Below is what I currently have on John McGown. He seems to have had an interesting life. I can give you some information on the person whom I belive is his father.
From his petition to the Secretary of War in July 1800 from the City of Philadelphia, he states that he was single and living in Nova Scotia prior to 4 July 1776. In September 1776, he joined the forces of Colonel Jonathan Eddy in the assault upon the Fort at Cumberland, in the County of Cumberland, Nova Scotia. After their defeat, he joined with Colonel Eddy in making their escape into the United States. He states that he served again in 1777 under Colonel John Allen, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Eastern Division. Their force entered Nova Scotia, but were forced to retreat to Machias. He was then sent alone on a mission to Cumberland County to spy and recruit. He was back in Machias when the British attacked and helped in the defense. He served at the battle of Bohod Island under General Sulavan [Sullivan?], and on two different naval vessels: the Mars andthe Defense.
Statement of losses:
135 acres of dyked marsh land
20 acres of cleared farm land
1245 acres of wild lands
1 yoke of bacon
House, barn and farming utensils
He further states that he was a member of a family resident in Nova Scotia who abandoned their settlement due to hostilities, but that his father and father’s family did remain in Nova Scotia. He did not return to Nova Scotia prior to 25 November 1783. He has received no compensation whatever for his service to the United States.
From an affidavit in support of his application by Col. John Allan, commanding officer at Machias, Maine, and Superintendent of Eastern Indian Department dated 14 December 1799 , he lived in the village of Amherst, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia an owned a valuable property there prior to joining the Revolutionary Forces. [John Allenmarried Mary Patten, daughter of Mark Patten and Hannah McGowan, which would likely have made her John McGown's first cousin.]
From an affidavit in support of his application by Thos. Lusby and Alph. Mose, he lost substantial property, and he was the heir apparent to an even largerestate in Amherst.
In a letter of transmittal from Albert Gallatin to the Secretary of War,in support of his application dated 18 Feb. 1800, Gallatin stated that he suggested to John McGown that he return to Passamaquoddy, Maine in order to gather proper evidence in support of his petition.
On 24 February 1780 in Philadelphia, John McGown gave an affidavit in favor of Lewis Frederic Delesdernier in which he states that he was in Boston in 1779 when said Delesdernier was released as a prisoner of war.
From the birthdates and locations given for his children, it appears that John McGown returned to Nova Scotia after the war's end to shortly before returning to the US about 1799 to file his petition.
[JB note there was a John McGown in Pownalborough, Lincoln County, Maine as early as 1759 when he was among the petitioners for a new clergyman to be assigned to Frankfort on the Kennebeck River, Nov. 24, 1759.The next few records may refer to this possible second John McGown]
Manuscript map 9 showing the Mill Grant to Samuel Goodwin, October 24, 1757 on the Eastern River in Maine. Part of the Plymouth Company's land grant for the areas 15 miles each side of the Kennebec River. Lots and names on map include, No. 22 Samuel Turnor, No. 21 William Mitchell, No. 20 John McGown, No. 19 Joseph McFarland.
1772 Baptized 4 children at McGown's
A List of Capt Johnstons Company Training Band & Alaram Lists Pownalborough West Parish Sept 17th 1777
1779. Division of real estate by Obadiah Call, Jr., Christopher Jackins andJohn McGown, 25 Sep., 1779.Tthe Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine. 1760 to 1800, Compiled and Edited for the Maine Genealogical Society, by William D. Patterson, Wiscasset, Me.Portland, Me. Printed for the Society. 1895.
1788.Michael Clary, late of Bristol. John Costelow, of Pownalborough,Adm'r, 27 Mar., 1788; William Lewis and John McGown, both ofPownalborough, sureties. [Ill, 163.] Account filed 5 June, 1797.[VII, 218-219.] Advertisement of sale of real estate, 10 Aug., 1797.[VII, 246-427.]the Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine. 1760 to 1800, Compiled and Edited for the Maine Genealogical Society, by William D. Patterson, Wiscasset, Me.Portland, Me. Printed for the Society. 1895.
1788 Probated 6 Sep., 1788. [IV, 19.] John Costelovv, of Pownalborough, Adm'r, 27 Mar., 1788; William Lewis and John McGown, both of Pownalborough, sureties. Inventory by Robert Given, Henry Fosset and James Sproul, all of Bristol, 31 Mar., 1788, ^218 : 2 : 9.[V, 170.] the Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine. 1760 to 1800, Compiled and Edited for the Maine Genealogical Society, by William D. Patterson, Wiscasset, Me.Portland, Me. Printed for the Society. 1895.
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From "A genealogical history of McGown family, Columbus Ohio" by Dr. Frank W. Gardner. 3 March 1936. in the series Central Ohio Genealogical Notes and Quaries published in the Sunday Journal Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio.
1. John McGown (McGowan-McGowen) was born about 1749 in Londonary, Ireland. He married Mary Gooch of Milford Mass and had 10 children, all of whom proably were born in Nova Scotia.
2. While a resident of Columbus and Franklin County, he participated in the War of 1812 as also did his sons John and Robert McGown He and his wife, Sarah, died in Columbus and both are buried in the Frankinton graveyard.. (from correction published 4/14/1935 - Sarah Gooch McGown died before 5/21/1831 which was the date of appointment of administration to estate of John McGown)
3. 10 children listed.
Moore, Opha. 1930. History of Franklin County Ohio. Vol. 1. Historical Pub. Co., Topeka - Indianapolis. pg 93.
John McGowan who acquired a tract of land of about 350 acres as early as 1802, a part of which was later platted as South Columbus. For a generation or two there was a friendly feud between the descendants of David Brooks and John McGowan as to whether the first cabin on the east bank of the Scioto River was built by Nathaniel Hamlin or John McGowan.
From “Franklin County, South Columbus and Refugee Tract History. Colonel John McGown's June 16, 1814 Patent. Plus coverage of the entire Refugee Tract.” by Fay Maxwell. Ohio Genealogy Center, Columbus, Ohio. Copyright 1974 Revised 1988.
Land Laws, page 2. 1796. Refugee tract for British subjects in Nova Scotia, Canada. Most were Scotch-Irish Protestants, some were French - all Cajuns. Congress set aside 50,080 acres of land east of the Scioto river as site for homes for refugees.... These Scotch-Irish Nova Scotia Acadian Refugees joined the colonists army in exchange for land in Ohio.... Claimants must prove their residency in Canada prior to July 4, 1776, that they had been forced to flee their homes there because of aid given to the colonies during the Revolutionary War and that they had not returned to Canada to live prior to November 25, 1783.
CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF COLUMBUS -http://www.heritagepursuit.comhttp://www.heritagepursuit.com
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The town was originally laid out in 1812 and the plat regularly made and laid down. The first addition was made to the original plat in 1814 by John McGown and called by him "South Columbus." The surveyor and platter was John Shields.
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John McGown, proprietor of South Columbus, died in the summer of 1824 in the seventy-fifth year of his age.