Pamela Adaline Spracklin was born about 1852 in Hardin Co., Ohio to George and Arloa Spracklin.
She first married a William Jackson Banning on 20 June, 1866 in Shelby Co. His father may have been William Banning (1817) and his mother was Eliza Jane Barr (1820) although that will need to be verified.
William served in the Civil War out of Illinois. He was in the 14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Co., K, Private to Corporal. His pension card reads: Minor Beiber, Pamela, gdn, Co., K. 14 Ill. Inf. 1890, Oct. 23 minor #482,822.
They are living in Dry Point in the 1870 Census and he is using his middle name of Jackson. There is a Wm. Banning age 54 above him.
Line 23, 243, 238, Banning, Jackson, age 30, M,W, Farmer, $900, $423, born Illinois.
Banning, Mrs., age 20, F, W, housekeeping, born Ohio
Banning, Charles W, age 1, M, W, born Illinois
Banning, James, age 21, M, W, working on farm, born Illinois
Source: Jackson Banning Family, 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Dry Point Twp., Shelby Co., Illinois, page 34, enumerated 9 July, 1870 by H.H. Hardy.
They appear in the 1880 Shelby County census. Not to far from them is John and Elizabeth Christy, Pamela’s sister. There could have been another child named Mollie
Line 3, 343, 350, Banning, William J. , W, M, 40, married, farmer, born Illinois, father born North Carolina and mother born Virginia.
Banning, Pamela, J., W, F, 30, wife, married, keeping house, born Ohio, father born England, mother born Ohio.
Banning, Charles, W, W, M, 11, son, S, at school, born Illinois
Banning, Luellie F, W, F, 9, S, at school, born Illinois
Banning, Iona I, W, F, 3, S, born Illinois
Banning, Frederick W, W, M, 8/12, S, born Illinois (born 12 Sep. 1879 per Illinois Birth and Christenings Index – Fred Lesley Banning)
Source: William J. Banning Family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Cowden, Dry Point Twp., Shelby Co., Illinois, Page 38, SD#5, ED#186, enumerated 23 June, 1880 by E.A. McCracken
Something happened and Wm. Jackson Banning died about 1884 and Pamela remarried to a Jeremiah Elijah Colony on 27 November 1884 in Shelby Co. It looks like there was a 3rd marriage to a Mr. Beiber between 1884 to 1891. A fourth marriage took place to a James P. Goff on 30 August, 1891 in Christian Co., Illinois and Pamela was using the Beiber as her last name when she married Goff. James was born in Indiana about 1856. It is times like this when I miss the destroyed 1891 U.S. Census.
Pamela and James P. Goff are living in Olive Township, Garfield Co., Oklahoma in 1900. Flossie and Nellie are not her daughters but her husband’s from his first marriage to Sarah Estella Nesbit born 1859 in Illinois and died before 1891.
Line 29, 244, 241/244, Goff, James, P., Head, W, M, Mar. 1856, 44, M, 8, born Indiana, parents born Indiana, farmer, O, yes yes yes, O, F, F, 248
Goff, Pamela A, wife, W, F, Dec, 1849, 50, M, 8, 8 children born, 4 living, born Ohio, father born England, mother Ohio, yes, yes, yes.
Goff, Flossie E. daughter, W, F, June 1883, 16, S, born Kansas, yes yes yes
Goff, Nellie, daughter, W, F, Nov 1885, 14 S, born Kansas, yes yes yes
Banning, Freddie L, step-son, W, M, Sept 1879, 20, S, born Illinois, father born Illinois, mother Ohio, yes, yes yes.
Source: James P. Goff Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Olive Twp., Garfield Co., Oklahoma, SD#219, ED#60, Sht#12, enumerated on 25 June, 1900 by Nelson Hoffman.
Pamela died 1909 and is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., Oklahoma. Find A Grave has a memorial with a tombstone photo and links. James P. Goff also has a memorial in this cemetery with a really nice biography of the man. A step daughter Flossie E. Goff Hotson is buried in the Covington Cemetery in Garfield Co., Oklahoma. There is a Find A Grave memorial with tombstone and links.
Family trees online have a lot of different possibilities for Pamela so make sure you verify the information. The research on Pamela is by no means done so use the above with caution and understand that a thorough census search on James P. Goff and her children should be done and vitals found to pin down her marriages, maybe an obituary would be of help.