Goyen Family Tree

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 douggoyen@gmail.com, 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.

Goyen family150 years in pictures snipped resized

(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):

Possible Parents of Drury Goyen/Going include (these are William Gowing’s children – Y-DNA matches):

  • John Gowen b. abt. 1705 – d. ?, m. Mary Keith (Presumed parents of Drury Going/Goyen b. 1749)
  • Alexander Gowen b. abt 1710-20 – d. bef. 1775, m. Sophia (MNU)(Alternative parent of Drury Going/Goyen b. 1749)

Children of Drury Goyen and Sarah Baxter:

  • Martha Going born abt 1768 – d. Aug 19, 1813,  (Married 1790 to – Larkin “Asa” Tindall (d 1841)- moved to Warren County, Ga, then to Limestone Co, AL).
  • Elijah Going born abt 1770 – d. 1807 (Chester, SC) m. Docia Bland
  • Job Going b. Sept 5, 1772 Chester, SC-d. April 23, 1854, Tuscaloosa Co, AL m. Rebecca Lockert – of Aaron and Sarah Miles Lockert
  • Isaac Going born April 28, 1775 (Chester, SC) – (m. Rebecca Palmer on Aug 21, 1804)
  • James Goyne born abt 1777 married Elizabeth Cook
  • Mary Going born abt 1782 m. Thomas Hughes
  • Sarah Going born abt 1786 married Robert Cook
  • Thomas Baxter Going born abt 1788
  • Rebecca Going born abt 1789 m. John Annett

(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 – many 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. It is possible that the county where their parents lived for several of these lines had their courthouse documents destroyed – fires destroyed many county records over the years.

(Note – Various Spellings:  Documents indicate that Drury Goyen alternately spelled his last name as Drury Going, Drury Goin, Drury Goyen, 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, spellings of surnames 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 clerks of court 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).


See also: Going family of Stafford County, Virginia


James Going b. abt 1680 (Hypothesis related to the Going family that moves to Granville Co, NC along Taylors Creek and the Tarr River): 

James Going is presumed born around 1680 in Talbot County, Maryland where his father Thomas Going was noted as being in 1671, or was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia where his presumed father Thomas moved to from Maryland.

It is presumed that Thomas Going born abt 1650 is the father of John Going born abt 1675, William Going born abt 1678, and James Going born abt 1680. No information is known about Thomas Going’s spouse. Thomas is presumed to be the father out of this group of four since he shows up earliest in records around Westmoreland County, Va. James Going and his presumed father and brothers move to Westmoreland County or Stafford County, Virginia about 1693 or before (likely from Maryland, just across the Potomac River).

No records have been located identifying James Going’s spouse. James first appears in Stafford County, Virginia records in 1702 as part of the Stafford County militia. He appears to stay in the area his entire life – his last identified record is in 1769 in Fairfax County, Virginia in a case against Francis Awbrey decd’s estate that lasts from 1754 until dismissed in 1769. He may well have married, and had children – but to date, no documents can confirm who they are – but some documents allow us to presume who his children may be.

Thomas Going Sr who died in 1797 in Randolph Co, NC was possibly the son of James Going b. abt. 1680, and if so, then James Going b. abt 1680 is the father of Edward Going, Michael Going, Thomas Going, James Going & Elizabeth Going who marries Moses Bass who are noted in records in Granville Co, NC. Thomas, Michael, Edward and James are fairly consistently considered “mulatto” – implying James Going b. 1680 may have married a mixed-race woman.

Howson Patent Litigation: 

Charles Griffith claims in his deposition in 1767 that Robert Alexander called the Goings “mulatto rascals”, the records indicate Griffith likely thought this description would be a good fit. All the other Going men and their families had left the area (William Going b. 1678 had died in 1725/6, and his children had moved to Orange Co, Granville Co, NC & Lunenburg Co, Va. John Going b. abt 1675 had died by 1721. Their father Thomas Going b. abt 1650 was last seen in tax records in 1729 so appears to have died. The only Going left in the area from this family is James Going. James Going shows up in Court records in Fairfax until 1769.

The Howson patent lawsuit was contentious. The 1215 acres of land the Going men sold to Thomas & Todd around 1719 was sold by Thomas and Todd to others. Charles Alexander (son of Robert Alexander) was planting tennants on that land, and the people who owned the land were suing him to eject Charles Alexander’s tennants from their land. Robert Alexander never brought any lawsuits during his life over the land. Apparently, the Howson patent never had a proper survey done, and Charles Alexander took this “ambiguous” description of the Howson Patent’s lines (where they may have run) to claim land larger than the original patent intended. The Alexander family lost this lawsuit, but they continued doing the same thing in planting tennants on land and other lawsuits arose – many they won locally. Eventually, one of the cases made it to the US Supreme Court in 1814 where the Court decided against the Alexander family and finally established their line to the line that many families had presumed was their line when they had purchased their land.

Part of Charles Griffith’s testimony appears to be fabrication.  The jury found against Charles Alexander. Griffith’s deposition testimony appears to be based on what he knew of the Going family he had seen near the time of the deposition (around 1767). It appears that James Going’s children may have appeared to be mixed race – so Griffith made that claim, in an attempt to try and discredit the Going family taking up that 1215 acres of land. Looking at Griffith’s deposition, and what the dispute was about, there was no reason to make the statement about “mulatto rascals”, or bring up horse-racing, etc, other than to try and discredit their original survey of the land by trying to portray the Going family as untrustworthy.

Charles Griffith contradicts himself in his deposition. Griffith states he was Overseer for Robert Alexander in 1724 when Griffith claims he overheard Robert Alexander make his statement. Griffith states: “… when Noland told Majr. Robert Alexander that the Goings were taking up and surveying his the said Alexanders land he the said Alexander replied to the said Noland that he had a great mind to turn the molatto rascals (who were then his tenants) of his land – and that he would (when he had a little time) survey his land and shew them how his land run …”.

Later in Charles Griffith’s deposition, he claims he overheard some other conversations related to the litigation while riding with Hugh West the Deputy Sheriff at the time, and when questioned by opposing counsel he stated this was in 1726-1727 and that he, Charles Griffith, had moved to the area 3 years before that time (1723-24), so he was well familiar with the area.

The problem with Griffith’s statement is that the Going family had already surveyed, taken up the 1215 acres of land, and then had conveyed that 1215 acres of land to Evan Thomas and John Todd by August 3, 1719 when Thomas and Todd obtained their patent for the 1215 acres. Charles If Griffith arived to the area in 1723/24 then Griffith was not even living in the area when the Going family was taking up that 1215 acres of land. So how could he have overheard a conversation between Noland and Robert Alexander related to the Going family being in the process of taking up land in or prior to 1719?

In another deposition taken in 1768 in the same litigation – Benjamin Sebastian testifies that one of the Alexander family witnesses, Robert Boggess, had made false statements in his deposition – and Sebastion states that Benjamin Talbert’s deposition on behalf of the Alexander family was questionable as well, as he had never heard of Benjamin Talbert until 3-4 years prior to the deposition (3-4 years prior to 1768).

See Depositions at: Howson Patent Litigation in Fairfax County, Virginia

Based on over 150 records related to Thomas Going, William Going, John Going, and James Going of Westmoreland, Stafford, and Fairfax County, Virginia from 1693-1750 – none of those 150 records mention their race. The paternal ancestor from Africa must have come several generations back – not a father or grandfather – maybe a great-grandparent or further back in time, otherwise at least “some” of the records between 1693 to 1750 would note them being “negro” or “mulatto” or “free persons of color” – but none mention it. After 1760, some Going individuals in the area are noted as mulatto, or free persons of color. Thomas Going b. abt 1717, Michael Going b. abt 1715, Edward Going b. abt 1716 and James Going b. abt 1720 who move to Granville are noted in several records as being mulatto.

Thomas Going b. abt 1717 appears in records living very close to James Going b. abt. 1680. Thomas Going receives a lease of land in 1743 in Fairfax Co, Va from a Robert Bates. Robert Bates is noted in 1739 living adjacent to James Going’s land. No records confirm who Thomas Going’s parents are, but based on proximity, it appears Thomas Going (and his siblings in Granville Co, NC) may be the sons of James Going b. 1680. If correct, then James Going likely must have married a mixed-race woman who was the mother of these men as they often are noted as being “mulatto” in their records in Granville Co, NC.

James Going could be the parent of the following (these are presumed):

1) Elizabeth Going b. abt 1710 who married Moses Bass b. abt 1710. Elizabeth is identified in Moses Bass’ will – they had no children together. Moses Bass gave part of his estate to several Going children – apparently nephews and neices by marriage to Elizabeth. Edward Going conveys his “interest” in the estate he inherited of his childless sister to his nephew Thomas Going Jr in 1788 – implying that Edward’s “interest” in Elizabeth Bass’ estate is from being her heir – her brother since she had no children. Elizabeth Going Bass appears to be the sister of Thomas Going of Granville Co, NC. Thomas Going is made administrator of Elizabeth Bass’ estate in 1789. Thomas Going of Granville Co, NC appears to be the Thomas Going from Fairfax Co, Va.

2) Moses Going b. abt 1712 who is noted as being in Stafford Co, Va in 1733 and paying money owed to Simon Pearson decd’s estate, where James Going is also listed as paying money owed in 1733 to Simon Pearson decd’s estate in the same probate account filing. Starting in 1761 through 1782 Moses Going appears in records in Granville Co, NC near Thomas Going, Edward Going & Michael Going in that county – this Moses Going appears to possibly be a son of Thomas Going b. abt 1717 – who may have named him after Moses Going of Stafford Co, Va.

3) Michael Going b. abt 1715. In 1741 Michael Going and Cornelius Keith turn in “wolfs heads” in Brunswick Co, Va. Michael Going lives in Granville Co, NC near Taylors Creek and Tar River from 1750 until 1778 – the same area where Thomas Going & Edward Going live. He then shows up in 1779 in Georgetown SC near Hays Swamp adjacent to Stephen Gibson in 1784. In 1807 Stephen Gibson is a witness to a deed from Right Bass to Levi Bass of land devised to them by their uncle Moses Bass (who was married to Elizabeth Going). In 1792 Thomas Going is noted living on Hays Swamp in Georgetown SC when he buys 100 acres there. Michael Going appears to have died by Nov 1789 where Stephen Gibson has a survey for land done in Georgetown, SC adjacent to Lucy Gowin. The 1790 US Census shows Lucy Gowen as a head of household in Georgetown, SC – indicating she was Michael Going’s wife.

4) Edward Going b. abt 1716. In 1788 Edward Going is in Granville Co, NC where he conveys any rights he has in Elizabeth Bass’ (Elizabeth Going’s) estate to his “nephew Thomas Going” – who is the son of Thomas Going Sr – Edward’s brother. On Aug 3, 1779 a deed in Granville Co, NC confirms Edward is the brother of Michael – making Thomas their brother as well. Edward Going’s conveyance of his “interest” in the estate he inherited of Elizabeth Bass to his nephew Thomas Going Jr in 1788 – implies that Edward’s “interest” in Elizabeth Bass’ estate is from being her heir – her brother since she had no children, would make him an heir.

5) Thomas Going b. abt 1717 – noted in deed records in Fairfax Co, Va in 1739 as living near the land of John Awbrey and near the line of Robert Alexander’s land. Thomas Going leases land in 1743 from a Robert Bates. Robert Bates’ land was noted in a 1739 deed as living adjacent to James Going. Thomas Going appears to move to Granville Co, NC. Thomas Going’s son Thomas Going Jr is named as Edward Going’s “nephew” in 1788.

6) James Going b. abt 1720. In 1748 James Going first shows up in the Granville Co, Va tithe records. In 1756 James Going received grant for 429a on Wharton Branch on Winningham’s, Melenies, & Lind lines. In 1759 he is on Pope’s list James Goin mul. with William Goin mul. on his tithe. In 1762 Fising Cr Dist he is listed as James Gowing & son William Gowing, refs to list wife, on his tithe. Popes list of tithes is where Thomas Going, Edward Going, Michael Going and Joseph Going are all listed in the 1750s and 1760s.

7) Daniel Going b. abt 1727 who during the French & Indian War is noted in Military Records in 1754 in Capt Joshua Lewis’ Regiment. His military records in 1754 describe him as being “27 years old, height of 5’4″, fair complexion, and brown hair. His place of enlistment was in Stafford Co, Va, and his profession was as a hatter”. Daniel Going dies some time in 1795 in Fairfax Co, Va where his probate paperwork is filed.

8) Joseph Going b. abt 1728 who is involved in litigation in Fairfax Co, Va in 1755 where Joseph Going is sued by Gerrard Alexander – In 1755-1756 James Going is also sued by Gerrard Alexander. Joseph Going then shows up in Granville Co, NC with several other Goings.


Ambrose Going b. 1703

The Going children bound out to Ralph Jackson in Brunswick County, Virginia in 1739 and 1740 have been a mystery to Going researchers. It is unknown who their father was. The mother is named Mary in the 1740 record binding out Drury Going and Elseanor Going. Beyond this, there is no clear indication of who or where these children came from. There are possible clues though.  By process of elimination, these children “may” be the children of Ambrose Going of Stafford County, Virginia.

First, I address and debunk two records that have been cited showing an Ambrose Going alive in the 1770s.

1) Prior researchers have cited records showing Ambrose Going in Henry Co, Va. Those citing these records state that Ambrose Going :  … furnished “four double fortified six-pounders,” March 3, 1776. On March 18, 1776 he “furnished wheat to the Hampton troops,” according to “Virginia Magazine of History & Biography,” Volume 28. Henry Co, Va.

Upon inspection of these records, it was actually related to an “Archibald Going” who furnished “four double fortified six-pounders,” and “furnished wheat to the Hampton troops,” according to “Virginia Magazine of History & Biography,” Volume 28. Henry Co, Va.

See the following records: 

1776 March 3 – Ditto paid Archibald Gowan for 4 double fortifyed 6 pounders – 75.18.9 Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, Volume 28. VIRGINIA STATE TROOPS IN THE REVOLUTION. (From State Auditor’s Papers, now in State Library.)

1776 March 18 – “Ditto paid Archibald Gowan for Wheat furnish’d the Hampton troops 476″ Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, Volume 28. VIRGINIA STATE TROOPS IN THE REVOLUTION. (From State Auditor’s Papers, now in State Library.)

See Copies of the pages of the Virginia Magazine of History & Biography below:

Virginians in Revolution 1776 02 23 to Mar 07 1776 snip with Archibald Gowan 4 double fortifyed 6 pounders

Virginians in Revolution 1776 02 23 to Mar 07 1776 snip with Archibald Gowan 4 double fortifyed 6 pounders

Virginians in Revolution 1776 03 11 to Mar 18 1776 snip Archibald Gowan furnished wheat

Virginians in Revolution 1776 03 11 to Mar 18 1776 snip Archibald Gowan furnished wheat

2) There is another record often cited by researchers stating that Ambrose Going was on a jury panel in Davidson Co, TN in 1786 in which “Peter Barnett sued John Rice”. This again is an error in transcription. The juror’s name was “Ambrose Gains” – which is not “Going, Goin, Goins, or Gowen, etc”. See the actual record here:

1786 April 14 Peter Barnett v Rice with Ambrose Gains as juror in Davidson Co TN Minute bk A p 117

1786 April 14 Peter Barnett v Rice – Ambrose Gains juror Davidson Co TN Minute bk A p 117

There are NO known records showing Ambrose Going alive outside of Stafford County, Virginia. Ambrose Going obviously made it to adulthood considering he was able to receive and convey land in 1726, and appears to have been the eldest son of William Going b. abt 1678 – as he was the heir of William Going decd that inherited the 112 acres mentioned in his deed to Catherine Going widow of William Going decd in 1726.

The fact that Ambrose Going disappears after this 1726 record implies that he died after 1726 – likely some time between 1730 to 1734, but certainly before 1739. He is not listed in Stafford Co, Bk K’s index of wills and estates from 1721-1729, implying he lived beyond 1729.

Ambrose is not mentioned in Catherine Going Padderson’s will in 1739. Catherine Padderson only devises her estate to Alexander Going and Susannah Going – indicating they were likely minors when their father William Going died in 1726 – so had not received their complete portion of the estate yet. William Going and Catherine’s older children, Ambrose Going and John Going, likely received their full share of their father’s estate when he dies, implying they were adults by 1726.

John Going was named executor in his mother Catherine Padderson’s 1739 will, but was given nothing by his mother in that will – indicating he had already received his full share. Likewise with Ambrose Going as he likely received his full share from his father William Going decd’s estate. When Ambrose later dies, that estate he received from his father William would have passed to any children he had. Ambrose Going is not mentioned in his mother Catherine’s will, implying he too had already received his full share, and that share passed to his children when Ambrose died. This would be why, if Ambrose had children, neither he nor any children he may have had are shown in any part of the will, inventory, sale or accounting of Catherine Padderson decd’s estate. Had Ambrose Going been alive in 1739, he likely would have been mentioned in the will or estate, possibly as an executor, or in the inventory, or in the sale of estate, or accounting records of Catherine Padderson, decd.

The clues that the children bound out in Brunswick County, Virginia can be seen from the records.

Drury Going and Elseanor Going were bound out to Ralph Jackson in 1740 in Brunswick Co, Va – their mother’s name is noted as Mary.

In July 1739 a John Going and Thomas Going were bound out to Ralph Jackson in Brunswick County, Va. All 4 (John, Thomas, Drury and Elseanor) were bound out to the same person – Ralph Jackson in Brunswick Co, Va within 9 months of eachother, this implies a presumption that they were all 4 children of the same parents.

Catherine Padderson (John & Alexander Going’s mother) & Cornelius Keith witness Thomas Stroud’s will on Oct. 23, 1738 in Brunswick County, Va. (This Cornelius Keith appears to be John Going’s father-in-law, as Cornelius later files a claim for a headright to land in 1739 in Brunswick Co, Va claiming he arrived in Virginia about 30 years prior. The headright laws only allowed those who paid passage to make the claim – so this means Cornelius Keith paid his own passage back in 1709, or else the claim would belong to his parents or other person who would have had to pay his way if he was a minor at the time. He would have been at least 21 years of age or older in 1709, placing his year of birth at 1688 or before – which is the presumed age of Cornelius Keith, father-in-law to John Going (presumed born 1685).

John Going enters his mother Catherine Padderson decd’s will for probate in Prince William Co, Va in July 1739 – the same month that John & Thomas Going are bound out in Brunswick Co, Va.

The question that arises is, who in the Going family died that may have had children born between 1720-1734 or so that may have been the father of these children?

Catherine Padderson was in Brunswick Co, Va in October 1738 just months prior to the time the first two children were bound out.

It cannot be John Going b. abt 1675 (son of Thomas) as he died in 1721 (so would be unlikely to have 4 children in 2 years (they all 4 need to have been born between 1719-1721 to possibly be John’s children – as John, Thomas, Drury and Elseanor are all still minors in 1739).

William Going b. abt 1678 dies in 1725/6 – but he has a son named John who is unlikely the one bound out in Brunswick – as John is in Prince William Co, Va as an adult in 1739 probating his mother’s will, and as discussed previously, he appears to have been an adult when his father dies in 1726.

James Going b. 1680, is still alive in 1739/40 – so it wouldn’t make sense to have his children bound out with the mother named Mary in the 1740 records still alive too.

Thomas Going b. abt. 1650 seems to be dead after 1729 (his last time he is seen, shown on tax records in Stafford Co, Va) – and Thomas seems unlikely to have fathered another William and another John – he already had 2 children with those names.

Peter Going b. abt 1683 of Stafford Co, Va dies in 1750 – so he too is still alive when these children are bound out. So it would not likely be him.

Ambrose Going b. est. 1703 – who in a 1726 deed in Stafford Co, Va confirms he is the son of William Going b. abt 1678, and in that deed he conveys land he inherited from William Going dec’d back to Catherine Padderson – widow of William Going, appears the only person from the Stafford Co, Va Going family to possibly be the parent. The 1726 deed is the only mention of Ambrose Going, but he obviously is an adult in 1726 when this conveyance is completed. Ambrose Going disappears from all records after this one record. It appears he died between 1726-1734.

Mary (the mother of these bound out children) may have been his wife, and was living with or near Catherine Padderson when Catherine dies. Mary was possibly receiving support from Catherine and her new husband Mr Padderson (Patterson). When Catherine Padderson dies, Mary likely can no longer rely on the support of Mr Patterson. Mary’s children are bound out shortly after Catherine Padderson’s death it appears (both the probate of Catherine Padderson decd’s will, and the binding out of the first two children in Brunswick Co, Va happen in the month of July, 1739). It is possible that Ambrose Going may be the father of the children bound out.

The Drury Gowing bound out in 1740 lives in Brunswick Co, Va, in records from 1755 until 1789 and then Greensville Co, Va records from 1782 until 1801 – so not the same as Drury Going in Chester Co, SC.

The Thomas Going bound out in 1739 lives in Brunswick Co, Va in records from 1759 until 1767 and then Prince Edward Co, Va from 1770 until 1806, and then Charlotte Co, Va from 1807 until 1811.

There is also a James Gowing living very near Drury Gowing in Brunswick Co, Va, and Greensville Co, Va during the same time period. James Gowing appears to be a few years younger b. est. 1733/4. James Gowing may have been considered too young to be bound out at the same time the other 4 were bound out. James Gowing may be another child of Ambrose Going and Mary.

(Records are not clear where John Going and Elseanor Going ended up after being bound out to Ralph Jackson – there are a few men named John Going in that area that may be him. Records found to date do not indicate what happened to, or the location of Elseanor Going after she was bound out).

This is a theory, but Catherine Padderson and Cornelius Keith both being in Brunswick Co, Va in Oct 1738 just prior to her death, and just prior to these children being bound out, indicates there may be a connection between the Going family of Stafford County, Virginia and the Going children bound out in Brunswick County, Virgina. The only male Going from the Stafford County area that is seen in records that may have had children that age, that had his mother in Brunswick Co, Va in the months prior to the children being bound out, and who appears to have died prior to them being bound out, is Ambrose Going.


Going/Goyen/Goyne family – my Y-DNA match:

Based on records the male descendants of the following individuals should be (Y1), but I am unaware of any Y-DNA test results from any of their descendants.

Various other Gowen lines in Virginia, North Carolina and/or South Carolina with Y-DNA results:

Various other Gowen lines in Virginia, North Carolina and/or South Carolina without known Y-DNA results:

Going and Lamphier families of Clonmel Ireland – to Fairfax Va:

Gowen/Gowing family of Massachusets and Maine:

Harrison Family Info:

Hollis Family Info:

Keller Family Info:

Elkins Family Info:

Bland Family Info:

Bell Family Info:

Eubanks Family Info:

Minor Family Info:

Abraham Smith Family Info:

Chisholm Family Info: 

State and County Pages for Chisholm info:

Pages for Chisholm individuals:

Early State Records:

Early Immigrants:

19 Responses to Goyen Family Tree

  1. Nancy Brian says:

    Hi, I am Nancy Brian. Moses Hollis Senior is my 5th grandfather. My great grandfather (who I knew), his mother was a Hollis. This is how I am related.

    Moses Hollis SR (1728 – 1794)
    5th great-grandfather
    Moses Hollis JR (1752 – 1815)
    son of Moses Hollis SR
    Peter Knighton Hollis (1802 – 1882)
    son of Moses Hollis JR
    Elizabeth J Hollis (1848 – 1931)
    daughter of Peter Knighton Hollis
    William Frank Fennell (1880 – 1967)
    son of Elizabeth J Hollis
    Irene Thelma Orvin Fennell (1900 – 1987)
    daughter of William Frank Fennell
    Virginia Rose Orvin (1924 – 2014)
    daughter of Irene Thelma Orvin Fennell
    Nancy Karen Davis Brian
    You are the daughter of Virginia Rose Orvin

    My son got into the SAR based off of the 2 Moses Hollises being iin the revolutionary war.
    I agree that maybe the John Hollis born in Surry England is probably not the father of Moses. It looks like people Just copied each other based on what I see (but I could be wrong.
    Anyway, I wanted to congratulate you an your good work and to ask you what is the best way to do the DNA.
    Thank you.
    Nancy Brian

    • douggoyen says:


      I’m currently (as typing) adding new Hollis info – so check back.

      I’m not saying John Hollis is not Moses’ and James’ father, the more I look, the more it seems he may be the father. Both the Going family and Hollis family came from that area where John Hollis was living in Fairfax Co, Va. John Hollis (Elijah Hollis’ brother – both sons of Moses) stated in his Rev War pension application that he was born in Fairfax Co, Va. There were a couple other Hollis’ who were in that area, but John seems to be the oldest – so seems like he would be the father. There just isn’t a smoking gun that confirms it.

      Also, I do not know that John Hollis was from England. I found a Rev War pension application for a James Hollis from NC that said he was from Surry Co, England. He entered Charleston, SC as part of the British army, and deserted, then joining the Americans in SC under Marion. I don’t think there is any connection between him and our Hollis line. I wonder if that record set someone to searching in Surry Co, England, and they found a John Hollis about the correct age and assumed it was the same one that was here. Its possible he came from England, but I don’t know that this is confirmed either.

      Yes, I’m researching the Hollis family because we have the same Y-DNA signature. This means that somewhere along the line, either my line is really part of the Hollis (biologically), or the Hollis line is actually part of the Going/Goyen line (biologically). Probably an adoption, but possibly an out of wedlock relation. But regardless, from what I can see, it must have occurred prior to 1700 since both James Hollis b. 1730 and Moses Hollis b. 1728 both have descendants who have that same Y-DNA (so their father had that same Y-DNA).

      On the Going side, descendants of brothers John Going b. 1700 and Alexander Going b. 1715 have the same Y-DNA – meaning their father (William Going b. 1680) had that same Y-DNA.

      I’d like to confirm who the Hollis father is (John Hollis or whoever) and confirm who their children were.

      Somewhere down the line, we might find a split in the Y-DNA signatures – where part of the descendants of a particular person are one signature, and other set of their descendants are another signature. This might tell us when the adoption, or out of marriage event occurred.

      The Going family was in the Westmoreland / Stafford County, Va area by at least the 1680’s (maybe before). I’ve seen several Hollis families in that area of Virginia starting in 1638 – but I’m not sure they are related.

      Anyway, check back. I’ll be adding info.

      I’d like to see more Hollis Y-DNA test results – that might help. You would need to know a male Hollis cousin or relative that is willing to submit the test – the Y-DNA only carries father to son – so it should be a “surname” DNA test – as long as there were no adoptions or out of marriage events.

  2. Nancy Brian says:

    Also, did you research the Hollis family because they have a common ancestor?

    • douggoyen says:

      Yes, it appears there was a common paternal ancestor of John Hollis b. 1700’s line and the brothers John Going b. 1700 and Alexander Going b. 1715’s lines. (They had the same of one of the following – father, grandfather, g-grandfather, g-g-grandfather, etc. . . . Somewhere down the line there was a common paternal ancestor . . . I don’t know when or where – other than it appears to be before 1700. A good place to start looking is the Northern Neck of Virginia in the late 1600’s, since this is the earliest I can definitively track both families. It may be earlier than that (both families appear to have possibly been in Maryland prior to Virginia), but I don’t have any definitive documents for either side yet to track back further.

  3. Roger Hollis says:

    Where did you locate the 1825 Aug 8 estate distribution for William Hollis Jr that includes the relationships to father and siblings? I’ve found records but not the one that shows the relationships? It would be helpful for an application for the SAR I’m completing.

  4. stefan jagoe says:

    Can’t help but notice as missing are any possible links the numerous black Goins/Goyens/Gowen families also native to Buckingham County. My paternal g-grandmother was Nettie Goins, who, though listed in census records as black, looked as white as Donald Trump. I’ve been researching her origins for years, but I see this info won’t get me any closer to the truth. True genealogy does not limit itself to race. White sperm fertilized many a black egg over America’s history. She didn’t come from Africa looking that way, and we can’t simply ignore it.

  5. Alicia K Malone says:

    I am attempting to find information on Valentine Bell, Sr. (1740 – 1799). He is 7-times great grandfather on paternal side. Can you provide any information regarding his heritage and how his family came to America.

  6. Your site is chock full of erroneous information about the Ezekiel Joines/Joynes family of Wilkes County. The surname Joines/Joynes is not the same as your Goyen name, and I would appreciate it if you would respect the records and quit changing the name Joines to Goins. See the Joines DNA project on Family Tree for the difference. If you think you are related to the Joines family, then submit your DNA to the project and see if it’s true. https://www.familytreedna.com/public/joines/ If you aren’t, then quit perpetuating this erroneous information.

    • douggoyen says:

      Thank you Joyce! I was never trying to say Joines was the same as Goyen. The pages where Joines family members are listed are research pages – where I’ve placed much of the information I’ve found regarding documents and researchers who have found information on Gowen/Going/Goin/Goen/Goyne family name variants (including some info you have posted regarding how Joines was sometimes spelled “Goins” or “Goines”). I use this information to help me differentiate between different lines, and keep up with documentation that has been proven to be part of lines NOT related to my line, ones that ARE related to my line in some way, and ones that I am unsure of. I post this information hoping others will find it helpful – and hoping people will let me know if I’ve made an error, or if they have information to add.

      I placed a note next to all Joines names I found on my site here to address your post here. I am not related to the Joines family myself (never claimed to be), and it does not appear any of the other lines with “Gowen, Going or Goines” type names are related either. The only reason I listed the “Joines family” information was that it appears that you had posted in the past that some documents in Wilkes County, NC are spelled “Goins” but should be Joines. Additionally, the “Gowen Manuscript” had listed your Joines family with a spelling of “Goins” occasionally, and so did the Lumbee Indians website. I’ve come across some mistakes on the “Gowen Manuscript” – most of their information is correct and is very helpful – before relying on the information found there, it is best to verify it by looking at the documents cited (when cited). I actually have not found these documents that spell your surname Goins . . . if you have a copy, or a link to those documents, please supply the documentation.

      I found some of your old posts online where you had said some of the “Joines” had spelled their name Goins (see the following link – there are several others where you say that some of the documents in Wilkes County, NC for your Joines line are actually spelled Goins)(These are copies of your posts I believe): 1) “The only Goins in Wilkes records that I know of was my ancester Ezekiel Joynes/Joyns/Joines”, https://www.ancestry.com/boards/thread.aspx?o=20&m=1545.1546.1669. , 2) “there is no evidence that the Joines family in Wilkes is connected to the Melungeon Goins surname” https://www.ancestry.com/boards/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=1545&p=localities.northam.usa.states.northcarolina.counties.wilkes , 3) “. . . as Thomas Goins I believe–the name is spelled Joins, Joines, Joynes, Jines, Gines, Goins–it used to be pronounced “Jines””, and “Ezekial Goins’s marriage to Sarah Gunter was recorded in Rowan County around 1782???–again I can look up the date . . .”, https://www.ancestry.com/boards/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=1459&p=localities.northam.usa.states.northcarolina.counties.wilkes , 4) “The first Joines to appear in records of Rowan County (from which Wilkes was formed) is Ezekiel Joines (spelled variously Joynes, Joines, Joins, Goins, Goines, and Jines . . .” and “Ezekiel remarried in Rowan County to Sarah Gunter on 14 July 1779 (North Carolina Marriage Bond No. 000125211 – Sarah Gunter and Ezekil Goins).” http://www.ibiblio.org/mtnivy/BAJ/will.htm (Here is the link to the document on FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6QY9-32D?i=1281&cc=1726957&cat=179352 ).

      Nobody is updating the Gowen Manuscript (that I could find), so I copied and pasted their info to my site without editing (originally). As people notify me, I am correcting that information – typically by adding a note next to the “incorrect or speculative info” so people can see what the correct or additional information is (or an explanation regarding anything that is speculative or unknown – next to the entry . . . I do this if I am notified that the information is speculative or incorrect. There is too much in the Gowen Manuscript for me to confirm everything for all Gowen/Going/Goen/Goyne lines myself – but I will correct it if a researcher points out anything needing a correction).

      Again, thank you for the post. I have updated those Joines entries that I found here. If you find any others needing correction feel free to email me at douggoyen@gmail.com so I can add a correction or note that clarifies the entry.

      • Chelsea Kinas says:

        Probably way too late to comment, but according to my tree I’m a descendant of Ezekiel Joynes, but yet I’m a DNA match to tons of modern Goins.

  7. Brenda says:

    Don’t know if this site is still active but you reference James Holmes who changed his name from Locklear. That is my GGGrandfather.

  8. Kay Winfield says:

    I was doing a search for Rebecca Polk born in South Carolina and moved to Indiana. She married Jacob Kennard and had one child named Emma Florence Kennard. The search led me to your page. Do have any record of Rebecca Polk in the early to mid 1800’s? Thanks for all the work you are doing. I don’t know if this search will yield anything but still looking. I am searching for ancestors of the Deeter family from Indiana. My grandmother was Mary Deeter (1887-1976) and Rebecca Polk would have been her maternal grandmother. Her mother was Emma Florence Kennard born in Madison County, IN to Jacob Kennard and Rebecca Polk Kennard (originally from South Carolina according to a census record). Can you tell I’m new at this?

  9. Kim Bialoncik says:

    Good evening. My fifth great grandfather was Noyal Goyen. I was wondering who the lady is from the photo collage. She is third row down and first from the left. We favor a lot. Hope to hear from you soon.

  10. Robert Jason Goings says:

    I am researching a Goings line what I have identified in the Edgefield SC Census of 1870 but do not have 100% connection to a 1860 Census. The family is Wesley William Goings and Charlotte Goings Page 11 Household 71. I can not definitely connection to other lines. Help please.

  11. On FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLZ-L9CV-8?i=482&cat=170028), Film # 008189220, image 483/589, looks like 3 Goin children bound in Moore Co, NC in 1829.

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