By Evelyn Goble Steen

Volume 6, Issue 3, September 1999

Copyright (c) 1999 by Evelyn Goble Steen all rights reserved.

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Hello family,

The Goble Family Association's primary interest has been the descendants of Thomas Goble (1590/91-1657) of West Sussex, England and the Massachusetts Bay Colony of which I am a part. We continue to welcome all who are interested in the history of the Goble name.

The many Goble databases contain unconnected Gobles, German, English and Irish lines. Each of our databases grows weekly as connections are made.

If you would like to provide a story about one of your ancestors to be published in this newsletter or on the homepage, or if you have a question for me or our readers, please send them to: Evelyn Goble Steen, 4121 Nantucket Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, or e-mail:

Note: The number in parenthesis within the name of an individual indicates the generation of descendant in America in the Thomas (1) Goble tree.



Visit the GOBLE GENEALOGY HOME PAGE. I've given our homepage a new look and have continued to add new features. I'll be making more changes before the end of the year. As of August 25th we had received over 12,000 visits to the homepage, many from newly discovered cousins! This is a huge increase in numbers of people accessing the webpage. We have been added as a research resource by the LDS Church and other genealogical sites. We continue to make great progress locating cousins. You can access the homepage at:


Evelyn Goble Steen
4121 Nantucket Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


During this very hot and dry summer I was able to take a short trip to Boston and the surrounding area in search of ancestry clues. My son, Robert, and I drove from Boston to Concord, Lincoln and Sudbury to search the cemeteries, libraries and courthouses. In Boston the New England Historic Genealogical Society was full of interesting resources. I located several early Goble histories there, some unknown to me previously.

In Concord we stopped at a tiny visitor's center and spoke with a lovely lady by the name of Marion Wheeler.

PHOTOGRAPH: Marion Wheeler stands in the doorway of the Concord Welcome Center

Ms Wheeler was very interested in the history of Concord and she told us of her ancestors, the Wheelers who lived just across the river from the Gobles in the late 1600s. Her ancestors still live on their land. She was familiar with the Gobles of Concord and was sympathetic about the hanging of Daniel and Stephen Goble. She is a historian and recalled immediately her recollection of the massacre of soldiers days before the Indians were killed. She knew of the Goble/Farrar homestead and directed us to a structure she believes is the old Goble house.

At the Concord library we talked to another historian familiar with the Goble legacy. She provided a small file of information and books for us to read. She later directed us to an antique bookstore to see if any of the sources on Concord were available there. Right on top of the counter, as we entered, we saw Ruth Wheeler's "Concord, Climate for Freedom," which includes a great deal of Goble information. I was amazed since it's been out of print for some time, so I snapped it up to add to my collection.

While in Concord we visited "The Old Hill Burying Ground" in the heart of town. Near the corner of the cemetery was the grave of Lieutenant Daniel Dean and his second wife Margaret Ames Deen. Daniel Dean was the husband of Mary (2) Goble, daughter of Thomas (1) Goble and Alice Brookman. We did not find Mary's grave.

PHOTOGRAPH: The Grave of Daniel Dean

PHOTOGRAPH: Concord Free Public Library, Concord, Massachusetts

We found Lincoln a lovely place as well, but found no obvious descendants of the Goble family in any of the cemeteries there. The library staff was helpful and had available a copy of A Rich Harvest, The History, Buildings, and People of Lincoln, Massachusetts, by John C MacLean. Another Goble rich history book now in my collection.

In Sudbury we met a man at the courthouse who provided listings of all the old Sudbury cemeteries, but sadly no Gobles were among the names. He remembered the Goble house and gave us another set of directions to see it.

PHOTOGRAPH: Goble Farm House, later owned by Farrar, near the old Sudbury bound, on Wayland Road, Lincoln.

The photograph taken by Ruth Wheeler in the 1960s along with directions, turned up several leads on houses in the vicinity that looked the part, but no confirmation that any of them were the correct one!


The many old cemeteries in Boston were filled with history. There were many family names that connect to the Goble tree but we found no Gobles. The old North Church was exhilarating with its divided pew chambers and ancient artifacts. A truly beautiful old English Church.

While walking in and around the Boston Commons I wondered if this could be where Thomas, Alice and their children passed through. The hanging of Daniel Goble was to have been carried out on this very land. I would definitely recommend a Boston adventure for anyone really interested in tracing the family history to its beginnings in this country.


I know I have written many times about the hanging of Daniel and Stephen Goble but experiencing the history in Concord and Boston encourages me to explain a bit more about this atrocity.

King Phillip's War began on June 24, 1675 in Swansea when the Indians attacked, burning houses, steeling cattle and killing settlers. Thomas Goble and Daniel Dean were among the first troops called up to counter the Indian threat. Captain Thomas Wheeler of Concord was sent to escort Captain Hutchinson to treaty with the sachems of the Nipmuck tribe. Only the most prosperous farmers joined the horse troop. Among these were the big proprietors in the southeast part of town, the Gobles, Deans, Prouts, Bulkeleys and Billings. While Thomas Goble Sr. was on this expedition his son, Stephen, took his place on the Brookfield expedition. They met with some Indians who agreed to a parley but when the troop of men arrived there were no Indians. They headed toward Wickaboag Pond and were suddenly ambushed. Eight soldiers were killed and 5 were wounded, including Captain Wheeler and his son. The soldiers were able to retreat to a tavern in Brookfield where the Indians attacked again. Finally Ephraim Curtis of Sudbury got away during the night and sought help at Marlborough. During the siege the Indians used several ingenious methods to set the garrison house on fire, creeping up to place hay against the walls, shooting arrows tipped with flaming tow, and pushing a flaming barrel on wheels along from a distance with poles. Rain was the only salvation for the besieged troopers. Outside, the Indians howled and paraded the mutilated bodies of their dead victims.

Major Willard took 46 soldiers and 5 friendly Indian guides into Brookfield to rescue the remaining men. When the Indians saw the soldiers they burned every vacant house and disappeared into the forest. Brookfield was abandoned. Captain Wheeler and his son later died of their wounds.

An attempt was made to separate the friendly Christian Indians from the others. Some were brought to Boston Harbor and others were taken to Concord and entrusted to John Hoar who built a stockade for them next to his own house. This caused a furor in Concord. Most people considered the Christian Indians spies.

After Swansea, 6 were killed at Mendon in July, while at work in the fields. In Lancaster, one Sunday in August, 8 men were picked off one by one by Indians, who immediately disappeared.

The council passed an order on August 30 1675 "That any Indians found more than a mile from the center of their villages, except in the company of the English or on service, the English are at liberty to shoot them down or arrest them."

During the autumn of 1675 the Connecticut Valley Indians joined Philip. On September 1, Deerfield was attached; on September 2, Northfield burned, on September 3 Captain Beers was ambushed near Northfield and the Captain and 20 men were killed. On September 12, the teamsters who were evacuating Deerfield were ambushed at Bloody Brook, where 80 were killed. Captain Moseley retreated to Springfield with his company, which had been recruited, from the jails and waterfront of Boston. On September 26 West Springfield was destroyed and on October 5, Hadley was burned.

By December the authorities decided to raise a large number of soldiers to attack the Narragansett Indians in their winter quarters near Wickford, Rhode Island. On December 19, the English troops surrounded the fort, set it on fire and slaughtered all the Indians left there - including old men, women, and children. Daniel Dean, Thomas Goble and Nathaniel Billings of Concord took part in this engagement and Billings was wounded.

The foot soldiers came north through the forest, driving the war parties of Indians ahead of them. The troops on horseback took the direct road back to Boston. The winter march was harsh with no supplies and storms left 2 or 3 feet of snow on the ground.

As the Indians came north there were more victims. In Framingham, near Sudbury, Thomas Eames's house was burned and his wife and children slain. The Indians attacked the Shepard family near Lake Nagog, killing Isaac Shepard and taking his sister Mary, prisoner. She stole a horse during the night and escaped to Concord where her mother's family, the Smedleys, lived. Isaac's brother-in-law, John Smedley, had been killed in Brookfield. (Isaac's mother was Sarah Goble, sister of Daniel and Mary Goble. Mary Goble was wife of Daniel Dean.)

On February 10, Lancaster was attacked and many were killed or taken prisoner. Among the prisoners was Mrs. Rowlandson. Twenty-four people were captured and 12 killed during this attack. After this incident Concord raised 15 foot soldiers, including Daniel Goble and his nephew Stephen Goble for scouting duty. They arrived at Lancaster in time to bury the mutilated bodies of the men, women and children. Mrs. Rowlandson's brother buried his own wife without recognizing her body. The inhabitants of Lancaster went back to Concord for safety. The Wilders went to live east of the river with the Dean, Goble or Billings families. While Mrs. Rowlandson was still in captivity a group of men from Concord went to Marlborough to reinforce the garrison there. In March 1676 Groton was plundered and all but 4 garrison houses were burned. On March 26th 16 houses were burned

In Concord dissatisfaction with the Christian Indians living at John Hoar's house mounted until Captain Moseley loaded them up and moved them to Boston where the Council put them on Deer Island. Although Captain Moseley acted contrary to official orders, public opinion was so heated that the Council did not dare to criticize his action.

On April 20th a large group of Indians was seen west of Concord headed for Sudbury. The next day 10 men went from Concord to help Sudbury. They saw some Indian women engaged in a powwow in the meadows. As they tried to approach without notice it soon became apparent that they had been lured into a trap and all 10 men were killed. All the unprotected houses west of the river were looted and burned, including John Brewers', Daniel Goble's wife's father. Daniel and Stephen Goble were both in active service during this period of Concord's greatest danger. The next day reinforcements buried the dead, 36 bodies were buried in one grave.

On May 12th cattle were destroyed at Hatfield. On June 3rd Indian women who were not supposed to be out of custody were captured near Concord and locked up in the town jail. Only very old and very young men were left in town. They feared that if they released the women they would report how lightly Concord was defended. Ten days later they escaped. At this point the Constable wrote this letter to the Governor.

June 13, 1676 "Inasmuch as there has been a sad accident befallen us through the occasion of negligent persons that had trust imposed to them to keep sentry over three old squaws and one papoose; these watchmen fell all asleep and in the meantime the squaws made their escape, which may produce a great deal of damage to us that are resident in Concord, because we are afraid that they are acquainted with the condition of our town and what quantity of men are gone out. I hope your Honor will send us more strength to support us from our enemies, for we are in daily fear that they will make an assault upon the town."

This was the background of fear and vengeance in the hearts of Daniel Goble, his nephew Stephen, Daniel Hoar and Nathaniel Wilder as they scouted through the Concord woods on August 7, 1676. The presence of Indian women on Hurtleberry hill might have been to lure them into ambush as their friends had been lured three months earlier just a couple of miles up the river in Sudbury. These women could have been spying to see if any outlying houses were unprotected. According to the last year's law they could be arrested or shot on sight. Arrest just meant more trouble as had been proven in June. There were dead relatives to avenge. The Indians were killed. (1)

It still isn't clear to me why Daniel Hoar and Nathaniel Wilder were pardoned for this act while Stephen Goble and Daniel Goble were hanged. It's suggested in some writings that Hoar and Wilder had closer ties to the church. Other accountings suggest that the Goble men did the killing while the others watched. No one knows for sure. I will keep searching!



Friday, May 28, 1999

LA PORTE, Ind. - Jonathan R. Goble has been appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of La Porte Regional Health System. Goble has held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of La Porte Hospital and Health Services since August of 1997 and will assume his new position on July 1, 1999.

Goble succeeds Leigh Morris who announced his retirement in January after a 21-year association with La Porte Hospital. "Leigh has been a tremendous asset to the hospital, as well as the community," said J. Jeffrey Jones, Chairperson, La Porte Regional Health System Board of Directors. "He will leave an enduring legacy of accomplishments, vision and leadership as he retires in July."

Goble joined the executive team of La Porte Hospital after serving in the position of Chief Executive Officer of Muscatine General Hospital in Muscatine, Iowa for 10 years. Prior to that Goble was associated with Mercy Hospital in Mason City, Iowa as the Administrator of the Eldora Regional Medical Center in Eldora, Iowa where he was recognized for his leadership on a local and state level by the Iowa Hospital and Health Association.

"Jonathan is an outstanding executive with a solid track record of success," said Jones. "We are delighted to have him as our next CEO."

A native of Paw Paw, Illinois, Goble received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1980, a Master of Health Administration from Tulane University in 1984 and an MBA from the University of Iowa in 1995. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is active on a state level in the Indiana Hospital and Health Association.

On a local level, Goble is an ex-officio member of the La Porte Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the La Porte Kiwanis Club and a 1998 graduate of La Porte County Leadership.

Goble resides in La Porte with his wife, Theresa, and two children, Claire and Nicholas.


Jonathan Ray (11) Goble, Elliott Ray (10), James Clifford (9), William Mott (8), Timothy (7), Ezekiel (6), Ezekiel (5), Jonas (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble


NASCAR RACING- The Klem brothers keep a good thing going at Lakeside and I-70 speedways.

Mike Klem of Platte City, the older of the two Klem brothers, passed Scott Martin of Independence on the seventh of 20 laps to win his fourth consecutive modified feature at Lakeside.

Jeff Klem, of Kansas City, Kansas, had a tougher time of winning the 25-lap late model feature at I-70 for the second straight week.

After battling Aaron Daniel of Kansas City for 12 laps, Jeff Klem finally got around his rival with three laps remaining.


Mike & Jeff (13) Klem, Delos Gregory (12) Klem, Helen Marie (11) Goble, Edger Allen "Al" (10), Francis (Francisco) E. (9), William Henry "Harrison" (8), David H. (7), Stephen (6), Stephen (5), Daniel (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble


From the Kansas City Star, Monday, August 2 1999


Larmon Goble, No. 14, 170 yards, 6-iron.

Larmon made a 170 yard "hole in one" using a 6-iron. This is his second hole in one this season. Congratulations Larmon!

PHOTOGRAPH: Larmon Goble


Larmon F. (12) Goble, Larmon (11), Edger Allen "Al" (10), Francis (Francisco) E. (9), William Henry "Harrison" (8), David H. (7), Stephen (6), Stephen (5), Daniel (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble


PHOTOGRAPH: Ray and Phyllis Zoerkler

Ray and Phyllis Zoerkler of Marietta, Ohio celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 17 at a reception for family and friends in the Hermann Fine Arts Center on the Marietta College campus.

Phyllis Goble and Raymond Zoerkler were married July 16 1949 by Father Francis Theobold at St. Michael's rectory in Fryburg, PA.

The couple's children are Cynthia and Gary Miller of Cincinnati; and Jennifer and Jack Harar of Manassas, VA.

They also have two grandsons: Nicholas Miller and Jason Miller, both of Cincinnati.

Zoerkler is a retired petroleum geologist. Mrs. Zoerkler is retired from the Dawes memorial Library at Marietta College.


Phyllis Lorraine (11) Goble, Charles Emmett (10), Enos (9), Robert (8), Isaac (7), Enos (6), Gersham/Gershom (5), Robert (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble



PHOTOGRAPH: Plato Martin

Plato Martin served in World War II beginning June 10, 1942 and following basic training and a six day train ride to California, he was headed to one of the hottest war zones in the world - Guadal canal in the South Pacific Ocean.

Martin was assigned to the transport ship, President Coolidge, along with some 5000 others.

"The war was at its peak, and we were headed in unescorted," Martin recalled. "The ship would zig zag every 15 minutes because, supposedly, it took 17 minutes for a Japanese submarine to surface and fire a torpedo."

About 400 miles from their destination, explosions ripped the ship. "I was in a little room where they allowed you to smoke," Martin recalled. "About 2 p.m. I heard an awful explosion, and it slid me across the room. Just as I got back up the second one hit and the lights went out."

Over the ship's intercom, men were directed to go back to their bunks and wait for orders.

"The ship was tilting, and we knew we'd been torpedoed and were sinking." Martin stated. "Everybody was asking all kinds of questions and starting to panic."

While Martin was still below deck the ship had limped to a nearby island. Once grounded, other soldiers were throwing rope ladders and knotted ropes over the side to begin unloading the thousands of men onboard. Some who died were at the lowest levels of the ship and drowned.

"When I finally got up on deck, I got to a rope and I mean I went down," Martin said "the only thing I took with me was my clothes." Approximately 5,000 men came ashore on that island, which was the location of a bomber-refueling airstrip. With the war raging there would be no airlift for survivors. The men waited and waited... for three months. They paired up in twos and each pair was given a blanket. The only supplies were salvaged from the ship before it sank.

"At 9 a.m., you got a bowl of oatmeal and at 4 p.m. you got a bowl of beans." Martin said. They were fortunate that the airstrip had a desalinator, which converted seawater into fresh water. There were physical hardships and boredom to deal with. "We did absolutely nothing." He said. After three months with no shelter, no clothes, bad food, and illness the men were picked up by transport ships headed for Guadal canal.

Martin spent about three years in the Pacific and narrowly escaped Japanese bombs, which were dropped every night. "There's been many a day I think about how close I came to death", he recalled. "With a little luck and the good Lord's will, I made it through." (4)


Plato Martin, Molly Gant Martin, Atha Goble Gant, John L. Goble, John, Corban, John of the Southern Goble Branch.


Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution.

These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't just fight the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!

Some of us take these liberties for granted...We shouldn't.

Author Unknown. (5)



Instructions for use of the Navigational Computer Type "D" Compiled by the Engineering Department of American Airlines, Inc. were published November 1, 1946. Sold by Goble Aircraft Specialties, Inc. in Flushing, New York.

This computer was developed to aid the pilot in controlling his flight under all conditions of wind and weather. Stated on page 3 of the manual. Practically all problems encountered in air navigation except those involving Celestial Navigation maybe solved accurately and rapidly by the use of this computer. Proficiency in its use demands persistent practice, and it is suggested that before attempting to use it in the air, the pilot work a number of practice examples on the ground. (6)



The Goeble Breweries bottling plant was located somewhere in Ohio after prohibition. Printing on the side of the cap says: OHIO MALT BEVERAGE TAX PAID 1 1/2 CENTS.

I do not know at this time from what family line the producer of this beer hailed. If anyone has an idea about it, please let me know.


William Goebel ran for Governor of Kentucky in 1899. He was one of the most controversial men to have ever run for office in the State of Kentucky. He won the Democratic Party nomination and on Election Day the race was too close to call. He and his Republication opponent, William S. Taylor, claimed victory and charged the other with fraud. The Board of Election Commissioners declared that Taylor had won the election and in December he was inaugurated. However, the Democratic majority in the General Assembly voted to investigate the election to determine whether fraud and illegal military force had been used.

During the debate Goebel was shot, mortally wounded from a rifle bullet that had passed through his body. The state legislators voted to throw out the results of the election and declared Goebel governor on January 31, 1900. He was sworn in and on February 3, 1900, William Goebel died of his wounds. The only governor in American history to die in office as a result of an assassin. He had been chief executive of the commonwealth for three days. (7)

These and other Goble artifacts will be available to view at the next Goble reunion.


Melvin D. Goble of Dubuque, Iowa invented a miniature horse collar at just under a foot long. The collar was patented by Garett VanWagenen of Monroe, Wisconsin and Melvin D. Goble in 1875 with Melvin D. Goble identified as the inventor. Patent number 169933, Patent Models #2614.

PHOTOGRAPH: Miniature Horse Collar

After recent research at the National Archives in Washington DC I have come to some conclusions. Based on patent records, census records, marriage records (IGI) and family history records of the church of the Latter Day Saints I believe Melvin D. Goble was the son of Uriah Hulse (7) Goble and Jannette Adeline Palmer. Uriah and Jannette were married in about 1838 in/of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa. Their known son, Palmer Corwin (8) Goble was born September 18, 1839 in/of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa (according to George W. Goble, The Goble Family, (1952), page 231.) In the 1870 Federal census, Jeanette Goble, age 50 (born in New York) was living with M. D. Goble, age 25 and his wife Isabell, age 22 (born in Wisconsin) in Ward 4, Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa. Melvin was listed as a "Dentist" and said to have been born in Michigan. According to the Family Search (r) International Genealogical Index of the LDS Church, Jannette Adeline Palmer was born in Cortland, Cortland Co., New York.


Melvin D. (8) Goble, Uriah Hulse (7), George Wisner (6), George (Jacob) (5), Robert (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble (0).


I recently heard from Minnie Goble Thompson about another Goble inventor! Bert Gerard Goble invented the "Goble Pump Jack" for use in the oil industry. Her story is below.

PHOTOGRAPH of Robert (Bert) Gerard (10) Goble

"B.G. was a very brilliant man. When his father, John F. Goble, remarried in 1879, he left home as a teen-ager and went to Pittsburgh where he went into business for himself making wooden tanks. He told often about the time when a delivery truck came up and said, "Son, where's your father." Of course B.G. had to tell them that it was for him.

He roomed in Allison Park with the Wilt Rippey family. There he met his wife, Elizabeth (McCully). After they were married they moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma where he worked as an architect. He designed many of the houses in Bartlesville. Elizabeth became pregnant so B. G. hired two doctors to take care of her because she had had a miscarriage previously and he was worried. Ten days after their son, William Ira Goble, was born she died of peritonitis. He was devastated by this and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before he left, however, he had a large addition built to the First Presbyterian Church and it was called the Goble Memorial. (The Church has since been remodeled however, there is still a large granite stone in the front of the garden with the words 'Goble Memorial.')

After B.G. arrived in Tulsa he hired a geologist for $100 a day to teach him geology. From there he went into the oil business and was very successful. He then invented the Goble Pump Jack, which many of the major oil companies used. He did well with his drilling but he had some bad leases and some New York lawyers cleaned him out.

B.G. was a very religious man. He was either an Elder or a Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. He died in March of 1955 in Tulsa, Oklahoma." (8)


Robert (Bert) Gerard (10) Goble, John Forsythe (9), Robert (8), Isaac (7), Enos (6), Gersham/Gershom (5), Robert (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble (0).


Would you believe...these gems are copies of actual correspondence received by the Family History Department:


I have recently acquired additional internet space for our homepage through Gen Connect at RootsWeb. This will allow me to upload our databases without the limitations we currently have. Also, added to our Query and Obituary Boards (pages) are new boards for Bible Records, Deeds, Wills, Pensions and Biographies.

Volunteers are needed to transcribe and type old records to be posted on the boards. Some old documents are difficult to read and it's not always easy work, but it can be rewarding! Should you be willing to input information to submit there are several ways you can help.

Publishing to the boards is fairly simple and you are welcome to access and publish your information yourself, directly to the boards. If however, you would prefer the information be posted for you I will be happy to do it. Please type and record on a disk for snail mail to:

Goble Family Association
4121 Nantucket Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
or e-mail a text attachment to

If you would like to volunteer to administer a board please let me know.


I am hearing from new Goble researchers every day and sometimes it's mind boggling how many cousins we have. Often I am able to connect researchers to one of our databases, but there are many times when I can not. We have what is affectionately called the "Unconnected" tree. This file is full of bits and pieces people have provided over the years and continue to provide in hopes of connecting to a known family tree. It numbers at over 6500 people.

Recently I received a rather large packet of information from Kenneth Paul Goble of Oklahoma. I knew prior to receiving the information that it would connect to others looking for the ancestors and descendants of Thomas Baldwin Goble, son of Robert Goble and Rebecca Baldwin in the Unconnected tree. This particular file was sizeable already.

Kenneth provided a clue that made it possible to make another connection. Lisa Weatherford of Georgia had been searching for William A. Goble. Kenneth is descended from William Aaron Goble. Both Williams were born September 8, 1831 in Preble Co., Ohio. Both married to Mary. That's how it works! Now the pieces are falling into place and the numbers of cousins connected in this line are over 744. We have yet to connect it to a known tree, but we're making progress.

It is believed the father of Robert Goble, husband of Rebecca Baldwin was also named Robert. He was born about 1750 and had three known sons: Isaac, Robert and Andrew. In 1804 Robert Goble Sr. and Thomas Baldwin were named as witnesses on the will of Isaac Goble. The will also named "Robert Goble, my brother, executor".

Andrew Goble married Susannah/Sarah and was killed by Indians at White Station on October 19, 1793. That is why he was not mentioned in Isaac's will. Isaac Goble married Elizabeth Ayres February 09, 1804 in Butler Co., Ohio and they had one son, Henry, before Isaac's death. Robert Goble, Jr. was married three times, had 4 known children (Andrew, Thomas Baldwin, Anny and Anna) and he died between 1834 - 1840 in Union County, Indiana.

Thanks to others who have contributed on this line. Darlin Eden, Connie Overholser, Lee Ryan and Eva Webb. If anyone has an idea about the history of this family or a possible connection to any tree, please let me know.

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Dear Family,

I hope you are all doing well and are comfortably surviving the hot dry summer of 1999. We're grateful for the air-conditioning and a few recent rains.

I am sorry the correspondence has not been more forthcoming during the past few months, but my spare time has been consumed with my own sweet family and there has been little time for anything else.

Our son, Robert, finished his language course at the Foreign Service institute in Virginia and left for Thailand on the 2nd of August. He spent over a week in Hawaii and is now in Bangkok getting ready for his assignment in Korat. He'll be there for two years and we will miss him a lot. We plan to visit about half way through his tour.

We have also spent a good deal of time with our grandchildren and daughter and husband over the summer and don't ever quite get enough of being with them.

Happy Birthday to all those having birthdays this fall. Special recognition goes to Enid Ethyl (10) Goble Pritchard who will be having her 93rd birthday on October 26 and to Julian Sale (10) Goble who had his 96th birthday on July 27th.

I do hope you are all enjoying good health, as we are, and are looking forward to a lovely fall. Please let me know if there is anyone who should be recognized or remembered in our December issue.




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