I don't find any "Aroostook Falls" in my New Brunswick atlas, however the logical place to look for it would be the junction between the Aroostook River and the Saint John River (about three miles north of Perth-Andover NB). The Aroostook River lies almost entirely within Maine: only the last 4 miles lie in New Brunswick.
The area between the left/north bank of the Aroostook River and the right/west bank of the Saint John is called "Four Falls" in the NB atlas. This strongly suggests that there are falls on the Aroostook near its confluence with the Saint John (there are, to the best of my knowledge, no falls on the Saint John near that point). Thus, this area seems a likely place to start your search for the elder McGowan brothers' births. I doubt that there is, or ever was, enough of a community at "Four Falls" to maintain an independent records office, so I suspect that your best bet to find any records would be at Perth-Andover NB.
I see John Hopkins McGowan at Andover in the 1861 census. He is age 1.5 years, the son of John and Elizabeth McGowan. John Senior was 35 in 1861, Elizabeth was 24; they were both Presbyterians, born in New Brunswick. John Hopkins McGowan had two elder siblings in 1861: Alice Jane (age 6) and William Wallace (age 4).
The family appears in 1871 at Grand-Sault (Grand Falls) NB with three more children: Ernest (age 6), Anna (age 3), and "Pettie" (age 9 months). All are listed as Anglican. The family doesn't appear in either Victoria or Madawaska county in 1881. (NB: I don't see any brother "John. F." in these censuses. Perhaps "John F." was John Hopkin's father or some other relative.)
I hope this is helpful. Good luck!
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