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.
(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:
William W. Goyen b. 1825-1829 – d. June 10, 1864, m. Sarah Martha Bell)
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): http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=128571812
Ancestry.com page for John Bell Goyen: http://person.ancestry.com/tree/69705632/person/34199701510/facts
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.
(1860 US Census taken July 11, 1860 – John Bell Goyen – spelled “Goyne” is 3 months old on Census report).
(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 1887, John Bell Goyen is appointed as a postmaster in Grenada County, Mississippi – likely during the time he was running his Drug Store).
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.
John Bell Goyen became involved in logging, and he and his family followed the logging industry to the Texas/Louisianna border.
John Bell Goyen’s mother, Sarah Martha Bell Goyen, moved to Carthage, Texas and lived with John Bell Goyen.
Matha Elizabeth Goyen, (John Bell Goyen’s sister), was married to Samuel F. Tipton, who 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 had 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.
(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).
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.
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:
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 Bell Goyen married 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.
(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.
John Bell Goyen dies August 10, 1912.
Find A Grave:
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.
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: