Saturday, December 8, 2007

Percilla Kight and David Gower/Gauer

Hi everyone,

Quick update: I have internet at home! It took long enough but I no longer have to bring my laptop to work in order to get online, this is very exciting.

That being said, I've started up more research and right now I've hit a roadblock with the Gower/Gauer family. What I have so far: Percilla Kight (Malinda Jane McRobie, John William) married David Gower/Gauer. They had 13 surviving children, but for some reason the only one I've really been able to track is Jacob Henry. So here's a list of their children. If anyone has ANY info on any of them, I'm begging you to send it!! (Specifically for the girls, as without any Maryland marriage records at my fingertips, it's proving the hardest to find them.)

Susan Gower (b. 1869, MD) [I believe she died before 1880, but no confirmation yet]
Jacob Gower (b. 1870, MD) [The only one I've found after 1900 so far]
Sarah Gower (b. 1871, MD)
William T Gower (b. 1872, MD)
George Gower (b. 1875, MD)
John Gower (b. 1877, MD)
Burleigh Gower (b. 1879, MD)
Charles J Gower (b. 24 Mar 1882, MD) [according to 1900 Census]
Rosie M Gower (b. 10 Feb 1884, MD) [according to 1900 Census]
Wilbur N Gower (b. 21 Nov 1886, MD) [according to 1900 Census]
Bailey C Gower (b. 22 Dec 1888, MD) [according to 1900 Census]
Benjamin M Gower (b. 21 Jun 1890, MD) [according to 1900 Census]
Ettie F Gower (b. 31 Aug 1898, MD) [according to 1900 Census]

I've seen the last name spelled both Gower and Gauer. I'm sure there are more variations.


Kim Meissner said...

I have been researching my family history and I was pleased to find your site! My maternal grandfather was Wilbert Newman (not Wilbur)"Pete" Gower. He married Bessie Irene Biggs although I do not know the date of the marriage. They had 4 children, Elmer Biggs Gower, Karl Kamens Gower, Wilbert Newman Gower, Jr. "Denny", and Mary Wenonoah Gower. Mary was my mother. Hers are the only dates of birth and death I have for certain. I wish I could fill you in on more but I will be happy to talk with you any time. I do have a MSN email so please reach me there. I don't want to leave too much personal information on this. I'm sure you'll understand.

Gina McRobie said...

Hi Kim,

I'd love to pick your brain! Send me an email at



Thelma R. Gower said...

Dear Gina,

My name is Thelma Ruth Gower. My father was Elmer Biggs Gower. He was born in Ridgeley, West Virginia, in 1910 and died in Alexandria, Virginia, in March 1969. He was a lawyer before WWII; during WWII, he was in the "JAG" of the US Army. After the war, he moved to Germany, where he continued to do legal work for the US Government (criminal trail law, mostly), albeit as a private lawyer. In 1949, he married Thelma Alma Hunter (born 1915; died 1985), originally of Apollo, Pennslyvania. My brother(John Richard Gower,1953-1983) and I were born in what was then "West Germany". My father moved us back to the US in 1959. Later the same year, my sister (Susan Katherine Gower, 1959-unknown) was born (in Silver Springs, Maryland). Less than a year after that, he suffered a severe stoke that almost killed him. For the rest of his life (i. e., 1960-1969, while I was a teenager), he could not move any part of his body's right side. That didn't stop him from living life to the fullest though. He was a great father, a wonderful man and even though it's almost been 40 years since I last saw him, I still miss him very, very much.

I don't know a lot about "Uncle Karl" (Karl Kamens Gower) or "Aunt Mary" (Mary Wenonoah Gower), but I will try to help you, if you wish. Please email me at "", if you want any further information.