|Birth: ||Dec. 4, 1797|
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 1867|
Source of tombstone data: Local historian transcription taken about 1982. This tombstone was not found 24 Sep 2006 in our visit. However many of these tombstones may have been further vandalized or are covered with heavy brush and and grass.
BOOK Historic Sketches of Walla Walla, Whitman, Columbia and Garfield Counties....
JOSEPH L. GWINN (son of Rebecca), who now lives on a farm seven miles southeast of Walla Walla City. He was born in Clinton, Kentucky, January 11, 1824. His father's name was Joseph ; he was of Irish origin, and was born March 18, 1797.
THE MOTHER OF JOSEPH L., WHOSE MAIDEN NAME WAS REBECCA OWENS, was of Welch origin and was born December 4, 1797.
His Father went to New Orleans to follow his trade as a carpenter, when the subject of this sketch was but four years old (1828), and probably became one of the many victim of the assassin, or some sudden or fatal disease, as he was never heard from afterwards. The mother, following her children in their changes of home, finally died at her son's place in Walla Walla, in 1866.
Mrs Rebecca Gwinn, as the years rolled by and no tidings came from her absent husband, settled on a farm given to her by her father with her family, and Joseph L. with his younger brother, became the working members of the little household firm.
This did not last always, a termination being put to in 1844, when Mr. Gwinn was married to Miss Martha Triplett of Clinton, Kentucky, on the 27th of December of that year (1844). Mrs Martha Gwinn was born December 27, 1828. The next year the newly married couple moved to near Unionville, in Putman Co., Missouri, where they lived until 1864, when they came to Walla Walla Co., W. T., and settled on the farm that now constitutes their home.
Mr Gwinn was forced to live in the cauldron of seething contention engendered by the War, or sacrifice his farm in Missouri; and it was due to those turmoils that he finally concluded to take what he could get for his property there, and move to the West. Consequently he arrived in this valley with but limited funds, that were expended in purchasing his home of 120 acres, where he now resides. To this he has added from time to time, until now he has, in various localities, 400 acres of land. 200 of which are inclosed and cultivated, where he lives.
He has a fine orchard of some five acres, but, if the reader would know more of it, look at the sketch in this work, or visit the locality at the base of the Blue Mountains, from where a grand view of the Walla Walla valley is obtained.
The children of Mr. and Mrs Gwinn are as follows : Sarah J. born May 27, 1848 ; John W. February 14, 1850 ; William O., January 6, 1852, died September 22, 1869 ; Nancy A., June 2, 1853 ; Rebecca I., May 24, 1855, died August 28, 1861 ; Mary M., March 13, 1857 ; Benjamin S., April 3, 1859 ;Joseph D., October 29, 1860 ; Susan C., January 18, 1862 ; Louisa E., May 1, 1864, died September 27, 1864 ; Rachel E., September 22, 1865 ; George M., May 22, 1867 ; Thomas M., May 31, 1870, died June 24, 1878
Reuben Owens (1775 - 1843)
Joseph Gwin (1802 - 1836)
Sarah Jane Gwinn Jones (1819 - 1889)*
William F. Gwinn (1820 - 1897)*
Joseph Lockhart Gwinn (1824 - 1899)*
Rebecca Owens Gwinn (1797 - 1867)
Samuel Wshington Owens (1804 - 1879)*
Martin B Owens (1821 - 1894)*
Walla Walla County
Created by: Arthur Allen "Art" Moore...
Record added: Sep 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15893861
Added: Oct. 20, 2014
I'm shocked to hear this happened, and proud of those whom came forth to do what is right. - Life was hard for Rebecca (Owens) Gwinn - she will always be in our heart.|
Michael A. Gwinn
Added: Aug. 10, 2014
An update for Rebecca Owens Gwinn: Family members were contacted via Ancestry.com about the whereabouts of Rebecca's gravestone, which had been removed from the cemetery for numerous years. Rather than Walla Walla, the gravestone had been resting on the...(Read more)|
Added: Nov. 2, 2012