State – New Jersey
No Gowens were listed in the 1790 census for New Jersey.
Proceedings of the Centennial Anniversary of the Presbyterian Church at Sparta, New Jersey November 23, 1886 set forth a history of the village and the state, as well as the struggle between the Dutch and the British for the area:
“The Dutch in 1673 obtained control of the country again, but in 1675, Philip Carteret, the former Governor of New Jersey, returned and found himself bitterly opposed by Andros of New York, who, among other things, laid tribute upon the ships sailing to the Jersey coast. In the meantime Edward Byllings became involved in debt and made an assignment to Gowen Laurie, Nicholas Lucas and William Penn, for the benefit of his creditors.
These Quakers asked Sir George Carteret to divide the province. This he was willing to do, for thereby he would get control of his share without incumbrance. Accordingly, in 1676, a line was agreed upon, drawn from the southern point of land on the east side of Little Egg Harbor, to a point on the Delaware River in latitude 41ø 40′. All east of this line was called East Jersey, and all west of it West Jersey.”
Private Frederick Gowan of Co. D, Thirty-fifth New Jersey Infantry Regiment, enlisted in the Union Army March 11, 1865 and was mustered in March 11, 1865 for one year of service as a substitute according to “New Jersey Civil War Records,” page 1070. He deserted June 21, 1865 at Crystal Springs, D.C.
Michael Gowan, a musician recruit, Company E, Thirty-fourth New Jersey Infrantry Regiment, enlisted in the Union Army June 15, 1864 and was mustered in October 25, 1864 for three years of service according to “New Jersey Civil War Records,” page 1024. He was mustered out April 30, 1966.
Private Andrew J. Gowen of Company I, Third New Jersey Infantry Regiment, enlisted in the Union Army May 10, 1861 and was mustered in May 30, 1861 for three years of service according to “New Jersey Civil War Records,” page 178. He died July 16, 1862 from wounds received in action at the Battle of Gains Farm, June 27, 1862, according to “New Jersey Civil War Records” by Brevet Major General William S. Stryker of New Jersey.
Patrick Allen McGowan and George McGowan, Irish immigrants who landed at Ellis Island, were recorded on Panel 283 of The American Immigrant Wall of Honor. Lillian McGowan Bruno, also of Ireland, was recorded on Panel 494 of the wall.
BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
Gregory Gowen Borg died October 25, 1993 in Stuart, Florida, according to his obituary published in “The Record” in its edition of October 26, 1993:
“Gregory Gowen Borg, who was born into The Record family and spent almost a lifetime working for the company, died Sunday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 54.
Raised in Hackensack, Mr. Borg was a resident of Stuart, Fla., at the time of his death and also maintained a home in Spring Lake. Mr. Borg was ushered into “The Record” at an early age by his father, Donald G. Borg, who was editor and publisher of the paper he took over from his father, John Borg, in 1949.
Donald Borg’s two sons, Malcolm Borg, currently chairman of the board of “The Record,” and Gregory Borg, worked after school sweeping floors and helping out in the stockroom, chores for which they were paid 10 cents each.
In June 1960, Gregory Borg became a management trainee at “The Bergen Evening Record,” just a few months before the paper was renamed “The Record” to reflect the expansion of its news coverage beyond the county line. Four years later, he was named administrative assistant to the publisher. He was promoted to vice president and assistant publisher in April 1967, working primarily in advertising and production. In that capacity, Mr. Borg helped oversee a major step in the technological evolution of “The Record,” the transition in typesetting from the Linotype, or hot-metal method, to photocomposition, or cold type. Mr. Borg became executive vice president in October 1971 and later became involved in overseeing the company’s Ocean and Monmouth counties newspapers, “The Reporter,” of Toms River, and the “Freehold Transcript.” Both papers later were sold.
In January 1982, Mr. Borg stepped down as executive vice president and divested himself of all stock in The Bergen Evening Record Corp.
Gregory Gowen Borg was born on March 17, 1939, in New York City, the younger of two sons of Donald G. and Flora A. Borg. He graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvnia in 1957, and later attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. In 1965, he received a bachelor of science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
In June 1976, he married Patricia Maher Hall. The couple has a daughter, Kerri Ramsay of Spring Lake. For nearly three decades, Mr. Borg devoted himself to the St. Joseph’s School and Home for the Blind in Jersey City, a non-sectarian facility run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.”
Charles K. Goines and wife, Consuelo Y. Goines of Ridgewood, New Jersey received a deed to minerals in Schleicher County, Texas January 6, 1943 from M. J. Sullivan, Jackson County, Missouri, according to Schleicher County Deed Book 43, page 132. They leased the property to Earl Fain, Jr. January 25, 1954, according to Schleicher County Deed Book 69, page 416. On November 27, 1944 Charles K. Goines and Consuelo Y. Goines of New York City received an assignment of Jones County, Texas minerals, according to Jones County Deed Book 279, page 127 and on January 20, 1945 gave an agreement to each other, according to Jones County Deed Book 278, page 518.
Rose A. Gimino Gowen, 68, of Forked River, formerly of Cliffside Park and Paramus, died August 31, 1992, according to her obituary in “The Record” in its edition of September 1, 1992:
“She was a parishioner of St. Pius X R.C. Church, Forked River, and Annunciation R.C. Church, Paramus, and a member of the Annunciation Church Rosary Society. She was the society editor for the “Paramus Park Post,” president of the Pheasant Run Singles Club and the Junior Chamber of Commerce Auxiliary, and a member of the Pheasant Run Ladies Club, Forked River.
She was a volunteer at Hackensack Medical Center for seven years. Surviving are two sons, William T. Gowen of Shrewsbury and Wayne L. Gowen of Aurora, Colorado a daughter, Terry M. Gowen Dearden of Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania and five grandchildren. Her husband, W. Warren Gowen, died in 1978. Mass will be said Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Annunciation Church, with burial in Grove Cemetery, North Bergen.”
LINGTON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
Charles Goines, negro, appeared as the head of a household enumerated in the 1880 census of Burlington County, Enumeration District 17, page 12, Burlington Township:
“Goines,Charles 41, born in Maryland
Louisa 40, born in New Jersey
Charles A. 17, born in New Jersey
Horace M. 7, born in New Jersey”
ESSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
John Gowan resided at 64 River Newark, New Jersey, according to the 1891 city directory.
Patrick Gowan was occupied as a laborer at 52 Bloomfield Avenue in Newark, New Jersey, according to the city directory of 1891.
Walter Mack Gowan, white, who was born December 21, 1892 in East Orange, New Jersey, was registered for the World War I draft in Del Norte County, California.
GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
No families of Gowen [or spelling variations] appeared in the 1850 census of Gloucester County, according to “1850 Census of New Jersey” by Millican Press.
HUDSON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
No families of Gowen [or spelling variations] appeared in the 1850 census of Hudson County, according to “1850 Census of New Jersey” by Millican Press.
Francis Gowan, born in France, appeared on Western Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey, in the 1880 census of Hudson County, Enumeration District 28, page 64 :
“Gowan,Francis 54, born in France
Leone 35, born in France
Francis 9, born in New York
John 7, born in New Jersey
Frederick 5, born in New Jersey
Joseph 3, born in New Jersey
Louis 3/12, born in New Jersey”
Hazel Margaret Gowen, second child of Isaac William Gowen and Margaret Hopper Gowen, was married about 1900 to John Borg. Nothing more is known about descendents of John Borg and Hazel Margaret Gowen Borg.
May Christine Gowen, third child of Isaac William Gowen and Margaret Hopper Gowen, was born about 1881 at North Bergen, New Jersey. About 1905 she was married to Francis E. Wilber. Of Francis E. Wilber, May Christine Gowen Wilber, and descendant nothing more is known.
HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
No families of Gowen [or spelling variations] appeared in the 1850 census of Hunterdon County, according to “1850 Census of New Jersey” by Millican Press.
Charlotte Elizabeth Gowing was married to Gordon Cooper prior to 1915. In that year she received a bachelor of science degree from Columbia University in New York City. In 1932 Gordon Cooper and Charlotte Elizabeth Gowing Cooper lived at 8 Coryell Avenue, Lambertville, New Jersey, according to Columbia University Alumni bulletin.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
Joseph V. C. Gowen, was recorded living on the east side of Railroad Avenue in New Brunswick, New Jersey in the 1880 census of Middlessex County, Enumeration District 125, page 7:
“Gowen, Joseph V. C. 26, born in New Jersey
Mary J. 22, born in New Jersey
William 6/12, born in New Jersey”
Henry Gowen was born about 1823, place and parents un-known. About 1855 he was married to Margaret Hopper and lived in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Among the children born to Henry Gowen and Margaret Hopper Gowen was:
Isaac William Gowen born December 29, 1858
Isaac William Gowen, only known child of Henry Gowen and Margaret Hopper Gowen, was born December 29, 2858. He was married to Emma Elwell O’Brien August 15, 1875. He was the class historian, class of 1879 at Rutgers and wrote a history of the class to 1917. It was published by Union Hill, Michael & Rank Printers and is listed in the National Union Catalogue.
Isaac William Gowen became a clergyman in 1879. He was ordained a minister of the Reformed Church of America in 1883. He preached at Cold Spring, New York from 1883 to 1885. He became president of the General Synod of the Reformed Church of America in 1915. Later he was on the executive council of the Federated Churches of Christ in America. He received an LLD degree from Central College in Iowa in 1925. His home at the time of his death February 28, 1929 was in North Bergen, New Jersey.
Children born to Issac William Gowen and Margaret Hopper Gowen include:
Wilber Thomas Gowen born in 1877
Hazel Margaret Gowen born in 1879
May Christine Gowen born about 1881
William Winthrop Gowen born about 1883
Henry H. Gown was recorded in New Brunswick, Enumeration District 125, page 4 in the 1880 census of Middlesex County:
“Gown, Henry H. 27, born in New Jersey
Anna E. 24, born in New Jersey
Miamma A. 4, born in New Jersey
Lula 2, born in New Jersey”
Richard J. Gowen, parents unknown, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey July 6, 1935. He was married in 1955, wife’s name unknown. He was the father of four children, names unknown. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1957 with a BS degree in electrical engineering. He received and MS degree from Iowa State University in 1961 and his PhD. in 1962.
Samuel C. Gown was living in New Brunswick in 1880 on the east side of French Street, Middlesex County, Enumeration District 125, page 4:
“Gown,Samuel C 30, born in New Jersey
Hettie A. 36, born in New Jersey
Sarah H. 6/12, born in New Jersey”
Mrs. Gowen Nette was mentioned in the will of John Harrison of Perth Amboy, New Jersey dated March 2, 1723-24 as “the wife of my brother, William Harrison, according to “Calendar of New Jersey Wills,” Volume I [1630-1730].
MONMOUTH COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
Marriage bonds were announced October 1, 1742 between William Goyon and Wynea Langstraet, according to New Jersey Marriage Bond Book G, page 14. William Goyon was a laborer of Monmouth County in the Dutch settlement. Wynea Langstraet was born about 1721 in Freehold, New Jersey to Adriaen Langstraet and Styntie Jansen Langstraet.
Wynea Langstraet Goyon was remarried to Michael Demott. “Wynea Demott, widow of Michael Demott” of Readington, New Jersey wrote her will in 1792 in which she mentions her “daughter Stintje, wife of Peter Decker.”
William Gowin was a witness at the wedding of Daniel Tilton and Elizabeth Powell September 6, 1717 at Shrewbury Monthly Meeting, Shrewbury, New Jersey, according to “Historical & Genealogical Miscellany” by John E. Stillwell.
MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
Timothy Goin, an Irish emigrant who headed a household living on Phoenix Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey, appeared in Enumeration District 124, page 7, of the 1880 census of Morris County, New Jersey:
“Goin, Timothy 38, born in Ireland
Ellen 32, born in Ireland
Edward 4, born in New Jersey
Joseph N. 5/12, born in New Jersey”
PASSAIC COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
Edward Going was enumerated on Madison Avenue, Patterson, New Jersey, in the 1880 census of Passaic County, Enumeration District 158, page 39:
“Going, Edward 29, born in New York
Mary H. 24, born in New Jersey
Emma 5, born in New Jersey”
John Gowan, born in Ireland, appeared on Close Street, Patterson, New Jersey, in the 1880 census of Passaic County, Enumeration District 173, page 16:
“Gowan, John 50, born in Ireland
Mary 46, born in New Jersey
Ellen 28, born in New Jersey
Bridget 20, born in Pennsylvania
John 18, born in New Jersey
Jane 16, born in New Jersey
George 14, born in New Jersey
Thomas M. 12, born in New Jersey
Agnes 10, born in New Jersey
James 5, born in New Jersey”
Charles S. Gowen, wrote “Report of the Passaic River Flood District Commission” which was published in Patterson, New Jersey December 1, 1906 by the Patterson Chronicle Company.
SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
John Gowan, born in Ireland, appeared in 1880 census of Gloucester, New Jersey, Sussex County, Enumeration District 62, page 47:
Gowan, John 45, born in Ireland
Mary 41, born in Ireland
Sarah 25, born in Pennsylvania
John 23, born in New Jersey
Edward 22, born in New Jersey
Mary E. 22, born in New Jersey
Annie E. 20, born in New Jersey
Thomas 11, born in New Jersey
William 9, born in New Jersey”
James MacGown was a resident of Sussex County in 1793 in Montague, New Jersey, according to Nancy Thoben, a great-great-great-granddaughter of Hemet, California in a letter dated March 24, 1998. A daughter was born to him:
Mary MacGown born in 1797
Mary MacGown, daughter of James MacGown was born in Montague in 1797. She was married about 1813 to Joshua Westfall. They were living in Montague in 1827.
UNION COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
John M. Gowan was listed in the 1890-91 edition of the city directory of Elizabeth, New Jersey, as “boarding on Union.”