Virginia – Amherst County – 1700s to early 1800s

(Below are different Going, Goyen, Gowen related sources for those people were in the Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina areas in the early 1700’s to early 1800’s)

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Amherst County, Virginia – INFO
1782 Amherst Co Va
white tithes/ slaves 16+/ cattle/ horses
1782 Philip Going 1093
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1783 Amherst Co Va
white tithables/ slaves 16+/ slaves 12-16/ horses/ cattle
Philip Going 10038
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1783 – “Phillip Going” was enumerated as the head of a household of 13 “whites” in the 1783 census of Amherst Co., page 48. 1783 – Philip Going in Virginia Census – head of household with 13 members white – no blacks. Amherst Co, Va. – pg 48.  Amherst Co, Va.http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1790m-03.pdf

1785 Amherst Co Va
whites 21+/ whites 16-21/ slaves 16+/ slave under 16/ horses/ cattle
Going, Philip 10025
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1785 – Philip Gowen in the Virginia Census – head of household with 12 members white – no blacks. Amherst Co, Va. – pg 83 http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1790m-03.pdf

1786 Amherst Co Va
Going, Philip 10002/ 5 cattle
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1787 Amherst Co Va
Going, Philip 100043
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1787 – “Phillip Going” was taxed on “4 horses, 3 cattle” in 1787, according to “The 1787 Census of Virginia” by Netti Schreiner-Yantis. Va.

1788A Amherst Co Va
Philip Going 1002
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1789A Amherst Co Va
Going, Philip 1002
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1790A Amherst Co Va
Going, Phillip 1002
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1791A Amherst Co Va
Going, Philip 1003
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1793A Amherst Co Va
Going, Philip son William 2003
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1794A Amherst Co Va
Gowen, Philip & son Wm 2004
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1795A Amherst Co Va
Philip Gowen 2004
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1796 A Amherst Co Va
Going, Philip 2003
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1797A Amherst Co Va
Going, Philip 2002
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1798 A Amherst Co Va
Going, Landon 1000
Going, Philip 2002
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1799A Amherst Co Va
Aaron Going 1000
Landon Going 1000
Philip Going 1002
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1800A Amherst Co Va
Phillip Going 2003
Landon Going 1000
William Going 1000
Aaron Going 1000
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1800 Amherst Co, Va
Aaron Going and other Goings
Amherst County, Va Tax List –
http://www.americanancestors.org/databases/virginia-genealogist-the/image/?pageName=83&volumeId=8721

1801A Amherst Co Va
Going, William 1001
Going, Samuel 1000
Going, Philip 1002
Going, Landon 1001
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1802A Amherst Co Va
William Gowen 1001
Phillip Gowen 2002
Landon Gowen 1001
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1803A Amherst Co Va
Going, Landon, 1001
Going, Philip 1003
Going, William 1001
Going, Samuel 1000
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1804A Amherst Co Va
Philip Going 1002
Samuel Going 1001
William Going 1001
Landon Going 1000
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1805A Amherst Co Va
Philip Going 1002
Saml Going 1001
William Going 1001
Landon Going 1000
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1806A Amherst Co Va
Philip Gowing 2002
Saml Going 1001
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

1807A Amherst Co Va
Philip Gowing 1001
Saml Gowing 1001
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Amherst.htm

Gowen Manuscript:

AMHERST COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Samuel Going was born about 1780 in Virginia, probably in Amherst County, of parents unknown. He was married about 1818, wife’s name unknown. Apparently his wife died about 1825, and he remarried shortly afterward.

In November 1831 Samuel Going and Micajah Bryant gave a crop mortgage to a firm composed of Samuel Simmons, Young Hawkins, Jonathan N. Rose and Jonathan Thompson, Jr. Upon default, the principals filed suit, according to “The Wills of Amherst County, Virginia, 1761-1865.” by Rev. Bailey Fulton Davis.

The Amherst County Court awarded the principals a judgment of “crop, stock and $1.” The judgment was also filed December 4, 1831 in Nelson County “where Samuel Going now lives.” Samuel Going had rented a farm in Nelson County from Miss Margaret Rose, and the principals were able to attach his crop there also.

It is believed that in 1843 they lived in Amherst County where a son was married. He appeared in the 1850 census of ad-joining Nelson County, Virginia with wife Elizabeth, regarded as his second wife, as the head of Household 778-778:

“Going, Samuel 70
Elizabeth 50
Charles E. 23
Davis K. [R?] 17
Philip [twin] 13
Nathaniel [twin] 13
Sophia 25

In adjacent households were enumerated his sons, Samuel Go-ing, [Jr.], Household 779-779 and Robert A. Going, Household 780-780. Samuel Going died in Nelson County after 1860, according to the research of Cubert Thomas Wood of Columbia, Tennessee, a descendant.

Children born to Samuel Going and his first wife are believed to include:

Samuel Going born about 1820
James W. Going born about 1821
Robert A. Going born about 1823
Sophia Going born about 1825

Children born to Samuel Going and Elizabeth Going include:
s
Charles E. Goings born in 1827
Paulus R. Goings born in 1830
Oliver Going born in 1831
Edwin Going born in 1832
Phillip Goings born in 1833
Nathaniel Goings born in 1837

Three of his sons apparently added as “s” to their surname.

Samuel Going [Jr.], son of Samuel Going, was born in 1820, according to Cubert T. Wood who stated that he was married about 1847, wife’s name, Gabriella. She was born in 1824.

“James Going, son of Samuel Going, was born about 1820 in Amherst County or Albemarle County,” according to a letter written August 9, 1994 by Rozier Dedwylder, Foundation member of Hamilton, Georgia.

On November 22, 1842 James W. Going wrote his will and bequeathed to George W. Going and Phillip Going “for love for youngest brothers, $1 and stock,” according to “The Wills of Amherst County, Virginia, 1761-1865.”

Rozier Dedwylder stated that James W. Going was married in 1843 to Gabriella Skinner, daughter of Taliaferro Skinner and Elizabeth Nuckles Skinner. Elizabeth Nuckles Skinner was the daughter of John Nuckles and Sarah Nuckles. “James Going” appeared in the 1843 personal property tax list of Amherst County.

“James W. Gowing” and Gabriella Skinner were applicants for a marriage bond April 25, 1843, according to Amelia County, Virginia Marriage Bond No. 381. William L. Watts, guardian was a witness. Security witnesses were Alex S. Wood and Alex F. Blair.

One month earlier James W. Going had acted as security for William L. Watts when he posted bond to act as guardian to Gabriella Skinner, according to Amherst County Will Book 11, page 116:

“Galvilla Skinner, Guardian’s Bond:

Wm. L. Watts and Jas. Going, March 20, 1843, for Wm. L. Watts as guardian of Galvilla Skinner, orphan of Talipharo Skinner, deceased.”

Rozier Dedwylder made a study of the personal property tax records of Amherst County and found that “James Going, Sr.” and “James Going, Jr.” were list on the 1850 tax rolls. Only “James Going, Sr.” appeared in 1851.

It is suggested that by Cubert Thomas Wood of Columbia, Tennessee that James W. Going died during 1850 and that his brother, Samuel Going, assumed his family.

The household of “Samuel Going” and Gabriella Skinner Going was enumerated in the 1850 census of Nelson County, adjacent to that of his father as Household 779-779:

“Going, Samuel 30, born in Virginia
Gabriella 26, born in Virginia
Thomas 5, born in Virginia
Louisa 3, born in Virginia
Charles A. 1, born in Virginia”

“Samuel Going” is regarded as the brother-in-law of Gabriella
Skinner Going by Rozier Dedwylder.

Gabriella Skinner Going appeared in the 1860 census of Amherst County, page 242 as the head of Household 115-114:

“Going, Gabriella 34, widow, $100 personal
property
Thomas J. 14, son
Louisa E. 13, daughter
Andrew J. 10, son
Francis M. 8, son
James H. 6, son
Sanford W. 4, son
Mary J. 1, daughter

The enumerator wrote a note in the margin of the census return stating, “Assisted by county,” suggesting that the household of Gabriella Skinner Going was “on welfare.”

Gabriella Skinner Going continued to bear children until 1867, but in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 census enumerations she was listed as the head of a household, and no husband was recorded, according to Rozier Dedwylder.

Her household, No. 333-417, was enumerated in the 1870 census of Amherst County:

“Going, Gabriella 45, female, white, $100 personal
property, keeping house
Sanford W. 13. male, white, farmhand
Mary J. 11, female, white, at home
Martha E. 4, female, white”

Children born to Gabriella Skinner Going include:

Thomas J. Going born about 1845
Louisa E. Going born about 1847
Charles A. Going born about 1849
Andrew Jackson Going born about 1850
Francis M. Going born about 1852
James H. Going born about 1854
Sanford W. Going born about 1856
Mary James Going born about 1859
Martha Ellen Going born August 2, 1867

Thomas J. Going, son of James W. Going and Gabriella Skinner Going, was born about 1845, probably in Amherst County. He appeared as a five-year-old in the 1850 census of Nelson County. He reappeared as “age 14” in the 1860 census.

Louisa E. Going, daughter of Gabriella Skinner Going, was born about 1847. She appeared as a three-year-old in the 1850 census. She reappeared at age 13 in the 1850 census of Amherst County in her mother’s household.

Charles A. Going, son of Gabriella Skinner Going, was born about 1849. He appeared as a one-year-old in the 1850 census of Nelson county. He did not reappear.

Andrew Jackson Going, son of Gabriella Skinner Going, was born about 1850. He appeared as a 10-year-old in the 1850 census of Amherst County. He was married May 9, 1871, “at age 23” to Nannie Elizabeth Nuckles, “age 23” at Lynchburg, Virginia, according to the research of Nancy F. Byrd, family historian and Foundation member of Tooele, Utah. Mrs. Byrd was a great-great-granddaughter of Andrew Jackson Going and Nannie Elizabeth Nuckles Going according to her letter of May 22, 1995.

Francis M. Going, son of Gabriella Skinner Going, was born about 1852. He appeared as an eight-year-old in the 1860 cen-sus of Amherst County.

James H. Going, son of Gabriella Skinner Going, was born about 1854. He was recorded at “age 6” in the 1860 census of Amherst County.

Sanford W. Going, son of Gabriella Skinner Going, was born about 1856. He appeared in the 1860 census of Amherst County as “age 4.” “Sanford Going had appeared as the head of a household in the 1840 and 1850 census of Franklin County, Kentucky.” “Capt. Sanford H. Goins” commanded a Union militia company at Frankfort, Kentucky during the Civil War. “Sanford Goin, Jr.” was married January 12, 1869 in adjoining Woodford County, Kentucky to Emma J. Newbold, according to “Woodford County, Kentucky Marriages, 1722-1899.”

Sanford W. Goin, “ice dealer and proprietor of Eagle House, 343 Lewis Street, home at 343 Lewis Street” appeared in the 1884-85 city directory of Frankfort.

Also listed in the 1884-85 city directory of Frankfort is Phillip H. Goin, “ice dealer at 237 Mero Street, home at 237 Mero Street, owns 1 acre of land.” He is perhaps a son of Sanford W. Goin.

Mary James Going, daughter of Gabriella Skinner Going, was born about 1859. She appeared as a one-year-old in the 1860 census of Amherst County.

Martha Ellen Going, daughter of James W. [Samuel] Going and Gabriella Skinner Going, was born August 2, 1867 in Amherst County, according to the research of Rozier Dedwylder, a descendant. She appeared as a 13-year-old in the household of her mother in the 1880 census.

Martha Ellen Going, “age 22, daughter of James and Gabriella Going” was married November 26, 1890 to Thomas Albert Williams, age 23, by H. C. Cheatham, minister of the gospel, according to the marriage records of Campbell County, Vir-ginia. Martha Ellen Going stated for the record that her parents were James and Gabriella

The profession of the groom was shown as “railroading.” He was born to Richard P. Williams and Melissa K. Drummond Williams February 4, 1867 in Nelson County. He died March 25, 1929 at Clifton Forge, Virginia. She died there March 4, 1962.

Children born to them include:

Roland A. Williams born July 17, 1894
Rayburn E. Williams born April 18, 1896
Reva Williams born September 5, 1896
Irma C. Williams born about 1899
Lorene G. Williams born about 1903
Lawrence Hunter Williams born about 1908

Rayburn L. Williams was killed in action in France June 19, 1918. Roland A. Williams was also killed in France July 18, 1918 in the American Expeditionary Forces.

Robert A. Going, son of Samuel Going, was born in Virginia about 1823. He was married about 1847, wife’s name Lucinda.

They were recorded in the 1850 census of Nelson County, adjacent to his father as the head of Household 780-780:

Going, Robert A. 27, born in Virginia
Lucinda 26, born in Virginia
Nathan 2, born in Virginia”

“Robert A. Goin” was listed as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Nelson County, Enumeration District 115, page 21, Rockford District. The family was enumerated as:

“Goin, Robert A. 59, born in VA
Lucinda 52, born in VA
Nicholas B. 18, born in VA
Fitchuler L. 16, born in VA, son
Carroll, Lucy I. 23, born in VA, daughter
Iverson L. 6, born in VA, grandson”

Children born to Robert A. Going and Lucinda Going include:

William Nathan Going born about 1848
Lucy I. Going born about 1858
Nicholas B. Going born about 1862
Fitchuler L. Going born about 1864

Sophia Goings, daughter of Samuel Going, was born about 1825 in Virginia. She appeared at age 25 in the 1850 enumeration of her father’s household in Nelson County.

Charles E. Goings, son of Samuel Goings, was born in 1827 in Virginia. He was married about 1861 wife’s name Signora. She was born in May 1847. She may have been his second wife.

Children born to Charles E. Goings and Signora Goings include:

Virginia E. Going born in 1863
William Going born in 1868
Silas Going born about 1869
Paul Going born in 1870
Hester Going born about 1871
Marshall Going born in October 1872
Ida Going born about 1873
Frank Going born in May 1877
John Going born in April 1879
James E. Going born in April 1882
Kittie Going born in April 1884
Samuel Going born in June 1886

Silas Going, son of Charles E. Goings and Signora Goings, was born in August 1868. He was married about 1892, wife’s name Anna. She was born in March 1876.

Children born to Silas Going and Anna Going include:

Edwin Going born in December 1894
Elnora Going born in May 1896
Clara Going born in March 1900
Josiah Going born in 1905
Paul Going born in 1907
Laura L. Going born in 1910
Harry Going born in 1912
Eugene Going born in 1915

Paulus R. Goings, son of Samuel Goings, was born in 1830, probably in Virginia. He was married about 1858 to Lucy Patterson who was born in 1832.

Children born to Paulus R. Goings and Lucy Patterson Goings include:

Mary E. “Mollie” Goings born February 9, 1860
Louise Goings born in 1863
Cynthia Goings born in 1864
Paulus Goings, Jr. born in 1866
Ella Goings born in 1871

Mary E. “Mollie” Goings, daughter of Paulus R. Goings and Lucy Patterson Goings, was born February 9, 1860. She was married to Alfred Pinkerton Smith who was born April 29, 1859. She died August 3, 1938, and he died October 27, 1949.Children born to them include:

Charles A. Smith born October 27, 1878
James Lewis Smith born September 21, 1880
Paulus E. Smith born September 12, 1882
Johnny T. Smith born January 18, 1885
Mary Eliza Smith born March 26, 1887
Lucy Edna Smith born September 24, 1890
Willie Pinkerton Smith born July 10, 1893
Cora Louise Smith born June 14, 1896
George Washington Smith born July 18, 1901
Eva Elizabeth Smith born January 30, 1905

James Lewis Smith, son of Alfred Pinkerton Smith and Mary E. “Mollie” Goings Smith, was born September 21, 1880 at Lynchburg, Virginia. He was married about 1900 to Pearl Evelyn Chewning who was born in June 1882. She died February 14, 1960. He died December 27, 1966 in Birmingham, Alabama, according to the research of Cubert Thomas Wood, a descendant.

Children born to James Lewis Smith and Pearl Evelyn Chewn-ing Smith include:

Emmett Hobson Smith born about 1902
Mary Evelyn Smith born February 8, 1904
Thelma Smith born June 2, 1902
Minnie Wallace Smith born October 23, 1908
Virginia Irene Smith born August 18, 1913

Mary Evelyn Smith, daughter of James Lewis Smith and Pearl Evelyn Chewning Smith, was born February 8, 1904. She was married about 1920 to Cubert Russell Wood. He was born July 13, 1901. He died May 4, 1954 in Birmingham. She died August 8, 1994 at the age of 90.

Children born to them include:

Monica Louise “Mica” Wood born May 2, 1921
Evelyn “Russell” Wood born May 24, 1922
Cubert Acosta Wood born July 29, 1924

Cubert Acosta Wood, son of Cubert Russell Wood and Mary Evelyn Smith Wood, was born July 29, 1924. He was married about 1945 to Edwina Louise Pocus. She was born in Birm-ingham March 8, 1926.

Children born to them include:

Cubert Thomas Wood born July 6, 1945
Larry David Wood born August 28, 1948
Lynn Cheryl Wood born February 8, 1953

Cubert Thomas Wood, son of Cubert Acosta Wood and Edwina Louise Pocus Wood, was born July 6, 1946. He was married about 1972 to Sandra Joan Cryar. She was born July 22, 1948 in Columbia, Tennessee. In 1994 they continued in Columbia.

Children born to them include:

Jennifer Lyn Wood born September 3, 1975
Jeffrey Thomas Wood born December 11, 1983

Oliver Going, son of Samuel Going and Elizabeth Going, was born about 1831 in Virginia. He was married about 1849, wife’s name Matilda. She was born in 1830.

Children born to Oliver Going and Matilda Going include:

Paul O. Going born about 1851

Edwin Going, son of Samuel Going and Elizabeth Going was born about 1832. He was married about 1856 to Margaret Falconer. Children born to Edwin Going and Margaret Falconer Going are unknown.

Phillip Goings, son of Samuel Going and Elizabeth Going, was born in 1833. Of this individual nothing more is known.

Nathaniel Goings, son of Samuel Going and Elizabeth Going, was born about 1837. Of this individual nothing more is known.
==O==
James Goin was married to Mary A. Spencer September 11, 1857, according to “Amherst County, Virginia Marriages, 1783-1850.” Children born to James Goin and Mary A. Spencer Goin are unknown.
==O==
“Micajah Goin” was married January 19, 1836 to Martha Jane Kelly, according to “Amherst County, Virginia Marriages, 1783-1850.” “Micajah Gowen” was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Amherst County. Eastern Division.

A descendant, Dorothy Sykes of Virginia Beach, Virginia wrote August 3, 1998 that four children were born to Micajah Going and Mary Jane Kelly Going. They include:

George W. Going born about 1839
Ann Elizabeth Going born about 1840
Eveline Going born about 1842
Lucie Henry Going born about 1845

George W. Going, “infant son of Micajah Going,” was to re-ceive from the estate of William Kelly, his grandfather “$1 and a five-year-old horse” under the terms of Kelly’s will written November 22, 1842, according to “The Wills of Amherst County, Virginia, 1761-1865.”

George W. Going, “age 26, of Amherst County, son of Micajah Going and Martha Jane Going,” was married November 20, 1867 to Emily Oliver, age 20, daughter of Amos J. Oliver, according to “Marriage Records of Bedford County, Virginia.”

Children born to George W. Going and Emily Oliver Going are unknown.
==O==
John Going was married September 6, 1843 to Martha Litch-ford, according to “Amherst County, Virginia Marriages, 1703-1850.” Children born to John Going and Martha Litch-ford Going are unknown.
==O==
Landon Going was married to Sally Crisp January 17, 1803, according to “Amherst County, Virginia Marriages, 1703-1850.” Of Landon Going and Sally Crisp Going nothing more is known.
==O==
Polly Going was married to Joseph Harvey December 10, 1802, according to “Amherst County, Virginia Marriages, 1703-1850.”
==O==
Will Going, free colored male, was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1820 census of Amherst County, page 25A. One member of the household was engaged in manufacturins, one in commerce and one in agriculture. Will Going owned one slave. The household was composed of:

“Going, Will free colored male 26-45
free colored female 26-45
free colored male 14-26
free colored male 14-26
free colored female over 45
free colored male 26-45
free colored female 26-45”
==O==
On January 11, 1827 Henry J. Rose sold “cows, tools, furniture” to Sophia Going, “daughter of Samuel Going of Nelson County for $1 and charitable considerations.” Henry J. Rose retained a deed of trust on the property and six years later, attempted to recover the security on June 27, 1833. He filed his deed of trust in Nelson County July 22, 1833 and in Amherst County August 4, 1835.

Sophia Goings, daughter of Samuel Going, would be about two years old in 1827. Obviously the entry refers to an older Samuel Going and an older Sophia Going. “Sophia Going” may have been a sister to Samuel Going.
==O==
Robert C. Goins was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1870 census of Amherst County, page 499, line 9:

“Goins, Robert C. 25, male, white, works in furnace,
born in VA
Susan M. 34, female, white, keeping house,
born in VA
==O==
Families of interest to Gowen chroniclers appeared in the 1850 census of Amherst County:

Householder Page District
John Gowen 122 Eastern
John Gowen 095 Eastern
Mahala Gowen 154 Eastern
Micajah Gowen 080 Eastern
Nancy F. Gowen 080 Eastern
Sophia Gowen 151 Eastern
James Gowen 126 Eastern
==O==
Louisa E. Gowan was married June 21, 1861 to William E. Bowles, according to Amherst County Marriage Book 2, page 55.
==O==
James Gowen was born about 1820, place and parents unknown. He was married to Elizabeth Viar who was born about 1840. She may have been his second wife.

James Gowen appeared as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Amherst County, Page 126, Eastern District. Also recorded in the Eastern District in 1850 were John Gowen, page122; John Gowen, page 95; Mahala Gowen, page 154, Micajah Gowen, page 80, Nancy F. Gowen, page 80 and Sophia Gowen, page 151.

The household of James Gowen reappeared in the 1860 census of Amherst County with seven children ranging in ages from 17 to 2.

James Gowen as enumerated as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Amherst County, Enumeration District 18, page 8, Elon precinct:

“Gowen, James 60, born in Virginia
Elizabeth 40, born in Virginia
Nannie E. 10, born in Virginia
William E. 8, born in Virginia
John W. 7, born in Virginia

Charles Gowen, negro, was recorded as the head of an adjoining household in Enumeration District 18, page 8, Elon precinct:

“Gowen, Charles 28, born in Virginia, black
Mary 25, born in Virginia
Tally 6, born in Virgnia, daughter
Charles 4, born in Virginia
Edward 2, born in Virginia
Lottie 1, born in Virginia
Matthews, Amanda 17, born in Virginia, sister
Gowen James 26, born in Virginia, brother”

Children born to James Gowen and Elizabeth Viar Gowen include:

Nannie E. Gowen born about 1870
William Edward Gowen born about 1872
John W. Gowen born about 1873

William Edward Gowen, son of James Gowen and Elizabeth Viar Gowen, was born about 1872 in Amherst County, according to Carrington “Carrie” Gowen, a granddaughter of Greensboro, North Carolina. He was married about 1895 to Martha Farmer. William Edward Gowen bought a home in Madison Heights, Virginia in 1900 for $249.76. They were charter members of the Madison Heights Methodist Church. He died there in 1957.

Grace W. Stafford <ellagrace4@aol.com> wrote July 15, 1998:

“I am assisting a dear friend, Carrie Gowen, to research her family history. At this point we have little information, and would appreciate hearing from anyone who has information about her family. Her grandfather was William Edward Gowen who lived and died in Amherst County, Virginia. He was married to Martha Farmer.

Children born to William Edward Gowen and Martha Farmer Gowen include:

Mary Gowen born about 1897
William Edward Gowen, Jr. born about 1898
Emma Gowen born about 1900
Hilda Gowen born about 1903
Winnie Gowen born about 1906
Paul Gowen born about 1910

George L. Gowen and Martha Jane Viar Gowen were residents of Bedford County, near Lynchburg or Madison about 1883, according to a message written Feburary 8, 1997 by Lauretta “Lori” Lyon Christensen, Foundation member of Branford Florida.

Children born to them include:

Sarah “Sally” Gowen born about 1885
Lewis Jefferson Gowen born in 1887

Sarah “Sally” Gowen, daughter of George L. Gowen and Martha Jane Viar Gowen, was born about 1885 in Bedford County, according to Lauretta “Lori” Lyon Christensen. She was married about 1902 to Troy E. Maness of Greensboro, North Carolina. She died about 1960 in Miami, Florida, and he died in 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia. Both were buried in Miami.

Five children were born to them:

Virginia E. Maness born April 18, 1904
Mae Maness born about 1906
James Maness born in 1909
Ruth Maness born about 1912
Raymond Maness born about 1916

Virginia E. Maness, daughter of Troy E. Maness and Sarah “Sally” Gowen Maness, was born April 18, 1904. She was married March 15, 1920 in Clarksburg, West Virginia to Karl G. Lyon who was born March 24, 1901 in Elkins, West Virginia. He died July 3, 1978 in St. Petersburg, Florida, and she died there March 6, 1988.

Children born to Karl G. Lyon and Virginia E. Maness Lyon include:

Kathryn Grace Lyon born in November 1920
Lauretta “Lori” Lyon born March 3, 1932

Kathryn Grace Lyon, daughter of Karl G. Lyon and Viriginia E. Maness Lyon, was born in November 1920. She died at the age of six weeks.

Lauretta “Lori” Lyon, daughter of Karl G. Lyon and Virginia E. Maness Lyon, was born March 3, 1932 in Clarksburg, West Virginia. She was married about 1950, husband’s name Christensen. In 1997, she lived in Branford, Florida where she, a Foundation member, was active in researching the Gowen and Maness families.

Lewis Jefferson Gowen, son of George L. Gowen and Martha Jane Viar Gowen, was born in Amherst County in 1887. He was married about 1916 to Blanche Gilliam. They lived at 304 Phelps Road in Madison Heights, Virginia where he was employed by Craddock-Terry Shoe Corp. She preceded him in death. They were members of Madison Heights Baptist Church.

He died there in 1980 at the age of 93 in Guggenheimer Memorial Hospital and was buried in Presbyterian Cemetery.

His obituary stated:

“He is survived by two sons, Lewis Jefferson Gowen, Jr. of Lynchburg, Virginia and Clarence W. “Buddy” Gowen of Madison Heights; three daughters, Mrs. Steuart [Frances] Harrison of Amherst, Mrs. Earl [Erma] Clark of Madison Heights and Mrs. Joseph [Margaret] Johnson of Lynchburg; three grandchildren, Donna Clark Devens of Germany, Ann Johnson Davis of Madison Heights and Dr. Clarence W. Gowen, Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio: a great-grandson, Corey Scott Davis of Madison Heights and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today, and other times at the home of his son, Clarence W. Gowen, 115 Royal Circle, Madison Heights.”

Children born to Lewis Jefferson Gowen and Blanche Gilliam
Gowen include:

Lewis Jefferson Gowen, Jr. born about 1918
Clarence W. Gowen born about 1920
Frances Gowen born about 1923
Erma Gowen born about 1926
Margaret Gowen born about 1929

Lewis Jefferson Gowen, Jr, son of Lewis Jefferson Gowen and Blanche Gilliam Gowen, was born about 1918. In 1980 he lived in Lynchburg.

Clarence W. “Buddy” Gowen, son of Lewis Jefferson Gowen and Blanche Gilliam Gowen, was born about 1920. In 1980 he lived in Madison Heights.

Children born to him include:

Clarence W. Gowen, Jr. born about 1945

Clarence W. Gowen, Jr, son of Clarence W. “Buddy” Gowen, was born about 1945. In 1980, Dr. Clarence W. Gowen lived in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Frances Gowen, daughter of Lewis Jefferson Gowen and Blanche Gilliam Gowen, was born about 1923. She was married about 1946, to Steuart Harrison. In 1980 they lived in Amherst, Virginia.

Erma Gowen, daughter of Lewis Jefferson Gowen and Blanche Gilliam Gowen, was born about 1926. She was married about 1946 to Earl Clark. In 1980 they lived in Madison Heights.

Children born to Earl Clark and Erma Gowen Clark include:

Donna Clark born about 1948

Donna Clark, daughter of Earl Clark and Erma Gowen Clark, was born about 1948. She was married about 1969, husband’s name Devens. In 1980 they were in Germany.

Margaret Gowen, daughter of Lewis Jefferson Gowen and Blanche Gilliam Gowen, was born about 1929. She was married about 1950 to Joseph Johnson. In 1980 they lived in Lynchburg, Virginia.
==O==
John James Gowen was married April 15, 1872 to Martha A. Mitchell, according to Amherst County Marriage Book 3, page 15. Children born to John James Gowen and Martha A. Mitchell Gowen are unknown.
==O==
In connection with a sheriff’s sale held September 9, 1836 in Amherst County, it was noted “Phillip Gowen is considered dead with 160 acres in Missouri,” according to “The Wills of Amherst County, 1761-1865.”
==O==
Clementina Gowing was married January 3, 1829 to Seaton Y. Dempsey, according to “Amherst County, Virginia Mar-riages, 1703-1850.”
==O==
Elizabeth Gowin and Winston S. Fortune were applicants for a marriage bond December 2, 1834, according to Amherst County Marriage Bond No. 220. James Fortune gave consent. James Gowin gave consent. William Gowin and John Pugh were security witnesses John Allcock was a witness.
==O==
Emmeline Gowing and Dixon Langhorne were applicants for a marriage bond July 5, 1828, according to Amelia County Marriage Bond No. 298. Landon S. Gowing was security. Witnesses were Ro. Langhorne, Jr. Ro. Tinsley and A. B. Davies.
==O==
George Gowing was married August 30, 1834 to Nancy Thur-mond, according to “Amherst County, Virginia Marriages, 1703-1850.” Of George Gowing and Nancy Thurmond Gowing nothing more is known.
==O==
Martha C. Gowing was married to Wiatt Lilly May 29, 1833, according to “Amherst County, Virginia Marriages, 1703-1850.”

Research Contributors:

Nancy F. Byrd, 922 S. Coleman St, Tooele, UT, 84074, 801/882-2323
Lauretta “Lori” Lyron Christiansen, Branford, FL,
Rozier Dedwylder, 198 New Site Road, Hamilton, GA, 31811
Carrington “Carrie” Gowen, 1408 Kingwood Drive, Greensboro, NC, 27410, 336/292-
5625, ellagrace4@aol.com
Dorothy Sykes, 229 Convention, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462, 757/497-8095,
dbsykes@exis.net
Cubert Thomas Wood, 1410 Towson Drive, Columbia, TN, 38401, 615/381-5934

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