By Evelyn Goble Steen

Goble Family Association


Volume 14, Issue 3, October 2007 






Hello all! Evelyn may look small beside me (at 5’11”), but she has BIG shoes to fill. I will do my best to be equal to the task.  This is the time of year when we renew our membership in the Association. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to fill out the bright pink form that came with the July 2007 Newsletter and send it in with your dues for the 2007-2008 year.  I am in the process of opening our new bank account.  We need volunteers for Secretary and regional reps from Canada and the Mountain area.  There’s not a lot of work to any of them.  Please call or email me if you think you might be able and willing to help us out.  Barbara Goble Volker, / 559-432-6330.




The Goble Y-DNA project with Family Tree DNA is continuing to grow as Goble researchers try to get past "brick walls" with their ancestors.  Currently we have 10 kits processed, and 2 being processed for a total of 12.  There are 6 separate test groups.  Lines we have received Y-DNA marker results for are:  Thomas Goble/Alice Brookman, Peter Cauble/Mary Ann Rotan, John Peter Goble/Sarah A. Garrigues; Cornelius Goble/Sarah Teague; Hans (Johan) Jacob Gabel/Maria Margaretha Rheinmueller; Robert Goble/ Rebecca Baldwin. As a result of this testing Addison Goble has learned that he is connected to the Thomas Goble tree…exactly how we must still establish, but the DNA doesn’t lie.  The test is very easy to do - swab an inside cheek, and return to FTDNA in Houston, Texas.  The test results are confidential.  Cost for each test is: Y-DNA 12 marker - $99.00; 25 marker - $148; and 37 marker - $189.00.  If cost is a factor, the Goble Family Association may be able to help with the test kit purchase. For more information on the test results, please go to our homepage and click on Goble DNA Project.  Please email me at  if you have any questions.  




Icon and Outcast: The Life of Jonathan Goble [1] By F. Calvin Parker


Jonathan Goble (1827-1896) was the most colorful and aggressive missionary in nineteenth-century Japan. The maverick Baptist won acclaim as inventor of the rickshaw, translator of the oldest extant Bible portion published in Japan, and pioneer in the distribution of Scriptures. But he was disliked for his volcanic temper, violent acts, and shady ethics. The missionary icon became an outcast.

This book grew out of the author's 1990 work, Jonathan Goble of Japan, which earned these reviews:

  "A fascinatingly colorful personality comes to life in the pages of this scholarly book."-New York History

  "Outstanding study of the complexities of one missionary. Excellent example of the historian's craft."-Journal of Japanese Studies

  "The book blends good scholarship with human interest, rich local color, and readability. It will reward any reader."-Missiology

  The present work, newly written with fresh insights, offers a different perspective on an extraordinary missionary. Aimed at a wider audience, it too will reward any reader.

  F. Calvin Parker, a missionary to Japan for thirty-eight years, taught at Seinan Gakuin University and edited the Japan Christian Quarterly. He is the author of six books and scores of articles in journals and reference works. Calvin and his wife Harriett live in Mars Hill, North Carolina.

You can order this book at (




The Buffalo Bill Cody Connection![2]

By Evelyn Goble Steen


At our last reunion in Branson, Missouri I discovered many of our members don’t know the story of Buffalo Bill Cody, or how it relates to the Goble family history?

The Kansas homestead of William H. "Harrison" (8) Goble in Salt Creek Valley, Kickapoo was settled in 1855. The farm bordered the property of Isaac Cody. Harrison and his wife Lydia had eleven children who went to Salt Creek Valley School as did the Cody children. One of the Goble boys was Stephen H. H. (9) Goble, called Steve. Isaac Cody's son was William Cody, called Willie.  Steve and Willie were friends, at times, and at other times were interested in the same girl and at odds with each other.

One day while at school Steve and Willie got into an argument. The next day Willie brought a knife to school in his boot. When the class went out for recess Steve and Willie began to fight again. Steve said Willie knocked off his hat. Willie said Steve kicked over his girl's playhouse. As they struggled, Willie pulled out the knife and stabbed Steve in the leg. It was a sizable wound and there was a lot of blood. Willie was scared and believed he had killed Steve. He ran into the nearby hills where he knew a wagon train was staying.

The Sheriff and Harrison Goble rode into the hills looking for Willie. They came upon the wagon train, but were told Willie wasn't there. Willie joined the wagon train and after saying good-by to his mother and sister, headed west.

Willie served in the Army briefly during the Civil War, as did Steve, as a buffalo hunter. He was very proficient at this task and was given the name "Buffalo Bill" when he supplied buffalo meat for the workers on the Kansas Pacific Railroad in 1867-68. In 1883 he organized his famous Wild West show and returned to Kansas many times. It's said that he became friendly with the Gobles after the incident and invited them to his performances.

Steve, of course, survived the attack and told the story many times to his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Steve (9) Goble died in 1930 in Kansas.

The following is an article from a Leavenworth newspaper prior to one of Buffalo Bill's appearances:



As handbills throughout the city attest, the citizens of Leavenworth will soon have the opportunity to share the thrills of the "Wild Bill" Hickok show in which our own William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody will be one of the star attractions.


Our readers will recall that in an earlier discussion of Mr. Cody, we considered him "too good for banning from local history - and not quite good enough to be unreservedly blessed."


Mr. Cody was born in Iowa in 1843 but came to Leavenworth with his family when he was about 10 years old. The family lived on a farm in Salt Creek Valley where he was exposed to undue violence at a very tender age. At the age of only 13, he was present at a fight in front of a country store near Leavenworth where his father received a serious knife wound defending his Free-state principles. Four months later he died of the kidney wound and was buried on Pilot Knob.


There is written evidence that Mr. Cody was responsible for the death of a Mr. Hugh Hall, a dashing and handsome fellow from Leavenworth. Mr. Hall was shot with a Colt revolver by Billy in a duel as they fought over the love of one Nannie Vennor, a daughter of a farmer residing hear the Cody homestead.


Even Mr. Cody's second love affair is tainted with violence. He courted Mollie Hyatt, whose parents were well-to-do settlers in this area. In defense of the pride of the coy lass, Billy tangled with Steve Gobel and before it was done, Gobel was stabbed in the side with a pocket knife. Fearing he had killed his foe, Billy fled Leavenworth and joined a wagon train headed west to Ft. Kearney.


He later learned that Gobel had suffered only a flesh wound - but continued on his reckless ways, earning the nickname "Buffalo Billy" and became proficient, it is said, at the scalping of an occasional "injun" to save his own skin.


It wasn't until 1886 that Mr. Cody married Louise Frederici of Missouri and returned with his bride to Leavenworth where his daughter, Arta, was born. Since that time he's participated in many other pursuits including being a scout, a Pony Express rider, and a supplier of buffalo meat for crews of the Kansas Pacific Railroad.


Thus we urge parents, who permit impressionable children to see this show to provide sufficient guidance that they might not be led astray by Mr. Cody's so-called romantic exploits.




Recently Rootsweb added a header to all frames and pages of all websites housed on their system.  Our webpage The Goble Genealogy Homepage is housed on Rootsweb.  The header covered our search button and made it necessary for me to change the coding program.  After a rather long search I located GEDHTREE.  I have converted most of our databases using this new program and will have them all converted soon.  Please try searching the newly converted databases and let me know your thoughts.  One new advantage is that notes and sources will be available.  I believe photographs will be available in the near future.  I am not as pleased with the searching capability and I don’t think the charts are as easy to print.  In anyone knows of a better system for converting GEDCOM to HTML, please let me know.

Thanks you, Evelyn ( )




MARTINSVILLE, IN -- Joanne Downey (Barbara "Joan" (10) Goble), 77, of Martinsville, IN, and formerly of Casey, IL passed away at 12:40 a.m. July 21, 2007 at Community South Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. She was born October 12, 1929 in Casey IL, the daughter of Charles H. "Herb" Goble and Mary Linder Wood Goble. Survivors include son, Robert Downey and wife Lou Ann of Martinsville, IN; daughter, Andrea Brooke and husband Randall of Rock Hill, NC; grandchildren, Alison Lee, Melissa Lee, J.J. Downey, Danielle Downey and Shawn Downey; brothers, James L. Goble and wife Betty of Dallas, TX and Robert L. Goble and wife Charlotte of Casey, IL; sister in law, Ina Goble; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded by her parents, brother, Charles G. Goble and son, James Jeffery Downey on November 14, 1977. Joanne was a homemaker and a substitute teacher for all levels in the Wayne Twp. Schools on the west side of Indianapolis, IN. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Martinsville, IN and was a graduate of Indiana Normal Teachers College. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. CST on Monday, July 23, 2007 at the Markwell Funeral Home, Casey, IL with Rev. Dan Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Casey Cumberland Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Indiana Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis, 7301 Georgetown Road, Suite 112, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Markwell Funeral Home of Casey, IL is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial tributes for the family may be sent to [3]

Published in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier on 7/21/2007.

(Thomas Goble Tree)


Jack B. (12) Shininger of Cottage Grove died Sept. 13, 2007 of spindle cell sarcoma at age 71. No service is planned.  He was born June 15, 1936, in Tillamook to Franklin and Lois Stuart Shininger. He married Carol Stevenson on Sept. 22, 1962, in The Dalles. He practiced radiology in Coos Bay-North Bend from 1972 to 1992.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Lori Ann Shininger of Sacramento; a son, Steven of Eugene; a brother, Stuart of Aloha; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. [4]  Remembrances to Sacred Heart Hospice.

(Thomas Goble Tree)


Irene Goble died September 14, 2007 in Grass Valley. She was 88.

  Mrs. Goble was born Feb. 17, 1919, in Yuma, Colo. She was a beautician for most of her life, and she enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She moved to Grass Valley about eight years ago to be close to her two daughters.

  Mrs. Goble’s family remembers her as a beautiful person.

  She is survived by her children, Judy Moon of Colfax, Glenda Terrell of Grass Valley and David Goble of Reno, Nev.; grandchildren, Nathan Terrell, Nicole Reilly, Shelly Duarte and Jason and Jennifer Goble; great-grandchildren, Greg Moon, Dominic Duarte, Jessica Duarte, Andrew Duarte, Faith Duarte and Gracie and Cassidy Terrell. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Earl Desmond Goble, Jr., in 1989. (Unconnected Goble Tree)


Mr. George W. Goble, age 79 of Calhoun, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at Gordon Hospital.

  Mr. Goble was born in Pickens County on July 28, 1928, son of the late Neal and Mary Center Goble. He was a retired textile worker and was president of the Oostanaula Community Club where he was a member for over 22 years. He was a member of The Church of God of Prophecy in Plainville.

  Mr. Goble was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Faye Fountain Goble.

  Survivors include his wife, Imogene Tucker Jones Goble, Calhoun; daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Bob Pearce and Darlene and Ernie Smith, all of Calhoun; step-son, Randy Jones, Calhoun; grandchildren, Stacey Bennett, Lamar Cronon, Chris Davis, Madison and Matthew Smith; and great-grandchildren, Zack and Austin Bennett, Halley and Gabrielle Cronon and Cali Davis.

  The funeral service was held Friday, August 3 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home with the Revs. Jerry Gaddis and Jimmie Timms officiating. Interment was in Gordon Memorial Gardens.

(Southern Goble Tree)



Since we were a little late with this issue we may need to regroup this year and start anew in January 2008.  Although we try to put out a quarterly newsletter (4 times a year) this newsletter will be the last one this year.  Thank you for your understanding and support!





Alisa Megan (Maggie) (14) Steen was born July 31, 2007 in Dayton, Ohio to Robert and Pennapa Steen.  She is the granddaughter of Evelyn (Goble) and Warren Steen.

(Thomas Goble Tree)


David Willis (13) Hawkins was born August 8, 2007, in Mattoon, Coles co., Illinois to Tony and Debra Hawkins.  He is Grandson to Mary Alice Honnold and great-grandson to the late Mary Marguarite (Goble) Honnold.[5]

(Thomas Goble Tree)





Joshua Michael Mills and Andrea Michelle Williams were united in marriage at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, Florida, September 2, 2007. Officiating minister George Dumas.

  Andrea Williams is the daughter of Michael Williams and Lisa Strickland of Kentucky. Joshua Mills is the son of Michael Mills of Kentucky and Tracey Mills-Detweiler of Bradenton, Florida. Grandson of Curtis & Freda Goble Tussey.[6] (German Goble Tree)


Stephen Robert (12) Goble married Diane Christine Templeton on November 11, 2006. They are pictured below. The snapshot was made last month at a family get-together in Virginia. Steve and Diane make their home in Pennsylvania. “A grand time was had by all.[7] (Thomas Goble Tree)




Helen Marie (11) Goble Klem will be 90 years old on November 16th.  She is the daughter of Edger Allen "Al" (10) Goble and Lena Luella Scott of the Thomas Goble tree. 



Margaret Emma (11) Goble Faulkner celebrated her 90th birthday on October 13th at the Stanley Dollar Mansion in Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, California.  Her birthday was October 15, 1917.  She is the daughter of George (10) Goble and Mary Ann Carder of the Thomas Goble Tree.


Roy Scott (11) Goble will be 93 on October 30th. He is the son of Edger Allen "Al" (10) Goble and Lena Luella Scott of the Thomas Goble tree and still works a few hours a week at his son’s auto shop in Kansas.


Alice Loretta Ley Goble, grandmother to Alice Mary (12) Goble Blandel turned age 93 on September 29th.  She had a stroke in July and is recovering in a rehabilitation facility in Michigan.[8]  Alice was married to Harold (Harry) William (10) Goble January 30, 1932 in Angola, Indiana and they had 4 children: Richard, Francis, Patricia Ann and Joan Marie. (Thomas Goble Tree)



[2] The writing of Sylvanus (9) Goble, brother of Stephen (9) Goble.

Leavenworth newspaper articles.

Published interview with Charlotte Kansas (9) Goble Vogel in 1942, sister of Stephen (9) Goble

Stella Adelyne Foote, Letters From Buffalo Bill (Billings, Mont., 1954) page 46; Russell, op cit., pages 30 & 31

The Kansas Historical Quarterly, Published by the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS Winter 1962. pages 479-481.

[3] Provided by Janice Goble Caloia

[4] Provided by Gary Pinkard

[5] Provided by Suzanne Hawkins Burke

[6] Provided by Freda Goble Tussey

[7] Provided by Wayne Goble

[8] Provided by Alice Goble Blandel