My 3rd great grandfather is Lawson Goings/Goins/Goens. He was born in Loudoun County, Virginia in 1807 to Joseph and Nancy (Windsor) Goings. Lawson died 12 July 1874 in Clarke County, Virginia. He and his wife Sarah (Hart) lived and raised their children in Jefferson County, Virginia, now West Virginia. Per the various census they lived in Kabletown and Kearneysville towns. Lawson was a farmer and worked as a boatman. The Goen’s were a free family of color with some arriving in Jefferson County, Virginia around 1810. Lawson is the grandson of Luke Goings out of Loudoun County, VA.
Lawson Goins Obit, Jefferson Spirit newspaper, 1942
Where Lawson worked for 30 years-this silky cloth flyer was stuck in the Goens/Goins bible.
Based on the deed shared below, Lawson was selling his farm equipment and farm animals. This makes me smile knowing the names of my 3rd great grandfather horses. I plan to do something for my great niece and nephew in Austin so they know their 5th great grandpa’s horses and farm equipment. They are the perfect age for something like this. I feel I can visualize Grandpa Lawson talking and feeding the animals. I did a little surfing and pulled some random photos of horses and equipment from the internet and placed their names per the deed. Consider this my silly act of the day, but I really enjoyed knowing the names of these animals and attaching photos to them. If there weren’t names, I probably wouldn’t think twice of what was in the deed besides the usual names and locations. So far no photos have surfaced of Lawson. I transcribed the deed word for word. (The deed would’t show up, so I am using the transcribed version)
This Deed made the first day of September 1871 between Lawson Goins of the one part and Robert W. Baylor trustee of the other. Witnessed that the said Lawson Goins does grant, convey and assign to the said Robert W. Baylor and his fine herd of work horses: one gray horse about ten years old called Charley, one Bay horse Tom, about eleven years old, one brown mare called Gise about four years old and one dark bay mare called May, about seven years old, and one bright bay mare called Kit, and suckley colt, one four horse wagon and bed, harness for four horses, two cows and calves, farming implement viz. Two bar shear ploughs and four double and two single shovels, two large harrows, set of blacksmith tools, bellow, anvil and also his interest in a lease from John M. Coyle of a lot of about twenty acres of land adjoining the lands of Balshaugh Washington and others which is in the course of preparation for a wheat crop, the interest of said Lawson in said Lease being a half of all grown raised on same.
To have due at ten days with interest, also to secure the payment of a note of said Lawson, with said John M. Coyle as security for seventy seven dollars, given about the 31st day of August 1871, and payable twelve months after dates and the said Trustee is hereby authorizes to sell said properly hereby conveyed, where required so to do by said Coyle after the maturity of the note to him, after advertising notice thereof for three weeks in a newspaper published in said County and upon a credit of six months to rise bond and security and after paying a commission of five percent on the sales, and the debts herby conveyed said Trustee shall pay over the residue if any to the said Lawson Goins. Witness the following signatures and seals
Lawson Goins x seal September 5, 1871
County of Jefferson, as:
The foregoing instrument dated 1st day of September 1871, was produce in this office by Lawson Goins who acknowledge the same to be his act and dead therefore it was admitted and ordered to be recorded this 5th day September 1871. Tester
James D. Jayman, recorder
Enjoy the photos:
A Charley A Suckley Colt
A Brown mare-Gise
A dark bay – May
Cows and Calves
A Bright Bay – Kit
Cows and Calves
I had to look up some of the farm equipment:
A four horse wagon
Two bar shear plough
You get my point. So my goal will be to come up with some form of a photo with a little story about Lawson Goens for his descendants.