Charles Goheen (1810-1874) and his wife, Patience Doty (b. 1817), lived in Groveland and Geneseo, New York, where Charles was a farmer and flour merchant. They had six surviving children: Charles Arthur (b. 1843), Frank (b. 1848), Edward Landerdale (1851-1874), Mary Elizabeth (b. 1855), Sarah Anna (b. 1857), and Fannie Jane (b. 1860). Edward moved to Marshall, Texas, around 1874, and worked for the Texas & Pacific Railway Company. He was killed in a railroad accident on March 24, 1874.
William H. Hipple, a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was employed by the Texas & Pacific Railway's master mechanic's office, and worked with Edward L. Goheen in Texas. Hipple corresponded with the Goheen family throughout the years following Edward's death. He and his wife Sarah had at least 3 children: John, Mary, and Francis (or Franklin).