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Rev Lewis Woodbury Gowen
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Birth: Apr. 15, 1850
Sanford
York County
Maine, USA
Death: Jun. 9, 1935
Waitsburg
Walla Walla County
Washington, USA

Lewis is recorded on the
1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses at Sanford, York, Maine
dwelling in the household of his parents.

Occupations - Carpenter [until ordained];
Baptist minister.

Lewis and Emma married on 7 July 1873
at Somersworth, Strafford, New Hampshire
They were the parents of four children;
Arthur Lewis, Edith Mabel {died in infancy},
Ella Agnes, Bela Elmer.

On 1 June 1873 he entered the ministry. On 3 June 1876 he was ordained a minister of the Free Baptist denomination at Ossipee in Carroll County, New Hampshire.

In 1880 Lewis is listed in the Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine census with his wife Emma, son Arthur and daughter Emma.

In 1881 he graduated from the theological department of Bates College at Lewiston, in Androscoggin County, Maine.
He preached at Effingham in New Hampshire; Parsonsfield, Milo, and LaGrange in Maine; Cape Sable Island in Nova Scotia; and Evansville in Wisconsin.

Sometime after 1883 Lewis brought his family west in a wagon train, driving a 'hack' [a short bed wagon with a rounded canvas dome top]. On a good day they traveled 20 miles, driving from sun-up to sun-down.
About 1885 he accepted a call to the Baptist Church at Alexandria in Nebraska.

While serving as Pastor of at Boise, Idaho he helped raise funds to build a church. His name 'Reverend L. W. Gowen' is printed in one of the stained glass windows. In 1900 Lewis is listed in the census at Boise, Ada, Idaho with his wife and children Ella and Belah (sic). In 1910 Lewis is listed on the Census as a boarder in Midvale, Washington, Idaho.

He was afflicted with the inherited eye disease of 'Retinitis Pigmentosa'.

Lewis is recorded on the 1920 census in Walla Walla, Walla Walla, Washington living the houseld with his daughter, Ella McConnell.

Lewis {Age 79; Widowed}
is recorded on the 1930 census
at Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Washington
dwelling with his daughter, Ella McConnell.

WAITSBURG TIMES - 14 June 1935:
*****************************
Reverend Lewis W. Gowen, age 85 years, died Sunday evening in the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. F. McConnell.
He had been in failing health for the past year or two and for the past few days before his death, the end was not unexpected.
After holding a number of pastorates in the East and Middle West, he accepted a call to the First Baptist Church at Boise, Idaho in 1888; afterwards serving in Pullman, Caldwell, Emmett, and Weiser.
Because of failing eyesight he gave up the active ministry in 1898 when he and Mrs. Gowen began work as colporters for the American Baptist Publication Society serving in Southern Idaho and Western Oregon.
For over 13 years they covered this territory distributing Bibles and religious literature, organizing churches and Sunday Schools in neglected districts.
In 1911 they retired because of Mr. Gowen's eyesight and moved to Waitsburg to be near their daughter.
He was totally blind for the last ten years of his life but learned to read with two sets of raised print systems and spent the last years of his life with his Bible.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Gowen (1818 - 1886)
  Priscilla Chapman Gowen (1814 - 1863)
 
 Spouse:
  Emma Jane Coston Gowen (1844 - 1925)
 
 Children:
  Arthur Lewis Gowen (1874 - 1970)*
  Ella Agnes Gowen McConnell (1878 - 1968)*
  Bela Elmer Gowen (1884 - 1958)*
 
 Siblings:
  Howard Gowen (1847 - 1847)*
  Frances Augusta Gowen (1848 - 1849)*
  Lewis Woodbury Gowen (1850 - 1935)
  Frances Priscilla Gowen Weeks (1853 - 1922)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
LEWIS W. GOWEN
April 15, 1850 - June 9, 1935
'Minister of the gospel'
'His beloved wife'
EMMA J. GOWEN
March 10, 1844 - March 31, 1925
 
Burial:
IOOF Cemetery
Waitsburg
Walla Walla County
Washington, USA
Plot: Block 32B; Lot 3; Space 5
 
Maintained by: Ralph Gowen
Originally Created by: Washington State Cemeter...
Record added: Jun 07, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38031902
Rev Lewis Woodbury Gowen
Added by: Yvonne Gowen
 
Rev Lewis Woodbury Gowen
Added by: Mike Dillon
 
 
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Remembered here. Rest in peace.
- winnie yandell
 Added: Nov. 9, 2011
 
 
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