William GOWENS: Birth: abt 1779.
Ezekial GOWENS: Birth: abt 1781.
Meshack GOWENS: Birth: abt 1783.
Abednego GOWENS: Birth: abt 1785.
Hannah GOWENS: Birth: abt 1787.
Sarah GOWENS: Birth: abt 1789.
Note: - Source: Delores Dickson; Jeff Co Probate Rec Vol 1 p 341 FHL Film # 968311; Inv of Daniel Gowins Estate. There is evidence of more Children which have not been proven; William, Ezekial, Meshach, Abednego, Hannah, Sarah. - Jeff Co Probate Rec Vol 1 p 341 FHL Film# 968311 Inv of Daniel Gowins Estate. - In 1784 Daniel and Susannah in 1771 lived in Burke Co. NC. They moved to Jefferson Co. TN abt 1785. At that time the area was known as Washington District, N.C. and had the Mississippi River as its western boundary. The Trans-Blue Ridge community felt isolated and abandoned by North Carolina and organized the Watauga Association to provide their own government and protection. The North Carolina legislature in 1784 tried unsuccessfully to give the settlement to the Federal Government, and at that time the Tennesseans organized their own "Free State of Franklin" (at first called Frankland). - Daniel arrived in time to help elect John Sevier governor of this unauthorized state. US Congress ignored requests for statehood and Sevier was arrested for treason. When Revolutionary Forces needed help in the West, Sevier was appointed Brigadier General and his militia defeated the British Loyalists in the Battles of King's Mountain and Cowpens in South Carolina. - Daniel established his family on the north side Nolichucky River above the mouth of Long Creek. He died there in 1810 and Susannah died there in 1816.
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