Jason Samuel Fish
JASON SAMUEL FISH 1826-1906
ANN ELIZA GOINGS 1829-1894

Married 20 Jan 1848 Oktibbeha Co MS

PIONEER SETTLERS OF LINCOLN COUNTY, ARKANSAS

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Jason Samuel & Ann Eliza (Goings) Fish

Compiler: Donald Earl McKinney, Jr

JASON SAMUEL FISH was born 23 Aug 1826 in Fairfield County, SC. He was the son of ELIAS & CYNTHIA (McCANTS) FISH who left Fairfield County about 1834 and settled in Georgia. Sometime during the 1830's, they moved on to Pickens County in northwestern Alabama, however, they drifted further west into the Itawamba & Tishomingo County area of northeast Mississippi during the 1840's. Jason's parents returned to Harris County, Georgia by 1850.

Jason remained in Oktibbeha County, MS and married Ann Eliza Goings in 1848. It is not known for sure if Jason & family moved to Parker & Denton County area of Texas during the early 1850's along with his parents & other relatives. In 1856, Jason & family had settled in Mill Creek Township, Drew County, Arkansas (what is now Lincoln County) where he established a farm. His father died in Texas where his mother remained for awhile, before also moving to Lincoln County during the 1860's. They were all members of the Missionary Baptist Church where Jason was a deacon.

During the Civil War, Jason enlisted in the Confederate Army and was assigned to Company A, 26th Arkansas Infantry (Morgan's Regiment). He was discharged at Marshall, TX after the war. Jason later served several terms as Justice of the Peace in Lincoln County. Jason died in 1906 and was buried beside his wife Ann in the Hickory Grove Cemetery near Cornerville. She had died 12 years prior in 1894. (See notes on Ann Eliza (Goings) Fish)
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ANN ELIZA (GOINGS) FISH was born in York County, SC in 1829. She was the daughter of Drury "Drew" & Elizabeth Goings who left SC during the 1830's and settled in Pickens County, Alabama. Her Great-Grandfather was Revolutionary War veteran Drury Goings of Chester County, SC. Ann's parents evidently later moved across the state line into Mississippi where Ann met & married Jason Samuel Fish in 1848. Ann traveled with her husband, their infant children & other family members to Drew County, Arkansas by 1856. Their children were all raised in Mill Creek Township near Cornerville in this area of Arkansas which became Lincoln County. It is not known what became of Ann's parents, or if she had any brothers or sisters, but several Goings families resided near Ann in Lincoln County, who may have been close relatives. Ann died in 1894 and is buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery near Cornerville, Arkansas.

Children of Jason & Ann Eliza (Goings) Fish:

Child 1: WILLIAM MARCELLUS FISH
Born: 1 May 1849 Oktibbeha Co MS
Died: 14 Jul 1882 Lincoln Co AR
Married: Margaret Collins

Child 2: EVELINE ELIZABETH WATSON FISH
Born: 10 Jul 1851 Oktibbeha Co MS
Died: 8 Aug 1906 Cornerville (Lincoln) AR
Married: William Lafayette Thomasson 26 Dec 1867 Lincoln Co AR

Child 3: CHARLES AURELIUS FISH
Born: 26 Feb 1853 Oktibbeha Co MS
Died: 25 Nov 1910
Married: Elizabeth Parnell

Child 4: Rev JOHN WILLIAM FISH
Born: 20 Mar 1855 Oktibbeha Co MS
Died: 1934 Lincoln Co AR
Married: Margaret E. Owen

Child 5: SAMUEL JASON FISH
Born: 21 Mar 1857 Lincoln Co AR
Died: 25 Apr 1946 Lincoln Co AR
Married: Jennie Gammel

Child 6: EUGENE ADOLPHUS FISH
Born: 29 Jul 1859 Lincoln Co AR
Died: 4 Sep 1890 Lincoln Co AR
Married: Mary Elizabeth McVay

Child 7: JAMES CALVIN FISH
Born: 7 Dec 1861 Lincoln Co AR
Died: 29 Oct 1886 Lincoln Co AR
Married: Americus Bailey

Child 8: HARVEY MARTIN FISH
Born: 18 Aug 1863 Lincoln Co AR
Died: 28 Apr 1936
Married: Ada Payne

Child 9: MARTHA ANN “Mattie” FISH
Born: 19 Sep 1867 Lincoln Co AR
Died: 23 Feb 1921
Married: Luther C. Owen

Child 10: MARY JANE “Molly” FISH
Born: 19 Sep 1867 Lincoln Co AR
Died: 1930
Married: James T. Miller

Child 11: JOSEPH ELIAS FISH
Born: 16 Sep 1869 Lincoln Co AR
Died: 1952
Married: Allie Cowart

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(Note: I am indebted to my Great-Grandmother Ada (Owen) Thomasson and her family history files concerning the Thomasson & Fish family. Also, to the late Lessie Dodds of Pine Bluff AR, another Thomasson/Fish descendant, for her contributions.)