Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Goheen Family Collection, 1874-1882

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Goheen family collection
Creator: Goheen family
Inclusive dates: 1874-1882
Bulk dates: 1874
Extent: 19 items
This collection contains correspondence between William H. Hipple of the Texas & Pacific Railway Company and the Goheen family of Geneseo, New York, following Edward L. Goheen's death in a railroad accident. The letters reflect the ongoing friendship between Hipple and the Goheens after their mutual bereavement. Also included are two additional letters to Patience Doty Goheen, Edward's mother; a newspaper clipping about Edward's death; and a broadside advertisement for a railroad ticket agent.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1993. M-2925.3.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Goheen Family Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end. One item is housed in Oversize Manuscripts.


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).

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection holds 19 items related to the Goheen family of Geneseo, New York. William H. Hipple, an employee of the Texas & Pacific Railway Company, wrote 10 letters to members of the Goheen family between March and June 1874, following the death of fellow railroad employee Edward L. Goheen, as well as 1 in April 1882. Mrs. H. H. Richardson, a family friend from Chicago, Illinois, wrote 2 letters to Patience Doty, Edward's mother; Edward Goheen wrote a letter to his brother Charles A.; and [Myrtie] Culver of Marshall, Texas, wrote 2 letters to Fannie Goheen. Remaining items include 2 financial records related to the late Edward L. Goheen, a newspaper clipping with an account of Edward’s fatal accident, and a broadside advertisement.

The bulk of the collection consists of William H. Hipple's letters to the Goheen family following Edward L. Goheen's death in a railroad accident on March 24, 1874. Hipple, who worked with Edward Goheen at the Texas & Pacific Railway Company in Marshall, Texas, first provided his condolences in a two-page fragment dated March 25, 1874, and continued to correspond regularly with the Goheen family until June 1874. In his first letters, William described his affection for Edward, provided a detailed account of the accident and of Edward's burial, and discussed some of Edward financial affairs. Throughout the following months, Hipple continued to grieve with the family, and occasionally mentioned the possibility of meeting with them while visiting his own family in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He also shared some of his impressions of Texas and of local people, whom he viewed as immoral, and many letters reflect his strong religious views. In his last letter, dated April 13, 1881, he told Mrs. Goheen about the recent death of his father.

Mrs. H. H. Richardson wrote 2 condolence letters to Patience Doty Goheen on January 6, 1874, and April 6, 1874, describing her recent move to Chicago, Illinois, and providing condolences for recent losses, including the death of Edward L. Goheen. Edward had known the Richardson family prior to moving to Texas. Also included are two financial records documenting Edward's finances in the spring of 1874, as well as a letter to Fannie Goheen from [Myrtie] A. Culver, a student at Bishop Baptist College in Marshall, Texas, who wrote of a recent visit to Edward L. Goheen's grave (January 1, 1882). Culver also related that the Goheens' lawyer said they "ought to have received damages," but the railroad company had the best chances of winning a lawsuit.

The remaining two items include a newspaper clipping from an unidentified publication, printed in March or April 1874, which contains an account of Edward L. Goheen's death, and a broadside advertisement for George Babcock, a railway ticket agent. Babcock offered his services to emigrants and others who wanted to move to the western or southern states, claiming the ability to secure the cheapest tickets. On the reverse side of the broadside is a railroad map of much of the continental United States, excluding areas west of New Mexico and Nebraska.

Subject Terms

    • Bereavement.
    • Marshall (Tex.)
    • Premature death.
    • Railroad accidents--United States.
    • Railroads--United States--Employees.
    • Railroads--United States--History--19th century.
    • Texas & Pacific Railway.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Railroads--United States--Maps.
    • Goheen, Edward Landerdale, 1851-1874.
    • Hipple, William H.
    • Richardson, Mrs. H. H.
    Genre Terms:
    • Broadsides (notices)
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Transportation maps.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   20, Small Collections  
    Goheen family collection [series]
    Folders   20-21  
     January 6, 1874-January 1, 1882, and  undated
    Folder   : Oversize Manuscripts  
    Railroad Ticket Agent Advertisement
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The broadside has been catalogued by the Book Division and Map Division: Bogart, John H. Map of the Atlantic [and] Great Western [Railroad]: Principal [routes].

    To the Traveling Public: Having Been Appointed by the Atlantic & Gt. Western R.R. as Traveling Passenger Agent, it is My Business to Assist Passengers in Procuring the Cheapest Rates and Best Accommodations Over Western and Southern Railways...


    Doty, Ethan Allen. The Doty-Doten Family in America: Descendants of Edward Doty, an Emigrant by the Mayflower, 1620. Brooklyn, New York: 1897.