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Recently I recovered the obituary for my 3rd cousin 1x removed Rev. Elwood R. Goins. it mentions "one sister, Lillian Webster of Steubenville, Ohio." This little bit of information is all I had to go on. So I started looking for marriage records on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.com for Lillian Webster because Lydia V. Goins, the last time I checked, was married to a man named Norris. I looked through census schedules for Lillian Webster and I can't find her (so far?). I went to FamilySearch.org to look for a possible death record. Aha! There is a death certificate. This is where it gets complicated. The death certificate has Lillian V. Webster b. 1881 in Mount Pleasant, Ohio d. 20 July, 1948 in Steubenville, Ohio. The birthdate for Lillian V. Webster on her death certificate is five years different than on her marriage record but I guess that's okay. The month and day are the same in both records. I read farther down the death certificate to see who the parents are: Michael Ailstock and Evangeline Henderson. I was asking myself: did Lillian's daughter, Gertrude not know her grandfather's surname Goins but knew his middle name Ailstock? He did die well before she was born. Furthermore, why is her grandmother's named spelled Evangeline instead Angeline? The maiden name Henderson checks out. I hope the Steubenville Herald has an obituary for her?
This death certificate just might be the key to finding the connection back to colonial Virginia. If this "Michael Ailstock" is really Michael Ailstock Goins, his full name helps me figure out the middle name of his father Michael A. Goins who migrated from Virginia. I was never 100% sure that Michael's (the father's) middle name was Ailstock or Absalom. I have been guessing that is what it was after reading some records from Louisa County Historical Society in Virginia where the Ailstocks and Goins' intermarried. Michael A. (the father) migrated from Virgina to Ohio circa 1835. He appears in an 1828 Order Book in Albemarle County. He is in the 1840 Guernsey County Census living near a William Aelstock. Both are from Virginia.
Going back to the Louisa County (reading from Free African American website) record, it notes that Absalom Ailstock's daughters Becky and Jenny marry two Goings; Jenny married Jesse Going and Becky may have had a bond to marry James Going in 1799. I see that Michael Ailstock, who I believe is Becky's grandfather was the bondsman for her marriage. Did Becky and James Going name one of their children after her grandfather Michael Ailstock or did she use Michael Absalom the combined names of her father and grandfather for one of her children? I wonder if this Michael Ailstock or Michael Absalom really exist? Is he the same person born who is listed in the 1828 Albemarle County Order book? Michael is enumerated with Sherrod's son Henderson but there is no direct line to Sherrod's family.
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