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Re: Enumeration of Blacks Immigrating to Ohio

In September 2010, I made my first sojourn to Jefferson County, Ohio. Although I had been to Barnesville, Belmont County, Ohio, I had never seen Steubenville not to far up the road. What struck me was how much it is was more like West Virginia then it is like Northern and Central Ohio.

I went there because I located one of Michael and Verlinda Payne Goins' children who I was unable to find for years. It so happens his name is Michael too. His forename and surname had always been misspelled in Jefferson County. When I worked around the misspelling what I found was exciting.l, He and his wife Angeline Henderson had eleven children. I also found Michael's in-laws. Angeline's father Obediah Henderson was born circa 1785 in Nelson County, (West) Virginia. I followed him in Slave schedules until he made it to Ohio with his children in 1870. It was the first time in my research that I had seen this transition.

I went the Schiappa Library to follow up on what I found on the Internet and wanted to drive to Mount Pleasant to see the lay of the land and if I could see the property Michael bought in 1870. Curiosity got the best of me and instead of going to Mount Pleasant, I ended up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania to see if I could find more information about James Roswell Goins and his in-laws, the Murrells. I don't know what possessed me to drive to Beaver Falls instead of going to Mount Pleasant? Beaver Falls seemed as close as Mount Pleasant but in reality it was farther. It was that easy to slip through West Virginia to Pennsylvania without much thought.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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