Searching for clues on Thomas Goggins - b. 1817, Ireland; d. ????, MN?

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Hello All!

I really need some help locating (and TRACKING) the life of Thomas Goggins (Goggin or Gogins), my great-great-great-grandfather from Ireland.

He was born in Ireland around May 1817, to two unknown Irish parents.  I'm hoping someone here can provide further information on...

1) his birthplace and parents' names
2) his wife in the U.S. (most likely from New York or Ireland),
3) where he resided in the U.S. before settling in High Forest Township in his later years,
4) and when/where he died (perhaps also in MN).  

It is known that he immigrated to the U.S. in 1846 and was in New York until at least 1854 or 1855, having had a child named Mary Goggins in New York ca. 1854.  

It then appears that he was in Wisconsin by 1855 or 1856.  While in Wisconsin, he and his unknown wife had the following children:  William Goggins (ca. May 1856), John Goggins (ca. 1858), and Thomas Goggins (ca. 1861).  

This is where it gets really 1855, extrapolating from terribly unorganized and non-specific Wisconsin Census info, he MAY have lived in Laukville (Saukville, Ozaukee county, WI) with 4 males, 5 females (2 foreign born, he and his wife?) in the household.  In 1860, he also MAY have lived in Saukville, Ozaukee County, WI, or Ripon, Fond du Lac County, WI.  The problem here is that there were two Thomas Goggins from Ireland in WI at that time, with close enough birth dates and similar child names, so as to be totally unclear.  The two locations are NOT definite, nor the same person...

It is known, however, that he eventually moved to High Forest Township, MN between 1861 and 1865. In High Forest Township, he and his unknown wife gave birth to Edward Goggins (ca. 1864) and Catharine Goggins (ca. 1867).  

It is also known that he was a widower by 1875 (according to MN State Census) and living as "head of household" in High Forest Township, running his farm with his children Mary, William, John, Thomas, Edward, and Catharine.  

By 1900, he had moved in with (or had conceded his farm to) his son William Goggin, his wife, and their 9 children in High Forest Township, and is listed as "retired farmer" in the MN Census. We think he passed away between 1900 - 1905, as between the two censuses he goes from "listed" to "no longer listed" in the household of his son William. We also couldn't locate a death record or obituary.

Other, perhaps helpful, info:  Thomas was the father of my great-great-grandfather William Goggins (of Wisconsin), who changed his name to Goggin in Minnesota, married a Julia Reardon (or Riordon), and together they had my great-grandmother, Ella (or Ellen), who married a Sullivan.  After William, everyone was born in High Forest Township, Olmstead County, MN.

If anyone has any info on any of these people, I would greatly appreciate it!!!  And if we're related, please get in touch!!!
in Genealogy Help by Damion Sanchez G2G Crew (970 points)

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I know you've exhausted familysearch but this,, has spelling errors. Good luck!


The Fon du Lac County Goggins really look like a good bet, their daughter Mary was even born in NY, ca. 1855, like you say. His wife is Ellen. Thomas, Ellen, and their children,,, Mary, William, and John. The Ozaukee County folks don't look nearly as good.

by N. Ott G2G2 (2.9k points)
selected by Damion Sanchez
Wow, Nathan...that all looks spot on so far!  That marriage date of 1853 of Thomam and Annam looks completely consistent with everything too...even though the names are royally screwed up.  I'll look into these and let you know, but it looks like the real deal!!!  Thanks so much!
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Hi Damion,

The Minnesota Historical society has an awesome website, at  with searchable death certificates and more  (They had 2 Thomas Goggins listed) . Wisconsin's historical society is also a great resource:   I'd also spend some time at  to see what resources they might have for your guy. (All free, by the way).

best of luck! ~tami

by Tami Mize G2G6 Mach 4 (40.6k points)
Thanks, Tami, however the two Thomas Goggins on the death certificate site are too recent, and I have basically exhausted every MN, WI, and NY record on  I checked out the Wisconsin Historical Society page (thanks for that!), but I'm getting the exact same hits I got through  I think I really need to find somebody who is either looking for the same line, or has already mapped the entire thing out.  Either way, thanks for the input!

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