John McGOWEN7 was born on 13 Apr 1820 in Glenmore, Clare, Ireland, United Kingdom, died on 11 Sep 1901 in Ulysses, Butler, Nebraska, United States at age 81, and was buried on 13 Sep 1901 in Ulysses, Butler, Nebraska, United States (Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetary, Block 17, Lot 4, Grave 3, Ulysses, Nebraska).6 The cause of his death was Old age.

Noted events in his life were:
• Another name for John was John McGOHAN.
• He has conflicting birth information of 18 Apr 1820 and Glenmore, Kilmhil Parish, Clare, Ireland.
• His educated was limited in Ireland.
• He immigrated and arrived on 30 Mar 1848 in New York City, New York, New York, United States.
• He appeared on the census on 9 Aug 1850 in Dix, Chemung, New York, United States.8
• He was Catholic.
• He appeared on the census on 2 Jun 1860 in Morgan Township, Morgan, Ohio, United States.8
• He appeared on the census on 21 Jun 1870 in Towanda, McLean, Illinois, United States.10
• He worked as a farmer.
• He had a residence before 1876 in Downers Grove, DuPage, Illinois, United States.11
• He had a residence in 1876 in , Butler, Nebraska, Unites States.11
• He appeared on the C Precinct census on 11 Jun 1880 in , Seward, Nebraska, United States.
• He appeared on the C Precinct census on 15 Jun 1885 in , Seward, Nebraska, United States.12
• He appeared on the census in 1900 in Ulysses, Butler, Nebraska, United States.
• He had a residence in 1948 in Hinsdale, , New York, United States.

General Notes: Paul: John McGowen is one of the self made men of Seward county, who came to this state in limited circumstances, but have succeeded through their own industry, perseverance and good management in securing a good home and comfortable competence for themselves and families. His early home was on the other side of the Atlantic, for he is a native of the Emerald Isle, born in County Clare, April 13, 1820. His parents, Thomas and Bridget (O'Day) McGowen, were also natives of the same county, were farming people and spent their entire lives in the parish of Kilmichael. Their family consisted of eight children, four sons and four daughters, of whom two sons are now deceased, John was the only one who came to America. The McGowen family originated in the townland of Glenmore, parish of Kilmichael, County Clare, Ireland. There he grew to manhood. In the public schools of Ireland John acquired a limited education, but his training in farm work was not so meager and he soon became a thorough and skillful agriculturist.

1870 United States Federal Census - Page: 8, State: Illinois, County: McLean, City: Towanda, Call Number/URL: , Enumeration Date: 21 Jun 1870, 1. Dwelling #: 48, 2. Family #: 49, 3. Name: McGown, John, 4. Age: 58, 5. Sex: M, 6. Color: W , 7. Profession: Farmer, 8. Value of Real Estate: , 9. Value of Personal Estate: 875, 10. Place of Birth: Ireland, Parentage: 11. Father Foreign born: marked, 12. Mother Foreign born: marked, Education -16. Cannot read: marked, 17. Cannot write: marked, Constitutional Relations - 19. Male Citizens 21 & up: marked

1880 United States Federal Census

Paul: Susan, his first wife, died in 1888 and in 1890 he married Mary (Mungovan) Considine, a widow with five children. He and Susan had eight children. He passed away on September 11, 1901 and is buried in the Ulysses Catholic Cemetery.

1900 United States Federal Census - Special Schedule

1901 John McGowen, aged 81 yrs. 4 mos. and 28 days, died at his home 5 miles south-west of Ulysses on Wednesday morning, Sept.11, 1901. The deceased was born on April 13, 1820 in the townland of Glenmore, parish of Kilmichael, Clare County, Ireland. There he grew to manhood and was married to Miss Susan Coughlin in 1846. As this was the time when the people of Ireland were so much oppressed by English rulers, his love of liberty caused him to emigrate to the U.S. in 1848. He landed in New York and worked for a few years at farming and public works, then removed to Ohio. where he lived for thirteen years. Afterwards he moved to Illinois where he farmed for a few years, and then came to Nebraska, which was then almost a wilderness, in the pioneer days of 1874. Like all of the old settlers he had to endure the hardships of a new country, but by justice, generosity and hospitality to all, he won for himself a host of friends in whose memory he will never be forgotten. His wife died on August 20, 1888, and on August 25, 1890 he was married to Mary Considine, who now remains to mourn his loss. He also leaves to mourn his loss seven children and five step children. In public affairs, in all things that concerned the welfare of his fellow man, the deceased took an active and deep interest. He was a sincere Catholic and his family was the nucleus around which was formed the present strong and progressive congregration that now worships in a large and beautiful new church erected here. His fellow citizen, regardless of religious, political, or ethnic differences, held him in high esteem, and his excellent heart reciprocated. His decendants are numerous, standing among the most respected and patriotic citizens, and entering now into the various professions and responsibilities of this great state. A rare blessing and a rare honor were his, namely to have all his numerous children, grandchildren and great grandchildren kneeling in prayer and tears at his dying couch when he humbly bowed his head to the divine decree: (And it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment.)

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Father Murphy of the Ulysses Catholic Church on Friday morning, Sept. 13, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery, a large concourse of fellow citizens devoutly followed his remains to the grave. The bereaved wife and children have the sympathy of the entire community.


Source Citations
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7. Compiler: John Henry Watson. (Family Group Records - John Henry Watson), Last n Mc Gowen. .... Compiler: Lucille (Hand written notes), pg 2 McCowen.
8. 1850 United States Federal Census.
10. (film Microcopy 593, roll 217 for Nicholas & William Colling Census-film Microcopy 593, roll 217 fia Matt Colling).
11. Mildred Colling Stratman (Susan sent me a container of information that her mother had collected. Aunt Marge brought it to me.)
12. (1885 Nebraska Census),