Saturday, April 24, 2010

MHS Second Annual Conference

Melungeon Historical Society
Second Annual Conference
Saturday June 19th & Sunday June 20, 2010
Sneedville High School, Sneedville, TN.

9:30 am: Registration welcome committee; Becky Nelson, Johnnie Rhea, Penny Ferguson, Tamara Hogshead. No admission charge we ask for a reasonable donation.

9:45 am: Jack Goins MHS President. Introductions. Also attention to the displays, some to be auctioned off later.

10:00 am: Mayor Greg Marion to welcome the Melungeon Historical Society to Sneedville.

10:20 am: Dr. Scott Collins-Foremost Melungeon researcher who has shared with others his research for over 40 years.

11:15 am: Kathy James-Were there many Gibson (Collins) lines, or were they all related?"

Noon-lunch break.

1:00 pm: Dr Richard Carlson Jr. Presentation “Who’s your People.” Questions and answer session after presentation.

2: 30 pm: Roberta Estes Core Melungeon DNA Advisor, all you need to know about the various DNA test, including the latest “Family Finder”. Questions and answer session.

Vice-president Penny Ferguson and MHS Board Member Elizabeth Bunch Smiddy will have a table set up to administer DNA tests and answer any questions you may have on the various DNA tests, through Family Tree DNA.

Sunday June 20, conference schedule.

10;00 am: Registration welcome committee; Becky Nelson, Johnnie Rhea, Penny Ferguson, Tamara Hogshead. Donations requested.

10:15 am: Board member Johnnie Rhea will hold a genealogy discussion and will have her family display set up for all to view. A panel discussion, questions from audience on everything arranging from genealogy to DNA. MHS board members who are present will form this panel. Our present MHS board members are; Becky Nelson, Beverly Walker, Roberta Estes, Dennis Maggard, Janet Crain, Dr. Jill Florence Lackey, Jack Goins, Joy King, Tamara Hogshead, Kathy James, Kevin Mullins, Penny Ferguson, Elizabeth Smiddy, Tari Adams, Cleland Thorpe, Wayne Winkler.

11:00 Jack Goins A few words about the latest Stony Creek Church minute books 1,2 and 3, which will be shown.

11:15 am: Bob Davis will set up his display depicting his Melungeon Grandparents and give a presentation on them.

Noon. Lunch Break

1:00 pm: Kevin Mullins a descendant of the Newmans Ridge Mullins family gives a presentation on the legendary Mahala Mullins.

2:00 Summing it all up.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Washington DC Early Records


Recently there have been several messages relating to a slave, Luke Goins, of the Harpers Ferry area. While reviewing some records of Washington, DC, I came across the following:

This document (placed on the web by the Washington DC Historical Society) relates to the emancipation of slaves in Washington, DC - and the calculation of their value by a commission set up for that purpose. This value was to be paid to the former owners (or their heirs) as compensation for the emancipation of their slaves. Some 966 petitions for compensation were filed by former owners; these petitions named some 3,100 former slaves. The majority of these claims (909) were allowed; the others were fully or partially disallowed.

Three of the slaves named were surnamed GOINS:

Malinda Goins, valued at $350.40

Rose Goins, valued at $350.40


George Goins, valued at $328.50

These slaves were three of the seven named by petitioner Milton Garrett, acting on his own behalf and on behalf of an estate (W. C. Caldwell, Sarah Caldwell, John H. Caldwell, A. M. Caldwell, et al). Milton Garrett is claimant 130 (see page 23).

Milton Garrett was a prosperous merchant of Washington, DC - but was originally of Harpers Ferry. Born 06 April 1813, Milton was the eldest son of Johnson and Mary (Doyle) Garrett of Harpers Ferry (and, later, Bolivar). Milton married Mary L. Caldwell about 09 November 1839 (date of license issued at Frederick county, MD). In adulthood, Milton moved to Washington; his brother, Mortimore (a blacksmith), moved to Georgetown; and his youngest sister, Mary Arnett Garrett, married Dr. John Ben Johnson of Alexandria, VA (just across the Potomac from DC).

At the 1860 census of Washington, DC (Series M653, Roll 102, page 384) - i.e. two years before the emancipation claims - the household of Milton Garrett includes his wife, Mary (nee' Caldwell) and their children. Also in the household are Melinda (no surname given, ae 40) and Rose (ae 6); George (Goins) is not in the Garrett household, however.

Given the Harpers Ferry roots of Milton Garrett, it seems probable that Malinda, Rose and George Goins were related in some manner to Luke Goins of Harpers Ferry.

I hope this will provide some useful additional information about your GOINS family.

Richard Irwin

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Indian Territory, Cherokee Nation


Looking for others to submit records for Indian Territory that they would like to share.

Partial List

1900 Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory Township 22 District 26

Dwelling 98, Family 99
Goins, J.W. 1840 60 married 35 years NC NC NC
Goins, Lucy Ann Aug 1843 57 14 children born 10 living NC NC NC
Goins, Evander Mar 1874 26 NC
Goins, Franklin 1876 24 NC
Goins, Lincoy (son) 1878 22 NC
Goins, John B. 1882 18 NC
Goins, Dolly E. Apr 1885 15 NC
Goins, Becky Ann July 1887 13 NC
Goins, Mattie L. Feb 1889 11 NC

Dwelling 125, Family 126
Goins, Thomas Nov. 1871 28 NC NC NC
Goins, Lizzie Sep 1873 26 4 children born 4 living AR MO MO
Goins, Susan Sep 1894 5 IT
Goins, Nivin Aug 1895 4 IT
Goins, Johny Nov 1898 1 IT
Goins, Laura Dec 1899 6 months IT

Becky Goins married Day McGahey  July 1903    They both were from Echo.

Echo does not exist today. It was covered by water when Grand Lake was filled. 
This is from the book "Heritage of the Hills, a Delaware County History:
Echo was a small village about five miles west of the present Grove, on
the west side of Grand River near the toll bridge.


From the RLDS cards submitted by Cindy Green

Ordained as a Teacher on Apr 1, 1906 Near Grove, Delaware Co., OK by J. D. Kelley

Baptised Aug 8, 1897 by T. J. Sheppard

GOINS, John W.

   Birth:   March 1831
John W. Goins was baptized a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 8 August 1897 by T. J. Sheppard. He was ordained a teacher on 1 April 1906 by J. D. Kelley. He attended the Lamanite, Oklahoma Branch.
   Source:   RLDS Deceased Files
      Lamanite, Oklahoma, RLDS Branch Records