1829 Ann Eliza Goings of Mississippi and then Drew Co, Ark

Ann Eliza Goings b. 1829 m. Jason Samuel Fish b. 1826 – d. 1906

Parents of Ann Eliza Goings:

  • Drury B. Goyen b. abt 1800 – d.  abt 1848 m Elizabeth (unknown but possibly Chisholm maiden name of spouse)

Children of Ann Eliza Goings and Jason Samuel Fish:

  • William Marcellus Fish b. May 1, 1849 in Oktibbeha, Miss – d. July 14, 1882 in Lincoln Co, Ark., m. Margaret Collins
  • Eveline Elizabeth Watson Fish b. July 10, 1851 in Oktibbeha, Miss – d. Aug 8, 1906 in Lincoln, Ark, m. William Lafayette Thomasson. Married Dec 26, 1867 in Lincoln Co, Ark
  • Charles Aurellius Fish b. Feb 26, 1853 in Oktibbeha, Miss – d. Nov 25, 1910. Married Elizabeth Parnell
  • Rev. John William Fish b. March 20, 1855 in Oktibbeha, Miss – d. 1934 in Lincoln, Ark. Married Margaret E. Owen.
  • Samuel Jason Fish b. March 21, 1857 in Lincoln Co, Ark – d. April 25, 1946 in Lincoln Co, Ark. Married Jennie Gammel
  • Eugene Adolphus Fish b. July 29, 1859 in Lincoln Co, Ark – d. Sept 4, 1890 in Lincoln Co, Ark. Married Mary Elizabeth McVay
  • James Calvin Fish b. Dec 7, 1861 in Lincoln Co, Ark – Oct 29, 1886 in Lincoln Co, Ark. Married Americus Bailey
  • Harvey Martin Fish b. Aug 18, 1863 in Lincoln Co, Ark – d. April 28, 1936, Married Ada Payne
  • Martha Ann Fish Owen b. Sept 19, 1867 in Lincoln Co, Ark – 1921. Married Luther C. Owen
  • Mary Jane Molly Fish Miller b. Sept 19, 1867 in Lincoln Co, Ark – 1930. Married James T. Miller
  • Joseph Elias Fish b. Sept 16, 1869 in Lincoln Co, Ark – 1952. Married Allie Cowart.


  • John E. Going – 1826/27 abt – ? m Elizabeth McGill (evidence strongly suggests Drury is father)
  • William W. Goyen – 1828/29 abt-1864 m Sarah Martha Bell (confirmed child of Drury B. Goyen)
  • Ann Eliza Going – 1829 abt – 1894 m. Jason Fish  (evidence strongly suggests Drury is father)
  • Theodocia Elvira Goyen – 1830 abt – 1916 m. Abraham Smith Davis 1810-1859, and then m. Thomas A. Avens 1809-1881 – no children (T. E. Going and T. D. Going are the same person as she was often called “Docea” – short for Theodocia).
  • Nancy Chisholm Goyen – 1840 – 1922 m. Robert Neely Provine

Possible Siblings:

  • Thomas B. Goyne – b. abt 1825 (It is possible this is Drury Goyen’s oldest child – it appears this Thomas B. Goyne is either the child of Drury B. Goyne, or is a cousin –  Possibly a child of James Goyne b. abt 1777 (James Goyne was a child of Drury Goyen b. 1749).
  • Unk – (father Drury’s state census reports indicated he had 9 children, unknown name though – its also possible that they did not live to adulthood – not enough information – but shoulds still be on lookout for additional siblings)
  • Unk – (father Drury’s state census reports indicated he had 9 children, unknown name though – its also possible that they did not live to adulthood – not enough information – but shoulds still be on lookout for additional siblings)


(Ann Eliza Going’s husband is Jason Samuel Fish.  His father is Elias Fish b. 1802 – 1855 who m. Cynthia McCants b. 1805- d. 1871
Link: http://don.mckinney.tripod.com/eliasfish.html

Elias Fish b. in NY, raised in Conn. Moved to Fairfield Co, SC, Ga, Ala, Miss, then back to Ga. In 1850 census. Died in Denton County, Texas in 1855 approx.

Jason Fish’ mother Cinthia McCant Fish 1860 US Census is in Little Elm, Denton County, Texas.

Find a Grave for Cinthia McCants Fish:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62750066

1839 June 21 – Joseph P. Prince v. Drury Gowings
In Chancery
The Answer of Drury Gowing, Guardian Ad Litem of William W. Gowings a minor to the Bill of Interpleader of Abram S Humphries the complainant. This Defendant answering to himself all right of exception to ch. said Bill of Interpleader for answer thereto saith that about the year 1824 or 1825 as he is informed and verily believe, one John Fernandes then a resident Citizen of Union District South Carolina purchased for Elizabeth Gowings at present the wife of the said Defendant & mother of the said William W. Gowing but who was then Elizabeth Smith a certain negro girl by the name of Milley then not more than 13 or 14 years of age.
And this Defendant further answering saith that the money with which said negro was purchased belonged (as he is informed & verily believes) to the said wife of this Defendant then Elizabeth Smith.
And whilst she was single and unmarried and the heir of her body, this Defendant further answering saith that he is informed and verily believes that the title to said negro Milley was by said John Farnandes vested in the said Elizabeth Smith and the heirs of her body as the money with which she had been purchased had been obtained from the sale of a negro which had been given to the said Elizabeth Smith and the heirs of her body by her father John Smith some years before.
This Defendant further answering saith that about the first of January AD 1839 that Abram S Humphries who had interpleaded in Ch Co. purchased from the said Elizabeth at that time the wife of this Defendant and the mother of the said William W. Gowing the said negro Milley and her three children Anthony about 6 years old, Maria about 4 years, and Willis about 2 years for the sum of 2000 dollars.
This Defendant further saith that 1100 dollars of this aforesaid sum was appropriated by the said Abram S Humphries by and with the consent of the said Elizabeth on the 19th day of January AD 1839 to the purchase of a certain negro woman by the name of Sarah and her two children Fayette and Oscar from one Olivia Clark then a citizen of the County of Winston in the State of Mississippi. All of which will more fully appear by reference to Exhibit marked A and which this Defendant prays may be made a part of his answer.
This Defendant further answering saith that a short time after this purchase of the last-mentioned slaves that said Abram S Humphries paid over to the said Elizabeth about four hundred dollars and a short term afterwards, some two or three hundred dollars more as this Defendant is informed and verily believes.
This Defendant further answering saith that the said Elizabeth being willing and anxious to secure to the heirs of her body as large a share as she could from the proceeds of the sale of the aforesaid negroes Milley and her three children requested the said Abram S Humphries to make and deliver to her minor son William W. Gowing a promissory note for the balance due from him on the purchase of the said Milley and her three children – which request was carried into effect by the said Abram S Humphries executing & delivering the note now in suit in the Circuit Court of Lowndes County, Mississippi wherein William W. Gowing by his next friend Drury Gowing (who is the Defendant) is Plaintiff and the said Abram S Humphries is Defendant.
This Defendant further answering saith that it was to arrest the progress of the aforesaid suit at law that the said Abram S. Humphries has interpleaded and restrained all further proceedings in said court.
This Defendant further answering saith that the negroes purchased as above mentioned by the said Abram S Humphries from the said Olivia Clark for the said Elizabeth & the heirs of her body are all that is left to the said Elizabeth & the heirs of her body of the aforesaid sum of 2000 dollars given by said Humphries for the said Milley and her three children except the amount now due on said not in suit – and that if said William W. Gowings is deprived of said sum of money that manifest injustice will be done him.
This Defendant further answering saith that the said Joseph P. Prince who now claims the amount of said note from said Abram S Humphries as garnishee should not in Equity and good conscience be permitted to have or possess the same as the said money belongs not to this Defendant but to the said William W. Gowing who is one of the minor heirs of the said Elizabeth Gowings.
This Defendant therefore prays that your Honor will protect & guard the interests of the said William W. Gowing from this and all other attempts to divest him of his just rights in the premises.
All of which matters and things this Defendant is ready and willing to aver, maintain, and prove as this Honorable Court shall direct & humbly prays to be ___ dismissed with his reasonable costs & charges in this behalf most wrongfully sustained.
Signed: Ace-Gray, Solicitors for Deft.
Note on last page: I have withdrawn Exhibit No. A from the papers to have it recorded in the Probate Clerks office of Lowndes County, Miss, August 11, 1842. A.S. Humphries.
Files Notes at top of Page: 3916 and 5251
Sheet 6, image b: indicates this is recorded in Book 24, Page 242, File 84.
Sheet 1, image a: Officer of Court v. Joseph P. Prince: indicated the case was dismissed on the 5th day of April 1842. No property found in the County on which to levy … 3916, 49 (Note: Drury Gowing won the suit and was attempting to collect his costs against Joseph P. Prince – who apparently had no property in the county)
Sheet 1, image b: State of Mississippi, Lowndes County – To the Sheriff of Lowndes County: Greeting, We command you, that the goods and chattles, lands and tenements of Joseph P Prince, late of your County, you cause to be made the sum of 25 dollars and 01 cents which Drury Gowing lately in our Circuit Court, hath recovered against him for costs about his defence in a certain action, at the suit of the said J P Prince. Whereof the said J P Prince is convicted as appears to us of record; and that you have the said moneis before the judge of our said court on the First Monday of October next, to render to the said Gowing use of Officers of Court for their costs aforesaid, – and have then there this writ. June 1st, 1842. Signed Sterling H Lester, Clerk. by Chas R Jordan.
Lowndes County, Mississippi. Circuit Court Records. Drury Gowing’s Answer: Case Number: CC3916-02b sheet 07, images a through e.  (NOTE: Ambram S. Humphries is Elizabeth Smith’s 1st cousin. Elizabeth Smith’s father John Smith and Abram S. Humphries mother Mary Smith were siblings (brother and sister). John Smith married Nancy Chisholm and Elizabeth Smith, the wife of Drury Gowing, is their daughter, and Mary Smith married John Jefferson Humphries, and Abram S. Humphries is their son).  (ALSO NOTE: John Farnandes mentioned in this answer is the son of Henry Farnandes who was sold some of Adam Chisholm decd’s land back in Union County, SC. Nancy Chisholm is the daughter of Adam Chisholm – Nancy Chisholm married John Smith – and Elizabeth Smith is their daughter – she is the wife of Drury B. Goyen/Gowing in this document … The Smiths, Humphries, Goings, Davis, Chisholms, and Alexanders  – all moved to the Pickens County, Alabama and Lowndes County, Mississippi area in the 1830s about the same time – and were related by marriage to one another). 

Ann Eliza Going married Jason Fish, and lived in Oktibbeha Co, Miss at the same time as William W. Goyen.  The 1850 US Census has her living with her husband Jason Fish in Mississippi, and their baby.  Also living with her is John E. Going – who appears to be her brother – which makes him William W. Goyen’s brother as well.

1850 US Census Goyen living in Oktibbeha County Miss (2)

(1850 US Census in Oktibbeha Co, Miss, with Jason S. Fish age 22, Ann Fish (Ann Eliza Going) age 21, Robert Fish age 1, and John Gowins age 22).

We also know from “Goodspeed History of Lincoln Co, Arkansas”  the following:  “Janson S. Fish is one of lincoln County’s leading citizens, and was born in Fairfield District, S. C., on august 23, 1826, being the son of Elias and Cynthia (McKance) Fish, native of New York and South Carolina, respectively. The father came from South Carolina, and after his marriage moved first to Georgia, and later to Alabama, then to Mississippi, back to Georgia, and finally to Texas about 1855, where he died. Janson spent his school days in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, and when twenty-one years old commenced farming for himself. he located in Arkansas in 1856, on the farm where he now resides. He entered 160 acres of land, and after clearing it thoroughly, began a system of improvement and cultivation that does great credit to his superior judgment. he has severed several terms as justice of the peace. During the late war he served in the Confederate army, and was dismissed at Marshall, Tex., May 5, 1865, after engaging in many of the chief battle and undergoing the hardships and deprivations necessary to a soldier’s life. January 20, 1848 he married Miss Ann Goings, daughter of Drew and Elizabeth Goings, and of its union were born eleven children, nine of whom are still living: Evelyn E., Charles A., John W., Samuel J., Eugene A., H. M., Mary J., Mattie Ann and Joseph E. Seven of the family belong to the Missionary Baptist Church, of which the father is a deacon. One of the boys, J. W. is a Baptist preacher.”  http://www.argenweb.net/lincoln/goodspeed.html#Janson%20S.%20Fish

Additional information is found on Don McKinney’s website.   Don shared the following photos of Ann Going and Jason Fish

Ann Eliza Goings info on Don McKinney's website

Jason Fish and Ann GoingsAnn Eliza Goings


John E. Going (John E. Goen) is listed on the 1856 Oktibbeha County, Mississippi State Census report side by side, on same page with William W. Goyen  (W. W. Goen).

William W. Goens or Goyen on 1856 Oktibbeha Miss taxes with John E Goens too

(1856 Oktibbeha County, Miss tax report with W. W. Goen adjacent to John E. Goen: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Oktibbeha/1856/Personal/11 ).

By 1860, Ann Eliza Going Fish moves to Arkansas with her family, and so does John E. Going.

Ann Eliza Going and Jason Fish in Drew County, Ark 1860 US Census

(1860 US Census – Drew Co, Ark – J S Fish and wife E A Fish)

John E. Going had also moved to Drew County, Arkansas by 1860 – along with sister Ann Eliza Going and her husband Jason S. Fish and their family.

J E Goings with own family and children in Drew County Arkansas in 1860 US Census

(1860 US Census – Drew County, Arkansas – J. E. Goings with spouse Elizabeth Goings and their 5 children)

Finally, the following Genealogy of the Goyen family was done in 1958 by Mrs. Elmer Mathie Adams.  It traces the siblings of William W. Goyen that she knew about and their descendants. It also traces the all the children of William W. Goyen, and their descendants.  It has been helpful in piecing together family members who may still be alive.  I have redacted birth date information of those who may possibly still be living to protect privacy:

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams page 1a

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams page 1b

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams_Page_2 redacted info

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams_Page_3 redacted

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams_Page_4

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams_Page_5 redacted

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams_Page_6

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