By Evelyn Goble Steen
Volume 7, Issue 2, September 2000

Copyright (c) 2000 by Evelyn Goble Steen all rights reserved.

Hello all,

This is the second and last issue of our newsletter for year 2000. There will be only 2 issues in 2001 as well. There will be an additional reunion mailing in 2001 for those planning to attend.

The Goble Family Association’s primary interest and main focus over the years has been to discover all the descendants of Thomas Goble (1590/91-1657) of West Sussex, England and the Massachusetts Bay Colony. That database now contains over 21,000 individuals. We hear from newly found cousins every week and continue to welcome all who are interested in the history of the Goble name.

We also have 6 other databases containing an additional 20,000 names. These are in files of unconnected Goble lines, German, English and Irish lines. Each of our databases grows weekly as new connections are made. We continue to make progress in the search for Goble families everywhere.

If you would like to provide data, 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. Others will be identified by the name of their tree.


Our 2001 Goble reunion will be held in less than a year. Plans are being made and many have signed up for this event through the internet. If you think you would like to send a note please fill out the attached form and return it to:

Patricia Weaver
2633 Pine Knoll Dr. #6
Walnut Creek, CA 94595




I went back and visited the Goble homepage, and I am still so impressed with it. You have done a wonderful job. I need to ask a question though. I saw the picture of the grave of John Houghton III and wondered if you could tell me just where it is located, cemetery and town, and what the inscription on the stone is if it's readable.



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Thanks, Evelyn. You do a wonderful job. I think the Goble family web page is the most organized page I have ever visited, (Genealogy) Thank you for the time and effort. It is much appreciated.

With the bit from Josh Goble last week, I was able to tie Jesse Izell to his branch, and also to gain some understanding about the Blankenship side of my husband's family. (her mother was a Goble as well).

Thanks to you and all the Goble family members as well.


Sherry Adair-Goble

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From: RCG@MGK.COM (Bob Goble)

Hello Evelyn,

My name is Robert Charles Goble. My father and I have always shared a curiosity for genealogy and I happened across the Goble genealogy website last Friday. Needless to say I was speechless and thrilled to see all that information. I called him almost immediately and we followed our lineage together. Questions were answered that day that my father assumed he would never know. His grandfather (11) Lloyd Orr Goble started a family tree years ago and my father (13) Charles Orr Goble is in possession of it and will be able to put a lot of pieces together with this website. It seems that Lloyd Orr Goble (1879-1949) worked for the U.S. government overseeing construction of federal courthouses, penitentiaries and post offices. Needless to say he traveled a great deal and when he was in a new area he would contact people and do research. It was the best information we've had to date. If you would like more information on our family or would like to update (my father has a brother not listed), I would be more than happy to help out. By the way, I believe our bloodlines cross with (4) Daniel Goble 1698-1750. Two of his sons were (5) Daniel Goble 1722-1780 in my line and (5) Stephen Goble 1735-1800 in your line. I am looking forward to hearing from you.


Robert C. Goble

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From: (Darlene A. Ryan)

Hi Evelyn, Thank you for the information. I really appreciate it. I have had a question before on the Goble site and you always reply right away with helpful information. A true genealogist! Darlene Ryan


"The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents; someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt."

-----Leo Buscaglia, 1924-98 *1


The following information appeared in the Los Angeles Times, By Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer and Passkeys Foundation & Jefferson Center for Character Education following the death of Frank G. Goble.*2

Frank Gordon Goble, an aerospace equipment engineer who pioneered and launched the character education program throughout the nation’s schools and wrote several books about his theories, has died at the age of 83.

Goble died February 18, 2000 in Hemet, Calif., of lymphoma, said his friend and associate, Russell T. Williams.

"People who think character education should be left solely to parents," Goble told the Times in 1988, "forget that many parents today lack the positive attitudes and values that their children so desperately need to acquire to become productive workers, parents and citizens.

"Many single working parents simply lack the time," he said, "Our schools can and must fill this gap."

A UC Berkeley-educated engineer, Goble spent 22 years working for D. B. Milliken Co., in Altadena and later Arcadia. He began recycling rivets discarded by the nation’s aircraft manufacturing plants during World War II and helped develop high-speed motion picture cameras used in the nation’s missile and Mercury space programs.

Retiring as president of Milliken at age 46 in 1963, Goble founded the nonprofit Thomas Jefferson Research Center to concentrate on developing educational programs to build character. Renamed the Jefferson Center for Character Education, the organization was based in Pasadena until 1998 when it moved to Monrovia.

Under Goble’s direction, the center in 1970 created and began selling a character-development curriculum to schools from Glendale to Baltimore. Teachers were urged to use the materials involving stories and discussion 15 to 20 minutes a day, three to five times a week, to teach 15 basic values shared by major world religions and cultures – such as courage, conviction, kindness, honesty, honor, justice, responsibility and self-respect.

"It is our opinion, based upon hundreds of thousands of hours of research, that a basic cause of our society’s exploding problems is personal and organizational irresponsibility," Goble said in a 1975 interview with U. S. News & World Report. "Irresponsibility is a social disease that, if left untreated, destroys individuals, families, communities and nations. What causes irresponsible human behavior? Moral ignorance!"

Center research showed that before 1775, Goble said, religion and morals accounted for more than 90% of the content of school readers. But by 1926, the figure had declined to 6% and soon after that to nil.

The Jefferson program, Goble said, prompted remarkable turnarounds at schools that used it – citing an Indianapolis school that had sustained $3,500 worth of broken glass in eight months and reduced intentional damage to zero, and a Chula Vista school that cut vandalism by more than 80%.

By 1984, the program was in use in more than 7,000 classrooms nationwide.

Goble wrote or was co-author of six books about character development, including his two best known: "The Third Force: The Psychology of Abraham Maslow" in 1970 and "The Case for Character Education," which he wrote with youth gang authority B. David Brooks in 1983.

Of the latter book, the Heritage Foundation stated in its review: " ‘The Case for Character Education’ is must-reading for educators, especially school board members, superintendents and principals. But it also speaks to all who are concerned with the moral status of today’s youth and who are interested in concrete strategies to improve it."

Goble, a former board member of the Altadena Chamber of Commerce and Institute for Contemporary Studies, once said he gave up his business career to found the ethics organization because of a deep conviction that people with managerial skills should help solve national problems.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret; a brother, Julian, and three sisters, Clara Buck, Marian Tinling and May Keighley.

A memorial service was scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Evans Brown Mortuary in Sun City, Calif., with interment at 2 p.m. in Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena. The family has asked that any memorial donations be made to the Jefferson Center for Character Education, P. O. Box 1283, Monrovia, CA 91017.

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Creativity – by Frank G. Goble

Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible -- he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.


Frank Gordon (10) Goble, Frank Newton (9), Jasper Gersham/Gershorn (8), William Lull (7), Jacob "Elder" (6), Jacob (5), Robert (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble


2001 GOBLE Reunion

MILLENNIUM reunion to be held in RENO NEVADA - August 10-12th 2001.

Please join us at the Goble reunion! This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet your cousins face to face and to share information, photos and family stories! There are many extra curricula activities available in the area as well. Reno has a lot to offer in the way of family entertainment, golf, sightseeing, casinos, and more.

We are pleased to announce that author, Calvin F. Parker has agreed to attend and speak at the reunion. He is the author of JONATHAN GOBLE OF JAPAN: MARINE, MISSIONARY, MAVERICK published in 1990, (Library of Congress Number 89-27253, ISBN 0819176397). His book is about the Jonathan Goble (1827-1896) who rose to fame as inventor of the jinrikisha/jinricksha, the epoch-making "pull-man car" of Japan. This publication is currently out of print. Mr. Parker has revised and updated the text and hopes to have it published in time to be available at the Reunion.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending. It’s important for the committee to get an idea of the numbers of people to expect for planning purposes.

A program of events is beginning to take shape. We will have a photograph session, personal displays, books, speakers and a luncheon. Details will be published in the Volume 8, Issue 1, April 2001 newsletter.

If you’re interested in attending the reunion you can either sign up from our website or fill in the attached form.

We look forward to seeing you there!



"A woman was arrested in Camden the other day for whipping her husband in the streets. And served her right too. When a woman wants to whip her husband, she should take him by the ear, lead him up at least two pairs of stairs, thrust him into a chamber, and then wallop him in a pleasant and civilized manner, and not make a public exhibition of the affair."

Galveston [Texas] News, Tues., 5 March 1872.

Previously published by, Inc., RootsWeb Review: RootsWeb's Genealogy News, Vol. 3, No. 17, 26 April 2000. RootsWeb:


Stanley James Goble

Stanley James Goble was born at Croyden, Victoria, on 21 August 1891. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915 and served in 1 Naval Wing in France. It was in France that he claimed his first victim on 21 July 1916 when he shot down an unidentified two-seater aircraft.*3 Stanley served at the rank of Major for the Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Air Force in several squadrons. He was involved in 10 victories.

Commemorative Stamp

Officers Stanley Goble and Ivor McIntyre, of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) made the first aerial circumnavigation of Australia in 1924 in a Fairey IIID seaplane. Their feat was recognized with a commemorative stamp. Goble Street, in Hughes, Canberra, Australian Capital, Territory Australia is named for Stanley Goble. After World War I Stanley served in the Royal Australian Air Force and retired as Air Vice Marshal.*4 Stanley Goble died 24 July 1948 in Melbourne.


Aug		Mary Elizabeth (11) Goble Thornton (85)
		Ruby Venita Todd Goble Surface (81)
Sep		Harry "Red" (11) Goble (81)
		Harriet Coe Larson (80)
Oct		Roy Scott (11) Goble (86)
		Enid Ethyl (10) Goble Pritchard (94)
		Helen Janet (11) Hickson Andersen (85)
		Margaret Emma (11) Goble Faulkner (83)
		Floyd Eugene (11) Goble (80)
		Minnie Katherine Sickendick Goble Thompson (84)
Nov 		Esther Klymaszewski Goble (80)
		Helen Marie (11) Goble Klem (83)
		Karl Kolander (11) Goble (83)
Dec		William Howard (11) Goble (85)
		Sarah Ruth Neel Goble (80)

All are Goble Family Association Members



Please visit the GOBLE GENEALOGY HOME PAGE. As of August 28th we had received over 21,500 visits to the homepage, many from newly discovered cousins! We have moved our page to the RootsWeb server. Although you can still access the page through the old address the best way to get there is with this new one!


The following family members have had health concerns in the past months. Most are recovering.

Theodore William "Dude" (11) Goble (surgery)
William Grant (13) Windmayer
Angelique Michelle (13) Windmayer (illness)
Donald Baxter (Klem) Klymaszewski (illness)
Helen Marie (11) Goble Klem (broken hip)
Floyd Eugene (11) Goble (eye problems)
Elizabeth Ann Adams Goble (surgery and chemo)
Marilen (11) Goble Sabin (tests)
Sandy (12) Griffith Corona (surgery)
Rachel Wilson’s father and grandfather (illness and heart attack).

Please remember our cousins in your prayers.


By Jim Haas

Harriet Rogers, the great-great granddaughter of Simeon Goble and Abigail Conger, lived in New York and died of breast cancer in 1926, age 51. She is also the great grandmother of Jim Haas. A few years after her death, her husband, Joseph T. Carter, on May 19, 1929, decided to take in a ballgame at Yankee Stadium hoping to see Babe Ruth hit number 477 of his eventual 714 homers and watch Lou Gehrig add to his seemingly endless string of consecutively played ballgames. The Yankees were playing the Boston Red Sox’s and Joseph took his seat in that section of the right field bleachers known as "Ruthville" because it was there where Babe Ruth had hit so many of his homeruns. It was a fateful decision.

The May 20, 1929 edition of The New York Times put it this way. ""Ruthville," yesterday afternoon, was filled. The Stadium altogether held about 50,000 persons, the bleachers, more than 9,000 and more than half of the latter sat in the desirable location. They wore straw hats and summer clothes, for at the beginning of the first game of the scheduled New York Yankee-Boston doubleheader the sun was out."

Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back homeruns in the third inning. Ruth's ball went to the stop where Joseph sat while Gehrig's ball went to the left. The skies began to darken. Before the start of the fifth inning, the umpires decided to continue playing the game in spite of the threatening weather. After Ruth grounded out to the first baseman making the second out of the inning, Gehrig started from the dugout to the plate. At that moment a tremendous deluge began and the patrons of "Ruthville" ran for the exit.

The headline read, "Two Killed, 62 Hurt in Yankee Stadium as Rain Stampedes Baseball Crowd; Victims are Crushed at Bleacher Exit." One of the two dead was Joseph T. Carter, age 59. The other was a 17-year-old Hunter College student named Eleanor Price. The tragedy was the lead story in every New York newspaper and in many around the country.

Often in the writing of my family history I have lamented that so little is known about each of the individuals I've discovered except for the names of spouses and children, birth, marriage and death dates. Joseph, who at the time of his death was a truck driver and lived in a rooming house on East 128th Street, was described by other roomers as "a quiet man who kept to himself much of the time, who got up early every morning and went to a nearby garage for his truck and returned from work late at night".

Joseph is buried in a grave at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx interred with his brother Benjamin. Joseph’s son, also named Joseph, took care of the arrangements. Family lore has it that during the wake at Dockrell's Funeral Parlor in the Bronx, Babe Ruth offered Joseph Jr. a baseball signed by the members of the 1929 Yankees. He chose not to accept the offering saying that it would be inappropriate. More family lore seems to indicate he regretted that decision.*5

Permission to reprint or use the material contained is granted providing attribution as taken from the Haas Family History.


James Edward (13) Haas, William Joseph (12) Haas, Mary Francis (11) Carter, Harriet (10) Rogers, Julia E. (9) Graham, John M. (8) Graham, Sarah/Sally Ann (7) Charlot, Sarah/Sally (6) Goble, Simeon (5), Robert (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble.


John Goble

John Russell (11) Goble died August 16, 2000 in California at the age of 86. He was the second son of Walter Herbert (10) Goble and Myrtle Mary Waldron. He was born in Kansas on October 30, 1913. He married Doris McCully and they had three children: Rosetta Ruth; Russell Lynn Jr.; and Judith, who died as an infant. Russell lived in Playa Del Ray, California near his brother Howard who survives him.

Lenair Engineering had employed Russell as a supervisor in manufacturing for eight years before he retired. His daughter, Rosetta Ruth Linder from Cambria, California and his son Russell Lynn from Tarzana, California and four grandchildren survive him.

I had the opportunity to meet Russell in 1994. He was very energetic, bright and informed, and interested in politics and the family history. He told many family stories which helped in uncovering facts allowing me to connect my line to the Thomas Goble tree. He was planning to attend the Goble Reunion in 2001 in Reno and will be sorely missed.


John Russell (11) Goble, Walter Herbert (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

Jean Goble, widow of Harold Wolverton (10) Goble, died on January 12, 2000 at age 88 in Guelph Ontario, Canada. Jean was very interested in the Goble history and had communicated with us for years. She enjoyed knitting and watching hockey games on television. In addition to knitting mittens she made hats, scarves, baby sets, sweaters and afghans, most of which were donated to the Red Cross in Guelph where she volunteered many hours doing window displays and acting as a cashier. Her hands were always busy.*6


Harold Wolverton (10) Goble, Fred Wolverton (9), Jasper Gersham/Gershorn (8), William Lull (7), Jacob "Elder" (6) Jacob (5), Robert (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble

Dorothy Hand DymondDorothy Hand Dymond died sometime between the end of January and the end of March this year. Dorothy's husband Robert had died on August 15, 1999 and she was in a nursing home having suffered a stroke years earlier. Dorothy Dymond was the author of Genealogy of the Hand Family and Related Families published in 1982. This book is a genealogical history of the Hand family and related families including early history of the Goble, Brewer and Houghton families. Dorothy was very knowledgeable and provided marvelous well sourced documentation.*7


Dorothy Christina (10) Hand, Floyd Bethuel (9) Hand, William Jackson (8) Hand, Susannah (7) Goble, Nathan (6), Matthias (5), Robert (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble


By Jan Harrington

Daniel was born September 17, 1783, at the Goble homestead near Prosperity, PA. His parents, Ebenezer (6) Goble and Joanna Lindley had settled with their parents in the Upper Ten-Mile Creek area in 1773.*8

Daniel, the first-born and oldest son, was 27 years of age when his father wrote an elaborate agreement protecting the rights of the younger son, John D. Goble, who was then age 15. This agreement, dated in 1810, stated the rights of John when he attained the age of 21. Ebenezer must have felt that his health was failing. He wrote his last will in 1812 and subsequently died in 1813.*9

On May 15, 1814, at age 31, Daniel married Elizabeth Dille (b. 1798), age 16, in Belmont County, Ohio.*10 (According to Census Records, there were several Dilles living just across the Ohio River from Washington County, PA.) Daniel and Elizabeth had seven children: Ebenezer, b. 13 September 1815 [m. Mary Ann Maguire]; John Lindley, b. 5 April 1817 [m.1W: Catherine Elizabeth Isabel/Isible, 2W: Nancy C. Lambright, 3W: Sarah Jane Davis]; George Washington, b. 20 March 1819 [m.1W: Margaret Fenton, 2W: Laura Ackley, 3W: Jane Allison]; Jane, b. 27 July 1821 [m.1H: Allen Braucher, 2H: Dr. Charles M. Godfrey]; Daniel, b. 16 August 1823 [d. 13 December 1823]; Doud, b. 23 September 1824 [m.1W: Grizelda McConnell, 2W: Susannah Bissicomer, 3W: Sarah A. Miller (Dunlap)]; Josephus, b. 18 June 1827 [m.1W Mary Ann Neace, 2W. Sarah Hamilton].*11

Daniel lived on the Goble homestead, farming and running a tavern. "Taverns" at that time were actually combination hotels-and-restaurants, and Daniel reportedly kept this for "many years," perhaps continuing a business his father had begun.*12

On May 17, 1829, Elizabeth Dille Goble died at age 31, only two years after the birth of her last child, Josephus. A notice in the "Examiner" in Washington, PA, on May 23, 1829, reads: "Died on Sunday last of a tedious illness, Mrs. Elizabeth Goble, wife of Daniel L. Goble of Morris Township. She has left a large family of children to mourn her loss."

Exploration of the Ohio Territory was well underway by the 1830's and there is evidence that several Gobles had already explored and settled in various areas west of Pennsylvania by 1835. Daniel joined these Goble pioneers. Land entries in Ohio show that both Daniel and his oldest son, Ebenezer, made several land purchases in 1834 and 1835.*13

On June 4, 1834, Daniel married his second wife, Martha Linn (b. 4 June 1797) in Washington County, PA. *14 He was age 51, she was 37. In late December of the same year, Daniel gathered up family and belongings and left for Ohio. His wagon train consisted of two six-horse teams and one four-horse team. After 18 days of travel they arrived in the area now known as Bluffton, Ohio. Daniel purchased an additional 200 acres of land, built a cabin and established his homestead. Daniel opened the area's first General Store in the front part of his cabin on South Main Street. George, Daniel's third son, regularly made the weeklong journey south by wagon for supplies from Piqua. He went down with rags, hides and pelts, and came back with groceries, dry goods, iron and whiskey. In 1838, the little burgh was named "Shannon" in honor of Ohio's Governor. Daniel was elected the first Justice of the Peace, and was also the first Postmaster, with the Post Office stop being at his General Store/homestead cabin. Daniel later sold some of his property as the town's "first addition" which is now three city blocks along the West Side of Bluffton's Main Street. The little village was not renamed "Bluffton" until 1861.*15

Grave site of Daniel L. Goble and his second wife, martha Linn Goble Fitzgerald Throughout Daniel's time in the area, he and sons Ebenezer, John and George all periodically bought and sold property in Putnam, Allen and Hancock Counties. Richland Township, where Daniel settled, was originally claimed by Putnam County. Daniel frequently appears in various records and histories as "David."

In April of 1846, Daniel wrote his last will and testament and died on 8 October 1846 (age 63 years, 21 days). His grave marker is a large flat ledger stone, broken but still readable in the old Jefferson Street Cemetery in Bluffton, Ohio.

Proposed Grave Restoration After his death, Daniel's heirs donated another downtown block for the building of the Presbyterian Church, which had met for services for several years in Daniel's barn. They also donated the brick required for the building. Daniel's widow, Martha Linn, married David Fitzgerald, a man from her home county of Mason Co., KY, on 3 November 1856. When she died on 2 April 1873 (at age 75 years, 9 months, 28 days), she was buried next to Daniel, with a matching ledger stone in the Jefferson Street Cemetery.

Efforts have been made over the past three years to get authorization to place an additional small marker at the foot of the broken ledger stones in the old cemetery to honor this pioneer and his wife. So far the Village Administration has not responded to several contacts.


Harriet Foster (11) Harrington, Mildred (10) Goble Foster, Thaddeus Linn (9), John Lindley (8), Daniel Lindley (7), Ebenezer (6), Daniel (5), Daniel (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), William (0),

By J. Percy Crayon, published about 1902 pages 135-136.

Recent debate over this old writing has prompted me to review and critique for accuracy. Based on many other reliable sources there are several conclusions Crayon made that I do not believe to be accurate. He indicates in his first paragraph that the Goble family were French Huguenots. I’ve heard this for all the years I have researched without finding any evidence to support it. Thomas Goble migrated to the American colonies in 1634, which was over 30 years after the Massacre of St. Bartholomew and nearly 51 years before Louis XIV revoked the edict to forcibly convert Calvinists. In 1685 400,000 Huguenots emigrated, many to North America, where they founded such towns as New Rochelle and New Paltz in New York.*16 By that time the Thomas Goble family was into it’s third generation in North America.

Additionally Crayon identifies "probable" parents for numbers of people and he states "A large number of the descendants, probably not all of one family, settled in Morris county, NJ, previous to 1750." These statements are accurate as many of those attributed to particular parents are not correct.

The John Goble who married Elizabeth Burwell was the son of Daniel (4) Goble not of Abner, Silas, or Aaron.*17

"Simeon, a probable son of Enoch" is incorrect. Simeon (5) Goble, husband to Abigail Conger was son of Robert (4) and Mary Goble.

There are errors on many of the dates recorded, but this could be typographical.

The father of Jedediah Mills was Jedediah Mills, Sr. not Timothy Mills.*18

Crayon concludes there was a Simeon Conger married to Abigail Goble as well as a Simeon Goble married to Abigail Conger and a Benjamin Conger married to Elizabeth Goble as well as a Benjamin Goble married to Elizabeth Conger. He goes on to say "This is a most singular occurrence that two brothers of the same name in one family should marry sisters of the same name in another family. Other than Crayon’s writings and those referencing Crayon’s writings no other mention of Simeon Conger, child of Benjamin and Experience Conger, has been located.

There were several Goble-Conger unions, which I have written about previously, but there could be some confusion here. As previously reported another scenario shows Abigail Goble marrying Joseph Fairchild.


Information provided By Charlotte Groff

Mary Prendergast Archivist of Harding Township, Morris Co put a query out on the New Jersey History listserv-- and got the following email response from researcher Sue Maier: "I've used 'Rockaway Records' extensively to research ironworkers in Passaic and Morris Counties. I've found Crayon to be pretty reliable when he's reproducing vital, cemetery and other types of records, but I take his family studies with a shaker of salt. The author was far more a storyteller and chronicler than he was a researcher or historian. He is miserable, for instance, when it comes to citing sources for much of the data he provides about when families arrived in the Rockaway Valley and from where. "As broad strokes, the family summaries can be useful starting points for research. But they contain so many unsubstantiated connections, now-disproved conjectures, legends and downright errors that I can't consider them a reliable secondary source. Watch out especially for dates and generations that don't add up and for areas in which Crayon inflates the importance of families by exaggerating their accomplishments or connecting them (in unlikely ways) with those who were truly prominent. This is common trap that genealogists fell into in the 19th century and a good part of the 20th century, and Crayon is no exception."


Stephen Middleton "Mid" (8) Goble was a slave owner in Pactolus, Carter Co., Kentucky in the 1800s. Mid was the son of Ephraim (7) Goble and Hannah Virgin and was born October 28, 1811. He was one of 19 children born to Ephraim who was married three times. Middleton Goble and wife Emily Bruce Duncan had eleven children, four were sons. When Mid's sons would go into town during the war and join either one side or the other Mid would throw their rifles in the Little Sandy River, to try to keep them from fighting.

George Reason Goble and Family, Circa 1892

George Reason Goble And Family – Circa 1893

The Goble farm was located on the Beckwith Branch of the Little Sandy River and was built about 1780 by Lafe Duncan, brother of Mid's wife Emily. A 1961 Ashland newspaper article said Middleton Goble was the biggest slave trader in the area and usually kept 100 slaves to work the farm. One winter before the war 37 slaves died of pneumonia. Two slaves, Bird (male) and Rach (female) stayed on after they were freed and were said to be part of the family but ate at a smaller table in the dining room with the family. The photograph above was taken after Mid's death. Son George Reason (9) Goble maintained the family and the farm. Annie Laurie Goble stands in the doorway looking to her right. She was the only child of George Reason (9) Goble and his first wife Susan Buckley. George is the second from left on the first row and Emily Bruce Duncan Goble is on the left, the wife of Mid and mother of George. Lyddy Lydia Felty, wife of George, is on the right. Bird and Rach are on the far right.

The farm is now owned by Wes Kefer. The family graves are still located on the property in a grove of trees in a field. Mr. Kefer says there are over 300 slaves buried in unmarked graves in the field behind the house. He also told of human bones found in the walls of the house when an addition was built. He knew George and said that George was a drinker and kept his coffin on the back porch full of meat.


John Thomason (11) Price, Betty Goble (10) Thomason, Annie Laurie (10) Goble, George Reason (9), Stephen Middleton "Mid" (8), Ephraim (7), Abraham (6), Stephen (5), Daniel (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble


Susan Goble Selleck


Susannah Goble was the daughter of Hannah Wright and Hugh Goble. She was born in 1827 in New York City. Susannah was the middle child having an older sister, Mary Goble (Hegeman) and a younger brother Samuel Goble. Hannah and Hugh Goble owned and operated the Goble School for Girls on Barrows Street in New York City. There is a gold marker there today marking the site.

Susannah probably worked on this needlework sampler at about age 9. Her name "Susannah" appears broken or hyphenated on the stitchery. This was done deliberately by Susannah who preferred to be called Susan.

Susannah married Robert M. Selleck in 1851 in "Brooklyn. They lived at 109 St. Marks Place. Susan died on May 8, 1899. Two children survived her. Susan Goble Selleck is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.*20

It is not know at this time what line of Gobles Susannah is from. Any information would be appreciated.


Dear Family,

I hope this finds you all well and happy. My thanks to all who have contributed information, photographs, articles and money in support of the Goble Family Association and this newsletter.

As many of you know, recently my husband Warren, my grandson Tyler, and I traveled to Thailand. Our son Bob is station there assigned as an exchange officer with the Royal Thai Airforce. He had been there one year and in that time met a lovely girl, Maem, whom he married on August 5th in Korat.

Our Elephant Ride

Our three-week trip was a wonderful experience and Thailand is an amazing place. Bob is also a good interpreter. We flew to Phuket Island in South Thailand and stayed in a lovely resort on the Indian Ocean, rode elephants through a rubber tree plantation jungle and tried different foods. We also got more opportunity to get to know Maem.

On Saturday, August 5th we dressed in traditional Thai silk outfits for the Thai Buddhist ceremony at the home of the bride.

There were 5 different parts to the ceremony. Our grandson, Tyler, was dressed in a traditional Thai costume and carried the rings.

The evening reception began at 6:00 p.m at the largest hotel in Korat, the Sima Thani, which is north of Bangkok. The Wing 1, Royal Thai Airforce Band provided the music. There was a lovely sit down dinner and Bob sang a love song to the bride and they danced on stage for the crowd. They were presented as Mr. and Mrs. Steen and walked through lifted swords carried by the Thai Airforce honor guard.

There were over 650 guests and the ballroom was packed to overflowing. The food was Chinese and very good. The wedding cake was over 10 feet tall.

It was wonderful to see our son so in love and happy.

The next morning we packed and left for Bangkok. We had dinner with the newlyweds and said our good-byes. That was difficult. We probably won't see them again for another year. They will live in Korat until Bob's tour is over and will return to the United States in the summer of 2001. We hope they return in time to come to the Goble reunion in Reno.

The return flight took about 28 hours. It's great to be home!

Again I want to thank all who keep me informed about current family happenings. The next newsletter will be sent out in April 2001 so I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a lovely winter and happy holiday season.

Love, Evelyn

If you would like to see more photos and read more about our trip you can visit "My Trip to Thailand".

Footnotes/Sources: (use your back arrow to return to previous text)
*1 From Ancestry Daily News, 12 July 2000
*2 Provided by Julian Sales Goble
*3 Australian Aces of World War One
*4 Provided by his son, John Goble
*5 By Jim Haas, taken from the Haas Family History.
*6 Nigel & Judy Palmer
*7 Submitted by Esther Tyler.
*8 The History of the Lindley Families in America, John M. Lindly
*9 Copy of agreement provided by Charles M. Moffat; Will is from Washington County Courthouse, with Executor sworn on March 30, 1813.
*10 Copy of Marriage Record, Vol.B, Page 66, Belmont County, Ohio, Record of Marriages.
*11 Marriage records, obituaries and family records researched by Jan Harrington, Sandra Hand (Doud) and Lisa Dougherty (Josephus).
*12 History of Washington County, PA & Biographical Sketches, Crumrine, ed., L. H. Everts & Co., 1882.
*13 Original Land Entries of Allen County, Ohio, by Reggie Seitz James.
*14 Washington County Marriages, Index Alpha. By Groom, Page 3.
*15 The Bluffton News (excerpts), December 9, 1909, an address by N. W. Cunningham to the Allen County Historical Society.
*16 Webster's Concise Encyclopedia
*17 George W. Goble, The Goble Family, (1952, Not published), page *14.
*18 The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 68 page 83. Letter to/from Miss Katherine Lewis Phelps.
*19 Information provided by John T. Price.
*20 R & R Reproductions, Virginia Beach, VA




Our MILLENNIUM reunion will be held in RENO NEVADA.

The date has been set for August 10-12, 2001.

Please join us at the Goble reunion! This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet your cousins face to face and to share information, photos and family stories! There are many extra curricula activities available in the area as well. Reno has a lot to offer in the way of family entertainment, golf, sightseeing, shows, casinos, and more.

We are pleased to announce that author, Calvin F. Parker has agreed to attend and speak. He is the author of JONATHAN GOBLE OF JAPAN: MARINE, MISSIONARY, MAVERICK published in 1990, (Library of Congress Number 89-27253, ISBN 0819176397) which includes bibliographical references and an index. Jonathan Goble (1827-1896) rose to fame as inventor of the jinrikisha/jinricksha, the epoch-making "pull-man car" of Japan. This publication is currently out of print. Mr. Parker has revised and updated the text and hopes to have it published in time to be available at the Reunion.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending. It's important for the committee to get an idea of the numbers of people to expect for planning purposes.

Our program of events is beginning to take shape. We will have a photograph session, displays, books, dining and speakers. Additional mailings will be sent to all who respond with specifics, such as hotels, rates, maps, extra curricula events. If you have a specific question, don’t hesitate to ask.

If you would prefer to sign up on-line go to REUNION FORM

If you have already signed up, THANK YOU for letting us know!

If you would like to print this form and mail it to us, just cut and paste the following:


Yes, I plan to attend the 2001 GOBLE FAMILY REUNION in Reno, Nevada scheduled for August 10-12, 2001.

How many in your party _________

Do you plan to bring a display, artifacts, books, or photographs, which will require table space? Yes No





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Patricia Weaver
2633 Pine Knoll Dr. #6
Walnut Creek, CA 94595