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In Response To: Geaween/Gowen?? ()
I am afraid that I am one of those responsible for incorrectly using the name Geaween.
The General court records 1639-1642 no longer survive, but in 1842-1844 Conway Robinson, Esq., took notes on the records. These notes have survived and are held by the Virginia Historical Society. The Society published the notes in its Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume XI, page 281, and transcibed the name as "Geaween." I used that name in the first few editions of my book and on my site.
But I ordered a copy of Robinson's notes a few years ago, and they clearly say "John Graweere a negro servant unto William Evans." The Society labelled the record: Mss5: 9R5613. It is page number 30 of his notes.
So the earliest instances of members of the Gowen family identified as "Negro" are Michael Gowen in 1657 and Philip Gowen in 1664.
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