This family moved to Simmerville
about 130 years ago, and there are still descendants living in Simmerville.
The first Gobelins
130 years ago we find the
first Gobelins residing in Simmerville: Steven Gobelin and Chia Clemp bought
62 Simmerville from Lucie Mervil. We don't know Steven Gobelin's origin,
but we know his parents were Bartemolius and Raya Gobelin. Chia was the
daughter of Rupin Clemp and Lita Craft of Slemmon Heights 22, just north
west of Simmerville. It seems like the Gobelins kept a close tie to Slemmon
Heights, perhaps also Steven had family there when they moved to Simmerville.
Steven was quite wealthy
compared with other Simmervillians at the time, so we take it that his
past was good and that he moved because of lack of land rather than lack
of money. This indicates that he had at least one older brother or sister
who inherited the family goods, wherever that was located.
Steven and Chia cut timber
and built a house, grew cabbage and kept a few chicken. They both reached
the respectable age of 87 years, and they did pretty well. None of their
3 sons had to worry about money when moving out to establish their own
homes: Bartemon Gobelin (A) was heir to 62 Simmerville, Rupius Gobelin
(B) moved to 76 Simmerville, and the youngest son Raolius Gobelin (C) rented
9 Simmerville. All of them had descendants that can be traced right up
to our own time, but only Bartemon's descendants do still reside Simmerville.
Lots and property
It is already mentioned
that the Gobelins were wealthy, something they managed to be through out
generations. It secured them to educate their children, and most of them
had a fair income from their work. They all owned their own land, except
Raolius Gobelin (C) who rented new land at 9 Simmerville, but who still
made a very good fortune, economically.
Lots in Simmerville where
this family resided:
The main Gobelin residence,
today owned and resided by Stewart Gobelin (4th generation). Steven Gobelin
built a house here 130 years ago.
98 years ago Rupius Gobelin
(B) bought 76 Simmerville from Brigort Mervil. Rupius married Yvita Brach,
they had only one son, Sid, who inherited the house. He married Bolina
Bluzz (from Simmerville) and they had 3 children. Their son Rury was heir
to the house, and he became 3rd generation here. He married Marhild Fresco
(from Simmerville) and they had 3 children.
Old photos shows that this
house must have been one of the nicest in Simmerville. Unfortunately the
house was totally ruined in a fire where Sid, Rury and Brad all died (3
generations Gobelins). Rury and Marhild's son Stuber was heir to the ruined
house, but the remaining household moved to a downtown apartment and Stuber
Gobelin let the lot to trailer parking. Today it seems that ex-criminals
have occupied the last trailer, and it's one of Simmerville's least attractive
lots even if it's located near the river.
Almost 100 years ago Raolius
Gobelin (C) rented this lot from Josella Grumblin. 37 years later Raolius
died and the widow Loucia (Hedgewood) Gobelin moved to their son who rented
a huge house at Slemmon Heights. Their daughter Bella had already married
Johan Goth elsewhere in Simmerville.
The Gobelins hardly ever
made a living from farming - no, they rather spread their energy on academic
and creative jobs such as teachers and even musicians. Exceptions were
Raolius (C) who grew cabbage and Rupius (B) kept chickens but also worked
as a musician. His son Sid was probably the most successful musician of
the Gobelins. Also Steron Gobelin's creative talents were passed on as
his son became a fashion photographer and his grandson, Stewart Gobelin,
today runs a rather successful fashion studio.
A family haunted by accidents?
When stoves and technology
was introduced to sims 70-80 years ago, it caused a serious raise to fire
statistics. Even so, it seems like the Gobelins had more than their fair
share of these accidents.
Steron Gobelin (A) was heir
to 62 Simmerville after his parents Bartemon and Josiheid Gobelin. 44 years
ago both Steron and his wife died in a fire. The house was saved and none
of their 3 adult children were hurt.
26 years later, Rury Gobelin
(B) had inherited 76 Simmerville from his father Sid Gobelin (B). Then
there was a very tragic fire where Rury, his father and one of his sons
(Brad) all died in the same fire. The house was completely ruined, and
the surviving household members moved downtown.
In addition a family member,
Deleila Gobelin (A), was killed in a car accident.
The Gobelins of today
The best known Goblin family
member of today is Stewart Gobelin (Gobelin Fashion) who lives with his
family in the original Gobelin lot at 62 Simmerville. The house was partly
modernized 2 generations ago, but parts of it is still original. Stewart
Gobelin is married to Angela Mervil and recently they had their first child,
At 51 Simmerville lives Josefine
Gobelin, 60 years old and retired, never married. Not so long ago her sister,
widow Adelheid (Gobelin) leGrox, sold her house at Slemmon Heights and
moved in with Josefine. These two old ladies are the Aunts of Stewart Gobelin.
These are all descendants
from family tree A. We do not know much about the alive Goblins in B and
C, but one day they might return to live in Simmerville.
Text by Mazaloom Historical
Society, modified on simday 45 (January 2006)