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Re: John Geaween/Grawere??
In Response To: Re: John Geaween/Grawere?? ()

There was a Mihil (Michael) Gowen (1654 in York County) and a Philip Gowen (1664 in Warwick County) who were both identified as "Negroes," but there was no one by the name of John Gowen who was their likely father.

I believe it was Jack Goins, a very reliable researcher, that first located the following patent (which you can view on the Library of Virginia website. It is for land in Surry County and was patented by John Ewens (Evans) in September 1619. Listed among his headrights are "Michaell a Negroe Katherine his wife John Grasheare a Negro, Mathew a Negroe."

Have a look at Robinson's notes, a copy of which I got from the Virginia Historical Society. It's under the Sweat family on my site because both cases were on the same page. It does appear to say Grawere.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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