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Benson F Gowen
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Birth: Nov. 20, 1842
Penobscot County
Maine, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 1893
Napa County
California, USA

Benson {Age 7} is recorded on the
1850 census at Bradford, Penobscot, Maine
dwelling in the household of his parents.

Occupation - Farm laborer.

Benson married on 28 January 1879
at Eureka, Humbolt, California
Alice L. MEAD.

Benson {Age 37; Single} is recorded on the 1880 census at Lincoln, Placer, California
Employed as a farm laborer.

In 1882 Benson was residing at Colfax
in Placer County, California.

PLACER ARGUS - 19 July 1883:
July 14, 1883 - Mrs. Benson Gowan
died at Colfax. Aged 42 years, a native
of England.

October 8, 1884 - A divorce was granted to Alice Gowen {Petitioner} from Benson Gowen {Defendant} "on grounds of various causes".

On 25 March 1892 Benson was admitted
to the State Insane Asylum at Napa.
He remained there until his death.
His sister, Abbie E. (Gowen) Harlan was appointed as his Guardian.

On 20 August 1862 Benson enlisted for service in the Civil War.
He was Honorably discharged at Petersburg, Virgina on 28 May 1865.
In 1872 he applied for an Invalid Pension
due to chronic diarrhea occurred during 1864 while serving in the Civil War. Since the war, his chronic illness, and lack of trade training, allowed him to perform only light manual labor for short periods of time, as he was often disabled for long periods of time.
He moved frequently, believing that a change of climate would be beneficial to his declining health.

Benson F. Gowen, age 51, died at Napa on November 20, 1893.
He served during the Civil War in
Company B, First Maine Cavalry Volunteers.
Interment in Masonic Cemetery.

Unfortunately, this cemetery closed before the 1930s and all bodies were moved to Colma in California. If the family at the time paid for relocation of the body and monument, there would be a record in Colma. However, sadly, many bodies were not claimed and ended up in a group grave and the monuments used for a variety of building projects in the city. It was a shameful period in regards to respect for the dead in our city's history.
Family links: 
  Benjamin Gowen (1801 - 1873)
  Elizabeth Huntington Gowen (1819 - 1901)
  Samuel Gowen (1826 - 1910)**
  Mary Gowen Huntington (1828 - 1902)**
  Ruel Gowen (1830 - 1899)**
  Betsey Gowen Kingsbury (1831 - 1858)**
  Amanda Gowen Greely (1834 - 1911)**
  Ann Gowen Weymouth (1834 - 1877)**
  Franklin Sylvester Gowen (1837 - 1915)**
  Benson F Gowen (1842 - 1893)
  John Harvey Gowen (1845 - 1934)*
  Almira H Gowen Walker (1847 - 1937)*
  Elizabeth A Gowen Walker (1849 - 1942)*
  Uriel Huntington Gowen (1853 - 1934)*
  Rosa V Gowen (1854 - 1864)*
  Eva H Gowen Randall (1856 - 1888)*
  Ida Fostina Gowen Randall (1858 - 1942)*
  Grace M Gowen Dudley (1862 - 1912)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Mrs. Benson Gowan, who died in 1883, may not have been legally married to Benson, as records indicate the he was still married to Alice. Benson and Alice must have separated prior to the 1880 census when Benson was listed as single.
Masonic Cemetery (Defunct)
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Plot: There is no gravestone to mark the resting place of Benson.
Maintained by: Ralph Gowen
Originally Created by: Yvonne Gowen
Record added: Feb 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65702808
Benson F Gowen
Added by: Yvonne Gowen
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- Yvonne Gowen
 Added: Nov. 19, 2012

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