By Evelyn Goble Steen                     

Goble Family Association


Volume 14, Issue 2, July 2007 






Friday, June 29, 2007

We gathered off the main lobby in the Montclair room at the Grand Plaza in Branson starting around 2:00pm and began to set up our displays and meet cousins from around the country. There was a last minute room change made by the hotel because our group was so large.


After checking in and setting up many went to dinner and took in some of the entertainment/shows available. The weather was a bit dreary, but it didn't affect the mood of our group.

Displays included:


Saturday, June 30, 2007


The hotel breakfast was great and we took up a rather large part of the dinning room.


We opened the Montclair room about 8:30 am and began to greet cousins, hand out name tags, t-shirts, programs and gifts provided, which included GOBLE letter openers, monogrammed M&Ms, Rules of the Road, travel tips book contributed by the author, our cousin, Wayne Goble and Family Tree DNA fliers.


Warren and Robert Steen took photographs of family groups and handed out tickets for our door prize drawing.


I (Evelyn Steen) opened the meeting with a Welcome and some announcements. We welcomed 11 children this year and prepared a table for arts and crafts and activities in the rear of the room.


Our first speaker was Barbara Volker with, I’m Eligible for DAR membership, so who cares? Steven Hurst followed Barbara with information on DAR/SAR recognition of Daniel Goble’s (both 6th and 7th generations) Revolutionary War service.


Before we gathered for our group photograph on the front steps of the hotel everyone introduced themselves and told where they were from. We then adjourned to the front steps for our large group photograph. The timing was perfect. As soon as we came back in the building the rains began!



We assembled in the “Sunset Room” on the 9th floor for our luncheon. Since we were running a bit ahead of schedule we had some unplanned entertainment from the grandson of Charlie and Paulette Goble; Conrad Mitchell Myers (Age 4) who sang America the Beautiful. Idaleen Conklin played the piano and we sang a few songs.







Paul and Barbara Volker, Ruth Goble and Warren Steen preformed our planned Musical Entertainment accompanied by Idaleen Conklin on the piano.


A Celebration of Family Life included:

·        Childhood - "Vespers" (Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.), Barbara

·        Young and not so young love - "Some Enchanted Evening", Paul

·        Marriage and family - "Sunrise, Sunset", Paul and Barbara

·        Faith and family - "God, We Thank You for Our People", Paul, Ruth, Barbara and Warren (Our Goble Quartet)

·        Life Endings - "Oh Lord, Support Us", Paul and Barbara


The talent in our family is amazing!



Milton Goble gave the blessing and we had a fabulous lunch buffet. We would definitely recommend Jack's Plaza View to anyone visiting Branson.


After lunch we took a short break!

We gathered again in our meeting room about 1:15 and nearly everyone was eager to get started. Dick Wadding and Evelyn Steen told a few Goble stories and then we began the program.

A Power Point presentation: Where in the World are we From? Presented by Evelyn Steen was followed by questions. A slide show by Keith Goble entitled My Trip to England included photographs of St. Mary's church of Aldingbourne, West Sussex, England and the baptismal font used at the time of Thomas Goble's christening.

Door prizes and Awards followed the program. Glori Lund did the honors of drawing tickets for the door prizes.

Our first item was a painting by yours truly, Evelyn Steen. (Pink Hollyhocks is a giclee print of an award winning, fluid acrylic, painting) won by Wanda Dunn. Our next item was 2 tickets to a Magic Show, contributed by the Grand Plaza won by Zach Adams. Norma Thomas and Patricia Prough contributed additional door prizes.

Awards given for Longevity to:

·        Margaret Goble Faulkner– Age 89

·        Ruth Neel Goble – Age 86

·        Esther Klymaszewski Goble – Age 86


Award for the Youngest in Attendance was given to:

·        Cameron Adam Tuck – 6 Months


·        Certificates of Appreciation were given to:


·        Barbara Volker

·        Paul Volker

·        Ruth Goble

·        Warren Steen, and

·        Idaleen Conklin

………for the wonderful Entertainment provided.


Thanks were given to Barbara Volker, Steven Hurst, Keith Goble for speaking; Warren Steen and Robert Steen for Photography; and all who helped at the Children's Table.


            The Goble Family Association Business Meeting began about 2:30 pm.


BUDGET The financial report was accepted leaving a balance of about $407.09 to carry forward after the July newsletter is mailed.


NEWSLETTER Evelyn Steen will complete and mail the July newsletter, which is the membership drive.  This newsletter will be Evelyn's last one as newsletter editor.  Sally Goble Meyers ( ) has generously accepted the newsletter editor position for the next 3-year term.  I'm sure she'll do a great job.


NEXT REUNION Barbara Volker has agreed to be the chairperson for the 2010 reunion, which is to be held in the western part of the country. Anyone wanting to assist please contact Barbara at: .


NEW BUSINESS Discussion took place on the Goble Family Tree DNA Project. We need a proven Thomas Goble descendant to have the testing done to establish the DNA markers for others to match. A motion was made to begin a DNA fund for the project and 5 Goble descendants of Thomas volunteered to take the test. A total of $140 was contributed to the cause.


FUTURE OF OUR ASSOCIATION After 14 years I am retiring as the president/treasurer and newsletter editor of our association. I have absolutely enjoyed every reunion and meeting so many new cousins from all around the country. Barbara Volker has volunteered to accept the position and will assume the responsibility of President/Treasurer and newsletter distributor. I am confident that Barbara will do a great job as your leader and I think our future as a family association is bright. I will continue to maintain and develop our website and now I will have more time to do the research I love as your historian/genealogist. We still have a few vacancies on the Executive Board; so if you want to help make our Goble Family Association strong, please contact our new president, Barbara Volker.

If you would like to see more photographs of our big event you can go to our website:


Goble Family Association - Slate of Officers (2007-2010)


NOMINATIONS/VOLUNTEERS (If nominated the candidate must agree to serve)


PRESIDENT (Treasurer): Barbara Goble Volker




NEWSLETTER DISTRIBUTION: Barbara Goble Volker                                    


            Western (Pacific): Miji Ryan

            Mountain: VACANT

            Midwest: Glory Lund

            South: Nada Watrous

            East: Evelyn Goble Steen

            Canada           VACANT



            Western: Barbara Goble Volker     

            Midwest: VACANT

            East: Brian Valentino           




Our DNA project is finally taking off.  We have several volunteers ready to be tested in our Thomas Goble tree. 

Our Goals:

·        Confirm relationships with a specific ancestor where we have only circumstantial evidence.

·        Compare Gobles in other states/provinces/countries where we believe but have no proof our earliest-known ancestor was born.

·        Determine whether our lines are German, English, French, etc., and possibly mixed with Native American.

You can read all about it from our webpage ( Our new DNA Project coordinator is Revis N. Leonard, 3Nunn Place, Uvalde, Texas 78801-4250. (830) 591-1900 –  If you are interested in joining the project, please contact Revis.




This past April 20, 2007 Clifford Smith, age 81, husband of Elsie Goble Smith, had a terrible fall while working on his farm in Casey, Illinois. He hit his head after falling over 10 ft. from a ladder onto the concrete. He was helicoptered to Carle Hospital with head and other injuries. He sustained some brain damage with bleeding inside his head, broken ribs, dislocated shoulder and torn ligaments to the collarbone. He tore two big places on his arm and one on his ankle requiring many stitches. He is home from the hospital now and recovering.  Please keep him in your prayers.  Send your cards and good wishes to him at: 11812 N. 450 St., Casey, IL 62420



ROBERT M. GOBLE, SR. [1] age 87 of Calhoun, Georgia, passed away Saturday afternoon, June 9, 2007.

  Mr. Goble was born on July 13, 1919 in Gilmer Co., Georgia, son of the late William Goble and Sally Simmons Goble.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dessie Stansell Goble on June 1, 2003.  Mr. Goble proudly served his country with the United States Army during World War II, and was a decorated veteran earning the American Theater Ribbon, Eamet Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the world War II Victory Medal.  Following the end of the war, he returned home where he became employed as a carpenter.  He was a member and Deacon of Hall Memorial Baptist Church.

  Mr. Goble is survived by one son; Robert Goble Jr. and his wife Teena of Dallas, Texas; two granddaughters; Stephanie Goble and Amy Goble both of Dallas.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

  Funeral services for Mr. Robert M. Goble Sr. were conducted Monday, June 11, 2007, at 4 p.m. from the Hall Memorial Baptist Church, with Rev. Leon Hall, Rev. Keeley Hasty, and Rev. Pat Potts officiating.  Singing will be arranged by Mrs. Pat Potts.  Pallbearers serving will include Randy Fouts, Rusty Whitt, Bobby Barton, Dan Bohannon, Fred Goble, Duane Bohannon, and Terry Bohannon.  Burial will follow the service in the family lot of the Fairview Cemetery at Hall Memorial Baptist Church.  (Southern Goble Tree)



EILEEN S. GOBLE[2] of Moscow died Friday, May 25, 2007, at Good Samaritan Village in Moscow. She was 86.

  Eileen was born July 1, 1920, in St. Louis, to Harry and Irene Torrance Russell. She grew up and attended school at Wellston, Mo., graduating from high school there.

  She married Karl K. Goble Feb. 27, 1946, in Wellston.

  The couple moved to Boise, where she went to work for Ada County as a secretary. She was a homemaker for several years while her sons were young and later went to work for the Boise School District as a secretary, where she stayed until her retirement. The couple moved to Moscow in 2002 to be near family.

  Eileen enjoyed arts and crafts, including crocheting, knitting, cross stitching, and painting.

  Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Karl Goble; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

  A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Beulah Cemetery in Troy. (Thomas Goble Tree)

  Arrangements are with Short's Funeral Chapel in Moscow.




ANTHONY GOBLE, Tony Goble was born in 1943 in Drenewydd/MidWales (Anthony Barton); he died on 13th April 2007. He studied art from 1961 to 1964 at the Wrexham School of Art and was a leading member of the Welsh Group, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, the Royal College of Art and the National Portrait Gallery in London. He was Artist in Residence and Gallery Director at Llanover Hall Cardiff since 1979.

  Mark Jones, art historian & journalist, remarks: "Goble's work has a robustness and a vitality - along with a disregard for the conventions of gravity and perspective - that is all his own. Often strange signs and symbols collide with more traditional painterly images in Goble's work, to create an air of mystery and of collusion with the fantastic. But he is anxious to point out that it's a fiendish plot in which we can all conspire (quoted from Tony Goble 25 years in residence).

  As the artist himself says:" My work is personal but it is not a secret. You do not have to be a member of The Goble Club to understand it. It is not esoteric. During my years at Llanover my paintings have sharpened, my colours have intensified and my beard has grown longer."[3]  Read more at: (Tony Goble was from an Unconnected English line)



ROWLAND H. GOBLE, 80, of Lake Mary, Florida, died at 9:59 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2007, in the home he had built and lived in since 1959.  Born June 18, 1926, Cranford, N.J. the youngest of ten.   He lived in Tom's River, N.J. during his childhood years.  He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was one of only three in his battalion who lived.  He received many medals, including the medal of good conduct.  He married, Gertrude Ruth Smith Kirsch and had two children, Stuart Rodney Goble and Debra Kay Goble (Rhodes).

  He worked and retired with Southern Bell Telephone.  After retirement and the death of his wife, he became an inventor and owned 11 patents.  He loved fishing and hunting and his country.  He loved his family and was a dedicated father and husband.  [4] (Unconnected Goble Tree)



HARRIET A. HARRINGTON, 91 of Fort Wayne, Indiana (formerly of Coldwater and Temperance, MI) died Friday, March 2, 2007 at the Towne House Retirement Community in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Born in Paulding Co., Ohio, she attended Huntington College (Huntington, IN), was a music teacher, school teacher, church organist, office assistant and homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Rev. William A. Harrington, in October 1997.  Surviving are a son, Paul (Marti) Harrington of Fort Wayne, IN; a daughter, Janet Harrington of Wharton, TX; a sister, Beulah Stevens of Fort Wayne, IN;’ three grandchildren: Jeff(Kim) Harrington of New Milford, CT; Scott (Melissa) Harrington of West Jordan, UT; Brad Harrington of New Fairfield CT.  Memorial Services were held Monday, March 5, 2007 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, 27 Marhsall Street, Coldwater, MI.  Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Quincy, MI.[5]  (Thomas Goble Tree).



THEODORE “TED” GOBLE passed away March 03, 2007 at his Lake Havasu City home.  He was 88.  Theodore, the son of George and Hazel (Hethcote) Goble, was born Jun 19, 1918, in Ainsworth, Iowa.

  He will be remembered as “Dude,” his childhood nickname, by this family and “Ted” by his many friends.

  He attended grade and high school and the Methodist Church of Ainsworth.  He farmed with his brother until he went into the Army in 1942.  He served with the 555th Quartermaster Corp., landing on day three of the Normandy Invasion (Omaha beach).  He was discharged in 1946.

  On February 10, 1947 he married Arlene Lauderdale at the Little Brown Church at Nashua, Iowa. 

  Ted retired from farming in 1959 and joined the Carpenters Union, where he worked until he retired in 1983.

  Ted and Arlene moved to Lake Havasu City in 1994.  Ted enjoyed traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.  He also enjoyed golf and dancing, as well as square dancing.

  He was preceded in death by his parents George and Hazel, twin sisters, Velma and Zelma, his brother Edward, infant daughter Georgia Ann and son Steven.

  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arlene; daughter Christie Goble, grandchildren Angelique Michelle, Sarah Baldik, William Windmeyer; great-grandchild Pharlea; sister June; and nieces and nephews.

  He will be remembered as generous, kind and caring and for his good humor, sparkling eyes and charming smile.  He will be deeply missed by all.  Rest easy, Dude.

  Thoughts and condolences can be sent to Ted’s family at .  Burial was at Packwood, Iowa.[6] (Thomas Goble Tree)



DANNEY GOBLE, 60, died Thursday, March 8, 2007. A memorial service will be 1 p.m. today at All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa. A second memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. March 30 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman.

  He is survived by his loving wife, Connie Murray; his children Codie Chaudoin of Millersville, Md., Geoffrey Goble of Bloomington, Ind., Hannah Goble of Madison, Wis., and Grant Goble of Norman; grandchildren William, Beatrice and Dorothy Chaudoin; sister Marzell Clubb of Edmond; and stepson Daniel Triston Murray Sublette.

  Danney was that rare person: a folksy, down-to-earth academic, his family said. His wit and intelligence will be remembered by all those who knew him, they said. To his friends, he leaves memories of a raucous laugh, a biting humor, a leather-clad man on a motorcycle. "Danney was a friend who always stood by you, who listened to your problems, shared in yours and wept with you in your sorrows and disappointment," family said.

  Memorial donations may be made to Oklahoma Historical Society or Nature Conservancy Tall Grass Prairie Preserve.

Friends may view and leave remarks at, Moore's Rosewood Chapel, Tulsa. (German Tree)



JEFFERY THOMAS GOBLE, 54, of 505 Hillborne Ave., died Thursday, March 1, 2007.

  He died in New Washington, KY at the home of his daughter. Born April 29, 1952, in Devella, Ky., he was self-employed in construction. He was a member of Tiro United Baptist Church and enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and camping.

  Mr. Goble is survived by his wife, Betty Stephens Goble, whom he wed Dec. 18, 1971; a son and his wife, Jeffery Buchanan and Sandra Goble of Dutton, Mont.; a daughter and son-in-law, Mollie and John Parsons of New Washington; four grandchildren, Paedon and Eli Goble, Seth Goble and Caden Parsons; his parents, Cecil and Lena Harless Goble of Mansfield; eight sisters and spouses, Clara and Mac Bowen of Monroeville, Linda and Roy Abscher of Argillite, Ky., Kandi Goble of Plymouth, Dorothy and Dave Bradbury of Greenup, Ky., Cheryl Slone of Willard, Cyndi and Bruce Jewett of Mansfield, Barb and Brad Peters of Mansfield, Mary Lou and Bobby Aguilar of Shelby; three brothers and spouses, Clyde Goble of McDowell, Ky., Travis and Deb Goble of Wayland, Ky., and Wayne and Meg Goble of Tiffin.

  He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Charles Wheatly Jude and Sibo Slone.

  Friends may call Sunday, March 4, 2007, from 2-5 p.m. at Willard Freewill Baptist Church, 670 Keefer St., Willard. Funeral services will be Sunday at 5 p.m. at the church, conducted by Pastor Ron Parsons.

  Friends may also call Tuesday, March 6, at Phelps and Sons Funeral Home, Inez, Ky., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services will be at the funeral home at 1 p.m., conducted by Pastor Merlin Dye. Burial will be in Goble Family Cemetery, Martin County, KY.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial expressions may be made to the family.  Turner Funeral Home, 168 W. Main St., Shelby, is in charge of funeral arrangements. (German Goble Tree)

E-mail condolences to:






Barbara Goble Volker


684 W. Stuart Avenue

Fresno, California 93704

(559) 432-6330 or (559) 440-0379


Sally Goble Meyer

Newsletter Editor

127 Cronin Drive

Santa Clara, California 95051

(408) 246-0578


Evelyn Goble Steen


36 Lake Meade Drive

East Berlin, Pennsylvania 17316

(717) 259-7870


Miji Ryan

Western (Pacific) Regional Representative

302 Bridgeway

Everett, Washington 98201

(425) 259-5891


Glory Lund

Midwest Regional Representative

191 Gooseberry Ct

Branson, MO 65616-8637

(417) 337-7056


Nada Goble Watrous

South Regional Representative

P.O. Box 542

Lillian, TX 76061

(817) 790-0926


Evelyn Goble Steen

East Regional Representative

36 Lake Meade Drive

East Berlin, Pennsylvania 17316

(717) 259-7870


Barbara Goble Volker

Reunion Committee Chair, West, 2010

684 W. Stuart Avenue

Fresno, California 93704

(559) 432-6330 or (559) 440-0379


Brian Valentino

Reunion Committee Chair, East, 2013

253 Hamilton Avenue

Long Branch, New Jersey 07740

(732) 222-8795


Vacant Offices:




Hello Goble cousins, families, historians and genealogy researchers.  It’s that time again! We are beginning our yearly membership drive.  If you have already joined the Goble Family Association for 2007-2008, THANK YOU!  When you join the Goble Family Association you will receive the Goble Family Newsletter either by hard copy or through Internet access. 

Registration is from July 2007 to July 2008 and is $10.00.  A hard copy newsletter will be snail mailed to your address unless you prefer to view the newsletter online. 

Please fill out and mail the form included with this newsletter.  If you have already joined, send the membership form to a relative.  Go ahead and make more copies.  The best way to grow our Association is by word of mouth!




    Thank you all for all the wonderful support you have given the Goble Family Association and me in particular over the years.  I couldn’t have done it without all of you.  I have received tons of information and wonderful Goble stories which we have shared through the website and this newsletter.  Please continue to support the Goble Family Association and please continue to provide your histories and stories for our records and newsletter.  I have enjoyed being your president and newsletter editor immensely and now it's time for new ideas. We have a wonderful new team in place, so please give them your support and keep sending in your stories.  I will continue to act as your family historian/genealogist and webmaster with pleasure. 

    Family is a wonderful thing!  Love to all, 

Evelyn Goble Steen







Membership is from July to July. The current dates are July 2007 to July 2008.









E-Mail:___________________________________ If you want to access the newsletters on the Goble Genealogy Homepage you must include your email address.  You will receive a logon and password.


Enclosed is my membership fee of $10____.  Annual Goble Family Association dues are $10.00 per family for the year (July 2007-July 2008).  A subscription to the Goble Family Newsletter is included with membership.


___ I would like to receive an e-mailed notice when the newsletter is available on-line. My e-mail address is: _________________________.  (This means you don't have to send me a hard copy newsletter.)


___ I would like to contribute $_____ to the Goble Family Association DNA Project. 


___ I would like to contribute $_____ to the Goble Family Association.   


___ I would like to volunteer to serve on the Executive Board as Secretary, a regional representative or committee member. 




Mountain: Regional Representative                                                                           


Canada: Regional Representative                                                                              


Midwest Reunion Committee Chair (2017)                                                                  


Mail to:



Barbara Goble Volker

684 W. Stuart Avenue

Fresno, California 93704


Phone: (559) 432-6330 or (559) 440-0379




[1] Obituary provided by Martha C. Davis

[2] Moscow-Pullman Daily News, The (May/31/2007)

[3] Michael Goble, Sussex England and Art in Wales

[4] Submitted by: Daughter - Debra Goble Rhodes

[5] Provided by Paul Harrington & Keith Goble

[6] Obituary provided by Arlene Goble