Our research and our families
- Dear Paula,
I have been in Greenville the last two days doing
research at Joyner Library, Sheppard Library, and the
Pitt County Court House. Fortunately I had with me as
a guide a list of Pitt County Death Records on some of
my McGowans and their kin, and I decided that I would
like to view at the Court House as many death records
and birth records as I could in the time that I had. I
have never done research there because my time has
simply been too short.
I decided to zero in on the McGowans and to view
the marriage and death records for some of them as
well as to answer for my Braxton kin some questions
they had directed at me.
Since you have helped me so often through the
years, I want to thank you again and to let you know
that I was able to confirm everything you told me.
I still did not know if I would find any McGowan
marriage records at the Pitt County Court House, but I
had nothing to lose.
The year I began my research I called the Court
House and asked if there were anyone there who could
tell me if there were any marriage records for Jacky
Ann McGowan, my great grandmother and daughter of
Lemuel McGowan, Sr. and Perlina Moore. After a very
few minutes, the lady returned to the phone to tell me
that there was not.
Since my own mother did not marry in Greenville,
I really had not held high hopes of there being any
marriage records for her. The negative meant only that
I needed to extend my research.
Here is what I have learned from my first visit
to the Court House.
J. S. (Jenny Secession) McGowan, daughter of
Jacky Ann McGowan and "illegible" 19 years old married
on March 27, 1898 Charles R. Anderson, 37 years old.
The marriage took place at R. H. Carney's (her uncle's
house)in Greenville, N.C. and was performed by W. H.
While doing research at the State Library in
Richmond last year, I accidentally came upon the 1900
Nash County Census. There listed in Rocky Mount Mills
were Jenny Anderson, widow, living with son Jeness
Anderson and her mother Jacky Ann McGowan, single.
Charles R. Anderson was the son of John Anderson
and Sallie Anderson. If I recall correctly, the maiden
name of his mother was McGowan. In any event, both
were deceased according to the marriage application.
Next in a marriage record book listed by last
name of the groom, I discovered for January 15, 1903,
35 year old John Baker son of Travis Baker and
Florence Baker his marriage to Jennie Anderson, 23,
daughter of K. McGowan and Jacky Ann McGown who
married on January 15, 1903. C. L. Little performed
the marriage. Witnesses were G. A. Jackson, M. C.
Stocks, and Vedie Little.
I found also the marriage record of Jenette
Anderson, 27, who on January 12, 1909 married Alfred
Worthington, 37, son of Alfred Worthington and Sarah
Worthington. Father--a checkmark. Mother: J. Ann
McGowan, Greenville. G. L. Little performed the
ceremony. Witnesses were Frank Taylor, Lawrence
Stocks, and W. Campbell.
Next I found the Death Certificate (No. 20, reg.
district 74-12) of Jennie S. Worthington, aged 51
years, 3 months, 5 days born March 7, 1883 [census
record of 1880 shows 1 1/2 year old Jenny in household
of Lemuel and Perlina Moore McGowan with Jacky Ann
McGowan]. Her parents are William McGowan and Jackie
McGowan. Informant is Clydie Worthington. Death is
6/13/1934. Cause of death is dysentery.
Our August 2005 PCFR shows a bequest from George
Moore, to among others W. K. McGowan. In reference to
W. K. McGowan, it is noted that he is known as "Kenny"
The information that W.K. McGowan was known as
"Kenny" leads me to believe that the father of Jenny
Secession McGowan was W. K. McGowan.
You wrote me a couple of years ago to tell me
that information you also had found in the files of
the Mormon Church gave W. K. McGowan as the father of
Jenny and my great grandfather. I believed what you
told me but wanted to find independent documentation
to confirm that this gentleman was my great
By the way, I do not know if you have seen Vol.
II of the Pitt County Chronicles. There is mention
among the McGowan families (I believe the article was
written by Roger Kammerer) of W. K. McGowan under
William Williams McGowan. Roger notes that W. K.
McGowan never married.
William Williams McGowan and his wife Martha Ann
Moore, sister of Churchill Moore, had a daughter Lydia
McGowan. She was married to Jacky Ann McGowan's
brother, Lemuel McGowan, Jr. Lemuel died a few years
after the marriage, and she married into the Harris
family. She had no children by her second husband who
raised young Claudius McGowan as his own son. My
cousin Claudius became a physician, moved to Plymouth,
North Carolina where he married a Reid, daughter of
the local sheriff. They had two daughters. The wife
became suddenly ill with an infection and died within
days of its onset despite all that could be done for
her. Claudius' mother had moved to Plymouth after the
death of her second husband and made her home with her
son and his family. Claudius' wife died around April,
1924 I believe it was.
It is interesting to note that Jenny S. McGowan
is listed as Jenny Anderson upon her marriage to my
grandfather, Alfred Worthington, since she had
subsequently married John Baker, son of Travis Baker.
Do you have a date of death for John Baker?
This research trip has been really rewarding
considering the exceptionally short time I had to
spend here. I will be returning to Richmond in the
morning. However, I wanted to share my findings with
you and to thank you again for your generosity in
sharing your knowledge and information with me and
with the other members of our group.
Yahoo! Mail - PC Magazine Editors' Choice 2005