Sections in this issue:
1) Thomas Goin of b. abt 1755 living in North Carolina;
2) DEAR COUSINS.
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GOWEN RESEARCH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 6, No. 10 June 1995
1) Thomas Goin of b. abt 1755 living in North Carolina
By Beverly J. Ellison Nelson
3391 W. Aksarben Avenue
Littleton, Colorado 80123
Although many researchers descended from the various branches of the Thomas Goin [1755-1838] family have sought to establish his origins, to date no firm connection exists. The primary clue is in the consistent census listing of North Carolina as the birthplace of his oldest known son Levi. But, even that may simply refer to that portion of North Carolina which became Tennessee.
The first proven official record for Thomas Goin is the North Carolina Land Grant No. 657 issued for 225 acres in Washington County, Tennessee “upon the waters of Cherokee Creek joining Tiptons line,” entered June 29, 1779 and issued October 26, 1786.1 The state records of North Carolina show Revolutionary War service for Thomas Goin on the roll of
Capt. Bynum’s Company of Militia April 7, 1781.2 Also named on the roll is “James Going.”
By 1786 Thomas had established himself in Washington County, and his name is included among those who voted in the election in August 1786 at the Courthouse in Jonesborough, Tennessee.3 In 1788, 1789, and 1790, Thomas Goin was No. 26 on the tax list of Washington County, North Carolina with 1 white poll, indicating that he had located on
his grant. In 1789 shown as No. 33 was Jonathan Tipton whose political problems had erupted in gunfire. Another taxpayer also soon to move to Claiborne County, Tennessee
was No. 40, Philip Orsamus [Ausmus]. Other families in the area who would also relocate were the Hunters and Graves.4
Recorded in Washington County, Tennessee Deed Book 7, pages 209Ä12,. dated January 4, 1795 is a clue to the date and reason for Thomas Goin’s departure. “Edmund Williams. Late
sheriff of Washington County to Alexander Moffett against Thomas Goins, defendant, in 1788 levied against 275 acres on Cherokee Creek. Bid: oe40, 1 shilling, 8 pence. Adjoining
Jonathan Tipton, R Bayley, Bailey’s land not sold at first sale because of no bidders; second sale Feb. 1788,. Alex Moffatt. highest bidder. Signed: Edmund Williams. Witnesses:
Waighstill Avery, Andrew Greer, Amos Ball. Court Term: Sept 1795.”5
In the August term of 1787 Alex Moffatt had sworn “That he had lost a bond, the property of Thomas Goan, concerning 200 acres on Middle Creek. It was given by Isaac Taylor to Ralph Hedgepath who assigned it to John Cassady who assigned it to Goan.6 According to court records, Thomas Goin was serving as Constable of Washington County.7
The log cabin constructed in 1869 by James Knox Polk Goin, one of the 22 children of Sterling Goin, on his homestead in Gage County, Nebraska stood for almost 100 years. Its size, 9’x12′ was prescribed by the tallest trees growing along the creek, and it had only one door. Polk, great-grandson of Thomas Goin, kept the cabin in repair through the years to
remind his family of how they started their new lives in the West. Photo courtesy of the author.
These dates and the location of Thomas Goin’s land placed him in one of the most exciting periods and places in Tennessee history. On August 23. 1784, at Jonesborough the people of Washington, Sullivan and Green Counties began their efforts to form the State of Franklin, [Newsletter, August 1993]. The ensuing political battle pitted future Tennessee
Governor John Sevier against Thomas Goin’s neighbor, Col. John Tipton. By February 27, 1788, the maneuvering of the two camps led to the “Battle of Franklin” at the Tipton house.9
Three men died during the two-day siege. Perhaps the shooting and warfare in his own neighborhood induced Thomas to move on.
Prior to 1799 Thomas had relocated his family to The Barrens area of then Grainger, now Claiborne County, Tennessee where he and sons Levi and Uriah appeared on the tax list.10
He was also one of the founders of Big Barren Primitive Baptist Church in 1803. This beautiful area with its rugged and rolling hills lies just to the south of the Powell River.
Nearby, to the northeast, lies the Cumberland Gap, strategic during both the westward movement and the Civil War years.
While the census of 1830 indicates that Thomas was born between 1750Ä1760,11 the records of Big Barren Baptist Primitive Church mark his death in 1838.12
As was customary with the Primitive Baptists, separate lists were made for the male and female members. [Early pictures of nearby Davis Creek Primitive Baptist illustrate also the two separate entrances, one for the men and one for the women.]
First listed was William Williams Sr, highly regarded local Baptist preacher. Number three was Thomas Going. Also number three on the women’s list is Elizabeth Going, either the wife or daughterÄinÄlaw of Thomas. To date no record of Thomas’ wife’s name has surfaced. Both are presumed buried at Big Barren Baptist church, lying now beneath the
flooded waters of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Norris Lake.
Three sons of Thomas Goin have been identified as:
Levi Goin born about 1780
Uriah Goin born about 1785
Isaac Abraham Goin born about 1803
Levi Goin, first known son of Thomas Goin, was born about 1780. He was married November 2, 1799 to Elizabeth Stallions in Grainger County. Twelve children were born to
them. He died in 1865.
Uriah Goin, second known son of Thomas Goin, was born about 1785. He was married September 27, 1846 to Nancy Goin, widow of his nephew and his second wife. He died
about 1845. He was the father of seven children.
Isaac Abraham Goin, third known son of Thomas Goin, was born about 1793. He was married March 24, 1809 to Temperance “Tempy” Gray. He died December 26, 1875, the father of 12 children. Since this piece is concerned with the descendants of Thomas Goin’s oldest son, Levi Goin, only the names and birth dates of children of Uriah Goin and Isaac
Abraham Goin are listed.
Children of the first marriage of Uriah Goin:
Levi Goin, Jr. born in 1810
Sarah Alice Goin born October 11, 1813
Elizabeth “Betsy” Goin born about 1815
Nancy Goin born about 1816
Nelson Goin born 18 Nov 1818
Mahaly Goin born in 1824
Children born to Uriah Goin and Nancy Goin Goin include:
John W. Goin born in 1848
Children born to Isaac Abraham Goin and Temperance “Tempy” Gray Goin include:
John A. Goin born December 22, 1814
Martin Van Buren Goin born in 1818
Naomi Goin born in 1820
Sarah Goin born in 1825
Anna Goin born in 1826
William James Goin born in 1827
Martha Goin, born in 1832
Alfred Goin born in 1833
Lucetta Goin born in 1835
Mary Ann Goin born in 1831
Christopher “Kit” Goin born in 1839
Hula Goin born about 1843
Due to the combined losses of the U.S. Census records for Tennessee and the burning of the Claiborne County Courthouse, records for this Goin family between 1800 and 1836 are few. Fortunately, Thomas’ oldest son, Levi Goin and his wife, Elizabeth Stallions Goin, daughter of Thomas Stallions, were also members of the Big Barren Baptist Church. Since this denomination does not practice infant baptism, names are added to the list of members only when the youth is old enough to profess faith. Outdoor baptism by immersion and foot washing were common practices.
Members of the Primitive Baptists were expected to practice the moral and ethical tenets of their faith in all areas of life, not just on Sunday. The old Davis Creek Primitive Baptist
Church which functioned as the “mother church” to others in the area including Big Barren is still active. Its beauty lies in total simplicity and lack of all decorations [i.e, statues, paintings, stained glass, etc.] to distract the worshipper. Levi’s name was listed as No. 25 on the list recorded in the Big Barren clerk’s book as “Dec’d June 19th 1865.”13 His wife had died in 1858.
Helping the imagination to recreate life in the Tennessee hills is the letter written in 1855 by one of Levi’s sons, Eli to his brother Isaac in Illinois.14 In addition to giving news of the
individual relatives, Eli gave a crop report: corn 50 to 75 cents/bushel; wheat $1/bushel. Horses were selling at $100 with cows and calves going from $12 to $18. Most likely the
family also participated in the local activity of logging and then floating logs by raft down the river.
Twelve children were born to Levi Goin and Elizabeth Stallions Goin:
William Goin born in 1803
Uriah Goin born in 1805
Isaac Goin born January 24, 1806
Pleasant Goin born in 1808
Richard Goin born in 1810
Thomas Goin born in 1811
Elijah Goin born in 1815
Rachel Goin born September 29, 1816
Sterling Goin born November 4, 1818
Leroy Goin born December 8, 1819
Eli Goin born March 2, 1825
Jamima Jane Goin born in 1827
William Goin, son of Levi Goin and Elizabeth Stallions Goin, was born in 1803. He was married in 1830 to Elizabeth Dykes. They removed to Knox County, Kentucky. Eight
children were born to them.
Uriah Goin, son of Levi Goin and Elizabeth Stallions Goin, was born in Claiborne County in 1805. He was married in 1828 to Nancy Dickson. Five children were born to them.
Isaac Goin, son of Levi Goin and Elizabeth Stallions Goin, was born January 24, 1806. He was married January 31, 1826 to Kiziah Epperson. They removed to McLeansboro, Illinois.
Ten children were born to them.
Pleasant Goin, son of Levi Goin and Elizabeth Stallions Goin, was born in 1808. He was married in 1832 to Isabella Norell and became a Baptist preacher in Claiborne County. Thirteen children were born to them.
Richard Goin, son of Levi Goin and Elizabeth Stallions Goin, was born in 1810. He was married to Elizabeth Ferguson and removed to Loudon, Kentucky. He was remarried, wife’s name Sarah. Seven children were born to him and his two wives.
Thomas Goin, son of Levi Goin and Elizabeth Stallions Goin, was born in 1811. Of this individual nothing more is known.
Elijah Goin, son of Levi Goin and Elizabeth Stallions Goin, was born in 1815. He was married in 1838 to Martha Lewis.
Seven children were born to them. He died after 1870. For details of his life, see Carol Ledford’s account of the famous Claiborne County slander suit. [Newsletter, June 1991]
Rachel Goin, daughter of Levi Goin and Elizabeth Stallions Goin, was born September 29, 1816. She was married to Philip Keck and bore 12 children. She died in 1902 in Claiborne County.
Sterling Goin, son of Levi Goin and Elizabeth Stallions Goin, was born November 4, 1818. He was married first to Mary Ann Keck, second to Dicy M. Davis and third to Melvina M.
Moyers. He was the father of 22 children.
(To be continued)
1 Microfilm, Thomas Goin land grant, No. 657, North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Raleigh. NC; certified copy in possession of author; 2 Walter Clark. Justice
of Supreme Court, Editor, “The State Records of North Carolina” [Goldsboro. NC, Nash Brothers, 1899] p. 1042; 3
“Documents Illustrative of Tennessee History,” Tennessee Ancestors. Vol. 5. (2) August 1989, p. 93; 4 Ibid. p. 39. p. 80; 5 Loraine Rae. “Washington County, Tennessee Deeds.
1775-1800 [Greenville. S C.. Southern Historical Press, 1991] p 162; 6 Ibid. p 175; 7 Carol Ledford. “Thomas Goin – Old Tommy” “Reflections” Vol 9. No 3 [Claiborne County
Historical Society, Tazewell, TN] p I; 8 Max Dixon. “The Wataugans” [Johnson City. TN. The Overmountain Press. 1989] p. 65; 9 Pat Alderman, “”The Overmountain Men”.
Johnson City. TN.. The Overmountain Press. 1970] p 223; 10 Byron & Barbara Sistler, “Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists,” [Evanston, IL. 1983] p. 77. 11 1830 U.S. Census, Claiborne Co, TN, p. 134; 12 Primitive Baptist Church Book [1838Ä1901], original in 1976 in
possession of Elder Harrison T. Odell, Knoxville, TN.
Photocopy in possession of author. 1995; 13 Ibid; 14 Letter of Eli Goin, Claiborne County, TN to Isaac Goin of McLeansboro, IL, dated May 27, 1855. Photocopy in possession of author.
2) DEAR COUSINS
I am searching for the parents and children of James
W. Goings and Gabriella Skinner Goings who were married in
1843 in Amherst County, VA. They had eight children that I
am aware of: Thomas, J, Louisa, Andrew Jackson [my gggf]
Francis M, James H, Sanford W, Mary James and Martha E.
Andrew Jackson Going was married at age 23 to
Nannie Elizabeth Nuckles May 9, 1871 at Lynchburg
Virginia. Thanks for any assistance. Nancy F. Byrd, 922 S.
Coleman St, Tooele, UT, 84074, 801/882-2323
As you may remember, I have been doing genealogy
[free will] for the past 28 years. Would the Foundation or the
members be interested in Price genealogy? [Annie Price,
daughter of Matthew Price was married to James Burns
Linda Lou McDowell in “Dear Cousins” [Newsletter,
December 1989] had a query on the connection with Robert
Burns. I am providing her with some Burns research which
does not paint a pretty picture of our ancestors on that side.
I am very proud of Sara Goins of Dunlap, TN
[Newsletter, July 1993]. She is a precious person and is one
half of the pair who does my book publishing.
I use my microfilm reader and a film membership in
Utah constantly to scan census returns for Gowen/Goin etc.
enumerations in various states. Would the Foundation Library
be interested a copy of my research? Thanks for all the good
things you have provided me in the past. Mae Wilhelm, 183
Mathis Circle, Estill Springs, TN, 37330.
Thanks very much for the recognition and the honor
that you gave to my father, James Madison Gowin, the Civil
War veteran and me in the Newsletter, May 1995. Our
combined lifespans of 154 years on this earth may be some
kind of a record here, but it’s just a twinkling in God’s scheme
of things. James Madison Gowin, Jr, First Atomic Veteran,
1075 Lovers Leap Road, Kingston Springs, TN, 37082.
Thank you very much for the Foundation Newsletters
that you have been sending to our library. They are enjoyed
by many people among our patrons. I personally enjoyed the
article on the Melungeons. I believe my Clark Mize was a
member of this ethnic group. Roberta Padgett, Librarian,
Kentucky Genealogical Society Library, Box 153, Frankfort,
I am enclosing some notes on Charles & Elizabeth
“Betsy” Going/Gowens taken from Big Spring Baptist Church
minutes of Claiborne County, Tennessee. It appears that this
Henry County, Virginia couple worshipped here from June
1804 until they were dismissed in April 1812. Apparently
they removed from here to Harrison County, KY [where a
daughter was married in 1814] and later to Gallatin County,
KY where they died. They may have been related to James &
Elizabeth Going and Hannah Going who were also members
of the Big Spring church at that time.
Also enclosed are some early land records of
Pittsylvania County, Virginia along with a map of the area.
Note that this land lay in Henry County when it was created in
1776. Later the land lay in Patrick County when it was
created in 1790. A large concentration of our ancestors were
in this area. Donna Gowin Johnston, 1513 Westridge Terrace,
Casper, WY, 82604.
I have been on a “genealogy high” ever since
receiving your letter and the Foundation manuscript print-outs
regarding my ancestor Samuel Gowin. This amazing breakthrough
shows what can be accomplished when researchers
share and work together. I am so grateful for the work and
generosity of Frances Fleming of Carthage, Missouri who
started the chain reaction.
This morning I was awakened at 5:30 a.m. by a call
from Morgan Buglier of Phoenix. I had written to him about
his grandmother, Lula May Goins Champion Reece Francis.
Morgan and I talked for 2« hours, and we concluded that his
Robert Goins and my Samuel Gowin may have been brothers.
You will be hearing from him soon.
Please send me a revised print-out on Samuel Gowin
and descendants after you have moved him “upstream” in the
Manuscript from Garland County, AR to Jefferson County,
AL. Peggy A. White, 109 Underwood, Hopkinsville, KY,
I am enclosing a photograph of an inscription I took
on a visit to Canterbury Cathedral. The inscription “I. Goings,
1749” appears on a wall in a small chapel on the lower level. I
neglected to ask about it while there. Can anyone explain its
significance? Annette Miner, Box 455, Pharr, TX, 78577.
Gowen Research Foundation 806/795-8758 or 795-9694
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Lubbock, Texas, 79413 Electronic Library/BBS
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