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Need help locating THOMAS GOGGIN(S) (b. 1817) and wife; High Forest Township
Posted by: Damion Sanchez (ID *****8766) Date: March 09, 2012 at 02:59:33
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Hello All!

I really need some help locating (and TRACKING) the lives of Thomas Goggins (Goggin or Gogins), my great-great-great-grandfather from Ireland and his wife “Ellen” from either Ireland or New York.

He was born in Ireland around May 1817, to two unknown Irish parents. She was born around 1833, but to whom we don’t know. I'm hoping someone here can provide further information on...

1) his birthplace and parents' names
2) his wife’s maiden name (full name), origin (she’s from Ireland or New York), and parents’ names
3) where they resided in the U.S. (most likely New York) before settling in Ripon, WI and then later on High Forest Township, MN
4) when and where “Ellen” died (sometime between 1867-1875, somewhere in MN)
4) and when/where Thomas died (we think sometime between 1900-1905 in MN).

It is known that Thomas immigrated to the U.S. in 1846 and was in New York until at least 1854 or 1855, having had a child named Mary Goggins in New York ca. 1854. No information is known of where “Ellen” came from, nor where/when they were married. The only reason we are going with “Ellen” is that the WI Census of 1860 shows the correct names/ages of Thomas and the children, as well as a wife named “Ellen”. Perhaps her real name is “Mary Ellen” (common combination at that time) or “Helen” (misspelling on the 1860 census) or “Ella” (variation on Ellen).

It then appears that they were in Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin by 1855 or 1856. While in Wisconsin, they had the following children: William Goggins (ca. May 1856), John Goggins (ca. 1858), and Thomas Goggins (ca. 1861). NOTE: There were a few Thomas Goggins from Ireland in WI at that time, with close enough birth dates and similar child names, but the Ozaukee Thomas is NOT the same one I am looking for and nor is the Franklin, Manitowoc Thomas (the Mary and William birthdates are way off).

It is known, however, that he eventually moved to High Forest Township, MN between 1861 and 1865. In High Forest Township, he and Ellen gave birth to Edward Goggins (ca. 1864) and Catharine Goggins (ca. 1867). Between 1867-1875, Ellen passed away. I can only find them together on the WI census of 1860, and then ONLY the “widower” Thomas on the MN census of 1875. By 1875, Thomas is living as "head of household" in High Forest Township, running his farm with his children Mary, William, John, Thomas, Edward, and Catharine. We cannot locate a death record or obituary for Ellen.

By 1900, he had moved in with (or had conceded his farm to) his son William Goggin, his wife, and their 9 children in High Forest Township, and is listed as "retired farmer" in the MN Census. We think he passed away between 1900 - 1905, as between the two censuses he goes from "listed" to "no longer listed" in the household of his son William. We also couldn't locate a death record or obituary.

Other, perhaps helpful, info: Thomas was the father of my great-great-grandfather William Goggins (of Wisconsin), who changed his name to Goggin in Minnesota, married a Julia Reardon (or Riordon), and together they had my great-grandmother, Ella (or Ellen), who married a Sullivan. After William, everyone was born in High Forest Township, Olmstead County, MN.

If anyone has any info on any of these people, I would greatly appreciate it!!! And if we're related, please get in touch!!!


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