State – Delaware
No individuals by the name of Gowen or spelling variations appeared in the 1790, 1800 or 1820 census of Delaware.
NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE
Christopher Gowing was married September 28, 1771 to Ann Murhpy in Wilmington, Delaware, according to “Irish Set-tlers in America” by Michael J. O’Brien. Children born to Chris-topher Gowing and Ann Murphy Gowing are unknown.
John M’Gowan was mentioned as being a passenger on the brig “Brothers” in a newspaper account dated July 4, 1789. The item was reproduced in “Delaware Newspapers Abstracts, 1786-1795” at the Seaford, Delaware Library.
“DGW Jul 4, 1789/The following Passengers of the brig Brothers, give thanks to James Jefferis, master, for his care and humanity. The trip took 45 days from Belfast.
Capt. Henry Hughes, William M’Cluney, Sampson Togh, John Densmew, Samuel Scott, Andrew Davidson, William Crabb, Francis Hamilton, William Huston, John Walter, Jeremiah Waters, Thomas Hughes, John Hughes, Thomas Huston, John M’Fadden, William Wier, Joseph Dearmon, Henry Dearmon, Archibald Conner, Samuel Thompson, Robert Ross, William Ross, Nathan Gregg Bryson, Samuel Patton, Alexander Pat-on, Alexander M’Kimson, John Tamison, Adam Boal, Leonard Padey, Daniel Carr, William M’Cune, Robert Wallace, Henry O’Hasron, John Livingston, Henry Mor-gan, James M’Culloch, Thomas Latherdale, James Gaughroggs, David Crookshanks, William O’Connel, Adam Murdoch, Hugh Girvin, John M’Gowan, John Gordon, Alexander Clark, William Adams, David M’Gerrald, William Blair, Robert Caorlon, John Car-olon, James Armstrong, Joseph Tosh, George Kennedy, James Rodgers, James Malhollan, John Brannan, Jacob Corsby, William Corsby, Henry Montgomery, William Gastlin, John Huston, William Bell, Robert Smith, Thomas Watson, Samuel Linton, William Moony, John Bell, Matthew Brown, William Martin, and Hugh Strickland.
Just imported in the brig Brothers from Belfast – Window glass – James Jefferis or Edward Gilpin, Wilmington.”
KENT COUNTY, DELAWARE
Edward Gowen Budd was born in Smyrna, Delaware in 1870 and died in 1946. He was the subject of a booklet written in 1990 for the Budd Family Association by Francenia Budd Towle, a daughter of Edward Gowen Budd. She wrote:
“Edward Gowen Budd was a descendant of Thomas Budd of England and of his son William Budd, who settled in Burling-ton County, New Jersey about 1678.
Edward Gowen Budd was born in Smyrna, Delaware in 1870 and came to Philadelphia at age 17 to seek work. After going to night school at the Franklin Institute and working for several manufacturing companies, he had saved enough money by 1912 to start his own business, the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company, now called the Budd Company.
Mr. Budd, was a gentle and attentive husband and father of five children, an extensive reader of biography and history, and a devout Methodist. He considered work the greatest privilege in life; any account of his life must center on his achievements in creating and building with steel.
Many people know that the Budd Company pioneered in the manufacture of stainless steel railroad cars, but few remember the historical revolution Budd created in building all-steel automobile bodies.”