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William Richard "Willie" Gawen
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Birth: Nov. 6, 1884
Northumberland County
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 1915
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Officer William R. Gawen was a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC.

Date of Death: March 2, 1915
Rank: Officer
Age: 31
Married: Yes
Children: Two
Years of Service: Four (EOD: 01-12-1911)
Location of Death: 7th and Q Streets, NW

Circumstance: Officer Gawen and Officer Sutton were riding bicycles on patrol duty at 7th and Q Streets, NW, when Officer Sutton heard a noise from behind and saw Officer Gawen lying unconscious in the street. Officer Gawen later died at Emergency Hospital from head injuries. The cause of the fall was unknown, but thought to be road debris.

Officer Gawen was born in Westmoreland County (?), Virginia, the son of Robert Hall Gawen, and Sarah Elizabeth Donnashaw Gawen. As a child he was known as "Willie" to his friends. He married Mary Ann Thrift who was born 1893, in Richmond County, Virginia, on June 10, 1911, in Richmond County. There were two children born of this marriage, Marian and Elizabeth. At the time of his death, Officer Gawen and his wife resided at 219a P Street NW.

Following his death, Officer Gawen was interred near his family home, Munday's Point, Northumberland County, Virginia. The exact location of his burial is unknown at the time of this writing, Thursday, March 30, 2006.

Mary Ann is buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Marian later married ? West.

Elizabeth later married ? Smith.

Elizabeth then married ? Cox.

Family links: 
  Robert Hall Gawen (1842 - 1911)
  Sarah Elizabeth Thrift Gawen (1844 - 1910)
  Mary Ann Thrift Gawen (1893 - 1984)
  Arthur Wayland Gawen (1870 - 1938)*
  Anna Braxton Gawen Dameron (1873 - 1946)**
  Happuch Gawen Delano (1874 - 1949)*
  Robert Hall Gawen (1874 - 1933)*
  Lloyd Archer Gawen (1877 - 1941)*
  Marian Gawen Muir (1884 - 1967)*
  William Richard Gawen (1884 - 1915)
*Calculated relationship
Yeocomico Episcopal Churchyard
Westmoreland County
Virginia, USA
Created by: John Rentz
Record added: Mar 28, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13769183
William Richard Willie Gawen
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William Richard Gawen is buried at Yeocomico Episcopal Church, located at Tucker Hill, Virginia. He is buried beside his father. There is no stone marking his grave. He is my great uncle.
- Janice Jenkins
 Added: Feb. 17, 2011

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