Stephen Porter Goble

By Evelyn Goble Steen

The following story was told to Jean E. (Coddington) Bogart by her mother Marguerite (Frey) Coddington and her Aunt Dorothy E. (Frey) Lanter.

"Stephen Porter Goble died May 30, 1866. He and a farm hand were going through his farm on the lane when they saw a stranger walking through the wheat field. This would cause the wheat to be mashed down so that it could not be harvested. They called to the stranger who turned and shot Stephen P. Goble. The farm hand took Stephen on the farm sled to the house and a doctor was sent for. Stephen P. Goble died, leaving a wife, Frances S. (Ashburn) Goble, and three young children and a farm. His widow struggled to maintain the farm."

Stephen P. Goble left $6000 in debts and no will. The farm was left 1/3 to his widow according to the law, and the other 2/3 was left to the three children. Their son Richard died at age 25 of tuberculosis, so the farm was then owned by their two daughters, Mary Elizabeth who never married, and Lenna Cassett, who, with her husband, Ludwig Frey, farmed the land and lived in the house until her husband's death in 1927. The farm was then rented out and Lenna C. (Goble) Frey and her daughter Dorothy lived in the nearby town of Amelia. After Lenna's sister, Mary Elizabeth, died (1940) the farm was sold. The house was still standing in 1967.


Stephen Porter (8), Stephen (7), William (6), Stephen (5), Daniel (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble


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