State – New Hampshire
John Gowan was listed in the 18th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment in the Civil War, according to the Civil War military roster.
In New Hampshire seven Gowen households, embracing 32 family members, were enumerated in the census of 1790. Two were located in extreme western Cheshire County at Jaffey Town and Dublin Town, four were located immediately adjacent in extreme eastern Hillsboro County, and one at Loudon, Rockingham County in the extreme southeastern portion of the state—all within 60 miles of Kittery, Maine and Lynn, Massachusetts suggesting that they might all be descendants of William Gowen, the Scotch carpenter of Maine, and Robert Gowen, the Scotch emigrant to Massachusetts.
The earliest record of Gowens in NewHampshire was in 1772.
John Perkins Gowen was born in 1830 of parents unknown probably in New Hampshire. During the Civil War he was colonel of the Twelfth New Hampshire Infantry Regiment.
“John P. Gowen” was listed as a foreman of glue works residing at Cocheco in the 1882-83, 1884-85, 1886-87, 1888-89, and 1892 Dover city directories. He was listed as a farmer residing at Cocheco in the 1890-91 Dover city directory.
Children born to John Perkins Gowen include a least two sons and a daughter. Among them were:
John Knowles Gowen born about 1870
John Knowles Gowen, son of Col. John Perkins Gowen, was born about 1870. He was married about 1890 to Isabel Sophia Moore. “John K. Gowen” was listed as a harnessmaker residing at Cocheco in the 1890-91 Dover city directory. In the 1892 Dover city directory, he was listed as a harnessmaker residing at 495 Central and later at the residence of John P. Gowen”. In 1894 they lived in Dover, New Hampshire.
Children born to John Knowles Gowen and Isabel Sophia Moore Gowen include:
John Knowles Gowen, Jr. born January 27, 1894
John Knowles Gowen, Jr, son of John Knowles Gowen and Isabel Sophia Moore Gowen, was born January 27, 1894 in Dover. He was graduated from Barringer High School of Newark, New Jersey. On August 20, 1913 he was married to Dora Moise Cohen of Charleston, South Carolina.
He was a news reporter for “Elizabeth Times,” “Newark Star,” “Boston Journal,” “Boston American,” “Manchester American,” and “Charleston News” until 1914.
In 1915-1916 he was a telegraph editor of “Brockton Times” in Massachusetts. In 1915-1916 he was managing editor of the “Charleston American.” In 1916-1917 he was sub-editor of the “Boston American.” In 1917 he was make-up editor of the “Rochester Journal.”
He was graduated from Plattsburg, New York Military Training Camp in 1917. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Signal Corps in 1917. He was graduated from the U. S. Air Service Flying School at the University of Illinois and Ohio State University. He was a pursuit pilot stationed at Rich Field, Waco, Texas where he served as adjutant. He was also editor of the “The Rich Field Flyer.” He was an accident investigation officer and an intelligence officer. He was a member of Conference on Metropolitan Boston, a fellow of the American Geographic Society, member of the Reserve Officers Association of the U. S. and 32nd degree Mason.
In 1922 he was night editor of the “Boston Daily Advertiser.” From 1922 to 1924 he was managing editor of the “Boston Sunday Advertiser.” From 1921 to 1931 he was a publicity reporter for the Republican National Committee. In 1933 he directed the presidential election campaign for eight eastern states. He was Sunday editor of the “New York American” in 1933. He was publisher of “The Microphone” and editor and publisher of “Now” in 1933.
He was appointed a major in the U. S. Army Air Corps February 4, 1941. He was assistant air officer First Corps area, Boston, February 4, to March 13, 1941. He was in the public relations office of the Chief of the Air Corps in Washington, D. C. March 14 to September 30, 1941. He was in charge of North Atlantic Ferry Command in London in October 1941. He was appointed G-2 to Maj.-Gen. George H. Brett and made flights with him to Iraq, Iran, India, Burma, China, Java, Australia. He became G-2 of U. S. Army forces in Australia in 1942 and was promoted to Lt. Col. January 24, 1942. He became full colonel March 1, 1942. Later in 1942 he was stationed at Maxwell Field, Alabama. He commander of Amarillo Army Air Field, Amarillo, Texas from March to November 1943. He was listed in the 1943-44 Amarillo city directory as residing at 1401 Van Buren in the Talmadge Apartments with his wife, Dora M. Gowen. He showed a second address at 507 Van Buren which may have been an office.
In November 1942 he was transferred to the 21st Bomber Command. In 1943 and 1944 he was director of intelligence, Second Air Force Headquarters, Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1945-1946 he was on the G-2 staff, Headquarters, Army Garrison Force. He won the Bronze Star in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
In May 1946 he became an executive with the Hazeltine Corporation. His address at that time was 1775 Broadway, New York, New York. In 1953 he lived at Great Neck, Long Island, New York.
In a letter dated November 16, 1953, Col. John Knowles Gowen, Jr. wrote about his ancestors, a band of Welshmen who landed at Strawberry Banke Colony in 1634. Strawberry Banke Colony which had been settled by Anglicans in 1630, was located at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Name of the settlement was changed in 1653 to Portsmouth, and from 1679 to 1775 it was the capital of New Hampshire.
Colonel Gowen wrote:
“Best information I have is that my branch of the Gowen family originated on the coast of Wales. I am afraid they might qualify as “robber barons”, since they pounced on shipping weathering a headland, and exacted tribute. That headland was Gwynne, from which the name Gowen may have been derived.”
“Seven Gowen brothers–tall, heavy, red-headed men–left Bristol, England in 1634 and landed at Strawberry Banke Colony. They had a grant of land extending from the coast to the Canadian border, and proceeded to explore same, settling hither and yon, but mostly in New Hampshire.” [No record of such a grant has been found.]
One of my forebears, Capt. Daniel Gowen, was on staff of Gen. George Washington. Somewhere, I have a copy of Capt. Daniel’s will, in which he bestows such items as the “silver buckles on my shoon” and certain “copper cooking kettles,” among other trifles.
After the Revolutionary War, some of the younger Gowens who had nothing to return to in New Hampshire except hard farming, remained in Pennsylvania and married the comfortable daughters of the Dutch burghers; that branch of the family eventually became wealthy. Other struck south, through Tennessee and into Mexico. Others, with the sea still in their blood, captained vessels that sailed to the Gold Coast of Africa, bought slaves from Barracoons, brought back their black cargo and sold it in the south.”
“Came the Civil War, and so far as I know all my branch of the family was in the Federal forces–the Gowens, Pauls, Perkinses, Moores, Wentworths, etc. My grandfather, John Perkins Gowens, was colonel of the Twelfth New Hampshire Infantry Regiment.”
“When I was stationed for some months in London in 1941 I forgathered with my cousin, Franklin C. Gowen, then first secretary to Tony Drexel Biddle, our ambassador to Poland at that time, and still a State Department career officer.”
“Franklin, who came from Philadelphia, insisted that the original Gowens were Irish, and by way of proof he and I dined with Sir Alan Brooke, then Chief of the Imperial General Staff, and a Captain Mitchell-Innes, both of whom claimed we were distant cousins and were Irish through the Hamilton line.”
“From another source, I hear that it is well established that the Gowens came from Scotland, from the Gow clan. I had a tartan plaid necktie brought me recently in alleged proof.”
“I was born in Dover, New Hampshire. However, I am no stranger in Texas. During World War I, I took my military flying training at Rich Field at Waco. For a time during World War II I commanded Amarillo Army Air Field.”
“Wishing you much success with the ‘family mystery.’
John K. Gowen, Jr.
Col, USAF, Res.”
Col. John Knowles Gowen, Jr. died June 5, 1961 at his home at 74 South Middle Great Neck, Long Island, New York, according to the “New York Times,” June 26, 1961. He was survived by his wife, Dora Moise Cohen Gowen, two sons, a brother, a sister and five grandchildren. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Dora Moise Cohen Gowen died August 16, 1987 and was buried beside her husband.
Children born to John Knowles Gowen, Jr. and Dora Moise Cohen Gowen include:
John Knowles Gowen, III born May 10, 1914
Paul Roy Gowen born July 10, 1925
John Knowles Gowen, III, son of John Knowles Gowen, Jr. and Dora Moise Cohen Gowen, was born May 10, 1914 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was listed as a survivor of his father June 25, 1961. In 1990 he was a realtor in South Natick, Massachusetts.
Paul Roy Gowen, son of John Knowles Gowlen, Jr. and Dora Moise Cohen Gowen, was born July 10, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts. In 1943 he was a soldier in the U. S. Army living with his parents in Amarillo, Texas. Paul Roy Gowen in 1960 lived at 5002 Battery Lane, Washington, D. C. He was listed as a survivor of his father June 25, 1961. In 1990 he lived in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Children born to Paul Roy Gowen include:
Bradford P. Gowen born about 1951
Maribeth Gowen born about 1955
Bradford P. Gowen, son of Paul Roy Gowen, was born about 1951. In 1994 he was a pianist living in Washington, D.C. In 1978 Bradford P. Gowen won first prize in the 1978 Kennedy Center-Rockefeller Foundation international competition and made his debut in recital in Alice Tully Hall. He has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich and Maxim Shostakovich. He is a regular writer for “The Piano Quarterly” and chairman of the piano division of the University of Maryland.
In January 1994 he and his sister, Maribeth Gowen performed together in a concert with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.
Maribeth Gowen, daughter of Paul Roy Gowen, was born about 1955. She became a concert pianist and made numerous radio and television appearances. She was a member of Paragon, a chamber ensemble that won the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards in 1990. In 1994 she was a member of the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music. At the time she lived in Washington, D.C.
Charles R. Gowen enlisted in the 14th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment on August, 22 1862 at the age of 18, according to the Civil War military roster.
George M. Gowen enlisted in the 14th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment August, 22 1862 at the age of 21, according to the Civil War military roster.
John Gowen enlisted in the 18th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment on October 6, 1862 at the age of 38, according to the Civil War military roster.
John Gowen enlisted in the Civil War on September 13, 1862 at age 40, according to the Civil war military roster.
Otis F. Gowen enlisted in the 15th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment as a Wagoner on September 15, 1862 at the age of 37, according to the Civil War military roster.
CHESHIRE COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Azeal Gowing of Jaffrey, New Hampshire filed a marrige intent with “Widow Betsy Hazzen, resident of Dunstable October 9, 1814, according to “Vital Records of Dunstable, Massachusetts.” Children born to Azeal Gowing and Betsy Hazzen Gowing are unknown.
Artemas W. Gowen and Cyntha Elliss, “both of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire,” were married April 11, 1841, according to “Vital Records of Winchendon, Massachusetts.” Children born to Artemas W. Gowen and Cyntha Elliss Gowen are unknown.
Earl H. Gowen worked as a clerk for Hardy & Co. at 17 Willow according to the 1895 city directory. He later took a job as a drug clerk at 17 Willow.
James Gowing and William Gowing, both of Dublin, New Hampshire, were enumerated as the heads of households in the 1800 census of Chesshire County, page 117. The two were the only individuals of interest to Gowen researchers.
Burton Gowen worked in a shoe shop at 78 Court in Keene, New Hampshire, according to the 1881 city directory.
Fred A. Gowen was employed at a shoe factory on 13 Dunbar in Keene, New Hampshire according to the 1885 city directory. He was also a firman for Fitchburg Railroad in 1891. Three years later he became an engineer for Fitchburg Railroad
George M. Gowen was employeed in a shoe shop on Madison St. in Keene, Newhampshire, according to the 1890 city directory. He was later employeed at hostler Martin’s livery stable. Later, in 1887 he was employeed at the glue factory on 13 Dunbar. In 1899 he worked at Fitchburg Railroad freight house on 166 church. In 1901 he worked with Beaver mills on 166 Church.
Geo M. Gowen was employeed at a teamster glue factory on 13 Dunbar in Keene, New Hampshire according to the 1885 city directory. He later became a teamster in 1889 and a hostler at Buckminister’s in 1891. In 1893 he was listed as a hostler Proctor at 17 Willow. In 1895 he took a job at Fitchburg Railroad freight house also at 17 Willow.
Loami C. Gowen worked as a telegraph operator for Western Union Telegraph office at 21 Willow according to the 1891 city directory for Keene, New Hampshire.
Loomis C. Gowen worked as a telegraph operator for Western Union Telegraph office at 17 Willow in Keene, New Hampshire according to the 1893 city directory. He held the job till at least 1900 when nothing more is known of him.
William Gowen was nearby in the same county at Croydon, New Hampshire. His household contained “two males over 16 and one female”.
GRAFTON COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE
A. C. Gowing and J. E. Collins received a warranty deed from Peter Lassen to 180 acres of land located 17 miles northeast of Ft. Worth, Texas November 15, 1907 for $2,472, according to Tarrant County, Texas Deed Book 271, page 378. On February 3, 1915 they traded the land to W. H. Logan for a residence in Jersey Hill Addition, Ft. Worth, according to Tarrant County Deed Book 462, page 404. A. C. Gowing was joined in the transaction by his wife, Annie M. Gowing. J. E. Collins was joined in the transaction by his wife, Gertrude C. Collins. All four were residents of Grafton County at that time. A. C. Gowing and Annie M. Gowing, along with J. E. Collins and Gertrude C. Collins, sold the residence to L. C. Webb September 19, 1918, according to Tarrant County Deed Book 583, page 57.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE
EBENEZER GOWING WAS SHOWN AS THE HEAD OF A HOUSEHOLD AT HANCOCK, NEW HAMPSHIRE IN THE 1790 CENSUS. HIS FAMILY CONSISTED OF “ONE MALE OVER 16, TWO MALES UNDER 16 AND THREE FEMALES.”
EZEKIEL GOWING LIVED IN NEARBY RABY, NEW HAMPSHIRE. HIS HOUSEHOLD CONSISTED OF “ONE MALE OFVER 16 AND ONE FEMALE” IN THE 1790 CENSUS.
JOHN GOWING WAS ENUMERATED AT NEW IPSWITCH, NEW HAMPSHIRE IN THE 1790 CENSUS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. HIS HOUSEHOLD CONSISTED OF “ON WHITE MALE OVER 16 AND ONE FEMALE.”
JOHNG GOWIN, JR., BELIEVED TO BE A SON, LIVED AT NEW IPSWITCH AND HEADED A HOUSEHOLD COMPOSED OF “ONE MALE OVER 16, ONE MALE UNDER 16, AND THREE FEMALES”.
ROXANNE GOWEN, OF NEW IPSWICH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, WAS MARRIED ABOUT 1820 TO DAVID CONN, ACCORDING TO “NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER.” HE WAS A CLOTHIER AND A FARMER. ROXANNA GOWEN CONN DIED IN FITZBURG, MASSACHUSETTS FEBRUARY 27, 1876.
MERRIMACK COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Ethel Aiken Tufts Gowen, daughter of John Needham Tufts and Sarah Lizzie Lang Tufts, was born in Pittsfield, New Hampshire about 1880. She was a student at Middleburg College in 1896, according to “Middleburg College in the State of Vermont,” and was graduated in 1900.
In 1899 she was a teacher at West Newberry, Massachusetts. She taught at Granville, Massachusetts in 1900 and also at Saugus, Massachusetts in the same year. She was married to Frank Lewis Gowen in 1903. Ethel Aiken Tufts Gowen died at West Newberry, Massachusetts March 17, 1906.
Children born to Frank Lewis Gowen and Ethel Aiken Tufts Gowen include:
Francis Tufts Gowen born about 1904
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Benjamin Goings, a mariner was listed in the city directories of Portsmouth living at 6 Sudbury in 1888, 1890 and in 1892. ”Boarding” there in 1890 and 1892 was Frank Goings, a laborer.
William Goins, Loudon New Hampshire was enumerated as “one male over 16, four males under 16 and two females” in the 1790 census.
Abigail Gowen was married to Joseph Jackson, Jr. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, according to the April 11, 1798 edition of the “Columbia Centinel” published in Boston.
Bertha E. Gowen was married about 1902 to Marshall S. Chase. Children born to them include:
Paul Gowen Chase born August 7, 1904
Mary C. Chase born about 1906
Helen E. Chase born about 1908
Harold M. Chase born about 1912
Florence C. Chase born January 5, 1915
Paul Gowen Chase, son of Marshall S. Chase and Bertha E. Gowen Chase, was born August 7, 1904, according to his obituary published October 30, 1990 in the “Exeter [NH] Newsletter:”
“Paul Gowen Chase, 86, of Hayes Trailer Park died Fri-day, Oct. 26, at Exeter Hospital after a brief illness. Born Aug. 7, 1904, in Stratham, the son of Marshall and Bertha [Gowen] Chase, he was educated in Exeter schools. He formerly lived in Kingston, where he worked for 20 years at Nason’s Store.
He moved to Exeter 40 years ago and worked at the former Kennedy Butter and Egg Store and Phillips Exeter Acade-my. For more than 60 years he and his wife were the own-ers of Bon A Star Kennels raising St. Bernards, Norwegian Elk Hounds and Kairn Terriers. They were the winners of many awards and trophies throughout New England.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice [Lamb] Chase of Exe-ter; one son, Paul G. Chase, Jr. of Salisbury, Massachutts; one daughter, Virginia C. Heath of North Hampton; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Harold M. Chase of York, Maine; three sisters, Mary C. Sewall and Helen E. Chase, both of Stratham, and Florence C. Sanborn of Greenland; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Brewitt Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Wyand, pastor of South Hampton Baptist Church, officiating.
Children born to Paul Gowen Chase and Bernice Lamb Chase include:
Paul Gowen Chase, Jr. born about 1928
Virginia Chase born about 1931
Paul Gowen Chase, Jr., son of Paul Gowen Chase and Bernice Lamb Chase, was born about 1928 in Kingston, New Hampshire. In 1990 he lived in Salisbury, Massachusetts.
Virginia Chase, daughter of Paul Gowen Chase and Bernice Chase Lamb, was born about 1931. She was married about 1953, husband’s name Heath. In 1990 they lived in North Hampton, New Hampshire.
Harold M. Chase, son of Marshall S. Chase and Bertha E. Gowen Chase, was born about 1912. In 1992 he lived in York, Maine.
Florence C. Chase, daughter of Marshall S. Chase and Bertha E. Gowen Chase, was born January 5, 1915 in Statham, New Hampshire. After graduation from Robinson Female Seminary of Exeter, New Hampshire and Concord Business School, she was married to Henry H. Sanborn. They lived in Greenland, New Hampshire for more than 50 years. She was employed by the State of New Hampshire in its Unemployment Division. She died March 20, 1992 at her home in Greenland following a long illness, according to the “Exeter Newsletter.” She was buried in the Stratham Congregational Cemetery.
David G. Gowen was born September 12, 1963 in Exeter, the son of Robert L. and Helena Hoik Gowen. He died June 9, 1991 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. His obituary appeared in the June 14, 1991 edition of the “Exeter News-Letter;”
“David G. Gowen attended the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut where he participated in wrestling and football.
He lived in Fort Lauderdale for the past two years and was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Pampano Beach, FL. He was also a member of the Fort Lauderdale Deaf Association.
David G. Gowen, 27, died suddenly Sunday June 9, in Florida.
He is survived by his mother, Helena Jane Gowen of Fort Lauderdale, his father and stepmother, Robert L. and Ruth Gowen of Newmarket; two brothers, Gregory Scott Gowen of Newmarket and Jonathan B. Gowen of West Palm Beach, Fl.; two stepsisters, Christine Lanning and Judi Lanning, both of Newmarket; his maternal Grandmother, Helen Hoik of Newmarket; his paternal grandfather, Lincoln Gowen of Newmarket; and several Aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Monday evening at Grace Baptist Church, Pampano Beach. Graveside servicers were held Friday at 11 a.m. in Calvary Cemetery, Newmarket.”
Jane Gowen was baptized on July 12 of 1772 at the South Church of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Her daughter, Sarah Gowen was baptized on July 7, 1772, five days earlier at the same church.
Mrs. Laura Gowing was employed in April 1996 by the American Independence Museum in Exeter, New Hampshire. A native of California, she was graduated from Whittier College. At that time she was completing her graduate history and museum studies at the University of New Hampshire. She had previously worked at Historic Deerfield and as an intern at Colonial Williamsburg and at Strawberry Banke, as well as the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities at Langdon House in Portsmouth and at the American Independence Museum since 1994.
STRAFFORD COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE
William Goen signed a loyalty oath in 1776 in Durham, according to “History of Durham, New Hampshire.”
Benjamin F. Gowen was listed as a clerk residing at the residence of H. G. Hart in Great Falls, New Hampshire in the 1882-83 Dover city directory.
Chas H. Gowen was listed as a laborer residing at the residence of Luke Simpkins’ in the 1882-83 Dover city directory.
Mrs. Daniel Gowen was living in the home of Mrs. J. L. Far-rington, according to the 1890 city directory of Rochester, New Hampshire
Edith A. Gowen was listed as a teacher residing at 220 Wash-ington in the 1888-89 and 1890-91 Dover city directories. She was listed as teaching at Garrison Hill School and living at 220 Washington in the 1892 Dover city directory.
Edwin A. Gowen was listed as a butcher residing at Prospect in the 1882-83 Dover city directory. He was later listed as a butcher residing at Locust and then Prospect in the 1884-85 Dover city directory. He was listed as a butcher and meat market worker residing at Locust and later Belknap in the 1886-87 Dover city directory. In the 1888-89 Dover city directory, he was listed as a butcher and meat market worker residing at 34 Locust and later 48 Belknap. He was listed as a butcher and meat market worker at 34 Locust and later 15 Lexington in the 1890-91 Dover city directory. In the 1892 Dover city directory, he was listed as a grocer and provisions seller residing at 34 Locust and later at 15 Lexington.
Emilius L. Gowen was listed as a farmer residing at Prospect in the 1882-83 and 1884-85 Dover city directories.
Harold Gowen was born April 25, 1902 in Milton, New Hampshire of parents unknown. He was enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Portland, Maine about 1918 and served aboard the U.S.S Nevada. He was discharged from the Navy June 1, 1922. Joseph Dube wrote March 13, 2002 that his “grandmother knew Harold Gowen 80 years ago and kept some of his personal papers. I would like to see these irreplaceable documents” preserved.
Jacob Gowen was listed as a farmer residing on Back River Road near Spruce Lane in the 1882-83, 1884-85, 1886-87, 1888-89, 1890-91, and 1892 Dover city directories.
John Gowen and his wife, Isabel Moore Gowen were residents of Dover in 1896 when a son was born, according to the research of Richard Spacer, a descendant.
Children born to John Gowen and Isabel Moore Gowen include:
John Gowen born January 27, 1894
Brian Paul Gowen born October 3, 1896
John Gowen, son of John Gowen and Isabel Moore Gowen, was born January 27, 1894.
Brian Paul Gowen, son of John Gowen and Isabel Moore Gowen, was born in Dover October 3, 1896. He died in Boothbay Harbor, Maine in 1965, according to Richard Spacer.
Joseph Gowen was listed as residing at Chapel, North St. John in the 1884-85 Dover city directory.
Lewis Gowen was listed as a worker in a glue mill residing at the residence of Mrs. Samuel Goodwin’s in the 1882-83, 1884-85, 1886-87, and 1888-89 Dover city directories. He was listed as boarding at Mrs. Cook’s, U. S. Block in the 1890-91 Dover city directory. He was also listed in the 1892 Dover city directory.
Noe Gowen was listed as residing at Chapel in the 1884-85 and 1886-87 Dover city directory.
Paul W. Gowen, chief of police of Durham, New Hampshire was elected in June 1994 as president of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, according to the “Manchester Union Leader” of Manchester, New Hampshire in its June 30, 1994 edition. A 30-year veteran of New Hampshire law enfoercement, Gowen had received an associate degree in criminal justice from St. Anselm College. He was also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He became Durham police chief in 1979.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Ira Gowan was married October 15, 1822 to Lura M. Abbott in Charlestown, according to Sullivan County marriage records. Children born to Ira Gowan and Lura M. Abbott Gowan are unknown, according to Janice Farnsworth.
Charles Robbins Gowen, son of George M. Gowen and Hannah A. Robbins Gowen, was born at Acworth, New Hampshire April 30, 1846, according to “Genealogy of John Poore” by Alfred Poore. He enlisted there August 22, 1862 in Company B, Fourteenth New Hampshire Infantry Regiment and served in the Union army for three years. He, a carpenter was married in Dorchester, Massachusetts February 2, 1869 to Kate Maria Williams. She was born April 3, 1851 in New York City to William Henry Williams and Bethiah Sparks Williams. They settled in Franklin, Massachusetts where he operated a hotel, the Central House. They continued there in 1881.
Children born to Charles Robbins Gowen and Kate Maria Williams Gowen include:
Harry Russell Gowen born October 19, 1872
Albert Newton Gowen born January 19, 1875
Gordon Gowen was the subject of an article about the dairy industry of New Hampshire that was published in “New Hampshire Seacoast Times” in its December 5, 1993 edition. Gordon Gowen, president of the New Hampshire Dairymen’s Association, was interviewed by Jeff Symes for his views on the future of dairying in New Hampshire:
“Seated in the compact den, Gordon Gowen talks about the passage of time and the changes that have come with it to the Gowen on Tamarack, the family dairy farm in the town of Ac-worth. Five generations of Gowen’s family have served as stewards of this patch of rock-strewn hillocks on the western edge of the state for more than a century.
The passage of time here can be marked by the pages contain-ed within the diaries of Gowen’s great-grandfather William Loomis who bought Tamarack in 1877. For Gowen, an uncer-tain future for the farm is represented atop a bookcase where the framed 8x10s of his grandchildren are displayed. For the moment, however, the past slips into the den, riding the sweet, thick aroma of maple coming from the kitchen where his wife Betty is boiling a pot of syrup to make sugar cakes.
The history of Tamarack which Gowen relates through the diaries of his ancestor is fairly typical of every century-old farm in New Hampshire. At its beginning, it was a family farm run largely as a self-sustaining operation, producing only enough food to sustain the appetites of those who lived and worked on it. But by the turn of the century Tamarack was becoming more commercial, producing milk to sell to butter along with chickens, eggs and maple syrup in nearby Bellows Falls, Vermont, just several miles to the west.
From the pages of his own history, the 67-year-old Gowen recalls the family’s ’41 Dodge pickup truck and the trips each morning trucking milk cans Tamarack and that of three of its neighbors to the Bellows Falls Cooperative Creamery where it was bottled and shipped to stores like the First National chain in Boston. On the return trip to Acworth they would often pick up grain from a Vermont gristmill and deliver it for a few extra dollars to their local dealer in the neighboring town of Alstead.
Gowen’s oldest son, the fifth generation, Tim now runs Tam-arack, but after him, Gowen’s view into the future of the farm is clouded with doubts as to whether succeeding gener-ations will continue its operations, prompting him to make a reluct-ant admission: ‘I’m not sure that we’re in this forever, This farm in the future–and I don’t know how distant that future will be–probably won’t be milking cows some day.’
Hundreds of dairy farms in New Hampshire have disappeared. Gowen is in his third year as president of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation boasting over 5,000 family members about half of which are farmers of some sort, but only a small number now are dairy farmers. In the past 10 years alone, New Hampshire has lost more than half its dairy farms with only about 275 remaining today.”
Gowin Gilmore was married about 1800 to Sally Grout who died in June 1807 at Acworth, New Hampshire. He was remarried about 1810 to Anna Stebbins of Connecticut.
Children born to them include:
Sally Ann Gilmore born about 1812
Caltha Gilmore born about 1814
Nancy Gilmore born in 1819