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Richard Marcellus Gowan
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Birth: Dec. 31, 1813
Buckingham County
Virginia, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 1873
Tennessee, USA

Richard Marcellus Gowan, son of William Henry Gowan and Judith Harriet Atkinson Gowan, was born December 31, 1813 in Buckingham County. His tombstone show his date of birth as November 19, 1818. He was born in Hanover County, Virginia, according to the death certificate of a son, Marcus Virgil Gowan. He was married about 1830, wife's name unknown. He was remarried in 1831 to May Malvina Childress. It is believed that May Malvina Childress Gowan died about two years later.

He was married for the third time to Sousan McFarlin, who was born in 1821 to John McFarlin and Mary Bradbury Mc¬Farlin. They were named as defendants in January 1847 in a land dispute in Madison County, according to Madison County Court Minute Book 1, page 17..

In 1852 they lived in Carroll County. Sousan McFarlin Gowan died there September 4, 1854. He was married for the fourth time to Mary Jane McFarlin. She was born April 19, 1832 in Madison County.

Richard Marcellus Gowan died there November 19, 1873 and was buried in Hope Hill Cemetery. She died June 7, 1881 and was buried beside her husband. Forrest Bruce Gowan wrote February 18, 1998, "Richard Marcellus Gowan was buried in Hope Hill Cemetery between Susan and Mary Jane. His stone, although present on my first visit, accompanied by Beatrice Gowan, his granddaughter, disappeared. It was no longer there on a subsequent visit I made to the Cemetery. I have made several inquiries, but no one seems to one what happened to the stone. Most of his family are buried there.

Children born to Richard Marcellus Gowan and May Malvina Childress Gowan include:

Bill Gowan born about 1831
Lum Gowan born about 1833
Sophia Gowan born about 1834

Children born to Richard Marcellus Gowan and Sousan Mc¬Farlin Gowan include:

Thomas Franklin Gowan born September 28, 1843
John Milton Gowan born January 27, 1852
Amanda Emily Gowan born August 31, 1854

Children born to Richard Marcellus Gowan and Mary Jane McFarlin Gowan include:

Virginia Ann "Jennie" Gowan born about 1855
Mattie H. Gowan born June 26, 1857
Emma J. Martha Gowan born about 1859
Ellar Gowan born January 2, 1862
Fannie Gowan born June 27, 1864
Ada Gowan born about 1867
Bert Gowan born about 1868
Marcus Virgil Gowan born June 27, 1870
Luther Marcellus Gowan born September 16, 1872


Family links: 
  Thomas Franklin Gowan (1843 - 1922)*
  John M. Gowan (1852 - 1935)*
  Amanda Emily Gowan Tubbs (1854 - 1939)*
  Virginia A. Gowan Holder (1855 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Hope Hill Cemetery
Gibson County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Frances Donnelly
Record added: Jan 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63676245
Richard Marcellus Gowan
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paternal 5th great grandfather
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 Added: Jul. 14, 2014

- Suzee Burts
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