Tennessee – Williamson County

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FamilySearch Map of Williamson County, TN.

FamilySearch wiki page of Williamson Co, TN:   https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Williamson_County,_Tennessee_Genealogy

FamilySearch Catalogue page of Williamson Co, TN:    https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3ATennessee%20%2Bsubject%3AWilliamson&subjectsOpen=452522-50,452523-50,968970-50,439709-50,483255-50

SOURCES and FACTS:

1786 March 7 – Anthony Goins was granted a 640-acre tract of land March 7, 1786 by the State of North Carolina in Davidson County. When Williamson County was organized in 1799, the Goins land lay in the new county. When Rutherford County was organied in 1803 with land from Williamson County and Davidson County. The Rutherford County Clerk showed the land of Anthony Goins as 708 acres, according to “Wills and Inventories of Williamson County, Tennessee.” (See Gowen Manuscript info below).

1797 Dec 23 – Allen Gowen received warranty deeds to two pieces of land located on the headwaters of Mill Creek in Davidson County on December 23, 1797, one for 118 acres and one for 50 acres.  Both plots came from John Buchanan, and both transactions were witnessed by Joseph Gowen, son of Allen Gowen.  Joseph Gowen and George Gibson later acquired the 118-acre farm which lay in Williamson County, Tennessee when it was created from Davidson County.  Joseph Gowen and George Gibson “of Warren County, Kentucky” sold the farm to Joseph Mason for $600 on March 10, 1818, according to Williamson County Deed Book E, page 444.

1806 July 15 – John Goyne was the administrator of the estate of James Gay, deceased on July 15, 1806. His inventory consisted of “clothing & personal items,” according to Williamson County, Tennessee Will Book 1. “J. Goyne, administrator” filed a supplementary inventory with the Williamson County Court in its session of October 1806. Added was a “black horse of little value.” (See Gowen Manuscript info below). John Goyne also purchased a back saddle, a pair of old saddle bags, a lot of leather, 1 bag, 1 back coal, a lot of clothes, 1 bed tak. Pg. 145-147.  Williamson Co, TN.   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S7WF-912W-K9?i=92&cc=1909088&cat=251930

1808 Feb 19 – “James Gowan” [James Burns Gowen] was married February 19, 1808 to Anne Price, according to “Williamson County, Tennessee Marriages, 1786 to 1879.” [Details of their lives may be found in the Goochland County, Virginia section of this manuscript.] (See Gowen Manuscript info below).

1809 – James Gowin shows up on the tax list with 1 poll in Williamson Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X926-D?i=143&cat=234786

1810 – James Gowin on the tax list with 1 poll in Williamson Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X92Z-M?i=163&cat=234786

1811-1817 – No Gowen or Going names in any of the tax lists in Williamson Co, TN.

1815 Oct 7 – A true inventory of the property of William Gowen decd, Oc 7, 1815. Signed Jenning Garden. Will book 2, p. 192. Williamson Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-27N2-Y9?i=316&cc=1909088&cat=251930

1816 Jan – Sales of estate of William Gowen decd . . . purchasers: Jemima Gowen x 16, A Johnston x 6 items, Jonathan Polls x 2, Caleb Manelly x2 items, Isaac Bizzett x 2, George Burnett x 2 items, Alton Capps x 2, Daniel Sears x 2, Michel Cooley 1, John Bridges, Glenn ?, William Watts, Betsey Hood x 3, Edward Havix x 3, John Wise x 2, Ep Sampson, Salley Kerby x 9, Bryant Gray, Bery Sampson, John Fuzzell, Joseph Allen x 4, Dempsey ? x 3, Anderson Berryman, George Glascock, ? Johnston, John Mills, Littleton Johnston, Elisha Williams . . . Will book 2, pg 197-199. Williamson Co, TN.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-27NG-K9?i=318&cc=1909088&cat=251930

1817 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
Allen Gowen heirs listed on Mill Creek.
Willaim H Gowan listed with 1 poll
Williamson Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X9KG-Q?i=316&cat=234786

1818 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
No Gowens listed

1818 March 10 – Allen Gowen received warranty deeds to two pieces of land located on the headwaters of Mill Creek in Davidson County on December 23, 1797, one for 118 acres and one for 50 acres.  Both plots came from John Buchanan, and both transactions were witnessed by Joseph Gowen, son of Allen Gowen.  Joseph Gowen and George Gibson later acquired the 118-acre farm which lay in Williamson County, Tennessee when it was created from Davidson County.  Joseph Gowen and George Gibson “of Warren County, Kentucky” sold the farm to Joseph Mason for $600 on March 10, 1818, according to Williamson County Deed Book E, page 444.

1819 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
William Gowen listed with 1 free and 1 slave poll
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X9KK-7?i=367&cat=234786

1820 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
William H Gowan – 1 taxable free, 1 slave
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X9KF-C?i=393&cat=234786

1820 US Census – Williamson County, TN:
William H. Gowen was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1820 census of Williamson County:
His household was enumerated there as:
Gowen, William H. white male 26-45
white female 26-45
white male 0-10
white female 0-10
white male 0-10
white female 0-10”
Two slaves were recorded in the household.

1821 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
No Gowans listed.

1822-1825 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
No Gowans or Goings listed
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X9VG-G?i=561&cat=234786

1843 June 30 – Isaac Goins was one of the Commissioners of Common Schools in District 2 of Williamson County in 1843. He was the father of “one student in school,” according to “Children in Williamson County, Tennessee Schools as of June 30, 1843.” (See Gowen Manuscript info below).

Williamson Co, TN FamilySearch Notes.

Trust deeds, 1868-1966; deeds, 1799-1965; land entry, survey, plat books, 1824-1902, 1938-1966
Authors:
Williamson County (Tennessee). Register of Deeds (Main Author)
https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/231874?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Not available online yet – uploading, but only have 1900s uploaded so far).

Index to deeds v. 1-3 1799-1883: https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/007842263?cat=231874
Beginning of G’s Index: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQQ-VQDN-P?i=68&cat=231874
(No Going names found in index through 1799 to 1830).

Miscellaneous records, 1800-1899
Authors:
Tennessee. County Court (Williamson County) (Main Author)
https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/816959?availability=Family%20History%20Library
Apprentice – lands sold for taxes 1800-1899: https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/004727003?cc=1909193&cat=816959 (loose papers, no index, appear random – need to review page by page).

County Court minutes, 1800-1817, Williamson County, Tennessee
Statement of Responsibility:
prepared by the Historical Records Survey and Historical Records Project
https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/261369?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Need to review at Family History Center)

Court records, 1800-1900
Authors:
Tennessee. County Court (Williamson County) (Main Author)
Tennessee. County Court (Williamson County) (Repository)
https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/786036?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online – but appears to be loose papers – only A surnames listed in this section).

Minute books, 1800-1966
Authors:
Tennessee. County Court (Williamson County) (Main Author)
https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/252250?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)
Minute books, v. 1-2 1800-1815
V1: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKX-K94T-Z?i=5&cat=252250 (no index)
V2: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKX-K94B-V?i=314&cat=252250 (no index)
1816-1817:
V3: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKX-N334-N?i=5&cat=252250 (no index)
V5: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKX-N332-7?i=242&cat=252250 (Index at back of book: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKX-N33B-K?i=556&cat=252250 ).
(No Going names in G index).
1821-1824:
V6: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/252250?availability=Family%20History%20Library (not available online yet)
V7: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/252250?availability=Family%20History%20Library (not available online yet)
1825-1828:
V8: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/252250?availability=Family%20History%20Library (not available online yet)
V9: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/252250?availability=Family%20History%20Library (not available online yet)
1828-1830:
V10: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKX-VZLK?i=4&cat=252250 (Index at start of book). (No Going seen in G Index)
V11: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKX-V8GX?i=241&cat=252250 (Index at start of book). (No Going in G Index found).

Chancery Court records (Williamson County, Tennessee) 1821-1873
Authors:
Tennessee. Chancery Court (Williamson County) (Main Author)
https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/816945?availability=Family%20History%20Library
V1: Not available online yet
V2: 1825-26: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSBP-8WN9?i=4&cat=816945 (no index)
V3: 1826-27: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSBP-84JV?i=279&cat=816945 (index at start of book)(No Going found in G index). (Index appears incomplete).

1786 March 7 – Anthony Goins was granted a 640-acre tract of land March 7, 1786 by the State of North Carolina in Davidson County. When Williamson County was organized in 1799, the Goins land lay in the new county. When Rutherford County was organied in 1803 with land from Williamson County and Davidson County. The Rutherford County Clerk showed the land of Anthony Goins as 708 acres, according to “Wills and Inventories of Williamson County, Tennessee.” (See Gowen Manuscript info below).

1797 Dec 23 – Allen Gowen received warranty deeds to two pieces of land located on the headwaters of Mill Creek in Davidson County on December 23, 1797, one for 118 acres and one for 50 acres.  Both plots came from John Buchanan, and both transactions were witnessed by Joseph Gowen, son of Allen Gowen.  Joseph Gowen and George Gibson later acquired the 118-acre farm which lay in Williamson County, Tennessee when it was created from Davidson County.  Joseph Gowen and George Gibson “of Warren County, Kentucky” sold the farm to Joseph Mason for $600 on March 10, 1818, according to Williamson County Deed Book E, page 444.

1806 July 15 – John Goyne was the administrator of the estate of James Gay, deceased on July 15, 1806. His inventory consisted of “clothing & personal items,” according to Williamson County, Tennessee Will Book 1. “J. Goyne, administrator” filed a supplementary inventory with the Williamson County Court in its session of October 1806. Added was a “black horse of little value.” (See Gowen Manuscript info below). John Goyne also purchased a back saddle, a pair of old saddle bags, a lot of leather, 1 bag, 1 back coal, a lot of clothes, 1 bed tak. Pg. 145-147.  Williamson Co, TN.   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S7WF-912W-K9?i=92&cc=1909088&cat=251930

1808 Feb 19 – “James Gowan” [James Burns Gowen] was married February 19, 1808 to Anne Price, according to “Williamson County, Tennessee Marriages, 1786 to 1879.” [Details of their lives may be found in the Goochland County, Virginia section of this manuscript.] (See Gowen Manuscript info below).

1809 – James Gowin shows up on the tax list with 1 poll in Williamson Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X926-D?i=143&cat=234786

1810 – James Gowin on the tax list with 1 poll in Williamson Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X92Z-M?i=163&cat=234786

1811-1817 – No Gowen or Going names in any of the tax lists in Williamson Co, TN.

1815 Oct 7 – A true inventory of the property of William Gowen decd, Oc 7, 1815. Signed Jenning Garden. Will book 2, p. 192. Williamson Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-27N2-Y9?i=316&cc=1909088&cat=251930

1816 Jan – Sales of estate of William Gowen decd . . . purchasers: Jemima Gowen x 16, A Johnston x 6 items, Jonathan Polls x 2, Caleb Manelly x2 items, Isaac Bizzett x 2, George Burnett x 2 items, Alton Capps x 2, Daniel Sears x 2, Michel Cooley 1, John Bridges, Glenn ?, William Watts, Betsey Hood x 3, Edward Havix x 3, John Wise x 2, Ep Sampson, Salley Kerby x 9, Bryant Gray, Bery Sampson, John Fuzzell, Joseph Allen x 4, Dempsey ? x 3, Anderson Berryman, George Glascock, ? Johnston, John Mills, Littleton Johnston, Elisha Williams . . . Will book 2, pg 197-199. Williamson Co, TN.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-27NG-K9?i=318&cc=1909088&cat=251930

1817 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
Allen Gower (or Gowen) heirs listed on Mill Creek.
Willaim H Gowan listed with 1 poll
Williamson Co, TN. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X9KG-Q?i=316&cat=234786

1818 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
No Gowens listed

1818 March 10 – Allen Gowen received warranty deeds to two pieces of land located on the headwaters of Mill Creek in Davidson County on December 23, 1797, one for 118 acres and one for 50 acres.  Both plots came from John Buchanan, and both transactions were witnessed by Joseph Gowen, son of Allen Gowen.  Joseph Gowen and George Gibson later acquired the 118-acre farm which lay in Williamson County, Tennessee when it was created from Davidson County.  Joseph Gowen and George Gibson “of Warren County, Kentucky” sold the farm to Joseph Mason for $600 on March 10, 1818, according to Williamson County Deed Book E, page 444.

1819 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
William Gowen listed with 1 free and 1 slave poll
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X9KK-7?i=367&cat=234786

1820 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
William H Gowan – 1 taxable free, 1 slave
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X9KF-C?i=393&cat=234786

1820 US Census – Williamson County, TN:
William H. Gowen was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1820 census of Williamson County:
His household was enumerated there as:
Gowen, William H. white male 26-45
white female 26-45
white male 0-10
white female 0-10
white male 0-10
white female 0-10”
Two slaves were recorded in the household.

1821 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
No Gowans listed.

1822-1825 – Taxables of Williamson Co, TN.
No Gowans or Goings listed
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-X9VG-G?i=561&cat=234786

1843 June 30 – Isaac Goins was one of the Commissioners of Common Schools in District 2 of Williamson County in 1843. He was the father of “one student in school,” according to “Children in Williamson County, Tennessee Schools as of June 30, 1843.” (See Gowen Manuscript info below).

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From Gowen Manuscript:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms116.htm

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

William H. Gowen, an early resident of Williamson County, had a large family, and one of his sons was the father of 12. One of his grandsons had 13 sons in addition to a number of daughters. Because of Melungeon characteristics found among his descendants, he is suggested as a kinsman of William Gowen and Sarah Gowen who settled at Ft. Nashborough in 1779.

When a son, William Franklin Gowen, was enumerated in the 1880 census of Shelby County, he stated that both William H. Gowen and his wife were born in North Carolina. A son is reported to have been born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1813, so perhaps additional research will place William H. Gowen there before the 1820 census.

William H. Gowen was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1820 census of Williamson County:

His household was enumerated there as:

“Gowen, William H. white male 26-45
white female 26-45
white male 0-10
white female 0-10
white male 0-10
white female 0-10”

Two slaves were recorded in the household.

In September of 1820 William H. Gowen removed to Lincoln County, Tennessee. It is possible that he was enumerated a second time in the 1820 census. A household was enumerated there as:

“Givens, William white male 26-45
white female 26-45”

Again two slaves were recorded in the household. It is possible that this was the household of William H. Gowen whose children had not yet made the move from Williamson County.

On August 13, 1821 William H. Gowen purchased from Daniel F. Moore 10 acres on Bradshaw Creek for $50, according to Lincoln County Deed Book J-1, page 464.

On August 14, 1823 he sold the 100 acres on Richland Creek to Richard Fleming of Giles County, Tennessee, receiving $1,500, according to Lincoln County Deed Book G-1, page 643. On January 16, 1824 he purchased a small tract on Brad­shaw Creek from Wilson Davis for $25, according to Lincoln County Deed Book K1, page 338.

The household of William H. Gowen was recorded in the 1830 census of Lincoln County, page 240 as:

“Gowen, William H. white male 40-50
white female 40-50
white male 15-20
white male 10-15
white female 10-15
white female 10-15
white male 5-10
white male 5-10
white female 0-5”

On February 19, 1834 William H. Gowen sold two small tracts comprising 10 acres to Daniel Bachman, according to Lincoln County Deed Book J1, page 424. On December 1, 1835 he sold 128 acres on the headwaters of Bradshaw Creek to Daniel Bachman also, as recorded in Lincoln County Deed Book J1, page 555. This sale of a rather large plot of land may have signaled his removal to another location, perhaps Fayette County to the west, on the Mississippi border. However, “William H. Gowan” appeared in Henderson County, Tennessee in the 1840 census of that county, page 156:

“Gowan, William H. white male 50-60
white female 50-60
white female 20-30
white male 15-20
white male 15-20
white female 10-15
white male 0-5”

William H. Gowen received Grant No. 12125 for 18.5 acres in Carroll County, Tennessee which adjoins Henderson County on the north on July 1, 1851 from the State of Tennessee. It is believed that William H. Gowen died about 1855, probably at age 70, in Carroll County.

Of the children born to William H. Gowen only two have been identified:

William Gowen born March 2, 1813
E. Sarah Jane Gowen born about 1824

William Gowen, son of William H. Gowen, was born in Lin­coln County March 2, 1813, according to “Tennessee Baptist Ministers” by James H. Borum. Hayward Benton H. Gowen, a son, stated in his 1880 enumeration that his father was born in Alabama. William Gowen was married about 1835, wife’s name Susan. She was a native of North Carolina whose parents were born in North Carolina, however Hayward Benton H. Gowen stated that his mother was born in South Carolina.

Shortly after marriage they removed to LaGrange, Tennessee in Fayette County where he was baptized into the Baptist Church December 15, 1837 at the age of 24. It is possible that he lived for a short time in Alabama in 1839.

His household was recorded in the 1830 census of Fayette County, page 156:

“Gowen, William white male 20-30
white female 20-30
white female 5-10
white male 0-10”

In 1847 he was appointed a deacon in the Baptist Church and shortly afterward began preaching. According to Borum, he was limited in his educational background, “but his preaching was better than mediocrity.” Borum also stated that he was “small of stature, but of pleasing countenance.” “His work is being hindered in consequence of bleeding at the lungs,” ac­cording to the book which was published in 1880.

Dr. Charles R. Gowen commenting on his condition suggested he was a victim of tuberculosis and mentioned that a congenital weakness of the lungs had plagued the Gowen family for generations.

For the remainder of his life William Gowen preached to various congregations in Fayette County and Shelby County, Tennessee and DeSoto County, Mississippi. His locations in­cluded Macon, Germantown, Eudora and Egypt, Tennessee.

In the late 1840s and early 1850s he performed many weddings in Fayette County, including the marriage of Sarah Jane Gowen, believed to be his sister, to E. F. Atkins on January 30, 1848. On September 2, 1848 he performed the wedding of Robert McCall to Eliza Gravault in Fayette County.

The household of William Gowen, No. 1257, was recorded November 1, 1850 in Fayette County, Civil District 11, page 648 as:

“Gowen, William 38, born in TN
Susan 38, born in NC
William F. 11, born in TN
Hiram B. H. 8, born in TN
John M. 5, born in TN
Francis D. 3, born in TN, female”

His daughter, E. Sarah Gowen did not appear in the 1850 enumeration.

Rev. William Gowen was the second pastor of Eudora Baptist Church, about 1855, which was established in 1850. At that time Eudora was a village located southeast of Memphis. In 1940, when the church celebrated its 90th anniversary, Eudora had been absorbed by Memphis and was located at the intersection of Perkins Road and Poplar Avenue [U.S. Highway 72] in the southeastern part of the city.

Since October 18, 1850, worship services had been held reg­ularly in the vicinity by a congregation organized as Eudora Baptist Church. A log schoolhouse near the site of the present church location was first used by 17 charter members. Col. Eppy White, for whom White Station was named, donated two acres of land which constitute the present holdings of the church, according to an 1940 article in the “Memphis Commercial Appeal.”

During 1858 plans were made for a larger building, and the old building was moved to the rear of the lot and given to the Negroes for their use.

Regular worship was interrupted during the Civil War and wholly abandoned when the city fell to the Union Army. In 1862 Federal soldiers took possession of the church and con­verted it into a hospital and storehouse. When the church was finally returned to the congregation, it was in sad condition and required extensive repairs before it could be used again for worship.

In 1860, the family of William Gowen was recorded in the Ninth Civil District of Shelby County as Household 1703-1737:

“Gowen, William 47, born in TN, Baptist preacher
Susan 47, born in NC, wife
E. S. 19, born in TN, daughter
H. B. 18, born in TN, farmer
J. M. 16, born in TN, farmer
F. D. 13, born in TN, daughter
M. A. 7, born in TN, daughter
James G. 5, born in TN, son”

William Franklin Gowen did not appear in his father’s house­hold in the 1860 census. He had established his own home by this time. Scott Jordan Gowen wrote September 9, 1959 that his great-grandfather had 13 sons, however only four have been documented.

In an adjoining entry in the 1860 census of Shelby County was the household of E. F. Atkins who had married E. Sarah Jane Gowen, No. 1704-1738.

“William Gowen” appeared at age 57 in the 1870 census of Shelby County, Tennessee, page 247.

In 1880 the household of William Gowen appeared in Williamson County, Texas, Precinct 6 as Household 325-325:

“Gowen, William 67, born in TN, father born in
NC, mother born in NC,
preacher
Susan 67, born in NC, father born in NC,
mother born in NC, wife
“Atkins, Sarah 40, born in AL, father born in TN,
mother born in NC, daughter
“Anderson, Richard 23, born in TN, father born in NC,
mother born in NC, boarder”

Children born to them include:

William Franklin Gowen born September 21, 1839
E. Sarah Gowen born about 1840
Hayward Benton H. Gowen born in 1842
John M. Gowen born in 1844
Frances D. Gowen born in 1847
M. A. Gowen born in 1853 [daughter]
James G. Gowen born in 1855

William Franklin Gowen, believed to be the first child of William Gowen and Susan Gowen, was born in Egypt, Ten­nessee September 21, 1839, according to his tombstone in­scription. He enlisted in Company H, Thirteenth Tennessee Infantry Regiment, CSA, along with his brother, Hayward Benton H. Gowen when the Civil War erupted. “Tennessee Soldiers in the Civil War” shows “Pvt. W. F. Gowen, field and staff, 13th Infantry.” He was also shown in the regimental band and infirmary corps. His pension application, No. 9109, of Shelby County, on file in Tennessee State Archives in Nashville might reveal additional data on William Franklin Gowen and his family.

William Franklin Gowen, following in his father’s footsteps, became a Baptist minister and preached in the same area where his father had proclaimed the gospel. He was married about the end of the Civil War to Sarah J. “Sallie” Berryhill in Shelby County. She was born there May 16, 1845, according to “Confederate Patriot Index, 1924-1978,” Volume II published by Tennessee Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
She is believed to be a daughter of S. B. Berryhill who was a deacon in the Bartlett Baptist Church in 1851. She died May 23, 1876 in Shelby County. He was remarried about 1879, wife’s name, Mary E.

His family was enumerated at Bartlett, Tennessee in the 1880 census of Shelby County, Enumeration District 121, Civil District 7, page 5, as:

“Gowen, W. F. 40, born in TN, father born in
North Carolina, mother born in
NC, peace justice
M. E. 30, born in TN, father born in
TN, mother born in
TN, wife
H. I. 11, born in TN, father born in
TN, mother born in
TN, daughter
L. L. 3/12, born in TN, father born
in TN, mother born in
TN, daughter”

Mary E. Gowen died September 29, 1916, and a few minutes after her death, William Franklin Gowen suffered a heart at­tack and died . . . both on the same day! They were buried in Egypt Baptist Cemetery near Memphis, Tennessee. Their in­scriptions read, “W. F. Gowen–9/21/1839–9/29/1916 and Mary E. Gowen, his wife, 6/15/1850–9/29/1916.”

Four granddaughters of William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J. “Sally” Barnhill Gowen, Jo Gowen Chambers [Mrs. W. H. Chambers], [66/1163]; Ruth Gowen Klinke, [66/1203]; Eloise Dickey Tapp [Mrs. Ernest Tapp], [66/1237] and Sarah L. Dickey Barrett [Mrs. Paul Barrett] [66/1152] were admitted to United Daughters of the Confederacy on the basis of his Confederate service.

Children born to William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J. “Sallie” Berryhill Gowen include:

Clarence Gray Gowen born September 22, 1866
William Tucker Gowen born about 1868
Hattie Irene Gowen born about 1869

Children born to William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen include:

Lennie Lee Gowen born in 1880
James Franklin Gowen born in 1885
Taylor Blackwell Gowen born in 1886
Mamie Lou Gowen born about 1889
Paul Austin Gowen born October 25, 1891

Clarence Gray Gowen, son of William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J. “Sallie” Berryhill Gowen, was born September 22, 1866, according to his tombstone inscription. He was married about 1888, wife’s name, Clara T. She died April 25, 1935. “C. G. Gowen” in 1949 wrote “History of Bartlett Baptist Church,” the congregation where William Franklin Gowen preached. He died July 26, 1951 and was buried beside his wife in Pisgah Cemetery, Ellendale, Tennessee on the southern edge of Memphis. Their tombstone inscriptions read, “Clarence G. Gowen, 9/22/1866–7/26/1951 and Clara T. Gowen, 12/7/1873–4/25/1935.”

His obituary read:

“Services for Clarence G. Gowen, former mayor of Bartlett who died yesterday morning at his home, will be held at 11:00 this morning at the Bartlett Baptist Church. The Rev. J. E. Tanksley will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery and Masonic services will be held at the grave. National Funeral Home has charge.

Mr. Gowen would have been 85 in September. He was born in the county and lived near Bartlett all his life. He was formerly a chairman of Shelby County Court and was employed in the court offices until his retirement about five years ago. He was a member of the Bartlett Baptist Church and the Bartlett Masonic Lodge.

He leaves four daughters, Mrs. Mildred Hawkins, Mrs. Ruth Klinke, Mrs. J. C. Paine, all of Bartlett and Mrs. W. Howard [Jo] Chambers of Millington, a son Harry G. Gowen of Memphis; two sisters, Mrs. O. H. Thomas, Sr. of Memphis and Mrs. Hattie Dickey of Barrettville; three brothers, Paul Gowen of Memphis, Taylor Gowen of Raleigh and Frank Gowen of San Antonio, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.”

Among children born to them were:

Mildred Gowen born about 1890
Ruth Gowen born about 1892
[daughter] born about 1899
[daughter] born about 1903
Harry Gray Gowen born July 4, 1905

Mildred Gowen, daughter of Clarence Gray Gowen and Clara T. Gowen, was born about 1890. She was married about 1910, husband’s name Hawkins. In 1951 they lived in Bartlett. In January 1972 Mildred Gowen Hawkins was living in the Memphis area. She reportedly wrote a history of her branch of the Gowen family.

Ruth Gowen, daughter of Clarence Gray Gowen and Clara T. Gowen, was born about 1892. In 1951 Mrs. Ruth Gowen Klinke lived at Bartlett.

A daughter was born to Clarence Gray Gowen and Clara T. Gowen about 1899. She was married to J. C. Paine about 1919. They lived in Bartlett in 1951.

Jo Gowen, daughter of Clarence Gray Gowen and Clara T. Gowen was born about 1903. She was married about 1923 to W. Howard Chambers. In 1951 they lived at Millington.

Harry Gray Gowen, son of Clarence Gray Gowen and Clara T. Gowen, was born July 4, 1905. In 1951 he lived in Memphis. He died March 7, 1988 and was buried near his parents in Ellendale Cemetery

William Tucker Gowen, son of William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J. “Sallie” Berryhill Gowen, was born about 1868, prob­ably in Shelby County. He was married about 1890, wife’s name unknown. He died in 1941. In September 1971 his widow resided at 390 Alexander in Memphis. She advised that “the Gowens at White Haven, Tennessee, cousins of her husband, were originally from Enid, Mississippi.

Hattie Irene Gowen, daughter of William Franklin Gowen and Sarah J. “Sallie” Berryhill Gowen, was born about 1871, probably in Shelby County. She was married about 1890 probably in Shelby County, husband’s name Dickey. In 1951 they lived in Barrettville, Tennessee.

Children born to them include:

Eloise Dickey born about 1895
Sarah L. Dickey born about 1900

Eloise Dickey, daughter of Hattie Irene Gowen Dickey, was born about 1895.

Sarah L. Dickey, daughter of Hattie Irene Gowen Dickey, was born about 1900. She was married about 1922 to Paul Barrett, Jr. In 1972 they lived in Millington, Tennessee. Paul Barrett, Jr. at that time held banking interests in Millington and Barrettville, Tennessee.

Lennie Lee Gowen, daughter of William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen, was born about 1884, probably in Shelby County. Of this individual nothing more is known.

James Franklin Gowen, son of William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen, was born about 1885 in Shelby County. About 1907 he removed to San Antonio, Texas where he lived for the remainder of his life. About 1910 he was married in Boogaloosa, Louisiana to Ola A. Leigh Swayze of Houston, Texas.

James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen re­ceived a warranty deed from D. C. Younger January 29, 1924 to a lot in Lawndale Addition, San Antonio, according to Bexar County Deed Book 752, page 356. On March 12, 1924 they sold the property to P. E. Kardow, according to Bexar County Deed Book 759, page 553. On August 19, 1938 they received a warranty deed from J. S. Cooper, according to Bexar County Deed Book 1649, page 194.

James Franklin Gowen died June 17, 1958, according to BVS File 31201 and was buried in San Antonio. Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen continued to make her home in San Antonio at 124 Adams in February 1972. On July 23, 1973 her children deeded to her their interest in her homestead, according to Bexar County Deed Book 7143, page 358.

Children born to them include:

Ola Elizabeth Gowen born about 1913
James Franklin Gowen, Jr. born December 31, 1915
Mary Kathryn Gowen born January 8, 1919
Marjorie Adair Gowen born November 9, 1920
Virginia Burwell Gowen born May 21, 1923
Paul Harris Gowen [twin] born November 18, 1925
Joye Mildred Gowen [twin] born November 18, 1925
Sarah Charlene Gowen born July 3, 1929

Ola Elizabeth Gowen, daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born about 1913, probably in San Antonio. She was married about 1931 to Leroy Hoff Cole. In 1973 they lived in San Diego, California.

James Franklin Gowen, Jr, son of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born December 31, 1915, according to BVS File 50022. In 1943 he lived with his mother at 124 Adams. He was married December 9, 1943 to Nora Mary Crossman who was born in 1915, according to Bexar County Marriage Book 86, page 355. Of Nora Mary Crossman Gowen nothing more is known.

He was married to Mary Louise Jimenez July 19, 1952, ac­cording to Bexar County Marriage Book 113, page 629. She was born in 1911. In February 1972 James Franklin Gowen, Jr. and Mary Louise Jimenez Gowen lived at 235 Rounds Av­enue, San Antonio in retirement.

Mary Kathryn Gowen, daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born January 8, 1919 in San Antonio. She was married September 3, 1940 to C. D. Shaw who was born in 1917, according to Bexar County Mar­riage Book 73, page 679.

Marjorie Adair Gowen, daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born November 9, 1920, according to BVS File 58696. She was married about 1940, husband’s name Isenberg. In 1973, she, a widow, joined her siblings in deeding their interest in their mother’s prop­erty.

Virginia Burwell Gowen, daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born May 21, 1923 in San Antonio. Her birth was on May 15, 1923, according to BVS File 25117. She was married December 12, 1942 to Francis Mitchell Montague, Jr, according to Bexar County Marriage Book 82, page 230. In 1973 they lived near Ban­dera, Texas where he was an officer in the First National Bank.

Paul Harris Gowen, twin son of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born November 18, 1925 in San Antonio, according to BVS File 75399. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy January 8, 1944 and saw service at the Naval Training Station, San Diego, and served aboard the U. S. S. Zellers, DD 777. He was discharged as a gunner’s mate third class, according to Bexar County Discharge Book 17, page 587. He was married March 8, 1951 to Claudia May Watson, according to Bexar County Marriage Book 109, page 595. She was born in 1930. They showed their address as 1023 West Hildebrand at that time. Paul Harris Gowen, a draftsman and Claudia May Watson Gowen lived at 103 Northcrest, San Antonio in 1972.

Children born to them include:

William Craig Gowen born January 5, 1952

William Craig Gowen, son of Paul Harris Gowen and Clau­dia May Watson Gowen, was born January 5, 1952, according to BVS File 736. He appeared in the 1971 city directory of San Antonio as a 17-year-old student living in his parents house­hold.

Joye Mildred Gowen, twin daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born Novem­ber 18, 1925 in San Antonio, according to BVS File 75400. She was married about 1946 to Joseph Arthur Perry. In 1973 they continued to live in San Antonio.

Sarah Charlene Gowen, daughter of James Franklin Gowen and Ola A. Leigh Swayze Gowen, was born July 3, 1929. She was married about 1948 to Robert John Jaeckle. In 1973 they continued in San Antonio.

Taylor Blackwell Gowen, son of William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen, was born in 1886 at Bartlett. He was mar­ried about 1910, wife’s name Ruth. In 1951 they lived at Raleigh, Tennessee, just north of Memphis. He died in 1962 and was buried in Egypt Baptist Cemetery in Memphis. His tomb­stone read, “T. B. Gowen, 1886-1962.” Ruth Gowen continued to make her home at 4190 Alps Road, Memphis in February 1972.

Mamie Lou Gowen, daughter of William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen, was born about 1889 at Bartlett. She was married about 1920 to O. H. Thomas. In 1951 they lived in Memphis.

Paul Austin Gowen, son of William Franklin Gowen and Mary E. Gowen, was born October 25, 1891 at Bartlett. He was married April 21, 1909 to Joye Hammett. “Mrs. Joy Hammett Gowan,” daughter of A. H. Hammett and Kate Lamm Hammett, was born in 1888. She died of pulmonary tuberculosis September 18, 1925 in San Antonio, Texas, according to Bexar County Death Book 3, page 155. She was buried in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1972 Paul Austin Gowen, an accountant, continued to make his home in Memphis at 1531 Poplar Avenue.

One child was born to them:

Paul Austin Gowen, Jr. born October 21, 1920

Paul Austin Gowen, Jr, son of Paul Austin Gowen and Joye Hammett Gowen, was born October 21, 1920. In 1971 he, an insurance underwriter, lived at 532 Melody Lane in Memphis.

Children born to him include:

Paul Austin Gowen III born about 1946
George B. Gowen born about 1950

Paul Austin Gowen III, son of Paul Austin Gowen, Jr, was born about 1946, probably in Memphis. In February 1972 he was married and continuing to live there.

E. Sarah Gowen, daughter of William Gowen and Susan Gowen was born about 1840. She appeared in the 1860 census of her father’s household as a 19-year-old. She was married shortly afterward, husband’s name Atkins. She was enumer­ated in the household of her parents in the 1880 census of Williamson County, Texas as a 40-year-old widow.

Hayward H. Benton Gowen, son of William Gowen and Susan Gowen was born August 18, 1842, probably in Shelby County, according to a letter written by his grandson, Scott Jordan Gowen September 3, 1959. He was recorded as “Hiram B. H. Gowen, age 8” in the 1850 census of his father’s household. He reappeared as an 18-year-old farmer in the 1860 census of Shelby County. He served in the Thirteenth Tennessee Infantry Regiment, along with his brother, William Franklin Gowen, according to “Tennessee Soldiers in the Civil War.”

Shortly after the Civil War he was married to Chloe Ann Sawyer who was born in Tennessee in 1840. They removed to Mississippi about 1873. He received a commission to pub­lic office in Mississippi, according to “Secretary of State, Reg­ister of Commissions, 1871-1874.”

On June 6, 1880 he was enumerated as the head of a house­hold in Tallahachie County, Mississippi, Enumeration Dis­trict 106, page 45, Civil District 1 in the village of Harrison Station, Mississippi:

“Gowen, Hayward B. 38, born in TN, father
born in Alabama, mother
born in South Carolina,
wheelwright
Chloia 40, born in TN, father
born in NC,
mother born in North
Carolina, wife
Fanny D. 12, born in TN, father
born in TN, mother
born in TN
William J. 10, born in TN, father
born in TN, mother
born in TN
John H. 8, born in TN, father
born in TN, mother
born in TN
Emcie 5, born in Mississippi, father
born in TN, mother
born in TN
Lofton 3, born in Mississippi, father
born in TN, mother
born in TN
Lang, James born in NC, fa-
ther born in NC,
mother born in N. Carolina”

On May 17, 1788 Hayward Benton H. Gowen filed with the U. S. Patent Office for a patent on a plow attachment which he had invented. His patent was issued as Patent No. 393,151, according to the November 10, 1888 “Patent Office Gazette.” He had assigned a one-half interest in his invention to James R. Long of Harrison, Mississippi.

Hayward Benton H. Gowen, a farmer died March 5, 1927, at age 85 at Wynne, Arkansas in Cross County and was buried in Forrest City, Arkansas, according to Arkansas BVS File No. 259. Mrs. Eunice Kruller of St. Louis, Missouri was the informant. Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen had preceded him in death.

Children born to Hayward Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen include:

Fannie D. Gowen born in 1868
William Jordan Gowen born August 19, 1869
John H. Gowen born in 1872
Edna Gowen born about 1873
Emory Gowen born in 1875
Lofton Sawyer Gowen born in 1877

Fannie D. Gowen, daughter of Hayward Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen, was born in 1868, probably in Shelby County. She appeared as a 12-year-old in the 1880 census of her father’s household. She was married about 1888 to Jim Martin, and to them four daughters were born.

William Jordan Gowen, son of Hayward Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen, was born August 19, 1869 in Tennessee. He appeared as a 10-year-old in the 1880 census. About 1900 he was married to Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough, probably at Memphis, according to the research of Ella Bea Gowen Burge, a granddaughter and a member of Gowen Research Foundation of Mannford, Oklahoma. They re­moved to Forrest City, Arkansas shortly after 1900. In 1905 they lived in St. Francis County, Arkansas. He died March 24, 1956 at the age of 85 and was buried at Forrest City.

Children born to William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harri­ett Yarbrough Gowen include:

Thomas Gowen born about 1903
Emrie Grafton Gowen born May 28, 1905
Myra Mae Gowen born about 1908
Hayward Henry Gowen born February 24, 1913
Scott Jordan Gowen born January 1, 1921

Thomas Gowen, son of William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough Gowen, was born about 1903. He died at age one and was buried in Forrest City.

Emrie Grafton Gowen, son of William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough Gowen, was born about 1905 at Forrest City. He was married March 4, 1930 to Julia Sallee. Later the couple lived at Imboden, Arkansas. In February 1972 they lived at 4443 Cleo Drive, Memphis. In 1992 they continued there. He died there March 7, 1996 and was buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Children born to Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen include:

Clarence Elvin Gowen born about 1932
Thelma Oleta Gowen born about 1934
James William Gowen born about 1937
Ella Bea Gowen born June 2, 1940
Priscilla Nadine Gowen born about 1943

Clarence Elvin Gowen, son of Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen was born about 1932 in Arkansas. “Clarence E. Gowen” lived in Houston, Texas in 1972.

Thelma Oleta Gowen, daughter of Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen was born about 1934 in Arkansas.

James William Gowen, son of Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen was born about 1937 in Arkansas.

Ella Bea Gowen, daughter of Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen was born June 2, 1940 in Cross County, Arkansas. She was married March 18, 1963 in Hayden, Ari­zona, husband’s name Burge. In 1992 and in 1996, lived in Mannford, Oklahoma.

Priscilla Nadine Gowen, daughter of Emrie Grafton Gowen and Julia Sallee Gowen was born about 1943 in Arkansas.

Myra Mae Gowen, daughter of William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough Gowen, was born was born about 1908 at Forrest City. She was married about 1930 to Fletcher Chrisco.

Two daughters were born to them:

Frances Marie Chrisco born about 1932
Gladys Catherine Chrisco born about 1936

Hayward Henry Gowen, son of William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough Gowen, was born February 24, 1913 at Forrest City. In 1934 he was married there to Adelia E. Hall. In February 1972 the couple lived at Caldwell, Arkansas where she was the postmistress. Hayward Henry Gowen at that time was employed by Growers Equipment Company at Forrest City. They continued there in 1992 in retirement.

The obituary of Adelia E. Hall Gowen was carried in the August 5, 1999 edition of the “Memphis Commercial-Appeal:”

“CALDWELL – Adelia E. Gowen, 83, retired postmaster after 28 years, died Tuesday in Little Rock after a stroke. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home in Forrest City with burial in Forrest Park Cemetery there. She was a member of National League of Postmasters, Order of the Eastern Star and Forrest City Business and Professional Women’s Association. Mrs. Gowen, the wife of Hayward Gowen, also leaves three daughters, Elizabeth Gowen Lace of Germantown, Tennessee, Henri Ella Gowen Perkins of Sheridan and Chloye Gowen Bailey of Little Rock; three sisters, Bernice Tyner of Benton, Dorothy Vaughn of Jacksonville and Ruth Cook of Rogers; two brothers, Woodrow Hall of Trumann and Roy Hall of Vanndale, nine grandchildren and 18 great- grandchildren.”

Four children were born to them:

Elizabeth Ann Gowen born November 13, 1935
Henri Ella Gowen born April 22, 1937
Chloe Mae Gowen born May 21, 1939
Hayward Hall Gowen born June 8, 1942

Elizabeth Ann Gowen, daughter of Hayward Henry Gowen and Adelia Hall Gowen, was born November 13, 1935 at Forrest City. She was married about 1956 to Bob Lace. In 1972 the couple lived at Union City, Tennessee. In 1991 and in 1999 she lived in Germantown, Tennessee. Family members state that she has compiled genealogical data on her branch of the family.

Children born to them include:

Karen Elizabeth Lace born about 1958
Robert Gowen Lace born about 1961

Henri Ella Gowen, daughter of Hayward Henry Gowen and Adelia Hall Gowen, was born April 22, 1937. She was married about 1958 to Leroy Perkins. In 1991 and in 1999 she lived in Sheridan, Arkansas.

Children born to them include:

Leann Perkins born about 1960
Mark Gowen Perkins born about 1964

Leann Perkins, daughter of Leroy Perkins and Henri Ella Gowen Perkins, was born about 1960. In 1991 she was em­ployed as a medical technician in Doctors Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mark Gowen Perkins, son of Leroy Perkins and Henri Ella Gowen Perkins, was born about 1964. In 1991 he was em­ployed as a high school athletic director and coach at Bearden, Arkansas.

Chloe Mae Gowen, daughter of Hayward Henry Gowen and Adelia Hall Gowen, was born May 21, 1939 at Forrest City. She was married about 1960 to Ernest Lloyd Bailey, Jr. In 1991 they lived in Cabot, Arkansas. In 1999 they lived in Little Rock.

Children born to them include:

Ernest Lloyd Bailey III born about 1962
Bradley Howell Bailey born about 1964
Stacey Ann Bailey born about 1967
Christopher Blake Bailey born about 1970
Edward Lane Bailey born about 1973

Hayward Hall Gowen, son of Hayward Henry Gowen and Adelia Hall Gowen, was born June 8, 1942 and died in February 1943 of a congenital heart disease.

Scott Jordan Gowen, son of William Jordan Gowen and Sabrelle Harriett Yarbrough Gowen, was born January 1, 1921 at Forrest City. He was married about 1946 to Charlene Carter. In 1972 they lived in Forrest City at 305 St. Francis Street.

Children born to Scott Jordan Gowen include:

Jim S. Gowen born about 1948

Jim S. Gowen, son of Scott Jordan Gowen, was born about 1948 at Forrest City. In 1972 he was a state bank examiner and lived in the Shadywood community near Forrest City.

John H. Gowen, son of Haywood Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen was born in Tennessee in 1872. He appeared in the 1880 census of his father’s household in Tallahachie County, Mississippi as an eight-year-old. Of this individual nothing more is known.

Edna Gowen, daughter of Haywood Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen was born about 1873. She did not appear in the 1880 census of her father’s household, however members of the family state that she was living and that she was married about 1894 and that a daughter was born to her.

Emory Gowen, son of Haywood Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen was born in 1875 in Mississippi. He ap­peared in the 1880 census of Tallahachie County as a five-year-old.

Lofton Sawyer Gowen, son of Haywood Benton H. Gowen and Chloe Ann Sawyer Gowen was born in Tallahachie County in 1877. He was recorded as a three-year-old in the 1880 census. Terrence H. Gowen, a grandson and an attorney of Calistoga, California, wrote January 18, 1990 that his grandfather was born October 28, 1875 in Enid, Mississippi.

He was married November 22, 1899 in Memphis to Elizabeth McNett who was born May 21, 1875 in Chester, Illinois. It is believed that he abandoned his wife and two children in 1906, after the death of two other children. Members of his family report that he disappeared mysteriously, and some suspected foul play.

However, Lofton Sawyer Gowen appeared in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Territory in 1906. In that year he was a bartender at T. J. Davis Saloon and was boarding at 117 S. Broadway, according to the city directory. In 1907 he was a bartender at New State Bar and continued to live at the same address. The 1909 city directory listed him as a “confectioner” at 110 S. Broadway with residence at 115 W. Washington. His wife, Gertrude Gowen appeared with him in the listing. In the 1911 directory only his residence address, 128 W. Washington, ap­peared in the directory. Apparently, he died shortly afterward. In the 1912 edition Gertrude Gowen, “widow of Lofton S. Gowen, rooms at 1001 W. 8th Street.” Elizabeth McNett Gowen died in Los Angeles, California in 1956.

Children born to Lofton Sawyer Gowen and Elizabeth McNett Gowen include:

Chloe Alice Gowen born October 26, 1900
Joseph Lofton Gowen born August 17, 1902
John Henry Gowen born in 1904
Lutie Frances Gowen born in 1906

Terence Hunley Joseph Gowen wrote, “My grandfather, Lofton Sawyer Gowen and my father, Joseph Lofton Gowen would surely fit into the Melungeon category. They were incredible look-alikes, and both were very handsome, slight to medium frame, fine-boned, dusky skin pigmentation, sharp aquiline features, straight black hair, unusual hand formation with extraordinarily long fingers and palms and backs of hands having the same coloration.”

If Lofton Sawyer Gowen indeed carried Melungeon genes, he would very likely be a kinsman of William Gowen and Sarah Gowen who came to Ft. Nashborough [later Nashville], Tennessee in 1780. Theirs was the only branch of the Gowen family in middle and western Tennessee presently identified as Melungeons. Their kinsman, David Gowen who was killed by Indians at Mansker’s Station near Ft. Nashborough in 1780, left his section of Davidson County land to his brother, “Levi Goyen,” identified as “free colored” in records of Fairfield County, South Carolina.

Chloe Alice Gowen, daughter of Lofton Sawyer Gowen and Elizabeth McNett Gowen, was born October 26, 1900 in Memphis. She died in 1932 in Los Angeles, according to Terence Hunley Gowen.

Joseph Lofton Gowen, son of Lofton Sawyer Gowen and Elizabeth McNett Gowen, was born August 17, 1902 in Memphis. He was married about 1925 to Mary Florence Dotson. In 1930 they were living in . . . . He died November 19, 1969 in Los Angeles.

Ten children were born to Joseph Lofton Gowen and Mary Florence Dotson Gowen, including:

Terence Hunnley Joseph Gowen born April 5, 1930

Terence Hunnley Joseph “Terry” Gowen, son of Joseph Lof-ton Gowen and Mary Florence Dotson Gowen, was born April 5, 1930 in Chile. He wrote May 10, 2001,

“I am named after the developer of the Confederate Navy’s submarine which was named after him, the “Hunley” [one n], which is the correct spelling. It was also the first submarine.

However, I was born in Chile and on the day of my birth, my mother’s attending physician, Dr. Winkler, ap-parently had started the cocktail hour early and in re-porting my birth to the U.S. consulate, insisted on two n’s, a dreadful fact that didn’t come to light until eigh-teen years later when I got my draft notice from the Chi-lean Army.”

“Terence Hunley Gowen,” salesman for Calbody Steel Form-ing Company and his wife, Audrey Gowen, lived at Millbrea, California, according to the 1969 city directory of San Fran-cisco. In 1992 he was an attorney living in Calistoga. In 2000, he was living in Rancho Mirage, California in retire-ment.

John Henry Gowen, son of Lofton Sawyer Gowen and Eliza­beth McNett Gowen, was born in Memphis in 1904. He died in the same year.

Lutie Frances Gowen, daughter of Lofton Sawyer Gowen and Elizabeth McNett Gowen, was born in Memphis in 1906. She died in the same year.

John M. Gowen, son of William Gowen and Susan Gowen, was born in 1844, probably in Fayette County, Tennessee. He appeared in the 1850 census there as a five-year-old. He reappeared in the 1860 census of Shelby County as a 16-year-old. He was married about 1866, probably in Mississippi where his father was a Baptist minister.

At least one son was born to John M. Gowen:

Kenneth King Gowen born about 1868

Kenneth King Gowen, son of John M. Gowen, was born about 1868. He was married about 1890, wife’s name Lola, probably in Mississippi.

At least three sons were born to Kenneth King Gowen and Lola Gowen:

Kenneth King Gowen, Jr. born about 1892
John M. Gowen born about 1895
Jerome Hewlett Gowen born about 1898

Kenneth King Gowen, Jr, son of Kenneth King Gowen and Lola Gowen, was born about 1892, probably in Mississippi. In 1959 he lived in Memphis at 5022 Parkside Road. In February 1972 he continued in Memphis at 6009 Farmington Cove.

John M. Gowen, son of Kenneth King Gowen and Lola Gowen, was born about 1895, probably in Mississippi. In 1959 he lived at 3412 Lucibil Lane in Memphis. In February 1972 he continued there at 1050 Richland Drive in Memphis where he was in the rubber stamp business. Clyde Brown Gowen of Batesville, Mississippi is reported to have a brother named “John M. Gowen.”

Children born to John M. Gowen include:

Glen M. Gowen born about 1910

Glen M. Gowen, son of John M. Gowen, was born about 1910. In February 1972 he lived at 1789 St. Margaret’s Place in Memphis.

Jerome Hewlett Gowen, son of Kenneth King Gowen and Lola Gowen, was born about 1898, probably in Mississippi. In February 1972 he lived at 4582 Bogart Street in Memphis.

Frances D. Gowen, daughter of William Gowen and Susan Gowen, was born in Tennessee in 1847, according to her enumeration in the 1850 census of Fayette County, Ten­nessee. She appeared at age 13 in the 1860 census of Shelby County. Of this individual nothing more is known.

M. A. Gowen, daughter of William Gowen and Susan Gowen, was born in 1853 in Tennessee. She appeared as a seven-year-old in the 1860 census of her father’s household in Shelby County. Of this individual nothing more is known.

James G. Gowen, son of William Gowen and Susan Gowen, was born in Tennessee in 1855. He appeared as a five-year-old in the 1860 census of Shelby County. “James G. Gowen,” unidentified was married about 1887 to Blanche M. Furnum, according to Davidson County, Tennessee marriage records. Of James G. Gowen and Blanche M. Furnum Gowen nothing more is known.

E. Sarah Jane Gowen, second known child of William H. Gowen was born about 1824 in Tennessee, according to her 1860 enumeration in Shelby County. She was married to E. F. Atkins January 30, 1848, according to Fayette County marriage records. They appeared in the 1860 census of Shelby County in a household adjoining that of her brother, William Gowen. They were recorded as Household 1704-1738:

“Atkins, E. F. 43, born in Virginia, wagonmaker,
$500, personal property
G. S. 36, born in TN, wife
L. A. 1, born in TN, female”

Children born to them include:

L. A. Atkins born in 1859

L. A. Atkins, daughter of E. F. Atkins and E. Sarah Jane Gowen Atkins, was born in 1859. She appeared as a one-year-old in the 1860 census of her parents’ household.
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J. Going was the administrator of the estate of James Gay, deceased on July 15, 1806. His inventory consisted of “clothing & personal items,” according to Williamson County, Tennessee Will Book 1. “J. Goyne, administrator” filed a supplementary inventory with the Williamson County Court in its session of October 1806. Added was a “black horse of little value.”
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Anthony Goins was granted a 640-acre tract of land March 7, 1786 by the State of North Carolina in Davidson County. When Williamson County was organized in 1799, the Goins land lay in the new county. When Rutherford County was organied in 1803 with land from Williamson County and Davidson County. The Rutherford County Clerk showed the land of Anthony Goins as 708 acres, according to “Wills and Inventories of Williamson County, Tennessee.”
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Isaac Goins was one of the Commissioners of Common Schools in District 2 of Williamson County in 1843. He was the father of “one student in school,” according to “Children in Williamson County, Tennessee Schools as of June 30, 1843.”
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“James Gowan” [James Burns Gowen] was married February 19, 1808 to Anne Price, according to “Williamson County, Tennessee Marriages, 1786 to 1879.” [Details of their lives may be found in the Goochland County, Virginia section of this manuscript.]

Descendant Researchers:

Ella Bea Gowen Burge, 28 Lake Country, Mannford, Oklahoma, 74044,
918/865-5010.
Hayward Henry Gowen, Box 21, Caldwell, Arkansas, 72322, 501/633-2113
Paul Austin Gowen, Jr, 532 Melody Lane, Memphis, Tennessee, 38119, 901/685-5780
Terrence H. Gowen, 66 El Toro Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270-4745, 760/779-5989, tagowen@msn.com

LIST OF U.S. STATES:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii,Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico,New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin,Wyoming

 

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