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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Mary Gowen Papers, 1838-1869



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gowen, Mary
Title: Gowen, Mary, Papers
Dates: 1838-1869
Abstract: A diary, with partial transcript, correspondence, marriage license, inaugural address, Bible, genealogy, and a hand painted photograph inside a union case comprise the Mary Gowen Papers, 1838-1869, documenting Mary Gowen’s ancestry, and a personal account of being a prisoner-of-war.
Accession No.: 2011-261
OCLC No.:
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Winn (or Wynn) B. Gowen (b. ca. 1840) of Alabama, paternal ancestor of Mary Gowen, was captured at the Battle of Champion Hill in Mississippi, and sent to the prisoner-of-war camp for Confederate soldiers in May 1863 on Johnson’s Island, Sandusky Bay, Ohio.

Frederick Jacob Rothaas (or Rothhass), architect and engineer, was employed with the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Rail Road Company as principle draughtsman. He settled in New Orleans after winning a contest that brought him to America. He was a maternal ancestor of Mary Gowen.

Mary Gowen from Austin, Texas donated this collection on August 11, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

A diary, with partial transcript, correspondence, marriage license, inaugural address, Bible, genealogy, and a hand painted photograph inside a union case comprise the Mary Gowen Papers, 1838-1869, documenting Mary Gowen’s ancestry, and a personal account of being a prisoner-of-war. Winn Gowen’s diary narrates his experience as a prisoner on Johnson’s Island, and contains the signatures and units of other officers being held there. Correspondence is composed of a letter of recommendation for Frederick Jacob Rothaas written on New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Rail Road Company Letterhead (1860), and one letter dated June 21 1838 to Rothaas from Sam Houston. A marriage license (1869) is for George Gray and Victoria Rothaas, a descendent of Frederick Jacob Rothaas. Additionally, the collection includes a copy of Governor Henry W. Allen’s inaugural address to the Louisiana legislature at Shreveport, January 23, 1864; the Gowen family Bible; small notes containing genealogical information of Mary Gowen’s ancestry; and a cased image of Victoria Rothaas.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gowen, Mary -- Archives.
Gowen, Winn B., b. ca. 1840.
Rothhass, Jacob.
Rothaas, Victoria.
Sam Houston, 1793-1863.
Gowen family -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
New Orleans, Jackson, and Great Northern Railroad Company.
Subjects
Prisoners of war -- Ohio -- Johnson Island -- Diaries.
Places
Louisiana -- Politics and government -- 19th Century -- History.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoner and prisons.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Gowen Papers, 1838-1869, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Maria Soscia, October 2011. Finding aid updated by Keelee James, October 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4C316 Winn B. Gowen’s Diary, 1863-1864
Correspondence:
Letter of recommendation for Frederick Jacob Rothaas on New Orleans, Jackson Great Northern Rail Road Company letterhead, 1860
Letter to Frederick Jacob Rothaas from Sam Houston, June 21, 1838
Marriage license between Victoria Rothaas and George Gray, December 13, 1869
Governor Henry Allen’s Inaugural address to the Louisiana legislature, January 21, 1864
Genealogy, undated
Gowen family Bible, 1828
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3T4 Hand painted photograph of Victoria Rothaas in union case, undated

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