l. William Alexander GOING/GOIN/GOWENS b.about l786 VA. Married ?Mary? first wife about l8l4 in SC, married 2nd wife Mary Wright, Newton Co. GA l847 (my GGGgrandfather).
2. James D. S. Gowen m. Marcena Sparks, Newton Co. GA, l850. Shown living in Cherokee Co. AL, l860 census (my GGgrandfather).
3. Mary Jane Gowen (d/o James and Marcena) m. Robert Busby, Cherokee Co. AL l888 (my Ggrandmother).
4. Fred Busby, their son, m. Nora Mae Murphy (my grandparents). Buried Piedmont Cemetery, Piedmont AL.
5. Lucile Busby m. l943 Grover Carpenter, lived in Oxford AL (my parents).
6. Carolyn Carpenter, b. l950, m. l975 Gene Funderburk, and presently living in Wilmington NC (me).
Hello, fellow searchers!
I believe that the Gowen/Going/Goins/etc.name has definite Indian roots. There are Goins/etc. in the Eastern Cherokees and the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina, perhaps the Choctaws (and others) as well.
I have not researched past Wm Alexander Going (in VA). There is a Goinstown crossroads (apparently a viable community years ago) in Rockingham Co. NC. I haven't been there yet but would very much like to go. That part of northern NC, bordering Virginia, was a common area for Indians and mixed-race peoples moving inland, and west, from Tidewater VA in the l700s (as they were gradually being pushed out by the whites).
On old maps of l700s NC there are several Indian towns near where the old Goinstown community was. Each is shown as Saura Town--on and near the Mayodan River, and also close to several "Iron Works". Through research, I think these remnant Saura Indians moved southward, aligning with other struggling groups, and possibly became part of the Cheraw (Saura) tribe.
I have no concrete knowledge of any Indian blood in MY family. Since I believe that many Indian or mixed-race peoples of the Southeast hid away, shunned their pasts, tried to "pass," there will be little record of them AS Indians. The area tribes now are tightening the noose for membership, so all I could hope for is knowledge of my ancestry--the belief that, along with many other groups of peoples, there is Indian heritage somewhere. I do know that "Person of Color" or "Free Person of Color" on census records in the l800s CAN indicate Indian heritage.
If anyone can help me get past William Alexander Going, I sure would appreciate it. Also, I'd enjoy more info on NC, borderline VA, and Indian heritage. Thank you, and good night!