Sunday, January 30, 2022

  I am still trying to imagine how Michael Goins and the family  wit; Comfort 12 years old last May, Sarah six years old next November, Thomas four years old last March and Robert two years old, children of Sarah Goings dec'd (deceased),late the wife of said George who was also emancipated by the   to Law, September 13, 1833.

Teste Saml L Cramer oy'er  Samuel L. Cramer Clerk of Jefferson County court, I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy from the record from the said office. 

A seal affixed

In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affixed a seal of said Court 21 day of September, 1833. Signed Sam L. Cramer. At a Court held for the County of Jefferson, September 16, 1833, the register ofGeorge Goins and four children (N.388) was examined by the said Court found to be correct and in order to be certified accordingly.  

Attest F. Buckhorn, JP ) Teste Sam L. Cramer oy'er 

The original certificate under the seal of Jefferson County Court, Virginia of which the above is a true copy was this day presented for recording and recorded above 11th Oct, 1838.

Attest John C. Fallmans, clerk of Belmont County Court of common pleas.  

Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Last Will and Testament of Michael Ailstock b. 1725 d. 1791

 The Last Will and Testament of Michael  b. 1725 d. circa 1791

IN The NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Michael Ailstock of the county of Louisa and parish of Trinity being sick and weak but of sound mind and memory calling to mind the uncertainty of life, I think proper to make this my last will and testament as followeth, (Viz, I give my body to earth, to be enterred at the discretion of my associates heretofore mentioned to my sould (sic) I give to God in hopes of resurrection & C and as to such worldly goods as it pleased hath God to bless me with I give in manner as followeth, Item, I give my wife Rebecca Ailstock the bed and the furniture wherever I commonly lodged during her natural life and at her death I give and bequeath  the Bed and C to my grand daughter Rebecca at the time of my wife may marry again, Item. I give and bequeath my wearing clothes to my son Joseph Ailstock  I give my sons Michael and Absalom Ailstock and my Daughter Mary two pence of each of them and shilling sterling Money. Item. I give and bequeath to Daughter Elizabeth Ailstock one bed and furniture which she bought and paid for herself thou- why I mention this as to present disputes respecting this bed. Item. I give and bequeath  all the rest and residue of my estate of every kind to my wife Rebecca Ailstock during her natural life, and at her death to be equally divided by Daughters Susanna Ailstock and Elizabeth Ailstock and my grand daughter Rebecca Ailstock and lastly it is my will that my wife Rebecca Ailstock pay my Just Debts and burial expenses out of that part of my estate, I leave her and I appoint my wife Rebecca Ailstock executrix to this my Last Will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day September 1791. 


1. Michael Ailstock, I believe is our 6th great grandfather.

2. Michael's wife is Rebecca 

3. Michael's children: Michael, Absalom, Susanna, Jospeh,  Mary and Elizabeth 

3. Michael's grand daughter Rebecca 

4. Michael was reportedly born 1725

5. All are gems in genealogy. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Eugene's fight

4 February, 1913 The Columbus Dispatch

Sometimes I know it is difficult to believe that the Hairstons and Goins' are related and intermarried but I found an article to corroborate the story.

Eugene's father Tip was fined in North Carolina for carrying a gun. He swore, he could whip anybody.
He Had A Shotgun

Colored Man Had Dispute With His Brother-in-law and Terrorized Neighborhood.

Eugene Hairston aged 17 ( I think my great grandmother is a year or two older?), 1168 Parker Street, started a fight with his brother-in-law, Elmer Goins, over the breakfast table, Tuesday morning and when the officers arrived in the vicinity. was terrorizing the neighborhood with a shotgun. He is said to have been making trouble in that locality for about a week. He was arrested but not tried Tuesday morning because his brother-in-law didn't appear as a witness against him. His case was continued on Wednesday. Hairston is charged with having pointed a revolver at his brother-in-law and later when disarmed, have taken a shotgun and started at after him.

Don't mess with those Hairstons. Lol! I love these stories. They come in all flavors. I will always welcome stories that confirm what I know from the U.S. Censuses and marriage records

My Aunt Edith

Aunt Edith, I found you!

I was starting to worry. I was wondering if the family had ever put an obituary for Aunt Edith in the newspaper. I tried every name under the Sun for Aunt Edith. In the 1930 U.S. Census she lived near a gentleman by the name of Davis. I found a marriage record between Davis and Aunt Edith.

Naturally, I looked for Davis as the surname I might find an obituary for her. I have been trying to find her since the mid-2000s. I have lost so much sleep looking for and wondering what happened to her.

Today, I decided to look for an article pertaining to my grandfather. Guess what I found? I had to find her. She is burned into my memory and won't go. The stories made me feel like I was right there.

In the 1940 U.S. Census Lucius was enumerated in the household of Aunt Adeline along with her children Stanley and Nolan. Aunt Adeline graduated from Wiberforce and is the older sister of great grandfather Elmer. I forget if Nolan or Stanley worked for the Ohio Gas? Someone mentioned a record store over on Mount Vernon. Great grandmother Jessie, I believe died the same year. I have to look at her obituary.

29 April, 1963, Columbus Evening Dispatch, page 4


Edith Luella Minor, 852 N. Pearl Street April 19. Survived by son T/SGT Lucius Paschal USAF Seville, Spain; mother Mrs. Jessie Payne; brother Robert Goins; aunt Mrs. Adeline Terrell; 7 grandchildren; cousins, including Stanley McCollum and Nolan Logan and Lloyd Goins. Friends may call at the Cosby Funeral Home, Monday 7-9 pm where service will be Tuesday, 1 pm, Internment Eastlawn Cemetery.

Aunt Edith's granddaughter told me they came to the United States when she died. I found the ship manifest to confirm what she was saying. They were coming to New York and on to Columbus to find her grave in the early 1960s.

She is buried where a good number of family members are buried in Eastlawn Cemetery.

She is not alone 

Monday, March 04, 2019

For my Cousin Mary

The first part was written 8 to 10 years ago.

Dear Cousin Mary

I had been looking for cousin Mary T. Smith b. 1858 in Belmont County, Ohio for several years now. I lost track of her parents Wesley and Frances Goins-Smith after the 1860 Belmont County census. I found Mary in the 1870 Jefferson County, Ohio census with her Uncle Michael and Aunt Angeline Henderson-Goins. I believe Mary's father Wesley died because Frances married Granville Lynn, a gentleman of Belmont County, Ohio and they moved to Michigan and had several children.

Still I had to find what had happen to cousin Mary. I posted the little bit of information I had about her to a genealogy forum and someone spotted her in the 1870 Belmont County, Ohio census which is next door to Jefferson County where she went to live with her aunt and uncle. In the 1880 census, Mary was married to Wm. B. Wyatt and she had two small children Jno. and Sarah Wyatt. I could not find them in 1900 census so I skimmed the Belmont County Probate records and found out that Wm. B. Wyatt died of consumption 16 February, 1881. Now, I must find out what happened to Mary and her two young children.

On 3 March, 2019, I went back to my tree and started looking for cousin Mary again. Since I could not find out what happened to cousin Mary, I begin to look for her children as they aged. I clicked on Jno. or John to see if there might be new records and there where updates to Ancestry. The had him the 1920 Indiana census and that he died the same year. I don't know how he got to Indiana nor why, I was just glad to find him. I believe he married a woman named Nora Georgie. They are enumerated in the 1920 Indiana census and she is named on his death certificate with his surname. I will have to find a marriage record and try to make sure that the record that comes up on Ancestry is for his grave.

This leaves cousin Mary's daughter, Sarah. I went back to the tree, clicked on her name and asked Ancestry to perform a new search for her. They came back with "Sadie" Wyatt in Jefferson County, Ohio in the 1910 census. "Sadie" Wyatt lived with Robert and Mary Newby. Was this my cousin Mary? Yes, it was her. Remember, I spotted her husband in the Probate records in 1881. Cousin Mary was left with two small children Jno and Sarah. She remarried and had 9 more children. Robert was a teamster. I have so much to unpack with this discovery. Sarah or Sadie is my 2nd cousin 2x removed. She is also in 1900 Washington County, Pennsylvania census. I promised cousin Mary that wouldn't give up looking for her.


Monday, February 18, 2019

So Jenkins, Deyo and Hitchcock ask for Lien on Farm

Land Swap Involved 

The law firm of Jenkins Deyo & Hitchcock of this city are the plaintiffs in an action brought against Elwood R. Goins and Nellie C. Goins to recover counsel fees of $300. They were retained in an action brought by Mr. and Mrs. Goins against Seneca J. Atwood formerly of the town of Fenton, to a mortgage of $7000 set aside on the grounds that they were omitted in a law trade. They secured a judgement in favor of Mr. and Mr. Goins but did not secure the pay for their services., they say.

The case which involves many points, started in 1929, when Mr. and Mrs. Goins exchanged their farm of 100 acres in the towns of Lisle and Nanticoke, vaulted by them at $5,350 to Seneca J. Atwood for a farm owned by him in the town of Fenton containing only 70 acres, but valued by him at $13, 500.

After the exchange was made, Mr. and Mrs. Goins who gave their farm and a mortgage of $7,000 to Mr. Atwood, declare that the farm was not what it was reported to be. They brought action through Jenkins, Deyo & Hitchcock to have the mortgage of $7,000 set aside. The case was tried before Supreme Court (of New York) Justice Kellogg in November, 1920. He held that the Atwood farm and chattels were worth no more and ordered Mr. Atwood to return the $7,000 mortgage. The decision also carried an order giving Mr. and Mrs, Goins $247.99 for the costs of the action.

The case, it is said may appealed to the Appellate Division by Harry J. Hennessey, attorney Mr. Atwood. 

Jenkins, Deyo & Hitchcock claim that when the action was started for Mr. and Mrs. Goins an agreement was made whereby they were to be given a mortgage of $1,000 expense of the action. The actual papers, however, were not drawn up, it is said. 

The law firm allege that that on the legal services were reasonably worth $800 and $282.00 were made. The court is petitioned to adjudge the lien on the farm of Mr. Goins for $1000. 

1922 Binghamton NY Press courtesy of 

The Reverend and his property

In the New N.Y. Age 1914-1916

Binghamton, New York

E. R. Goins of Xenia, Ohio near Wilberforce University, pastor of the First A.M.E. Church has purchased a farm of  sixty acres near the city.

E.R. is the good Rev. Ellwood Radcliffe Goins of Jefferson County, Ohio. Son of Michael and Angeline Henderson-Goins of said place.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Murder of William Balar

2nd great granndmother Mary Balar-Goins' brother

The Newark Advocate 17 Jun, 1882
Probable Murder.
 Supposed to Have Been Committed June 5 in Newark--The Mystery Surrounding the Death of Former Lansing House Waiter.

Those who have been frequent guest at the Lansing House, will remember Willam Balar, a young mulatto, who was one of the quickest and brightest waiters at the Lansing House dining room. The 6th of June, the day after Cole's circus was here, some of the guests noticed, from his swollen eye, that something was wrong with Balar, and asked him what was the matter. He explained that he had the neuralgia in his face. He continued around the hotel until the following Sunday, when he went to Mount Vernon where his parents live, there to remain until he got well. When he arrived at Mount Vernon he was unconscious, and remained in that condition until he died, last Thursday morning.

A post mortem examination made under the direction of Dr. F. Pickard, of Mount Vernon, showed he had died of inflammation of the brain. A bruise was found over his right eye and his right cheekbone was depressed. A tablespoon of pus was taken from the wound on the forehead. The physicians in attendance were all of the opinion that he came to his death from inflammation of the brain, superinduced by a blow.

All in indications, so far developed, art that Balar received his death-blow at some place in this city, on the June 5th. Jackson Jennings a porter at the Lansing House says they went to the show together, and that Balar laid down in the grass and caught a cold, which settled in his eye, producing neuralgia. Balar was a very quiet young man, and perhaps would have not told any one, if he had gotten into a fight. But just before he died he seemed to be trying to tell something about it and made indistinct mutterings, but nothing definite could be learned from him. Doctor Pickard said that there was not neuralgia in this case; that Balar undoubtedly died from the effects of a blow on the head, and the wound was too great to have been caused by a fall.

The supposition at first, was that he had been hit while at the circus. Several of his friends were here are who are interesting themselves in the case now think differently. Balar was accustomed to carry his money with him, and drew it only at the end of the week. A day or two after he was hurt he asked Mr. Lansing for a dollar. It was unusual for him to ask for money before the week was up. Balar played pool a great deal. He might have gone out that night, and gotten into the fatal fight, and robbed. Coroner Carey of Knox County, is interesting himself in pushing the case to investigation. Some of the borders at the Lansing House, with whom Balar was a great favorite are also determined that it shall be brought to light if possible.

 from 13 Feb, 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Looking for Levi Bailor/Balar

Levi Bailor/Balar/Balor paid taxes on 2 cows and 2 horses in Belmont County, Ohio according to tax records prior to 1850. He may have a Will in Belmont County. He is a "Free Person of Color" according to 1830 and 1840 Belmont County, Ohio censuses. Levi is written as "Line Bailor" in the indexes.
In the 1830 Belmont County census there are two males under 2 years of age, one male between the ages of 34 and 54, 2 females under 10 and one female between 34 and 54 for a total of 6 people. I believe this is Levi. I also believe W.M Balar, is Levi's son who is my 3rd great grandfather He may be one of the two males in the 1830 census household W.M birth year was recorded in the U.S, Censuses as 1827. W.M. Balar moved to Knox County, Ohio some time prior to 1875 as I found him in the non-population schedules for said county in 1870. He is buried at the Moundview Cemetery in Knox County next to his mother Diane.
I am trying to find more information about Levi's death, where he is from and the origins of the surname Balar/Balor/Bailer. I believe it may be misspelled and the correct spelling is Bailar as DNA matches have appeared with this spelling.

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