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Ancestors of Jennifer Hunt Johnson

Family histories for Hunt, Hill, Cox, Gooing/Gowen/Goin

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My great-grandparents, grandparents, & parents
  • John Ebeneezer Hunt & Caroline Andrus - Purcell Byron Hunt

  • William Henry Hill, Jr. & Christina Johnson - Stella Cora Hill

  • Pleasant Thomas Fillmore Gooing & Alice McCoy - Jedediah Gooing

  • Jonathan Hiram Daniel Cox & Louisa Isabella Price - Vivian Leigh Cox

  • William Donald Hunt & Billie Evelyn Gooing

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Ancestor Highlight
Andrew Martin Gooing - Proxy Soldier

[Taken from Gowen Manuscript 058, with research by Helen Wasson, Martha Gooing Ballard, Earnest Edward Ballard, and James Thomas Ballard. In the three generations mentioned here, you find the surnames Gooing, Going, Goins, Gowing, Gowen, Goyne, (and even more) which makes research very interesting!]

Andrew Martin Gooing, son of Pleasant Goins and Temperance Cooper Goins, was born November 23, 1823, in Dallas County, Alabama. He was enlisted June 13, 1846, in the U.S. Army at Mobile, Alabama for one year's service in the Mexican War as a private in Capt. William Coleman's Company in the First Alabama Regiment under Col. J. R. Coffey. His service record describes him as "5'10" with fair complexion, black eyes, and light hair." He was discharged at New Orleans May 27, 1847.

In 1848, Andrew married Areminta Barnett and they had eight children before he enlisted in his second war. Daughter Martha wrote: “Father was a farmer, wood workman, a fine blacksmith, and a mason.” Emest Edward Ballard, grandson of Andrew M. Gooing, related that Andrew M. Gooing had a gin, a blacksmith shop, and that he was a carpenter.

Proxy Soldier

On February 27, 1863, Andrew enlisted in the Confederate Army. His record shows that he enlisted for three years, or the war. On the same date of his enlistment, he was also deeded 360 acres of land from Alfred Honeycutt.

Alfred Honeycutt had a son, Bob, who was of army age. Honeycutt could not bear to see his son go to war. He told Andrew he would deed 360 acres to him if he would take the boy's place. Andrew agreed to do this. On the day of his enlistment, the deed was made. Andrew’s family moved from Old Shiloh to the Honeycutt place: that is how the home place was acquired.

Martha also wrote the following: “Father went through the Vicksburg hard battle and was wounded in head and shoulder, which shortened his life.” Andrew’s record shows him as a prisoner of war captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi July 4, 1863.

Areminta Gooing told that during the war, in the middle of the night, some Yankees came and burned their cotton gin and cotton bales. They took all their chickens, livestock, and bed coverings.

After the War

Andrew M. Gooing returned from the war on a horse someone had let him have. It is said he was so ill when he returned that he could hardly climb down from the horse. He died December 9, 1867.

Areminta received a widow’s pension from Andrew’s service in the Mexican War.

Andrew Martin Gooing was wounded and captured at the Siege of Vicksburg. Ulysses S. Grant recorded the details of the surrender of Vicksburg, of which Pvt. Gooing was a part. Click here to read a more thorough history of this ancestor, along with excerpts from the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.