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Posted: 1139428975000
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I know of Gowens from Etowah Cty, AL

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Carolyn Morgan (View posts)
Posted: 1139475642000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gowens, Martin, Garmany, Hardin, Whatle
I am a Gowens and grew up in Etowah County, very near the Calhoun County line at Knighten's Crossroad. I would really appreciate any information you have as I have hit several brick walls in trying to prove that my very southern ancestors were Confederates.
My mother was a Martin and I believe that members of her family also fought for the South but I have been unable to find proof.
My family lived in Cherokee County as well and my Gowens great-grandparents are buried at Rock Run.
Please write me if you have any information about Solomon, William Alexander or Joe Willie Gowens.
Thank you,
Carolyn Morgan
Kansas City, Kansas

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Ilona (View posts)
Posted: 1139511049000
Classification: Query
My very good friend was Harry Gowens from Hokes Bluff,
AL. He passed away on Jan 23. Here is a copy of his
obit. I hope it will help you.

Harry Glenn Gowens

Harry Glenn Gowens, 81, of Pensacola Beach, passed away January 23, 2006.

Harry was born in Hokes Bluff, AL. He played football in college for Washington & Lee University, and was a paratrooper in World War II. He received a Purple Heart for his actions. Harry moved to Pensacola in 1960 to open Apex Auto Parts. He later opened Ladybird Auto Parts and Clean Auto Parts as well. Through the years he often referred to himself as the "Junk Man".

For over 30 years, Harry lived on Pensacola Beach surrounded by many friends, supporting the place he loved most. He even offered his residence to use as the first Pensacola Beach Elementary School. Harry also developed a large portion of the eastern half of Pensacola Beach. Many remember when he owned the notorious Junk Yard Coffee Shop on Pensacola Beach. His famous pastime was smoking pork butts with his good friend, Wally Pecevich. It was a rare occasion when there was an event on Pensacola Beach that did not feature "cooking by Harry and Wally". Though he had a reputation as a unique and interesting character, he was also known for his generosity to others.

Harry served on the Santa Rosa Island Authority from 1992-1995 during which time he donated his monthly stipend to the Pensacola Beach Elementary School.

Harry was crowned the first King of the Krewe of Wrecks, as Mardi Gras began on Pensacola Beach in 1980. The Santa Rosa Island Authority also honored him with the Spirit of Pensacola Beach award on August 3, 2005. It was the first time ever that this award was bestowed on anyone. It will be difficult to find someone that loved Pensacola Beach more that Harry Gowens.

Harry is survived by his sister, Verna Talley; his son, Glenn Gowens and his wife, Pam; his daughter, Joanne Faddis and her husband, Noel; along with five grandchildren, Meghan Gowens, Matt Gowens, Chad Gowens, Bill Harvey and Scott Harvey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hattie and Wallace Gowens, as well as brothers, Lane, Grady, Billy, Ott and Hugh Gowens.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mack Strange officiating.

Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

The family would like to express thanks to the staff at Baybreeze Nursing & Retirement Center, Covenant Hospice and the many friends who have given him support over the past year.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harry's name to Pensacola Beach Elementary School.

Also, this site has good information on military personell:

You can even look up names of Civil War.


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Dorisse (View posts)
Posted: 1139573053000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gowens
I was born and raised in Etowah County and I am a Gowens. My Grandfather is a Gowens. My Grandfather live in Gadsden, Al most of his life. But my Gowens came from Ball Play and Piemont Al.
If I can assist you with any information please let me know.

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Carolyn Morgan (View posts)
Posted: 1139578349000
Classification: Query
My father was Ottis Gowens, son of Joe Willie, and was born at Ball Play. There has to be a connection in there somewhere. I will try to write you off-list.
Carolyn Morgan
Kansas City, Kansas

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Dorisse (View posts)
Posted: 1139597263000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gowens
Well, I met your father before. I think we are related. My Dad was Morris Gowens and his Dad was Charles Gowens brother to Mance Gowens, Lee, and Harvey.
If you any more info just email me.
Posted: 1260499188000
Classification: Query

I just saw your Feb. 2006 message about being a GOWENS family member and from the Gadsden/Ball Play area.

My mother's paternal GGgrandfather is William Alexander GOWENS, b. @ 1784 VA, first wife and mother of James and other children may be Mary. His son James D. S. (Jim) Gowens m. Marcena SPARKS, Newton County GA l850. Their daughter Mary Jane Gowens m. Robert BUSBY in Cherokee Co. l888 (I think). Their son Fred, my grandfather m. Nora Mae Murphy in about 1910, and had 5 daughters and one son. My mother Martha Lucile Busby (Carpenter)was the 4th daughter.

As a child, my grandmother Nora Mae and family lived in the Ball Play area, on the William Hood place as sharecroppers. Her father James/Jim Murphy was attacked by a mad dog while walking home from a church service/revival in late summer l899 and died a horrible death--written up in the local paper. He was buried at Liberty Methodist Church. We couldn't find a marker several years ago when we visited there but did find his mother's grave--Margaret Milner Murphy.

Any info you can give, or anyone else, I would very much appreciate. Does anyone know where the William Hood place was, how to find it on a map? I believe that the Gowens, Sparks, Busby and other families MAY have had Indian heritage.

Thank you.

Carolyn Funderburk

Posted: 1265346281000
Classification: Query

I think I have written you before about our GOWENS kinship. My Ggrandfather Robert BUSBY m. Mary Jane Gowens, my Ggrandmother, in Cherokee County about 1888.

Mary Jane's father was James (Jim) Gowens, b. @ 1830 and her mother was Marcena SPARKS, b.@1830 Newton County GA. They married in Newton County in 1850.

Jim was the younger brother to Solomon and Walter. Their father was Alexander Gowens/Goings/Gowins, B. VA @ 1786; their mother is unknown.

Please let me hear from you so we can share Gowens family info.

Your Cousin,

Carolyn Funderburk
(Grew up in Oxford, Alabama)

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Posted: 1265504060000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gowens, Sparks
This is Bill, Carolyn's husband. She does not do computers and is fighting several health problems so I do all the genealogy for her. Her line is through Solomon and our information and documentation is very poor. Much of what we have came from other researchers and is not backed up by any records. We believe that her grandfather, Joe Willie GOWENS was a son of William Alexander GOWENS (II or the younger), son of Solomon, who was a son of William Alexander (the elder). We have Solomon as the eldest child and James D.S. as the 7th and next-to-youngest before Elizabeth. We show James and Marcena being married September 15, 1850 but may have gotten that information from you.
We show no children of James and Marcena because we do not pursue collateral lines very far. We have enough trouble just trying to document those in her direct line, since the damned Yankees burned most of the records during Mr. Lincoln's oppression.
Carolyn grew up on the Etowah/Calhoun County line in the Roy Webb community. Her youngest brother still lives in Piedmont and her other brother is in Boaz.
For health reasons we have done almost no research for several years so I doubt that we could help you much but you are welcome to any info we have. Thanks for writing.
Posted: 1265521424000
Classification: Query

Thank you for your prompt reply. I am sorry to hear of Carolyn's health problems. How did y'all end up in Kansas City? That's a fur piece from Alabama.

Isn't Roy Webb community west of Jacksonville and southeast of Piedmont? I went to Jax State, and my dad's family (Carpenter) lived in Jacksonville proper and also just north of there. There's a family cemetery on, I believe, Carpenters' Lane, north of the campus. We went to the cemetery about 8 or 9 years ago while on a visit to Alabama.

As I can figure, we both are the same degree from William Alexander Gowens, as he is my GGGgrandfather as well as yours.

Where did you find his name as WILLIAM Alexander? I have seen it referenced as that AND solely as Alex or Alexander. It's possible I gave you that info, but now I'm not sure if the "William" is connected to our Alexander. Just need other evidence.

I wonder if Solomon--your GGgrandfather and brother to my GGgrandfather Jim--could have been named for Alexander's father, if he were the eldest and the family followed certain birth order naming. Another idea. Census records ?(I think--don't have the papers now) seem to show Alex Gowens connected some way to Solomon Pope/Abel Pope from SC. Perhaps they were friends and also were connected by Pope boys/girls marrying Gowens boys/girls. Just a thought.

The GOWENS/GOINGS/GOINS/etc. name was found in the coastal/Tidewater area back into the 1700s, maybe even earlier. It is also found among the Cherokee, Lumbee, Melungeon and other people of color. I wonder if Marcena Sparks, who married Jim Gowens, was also mixed.

On a website 8 or 10 years ago I saw info that led me to infer that Marcena's grandmother could be Elizabeth Benge. The Benge name is known among the Cherokee, with Bob Benge being one of the Cherokee leaders taking some of his people from Alabama on the water route of The Trail Where They Cried.

Mind you, I did say "infer," strictly a guess. I am quite likely totally wrong. I unfortunately have progressed no further with this. Life happens.

I hope this is not too much or too boring. I can't seem to get any Gowens people in the Ball Play area to respond or help. Anything you can give me I would greatly appreciate.

Thanks again. I look forward to hearing from you all.

Your cousin,

Carolyn Funderburk
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