This is a photo of my husband's grandfather, James Caswell McGowen, Jr. (there are several variations I've seen on the possible spelling of his middle name). He was born 13 Nov. 1884 in Decatur, TX. His parents, James Caswell McGowen, Sr. (1830-1918) and Esther Caroline (Baker) McGowen (1849-1929) lived in Clay Co. as seen on the 1900 and 1910 census. He, James Jr., had 7 siblings (4 sisters and 3 brothers), some who were born and married in Clay County. They were Rosa Lee McGowen (m. Bobbitt), Eliza Francis McGowen (m. Holley), Maggie Lou McGowen (m. Moore), George Franklin McGowen (m. Sparks), Annie E. McGowen (m. Draper), John Abner McGowen (m. Thompson), and Samuel Archie McGowen (m. Fuller). James' parents and many of his siblings are buried in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery there in Clay County.
I am trying to find out who was the father of James C. McGowen, Sr.. He died and is buried in Clay County but I have not found a death certificate for him and do not know much at all about him. I do not know if you would consider him a "pioneer" there or not but am hoping you can post the info I have provided and the picture of James Caswell McGowen, Jr. on the Clay Co. Genforum site. I would appreciate it very much.
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