George Washington Goings Crushed To Death By Falling Tree
George Washington Goings was born in Guilford County about 1810 and removed to Surry County, according to “The Heritage of Surry County, North Carolina.” “George W. Gowins” was licensed to marry Elizabeth Partain September 13, 1838, according to “Rockingham County, North Carolina Missing Marriage Bonds,” Vol. 3 by Don Hoover. One report shows the marriage occurring in nearby Carroll County, Virginia.
“George Going” was enumerated in the 1840 census of Surry County as the head of Household 290, composed of:
“Going, George white male 20-30 illiterate
white female 20-30 illiterate”
In his old age George Washington Goings went blind. On the day of his death on a severely windy day, he insisted that his two little granddaughters take him to his bean patch. As they led him to his garden, they noticed that a huge old tree on the trail was about to be uprooted by the wind and tried to pull him out of danger. He ignored their warnings and proceeded alone. They watched in horror as the tree came crashing down, crushing him.
Children born to them include:
William Pinkney Goings born August 8, 1839
George Washington Goings, Jr. born about 1840
James Goings born about 1842