About Thomas Goin
DAR Ancestor #: A046110
The first proven official record for Thomas Goin is the North Carolina Land Grant No. 657 issued for
225 acres in Washington County, Tennessee "upon the waters of Cherokee Creek. joining Tiptons line,"
entered June 29, 1779 and issued October 26, 1786. The Tipton Farm, now a tourist attraction, still exists
near Jonesborough, Tennesse, according to Carol Anne Ledford, family researcher.
In the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions held November 1, 1784 in Washington County, North
Carolina [which later became Washington County, Tennessee] Thomas Goin was appointed constable.
He was granted 225 acres, described as Grant No. 751, on Cherokee Creek in Washington County
October 26, 1786. The grant was signed by I. Glasgone Lee and R. C. Caswell.
He served on several jury panels there, according to the county court records and was in court in
Jonesborough, the county seat, on the day that Andrew Jackson was admitted to the bar. In 1786 Thomas
Goin received another land grant, No. 756, according to "North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee,
1778-1791." The land was described as 225 acres "on the waters of the Nolachucky, adjoining a bank of
rocks." This transaction was actually a purchase grant, paid for by cash or certificate. In the August term
of 1787 Alex Moffatt had sworn "That he had lost a bond, the property of Thomas Goan, concerning 200
acres on Middle Creek. It was given by Isaac Taylor to Ralph Hedgepath who assigned it to John
Cassady who assigned it to Goan," according to "Washington County, Tennessee Deeds, 1775-1800."
In 1787, "Thomas Gooin" received Grant No. 2015 for 300 acres of land on Licking Creek, "including
his improvements" in Greene County, Tennessee. This grant was paid for in cash. Greene County had
been formed in 1783 with land taken from Washington County.
In 1788, "Thomas Goin" applied to the County Court of Greene County for the administration of the
estate of Elizabeth Bass, according to "Bulletin of the Watauga Association," Volume 10:
"August 1788. On motion of W. Avery, Esqr. atto. for Thomas Going for obtaining letter of
administration on the Estate of Elizabeth Bass, decd. ordered that the same be laid over until next term,
for proof of sanguinity [kinship, blood relationship] & that a dedimus potestatem [a commission to take
testimony] issue in favour of said Thomas Going to Anson & Richmond Counties & to the State of South
Carolina by giving fifteen days notice to Jeremiah Bass of the time & place where such testimony will be
taken, ditto for Levi Bass to South Carolina giving Thos. Going fifteen days notice at least."
Edward Gowen of Granville County, North Carolina, regarded as a kinsman of Thomas Goin, was also
named an heir of Elizabeth Bass. On October 14, 1788 he conveyed his interest in her estate to "his
nephew, Thomas Gowen," according to Granville County Will Book 2, page 79.
"October 14, 1788. Know all men by these presents that I Edward Gowen of the County of Granville for
divers good causes and considerations thereunto [me] moving more especially for the sum of A25 to me
in hand paid, the receipt of which I do hereby acknowledge, hath bar? gained, sold & made over, and by
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these presents, do bargain, sell and make over to my nephew, Thomas Gowen all the estate, right and
interest I have or hereafter may have to the estate of Elizabeth Bass, deceased, or any part thereof, and do
hereby make over the same to the said Thomas Gowin, his heirs and assigns from the claim of me, the
said Edward Gowen or any other person whatever claiming under me. In witness whereof I have hereunto
set my hand & seal the
15th day of October, 1786.
Jhn. [X] Simmons"
By 1786 Thomas had established himself in Washington County, and his name is included among those
who voted in the election in August 1786 at the Courthouse in Jonesborough, Tennessee. In 1788, 1789,
and 1790, Thomas Goin was No. 26 on the tax list of Washington County, North Carolina with "1 white
poll," indicating that he had located on his grant. In 1789 shown as No. 33 was Jonathan Tipton whose
political problems had erupted in gunfire. "Thomas Goin, Pvt," assigned this land in 1792 to Lardner
Clark, later a prominent attorney in Nashville, Tennessee.
The land of Thomas Goin on Cherokee Creek was levied on by the sheriff and was sold at auction
January 4, 1795, according to Washington County Deed Book 7, page 209?12. The entry read:
"Edmund Williams. Late sheriff of Washington County to Alexander Moffett against Thomas Goins,
defendant, in 1788 levied against 275 acres on Cherokee Creek. Bid: A40, 1 shilling, 8 pence. Adjoining
Jonathan Tipton, R Bayley, Bailey's land not sold at first sale because of no bidders; second sale Feb.
1788,. Alex Moffatt. highest bidder. Signed: Edmund Williams. Witnesses: Waighstill Avery, Andrew
Greer, Amos Ball. Court Term: Sept 1795."
In 1788, Thomas Goin sold his land in Greene County and moved westward to newly created Hawkins
County, Tennessee from which Claiborne would be created in 1801. Thomas Goin didn't come to
Claiborne County; the county came to him. He appeared there as a taxpayer, along with his sons, Levi
Goin and Uriah Goin on Big Barren Creek in 1799 in "Capt. Coxes company." The postoffice of Goin,
Tennessee would be named for this pioneer's family in 1884. Goin still exists today, but the postoffice
was discontinued in 1965.
In 1802, he and his sons helped to build the road to Tazewell, Tennessee, and were appointed its
overseers. On Saturday, November 1, 1803, he was instrumental in establishing the Big Barren Primitive
Baptist Church. "Thomas Going" was recorded as No. 3 on the church roster of the men. No. 3 on the
women's roster was "Elizabeth Going," possibly the wife of Thomas Goin.
He served on Claiborne County jury panels and in 1833 was listed as a "white male" taxpayer.
Thomas Goin died in 1838, according to Big Barren Primitive Baptist Church Record Book 2, and was
buried in Old Big Barren Church Cemetery which adjoined the church. The site is now at the bottom of
Norris Lake, and it is unknown if the graves were moved before the lake was created. His will was
recorded in the Claiborne County courthouse.
Fifteen years after his death, his descendants were tormented in the community by accusations that they
were descended from "niggers and mulattos." The family had distinct Melungeon features, but attributed
the mixed-blood characteristics to Indian and/or Portuguese ancestry. For a detailed account of this
incident, see Record # 117 in this data base for James Smith Falkner (family notes).
Name: Thomas GOIN 1
Birth: ABT. 1750 in Virginia, USA 1
Death: 1838 in Claiborne County, Tennessee, USA 1
Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
Levi GOIN b: 2 NOV 1779 in Washington County, North Carolina, USA
Uriah GOIN b: BET. 1785 - 1786 in Tennessee, USA
Isaac Abraham GOIN b: BET. 1793 - 1794 in Tennessee, USA
Title: Gowen Research Foundation Database
Page: http://www.llano.net/gowen//manuscript/asc/gowenms.132.txt -------------------- Thomas served as a private in the Revolutionary War.
PVT IN CAPT. TURNERS BYNUM'S CO. N.C. MALITIA REV WAR
Thomas 'marker was proudly placed by Todd Williams of the General Joseph Martin S.A.R. Chapter. A memorial service honoring Thomas was held in the cemetery on October 15, 2009. Hosted by Marsha Bratton, Regent, Middlesboro Chapter D.A.R. & Todd, both of Middlesboro, KY.
The following should be noted which was received from Thomas' descendant, Betty George:
"Old Big Barren Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Book 2, Page 4 listing #3 Thomas Goin 1755-1838, buried in the Church cemetery."
The Old Big Barren Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery was covered by water in 1935 after the completion of Norris Dam & the formation of Norris Lake. Records have never been found verifying if Thomas' remains were relocated by the T.V.A. or if he was left behind.
Thomas Goin's Timeline
Brunswick, VA, USA
November 2, 1779
Washington, North Carolina, United States
December 25, 1785
Washington County, NC, USA