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GOINS in Belmont & Muskingum Cos., OH
Last night I found two more Censuses of GOINS' who I have some information on but the new indices help so much. I had, prior to this email, Michael GOINS in the 1850 Muskingum County, Ohio, 1870 Kalamazoo, Michigan and the 1880 Belmont County. Ohio censuses. I found a new census for Michael under the surnname GOINGS instead of GOINS in Belmont County, Ohio for 1860. I could not find this information just because his name was spelled GOINGS instead of GOINS. I also, prior to this missive, found Riley GOINS in the 1880 Census for Licking County, Ohio. He is the first son listed in 1850 Muskingum County census for Michael GOINS. The newly found census for Riley is the 1870 Census for Muskingum County, Ohio. His name was written, recorded or maybe heard as Riliey GOENS instead of GOINS. He was lost in translation; or at least I was lost in trying find him again. Looking at the census sheet I realized that the writer had a particular way of writing the letter M. Perhaps the person or machine reading the letters thought M was W? This lead to Riley being classified as "white" instead of a person of color in the index. Okay that might be a little confusing so I will try to show you what I mean:
What I have documented:
1850 Muskingum County, Ohio census for Miichael GOINS who was 44 years old included his wife Verlinda PAYNE GOINS 38 years old, son Riley GOINS 14 years old, son Walker GOINS 12 years old, son Michael GOINS 10 years old, daughter Frances 9 years old, son James [Edward] GOINS 4 years old, daughter Emily 4 years old, son John GOINS 2 years old, and son Robert GOINS 10 months old.
The newly found census:
1860 Belmont County, Ohio for Michael GOINGS [GOINS] who was 54 years old includes his wife Belinda [Verlinda] PAYNE GOINS, son Michael GOINS 20 years old, son Edward [James] GOINS 14 years old, daughter Emily GOINS 14 years old, son John W. GOINS 12 years old, son Robin [Robert] GOINS 10 years old, son Stewart GOINS 7 years old and son Roswell 6 years old.
Just a side note: John, Robert, Stewart and Roswell are all mentioned in Walker GOINS', their brother's obituary.
What I have documentated:
1880 Licking County, Ohio census for Riley GOINS who was 44 years old includes his wife Clarrissa PHILLIPS GOINS 43 years old, daughter Laura 19 years old, son Hernando? GOINS 18 years old, son Riley GOINS 17 years old, daughter Mary GOINS 15 years old, son Michael GOINS 12 years old, daugther Arnu? GOINS 11 years old, son Olliver GOINS 8 years old, daughter Clarrisa GOINS 6 years old and daughter Bernice GOINS 3 years old.
The newly found census and or index had Riley GOENS [GOINS] classified as white instead of a person of color:
1870 Muskingum County, Ohio for Riley GOENS [GOINS] 34 years old includes his wife Clarrisa PHILLIPS GOINS 33 years old, daughter Laura GOINS 10 years old, son Hermander? GOINS 8 years old, son Riley GOINS 7 years old, daughter Jennie? GOINS 5 years old, son Michael GOINS 2 years old and daughter Dora GOINS 1 year old.
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