1839 Land Entry,
Jackson Co., IN, Stephen P. Goen, 40 acres
1852 Land Entry, Jackson
Co., IN, Stephen P. Goen, 80 acres
8 Aug 1850 Census
in Carr Twp., Jackson Co., IN, Stephen P. Goen family and two
of his wife Arrena Stephens's siblings
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They sold the 40-acre land entry of 1839,
with "an indenture made 26 Jan 1839, STEPHEN P. GOEN and
ARRENA his wife of the County of Jackson and State of Indiana
of one part and Alvin Lindley of same state of the other part,
for and in consideration of $25 current money of the United States
to them in hand paid before the unsealing or delivery of these
present . . . a certain tract or parcel of land sold 40 acres,
the S.E. corner of N.W. 1/4 of Sect. 33, Twp. 6, Range 3 East
. . . STEPHEN P. GOEN [a large circular period after P.] signed
his name, but Arrena's mark was written by the clerk as 'ARRENA
[her mark] POGOIN.' The clerk apparently misread the period as
This copying error was repeated in the
next line, an affidavit, "Be it remembered that the within
named STEPHEN POGOIN and ARRENA his wife came this day personally
before me a Justice of the Peace . . ." (Recorded in Jackson
Co. Deed Book I, p. 36).
The 1840 census of Jackson Co., IN, enumerated
Stephen Gowens, with one male 20-30, one female under 5, one
female 20-30; between the households of Avraim Weddell (40-50)
and William Gowens (20-30).
In the next census taken 8 Aug 1850 in
Carr Twp., Jackson Co., they were enumerated in hh 40-42 as Stephen
P. Goen 40 NC, Arrena 33 W. Canada (can't read or write), Caroline
11 and all children b. IN, Elizabeth 9, Arrena 8, David N. 6,
Jonathan L. 4, Rufus 3, Amanda 5/12.
The previous hh 39-41 was William Thomas
TN, Angeline [Stephens] 19 IN, Lucretia 18 TN, Lydia J. 9/12
IN; Richard Lens 13 TN.
In hh 41-43 was Arrena and Angeline's
brother, David N. Stephens 26 farmer IN, Lydia 23 IN, Sarah E.
When moving to Texas 1855-1856, Stephen
P. Goen and wife Arrena sold the 80 acre tract in Sect. 18, Twp.
4, Range 3 to his brother-in-law, James Johnson on 24 Jul 1856
in Jackson Co., (Deed Book Q, p. 159).
They were next enumerated 6 Jul 1860
in Gainesville P.O., Cooke Co., TX, in hh 329-337 as Stephen
P. Goin 50 farmer $480-$100 VA, Arrena 42 Canada, Caroline 21
IN, Elizabeth 20 IN, Anna 18 IN, David N. 15 IN, Jonathan S.
14 IN, Rufus R. 12 IN, John A. 8 IN, Arrena Brooks 2 IN; pp.
Who was this family: 17 Jul 1860, p.
251 in hh 446-456, as J. A. Gown 43 farmer $400-$295 TN, Catherine
M. 37 TN, Mary A. 14 TX, Stephen 11 TX, James V. 6 TX, Eliza
R. 3 TX?
On the census taken 8 Jun 1880, Stephen
was enumerated in Pct. 6, Bell Co., TX, in hh 101-102 as Stephen
P. Goen 70 widower farmer NC-NC-NC, son Rufus K. 33 farmer IN-NC-Canada.
Nextdoor in 102-103 was Stephen's son David N. Goen 36 farmer
IN-NC-Canada, wife Rebecca 24 TX-OH-OH, son Ulysses I. 3 TX-IN-TX,
son Otho S. P. 1 TX-IN-TX.
Since we have not found the family on
the 1870 census, we know only that Arrena was alive on 6 Jul
1860 but deceased by 8 Jun 1880.