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John Gwin
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Birth: Nov., 1792
Tennessee, USA
Death: Mar. 7, 1877
Shelby County
Alabama, USA

This page was created and maintained by Jason A. Owens, who later transferred it to me. Thanks for setting it up and letting me maintain it, Jason!

John Gwin, one of my 16 ggg-grandfathers, was born in 1792 in western North Carolina, what would become the state of Tennessee four years later. His parents, Isom Gwin and Mary Canterbury Gwin, had married in Montgomery Co., VA, several years earlier, and had moved to this western North Carolina site to purchase land. Isom eventually staked claim to a 249-acre tract in Sevier Co., which was finally surveyed in 1807. John grew up on this plantation maintained by slaves held by his father.

Isom became a Christian somewhere along the line, and eventually he felt called by God to serve Him as a pastor. During this time he became more and more convicted of the evils of slavery, and he often spoke against that institution both from the pulpit and in the community. Finally he released all his slaves, sold the farm, and moved with most of his family and not a few friends to the new free state of Indiana.

But John and his older brother, William, evidently disagreed quite openly with their father, so when Isom moved to Indiana, John and William took their families to the new slave state of Alabama, settling first (and buying land) in Shelby County where John's son Isom was born, then moving to (and buying more land in) Dallas County's new seat and the new state capital of Cahawba. John opened a wheelwright shop there.

Anna Gayle Fry mentions his home on page 41 of her 1908 book, MEMORIES OF OLD CAHABA, as follows: "Occupying the block on Oak Street, between First South Street and Capitol Avenue, was Academy Square with its Indian mounds. The two-story brick building was ornamented by a large observatory and belfry. Across the street, in front of the Academy on the corner of first South Street, was the residence of John Guiwn (sic), another old landmark of early days. Adjoining the Guiwn place, at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Walnut Street, was the Presbyterian church."

John and Jane had at least these children:

01 Mary Gwin m1. Drury Roark, m2. Abel Turner

02 Thomas Gwin

03 Isom Gwin m. Mary Burdine Wilson

04 William Gwin m. RoseAnn Carlisle Jones Wilson

05 Sarah Gwin m. Louis Basset

06 Ann Gwin m. Joseph Lavalette Basset

07 Martha J. Gwin m. Jesse Comelander

08 Chesley R. Gwin m1. Frances E. "Fannie" Bell, m2. Mrs. Blevins

09 Louisa A. Gwin m. Wm. J. McKnight

I've put together another page for John and Jane at this location:;

please feel free to visit it!

Family links: 
  Isom/Isham Gwin (1764 - 1830)
  Mary Canterbury Gwin (1770 - 1850)
  Jane Walker Gwin (1794 - 1867)*
  Sarah Gwin Basset (____ - 1885)*
  The Honorable Isom Gwin (1817 - 1853)*
  William Gwin (1820 - 1889)*
  Louisa A. Gwin McKnight (1829 - ____)*
  Elizabeth Gwin Denton (1788 - 1858)*
  Polly Gwin Walker (1788 - ____)*
  William Gwin (1790 - 1833)*
  John Gwin (1792 - 1877)
  Virginia Jane Gwin Tipton Weathers (1795 - ____)*
  Richard Walton Gwin (1804 - 1885)*
  Sarah Gwin Houston (1805 - ____)*
  Nancy Gwin Houston (1805 - 1855)**
  Sara / Sarah Gwin Houston (1806 - 1880)**
  Mahala C. Gwin Houston (1807 - 1880)*
  Minerva Gwin Wright (1809 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: 84 years, 4 months old at time of death
Wilsonville Cemetery
Shelby County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: John Gwin
Originally Created by: Jason
Record added: Nov 02, 2004
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