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This family has been currently identified with Y-DNA Haplogroup I2b1a1, M284+, M223+, L126+, L137+. Haplotype SNP 'M284/British Isles-Scotland' mutation is a branch of old M223+ believed to be associated with Iron Age ca. 500 BCE to 1 CE or earlier migrations to the British Isles. The Dal Araide were an ancient tribe also known as the Cruithne, thought to be Irish Picts. Y-DNA with 'Isles'-M284' motif are associated with southwest Scotland. This area has a recorded history of Cruithne migration from Ulster.

(Origin Gaelic) A smith. The Gowan or smith of a Highland clan was held in high estimation. His skill in the manufacture of military weapons was usually united with great dexterity in using them, and with the strength of body which his profession required. The Gowan usually ranked as third officer in the chief's household.

There are an enormous amount of spelling variations in Scottish records of the surname GOWAN from translations from Gaelic to English and sometimes back. GOWAN has been spelled Gowin, Gowen, Gowing, Goin, McGowin, McGowan, McGowen, O'Gowan, and many more.

Goochland County, Virginia Records, as shown in "Douglas Register of Births, Deaths, and Marriages," show a William Gowan and wife Anna Stacia Sullivan having a daughter Anna Stacia Gowan, born 3-6-1757. Another date reflected in LDS records shows a date of 9-17-1756. It is thought by some that Anester and Anna Stacia are the same person, which would make her a Sullivan. Whether this is our William Gowan or not is not yet proven.

Goochland deed records show:
William Going deed from Thomas Stark 1-20-1755, 5 acres, book 6 page 440
William Going deed to Jeremiah Pack 7-18-1757, 50 acres, book 7 page 177

First proven recorded information:
A.1 William Gowin recorded as residing at the house of William Callaway in Lunenburg/Bedford County, VA in 1752. William and wife Anester bought land in Bedford County on the west side of Orricks Creek in 1767. They witnessed the will of the school teacher Robert Allen in 1773 book 1 page 171 & 172. The 1782-1787 tax records for Bedford Co, VA show: (1) William Sr, (2) W'm Jr (who went to Bedford Co TN), (3) Joseph, (4) Daniel. William and Anester witnessed the will of William Bramlett in 1759, book 1 page 238. Anester stated in the pension application of Revolutionary War Veteran, Joseph Goin, that she was his mother. This document was filed from Madison Co, KY. "Armister" was ordered to keep the peace when charged with possible assault from another woman. William and Isham were surety. This thought by some to be the daughter-in-law, whose name was similar.

William Going and others were appointed to use their hands to clear stones from road from Otter Cr to _____. Order Book 3, page 242, 267, 295. Record Book 4 covers period into mid-1772. They moved to Madison County, Kentucky, where they paid tithes 1799. The 1800 census Madison Co, KY shows William, Sr. and his son Jeremiah, who went to Hendricks Co, IN In 1800-1802 William was excused from paying taxes owing by age & infirmity, court records 7-4-1803. He gave permission for his granddaughter, Rebecca Goin, to marry William Goin in Mar of 1806, wit were James Goin and Henry Vanover.

B.1 Joseph Gowin (Gowan/Going) , b 1758, d 8-29-1822 Howard Co MO , m 9-20-1780 Judith Pollard, b 1755, dau of Francis & Betty Pollard. She is mentioned in her father's will dated 4-3-1771 Bedford Co, KY, book 1, pages 131 & 132. When Joseph applied for his pension he stated that he owned: one old horse, value $20.00; three cows & one calf, 30.00; 40 hogs, 20.00. His pension was awarded 1819 in the amount of eight dollars a month. Service was with Capt. George Lambert and he enlisted at age 17 for 18 months in VA. He served until 3 days after Brandywine. The children and spouses who went from Madison

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