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2nd Annual The Goins Book Research Reunion

2nd Annual Goins Book Research Reunion

at Llano Grande Plantation, The Tol Barrett House

In Memory of Gary “Mishiho” Gabehart, 1943 – 2015

Instruction & Agenda Packet

When you arrive, you will be given this agenda with schedules, and further reading. We hope to get a lot of work done, but we also want to enjoy our time together and possibly discover new clues to the Goins Family Mysteries. And perhaps finally set the records strait for WM Goyens, of Nacogdoches. We hope you can participate with all the planned events but everything is optional!

Leanna Armstrong Wells will be with us at Tol Barrett. Leanna shares a passion for genealogy research and has documented her families extensively. She will be coordinating meals, assisting in travel plans and she will be in charge of photography, social media and fulfilling the photo requests for our Fields Cemetery trip.  She is here to help us with anything we might need while we research and plan final chapter assemble. She is a lot of fun, and knowledgeable of all aspects of genealogical research. She is also well versed in Microsoft Office and can assist with technical issues as well.  Please feel free to request special diet menu items, or special needs you might have with Leanna! If you would like to email her, you may do so at

A great thank you to Leanna for coming with us, and helping to make our trip a little more relaxed and enjoyable. We will be dividing the cost for her stay among us equally. Thanks Leanna, I couldn’t have done it all without you!

She has prepared a quick view menu & agenda, below!

Wednesday 8th

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Check in’s All Day.

Researchers, authors need to setup parlor for work area. Be sure to bring gadgets and computers, but please be aware there is limited, if any internet connections. Please print out any materials ahead of time that you might need from online sources.

6:30 pm Dinner

8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Announcements, remembering Gary Gabehart, with a Power Point Presentation. Remembering also Don Marler who passed away this year. They are both greatly missed. Stories, visit, snacks and outside fire pit..The Elders speak on the front porch! Let’s talk about the ghost stories and experience from last year!

Thursday 9th

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Research study, and collaborations for the Goins Book… all day! We will have handouts of your chapters and will want to work with Stacy to get your chapter setup, with details of pictures, documents and genealogy.

12:00 noon Working Lunch

1:00 pm-3pm Break and visit to Nacogdoches Court House for final documents needed.

3:00 – 6:00 pm Work, research, study and writing

6:00 pm Dinner

8:00 -10:00 pm, Stories, visit, snacks and outside fire pit..The Elders speak on the front porch!

Friday 10th

8:00 am Breakfast

10:00 – 10:30 am Leave for Grande Cane Plantation, Ironwood (El Orcoquisac) Fields Cemetery now Carter, Liberty county Texas. We are looking for Nancy Johnson Goyens grave. Stacy will bring her dowsing rods to identify, and possibly sex for any possible unmarked grave sites.[1]

12:00 noon Dutch Lunch at Liberty County, Texas. “Best Hamburgers” in Liberty County, Jax Hamburgers 428 Main St. Liberty, 936-336-7887

1:30-4:00 pm Visit to the historic Isiah Fields Cemetery and home site, he married Sarah Ann Goyens though she is listed as a “Godwin” in the cemetery registry; we hope to have this corrected also. We believe this is where Nancy Johnson Goyens is buried, as she is said to have died at her daughter, and son-in-law’s home. Fulfill photo requests.  Dowse Cemetery for possible unmarked graves.

4:00 pm We hope to leave and head back to Tol Barret House.

7:00 pm Late/On Time? Dinner at Tol Barrett House.

8:00 -10:00 pm Stories, visit, snacks and outside fire pit..The Elders speak on the front porch!

Saturday 11th

6:00 am Early Breakfast

7:15 am leave for Leesville, Louisiana.

10:00 am – 12 noon presentation for GTT…Redbones, Gone To Texas presentation at Vernon Parish Library hosted by the Vernon Parish Historical & Genealogical Society.

12 noon Catered lunch courtesy Vernon Parish Historical & Genealogical Society.

After Lunch we are making a visit to the Glass Window Cemetery. Mrs. Cheryl Tilly Perkins will be a personal guide. We might also be able to visit Breckenridge  Goyens grave at Woodlawn Cemetery in Leesville if time permits.

6:00 pm Dinner Tol Barrett  House

8:00-10:00 pm Stories, visit, snacks and outside fire pit..The Elders speak on the front porch!

Sunday 12th

Optional Check-Out, but we will be staying another night! If you would like to check out and leave in the evening, you are free to spend the day with us.

8:00 am Breakfast

Working, researching and Goins Book Layout Details. ALL final materials due.

10:00 am Goyen’s Hill Baptist Church Services (optional).

12:00 Noon back to Tol Barrett for Lunch then (time unknown) arranged visit to Shawnee Half Moon Prairie, and the now abandoned Wm Goyens Cemetery and old house place in the afternoon.

6:00 pm Dinner Tol Barrett  House

8:00-10:00 pm Stories, visit, snacks and outside fire pit..The Elders speak on the front porch!

[1] Yes, I am able to test for sex of a grave/burial. The rod will swing around and point to the feet of a male or the head of a female. … One rod held over grave will rotate clockwise for a male and counterclockwise for a female.

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