Virginia – New Kent County – 1700s to early 1800s

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(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)


People with Pages on this site connected to this county:

  • John Gynes b. abt 1625 in New Kent Co, Va
  • Gawen Gawen b. abt 1655 in New Kent Co, Va
  • Michael Gowen b. abt 1679 in New Kent Co, Va
  • Philip Gowen b. abt 1681 in New Kent Co, Va
  • George Gowen b. abt 1715 m Sarah, living in New Kent Co, Goochland Co Va, and Rockingham Co, NC
    • Aaron Gowen born 1738 June 9 – birth of Aaron Gowan – parents George Gowan and Sarah Gowan

New Kent County, Virginia – INFO

1662 March 8 – John Gynes 10 (37 yrs) Ashwell, Basbie, Collings, Baker, Tilsey Stanup
JOHN STANUP, 1350 acs. New Kent Co., 18 Mar. 1662, p. 238, (158). S. side of Yorke Riv., beg. at corner by Henry Ashwells path, running S.W. by S. &c. to corner by John Basbies path, thence S. Ely. to Thomas Collings corner &c., including 1750 acs. granted to Martin Baker 28 Nov. 1658, 300 acs. of which sd. Baker sold to Tho. Tilsey & 100 acs. to Jno. Gynes (?), which is excepted out of the bounds according to the bills of sale from Baker; 1350 acs. assigned sd. Stanup by sd. Baker.  New Kent Co, Va.

1682, April 20 – Gawen Gawin 1000a s side of Totopottomoys Cr in New Kent Co, Va.   Gawen Gawin – New Kent Co VA Land Grant 1682 
Transcribed by: Regena Cogar
VA Patents 7, p. 160
Library of Virginia Digital Collection: Land Office Patents and Grants.  Gawin 1000
To all &c. Whereas &c. Now Know yee that I S[i]r Henry [Ch—eley?] K[nigh]t deputy [governor?] [do] give and grannt unto Gawen Gawin One tho[w?]sand acres of land lying in the County of New Kent upon the South side of [Totopottomoys?] Creeke & bounded as followeth begining upon the upper line of Cornelius Dabneys land runing South South East along the said line three hundred twenty five pole to a markt red oake from thence West five hundred & twoe pole to a marked hiccory from thence North North West three hundred twenty five pole to a marked red oake [—?] the said Creeke from thence downe the said Creeke to the first Station the said land being formerly grannted to John [Davis?] by Pattent bearing date the [27?]th February [1660?] and by him [deserted?] and now grannted to the said Gawin [by order?] of the Gener[al] Court and [further?] due by and for the transportacon of twenty p[er]sons into this Colony whose names [—?] under this pattent menconed To have & to hold &c. To be held &c. Yeilding & paying &c. Provided &c. Dated the twentieth of Aprill [1682?] ~
John Bryor, Tho: [Ponger?/Penger?], Geo: Taylor, [Tho:?] Barrow, And: Hill, Corne: Degar, Cathe: Hubberd, John [Pope?], [Bess?], Sam[?] Thomas, Mary Lemon, John [Ravenel?], Sam:ll Walton, Margaret [Cheney?], Dan:ld [Shalton?], Jon: Wallington,
Jon: Jackson, [Ja-?] Lindsey, Mary Denham, Mariah.
NOTE: Transcriber’s comments are in brackets [ ].
NOTE: Image format copyrighted by the Library of Virginia.

1702 July 4 – “Michael Gowin” and “Phillip Gowin” were serving in the militia in nearby New Kent County. They were serving under Col. John Lightfoot. Created in 1654, New Kent County then encompassed territory included in the present counties of King William, King and Queen, Hanover, and New Kent. Va Miltia – New Kent County.,+John+Gowing,+William+Gowing,+dragoons&source=bl&ots=aUYdKZese1&sig=1y0EvkT1Z-TVNYDRCyOxHMcXFQU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAGoVChMIz9iSs5GZyQIVhiomCh3KLA1E#v=onepage&q&f=false

1704 – Philip Gawen – Tax Record, 1704, , New Kent, Virginia, USA. English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records, Quit Rent Rolls, Page 166
Phillip Gawen  50 acres. New Kent, Va (p 166).

1720 July 14 – “Michael Gowing” is mentioned in an entry dated July 14, 1720 in the “Vestry Book of St. Pauls Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, 1706-1786:” “In obedience to an order of New Kent County, July 14, 1720, it is ordered that the precinct whereof Jere: Parker is Surveyor be divided into two precincts and that Peter Harrilson be Surveyor of the lower precinct, beginning at Ash Cake Road, thence up the road to Magirts path and that he have Michael Gowing‘s male tithables, Mrs. Mary Anderson’s tithables at the Quarter adjoining to that, those of George Butler, Henry Taylor and his own tithables to assist him in the clearing & keeping that road in good order.”
Hanover Co, Va (pg 93)

1737 June 9 – Aaron Going, son of George and Sarah Gowan born 9 June, baptized 3 September 1737 in St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent County [NSCDA, Parish Register of St. Peter’s, 134], New Kent Co, Va.

1738 June 9 – birth of Aaron Gowan – parents George Gowan and Sarah Gowan. Baptized on Sept 3, 1738. New Kent County, Va – St. Peter’s Parish Vestry Book and Register p 546.,1523,848,1651

1738 Sept 3 – “George Gowan and his wife Sarah Gowan,” were residents of New Kent County, Virginia September 3, 1738 when a son, “Aaron Gowan” was christened there in St. Peter’s Parish, according to International Genealogical Index, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. New Kent County, Va. St. Peters Parish Register, page 134.

From Gowen Manuscript:


New Kent County was formed in 1654 from York County, and Hanover County was formed in 1720 from New Kent County.
George Gowan and his wife Sarah Gowan, were residents of New Kent County, Virginia September 3, 1738 when a son, Aaron Gowan was christened there in St. Peter’s Parish, ac­cording to the research of Donna Johnston of Casper, Wyoming. Children born to them include:

Aaron Gowan born in 1738

Aaron Gowan, son of George Gowan and Sarah Gowan, was christened September 3, 1738 in New Kent County, St. Pe­ter’s parish. Shadrack Going, a kinsman was also born in New Kent County, according to Donna Johnston.

“Aron Going” received 410 acres “on the head of Matrimony Creek of Can River and on Paw Paw Creek of Mayo River” from the State of North Carolina May 16, 1786, according to Rockingham County Deed Book A, page 33. The research of Donna Johnston reveals that the land was located “on the headwaters of Matrimony Creek on the Dan River and on Paw Paw Creek of the Mayo adjoining the former line of Samuel Gates & Hamil­ton,”

“Arron Gowin” sold the land for £200 October 21, 1786 to Turbefield Barnes, according to Rockingham County Deed Book A, page 139. On November 8, 1788 “Aaron Gowin” gave a confirmation deed to Barnes as recorded in Rocking­ham County Deed Book C, page 13.
Phillip Gowen, “negro” sued John Lucas for his freedom June 15, 1675 in New Kent County and won his case. The court awarded him three barrels of corn in addition.
Phillip Gowen appeared there July 4, 1702 and on the 1704 New Kent County Quit Rent Rolls as holding 50 acres of land.
A Gowen individual received a grant of 1,000 acres in New Kent County on the south side of Totapottomays Creek April 20, 1682, according to “Cavaliers & Pioneers Abstracts” by Nugent. The land adjoined that of Cornelius Dabney and had been previously granted February 27, 1666 to John Davis who “deserted it.”.
The genealogy of the Gowen family of New Kent County and Cumberland County written about 1880 by W. F. Clayton is filed in Newberry Library in Chicago as “Volume F841 225.3” and “Volume F8395.605.”


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