Hello Pou Family-I've been doing a bit of research on this family off and on during the last 7 years. I am descended from Gavin Pou who settled in South Carolina in the 1700's. I enjoy reading some of the stories regarding the origins of the family however I cannot find any verifiable proof that the family came from Scotland or any of the other allegations.
For example, I have searched the Church of Scotland baptismal records (these are now on-line) for Gavin Pou/Pow's birth for the relevant period (1650-1750) and beyond and he is not listed in terms of his parents being a Philip/Ursula. There are 2 Gavin Pows that could fit with regards to the time period --but parents have names like Robert and Agnes (Drew)--not Philip or Ursula. I have also done a similar search in the Scottish Catholic baptismal records. In fact, very few PoUs are listed at all in Scottish records. All these records can be accessed at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
. Of course, it is possible that the baptism is registered with a denomination that is not on-line but the largest number of baptisms in Scotland are Church of Scotland records.
I understand that the reference for Gavin Pou being Scottish comes from A History of Orangeburg County, SC. However, I cannot find any other record to substantiate this or the other claims regarding the names of Ursula Mureno, Philip Pou, Spanish, Italian, or other ancestry.
I do agree that the name Pou as it is being spelled here is Spanish. It is still common in the Catalan area.
I was wondering if anyone can help me with verifiable records to substantiate any of the claims on the message board.