walden born in 1899
Gladys Angella Walden, daughter of James Wayne Walden and Naomi Luella Gowan Walden, was born in 1888. She died in 1976.
Robert Fulton Walden, son of James Wayne Walden and Na-omi Luella Gowan Walden, was born in 1890 and died in the following year.
George Dewitt Beecher Walden, son of James Wayne Walden and Naomi Luella Gowan Walden, was born in 1892 at Inman. He died in 1942.
Grace Darlin Walden, daughter of James Wayne Walden and Naomi Luella Gowan Walden, was born in 1894. She was married about 1912 to Buford Collins, according to Judy Collins, her granddaughter.
Faye Walden, daughter of James Wayne Walden and Naomi Luella Gowan Walden, was born in 1896. She died in 1898.
Ruth Walden, daughter of James Wayne Walden and Naomi Luella Gowan Walden, was born in 1899 in Inman. She died in 1917.
Curtis Gowan was married in December 1914 to Miss Lillie Stone, according to the “Spartanburg Herald.” Children born to Curtis Gowan and Lillie Stone Gowan are unknown.
Furman Lee Gowan, 22 and Mrs. Nannie Shults, divorcee, 23 both of Drayton, South Carolina, were married May 9, 1920 by Rev. J. Foster Farr, according to the May 12, 1920 edition of the “Journal and Carolina Spartan.”
Herbert Gowan was listed as a pallbearer in the obituary of William Pinckney Lancaster, 67 who died in August 1954. The obituary was published in the August 6, 1954 edition of the “Spartanburg Journal.”
Horbert David Gowan was born November 20, 1946 in Spar-tanburg. He enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1966 and was discharged March 6, 1970 as a staff sergeant, according to Caddo Parish, Louisiana discharge records. He showed his residence at 14 Lenard Street, Inman, Spartanburg, at the time of his discharge.
J. H. Gowan “died of natural causes in 1925,” according to the “Carolina Spartan.”
J. J. Gowan of Inman was selected to serve as a juror July 27, 1908, according to “Spartan Daily Herald” of July 22, 1908.
James Gowan was married December 27, 1870 to Miss Mar-ietta Fleming, “all of Spartanburg” by Rev. I. L. West, accord-ing to the “Carolina Spartan” in its January 5, 1871 edition. Children born to James Gowan and Marietta Fleming Gowan are unknown.
James Gowan headed a household enumerated in the 1880 census of Spartanburg County, Enumeration District 139, page 69, Campobello township:
“Gowan, James 38, born in SC
Francis 24, born in SC
Thomas 2, born in SC
Atkins, Sallie 14, born in SC, niece”
John V. Gowan was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Spartanburg County, Enumeration District 139, page 1, Campobello township:
“Gowan, John V. 25, born in SC
Jesse M. 6, born in SC
Calvin W. 4, born in SC
Emily A. 1, born in SC
King, Emily 43, born in SC, mother-in-law
Sizemore, Adrain 18, born in SC, no relation”
Josephine Gowan, a 4-H Clubgirl of the Buck Creek community, was awarded second place for clothing design, according to the May 8, 1950 edition of the “Spartanburg Herald.”
Mrs. Juanita Lee Gowan was mentioned in the obituary of her father, Hayden Carl Lee who died in May 1955. His death notice was published in the May 12 edition of the “Spartanburg Herald:”
“Hayden Carl Lee, 64, died at Mary Black Hospital. Mr. Lee, resident of Rt. 5 at Stone Station, had been in declin-ing health for some time.
He was a native of Spartanburg County, the son of the late A. A. and Ettie Sumner Lee. For 45 years he had been a well construction contractor. His wife, Mrs. Bertha Lee died in September 1940.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Juanita Gowan and Miss Gwendolyn Lee of Route 5 and Mrs. Elaine Fow-ler of Bishopville; one son, Wendell Lee, Rt.5, a brother M. S. LeeE of Rt.4 and 8 grandchildren. Funeral ser-vices are scheduled at Floyd Mortuary and burial in Greenlawn.”
M. Gowan of Inman, South Carolina was listed as a Class B pensioner [Civil War?] in the April 28, 1907 edition of the “Spartanburg Herald.”
The newspaper reported that a total of $20,670.28 was paid out in 1907 to pensioners in Spartanburg County, the largest sum paid out to any county in South Carolina.
Martin Gowan was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Beech Springs, South Carolina in Spartan-burg County
Gowan, Martin 46, farmer, born in SC, father,
born in SC, mother born
Lou E. 34, wife, keeping house, born
in SC, father born in SC,
mother born in SC
Nancy 18, daughter, born in SC, father
born in SC, mother born in
George M. 16, son, laborer, born in SC,
father born in SC, mother
born in SC
Cornelius M. 13, son, laborer, born in SC,
father born in SC, mother
born in SC
Naoma L. 11, daughter, born in SC, father
born in SC, mother born in
Margaret A. 10, daughter, born in SC, father
born in SC, mother born in
Nora M. 5, daughter, born in SC, father
born in SC, mother born in
Brown, Newton 28, laborer, born in SC, father
born in SC, mother born in
Robert 3, born in SC, father born in
SC, mother born in SC?
Members of this family were buried at Inman Baptist Church Cemetery, according to Judy Bennett, a descendant.
Nora M. Gowan, daughter of Martin Gowan and Lou E. Gowan, was born about 1875 in South Carolina. “Nora Gowan” was married to P. B. Miller about 1890. He died January 1, 1930, according to his obituary in the January 2 edition of the “Carolina Spartan:”
“January 2 P. B. Miller, 63, prominent citizen of In-man, died at his home last night following an illness of a few days of pneumonia.
Mr. Miller was born in Spartanburg County and spent practically all his life in Inman. He was the operator of a mill there and had been engaged in this business for a number of years.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nora Gowan Miller, 3 daughters, Mrs. Carrie Bruce, Greer; Mrs. Julia Ech-ols, Sptbg; Miss Grace Miller, Inman and 5 sons, W. B, F. D, C. B, Edward, and T. L. MILLER of Greer.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Inman tomorrow.”
Mary Ann Gowan was born in 1873, place and parents unknown. She was married to Boyd Kimbrell about 1890 and was later married to Fred Abernathy. She died in October 1942, according to her obituary in the October 11, 1942 edition of the “Spartanburg Herald:”
“Mrs. Mary Ann Gowan Kimbrell Abernathy, 69 of In-man died after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Fred Abernathy, two sons from her first mar-riage, Boyd Kimbrell of Boiling Springs and Lonzo Kimbrell of Rutherfordton; four daughters from her first marriage, Mrs. Paul Abernathy of Chesnee, Mrs. Venie Roberson of Chesnee, Mrs. Dessie Blackwell of Haynes Shop and Mrs. Ola Can-trell of Chesnee; two children from her second marriage, Mrs. Lula Cantrell of Inman, and Buford Abernethy of In-man; two sissters, Mrs. Landrum Cash of Chesnee and Mrs. Jane Blackwell of Inman; three brothers, Henry Gowan of Chesnee, John Gowan of Mayo, and Perry Gowan of Inman and 32 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted at Buck Creek Baptist Church, and burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Furman Mathis, Clyde Mathis, Luther Gowan, Wallace Go-wan, Early Gowan and Curtis Gowan.”
Minnie Gowan was married “at the Methodist parsonage” to William Donahoo, “both of Inman Mills, and “were to honeymoon in Knoxville, Tennessee,” according to the April 1, 1921 edition of the “Carolina Spartan” as transcribed by Nancie O’Sullivan.
The death of Mrs. Lizzie Gowan Thomas, 49 was reported in the April 1, 1921 edition of the “Carolina Spartan:”
“Mrs. Lizzie Gowan Thomas, 49, died at her home on Forest Street last night after a long illness. She is sur-vived by 6 children, Mrs. Lillie Mahaffey, Mrs. Maud Rowland, Miss Ruth Thomas, Miss Wilholmina Thom-as, Miss Sible Thomas and Setzler Thomas, all of the city; 2 brothers, J. T. Gowan and Rome Gowan and one sister, Mrs. Bertha Gowan Moseley, all of this city. Funeral was held at Green Street Baptist Church. In-terment took place at Middle Tyger Church , near Duncan.”
Miss Rhoda Gowan “came forward with little William DuPre Bogan in her arms. She sang a most charming and beautiful lullaby. Children’s Day services were observed at Bogansville on Sunday, according to the “Spartanburg Herald.” [files of 1916]
Sarah Gowan was a householder in the 1880 census of Spar-tanburg County, Enumeration District 139, page 68, Campo-bello township:
“Gowan, Sarah 56, born in SC
Mary 33, born in SC, daughter
Richard 18, born in SC, son
Balus [Bayliss?] 2, born in SC, grandson”
T. S. Gowan was selected in 1903 as an overseer of the road from Campobello to Columbus, suggesting that he lived in that area.
Rev. T. V. Gowan performed the wedding ceremony of William V. Floyd of Laurens County and Miss Mary E. Floyd of Spartanburg County on October 24, 1880, according to the “Carolina Spartan” of November 3, 1880. He also performed the marriage ceremony of F. M. Hammett and Miss Mary E. Collins, “all of Spartanburg” on November 21, 1880, according to the same newspaper. He also performed the marriage ceremonty of Zenas L. Martin and Miss Nancy Bishop, both of Spartanburg County on March 29, 1881.
Rev. T. V. Gowan performed the marriage ceremony of William A. Stone and Nancy A. Bruce, both of Spartanburg County, on September 18, 1881, according to the “Carolina Spartan” of October 5, 1881. Rev. T. V. Gowan also performed the marriage ceremony of James A. Brock of nearby Buncombe County, North Carolina and Nannie S. Bush of Spartanburg County on March 12, 1882. Rev. T. V. Gowan also performed the marriage of James H. Simmons and Miss Barbary Cook, both of Spartanburg on December 20, 1882. Rev. T. V. Gowan performed the wedding of E. K. Carver and Miss K. U. O. Peace, “all of Spartanburg County” December 23, 1883, according to the January 2, 1884 edition of the “Carolina Spartan.”
Jennie V. Gowan was married February 14, 1884 to M. R. King, both of Inman by Rev. R. A. Brock, assisted by Rev. T. V. Gowan. On February 21, 1884 Rev. T. V. Gowan per-formed the marriage ceremony of Barney T. Cheek and Miss Victoria Allbright, all of Spartanburg County, according to the “Carolina Spartan” of March 5, 1884.
Rev. Thomas V. Gowan performed the marriage December 24, 1885 of Nimrod E. Rogers and Corrie E. Waddle, “all of Spartanburg County.”
Rev. Thomas V. Gowan served as the temporary preacher for a new church that was organized at the Pisgah School, “about six miles from town,” according to the October 29, 1884 edition of the “Carolina Spartan.” The newspaper stated, ”They have also started a flourishing temperance organization and are really doing a good work in that neighborhood. Temperance, honesty, industry and the Christian religion will save people in this world and the world to come.”
Rev. Thomas V. Gowan who served in the South Carolina 1st Artillery Unit in the Civil War was chosen September 4, 1891 to enroll the names of all members of his Unit in a meeting of surviving Confederate veterans, according to a news article in the “Spartanburg Herald:”
“Sept. 4, 1891, the meeting of the Confederate Survi-vors took place at the encampment grounds. Col. Jos. Walker, Pres. of the Association, called the meeting to order.
A plan was proposed by which the survivors of the county might be enrolled. One person was to be ap-pointed from each company organized in this county to get up all the names of all the survivors now in the county.
These reports must embrace the name, postoffice, time of enlistment and command in which the soldier was mustered in, all transfers, when wounded, when cap-tured and when imprisoned; when and how discharged from service. This report applies to every Confederate survivor living in the county, although he may have never been in a South Carolina Regiment. DR. J. B. O. Landrum was elected historian of the Association.”
The fate of the compilation, if completed is unknown.
Rev. Toy F. Gowan was a resident of Spartanburg County in 1946, according to the “Spartanburg Herald” of December 13, 1946.
Mrs. W. Boyce Gowan of Enoree, South Carolina was listed as a daughter of James Franklin Thompson and Ida Thompson in the obituary of her father which was published in 1943 in the “Spartanburg Herald.” James Franklin Thompson was buried in the Cedar Spring Baptist Church Cemetery, according to the research of Nancie O’Sullivan.
Wade Hampton Gowan was born in South Carolina in 1856. He was married in 1874 to Emmeline Frances Amos, sixth child of Charles Amos and Mary McElreath Amos, according to Dennis Amos, a descendant of Rock Hill, South Carolina and a member of Gowen Research Foundation. She was born in 1856 in South Carolina. She appeared as a six-year-old in the 1860 census of Spartanburg County, page 175. She reap-peared at age 14 living at Campobello, South Carolina in the 1870 census, page 350
Wade Hampton Gowan headed a household in the 1880 cen-sus of Spantanburg County, Enumeration District 139, page 15, Campobello township:
Gowan, Wade H. 24, born in SC
Emaline F. 22, born in SC
William D. 4, born in SC
Hester 1, born in SC”
Children born to Wade Hampton Gowan and Emmeline Frances Amos Gowan include:
William D. Gowan born in 1876
Hester Gowan born in 1879
John C. Gowan headed a household enumerated in Enum-eration District 140, page 45, Cherokee township of Spar-tanburg County:
“Gowan, John C. 40, born in SC
Tennessee 40, born in SC
Henry 12, born in SC
Selena 11, born in SC
Perry 9, born in SC
Mary A. 7, born in SC
Alta Mina 5, born in SC
John 2, born in SC
Kimrell, Jane 18, born SC, step daughter”
Myrtle S. Gowan, who was born in 1899, died in 1964. She was buried in Sunset Cemetery in Spartanburg County, ac-cording to Nancie O’Sullivan.
William M. Gowan was enumerated as the head of a house-hold in the 1800 census of Spartanburg District. The house-hold consisted of:
“Gowan, William M. white male over 45
white female 26-45
white male 26-45
white male 10-16
white male 0-10
white female 0-10
white male 0-10”
James Gowen was enumerated as the head of household in the 1840 census of Spartanburg County, page 119:
“Gowen, James white male 20-30
white female 20-30”
William Gowin appeared as the head of a household in the 1840 census of Spartanburg County, page 116:
“William Gowin, white male 20-30
white female 20-30
white male 15-20
white female 15-20
white male 5-10
white male 5-10
white male 0-5
white male 0-5”
James Going, listed at West Park Drive, according to the 1972 telepone directory of Spartanburg.
Mary Going, was listed at 415 Stevens, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Rev. Thomas Baxter Going and his cousins, Isaac Newton Going and James Robert Going are believed to be the “Gow-an” individuals mentioned in a newspaper article published in September 1891 by the “Spartanburg Herald:”
The article was extracted by Nancie O’Sullivan and analyzed by Kenneth Belcher. The article reports on a meeting of the Confederate Veteran Survivors Association of Spartanburg County that were still alive as of Sept. 1891.
“Friday, September 4, 1891, the meeting of the Confederate survivors took place at the encampment grounds. Col. Joseph David Walker, president of the Association called the meeting to order.”
Of Col. Walker, Kenneth Belcher wrote: He was born in 1831, married Anne M. Thorne, was enumerated in 1860 census, served in Palmetto Sharpshooters, died in 1902 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery at Spartanburg.
“Capt. John Wesley Wofford made the Chairman’s report. Capt. A. J. Glynn, chairman of the by-laws committee, made his report.”
Of Capt. Wofford, Belcher wrote: He was born in 1842, enumerated in 1860 census, captured, paroled at Greensboro, N.C.
“A plan was proposed by which the survivors of the county might be enrolled. One person was to be appointed from each company organized in this county to get up all the names of all the survivors now in the county.
These reports must embrace the name, post office, time of enlistment and command in which the soldier was mustered in, all transfers, when wounded, when captured and when imprisoned; when and how discharged from service. This report applies to every Confederate survivor living in the county, although he may have never been in a South Carolina Regiment.
The committee had invited Maj. David Robinson Duncan and David Johnson , Jr. to address the assembly.
Maj. Duncan was born in 1837, served on the staff of the 13th Cavalry Regiment, died before 1907 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
Dr. John B. Oneal Landrum, 5th Rifle Regiment and Company E, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, author of “History of Spartanburg, South Carolina,” was elected historian of the Association.
The following names are the veterans appointed to enroll the names of the survivors:
John W. Ward, 1st Cavalry Regiment.
Rev. Thomas V. Going, 1st Artillery Battery. [listed as Rev. Thomas B. Gowan.] Also in the battery was James A. Going [J. A. Gowan] and his brother, Isaac Newton Going [Newton Gowan].
Minor W. Page, 1st Artillery Battery, Company B.
Minor W. Page was born September 15, 1841, died May 7, 1935, buried in Landrum Cemetery, pensioned in 1933, wife Mary Ann.
John W. W. Sparks, 1st Artillery Battery, Company A,
John W. W. Sparks was born December 22, 1845, died May 28, 1913, buried at Bethel Baptist Church, Cherokee County, SC, married Mary Ann Jones.
Dr. John B. Oneal Landrum, 2nd Cavalry, Company F.
George Bobo Dean, 2nd Cavalry, Company E.
Capt. J. W. Wood.
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Capt. W.M. CHOICE, (William M. Choice, 5KBR/5KAR, b. 1838, d. bef 1907, b. Oakwood Cem. Spartanburg
C. C. TURNER. (Claudius calhoun Turner, 5fBR/5IAR, b10/18/34, d. 6/4/1907, b. Mt. Zion Baptist, CSA Mkr on grave. W. Nannie C. chapman
Capt. W.J. MEANS (William J. Means, 5CaK, b. 8/11/31, d. 5/14/1911, b. Nazareth Presbyterian Church, ww. Margaret Evins.
-Capt. J.W. CARLISLE, (John Wilson Carlisle, 13C, b. 1827, d. 1944 [If these dates are right, he died at age 117], b. Oakwood Cem. Spartanburg, w. Louisa Bobo.)
B.F. NEIGHBORS, (B F. Neighbors, 13I, b. ?, d. 2/11/92, w. Mary Barnett
John Dewberry, Company E. Thirteenth South Carolina In-fantry was POW. He lost an arm, but survived. He was born in 1830 and died after September 1991. He was survived by his widow, Louisa Dewberry.
F.A. WEST, (Francis A. West, 13F, Paroled at Appomattox, b. ?, d. aft 9/91
J. C. EDGE, (John C. Edge, 13B, b. 5/26/42, d. 1923, b. Nazareth Presbyterian Church, w. Sarah L. Dobbins
ADAM BALLENGER. 13C/H/G and Dunlop’s Sharpshooters, b. 1/17/44, d. 2/18/1912, b. Inman Baptist Church. Adam was a true hero and the following comes from Landrum’s History of Spartanburg.
Adam Washington Ballanger Not on Landrum’s list, but the following comes from his sketch in the text. Born in 1844 in Inman. Entered the service in Co. C, 13th SCV as a Sergeant, and remained such until 1863. “By order of Gen. Lee, he was promoted for distinguished gallantry on the battlefield.” At 2nd Cold Harbor (31 May – 12 June 1864), in a charge against the enemy when the latter was thrown into confusion and were in the act of retreating, young Ballenger, separating himself from his command and alone, rushed forward and mounted one of the guns of the enemy’s artillery. This bold daring caused the driver of the horses conveying the piece to jump off on the tongue. Ballenger immediately, in order to secure the capture of the gun, jumped off the piece , cut loose the traces and unfastened the off-horse, which he mounted. In returning to his command he met his Captain (J. W. Carlisle), who informed him that his brother Joseph was wounded and had been left in the rear. B!
allenger then went in quest of his brother. But in the meanwhile a party of the enemy had whipped around one wing of the Confederate forces, but finding they were liable to be cut off retreated, but carried Joseph Ballenger away with them, who was imprisoned at Point Lookout, and soon died. Lt. Ballenger never saw his brother again after he left him before the beginning of the charge.
“The gallant conduct on the part of young Ballenger had been witnessed by Gen. McGowan, who sent for him in a day or two afterwards to report to his headquarters. Young Ballenger obeyed the orders and reported. Having no idea for what purpose he was wanted. On arriving at the headquarters of Gen. McGowan, he was congratulated by the General, whop informed him that he had recommended that he be commissioned a 1st Lt. Receiving his commission, he was assigned to Co. H of the 13th regiment, but in a ferw months thereafter he was appointed to one of the companies of Dunlop’s Battalion of Lee’s Sharpshooters, three companies of which were made up of McGowan’s Brigade. Here he remained in command of its first company of this organization, rendering distinguished service until the 27th of March 1865, when he was severely wounded in the arm and hip on the picket line in front of Petersburg. He was conveyed to Richmond, and was there when the surrender at Appomattox took place a few !
days afterward. While in the Jackson Hospital at Richmond still suffering from his wounds, he was taken with typhoid fever, from which he came very near losing his life. During this time he was visited and administered to by three daughter of Gen. R. E. Lee, a daughter of Gen. Ewell, and Miss Rosa Lee Powers. after some four four months of suffering he recovered sufficiently to return home. He was ordered to the State Capitol building to take the oath of allegience. Not relishing this, however, slipped away, bringing with him his army sword, and after walking several miles out of the city he boarded the train, and after many trying difficulties reached his home.”
The story must have had a happy ending because he married Emma Wingo in 1866, and they had 14 children.
Capt. H.P. GRIFFITH. (Harrison P. Griffith, 14E, b. ?, d. aft 1919. Pension roll in 1919 for Cherokee Co.
REV. T.J. GWIN. (This would be John T. Gwinn, 16F, Baptist Preacher, attended Furman University and originally from York Co.)
Capt. J.W. STRIBLING, ( James Madison Stribling, 18E, b. 10/1/31, d. 7/17/1904, b. New Unity Baptist Church, CSA Mkr.)
CHAS. BRIDGES, (Charles Bridges, 18K, Paroled at Appomattox, b. 4/5/46, d. 1917, b. Oakland Cem. Gaffney.)
P.D. PHILLIPS. Pinckney D. Phillips, 18F, b. ?, d. aft 1917, drawing pension in 1917 in cherokee Co.
J. M. RUDISALL. (James Madison Rudicil, 6CaH, b. 8/6/40, d. aft 1910, b. Mt Zion Baptist Church. Drawing a pension in 1910.)
JERIMIAH O’SULLIVAN Can not find a Jerimiah O’Sullivan in SC records (7 men served). No O’Sullivan from NC.
W.R. LIPSCOMB. 19th Btln SC Cav, Co. E Short history of unit. 19th Cavalry Battalion was formed in Janaury, 1865, by consolidating five independent cavalry companies. It served in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and skirmished in various conflicts in South Carolina. Later the unit was active in the North Carolina Campaign and surrendered with the Army of Tennessee. Lieutenant Colonel William L. Trenholm was in command. Sparks was probably Company Commander of a Spartanburg Company thgat was consolidated in this unit. Have no one from this unit.Must have been others since they were looking for survivors.. Have several Sparks, but not A. D. Sparks, haven’t added him to list.
JAMES A. COLLINS. James A. Collins, 1CBB/G/27K/5KAR, paroled at Appomattox, b. 1831, d. 9/91, w. Mary Caroline Bishop.
Major A.B. WOODRUFF, HLE, no further info other than d. aft 9/91
T.L. BRYANT (Turtulas L. Bryant, HLB, b. 1840, d. aft 9/91, w. Nancy J. Brown.)
JOHN N. MILLER, (John Nichols Miller, HLA, b. 5/10/24, d. aft 1910, on pension in 1910
R.A. WALDEN, (Robert Alonzo Walden, 5RH/HLC, b. 6/17/41, d. bef 1910. His widow Mary C. was drawing pension in 1910.)
CAPTAIN SCRUGGS.(There were 2 Captain Scruggs in the Legion. Calvin was in HLA. he survived, but I don’t believe he is the right one. A second was Richard M. Scruggs in HLA/K. I am sure he lived beyond 1891because he was drawing a pension in 1910. He was born in 1828.
F. WALDEN (Fielden Walden, PSSK, Paroled at Appomattox, b. 6/8/36, d. 8/3/94, b. New Unity Baptist, Woodruff, CSA Marker, w. , Amanda M.
THOMAS EWBANKS, (Probably Thomson Eubanks, Co. 5ABR/PSSA. Don’t have him on the list but will add.)
C.P. BROWN, (Caleb P. Brown, Co. PSSH, Paroled at Appomattox, b. 1836, d. aft 9/92
WYATT HAWKINS, ( This would be John Wyatt Hawkins, 5FBR/PSSD, Paroled at Appomattox, b. 3/18/42, b. 1923, b. Philadelphia Cemetery,drawing pension in 1907.
W. D. McPherson [William P. McPherson], 5GBR/PSSM, Paroled Appomattox, born in 1837, died after 1907 and before 1917. His widow, M. F. McPherson was drawing Widow’s Pension in 1917.
MOSES WOOD. (Co. 15F, Paroled at Greensboro, NC. d. aft 1919, drawing pension in 1919.
DAVID THOMAS. (There was a David Thomas in Capt Jeter’s Co, McBeth’s Light Art. A David L. also D. L. Thomas in Capt. Gregg’s Co. of the McBeth Art. Don’t have either, so which one to add? I have Robert Boyce in the McBeth LA.
CHAS. PETTY, Secretary (Charles P. Petty, 13C)
and JOS WALKER, President. (PSSH)
First Cavalry-(75 served, 50 survived, 25 died during war, 21 survivors a/o 9/91, 23 unsure, no data, 6 had died before 9/91)
First Artillery- (12 served, all survived and all were alive beyond 1891.)
First Regulars-(Butler’s) (53 people served , 2 died, 13 transfered to other unit, 40 survived and 10 of these survived to after 9/91. The others I am sure when they died.)
Second Cavalry- (92 people served, 7 died (2 POW, 5 DOD), 85 survived, 35 of these survived until 9/91 and 39 I am unsure when they died.)
Third infantry- (392 served and 219 survived the war.)
Fifth Reg. -(The 5th regiment had over 1200 records which amounted to some 600 men.. Many of them left the regiment in 1862 to go to the Palmetto Sharpshooters. I estimate there were over 200 still surviving in 1891)
Fifth Cavalry-(18 served in the unit and at least 9 were still alive in 1891)
Thirteenth Reg. I have records for 727 who served with the 13th Inf. 435 of these survived the war. Many of these would have been alive in 1891. 74 men of the 13th were surrendered at Appomattox.
Fourteenth Reg. (36 men served, 20 survived the war and at least 14 of these were still alive in 9/91.)
Sixteenth Reg.- (I have 54 names of those who served and about 40 survived the war)
Eighteenth Reg.- ( 240 men served, 263 survived the war. Many were still alive in 1991.
Sixth Calvary- ( 78 served and 63 survived the war.)
Spark’s Cavalry- (Captain A. D. Sparks, Co. E, 19 Btn SC Cav)
Avery’s Battalion (Can’t identify the unit.)
27th Reg.- (217 men served, 114 survived the war and many would have been alive in 1891.)
Holcombs Legion- (575 served and at least 341 survived the war.)
Palmetto Sharp Shooters- (488 men served in the Palmetto sharpshooters an at least 270 of these survived the war. Notice below that 4 of the 5 men were at Appomattox and were paroled there. That is not an accident. the PSS had the largest number of any SC regiment to surrender there and 110 of these were Spartans.)
15th Reg.- (66 men served and 47 of these survived. Only 2 surrendered at Greensboro which shows the significance of the large percentage of the Sharpshooters.
(This was not all the SC units, i.e., 7th Cavalry had 12 to serve and all of these survive and most were still alive in 1891. There were other [Orr’s Rifles, Hampton’s legion, etc. None of the Reserve units were listed and there were 100s to serve in those units and most of these people were still alive in 1891.)
Boyces Battery- Captain Robert Boyce, McBeth’s Light Art. Have 27 spartans in the McBeth LA and 23 of them survived. Sure several were still alive in 1891.)
Barbara Sue Goings, was listed at 212 Howard Aden Apartments, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Curtis Goings, was listed at Rolling Greens, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Mrs. Evelyn Goings, was listed at 581 North Center, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
I. M. Goings, was listed on Route 9, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
James Goings, was listed at 567 N. Center, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Annie Elizabeth Goins was born in Greenville County, South Carolina in 1886, according to Nelda Percival, a great-grand-daughter. She was married about 1908 to Wilton Jones who later abandoned his family. She died in 1951. She had a sister named Mary Goins. Children born to Wilton Jones and Annie Elizabeth Goins Jones include:
Azerine Elizabeth Jones born in 1910
Azerine Elizabeth Jones, only child of Wilton Jones and Annie Elizabeth Goins Jones, was born in 1910. She was married about 1928 to Wendle Steele. She died in 1993.
Alvin Gowan, was listed at Route 10, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Mrs. Ammie F. Gowan, was listed at 519 El Paso, according to the 1972 telephone of Spartanburg.
Mrs. Ann Gowan, was listed at 251 Folsom, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Miss Barbara Gowan, was listed at Glendale, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Burnett C. Gowan, was listed at 736 Beaumont, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
C. M. Gowan and Arthur V. Dill left Monday for a ten days trip to Oklahoma, according to a news item in he July 4, 1929 edition of the “Spartanburg Herald.”
Mrs. Callie J. Gowan, was listed at 10 Beverly Hills Drive, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Carolyn Gowan, was listed at 120 Cleveland, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Cecil Gowan, was listed at 108 Elliott, according to the telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Charles C. Gowan, was listed on Route one, Duncan, South Carolina, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Charles E. Gowan, office assistant for Swift & Company and his wife Dorothy Gowan, lived at 341 Lankfort, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg.
Thomas Gowan was mentioned in the “The Free Lance” of Spartanburg in its May 1, 1903 edition:
Last Sunday morning, as Thomas Gowan and Charlie Emory were driving a young mule, it became fright-ened and ran away throwing both out of the buggy and bruising them considerably.”
Charlie Gowan, a machine operator for the county highway department and his wife Minnie L. lived on Route 4. accord-ing to the 1951 city directory. Charlie Gowan, was listed at Route 5, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spar-tanburg.
Clara R. Gowan, an employee of Spartan Mills, lived at 464 Mill, according to the 1951 city directory. Claude C. Gowan, her husband, was also employed by Spartan Mills and lived at the same address. In March 1972 they continued to live at the same address.
Curtis E. Gowan, a driver for Spartan Grain & Mill, lived in Fairview Heights, according to the 1951 city directory.
Donald Otis Gowan was listed at 210 Yorkshire Drive, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
E. G. Gowan, a textile worker for Drayton Mills, lived at Drayton, according to the 1951 Spartanburg city directory.
E. Ruth Gowan, a spinner for Startex Mills, lived at 16 Damson, WM, according to the 1951 Spartanburg city directory.
Eber E. Gowan, a machine operator for Andrews Company, lived at 24 Pond, WM, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg.
Elaine Gowan, a clerk for Spartan Grain & Mill, lived at 177 Oakland, according to the 1951 city directory.
Emily Gowan was listed at Canaan Road, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Ernest G. Gowan, was listed at 642 Maywood, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Ernest Larry Gowan, was listed at 748 Whitlock, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Eulas W. Gowan, an employee of Mayfair Mills, and his wife, Rowena O. Gowan lived at 987 Hayne, according to the 1951 Spartanburg city directory. In March 1972 they continued to live at the same address.
Flave D. Gowan and his wife Frances B. Gowan lived at 118 Franklin Village, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg.
Frank H. Gowan lived on Route 5, Spartanburg, according to the 1972 telephone directory.
Frankie Gowan lived in Linwood Hills, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Freeman O. Gowan, a weaver for Spartan Mills, and his wife, Gladys O. Gowan, lived at 372 Oliver in 1951. In March 1972 they lived at 433 Burnett.
G. Walter Gowan, an agent for Life Insurance Company of Georgia, lived at Inman, South Carolina, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg.
George T. Gowan, and his wife Virginia E. Gowan lived at 251 Folsum, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg. In March 1972 they continued to live at the same address.
Gerald Gowan lived on Canaan Road, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Mrs. Grace H. Gowan, a mail clerk for South Carolina Mills, lived at 160 Collins in 1951.
Gregg Gowan, was listed at Reidville, Lyman, South Carolina, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
H. W. Gowan lived at 102 South Club Drive, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Harold M. Gowan lived at 231 St. Matthews Lane, according to the 1972 Spartanburg telephone directory.
Hattie L. Gowan, a machine operator for Ellis Weaving Mills, lived at 144 Druid Avenue in 1951.
Herbert L. Gowan, a textile worker for Beaumont Mills, lived on Route 5, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg.
J. B. Gowan, was listed at Little Mountain Community, Lyman, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
J. D. Gowan, a warehouseman for Hammond-Brown-Jennings, and his wife Eliz Gowan, a photo finisher for Jackrabbit Studio, lived on Route 5, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg.
J. E. Gowan lived at 417 Whitney Road, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
J. G. Gowan lived at Stone Station, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
J. Manning Gowan, a department manager for Estes Grocery, and his wife, Grace H. Gowan, a mail clerk for South Carolina Mills, lived at 160 Collins in 1951. In March 1972 they lived at 324 Quiet Acres Drive, according to the Spartanburg telephone directory.
J. W. Gowan, a textile worker for Drayton Mills, lived at Drayton in 1951, according to the city directory of Spartanburg.
Jack D. Gowan, an employee of Fairfax Cleaners, and his wife, Slyvia S. Gowan, lived at 24 Pond, MN in 1951. In 1963 and 1972 they lived at 409 Houston, Spartanburg.
James C. Gowan, Sr, a carpenter and his wife, Pauline M. Gowan, lived at 109 Coldbrook Drive, according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg. In March 1972 they lived at the same address.
James C. Gowan, Jr. an agent for Atlantic Coast Insurance Company, and his wife, Sarah B. Gowan, lived at 585 Wildwood Drive in 1963, according to the city directory of Spartanburg. In March 1972 they lived at Quiet Acres Drive, according to the telephone directory.
James H. Gowan, a farmhand for Startex Mills and his wife, Anna Mae Gowan lived on Route 5, according to the 1951 city directory. In 1963 he was employed by Saxon Mills and lived at 3 Maple in Una, South Carolina. His wife was listed as Mae H. Gowan.
James L. Gowan, assistant foreman for Spartan Grain & Mill lived at Chesnee, South Carolina in 1951, according to the Spartanburg city directory.
Jasper W. Gowan, a corder for Drayton Mills, and his wife Leonra D. Gowan, lived at 224 Grainview, FH, according to the Spartanburg city directory in 1963.
Jerry Gowan and his wife, Emily C. Gowan lived on Coroon Church Road, Route 5, according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
Jewel Gowan, an employee of John Dritz & Sons, lived at 989 Haynie, according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
Joanne M. Gowan, a student, lived at 433 Burnett, according to the 1963 Spartanburg city directory.
John E. Gowan, lived at 16 Damson, WM, according to the 1951 and 1963 city directories of Spartanburg.
John E. Gowan, a bookkeeper for American Agriculture Chemicals, and his wife, Nancy M. Gowan, lived at 663 Old Whitney Road, W. Hts, according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
The obituary of Johnnie Hansel Gowan, 77, who died Novem-ber 9, 1982 appeared in the November 10, 1982 edition of “The State” of Columbia, South Carolina:
“Johnnie Hansel Gowan was born in Spartanburg County, the son of the late W. M. and Janie Gwinn Gowan. He was a bar-ber for 58 years and was an employee of Fair Forest Hotel Barber Shop at Union. He was married twice, first to the late Colene Hyatt Gowan.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Thelma Owens Gowan; a son Donald Mansel Gowan of Pauline; a daughter Mrs. Elaine Lancaster of Greenville; three brothers, J. H. Gowan of Jonesville and William and Herbert Gowan of Buffalo; two sisters Mrs. Annie Mary Bogan of Jonesville and Mrs. Roda Lancaster of Pauline.”
Joseph A. Gowan, an employee of Spartanburg Mills, lived at 461 Breeze, according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
Josephine Gowan, widow of Jones Gowan, lived at 109 Dillard [A], according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
Mrs. Juanita L. Gowan, a clerk for Duke Power, lived on Route 5, according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
Karen Gowan, a student, lived at 433 Burnet along with Joanne M. Gowan, according to the 1963 city directory.
Kenneth E. Gowan was a resident of Cherokee Springs, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Lenora Gowan, a spinner for Drayton Mills, appeared in the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg living at Drayton. In the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg she was listed at 224 Granview.
Larry Gowan was a clerk for Colonial Stores in 1963, according to the city directory.
Linda M. Gowan, a clerk for Life Insurance Company of Virginia, lived at Inman, according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
Mrs. Lois Gowan, was listed at Clifton, South Carolina, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Luther M. Gowan, manager of Southern Shop Produce, and his wife Myrtle S. Gowan, lived at 7415 Maple [SS], according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg. In 1951 Myrtle S. Gowan was a textile worker for Arkansas Mills and lived on Route 6.
Mae H. Gowan, a textile worker for Beaumont Mills, lived at 649 Clinchfield [BM], according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg.
Mrs. Marion E. Gowan, cashier for Mutual Finance & Thrift Corporation, lived at 1017 Textile Road, according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
Margaret G. Gowan, a clerk for Montgomery-Wards, lived on Route 4, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg.
Mrs. Martha Gowan lived at 748 Whitlock, Spartamburg, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Martha Gowan was listed at Reidville, Lyman, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Martha W. Gowan, was listed at 5 Spruce, Startex, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Mary A. Gowan, student, lived at 1764 Hillcrest Boulevard [HC], according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
Mrs. Mary Ann Gowan lived at 475 Woodley Road, Spartanburg, according to the 1972 telephone directory.
Mary F. Gowan, saleswoman for Kress Department Store, was a resident of Drayton, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg.
Mildred G. Gowan, assistant office secretary at Beaumont Store, lived at 222 Nash, according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
O. Freeman Gowan, a weaver at Spartan Mills, and his wife Gladys L. Gowan, lived at 433 Burnet, according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
Otis A. Gowan, an employee of Spartan Mills, and his wife Mary S. Gowan, lived at 472 Jennings, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg. They continued at the same ad-dress in 1963, and in 1972 lived at 461 Jennings, according to the 1972 city directory.
Paul B. Gowan, an employee of Valley Falls Mills and his wife Grace T. Gowan, employed by Beaumont Mills, lived at 740 Beaumont Avenue, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg. They lived at the same address in 1963 and 1972.
Pauline M. Gowan, a sewing machine operator for Raycord, lived at 118 Millwood Drive, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg. In 1972 Mrs. Pauline Gowan lived at 109 Coldbrook Drive, according to the telephone directory.
Rachel Gowan was discharged from Spartanburg General Hospital December 2, 1945 to return to her home at 382 Far-ley in Spartanburg, according to the “Spartanburg Herald” of that date.
Robert Charles Gowan lived at 475 Woodley Road, according to the 1972 Spartanburg telephone directory.
Rome G. Gowan, office employee of Pierce Motor Company, and his wife, Allie V. Gowan, lived at 160 Advent, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg. Minnie B. Gowan, “widow of Rome Gowan,” lived at 144 Druid Avenue, accord-ing to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg. In 1963 Rome G. Gowan was listed as business manager of Pierce Motor Company and lived at 860 S. Church. His wife’s name was listed as Allie L. Gowan, according to the city directory. In 1972 Rome G. Gowan lived on Switzer Lane, according to the telephone directory.
Mrs. Rowena O. Gowan, a weaver at Mayfair Mills, lived at 987 Hayne, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg.
Rev. Roy R. Gowan, pastor of the first Baptist Church, and his wife, Hortense W. Gowan, lived at 69 Spring [A], according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg.
Royce Gowan lived at 112 Old Farm Road, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Miss Ruth Gowan, was listed at Whitney, South Carolina, ac-cording to the telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Mrs. Shirley W. Gowan lived on Route 10, Spartanburg, according to the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Stewart R. Gowan was a helper at Pierce Motor Company. according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg. In 1963 he lived at 119 Hub City Courts, according to the directory. “Stewart Gowan” was listed on Gowan Road, in the 1972 telephone directory of Spartanburg.
Sue C. Gowan, widow of William Burnett Gowan, a textile worker for Beaumont Mills, lived at 645 Lenox Avenue [BM], according to the 1951 directory of Spartanburg. In 1963 she was listed as a spinner for Beaumont Mills living at the same address. She continued to live at the address, according to the 1972 telephone directory.
T. Richard Gowan, a helper at P. H. Poteat & Sons, lived at 24 Pond [WM], according to the 1951 city directory of Spartan-burg. In 1951 his wife, Shirley R. Gowan was a waitress at Kress’s. In 1963 he, was staff manager for Atlantic & Coast Life Insurance Company. He and his wife, Shirley R. Gowan, lived at 8453 Taylor, Colquitt Road. In 1972 they continued to live at the same address, according to the telephone directory.
Thomas Earl Gowan, a textile worker for Arkansas Mills, lived at 2002 Church Extension, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg. Thomas Earl Gowan, a bookkeeper for Arkansas Mills, lived at 2050 South Church Extension, according to the 1963 directory and continued at that address in 1972, according to the telephone directory.
Vaughn Ray Gowan, a machinist for Arkansas Mills, and his wife Wilma B. Gowan, lived at 1 Cleveland Drive, according to the 1963 city directory of Spartanburg. In 1972 they lived at 120 Cleveland Road, according to the telephone directory.
W. Guy Gowan, secretary of Spartanburg Lumber & Millwork Company located at 459 Marion Avenue, and his wife Clara G. Gowan, lived at 525 Woodland in 1951, according to the Spartanburg city directory. They continued in the same ca-pacity and residence in 1963. In 1972 W. Guy Gowan, lum-berman, was living at 709 Fernwood Drive, according to the telephone directory.
William T. Gowan, an employee of Clifton Mills, and his wife Lois W. Gowan, a spiner for Mayfair Mills, lived at 24 Pond [WM], according to the 1951 telephone directory of Spartan-burg.
“A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Gowan last Fri-day, according to a 1913 edition of the “Spartanburg Her-ald.”
In the same edition of the newspaper appeared a news article reporting the first known experiment with the “busing” of school children.
“For the first time in Laurens the practical operations of transporting school children by wagon from one district to a consolidated school located in another district was put in effect today when the Renno school in Jack’s Township opened its annual session.
One wagon is sufficient to carry the children and the plan will be watched with interest.
At a cost of $4,000. a handsome brick building has been erected at Renno, located on a beautiful 4 acre lot, the gift of Capt. J. W. C. Bell. Three teachers will be employed.”
Willis S. Gowan, a well driller, lived at Stone Station, according to the 1972 telephone directory.
Woodrow W. Gowan, a carpenter for Littlejohn & Smith, lived on Route 4, according to the 1951 city directory of Spar-tanburg. In 1963 he was listed in the directory as a receiving clerk for Montgomery-Ward, still living at Route 4.
William Richard Burnett, 80, “grandson of the late Billie Go-wan” died December 19, at his home near Holston Creek Baptist Church at Inman, according to the “Spartanburg Herald” of December 20, 1937.
David B. Gowan, 48, died at Greer, South Carolina December 19, 1937, according to his obituary which appeared in the “Spartanburg Herald,” edition of December 20, 1937:
“David B. Gowan, 48, died at his home after several months of declining health. He is survived by his wife, Bessie Barker Cox Gowan, four children, Jesse Gowan, William Gowan, Frances Gowan, and Marie Gowan, all of Greer, and five step- children, Arthur Cox, James Cox and Lula Belle Cox Henderson of Tucapau, South Carolina, Gladys Cox Williams of Lyman and Miss Nellie Cox of Greer; . two brothers, J. M. Gowan of Co-lumbia, South Carolina and J. E. Gowan of Whitney, South Carolina and three sisters, Mrs. E. L. Cothran of Greer, Mrs. J. H. Cook of Drayton, South Carolina and Mae Gowan Sizemore of Tucapau. Funeral services are at Victor Methodist Church.”
Naomi Luella Gowan was born about 1870, place and parents unknown. She was married in 1888 to James Wayne Walden. He was enumerated in 1880 at age 14 living in the household of William D. Harris and Caroline Walden Harris at Campobello, South Carolina. She was his father’s sister and reared James Wayne Walden after the death of his father. James Wayne Walden was a bookkeeper for Ballenger Store in Inman, South Carolina, according to Judy Bennett. He died in 1901.
Bertie C. Gowans, the widow of Thomas Gowans, lived at 341 Lanford, Spartanburg in 1951.
F. J. Gowens, a welder for Southern Railway lived on Route 7, Spartanburg, according to the 1951 city directory.
F. Ray Gowens, a bricklayer for Fiske-Carter Construction Company in 1951 lived on New Valley Falls Road, Spartanburg, according to the city directory. In 1963 he and his wife, Dorothy B. Gowens, lived at 722 Springhill Avenue, accord-ing to the 1963 city directory. G. Donald Gowens, believed to be a son of F. Ray Gowens, a student, lived on New Valley Falls Road. Route 7, according to the 1951 city directory.
Harry Gowens, general agent for C&WC Railroad, and his wife, Elizabeth B. Gowens, lived at 112 Connell, according to the 1951 city directory of Spartanburg.
James W. Gowens, a carpenter for Southern Railway in 1951 lived on Route 7, according to the Spartanburg city directory. In 1963 he, a serviceman for Caro Heating and Air Condition-ing, and his wife Jessie V. Gowens, lived at 7409 Gravely Court, according to the directory. In 1972 James W. Gowens lived at 7423 Lone Oak Boulevard, according to the Spartan-burg telephone directory.
Math N. Gowens, a carpenter for Southern Railway, and his wife Selma M. Gowens, lived at 237 New Valley Falls Road, according to the 1951 Spartanburg city directory. In 1963 he was listed as a carman for Southern Railway, lived at 7307 Valley Falls Road according to the directory. In 1972 he lived at 7303 New Valley Falls Road, according to the telephone directory.
Thomas J. Gowens, a carpenter for Southern Railway, and his wife, Maggie S. Gowens, lived on New Valley Falls Road, according to the 1951 city directory. In 1963 they were listed in the directory at 7203 Valley Falls Road, near Math M. Gowens. In 1972 he was listed in the telephone directory at the same address.
Mrs. Hattie Gowings, a negro, lived at 324 Concord Avenue, Spartanburg, according to the 1951 city directory.
Miss Rose McGowan has left Spartanburg “to attend school at Abbeville,” according to the October 3, 1883 edition of the “Carolina Spartan.”
William Harris and Frances Harris were residents of Spartan-burg County as early as 1787, according to a descendant, Ru-bie M. Harris of Metairie, Louisiana, member of Gowen Re-search Foundation in a letter dated November 25, 1989. She speculates that the maiden name of Frances Harris was “Gowen.”
Children born to them include:
Gowen Harris born about 1777
James P. Harris born about 1780
Gowen Harris, son of William Harris and Frances Harris was born about 1777. In 1787 he lived in Spartanburg County on the South Tyger near the site of Maj. John “Buck” Gowen. He was married in 1801 to Francis F. Sharp, daughter of a wealthy and aristocratic family. Gowen Harris became a col-onel in the Mississippi militia and was elected to the Missis-sippi state legislature in 1822. They were divorced in Mis-sissippi in 1826. He removed to Brazoria County, Texas about 1827. He served in the Army of Texas in the Battle of San Jacinto. He wrote his will March 30, 1837 in Brazoria, Texas and died there in that year.
Children born to them include:
Pleasant Harris born about 1807
Permilia Margaret Harris born June 14, 1811
Pleasant Harris, son of Gowen Harris and Francis F. Sharp Harris, was born about 1807 in South Carolina. He was married about 1863 to Mary Louisa Royal who was born in Switzerland. He died in the 1870s.
Children born to them include:
Gowan Joseph Harris born in January 1865
Estelle Harris born in November 1869
Gowan Joseph Harris, son of Pleasant Harris and Mary Louisa Royal Harris, was born in January 1865, according to the research of Steven Michael Harris, great-grandson of New Orleans and a member of Gowen Research Foundation.
Permilia Margaret Harris, daughter of Gowen Harris and Fran-cis F. Sharp Harris, was born June 14, 1811, according to Bev-erly Sue Turner Smith, a descendant of Smyrna, Georgia and a member of Gowen Research Foundation. She was married about 1831 to Rev. James Mortimer Turner who was born No-vember 24, 1809. She died October 28, 1873, and he died September 10, 1893.
The Gowan Kirby lot was sold by Sheriff Nichols to D. E. Hydrick for $57, according to the February 6, 1889 edition of the “Carolina Spartan.”
Gowan Rollins of Henrietta, South Carolina was mentioned in the obituary of his sister, Emma Rollins McDaniel which was published in the September 4, 1926 edition of the “Spartan-burg Journal.”
Goyne L. Simpson was married in 1922 to Jessie Elizabeth Wall, according to the “Spartanburg Journal:”
“A quiet wedding was solemnized Tuesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Lowe, when Miss Jessie Eliza-beth Wall and Goyne L. Simpson, both of the city, were united in marriage.”
Gowen Styles, a Negro farmer of Spartanburg County was mentioned as one of the cotton tillers who produced early blooms on their cotton crops, according to the June 29, 1881 edition of the “Carolina Spartan:”
“Major S.C. Miller brings us the first cotton bloom this season. It bloomed the 18th instant. We expect to be able to report a cart load next week. Mr. W. C. No-len living near Valley Falls, brought in a bloom, which opened on the 20th; and Gowen Styles, a color-ed man living near Capt. Sam Means, sent in one tak-en from his field last Tuesday, the 21st inst.”
Whence came the name . . ?
Gowensville, South Carolina
Gowensville, a 200-year-old community in the apex of the
state, was named for Capt. [later Major] John “Buck” Gowen.
The community had to fight on two fronts during the Revolu-
ionary War. Militia companies were raised in the northwest-
ern corner of South Carolina–to face the Cherokees on the
northwest and the British on the southeast.
Captain Gowen, in charge of Gowen’s Fort near the north end
of the Indian line, commanded a militia company. The fort
was located near the captain’s home on the South Pacolet
River, a short distance from Gowensville.
War swirled into the Gowensville area from the northwest in
1776 with Cherokee and Tory attacks. The Tories were led by
“Bloody Bill” Bates and “Bloody Bill” Cunningham who cut a
gory trail of destruction across the area. Whenever the
Tories were victorious, the result was a massacre. No
quarter was given to men, women or children who were
surrendered to them. All were killed and scalped.
While the colonists were holding out in the west against the
Tories and the Cherokees in 1780, the British advanced from
the southeast, rolling up the defenses. They defeated the
forces of Gen. Tuck on July 12, obliterated the troops of
Col. John Thomas, Jr. on July 13 and captured Gowen’s Fort.
While they were relaxing and enjoying their victory, the
colonists came roaring back under the command of Col. Jones
on the following day and recaptured Gowen’s Fort. Capt.
Gowen, whose company was part of the forces of Col. Jones,
resumed command of the fort.
The Redcoats withdrew from the apex area completely after
their defeat, but the Tories returned with their guerilla
warfare. They made their first attack on Gowen’s Fort in
September 1781. In November, while part of the militia under
Capt. Gowen was away on orders, “Bloody Bill” Bates struck
again and swept up the defenders. Men, women and children
who were in the surrendered fort were slaughtered and
scalped. Mrs. Abner Thompson and her family had fled to the
fort for safety. When the fort fell, she lay on the ground
feigning death. Suddenly she felt a scalper’s knife circling
her crown, and she held back her screams as her hair was
jerked from her skull. Mrs. Thompson survived her wounds
and lived in Greenville, South Carolina for many years
afterward, according to “Southern Lineages” by Adeline Evans
Again Capt. Gowen’s forces recaptured the fort, but Bates
was able to slip away during the battle to continue his
harassment of the colonists. During the war Gowen’s Fort
changed hands five times as the winds of war swept back
and forth. “Bloody Bill” Bates also survived the war, only
to be arrested shortly afterward for horse-stealing. He was
lodged in the Greenville jail. A deputy employed at the
jail had managed to escape one of Bates’ massacres during
the war. At an unguarded moment the deputy escorted Bates
from his cell to a vacant lot next door, gave him a minute
to make peace with his maker and shot him dead. Bates was
unceremoniously buried where he fell, and the Greenville
post office was built over his grave.
Maj. Gowen died in November 1809. Frank Maxwell Gowen
who made a study of the area in 1971 concluded that the
major was buried in a pioneer cemetery located in the
Earle’s Mill community nearby. The Rev. Thomas Jefferson
Earle, a Baptist minister founded Gowensville Seminary
there in 1856.
Gowen’s Fort and its blockhouse was occupied during the
Civil War, some 80 years later, by Confederate deserters. To
halt their foraging on the farms of local citizens, Col.
J. D. Ashmore was ordered to capture the deserters. Col.
Ashmore positioned a cannon before the gates of the fort.
After a demonstration of cannonpower, 502 deserters filed
out of the fort, on their way to courts martial.
The old fort remained quiet until World War I, and then can-
nons boomed again on the site. The U. S. Army had chosen
the site for artillery training. Today no sign of the old
fort remains, and no one can locate the site for certain.
Gowensville in 1990 had a population of 200 people–about
the same number that were recorded there in the federal
census of 1790–and none of them were named “Gowen” 200
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