1785-1794 (born betw) William Goyens from North Carolina, moved to Texas

William Goyens born between 1785-1794 from North Carolina, moved to Texas

(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/ ).


William Going b. 1765  (Granville Co and Moore Co)  (unsure if this is correct, this is based on others’ reports.  If you have other information, please forward it and I will attempt to add all relevant information on this person).






1794 – William Goyens – born abt 1794 (Nacodoches Tx later in life – mulatto helped Texas)
William Goyens, a mulatto man, who settled in Nacogdoches, TX during Spanish rule was born in Moore Co, NC in 1794. He was the son of William Goings, a free mulatto, and a white woman. He came to TX in 1820. In 1832, he married Mary Pate Sibley, a white woman. She had one son named Henry, but William and Mary had no children. A Dr. Sibley was Pres. Thos. Jefferson’s Indian Agent and confidant living in Natchitoches, LA Perhaps there is a connection. (Ref: The New Handbook of Texas, Vol. 3, The Texas State Historical  Moore Co, NC.     http://lumbeeindiansandgoinsfamily.blogspot.com/2007/11/moore-county-nc-early-records.html

1794 – (birth year) – William GOYENS (1794-1856). William Goyens (or Goings), early Nacogdoches settler and businessman, was born in Moore County, North Carolina, in 1794, the son of William Goings, a free mulatto, and a white woman. He came to Texas in 1820 and lived at Nacogdoches for the rest of his life. Although he could not write much beyond his signature, he was a good businessman. He was a blacksmith and wagonmaker and engaged in hauling freight from Natchitoches, Louisiana. On a trip to Louisiana in 1826, he was seized by William English, who sought to sell him into slavery.qv In return for his liberty, Goyens was induced to deliver to English his slave woman and to sign a note agreeing to peonage for himself, though reserving the right to trade on his own behalf. After his return to Nacogdoches, he successfully filed suit for annulment of these obligations.
During the Mexican Texasqv era, Goyens often served as conciliator in the settlement of lawsuits under the Mexican laws. He was appointed as agent to deal with the Cherokees, and on numerous occasions he negotiated treaties with the Comanches and other Indians, for he was trusted not only by them but also by the Mexicans and Anglo-Americans in East Texas. He also operated an inn in connection with his home near the site of what is now the courthouse in Nacogdoches. In 1832 he married Mary Pate Sibley, who was white. Sibley had one son, Henry Sibley, by a former marriage, but Goyens and Mary had no children.
During the Texas Revolution,qv Goyens was given the important task of keeping the Cherokees friendly with the Texans, and he was interpreter with Gen. Sam Houstonqv and his party in negotiating a treaty. After the revolution he purchased what was afterwards known as Goyens’ Hill, four miles west of Nacogdoches. He built a large two-story mansion with a sawmill and gristmill west of his home on Moral Creek, where he and his wife lived until their deaths. During his later life Goyens amassed considerable wealth in real estate, despite constant efforts by his white neighbors to take away what he was accumulating. He always employed the best lawyers in Nacogdoches, including Thomas J. Rusk and Charles S. Taylor,qqv to defend him and was generally successful in his litigation. He died on June 20, 1856, soon after the death of his wife; they were both buried in a cemetery near the junction of Aylitos Creek with the Moral. At his grave a marker was erected by the Texas Centennialqv Commission in 1936. Many traditions grew up in Nacogdoches about this unusual man, and sometimes it is hard to tell just what is true and what is tradition.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Bexar Archives, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin. Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University; Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin; Texas State Archives, Austin; Houston Public Library, Houston. Nacogdoches Archives, Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University; Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin; Texas State Archives, Austin. R. B. Blake; Moore Co, NC.

1820-21 – William Goyens moves from US to Texas per testimony in 1826 – See: Nacogdoches Archives – July 24 to Oct 31, 1826 Transcript. Vol. XXX., pages 56-59.–Aug 16, 1826. . . “William Goyens, an immigrant from the United States of the North, before you appears with the greatest humility that is due. I present that it has been for the time from five to six years that I have been by consent an inhabitant of this said town, by knowledge of the Commissioners, who in the year 1821 came from Bexar to this place, Don Juan Veramendi, Don Jose Anto Navarro and Don Erasmo Seguin, who at that time recognized me free, and as a citizen, as I have said. And Bill English having defied the authority of this said town, to make me a slave forcibly and against my wish, from which it followed that by the fear that I had no force to remove myself from the life, in the same manner as I had already escaped, he obliges me to pay all the charges that this would cause me, because in that time there was not in this town any method that may be able to subject any bad order of those that would wish to use those knaveries, and as a result of all that I have explained, I have loaned Mr. York a negro valued at $500.00, wherefore I have to Bill English $1000.00 that was the value of the obligation that I had executed to the said English to free my life, as I have said, and on account of the same negro I gave an obligation of the same $500.00 to the said York to pay them in goods; and I have always been prompt to pay it with the same goods, and he has never wished to receive them, and in the same amount I have turned on it some receipts, and we have adjusted the accounts, nevertheless Mr. York has never asked me for his payment, nor has he presented to the autority of this town, in order that I have any way of verifying his payment; in place of proceeding as a good man, he has formed a plot to go to the other side of the Sabine to show a paper of false sale given by Bill English, in order to take my liberty from me, and in order to use all this together on the other side of the Sabine, a guard of evil people to seize me, and having seized me, he carried me to the house of John Crutchfield, leaving my two wagons and animals, money of other people, and other things, all of value, at the same place where he seized me; and there in the same house of John Crutchfield they obliged me by force to execute a sale of a negro of mine for the sum of $400.00, the negro of mine having cost me $590.00, for which these same resulting against me the sum of $690.00, and having at the same time the first obligation of $500.00; and at the same time they have told me that if I had not given these obligations, that they would carry me there to sell me under it at the city of New Orleans, and to get myself out of danger of what they would not do with me, what they unjustly intended, I was obliged to execute the same of the negro, and the obligation before all this, I offered to Mr. York to pay him as I have said, and he answered me that he did not want any other manner of payment, only that I will give a piece of land; then I answered him, that I would look after it; and that I would look for Santiago Deone to buy in the Palo Gacho the land he has here, in case that I have it bought, to complete said payment to the said York; and the said Leone has only been awaiting the reply from San Antonio to complete the sale, that York and I have traded; and I to pay it to the said York, and with this the trade of York will be concluded; by which I ask you, in the name of the Mexican Republic, that they be made to pay for the time that they detained me with my wagons, which was four days, and also that they restore to me my obligations that they have unjustly forced me to make; also that he deliver to me the paper of the sale of my negro that he also unjustly made me to make.
Therefore, I ask and entreat that you may see me with the greatest consideration that is fitting, that by it I receive grace and mercy.
God and liberty. Nacogdoches, August 16, 1826.
William Goyens (Endorsed).
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Supplement Number 11, pg. 26.

1826 July 30 – William Goyens gives testimony in a criminal matter regarding theft from Madam Coffey’s house of 720 pesos – people involved included Samuel Norris, Madam Dill, James Dill, Defendant negro Samuel, Captain Gaines, James Gaines, Luis Prosela.
Nacogdoches Archives – July 24 to Oct 31, 1826 Transcript. Vol. XXX., pages 35-37.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Supplement Number 11, pg. 19.

1826 Sept 2 – I, Pierre Mayniel, say that by this I declare that I have received from Senor William Goyens an obligation of 70 pesos, for part of the price of a lot and timber for a house which I sold him verbally, and that by this I obligate myself to give him the judicial sale for same upon his return from Natchitoches. Nacogdoches, Sept 2, 1826.
Pre Mayniel.
Nacogdoches Archives – July 24 to Oct 31, 1826 Transcript. Vol. XXX., pages 112.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Supplement Number 11, pg. 37.

1826 Oct 18 – State of Coahuila, Dist of Nacogdoches.
There having been presented in this my tribunal (William) Goyens and Thomas York, in the affair that is in this Archive growing out of having sentenced the second, by me jointly with two good men, whom I follow, that by his obligation that the first had given, the second will lose 100 pesos, and that he pay to the first his damages that the second has caused him, and the costs of justice; and I sign it on the 18th day of Oct, 1826, with the two men of my assistance.
Samuel Norris.
Of assistance: Joseph Durst and Patricio de Torres.
Nacogdoches Archives – July 24 to Oct 31, 1826 Transcript. Vol. XXX., pages 244.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Supplement Number 11, pg. 60.

1827 Feb 19 – It being necessary that they give their declaration in the writ that we are forming, as we indicate to you in our official communication of the 17th inst., the citizens of this neighborhood, William Goyens, Radford Berry and John McDaniel, we beg of you that you be pleased to give the proper order that they present themselves to complete it as promptly as possible, knowing to do it in the lodging house of the second attorney.
God and liberty. Nacogdoches, Feb 19, 1837 (1827?)
First Attorney: Stephen F. Austin. Second Attorney: Francisco Roxo.
To Senor Constitutional ALcalde of this town.
Nacogdoches Archives – Feb 9, 1827 to Jan 6, 1828 Transcript. Vol. XXXII., page 7.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Supplement Number 11, pg. 99.

1827 May 7 – Sale of a lot in Nacogdoches from Pierre Nayniel to William Goyens – page 6.  Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Volume 23, pg. 6.

1827 Sept 15 – We, the undersigned arbitrators in the case between Goyens and Roberts, have determined that Goyens is debtor for 39 pesos 4 reales, which he must pay within fifteen days counting from this date. For its certainty I, the said Goyens, and the above cited sign it, who are shown by our signatures below. In Nacogdoches, 15th Sept, 1827. Costs of Court, 6 reales each.
William Goyens,
Patricio de Torres,
Frost Thorn.
Nacogdoches Archives – July 25 to Dec 24, 1827 Transcript. Vol. XXXIV., pages 79.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Supplement Number 11, pg. 168.

1828 Jan 17 – (Summary) Citizens Mr. Rueg and Mr. Joseph Durst . . . defending that they had won the horse race, which was made on the 15th against William Goyens . . . the declarants submit themselves to again take the chance in the same race . . .
Pre. Mayniel
Jn Mora
Jose Ma Mora
Nacogdoches Archives – Jan 1 to April 12, 1828 Transcript. Vol. XXXIV., page 49-53.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Supplement Number 11, pg. 250.

1828 April 20 – Sale of a piece of land East of Na Nana Creek from Juan Jose Medina to William Goyens, April 20, 1828.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Volume 23, pg. 7.

1829 April 19 – Corporal William Goyens listed in Civic Company of Nacogdoches.
Nacogdoches Archives – Jan 1, 1829 to Oct 27, 1834 Transcript. Vol. XLI., page 369-374.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Supplement Number 11, pg. 376.

1829 April 24 – The undersigned arbitrators in the affair that grew up between William Goyens and Thomas Sanders in an affair to claim that Sanders makes against Goyens, we have seen come in this: Goyens presents and by a surety for the sum of 20 pesos, 6 reales for the term of one month, in which, in default of payment of these, he may place to Sanders an obligation of the same amount that is against Sanders.
And for its certainty we sign it in the presence of the Alcalde in Nacogdoches, 24th of April, 1829.
Signed: Anto Menchaca, Jn Egne Michamps, Jose Ignacio Ybarbo, Thos Sanders, William Goyens.
Nacogdoches Archives – April 15, 1829 to Dec 25, 1830 Transcript. Vol. XLII., page 12-17.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Supplement Number 11, pg. 376.

1829 Nov 6 – Sale of a Negro woman Sallie and daughter Louisa from Susan Callier to William Goyens, Nov 6, 1829.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Volume 23, pg. 9.

1830 Nov 13 – Sale of land at Junction of Banito and La Nana from Jose Mariano Procella to William Goyens, Nov 13, 1830. Transferred from Goyens to Isaac Lee, June 21, 1834.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Volume 23, pg. 11.

1831 Jan 11 – Petition in Alcalde Court of Henry Linley by attorney Antonio Menchaca agaisnt John Walker represented by William Goyens, Jan 11, 1831. Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Volume 23, pg. 14.

Goyens is mentioned in the “Robert Bruce Blake Research Collections in Volumes: Vols 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 11 sup, 12, 12 sup, 13, 13 sup, 14, 14 sup, 15, 15 sup, 17 sup, 18, 18 sup, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 35, 48, 50, 56, 64, 66, 67, 68.   https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1622062

1848 Dec 20 – William Goyens for the admin of estate of Henry J Sibley Petitions, Orders, Etc. 1842-1875. p. 234 Nacogdoches Co, Tx.

1849 March – William Goyens as admin of estate of Henry J Sibley, and Mary Sibley as guardian of minors. Probate Index: 1837-1910. Nacogdoches County, Tx. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2115/007574096_00386?pid=536556&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D2115%26h%3D536556%26tid%3D%26pid%3D%26usePUB%3Dtrue%26_phsrc%3DTqH1363%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=TqH1363&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=007574000_00092

1856 June 21 – H C Hancock admr of est of William Goyens, decd.
Administrators Record, 1838-1895. Pg. 265-269. Nacogdoches Co, Tx
(Bond): https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2115/007574096_00386?pid=536556&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D2115%26h%3D536556%26tid%3D%26pid%3D%26usePUB%3Dtrue%26_phsrc%3DTqH1363%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=TqH1363&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=007574005_00174

1857 Sept 10 – Petition of William C Pollock, guardian of the estates of the minors Martha and Henrietta Sibly, both complaining of H C Hancock admin of the estate of William Goyen decd. Martha and Henrietta Sibley are the children (daughters) and only heirs of Henry J Sibley who departed this life in 1847. Henry J Sibley was and is the only child and sole heir of Mary Goyen who departed this life in said county in 1855, who was the lawful wife of William Goyen decd. William Goyen and Mary intermarried in the State of Coahuila and Texas (at the time a part of the Republic of Mexico) after Republic now State of Texas on or about the year 1828 . . . Both were living as husband and wife since that time . . . had in their possession and were the owners of a large amount of property . . . lands, negroes, horses, cattle, hogs, and other personal property . . . William Goyne died in June 1856 . . . (Sibley’s children making claim for 1/2 of the estate/property as heirs of Mary Goyen). . . no other heirs known of William Goyne . . .
Records of Partitions. 1856-1893. Bk C, p. 1-57. Nacogdoches, Texas

1858 April 23 – Charles Stokes petition re estate of William Goyens decd. Records of Partitions, p. 261-267. Nacogdoches County, Texas. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2115/007574096_00386?pid=536556&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D2115%26h%3D536556%26tid%3D%26pid%3D%26usePUB%3Dtrue%26_phsrc%3DTqH1363%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=TqH1363&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=007574003_00159

1859 Aug 30 – Ad-litems appointed by court for “unknown heirs” of William Goyen file answer denying Sibley children’s claims . . . they state that William Goyen was a slave or a free negro, who’s marriage to Mary Sibley Goyen was illegal since she was a white woman . . . since the marriage was not valid, claiming that Mary’s children have no claim to the estate. bk C, pg. 6-7. Nacogdoches Co, Tx.

1859 Aug 30 – admin of est filed exhibit of the liquidation of the estate . . . slaves, personalty, listed . . .
Land amounts were:
4428 acres of land in Angelina County granted to Anastacis Bonilla.
3001 acres of land in Houston County granted to Jose T Trocella (or Procella).
1107 acres of land in Angelina County granted to Stephen Stanley
1414 acres of land in Nacogdoches County granted to Juan Ysidro Accosta.
900 acres of land in Nacogdoches County granted to Josiah Pettyjohn.
177 acres of land in Nacogdoches County headright of John Engledon.
320 acres supposed to be lost. . . bk C, pg. 7-8. Nacogdoches Co, Tx.

1859 Nov 1 – pg 57 – last page of William Goyen probate partition: https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2115/007574096_00386?pid=536556&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D2115%26h%3D536556%26tid%3D%26pid%3D%26usePUB%3Dtrue%26_phsrc%3DTqH1363%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=TqH1363&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=007574004_00390

1867 Dec 21 – William Goyens estate – Washington L Denman admr – Admin Record, 1838-1895. pg 125 Nacogdoches Co, Texas

William Goyens decd, Probate Docket 1866-1879. pgs 186, 238, 344. Nacogdoches County, Texas.
p. 186: (says see pg 238): https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2115/007574096_00386?pid=536556&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D2115%26h%3D536556%26tid%3D%26pid%3D%26usePUB%3Dtrue%26_phsrc%3DTqH1363%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=TqH1363&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=007574000_00286
p. 238: https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2115/007574096_00386?pid=536556&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D2115%26h%3D536556%26tid%3D%26pid%3D%26usePUB%3Dtrue%26_phsrc%3DTqH1363%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=TqH1363&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=007574000_00313
p. 344: https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2115/007574096_00386?pid=536556&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D2115%26h%3D536556%26tid%3D%26pid%3D%26usePUB%3Dtrue%26_phsrc%3DTqH1363%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=TqH1363&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=007574000_00367

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