1720-30 Thomas Goin of Fairfax Co, Va and Lunenburg Co, Va (Y1)

Thomas Goin b. 1720-30 – Fairfax Co, Va 1739-1743, Lunenburg Va 1751, Camden Dist SC 1752 – ydna match – see: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/ydna-matches/

Parents: (same Y-DNA as other descendants of following people):

John Going b. 1700 and Mary Keith (appears to be most likely parents)

(Y1) YDNA Group

Possible Children:

(Note:  Thomas Goin likely married around 1740-42 and appears to have had at least 9 children – based on an application for land in South Carolina (if this is the same Thomas Goin).   The following are guesses – as we are unsure which Thomas Goin records match the Thomas Goin who wrote his will in 1797 in Montgomery County, NC):

Amos Goyen b. 1744 (assumed child of John Going Sr)(Thomas Goin is possibly parent)
Drury Goyen b. 1749 (assumed child of John Going Sr – also a Y-DNA match)(Thomas Goin is possibly parent)
Thomas Goin b. 1745-50 probably Greensville Co., VA died July 19, 1838 Big Barren, Claiborne Co., TN.  (same Y-DNA – but not confirmed – could be a nephew or cousin).
James Goyne b. 1755 (I’ve assumed this is a child of John Going Sr – also a Y-DNA match, but its also possible that Thomas Goin is a parent)

Thomas Goin appears to have married in 1748 and had the following children:

1) William Goin b. between 1752 and 1756, prob. Greensville Co., VA. died between 1828 and 1830 Claiborne Co., TN (not confirmed)
2) Vini Goin b. about 1758 NC married Mr. Hardister (confirmed in will as daughter Vini Hardister)
3) Edward Goin b. about 1760 NC (not confirmed)
4) John Goin b. abt. 1763 NC (not confirmed)
5) Hali Goin b. about 1764 NC  (confirmed in will as daughter)
6) Elizabeth Goin b. abt. 1768 NC (confirmed in will as daughter)

Thomas Goin married Overton around 1775 and had the following two children:

1) Burgess Goin b. abt. 1776 NC; died 1849 Randolph Co., NC married Elizabeth (confirmed in will one of two youngest sons
2) Burton Goin, born about 1778 NC; died after 1840, Claiborne Co., TN, was
married in NC (confirmed in will one of two youngest sons)


(Note:  The following people would be the siblings of Thomas Goin “if” John Going b. abt. 1700 who m. Mary Keith are his parents –  we do not know if this is the case, so this is a guess based on John Going b. abt 1700 being his parent).  

John Going Jr. b. 1729 m. Elizabeth (confirmed child of John Going Sr)
Thomas Goin b. 1720-23 (confirmed child of John Going Sr) (year of birth estimated) child based on paying tithes in Lunenburg Co, Va in same household – he is a Y-DNA match to this line).
Susannah Gowen Hubbard b. 1731 (confirmed child of John Going Sr)
William Goyne b. 1733 (confirmed child of John Going Sr – also a Y-DNA match)

Others possibly related – siblings, cousins, or children (noted on Fold 3 in SC in the 1750s):

George Gowen b. abt 1730-32
Henery Goins b. abt 1735-38


The Thomas Goin of this page is the Thomas Goin who wrote his will in Montgomery Co, NC in 1797.   His descendants’ YDNA tests match YDNA from descendants of William Goyne b. abt 1733 of Orange Co, NC, Rutherford Co, NC, and Georgia, and match descendants of John Going b. abt 1700 who was married to Mary Keith.   Because of this match, I am “assuming” this is the same Thomas Going from Fairfax Co, Va.  There is no proof other than circumstantial evidence shown in the documents below.

I have also listed documentation for other “Thomas Going” individuals that would be about the correct age who lived in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  These other “Thomas” individuals may or may not be the same as this one.  I list these records for research purposes, and not to claim this is a match.

Potential Counties of Thomas Goin:

Stafford Co, Va: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/virginia-stafford-county-1700s-to-early-1800s/
Prince William Co, Va: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/virginia-prince-william-county-1700s-to-early-1800s/
Fairfax Co, Va: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/virginia-fairfax-county-1700s-to-early-1800s/
Brunswick Co, Va: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/virginia-brunswick-county-1700s-to-early-1800s/
Lunenburg Co, Va: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/virginia-lunenburg-county-1700s-to-early-1800s/
Charleston Co, SC: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/south-carolina-charleston-county/
Clarendon Co, SC: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/south-carolina-clarendon-county/
Granville Co, SC: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/north-carolina-granville-county/
Randolph Co, NC: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/north-carolina-randolph-county/
Montgomery Co, NC: https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/north-carolina-montgomery-county/

Y-DNA:  See the following page for Y-DNA results for this line:

Y-DNA information for Goyen:  https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/y-dna-for-goyen/

Y-DNA matches (most distant known ancestors of people we match – have common paternal ancestor with these people):  https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/ydna-matches/

Early Life to Adulthood:


Thomas Going b. 1717-22 as son of John Going b. 1700 and Mary Keith:

Birth Dates of Thomas Goin and John Going:

Other deeds mentioning Thomas Going are noted in Fairfax Co, Va close to this time including:

1739 May 29 Thomas Gowing living adjacent to John Awbrey, four miles below the falls of the Potomac, and near William Strutfield, Thomas Owsley, Mr. Robert Alexander, in Prince William Co, Va.  (Note:  This deed appears to be for the land that Thomas Gowing b. 1660 received in 1707 – he had sold 250 acres of it to George Mason by this time, and later George Mason appears to purchase the remaining part of this land – this transaction appears to be for Thomas Gowing  b. 1650-60 – not the Thomas Goin of this page).

1739 Thomas Gowing living adj to John Awbrey and near Alexander Owsley Strutfield in PWC Va p11739 Thomas Gowing living adj to John Awbrey and near Alexander Owsley Strutfield in PWC Va p21739 Thomas Gowing living adj to John Awbrey and near Alexander Owsley Strutfield in PWC Va p3

A Feb 16, 1743 lease of Thomas Going receives 100 acres from Robert Bates in Fairfax County, Va.  Here he performs the contract himself, indicating he is at least 21 years of age by this time.  “… between Robert Bates of Fairfax County planter of the one part and Thomas Going of the same County planter of the other part … Robert Bates for and in consideration of the rents duties reservations and covenants hereinafter reserved … behalf of the said Thomas Going … grant set and confarm let to the said Thomas Going one messauage plantation tenement tract of lander whereon he now dwells containing 100 acres … being part of a greater tract of land granted …. the said Thomas Going … paying to the said Robert Bates … the sum of six hundred and thirty pounds of Tobacco yearly during such subtenants … the yearly rent … Signed: Robert Bates, Thomas Going. Wits: Margaret Terrott, William Carrol, William Henry Terrett. Proved up in Fairfax County Court on Feb 16, 1743 by Robert Bates. ” Deed bk A1, p 101.  Fairfax County, Va.

1743 Thomas Going deed to Bates Fairfax Co Va p11743 Thomas Going deed to Bates Fairfax Co Va p21743 Thomas Going deed to Bates Fairfax Co Va p31743 Thomas Going deed to Bates Fairfax Co Va p4

On Feb 4, 1739, James Going was listed as the owner of property that was adjacent to John Colvill, Robert Bates, Gabriel Adams, James Robertson, the late Rev. Mr. Brechin, and Simon Pearson – according to a deed granted to John Colvill on Feb 4, 1739 in Prince William County, Va.

1739 James Going living adjacent to John Colville grant in Stafford Co Va snip and marked 11739 James Going living adjacent to John Colville grant in Stafford Co Va snip and marked 2

Going family members appear to be near the 100 acres of land that Thomas Going leased from Robert Bates, and that it is likely the same area that is mentioned in John Awbrey’s 1739 lease above (4 miles below the lower falls of the Potomac).  4 Mile Run is about 4-6 miles south of the lower falls (really rapids) of the Potomac.  So the land mentioned in the 1739 Awbrey deed would likely be near the land mentioned in the 1743 deed to Thomas Going.  It is also very nearby the land that James Going had in 1739 that is mentioned in the Colvill deed.


(Below are different Going, Goyen, Gowen related sources for those people were in the Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina areas in the early 1700’s to early 1800’s)

Map of North Carolina and Virginia border area and locations of families living in those areas (click to enlarge)

(Note:  This appears to be the same Thomas Going from Fairfax Co, Va – as he is in the same household as John Going who comes from Fairfax Co, Va.  The relationship is unknown, but I am assuming Thomas Going is John Going’s son). 

1751 –Thomas Gowen was taxable in the 1751 Lunenburg County household of John Gowen in the list of Richard Witton [Tax List 1748-52].  Lunenburg Co, Va.

1751 John Going and Thos Going 3 tithes – Lunenburg Co, Va, John Goin 1 tithe – Lunenburg Co, Va

SOUTH CAROLINA:  The THOMAS GOING of South Carolina in the 1750s:    (Note:   As Thomas Going disappears from Lunenburg Co, Va after 1751, a  Thomas Going shows up in South Carolina in 1751/2.  This may be the Thomas Going from Fairfax/Lunenburg County, Virginia.  The age would be about right – with 9 children in 1752, he most likely was born about the same time as the assumed birth date of Thomas Going from Fairfax.  It is unknown if this is the same Thomas Going from Fairfax Co, Va, or if it is the same Thomas Goin who dies in Montgomery County, NC in 1797.  The Thomas Going of South Carolina listed below had 9 children in 1752 when he applied for his land grant … this likely places his birth year on or before 1722 – as he would be 30 years old with 9 children in 1752 – this likely is the youngest he could be.  He could have been born before that, as early as 1710 with 9 children in 1752).

1752 Feb 4 – Thomas Going – Plat for 750 acres on the north side of Congaree, South Carolina, Pursuant to a Precept to me directed by George Hunter Esq his Majesties Survoyor Genl. directed the 4th day of February 1752. I have measured and laid out unto Thomas Going a plantation or tract of Land containing seven hundred and fifty acres situate lying and being on the North side of the Congaree otherwise Seludy River on both sides of the Creek called Collins Mill Creek butting and bounding on all sides on vacant land and hath such shape and form and marks as the above plat represents. Given under my hand this 9 of March 1752.  John Fairchild; Description shows on map below to be: Future Lexington Co, SC (county south of Fairfield Co). D.S.  http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=95289  Looking at map – the description shows: http://battleofcamden.org/1773sc.jpg Petition for Thomas Goings indicates he has a wife and 9 children, and prays for 550acres on or about the Congree River. Petition on Feb 4, 1752.
(Thomas Going – with 9 children – he has been an adult most likely close to 12-20 years (was probably at least 18 before his first child is born – so he is likely 30-40 years of age in 1752 – placing this South Carolina Thomas Going’s likely date of birth about 1712-1722 – which fits the estimated age of Thomas Going b. 1717-22).

1752 Survey north of Congaree and along the Collins Mill Creek to Thomas Going Colonial Plat Books (copy series) 8 Bit Gray 300dpi Scanned By: Nancy Piester

1752 Thomas Goings wife and nine children petitions for 550 acres on Congree R SC

1751 Feb 1 – baptised by order of Church, and on profession of faith John Bullen Jun and Mary Bullen, and Thomas Goeing.  Ashley River Baptist Church 1736-1764, Charleston District, South Carolina. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-HGZR?i=649&cat=357193

(Note:  Above church info in SC is new, it appears it may be this Thomas, additional work is needed to confirm). 

1754 March 21: an estate sale of Robert Futhy, decd, was held and accounting was turned into the court on January 26, 1756. The 2nd page shows John Gowin appears to buy a case of Huntherd? Accounting shows cash of John Gowin by case of Andrew Johnston, 28.10. Craven County, South Carolina. bk R2, 1753-1756. p. 401. South Carolina.   https://www.fold3.com/image/305665173?terms=Gowins

1754 November 9 – At our Quarterly meeting:
Was baptised on profession of faith Nathaniel Bradwell, Charles Barker Insd., Col Bedon negro fellow Cago, John Goeing, and Mr Bradwell negro wench named Dinah, and they were all reeived members of this Church. Ashley River Baptist Church 1736-1764, Charleston District, South Carolina https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-HG4P?i=652&cat=357193

1755 Feb 1 – At our Quarterly.
Was baptised by Order of Ye Church and on Profession of faith, Elia Bradwell, Anne Winwright, An Hurst, Thomas Goeing Junr …. Ashley River Baptist Church 1736-1764, Charleston District, South Carolina   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-HG4P?i=652&cat=357193

1759 Feb 2d was baptised Dinah Goeing and recd as a member in full. Ashley River Baptist Church 1736-1764, Charleston District, South Carolina https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-HGZT?i=653&cat=357193

(Note:  above is new info found in SC – additional research is needed to confirm if this is the same Thomas as is on this page).

Thomas Going’s 1752 land grant indicates he has 9 children – other people in Charleston SC during this time, that are in documents located with the same last name include:

1753 Benjamin Gowen gave a mortgage securing the purchase of five slaves bought from John Calder and Capt. William Lawton, planter of Edisto Island in March 1753, according to “South Carolina Magazine of History.” South Carolina.

1753 Aug 24 – George Gowen listed as an account owed at Robert Hill’s tavern in Edmundson, Ashepoo, South Carolina (Ashepoo, in Colleton County). The note part of Robert Hill’s estate in 1759. Tavernkeeper. Ashepoo, SC. Bk T, 1758-1761. p. 153A. South Carolina. https://www.fold3.com/image/266970938

1754 March 21: an estate sale of Robert Futhy, decd, was held and accounting was turned into the court on January 26, 1756. The 2nd page shows John Gowin appears to buy a case of Huntherd? Accounting shows cash of John Gowin by case of Andrew Johnston, 28.10. Craven County, South Carolina. bk R2, 1753-1756. p. 401. South Carolina. https://www.fold3.com/image/305665173?terms=Gowins

1754 November 9 – At our Quarterly meeting:
Was baptised on profession of faith Nathaniel Bradwell, Charles Barker Insd., Col Bedon negro fellow Cago, John Goeing, and Mr Bradwell negro wench named Dinah, and they were all reeived members of this Church. Ashley River Baptist Church 1736-1764, Charleston District, South Carolina   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-HG4P?i=652&cat=357193

1755 Feb 1 – At our Quarterly.
Was baptised by Order of Ye Church and on Profession of faith, Elia Bradwell, Anne Winwright, An Hurst, Thomas Goeing Junr.
Concluded to excommunicate Thomas Barten Jun for the sin of adultery which he has lived in some time past.
Notwithstanding all ye admonitions of ye Church accordingly it was executed ye Sabbath following …. Ashley River Baptist Church 1736-1764, Charleston District, South Carolina   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-HG4P?i=652&cat=357193

1759 Feb 2d was baptised Dinah Goeing and recd as a member in full. Ashley River Baptist Church 1736-1764, Charleston District, South Carolina   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRD-HGZT?i=653&cat=357193

1759 Feb 4 – Henery Goins (Henry Goins): Is noted to owe on an account from Feb 1759 William Little of Craven County, SC in William Little’s probate paperwork in 1767. South Carolina. bk X, p 232. 1768-1769 Inventories of Estates. South Carolina.

1764 June 5 –  Thomas Gown applied for a 100 acre bounty grant in the upper Savannah River valley in Belfast township June 5, 1764, according to the records of the Charleston Treasurer. He re­ceived 35 pounds from the treasury in 1764.

1768 April 25: James Gowen, John Keating, and John Ohear are appraisers of the estate of James Clark, deceased, with Margaret Clark, administrator. records in Charleston, South Carolina. 1768 April 25 inventory of appraisement of effects of estate of James Clarke decd, administatrix is Margaret Clark. Wits: John Keating, John O’Hear, James Gowen. South Carolina , Inventory Bk X, pg. 347-348.
https://www.fold3.com/image/305666203 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-J6QD-WM?i=186&wc=MP5M-JWG%3A190562801%2C190562802%2C190713501%2C190560104&cc=1911928

1769 July 4 – The records in South Carolina are sparce, but in July 4, 1769 a Thomas Gowing was listed in the inventory of notes due to Joseph Wood in SC on Fold3.  Joseph Wood was of St. David’s Parish, SC according to the probate paperwork (Click each image to enlarge):

Location of St. David’s Parish in 1769 – included all of the Cheraw District – nearby is the Camden District – where John Going, Thomas Going, Edward Hollis, and William Scott had moved:

South Carolina counties in 1770

Other Going family members noted in SC about this time period include (unknown if either are related):

1)  George Gowen:  In August 24, 1753 he noted owing an account to Robert Hill, and is listed on the estate of Robert Hill (a tavernkeeper in Ashepoo, SC (located about 38 miles west of Charleston, SC). (Likely be born before 1732)

2)  Henery Goins:  Is noted to owe on an account from Feb 1759 William Little of Craven County, SC in William Little’s probate paperwork in 1767.  (Likely be born before 1738).

GRANVILLE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA: (Note:  A Thomas Going lived in Granville County, NC.  He is first noted in 1752.  A Thomas Going Jr and Sr are noted – the last entry for a Thomas Going Sr is 1780 in Granville County, NC.   This may or may not be the Thomas Goin of this page, but because of the location and time period, is worth considering).

1752 May 30 -“Thomas Going” received a deed May 30, 1752 to 150 acres “on both sides of Taillors Creek, being the lower part of a grant [of 600 acres] to McKisick for “six pounds Virginia money,” from John McKisick, according to Granville County Deed Book B, page 53. Witnesses were Thomas Hunter, Francis Maly and Broadhead Trulove.
Granville Co, NC  1752 May 30 – On 30 May 1752 Thomas Gowen purchased 150 acres in Granville County on both sides of Taylors Creek at the mouth of Spring Branch [DB B:53]. Granville Co, NC.  http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Gibson_Gowen.htm   1752 Thos Going fr Jno McKisick in Granville Co NC (Book B p. 53)

1753 List of Robert Harris (“one of his lists”)
George Anderson 0 1
William Going and his son 2 0
Robt. Mitchell, John Going 2 tithes
List of Osborn Jeffreys
Robert Davis 0 1
Thomas Going 1 1
Michal Going 0 1
Edward Going 0 1
List of Lemuel Lanier
Thomas Going 1
Michall Going 1
Michall Going 1
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ,  http://www.mindspring.com/~baumbach/1753tax01.htm ,  http://www.mindspring.com/~baumbach/1753tax01.htm

1754 List of Osborn Jeffreys
Michal Going 1 0
Thomas Going 0 1
Granville Co, NC

1754 Oct 8 – Muster roll of the regiment in Granville, under the command of Colo William Eaton, as taken at a general muster of the said regiment on Oct 8, 1754 William Person, Lieut. Col.James Paine, Major Capt Osborn Jeffrey’s Company:
78. THOMAS GOWAN – Malatto
79. MICHAEL GOWAN – Malatto
80. EDWARD GOWAN – Malatto
Granville Co, NC

1755 summary list (from microfilm) C.044.70012 NC Archives
Thomas Going 0/1/1
Edward Gowen 0/1/1
Michael Gowen 0/1/1
Joseph Gowen 0/1/1
William Going & Son Joseph 2/0/2
William Going & Son Joseph 2/0/2
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html , https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLF-D9YG-R?i=9&cat=353959 , https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLF-D9YL-C?i=10&cat=353959

1757 Tax List of Richard Harris
William Gowen List Son Joseph & William 3 0
List of Samuel Henderson
Joseph Gowen 1
Gideon Gowen 1
List of Gid. Macon
Thos: Goeing, Jno. Seemore [torn]
List Retd. by William Johnson [shf.]: perhaps insolvents
Chrisr. Goin 1
Granville Co, NC

1759 List of John Pope
Joseph Goin, Mulattoe 1
Edward Goin, Mulattoe 1
Thomas Goin, William Gray White 2
James Goin Mulattoe, William Goin Mulattoe 2
Michael Goin, Mulattoe, John Wilson, Mulattoe 2
Delinquent and insolvent list
Going, James 2
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ; http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1761 whites/Blacks male/Blacks f/ Blacks 12-16
List of John Pope
Thomas, Moses Gowin. Refuses to List his wife 2 tithes
Michael Gowin, John Wilson. Refuses to list his wife 2
Joseph Gowin. Refuses to list his wife 1
List of Robt. Harris for Granville Parish
Edward Going sons Edwd. Reeps 0 white/3black males
Country Line District by Larkin Johnston
William Gowin, James Gowin 2
William Gowin Junr, Jesse Chandlor 2
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ; http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1762 Bare Swamp District; List of John Pope for St. Johns Parish
Michael Gowin, Mulattoe, John Willson 2 tithes
Thomas Gowin, Moses Gowin 2
Edward Gowin Senr. Mulla., Reps Gowin, Edward Gowin 3
Fishing Creek District
James Gowing, Son William, Refs. to list his wife
2 whites, 0 blacks, 2 males, 0 females, 2 over 16, 2 total
Country Line District
William Gowin Junr 2 white
Granville Parish by Robert Harris
Joseph Going Mulato not listed his wife
list of insolvents
Gowen, James 2
Going, Michael 2
Going, Edward 2
Going, Jos. 1
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ;  http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1764 Granville Co, NC
Jas. Gowen, James Lunceford 2 white
Thomas Going and Moses Going 2 white
Joseph Going and James Harrison mulattoe 1 white 1 mulattoe
Edward Going and Edward Going 2 mulattoe
Yancey’s List ( part missing)
Gowen, Joseph 1-0-0-0
Gowen, William 1-0-0-0
List of Robert Harris
John Cape and William Gowen 2-0-0-0

Jos. Gowen 2 insolvent
James Gowen 2 insolvent
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ; http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm

1766 Box CR 44.601.20 1766 gives alphabetical summary only:
Goin, Joseph 2
Gowin, Thomas 1
Gowing, Joseph 1
Gowin, Edward 1
Gowin, Reps 1
Memo of those as has not listed with John Pope
Joseph Gowin (Mullattoe, has a wife and other Family not listed)
Edward Gowin (Mullattoe, has a wife &c not listed)
Granville Co, NC

1767 List of Philips Pryor
Joseph Gowen, Presley Harrison John Cunningham, Minor Cockram 4w, 0B
list of John Pope (white, Black male, Black female)
Thomas Gowin 2-0-0
Moses Gowin 1-0-0
Joseph Gowin 0-2-0
Edward Gowin 0-1-0
Edward Gowin Jr.0-1-0
Separate List later in reel, Philip Pryors List
Joseph Gowen Prisly Morrison John Cunningham Minor Cocer? 4 white
Granville Co, NC

1768 list of John Pope
Thomas Gowin, John Gowin, Alston Hopkins 3 tithes
Moses Gowin [torn]
Joseph Gowin his Nat 2
Granville Co, NC

1769 Summary list from microfilm white/ Black/ Carriage wheels
Gowen, Thomas 3/0/0
Gowen, Moses 2/0/0
Gowen, William 1/0/0
Gowen, Edward 0/1/0
Granville Co, NC
http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/12/granville-county-nc-early-records.html ,  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLF-D9YL-P?i=20&cat=353959 ,  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS7S-MBZS?i=115&cat=332552

1771 Thomas Gowin 2 unk Granville Co NC.
Moses Gowin 1 unk
John Gowin 1 unk
Edward Gowin 1 unk
Joseph Gowin 2 unk
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Granville.htm ,  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLF-D9BD-N?i=50&cat=353959

1774 Nov 23 – “Thomas Gowin” was a purchaser at the estate sale of James McGehee, deceased, November 23, 1774, according to Granville County Will Book 1, pages 114 and 115. Granville Co, NC   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C956-FS3R-K?i=135&cat=358185

1780 John Gowen, William Gowen,  Thomas Gowen Sr, Thomas Gowen Jr on tax list in Granville Co NC.   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLF-D9BW-D?i=88&cat=353959

1785 Thomas Gowin, Edward Gowin, John Gowin, and William Gowin on tax list of Granville Co NC.  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLF-D9BQ-W?i=120&cat=353959

1786 Thomas Gowin, William Gowing, Edward Gowin, and John Gowin on tax list in Granville Co NC.  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLF-D9BS-G?i=144&cat=353959

1787 William Gowen, Jinkins Gowen, and Thomas Gowen on tax list in Granville Co NC.  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLF-D9B4-4?i=166&cat=353959

1788 Jan 25 – Thomas Going of Granville County deeded to John Simmons, Sr. “of this county” the 150 acres on Taylor’s Creek that he had received from John McKissick in 1752. Granville Co, NC. [DB O:555].   http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Gibson_Gowen.htm  1788 Feb Thomas Going to John Simmons in Granville Co NC index (Book O Letter G p. 555)

1788 Oct 14 Edward Gowen to nephew Thomas Gowen all the estate, right, and interest I have or may hereafter have to the Estate of Elizabeth Bass deceased, or any part thereof, and do hereby make over the same to the said Thomas Gowin his heirs and assigns from the claim of me the said Edward Gowen or any other person whatever claiming under me in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of October 1788.  Signed:  Edward Going.  Wits:  Henry Mcghe, Allin Hudson, John Simmons (his mark).  John Simmons proved up in Nov Ct 1788. Granville Co, NC.  (NOTE:  See the cited records below relating to Moses and Elizabeth Bass, and their relationship with the Going family of Granville County, NC).

1788 Aug – On motion of W. Avery, Esqr. attorney for Thomas Going for obtaining letter of Administration on the estate of Elizabeth Bass, dec. ordered that the same be laid over until next term, for proof of Kinship by blood & That a didimus postestem (a commission to take testimony) issued in favor of said Thomas Going to Anson & Richmond Counties & to the State of SC be given 15 days notice to Jermiah Bass of the time & place where such testimony be taken did po. for Levi Bass to SC giving Thomas Going a 15 day notice.

1788 August, “Thomas Goin” applied to the County Court of Greene County, Tennessee for the administration of the estate of Elizabeth Bass, according to “Bulletin of the Watauga Association,” Volume 10: “August 1788. On motion of W. Avery, Esqr. atto. for Thomas Going for obtaining letter of administration on the Estate of Elizabeth Bass, decd. ordered that the same be laid over until next term, for proof of sanguinity [kinship, blood relationship] & that a dedimus potestatem [acommission to take testimony] issue in favour of said Thomas Going to Anson & Richmond Counties & to the State of South Carolina by giving fifteen days notice to Jeremiah Bass of the time & place where such testimony will be taken, ditto for Levi Bass to South Carolina giving Thos. Going fifteen days notice at least.” Green County, Tennessee.  Greene County Tennessee Court minutes 1783-1796

1788 October 14 – Know all men by these presents that I Edward Gowen of the County of Granville for divers good causes and considerations thereunto [me] moving more especially for the sum of £25 to me in hand paid, the receipt of which I do hereby acknowledge, hath bargained, sold & made over, and by these presents, do bargain, sell and make over to my nephew, Thomas Gowen all the estate, right and interest I have or hereafter may have to the estate of Elizabeth Bass, deceased, or any part thereof, and do hereby make over the same to the said Thomas Gowin, his heirs and assigns from the claim of me, the said Edward Gowen or any other person whatever claiming under me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the 15th day of October, 1786. Edward Going .  Witnesses:
Henry Meghe
Allin Hudson
Jhn. [X] Simmons”
John Simmons later appeared in Granville County Court to prove the deed of “Edward Gowing” to “Thomas Gowing,” according to “Court Minutes of Granville County, North Carolina, 1746-1820,” page 28 by Zoe Hargett Gwynn.  Edward Gowen of Granville County, North Carolina, regarded as a kinsman of Thomas Goin, was also named an heir of Elizabeth Bass. On October 14, 1788 he conveyed his interest in her estate to “his nephew, Thomas Gowen,”according to Granville County Will Book 2, page 79. Granville Co, NC.

1789 Feb 2 – Jeremiah Bass & Thomas Going hath leave to administer on the estate of Elizabeth Bass dec’d and enter into bond with John Stone & Jno Gibson his suriety but the court ruled that neither should have the administration before Nancy Finney for which Jeremiah Bass appealed.  South Carolina

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, VIRGINIA:  (Note:  A Thomas Going is noted in Brunswick County, Virginia – as a minor in 1739 – the year Catherine Padderson dies and her will is entered in Prince William Co, Va – being bound to Ralph Jackson.  Then again from 1759-1767.  Its possible that Thomas Going was bound out to Ralph Jackson until 21, then when he turned 21 returned to Fairfax Co, Va. where he shows up in the 1740s.  This may be a different Thomas Going, but is worth looking at to see if any connections).  

1739 July 5 ordered that John and Thomas Going be bound by the Church Wardens as the law directs to Ralph Jackson.  Brunswick Court Orders pg 254.  Brunswick County, Virginia.

1739 July 5 John and Thomas Going bound to Ralph Jackson in Brunswick Co Va

1740 April 3 ordered that Eleanar Going and Drury Going sons to Mary Gowing be bound as the law directs to Ralph Jackson untill they shall arive to the age of twenty one years. according to Order Book 1, page 302. Va. Court Order – Brunswick Co.

1740 April 3 Eleanar Going and Drury Going sons to Mary Gowing bound out to Ralph Jackson in Brunswick Co Va

1759 Nov Ct James House v Thomas Gowen plea of not guilty set for trial Order bk 7 p 426, Brunswick Co Va

1760 May 28 James House v Thomas Gowing continued to next ct, Order Bk 8 p 50, Brunswick Co, Va

1760 June 23 Ct with Thomas Gowen v Nathaniel Harrison case continued for next ct to plea, Order bk 8 p. 75, Brunswick Co, Va.

1760 June 23 Thomas Gowen v. Joseph King deft arrested for not appearing case cont for plea at next ct date, Order bk 8 p. 75, Brunswick Co, Va.

1765 Jan 26 – 81-(133) Richard Rains of Brunswick Co to Gray Briggs of Dinwiddie Co. 26 Jan 1765. £105. A mortgage for 307 acres which sd Rains purchased from Thomas GowenRichard Rains, Joseph Peebles, George Clayton, John Bailey, William Woodward, Lewelling Wmson, Joseph Wmson, Robert Gee Jr., Sd Briggs, Edward Adams, James Adams, Richard Atkins, Reuben Bennitt, Joseph Blayton, Bunell Claiborne, Francis Coleman, Samuel Coleman, Joshua Cook, Samuel Craft, Thomas Craft, William Duglas, Charles Edwards, H. Garrott, Robert Garrott, Henry Gee, Charles Golestone, Benjamin Harrison, Jr., John Hilton, Judith Jones, Tomas Jones, Solomon King, Richard Lanier, Richard Littlepage, William Lucas, Bernd. Major, Frizell McTier, James Proctor, Joseph Proctor, Robert Proctor, Moses Quarles, Richard Rains, Henry Rawlings, William Rawlings, Josiah Reams, John C. Robinson, Peter Simmons Jr, Thomas Steagall, John Tankersly, Roger Tillman, Littleberry White, David Wiggons, Joseph Williamson, John Wood, Gray Briggs. Proved 30 May 1765. N. Edwards DCC.  Brunswick Co, Va.

1765 May Adam Sims v Thomas Going, Jackson, and Howell for debt Order Bk 9 pgs 126, 127 Brunswick Co, Va

1765 July Adam Sims v. Thomas Going, William Clack, Mark Jackson debt judgment for Pltf, Order bk 9, pg 335 Brunswick Co, Va.

1765 Aug Ct William Clack v Thomas Gowen continued to next ct Order Bk 9, pg 432 Brunswick Co Va

1765 Oct 30 William Clack Gent v. Thomas Gowen damages for plaintiff Order bk 10, pg 28, Brunswick Co Va

1767 Sept 29 Harrison and Jones v Thomas Gowen and Thomas Jackson who removed from county, recd judgment Order bk 10, pg 483 to 484, Brunswick Co Va p1

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, VIRGINIA:  (Compare Thomas Goin of this page to the Thomas Going first noted in Prince Edward County, Virginia in 1773 – info below.).   https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/virginia-prince-edward-county-1700s-to-early-1800s/

(Note: The Thomas Going of Prince Edward County, Virginia appears on tithes and other records from 1773 to the 1810 US Census in Charlotte County, Virginia.  Since the Thomas Going of this page dies in 1797 in Montgomery Co, NC – this is not the Thomas Going we are looking for.  He should be compared to  Thomas Goin b. abt 1750-55 who died in Tennessee in 1838).  


1779 April 17 – No. 43 – Thomas Gower – Entry for 100 acres of land in Montgomery County beginning below the mouth of the long branch of Drowning Creek and in the mouth of sd branch. Land entries, 1779-1796 pg 6. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-9983-FNFH?i=7&cat=348352

1782 Nov 20 – Thomas Gowens (Note:  this entry actually says “Gowers”) receives 300 acrs on Big Creek waters of Little River. Montgomery Co, NC  (this is possibly Thomas Gowens b. 1750 who moved to Montgomery County, NC – and then moved on to the Washington County, TN area afterwards.  If Thomas Goins b. 1729 (or b. 1720-22) is his father, then the father followed the son out to the Montgomery/Randolph County, NC some time between 1785 and 1790 prior to writing his will in 1797).

1789 Aug 3 – Thomas Gower of Mongomery Co and state aforesaid on one part and Randol ____ of the County and State aforesaid on the other part … the said Thomas Gower doth for and in consideration of the sum of 100 pounds … sell unto Randle Blake … a certain tract or parcel of land . on the Waters of Big Creek containing 100 acres … part of a tract of land of 200 acres pattente by Luke Roberson … bounded by the banks of the lower side of Big Creek east of Little River … the plantation whereon Mathew Gower now lives … Signed: Thomas Gower, Sarah Gower. Wit: Jo Parsons, James Cannon. Proved up in Court in 1794 by Thomas Gower. Deeds 1774-1795, pg. 1. Montgomery Co, NC. (Note:  This may not be Thomas “Gowen”, as the entry says “Gower”) .   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G96S-QW9Q?i=4&cat=169422

1790 Thomas Goin may have moved to Montgomery County, NC where Thomas Gain was counted in the 1790 census with 3 white males and 5 white females in his household [NC:164]. Montgomery Co, NC

1790 – William Gowen (may have been related to Thomas)
1790 Randolph Census
Hillsborough Dist, Randolph Co:
WILLIAM GOWIN: 2-3-4-0-1
Randolph Co, NC

1793 March 15 – between Alexander Patterson Sr of the County of Randolph and State of North Carolina of the one part and Thomas Guine of the county and state affsd of the other part …. for … the sum of sixty pounds … by the sd Thomas Gwin to the sd Alexander Patterson … sell … unto the sd Thomas Gwin … a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Randoph on the South side of Uwharrie River beginning on Millers line thence up the Haw Branch … containing 150 acres more or less … Proved up in the August Term 1795 … by Roger Williams, Deed bk 6, p 123, Randolph County, SC https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-898Q-Q394?i=169&cat=164942  (Note: see Sept 6, 1804 transaction below where Burgis and Barton Goins jointly sell this land to Henry Brown)

1795 Dec 31 – Thomas Gowan fr James Lambert bk 7, p 15, 30 acres –  This indenture made Dec 31, 1795 between Thomas Gowan of Randolph County and State of North Carolina of the one part and James Lambert of the same county affsd of the other part … consideration of the sum of sixteen pounds … he the sd Thomas Gowin doth grant bargain andsell unto the above named James Lambert him his heirs and assigns … one certain tract or parcel of land containing thirty acres (30 acres) of land more or less … at Meyors old line … from William Seheoff to William Bailey’s … from Lock Williamses old place to William Bailey’s crossing the path running on east course to the dividing line between John Bean and Thomas Guines … line to Locky old line … sd Thomas Guines his heirs and assignes doth covenant and grant to and with the said James Lambert…  Proved up the August term 1796 in Randolph Co, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G98Q-QSJ7?i=234&cat=164942

1797 will – Thomas Going – will (1740-1750) probate ppw: Will names: son Burges Going (1770s), Burton Going (b. 1778 – census repts), daughter Hale Going (1770s), daughter Elizabeth Going (1770s),  Executors: Thomas Pledger and Eben Ham. Wits: William Bailey, Jeremiah Bailey. Randolph Co, NC

1797 will of Thomas Going in Randolph Co NC snip

1797 Feb 7 – Randolph County – Will of Thomas GOING:
Transcribed by Tracy Hutchison. Not to be copied or reproduced in any format for profit.
(I have attempted to transcribe as acurately as possible, however I am sure there is probably some errors).
In the Name of God Amen, I Thomas Going of Randolph County and State of No. Carolina, being sick and weakley in body but in perfect mind and memory, do construh this my last will and testament. First my body to be buried at the durecion of my executor he or after ministered and after my last debts are paid, I give all my estate bail(?) and heirs and as follows my land. Where on I now live, I give to my two youngest sons, Burges Going and Burton Goings to be equally divided, I give my horse sadle and bridle to my son Burges Going and my fille I give to my son Burton Going. I give to my daughter Hali Going my no home & white faced heffer and all the rest of my property to be equally divided between my sons Burgess and Burton and my daughters Vini Hardester and Hali and Elizabeth Going and I do hear by appoint my trusty friend Thomas Pledger and Ebin Harn my executors to this my last will and testament. Signed and acknowledge in the presents of us this 7th day of February 1797. His Thomas T(mark) Going
William Bailey (????), Jerimiah Bailey, Randolph Co, NC

1799 Thomas Going – Dec’d
1799 Randolph Co Tax List
THOMAS GOING, decd120 ac.
Randolph Co, NC

1799 Thomas Going – Dec’d
1799 Randolph Co Tax List
THOMAS GOING, decd–120 ac.
Randolph Co, NC

1799A James Going,  1 tithe 2 horses [frame 460] Montgomery Co Va

1800 James Going,  1 tithe 2 horses [frame 501] Montgomery Co Va

1800 Burges Going
1800 Randolph Census
Burges GOING
Randoph Co, NC

1802 David Goings 1 tithe, 1 horse [frame 533] Montgomery Co Va

1803 Nov 12 – Name: William Gowing. Issue Date: 12 Nov 1803. Residence Place: Montgomery, North Carolina, USA. Certificate Number Range: 4113-4314, 01-043. Description: Montgomery 4113-4314, 01-043. 350 acres on both sides of Cabbin Creek. Chain carriers: Pleasant Gowen, Lewis Gowen. Montgomery County, NC. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=try&db=NCLandGrants&h=42576

1804 Jan 10 – This indenture made this 10th day of January in the year … 1804 between Zakias Seal of the State of North Carolina and Randolph County the one part and Burgis Goin and Burtin Goine of the other State and County affsd of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 150 pounds … paid by the sd Burgis and Burtin Goine to the sd Zachias Seal … sell unto the sd Burgis and Burtin Goine a certain tract or parcel of land in County of Randolph and State affsd on the S side of the Uwharrie River … on the Ash Bottom Branch … on the bank of the River … running down on the South bank of the River to a ___ Corner … in the County line the S … containing 160 acres the same more or less … Proved up the Nov Term 1804 by John Bean. Deed Bk 8, p 436 Randolph County, North Carolina. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-898Q-Q3NY?i=642&cat=164942

1804 Sept 6 – This indenture made this 6th day September 1804 between Burgis Goins and Barton Goins jointly of the County of Randolph and State of North Carolina of the one part and Henry Brown of the County and State affsd of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 125 pounds to us paid in hand … by Henry Brown … (the Goins) sold a certain peace or parcel of land … South side Uwharrie River on … in Pages line on the Haw branch … on John Beans line … Hopkins line … containing 120 acres … Proved up in the November Term 1805 by John Bean. Deed bk 8, p 528, Randolph County, NC. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-998Q-Q37H?i=688&cat=164942  (Note:  See 1793 transaction where Alexander Patterson Sr sells 150 acres to Thomas Guine/Gwin on the Uwharrie River on the Haw Branch)

1810 Burges Going, Burten Going, Elsabeth Going
1810 Randolph Census
Randolph Co, NC

1815 Burtan Going
1815 Randolph County Tax
Randolph Co, NC

1828 May 1 – This indenture made this first day of May …. 1828 between Nathan Godwin of the County of Randolph and State of North Carolina of the one part and Thomas Going of the same County and State on the other part. … Nathin Godwin for and in consideration of the sum of 200 dollars to him in hand paid by the said Thomas Going … he the said Nathan Godwin hath granted …. sold … unto the said Thomas Going … a certain tract or parcel of land situate … the County aforesaid and bounded as follows to wit … in Haws line (or shaws line) … crossing Walkers Creek … on the north branch of Uwharrie River … Burneys Corner … containing 240 acres more or less … Signed: Nathan Godwin. Wits: Wm Barney, Jonathan Philips. Deed bk 17, p 254. Randolph County, North Carolina. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L98Q-3H84?i=130&cat=164942

1836 – Burton Goin to Pleasant Goin Deed bk L, p 350 Claiborne County, TN  (book L is missing per index:  https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/90641?availability=Family%20History%20Library )

1836 – Pleasant Goin fr Burton Goin Deed bk L, p 300 Claiborne County, TN (book L is missing per index:  https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/90641?availability=Family%20History%20Library )

1839 June 14 – date of deed – George W Thompson trust deed to Burton Goin. State of Tennessee, Claiborne County.
… Between George W. Thompson of the County of Claiborne and State of Tennessee of the one part and Burton Goin of the County and State aforesaid of the other part… George W. Thompson for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar … confirm unto Burton Gointwo certain tracts lying in Claiborne County on Straight Creek on both sides of the road leading from Tazwell to Bullards Ferry on Clinck River adjoining … Samuel Moore, Stephen Ousley … the same tract which said Thompson bought of Samuel Moore … The other tract of land lying in the County of Hawkins on the waters of Beech Creek adjoining the lands of William Stacy being the same land bought by said Thompson from Jacob Johnson … Burton Goin has this day entered into recognizance in the sum of 250 dollars conditioned for the personal appearance of the said G W Thompson at the next circuit court for Claiborne County to answer a charge of carrying unlawful weapons to the terror of the people and also in the mean time to keep the peace … if the said Thompson shall keep the peace and shall make his personal appearance at the next circuit court for said county to answer the charge against him and shall in all things save the said Burton Goin harmless then the said Burton Goin shall reconvey the said two tracts of land to the said George W Thompson. But should the said Burton Goin have any money to pay by reason of the premises … all or part of their above named obligations that it shall be the duty of the said Burton Goin to advertise the said tracts of land for sale … and indemnify the said Goin the tract in Claiborne County … and the tract in Hawkins … for ready money and pay over to the said sum due them as above … and the residue of any shall be for the benefit of the said Thompson after paying the said Berton Goin 5 percent for his trouble … Signed: George W Thompson. Wit: J C Lane, William Mayes.
… George W Thompson proved up the deed on Sept 12, 1839 in open court. Deed bk N, p 136 Claiborne County, TN  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4Y-LSTW-X?i=372&cat=90641

1840 Sept 18 – Burton Goin to Samuel Moore deed for 145 acres.
…Between Burten Goin of the County of Claiborne and State of Tennessee of the one part and Samuel Moore of the State and County afforesaid of the other part …. Burten Goins for and in consideration of the sum of 145 dollars … confirm unto the said Samuel Moore a certain tract or parcil of land containing 145 acres … in the County afforesaid known as the Collins tract on the waters of Strait Creek … Signed: Burten Goings. Wit: Solomon Fulp, Stephen Ousley, Michael S. Fulps. Deed bk U, p 562 Claiborne County, TN.  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS5W-13B5-C?i=601&cat=90641

Section from Bev Nelson’s writings on Thomas Goin:


Thomas Goin, Sr.,  born c1732 (My notes indicate b. abt 1720-22) in Stafford or Prince William County, Virginia, and died after signing his will on February 7, 1797. The tax list of 1799 for Randolph County, North Carolina, showed him as deceased.

Thomas was born in Stafford or Prince William County, Virginia, where his parents John and Mary Keife Goin were living.  By 1750 he is recorded in Lunenburg County, Virginia, on the tithe list with John.[1]  On May 30, 1752, John McKisick sold Thomas Going 150 acres in Granville County, North Carolina, on both sides of Taillors Creek for 6 pounds.  Witnesses were Theo Hunter, Francis Mabry, and Broathead Trulowe.[2]

The Muster Roll of the Regiment in Granville County under Col. William Eaton was taken on October 8, 1754.  Listed as Mulattoes were Thomas Gowen, Michael Gowen and Edward Gowen.[3]  Listed under Capt. John Sallis’ Company were William Gowen and Joseph Gowen.[4]  In 1755 both Thomas and William Going plus Joseph, son of William, were recorded in the tax list for Granville County.  Listed together in John Pope’s District in 1767 were Thomas Gowin with Moses Gowin, 2 polls.  On the 1769 list were Thomas and Moses, most likely the father and son.[5]

When the list of Granville County militia was made on October 3, 1771, Company Captain Sol. Alston was shown as deceased.  On the list in consecutive order are the names: Thomas Going,, Senior, Thomas Going, Junior, John Going and Moses Going.  This researcher believes that this listing combined with the previous lists indicates that Thomas Senior is most likely the father of Thomas Going, Junior, John and Moses.[6]

North Carolina law regulated the men required to perform militia duties.  In 1715 the regulation had compelled all men between 16 and 60 years of age to train.  In 1777 the law lowered the upper age to 50.  Each county was then divided into Captain’s districts which allowed taxing and census.  “Public officials, ministers, doctors, ferrymen, millers, Quakers and other were generally exempt from militia duty.”[7]

Since the rule of 1715 was still in force, the militia list of 1771 would indicate that Thomas, Sr., was under 60 but born after 1711.  Moses, John, and Thomas, Jr., all would have been over 16, or born prior to 1755.  Since the names of John and Moses had appeared previously, they are presumed to be older than Thomas, Jr.  Thomas Goin, Sr., most likely named a son John after his father.

By the 1786 North Carolina state census, Thomas Gowing, Sr., was still listed in Granville County with one white male 21-60 years; 3 white males under 21 and above 60; 5 white females.  On the same list is William Gowing with one white male 21 -60; 4 white males under 21 and above 60; and 2 white females.  No blacks are listed in either household.  In the next list are two more Going men: Edward and John.  Edward is shown with 1 white male 21-60; 1 white male under 21 and over 60; and 3 females.  In John’s household are 1 white male 21-60 and 3 females.[8]

Between 1786 and 1797, Thomas moved to Randolph County, North Carolina, where he wrote his will, as transcribed.

“In the Name of god Amen I Thomas going of Randolph County and State of No. Carolina Being Sick and weakly In Body But in Perfect mind and memory Do Constiute this my Last Will and Testament First my body to be Decently Buried at the Decision of my Executor Hereafter mentioned and after my Just Debts are paid I give all my Estate Real and personal as Follows My Land Where on I now Live I give to my Two youngest sons Burges goin and Burton going to be Eaqully Divided  I give my horse Sadle and Bridle to my son Burges going and my Fille I give to my Son Burten going  I give to my Daughter Hali going my no horned White Faced Heffer and all the rest of my Property to be Equaley Divided Betwin my sons Burges and Burten and my Daughters Vina Hardester Hali and Elizabeth going and I Do here by appoint my Trusty Friend Thomas Pledger and Eben Hearn my Executors to this my Last Will and Testament

Signed and acknowledge in my presents of us this 7th Day of February 1797


William Bailey  I wrote                                               Thomas   T  going

Jeremiah Bailey                                                                       mark”[9]

Because of the wording of the will “my two youngest sons,” and the approximately thirty years difference in ages between the oldest and the youngest children, Thomas Going, Sr., probably had children by at least two different wives.  One undocumented study claimed that the mother of the younger children was an Overton.

Probable children of Thomas Going, Sr.  There may be other children.

1) Moses Going, born c1749, was listed in sequence on the Muster Roll of 1771 with Thomas, Sr., Thomas, Jr., and John Going.  He was listed on the Granville tax list of 1785 as was John.[10]  He may have been the Moses who bought 100 acres on Middle Creek, Granville County, in 1768.[11]

2) John Going, who was born about 1751, was taxed in the household of Thomas, Sr., in 1768.[12]  He was also listed in the militia muster with Thomas, Sr., Thomas, Jr., and Moses.  (See above.)  He may have been  the John Goin who bought land in Claiborne County, Tennessee in 1821 from Sherman Thomas.[13]

3)  Thomas Going, Jr., born c1755

4)  James Going, born c1757 is possibly a son of Thomas, Sr., or a son of John Going.  A James Goin, Sr., is on the Claiborne County Deed Index for 1815 buying land from Blair Davison.  Both James Goen and John Goen were on the 1799 tax list in Grainger County, Tennessee, as was Thomas #20.[14]       The records of the Big Springs Baptist Church which was built in 1792-3 on Little Sycamore Creek has records that probably pertain to James Going and John Going.  The church minutes show that John Goin joined in 1802, followed by Charles Going on June 2, 1804, and by James Going and Elizabeth Going on July 2, 1804.  In 1827 James and Elizabeth Going were dismissed by letter.

5)  William Goin, born about 1759.

6)  Vini Going was named in the will of her father, Thomas Going, Sr., and married a Hardester.

7)  Burgess Going, who was born about 1765 (age 45+ on the 1810 census), was named in the will of his father, Thomas Going, Sr.  He remained in Randolph County, North Carolina.  (Note: Heinegg shows him dying in Montgomery County, North Carolina.  But, Heinegg also had Thomas Going, Sr., dying there. This is an obvious error by Heinegg.)  Burgess’ wife was probably Betsey whose name is found in an interesting racial court case with Burgess.  Witnesses for the accused, James West Green, in a bill of complaint on August 29, 1810, were Zilphey Randoll, Burgis Goins, Betsey Goins, Betsey Cranford, John Russel, and Green Harris.  Henry Delamothe complained that a certain negro wench Ceyla, his property, had been harbored by James West Green, Rebecca Green his wife and Clayborne Harris with the purpose of carrying her out of the state or to sell her contrary to law.  Burgess also appeared in court to testity and post bond on November 1811 and June 13, 1807.[15]

Land entries by Burgess Going included 100 acres on the Uharrie River on February 3, 1807. He had an additional 150 acres bordering his own land and that of Mack Redwine and the county line on March 30, 1819.  On April 4, 1821, Burgess Going entered 150 acres on the Uharrie River bordering Mr. Redwine and the County line.[16]  Since Burgess was allowed to testify in court and post bond, Burgess was accepted in community as a full member.

One of the more interesting genealogies ever found for a Goin was recorded in the Deed Book, 47, p. 136 of Randolph County, North Carolina in March 1882 as copied below.

“The following is the true genealogy of Daniel Goins and family.  His great grand mother Elisabeth Goins was white.  His grandfather William Goins was mixt his grand mother Patsey Petty was white his father Sandy Murchison  was white his mother Leah Goins was slitly mixt making Daniel Goins very slitly mixt past into the whit(e) race to the 3rd generation at least and to all probability to the 4th or 5th.

The following is the true genealogy of Margaret Goins and her family.  Her greatgrandfather Edward Goins slitly mixed about an eigth her grandmother Celia Cofer white her father William Goins verry slitly mixt her mother Kisiah Sinclare white making her (Margaret Goins) past into the white race the 5th generation.  The above mentioned Magret Goins is the wife of Daniel Goins of Randolph County, N.C.”[17]  Testifying to the truth of the genealogy were Eli Wadsworth, Andrew Cole, Wm. H.H. Kimbral.

By July 16, 1884, Daniel had moved to Cumberland County, North Carolina, where more testimony regarding his genealogy was taken in court.

“Genealogy of Daniel Goins – Randolph County Deed Book 53; State of North Carolina, Cumberland County

Personally appeared before me Archabald A. Johnson an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county in the state aforesaid Flora McDonald and Catharine McBryde Both of whome are well known to me to be respectable and truth telling women and after being duly sworn according to law doth say that they are acquainted with Daniel Goins late of the county and state aforesaid, that they know his Father, Grand Father and Great Grand Father, that his Great Grand Father (John Harman) was native of Portugal, and was always called a Portugan, and he was of the color of the natives of that place, and that he and his sons and grandsons always Exercised the right of and passed as white men in every respect.  Flora McDonald aged 88 years.  Catharine McBride aged 33 years[18]

When the above testimony is combined with the evidence (Generation 3) of the presence of Portuguese, possibilities of the truth of the oral tradition emerge.  Thomas Goin of the 1671 immigration from England could have been born anywhere.

Children of Burgess Goining and Elisabeth

a)  Elizabeth Going married Jacob Luther

b)  Pleasant Going married Elizabeth Luther

 c)  Margaret Going was born about 1828/29.

d)  Melinda Going was born about 1830/35.

e)  Adeline Going was born about 1835/40.

f)  Shohal Going was born about 1843.

 g)  William was born about 1847/48.

8)  Burton Goin, born about 1782

9)  Hali Goin was born about 1784 and was named in her father’s will

10)  Elizabeth Goin was born about 1786 and was named in her father’s will.

[1]  Op. cit., Bell, p. 176.

[2]   Zae Hargett Gwynn, Abstracts of the Early Deeds of Granville County, North Carolina, 1746-1765, Joseph H. Watson, Rocky Mount, N.C., 1974, p. 34.

[3]   Walter Clark, The State Records of North Carolina, Vol. XXII, Nash Brothers Book & Job Printers, Goldsboro, N.C., 1907, p. 372.

[4]   Worth S. Ray, Colonial Granville and Its People,  Clearfield, Baltimore, MD, p. 293.

[5]   Clarence E. Ratcliff, North Carolina Taxpayers 1679-1790, Vol. 2, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1987, pg. 78, 80.

[6]   Op. cit., Clark, p. 160-162.

[7]   The Genealogical Journal of Randolph County Historical Society, North Carolina, Vol. VII, No. 1, 1983, p. 44.  From: North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History, Edited by Helen F. Leary and Maurice R. Stirewalt  (Raleigh, N.C., Genealogical Society, 1980,) “Military and Pension Records” by Raymond A. Winslow, p. 259.

[8]   State Census of North Carolina 1784-1787,  Second Edition, Transcribed by Mrs. Alvaretta Kenan, Registrar, Norfolk, Virginia, p. 56.

[9]   Photocopy of original will of Thomas Going, dated 7 February 1797; Randolph County, North Carolina, Will Book 2, page 37.

[10]   Op. cit., Ratcliff, p. 78.

[11]  Op. cit., Heinegg, p. 344.

[12]   Ibid.

[13]   Virginia Billingsley Fletcher, Index to the First Deed Books of Claiborne County, Tennessee, published by the author, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 1996, p. 172.

[14]   Byron and Barbara Sistler, Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists, Evanston, Illinois, 1977, p. 77

[15]   “Criminal Actions,” The Genealogical Journal of Randolph County, North Carolina,  Asheboro, North Carolina, Vol. XXV, No. 2, 2001, pg. 38, 47, and 54.

[16]   A. B. Pruitt, Abstracts of Land Entries, Randolph Co., N.C., 1801-1833,  1994, pg. 40, 93, 104.

[17]   “Daniel Goins’ Genealogy,” The Genealogical Journal of the Randolph County, North Carolina Genealogical Society,  Vol. IV, No. 2, 1980, p. 21.

[18]   Ibid., p. 22.


(Removed info for “John Goram and Thomas Goram based on the info on the following website:  http://www.genfiles.com/gorham/john-gorham-ii-c1683-1769/ … it does not appear that John Goram and Thomas Goram are misspelled from Gowen … it appears they were misspelled from Gorham).  

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