1815 Erasmus C. Goyne of Jefferson Co., AL

Erasmus C. Goyne b. 1815 of Jefferson Co, AL married
First: Anna Goyne (unk maiden name)
Second: Sarah Frances Germany

Parents:

John Goyne Sr b. abt 1760 and Nancy Goyne (unk maiden name)

Children:

Children of Erasmus C Goyne and Anna Goyne

Ellen Goyne 1836–
John Goyne 1838–
Susan Goyne 1842–
Jefferson Goyne 1847–
Frances Goyne 1849–
Erastus “Dick” R Goyne 1851–1936
Emily Goyne 1852–

Children of Erasmus C Goyne and Sarah Frances Germany

Martha Goyne 1858–
James Eldridge Goyne 1861–1923

Siblings:

Sally Rebecca Goyne 1805–
Harrison W. Goyne 1806–1849
John R. Goyne 1809–1870
Andrew C. Goyne 1811–1854
Erasmus C. Goyne 1815–1936
William James Goyne 1819–1910

FACTS:

Erasmus C. Goyne is born about 1815 likley in Georgia or Alabama.  His father, John Goyne Sr. was living in Wilkes County, Georgia in 1808, and is listed in Perry County, Alabama in 1820.

Erasmus C. Goyne has one known sister, Sally Rebecca Goyne b. 1805, and three older brothers, Harrison W. Goyne b. 1806, John R. Goyne b. 1809, and Andrew C. Goyne b. 1811.  He has one younger brother William James Goyne b. 1819.

In the 1830 US Census, it appears that 24 year old Harrison W. Goyne, and 21 year old John R. Goyne have moved out on their own – as the oldest child listed is between 15-19 (which would be Andrew Cull Goyne b. 1811, who would be about 19 years of age).  Also listed are 10-14 yrs of age male – which would be Erasmus C. Goyne born in 1815 – who would be 14-15 years of age, and a male child 5-9 years of age – which is close to the age of William James Goyne born in 1819 who would actually be about 10-11 yrs old.

1830 US Census: Jefferson, Alabama
Name John Goyne
Home in 1830 (City, County, State)
Free White Persons – Males – 5 thru 9 1
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19 1
Free White Persons – Males – 60 thru 69 1
Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59 1
Slaves – Males – 10 thru 23 1
Slaves – Males – 24 thru 35 1
Slaves – Females – Under 10 3
Slaves – Females – 24 thru 35 1
Free White Persons – Under 20 3
Total Free White Persons 5
Total Slaves 6
Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored) 11

1830 US Census Jefferson Co AL w John Goyne household

1830 US Census Jefferson Co AL w John Goyne household

In 1836-1838 Erasmus C. Goyne’s brothers, Harrison W. Goyne and Andrew C. Goyne both leave for the Creek Indian War, pursuant to the Indian Removal Act (Trail of Tears) to escort the Indians in question from the Alabama and Mississippi area to Oklahoma reservations.

It appears that John Goyne Sr. may have been seriously ill in early 1839.  He begins to convey his property to his children, and writes a will.

On Feb 27, 1839, John Goyne Sr (father of Erasmus C. Goyne) conveys a gift to him of a slave named Samuel, a horse, 3 yearlings, 2 cows and a bed.

DEED OF TRUST Page 16
JOHN GOYNE to Erasmus C. Goyne both of Jeff. Co. Ala. Love & affection. One Negro boy named Samuel, about eleven years of age, one sorrel horse near three yrs. of age and 3 yearlings, 2 cows and one feather bed. Dated Feb. 27, 1839. Ack. before J.R. Goyne Justice of the Peace. Feb. 27 1839. Filed Feb. 27, recorded March 11, 1839. B.E. Grace Clk. Co. Ct.

On April 27, 1839, Erasmus C. Goyne’s father, John Goyne Sr, writes his will:

Will of John Goyne
The State of Alabama
Jefferson County

Recorded in Will Record 1818-1840 page 227.

To all to whom these presents shall come; know ye that I John Goyne of the County and State aforesaid, being in a low state of health, but possessing a sound and disposing mind and memory; And being disirous to settle my worldly affairs and to dispose of my property by will, as to me secureth most correct, and proper, do hereby make, publish and declare the following as my last will and testament, towit, In the first place I will and desire that all my just debts, be paid. Secondly, After the payment of all my just debts, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Nancy Goyne, during her life all the balance of my property which may be left after my just debts are satisfied both real ad personal.

And in the third and last place, I appoint my beloved son John R. Goyne, my executor to execute this my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof I the said John Goyne, have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 27th day of April in the year of our Lord
one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine, and 63rd year of American Independence.

John Goyne (seal)

Signed sealed published and declared in our presence as the last will and testament of John Goyne.

J. H. Goode
J. W. Byars
R. M. Montgomery

John Goyne Sr dies before April 3, 1839, and his will is probated.

The 1840 US Census in Jefferson County, AL has Mrs Nancy Goyne age 70-79, living with one male aged 20-29 (possibly son Erasmus C. Goyne), and one male 15-19 (possibly son William James Goyne).
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Jefferson, Alabama
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 70 thru 79: 1
Free White Persons – Under 20: 1
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 3
Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 3

1840 US Census Jefferson Co AL w Nancy Goyne household

1840 US Census Jefferson Co AL w Nancy Goyne household

By 1845, it appears that Erasmus C. Goyne may have moved to Kemper County, Mississippi with his brothers John R. Goyne and Andrew C. Goyne, along with other Goyne families.  

The Mississippi State tax rolls show John Goines in Kemper County by 1843, and John R. Goyne, Erasmus Goyne, and A C Goyne in 1845.  Several Goyne family members continue to show up on the Kemper County, Mississippi tax rolls through 1852.

1843 Kemper Co, MS taxrolls – W W Gowins,
http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Kemper/1843/Personal/15
John Goins, Wm H. Gewin, Thos Gewin,
http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Kemper/1843/Personal/14
Thos Gewin, Wm H. Gewin, John Goines
http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Kemper/1843/Personal/49
Wiley W. Goynes
http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Kemper/1843/Personal/50

1844 Kemper Co, MS – with W W Goynes and B C Goynes on tax rolls
http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Kemper/1844/Personal/13

1845 Kemper Co, MS – with W W Goynes, John R. Goynes, B C GoynesErasmus Goynes, and A C Goynes on tax rolls
http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Kemper/1845/Personal/12

1845 Kemper Co tax roll w WW Goyne, John R Goyne, BC Goyne, Erasmus Goyne and AC Goyne

1845 Kemper Co tax roll w WW Goyne, John R Goyne, BC Goyne, Erasmus Goyne and AC Goyne

1846 Kemper Co, MS – with W W. Goyne on tax roll
http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Kemper/1846/Personal/15
John Goyne, B C Goyne, and Erasmus Goyne on tax roll
http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Kemper/1846/Personal/16
W W Goynes, John Goynes, B C Goynes, and Erasmus Goynes on tax roll
http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Kemper/1846/Personal/53

1846 Kemper Co tax roll w BC Goyne John Goyne Erasmus Goyne and W W Goyne

1846 Kemper Co tax roll w BC Goyne John Goyne Erasmus Goyne and W W Goyne

1847 Kemper County, MS – with John Goyne, John R. Goyne, Erasmus Goyne, and W W Goyne on tax roll
http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Kemper/1847/Personal/15
B C Goyne is on the previous page same 1847 Kemper Co, MS tax roll
http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/taxrolls/Kemper/1847/Personal/14

1847 Kemper Co tax roll w John R Goyne, Erasmus Goyne, John Goyne and W W Goyne

1847 Kemper Co tax roll w John R Goyne, Erasmus Goyne, John Goyne and W W Goyne

On July 4, 1849, Ersamus C. Goyne’s brother, Harrison W. Goyne, dies in Texas.

December 5, 1850, Erasmus C. Goyne receives a land grant from the Federal Government for approximately 39 acres in Kemper County, Mississippi.

1850 Land Grant in Kemper Miss to Erasmus C Goyne

1850 Land Grant in Kemper Miss to Erasmus C Goyne

The 1850 US Census in Kemper County, MS shows 30 yr old Erasmus Goynes a farmer born in “North Carolina” (actually where his father was likely born – or possibly he was born there while visiting relatives, etc.  His family was living in Georgia at that time though).  The Census also shows his 27 yr old wife Anna born in Alabama, his 14 year old daughter Ellen, 12 year old son John, 8 year old daughter Susan, 5 year old son “Sam” (This actually must be son Jefferson Goyne – possibly he had a middle name of Samuel).  Also, his brother, 38 year old Andrew C. Goyne (listed as A. C. Goyne) is living with him.

1850 US Census Kemper Co MS w A C Goyne and Erasmus Goyne

1850 US Census Kemper Co MS w A C Goyne and Erasmus Goyne

Erasmus C. Goyne’s other brother, John R. Goyne is living in Kemper County, MS as well according to the 1850 US Census in Kemper County, MS.   Next door to John R. Goyne is a Charles Diffie.

1850 US Census John Goyne living next door to Diffie family

1850 US Census John Goyne living next door to Diffie family

In 1851, Erasmus C. Goyne’s brother, Andrew C. Goyne is stabbed in the neck and killed by a man named Spear. One account of the murder indicates that after he was killed, a brother of his, along with a man named Diffey, retaliated by shooting and killing Spear (see:  Book: The Chisolm massacre: a picture of “home rule” in Mississippi By James Monroe Wells, p. 26:) “This terrible tragedy was soon followed by another, more appalling. A man named Tyson assaulted Mr. Spear with a hoe, while in a field at work. Spear was thus slain and his head beaten to a jelly.  One of the Spears then killed a man by the name of Goins; stabbed him with a knife in the town of DeKalb. Satisfied with nothing short of a bloody vengeance, a brother of the murdered Goins, aided by a man named Diffey, killed Spear. They shot him from the bushes while Spear was at his supper.”  (See Andrew C. Goyne‘s page for more information on this).

1851 Tyson Spear Goins Diffey killings

It appears that some time between 1852 and 1853 Erasmus C. Goyne’s first wife may have died.

Some time between 1853-1858 Erasmus C. Goyne marries Sarah Frances Germany.

On July 1, 1859 Erasmus C. Goyne receives a land grant in Asley County, Arkansas for 80 acres of land.

1859 Erasmus C Goyne 1859 Arkansas land grant

1859 Erasmus C Goyne 1859 Arkansas land grant

The 1860 US Census in Drew County, Arkansas has 35 year old E. C. Goynes, farmer born in Alabama, with is wife Sara age 35, and son Jefferson age 13, daughter Frances age 11, son Urastus age 10, daughter Emily age 8, and daughter Martha age 2 all living in the same household.

1860 US Census Drew Co Ark w EC Goine

1860 US Census Drew Co Ark w EC Goine

Also living in the same area of Drew County, Arkansas are his brother John R. Goyne 50 yrs old (listed as John B. Goynes) with his family, and a 24 year old William Goyne and his family, who I believe is Andrew C. Goyne’s oldest son, William R. Goyne.

1860 US Census Drew Co Ark w John B Goyne

1860 US Census Drew Co Ark w John B Goyne

The 1870 US Census in Lamar County, Texas has Erasmus C. Goyne and his family now living in that county.  Included in the household are:
Erasmus C Gowen 48
Sarah Gowen 48
Erastus Gowen 16
Emily Gowen 13
James Gowen 11

The copies are poor and difficult to read:

1870 US Census Drew Co Ark w Erasmus C Goyne and family

1870 US Census Lamar County, Texas w Erasmus C Goyne and family

Also listed in the 1870 US Census in Lamar County, TX are John R. Goyne and his family (copy is poor again):

Name: John Goyne
Age in 1870: 64
Birth Year: abt 1806
Birthplace: Ala
Home in 1870: Beat 3, Lamar, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Paris
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
John Gowins 64
Elizabeth Gowins 58
Selina Gowins 23
Jefferson Gowins 17

The following Goyne households in Lamar County, Texas consist of:  houshold number, name, age, year birth, sex, race, place born:
Pages 22 and 26 on Ancestry.com:

167 Gowins Jefferson 22 1848 Male White Mississippi
167 Gowins Susan 19 1851 Female White Texas
167 Gowins Eva ??/12 Female White Texas

168 Gowins James 25 1845 Male White Mississippi
168 Gowins Ruthe 18 1852 Female White Missouri
168 Gowins Albert 2/12 1870 Male White Texas

170 Gowins John 64 1806 Male White Ala
170 Gowins Elizabeth 58 1812 White Ala
170 Gowins Selina 23 1847 Female White Mississippi
170 Gowins Jefferson 17 1853 Male White Mississippi

171 Wilson Joel R 25 1845 Male White Mississippi
171 Wilson Adaline 32 1838 Female White Ala
171 Wilson John R 16 1854 Male White Mississippi
171 Gowins George W 19 1851 Male White Mississippi

195 Gowen Erasmus C 48 1822 Male White Ala
195 Gowen Sarah 48 1822 Female White Ala
195 Gowen Erastus 16 1854 Male White Mississippi
195 Gowen Emily 13 1857 Female White Mississippi
195 Gowen James 11 1859 Male White Arkansas

On September 29, 1872, Erasmus C. Goyne applies for a land grant in Lamar County, Texas.  On February 15, 1876 Erasmus C. Goyne files an affidavit indicating he has lived on this property as required for the grant from December 13, 1872 until the date the affidavit was filed, on February 15, 1876.

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p1

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p1

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p2

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p2

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p3

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p3

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p4

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p4

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p5

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p5

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p6

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p6

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p7

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p7

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p8

1873 to 76 land grant for E C Goyne p8

In 1880, E. C. Goyne shows up on the Bosque County, Texas taxrolls:

1880 Bosque County Texas taxrolls:   E C Goyne
Event Year 1880
Event Place Bosque County, Texas, United States
FHL Film Number 2282104
E C Goyne

To date I have been unable to locate Erasmus C. Goyne’s date of death or location.

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