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John Gowen
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Birth: May 22, 1807
York County
Maine, USA
Death: Jun. 17, 1882
Dawson County
Nebraska, USA

Occupation - Farmer.

John and Frances married on 26 May 1833
at Albion, Kennebec, Maine.
They are parents of five children;
Hollis, John Brackett, Betsey Woodsum,
George Hollis, Edmund Shorey.

In 1824 the Gowen family moved from Lebanon to Albion in Kennebec County. There, John was elected to serve as Fence viewer and Field driver.
In 1852 John moved his family from Albion to Wisconsin. They traveled with their nephew, Arba Shorey and his family. In January 1853 the families settled at Coloma in Waushara County, where John and Arba had earlier secured claims on their selected lands.
John bought lumber to build a board shanty; 1853 was a cold winter and the family was now very poor, having exhausted all their money buying the lumber.
The family cut pine timber and sold lumber so by the third winter of 1856 had improved their financial standards and farm. Within another year, or so, they had a good comfortable tamarack log house, a good frame barn, a
team of oxen, and several head of cattle.
His son, John Brackett recorded, "In the fall of 1881 my youngest brother, Edmund Shorey, had moved to Dawson County in Nebraska and Father was making his home with him. In the spring of 1882 Father was sick and sent for me. I went to see him and found him very poorly, and yet he was able to get around the house,
I stayed with him one day and half, then returned home.
In April, I received a letter from my brother saying father was worse and he wanted me to come and see him. I went right off, found him failing fast. We fixed up his finance matters and I left him thinking perhaps I would never see him again and on June 17, 1882, my father, John Gowen, died and was buried at or near Cozad in Dawson county. My youngest brother, Edmund, had taken care of our Father more than all the rest of us together."
Family links: 
  Samuel Gowen (1777 - 1820)
  Mary Brackett Gowen (1782 - 1836)
  Frances Shorey Gowen (1805 - 1872)
  Hollis Gowen (1834 - 1836)*
  John Brackett Gowen (1836 - 1895)*
  Betsey Woodsum Gowen Beard (1838 - 1902)*
  George Hollis Gowen (1841 - 1912)*
  Edmund Shorey Gowen (1843 - 1915)*
  Benjamin Gowen (1801 - 1873)*
  Olive Gowen Dexter (1804 - 1839)*
  John Gowen (1807 - 1882)
  Lavinia Gowen (1810 - 1833)*
  Brackett Gowen (1815 - 1875)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: John Brackett Gowen recorded the family events from 1852 onward. His family records have been included with various town records to preserve the history of this branch of the Gowen Family.
Specifically: Interred at or near Cozad
Maintained by: Ralph Gowen
Originally Created by: Yvonne Gowen
Record added: Aug 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75239134


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