1811 Andrew C. Goyne of Jefferson Co, AL

Andrew C. Goyne b. 1811 of Jefferson Co, AL married Emily Burgin 1812


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


William R. Goyne 1838–
Joseph Martin Goyen 1839–1930
Julia C. Goyne 1841–
Martha Goyne 1842–
Nancy Elizabeth Goyne 1845–


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


Andrew C. Goyne was born about 1811, the 4th of 6 children of John Goyne Sr and Nancy.   He was likley born in Georgia where his family was living at the time, but his 1850 US Census report says North Carolina.

Andrew C. Goyne was reportedly married to an Emily Burgin (need cite).  Their first known child was born about 1838 – so the marriage may have been shortly before that.  The following transactions in Jefferson County, AL involve a Thomas Burgin, and a William M. Burgin, who may have been relatives of hers:

MOSES FIELDS to THOMAS BURGIN, both of Jeff. Co. Ala. $300. 80.4 acres being W ¼ of NE ¼ of Sec. 12, Tp. R. 4W. Dated Sept. 4, 1833. Ack. before B. E. Grace Clk. C.C. Sept. 4, 1833. Filed Sept. 4. recorded Sept. 26, 1833. B. E. Grace Clk. C.C.

WILLIAM AYRES SR. to THOMAS BURGIN, both of Jeff. Co. Ala. $300. 80.4 acres being W ¼ of NE ¼ of Sec. 12, Tp. R. 4W. Dated Sept. 4, 1833. Ack. before B. E. Grace Clk. C.C. Sept. 4, 1833. Filed Sept. 4. recorded Sept. 26, 1833. B. E. Grace Clk. C.C.

WILLIAM (X) AYERS SR. to Grandson, WILLIAM M. BURGIN both of Jeff. Co., Ala. $1. Love & affection. viz: 1 negro slave named Clark, five or six yrs. old. Dated Mar. 11, 1840. Wit: John Thompson. Sig. William (X) Ayers Sr., proved by John Thompson before B.E. Grace, Clk. Co. Ct. per Joab Bagley, Deputy. Dated Mar. 12, 1840. Filed Mar. 12, recorded Apr. 2, 1840. B.E. Grace, Clk. Co. Ct. per Joab Bagley, Deputy.

In 1836, Andrew C. Goyne and his brother Harrison W. Goyne are soldiers involved in the Indian Removal Act of 1836 – also known as the “Trail of Tears”.   In 1892, Thomas M. Owen wrote an article about the soldiers from Jefferson County who went on the Indian Removal of 1836.

1839 Andrew C Goyne service rec Creek War

1839 Andrew C Goyne service rec Creek War

Accounts of Harrison W. Goyne, and his brother Andrew C. Goyne were included in the article.

Jefferson Soldiers of 1836
Who Braved the Indians in the Old Days
Valuable Historical Sketch, Containing Many Familiar Names

Written to The Birmingham Age-Herald by Thomas M. Owen
Printed in columns 1 & 2, Page 7, February 17, 1892.
To the Age-Herald:

It is now almost fifty-six years, over half a century, since in the spring of 1836, Jefferson County equipped and sent out a brave and gallant company of mounted infantry to assist in protecting the inhabitants of east and southeast Alabama from Indian Savages and depredations. 

In the swift transit of the years its members have all gone to their last resting places, save one; and though brave in word and deed, loving their country and fighting for its protection, history contains no record of them, save in the following paragraph, which appears in a short sketch of Jefferson County, by B. E. Grace, Sr., one of Jefferson County’s oldest and most honored citizens, vis:
“About the year 1836 great excitement was caused in Jefferson County in consequence of the hostile attitude of the Seminole and Creek Indians, especially the latter. The treaty which had recently been concluded between the general Government and Indians, for their removal to the west, caused a great dissatisfaction among a large portion of them, and several murders were committed between Montgomery and Columbus, Ga., and other outrages, which finally resulted in a state of war. The Governor made a call for volunteers, and Jefferson County, as usual in such cases, responded promptly, and a company of near one hundred men was soon raised, and James McAdory was elected captain. I forgot the names of the other officers, or I should gladly give them, as they were a gallant set of boys and spent a hot summer in the sickly climate, at that time, of South Alabama, serving faithfully till the object of the campaign was accomplished and the hostile Creeks were captured and sent via Montgomery and Mobile by water to their new homes. The captain and most of his men returned, but several contracted disease which finally proved fatal.” The only survivor referred to above is Mr. John Thompson, a farmer living in Shade’s Valley, a few miles southeast of Bessemer, through whose and many facts and incidents concerning this company are rescued from perishing.
Elyton was the county site, and the center of public spirit and intelligence as well, of Jefferson County; and when the call for volunteers was received, immediate steps were taken to call together those willing to enlist and lend assistance. The call was distributed and the meeting to consider it was held at the county court house about April 1, 1836, when, after perfection arrangements and election officers, all returned home to make ready for again assembling in Elyton preparatory for leaving. The next week found a large number of men assembled, each one mounted on his own horse, ready for the march. No one, not even the officers wore a uniform; but almost every one wore a wool hat, linsey shirt and a suit of substantial homespun jeans. They remained one night in Elyton, a part lodged in the old Mallory Tavern, and a part were  scattered around the hospital homes of Colonel John Martin, Williamson Hawkins and others. Just before leaving, Captain McAdory marched his company up to the home of Mr. James Mudd, when Miss Mary Mudd, on behalf of the citizens ofElyton, presented his command with a beautiful flag.

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The captain accepted in a few words; and soon afterwards they road away, leaving and hearts behind them but followed by a good wishes and earnest prayers. Their route led along the old Montevallo road until the town of Montevallo was reached, when they were joined by their surgeon, Dr. Mardis (brother of S. W. Mardis, at one time member of congress), and where they camped the first night. Each man carried his own rations, which had been prepared for him by loving hands before setting out from home. Leaving
Montevallo, they went direct to Montgomery, camping out one night, where they were received by the authorities and assigned to duty. Here they were given arms and ammunition, and in a few days were on a rapid march for the Creek country. 

Their service in the war was short, for the war itselfwsa of short duration, being only three months, the term for which they had enlisted. The character of the service was in no respect different from that of ordinary frontier service; and there is no record of any particular acts of heroism accredited to this company or its members. But they were in several brief engagements, underwent without complaint, several forced marches, and several of its members were commended as skilled and brave in the execution of special duty assigned them.  

The  company lost none of its members by death, but unused to the sultry sun of the southern part of the state, in many were planted the germs of fatal disease that made itself felt years afterward. They received as a reward for their services, the sum of ten dollars per month and their food. At or near  Montgomery they were mustered out of service, and in staggling bodies, returned home, having tasted the glories of war and found it more dreadful than inviting.

No record has been found anywhere of a roster of this company, but by the aid of Mr. Thompson a partial list has been prepared (his memory recalling no other names than these), showing their calling and their places of residence or settlement, together with the names of the officers as follows:

Captain James McAdory – planter  – Jonesboro
First Lieutenant Harrison W. Goyne – speculator – Elyton
Second Lieutenant Lemuel G. McMillion – teacher – Elyton
First Sergeant Walter W. Sherror – merchant – Elyton
Sergeant Riley Pierce – farmer – Stoney Lonesome
Sergeant Jacob Bagley – farmer – Elyton
Surgeon Dr. Mardis Montevallo
William Abernathy – farmer – Jonesboro
Thomas Allender – farmer – Shade’s Valley
Milton Barksdale – farmer – Jonesboro
Benjamin Baggett – saddler – Elyton
Nathan Byars – farmer – Shades Mountain
Wiley Byars – farmer – Shade’s Mountain
William Brown – farmer – Bethlehem
Abner Clayton – farmer – Clayton’s Cove
John Clayton – farmer – Clayton’s Cove
Avery Couch – farmer – Warrior Hills

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Benjamin Couch – farmer – Warrior Hills
Mathew DeJarnette – farmer – Elyton
Stephen Dupey – planter – Elyton
Henry Gill – stage driver – Elyton
Moat Gill – farmer – Elyton
Downs Green – farmer – Warrior Hills
Andrew Gayne (Goyne) – farmer – Stoney Lonesome
Moses Kelley – farmer – Elyton
James P. Lacey – farmer – Elyton
James Logan – farmer – Carrollsville
William Mcfalls – farmer – Jonesboro
John McLaughlin – farmer – Jonesboro
Samuel Nabors – planter – Carrollsville
John Nellum – planter – Shade’s Valley
Daniel O’Bar – farmer – Cahaba Valley
James Pierce – farmer – Stoney Lonesome
James Rice – farmer – Shade’s Valley
John Salter – farmer – Warrior Hills
Ahner Saunders – farmer – Carrollsville
Washington Scott – farmer – Carrollsville
Nathaniel Self – farmer – Clayton’s Cove
Thomas Sparks – farmer – Shade’s Valley
Edward Strange – farmer – Cahaba Valley
William Tarrant – public man – Jonesboro
John Thompson – farmer – Jonesboro
Dock Ware – farmer – Carrollsville
Thomas J. Wright – merchant – Elyton

This list, imperfect and incomplete as it is, contains the names of many men, then leading and prominent in every department of life and business in the country, and whose descendants today live here, honored by all and high in social and public life. 

There was great enthusiasm manifested among all classes of citizens over the prospect of getting to assist in fighting the Indians. Dr. Joseph R Smith says he remembers  distinctively the mustering in of the company, and how ardently burned the fires of patriotism in the breasts of the sons of Jefferson. In it were many mischievous characters – men who loved a good joke, could tell one and who were ready at all times to play every sort of prank. The first sergeant, Walter W. Sherror, was a splendid accountant and scribe, and an expert draughtsman of legal papers. It is said of him that while the company was in Montgomery at the end of its service, waiting to get “paid oft”, he astonished the whole department by the marvelous rapidity with which he could dispatch business, and it was largely through his assistance that the company received its pay at an early hour. Mr. Abner Saunders was not a volunteer, but a substitute for Mr. John Smith, the latter being anxious to aid his country, bnt unable, owing to the size of his family and the  importunities of his friends, to go, hired and sent Mr. Saunders in his stead. Mr. B. E. Grace says that Thomas J. Wright purchased the horse upon which he rode from him, and for express use in

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this service. But, apart from all of this, who were these men, what of prominence did they achieve and what became of them?

Of these Harrison W. Goyne, 1836, and Moses Kelley, 1843, 1847, 1851 and 1853,  represented Jefferson County with credit and honor in the State senate,Mr. Goyne, 1831, Mr. Kelley 1836 and Lemuel G. McMillion, for several years, set for Jefferson County in the House of Representatives; Mr. Kelly was twice sheriff; Mr. Goyne and Jacob Bagley were clerks of the county court; Mr. Bagley was judge of probate, 1850-56 and Mr. Kelly, 1856-62; besides almost every one at some time or other ofhis life had held the position of justice of the peace or commissioner ofroads and revenue. Mr. McMillion, in addition, was a colonel in the Creek war under General Jackson; while in service under Captain McAdory was transferred and became a Major in the regiment commanded by Colonel Frazier, and he subsequently became a General of militia. Captain McAdory subsequently became a Colonel of militia. 

The Clayton’s were the sons of Charles C. Clayton, who came to the county at an early day and gave his name to the beautiful little vale in which he settled – Clayton’s cove; Thomas Sparks is remembered in the name of Spark’s gap, his farm lying just beyond; and Self’s beat is the community which was first settled by the family of Nathaniel Self. 

After the return home, the Pierce brothers, James and Riley; the Goyne brothers Harrison and Andrew, nicknamed “Cull”; Walter Sherror, Matt DeJarnette, Dawns Green, James Lacey, John Nellum, Daniel O’Bar, Washington Scott and Edward Strange all moved away, some to adjoining counties, some to adjoining states and some to the far west. What became of Milton Barksdale and Benjamin Baggett is not known. 

The only living member of this command, John Thompson, was born February 25, 1818, and hence will soon be in his seventy fourth year. His grandfather, Joe Thompson, came to Jefferson County in the very early days, about 1817, along with the McLaughlins, the Hawkins, the Nabors and the Jones. Mr. Thompson’s father did not reach Jefferson County until about 1833, coming from Clarksville, Tenn., on the Cumberland river, to Nashville, thence to Huntsville, and thence by the way of the old Huntsville road to Jones Valley, where he settled on the eastern valley road, between the homes of Thomas McAdory and Thomas Owen, just below New Jonesboro. Mr. Thompson is still hale, and hopes to live years.
The remainder of the company lived and died in this county, and many of thedescendants see in the homes of their fathers.

Thomas M. Owen

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Andrew C. Goyne returned to Jefferson County, AL after the Creek War and Indian Removal / Trail of Tears.  He reportedly was married to an Emily Burgin (need cite).

Andrew C. Goyne’s son, William R. Goyne was born about 1838 in Jefferson County, AL.

In 1839, another son, Joseph Goyne, was born in Jefferson Co, AL.

In 1840 he was living in Jefferson County, Alabama with his wife and two young children according to the US Census:

The 1840 US Census in Jefferson Co, AL shows Andrew C Goyne age 20-29, a wife age 20-29, 1 male under 5, 1 female under 5
Free White Persons – Males – Under 5: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 5: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons – Under 20: 2
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 4
Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 4

1840 US Census Jefferson Co AL w Andrew C Goyne

1840 US Census Jefferson Co AL w Andrew C Goyne

Andrew C. Goyne’s daughter Julia Goyne was born about 1841, either in Jefferson Co, AL or Kemper Co, Miss.

Andrew C. Goyne’s daughter Martha Goyne was born about 1842, either in Jefferson Co, AL or Kemper Co, Miss.

Andrew C. Goyne’s daughter Nancy Elizabeth Goyne was born about 1845, either in Jefferson Co, AL or Kemper Co, Miss.

By 1845, it appears that Andrew C. Goyne may have moved to Kemper County, Mississippi with his brothers John R. Goyne and Erasmus 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 – with W W Gowins,
with John Goins, Wm H. Gewin, Thos Gewin,
with Thos Gewin, Wm H. Gewin, John Goines,
with Wiley W. Goynes

1844 Kemper Co, MS – with W W Goynes and B C Goynes on tax rolls

1845 Kemper Co, MS – with W W Goynes, John R. Goynes, B C Goynes, Erasmus Goynes, and A C Goynes on tax rolls

1846 Kemper Co, MS – with W W. Goyne on tax roll
John Goyne, B C Goyne, and Erasmus Goyne on tax roll
W W Goynes, John Goynes, B C Goynes, and Erasmus Goynes on tax roll

1847 Kemper County, MS – with John Goyne, John R. Goyne, Erasmus Goyne, and W W Goyne on tax roll
B C Goyne is on the previous page same 1847 Kemper Co, MS tax roll

1852 Kemper County, MS – with John R. Goyne tax roll

The 1850 US Census in Kemper County, Mississippi shows A C Goynes living with his brother, Erasmus Goynes and his family.   A. C. Goyne’s wife and children are not listed.  A fever killed thousands in Mississippi around 1847-1850 – she may have been a victim of this fever.

Erasmus Goynes 20
Anna Goynes 27
Ellen Goynes 14
John Goynes 12
Susan Goynes 8
Jane Goynes 5
A C Goynes 38

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

It appears some of Andrew C. Goyne’s children may have been sent to live with relatives during this time.  The 1850 US Census shows what appears to be his daughters Martha Goyne age 8, and Nancy E. Goyne age 5 living with a Mary Boothe and her family in nearby Tuscaloosa County, AL.

1850 US Census Tuscaloosa AL w Mary a Nancy E Goyne living w Mary Booth p1

1850 US Census Tuscaloosa AL w Martha a Nancy E Goyne living w Mary Booth p1

1850 US Census Tuscaloosa AL w Mary a Nancy E Goyne living w Mary Booth p2

1850 US Census Tuscaloosa AL w Martha a Nancy E Goyne living w Mary Booth p2


Andrew C. Goyne was killed in the street during a fight with a Mr. M. Spear in 1851.  He was apparently stabbed in the neck.  There appears to have been a chain of events and assaults that occurred between certain members of the Spear, Tyson, and Goyne families.  Andrew C. Goyne somehow became involved and was killed.   There are at least 4 different written accounts located about these incidents – they are listed below:

1) First Account – News Article of A C Goyne’s murder:

15 July 1851 New Orleans Picayune

“ A street fight occurred in DeKalb, Miss a short time since, between Mr. M. Spear and Mr. A. C. Goyne, and resulted in the death of the latter from a stab wound with a knife in the neck.”

1851 July 15 Picayune story death A C Goyne

1851 July 15 Picayune story death A C Goyne

2)  Second Account of A C Goyne’s murder – Book:  Kemper County vindicated: and a peep at radical rule in Mississippi By James Daniel Lynch,  p. 79 – 80

” Soon after this,” says Wells, ” 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.” A gentleman who was a witness to this affair, has just stated to the writer the following facts regarding this matter: That Tyson was the keeper of a livery stable in De Kalb prior to the war, and that Spear went to the stable in an intoxicated condition and began to abuse Tyson, who made every effort to rid himself of Spear, but on the latter persisting in his efforts to get into a difficulty with Tyson, his patience finally became exhausted, and picking up a hoe lying near at hand, he struck Spear on the head with it, without any further intention than that of chastising him and repelling the assault. Spear having been struck on a tender portion of his head, died from the effects of the blow.

After this, one of the Spears had a difficulty with a man by the name of Goins. It was simply a drunken brawl, and in the warmth of the fight Spears stabbed Goins with a small knife, from the ill effects of which he died.   A nephew of this Goins then attacked and killed Spears at his wagon camp, and then fled from the country.”

1851 Tyson killed Spear in stable with hoe

1851 Tyson killed Spear in stable with hoe

1851 Spears killed Goin nephew of Goin killed Spears

1851 Spears killed Goin nephew of Goin killed Spears

3)  Third Account of A C Goyne’s murder:  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.”

1851 Tyson Spear Goins Diffey killings

1851 Tyson Spear Goins Diffey killings

4)  Info on Spears being killed by a Tyson:  Date: 1853-04-14; Paper: Times-Picayune (New Orleans), page 2

“ The Paulding (Miss.) learns that a Mr. James C. Tyson, of Dekalb killed a man named Spear, during the recent term of Kemper Circuit Court. The Clarion says:

It appears that Spear had some difficulty about putting up his horse in the livery stable and threatened to whip Tyson about the matter.

He visited the stable several times in a rude manner, and the last time with his hand on his knife, which he had nearly taken out of his  pantaloon pocket. Mr. T., apprehending that he was about making a deadly assault on him, seized a hoe and struck him with it, which blow caused the death of Spear in a very short time.”

1853 April 14 James C Tyson killed a Spear in a stable dispute

1853 April 14 James C Tyson killed a Spear in a stable dispute

In 1854, a land grant is given by the United States of America to Andrew C. Goyne’s minor children – “William Goyne, Julia Goyne, Joseph Goyne, and Nancy Elizabeth Goyne – minor children of Andrew C. Goyne, deceased – Private in Captain McAdams Company Alabama Volunteers, Florida War“.

1854 Goyne, Andrew C Jefferson land grant kids

1854 Goyne, Andrew C Jefferson land grant kids

In 1860, Andrew C. Goyne’s daughter, Julia Goyne 19 yrs old (listed as Goine) is living with L. J. Brittain age 22, Perry Brittain age 41, and Grove Brittain age 43 in Kemper County, Mississippi.

1860 US Census in Kemper Co, MS w Julia Goins living w Brittain family

1860 US Census in Kemper Co, MS w Julia Goins living w Brittain family

In 1839, John Goyne had conveyed property to Horatio G P Brittian and Henson G Brittian in Jefferson County, AL.  These may have been relatives of the above named Brittains that Julia Goyne was living with.

JOHN GOYNE to Horatio G.P. Brittian & Henson G. Brittian off of Jeff. Co. $800. 160 acres being the W ½ of SE ¼ of Sec. 2 Tp. 18, & R. 3W. Also the W ½ of SW ¼ & the E ½ of SW ¼ of the same sec. Dated Mar. 16, 1839. Ack. before J.R. Goyne, Justice of Peace. Mar. 16, 1839. Filed & Recorded April 13, 1839. B.E. Grace, Clk. of Co. Ct.

B. E. Grace is appointed guardian of Andrew C. Goyne’s daughter, Nancy E. Goyne, a minor.  A probate date is given of 1864 to 1866, indicating that B. E. Grace’s appointment is to be the guardian of a minor child’s estate (to ensure it is protected from adults taking what rightfully belongs to the minor child – protecting those assets until the minor (Nancy E. Goyne here) becomes an adult).

1864 - 1866 Guardian of Nancy E Goyne by B E Grace

1864 – 1866 Guardian of Nancy E Goyne by B E Grace

In 1906, another land grant in Columbus Mississippi is received by Andrew C. Goyne’s heirs based on his service.  “Joseph Goyne, Julia C. Goyne, and William R. Goyne, minor children of Andrew C. Goyne deceased . . . “.  The grant was for approximately 120 acres.  The grant indicates that it had been duly assigned to a William P. Keesee, who appears to receive the grant.

1906 Goyne, A C grant Columbus, Miss kids

1906 Goyne, A C grant Columbus, Miss kids


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