Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Alamance County, NC Early Records

Submitted by Jamison Graff:

This article on the possible survival of Saponi and Saura Indians in the VA/NC Melungeon communities seems like it would be very interesting for a Goins researcher. They do discuss Goinstown, though it isn't the main topic.


  1. In the 1900 census, widower Daniel Goens was rooming with the Truitt family at Elon College, Boone Station Twp, Alamance Co, NC (house 119, family 123).

    John Truitt, 39, b Jan 1861, b NC par b NC, married 10 years, farmer
    Mary E Truitt, 35, b Jul 1864, mother of 1 child, with 1 child living, b NC par b NC, married 10 years
    Dasie Truitt, 9, b Sep 1890, b NC par b NC, 3 months at school, 9 months unemployed
    Daniel Goens, 76, b Nov 1823, b NC fath b NC moth b VA, farm laborer, unemployed 2 months

    Mary Truitt does not appear to be one of Daniel's daughters. Her Rockingham Co NC marriage record shows her surname as Denney (27 Aug 1890 at Burlington, North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011), which matches a daughter of George and Franticine Denny of Boone Station in the 1880 census.

    On 29 Jun 1901, 77yo Daniel Goins of Altemehaw, Alamance Co NC, applied for a Confederate pension, citing his enrollment in Company I of the 2nd NC Cavalry in Jul 1861, which identifies him as the man who lived in Moore Co NC in 1860, and Randolph Co NC 1870-1897. In his application he notes that he was shot in the left foot at White Sulphur Springs VA (now Greenbrier Co WV) around 01 Nov 1863 (the Battle of White Sulphur Springs took place 26-27 Aug 1863). It also notes that he "got right arm broke at Fredericksburg Va by horse falling on it while I was in service." (

    Based on the dates, this appears to be the Pvt William D Goins of I Co 2 NC Cav interred in grave 164 at the Confederate burial ground in Raleigh's Oak Wood cemetery, Wake Co NC. The stone is inscribed "American Indian Melungeon."

    The cemetery's page indicates that most of the veterans buried there were reinterred from, for example, the North Carolina Soldier's Home (

  2. The entrepreneurial Jesse Goins of Randolph Co NC spent time operating a mill in Alamance Co NC in 1860 (Graham post office, dwelling #9). He was a man of parts, operating a mill in Randolph Co in the 1850 and 1870 census, and in Moore Co in 1880, and serving as a postmaster in Randolph, Moore, and Chatham counties in the 1870s. However, the Alamance sojourn may have born eventual fruit when William Gaston Goins (45yo), son of Jessee and Solane Goins, married Julia Price (25yo), the daughter of Joseph and Eliza Price, at Mortons, Alamance Co NC, 21 Mar 1892 (