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Oct 30, 2019
Above you can see the earliest census documenting Mitchell
Goggins as far as I have been able to tell as of yet was born about 1850 in
Abbeville County, South Carolina. He was one of the eldest children of Columbus
and Margaret, not sure she is the mother
of Mitchell Goggins, are buried in Tabernacle
Cemetery, also known as Old Tabernacle Cemetery in Cokesbury, Greenwood
County, South Carolina. Tabernacle Cemetery was established in about 1812.
Other African Americans are buried there.
I have also documented other members of the Goggins family
Paul AME (Old Site) in Cokesbury, Greenwood County, SC. I still have yet to find where Mitchell is
buried. He is the brother of Samuel Goggins (1887-1951) who married Carrie
Johnson Goggins (1888-1948) the daughter of Lewis Johnson (1865-1909) and Arie
Anna Vance Johnson (born 1865), and their parents are Beverly and Matilda
Dunlap Vance and Andrew (1823-1909) and Jane Smith Johnson (1834-1919) who are
all my great great grandparents.
When you go beyond the census, you find Mitchell Goggins
really did a lot to assist African Americans in the cause of becoming an
American citizen during a time when we were not seen as such. Searching
Chronicling America database for South Carolina shed light on what he fought
for back then.
In July 1870, Mitchell Goggins was nominated the House of
Representatives for SC in Abbeville County. This article was published in The
Charleston Daily News:
In October 1870, Mitchell Goggins
was elected to The House of Representatives for Abbeville County:
In October 1872, Mitchell Goggins was appointed supervisor
of election for Greenwood, SC:
On October 16, 1872, Mitchell Goggins
was appointed as election manager for Cokesbury Precinct, Abbeville County, SC.
Would you look at the person listed before him? That’s Beverly Vance, my great
great grandfather! I have only found him in records as an elected constable. I
know they considered themselves as family, but to think of that now after
finding this resource is breathtaking. I think this is a good time for a break.
Everybody looks at census records, but do they also look for their ancestors further like in newspapers? I did not know Mitchell Goggins or Beverly Vance would turn up in these articles. Newspapers can serve to tell you a little more about your ancestor. Could you be overlooking a person that played such an important part in American history? Let us know what you have found in our Facebook Group.
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