***************************** Sarah Matilda was actually born as Sarah Matilda Arnold. She and her sister Susan Alzada Arnold and their mom Beady are found in the 1850 US Census in Moss, LaFayette, Arkansas. They are found in this same census living next door to Daniel Arnold and his family, and this same Daniel Arnold household is found living in the same area as Sarah's family in Texas. It is not clear who Sarah Matilda or Susan Alzada's father was, or whether their mother Beady's married name was Arnold, or if their mothers maiden name was Arnold. On May 11, 1851, Sarah's mother Beady Arnold married Chesley (or Cherley) Rogers in Union, Arkansas. And on Feb 22, 1853 in Columbia, Arkansas, Beady Rogers is found marrying a Keneth Merritt. Both girls (Sarah Matilda and Susan Alzada) married using their 1st step-fathers surname of Rogers. On death certificates for Beady's children her maiden name varies from Rowan, Royn and Arnall. On death certificates for Sarah Matilda's children her maiden varies from Rogers or Merritt (both of her step-fathers surnames). And on death certificates for Sarah Matilda's sister Susan Alzada children, her maiden name varies from Rogers, Merritt and Arnold.
************************************************ Some called her Tilda, and others called her Tillie.
Matilda's mothers name was Beatrice. Beatrice went by the nickname Beady (Beatta). There are a few possibilities as to Beatrice's maiden name: Royn, Rowan, Arnall, Goff, or Arnold.
Matilda had two step-fathers. Chesley (or Cherley) Rogers and Kenyan Merritt.
In the 1870 census, Matilda's last name is listed as Merritt with the household. Because of this, some census's show her as her birth surname of Rogers, and also as Merritt.
It appears that in 1871, Matilda had her first child William Alfred Sheppard. William Alfred Sheppards father was William Alfred Sheppard Sr. Matilda never married William ALfred Shephard, and when she married Seborn "Cebe" Goins in 1880, she listed her name as Matilda Rogers. Also interesting is that in the 1880 census, her son William Alfred Sheppard is listed as William Goins with the rest of the Goins household.
In her obituary, it lists William Alfred Sheppard as one of her sons.
According to her granddaughter Lillian Augusta Meyers-Sanders (daughter of Matilda's youngest child Duvie Goins) in year 2012, grandma Matilda moved out of her home with her husband Seborn Goins and "took up with a Sheppard!". Well, after some research, that statement is true, in that it appears Matilda and Seborn separated in their twilight years, with Matilda moving in with her eldest son by a different man William A Sheppard and his wife Agnes..and Seborn Goins moving in with his son Leonard Goins.
The following are Matilda's children, with all but William Alfred Sheppard being fathered by Seborn Goins:
William Alfred "Al" Shepard 1871 – 1934 John Henry Goins 1875 – 1907 William D Goins (aka Bert or Bud) 1878 – 1959 Daniel Goins 1879 – death before 1900 census Frank Presley Goins 1881 – 1959 Leonard Goins 1885 – 1957 Henrietta "Etta" Beatrice Goins 1884 – 1942 Effie May Goins 1886 – 1932 Duvie G Goins 1889 – 1920
Death Certificate of Saraham M. Goins from State of New Mexico gives the following information: Place of Death: County of Sierra Village of Hot Springs Full Name: Sarahan M. Goins Sex: Female Color: White Marital status: Widow Date of birth: Oct 5, 1849 Age: 80 years, 4 months, 18 days Occupation: Housekeeper Name of employer: self Birthplace: Arkansas Name of Father: Rogers Birthplace: not known Name of Mother: Matilda Royn Birthplace: not known Informant: Mrs. A. E. Sheppard Hot Springs, N.M. Filed: Feb 25, 1929 Sub-Registrar: Mrs. A White Date of death: Feb 23, 1929 "I hereby certify that I attended deceased from 2-17, 1929 to 2-23-1929, that I last her her alive on 2-23, 1929, and that death occurred on the date stated above at 2:10 P.M. The cuase of death was as follows: mitral regurgetation of heart" Did operation preceed death: no Was there an autopsy? no Signed: F. g. Merrill, M.D. Date 2-23, 1929, Hot Springs, N.M. Place of burial: Kingston, N.M. Date of burial: 2-25-1929 Undertaker: Buried by family ----- Funeral Record for Matilda Goins French Mortuary Records Book II 1926-1929 Name: Goins, Matilda Date of Death 02/23/1929 Age: 82 Sex: Femal Color: White Occupation: Housewife Birth Place: Father: Maiden Name of Mother: Informant: Jack Swingle, Hot Springs, NM Address: Date of Service: 02/25/1929 Place: Hillsboro, NM Clergyman: Remarks: Removal permit. body taken by Al Sheppard, her son ***********************
**NOTE*** According to Tilda's great granddaughter Shirley June Chittenden (who is the granddaughter of Tilda's son William Alfred Shepard), and Tilda's granddaughter Lillian Augusta Meyers, Tilda is not buried in Kingston as stated in the Death Record for her. Tilda is buried in the Hillsboro Cemetery as her Funeral Record indicates. Her Great granddaughter Shirley June Chittenden in 2014 clearly remembers her mother (Tilda's granddaughter) telling her several times that her great grandmother was buried by her son William Sheppard in the Hillsboro cemetery. And her granddaughter Lillian remarked that her grandma Goins was buried in the same cemetery in-town (Hillsboro) where Lillian was born and raised and where Lillian's mom Duvie Goins-Meyers (tilda's daughter)is buried. Matilda's OBIT also lists her funeral in Hillsboro.
Another interesting item concerning Matilda is that in some census's she will list herself as a widow, and some not. And on her death certificate it lists her as a widow. On the Mortuary Records she is as divorced It is believed that she was not divorced but had for quite some time lived separated from her husband.
Her son Leonard Goins Find A Grave Memorial# 130834901