Richard Gowell1

M, ( - 1730)
Family Lines
Whelpley Line
Last Edited=18 Apr 2023
     Tradition says he came from Wales, however in 1698, he loanded £40 to a Devonshire man, Thomas Har Jr. of St. Mary church.2,3

Richard Gowell married Hannah Remick, daughter of Christian Remick and Hannah ______.2 On 1679 in Kittery, Maine, signed a petition.2,3 In 1716, he was abondsman for Thomas Spinney.3 Richard wrote his will on 15 December 1729 at Kittery, Maine. It reads:

In the Name of God Amen I RichardGowell of Kittery in the County of York in the province of the Massis Bay in New England Yeoman haveing upon me the Infirmities of old age being weak in body but of a Sound Disposing mind & memory and Calling to mind ye uncertainty of this life and that is Appointed for all men once to dye Do make & Ordain this Instrument in writing to be my last Will & Testament.Imprs I recommend my Soul into the Mercifull hands of God who gave it & my body to the Earth to be buried in Such Decent and Christian Manner as to my Executrs hereafter Named Shall Seem meet And as to such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I Give & Bequeath as Followeth ViztItem I Give & bequeath unto Hannah my beloved Wife my whole personal Estate after my Iust Debts & funeral Charges are paid and the Legacies hereafter given the Remaindr to be at her Disposing forever Besides her Dower in my house and lands Dureing her life.It. I Give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Richard Gowell all my Houses and lands in the Town of Kittery aforesd upon part of which I now Dwell Containing abot Seventy Acres Excepting Twenty Acres out of the Same which I have already Given by Deeds to my Sons William & Jno Gowell to be to him the sd Richd Gowell his heirs & Assignes forever. It. I Give & bequeath unto my Sons William Gowell & John Gowell & to my Daughters Tamisin Hunscomb Mary Hunscom Sarah Chase Hannah Tayler Lydia Adams Each of them Twenty Shillings besides what I have already given them. It. I Give & bequeath my right in the Common & undivided Lands in Kittery or Berwick the one halfe part thereof to my Son Richd Gowell & the other halfe part Equally to be Divided between my Sons William & John Gowell.And Lastly I Do appoint my beloved Wife Hannah Gowell and my beloved Son Richd Gowell to be Executrs of this my last will & Testament/ In Testimony where of I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this fifteenth day of Decembr In the Third Year of the Reigne of King George the Second of Great Brittian &ct Annoq Domini One Thousand Seven hundred and Twenty Nine 1729Signed Sealed Published and Declared by RichardGowell to be his last Will and Testament In ye presence of us.Joshua X Remick his markWilliam X Wilson his markIos: HammondRichard Gowell (Seal) his markProbated, 6 April 1730. Inventory returned 30 March 1730, at œ 375: 6: 0, by John Dennet John Fernald and Peter Staple, appraisers. 1640-1760.3,4

He died in 1730.2 His will was proved on 6 April 1730 at York County, Maine.3

Children of Richard Gowell and Hannah Remick


  1. WikiTree. Online
  2. Stackpole, Everett S. Old Kittery and her Families. Lewiston, Maine: Lewiston Print Shop, 1903.
  3. Noyes, Sybil, Charles Thornton Libby and Walter Goddwin Davis. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976.
  4. Maine State Archives. Maine, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1584-1999. Provo Utah: Operations, 2015.