Welcome to the Goyen Family Tree. I’ve spent time gathering the information you find here. I hope you enjoy the site. If you have any corrections, disagree with anything I’ve listed, or need to confirm any details, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message. This site is not complete – probably never will be – but I’d like to make sure everything listed here is as correct as it can be based on the information I have.
(150 years of photos of my Goyen family – 360 years traced, and counting)
Areas of This Website
DNA Studies: I’ve tested my Y-DNA and found several “Goin, Goen, Goins, Gowan” type matches, as well as some other interesting info. Follow this link to see the results:
It appears that the Y-DNA tests from the following two lines of John Hollis b. 1700 and William Going b. 1682 are matches – based on test results to date. This suggests that there was a common paternal ancestor some time before the estimated birth date of John Hollis.
John Hollis b. 1700’s line
William Going b. 1682’s line
Origins of Goyen, Going, Goin-type Names:
I’ve tried to limit this site to just Goyen, Going, Gowen, Goin, Goyne -type names, to keep it manageable. Go to the “Origins of Family Name” section (link below) to see why I’ve included all these variations.
See the following pages/links for explanations regarding the differences in spelling:
My Goyen Family Line:
Part 1 below is documented. I have no doubt that these people in part 1 are in our direct line for the Goyen family.
Part 2 I have had to determine relationships with a couple people:
I believe these two are correct, but if additional information is found that changes this I will update it.
My paternal grandfather is:
John R. Goyen Sr. born 1916 married Mary Louise Foote; John Sr’s parents . . .
William Leslie Goyen born 1884 married Ruth Stayton; William Leslie’s parents . . .
John Bell Goyen born 1860 married Ella Green Parker; John’s parents . . .
William W. Goyen born about 1825 married Sarah Martha Bell; William W.’s parents . . .
Drury B. Goyen born about 1800 married (unknown); Drury B.’s parents . . .
Elijah Goyen born about 1770 married Docea Bland; Elijah’s parents . . .
Drury Goyen born 1749 married Sarah “Sallie” Baxter; Drury’s parents assumed to be . . .
(No documents confirming Drury’s parents – see both Drury Goyen and John Gowing Sr. to see information regarding relationship).
John Gowing Sr. born about 1710 married Mary Keith; John Sr’s parents were . . .
William Gowing born about 1682 married Catherine (unknown maiden name – Catherine was remarried after death of William, and her last name became Padderson); William’s parents are assumed to be . . .
(No documents confirming William’s parents – see both William and Thomas Gowing to see information regarding relationship).
Thomas Gowing born about 1660 married to (unknown); Thomas Gowing’s parents are unknown.
I don’t have enough information to determine ancestry beyond Thomas Gowing born about 1660. He may have been born in America, or he may be the first Goyen, Goyne, Going, Gowing in our direct line to immigrate into the Americas.
List of Pages on this Website:
Site Index: This page is the “Sitemap” and includes a list of names included in this website and where to find them. (In Progress). I have placed the estimated date of birth prior to the name.
Maps downloaded and used to locate ancestors.
Colonial Virginia Map:
(Map of Colonial Virginia in 1751 above)
Below are the areas I found with Going, Gowen, Gowing, Goin, Goen, etc., families from about 1633 to 1772. The map is marked with approximate or estimated locations based on deed, grant, court records and descriptions – zoomed in a bit (Click maps to enlarge):
(Above is Colonial Northern Neck and Mid-Virginia. Info boxed in orange is our family line).
Below is the Northern Neck of Virginia – Stafford County and surrounding areas, zoomed in to show areas of property our ancestors were living from approximately 1700-1739:
(Colonial Stafford County, Virginia and surrounding areas – marked with approximate locations of family properties in early 1700s above). (Click to enlarge).
By 1739 most of our Goyen and Going ancestors had moved to the southern part of Virginia along the boundary of North Carolina.
(Above is a marked map of Brunswick, Lunenburg, Pittsylvania Counties (and surrounding areas) of Virginia along border of Granville and Bertie Counties in North Carolina (Map is 1751). Marked areas are from approximately 1737-1781)(Click to enlarge).
Useful Links to Other Sites: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/information-links/ (These are sites I found helpful in searching for ancestors).