September 1989 - December 1993
Would like to have the ancestry
of my g-g-grandfather James Burns Gowen, b1785 Bedford Co, VA, m1808 Annie
Price, d1880 Bedford Co, TN. Mildred R. Ayres, 904 St. Lukes Dr, Richardson, TX,
Need data on Wade Hampton Gowan, b1856 SC, mc1876 Emme-line Frances Amos cs1880 Spartanburg Co, SC. Dennis Amos, 604 Ferndale, Rock Hill, SC.
Seeking information on my great-grandmother Josephine Goin(s) who m1 Josiah Taylor in Bexar County, TX: m2 Mr. Priest, removed to White Deer, TX. Pamela N. Dillard 1109 Van Horn, College Station, TX, 77940.
Seeking data on Etta Alma Goins/Goynes, my grandmother who b1870 to William Goins and Julia Spell Goins ln Tyler Co, TX, m1893 to Joseph Alexander "Zan" Gassiot; d1974 Coleman, TX. Betty Gassiot Brown, 116 Brush, Coleman, TX, 76834.
Will exchange data on James Goyne/Guynes bc1755 VA. d1834 MS and his son, John Goyne b1776, m1800 Matilda Hall GA, d1840 MS. Evelyn Sandifer Hall, 4319 Colonial Drive, Shreveport, LA, 71119.
Tracking Dillard Gowen/Goen bc1791 SC, mc1818 Nancy, cs1830 Jackson County, GA and their daughter Jane Goins who mc1849 John D. Tuck. Seems that Jane Goins Tuck was a Cherokee, and the Tuck family disinherited John D. Tuck and his children. They were "shunned by the Tuck family and their names marked out of the family bible." Fact or fiction? Carolyn Tuck Sanders, 2108 Princeton Drive, Ennis, Texas, 75119.
In pursuit of James L. Gowens/Gynes m1848 Rebecca Tru-lock, d1853 Worth County, GA and their son William Thomas Gwines b1851, m1878 Mary Jane Thornhill, d1926 Worth County, GA. Gowens name spelled five different ways in Old Trulock family bible. Carl C. Gwines, Rt. 1, Box 4650 Sylvester, GA, 51791.
Searching for Amos Goyen/Goin who mc1778 Mary Ann Baxter in NC: vc1780 Fairfield Co, SC, sdc1784 in Revolution. Mary Ann Baxter Goyen m2c1785 John Byrns, v1789 Charleston, SC. Two sons, Amos Goyen bc1780 and Jeremiah Goyen bc1783. Lucile H. Sanders, Box 53, Buffalo, TX, 75831.
Will exchange Goyne data. Need
info on John Goyne who d1819 Jefferson, AL and his son John R. Goyne b1809 GA,
and his grandson George Washington Goyne b1849 Kemper, MS, m1872 Elizabeth
Byers, Lamar Co, TX, d1907 Hamilton Co, TX Charlie Blakley, 211 Gatewood Circle
W, Burleson, TX 76028
I am Lois Gowen Collins, daughter of William Loyd Gowen who was born January 23, 1897 in Eddyville, IL. His parents were Wi-ley Fletcher Gowen and Dora Ann Evans Gowen who had 11 children. Wiley Fletcher Gowen was born September 16, 1875 near Dorisville or Harrisburg, IL and died September 3, 1897. He had two sisters, Mary Gowen and Martha Gowen. Grateful for any help on this line. Lois Collins, 9713 Echo Lane, Over-land, MO, 63114.
Need information on John & Elizabeth Denham[?] Gowen/Goins/Gowens mc1835 Cumberland Co. [now Monroe Co.], KY. Son John b1837 KY. Elizabeth Gowen bc1839 Bai-ley Elder in Benton Co, MO, cs185O Carroll Co, MO. Need every-thing, glad to exchange data with anyone. Theron D. Elder, 3156 N.W. 25th St, Oklahoma City, Ok, 73107
Searching for parents of James Goyne/Goynes/Guynes b1755 Mecklenburg Co VA. Rev. soldier, Camden Dist, SC: v St. Helena Pa, LA, Copiah Co, MS, Lawrence Co, MS; v1836 Kempner Co, MS. Virginia R. Kerr, Rt. 1, Box 208-A, Mc-Comb, MS, 39648.
Will exchange data on Matilda Gowen b1800 KY, m1831 John William Miller, Lawrence Co, IL: d1900 Crawford Co, KS. She had brother, Thomas Gowen. Leva Joy Brantley, Rt. 1, Box 1440, Fletcher, OK, 405/365-4381.
Interested in corresponding with anyone who is researching the Goyne surname. They were in the following counties and states: Georgia--Warren, Taliferro, Wilkes, Houston. Al-abama--Jefferson, Coffee; Louisiana--Union & Morehead Pa. Arkansas--Union, Ashley & Drew. Texas-Fannin, Gregg & Hunt. Sammy Duncan, 2107 Division, Greenville. TX, 75401.
Need parents and siblings of Pleasant Goins/Gowen/Gowan/Goens/Gooing bc1799 TN or VA: he m1821 Temperance Cooper in Dallas Co, AL. They had Andrew Martin b1823, David, William, Martha and a daughter who dy: m2 Louisa Alice "Ally" Webb 1846 Shelby Co, AL. Had ch, Matilda Jane, Margarette G, Martin B, Pheoby, Allie/Alice, and Susan. Pleasant dc1863 Shelby Co, about the same time as his fa-ther who d in TN. Will gladly exchange data. Fay B. Kitchens, 101 Jolly Roger, Monroe, LA, 71203.
Kudos on two marvelous
newsletters. Obviously a lot of time and work went into them, and I'm much
appreciative of those efforts. Thanks to all involved.
The article on the Gowrie conspiracy was of special interest. As an unconfirmed descendant of Sir Rohert Logan of Restalrig, who paid a high price for his supposed involvement against the Ruthven brothers, I recently started my own research into the conspiracy. If Landa Beth Sloan would like the services of this historical writer and researcher, I'm available. And I won't be playing devil's advocate, not necessarily, since I'm a Gowen, too. Martha Hix, 13531 Norland Drive, San Antonio, TX, 78232. 512/496-6621.
I received a copy of your September newsletter from my nephew, Don Going of Peachtree City, Georgia. I am a historian and a genealogy buff, and I have been tracing the family tree for years.
I have only considered "Going' as I felt this was headache enough--also I knew I had a first cousin who spelled his name "Goings." I just thought he was one of the more stupid members of the tree, ha! Your newsletter was very enlightening, and the search will be broadened. Please add my name to the mailing list. Rev. M. Lee Going, 2027 Clark Station Road, Fish-erville, KY, 40023.
Notice of Gowen Research Foundation appeared in the Houston Genealogical Forum. I think I might belong in your "family," but as yet I haven't found a solid connection.
My great-great grandfather was named Gowen Harris. From the first I have felt that Gowen might be a maternal name or pos-sibly from Maj. John "Buck" Gowen who was active in the area of South Carolina where I have the first trace of Gowen Harris.
Gowen Harris is mentioned in the deed records of Spartan-burg County, S.C. as early as 1804. He married Frances F. Sharp. They moved to Greenville, S.C, then on to Lawrence County, Mississippi, then on to Opelousas, Louisiana. Fanny and some children stayed there while Gowen Harris went on to Brazoria, Texas where he died in March 1836. I hope that some-one in the Foundation membership can help me and that this turns out to be a family connection. Beverly T. Smith 1807 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna, Georgia, 30080, 404/435-7176.
I have just had a phone call from Miller Abbott Gowen in Geneva, Switzerland. When it was mentioned in the Foundation newsletter that he was underwriting the publishing of the Foun-dation manuscript, I wrote to him to express my appreciation for what he is doing. In my letter I mentioned that my daughter, Jimmie Dean Overstreet had just moved to Geneva from Paris and hoped that he might give her a call. He not only called my daughter, but took her to lunch and introduced his family--wife, two sons and a daughter--and a cousin who was visiting from Scotland.
In his call he mentioned that Jimmie Dean had found a house in Geneva, that her furniture had arrived and that Murdock, her golden retriever was extremely happy in Switzerland chasing swans.
I was interested in the mention of the Gowrie Tract in the September newsletter. My cousin George Brock, formerly with Union Camp Corporation of Savannah who now owns the Gowrie Tract, is familiar with the Tract which is located just south of here. I have written Union Camp Corporation request-ing any information they might be able to supply regarding the early owners of Gowrie Tract. We'll keep you posted. Hazel Dean Overstreet, Route 1, Box 938, Odom, GA, 31555. 912/586-6634
My husband's g-grandfather Emanuel Nash married Sena Goins around 1900. Also his g-g-g-grandfather's daughter, Keziah Nash married Phillip Goins in 1815 in Louisiana. I would be glad to exchange what I have on the Goins if it would help someone else, and perhaps they could help me with some questions I can't solve.
Do you have the article "American Families at Four Frontier Posts: Pensacola, Mobile, Natchez and Missouri" which ap-peared in "Genealogical Helper," November 1983. These lists were written by French officers trying to write English in the Spanish idiom. One entry reads, "3 June-5 July, 1789, James Gown (Gowen?l. Another is "2 March 1792, Eduardo Gones [Edward [Goens"]. Della Ford Nash, 2515 NW 26th St, Okla-homa City, OK, 73107
Thank you for the Newsletter. It's exciting to be in touch with a group researching the family. I have been researching the Cornish branch for a number of years, so it's great to find that I am not alone with this work.
I am seeking the origin of the Cornish Gowens and to compile a family tree of all the family living here in Australia. I have achieved this with the two largest families here, the descendants of Peter Goyne and Mary Ann Bowden Goyne, my group and Francis Goyne and Elizabeth Gribben Goyne of Tasmania.
I am enclosing my family tree. You will note where I have placed an asterisk the spelling changes from "Gowen" to "Goyne." Initially I was working only in the Goyne/Goyen names, and when I discovered the Gowen connection, I realized
d that I had much more work to do. Then I had to have heart surgery, so l have not yet been able to travel the two hours to the Melbourne Library and search through the close, patent and fine rolls for Gowen entries.
I have on my computer all the known descendants of Peter & Mary Ann Goyne, Francis & Elizabeth Goyne and John & Catherine Goyne; list of ships that brought Goyne individuals out; various family trees and three sets of Cornish data. I'll send you diskettes of this data. Robert J. Goyne, 523 Sutton St, Se-bastopol, 3356, Victoria, Australia.
I was delighted to learn about Gowen Research Foundation and its goals. Thanks so much for the newsletters. Enclosed in my check for 1990 dues.
My first documented ancestor was David Goings and his wife Susannah [Williams?l Goings who lived in Giles County, Virginia after their marriage in 1803. There were 14 children and some of them moved on to Delaware County, Indiana after he obtained a land patent there in 1824. Later he returned to Vir-ginia, riding horseback, to visit a daughter, Mrs. Jacob Surface of Newbern, Virginia and another, Mrs. Rachel Burton in Pearisburg, Virginia where he became sick and died April 26, 1840.
David was one of those persons with swarthy skin and fine features [Melungeon?]. Some of his descendants resembled peo-ple of Afghanistan or India.
I will gladly share my information with other cousins inter-ested in their heritage. Hazel M. Wood, 3772 Baker Street, San Diego, CA, 92117.
Need parents of Oscar Clayborn Goins who was bl830 Grainger Co, TN; m1858 Esther Reynolds, Chattanooga, TN, v1873 Murray Co, GA, m2 Nancy Florence Potter, d1903 Bradley Co, TN. I have Goins information on several families, Melungeon information, Civil War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and state military records. If anyone is interested ln writing to me for more information, I will answer all letters. Louise Goins Richardson, 2207 E. Lake Street, Paragould, AR.
Seeking parents and cs1840 & cs1870 of John M. Goins, bc1811 NC, m1833 Polly Clippard Lincoln Co, NC, m2 Uary ----, v1834 v1860 Cleveland Co, TN. David Goings, Box 585831, Orlando, FL, 32858.
Seeking Martha Brister: m1822 Wiley Goings, Lawrence Co, MS. Would appreciate any information you might have on this individual. James E. Bristow, 1200 Cherokee, Arlington, TX 76012.
Seeking information on Frederick Gowen [Melungeon?], b1798 Patrick Co, VA, m1818 Nancy Comer Surry Co, NC [she b1799 NC, d1872 Gibson Co, IN], v1819 Patrick Co VA, cs1820 Halifax Co, NC, v1822 cs1830 Patrick Co, VA, v1833 Lee Co, VA v1835 Pulaski Co, KY, CS1850 Adair Co, KY, w1872 d1872 Gibson Co, IN. Ch: William R, Polly, Allen, Larkin, Elizabeth G. and Frederick. Brenda Wood, Box 218, Chandler, IN, 47610.
Seeking family of Hester Salina Gowan/Gowin, Quaker, b1825 TN, mc1845 James Walter Harris, d1897 Rock Island Co, IL. Had family in PA as late as 1878. Any help appreciated. Martha Hix, 13531 Norland, San Antonio, TX, 78212.
Can anyone identify "John Gowen, Esquire died in Balti-more. In a fit of derangement, he committed suicide," and why was his death notice carried in the May 16, 1834 edition of "National Banner & Daily Advertiser" of Nashville, TN? Has anyone checked Baltimore newspapers for their version of his death? Mary Gowin Trostle, 4515 48th St, Lubbock, TX, 79414.
I was absolutely thrilled to
receive your letter and the mono-graph on my ancestor, Frederick Gowen and his
descendants. Other than a cousin living in a nearby town, I have never had even
so much as a name of another descendant of Frederick Gowen of Patrick County,
VA. Enclosed is some material about the more recent generations which I thought
you might like to add to your files.
I was fascinated by your article on the Melungeon connec-tion. It was the first time I have encountered the term, and I am eager to know more about it. I have seen my Grand-mother Gowen and all of her siblings as I was growing up, and none had the Melungeon characteristics.
I have a photo of my great-grandfather Fredrick Dempsey Gowen, and he is light complexioned and looks somewhat like a Prussian. There are no stories on my side of the family of people with the chocolate complexion, [but then genes, genetics and genealogists do strange things.]
What is really strange is that a few years ago I secured a copy of the papers relating to Frederick Gowen's Revolutionary service. I was hoping that he was the father of my Fredrick Dempsey Gowen, but when I began reading the papers I was shocked to learn that he was a "free man of color." He was born in Brunswick County, Virginia and after the war lived in Lawrence County, Alabama. Later he lived out his life in White County, Illinois about 50 miles west of here. Brenda Wood, 6700 Gard-ner Road, Chandler, IN, 47610.
Congratulations on a superb organizational job. You've an-swered many "unknowns' for me already. I look forward to ev-ery newsletter.
I will send you a listing of "our side" of the family--four chil-dren, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren-- after 60 years of marriage, happy ones, to the same partners. Gladys Gowen Fendig, 204 Cater St, St. Simons Island,
I received your September and October publications, and I am glad to support your efforts and have enclosed my 1990 dues. I am particularly interested in research of the Melun-geons and your plans to continue the research of the origin of this early group of settlers.
While in Tennessee last month researching my Goings fam-ily, I first learned of the Melungeons who used this surname. In the McClung Historical Collection in the Lawson McGee Li-brary, Knoxville I found several books and articles about Melungeons.
I hope you will publish frequent articles regarding the Melungeons and their origin. I plan to continue researching my Goings ancestors and the connection to the Melungeons. There may be other readers interested in the same endeavor, and an ex-change of information would be desirable. Evelyn L. Orr, 8310 Emmet St, Omaha, NE, 68134.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for pointing me to Madge Howard of Montana. Today l received from her a large en-velope full of wonderful information about my Hester Salina Goin [she spells it Gowin.] and I'll Xerox copies for the Foun-dation files.
Madge Howard must be an amazing woman. [Going strong at 83] still employed, not a quiver to her penmanship. Would that I could . . .
A couple of months ago, I never dreamed I'd ever find out about Hester. Thanks to you, today it's different. Words can't ex-press my gratitude. Martha Rand Hix, 13531 Norland Drive, San Antonio, TX, 78232.
Seeking information about the parents of David Go-ings/Goins/Goans bc1783 mc1805 Susannah Williams, daughter of George Henry Williams and Margareta Harless Williams, German settlers in New River area of Giles County [later Mont-gomery] County] VA. They had 11 children. Most, including some married daughters, moved to Liberty Twp, Delaware County, IN by mid 1830s. In IN and IA the Goings spelling pre-dominated. Was he a Melungeon or French as previously guessed. Evelyn L. Orr, 8310 Emmet, Omaha, NE, 68134, 402/571-3422.
Family tradition states that "Miss Burns, cousin to Robert Burns, the Scotch poet," was married to the father [name un-known] of James Burns Gowen, my ancestor. Does anyone know the details of how Robert Burns and "Miss Burns" were related? Linda Lou McDowell, No. 31 Broadmoor, Texarkana, AR, 75502.
Who were the parents of my ancestor, James Gowin, born 1844 IL, m1864 Sarah Parker, daughter of Arthasia Parker in Ruther-ford County, TN? They were enumerated in cs1880 in Ruther-ford County. Lela Gowin Buster, 230 Willowwood Rd, Level-land, TX, 79336.
As a Gowen, I wanted to let you
know how delighted I am to re-ceive the newsletter. I never realized what a rich
and inter-esting history I am associated with. I am enclosing my mem-bership for
1990 and another as a gift for my brother, Neil O. Gowen of Loveland, CO. Lorna
M. Gowen, 218 S. Lafayette St, Denver, CO, 80209.
It has always been of interest to me to find the town of Gowensville, SC listed on the state's map, and I have intended to write someone there with the inquiry as to its origin. Your arti-cle has answered that question in an excellent manner.
Now, another question. During World War II and sometime thereafter, there was a Gowen Field somewhere in Idaho. Do your or any of your staff know the history of this airfield? I am sure it will be interesting to the members of the Foundation to also have an answer to this.
You are off to a fine start, and I sincerely approve of the membership fee as I am confident that we all want to contribute to the success of the Foundation. I am enclosing my Contribut-ing Membership as I certainly do not want to risk missing the newsletter or any other mailing. Olen R. Gowens, Ashby Place, Ladoga, IN, 47954.
I received my first copy of the Newsletter, and it is one of the biggest thrills in my 84 years. I am enclosing my membership for 1990 and copies of proof of my descent from James Goyen who was born in Mecklenburg County, VA May 30, 1755. My maternal grandmother, Julia Roberta Guynes was a daughter of George Ross Guynes, son of John Goyne and Matilda Hall Goyne. I was born in Mississippi. I last saw her in 1915 when my family moved to Louisiana. I remember her well. Three of her children were female triplets. Velma S. Beuerle, 3317 Clairmont St, Flint, MI, 48503.
Thank you so much for putting me in touch with Beverly Smith of Smyrna, Georgia who is descended from Gowen Har-ris, brother of my ancestor, James P. Harris. I called her immedi-ately, and she had already put a packet of information in the mail to me.
I was able to send her information on Gowen Harris in Mis-sissippi. She said Gowen Harris was married to Frances Sharp who stated in court records they were married in 1801. The Sharp name is going to help make my connection to the Gowen family.
I am very excited to have someone like Beverly help me on my lineage, and it's thanks to you and the Foundation that it has become possible. Rubie Harris, 4817 York, #226, Metairie, LA, 70001.
I was thrilled to be included in your mailing list at the re-quest of my long-lost cousin Robert J. Goyen of Sebastopol, Victoria, Australia. About 12 years ago my brother started re-searching the origins of mother's family who came from Tasma-nia. He had moderate success, and in 1987, through a cousin in Alexandria, NZ we "discovered" Robert who was fully commit-ted to the family's history.
We filled in a few gaps in his research, but he has provided us with our own heritage going back [through Goyen, Goyne, Gowenl to the mid 1600s. I had concluded that we were a dying race, but now I find I have literally thousands of cousins throughout the world! I am enclosing my 1990 membership and am looking forward to the next edition of the newsletter L. Roy Grigg, 12 Mere Rd, Taupo, 3300, New Zealand, Phone 86-601.
I am very much interested in continuing to receive the Newsletter. I have been researching my Goins family for about six years. Enclosed is my Pedigree sheet and a copy of a biogra-phy of my great-grandfather Oscar Clayborn Goins. I have Goins information on several families, Melungeon information, Civil War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and state militia military records.
If anyone is interested in writing to me for more informa-tion, I'll answer all letters. Louise Goins Richardson, 2207 E. Lake Street, Paragould, AR, 72450.
Recently I was in Pennsylvania visiting my sister, Mrs. George Brenton Gowan and saw the Foundation Newsletter. I have been researching my family for about 10 years. I am enclos-ing Gowan family group sheets and will continue to send data to the Foundation. Please add my membership. Marjorie A. Templeton, 204 S. Bentley St, Payson, AZ, 85541.
I was very interested in the article of Gowensville, SC in the newsletter. I will send to you an old article about the founding of Inman, SC which is very near Gowensville. The town was founded by Charles McElreath Amos and a Mr. Gowan [as spelled in the article.] It seems that Amos donated the land and that he and Gowan hauled the logs and built the train station. They named the town "Imnan" after a railroad official, perhaps to curry a little favor. The plan worked; the depot was officially recognized by the railroad, and the town flourished because of the train-related business. Naturally Amos and Gowan owned much of the land which was sold to merchants and citizens. Smart businessmen! We wish the Foundation and staff contin-ued success and the very best in the new year. Dennis R. Amos, 604 Ferndale Drive, Rock Hill, SC, 29730.
l recently purchased a facsimile of the 1901 edition of "The History of Sanford, Maine 1661-1900" as a Christmas present for my wife, Edna, a Gowen descendant. We have enjoyed pe-rusing its pages and felt that you would also. You will notice in the enclosure 44 Gowens listed in the index. Best wishes to the Foundation staff. Rev. Charles R Monteith, Box 748, Rock-land, ME, 04841, 207/594-8701
Thank you for sending the Gowen Newsletter. I have en-joyed it and am enthusiastic about family organizations coor-dinating research and records. I am enclosing my membership and a list of Gowen researchers who should be included if they are not already on your list.
I am president of Hawkins Family Organization, and we produce a newsletter called "Hawkins. Heritage." We have collected over 500 family group sheets of Hawkins who lived in Virginia before 1800, plus numerous other Hawkins. We use this collection to offer a pedigree service worldwide. It has proven to be a very worthwhile service, and I hope that Gowen Research Foundation will be offering something similar in the future. Kathleen Briglio, 2261 Edgelow St, Victoria, B.C, V8N IR6 Canada.
l was born in Alabama, lived in Tennessee and migrated to Texas. From Dallas I went to Arkansas and lived in Dogpatch, Omaha and Harrison. I have lived a lot of my life believing that I had very few relatives on my side of the family Imagine my surprise to learn that I have "cousins by the dozens" and they are turning up all over the world. It's amazing to learn that the Foundation has already turned up 2,000 of them. R. Jonas Gowen, Rt. 3, Box 382, Mt. Vernon, TX, 75447.
Who were the parents of my ancestor, Thomas Goin, m1835 widow Lucy Long Whitlock in Madison County, KY. Court-house records show other names Goen, Goan, Gowing, Going, etc. in the vicinity with first names of Joseph, John, Micajah, Frances, William [m. Elizabeth Tatum], Jeremiah [m. Susannah Campbell]. Birth and death dates of Thomas Goin unknown. He went off county tax records in 1849; Lucy shown as family head c1850 in Madison County with six Goin children. One was my great-grandfather. Beatrice Goins Dougherty, Box 388, Richmond, KY, 40475.
Seeking parents of my grandfather, James F. Gowan of Bemis, TN, bc1885. I would be happy to correspond with any family member who can find a relationship. Michael A. Gowan, 12726 W. Virginia Ave, Lakewood, CO, 80228.
Enclosed is my check for
membership in the Foundation. I was startled and very pleased in the first
article in the November issue of the Newsletter. The article was about my
grandmother. Ursula Rains Gowen and her quaint grocery list. There is an er-ror
in the spelling of her husband's name. Correct spelling is Wilford Burleyson
Gowen, not Wilfred Burleson Gowen. This is from information in the family bible
recorded at the time of their marriage in 1826.
I gave copies of this and considerable other information from the bible to Arlee Gowen when he visited me 15 years ago in Sheffield, AL. These names Wilford and Burleyson are fam-ily names. My father was Wilford Hayes Gowen, as is my older brother and also his son, Wilford H. Gowen III. My younger brother was Byron Burleyson Gowen. I am intrigued by Dr. John Whittemore Gowen's abstract of the family and hope to have access to more of it. Thanks for a very interesting article. Jacob A. Gowen, 846 Inglewood, Forrest City, AR, 72335.
I am 88 years old now and am not carrying on any further re-search of the Melungeons. I am very glad to see Evelyn Orr and the Foundation group continuing the research on them. I have sold over 2,000 copies of my booklet on the Melungeons and have always enjoyed being associated with them.
I grew up with them living and working on my father's farm in Lee County, VA. He knew them well during his youth. His step-sister married a man of that group. He was educated in a mission school and became president of a local bank. His daughter succeeded him in the bank.
A Goins man, a Melungeon, once lived on our farm with his family. He was a large and strong man. His wife was not a Melungeon. Other Melungeon families I knew in my childhood include Gibson, Freeman, Collins and Sexton, all Anglo-Saxon names, but I have no doubt that they have Portuguese ancestry a few generations back. I taught some of their children in school. Bonnie S. Ball, 606 Wood Ave. East, Big Stone Gap, VA.
I received the Gowen Foundation Newsletter yesterday, and I am delighted, thanks to you and Evelyn Orr. I have been col-lecting information on the Melungeons for several years and have also been working on my family genealogy. My ancestors were the Goins, Collins, Mullins, Gibsons and Bunch. Most were from Newman's Ridge in Hancock County, Sneedville, TN. My 4th-generation grandmother was Jane "Gincie" Goins, daughter of Joseph Goins, Revolutionary War veteran. Jane was the wife of Solomon Collins. I am enclosing a check for mem-bership in the Foundation. Miss Ruth Johnson, 3705 Bloom-ingdale Rd, Kingsport, TN, 37660.
We think the Gowen Research bulletin is fantastic. Herewith is our membership. We want to know more about the Melun-geons. This sounds like a very interesting subject. We're glad to hear about the Gowen Foundation Library. When will it be ready for members to visit? Mrs. Roy E. Gooing, 3950 Home-dale Rd, #78, Klamath Falls, OR, 97603
Seeking information on my grandfather, Lofton Sawyer Gowen, born October 28, 1975, Enid MS, married November 22, 1899 at Memphis, TN to Elizabeth McNett. He appeared in 1906 in Oklahoma City, OK. Any help appreciated. Terence G. Gowen, 3140 Old Toll Rd, Calistogo, CA 94515.
Searching for Jenny Goen who married Jordon Perkins in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana March 12, 1814. Marriage li-cense gives no clue as to her parents. She was born c1795, perhaps in the Carolinas. Occasionally descendants are enu-merated as "Indian" and later shown as "white." Most of the men in my family are dark with blue eyes and black hair. Any help with this long shot? Leila Ray Perkins Smith 1190 Ken-ley Rd, Corrigan, TX, 75939.
Do you know where my g-g-grandfather, Richard Goyn was born in Cornwall? There is no record of his birth or christening. His parents were Richard Goyn and Sarah Job in St. Agnes. Would like to hear from descendants of his siblings. Billie J. Salmond, 530 E. Woodland Lane, Bountiful, UT, 84010, 801/292-6457.
Seeking information on the family of William Goyne, Sr. who moved to Wilkinson County [later Warren County] about 1790 or shortly before. He had sons--Hardy, William, Jr, Drury, John, Hiram Davis and Tyra A. Goyne and daughters--Rebecca Dick and Alice King. His second wife was Nancy Schroeder [?] bc1769 in Pennsylvania. William dc1916 in Warren County. He seems to have been closely associated with Moses Goyne. Who were his parents? Timothy D. Hudson, 2911-B Silver Spur Circle, Bryan, TX, 77901.
Does anyone know who the Bill McGowan is who was on the "Today Program" about January 30? He was mentioned by Willard Scott on his 102nd birthday. He lives at Dyersville, Iowa. Many of the Gowan [and other spellings] family live to ripe old age. Jean Near, 14909 Tomki Road, Redwood Val-ley, CA, 95470 .
We visited Tonto Natural Bridge
last summer when my ne-phew William A. Gowan of New York came for a visit. The
bridge is located about 17 miles northwest of here. I do not have a Gowan
ancestry, but mv sister married George B. Gowan of Sayre, PA. That's where I
first saw the Gowen Newsletter and learned of the Foundation. I had read about
the Melungeons at our local genealogy library and the Gowen connection to them
fascinated me. I am enjoying very much my membership in the Foundation. Thanks
for adopting me. Marjorie A. Tem-pleton, 204 S. Bentley St, Payson, AZ,
I am a member of the Lebanon Historical Society and the Cornwall Furnace Associates of Cornwall, PA. The Cornwall Furnaces were owned by the Coleman family from 1776 until 1946 when the property was turned over to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an Historical Landmark.
Mariana Winder Gowen married George Dawson Coleman Novem-ber 2, 1918. She was a daughter of Francis Innes Gowen and Alice Robinson Gowen of Philadelphia. She had a sister, Al-ice Robinson Gowen and a brother, James Emmett Gowen.
I am interested in obtaining genealogical information con-cerning Mariana Winder Gowen Coleman as she was instru-mental in getting family support for turning over Coleman Memorial Park to Lebanon. In this, the 350th anniversary of the founding of Lebanon, we wish to honor the family for its contri-bution. Martha E. Sorenson, 320 Maple Avenue, Jour-ney's End, Manheim, PA, 17545.
I can't thank you enough for putting me in touch with Ru-bie Harris, Dilly Anderson and Beverly Smith who turned out to be 4th and 5th cousins of mine! I know that they have already sent you information on their families, so I am now taking my turn. Enclosed is information and ancestor charts on my branch of the family; I am descended from Pleasant Harris, son of Gowen Har-ris, [South Carolinian? who died in 1837 in Texas] who we all believe is a Gowen, but just haven't figured out how yet. I am enclosing a check cover-ing my membership and one for my sis-ter in Texas. Steven M. Harris, 13823 Rampart Court, Baton Rouge, LA, 70810, 504/291-6395.
In the December issue of "Cornwall Family History Soci-ety Journal" there was a report on your research project and a note regarding the Gaelic word "Gowen" meaning "smith." In Welsh the word for "smith" is "gof," pronounced "gove." Our surname is Cornish and is "An-gof," i.e. "the smith." I have con-siderable notes on the Angove family, variously spelt and some on the Goffe family which is from the same root. I am therefore interested in your research and would like further details. Mrs. Wendy Angove, 21, Bryn Siriol, Ty Isaf Estate, Caerphilly, Mid Glam, CF8 2A4, United King-dom.
I am the g-g-g-grandson of Elizabeth Ellen Gowens, grand-daughter of Charles Gowens [Sharpshooter, January Newslet-ter, and I am thankful for the proof copy of the manuscript which you sent to me. I was given your address by Olen R. Gowens of Ladoga, IN. I didn't know about the existence of the will of Charles Gowens which identifies most of his children nor many of the interesting facts the mms contains. I have much data on this family which does not appear in your manuscript, and I will send all that I have to help. Greg A. Bennatt, Box 1716, New-port, OR, 97365.
Thank you for publishing a Gowen newsletter so interesting and so worthwhile. Your efforts are very much appreciated in this corner of southeast Georgia where so many descen-dants of William W. Gowen [Hangman, February Newsletter] live. They are corrections, however, that need to be made in your account before it is published in book form. Rebecca Greene Gowen was NOT a granddaughter of Gen. Nathanael Greene. Gen. Greene had only two sons--George W. who drowned as a youth and Nathanael R. who moved from Camden County back to Rhode Island early in the 1800s taking his children with him. Rebecca was one of 11 children of James Willow Greene and Mary Larisey Greene of Colleton District, SC. In addition to the enclosed corrections in the names of his chil-dren, the date of death for William W. Gowen should be changed to read January 5, 1891. This date is documented in his probate records. Eloise Yancey Bailey, Box 398, St. Marys, GA, 31558.
It was with great interest that I read of your research of the Melungeons. My ancestors came off Newman's Ridge in the 1830s. Surrell Nichols and Mary "Polly" Gibson Nichols were the parents of my gggf Alford Nichols [1814-1909]. His dark complexion and black hair has carried down to many descen-dants. During the past two summers I have made trips to Han-cock and Hawkins Counties. The minute my son and I stopped at Cumberland Gap National Park to ask for direc-tions to Mul-berry Gap, TN, they pegged us for Melungeons. This was re-peated at the courthouse (where I found very lit-tle data; it was destroyed in the 1930s.) Rosemarie Springer, 421 N. State, Sullivan, IN, 47882.
I am researching Emily J. Goins, born 1836 or 1838 who married James D. King, born 1826 or 1831. He was a farmer in Gordon County, GA. Both are buried in Methodist Church Cemetery, Calhoun, GA. Julia P. Hughes, 7950 Jefferson Hwy. #201, Baton Rouge, LA, 70809.
Would appreciate any information on James B. Goin/Going, b1818 SC and his wife Mary Vaughn Goin, b1814 SC. Is he de-scended from Drury Going and Sarah Baxter Go-ing? Hoyt Goin, 2506 W. 2nd St, Russellville, AR, 72801.
Who was Pvt. Elijah Going and what did he do to win the Confederate Medal of Honor? Pvt. Elijah Going, Co. B, 6th & 7th Arkansas Consolidated Infantry Regiment was elected by his fellow infantrymen to receive the medal. His name was pub-lished in the Roll of Honor that was read in the first dress parade that followed in every regiment of the Confed-eracy. The award was published at Richmond, Virginia August 10, 1864, accord-ing to "War Department Reports," Series I, Volume 30, part 2. Mary Gowin Trostle, 4515 48th Street, Lubbock, Texas, 79414.
Baptism of Samuel Goyne, blacksmith of Morval, Cornwall sought. He m2 m1765 Elizabeth Tragvighan, St. Germans, m1782 Sarah Web, Morval. He d1790 Morval. Suspect him to be a son of Samuel Goyne & Mary Stout Goyne of Jacobstow, Cornwall. Edna Reynolds, 54 Parkhill Road, Boxley, Kent, DA5 1HY, England.
I am enclosing for the shelves
of the Foundation library a copy of "Memoirs of James M. Gowin, First Atomic
Vet-eran." In addition to this 214-page book, I am sending a cas-sette tape
recording which provides additional information about my life and my
philosophy. I would like the Foundation to have these and to preserve them
I greatly appreciate receiving the Newsletter and applaud all the efforts being made to preserve our heritage. I am certain when we go back far enough the Gowins, Gowens, Goins etc. all have some common ancestors. My great-grandfather, Shadrack Gowin was born April 17, 1791 in Virginia, and my grandfather, Drury Gowin, was born May 26, 1819 in Wilson County, Ten-nessee. My father, James Madison Gowin was born May 11, 1841 in Crawford County, Illinois. My cousin, Donna Gowin Johnston of Casper, Wyoming has done an out-standing job in writing the history of our family, and I am sure she will be a great asset to the work of the Foundation.
I was born August 25,1915 in Rutherford County, Tennessee when my father was 74, which is my age today. God has al-lowed the two of us 148 years on this earth. My father was a Civil War veteran, having served in the Thirty-third Indiana In-fantry Regiment. I served in the 442nd Infantry in World War II and did occupation duty in Japan.
We arrived there immediately after the second atomic bomb was dropped, and five of us requisitioned a truck and drove the 30 miles to Hiroshima. We were appalled at this devastated city. We could not drive through, so we parked the truck and walked through. We were the first Americans to arrive there and had re-ceived no warning about radiation sickness. There were some mighty dirty, sick-looking people there digging around in the rubble. They paid us no mind nor we them. We were about four hours walking across Hiroshima and about four hours coming back through. We were amazed at the power of this bomb. It had severed 3-foot reinforced columns just as smooth as a knife cuts cheese. We ate there twice, laying our food on the tops of these severed columns.
On December 1, 1945 I was hospitalized with an "unknown sickness" and on March 31, 1946 I was evacuated on a hospital ship for home. During the next 44 years I have fought a con-stant [losing] battle for my health. Since I am the first atomic veteran, I have dedicated on my property at Craggie Hope, Kingston Springs, Tennessee an Atomic Veterans Memorial so that America will never forget the horror and suffering that has been unleashed. I will be glad to communicate with any person who is interested in this project. James M. Gowin, Box 688, Craggie Hope, Kingston Springs, TN, 37083 or 7347 Char-lotte Place, Nashville, TN, 37209, 615/352-4874.
Thank you for sending us your Foundation Newsletter. We are adding your series to our collection and will make it avail-able to our many patrons. All the best in your project in re-searching the Gowen and related families. Let me add a sugges-tion from years of doing the same thing with my family. You might consider putting the data on the Personal Ancestral File software. This way, disks of the family data can be sent to members around the world and new data can be selectively added in the same fashion. Since the PAF software is the lead-ing product, is widely available and only costs $35, we found it to be the obvious choice. With the GEDCOM feature it allows your members to own IBM, Apple, etc. and still be able to swap data disks. Hope this helps. Thomas J. Kemp, Librarian, His-torical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107.
You mentioned the Melungeon Newmans of Newman's Ridge in Tennessee. I am not aware of that group. Most of the Newman researchers believe that Newman's Ridge was named for Walter Newman who traveled to Watauga with Sevier during Lord Dunsmore's War. This Walter Newman was a grandson of Walter Newman that founded Newmanstown, PA. There was a later Newman line that settled at Watauga on which I have con-siderable information. I hope that later this year I will have time to resume my research on my Gowens/Goings line. Keep up the good work. You have generated a lot of interest in the family. Kenneth L. Newman, 906 2nd Street N.E, Jacksonville, AL, 36265.
Taking into account that the only areas of Britain that were not conquered by the Romans and later the Vikings were Scot-land, Wales and Cornwall. There they continued to use the Gaelic language, and so Gowens would be found in only those three countries.
This being so, then we were always Cornish. In 1936, my mother asked a genealogist of the time to find for her the origin of the name "Goyen." His story was that in 1066 among the followers of William the Conqueror was a Norman no-bleman, Sir Hugh de Goy. His followers were known as Goyens/Goynes. Goy, Goyen and Goyne are place names de-riving from a place on the River Seine in Lower Normandy which is now spelt "Guyon." Sir Hugh de Goy was granted land in Cornwall. There the Goyen name was pronounced Gowen as the old Cornish language did not use the letter "Y."
I am enclosing [below] a copy of a newspaper account of a collision at sea involving my g-g-grandmother and her chil-dren while they were coming out in 1859 to join my g-g-grand-father already here. Robert J. Goyen, 523 Sutton St, Sebastopol 3357, Victoria, Australia.
Collision at Sea--Loss of the Elizabeth Walker
The White Star ship Red Jacket arrived at Port Phillip Heads at sundown on Saturday and reached Hobson's Bay late yesterday evening. Her passage to the Equator occupied 28 days; thence to the Cape light and baffling winds. Capt. Kirby reports the loss of the Elizabeth Walker from collision with the Red Jacket. The following particulars were extracted from the log:
June 13, lat. 30.40 S, lon.
36.40 W at 1 a.m, clear moonlight, ship's course SE 1/2 S, rate of sailing 9
knots, all plain sail set and the port foretopmast studding-sail, the man on the
look-out reported a ship on the port bow. Orders were given by Mr. Robertson,
officer of the watch, to show the port light. On as-certaining the tack and
position of the ship the officer of the watch gave orders for the helm to be put
to port, as the strange vessel was nearly on a parallel on the opposite tack to
our-selves. The strange vessel then showed a flaming torchlight. At the same
time, it was discovered that she had put her helm to star-board, and was keeping
off the same as ourselves. The officer of the watch seeing, by the two vessels
continuing on the same course, that a collision would be in-evitable, ordered
the helm of the Red Star to be put to starboard, with the view of passing un-der
the stern of the strange vessel, and almost simultaneously, the helm on board of
the strange vessel was put to port, which luffed her across our bows, and a
collision took place. Orders were immedi-ately given to throw all aback. To
describe the con-fusion among the passengers at the first shock is unnecessary;
suffice it to say that the Red Jacket had cut into the main-hatch combings of
the other vessel, carrying away her mainmast, mizen topmast, yards, etc, the Red
Jacket losing foretopmast-studsail-boom, and some of the head gear being carried
away. On looking over the bows of our own vessel, I immediately saw the
dangerous position of the other one, as she was evidently filling very rapidly
with water, and called out to them on board to leave her at once. With much
difficulty the crew got on board the Red Jacket, and in less that eight minutes
from the first shock the strange vessel went down under the bottom of the Red
Jacket. At the earliest opportunity the crew of the strange vessel was
mustered. They were all on board, and with the exception of the man that was at
the wheel, they were all uninjured. The ship proved to be the Elizabeth Walker,
of Glasgow, from Buenos Ayres, with a general cargo. When repair was com-pleted,
sail was made with the in-tention to proceed on the voy-age and to put the crew
on board the first ship we found home-ward bound."
Searching for parents of William Goin b1804 SC, married Lucitha ?, v1825 Campbell Co, TN, cs1860 Fannin Co, TX. Ch: James, Mary, Irene, Elvis/Alvis, William, John, Elizabeth, Catherine and Matilda. Mrs. E. E. Stufflebeam, 7916 Lazy Lane, Ft. Worth, TX, 76180.
Seeking documentation on Michael Gowen, "servant" bc1640, a resident of tidewater Virginia and Prossa, "slave for life" who were the parents of William Gowen. Michael Gowen and son, William Gowen, "property of Mr. Stafford, deceased," were given their freedom in 1657 by Stafford's sister who inher-ited them. I was shown this record several years ago by cousin Dennis Pettit who is now deceased, and I can no longer locate it. Chan Edmondson, Box 141235, Dallas, TX, 75214, 214/320-3161.
Need birth/christening date on Samuel Goyne/Gowen who m1765 Elizabeth Trevigan. He was a blacksmith in Morval, Cornwall and m2 Sarah Webb. If you can help the need is ur-gent. Robert J. Goyen, 523 Sutton St, Sebastopol 3357, Vic-toria, Australia.
Will gladly exchange data on Drury Goin/Going/Goins who was b1749 in what became Greensville Co, VA, mc1767 Sarah "Sallie" Baxter who was bc1751 in Caswell Co, NC. He served as Rev. soldier under Col. Winn in SC militia in 1781-82. He d1796 Chester Co, SC, age 47. Ch: Martha [my ancestor], Eli-jah, Job, John, Isaac, James, Mary, Thomas Baxter and Sarah. Linda Betts Essary, Rt. 1, Box 11, Floyd, NM, 88118.
I am writing you for two reasons. First, I have been asked to gather some material on the Melungeons for presentation at the National Genealogical Society's National Capital Area Tenth Anniversary Conference 6-9 June 1990. If your society has any sample handouts or newsletters, we would appreciate having copies for display purposes.
I have a second interest because I am a descendant of John and Ann Gowen Easley--l think. I cannot absolutely prove that my ancestor William Easley of Boone County, MO [c1774-1844] was their son, but have a great deal of circumstan-tial evidence to indicate that he was. When I first in-quired about the parents of Ann Gowen many years ago [their names were William and Sarah], the county clerk of Granville County, NC indicated in her reply that the "Portuguese" were a research problem. My grandfather had also used the term "Portuguese" many years be-fore when talking about the family background, but in the con-text, "Let me tell you that the Portuguese had nothing to do with it!"
As the "Portuguese" and the Melungeons seem to have been connected groups in many areas, it seems likely that it might be of benefit to my research to join your association. Can you please provide me with information? Virginia Easley De-Marce, President, National Genealogical Society, 4527 17th Street N, Arlington, Virginia, 22207, 703/525-0050. [Thanks, Cousin Virginia. Among the material being forwarded to you is a copy of a letter written Nov. 28,1961 by Miriam Dozier of Austin, Texas identifying the children of John and Ann Gowen Easley as "Millington, James, Betsy, Ann, Mary and [possibly] William who witnessed a deed by Ann Gowen."]
Just recently, l learned of Gowen Research Foundation, and I am so anxious to learn about my ancestry. My membership is enclosed. Please send me all the back issues of the News-letter that you have available and your invoice for the charges. Patri-cia Gowen Little, Rt. 1, Box 180-D, Beaverdam, VA, 23015.
The Melungeon research of Gowen Research Foundation made the front page of the "Dallas News" April 29. The en-closed clipping is from ·Texas Sketches" by A. C. Greene, columnist. Dorothy Heaner, 1007 Beachview, No. 201, Dallas, TX, 75218.
The Newsletters are very interesting to me. My Foundation membership is enclosed. I am a DAR member on my Stitt fam-ily's side, but have neglected my Goins research, and there's not much time left since I am 75. My grandfather was William H. Goins who was born in Gibson County, Indiana circa 1843. After four years service in the Union Army during the Civil War, he was married to Laura Hall. His father was Thomas Goins, born in SC. My mother, Hazel Goins was the only child of William H. Goins. Correspondence welcomed. Mary Stitt Sirmay, 400 Glennes Lane, Apt. 212, Dunedin, FL, 34698.
I am enclosing a check for membership in the Foundation. An article appeared in our local paper about the Foundation and its Melungeon research. This is so exciting to us since my grand-father, two uncles and an aunt were of darker skin and carried Melungeon genes.
My mother was Goldie Jane Gowen, the 7th of 8 children. She was born in Adair County, Kentucky. The family lived in Green County for a short time before moving to Louisville in the early 1900s. My mother and three of her sisters, Edna, Rosa and Irene were placed in an orphanage. Later these sisters and their brother Harry moved to Indianapolis. The name was then changed to "Gowan." Vesta, Lou Hannah and John were the names of the other children. We believe they remained in Louisville. Barbara J. Ludwig, 9848 W. Gardner Road, Bloomington, IN, 47403. [Thanks, Bar-bara. Your grandfather, Jonathan Frederick Gowen was a son of Jonathan Gowen and Hannah Beasley Gowen, according to the research of Jean Grider Fry. Jonathan Gowen was a son of William Gowen and Betsy Moss Gowen. Everything we have on your Jonathan Gowen is on manuscript pages 4012-13, copies enclosed
May I present to you the
impasse at which I find myself in my research for the origin of our name, and
through it request aid from the members of the Foundation. Among the Cornish
families the name is pronounced "GO-en" [long "0"] re-gardless of the spelling
through the ages, the name has always had an "en" or "ne" ending. It seems to
be divorced from "Gowan," pronounced "GOW-an" [short "O"] prevalent in
Scotland. There are GAwens among the Cornish, never GowAns. "GowAn," in Gaelic
means "smith." "GowAn" in Celtic means "a forger of weapons."
Did "Gowen/Gowan" really mean "Smith" to the early Cor-nish, or did the name derive from the low, marshy area in Corn-wall called Gouyn-next-Nancalloth?
Are the Goyen families in other parts of England related to the Cornish Goyens, or were they descendants of Sir Hugh de Goy who accompanied William the Conqueror in 1066? Or did one of them reach Cornwall? We must remember that in the original Cornish language "Y" is pronounced as "W."
Did the Spanish sea-faring Goyannes family spread to Corn-wall and become the source of Goyen/Gowen? If the name is Celtic, then from which of the Celtic areas did it origi-nate--Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland or Wales? Where were the blacksmiths called "Gowens?"
I would be grateful for any suggestions that anyone could send me. Robert J. Goyen, 523 Sutton Street, Sebastopol, 3356, Victoria, Australia.
l would like to correspond with anyone having info on the Gowan family in NC and SC prior to 1800. I am specifically looking for the parents of John Gowan who married Nancy xxx, probably in Marion County, SC c1790. Mike Beck, 824 Hol-brook Circle, Ft. Walton Beach, FL, 32548.
I'm doing my research from prison, but my family has been very helpful. I am enclosing details of my branch. Here I'm known as "Bugg."
"Bugg" was born in 1952 in Larue County, Kentucky--the baby of the family and also the blacksheep. "Bugg" was capable of doing anything he set his mind to. He wasn't afraid of work, he could lay down beside it and watch it all day. To "Bugg" there was always an easier way of doing things. I suppose being the age of eight and having to go to the fields with his father and plow all day might have had something to do with his nature.
"Bugg" was married in 1975 to Julie, and to them two chil-dren were born. After six years of marriage, they were di-vorced--on their anniversary. Julie managed to have her own business, and "Bugg," well, he still thought money grew on trees. In 1984 "Bugg" was arrested for growing marijuana. He was sent to prison for three months. After his release, since marijuana was Kentucky's No. 1 cash crop, he went back to his old habit of growing reefer.
He was busted in 1986 for the same crime of cultivation and did two years at the Kentucky State Reformatory in La-Grange. After he was paroled, he slipped out on the state and moved to Florida. There he was stopped on a traffic violation and found to be on the run. You guessed it, still doing time at LaGrange.
He makes parole again in 1992, and this time, believe me, without a "green thumb. You don't have to print my story, but you can if you want to. W. R. "Bugg" Gowen, No 91548, Box 6, LaGrange, KY, 91548.
Please find enclosed my application for membership in Gowen Research Foundation. I am a descendant of William Gowen who was transported by Cromwell to New England in 1650. My grandmother, Lura Edith Gowen Lewis is still around at 92. Good genes! George W. Lewis, Jr, 22 Morningside Drive, Dover, NH, 03820.
We went to the National Central
Library in Seoul last Friday. I took along a roll of microfilm of American
Revolutionary War files and actually forgot I wasn't at home in Dallas while
reading them. I hesitate to go back on the train here without more prac-tice.
Seoul is a 40-minute ride from Puchon, and it has 10,000,000 people. Only 1 in
10 of them owns an automobile. That means the other 9,000,000 are on the train!
Chan Ed-mondson, New Prince Hotel, Puchon, Korea.
Enclosed are copies of some of the Melungeons who were in Hancock County, Tennessee as early as 1780. For some rea-son or another, some of these families would have a child born in North Carolina, the next one born in Tennessee, the next one back in North Carolina, or possibly in Kentucky. They came and went, so to speak.
We have to remember that the earlier writers, such as [Gov. John] Sevier was mystified about their origin and stated that they were not white, black or Indian. One thing for certain, the Melungeons are some of the most beautiful people in the world! Ruth Johnson, 3705 Bloomingdale Road, Kingsport, TN, 37660
I am enclosing "Hastain's Index to Choctaw and Chicka-saw Deeds and Allotments" from Oklahoma State Archives. You will note among the Choctaws who received tribal land between 1904 and 1910 that 69 family members by the names of Goin/Goins/Going/Goings/Goen were includ-ed as grantees. Dawes Commission records show that a ma-jority of these 69 in-dividuals are related to each other. Della Nash Ford, 2515 N.W. 26th, Oklahoma City, OK, 73107.
Thanks for the proofs of manuscript pages 3901-14 dealing with my ancestor Charles Gowens [Revolutionary sharp-shooter] of Henry County, Virginia and descendants. En-closed is a copy of the family birth record of James Blair Gowens, his youngest son, from the bible of Mary Frances Turner Dosh, granddaugh-ter of James Blair Gowens. You will note the bible specifies month, day and year of the births of James Blair Gowens, his two wives who were sisters and their nine children. Please in-clude these in your next update. Greg A. Bennatt, Box 1716, New-port, OR, 97365.
Delighted to hear of the Foundation [membership enclosed] and your kind offer to send back issues of the Newsletter to new members.
Hopefully, someone knows of my Goins and Helton fami-lies. Thomas Goins [b TN] and Orpha Helton Goins are in Hamilton County, TN in the 1850 census and moved to Bledsoe County, TN before the 1860 census. They raised their family and died in Bledsoe County. My ggm Mary Goins [b1876] mar-ried John Douglas in Bledsoe County and died there in 1899. Have heard the Goins and Heltons may have been Indian or Melungeon. Can anyone help? Kenny Ann Wood, 8718 S. 68 E. Avenue, Tulsa, OK, 74133.
Thanks so much for the information on my ancestors Thomas Goin and Jemima Sinness Goin. Their daughter, Polly Goin was married to Jacob Coots. Their daughter, Jestern Coots was my g-g-grandmother. She married John George Castoe. My Goin, Coots and Sinness families are Cherokee Indians. Do your records reflect this? Elaine C. Eltgroth, Box 1220, Chester, CA, 96020.
It was a lucky day for me when I learned about the Gowen Foundation and the Newsletter! The Goins family and the Melungeons have been interests of mine for a long time. So it is wonderful to be associated with a group of people who are in-terested in the same thing. You know you are not wasting stamps when you write to a member of the Foundation. I have received so many wonderful letters from the Newsletter readers and they have been so helpful to me.
Virginia Easley DeMarce wrote to suggest that I read "The Misty Blue Hills, A History of Cocke County, Tennessee" in connection with my Nancy Bibee Goins. I replied that I would try to obtain it through Inter-Library Loan. By return mail she sent me her copy of the book with a note to keep it as long as I needed it. She's a wonderful research buddy who has been so helpful to me with valuable suggestions. This is a wonderful spirit, and I find it throughout the Gowen organization. Louise Goins Richardson, 2207 E. Lake Street, Paragould, AR, 72450. P.S. I found my Nancy Bibee Goins and her family in Virginia's book--right in the middle of the Cherokee Indians.
Thank you for the notice of our
reunion in the Newsletter. It brought us some new cousins, Isabelle, James and
Nancy Gowen from Westbrook, ME and John, Mary and Mary Anne Gowen from South
Natick and Brookline, MA. Family mem-bers from Kansas, Florida, Virginia,
Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Is-land, Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire,
totaling 65, turned up in Stratham for the occasion.
I am enclosing an item about Angevine Gowen, civil engi-neer, historian and mapmaker. The Historical District Com-mission is applying for a York Historical Landmark designa-tion for his homestead which was part of the original settle-ment in the 17th century. When I vlsited Mrs. Alice Freeman in his home in 1985 she showed me his "Cider Hill Annals" the jour-nal he kept during his lifetime. I hope this has been turned over to some historical assocation. If not, it should be placed in the Gowen Research Foundation Library.
Mrs. Spiller of the Old York Historical Society would like very much to be placed on the Newsletter mailing list and to have all the back Issues. The Newsletters are a real joy to us. We read every word---immediately! Margaret P. Tate, 34 Wash-ington St, Exeter, NH, 03833.
Thanks for the extensive family information. I just received the most recent issue of the Newsletter with the continuation of the article on my ancestors, Phillip and Jeremiah Goins. I spent part of last Friday in the State Library and Archives in Austin and found several bits of additional information which I am en-closing.
I would rather spend most of my time in the Archives these days, however, my travel and work schedule is fairly heavy, so I am not accomplishing as much as I would like. I am helping to organize a family reunion on Saturday, September 1 in Amarillo, Texas for the descendants of Josephine Goins and husbands (1) Josiah Taylor and (2) L. D. Priest. The reunion will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Texas A&M Research & Extension Center, 6500 Amar-illo Boulevard West. Things are moving along nicely with this, but it too has helped to reprioritize my time. Pamela Harle Dillard, 1109 Van Horn, College Station, TX, T7845, 409/693-5146.
The annual Gowan family reunion in Blakely, GA is sched-uled for Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Centerville Methodist Church. We will have a covered dish luncheon. All descendants of John and Edith Faulk Gowan and their families and guests are invited. For details, contact Marion Gowan Aunspaugh, Rt. 3, Box~ 508, Blakely, GA, 31723.
We have just had a visit from a New Zealand cousin, de-scended from the cousin of my g-grandfather. It is of interest that in his branch of the family [the Melungeon genetic charac-teristics of] dark skin, dark haur, acquiline features and blue eyes predominate. The dark-skinned Huguenots from south-ern France who fled to Cornwall become increasingly inter-esting. I am try-ing to get my doctor to help me get my blood tested by a geneti-cist to see what my RNA-DNA reveals, but he can't understand my interest. Robert J. Goyen. 523 Sutton St, Sebastopol 33S6, Victoria, Australia.
I been working on the Gowrie Conspiracy this summer. I started with the Lords Ruthven, Earls of Gowrie and their vari-ous political intrigues. I am now thoroughly familiar with the murder of Riccio, the Ruthven Raid and the published ac-counts of the Gowrie Conspiracy against King James. I also have a good bit of information on their genealogy, at least down to William Ruthven [alias William Gowenl, son of the 3rd Earl.
On page 628 of the Gowen manuscript it is mentioned that the late Julia Catherine "Katie" Gowen Casey who docu-mented her DAR eligibility through Lt. James Gowen, her g-g-grandfather quoted her father as saying, "Katie, you have royal blood in your veins; you are descended from the Earl of Gowrie of Scotland." She also referred to the Gowrie Planta-tion, Gowrie Tract and Gowrie Island in Georgia. Is there any mem-ber of the Foundation, perhaps in the Georgia branch of the family, who can add some information about this mystery? Landa Sloan, 4320 Bellaire Drive South, No. 2I)l, Ft. Worth, TX, 76109
Thanks for the back issues of the Newsletter. I have seen mention of more than one Thomas Goun. Do you have any in-formation on my Thomas Goun who was born in Greensville County, VA about 1755? He served in the Revolulionary War as a private in Bynum's company. After the Revolution, he claimed land in East Tennessee. He had three known sons: Levi, Uriah and Isaac. He died in Claiborne County, TN in 1838. Does anyone have anything on him? Beverly Ellison Nelson, 3391 W. Aksarben Ave, Littleton, CO, 80123.
A videotape was made of the Gowen Family Reunion held in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee August 5. Copies are available for interested persons. Contact Don Lee Gowen 1310 Cantwell Ave. Decatur, AL, 35601.
I am enclosing for the Library some bible records written about 1890 by Charles Isaac Evans II, grandson of Sarah Mar-garet Easley Scogin who was descended from William Gowen and Sarah Gowen, our colonial ancestors of Granville County, NC and Spartanburg County, SC.
On page 502 of the Gowen manuscript, Sarah Margaret Easley is given as the child of William Easley and Sarah Gowen Easley. Was she, or did John Gowen Easley have a daughter around the same time and of the same name? Esther Thomp-son, 703 East California Blvd, Pasadena, CA, 91106.
I am writing in hopes that your
organization may be able to pro-vide information on a member of the Gowen
family. The State of Tennessee is in the midst of planning for an expansion of
an airport runway used by the National Guard. This expansion will affect a
large undeveloped tract of land six miles southeast of downtown Nashville. I
have been asked to conduct archival re-search on the property to determine if
any historic archaeologi-cal sites might be affected by the runway construction.
In doing a complete deed analysis of the property, it seems a William Gowen was given a 640 acre land grant from the State of North Carolina on March 11,1788, Davidson County Deed Book A, page 161. William Gowen apparently died sometime before July 1790, and his wife Sarah Gowen served as the ad-ministratrix of his estate, Davidson County Will Book 1, pages 168 and 175. A 240-acre portion of this land was sold in 1807 by James Gowen to Daniel Vaulx, Davidson County Deed Book G, page 199. A second tract of 200 acres was sold by William Gowen to John Gowen in 1818, Davidson County Deed Book M, page 338. The remaining 200 acres, the area that will be af-fected by the airport runway expansion, remained in the family until 1842 when Wil-ford B. Gowen sold it to Jesse Collins, Davidson County Deed Book 5, page 153. In this deed Wilford B. Gowen reserved an area of 5 square poles that 'includes the family graveyard, the right of which is reserved in me and my representatives forever."
An archaeological survey of the area has located this Gowen family cemetery, and it seems the location may be affected by the construction of the runway. A low stone-line wall encloses two or three graves. Graves of other individuals were also buried there after the State of Tennessee acquired the property in 1857 to be used as a mental hospital. An effort is now being made to define the limits of the cemetery, to determine precisely if the cemetery will be affected by the construction and to learn the names of members of the Gowen family who might be buried there.
Any information your organization might have on this fam-ily will be most helpful. If it is determined that the construction of the airport runway will affect the cemetery, a legal process called Termination of Use of a Cemetery will be followed in or-der to move the graves. That process involves notifying family mem-bers and descendants and gaining their input. Perhaps this can best be done through the Foundation Newsletter. I hope that this matter is of interest to your organization and that you will be able to help us. Steve Rogers, Historic Preservation Spe-cialist, Tennessee Historical Commission, 701 Broadway, Nashville, TN, 37243-0442,6155/742-6716.
Since we are putting out the "·Revolutionary War Period Bible, Family & Marriage Records Gleaned from Pension Ap-plications,- I have access to a review of the laws pertaining to the service-pension acts of 1818 and 1820. The act of 1820 was re-medial legislation to prevent soldiers from feigning poverty to obtain benefits. The law of 1820 required every pen-sioner from the 1818 act to submit a certified schedule of his estate and in-come to the Secretary of War.
Within a few years, the total of Revolutionary War service Pen-sioners was reduced by several thousand. An 1823 act of Congress resulted in the restoration of pensions to many whose names had been removed under the terms of 1820 legislation. That's the reason why William Going of Hawkins County, TN filed for a pension in 1819 and again in 1820. [GRF Newslet-ter,. August 1990]
Congress passed other service-pension acts in 1828, 1832, 1836, 1838, 1843, 1844, 1848, 1855 and 1878. A summary of these acts appear in the introduction to each roll  of Se-lected Records from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files. This same information is in the in-troduction of "Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applica-tions in the National Archives" by National Ge-nealogical Soci-ety, 1976.
For a hundred years prior to the Revolutionary War, British colonies in North America provided pensions for disabled sol-diers and sailors. The Continental Congress passed its first pen-sion legislation in 1776, followed by others in 1778, 1780 and 1783. The First Congress of the United States passed an act in 1789. Other service-pension acts were passed in 1792 and 1806. Not until 1818, did the U.S. Congress grant pensions to Revolu-tionary War veterans, for service from which no dis-abilities re-sulted--to officers and enlisted men in need of as-sistance. Pen-sions under this act were to continue for life. Chan Edmond-son, Box 141235, Dallas TX, 75214.
We are suspicious of a census record of 1870 in Smyth County, VA, Rich Valley Township which lists a Daniel Going age 45, born in NC, living with Elizabeth, born in 1848 and two chil-dren: William born ca1865 and Sarah born ca1868, also in Vir-ginia. While Daniel was married to Margaret at this time, he was stationed in Virginia during the Civil War and possibly could have taken another wife. We are interested in finding out any information on the Daniel Going family listed above and his de-scendants from the Virginia line.
Daniel Goins, sometimes known as William Daniel Goins, died in the Confederate Soldiers Home in Raleigh. He registered his name as Daniel Owens purposely because the policy of the Con-federate Home was not to admit anyone who had living rel-atives to care for him. Daniel had more than enough living rela-tives, but for some reason his wives and families disowned him possi-bly due to polygamy? He died alone June 7, 1907. No family member came to claim his body, so he was buried in the Con-federate Graveyard in Raleigh by the State of North Car-olina.
In Randolph County, NC Deed Book 53 is recorded the affi-davit of Flora McDonald, age 88, and Catherine McBride, age 83 signed July 16, 1884 before Archabald Johnson, J.P. Johnson noted, " . . . both known to me to be respectable and truth-telling women . . . state that they are acquainted with Daniel Goins, late of this county and state, that they have known his father, grand-father and great-grandather, that his great-grandfather was a na-tive of Portugal and was always called a Portugan and that he was the color of the natives of that place. He and his sons and grandsons always exercised the right of and passed as white men in every respect." Can any-one help? Ronnie & Cyndie Hoelscher, 4738 Kosarek, Corpus Christi, TX, 78415.
I was sent a copy of the March
1990 edition of the Newslet-ter and am happy to enclose my check for membership
in the Foundation.
I am seeking information on Col. George A. Gowin who was born in NC about 1827. He came to Hamilton County, TN about 1852 and was married there November 24, 1852 to Eliz-abeth McGill, daughter of John and Elizabeth Patterson McGill. The Gowins had six children, two of whom died in infancy. He is believed to have taught at Fairmount Academy on Walden's Ridge before the War Between the States. In the 1860 census he was shown as "school teacher;" in 1870 he was recorded as "physician."
During the war he fought with the Union Army in the Sixth Tennessee Mounted Infantry, U.S.A. [commanding officer] and afterwards was active in Hamilton County politics [nominated for Congress in 1880.]
He established the "Unconditional," a newspaper in Harri-son, TN and was once editor of a weekly newspaper, the "Monitor." He lived in Daisy, TN in his later years where he practiced medicine and was a Methodist minister. His death date is unknown, but it was between August 1881 and October 1883. George and Elizabeth Gowin, along with two infant daughters are buried in Soddy, TN Presbyterian Cemetery. There is a gov-ernment headstone for Gowin, but it contains no dates. One of my objectives is to discover his date of death so that I can mark his grave appropriately.
Also I am interested in the Gowin family's connection to the Melungeons and hope that a Foundation member can assist me. T. R. Williams, Jr, 6400 Middle Ridge Lane, Chattanooga, TN, 37343. 615/842-7285
The Newsletter announcing the Preservation Committee and its work on private family cemeteries prompted me to offer to serve on the Preservation Committee. My great grandfather, William Benjamin Gowen is buried here in Hurricane Hollow in a small, unprotected cemetery in a grove of oak trees on a pas-ture knoll with cattle grazing around. Now, one of the items on "My agenda of Important Things to Do is to get the Cemetery fenced and improved. It's a terrible thing that we haven't done it sooner. Miriam Dendy, 1800 Ballard Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35801.
Thank you for the information the Foundation sent from the Gowen manuscript on the Gowen individuals buried in the fam-ily cemetery near the Nashville airport. It seems the cemetery will probably be affected by the development of the new airport runway. To date, the exact nature of the effect and how it can be mitigated has not been determined. We will of course consult with you and other family members about any impact to the cemetery.
Dirk Calvin, your Preservation Chairman, and I visited the Gowen Cemetery and nearby Buchanan Cemetery, and the graves enclosed by the stone wall are still evident.
There are quantities of pottery, buttons, glass and bones--all items usually associated with a household site. The artifacts all seem to date from the early to mid-19th century, the time when the Gowens were living there.
Our research on the William Gowen tract is continuing, and as new information becomes available, I'll be sure to let you know. Steve Rogers, Historic Preservation Specialist, Ten-nessee Historical Commission, 701 Broadway, Nash-ville, TN, 37243.
In connection with the Foundation's interest in historic preservation, Evelyn Chase, a cousin in York, ME sent the en-closed article and photos about Angevine Gowen's home [August Newsletter] which is being considered as an historic landmark by the Historic Commission.
It was interesting to note in the last Newsletter that you have sold your business and are now giving full time to the Foun-dation. In reading the paper I don't wonder that you have no time for anything else. You and your associates are doing a great job. Congratulations!
I am enclosing my 1991 membership and asking you to enter one for the Stratham Historical Society. This is my gift to the Society which is now becoming actively interested in the fam-ily heritage. Best wishes to all of you as you enter into an exciting new year. Margaret P. Tate, 34 Washington St, Exeter, NH, 03833.
I have had so many inquiries, from as far away as California, about the Melungeons and the Gowen Research Foundation [Dallas Morning News, 4/29/90] that I plan to give your ad-dress in my column sometime in November if its all right with you. Thus, the inquiries can come directly to you. A. C. Greene, 4359 Shirley Drive, Dallas, TX, 75229.
Please add us to the Foundation. We have researched the Goan family name in County Donegal Ireland and have cop-ies of letters from that area dating back to the early 1800s. Our great-grandmother was a Goan, and we were able to se-cure her death certificate. We have located her descendants in several countries. Would our material be of interest to you? Charlotte A. McShea, Ph.D, 5250 H35 North, Rt. 3, Box 290, Columbia, MS, 39429.
The last few issues of your Newsletter have been passed along to me, and they contain more research ideas than I can di-gest quickly. The August issue had Robert Goyen of Australia mentioning his New Zealand cousin's interest in the Huguenots of France. This is the first time that anything has rung a bell for me. My great-grandfather Frank Gowen of Wiltshire married Ariadne Havell [perhaps DuHavell], thought to be of Huguenot descent. Her father taught Greek at a private school in England and gave all his daughters Greek names. Thanking you and Mr. Goyen for getting me started at my roots again. It's a fascinating hobby, but not the easiest to get "gowen" at. Robert Gowen, 909 Cumberland St, New Westminstcr, BC, Canada, V3L 3H2.
Let's just forget everything
that we have assumed about the Gowen family for the past 50 years and start
over. This may be a suggestion even more revolutionary than the ones I have made
before. I have just discovered that we are going to have to re-work every single
reference in the Gowen manuscript to Allen Gowen of Spartanburg County, SC and
Davidson County, TN. He was not the son of William Gowen and Sarah [Allen?]
Gowen as we assumed, despite his given name. other children attributed to them--particu-larly
those not mentioned in the will of William Gowen---may be a false assumption as
With reference to Spartanburg County Deed Book E, page 75, dated October 20,1796, Allen Gowen "of Davison County, Tennessee" deeded 300 acres on the north side of the Tyger River adjoining Thomas Fletcher to Burrell Bobo "of Spartan-burg County" for 150 pounds sterling. This land had been granted five years earlier to Joseph Gowen De-cember 23, 1791 by Gov. Charles C. Montague. Allen Gowen had re-ceived the land "by descent."
To my reading "by descent" means that Allen Gowen was a son of Joseph Gowen, not a son of William. He may have been a grandson of William Gowen, but thus far, this remains un-proven. We are simply going to have to get into those SC land grants and find out who owned what land.
I ask myself where the estate record of this Joseph Gowen is--possibly in the same limbo with the estate records for John Easley [husband of Ann Gowen] and her son Millington Easley? I do know for certain that Brent Hol-comb's abstracts of Spartan-burg wills and estates missed the will of William Gowen, which we know exists [you sent me a copy.] It ap-pears to me to be very definite: someone needs to go through every single num-bered estate packet for Spar-tanburg County to see what can be turned up on the Gowen and Easley indi-viduals. Then, long-held assumptions could stand or fall by documentation. Virginia Easley DeMarce, 5635 N. 25th Road, Arlington, VA. 22207.
It was a pleasure to see the article on the Goyne/Guynes family of Mecklenburg County, VA in the last issue of the Newsletter. In 1969, I received a copy of a letter from Richard Goyne of Pennsylvania in which he stated that his an-cestors were Huguenots who fled France in 1685. He men-tioned a fam-ily tradition of three Goyne brothers who settled at St Agnes, Cornwall as refugees. This copy, which I can no longer locate, came to me through the courtesy of John Sands, Goyne family researcher of 6144 N. 12th Road, Arlington, VA, 22205. Per-haps he could provide a copy for your files.
Shortly I will undertake a review of the package of Goyne/(Guynes material that you sent me, and I will give you the benefit of any additional data that my files hold. Velma S. Beuerle, 3317 Clairmont St, Flint, Ml, 48503.
I live in Honolulu and am a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Pearl Harbor. I received a complimentary copy of the Newsletter recently, and you will never know how excited I was to receive it.
One of my goals has been to research my family history when I retire in another three years and have the time and op-portunity to do so. Your Foundation opens up great possi-bilities for me since you have so many researchers already in pursuit of my family.
The article in the October issue about the Melungeons by Ruth Johnson brought back many fond memories. I have been to Newman's Ridge on several occasions to visit my rel-atives there. My maternal grandmother, maiden name Rosie Collins, was born there.
I was born 21 March, 1952 in Union, SC. My father is David Jackson Goins, Jr, and he was born in Lee County, VA in Jan-uary 1925. My paternal grandparents are David Jackson Goins, born in Lee County 19 August 1890, and Esther John-son Goins, born there 30 March 1903. My g-grandparents are William Goins and Lucy Ann Smith Goins, but I do not know where or when they were born. My mother's name is Ruby Elizabeth Willis Goins, and she was born in February 1925 in Big Stone Gap, VA. My maternal grandparents are Larkin Willis, born c1870 in Franklin County, TN and Rosie Collins Willis, born c1870 on New-man's Ridge.
My membership application is enclosed, and I would be glad to hear from Foundation members who might know something about my Goins family. Larry K. Goins, LCDR, U.S.N, 734 Sanders Circle. Honolulu, HI, 96818.
The latest Newsletter thrilled me beyond measure. I am so glad that the Foundation is expanding for 1991. It is ex-citing to see all the new things planned for the new year. I am sure that with all of us working together we can find some "common de-nominators" regardless of how our name is spelled or how it is pronounced. We all came from one person or one source. Maybe Adam's last name was Gowen/Gowin/Goyne/Goins/etc.
I am enclosing a check for my 1991 dues in the Foun-dation. Note that I have "moved up a notch" and am now a Con-tributing Member. I want to do all that I can for such a wor-thy organiza-tion. Thanks for all the good you do in drawing back the curtain of antiquity and in revealing more about our forebears.
It will be impossible for us to know all our ancestors, but this we can know assuredly--God put us here for a pur-pose and in-structed us how to accomplish it. God gave Adam dominion over all the earth and enjoined him to care for this garden. We must never allow another Hiroshima or similar event to con-taminate our garden or poison our peo-ple. James M Gowin, First Atomic Veteran, Box 1075, Kingston Springs, TN, 37082, 615/352-4874.
I was pleased to see the sketch of James Goyne of Mecklen-burg County, VA in the recent Newsletter. Your "hunch" that there is a connection between this family and the Wilkes County, GA branch will probably prove correct. However, to date, we have found no connecting link. Un-fortunately, much printed material is not well documented, leaving us to start at almost square one.
You will be interested in the enclosed application of James Goyne for a Revolutionary Pension. The affidavit which de-scribes his five periods of Revolutionary service in South Car-olina and Georgia was sworn to by him at age 81 in Kemper County, MS Circuit Court May 19, 1836. Evelyn Sandifer Hall, 4319 Colonial Dr, Shreveport, LA, 71119.
I am seeking information on John Wyeatt Gowan and wife Archie who lived in Arkansas City, KS and had at least two children. They were living as late as 1910 and had a child named Lee Gowan. I also need to locate information or descen-dants of Clara [Curry] Walker, a Gowan descendant who was living in San Francisco in 1900 and had children named Howard, Joseph and Annie. Advice from Foundation members on how to research this family in S.F. would be welcomed. Phillip Gowan, Box 5777, Nashville, TN, 37208,
The Tennessee State
Archaeological group has completed its initial survey of the William Gowen land
granted to him in 1783 and will return to their laboratories for the winter to
evaluate their findings. It is quite probable that the expansion of the
Nashville airport win continue as scheduled. The Gowen home-sites discovered by
the archaeologists consisted of two cemeter-ies, foundations to homes and
outbuildings, animal bones, pewter buttons, pipes, fragments of china and
pottery and metal farming implements.
The smaller cemetery is believed to be a private cemetery of our Gowen ancestors, and the larger, which contains 50-75 graves, is thought to be a cemetery used by the Tennessee State Hospital for the Insane which later acquired the property.
A detailed list of the findings will be presented to Gowen Research Foundation by Steve Rogers of Tennessee Histori-cal Society when the study is concluded. He was kind enough to of-fer a suggestion that might benefit the Foundation. He com-mented that when Wilford Burleson Gowen conveyed the last of the Gowen property he "reserved forever five poles square" [162.5' square] for the family cemetery. Accordingly, the Air-port Authority may seek to purchase this reservation.
It is my hope that proceeds received would go toward the removal of these Gowen graves to the nearby Gowen Family Cemetery at Lavergne and that this cemetery could be improved and repaired. This consolidated cemetery could then be estab-lished by the Foundation, perhaps in a public dedication. Dirk Calvin, 997 Liberty Church Pk, Brentwood, TN, 37027
We are descended from Burgess Going, son of Thomas Gowen/Going, the Thomas Gowen who made his will Febru-ary 7, 1797 in Randolph County, NC. We need to prove or disprove that this Thomas Gowen/Going is the same as Thomas Gowen/Gowin/Going listed on polltax records in Granville County, NC from 1753 to 1787; Thomas Going on polltax list in Lunenburg County, VA, 1751; Thomas Goen/Goeing on polltax list in Goochland County, VA, 1748; Thomas Going deed in Fairfax County, VA, 1744 and Thomas Gowen who acquired land in Fairfax County, 1743. Were there two marriages with two sets of children? The will men-tions only "younger chil-dren." Our Sustaining Membership is enclosed. LaFay E. Gowan, 2157 Shadybrook Lane, Birmingham, AL, 35226.
I was very pleased and honored by the report on my g-grand-father, Andrew Greene Gowen in the Newsletter. My grandfa-ther, Andrew Greene Gowen, Jr. and his first wife, Mattie Rowe Gowen were the parents of my father, Cecil Eu-gene Gowen, their only child.
My side of the family tree is still growing. My wife, Debo-rah and I are expecting a baby in June. Having no living natu-ral children at age 55,1 am very happy to be able to contribute to the continuation of our proud family name and tradition. My sailing trip around the world will be delayed another year, how-ever. We project departure now to be January, 1992. En-closed is my Contributing Membership for 1991. Your Nevada cousin, Gary E. Gowen, 845 S. Third St, Las Vegas, NV, 89404.
I found your address in an article describing your Melun-geon research in the "Dallas News." The subject of "these people" fascinates me. I can find nothing written about them, my dictio-nary does not even contain the word. While ab-stracting vital statistics from newspaper files for the Grand Prairie Genealogi-cal Society I found the enclosed article about Jesse Jones, possi-bly a Melungeon, in the "Grand Prairie Hustler," Vol. IV, No. 28, March 1906:
Jesse Jones of Pulaski, Tennessee is nearly 110 years old, born of a Portuguese father and a Choctaw mother in Raleigh, North Carolina, June 10, 1796. He fought in four wars, War of 1812, Florida Indian War, Mexican War and Civil War and was honorably discharged from each. He is erect, keen eyed, looks 50, expects to live to be 125, married six times and has 32 chil-dren. His present wife is 48 and his youngest child is a 17-year-old daughter."
Can you recommend some reading material that will give more about these mysterious people? Evelyn V. Horton, Box 530037, Graud Prairie, TX, 75053.
My friend, Cyndie Coins Hoelscher sent me a copy of the Newsletter. I was pleased to see the name of Wiley W. Goynes, "unidentified," listed in the article on the descendants of James Goyne. Wiley Williamson Goynes was my great-grandfather and a son of James Goynes and his wife, Heather O'Brien Goynes. I am enclosing a list of the children of Wiley Williamson Goynes who was born December 2, 1799. His daughter, Susan Goynes, wrote that her grandfather's name was James Goynes. Wiley Williamson Goynes is buried in the Goynes Cemetery in Live Oak County, Texas.
My grandfather, Augustus Sanders Goynes, was born in Kemper County, MS in 1840 [or 1842]. My father Daniel Goynes was born in 1884, and I was born in 1935 when he was 51 years old.
I loved the Melungeon story by M. Ruth Johnson. I grew up in Live Oak County, one of 11 children, and I remember my family doing many of the same things that she described.
I am enclosing an abstract of the early marriage records of Atascosa County, Texas for the Foundation library. You will note the many Coins and Goyne marriages in the 18OOs. I en-joyed the Newsletter and am enclosing my Contributing Mem-bership. I publish "Fox Nation," a genealogical history of the Fox family, and in addition, I am researching several other fam-ily lines. Margaret Goynes Olson, 2234 Brighton Drive, Corpus Christi TX, 78418, 512/937-2292.
I am interested in contacting any person with information about Daniel Goin who was listed as a property owner c1770 in the tax records of people living on the Upper Catawba River. This area apparently later became a part of Burke Co, NC ref: "Abstracts of County Court Minutes of Rowan County" by Jo White Linn. My Contributing Membership is enclosed. Sam K. Goans, 8751 Wimbledon Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37923.
"North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal,- Vol. Vll, No. 3, August 1982 carried an article, "Early Settlement on the Catawba- by William Doub Bennett. Settler No. 26 in the list of settlers on the Upper Catawba was Daniel Goin. A map is in-cluded, giving general locations of land acquired by selected settlers there about 1770. "Don'd Gowen" [Dan'l Gowen?l was included in "Lists of Scottish Rebel Prisoners Transported to America in the Aftermath of Culloden" by Ransom McBride. This article was printed in the same journal in its Vol. VI, No. 2, May 1980 edition. Virginia Easley DeMarce, 5636 N. 25th Rd, Arlington, VA, 22207.
Each issue of the Newsletter is fascinating and I compliment you and your staff for the marvelous job you are all doing. I look forward to each month's issue and read every word, even though I have yet to find a mention of my partic-ular branch of the family.
I am wondering how the library of ancestor charts of the various lineages is coming along, particularly the indexing. Do you have any staff members or professional researchers one might engage to do searching for family members such as I. I am enclosing a renewal of my Contributing Membership for 1991 and will and along my ancestor chart shortly. Olen R. Gowens, Ashby Place, Ladoga, IN, 47954
Please place me in touch with Caroline Reese Kimsey who researched "Pennsylvania Goan Orphans" in the November Newsletter. I work with Wyoming State Historical Society in compiling gravesites throughout the state. There is a chance that Ella Goan, one of the orphans died in Wyoming on the way to California. I need to contact Ms. Kimsey for documentation on her death.
Also, I wanted to let you know how happy we are to have the Gowen Newsletter at the Library. We have a fine genealogy collection and get many visitors. Additionally we interlibrary loan our materials to anyone within the state of Wyoming. This has worked well for those who wish to research in our sparsely populated state. Thus, donations here receive a lot of mileage. Sharon Lass Field, Laramie County Library, 2800 Central Av, Cheyenne, WY, 82001.
The Melungeon Research Team is
seeking information on the Sabine People of Lower Louisiana who apparently take
their name from the Sabine ["cypress" in Spanish] Parish and Sabine River which
serves as a boundary between Louisiana and Texas. The Sabine People are
described much in the same way as the Melungeons, and we are anxious to see if
our family name shows up among them.
As result of the mention of our Melungeon research in sev-eral genealogical columns, we have had several inquiries as to the origin of these little-known people living there in 'Cajun Country. Foundation researchers are asked please to give our team the benefit of any data turned up on the Sabine People. Evelyn McKinley Orr, 8310 Emmet, Omaha, NE, 68134.
The article on Andrew Greene Gowen in the November Newsletter was of special interest to me--he was my grandfather. His son, James Vernon Gowen and wife, Mary Agnes Dean Gowen were my parents. I am enclosing a check for three mem-berships with our appreciation for the outstanding work you are doing. Hazel Gowen Stapleton, Box 158, Folkston, GA, 31537.
I have enjoyed the Newsletters so very much. As soon as they arrive, I sit down and read them through--nonstop. My mother, Charity Gowens was a daughter of General Washington Gowens. I have recently re-ceived some new material on all of the children of James Blair Gowens and am in the process of putting it all into the computer. I use a program called "Family Tree Maker" and will send you a copy of the diskette when it is com-plete.
Please send the Newsletter to my nephew, W. E. Ray 1401 Duke Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63136. I am enclosing my Con-tributing Member-ship again. Evelyn Cordell, 207 13th Street, Ballinger, TX, 76821
The September Newsletter carried an article about Maj. John "Buck" Gowen which was of great interest to me. Names and places men-tioned indicate a close association with my Hand/Byler line. In the Major's will he mentioned the children of his deceased son, William Gowen as John Gowen, Mahulda Gowen and Matilda Gowen. My great-grandmother, Mahulda Gowen Hand was born to Elkins M. Hand and Rachel Kelly Hand January 31, 1817 in Rutherford County, Tennessee.
My g-g-g-grandfather Samuel Hand was in the Spartanburg, SC area after the Revolutionary War in which he served. He was married there about 1782 and had three children: Elkins M. Hand, born October 12, 1783; Asenath "Affie" Hand, born March 10, 1786 and Temperance Hand, born February 28, 1788. Nine children were born to them. James Campbell Hand, Eliza-beth Hand, Jene Hand, William Bradford Hand, Asenath Hand, Samuel Hand, Harriet Hand, Nancy Hand and Sarah Hand.
Mahulda Gowen Hand was married November 23, 1834 to Al-fred Tyra Byler in Lauderdale County, Alabama. I feel sure that somewhere there is a Gowen-Hand-Elkins-Byler connec-tion--most likely in Carolina. Any help or research suggestions will be appreciated.
Enclosed is $25 as a Contributing Member for 1991. I enjoy the Newsletter very much !! Carol A. Denney, 7112 Calumet, Amarillo, TX, 79106.
In conversation with Eloise Bailey of St. Marys, GA, I was asked to provide you with come information on my branch of the family for inclusion in the Gowen manuscript. Our line stems from the union of William W. Gowen and Rebecca Greene Gowen of Beaufort County, SC and through their daughter, Anne Elizabeth Gowen and Thomas Means Godley. Their daughter Maybelle Pope Godley married Emory Franklin Dean, and their daughter, Anna Watson Dean is my mother. I am enclosing family group sheets and some additional data. Eloise has indicated that the material is to be added to page 606 in the manuscript.
I enclose our check for membership for the year 1991. Many thanks for your efforts on behalf of the entire clan. Cecil Franklin Jacobs, M.D, Box 90, Portal, GA, 30450.
The Cornish Research Team is
now doing a recap of the data that we have collected from researchers in
England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. To facilitate
the data exchange, our team chairman, Robert J. Goyen of Australia has a
suggestion for researchers in the United States and Canada with Cornish Gowen/Goyen/Goin
ancestors. They are invited to forward a copy of their research in manuscripts,
on charts, com-puter diskettes or other forms to this address. I will compile
all the material, compare it with what we already have, eliminate duplicates,
and forward to Robert what is needed to update his computer files. In view of
the distance and postage involved, we believe this channeling procedure will be
more efficient for the researchers and the Foundation. Billie June Salmond, 530
E. Woodland Lane, Bountiful, UT, 84010, 801/822-6457.
Thank you for taking care of the gift subscription for my sister, Doris Reeves of Paragould, Arkansas even though my check went astray. This, to me, speaks well of the honesty and integrity of the "Goins/Gowen/Goen etc. family.
I know that my sister will enjoy the Newsletter. Every time I receive an issue, I put everything aside while I look to see if there, perhaps, is another relative uncovered in the Newsletter! What an interesting research you are engaged in and what a dy-namic family "we" were and are! Keep up the good work. Ly-dia Goins Brown, 106 Yarmouth Lane, Media, PA, 19063.
I am looking for information on Pleasant Gowin/Gooing, born in 1798 in Tennessee and died in Alabama about 1864. The name was pronounced "Go-in," and he changed the spelling to Gooing. He was married to Temperance Cooper in November 1821 in Dallas County, Alabama. Three sons were born to them-- Andrew Martin Gooing, David Gooing and William Gooing. Andrew Martin Gooing was married to Araminta Bar-nett November 30, 1848 in Perry County, Alabama. They had eight children, including Pleasant Thomas Fillmore Gooing, born April 16, 1854 at Marion, Louisiana. He died February 3, 1932 at Parma, Idaho.
I would appreciate anything pertaining to the Gowin, Gooing and Cooper lines. Barbara Bigelow Gooing, 3950 Homedale Road, #78, Klamath Falls, OR, 97603.
I am so proud of our cousin, Donna Gowin Johnston who is doing such an outstanding job in digging so far back into our family's history. Her research published in the Newsletter con-firms what I have long suspected--that due to illiteracy and un-concern on the part of county clerks--our name has been spelled haphazardly, every whichaway. I look forward to her articles.
I am in doubt that I can complete the Atomic Veterans Memorial Garden at Craggie Hope due to my health. If possi-ble, I would like to have the Foundation's Preservation Team to take over this project at "the end of my journey." If you can en-tertain the idea, I will make you a deed before I depart.
I would like to invite all of my "cousins" to visit this beauti-ful Atomic Veterans Memorial Garden among the beautiful crags of Craggie Hope, the hallowed ground that I returned to from the jaws of death and the pits of hell out of Hiroshima, Japan. James M. Gowin, the First Atomic Veteran, Box 1075, Lovers Leap Road, Kingston Springs, TN, 37082. Thanks, Jimmy,
for your very kind offer and invitation. Dirk Calvin, head of the
Foundation's Preservation Team has been asked to visit with you about
carrying out your wishes.
I am the daughter of Flora Estelle Gowen Copeland who was the daughter of Andrew Greene Gowen and Laura Pierce Den-mark. She was the sister of Julia Catherine "Katie" Gowen Casey who corresponded with you in years past. After Mother's death in May, Julia Casey Watson called and sent me a copy of "our" section of the Gowen manuscript. After a number of tele-phone calls, I went to Kingsland, and Julia and I went over our research. We are in the process of making corrections and addi-tions which we shall have completed and mailed to you some-time in March.
My Mother past away May 12, 1990, 97 years of age. Her mind was clear, and she was alert and interested in the family history. At Christmas 1989, one of her grandsons asked her some questions about her life at Trader's Hill and the Swamp. This was the beginning of several sessions of taped interviews which I will transcribe or copy for the grandchildren [and the Foundation Library] one of these days.
While at Julia's, we went to South Carolina to several points of genealogical interest and to Shelton Church where Mary "Polly" Keating Gowen is buried. We are planning a research trip to Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia and Raleigh in the spring and hope to turn up more information on the family which we will forward to the Foundation. I am enthusiastic about the goals of the Foundation and am enclosing my Contributing Membership. Louise C. Herring, Box 457, Greenville, GA, 30222.
I have enjoyed the Newsletter very much and hope that thru it I can contact a researcher who can identify the parents of my Matilda Gowen, 1/4 Indian, born June 10, 1808 in KY. She came with her parents to Lawrence County, IL "as a grown woman," according to her obituary. She was married there in 1831 to John William Miller. They deeded land there in 1835 to Thomas Gowen, a native of Rowan County, NC, whom I regard as her brother. Thomas Gowen was married there to Susan Smith January 11, 1834.
John William Miller moved to Iowa in 1865, then to Case County, MO for three years and finally to Crawford County, KS where he died in 1876. Matilda Gowen Miller died there in 1901 at age 92. At least 12 children were born to them, in-cluding: Nancy J, William Thomas, Tobetha Jane, Patsey, Eliza-beth, Alexander, James Hamilton, Alecy C. and John Harvey. Should anyone have information about Matilda and her parents, I would be most grateful for a response. Leva Joy Brantley, Route 1, Box 1440, Fletcher, OK, 73541.
I belong to one of the Irish
contingents of the Gowen family. The enclosed chart shows my
great-grandparents, George Gowen and Mary Brennan Gowen leaving Queens County,
Ire-land during the potato famine of the 1840s. My grandfather, Thomas Patrick
Gowen was born to them in Philadelphia De-cember 3, 1849.
My father, Miles Joseph Thomas Gowen was born to Thomas Patrick Gowen and Brigit Meehan Gowen in Phoenixville, PA April 19, 1880. After marriage, he and my mother, Anna May Slowey Gowen removed to Washington, D.C. in the early 1900s, along with his brother, Joseph Patrick Gowen who settled in Riverdale, MD. Most of the rest of the family remained in Philadelphia.
I was born here August 11, 1918, and my wife, Lucille Mur-phy Gowen was born in Fredericksburg, TX. Our son, Edward Miles Joseph Gowen, Jr. was born here March 26, 1946 and was married to Catherine Josephine Byrne of Droghedz, Ireland. Their sons are: Thomas Patrick Gowen, Brendan Miles Gowen and Shane Christopher Gowen.
Many of the Irish and Scotch applied "Mc, Mac and O" [son of] prefixes to the name "Gowen." We left our "Mac" in Ireland. I was glad to learn that the Foundation will undertake research on the McGowens and O'Gowens when a documented relation-ship is determined. Edward Miles Joseph Gowen, 1258 Cresthaven Drive, Silver Spring, MD, 20903.
As you know, my grandfather, Frank Gowan [surname changed] left me with all the records of his research of the Gowen family. It was his wish that I carry on with the work he started, and that is certainly my wish as well. Now, I am orga-nizing his materials so I can begin where my grandfather left off and so I can share them with other Gowen researchers.
I am enclosing a check to establish a memorial in his mem-ory, and my Contributing Membership is enclosed as well. I look forward to participating in the Foundation and will assist in any way I can.
My grandmother, Anna Gowen has told me about the ques-tions that have arisen in regard to the Gowens who may be buried in the vicinity of Buchanan's Station with my grandfather in 1980 and took photographs. Shari L. Southard, 5240 W. Las Palmaritas, Glendale, AZ, 85302, 602/842-4419.
When my ancestor, Louis A. Gowers [or Gowen] died February 6, 1892, the doctor attending him [and apparently everyone else] had trouble in determining his real name. Two death certifi-cates, one in each name, were recorded for him in the City-County Department of Health, Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Indiana [copy enclosed]. Each identified him as Louis A. Gow-ers or Gowen [Same Person]." He was buried in Locust Hill Cemetery in Evansville by Smith Mortuary.
Ninety-nine years later, we still don't know which is correct. Some members of our family go by "Gowers," and some go by "Gowen." We have records showing that he was born in March 1835 to Jacob Gower[s]/Gowen[s] and Ann Eliza Altemus [ditto] of Ripley, Ohio [Brown County]. Jacob and Ann Eliza were both born in Pennsylvania, she in 1794, and apparently Louis was their youngest child. His siblings were Washington, Elizabeth, Angeline, James, William S. and Leonard A. Help to solve this mystery would be deeply appreciated. Florence Gowers O'Neill, 1316 Forest Drive, Gulfport, MS, 39507.
The Newsletter of January 1991
may have shed some light as to what became of my great-grandfather, Nathan Gowin.
My grandfather, Charles Albert Gowin, his sister, Polly Gowin Clarke and their
mother, Louisa Gowin were deserted by Nathan Gowin. The family never knew where
Nathan Gowin went upon leaving the family. We assumed that the Civil War
divided the family, as it did many others of that time. The research done by
Ruby Gowin Walkup, my niece, encountered a blank and could not go past Nathan
Gowin. Perhaps now the "key" has been found. I now believe that Nathan Gowin
had more than one family--one in Illinois and another in Tennessee--due to
having been on the tax rolls of both.
My grandfather, Charles Albert Gowin, was a Confederate soldier. He and his family were believed to have lived in Whit-field County, Georgia near the Tennessee border after the war. The family came west prior to 1872 and settled in Crawford County, Arkansas. His wife, Serena Evatt Gowin died there March 22, 1874. His mother also died there. Both were buried in Salem Cemetery. He was a Baptist minister and aided in es-tablishing several churches in Crawford County. He later went to Oklahoma as a missionary to the Indians. He died in 1903 at the age of 70.
I am enclosing two membership requests, one for myself and one for my niece, Ruby Gowin Walkup. Tim Gowin, Rt. 1, Box 5690, Stigler, OK, 74462.
I have been wanting to ask you if you have a researcher that could look at the passenger records of Gowen/Goyen families that entered America in the early days. Our Record Office has an index of Australian immigrants and thus gives a starting point to trace families. It still raises problems as it is on record that two families arrived out here and then disappeared. Probably they didn't like the look of the place and remained on board. They are not in New Zealand or Tasmania, so maybe they are either sunk, in America or returned home to Cornwall.
Because Australia was settled so much later than America we have had to search in Cornwall for our ancestors almost from the beginning. Your families settled in America a couple of cen-turies earlier, and so your researchers are still searching Ameri-can records for ancestors and have not yet reached overseas. My grandfather came out as a boy and was still early enough to be given an original grant of land. You are generations earlier, but yet we shall all be in pursuit of the same European ancestors eventually. My Cornish research seems to be "up a gum tree." My researcher there seems to have gone "walkabout" on me which is a "fair cow." Robert J. Goyen, 523 Sutton St, Se-bastopol 3356, Victoria, Australia.
I'm researching the Gowen/Goen/Goings family in Ohio. Jason/Nathan Goings moved into Ohio from Virginia, bringing along sons, Joel and George. They lived in Guernsey County, Ohio, then moved to Shelby County, Ohio by the mid 1800s. The family is difficult to research. For that reason, I was so pleased when another Gowen researcher sent me news of the Foundation. My membership is enclosed. I am so glad now to have the help of "dozens of cousins" in the search. Rosemary Dunne, 123 Corinne, Santa Cruz, CA, 95065.
A recent article was published in the quarterly newsletter of the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society [of which I am a member] concerning the ancestry of the Goins. I am currently doing research on my ancestors, the Ashworths and have records of marriages between the Goings and the Ashworths. The Ash-worths came to Southwest Louisiana from the Pendleton, SC area around 1804 and into Southeast Texas in the 1820's. Some of them received land grants and were in various parts of Texas, especially around Erath County area. We still have quite a few Goins families in Southwest Louisiana. I am interested in ob-taining additional information on these Goins families, espe-cially any connected to the Ashworths. I will be glad to provide anything I have on the Goins. Hazel G. Standley, 308 Old River Road, Starks, LA, 70661, 318-743-5521.
In June 1990 you published some researched by Della Ford Nash on Jeremiah Goins and his family. I am very grateful for that publication. William Goins, brother to Jeremiah, is my g-g-grandfather. I have several of the children, but not the parents. Could you tell me where to look for Phillip Goins and his wife, Oti? Her name sounds Indian. Were they born in Choctaw Na-tion? [Mississippi]. Myrtle Curry, Box 797842, Dallas, TX, 75379-7842.
My earliest ancestor, Thomas
Goin [bc1750 VA] was also of mixed blood. I have not been able to connect him
with the Melungeons, but I know definitely that he was of mixed blood from an
1853 slander case in Claiborne County, Tennessee [Elijah Goin vs Sterling Mayse]
which was won by his grand-son. I am enclosing a copy of the transcript of the
I am also enclosing my family charts and the first of a series of articles I wrote on the Goin family for the "Reflection Quar-terly" of the Claiborne County Historical Society.
I am seeking ancestors and additional information on my Thomas Goin/Goins/Goen/Going/Gowen. He was proba-bly in East Tennessee as early as 1781. After 1801 he lived in Clai-borne County and died there in 1838. The assistance of other researchers who might have additional information is solicited. Carol Ledford, Rt. 1, Box 16, Leicester, NC, 28748
My grandmother was Edaline Gowin, daughter of William H. Gowin [b1838] and Frances Ann Whitaker. He was the son of Thomas Gowin [bc1818 Madison Co, KY] and Lucy Whitlock. He was the son of William Gowin [bc1788 Bedford Co, VA] and Elizabeth Tatum. Can anyone help? Christine S. Agee, 416 Newby Road, Richmond, KY, 40475.
Enclosed are family charts on my family line. I am greatly en-joying the Foundation Newsletters. My lineage has been traced to Is[a]iah Going, b1795 NC who married Minta whom we be-lieve was Indian, bc1800, according to the 1850 census. Most descendants live in Hancock, Hawkins and Sullivan Counties in TN. Other related groups live in IN and ID. Re-cently I heard of an unrelated line described in "The Strongs-Goings-Deans-Campbells-Metcalfs and Other Families in Shelby County, Texas" by Marjorie Johnson of Dallas, Texas. Please let me know if the Foundation Library does not have this book. Jon Goins, 9404 Hunters Trace, Austin, Texas, 78758.
I am enclosing group sheets on
my Goins family. We have just installed the computer, and I am still learning
all it will do. Much of my data is not yet processed, and I will have more for
I am interested in finding details on the husband[s] of Nancy A. Goins, daughter of J. B. and Sarah A. Goins. She was born in Georgia, probably Murray County about 1836 and appeared in the 1850 census of her father's household. She was married about 1855 to Freddy King in Georgia and lived in the Calhoun area. Freddy King died before 1870, probably in Franklin County, Alabama. It is believed that Nancy A. Goins King re-married, husband's name unknown. She died in 1920 and was buried in Antioch Cemetery in Franklin County. Carrie M. McGee, 1303 6th Ave, Jasper, AL, 35501
The March issue of the Newsletter mentioned William Goin and Thomas Goin, born 1750-60 and both enumerated in the 1830 census of Claiborne County, TN. My husband, Varion Elmer Goin is a gg-grandson of this Thomas Goin. I am in the process of compiling the record of Thomas Goin for the Foun-dation. We are familiar with the work of Dianne Thurman of Wichita, KS and William H. Goin, III of Wyandotte, MI. Anna Lee Goin, 13811 Jefferson Hwy. 99E, Jefferson, OR, 97352.
Thanks for finding me. I don't know how you did it, but thanks so much. I want to join the Foundation because I am active in genealogical research and because my grandmother was a Gowin, a descendant of Nathaniel and Sabra Midgett Gowin. I am most anxious to correspond and share information with any and all of their descendants. Keep up the good work. Larry A. May, 1548 Manor Drive, Salem, OH, 44460.
When you printed my family information in the March Newsletter, I heard from a second cousin that I didn't know I had--Capt. George A. Gowen, USN Ret, Asheville, NC. His letter appeared in the October 1989 issue of "Dear Cousins," but at that time I had no idea that I had family in North Carolina. It was great to hear from him. Thanks for "reassembling" our family.
Capt. Gowen wrote of Arlee Gowen and his service in Naval Aviation during World War II. We haven't read much about our editor in the Newsletter. I think the rest of us Gowens would like to know more about him.
I am enclosing five gift memberships for other interested mem-bers of my branch of the family. Edward Miles Joseph Gowen, 1258 Cresthaven Drive, Silver Spring, MD, 20903.
I am seeking information on N. B. Gowan who purchased land jointly with Pleasant Linsey Gowan in 1890 in Buncombe County, NC. N. B. Gowan sold his interest in 1896, but did not appear there in the census of 1900. Where did he go? How was he related to Pleasant Linsey Gowan? I would like to hear from any descendants. LaFay E. Gowan, 2157 Shadybrook Lane, Birmingham, AL, 35226.
Tomorrow I leave for the National Genealogical Society Con-ference in Portland, but before leaving, I wanted to send a few comments in your direction. I have read through most of the Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina print-outs that you sent for review.
I note some confusion among researchers regarding Revolu-tionary soldiers named William Going/Goin/Goins, [there were at least two, most likely three] and I believe an ALERT should go out to all the GRF researchers so that they can avoid ascrib-ing the activities of one to another.
The  William Goin of Surry County, North Carolina, age 72 in 1835, married to a white woman, has nothing to do with  William Going, wife Elizabeth Going, who served in Capt. Dixon's company, 10th NC Regiment 1781-72, who applied for a pension in Hawkins County, TN nor  William Going, recorded in NC in 1793, who was married to Elizabeth in Caswell County.
Has the Foundation obtained complete copies of all the Gowen/Going [and variant spellings] Revolutionary files from the National Archives? If not, let me know, about the time I re-turn from Portland. Virginia Easley DeMarce, 5635 N. 25th Rd, Arlington, VA, 22207
I have a 98-year-old cousin
who knew my g-grandfather, Madrey Goins before he died in 1910. She states that
he was a Confederate veteran and drew a SC pension for a disability re-ceived in
a leg wound. Madrey Goins was born about 1827, and his mother was Levicey [Chavis?]
Goins who was born about 1794. I found her grave marker, and it states that she
was about 93 years old when she died in 1887. My earliest documentation of the
family is in the 1840 census of Williams-burg County, SC where Madrey Goins
Madrey Goins was married to Lavenia Tucker. He had older brothers, John Goins and Wade Goins and younger brothers, Henry Goins and Washington Goins. My grandmother, Ceny Goins was born at Greelyville, SC in 1875, married Jessie Ben-jamin Browder and died in Florence County, SC in 1932. I have found documents on my branch of the family which have recorded the surname as "Gowens," "Goens," "Gowins," "Goings," "Goan," and "Goins."
To further complicate the matter, the family lived in the com-munity populated by the mixed-race Redbones. Charles James McDonald Furman, author and lecturer [1863-1904] spent many years researching the origin of this mysterious, isolated people whose history parallels that of the Melun-geons. He referred to them as a "mixed breed people who were never slaves and who had Indian blood in their veins." He considered them to be a branch of the Croatans and per-haps descendants of the lost colony of Sir Walter Raleigh.
I have tried for the longest to research this family, but noth-ing works for me, and I'm ready to pull my hair out. Can any of the Foundation researchers suggest a way to find the pa-ternal an-cestors of Madrey Goins? Mary B. Barr, Route 8, Box 148, Florence, SC, 29501.
I am interested in contacting descendants of Choctaw Tom who was murdered in December 1858 on the Brazos River in Palo Pinto County, TX. Members of his family were also slain while they slept, but there were survivors. These survivors left Texas in August 1859 and arrived in the Anadarko, OK area in September. I am sure there are 5th generation descendants somewhere, and I would like to contact them. B. A. Ledbetter, HC60, Box 409, Graham, TX, 76046.
I was delighted to see the pictures of Jonathan H. Gowen of Patrick County, VA and his daughter, Mary Alice Gowen of Adair County, KY in the Newsletter. My own Goin line also stemmed from Patrick County. Will you please provide me with the address of their descendant, Jean Grider Fry who supplied the photos. Thank you very much and keep up the good work. Anna G. Dunkley, Rt. 2, Box 234, Westfield, NC, 27053.
I am seeking information about my father, Sgt. Thomas E. Gowan. Many years have passed, and I have little to go on. My attempts of securing information have failed, and his Army records were destroyed in a 1973 fire. He was born May 11, 1914, in Spartanburg, SC, I believe. He enlisted June 12, 1942 in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He served in the intelligence section of the 831st Bomb Squadron of the 485th Bomb Group and died April 20, 1944 flying from North Africa when his plane went down.
My mother is also deceased. All she knew of his family was that he had sister named Ruth. I would like to find his family, and I would like to know his blood type. Also I would like to know if he was married and had other children. Even after all these years, I still want some answers. Please let me know if you can help. Caroline Sue Hall, 48633 McFarland Road, Oakridge, OR, 94763.
I can't tell you how much I
appreciate all the information you sent on my Going and Tindall lines. I plan
to copy the material you sent and send it on to a couple of other researchers
who have been a big help to me. Hopefully they will have something to add.
I am enclosing some ancestor charts for the library. I was for-tunate that my g-g-grandfather, Thomas Trusvan Booth, left a journal along with his bible and quite a bit of other information that first got me interested in genealogy. I am so glad that he did write down and preserve a lot of our history, and I am happy to share it with you.
I am glad that the Foundation is able to compile and safe-guard this valuable heritage. Cynthia Holsom-back McMullen, Rt. 3, Box 621, Huntington, TX, 75949.
I am still waiting for a copy of Paul Heinegg's book on "Free Afro-American Families of Colonial North Carolina" to arrive from Saudi Arabia (he works for ARAMCO). He sent me a few Xerox copies, and it looks as if his research will be useful and helpful on a lot of families, including Gowen/Goings, etc. Vir-ginia Easley DeMarce, 5635 N. 25th Road, Arlington, VA.
Many thanks for the revised print-outs of the Queens County, Ireland section of the Gowen manuscript. My family and I really appreciate all the information you have sent. We are all quite amazed that we have so many interesting relatives, and we're de-lighted to be able to give our children and grandchildren a record of their family history. George A. Gowen, Capt, USN (Ret.), 694 New Haw Creek Road, Asheville, NC, 28805.
My great-grandmother was Alice Goyns. Her father was Richard Goyns from Cornwall, England. I have read with much interest in Volume 1, No. 5 on the efforts of Robert J. Goyen to gather the complete history of the Goyns in Cornwall. I am en-closing my check for a membership in the Foundation and am looking forward to a profitable, enjoyable association. Janet King, 27 N. Kealing St, Indianapolis, IN, 46201, 317/356-3379.
I was glad to see your article on Drury Going and Sarah Baxter Going in the July issue. He was my g-g-g-g-grandfather, and I have been researching him and his descendants through his son, Isaac Going for eight years now.
For the past 18 months my search has intensified, and I have accumulated so much interest-ing data that I plan now to compile it all for publication in a vol-ume of Union County, South Car-olina family histories. I am also working on the families of Vaughn, Palmer and Tucker.
Since, according to Page 3722 of the Gowen manuscript [Greensville County, VA section] you do not have a record of the children of Isaac Going and Rebecca Palmer Going, I am en-closing dates and facts on their 11 children, all born in Union District.
All birthdates came from the Isaac Going bible, now de-stroyed. The dates were copied from it in 1879 by Thomas Baxter Going in Alabama and sent to my g-g-grandfather, William George Washington Going in a letter, copies of which still exist.
I am interested in sharing and receiving any more informa-tion which you might have on this branch of the family. Fredrick M. Tucker, Box 214, Duncan, SC, 29334.
I am researching Basil Goins,
bc1780 VA, m1 Betsy[?]. Their children: Albert bc1805, William bc1806, John
bc1808, J. Bazzil bc1810, Washington Joshua bc1813 and Jefferson bc1813.
J. Bazzil Goins m1829 Sarah "Sally" Downs, Hall Co, GA. They were enumerated cs1840 Cass Co, GA; cs1850 Murray Co, GA. Where were they in 1860 census? J. Bazzil Goins d1862, and Sally Downs Goins moved along with their 10 chil-dren to Franklin Co, AL [later Colbert Co.] where she d1892. I have in-formation on this family and also the family of Washington Joshua Goins to share. Please let me know if anyone has "seen" J. Bazzil and Sally Goins in cs1860. Carrie M. McGee, 1303 6th Ave, Jasper, AL, 35501
I wanted to suggest that Foundation members be on the lookout for "The Diary of Clarissa Adger Gowen of Ashtab-ula Plantation," 1865. This diary was retained by her granddaugh-ter, Clarissa Walton Taylor who collected other ac-counts of life in the Pendleton-Clemson area of South Car-olina from 1776 to 1889. The book was compiled by Mary Stevenson Adger [1852-1900] of Pendleton and was published by Founda-tion for His-toric Preservation, Box 444, Pendleton, SC, 29670, according to "Genealogical Books in Print" edited by Nettie Schreiner-Yan-tis.
I am presently researching the James Gowen who was over-seer of the plantation of the famous and tragic Maj. Pierce But-ler at Darien and St. Simons Island, Georgia. His wife, the fa-mous English actress, Fannie Kemble made the plantation well known in her book, "Journal of a Georgia Plantation." I re-gard this James Gowen as a brother to my g-g-grandfather, William W. Gowen [1803-1895].
I believe Mr. John Christian, Woodbine librarian has addi-tional information on the activities of James Gowen. He re-cently sent me a map of Camden County which has the illu-sive and mysterious Gowrie Island marked on it. I'll keep you posted if I learn anything of interest on these Gowens. Hazel Dean Overstreet, Rt. 1, Box 938, Odum, GA, 31555.
John Going, c1735-1801 and his wife Elizabeth Going, c1738-1816, of Henry County, Virginia are my 6th grandpar-ents through my Goins line and also my 6th grandparents through my Minor line. He owned a plantation that lay astride the Henry-Patrick county line. I have made two recent trips to Henry County and have found the general location of his land. Ac-cording to the deeds, it lay on both sides of Blackberry Creek in Henry County and on Polecat Creek in Patrick County. In 1792, John Going was granted permission in Henry County Chancery Court to built a gristmill on Black-berry Creek, and I am hunting for this millsite.
The land of Shadrack Goins lay very close to that of John Going in Patrick County, suggesting a relationship.
Eleven children were born to John Going and Elizabeth Go-ing: Elizabeth Going, Zephaniah Going, John Going, Jr, Simeon Go-ing, Littleberry Going, Claiborne Going, Isaiah Going, Zachariah Going, Nancy Going, Zedekiah Going and Susanna Going.
Elizabeth Going was married to Hezekiah Minor Septem-ber 19, 1795. Their son, Zachariah Minor, who was married to Agnes Sizemore, was my 4th grandfather. They removed to Rockingham County, North Carolina before coming to Hawkins County, Tennessee where they died
Zephaniah Going, my 5th grandfather, was a Revolution-ary soldier and was at Yorktown when Cornwallis surren-dered in Oc-tober 1781. He was married June 10, 1790 to Elizabeth Thomp-son. They lived in Henry County, Rocking-ham County, Roane County, Tennessee and Hawkins County where they also died. They had 13 children, 10 daughters and three sons. Their son, Isaiah Going who married Arminta Lindsay, was my 4th grandfa-ther also.
I know very little about the other nine children of John Go-ing and Elizabeth Going. I need help from other cousins to fin-ish this puzzle. If you have information, please write. Jack H. Goins, Rt. 2, Box 275, Rogersville, TN, 37857.
While I was in the library at Ft. Wayne, Indiana, I met Chan Edmondson of the Foundation who told me you might be able to help me with my Gowan research. My g-g-grand-parents were James C. Gowan, b1795 in VA and Lucinda Margaret True [?], b1806 in VA. I found them on the 1850 census of Harrison County, IN with ch: Jahue b1830, Mary A. b1832, John b1834, James E. b1836, Lucinda b1838, Levina b1841, Rezin b1843 and Miriam b1845.
James C. Gowan d1874, and Lucinda Margaret Gowan d1880. Both were buried in Gowan Cemetery in Jefferson Co, Mo. The sons of James C. and Lucinda were said to be stonema-sons, car-penters and farmers and were all in Harrison County in 1850.
My g-grandparents were James E. Gowan, b1836 in IN and Susan Robertson who m1864 in Jefferson Co, MO. Their chil-dren were Jane, Carrie, Sopha, Leonard, Eugene [twin died], Margaret and Irene Anna who m1899 John Ruff.
I would be very appreciative of any help the Foundation re-searchers can give. I am interested in finding when and from whence my Gowan family came into the U.S. Mary Al-ice Fritch, 708 W. Main St, Flat River, MO, 63601.
We just learned of the Foundation and are happy to en-close our check for membership in the organization. Our Ida Bell Goins was born in Stokes County, NC [about 1900]. Her father was John Goins and her grandfather was Frederick Goins. Can anyone help us to make a connection to the main-stream of the family? We would like to correspond with Cherokee or Catawba Indian members of the family. Dr. Wayne & Victoria Allgaier, 515 West C St, Brunswick, MD, 21716.
I am searching for Alexander Goines, my grandfather. He was born in January 1854 in TN [or KY] to John Goines and Mary J. Thompson Goines. "Alexander Goyens" was m2 to Eme-line F. Hankins February 13, 1878 in Massac County, IL. She was born in January 1856 in Illinois to Irvin B. Hankins and Mary J. Cartwright Hankins.
Alexander Goines, reportedly a Cherokee, was enumer-ated in 1990 in Scott County, MO. Children born to them in-clude: Frank Goines, b1883; Arrie Goines, b1889; Alice Ida Mae Goines, b1893, my mother who was m1914 to John Campbell in Scott County. Help is sincerely appreciated. Catherine L. Short, 13722 Suntan Avenue, Corpus Christi, TX, 78414, 512/949-8391.
Many thanks for your letter and the information on the Goins of Hall County, Georgia. Should you uncover the ances-tors of Basil Goins, please let me know. Having roots for 14 genera-tions in the little French settlement of Natchi-toches, Louisiana, I am very accustomed to finding people of mulatto descent. Julia H. Callihan, 12236 Lake Sherwood Ave, N, Ba-ton Rouge, LA, 70816.
Thank you so much for the
information you sent on my Gowan family. I was so excited to find my family in
Claiborne County, Tennessee after encountering a dead end in Indiana on James C.
Gowan and Elizabeth Margaret True Gowan.
Do you have a William & Mary Robertson that show up with the Gowans in Tennessee or later in Indiana? Their daughter Susan married James E. Gowan in Missouri.
There is a Gowan Cemetery in Jefferson County, MO. I'm sending a copy of the tombstone inscriptions for the Foundation Library. Mary Alice Fritch, 708 W. Main St, Flat River, MO, 63601.
My wife and I have recently returned from a research trip to Patrick, Henry, Halifax, Pittsylvania and Lunenburg Counties, Virginia. We found the patent issued to John Going that Donna Gowin Johnston referred to in her article about Shadrack Going in the February 1991 issue of the Newsletter.
The patent dated February 14, 1761 conveyed 400 acres to John Going. Five months later he deeded to his two sons, John Going, Jr. and William Going, 100 acres each, "this being part of the 400 acres granted by patent bearing date February 14, 1761."
Each of the deeds read, "I John Going, Sr. and Mary, his wife for an in consideration of the natural affection and love which we have and bear unto our well beloved son . . ," according to Lunenburg County Deed Book 6, page 378-379.
Accordingly, this means that the children, beginning with Zephaniah Going, born in 1757 whom we had previously as-cribed to John Going, Sr. are actually the children of John Go-ing, Jr. and Elizabeth Going.
This new alignment brings on many questions which will re-quire patience and a clear head. Did John Going, Sr. and Mary Going have other children besides John Going, Jr. and William Going? Was John Going, Sr. a brother to Shadrack Going? The names of their children were very similiar and they traveled to-gether from Virginia to North Carolina, to Tennesse and Ken-tucky. What happened to the other 200 acres that were patented to John Going, Sr. Help! Jack Harold Goins, Route 2, Box 275, Rogersville, TN, 37857.
It was a pleasant surprise to learn that Gowen Research Foundation existed. I joined up right away, and now I have a greater hope of locating my early Goins ancestors. I especially appreciate the help of Arlee Gowen and Louise Goins Richard-son.
My line of Goins has lived in Clay County, [SE] Kentucky since around 1830. The first to arrive was my ggg-gf Addison "Adam" Goins bc1816. He met and m1839 Unice Jones in Clay County. I am trying to find what city/county/state he was from and who were his parents/siblings. Clay County cs1850, cs1860 and cs1870 enumerated him as "bNC," but cs1880 says "bTN." The five censuses from 1840 to 1880 record the surname five different ways--Goines, Gowen, Gowens, Goins and Goings. Any leads will be appreciated. Harold Goins, 5571 Chatfield Drive, Fairfield, OH, 45014.
I am trying to trace Nancy Katherine Goins b1850 MS. She m1 Terrall and had a daughter, Frances Katherine Terrall, b1873. She m2 Stephen John Stuckey in AR c1875, and they had five children. One was Pharbia Ann Stuckey who married John Wesley Brawley, my husband's grandfather. I would appreciate any help you can give. Aleene Brawley, No. 5 Kells Circle, Vidor, TX, 77662.
Such a wonderful surprise to
receive your draft of Section 78 of the Gowen manuscript pertaining to my Goins
family. You people are doing a marvelous job. It is great that we can all work
together on the Goins/Gowen line without "building" a lineage lacking proper
documentation. I cannot yet document beyond Thomas Goin and Lucy Matlock Goin,
my great-grand-parents, however I do believe that his parents were William Going
and Elizabeth Tatum Going. With teamwork we can find the answers.
I am enclosing for the Foundation Library a copy of my book, "Through a Vale of Shadows, Bea's World War II Po-ems." I just had to honor my brave generation in some way. Beatrice Goins Dougherty, Box 388, Richmond, KY, 40476.
I am enclosing a copy of a letter written by my gggf Miner Steel Gowin which was published in the "Journal of the Illi-nois State Historical Society" in 1916. In it, he states, "I was born in Wilson County, Tennessee October 1, 1823. I was brought by my parents, Nathaniel Gowin and Sabry [Midgett] Gowin by covered wagon and oxteam across Kentucky and In-diana into southwestern Illinois until we reached the country now known as Jersey County [then part of Greene County.]" Accordingly, he preceded his older brother, Shadrack Gowin, normally considered the first of the Gowins into Illinois.
I am enclosing my ancestor chart showing descent from James Alexander Gowin and Rebecca Adams Gowin of Greensville County, Virginia, grandparents of Nathaniel Gowin. Additionally I am enclosing a stack of Gowin documents that may be helpful to fellow Gowin researchers. Larry A. May, 1548 Manor Drive, Salem, OH, 44460.
I recently learned of your
organization from my cousin, Rev. Richard Goins of Ottumwa, Iowa who sent me a
copy of your September Newsletter. I found it to be most interesting, and my
membership is enclosed.
I am the granddaughter of Amanda Goins Snider [born 1873] of Daviess and Bates County, MO. She was the granddaughter of Granville Goin [born 1838] of Claiborne County, TN and Daviess Co, MO. He was the son of Daniel Goin [born 1807] of Campbell and Claiborne Counties, TN. I am most anxious to learn the parents of Daniel Goin. Jeraldine Webb, 1318 Do-mador, San Clemente, CA, 92672.
I am seeking information concerning the parents and grand-parents of my g-grandmother, Melissa Belle Gowen/Gowins who married John Quincy Adams, a full-blood Choctaw in Rains County, TX September 1, 1889. John and Melissa were the parents of Lear Belle [my grandmother], Betty, Ben, Myrtle, Lula, Henry, Carl, Sam and Bob. Melissa died July 3, 1930 in Rains County. According to the 1880 Soundex, her father was Samuel Gowen bc1817 TN. Her mother was Martha Gowen bc1835 TN. A sister, Lucinda was married to Clay Gowen, a cousin. They lived near Jacksonville in Cherokee County, TX until their deaths in the 1930s. I would appreciate ANY infor-mation on this family. Peggy A. White, 109 Underwood Drive, Hopkinsville, KY, 42240.
I am looking for descendants of John Gowen, bc1850 Stokes Co, NC to Jonathan Henry Gowen and Hannah J. Beasley Gowen. He was married in 1877 in Adair County, KY to Harri-ett Coomer, daughter of William R. Coomer and Delilah Coomer. After she died, he moved "out west." If anyone knows anything of John Gowen, please contact Jean Fry, 1734 Salem Church Rd, Cave City, KY, 42127, 502/773-4862.
I have read of Melungeons
before in other writings, find-ing the different theories about their origin a
puzzle. I have been a member of several genealogical and historical societies
since my retirement from a police profession in 1982. Identi-fication in my
profession was as important in my profession as it is in my family history
Linking ancestors and descendants by DNA testing is a fas-cinating subject. I read in "The Blooding" about a geneti-cist in Britain who solved two crimes by developing a match-ing "genetic fingerprint."
Recently I wrote "The National Geographic" regarding identifying Indian skeletons found in Florida from their bone marrow, and a reply was received from Joseph M. Blanton, Jr. His reply indicated a great interest by the magazine staff in this subject. The article by Joseph Judge on the expedition of Capt. Juan Pardo in the March 1988 edition of the magazine reflects this interest.
If the Foundation researchers should encounter any strange writings from the early days which are unreadable, Dr. Barry Fell of The Epigraphic Society, Inc, 6625 Bamburg Drive, San Diego, California, 92117 probably would be able to translate them for you. He has written "America B.C," "Saga Amer-ica" and "Bronze Age America" all covering early explorers in America from other lands, before Colum-bus. He has trans-lated rock writing and pictographs which were previously con-sidered "just scratches."
I hope to read some day that the Foundation has solved the mystery of the Melungeons. It is similar to the Istrouma [Aye Strome] Indians who lived near Baton Rouge and spoke ancient Welch. Joseph Edward Noble, Jr, Box 77, Bush, LA, 70431
I was so glad to find my ancestor, Joseph Going, son of William Going and Anester Going, in the article about the 14th Virginia Regiment in the August 1991 Newsletter. Will you please tell me who turned in this data. I would like to write them and share what I have on the family. Emma Lou Mc-Daniel, Box 53, Stafford, KS, 67578.
I understand that your
organization publishes a newsletter relating to the Gowen/Goins family and that
you have estab-lished a "one-name" study devoted to the surname.
I am enclosing a family group record relating to the family of Lewis F. Gowens [b1817, m1837, dc1905] and Lucretia Rice Gowens of Anderson County and Franklin County, Ken-tucky. I would appreciate any information held by the Foun-dation or its members relating to my ancestors and their 10 children. Please send Foundation membership information. Carl E. Moore, Jr, Box 2344, Chicago, IL, 60690.
I am enclosing a copy of my Goins pedigree for the Foun-dation Library along with my renewal for 1992. Can you or any member give me additional details on my Bedford County, Vir-ginia ancestors, Isham Goins and his wife Ann Burns Goins [m1785] and their son Isham Goins and his wife Susannah Bratcher Goins [m1802].
I have been told that the elder Isham Goins had only one child, Isham, but I do not have any proof to substantiate this. I am at a complete standstill on this. Shirley Giuliano, 15 W. Grove St, Pine Hill, NJ, 08021
I was recently given a copy of your Newsletter by a relative of mine, 93-year-old Lottie Bell Guynes Whitley of Dallas. I was thrilled to become acquainted with the Foundation. My mother is the great-granddaughter of Novell Guynes of Kaufman County, TX. He was the great-grandson of James Goyne fea-tured in the October 1990 Newsletter. I am at-tempting to prove up my generations back to James Goyne for a DAR membership for my mother. I would like to hear from any researcher who is a DAR member with a similar line. Cynthia Hudson Reed, 1752 Willowbrook Lane, Simi Valley, CA, 93065.
I have been trying to research my gg-grandparents Frank "Eri" Goin and Abigail Chamberlain Goin. Their son, James F. Goin was born May 29, 1841 in Littleton, NH. He died Febru-ary 18, 1891 in Burlington, VT. Would love to hear from any researcher that can help. Gordon Richmond, 364 Tunnel Road, Vernon, CT, 06066.
I am seeking assistance with my gggm Ruth Gowen/Gowan who was born in Vermont December 24, 1814. She was mc1834 to Hezekiah E. Mason of Moriah, NY. They removed from there to Scott County, IA about 1845. In 1863 they moved to Worth County, Missouri. She died there August 22, 1866. Children born to them include: Otis, Jonathan, Hezekiah, Sarah [my ggm], Sophia, Eliza, Jane, Ju-lia, Martha, Carrie and Laura. Help on this family would be greatly appreciated. Janet Reid, 16237 Patricia Way, Grass Valley, CA, 95949.
I need to know what happened to
Frederick Goins/Gowen after 1827. At that time he was married to Vicey Gibbs,
and they were living in Sumter County, SC. He was a son of Jerry and Edy Goins/Gowen.
Vicey Gibbs Goins/Gowen was enumerated as the head of the household from 1820 through 1880, with no mention of Frederick. She died in 1887. Was there a divorce? Did he die early? Surely someone out there must know something about him. I will appreciate any help. Mary B. Barr, Route 8, Box 148, Florence, SC, 29501.
I found the address of the Foundation in "Genealogical Helper." I am searching for the parents and siblings of Han-nah Gowen who was married in 1806 at Wilmington, MA to John Stiles, Jr. He was born in 1786 in Lyndeborough, NH. His fam-ily originally came from Boxford, MA. He died in 1845 in Win-hall or Brattleboro, VT. I have no dates of birth or death for Hannah Gowen Stiles. Can anyone can help me? Cheryl Koopman, 2639 Ome Ave, Dayton, OH, 45414.
I am descended from James
Goyne1, John Goyne/Guynes2, James Guynes3, Norvell Madison Guynes4, Missouri F.
Guynes Griffey5, Cassie Griffey Woodall6 and Ocea Woodall Allen7. I have made
several helpful contacts since joining the Foundation. I would love to hear
from anyone who might have documenta-tion on the births, marriage and death of
James Guynes3 and his wife Martha Whittington. Cynthia H. Reed, 1752
Willow-brook Lane, Simi Valley, CA, 93065.
I am seeking information about the ancestry and descen-dants of Daniel Gowen/Goan/Goins [bc1752] who was married about 1770 to Susannah Inman [bc1754], daughter of Ezekiel Inman and Hanna Hardee [?] Inman, probably in NC. By 1800 they were in Jefferson County, TN where he died September 6, 1810. Probable issue were Daniel Goan, Fanny Goan, Shadrack Goan, likely others.
Contact with any descendant of this union would be wel-comed. I have collected considerable about the Inman lineage and allied lines and will share. Willis T. Finley, 307 Fairview Dr, Longview, TX, 75604. 903/759-0415.
In the March 1992 Newsletter, Velma Beuerle wrote donating three items for the Foundation Library. One of these items was identified as "The Guynes Family" by Judge Jasper Felix Guynes. That information is really a part of "A History of the Sharp Family," Eron M. Sharp, Memphis, TN, 1962, available from the Public Library, Forest, MS. I wrote to Mrs. Beuerle, and she asked that I write to you to clarify this. Cynthia Hud-son Reed, 1752 Willowbrook Lane, Simi Valley, CA, 93065.
I wish to appeal to the readers
of the Foundation Newsletter for their assistance in locating my Gowen parents.
Having been placed for adoption at 11 months old, I have no recollection of
them, and I do not know their first names. I was born in California April 1,
1970. My brother, Thomas Gowen was born September 17, 1969. We have two
brothers, slightly older than us, Kenneth Gowen and Phillip Gowen.
My adopted name is Matlock, and I was reared in Staton, Cal-ifornia. My adoptive parents have told me that shortly after I came to the Matlock home, that my birth mother would park her car in the neighborhood and sit, apparently hoping to catch a glimpse of me. Fearing that it would be disruptive, they did not invite her in. Afterward, she moved to Florida, we have learned. My first search was to locate my three brothers, and it was successful. Now, they join me in the search for our parents. We would be grateful for any clue that anyone could provide. Glen Gowen [Matlock], 14681 Adams, Apt. 3, Midway City, CA, 92655, 714/379-0611.
I need help. Does anyone, anywhere have information on Jeremiah Goen enumerated in 1800 as the head of a house-hold of 14 in Clarendon County, Sumter District, SC? Did Jeremiah have a son, Jerry or is the Jerry referred to later, the same Jeremiah? Glad to exchange data. Mary B. Barr, Rt. 8, Box 148, Florence, SC, 29501, 803/665-4935.
I am searching for information on my ancestors who went by the name of Goins/Gowens, in particular Stephen Goins who was born in 1833 in IN[?] and resided in Michigan until ap-proximately 1910. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Stephen L. Allen, 17655 Osbourne Ave, Chino Hills, CA, 92789, 714/597-1473
I am a descendant of Richard Gowing/Gowin/-Gowen/Gowan who was born January 8, 1776 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He was "bound out" as an orphan to Thomas Wilkerson there in April 1787. He was married July 4, 1807 in adjoining Caswell County, North Car-olina to Mary "Polly" Bennett. They were the parents of Thomas Dodd Gowan, Mary Gowan, Martha W. Gowan, Major Redul Wilson Gowan, Dr. Richard A. Gowan, John Paxton Gowan, Ann B. Gowan, Rachel Gowan and Rev. George A. Gowan of Georgia. He died in Caswell County in 1844.
I am enclosing my membership for 1993 along with an an-cestor chart and family data chart for the Foundation Library. Can anyone help me with the parents of Richard Gowan or any information on his family? Edgar Gowan Lowrance, 742 Lynn Dee Drive, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106.
Enclosed for the Foundation Library are copies of every Gowan death certificate on file in the state of Tennessee for the years 1908-1941 [the only years that such records are pub-lic]. Very soon I'll have similar packages for GRF on "Gowen" and and other spellings. If anyone out there wants a copy of these, I'll make up one for $3 [for the entire package]. Phillip Gowan, Box 5777, Nashville, TN, 37208.
Under separate cover I am forwarding for the Foundation Li-brary a copy of "Our Kith & Kin" which I published in 1986. The volume includes narratives on Pleasant Gowen/Going/Gooing [bc1788], his two wives, Temperance Cooper Gowen and Alice Webb Gowen and their descendants. The surname underwent a change prior to the Civil War, and now most family members use the name Going. Helen B. Was-son, 326 Kenwood Ave, Baton Rouge, LA, 70806.
Members of Gowen Research Foundation are invited to "Worlds Collide--European Explorations in the Interior Southeast" October 9 at the Frank H. McClung Museum, Knoxville, TN. The exhibit examines Indian life in East Tennessee in the mid 1500s, European exploration into the area and the consequences of this contact both locally and world-wide.
Four issues will be addressed. The first is the question of European contacts before Columbus. Featured will be the Bat Creek Stone from Loudon County and a runic stone from the Nashville area. The Bat Creek Stone, on loan from the Smithsonian Institute, is thought by some to show an ancient form of Hebrew writing.
On more solid scholarly ground, the exhibition will next ad-dress the 16th century Spanish incursions into the interior: Hernando de Soto, Tristan de Luna and Juan Pardo. Actual Spanish artifacts recovered from sites in East Tennessee will be exhibited as well as replicas of Spanish armor. The mysterious Melungeons may find their origin during this time. Jeff Chapman, Director, The Frank H. McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37996.
Oti, a full-blood Choctaw woman
who was married about 1795 to Phillip Goins in Choctaw Nation, mentioned in your
June 1990 Newsletter is of great interest to me. My father spoke many times of
Oti Montro, an Indian woman [or princess] as his ancestor. Your June 1990
article was summa-rized in the September 15, 1991 genealogy column of the
"Jackson Clar-ion-Ledger" written by Nancy Parker.
Robert McGowan, an official of Marion County, MS was my fifth-generation grandfather. His daughter Cynthia Mc-Gowan was married to Henry Sones. Their daughter, Mary Sones was married Richard Boone. They are my great-grandparents.
I would like to have a copy of this Newsletter and any in-formation your files might hold regarding the McGowan-Goins-Montro relationship. Your consideration of this re-quest is deeply appreciated. Margie Bailey, 358 Purvis Road, Columbia, MS, 39429.
Earlier the Foundation had a query about the Redsticks being the same as the Redbones, the mixed-bloods. I found the answer to this question on this trip when I purchased "Tennessee's In-dian Peoples, from White Contact to Removal, 1540-1840" by Ronald N. Satz. He deals exten-sively with the Redsticks The name was attached to a group of Creek Indians who did not re-sign themselves to living along-side the white men. They be-came the militant branch of the Creeks that were led by Chief Tecumseh who were defeated in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. They became known as "Redsticks" sup-posedly after Tecumseh gave their leaders bundles of sticks painted red to count the days until the time of their planned concerted uprising. Evelyn McKinley Orr, 8310 Emmet, Omaha, NE, 68134.
I wish to appeal to the Foundation members for assistance in locating my biological Gowan family. I was an adoptee and only recently learned that my natural father was Robert Alexan-der Gowan, an American Indian born April 29, 1931 in Dupuyer, Montana to William G. Gowan and Florence Salois Gowan. He, a Korean War Air Force veteran, died in Great Falls, Montana July 21, 1960 at age 29. His mother, a Cree In-dian, died four months later, November 24, 1960 and was buried beside her son in Calvary Cemetery, Havre, Montana.
Siblings of Robert Alexander Gowan include: Walter, William, Jim of Jasper, AL, Roy, Arnold, Ruby [Mrs. Brian McBride of Chinook, MT], Eva [Mrs. Dale Tuttle, Havre, MT], Betty and Joyce [Mrs. Frank Nordgulen, Havre, MT].
Anxiously awaiting any information any researcher can pro-vide about my family. Cherie Welling, 2005 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA, 95814, 916/446-0200.
Thanks for carrying my appeal
for help in locating my bio-logical Gowan family in the November Newsletter. I
now have some very good news to share with you . . . just a few days ago I made
phone contact with one of father's brothers, Jim Gowan.
When I reached Jim Gowan, I asked if he had a brother by the name of Robert Alexander Gowan. When he answered "yes," I went on to explain that I am Robert's daughter. Need-less to say, Jim was very surprised to hear from me, but within a few minutes he was telling me about all of my sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles and cousins!
It was wonderful to discover that I have six siblings on my father's side of the family. Along with three siblings on my mother's side, that makes a total of nine brothers and sisters. For an adoptee who grew up as an only child, this is a dream come true!
Jim said that he will soon send me a picture of my father and a list of all my relatives addresses so that I can begin to contact everyone. He also invited me to the upcoming Gowan family re-union to be held in June 1993 in Montana.
At the reunion I will be sure to tell everyone about the Foundation and let people know that they, too may be able to discover other family members.
This is the first time I have felt part of a family. Thank you so very much for your help in the search for my family. Cherie Welling, 2005 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA, 95814.
Whilst searching the IGI Index of Spain for Luque, the dis-trict from which John Goyne gave as his hometown when he was given "Letters of Denization" [naturalization] at Westmin-ster, England January 17, 1461, I came across the in-teresting en-try in the Spanish county of Navar of a town called "Itrugoyen."
I have checked in the IGI [we now have a Mormon centre here], and there is a good mention of the name Goyen, but the dates are all in 1800s. My thought is that this explains the ap-pearance of the name Goyen/ne in England in the 1400s as the activities of Spanish Goyens, but my belief remains that the Gowen/Goyen families in Cornwall remain as descen-dants of a [Celtic] Gowen ancestor. Robert J. Goyen, 523 Sutton St, Sebastopol 3356, Victoria, Australia.
I am a direct descendant of the
Gowen family which arrived in York in the 1650s. They located on the bank of
the York River, and the old homestead is still there. I remember visiting there
when I was young to see my great-aunt Julia Gowen. My grandmother was a Gowen.
Here the name is pronounced with the "long o" though it is pronounced with the
"short o" in places close by.
Cape Neddick is a section of the town of York which was settled in the 1600s. I have lived here all my life [84 years]. I shall go to the library at the first opportunity to see what I can find on our genealogy here and give the Foundation the benefit of anything I find. Flora Woodford, 1324 U.S. Route 1, Cape Neddick, ME, 03902.
I am seeking information about Berry and Nancy Goins who were enumerated in 1840 and 1850 in Russell County, AL. Also need data on Henry Goins, regarded as their son, and his wife Elizabeth Goins who were recorded in the 1850 and 1860 census of Chickasaw County, MS. Any help on these families will be greatly appreciated. Frances Fleming, 1827 S. Garrison, Carthage, MO, 417/358-2342.
I am in search of information on Capt. John Rains and his wife Christianna Gowen Rains. I seek their parents and place of marriage in Virginia. He was born 1742-52 in Orange or Culpepper County. She died in 1826, and he died in 1834 in Davidson County, TN. John Rains/Reins appeared in Montgomery County, VA in 1778, along with Meredith Reins and Richard Reins. Joy Q. Stearns, 618 Greenwood Circle, Mt. Olive, AL, 35117.
Enclosed is my 1993 renewal. I keep hoping that someday soon I'll find something in the Newsletter on my grandfather, William Harrison Goins. He was born in Gibson County, IN in May 1843. His Civil War papers show his near-est post office as Petersburg, IN in adjoining Pike County where he was enumerated in 1860. His father was Thomas Goins, born in South Carolina. I am the youngest of my family which are nearly all gone, so I have no family sources.
I have been successful with three other lines, but the Goins have stymied me for the past 15 years. I must solve the problem soon. I am 77 and losing the use of my hands to arthritis. It is difficult for me to write. Can anyone help? Mary Sirmay, 400 Glennes Lane, Apt. 212, Dunedin, FL, 34698
I am descended from  William
Shadrach Goan [my father, 1884-1942],  Daniel W. Goan,  Shadrach Goan 
Shadrach W. Goan and  Daniel Goan of Burke County, NC. I am new at this and
was beginning to think that I was the only Goan researcher left.
I was in the Independence, MO library and had spent about five hours there with no luck at all. As I was about to leave, I spotted a display of dozens of newsletters from all over. I picked up a blue one, Gowen Research Foundation Newsletter, and read through it. I found nothing on my Goans, but for some reason I asked the librarian if she had more. She showed me the file, and B-I-N-G-0 ! There was my "Daniel Goan, Citizen of the State of Franklin" in the ban-ner headline, the next generation I was looking for.
I bought a book called "Thomas Jarnigan, 1746-1802," but couldn't make a connection until I found your Newsletter. There I found his daughter Martha Priscilla Jarnigan who was married to Daniel Goan, Jr. Enclosed is a copy of the Goan family mate-rial from "Thomas Jarnagan, 1746-1802" for the Foundation Library. Also included are the wills of Sythia Goan, widow of Shadrack and Susannah Goan, widow of Daniel W. Goan, 1752-1806.
Does anyone have any information on the children of Sythia and Shadrack? Names mentioned in the enclosed will are Jane Goan Ervin, wife of Valentine Ervin; Fanny Goan Whalen, wife of T. B. Whalen; Anna Goan Falkenor and Sythia Goan Copeland. I am so excited to learn about the Foundation and the Newsletter. I am enclosing my check for a membership. Please send all available back issues. I am en-closing my ances-tor chart on all that I have documented so far. I would like to hear from anyone whom I might be able to help or vice versa. Bonnie Dean Goan Good, Box 331, Wellington, MO, 64097, 816/934-2503
Need help! Welcome any information on the parents and family of William H. Gowen, b1860 TN, wife's name Tennie. They had at least two children, William G. Gowen and Jessie Mae Gowen, b1902. She was married to James V. Marion of Stoddard County, MO. By 1910 William H. Gowen was living in Pemiscot County, MO. Lauretta Allen Dickherber, Box 634, Arnold, MO, 63010.
I am seeking information about the ancestry and descendants of Thomas Going/Goin [bc1750] and wife; Isaac Goin/Goins [b1793] and wife Temperance Alice Gray; Alfred Goins [bc1833] and wife Hannah; Thomas Goins [b1862] and wife Nancy Collins [b1869] to Conoway Collins.
Thomas and Isaac lived in Claiborne County, TN. Alfred and Thomas [b1862] lived in Hancock County, TN. Thomas later moved to Knott County and Letcher County, Kentucky.
Thomas Going/Goin was listed in the 1783 census in Greensville County, VA. In later records he was in Claiborne County and was listed as a founder of the Big Barren Primi-tive Baptist Church. He was veteran of the Revolutionary War, and his known children were Levi, Uriah and Isaac. Pat Goins Rice, 300 Cooper Run Road, Shepherdsville, KY, 40165.
In addition to the Melungeon Documentary Research committee members mentioned in the January Newsletter, we have some new additions deserving of special mention.
Dr. Michael and Susan Abram, directors of the Cherokee Heritage Museum & Gallery in Cherokee, N.C. have agreed to serve. The Abrams bring to us an immensely rich back-ground in Native American history, culture and lore. Their expertise in western North Carolina, early home of the Melungeons, should prove extremely helpful.
G. F. "Nick" Fielder, Tennessee State Archaeologist, has also joined the committee. In addition to having directed the archaeological work on the Melungeon Gowen farm at Nashville, he has a vast knowledge of the state's archaeological resources and the on-going work of other archaeological projects throughout the state.
Dr. Chester DePratter of the University of South Carolina's Institute of Archaeology & Anthropology and a nationally recognized expert in Southeastern Native American and European settlements, has also come aboard. With the addition of these outstanding scholars, we simply couldn't have a stronger committee.
Dr. Jim Guthrie, upon review of his previous work, feels that the genetic data may indicate a higher "Arab component" than he had previously thought. He suggests that our geneticists scrutinize the data with this possibility in mind.
John Swift, an eighteenth century Appalachian silver miner, employed as his miners a group of dark-skinned men known to the Anglos as the "Mecca Indians."
Dr. Ahmad Hassan, University of Ontario, has found evidence that the 16th century Spanish were purposely recruiting young men of Moorish origin to fill the ranks of their New World armies. He quotes Fernand Braudel's classic work, "The Mediterranean," "In the sixteenth century, Seville and the An-dalusian hinterland, still half-Moslem and hardly half-Christian, were engaged in sending their men to settle whole areas of Spanish America. Carlos Pereyra has described it, "What more convenient way to rid the Iberian peninsula of the 'Mudejars' than to ship them off to America." Ethnic cleansing is nothing new! Brent Kennedy, 750 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30312.
Enclosed is my membership application. Capt. John Rains and Christianna Gowen Rains are my 7th generation grand-parents. Their daughter, Susannah Rains Quimby and Bur-well B. Quimby are my 6th generation grandparents. I located the GRF Newsletter file in the Birmingham Library and had just enough time to read two or three before closing time. But it was enough to get me going again!
I have quite a bit of notes and material on Capt. John Rains, certainly a colorful character in early-day Middle Tennessee. Additionally I have his probate file, and as soon as I can put all this into chronological order, I will forward a copy for inclusion in the Foundation manuscript along with my ancestor chart.
I had always looked for my Gowen ancestors in Virginia, birthplace of Capt. Rains and had no idea they were Carolinians. Did Capt. Rains influence the whole Gowen family to come to Middle Tennessee, and did they use New River, Virginia as a "stepping off" point?
I am enclosing the names of some other Rains-Gowen re-searcher-descendants. Elizabeth Rains Webb [included] wrote and privately published a history on the family of Capt. John Rains for the 1976 Bicentennial. Joy Quimby Stearns, 618 Greenwood Circle, Mt. Olive, AL, 35117.
Michael Duggan Gowen, my
great-grandfather was born in 1840 in Lisheen, County Cork, Ireland and died
in New York City in 1911. He emigrated to the U. S. as a young man. His
wife, Elizabeth O'Connell Gowen was born in 1841 in Bally-hooley, County Cork,
I do not know if they were acquainted in Ireland, and I do not know the date and
place of their marriage. They were the parents of my grandfather, Gen. James
Bartholomew Gowen who was born September 25, 1872 in New York City.
Sometime in the future, probably after retirement, I intend to do some work on my Gowen ancestors. At present, I have a limited knowledge of genealogy. Could you [or any Founda-tion member] steer me in the direction of a starting point for in-formation on the family and any specific data on Irish Gowens. James Gowen Boatner, 3008 Sevor Lane, Alexandria, VA, 22309, 703/836-8300.
This past Christmas I entered all the information I had gath-ered on my ancestors and put it into book form, along with copies of birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, newspa-per articles, etc. I am enclosing a copy of "Like Snowflakes--No Two Alike" for the Foundation Library. The
Foundation has my permission to use this information. Can you advise me how I should go about obtaining a copyright?
As you can see from the enclosure, I grew up around Hale and Crosby counties and have been to Lubbock many times. I used to go up to the 20th floor of the Great Plains Life building and watch Waylon Jennings when he was a disc jockey for KLLL in the early '60s. I love West Texas and still have many friends and relatives there. Peggy A. White, 109 Underwood Drive, Hopkinsville, KY, 42240.
I am seeking information on Martha J. Johnson who married Thomas Goin February 9, 1859 in Claiborne County, TN. Thomas descends from Thomas Goin/Going, Levi Goin and Pleasant Goin. Daughter of Pleasant, Marlena Goin married James P. Johnson June 20, 1868 in Claiborne County. Are
Martha and James siblings? I have not been able to identify the parents of James P. Johnson. Joyce Locke, Box 474, Portales, NM, 88130
The tax lists of Chickawsaw County, MS show other Goin individuals in addition to my Henry Goin and his daughter Nancy A. Goin. Other taxpayers there in 1840-50 include Me-shack Goin [he appeared in cs1850 as bc1815, TN], James Dudley Goins [he received a land patent in 1845 in what is now Clay County, MS], William Goens, John Goen and Dillard Goen. These names appear several times in Chickasaw County records 1840-50. Can anyone advise me of any relationships among the above? Frances Fleming, 1827 S. Garrison, Carthage, MO, 64836.
I am enclosing an obituary for Fred Goin, 79 of Buffalo, WY. This appeared in the "Casper Star-Tribune." It is a very rare occurrence for this surname to appear in this locality.
Hope everything is going well for the Foundation. I'm really looking forward to coming to Houston in '94. The report on the DNA findings will be tremendously interesting. Donna Gowin Johnston, 1413 Westridge Terrace, Casper, WY, 82604.
I just finished writing to Mrs. Pat Goin Rice of the Ancient Kentucke Historical Society to see what their organization might hold on the Melungeons.
We need to maintain a
Melungeon information exchange with all interested organizations. Perhaps we
can discuss this at the next meeting of the Melungeon Documentary Film
committee in Knoxville.
John and I are immensely enjoying our motorhome trip. Fol-lowing our wonderful visit in Lubbock, we traveled on to Ari-zona where we found lots of wide open spaces and plenty of elbow room. At this moment, you and Bonnie are in Hong Kong with all of its crowded, teeming millions. Quite a
contrast, I'd bet. Evelyn McKinley Orr, 8310 Emmet, Omaha, NE, 68134.
At the suggestion of Phillip Alan Gowan, Foundation di-rector of Nashville, I am enclosing ancestor charts showing our descent from Richard Gowan and Susan Peacock Gowan and their son Garrett Hubert Gowan.
I am seeking the death date for Garrett Hubert Gowan and the date of the marriage of his daughter Mary May Gowan to Iver-son Gayden Thompson, my ancestors. I have looked for it in Ft. Worth, but it was not in Tarrant County, so I believe they prob-ably were married in Clay County which I understand you have researched. Can you or any Foundation member supply any information about Mary May Gowan Thompson?
I am enclosing from "Texas Biographical Sketches" a copy of the biography of John D. Blassingame and his wife Malinda Holder Blassingame who removed in 1855 from South Carolina to Grayson County, TX. You will note that one of their chil-dren was named Wynn Gowen Blassingame. There must be a connection with Maj. John "Buck" Gowen of South Carolina. Hallie P. Garner, 8923 Woodshore Drive, Dallas, TX, 75243.
It is amazing how you can collect and organize such a vast amount of data on the various branches [and spellings] of our family. We were delighted to see how our great-grandfather William Benjamin Gowen connects to his great-grandfather William Gowen who owned the Gowen Pre-emption now used by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport.
Speculation is that the wife of William Gowen was Sarah Burleson since "Burleson" was a much-used name among sev-eral branches of our family. However much we would like to peg the agnate line as "Burleson," no good genealogist puts down an assumption without documentation. Can anyone out
there help us on the Burleson-Gowen connection? Sally John-ston, Box 892, Jacksonville, AL, 36265.
I recently learned about Gowen Research Foundation and am enclosing ancestor charts and family group sheets for the Library. My line descends from Daniel Goins, his son Isham Goins, born at Rose Hill, Lee, VA Nov. 15, 1802 and his son John Goins born August 17, 1817 in Claiborne County. TN. John Goins was married to Isabelle Peverly. He died February 20, 1885 at Jellico in Campbell County, TN, I would be glad to exchange data with any interested researcher. Loraine Tieman, 2617 W. Columbine Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85029.
I am certainly in shock from
your letter received today. But I accept your invitation to speak about my
research in Cornwall on the Goyen/Gowen family at the Research Conference in
Hous-ton in May '94. I will be meeting Robert and Brian Goyen April 15 in
Australia for a two-month visit and will coordinate my pre-sentation with
There is no need to be concerned about my travel expenses as I don't have to come very far. I also have relatives near Hous-ton [Devers], and they have a reunion every June--so two birds as we say. Billie June Salmond, 530 East Woodland Lane, Boun-tiful, UT, 84010.
Being a descendant of Ursula Gowen who was m1705 to Richard Cowling in St. Agnes Parish, Cornwall, I was interested to find the family of William Goyen in the 1900 census of Mar-quette County, MI.
William Goyen, b1846 "in England" had been married to Katherine Goyen for 33 years. He had come to the USA in 1865 and was an "iron ore miner." [St. Agnes Parish in Cornwall was a mining center and furnished miners and mining experience not only to the United States, but to Australia and South Africa as well.]
Katherine Goyen, born in Kentucky, was the mother of 12, seven still living. Six, Arthur T, 19; Robert C, 16; William H, 22; Edward, 14; Albert S, 10 and John F, 8, of the seven were still liv-ing in the Goyen household along with eight boarders and a ser-vant. I thought some of Foundation members would be inter-ested in this family. Gladys M. White, Box 523, Quin-nesec, MI, 49876.
I am presently doing research on my family and learned re-cently that some of my surnames are among the top Melungeon surnames. I have Mullins, Moore and Myers that I am tracing and would be glad to correspond with anyone who is on a paral-lel track. My Mullins came to Tennessee from North Carolina and possibly Virginia prior.
Joseph Mullins b1700s VA; Burl Mullins b1790 NC, moved to Grainger Co, TN, then Jefferson Co, TN, then Bedford Co, TN. Burl Mullins moved on to Howard Co. and Jackson Co, MO. His son [or gson] William Maston Mullins is my g-grand-father.
I am very interested in your Foundation and in the Melun-geons. Debbie Lee Woolf, 9421 Kimbrough Ct, Stockton, CA, 95209.
My subconscious just put together a connection. Tell the re-searchers looking in Goochland County, VA, Bedford County, VA and Madison County, KY to compare their data on William Gowen and his wife Anastasia Sullivan Gowen, mc1755. I be-lieve they are the same individuals in all three locations--despite the fact that she is listed as "Anna Statia Gowen" and "Honesty Gouwen" in Goochland, "Anester Going" in Bedford and as the head of a household in the 1820 census of Madison." Virginia Easley Demarce, 5635 N. 25th Road, Arlington, VA, 22207.
I am enclosing a check to "elevate" my membership. When each Newsletter arrives, there is always something that sends me back researching. I love researching, and I love history, so I have enjoyed digging into the theories on the Melungeons--Phoenicians, Carthagenians, Portugal, Spain, the Moors and lately the Catawba Indians. My personal theory is that the Melungeons were a combination of Juan Pardo's Portuguese sol-diers and Catawba Indians
My great uncle William Tanner Caldwell, grandson of William J. Goyne, b1819, GA, had Melungeon characteristics. He had olive skin, straight black hair, dark eyes and aquiline features. Family tradition declared the Goynes to be "part French, part Indian. My sister inherited the Melungeon genes in our family.
We plan a vacation in June in northwestern South Car-olina, and we hope to get in some research while there as well as to visit the Catawba Indian Reservation. I am enclosing some of my research for the Foundation Library, and will perhaps have some more for you upon return. Also I am en-closing some clip-pings from the "Houston Chronicle" writ-ten by Leon Hale [classmate of Arlee Gowen at Texas Tech, School of Journalism, class of '43].
I have a Long Lost Cousin, Trudy Hester, Rt. 8, Box 138-B, Longview, TX, and later 1329 Panners Pl, Billings, MT, 59105 with whom I used to collaborate on the Goyne research. She is also a descendant of William J. Goyne and would swim the Buf-falo Bayou to get to the Houston Conference in '94 if she knew about it. Can you help me find her again?
The Newsletters are always interesting, and I re-read them frequently. The work you are doing is SO appreciated! Gwen Caldwell Quickel, Box 806, Lake Jackson, TX, 77568.
It was exciting to learn about Gowen Research Foundation while researching in the Idaho State Library! My membership is enclosed. I am interested in linking and sharing information that I have about the Goins family.
My ggg-grandfather was William Goins who married Kiza Sinkler [St. Clair?]. Their children are: Margaret Goins who married c1856 Daniel Goins in Moore or Randolph County, NC; Duncan Goins who died in 1862 in NC in Civil War; Ed-ward D. Goins, a Civil War vet of NC 30th Inf. Regt, emi-grated to OR in 1874, m1 Mary Jane Wicker in IN, m2 Clara Butcher in OR; Reed Goins, my ancestor m1869 Harriett Pridgeon, emigrated to OR; Thomas Goins m1867 in Nash, NC to Elizabeth C. Prid-geon; Richard Goins; George Goins, lived in MS; Colon Goins; William Baxter Goins m1873 in KS to Sarah Wood; Salley Goins d1876 IN; Alice Goins d1925 Brazil, IN unm; and Joseph Goins, killed in Brazil, IN in 1893.
My questions are: Does anyone know the parents of William Goins b1814 NC? Assume his parents were Edward Goins and Celia Cofer Goins. Edward Goins reported as "a man of culture and a noted teacher and educator, supposedly fought in the War of 1812. Any information on any of the above will be greatly appreciated. Cheryl Allen, 9857 W. Alliance, Boise, ID, 83704, 208/378-0714.
I have every issue of your publication since its first edition, and I have recommend the Newsletter to other Going/Gowen family researchers.
The article in the March issue entitled, "Horrible Gowan Family Event Recorded in Salem, Kentucky" was a real surprise. This kind of nonsense has no place in a genealogical publica-tion. I wonder how many other subscribers were as disappointed as I in your lack of consideration for the family surname and in your general lack of good taste.
If the piece had been true, it would have been acceptable; be-cause it is fiction, it degrades your publication with its one line "surprise" ending; a total insult to the reader.
Many of your readers send in material that would be more interesting reading. They mention sending in accounts of their family histories in "Dear Cousins." My suggestion is that you print more of these and that you use a byline with each article. We wish to read about real people and to contact real people in our mutual family research. Rosemary Dunne, Box 687, Amherst, VA, 24521.
Upon reflection, we concur. Apologies to the very large and respected Gowan family. We wish now that the author had cho-sen the surname McGillicuddy "to protect the inno-cent."
I wanted to express my appreciation for the "Family Re-search Directory" which I downloaded from the Electronic Li-brary last night. I am very excited about this book which you edited. Our local LDS is having our annual research workshop next month, and I am doing a class on what your type of online resources offer.
I sat down and scanned your list of surnames. and boy, are you right; "some of them are yours!" There are so many--over 3,000 surnames other than "Gowen"--that I am going to com-pose a form letter to let people know about your outstanding service. I noticed many surnames that friends of mine are re-searching, and I shall share this downloaded file with them. I wanted to tell you how valuable this file is and to thank you for making it avail-able to researchers nationwide. Wendy Dolphy, Box 636, Janesville, CA, 96114, 916/253-3502.
While researching an unusual plant which my son James Madison Calavan III had grown, I discovered it to be "Cupressus Goveniana." "Manual of Cultivated Plants" written by Dr. Lib-erty Hyde Bailey reveals that "it was named for James Robert Gowen, secretary of the Royal Horticulture Society, 1845-1850." Have you any information about this distinguished member of the family? E. Clair "Cal" Calavan, 5550 Mon-tero Rd, Riverside, CA, 92509.
Thanks very much for publishing my request for information on my Goins ancestors.
I was overwhelmed with the amount of data that you and various members sent. With this I was able to correct a number of mis-takes in my records.
My line of Goins lived in Hancock County, TN. Alfred Goins was in the 1870 census with wife Hanna and family. In 1880 he appeared with his second wife Malvina. My grandfa-ther, Thomas Goins. age 18, appears there. Any additional data would be most welcome. Pat Goins Rice, 300 Cooper Run Rd, Shepherdsville, KY, 40165.
Ocean Springs Genealogical Society will be featuring the Melungeons at our June meeting with information we have gathered, including the research the Foundation is doing. We were wondering if Foundation members would be willing to provide photocopies of photographs or drawings illustrative of the Melungeon features. We would be glad to pay any costs in-volved. Thanks for keeping me informed of the Foundation's progress. I mention the Foundation from time to time in my ge-nealogy column. Regina Hines, 158 Lafayette Circle, Ocean Springs, MS, 35964.
Thanks very much for the
print-out on William and Anas-tasia Sullivan Gowen of Goochland County,
Virginia. This material was of much interest to me because it agrees with a
"gut feeling" I had after my initial research into the amcestry of my ancestor
James Burns Gowen who is now regarded as their grandson.
I appreciate the fact that "outsider objectivity" of both you and Dr. DeMarce independently arrived at this same conclu-sion. I have also found some common threads from the Stuart and McDonald families which carried over into the Gowen family. Watch how often the name "Iona" turns up among the Gowen, Stuart and McDonald women. Thanks for all your good efforts. Sandra K. Wood, 'Swale View,' Low Row, NR Richmond, N. Yorks, England, DL11-6NE.
I am especially interested in the archaeological work being done on the Gowen farm at the Nashville Airport. My grand-father Frank Maxwell Gowen made trips to Nashville during his lifetime and searched diligently for the graves of our an-cestors. I accompanied him on a trip in 1980 and took pho-tographs. I became the custodian of all his records upon his death. It was his wish that I carry on with the work he started.
I was glad to hear that Dr. Guy Weaver who was the ar-chaeologist in charge has accepted an invitation to appear on our Conference program in Houston in 1994. I am enclosing my Conference reserveration and am looking forward to this im-portant event. I am enclosing my Sustaining Membership and an addi-tional check to be used as a memorial to Frank Maxwell Gowen and his research. I'll be making a serious effort to de-vote more time to the Gowen research. Thank you for your continued outstanding efforts. Shari Lynn Southard, 5240 W. Las Pal-maritas, Glendale, AZ, 85302
I have every issue of your publication since its first edition, and I have recommend the Newsletter to other Going/Gowen family researchers.
The article in the March issue entitled, "Horrible Gowan Family Event Recorded in Salem, Kentucky" was a real sur-prise. This kind of nonsense has no place in a genealogical publica-tion. I wonder how many other subscribers were as disappointed as I in your lack of consideration for the family surname and in your general lack of good taste.
If the piece had been true, it would have been acceptable; be-cause it is fiction, it degrades your publication with its one line "surprise" ending; a total insult to the reader.
Many of your readers send in material that would be more interesting reading. They mention sending in accounts of their family histories in "Dear Cousins." My suggestion is that you print more of these and that you use a byline with each article. We wish to read about real people and to contact real people in our mutual family research. Rosemary Dunne, Box 687, Amherst, VA, 24521.
Upon reflection, we concur. Apologies to the very large and respected Gowan family. We wish now that the author had cho-sen the surname McGillicuddy rather than Gowan "to protect the innocent."
I am enjoying the Foundation Newsletter very much. When you have space, I'd appreciate it if you could print this query. I am descended from Richard D. Goin[s] who moved to Laurel County, KY from Claiborne County, TN about 1850. He was born in 1801 or 1802 and married Elizabeth Ferguson. I believe he is the son of Levi Goin of Claiborne County. Anyone who might know something about this family is requested to write to Wayne Onkst, 3855 Laura Lane, Erlanger, KY, 41018.
I was recently sent an article
about the Choctaw research being done by the Foundation. I am trying to find
information about the wife of my Goyne/Guynes ancestor, James Goyne/Guynes. He
was the grandson of James Goyne of Mecklenburg County, Virginia. His wife was
Martha Ann Whittington, possibly the daughter of Zachariah M. Whitting-ton.
Family stories say she was Indian or part Indian.
Does the Foundation [or any member] have the list of Mis-sissippi Choctaw residents or a copy of the 1831 "Armstrong Roll" census of Choctaw Nation. If so, I would like to know if any Whittingtons are listed. Cynthia Hudson Reed, 1752 Willowbrook Lane, Simi Valley, CA, 93065.
Do you have in the Foundation Library an article published in "Irish Ancestor" from about 14 years ago entitled "Going of Munster." It contains a great deal of information on the Go-ing/Gowan family back to the first Crusade and traces through French Huguenots to Holland, England and back to Ireland.
My Going ancestor came from County Tipperary, Ireland, was Protestant and had a family tradition that he was Spanish and that the name "Going" was Gonzales at one time. Figure that one into your Melungeons! Robert Going, 41 Market St, Amsterdam, NY, 12010, 518/843-3501.
Our check is enclosed for membership in the Foundation. We were very grateful to a distant cousin for sending us a copy of the Newsletter.
My husband, Burr V. Miller, Jr. is a g-grandson of William Thomas Goin [b1837 KY] and Elizabeth Ann Cannon Goin [b1835 MS]. The parents of William Thomas Goin [names un-known, but regarded by some as part Cherokee] were born in Georgia, and some family members believe that they are buried in Poplar Bluff, MO.
We would pleased to hear from anyone with information on this branch of the family, and we will be glad to share informa-tion with Foundation members. Amy Miller, 6062-D Thor-oughbred, Waldorf, MD, 20603, 301/932-9576.
I was so thrilled to learn of the Gowen Research Foundation, and my membership is enclosed. I have been working on my Goins line for about three years and have hit a brick wall. My great-grandfather Daulphus V. "Doc" Goins has been most elu-sive; I have not been able to locate him for the first 16 years of his life. Now, with the Foundation, I have hope.
I recently acquired the Personal Ancestry File program and am in the process of feeding all of our Goins research into the computer. I will send you a diskette for the Electronic Library as soon as it is finished.
If there are any members who are seeking data from this area of Kentucky and Tennessee, we would be glad to obtain it for them. We re only about 40 miles from Campbell and Claiborne Counties and visit the libraries and courthouses there quite of-ten. Brenda Goins Martin, 26 Oaklawn Drive, Corbin, Ken-tucky, 40701, 606/528-0498.
I am sure you have been
"covered up" with newspaper clip-pings of the Associated Press story headed "Men
Say Melun-geon Mystery Solved," but I am enclosing two more. I was in
Asheville, NC for a meeting and found the article datelined "Sneedville, TN" in
the "Asheville Citizen-Times." Then when I returned home to Idaho Falls and
opened the "Shelbyville [TN] Times-Gazette," my hometown newspa-per, there it
It is good to see the Melungeons getting such widespread attention, but is the mystery really solved? Elizabeth H. Mor-fitt, 353 Westmoreland Drive, Idaho Falls, ID, 83402. Eliza-beth, the jury is still out on the Melungeons. Con-firmation from the academicians will be required.
Congratulations for the satellite transmission of our Elec-tronic Library. Under your guidance and leadership the Foun-dation is a recognized leader in genealogical research. You are to be commended for your foresight in getting ge-nealogy into space. Larry A. May, 1548 Manor Drive, Salem, OH, 44460.
I found mention of the Foundation in Everton Genealogi-cal Helper and hope that one of your members might assist me with my Gowen family. I have searched for years for my Gowen an-cestors with no success.
My g-gf James C. Gowen was born in 1854 in Vermillion County, IL. He was married in 1875 in Henry County, Mis-souri to Margaret Catherine Beinroth. James C. Gowen was the son of Jackson and Martha Gowen. Jackson Gowen was born in Illi-nois in 1823 to Isaac and Delilah Gowen. Isaac Gowen was born in 1797 in Virginia. Any help will be appre-ciated. Helen Ledford, Route 1, Novinger, MO, 63559.
To answer your question about the Red Sticks, the name Ba-ton Rouge is French, and its application as a place name can be traced back to 1686, with the first recorded contact between Eu-ropeans and the Houma Indian tribe. In that year the French ex-plorers LaSalle and Tonti descended the Mississippi and met the Houma at their ancestral homelands on the high ground of pre-sent-day West Feliciana Parish and Wilkinson County, Missis-sippi.
At another village located on the site of our present state capital, the Houma had erected a cypress pole to mark the boundary with their neighbors to the south, the Bayougoulas In-dians. This pole was stained red by the blood of sacrificial ani-mals, and the French called the Houma village and the later white settlement Baton Rouge [literally, "Red Stick." Kevin P. Scrantz, Vermilionville, Box 2266, Lafayette, LA, 70502. 800/992-2968
Congratulations upon your accomplishments with the Elec-tronic Library. I would like to discuss with you the possi-bility of your transmitting our magazine on the Satellite. James Py-lant, Editor, American Genealogy Magazine, Box 1587, Stephenville, Texas, 76401.
After 63 years, I have recently visited with my Gowan rela-tives in Jackson, Tennessee. There I learned from Forrest Gowan about the Foundation. And, on my return to Memphis, Texas, I went to the library for a book on Switzerland, and the librarian surprised me by producing a file of the Foundation Newsletters. I was fascinated by the story of Martha Angeline Gowan who at age 13 assisted a Civil War soldier amputate his leg. She was my great aunt! Her father, Pleasant Andrew Gowan was my great-grandfather; Landon R. Gowan was my grandfa-ther; and Charles Ernest Gowan was my father.
I was very excited to read about the 1994 reunion in Houston I have a very special nephew, Brian Gowan who is chaplain of Methodist Hospital there. He should be involved in some way.
I am enclosing two memberships, one for my sister-in-law, Una Gowan in Spokane, Washington and one for myself. She is the mother of four Gowan boys and two daughters. She was born in Ireland, so she hopes the Gowans turn out to be Irish.
I lost my husband of 52 years in December, and now I live alone four miles west of Memphis on a ranch. It seems ironic that I thought I would have to go back to Tennessee to learn about my ancestors when you, in nearby Lubbock, had the whole story all the time!. I will be glad to add everything I can about the family to the Foundation manuscript. Louise Gowan Fisher, Box 387, Memphis, TX, 79245, 806/259-2059.
I was so pleased to read the April edition of the Newsletter which featured Daniel Goins my g-g-g-g-grandfather. My line in-cludes Isham Goins and Granville Goin. My sister, Jeraldine Webb is active in family history research and was mentioned in the article. She is now busy preparing research on Daniel Goins and Elizabeth Pebley Goins. Her research includes the Civil War service and pension records of four of their five sons which she will be sending to the Foundation. I am looking forward to up-coming editions. My membership is enclosed. Roberta Young 14614 McGee Drive, Whittier, CA, 90604.
Jessica Goings, my
great-grandmother was married to William Purvine [Purviance?] c1796 near
Chattanooga, Ten-nessee. They must have lived there for some years because my
great-grandfather, Charles Purvine, was born near Chattanooga in 1815. Later
they removed to Morgan County, Illinois where they farmed, died and were buried,
William in 1832 and Jessica in 1836. Charles Purvine then relocated, first to
Iowa and thence to California in 1849.
I would appreciate hearing from any Foundation member who could help me learn more about Jessica and her family. I will be happy to pay appropriate research and reproduction fees. Bradley B. Garretson, 105 Danza Court, Orinda, CA, 94563, 510/376-5297.
Foundation members should be advised that Fred G. Gowen, Director, Box 5000, Bath, OH, 44210 who is offering for sale "World Book of Gowens" in a direct mail solicitation is not as-sociated with Gowen Research Foundation. Arlee Gowen, edi-tor.
I am researching the Corbett family of Davidson County, Tennessee, and am seeking information on Dr. James J. Gowen and Martha T. Moore Gowen of Nashville. My great-grand-aunt was Jessie Lee Corbett [1869-1907] who was adopted by the Gowens. Jessie Lee was listed in the 1880 cen-sus of Davidson County as their adopted daughter. Were the Gowens related to the Corbetts, and how did Jessie Lee come to be adopted by them?
Jessie Lee was born in Nashville to John Ford Corbett and Frances Mary "Fannie" Revel Corbett. Fannie died in 1875 and John in 1877. John and Fannie had three other children, Cora Lee, Lydia H, and William Stephen Corbett, my great-grandfa-ther. Cora lived in a home for orphaned girls operated by Martha Simons and may have been adopted. Lydia was adopted by a West family in Nashville. Will was adopted by John Franklin Robertson and Alice Lou Hamlett Robertson of Crock-ett Mills, Tennessee.
Jessie Lee was married to William Perkins Freeman who was once her father's drugstore partner. Her marriage license listed her name as "Jessie L. Gowan." Any information about any of the above would be most welcome. Jeff Reece, 1550 N. Park-way, #610, Memphis, TN, 38112.
I am enclosing for the Foundation Library a copy of "The Goyen Family Scrapbook" edited and published by Robert, Lois and Brian Goyen. The narrative begins with John Gawen, our earliest known ancestor who was christened Jan-uary 8, 1556 in Cornwall and progresses to the present time. The various parish clerks spelled the surname in confusing ways--just like the clerks do today.
Four generations from John Gawen, his great-grandson, him-self a parish clerk, spelled his name "Gowen." A century later the name became Gowyn. In the 18th century the name gener-ally became "Goyne." By the middle of the 19th century when the wave of Cornish emigration began, "Goyen" was the com-mon usage.
Cornishmen had little choice of occupations at that time. They could risk their lives in the tin mines, face the perils at sea as fishermen or resign themselves to poverty as sheepherders. They saw opportunity elsewhere--in Australia, in New Zealand, in Tasmania, in Canada, in the United States, and they left in droves. The book is concerned with these emi-grating families and their descendants--their successes and their failures. The 220-page book is $60 Australian, including shipping.
Now that the work of getting this book printed is out of the way, I intend to concentrate on pursuing our country of origin. In my earlier research, the name "Goyne" seems to have origi-nated in Spain. I intend to have as good a look at Spain as the records available will let me. Robert J. Goyen, 523 Sutton St, Sebastopol, 3356, Victoria, Australia.
I do not know how extensively your Foundation Newsletter is used elsewhere, but we have a definite need for your publi-cation in our library. I have review each issue as it arrives and photocopy various articles for interested researchers. One has requested everything you publish on the Melungeons.
Our society hard binds every worthwhile journal we receive in library-quality covers, and our members make good use of them. Just to use your Electronic Library is justification for ev-ery researcher to learn how to use a computer. I feel that it justi-fies our society obtaining a computer for the genealogy room. Although I have no Gowen ancestors, I find your arti-cles about various Gowens well written and interesting. I am enclosing an article on the CSA Pension Applications of James Munro Goins written by our vice-president Vicki Rumble, Rt. 13, Box 179, Florence, AL, 35630. Darrell A. Russel, Natchez Trace Ge-nealogical Society, Box 420, Florence, AL, 35631.
I am stuck at my g-g-g-fg Benjamin Franklin Gowen. He is recorded as being 88 years, 7 months old at the time of his death September 18, 1865 in Worcester, MA. Place of birth was listed as Franklin, MA. He was buried in Hope Ceme-tery, Worcester. A daughter, Harriett Gowen Mayers who died in 1902 also lived there.
Benjamin Gowen was enumerated in the 1850 census of Old Town, ME. "M. Gowen, female, also lived in his house-hold and is regarded as his wife. Her maiden name is sug-gested as Mary Tiff. Children born to them include: Julia Ann, bc1806; Erastus, b1808; Augustus, b1811; Harriett, b1813; Luther, b1816; Albert Nelson, b1822; Mary Jane, b1825 and Alvina [Alvira], b1827.
Albert Nelson Gowen of Minneapolis was my gggf. He had three sons, one of whom [Harry Nelson] died in infancy. De-scendants of his son, Frank Leslie Gowen, b1859 remained in that area, but my ggf Fred Herbert Gowen, b1857 married and removed to Little Falls, NY.
I would be thrilled to receive any information about the an-cestors of Benjamin Franklin Gowen. "Desperately Seeking" Susan B. Liedell, 1366 Rowe Rd, Schenectady, NY, 12309.
I found the Foundation Newsletter in Penrose Library in Colorado Springs. You are doing one terrific job! Please en-ter a membership for me and one for my cousin Sandra Olsson of San Antonio.
We are looking for additional information on our ggm Ann Gowen who was born in 1844 in Maine. She is the daughter of Isaac Gowen and Emily Gray Gowen and the gd of James Gowen. Marilyn Kirkman, 2433 Virgo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906.
Thanks very much for the print-out of the Foundation manuscript on the Washington County, Virginia Goin family. On page 7531 I found my William Goin as the son of Isham Goin and the grandson of Daniel Goin. This puts two more gen-erations on my chart! This break-through eliminated a dead end for me, and now I am off and running again. Maxine Stuffle-beam, 7916 Lazy Lane, Ft. Worth, TX, 76180.
I learned about the Foundation on Prodigy Bulletin Board, and I am interested in the Goins [all spellings] family. My great-grandfather was John Woodson Goins who was born in Grayson County, KY May 15, 1847 [or 1852]. He was mar-ried first to Caroline Harrison and second to Selia Maples, my g-gm who was born January 4, 1868.
Children born to them include: Henry Harrison Goins, Prisilia Allifore Goins, Cora Lee Goins, Jehn Ell Goins, Beu-lah Beatrice Angeline Goins, Willie Leroy Goins and my gm Bertha Augusia "Gussie" Goins.
I am looking for the family--parents--siblings of John Woodson Goins and will share information. Will reimburse for copying/mailing costs. Irene Mendes, 11265 Evergreen Lane, Hanford CA, 93230.
Please enroll me as a member of
the Foundation. My sister, Rosalie Thomas Holben and I are thrilled with the
new informa-tion you are developing on our Goings line, being direct
descen-dants of Frederick Goings of Giles County, Virginia [1815-1860]. We are
fascinated with the possibility of being part of the Melungeon story and
heritage. Ramona Thomas, 112 "I" Street, Apt. 10, Eureka, CA, 95501,
I am descended from David Goings, born 1783 through his son Frederick Goings, his daughter Rachel Goings Hickman, her son James Henry Hickman and his daughter Effie Hickman Thomas. Her son, Melvin Thomas was my father. I will send our ancestor chart later.
My father and his sister had a neurological problem in their legs, as do I. I recently spoke with Dr. Brent Kennedy of At-lanta who has dealt with this problem called Sarcoidosis.
Our doctors have been unable to determine what the problem is, or in my father's case, was. I am told that the disease is peculiar to the Mediterranean area.
I just found out last month that I am descended from the Melungeons. If anyone is interested for DNA purposes, I have a sample of my father's hair, and I can provide one of my own for genetic testing if it will help prove a genetic link for us or any-one else..
My Foundation membership is enclosed. Will you please place me in touch with anyone interested in the DNA investiga-tion. Rosalie Thomas Holben, 10246 Empire Road, Mohave Valley, AZ, 86440, 602/768-5402.
I talked recently with Kevin Smith, the compliance officer at the Tennessee Division of Archaeology. He informs me that our draft report has been accepted and can now go to press. This is the technical report, in two volumes, submitted to the Metro-politan Nashville Airport Authority and the Division of Archae-ology. It is entitled "The Gowen Farmstead Archaeo-logical Data Recovery at Site 40DV401, Davidson County, Ten-nessee" by Guy G. Weaver, Jeffrey L. Holland, Patrick H. Gar-row and Martin B. Reinhold. We will see that you get copies for the Foundation library and distribution.
This past June, I presented a paper at the 14th Meeting of the Midsouth Archaeological Conference, held at the C. H. Nash Museum-Chucalissa, in Memphis. The paper was entitled "The Gowen Farmstead: Patterns of Ethnicity and Class Structure at an Antebellum Plantation, Nashville, Tennessee." I hope to pre-sent an expanded version at the annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology in January. As soon as the paper is finalized for publication, I'll send you a copy.
I look forward to each new issue of the Foundation Newsletter. Guy C. Weaver, Senior Archaeologist, Garrow & Associates, Inc, 510 S. Main St, Memphis, TN, 38105, 901/526-8008, FAX 901/526-3425.
It has been some time since I have worked on my Goin line. I was able to get a fairly good copy of the Revolutionary pen-sion application of Joseph Going with the advent of a newer copier at the National Archives. It established that he died in 1822 in Howard County, Missouri rather than in Madison County, Kentucky. I have asked the DAR to correct the mistake on Laura Hathaway's application for membership in 1980.
The pension file also showed that the Madison County attor-ney whom Joseph Going appointed to handle his pension mat-ters continued to cash his checks long after Joseph died.
I am interested in corresponding with anyone who might have information on Joseph's younger brother, Christopher Goin. He was born about 1786 to William Gowan and Anasta-sia Sullivan Gowan in Bedford County, Virginia. He was bound out to Enos Mitchell in 1800 by the Overseers of the Poor, ac-cording to Bedford County Court minutes. June A. Smith, Box 85, Belfair, WA, 98528
Jeremiah Goins, my ggf is causing me to pull my hair out! He was in north Orangeburg County, SC in 1790 and in Clar-endon County, SC in 1800. He is somehow related to Freder-ick Goins who enlisted in 1779 and was killed in 1780 in the siege of Charleston. Jeremiah Goins had a son named Jere-miah Goins who had a son named Frederick Goins. The younger Frederick Goins was married to Livici Gibbs. If I don't find something soon, I'll need to buy a wig. Can anyone save me from bald-ness? Mary B. Barr, Rt, 8, Box 148, Flo-rence, SC, 29501.
I have received your packet of information on Dillard Goen of Georgia and Texas.. Thanks very much. I am sending you a packet of Gowen/Goins tax data research on Chickasaw County, MS. You will note that Dillard Goins is right in the middle of them, c1844 which fits chronologically between Georgia and Texas. Additionally Meshack Gowing was lo-cated nearby, ac-cording to "The People and Land of Chicka-saw County, Missis-sippi" by Imogene Springer. I found Me-shack Gowing a little earlier in the 1837 tax records of Shelby County, TN. Can any-one one tell me anything about Dillard and Meshack? Frances Fleming, 1827 S. Garrison, Carthage, MO, 64836.
I was happy to receive your information on Dr. James J. Gowen and wife, Martha E. Moore Gowen--particularly a copy of her will and the listing of W. P. Freeman as a business partner of Dr. Gowen. These items have resolved any doubts I had about whether my Jessie Lee Corbett was indeed Jessie Lee Gowen. I think the Gowens adopted Jessie after the deaths of both of her parents.
I have two portrait photographs of Jessie, both taken about 1903. One is a single portrait, and one is a photo of Jessie with her sisters and brother. I will be happy to have copies made for anyone interested. I will gladly pass along any addi-tional Gowen information I receive from Jessie's descendants. Jeff Reece, 1550 N. Parkway, #610, Memphis, TN, 38112.
I am still collecting data on
descendants of Daniel Goins and Susannah Inman from NC and Jefferson Co. TN. We
know about the marriage of Daniel and Susannah in NC and their movement to
Jefferson County. From Susannah's will we know that Daniel died before her and
that she named children: Shadrack, Daniel, and Faney (Frances). It is believed
there may have been more children.
I have picked up on some family information that there may have been about 10 children born to Daniel and Susannah. I would like to hear from anyone with information about Goins born between about 1780 and 1800 with the following names who cannot or have not been accounted for: Ezekiel, William, Daniel and Shadrack (accounted for), Meshack, Abednego, Han-nah, Jane, Sarah and Frances or Faney (accounted for but not much is known about her). The names of males listed are much used Inman names. Any information would be appreciated. Willis T. Finley, 307 Fairview Dr, Longview, TX, 75604, 903/759-0415
My g-gf John Woodson Goins, Jr. was born May 15, 1847 [or 1852] probably in Grayson County, KY. He was married about 1873 in Laurel County, KY to Caroline Harrison. After the birth of two sons, they were divorced and Caroline removed to Saline County, AR. John was remarried to Selia Maples, daughter of Ed & Martha Maples. John, father of 12, was killed in Ft. Smith AR June 21, 1912 when he was struck by a train. Selia died July 17, 1940 in Saline Co, AR. Correspondence is invited from anyone with information about siblings and parents of John Woodson Goins, Jr. My grandmother told me that he had two younger half brothers, but I don't know their names. Irene Mendes, 11265 Evergreen Lane, Hanford, CA, 93230.
Your Newsletter of April 1993 was mailed to me by a family member. I believe I discovered on the first page a mention of my g-g-gf William Thomas Goin. I have been seeking more in-formation on him for some time.
The earliest information I had on him was from the federal census of Tarrant County, Texas of 1880 where he was head of a household at age 41. My father told me that his grandfather lived with his family when he was very young. He remembered that the old man "looked like an Indian."
We found the Newsletter fascinating and very informative, and our membership is enclosed. Also we will have a party of three to attend the Houston Research Conference. Doris Goin Corn, 13046 Hwy. 110 N, Tyler, TX, 75704, 903/882-9008.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will microfilm family records free for your Foundation members if they are or-ganized and indexed. Upon request, the library will return your original copy and one copy of the microfilm. Additional copies of the microfilm are $9.00 per roll, up to four rolls. Vickie Monson, Acquisi-tion/Patron Microfilming, 50 E. North Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT, 84150
I was in touch with Gowen Research Foundation several years ago when we lived in Bedford, Wyoming. It was with de-light that I noticed the write-up about the Foundation in the "Journal of The Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina," Vol. 8, No. 3.
The article described the Foundation's nationwide satellite transmission system operating in conjunction with Texas State Genealogical Society, the first in the nation.
And thus I write. We have an international satellite system and would be interested in knowing how we should connect and start receiving "genealogy from space." Shirley P. Wagstaff, Box 1559, Bandon- by-the-Sea, OR, 97411.
Documented matrilineal lines from genealogists are being sought by scientists Tho-mas H. Roderick, Ph.D., Dr. Mary- Claire King and Robert Charles Anderson.
Thomas H. Roderick, Ph.D, is a geneticist; Mary-Claire King, Ph.D, is Professor of Genetics at the University of Cali-fornia, Berkley and Robert Charles Anderson F.A.S.G, is direc-tor of the New England Historical & Genealogical Society Great Migration Study Project.
The study underway has three objectives: (1) For the genea- logist, to define and document long matrilineal lines and verify many of them through genetic analysis; (2) For the genealogist and population geneticist, to gain further insight into the struc-ture of early colonial populations, and to obtain further informa-tion on the genealogical and genetic back-ground of im-migrants to North America; (3) For the geneticist, to determine more pre-cisely the mutation rates of mito-chondrial DNA.
Lines extending back eight or more generations will be most useful in this project. Matrilineal lines extending back to colo-nial North America or further are of particular in-terest. Today, these will be at least ten generations or more. Even longer lines, extending beyond colonial times to Eur-ope or the British Isles, could be especially valuable. Matrilineal lines of eight or more generations will be useful, no matter the ethnic back-ground.
Dates and places should be part of each generation. Male spouses in each generation should be included. Good secondary sources, fully cited, will often suffice if primary evi-dence is not available. It is hoped that those submitting lines to the project will also agree to provide a small sample of blood [professional-ly drawn] at a later time if their lines are chosen for mtDNA analysis.
For more information and to submit genealogical informa-tion on matrilineal lines write: T. H. Roderick, Ph.D, Center for Human Genetics, Municipal Bldg, PO Box 770, Bar Har-bor, ME, 04609-0770.
I was pleased to receive the
Newsletter with an article about my ancestor Daniel Goin of Washington County,
Virginia. I have been doing research on his great-grandson William Thomas Goin
who is my great-grandfather. My grandfather was his son, William Arthur Goin.
My father, was the oldest of the 11 chil-dren of William Arthur Goin and Mary
Bessie Shaffer Goin, all of whom I remember well.
When I complete the work I am doing on the family, I will send a copy for the Foundation library and for inclusion in the manuscript. I am enclosing my Foundation membership. Marybelle Goin Lovelady, 1009 W. 7th St, Tyler, TX, 75701.
I am relatively new to genealogy, but in the last two years have jumped in aggressively and found it to be very pleasurable, educational and rewarding. I am trying to document every gen-eration of my enclosed Goen/Gowing 10-generation ancestor chart, for I am interested in joining a few patriotic societies ac-tive in New York City.
I am lacking evidence to prove that Charles Goen [b1837 New Ipswich, NH] was the son Noah Gowing [b1786 New Ip-swich, NH] and Eunice Burton Gowing. I have tracked down Noah's will, and Charles was listed as a beneficiary, but he was not listed as "my son Charles."
Does the Foundation [or any member] or anyone on your computer network have information on these two generations within your family records? I would be happy to accommodate any costs involved. Tama Alexandrine Goen, 251 E 51st Street, #11A, New York City, NY, 10022.
I am conducting research on my family tree which includes my maternal grandmother, Lillian Alberta Goins. Today I came across an article in "National Genealogical Society Quar-terly" referring to the work you are doing on the Goins/Go-ng/Gowen family.
I am a descendant of Stephen Going, born c1778, of Patrick County, Virginia and his wife, Nancy Going, born c1779, daughter of John Going. Both were listed in the 1860 census as "mulatto" as were their children and some of their grandchil-dren.
I believe that Stephen's father was James Going, died c1807 in Patrick County and that perhaps the father of James Going was Shadrach Going. I am enclosing my ancestor charts for the Foundation Library and a membership application.
I would like to correspond with any researcher investigating any of these ancestors. Thanks in advance for any information the Foundation can provide. Kevin E. D. Smith, Rt. 3, Box 310, Boones Mill, VA, 24065.
I have plans to go to Scotland next May and would like to do some research while there. The only book I have on my branch of the family is Phillip Allen Gowan's "Gowan-Morley," and it doesn't go back past 1800. Can the Foundation or some member come up with a suggestion for a starting point to research for families who emigrated from Scotland to Virginia and the Car-olinas?
Also if there is anything I can do for the Foundation or any member while I am there, I will be more than happy to do so. My 1994 membership is enclosed. I enjoy the Newsletter im-mensely. Jack D. Gowin, Rt. 1, Box 361, Hector, AR, 72843.
I was privileged to have several interviews with Van Doren "Vannie" Gowen [named for the Confederate general] in his de-clining years. The last one came at age 88, shortly before his death earlier this year.
He was one of the oldest living descendants of James Burns Gowen, patriarch of the Bedford County, Tennessee and Bed-ford County, Virginia clan. He was a son of Joseph Edward Gowen and Josephine Elizabeth Newman Gowen.
Because his older sister had died at age two, his mother dressed him as a girl for the first few years of his life. To out-grow this "stigma," while growing up, he did all the he-man things. He accompanied his father, who was quite a rounder, on tours of the dancehalls during the East Texas oil boom.
It was great fun for the father-son duo, until it suddenly ended. One night in a dancehall close to Longview, his father was "conver-ted on the spot by Mrs. Penn." After that, there was no more drinking-and-dancing, and Joseph Edward Gowen was in church three times a week ever after.
During World War II, Vannie, who had "never seen enough snow to supply a sno-cone stand," volunteered for the Army's alpine ski patrol. He was sent to icy Minnesota for training. Most of the ice the Texans had seen prior was "in a glass."
After six years on army skis, Vannie wound up in Shreve-port, working for Gowen Sanitarium operated by his grandfa-ther, Dr. James Daniel Gowen and uncle, Dr. Charles Richard Gowen. I'll have more on my visits with Vannie for the Foun-dation manuscript in the future. Linda Lou Fisher McDowell, 31 Broadmoor, Texarkana, AR, 75502.
In researching my branch of the Gowan family I have run across two mysteries which I need help in solving.
1. Frank [Franklin] Gowan was born March 8, 1896 to John Manning Gowan and Sarah McDougald Gowan. Frank served overseas in World War I, and afterward, unable to settle down, travelled. Other than a last letter to his mother, the family has not heard from him since 1927. Most of his family now lives in Ontario, Canada.
2. Lucy [Lucinda] Arvilla Tylor Gowan, daughter of Nelson and Lydia Tyler, was born in 1855 in Pennsylvania and listed as a five-year-old in the 1860 census. She was married June 2, 1869 in Ellington, Wisconsin in Outagamie County. They homesteaded in Yankton County, Dakota Territory.
Three sons were born to them. Walter Edwin Gowan, July 8, 1870 and Ezra Lewis Gowan, April 3, 1872 were born in Dakota Territory. Lester Darwin Gowan was born October 9, 1873 in Wisconsin. The family was enumerated in 1880 in Waukechon, Wisconsin in Shawnee County.
The mystery is that no one knows what became of Lucy. Lester told the story that when he was just a little boy, he waved goodbye to his mother as she was driven away in a carriage. He never saw her again.
In both cases, 1&2, the person seems to have simply dropped from sight. Is it possible that someone, somewhere knows the story of what happened to them? Jean Helen Gowan Near, 14909 Tomki Road, Redwood Valley, CA, 95470.