The Enterprise of Belmont County, Ohio ca. September 1886
One of the best known colored men of this vicinity, Michael A Goins, died at the home of his son Walker,last Saturday, at the advanced age 80 years and two months. He was born in Albermale county, Virginia and came to Ohio over fifty years ago, residing most of the time since in the vicinity of Barnesville. He was married in 1835 to Mrs. Verlinda Payne, who ceded him to the better land by only a few months. During their married life they were blessed with fifteen children, thirteen of whom are still living. He united with the church about thirty years ago and has always been known as a consistent chirstian. His remains were interred in the Southern cemetery on Sunday afternoon.