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)
Oldest Confirmed Ancestor (where I can link directly back from child to parent):
Drury Goyen b. 1749 m. Sarah Baxter.
Children of Drury Goyen and Sarah Baxter:
1) Martha Going born about 1768 – d. Aug 19, 1813, (Married 1790 to – Larkin “Asa” Tindall (d 1841)- moved to Warren County, Ga).
2) Elijah Going born in 1770 – d. 1807 (Chester, SC)
3) Job Going b. Sept 5, 1772 Chester, SC-d. April 23, 1854, Tuscaloosa Co, AL m. Rebecca Lockert – of Aaron and Sarah Miles Lockert
4) Isaac Going born April 28, 1775 (Chester, SC) – (Married on Aug 21, 1804 to Rebecca Palmer)
5) James Goyne born in 1777
6) Sarah Baxter Going born 1786
7) Mary Going born in 1787
8) Rebecca Going born about 1789
9) Thomas Baxter Going born in 1795
(Note: My line descends from Drury Goyen b. 1749 to his son Elijah Going b. abt 1770 listed above, to his son Drury B. Goyen b. abt 1805, to his son William W. Goyen b. abt 1827, to his son John Bell Goyen b. in 1860 who moved his (our) family to Houston, Texas).
Other Lines Related to Drury Goyen (cousins): Y-DNA results show Drury Goyen b. 1749’s line is related to several other Goyne, Going, Gowan, etc lines – most who lived in or near South Carolina where Drury Goyen b. 1749 lived as an adult. Most of these other Goyne, Going, Gowan, etc. lines are in the same position as we are – a brick wall – where they do not know for sure who the parent was of their oldest known ancestor (who are about the same age as Drury Goyen b. 1749. It is possible that the county where their parents lived had their courthouse documents destroyed – fires destroyed many county records over the years.
John Gowen b. 1720-30 – Lunenburg Va, Orange Co NC, Marion Co, SC
William Goyne b. 1733 from Va – NC – SC – Rutherford Co, NC
Drury Going b. 1749 – 1797 SC – Chester Co, SC
Thomas Goin b. 1750/55 – Va to SC to NC to TN
James Goyne b. 1755 – lived in SC to MS/LA – b in Lunenburg Co, Va
William Henry Gowan b. 1792 in Goochland Co, Va
Jessie Goin b. 1794 – Buckingham Co, Va died in Appomattox Co, Va
Edmond Goins b. 1799 – d. 1860 in Rutherford Co, NC to Bradley Co, TN
John W. Goen b. 1804 Hawkins Co, TN d in Jackson Co, TN.
Joseph Edward Goins b. April 17, 1895 – Bridgeport, Tx
(Note – Various Spellings: Documents indicate that Drury Goyen alternately spelled his last name as Drury Goyen, Drury Going, Drury Goin, Drury Goen, Drury Goyne, Drury Goyn, Drury Goyin, Drury Gowen, and Drury Gowing … so his children, and their lines, chose among these different spellings for their surnames. Spelling of many surnames did not begin to be exact, or “locked in”, until years after the dictionary was introduced in America in 1808. You can notice in documents that spelling became much more standard in the years after Webster published his dictionary in 1828 … spelling in documents, especially for last names, become set during the 1850s-1870s. By the 1870s, the spellings of became fairly uniform. Before the use of the dictionary became wide-spread, exact spelling of words, and surnames did not appear to be a top priority in education – as even educated people spelled words or names differently – even in the same document they would change the spelling from one paragraph to another).
Areas of This Website
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.
The above “Site Index” lists all the pages I was able to copy from the “Gowen Manuscript”, in order to preserve that information – as it appeared nobody was keeping up that site any longer.
Research: I have created pages for different states and their counties – I have listed the information found on “Going” type surnames or information I think may help in researching those counties. I list all surnames that appear to be a Going/Goyen/Gowan type name – without determining if they related to any line. I list this info for research purposes – for myself, and for anyone else to use who is doing research on their line.
Scroll down the list on the Sitemap to find areas you might be interested in. The list is long, so I use the “Find” function on my internet browser to look for areas I want to find. Example: If I’m looking for info in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I will go to the Sitemap and pull up my “Find” function, and type “Tuscaloosa” – to find any pages about Tuscaloosa and info I have previously found in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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:
Y-DNA Matches (page that shows people who have tested their Y-DNA matching our line).
Y-DNA Matches with Hollis Family (the Hollis family has had several people that match with our Goyen/Going line with the same Y-DNA results – this page looks at those matches and attempts to use that information by triangulating those who match and their ancestors to see where they crossed paths, and use that information to resolve a few “brick walls”).
Useful Links to Other Sites: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/information-links/ (These are sites I found helpful in searching for ancestors).