1761 William Going of Patrick Co, Va

William Going born Sept 13, 1761 – died May 28, 1849 married to Mary Going b. 1775

(Link to page on various William “Going’s” and other variations of last name.  See this page to compare this William Goyens to other William Going variations that were in the VA, NC, or SC areas in the 1700s.  List is not complete, but I’ve listed those I know about so far:  https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/various-william-goings-different-ones/ ).

Parents: 

Unk

Children:

William Going b. abt 1782
Mourning Going who died while and infant (would be 55 yrs old in 1853). b. 1798
Rachael Going Whish 50 yrs – b. abt 1802
Woodson Going born Jan 2, 1803, living in 1853
Morgan Going born July 17, 1805

Siblings:

Unk

FACTS:

William Going married to Mary Going served as a private
Lived in Surry Co, NC when applied for pension in 1834
Age 72 years in 1834 – b. Sept 13, 1761 in Rockingham Co, Va.
Moved to Henry Co, Va (now Patrick Co, Va) until 10 yrs old.
Then moved to Surry Co, NC – still resides there.
In winter of 1781 or latter part of 1780 he volunteered under
command of Capt Saml. Shaw from Henry Co, Va. They joined troops
of Gen Green in Guilford Co, NC. Had several engagements in SC.
Died on May 28, 1849. Raised a family of children.

Married in 1798 per Mary Going, in Patrick Co, Va. by
John Nunn a Baptist minister.

1853 Mary Going living in Patrick Co, Va applying for widow’s pension
78 yrs of age

Children:
Zart Mourning Goin who died while and infant (would be 55 yrs
old in 1853). b. 1798
Rachael Whish 50 yrs – b. abt 1802
Woodson Goin born Jan 2, 1803, living in 1853
Morgan Goin born July 17, 1805

Apr 14, 1855 – Mary Going is age 80 yrs. In Patrick Co, Va.

A. Staples had known William Going for 75 years in April 5, 1833.
Rockingham Co (birth)
Henry Co, Va (till 10 yrs old)
marriage in Patrick Co, Va
Surry Co, NC

1761 NC Surry Abstract of Rev War pension app for William and Mary Going

1761 NC Surry Abstract of Rev War pension app for William and Mary Going

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From GRF Newsletter Sept 1997:

William Going Survived Bloodiest Battles of American Revolution

By Austin Dakota Holt
9516 Timberlake, #211, Lynchburg, Virginia, 24592

Nineteen-year-old William Going and his First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line got off to a bad start when they began taking on the British Redcoats in the Revolutionary War. In his first encounter, the bloody Battle of Guilford Courthouse, the fighting raged all day, back and forth, in the cornfields north of present-day Greensboro, North Carolina.

The two armies, the Americans under Gen. Nathanael Greene and the British under Gen. Charles Lord Cornwallis, fought to a standstill on March 15, 1781, and casualties were heavy on each side. Each had to withdraw, leaving their dead and wounded on the field. New Garden Monthly Meeting, a Quaker church stood just west of the battlefield, and as soon as the firing ceased, the church building became a hospital. Churchmembers went to the scene of the carnage and brought the wounded, both British and American, to the church and began to bind up their wounds.

A month later, Gen. Greene had his reduced army of only 840 men facing Lord Rawdon in the Second Battle of Camden, South Carolina. Rawdon made a surprise attack on Greene April 19, 1781, inflicting 271 casualties and driving him from the field. The persistent Greene summed up the situation, “We fight, get beaten and fight again!”

William Going survived both of the disastrous battles as well as the subsequent campaign in South Carolina. Following the end of the war at Yorktown, he was discharged in South Carolina and walked back home to Henry County, Virginia.

William Going, a Melungeon/mulatto, was born September 13, 1761 in Rockingham County, Virginia. He stated that his date of birth was recorded in his family bible which was given to him by his father, name unknown. When he was very young, his family removed to Henry County, according to his Revolutionary pension application. He enlisted there under Capt. Shaw in the Virginia Continental Line.

He stated that he fought in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and in the Second Battle of Camden. He marched to Salisbury, North Carolina, and continued southward, crossing the Dan River, the Yadkin River, the Catawba River, the Broad River, the Tyger River, the Enoree River and the Saluda River. His regiment joined the troops of Gen. Greene in the Siege of Ninety-six. He stated that he saw “Col. Washington and Col. Lee.” He was discharged near Broad River. He stated that he “served with Manuel Hill of Stokes County, North Carolina and Joel Blankit of Patrick County.” For his military service he received Bounty Land Warrant No. 26870-160-55.

When Patrick County was organized from Henry County in 1790, the Going land lay in the new county, according to “Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files” by Virgil D. White. He was married to Mary “Polly” Overman February 17, 1802 by John Nunn, M. G, according to Patrick County Marriages, 1791-1850.” Thomas Beasley was surety. Benjamin Hails was a witness. The bride was born about 1775.

William Going appeared in the tax records of Patrick County from 1798 through 1817. In 1814, he appeared as a taxpayer there, but a notation on the tax roll showed his residence “in North Carolina on Little Dan River.” It appears that he disposed of his Virginia land about 1817.

William Going and William Going, Jr. were listed as heads of households in the 1810 tax list of Patrick County as reproduced in “A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia.” The two are not regarded as father-and-son. The enumerator probably appended “Jr.” to designate the younger of the two.

In 1824, William Going removed to adjoining Surry County, North Carolina. William Going received a land grant in Surry County in February 1834. On February 12, 1834, while continuing there he applied for a Revolutionary pension at age 74, which was granted.

William Going was enumerated as the head of Household No. 275 in the 1840 census of Surry County:

“Going, William free colored male 55-100
free colored female 55-100”

The enumerator noted on the census form that he was “78 and drawing a pension for Revolutionary War military service.”

Surrounding this household were those of their children: William Going, No. 273; Morgum Going, No. 274; Woodson Going, No. 276 and George Going, No. 290.”

It is believed that William Going died about 1842 in Surry County. After his death, Mary “Polly” Overman Going returned to Patrick County. She was enumerated there in the 1850 census as the head of Household 660-699:

“Going, Mary 75, born in Virginia
Catherine 35, born in Virginia”

On May 23, 1853, she applied there for a pension at age 78. Mary “Polly” Overman Going received a widow’s pension, No. W7546, March 30, 1855, at age 80 while living in Patrick County.

A notation by Virgil D. White reveals that “there were some family records on a sheet which was too dark to read on this film, see National Archives Series M804, Roll No. 1087 for entire file.”

Children born to William Going and Mary “Polly” Overman Going include:

William Going, Jr. born about 1802
Woodson Going born November 2, 1803
Morgan Going born July 17, 1805
Ruckerson Going born about 1808
George W. Going born about 1810
Catherine Going born about 1815

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