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James Harrison Turner
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Hi Doug, Very glad to have been able to clear up the "mystery" as to the burial location of your ancestor. My interest in Rev. McGowe(a)n stems from the fact that he is mentioned in connection with earliest citing of my direct maternal ancestor, James Quein 1790-1840. In the "History of John and Christena Klingaman Family 1749-1888. Rev. McAnulty (Methodist minister) writes in Chap. 9 pg. 55: "When Betsey, or Elizabeth Klingaman was a young woman, it was customary for young ladies to take their spinning wheels around among the farmers and spend a week or more in doing up the spinning. At "Elac" sic Alexander McGowen's she became acquainted with James Queen (sic Quein) a young man of sterling worth. Shortly after that, in 1811, they were married at James O'Neaill's."

My James Quein was born onboard ship outside Phila.Pa. in 1790, coming from Ireland with his parents. How he came to be at the Alexander McGowen farm is key I believe, to establishing his identity/line. Was James Quein related somehow to Alexander? Or was he converted to Methodism by him and was merely living/working at the farm?

The last male Quein to have lived in the tri-county area, Joseph Quein, 1832-1916 died in Honey Brook, Chester Co. His last wife, Ella Graham Quein, was the daughter of Anthony Graham and Ella Bruner Graham. Ella Bruner's father was a Methodist minister who lived in Honey Brook. The same Brun(n)er line as Alexander's wife Magdelena Bruner McGowe(a)n.

I attempted to send this info to you directly, but perhaps the email was lost/bounced on its way to Japan?

I will try and decipher the writing on the stones at Elverson. I believe they are most likely biblical references. I also have photos of some of the Bruner stones as well. I'm still trying to work out the "bugs" in posting the photos from my mac to the find a grave site. Hope to have them up shortly.

Thanks for reading all this, and apologies if the original went through. Jim Turner
Added by James Harrison Turner on Nov 25, 2008 5:37 AM
 

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