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Thomas Gowen
(Abt 1660-)
Winona LNU
William Gowen
(1683-Abt 1725)
Catherine LNU
(-Abt 1739)
William Gowen, Jr
(Abt 1712-1792)

 

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Spouses/Children:
Sarah Allen

William Gowen, Jr 1

  • Born: Abt 1712, , Stafford, Virginia, USA 1
  • Marriage: Sarah Allen about 1733 1
  • Died: 10 Apr 1792, , Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA about age 80 1
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bullet  General Notes:

While the Goins Research Foundation has suggested that this William Gowen is a son of William Gowen and Catherine Gowen, there is really no documentation to support the claim. Catherine's 1739 will mentioned only Alexander, Susanna, and John as her children. 1

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bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Deed: purchse from Robert Jones, Jr, 5 Mar 1749/50, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 1 "William Going "of Granville County" received a deed from Robert Jones, Jr, "attorney." of Surry County, Virginia to 910 acres on both sides of Grassy Creek near the Virginia state line for 25 March 5, 1750, according to Granville County Deed Book A, page 343."

Tax Record, 1751, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 1 "William Gowen and his family was taxed as "white" in the early tax lists of Granville County. In 1751 he was taxed on "2 tithes in the company of Samuel Handerson." He was "fined for trespass" in Granville County Court December 3, 1754."

Military: militia, 8 Oct 1754, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 1 "On October 8, 1754 William Gowen and Joseph Gowen ap-peared in a militia company commanded by Capt. John Sallis in Granville County. The company was part of a regiment com-manded by Col. William Eaton. The two appeared on the com-pany's muster roll dated September 5, 1755, according to "Colonial Granville County and Its People" by Ray."

Court: sued by Robert Jones, Mar 1755, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 2 "In March 1755, William Going was sued by Robert Jones for "trespass," according to Granville County Court records.

Military: militia muster, 5 Sep 1755, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 2 "On October 8, 1754 William Gowen and Joseph Gowen ap-peared in a militia company commanded by Capt. John Sallis in Granville County. The company was part of a regiment com-manded by Col. William Eaton. The two appeared on the com-pany's muster roll dated September 5, 1755, according to "Colonial Granville County and Its People" by Ray."

Court, 17 Dec 1755, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 2 "A charge of tres-passing was filed against "William Gowen" December 17, 1755 by William Eaton, Jr, accord-ing to "Court Minutes of Granville County, North Carolina" by Zoe Har-gett Gwynn. On March 1, 1757 he was sued by Charles Trumbull."

Court: sued by Robert Parks, 7 Jun 1757, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 1 On June 7, 1757 "Edward Gowen, Joseph Gowen, William Gowen and John Gowen" were sued by Robert Parks, according to the court minutes."

Court: sued by Charles Turnbull, 6 Sep 1757, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 1 "On September 6, 1757 a suit was filed by Charles Turnbull against "William Gowen, James Boyd and W. M. Gowen."

Land: grant 529 acres On Whartons Branch, 29 Nov 1760, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 3 Secretary of State
Record Group Granville Proprietary Land Office: Granville Grants of Deed
Granville Co.
TitleGowen, James. Granville Co.
Years:1760
Creator:Office of Secretary of State
Granville Proprietary Land Office
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Call Number:SSLG 61J
Location:Archive Stacks
MARS Id:12.13.61.27 (Folder)
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Scope / Contents:November 29, 1760 529 acres Location: On Whartons Branch beginning at a red oak 2 copies Deed #114
Index Terms:Personal Names
Going, James
Gowen, James
Geographical Names
Granville County
Whartons Branch

Land: grant 650 acres, 2 Dec 1760, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 1 4 "On February 6, 1760, "William Gowen, planter of Granville County," received a patent for 650 acres "adjoining Charles Harris on Spring Branch" near the head of Dogwood Branch in St. Johns Parish, according to Granville County Deed Book E, page 440."

Secretary of State Record Group
Granville Proprietary Land Office: Granville Grants of Deed
Granville Co.

TitleGowen, William. Granville Co.
Years:1760
Creator:Office of Secretary of State
Granville Proprietary Land Office
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Call Number:SSLG 40A
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MARS Id:12.13.40.3 (Folder)
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Contents: December 2, 1760 650 acres Location: Beginning at a white oak on Charles Harris's line 2 copies Deed #150
Index Terms:Personal Names
Gowen, William
Gowine, William
Harris, Charles
Geographical Names
Granville County
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Note:See also 12.12.30.5

Land Grant Information
Acres:650
Grant No:150
Issued:Dec. 2, 1760
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Warrant No:Entry No:
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Book No:11Page No:365
Location:Beginning at a white oak on Charles Harris line

Land: grant 667 acres, 2 Dec 1760, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 1 5 "On December 2, 1760, he received a companion patent for 667 acres "adjoining Johnson's line and Stovall's line" in St. John's Parish, according to Granville County Deed Book E, page 448. "James Gowine" was a "sworn chain carrier on the surveys, and Joseph Gowen was a witness."

Secretary of State Record Group
Granville Proprietary Land Office: Granville Grants of Deed
Granville Co.
TitleGowen, William. Granville Co.
Years:1760
Creator:Office of Secretary of State
Granville Proprietary Land Office
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Call Number:SSLG 40A
Location:Archive Stacks
MARS Id: 12.13.40.2 (Folder)
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Scope / Contents:December 2, 1760 667 acres Location: Beginning at a pine 2 copies Deed #160
Index Terms:Personal Names
Gowen, William
Gowine, William
Geographical Names
Granville County
Source / Donor:
Note:See also 12.12.30.4

Tax Record, 1761, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 1 In 1761, William Gowen paid taxes on "two white polls, for himself and son, James" in County Line District in the list of Larkin Thompson."

Tax Record, 1762, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 2 "William Gowin and William Gowin, Jr." were listed as tax-payers in 1762 in Granville County, according to "North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal," August 1986, page 157. "Joseph Gowen and John Moore" were listed in the same edition, page 156."

Land: grant 640 Acres, 6 Feb 1762, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 1 6 "William Gowen received a patent to 640 acres in Granville County "on both sides of Spewmarrow Creek, adjoining Allen's line," February 6, 1762, according to Surveyor's Book 11, page 367. William Allen, Jr. was the "sworn chain car-rier." "William Gowin" sold the section of land October 4, 1762 to James Smith for 50, according to Granville County Deed Book F, page 382."

Secretary of State
Record Group Granville Proprietary Land Office: Granville Grants of Deed
Granville Co.
TitleGowen, William. Granville Co.
Years:1762
Creator:Office of Secretary of State
Granville Proprietary Land Office
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Call Number:SSLG 40A
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MARS Id: 12.13.40.1 (Folder)
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Scope / Contents:February 6, 1762 640 acres Location: Both sides of Spewmarrow Creek 2 copies Deed #28
Index Terms:Personal Names
Gowen, William
Gowing, William
Geographical Names
Granville County
Spewmarrow Creek
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Note:See also 12.12.30.7

Land: sold 640 acres, 4 Oct 1762, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 2 "William Gowen sold 640 acres of his land October 4, 1762, according to Granville County Deed Book F, page 382.

Court: jury, May 1765, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 2 William Gowen, Joseph Gowen and John Gowen were in-cluded in a jury panel in May 1765, according to Granville County Court minutes."

Land: deed 350 acres to son Joseph, 7 Aug 1765, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 1 "On August 7, 1765 "William Gowing of Granville County deeded 350 acres "to loving son Joseph Gowing," according to Granville County Deed Book H, page 28-29. Zoe Hargett Gwynn, in her book, "Kinfolks of Granville County, North Carolina, 1765-1826," records the date of the deed as August 7, 1763, however Deed Book H apparently began with transactions recorded in 1765. A sheriff's sale took another 350 acres of his land for debt February 5, 1767, according to Granville County Deed Book H, page 226."

Tax Record, 1769, , Granville, North Carolina, USA. 2 "William Gowin" appeared as the head of a household in the tax list of 1769 for Granville County. He paid a tax on "one white poll," according to Zoe Hargett Gwynn."

Land: grant, Dec 1774, , District 96, North Carolina, USA. 1 "William Gowen apparently moved to District 96, South Car-olina to take up land there which had been granted to him in December 1774, awarded very likely for his North Carolina military service. At one time North Carolina claimed all of the land in South Carolina that lay north of the Catawba River. Later the boundary dispute was settled, and South Carolina opted to honor the North Carolina land grants in its territory.

Land: grant 394 acres on Sink Hole Fork of the Middle Tyger River, 21 May 1782, , Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. 2 "The State of South Carolina granted 394 acres on Sink Hole Fork of the Middle Tyger River to William Gowen May 21, 1782. The land was surveyed for him May 26, 1782, and the surveyor noted that it lay "east of land laid out to Edmund Bearden and bounded on all other sides by vacant land." This land was later willed to Ann Gowen Easley, his daughter. The adjoining land of Edmund Bearden was later acquired by his nephew, Maj. John "Buck" Gowen."

"William Gowen, Sr. was granted 396 acres on the Sink Hole Fork of the Middle Tyger River, according to Spartanburg County Deed Book A, page 109."

[Middle Fork Tyger River runs into Lyman Lake (in Spatanburg Co., SC.), from the north and out the south end of the lake. Sink Hole Fork not found]

Estate: will, 10 Mar 1785, , 96th District, North Carolina, USA. 1 "William Gowen wrote his will March 10, 1785, more fully aware of the dangers in the new territory which was being ferociously disputed by the Indians of the region. The will named only his wife, Sarah Gowen, his son, John "Buck" Gowen and his daughter, Ann Gowen Easley. His other children were not mentioned in the will, probably because they then did not live near him in the Apex section.

The will read:

the name of God, Amen: I William Gowen of Ninety Six District in the State of South Carolina, planter, being in a low state of health, but of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the Immortality of my Soul and That it is appointed for all men once to Die, Do make and ordain this my Last Will & Testament in manner & form following.

"1st. I recommend my soul into the hand of Him who gave it & my Body to Be Buried in a Christian Like manner at the Discretion of Executors.

"2nd. I Do Constitute and appoint my Son, John Gowen, and my wife, Sarah Gowen, Executors of this my last will and Testament. And as for my worldly goods which it has been please God to Bestow me I Dispose of them in the manner and form following: Viz:

"Item: I Give & Bequeath to my well Beloved Wife, Sarah Gowen, all my Stock of Cattle, Hogs & Horses [Except Two Cows & Calves for my Daughter, Anne Easily] which with all my household furniture, she, my said wife, is to hold as her property during her Life and after her death to be the property of my said son, John Gowen.

"Item: I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter, Anne Eas-ily, Two Hundred and seventy acres of land, more or less, it being part of a survey of Three Hundred and Ninety-five acres Run for me on the Sink Hole fork of Tyger River, Beginning for the Dividing Line at a stump agreed upon by her and John Gowen & running a south course to the other line of said tract."

"Item: I Give & Bequeath to my son, John Gowen, All the Remaining part of said tract of land above mentioned, and for the true performance of these presents I have hereunto set my hand and seal to this my Last Will & Testament This Tenth Day of March in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Five the Ninth year of American Independence."
William [X] Gowen

Signed & Sealed in the presence of us the undernamed Witnesses by him, the Said William Gowen as his Last Will & Testament.
David Jackson
Millington Easley"

is reported that William Gowen died April 10, 1792. The Spartanburg County, South Carolina probate court accepted the will of William Gowen in its session of April 1792. The fol-lowing entry was made in the court minutes:

Carolina Spartanburgh County April Court, 1792

"This Last Will & Testament of William Gowen, de-ceased, being proven by the Evidence of Millenton Easley & approved by the Court at the term aforesaid, was thereupon admitted to record, a true copy of which is this day transcribed & this Original filed in office 8 June 1792.
by M. Lancaster, S.C.S.

Wm. Gowen, decd, Last Will & Test't. Copyed, 8 June, 1792"

Estate: probate, Apr 1792, , Spartanburgh, North Carolina, USA. 1 "William Gowen wrote his will March 10, 1785, more fully aware of the dangers in the new territory which was being ferociously disputed by the Indians of the region. The will named only his wife, Sarah Gowen, his son, John "Buck" Gowen and his daughter, Ann Gowen Easley. His other children were not mentioned in the will, probably because they then did not live near him in the Apex section.

The will read:

the name of God, Amen: I William Gowen of Ninety Six District in the State of South Carolina, planter, being in a low state of health, but of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the Immortality of my Soul and That it is appointed for all men once to Die, Do make and ordain this my Last Will & Testament in manner & form following.

"1st. I recommend my soul into the hand of Him who gave it & my Body to Be Buried in a Christian Like manner at the Discretion of Executors.

"2nd. I Do Constitute and appoint my Son, John Gowen, and my wife, Sarah Gowen, Executors of this my last will and Testament. And as for my worldly goods which it has been please God to Bestow me I Dispose of them in the manner and form following: Viz:

"Item: I Give & Bequeath to my well Beloved Wife, Sarah Gowen, all my Stock of Cattle, Hogs & Horses [Except Two Cows & Calves for my Daughter, Anne Easily] which with all my household furniture, she, my said wife, is to hold as her property during her Life and after her death to be the property of my said son, John Gowen.

"Item: I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter, Anne Eas-ily, Two Hundred and seventy acres of land, more or less, it being part of a survey of Three Hundred and Ninety-five acres Run for me on the Sink Hole fork of Tyger River, Beginning for the Dividing Line at a stump agreed upon by her and John Gowen & running a south course to the other line of said tract."

"Item: I Give & Bequeath to my son, John Gowen, All the Remaining part of said tract of land above mentioned, and for the true performance of these presents I have hereunto set my hand and seal to this my Last Will & Testament This Tenth Day of March in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Five the Ninth year of American Independence."
William [X] Gowen

Signed & Sealed in the presence of us the undernamed Witnesses by him, the Said William Gowen as his Last Will & Testament.
David Jackson
Millington Easley"

is reported that William Gowen died April 10, 1792. The Spartanburg County, South Carolina probate court accepted the will of William Gowen in its session of April 1792. The fol-lowing entry was made in the court minutes:

Carolina Spartanburgh County April Court, 1792

"This Last Will & Testament of William Gowen, de-ceased, being proven by the Evidence of Millenton Easley & approved by the Court at the term aforesaid, was thereupon admitted to record, a true copy of which is this day transcribed & this Original filed in office 8 June 1792.
by M. Lancaster, S.C.S.

Wm. Gowen, decd, Last Will & Test't. Copyed, 8 June, 1792"


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William married Sarah Allen about 1733.1


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Sources


1 Gowen Research FoundationGowen Research Foundation, "Gowen Research Foundation," database, Gowen Research Foundation(http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/ : accessed 6 Sep 2014), William Gowen; http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms005.htm. Repository: Gowen Research Foundation, 5708 Gary Avenue , Lubbock, TX 79413. Surety: 3.

2 Gowen Research FoundationGowen Research Foundation, "Gowen Research Foundation," database, Gowen Research Foundation(http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/ : accessed 6 Sep 2014), William Gowen; http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/gowenms005.htm. Repository: Gowen Research Foundation, 5708 Gary Avenue , Lubbock, TX 79413. Surety: 2.

3 "Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey," database(http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx : accessed 6 Sep 2014), William Gowen - MARS Id: 12.13.61.27 (Folder); Granville Proprietary Land Office: Granville Grants of Deed #114. Surety: 3.

4 "Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey," database(http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx : accessed 6 Sep 2014), William Gowen - MARS Id: 12.13.40.3 (Folder); Granville Proprietary Land Office: Granville Grants of Deed #150. Surety: 3.

5 "Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey," database(http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx : accessed 6 Sep 2014), William Gowen - MARS Id: 12.13.40.2 (Folder); Granville Proprietary Land Office: Granville Grants of Deed #160. Surety: 3.

6 "Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey," database(http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx : accessed 6 Sep 2014), William Gowen - MARS Id: 12.13.40.1 (Folder); Granville Proprietary Land Office: Granville Grants of Deed #28. Surety: 3.


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