By Evelyn Goble Steen†††††††††††††††††††††

Goble Family Association


Volume 15, Issue 1, March 2008



         GOBLE FAMILY HISTORY Ė By Evelyn Goble Steen




         GOBLE, OREGON




Hi there, Goble Cousins!  It's hard to believe that we are into the third month of a new year already.  The memories of our reunion in Branson last summer are still fresh and make me smile even as I type this.  That being is already time to look forward to 2010 and our next Goble Family Reunion.  We need to start right away deciding on a location in the western United States.  We want to give everyone enough time to plan and budget for the trip.  Those of you who have been around for a while will remember that our last reunion in this area was in Reno, Nevada.  That is certainly a possibility again, but it would be nice to find a different place for this one.  One place that we are considering is the Portland, Oregon area.  The Goble Tavern is near there and I've recently had some contact with the owners.  It is undergoing remodeling and they are very enthusiastic about having a Goble Reunion (or part of one) there.  Please send any suggestions you have for location to me.  I will check out the possibilities.

†† Our Goble DNA Project is moving very slowly.  Please consider participating if you are a Goble male.  If you are a Goble female, please continue to try to sweet-talk your Goble-surnamed brothers, uncles, male cousins, etc. into parting with a little spit for the cause.  Remember that we have a fund started to help those who might find the testing a financial hardship.  I'll make a pitch here for contributions to that fund as well. 

†† We are in desperate need of a newsletter editor.  If you are good with computers and publishing software and want to do something to benefit the Association, please contact either Evelyn ( or me (  I will take care of the printing and mailing. 

†† That's all for now.  I wish you all a blessed Easter and a lovely spring.

Barbara Goble Volker, President






Cast members, including Karen Ziemba, Jill Paice, David Hyde Pierce, Patty Goble, Debra Monk and Edward Hibbert

Patty Goble is one of the stars of ďCurtainsĒ a new and original musical comedy appearing on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th Street, New York City.

For more information about the show and more photos of Patty go to:


David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk star with cast members, Karen Ziemba, Jill Paice, Patty Goble (the one with the red hair), and Edward Hibbert




Hello Goble cousins.I am beginning to organize the material I have been gathering over the past 15 years into a Goble Family History reference book.I canít tell you how long itís going to take me to complete but this is my first request for updated information to be included in the book.If there have been marriages, births and/or deaths that you want included please send me the information so I can update the record.A form is included in PDF.Please, fill it out and send it to: Evelyn Goble Steen, 36 Lake Meade Dr. East Berlin, PA 17316 or send changes via email to you!




Karson Bruce (13) Greb[1] was born June 28, 2007 weighing 9 lbs. 14.5 ounces and measuring 20 inches long.His parents are: Kyle Bruce (12) & Addie Tennille Greb.His big brother is 3-year-old Kade Thomas (13) Greb.Proud grandparents are Carl Bruce and Mary Ann (11) Goble Greb.This is a new addition to the Thomas Goble Tree.




Regretfully we forgot to include Floyd E. (11) Goble in our birthday acknowledgements in our last issue.Floyd was 87 on October 13, 2007. [2]

Please donít hesitate to send in special birthday, anniversary, birth and marriage information for the newsletter.Please send you special announcements to either Evelyn Goble Steen at or Barbara Goble Volker at




We have received enough information from our South African cousins to start a Goble database for a South African Goble Tree.Many of our South African Goble cousins are descendants of the English line of Gobles.Richard Holmes Goble was the son of James Methold Goble and Dorothy Mitcalfe of Sussex.Richard Holmes Goble was born in 1819 in Brighton, England and traveled to Australia at the age of 16 where he met his wife to be, Eliza Mary Crook.They married and had 10 children in Durbin, South Africa.Those children are the basis for our South African tree.

Information will soon be available on our webpage!For those of you who donít know, there are Goble locations in South Africa.So far weíve discovered a Goble Road and the Goble Palms.The Gobles owned a great deal of property in and around Durbin and Iím confident weíll find more Goble sites there.If you have information you would like to contribute contact Evelyn at




As we think of the possibility of having our 2010 Goble Family reunion in Portland, Oregon near Goble, letís become more knowledgeable about the location and itís meaning to the Goble family.


In 1853 Daniel Blue (8) Goble (descendent of Thomas Goble) took up a donation land claim on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. Daniel Goble sold his land to George Foster, who laid out a town and named it Goble. The Goble Post Office operated between 1894 and 1960.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, shows that Daniel B. Goble was issued a land title on October 15, 1873, for 172.4 acres for parts of T6N R2W Section 12, under the 1850 "Oregon-Donation Act".The 1856 cadastral tax survey for T6N R2W, filed at the Surveyor's Office of Oregon, has the Gobal homestead labeled. Upstream off the Oregon shore is Coffin Rock and downstream towards the middle of the Columbia River is Sandy Island.


The 1888 nautical chart Columbia River, Sheet No.4, Grim's Island to Kalama, has Sandy Island labeled as Sandy I., and shows it directly across from the Washington town of Kalama. Just downstream on the Oregon side is Gobles Point.[3]




Jonathan J. "Jay" Ference[4]

Died suddenly, July 18, 2007, of Buffalo, NY, son of the late Edward and Joan Ference; stepson of Bob McComas; beloved husband of Elizabeth A. (nee Hillyard); dear father of Jonathan Jr. (Meagan), Sara (Fernando Rodriguez), Nicole "Coco" and Anthony "Bull" Ference; dear papa of Hailey "Yaya", Jonathan III and Anelise; brother of Steven (Patricia), Thomas (Colleen) and Joell (John) Gilley; loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services Monday at 8 PM from the Old First Ward Chapel of the PETER K. LESLIE FUNERAL HOME, 580 South Park Ave. (corner of Hamburg St., 855-1411). Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Family will be present Monday 4-8 PM. Jay coached for many years for the Airlines Bulldogs in Cheektowaga. (Thomas Goble Tree)

Published in the Buffalo News on 7/22/2007




William Howard (11) Goble died December 05, 2007 in Venice, Los Angeles Co., California short of his 92nd birthday.He was born December 27, 1915 in Perry Lee Lake, Kansas to Walter Herbert Goble and Myrtle Mary Waldron, the youngest of three sons. He married Ida Christina Lallier and they had three children: Peggy, Wesley and Wayne. Only the twin boys Wesley and Wayne, survive.He was buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery. (Thomas Goble Tree)[5]




James R Goble and his wife Mary Cecelia (Simmons) Goble die of pneumonia.James R. Goble was born May 31, 1937 to Fred Goble and Vivian Hutton in Floyd Co., Kentucky.He married Mary Cecelia Simmons who was born September 03, 1941 and they had four children.Mary died January 07, 2008 and two days later James died on January 9, 2008 in Kentucky.Their children survive: James R. Goble, Kenneth L. Goble, Vivian E. Baldwin and Daniel R. Goble. (German Tree)[6]





Lillian Goble Jacobs[7][8], age 95 of Westfield, Illinois passed away on Monday, January 28, 2008, at 11:05 p.m. at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, Illinois. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 1:30 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Westfield, with Rev. Charles Shelquist officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral at the church. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Westfield. Lillian was born in Hutton Township, Coles County, Illinois, on November 15, 1912, to L.G. and Ella Weber Goble. She married Raymond Jacobs on January 25, 1941. He preceded her in death in 1983. She was also preceded by her parents, two brothers, Leroy and Clayton Goble; and one sister, Wilma Ferry. She is survived by brother-in-law, Robert Jacobs and wife Joyce of Westfield; and many nieces and nephews. Lillian taught school for 46 years and had owned the Westfield Diner since 1966. She was a member of the Westfield United Methodist Church and was a charter member of the former Westfield American Legion Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to donor's choice. Memorial tributes may be sent to the family at, Markwell Funeral Home in Casey and Westfield is in charge of arrangements.Published in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier on 1/30/2008(Thomas Goble Tree)




Lavelda M. Bales Johnson Goble[9],

82, of Terre Haute, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, in her home. She was born Dec. 10, 1925, in Greene County to Earl Bales and Dola Ringo Bales. Lavelda was employed at Indiana State University from 1961 to 1987, where she was helpful, in her gracious manner, to a multitude of faculty members and students. She retired as administrative assistant to the president emeriti, after having served under ISU President Alan Rankin and Richard Landini. Her husbands, Dr. Jack Johnson and Lloyd Goble, preceded her in death. Survivors include cousins, Mary Colbert, Mary ďShortĒ Yount, Donnie and Harold Richardson, and Faye Vandeventer; sister-in-law, Nora Belle Reed; stepdaughter, Bonnie Goble; stepson, Larry Goble; many nieces and nephews; and numerous beloved friends.She was a member of ISU Friends of the Library and Terre Haute YMCA boards. She had been active in professional organizations including Altrusa International, Terre Haute Business and Professional Women, Administrative Professionals, Heart of the Nation Chapter, and Professional Secretaries International. She was a beloved member of the Wednesday Breakfast Women. She was a member of the Southside and Eastside Churches of Christ and their Senior Seekers group. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at DeBaun Springhill Chapel, 85 E. Springhill Drive, with the Revs. Ken Grubb and Peter Reed officiating. Interment is in Roselawn Mausoleum. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Published in The Tribune Star. (Thomas Goble Tree)




George Henry Goble[10]

Age 92 of Rochester Hills, Michigan passed away peacefully Saturday, February 16, 2008.

George was born December 5,1915 in Coalmont, Indiana, the first child of Charles and Ressa Goble. He graduated from Indiana State University in 1936 with a B.S. degree in Science and Mathematics, and taught high school in Dugger and Shelburn, Indiana. In 1942 he graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and worked for 13 years for Radio Corporation of America in the fields of facsimile, television, and computers. During WWII, George was on special assignment to work on the development of sonar for RCA to detect submarines.

In 1955 George joined the Chrysler Corporation with executive assignments in the Missiles, Space & Defense Divisions in both Detroit and New Orleans. While in New Orleans, his efforts contributed to the successful mission of sending men into space. In l981 he was appointed Vice President of Defense Quality, Chrysler Defense Inc., reporting to John W. Day, President, there he worked on the development of the Abrams M-1 tank. Following the sale of the tank division to General Dynamics Corp. in 1982 George served as Vice President, Defense Quality, General Dynamics Land Systems Division reporting to the President O.C. Boileau, until his retirement in June, 1982. At the request of Mr. Boileau, George returned to General Dynamics in September 1982 as a consultant in the area of quality control.

George was predeceased by his wife, Mary Eveline Thompson Goble. He is survived by his daughters, Sue Eveline Goble Allen (James), a special education teacher in Troy, Michigan, Diane Lee Goble (John Kiely) of San Jose, California, a retired marketing and sales and community volunteer, his grandchildren, David Goble Allen, a financial analyst in New York City, Steven Goble Allen, a student at the University of Michigan, Claire Goble Kiely, a student a Brown University and his siblings Norma Boykiw, Paul (Mary Jane) Goble, Bonnie Huff, and Anna Lee (Tom) Brock. He is also survived by his special companion Marge Pulk of Rochester Hills.

Inurnment will be at Mt. Avon Cemetery, Rochester. Suggested memorials to Mercy Bellbrook, for the Wish List of the Occupational and Physical Therapy Dept./Skilled Nursing Floor, 873 W. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307. A celebration in memory of Georgeís life was attended by immediate family and close friends on February 18, 2008 at the Royal Park Hotel, Rochester. Arrangements were in the care of the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, Rochester. Online guestbook Goble Tree)




Robert George Goble[11] died suddenly on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008. He was 69. Born to William and Pauline Goble in Jersey City, he lived in Jersey City then in Haskell, and then Bloomingdale for 20 years before moving to Franklin six years ago.

Goble served with the Army during the Vietnam War and then worked as a truck driver for Red Star Express in Newark for 40 years before retiring in 2003. He then worked as a bus driver for DW Clark & Sons in Beaver Lake for the last three years transporting special education students. He was an avid and lucky lottery player and had a passion for cars, trucks and camping.

He is survived by his wife Arlene Goble (nee Burker) of Franklin; sons Robert G. Goble Jr. of Franklin, Mark W. Goble of Queensbury, N.Y., and daughter and Dawn L. Post of Wantage Township; brother William Goble of Delray, Fla.; seven grandchildren, and a nephew.

The family will receive their friends at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main Street, Franklin, on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be Friday, Feb. 22 at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Cremation will be private. Memorial gifts to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or National Childrens Cancer Society, 1015 Locust, Suite 600, St. Louis, Mo. 63101 would be appreciated. New Jersey Herald. (Unconnected Tree)




Don Biggs[12], 92, a rural Westfield, Illinois farmer, passed away at 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Casey Health Care Center, Casey, Illinois.

He was born October 20 1915 in Clark County, Illinois the son of Herbert Solomon Biggs and Clara Jane Goble Biggs.On May 30, 1937 he married Margaret Lucille Coffey in Ashmore, Illinois.

Survivors include his wife of seventy years, Margaret Biggs of Ashmore, IL; son, Steve Biggs and wife Judy of Ashmore, IL; five grandsons, Wes Biggs and wife Kristy of Providence, Texas; Jared Biggs and wife Kelly of Mt. Erie, Illinois; Morgan Biggs and wife Jessi of Charleston, Illinois; Dustin Biggs and wife Tabitha of Westfield, Illinois and Kyle Biggs of Ashmore, IL; step grandchildren, Jeff Shrader and wife Jill of Charleston, Illinois and Julie Tomlinson and husband Jeff of Charleston, Illinois, and fourteen grant-grandchildren.

His parents and sister, Merle Marie Factor and her husband Henry preceded him in death.

Don grew up on the family farm and attended the Westfield schools, graduating from Westfield High School in 1933.Don received his 60-year pin from the Westfield Masonic Lodge #10446.He was a member of the Ashmore Community Club and the Westfield United Methodist Church, where he attended church his entire life.Don enjoyed raising cattle and hogs and was a grain farmer.He also worked for W. H. Turner International and Connelly Gravel Producers.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at the Westfield United Methodist Church, Westfield, Illinois with Rev. Charles Shelquist officiating.Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery.Visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Church.Memorials may be made to the Westfield United Methodist Church Organ Fund, 225 S. Madison St., Westfield, Illinois 62474.

Markwell Funeral Home of Casey and Westfield, Illinois is in charge of the arrangements.To sign the online guestbook, go to and click on obituaries. (Thomas Goble Tree)


[1] Provided by Mary Ann Goble Greb

[2] Submitted by Patricia Weaver


[4] Provided by Richard Wadding

[5] Notified by Patricia Weaver

[6] Provided by Wendy Lee Baldwin

[7] Provided by Janice Goble Caloia

[8] Provided by Elsie Goble Smith

[9] Provided by Elsie Goble Smith

[10] Provided by Gene & Nancy Goble Mix

[11] Provided by Bob Thompson

[12] Provided by Elsie Goble Smith