Virginia – Lee County – 1700s to early 1800s

(Below are different Going, Goyen, Gowen related sources for those people were in the Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina areas in the early 1700’s to early 1800’s)

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Lee County, Virginia – INFO

From Gowen Manuscript:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms146.htm

LEE COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Alexander Goins, a resident of Lawrence County, Kentucky operated a race track and a horse breeding farm near Louisa, Kentucky, according to Ramona Bayes Woods.

Alexander Goins was the subject of a ballad written about 1844 by Gabriel Church of Wise County, according to Blue Ridge Institute who display the ballad on its website.

Alexander Goins, an itinerant peddler who frequented the area of Big Stone Gap, was killed in 1844 by thieves in Wise Coun-ty [then Lee County]. Goins was ambushed by George Hall and his band of renegades, but he escaped to the house of Ely Boggs. Unfortunately for Goins, Boggs was in collusion with Hall. Offering to show Goins another route out of the area, Boggs led Goins into a trap, where Hall’s men were hid-ing, and Goins was shot and killed.

V. N. “Bud” Phillips of Bristol, Virginia, a great-great grand-son of Ely Boggs, wrote in June 1994 that Alexander Goins was buried on the Boggs farm located near Stonega, Virginia. He mentioned that he had search for the grave, but was uncer-tain that he had found it.

Another version of the incident, according to Blue Ridge Insti-tute is that Goins himself was an evil man and was shot by de-frauded settlers.

The ballad, posted at “Deathly Lyrics: Songs of Virginia Tragedies,” read:

“Poor Goins”

Come all you young people,
That live far and near,
I’ll tell of a murder
That was done on the Nine Mile Spur.

They surrounded Poor Goins,
But Goins got away.
He went to Ely Boggs.
He went there to stay.

Ely Boggs, he foreknew him.
His life he did betray,
Saying, “Come and go with me,
And I’ll show you a nigh way.”

They started up Nine Mile Spur, boys.
They made no delay,
‘Till they came across the crossroads,
Where Goins they did slay.

When they got in hearing,
They were lying mighty still.
“Your money’s what we’re after,
And Goins we will kill.”

When they got in gunshot
They did bid him for to stand.
“Your money’s what we’re after.
Your life is in our hands.”

Sweet heaven, Sweet heaven,
How loud he did cry,
“To think of my companion,
And now I have to die.”

When the gun did fire,
It caused his horse to run.
The bullet failed to kill him.
George struck him with his gun.

After they had killed him,
With him they would not stay.
They drank up all his whiskey,
and then they rode away.

His wife, she was sent for.
She made no delay.
She found his grave dug
Along by the way.

“Go kill a man for riches
Or any such thing.
I pray the Lord have mercy
Till judgement kills the stings.”

Sweet heaven, sweet heaven,
We heard her poor mourns.
“Here lies his poor body.
Where is his poor soul?”
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Ann Goins was married June 20, 1891 to Charles Fleenor, according to Lee County marriage records [1851-1900].

Rosa B. Goins was married to John Fleenor November 14, 1900 according to Virginia Marriage records [1851-1900].
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B. M. Goins was married April 9, 1876 to Mary A. Lawson, according to Lee County marriage records. Of B. M. Goins and Mary A. Lawson Goins nothing more is known.

B. M. Goins was later remarried to Rebecca Cox May 23, 1889 according to Virginia Marriage records [1851-1900]. Children born to Rebecca Cox Goins are unknown.
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Florence Goins was married to Thomas Robinson October 16, 1897, according to Lee County marriage records.
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Henry Goins, age 20, Cise Goins, age 20 and William Goins age 26 were enumerated in the 1870 census of Lee County.
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John Goins was married to Ida Hall August 18, 1898, according to Lee County marriage records. Of John Goins and Ida Hall Goins nothing more is known.
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Josephine Goins was married April 10, 1873 to J. H. Marcum, according to Lee County marriage records.
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Martha Goins was married May 5, 1900 to Jobe Poteet, according to Lee County marriage records.
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Rosa B. Goins married John Fleenor on November 14, 1900, according to Lee County marriage records.
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Sam Goins was married to Rachel Orr May 29, 1897, according to Lee County marriage records. Of Sam Goins and Rachel Orr Goins nothing more is known.
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Sarah Goins was married to Isaac Leedy January 15, 1869, according to Lee County marriage records.
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Thomas Goins was married to Alice Hall September 26, 1900, according to Lee County marriage records. Of Thomas Goins and Alice Hall Goins nothing more is known.
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William Goins was married to Mary Hall October 26, 1870, according to Lee County marriage records. Children born to William Goins and Mary Hall Goins are unknown.
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William Goins and Lucy Ann Smith Goins were residents of Lee County in 1890 when a son was born:

David Jackson Goins born August 19, 1890

David Jackson Goins, son of William Goins and Lucy Ann Smith Goins, was born August 19, 1890 in Lee County. He was married about 1917 to Esther Johnson who was born there March 30, 1903. In 1928 they removed to South Carolina.

Children born to them include:

David Jackson Goins, Jr. born in January 1925

David Jackson Goins, Jr, son of David Jackson Goins and Es­ther Johnson Goins, was born in January 1925 in Lee County. He was married about 1948 to Ruby Elizabeth Willis, daughter of Larkin Willis and Rosie Collins Willis.

Children born to them include:

Larry K. Goins born March 21, 1952

Larry K. Goins, son of David Jackson Goins, Jr. and Esther Ruby Elizabeth Willis Goins, was born March 21, 1952 in Union, South Carolina. In 1990 he was a Lt. Commander in U.S. naval service stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when he affiliated with Gowen Research Foundation. In 1993 he lived in Summerville, South Carolina, having retired from the Navy.
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William Goins was married to L. J. Coldiron August 11, 1898, according to Lee County marriage records. Children born to William Goins and L. J. Coldiron Goins are unknown.

 

 

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