Sunday, December 9, 2007

Randolph County, NC Early Records

Randolph County, NC came from Guilford in 1779

1790 Randolph Census
Hillsborough Dist, Randolph Co:
WILLIAM GOWIN: 2-3-4-0-1

Feb 7, 1797, Randolph County – Will of Thomas GOING
Transcribed by Tracy Hutchison. Not to be copied or reproduced in any format for profit.
I have attempted to transcribe as acurately as possible, however I am sure there is probably some errors.

In the Name of God Amen, I Thomas Going of Randolph County and State of No. Carolina, being sick and weakley in body but in perfect mind and memory, do construh this my last will and testament. First my body to be buried at the durecion of my executor he or after ministered and after my last debts are paid, I give all my estate bail(?) and heirs and as follows my land. Where on I now live, I give to my two youngest sons, Burges Going and Burton Goings to be equally divided, I give my horse sadle and bridle to my son Burges Going and my fille I give to my son Burton Going. I give to my daughter Hali Going my no home & white faced heffer and all the rest of my property to be equally divided between my sons Burgess and Burton and my daughters Vini Hardester and Hali and Elizabeth Going and I do hear by appoint my trusty friend Thomas Pledger and Ebin Harn my executors to this my last will and testament.
Signed and acknowledge in the presents of us this 7th day of February 1797

His Thomas X(mark) Going

William Bailey (????)
Jerimiah Bailey

1799 Randolph Co Tax List
THOMAS GOING, decd--120 ac.
1800 Randolph Census
Burges GOING
1810 Randolph Census

1815 Randolph County Tax
From Randolph Co., GenWeb, with permission
Records transcribed by Nola Duffy

2 Apr 1822, Randolph Co., JOHN COINS (GOINS?) married ????

12 Dec 1843, Randolph Co, JESSE GOINS married Selany Forguson

2 Nov 1847, Randolph Co, EMSLEY GOING married Cynthia M McDaniel

1849 Randolph Co. – Bond from GURGESS GOINGS to Alson G Cranford

1852 – Randolph - Land deed from BURGESS GOINS to Alfred G Cranford for 100 acres

17 Jan 1855, Randolph Co, P L GOING married Elizabeth Luther.

25 Oct 1855, Randolph Co, ANDREW J GOING married Zilpha Johnson.

5 Aug 1857, Randolph Co, M C COINS (GOINS?) married Rhody M Perce.



Submitted by Cathy Cranford

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, NC - COURT - Aaron H. Sanders Adm. To A. G. Cranford

Aaron H. Sanders Adm. To A. G. CranfordThis Indenture, made on the 1st day of September A.D. 1852 between Aaron H. Sanders Adm. Of Burgess Goings dec’d of the County of Montgomery on the one part, and Alson G. Cranford of the County of Randolph on the other part and both of the State of N. Carolina, Witnesseth that whereas the said Burgess Goings dec’d in his lifetime, to wit, on the first day of August A.D. 1849 bonafide sold to the aforesaid Alson G. Cranford a certain tract of Land herein after described and entered into bond in the penalty of four hundred dollars for making a conveyance for the same with full covinants on the payment of the sum of one hundred dollars that bring the amount of the purchase money and the said Alson G. Cranford having paid the sd purchase money according to the contract. The rect is hereby acknowledged in full. Now therefore This Indenture witnesseth that for & in consideration of the proving the sd Aron H. Sanders Adm of Burgess Goings dec’d as aforesaid hath given granted bargained and sold and by this Indenture doth give grant bargain and sell convey to the said Alson G. Cranford his heirs & assigns forever all the parcel or tract of Land above mentioned lying & being on the waters of Uharie in the County of Randolph & State aforesaid bounded as follows viz. Beginning at a red oak in the County line between Randolph & Montgomery, thence North 31 chains & sixty three links to a hickory, thence East 31 ½ chains & 13 links to a stake thence So to the County Line, thence West to the first station Beginning to the estate of the sd Burgess Goings on half of the spring and a half of an acre of the said Land at the spring for privileges of using water continuing one hundred acres or the same more or less to have & to hold together with al and singular the woods, way, waters, mines, minerals, privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any use appertaining to him the sd Alson G. Cranford his heirs & assigns in fee simple forever free and discharged of any and all encumbrances whatsoever to be done, caused or defend by the said Aaron H. Sanders Adm or afsd or any other person by his order comment or procumbent & the sd Aaron H. Sanders Adm. As aforesaid hath covenanted & by this Indenture doth covinant to & with the sd Alson G. Cranford his heirs and assigns to warrant & forever defend the title hereby conveyed from the lawful claim of any and all persons so far forth as his office & duty as Admn shall admit or rescind & no further. In testimony whereof the sd Aaron H. Sanders Admin doth hereunto set his hand & seal the day & year first above written, signed sealed & delivered in the presence of J. M. A. Drake
A. H. Sanders Adm (Seal)

North Carolina
Randolph County
Court of Pleas & Quarters Sessions May Term 1856 The due execution of this deed is proved by the oath of J. M. A. Drake a subscribing witness to the same records and ordered to be registered.
B. J. Hoover CCC(N.246)

Registered May 30th 1856
North Carolina
Randolph County
This deed is duly registered in Book 30th on page 243 by Jesse (unreadable) CR

State of N. Carolina
Montgomery County
June 27th 1859
This due examination of this deed is acknowledged by the grantor & records & ordered to be registered.
John McLennan C.C.C.


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  1. Hi, I am looking for more information on Thomas Going. He purchased land from my ancestor, Nathan Godwin in 1828 in Randolph Co., NC. I was wondering if there were any relations or marriages between these two families. My Nathan Godwin sold your Thomas Goings 240 acres, however, Nathan had 20 acres left over and I'm trying to figure out what happened to those other 20 acres. Let me know if you would like a copy of the deed. Genealogy by Ginger's Blog

  2. On 25 Oct 1855, Andrew J Going married Zilpha Johnson in Randolph Co NC. Bond 23 Oct 1855, bondsman I.L. (Isaac) Coltrane. Mrg 25 Oct 1855 by Wm McGee, J.P. North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

    1870 Census Tabernacle, Randolph Co NC (all b NC)
    Andrew J Goins 37 wm farmer $200 real estate
    Zilphy Goins 36 wf K.H.
    Mary J Goins 8 wf
    Henry Goins 5 wf
    Amanda Goins 3 wf
    William Goins 4/12 wm

    1880 Census Tabernacle, Randolph Co NC (all b NC)
    Zilpha Goins 44 mwf head K.H.
    Mary J. Goins 18 swf dau
    Ivy Goins 13 swm ag lab
    Mandy Goins 11 swf dau at school
    Eldora Goins 8 swf dau at school

    1900 census High Point, Guildford Co NC (all b NC)
    Henry I Goins 39 mwm head b Mar 1866 m 14yrs corrected to 2 yrs, fireman sta[tionary] engineer
    Martha B Goins 31 mwf wife b Oct 1868 m 2 yrs, no children
    Machie Goins 12 swf dau b Sep 1887 at school
    Robert J Goins 10 swm son b Mar 1890 at school
    Zilphia Goins 67 wwf mother b Jan 1832 12 children 4 living

    1910 Census High Point, Guildford Co NC, 503 W Green St (all b NC)
    Henry J Goins 43 mwm head, 2nd marriage m 12 yrs, fireman, furniture factory
    Martha L Goins 42 mwf wife, 1st marriage m 12 yrs, no children
    Jasper R Goins 20 swm laborer, furniture factory
    Zilphia Goins 80 widowed mother, 8 children 4 living

    On 21 Mar 1914, Zelpha Goins, 85yo, of High Point, Moore Co NC, applied for a pension as widow of AJ Goins, enlisted B Co 52nd NC abt 15 Nov 1861. Approved. North Carolina, Confederate Soldiers and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1953 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

    Zelphia Goings, wwf b 19 Jan 1829 Randolph Co NC; d 27 May 1914 High Point, Guildford Co NC; bur Mt. Shepard High Point; d/o Robert Johnson and (Miss?) Osborn; attended Common School. North Carolina, Deaths, 1906-1930 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

  3. The Confederate service record for A.J. Goings (available at contains 18 index cards. A.J. Goings aka Andrew J. Goins was a 26yo farmer, 5'8" tall, born Randolph Co, NC when he enlisted 27 Mar 1862 at Asheboro, mustering into service with B Co 52nd NC 28 Apr 1862 at Camp Mangum [Wake Co NC] for 3 years or the duration of the war. On the May/Jun 1862 muster roll he is marked absent without leave / deserter, but he is present for Aug 1863, with a note that he is owed his [enlistment] bounty. The Sep/Oct muster notes that he was absent when the bounties were paid, and that his salary was last paid 6/30 (year not stated); at this date, he is still a private. A roll dated 08 Jan 1864 (for Dec?) notes that he was last paid 31 Oct 1863 and was then on "furlough of indulgence." From this date he is listed with the rank of 3rd Corporal. He is present without remark Jan/Feb 1864.

    For the Jul/Aug 1864 muster he is "absent wounded." A register for the "Receiving and Wayside Hospital" of Richmond VA marks him admitted 22 Aug 1864, and sent to the Camp Winder Hospital (Richmond, VA) the nextd day. A receipt at Camp Winder shows he received clothing there 29 Aug 1864 (as A.J. Ganes or Gaines); on 03 Sep 1864 he was recorded on furlough at the hospital and destined for Thomasville [Davidson Co] NC.

    Other rolls show him present Jul-Oct and Nov/Dec 1864. Finally, he is named on the list of prisoners of war paroled at Appamottox Courthouse 09 Apr 1865.

  4. North Carolina has digitized a record for Zilpha from 31 Mar 1914 which she filed in Guilford County NC; today High Point stretches across Guilford's borders into Randolph County, perhaps she was uncertain which jurisdiction she lived in.

  5. Confederate veteran Daniel Goins of Moore Co NC appears in Randolph county records from 1870-1897.

    1870 Census. Grant, Randolph Co NC, Dwelling #102
    • Daniel Goins 48, farm laborer, $100 estate, cannot write
    • Margaret J Goins 37 K.H, cannot read or write
    • Wellington Goins 14, cannot read or write
    • Cora Goins 8
    • Thomas M Goins 7
    • Margaret Goins 4
    • Kizziah Goins 1

    All are mulatto, born NC, the children are "at home."

    1880 Census. Grant, Randolph Co NC,Dwelling #72
    • Daniel Goins 57, h, farmer
    • Margot Goins 45, w, K.H.
    • Weloton B. Goins 21, s, farm labor
    • Cora Goins 17, d
    • George B. Goins 16, s
    • Mag Goins 14, d
    • Polline Goins 12, d
    • Lara E. Goins 10, d
    • William E. Goins 7, s
    • Rozetia Goins 5, d
    • Lizzie Goins 9/12, d born Sep

    All are mulatto, born NC with parents born NC, children 10-17 are "at home."

    On 25 Oct 1896, 73yo Daniel Goins of Cedar Falls [Randolph Co NC], white, married 19yo Della L Pritchard of Randolph Co NC, white, by J.P. A.P. Luck at Giles Chapel. The license was issued the day before. The bondsmen and witnesses were D.B. Julian, M.C. Luck, and W.J.M. Bride. ( North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011)

    In 1900, family members including Della continue to appear in Randolph county, but Daniel is listed in Alamance County, where in 1901 he applies for the pension for his Confederate service. In 1907, as Pvt. William D. Goins of I Co 2nd NC Cav, he was interred at the Confederate burial ground at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, Wake Co NC.

    Della continued to reside in Randolph, where in 1925 she applied for her widow's pension (at the age of 48).

  6. Abraham Willington Goins married Martha Ann Cranford at Randolph Co NC, 24 Mar 1882 (Mrg Bk 4 pg 101). In 1900, he appears to be listed as the widowed Robert w Goins.

    1900 Census Concord, Randolph Co NC, House #237
    • W Robert Gaines 49, h, wwm farmer b Jan 1855 NC [Willington]
    • Arthur Gaines 15, swm farm lab b Jun 1884 NC
    • William W Gaines 13, son, swm farm lab b Oct 1888 NC
    • Roxie E Gaines 8, dau, swf b Aug 1891 NC
    • Conard H Gaines 4, son, swm, b Nov 1895 NC

    Meanwhile, Della (Pritchard) Goins and her two young sons were living in a household where she served as cook.

    1900 Census Franklinville, Randolph, North Carolina, House #218
    • Cicy Trogdon 41 b May 1859 swm farmer
    • Della Gaens 21 b Dec 1878 NC mwf cook
    • Charley Gaens 2 b Oct 1897 swm NC boarder
    • Hal Gaens 1 b Oct 1898 NC swm boarder
    • George Fields 17 b Sep 1882 NC swm servant

    The identity of this family is confirmed by the death certificates of the children. Charles Braxton Goins s/o Daniel Goins and Della Prichard, h/o Amanda Pelfrey, b 09 Oct 1897 NC, d 14 Dec 1970 Asheboro, Randolph Co NC.

    Hal Worth Goins of Asheboro, Randolph Co NC, s/o Daniel Goins b Randolph Co NC and Della Pritchard b Randolph Co NC, h/o Ila Moon Goins, d 07 Apr 1938 Asheboro, Randolph Co NC.

    Della Goins of Asheboro, Randolph Co NC, age 28, applied for her widow's pension 06 Jul 1925. Her late husband Daniel had enlisted I Co 19th NC 09 Jul 1861, and had married her before 1898. She signed own name. The petition notes that she is totally disabled and confined to bed; it was approved.

  7. The Compiled Service Records at Fold3 show Pvt. Nelson Gowen alias Goin in Company F of the 2nd North Carolina Battalion, which was recruited in Randolph Co NC. He enrolled either 30 Nov or 04 Dec 1861 at Asheboro, Randolph Co NC, volunteering at the age of 21. He was absent with leave at the 07 Jan 1862 muster. A note indicates that his unit was captured at Roanoke Island 08 Feb 1862 (the second day of the Battle of Roanoke), but he must have avoided that, as he was hospitalized in Wilmington NC from 01-13 Feb 1862 with typhoid fever. He is then present on rolls from 28 Feb-31 Oct 1862 – Apr 1864, during which the 2nd fought in the campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia, including Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, and the Shenandoah Valley. Nelson Gowen’s fighting ended at the Battle of Spottsylvania Courthouse, where he was captured 12 May 1864, taken about 18 miles to the Potomac River steamboat landing at Belle Plains, Stafford Co VA, and then on May 18th he was delivered to Camp Lookout MD. He was later transferred to Elmira, NY departing Camp Lookout10 Aug 1864 and arriving at Elmira 14 Aug 1864. He remained in that camp until 19 May 1865, a month after Lee’s surrender. His release required him to take an oath of allegiance, and his final prison record notes that he was from High Point, NC, stood 5’7”, and had a dark complexion, dark hair, and grey eyes.
    His records at Point Lookout mistakenly show him in Company H (Point Lookout v363,

  8. Jesse Goins and Selany (Solange?) Ferguson appear together in the 1850 and 1860 census.

    1850 Census, North Carolina, Randolph Co, Graham, dwelling #719
    • Jesse Goings, 28, miller
    • Seland Goings, 21
    • John Goings, 4
    • Wm Gaston Goings, 2

    1860 Census, North Carolina, Alamance
    • Jesse Gains, 38, m, miller, $200 real estate, b NC
    • Silance Gaines, 34, f, b NC
    • J W Gaines, 14, m, at school, b NC
    • W G Gaines, 11, m, at school, b NC
    • L J Gaines, 8, f, at school, b NC

    In 1850, the couple are neighbors of Jesse's presumed parents, John and Cetty Goins, dwelling 718.

    15 Sep 1869, Jesse Goins was married to Martha Anderson in Orange Co, NC by Rev. B.A. Patterson ( North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011).

    1870 Census North Carolina, Randolph Co, New Hope, dwelling 197
    • Jesse Goins 51, mwm, h miller, $100 estate
    • Martha Goins 27, mwf, wife
    • Georgiana Anderson, 18, swf
    • Alice Anderson 11, swf
    • Dora Lee Anderson 3, swf
    All born NC.

    On 04 Sep 1871, Jesse Goins was appointed postmaster for Jacksons Creek, Randolph Co NC, holding the office until 06 Jan 1875; on 12 Jul 1875, he was appointed postmaster for Fair Haven, in Chatham and Moore Co NC, holding the office until 20 Dec 1877. ( U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971 [database on-line]; but see also and

    1880 Census North Carolina, Moore Co, Carthage, dwelling 4
    • Jesse Goins 57, mwm, h miller
    • Martha Goins 52, mwf, wife
    • Alice J. Goins 18, swf, dau
    • Dora L. Goins 14, swf, dau
    • Velzy A. Goins 11, swf, dau
    • Maggie M. Goins 6, swf, dau
    • Jessie L. Goins 2, swf, dau
    • Celia J. Goins 8, swf, dau
    All born NC and all their parents born NC.

    Martha lived until 1929. From 1900-1920, the census shows her in Greensboro, Guilford Co, NC with daughter Mattie S Goins. 1900 shows her born Apr 1843 and Mattie Dec 1882, and notes that her father was born in GA. The 03 Apr 1929 death record for Martha Ann Goins indicates she was 87yo, d/o Maj. John Anderson and Nancy Meyers, widow of Jesse Goins, and was born Orange Co NC and buried at Green Hill Cemetery ( North Carolina, Deaths, 1906-1930).

  9. Jesse's son William Gaston Goins seems to be the William G. Goins who bought a 1.4a lot on the Haw River in Caswell Co NC (Deed Bk 7 Pg 534,

    1880 Census North Carolina, Caswell Co, Hightowers, dwelling 31
    • W. G. Goins 31, mwm, h, keeps mill, cannot read/write
    • Mary Goins 35, mwf, w, K.H. , cannot read/write
    • J. D. Goins 11, swm, s, at school [James]
    • F. A. Goins 9, swm, s
    • Vandora Goins 5, swf, d [actually their son Adrian!]
    • Cassie Goins 12, swf, d [Carrie]
    All born NC and all parents b NC.

    The 20 Feb 1927 Wake Co NC death record for Carrie (Goins) Vincent indicates that she was born in Alamance Co 47 years earlier to William G. Goins and Mary Danley, also both born in Alamance, and that she was buried at Graham, Alamance Co NC ( North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976).The 31 May 1932 death record for Adrian W Goins of Burlington, Alamance Co NC (appearing in drag above as "Vandora") notes that he was born 02 Feb 1874 in Caswell Co NC to William Goins and Mary Daniely (

    Thus, we follow the line of Jesse Goins from Randolph to Caswell to Alamance counties.

  10. The Compiled Service Record (at shows that Private William G. Goings enlisted in Co I of the 8th NC Infantry 13 Apr 1864 at Gibsonville, NC [on the Alamance/Guilford county line]. On 31 Aug 1864 he is recorded "sick" at the Camp Winder General Hospital in Richmond, Va; the Aug/Sep muster roll notes that he was “absent wounded hospital Richmond Va.”; and clothing was issued to him at Camp Winder 20 Oct 1864.

    The details of his service come in his 14 Jun 1901 (age 54) and 12 Jul 1907 (age 60) pension applications, filed in Alamance Co NC. The Altamehaw resident reported that he enlisted Apr 1864 and served at Bermuda Hundred [Chesterfield Co VA], being wounded in the right thigh on 18 May 1864 [Gen. Butler abandoned his drive toward Richmond 2 days later] and at Fort Harrison, Henrico Co VA, being wounded in the rump or right hip on 30 Sep 1864 [in the Battle of Chaffin's Bluff] ( North Carolina, Confederate Soldiers and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1953).

    On 16 May 1865, as William M Goings, he was issued a certificate of parole under the terms of Joseph Johnston's 26 Apr 1865 surrender of the Army of the Tennessee (cf.