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Re: Goins/Goings/Gowen in Virginia


Thanks for getting back to me.

I have tried to look at this puzzle from many different angles. Perhaps I should put my feet on Virginia soil to answer the following questions.

Here is the tricky part. According to an Albemarle County Order Book 28 June, 1828 John, Fountain, Thomas, Henderson and Michael all swore in together as free men of color.

First I strongly believe this is the Michael that removed to Ohio and who I have studied for better than five years. All of the dates line up as far as his age and year of birth with the obituary I have in my possession.

Secondly the Henderson who appears with John, Fountain, Thomas and Michael in the 1828 document--I am guessing--is probably Sherrod's son. I am guessing based Ervin L. Jordan's, "A Just and True Account" in the The Magazine of Albemarle County History. Henderson's age in the 1828 document and the 1833 Albemarle County Census is off by one year; and the article says Henderson is "Sherrod's son."

So what relation--if any--is John, Fountain, Thomas and Micheal to or with Henderson and Sherod/Sherrod? Did they just show up individually on 28 June 1828 in Albemarle County to give sworn testimony as to their status? Did they come together and if they came together what does it mean as far their relatedness?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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