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Seborn "Cebe" Goins
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Birth: 1845
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 31, 1934
Sierra County
New Mexico, USA

Seaborn was named after his fathers brother who was the 1st white man killed by indians in 1861 in what is now McCulloch County, Texas


There is much confusion as to the spelling of his 1st name, and the many nicknames that he had. Here is a list of possibilities:


All the above have been listed on various documents. In 1899, he listed his 1st name as Seborn when applying for Choctaw blood status. A marriage licence in Texas, he lists his 1st name as Seburn. In an interview with Clay W. Vaden :From American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940", his 1st name is listed as Cebe. And on his death certificate, his 1st name is listed as Seabun.

Cebe's grandaughter Lillian Augusta Meyers-Sanders at the age of 99 in year 2013 remembers her grandfather Cebe as a short man.
When Cebe's daughter Duvie Goins-Meyers died, Cebe stayed at Charles E. Meyers ranch to help take care of Duvie's and Charle's 5 daughters Beatric, Catherine, Lillian, Marie, and Virginia. Lillian says that he pretty much just let them do what they wanted, and made sure they didn't get into trouble. It appears Cebe and his wife Sarahan Matilda (Tilda) Rogers-Goins were separated, but never divorced.

Cebe Goins interview:
From American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
Interview Extra
On American Guide, Interviews
Old Ox-Team freighter C18 - N. Mex.
"Ox teams were not so fast as the trucks used now to haul ore from the mines," observed Cebe Goins, ninety year-old pioneer freighter, "but they got the ore out."
Goins drove ten yokes of oxen to freight wagons of seven tons capacity and with tires four inches wide. He later replaced the oxen with 12 teams of mules to each wagon. Goins hauled ore from the paying mines in Kingston district, among them the Brush Heap, Gypsy, Blackie, Lady Franklin, Buillon, U.S, Cumberland, Calamity Jane, Keystone, and numbers of others.
When a [1500?] nugget was picked up at Blackie mine, seven miles north of Kingston, a rush to that district followed. The Bridal Chamber mine at Lake Valley was one of the beat paying in this section of the State. Blocks one yard square of almost pure native silver were often taken from this mine, and it has been roughly estimated that it produced ore worth between five and seven millions of dollars.
"There was danger in freighting such rich shipments," said Goins, "and I always had a guard armed with a double barreled shotgun and two six shooters on my wagons, until the ore was placed on the cars in Lake Valley."
Goins recalls how the knowledge of ores was responsible for the amassing of a small fortune by Dennis Finley, now a resident of Denver.
According to Goin's story, a Judge Holt had a lease on and was foreman of the Virginia mine, while Finley was one of the 30 workmen, although he had been foreman of another mine and was a practical mining man. One day Finley picked up a rich piece of ore and said to Judge Holt, "This is worth saving."
Judge Holt, replied, in effect, that if he wanted any information he would ask for it, and continued to throw [$300?]-a-ton rock over the dump. Finley was given his 'time' in a few days. He obtained a lease from the Virginia Mine Company and hauled 13 carloads of high grade ore from the dump. He now owns a chain of stores in Denver but before he made his stake at Kingston he had not seen his family in five years.
Goins came to Sierra county about 1885, living first at Percha, north of Kingston. While several fortunes were taken out of the Kingston mines, he says that the big companies never found official veins, only ores in pockets and chimneys. The Virginia mine is still being worked.
- Clay W. Vaden

Certificat e of death for Seabun C. Goins from State of New Mexico:
County of Sierra Village Engle N.M. Length of residence in County: 45 years
Full name: Seabun C. Goins Residence: Engle N.M. Male White Widower
Date of birth: 1845 Age 93 years
Kind of work done: Freighting Date deceased last worked at this occupation: 1928
Total time spent in this occupation: 65 years
Birthplace: Town unknown State: Texas
Father's name and birthplace: Unknown
Mother's name and birthplace: Unknown
Informant: Leonard Goins Address: Engle N.M.
Burial place: Hillsboro N.M. 4-1-1934 Undertaker: none
Filed: 4-1-1934 Subregistrar: Mrs. A C White Burial permit issued: 4-1-1934
Date of death: March 31, 1934
"I hereby certify that I attended deceased from" no physician in charge
Death is said to have occurred on the date stated above at 5:10 P.M. from caronic myocarditis
Contributory causes: Senile debility and arterio-sclerosis
What test confirmed diagnosis: Clinical Was there an autopsy? No Was there an inquest? No
Was disease or injury in any way related to occupation of deceased? No
Signed: A C White C.H.O. Hot Springs N.M.

NOTE-A burial permit for the Hillsboro, NM cemetery was issued on 4 APril 1934, however it is unclear as to where in the cemetery Cebe is buried.

Cebe's son Leonard Goins Find-A-Grave Memorial #130834901
Family links: 
  John Henry Goins (1822 - 1870)
  Sarah Matilda Rogers Goins (1849 - 1929)
  John Henry Goins (1875 - 1907)*
  Henrietta Beatrice Goins Moore (1876 - 1942)*
  William D Goins (1878 - 1959)*
  Frank Presley Goins (1881 - 1959)*
  Effie May Goins Swingle (1886 - 1932)*
  Duvie Goins Meyers (1889 - 1920)*
  Seborn Goins (1845 - 1934)
  Joseph Calvin Goins (1850 - 1932)*
  John Henry Goins (1857 - 1931)*
  William Lewis "Bud" Goins (1864 - 1931)*
*Calculated relationship
No grave marker exists for Seaborn Cebe Goins. Either due to time or that no marker was ever placed. The death certificate says that he was buried in Hillsboro by his family. His g-g granddaughter Donna Marie Monday-Zimmerman suspects Cebe was buried near his daughter Duvie Goins-Meyers
Hillsboro Cemetery
Sierra County
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Donna Z
Record added: Feb 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84537198
Seborn Cebe Goins
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What a life story, Cebe ... Rest in peace
- deetsdon
 Added: Jul. 4, 2014
Cebe, you are just one of my many Goins that got around and lived a full life.
- cemetery walking
 Added: Apr. 10, 2012
Rest in Peace g-g grandfather
- Donna Z
 Added: Mar. 4, 2012

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