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Joseph Milliken Goheen

Male 1847 - 1907  (59 years)


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  • Name Joseph Milliken Goheen 
    Born 16 Feb 1847  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 13 Nov 1850  Centre County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Ferguson Township 
    Religion 4 Jun 1864  Graysville, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Became a member of Upper Spruce Creek Church by Examination. 
    Address:
    Upper Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church 
    Census 1870  Pine Grove Mills, Centre County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Ferguson Township 
    • Listed as 22 years old
    Census 6 Jun 1870  Centre County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Ferguson Township 
    • Living at home with parents age 22 years.
    Education 1872  Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Graduated from Princeton University 
    Address:
    Princeton University 
    Misc From 1889 to 1894  Botetourt County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • In file is a "Collection of Letters Presbyterian Missions Western India 1889-1998 from Joheph Milliken Goheen; prepared by Frances Goheen Hofler and Ruth Goheen Nelson.
    Note
    • We Remember Her

      Mrs. Joseph M. Goheen passed away on June 16th last, in America. This Mission joins in sincerest sympathy with the bereaved children.
      Though she left India two years ago, the benediction of her loving spirit is still with us, and those of us who knew her count ourselves the richer.
      It seems fitting that this number of the WESTERN INDIA NOTES should be dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Goheen. It is well that those of us who are of the later generation should recall the deeds and revere the virtues of these who have gone before, and pray that we may learn to follow them as they followed the Master.

      Mrs. Joseph Milliken Goheen : An Appreciation

      On June 16th, 1924, there passed away from earth one of the sweetest and noblest souls that ever dwelt in mortal flesh.
      Amanda McGinnes came to India as a young missionary-bright, gifted and talented?in 1876. A few years later, as Mrs. J. M. Goheen, she became one of the pioneers, one of the formers and framers of public opinion in the Western India Mission.
      Kolhapur needed' her. Her home was a model for Indian women to copy. Her children were just like other children, but father's word was law, and no one took liberties with Mr. Goheen.
      As the children one by one had to leave the home?nest (and in those clays it was at far too early an age) Mrs. Goheen took to her heart all the young people of the Mission, and in mothering them was comforted for her very own, who were far away.
      The Goheen home was one of whole?hearted hospitality. Any guest who came went away richer and happier for the brief sojourn with these choice spirits. From the first minute to the last, you felt you were cared for. Nil?. Goheen personally insist meet every guest at tile station (after tile railroad lead pushed oil from Poona, and Kolhapur boasted a station of its own), and each departing visitor? was sped on his way having learned, if he did not know it before, that " Prayer and provender hinder no man's journey." The Lord's Day was a day kept. sacred to God, and to service for humanity.
      Mrs. Goheen gathered tile nucleus of tile present " Esther Patton " School in Kolhapur; she acted as its Principal for a time; she encouraged girls' schools in the city, often visited tile Palace Schools, and was deeply interested in all educational work. When she saw the lamentable condition of young widows in India, she longed to gather them where they could lie protected while earning their support, and also be taught, to be living stones in the temple of tile Lord. Through a friend iii India, named Alice, and a favorite sister of her own by ? that name, together with gifts from friends at home she was able to build a small hostel, where childless widows and motherless bairns found love and cheer rind food anal clothing. Mending and making, patching rind teaching, all went on in " Alice Home.'' The little orphans ran with open arms to the gentle "Mother," who played games with them, sang with them, and took them, when naughty, into the " little room " to Help them to be good.
      This friend of all was never too busy to receive calls from the ladies of the Maharaja's family, or to call upon them. Her presence was solicited in times .of joy or sorrow. When the son of the late Maharaja was dying, it was she who held the hand of the Queen?Mother, and gave her sympathy in full measure to her and to the young widow of sixteen years.
      Mrs. Goheen's Scotch forebears had endowed her with a monumental faith, while her French and Irish ancestors were responsible for her vivacity, finesse and ready wit. Her eyes could twinkle with merriment or fill with quick tears, as she shared the joy or grief of her friends. These charming gifts made her a delightful companion and sweetened every situation. If a conversation at table began to get on the shoals, or showed signs of personality, she would get us all laughing by saying, " Now, let's talk of Mahabelshwar potatoes," and the situation was saved. Poetry she loved, and repeated choice bits with us who shared her tastes. One of her sons has the same flair, as his lines to his mother prove.
      The reply of one who was asked to name her chief characteristic was, " Oh! the unbounded love she had for everyone in the world She believed in a second chance for the boy who had failed to make good, and she was ready to lift up and carry in the arms of her buoyant faith those who lead lost theirs. She seemed to have been given God's gift of helpfulness, so that wherever she went, a flower of joy or courage bloomed where she had passed. She loved flowers as she loved children, and they always flourished for her. The gardeners in the public gardens were all her friends, and delighted to receive hints on flower?culture from her or to show her a new plant.
      Only once in all her Indian life did " Mother " Goheen get her own consent to make a journey of any distance outside her Mission. She and Father Goheen went to General Assembly at Allahabad. It has been often told how Mother Goheen's judicious and tactful way of describing the work of women, who were all voters in our Mission, decided the North India missionaries to give the vote to the women of their Mission.
      One supreme characteristic was Mrs. Goheen's never?failing patience. Someone wrote of her: "I was impressed, again and again, with the response this beautiful spirit of hers received, not only from the women in Alice Home, but from all with whom she worked. One day she and I were walking along a street in Panhala, and a Marathi woman came out of her house, and threw her arms around Mrs. Goheen saying, ' You are our mother.' That same summer, as we would go for walks and come back at dusk, from all over the hill would come voices calling, ` Goodnight, Mother.' I remember one clay, when site was visiting in Sangli, the Indian preacher said to her, ' I wish you could come with me to our villages. If our people could just see your face they would be Blessed.'
      " What precious memories come to each cue of [is as we think of her unnumbered kindnesses to those of us who knew her. One Mississippi girl fondly remembers her wedding clay, just after her arrival in the Mission, when lather Goheen gave her away and Mother Goheen did all that an own mother could have done for a loved daughter to make the day perfect for her."

      Mr. Goheen had the charge of a large and needy village district. Those villagers as they came to him for advice, and for spiritual and material help, were all as children to Mother Goheen. She knew the name and age of each child and the needs of each mother. They were blessed, indeed, who shared the largesse of her love.
      Father Goheen was known as "The soul of punctuality," always on time, never forgot an engagement. If Goheen Sheb said he would be at a village at nine in the morning, he was there at nine, not eleven, or ten. He was a generous giver, not only of alms but of himself. One Indian pastor received front hint a good, long ministerial coat. To wear it on great occasions was Saheb pride and joy, and he said to the writer one day, " Goheen Saheb not only gave it me, but he put it on me himself, and patted my shoulders with his own loving hands." The graciousness of the giving enriched the gift, and warmed the heart of the man of God.
      After Miss Ellen Parsons lead visited in their home, she wrote, " It is a beautiful thing to have created in Kolhapur such an atmosphere as Mr. raid Mrs. Goheen have created."
      Mr. Goheen literally gave his life for India. Worn and jaded, in looks older than his own father, he returned to the States after the stress of the famine that lead sapped his strength, and he died in 1907.
      Mrs. Goheen remained at home with her unmarried children till 1913, when she returned to he again the " Mother " of the Mission and to complete her long term of service, almost forty years on the field.
      In 1922, when the Mission approved tire request of Mrs. Goheen to be permitted to retire in America, the following resolution was adopted: "The members of the Western India Mission wish to express their appreciation of the long years of unstinted service rendered by Mrs. J. Milliken Goheen Her presence among us was always as the sweet fragrance of a favourite flower. Although for the greater part of her life she was a member of Kolhapur Station, her interest was Mission?wide. 'A sympathetic 'Mother' to missionaries and Indians alike, a gracious hostess, and a wise counsellor, of her it might be said that she opened her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue was the law of kindness."
      Her death occurred in Pittsburgh and she was laid to rest in her loved Huntingdon County, in the Cemetery of the Graysville Church, Spruce Creek Valley, Pennsylvania, beside her husband.
      "Her children arise up mid call her blessed
    Died 11 Feb 1907  Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10, 11
    • Obituary: Rev. Joseph Milliken Goheen, a native of Centre County, died at his home in Wooster, Ohio, at 8:30 o'clock Monday morning, after an illness of only a few days illness with pneumonia. Deceased was a son of the venerable J.J. Goheen, of Rock Springs, this county, and was born Feb. 16th 1847, hence had he lived just five days more he would have bee just 60 years ole. His early education was received in the public schools of Ferguson Township after which he took a course at Princeton and graduated from the Theological Seminary there in 1874. In 1875 he entered the service of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions and went as a missionary to Kolhapur, India, where most of his life's work was done. From the time he first went abroad he was only home twice, for visits of a year each, until in April, 1906, when on account of impaired health, he came home to stay and with his family took up a residence in Wooster, Ohio.
      During his thirty years of labor he was very successful and was perhaps the widest know and most justly celebrated missionary in the service of the Presbyterian board.
      Rev. Goheen's first wife was Miss Nancy Bell, also a native of Ferguson Township, who died within a year of their location in India. In 1878 he was united in marriage to Miss Nana McGuinnis, who survives with the following children: Dr. Rober H. Goheen, a medical missionary in India, John L a Professor in Occidental College, Los Angeles, Cal.; Richard, a mechanical engineer in Altoona; Joseph M., Winona Lake, Ind., and Francis M., at home.
      His mother died eleven years ago but he is also survived by his aged father, J. J. Goheen, who is eighty-nine years old and lives on the old homestead farm near Rock Springs, and the following brothers and sisters: J. Calvin, J. McWilliams and Harry B., of Tyrone: Robert G., of Pennsylvania Furnace: Mrs. Ella M Gardner [Mrs. Frank Gardner], Mrs. Anna McWilliams [Mrs. William McWilliams], Misses Jennie B. and Belle T. at Rock Springs.
      The remains were brought from Wooster, Ohio to Tyrone, and taken to the home of his brother, J. M., on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning they were taken to the home of his father at Rock Springs. The funeral was held at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. R. M. Cam[bell was assisted in the services, which were held in the Graysville Presbyterian church, by Rev's George T. Gunter and J. C. Olliver. Interment was made in the Graysville Cemetery.
    Buried 13 Feb 1907  Graysville, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Address:
    Graysville Cemetery 
    • Inscription - Rev Jos. Milliken Goheen Feb 16, 1847 Feb 11, 1907 A Missionary in Kolhapar India for thirty y. A beloved pastor, a wise counselor, aq helpful friend, he fought the fight finished the course and kept the faith.
    Person ID I355  Goheen
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2017 

    Father John Jacobs Goheen,   b. 30 Aug 1818, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1907, Centre County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Sarah Ann Rider,   b. Abt 1826, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1891, Ferguson Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 10 Mar 1846  Gatesburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14, 15, 16
    Address:
    Rev Musser, Ferguson Township 
    • Married by Rev Musser
    Family ID F102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Nancy Carson Bell,   b. 15 Aug 1847, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1878, Kolhapur, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1875  [17, 18, 19, 20
    • Rev J. Milliken of Rock Spring and Nannie C Bell of Rock Spring married June 29th 1875, witnesses Dr Brown and Mrs Brown, Cal Goheen.
      Family Record George and Margaret (Borland) Bell
      Submitted by Lisa Kerns
      Date February 2004
      Owner of Bible Lisa Kerns
      Related Information See entry for Family Bible of Archibald and Margaret
      (McKim) Borland
      Bible Published in Philadelphia, PA, 1847
      Genealogy
      Margaret Borland was a daughter of Archibald Borland (son of John Borland,
      Revolutionary War soldier) and Margaret McKim . See Family Bible of Archibald and
      Margaret (McKim) Borland.
      George Bell (born 9 Nov 1813, died 27 Mar 1852)
      Married Margaret Borland 29 Dec 1835 (born 24 Mar 1814, died 12 Jan 1899)
      (Note . they and all their children are buried at Graysville Cemetery, Huntingdon
      County, PA. Reference: transcription of Graysville Cemetery, Spangler
      Collection, Centre County Library and Historical Museum. However, according
      to cemetery transcription, death years were: John Borland Bell -1863, Archibald
      Montgomery Bell . 1864, Nancy Carson Goheen - 1877)
      Children:
      Amanda Jane Bell (born 13 Dec 1837, died)
      John Bell (born 8 Oct 1839, died 14 Sep 1862)
      Archibald Montgomery Bell (born 6 Sep 1841, died 17 Oct 1863)
      William Rankin Bell (born 6 Jul 1843, died 22 Jan 1867)
      James Newton Bell (born 28 Dec 1845)
      Married Sadie A. Goss 9 Dec 1875)
      Nancy/Nannie Carson Bell (born 15 Aug 1847, died 17 Jan 1878)
      Married J. Milliken Goheen 29 Jun 1875
      Margaret Bell (born 7 Aug 1849, died 2 Apr 1922)
      Married James M. Brown 22 Jun 1875
      Martha Adaline Bell (born 20 Aug 1851, died 14 Feb 1891)
    Children 
     1. Harold Goheen,   b. 26 Sep 1876,   d. 26 Sep 1876  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F110  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Amanda Blais McGinnes,   b. 25 Feb 1847, Shade Gap, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1924  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 1 May 1879  [17
    • Memo on reverse side of Biographical Record of Joseph M. Goheen, written 10 Apr 1894.
      My 1st wife- Nannie B. died at Kolhapur of Consumption Jan 17th 1878. A little boy born to her died a few moments after his birth, Sept 25th 1876. I was married to Amanda B. McGinnes May 1st 1879 who has shared the joys and sorrows of mission life with me up to this time. Our oldest daughter Elsie aged 20 months was taken from us Dec 9th 1883,
    Children 
     1. Robert Harold Hull Goheen,   b. 11 Jun 1880, Kolhapur, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1968, Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. Elsie Goheen,   b. Feb 1882,   d. 9 Dec 1883  (Age ~ 1 years)
     3. John Lawrence Goheen,   b. 10 Dec 1883, Kolhapur, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1948, New York, New York County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     4. Richard Criswell Goheen,   b. 9 Jul 1885, Kolhapur, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1951, San Diego, San Diego County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     5. Joseph McGinnes Goheen,   b. 7 May 1889, Kolhapur, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1972, Hurley, Ulster County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     6. Frances Anna Goheen,   b. 30 Mar 1891, Mahableshar, Satara District, Mahableshmar, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Fev 1959, Laurens County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F111  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S25] Tombstone inscriptions, Tomestone information (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S1049] Census 1860, 1850 US Census, Centre County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Ferguson twp, family 1641, page 259, John Goheen, NARA micropublication M432, roll 763 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S37] Church Records, Register of Communicants, Upper Spruce Creek Church, Graysville, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Original record photocopy, May 2000. (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S1051] Census 1870, 1870 US Census, Centre County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Ferguson Township, page 439, family 109, John J Goheen, NARA micropublication M593, roll 1321 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S57] Web site_Albright, Biography of Robert Frances Goheen, <http://mondrian,princeton.edu/CampusWWW/Companion/goheen_robert>. (Reliability: 2).

    6. [S6] Communication from relative, Collection of letters, Presbyterian Missions Western India 1889-1894 from Joseph Milliken Goheen; Prepared by Frances Goheen Hofler and Ruth Goheen Nelson (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S6] Communication from relative, Letter from Robert F. Goheen, 1 Orchard Circle, Princeton, NJ 08540, February 28, 2000 to Elizabeth L. Albright and in her possession. (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S14] Obituary, Joseph Milliken Goheen obituary, Democratic Watchman, 15 Feb 1907, Friday, (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S25] Tombstone inscriptions, Graysville Cemetery (Reliability: 2).

    10. [S37] Church Records, Rev J. M. Goheen death entry, Upper Spruce Creek Church, Graysville, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Original record photocopy, May 2000. (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S85] Bible Record Gardner, Joseph Milliken Gohen died Feb 11th 1907.

    12. [S25] Tombstone inscriptions, Graysville Cemetery (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S26] Democratic Watchman, Democratic Watchman 31 May 1907, Obituary of J. J. Goheen (Reliability: 2).

    14. [S31] Marriages 1800-1850, PA, Page 118, (Reliability: 2).

    15. [S20] Centre County Library, PA, Spangler NB # 174 page 24 noted from Centre Democrate they were married 10 Mar 1846 (Reliability: 2).

    16. [S85] Bible Record Gardner, John J Goheen & Sara Anna Rider were married March 10, 1846.

    17. [S37] Church Records, Joseph M. Goheen, Biographical Record, Presbyterian Church, Department of History, 425 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA (10 Apr 1894 (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S37] Church Records, Rev J Millekin Goheen to Nannie C Bell marriage, Upper Spruce Creek Church, Graysville, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Original record photocopy, May 2000. (Reliability: 3).

    19. [S67] E-mail message, Bible record of George and Margaret (Borland) Bell||Lisa Kerns, on 16 June 2009||Elizabeth Albright||Bible published 1847.

    20. [S85] Bible Record Gardner, Joseph M Goheen & Nannie Bell were married 29 June 1875.