Hello - chasing a lead here that Mr. Gowdie (all that is known at the moment) was the stepfather of Lemuel Coll and was the first schoolmaster when the school opened in 1828 in Ridgetown.
Lemuel Coll (1820) would have been the son of Samuel Coll & Mary Ann Sherman Coll.
Interested in finding out:
1. Mr. Gowdie's proper name.
2. Any info on the marriage of Mary Ann Coll to Mr. Gowdie. This would have been between 1821-28.
3. Any information on eventual death of Mary Ann Sherman Coll Gowdie.