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Re: William Goyens, mulatto freeman NC-TX


Paul's work has been very valuable. On the Goins (althernate spellings) I'm stuck around 1800.

I've located a Betsy Goin in Wabash County, Illinois (FPOC)--I believe 1830 (I don't have my notes).

While researching secondary sources, there were two Goins men one "free black" the other "Indian" that purchased land in Wabash County, Illinois in 1835 (actually listed as the "first black man")

On the 1896 Application files and other relatives listed on the Guion Miller Rolls--all were rejected because #1. The family had "abandoned the tribe in 1808 and #2. The family was not present in Indian Territory at the close of the Civil War and never lived in Indian Territory. They did move to southeastern Kansas where some Cherokee (or claimed to be) had lived.

Since my connection (actually my wife's family) is through Mary Goins-Gurtis it has been difficult.

I will check early (1830 &1840) Clinton County, Illinois census records to verify secondary sources--there is a Gaines family (as transcribed) that was living in that part of Illinois.

Sorry this is so long. The communication allows me to rethink some things.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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