Monday, December 8, 2008

Iowa County Pioneer

George W. Goings was my husband's great-great-great grandfather. He was born in 1818 and lived until 1900. The following is a historical document detailing his life. His only surviving daughter from his first marriage, Barbara, married Joseph C. Johnson in Iowa on December 21, 1873.

GOINGS, George W. -- (Washington Twp.) Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 15, P. O. Marengo. Was born in Ohio on the 25th day of December, 1818, and when six years of age removed with his parents to Indiana, where he was raised. After completing his education he learned the trade of stone-cutting and followed it for seven years, when, on account of ill health, he was obliged to give it up. Then he engaged in farming and followed it there until the summer of 1849, when he came to this county, being one of its pioneers. He is the owner of a fine farm of 288 acres, well improved. Has a good location for his residence, four miles northwest of Marengo. Mr. Goings has been twice married. First, in Indiana, in October, 1846, to Miss Susanna Wood. By this union they had eleven children of whom one is living. His second marriage was in this county, to Miss Mary J. Norris. They have five children, two boys and three girls. (p. 661.)

I love finding detailed histories.

Colleen, CMJ Office

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