Richard Gowell’s birthdate isn’t known but it is said he was from Wales, although I haven’t found a source for this. He immigrated to Massachusetts and by 1679 was at Kittery when he signed a petition. Kittery was then in a part of Massachusetts that became Maine. He is my 8th great-grandfather on my grandmother Milly (Booth) Rollins side of the family. I haven’t been able to find much information on Richard Gowell, so would love to hear from other descendants who have resources I have missed.
Richard married Hannah Remick in 1685, probably in Kittery. Hannah was born 25 April 1656 in Kittery to Christian and Hannah Remick.
Their children, order uncertain:
I descend from Sarah who married Thomas Chase of Yarmouth on Cape Cod.
Richard wrote his will 15 December 1729 as Richard Gowell of Kittery, County York, province of Massachusetts Bay. It was probated 6 April 1730, and the inventory was presented 30 March 1730. He names his beloved wife Hannah, sons Richard, William, John, and daughters Tamisin Hunscomb, Mary Hunscom, Sarah Chase, Hannah Taylor, and Lydia Adams.
He left a house in Kittery and 70 acres to his wife during her life and then it would go to his son Richard. He also mentions 20 of those 70 acres had already been deeded to sons William and Jno. He left his four daughters 20 shillings each besides what he had already given them. He left his rights to all common and undivided lands in Kittery and Berwick to sons Richard, William and John. His wife Hannah and son Richard were appointed executors.
Edward Stackpole, Old Kittery and Her Families, 1903
Torrey’s New England Marriages
Oliver Philbrick Remick, NEHGR 1893 (vol 47), October, p. 473-7, Remick Genealogy