1860 John Bell Goyen married Ella Green Parker (Y2)

John Bell Goyen born March 19, 1860 in Big Creek, Miss  – d. Aug 10, 1912 in Houston, Texas, married 1st  Ella Green Parker  b. March 2, 1865 in Big Creek, Miss – d. Dec 20, 1905 in Nacogdoches, Texas – buried in City Cemetery there.  Married on April 5, 1883 in Big Creek, Miss.

Sarah Martha Bell w Leslie G w Martha Eliza G w Nancy T w Sammie T w Aunt Ella G w Anna G w Carrie May G w Frank w John 1898 Gilmer Tx Johns home

Sarah Martha Bell w Leslie G w Martha Eliza G w Nancy T w Sammie T w Aunt Ella G w Anna G w Carrie May G w Frank w John 1898 Gilmer Tx Johns home

(1898 Family photo in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas at the home of John Bell Goyen (son of William W. Goyen and Sarah Martha Bell) – Left to Right – Sarah Martha Bell far left (William W. Goyen’s widow), William Leslie Goyen, Martha Elizabeth Goyen Tipton (daughter of William W. Goyen and Sarah Martha Bell), Nancy Tipton, Sammie Tipton, Ella Green Parker Goyen (wife of John Bell Goyen), Anna Vernice Goyen, Carrie Mae Goyen, Frank Bell Goyen, John Parker Goyen ).

Parents of John Bell Goyen:

Children of John Bell Goyen and Ella Green Parker:

John Bell Goyen siblings:

John Bell Goyen had a 2nd marriage with Carrie Elizabeth Rice who was born Jan 13 or Jan 31, 1888 in Pickens Co, SC.  She married John Bell Goyen on March 28, 1908 in Nachogdoches, Tx.  Her Find A Grave site is (for Carrie Rice): https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/128571812/catherine-goyen_jarmon

Ancestry.com tree for John Bell Goyen: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/69705632/person/34199701510/facts

Family Search tree for John Bell Goyen: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/L6TB-P9N

Events in John Bell Goyen’s life:

John Bell Goyen is the third child of William W. and Sarah Martha Bell Goyen. He was born at Big Creek, Mississippi on March 19, 1860, and died August 10, 1912 in Houston, Texas.

John  Bell Goyen was not quite 5 years old when his father William W Goyen was killed in the Civil War. His mother Sarah Bell Goyen moved from their Calhoun County farm back to her parents’ home in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. John Bell Goyen grew up in the Bell household and farm in Mississippi with his mother, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins.

By 1870, the Civil War has ended.  John Bell Goyen’s father, William W. Goyen, has died in the war.  John B Goyen’s mother, Sarah Bell Goyen, moves back in with her mother (also a widow), Martha Bell, along with her brother John T. Bell, and Sarah Bell Goyen’s children, Lizzie Goyen (Martha Elizabeth Goyen) age 15, Anne Goyen age 14, John Goyen age 10, and William Goyen age 8.

Sarah Bell Goyen’s father, Hugh Bell, died around 1867.

By 1880 they had moved back to Calhoun County, Mississippi – likely back on William W Goyen’s farm.

The 1880 US Census shows that Sarah Bell Goyen has moved her family back to Calhoun County, Mississippi . . . next door to her sister-in-law Nancy C. Goyen Provine (sister of William W. Goyen who had died in the Civil War). William S. Goyen later names one of his children Charles Provine Goyen who was born in 1894.

John Bell Goyen became involved in logging, and he and his family followed the logging industry to the Texas/Louisianna border. In 1900 the Goyen family was living in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas.

John Bell Goyen’s mother, Sarah Martha Bell Goyen, moved to Texas and lived with her son and the family of John Bell Goyen. The family move to Carthage, Texas and then to Nacogdoches, Texas.

Martha Elizabeth Goyen, (John Bell Goyen’s older sister), married Samuel F. Tipton by 1881. Samuel F Tipton died in 1889. Martha Elizabeth took a job in Mississippi teaching at a school called “Chapel Hill”. Her brothers John Bell Goyen and William Smith Goyen moved to Texas, and at their insistance and request, Martha Elizabeth Goyen moved to Texas early in 1895 and settled in Gilmer, Texas. In Gilmer she met and married a second time to David F. Thomson in 1898.

John Bell Goyen’s first marriage was to Ella Green Parker on April 5, 1883 at Big Creek, Mississippi.  Ella was born March 2nd, 1865 at Big Creek, Mississippi. Her parents and ancestors were pioneer settlers of Big Creek and the surrounding area, with descendants in the area.

David Thomson died in 1905 in the farm home of John Bell Goyen (before John Bell Goyen built his new home in Nacogdoches).

Ella Green Parker Goyen died December 20, 1905 in Nacogdoches, Texas in her home, buried in the City Cemetery, and on the same lot with her grave is found the tombstone of Nina Aline Goyen. Also buried on this lot is David F. Thomson, 2nd husband of Martha Elizabeth Goyen Tipton Thomson.  As of July 24, 1959 there were no tombstone markers for Ella or David on this lot according to Mrs. Elmer Adams.  Nina Aline Goyen was the daughter of William Smith Goyen (John Bell Goyen’s brother).

Nina Aline Goyen’s headstone:

Nina Aline Goyen - daughter of W S and K N Goyen 1900 - 1906

Nina Aline Goyen – daughter of W S and K N Goyen                   Feb 14, 1900 –  Jan 30, 1906

The photo below is the house John Bell Goyen built in Nacogdoches, Texas.  The photograph was taken in 1961 when family members went to visit to see how the old Goyen homeplace was doing.

John B. Goyen's home in Nacogdoches, Tx. This photo taken March 25, 1961 - L to R Rosine (Martin) Adams, Sammie Tipton Evens, Roy and Nina (Dent) Tipton, Dorothy Tipton (stooped thinking she wasn't in shot)

John B. Goyen’s home in Nacogdoches, Tx. This photo taken March 25, 1961 – L to R:  Rosine (Martin) Adams, Sammie Tipton Evens, Roy and Nina (Dent) Tipton, Dorothy Tipton (stooped thinking she wasn’t in shot)

John Bell Goyen married a second time to Carrie Elizabeth Rice who was born in Pickens County, South Carolina. They were married March 28th, 1908 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Some time between 1908 and 1910 the family had moved to Houston, Texas.

John Bell Goyen and Carrie Rice Goyen had one daughter together that died at birth named Sarah Elizabeth Goyen on August 6, 1910.

John Bell Goyen started a successful Building Contracting business in Houston, Texas. His son William Leslie Goyen continued the business and expanded it after John’s death in August of 1912.

John Bell Goyen died on August 12, 1912 in Houston, Texas. He is buried at Hollywood Cemetery. His memorial can be seen at FindAGrave here: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/61384381/john-bell-goyen

SEE SOURCES: 

The 1860 US Census lists him as 3 months old.  Parents are William Goyne and Sarah Goyne.  Siblings are Martha Goyne age 6, and Anna Goyne age 4:

1860 US Census in Calhoun County, Mississippi
Name: John Goyne
Age: 3/12, Birth Year: abt 1860
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Mississippi
Home in 1860: Calhoun, Mississippi
Post Office: Big Creek
Dwelling Number: 226, Family Number: 225
Household Members:
Name Age
William Goyne 33
Sarah Goyne 30
Martha Goyne 6
Anna Goyne 4
John Goyne 3/12
https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29701819?h=50ef5e

1860 US Census in Calhoun Co, Miss William Goyne w Sarah wife and Martha 6 Anna 4 John 3mo

(1860 US Census taken July 11, 1860 – John Bell Goyen – spelled “Goyne” is 3 months old on Census report).

Sarah Bell Goyen’s father, Hugh Bell, died around 1867 according to the following probate entry:

1867 Sept 2 – Hugh Bell probate entry account – Oktibbeha Co, MS, Probate 1857-1867. Oktibbeha Co, MS.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9QX-7H5N?i=382&cc=2036959&cat=242852

1870 US Census in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi
Name: Sarah Goyens
Age in 1870: 38, Birth Year: abt 1832
Birthplace: South Carolina
Dwelling Number: 286
Home in 1870: Police Beat 2, Oktibbeha, Mississippi
Race: White, Gender: Female
Occupation: Keeping House
Real Estate Value: 1000
Inferred Children: Lizzie Goyens
Anne Goyens
John Goyens
William Goyens
Household Members:
Name Age
Martha Bell 78 b. in S Carolina
John T Bell 40 Farmer b. in S Carolina
Sarah Goyens 38 Keeping House b. in  S Carolina
Lizzie Goyens 15 asst Keeping House b. in Mississippi
Anne Goyens 14 b. in Mississippi 
John Goyens 10 b. in Mississippi
William Goyens 8 b. in Mississippi
Henry Johnston 37 Farmer b. in Alabama
James Abercrombie 40 Farmer b. in S Carolina
https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29701591?h=abefac

1870 US Census wth Sarah Bell Goyen w children living with mother Martha Bell in Starkville, Oktibbeha Miss

(1870 US Census – John Bell Goyen’s father, William W. Goyen, has been killed in the Civil War.  Sarah Martha Bell Goyen has moved with her 4 children Elizabeth, Anna, John, and William, to Starkville, Mississippi back to her childhood home, the home of her father Hugh Bell who died in 1864.  Sara and her family are living with her mother – Martha Watt Bell).

In 1871 John B. Goyen’s oldest sister, Martha Elizabeth Goyen, marries Samuel F. Tipton.

The following entries are on FamilySearch.org and appear to be entries for Samuel F. Tipton and Martha Elizabeth Goyen Tipton.  They are not available to download yet, but will need to check again to verify when they are ready to view.

1878 Sept 23 – S F Tipton to E G Richey – Deed bk 26, p 168. Oktibbeha Co, MS.
… between Samuel F Tipton of the first part and Edward G Richey of the second part … in consideration of the sum of $800 dollars …. convey to party of the second part … SE quarter of Section 20, TS 19, R15E …. 26 and 2/3 acres … sold … deeded to J H Abercrombie 133 and 1/3 acres also E half SW 1/4 of Sec 20, TS19, R15E, 28 acres sold and described … 52 acres … containing in all 185 and 1/3 acres.… Signed: Samuel F Tipton. Oktibbeha Co, MS. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3QY-XSPN-M?i=431&cat=254636

1878 Jul 31 – S F Tipton to J C Valentine and wife – Deed bk 29, p 448. Oktibbeha Co, MS.
… J C Valentine and his wife M M Valentine of the State of Texas and County of Lee for and in consideration of the sum of $787 dollars … convey unto S F Tipton of the State of Mississippi and County of Oktibbeha a certain tract of land lying and being in the State of Mississippi and County of Oktibbeha and known as the SE quarter of Sec 20, TS19, R15E, 26 and 2/3 acres … sold and deeded to J H Abercrombie, the remainder hereby conveyed being 133 and 1/3 acres … and also the E half of SW qtr of Sec 2 in TS19, R15E – 28 acres sold …. ____ Burgis…. remainder thereof being hereby conveyed 52 acres … in all 185 and 1/3 acres … Signed: J C Valentine, M M Valentine. Oktibbeha Co, MS.
State of Texas, County of Lee – … personally came and appeared before me the undersigned authority John C Valentine and M M Valentine his wife, both … and acknowledged that they both signed the above … Signed: William M Burns. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3QY-FSKK-M?i=577&cat=254636

1879 Nov 12 – Mary E Tipton to Orville A Gibson – Deed bk 33, p 248. Oktibbeha Co, MS.
… between Orville A Gibson and wife J M Gibson of Clay County State of Mississippi parties of the first part and Mary Elizabeth Tipton of the County of Oktibbeha in the State of Mississippi party of the second part …. the said parties of the first part in consideration of the sum of $1300 paid by the said party of the second part …. confirm unto the party of the second part … the following described lots, tracts or parcels of land lying and being and situate in the County of Oktibbeha and State of Mississippi … E half of SW quarter and W half of SE quarter and 2 and 1/2 acres in SW corner of E half of NW quarter all in Section 17, TS19, R15, containing 162 and 1/2 acres more or less … Signed: O A Gibson, J M Gibson. Oktibbeha Co, MS.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3QY-633V-B?i=447&cat=254636

The 1880 US Census shows that Sarah Bell Goyen has moved her family back to Calhoun County, Mississippi . . . next door to her sister-in-law Nancy C. Goyen Provine (sister of William W. Goyen who had died in the Civil War). William S. Goyen later names one of his children Charles Provine Goyen who was born in 1894.

1880 US Census in Calhoun County, MS
Name: Sarah Goins
Age: 50, Birth Date: Abt 1830
Birthplace: South Carolina
Home in 1880: Calhoun, Mississippi, USA
Dwelling Number: 255
Race: White, Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Widowed
Father’s Birthplace: South Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace: South Carolina
Occupation: Farming & Keeping House
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Sarah Goins 50
Anna Goins 20
John B. Goins 19
Willie Goins 17
https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29701620?h=d1a7ff

1880 US Census in Calhoun County, MS
Name: Nancy C. Provine
Age: 40, Birth Date: Abt 1840
Birthplace: Mississippi
Home in 1880: Calhoun, Mississippi, USA
Dwelling Number: 257
Race: White, Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Robert Provine
Father’s Birthplace: South Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace: South Carolina
Occupation: Keeping House
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert Provine 40
Nancy C. Provine 40
Joseph F. Provine 19
John Provine 14
Robert F. Provine 12
Charles C. Provine 11
George H. Provine 9
James N. Provine 7
Edgar B. Provine 5
Oscar Provine 4
Lizzie M. Provine 1
https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29701860?h=2b8c73

1880 US Census Sarah Bell Goyen living next door to Nancy C Provine households

1881 Apr 21 – Mary E Tipton to John A Shirley – Deed bk 26, p 410. Oktibbeha Co, MS.
… between Mary E Tipton of Oktibbeha County, MS of the first part and John A Shirley of said County and State of the second part … in consideration of the sum of $1800 dollars to her in hand paid … convey … the the party of the Second Part …. E half of SW quarter and W half of SE quarter and 2 and 1/2 acres in SW corner of E half of NW quarter all in Section 17, TS19, R15, containing 162 and 1/2 acres … Signed: Mary E. Tipton. Oktibbeha County, MS.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3QY-XSPM-L?i=555&cat=254636

1881 Jan 12 – M E Tipton to J A Shirley, – Deed bk 39, pg 4. Oktibbeha Co, MS.
… between J A Shirley of the first part and Mrs M E Tipton of the second part all of Oktibbeha County and State of Mississippi … party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of $1800 dollars cash in hand paid … convey…. to said second party and her heirs … all his 1/3 interest in and to the following land situated in the said County of Oktibbeha and State of Mississippi … SE quarter and NE quarter of Section 32 … S half of S of South of South half of South half of Section 33 containing about 7 and a half acres. Fractional W half of NW quarter of Section 4 containing about 72 and a half acres and NE quarter of Section 5 containing in all 560 acres more or less … Said Sections 32 and 33 being in TS20, R15 and said Section 4 and 5 being in TS 19, R 15 … Signed: John A Shirley. Oktibbeha Co, MS.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3QY-N9CH-1?i=7&cat=254636

1884 Feb 1 – M E Tipton to M A Shirley – Deed bk 45, p 388. Oktibbeha Co, MS.
… between M A Shirley of the first part and Mrs M E Tipton of the second part all of Clay County, State of Mississippi … the party of the first part for and n consideration of the sum of $1800 dollars cash in hand paid … relinquish to said second party and her heirs all her one third interest in and to the following lands sitated n the County of Oktibbeha and State of Mississippi … SE quarter and NE quarter of Section 32 fractional S half of S half of S half of Section 33 containing about 7 and a half acres fractional W half of NW quarter of Sect 4 containing about 72 and a half acres and NE quarter of Sect 5 containing in all 560 acres more or less .. said Section 32 and 33 being in TS20, R15, and said Sect 4 and 5 being in TS19, R15 … Signed: M A Shirley. Oktibbeha Co, MS.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3QY-X98K-M?i=209&cat=254636

John B. Goyen begins to show up on Calhoun County and Grenada County, Mississippi tax rolls in the mid and late 1880s.

1884 Calhoun Co MS taxroll (image 26)
J B Goyen
https://da.mdah.ms.gov/series/osa/s1202/calhoun/1884-personal/detail/262056

1885 Calhoun Co MS taxroll (image 7)
J B Goyen
https://da.mdah.ms.gov/series/osa/s1202/calhoun/1885-personal/detail/262099

In 1887 John B. Goyen is listed as a post master in Grenada County, Mississippi.

1887 Oct 19 Post master appointment John B Goyen

(In 1887, John Bell Goyen is appointed as a postmaster in Grenada County, Mississippi – likely during the time he was running his Drug Store).

1889 Calhoun Co MS taxroll
J B Goyen (image 17)
https://da.mdah.ms.gov/series/osa/s1202/calhoun/1889-personal/detail/292930
William Goyen (image 61)
https://da.mdah.ms.gov/series/osa/s1202/calhoun/1889-personal/detail/291507

NOTE:  There is a Thomas B. Goyne who may have been John B. Goyen’s uncle (the older brother of William W. Goyen).  Thomas B. Goyne moved to Cass County, Texas (very near Gilmer, Texas), in 1850.  Thomas B. Goyne was married but does not appear to have ever had any children.  Thomas B. Goyne ran a riverboat operation, and was prominent in the local business enterprises (See his page on this site:  https://goyengoinggowengoyneandgone.com/1821-thomas-b-goyne-mississippi-louisiana-texas/  ).   Thomas B. Goyne died in 1895 listed as a riverboat captain in St. Louis.  Land transactions were still occurring in Texas in Thomas B. Goyne’s name in the 1890s – so he may have still held property in Texas at the time of his death.  John B. Goyen would have been one of his heirs (since Thomas B. Goyne had no children).  Its possible John and William Goyen first came to Gilmer, Texas to handle the estate of Thomas B. Goyne.  (I have been unable to locate any estate transactions for Thomas B. Goyne yet . . . still looking).

The 1900 US Census in Upshur County (Gilmer), Texas show’s John Bell Goyen’s family.

1900 US Census w John B Goyen and family

(1900 US Census in Upshur County, Texas – when John Bell Goyen’s family was living in Gilmer – see family photo at top of page. His mother Sarah Goyen born 1829 is living at his home, with Craig Parker – likely a relative of his wife Ella Green Parker – and John Bell Goyen’s nephew Roy Tipton (Clarence Leroy Tipton) – who was Martha Elizabeth Goyen’s oldest son. Also listed are his children Leslie, Carrie, Frank, John, and Annie. John Bell Goyen is working as a Logging Foreman at the sawmill at this time). https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29701924?h=ae89e8 , https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29701932?h=002c36

Sarah Martha Bell died December 9th, 1901, and is buried in Carthage, Texas.

John Bell Goyen and William Smith Goyen were skilled Building Contractors, and David Thomson (Marth Elizabeth’s 2nd husband) assisted them in building saw mills, homes, store buildings, etc.

1903 – Mrs F J Tipton last will – mother of S F Tipton, mother in law of M E Goyen Tipton. Will bk 1, pg 64, Oktibbeha Co, MS
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9QX-747J?i=63&cc=2036959&cat=244378

1910 US Census: https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29702092?h=555723

1910 US Census w John Bell Goyen and family

(1910 US Census – John Bell Goyen has moved his family to Houston, Texas – living on 20th Street.  He has married his second wife, listed as Catherine, and is now listed as working as a Building Contractor.  His children Leslie, Carrie, Frank, John, and Ella are also living with him).

John Bell Goyen started a successful Building Contractor business in Houston, Texas, that his son William Leslie Goyen continued after John’s death in August of 1911.

1911 Houston City Directory

1911 Houston Directory

1912 Houston City Directory

John Bell Goyen dies August 10, 1912.

1912 Death Index

Find A Grave:

Find A Grave John Bell Goyen

After John’s death, his 2nd wife Carrie remarried to Lee Jarmon and moved to the San Antonio, Texas area.

John Bell Goyen is buried in Houston, Texas.

Grave Marker

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/61384381/john-goyen

Mrs. Elmer Adams (Rosine Lanora Martin) – grand daughter of Martha Elizabeth Goyen, wrote in 1959 of John Bell Goyen that:

“. . . his home, where ever he lived, was a place of “WELCOME”, and a scene of happy marriages, a scene of happiness, and a home where death of near relatives other than his own took place; he was truly a fine gentleman.
When he lived in Big Creek, Mississippi he owned a Drug Store. Later took up building, and was a Building Contractor in Texas until his death. His newest home and last one in Nacogdoches, on West Main St., built in 1907 on Iron Hill still was in good condition in 1959.” (when Mrs. Elmer Adams (Rosine Lanora Martin) wrote this).

The following Genealogy of the Goyen family was done in 1958 by Mrs. Elmer Mathie Adams.  It traces the siblings of William W. Goyen that she knew about and their descendants. It also traces the all the children of William W. Goyen, and their descendants.  It has been helpful in piecing together family members who may still be alive.  I have redacted birth date information of those who may possibly still be living to protect privacy:

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams page 1a

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams page 1b

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams_Page_2 redacted info

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams_Page_3 redacted

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams_Page_4

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams_Page_5 redacted

Goyen family geneaology from 1958 done by Mrs Elmer Adams_Page_6

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