William Smith Goyen was born July 15, 1862 in Big Creek, Miss – died September 3, 1943, married Kate Neely Wilson born in Mobile, Ala. and died in 1938. They were married in Livingston, Ala.
(William S. Goyen was son of William W. Goyen born about 1825 – died June 10, 1864, who married Sarah Martha Bell).
1892 John Wilson Goyen
1893 Charles Provine Goyen
1894 William Eugene Goyen
1895 Hazel Lee Goyen
1897 Bessie A. Goyen
1900 Nina Aline Goyen
1903 Samuel Allen Goyen, Sr.
1905 Gay Goyen
1907 Hubbard Goyen
1910 Jack Goyen
Siblings of William S. Goyen:
William Smith Goyen was born in 1862. His father, William W. Goyen, was killed in the Civil War in 1864 (at the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads). Afterwards, his mother moved back in to her parent’s home. Her own father, Hugh Bell, had also died in 1864 – so they lived with Sarah Martha Bell Goyen’s mother, Martha Watt Bell in Starkeville, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi.
(1870 US Census – with Martha (Watt) Bell age 78 as head of household, her son John Bell age 40 also living there, and Sarah Goyen age 38 with her children – daughter Lizzie (Elizabeth) age 15, Anne age 14, John age 10, and William “William S. Goyen” age 8).
According to Mrs. Elmer Adams who wrote a genealogy of the Goyen family in 1958, William S. Goyen was later reared by his father’s sister, his aunt Nannie Chisholm Goyen Provine, wife of Robert Neely Provine at Big Creek, Miss. Formerly Coles Creek, Miss.
The 1900 US Census shows 37 year old William S. Goyen as the head of household in Upshur County, Texas. His wife is listed as Kate N. Goyen age 32, she and her mother born in Alabama, her father born in Sweden. W. Eugene Goyen is 10 years old, John W. Goyen is 8, Charles P Goyen is 6, Hazel L. Goyen is 4, Bissie A. Goyen is 2, and an unnamed “son” is 3 months old – this is the age of Nina – so the person marking the census likely had her listed incorrectly.
(1900 US Census in Upshur County, Texas with William Smith Goyen’s family).
The 1910 US Census shows 47 year old William S. Goyen and his wife 42 year old Katie Goyen living in Hardin County, Texas (just north of Beaumont, Texas). Living with them are 20 year old Eugene, 18 year old Wilson, 16 year old Charles, 14 year old Hazel, 12 year old Bessie, 7 year old Samuel, 5 year old Gay, 3 year old Hubbard, and Jack under a year old.
(1910 US Census in Hardin County, Texas with William Smith Goyen’s family).
The 1917 City of Houston Directory shows Wm S. Goyen residing at 415 W. 16th Ave, in the Houston Heights. Other Goyens listed at that address are: Miss Bessie A. Goyen – operator at Southwestern Bell Telephone, Samuel Goyen, and W. Eugene Goyen – checker at Houston Co-operative.
(1917 City of Houston Directory)
The 1920 City of Houston Directory shows William S. Goyen living at 1319 Arlington, in Houston, Texas. Others at this address include Samuel A. Goyen – clerk, and W. Eugene Goyen – salesman.
(1920 City of Houston Directory)
The 1920 US Census in Houston, Texas shows 57 year old William S. Goyen as head of household with his wife 52 year old Kate Goyen. William S. Goyen is listed as an inspector at the railroad. Others at the home are son 28 year old Eugene W. Goyen salesman, son 26 year old Wilson Goyen cashier, son 17 year old Sam Goyen clerk at the railroad, daughter 15 year old Gay Goyen, son 12 year old Hub Goyen, son in law 25 year old Tom Driscoll – salesman at an oil company, daughter 21 year old Bessie Driscoll – and their son 2 year old June Driscoll.
(1920 US Census in Harris County, Texas with William Smith Goyen’s family).
The 1925 City of Houston Directory shows William S. Goyen (inspector) and his wife Kate living at 632 Cortland, Houston, Texas. Others living there are Hubbard W. Goyen and Samuel A. Goyen. Charles P. Goyen (Inez) – lumber buyer – has moved to Morrison Ave. J. Wilson Goyen and Jennie have moved to 2608 Cochran, and W. Eugene Goyen with Clara are living at 327 Arlington in Houston.
(1927 City of Houston Directory)
The 1926 City of Houston Directory shows William S. Goyen still living at 632 Cortland, but R. E. Ogg (daughter Gay Goyen’s husband) has moved in with him.
(1926 City of Houston Directory)
The 1929 City of Houston directory shows William S. Goyen and his wife Kate Goyen living at 1034 E. 14th Ave, Houston, Texas. Samuel A. Goyen is also listed at this address.
(1929 City of Houston Directory)
The 1930 US Census in Houston, Texas shows 66 year old W. S. Goyen (railroad inspector) as head of the household with his wife 61 year old Kate N. Goyen. 25 year old son Sam E. Goyen (book keeper at an oil company) also lives with them. Their 23 year old daughter Gay M. Ogg is also living with at their house with her two children, 6 year old Beverly R. Ogg, and 5 year old Raymond E. Ogg. Their 11 year old grandson, June M. Driscoll is also living with them (June M. Driscoll is the son of Bessie A. Goyen Driscoll and J. Thomas Driscoll).
(1930 US Census in Houston, Texas showing William S. Goyen’s family).
William S. Goyen died September 3, 1943. His tombstone can be found at Forest Park Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
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: