Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cooke County, TN Early Records


From: http://www.sciway3.net/clark/freemoors/Indian.htm
Various American Indian Records By Steven Pony Hill With Permission

1819 - Cooke Co. TN Free man of color, Obadiah Going, seeks "the > > privileges of a citizen." He states that it is his misfortune to be the descendant of persons of mixed race. (Cooke County formed 9 Oct 1797 and renamed Union County 28 Jan 1846.)


  1. Daniel H. Gowan appears in D Company of the 4th U.S. Regiment of Volunteers, “The Warriors,” enlisting 12 Oct 1864 at Pt. Lookout, MD for 3 years. His enlistment papers are available at fold3 (https://www.fold3.com/image/119077765), including his physical description and his signature. He appears on a muster taken at Ft. Monroe, VA 31 Oct 1864, which reports that was a 19 year old farmer, born at Cooke, TN, standing 5’8”, having a dark complexion, black eyes, and black hair (https://www.fold3.com/image/119077666). He is present for all musters from Nov/Dec 1864 to Mar/Apr 1866. The Sep/Oct ’65 muster roll notes that he owes the US government 22 cents for “Camp + Gar. Equipage,” while the Jan/Feb roll notes that he owes 25 cents for ordnance. He mustered out at Ft. Leavenworth, KS, 18 Jun 1866, and was last paid 28 Feb 1866. He had drawn $50.25 on his clothing account since it had last been settled 31 Oct 1865 (https://www.fold3.com/image/119077742).

    The 1890 veteran schedule for Madison Co NC shows this Daniel H Gowan, who served 1864-65 in the 4th US Reg't.

  2. Looking at Daniel Gowan's Point Lookout enlistment place brings us to the records of the prisoner of war camp at Point Lookout, MD. These contain three references to Private D.H. Gowan of G Company, 2nd North Carolina Battalion. Private Gowan was captured at Winchester, VA on 19 Sep 1864, and was released 18 Oct 1864 after joining the US army (v359 for capture, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9533-S4N, v375 for release, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-G5SY-3TZ, and v366 for his transfer to the Union forces, v366, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-G535-SMRJ).

    The 2nd Infantry Battalion was established in 1861 with 5 companies from NC, two from VA, and one from GA. By 1863, the NC units were operating on their own as the 2nd NC Battalion. NC soldiers were recruited in Forsyth, Madison, Randolph, Stokes, and Surry counties (http://www.thomaslegion.net/2nd.html). Our Daniel H. Gowan was presumably recruited in Madison County.