Tennessee – Robertson County

ROBERTSON CO, TN

MAP:

Map of Robertson Co TN area

Robertson Co, TN – FamilySearch Wiki page: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Robertson_County,_Tennessee_Genealogy

Robertson Co, TN – FamilySearch Catalogue page: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=75&placeId=195095&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Tennessee%2C%20Robertson%22

HISTORY of ROBERTSON CO, TN:

Middle Tennessee county. Established 1796. Part of the pioneer Cumberland Settlements. Formed from Tennessee County, North Carolina. The county is named after “James Robertson (1742–1814), Tennessee state legislator and founder of the Watauga Settlements.”

1796–Robertson County was established 9 April 1796 from part of Tennessee County, North Carolina. County seat: Springfield

Neighboring Counties:
TN: Cheatham, Davidson, Montgomery, Sumner
KY: Logan County, Kentucky, Simpson County, Kentucky, Todd County, Kentucky

LAND AND PROPERTY:

Deed books, 1796-1963; index to deeds, 1796-1965: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/234586?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Probate records, 1833-1964 (some land in the early recs): https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/257069?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Survey book, vol. 1, 1824-1898: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/254968?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Trust deeds, 1907-1964; index to trust deeds, 1907-1963: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/259586?availability=Family%20History%20Library

COURT RECORDS:

County Court minutes, 1796-1964 and Quarterly Court minutes, 1931-1963: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/254836?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Court minutes, 1832-1963: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/255203?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Chancery minute books, 1844-1963: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/255588?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Robertson County, Tennessee chancery court loose records, ca. 1830-1946; indexes, 1844-1946 (FamilySearch is still uploading items as of May 24, 2019 – check again):
https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1192996?availability=Family%20History%20Library

County Court minutes, 1796-1824, Robertson County, Tennessee: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/216325?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(This one is Locked – must go to a “FamilySearch” library to review).

PROBATE:

Will and inventory records, 1796-1959: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/255681?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Will books, 1796-1821, Robertson County, Tennessee: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/237434?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Probate records, 1833-1964 (some land in the early recs): https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/257069?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Estate settlements, 1850-1900; index, 1850-1900: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/982444?availability=Family%20History%20Library

SCHOOLS:

Scholastic population listing, 1839-1851: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/259446?availability=Family%20History%20Library

FACTS AND SOURCES: 

1808 Sept 3 – Samuel Hendly Senr for $200 conveys to Jeremiah Goynes a tract of land containing 100 acres on the waters of Buzzard Creek, adj David Jones line, Joshua Hendly’s northeast corner, William Hendly’s corner. Signed: Samuel Hendly. Wits: Elizabeth Hendly, William Hendly, Pary Goyne (Note: this is either Pary, or maybe Sary). bk G, pg 87. Robertson Co, TN
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4X-K9XT-Q?i=272&cat=234586

1811 Dec 18 – Inventory of the amount of sales of the estate of Nicholas Conrad decd, James Goine is listed for $3.12.72. Will and Inv Bk 1, pg 410. Robertson Co, TN.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:2:77T2-8D41?i=238&cc=1909088&cat=255681

1812 -“James Goin” and “Jeremiah Goin” were taxpayers in Robertson County, Capt. Gabriel Martin’s Company, in 1812, according to “Taxpayer List,” Roll 7, Tennessee State Archives.  During this decade, James Going removed westward to adjoining Montgomery County.  In this location, the scribes began to record his surname as “Goyne.”  1812 – Jeremiah Goin is number 23 and James Goin is number 54 in the Enumeration of the Company of Capt Gabriel Martin’s Company. County Ct Minute Bk 3, pg. 136. Robertson Co, TN  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9G1-X5WJ?i=591&cat=254836

1812 Feb 7 survey – In consideration of Military service performed by Charles Johnson to the State of North Carolina warrant No 4626 dated Feb 9, 1797 and entered on Nov 13, 1809 by No 4095 is granted by the State of Tenn unto James Goyne assignee of the heirs of the said Charles Johnson a tract of land containing 68 acres (the residue of said warrant) in Robertson Co, TN on the Caney Spring Spring Branch of Red River bounded by James Forts line, surveyed on Feb 7, 1812, recorded Oct 10, 1814, bk L, pg 160. Robertson Co, TN
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQQ-JQ74-S?i=375&cat=234586

1815 Dec 27 – James Goynes to Neal McNeal in consideration of $200 paid by William Knight sell unto Neal McNeal 68 acres of land on James Forts line. Signed: James Goyne. Wits: John Gardner, James Young, Elias Lawrence. bk L, pg 362. Robertson Co, TN https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQQ-JQQF-C?i=478&cat=234586

1820 US Census – Robertson Co, TN
Name: Rueben Goen   (Note:  b. btw 1791-1796 per census repts)
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Springfield, Robertson, Tennessee
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free Colored Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1
Free Colored Persons – Females – Under 14: 1
Free Colored Persons – Females – 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture: 1
Total Free Colored Persons: 3
Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 3
1820 U S Census; Census Place: Springfield, Robertson, Tennessee; Page: 21; NARA Roll: M33_125; Image: 33
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1822 Aug 14 – Isaiah Kirby of Hickman Kentucky in consideration of $100 conveyed to Reuben Gowing land in Robertson County, TN between the north and middle fork of Red River held by grant No 16312, adjr Joseph Reeds line, William Kirby’s line, containing 30 acres. Signed: Isaiah Kirby. Wits: Abraham B Young, Gabriel C Woodward, Jacob Holman, Daniel Mulloy. bk W, p 182. Robertson Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-Q3FR-B?i=118&cat=234586

1830 US Census – Robertson Co, TN
Name: Reuben Gowin
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Robertson, Tennessee
Free White Persons – Males – Under 5: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 5: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons – Under 20: 4
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 6
1830; Census Place: Robertson, Tennessee; Series: M19; Roll: 179; Page: 415; Family History Library Film: 0024537
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Wilson L Gower – Hour Masay, bk 1, p 29
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-86NT?i=30&cat=234586

1833 April 2 – Reubin Gowen from James Eubanks, Gowen paid $108 to Eubanks for a tract of land on the waters of the Middle Fork of Red River containing 52 acres, adj Elisha Kirby, Thomas Jones corner. Signed: James Eubank. Wits: Daniel Mulloy, James Glidewell, Solomon T Carroll. bk 2, pg 36. Robertson County, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-Z9GV-Q?i=34&cat=234586

1840 US Census – Robertson Co, TN
Name: Reuben Goen
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Robertson, Tennessee
Free White Persons – Females – 40 thru 49: 1
Free Colored Persons – Males – Under 10: 2
Free Colored Persons – Males – 55 thru 99: 1
Free Colored Persons – Females – 24 thru 35: 2
Slaves – Males – Under 10: 1
Slaves – Males – 24 thru 35: 1
Slaves – Females – Under 10: 2
Slaves – Females – 36 thru 54: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 4
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 1
Total Free Colored Persons: 5
Total Slaves: 5
Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 11
Year: 1840; Census Place: Robertson, Tennessee; Roll: 533; Page: 183; Family History Library Film: 0024549
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Wilson L Gower – Sion Hunt, bk 4, pg 428
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1844 Feb 9 – Friday – A B Young Snr v. Rueben Gowen – case. Court minutes, 1832-1963, bk 3, p. 28, Robertson Co, TN
… Jury Trial – continued to next day.
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1844 Feb 10 – Saturday – A B Young Snr v. Rueben Gowen – case. Court minutes, 1832-1963, bk 3, p. 31, Robertson Co, TN
… jury still not agreeing, will meet again on Monday …
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1844 Feb 12 – Monday – A B Young Snr v. Rueben Gowen – case. Court minutes, 1832-1963, bk 3, p. 36, Robertson Co, TN
… jury finds for Plaintiff and as assess his damage to the sum of $150 dollars… with the costs …
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-7JL6?i=537&cat=255203

1844 Feb 16 – Friday – A B Young Snr v. Rueben Gowen. Court minutes, 1832-1963, bk 3, p. 48, Robertson Co, TN
… Deft .. moves the Court for an arrest of judgment …. overruled… Deft then prays for and obtains an appeal to next term of the Supreme Court..
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1845 Feb 7, Friday – State of Tennessee v. Reuben Gowen. Court minutes, 1832-1963, bk 3, p 120, Robertson Co, TN
… defendant was arraigned, tryed and acquitted for tipling …
(Tipling – 2 cases).
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-7JN2?i=579&cat=255203

1845 June 5 – James J Rigsby v Ruebin Gowen. Appl from JP. Court minutes, 1832-1963, bk 3, p 144, Robertson Co, TN
… ordered that the pltf give security for the costs … or will be dismissed…
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-7JJ6?i=591&cat=255203

1845 June 6 – Friday – James J Rigsby v. Rueben Gowen, appl from JP. Court minutes, 1832-1963, bk 3, p 150, Robertson Co, TN
… Jury emplaneled… they find for the defendant … defendant … recover of the pltf the costs of this suit…
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-7JFS?i=594&cat=255203

1845 Sept 16 – Hardin P Bostick of Davidson Co, TN, assignee in the bankruptcy of James W Glidwell, conveyed to Reuben Gowen a tract of land on Gowen’s line, Young’s line, Mulloy’s corner, the country line, 109 acres, Reuben Gowen being the highest bidder at auction for $351. bk 4, pg 471. Robertson Co, TN.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTC-R392-C?i=266&cat=234586

1844 Dec 16 – James W Gower – George Head bk 5, pg 285 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQQ-J3ZT-D?i=162&cat=234586;
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1847 Feb 6 – Sat – John Leak v. Reuben Goin Court minutes, 1832-1963, bk 3, p 300, Robertson Co, TN
…Pltf to enter security befor calling of case …
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-7NJ3?i=669&cat=255203

1847 June 8 – Tues – John Leak v. Reuben Goin. Slander. Court minutes, 1832-1963, bk 3, p 314, Robertson Co, TN
… pltf failed to pay security … case dismissed …
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-7N1D?i=676&cat=255203

1849 June 16 – State of Tennessee v. Belinda Gowen and John W. Gowen, Forfeiture. Court minutes, 1832-1963, bk 3, p 505, Robertson Co, TN
… … ordered by the Court that the forfeitures be set aside and the Defendants assume the cost(sp?). It is therefore considered by the Court that the State of Tennessee recover of the said Balinda Gowen and Jown W Gowen the cost in their behalf expended for which let an execution issue.
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1849 June 16 – State of Tennessee v. Robert Forester, Lucinda Gowen and John W. Gowen, Forfeiture. Court minutes, 1832-1963, bk 3, p 505, Robertson Co, TN
… ordered by the court that the forfeiture be set aside and the defendants assum the cost of the prosecution … the State of Tennessee recover of the said Robt Forester, Lucinda Gowen and John W Gowen the cost aforesaid for which let and execution issue.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-7FL2?i=772&cat=255203

1850 US Census – Robertson Co, TN
Name: John W Gowen
Age: 23
Birth Year: abt 1827
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1850: District 1, Robertson , Tennessee, USA
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Family Number: 534
Household Members:
Name Age
John W Gowen 23
Matilda Gowen 30
Lucinda Gowen 21
Year: 1850; Census Place: District 1, Robertson, Tennessee; Roll: M432_894; Page: 8B; Image: 22
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1850 May 25 – J W Gowen – Hutchison Young, bk 6, pg 360 – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQQ-J369-V?i=529&cat=234586
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J W Gowen – J C Seam, bk 6, pg 477
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J W Gowen – J C Stark bk 6, pg 499
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J W Gowen – J C Stark bk 7, pg 6
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-Q9KH?i=198&cat=234586

M Gowen – JW Gowin bk 7, pg 8
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-Q9KH?i=198&cat=234586

M Gowen – E Mulloy bk 7, p 294
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M Gowen – L Gowen bk 7, p 512
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J W Gower – M W Winters bk 9, p 261
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J W Gower – J Tucker bk 9, pg 313
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1860 US Census – Robertson Co, TN
Name: E Goin
Age: 19
Birth Year: abt 1841
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Tennessee
Home in 1860: Western Division, Robertson , Tennessee
Post Office: Cedar Hill
Dwelling Number: 400
Family Number: 400
Occupation: Clerk
Household Members:
Name Age
J Nile 34
C Wile 29
H Wile 8
S Wile 5
Betsey Nile 1
E Goin 19
Brownfield 40
Year: 1860; Census Place: Western Division, Robertson, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1270; Page: 464; Family History Library Film: 805270
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1860 US Census – Robertson Co, TN
Name: Matilda Goin
Age: 42
Birth Year: abt 1818
Gender: Female
Race: Mulatto
Birth Place: Tennessee
Home in 1860: District 1, Robertson , Tennessee
Post Office: Cross Plains
Dwelling Number: 531
Family Number: 530
Household Members:
Name Age
Lucinda Goin 31
Matilda Goin 42
Victoria Forester 11
Lroy Washington 6
Boyd Allen 5
D L Goin 3
Year: 1860; Census Place: District 1, Robertson, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1270; Page: 255; Family History Library Film: 805270
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1870 US Census – Robertson Co, TN
Name: Matilda Gowin
Age in 1870: 40
Birth Year: abt 1830
Dwelling Number: 148
Home in 1870: District 1, Robertson, Tennessee
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Occupation: Keeping House
Cannot Read: Y
Cannot Write: Y
Personal Estate Value: 100
Inferred Children: Leroy Gorum
Household Members:
Name Age
Matilda Gowin 40
Leroy Gowin 19
Year: 1870; Census Place: District 1, Robertson, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1556; Page: 10A; Family History Library Film: 553055
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1870usfedcen&indiv=try&h=14329107

1870 US Census – Robertson Co, TN
(Next door to the above entry is the following household Dwelling No. 49 with 15 yr old Docia Gowin):
37 149 149 Johnston Wm 58 1812 Male White Farmer 4000 2555 Y
38 149 149 Johnston Mary 54 1816 Female White Keeping House
39 149 149 Johnston Dr 28 1842 Female White At Home
40 149 149 Gowin Docia 15 1855 Female White At Home
Year: 1870; Census Place: District 1, Robertson, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1556; Page: 10A; Family History Library Film: 553055
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1880 US Census – Robertson Co, TN
Name: Virgil Goings
Age: 3
Birth Date: Abt 1877
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1880: District 1, Robertson , Tennessee, USA
Dwelling Number: 165
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital status: Single
Father’s name: Roy Goings
Father’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother’s name: Nancy Goings
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Roy Goings 25
Nancy Goings 24
Edgar Goings 7
Mannie Goings 4
Virgil Goings 3
Ervin Goings 1
Year: 1880; Census Place: District 1, Robertson, Tennessee; Roll: 1277; Page: 24D; Enumeration District: 178
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1880 US Census – Robertson Co, TN
Name: Matilda Goings
Age: 61
Birth Date: Abt 1819
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1880: District 1, Robertson , Tennessee, USA
Dwelling Number: 170
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital status: Widowed
Father’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother’s Birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: Keeping House
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Matilda Goings 61
Year: 1880; Census Place: District 1, Robertson, Tennessee; Roll: 1277; Page: 25A; Enumeration District: 178
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