Rutherford Co, TN
1803–Rutherford County was established 25 October 1803 from Davidson County. Early records may be found under Davidson County. County seat: Murfreesboro
FamilySearch Catalogue page: (not done researching – lots of info here):
1836 May 2 – An inventory of the Estate of James F Gowen deceased returned by Joseph Gowen administrator … – Record Bk No 9, p 336. Rutherford County, TN https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89G1-6C2H?i=427&cat=263162
1857 April 6 – Alfred P. Lowe, a citizen of Rutherford County, … that Alford P Gowen has died leaving no will … (letters of admin). Alford P Gowen decd No 18 – 437, 554 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89G1-DP7N?i=221&cat=263162
1857 Nov 17 – State of Missouri, County of Cole – In the matter of the Estate of Alfred P Gowen
… names of the heirs of the said Alfred P Gowen decd and their places of residence are respectfully as follows:
Elizabeth S Gowen widow
Martha R Gowen
Burrell A Gowen
Walter L Gowen
Amanda H Gowen
Mary E Gowen
Residents of Barry County in the State of Missouri.
… the said Gowen died without a will … H. Clay Ewing, admr.
“Missouri, Andrew and Cole County Probate Records, 1826-1945,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L973-19?cc=2060218&wc=S47M-HZB%3A352129401%2C352203801 : 22 May 2014), Cole > Estate files 1857 Gowen, A.P. > image 2 of 5; citing Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City.
1786 March 7 – Anthony Gaines NC grant 640 acres in Davidson Co, TN – bk B, p 99 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKH-CSSV-3?i=56&cat=358486
1790 March 10 – Anthony Gaines to Thomas N Breckell bk B, p 100 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKH-CSSJ-X?i=57&cat=358486
(next deed is Thomas Breckell to Hardy Murfree 640 acres recd from Anthony Gaines – dated 1805 July 18).
1806 November 18 – John Gowen fr Elisha Prewett – bounded by … Joseph Gowen … David Howell’s corner… 372 acres … Signed: Elisha Prewett. Wits: Joseph Gowen, James Gowen, Reas Howell. Deed bk E, p 425. Rutherford Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKH-CSSK-L?i=220&cat=358486
1807 May 4 – … betweeen William Gowen of the County of Rutherford, TN … and John Lawrence of the County and State aforesaid… confirm unto the said John Lawrence … 150 acres in the County of Rutherford and on the waters of the West Form of the Stones River and on the West side of said River … next to Sherman Armstrong … Signed: William Gowen. Wits: John Thompson, Joseph Williams, Alexander Turmentine. – Deed bk E, p 430 Rutherford County, TN https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKH-CSSK-H?i=223&cat=358486
1808? Aug 5 – … between John Gowen of the County of Davidson and State of Tennessee of the one art and William Nash of the County and State above written of the other part … John Gowen in consideration of $40 to him in hand paid by the said William Nash … convey to said William Nash … a certain tract or parcel of land situate … in the County of Davidson on the East side of Stones River and on the first creek above Stewarts Creek now called Spring Creek … containing 81 and 3/4 acres, being part of a tract of 640 acres granted to Stephen Brook and sold by … Perkins Hardiman sheriff and collector … for Davidson County … 1795 for the taxes on 1920 acres which land was purchased by John Gowen the 19th day of September 1795 … being the highest bidder … Signed: John Gowen. Wits: Wm Chatman, John Cacan. Deed bk F, p. 462 Rutherford Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKH-CSSV-L?i=239&cat=358486
1807 Apr 6 – Elisha Prewett to David Howell – 263 acres – Begin at Joseph Gowen’s NE corner … Wits: Magness Teague, R Howell, James Gowen, John Knall, Robert Baker. Deed bk E, p 491.
1808-1809 – Joseph Gowen – Elisha Prewett – bk G, p 229. Rutherford County, TN (Deed bk G was lost or stolen during the Civil War, but the index survived).
1809 March 1 – … between Joseph Gowen of the County of Bedford of the one part and William Gowen of the County of Rutherford and State of Tennessee of the other part … said Joseph Gowan for and in consideration of the sum of 150 dollars to him in hand paid by the said William Gowan … convey and confirm unto the said William Gowen … a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the County of Rutherford and State aforesaid on the South side of Cumberland River on the Waters of the East for of Stones River the waters of Cripple Creek where William Gowen now lives. … the corner of Teageu Lot fence on the bank of the branch … David Howels line … 150 acres … Signed: Joseph Gowan. Wit: Elijah Smith, Magness Teague, Joseph Teague, Benjamin Todd. – Deed bk H, p 24 Rutherford County, TN https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4H-DCMH?i=12&cat=358486
1810 Oct 1st ? – … between William Nash … Rutherford and State of Tennessee … and Joseph Gowen of the County and State aforesaid of the other part … William Nash for and in consideration of 112 dollars and 50 cents … convey unto the said Joseph Gowen … a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the County of Rutherford in the second District … Cripple Creek a branch of the … Stones River adjoining the western boundary line … tract granted to James Pearson … 150 acres of land … Signed: William Nash. Wits: Benjamin Yardley, and ??? (faded copy, hard to read). Deed bk H, p 159 Rutherford Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4H-DH2F?i=78&cat=358486
1813 July 16 – … between Joseph Gowen of the County of Rutherford and State of TN on the one part and William Gowen of the County and State aforesaid of the other part … the said Joseph Gowen for and in consideration of the sum of 100 dollars paid to him in hand by the said William … sold unto him the said William Gowen … a certain tract or parcel of land situate … in the County and State aforesaid on the waters of Cripple Creek, the Waters of the East Fork of the Stones River, bounded … Benjamin McFarlins SW corner … Samuel Howell’s line … William Gowen’s corner … branch of Cripple Creek … containing 40 acres … Wits: Francis Youril, Charles Lowe … bk K, p 38. Rutherford Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4H-DHW9?i=254&cat=358486
1814 April 11 – … between Joseph Gowen of the County of Rutherford … of the one part and William Gowen of the County and State aforesaid … Joseph Gowen for and in consideration of the sum of 100 dollars paid to him by the said William … sold unto him the said William Gowen … a certain tract or parcel of land situated … in the County and State aforesaid on the waters of Cripple Creek, the waters of the East fork of Stones bounded as follows … on the North bank of the branch, one of said William Gowen’s corners … Samuel Howell… containing 10 acres more or less … Signed: Joseph Gowen. Deed bk K, p 44 Rutherford Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4H-DH42?i=257&cat=358486
1821 Nov 15 – E P Gaines and wife – Purdy and Graham – bk O, p 212 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKH-CL5S?i=621&cat=358486
Hugh Guyn – Levi Lannum bk P, p 276 (bk P is missing).
1828 Oct 13 – … between May Howland and Alfred P Gowen of the one part and Joh F Howland of the other part, all of the County of Rutherford and State of Tenn .. said John F. Howland for the consideration of hte sum of 300 dollars to him in had paid by the said Alfred P Gowen and may Howland … unto the said Alfred P Gowen and May Howland … a certain tract of land situated lying and being in the County of Rutherford and State of Tennessee lying on the waters of Stones River … Washington Gibsons NW corner … Christoper Hoover’s line … containing 326 acres more or less … Signed: John F Howland. Wits: A S Harbin. M G Reeves. Deed bk R, p 470. Rutherford Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4R-MQGN-G?i=515&cat=358486
William D Gowen – Richard Vinson bk R, p 491 (pg 491 missing in book).
1830 Feb 22 – … between Joseph Gowen of the County of Rutherford and the State of Tennessee of the one part and Jeremiah Lawrence of the County and State aforesaid of the other part … the said Joseph Gowan for and in consideration of the sum of 150 dollars …. convey a certain tract or parcel of land lying in the County aforesaid on the Waters of Cripple Creek and bounded as follows … the SE corner of a 10 acre survey granted to said Gowen … containing by estimation 50 acres … Signed: Joseph Gowen. Deed bk S, p 214. Rutherford Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4R-MQLT-J?i=631&cat=358486
William D Gowen – Jacob Wright bk T, p 572 (book T is missing)
William D Gowen – James Smith – bk T, p 622 (book T is missing)
1834 April 30 – between Joseph Gowen and Alfred P Gowen and William Lowe all of the County of Rutherford and State of Tennessee… Joseph Gowen is indebted to the said Alfred P Gowen and William Lowe by reason of the said Afred P Gowen and William Lowe … to the said Joseph Gowen for the sum of 500 dollars … payable the 1st day of March next, said notes being made to share or sell the said Joseph Gowen …for the purpose of sucuring the said Alfred P Gowen and William Lowe … and n trust … tract of land of 150 acres lying in Rutherford County … on Cripple Creek … East for of Stones River … tract of land granted to James Pearson … Signed: Joseph Gowen. (poor copy, more info but was difficult to read) – Deed bk U, p 193 Rutherford Co, TN https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQ7-V9Z6-W?i=100&cat=358486
1835 Feb 21 – … between Joseph Gowen of the one part and William Lowe of the other part, both of Rutherford County, State of Tennessee … Joseph Gowen has this day sold and delivered unto the said William Lowe a certain negro girl about 18 years old named Julia as a slave for life for the sum of 300 dollars … Signed: Joseph Gowen. Wit: Walter S Lowe. James Todd. Deed bk U, p 410 Rutherford Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQ7-V9C2-R?i=210&cat=358486
William D Gowen – Thomas Powell bk V, p 168 (Deed bk V is missing)
Alfred P Gowen – Stovalls and Ledbetter bk V, p 185 (Deed bk V is missing)
Alfred P Gowen and William Gowen – Jackson Fleming bk V, p 232 (Deed bk V is missing)
Henry L Guian – Mathias B Murfree bk V, p 329 (Deed bk V is missing)
Joseph Gowen and others – William Murray – bk V, p 459 (Deed bk V is missing)
Joseph Gowen and others – William H Murray – bk V, p 551 (Deed bk V is missing)
1838 Nov 23 – … know all men by these presents that I, Alfred P Gowen administrator of John S Lowe deceased of the County of Rutherford and State of Tennessee have this day gained and sold unto William Lowe of the County and State aforesaid … in consideration fo the sum of 600 dollars … paid by the said William Lowe … the following named negro slaves for life, one boy named Willis of the age of six years, and the other named Jack about four years old … Signed: Alfred P Gowen. – Deed Bk X, p 138 Rutherford County, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4H-C3JF-K?i=67&cat=358486
1832 Aug 11 – … between May Howland and Alfred P Gowen of the County of Rutherford and State of Tennessee of the one part and Washington Gibson and and Henry Hoover of the County and State before mentioned of the other part … Mary Howland and Alfred P Gowan for and in consideration of the sum of 400 dollars … paid by the said Henry Hoover and Washington Gibson … Conveyed unto Washinton Gibson and Henry Hoover … a certain tract or parcel of land … on the ridge north of where Henry Hoover and Washington Gibson now live … a stake in the road leading from Hoovers mill to Stephen White’s on the side of the Ridge about a quarter of a mile from Lucy Burks now lives … above Charley Hoover .. containing 326 acres of the tract of land bought by John F Howland from John Hoover and by Howland sold to Mary Howland and Alfred P Gowen … Signed: Alfred P Gowen, Mary Howland. Wit: William Morlan, Allen Jamison. Deed bk X, p 326 Rutherford Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4H-C3NT-Y?i=160&cat=358486
1840 July 2d – Alfred P Gowen to William Gilliam and John D Fulks … 518 acres … bounded by Walter S Lowe and William Lowe and the Todds, by the lands of John McCrary … lands of Mrs McFarland … and the Bowmans … on W by the lands of William Murry … same tract of land whereon the said Gowen now lives and was originally held by William Gowen … the ancestor of the said Alfred P Gowen by four seperate deeds. Also a tract of land lying partly in Rutherford and partly in Cannon County, TN containing 104 acres bounded … at a stake in the centre of the road leading from Murfreesboro to David Patton’s … being Silas A Robinson’s corner … corner of Patton A Stovall’s tract … … also the following named and describe negroes, slaves for life, to wit, Tom about 37 years old, Jade 45 years old, Adaline 17 years old, Silvy 16 years old, Jude 47 yers old, Mely 20 years old, Dick 47 years old, Cabit 60 yers old, Fanny 40 years old, Zack 13 years old, and Ned 17 years old … (this to secure debts owed on judgment and notes – see deed for full details). Deed bk Y, p 62 Rutherford Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4H-C3NV-Y?i=372&cat=358486
1840 Jan 20 – Alfred P Gowen and wife Elizabeth S Gowen … and Robert Lowe, Mary Lowe, Matilda Lowe, Thomas H Lowe, Charles F lowe, James F Lowe, children and heirs at law of Walter Lowe deceased … in his life said Walter purchased of the said Alfred a certain tract … of land lying in the County of Rutherford being a part of the real estate of Walter Lowe Sr deceased and which was alloted by partition amon his said heirs to the said Elizabeth S Gowen as her share of said real estate designated in the deed of partition made by commmissioners dated on the 27th day of May 1828 … Bk R, p 307 and 308… the channel of Lytles Creek … containing 126 acres and also 17 acres adj said tract on the west .. in all 143 acres … purchase being made for the consideration of 697 dollars paid by the said Alfred P in the life time of the said Walter and the said Walter having been put in possession and having received a bond for title which has been lost or mislaid … now in consideration of said sum of money bfore mentioned the said parties … confirm unto the said parties of the second part and such child or children as may hereafter be born with which the widow of said Walter, Mary Lowe, is now pregnant … said tract of land above described with its appertenances to the only proper use … Signed: Alfred P Gowen, Elizabeth S Gowen. Wits: James Lowe, Walter S Lowe. Deed bk Y, p 331 Rutherford Co, TN https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4H-C3FP-Z?i=506&cat=358486
Alfred P Gowen – Rubin Todd bk Z, p 120
Alfred P Gowen – Walter S Lowe bk Z, p 144
A P Gowen and W S Lowe – William H Murry – bk Z, p 146
Alfred P Gowen – William Lowe bk 3, p 639
William Gowen – Jacob Wright bk 3, p 377
A P Gowan – Wat Lowe bk 8, p 342
John Gowen and others – A P Davis bk 9, p 188
Elizabeth S Gowan – Charles F Lowe bk 10, p 337
Elizabeth S Gowan – Alfred P Lowe bk 10, p 338
Elizabeth S Gowan – William Lowe bk 10, p 341
Jno Gowan fr A B and Jas Faucett bk 13, p 322
From Gowen Manuscript: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms114.htm
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE
A petition dated August 10, 1803 requesting the formation of a new county was circulated through the southeastern portion of Davidson and Williamson Counties, receiving 256+ signatures. The petition pointed out to the General Assembly that “is is inconvenient for your petitioners to attemd Courts, General Musters, Elections, etc. at the towns of Nashville and Franklin.”
The petition recommended by metes and bounds the size and shape of the proposed county:
“Beginning on the top of a ridge dividing the waters of Stone’s River & Mill Creek, in the Williamson County line, & running southwardly with said ridge as to leave all the waters of Mill Creek & Harpeth River in Williamson County, until the ridge intersects the now Eastern boundary of said Williamson County;, thence continue South with said line of Williamson County to the south boundary of this state; thence with the line of Wilson County North and Northwestwardly with said county line eo an elm and white ash, the corner of said county, which is Northeast from the mouth of Hurricane Creek which is four miles and thirty-six poles; thence from the mouth of Hurricane Creek southwest to the top of the first mentioned ridge; thence with said ridge Southwardly to the beginning.”
At the same time, there was another petition being circulated that requested that a new county not be created. Most of the estimated 3,000 population of the area were clustered in the Stewart’s Creek-Stone’s River area, centered around Jefferson, Tennessee, the earliest settlement in the new county.
Rutherford County was established from Davidson County and Williamson County by an act of the Tennessee General Assembly October 25, 1803. Rutherford County was organized January 3, 1804, according to “An 1803 Census of Rutherford County, Tennessee” by Robert M. McBride.
Sam Goin was recorded as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Rutherford County, Enumeration District 117, page 10, Civil District 17:
“Goin, Sam 33, born in April 1867 in TN
Sarah A. 32, born in April 1868 in TN
Ernest 14, born in January 1886 in TN
Callie 11, born in February 1889 in TN
Lizzie 9, born in March 1891 in TN
Anna 5, born in May 1895 in TN
Bettie 2, born in November 1897 in TN
John 1/12, born in May 1900 in TN”
Cynthia M. Gowan was married May 9, 1832 to Alexander B. Carns, according to “Rutherford County, Tennessee Marriages, 1804-1850.”
Mary J. Gowan was married to Benjamin P. Norman February 2, 1846, according to “Rutherford County, Tennessee Marriages, 1804-1850.”
Catherine Gowen was enumerated in the 1850 census of Rutherford County living in the household of Stokeley White, No. 1044:
“White, Stokeley 46, born in Kentucky, farmer,
$4,000 real estate
Jane 46, born in South Carolina
William B. 12, born in Tennessee
Ann 11, born in Tennessee
Jane S. 9, born in Tennessee
Gowen, Catherine 55, born in Tennessee
Catherine E. 19, born in Tennessee
Catherine E. Gowen was married November 23, 1854 to Granville L. Norman, according to Rutherford County marriage records.
Eliza Gowen was married to John R. Quimby October 12, 1837, according to “Rutherford County, Tennessee Marriages, 1804-1850.”
“James Gowen” appeared in the 1880 census of Rutherford County, Enumeration District 199, page 19:
“Gowen, James 51, farmer born in TN, father born in
TN, mother born in TN
Elisa 45, wife, born in born in TN, father
born in TN, mother born in TN
John 29, farmer, born in TN, father born
in TN, mother born in TN, single
Josie [?] 20, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN
James 17, farmer, born in TN, father born
in TN, mother born in TN
Charley 12, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN
Maggie 6, born in TN, father born in TN,
mother born in TN”
John Gowen, “born April 16, 1851–died November 9, 1926” was buried in Bascom Cemetery, near Verilla, Tennessee, according to “Tombstone Inscriptions & Manuscripts” by Jeanette Tillotson Acklen.
Kendrew Gowen was married to Lyda Williams July 13, 1846, according to “Rutherford County, Tennessee Marriages, 1804-1850.” Children born to Kendrew Gowen and Lyda Williams Gowen are unknown.
Anna Goin was born March 1, 1895. She was married about 1915, husband’s name Simmons. Anna Goin Simmons died August 31, 1961 and was buried in Donnell Cemetery.
Elizabeth Amy Goin was born March 22, 1891. She died October 20, 1906 and was buried in Donnell Cemetery, located one mile north of Lofton, Tennessee, according to “Rutherford County, Tennessee Cemtery Records” Volume 2 by Rutherford County Historical Society.
Lillie Vera Goin was born March 2, 1912. She died April 11, 1912 and was buried in Donnell Cemetery.
James Ray Goins lived in Auburntown Road, Milton, Tennessee in 1971, according to the telephone directory.
M. Gowan was the head of a family that appeared in the 1860 census of Rutherford County enumerated as:
“Gowen, M. 35, farmer, born in TN, $800 real estate
A. 26, born in TN
J. A. 8, born in TN, son
M. C. 7, born in TN
Irving 5, born in TN
K. P. 3, born in TN
Rendrew Gowan was married to Lyda Williams July 18, 1846, according to Rutherford County Marriage Book 1804-1872, page [?]. Of Rendrew [Kendrew Gowan] Gowan and Lyda Williams Gowan nothing more is known.
William M. Gowan was married to Mary M. Brains March 10, 1832, according to Rutherford County Marriage Book 1804-1872, page 37. Of William M. Gowan and Mary M. Brains Gowan nothing more is known.
Thomas C. Gowin was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1860 census of Rutherford County, Household 1217-1209, page 80:
Gowin, Thomas O. 53, wagonmaker, born in SC
M. H. 35, female, born in TN
B. H. 21, male, bridge builder, born in
F. J. 18, male, born in TN
J. H. 15, male, born in TN
J. S. 8, male born in TN
S. M. 11, female born in TN
M. P. 9, female, born in TN”
Margaret Gown, age 18 years, 11 months 15 days, died March 28, 1885, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro, according to “Old Cemetery Records” quoted in a letter from Miss Ada Young, Murfreesboro, dated May 6, 1976.
William B. McGowen was married August 15, 1837 to Martha J. Batey, according to Rutherford County marriage records. Children born to William B. McGowen and Martha J. Batey McGowen are unknown.
Mahulda Gowen Hand, daughter of Elkins M. Hand and Rachel Kellly Hand, was born in Rutherford County January 31, 1817, according to Carol A. Denny, a descendant of Amarillo, Texas. Mahulda Gowen Hand was married November 23, 1834 to Alfred Tyra Byler in Lauderdale County, Alabama.
James P. Quigley was married March 23, 1855 to Mary E. Hall, according to Rutherford County marriage records.
The estate of “Gowen Whetmore, deceased” was probated in Rutherford County in April 1817. Patsy Whitmore, administratrix reported to the court February 15, 1817 that his estate was appraised at $142.74 including $19 due on “two months and 17 days in U.S. Service.”
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