Goggans/Goggins Family – Update





A Goggans was born in Ireland of Scotch-Irish Protestant blood. A child of the unknown GOGGANS was named   WILLIAM GOGGANS and he wasborn about  1700 in County Cork, Ireland, and died about 1766 in Bromfield Parish, Culpeper Co. Virginia.  He married ELIZABETH BEAL, 1729 in Lunenburg Parish, Virginia.  She was born 1715, and died about 1766 in Bromfield Parish, Culpeper Co. Virginia.

An American Passenger list from 1804-1806 Page 305 reveals the names: GOGGINS/GOGGANS,  JAMES. and WILLIAM. (See New World Immigrants Vol.11 Genealogical Publishing Company. 1970).  William was found in the Parish of Lunenburg, Richmond County, Virginia. His wife was Elizabeth and  research reveals they had children named Daniel, George, William and James Goggans, all born in Virginia. There may be other sons and/or, especially daughters, that married and are not known. James and William Goggans probably came to Virginia in 1718.  WILLIAM GOGGANS’ wife was ELIZABETH BEAL. The Beals were in the “Upper Church” congregation of Richmond County. William was found in this Church.

No other information was found in Virginia or South Carolina on William Goggans and Elizabeth. However they  sold land in 1766, so it seems that they intended to make the move with their sons down the great wagon road south of Virginia. I have not done any research on the ship passenger named James, but I have followed the four sons and their descendants to the present  day, as best I can. I found material already written, but I found it very incomplete.   I have used many libraries, family trees off the internet, and the census, of course, and I have interviewed many of my cousins to come up with something as complete as possible. It is a never ending task and It has been a journey of over 25 years.  I want to thank the many sources that unknowingly contributed.


  1. DANIEL GOGGANS, b. 1730, Bromfield Parish,

Culpeper Co. Virginia; d. about. 1780, during the Revolutionary War in South Carolina.;  He married. NANCY WILLIAMS, 1747, Virginia; b. about 1732, Virginia; d. 19 Jan 1782, South Carolina.  Daniel Goggans was one of four brothers who came down the wagon trail from Virginia to South Carolina before The United States of America was formed. ” A History of Saluda Old Town”, by Charlie Senn, tells why he is not listed in any  census.  Near Old Town, a spy reported to Bloody Bill Cunningham that Daniel Goggans, a Whig soldier who was known as “FIGHTING DAN GOGGANS” was at home on furlough during the War for Independence.  Ned Turner, one of the scouts, led a party to the Goggans home.  When the raiders appeared, Goggans resisted with well-aimed gunfire.  The Tories set fire to the house.  Then “FIGHTING DAN” came out shooting and was killed.

After Goggans died, it is written that the flames were extinguished and for many years an old log house, with blackened timbers in one outside wall, could be seen among the trees on a hillside near the home of Miss Mae Suber, northwest of Silverstreet. A documented History of the Long family states that the burned house was near the Present Mt. Zion Baptist Church.   Daniel left a wife and children, and his daughter Jane, married to Oliver Towles, also had two children.  It is worth mentioning here that the Revolutionary War fighting in South Carolina was in large part a Civil War, where many of the state’s inhabitants remained loyal to the British crown.  Ned Turner was one of those loyalists.   In addition to killing Daniel and the husband of Daniel’s oldest child, Jane, the infamous Ned Turner had plenty of other blood on his hands.  The Towles brothers had killed the youngest Turner brother, and it appears the rest was a bloody revenge by the Turners that ended up taking perhaps as many as 60 lives over a 2 week period. They took no prisoners, murdering at least one group of 20 soldiers they captured, in addition to the others they found along the way. The episode is described in this broader way in an article that appeared in “The American Magazine” in July 1884, p. 46, under the title of “The Avengers of Blood.” The magazine can be downloaded from www.archive.org

Daniel Goggans left a wife and children, and his daughter Jane was married to Oliver Towles.   His demise was a horrible tale as well. All  preserved history shows that he was a gallant soldier .Oliver’s record shows  the date and place of enlistment and age at enlistment 1775, /39, enlisted as a Sergeant in Capt. John Caldwell’s Company of the 3rd Regiment, by 1781 he was promoted to Captain and served with the 3rd Regiment of  “Thomson’s Rangers” Battles and conflicts participated in were : Snow Campaign, Savannah, Battle of Long Island.

Surrender at Charleston, and was a POW onboard a British Prison Ship for a time. Place of death: Fall, 1781, near Saluda Old Town, hung by Tories led by Ned Turner serving under William “Bloody Bill” Cunningham. Date(s)/place(s) of marriage and spouse’s name(s): 1765-66, Culpeper Co., VA, Jane GOGGANS, daughter of Daniel “Fighting Dan” GOGGANS Place of burial: Near Old Chestnut Hill Baptist Church .  The South Carolina Roster of The Revolutionary War, page 937, lists Oliver Towles, and it states that he served as a sergeant in the Rangers under Capt. John Caldwell and Col. Thomson during 1775 and was a Captain in the Third Regiment during 1778 and/or 1779.  It also states that he was taken prisoner during the fall of Charleston.  It lists his date of death as November 1781.  According to The Annals of Newberry, Oliver Towles, son-in-law to Daniel Goggans, was home from the army during the Revolutionary War, sick with smallpox,  hiding in the woods,  when  Ned Turner with his party of men, went to his house, took two of Towles’ little boys, and compelled them to go with them and show where their father was hiding.  Having found him, the Tories killed him at once.  There is a cemetery in the woods behind the newer cemetery at Chestnut Hill Baptist Church, between Chapells and Saluda, that has a stone clearly engraved for an Oliver Towles, but the dates are not for the Revolutionary War period.  It appears to be his grandson.

If one can temporarily forget which side was right or wrong,  “A History of the Upper Country of South Carolina” by John H. Logan relates an almost comical account of the fate of Ned Turner (told by a descendant of Broadwine Waters) which could not be written with more imagination if it were done by a Hollywood script writer. It reads in part about a Revolutionary War encounter: “B. Waters ordered John Clark and Laudon Waters in advance of his command as spies, and cautioned them if they saw men to return to him.

In passing a precipice which was caused by a branch entering the river, Ned Turner, the out-lawyer, with a scout of about twenty Tories in this valley of the river, captured John  Clark and Laudon Waters, upon which B. Waters came up immediately, when his command fled and left him alone. Upon which he (Broadwine Waters) drew his arms and parleyed with Ned Turner for the release of Clark and L. Waters; upon which Turner and four others advanced, and ordered him to surrender — when Waters grounded his arms, –Ned Turner at this shot him dead.

The Tories came up and robbed him of his armor and horse.  Turner and his party then took up their march in pine country with his prisoners, Clark and young Waters, a distance of about 4 miles, and then turned my father loose to return and bury his father.

He went home, and with his mother and some other ladies, buried him upon the ground where he lay.  Four years after, he was taken up and buried at Bush river church in Newberry, where his remains now lie.  Many years after this, Ned Turner, the out-law, returned to Newberry during my recollection, and John Clark by chance was informed that Turner was in this neighborhood secreted at a certain house– went and as Turner emerged upon the door steps next morning, Clark shot him through the chest, and Turner fell bleeding, and Clark left.

Turner’s friends had a coffin made, and filled with some refuse, and buried in the garden, pretending that he died, while in fact he was removed to another neighbor’s house, and finally recovered, and left the country.  When it was rumored that Turner was not killed, Clark exhumed the coffin, and learned the ruse practiced on him.  No more of Ned Turner until 1832, when he died in Florida in his 80th year.”

I think that the Goggans clan probably believed that they could have done a better job on the murderer.  Some of the Turner family still live in the Saluda, South Carolina area, in fact I happened upon one of them.  The lady proudly said that she was a member of the Turner family that produced  Ned Turner.  Even after more than 200 years, I felt that she should be ashamed and hide that fact.

  1. GEORGE GOGGANS, b. about1732, Bromfield Parish, Culpeper County, Virginia; d. 1815, Newberry Co., South Carolina; m. SARAH BUTLER, about 1757, Virginia; b. about. 1732; d. about. 1804, Newberry Co., South Carolina.

George Goggans served in the Virginia Militia in the 1750’s.  A book called “Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774”  shows a list of the Culpeper Militia who have guns and are ready to march out on the Frontiers.  Geo. Goggans is 7th on the list.  According to “Our Folks” by Maron Summer Eve,  George Washington and George Goggans were contemporaries having both been born in Virginia about 1732. Culpeper County was cut away from Orange County, Virginia in the year 1749.  The World Book Encyclopedia states that George Washington became official surveyor for Culpeper County as early as seventeen years of age.   George Goggans name appears in Revolutionary War records, as a Sergeant Major.   George was one of the original four Goggans brothers who traveled down the wagon trail from Virginia to South Carolina before The United States was formed as a country, perhaps 1766.   Geo. Goggens (note spelling)  was listed in the 1790 First Census of The United States, Ninety-six District, Newberry County, South Carolina.  He and his wife Sarah are buried in a family cemetery near Old Belfast road and Sandy Run, Newberry, South Carolina.  His  descendants generally appeared as The Edgefield, S. C. group.  Many spelled their name Goggins, and some later migrated to Carroll County GA (later Haralson County split off), Monroe County (later Lamar County split off),  Paulding County, and Cobb County, Georgia, and many went into Alabama.  George had a son named William Alexander, born 1758.   He may have been among the last living soldiers that fought in the War for Independence, because he lived to the age of 95.. The History reads that he was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, having served at  the battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina.  He was wounded three times.

George appears to be my ancestral line,   Harry E.  Goggins

iii. WILLIAM GOGGANS, SR., b. 1740, Lunenburg Parish, Virginia; d.1834, Newberry Co., South Carolina; m. ELIZABETH BUTLER, 1760; b. 1745, Virginia; d. about 1829.  Ellis County Texas genealogy records indicate that William (Honest Bill) Goggans participated in the South Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War.

  1. JAMES GOGGANS, b. 16 Sep 1751, Virginia; d. 25 Oct 1826, South Carolina; m. MARY JOHNSTON, 1769, South Carolina; b. 1752; d. 1816,

Newberry Co., South Carolina.   The 1820 map of Ninety-Six District South Carolina shows the name “Goggans” near the Bush River Church where James lived..  It is thought that it was a mustering ground for the local militia  There were two battles fought over a fort at NInety Six, South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. The site has been restored and preserved..




DANIEL GOGGANS, ESQ.  (JEREMIAH, DANIEL, WILLIAM, GOGGANS) was born 03 Dec 1803 in South Carolina, and died 26 Oct 1875 in Silverstreet, South Carolina.  He married EMILY DAVIDSON 14 Nov 1833 in South Carolina, daughter of SAMUEL DAVIDSON and SARAH CROSSWHITE.  She was born 25 Apr 1816, and died 05 Jan 1886 in Silverstreet, South Carolina. South Carolina court records in Newberry S. C.  known as the Guardian Index read:  Davidson, Elizabeth, Samuel N., & Mary Fare are being placed under the guardianship of Daniel Goggans in 1843.  The Spartanburg Herald newspaper reported on Nov. 10, 1875 that “Daniel Goggans died at his residence near Silverstreet last Wednesday. It is supposed his death was caused by meningitis.”

At some point, Mr. Charles Andrews corresponded with me and said he was writing a book about a plantation called Mount Willing and the book was named WHERE OUR PATHS CROSSED.  Charles said Dr. George Yarborough was the owner of about 7000 acres, and he sold 800 acres including the plantation house to Daniel Goggans and, E. J. Goggans (Jerry, a son of Daniel) apparently lived there after the civil war. I gave him permission to use my words off the internet, and I didn’t give it much more thought.  A few years later, I was in a history museum in Saluda, South Carolina. and I picked up a 3 volume history book and looked in the rear index for the names Goggins or Goggans.

I was surprised to see my own name referenced as a researcher for two pages in that history book… I asked a museum employee if a plantation house was still standing, and I was told “NO, but I am standing under an entrance doorway that was saved during the final demolition.”  I had to touch it and say hello to E. J.  Goggans.

What follows is what I had researched and placed on the internet.


  1. COL. ELDRIDGE JEREMIAH6 GOGGANS, b. 31 Aug 1834, South Carolina; d. 31 Mar 1905, Saluda, South Carolina; m. ADELA MALISSA BOUKNIGHT, 11 May 1865, Edgefield, South Carolina; b. 20 May 1837; d. 11 Feb 1905, Saluda, South Carolina.


  1. J. Goggins, age 25, appears before the civil war in the 1860 Edgefield S. C. Census as a merchandising clerk. He was the son of Daniel Goggans, Esq. and Emily Davidson.  One can easily gather an image of a mild mannered merchandising clerk becoming a type of “John Wayne” character in a time of national stress.  Close examination, however, reveals that he must have been somewhat of a war hawk.  The

Annals of Newberry states that “The people of Newberry, in common with all the people of the State, anxious to make Kansas a slave State, held public meetings and raised funds to send settlers to the

Territory for that purpose.”  Jerry Goggans was one of those people, and he was connected to the trouble in Kansas in 1856 and 1857. Eight hundred southerners rode through Lawrence, Kansas and laid waste to the town because of antislavery conflicts. There, John Brown, a fanatical abolitionist who later became famous at Harpers Ferry, took revenge by murdering five southerners on May 24, 1856, and a mini-war ensued where 200 more people were killed.  Jerry Goggins would have been only about 22 at the time.  Then, as soon as war clouds began forming, Jerry showed up at Fort Sumter.  There is no way to foretell who will step so boldly forward because of their convictions and take leadership positions in wartime.  The census sometimes spelled his name as Goggins, and sometimes as Goggans.  It usually showed his given name as Jerry.  One source stated that the initial E. stood for Elijah, but others state that his full name was Eldridge Jeremiah Goggans.  The History of Edgefield shows that he rose through rank from Second Lieutenant, p. 419, Captain, p. 429, and Colonel, p. 89. The Annals of Newberry state he “was at the battle of Fort Sumter as a private; entered the regular service as Third Lieutenant in Capt.

David Denny’s company, which formed part of the Seventh Regiment.” It was divided into two companies, and Lt. Goggans was elected Captain of Company M.  Upon the death of Col. Bland and Maj. Hard at Chickamauga, Georgia, Capt. Goggans took command of the Regiment to the end of the war.  His Superior wrote “I have no fault to find with this officer save his disposition to approve too many papers.  He has conducted his Regt satisfactorily.  I do not regard him as a good disciplinarian.”  One wonders if the last remark was a result of E. J.’s progression through the ranks to the extent that he had sympathy for the enlistees.  A submission to the worldwide internet said that he was twice wounded in battle, to his face at Savage Station, near Richmond, and wounded again at The Wilderness.  E. J. was well versed and educated, as witnessed by reading his own version (from Official Records of The War of Rebellion, page 512-513) and record of the events after Lookout Mountain and crossing Missionary Ridge, and later at Knoxville with The Seventh South Carolina Regiment.    E. J.  must have been beloved by his countrymen,  as shown by the history book stating that, after the war and  marriage, he “deserted”  Newberry and made his home at Mount Willing, which is simply a hamlet a short distance away. The census reveals that Mount Willing was the home of many Bouknights, which probably means that he moved due to the wishes of his wife, Adela Bouknight.  Jerry Goggins is shown as a farmer in the 1870 census, age 35, and he is shown as a teacher in the 1880 census, age 45.  He was buried in 1905 next to his wife at Emory United Meth. Church, Abt. 3-4 miles east of Saluda off Hwy 178.  His epitaph:  Soldier, rest, thy warfare o’er – Sleep the sleep that knows no breaking – Dream of Battlefields no more – Days of danger, Nights of Waking.  These lines came from song XXXI of a poem by Sir Walter Scott, “The Lady of the Lake”, a very long poem printed in 1810.


Her epitaph:  And with the morn those angel faces smile, which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

  1. WILLIAM DAVIDSON GOGGANS, b. 27 Sep 1836,

South Carolina; d. 29 Aug 1862, 2nd Manassas Civil War battle; m. SUSAN FRANCES LAKE, Abt. 1858, Newberry, S. C.; b. 1837, Newberry County, S. C.; d. Abt. 1866, maybe in Charleston.


The 1860 Census shows a William D. Goggans , 23, Merchant, living with P. Lake, and Susan F., age 22. This may mean that Susan’s maiden name was Lake.  William entered confederate service August, 1861, and held the rank of Lt. and was Adjutant of The Thirteenth South Carolina Regiment under Col. O. E. Edwards., and William was killed in battle at the Second Manassas. It is written that his name appears on the war monument there.


The Newberry Herald dated Oct. 11, 1865 reported that Mrs. Sue F. Goggans married G. M. Girardeau of Charleston on Sept. 26, 1865.  The census shows that Mr. Girardeau lived in Newberry before the war.  Sue never shows up in the 1870 census, and Mr. Girardeau marries again.

ELIZABETH SUSAN GOGGANS, b. 08 Oct 1838, South Carolina; d. 19 Mar 1916; m. E. S. HERBERT. She was once Postmaster at Newberry, South Carolina…

  1. MARY FRANCES GOGGANS, b. 21 Oct 1841, South Carolina; d. 20 Jan 1899, South Carolina; m. REV. DANIEL      D DAVID DANTZLER, 04 Oct 1874, Newberry  Co., South Car.; b. 03 Feb 1842; d. 17 Nov 1922, Orangeburg, S. C.
  2. DANIEL GOGGANS, b. 1847, Silverstreet, South Carolina; d. 09 Oct 1847, Silverstreet, South Carolina.
  3. SAMUEL GOGGANS, b. 01 Apr 1847, Silverstreet, South Carolina; d. 16 Oct 1849, Silverstreet, S. C.    Samuel, his brothers, Daniel,  William Davidson, and their Mother and Father are buried in the Reeder-Goggans Cemetery in Silverstreet, S. C.

JAMES KNOX POLK GOGGANS, b. 04 Nov 1850, Newberry Co., South Carolina; d. 1896, St. Louis; m. SARAH LINDA GARY;

  1. 24 Aug 1855; d. 1904, Newberry Co., South Carolina.


This may be the James Goggans listed as a “student” in the 1870 Newberry S.C. census, and not living with a family, age 19.    He graduated from Furman University in 1874, He completed the law course at The University of Virginia in 1879, and practiced law with the firm of Suber and Caldwell.  He practiced first with D. O. Hubert and then with W. H. Hunt, Jr.  He was a mayor of Newberry and extremely active in the business affairs of the community.  He died of pneumonia in St. Louis in 1896.  (from The History of Newberry County, p. 230)  He may have been down on his luck at the time of his death, because The Atlanta Constitution dated April 22, 1896 reported that he died as a charity patient at the City Hospital in St Louis while working as a collector for an Insurance Company.

JOHN CALDWELL CALHOUN GOGGANS, b. 15 Feb 1853, South Carolina; d. 20 Aug 1932, Newberry Co., South Carolina; m. MARY ADELLA LONG, 19 Dec 1878; b. 27 Nov 1857, Newberry  Co., South Car.; d. 08 Sep 1934, Newberry Co., South Carolina.

According to “A documented History of the Long Family” John Calhoun Goggans was The Clerk of Court of Newberry County.  His daughter was known as “Sadie” and was a compiler of information for the book “Our Folks” by Maron Summer Eve.  Sadie was once Superintendent of Newberry County Schools, and was a member of the State Board of Education.  Her complete name was Sarah May Goggans.  She lived in Rock Hill, S. C. and. she is buried in Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry, S. C.  I was able to gain much knowledge from that book which was written long before computers were used and the postal service was a means for research. I have added much, much more to the work that the two women compiled.

  1. EMMA JANE GOGGANS, b. 1842, South Carolina; d. 18 Aug 1865, Newberry County, S.C.

An article from the Newberry Herald read:  Emma J. Goggans, daughter of Daniel and Emily Goggans, Newberry District, died at the residence of her father on 18th inst. of congestive fever, in the 23rd year of her age.  She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


Submitted by Harry Goggins   hegoggins@gmail.com