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William Goens or Goings
Seeking information on William Goings (or alternate spellings) that appeared on the 1790 Moore County, North Carolina census as Free person of color. There were 10 people in the household.
According to the 1896 Cherokee Application for James Mayhew and two of his nephews Uriah and Hezekiah Mayhew, William and Betsey Goens are listed as the progenitors of the family.
Known information: James Mayhew was the son of Daniel Mayhew and Elizabeth Curtis. He was one of 12 children born to this marriage. Daniel and Elizabeth were married circa 1821 in Clinton County, Illinois.
Elizabeth Curtis-Mayhew born circa 1800 to Henry Curtis, Jr., and Mary Goens. The Curtis family was from Orange and Person Counties in North Carolina. Mary Goens born circa 1780 was the daughter of the above mentioned William and Betsey Goens.
I don't know if this is the same family that appears on the 1790 Moore County census. Also the name William Goens appears on the "Horseshoe Bend, Cherokee Muster" for the 1813-1814 Creek War.
The descendants of Henry Curtis and Mary Goens have always appeared as "Free People of Color" on census records for North Carolina 1800-1810; and Illinois 1820-1860.
Any information is greatly appreciated.